Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Cards Part 2

Hi Everyone!  

Here is the second batch of cards I have made for this Christmas Season.  Some are really simple and quick to make and 2 will need a Cricut to create.  I made Snowmen from the Joy of the Season cartridge.  One of the things I really love about the Expression is that you can use that fill the page option or if you know how many exactly you need use the Quantity Option!  I wanted to make 12 Snowmen and was able to just enter 12 and the size I wanted to have the snowmen and I was ready to go.  Very nice!

Card 1 - 3 Snowmen

3 snowmen cut 4 inches.  I did color in the eyes with black marker, the pieces that were cut with my circut were just TOOO small!  The ribbon behind is a wired velvet ribbon sold on a large spool.  It is a really nice ruby red that you really can't see well in the picture.

Card 2 - Poinsettia 

Quick and easy!  this card has a pre-made Poinsettia with a little bell and wired ribbon (I ran into a good sale at a local surplus store) and connected the ribbon to the green paper and adhered it to the card base.  

Card 3 - JOY

Ok.. I really cheated here.. I was going through my scrap pile and found 3 green squares that were left over from another project... I had stickers from a paper pack... and there you have it a card!  Instead of using Sticles on the squares, I used the Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura to draw my Faux Stitches and then glitter for a bit of bling on the card. The background layer is from DCWV as were the stickers. 

Card 4 - Gatefold Snowman


Another quick card, a simple gate fold with a band across that has DCWV paper from their Christmas stack from last year cut to show only the wording, my Snowman from Joy of the Season and Green cardstock from AC Moore.  I drew on the snowflakes with a red and purple glitter pen.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Cards

Hi everyone!  Today the day after Thanksgiving I have taken a moment from the craziness of Black Friday to post a few cards that I have made lately.  I was going to make cards using mostly Cricut cuts, but it turns out the cards that I found myself making only used one cut from the Christmas Noel cartridge and the rest were based on paper, and ribbon and things cut from stencils.

I really enjoyed working on these cards, it became a challenge to make as many cards using 8x8 or 12x12 sheets of paper and digging out the punches from the drawer and put them to use.

OH... speaking of punches I used the Martha Stewart branch punch to make the wreath on one of the cards and found that the punch was a bit stiff.  It was not working the way I expect a MS punch to work.  Oiling a punch is not a good idea, as you will be wasting several punches and much time trying to get the oil off the metal to avoid the oil on your good card stock.  What to do... I tried the wax paper technique, that worked for a bit but then the punch  quickly began to get hard to punch again.
After much Winnie the Pooh type thinking... I came up with a plan... 

I took a sheet of computer paper and sprayed WD-40 LIGHTLY on the paper.  I then punched and punched until the punch was easy to use again.  This worked great.  Once it was easy to punch again, I got a clean piece of paper and punched 3 times and saw no oil!  YEAH, it worked and the punch is as good as new!

Okay.. on to the cards. I will be posting 3 cards today as I am running out to yet another store in a few moments... Tomorrow I will post another batch!

Card 1 - Joy Banner

This is a standard A2 card that I inked around the edges with Vintage Photo, the banners are triangles cut from Bazzill card stock and the background paper is from DCWV.  I used an EK Success punch to make the  banner trim and the pompoms are trim that I got at Joann's a long time ago!  Buttons  are attached with Fabri-Tac (this is great stuff!)

Card 2 - Noel Glitter

This is a very basic card.  I loved how quickly it went together and will be making more for the folks at work. This again is an A2 card with red and green card stock.  The ornaments were cut from an old stencil and mounted with foam tape. Stickles was used on all the ornaments and NOEL was written with it as well. Faux stitches were placed on top and below the green card strip.  

Card 3 - Wreath Christmas
And now for my favorite card!  I made the wreath and used paper from the DCWV Christmas pack on black  cardstock with white cardstock as the first layer. This card is just larger than an A2 card measuring 5 3/4" x 4 1/4" (just a bit larger). I decorated the wreath with Stickles to make it look like it was lit, very nice effect.  Merry Christmas was stamped with Versa Mark and black embossing powder.  The punched strip on the side is a Fiskars punch (Sorry I don't know the name of it).

So there are my three cards.  More tomorrow... Gotta run, I know there is a sale somewhere calling my name!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

CardZ Size Information

Hi Everyone!  
I am going to start a Christmas Card Series and wanted to be sure that when I say "This is an A2 size card" you and I would know what I was taking about!

Below is a chart that will give you both Card and Envelope sizes:

Card Size                                          Envelope Size
A2 = 4.25 x 5.50                              4.275 x 5.75
A6 = 4.625 x 6.1875                        4.75 x 6.5
A7 = 5x7                                          5.25 x 7.25
A8 = 5.25 x 7.875                            5.50 x 8.125

Now that we have the measurements for the various card sizes, I think I will be mostly using the A2 and A7 card sizes.. they are easiest to cut and to make envelopes for is you don't have a ready made one available.

I also bought the Cricut Christmas Card Cartridge and will be making all the cards on that cartridge.  Some of them are just lovely... (ok, they are all really nice.)

I will be making videos showing how to make many of the cards and also the method for making envelopes that I really like and use all the time.

So, I am going to get busy in the scrap room and will be chatting with you all soon!

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