8/25/11

Twisted Yellow Rose

I thought I had posted this one a long time ago but apparently I didn't. It's very similar toone I posted back in May, so maybe that's why I didn't put it up. But, here it is now!

Another birthday card. Not for anyone in particular, just to have on hand. I’ve been making some more twisted flowers and this is one of the better ones. I used some golden yellow satin ribbon, added a pearl to the center and mounted it on to a doily die cut (one of Martha’s, I think) with some felt leaves peeking out of the side. The leaves are cut with a Papertrey die and some wool felt I bought on etsy.


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I punched the border with a Martha punch, added some Memory Box patterned paper, a Hero Arts sentiment, and a little more of the ribbon from which the flower was made. Put it all on a piece of Papertrey card stock - done. Ready to send.
I really enjoy making these flowers. Once I get in the groove I can make lots and lots of them. The satin ribbon does work best for me. If you saw my ribbon stash you would think I have enough to make hundreds of these, but not all of the ribbon works that well, unfortunately. I do have some pretty grosgrain and lots of sheer ribbon but I just don’t like the way they turn out.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going well.

8/21/11

Look what I found!

I was in Hobby Lobby the other day with my daughter and naturally I had to go down the paper crafting aisles. I am glad I did because they have new stuff and I found this little gem:

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A wood grain embossing folder! I know! Not quite as wood-grainy as I had hoped but I liked it well enough to bring it home with me. It was only $4.99, too. Such a deal! I broke it out this morning and gave it a test run with some Core’dinations paper, thinking I would run it through the Big Shot and then sand it to bring out the texture. Eh. It didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. This is it, straight out of the folder:

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It looks ok, right? I tried sanding it and it didn’t help much. If it was a darker brown paper sanding might have been more successful. (I didn’t take a photo of that stage of the process) Then I had a brilliant idea! Get some Distress Ink and run it over the top to add some contrast. What’s the worst that could happen? It’s just a piece of paper, after all. So I did exactly that. I used Vintage Photo, and here is the result:

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I like it. I like it a lot. I do wish the folder had more of a knotty pine look, but for $5 I thought it was a pretty good deal. I know Papertrey has an impression plate that is wood grain, but I just can’t bring myself to pay $6.95 to ship one thin metal plate (which is $16, btw). This will work for me for the time being. I see more owl cards in my future. Stay tuned…

8/20/11

One more box

I can’t remember if I posted this one before, but if I have it has been a long time. This makes such a pretty gift box for cards that I thought I would post it again, with instructions. I found some instructions here on Val Stangle’s blog after I had already made mine a little differently. Either method works fine.

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This is how it looks empty:

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Here is the template I used. I started with an 8-1/2” x 11” pieces of card stock and scored as indicated on the photo.

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The assembly is the same as for the box I posted previously with the exception of the top, which is the piece that’s scored at 2” and 3”. The small flaps still get adhered onto the inside of the box but the large piece gets folded over the outside and around the back of the box like so:

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I punched the same half circle notch in the end of this box to make it easier to remove the cards. This one doesn’t hold as many cards and envelopes as the previous box, but if the cards were not overly embellished you could probably get 8 or so in there.

Enjoy!

A Birthday Card

Not for me, but for a friend of mine whose birthday is this weekend. I saw a card very much like this somewhere online recently and loved the way the Spellbinders dies were layered. I just got this BG paper pad and the papers are so pretty together. The pink strip is just a scrap I had in my stash.
While the die cut was still in the die I sponged some Memento Bamboo Leaves over it for a little bit of contrast.

It isn’t too busy, is it? I hope she liked it, I enjoyed making it.

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Patterned paper - Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads 6 x 6 paper pad
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Sentiment - Close to my Heart
White gel pen, Hero Arts gems, May Arts lace.

8/18/11

Card Box Instructions

Remember these boxes?

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Here is how I made them. I don’t claim to be the original author of these instructions and there probably are instructions in the Resources section of SplitCoastStampers.com, but this is how I made my boxes.

You will need 12 x 12 card stock. You can use 8-1/2 x 11 if you cut the sides smaller (you will see what I mean later in the post) but I like the boxes to be sturdier so I double the sides.

The top measures 12” x 10-5/8”. The bottom measures 11-7/8” x 10-1/2”. 
Score both pieces at 1-1/2” and 3” on all four sides.
This will make a box that ends up being 1-1/2” tall and large enough for A2 cards and envelopes.

I put 12 cards and envelopes in mine and they fir perfectly. All of the cards weren’t flat, either. Some of them had flowers, gems, ribbons, or other embellishments on them.

** You can click on any of the photos for a closer look. **

This is actually the bottom of the box, so it should read “Do the same for the top of the box”. I didn’t realize that until I was editing the photo, and the box was already assembled.

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Fold and crease all of the score lines, then cut away the corner squares on the long sides.

It should look like this when you are finished. I trim them at a slight angle to make it easier to assemble.

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Apply Scor-Tape or Red Line tape to the flaps as shown. I use Scor-Tape and it works really well for me. I tried using the ATG tape once and the box didn’t hold together well at all. Don’t skimp on tape.

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Remove the protective paper from one of the small flaps and fold it in on the long side. I find it easiest to hold the box in my hand and line up the corners.

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Repeat for all four flaps and your box should look like this:

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Remove the paper from the tape on one of the long sides and fold in; repeat for the other side. I don’t know why I do the long sides first, I don’t know what difference it makes.

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Voila! You have a box top (or bottom). Repeat the process for the other half of the box..

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See how nicely they fit together? And the envelopes fit in there perfectly, too.

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Since they do fit together snugly, it cam be a little difficult to get them apart.

Use a 1” circle punch (or close to 1” - smaller would be better than larger) and punch half circles on both long sides of the top, like so:

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There you go! Embellish to your heart’s content, fill with cards and envelopes and it makes quite a lovely gift. You could make a deeper box but you wouldn’t be able to double the sides unless you had larger card stock, or made the top shorter (which just now occurred to me).

Also, one strip of 12” paper isn’t long enough, of course, for a belly band, so I used a strip of each of the colors for the one on the right. I just tied a ribbon around the other one to keep it closed.

I hope this all makes sense, and if it doesn’t please feel free to ask questions. Boxes are actually quite easy to make in any size. It just involves a little simple math and some experimentation with copy paper to avoid wasting card stock.

8/17/11

Card boxes

My sister is taking me to Florida next month as a birthday gift, so I made a couple of card boxes and filled them with cards for both of my sisters as small thank you gifts. There’s no need to show you the cards since I have posted all of them in the past, but here are the boxes.

The first step was creating the boxes. I thought I had it all worked out. I measured and cut and scored and taped, and the cards fit perfectly. Then I remembered I should probably include envelopes. That’s when my well thought out plan fell apart. They didn’t fit. Great. Now what?

I laid the envelopes on top of the cards and put the lid on, added a belly band or some ribbon to hold it all together. But I didn’t like it. I laid awake for hours one night trying to work out new measurements in my head. I got up the next morning and set to work making new box bottoms with my new measurements and it worked beautifully! I will see if I can get some instructions together soon and post them if anyone is interested.

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Memory Box patterned paper, Martha Stewart butterfly punches and doily, and Papertrey flower and leaf dies cut from felt.

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I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

8/15/11

Cards!

I made some thank you cards for all of my wonderful birthday gifts and, as usual, forgot to take photos before I mailed them but I did make a couple of extras to have on hand so I was able to get photos of those, at least.

I have seen several examples of using the negative space from die cuts lately and I really liked what I saw, so I decided to try it. These are the results - I love it!

I used a Spellbinders butterfly die for this one. It does emboss a tiny bit around the edges, but it’s not that noticeable. I raised the white piece up on foam tape to give it a little more dimension. The matching patterned paper and ribbon are both from Papertrey. The sentiment is Hero Arts.

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I used a Papertrey die for this one and added a button with twine. The sentiment is Hero Arts.

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I also used a Papertrey butterfly die on a couple of the others but since I didn’t get photos I can’t show those to you Sad smile. I tried using a Sizzlit die but it left the impression of the square part of the die, so that didn’t work. It really needs to be a Spellbinders, Memory Box, or other similar type of die to work. If anyone knows how to use a Sizzlit die and not get the square impression, please share your secret.

Thanks for hanging in there with me in my long posting absences and I won’t offer any promises of posting more frequently so I won’t have to break those promises!

8/10/11

Happy Birthday to me!

I had a wonderful birthday yesterday and the day before a bunch of my friends hosted a lovely birthday dinner for me at a local restaurant. I was so sweet of them and I received lots of beautiful presents, but the best gift was just getting together with everyone for some fun and good food. Thank you all so much!

They all brought gorgeous handmade cards and I wanted to share those with you (especially you, Curt!).

This one is from Joy. I love how she heat embossed the embossed background.

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This is from dear Brenda. She is an expert at water coloring, this is just stunning in person, but difficult to capture with a camera (at least for me).

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From Vicki - she knows how much I love cupcakes!

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From Connie. Isn’t that bicycle adorable?

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Another masterpiece from Emogene. She used the Grand Nestabilities to make this gorgeous purse. Inside it had a little pocket for a gift card.

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From Pat - I am always amazed at her creativity. The dress is made with scalloped circles, and she has been using her Cricut, too. The hanger is cut with the Cricut. So pretty!

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From Brenda Mott. I knew I should have bought this embossing folder when we had it at the shop. It makes a beautiful background! Inside is a Penny Black kitty with a balloon - we both have sweet fur babies in our lives.

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From dear Marsha. Below is what she wrote on the back of the card. Love ya, Marsha!

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Last, but never least, is this beauty from Barbara in Wisconsin. Her cards are so beautiful, I don’t know how she keeps coming up with such great designs!

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I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone and I thank you all again for a wonderful evening! Love you all!