New cut files, lacy bands, cityscape, dots and backgrounds

I just finished up a few of the new cut files I got from CraftsUPrint the other week.. before the birthday shenanigans descended upon us LOL. What a week that was.. full of fun and games and Lego.. and cake… and a lot of Ice cream lol. But now it’s time to get back to my crafting and coloring.

Ok first up.. this is just a quickie plain card, no sentiment or foreground image.. but you could most certainly add them if and when you wanted to. I was just experimenting with inky skies and this fab new CityScape cut file I picked up. To be honest I have a larger project on the go right now using this… but it won’t be done for a bit.  But this will give you an idea of how cool this CityScape is. cuts beautifully on my Cricut, even with all the window detail it has.  There are some tiny nail bling rhinestones on this but they didn’t show up so well in this photo..

This is Cityscape City Skyline, Night Sky for card and vinyl  by Tina Fallon, mine is cropped slightly at the ends….  so  check the link for the complete image.

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Lacy Ribbons 1 with spiral roses by Clive Coulter.  This is a 3 cut set.. 2 ribbons and the spiral roses.  I used one of the ribbons to create a background strip on this card along with one of the new frames I made with the new Gina Marie Designs Dies

DOUBLE PIERCED CIRCLE IN AND OUT CUT DIE SET

and  the

MINI HEART LACE CIRCLE DIE SET

..and A Power Poppy Image “Dancing with Daffodils” which I colored with Chameleon Pens.  I attached it all with Zig 2 way glue..yay for no wet warp!  lol

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Ok.. this one was just me playing with new stuff I  have.. love this cut file, it reminds me of Morrocco for some reason…  and I had some liquid pearls I picked up on clearance a while back..  so  I  was tinkering around.  This is Compass Pattern by Lizzie Mayne   I added some My little paper world stitched corners and some jade liquid pearls
and lastly.. just having some fun with the latest batch of freebies I got in the Treasure chest.. who doesn’t love cup cakes huh?  the base card is  FANCY CARD 11 by Apetroae Stefan and  the sentiment and cupcake are from the Treasure Chest Freebies you can select when you spend $15  or more ( $10 when on offer )  I only used the top two layers of the Decoupage .. so I still have the bottom layer for another project  🙂

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Perfect packaging for small gifts and stocking stuffers

What a cute way to wrap small gifts… specially those standby gifts for unexpected visitors, or small tokens of appreciation to  delivery drivers, colleagues etc.

  • candy
  • cookies
  • silk scarf
  • perfume/cologne
  • stocking stuffers
  • Blind bag toys
  • jewelry
  • lipstick
  • tree decoration
  • cash
  • Craft Supplies  .. and so much more

This is a great one sheet cut design… only one seam to glue or tape; really quick to cut and assemble…   tie  off the end, stuff, tie off the other end… and decorate as desired.  I actually added a reinforcement band  to mine, for looks and because it will be holding something a bit bulky.  Of course you can make these in any size you want, you can supersize it by splitting the design and using two glue tabbed sections instead and cutting each one on a larger sheet.

Fab way to wrap up  paint brushes, crafters pens and pencils, ink pads, embossing powders, stamps and other small items.  I like to hide presents on the tree as well as under it, so this is perfect for people like me  who like to keep a few hidden presents in plain sight.  These look to be the perfect size for those seasonal stamps at Michaels which we usually grab for the little guys collection.  Fimo Polymer clays would be fun in something like these too… and I bet this would be fab for making small craft kit gifts for kids too.  So many uses 🙂

This is a CraftsUPrint file by Rae Carr  called “175 Christmas Cracker Box”  I cut it on a 12×12 sheet of Craft Smith from their Silver Foil pad.  This particular cracker measure 10 inches in length and  is about 2 1/4 inch  squared.  The main storage area before it starts to curve  in is approximately 3 and a half inches. But of course, you can modify the cut file dimensions to suite your needs..as I did by unlocking the file dimensions if needed.

rae_crackerboxI added in the green glitter card band and  some matching ribbon ties, a few bells and some die cuts …  very easy file to assemble and decorate… and perfect for those of  you who find wrapping paper and tape to be like attempting brain surgery lol.

Love this file, definitely one I will be using a lot next year…. I am already planning ahead for next years projects.. * sigh  haha.  The fun thing is because of the design it could be used all year round, not just Christmas..it kind of looks like a big wrapped candy.

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Quick n easy last minute Christmas cards…

I picked up a bunch of new cut files last night ..and despite the shenanigans of the day….

..for those of you not on my Facebook.. 50 degree drop in temps, broken window all in one day… not fun

BUT … despite all that I did actually get to  knock out some quick last minute cards.

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These are so quick and easy to put together and very quick CAS, clean and simple cards …and the files are so easy to  tweak to suit your needs.

so here you go..  I have a few more in progress… but here are the 4 I knocked out earlier. I’m having a glitter card session, for a little holiday glam.  Cut Files are from CraftsUPrint Designers.

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This one is a “bow” cut file by Lyn Simms.  It’s a 3 piece cut file, which comes in various formats.  Mine is a SVG file and I did mine on black Velvet Paper. It has a soft flexible feels to it so won’t get damaged in transit. This velvet paper cuts like a dream on the Cricut Explore and just looks so cool.

I added in a black and Green contrast strip which I ran through a striped Darice embossing folder on my Big Shot.

Added in a  black and White floral pattern from my Recollections Black & White paper pad. Mounted it all on a basic Recollections card from a multi pack.

Popped on a glitter card sentiment… and Voila…one quick  fun Holiday card.

 

 

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CHRISTMAS BELLS OVER THE EDGE 2 by Apetroae Stefan

Another really classy, quick card  you can zip through really quickly if you  need a last minute card.  I adjusted this in Design Space to accommodate a square base, but that is one of the great things about these cut files. they are so versatile, putting  your own spin on a basic template is so easy.

I just cropped this design and removed the score line to make it fit a square background. It’s cut on a Silver Glitter card stock and mounted on a black base.  Very quick and classy card which looks great with or without sentiments and embellishments.  This is definitely a timeless design that you can use year after year with so many variations… it will never get old.

 

 

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Another Classy CAS card by Apetroae Stefan  “christmas-bells-over-the-edge-4”
…again I modified this to suit a square base, but this time I kept it more like the original template and the score line wraps around the back of the card about half an inch.

More glitter card and black… sorry, I love these high contrast color combos on simple cards.

Again no sentiment for me, but you could easily add one and swap out the black for some acetate, or another color.  Super quick to make, justa  quick cut, fold, tape to insert.. VOILA !!!  of course I didn’t forget to make you a card !!! *angelic face

 

 

 

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And lastly.. for now at least… this super simple Poinsettia design.  Poinsettia Floral Card by Judith Henry-Grammys Designs

The cut file comes in 4 parts: base, background, flower and circle frame.

I went with another classy black and gold combo.  Love how this one turned out  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I still have 11 more new cut files to go… so expect to see more of those  soon…  I love these quick and simple  designs, specially the over the edge ones, they work extremely well with my digital stamps  to create fun and interesting cards.

Adhesives used  – 

http://www.craftingability.com/product/mesh-permanent-photo-tape-dispenser

http://www.craftingability.com/product/2mm-fine-tip-2-way-glue-pen

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still need some last minute Christmas cards?

Check out the new Friday Freebie from Bugaboo Stamps… isn’t he too cute.  He’d be great for some Clean and Simple “CAS” cards.  While you are there be sure to check out all the New releases, half price till  Tuesday !  and enter the current challenges.bug_decstockingsanta-hohoho

Cheap dies and Shrinky Dink…. surprisingly pleasing to the eye.

When you are on a budget…and a very tight one…. sometimes you just have to give things a try and hope that cheap doesn’t always equate to “crap”.  Now don’t get me wrong, these imported dies are most often NOT of the same ilk as the big brand names you are used to… BUT for the price… they are pretty dang good.  They probably won’t last as long, but you should easily get your money’s worth out of them.  As you all know I am not a huge flowery cutesie kinda gal, so I’m not going to be using and abusing these as often as some people would.

I ran these through my Big Shot on regular card and on Shrinky dink without any problem… well I say no problem, my Big Shot ( ok..it was probably me lol ) accidentally realigned one of my dies over another and when I ran it through .. you could tell it had bent the back of the die … BUT I have to say in all fairness it still cuts perfectly.

Ok ..sooo here it is a very CAS test card with my new dies.  The flowers were cut on Shrinky Dink and shrunk, then colored with Chameleons and a rhinestone centered glued in place. If you want a smoother look to your coloring.. color THEN shrink.

The foliage was cut on 110lb scrap card stock and has embossing for veins… you just can’t see it in this photo.

Butterfly is a spare Gina Marie Designs cut from the “Butterfly & Beautiful Die set”  that I had and thought suited the 3D nature of this card.
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See this sellers store for more dies

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Velvet Sunflowers thank you card

This is my Crafty Awesomeness Challenge DT card for August.  Our sponsor for August is Power Poppy Digital Stamps, who was one of the Spotlight Artists in June’s Spotlight Series. Power Poppy do the most gorgeous botanical stamps, both digital and physical and if you haven’t seen them already you should check them out.

I kept this one simple to show off this fab image.  I love Sunflowers, they are one of my favorite flowers and I love to see them popping up all over the local area at this time of year.  We have so much new construction here lately that a lot of the wild patches are being carved up, which is a shame…I shall miss that pop of color.

This image was printed on velvet paper and colored with pencil. It has a soft vintage feel to it  that I like. I popped this one on a pre-made card set from Michaels and then added in a die cut thank you  which was also cut from velvet paper.

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Card base – Michaels Recollections  pack

Colored- with CraZart pencils

Image “Sunshine of my  Life”

Printed on SEI Coconut white velvet paper

Sentiment  – SEI Black velvet paper 12×12 sheet from Michaels

Fixings –  Kuretake( Zig) Photo Tape

 

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CAS Cute gothic chick card

I got my Scrapper’s Delights “Edie” image mounted on a card…  just a clean and simple card to contrast against the image.

I layered a light green,  over dark green Recollections card stock for the card base, popped the corners with a Fiskars rounded corner on the green  and a Martha Stewart punch on the image.  I popped on a cute little green stitched ribbon and simple bow.. done.  I used my Xyron mega runner 1/4 inch ta

Suitable for a bunch of occasions, so I haven’t added a sentiment till I need one.  If you missed the previous post, this image was colored with CraZart pencils and a home made alcohol blender pen with a smidgin of Ranger Distress pen in places.scrappers_delights_Edie_wmd

Make it Crafty Challenge Card “Rosie to School”

I grabbed a couple of Make it Crafty digi’s last night to play with, here is one of them “Rosie to School”

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I left my card sentiment free for now, so I could personalize it as and when needed.

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I entered this card in the Make it Crafty Masking Challenge

CAS-MASKING-Banner-new“Welcome to our eleventh Clean & Simple Challenge! The idea behind these challenges is to keep your cards simple, elegant and have one focal point, removing all the clutter. To achieve this, concentrate on nice clean lines, positioning your elements straight, keeping matted frames even around the edge, allowing for ‘white space’ to draw the eyes towards the main focus.”

Vellum Window Sympathy Card & Giveaway Reminder

A simple sympathy card in white and silver.

  • Card Base Recollections 5×5 square card set flipped inside out for inside color
  • Window Die cut and embossed 29lb Vellum Paper with a Darice floral folder
  • Sentiment Die cut Gina Marie “Sympathy”sentiment on 110lb card stock
  • Silver pearl cabuchon  from Michaels
  • Frame die cut on silver glitter card, unknown dies…. came free with magnetic cutting plates
  • Corners Fiskars corner punch
  • Glue Tombow Aqua
  • Die cutsSizzix Big Shot
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Spring Card with Daffodils

This was an image I picked up a few months ago, I thought I’d see if my coloring Mojo was coming back… 🙂

Just a quick and simple spring image; popped on a foam base and mounted on a contrasting card, great card for all sorts of occasions!

  • Image  – Power Poppy “Dancing with Daffodils”
    Image printed on 110lb Card Stock using print and cut on my Cricut Explore.  This is a 3D layered card with 3 layers. Main image, main image minus the smaller background leaves and flowers, then the final layer is the large Daffodil head and the Periwinkles.
  • Colored with Chameleon Pens, a touch of Ranger Distress Markers and Zig Memory System Brushables.
  • Card –  Recollections Value Pack from Michaels
  • Die – “Gina Marie” Cross(X) Stitch Rectangles from ScrapbookOutlet
  • Foam – Darice adhesive foam from Walmart.
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