Sunday, June 3, 2018

Disney Autograph books

So we are getting ready for another trip to Disney.  This time, we will be celebrating our daughter's graduation and she asked for autograph books for her and her friend.  First up is a Merida inspired one from Brave.  My daughter loves Brave and chose the knot design from the Cricut cartridge Believe in Dreams.  I used kraft for the design and retired SU color Handsome Hunter for the background.  I cut 40 of the background in Whisper White for her pages.  Each 12x12 sheet cut four.  TIP: note where the top of each piece is as it is NOT a symmetrical design!!!  I laminated the covers and punched the hole with a crop-a-dile before binding with a ring.
Next, I made a Sleeping Beauty inspired crown autograph book for her friend.  I used gold-metallic paper.  I had to tweak the Aurora crown in the Cricut cartridge by cutting off the two side points.  I also added her name to the cover, using Cricut Craftroom and one of the calligraphy fonts options, only cut deep enough to score the name into the front.   Because of the size, only two fit to a 12x12 page.  I also laminated and punched holes to bind with rings.  Last, I added some gemstones to the front cover. 
Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Grad Announcement

Our oldest is graduating from high school next month an she was less then impressed with the school's stuffy announcements (and Dad was less impressed with the cost).  She asked me to see what I could do, as I had already made her thank you cards several months ago. 
Since she plans to major in Animation, I thought it should represent her artsy side.  I used the same stamps as I did for her thank yous and went with the same basic design.  The stamps are retired Stampin Up's Extreme Elements and stamped in Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, with Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green, and Blackberry Bliss. 
The outside of the card is her grad info, printed on vellum using Harry Potter Lumos font from dafont.com and adhered to the front with washi tape.  Inside the card (not shown) is her senior photo and details for her open house.  I added a few smaller spatters of color using the welcome Stampin Up My Paper Pumpkin set. 
I finished it by stamping the envelopes in the small spatter print. 
Thanks for looking!  April

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas card 2017

This year's card got way more involved than I had planned but it turned out really cute, so I shouldn't complain.  I saw a really cute window card on Pinterest that was way more detailed and involved than this but it inspired me to pull out the Disney Mistletoe die I had and put it to use.
The base is kraft stock that came with the base and envelopes and is larger than the A2 size.  These are closer to 5x7.  I left it plain because I was worried about it looking too busy.  (I had embossed the test card and it really didn't let the rest of the image stand out.)  The die is cut on Basic Black, then set aside while I cut the Cherry Cobbler frames with a Nestabilities die.  (A SU/Sizzix Top Note Die would have also been awesome too, but I wanted a slightly longer and skinnier die).  The vellum is stamped in Whisper White craft ink using the stars from SU's Holly Jolly Greetings.  It took forever for these to set and they were still a bit tacky when I was assembling the cards the next day.  I put the frame and vellum together then laid it over the die cut.  I had to do a bit of trimming the remove the zig zag edges of the die cut that peeked through the vellum. 
The sentiment is stamped in Gumball Green on a 1 3/8" circle punch.  I would usually pop it up on foam, but wanted to keep these very flat for mailing. Inside the sentiment is from a retired SU Paper Pumpkin kit from a couple years back, also in Gumball Green.  50 cards in just over 6 hours, minus drying craft ink overnight. 
I gotta admit, it took me over two hours to cut the frames and die cuts alone.  Oh, how the Cricut machine would have cut that time down!  I will probably keep it much simpler next year.
Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!  April

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Birthday Text card

This card is for my BFF.  While we live in different states, we text all the time, often bemoaning the horrors of autocorrect.  I got the new SU set Text Ya Later and knew it was perfect for her birthday.
The base is Soft Safron with emojis stamped in Smoky Slate and layers of retired SU DSP.  The image is stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, and Pear Pizzaz. The inside sentiment is "Well, this is awkward" and Happy Birthday.  I popped the conversation up on foam but used the side pieces, not the hexagons.  Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mickey Pumpkin

So we totally got screwed out of going to Disney thanks to Hurricane Irma.  I wanted something to perk up the mood because hubs and I were really bummed.  I had a fake pumpkin stashed in the Halloween box and have been wanting to try carving the foam and see if it is easier than a real pumpkin.  What to put on it?  Mickey, of course! 
I found these small "ears" at Walmart for under $1 each and I had the pattern in one of the old kids books.  I realize I should have blown it up a bit more, but it worked okay.  I used a push pin to mark the pattern then an craft knife to cut.  I finished up by using some small craft files.  The foam was really messy and stuck to everything but it was easier, and less gooey, than the real deal.  The ears are attached with wood skewers.  I also cut a hole in the bottom, just big enough for a battery operated tea-light to fit.  Too cute to spook! 
Thanks for looking!  April