Happy Birthday Circle Card

This Happy Birthday Circle Card is another one I saw done with dies on HSN Craft Day by Sara of Crafters Companion and had to try it.  I made a Bon Voyage card like this too but I am holding on to it until people start traveling again.  Who knows how long that will be.  I will put a link here when I post it.

I really like how this card turned out.  It is colorful and happy.  Anyone would love to get this card on their special day.  I classified this card as intermediate because of all the intricate cuts and little pieces.  But it isn’t that hard to make.

You will need:
        • Heavy 2 sided cardstock for the base
        • Various Cardstock scraps
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File
Paper Selection

I did this card in pink and red with a patterned paper too.  But you can choose any color you want.  The base card needs to be two sided because you do see a little of both sides, but not much.  As you can see, patterns would work well with any part of this card as long as the pen showed up.  Just don’t use too many patterns.  This would get confusing.

The intricut cuts require a little heavier paper to be crisp.  So choose at least 100 lb weight paper for the pink (used for the circle with letters), the red (for the cake) and the balloons.

Cutting the card

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  I used a black gel pen.  Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut?  You can see the trick here.  I used a font called Ambition Booker and you can get it from Creative Fabrica.  I have a membership there so I get it for free.  Check them out.  They have daily freebies and lots of graphics and fonts

There are lots of pieces with very intricate cuts.  Be careful taking them off the mat.

Assembling the Happy Birthday Circle Card

First re-crease all the folds.  This is essentially a gatefold card so make sure it folds properly.

Then glue all the embellishments together. It is pretty simple just make sure you get the right layers together on the balloons.  Look at the picture if you have trouble. Once the circles are together and the glue is dry, attach the right half of the circle to the right flap.  Do not put glue on the left half or this will glue your card shut.

And your Happy Birthday Circle  card is done.  It fits in an A7 envelope for mailing.

Standing Happy Birthday Circle Card
Happy Birthday Circle Card

Gatefold Cut Out Friendship Card

This Gatefold Cut Out Card is for all my beginners out there.  It is a fancy card that is very simple to do.  It is almost a typical double gatefold card but with the word thanks cut out of the top fold.  I saw this done with dies on HSN craft Day by Sara of Crafters Companion and had to try it.

I hope to try the other version of this technique soon, where halves of the word in the front interlocks with each other holding the card closed.  It seems easy enough so expect that soon and I will put a link to it here when it is done.

 

You will need:
        • Heavy 2 sided cardstock for the base
        • Various Cardstock scraps
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File
Paper Selection

I did this card in yellow and shades of orange.  Strange color choice, I know, but you can choose any color you want.  The base card needs to be two sided because you do see a little of both sides, but not much.  Patterns would work well with any part of this card as long as the pen showed up.  Just don’t use too many patterns.  This would get confusing.

Cutting the card

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  I used a black gel pen.  Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut?  You can see the trick here.  I used a font called AR Delaney and you can get it free at FontZone.com.

The “thanks” is very thin and barely connected to the card so be careful when removing it from the mat.

Assembling the Gatefold Cut Out Card

First re-crease all the folds.  There is no score line for the “Thanks” pieces.  Just fold them back where they connect to the card.

Then glue all the embellishments together.  Glue the “Friends” and the “Forever” out as far as you can so they don’t interfere with the “Thanks”.  Oh and avoid my mistake, make sure the symbol for friend (the Chinese one) is facing the right way.  I glued the first one on backwards and had to re cut pieces.  Other than that it is fairly simple to place everything where it belongs.  Follow the pictures if you have questions.

 

And your gatefold cut out card is done.  It fits in an A2 envelope for mailing.

Celtic Knot Encouragement Card

This Celtic Knot Easel Card is easy to make.  It will tell that special person that you believe in them and that they can accomplish anything.  Encourage them to do their best.  And tell them that you are thinkng about them as they try.  And you can encourage The Crazy Cricut Lady too.

I am trying this again this month.  The download is only available to my patreons.  You can become a patreon for only $1 here.  The tutorial is still free.  This is a change to my patreon structure too.  I have eliminated the higher levels and only have the basic level which is only $1 per month.  Help support what I do here at The Crazy Cricut Lady.

You will need:
        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • vellum
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Foam Tape
        • Thin ribbon (optional)

Cutting the Card

I made this card in blue but a small and/or a light pattern works too. Just make sure the pen you choose shows up on the paper.  You can use any pen in your cricut.  See how here.  

The center piece (lt blue piece) is cut from vellum.  Be careful cutting vellum.  Make sure it sticks to the mat completely or it will tear.  I squeegee mine down to make sure it sticks well.

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  A gold sharpie.  I used the font Ambrechild Script on this card.  You can get it at Creative Fabrica.  I have a membership there so I got it for free.  Check out their memberships.  I pay $9 per month because I got a special deal.  Get on their mailing list and watch for that deal again!  They also have daily freebies.

Assembly

The first thing you want to do is weave the small strips of paper in and out of the top base card.  Start on the back and glue it down.  The end will finish under the top base card.  Glue it to the back of the base card.  Repeat this step for all three strips.  You can use thin ribbon for this also.  I tried gluing the top and bottom partially together and weaving it through both cards.  I only recommend trying this if you have a lot of patience but it does look very nice.

Next, re-crease the folds and fold both score lines.  The vellum piece goes between the two base cards.  Make sure you line up the creases well.  Using liquid glue first attach the top part of the back copy of the base card to the vellum.  After that is attached, glue the top part of the front base card.  After that dries, glue the bottoms of the base cards together, making sure the ribbon is still hidden between them.

Work the card a few times to make sure it will fold and stand.  

Lastly, attach the little Celtic Knot (with the two pieces glued together) with a piece of foam tape to make it stand above and act as a stop for your easel.

And your Celtic Knot Easel Encouragement card is finished.