Saturday, July 5, 2014

Flaky Friends -- We all have them . . .

Being a serious stamper we all have stamp sets we like and we use here and there but the rest of the time they are put away for another time. This month I have started my Christmas cards and decided this card was a must to make one -- don't we all have a computer file of photos of cards/projects we have seen on here and there and we save the photo for later inspiration? Some cards/projects get made up, others we use parts of, and then there is a card like this one that is too cute not to make up and right away.

This card was inspired by "Christmas Snow People" by Roberta on Splitcoast. Her card is really cute and I tried to copy it as it is but I did not have the size black ribbon she used so I had to substitute my red ribbon for her black. Thanks to Roberta for the inspiration to use totally different colours for a Christmas card and to use a cute stamp set not used in awhile - - -  here is my version of Roberta's cute card:

I took a photo on the lighter score board so you can see the details but here it is also on a black background:

I usually do not make white cards but since I have been able to buy the 110# weight white card stock at Mike's I am making more white cards. I will give directions of how I made my card with my measurements. To begin with I cut and scored my 110# white card stock base. Set that aside.

For the snowman piece I stamped them on a piece of white/GP (lighter weight @ 65#) that measures 3 1/4" wide by 3" high.  I used black StazOn ink since I would be using markers to colour the details on the stamp. Once the snowmen were stamped I cut a piece of Mike's black card stock 3 1/2" wide by 3 1/4" high. Set that aside. Using a red, a yellow/gold, black, blue, and orange markers I coloured the stamped image -- this is very easy to do even if you are not one to colour your images. Once the image was coloured I then sponged the edges of the stamped piece using black ink. Then mounted the snowman piece onto the black card stock using the ATG:

For the embossed piece behind the snowmen piece I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder and embossed a piece of white/GP (lighter weight white) using the Cuttlebug. Then I cut that to 3" wide by 4 1/2" long. Cut a piece of the Mike's black card stock to 3 1/4" wide by 4 3/4" long. Again used the ATG to put the embossed piece onto the black card stock.

Used red ribbon to tie around the bottom of the embossed piece. Clipped the ends of the ribbon and put a glue dot behind the knot to hold the ribbon in place. Using the ATG I added adhesive to the back of the embossed piece and put that onto the white card stock base, turning it at a slight angle. Then I used the ATG and added adhesive just behind my stamped snowmen -- no adhesive is on the far edges of that piece as it is placed on top of the embossed piece on the card front and I did not want the edges to stick to the card front but the snowman piece to only adhere to the embossed piece:

For the "25" for December 25 I used my Slice machine and the Wedding program and cut out a 2 and a 5 from scrap red card stock. Used a larger and a smaller oval punch for the black and white ovals behind the "25".  Put the numbers on the ovals using a glue pen. To put the ovals/numbers piece on the card front I used pop dots which give that piece some dimension.

Easy card once you have the measurements of your pieces and thanks to Roberta for pushing me out of the red and green Christmas theme --- TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Folded Tree Christmas Card

Used the Sizzix circle die which is 3 5/8" wide. Cut out one circle using double sided card stock. Using the paper trimmer I cut that circle in half and folded 1/2 of the circle into this tree. I took the 1/2 circle to the score board with the straight edge at the top of the score board. Scored this straight down on the left top side at 1". Then began to fold the tree into my folded tree --- key to making this tree is to be sure your folds are sharp so use your bone folder on all folds:

Once you make your first fold on your scored line then fold that back to the fold line and keep folding until you have 3 folds and that is your tree shape:

As you can see I folded both sides of my circle that I had cut in half to show what it looks like with the double sided card stock with one side up and the opposite side up --- here is a closer photo of the tree on the card:

Once my tree was folded I added a gold star to the top that was made using a M Stewart star punch.  For the card I cut and scored a cream piece of card stock for the card stock base. Cute a holiday printed card stock for the card front. Using a 1 1/2" wide piece of cream card stock for the front of the card and stamped the Merry Christmas DeNami Design stamp using red ink -- this is one of the stamps from my recent find on Craigs List.

Using my new Mini Scallop die from I cut the scallops at the top and bottom of the 2 1/8" piece of red card stock that is under the greeting piece. Put the green card stock on the card front and then put the greeting/scallop piece on that. Using pop dots I added my folded tree. Tucked a brown tree trunk under the tree and then added two red crystals to the greeting.

The folded trees are easy to do once you have your first score line on there and just use a bone folder to make all your folds sharp. TFL and YOLO