Thursday, December 24, 2015

Minion Gift Tags

   On what did you spend your last craft minutes before Christmas? Minion gift tags were my last minute "had to have".
   Yesterday I sent a text to my son who works at WalMart asking him to bring home some Minion Christmas gift tags for my grandson's packages. He told me that this would be too hard to find. My husband said, "Can't you just make those?" Well now that sounded like a challenge!

   I went to Karen Burniston's website for the directions to make a Minion from two of her die sets: Hoppy the Frog and Chilly the Penguin. I altered the directions a bit to create Kevin, the Reindeer;  Bob, the Elf, and Santa Stewart. 
   Several other Burniston dies were used to add some fun Christmas extras to the tags.
Kevin, the Reindeer

Bob, the Elf
Santa Stewart
   Directions to make the Minions from Karen Burniston's dies can be found here.  


Paper -  Tim Holtz - Yuletide
Stamps - Fiskars - Terrific Tags (To/From) 
Dies - Karen Burniston - Hoppy, the Frog
                                       Chilly, the Penguin
                                       Props 5 (Santa hat and beard, antlers and nose)
                                       Rudy, the Reindeer (Wreath)
                                       Sleigh Gift Card Holder Pop-Up (Bow)
                                       Jolly, the Mouse (Candy Canes)
            Our Daily Bread Designs - Double Stitched Circles          
Inks - Momento - Rich Cocoa
Embellishments - Stickles (Frosted Lace)
                            Gold Glitter Gel Pen

Monday, December 21, 2015

3 Snowflakes and a Snowman

   Here is a traditional Christmas card with non-traditional colors. 

    I started with a piece of white card stock - 5 1/4 x 4. I lightly distressed it with Gina K inks: Dusty Rose, Jelly Bean Green, Lemon Drop, and Lovely Lavender. I used a bubble stencil and Wild Wisteria ink to cover the distressing with dots. I used a nesting die to die cut the background twice. The largest piece is pop dotted; the middle glued to the black A2 card base. I saved the smallest for the inside of the card. 

   I die cut blue spruce pine boughs from Elizabeth Craft die set: "Pine Boughs and White Pine Cones" and placed them in the corners. 

   The Gina K snowflakes are die cut from glitter foam sheets. Each snowflake has a velvet covered lime green brad. I didn't want the brads to show on the inside of the card, so I pierced a round pop dot and inserted the brads thru the snowflake centers then thru the pop dot. 

   The snowman (Gina K: Holiday Season) is stamped on watercolor paper. I swiped the Jelly Bean Green ink pad on my craft mat and used a water brush to paint the snowman hat and scarf. (Sweet Mango for the carrot nose) Diamond Stickles were painted onto hat trim and snow.  3 black gems were added over the snowman buttons. The snowman is mounted on black using Silhouette offset option. 


Cards in Envy - Let It Snow - #5 - Winner!!!
Crafty Cardmakers - Snow - #57 -*
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas - #13 -*
Karleigh Sue Challenges - Non Traditional Christmas Colors - #35 -*
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes - #16 -*
Melonheadz - Christmas - #2 - Top Three!!!
Our Crafty Corner - Winter - #55 -*
Stamp TV Weekly Challenge - Polka Dots - *
Stamp TV Release Party Challenge - Give Me 5 -*
The Shabby Tea Room - Winter Wonderland - #5 -*

Inside of Card


Flap of Envelope

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Santa's Six-Fold Card

       Here is an a-symmetrical fold. I found it very easy to decorate. Directions to cut this fold are included at the bottom of this blog post. Check out the pics to see what is under this belly band. 



ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for Silent - #55 -*
Addicted to Stamps - Holidays - #53 -*
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Christmas w/Sentiment - #31 -*
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Festive Decor - #30 -  10/12
Fresh Brewed Challenge - 3+ Patterned Papers - #12 -*
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes - #177 -*
The Crafty Addicts Challenge - Spots and Stripes - #48 -*
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes - #174 - *


Paper - Carta Bella: Red Ornaments
                                Christmas Cheer
                                Home for the Holidays
                                Christmas Stripes
             Bazzill: Currant Samelion
                          Glazed Holly Blizzard Patch
Stamps -Elizabeth Craft Designs: Merry & Bright
Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs: Lacy Rectangles
                                                  Lacy Squares
                                                  Christmas Tree Pop Stand
                                                  Outdoor Edges
Cut Files - Carta Bella: Santa (Print and Cut)
                                    Holly and Berries (Cut File)
Punches: Martha Stewart: Double Punch Embossed Button
Inks - Momento: Tuxedo Black
Embellishments - Twine: Red/White
Tim Holtz Distress Markers:Tim Holtz Distress: Frayed Burlap
Equipment: Scoring Tool

6-Fold Card

  1. Cut an 8" x 12" piece of paper. 

      2. Score at 4” and 8” on the 12” side.

      3.   Turn and score at 2” and 6”.

      4.   Using the trimmer, remove top right and bottom right rectangles.

        5. Using the trimmer, cut diagonally the top square, removing a triangle-shaped piece. Also, make the same cut on the bottom square. (The bottom triangle is still attached.)

       6. Trim the top left rectangle to score line and bottom left rectangle to score line; 2 flaps formed.

      7. Cut both of these flaps in half.

      8. You are now ready to make your 6 folds. Fold in 2 small squares. (That counts as 2 folds.) Then fold this same piece up. Fold top rectangular section down. Fold 2 triangular pieces toward center.

      9. Decorate and Done!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cheepers! Another Birthday Card!

     Here is a Karen Burniston die: "Cheepers, the Chicken". Cheepers is a bit surprised at the moment, but those eyes have that effect.
     I used a faux wood grain background. To make it I scored the turquoise card stock every 1/4 inch and sawdust card stock every 1/2 inch. I dragged a white pigment ink pad with the score lines over the card stock. Then I lightly dragged a brown ink over top of that. It gives an unexpected look of wood.



Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes - #267 - *
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes - #19 -*
Cute Card Thursday - Things w/Wings - #15 -*
Seize the Birthday - Birthday w/Dies - #4 -*
Southern Girls - Whimsical/Cute/Fun - #8 - 10/8


Paper - Dear Lizzy: Christmas Wishes
           Bazzill: Sawdust
Stamps -Gina K:Birthday Essentials
Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs: Cheepers the Chicken
                                              Hay There Pop Stand
                                              Pop It Ups - Chicken Wire
         Lawn Fawn: Stitched Hillside Borders
Inks - Momento: Rich Cocoa
         Adirondack: Expresso
         White Pigment Ink
         Tim Holtz Distress: Antique Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Markers:
Equipment:Scoring Tool

Friday, September 4, 2015

String of Lights

     I designed this tag for a Christmas tag swap. The paper collection: Carta Bella (Christmas Time) was a requirement. I used several of Elizabeth Craft Designs' new dies. I have to say the die set, Ribbons and Jewels, is going to be one of my go-to favorites.
     I am inspired by the colors on my tag as seen on Carol Mayne's tag from Tag You're It!  I am merely celebrating a different occasion.

Back of Tag

Craft for the Craic - Not a square/rectangle - #2 -*
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes - #163 -*
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes - #16 -*
Get Creative Challenges - No Digital Paper - #97 -*
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Use a Die - #28 -*
Not Just Cards Challenges - Anything Goes - #574 -*
Simply Papercraft Challenges - Anything Goes - #151 -*
A Snowflake's Promise - Christmas Themed - #69 -*
Tag You-re It! - Same colors - #17 -*
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes - #136 -*


Paper - Carta Bella: Christmas Time (Christmas Cheer, Candy Canes)
             Bazzill: Watermelon, Nixon, Blackberry

Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs: Ornament Set 4
                                                   Ribbons & Jewels
                                                   Alphabet 1 - Caps
                                                   Alphabet 2 - Lower Case
                                                   Country Scapes - Backyard Decor - Snow Decor
                                                   Tags and More 1 - Lace
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress: Black Soot

Embellishments - Elizabeth Craft Designs: Starfoam Stickers (Gold)
                             Wink of Stella
                             Ribbon: 8 inches

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Birthday Clown Car

     Surprise! This card has this element. There is a hint as you can see a bit of a clown hat behind an acetate car window. When you give the card a pull ...

. . . out pop 3 clowns - all in different attire courtesy of Echo Park's "Birthday Boy" paper line. The perfect color pallet for a car full of clowns.


Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes - #29 -*
Dragons Lair Design - 3 of a Kind - #4 -*
Fussy and Fancy- Birthdays - #88 - *
Linky Party - Anything Goes - #13 -*
The Pencil Case - Anything Goes - #1 -*
Scrappers Delights - Anything Goes - #218 -*
Send a Smile 4 Kids - For a Child - #32 -*


Paper - Echo Park: Birthday Boy

Stamps - Gina K - Birthday Essentials

Dies - Echo Park - Clown
           Karen Burniston - Circle Pull Card
           Elizabeth Craft Designs - Happy Birthday

Silhouette Cut Files - Lori Whitlock: A2 Car Shaped Card
                                   Echo Park - Clown

Inks - Tim Holtz Distress - Mermaid Lagoon

Embellishments - Jute Twine: Blue/White
                             Googly Eyes - VERY small
                             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Starfoam Stickers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Art of Chess - Birthday Card

     I have designed this card for a chess lover. The stamp set is made by Chocolate Baroque. Most of the papers are from my scrap box, so it would be a real challenge to make an organized supply list for this one. 

     What I can tell you is that I used Tim Holtz Lattice die to create the binding. I downloaded a chess board from the Silhouette website and cut it from cereal box cardboard. I used this as a mask with fired brick Distress Ink. The small squares under the metal bling are the pieces that fell out of the checker board. 
     For the background on the front, inside, and back I used a faux weathered wood finish. I did the scoring at 1/2 inch intervals on the front of the card. For the inside and the back, I skipped this step. I dragged a white pigment ink pad followed by Adirondack's expresso ink to give the wood look.

Inside of Card
The clean-up for this project was brutal!


Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes - #9 -*
Crafty Catz Challenge - Golden Oldie - #5 - *
The Crazy Challenges - Paper Piercing - #20 - *
Coloring Crazy Challenge - Background - #3 -*
Get Creative Challenges - No Digital Paper - #39 -*
Not Just Cards Challenges - Anything Goes - #441 - *
Ruby's Rainbow - Diecuts & Punches - #81 - *
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes - #9 -*
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes - #135 -*

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Double Pocket Dragonfly

     I was cleaning up a stack of old paper crafting magazines, when I found this fold. I added two tags with friendship sentiments and a dragonfly. Directions for the fold are at the end of this post.


Clear It Out Challenge - Fancy Fold/Stash (Magazine) - #5- *
Crafting by Design - Things with Wings - #8 -*
Creative Moments - Fancy Folds - #62- *
Double Click Skittles - Use a Bug - #9 - 9/19
Fab 'n Funky - Things with Wings - #166 -*
Hand Stamped Sentiment - Inspiration - #1 -*

Inspiration Destination - Always Anything Goes - #24 -*
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes - #95 -*
Stampavie and More - Bows - #5 - 9/8
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes - #30 -*



Paper - Authentique: Seaside (Aquatic)
             Bazzill: Sea Salt
                          Twilight Dark
                          Silver Metallic 

Stamps - Just Right Clear: Friendship Vintage Labels Seven

Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs: Dragonfly Silhouette
                                                   Dragonfly Overlay
          Spellbinders: Fancy Ribbon Threader
                                Long Classic Scalloped Rectangular Large
                                Creative Page Tabs

Punches - Martha Stewart: Floral Lace Edge Punch

Inks - Stampin' Up: Night of Navy or Momento: Paris Dusk

Embellishments - Elizabeth Craft Designs: Microfine Glitter (Turquoise)
                                                                     Starfoam Stickers (Transparent Silver)
                                                                     Double-Sided Adhesive
                             Gelly Roll: Gold
                             Petaloo Premier: Penny Lane Garden Collection (Mini Daisy Petites - black)
                             Teal Ribbon: 1/2 inch x 18 inch

Diagonal Folded Double Pocket

1. Cut a 7 ½ x 10 ½ in. piece of paper.

2. Fold in half lengthwise.

3. Fold in half crosswise. 

4. Fold both lower corners up to the center fold line.  Trim off the left flap along the fold line.

 5. With the cut corner on the lower left side, fold right flap up; fold bottom half of paper up at crosswise fold; fold left side behind right side.


 6. Only one pocket is made at this point. Measure ¾ in. from top and bottom of pocket; score between these marks. (You will need to open paper up flat to score this.) 

7. Refold paper step 5. This time fold upper right corner back, making the second fold.

8. Add score tape at the bottom and lower right side to form a pocket.