Welcome back and and today I am sharing a baby card made using Amazing Paper Grace Elegant 3D Vignettes.
Spellbinders – Shapeabilities Grand Arch 3D Card Etched Dies Elegant 3D Vignettes, Shapeabilities Petite Double Bow and Flowers Etched Dies 3D Vignettes, Shapeabilities Layered Bundle of Joy Etched Dies Elegant 3D Vignettes, Shapeabilities Isadora Trinkets Etched Dies Venise Lace
Heartfelt Creations – Butterfly Dreams Paper Collection, Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper
Creative Expressions Foundation Cardstock – Robin’s Egg, Coconut White
Ranger Archival inks – Leaf Green, French Ultramarine, Flannel Grey
I have been busy with the next Australasian blog hop so it is just a small post today. I have been playing on the Artfully Sent cartridge and came up with this baby card. It is not perfect but it is a start. I apologise for the quality of the photos but I think it is time to start looking for a new camera unfortunately.
Sorry this is a couple of days late but sometimes life just gets in the way. I have been busy doing a big project for Gift Hutt and will feature this later in another post.
In the meantime I noticed that Gift Hutt was getting a little low in blue baby cards and as I have just received the new Artfully Sent cartridge I thought I would have a little play. This new cartridge is great for cardmaking as well as for scrapbooking and there is so much to choose from and it is going to take me quite a while to get through all the projects.
There are some gorgeous icons in the cartridge to cut and I love the baby outfits that are in there. I have cut a number of them out of both Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstock for quick and easy cards when I need them.
This first card features the sleeve card from page 23 of the Artfully Sent cartridge booklet cut at 5 1/2″ on Cricut Craftroom, and I have backed it with some White Daisy cardstock embossed with the Quatrefoil embossing folder and this time used the back of the embossed cardstock to try and create a more quilted affect that suited a baby card. The bows have also been cut out using the same cartridge. I love the simple sentiments that come with the Artfully Sent cartridge and they were perfect for these cards.
This week I have been busy playing with the embossing folders that Close to My Heart started carrying at the beginning of the year. If you look through my archives you will notice that a lot of my cards have embossing on them. Embossing adds the finishing touch to cards and can lift the card from a plain and boring card to something quite different again. I have a number of different folders which are all good, but the CTMH embossing folders are great as they already have a slot at the end to pass cardstock through, opening up all sorts of different possibilities. It makes it much easier to use different folders on different areas on your cardstock, which is what I have done with the following cards.
I am running low on baby cards so have been using up the last of my Lollydoodle stash as these colours are perfect for baby cards and you can pick up a number of different colours with them. For this card I have used the stripe folder at the bottom and the dot folder for the top on a piece of 4 x 5 1/4″ White Daisy cardstock . I used the stripe folder first and you get a lovely embossed edge when only partially embossing the cardstock. I then turned the cardstock around and used the spot folder for the top. I have used my ruler to measure `2 1/4 from the edge for the first lot of embossing and then 1 1/2 ” from the edge for the dot embossing folder. There is 3/4″ gap which I have used the dotted Lollydoodle paper as a trim matted with Cotton Candy cardstock. I have used the images available with the Cricut machine for the title. The pram has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and cutting out wedge to create the shape. The purchased this ribbon a couple of months ago with the special packs and I love the colour of this ribbon even though it takes dye very well. I used Liquid Glass for adhering the ribbon, pleating as I went along. I then cut a thin strip of Cotton Candy cardstock to put over the top and then put the Bitty Sparkles on it. The wheels have been cut with an image from the Cricut machine and topped with
For this card I have used the same technique with the stripe and chevron folders. The pin has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and next time I will do it a little smaller. The rattle has been coloured using the new Touch markers that will be coming out next month. More about them later.
This card is elegant in it’s simplicity. I am not sure what sentiment I want to put on the card and I think sometimes it is nice to have a card without anything, so people can put their own thoughts on it. The butterfly has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and finished off with clear sparkles.
Finally, I love this card. I have kept to a very simple colour scheme using the now retiring Twilight cardstock and the Twilight and white spotted Lollydoodle paper. The chevron embossed white cardstock makes a perfect background to the images cut from the Artiste cartridge. This pattern from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 is so wonderful and versatile and is perfect for this design.
This Lollydoodle paper and Twilight cardstock is only available until the end of the month and if you would like to purchase some you only have 4 days left to order some here.
Just a quick note about embossing CTMH cardstock. There is a grain with the card and it is best to go with the grain for embossing. For further information about this please visit the YouTube channel here.
I have another project that I have been working on and hope I can finish it in the next day or so and share it on here. I just have some logistics to sort out first and need daylight to finish it.
I will not be doing the Australasian SOTM blog hop this month, but I am hoping that I can join another blog hop showcasing the wonderful new products coming in the new Annual Inspirations book starting on the 1st August.
Here is just a small selection of baby cards that I have made for Make Shift. At the moment I have just done blue and pink cards, but will look at doing some different colours like yellow, green and purple.
I have used a variety of materials and tools in these cards:
These cards have been very quick and easy to complete. Once we have Make Shift up and running I hope to be able to run workshops teaching cardmaking and will also look to having some quick make and takes when I am working in the shop.
Thank you to all for all the support that I have received over the last few days since we received our sad news. I am unable to add much more at this stage except to say that we have some incredibly good deals going at the moment. These are up on my website at this point in time, so if you would like anything please feel free to contact me. I don’t know how long these deals will keep so you will need to get in quick. I would like to think that there will be some positive resolution to our current difficulties and that we will still be able to access the wonderful Creative Memories Products in the future. I have also been very heartened with all the support from the other consultants and the way we are all helping each other to get products to all our customers.
Following on my post the other day here is a layout that I did last year on my daughter’s photo album. This page has 12 photos in it and I have trimmed off all the excess that I didn’t need and the end result is quite pleasing. Plus I was able to use a lot of photos, which saved on pages and resources, and I got through a lot of photos in one hit! There is no embellishments on this page, except for me writing down the names of all the people that attended my daughter’s Christening so many years ago. This highlights the fact that we do not need to add all the embellishments to create an effective page. Memory keeping is about writing down our memories so our children and grandchildren can look back and understand what was going on. The embellishments are the decorative element and really should be secondary to what the photos are about. Less is more! And when times get tough we just have to get back to the basics to help our supplies stretch further.
Because of what is happening with Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand I thought it was timely to look at how we can make our limited resources stretch a bit further. The great thing with the CM albums is that you don’t need a lot of papers and embellishments to make a great page. Personally I like to try to get as many photos on my pages as possible mainly to save on products, but it also helps reduce the weight and size of my albums. Some of the albums with lots of pages can get really heavy! Also using lots of photos can help to get an album completed more quickly as well. So there are lots of benefits to be had in being more creative with photos.
With this double page layout I have used 11 photos as well as a journalling paper. I had an eclectic mix of photos of James and they did not really fit in with any particular theme so decided to put them all together using my page planner (which unfortunately is no longer available) to help with sizing and placing. To keep with the overall theme of the album I have just placed a strip of cloud cardstock and white twinkle chain strip to tie the layout in with the rest of the album.
Another way to say on products is to use the page protectors on every second page so as to make them go further (thank you Grace Green for that piece of advice). The photos are still going to have some protection from the plastic sleeves.
Today is Mother’s Day and it is a chance to reflect on how important mothers are in our world today. They provide unconditional love and support to their children and are the glue that holds families together.
I have created this card for all the mothers in the world. I have used the 2013 Anniversary Digital Kit and used the colour coordination feature to change the colours from blue/green to my favourite pink. I hope you enjoy my offering.
Regardless of what is happening with Creative Memories I still have my son’s album to complete. This double page layout is special as it shows my husband and I spending some special time with James. James cried a lot as a baby and often my husband, Matthew was the only one who could settle him which helped me a lot, and gave me some time out. On the whole though he was a good baby and was so cute!
Creative Memories Rugged Photo mats
Creative Memories Decorative papers (sorry I have forgotten the name of it)
Creative Memories Cardstock – Metallic green
Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud
Creative Memories Custom Cutting System – circles
Creative Memories ABC Monograms Swirly – Black
Creative Memories Rugged Title Stickers
Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer – straight and deckle edge blades
Much as I enjoy taking lots of photos I still have to do something with them and now it is time to get back to my scrapbooking. James’ album will not get done on its own!
As I have said in previous posts, James is growing up in front of me again and here is a two photo layout using the Rugged Baby Boy Addition,s as well as a decorative pack that I received when I went to a Creative Memories training day last year (I am sorry I cannot remember the name of the decorative pack, but it is no longer available). The colours go so well together.
I have used a lovely striped pattern as the base of my page. I then placed a smaller cream patterned paper on the page and then put a trimmed sheet of grey paper from the Rugged Range over it. The two photos were placed side by side (I was just going through my page sketches from Chris Lothian and found a similar sketch from her!) and I have added a couple of embellishments on the photos. With this decorative pack came a gorgeous green metallic cardstock and I have tried to make it last several pages as it tones in so well with this album. I cut a strip of this green cardstock across the page and then placed a small strip of floral paper to add some decoration to the strip and break the wide strip. To tie in with other pages in the album I have used cloud cardstock to place under the cream paper for a tag. I finished this off with a title sticker from the Rugged Baby Addition Pack. I then finished off with a couple of black epoxy stickers from the P.S. I Love You range.
I am sorry that I am unable to give any precise measurements for my layouts but I tend to use whatever I have in my stash. I never throw out my scraps because I never know when I might need just that sized piece for a project. Small strips of paper make great ribbons for other layouts, and different shapes make good embellishments as well for both scrapbook layouts and cards.
Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud
Creative Memories Cardstock – Green metallic
Creative Memories Rugged Baby Boy Addition Pack
Creative Memories P.S. I Love You Epoxy Stickers
Creative Memories Decorative Pack – sorry I can’t remember which one it was but it is no longer available.
Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer
Creative Memories Scissors
I hope I am showing that scrapbooking is not that difficult and the important part about scrapbooking is actually putting the photos into albums and writing down all our memories for future generations to understand where we have come from.