Friday, October 2, 2015

Wedding gift embellishment...

My nephew got married a couple of months ago, and I wanted the gift for him and his bride to look extra special. This is what I did:
These photos were taken with my cell phone, so please excuse the glare in the center and a bit of blurriness.

Tissue paper flower:

I had some white tissue paper and decided to make a big tissue flower. I remembered making them as a kid. You just layer about 8 squares of tissue paper (mine were about 8" X 8"), accordion fold all the layers at once in about 1" folds. You'll end up with an 8" long accordion-folded strip that is about 1" wide. Tie it off tightly in the center with some string, fan out the folds and carefully begin pulling each single sheet of tissue toward the center. You have to be very careful so as not to tear them.

Once I had all the layers pulled toward the center as much as I could, I adjusted and fluffed them until I had what I wanted. I put some pearls in the center with hot glue. As a final touch, I brushed the outer edges of the tissue paper with some glue and sprinkled on some clear glitter.

Leafy branches with pearls:

The leafy branches that stick out on either side of my flower were cut from white CS with a Sizzix Bigz die called Branch with Leaves. I simply added some large flat-backed pearls to dress them up a bit.

Mr. & Mrs.:

The Mr. & Mrs. was cut from white CS using the Tie the Knot cartridge. I simple sprayed it with adhesive and covered it with clear glitter before adhering it to my package.

Card Pocket:

At first I didn't know what to do with my card. I wanted it attached to my package, but I didn't want to put it on the top, I solved my dilemma by creating a little pocket on one end to hold it. I used a border punch to add a fancy edge across the top and some wide glitter tape across the center. It was adhered to the package on the sides and bottom with double-sided red-line tape.

Here's a better look at the card pocket and the top of the gift.

The wedding was held at an historic farm, so the happy couple chose decorations that combined a rustic look with touches of elegance. There was a lot of burlap along with many, many flowers and candles. I thought my gift fit right in! A very lucky coincidence.

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Another find at a thrift shop...

One of my favorite thrift shops in my area has been getting lots of crafting and cardmaking supplies lately. I love getting a great deal on some new and gently used items.

Two Stampin' Up stamps I picked up recently were perfect for quick-to-make wedding cards.

The first stamp was the image you see here. I stamped it onto my pretty, embossed paper, and then I stamped it again on plain white cardstock.

It's a line drawing with no solid areas, so I used a black marker to fill in the slacks and the hair on the groom.

While it's not visible in the photo, I added a coating of clear glitter to the bride's veil and the train on the wedding dress. It's SO pretty IRL! If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you might just be able to see a little of it.

I fussy-cut the image and then popped it up on some double-sided foam tape. The little dots you see around the image are dots of glitter. When looking at the card IRL, all you really see of the dots is the sparkle.

On the inside of my card, I used a large Lifestyle Crafts label die to frame the Stampin' Up sentiment and create a black mat. I was a little concerned that my sentiment would not stamp well onto this embossed paper, but it turned out fine! I was relieved, because I had only a little strip of this paper left. Whew!

I have now built up quite a selection of wedding cards. Not sure why...there are no weddings in sight. I guess it's because weddings are such happy occasions, so the cards are fun to make.

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

Friday, September 25, 2015

Today is your day to shine...

I had an idea for a CAS card using these tools:

The border punch is Birds on a Wire by Martha Stewart.

The dies are the two smallest dies that come with the My Creative Time Stitched Starburst dies. As it so happens, these are the only two dies in the set that are not stitched. I had not cut them apart yet (they're connected by a couple of thin wires), but for this card, keeping them perfectly aligned was exactly what I wanted.

I started my card with a top-fold blue card base.
I punched several borders of birds on a wire. Like a true border punch, they were all still connected to the paper by their tails. It's easy enough, however to snip their tails away from the sheet of paper. It was also easy to curve them as I adhered them to my card base. The wire is thin enough to allow that.

As you can see I also punched a small section from a red piece of paper so that I could use one of the little red birds on my card front.

For my "shine" around my red bird, I used the two starburst dies to cut a circle from some blue glitter paper. The glitter paper is really close in color to my cardstock, even though it doesn't look that way in the photo.

I cut my starburst circle in half and put half on top of the wire and half below it.

The blue CS looks grayish/greenish in this photo. Not sure why!

On the inside of my card I added another length of birds on a wire. My sentiments here and on the front are computer-generated.

I decided to use another little red bird and the center from my original starburst die-cut to further embellish the inside.

I think this card would work for both males and females, don't you?

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Masculine thank you ...

A very quick post today. This card has some strong elements, and I think it's perfect as a masculine thank you card.

I cut the "thanks" with an old Cuttlebug die and adhered it to my rust-colored piece of cardstock. Once it was adhered, I dry-embossed the cardstock with a Darice 5" X 7" embossing folder called Striped Background. I rather liked how the die-cut was embossed right along with the CS.

I created a black button with an Impression Obsession button die. When I make these buttons, I always adhere at least four of them together to give them the dimension of a real button.

Then I cut a piece of burlap and sprayed it with some ink (not sure of the brand at the moment - could be Dylusions) and adhered it to the embossed CS with some red-line tape. Once that was done, I wrapped the CS with some black twine and tied it after running the ends through the button holes.

The inside of my card was left plain - just a matted piece of white cardstock so the sender can write a personal note.

I really liked the strong elements of this card - the stripes, the burlap, the black twine and button. I think the simple design also adds to its masculinity.

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

Friday, September 18, 2015

A star is born...

You may be wondering what kind of an occasion this card is designed to celebrate. Care to take a guess?

It's a new baby boy card!

I cut a star shape with my Cricut, then I printed my sentiment onto the star with my computer. Once that was done, I sprayed the star with adhesive and added some clear glitter all over the surface. The sentiment was still very readable, and the star looked great with its new sparkle!

I adhered it to a circle shape that had been dry-embossed, using some dimensional foam tape.

On the inside of my card I used another computer-generated sentiment and a couple more glittered stars.

This card could easily be adapted for a girl with some feminine papers.

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A sunburst thanks...

A while ago I won a set of stitched starburst dies from My Creative Time. I wanted to send a thank you card to Emma, the owner of MCT, using the dies she had so generously sent to me. Here's what I came up with:

These dies have the special feature of cutting the stitch lines on but sides of the die. Isn't that great?

I made the die-cut in the center of the yellow mat for the front of my card. Then I took another piece of the same CS that was slightly larger than my die and inked it as you see in the photo with some distress inks.

Once the inking was all done to my satisfaction, I used the same die to cut out my starburst. I adhered the inked one into the negative space, but left the points of the starburst free so that I could lift them up for some added dimension.

Here's a little closer look that clearly shows how the points have been lifted up. The black cardstock underneath adds to the definition of the starburst shape.

The "thanks" die-cut is from an old Cuttlebug die, but it's one of my favorites. I really love the font.

The inside of my card is simple with a computer-generated sentiment. I left lots of room so that I could write a personal note of thanks to Emma.

I really want to use these dies a lot more. Any ideas?

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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Envelopes from calendar pages...

Do you ever get too many calendars? Or feel badly throwing out an old picture calendar because the artwork in it is just too good?

I sometimes get calendars from charitable organizations that we support, but because my husband and I make our own family photo calendar every year, I really don't have a use for them. A while ago, I decided to use some of the full-page photographs in a  calendar I received to make some envelopes.

Here are some of the envelopes I made from calendar pages. Aren't they interesting? I like to use these for masculine cards that are hand-delivered. Then I can write the name on a part of the envelope that doesn't interfere too much with the picture or artwork.

If I do mail these envelopes, I use a plain address label on the front.

This is the back of the clown fish envelope. Isn't it great? Some of these are great for kids' cards, too. They sometimes like the envelope just as well--or even better--than the card!

Isn't this envelope spectacular?

Here's a peek at the backside (and also the inside).

The quality of the paper is excellent, but it's not too heavy to mail. I used my WRMK envelope punch board to make these.

I've also made envelopes out of wrapping paper, typing paper and from the paper in a child's drawing pad. I am always looking for papers that will work for envelopes - just one more way to keep my cardmaking more affordable.

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