Making cards with my Cricut

I am totally hooked on my Cricut! I joined a card swap where we had to use our Cricut to make 3 cards. I only have the “Stretch Your Imagination” image cartridge, but I’ve found the cartridge most versatile.

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Luxurious 60th birthday card

I made this card on special order for a lady at my LSS after she saw some of my cards. I took great pains to make it worthy of a lady who is turning 60. Oh, and the entire image is made out of a serviette!

I got the idea to use a serviette when I saw some cards in the Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine that used serviettes as very successful focal images. When I saw these beautiful flower serviettes at a small craft store, I knew what I would do with them! I only bought 4 at the time not knowing I’ll use them all at once (I only thought of layering them later), and when I went back for more the shop had closed down :(. So this is truly a “one of a kind” card.

I decoupaged 4 serviettes onto pieces of card stock (for strength), then cut one of them out to serve as the background, letting the flower “hang over the edge” of the border. For the rest I only used the flower part, which I cut into smaller pieces and layered using foam tape to create a 3D effect. I stuck some of the cardstock mats on mounting board for a bit of depth and strength. Finally I decorated the inside with beautiful paper and gold ribbon.

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“Thank You, L” ATC

Thank you, L ATC

This is an extra ATC that I sent along with the 12 Months ATC swap to thank my swap partner (who’s name starts with ‘L’) for being so patient. Ironically, this extra one came out better than most of the required ones, I think! This is definitely one of my all time favourites!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

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Aquila Scrapbook Convention

Wow, did I have an amazing, scrapful weekend!!! The short and sweet of it is that we were +- 100 ladies who spent 3 whole days in the company of Jeri (BoBunny USA), Andria (Reminisce USA) and Erika (Aquila SA, representing Hot Off The Press), making AMAZING paper-thingies! 😉

And here is the layout I made especially for the convention competition – it got third place:

"Precious" scrapbook layout“Precious” (click image to enlarge)
[photos © Appel Photography]

The only rules were that your papers and stickers had to be from one of the 3 represented companies. I used Hot Off The Press papers (and BoBunny ribbon, because it’s gorgeous). The rest are from all over, and mostly from my existing stash. The only stuff I specially bought for this layout were the flowers, blue brads and blue card stock. The list of supplies are at the bottom of this post.

And here’s me with the really awesome teachers:

Me and Andrea (from Reminisce)Me and Jeri (from BoBunny)

Me and Andrea (from Reminisce)Me and Andrea (from Reminisce)

We made a LOT of scrapbook layouts, as well as cards, mini-albums, chipboard books, and then some! I have not made that many ‘things’ in such a short time! The most hilarious part was how fascinated these Americans were with Afrikaans (which was spoken by 98% of the attendees) and the South African culture. It gave them hours of amusement making lists of the differences between their English and ours – all the “strange words” we use for common objects (like calling traffic lights “robots”… yeah, weird I know) [Andria even made a game out of this on her blog!] But it went both ways – they kept us amused by learning some Afrikaans words and then using them in the classes – Jeri quickly got “sakkie” (pocket) because she could remember the Japanese word Saki, and eventually also managed “strepe” (stripes)… but everything else kinda got lost in translation and laughter :-p Not to mention Andria’s attempts to try and make sense of rugby… (she has my fullest sympathy)

Well, that was a long post, but it was the highlight of my year so I’m not apologizing!

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