Monday, May 26, 2014

Card - Farewell

I made this card for a couple who are leaving our office soon for new duties in Toronto.
I started with a blue card and just folded the full sheet in half which makes are large card for everyone to share their sentiments.  I layered onto it some designer paper by Fancy Pants - Tradition from the fancy-free collection by Michelle Coleman.  I punched a border with a Martha Stewart double edge punch from deep red card stock and ran 2 lengths of caramel seam binding through it.  The ribbon was taped to the back of the DP layer.  This layer was then adhered to the card front.  I chose to mix card stock flowers with silk flowers.  I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die because it provided the size of flower I was looking for. The 2 blue one and the red one were cut from card stock already used in the card. I added 2 velvety satin flowers in between.  I held all of these in place with a large red brad.  The insert is caramel with blue writing.

Card Club - Geometric Design

I used a small note card with a geometric design in black, grey, and olive green.  I cut a hole in the decorative paper with the Stampin Up Decorative Label frame-lits.  Check this post about creating a magnetic platform.  I tied a ribbon onto the remaining edge on the right hand side and knotted it and trimmed the ends. The decorative layer was then glued to the card front leaving the card show through the hole.  I mounted the color printed greeting punched with the 1.25" circle punch onto a dark grey 1.37" circle.  This accent was glued in the center of the hole in the decorative layer.
It can be put into the wide or landscape orientation as well.

Card Club - Rooster

I selected a blue card which coordinated well with the blue in the rooster image.  I cut the rooster down leaving only a small border of blue.  I cut a piece of red card stock which left a small border then I ripped the bottom edge.  I glued the red to the card front, then the rooster layer.  I used a push pin to create the holes for the tiny brads placed in the flowers in each of the four corners.

I put different colors in the kits which coordinated with the colors in the rooster. Green, yellow, orange, and red.

Card Club - Baby Ink Spots

I created the ink spot paper.  To check out how to do this technique follow this link.
I cut the ink spot paper to 4 x 5.25 inches. I then wrapped a piece of white seam binding around this layer and knotted it on the front leaving space for the greeting.  I mounted this layer onto a green card.  I punched a Stampin Up Scallop Circle from the same card stock. I added a color printed greeting which was punched with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch.  This accent is then mounted over the ribbon with 3D foam tape.

Card Club - Jalopy

This is the first card for Card Club today.  I cut some blue decorative paper with my Creative Memories is wavy cutter and then cut a colored layer leaving a small border.  This layer is glued to the card front on the right hand side. I cut the Jalopy with a Tim Holtz mover & shaper in black card stock.  The die cut is then mounted to the card front with 3D foam tape.  I color printed the greeting then punched it out with the Stampin Up Modern Label punch.  Then I punched another from black card stock.  The black one was cut in half lengthwise.  These halves are glued to the back of the greeting offset. This greeting is glued to the card front with 3D foam tape. I placed it horizontal over the curve of the blue piece.

I provided green, yellow, and orange solid layers in the kits I prepared for this class.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

How To: Magnetic Platform for Big Shot

Here's how I made myself a magnetic platform for my Big Shot that keeps my Frame-lits exactly where I want them. I had removed the screws from my Tab 2 of my Big Shot a long time ago. I added it to the sandwich when I needed it.  So I needed to find something magnetic which would replace the thickness of the Tab 2. During a visit to a scrap book store the other day I found Art Bin Magnetic Sheets which are designed for thin die storage.
They are just a bit bigger than the Big Shot platform so I trimmed off the tabs which left a piece just the size of my platform.  The magnetic sheet is quite thick but it just needed a bit more.  I went looking for something to add just a bit more and found that my metal cutting adapter plate was just right.
Now I can place my framelit exactly where I want it, cut as many times I want without it moving on me and my having to adjust after every cut.  It's solid magnet so there is no jumping around of the small framelits.
Works great!!

I've had some questions so here's what sandwich looks like:

  1. Acrylic Clear Cutting Pad 1
  2. Big Shot Multi Purpose Platform with Tab 1
  3. Metal Cutting Plate Adapter
  4. ArtBin White Magnetic Sheet
  5. Frame Lit
  6. Card Stock
  7. Acrylic Clear Cutting Pad 2

Happy Cutting!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Challenge - Christmas Tea Cup Box

I decided to play along with a couple of challenges this week.

I made a tea cup box. Because one of the challenges is Christmas I choose this BoBunny Christmas Ornament double sided paper.  I used the Cricut and the Joy of the Season cartridge and I cut 2 tea cups then cut a strip of the same card stock to make the box which I adhered between the tea cups. I added 2 velvet silk flowers and some holly leaves all held in place with a gold tiny brad and a gold sequin in the centre. Since it's a box and gift giving is the idea I placed individually wrapped tea bags in the box.  Ready to give!

I'm submitting this to
Holly Jolly - Anything but a Card
Cricut - Bitten by the Bug - Gift Packaging

Monday, May 19, 2014

Challenge - Retro Clock

I printed the retro clock image on vellum with the greeting.  This clock has only the 4 quadrant numbers visible and just lines for the other numbers.  The angular hands are in keeping with the design.
I cut the vellum with my Creative Memories oval cutter then I cut the large black oval frame by using a step larger for the first cut then the same size as the vellum oval for the second cut creating the narrow frame.  I mounted these on a bright green card which I thinks keeps with the retro vibe.  The vellum is held in place with a tiny black brad in the center of the clock and vellum adhesive behind the greeting.

Card Challenge - Clock

Still another card for the CST Home Page Card Challenge.  It was to include a clock on the card.  I found some images of clock faces on line and printed them on vellum along with a greeting.
The clock face is vintage and the hands are just about the same size so a little harder to read the time.
This is a black card with script background designer paper.  The colors worked but the greeting gets lost in the background.  I punched the corners with my corner rounder. I added some definition to the hands from the back side of the vellum with a fine black marker to help with the readability of the time. Again a tiny black brad in the centre of the clock and some vellum adhesive behind the greeting.

Challenge - Pink Clock

Here's another card for the Home Card challenge at CST which is a card with a clock on it. I printed them on vellum.
This clock has the circle separated into wedges of color for each number. The hands of the clock are black and quite dainty. It has red second hand.
For this card I chose a dark brown card with a red tone to it.  I mounted a piece of salmon colored polka dot designer paper leaving a large border.  I then cut the vellum to smaller than the DP so it would leave a border as well.  I put a tiny black brad in the center of the clock and some vellum adhesive under the greeting.

Challenge - Card with clock

The Home Card challenge at CST is a card with a clock on it.  I searched the web for some pretty clock faces and selected four. I placed them on a quarter sheet and added a greeting and printed them on vellum.

The one on the left here has roman numerals and some hints of blue on the background.  I selected a turquoise card and added a warm yellow green designer paper with a pattern that was not too busy.  I cut the designer paper to leave a good border of the blue and then trimmed the vellum to be smaller than the DP. I placed a tiny black brad in the center of the clock and some vellum adhesive under the greeting and the top of the clock.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Baby Boy Cards

I made some cards for a couple who adopted a baby boy recently. His name is Grayson and he is very cute!  These cards can be used by Mom for any baby related occasion as they are blank inside.

I started with a brown card and added a layer of baby blue polka dot designer paper onto which I printed the word BABY in brown because I thought the paper needed something. I cut a Spellbinder Nestabilities Label Twenty Two in the same brown card stock. I cut onsie tags with the Cricut and the Wrap It Up cartridge in the designer paper.  I glue the tag to the label and then punched hole in the brown and added a blue organza ribbon. This accent was then mounted to the card front with 3D foam tape.

I chose a blue and green designer paper for another set based on the same layout.  This paper I decided did not need the word added.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Card

I made this card for my Mom for our celebration today.  I love her and want to let her know.

I started with the designer paper in pinks, greens and dark greys. I cut it down to leave a small border of the card front of deep pink.  I cut the Stampin Up Apothecary Framelit from the reverse side of the same paper.  It needed something to make it pop so I added a layer of textured ivory card stock.  I added the label die cut mounted with 3D foam tape.  I added the greeting colored printed in Regal Rose and edged with the ink pad.  I added just a bit of color on the ivory rectangle with a Q-tip dipped onto the ink pad.  Like the subtle effect.

Happy Mom's Day!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

60th Wedding Anniversary - Wow!

What a milestone!  My Mom and Dad will have been married 60 years in a few days.  We are having a celebration. I made this card for them.

It's the diamond anniversary so I chose a white on white theme. I started with a warm white card onto which I mounted a piece of pearl card stock with was embossed with the Cuttlebug Victorian embossing folder.  I trimmed it to leave a small border. I cut hearts with the Sizzix original red Hearts die from pearl card stock with a silver tone.  I left one plain and embossed the other with the Cuttlebug D'vine folder. I mounted them onto a rectangle of warm white card stock. This was adhered to the embossed layer.  I wrapped a piece of white seam binding around the whole piece and tied a knot on the front.  Trimmed the ends. I created the greeting by starting with one I found on line at Netty's Cards. I printed the greeting, placed a small circle in the centre and another larger one behind it.  This was all placed on a Stampin Up Scallop Circle. This was mounted to the card front with 3D foam tape.  I placed a large bling in the centre of it.

Cards for Mom - Post it Birds

I made some of these bird cards for my Mom.  I've made some before which you can see here.  These are the cutest post it notes you ever saw.  I'm so glad I picked them up when I saw them.
On this card with the blue bird I used the some Karen Foster designer paper but selected cherry cobbler card stock.  A strip of old olive across the bottom with a Stampin Up Small Leaves sizzlet in white. The wing was cut with the Cricut and the Create a Critter cartridge then I embossed it with the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl folder.  I added a definition to the beak with a white gel marker and used a white brad for the eye.

For the purple bird I selected some Echo Park Paper Co. designer paper. It's soft muted tones worked well.  It's double sided so I cut it at 3.5" and flipped the smaller piece.  I added a strip of blue green card stock with the other details mentioned above being the same.

For the pink bird I chose some Renae Lindgren designer paper by Imaginations.  I chose a deep olive green card stock with matched very well with the paper.  Same details as above.

These are great cards which can be used for any occasion.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Card - Challenge - Sequins

I made this card for a challenge on Canadian Stamp Talk.  It is to use sequin on your card.

I started with a blue card.  I embossed a line across the landscape card with the Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Foulard border embossing folder. I tied a piece of white seam binding around the card front above the embossing. Then, I cut a white felt flower with the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers Sizzix die.  I added a black glitter Stampin Up Five Petal punchie to the center then a large green sequin with a small flower sequin in the centre.  These are all held in place with a tiny black brad.

I'm sending these out as my exchange cards as well.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Card - 2nd Retirement

I made this card for a couple who are now taking their 2nd retirement after working at Camp for the last few years.

I chose DSP from G.C.D. Studios named Bora Bora from the Debonair collection. It's a green brown color so I chose a kraft colored card. I cut the paper to just enough to leave a border and then cut it where the pattern was being the least affected.  I turned the small piece over and tape them together on the back. I added a kraft ribbon and tape the ends to the back.  I adhered to the card front then added an ivory felt flower cut with the Blossom Party Stampin' Up! Originals Die.  I cut a coordinating flower from the same set in gold and mounted that to the centre. It is all held in place with a gold brad.

Christmas Card Challenge - May - Christmas Buildings

The challenge for May is Christmas Buildings. Some ideas are; a stable, church with lit up windows, small cottage in woods, house, grand mansion, castle, igloo with lights, or general store.  What comes to your mind?

I chose several different buildings.  The first, is eastern looking buildings which may have been in Bethlehem with stars in the sky. This is a recycled Christmas card which I mounted to a green card.

The second is a snow covered cottage in the deep woods.  The lights are on as the sun sets.  There's a snowman in the front yard near the path in the deep snow to the front door. It is a recycled Christmas card which I mounted to a green card.  I added a gold Stampin Up! Modern Label in gold with a Word Window greeting.  This was mounted on 3D foam tape.

The third is a large house dare I say "mansion" with a wreath on the front door.  The lights inside create a welcoming and inviting feeling to those approaching.  It is a recycled Christmas card mounted on golden yellow card stock then onto deep green card.  I added a SU Modern Label punch with a color printed greeting.