Monday, December 29, 2008

How To: Card Sack

Here are the instructions and some photos for the Card Sack.
You will need: 12x12 Patterned Paper, Glue, Pronged Brads, ribbons, font cartridge. MAIN SIDES: Cut paper at 6x12. Scallop each end with MS or other decorative punches. Score in 5" from each end. This leaves the sack bottom and is approximately 1-3/4 inches wide. Bring both outside edges together (do not fold) and place hole punches down about 1 inch from scalloped edge, and about 1-3/4 in from the outside edge. SIDE PANELS: CUT 2 @ 3-1/4" wide. Score in about 1/2 inch on each outside long edge. It is best to actually place your side panel and center it on the sack bottom and make your score line marks. The sack and panels have to match up when gluing together to make the sack. On each panel, score in about 1/2 inch on the narrow edge. On each panel cut the outside score line into the inside long score line. Glue the small flap, bring up the bottom flap and glue. This will make a "box corner". Both panels now are glued to match the sack bottom.(See the photo of the side panels standing up).
Place glue on the panel outside flaps, bring the sack sides up and glue. Make your edges meet. HANDLES: You can make adjustments on the handles. I cut two strips about 1" wide, and I use left over papers. If there is not enough paper left to make a decent size handle, I cut four and glue two strips together for each handle. Line up all 4 and put a hole punch in the center edge on all 4 ends. Place your pronged brad in the handle edge, place them into the sack and close. Pronged brads are best to allow those handles to fold down to access the cards. Your bag is finished except for embellishments.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cards Cards Cards

I tidied up my studio and found a lot of new stuff for the scrapbin...but some of the stuff I kept out to fiddle around with. Here are some black, red and white cards...I used my frilly flower rubber stamp on red checkered paper and then added black prints. I used some MS punches, my Nestabilities and had fun. Also...I bought a wonderful package of thick double sided papers from Tuesday Morning...and with these papers I made two Card Sacks and 4 cards to put in them. I used my Cricut Beyond Birthdays cart for the various sentiments, ...and because the paper was double sided, I wanted to card to show both sides on the front of the card. Hence the paper hinges which attach to white cardstock for the inside.. The sack was fun to make and although I made 3 sets, each sack was done a bit different than the one before it. The handles I found had to have a brad to allow it to fold down to access the cards. I added ribbons and buttons and a title from Base Camp.

Monday, December 22, 2008

BBTB/New Arrival/Gifts

Here is my take on Regina's BBTB challenge to use the New Arrival Cricut cartridge, and to create something with the gift boxes. The boxes on the die are actually welded into one unit, however I cut them apart and made 3 gift boxes. They have been run thru the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, and I've added some gems to the bows. TFL....and be sure to take a look at the designer's creations on the BBTB site. And I must mention SweetArts Paperie. They have the most awesome kits available...just perfect for whatever you need to create. You will find their link under my Places I Visit.
Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Wedding Toast

My dear friends are celebrating their 50th Wedding anniversary... This card was designed to meet a challenge on the Hallmark Scrapbook Messageboard, and the challenge came just in time for what I needed. I used the Wedding cartridge, and the paper is from the Joann's Metallic Pak. I ran the gold paper thru the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, and when I cut the Toasting Glasses from the cartridge, I cut the wedding couple as well. I had a hard time with the glasses, and finally I cut the shadow in a linen color and the glasses in a white cardstock. Although it doesn't show, I used transparency sheet for the top layer of the glasses. The bride has three layers of dress, and I added a white bow for the dress back and the glasses.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


For our BBTB challenge, Regina asked us to use Paper Pups Cricut cartridge and the Spot die cut. You should see the darling cards the designers came up with. Here is my take. I used the Cuttlebug Embossing folders, my Nestabilities circle scalloped cut, a rubber stamp sentiment, some ribbons for Spot's ear. Oh, and the MS punches.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Hallmark Challenge/Ice Skates

The challenge on the Hallmark Scrapbook Messageboard this week was to use the Joys of the Season cartridge/Cricut, and use the ice skates. Being an Arizona gal, my mind doesn't go there! I was an avid roller skater and my one attempt at ice skating was a complete flop. Anyway I was able to come up with a little card nonetheless. The paper was run thru the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder, and while I was cutting on the JOS cart, I also cut the mittens, the sled and the far away trees. I used silver pigment ink on the sled runners and the skate blades and then sprinkled silver embossing powder to heat emboss. The tiny tiny snowflake is a $1 punch from Michaels. Gotta love those buck bins...

Monday, December 08, 2008

BBTB/Birthday Girl Challenge

Regina asked us to design something using the Storybook cart and the Birthday Girl die cut. This is my take on that challenge. It is sort of a book card, with a scalloped paper spine, anchored and enhanced with a zutter wire with a lot of pretty ribbons.
The front and inside of the card were Cuttlebugged, and the ice cream cones and hearts were grabbed out of a die cut scrapbin have laying around. It's a girly-girl card, donchathink??? Stop by and visit the BBTB site, you will see some wonderful awesome creativity.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Celebrate 71~!!!

My grade school high school dear friend is having his 71st birthday celebration this month and here is the Star Card I made for him. Each year I try to outdo the card from the year before. One of these days I am going to hit the proverbial block wall on my ideas! This is just a view of the front cover, an overall view and one of the inside pages If you want to know how to make this wonderful creation, here is the link:,2045,DIY_15079_3092450,00.html

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

More cards from here n' there...

I have been skipping around on the various Cricut carts many darling things to use!! Here are a few cards from my skipping!!!
For the baby cards: Giraffe is from New Arrival and the baby carriage is from Wild Card. The Snowman card was to meet the Hallmark Scrapbook Messageboard challenge, and he is from Joys Of The Season as is the tree. The Christmas cards are from JOS as well. Loved making these, hope you like them.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

That wonderful Michelle shared her award with me.... I so appreciated it....I had problems getting it to my blog but here it is and I am so proud of it. Please do go see Michelle's blog as she has the most beautiful cards. I share this now with all of my blogging friends. I have never been able to direct link the sites and it becomes frustrating to me. Please please, I share this with you my friends. And thanks, Michelle.

Monday, December 01, 2008

SimpleChristmas Cards

I didn't join in on the current BBTB challenge to use the tree box on the TB&M cart. I had most of it done, but I simply couldn't fight getting that box together so I opted out of the challenge. BAH on go look at the fantastic designs the team did. Awesome stuff. So....since I won't be posting the current BBTB challenge, here are some simple Christmas cards I did for my son and DIL. I used the Cuttlebug to emboss, I used rubber stamps, and ribbons. Sizzlits for some of the JOY words, Nestabilities for the scallop circles, and the JOS Cricut Cart for the darling snowman....