Monday, January 31, 2011

Card with Chris Durnan's Love Bird Card Set file

This lovely file is part of Chris's Quarterly Membership Club files. The QMC is still available in Chris's store. You can find the membership here. I used the gatecard option with this file. I inked the base card with pink before attaching the Love Birds. I used a rubber stamp to stamp the love definition on the heart, then inked it with purple to make it stand out a little. Another beautiful file from Chris!


Digi-Cutter Files offered in SCUT, GSD, KNK, WPC & AI (SVG) at

Recipe for this card:

Base: Red Cardstock 5" by 10" scored at 5". Finished card is 5" 5"
Layer: White Cardstock 4 1/2"  by 4 1/2"
SVG File: Jumble Hearts 4" by 4" & shadow made in SCAL
White Ribbon
3D Foam for all layers of card
Stamp: Love

Created by Chelsea Barnes

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine using #CD00308

Tonight I created a Valentine for my sweetie using the Heart Jumble #CD00308.  I have loved this file from day one and have used bits and pieces of it on various projects.  Love the shape of those hearts!  I cut a file so that it opened up instead of sideways.  I ran it through my Cuttlebug using a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I placed the cut out on the card so that it lined up so I'd be able to write on three lines "i love u!" with a black 03 pen.  I stamped a $1 cupid stamp from Michaels onto tan paper.  Colored with Copics (Sorry - after I took the photo, I added two little white dogs with a white gel pen on his cheeks.)  and punched out with a 2 1/2" circle punch.  Then I mounted onto black that I cut with 3" scallop punch which was all pop dotted to the card.  Added some tan ribbon (looks gold in the photo).  Burned the edges so it doesn't ravel.  Then stuck two Heidi Grace pins down into the pop dot.   Added a little strip of black punched with a Fiskars border punch.   On the inside, I used two of the hearts with ribbon and a pin. 

~Angie~ (Missouri)
~I am blessed!!~

This file can be purchased here. CD00308 If you need it an additional format, most can be created for you. 

Visual Designs by Chris Creative Team Member
(all images are cut using the Blue Wishblade)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wave Runner using waves from #CD00748 (Swimming in the Lake)

A simple layout...  Pup pages are 8x8 so it doesn't leave much room if you have more than one photo.  I cut two waves from #CD00748 (Swimming in the lake) from VDBC in coordinating colors.  Title is cut using Quickutz Maggie.  I used my Accu-cut to cut the wavy rick rack and I used the negative portion of it along the bottom of the layout to sort of frame the photos.  The little bling are nail jewels that are shaped like droplets.  They are not adhesive but I quickly made them so with my little Xyron 150.  White Zig chalk Writer for journalling.

~Angie~ (Missouri)
~I am blessed!!~

Visual Designs by Chris Creative Team Member
(all images are cut using the Blue Wishblade)

Her favorite spot/Abby using #CD00418

The title is created using a VDBC file #CD00418 called 2008 Favorites.  The original word was favoriteS but I was easily able to trim off the S.  The "her" and "SPOT" are quickutz fonts.  I punched two different sized circles and sewed them on.  Used various Distress inks to match just the right color to the patterned paper.  Found the little strip of brown border in my scrap drawer.  It was cut with a Fiskars border punch for another project.  Added some ribbon in a visual triangle.  I chose the patterned paper because they both have circular accents to reinforce the theme.  The i of favorite just called for something so I added a patterned mini brad.

~Angie~ (Missouri)
~I am blessed!!~

Visual Designs by Chris Creative Team Member
(all images are cut using the Blue Wishblade)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Love frame using #CD00810 Hearts

Chris/VDBC gave away a free file this morning and it included hearts.  I had been wanting to do this frame for my office so it was perfect timing.   I have been learning my Photoshop Elements over the last few weeks also.  The photo is one 4x6 photo that I blended two photos into one.  The ribbon, her name and the flowers are all a part of the printed photo and were free elements within the program.  I added buttons on the outside of the glass to give it a 3D effect.  The frame came with the metal word love on the frame. I added three of the hearts.  The words "this pup!" are cut with Quickutz Olivia font.  Added some bling including a jewel for the dot in the i and the point of the exclamation.  I added glossy accents to the hearts.  So fun!  I have a lot of photos in my office - each of my dogs are included in the family gallery.  *wink*  Just hadn't gotten Zoey's done.  This will be a great addition!   Thanks for the file and the kick in the seat to get this done, Chris!

~Angie~ (Missouri)
~I am blessed!!~

Visual Designs by Chris Creative Team Member
(all images are cut using the Blue Wishblade)

Monday, January 17, 2011

LO: Snow Dog

I used a variety of cutting systems to create this layout of our precious Abby.  Difficult photos to scrap.  She passed 19 months ago but seeing the photos still brought an instant sting to the eyes. 
Hat:  Cut from Cricut Winter Wonderland cartridge on the Cricut Expression.  I blended a little Tattered Rose ink from Ranger along the edges for a bit of dimension.  I had wanted to use the puffy liquid applique for the fur but I was out of white so I used diamond Stickles.  Added a line of white bling to the hat and a blue jewel to the center of the snowflake.  Popdotted the fur ball on the end of the hat. 
Title:  SNOW was cut using Visual Designs by Chris file #CD00386 on my blue Wishblade.  I cut this at only one inch tall but it cut so cleanly!  The file is one word all attached but I just sort of pulled them apart so I could have individual letters, which I popdotted.  "dog" is Quickutz Phoebe font. 
Snow papers were just some scraps I had in the drawer.  The white background paper was Keeping Memories Alive from 2000.  LOL
Background:  Used Versamark ink to stamp a PSX snowflake stamp.  Then on the ones that had the center showing, I added a small white jewel. 
Additional things:  scrap of ribbon (tip:  rather than wrap the entire layout in ribbon, I tied a knot with a smaller piece and then just wrapped about an inch on each end to the back and adhered it down.  Don't forget to cinge the edges so they don't ravel.)  A square paperclip with a little jewelry tag cut from a Quickutz die.  Date written this a Navy Zig Writer. 
When cutting the hat, it took a few tries to get the width I wanted so I used the extra pieces to create a couple of cards. 

~Angie~ (Missouri)
~I am blessed!!~

Visual Designs by Chris Creative Team Member

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas Thank You Card

Had a creative morning.  Made six of these thank you notes.  I had my Wishblade and Cricut cutting at the same time.  I created the card from the Joys of the Season cartridge.  Used the card feature and the holly cut at 5".  Can I say that I think the card feature is my favorite of all of the features!  I combined the card with a title from VIsual Designs by Chris.  #CD00177 is Thanksgiving Titles 2 but I just used the "THANKS" part of the title:  
I colored the holly with Copics YG03 and YG63.  Added two lighter and one dark jewel.  I used 2" and 2 1/2" circles to create the red around the holly circle.  Cutting the 2" first and then the 2 1/2".  The depth of the punches would not allow a perfect circle in a circle but I decided I liked the offset look better anyway.   It looks as if it layers behind but actually lays right on top.  It still needed a little something so I cut a 2 1/2 circle from black diamond dust and backed it from the inside.  This led me to cut the title in black.  Added a sheer green ribbon.  I didn't recognize the clearance tag so not sure where I got it.  Be sure to burn the edges of the ribbon after tying so they don't fray.   
Here's a tip:  I cut the title on heavier cardstock and only at 3/4".  I didn't want to cut too many times to mangle it - the Wishblade has a tendency to do that on me - so I cut it and then sanded the back of it lightly and it helped to separate the lettering from the background a little more cleanly.
~Angie~ (Missouri)
~I am blessed!!~

Visual Designs by Chris Creative Team Member

Friday, January 7, 2011

hand made Flowers

Hello all,   I had a crazy fall and finally had a little time to finish this layout. 

Let's scrap sketch
bazzill cardstock
patterned paper Bo-Bunny
Fonts 2 peas Essential and Fragile
flowers Visual Designs by Chris -  Our cutting machine make flowers so easy.   Just cut a few shapes and size and layer them up.   Easy Peezy! 
Misc. twine and buttons.

Enjoy!  Rosalie

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New layout created using files from QMC

This layout uses a few files from the last QMC that Chris magically creates every quarter. Chris designs the most amazing files but I really like her "Sparkle" files. This layout uses CD00786 - Holiday Sparkles and CD00790 - I Believe .
Styles and textures have been added to the cutter files to add dimension and interest.
cheers, caz