Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Old Car

Dimensions 5.50 by 4.25
Cut brown card stock  3.25 by 4.25
Cut red card stock  2.50 by 2.50
Embossed the old card and colored the ink to bring out car
Ribbon between both to cover cut line
Punched out tag
Inked Edges of tag
Stamped the saying  on tag
Brad added to tag

Monday, September 24, 2012

Enjoy the journey

Dimension's 5.50 by 4.25
Cut background paper 5.25 by 4.00
Corner punched the bakground edges
Cut pattern paper 4.00 by 3.00
Cut another solid  paper at 4.00 by 2.50
Drew the stitches in
Stamped say in on card stock
Liquid PearlsClock face embellishment on front of card

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Snow Globe Card

Snow Globe Card

by Libby Hickson
You’ve seen these cute snow globe shaped cards around the Internet – here’s how to make one for yourself!


  • One 4” x 6” piece of cardstock (Sahara Sand used here)
  • One 2” x 4” piece of patterned paper(Holiday Lounge used here)
  • Two 2” x 4” pieces of white cardstock
  • Two scrap pieces of white cardstock
  • Acetate
  • Circle cutter (Spellbinder Nestabilities™ and Cuttlebug™ used here)
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Stamps (FireCracker Designs by Pamela’s Gifts of Love used here)
  • Embellishments
  • Flower Soft™ Polar White (optional)
  • StazOn™ Opaque Cotton White ink(optional)


  1. Step 1

    Use your circle cutter to create a 3.75” circle out of acetate.
  2. Step 2

    Make pencil marks at 0.25” from each end of the 2” x 4” piece of patterned paper

    Repeat on the two pieces of 2” x 4” white cardstock.
  3. Step 3

    Using your paper trimmer, create tapered base edges by cutting from your pencil marks to the opposing corners. 

    Repeat on two pieces of 2” x 4” white cardstock.
  4. Step 4

    Attach acetate circle to the tapered base.
  5. Step 5

    Attach one tapered white cardstock base to the backside of the patterned paper base, hiding the glued edge of the acetate circle. 

    The second tapered base can be used inside the card, if desired.
  6. Step 6

    Position the 4” x 6” piece of cardstocklengthwise, and fold the paper 0.5” from one end.
  7. Step 7

    Using your base and globe as a template, trace the same shape onto the folded piece of 4” x 6” cardstock. 

    Hold the flap down to extend the top of the circle onto that folded end of paper.
  8. Step 8

    Cut out the snow globe shape using yourscissors.
  9. Step 9

    Trace the top of your acetate circle onto one piece of scrap white cardstock, then freehand draw the shape of a snowdrift and cut out. 

    This will be attached at the top of the snow globe to hide where the acetate will attach to the flap of the 4” x 6” piece. 

    Trace and cut out an identical snowdrift to hide the flap on the inside of the card.
  10. Step 10

    Attach the 4” x 6” cardstock to the acetate at the flap.
  11. Step 11

    Attach scrap paper snowdrift to hide the attachment flap. 

    Add Flower Soft™ to create the texture of snow.
  12. Step 12

    Decorate and finish your card. Trim any uneven edges with scissors.

    Add snowflakes to the acetate using white StazOn™.
    From split  coast stamper.com


New Cricut Cutting Guide for all Machines Updated

Cutting Guide
Thick Cardstock and Glitter Paper
Blade 6
Speed 3
Pressure 5
Regular Cardstock
Blade 5
Speed 4
Pressure 5
Blade 3
Speed 3
Pressure 3
Transparency and Fabric
Blade 6
Speed 3
Pressure 4
(multi  Cut 2)
Copy Paper
Blade 2-3
Speed 2
Pressure 3
Chipboard,Stencil and Magnegt Material
Balde 6
Speed 3
Pressure 5
(Multi Cut 3-4)
Emboss Cuttable
Blade 6
Speed 3
Pressure 5
Blade 3
Speed 3
Pressure 3
Stamp Cuttable
Blade 4-5
Speeed 3
Pressure 4
Pattern Paper
Blade 4
Speed 4
Pressure 4
Cricut Markers
Speed 3
Pressure 2
 (The Cricut Expressions book by Cathie Rigby)
Wallpaper (0.0415"/1.05mm thick) with the recommended settings of :
  • Speed 2 (medium)
  • Pressure 4(high)
  • Depth 4.9
  • Multi Cut 1
These settings should be considered as a starting point – after a few sample cuts make any necessary adjustments. The settings will also depend on the texture of the wallpaper. Keep the mat really sticky to avoid slippage
Duck Tape Cutting Settings (for all those who inquired :):
Blade Depth: 5
Pressure: 4
Speed: 1

... If you are apply Duck Tape directly to the project, cut your image from a Duck Tape sheet with the liner still in place. If you are cutting from a roll, you can place your Duck Tape directly to the mat (this is a great way to put your old mats that have lost their stick back to use!).

If you are creating a 3D image, such as a flower, fold the Duck Tape in half before applying it to the mat.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to Make Paper Rosettes

How to Make Paper Rosettes

Several of you have asked how to make those beautiful paper rosettes and it's easier than you think! See the directions below! (and yes, I need a manicure!)

First cut a strip of patterned paper or cardstock into a strip that is 12 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide. You will also need a 1" circle cut from patterned paper or cardstock.
Score the strip of paper every 1/4 inch using your score board and fold the scored lines. (You could also just accordion fold them with your hands instead of scoring them, which would be faster, but you may not have perfect folds. )

After you have scored you strip of paper, cut off one 1/4 inch fold at the end of your strip. You do this so that your folds match up. I know you think I’m crazy but when you do it, you’ll understand.

Using your tape runner, put adhesive on one end of the strip of paper that has been folded. Bring both ends together and adhere.

Gather the top of the paper together and gently push down so that the bottom spreads out to form the rosette.

Place a dab of glue in the middle of the 1 inch circle that you punched.

Take the circle and place on top of your rosette. Hold in place for a few seconds until glue starts to hold. At this point I usually lay something on top of it to hold it in place or it will pop up and you will have a bottomless cupcake holder. I usually just grab that punch I was using and lay on it.
After the glue is dry, flip it over and embellish to the top with layered circle punches, buttons, or anything of your choosing!

You can experiment using different width strips and also by using a border punch to scallop or make other details

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Simple Box Pleats

Simple Box Pleats "how to"

I did this tutorial awhile back when I made my King Triton page but somehow I never posted it here on my blog. So better late than never...

Simple box pleats
The last time I did a page with lots of layered box pleats, I got so many emails asking how to create them that I decided to make a little “how to”. Honestly I just sat in front of the tv and hand folded the strips of paper with no measuring and that’s ok, but to just make it a bit simpler, I have added some measurements.
You can cut your strips of paper any width you like, but go ahead and cut a 12” length one 12” strip folds to be about a 6” length. You can make straight cuts, use your decorative edge scissors, or use border punches. In diagram #1 and 2 you will see that I have scored the paper strip between the scallops dividing into sections of 1 scallop and 3 scallops repeating.

Fold as shown in diagram #3. This will give you a very uniform box pleat following the design of your border.

If you would like to make a straight border, you can use any measurement in thirds. For my example I have scored in sections of ¼” and ¾” repeating as shown in diagram #4.

The measurements I have given you so far create a box pleat with space in between each raised “box”. You can also make closed pleats. In diagram #5 I have scored in a repeating pattern of ¼”, ¾”, ¼”, ½” repeating. You will have the ¾” as the top of your “box” so when you fold keep that in mind.

In diagram #6 I just want to show you that I have punched a strip of paper and randomly folded without any measurements, not following the punched design in any way. It’s just another look that you might want to add when layering a bunch of pleats.

After creating several of your pleated strips, lay them on your layout to see how the colors and patterns will fit on your page but keep in mind that these strips will shrink quite a bit when you actually fold them flat and attach them. Diagram #7.

Finally let’s talk about attaching these pleats to your page. Most patterned papers are cardstock weight and once you have folded them, they do not want to lay flat for you. You will need to really secure your pleats well before attaching them to the layout. The easiest way for me is to use my sewing machine and run a straight stitch along the top edge, but a low temp glue gun or red line double sided tapes might work for you as well. Next layout your pleats on your page because they are now the size they will be. At this point you can use any type of strong adhesive to attach your strips or machine stitch of course. Diagram 8

Here is my finished layout so you can see the effect of my mixed box pleats. I hope you will try some box pleats. I think you will find that they are a simple way to add impact to your projects. 
From Sketchsavvy.blogsspot.com

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sole Mates

Dimensions 5.50 by 4.25
Embossed back ground on card stock
Ap cartridges used to cut shape at 3.50 by 3.50 and layers same size
Forever Young cartridge for shoes
Shoes cut at 2.0 and layers
Glitter glue
Cut small circle with punch
Button and string threw  button

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Card template

Cut Out Windows


  • A   12” x 6”  folded in the middle to make a 6” x 6” card
  • B  1” x 5-1/8”
  •  1-1/2” x 5-3/4”
  • D  1-1/2” x 3-3/4”
  • E   3/8” x 6”

Altered Paint Cans

Altered Paint Cans

by Emily Giovanni
Perfect gift packaging every time.


  • Paint can
  • Patterned paper
  • Sticky Strip™ or other double-sided, extra-tacky tape
  • Coluzzle™, other cutting system, or circle punch
  • Ribbon, flowers, embellishments (Optional)


  1. Step 1

    Cut patterned paper to the fit the paint can.

    Depending on the size of your can, two strips may be needed to cover the entire surface.
  2. Step 2

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to all edges of paper's reverse side. 
  3. Step 3

    Remove liner from adhesive and apply to can, lining up the paper's edge with the top of the can. Remove adhesive liner as the paper is wrapped around the can.

    If two strips were needed to go around can, do the same with the second strip.
  4. Step 4

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to paper for bottom of can. Line up this strip where the first seam was. Wrap paper around the can, lining the edge up with the bottom edge of the can.

    If two strips were needed to go around can, do the same with the second strip.
  5. Step 5

    Cover the middle seam with ribbon or other embellishments. Adhere with Sticky Strip™ or glue dots to ensure embellishments will not pop off.
  6. Step 6

    Complete can. For this small lid, a Marvy Uchida™ Giga Scalloped Circle was adhered with Sticky Strip™. This can was finished with a L'il Davis® chipboard letter on dimensionals.
    Spilt Coast Stampers.com