Friday, September 12, 2014

Country Christmas Trees

I love Christmas, but I’m terrible about sending out cards. I make them, I just never seem to get around to mailing them. I love to make them, so I thought I would get started with this super simple card that uses the new tree punch! I think it looks like a country type card. What do you think?

I started with my basic card.  I used a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock cut at 5 ½” by 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”.
Next I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock at 5” by 3 ¾”.  Then I ran it through my Big Shot using the Lucky Star embossing folder*.  I glued this to my basic card.
Then I picked two sheets from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper* and punched out two trees.  I punched a third tree from the Champagne Glimmer Paper.
I used two or three dimensionals to attach the trees to my card.  Then I wrapped a piece of linen thread three times. Then I used a button (unfortunately I realized after I made the card that this button had been discontinued).  You could find all kinds of options on pages 208 and 209 in the annual catalog.
Then to finish it off, or just because I like to doodle, I used my white gel pen and doodled around the edges of the card.  I didn’t say I was good at it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly Deals Sep 10th to Sep 15th

Here are the deals for this week.

Blooming with Hope Birthday Card

Today’s card is folded different than my usual cards. It was a fun one to make and hope you like it. Are my instructions easy to read?? Sometimes I don’t understand the words that are coming out of my fingers!
So get out your basic tool kit and let’s start by cutting all the layers.
  1. 1. Basic Gray card base cut at 4 ¼” by 11” scored at 5 ½”.
  2. 2. Lost Lagoon layer cut at 4” by 5 ¼”
  3. 3. Moonlight Designer Series Paper 3 ¾” by 5”
Center section
     a.   Basic Gray cut at 3” by 4 ¼
     b.   Whisper White cut at 2 ¾” by 4”
You will also need scraps of Lost Lagoon and Whisper White card stock.
Following my own decree—we will stamp first and then assemble! On the smallest Whisper White layer (see b above) stamp the leaves from the Bloom with Hope stamp set using smoky slate ink. I stamped them three times.

Next using Memento Black ink stamp the flowers over the leaves and again on a scrap piece of paper. Color both sets of flowers. Then fussy cut the flowers on the scrap paper, and use a dimensional to place them on top of the flowers on the center section.
Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of Lost Lagoon. And use the Bitty Banners Framelit to cut out the sentiment. Attach it to the card with a couple of dimensionals. 

I colored some basic pearls with the darkest Daffodil Delight bendability pen and just placed them randomly to add a little shine.
Now to assemble the completed card, Glue the Lost Lagoon to the card base. Next layer is the designer series paper.  Now glue the white stamped panel to the small basic grey panel and use dimensionals to glue it to the center of the card.

Here’s the list of supplies that I used.  Don’t forget you can shop at my store 24/7 and have it mailed straight to your house!

Monday, September 8, 2014

World Traveler Birthday

I’m seriously in love with the tissue paper technique! I think it worked well for this masculine birthday card!

The base card is Night of Navy cardstock and measures 5” by 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼ ”.  Next cut two pieces of Whisper White that measure 5 ¼” by 4” and you will need one more piece of whisper white that measures 5” by 3 ¾”. Then you will need a couple of pieces of Whisper White scraps.

Let’s start working on that background piece, for this you will need your piece of whisper white cardstock that measures 5” by 3 ¾”. 

Here is a quick refresher on this technique in case you missed it in my post from August 30th.
You will use a piece of tissue paper is at least ½” bigger than the cardstock you will be putting in on. Next you will stamp the background image on the tissue paper.

Now you will crumple the tissue paper.  Crumple it tight!  Now just set it aside while you use a glue stick to coat your cardstock completely. Then carefully un-crumple your tissue paper. Don’t smooth it out too much or you will lose all that nice texture!
Next lay your tissue paper on top of your glue covered cardstock.  Now lightly pat down the tissue paper into the glue. I like the crumpled look so I try to not smooth it at all, just pat so that I get a nice crumpled look.

Set it aside and stamp the rest of your pieces.  One of the pieces of the 5 ¼ by 4 inches will go on the inside of the card.  I stamped the Globe from the Traveler Set in the lower corner. Then I centered it on the inside of the card.  I stamped the globe on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then I cut it out with the Deco Labels Framelits.  Now cut out a piece of Night of Navy cardstock using the next larger Deco Framelit.
Stamp the sentiment (I used one from the Wetlands set) on a piece of Whisper white then punch it out with the large oval punch. Punch out a large scallop oval and layer under the sentiment.

Almost done! Now to put it all together, you should already have glued the white piece with the globe on the inside.  On the outside, glue the 2nd piece of white that measures 5 ¼” by 4 to the card.  Attach the tissue paper background with dimensionals.  Then with dimensionals attach the layered globe and the sentiment to the front.
Here’s a list of the supplies I used, just click on the item and it will take you to my page. Don’t forget your basic tool box and tissue paper! Easy Peasy!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pretty Paper Pumpkin

I made this cute card from My Paper Pumpkin Kit that I got in the mail this month!  I enjoy getting this pretty box in the mail each month.  It makes me feel special when I open the lid and see it all wrapped up in blue tissue paper! I can't wait to sit down with my glue, scissors and a clear block and play with all the stuff inside that box.  It contains everything else to make the completed project (even the instructions) for that month. 
Right now there is a special going on. If you sign up between September 2nd -10th and use the code HALFOFF2 you will get two months of Paper Pumpkin pleasure. Also you will get a free kit called Framed with Love! How exciting is that? 

Now back to my card:

I did add a few of my own touches to make this card (I just can’t leave a good thing alone, can I?)  First, I used my heart and stars decorative mask to fill up the white areas around the congrats.  I want to give this card to a couple that recently had a baby girl (Plus, who doesn’t love little pink hearts?) I also added a small piece of hello honey card stock behind the sentiment to make it pop a little more. So what do you think? Is it too over the top?