Summer Shopping…

I am sad to say it is the end of summer. (Insert huge, sad, crying and stressed face here!) While I am glad to get back into the swing of things at my new school I am partially stressed out about all the things I need to do and all the things I didn’t get done this summer. One thing I did do PLENTY of this summer is shopping! That is where the inspiration from this card came from….

While cruising my local TJ Max, I stumbled across a set of wedding cards that made me come up with this simple “Thanks” card.

DSC_0143_edited-1The actual cards at the store looked to be some type of wedding thank you cards… A silhouette of a bride and groom with a cut away with the words “Thank You” printed in fancy script. I wish I took a picture so that you have a visual of what I saw but I guess it’s really not that important! :)

I created a quick tutorial for Silhouette Studio to show you how I did it. When it’s up and live on YouTube, I’ll link it down below this post.

 

Messy Scallop Card

Hi Guys!

I’m here with a new crop of cards to share with you AND a free cut file! Can you believe it? I’m keeping good on my vow to update my blog more than twice a year… (for now ;)).

I’ve been in love with a stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Sweetie Pie and Sweetie Pie Frames. Sadly, the Sweetie Pie Faces set is sold out but the Frames are still available (linked below). I used those stamps and the Messy Scallop Frame cut file to create several cards….

Water coloring is a big trend right now. I used my dye ink pads and an aqua painter to color the frame and hearts.

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This card is very similar but I used patterned paper for the frame and ribbon instead of twine.

 

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This last card uses both stamps together. Cute, right? I used my very neglected copic markers to color in the hair in faces.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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(Some supplies are not listed because they have been discontinued and are no longer available.)


It’s been a while…

I know, I know…. I’ve been a blog slacker. I’m sad to say, my poor little blog is always playing second fiddle to my youtube channel. If you happen to follow me on youtube, you’re well aware that my crafty pursuits have continued. I’m here to undo by blog slacking and share them with you right now!

Over the past few years I have made many cut files. Cut files for card classes, Silhouette classes, custom orders for my LSS, ect. I figured that it was time that I made some of those files available to all of my crafty friends! The first, of what I hope will become many more file shares is a simple one. I made a file and cut it out with my Silhouette (but you could also cut it out with any die cut machine that uses SVG files, like the Cricut Explore) so that I could easily tie string around it without it slipping and sliding off the sides. Like I said, simple! Here are my two projects using two of the three shapes in the cut file. (I’ll link the cut file with all the other supplies I used below. The coupon code to get it for free until July 6th is “AllTiedUp”.)

The first uses a bunch of stuff I got for free from Stampin’ Up’s! Sale-A-Bration this year. Sadly, most of the supplies I used are no longer available which is a pity because the patterned paper was gorgeous! The sentiment is from a stamp set called “Remembering Your Birthday”.

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My second card is half Stampin’ Up! and half mystery. The stamp set and dies I used in this card are called “Just Sayin’” but I’m at a lost for who makes the paper. I’ve had this very cute 6×6 paper pad in my stash for some time with no cover on it. (I’m sure it was there when I bought it but it’s MIA now.) My educated guess is that it is by Jillibean Soup or Doodlebug but I’m not quite sure. All I know is that it went really well with the Just Sayin’ stamps and die set. :)

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You can hear all about these cards and the cut file in this video.

 
Here are a list of supplies that I used in the creation of these cards. I’ve listed some nice alternatives for the thick bakers twine because the specific colors I used are no longer available. Thanks for stopping by! ;)


The Five Minute Card

You guys know I love the A2 Card #3 die. I use it ALL the time. (As I’m sure you have noticed over the last few weeks!) Today, I’ve used it to create a 5 miniute card!

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This card base makes quick cards easy. All I did was cut it out of woodgrain cardstock and decorate with ribbon and patterned paper. Want to know the best part of all? It’s finally back instock at www.topdogdies.com :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Love & Joy Wreath Card

Hey Guys!

I’m here today with another project for Top Dog Dies! This card is pretty clean and simple. Atkins-19-PeaceLoveJoy

I created the wreath using the TDD Cherish Doilies & Tags Die Set. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking…. “That shape isn’t there!” Well my friends, you’d be right. :) I mounted two dies inside each other then die cut my paper to create my wreath. They actually come pre-nested when you order them but I already cut mine apart for a different project. You can see the little metal nubs from when I cut them apart.

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To keep the two pieces from moving, I used a piece of washi tape. Think of it as die cutting a die cut!

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Ta-da! Instant wreath! That’s it from me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Top Dog Dies Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first Top Dog Dies blog hop! I’m here today with THREE holiday cards to get you in the Christmas spirit! The first uses my absolute FAVORITE card base… the A2 Card #3 die (I call it the scalloped card die!)

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Creating cards on this base is really easy! Most of the design work is actually done for you! I created scenes using papers and wood veneer pieces from American Crafts. The sentiment on the first card is from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set from Hero Arts. The second sentiment (“Throw your hands up…”) is from the Blue Note stamp set from Studio Calico.

My next card features the beautiful and intricate TDD Christmas Tree Die.

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This die is a big one, so it makes a great focal point for your card. (Card measures 5″ x 6.5″) We tend to be wordy in my household, so we welcome the space. :)

Hop on through each DT member’s blog to get the details on their fab creations:

The party isn’t over just yet, though: We’re giving away $50 Top Dog Dies eGift Cards to two lucky winners. Entering is easy: Just add your email address here and you’ll be included in the giveaway!
You can earn extra entries by commenting along the blog hop and by following us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. Even better news? You have until Friday Dec. 13 to enter and we’ll announce the winners on Monday Dec. 16.
Thanks for joining us for our first – but definitely not our last – blog hop. Happy hopping!

 

 

Quick Card Share…

Hi Guys!

I’m just popping in to do a quick card share with you! :)

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My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary – this is the card I made for him! It’s a simple card by my standards and features a nice graphic sheet of paper from Studio Calico. ;) The sentiment is a Heidi Swapp stamp from a 100 years ago, lol.

I think it was actually made for scrapbooking but I cut it apart to create a sentiment. I promise, its usable in all forms but stamp lovers may have cringed if they saw how I cut it apart.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

The Christmas Card Extravaganza Continues!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I’m here with another Christmas card to share with you and it features this die from Top Dog Dies!

 

This die really has been put to good use this holiday season. The bottom flap folds up nicely to create a pocket for a gift card. It’s the same die I used to create the gift card holder for this card a few weeks ago:

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In addition to the to being a great gift card holder, the front panel is perfect for those popular “scene builder” type stamps. This weekend, I used it to create this card using a card kit and stamp set from Studio Calico.

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It doesn’t actually snow in Florida…. at all (flurries don’t count, lol) :) but I’m sure some of my colder relatives up north will appreciate the sentiment. Cards using this die come together really quickly! All you have to do is cut a base out of card stock and another out of patterned paper. To get those white edges to show, I just trimmed 1/4th of an inch around the card then assembled the pieces.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by! :)

 

Two Projects :)

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it’s already December? I keep asking myself… “where did the time go?” — the Thanksgiving holiday has always been such a whirlwind of events in my household and this year was no different!

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while (It’s a loooonnngg story! 8O ) but I have two projects to make up for some of the lost time! :)

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As you can tell, I’m still in the process of making Christmas cards. :) The A2 Card #3 die is my absolute favorite! I used it to create a semi-looking masculine card for my husband. Since we live in Florida, I’m sure he’ll think the mittens are of the oven variety. (He’d be right, I created them using a cooking stamp set, lol!)

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My second project is a cute little heart notebook. I make these small notebooks every month and a shaped notebook seemed appropriate for the holidays. To create the front and back cover I used the TDD Heart Mini Album die and the pages were cut using the coordinating Heart Mini Album Finisher Set. Now I can make grocery lists in style! 8)

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by! :)