Happy New Year!

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a great start to 2015 and that you will have a wonderful year with good health, happiness, and lots of time to create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D projects!

Today I am going to share with you a couple new year’s cards that I made using my Cricut Expression machine and some old Sizzix’s dies for the numbers.  I pulled out my first ever die cutting machine, the red Sizzix, to cut out the numbers.  Remember this one?

Red Sizzix die cutting machine

So the first card I want to share with you is the one I used my Cricut Expression die cutting machine for and the Sizzix for the numbers for 2015.

New Year Cheers 2015_1

Supplies you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, gold, glitter paper
  • Embossing buddy
  • VersaMark ink
  • Gold embossing powder (Stampin’ Up)
  • Embossing tray
  • Heat gun
  • Cricut Expression die cutting machine
  • Cricut cutting mat
  • Wild Card cartridge
  • Perfect layers tool
  • Rhinestones
  • Adhesives:  Scrappy Tape 1/8″, Xyron X, tape runner

Assembling the card:

  1. First make a card base that measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and set aside.
  2. Cut your black cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Adhere to gold paper and using Perfect Layers tool, make a 1/16″ border.  Set aside.
  3. Put your Wild Card cartridge in the Cricut machine and turn machine on. Place keypad.
  4. Place a scrap of white cardstock onto cutting mat.
  5. Choose Celebrate (page 78 in booklet), Frame feature, Shift.  Cut at 8″ (**see tip for finding the right key on the keypad at the end of the blog)
  6. Choose Celebrate (page 78 in booklet), Phrase, Shift (for “Cheers”) cut at 6″
  7. Using a piece of scrap paper lay the two items you just cut down on it and then stamp the VersaMark on each.
  8. Pour embossing powder on each and heat emboss.
  9. Next I cut out the numbers from the glitter paper using the Sizzix die cut machine.
  10. Assemble the numbers and the frame/Cheers on the card as shown. Attach to front of card.
  11. Add rhinestones to the class to create “bubbly”.
  12. For the inside of the card (which I forgot to get a picture of before mailing) I cut out Happy New Year (choose Celebrate, Phrase feature, 7 1/4″ size) in black cardstock.

This next card only used the Sizzix die cut machine for the numbers.  I also used Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Word Window and Modern Label punches, and burlap ribbon for the banners. The inside was left blank to write a note.  This is a standard sized card (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and the black mat is 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The burlap ribbon is Stampin’ Up’s 1 1/4″.   To adhere the banners to the card front I used my 1″ Scrappy Tape to ensure that the banners would stay attached.  Remember when using the Word Window punch to stamp your sentiment first and then punch it out.  I also used the 1/8″ Scrappy Tape to adhere that to the glitter paper so that it would stay attached.

New Year banners_1

**Now for the tip I mentioned earlier regarding the Cricut keypads with each cartridge. Each keypad has a series of rows for the features (gray keys) and die cuts (white keys).  In the booklet starting with the first die cut image number your pages 1 through 50.  Each row of white keys have 10 die cuts in each row.   For the card above I used image #47. So on the keypad I counted each row of ten in the first four rows (40) and in the last row I counted over 7 to find the key I needed to cut out what I needed for the card.  This eliminates guessing which key to use.  I hope this helps.

Happy New Year!  and Happy Stamping!