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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Birthday Thanks Yous

It was my son's second birthday at the end of April.  He has some wonderful Aunts and Uncles who were most generous with birthday gifts.  One of those gifts was a bulldozer!  I didn't have a bulldozer cut, so I used this dump truck cut from Everyday Paper dolls. There are two different embossing folders used here as well and a MS punch.


The other BIG hit was a Fire Truck board book with matchbox fire engine. You can see the embossing a bit better with this one. I loved the water drops print on the paper!  It just seemed perfect for what I was trying to accomplish! (The fire truck was also Everyday Paper Dolls.)

I really wanted to say, "Hose me down, your gift was so HOT", but my husband pulled the reins on that one.  He's probably right, but coming from a two year old, I don't think it would have been too "sexy" sounding! ha ha!  Just the same, they really were "FIRE"-tastic gifts!

 The cards were hand stamped by my sweet two year old!

Dahalia Fold Birthday Card

It was mom's birthday last week and here is the card I did for her.  It was a cross fold on classic laid paper (cream).   Here's the tutorial for the Dahlia.

Here's the inside.  I designed the wording in Word, but should have done it in Photoshop.  I think it turned out nicely just the same.  Of course it was filled with "X"s and "O"s since we are so far away and can't be there in person to help her celebrate!  Happy birthday mom!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Baby Invitation

I threw a baby shower for a friend a few weeks ago, I love using the cricut for cards and fun things, especially if I can make something cute and simple- I ended up making about 40 of these invites and it really didn't take me that long! I used the new arrival cartridge and choose the cute pregnant image and hit the card button. The machine cut the card out for me. Then I typed up the invite and printed it out on green paper, ran half the green through the cuddle bug to give the lady her dots, glued it in the inside of the card and finished the invitation off with a little bling on the purse. so simple and cute !

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Cards - Priceless

Here are the two Mother's Day cards I made. The first one was for my mother. She loves orange, green and brown. I learned how to make these flowers from a tutorial at
Be sure to take a look. They were easy and fun to make. There weren't any sizes given on the tutorial. Any size will work. I cut out 5 flowers. The bottom two flowers are cut at 3 inches and the top three are at 1.75, 1.75 and 1 inch. I used flowers from Sweet Treats, A Childs Year, Walk In My Garden and Forever Young. Any flower cuts will work, but use both solid flower and frilly ones. I didn't have Glimmer Mist so I used water. Another tutorial said they used Glimmer Mist and then spray starch. I kept it simple with using water, glaze and MS glitter. Since the flower is thick, I cut the puff envelope from Marriage cart. It has a little cut out and the flower showed through for a really fun presentation.
This one is for my Mother-In-Law. She just had open heart surgery so we celebrated Mother's Day in the hospital. She was so cute... every hospital employee who came into the room she insisted they see her new bathrobe, nightgown and the handmade card. She was so cute!
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Thank you to my Bee Keeper

My MIL received a bottle of bee balm from my daughter's FIL, Mark, who happens to be our bee keeper. She was so happy to receive this gift and it was very generous of Mark to ship it to California for her. I told my MIL I would make a thank you card for her to send to Mark. It also happened to be the cut of the week at the BBTB2, so I will sneak my submission in before the week is over.
The cute bee and hive are from Sentimentals cart. The Thanks is cut at 4.75 inches to fit in a square 5 inch envelope. The Thanks is from Don Juan Cart. I used some green shading on the edges with some black dots. The flowers are a MS punch with cute buttons in the center. The inside hive is cut at 2.5 inches and the grass is from Paper Dolls cut at fit to length at 4.75. If you haven't used Fit to Length, it is a great feature on the Expressions. Enjoy!

Here is the inside of the card.