Monday, April 16, 2018

Bangle Chain Punch Card

Hello papercrafters,

Today I'm sharing a card that I taught at my last class.  I saw a similar card on Pinterest, but was not able to trace back to the creator.  Whoever it might be, thank you for the column idea.

The card size is 5 1/2 inches by 11 inches, top folded.  I used the Martha Stewart Bangle Chain Punch to create the side columns.  The center dry-embossed panel was made using a border embossing folder from the set called Raspberry Frame Set by Sizzix.

The sentiment was stamped on a die cut from KaiserCraft Oval Vintage Frame, then adhered to an oval cut with a die in the Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Small set.

I embossed a small white panel using Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, then from it I punched 4 butterflies - 3 for the outside and 1 for the inside.  Any butterfly punch will do, preferably 3 sizes.

Even though it is a very quick and easy card, it looks pretty classy.  Thanks for checking in today.


Monday, April 2, 2018

Z-Fold Popup Box


What a perfect day for a card making project.  The sun is brightly shining, white clouds in a beautiful blue sky; but with a cold wind blowing, it is only 52 degrees not counting wind chill.  So I just settled myself into my studio and got started.

Since I've been wanting to make one of the Z-Fold Popup Box cards for a long, today is the day.  I wanted to make my box into a wooden crate, but not having the crate die that is on the market, I set about designing my own with what I materials I already have.  It was certainly a challenge, however it was tremendous fun.  Here are a couple of pictures showing the finished card.

Card open.

Card closed.

Card Base 4 1/4" x 11"; scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Panels: two at 2 1/2" x 4" and one at 4" x 5 1/4" designer paper 
Crate/Box Panel 2" x 5 3/4", scored at 1/2", 2 3/4", 3 1/4", and 5 1/2" (see diagram below)
Crate/Box Inside Cross Bar one at 1/2" x 2 3/4", scored at 1/4" on each end 
Green Background for Inside the Crate 1 3/4" x 2"
Green Grass Strips two at 1 3/4"
Flower Tabs two 1/4" x 1"
Cheery Lynn Designs Daisy Strip B259
Impression Obsession Grass DIE060-1

Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain S5208

Stamp Pad
Tim Holtze Distress Ink Walnut Stain

Cricuit Happy Day (free image)

Fiskers Hand Held 1/4' Hole Punch
Stampin' Up Word Window Punch

Card Stock
Flowers - Bright Yellow and Tan
Crate/Box - Tan
Flower Centers, Grass, Sentiments - Green

Other Items
Green Gems (7)
Mounting Tape
Redline Tape 1/8" or Score Tape 1/8"
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue Pen (dries quickly)
Double Stick Tape
Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade or Score Board
Glossy Accents

Card Back Panels
4" x 5 1/4" (the same as the designer paper for the front panels)
3 3/4" x 5" White (stamp a sentiment and sign name)

1.  First, prepare all the various elements, having them ready for assembly.
2.  Assemble the Z-Card base as shown in the photo.
3.  Crate/Box
     a. Stamp the Crate/Box panel with the woodgrain stamp.  
     b. Punch two windows in the front side of the Crate/Box.
     c. Glue the grass pieces inside but so they are sticking through the windows.
     d. Glue the green background panel on the back of the windows panel.
     e. With redline tape, adhere the tab to the backside box panel, and then to card base. 
     f. Put redline tape on the left side panel of the crate/box and adhere to the second "Z" panel.
     g. Glue the the cross bar strip to each side of the box (inside) about 1/2" from the top.

On this diagram please ignore the 5" score line - DO NOT score at 5".  Instead score at 3 1/4".  Sorry for this mistake in the diagram.

4. Flowers
     a. Glue the flower tabs to the two smaller flowers. Glue the smallest flower to the back of the front panel of the crate/box.  Glue the middle size flower to the cross bar.  Mount the large flower to the card base (arranged in place with the other two flowers.
    b. Glue the tiny green circles (from the hand punch) to the center of each flower and three on the lower right side of the front panel of the card.  Glue the gems on the small circles with Glossy Accents.
    c. Complete the card according to the photo.

Let me know if you have trouble with the directions or have any questions.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Jesus and the Cross

Hello there,

Here I am, back again to share another message about Easter.  I really enjoy my bible illustrating and journaling and I hope that you will, too.  The bible verses that I'm meditating on this Good Friday are Isaiah 53:5-6.

"He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on Him the sins of us all."  NLV

Thank you God that Jesus paid the price for my sins and now leads me on Your paths of righteousness.


Materials Used:
PrismaColor Pencils
PrimaColor Colorless Blender Pen
Red Micron Pen
Washi Tape by Me & My Big Ideas

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Meaning of the Cross

Hello friends,

This coming Sunday is Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  The cross says that God especially loves those who are hurting  -- those who are under the penalty and power of sin. If you will turn to Jesus Christ and put your trust in what He did for you in taking your just penalty for sin on the cross, He will deliver you from sin’s penalty and from its power.  He wants to be your Shepherd and Overseer.  He loves you just as you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way. He wants to heal you from the devastating effects of sin.  How thankful I am for this precious gift!

The card I'm sharing with you today is called, in stampers' language, "clean and simple."  This is the kind of life that Jesus lived.  This is the kind of life that Jesus has inspired me to live.  

My prayer for you is that during this Easter season, the Holy Spirit will move your heart to commit all to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Love Him, commit to Him, serve Him; it is the "clean and simple way."

May you receive all the blessings of Easter.


Materials Used:
Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder - Rays
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies - Cross Collection
StickableStamps -Happy Easter
Morning Star Stamps - Love is the gift, Salvation is the promise, Easter is the celebration.
   (Sentiment inside card.)
White and Navy Blue Card Stock

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rainbow and Tears

Good morning card makers,

Today is a quick post sharing a card that I made for a Rainbow swap.  I used PrismaColor pencils to color the image.  The sentiment stamp I used is Paula Best #988A.  The woman's face stamp is no longer available but I thought it presented well to make a rainbow out of it.  It's fun to look at a stamp  and let your imagination create something out of the basic image. I finished it off with three ribbon knot bows.  The card sketch is one for a simple and easy card.  Give it a try so you can experience how much fun it is to let your imagination run free.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pink Prayer Box

Hello Paper Crafters,

The project I'm sharing with you today is a Prayer Box, which contains seven encouraging scripture cards - one for each day of the week.  I like to give them to friends in the hospital, home bound for some reason, or just needing some encouragement when dealing with personal problems.  And we all have those - right!  I've never attempted to share a project that encompasses as many steps that this project has.  Now I'm excited to take on the challenge.  But please don't let the length of the directions intimate you.  I believe I have written the step-by-step directions in a clear manner that will be easy for you to follow.  However, be sure to allow yourself enough time so you won't feel rushed.  In two weeks I'm teaching this project plus two cards in the time length of two hours.  But, of course, I'll have everything cut and ready to go for the gals.  So, let's get started!

Light Pink Plaid Card Stock by Core’dinations – One 12x12 sheet
White Card Stock 8x11” Card Stock – One sheet
Pale Pink Card Stock 8x11” – Two Sheets
Dark Pink Card Stock 8x11” – One Sheet
Paper Trimmer
Score Board
Bone Folder
Double Stick Tape or Tape Runner
Corner Rounder (I like the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper used at the ½” corner setting)
Fiskars Scallop Border Punch (narrow design)
Small Embellishment Punch or (I used Cricuit Swirly Flower)
Brilliance Moonlight White Ink Pad
Foam Tape
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
My Paper Studio Gemstones, Clear
Darice Jewels Metallic Cord, Pearlized White, 30 inches

Box Directions:
1.  Cut box top from Light Pink Plaid card stock 7 x 5 ½”
2.  Cut box bottom from White card stock 6 7/8 x 5 3/8”
3.  Cut inside box bottom cover (optional) from Light Pink Plaid card stock 4 3/8 x 5 ¾”
4.  Score ½” on all sides of both the top and bottom pieces.  Do not score the box bottom cover.
5.  Looking at the box top piece in a horizontal position, just to the score line make ½” cuts at top two
corners and bottom two corners. Do the same for the box bottom piece.  Fold all sides using a Bone Folder.  See the diagram below.

6.  Place a ½” piece of Score Tape on the outside of each of the 8 flaps (shown on the diagram in Pink).  Fold the flaps to the inside of the box ends to adhere in place. 
7.  Using Double Stick Tape or a Tape Runner, adhere the box bottom cover in place.

                                                    Cut down to Score Line on both ends.                           
                                                     Cut up to Score Line on both ends.

Flower and Leaves Directions:
1.  Highlight each of the four flower layers with Brilliance Moonlight White
2.  Adhere one layer of Foam Tape between each layer of the flower.
3.  Attach a double layer of Foam Tape on the bottom of the fourth flower.  Do not remove the protective covering on the bottom of the Foam Tape.
4.  Embellish the flower petals with Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.
5.  Place a Gem Stone in the center of the flower.
6.  Contour and wrinkle the two leaves.
7.  Place the white cord over the lower right end of the closed box, bringing up the two ends together over the diagonal end, left top, and tie a bow.
8.  Arrange the flower, leaves, and sentiment label in a way that is visually pleasing to you, and glue in place.

Prayer Cards:
1.  Cut 7 panels from Light Pink card stock – 4x5”
2.  Use a Corner Rounder on all corners.
3.  Using a Border Punch, make one punch in the middle at the bottom of each panel.
4.  Computer generate scripture verses to print and attach to panels.  Choose ones that are encouraging and uplifting.  I used 2 Corrinthians. 1:3-4, Romans. 8:18, Psalm 55:22, Philippians. 4:19,  Philippians 4:6-7, Proverbs. 16:9, and Hebrews 13:5.  Print on Dark Pink card stock.  If you would like a printable copy of my scriptures which you can use to copy onto to your colored card stock, please give me your email address and I will send you a copy.
5.  Cut each scripture into a small rectangular card, approximately 2 1/8 x 3 ¼” .
6.  Attach one scripture to each panel using Double Stick Tape or Tape Runner.
7.  Punch 7 small flowers and attach one to each panel.

Remember, if you want a printable copy of the scripture, send me your email address.  I hope you like today's project.



Monday, February 12, 2018

A Latte Thanks

Hi friends,

My most favorite drink is a Mocha.  Just love that chocolate and coffee flavor!  So when I saw this Impression Obsession Coffee Cup die set, I fell in love.  It makes the cutest little latte cups I've ever seen.  I also have this liking for "little" things.  This is my first card using this die set and I can hardly wait until I have time to do some more designing with it.  This particular design is quick and easy.

A2 White Card Base
4” x 5 ¼” DP for Front Background Layer
Take Out Coffee Cup Die by Impression Obsession
            Die cut 3 cups from coordinating DP
            Die cut 3 lids and 1 straw from light brown DP
Cut 3 squares ½” x ½” from the Background DP
Computer generate the sentiment “Sending You a LATTE THANKS,” or use one of your own coffee
            sentiment stamps, onto white cardstock
1 Dew Drop
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue Pen (or any strong, quick-dry glue)
Glossy Accents
Tape Runner
Scotch 3-D Mounting Tape
Paper Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot

1.  Mat the background layer onto the front of the card.
2.  Trim the sentiment to ½” x  4 ¼” .  Cut off the left end in a downward diagonal.
3.  Adhere the sentiment strip to the right side of the card front with right end aligned with the DP panel, and 5/8” from the bottom of the white card base.
4.  Using Glossy Accents, glue the Dew Drop onto the right end of the sentiment strip.
5.  Assemble the little coffee cups.
            a.  Glue the DP square behind each of the oval openings of the sleeve dies.
            b.  Slide the coffee cups through the top slit in the sleeve dies and glue in place.
            c.  Glue the lids onto two of the coffee cups.
            d.  With the third cup, slide the straw through the opening in the coffee cup and glue in place.
            e.  Glue the lid behind the cup opening and the straw.
6.  Place a strip of mounting tape on the back of each of the coffee cups.  I used a T-Ruler to make sure that I lined up the coffee cups evenly, a little to the left side of the card. There is approximately a ½” space between the bottom of the coffee cups and the top of the sentiment strip.

It was really fun to make this little thank you card.  Hope you give it a try.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Path to the Beach

Happy good afternoon,

Recently I've really enjoyed making backgrounds with Distress Inks and sponges.  There's just no end to the color combinations and everyone of them has had a delightful result.  Even when you think, "Oh no, I'm not going to like this," after you do some stamping and embellishments, you find that it is not so bad after all.  The card I'm sharing is one I entered in the Impression Obsession February Challenge using two of their stamps that I just purchased.  The "Path to the Beach" stamp is now a favorite!  I have a lot of ideas for designing with it.  This photo only shows two-thirds of the stamp.  On the other third there is water and a sailboat.  This is a real multi-design stamp.


Stamps from Impression Obsession:  Path to the Beach #H1877, Happiest of Birthdays Ever! #B20058
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Bundles Sage, and Walnut Stain.
PrismaColor Pencils:  Deco Yellow, Parma Violet, Apple Green, Sandbar Brown, and Sienna Brown.
Half Round Acrylic Crystals

I hope you enjoyed learning about this card today.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Water Drops Technique

Hello everyone,

I just discovered and learned a new technique and I am really excited to share it with you.  I bought the Water Effects 1 stamp set from Designs by Ryn and then followed her tutorial on using them, found here.  Ryn's tutorial is very well done and very easy to follow.  In her video she used watercolor paper and Dylusions Spray Ink.  Since I didn't have any spray ink on hand, I decided to go with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads.  But I still want to try with Dylusions Spray Ink as soon as I can decide what colors to order.  Also, I just used regular, sturdy white card stock.  Here are a few of my card designs:

One can easily become addicted to this technique because it is so easy, with stunning results.  The rain drops appear transparent with a 3-D look - they just jump off the card!  I encourage you to check out Ryn's tutorial and give it try.  


Friday, January 12, 2018

Lovely Smpathy Card

Hello Card Makers,

Making sympathy cards may be difficult for some - death, sadness, tears, grief, etc.  But for those who believe in an afterlife, it is also a celebration of joy for a loved one because life goes on in heaven for that person.  Then, too, I find joy in making a special card to comfort a grieving family.  This week I found myself needing three sympathy cards, as friends in three different families had passed on.  I was pleased to find that I had two cards on hand and then set about to create the third card.  So, here's what I designed, simple but with a bit of elegance.

I  die cut a light blue piece of card stock  using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements die, then used the Sizzix Birds of a Feather embossing folder, added the sentiment, and finished by embellishing with pearls.  Thanks for stopping by today.