Wednesday, January 31, 2007

HANG IN THERE!

Well - it's Thursday... almost the weekend so hang in there!
And that announces the card for today.....

Hang In There!:
Card dimensions 2 3/4 " h x 5" w.


Materials: CS - pink, light pink, white, Cocoa (CTMH); Ribbon - paisley, Cocoa grosgrain (CTMH); Punch - Giga scalloped circle (Marvy); Cuttlebug die - Zoo animals, 2-way glue.

This card was a bit of an experiment to see how I could use the Giga scalloped punch other than the usual scalloped circle, and I quite like how it turned out.

To make the scallop on the front flap, I cut my pink CS to 12" x 2 3/4". This width is able to be inserted into the Giga punch, when you turn the punch upside down - then you can just scallop 1 end of the paper. Check out the photo below to see what happens.



I then scored the pink CS roughly 1 inch in from the scallop and then folded the long end in, to meet this scored line. That makes the base of the card. I repeated the scalloped punch trick on white CS and adhered it to the inside of the front scalloped pink flap, making sure a bit of the white showed. Then I tied the ribbon around this flap. With the Cuttlebug, I punched out the monkey in both light pink and Cocoa, and then interchanged the light pink and brown branches - using 1 monkey on the front and the other inside.


I printed the sentiment on the colour printer, matching the R/G/B codes to exactly match Cocoa Ink from CTMH. This is a great way of getting sentiments that you don't have stamps for, in the colour of ink/CS you want. Once it was printed, I again cut it so that it was 2 3/4 wide and scallop punched just above the sentiment, and repeated this just below the sentiment.

I hope you like today's post.
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

TURTLE TUESDAY

Happy Turtle Tuesday!
First of all - in case you missed it, I did a post late last night with the instructions for the card box from yesterday morning - for all those who asked for it. Just scroll down to the previous post.
Now on to today's...........
I thought I would call this card Spot The Turtle - because of the spotted patterned paper and the donut.
A donut you say? Now that I have your attention.........this is just the name for this style of card; one with a hole in the front that shows through the picture or sentiment on the inside.


Spot the Turtle:
Card is 8 1/2" w x 3 7/8 h.





Materials: Stamp - Princess Turtle (Inky Antics), Ribbon - Buttercup (CTMH), blue (Offray), CS - white, Paper - Coca Cafe Designer Collection (CTMH), Punch - 1 1/4" circle (SU!), Ink - Cocoa (CTMH), pencil crayons (Laurentian).

To make this card I made the white CS base, and covered it in the spotted patterned paper, and tied the ribbon bow. I then took the circle punch and punched out one of the circles. I then traced inside that circle lightly with a pencil onto the inside of the card (this is so I could stamp the inside design where I wanted it and the turtle's face would be seen through the hole in the card front). Then I stamped the inside design and got the urge to go back to basics - and colour just like my little Darling Daughter (DD) does, with plain old pencil crayons. I had forgotten how fun and easy that is! The sentiment says "Sittin' and thinkin' of you!"



To put the finishing touch on the card, I punched out some more circles from the patterned paper, and put them on an envelope to coordinate.
Hope you find some time in your day to get Back to Basics and just enjoy yourself!

So until next time, have a great day!















Monday, January 29, 2007

CARD BOX INSTRUCTIONS

Thanks to everyone who left comments and sent e-mails asking for the instructions for the card box below! So..... as requested - here are the instructions to make your own Card Box. It is really very simple:

  • Cut a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock (CS) to 12" x 9 1/2".
  • Score each end of the 12" side at 2 1/2". Score each end of the 9 1/2" side at 3 1/2" and then cut each of those scored lines (on the 9 1/2" side only) in from the edge of the paper to where it meets the other scored line. See the picture below.

  • Fold along all score lines and assemble the box. To glue the box together at the sides, I sandwiched the smaller middle piece in between the other two so that you don't see it (it is shorter height-wise than the other pieces). See the pictures below.


NOTE: If you wish to use any eyelets, other embellishments or holes on the box base front for a closure - remember to do it BEFORE you glue it together! I punched two 1/4" holes in the front panel for my ribbon tie after measuring where it needed to be once I made the lid and tested in place, in step 4 below.

  • For the lid, cut a 4 1/2" x 7" piece of coordinating CS (I used the Sweet Leaf from CTMH). Score along the 4 1/2" side at 1" and 2 1/2". Attach to the box by adhering one of the 1" sections to the box back. Round the front corners with a punch. Using the horizontal punch from SU!, make the slot in the front middle and insert a piece of ribbon and a photo hanger.

  • On the box lid, adhere your decorations as desired. I punched out 2 daisy shapes and glued them on by tucking 1 petal of each flower under the 'Beautiful' sentiment on each end.

I hope that answers all your questions. If not, just leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. I'd be glad to help.

And until tomorrow - for Turtle Tuesday - have a great night!

BEAUTIFUL WORDS TO LIVE BY

Happy Monday Morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!

As promised, today's post is a cute little card box Beautiful Words To Live By:


Materials: CS - Paisley (Wild Asparagus), white, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Ribbon - Forever Friends (Wild Asparagus); Punches - Daisy, corner rounder (EK Success), horizontal slot, Tag Punch (SU!), 1/4 inch hole (Staples); Stamp - Words To Live By (CTMH); Ink - Cameo Coral (SU!); white photo hangers, 16 white small brads (CTMH), "Beautiful" sentiment (Wild Asparagus, greeting glue, card box template.

This set includes a card box (a template I found a while back at SCS that I modified slightly and the original was posted by nkliewer on SCS) and 16 notelets (each 3 x 3 inches).


8 notelets are out of the Paisley CS, and 8 are out of the Sweet Leaf CS. On each set of 8 cards are the following words from the Words To Live By stamp set: Friendship, Joy, Love, Surprise, Wish, Happiness, Hope and Believe.

Here are the cards:


Each of these word stamps have a small background design (a heart, swirl, star or flower) - so the coordinating envelope has a larger stamp of that same design in the bottom right corner.
Greeting glue was used on the envelopes so that they can be licked & sealed like envelopes you buy at retail. I made my own template for the envelopes themselves.
Just saw some photos of the new items being released this weekend at CHA for the Cuttlebug! WOW! Some very neat 2-step dies. If you haven't seen the updates, you might want to check out the Provo Craft website where they have the new CHA items on their site this morning. Check it out here: Provo Craft
Remember - tomorrow is Turtle Tuesday!
Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, January 26, 2007

CELEBRATE...WITH BLOOM DOTS

As soon as I saw this Bloom Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, I thought about punching out all the different sized holes in the various blooms/designs; about a dark/black base and letting a bright colour shine through! This was lots of fun to do and I'm happy with how it turned out, even though it is not my usual colour scheme!
I got this embossing folder at Scrappin' Great Deals - check them out!



Celebrate...with Bloom Dots:
Card size is 6 1/2 inches w x 5 inches h.


Materials: Cuttlebug embossing folder - Bloom Dots, die - Birthday, CS - black , turquoise, Ink - Black (CTMH), Stamp - sentiment from Birthday Turtle set (Inky Antics), Punches - 1/8 and 1/4 inch hole, word window (SU), white photo hanger (CTMH), ribbon - turquoise (Offray), black gingham (SU), jump ring, paper piercer/mat.



I used the paper piercer, as well as the 1/8 and 1/4 inch hole punches to punch out the circles in the blooms - and if the hole was larger that 1/4 inch, I simply punched it a few extra times to make the hole bigger. Also - the word window punch was elongated (cut your CS the width of the punch and just insert the end in the window punch to get the curved ends.)

Try to drop by on Monday, when I hope to have a cute little boxed set of 3 x 3 inch note cards to share with you. And of course, there is always Turtle Tuesday!

Until next time, enjoy your weekend, stay warm, and have a great day!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A BLING WEDNESDAY

This is for all those people who love BLING - and you know who you are!
This card is made using the new Bazill Bling cardstock, a very shimmery and textured cardstock - really nice sheen to it. And of course, I used the little 'Bug'.


Stylized Flowers and BLING:

Card measures 5 inches h x 6 1/2 inches wide.



Materials: Cuttlebug embossing folder - Stylized Flowers, Die - Sliders, CS - green, pink (Bazill Bling), Small and mini Daisy punch (Marvy), Green polka dot ribbon (Offray)



Super fast and fun to make.

So until next time, have a great day!

Monday, January 22, 2007

TURTLE TUESDAY!

Well....here we are again....Happy Turtle Tuesday!
And even though this card has green and brown on it (AGAIN!) DH has approved this one, nice guy that he is! This is another design using a Turtle clear set from Inky Antics - check out their site at that link.

I got 2 fun new punches too - the Marvy Giga scalloped circle and the Mega circle! The new 'clever lever' punches are so much easier to use - much better than the older ones that you practically had to put on the floor and stand on to get them to punch!!!
For those in Canada looking for these hard to get punches, at great prices (on products and shipping) check out this site Scrappin' Great Deals - they are based out of London, Ontario for those in that area.

Celebrate - It's Your Special Day:
Card size 5 inches w x 6 1/2 inches h.

Materials: CS - Sweet Leaf, Cranberry (CTMH), Paper - Cocoa Cafe Designer Collection (CTMH), watercolour paper (Hilroy), Ribbon - Cocoa (CTMH), green (Offray), Punches - Word window (SU), Giga Scalloped Circle, Mega Circle (Marvy), Stamp - Birthday Turtle clear set (Inky Antics), Ink - Basic Black (SU), Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Cranberry, Bamboo (CTMH), mini glue dits, Pop Dots, waterbrush (CTMH), paper piercer/mat (Making Memories).

I am looking forward to a day of some card making with a couple of friends, who are going to learn how to watercolour! Should be fun! They are also Cuttlebug converts!!!

Until next time.....take care, and have a great day!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

WISHING YOU.....LOVE

Today's post is to get you thinking about Valentine's Day that is coming up very quickly. All you men out there - don't pretend to forget about it!!!!!!!
Darling Husband (DH) asked me to use some other colours of paper this time (he says I use green and brown too much and that the last card was not to his liking!!!!) To be completely honest, I'm not sure I like the last card either - but you never know - everyone likes different things! So on to today's post......



Wishing You.......Love:
Card dimensions are 4 1/4 inches w x 5 1/2 inches h.



Materials: Stamp - Wishing You (SU), CS - Hollyhock, White (CTMH), Barely Banana (SU), Cuttlebug embossing folder - Heart Blocks, yellow embroidery thread, Large Postal scissors (Fiskars), Word window punch (SU), 1/8 inch hole punch, small heart punch (Marvy).


Tips to help you make this card:
  • Top, bottom and right edges of the card front are distressed by running the open blade of a pair of scissors along it, to reveal the white inner core of the CTMH cardstock.

  • 1/8 inch hole is punched in the spine of the card to put the embroidery thread through.

  • The dangling hearts on the embroidery thread are made using 2 cut out hearts per thread, sandwiching the thread between 2 and gluing. Note that the heart shape is traced from the main stamped image open heart.

  • I punched out some small hearts in the banana and hollyhock CS to insert in the card as confetti.

  • The word window punch (with the words 'Wishing You' in it) is elongated from the actual punch size to fit the stamped words.

Hope to have you drop by again soon.........

And remember - tomorrow is Turtle Tuesday!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

FINDING JOY

Here is the latest Cuttlebugged card and matching envelope - Joy.
Card dimensions are 6 1/2 inches w x 5 inches h.




Materials: Stamps - In full bloom, Small script (SU), CS - Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Twilight, White (CTMH), Ink - Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Twilight (CTMH), Cuttlebug embossing folder - Textile, sandpaper, waterbrush (CTMH), 2-way glue, prisma glitter (CTMH), Liquid glass (CTMH), ticket corner punch (SU), dimensionals (SU).


After stamping the flower image (insert the word 'joy' into the stem of the In Full Bloom flower), I used a waterbursh to watercolour the flower image on the white CS and matching envelope. Using the 2-way glue, I applied glitter as I wished to highlight the flower petals and leaves. NOt sure that the photos picks up the glitter, but it is really quite sparkly in real life! I then cut out the flower - after it dried! - and put it on the card with dimensionals to raise it up.
Note that the embossed textile texture was sanded to reveal the white inner core of the CTMH cardstock. I like this effect, as it highlights the texture quite well.

May you find Joy today in whatever you do!
Until next time.....

Friday, January 19, 2007

COMMENTS - HOW TO

Sorry for not posting a card today as promised - but it is still drying right now, so I will post it tomorrow. It is done with the Textile embossing folder and a little bit of watercolouring - hope you will be inspired!

We have had a few people ask how to go about leaving Comments on this blog. If you are not familiar with blogging - it is very simple to do.
Click on the little Comment word at the bottom of any post. A box opens up where you can type in your comment/question. Underneath this box, you must then "Choose An Identity" by clicking one of the circles. There is a choice of 3 identities:
  • Google/Blogger (this would be for those who have a Google blog account, and they would need to sign in using their User name and password). If you don't enter your User name and password, the comment will not post and it will just keep returning you to the comment box.
  • Other (where you have the option to leave your Name and web page if you wish - these are optional though)
  • Anonymous (this does not require that you provide any info at all)

So - if you are a blogger, you can use the first option Google/Blogger. If you aren't, you can choose from Other or Anonymous - and it will immediately post your comment.

And..... if all else fails, you can always just E-mail us directly, using the e-mail link on the top of the right side bar.

Have a good night!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

NEW CUTTLEBUG FOLDERS!

It was a great mail day today! I got 5 new Cuttlebug embossing folders, that I have been waiting for!
I got the following from a London, Ontario on-line site - Scrapping Great Deals (check them out at that link for some great pricing on all their products - below retail, no GST, and free shipping over $100.00!!!!!).
  • Bloom Dots

And from All That Scraps on-line site (check out that link as well!), I got these:

  • Stylized Flowers
  • Bow Frame
  • Textile
  • Heart Blocks

So hopefully will find some time later tonight to make a few new cards! Pop back in tomorrow to see what happens!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

BLOSSOM BLOCKS - EMBOSS RESIST WATERCOLOUR

When I saw the watercolour tutorial on Erika Martin's Blog (aka StampinMama on SCS) I knew right away what she was talking about when she said a stamp with a "negative space". I have had this stamp set - Blossom Blocks - from CTMH for some time now and never used it. Just didn't know what I wanted to use it for, until now!


Blossom Blocks - Emboss Resist Watercolour.
Each card size is 3 x 3 inches.





Materials: Stamp - Blossom Blocks (CTMH); Ink - Versamark, Blush, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); CS - White, Sweet Leaf, Blush (CTMH), grey; Ribbon - green, white; waterbrush, white square brad (CTMH), sandpaper, embossing powder (EP) - Stardust (Stampendous), heat gun, greeting glue (SU).


Making these cards was really very easy. Check out Erika's tutorial on the link above, it explains it all very well.
I stamped in Versamark on to white CS, then used the Stardust EP and heat gun to emboss the design. This is very glittery EP - lots of BLING factor! Once that cooled, I watercoloured the flowers inside the embossing with a waterbrush. Watercolouring this way is a nice way to learn, as the ink stays inside of the 'wells' made by the embossed image - so that it doesn't run into other areas. These were then matted on to Blush CS and then put on the card front. I added the ribbon at the side, put a corner treatment on the stamped image and sealed it with a brad.
Just as a note, CTMH's CS has a white core so that you can distress it to reveal white. This is what I did on the photo corners - I used sandpaper to distress the CS.
The little envelopes are out of the Sweet Leaf CS and I used Stampin' Up's Greeting Glue on the seals - so that you can lick and seal them just like regular envelopes! I really like that stuff since I make a lot of my own envelopes.


So that is it! These 2 cards are for 2 ladies that might be coming to visit tomorrow. A special hello to JB (or PITA as she refers to herself!). If you are reading this, I'm thinking of you! If you can't come to get this card tomorrow - this card will come to you!


Until later - Have a great day!

Monday, January 15, 2007

TURTLE TUESDAY - FAIRY SPECIAL

Welcome to the first edition of TURTLE TUESDAY, which I hope to make a weekly event.

I have a few of the clear turtle stamp sets from Inky Antics - and you can do so much with them. This company carries many other cute stamps so check out the Inky Antics site and see.

FAIRY SPECIAL TURTLE PRINCESS:


Materials: CS - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, white (CTMH), PP - Cocoa Cafe Collection (CTMH), Ink - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, Blush (CTMH) and Basic Black (SU), Stamp - Princess Turtle clear set (Inky Antics), Sakura Stardust glitter pen, Coluzzle cutting mat, swivel knife and circle template, Cuttlebug die - Vintage, Ribbon - pink organza, 1 1/4 inch circle punch (SU), Waterbrush (CTMH), Galaxy Marker - Milky Way White, Pop dots, Memory Makers tool kit - piercer, piercing mat (Ecstacy Crafts).

This card is so fun and feminine! The patterned paper (PP) and Cardstock (CS) is glued to a white card base (card size 6 1/2 inch w x 5 inch h) and before adhering the green CS, punch out a 1 1/4 inch circle roughly 3/4 inch from the bottom centre. Stamp the turtle image and accessories (hat and wand) onto white CS using Basic Black Stampin' Up ink (this ink is good to use for watercolouring outlines as it will not run once dried). To watercolour the image, squeeze the coloured ink pads before you open them so that there is a bit of the coloured ink on the inside lid. Using a waterbrush, pick up a bit of the ink from the lid and paint the stamped image - and let it dry completely. If the paper warps, you can leave it under a heavy book overnight or use a low heat iron to flatten (be careful doing this!). Stamp the saying ("Fairy Special") in the circle in the green CS. Using the glitter pen, colour in the stars on the turtle image and saying. Using the Coluzzle circle template, cut a curcle around the turtle image. Cut a 1 size larger circle out of Cocoa CS, and glue the turtle circle centred onto the Cocoa circle. Using a paper piercer and piercing mat, pierce holes evenly around the border - see the short TUTORIAL on this below. Use a white marker to accent each pierced hole. Tie ribbon around the card then cut out corner accent using a Cuttlebug and die - gluing this to the top right corner. Put pop dots onto the back of the turtle circle and centre it on the PP. Done!



TUTORIAL - PIERCING HOLES EVENLY AROUND A CIRCLE BORDER
1. Cut out a replica circle using regular printer paper. Fold the circle in half, in half again, in half again until it is folded into a small triangle. Open up the paper circle and you will have lines evenly spaced around the circle indicating where to pierce. This is a quick way to ensure you will have evenly placed holes!

2. Clip this paper circle to the cardstock circle using a paperclip and pierce on each line around the circle, about 1/8 inch in from the edge. When you are done, you will have holes evenly spaced around your cardstock circle border. Keep the circle template to use for other projects you may do using this circle size.



Hope this helped!
See you again soon.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

HAPPY MONDAY

First off, I would like to say a special HELLO to my regular group of craft ladies, for a fun-filled Sunday afternoon of Cuttlebugging! Hope you were inspired!

Here is another creation with that fun BUG, for today. Simple and quick!
Card measures 4 1/2 inches w x 6 inches h.

Cuttlebug Thanks in Purple:

Materials: CS - Barely Banana (SU), purple;
Ribbon - Buttercup organza (CTMH), Cuttlebug embossing
folder - Thanks, Cuttlebug die - Sliders, Marvy punch - Daisy,
Pop dots.

Make sure you drop by tomorrow for the first installment or "Turtle Tuesday" and a picture tutorial on a trick for paper piercing a circle.
Until then - have a great day! For everyone in Ontario - be careful driving this morning - Be Safe!

Friday, January 12, 2007

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Happy Friday! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, and hope there isn't too much snow for your drive in on Monday morning (for Ontario).

Here is today's card creation -
All Natural Thank You. Card dimensions: 5 1/2 inch w x 4 1/4 inch h.
Enjoy! See you again soon!




Materials: CS - Twilight, Bamboo, Cocoa, White (CTMH), Ribbon - Designer Ribbon Round: Twilight series (CTMH), Ink - Twilight, Cocoa (CTMH), Hardware - Photo hanger, brads (CTMH), Stamp - All Natural (SU), Corner ticket punch (SU), Pop dots.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

We would like to send out a special Happy Birthday today to my brother - Greg (A.K.A. Auntie Greg), on his special day!
Have a great one!

CUTTLEBUG-ITIS!

I have caught the bug - the Cuttlebug (by Provocraft) that is!
I have been having a lot of fun with my new embosser/die cutter, and have managed to use all of the embossing folders and dies that I have to date.

These are the ones I currently have:

Folders - D'vine swirl, Birthday, Thank You
Dies - Birthday, Sliders, Vintage

Here are some of the cards I have made so far - hope you enjoy them.

Cuttlebug Birthday 1:

Materials: Cuttlebug A2 folder - Birthday, Cuttlebug die - Birthday,

Ofray ribbon, decorative wire, CS: CTMH Twilight, misc. pink, white, Pop dots.

Cuttlebug Birthday 2:

Materials: Cuttlebug A2 folder - Birthday, Cuttlebug die - Vintage,
Stamp: Inky Antics, Princess Turtle clear set,
Ribbon: SU white grosgrain, pink,green Ofray, SU dimensionals,
Laurentian pencil crayons, Misc. CS.


Cuttlebug Thank You 1:

Materials: Cuttlebug A2 folder - D'vine Swirl, Cuttlebug die - Sliders,
Sakura Stardust glitter pen, 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch circle punch, slit punch (SU),

Stamp: Small Script (SU), CS: Cocoa (CTMH), misc CS, RIbbon: Cocoa grosgrain (CTMH).

Cuttlebug Thank You 2:


Materials: Cuttlebug A2 folder - D'vine Swirl, Cuttlebug die - Sliders and Olivia,
Gemagic tool and colour crystals, Ribbon: white grosgrain (SU), Sakura Stardust glitter pen, Misc. CS.