Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day Cards 2012

Cricut is offering five free Father's Day card designs through June 19 in their online program, Cricut Craft Room (CCR).  Thank you Provo Craft for having these!  They were really easy to make.  This is also the first time I downloaded the desktop version of CCR and cut from it.  It was a fast download and cut on the first try.  I had absolutely no problems with it - joy!

Here are the two I made: (This card is standard A2)

I only did very minimal decoration to these cards.  On this one, I glittered the word "Greatest", inked "World's" and "Father" and added five brads along the bottom. 

And the second:  (This card is 5x5")

Some of the things I added to this cute golf card are a white brad for the golf ball, inking of brown (a bad job here I know - my StazOn brown is acting really weird...), and some Trendy Twine.

I hope all the dads out there have a wonderful Father's Day!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Learn and Play -Cascading envelopes

Wow - May was a crazy month!  I was so happy with all I got done on National Scrapbooking Day and the week following but then I didn't have a chance to make anything the whole rest of the month!  It was the last month of school and I am so happy to say now it is summer!  I am looking forward to staying home with my girls and getting my yearly dose of stay-at-home mommyhood!

To end each year, I make the group thank you card for our daycare sitter.  She is a phenomenal lady and we like to get her a gift for taking such great care of our kids all year long.  We are all teachers and she is a teacher's wife so the school year only schedule works great for all of us! I have made a word book and an exploding box in the past.  This year I saw something called cascading envelopes and wanted to give that a try. Here is the final product:

There are five envelopes, one for each child plus a final envelope for the parent thank you.  I decorated the envelopes by adding the phrase "Learn and play at Tara's" down the fronts of the envelopes.  I used the DCWV Animal Crackers paper stack for the background papers.

Learn from Out of Character at 2.75"

& from Letter Envy at 2"

Play from Out of Character at 2.75"

@ from Letter Envy at 1.75"

Tara's a mish-mash of letters from Out of Character, cut between 2" and 3"  The shadows are hand cut.

In each envelope, there is a thank you from the child. On one side is their picture (my daughter pictured here) and on the other side is their thank you along with a drawing from them.

The back side of the envelope looks like this:

When the whole thing is folded up and wrapped with Trendy Twine, it looks like this:

And from the side:

One thing I learned a little too late is that the thicker your project, the more envelopes and embellishments, the farther apart you should glue your envelopes.  I really would have loved to have my first envelope seem farther apart so it doesn't bow so much but live and learn. :)

She enjoyed it and I hope you do too!