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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

HALLOWEEN SHUTTER CARD

    Halloween will soon be here and it's time we all start thinking of our Halloween cards.  I for one love sending the grandkids a little card.  This year however I have been so busy and time keeps flying.  I don't even remember what has kept me so busy but lately its a bath remodel up at our summer place.  I've also been busy crafting.  Trying different things and it has seemed to knock my card making over to the sidelines.  But never fear........there are a bunch of super simple and super quick cards that can be whipped together in no time.

Start by using the Spellbinders Happy Days card die to cut out your base. You can get the die on Amazon for a reasonable price HERE.  I love this die for super quick cards.  Then just grab some designer paper and go for it.  This card is also good for scraps.  I'm going to whip up a few more and then I can concentrate on some crafts I'm trying to get done.  Maybe I'll post them later.

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

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Loaded Halloween Pocket

Oh my goodness where did the months of July and August go?  Summer has been so busy for us that I have barely had time to craft.  I mean I was able to get some crafting done with the grandkids and some Tye Dyeing with my sister but papercrafting????  Well that ha taken a back seat.  I should also add that we have been revamping our summer cabin too so I have been decorating...kinda if you call replacing floors and carpet and painting walls decorating lol.

A while ago I was making loaded pockets and I absolutely love making these.  I have randomly passed out the small ones to either a very kind waitress, or the mail lady etc.  I have been facebook friends with one woman who just happens to live up where my summer place is.  We have never really met in person but this last time I was up there she suggested we meet up in October and finally craft together.  I wanted to give her a small token and decided a Halloween themed loaded pocket would be super cute.  The main pocket is made with 1 12x12 sheet of Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland.  I think this line was discontinued but I'm not sure.  Anyway here's the pocket empty.
Isn't that a cute little piece of candy corn?  Easy peasy to make it too.  Just get your 3 colors cut 3 circles One that is 2" diameter, a 2 3/4 diameter and a 3 1/4 diameter.  Stack them together and glue .  Then cut the stacked circle in half and continue cutting the halves like pie pieces.  You should be able to get 8 pieces.  So so cute.  Anyway............I then made a bunch of tags, a few pokes, some little embellies and then bagged a few die cuts and ribbons.
I'm hoping she's going to really like these.  I am so proud of myself...I used only scraps!  Yep didn't have to buy a thing.  The only full sheet of paper I used was to construct the main pocket.  To be honest I didn't even know that I had so much Halloween stuff. Ok time to stuff the pockets......................................

TA DA!!!!!!
 I think I'm going to make a few more of those mini pockets with the other Halloween paper I have and stuff it with packets of apple cider.  So stay tune those may be coming up soon.

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

More Fancy Fold Envelope Cards

Spending time up at the lake with limited supplies but i was still able to get some cards done.  Today's post will just be pictures of completed cards.  You can go to my previous post for more information on how to make these simple cards using plain legal envelopes.  Post is located

I brought quite a few envelopes up to the lake and boy I'm glad I did.  We have had a lot of rainy days up here so it really helped pass the time.  These 2 were made with miscellaneous papers I had around from years ago.  They were all loose sheets so I don't have a collection name for you.  As you can see you can just choose a few papers with similar colors and it'll work.

I haven't put anything on the insides yet.  Both of these are BIRTHDAY cards.  Top picture is closed bottom picture is open.  

I have some more Graphic 45 paper that I think I'm going to make a few more.  But I think I'll wait for another rainy day.  Right now it's calming just listening to the waves.

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



Sunday, June 23, 2019

More loaded Pockets

Hello.  Is it sunny by you yet?  We have had our share of cloudy days here in the mid-west.  I see on the first full day of summer Colorado had some snow.  Oh my!  At least our temps have gone up and finally are in the 80's but its humid with all the rain.  So what does one do during all these rainy days?  You craft.  And what better craft than making loaded pockets.  I won't take time to tell you how to make them.  You can go to my post with simple instructions HERE 

This time I decided they needed to be stuffed with more generic things.  The first batch I made would be great for another crafter with the little embellies in them but when I really thought about it to give them out randomly maybe they should have something else.  So I decided that these would be stuffed with 3 inspirational tags, a few mini envelopes with little notes inside and a flavor pack for a water bottle or a small chocolate.
Each pocket also has a little magnet attached to the backs so they could be  put on a refrigerator just as something pretty.  I bagged them in cello bags from the Dollar Tree and used scrap cardstock to staple them shut.  A stamp I found from Joanns way back was absolutely perfect.  The sentiment said exactly what I wanted to express.  I can't wait to start handing these out.  But first I need to do some bagging.  lol  For sure I will be doing alot of these.  How cute for Halloween?  Oh and Christmas!  Oh my........I am going to be busy for sure.  Good thing I have my Christmas cards done!  

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



Friday, June 21, 2019

Fancy fold Birthdays

Hi everybody. It still isn’t summer here in the Midwest. Up at the lake it’s quite chilly at 52 degrees. Feels a little bit more like fall.  But it’s sunny and comfy on the porch.  A few post ago I made a fancy fold fathers day card.  I so loved the easiness of this card that I decided to make a few more.  While up at the lake I have limited space and limited supplies.  The nearest craft store is an hour and a half away.  The nearest LSS is 35 min away so I really have to use what I have on hand.  During the summer while here I need a few birthday cards so this one is perfect.  First up are 2 masculine cards.

Next I needed a few girly cards so I used the same fancy fold and girly'd it up.  Hmmmm…is that a word?  Lol.


All of these were made with Graphic 45 papers.  For the guy cards I used Communique Collection and Good ‘Ol Sport collection.  Both were from 2013 and I believe they are both retired.  For the girly cards I used Time to Flourish collection from 2014.  This might still be available.  You can check out graphic45.com for availability of all current collections.

I am a big fan of G45 and their collections are a perfect choice for my cabin creating space.

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fancy Fold Envelope Card

I am truly addicted to this card.  This is the 3rd one I have made and each one is turning out so different.  Originally suppose to be an envelope card for inside a journal, my first one turned out so cute and Shabby Chic that I decided to use it as a card instead.  Then using the same technique I had made it with Graphic 45 Mother Goose papers for a cute little girl birthday card.  Now with Fathers Day coming I pulled out more Graphic 45 papers and made it into a fathers day card.  For more details on how to make this super easy card from envelopes see the post HERE



This could also be used as a Birthday card too.  Love that the papers don't need alot of embellishing.  Although you can embellish it up like crazy if you want.  I have probably 3 more various paper line to make some more of these and I can't wait they are so fun and a good way for me to use up envelopes that I have laying around. Sentiments for these cards are put on the backs.

Til next time
HAPPY CARDING!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Loaded Pockets just for fun

Hi Again...back with more embellie fun.  Remember all those I made in my last post?  Well I decided I needed to find a place to use them.  So many people have jumped on the Loaded Envelope train.  What a great idea!  Only I wanted to be a bit different so I made a pocket instead.  Do you remember the little paper cups we use to make in grade school?  You'd fold a square piece of paper (we usually used ruled school paper) into a triangle then brought the point on the left to the middle flipped it over and repeated with the other point then took one of the top points and slipped it into the part you folded over.  OK now that I'm trying to write it ..it sounds confusing but it's not.  If you remember then GREAT!!!  If not?  Well here's a photo that I hope helps.
For these pockets.fold a square (I used 6x6) as in upper left example.  Then bring top point down to bottom fold as in upper right example.  Take points from left and right sides and line up with fold line under flap as in bottom left example.  Then glue your flap only at the point as in example on bottom right.  Does that make sense?  Boy I hope so because they really are easy.

So...I made the pocket from a 6"x6" piece of double sided cardstock.  Its the blue cup like thing on the upper right.  All the embellies surrounding it fit into the pocket.

If you look closely I even made a teeny tiny pocket that is holding 2 little tags.  The little envelopes have little slips of paper in them for a little note.  The little purse with the bow on it is one that I made from the previous post and is held shut with an altered paperclip.  I even included a large paperclip with the bigger flower on it .

So do you want to see them all stuffed?  They are adorable!

Aren't they cute?  Now what to do with them you are probably asking.  Well my intentions are to use them for random acts of kindness.  I will bag these (and others I'm sure to make) and when the mood hits me...just hand 1 out.  Maybe to the Post Office lady who is so nice in conversation when mailing my cards, or how about the random person celebrating their birthday at a restaurant your eating at.  You know how sometimes the wait staff comes out with a cupcake and candle and everyone sings?  Wouldn't it be awesome to just walk up to the table and say "Here you go Happy Birthday".  We are given so many opportunities to put a smile on a strangers face and often we ignore the opportunity because we don't know what to do.  This would be perfect.

Til later
HAPPY CARDING!