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.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

1 Peter Bible Study - John MacArthur

Hello friends, 

I just finished a great study on 1 Peter. Along with the bible I used the John MacArthur New Testament Commentary on 1 Peter, and my pastor's recent sermons. I didn't realize how much I was missing in 1 Peter until I did this study. The last paragraph at the end of the book says, 

"There is no shortcut to a Christian mind possessing those godly attitudes and motives Peter outlined. They will be perfected only as believers regularly and faithfully place themselves under the preaching, teaching, and study of God's truth and obediently allow His Word to change their hearts and shape their characters."

This is a very truthful reminder that we will never be in a closer relationship with God unless we study the bible, pray for understanding, listen to sermons, worship with other believers, and be active in developing our spiritual life. Just sitting at home and saying that, "Oh sure, I believe in God," isn't enough. "Even the demons believe—and tremble!" James 2:19  

I highly recommend reading this book.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Nativity Bridge Card

Hi there, card makers,

Just finished with my card class for today.  I've already shared two of the cards we made.  Today I am sharing the third card.  The Bridge Card fold was one I just learned this past fall.  I thought it would make a wonderful fold to showcase my nativity die.  Also, I love the way that the decorative paper on the panels is glued in order keeping the pattern on the paper flowing in its design.  Making some more of these cards for my Christmas mailings is next on my agenda.


Card Base: 
            1.         With the 8” x 4 ½” piece, score at 1¼”, 2½”, 5½” & 6¾”.  Fold using your bone folder to burnish the score lines.

             2.         Cut a 4” x 7¼” piece of DP.  As up cut the piece, keep the strips in order) at 1⅛”, 1⅛”,  2¾”, 1⅛” & 1⅛”.  I numbered them on the back starting with the left piece as number one.  
Adhere the DP pieces onto each of the 5 panels of your card from left to right. 

 Back Side of Card: 
            3.         With the cream CS panel (2 ½” x 3 1/2”), use a corner rounder on all corners.  Using
the Distress Ink pad and a sponge distress the edges of the cream CS panel.  Adhere to the backside
of the center section of the card.  This is for signing and dating or another sentiment.

            4.         With black ink, stamp the two sentiments onto cream CS.  Closely trim the extra CS
from the sentiments.  Make sure that it will fit on the Bridge piece.

             5.         On the larger sentiment piece, us a corner rounder.  On the small piece, round the
corners with  scissors.

            6.         Distress the edges of both pieces using the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad and sponge.
Lightly distress the rest of the paper to match the DP background.

            7.         Adhere the small sentiment to the top of the center panel of the card. 

            8.         For the Bridge, layer the DP strip (1½” x 5½”) onto the green CS strip (1⅜” x 5⅜”).

             9.         Place a strong adhesive on the back of this front panel, no more than 1” from each
end.  Adhere it to the base card, lining up the bottom corners.

            10.       Adhere the larger sentiment to the front of the Bridge piece.

 Die Cut Nativity:
            11.       With the nativity die cut, add glue to just along the front bottom of it.  Slide it between the bridge and the two side panels.

That's it for today.  The card is fairly quick and simple, but looks lovely.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Staircase Christmas Card

A happy good morning to you! The card I'm sharing with you today may look challenging, but actually the only thing challenging about it is all the die cutting.  I cut out enough pieces for 10 cards for one of my card classes.  I have to admit that that was a lot of die cutting and I was very happy to get done.  But once done, the assembly goes easily and quickly, especially if you follow my step-by-step directions.  I think the directions are easy to follow, but if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Finished card size 4 ½” x 6 ¼”

1.         Top fold a 4 ½” x 12 ½ “ red card base.
2.         For inside of card, cut a 4” x 5 ½” piece of white card stock and attach. 
3.         From white CS die cut the largest die from Spellbinders Card Creator Heirloom Legacy 
            (S6-010).  Attach it to the card front.
4.         From red CS die cut the small center die from the same set.  Trim off the piece along one end
            to make it straight.  This will be the bottom when attached to the wall.  Lay aside for now.
5.         From black CS cut a 4 1/8” x 4 15/16” piece.  Attach it to the front of the card over the white
            die piece.
6.         Die cut the Memory Box Classic Staircase (98665) from a piece of white CS which 
            measures 3” x 4 ¾”.  Attach to card front on the left-hand side over the black.
7.         From green CS die cut the Impression Obsession Cut Out Christmas Tree die 
            (DIE111-U).  Trace just the Christmas Tree part on red CS.  Trim the red tree inside the 
            tracing line and attach to back of green tree.  Also, die cut just the flourish part of the tree, 
            trim off the bit of the tree trunk, and glue inside the card at the bottom of the white mat.
8.         To decorate the banister, die cut at least 5 sprigs from green CS using Memory Box Small 
            Garden Sprig (931) and glue banister.
9.         I also die cut the Memory Box Mini Holly Leaves (98658) two times to use as filler on the
10.       Punch 5 to 7 small stars from red CS and add to sprigs on the banister.
11.       Punch one larger star for the top of the Christmas Tree and glue in place.  Add Wink of 
            Stella to the Christmas tree star (GL.Clear 999).
12.       For the wall hanging, stamp a very small sentiment on white CS, punch it out with a 1” 
            scalloped oval punch, glue it to the red die cut element, attach a tiny green brad to the top, and
            then glue it to the wall. 

I hope the card inspires you.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Long Ago on a Starry Night . . .

Hello and Christmas greetings,

Not that I'm crazy about snow, but it seems like we should have a little bit at least on Christmas day, so I would be okay with that.  Then melt, please.  Looking out the window I see dark cloudy skies and a cold-looking landscape that has gone to sleep for the winter.  However, inside it's a different story - warm and cozy, and making Christmas cards while listening to Christmas music, decorations, and drinking hot cocoa.  So delightful!  And that is how I feel about the card I'm sharing today.  I love the blues of the several layers and it has such a peaceful scene.  I can't help but think of that special birth long ago on a starry night.


Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements 4
Die-namics Stitch Mini Scallop
Cottage Cutz Holiday Floral Spray
Stamp from Tim Holtz Collection HL-M2-052
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Pine Needles
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Salty Ocean
PrismaColor Pencils
Green Jewel
Star Punch
Aleene's True Snow

Hope you are enjoying your days of decorating and shopping . . . and stamping, of course.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Baptism Card

Hi fellow paper crafters,

There was a joyious occasion at church last Sunday.  A friend became a follower of Jesus and was baptized, and became a member of our church family.  I just have to say - Praise the Lord!  Today I'm sharing with you the card I made for her.  I'm so very happy for her decision!!!

Card Size:  8 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Stampin' Up Botanical Builder Framelits dies
Stampin' Up Elegant Dots embossing folder
Rubber Stamp from My Sentiments Exactly S118-10

May the Lord bless you and thanks for stopping by.