Friday, June 30, 2017

C.A.S.E A Card Friday #26-2017

Chocolate is the highlight of the card we C.A.S.E. today.

C.A.S.E. inspiraton

Kimberly is back with this cute card.

What a cute card to case!  I created the card from a page kit (new item) I got at a trade show.  The paper line is Candy Shoppe by Reminisce.  When I saw the card to case, I immediately pulled this kit and went to work.  The card base is called Chocolate Candy.  The focal image is from the matching sticker set. The sticker set is nice super fun as it offers several oversized and small images. - Kimberly

I also had a chocolate stamp set to use.

I cut a background in dark brown and then cut smaller rectangles and attached them with foam tape to give them dimension.  I tore a sheet from a 6 x 6 pad by Studio Calico called Here and There and backed it with a strip of foil which I folded over, crimping and  tearing to make it look like a candy bar wrapper.  I matted that on a lighter brown paper and used that same paper for the stamp of individual chocolates.  Those and the sentiment are from a CTMH set called Chocolate Affair. - Denise

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Technique Thursday #26-2017

Mirror stamping is a fun technique that lets you stretch your stamps.  A couple of ways to do this can be found here and here.

I did it with a rubber gasket and my Misti.


The elephant stamp is from Altenew called Baby Zoo.  I stamped the stamp on the rubber gasket a few times to get as much coverage as I could and pressed the paper down.  Using my Misti, I stamped the elephant again close to the first image and then fussy cut around both of them cutting a speech balloon coming from the trunks.  I used a birthday sentient also from Altenew's Painted Greetings. I thought it looked a little plain, so I drew some random curly lines and added some black pearls.  I am not really happy with them, but it looks better than it did plain.  The background paper is from Graphic 45 called Safari Adventure and is all mounted on a Kraft paper card base. - Denise

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Card Sketch Wednesday #26-2017

It's time for our card sketch this week..

Denise uses it for this sea side card.

I made this card as part of a reveal for a secret sister exchange.  The papers are from an 8 x 8 paper pad by Graphic 45 called By The Sea.  I love their papers for both design and quality.  I cut elements from one of the pages and scattered them instead of the hearts.  After gluing them together, I attached them to the base leaving the middle open so that I could insert the tag.  That and the twine were something I just purchased.  The sentiment was printed on my computer.  When you pull the tag, it reveals my name. - Denise

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sympathy Tuesday #26-2017

Kimberly uses a beautiful coloring technique for today's sympathy card.

I used two new items to create this card.  The floral image is a Tim Holtz stamp set called Flower Garden.  I created the background with various colors of Ranger’s Distress Oxide Ink.  I layered several colors of the Oxide Ink on a manila tag and stamped the image with Black Archival Ink.  I colored the ribbon with the Oxide Ink and adhered to the tag.  The tag is adhered to a Kraft card base.  I chose not to stamp a sentiment because I wanted to keep the card design simple.- Kimberly

Monday, June 26, 2017

Youth Monday #26-2017

Youth Monday is all about cards for babies or children.


My card came together very quickly using a 12 x 12 kit from Carta Bella called It's a Boy.  These kits include several sheets of double sided paper along with two sheets of element stickers.  While I was at the Mega Meet in May, I picked up several different ones for $4 each.  Since you can make so many cards or layouts from one set, this is a great bargain. I used an oval die to cut the center mat and used a sticker from the kit that matched the paper.  Since the paper is double sided, I used the negative left from the oval cut to make the inside special. The sentiment is Babies Are a Blessing by Altenew.- Denise

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shine and Sparkle Sunday #26-2017

Sparkle and Shine is what Kimberly has for us today.

I used Dina Wakley Media paint, gelli plate, stencils and Dina Wakley Media Scribbly Bird Stamp to create this fun mixed media card.  The Wildflowers in the background are from a Tim Holtz stamp set and is the new item.  The random “shine” on the outside of the card is gold foil.  I used a glue stick to adhere the foil.  - Kimberly

My sparkle and shine card.


This is the front of a card made for my Granddaughter's birthday.  I had the background in my stash from playing around with alcohol inks one day.  I decided it looked sort of like a night sky and would make a good background for this fairy image.  I stamped the image from Unity Stamp Company (a KOM set called What Lies Within Us) on velum using Versamark and then heat embossed it using gold embossing powder.  I have purchased a lot of Unity stamps this year and this is one.  I had been seeing people using Perfect Pearls to watercolor with and this was going to be perfect to try it.  I put just a small amount of the four colors of Perfect Pearls on my craft mag and added water to them with a spray bottle. They were pretty easy to use and give it a gorgeous shine.  I will be using this method again. - Denise

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Shapely Saturday 25-2017

We are doing special shapes for our Saturday cards and Sue has this charming card for us.

I started with a piece of light pink cardstock and added additional shades of pink using distress inks (festive berries and picked raspberry). I die cut this piece using Simon Says STAMP Heart of Roses. I adhered this to a piece of the same light pink cardstock and carefully cut around the heart. I then adhered this to a piece of folded cardstock, ensuring that a small portion of the left side of the heart overlapped the fold (so that the card could be opened). I then carefully cut around the heart again to create this shaped card. - Sue

Friday, June 23, 2017

C.A.S.E A Card Friday #25-2017

Like card sketches, C.A.S.E. (copy and share everything), can also be a great way to jump start a card if you need ideas.

Today's card to C.A.S.E.

Sue takes the elements and makes her own special card.

For my CASE card, I was inspired by the colours and general sketch layout of the card. I started with a patterned paper with small script as a background. I inked up a panel using ARTplorations Delicate Leaves stencil with distress inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn). I cut to size and matted with green cardstock. I added a ribbon near the bottom of the panel. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Chit Chat stamp set, punched out using Stampin’ Up’s oval punch and matted using Stampin’ Up’s scalloped oval punch. A few Recollections adhesive faux pearls complete the card. - Sue

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Technique Thursday #25-2017

A band card is a cute way to add a little interest to a gatefold card that can have trouble staying closed.  If you want to see how to do this look here or here.

Sue used this method on another fold with some great results.

Open card

I was originally going to create a gatefold card with a “belly band”. However, I saw a video where a fun square card with a “belly band” was made from a piece of 6”x6” double sided cardstock. I used my WeRMemory Keepers envelope punch board to score at 2 ¾” from each corner. Instead of punching and scoring the paper, just score. The scorelines don’t reach to the edge of the paper. However, if you fold the paper along the four scorelines, the scorelines will reach to the edge of the paper. Where two scorelines intersect, a small triangle is formed. Using scissors, cut out the triangle. Score the left flap 5/8” from the top on each of the four sides and fold away from the centre. For the message, I used a 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” piece of cardstock. I stamped using Simon Says STAMP’s Floral Bookmarking stamp set for the flower and CAS-ual Fridays’ Dream Then Do stamp set for the sentiment. I adhered this square panel to the center of the card. Fold each flap towards the center, in order (going counter clockwise). For the last flap, gently slide the lead edge under the first folded panel. To make the “belly band”, I started with ¾” strip about 8” in length. For the sentiment, I used CASual Fridays’ Hope Fri-die cut from a piece of light pink cardstock. I used a 1.5” circle punch and the SU’s scalloped circle to complete the card.- Sue

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Card Sketch Wednesday #25-2017

Card sketches can truly be a time saver when you need a card in a hurry and are stuck for ideas.  Today we use this sketch.

This sketch can be a great way to use up scraps of paper as Sue shows with her bright and cheery card.

I love Doodlebug papers – they are so bright and happy. I took some ¾” strips of scraps of Doodlebug 6x6 papers to create this card. This sketch is so versatile – I made Christmas cards using Christmas papers a few years ago. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks. - Sue

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sympathy Tuesday #25-2017

Sympathy cards can be difficult to make.  Sue makes it look easy with this lovely card.

Typically my sympathy cards are simply black and white. I tried something outside my “comfort zone”. I stamped the image from STAMPlorations Framed Dogwood on some watercolour paper. I added some muted colours with a water brush and distress inks (picked raspberry, mustard seed and tumbled glass). The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp’s Whatnot Sentiments Seven. I double-matted the panel with black and light blue. - Sue

Monday, June 19, 2017

Youth Monday #25-2017

Monday's are for youth cards.  This month we are also using something that we have purchased within the last year.

Sue made a whole set of adorable notes.

I started with Hero Arts Lunch Box Notes stamp set. I stamped a little critter and a sentiment, added some printed paper and made cute 3” x 3” notes, which could be dropped in a lunch box or a backpack. Wouldn’t that be super fun for your kids to find? - Sue

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Shine and Sparkle Sunday #25-2017

Sundays are when we sparkle and shine and Sue sure does shine with her beautiful card.

I looked around my craft room for something shiny or sparkly to inspire me. I found some shine, embossed paper and thought that this was perfect for the card. I cut a piece to size. I tied some black grosgrain around the panel. Sorry, can’t remember which stamp set the sentiment is from. Punched it out with Stampin’ Up’s oval punch and the mat was punched with Stampin’ Up’s scalloped oval punch. - Sue

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Shapely Saturday 24-2017

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Shapes make our Saturday cards special.

Gracie has an unusual shape that makes her card extra special.


Oh, my.  Why did I choose this card to try??  Lol!  It is a bugger bear!  It is a trapeze card.  The measurements were on YouTube and the directions "looked" easy.  The hard part is getting the creases to come out exact in each corner.  My bone folder got a workout!  The paper is from KC & Company and us double sided.  I die cut the flower and butterflies and sentiment and added Wink of Stella to each.  I also embellished the inside. ~ Gracie .

Friday, June 16, 2017

June Hop: Basic Card Folds Using Double Sided Paper

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold.  And we’re adding a twist of using double-sided paper.   We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well!    If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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Four of our team members participated in this hop. 

First up is Gracie who did all three folds for some awesome cards.
Drapery Fold

Double Z

I love fancy folds so I chose to do all three :)
The first card is a drapery fold card.  I started with a white cardstock base. I used KC&CO double sided paper.  The paper was cut and scored then fan folded so each side is seen.  I die cut a stitched square and embossed the sentiment (from Technique Tuesday) and attached it and the butterfly (an old old one from my stash).  I mounted it on celery cardstock and on the reverse side of the paper.
The second card was made using double sided paper from CTMH.  It is a peek a boo card.  The corners were folded back on the panel to show the other side of the paper and the sentiment peeking out (from Raisin Boat stamped and embossed on a die cut scalloped circle.)  I die cut the butterfly from the front side if the paper and mounted everything on a panel of coordinating paper.  I die cut flowers and added enamel dots to the center.
The third card is my favorite. It was also the most confusing for me as I have trouble with numbers (seriously).  I used double sided cardstock from KC&CO.  After measuring and cutting twice lol I folded and burnished the folds.  I added a center panel.  The sentiment (from Technique Tuesday) was stamped on a diecut scallop and placed on a diecut stitched circle.  I added 3 roses from Recollections and ribbon. ~ Gracie 

Now we have Denise with two different kinds.
Drapery Fold



I have had the drapery fold pinned on my Pinterest board forever, but didn't make one until now. The first card is made with paper from K & Company called Julianne.  I used a different coordinated pattern for the background and the banner across the middle. The front sentiment is from Hampton Arts called Chalkboard.  After I had scored the paper and cut off the corners, I thought there should be some way to use them, so I added them to the inside to frame the sentiment. It is by Fiskars and is called Birthday Greetings. I will do that again so that I don't feel like I am wasting paper.

The second card was a fun one. It uses paper from a 6 x6 pad by My Mind's Eye called Happy Camper.  I cut the patterned paper down the center and held it on the card base to made a mark where I could stamp the raccoons from Art Impressions (Any Cake set). I stamped them and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. Stamped the sentiment above.  I tore the cut edges where the fold would be to make it look a little more like the raccoons were ripping their way through (not fun if it is real raccoons) and left the flaps free when I glued down the rest of the paper.  I added the sentiment on the bottom since there was so much space. - Denise

Tantalaya is up next with three great versions of the drapery fold. 

I used the paper collection Happy Accidents from blue fern. Black lace from my stash but it was adhesive backed and I loved how it finished off the card. I then took label dies and punched them out for the sentiments. On 2 of the sentiments I used the glitter brads that matched the best a silver set and the green to match that card base. – Tantalaya

And we wrap up with two wonderful cards from Sue.
Drapery fold

Double Z
Drapery Fold -I started with a 4”x12” piece of double sided paper from Stampin’ Up’s Spice Cake Designer Series Paper.  I marked 3” up on one edge and 1” on the other edge. I cut the paper along this diagonal – joining both marks.  From one edge, I scored at 1”, 2.5”, 3.25”, 4.75”, 5.5”, 7”, 7.75”, 9.25”, 10”, 11.5”. I folded the paper in an accordion-type fashion, creating a curtain-type look. From the same paper pack, I chose another printed paper and cut a piece 4.25” x 2”. I adhered this strip and the curtain piece to a piece of natural cardstock, 4.25” x 5.5”. Using a some Stampin’ Up’s Early Espresso ribbon, I added a hortizontal piece and a small bow. The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up’s Made for You stamp set, punched with Stampin’ Up’s oval punch. I found a scrap of Stampin’ Up’s Pool Party cardstock which I punched with Stampin’ Up’s scalloped oval punch.

Double Z fold -I started a piece of double sided paper from Stampin’ Up’s Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, cut to 5.5” x 12”. Be sure to check which way you cut the paper, especially if there is a design which must go in a certain direction – for instance, the tulips of my card. Make score lines at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”. Mark on each edge at 2.75”. Fold the cards at the 4” and 8” score lines and mark at the top of each of the 4” and 8” score lines. Trim the paper, joining the marks on each side. Save the triangle pieces – the piece from the top right, is flipped and adhered on the bottom left of the card and visa versa. It was easiest to adhere the “wider” side of the triangle, fold over the score line and then, adhere the small point of the triangle. Repeat on the other side. I felt that the card had bold colours and needed a bit more of a punch of colour. I chose bright yellow to mat the inside panel and to mat the sentiment circle.  The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP’s Lots of Thanks stamp set. I added a small bow to complete the card. - Sue

Now  you’re off to visit with Lisa. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!
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C.A.S.E A Card Friday #24-2017

How would you C.A.S.E. this card?

I went with a summer theme.


I used the embossing and ribbons idea from the original card, but made them with a Cuttlebug folder called Papaya Halves and ribbon from JoAnn Fabrics called Summer.  Even though they are papayas, I thought they looked like lemons so I stamped some lemon and orange section stamps from a CTMH set called Taste of Summer using Local King Rubber markers.  I fussy cut them out and used those images in the place of the stars.  I stamped a sentiment from the same CTMH set on green paper and cut it at an angle.  I continued the thought on the inside of the card and printed it from my computer on my printer. I stamped more of the images on the bottom of the page to give it some interest. - Denise

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Technique Thursday #24-2017

Today's technique calls for making a spinner card. How to's can be found here and here.

What a fun card Gracie made for today.

I really like spinner cards.  The grandchildren enjoy opening them!  Today I used Art Impressions "Fairy Spinner" stamp.  I like them because they come with the stamp for the back so you don't have to worry about making a mirror image.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and used quite a bit of adhesive on the inside and attached a string from the top of her head to her toe so she would spin.  The thread is attached to a white cardstock base with an oval cut to size to allow her to spin.  The base and thread were then covered with gingham pink Darice cardstock to hold the thread in place.  The sentiment is from the stamp set.  I added some glitter dots for accent.  The image and sentiment are stamped with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and embossed with Whispers clear embossing powder. ~ Gracie 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Card Sketch Wednesday #24-2017

Today's card sketch can really allow for different looks.

Gracie liked it so much, she did two different cards.

Today I chose to make 2 cards - one following the sketch and one slightly changed.  The first card was made using die cuts for the butterflies and the rectangles.  I cut the rectangles twice then cut the butterflies off center on each.  I mounted them on CTMH paper and on polka dot Darice cardstock as a base.  The sentiment is from "Big Scripty Sayings".
The second card was made using digital images purchased from Beccy Muir.  I used Distress inks on the flowers and cut them out into squares and mounted them on white cardstock squares.  The sentiment is also from Beccy Muir.  I trimmed the edge using a Fiskars punch and added 3 light blue flat back pearls.  I used olive and yellow Bazzil cardstock for the panel and a white cardstock card base. ~ Gracie 

My card is yet another look.

I have been wanting to use some decorative brads that I just purchased, so this card was a good chance to do that.  I matched it with a couple of stamps from the Kit of the Month set by Unity Stamp Company called Everyday Fairy Tale. The papers are from a 6 x 6 pad by Basic Grey called Herbs & Honey. (I am telling you that I have a serious addiction to 6 x 6 pads)  The brads are from Eyelet Outlet and I used the sketch idea to position them differently in each of the squares. - Denise

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sympathy Tuesday #24-2017

Sympathy cards you make can let people know how much you are thinking of them.

Gracie has made another wonderful card.

Today's card started with a Technique Tuesday stamp I bought this year (Fringed Dahlia).  I stamped it on "Vintage Paper" from Colorbok using SU Crisp Cantelope ink. The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and touched up with Wink of Stella.  I placed the paper on a peach striped piece of cardstock (source unknown) then used a light grey cardstock base.  I added 3 metal dots for accent. ~ Gracie 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Youth Monday #24-2017

We continue using something newer in our stashes with a youth card from Gracie.


Today I used a digital file I purchased recently from 2 Cute Ink.  I printed the image and the sentiment.  The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and I added Wink of Stella.  I am not sure where the yellow polka dot paper came from - it was in my scrap box I so need to purge!  I also have no idea where the washi tape came from!  I did add a white panel and some washi tape to the inside for a greeting.  I used orange cardstock for the base. ~ Gracie 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shine and Sparkle Sunday #24-2017

It's time to shine and sparkle.

Gracie has a pretty folded card for us today.



Today I tried something different - a card that lays flat and is very easy to make!  I cut my cardstock at 4.25 inches x 11 inches and scored at 1.5, 3.5, 5 and 8 inches then fan folded and attached it to a flat piece of cardstock.  I decorated each panel and placed a white panel on the inside to write a message.  The circle stitched die was part of a set purchased earlier this year and they are getting quite a workout!  The butterfly is a leftover from a purchased set.  I added 3 light green rhinestones.  The paper is from KC & Co. ~ Gracie