Friday, October 26, 2012

Sometimes I Amaze Myself!

No really! 

My project idea actually turned out better than I imagined.  Even with all my procrastination.  You see, I needed to do a wedding gift (well I didn't really NEED to since I handmade all their wedding invitations).  I would much rather make something personalized than spend money on something that someone else might get them.  Ok, I admit it.  I like to be special.  lol  But I digress.....

This gift is for a wedding TOMORROW.  I just started it TODAY.  Yeah, I have a little problem with timelines.  But at my age, I probably ain't gonna change now.

So, with an idea in my head, some vinyl in hand and my computer and Cricut by my side...I ventured into my creative stupor.  And, lo and behold, SUCCESS!!  Here are my ooooh and aaaahh pictures...

Pretty cool, eh?  I had purchased a couple of shadowbox frames at Michael's one day when they were on sale, just knowing I would come up with a project to use them on. Turns out, this was the perfect project.  

After I cut the background letters out using the Gypsy Font cartridge, they were still a little plain even with the fancy swirls.  So I grabbed some glittery Stickles and added a few highlights.  Just what it needed!  I put the frame together and added the couple's first name and wedding date to the front of the glass on the frame.  I love how it gives it such dimension.  And the good part is, it will be easy to clean and the neutral colors will go with most any decor.

So...I would love to hear what you think.  If you do any kind of personalized gifts, I would love to hear about them.  Feel free to share!!

Until next time....keepin' my fingers inky and my Cricut chirpin'!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hanging Business Card Holder

Bulletin Board Business Card Holder

I know I have been MIA for quite a while.  Life sometimes gets in the way.  But I couldn't resist sharing this little pattern with you.  

I have several different piles of OPBCs (other people's business cards) on my desk and wanted a way to display them without having to put money into someone else's advertising.  So I came up with this simple and effective Business Card Holder to pin on the bulletin board.

As I was planning the layout/dimensions, I got to thinking how handy this would be to do for myself (fancier of course) to put my business cards in various places.  So after I got my measuring, cutting and scoring down to a very simple science, I set out to do a couple of fancy ones for MY business cards.  But first, here are the steps to get the basic one done.

Cut a piece of cardstock to 7.5" x 4.75".

Score vertically at .5" and 4.25".

Rotate and score at 1.5" and 2".  Then score at 3.5" only from the top to the score line and the bottom to the score line.

This is what it should look like after scored.

Now just a little trimming....Snip on the 3.5" score line only 1/2" to the vertical score line.  Do the same thing on the other side.  Then snip on the score lines over to the 1/2" score line on the 2" and 1.5" lines.  

It should look like this when you're done cutting.

Next, add adhesive to the top two tabs on each side.

And fold on the score lines and stick the sides together.

And there you have it!

Now, here is one I have done for MY business cards.  

I love how it turned out and as I look at it, I can see other ways to use it as well.  It could be hung from the bottom of a flier or poster.  Or the top could be scored and folded backwards as a stand so it could sit on your desk.  A hole could be punched at the top and it could be hung on a pin, hook, or magnet.

I hope this comes in handy for some of you.  I would love to see what you've done using this pattern.

Happy crafting!  Until next time, keepin' my fingers inky and my Cricut chirpin'!