Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Banner Strip Card

Hello everyone,

Being a bit overcast ouside today led me to make some cheerful time inside.  So - card making is the name of the game.  I really like this Banner Strip card because when you lift the little banner strips, there is a secret message behind.  I also added a white card stock layer to the back where I could stamp a regular message, add a note, and sign my name.  Let me know what you think!

Here are some directions for you.  Hopefully they are easy to follow:

Green card stock panel 4 ½” x 5 ¾”
Orange card stock panel 4 ¼” x 5 ½”
Pattern paper panel 4 x 5 ¼”
Orange card stock banner 4 ½” x 1”
White card stock banner 3 ½” x 7/8”

Additional Materials:
Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamp & Die Cut Set – Floral #657776
3 Small Sentiment Stamps
Martha Stewart Leaf Sprig Punch
¾” Square Punch
Paper Cutter
Tape Runner
Glue Bottle and Glue Pen
Small Ruler and Pencil
Extra Green CS for Leaves
Extra White CS for Stamping
Big Shot
Distress Ink Pads – Tattered Rose, Barn Door, Fired Brick
Black Ink Pad

1.         Attach PP to orange panel.  Set aside.
2.         With the orange banner strips, score at ½” on one end of each and fold.
3.         Make a notch on the other end by lining the punch at an angle to form a notch.  Punch the other two plus the 3 white banner strips.
4.         At approximately ½” from the left side, stamp a different sentiment on each of the white banners using a black inkpad.
5.         On the assembled panel on the right side, make a tick mark 3/8” down from the top of the PP and another tick mark 3/8” up from the bottom of the PP.
6.         Glue the orange banners one at each tick mark and the third centered between the other two.
7.         On the inside of the orange banners, glue the white sentiment banners about 1/8” from the fold.
8.         Punch 7 leaves from the green CS.
9.         Using the large and small flower stamps, stamp one set on white paper using each of the 3 inkpads.
10.       Die cut with the Big Shot.  Lightly curl up the petals.
11.       Working on the left side of the card with the banners laying flat in place, put glue on only the bottom ¾” of a small flower and glue it to the PP.  The ¼” top of the flower should overlap the first banner at the bottom of the banner.  This will hold the banner closed.
12.       Put glue on the center portion of a large flower, between the second and third banners, and glue it to the PP, leaving the top and bottom petals loose.  This will hold those banners in place.
13.       Glue the remainder of the flowers and the leaves as shown in the sample.

14.       Attach the jewels to the center of the flowers.

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Scalloped Punch Topper Card

Hi card makers,

Today I'm featuring the Stampin' Up Scalloped Tag Punch.  I wasn't really interested in purchasing this punch until I saw pictures of cards using this punch posted on Pinterest.   Well, I saw some great cards and now I own one of these punches.  So thank you to whomever the SU person is who came up with idea of using the punch in this way.  I love it!  It's really very easy and quick to make, so I hope you'll give it try.  Here's the card I made using this punch.  Directions are after the picture.


Scalloped Punch Topper Card
1.  One CS 5 ½ x 8” – Green
2.  One CS panel 2 ¼ x 5 ⅛” – Blue
3.  One CS panel 2 ⅟16 x 4 ⅛” – White
4.  One scrapbook paper 4 x 5 ½“ – coordinates with green and blue
5.  Blue Ribbon – 14 inches
6.  Dew Drops – 5 matching green
7.  One die cut from the blue – Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites – Tiger Lillies
8.  Scallop Tag Punch – Stampin’ Up
9.  Guide marks for punch – 1 ⅟16

                     รŸ Measure in from sides and mark at 1 16” in on
                                              •           both sides and at both ends.  Scallop Punch slides
                 in here:   รก      Make sure the punch fits exactly between the marks.

2.  Cut off side pieces at top and bottom, leaving only the tab.
3.  Slide a scalloped punched end into the paper trimmer, from the right to the left.
4.  Score the tag.
5.  Next, score at 4 ⅛”. 
6.  Add scrapbook paper to inside – MAKE SURE THAT THE TAB CAN LAY OVER
7.  Adhere layers.
8.  Cut the die using the blue CS, adhere it, and add Dew Drops to the center of the flowers.

Paper Piercer
Small cutting scissors
Double Stick Tape or Tape Runner
Glue for holding embellishments secure
Paper Trimmer
Small Martha
Bone Folder

Scalloped Tag Punch from SU 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sketch Card – Red Flower

Rain and snow yesterday - sunshine today.  Spring has got to be just around the corner.  So flowers are my theme today.  Bright red flowers.  I made this card from a sketch I saw on Pinterest.  This is what I was inspired to do for my card.

Here are some step-by-step directions in case you want to make one of these . . . or just use your own mojo! 
1.         Fold the white card base, set aside (8 ½” x 11”).

2.         Stamp a small flourish element stamp 6 times on white card stock with black ink and cut out 
            each one.

3.         Using a small strip of white card stock as a base, line up the 6 flourish squares to it,
            aligning along the bottom of the strip, then glue/tape them in place.  You may need to 
            trim off a bit.  Set aside.

4.         Stamp a flower on  red card stock.  Shade the flower with PrismaColor pencils: #PC925
            Crimson Lake, PC1029 Mahogany, and PC939 Peach.  You can use a Germany (blender) to
            blend the colors.  Set aside.

5.         On the bottom part of the card base, mat a piece of black card stock (4 1/8” x 4 1/8”), 
            leaving the right top unglued.

6.         Mat red checked card stock on top of the black (4” x 4”).

7.         Glue/tape the flourish strip approximately ½” down from the top of the red checked layer.
            Trim if necessary.  Set aside.

8.         Next, using the Garden Circle Die - JustRite Dies, die cut it from black card stock.  The die
            cut a round piece of red patterned paper and glue it to the back of the center of the Garden
            Circle die cut.  Glue the assembly to the card as shown in picture.

9.         Taking the red flower in hand, lightly roll up the edges of the petals.  Add Flower Soft to the
            center, and then glue to card.

10.       With a distressing tool, distress the edges of the small script rectangle; edge the rectangle with
             a sponge and Bard Door Distress ink; and then tuck it under the top of the black mat at the
             top right.  Also, tuck in a couple of little red punched elements.

11.       On the left upper area of the card, glue the “hugs” which was die cut from the (KaiserCraft
            Decorative Dies, Comfort Pack.

12.       Add jewels or Dew Drops to the bottom left side of the card as shown in the picture.

I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Z Fold Card with Butterflies

Welcome to my blog!
Sitting here at my desk, the view out the window is one of grey cloudy skies, slushy streets, and snow plow humps of snow mixed with sand.  Not a pretty sight by any means.  Inside my head I'm wondering about how much longer will it be until we see some signs of approaching spring.  Maybe spring is in my head because I've been making a few butterfly cards lately.  I just finished up a simple card using the Z fold.  It's cheery and colorful and made me feel good all over.  Maybe it will do the same for you.

Card Base:  5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 
    Score at 2 1/8" and 4 1/4"
    Mountain Fold

Decorative Paper:  5 3/4" x 1 7/8"  and
                               5 3/4" x 1 1/4"

Ovals:  2 1/8" wide x 3" high
    Cut 1 each from decorative paper, polka  dot paper, and coordinating solid color card stock.

Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities S4-110 - Classic Ovals Large

Stamps:  "Wishes Have Wings" (company unknown)
               "If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies" (Stampin' Up Flight of the 
                    Butterfly set)
                Large butterfly from Flutter clear stamps set by Basic Grey

Punches:  Two sizes of any butterfly punch

This is a quick and easy card that can be adapted for any occasion.  Thanks for visiting today.


Peek-a-Boo Card

Good morning friends,

Today I am sharing with you a new-to-me fold, called the Peek-a-Boo Card.  I saw this card on Pinterest and immediately knew that I had to try to make it.  I can laugh now, but at the time of the failure of my first try I felt nothing but disappointment. Whaaaa!  But . . . I saw what I had done wrong and jumped right in to try again.  I searched until I found video instructions and give credit and a big thanks to Norma Lee.  You will find her video at the end of her printed instructions.  Just for fun, see if you can find my mistake on the first card.

 If you didn't catch my error, then let me give you a tip.  Be sure to die cut your ovals properly spaced.  ๐Ÿ˜„  Hope you are challenged to give this fancy fold a try.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Triangle Joy Fold Card

Greetings friends,

Another cold day here in Wenatchee, Washington.  But also a perfect day to stay inside and enjoy card making.  Today I tried a new fold called Triangle Joy Fold.  The Triangle Joy Fold is quite different from the regular Joy Fold card.  It was brought to my attention by a challenge in a stamping group I belong to.  The sample tutorial that was given to us was in centimeters.  Although I translated the script to English, the measurements were still in centimeters.  Luckily I have a great centimeter ruler so the directions were quite simple to follow.  The card is 15 x 15 centimeters which is just under 6" x 6".  I'm going to try my hand at making a 5" x 5" using measurements in inches.  I think it would be fun to have a smaller version.  For now, here's the card I made for the challenge, in centimeters.

Here's the link where you can find directions:  my thanks to Stempeleinmaleins Blog.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope you are staying warm and cozy!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Triple-Tier Slider Card

I just finished making the cutest card (not in the bragging sense)!  I love it!!!!  Can you tell I'm excited? The coffee theme stamps were so fun to use and the slider mechanism is awesome. I couldn't have done it without using a tutorial I found at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  Ms. Dawn, thank you for your wonderfully, easy-to-follow tutorial.

Here's my version of the card:

I used Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge for the background, using Distress Ink Brick Red, Tea Dye, and Broken China.  This is really a fun card to make.  I hope you'll give it a try.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Comforting Others in Times of Sorrow

Hello friends,

This is not the kind of card making one likes to do during the Christmas season.  Sadly, my church needed some sympathy cards, and one for me, too, as a dear member of our church family just passed on.  Rather than purchasing store-bought cards, my church orders from me and then donates a sum for each card to my church library ministry account. Making greeting cards for my church is a wonderful way to make my library budget stretch just a bit further and also a way to serve my church family.  So, I just thought why not share with you all what I've been busy doing lately.  I pray that these cards will in some small way show love and caring thoughts to the deceased sweet family.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Remember These - Glass Slide Mailers?

Class time is coming around next week so I'm busy getting card ideas and kits together.  A while back I found a couple of packages of glass slide mailer folders that I had stashed away.  What a surprise - had forgotten that I even had them.  I used to do a lot of altered art but had really gotten away from it.  So I thought why not put these to use in a card - but what do I do, how do I go about it!  I didn't find much of anything to give me inspiration, actually nothing at all, so this is a totally "winging it" card.  And using Graphic 45 paper is always awesome!

 The red base card opens so you can add a Christmas sentiment inside.  Hope you like it.


Glass Slide Mailer Card

1.  Fold the card base and round the corners; lay aside.

2.  Emboss the green card stock with Elegant Dots; attach to card base; lay aside.

3.  Slide mailer – color all edges with the black marker.  On the inside color the center of the slider so that the cardboard won’t show after you attach the decorative paper; set aside.

4.  From the green dots paper, cut one panel to fit inside the glass slide pocket; glue or tape in place.

5.  With the red plaid paper, cut three panels – 1 ½ x 3 ¾ inches.

6.  With one of the red plaid paper panels, cut out the center of it using the smallest die from the A2 Matting Basics A.  Attach this panel over the glass slide pocket.

7.  Attach the other two panels to front and on the left inside the slide mailer.  You may need to trim a bit.

 8.  Cut out three ephemera from the G45 paper.  Tape or glue one to the front, one to the left inside, and mount one in the pocket on the right.

9.  Using Glossy Essentials to attach the slide mailer to the center of the embossed paper and the red Dew Drops to each of the four corners of the embossed panel.

Black permanent ink marker (slanted tip)
One rubber glove (for use with the black marker)
Mounting Tape
Glue bottle or pen
Glossy Accents
Double-stick tape or tape runner
Corner rounder punch
Paper trimmer
Four red Dew Drops (or similar item)
One slider mailer
Two designs of complementary decorative paper (I used G45 Christmas paper – small red plaid and green dots)
A quarter sheet of green card stock
8 ½ x 5 ½ inches red card stock for card base, folded
Stampin’ Up embossing folder – Elegant Dots
Spellbinders Dies – Resplendent Rectangles; and A2 Matting Basics A

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Out of Africa

Card making today was a birthday card for my pastor, who just made a mission trip to Uganda, Africa . . . which gave me just a perfect time to use some of my African design stamps.  More importantly, of course, was the team's opportunity to minister to so many children at the orphanages. Being inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest at Cards by Teresa, I also got to use a technique that I haven't used in a long, long time. 

I started by cutting a 3 1/2 inch circle from a piece of scrap card stock to make a mask.  Next I cut and folded an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch white card base.  After taping the mask in place, with Distress Ink Squeezed lemonade, I sponged the entire circle. Then while leaving a bright spot in the middle, I sponged around it with Distress Ink Dried Marigold.  I finished the outside edge of the circle with Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon. 

Rather than using a solid image stamp, I chose to us an open image for an entirely different effect.  The image was stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black.  For a final touch I used foam tape to mount the sentiment.  The dotted paper you see behind the card actually isn't part of the card -- just used to make the white card stand out. 

Wishing you wonderful hours of stamping!


Friday, April 8, 2016

Color Wash Backgrounds

Good afternoon, my paper crafting friends,

As often happens in early spring, I start cleaning out the cupboards and storage places.  And, almost always, I find something that I haven't used for a very long time.  The found object is the inspiration for these cards and this blog post.  Long before spray washes were so popular, Stamp Zia (Zana Clark) had created a color wash that was packaged in little bottles - without a spray nozzle.  I used them a time or two and then put them on the shelf.  Sound familiar?  Well, needless to say, my cleaning cupboards quickly came to a halt and I sat down and started playing with my "new" old toys.  Here are a couple of the final results.

Stamp Zia is now out of business, but Ranger has wonderful color washes, (with nozzles LOL).
The Ranger craft mat is perfect for this technique.  After spreading it out, I poured onto it a drop of three colors, followed by misting it with water.  Next, take a quarter sheet of white water color paper and lightly touch the ink with it, moving around to cover the whole paper.  You can blot off the extra water or just leave it.  Use a heat gun to dry both sides of the paper - it will curl then flatten out.  Once dry, I used a small paint brush to randomly brush on Pearl EX powder.  I used colors to match my color wash colors, but any complementing color should look good. I used Memories black dye ink to stamp the images.  On the green card, Clear Wink of Stella was brushed onto the black flowers and leaves.

The measurements for the blue card are:
8 1/2 x 5 1/2
Score at 2 1/8 inches and 4 1/4 inches.

May you have a gloriously blessed day!