First Cuttlebug project; Owl’s it going?

Owl s it Going Cuttlebug 1

In my previous post, I mentioned that I’d purchased the Cuttlebug.

I have a lot of ideas bouncing about in my head, but with only two emboss folders, and four (Star) die casts. My creativity was limited. As I looked through my supplies, I realized that I need to purchase more paper. I’m still new to card making. I mainly got into it for my daughter. She loves creating with paper. I figured doing Cuttle projects together, will be another way I can bond with her.  Regarding card making… I didn’t purchase too many extras. However, since we’re enjoying this activity, I’ll replenish my paper stock this week.

This owl (along with the embossed background) was included with the Cuttlebug.  The star die casts was given to me by a friend. Although I didn’t have the paper I wanted (limited supply of color) it was fun playing embossing the paper, and adding it to my design. The silver stars were made with aluminum full. I cut a large piece of aluminum foil, and wrapped it several times to add thickness.

When I rolled the foil through the Cuttlebug the cutting process ‘sealed’ the edges. I’m going to redo the eyes. I have a few ideas that I’d like to try with them, it’ll be interesting to see how they turn out.

The words, Owl’s it going, will  be added to this card.

Fun with the Cuttlebug

Today’s my birthday, since I don’t get into birthdays today was a calm affair.

Cuttlebug v2 die cutter and embosser

My daughter and I did go to a guinea pic ‘pignic’ that was hosted by a guinea pig shelter at a local park. Guess what? I purchased three dollars worth of raffle tickets, and I was the lucky winner! I let my daughter choose the prize.

It gets better, my daughters sweet little piglets won the cutest couple award. They received an award and got their pictures taken! They’re pictures (which I believe includes my daughter) will be proudly displayed on the shelters Facebook page.

Before we went to the piglet event I purchased the Cuttlebug V2 Die Cutter and Embosser. Micheal’s has them on sale this week (along with a whole host of other items that will make the typical crafter squee with joy). After the event, I made my first card design with the Cuttlebug, and will try to post a picture tomorrow. My daughter has been having fun with the Cuttlebug too.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun experimenting with a few dies that I have. (I’ll purchase more this week.) I used various material for embossing.

I can’t wait to post my first ‘Cuttlebug creation’. It’ll be nice to look back months later to see how much I’ve improved. I do think this design will be special, since it’s the first I’ve made with my new crafting gadget. I had fun playing with different embosses, layering, and I even included a common household item that I incorporated into the design.

I’m still a ‘newb’ when it comes to card making. I’m not a fan of frilly or overly girly cards, although I love seeing the ones others make. However for myself, it’s not something I think I’ll do to much.

Adventures in card making

Cricut Imagine

Time flies by so quickly.  It seems like yesterday, when 2011 started.  Now there isn’t too many months left before this year is gone.

It’s hard to believe I’ve let the blog stagnate for so long, but part of me knew I needed a break.

Although this blog was silent, I still had an online presence, mainly through Facebook and Twitter. Admittedly, I wasn’t actively posting. However, I’d poke my head into those virtual corners every few weeks, to chat with folks, or share links. My daughter and I’ve been having a blast creating cards.

This past weekend, we started thinking of ideas for Halloween. Holiday cards are handed out by many of the students at her school. I thought it’d be nice this year to hand out personalized Halloween cards.

That was the easy part. The hardest part was  deciding what stencils to choose. Hmm….  my daughter does loves cats. I did a Google search and found numerous free samples of cats, in a variety of shapes and sizes. I finally choose a few that looked ‘sufficiently creepy’ and had my daughter pick her favorites.


Stencil cat sml


Photo: Cat Stencil courtesy of Band of Cats

Isn’t that cat precious? I shrunk this cat to fit on a small card. I cut out the actual cat, traced it onto card stock paper, and cut out the cat with an X-ACTO knife. I’ll have to post screen shots, once the card has progressed a bit.