Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kaisercraft Art of Life Masculine Card

I wanted to make a birthday card, a manly birthday card, lol, for my other half.  You know the kind, the ones with no bling, no ribbon, no glitter, no flowers.  The masculine kind, sometimes, if you're not careful, the boring kind.  So I tried to come up with an idea for a 'manly' card that still had some zip and punch to it.  I used Spellbinders Labels Thirty-one die to cut the card base.  You do this by folding your cardstock and placing the long edge of the die slightly beyond the edge of the fold.  When cut you'll have 3 decorative edges and one folded edge to form your card base.

I used a combination of the Kaisercraft Art of Life 6x6 paper pad and 12x12 collection.  I cut the filmstrip from the paper and adhered it atop the decorative mat I cut with the labels die.  Then I used two of the domino numbers backed with medium weight chipboard.  I also used my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to add a little sparkle to the numbers, you gotta have just a little sparkle don't you???  

 I finished the card off with some Tim Holtz gears and sprockets

For my inside I cut another decorative mat with the labels die and trimmed the top portion that will nudge up to the fold.  I used a white gel pen to paint faux stitching around the outside edge.  On the Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets I stamped my sentiment with a extra small stamp that was included in a prize package I won from Tracy (Tracy's Treasures).  I joined the two tickets together with a teeny tiny paper clip (also Tim Holtz idea-ology). Everything was inked using Gathered Twig Distress Ink.

Join me in the video for a complete
walk through of how to make the card

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spellbinders Create-a-Lily Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

This week I'm back with another flower card made with Spellbinders Die D-Lites Create-a-Lily dies.  I used Tim Holtz Wallflower paper collection for the base and inside of the card.  I wasn't sure how to do the centers so I pulled up Google Images and searched for Lilies, great inspiration.  Adding just a few metal pieces a stickpin and some lace finishes off the front of the card with room inside to write a personal message to the recipient.

Changing the color of the flower certainly changes the total look.  This time I cut the petals from pink cardstock, used a dark brown for the dots marking the petals and inking the edges with white pigment ink.  I used Spellbinders French Harmony die for the mat under the flower.  Dying white seam binding with pink distress ink gives just the right finish to the stem of the flower with room behind to tuck in a flower spray and stick pin from my stash.

These aren't something you'd want to make in mass production but the time you spend creating will be well worth it once you hold the finished embellishment in your hand.  Perfect for your cards, as I show here, or on any other project you might be creating.

Check out my video below to see how to make a yellow lily step-by-step.


Friday, April 4, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spellbinders 'Create-a-Gerber Daisy' Cards

A Cut at Home Design Team Project

Spellbinders has these marvelous Die D-Lite dies to 'Create' a flower, I used the Gerber Daisy dies on the card above.  So fun to do and really very simple you just need to cut the dies multiple times to get all the petals and leaves you need to make the flower.

Using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold I inked about half of each petal leaving the tips the natural cream of the cardstock.  

The card base is created with Spellbinders Divine Eloquence dies many cut several times and layered with solid Latte colored Core'dinations cardstock.  I used dimensional foam between several layers so the filigree on the cuts would be more pronounced.

Be sure and check out my video for a complete step by step on how to make the flower and also the card start to finish.  You'll also see another example of the flower and a card in pink tones.

Supplies -

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mother Goose Series - Mini 3

Mother Goose Series - Project 3 Not a Scrap Left

I'm calling this 3rd mini in the series, Triple Flip, because there are '3' sections each with '3' sections which flip out when opened.  I designed this mini with the Cut-apart page that's in most Graphic  45 paper collection.   On these pages you get six cut aparts each 4" x 6" and I wanted some way to utilitze those images in a book and create an area for 4" x 6" photos.

On each of the 3 sections there is a section for an image mat like the one above.  If you're like me you find it hard to cut into these and ruin the image.  My pocket is actually cut into the image allowing for a mat to slip behind the image into cut area.  I love using this technique.

The middle section houses a plain mat which is large enough for a 4" x 6" photo.  On this particular one I added a pocket as well so you not only can mat a photo to the background but also stick extra photos in the pocket. (in this mini I've used two Spellbinders Embossing folders on each of the large, solid colored mats, to give them a little zing, the Quiltworks and Awesome Blossoms). 


In the photo above you can see how each section unfolds, with the image pocket on the left, the plain photo mat in the middle and a journaling card on the right.

The reverse side houses the image pocket, the journaling mat and a pocket to tuck in photos or memorabilia. 

This was a great way to use just 2 of the papers from the collection along with the solid primary colored cardstock.  I hope you'll join me on the video as I walk you through each page.  And keep a watch out for a tutorial coming to show you the construction of the book.  Now remember I'm using up what I have in the Mother Goose line so I don't have duplicates of these pages to recreate another book for you exactly like this one.  Better still I'm doing a follow up video to the tutorial which will show you how to use the Cut-aparts from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea Collection to recreate the style of this book.  In my mind this is even better because you'll end up with two examples to spur your own creative side into making one of your own with your favorite Graphic 45 collection or any other that you have that you're wanting to cut in to.