Fussy Cutting Tips!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Die cuts for images are very handy, especially if you are not fond of fussy cutting. I happen to enjoy cutting images and would like to share a couple of tips.

When you are cutting an image, turn the paper – not your scissors! I learned this effective technique years ago from a dear friend. It really helps with the ‘flow’ of your cutting and makes the finished images look sharper. It is also very helpful to use good quality small scissors!

Good quality small scissors help make fussy cutting images much easier!

Some stamps or digital downloads of images have very fine outlines. I have found that taking a marker and tracing the outline to make it larger helps with cutting the image. This adorable dog bone from Inky Antics had fine lines, but using a brown Sharpie made fussy cutting easier.

Tracing the fine outlines of stamped images with a larger marker makes it easier to cut!

Another tip for cutting smaller papers has helped me use up most of my small paper scraps. I wanted to cut a strip from this smaller paper, so I taped it to a larger scrap so it would fit in my trimmer. You can see the line I drew so I would line up my dog bones just right!

Attaching smaller papers to a larger one helps to cut strips with your paper trimmer.
Adding papers on the inside of cards helps use up papers and carries the theme from the card front.

These tips were used when I created this adorable card! This cute puppy stamp is from Dare2BArtzy

I hope these tips help you with your crafting projects. Thank you for visiting my blog today! Enjoy your crafty day!

~~Vickie~~

‘She Loves Pink’ Thank You Card!

Hello Dear Readers!

We enjoyed our recent trip to Oregon and California to visit family and friends. We only stayed in a hotel one night, so I have several Thank You cards to send to express our appreciation for the wonderful hospitality we enjoyed during our trip.

Thank you card withLittle girl in bathrobe

This cute stamp from My Favorite Things is adorable. She is part of the Pure Innocence collection. I have had it for several years so it may not be available, but there are other cute stamps similar to this one!

I stamp the image on patterned paper and layer it on the image. It was perfect to put on a thank you card I created for a little girl that let me stay in her bed at her grandparents’ house. She loves pink!

Thank you card in pink using MFT stamp of girl in robe

The tiny rick rack was a perfect touch, along with the tiny butterflies! I usually decorate the outside of the envelope and I tuck the card between an embossed folder to protect it from the mailing process.

Decorated envelops and embossed folder for thank you card
I hope she will be excited to receive this card in the mail! Little kids love getting mail addressed to them!

My stash includes this tiny rick rack I had from my grandmother’s sewing box. As you can see, the price on this indicates how old it is! It was still sealed and was perfect for this card and I can use it on a baby card too!

Using rick rack and embellishments on cards
When I attached the rick rack to the card, I wanted to make sure it stayed in place. I wrapped it around the top and bottom of the card, then secured it with a bit of glue. I have a handy trick I use to secure small items on cards.
card making tip on how to attach embellishments

It was fun creating this card and I hope it brings a smile to a very special five year old girl!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Enjoy your creative day!

~~~ Vickie ~~~

Older Still Works!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I know we all have a few supplies in our stash, and if you are like me some of them have been around for awhile. How many of you remember these punches from Fiskars?

I love these edge punches and used them several times in the past. Somehow they got lost in the back of my stamp drawer, but I found them and created this card.

I thought this leaf pattern paired nicely with the image of the tree on the paper. I sprayed the front of the card with Imagine Sheer Shimmer Spray. It gives a nice finish to the card, it reminded me of the morning dew you find on the tree leaves.

This is a card I created several years ago using one of the Fiskar punches. Looking back at the cards I created, I can see the progress and changes in the cards I have made. Always room for improvement!

I will be creating more cards using these punches now that I have rediscovered them. Punches seemed to have been tossed to the way side to make room for the many die cuts we use in our machines now, but I will continue to use my old supplies. Older still works!

Enjoy your crafty day and thank you for visiting my blog!

~~~ Vickie Horsfall ~~~

‘Button Up’ a Card!

Hello Crafty People!

I am still trying to use up my massive collection of embellishments, some of which I have had for several years!

Today, I am focusing on the decorative buttons you find at the fabric stores and on the craft aisles at many stores.

Many buttons are flat and easy to attach on a card, but some have the little sewing loop on the back. This adds bulk to a card, so I decided to snip it off!

Once the loop is snipped, the button can be attached to a card. There is still dimension from the flat button and it may require extra postage if the card is mailed. I usually tuck the card in an embossed folder, then put it in an envelope. This method helps protect the button from being damaged when it is processed through the mail.

I attached this little hedgehog button to this birthday card for a special little kid! It ties in with the little forest critters paper I’ve had in my stash for a few years. Creating this card was a wonderful way to use up items from my patterned paper and embellishment collections!

Birthday card with hedgehog button and cute animal printed paper

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use buttons you may have stashed away! Buttons are always in a crafter’s collection!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Enjoy your days of creating awesome cards and projects!

~~~ Vickie ~~~

Squish ‘Em!

Hello Crafty Friends!

These past few weeks I have devoted my crafting time to using the older supplies I have had stashed away over the years. I love creating my handmade greeting cards and have looked back at the pictures of the cards I have designed since 2007. My card styles have changed, however the reason and meaning of creating cards has remained the same-to let people know they are remembered and special.

Happy Hello Notecard with groundhog
Groundhog Happy Hello Card

There are four containers of brads, small charms, sequins, and various other embellishments in my craft drawer.

candy button embellishments
Lots of Candy Buttons!

Since many of these add bulk to cards, I have found ways to reduce the bulk and use these items. For instance, remember the ‘candy buttons’ that were popular a few years ago? They came in several different colors and styles. I usually attached these cute buttons to cards using a small square foam that fit them perfectly and added some dimension to my cards.

Birthday card using paper scraps and candy button embellishments
Birthday card using candy button embellishments attached with tiny foam squares.

I had an idea of putting these between a piece of printer paper and running them through my die cutting machine. I squished ’em and was able to attach them to my cards using a small dot of glue. They still added a bit of texture, but not bulk to my cards. It also added some more texture to the top of the button, as you can see in the picture. Not all of these buttons added bulk when I attached the foam square, but attaching the squished button with glue makes it more secure than the foam square. We all want our cards to arrive through the mail intact, and in my opinion glue is much more secure than foam. (Especially if the foam squares are older.)

candy button with foam square
Tiny foam squares fit perfectly in the button, but adds bulk.
candy button embellishment
Tiny Candy Button embellishments

More texture is added to the buttons after they are compressed in the die cutting machine, using regular plates. I was pleasantly surprised to see these, the more texture I can put on a card, the better!

Golfer man card with candy button embellishments
Compressed candy buttons look like golf balls on this card!

Another idea I had was to cut off the prongs of some brads I had in my collection. I used one of my handy tools to squish the ends of the cut prongs down into the brad. Then I was able to attach the brad with glue to my card. (If it was a bigger brad, I stuffed it with a sticky zot, and added glue to make sure it was secure.) Not having the prongs opened behind the card, which added bulk, made them easier to mail. When I purchased brads in the past they usually came in packages that held several of these crafty gems. Now I have a way to use these and save on postage!

Brads with prongs cut
Cutting the prongs off of brads reduces the bulk on a card.

This technique has allowed to me save on postage and packaging material when I mail cards created with embellishments. And the best part….I am using up my older items!

I hope these ideas help you to use up items in your stash and save on bulk and postage. Thank you for visiting my blog today. Enjoy your crafty time!

~~ Vickie~~