A Well Crafted Retirement

"Retire from work, but not from life." -M.K. Soni


Art Nouveau Card

I just bought the Art Nouveau cartridge and was anxious to try it out.  So many of  my cards are made with cartridges like Create a Critter, that I wanted something a little more elegant.  Art Nouveau seemed like a good choice.

2I went online and did a little research on the Art Nouveau Movement and in particular the wallpaper and textile designs.  Then I searched my paper stacks and found a bright print from Anna Griffin’s Carmen Collection.  Several of the wallpaper designs reminded me of the Cuttlebug folder Modern Wallpaper, so that’s that what I selected for added texture.  The colors in the print dictated the solid papers I used.

Cricut Cartridges Used:

  • Art Nouveau
  • Phrases
  • Plantin School Book

Cut Sizes in Inches:

  • Headshot 1 @ 3.o (Art Nouveau)
  • Phrase @ 3.o (Phrases)
  • Envelope @ fit to page (Plantin School Book)

Cuttlebug Folder:

  • Modern Wallpaper

Additional Supplies:

  • Versa Magic chalk ink pad in Oasis Green
  • Darice Self-Stick Gem in bright pink
  • a tape runner
  • craft glue like Aleene’s Max Tacky Adhesive

I used my paper cutter to make the card and rectangles.  The card in cream measures 6.5 x 10, the green is 6 x 4.5, the print is 5 x 3.5 and the cream strip is 5 x 1.  I rounded the corners on the green and print rectangles.  Next I embossed the green with the cuttlebug folder.  The folder was slightly too short for the rectangle but by turning the paper 180 degrees and carefully aligning the raised parts in the folder I was able to get the entire rectangle embossed.  Next time I will try to avoid using too large a rectangle.  I embossed the cream strip with the border folder.  So that the embossing would stand out on the strip I lightly patted the green ink pad on the top of the embossing.  I did this later on the embossing for the envelope flap.

Headshot 1The instructions on the Art Nouveau cartridge recommend that you not use a smaller cut size than 3 inches.  Even at 3 inches I found that I really needed a sharp blade and a good mat.  I used a copper foil scrap for the background cut, a medium brown for the hair, cream for the face and dark brown for the blackout.  To bring out the pink in the print the flower in the hair uses two shades of pink.  At 3 inches the earrings and the women’s lips are really tiny.  I was glad for a good pair of tweezers to handle them.  To finished it off I used a stick-on gem for the center of the flower.  It looked a little plain without something there.

Assembly was easy using a glue runner.  I picked the phrase “feel better soon” from the Phrases cartridge, but I think this card would be good for a thank you note or birthday.  I cut the phrase in green and used Aleene’s to attach it to the inside of the card.  The envelop in cream was cut from Plantin School Book.  I embossed the flap to match the card and patted the raised  surface with the green ink pad.


Gift Bag with Tag and Receipt Envelope

When Katie bagged up her  present last weekend with the Baby shower card I made, it reminded me of all the wedding and shower gifts that arrived at my house over the summer and the struggle I had  keeping the gift receipts from getting lost.

Gift Bag with card and receipt envelope.

Gift Bag with card and receipt envelope.

So here is a gift bag design with an enclosure card and envelope to hold the receipt.  They both attach to the bag handles with ribbon and the receipt envelope slips into the apron design like a pocket.  This would be good for a kitchen themed wedding shower or a housewarming gift.

Cricut Cartridges Used:

  • Nifty Fifties
  • Graphically Speaking
  • Walk in My Garden

Cut Sizes in Inches:

  • Apron @ 3.0 (Nifty Fifties)
  • Oven Mit @ 4.5 (Nifty Fifties)
  • Cherry Sticker @ 1.75 (Nifty Fifties)
  • Receipt Envelope @ 3.5 (Walk in My Garden)
  • “Enjoy” @ 2.25 (Graphically Speaking)

I choose a two sided printed paper from a heidi grace stack with a green and pink plaid on one side and a small dot pattern on the reverse side. The solid soft pink, black and green are from my scrap bin.  The plain pink bag from JoAnn’s measures 8 x 10.25 x 4.25.  Beginning with the dotted side, I cut the apron layer and then the shift apron from the plaid.   I then used a solid pink to cut the pockets.  Scraps of black and green make up the cherry stems and leaves.  I used white glue to attach the layers and then let them dry.

I cut the shadow for the apron in the green and applied a thin line of Aleene’s Max Tack Adhesive where you see the marker lines.  This leaves the top open to create a small pocket to hold the gift receipt.  Next, I worked on the oven mitt, using the dots for the bottom, the plaid for the top layer and cutting an extra top layer for the inside to give me a light colored writing surface on the inside of the card. Again I finished with the cherry stem and leaves.  I glued the cherries to the cover attached the soft pink to the inside of the card and used a hole punch in the upper left hand corner.

My scrap bin had the very same shade of medium pink as the dotted background, so I used it to make the envelope.  I found this on the last page of the Walk in My Garden handbook.  Since there wasn’t much of a fold over on the envelope, I decided I needed a “sticker” to hold down the flap.  I found one in Nifty Fifties on page 65 of the handbook from the shift font shadow key and cut it from dotted paper.  Some glue and a hole punched finished this off.  The last thing I cut from the dotted paper was the “Enjoy” phrase.

The apron and phrase were glued to the bag and I waited for it to dry.  I cut a 24 inch piece of 1/4 inch ribbon and ran it thru the two sides of the card and tied it with a small bow.  The other end of the ribbon went thru the whole at the back of the envelope and I tied it off with a small tail.  Last, I tied the ribbon around one of the bag handles, arranging it so the envelop would fit in the pocked and the card would be near the top.


Baby Shower Card

My daughter Katie is going to attend her first baby shower next week so I made this card for her to take. Front of Baby Shower Card

The new “Mom-to-Be” is a Delta Gamma sorority sister of hers, so we picked a nautical theme for the card.  I chose a two sided pinwheel paper from a sarahjane stack called “Children at Play”.  The other papers in white, red, blue and a soft aqua glitter are from my scrap box.

Cricut Cartridges Used:

  • Plantin School Book
  • Life is a Beach
  • Everyday Pop-Up Cards
  • Phrases

Cuttlebug Folders:Baby Carriage

  • Swiss Dots
  • Darice’s Borders–Simple

I used the envelop cut from the Plantin School Book cartridge with the fit-to-page feature to cut a plain white envelope from 12 x 12 card stock. Before gluing the envelope together, I embossed the closing flap with the Darice dotted border folder.

With a paper cutter, I cut a 6.5 x 10 inch strip of the printed paper and folded it to make the 5 x 6.5 inch card.  Using the same paper I cut a 4 x 5.25 inch rectangle and embossed it, aqua side up, with the Swiss Dots folder and rounded the corners.  One more strip of this paper, this time cut 1.5 x 4 inches.

From the Phrases cartridge I selected “Welcome Baby”, cut the Shadow layer in red and the Phrase layer in aqua glitter at 3 inches.  The smallest strip of print paper with some ink distressing on the edges and a couple of self stick gems in the centers of the pinwheels finished the front of the card.

For nautical elements inside of the card I used Life is a Beach.  Using a 4 inch cut, the lighthouse was cut from white distressed card stock and the layers cut in red.  The gulls in the same distressed white are cut at 2.5 inches.  Bright blue anchor border is a 2 inch cut and the tiny anchor trim on the baby carriage is cut at .75.  For the carriage I went to Everyday Pop-Up Cards.  I have made several cards with this cartridge and have struggled with the pop-up elements but I love the graphics.  So with a 3.5 inch cut I made the  carriage.

Here is how I’ve been successful at making elements “pop-up”.  For this one I cut a strip of paper .5 x 6.5 inches long.  I measured along the length at intervals of 1 inch, 2 inches, 1 inch and 2 inches and made score lines.  I then folded the strip along those scores and used the .5 inch remaining piece to glue it into a 3 dimensional rectangle.  I attach this to the back of the card face and the inside or “floor”.  Snugging up the angle of the strip into the crease of the card makes it fold up nicely. Now add the carriage so that it sits on the “floor” evenly, and it pops-up when the card is open!