Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last Chance!

You only have TWO days left to get your hands on the March 2012 Stamp of the Month!  Remember, it's only $5 with a $50 order.  After Saturday, it's gone!

Go, now!

In other news, Easter greetings are all sent out.  Next up: a baby gift for a friend who's having a little girl in a couple of months.  I don't want to spoil any surprises, so I'll just say that it involves this kit, which just happens to match her nursery perfectly!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sympathy in a Pinch

Earlier this week, a coworker's elderly father passed away.  Thinking of what I would most appreciate in such a situation, I volunteered to make a card (rather than buy one) for all of us in the office to sign and give to him.  Later that night, I plopped down in my craft room and started digging through my stamps.  That's when I realized that I have NO sentiments for a sympathy card!  I was shocked.  I could've sworn I had this set, but apparently not.  Needless to say, it's going on my next order.

So, what does a crafty desperate girl do in a pinch?  She improvises!  I knew that I wanted to use the Cruisin' paper packet (despite its whimsical name) because it's somewhat masculine.  Here's what I ended up with; what do you think?

I made the 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" card out of the black cardstock in that packet.  Then I cut the pretty patterned paper slightly smaller and attached that to the front.  Next, I used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out both layers of the center shape; the full sized one in black and the frame one in Grey Wool.  I created the flower and leaves with my Rosy Regards set.  (Pick that one up if you don't have it already!  It's very versatile!)  I normally only use two leaves on each side, but it just didn't look right, so I added a third.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment that comes with this set in Cranberry ink, made a black backpiece for it, and glued that to the lower right corner.  I lined the inside with more Grey Wool cardstock from the Cruisin' paper pack and stamped "Sending Warm Wishes" from this set there.  Voila, sympathy in a pinch!  Not perfect, but good enough.

Tell me about a time you had to improvise!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thank You Card in Sonoma

Yes, I know, the Sonoma paper pack is from the last Idea Book!  However, I am still absolutely in love with it, and the fine folks at CTMH were wise enough to carry it over to the new Idea Book so that we can still enjoy it.  I've been on a Sonoma streak, as it were, but I think it's coming to an end... for now!

I wanted to drop a line to my son's pediatrician to thank her for all she's done for us.  It's a long story, but suffice it to say she's really wonderful and I just don't know what we'd do without her.  What better reason to make a card, right?  I hope she likes it.

I cut the card itself from the Smokey Plum cardstock in my Sonoma paper packet.  Of course I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to do the work for me!  (How else could I get those corner flourishes so perfect?!)  I cut it at 5-1/2" because I had 6" x 6" envelopes handy.  I attached a piece of B&T Duos paper, also from my Sonoma paper packet, to the back side of the front of the card so that it peeks through the cutouts.

Next I used my Just for You stamp set to stamp the flower on Bamboo cardstock from the Sonoma kit.  I attached the center round piece with foam tape for a little dimension. After I cut the flower out by hand, I realized I hadn't needed to do that; the flower shape is on the Art Philosophy cartridge, so I could have had my Cricut do the work for me!  Silly me.  Next, I relied on my cartridge again to cut out the piece of Bamboo cardstock for my sentiment.  I used a stamp from the February 2012 Stamp of the Month set for my sentiment on this card.

Next came the stitching, which I (obviously!) did by hand.  My trusty CTMH ruler is equipped with perfectly-spaced holes for marking where to stitch, so that was easy.  I stitched around the edge with New England Ivy embroidery floss.

Finally, I lined the right side of the inside of the card with a piece of Bamboo cardstock cut just smaller than the card itself to leave the Smokey Plum border.  I stamped "Thank You" there, wrote my personal message, and added my special trademark to the back of the card.

Next up, time to get cracking on Easter projects!  What do you have on your crafting to-do list?