It was a lucky month for me!
Here is the latest card(s) I made:
I made these to Thank the two persons/bloggers responsible for my win: The Scrapbooking Society and Kathy's Cozie's.
I was extremely fortunate to win one of Kathy's Cricut Expression Cozy's:
Isn't it Gorgeous! (Or as they say nowadays...GORGE!)
I am just in love with it...it makes my craft area (which is my kitchen table by the way...lol!) look so much prettier and it protects my favorite toy from dust.
Kathy hand sews/quilts these and they are such fine quality!
She has an Etsy store and you have to check it out, she sells other cozies for things like iPads, Kindle's, Cuttlebugs and she also has cozies that fit the Cricut Personal Cutter, the Imagine and the Gypsy!
Scrapbooking Society had a giveaway going on that was sponsored by Kathy and I was the lucky winner!
Another interesting tidbit is...the background of the SC website is a blue and brown damask pattern and Kathy made the cozy to match!
So, I decided to make my "Thank-You" cards match also.
I took a close-up picture of the cozy design on the material and then I printed it out on an 8x10 piece of white cardstock and used it to cut the shaped cards on my Cricut Expression using the Wild Card Cartridge.
On the larger card, I cut the word "Thanks" out using the Lyrical Letters Cartridge and the oval backing from the Wild Card Cartridge.
I embossed "Thanks" to add a little shine to the card.
I inked the edges of the oval with some chocolate brown pigment ink to give it some dimension and I placed the oval on the front of the card with a pop-dot to give it depth.
I felt like the holes in the scallop shaped seemed lifeless, so I added the blue ribbon, though I wasn't sure I liked the way it laid naturally, so I glued it down and hand-tied a bow at the top.
For the smaller card I cut the scalloped shaped card from light blue card stock and lightly inked the edges and open areas of the scallop with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China).
I glued a smaller scallop cut from the damask pattern on top of the card.
The sentiment was stamped on a small piece of coordinating card stock using the chocolate brown pigment ink and adhered to the card with a pop dot for dimension.
I added a bow on this card also, though I did not hand-tie this one, as it was very small.
I used a fork to form and tie the bow!
I did not come up with this on my own...of course I googled it and found several videos on how to do it.
Click here to see one of those videos.
I later found out that you can purchase a small template/tool to do this also, I found it at Really Reasonable Ribbon and you can check it out here.
The fork worked great though...so if you don't mind having household cutlery in your crafting kit, then it will work fine!
I experimented a lot with the sizes on these, so I'm sorry, I don't remember exactly what sizes I ended up cutting, but the final cards ended up being: a little over 4" wide and 3" wide.
I decided to make envelopes for the cards also, which is my first time attempting this:
I did alright, but I scored the bigger envelope a little too hard and had to tape a small area of it.
One warning about the envelopes though...(and I should have known this, but I found out the hard way!)...the U.S. Post Office will not be pleased if you try to mail these out in strange size envelopes.
The larger card was sent back to me with postage due (I put a 44 cent stamp on it).
At first I couldn't figure it out, cuz I knew it didn't weigh too much, but it was an "odd" size, so evidently they don't like that and will charge you more!
I was smart enough to put the small card in a bigger outer envelope, because I was afraid it would get very lost in the sea of mail and I was pretty sure the USPS wouldn't like it's itty bitty size!
Okay...so hopefully I haven't rambled on so long that I have lost you...
Here is what I used to make the cards:
Cricut Cartrdige: Wild Card (p.52)
Cricut Cartridge: Lyrical Letters
White Card Stock (w/Printed Pattern from Cozy Photo)
Brown Card Stock
Lt. Blue Card Stock
Craft Smart (Michaels) Pigment Ink - Chocolate Brown
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Broken China (#TIM21414)
Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Foam
Ranger Inkssentials Emboss It - Clear Embossing Ink Pad
Ranger Super Fine Detail - Clear Embossing Powder
Embossing Heat Gun
Studio G Clear Stamps, Thanks so Much #VS4911
Zots Thermo-Web 3-D Clear Adhesive Dots, 1/2"
Offray Spool o' Ribbon, Lt. Baby Blue, 1/8"
Offray Spool o' Ribbon, Teal Blue/Green, 1/4"
Zig Memory System 2-way Glue, Squeeze & Roll
Beacon Adhesives, Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
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