Sunday, September 23, 2007

Small Criss Cross Card

Small Criss Cross Card

  • For the "envelope", cut a 12x12 in three sections (4x12 each). Score each strip 3 1/2" from each edge. Cut digonally from the top of each score mark to the lower, outer corner of the strip. When the sides are folded in, they should overlap slightly and form a "V" shape.

  • I cut a brown strip that matched the top side of each flap and added some light brown ribbon. I added green Stickles to the envelope paper and then added some Primas with a green snap at the fold. I used double stick tape to close the envelope on the bottom edge.
  • For the inside card, I cut a 4 1/2" rounded rectangle from the George cartridge from cream cardstock. I used distressing ink around the edges and added ribbons to the top. I stamped the sentiment on the card and added some green Stickles.

  • This size criss cross card will fit in a regular invitation size envelope.

Thank Ewe Card

Thank Ewe Card

This card was made with multiple cuts of the George cartridge (Cricut) flowers on shadow blackout. I crumpled each of the flowers and used distressing ink. I then sprayed them lightly with water to help spread the ink a bit. When they were dry, I attached them to the card and added some dimension on the edges with a Snow Writer.

The face is a George cartridge oval and the ear is a petal from a flower cut. The legs were cut from a rounded rectangle. I cut the rectangle in half lengthwise and then again in half the other direction.

I hand cut the grass with "grass" craft scissors, used distressing ink and then added some green Stickles.

I cut the word "Thanks" and the letters for "EWE" from the George cartridge on white cardstock (regular) and in black cardstock on shadow blackout. I used distressing ink on the top half of the white letters to give it the gradient effect. I cut the "s" off of both of the "Thanks" and then attached the top cut to the shadow cut and then attached them to the card.

The card background is an 8x8 piece of cardstock scored in half. I added the white topper and cut the edges with scalloped craft scissors. I used distressing ink and added the black dots with a fine tip pen.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 17, 2007

BBTB Fall Contest Entry - Family Tree

Family Tree -
5 Generations!
Framed Artwork or Scrapbook Layout

  1. Design and cut out tree base on brown (8 1/2 x 11) paper. Cut identical reverse image on another piece of matching 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Distress edges (except very bottom and inside of tree). (Tree design now available on for download.
  2. Cut out family name letters from Cricut George cartridge at 1 1/4" - once regular in burgundy paper and once shadowed on cream paper. Distress all edges.
  3. Cut out 2" diamonds from Cricut George cartridge on dark green and light green paper. Round three edges to make leaf shape. Distress all edges. (This probably would have been a lot easier if I had Walk In My Garden and could have cut out 2" leaf shapes!)
  4. Write names of all family members on the leaves. Use dark green for male family members and light green for female family members. You can add birth/death dates if you desire.
  5. Cut 2" heart from George and distress all edges. Cut in half. (Cut small hearts in burgundy from George if desired to decorate the tree.) Write the names of "Mommy" and "Daddy" (yourself and your spouse) on each half of the heart. I have the male name on the left and the female name on the right.
  6. Distress three edges of two pieces of yellow cardstock.
  7. Attach tree cut out to each piece of yellow cardstock. (Attaching to the non-distressed side of the page.) [Be sure in this step that when you match up the non-distressed edges of each paper, the tree should match up and be a whole tree and the distressing should be continuous along the edges of the large rectangle made by the two pieces of paper.]
  8. Place the half-hearts on the trunk of the tree. I have the male name on the left and the female name (me) on the right.
  9. On the male tree piece of cardstock, attach the male family name along the outer edge of the page. (Burgundy letters attached to cream shadow letters and then attached to the page). Do the same for the female family page.
  10. Attach the leaves to the tree. I always keep the male name on the left and the female name on the right so that the color will be even throughout. For the leaves on the inside of the tree, each name should attach at the bottom of the "v" in the branch. The first "v" will be the name of one of your parents, the next "v" will be the name of your parents parents (your grandparents), and so on. The final leaves (your great-great grandparent) will be attached to the tip of the branches.
  11. Place small burgundy hearts throughout the tree as desired.
  12. Find two matching 12x12 frames and mount your work (hanging side by side as in the picture), or place in your scrapbook as a beautiful 2 page layout!
  13. If you have children and wish to include their names, here are a few ideas (this will make a 6 generation tree):
    1. Cut out extra leaves and write the children's names on them. Attach the leaves on the ground under the tree (like fallen leaves).
    2. Cut out bug shapes and maybe some grass. Write your children's names on the bugs and place them on the ground under the tree (or attach butterflies like they are flying in the air).
    3. Cut out flower shapes and some grass. Write your children's names on the flowers and place them on the ground under the tree.
PS - All names have been blurred in the image and the family names have been changed "to protect the innocent"... :o).

***This pattern is available for download from my store on
Be sure to check it out!***

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A bit about me...

I am a Christian stay at home mom of two beautiful (and quite often...crazy) kids.

My husband and I celebrated our fifth anniversary this July. We have a daughter, Lacie, that is 3. Our son, Javan, is 1.

I enjoy making cards and keeping myself overstocked with paper and pens and anything to help that addiction along.

Check out my children's book (Max's Motorcycle)
and homeschooling planner (WEAVE)