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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Faux Textured Metallic Paper a la Jennifer McGuire

Hi Everyone!

I follow many blogs, but one of my favorites is Jennifer McGuire's.  Yesterday I watched her video on Faux Textured Metallic Paper and was fascinated by the technique.  Click here for the link to that post. 

After watching the video a couple of times in succession I decided to give the technique a try.  I was thrilled with the results and just couldn't stop making cards!  I took my photographs too late in the day to capture the metallic shimmer of the cards, but you'll get the idea. 


 
 
I haven't added a sentiment to these cards yet, but thought I would still share them with you.
 
 
 
 
Thank you for the inspiration Jennifer McGuire!
 
Have a nice night!
Carol
 
 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NotePads

Hi Everyone!

I try to keep a stash of cards, gift bags, cupcake boxes, and small gifts handy for hostess gifts and such.  A few weeks ago I saw a note pad displayed at Absolutely Everything and knew it would make a great little gift.  On the way home I stopped and purchased some 5" x 8" perforated writing pads from Staples. 

I cut a piece of 12" x12" doubled sided tag so that it measured 12" x 8 1/16" inches.  I scored my paper at 5", 5.25", 10.25" and 10.5".

I cut the leftover scrap from my original 12" x 12" paper so that it measured 5" x 2.5".  I used that paper to cover the header on the note pad.  Then I adhered the note pad between the 5.25" and 10.25" scores on my other paper and folded the double sided paper along the scored lines. 


I added some "cards" from Graphic 45 papers to the front covers to use as tab.  I also put "cards" inside the covers.  You could turn the card into a pocket.  You could also add a slash pocket to the inside.
 
 
Here are photographs of a couple of other notepads that I created.




 
 
 
Have a nice day!
Carol
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Another Thank You Card

Hi Everyone!

I was standing in line at Michaels yesterday when I spotted the cover of CardMaker magazine.  I recognized the Lawn Fawn stitched leaves that were on a thank you card on the cover.  I decided it would be a great card to make for some Fall gifts. 

I used the card as inspiration, but didn't use the directions for it.  Instead of creating the woodgrain I decided to use some Lawn Fawn woodgrain cards that I purchased a few weeks ago.  Then I decided that I didn't like the size of those cards for this project so I cut the cards at the seams and mounted them onto some tag weight paper before I adhered them to a blank card. 

I don't own the Lawn Fawn stitched leaves dies, but do own some other leaf dies so I decided to use one of them.  There is some stitching in the middle of those leaves.


I used a Sizzix scalloped tag die to cut the tag.  I used VersaMark Ink when I stamped the sentiment and then used white embossing powder with my heat gun.  I tied some thin strands of hemp together to create my bow.

I've finally learned to create more than one of a card while I have the materials for it sitting on my desk.

 
Have a great night!
Carol
 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks Die

Hi Everyone!

This humidity is brutal.  We have window fans, but no air conditioning.  Usually the fans keep us cool and comfortable, but that hasn't been the case in this humidity.  It's been too hot to cook and too hot to create, but I do have some cards to share with you. 

I love Lawn Fawn's Scripty dies.  I use them over and over again.  Recently I made a few thank you cards using Lawn Fawn's "thanks" die. 


There are 3 "thanks" stacked on top of each other on this card.  I ran them through my Xyron X machine to get adhesive on them.  Notice how the pieces in the middle reflect the scalloped pieces on the patterned paper.  I used my Nestabilities to create the scalloped circle and classic circle in the center of the card.  The apple was created with a Hero Arts wooden stamp. 


This time I cut one "thanks" from cream colored paper and one from a dark red paper.  I adhered them so that some of the cream colored sentiment showed to create a shadow effect. 

 
That's a shadow not an ink spot on the bottom of the card.  Sometimes it's hard to get good lighting when I am photographing my creations.
 
Have a nice night!
Carol
 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Happy Die from Mama Elephant

Hi Everyone!

I LOVE sentiment dies and am slowly building a collection of them.  I recently purchased the "happy" die from Mama Elephant and have been using it to build up my stash of birthday cards. 

Here are some of my favorites.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The cards are all rectangular, but the camera made them look wonky.
 
Let me know which one is your favorite!
 
Have a great night.
Carol
 
 
 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Envelope Mini Albums

Hi Everyone!

One of the projects I have been doing lately is creating envelope mini albums.  I've made some that may be used as recipe albums and others that may be used as photo albums.  All of them are open-ended so the recipients will decide how they will use them. 

I started out by watching some videos on You Tube.  One of the ones I really like is at this link.  My first album took longer than I would care to admit, but now I can create an album from start to finish in about an hour.

Here are some tips that might help you.  First of all you do not need to purchase expensive thick envelopes.  I learned that the hard way. The first envelopes I bought were from Staples and cost me $4.99 for a package of ten colored #10 envelopes.  They worked perfectly, but then I thought I would try some envelopes from another store that cost me about .75 an envelope.  Well, it turned out that those envelopes were actually too heavy to score perfectly and too heavy to lay flat in the album.  I didn't like the look of that album so I ended up tossing it out-happily before I had decorated it.  So all of the albums I have made are with the envelopes from Staples.  They come in a variety of colors, one color per package. I used pink ones for some baby girl albums, pale blue ones for some baby boy albums, green ones for some recipe books, and a red one for a Minnie Mouse album.


I cut all of my papers before I start to assemble an album.  I also put Scor-tape on the backs of all of those papers before I begin the album.  Once the envelopes are bound as an album I just keep turning the pages and adding paper to them. 

Here are some of the pages from the Minnie Mouse album.

 
That zig zag paper is the back side of the cover.  I did not use chipboard for the cover.   I just used heavy duty double sided patterned paper.  I am guessing the chipboard would be more durable, but I am happy with the weight of the covers I made.
 
 
See the flap to the right.  There's a picture of Mini Mouse on each of those flaps.  I cut up a piece of Disney patterned paper to get the images.
 
 
Here's one of those pictures. 
 
When I complete an album I flip it over and use a clear stamping block to hold it down for a while.  It helps the album flatten a little. 
 
That's all for tonight.  After the winter we had I shouldn't complain about today's humidity, but...oh, man...it is too hot!
 
Have a great night!
Carol
 


Friday, July 10, 2015

Minnie Mouse Birthday

Hi Everyone!

My friend's daughter turns 3 tomorrow.  She is having a Minnie Mouse party theme.  I made a Minnie Mouse gift bag.


I used some of my Nestability circle dies to create the Minnie Mouse silhouette.   I used a glue dot to adhere a fabric ribbon bow to the head.  I created a matching card, but didn't photograph it.

I made some Minnie Mouse thank you cards.

 
I used small Nestability circle dies to create the Minnie Mouse balloons on this card.  The bows were created with a Martha Stewart bow punch.  I trimmed them a little so they weren't too big.  I used foam tape to adhere the balloons to the card.
 
 
I used a Mickey Mouse paper punch to create the Minnie Mouse silhouettes on this card.
 
 
Used more Nestability circles, the Mickey Mouse paper punch, and the Martha Stewart bow punch to create this card.  The black strip with white polka dots is ribbon. 
 
 
I used a Martha Stewart balloon punch to create this balloon and added some ears to it. 
 
I used some dimensional stickers to create some other cards that I will share with you tomorrow.
 
Have a great night!
Carol