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Monday, March 30, 2020

Dylusions Journal books by Ranger

While still under "Shelter in Place" in the state of Illinois one can craft their hearts out!  If you know me you know I love crafting with the grandkids when they are around so I am not always making cards.  Unfortunately for me the grands cannot be here due to the current nation wide situation.  Although we believe that our households are clean and clear of the virus we do not want to chance it.  While cleaning out the kids craft closet I found 2 Ranger journals.  One I bought and actually bought 2 of them and gave one to my granddaughter and the other one was given to me as a gift to put techniques in that I have tried so I don't forget.  My granddaughter and I had started the other ones with just daily writings.  That one has some premade decorated pages and we just wrote our thoughts on some of them.  She has done alot more than I but neither of us decorated our outside. Its more like a diary type journal. It can be gotten here .
So I had decided it was time to decorate.  I just happened to have some of the dylusions paints so after I gesso'd the outside I went to town.  You can also use regular acrylic paints.  Just have fun with a background.  Next add some texture.  I used the top of jars to make the circles and some mesh from an orange bag for added texture.  I then added some stamps.  Oh and a bit of washi tape.  I then wanted to seal mine.  Though no where have I seen anyone else seal their's.  I just used regular semi gloss poly.  I just like the added protection.


The second one I have was, like I said a gift.  I have put little things in there such as some paperclip art, a few ATC's some stenciling.  But again the cover was not decorated.  Here's where you can see the one I'm talking  about.  journal .
I am loving the brightness of these.  I can't wait to show my granddaughter.  Maybe we can craft via messenger!  LOL 
Now to work on more of the inside pages.  You Tube here I come.  Oh and probably Amazon too.  Because you know I'm going to need a few more supplies right?

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


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Double Point Card

How is this for super adorable?   Saw this on Pinterest and just had to make one.  Okay maybe 2 or 3 lol.  I wanted to play with sizes.
This one is a basic 4.25" x 5.5" card base that I used a seafoam green for.  The double points are then attached to the 4 x 5.25 piece of cream shimmer paper.  I used 2 different ovals on the top point and made the flower from a die.  The little SMILE banner is popped up so that the bottom of the oval can slip underneath to keep the points closed.  If you flip the oval up it reveals a secret message.  Then your main greeting goes inside the card base.
As you can see I used a little vase to keep the card base open a little.  

I wanted to change this up a bit too so on my directions it will be for a flat card and not a regular side opening card base.

So here's what you'll need:

4.25" x 5.5" flat non opening base
4" x 5.25" mat piece
2 pieces 3" x 4"
An oval , square, or rectangle size your choice in base color
a mat piece to put on your oval, square, or rectangle
Then a flower or butterfly your choice.
Use scraps to make little sentiment banner to keep points closed

With your 3x4 pieces score with 3" side on top at 1" on both pieces fold back and then take the bottom corner and bring to center as shown in picture. Glue these little triangles down. Then attach the 1" scored end to the back of your mat piece and fold the points to the front.  Then attach the mat to the flat 4.25 x5.5 base.  You can see what the back should look like in bottom left picture when score line have been glued to back of mat.
Picture on the right above is how it should look when you glue mat to base.  Remember this one is a flat base.  If you want it to open just like a regular card just make the base a regular card base.  Then time to decorate.  I used a 2.75" and a 2.25" stitched squares for my center.  On the outside top point the only part of the square glued is the top.  Bottom is left unglued so that it may slip under sentiment.  I also chose to use a butterfly on the front instead a flower.
In all honesty I'm not crazy about this one.  The butterfly could have been better and the colors are too bright for me but it does show the process.  Choose your favorite papers and give this one a try.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2020

A Call Out for Cards

Well being Sheltered in Place is certainly allowing me to get some cards done and dig through my stash.  Yesterday I got an email from a local Scrapbook Store wanting to fill there carousel with home made cards.  For each card you donate you get to put your name into a drawing for some fun stuff from the store.  Since the store has to remain close at the moment due to the virus the owner has said we could mail in our creations.  I always have extra cards here since I love making them but never have enough people to give them to.  Most of the time these cards end up in a shoe box where I forget about them and then one day I'll go through them and think..."Huh...I don't really like these anymore".  LOL  Do any of you ever do that or am I the only one?  So this gave me the opportunity to create and get rid of at the same time!  I'll have to go re-read the email because I don't remember exactly how this was suppose to work.

So I thought I'd start with 2 real simple cards.  I got a couple new dies and embossing folders and I was dying to try them.  Embossing folders always look so nice with shimmer paper.  Plus I don't have to do a sentiment inside because it was requested that they be left blank.  Awesome!



Now time to go try a Fancy Fold!  My favorite kind of card. So........
Til next time.........................

HAPPY CARDING




Friday, March 27, 2020

A Birthday Card to Die Cut For

Recently I was at a Scrapbook show where I had a coupon for 50% off 1 die at the Tessler booth.  I found this beautiful orchid die and knew I just had to have it.  Since I needed a birthday card for my sister I thought this would be a good time to use the die.  Not being sure what I wanted to do I went through my papers and decided most of the card would be made with shimmer paper (love shimmer) and then I remembered someone once on You Tube die cut out their flowers on vellum.  I cut multiple flowers from the vellum as well as a base of the flowers from white shimmer paper.  On the vellum I rubbed some versa inks on the paper before I die cut them out and then layered each flower.
I tried to keep things simple again due to mailing issues during this Corona virus "Shelter in Place".  Not to take any chances I have decided to avoid the post office for the time being.  Which means I can't determine the correct postage if my card is too heavy.  But I think even with the simplicity it's pretty sweet.  I embossed the front with a Darice folder.  I probably should have also embossed the cream oval too but didn't think of it until after I put the card together.  I'm sure I'll make another so I'll try more embossing then.

Stay Healthy and til next time.......................

HAPPY CARDING




Thursday, March 26, 2020

More Easter Magic

I absolutely love this die set by Christina Griffins.  It is so versatile. Today I have a few more card examples from this die.  First these are the pieces I used to make my cards.
When you cut out the lattice egg all those little pieces fall out so if you cut out a few in different colors you can mix the pieces up and replace them into the openings of the lattice.  As you can see above there are all the little pieces.  Below is how the card turns out when pieced.  I love it.  The die set also came with a little die that cuts those bows which was the perfect touch to the card.
Then another way to use the die is to back the lattice with a solid egg shape of a patterned paper.  This is not as fussy as the piecing one is.
This can be used 2 different ways.  First way is as above where you have the lattice piece placed on top of the solid piece and it would then be placed on a card front.  The other way is using the lattice die right on the card front as a window and then on the inside of the card place a piece of designer paper behind it.
The purple one is where I layered the egg on top of the card front and the Gold one is where I used the Egg die as a window and backed it with designer paper.  The gold card is not complete but I wanted to show you the different way to use the dies. Both of them just had designer paper behind the lattice.    

Thanks for checking these out.  Maybe you'll find a reason to get these dies too.
Til next time...............................

HAPPY CARDING

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Paper Clip Bookmarks

Still on the Governors Shelter in Place so there are more crafts to be done.  I had decided that I was going to use this time to make embellishments.  Fussy cutting everything and digging through drawers of miscellaneous do dads.  There are alot of people into the paperclip phase.  They are cute and can be used on cards or even in journals.  Like the Junk Journals alot of other people are making.  When I thought of Junk Journals, what came to mind were bookmarkers.  Then I also thought of the Bible journals some are doing and I thought why not make paperclip Bookmarks for Junk and Bible Journals?  I have one of those Ranger Journals that I have not used yet and decided the first thing in my journal will be the bookmarker.  I bet you could use these in regular book too and since its a paperclip it won't fall out of your book.  That's a plus right?

So here we go.  These will be super simple ones but you can bet I will be doing more complexed ones in the near future.
I decided to use card stock cut at 2" x 5.5".  This way you can get 8 from a 8.5 x 11" sheet.  I used my fancy 1  7/8th" scallop circle punch and the Paper Studio's Tag punch. I also used 2 different sized butterfly punchs and some more of those paper shreds I made on my Cutterpiller trimmer.
These are the ones I've done so far.  I turned 1 of the unfinished  ones backwards so you could see where I put the clips. The stamp set that I used for the bottom markers was a freebie in a magazine I get.  I have so many of these freebies that I have never used and I thought it was about time I find a use for them.

Now I need to think of more ideas with these clips.  I swear I must have 100 of them if not more.

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




Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Spring Birthday

Well it's suppose to be spring.  At least according to the calendar but then we get 3.5 inchs of snow!!!  Whhhaaatttt!!! This is crazy!  Although it all melted in a few hours and the streets and sidewalks were warm to prevent the snow from sticking so we didn't have to shovel.  Yay!!  More time for carding.

My niece has her birthday the end of this month.  She loves (at least that's what she tells me) my cards.  I usually go all out with a ton of layers and lots of 3D embellies.  But these days are stressed.  People are suppose to shelter in.  That means I will not be going to the post office to get the proper amount of postage on her card.  So I opted for a less fancy and way more flat card that I can slip into my mail box for the postman to pick up.

I love this Egg die by Christina Griffiths called Extravagant Egg Die.  I've used this on a few Easter cards I posted earlier Seen here .  This die set is so versatile.  It wakes beautiful shaker cards but also works well as a window card using the lattice piece as I did here.  I backed the lattice with a swirl holographic paper.  I used Perfect pearls at the cross pieces to look like dimension but not add weight as rhinestones would.  All my flowers remained flat with little perfect Pearls centers.  The finished size of this card is 5x7 so it is on the larger side.  I'm sure my niece will love it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Til next time..................

HAPPY CARDING