Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thinking of You Card

For this card I began with a transfer sheet from Staples. They sell these sheets in a box with a large amount but I was able to buy 10 sheets from them from their printing section. I put this on top of coloured card stock so you could see it. I used a labels die from the Spellbinders Labels 8 die set to cut out the 'window' on the transfer sheet. I needed this die not to slide on the sheet so as usual I used my strips of painters tape to keep it in place. I then cut this out using the Cuttlebug. This gave me a transfer sheet with a window cut out and I then put this on top of the white card stock I was using for this card and I used the tape to keep the sheet on the card stock. Using Stampin Up Always Artichoke I used a tree stamp and inked the stamp. I then stamped the stamp onto scrap card stock and then stamped my transfer sheet/card stock piece. See below:

Then using a sponge I sponged that same ink over the trees. Once again I inked the sponge and then used scrap paper to blot off extra ink and then took the sponge to the tree piece. This next photo will show you how I clean the transfer sheets once I am finishing stamping and sponging. I use a baby wipe and wipe the ink off the transfer sheets for the next use. This way I keep the sheets clean and will not get other colours on my next project. See below:

I used Always Artichoke card stock from Stampin Up for this card. The white is from Georgia-Pacific which I get at Walmart. I then used the Always Artichoke ink and stamped a tree stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Lovely as a Tree set. I inked the stamp and put it onto the card stock so that tree would be darker and more pronounced than the background. I also used that ink for the greeting "Thinking of You" which is a stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Warmest Regards. This card technique is called Reverse Masking and I had seen a card that Heidi Baks had made using this technique. On my card I used the shaped Spellbinders but you could use just a rectangle/square/circle or any other shape you would want to cut onto your transfer sheet. I like to use the transfer sheets as they can be cleaned off and the Cuttlebug makes nice cuts on them so no trimming. Here is the card I made:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Another Snowman Tic Tac

This is another Tic Tac Snowman that I made for one of my blog followers, MaryH.  I had posted the post about the Darice folders @ AC Moore last week and Mary does not have an AC Moore near her and she had just had foot surgery. So I offered to pick up some folders for her -- at $1.96 each I could not pass them up . . .   so I mailed the folders off to her and tucked this Snowman Tic Tac holder in the box for her. These are very easy to make and they go together quickly. I printed out the sheet of snowmen and used markers to colour that and then did the scallop and circle punches and once everything is printed, coloured, and punched out it does not take long to put them together. TFL

Monday, July 23, 2012

Treat Holder -- Scored Only

This is a treat holder for holidays or whenever and I did not have to buy a die to make it or figure out very detailed instructions.... to begin with this is a stamp set from Stampin Up "A Merry Season" that I just bought from a lady who is selling off her collection. The set is from 2001 and it is brand new and unmounted and I paid $5.00 for the set. Used blue card stock from Close to My Heart for the holder. To begin with I took a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock and cut it in half lengthwise. This gave me a piece that was 4 1/4" x 11".  I then scored this piece at 1 1/2", 5 1/2", and 9 1/2". I used a bone folder to make the score lines crisp. At the center score line -- which will be the top of your holder -- I used an oval punch from Stampin Up and with my card stock folded on this crease I punched the oval off the fold--about 1/3". While this was flat I also used a corner rounder at the oval punched end to give the top rounded corners. The oval gives you the opening for the treat bag to be in. Once the oval was done I then used adhesive and made the bottom of the treat holder with the front and back of this piece and the bottom is made with the other two scored sections. For the bag for the candies/treats I used the candy making bags at AC Moore -- approx 6" x 4" bags. I then tied it closed with a grossgrain ribbon. For the snowman from the A Merry Season stamp set I stamped that onto white card stock using black StazOn ink. Used SU markers for the scarf, hat, tree, holly, buttons, patch, nose, and also put small circles on him for his cheeks. I used white glitter paper from Hobby Lobby for the snowflake and that is made using a punch from Martha Stewart. Used a piece of scrap royal blue card stock behind the snowman piece. Treat holders are fun at holiday time for small gifts, or favors, or just a remember you gift. No need to have to only use the dies that are sold for treat bags/boxes/holders. Some of the dies can run from $20.00 something up to $40.00 and that is too expensive for an item that only makes one thing. Both this post and the one below for the Tic Tacs were made with a ScorPal and punches. TFL

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Snowman Tic Tacs Holder

**Bellyband tip @ bottom of post**

This idea is from and the snowman figure and the saying inside are 'freebies' on their website. For the red holder I used textured card stock and then scrap printed paper for the bellyband on the box. Used a scallop circle and two circle punches for the snowman. Used markers to colour his hat, scarf, branch arm, nose, and cheeks. No where is it written for exact instructions for this Tic Tac holder so I will post what measurements I used for mine. To begin with this holder is held closed with the bellyband on the box. This band needs to be able to slide on and off the holder. See photo below:

To begin with to make the holder I used a piece of red textured card stock and I cut that 3" x 5". I then took it to the ScorPal and scored it at:  1 3/4",  2 3/8",  and 4 1/4" (approx). I use a bone folder on the score lines so you have sharp creases for the box. For the bellyband I used a printed card stock and cut that 1 3/4" x 5 1/2". I scored this at 1 3/8", 2", 3 7/8", and then 4 1/2" (approx). When you wrap this around your Tic Tac holder be sure to over lap the ends of the bellyband and I used glue dots to connect one end of the bellyband to the other.  Do not attach the bellyband to the holder or it will not slide off so you can get to the candies.  I printed out the snowman sheet and used a circle punch for him. Then used scrap card stock and used a larger circle punch for the green circle behind the snowman. Then used a larger scallop circle punch and used red card stock for that. I used a white Signo pen and put white dots on the scallops of this red circle. I taped the snowman to the green circle and then that to the red scallop circle. I put adhesive on the lower half of this and put it at the top of the bellyband. Do not put adhesive on the whole back of this piece or you will not be able to remove it from the candy holder. For the inside see photo below:

I printed out the greeting/poem from the whimsiedoodles website that comes with the snowman and cut that out. Used adhesive to put that on the inside flap of the holder. I used red sticky tape to put the Tic Tac box on the other flap. Fold the holder on the score lines and then slide on the bellyband with snowman. Added a piece of twine and tied a bow and it is now finished. Simple---once you have score measurements---I used the regular size box of Tic Tacs. The container that holds the Tic Tac candies is not a true rectangle as the end with the opening lid is wider than the bottom of the candy holder. TFL

** Bellyband tip **  To save time if you are making multiples of these cut the bellyband and wrap it around your Tic Tac holder and use your fingers to make creases in the bellyband around the holder. Then use a bone folder to made the creases more pronounced. This will save time in scoring your bellyband.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Halloween Pocket Card

Just made a Halloween pocket card using the directions on my blog for making a pocket card -- the easy way. I used black card stock from Stampin Up and white from Georgia-Pacific (Walmart). The dotted paper is from my stash as is the ribbon. I used the Stampin Up stamp set Halloween Hoot for this card. I also used the tab punch from Stampin Up for the tab at the top of the pocket insert with brads from my stash. The ghost was made using a squeeze punch from Fiskars with glitter paper from Hobby Lobby. For the insert see below:

I used markers to colour in the witch hair, hat, face, warts, and socks. I also used a maker on the tie around her cauldron. I added more bubbles by using markers. See below for the card and pocket piece together:

I love making the pocket cards this way --- easy and quick to do and on the first try you have a pocket card so happy me... and happy Boo Day to you .. TFL

Sketch It Greetings Card

This card is on red card stock from Stampin Up with Old Olive and Very Vanilla card stock that is also theirs. I used a stamp set from 2001 Sketch It for the wreath, berries, and ribbon/bow. I used inks from SU for the card. The wreath is Certainly Celery, then Old Olive, and then Real Red. The greeting "Season's Greetings" is from a new stamp set from Stampin Up Curly and Cute. I used a scrap piece of red gross grain ribbon for across the front of the card. Lastly I put red Stickles on the berries on the wreath. Clean and simple card --- using old and new stamp sets.  TFL

Petals Christmas Card

This card is on red card stock from SU as is the Old Olive green and the Very Vanilla cream. I have not made a card that is wider and opens from the side in a long time so I did just that with this card so that the ornaments do not look too large for the card front. I used the Cuttlebug to cut out the two ornaments. Using a tree stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Lovely as a Tree I stamped it with Old Olive ink and put it sideways across one of the wide sides of the Very Vanilla card stock. I did this a few times and it mimics a Christmas tree branch. I then put adhesive on the red ornament and put that on the cream card stock. This went into the Stampin Up Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder and I put that through the Cuttlebug to emboss. The kraft card stock ornament is kraft paper from Michaels. I used a small stamp from the Stampin Up set Delightful Decorations for the red design on it. I inked the stamp in Riding Hood Red ink from SU and stamped it on the ornament and stamped a second time and then went back to the ink pad. This small stamp is similar to the petals from the embossing folder. Using gold twine I tied a bow for each ornament. The 'hanger' from the ornament to the tree branch is a gold glitter pen. For the "Merry Christmas!" stamp I used a stamp from the SU Holiday Sampler stamp set from 1999.  Used a circle punch to punch that out and sponged the edges. Then used a small scallop punch for the red piece behind it. There are pop dots behind the kraft ornament and the greeting circle for dimension. TFL

Christmas Tag Cards

These are 3x3 tag cards. Used four tag stamps from four different Stampin Up sets. Used different inks and also ribbons from my stash. Made the white envelopes to match. TFL

Bountiful Blessings Card

This card is on card stock from Stampin Up. Used a crimper from Fiskars for the gold piece. This stamp set is from and she has really nice stamps and very good service. I used SU Close to Cocoa ink for the stamp. I cut out the wreath with the Cuttlebug using the wreath die that is available for all her wreath stamps. I used a Martha Stewart bow punch and added a crystal from my stash. The "Bountiful Blessings" comes with this wreath set and it is the Autumn Wreath stamp set. I used the Ribbon Tag Trio from Spellbinders to cut out the greeting tag in the Cuttlebug. Again sponged the brown ink on the tag and added brown ribbon from my stash. The pumpkin is from scraps and I used the Fiskars squeeze punch for that. Sponged the edges of the pumpkin with SU Pumpkin Pie ink.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Happy Fall Card

This card is another version of the Triple Time Stamping card technique. This time I turned it sideways and made a card. I used a cheap stamp set of four cling stamps from Michaels that were on clearance. I used clear VersaMark to ink them and stamped the different stamps all over the front of the card. Then used orange, medium brown, yellow, and rust chalks with daubers and chalked the whole card front. I used the Very Vanilla card stock from Stampin Up for the card. Used SU Pumpkin Pie for the solid pieces between the leave pieces. "Happy Fall" is a small stamp from MorningStar Stamps. The pumpkin was made using the Sizzix small die Pumpkins #7. Sponged the edges of the pumpkin with Pumpkin Pie ink and also the green leaf and vine were sponged using SU Old Olive ink. Added a gold ribbon and bow. Pop dots are behind the pumpkin piece and greeting. TFL

Perfectly Preserved Easter Basket Card

Using the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and matching dies from Stampin Up I made this 3x3 card today and for the basket I used the top to the jelly jar from that set. (See my post below--this is the stamp and die that made the red and white top for my jam jar). I used Stampin Up Bashful Blue ink and stamped the stamp on SU Very Vanilla card stock. I used the matching die and put that through the Cuttlebug to cut it out. For the handle I used a circle punch and punched out 2/3 of a circle and used the next circle punch size and punched over the first which gave me this ring that I am using for the handle. I had a scrap piece of already embossed Very Vanilla card stock using the SU Square Lattice embossing folder so I used that so the handle has some texture. But what to use for the eggs??? I have an small oval punch but even that was too big for the eggs. . . I rummaged around and found a very small balloon punch and that is what the eggs are. I used scrap papers for the eggs and then sponged the edges of each and put them in the 'basket'. This is a good size for a 3x3 card. I made the card using scrap Very Vanilla card stock and for the blue piece on front I used SU Bashful Blue card stock and put it through the Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Added a blue checked ribbon/bow from my stash and it is done. I love this new stamp/die set and hope to make more with it... TFL

Strawberry Preserves Card

To begin with I used Kraft card stock from PaperTreyInk for this card. Used the new Stampin Up stamp set Perfectly Preserved and also used the matching dies for that. I used striped card stock from AC Moore for the red and white stripes. I then used a speckled card stock for the cream piece. The stripes and cream pieces were cut out with the Cuttlebug using the Labels 10 dies from Spellbinders.  For the jar I used Stampin Up Going Gray ink and stamped that onto darker red card stock and then cut it out with the die. For the lid to the jar I used white card stock and stamped the lid stamp using Stampin Up Riding Hood Red ink and then again used the matching die to cut that out. For the twine around the lid I used a thin piece of the red sticky tape to help the twine curve on the lid as the stamp does. Then I put a piece of twine through the holes in the button and brought them to the back--put on a glue dot and that was it. For the "just for you" stamp that comes with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set I again used the Riding Hood Red ink on white card stock and used the Stampin Up Bitty Banners to cut that out in the Cuttlebug. I used the next larger size straight banner die from that set to cut out the stripe piece. It was too big so I just used scissors to trim it to the size I wanted for my tag. For the strawberries I used scrap red card stock and put them in the Cuttlebug in the Ellipse embossing folder from Indentz in the UK. This folder really looks like rain drops but I thought it would look good for the seeds on the strawberries. To make the strawberries I used a heart punch from Marvy and then I used a multi flower punch from Stamping up for the leaves and stems to the strawberries. I sponged the edges of the strawberries and also the leaves.  I used green brads from my stash. I put pop dots behind the lid on the jar, behind the greeting tag, and behind one of the strawberries for dimension. TFL

Monday, July 16, 2012

Triple BOO to You!

*************  This card was just chosen as a Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast  --- such an honor and happy me  ---  :9)     Candee P ***************

One more Triple Time Stamping card . . .   This time I used black card stock from Stampin Up with the white from Georgia-Pacific (Walmart). Used the Wicked Cool stamp set from Stampin Up for this card and I used black SU ink. After I cut the pieces to the card I used the removable adhesive between the white layers stack. First I stamped the spider web stamp all over the white stack using SU Going Gray ink. Then I used the black ink and stamped the witch hat, shoes, and bats. Before I took the stack apart I used Stampin Up markers and coloured in the band on the hat and of course her designer stockings . . . Then I took that stack apart and put it back together with the black stack in between. The "Spooky" greeting is also from that stamp set and I used the Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio for that. Cut that out with the Cuttlebug and then I sponged SU black ink on the edges of the tag. Added black checked ribbon from Hobby Lobby and I was done.  TFL

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Treat Bags

Sometimes you want a treat bag but you do not want to the make the Nugget Hats, the Mini Pizza Box, the Petite Purses etc . . .   Recently received an email from and they were having daily specials and clearance items, etc... Had not ordered from them for over a year but this day they were having a special on scrapbooking/card making items. I ordered this die from Sizzix that was on special and lucky me since I ordered other items FREE SHIPPING was mine!!  :9)   So if you are looking to buy something online try them first as their usual shipping is $2.95 and you could qualify for free shipping as I did ... nothing worse than wanting to buy something online and the shipping is as much as the item .... now back to my Thanksgiving Treat Bag . . .

This is a photo of the side view and you can see it is generous so you can get more than one or two nuggets or candies or a small gift in these 'bags':

I used textured 12 x 12 card stock for this card. I like using the textured paper as it is heavier than the normal card stock and I think it holds the score lines sharper. Since this die is longer I used my longer plates in the Sizzix and with it being textured paper I needed my score lines to be pronounced so I used the crease pad I recently got from Stampin Up. **With any new die I always use cheap card stock for the first one or two die cuts to get the "hairies" off the die since it is new.   Once I did my first 2 trial cuts I then did the card stock for the bag. One of my favorite Fall papers is by Debbie Mumm and I used a small piece of that for the front of the bag. I then lightly sponged the edges of the scallop flap of the bag with Dusty Durango ink from Stampin Up. Using a 1 3/4" scallop punch I punched out a circle from the left over textured card stock. I did not want the textured side to show for this little tag so I turned the scallop circle over and then I sponged the scallops on the circle with the Dusty Durango ink. For the "Give thanks" I used the new Full of Blessings stamp set from Stampin Up and again the Dusty Durango ink. But I did not want a solid circle for that so what did I do?

This is a rubber stamp circle from Stampin Up. I bought the SU Warmest of Wishes stamp set long ago and with the cling stamps from Stampin Up the stamps are cut but you have to push them out of the rubber sheet they are on and then you put the clear stamp image from their image sheet on each stamp. When I took the wreath from that set off the rubber this rubber circle was left. I saved it and once again I have used it on a project. I used the Stampin Up Sahara Sand ink on it and stamped it onto scrap cream card stock. Then using the SU Dusty Durango ink I stamped "Give thanks" onto the circle. I used a punch larger than my inked circle to punch this out and that is how I got the cream ring around the greeting circle. I put the greeting circle on the scalloped circle and punched a hole at the top for my ribbon and gold thread. Then using matching ribbon I punched two holes near the top of the scalloped bag and tied a bow and used gold thread to hang the tag from the bow. You could also print names up onto card stock from your computer and use those on the greeting tag and then you could use this as a place holder at the holiday table. TFL

A Christmas Rosette Card

This card is on Wild Wasabi card stock from Stampin Up and I used the matching ink for the "merry Christmas" greeting banner. That stamp is from the Stampin Up Petite Pairs stamp set. To begin with for this card I made a paper rosette for the front of the card although it is actually in the inside of the card. For this rosette I used a piece of 12" long by 1" wide patterned paper. Using my Marth Pal (scoreboard from Martha Stewart) I scored this piece every 1/4". I then used a bone folder and folded the strip on the 1/4" score line. I find when you use a bone folder on the score lines that you get a sharper fold and your rosette will have a crisper look. I then used a 1" circle punch and punched out a circle from scrap white card stock. I then used that punch again and punched a circle from the Wild Wasabi card stock. Then used a 3/4" circle punch for the red circle (from scraps) and using the very small EK Success punch I punched out the small tree also from Wild Wasabi card stock. I put the tree piece and the coloured circles together. I now folded and made the rosette. I put a dab of glue on the white circle and put my rosette on top of that and then added glue to the back of the tree piece and put that on the rosette. Set that aside to dry. (I usually put a small punch on top of the rosette while it is drying to keep it in place)

Now onto the making of this card . . .   I scored, cut, and folded my card. Using the Standard Circle die set from Spellbinders I made the window in the card as well as the patterned paper frame around the circle. See below:

First thing to do after cutting and scoring the card is to measure your rosette and then decide where on the card front you would want your 'window' for the rosette to be. I wanted mine to be above my greeting so I measured the rosette and used a circle die that would fit over the rosette easily. I always use scrap paper to cut my first circle and this way I am sure this will be the right size die for my rosette. Once the die size was decided I used painter's tape and positioned the die on the front of the card. I cut this out using the Cuttlebug. Since I wanted the patterned paper to be the frame for the window and I already had the die and the Cuttlebug out and set up I decided to cut the patterned paper then as well. See below:

Since I wanted my frame to be sizeable I used a couple sizes larger die to cut the frame. The smaller die is the same one I used to cut out the 'window' on the front of the card. Once the frame was cut out I put that on the card front. For the greeting I used a Christmas stamp on white card stock. I then used the Bitty Banners die set from Stampin Up to cut that out. See photo:

Unfortunately this is the largest die in this set and I wanted the patterned paper to be behind the greeting. So I also cut out a piece of patterned paper with this die and simply cut that in half lengthwise and put it behind my greeting tag. Added two small red crystals and then used pop dots to put this on the front of the card. This card is very simple to make -- the rosette takes the longest as you have to score, fold, and glue. But I have learned with rosettes to make them on my down time and then they have plenty of time to dry. My down time is when I have finished one project and have NO clue what to make next but still want to be playing with paper .. hahaha... :9)    TFL  See below for front and back of the rosette:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Patchwork Friends Card

This card is on Bashful Blue card stock from Stampin Up. I used white card stock from Georgia Pacific from Walmart and the snowflake print paper is from Joanns. I used a 'postage stamp' square punch from Marvy to punch out all my squares. I then cut a piece of white card stock larger than what I needed. Used my ATG to put adhesive on this white piece and began to place all my squares on this in rows in a patchwork pattern. Once that was done I then used the Stampin Up Top Note Die in the Sizzix machine to cut out the patchwork label piece. In the Cuttlebug I used the Stampin Up Square Lattice embossing folder to emboss the patchwork label. I used the new stamp set from Stampin Up "Frosty Friends" for the snowmen and I used StazOn black ink for that. Used markers to colour in the stamp -- hat, heart, scarf, bird, lights . . .  I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 die to cut out the snowman piece. Added Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds at the base of the snowmen and also on the snowballs for shimmer. This stamp has four big snowmen but I wanted a smaller piece so I only inked the three large snowmen for this piece. This stamp is nice because you can easily use part of the snowmen group or all of them for your project. I then used Stampin Up Bashful Blue ink to sponge on the edges of the snowmen label. Added blue crystals from my stash and put pop dots behind the snowmen label piece for dimension. TFL

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Frosty Friends Tent Card

This card is hard to photograph as the snowmen have been spritzed with Shimmer Mist and the camera was not able to capture that. This is a new stamp set from the Stampin Up Holiday Catalog and it is "Frosty Friends". I stamped them using StazOn black ink and then used markers to colour in the hats, noses, heart, scarf, and lights. This is a tent card and you put your greeting on the back of the card rather than write on the inside. I used Bashful Blue card stock from Stampin Up for the card. I used two frames from the Spellbinders Labels 8 dies --- one for the window to the card and then the second one to cut out the snowflake paper from Hobby Lobby for the "frame" to the window. I used scrap white card stock and a large snowflake punch from Martha Stewart for the large snowflake in the lower right front corner of the card. I then put a brad in the center and spritzed it with Shimmer Mist to match the snowmen. This card is a lot easier than it looks to make. TFL

Holly Christmas Card

This card is on Always Artichoke card stock from Stampin Up and I also used that ink for the "Merry Christmas" stamp. That greeting stamp is from SU Petite Pairs. The holly stamp is from the new Watercolor Winter stamp set from SU in their new Holiday Catalog. I stamped the holly onto white card stock using SU black ink. Used a green and a red marker to colour in the holly leaves and berries. Green ribbon is from Michaels. I used the SU Slit Punch for the holly piece. I spritzed the holly piece with Shimmer Mist altho the camera does not capture that. Simple card to make. TFL

Full of Blessings Card

This is the new stamp set Full of Blessings in the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin Up. I used a stamp from the set for the Triple Stamp technique for this card. I used Very Vanilla card stock from Stampin Up and their Close to Cocoa ink. I double stamped the stamp to cover the card front. I then used "Give thanks" from the set and again used the Close to Cocoa ink. I used a button from my stash and the ribbon is from Michaels. Simple card. Actual card is on SU Choc Chip card stock. TFL

Tri Fold Card

This is another Tri Fold card I made. Used black card stock from Stampin Up and the floral paper and the polka dot paper are from the stash. Used the Stampin Up Language of Friendship stamp for the bird and then used the SU 2 Step Bird punch for that. Sponged SU black ink on the edges of the bird. The leaves under the bird were made using a small leaf punch from EK  Success. Used the Spellbinders Labels 8 die to make this card front pieces and the dotted insert inside the card. The directions to make this style Tri Fold card are on my blog under Tri Fold.  TFL

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tents? don't like camping . . .

Mountains/peaks/valleys .... tents .... all adds up to camping and anyone that knows me knows my idea of camping is a Holiday Inn with an OUTDOOR pool . . .

This card is on card stock from Stampin Up. This is called a Tent Card. To begin with since you see the inside of the card through the front 'window' I wanted it to be interesting. I used a small square punch from EK Success and punched out papers from the Hannah Paper Pack from K&Company. Used a piece of Very Vanilla card stock from SU and cut it larger than the size I would need for the inside of the card. Using my 1/2 inch ATG I covered the Very Vanilla with adhesive and began to place the punched squares on this like a patchwork piece. Once that was done I used the embossing folder by Sizzix/BasicGrey "Flower Clusters" in the Cuttlebug. You can see in person this gives it more dimension but the photo did not seem to capture that. I cut this patchwork piece to size and set it aside. I cut and scored my card with the score/fold at the top. I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 die set to cut out this 'window' on the front of the card. See below:

Once this was cut out with the Cuttlebug I used this frame and the next size larger and on a scrap piece of neutral card stock I cut out the frame for the window:

This is how you cut out the frame in the Cuttlebug -- as usual I use painters tape to hold the dies in place and then cut them out with the Cuttlebug. **Save the piece you cut out from the small die as you will use this on the back of the card with your greeting. I used the Language of Friendship stamp set from SU. This picture shows the card from the side so you can see the 'tent':

Below is a picture from an angle so you can see that better:

As I said the greeting goes on the back of this card and all in all it is not hard to make. I did the extra work for the patchwork for the inside of the window but you can use nice card stock as well. I seem to really like the Language of Friendship stamp set  ...  maybe because of the birds' nest on my porch? TFL

Friendship Wreath Card

This card is on green card stocks from Stampin Up with the white piece from Walmart/Georgia Pacific. There are many layers to this card but once put altogether it works. To begin with I started with the Grapevine Wreath die from Memory Box (and made in the USA!)   :9)  You can use this die to make one layer of a wreath but with me 'building' on the wreath I decided to do it as a double layer. In the photo below I show how this wreath looks after being cut out in the Cuttlebug:

To cut out these dies I run it through the Cuttlebug BUT after I finish the cut -- and without taking it out of the Cuttlebug -- after the cut is done and the machine is stopped I then run it through the machine backwards so it has a clean cut. This way the die does not move. With the more detailed dies I have had very good luck with clean cuts doing it this way. Once I remove it from the machine and it is cut out like above I use my paper piercing tool and poke out the small pieces. They will pop right out for you. See below:

I used two scraps of card stock in different colours so you can easily see this after it is done. For my wreath I used two pieces of Stampin Up Old Olive green card stock and even with a heavier weight paper as theirs the die cut out perfectly. I then turned over one green wreath and using a glue pen I put glue dabs on the wreath and then put this on top of my other die cut green wreath---being sure these two wreaths do not match up so it will look more natural as a wreath.  For the white background and the quilted design I used the SU/Sizzix Big Lattice die and wanted it to cover the whole front of my card. In the photo below you will see this die only cuts out this size:

But needing a wider piece I used a floral print card stock and cut it twice as big as the die. To do this I folded the floral print card stock in half and put it on the die with the folded edge just under the outside edge of the die. (Keep the fold on the inside edge of the die so it is not cut off). This will give you a larger design to work with. Again using the glue pen I ran glue on the back of the floral lattice piece and put it on a piece of white card stock which I had trimmed to a bit larger than the folder. I used the SU/Sizzix Square Lattice Embossing Folder for this in the Cuttlebug. See photo below:

As you can see by cutting the Big Lattice piece on the fold it will be long enough for your embossing folder so you will have a bigger piece to work with. This photo shows that I glued the lattice cut piece onto the white card stock and then used the embossing folder to emboss this. That will give you the embedded embossed look for your piece. I then used the Stampin Up Going Gray ink and the new stamp set Language of Friendship for the bird. Punched the bird out with the 2 Step Bird Punch from SU and sponged the edges of that. Added a clear crystal for the eyes. Used the branch punch from Martha Stewart for the 'sprigs' under the bird**  and around the flowers. The flowers and brads are from my stash.  Used pop dots behind the flowers on the wreath and the bird for dimension. (** When I used leaves/branches/'sprigs' behind any bird I use I use a small circle punch that will be smaller than the bird. I then put adhesive on this circle and put my leaves/branches/'sprigs' on the circle and then put the bird on top of this. I use the same colour card stock that I use to make the bird. This is a cleaner application and this will keep the adhesive on the circle and not all over the bird or card front.)  TFL

Friday, July 6, 2012

Happy Birthday . . . Cookie

Wanted to make a hinged card for some time and decided today would be the day. Had just seen this idea in  the "Interactive Cards" booklet by Annie's Attic that I picked up yesterday at AC Moore and I was able to use my 40% off coupon for it. Some good ideas in there for cards that have movement or the recipient has to pull a tab or slide something -- so not just your average cards . . .

For this card I made I used Stampin Up Choc Chip card stock and white card stock from Walmart/Georgia Pacific. Used SU Choc Chip ink as well as SU Black ink. I used two die sets from Spellbinders for this card in the Cuttlebug. The first set is the Large Scalloped Circle dies and I cut out two pieces of Choc Chip card stock using the largest scallop die. I made sure I used a shim in the Cuttlebug so it would emboss the die cut piece at the same time it was cutting it out. The second die set is the Standard Large Circles. I did not use my shim in the machine to emboss the edges of these circles as they would be embossed in a folder later.  I used the second largest circle die and cut out two Choc Chip card stock circles.

Using a stamp set by Stampin Up "Cheery Chat" I used SU Choc Chip ink and stamped the "Happy Birthday" stamp onto the white card stock. Then using that same circle die (the second largest of the die set) I centered the stamped greeting in the die and cut that out with the Cuttlebug. This circle did not need to be embossed as it is in the inside of the card. With the two plain Choc Chip circles I used the Kassie's Brocade embossing folder in the Cuttlebug and embossed each circle. I then adhered the embossed circles to the top of each of the brown scallop circles. I turned one of these over and adhered the white circle. For the greeting on the top "sweet treats" is a stamp set from Stampin Up and it is the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set. I stamped this using SU Black ink onto scrap Choc Chip card stock and used the SU small oval punch to punch that out. I then used a larger SU oval punch and punched out a 2nd Choc Chip card stock oval to put under the small one. Added a brad to the card and now have a hinged card/cookie...

Easy card to make and think kiddies would love them -- might make great birthday invites or thank yous! TFL

Friendship & Blossoms Card

Once again I have seen a card that I liked only to find there are no directions as to how to make one myself.. For this post I will try to explain the "how to" to this card if you should want to make one yourself. I have used cheap coloured copy papers for my sample to help you see how the different layers should work together.

To begin with I took a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and scored it lengthwise. Then cut it in half widthwise and folded it on the score mark. Looking at the above photo you can see you then fold the front piece back onto itself -- towards the scored line. Using a bone folder smooth this out.

As you can see in the photo I made a dotted pencil mark on the fold line on the card front for you to see it better in the photo. I used three of the dies from the Spellbinders Labels 8 dies for this card. But you do not want to cut out the whole die piece on the card front -- so what to do? I used the card stock shims that I keep with my Cuttlebug plates and I put those on the side of the die that I did not want to cut on the card front as seen below:

I then carefully put this through the Cuttlebug and ended up with just 1/2 of the card front cut out which is what I wanted. See below:
This is what it will look like if you put it on the table -- as you can see only 1/2 of the die did cut out and that is what you want.
The photo above shows I used a cream piece that was cut using the same die I had orginally cut with. Add adhesive to this and put it on the label you cut on the card front. Then using a smaller die I cut the green floral piece and put that on the front of the cream label. Once you open the card you use the next larger size die from the cream die piece and that is where you put your inside greeting. See below:
This is the card I made and I used kraft paper from Joanns. The leaves that were stamped on the front of the card are from the Stampin Up set Betsy's Blossoms and the bird on the front is from the Stampin Up set Language of Friendship. For the inside I used a greeting stamp also from that set and I used SU Basic Brown for the greeting as well as the bird. I also sponged it on the edges of the bird. Below is a photo of the inside:
As for the bird sitting on the branches I used the Stampin Up 2 Step Bird punch to punch them out and I trimmed the long branches off as I only needed the leaves. I then used a circle punch for a small circle to mount the leaf/branch pieces on and put the bird on the front of this. Then added pop dots behind the bird for dimension. See below:

I hope this will help you to make this card -- it is easy once you see how to do it. I love the new Stampin Up sets using birds and esp that this still works with the 2 Step Bird Punch!  TFL