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.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hey, Cowboy!

     Here is the card I made for my brother's birthday. I used acetate for the front card base. The recipient gets an immediate peak into the inside of the card. The sentiment on the front is strategically placed to hide the inside sentiment. This also provides a spot to write a short message.


Paper - ADORN it - Yeehaw - Western Word & Happy Trails

Stamps - Gina K - Out West

Inks - Momento - Rich Cocoa
          Tim Holtz Distress - Antique Photo

Embellishments - Burlap from bolt
                             7 White Eyelets
                             Jute Twine

Tools of the Trade - MISTI
                                 Big Bite 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Merci Beaucoup - Debra

     I recently lost my teacher, my mentor, but mostly my friend. My card and copics teacher Debra passed two weeks ago. Her husband asked for homemade thank you notes. I designed this card for this reason.

Inside of Card


Paper - Pebbles: Family Ties

Stamps - Hampton Art: Vintage Post Card
               Gina K: Birthday Blessings
               Uppercase Wood Mount Alphabet

Dies - Gina K: Lace Corners Set
           Gina K: Birthday Blessings
           Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rectangle Pull Card
           Elizabeth Craft Designs: Leafy Branch

Inks - Momento: Rich Cocoa

Embellishments - Elizabeth Craft Designs: Starfoam Stickers

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pink Lemonade Birthday Party Invitation

     Our little Elena is having a pink lemonade birthday party at a local splash pad.  Here is the invitation I made for her to invite her family and friends.

Pink Lemonade Party Invitation


Cut Files: Strawberry Shortcake: Lemons
Punches: Martha Stewart: Alphabet Punch Set
Digital File: Mygrafico Arts & Crafts: Pink Lemonade Stand Digital Clipart
Embellishments - Pink Paper Straws
           Elizabeth Craft Designs: Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
           Elizabeth Craft Designs: Transparent Double Sided Tape

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tulip in Paris

       I needed a quick tag to teach the process of making Susan Tierney's Tulip. My "Paris Edges" dies were sitting out on the craft table, so ...


Dies - Susan's Garden: Garden Notes Tulip
           Karen Burniston: Paris Edges
           Lawn Fawn: Tag It

Inks: Tim Holts Distress: Forest Moss

Embellishments - 6 inches of yellow ribbon

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Nautical Novice

     This card was made as a thank you to my nephew for an extra special New Year's surprise that arrived at my door -- two bottles of sparkling wine.

     I started off with a 6 x 6" red card base. I added 5 3/4" square of striped burlap, two layers of scalloped circles, and a heavily distressed red rectangle.
     The card was embellished with the Memory Box Picket Fence, turquoise/white twine, wooden anchor and sailboat, and a turtle. The turquoise holey ribbon strip was a leftover from a mini album class I took last summer. 
     The focal point is the Lili of the Valley stamp "By the River".

Inside of Card

     The stamps used inside the card are from Graphic 45: By the Sea and Time to Flourish.

Copic Markers:
Hair: E50, E35, E25
Skin: E50, E51, E53, R20
Shirt: R24, R46
Grass: YG13, G24, YG17
Log: E35, E37, E39
Envelope: R22, R24
Water: B00, B02, B04, W1

Monday, August 3, 2015

Birthday - On the Fence

     My sister-in-laws' birthday is on the first day of spring. It seems that I always make her birthday card with flowers because of this. Why should this year be any different?

      I used the wood grain technique from the Gina K Stamp TV website. I used Bazzill honeycomb card stock, white pigment ink, and Stampin' Up Soft Suede ink.
Inside of Card


Paper -
   Bazzill - Honeycomb, Brown, Lagoon

Stamps -
   Stampin' Up - Serene Silhouettes
   Gina K - Birthday Essentials
   Red Rubber Designs - Birthday Set

Dies -
   Memory Box - Picket Fence

Punches -
   Martha Stewart - Classic Butterfly Punch

Inks -
   White Pigment Ink
   Stampin' Up - Soft Suede, More Mustard
Embellishments -
   Tan polyester ribbon - 8 in. (5/8" wide)
   Wink of Stella - Clear

Markers -
   Tim Holtz - Iced Spruce, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn

Special Tools -
   Scoring Tools