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Friday, July 20, 2018

Trying a new card fold...

I saw an idea on Pinterest that showed a new card fold and decided to give it a try.

I wasn't enamored of the fold, when all was said and done. I started out with a piece of cardstock that was 4 1/4" X 11". It was scored in four places.

When it was folded up, it ended up being only 3 1/2" X 5 1/2". You can see that I had to hold it shut to take the photo. With all those folds (and all my embellishments) it really didn't lie flat when folded. I actually made a belly band for it, but didn't like the look of it, so decided against it.

This is the front panel. The only branded item here is the yellow circle which came from a Sizzix die set.

The sentiment was heat embossed, and the ice cream bar was stamped with a two-step stamp set and then fussy-cut.

Although you can't see it in the photo, I added some sparkle to the "drippy" part (it's very faint) on the bar with a Wink of Stella pen.

My second panel has some fun ice cream cones that were also stamped and fussy cut.

The fun papers that I've used on this card all came from the same 6" X 6" paper stack called "Boy Crazy" by My Mind's Eye.

The enamel dots you see on each decorated panel are some I found at the Dollar Tree. They were just the right color assortment for this card.

My last panel features a couple more ice cream bars. I know the heat-embossed sentiment is really hard to read in this photo, but it actually is clear and easy to read IRL. It just says, "Happy Birthday to you."

I've played around with this type of fold, and I think I've figured out a better way to achieve the same look with a 12" piece of cardstock and only three folds. It ends up closer to the size of an A2 card. I'll see how that works the next time I feel inspired to give this idea a try.

I have been working hard on getting ahead in my cardmaking. In fact, August cards are done and I'm ready to start working on September. I'll be sharing what I've made in the weeks ahead.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Earring card...

One day, when I was sorting through the jewelry donations while volunteering at the thrift store, I came across two brand new heart-shaped beads. I thought they might sell better if I made them into a pair of earrings. So I took them home, made the earrings, and also made a card so they could be sold as a complete package.

I found a pretty piece of paper in one of my 6" X 6" paper stacks to use as a background on my card.

The oval and the fancy label are both Spellbinder's dies, which I've inked along the edges with some Tea Dye Distress Ink. The turquoise dots on the fancy label are Nuvo Crystal Drops. As I look at the photo now, I wish I would have put a couple dots on the oval above the earrings, too.

I made a box envelope for this card, because the flowers add a lot of dimension, and I didn't want them to be flattened in a regular envelope.

I made my little rolled roses with an unbranded die and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to the centers. I also sprinkled on a little yellow glitter.

This is the inside of my card. I used a piece of light-colored, patterned cardstock. I can't recall if it was from the same stack as the floral print or not, but it coordinated nicely. The colors are soft enough that it can easily be written or stamped on.

The weather in Minneapolis today was picture perfect! Sunny and warm, but not so warm that I had to turn on the AC. I should have spent more time outside, but I really need to get cards done for the many family birthdays coming up in August (I think there are 6). I made a good start on them today.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Twin happy birthdays...

My twin daughters had a birthday this week, and these are the birthday cards I made for them:

I have long admired the cards I've seen online that were made with the Stampin' Up Beautiful You stamp set. I also saw an interesting card fold and decided it was time to try it for myself.

The dresses in each image were paper pieced. I used a Darice embossing folder for the top of my card and stamped a border (no packaging, so don't know the brand) at the bottom.

My flowers and leaves were cut with unbranded dies and inked a wee bit.

On the inside of each card, I used a stamp I purchased at the thrift store where I volunteer. I colored in the two large words and added a coating of glitter to the word "AWESOME!"

This is what the cards look like from the side. They actually fold up nice and flat, as you can see in the top photo, and fit into an A2 envelope.

I thought it was a fun card to make, and I plan to make more in the future.

It's a beautiful weekend here. After some hot, muggy weather, the humidity and temps are dropping a bit, making it much more pleasant to be outside.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Purple Christmas ornament...

Purple is my favorite color, so when I decided to make a few cards with a Christmas ornament on them, purple was my color of choice.

My sister had asked me to purchase a bag of used stamps for her at the thrift store where I volunteer. One of the stamps I purchased for her was a large partial pine branch. Because I liked it so much, I decided to stamp a few panels with it before I gave it to her. I should have written down the name of the manufacturer, but I didn't. I'm pretty sure it's Stampin' Up, though.

I had some black "starry sky" paper in my Christmas packs, so I used some of it for my background. I stamped the image (twice on each card) and a sentiment (from Michael's $1.50 bin) with Versamark and heat set them both with some Wow! embossing powder.

My ornament was cut with an old Quickutz die out of purple glitter CS and some glossy silver CS for the cap. I also popped it up on some foam tape.

I added a tiny purple ribbon bow at the top and drew a silver line with a metallic marker for the string.

Don't you love that purple sparkle?

Here's the inside of my card. Pretty simple.

I made four of these cards. I wish I had stamped a few more of them. They were pretty quick to put together, and I do like how they turned out.

We've been hot and sticky here. I've had to close up the house and turn on the air conditioning. I really prefer to have open windows with gentle breezes blowing fresh air in, but the air outside right now is awfully hot and muggy. They're predicting heat indexes of over 100 degrees in the coming days.

Hope the weather is perfect wherever you are!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #139: STARS & STRIPES (Anything USA/red, white & blue)

Today marks the start of another fun challenge at Let's Craft and Create. This month, it's all about stars and stripes in red, white and blue. That said, while I have plenty of red, white and blue cardstock, I have no patriotic patterned papers. You see, this is my very first crack at making a USA Independence Day card.

Luckily, I found some freebie papers online, so I printed out a couple and set to work. This is what I came up with:

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. I used my Sizzix Circle Flip-It die set to create the base and to cut the decorative papers.

I actually printed out only a 1/2 page each of the star and stripe patterns. It is plenty to make two of these cards.

I love this little fox die set (unbranded), and isn't he cute in blue?

I hand-cut a little patriotic hat for him and added a star that came from cutting out a portion of a "starry night" background die (you can see it in this post). The stars are SO tiny that it makes them a little difficult to adhere, but they were the perfect size.

There actually are die-cuts for the eyes and nose, but they're so tiny that I decided to use Nuvo Crystal drops in blue, instead.

My "Happy" came from a "Happy Birthday" die-cut and "4th" is from an unbranded numbers die set.  I also added a few more of those tiny stars here.

It was fun to create this card, especially since I was a 4th of July cardmaking virgin. he he

Now it's your turn. Dig out your red, white and blue papers and join in on the fun. You'll find lots more inspiration from my teammates at Let's Craft and Create.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sit back, relax and enjoy your day...

This is a birthday card for my brother-in-law, whose birthday was in late June. I used a large woodgrain stamp to create the main panel for the front of my card, which was eventually popped up with foam tape.

Once I had stamped my panel, I cut an oval shape out of it. Then I went to work on my little scene.

First I blended some distress inks to create the colors of my background. Once that was done, I stamped the tree (Stampin' Up) with brown ink. I also used some ProMarkers to add a little shading beneath my tree.

The clouds were cut with Impression Obsession dies. I added some shading to them with a gray alcohol marker.

The chair and flipflops (unbranded) were cut twice and adhered together to give them a little more dimension and stability.

Happy Birthday was computer generated.

I love these little flipflops. They're VERY tiny, but make a nice little embellishment on a card.

As with all my masculine cards, I kept the inside simple. This one has a computer-generated sentiment.

I will be posting quite a few birthday cards in the coming weeks. We have SO MANY family birthdays in July and August. Right now, I need to get busy on birthday cards for my twin daughters. Their birthday is coming up very soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Happy birthday in purple...

My oldest daughter celebrated her birthday this week, and this is the card I made for her:

I used a number of unbranded dies on this card, including the edge die at the top of the card, the background die and the ivy die. The stitched oval is a My Creative Time die.

I cut out my background die and then cut a card back that was a little longer than the length of my front. I carefully cut a fancy edge and folded it over so that the flap could be adhered to my fancy background die-cut. Does that make sense?

Once I had my oval adhered to the front, I penciled in its border through the openings in my front, so that I could see where to stamp my sentiment inside.

My stamped image's hat and dress were paper pieced, and the ivy was inked (although it really doesn't show much in the photograph).

My sentiment was heat-embossed with Wow! embossing powder. I love the bright white of this brand of powders.

Here's a peek at the inside of my card. The stamped sentiment came from an unbranded set. There is enough room below the sentiment that I was able to sign the card and not have it show through when the card is closed.

We have a hot day here today. It is 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius). The heat index (what it feels like with the humidity) is even hotter:  110 degrees!! I think my flowers are gasping out there. We are fine, though. With the air conditioner turned on, the house stays comfortably cool.

I hope the weather is perfect where you are. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.