Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Card making class

I had the opportunity to teach a card making class in August.  It was a lot of fun prepping for the class and then watching others learn new techniques.  We all shared ideas and some participants made changes to my designs that were creative and gave the cards a different look.  I think I may do this again.  It was awesome.

Daisy Birthday Card - A2 with top fold; 4 1/4 x 11 with score at 5 1/2

This is the card I redesigned from my sister's birthday card in March (see earlier post).  I used Martha Stewart Daisies in two different styles.  I used Stampin' Up's Elegant Butterfly and Itty Bitty Butterfly punches for the card and envelope.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up (SU) Perfect Punches Happy Birthday and then punched it out with SU large oval punch.

The bright yellow paper is embossed on the Big Shot with SU Petals a Plenty embossing folder.
On the top half of the card I used a sponge dauber and inked it up
with SU Daffodil Delight inkpad and randomly made large polka dots.

This shows both styles of the cards with the envelopes.

This is the second style of the card and I did use these daisies for most of the cards.
I used yellow rick rack ribbon for texture
and to separate the yellow & white parts of the card.

This is the envelope I designed for the card. 
It isn't shown and I used a yellow with white polka dots as the liner.
This card makes me happy.  I love the yellow and it can easily
be changed up by changing the color, the flower, the sentiment,
and even changing  the butterfly.
Gathering Leaves With Gratitude card - A2 card; top fold 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
with score at 4 1/4
This is the card most of the participants made changes to the design.  They really liked the brown wood grain embossed paper and wanted more of it to show.  The trimmed the leaf paper and changed how the leaves were laid out.  They were very creative and each did the design differently.  I said to them I loved that I could learn from them and watch their creativity.
I used a linen textured paper for the main card, then SU Early Espresso paper that
was embossed on the Big Shot with SU Wood Grain embossing folder; the SEI leaf paper
from their Yesteryear collection (I love this paper);  I used a variety of papers to cut out
the leaves on Cricut using the Stretch Your Imagination and Storybook cartridges;
the sentiment stamp is from Anna Griffin stamped in SU Early Espresso ink on
the linen paper and punched out with SU oval punch; it is set on SU Early Espresso
paper and punched out with SU scallop oval punch.

These are the two different styles I gave the participants for
the envelope.  The sentiment is placed in different places
and so are the leaves.  My favorite is the left one.
Again, sorry I different take a photo of the liner;
it is a green background with brown leaves and vines scattered throughout.

This is a close-up of the card so you can see the leaf layout.
I did pop up a few of the leaves.  I only did the bottom leaf on the right.
I did 3 of the leaves on the left, the large gold maple leaf is flat;
the rest are popped up.  The two small ones by the sentiment are flat.
Winter Snowflake Card - A2 card with side fold; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 score at 4 1/4
This can be a winter card or a Christmas card by changing the sentiment on the card.  I designed a Christmas card and it can be changed up by using different cardstock, colors, and embellishments.  I love to be inspired by someone else's card or something I see in nature or photos and redesign it into my own style.  I hope you can do that with some of my cards.
I used Core'dinations Whitewash Collection Cellar Door for the main card.
This is difficult to find and I found it at Scrapbooking R'us Supplies.  I distressed the edges
around all the edges.  If you look close you will see texture at the top of the card.
That is white vellum paper embossed on the Big Shot with
SU Snowburst embossing folder.  That is laid down first.  Then the bottom half
is Bo Bunny Elf Magic Snowflake paper, that goes on next.
The lay down the silver ribbon with liquid glue. 
The snowflakes are cut out on Cricut using Teresa Collins December 25th cartridge. 
The small snowflake is laid down flat.  The medium snowflake is
popped up in the middle only.  The large snowflake is popped up in the
middle and on each of the round points.  There is a blue rhinestone in the
center of each snowflake and crystal rhinestones on the medium and large snowflakes.
The sentiment is stamped on the Core'dinations cardstock with SU Island Indigo inkpad. 
The corners are rounded and then the whole piece is edged with SU Island Indigo ink.
The sentiment is popped up with SU Dimensional

It is hard to see and there are silver snowflakes stamped on the
envelope on the left side above the sentiment and to the
bottom right and up slightly on the right side.  The sentiment
is stamped in SU Island Indigo ink.  The liner used was  a
blue with white snowflakes paper.

This view gives you a better perspective on how to lay out
the rhinestones on the snowflakes.  This card will be one of the designs
I use for the cards I send out at the holidays. 
Polka Dot 'Love You" Card - 5.5 x 5.5 square card - top or side fold;
5 1/2 x 11, score at 5 1/2
I love polka dots, I love black & white cards with a pop of color and that is why I designed this card.  I used red as the pop color on this card and I also love to use bright blue, yellow, or neon colors with black and white cards.  Changing the color can change the theme of the card.  In my class I was doing a seasonal theme so made a valentine card.

I used SU Whisper White paper for the main card.  Then you layer
the black cardstock, then SU Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Then lay down the two
polka dot corners making sure you leave a red edge
around and through the center.

Next punch out the hearts with miscellaneous red patterned paper;
decide where you want to place them.  Punch out a small square of
black paper to put on the white with black polka dots paper
on the top right corner.  See photo below.
Place the flower next in the center of the card.
I used Spare Parts Polka Dot large flower, small plain white
flower, and a small black or polka dot flower.  (you can get these at
Hobby Lobby and they have different colors)  I used glue dots to
put these together. 
Using SU Cherry Cobbler paper and SU modern label punch, I created the
bottom of the sentiment.  The 'love you' was made using SU Itty Bitty Banners
Love You stamp with SU Cherry Cobbler ink and cutting it out using
the Big Shot and SU Itty Bitty Banner Dies. 

Close up of the sentiment

Close up of square punch with hearts.

This is the envelope I used for this card.  I stamped in black ink
the 3 polka dot flowers with SU petite petals stamps; then punched
2 hearts to sit in between the flowers.  The sentiment was stamped at the
bottom center of the envelope.  The liner for this card was the black with
white polka dot paper.
Bookmark Bonus - 7 1/2 x 2
I made 7 different bookmark designs.  Participants in the class were given the option to make whatever 3 bookmarks they wanted to make or to create their own.  All bookmarks were made with SU whisper white paper and the top was punched with SU Scallop Tag Topper.  I used 2 pieces of the white cardstock, glued them together to make a sturdy bookmark and then punched the top.  I will just post photos of the bookmarks with not directions.  These are to give you ideas and spark your creative juices.  These make nice gifts for readers or can be shortened and used as tags on cards or on scrapbook pages.  Have fun!

July Birthday card

It is another great nephew's birthday in July.  He loves video games, aliens, and outer space.  He is funny and makes up great jokes and stories.  I love the cardstock I found to use for his card and there were also stickers that matched the paper, yeah!  It was fun making this card.  I hope you are inspired.
This is a 5 x 5 card when closed.  You cut the card 10 x 5, then score at 2.5 and 7.5 to create the fold on each side.  I set the tag off center as the way to open the card.  My great nephew wasn't sure how to open it.  He thought there was a trick.

May & June cards, still catching up

In May, there was a baby shower to welcome my great nephew's baby Easton who was due in July.  He was born on July 3rd and is a healthy, beautiful baby boy.  It was a fun party and the baby was definitely 'showered' with gifts.  I made the tags for the thank you gifts.  And, of course, a card to go with my gift.

This is the card I made for Easton.  It is mostly made with stickers with a little stamping.  Easton's father, my great nephew is really into football, thus the football sticker. 

My niece used small jars filled with Hershey kisses as a thank you gift
for those attending the shower. 
The theme and colors for the party was blue and brown. 
 I made these tags to hang on the jar. 
 I used the Cricut to cut the circles and stamped the 'thank you'.
The brown paper had words and sayings about family in many shades of brown.

In June, it was one of my great-nephews birthday.  He is very special, he likes to build things and loves art.  He always likes to figure out puzzles as well.  So, I try to make him something unusual for his birthday card.  This is what I made this year. 
It took him awhile to figure out how to open the card and he was happy.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Another May Birthday card and OOPS! a March card too

Creating cards using the collage technique is one of my favorite ways of creating cards.  I think it is especially effective when trying to make a masculine card like the one below that I created for my nephew.

I used Stampin' Up Clockworks and Gorgeous Grunge stamps to create most of the collage background look

Okay, I forgot to post the March birthday card.  How, I don't know as it is one of my favorites that I have made.  I liked it so much I redesigned it and used it in the class I taught in August.  Watch for how I changed it up later.
I made this card for my sister.  Daisies are her favorite flower
and so her birthday card is made with daisies.  And I love butterflies
so they are a part of the card as well. 
I used the Big Shot to emboss the bright yellow cardstock with
Stampin' Up Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder.  This is done
on the front of the card and then inside as well.

More and more I use liners in my envelopes.  I think it
makes the card more elegant and cohesive.

Now, the card and front of the envelope together.
The Daisies are from K & C Company

I hope you enjoyed this catch-up post and are inspired to
make your own cards.

Still Catching Up - May Birthdays

I love making birthday cards for my family; especially for my great niece, McCallie.  She is very girly and loves frilly kinds of cards.  So, this year I made her a fun and lots of bling pop-up card.  This was a new technique for me and I love trying new things and having them succeed.  How about you?  Let your creativity flow and have fun.

McCallie loved playing with all the pop-ups and moving them around.  I put the flowers and butterflies on wire which allowed for movement.  I also put one on the front and back so they showed no matter how you turned the card.

McCallie is such a princess.  And she is so sweet. 

Close ups of sides of card

I hope this gave you some ideas and you let your creativity flow.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Another Birthday Card

There are two February birthdays in my family.  This card was made for my nephew.  I always try to think of the person when I make a card.  My nephew likes to explore the outdoors so I thought the trees would be a good focal point for the card.

I embossed the trees and then use a watercolor technique to highlight the trees as if they were in the moonlight.

Ten Tags for You

It has been awhile since I last posted.  I have been busy as you will see from my posts today.  In January I talked about the tags I was making.  I actually started them a few years back and just never went back to finish them.  Well, finally I have finished them.  I really like them and am sorry but I don't know all the papers I used since I mainly used my scraps and whatever paper I liked in my large stash.  I stayed in the color families of pink, blue and green, with the addition of brown.  They come in a holder which you will see.  I hope you enjoy and your creative juices flow. 

These are the ten tags.  You can see, they are all different and yet have some similarities.

This is a close up of the first set of five tags.  The top three open and are small cards.  The bottom two are short tags.


This is the second set of five tags.  There are three long tags on top.  The bottom left opens into a tag where you can write your message.  The bottom right is a floral pattern with a leaf that has Thanks on it.  You can add more messages on the back.

These are the two holders I have for the nine sets of tags.  I have five of the floral and four of the polka dot.  All ten tags fit in the converted pencil case.

Now for a closer look at each tag.  The first tag is the pink and green "Celebrate" and butterfly tag.  The back is plain green for you to write your message.
This is the front and back of the blue and brown floral "It's You Day" tag.  Flowers on front and a dragonfly on the back.


This is the pink and brown with green butterfly "Thinking of You" tag and the back of the tag where you can write your message.

This is the blue and brown "celebrate" tag

This is the pink butterfly "For You" tag

This is the brown & pink "Thinking of You" tag both front and back.

These are the small card tags made with the Cricut machine.

This tag was fun to make.  I cut the flower base and then cut petals from different paper to create a unique flower.  Then I created the leaf with "thanks" stamped on the leaf.
This is a tag folded to look like a purse using different papers, the button and
flowers to create the look.