May 5, 2014

Chevron-Tree Baby Shower Card

Chase's nursery is painted grey and chevron, with a white vinyl tree above his crib. I took Mom's decor and used it as inspiration for her shower card. I love that the new Cricut Explore can upload its own JPEGs, so I could find a tree similar to the one she had already. Since Dad is into Texas A&M, I added that logo too. Baby cards are some of my favorite because everyone is so unique in their theme, and I can spring off of that.

Products I used:

  • I'm really enjoying the Cricut's writing function!! This white pen is amazing - it's from American Crafts, and it's their medium-tipped Galaxy marker. Purchased at Hobby Lobby. It writes almost like a skinny paintbrush, and fits perfectly into the machine.
  • I recently found the chevron envelopes also at Hobby Lobby in a 50-pack, but it's hard to get the Cricut to write directly centered on the front.
  • The shiny grey paper doesn't photograph well, but looks great on the product itself. :)
  • The "Baby Prints" stickers are some of my favorite go-to's, they're STICKO brand and I regularly purchase them at Michaels. 

February 8, 2014

Doily Valentines Cards

Happy Valentines Day! I found the large doilies at the dollar store, and the smaller ones at Hobby Lobby. Gluing them down can be tricky, be sure to layer at least 2 so you don't see the glue bulges! I found the banner pre-made at Hobby Lobby (pieces came in a package for you to assemble, but I did replace their thread). This is definitely worth the cost, since making banners is so time-consuming. These cards are pretty straightforward, and can be done without the cricut if you have stickers and pre-cut shapes for the card's interior.

February 7, 2014

Red & Black Valentines Cards

I embossed the black card with script first, then glued my shiny red doily (hobby lobby), followed by white chipboard letters (this card was made without the cricut).

I downloaded the graphic for this card from cricut's digital store, but assembled it differently than they recommended. I cut the dinner table scene from the card, and glued it to my red cardstock. The icon for the front of the envelope was made from the cartridge Sweethearts. I attached it with a silver heart-shaped brad, and fixed it down with red-chevron washi tape. The "my valentine" & "will you be my valentine" was from a valentine's sticker sheet. Use your very best colored cardstock when cutting the table scene, as you can see, my paper teared (shown as white) since it wasn't colored all the way through.

I've made this particular card available for download here: Date Night Vday Card

You will need to buy this card from cricut before you will be able to use these images. Find this card on their website, Valentines Day Cards-01

February 1, 2014

Sweet Pea Baby

The pea-pod baby is a sticker, and everything else was cut on the cricut. I edged the outside with brown distress ink so the pieces would stand out more. That's about it! Wish I had more pea-pod baby stickers! May be something to make in CCR someday though...

Cartridges Used: A Child's Year (font), Just Because Cards (pea-shape), Elegant Edges (layered shape)

Download the Cricut Craft Room file here -->  Sweet Pea Baby

January 10, 2014

Birthday Banner Card

One of my favorite birthday cards! This was a time-consuming card, but worth all the effort! Making the banner by hand was the most tedious part. I've made the Cricut Craft Room file available for your download, so you can get right to cutting the banner ;)

Download the CCR file here: Birthday Banner Card

To use this exact file, you need to own: Wildcard (triangle shape), Paper Lace (font on banner), Elegant Edges (front circles), & A Child's Year (balloons)
Tips & Tricks: Design with patience...
CCR File Preview
  • Find the card-size you want first, make the banner second, then assemble the card.
  • Placing multiple layers on the interior allowed me to run the banner string underneath the pink card-stock, so the banner was secure but not visibly so. I added eyelets to the corners for this purpose, and had to thread them with a needle-threader.
  • I made the banner in CCR by welding two triangles together, followed by placing each letter accordingly. Be sure to keep all the interior pieces of the letters because you'll need to glue them down later! Use a single-color-sided paper (or paper with two different colors), so when you fold the banner, the color shows through. If you prefer, you could use a rubber stamp or a sticker (that may be faster!)

January 2, 2014

Light-up Tree Branches Project

I had an idea to turn this Christmas decoration into wall decor. I purchased these pinecone-lighted branches right after Christmas and got them for 75% off (making it $4). This project was so simple!

  • First, I cut off the pinecones
  • Second, I wrapped the bottoms together really well with wire. Then I wrapped it in burlap.
  • Then I attached small white flowers by using brads
Altogether, it took about an hour! I love that it lights up the hallway that leads to this room. And cost less than $10.

November 20, 2013

Baby's Footprints

Baby Shower Card!

If you know the baby's name, you can spell that along the bottom instead. And you can easily swap the pink for blue or green.

The "baby" is written with rubber stamps, and the feet are from a sticker set of hands and feet (sold at Michaels, haven't been able to find them at Hobby Lobby yet). 

On the inside, you could write: "Babies leave footprints on our hearts", or "The first steps a baby takes are into your heart."