Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Night Owl" Card

This is a card made for the weekend card challenge at Stampin' Gals Gone Wild (Connie Stewart). Cardstock is ivory. Patterned paper is a retired DSP from 2013-2014 called Modern Medley. Hello is from the Four You stamp set and owls are from the Hoot 'n' Holler Cricut Lite cartridge.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tea Cups

It's a Tea Party!

Awhile back I pinned this red paper teacup on Pinterest that I made from the "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2" Cricut cartridge and it has been re-pinned a lot. It was a Valentine's Day gift to my sister-in-law. Recently I was looking at my Grandma's tea cups sitting in the curio cabinet and decided to make a paper teacup for my 83-year-old Mom for Mother's Day, kind of a reminder of her Mom. As a side note, these sweet little cups will hold Keurig K-Cups, tea bags, candy, small cookies, etc.

I again used the "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2" Cricut Cartridge (cut at 9 inches) and the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! I found that cutting a couple extra circles for the top and bottom of the saucer stabilizes it. 

 Here are my Grandma's teacups along with the one I made:

I hope Mom likes my recreation!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

#Mother's Day Card

Thanks for stopping by today! This is a Mother's Day Card I made for a weekend card challenge. Patterned paper is Gold Soiree from Stampin' Up. Leaves are stamped from Crazy About You, flower from Petal Potpourri and sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Colors are Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding. These colors  are only going to be around for another month and then will be discontinued. If you love them as much as I do, get yours today!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Owl Pocket Cards

Here are the other versions of the owl cards made the same as the graduation owl except I added a folded scallop circle to the top of the pull-out and I used polka dot paper instead of the punched scallop strips. See these in my shop at Etsy (just click the link to the right).

Owl Graduation Pocket Card with Pull-Out

Owl Graduation Card

Rachel Tessman of recently made an owl treat holder from the supplies in the March Paper Pumpkin Kit. I absolutely LOVE owls and it gave me the idea to make pull-out cards. I changed it up a little bit and here are the directions for my card:
1.      Cut a piece of colored cardstock 4 ¼ x 11 inches.
2.      Score at 5 ½ inches and fold in half.
3.      With the folded edge at the bottom, use a 4 inch circle cutting die and cut approximately one-third of a circle in the center top/open edge of the card. Save the cut out pieces for the owl’s wings.
4.      Cut 3 strips of cardstock about an inch wide and use a scalloped punch along the edges to form the feathers. Sponge edges with ink.
5.      For the white collar, I angled two pieces of white cardstock, met them in the middle to form the V and then trimmed off the excess on each side of the card so it was flush with the card.
6.      On the rounded edge of each partial circle leftover from cutting the top part of the card, sponge the edges. Adhere the flat side of each circle against the flat edge of the card on each side to form the wings.
7.      For the eyes, cut two 1 ¾ inch scallop circles in black,  two 1 3/8 inch circles in white, and two 1 ¼ inch circles in black. Layer together. Use a gel pen or white marker to highlight each eye and adhere to top part of card.
8.      For the beak I just added a punched out heart.
9.      Adhere the front and back together on the side edges only using a thin piece of sticky strip, leaving the top open to form the pocket.
10.   For the insert piece, cut a piece of white cardstock 2 1/8 x 4 1/8.
11.   For the cap that is attached to the insert piece, cut a 2 ¾ inch square from colored cardstock and attach a brad to the center, not pushing it down all the way. Make a tassel with yarn or baker’s twine and loop around brad.
12.   Stamp or write a sentiment on the insert piece and insert into card. I used a bone folder to help open the card and stretch it a little bit before inserting the tabbed insert piece. I plan to also insert a gift card or money.
13.   “Graduation” was stamped with the Crazy About You stamp set from Stampin’ Up and then punched out with the modern label punch. I added rhinestone embellishments on either side of the label and also added small rhinestones down the V of the neck. 

Here is another version I just made in black and white:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tri-Fold Gift Card Holder

I made this card from a Father's Day Card shown in the Spring 2013 CardMaker magazine. If you have trouble following the written directions and would like to see a good tutorial, Schell Fabian has one on You Tube - Stampin Up! - Pop Up Gift Card Holders. It is slightly different in the way it is put together, but you basically get the same result.

Gift Card Holder Directions:
1. Cut a 4 ¼ x 11-inch piece from cardstock.
2. With piece horizontal on scoring board, start at left edge and score at 3, 4 ¼, 5 ½ and 8 ½ inch marks.
3. Cut cardstock into two pieces at the 4 ¼ inch score line. The smaller piece will measure 4 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches (I actually cut this down by 1/8 inch to make it fold up better in the end), and the larger piece will measure 4 ¼ x 6 ¾ inches; each piece will have a 1 ¼ inch flap.
4. Fold along all score lines.
5. To form gift card pocket, adhere the 1 ¼ inch flaps together with a narrow strip of sticky tape on short edges and along scored line only.
6. Round outer corners of card on all 4 sides with corner rounder.
7. On inside flap for gift card, use an oval punch or small round punch and punch a small slit to make it easier to insert and remove the gift card.
8. To finish inside and outside of card, cut 6 pieces of patterned paper ¼ inch smaller than each panel and adhere to panels. If using a directional pattern, make sure the pattern is going in the right direction when the card is folded shut. Round the corners of the 4 pieces that attach on each side of the rounded sides of the card.
9. Cut a 1 x 7 ¼ inch piece of cardstock for bellyband. Score at 2 ¼ and 5 ¼ inches. Fold on score lines and wrap around closed card. Overlap ends and adhere together to form the band.
10. Using foam adhesive, adhere a punched out sentiment to overlapped portion of the bellyband, and slide band over folded gift card holder.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Painted Garden Mother's Day Card

Sometimes you can take an old stamp set you already have and make it "new" again by using updated products. I used the Painted Garden stamp set from 2002 and made it modern with the 2014-2016 In Color cardstock and ink - Blackberry Bliss and Always Artichoke. I added a couple punched out Petite Petals flowers, added a button and some linen thread. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I used the word window punch and the modern label punch. The embossing folders are Cuttlebug. Here are the Stampin' Up products used with the exception of the Painted Garden stamp set.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Birthday Card for Teenager

This was my card for a weekend card challenge for Stampin' Gals Gone Wild. It's a birthday card for my grandson who is turning 15 next month! I wanted something fun yet not too childish. The stamp set is from Sale-a-Bration and this was the first time I'd used it. I got the different colors by coloring the stamps with markers instead of stamping directly to an ink pad. It adds some fun to the card, don't you think?