Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bear Wishes

We have a good friend that has retired from the California Alumni Association, and his upcoming party is on Friday.  I wanted to make a special card just for him, so this is what I came up with.
I found the words that I put on the card a long time ago, but just haven't had the right time to use them until now.  It reads:
Advice from a
Climb beyond your limitiations
When life gets hairy, grin and bear it
Eat well
Live with the seasons
Take a good long nap
Look after your honey!
Cute poem by Ilan Shamir.

I used plain white card stock which I cut into a 6.5" x 10" card.  I then figured out where the approximate middle of the card was and then ran it through my printer to add the poem to the front.  Then I ran the card through my Cricut using the "camp out" cartridge and cut a bear "shadow" out of the front of the card directly below the poem.  This was a little tricky getting things to line up, but I think it is pretty good.  I then cut out a light brown bear "shadow" and then another bear "original," which game it the cut outs for the bottom bear to show through.  I then figured out how to mount the brown bear so that it shows through the cut out bear hole on the front.  Something new to try, haven't done this before, but I think for this particular card it came out pretty darn good.
For the envelope I didn't want to have a white envelope, so I made an envelope out of blue card stock.  I then glued to the front the white bear that I had cut out of my card, and then wrote with a gold pen, our friend's name on the front of the envelope.  Go Bears!

Make A Wish!

Make a wish, what better way to wish someone a happy birthday.  I purchased the "wish" paper quite awhile ago, thinking that one of these days I would make a card with it.  I saw a card online that had added the candle, and I thought what a cute idea to complete my card.

Plain white card, a piece of red cardstock down the one side, the "wish" paper, which I chalked in red.  I then added the black oval, and the white oval (chalked in red), which I cut using the "George and Basics" Cricut cartridge.  Add your "Make a Wish" and then attach your candle and a bow.  I chalked the rest of the card in black. 

Friday, August 26, 2011


Yesterday was my honey's birthday.  Well here's my card, and a picture of my honey with his brand new GPS, which he has appropriately named "Penelope Nosoeewe."  If you haven't figured out the last name, it stands for North, South, East and West, pretty cleaver, but understandable for an engineer/surveyor.

Cute coordinating paper with lavendar rick rack for an accent and 3 little mismatched buttons added to the bottom.  I cut the Happy Birthday using the Cricut cartridge "George and Basic Shapes."  This cartridge is always my fall back cartridge, because it has so many things that you can use.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Donna and Jamie, our friends, actually more like family than friends are celebrating their anniversary this weekend, and I wanted to make a pretty card for them.

Pretty purple and lavender paper for the background.  Instead of ribbon, I even used a gingham lavender paper that I cut with the fancy scissors and then chalked the edges.  I used my "George and Basic Shapes" cartridge to cut out the flower.  Love that chalk, more chalk around the edges of the flower petals (I used different colors, black on the bottom, purple, matching lavender print as in the background and then dark purple for the top.  I free-handed the green leaves.  Attached the whole flower to the card using a lavender brad.  Added a couple of pretty little lavender pearls as my finishing touch.  I like it!


We have a friend that loves to cook, and his birthday is August 25th, the same day as my husbands.  He and his wife purchased an outdoor pizza oven a few years back and from that point on, he has cooked some outrageous things, as well as inviting his friends to share in some of the delicious things that he makes.  YUMMMMO!

Love the paper, red gingham for the top, kind of makes me think of a picnic, but without the ants, and green strips for the bottom.  Funky polka dots for the back of the circle and then a plain green to tie in with the bottom stripes.  Cut out the apron using my Cricut cartridge, "Block Party" and then added a fancy do-dad with brads on the bottom and cut out "Mike" using the "George and Basic Shapes" cartridge.  Fancy little ribbon and there you have it.  Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with a card that is a little more masculine, I seem to lean the other direction, but I think this one came out pretty cute.  It goes out in the mail to day, "Bon Appetite!"

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I actually saw these luggage tags on someone else's Blog, and couldn't resist making some for Jenna and Dan to have for their upcoming honeymoon in October to Maui.

Bought Self-Laminating Luggage Tags at Target (4 per box).  Measured the tag and cut the black paper slightly smaller so there was bonding space around the entire tag.  Used my corner punch to round the edges.  Using a white pen, I drew on the stitching all the way around the tag and then wrote the words.  On the back side, using the computer, I typed out their name, address and cell phone number and attached.  Positioned the black tag onto the sticky portion of the plastic tag, and carefully closed the front rubbing towards the end to get a good seal.  I then attached some cute little ribbons just as an added touch.  I am going to attach these tags to the top of Jenna's shower gift.  Something a little different, but fun.  Just think of all the different tags I can make.


Getting ready for Jenna's (just like another one of our kids) Bridal Shower tomorrow. One of her colors happens to be plum, which of course, I didn't have plum paper, however, I did have purple, so went with this color scheme (close enough) for her card.

The base is just a plain white card.  I cut a piece of white paper, used fancy scissors for the edge and then chalked it with purple.  Then I added the cute lavendar gigham paper on the top and the darker purple paper on the bottom, both of which came from JoAnn Fabrics topping it off with some ribbon that I have had (white with silver linking hearts).  Attached it all to the front of the card then added the embelishments, flowers with rhinestones (Paradise Scrapbook Store), diamond ring sticker and big white "J" for Jenna.

Can't let the envelope be a plain Jane, so I added the corresponding purple paper from the card to the back outside of the envelope, cut the fancy edge with the same scissors I used for the card.  Use my purple caligraphy marker and wrote "Jenna," and then added a fancy little flower sticker.  Tomorrow's the big day, can't wait to see all the nice things she and her soon to be hubby are going to get.