Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Today I have a couple cards to show you, as I wish you and everyone out there a Happy Halloween:
This card is actually a 4-panel card. I matted and embellished all four panels on the inside and two panels on the back side. The one back panel is what actually is seen as the "front" of the card when it is folded together to put into an envelope.

Here are the four inside panels:

And here are the four back panels:

I left some space under the "Happy Haunting" on that left-hand panel where we can sign our names and write a brief note with a white gel pen.

One more card made using this same pattern:

These cards were each made from a 6" X 12" piece of cardstock, scored on the long side at 3", 6" and 9". I cut a right triangle from the two top corners of each panel.

That is to say, when the card was folded together, I measured 1/2" toward the center of the front panel from each top corner and 1" down the side from each top corner.  Then I connected those two points with a straight line and cut through all the panels at once.

I think the shape looks a bit like a coffin or a grave marker - good for Halloween, right?

I used various stickers, stamped images, cricut images and punched shapes to decorate the cards. You can also see some Halloween-themed washi tape and some glitter tape.

These were fun to make, but fairly time-consuming with six different panels to embellish on each card.

I hope your children or grandchildren have a safe and fun Halloween. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Special-fold Halloween card...

This Halloween card was made with half a sheet of 12" X 12" paper.  First I cut the sheet in half.  Then I scored one of the resulting 6" X 12" pieces on the long side at 2", 4", 8" and 10". Then I measured 3" up from each end and made a mark.  I cut off a triangular piece from the left mark to the top of the 4" score line.  I cut another triangular piece from the top of the 8" score line to the right mark.

I think the embossing folder that I used was by Darice, and the "Creepy" sentiment and the bat were cut from the Happy Hauntings cartridge. Don't you love that "Creepy" font? I used some Memento London Fog ink to do a little shading on the embossing. Love how that turned out, too.

Here's a side view that shows how I decorated each panel after making the mountain and valley folds. A couple of spooky eyes and some speech bubbles was all it took.

The other panel has a couple of small banners that say "Happy Halloween." There is room underneath the banners to sign the card and write a brief note with a white gel pen.

And a quick peek at the other side - more eyes and speech bubbles on the purple panel and a skull and crossbones sticker on the black panel.

Using double-sided paper gives this card a fun look, even from the back!

I really like trying new card folds. This one was one of the easier ones to make and embellish. If you've got some Halloween cards yet to make, give it a try. It comes together pretty quickly.

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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Christmas card fail...

A neighbor gave me some old sheet music that she no longer wanted. I thought I'd try to use some of it on some Christmas cards. I was pretty disappointed in the results.
In "real" sheet music, the staff lines and the notes are so far apart! It's just not scaled for cards. Fail #1!  I'm thinking I should use my printer to print out a reduced-size copy of it. That might help.

I had a scrap of green Christmassy card stock, and decided to use that for my center rectangle. It does look a little better IRL, but not a lot. Fail #2! I think I should have used black cardstock.

I also tried heat-embossing on the ornament with some gold sparkly embossing powder that I have, and it looks awful. Fail #3!  I don't think I'll be using that embossing powder for any sentiments in the future.

The inside looks a little better with some different gold embossing powder. I think I'll take the scalloped circle off the front of the card and re-do it with this stuff.

I'll try this card design again with the changes I've talked about, and we'll see if it looks any better.

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sympathy card...

Sadly, we recently needed a sympathy card because a friend passed away from cancer. This is what I came up with:
I really like this embossing folder for sympathy cards. There's something so poignant about it. I embossed my piece of cardstock and then applied a little green chalk to highlight the bird and the reeds. It's very subtle, but it adds just a little something extra to the embossed pattern. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed.

I kept the inside as "quiet" as I did the card front. I again heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and added a couple of score lines at the top and bottom.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Even though we go through sad times in our lives, we must still remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cascading circle card...

This is a cascading circle card that I made for one of my granddaughters for Halloween. It was actually really fun to make. The hardest part was deciding how to decorate each circle. You really can't use anything that pops up too far, or it won't fold together nicely.

This picture shows the bottom circle with the two top circles still folded together. You can see that you have to remember to lay them in opposite directions before punching the holes and adding the brads that connect them.

This photo shows all three circles cascaded out. You can also see where the connecting brads have been placed. I would have liked to add googly eyes, but again, that would have made it harder to close it, so I just used a little Diamond Glaze instead. The bit of ribbon at the top helps the receiver to pull the card fully open.

When I inserted my brads, I put the points of a small scissor under the head of the brad before I spread out the prongs.  This helped keep the connection fairly loose. I didn't want it so tight that it was hard to open and close. The circles were each made 1/2" smaller than the previous one, which left that nice 1/4" border and made them all nest nicely together. I believe I started with a 5" circle.

To keep from having to use extra postage for a square envelope, I made my own envelope at 5" X 6".  Every time I have to do this, I appreciate my WRMK envelope punch board even more!

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

You're becoming a classic...

I needed to make a couple of a couple of masculine birthday cards in the past month, so here's what I came up with. This one was for my brother who turns 66 this year. I thought that the "Route 66" sign would be perfect, given his age.

This one is for my SIL who is nowhere near 66 years old, but really enjoys classic cars. I think he'll like the classic look of this red convertible. I also made the envelope beneath the card. I liked the chevron "tracks" on it, and since it was from the same stack as the cracked yellow DSP, the colors coordinated perfectly.

Both the Route 66 sign and the convertible are images from the Nifty Fifties cartridge. I love that cartridge, and it has some great images that work well for those oh-so-difficult male cards.

Here's a little peek at the interior of the first card. The inside for the second one is much the same. It's simple, but I think it works with the card front. The sentiment is computer-generated, and the font I used is called Magneto. I think it looks like one a car manufacturer might use in its ads.

That's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband...

In my "maturity," I have become quite the choco-holic, so to say I love someone more than chocolate is truly saying a lot. I often buy the good quality dark chocolate bars - you know...ones like those from Lindt, Ghirardelli or Godiva. Then my husband and I will have a piece or two of chocolate with our tea after our evening meal.  We both enjoy this a lot, but I'm the one who really LOVES it.

I hand-cut the chocolate kiss for this card and then used a few ProMarkers to shade it a bit and give it some depth. I think you might be able to just make out the shading if you look closely. It's much easier to see IRL.  The hearts were cut from the George cartridge, and you can see that I embossed the white one with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I hand-cut the little sentiment banners and added a small glitter heart on the end of each. The hearts were left over from making last year's Valentines, and I knew they'd come in handy! The sentiment was done with my computer and the font is Vivaldi.

The inside is simple with another glitter heart and lots of room to write a personal note.

We don't give each other gifts on our anniversary - we figure it is gift enough just to be together. I think I may offer him a piece or two of chocolate though (and have a couple myself) to celebrate!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope there is lots of chocolate (or whatever else you love) in your life.

Remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.