Monday, January 15, 2018

Cat Calendar Valentine Cards

As usual, the new year is here and I still have lots of calendars to use in craft projects. For starters I decided to make Valentine calendars....lots of other holidays to go through in future months. LOL!
 I found this Penny Black cat image irresistible and amazingly it fit very well on the Sizzix card die cut piece made from white marker paper.
 I used Crate Paper Valentine 12x12 two sided printed card stock. I loved the simple designs which didn't overwhelm the cat image.
 Since I had an ample supply of stickers from previous Valentine's Days, I decided to generously apply them around the cat.
 I also had many rolls of American Crafts ribbons suitable for Valentine's Day, so I used them to decorate the outside of the cards.
This close up of a side view of  one card shows the simplicity of how the die cut card folds up to reveal a calendar for displaying.
 My favorite part of these cards is that the shape of the card matches the ears of the cute it that? Okay, that's it for now.... only a couple dozen calendars to use up before June....halfway in the year.....hahahaha!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gatefold Die Cut Wedding Card

An upcoming wedding prompted me to make this card.  I purchased the Sizzix die sets awhile ago knowing they would come in handy for many occasions.  I love the shape of the gatefold card and the delicate rose die cuts really add to the romantic look. I had intended to make an all white card, but I couldn't find just the right white paper for the base.  Instead, I found some pale blue sheets in my stash, but because they were too thin I doubled them up to add thickness.  The double sheets allowed me to glue the ribbon in between.  I found just the right ribbon and charm in the wedding section of HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I ran the delicate rose die cuts through my Xyron adhesive machine  before applying them to the front of the card. (Dust with powder to eliminate stickiness.)
The card opens to reveal a Marianne Design die cut couple on a brushed silver heart (Sizzix die). The words were cut from silver foil paper (DCWV) using dies from a Sizzix set.  The small roses in the corners were made with dies  from another Sizzix set that coordinates with the Gatefold Card set.
I used a Paper Smooches die to cut the pocket that I attached to the back of the card. This pocket is to discretely hold the monetary gift. I added a Mrs. Grossman sticker to accent the pocket.

 To fancy up the front and back of the envelope I used Studio G wooden handled stamps (from HM BFC) and stamped in blue grey ink that was heat embossed with clear NUVO sparkle powder.
Because I used just dies (no coloring) on this card, it was quite easy.  I like the clean-cut professional look of the card and I plan to use the gatefold dies on future cards.  There are so many ways to incorporate colors and specialty papers to create entirely different cards.  Look for these gatefold card sets at BFC and let your imagination go wild!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Xmas Scrap Paper Strip Thank You Cards

 Are you tired of everything Christmasy?  Do you have a pile of scraps next to your paper trimmer? Is writing thank you notes the last thing on your agenda? ..... yes, yes, and yes! Well, as the old adage says:  When the going gets tough; the tough get, crafting!
As in the previous post, I took simple strips of scrap paper and glued them onto a rectangle slightly smaller than the card base. I stamped and heat embossed white powder to add the words 'Thank You' (Hero Arts) to a solid colored strip. Red and white twine was wrapped around the rectangle and a leftover cardboard Xmas embellishment was glued on before the whole rectangle was attached with double stick tape (Heiko).
The lower corners of the card base and paper strip rectangle were clipped with the corner cropper (We R Memory Keepers).
Don't forget about using up your leftover Xmas washi tape on your envelopes.....remember this is probably your last chance to use up Xmas supplies before they have to go bye-bye for another year. Now onward to writing those thank more procrastination! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Scrap Strip Thank You Card

 At a previous CHA craft show, I learned how to make this card using strips of paper scraps. It is a super fast card that uses all those paper scrap strips that end up next to your paper trimmer. (You know you have bags of them that you can't bare to discard...LOL!)  Originally, the card had a butterfly instead of a raccoon, but since this is being sent in autumn, the raccoon seemed more seasonal. I like the rounded corners and twine accent. For added interest, I applied printed washi tape strips to the envelope. HM Ben Franklin Crafts has a ton of wonderful washi tapes to choose from so go check them out. Since this card is so easy, I think I'll make lots more for my after Xmas thank yous.  (Yes, I have enough scraps!!!) Short post much holiday clean up to do!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bridal Shower Shaker Card

 A sweet niece is getting married soon so I wanted to make her a special bridal shower card.  My inspiration started from a Kaiser Craft paper pad that I purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  I love the sheets of lavender floral printed paper. I thought a shaker card that rained down Martha Stewart heart confetti and sparkly Queen and Co. diamonds would be the perfect interactive effect.  I added paper doilies, color coordinating flowers, and Martha Stewart parchment sticker butterflies to give the card a very feminine look. The sentiment was cut out from a sheet in the Kaiser Craft paper pad which contains lots of useful color-coordinated words.
 On the inside of the card I adhered a scalloped gift card holder made with the Lawn Fawn die available now at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  To make the all black Coach gift card less severe, I added two strips of Little B wedding washi tape.  I plan to add the same washi tape to the envelope to coordinate everything together.  Happily, this card was easy to create and turned out pretty close to the vision I had when I thought of the bride-to-be. Hope this non-holiday project is of interest to you....please leave a comment if you can spare the time. I enjoy hearing from you!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Napping Mouse Thank You Card

 This sleeping Penny Black mouse image is what I feel like after every Christmas season.  As I do every year, I ran out of time to use all my sweet stamps, papers and dies before Dec. 25th.  in an effort to somewhat rectify this yearly happening, I've decided to combine the cookies and milk Doodlebug Designs paper with the PB stamp image.
I also used Lawn Fawn frame dies to cut the scalloped card base, inside white watercolor paper and the stitched 'mouse' hole. The 'thanks' was cut from aqua foil paper and run through a Xyron machine to apply adhesive. I colored the mouse in the teacup with Copic pens and some watercolor pencils. It was satisfying to get to use these Xmas items on these thank you notes and not have to wait until next year.  I hope you had a merry holiday season and will take the time to write thank you notes for those lovingly chosen gifts given to you.  Thank you for all your kind comments this year and have a wonderful 2018!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Smiling Sweet Treat Gift Tags

I love the Doodlebug Designs 12x12 papers and stickers with cute food emojis that I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  Using a Lawn Fawn stitched scalloped rectangle die, I first cut out a piece of the printed paper.  From this rectangle I used a LF stitched circle die and cut out a porthole. 
 Next I cut a mint green rectangle slightly bigger than the scalloped rectangle and used a corner cropper to snip off the four corners. I used double stick tape to adhere the scalloped rectangle to the mint green rectangle.
 I placed a foam square under the food sticker and dusted with cornstarch the sticky back of the sticker before removing the foam square backing. Raising the sticker off the back makes it pop and look cuter.
 I used the Studio G ' Christmas goodies' stamp on the front of the tag and the Hero Arts 'eat, drink, and be merry' stamp on the back.
 A small hole was punched at the top of the tag and peppermint twine was added.  I am very pleased with the happy look of these tags and think they will really add to the festive look of my treat bags/boxes.  I hope you will try to make tags like these because they are so easy and require only die cutting and stamping.  Go can always make some for next year!