Saturday, March 31, 2012

R2G Card Kit - Ornament on Blue Bayou

Started with a white card and Stampin Up! Designer Paper in Blue Bayou.  I cut the border with the Arch Lattice punch by Martha Stewart. The ornament was cut with a Sizzix die which cuts all the pieces. I cut the hanger and the scalloped circle a second time in silver card stock.  The circle is cut from Blue Bayou card stock. The greeting was color printed and punched with the Stampin Up! Word Window punch.  The ornament hangs freely from thread wrapped over the top of the background paper and taped to the back.  The greeting is placed on the left of the ornament. The punched border is glued to the top of the card and trimmed on both ends.
The ornament could be 3D is you want.

How To: More Embossing Needed

I had cut the elements of this ornament.  The central scallop circle was not well embossed as it should be.  I devised this way to get the nice detail I wanted.
Added a piece of chipboard over the area where the scallop circle was on the die.  Taped the piece to the back of the die. I used a white gel marker to remember where the piece goes the next time. You can see the increased definition on the foam of the die.  The result is a great embossed die cut.

R2G Card Kit - Ornament on Soft Sky Blue

Another set of Ready 2 Go card kits.
I started with a white card. The ornament is cut with Sizzix die. The border is the Martha Stewart Daisy.  I folded the white thread in half then put the fold through the hanger of the ornament then pull the ends through the loop. Place the ornament on the Stampin Up! Soft Sky Designer Paper and bring the thread over the top of the paper and  tape the ends to the back.  Glue the background paper to the card front.  Glue the greeting on the bottom right hand side.  Glue the punched border over the thread along the top edge of the card.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

R2G Card Kit - Bethlehem Star - Silver

I'm working on Ready 2 Go kits so I've made card kits with the same sketch I used in my November Card Club.  Changed the paper and star color.
I selected some bold striped handmade paper for the background. I cut a 1.5" strip of red card stock and trimmed the edges with scallop decorative scissors. This is glued to the decorative paper as shown and trimmed to the same width as the striped paper. The greeting was glued on on top and trimmed as needed. This layer is glue onto a black card front.  The silver star (Sizzix) is 3D foam taped to the left of the greeting.

R2G Card Kit - Bethlehem Star - Copper

I'm working on Ready 2 Go kits so I've made card kits with the same sketch I used in my November Card Club.  Changed the paper and star color.
I selected some bold striped handmade paper for the background. I cut a 1.5" strip of purple card stock and trimmed the edges with scallop decorative scissors. This is glued to the decorative paper as shown and trimmed to the same width as the striped paper. The greeting was glued on on top and trimmed as needed. This layer is glue onto a black card front.  The copper star (Sizzix) is 3D foam taped to the left of the greeting.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Card Club - Easter Lily

For this card kit I used several pieces of designer paper. 
This piece has Easter Lilies with brocade background and lace on the right hand side.  This paper I found at Michaels a few weeks ago.  It has 6 different 4x6 designer paper. I added ivory gross grain ribbon towards the top which is slipped through a slit in the card fold and taped to the inside of the card.  I punched a Decorative Label punchie in brown.  I added a color printed greeting which was cut with Creative Memories oval cutter.  The greeting was chalked to soften it.  I will post some of the other designs after class. Some of these were turned into Mother's Day cards with pink greetings.

Card Club - Flower Photo with Scallop

I started with some of my flower photos.  I used daffodils, lilies for Easter cards, orange/red tulips, and blue hyacinth.  The photos were color printed on card stock then trimmed to the edge.  Coordinating card stock is selected and the flower image is layered onto it and the bottom is ripped.  I wrapped white ribbon around to the front and tied it in a bow.  The ends were trimmed.  I punched a scalloped circle and layered a 1 3/8 color printed greeting was glued to it.  A small 1/16 hole is punched on one of the scallops at the top.  I strung a piece of thread through the hole and it hung the scallop onto the white ribbon on the main image.  These pieces are glued to the card front.

Card Club - Lattice Die with Silk Flowers

I made this card kit in a couple of colors (yellow and blue).
I started with a black card. White core card stock was for the embossed colored layer.  Once embossed, the high parts were sanded to reveal the white core.  I wrapped the satin black ribbon on the bottom 1/3 of the embossed layer and taped the ends to the back. I tied a small piece ribbon to the long piece creating an accent. Glue the embossed layer to the card front. The SU! Lattice black die cut was layered onto the top 2/3 of the embossed layer.  Layered a white silk flower with a smaller yellow flower.  The black brad holds the flowers and the lattice die in place.

Card Club - Punch reveals greeting

Today is Card club. We have a couple new members.

This is a very simple card.  I chose double sided designer paper.  I cut the top layer at 2.75".  The lower layer is trimmed leaving the small space between them.  The greeting is color printed onto the card itself.  The top piece is punched with a portion of the SU! Decorative Label Punch revealing the greeting.  I added a row of bling under the greeting.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Card - Distressed Doily - Ivory Black Gold

I got a great deal on the TH Distressed Doily die so I bought it. I was surprised at the range of prices in the scrapbook stores.
I ran 2 pieces of ivory card stock through the Big Shot with the die.  I then trimmed them even to the doily edge and flipped one of them.  I now had a join in the middle to cover.  I taped the halves together then glued the entire thing to the card front in the landscape (wide) orientation. I chose a gold metallic ribbon to go over the join and taped it to the inside of the card.  I created an accent with a velvet hydrangea, silk flowers and paper flowers.  This is all held in place with a black brad.  I'm very happy with the results.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Box Lunch Auction

We had a fund raising event at work yesterday.  It was a Box Lunch Auction.  Where we prepared a lunch, place it in a container, decorated the container and then auctioned them off to the highest bidder.  It was a blast!
The theme was St. Patrick's day. I did not embrace the idea as much as others did.  The top left corner is my decorated box.  I wrapped my box with green tissue paper then gold and clear cellophane.  Wrapped some wired green ribbon and created a bow on the top.  I attached a green Gerber Daisy to the centre of the bow.  The top right is what I put in my lunch.  One container held roasted chicken breast, another quinoa salad, the third a chocolate torte slice.  Then a Snapple Iced Tea, a few tea packs, an apple and a container of yogurt with Pomegranate and granola bars. 
We had an actual gavel to declare the winners.  The centre left picture is the place setting which was set up for each participate.  You will notice the bidding number at the top of place setting. There was a shamrock on the back to let the bidder know which way was up when raising the number to place a bid. 
The pop top Chunky Soup cans which held our prizes for the best decorated box (rainbow entry) and the box raising the most funds ($50). We chose soup cans because it really worked with our lunch theme. We really fooled the participants.  Here's a tutorial on how to make them.  The bottom is a picture of all the entries. As you can see creativity was really exercised in the decorating and the meals. We sat together, revealed our meals and had very good experience.

Baby Boy Card 2

I created a couple more baby boy cards with the leftovers from the previous cards I made.  For these ones I cut the blue giraffe color printed on the vellum with my Creative Memories oval cutter.  I then but a bit of tape behind his nose to keep him in place while I trimmed around with scallop decorative scissors.  I found coordinating blue card stock which I trimmed leaving a small border around on the white card. This was adhered to the white card front.  I chose a white flower and brad to add an accent on the right top corner.  This also helps to keep the vellum where it belongs.  A couple more cards for my stash.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Baby Boy Card

I started with the blue toy giraffe.  I color printed him onto vellum then cut the vellum with the Tim Holtz Ornamental die. I know it doesn't show very much on the scan.  I found some boy looking designer paper with soft dots in green, taupe, mustard and cream on a blue background. I place it on some coordinating taupe card stock.  I glued the designer paper to the card front then I held the die in place with 2 brown eyelets on the top and bottom.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Card - Ivory Camillia

I started with a taupe card onto which I adhered a piece of designer paper.  This paper had blue/pewter accents so I selected a silver organza ribbon which I placed from top to bottom slightly left of centre.  Taped the ends to the inside of the card.  I then added 2 cream colored velvet hydrangeas and an ivory velvet hydrangea all held in place with a pewter flower brad.  I added some silk leaves held in place with double sided tape. This flower really reminds me of a Camillia.

Card - Gold Hydrangea

I started with a taupe card.  I cut a 5.25x4.00 piece of the same card stock and embossed it with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots folder. I wrapped gold metallic ribbon in a cross pattern slightly to the left of centre around the embossed layer.  The ribbon is taped to the back.  This layer is then adhered to the card.  The flower is an ivory hydrangea flower with heavy gold embellishment.  I added a set of green leaves.  This accent is held in place with a jumbo gold brad over the intersection of the 2 ribbons.  The brad has been sanded slightly to remove the super shine it had.

Card - Taupe and Blue

I started again with a taupe card. I found some designer paper to coordinate.  This paper had a bit of silver/blue in to I cut an oval with my Creative Memories oval cutter, embossed it with the Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers folder. I then glued it to a blue grey card stock and cut around it with scallop scissors.  I brushed the flowers and couple other areas with Bashful Blue ink to highlight them.  I punched a slot at the top and bottom to run organza ribbon through the back and over the card front.  I added a bow at the top of the oval.

Card - Flowers Galore

I started with a taupe card which I embossed with the Rebecca Cuttlebug embossing folder making a frame around the edge of the card.  I decided to fill the centre with flowers.  I selected pink flowers, added a smaller white one in the centre and they are held in place with a white brad.  I added an organza bow at the top which is held in place with a tiny brad through some of the ribbon layers but not all so it does not show on the front. I managed 9 flowers over the front which filled the space very nicely.

Card - Yellow Star

This is a left over card kit from Feb Card Club.  It could make a baby boy card.  I started with a deep blue card and added designer paper in stripes to it trimmed to leave a border.  I die cut the large star with a Sizzix die.  I cut the small tag with a Cuttlebug die.  The ribbon is wrapped around the DP then adhered to the card front.  The small tag has stars stamped on it with navy ink.  That is held in place with a yellow brad.  The large star is added to the left.  The 3 buttons are held in place with Zots.

Card - Bird

I made a few cards tonight.  I completed some cards from previous card kits.  I made this one earlier but it was landscape orientation.  This one is portrait so the branch was trimmed a little and one of the leaves was removed.  The bird was a sticky note and the wing was cut with the Cricut and the Create a Critter cartridge. The wing was embossed with the Cuttlebug Devine Swirl folder. The branch and leaves were cut with the Cricut and the Straight from the Nest cartridge.  I added the beak details with a white gel marker and the eye is a white brad. Makes me think of a little birdie stopped by to say Hello!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Card - Birthday Oval

I made this card for a friend with a birthday today.
From my stash of designer paper I found several strips of paper in similar color scheme.  I cut them down and glued the to the card front.  I selected an off white paper for the scallop oval, then Always Artichoke DP for the oval then the same off white card stock for the greeting.  The ovals were cut with Nestabilities thin dies. I stamped the greeting in the centre of the small oval with Always Artichoke ink.  The sentiment accent was then assembled.  I chose Spring Moss and vanilla gross grain ribbon to create the horizontal element across the card.  The oval accent was then layered over the ribbon.  The "i" in birthday did not have a dot so I colored a tiny white brad with AA ink to have it fit in.  Worked well!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cmas Card Challenge - March - Star

My Christmas Card Challenge theme this month is Star.  I chose a Bethlehem star.  There are many options for stars: Bethlehem, one, many, night sky, layered, 6 point, 5 point, primitive, traditional, die cut, stamped, watercolored. What comes to mind for you?

I started with the glitter star background from American Crafts which does not shed glitter.  It was on sale because it is rolling and not very attractive from a retail point of view.  I brought a sheet home because I wanted a starry background for my QuicKutz  Nativity die.  I found some navy card stock that matched the blue in the glitter paper.  The glitter paper was cut to 4"x5.25".  I tried several colors of nativity before I settled on a white one.  This die is a 12" cookie cutter one and I cut a piece of white 5.25" wide then placed in along the die to get the manger scene.  It was great because I managed to get the shepherd as well. The die has a star on the stable but I wanted something bigger so I cut it off and replaced it.  I chose a Sizzix star die to cut the central star.  I selected some thin glitter paper but it needed some stiffness to allow it to be raised from the card with 3D foam tape.  I glued it to white card stock which I pressed for a while to ensure good adhesion before diecutting. I applied narrow strips of 3D foam tape to the points of the stars as well a square in the center then aligned it with peak of the stable. Very happy with these cards.  I made 6 of these.