TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Die's Have It!

I decided to play with a new die set I ordered last week.  Is a Sue Wilson die set by Creative expressions.  Seen HERE.  I bought this because of a card I saw on Pinterest, which of course I wanted to mimic.  Here's the card I saw:
PartiCraft (Participate In Craft): Thank You
Although I wanted to C.A.S.E. this exactly as seen, I was also too lazy to go down to the craft room to get supplies.  So instead I decided to make due with what I had in the grandkids craft closet in their sleepover bedroom.  I had also decided not to re-look at the card.  Which I did not until I started writing this post.  My end result is quite similar, different colors, and I forgot there was grass on the card.  Oh well....the grass die was down stairs anyway....and as you recall I didn't want to go down there.   So here it is:
In hindsight, I should have used a darker color for the tree but this is what I had.  I also think my fence is a tad big.  Other than that it's not bad.  This is the first time I have made a card using only dies.  My fence was a different die set though I don't remember the name and the clouds were a really inexpensive buy from Amazon.  I think it was a set of 3 different sizes that was perfect for cards.  I believe June and I are going to use this card as an example for the Nursing home card craft next week.  We might have to omit the tiny tiny birds in the sky and maybe even the red bird.  They are a bit small for them to handle. 

Well til next time...................................
HAPPY CARDING!!!!!







Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gel Pens Tulip Card

Today I want to share a magazine with you.  I had started buying this magazine when I was up at my summer home at a local book store.  They eventually stopped carrying it but by then I had a subscription.  The Magazine is from the UK.  Let me tell you they have the coolest card magazines.  To top it off each issue comes with free gifts.  Sometimes papers, sometimes stamps, sometimes dies and sometimes all three.  What could be better than that?  Oh I guess I should tell you the name of this fantastic magazine.............
Now this is not the only card magazine the UK has.  Another great one is Quick Cards and it too comes with free gifts.  If you want to check them out they are available from Barnes and Noble and sometimes Joanns.
This particular issue came with some 8x8 DSP, an acrylic stamp and an embossing folder with matching border folder.  Each gift set is highlighted inside the magazine with examples of how to use your gifts.

For today's card I decided to take my inspiration from the sample inside.
This card measures 6x6 and I used a doily die to add a doily to the front.  I had fussy cut around the tulip image which was colored with my sparkle gel pens.  Sometimes I just like the brightness and sparkle they give the images.  If you haven't tried it yet you should.  In fact if the space your coloring is a bit large like the tulip it's self you can just add color on the edges and add a bit of water to a brush and it spreads almost like watercolor.  Its really a cool technique.  Here's my card......................
The doily seemed appropriate since the paper has little doily's on it.
Pretty cool right?
Well I think I'll go find another card to make with my gifts.  Maybe this time use the embossing folders!

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

HAPPY CARDING!!!!



























Saturday, May 20, 2017

Heartfelt Woodsy Wonderland Card

Good Day!   Today I have a Heartfelt Creation card to share with you.  The inspiration was taken from this card seen HERE  Now although there are directions to follow, I had found that it was not for a standard size card.  So the dimensions I have are a bit different.  First I'd like to share the card so here it is........................
Now for those directions.  But first a funny story.  It took my friend and I nearly 3 hours to get it right.  Was it difficult?  No....should have been super easy!  But one sample after another turned out 1/8" off.  Is that a huge problem?  Only if your as anal as we are!!!  LOL  The whole 1/8" was due to operator error thinking that to score a 4 1/4 piece in half somehow equals a score line at 2 1/4"!  DUH????  Since when does 2 1/4 plus 2 1/4 equal 4 1/4?????   Yep ....took us 4 tries to realize it was suppose to be 2 1/8.  Sometimes I'm not sure where our brains go to.  LOL

So here's what you need

1  piece heavy cards stock for base cut at 5.5" x 8.5"

Heartfelt Creations Woodsy Wonderland papers of your choice
Heartfelt Creation matching stamps and dies

With 5.5 length at top of cutter measure over to the 1" mark.  Move blade to the 2 1/8" mark and cut down to 6.5" mark.
Slide paper over to the 2 1/4" line and then repeat your cut from 2 1/8" mark down to the 6.5" mark.

Now With long side of cardstock at top of score board score at 2 1/8",   4 1/4"
fold as shown.
The biggest problem with this card is that each piece has to be custom cut.  Not so difficult for most pieces because they are straight but the far right side of the card is an odd shape.
My pieces are all cut about 1/8" smaller as I'm not a huge fan of 1/4" borders.  Here are the piece sizes I used.  Please be sure to measure your  base before cutting DSP.

(1)        2" x  5 3/8"
(1)        2" x  3 3/8"
(1)        2" x  7/8"
(2)        2" x  1 1/8"
(1)        4 1/8" x 5 3/8" with notch cut out to fit right side of card.

After DSP is attached....Embellish Embellish Embellish!!!  Fussy cut, add sparkle, color accents, use foam squares for height etc.  

Will I make this one again???  Probably.  Maybe I'll learn some short cuts for that right side of the card.  Maybe not.  Maybe this is the only way to get it straight?  Anyway one thing for sure the next one will not take me 3 hours to make the base!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by and until next time..............................................

HAPPY CARDING!

Monday, May 8, 2017

GOLF ANYONE?

So a few post ago I mentioned that I was going to try making a golf card.  My brother-in-law loves golf and although his birthday is not until July I decided that would give me plenty of time to figure something out.  
I wanted to use the same type of card as my Shutter Flip card or Book card. Seen HERE  It seems I used both names in that post but it should be Shutter Flip Card.  Anyway............I am a big fan of Graphic 45 and they have a collection called Good Ol' Sport.  I figure I'd be able to find something in that pad.  Well much to my dismay there wasn't alot on Golf.  Plus I didn't have any golf embellies and the nearest place I can get Graphic 45 is 250 miles away.  UGH😕😕  So I took what I had and tried to make it work.  Well most of the card is Golf and I then had to go out to Michael's and picked up a few golf stickers for added embellies.  So here it is.

All in all I think it turned out just fine.  Plus I know my brother-in-law is going to love the work put into it.  Well I think that's it for now.  I have a Mothers Day card to make for my Aunt.  
So until next time

HAPPY CARDING







Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sizzix Lori Whitlock card

Well decided to take a break from all my fancy fold cards and use a die I bought a few months ago.  There seems to be a large amount of Card Dies out there.  Quite a few are by Stephanie Barnard which I own a few of them.  They come with all the dies you need to embellish too.  This makes for a quick but cute card.  The one I'm using today is the Gate fold Butterfly card die which you can purchase Here
  All you need to do is decide the color of the card stock and crank away on your Big Shot, Big Kick or Cuttlebug.
I accidentally made the card when I realized I didn't take any pictures so I cut a second card for my granddaughter to put together.  Here are the pieces used.
Now all these pieces came in the Sizzix set except the white fence.  That is a totally different die.  I'm not sure the name of that set but it came with some flower dies and stamps. Here's my completed card.  I used different butterflies only because I already had them punched out from another project.

You really need to check out both Stephanie Barnard's card dies, which by the way are made by Sizzix and the Lori Whitlock dies.  So very convenient.

Well I'm off to try my guy card.  Thinking golf so lets see what I find.
Til next time.........................

HAPPY CARDING


Friday, May 5, 2017

Step Book card

Trying to come up with different fun folds can be a challenge.  But....I love a challenge and today I'm sharing a Step Book card.  At least that's what I'm calling it.  It sort of resembles a Z fold when totally opened.  You need a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock for this card. 

First measure out a piece of cardstock 11.5 x 5.5 and another 2.75 x 4.25.  With the 11.5" at top of the score board score at:  .25,    3.75,    and   7.25.   Place the 1/4 " score line at the top of your trimmer and measure to 5/8" mark cutting to the last score mark.  Trim the remainder of this piece off. 




Fold as shown:



I have made 2 samples of this.  The first one I used Designer paper that had a few small scenes on it.  It nearly doesn't need any embellishing at all.  Here it is un-embellished:











I then took the same card and used Christmas color papers.  Added some doilies, and snowflakes and a few other embellies and Voila!  Cute fun fold Christmas card.




Not done yet.......Found some My Little Pony paper and decided to make a little girl Birthday card.  How cute is this? Now I just have to decorate it.
I could go on and on but I don't want to bore you too much LOL so for now that's it and we will see what I find next.  Another fun fold????  Maybe........
Til next time.

HAPPY CARDING!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

SHUTTER FLIP CARD

I don't know about you but I get tired of the same cards.  I like to "JAZZ" things up a bit.  So here is a variation of another shutter card but this time there is a flip open panel in the front for your sentiment.  I'm once again using the same papers I had used on the Friendship shutter card earlier mainly because there are still scraps left from these sheets.  I don't think 4 12 x 12 sheets have gone further LOL.  I still have left overs.  Here are some instructions if your interested.

6x6    Shutter Book Card

1 piece 6x10 heavy cardstock
1 piece 4 x 4 3/8"  same color card stock

With 10" at top of score board score at  2, 4, 6, 8

With 6" at top of paper trimmer line one side at the 2" mark and cut from 1st score line to 3rd score line.  Slide paper to the 4" mark and cut from the 2nd score line to the last score line 
With the 4 x 4 3/8 piece… with 4 3/8 at top score at 3/8 and fold to make a 4x4 square.  This will be attached to the bottom of your main piece to the left to create a right to left opening flap.


DSP of choice sizes below:
(4)  1.75 x 1.75 pattern A
(3)   1.75 x 1.75 pattern B
(3) 3.75 x 3.75 Pattern B
(1) 3.75 x 3.75 pattern A
(2)  3x3 labels in solid

Decorate as desired.












I might make mine a mothers day card for my Godmother.  It's a cute style and I'm going to for sure use it again but I'd like to try a more manly card.   Hmmmm....maybe something to do with golf!

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

HAPPY CARDING