Thursday, May 26, 2016

Well Embellished Card

So I'm trying to be good. I've been going through the craft room, 

and finding lots of things I haven't used. The Tim Holtz

bird cage die is one of the things I bought several years ago and 

never used. I know I know....shame on me. 

After cutting it out in black cardstock I used my fingers to round out the 

bottom of the cage and the sides. I wanted to put it on a card and 

have it look 3d. 

Glued it to the designer paper using Tombo liquid glue (love that stuff!)

The flower brads that I used in the center of petite petals is another

thing I've had for years (and dare I say years and years) and that the package was never opened!  
Cardstock is blushing bride, and wild wasabi. The edges of the leaves and flower were
all sponged before gluing to the card. Butterflies are an embosslit from SU. 
Edges were also sponged and peals added to the center. 
Inside view. I used the same designer paper that I used on the front and 

added a little butterfly to the flower petal. 

This is a card that would need to be hand delivered or put in a box so it wouldn't be crushed. 

Sometimes you just need to make a well embellished card! 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Card Tote Tutorial

Happy Wednesday! I'm back with the card tote tutorial. This time I made 

a Christmas one. Instead of using a belly band I chose to use a Velcro dot to the inside

pocket to keep the tote closed.

So lets get started. 

Cut two: 5" x 7 1/2" pieces of cardstock. These will be the outside tote. Score

at 1 1/2" along one 5" side. Repeat for the second piece. 

Dash lines are the scoring lines.

For the outside panel mats cut 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 from cardstock, and 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 from 

designer paper. Using adhesive layer them together. 

Apply sticky strip to the bottom of one of the outside cardstock pieces. Remove the tape

and adhere the two bottom pieces together. They are going to be overlapped at the 1 1/2 in score line 

so the bottom of the tote will be a double layer. 

Here is a side view of the tote with the bottom adhered. 

Pockets: Cut cardstock 8 x 4 1/2 in. Cut two of these pieces. 

Score three sides (leaving one 8 inch side unscored) at 3/4 " and 1 1/2". 

You can score on the simply scored tool, just make sure to use a bone folder also to

get nice creases. The cutting lines on the photo are marked as a solid line. The left side

of this piece has not been cut yet, but you can see on the right side how the piece will 

look after it has been cut. 
For the mat cut two pieces of cardstock at 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. Cut designer paper at 4 1/2 x 2 1/2. 
Glue the two pieces together. Then glue to front of the pocket. It's easier to adhere the layered panel
to the pocket before gluing the pocket piece to the tote. 

This photo shows how the pocket will come together. Think of making a box. The tab will

fold into the bottom part.  Use sticky strip along the long edge of the pocket. Then

Tuck in the flap and roll the short edges of the pocket over and stick. 

After the edges of the pocket are stuck to the bottom part use more sticky strip

on both of the short edges of the pocket. 

Remove the sticky strip from the side pockets and adhere to the inside tote.  The bottom of the 

pockets are flush with the bottom of the tote. 

Cut ribbon for the handles. I used ten inch pieces to create the handle on this tote. 

Use sticky strip and adhere the ribbon to the outside tote. Then glue down the layered

mat and designer paper. Tombo liquid glue works well. You can also use tear tape. 

Here is the inside view after the tote is completed. I used velcro dot to hold the tote closed, but

as you saw on my Saturday post I used a belly band to hold it closed. 

I don't have the exact measurement for the band, but you will need to use two strips

of cardstock and glue them together at the edges in order to make the band long enough to go around

the entire tote.  

Well I hope the directions are clear enough. If anyone has additional questions just email me and 
I'll be glad to help. 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tales from Flower Garden

I know....I know...I promised the card tote tutorial today, 

but something came up beyond my control. 

And yes I will share with you what it was, but I can't do

it yet. I have pics from my front flower garden to share. 

I will be posting the card tote tutorial tomorrow. 

The flowers on the rhododendrons are really large this season. Just love

these flowers. Never knew about them till we lived in WA state for 5 years when

hubby was in the Navy. They actually grown like weeds in the forests of WA. 

The hostas are also doing really well. 

This is some type of lily, but I'm not sure what the name of it is. 

I need to have Skip pull out the wild rose plant growing next to the rhododendrons.

It never blooms, and the bugs take over, and eat all the leaves. 
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Mailable Monday #152

Today I'm using a fun die cut card that was included in May's Paper Pumpkin kit. 

Just love the cross hatch. There is also another die cut card design in the kit, but I haven't

used that one yet. 

I added a well worn designer paper layer behind the die cut. 

Here is an inside view of the card. The stamp set in the kit has greetings for guys. You 

can never have enough of those. 

The front panel on this card was embossed with a gear folder by Tim Holtz. 

Decided to step the card up a bit and added a small gear embellishment. 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Butterflies in Flight

Playing with a new thinlit die called Scribbles. It will be in the

upcoming new SU catalog.

Color for the scribble lines Wild Wasabi. The butterflies

I actually had cut already and were in my scrap drawer. Those colors are

Cameo Coral, and Elegant Eggplant. I added white accents to the center except

for the smallest butterflies.

I've had several requests for the directions to the Card Tote that I posted on Saturday.

I'll be posting a tutorial on Tuesday so please check back if you'd like the directions to that project. 

It rained most of the day on Saturday, and was a little chilly. We didn't do much outside.
We did go out to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner. That was nice. Seems like every time we go
there its raining! 
I'm planning a trip to the craft store tomorrow. I'm having separation  anxiety from Pat Catan's. 
Since its still a little cold today going to make a big pot of soup. That should be comforting. 
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Butterfly Card Tote

I've been stamping a lot this week. This stunning beauty

is a card tote. 

The belly band holds the tote closed, and easily slides off. 
There is a pocket on each side, and will hold 5 cards with envelopes in each one. 

Close up view of the belly band.

I used the largest one from the Butterfly thinlits with black cardstock.

The antenna was made with black hemp. I love using hemp to make the antennas on these

butterflies. I need to get more colors. To finish it off I added some pearls in the center. 

I wasn't sure about the stripes on the designer paper I used on the band. It is the reverse side

to the small butterfly paper I used on the front and inside pockets. After looking at it

awhile I decided that the band needed a bit of "pop" that the blue stripes on the paper give it.

Another inside view of the card tote. 

Since I had some leftover pieces I also made a matching card. 
Well its back to the stamping studio to make some more artwork.

Going to rain most of the day and into tomorrow, so its perfect for me to do some stamping.

Trying to finish off birthday gifts then I'm going to start figuring out Christmas in July week

projects.....there I said it Christmas!!!!!!! 
Have a great weekend!
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Love You Sew Much Card Using Darice Folder

Another new embossing folder I got from Darice. Remember they had them on sale buy

one get one free at Pat Catan's so I let myself get carried away and picked up several. 

I used Soft Suede and Blushing Bride cardstock, and inks. Don't know why,

but I just love these two colors together lately. 

Greeting is from SU Hostess set. I added some vintage lace and small scallop circles behind

the greeting. 

Here is a few of the folder. Fits in prefect with all the misc sewing themed stamps

and supplies I have. 

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