Monday, March 31, 2014

Card Exchange - Ink Spot Card

I made a couple of these cards for my on-line exchange group. I found this technique a while back and really wanted to try it.  I want to mail my card before the postage goes up Tuesday.

I started with white piece of card stock.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive and Dusty Concord.  I love this paper!!!  I added a piece of tangerine grosgrain ribbon across the top third, mounted it onto orange card stock and glued it to the card front.  I added a purple Stampin Up! Apothecary framelit and added a circle greeting into the label.  I mounted this label onto the card front with 3D foam tape.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

R2G Card Kit - Joy Ornament

Another card kit for my class next week.

I started with a Stampin Up Night of Navy card. I embossed a white layer with the SU Northern Flurry folder leaving a small border all the way around.  I cut a length of SU Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon and placed along the top edge of the embossed layer. Knowing that I wanted to put thread behind it later I did not apply adhesive in that area.  The embossed layer was then adhered to the card front. I stamped the ornament from Delighful Decorations stamp set in the color of the card on Whisper White and punched it with the SU ornament punch. I used a push pin to create a hole in the ornament hanger then pulled my white thread through.  I pulled one end of the thread under the grosgrain ribbon and then knotted the ends and trimmed them.  I've put SU Purely Pomegranate as the other color in this kit.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Gift - Card Lady Tea Ball

I received a special gift this week.  At card club, my friend Bev gave me a bag and said Happy Easter early.

When I opened the bag later that night I found a tea pot ball with a great tea pot charm.  Very nice.  Then I turned it over and there was engraving on the tea pot charm.  "Card Lady" That is so special.  I have been teaching this card club for nine years so I guess I have become the card lady to many of my participants.  I was touched that she was so thoughtful.

Thanks so much.  I am so blessed!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Be Green Cardmaking Class

I'm holding this card class today as a fund raiser for overseas missions. The focus is recycling or reusing materials to make great looking cards.  The flower is recycling wax crayons, the Eiffel Tower is reused cereal box chipboard, and the hockey one is reusing a used postage stamp.  See the full details for cards with the following links: the Eiffel Tower , the Postage Stamp, and the Wax Crayon Flower.  Think green about your card making and be environmentally friendly.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Card Exchange - Green Dots and Lines

I made these cards for my on-line card exchange.

I started with double sided Designer paper which I cut to 3.75"x 5".  Then I cut the piece on an angle and turned one over and glue them to the card front.  I wanted to add a triangular greeting but decided that was going to be too much of a challenge in the time I had so I chose oval instead. I added a oval greeting layered onto a larger oval punch.  A little bit of green baker's twine wrapped several times and tied to the inside of the card.
 The greeting is applied to the card front with 3D foam tape.  I laid the papers opposite on the next card.   The bakers twine goes the other way as well.

I hope the girls like them.  They are kinds of spring green to remind us of what grass looks like. Remember?  It's hard sometimes.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Card Club - March - Spring Butterflies

I created this card with my large greeting which I designed a while back.  I color printed the greeting in a color to match the card.  This layer was adhered to the card front.  I then added the 3 elements with 3D foam tape.  These were glitter accents purchased several years ago at Easter time.
The greetings ranged from birthday, Easter and Mother's Day.

Card Club - March - Quick Card

Here's a quick card.  The layer is a small note card which I used to create a layer for my A2 card.  These are the right proportion to leave a nice border all the way around.  I added a length of ivory grosgrain ribbon across the green band and taped the ends to the back.  I color printed the greeting to match the card and punched it with the Stampin Up Decorative Label Punch.

Card Club - March - Happy Die Cut

I started with the Happy die which I bought a garage sale in early March.  I designed the greeting layer to have the words cut in the right place in relation to the printed words on the card stock.  On my final cards the letters are black and show better.  I chose Italian paper for the back ground and several colors of card stock. I matched the curry and the green then the blue with the pink.  Once the greeting rectangle was adhered I placed the letters in the hole so I could place the tear drop in the A and the ovals in the 2 Ps.

I chose to glue my green letters in but one could leave them out and have the designer paper show through instead.

Card Club - March - Tartan Ribbon

I started with this really nice ribbon.  I wanted to put it through a punched border and I just got my Chevron punch from Stampin Up.  I chose a navy card and cut a red layer at 3.75X5 inches.  I punched chevrons on the left hand side and the top.  I pulled the ribbon through and taped the ends to the back.  I put gold paper behind the the lower ones.  I glued this layer to the card front.  I then attached the color printed sentiment on vellum held in place with a gold glitter star brad.

I made some green kits as well.  I will post a sample later where I added an extra hole at the top for more to string through.

This card I added another chevron to allow a better look to the ribbon.  I swapped the orientation as well on this green card.

Photo - Boxed Lunch Auction

We held a Boxed Lunch Auction at work last week to raise funds for overseas missions. We has 11 entries this which up from the last time. We raised lots of money in a quick 30 minutes. It was a blast and everyone had great food to eat.  You can find the one we held last time here.

I put M&M frozen rice bowl, an M&M apple blossom dessert, a green Granny Smith apple, a granola bar, a chocolate bar and some tea bags. Forgot to take a picture.

This picture is a little late.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

R2G Card Kit - Easter Felt Bunny

I made one kit of these, they are so cute.

I selected a purple card and mounted a piece of Designer paper onto it, leaving a small border.  I punched a Stampin Up Modern Label punchie in the same color and then added a color printed greeting punched with the SU Word Window. This assembled greeting is then adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.
The felt bunny is held in place with 3 tiny white brads strategically placed on his body.  Use a push pin to create the holes before inserting the brad.

R2G Card Kit - Scallop Oval - Joy to the World

Another kit for my upcoming class. These are leftover from this class.

I chose a oval greeting from Graphics Fairy which was all ready red. There were several color choices.  I printed those on white card stock and cut them out with one of the Spell Binder smooth oval nestabilities.  I glued that to the large scallop oval.  I glued the snowflake designer paper background to the moss green card.  I added 3D foam tape behind the scallop oval and mounted it to the card front.  Just a nice quick easy card.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

R2G Card Kit - For You Scallop - Orange & Purple

Another card kit for my upcoming class.  This is similar to this one.  I chose Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant for this kit.  The For You flowers are color printed and punched with the 1 1/4" punch.  A layer of Kiwi Kiss at 1 3/8" then the scallop punch in the card color.  I used the SU Pretty Print embossing folder on the bottom 2/3 of the white layer. Put the 1/4' ribbon across the top and taped the ends to the back.  Adhered it to the card front.
 Assembled my greeting accent by gluing the small circle to the medium circle then to the scallop circle. This greeting accent is then adhered to the card front over the ribbon with 3D foam tape.

This one on right is Ruby Red and Elegant Eggplant with Kiwi Kiss .5 inch ribbon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

R2G Card Kit - Split Top Note - Blue Green

Another couple kits for my April class.
I have coordinated Stampin Up! Tempting Turquoise and Green Galore sides of the Rainbow Sherbert DSP into this kit.  I cut both colors at the same time with the SU Top Note die and then split them down the right hand side.  These were switched then reassembled and taped together on the back.  It was then adhered to the card front.  The SU Modern Label punchie coordinates with the card color and the greeting with the other.  I punched out a SU Five Petal punchie in Whisper White and then embossed it with the SU Vintage Wallpaper folder.  I glued that over the join between the papers and the greeting is glued to the Modern Label then it is adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Photo - Words and Letters

I created this collage for a photo challenge but I missed the deadline so I'm posting it here anyway.  It is designed with letter tiles and the unwanted letters are darkened with smoky tiles.  I added the tea cup from a graphic on the web.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

R2G Card Kits - Polar Bear

Another card kit for my April class.
I chose the polar bear from the Cricut Joy of the Season cartridge.
I cut it from white and then cut a purple scarf.  I added a nose, eye and ear with a black marker.  I cut a snowbank with my Creative Memories wavy cutter.  I punched a pearl white star.  I cut a piece of sparkly decorative paper for my night sky and adhered that to a black card.  I then added the snowbank first, then the bear then the star in the upper right hand corner.  Love the decorative paper.

R2G Card Kit - Large Flowers

Another Ready 2 Go kit.  Make from the left over card kits from February Card Club.   I cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Cameo frame from warm mottled green background card stock.  I added it to a warm deep yellow card. I then layered a large yellow silk flower then an orange one then a medium yellow with a small orange one. I layered the large one onto the card to align the hole made with a push pin.
I placed the small to the largest on the large yellow brad and then put the brad through the hole.

Pressed apart the prongs of the brad on the inside of the card.  The bees were buttons but I used a pair of sharp cutting pliers to remove the shank then a utility knife to smooth down the back.  I then adhered it to the card front with a Zot.  I added a dotted flight path with a black marker.

R2G Card Kit - Layered Floral Ovals

Another Ready 2 Go card kit for my class in April. I chose the Stampin Up! Holiday Lounge DSP in White, Ruby Red, and Sahara Sand.  I cut the DSP with the Top Note die then I cut the smooth ovals with SB Nestabilities but SU sells the Ovals Collection Framelits!  I color printed the flowers from the SU digital stamp from the PUNCH BUNCH STAMP BRUSH SET on white in Ruby Red and Sahara Sand for the stems. The top note is adhered to the card front then the 2 ovals are adhered together layered one on top of the other.  This element is then adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape. The back of the card was stamped with the SU credit stamp.

Challenge - Favorite Cricut Image - Polar Bear

I chose the polar bear from the Cricut Joy of the Season cartridge as my favorite image and Christmas is my favorite holiday.
I cut it from white and then cut a blue scarf.  I added a nose, eye and ear with a black marker.  I cut a snowbank with my Creative Memories wavy cutter.  I punched a pearl white star.  I cut a piece of sparkly decorative paper for my night sky and adhered that to a black card.  I then added the snowbank first, then the bear then the star in the upper right hand corner.  Love the decorative paper.
Entering this card in the challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 - favorite cartridge or image. and Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Pick a Holiday. and Crafty Hazels Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Card - Stencil Background

I made this card for a challenge to use a stencil.  I've not bought any stencils recently and I have a pile of ones I bought years ago but none were suitable for a background.  So I decided to make my own.  I cut some clear plastic with the Stampin Up Lattice Die.  I laid the stencil down on a piece of card stock and applied Tim Holtz Distress stains in the following colors: Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany.  I made it larger than a quarter sheet because I knew I would cut it down. I cut it down with one of the SU Window Frames Collection Framelits. I rubbed the edges with the Aged Mahogany ink. I chose an orange card and applied a layer of yellow on top of it before I added my background die cut.  I cut a Lattice Die from a piece of mahogany card stock.  I played around with it until I ended up with just a flower looking piece.  I added an orange silk flower to the center and held it all in place with a golden yellow mini brad. I added some of the off cuts from the die to each of the four corners.  I then sprayed the whole card with some copper mist spray.

Card - Stampin Up! Thank Yous

Here are the thank you cards for those who placed orders at my Stampin Up! book party.

I chose one of the papers from the Sweet Sorbet DSP series.  I layered it onto black card stock then I wrapped a piece of black thread around it and tied a knot.  I added the sentiment in Soft Sky to the You're Lovely stamp and printed it to fit one of the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  It then cut. I added a bit of color to the flowers with chalk.  I adhered the DSP layer to a Soft Sky card then adhered the label to the card front with 3D foam tape.

Card - Soft Aqua Thanks

I made this card for a crafting friend who shared some supplies with recently.
The card is white then I added this layer of coated paper in a soft aqua color.  I ran it through the Big Shot with the Memory Box greeting die. I made sure to save the little piece from the A so I could glue it in place.  I mounted the piece on the card which allows the greeting to be the color of the card. I added a white and aqua accent of silk and card stock flowers all held in place with a small sequin on a tiny white brad.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Card - Retirement - Flower Trio

Another retirement card for a very nice lady who took the plunge recently.

I used my large greeting sentiment that I designed and adjusted it for the occasion.  I color printed it in Stampin Up! Ruby Red on white, once trimmed I mounted it onto the same colored card. I added 2 warm colored silk flowers in red, yellow and orange. I layered to their centers smaller yellow flowers and held them in place with copper brads.

Card - Retirement - Hunting and Fishing

I made this card for a friend who retired recently. He is an outdoorsman so I expect these pursuits will be part of this new chapter.

I started with a picture of the lake in the morning I took last summer at Pine Lake Camp.  I adjusted the color to be sepia and added the sentiment in a color to match the accent. The accent is a picture I found on line of an old tin sign which I printed in the size I needed.  It expressed the sentiment I wanted. Once the card was printed I added a grosgrain ribbon with just a bit of the same blue as in the tin just below the greeting.  I mounted the accent on the right hand side of the greeting with 3D foam tape.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Card - Earth Day - Chipboard Eiffel Tower

Next card in my Earth Day collection.

I cut the Eiffel Tower from cereal box cardboard with the Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower die. I applied TH Distress Stain in Antique Linen but it does not show much.  I rubbed the edges with a black ink pad.  I embossed the ivory linen card stock layer with the TH Postale embossing folder. I wrapped the layer with caramel seam binding and tied it to the left card front.  This was glued to the card front. The Eiffel tower is adhered to the card front with 3D Foam tape.

Christmas Card Challenge - March - Vellum Poinsettia

The challenge is using vellum on your Christmas cards.  This opens the challenge up to almost anything.

I brushed the back of the 8.5x11 vellum with Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose.  Then I cut the poinsettias with the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die which has 3 different sized flowers.  I place 2 green ones at the back then the rose ones in front in two different sizes.  I wanted to keep the feel muted and soft so I used brushed gold brads in the centre.  I chose a warm white card and then embossed another piece of the same card stock with the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl folder.  I wrapped the embossed layer with 2 pieces of green seam binding which the ends were taped to the back.  I mounted the poinsettia to the card front with 3D foam tape. Super happy with this one!