Monday, July 17, 2017

Masculine card with antique sailing ship

Created for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - check it out!

Most of the cards that I've seen using the Nautical Expedition DSP are small prints; the backs of these papers have very large images, mostly more suitable for scrapbooking, which has been typical of Stampin' Up! DSP - small pattern on one side, large pattern on the other.  For this quickie card, I used this lovely cutter ship from the "back" side of the paper, and embellished with a sanded and inked strip cut from a Kleenex box, a strip from the Cherry Cobbler red side of the paper and some Linen Thread.  The Cherry Cobbler sentiment is from Vintage Labels, and I stamped just the edges of one of the images in the That's the Ticket set in Sahara Sand to form the background.  Thanks for stopping by!

Another Banner Day, another masculine birthday card!

This card uses some self-adhesive banners that came in a kit from Stampin' Up!  The white heat-embossed sentiment is from Happiest of Birthdays.  So much nicer in person, I think I should start using my proper camera again instead of my phone, don't you think?

Made for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - check it out!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Book-style Card Box Measurements

Feel free to download / print these directions and measurements and use them.

Link back to the full tutorial...

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How to make a book-style card storage box

First, I have to give credit to The Efficient Crafter for the idea.  She made her box a little differently because she used patterned paper.  I used cardstock, so I didn't need as many layers for the box to be strong enough.  Also, to make my version you'll only need one 8.5"x11" sheet of Whisper White or Very Vanilla, and a half sheet of 12"x 12" of whatever color you choose for the outside, plus whatever you'd like to embellish with.

Score your 6"x 12" cardstock at 4 7/8 and 7 1/8.  This will form the outside.

To create the two inner pockets, cut a 3/4" strip off of the long side of a sheet of 8.5"x11", then cut the remaining piece in half to get two 7 3/4" by 5 1/2" pieces. 

You're going to make a slanted pocket that looks like this from the outside.  If you want the pocket to reach the top (it would look tidier), you'll need to cut two pieces that are 7 3/4" x 7" instead, but I thought this way would use less CS and once it's full of cards, it won't matter so much.

Score each inside piece at 1/2" and 1 1/2" in from two short sides and one long side...

Cut away the 1 1/2" squares at the bottom corners.

Measure up two inches from the bottom of one side flap on each piece and mark it.  If you're using paper that is the same on both sides, you don't need to worry about making the two pockets mirror images of each other, but I've shown it that way in case you're using a textured or patterned cardstock for yours.

At the 2" mark , make a cut straight across to the second score line.

Now comes the tricky bit... cutting the diagonal.  Turn your card stock along the cutting line from the top of your 2" flap to the top of the card stock where the next score line is... you can just make out the top one in my photo:

You should end up with something like this:

Red liner tape is a strong adhesive, put it (or something similar) along the inner edge of all the 1/2" tabs, like this:     
(Hint: If you're going to use Fast Fuse or an ATG, then you should wait until you're ready to assemble everything before putting adhesive on the tabs.)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Vintage Book Card Case

I made one of these card-carriers full of note cards for my kid's teacher last month, and liked it so much I wanted to make some more, so this is for a special someone who never forgets a birthday or special occasion.  Going to fill it with a little bit of everything; it will fit up to EIGHTEEN cards and envelopes if they are CAS, fewer if they have more embellishments.  I just LOVE how this came out!!!  

Colors:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Framelits:  Apothecary and Timeless Tags
The embossed kraft card stock is Natural’s Composition Specialty Paper (retired).

Click here for a detailed photo tutorial. (better for beginners)

Click here for quickie printable directions & measurements. (for more experienced crafters)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Vintage Vanilla & Blushing Pink Bride All-Occasion Cards

These laser-cut cards were in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog a few years back and I finally opened the package!

This first one was embellished with Blushing Bride DSP and pleated ribbon as well as some Venetian Lace Crochet Trim.  I don't think it could get any more feminine if it tried!  I had to cut the card apart and trim it down a bit, then I used the die-cut panel as a card front and popped it up with lots of dimensionals.  I think the shadow of the die cut on the DSP creates lovely depth to this card, don't you?

This set of cards had some with floral die-cut hearts, and others with a lacy die-cut edge.   

I put a DSP behind the border with a pattern of Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip showing through the lace.  Inside there's a pattern of pink glitter on an ivory background.  The pink satin ribbon is held together with Fast Fuse, giving the front a little more interest and covering the seam between the papers on the inside.  One piece of ribbon goes all the way around the front of the card, then a second smaller piece is folded in half and adhered to line up with one edge.

I think you could use these cards for feminine birthdays, weddings or valentines; what would you use them for?

These cards were created for the Feminine Anything Goes Watercooler Challenge.  Check out the other great submissions here.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Clean & Simple Birthday Card

CAS cards are really my favorite sort to make.  Not a million things to coordinate and arrange, just let the designs of the stamps or papers shine and show their awesomeness!  I love monochromatic cards for this same reason; I won't struggle to get the color combination just so, because it's all blue and white, like Delft china or Wedgewood.

Remember the Top Note Die?  The original stitched edge die by Stampin' Up! Now they're all the rage again, but as Thinlets.  I heat-embossed the flowers from Just Believe in Whisper White, stamped the sentiment from Express Yourself in Night of Navy onto the classic shape cut from Marina Mist card stock.  Of course I used the MISTI to get everything where I wanted it... then a couple of glue dots and white butterflies from the Beautiful Wings embosslit all topped off with two tiny self-adhesive pearls.

This card was created for the Happy Little Stampers July CAS challenge.  Click  to see all the fab creations!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Teacher-themed Card Carrier

I love my kids' schools. So. Much.  Their teachers are just wonderful and I love it when I can find time to make them a gift.   This year, instead of a plain-Jane box of note cards, I wanted to make a case that was just as cute and useful.  I'm glad I stocked up on this Fruits and Flowers DSP while it was still available; the apples with heart-shaped cores are so perfect for elementary-school teachers, don't you think?

Just a little bow to keep the holder closed provides a little embellishment 
without covering too many apples!

Rather than cover any of that adorable pattern, I put an inspirational quote from the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set on the spine of the "book".  I put some sticky strip on the seam between the white and patterned paper so the ribbon would stay covering it.

Inside I made some matching thank you cards and monogrammed note cards.

Also included a few that weren't so teacher-y...

The DSP coordinates with Calypso Coral and Gumball Green, the colored cards are Kiwi Kiss stamped in Old Olive.

Stamp sets:
     Thanks from Perfect Punches
     Swirls from Everything Eleanor
     Thank you from Lacy & Lovely
     Hello from Fresh Vintage
     Monogram from Lovely Letters

I'm going to post a tutorial for the card holder in a day or two.  Pretty quick to put together once I figured all the measurements.  Who would you make one for?

Edited: Click here to go to the full tutorial!