Feel Better! – A Bandaid card

This card was inspired by a Pin I saw for Get Well Soon. Now mine is not near as cute, but for a first attempt and being in a rush, I’d say it’s ok.

I also discovered that Sharpies don’t retain their ink forever if you don’t use them. Mine crapped out part way through making this look a little odd.

I also chose to hand letter this card instead of printing and tracing using my lightboard or having the Cricut do the writing for me. The paper was really thin, so putting it on a mat for the Cricut wouldn’t have been the best choice to get writing on it that way.

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The balloons I drew myself in the design space for Cricut and cut out of wallpaper I have on hand. (Seriously huge drawer full of wallpaper samples!)

The googly eyes on the BandAid are glued on with some E6000, again something I have on hand from a previous project.

I made this card initially for my line manager who had a double knee replacement at the temp job I’ve been working, but I’m not sure if she’ll end up getting it, or if it will end up for sale. Who knows! This card is just a floater for the moment.

 


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To the Graduate

This card is for my husband’s cousin. Today is his graduation party. I made this card the weekend before. Completely my own design! It was a bit of trial and error to make my own tassle.

This card I relied fairly heavily on the Cricut. The ‘Congrats’ is cut from Cricut‘s adhesive foil. The hat I drew and cut from wallpaper I have on hand.

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The tassel was an interesting thing to make. I have some jewelry making supplies from years ago when I thought I could make jewelry (ha!). Anyway I would say don’t use memory wire, that stuff is stuck in whatever size it comes in. I did find a more flexible wire that wasn’t silver that worked really well to hold the thread together. (You might recognize the colors from my Mother in law’s Mother’s Day card)

I am planning to make another of these cards for my niece. I know her school colors, so I will work on a tassel in those colors and maybe integrate them more throughout the card. But for something generic and graduation, black and gold works well.

For the inside of this card I cam up with a “brilliant” way to put money in without it falling out right away. Using mounting tape I attached my white cardstock piece to the inside of the card. Since it’s raised slightly I was able to slip some money in behind the message and it stays pretty well!

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This card has a lot of pieces that needed to be assembled, but I was able to do it all in maybe an hour or less. I was working on 4 cards that day and different pieces were cut and assembled at different times.

 


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Mother’s Day

This was a close one! 11am on the 12th I was finishing up my mother in laws card to take to the Mother’s Day celebration that day. The cross stitch portion of my mom’s card had been done, but it wasn’t assembled until today.

Like the last few cross stitch projects I am working with the materials and leftover thread I have to match as close as I can. I don’t feel like there’s a dent in the thread, but it’s slowly getting labeled to the nearest DMC number I can find for it.

My mom’s card: started April 23 — finished May 6

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My mother in laws card: started May 6 — finished May 12

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How they were made:

I started out re-graphing flowers I found in The Big Book of Cross Stitch Design from the library. Then I added the Mom part using the WinStitch software to default fonts.

Once the cross stitches were done I went to the Cricut to cut out my rectangles. Unfortunately I still have not mastered lining things up on the preview board with the actual board I’m cutting on. I use double sided tape to adhere the cross stitch to the card.

Finally, to spruce these up a little I use washi tape. This I bought a bunch on eBay and just went through the bag to find something that would work. My first time using washi tape and found that it’s not overly sticky. I have no idea if brand matters on this kind of thing or not.

On the inside I cut some white cardstock to write Happy Mother’s Day on so it could be easily read. I used those fancy scissors to cut around the box to add some flair.


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90th Birthday

There are only 2 living grandparents left in our family. They are my husband’s paternal side. On May 2nd his grandfather turned 90 years old! We went to Des Moines, IA that weekend to celebrate with him.

The night before I did a mad rush to make a card. It went over really well since they love art. Something handmade is different than the store bought cards. Apparently I did well enough that at first they thought it was purchased and were impressed it was so on the mark.

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I chose green paper since it’s (finally) spring. And my paint options at home are limited, so I chose a yellow because it would be bright enough to stand off the green. Not on purpose, but a bit John Deere nonetheless.

How it was made:

The letters were created in using the writing feature of the Cricut. The barn and tractor were cut using the Cricut as well. These are the gold adhesive, so they are shiny and stick to the paper easily.

 

 


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May the Fourth Be With You

For the first time I’m planning ahead! I thought about doing May 4th cards in March and finally got around to them mid-April.

These aren’t perfect by any stretch. I still can’t get placements correct on the Cricut. The biggest downfall of their design space when you go to make the item, you have to start over placing items every time.

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The mishaps continue on the inside of the cards. I decided not to write with a silver marker as I did for my nephew’s birthday card (scroll to the bottom). Instead I attempted to make insets with cardstock. While the first one was too narrow and the second one was quite askew. Using double sided tape there’s no going back once you put it down.

Something else to work on and improve as I keep trying to create more appealing cards.

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May Day

How are you planning to celebrate May Day with your family?

Growing up I would make a basket for the neighbors who lived behind us growing up. It was like a friendly ding dong ditch, because you left them treats in a basket. Once I was older they informed me that they knew it was me, and I was terrible at hiding. Either way it was fun for both sides.

Last year I made some cookies and took them to my previous temp job and the neighbors. This year I won’t be ringing any doorbells, just sending some snail mail. These will be arriving in DC hopefully today!

I decided some May Day cards were in order.

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They are a mix of paint, wallpaper, scrapbook paper, and of course a dab of glitter glue. I used the Cricut to draw the word outlines and to cut out the tulips. I think I did fairly well lining up the text pretty close to the center. I’ll get there eventually with this more complex cards. I know they aren’t the most gorgeous things you’ve ever seen, but it’s a work in progress.

 


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Apples, Sharpies, and Glitter Glue

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I finally broke down and bought the 50 pack of glitter glue at Sam’s. There are so many possibilities now! For these cards I also broke out the Cricut (affiliate) again. It’s been collecting dust the last few weeks.

As I was going through all of my wallpaper cards and cataloging them I found two with a single apple on them. At the time I didn’t see a reason to do anything extra and found them artistic in their own way. With my new crafting tools I decided to spice up these cards.

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With the help of a friend I started looking for sayings involving apples. Unfortunately many are quite long. I did find one to use. The other card has

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become a Get Well card because of the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I guess it will take someone with the right type of humor to accept receiving the card as something that is not some underhanded jibe.

So there you have it, the new cards for the month of March!