Tuesday, September 18, 2012

We're 4 Days from Fall . . .

Wow!  We're 4 days from Fall and I'm behind in my card making.  My goal in January was to work my way through all my Cricut cartridges and make at least one card from each cartridge.  Unfortunately, life interfered with my great plan - as it has a way of doing.  I did get a few cards made for a swap this month that I'd like to share with you.

I love this shoe from SVGCuts.com.  This is from Amelie's Accessories - Sabine's Shoe Card.  I almost wish I could wear it!

SVGCuts, Sabine's Shoe Card, Viva Pearl Pen
This card was make for a "Use Your Scraps" swap.  Everything - including the "Way to Go"(from the George cartridge) - were scraps that have been hanging around my craft room for a long time.  The Red Hat lady is  left over from Christmas cards I sent to my Red Hat group several years ago and is an old Stampin' Up stamp.
Stampin' Up, Viva Red Pearl Pen, red gems, George

 This card was made for a "Blue & Orange" swap.  The big surprise was that I didn't make a Denver Bronco card nor did I receive one.  No Cricut or Eclips on this card - stamping only.
Copics, stamp, Stickles, ribbon, twine, button
 The last card was for a Christmas swap.  Again, Santa is a stamp and  you can't tell in the picture but the white card  is dry embossed with a Cuttlebug.  Santa is embossed in silver.
Embossing powder, Copics, Stamp, Cuttlebug
I'd love to see your comments so please leave one.  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I've been busy making cards!

I've been busy making cards again  - and it's so much fun!  I don't know about you, but it's therapeutic for me.  I seem to get into my own little world when I'm playing with paper.

I have some new cards for you, starting with this one -I needed to make a red, white & blue card for Labor Day but I didn't want a serious theme.  I found this digital stamp and  paper and I think it was just so appropriate for my card,  How much more patriotic can you get than Mickey & Minnie?

Digital Stamp, Digital Paper, ribbon, ribbon stars
The other card I needed to make was for a swap with a "cool" theme.  This was my entry.  The cuts are from Lettering Delights "Banner Day" and I used my Sizzix Eclips to do the cutting.  I love the way it cuts!  With all the different cuts and colors, I really appreciated the laser functin to be sure that I had all the small scraps of paper position correctly. It's a great little machine.  I really like making cards that aren't the traditional shape so I  had a great time with this step card.  By the way, the popsicle opens up lake a mini-card so there is room for a note or sentiment.  The paper is from the American Crafts Heat Wave collection.

Lettering Delights Banner Day, Stickles, American Crafts Heat Wave paper

I'm going to try to get in some serious card making this week.  With the Labor Day weekend coming up, I should be able to get a few cards in.  I have a couple of new Cricut cartridges I want to try out, too.  And I need to make some kind of a Mexico themed card for my hubby - we have a trip to Mexico coming up soon.  Wish me luck with the card making!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It's August Already - How Did That Happen?

I can't believe that it's almost the middle of August - where has the year gone?  Since it is August already, I'm wa-a-a-a-y behind my schedule for making at least one card a week with a new Cricut cartridge.  Oh well - maybe I"ll catch up by the end of the year.

I have been making some cards and I have five to show you. The first one is a Cricut cut.  The cut is from the Campin' Critters cartridge.  I just love the cute little animals on this cartridge - but I'm not a camper, so I don't use it much.

Campin' Critters, Cuttlebug, Ranger Distress Ink
I'm a big Charlie Brown fan - and I have a lot of the character stamps.  Since baseball is a summer sport (well - spring, summer and fall) - I used the Charlie Brown and Lucy stamps for this card.  The baseball is an Epithany bubble cap over a small circle cut.  I used a Xyron Design Runner to stamp the sentiment on the ribbon but I think the Chevron design on the ribbon wasn't a good match for the Design Runner.  Oh well - now I know.

Stampabilities stamps, Epithany Craft, Copics, ribbon
I used clip art from my Microsoft Word program for the wheelbarrow full of roses.  I added some glitter with the Sakura Stardust glitter pen, a border, some ribbon and it was done.  I was amazed at how quickly this one went together!
Clip art, ribbon, glitter pen, ek border punch
Do you ever have an accident with a card when it's almost done and you have to scrap it?  That's the story behind this next card.  I stamped this on a white pearl paper because I thought that it would give the finished stamp a bit of a glimmer - and it did.  However, while coloring the poppies with my Copics, I must have gotten a bit of the orange on my hand and then transferred the orange to the white background!  Since I hate to throw anything away  that might be useful later, I cut the flowers and mounted them on the background paper.  The sentiment is stamped directly on the paper and embossed with white embossing powder.  It didn't turn out to badly - what do you think?
Copics, white embossing, Stickles

And  last is a birthday card with a House Mouse stamp.  The candle border is an ek punch and the ribbon border is a Stampin' Up punch.  This one is colored with Copics also.
House Mouse stamp, ek border punch, Stampin' Up border punch, Copics
I hope you enjoyed my new cards.  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer scene card

Happy Sunday!

I love the water - preferably an ocean and this vivid turquoise color reminds me of playing in/on the ocean. 

Spectrum Noir alcohol pens, CTMH "Summer" stamps, K & Company "Sea Grass" paper
I'm entering this in the " Caribbean Blue" Challenge at Creating the Crafty Life and Challenge 12 - DT #2 at Just A Scrappin'.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Time Flies when you go back to work

I'm not sure how the year has gotten away from me but I think going back to work part-time has something to do with it.  I had such great plans to make a minimum of 3 cards a week and use all of my Cricut cartridges but somehow I seem to be very, very behind.  How can a loss of 5 daylight hours 4 days a week make such an impact on my spare time?

I did get busy this week and made 3 card - plus one last week - so I  have 4 new cards to show you.

The first is a birthday card for a friend who just celebrated his 90th birthday.  The cut is from Art Philosophy but the bow is a freebie from SVGCuts.com.  (Who says Cricut and Eclips can't get along!)

Art Philosophy, Cricut, SVG Cuts-bow, Eclips

Friday's email from The Paper Boutique mentioned a tutorial  by Linda Kaiser (of The Paper Boutique) on the Iris Fold Technique that was spotlighted on the Fantabulous Cricut blog.  It looked like fun so it inspired me to make this card.  Check out both blogs if you haven't seen them before.  Both are great.  The cupcake is from the Cricut cartridge, Sweet Treats.  The embossing is a Cuttlebug folder.  The "Happy Birthday"  is an embellishment I had for sometime - I have no idea where it came from.

Yummy, Cuttlebug,

I really like  SVGCuts and I bought the Breezy Backyard Lever Cards collection a while back but never used it.  I decided to make their "Cool Fan" card from this collection.  For this card, I used my new Eclips (have I mentioned that I love the way it cuts?).  Also, if you've never used any of SVGCuts svg's, you're missing out on some great designs.  Not only are they reasonable in price, they cut beautifully.  And several times a week, they have a free cut on their website.  While this card looks like it was time consuming, it went together in a breeze! (no pun intended)

Breezy Backyard Lever Cards, Cool Fan, SVGCuts

And since I started with a birthday card, I'm going to end with a birthday card.  This card is for a friend of mine in Colorado Springs who will be celebrating her birthday next week.  We have been friends since first grade - which is just a few years ago - or so it seems.  The label is from Art Philosophy and the stamp is from the Girlfriends collection by Art Impressions.  The coloring was done with Copics.

Art Philosophy, Art Impressions stamp, Copics

Tomorrow starts a new week so everyone have a good week and stay safe.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Cricut card for a challenge

I saw this fold on Pintrest and I thought it would be a fun card to make and it would also work for the Weekly Cricut Card Challenge.So now  it's all done and I'm entering it in Cricut's Challenge. 

Life is  a Beach, Pack Your Bags

Wish me luck!  The cut is a Double Tri-fold Cascade card and it's a lot easier to make than it looks.  Cricut cartridges used are Life is a Beach and Pack Your Bags.  The sign is a printed sentiment from my computer. The sun's face is a Peachy Keen stamp.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So where has the year gone?

I can't believe that it's the second week of June already.  Where has the year gone? If I were on schedule, I'd be almost half way through my Cricut cartridges already.  Needless to say, I'm not.  In fact, both my Gypsy and Imagine have been at Provo Craft getting repaired.  I had an email from Matt @ Provo Craft yesterday saying that they had been shipped and are on their way back to me.   I have nothing but good things to say about Provo Craft and their customer service.  Matt has been wonderful to work with!

 In the meantime, I have a brand new Eclips that I've been playing with.  I will say it really cuts beautifully!  And while I never thought I'd use the laser light, I have been and it's a great feature.  It's wonderful for those little scraps - you can actually see whether a cut will fit before you do the final cut.

So between the Eclips and my original baby bug, I actually got a few cards made.

This first card is from the Edisto Island Cards collection by SVGCuts.  I love their selections and my Eclips does a fantastic job cutting their cuts.  This was much easier to assemble than I thought it was going to be.
Edisto Island Cards, Swallowtail Butterfly Lever Card, SVGcuts, Eclips

Open Swallowtail Butterfly Lever Card

Did you ever start out with a definite idea for a card and then ended up with something entirely different? That's what happened with this one.  This was going to have a stamped image of a cute cow, lamb, pig and duck but when I finished coloring the strip and matting it, it was lost in this paper.  So after staring at it a bit, I thought a frog would be perfect!  The frog is a Lettering Delights cut from their Frog & Kisses collection. Needless to say, this was cut on my Eclips.
Frogs and Kisses, Lettering Delights

I actually made the tri-shutter card base about a year ago.   I had the paper on it but could never figure out how to finish it.  When I was staring at the half finished card last weekend, decided I would have to finish it or it would haunt me forever!  I rummaged through some of my old embellishments and ended up with this card.  Not too many cuts on this card except for the gears.  These are from a free SVG from freesvgs.blogspot.com.  I love these gears!  I think they made my card.

Gears, Embellishments,Tri-shutter card
 This was another card front that I had made for another project but never could figure out how to finish it.  I finally decided to bite the bullet and just get it done.  The flower and vase are both from Walk in My Garden and I used my original Cricut to make this.  Wow!  I forgot how had it is to layout designs on a 6 inch mat!  It was a little hard to photograph because of the very light yellow and blue paper.  It just didn't take a good picture.
Walk in My Garden

That was my very nice, relaxing card making weekend.  Hopefully, Fed Ex will deliver my Imagine and Gypsy by Saturday and I'll be able to try out some more Cricut cartridges, too.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Where has May gone?

Here it is the middle of May and I have hardly posted any cards at all.  To be honest, making cards has kind of gotten away from me.  This month has been a busy month with birthdays and mother's day along with our anniversary.  On May 12, we celebrated my beloved Aunt Mary's 80th birthday with a surprise party.  I put together a scrapbook for her of pictures ranging from her at about age 2 through the current day, including pictures of my cousins as children.  As a child, I was always running around with a camera, so I had pictures - I just had to find them!  This took a couple of weeks to finish but I managed to get it done.  What I didn't manage to do was to remember to take pictures of the scrapbook layouts so when I visit my Aunt again I will take pictures and post some of the pages.

I did manage to remember to take a picture of my Mom's Mother's Day card.  I saw this on Split Coast Stampers and just had to make one.  If you're not familiar with them, they are a fantastic resource for paper crafts.  (www.splitcoaststampers.com)  Check them out.  My Mom loved it!  The flowers lift out of the pot and the message is on the tab that inserts into the pot.

Here is my Mom's card;
Flower Shoppe, Stickles, Stamp

Right after Mother's Day is my wonderful hubby's birthday.   Here is his birthday card.   I'm also entering this in the Papercraft Planet 3-d Challenge!  This is a double z-fold card.

Kenny K digital stamp, Copics, Spellbinders, double z-fold card

And last, I'm entering one more challenge.  Just A Scrappin" is holding an "Oldie but Goodie" Cricut cartridge challenge.  You need to use an old cartridge (that you absolutely needed but seldom use!) and make a masculine/little boy card.  My choice is the Buccaneer cartridge.  I think it's so cute but I haven't had any occasion to use it.  I've made only one card - this one:
Have a good week everyone!  Take time out to be good to yourself!

Friday, May 4, 2012


Boy, does time get away from me! I'm not getting very far on my quest to make a minimum of three cards a week.  I do have a good excuse, however.   I spent last week end in Key West with my daughter celebrating her birthday. We had a great time together - had some good food, too.   So, here are three birthday card for her and another birthday card for my grand daughter:
From Micha (my grand dog) to her mommie:

Everyday Paper Dolls, Art Philosophy

 From her Grandmother-
Cuttlebug, Lacy Labels

  And from me -

  And one more card for my darling Grand daughter who was 17 on March 27:
Rock Princess

  Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's a Beautiful Day in Denver

 It's a beautiful day in Denver and I'm looking forward to going outside and enjoying some of the blue skies and sunshine.  I did get some cards done this week, however, so I'm ready to show you some more cards.  This batch includes some non-Cricut cards, too.  Sometimes the kid just comes out and I want to color!

Copics, Stamp
 The next three cards were made for RAQ's Challenge on the Cricut Community web site.  This is a weekly challenge and you see so many pretty cards there.  Check it out.

 The cake cartridges aren't only for making cakes.  They have some really nice cuts on them.  the "Congratulations" and the garland are both Cricut cake cuts.  The first card was a little to shiny so I remade it was a more subtle silver paper.

 The color challenge at the RAQ's challenge was to use magenta, yellow and black. The sentiment is computer generated.
Copics, Stamp

Birthday Bash, Hopscotch
The paper on the "a little bird told me card" is from the Imagine Hopscotch cartridge.  The nice thing about using the Imagine paper cartridges is that the graphics are sized for the size of the cut.  If this was a scrapbook page, the clouds would be sized for a 12x112 cut.

I hope you enjoyed the cards.  I'm going out to enjoy the beautiful day!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Cindy Loo for Bitten By the Bug 2 Challenge

Bitten by the Bug 2 has a challenge using the Cindy Loo cartridge.  Here's my entry.  All cuts were made with the Cindy Loo cartridge.

Monday, March 26, 2012

And starting with the "B's" . . .

For some reason, I'm been in a frenzy of card making this last week including a surprise birthday card for a friend that I didn't know about until Saturday.  The party was Saturday night!  So here are my 5 "B" cards for this week :

The motorcycle is from Going Places and the Happy Birthday is from Beyond Birthdays.

The blue polka dot paper, the carriage and the layered "Baby" are all from Baby Boutique.  The blue polka dot cut is a Spellbinders cut.

The cuts on this step card are all from Baby Steps.  The label is a Stampin' Up  punch and the wording is a stamp.  I love making cards that are in different shapes.  The bear is covered with Camel Fun Flock.

I love this old car!  It's a cut from the Billionaire Lite cartridge.   The  words "Thank You" are stickers - Vintage Findings from Making Memories.  I don't often use stickers but these seemed to fit the car.

 And last, the matted paper (scene) is from Nursery Tails, the "we've moved" and the car and house are  from Going Places.
Beyond Birthdays seems to be my "go to" cart for this week.    I didn't realize I used it so much.

Thanks for looking!

Cricut Letter Envy Magazine Challenge

Here is my entry for the Cricut Magazine "Letter Envy" challenge.  You need to use any cut from Letter Envy plus two more cuts to enter.   The peacock is from Art Nouveau, the "thank you" is from Beyond Birthdays and the crest is from Letter Envy.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cricut Blog Monthly Challenge Entry

Happy Saturday!  It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Denver.

Just a quick post to add a wall hanging to enter in the Cricut Blog Monthly Challenge.  This is a shadow box I made for my laundry room using the background from Nursery Tails (I really like that background) and the cuts from the Country Life  cartridge. The grass is from Everyday Paper Dolls.   The blue bird is a Martha Stewart punch.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome to the first posting of Sandy's Paper Cuts. I discovered scrapbooking and card making several years ago but  I find I enjoy making cards more than I do scrapbooking so that's where I spend most of my time.

This blog came into about as a way to keep myself "honest - If I commit in writing, I have to do it.   As I was staring off into space  for a large hit of "inspiration" (ever have one of those dry spells), I saw the shelf holding all my Cricut cartridges and I had an "aha" moment!  I decided I would make at least one card from every Cricut cartridge I own.  After some quick calculations I figure that if I do three a week - and NEVER buy another cartridge (like that's going to happen!) - I should finish my project by the end of 2012.

In addition to Cricut cartridges, I love to use SVG's from other sources including SVG Cuts, Lettering Delights and ScrapFonts among others. And don't forget all those generous people who make their own designs and offer them for free or at a minimal cost - I'm a big fan of theirs, too.  So interspersed with the Cricut cuts will be cuts from other sources.  But to be fair, I won't be counting them as Cricut projects.

So, starting with "A" . . .

A Child's Year

All Wrapped Up, Accent Essentials, Art Philosophy
Ashlyn's Alphabet