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Hump day crafts: Valentine special – Wobble spring valentine and TP roll album

February 15, 2011

This edition of hump day crafts is a day early in honor of Valentine’s day. (It would’ve been up on Valentine’s Day, but we lost power here for nearly 12 hours!)

These valentines were inspired by one of the ladies over at the smartbuygal.com forums. She had made a motion birthday card and shared a link to this video tutorial on using or making wobble springs. I knew Things 1 and 2 would love that, so I got on it.

Luckily I had everything I needed on hand. Some great graphics (they were freebies for Valentine’s Day!) from the great folks at Lettering Delights, some 28 gauge wire, a 1″circle cutter and some cards. I decided to go with 6×6 inch cards for some extra impact. I used various cardstocks from my stash and a Cuttlebug embossing folder that came in an cut and emboss set (something to do with love, maybe?).

(I took the video after the kids got a hold of the cards, thus the twisted look to them.) I also used the Lettering Delights Monster Love alphabet for the inside sentiment:

I showed them to The Cat and he said they were cool. (That’s saying something, because usually he just nods and hands them back.)

Speaking of The Cat, I made him something special for Valentine’s Day: a mini album! This was my first try at one of these. I’ve been collecting toilet paper rolls for a couple of months trying to decide what would make a good album theme. I finally decided on “10 things I love about you”.

For this album, I tried so many new things: sewing, inking and sanding edges (my new Close to My Heart distressing kit came in handy for this!), aging photos, spritzing Tim Holtz’ distress inks, and (best of all) binding. I got myself the Cinch for Christmas (The Cat was out to sea) and this is the first project I’ve used it on. It’s so much fun, I can’t wait to find time to put together some more books. Here are some photos of my toilet paper roll album with tag inserts:

Happy crafting!

Hump Day Crafts: Flower Shaped Card

April 6, 2010

March is a busy month for birthdays in our family. We have four who married into our family who have birthdays plus one of my nieces — all within the same week. It’s enough to make a card maker jump for joy! And enough to get me to post hump day crafts a whole night early for once. Woohoo!

Here’s a card I made for one of my sisters-in-law. I wanted to try a few things I hadn’t tried before: making a circular/shaped card, using lots of patterned paper, and coloring a digistamp. Here’s the result:

Not the best photo, but you can see the idea. I cut the large flower, leaf and butterfly with my Cricut. If memory serves, the flower and leaf (stem cut off with scissors) were from Potpourri Basket and the butterfly from Everyday Paper Dolls. The small flower is an old die I cut with my Cuttlebug. The stamp was stamped on glossy paper with a resist ink and then rubbed with a dye ink. (Also a new technique for me.)

To make the card, I cut two large flowers and scored the top petal on both (although now I know I just needed to score the back flower) and glued together above the score. I put the leaf on to keep it from rolling when stood on a flat surface. Plus, I liked the brightness the green added. I used a variety of foam dots to add some depth. And I used glitter, which is rare for me.

Oh, and the digistamp? It’s on the inside. It’s a free sample from Whimsie Doodles.

I’m still new at coloring stamps, so I just have a few decent pencils and some odorless mineral spirits. I figure I’ll learn to blend better (after I buy more pencils or markers!), but even now I’m hooked! Bring on the coloring books, I see quality coloring time with my kids in the near future.

As a unexpected bonus, I get to do something else new with this card. Participate in a challenge! Want to see the other happy spring-y flower cards? Head on over to Fantabulous Cricut  blog!