Sunday, January 30, 2011

OWH Sketch #54

For this card, you will need
            Brown, Teal, and Dark Blue paper.
            Creative Memories CSC circle patterns (Largest Circle)
            Creative Memories CSC Green Blade
            Creative Memories Brown Chalking Ink
            {Foot Longs} Warm Fuzzies Clear Stamps
            studio g brown ink
            Creative Memories Personal Trimmer

1) Using your personal trimmer, cut
            Brown - 5.5" x2"
            Teal - 5.5" x 1.5" & 3" circle (using the Creative memories CS Large    
                     Circle and Green blade, using the inside pattern)
            Dark Blue - 5.5" x .75" & 1.75" x 4.25"

2) Use the Warm Fuzzies {Foot Longs} stamps - the skunk and Sending warm fuzzies on the 3" circle using brown Studio g ink, so that the skunk is looking up at the sentiment

3) Use Creatvie Memories Chalking Ink in brown to chalk the edge of the 3" Circle. 

4)Attach all of your pieces together on an A2 size card according to the sketch - also found on The Stars and Stamp Blog

This is my card for Sketch #54

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My little helper

Meet Molly,
She decided to help make cards tonight.
 I must admit that I do like the card that she is working on here!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Neutral Tone General Card : OWH Sketch #52

This card was inspired by OWH sketch #52. I decided to use mostly neutral colors - tan, black, white and mint green, and my new owl stamp

You Will Need:

     Tan, black, white and mint colored paper
     Creative Memories Custom Cutting System :Large Circle Pattern 
                                                                  Green Blade
     Creative Memories Tape Runner
     studio g - i-cling Hello Own stamp (found at Michaels)
     Black ink pad

To Make Your Own

1) Cut the tan paper to 5.5" x 2.5"
    Cut the black paper to 5.5" x 1.75"
    Cut the white paper to 1.5" x 4.5"


2) Cut the mint paper using the Creative Memories Custom Cutting System 
         Large Circle - Use the green blade on the inside pattern as shown below

3) Stamp the Hello Owl onto the Mint Circle using black ink - use additional greeting stamps to put "Hello" on the sign ("For You" and "Guess Who" are also options in this stamp set)

3) Attach all of the strips to an A2 sized greeting card according to the sketch

Enjoy Your Card!

Valentine's Day Card - OWH Unloved Card Supplies Challenge

I made this card from paper I never thought I'd use. I found my stack of "maybe later" paper for this weeks OWH Midweek Throwdown. It was a 6x6 sheet that came in a large pack - I really thought the stripes were just too harsh for a background on a card - and I don't know what in the world you could cut out of it using Cricut. I had almost resolved to cut the black strips out and use it up that way - but looking at it tonight I had another idea. And Bingo Valentine's Day Card! 

Want to make your own?
You will need :
      Black and White Striped Paper - with thick black stripes and thin white stripes 
      Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer
      Plantin School Book Cricut Cartridge
      Creative Memories Precision Point Pen 
      Creative Memories Tape Runner

1) Cut the 6x6 sheet down to 4.25 x 5.5 and then using the Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer.

2)Cut the edges of the stripes, stopping about 1/2" from the edges.  

3) Using the Plantin School Book Cricut Cartridge, cut 6 1" hearts and 5 1/2" hearts from Red cardstock. 

4) Tuck the hearts randomly underneath the slits in the 4.25" x 5.5" striped paper - so that the hearts are peaking out of the stripes and attach using the Precision Point Pen

5) Use the "Love You" Vertical stamp from "Hero Arts CL351" clear stamp set, stamping "love you" down the white stripes in black. 

6) Flip the card front over, use the tape runner to make rows of adhesive along the cuts on the back of the paper - covering the tucked parts of the hearts - this will further secure your hearts so they don't sneak out.

7) Attach Card front to an A2 sized card

Never Buy a new Cricut Mat Again!!

Lets face it, Cricut mats aren't cheap - especially if you use your Cricut as much as I do. I found a way to prevent having to buy a new Cricut Mat Ever Again!!! Make your mat brand new in 3 easy steps

You will need Krylon Adhesive Remover and Krylon Easy-Tack - I found both at Michaels on the spray paint row. You can buy both for less than the price of a replacement mat - especially if you have one of those handy 40% off coupons!

1) Use the Krylon Adhesive Remover to get all of the old sticky off your mat - spray LIGHTLY, it will eat the color and grid off of you mat if you're not careful. Do this in a sink so that you can scrub, rinse and repeat until all of the old sticky is off. Don't stress if you don't get it all off, it's OK.

2) Tape around the edges of your mat - the green strip that you don't want to be sticky

3) Spray the mat with the Krylon Easy-Tack, let your newly sticky mat dry for about 5 minutes

Viola! You Have A New Mat :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Slider Card How To

There are several Slider Methods around - this is he one I favor. You are more than welcome to use your own slider method on slider cards featured on this blog or take a stab at this one. I will use the Easter Egg Slider Card as the example, but you can adapt it to any card.

1. cut 2 strips about 1" wide and about 2/3 the length of the card from your scrap card stock - make sure it's think card stock so that it will hold up sliding repeatedly.For the Easter Egg Card - 1" x 3.5"

2. Cut slits in each strip - about 1/4" in from the sides. Stop slits 1/2" from the bottom of the strip and 1 1/2" from the top of the strip

3. Cut a 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip of card stock. Weave this piece of paper through the slits of the longer strip.

4. Attach the small strip to the back of the card about 1/2" from the top of the card.

5. Fold the top of the strip over the top of the card and attach to the back of the sliding piece of the card.

6. Adhere a piece of paper to the back of the card to hide the sliding mechanism

Hopefully this diagram will help.

Intro to Creative Memories

I am a Creative Memories Consultant - so naturally, many of the products I use are Creative Memories. Though many of these cards could be made similarly without Creative Memories Products, Creative Memories holds that our products are the best, in that we test all of our products to be 100% Acid Free in a manner that no other company competes with. I am fully dedicated to the Creative Memories Company and if you would like more information feel free to contact me.

* All information on this page is the authorship of Jennifer and not Creative Memories - I am an Independent Consultant expressing my feelings and opinions of the company and it's products. 

Intro to Creative Memories Products

Creative Memories products are sold exclusively by independent Creative Memories Consultants - ME - through personal websites as well as get togethers, crops and open house parties. 

   Power Palettes - a complete set of coordinating papers (32 sheets of double sided paper), storyboxes (journal boxes and photo mats), stickers (title stickers & ABCs) and embellishments

The use of Power Palettes avoids the explosion of paper themes in a project - whether it be a scrapbook page or a card - giving you a more put-together looking finished product. 

Power Palettes can be purchased in a complete set called a System or in Sets which are 3 breakdowns of the System. The Simple Set includes Tone on Tone Paper, Storyboxes and 3 sheets of Title Stickers. The Enhanced Set includes Designer-Print Paper, and 2 sheets of ABC stickers. The Decorative Set includes embellishments - these differ in each Power Palette Theme, but include 3 of the following : Paper Ribbon, Paper Buttons, Paper Frames, Paper Tags and Paper Flowers. 

Power Palette Themes include Simply Beautiful, Cheerful, Reminisce, Black & White, Delight and Discover. 

Within each Power Palette Theme, Additions are also available.  Additions includes strongly themed papers and stickers for things like birthdays, holidays, seasons, etc . 

Cropping Tools

Custom Cutting System consist of mats, blades and patterns. Patterns include Wavy Frames, Circles, Ovals, Gemstones, and Jumbo Patterns. The Blades come in Red (closest cut) Green (Middle Distance) and Blue (furthest cut) 

Shape Makers - We offer an array of Shape Makers

Tearing Tools - We offer 2 different tearing tools which provide a clean, even tear


Personal Trimmer - perfect for cropping photos and paper up to 5x7 also has a convenient storage drawer which will hold a corner rounder, scissors, all 3 cutting blades, and a tape runner

12" Rotary TrimmerThis versatile trimmer includes an expandable 12-inch ruler, rotary blade and a built-in measuring grid. A self-healing cutting mat sits beneath the blade offering one of the most precise cuts on the market! 6 different Blades Available!

Pens Our fade-resistant pens will keep your story bright for years to come. Each Pen Writes for a MILE!

I hope this helps! This should help you to know what tools and supplies I reference in my posts. I believe I covered all of my favorite tools let me know if you see a CM reference in a post that I missed here. :) Happy Card Making!

For More information - click the Creative Memories Link on the Home Page

Easter Slider Card

I must say , I was impressed with myself on this card. It is an Cracked Easter Egg that pulls apart to reveal an area for writing. It's A2 size and everything!

You Will Need: 2 sheets 8 1/5 x 11 Speckled Off White Heavy Card stock
                      Creative Memories Custom Cutting System Oval Patterns             
                             (small-medium size)*1
                      Custom Cutting System Mat and red blade
                      Creative Memories Brown Chalking Ink
                      Creative Memories Simply Beautiful Ribbon
                      Creative Memories Tape Runner & Precision Point Adhesive Pen
1. To make this card, use Creative Memories Custom Cutting System Small-Medium Oval Pattern cut with the red blade to cut 3 ovals out of Speckled Off White Heavy Card stock. (Keep your scraps, you will use them shortly) 

2. Cut one oval through the center in a zig-zag pattern to resemble a cracked egg. Use Creative Memories Brown Chalking Ink to shade the cracked side of the egg that you just cut out. 

3. Use Creative Memories Simply Beautiful Ribbon to decorate the egg. I found it easiest to attach strips and then trim the excess.

4. Attach egg halves to the 2nd Oval using a slider*2. 

5. Use the 3rd Oval to hide the slider, attaching to the back of the 2nd oval. 6. Attach small pull tabs to each side of the egg for easy use. 

Enjoy your new Easter Slider Card!

*1 See The Intro to Creative Memories Tools post for specifics on sizes.
*2 There are several ways to make sliders - if you do not have a favorite method I will post a slider how-to shortly with my favorite method and link it to this post.

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