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Monday, July 24, 2017

G45 Halloween Style

I love Fall............I love the colors........I love the smells.........I love the decorations.  G45 is going to help out this coming season as I can't resist all the wonderful fall papers.  Some of which can be found in various collections.  In the Children's hour the October and November papers are fall themed.  Time to Flourish has a few fall themed papers as well.  Rare Oddities is filled with awesome Halloween themed papers.  If your lucky enough to locate Halloween in Wonderland or Happy Hauntings you will be thrilled with the fun Halloween papers.  
I decided to make my tag using the more available Time to Flourish pad.  This tag is more like a piece of wall art since it measures 5x10.  The card is a bit larger than normal too ...it's a 5 x 6.

I love both of them and it's addicting.  I could just keep on making these.  In fact I think I will.
Today's post is extra extra special.   I finally have Internet service at my summer place.  Tho so much slower than what I have at home I am at least thrilled that I can check my emails, post, SCS friends and....................Post my Very First Blog post while away from home.  So in my excitement I have decided that I will also have my first give-away.  By the end of next week (cut off Aug 4th)  if you have left a comment on this post, your name will be put into the hat to receive these 2 items.  After your name is drawn you will receive a message in your inbox with details on how to obtain your items.  I hope this goes well.  Remember this is my Very First time attempting this so please bear with me.  LOL  Winner will be announced Aug 6th.  Good Luck







Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Birthday Cooking!

Well I can't believe what I can accomplish when no body disturbs me!  Got the Birthday card I needed done!!!  This one is for a friend who loves to cook and is a Vegetarian so fresh veggies are always in her kitchen.  I saw this Graphic 45 paper collection called Home Sweet Home and knew this was the paper to use for her card.  I'm using my Shutter Flip card as my base.  It is the same base I used for the post Golf Anyone where I used G45 Sports Collection and for the card Shutter Flip .   Directions are on the Shutter flip post.  Anyway this is such an easy card and I love being able to see how it looks in different papers.  As I said this time I used G45 Home Sweet Home.  Love the brightness of the colors in this collection.



There are very few embellishments on this card.  The pretty papers were nearly all you need.  I did use a paper doily which I cut up and added to certain areas for texture and I dimensionaled the stamps and apple.  In the corner of one doily I was able to utilize an old paper punch of utensils.  I added a little Glossy Accents for sheen.  Although it doesn't really show up in the pictures I also used a little stickles (clear) for sparkle.  Seriously......who doesn't like sparkle???
Wouldn't this make a cool base for a Christmas card??  Thin I'll try that too.

Well that's it................now to pack up my stuff and head north for a relaxing few days.

Til later............HAPPY CARDING!!!!!!!

















Halloween in July??

Hi!  I have been so busy with our Summer place that my Blog keeps getting ignored.  LOL  I had wanted to get a Birthday card done and I did but goofy me (maybe it's age????) forgot to take a picture then I forgot to write a post.  I then mailed the card off to my sister.  UGH.....figures!  Then I got hooked on this Halloween card/display project.  I figured I'd make my demo for my other sister who we will be seeing soon.  She does not live nearby so I figured I'd had to make it in advance.  If you recall, not too long ago my ladies group made these Fancy Christmas Gate Fold cards seen here.  I took the concept of that card and made it Halloween.  I think she'll like it!
 I used yarn to close this one instead of making a belly band.  I also centered the 4x4 front square and omitted the 1.5x4 strip that was on the original Christmas one.
















I used weird things like bottle cap on the front and here inside I used pop can tabs on a wooded arrow with yarn tied on it just because.  Little birds are also wooden embellishments that I glittered bright green.

Ok now I really need to make another Birthday card.  Hopefully I'll get it photographed and a post written before I mail it.  Today maybe?????

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Guy Sport Card

Ooops 1 more post!  I'm still working on scraps from various Graphic 45 papers.  This time it's a Guy Card.  We never seem to have too many ideas for these so when I come up with one I run with it!  LOL  If you remember I made a Golf card a bit ago and these are some of the left overs.  I once again used the Friendship shutter design for this card for it is the best style for using tiny pieces.  The Friendship card directions can be seen  here.  These are so quick to make.

I made this a Birthday card.  I always seem to need a guy birthday card so this is going in my stash.  Though you can't tell from the picture the bottom right soccer ball has a bit of Wink of Stella on the black parts for some shimmer.  The star is popped up as well as the tickets.  So are the little soccer balls on the red square.
All in all pretty cute.
Now I'm sure that's it for now..................
HAPPY CARDING!







Graduation G45 style

Hello!  Well I know it's a bit past Graduation time tho some people are still having summer graduation parties.  So with that in mind I decided to try a Graphic 45 graduation card for an adorable girl entering High School this year.  Away with the cutesy cards and onward to a more grown up feel!  I went through my papers and found this party sheet from Graphic 45.  I decided to make a stair step card with a die I borrowed from a friend. and here's what I came up with:
The background is from the Mothers Goose collection.  LOL...Humpty Dumpty is on the reverse side.  I needed a pattern green and this worked!  Anyway there is nothing on the steps although I suppose you could put the year on them but I didn't have any pink or green numbers and I was way too lazy to cut some on my Brother.  So I just added some buttons on the steps and 1 on the front with little sliver paper scraps tucked behind it.  The butterfly was from the Dollar tree.  Pretty simple card considering the base is a die.

That's it for now........................
HAPPY CARDING!








Christmas befor July

It's time for another Christmas card.  I know I have been quite involved with fancy folds and I love doing those but I needed a quick card for our Friday Ladies night.
This card is your typical 4.25" x 5.5" card.  No fancy fold...no fancy cuts.

The paper was a sheet of 12x 12 that I got at a Scrapbook store.  They remove the little strip on the edge that tells you the company and name of the paper for easier storage in their shelves.  Convenient for them a pain for me because I cannot pass the info along.  Anyway I got it about a year and a half ago.  It's double sided with the argyle print on back.  I used red glitter washi tape between the papers for extra sparkle as well as using it on the tag and for the hole enforcer.   I added a small ribbon to the tag and popped it up on front of the card.

By the way a simple tip..................to make coordinating hole reinforcers just punch DSP or glitter paper or another color cardstock with your hand held hole puncher then with a 1/2" circle paper punch line the hole you just made in the DSP in the center of the punch and punch out.  Perfect reinforcers. 

While I'm at it I thought I would share some other cards.  First...one of the ladies needed a Thank you card and wanted to do one of those Hydrangea flowers so the group of us helped her along to design this card.
There is a cluster of 1 large and 3 smaller flowers puffs next to each other.  Each puff was made by gluing tiny flowers on small circles then each circle was stacked on top another by using dimensionals.  I takes about 4 circle layers per puff.  That's alot of tiny flowers!!!  The card base was made from shimmer paper embossed with a Dotted Swiss folder.  The corner pieces were die cuts from Heartfelt Creations cut from white shimmer paper.  Leaves were from a Poinsettia die (do not quote me tho since someone else cut them out and I didn't really see what they used)that were cut apart.  Beautiful when finished and great job on every ones efforts to make this absolutely awesome. 

Next a Graduation card I helped my Daughter in law do.  She picked the colors and wanted to do a Shaker card but wanted a step card too.  We used Stephanie Barnard's stair step card die and just added a few more inches to 1 side and slipping it over the cutting ridge instead of under so it would not cut that end.  A trick I learned years ago to enlarge the fronts of certain card dies.  Then it was up to her to decorate.

She used stickers she was able to find at Michael's and some glitter numbers for the steps.  She did a great job!

That's it for now.  Til next time..........................................

HAPPY CARDING!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mini Christmas Squash book

Hello!  Well I visited my LSS and was inspired again for Christmas by buying alot more of the Graphic 45 St. Nicholas collection.  On one of the shelves was a fun fold card that I knew I had not attempted.  The girl behind the counter had no idea what it was called so I snapped a picture and decided to hunt it out once I got home.  Well the style was called a Squash book.  Continuing my Christmas theme and my use of Graphic 45 papers as well as my love for fun folds I decided to give this a try.
Above is the example that I snapped in the store and it was made with the Door County Line of papers exclusive of the Door County Rubber Stamp Store.  Anyway I searched the Internet and Pinterest trying to find this type of card and came up with numerous video's for the Squash book but all of the ones I saw was using 3 pieces of paper.  When the book was finished the inside squares measured 4 x 4.  Well I knew the one I saw was a 3x3 so I searched that and also came up with tutorials where you used 3 pieces of paper.  In my mind that's ridiculous since your pages were 3x3 you could just score and cut a 12 x 12 sheet.  so that's what I did.  One 12x12 sheet of cardstock scored at 3, 6, and 9 rotate and score again at 3, 6, and 9.  Then 1st row cut off the last 2 squares, 2nd row cut off last square, 3rd row cut off 1st square and 4th row cut off first 2 squares.  Should look like this:
Now fold top left corner to the center and the bottom right corner to the same center.  Crease well.  Should look like this:
Open again and take the top left corner and fold it to the bottom right corner making the paper completely folded in half.   Like this:
Now go back and crease all the fold lines.  Making sure they are well creased.  It should look like this.....yes I changed papers because those pinkish ones are for my granddaughter and she wanted to fold them.  We had a couple folding issues and had to start over.
Now accordion fold pushing triangles into place.  Easier to do than explain but end results should look like this:
And when completely folded it's a little 3x3 squash book.  On the outside squares seen on far left and far right is where we will be putting the 4x4 covers.
Cut 2 squares 5.5 x 5.5  from DSP of Choice and cover 2 cardboard squares that measure 4x4.  This will be the front and the back covers.  Cut 10 Squares of DSP measuring 2 3/4  x 2 3/4.  6 of these will be cut in half diagonally.  Attach each to the inside squares and embellish.  Easy Peasy!!  I know a couple ladies that just might dive in and give this a try.
Here's my first one and of course its with more scraps of my Graphic 45 papers but I'll probably use up some of my Recollection papers too on another one.

And of course here's the one my granddaughter and I made for Fathers Day.  She like it better when I'm doing the same one so the one I made went to my Husband from our youngest son.  The Graphic 45 Sport Collection worked real well with this.




   This was mine to my hubby.











   

Here's Tori's for her dad.








As I said the Graphic 45 papers worked wonderfully.  Love using scraps!  Well that's it for today.  Going to try making another with Recollection papers.  A more bright colored one!

Til later..................................
HAPPY CARDING!