Provocraft has just released a new cartridge for its line of Cricut Machines called Wild Card , This cartridge had been designed for card making.
It has designs for card shapes, envelopes and a huge variety of shapes amd embellshmenst for every type of card you can think of.
Below are the shapes included on the Wild Card Cricut Cartridge.
More info on Cricut’s Wild Card Cartridge
Cricut Wild Card
I lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer earlier this year and this organization has a special place in my heart. CardMaker magazine has a wonderful feature each month- it selects an organization and encourages its readers to make cards and donate them. Last month for example over 1200 the cards went to a seniors residence.
This months readers are asked to donate their hand made cards to Necessities Bag a support resource for mastectomy patients.
The theme is “Elegance”
Deadline: Cards must be received by Sept. 12, 2008.
Donate Your Hand Made Cards to “Necessities Bag”
General Guidelines: Each Necessities Bag contains a blank note card so that patients can write to the organization about how they are doing, thus keeping up a dialogue of support. This is where your talents come into play! The handcrafted cards you submit will be tucked into the Necessities bags and used by recovering patients. Please submit feminine cards that are blank inside. Although the pink ribbon is a great symbol, the organization would prefer a wide range of pretty, stylish cards that would be nice for everyday correspondence.
Send all card submissions to:
Mary Lynn Maloney
Readers Reach Out Coordinator
5091 Bell St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
If you have an organization you think would benefit- Card maker magazine welcomes suggestions. More information here
This was based on a card I a made a few weeks ago for a much loved family friend.
I have found it very hard to make Sympathy cards when I need them so I have made up several to have on hand. I think the hand made quality and effort that goes into the card is much appreciated. I do feel like I need to be careful and don’t make the card about my need to “create” if that makes sense. so consequently I try and make them very simple.
This card was made using card stock cut into 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 square and using matching envelope.
I cut window using Creative memories oval cutter. I would like to try technique using Spellbinders Ovals
to emboss oval and the Creative Memories ovals to cut window. The way Spellbinders works is to emboss just in inside the oval.
I then used 3 colors of Flower Soft to make the floral bouquet in the urn, the urn is from Flower Soft as well and very versitile.
I made the flowers with thin wire covered in floral tape ( which you can also buy pre-done for about $2.50 from Flower Soft suppliers) . I think it wold be nice to use Copic markers as well to color Flower soft for shading.
I then added sticker that says “With Sympathy” which I am not thrilled with but couldn’t find a nice stamp or suitable letters..
I am over all quite please with the card.
Have you been using Flower Soft for your card making? I would love to hear of your ideas!
From m recent series of Easy To Make Cards From Scraps I love this card so much I wanted to give it its own post.
I used a corner cutter on paper corners, rhinestones and Basic Grey paper scraps to make this card. I used some die cut flowers from Quickutz with Cuttlebug machine.
This card is FABULOUS! You have a lot of play with the colors and can make them bright or very feminine with pale pinks and whites.
If you look at quilled ballet tut you can see breakdown of shaped fairly easily. Was really a series of different sized triangles to make the tutu and then tight rolls for arm straps.
I set out this “card making challenge” for myself to get rid of some stuff and have some cards at hand when I needed them quick. My daughter ( 10 years) and I and fun with this We could only use stuff we all ready had and could not buy ANYTHING.
It seems with very card or scrapbook project I have ever done I needed something so this was tough- trying to restrain myself was harder than I thought! Luckily I had a pad of Basic GreySultry 6×6 paper and this was great to have! If you do any card making at all these are a must have! Colours co-ordinate beautifully and they are funky and inspiring.
First I cut up some card stock in colours I don’t use or that I have alot of. I made 51/2 x 11 inch cuts and folded to make a 5 1/2 inch square card. I used the leftover strips of card stock in the card making.
Click on any of the pictures of cards for full size image.
Easy Card #1: All Purpose Best Wishes Card With Basic Grey Paper Scraps
“Best Wishes” is a good card to have on hand- can be used for Birthday, Wedding or Congratulations of all kinds. I use this stamp much more than I thought I would. The card was fairly easy.
Used scarp pieces of Basic Grey( from Sultry pack) and layered Quickutzflower die cut with Cuttlebug. Used pink dimensional pearls to adhere rhinestone in centre of flower. I ended up using clear Stickle ( glitter glue) on some of the flowers in printed paper of card. I used craft knife to cut flower edge flush with card.
Card #2: Make a Birthday Card from Scrap Paper
A good birthday card to make for any age or for man or woman.
I really like the way this card turned out ( except for crooked brads!). Used turquoise card stock. Stamp birthday cake slice on scrap paper ( you can use birthday- ish stamped image) . I coloured stamp using Magic Coloring Pencil method ( pencil crayons and gamsol technique).
Used Creative Memories Circle punch to cut stamped image and a co-ordinating color mat. Used old border sticker from Creative Memories on bottom and dollar store ribbon on top. Used 3 brown brads that did not work out very well 🙂
.I used Xyron Sticker Maker for ribbon and tape runner for everything else.
Easy To Make Card #3 : Fast and Easy Birthday Card
My daughter really liked the card I made above she she did her own for a 12 year olds birthday party that weekend. She used up scraps and same odorless mineral spirits and pencil crayon method to color stamped image. She did background using paper that went through Cuttlebug with embossing folder. Here you can see why the Cuttlebug is so great! The results are just great and so easy. She made this card pretty quickly and was snap to do.
Cards From Scrapbook Scraps #4 : Make a Sympathy Card with Flower Stamps and Embossing Powder
This does not photograph well at all. I used some Inque Boutique stamps on dark navy cardstock and white embossing powder. I really need a sympathy stamp or some rub ons . I love light embossing done on dark paper, it gives a great look every time- if you are careful not to let card get sticky with finger oils, etc and get excess embossing powder on the card stock.
If you don’t have heat gun or don’t want to emboss you could also use white ink. This card is screaming for ribbon- which I think I will add.
Everyday Sentiments Card #5 :Sympathy Card with Flower Soft
This really doesn’t belong here as the card idea made using Flower Soft– not something most scrapbookers would have on hand. It also takes bit of time. I love this product by the way. I have not seen it too many places. The card is very pretty.
I used Flower Soft wire ( you could also just use thin wire with white floral tape) and urn to make flowers and some scrap green paper to add grass to the urn for extra depth. A sticker of gold ” With Sympathy” was added for sentiment. I used Creative Memories oval to cut oval shape window. I wish I ihad Spellbinders Nestabilities Ovals (Green/ Yellow) to use for this!. ARGH. If you don’t have Flower Soft any kind of neutral floral image would be fine. You could also emboss a stamped image or use stickers, etc.
Fast and easy Card # 6 : Super Easy and All Purpose Card To Make with Scrapbook Scraps
Very easy to do. This make a good congratulations/graduation card to make at last minute or have on hand using up some scrap pieces.
I used Inque Boutique See D’s to stamp flower and scroll. The flower was stamped on another piece of paper and cut out. I affixed with Glue Dots over black scroll stamped image. Pretty much any flower or scroll/flourish fine. Idea is to have flower be in a circle part of the scroll. I like the simple coral and blue colours alot. At last minute I stamped out mini flowers and used silver brad in center to liven up card. You could also stamp, use stickers or rhinestones.
Card #7: Easy All Occassions Card
This did not photograph well- it is actually quite stunning. The black flower petals are embossed with swiss dot and it looks great. The card because of colour is good for both men and women and could be used for several different occasions. Would make a good Thank-you card, Birthday card, Best Wishes or Thinking of you card for almost anyone. Use a stamp or rub on for your sentiment.
I stamped flowers in border using lettuce color embossing powder ( ranger embossing powder). I would have loved to have done in hot pink or orange as well. The flower was with Quickutz die, and is probably my favorite die. I used Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder to emboss the paper before I cut out the flower.
Card #8: Easy-ish Quilled Ballet Birthday Card: Quilled Ballet Tutu card
I actually made this in a hurry for my niece’s birthday. I love the colours and the cute quilled ballet tutu If you have not tired quilling ti is very easy and can be mastered pretty quickly- at least some of the simpler designs!
I used a corner cutter on paper corners, rhinestones and Basic Grey paper scraps to make this card. I did make some matching quilled shoes but that met a horrible end when my son took a look at them while drying. I used some die cut flowers from Quickutz.
This card is FABULOUS! Perfect card for little girl and you can get quite funky with colors. A soft pastel pink and white motif would also be so pretty. I also could see going over the top with pearls and lace as well., but I had to stick to plan of only using scraps and what I had on hand!
Easy Card #9 : Basic Grey Lily Kate Mia Thank-You Card
Used some scraps from one of my all time favorite papers from Basic Grey’s Lily Kate line, called Mia. I love lime anything and the purples and blues in this are gorgeous.
A simple card where i cut out some shapes with the paper, used a bit of ink adn some Dimensional Pearls Lettuce color. Easy as pie and a cute card. Used some clear letter stamps for the Thank-You.
Easy Card to make With Scraps #10: Make Card Using Ribbon As Stem
A cute card that uses ribbon as “stem” for flower. More from Inque Boutique stamps and dollar store ribbon than I made into stamp with bow as “leaves”. ripped up some of my scraps from 6×6 Sultry Basic Grey paper pack. These sure so go far! You can use any largish geometric shape or flower for flower hard and use a co-ordinating ribbon.
I left empty space because I am actually a fan of “white space” but a sentiment using a copper ink or emboss powder would look good. I think even light opaque pink or light colour would also work well.
This is turning out to be more fun than I thought . It has been slow going as weather has been gorgeous and spending most of the day by the pool with kids . I have about 5 (6?) done, including a very pretty one with quilled ballet tutu on the front and a favourite made with some Basic Grey leftover scraps and a bit of Tim Holtz distress ink.
It is amazing what you can do with NOTHING. Having lots of fun with Dimensional Pearls paint and ribbons.
I should have these posted by Tuesday.
Really this post should be called ” 10 Cards to Make if you are a Scrapbooker ” or “cards to make to clear out your leftover scrapbook supplies.
I am challenging myself to make up a series of 10 cards to clear out some of my scrap book stuff. I would love if you want to join in!
Here are the parameters I have set for myself:
– I cannot buy anything to complete these cards. No new stamps, dies or paper. The only exception is adhesive.
– I cannot use elaborate techniques- the idea is to do them fast and not get sucked into a vortex where one card takes 3 hours.
-I am debating whether to use use any embossing. Card makers will have the supplies but most scrap bookers I know don’t.
I may do simple quilling that the average scrapbooker will know or could learn easily.
I am working on using up some of my supplies- card stock I am not crazy about, left over paper bits, ets as well as trying out some new tools.
I am trying to put together a series of cards that are easy and fast to do and with supplies at hand- supplies that most scrapbooker or card maker will have.
To start with I have cut 10 cards from my card stock. I am going to do them to fit 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch envelopes and they are about 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 after being folded. I have also sketched out my design ideas. I have done 5 card sketches and will do two card for each sketch idea.
I will also post my “sketches” when I post the cards. or maybe tomorrow. might be interesting to see how closely i stick to my plans!
What am I talking about? I kind of sort of draw out before I start. I have a design background and I like to plan a bit and sometimes work from a formula. Most times I like the organic approach to making cards and doing my scrapbook layouts and let the supplies “speak to me” but the idea behind this project is to get a bunch of card done quickly , using up existing supplies and have a selection of card I can pull out and use on short notice.
I am making a sympathy cards, birthday cards for both kids and adults, Thank-you cards, Thinking of you cards and Congratulation cards. Cards you might for last minute gifts or sudden event.
I am constantly caught sort on new baby congratulations card and sympathy cards an want to have some to send out quickly.
If you deice to join in let me know- post about your plan and what “limits” you have set for your self.
Thought this was adorable- very modern and clean looking. Not what what you would expect from a “homemade” business card holder.
Full instructions and more photos of the project can be found at Tamdoll’s Workspace .
I love the fabric and embellishment she used- My going on 40 year old Singer wouldn’t be able to do this.