TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

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!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Easel Card with a Twist

I missed a friends Birthday and I wanted to do something different.  Seeing that I am on a fancy fold kick I decided to do an easel card but with a twist.  The main card base is 4.25" wide and 6" tall.  By the time I finish adding extra pieces and embellishments the card will end up being roughly 6" x 6".  I'm using my favorite paper line Graphic 45 and this time I'll be using 1 sheet from the Children's Hour Collection.  The base of the card is made with a 12 x12 sheet of Pink Shimmer paper.
Start with a piece of card stock (in this case pink shimmer) and cut 4.25 x 12.  Score on the 12" side at 6 and at 9.  Fold in half and then make at mountain fold of the 9" score line.  This is the easel base.  Cut another piece of the pink shimmer 4.25" x 6"  This will eventually be glued on the lower half of the front of the easel base when completely embellished.  Pieces glued on the bottom of the 4.25 x 6 are actually 6" wide therefore now making your card wider when completed.  After all the papers and embellies were attached to the 4.25 x 6 pink shimmer it was attached to the main base.
I was going for a Shabby Chic look so I added lace, doily's, sequins, buttons and a little shimmer from my Wink of Stella pen.
I think it's pretty cute and I can't wait for her to get it.  Now to ship it out to Spokane!  Oooppps............hope she doesn't read this post.

Time to find another fun fold!
HAPPY CARDING til then!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Little Christmas Shutter

Hello!!!  After a trip to relax I'm back with energy to make a few cards.  Only 1 got done while I was away.  Goodness I was sure taking it easy!  LOL  This card I did whip together with a few scraps from my Graphic 45 stash.  This is exactly like the Friendship Shutter card I did earlier which can be seen here if you want more info on this card.  More Christmas Shutter card examples will be posted later as I have a ton of scraps and this goes together so quickly.


Well I'm off to whip up a few more cards in between watching the Grandkids.  Hope I can crank some out!
Til then................................
HAPPY CARDING!





Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fancy Gatefold Christmas

Hello!  I am getting ready to be computerless (is that a word?) for the next 10 days so I'm trying to get my post up before the computer goes down.  I had been busy working on a Gatefold card that went a bit wild.  I saw the original on a Graphic 45 post and thought since I have alot of Graphic 45 scraps I'm going to give it a whirl.  This card measures 5.5" x 7"  an odd size yes and if I was more careful it should have only been a 5 x 7.  I'll explain that later. 


On the left is the card closed with a "Belly Band" to keep it from opening.  This just slides off the side.  In the second photo you can see a tab on the right side extending beyond the side of the card.  This is where I made my mistake and caused the card to be a 5.5 x 7.  I love the look though and decided that it would be a hand delivered card so it was OK.
     
A word of warning....................these are addicting!  You stop....think your finished.....walk away...come back and you start adding little doodads here and there.  LOL
I made card kits for my group which met up last night.  Each kit had a different combination of papers.  All embellishments were the same but not all used them.  Here are a few of the ones made last night.  First picture is of them open and then what they look like closed.  First up mine.

                                                                                         And now here are two more

and 2 more


They all look so different and everyone there agreed that its addicting!  I am sure to make more as special gifts over Christmas.  I think these would look great as a display on a side table or mantle.  There are no real directions.  Your base card is 10 x 7.  Made into a gate fold by scoring at 2.5 and 7.5.  The added square which is added to the right front panel of the gate is a 4.75 x 4.75.  You can see how it is only glued to the right side when the card is opened.  The bottom front piece is a 2.25 x 4.75 piece and it too is attached only to the right side.  This card is all about the layering.  Pull out papers and just start covering every inch!  Walk away and come back to add more.  It really is quite fun.  People will be impressed by what you can do with layers.
Going to go but some New Graphic 45 papers and build one with more of a theme.   Hmmmmmm  wonder what that will look like??

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING

Shadowbox Die Card

During one of our ladies gathering for card making one of the ladies brought some dies from Scrapbooking Made Simplethat she bought awhile ago to create Shadow box cards.  The Shadow Box's are awesome but the die to make the box requires a larger machine than the typical Big Shot.  The decorative pieces would easily go through any machine (Big Shot, Big Kick, Cuttlebug) so we decided to first try those out.  For the Shadowbox base card die you would need either the Spellbinders Platinum, Sizzix Big Shot Pro or the Fun Stampers Journey machine.

The finished size of this card is

The frame and the flowers are 2 separate dies.  Very delicate and you must be very careful laying them onto the cardstock to get them on straight.  The one on the far right I used liquid glue to adhere it to the base.  A bit messy and you must work in very small spaces and work quickly so glue doesn't dry.  It turned out OK but there were some places that a bit of glue seeped through.  So we then decided to try a Xyron machine on the far left one.  This left alot of sticky in the open spaces.  I tried to rub it off but it wasn't really working.  So I decided to try the next one (center).  With this one I tried to remove the sticky before removing it from the Xyron backing.  That didn't work either.  So not wanting to throw out the 2 cards (left one and center one) I instead sprinkled glitter on the front and it now has sporadic glitter on the card.  Passable but not really to my liking.  I think I would go back to the liquid glue and just be more careful if I am to do this again.
One of the ladies has a larger machine and cut out the box bases for us.  We did not have time or supplies to finish the boxes so that has to be left for a different post.  We all think that we will be doing some sort of Halloween Shadowbox.  We will see.'

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING

Friday, June 2, 2017

Blue Christmas Tri-Shutter Card

Time for another Christmas Card.  I want to be able to get as many Christmas Cards done before I head up to my summer cottage.  We don't have Internet there so there won't be very many post over the summer except for when I come home periodically to take care of home business.
I found another version of the Tri-Shutter card on Pinterest.  Now I didn't search deeply but the first few cards I found no one included directions for the base.  It didn't take long to figure this one out.  It is a full front panel Tri-Shutter Card.
Hmmmm...can barely see the bling I added to the dots.  Oh well I know they are there.I deliberately try to use nontraditional color combinations.  So many times people are too obsessed with things matching and can't seem to envision mixing things up.  One of the colors of the dots is blue and then there is a bit of blue with the snowman and the strip on the right panel.  Do the blues match absolutely not but it doesn't matter.  Its still a happy card.

Dimensions are as follows:

(1) 12" x 6" solid cardstock

With long side at top of scoreboard score at 4" and 8"
Then place short end at top of trimmer and line up to 1" mark cut between the 6" and 10" marking of the cutting blade.  Repeat on opposite side.

As for the DSP....I would use your imagination.  I used a 6x12 sheet of DSP and cut it to fit the various sections.  All my sections had the same background but that is not necessary.  Be creative!  I think I might make another sample as a kit for ladies group.  We all need to build up our Christmas stash.

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lovely as a Tree Dryer Sheet Technique

With Christmas still on my mind I decided to post another Christmas card.  This one I C.A.S.E.D from a relatively new friend of mine.  Though she lives about 1750 miles away we have been sharing alot via "Snail Mail".  Yes "Snail Mail"!  It has been so much fun receiving little surprises every now and then.  We e-mail when we can and share family stories and of course our craft shopping obsessions LOL.  Anyway she sent me the most beautiful card that she had done with a ladies group she is in and when my ladies saw it they HAD to make it.  Of course me being me I waited until the last minute to put together the kits and of course I could not find my rectangle dies anywhere so I had to substitute.  But it still turned out awesome.
I'm sure all of you are familiar with the dryer sheet technique.  Its been done numerous times on YouTube and with the  Lovely as a Tree stamp by Stampin Up.  But the way my friend brought everything together is a way I had not seen.  So here it is:

On all of different samples of this technique I had never seen it with color.  But she had added the hills and blue hues of the snow and sky and yellow of the moon or sun which ever you feel it is.  Ok mine was really yellow.  Grabbed the wrong shade and OOPS.  But I'll just pretend its a really sunny day!
Technically there are 4 layers to this card. 5 if you count the base.  Anyway you would stamp and shade your scene first. (layer 1) then spray adhesive a used dryer sheet and lay that on top of your stamped sheet (layer 2) Smooth it out and no it doesn't have to be wrinkle free it will still look great.  Trim excess dryer sheet even with card stock.   We then re-sprayed the top of the now dryer sheet covered image.  Sprinkle glitter over the top.  It does not matter which brand you use just be aware that if it is one that carries a pinkish hue to it your scene will look pinkish.  I used a paint brush to brush off excess glitter.  Really helps.  To assemble the card cut a piece of card stock and some foam sheet about 1/4" larger than your image sheet, then on right side place your die and cut.  Do each piece 1 at a time. (or it won't go through machine ask me how I know LOL)  Using a foam layer (layer 3) on top of the image layer gives you a real nice window effect.  Then place die cutted cardstock (layer 4) on top.  All of this then can be glued down to a card base which would be a 1/4" larger than your finished layers.  
We were not very precise with our measurements because we all have envelope makers and decided we would just make special envelopes for this card but I'm sure you can do this same design with a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card.
We used Tim Holtz holiday sentiment dies for the left side of the card.  We were not sure if the original card was a stamped sentiment or a digi one but we did not have anything that fit so we used dies.

I'm sorry....I know this is long and probably confusing but if you have time to play I would give this a try.  Now That I figured it out it's a breeze.

Later.............................
HAPPY CARDING








Monday, May 29, 2017

Christmas Shutter Cards

Well I just surprised myself by noticing that I never updated my Friendship Shutter card seen here to include a larger version.  How crazy is that?  So seeing that I now made another Christmas one I thought I should get those posted.
These are just larger  than the friendship one.  The friendship one fits in a regular size envelope.  You know, the ones that you can buy in the office section of the dollar store. This larger size fits in the legal size envelopes.  So as far as envelopes go it's not going to cost you an arm and a leg for these special fold cards.









  


Inside on left and closed
on right.  Ribbon keeps card closed.




Then the other night I made this one.


Different papers, different look.  I am going to be making alot of these for sure.  It is a great card for using up scraps, which I always have a ton of.  Here are the measurements.

1 piece of cardstock 9 x 12
score on long side at 3, 6, and 9 turn and then score on short side at 3 and 6

With short side at top of trimmer line cardstock at the 3" mark and move cutter (without cutting) to the 1 1/2" mark cut from 1 1/2 to 10 1/2".  Slide cardstock to 6" and repeat the cut from 1 1/2" to 10 1/2"

You will need 2 pieces of same card stock 3 1/4" x 9 1/4"...1 for the front and back piece .

10 pieces DSP 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" or for smaller border 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
4 pieces 1 3/8" x 2 3/4"

Front panel DSP 3x9 you do not need to decorate back side.

Embellies of your choice, ribbon of your choice.

Hope you enjoy making this card as I have.  So easy and goes together quickly.
I'm going to try my Graphic 45 papers next.

Til later...............................

HAPPY CARDING






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