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Welcome to The Bug Bytes a site/blog mainly for Papercrafting and some photography and other stuff thrown in here & there. Add in some die cutting machine, scrapbooking tools, cameras, scissors , glue and...... My name is Pam. If you have been redirected from Papillon Digital Design you have come to the right place.Hope you get inspired by the projects, videos and files. Would love it if you could leave comments and become a follower. (Word verification is turned ON to avoid spam. Sorry for that inconvenience.) Would love it if you would also share your project here . If you find a linky under the post do share your project by posting link there or if you do not find a linky post your link in the comments.Thank you for visiting. The website Papillon digital designs has changed to Papillon Digital Design so if the link gives and error or takes you to page with chinese characters then please drop the 's' in the link at the end of papillondigitaldesigns and try . That is change papillondigitaldesigns to papillondigitaldesign and try the link.

April 15, 2011

Celebrating the Day When ...

This is Pam aka The Bug Bytes

Today I am a  guest designer at Cricutolics. Thank you Liz for having me on there. I hope I have got the time difference right between UK and US and posted at the correct scheduled time frame.
 It so happens next week is our wedding anniversary - our 19th anniversary. And I thought I would make an anniversary card as the project.  I wanted to incorporate knitting into the card. I used to do lots of knitting and still love it. A great way of relaxing for me but my hubby used to think knitting was for pregnant ladies and old woman. I know - poor man needed lots of education in the way of craft! So I chose knitting as the main theme in my card. Hope when he sees it brings a smile on his face. Lol and hope I do not scare him into thinking I am pregnant but just OLD.
So here is my simple, simple card. I have not done much in the way of embellishments nor gone for bright colors as muted colors are what he likes.

I used a double sided paper from K&Company - Que Serra Serra stack.
Now before you try this technique here are a few things I found I had to pay particular attention to

1) The weight of the paper - It's definitely needs slightly heavy cardstock paper as the wool piece gets a bit heavy.
2) lol since it is heavy it's not that fun mailing!
3) Try to use real lightweight wool - I used the ones meant for babies.

So I first cut the card at 10 x 6.5 inches so that when it folds it is 5 x 6 1/2 inches. I love this size as we have the same size card and envelopes available in Hobby - Lobby . I usually get the ivory colored ones for making quick cards. And I store the same dimension in my Gypsy in a file. So when I want to make a card I open the file and add a new layer and first thing I do before I forget is to save as and give it a new project name - in this case Pam_KnitCard. This way I keep the original file and have another one for the project and I can add in new layer using the previous page as a template (provided you keep the preview eye open).
I then knitted a rectangle (simple - knit, pearl pattern) approx 5.5 inches x 4 inches. I wanted kind of scallop thingy so even though I do not crochet much - decided to some random crochet . well I do not know to talk in crochet terms too so it is abit difficult explaining what I did but I'll try. I first went around making 3 chains all around the perimeter picking up a loop in alternate stitches though I think it would have looked better if I had skipped 2 instead of one . Then in the next round just a - single crochet, double crochet and single crochet and slip right in the pillar . Lol I hope I am making sense and not completely mashing up the crochet language.
Even though I have the dimension of the card in Gypsy I do not cut the cards in cricut but in my trimmer as I have not been able to get a proper rectangle and when I fold the card I find  I have to trim to even it out . Some cartridges cut better than the others - like I prefer George compared to GW as I always mention. Here I just used a trimmer. Always know the nature of the beast is one of my favorite mottos. So helps knowing your tool to get the optimum use of it. But the dimensions are a big help in sizing the rest of the images which go on the card. Here since I wanted  the image to sit inside the wool I added a rectangle 5x 3.5 (all in inches - sorry) in the previous layer/page in G.
I just searched for keyword - Knit and chose this image. Now I was upstairs in my studio while my computer is usually downstairs and I was too lazy to pick up a booklet. So what I do is just choose the basic image add it and resize it (usually the shadow is a bit bigger so give room for that extra ). Then note the size and tap on an empty area of mat and change the cursor size to the size I noted. That way if I do not click on the real dial size button (the one that has the letter a) I can add the layers individually - very helpful when we do not want the images running out of the mat area and still keeping it all layered. When I can't get to the booklet - this way I add all possible layer combinations and ungroup and see which fit and which are the layers in an image and delete the rest. ( I do think I have shown that in one of the videos lying about in this blog ).
I chose to cut the image at 2 1/2 inches on a white cardstock and inked it. Then I cut some more rectangles and mounted the image . I used a fabric adhesive glue to hold the image label on to the wool and the wool on to the card. I had a couple of acrylic stickers which look like a frame so inserted one end of the knitted wool into it and held it down with a brad

Here's a close up of the image

And here's  the inside of the card

Here below I just wanted a funky shape tag so I used nestability and partly ran it through the cuttlebug - the area which does not need cutting had a rubber mat on top so that it does not cut through. I reinforced the hole with round tabs and pop darted  the tag on to the card.  And the other is the 2nd piece of acrylic frame that I had. The back of the brad from the front of the card also lines up nicely with these

And the sentiment part of the card - pg 3. Using a font on my computer I  just typed whatever my mind came up with in wordart and imported it into photoshop. I really liked the reflection else I could have done it all in photoshop. I also searched for some free knit fonts and added a couple of images. Used nestability to cut

So that's my simple, simple card which I hope hubby likes. He did see me knitting and made faces. Hope when he sees the card he feels a little bit guilty.
Thank you Liz once more for having me on today at Cricutolics as a guest designer.


Audrey Frelx said...

OMG, Pam!!! This card is AMAZING!!!

Sorry I haven't been around much, but I've been having some rough days; but I haven't forgotten you.

papillon digital design said...

Thank you Audrey. You are always such a dear to leave encouraging comments.

Lisa said...

Pam this card is great! I crochet doilies and I think I could do somethng like this. You are so multi talented!

Unknown said...

Wow you did a wonderful job. I would love to be able to crochet like you. WOW... LOVE IT

Nana Donna said...

What a lovely card, thanks so much for continuing to be an inspiration

Anonymous said...

Fantastic card!! I just love the texture your knitting brought to it. I've tried crocheting some flowers before but they didn't turn out so well. I may have to give it another go, your project has inspired me! =)

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.blogspot.com) said...

Knitting on a card? Brilliant!! I would never have thought of this. You are so funny -- yes, hopefully, he won't think you are pregnant! Congrats on 19 years. I do think of you every now and then since you mentioned how your marriage came about!

Beautiful colors and beautiful card!

Debby said...

I love your card! I laughed out loud at the thought that he might think you are pregnant when he sees the knitting... That thought would give my DH a heart attack.... LOL I bet he loves your card.

"kind encouraging and inspiring words"

I appreciate your comments so much. They are treasured and such an inspiration. Thanks for leaving them.