Monday, January 28, 2013

Owl Birthday Card for my sister

I only recently learned my sister loves owls.  How did I not know that???  I guess that's what happens when you're separated from family by hundreds of miles.  So sad.
All the die cuts are from the Cricut Lite cartridge Hoot 'n' Holler.  The white background was embossed with the Darice embossing folder Flower.    

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Masculine Birthday Card with Airplane

This card was made for someone who loves to fly and was turning 30.  I wanted to acknowledge this milestone birthday in a subtle way, so I added the number to the tail of the plane.  The airplane is from the Cricut cartridge Wall Decor and More.  The background was cut from black Core'dinations cardstock, embossed with the Darice embossing folder Dots, then sanded to reveal the core.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Altered Boot Box

While cleaning out my closet (or more accurately, while reinstalling my closet rods after they fell under the weight of my clothing hoard) I found a pair of boots I purchased years ago, still unworn and in their box.  The boots themselves didn't excite me; if they did, they would probably have been worn by now.  But the box?  That's a different story.

The box was fairly sturdy and looked like a matchbox on steroids.  At first I couldn't think of a specific use for it, but I just thought it was too darned cool to throw away.  Stuck at home and bored to tears, I decided to turn the box into something pretty and useful.  Or at least useful.

The box was slightly larger than 12x12 so I wanted to find paper that would coordinate with the blue border on the box, thereby allowing me to use less paper and expend less energy.  I was able to use just three pieces of 12x12 paper--one covered most of the top, another was cut into three 4x12 pieces to cover the sides and back, and the third was used to cover the front and to fill in a few gaps.

I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the box.  To make it look a little fancier (I didn't say fancy, just fancier) I brushed a small amount of gold Martha Stewart Craft Paint along the edges.  After allowing the paint and glue to dry throughly, I brushed Mod Podge over everything to seal it.  As a final touch I attached a metal label holder to the drawer front using my Crop-A-Dile. 

Because it is large enough to hold a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper, I decided it would be perfect to store my unfinished paper projects.  I can also set my current project on top of the box if I need to temporarily free up table space, and because it opens like a drawer I can still access the contents inside if necessary. 

I got to play and ended up with something useful.  And I reduced my paper stash by three sheets.  It was a very good day.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bird and Banner Birthday Card

I recently purchased the Cricut cartridge Birthday Bash, which had been on my wishlist for quite a while.  I found this cute bird and banner on page 39 of my handbook.  The white background was die cut then embossed with the Darice embossing folder Dots.  

Sorry for the dark picture.  I guess if I'm going to photograph my projects late at night I either need a camera with a working flash or better lighting. 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Birthday Card for my Husband

What can I say?  I'm out of ideas for masculine cards.  I had a background stamp I wanted to use and a new whimsical stamp set I was dying to try out, so this is what my husband got.  We've been married almost 30 years.  If he was expecting more it just proves he hasn't been paying attention.