Saturday, April 30, 2011

Another pop-up card

This one is the Bird Cage from Everyday Pop-up Cards by Cricut. I made this for my new Step-mother for mother's day. This is definitely one of the simpler pop-ups, but I enjoyed it!

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Quick Card

Shhhhh! Don't tell him, but DH's birthday is coming up soon! I made him this card, using Everyday Pop-Up cards by Cricut. I like this cartridge, this is my fourth card, but this one was definitely the easiest!!


Cricut cartridge: Everyday Pop-up Cards
Cardstock: all from my bits-and-pieces left overs!
Stamp: Autumn Leaves "Light the Candles"
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! Winter Wonderland Opaque

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Everyday Pop-up Cards: Onesie and Flower

Still loving the designs on Everyday Pop-Up cards, but I think the mechanism on this card is the trickiest I've done so far! I made this Onesie card for a friend who recently had a beautiful baby boy:

The mechanism is really hard to see, but here's the pinwheel inside:

I made a tutorial with one of the other cards using this mechanism of turning to open. I hope this helps, but it is a tricky card, and it doesn't always collapse to close smoothly!

Thanks for coming by! Let me know if this post and video helped you!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Here's one side of my Easter LO from pictures from last year:

The background bunny circle is part of a SVG kit available on April 23, 2011 from DieCut Designers.

The forum is open! Come and check it out! Lots of exciting things coming!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Everyday Pop-up Cards: Get Well Spoon!

I know there's a lot of trouble with this new Cricut cartridge, but I love it. I really do. I'm mechanical and spacial, so the challenge of no instructions is almost like a test. The Birds card was an easy one; the coffee cup was more of a trick! I hope you like what I did, and while I haven't made a video of it, you might be able to get the idea from the pictures. Thanks for visiting, and please comment if you like my work!

The coffee cup assembly comes with what looks like a random rectangular cut (also on the cupcake assembly). I sat with this for days, and ended up building the cup without it. After I assembled it, I realized that the rectangle was meant to be inside the coffee cup, to support the "coffee" and "steam" lid. Here's what it looks like with the lid off:

When the card folds, the internal support pulls the lid down and everything lays flat. Without it, the lid does not fully push up when the card is open:

Supported, the lid is slightly lower than the top of the mug, as though it really was an almost-full cup of coffee:

This really is a lovely design!

My measurements:
Standard A2 card (4.25"x5.5")
Coffee cup on front (base) cut at 3"
Phrase on front cut at 2"
Coffee cup inside (pop-up) cut at 3"

Suggestions: I feel that the coffee cup pop-up could likely be cut larger, at 3.5" or even 4". There's lots of room on the inside. However, at 3" it was not particularly hard to assemble if you could figure out all the bits. :-)

I hope that helps with a visual of what it should look like! I think this cartridge is really interesting, and I can't wait to give this card!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Lovebirds: Everyday Pop Up Cards

I'm very excited to get a new cartridge from Cricut, called Everyday Pop Up Cards. It's lovely, but sadly does not come with operating instructions! LOL. The "pop up" part is a little confusing, and since it's so new, there are very few tutorials. I made this card for my dad and his new wife with the intention of doing a photo tutorial, but honestly these things need a video! So, another day I'll try a different card and make a new video. However, there are quite a few different ways to assemble the pop-ups, with most cards having both an icon-type pop-up and a phrase pop-up, and each might be assembled/attached differently. I guess it's trial and error until Cricut puts out some instructions!

Anyhow, here's my card:

Here's the inside pop-up. Very cute, but a little hard to see in the photo, since it's white-on-white. The birds have dimensional wings, and the whole heart pops forward:

The attachment points on the back of the heart, and a view of the dimensional wings:

This was one of the cuts, but I simply couldn't figure out how to make it work correctly. The cuts on this key are for the heart, one bird, 2 wings, and a bird on a long tab. It's clear that the birds assemble into the heart where there are slits, but I'm not sure how to get the long tab to work so that the bird is "hovering" over the other. Perhaps I cut it too big??? So, I ditched that bird and recut the other in reverse, and attached him instead. I'm just as happy with the result.

A view, looking at the opened card, from another angle. Hard to see the white-on-white dimensional birds, but they do look great in person!

I think this cartridge is great, but I might wait for further instructions before I attempt some of these cards! However, very creative and I love the idea!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My New logo!

I'm working on some new logos to go with my banner:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Rainy Day Fun!

It is currently snowing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and we're under a heavy snowfall advisory for April 2nd, 2011. Crazy!!! So, it seems a bit ironic to work on a LO that has spring in mind, since I have no real idea of when spring's going to arrive here!

The main die cuts on the LO feature two of my new designs, that will be available in svg packs. I'm really excited about these, especially the tags and borders!

The left side:

and right:

Tag close-up, but take a look at the "ribbon": it's hard to see in the photo, but it's actually a stripe of micro-beads. Looks great in person!

One of my favorite fonts, and cuts so nicely:

Paper: K&Co Susan Winget "Nature"
Fonts: 2Peas Cherub
Tag: fancy shapes3 book.svg ***this is a soon to be released svg pack, available April 23, 2011 from Die Cut Designer***
Border: border raindrops.svg ***this is a soon to be released svg pack, available April 23, 2011 from Die Cut Designer***
"Ribbon": Martha Stewart Microbeads in Blue Topaz