Monday, February 28, 2011

Card Club - Feb - Large Scallops

This is a nice soft card which would be great for a baby or sympathy card. I cut the two scallop circles with Nestabilities thin dies. They are layered and glued to the top half of the card. I added a large five petal punch which has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and a small five petal punch all held in place over the large scallops with a tiny white brad. I added a soft organza ribbon below the scallops. It is wrapped around the card front through a slit in the fold and knotted on the front.

The aqua centre scallop was created with paper called Invisibles! by Heidi Swapp. I bought it on clearance at my local craft store. The paper has clear embossed patterns which show up when you paint the paper with color. I used watercolor applied with a wet foam brush. Worked like a darn. I made aqua, purple and yellow paper. There were several different designs. This one is "ornate art".

Card Club - Feb - Digital Greeting

This card works best if you have 2 papers that coordinate. I chose my cardstock based on the patterned papers, one for the card and one for the smaller layer. The larger patterned paper is trimmed to 5.25x4.00". Once that is glued down I assembled my accent. The kraft layer was punched with the Stampin Up! Scallop Trim border punch. The smaller patterned paper was trimmed to leave a nice border on top and bottom. I tied a piece of ivory gross grain ribbon around this accent and knotted it and trimmed the ends. The scallop greeting was printed from a MDS digital file and punched with the Stampin Up! scallop. It was mounted with 3D foam tape. This whole accent was then glued to the card.
Again, many color combinations of paper, printed greeting, and ribbon offers cards for a wide variety of occasions.

Card Club - Feb - Quilt Card

Here's the tools I use to create a line of evenly spaced holes. Plastic canvas, a push pin and an old mouse pad. I checked for plastic canvas shapes on-line. Circles, stars, hearts would be perfect for cardmaking.

I chose cardstock to match my 4 quilt squares. I created the squares with my 1.25" punch. The easiest way to accomplish this technique is to find double sided printed cardstock then you know they coordinate. I glued them to a 3" square blue layer, added stitching with a fine black marker and adhered the button to the centre with a Zot. I added stitching around the card edge by punching the holes with the tools picture above. I then connected the holes with a marker. I placed a thin gross grain ribbon below the faux stitching with a slit in the fold to allow to wrap around and knotted it on the front.
I had many color combinations in this card and it allowed me to use up lots of small scraps. It just takes time to coordinate the ribbon and cardstock.

Card Club - Feb - Metal Flower

It's cold here but I hope most of my ladies show up for card club tonight. I had 5 ladies in my group and it went very well.
I used a bright pink card to match the pink in the vellum. I layered 5 inch squares of white cardstock and vellum and then ripped the edge of both. Glued the white layer on and trimmed it to the card edge. The vellum I trimmed longer on the top so I could glue it to the inside of the card. I placed a small piece of tape on the left hand side under where to ribbon will be. I created the knot by tying a short piece of ribbon on to the long piece. I taped the ends to the inside. I placed the metal flower over the white silk flower and braded the whole thing to the card with a tiny silver brad.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Digital Card - Ice Cream Parlor DP

I received my Sale-A-Brate MSD CD yesterday! Here's the card I quickly created. It's ready to print!

I don't own My Digital Studio so I colored the greeting with Adobe Photoshop Elements. There are several free photo editors available. Photo Pos Pro is one I have used.

I'm very happy with the digital files. I understand that the RGB values for SU! colors is available on-line. Here's where I got mine and do recognize the huge amount of work that went into preparing it. Thanks Marie.

I look forward to creating more of these cards.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Scrapbook Layout - Garden

Three of us had a Scrapbook day last week. Good company, good food and good time. We had lots of room and I got 3 2-page layouts completed. Here's pics from my visit to the Leg Grounds and the memorial garden. The fountains, flowers and foliage are all covered. My favorite is the Lily of the Valley.

Digital Card - Friend

I designed this card with the Happy Dots digital kit from Free Digital Scrapbooking. I created 2 different halves for the card front. One from the plain blue paper and the other from happy dots paper. I created the 3D warm red band and placed over the join in the paper. I created 3 large flat brads in coordinating colors. It is being used at the end of a church retreat so I added the word "Friend" as requested. I printed it on parchment cardstock which worked well with the warm tone of the papers.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Card Kits - Large silk flower

I wanted big flowers, they are nearly 4" in diameter. I really like them. I trimmed my decorative paper to 3.5 inches tall and the width of the card. Glued that down. I would recommend hot glue to adhere the silk flower. I colored the chipboard daisy with coordinating ink. I adhered the chip board daisy to the centre of the flower with a Zot. I think it looks great.
The flowers were all the same but I managed to find 3 or 4 designer paper that worked then added coordinating cardstock.

Card Kits - Maple Leaf Tag

I wanted to provide a masculine option in the card kits. I started with the ribbon and work through cardstock options. This is Old Olive card which was Cuttlebug embossed on the bottom 2/3. The teal tag is punched as well as the maple leaf. The ribbon is taped to the inside of the card once the tag is slipped on. The button was cut with a Sizzlet die. I managed to find a cranberry thread which worked for the tag and the button.
I provided a variety of cardstock - brown, green, teal, cranberry, Kraft in order to offer cards which look a bit different from each other.

Card Kits - Flower & Sticker

This is a great simple and elegant card. The flower is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. I trimmed it next to the frame around the edge. Once mounted on the card it leaves a nice edge of color all the way around. The centre of the card is a sticker. I found a coordinating ink and stamped a circle greeting which I punched out with my 1" punch. The greeting was mounted with 3D foam tape.

Card Kits - Bright Squares

This card is similar to one I did for Card Club.
I punched 1.5" squares and corner rounded 2 corners. I color printed the greeting and line. The squares are then mounted with the pointy corners to the centre to create a graphic element next to the greeting. I have provided a variety of greetings to suit several occasions.

Card Kits - Easter - Split DP

This was a great set of Designer Paper. I matched it with Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, a salmon colored and orange cardstock to provide a bit of variety in the card kits. I trimmed both papers to 3x4 inch pieces and provide one of each design. I color printed the greeting on a taupe cardstock and ripped the edges and glued it over the join between papers.
I provided a generous strip with the greeting so participants can trim with scissors or rip the edges. With the 2 pieces gives plenty to be creative.

Cards - Daisy Pink/Brown

I made a couple of these for my exchange group. I selected my patterned paper then started with a Kraft card. I wanted the element to fit into an opening in the card front. I made the half circle opening on the card front with my 1 3/8" circle punch. I created my circle accent with a dark brown 1 3/8 inch circle, then a 1.25 inch patterned paper circle, then a white daisy punchie. The pink colored brad holds the daisy and the patterned circle which is then glued to the dark brown so the brad would not show on the back of the card. This accent was glued on the bottom half to the back card. I added a bit of rick rack on the right hand side with quick dry adhesive. The daisy flower was repeated on the front right hand corner of the patterned paper layer. I added a quarter sheet insert.

Card Kits - Easter Eggs

I made these card kits for a lady who does work in a shelter and one of her favorite crafts is cardmaking. Easter is coming and this is a bright and cheery card. I started with a Summer Sun card and added a DP layer. I punched the yellow tag then cut out the white larger layer. I cut an egg from extra paper and glued it to the tag. I added the white satin ribbon and glued the tag to the card front.
The kits include a variety of coorinating cardstock in order that cards are not exactly the same.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cmas Card Challenge - Feb - Musical Christmas

Musical Christmas could include carolers, instruments, or hymns. What comes to mind?
I started with Bazzil Mocha Divine card stock. I printed a scanned image of the music for the "Little Drummer Boy" song on vanilla card stock (4 per 8.5x11). The quarter sheet was was trimmed, smudged with ink and I distressed it's edges. I wrapped the bronze organza ribbon around just below the song title, knotted it and trimmed it's ends. This layer was glued to the card front. I cut a matching oval of card stock with my Creative Memories oval cutter and then trimmed a sepia colored image of the Little Drummer Boy. This accent was then mounted on the card with 3D foam tape.
I made 6 of these.
Total: 12