Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 4 Collection of Cards

Day 4 of my collection of cards for my boyfriend.  This is a brand new technique for me.  From the outside it looks completely normal, but inside there is a fun surprise.

  • White cardblank 5 x 7
  • 3" circle of acetate cut in a spiral
  • Yellow & black cardstock scraps
  • Mini glue dots
  • Computer generated sentiment
Decorate the outside of the card with the beehive cut from the Sentimentals cartridge and a single bee.

Cut the 3" circle into a spiral and place a glue dot on the center and adhere to the inside of card where desired.  Place a glue dot on the end of the spiral and close the card to adhere.  Adhere the bees in various locations on the loops of acetate.

NOTE:  I didn't have any acetate, so I used a transparency sheet. 

Day 3 Collection of Cards

This is card for day 3 of my collection of cards for my boyfriend.  This is a waterfall card and as with most of my cards, it looks way more complicated than it is.

  • 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cherry cobbler
  • 4 x 3/4 cherry cobbler
  • 4 - 2 x 2 cherry cobbler
  • 2 x 4 cherry cobbler
  • 2 x 9 white cardstock
  • 4 - 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • 2 white brads
  • 2" white ribbon
Score long strip at 2, 2 3/4, 3 1/2, 4 1/4.  Adhere the edge of the scored section to the center of the shorter strip.  Attach the shorter strip to the base with 2 brads.  Starting at the bottom of the long strip adhere the 2" squares at the score lines (put adhesive just at the top of the squares).

Day 2 Collection of Cards

This is day 2 in my collection of cards for my sweetheart.  :-)  This is another easel card.  These cards look difficult, but they are really really easy to make.  This card is made to fit a 5 x 5 envelope.

  • 5 x 10 white cardstock (base)
  • 5 x 5 white cardstock (front of base)
  • 4 x 4 white cardstock (layer)
  • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 pink cardstock
  • Scraps pink cardstock
  • Black 1 mm pen
  • White gel pen
  • Ribbon (7" & 3")
  • Cuddlebug (Swiss dots)
  • Dimensional
The easel card is so simple to make!  Score the 5 x 10 piece at 2 1/2" & 5" so you will have a half fold and a quarter fold on one section).  Adhere the 5 x 5 piece from the edge to the 2 1/2 score line.  Inside the card, place a little heart where you want the easel to rest.  Add the sentiment.  I embossed the heart on the front using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

To make the bow, just put a loose knot in the middle of the 7" piece of ribbon, slide the 3" piece into the knot and then pull tight.  Adhere the ends of the 7" piece on the backside of the layer and trim the 3" piece to the size you want.  This saves a lot of wasted ribbon!

Day 1 Collection of Cards

I am making a special collection of cards for my boyfriend.  He is going on two trips in May.  He will be in Orlando with some friends and then he is coming to see me.  :-)  So I am making him a collection of cards so he will have one for each day from the day before he leaves for Orlando until the day he comes to visit me.

This card is for Day 1.  It is a side step card and the sentiment is on a scrolled piece of white cardstock and then layered onto a cherry cobbler base.

  • 6 x 9 cherry cobbler plus a scrap
  • White cardstock
  • Computer generated sentiment (white cardstock)
  • Cherry Cobbler classic ink
  • Deminsionals
  • Cuttlebug (Love is in the air folders)
The base is made to fit into an A6 envelope (4.5 x 6).  It is cut at 6 x 9 and then measure in 1.5 inches and cut from 1 1/8 to 7.  Then score the wider side at 1 1/8", 2", 3 3/8", 5" & 7".  Score the 1 1/2" section at 4 1/2".  Fold alternating mountains & valleys (1 1/8 is a mountain, 2 is a valley, etc) and the 4 1/2" score is a mountain fold.

I cut a piece of white cardstock 1/8" smaller on all sides and then embossed it using the cuttlebug and Love is in the Air folder.  I adhered this to the front of the card.  I printed the sentiment from my computer and left an inch on either side to roll up to form the scroll.  I adhered the scroll to a piece of cherry cobbler cardstock and then adhered it to a white piece of cardstock and adhered this to the base of the card.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bride of Christ Placemats

My church is having a ladies' tea in May and they asked people to sign up to decorate one table with whatever theme they chose.  Since I am getting ready for my wedding, I have weddings on the brain.  So my table is going to have the theme "The Bride of Christ."  I will take some photos of the table when it is all decorated and put them up here, but in the meantime, I made placemats for the occassion.

  • 10 sheets Whisper White 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock
  • Versamark Ink pad
  • White embossing powder
  • Crumb Cake classic ink
  • Cherry Cobbler classic ink
  • Vintage Vogue stamp set
  • Heat gun
  • Computer generated text
The text says:
The Lord will hold you in His hand for all to see
a splendid crown in the hand of God
Never again will you be called
"Forsaken" or "Desolate"
Your new name will be "God's Delight"
and "The Bride of God"
for the Lord delights in you
and will claim you as His bride
God will rejoice over you
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.
Isaiah 62:3-4, 5b

I printed out the text.  Then I stamped 6 of the large flowers from the Vintage Vogue stamp set with the Versamark ink and applied the embossing powder and melted the powder.  Then I sponged them with the Crumb Cake ink.  I stamped 4 of the small flowers with the Crumb Cake, but to lighten them, I stamped on scrap paper and then onto the placemat.  Then I stamped the decorative element with Cherry Cobbler.

They look complex, but they really are not.  In fact, I was able to do 10 of them within about an hour and a half. 

I also took them to a local business and had them each laminated so they can be easily cleaned off and perhaps framed and hung on the wall later.  :-)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wedding Book

I wanted to share my latest undertaking.  This is going to be a huge momento of our engagement and wedding.  My fiance (it will be officially official in May - that means I will have a ring and it will be posted on Facebook) and I decided that we wanted to do a photo guestbook.  However, I thought that the guestbooks that you can buy that are designed to hold photos were rather plain and quite pricey.  So I originally was just going to make a guestbook.  But as I was looking for ideas on making a guestbook, I found this idea for a flip flop book (she calls it a Gate Fold, but to me Flip Flop is more fitting) Gate (faux)ld Paper Bag Mini Album by Follow the Paper Trail and thought it would be an interesting way to do the guestbook.  After a while however, I got the idea that it would be so awesome to just have a book for our courtship and wedding and the first year of marriage.  So my small project has exploded, but still having tons of fun with it.  This book will be bound on both sides.  I am waiting to bind it until I have more of the pages done.

  • 5 pieces Medium weight 12 x 12 chipboard (you don't have to start with 12 x 12 for all of them, but that is what I had)
    • 1 sheet is 9 x 12 (back cover)
    • 2 sheets 9 x 11 1/2 (section covers)
    • 1 sheet is 9 x 8 1/4 (front left cover)
    • 1 sheet is 9 x 4 1/2 (front right cover)
  • 6 sheets 12 x 12 Elegant Eggplant cardstock
  • 8 sheets 8 1/2 x 11 Elegant Eggplant cardstock
  • 12 sheets 12 x 12 Whisper White cardstock
  • 9 sheets 8 1/2 x 11 Whsiper White cardstock (just for covers and sections, not counting inside pages)
  • Pearls (3 large & 3 medium)
  • Dimensionals
  • 3 feet ribbon
  • 2 pieces 1 1/4 white wire (for bind it all)
  • 3 rolls Sticky Strip
  • White Stayz-on ink
  • Elegant Eggplant classic stamp set
  • Vintage Vogue clear stamp set
  • Bind-it-All
  • EK Success Paper Shapers Corner Adorner Trumpet Flower Punch
  • Computer generated sentiments (Penshurst font)
  • Xyron Create-a-Sticker
  • Glitter
First you want to cover the back cover with the Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  Since the cardstock is the same width as the chipboard, I took the strip that I cut off the second sheet of cardstock and added it to one side so that the cardstock could be wrapped around.  I adhered the second sheet on the inside of the cover (this sheet is cut to 9 x 12).  Using my Bind-it-All (a present from my sweetheart), I punched 15 holes on each side.  

Note:  To get the holes to line up properly, you need to punch the holes on the left with the front toward you and for the holes on the right, punch them with the back toward you.

Cover all the remaining pieces of chipboard in a similar fashion.  For the front right cover, adhere the ribbon on the left (unpunched) edge before attaching the back cover.  Punch holes on the left side for the front left cover and one of the inner section covers.  Punch holes on the right side for the front right cover and the remaining inner section cover. 

Next cut the 12 x 12 sheets of whisper white down to 9 x 12 and adhere two sheets together for added thickness.  Do this with all of the sheets of whisper white.  Punch half for the right side and half for the left side.

I inked all of the pieces front and back along the edge with the decorative element from the Vintage Vogue stamp set.  I inked the Elegant Eggplant paper with white and the Whisper White paper with the Elegant Eggplant.

I cut a 5" heart on my cricut using Sweethearts and also the blackout.  I ran the blackout (upside down) through my large Xyron Create-a-Sticker and then pealed it off and put the cutout on top of this and then sprinkled glitter on the remaining adhesive.  Using Dimensionals I adhered this so the center of the heart is hanging over.  (I put the dimensionals about 3/4 of an inch from the center of the heart to allow for the ribbon to fit perfectly under the heart.)

I printed all of my sentiments and trimmed them down.  I cut a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock 1/2 an inch bigger and then punched two opposite corners with the Trumpet Flower corner adorner punch.  I cut a piece of whisper white 1" bigger and inked around the edges with Elegant Eggplant and then adhered the pieces together.  I did this with all of the "sentiments" that were going on the Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  For the "sentiments" going on the Whisper White cardstock, I skipped the second mat.  I then adhered each one to the Section covers.

Each of the pages that will go into the book will be "flip flopped".