Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pre-Cuttlebug Card & Recent Purchases

I apologize for my absence lately, things have been absolutely crazy lately with homework, papers, tests, chores, work, and trying to maintain a social life. I feel terrible that I'm neglecting all of your blogs as well as my own. :( On a brighter note I finally had time today to really put my Cuttlebug to use instead of just testing cuts and folders on scrap paper. However, there's still a few finishing touches that need to be put on the card, so today I'm going to share with you a card I made last week before purchasing my Cuttlebug along with some recent craft purchases I've made. 

I made this thank you card for my boyfriend's sister who gave me an unexpected, sweet graduation gift. I absolutely love the colors. :)

Here's what I used to make this card:
- Patterned paper (I forgot to write down the name of the paper, and then accidentally used the side with the label on the actual card itself, oops)
- Black cardstock
- Purple chipboard letters
- Gecko, Tahiti Blue and Pansy colored acrylic paint made by Ceramcoat
- Wood circle pieces
- Purple confetti for the corners of the card (they were supposed to be brads, but I didn't think the layout of the card through enough and there wasn't enough room on the black border for the entire brad to fit)
- Decorative scissors for the black border
- Lace corner punch made by Fiskars
- Elmer's glue pen
- Paper trimmer

This is the inside of the card before I wrote a message inside of it:

Last week I also took a portion of my graduation money and went on a mini shopping spree at Hobby Lobby and Michael's, I couldn't resist. :) Here's what I purchased, all on sale or clearance, of course. :)

This is an "aerial view" of what I purchased, I describe the products further and have closer pictures below:

I love buying things that can be used for any types of cards and will last me a while, and for 50% off I couldn't pass up this 180 paper pack. (I got it for $10 when it was originally $20). I love the bold colors and the patterns and know I will put it to good use on many of my cards. :)

This Petal Point Color Box was on clearance and was also the perfect size for my new word stamps. The stamps were also 50% off and have all the basic words I would ever need to use on the front of a card, and since my cards are usually small this was a great deal. 

In the top right-hand corner are the acrylic paints that I used to paint the wood circles on the thank you card. I also purchased pearl-like embellishments, blank tags that I have some creative plans for, and also lots of brads. They're hard to see in this picture, but I got a case of white, a case of pastels, a case of bold colors and a case of brighter colors. These were 50% off also. ;)

I finally bought an iRock! I've tested it out and it works great. On clearance on Hobby Lobby were white rhinestones, so I bought those to go with it. I plan on getting other colors very soon! Also in this picture is a container of decorative scissors that I got for $6 at Michael's and has some great patterns that I plan to use for borders. I also bought a lace corner punch made by Fiskars, which is what was used on the thank you card. 

And last but most definitely not least, I purchased some random 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 paper that I thought was cute and would provide some inspiration if I was ever stuck on creating a card. 

Thanks for bearing with me! My first Cuttlebug card will be posted tomorrow, and after that there's a lot in store for Made Especially For You. Thank you so much for all of your support, I'm off to view all of your amazing creations! :)



  1. Pretty card! I love the patterned paper you used. It looks like you got alot of great stuff on your shopping trip! My closest Hobby Lobby is over an hour away. I wish we had one closer. But I love Michael's too! :)


  2. Cute card! I love the colors! AND I love Hobby Lobby! They know me by name at mine!! ;)
    ♥ Laura ♥

  3. Hi Ashley,
    What a lovely blog you have,beautiful card i love the colours and the technique with the paints. Wow what great stash and what a bargain!!
    We don`t have a Hobby Lobby here in Scotland sadly but i soooo wish we did,lol!!
    Thank you SO MUCH for the lovely comment you left on my blog and for becoming a follower.
    looking forward to popping back and seeing more

  4. Great card and I love the colors!

  5. Great looking card! I love the nice bold, upbeat colors!

  6. Hi Ashley, thank you for becoming a follower of my blog, and for inviting me to visit. I am now a follower your adorable blog, and have enjoyed looking at your projects and new goodies.

  7. Looks like you got some fabulous crafting supplies - how fun!! Also, great thank you card!

  8. Hello! I love when other bloggers put up pics of new stash. I get an idea of what I might find on sale and clearance at Michael's. I'm a student too and I definitely appreciate saving some bucks on my supplies! Thanks for stopping by my blog ;) Your creations are beautiful!


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