TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

Sunday, December 2, 2018

CHRISTMAS BOX

Happy December everyone.   Can you believe it?  Christmas is almost here and I bet alot of you are scrambling just like me to get everything done.
Earlier I saw an article about a Christmas Eve Box.  I thought "What a great idea"!  My grand kids would love it.  But you know me I have to take it 1 step further.  Mine is just going to be called a Christmas Box.   Next year I will have a much better box, but for this year I have to use what I have.  So what did I have?  A wine tote box.  Yep it originally held 4 bottles from a winery up in Door County Wisc.  I didn't want to go too crazy on the decorating of the box because this is a 1 time thrifty use so I just covered the sides that had the winery name on it.
I then got started.  Everything in the box is for an activity for the kids to do as the big day approaches.  For example....I put in a couple craft kits from Michael's and a few homemade craft kits.  I just put them into clear bags and made a topper for the bag.  Ingredients for reindeer food and recipe to make it as well as snowman soup.  Some popcorn for a snack night,  Color sheets that are also the letters to send to Santa.  A special letter from Santa was included as well as an activity calendar.


The grand kids are so excited for the holidays that I thought this would help their mom and dad from going crazy with the "Is it Christmas yet?"  As you can see not all the days are filled in.  I mean you need a little breather right?  I'm really liking this idea and cant wait to start designing the one for next year.  I will definitely be more organized and I would like to give the box to the kids by December 1st.
Well that's all for now.
Til next time...................................

HAPPY CARDING!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Simple Embossed Cards

Black and White....White on White .....both sophisticated!  I love that it can look elegant or it could be bold.  Its a never fail combination.  Which is why people use it for Wedding cards, Graduation cards, Sympathy cards, Birthday cards.  So at our ladies group night we made a set of Black and White and White on White everyday cards.
The die used was from Fun Stampers Journey. It was called Spring Bloom Minis.  I am not sure where the embossing folder came from.  I am sure you could use any flower folder and any flower die or punch and create this same look.

This is how they turned out and of course I wanted to bling them up a bit more when I got home so added some bling to the white one.  These are great to keep in your stash for that emergency need of a card.  Just add a sentiment of choice, sign and mail.  Great for Birthday, sympathy, Get Well, Miss You.....you get the idea.

Til Next Time.................................
HAPPY CARDING

Monday, November 5, 2018

Star Ornaments and Squash books for Christmas


Well I sit here in frustration.  I just typed this entire post...hit a button and BOOM GONE!  So I need to start over.  Don't you just hate when that happens?

So today I'm going to try and share the Star ornaments and Squash Books that I made while I was up north closing my summer place for the winter season.
The Star ornaments are so quick and easy.  I've posted them before and you can see them here  I think it's in the middle of that post.  Anyway I made a few more and I'm going to be using them as gift tags.  Then the recipient can open it up and place it on the tree.


Stars on on the left and the 2 Halloween ones on the right are Squash cards.
Here are the Stars opened.  I forgot to take a picture of the backs but I stamped a To & From on the backs so that they could be used as tags.

Sorry....I was at the cabin when I took the pictures and had nowhere other than the picture frame to hang them from.
My sister requested a few of these so I'll be busy whipping out a few more.  I think it's a great idea for tags.

Now the Squash books.....directions for these are all over the Internet.  They are all basically made the same way.  If you want directions just let me know.  These I did for Halloween as cards for the grandkids and grand nieces and nephews.  Super cute and the 7-10 yr olds really liked just looking at all the do-dads.


Here's some that are going to be for Christmas but I haven't done the insides yet.

Well that's it for today.  But of course I'll be back.  Til then..........................

HAPPY CARDING!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

MayMay Made it and so Did I Corner fold

Right in time for Christmas my favorite blogger MayMay showed us all how to do the Corner fold card.  So quick and easy.  Though she makes it look easier when she just grabs whatever paper she has and goes for it.  So I decided that while watching the video I'd just grab pieces from my scrap box and put the card together as I go.  Well................First off not all papers should be combined with other papers.  Even though I thought it would be ok (after all MayMay said she was out of her comfort zone by combing so many patters and colors on 1 card)  Somehow I don't think I pulled it off. But here we go.
And here are the easy peasy directions.
The card base is made from Double sided Designer paper.  Make sure you find at least one other coordinated DSP as well as a piece of solid card stock for middle light enough for stamping on.

1    3" x 3" scrap for a template write "TOP" on the top of the square.
from top left corner measure down 5/8" and make a tick mark  then from bottom right corner measure in toward left 5/8" and make a tick mark.


1    Double sided DSP 8.5" x 5.5" scored in center
1    4" x 5.25" layer DSP
1    3"x 4.25" solid card stock

Take the designer piece and fold for the card.  Place the template in the top right corner of the card and draw a faint line from the tick mark down on the left side of template and then from the tick mark over to meet up with first line.  You will then cut on the lines making a little flap.  For directions I am using just plain card stock.

Oooopppsss.......just noticed the stripe dsp is upside down.  the dimensions for this piece is 4 x 5.25.  This is for the inside panel.  
Now just have fun decorating.  I've seen some people use solid card stock in place of DSP for base so with my above sample I turned it into this:
I really love this Paper Pad by Prima.  I think I bought it over a year ago at Hobby Lobby and it has such beautiful papers in it.  This particular pad is called Lavender and like I said it is by Prima Marketing Inc.  I will definitely use alot more of this line.  Wish I had more fall winter birthdays that I need cards for but I guess the paper will have to wait til spring.

I really like this fold and need to work on a better (MUCH BETTER LOL) Christmas card because frankly that first one stunk!  But I am one who will share my bad as well as my good.  Lucky you heeheehee! 

Fall festival season is here for us so I will be spending some quality time with the grandkids.  So excited to watch them enjoying all the fun activities of fall.

Til next time..............................................

HAPPY CARDING

Fancy Fold Encouragement Card

I have often thought of Random Acts of kindness.  Sometimes I have passed on some homemade soup to a Elderly woman I know or I have paid for someone in lines coffee.  I've sent cards to unknown soldiers or I've dropped off some piping hot breads to a neighbor.  Right now a friend of mine has a friend that is going through a difficult time.  My friend has a heart of gold and has put aside her own needs to help her friend.  Its always hard when someone has to go through illness's, death, depression etc by ones self and to have someone willing and caring reach out is a blessing.  My friend is that blessing for her friend.  I had decided that I would like to send her friend just a little card to say "You are not alone".  

I used the style of my previous baby card as a starting point.  But changed it up just a tad so that I could provide you with a few more details on the making of the card.
Here's the finished card:
I guess you could call this a pop out gate fold card.  The center band is a separate piece of card stock glued on the left 2" of the gate fold.  Then the end 2" of the band is glued to the *8" fold line.  To close you would fold in the right side of the card first then the left.  
The base is 5.5" x 12 scored at 2", 4', 8", and 10".   The band is 1" x 8" scored at 4" and 6".
DSP needed is (4) 1  7/8"  x 5.25" and (1) 3  7/8"  x 5.25"  (1) 7/8" x 3  7/8" and (2) 7/8 x 1  7/8"  That will get you the basics for the card and the decorating is up to you.

I also wanted to make my friend a little card too so I chose another Fancy fold.  It's pretty much my style to do fancy folds lol.  This is a card seen on Maymay Made it.  Not really sure what the fold was called but it was oh so simple to make.  I'll post the directions later as a Christmas card.  I wanted my friend to know how wonderful I think she is.  She has endured her own obstacles and yet finds time to help others. 

Paper was from Kaiser craft for this card and the first card the papers were from Prima Marketing.  I didn't use any dies though I did use my tag punch for the first card and my We R Memories Keepers Punch board for the Be Brave strip.

Well I want to get these in the mail.  That's all for now............til next time

HAPPY CARDING!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Jungle Baby card

Hello!!!  Welcome to the Jungle!  A very dear friend of mine is becoming a grandma for the 1st (kind of) time.  Her son is to become a father.  He has been practicing since the mother to be has an 18 month old little boy right now and she is due with his first in the beginning of October.  Everyone is very excited.  My ladies group put together a Jungle scrapbook for the new Grandma.  We used that theme because the theme for the shower is all Jungle.  I personally am very sad that I won't be able to attend but I was able to help in the building of the diaper cake this weekend.  Oh what fun that was!  Cindy and I hot glued, paper punched and decorated while June and Karen rolled the diapers for us.  I have no idea how many diapers we used but this is what we came up with.

So adorable for a centerpiece if that's how it will all be used.  Or Marilyn may just scatter them all around the room.  The ladies promised me pictures from the shower next week. 

Cindy and I worked on a card for the shower gift too.  We started with the base already cut.  I had tried the new fold at home before showing up at her house.  I said "Ok...here's a jungle green card with some gold leopard border on it now lets put our heads together and figure out how to decorate the rest."  Well TA DA......here it is...........
The brownish papers are from Echo Park, the animals are a die...not sure of brand because they are not mine.  The tree is a sticker.  Cindy cut off the backs of Brads for the little embellies on the gold border and our sentiment is attached to corrugated card stock.  There was a blank tan piece attached to the back for signing.

Now back to the card.  I'm not taking credit for this one though this is my version.  The card is called a DOUBLE GATEFOLD POP-UP card.  The original I found HERE  I did not purchase the tutorial she has but if you'd like it you can see it there.  My own pieces may have fit better if I had used her tutorial but you know me I love a challenge.

Well that's all for now.

Til next time.......................

HAPPY CARDING!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Star Card with a Twist.





Hello!!  This card is popping up all over the Internet.  Most of the tutorials are done in German making it a bit confusing for this American Girl!  Well if you seek Ye shall find!  But not all have full instructions or they are in Cm's instead of inch's or there are 2 different ways for the base and the fronts to fit together or there is large sized ones and small sized ones.  So after some fiddling I think I have what you need to follow along and make one of these beauties.
 We are making the small one which when finished standing measures 5.5 x 5.25".
You don't need alot of supplies either.

1 piece solid card stock for base measuring 6" x 5"
1 piece double sided DSP measuring 5.75" x 4.75"
Embellishment of choice for center of front (varies with occasions)

Along 6" side score and fold at 3".  Then open and cute from the 3" mark to bottom left and bottom right corners to make a triangle with score mark in middle.  Save the 2 side pieces for front.

With the DSP having the 5.75" side at top of trimmer cut at 2 5/8" then with each half cut diagonally.  See pic below.

Arrange DSP on base pieces and glue down.  DSP will need to have 2 of the pieces flipped so make sure you are using double sided DSP.

After base has pieces on fold along score line and make a tick mark 2" (3 1/4" for larger card)up from the slanted side with straight folded side lined up on a grid to make sure it is straight.  Then from this tick mark make a 3/4" (1 1/2") cut straight down.  As seen below.

Sounds confusing but if you have the folded end lined straight and the wider bottom part up against the top of your trimmer measure down 2" and place tick.  Hope this makes sense.

Now with the 2 front pieces place together on angle until you are satisfied.  A small "W" will form at the bottom.  When you are satisfied glue the 2 pieces together.

Now Just slide the front piece into the slits of the back piece!

CUTE!!!  Now add your embellies and your done! This will fit in a 5.5" square  envelope.

Here's one done with larger pieces.  The base starts at 9 x 6 3/8" and then the 2 pieces of DSP would be 4.25 x 6  and just follow the same directions above for assembly.
I believe this card requires a 6 x 6" envelope.  They are so cute and easy I just may be making a few more soon.

Til next time...........
HAPPY CARDING!