Category Archives: Cuttlebug

When I use my Cuttlebug for a project, I add the blog post to this category.

How to Make Your Own Magnetic Storage for Organizing Metal Dies

How to Make Your Own Magnetic Storage for Organizing Metal Dies
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If you have different metal dies, thinlets and thin cuts from Spellbinders, Sizzix, Avery Elle, Mama Elephant, Simon Says Stamp, Close to My Heart, Stampin’ Up, etc. that you use in your Cuttlebug, Sizzix BigShot, Tim Holtz Vagabond, Anna Griffin, etc. die cutting machines, I can help you organize them!

When all of my dies are put away in drawers or hidden with their coordinating stamp sets, I forget about them. Part of the plan for my craft studio remodel was to store similar things together in stations. I watched some videos other crafters shared and got the idea from them. The video I made was to show you how I put my spin on it.

So, if yo’ve been looking for a way to remove your thin metal dies from their original envelopes and organize them on DIY chipboard-backed magnet material, this video will show you how!

 

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Sneak Peek: Ugly Christmas Sweater Cards

Sneak Peek: Ugly Christmas Sweater Cards
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More and more, it seems like ugly Christmas sweaters are becoming widely acceptable and encouraged to be worn! In fact, I’m wearing my hideous DIY Christmas sweater as I type this blog post.

I came across another blogger’s post about ugly Christmas sweater cards & gift tags and thought they were adorable! When I found myself at the craft store last weekend and saw the “50% off Christmas stickers” sale, I was inspired to make my own ugly sweater cards.

Here are the little cards I made for my husband to give to a special group of volunteers, along with their appreciation gifts. If you’d like to see a close-up of each card, I’ll add another post with more photos.Ugly Christmas Sweater Cards

Merry Christmas!

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It’s a Bust

It’s a Bust
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Any kind of surgery is a big deal and I believe it’s normal to feel apprehensive before going under the knife. So, when a friend of mine was days away from a breast-reduction surgery, I made her this card to… show her our support. 😉 Long ago, a friend held an all-you-can-create card buffet where we could use her supplies to make replicas of the cards she designed and pay one low price. I was too uptight to make the bra card and I didn’t know how or when I would ever use it. As I’ve gotten older, some of my friends have dealt with delicate female issues such as breast cancer, reconstructive surgery and breast reductions. Now I know where I could use a bust shaped card.

So, when the time came to make a card for this situation, I tried to remember the shape of the card my friend designed and came up with this. No Cricut machine was involved in this. This card was hand-drawn from my imagination and hand-cut.

Bust Card with Pearl NecklaceI used some retired Close to My Heart rosette ribbon and nestled some faux pearls between some of the roses with Glue Dots. With my Cuttlebug, I used an embossing folder to add a feminine pattern to the top.

Bra CardHere’s another picture of the card with better lighting:

It's a Bust

 

 

 

 

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Happy 30th Birthday

Happy 30th Birthday
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DAY 22: This month I’m blogging daily because there are soooo many cards I’ve never taken the time to blog about. Today’s featured cards are from September 2010 when I had two dear friends who turned 30.

Sometimes it’s more efficient to make multiples of the same card, so when I had two girl friends with 30th birthdays, I made them each the same card and they never knew their card was a twin (of sorts). 🙂

30th birthday cards

For anyone wondering how I put the card together, I’ll try to recall what I did. I used some black cardstock and put it into an embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug (which is much older than the new mode featured in the link) to get the raised grid pattern. Then, I took a sanding block from my Sanding Kit and sanded away the raised edges to reveal the contrasting white inner core. I stuck the black cardstock onto a white card base and them added a lacy trim to the left with some pink paper cut with a Stampin’ Up! paper punch and a strip of white embossed paper. I used my Cricut Expression machine to cut the “30” and stamped my sentiment and birthday hat and hand cut them. I added a pink eyelet to the handmade tag and threaded a pink grossgrain ribbon through it. Using some Copic glitter markers, I colored the birthday hat and added a little pink sparkle to make it more festive.

Thank you for reading my blog! I appreciate having readers – thank you. 🙂

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Swirly Camo-Colored Butterfly Card

Swirly Camo-Colored Butterfly Card
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The other day I shared a blog post about a star card I made with Masquepen Masking Fluid.  Here is another card I made with the same tool and technique.  After drawing my white design with the masking fluid, I inked over it with sponge daubers and a few different colored ink pads.  Using my Cuttlebug machine, I cut out a few butterfly shapes with a Stampin’ Up! Sizzix die and lightly inked over the embossed critters.  I stamped the corner edge with a flourish, rubbed away the masking fluid, attached the butterflies with glue dots and then bent their wings upwards.

Camo Colored Butterfly Swirl Card

Camo Colored Butterfly Swirl Card

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Dimensional Butterflies

Dimensional Butterflies

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Tri-Colored Fleur-de-Lis Card

Tri-Colored Fleur-de-Lis Card
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How do you congratulate a Depeche Mode fan BFF for winning a fun DM guessing game?  You send her a gift wrapped in tissue paper stamped with Depeche Mode motifs and make her a Depeche Mode card!  In an older blog post I showcased some of my many Depeche Mode themed cards where I showed my upside-down fleur-de-lis card inspired by the DM single “It’s No Good” with a similar motif.  Since then, I often use the upside down fleur-de-lis pattern in my cards for DM fans, but I think anyone would appreciate the beauty of that familiar shape.

Fleur-de-Lis card in black, red and white

Fleur-de-Lis card in black, red and white

I used my Cuttlebug machine with an embossing folder to get the fun, textured background and then stamped a fleur-de-lis on the top of the card in sparkly champagne colored clear ink.  I covered the seam of the red and black papers with ribbon and embossed four squares with my Cuttlebug and a Nestbilities Spellbinders die.  Then, I used a Martha Stewart punch for the sparkly red paper and added black and white gel stickers in the squares!

Fleur-de-Lis - dimensional layer

Fleur-de-Lis - dimensional layer

I love to add dimension to my cards with double-sided sticky foam.

Fleur-de-Lis Punched Shape

Fleur-de-Lis Punched Shape

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I’m Sew Glad We’re Friends!

I’m Sew Glad We’re Friends!
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Have you seen the adorable button emboss/die “Sizzlet” from Sizzix?  For whatever reason, I have been itching for a way to cut and emboss my own paper buttons from any kind of cardstock or paper.  I finally found that Sizzix sells one such die at JoAnn’s (and other stores) and through Stampin’ Up!  When I picked up my button die a few months ago, I was excited to try it out.  Here is the card I made using a dress form from Lawn Fawn’s Sew Lovely stamp set, Copic markers, and some adorable “Material Girl” paper from Cosmo Cricket.

Sew Glad We're Friends!

Sew Glad We're Friends!

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Have a Very Snowy Christmas

Have a Very Snowy Christmas
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Merry Christmas, everyone!   Here are some cards (mainly snowflake cards) I made one weekend with my Cuttlebug and Cricut.

I bought the beautiful Trim the Tree Cricut cartridge with plans to make some beautiful cards.  It tended to be rather frustrating because the intricate details turn out more successfully with a larger sized project.  I tried a few different shapes and when I cut them at a small 2.75″ or 3″ size in height, the blade tore up my paper.  This bell is so large that I can’t mail the card in the matching A-2 envelope.  I’ll have to use a larger size.  Unless I get into scrapbooking or decorating the house with paper shapes, I do not see myself using this cartridge.  What a shame.

I added Stickles glitter glue to highlight parts of the elegant bell.

Green Bell Cricut Card

Green Bell Cricut Card

I dry-embossed red DCWV paper with my Cuttlebug and sanded / distressed the raised image to expose the white paper core.  I used my new Sizzix Sizzlits Basic Grey snowflake die in my Cuttlebug to cut some cardstock snowflakes and enhanced them with a crystal rhinestone and Stickles glitter glue.

Dry Embossed Snowlake Card

Dry Embossed Snowflake Card

Here’s another interpretation of the card.

Red and Green Snowflake Card

Red and Green Snowflake Card

I finally used my delicate snowflake stickers!  I had been intimidated by them because they are difficult to peel away without stretching.  Now that I have some special adhesive paper designed to transfer these stickers, I can move them onto my project without tearing or warping the image.  You can’t see it, but I outlined the teal DCWV brand paper with Stickles glitter glue.

White and Teal Snowflake Card
White and Teal Snowflake Card

I finally used a snowflake eyelet I’d had for over a year.  I used another detailed snowflake sticker and embossed an image I stamped with a CTMH clear acrylic stamp.

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

I love this color combo!

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

I got bold and used a large silver foil snowflake sticker to make this simple card.  I added a crystal rhinestone to the center for some added “bling.”

 

Silver Snowflake Card

Silver Snowflake Card

Here’s a difficult-to-photograph navy blue card with a metallic foil sticker and some freehand wisps of Stickles glitter glue.  This card looks terrible in this photo!!

 

Falling Snowflake Card

Falling Snowflake Card

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A Special Friendship Card

A Special Friendship Card
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Last month I had the privilege of meeting my friend and fellow blogger Jayma Malme in person for the first time when I was visiting Southern California.  Jayma and I have a common interest: paper-crafting (and so much more)!  We met through Twitter (her name is @jaymalew) and really clicked online as friends, so when I booked my SoCal flight, I let her know.  She moved from San Diego to Fresno recently, and I was so happy when she decided to visit family in San Diego the weekend I’d be in town – perfect!

Jayma and Steph

Jayma and Steph

I was with friends, traveling from Costa Mesa to La Jolla and San Diego and we were on a time crunch.  Jayma and I met outside an In & Out restaurant  for maybe 15 or 20 minutes and had a chance for a quick photo before I got back on the road again.  I’m just so thankful we got to meet face to face!

After meeting a fellow paper-crafter, how could I NOT make her a custom card?  I sketched out this card – which I almost never do – and watched it come to life.  Don’t laugh, but I had to watch my how-to-cut-felt-in-the-Cuttlebug video in order to remember how to cut the felt flowers.  I’m so glad I made that video so that it can help others like it has helped me.  I cut the stem and leaves freehand with scissors, used a rub-on from CTMH, some fun brads from MakingMemories, paper from DCWV, and pleated some ribbon from CTMH.

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Friendship Card

Friendship Card

‘Happy Anniversary’ Cards

‘Happy Anniversary’ Cards
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No, today’s post is not all about the one year anniversary (today!) of seeing my favorite band (Depeche Mode!) for the eighth time… it’s about the anniversary cards I have made for friends and family over the last year.

Saturday was my parents’ 39th wedding anniversary and I made them a card inspired by their ocean vacation.  They went to Cannon Beach, Oregon to celebrate and they had a great time on the Coast.  Today’s blog post was inspired by my parents’ anniversary.

I was happy to have an opportunity to use my new Spellbinders ‘Sea Scape’ Impressabilities tool in my Cuttlebug.  I also used my new Spellbinders ‘From the Sea’ Shapeabilities die for the first time.
Mom and Dad's 2010 Ocean Themed Anniversary Card

Mom and Dad’s 2010 Ocean Themed Anniversary Card

Here is the card I made for them last year – I was happy to find that my Cricut cartridge had shapes that were similar to the ribbon I bought at Michael’s:
Mom and Dad's 2009 Anniversary Card Made with the Cricut

Mom and Dad’s 2009 Anniversary Card Made with the Cricut

If you see a good “Happy Anniversary” stamp somewhere, will you please let me know??  I get sick of my hand-writing sometimes and would like to have a few nice stamps with that sentiment on it.  The next few cards I made for friends and relatives last year.  I need to make three more anniversary cards this week – ’tis that season!
The background paper is actually just stamped images – I love that CTMH paisley stamp set!
Happy Anniversary Card made with CTMH paisley stamps!

Happy Anniversary Card made with CTMH paisley stamps!

Best Wishes bird themed anniversary card

Best Wishes bird themed anniversary card

CTMH Anniversary Card

CTMH Anniversary Card

It’s hard to tell, but after coloring the stamp with my ZIG markers, I used a white Souffle marker to make puffy white highlights on some of the flower petals and leaves:

Floral Anniversary Card made with the Cuttlebug

Floral Anniversary Card made with the Cuttlebug

Thanks for reading my blog!  If you’re one of the many people having a wedding anniversary this month, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and congratulations!