Friday, March 29, 2013

Simple Easter Card With Cross

I still can't believe that Easter is coming up.  I had time to make one more quick and simple card.  I like this layout a lot.  Square card with scallop circle and image with sentiment.  Plain and simple yet pleasing to me.  The embossed background works great when I don't have a pattern paper I can match my image with.
I embossed my white card stock with a Sizzix a dots embossing folder and the Fiskars Fuse.  I used dies from Spellbinder's Nestabilities on purple paper and white cardstock.  Leaving the circle die on the white circle cardstock, I sponge on Distress Spun Sugar ink on the edge of the circle.  I stamped a cross from Stampin' Up Crosses of Hope stamp set in Brilliance Victorian Violet ink and the sentiment from A Muse ArtStamp in black Memories ink.  I adhered the circle on the scalloped circle with foam adhesive.  Finally, I used double-sided tape to attached the scalloped circle onto the card base.  Quick and lovely for Easter.  


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Charming 12x12 Paper Purse

I love bags!  I was trying to come up with a way to start this post and there is no way around it; I love bags, plain and simple.  I'm one of those "stereotypical" woman who loves all types of purses and bags but leather ones, those are my Achilles heel.  Love them!  Well, with Mother's day coming up, I was trying to come up with the perfect way to present a gift.  Also, I was thinking about cards as usual.  I remember this one card I made a long time ago that was shaped like a purse.  I started looking around for papercrafting purses.  I found this one that did not require a die to cut it into a purse shape.  I made my purse  following this video on making Burberry purses from Aussie Stampers.  I knew the exact paper to use too when I saw this video.  I was so excited!  This purse is cute for so many different occasions such as girls' night out, showers, and birthdays.
The pattern paper is from BoBunny Vicki B. Collection.  I love this pattern so much.  The flowers and swirls along with color are so lovely to look at.  I need to look for a fabric like this.  It would make such a cute bag!

I created a template to show what to score and cut.  The dash lines are score lines and the solid lines are cutting lines.  
1.  Score a 12x12 paper at 4" and 8".  Turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 4" and 8" again to get 9 equal boxes.  Fold on the score lines.
2.  For each corner box, score diagonally twice to form a "X".  See image below as a guide.
3.  For the middle box, score from one top corner to the middle bottom of the box to form a "V".  Turn the paper 180 degrees and do the same thing to score a "V" on the opposite side of the paper.  See image below as a guide.
4.  Cut the paper into the shape of octagon.  See image below as a guide.
5.  Fold the corner diagonal lines inward first.  It should fold into a box shape.  Then fold the center score lines so that the "V" point inward.  Look at the image above to see the completed folds.
5.  Cut a scallop oval with a Spellbinder Grand Nestabilities die and run it through an Darice Fleur Di Lis embossing folder.  Fold scallop oval in half and sponge with Distress spun sugar ink.  Center oval on the purse and adhere one side of the oval to the purse.
6.  Cut a 3/4" x 8" strip of paper and sponge with Distress spun sugar ink for the handle.  Punch a 1/4" circle.
7.  Pierce a hole through the strip of paper, punched circle and back of scallop oval before attaching a brad.  Adjust handle length and repeat piercing to completely attach the handle to the purse.
8.  Place Velcro stickers on the inside of oval to serve as a closure to the purse.  
9.  Place resin flower sticker on top of  scallop oval as a decorative closure to the purse.  

Here is a variation of the purse using pattern paper just for the front and back.  I layered the flap with two scalloped oval.  I also used floral stamp on the yellow oval with Versamark ink for a subtle detail.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Anniversary Wishes With Flowers and Butterflies

Spring is on my mind.  I love flowers and butterflies together.  This card can be used with so many different sentiments.  I wanted to make another anniversary card and originally have golden rings but it did not look right to me so I ended up with flowers.  I love the simplicity of this card and how pretty it looks to me.    
I ran a square white cardstock with flowers embossing folder through the Fiskars Fuse.  The pattern papers are from My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline by Jen Allyson 6x6 paper pad.  This collection is just awesome!  I have to admit that it was the butterfly print that sold me when I saw it.  I cut a strip of the butterfly pattern paper and cut ribbon tails on it.  I placed it on the card base with foam adhesive.  Then I stamped the sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly! in black Memories ink on pink gingham paper.  I cut it to look like a banner.  I attached it to the card with foam adhesive and doubling up at the ends.  I placed pink gems on the sentiment for some bling.  Love my blings!  I finished the card by adhering the flowers to the card with glue dots.


Smile With Flowers Card

I just took a walk around my gardens and I'm soooo excited to see my daffodils and tulips coming up.  It doesn't feel like spring but after seeing my bulbs coming up, I'm ready for spring weather to be here even more.  This card is perfect for spring.  Nothing like flowers to brighten a person's day.  I know it works for me, especially with this pattern paper.  I actually bought plants with flowers for my house to bring spring into the house.  I'm so excited for sunny, warm days and working in my garden. 
I ran a white cardstock with a dots embossing folder through the Fiskars Fuse.  All the pattern papers are from My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline by Jen Allyson 6x6 paper pad.  I used Fiskars scalloped border punch on the red pattern paper and adhere a thin strip of  blue pattern paper on top of it.  I adhered it all to the floral pattern paper.  I used foam adhesive to place it on the card base.  I stamped the curly border on a yellow pattern paper with red Memories ink and the sentiment with black Memories ink.  I placed foam adhesive on the framed sentiment and placed it on the floral strip.   The curly frame stamp is from Doodlebug Design Inc. and the sentiment is from TPC Studio.  I adhered a punched out heart with foam adhesive and placed glaze on it to give it shine and dimension.  I tied a knot in a button with embroidery floss and used glue dots to attached it to the sentiment.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Written Directions For Paper Easter Baskets

I can see from this blog stats that a lot of people are viewing the Easter baskets entries and people I know are wanting to make them so I wrote the directions for them.  Below are the directions for them that I adapted from the Lawn Fawn's Intro to Easter video.  These directions are good for making the baskets from all three blog posts: mini baskets12"x12" paper Easter baskets, and more Easter baskets.  It is just the embellishments and paper that are different.

Paper Easter baskets
Cardstock – white, yellow
Pattern paper –DCWV Citrus 4.5”x6.5” pad

Studio G clear stamp set – Easter sentiment

Memories ink pad – black

Other supplies:
flower punches
K&C Company flower stickers
Dimensional foam adhesive

1. For a 2”x2”x2” basket, score a 6”x6” white paper at 2” and 4”.  Turn paper 90 degrees and score again at 2" and 4" to get 9 equal squares.  For a 4”x4”x4” basket, score a 12”x12”card stock at 4” and 8”, and turn paper 90 degrees and score at 4" and 8".  Fold on all score lines. 

2. Cut on score lines in the middle up to the first score line.  Turn the paper to the opposite side and cut on the score lines in the middle up to the first score line. 

3. For the small basket, ¾” will be cut off the flaps so that the decorative edges can be seen.  For the bigger basket, 1 ¼” will be cut off the flaps for the bigger edge punches to be seen.  First, mark the flaps that are hidden to be cut off by folding the paper into the basket shape and letting the “face” flap down.  This is to avoid confusion of where to cut.
4. Punch the “face” flaps with a decorative punch. 

5. Decorate basket by stamping at this point.  If using stickers, then you can fold the basket up and adhere the flaps together.  If the basket does not come out square, you can trim a little off the hidden flaps. 

6. For the small basket, cut out a ¾”x 6” strip of paper for the handle and decorate.  For the larger basket, cut out 1¼” x 12” strip of paper and decorate.   Adhere the handle to the basket with double-sided tape.  


Hexagons Galore Thank You Card

I've been wanting to make a card with hexagons the moment I saw these die-cuts from Provocraft.  I've been really into different shapes lately too.  Yes, I got it on clearance at AC Moore as you see in the materials picture and it was so worth it, especially since I got 40% off on top of the clearance price.  Yay!  Love a good bargain!  
Since, I'm still on my thank you card making kick, I decided to make one with hexagons.  I made this card and my previous thank you card with a new friend in mind.  She was so kind to me and really brighten up my days, especially during my super hectic school events.  True friends are hard to come by these days, especially with our busy schedules and kids, so I hope to let them know how much I cherish them.  I've been thinking more and more about family, friends and relationships.  One of the things I hope to achieve is to work on having better relationships with family and friends.  Maybe this is my mid-life crisis as others would call it, but I call it my mid-life awareness.  And no, there is nothing wrong with me, physically at least.  :-)  I'm just more introspective on my life and how I want it to be, and re-prioritizing.  I know, I'm growing up.  :-) LOL!  Better late then never!  :-)  Anyway, back to the card, I got this amazing pad of pattern paper and was so drawn to the colors and pattern that I had to pick it up.  I didn't want this to be covered up so I cut out little frames with my die-cut to feature this lovely pattern.  It's so appealing to me.  The photo does not do it any justice.      
I covered a white card stock with this teal pattern paper from Momenta.  Yes, I'm still on my teal/aquamarine kick.  I die-cut the hexagons with my Fiskars Fuse using a shiny black pattern paper and teal pattern paper from the same paper collection.  I stamped the sentiment from Doodlebug on the teal hexagon and applied gems to it.  I glued the black hexagon frames onto the card base and added the teal hexagon with foam adhesive.  I used the Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings embossilits to make the butterfly die-cuts.  I adhere them with glue dots to the card and place some gems on them.  This card is easy to make but soooo lovely.     


Washi tape thank you card

I've been really busy volunteering at my sons' school the whole last week, so I did not get to my craft room as much as I like.  It's a treat to myself to sit down in my craft room and create something.  It calms and relaxes me very much.  I did, however, treat myself recently to a papercrafting class with my local Stampin' Up rep.  As I was leaving that evening, my youngest son kept on giving me hugs and the last thing he said to me as he was hugging me was, "I need you in my life".  Oh, how my heart just melted.  Can I keep them that young and sweet forever?!  Anyway, I've been working on thank you cards.  Since I had so much help with my event at school, I wanted to show my appreciation to some of them.  I know it is not Thanksgiving but really, shouldn't we be thankful everyday for something in our lives, no matter how small it is?!  I'm truly blessed to have a supportive family, loving, sweet sons and husband, and friends who are kind to me.  I know my life gets busy, and I tend to focus on my problems and solving them, but I have been thinking more about the wonderful things in my life and for that, I am thankful.  Making thank you cards have been a great reminder of that to me.  I know, I know.  Deep thoughts by yours truly.  :-)  I can't think of that without thinking of the Saturday Night Live skits - it's always some silly poems following that title, "Deep Thoughts".  Makes me smile still.
I adhered a teal pattern paper from Basic Grey's Fiction collection to a white cardstock.  I used two different types of washi tape to create a background before cutting ribbon tails.  I'm making good use of my washi tape collection and have been trying to incorporate them whenever I can. I embossed the sentiment from Doodlebug with clear embossing powder and cyan Colorbox ink.  I stamped the speech bubble around the sentiment from the same stamp set and cut it out.  I mounted it onto the ribbon paper foam adhesive.  Then I used foam adhesive to place the ribbon paper design onto the base cardstock.  I ran a yellow pattern paper in the Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings embossilits through my Fiskars Fuse to cut out butterflies.  I attached the butterflies with glue dots and added gems to my butterflies.  Finally, I used a white gel pen to draw lines around the card and dashed lines to one of the butterflies.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Classic Love Birds for an Anniversary card

I have some anniversaries coming up that I need to make cards for.  I started making this card for another couple and loved it so much that I think I am saving this for my own anniversary.  It is too early for our anniversary but I just know that my husband will love it.  It's a classic and very traditional looking card but I love how it came together.  I changed the embossing powder so it does not have glitter in it since my husband is not a big fan of glitter.  :-(  Though it is not our 25th anniversary and I don't think I can hold onto this card for so long anyway, I mean I want to give this to him right now.  Can you tell that I'm looking forward to giving this to him?!  This card was tough to get a picture of since it is so shiny but it is lovely in person.
I adhere to a white cardstock a silver embossed pattern paper from a Martha Stewarts card kit.  The card kit are for engagement invitations and it was on clearance at Joanns for $0.97.  I just could not pass it up.  The paper, stickers and envelopes were perfect for other things.  Anyway, I stamped the swans from PSX with Versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I did the same with the sentiment from "My Sentiments Exactly!".  I layered both images with black paper using foam adhesive.  I added ribbon tails to the sentiment.  Everything was placed on the cardstock with double-sided tape.  


Monday, March 18, 2013

Not A Wishy Washi Thank You Card

I got a fabulous early birthday present.  Apparently, my husband is not the only one thinking of my birthday lately.  I got a package from my niece filled with washi tapes.  The most unusual types too.   I'm loving it!  Of course, I couldn' wait to dive into it and play.  First card, of course, had to be a thank you card.   It was all I had time for anyway since this week is super busy and then some.  Of course, I had to use the teal chevron tape right away and I love the one that my niece used on her card very much and had to use that too.  This card design came to me very quickly for some reason and I loved how it came out.  It's simple to make too which is always awesome. 
I ran a white square cardstock with a Sizzix polka dots embossing folder through my Fiskars Fuse.  I laid down the chevron tape on white cardstock, then the cantaloupe color washi tape with sentiment and then the gray starburst washi tape.  I added a heart embellishment sticker and mount the washi taped design onto the card base with foam adhesive. I wanted to add some fiber so I tied a bow with an ecru embroidering floss on the card.  I love that the washi tape had the sentiment already.  It's so cute!


Friday, March 15, 2013

Boy Meets Girl = Sweet Happy Anniversary Card

This stamp image is just too sweet.  I love the images from A Muse Artstamps and this one is no exception.  This stamp is called, "Under the mistletoe" and it's just soooo sweet.  Yes, I have to say it again.  I felt it was perfect for anniversaries and Valentine as well.  Also, I'm loving this paper pad from Echo Park.  I have been diving in this pad a lot and absolutely love the pattern and colors.  
I cut a strip of teal pattern paper and adhered it to the card stock.  Then I cut out two strips of reddish pattern paper and adhere it on both sides of the teal pattern paper.  I ran a white cardstock with a Spellbinder circle die through the Fiskars Fuse and stamped the kids with watercolor ink.  I first color it with a blender pen but it did not look as good as using a aqua pen.  I punched out a heart and adhere it over the mistletoe.  I ran the polka dot pattern paper in a scallop Spellbinder die and used the scalloped circle under the circled image.  I drew dash lines with a white gel pen around the circle.  I placed the scalloped image onto the cardstock with foam adhesive.  I stamped Hero Arts Happy Anniversary sentiment on the pattern paper and cut it out with ribbon tails.  I drew dash lines around it and adhere it under the scalloped imaged with foam adhesives.  I just think this card is so charming.  I punch out a red heart and adhere it over the mistletoe and finished it with crystal lacquer to give it shine and dimension.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wag! Birthday Card

Back to the birthday cards.  I gave my husband one of my birthday cards to write up for one of my in-laws' birthday and he said, "You don't have one with a dog on it".  Hmmm.  I told him that just because someone like dogs, they shouldn't be getting everything with a dog on it.  I felt that all the cards I send her had dogs on it.  Of course, a few days later, I'm making a card with a dog on it.  Oh well, so much for breaking the trend.  Regardless, I love this card I made her.  I love this stamp from All Night Media called, "Let's Play".  It makes me smile every time I look at it.  It reminds me of the dogs that I encountered who are so happy.  I remember this one dog and her owner singing, "If you're happy and you know it, wag your tail".  :-)  Love it!  This stamp totally says that to me; being so happy.  I've recently been thinking about getting a dog, especially after spending some time with my niece's dog, Henry.  I love him and want one just like him.  I'll post a picture of him at the end.  You'll see why when you see him.
All the pattern paper is from American Crafts Hip Hip Hurray 6x6 paper pad.  I adhere the festive pattern paper to white cardstock.  I also cut a teal color patter paper from the same collection with ribbon ends.  I stamped out the dog in watercolor ink and color him with an aqua pen and Marvy Matchables ochre ink.  I round the corners and use foam adhesive to adhere it to the teal pattern paper.  I cut out two strips of pattern paper and glue it to the teal paper.  I added the stickers to spell out the expressions.  The teal pattern paper was placed on the card with foam adhesive.  I stamped a happy birthday sentiment inside.  Such a happy card!  I really love the way it came out. 

This is the new guy in my life.  Well, at least during my niece's visit.  I'll take whatever I can get.  Look at that face!  Love him!  My husband took that picture of Henry running in our backyard.  He captured him perfectly.  Soo happy!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day Card with Washi Tape

I always show my creations to my boys.  The funny thing was they both said, "I like the washi tape".  It's so funny when your sons know about washi tape and they knew how I used it.  They enjoy crafting with me, of course, and know all my tools.  This reminds me of something my husband said to me tonight.  I recently decided to give up skiing and it broke my heart to do that, since I know how much my boys enjoy it.  I felt like I would not be able to be with them and do something they enjoy.  They have surpassed me and my knee can not take it anymore.  Also, I don't want to get hurt since I don't like to be out of commission for the season like last year.  Well, my husband went skiing with them today and I mentioned how bad I felt and he said, "They only craft with you".  I guess I want do every activity with them still.  At least, while they still want me around.  Anyway, after my last St. Patrick's card, I couldn't wait to make another one, especially with these washi tape.  They were the perfect shade of green for St. Patrick's Day.  I added orange for Ireland's flag.  I wanted to break up all the green. 
I lined up the washi tape onto the white cardstock as I set it down.  I stamped out the Studio G shamrock on to the back of the pattern papers from Basic Grey Facts 6"x6" paper pad. and cut out the sharmrocks only.  I adhere the shamrocks with foam adhesive.  I stamped out the sentiment and cut a ribbon end on one side before adhering it with foam adhesive.  I felt the need to round the corners.  I should have stopped at the top  but went further and you can see that the sentiment sticks out a little.  Oh well.  I still like the way it came out.


Happy St. Patrick's Day window card

I got this idea from a Kristina Werner's video from a while ago to make a window card.  I saw it a long time ago and thought it would look fun to make so I put it in the back of mind to use later.  I don't even remember what the card looks like but I remember the technique she used.  If I do find the video by chance again, I will link it.  She has so many videos on youtube and I love them all.  Anyway, if I see something that inspires me, I mostly write it down or put it in the back of mind to use for later.  Lately, I have been writing down things more, especially when I have too many ideas in my head.  If I don't write it down, I find myself thinking about it over and over again, almost like I am committing it to memory.  When I write it down, my brain can rest then afterward.  Weird, huh?! It's literally like I'm pouring my thoughts into paper.  Alrighty then!  Back to the card at hand, we celebrate just about every holiday so St. Patrick's Day is no exception.  I'm looking forward to my corn beef dinner with homemade Irish soda bread.  YUM!  I getting hungry just thinking about it.
There were a lot of different materials and tools to make this card.  I had my one and only St. Patrick's Day stamp sitting on my desk for a while to remind to make a card.  So finally, I made one and now I want to make more.  I used the pattern paper from American Crafts Hip Hip Hurray 6"x6" paper pad for the middle strip and punch out a 2" circle.  The scallop circle was punched out from Recollections Christmas paper pad with a 2" circle and 2 1/2" scallop punch.  I love being able to use my seasonal paper for other purpose and holidays.  I adhered the scallop circle with Tombow MonoAqua adhesive to frame the circle.  

I stamped out the Studio G St. Patrick stamp in Brilliance black ink after I lightly trace a circle onto inside of the card.  I stamped out the image again in green Colorbox ink on a separate white cardstock.  I fussy cut out the shamrock in green and adhere it with foam adhesive to the image in black.  I cut out a ring with Spellbinder Nestabilities circle dies by running pattern paper from Basic Grey Fiction paper 6x6 pad through the Fiskars Fuse.  I erased the circle before I adhere the ring around the image inside the card.   

I stamped out the sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday clear stamp set in Brilliance black ink on pattern paper from Basic Grey Fiction paper pad and cut it out with ribbon tail.  I adhere the sentiment with foam adhesive to the card.  I finished the card by rounding the corners.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

more baskets - small and big

I wanted to make a basket with flowers.  Lately, I have been so drawn to teal-like color.  I'm loving it.  It's just so pretty to me.  These baskets were all made from the Lawn Fawn video instructions.
I love this blue teal color with the lace border and the flowers.  I made the tiny flowers with punches and foam adhesive.  I got the idea from looking at some K&Company flower stickers.

The bigger flower is actually a K&Company sticker that I got the idea to make the small flowers from.

I stamped the purple paper with a Cloud 9 background stamp in white ink.  It made it look like a wicker basket to me.  Then I stamped the Studio G chicks and cut them out after I colored them with an aqua pen.  I adhere them to the basket with foam adhesive.  The handle is one of the new EK Success punches that you can punch out a border or a stand-alone strip.  It's so sweet on this basket.  I had to write in, "peep!" with my chicky there.  Did I mention that they are so cute?!

This is the bigger size basket at 4"x4"x4" and the felt stickers from Joanns were perfect for it to decorate with.  I  did the same thing here as my other big Easter basket.  I used pattern paper from the DCWV Citrus paper pad for the bottom part of my basket.  I stamped out some little eggs from Hero Arts in Brilliance Twilight and Marvy Matchables ink.  I adhere the eggs with foam adhesive.  The sentiment is from Studio G and after I stamped it out, I cut it like a banner with ribbon ends.  I adhere it with foam adhesive too.  I layered the handles to make the punch strip stand out. This basket is so sweet.  I can't wait to fill with some bunny cookies.