Birthday Card

Hi everyone!  My daughter-in-law recently had a birthday and  so I CASEd this card from Sandy Mathis at http://www.StampwithSandy.com

Sandy's card

Sandy’s card

This is my card that I made for my daughter-in-law.

Kathy's card

Kathy’s card

flower detail

flower detail

Supplies you will need:

  • Stamps:  Stippled Blossoms, Wetlands (greeting)
  • Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals, Whisper White
  • Inks:   Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
  • Fancy Fan embossing folder, Cuttlebug or Big Shot or whatever machine you have for embossing folders
  • Baker’s twine, white
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Perfect Layers tool
  • Adhesive, dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Scrappy Tape

Assembling the card: 

  1. Form a card base in Pretty in Pink  that measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  2. Layer 1 – Primrose Petals 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  3. Layer 2 –  Whisper White 5 1/4″ x 4″  (or use Perfect Layers tool with 1/16″  margin on Primrose Petals (layer 1))
  4. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  Place on Primrose Petals cardstock and using Perfect Layers tool cut a 1/16″ border. Stamp greeting as shown.  ( I laid out my flowers where I wanted them to be to decide where the greeting would be placed)
  5. Cut a piece of Primrose Petals  4 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and run it through the Fancy Fan Folder. Set aside.
  6. On Whisper White cardstock stamp Stippled Blossom in Pretty in Pink twice.
  7. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp the contrasting blossom in Primrose Petals ink.
  8. Stamp three sets of leaves in Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive
  9. Now the fun part, fussy cut the flowers and leaves * (we need framelits for the Stippled Blossoms stamp set!)
  10. Assemble the layers as shown and then tie the Baker’s twine around all the layers and tie a bow.
  11. Attach to card front.
  12. Attach flowers with dimensionals.  Using  Scrappy Tape, I then adhered the leaves to the flowers
  13. Using a small dot of Tombow glue, attach the buttons as shown.

*If you are really not a fan of fussy cutting, you could probably use the stamp set and framelits for Secret Garden in place of the Stippled Blossoms and have a great looking card as well.  Maybe even use Velum and color the flowers.  Hmmm, I might even give that a try!  Stay tuned.

Let me know what you think of this card in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you!

I hope that the weather is warming up for you wherever you are and that spring will come to you soon!  I know I’m ready for it!

Until next time, Happy Stamping

Kathy

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Paper Bag scrapbooks

Hi again.  I know, I know… it’s been waaay too long since my last blog post.  January wasn’t a good month for us (I was hospitalized for 2 days [I’m fine now] and we had two deaths) so it has taken me awhile to get back to normal.

About three weeks before Valentine’s Day, I saw on Pinterest this idea of a paper bag scrapbook so I thought it would be fun to make them for my younger grandkids for Valentine’s Day.  Once I got started, I wondered “what were you thinking girl?” but I got them done.  All you have to do is Google paper bag scrapbooks and you will find a ton of ideas in different sizes, styles, orientation, etc., of paper bag scrapbooks. The first one I saw was very basic. After I got started and looked some more for ideas for pages, I saw how involved and detailed you can make them.  There are different ways to place the paper bags so that you can  make pockets or flip up pages, pages that flip out to the side, etc.  You can also use the opening of the paper bag as a pocket for treats, cards, pictures, or additional scrapbook pages.  There are also many ways to put them together from stapling the sides to punching holes and decorating with ribbon and/or yarn to binding them like a book with chipboard, etc.  So you can go real simple or over the top and anywhere in between.

Since I only had a few weeks to do these four scrapbooks, I went very simple in my design.  They were titled “10 things I LOVE about YOU”.  So here are two of the finished books.

DSC_0909        DSC_0910     DSC_0921

 

Basic supplies you will need: 

  • Paper lunch bags in the size of your choice.  (When I got mine, I didn’t realize they were extra large lunch bags but it worked out well because my books ended up being almost the same size as a 6 x 6 album)
  • Patterned papers and coordinating cardstock
  • Adhesive.  You want to use a strong adhesive so that your papers and cardstock will adhere to the paper bag pages and not come loose. I’ve seen glue guns used and other strong liquid glues.  I used my 1 1/2″ and 1/2″  Scrappy Tape.  With the Scrappy Tape I had to be really careful because the second the tape touched the page, it was stuck!  If you want to be able to adjust the page after you put it down, you might want to consider a strong, fast drying liquid glue that gives you a little wiggle room to adjust your page after you put it down.
  • Embellishments (ribbons, brads, buttons, etc)
  • Photos that you plan to use in the scrapbook.

Additional items I used

  • Cricut – I used my Cricut a lot for my page titles (see below for more pictures) and some of my pages didn’t have pictures.
  • Stapler to bind my books.  I stapled the bags together first and then put paper over top to cover the staples.
  • Ribbon to tie around the books to keep them closed
  • Stamps, dies, inks, and markers

Here is a link to my Pinterest board for paper bag scrapbooks.  You will see there are lots of ideas and different ways to put the bags together to form the scrapbook and depending on the size of your bags, will determine how big they are.   https://www.pinterest.com/angelbear914/scrapbooks-paper-bag-books/

Here are some more pictures of some of the pages in the scrapbooks I made.

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Hugs and Kisses cut out on the Cricut. Added a heart brad on the page before adhering it to the paper bag.

our grandson loves dinosaurs

our grandson loves dinosaurs

DSC_0914

This is an example of using the opening of the bag as a pocket for a card or extra scrapbook page.

The "Sweet" was cut out on the Cricut. I used the opening of the bag to put some candy for them.

The “Sweet” was cut out on the Cricut. I used the opening of the bag to put a little bag of candy .

Our granddaughter.  "Hugs and Kisses" and "Laugh" cut out on the Cricut

Our granddaughter. “Hugs and Kisses” and “Laugh” cut out on the Cricut

"Your Smile" was generated on the computer in Microsoft Word.  Used a Smiley face stamp to make background paper

“Your Smile” was generated on the computer in Microsoft Word. Used a Smiley face stamp to make background paper

The word "Sweet" cut out on the Cricut.  I used Stampin' Up marker to "doodle" the edges.

The word “Sweet” cut out on the Cricut. I used Stampin’ Up marker to “doodle” around the edges of the letters.

All the backs of the books were finished this way with a Happy Valentine's Day stamp.

All the backs of the books were finished this way with a Happy Valentine’s Day stamp.

This was fun to do. Who knows, I may make some more some day but next time, I will give myself more time so I am not so rushed and will be able to embellish them more.  I made four scrapbooks in about 12 days or so (12 pages each including the front and back covers), but I am happy with the results from my first time making a paper bag scrapbook.  Please leave a comment and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Well, until next time, Happy Stampin’ and Scrappin’

Kathy

 

TSOT sketch challenge #96

Hi again everyone!

Hope you are staying warm wherever you are. I think all of the USA is in the grips of old man winter.  It is definitely good weather to stay inside and create and I’ve done just that.  Today I am entering a card in the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch challenge.   Here is the sketch we are to use.

TST Sketch #93

Our youngest grandchild turns 4 next week so I used this sketch to make his card.  He loves dinosaurs and he can name them all!  Such a smart kid!

Dinosaur card for Aiden       Inside of card

Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit
  • DSP:  Birthday Basics (retired Stampin’ Up)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Stamps:   Lawn Fawn “Critters from the Past”, Hero Arts “Happy Birthday”
  • Ink:  Black Staz-on, Gumball Green
  • Aqua painter
  • Gumball Green ribbon
  • Candy dots (don’t know brand)
  • Adhesives:  tape runner, Scrappy Tape 1/4″
  • Dimensionals
  • Perfect Layers tool

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card from the Summer Starfruit cardstock and set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper 3″ x 3″.
  3. Stamp image (dinosaur for this card) in black Staz-On ink
  4. Use Gumball Green ink and the Aqua painter to color the dinosaur.  Set aside to dry.
  5. Cut a piece of Gumball Green cardstock to 3″ x 4″ and a piece of the DSP  3 1/4″ x 4″
  6. Adhere the DSP to the Gumball Green piece (NOTE:  I overlapped them about an inch but when they are together, it will measure 5 1/4″ x 4″ same as a standard mat for a card)
  7. Wrap ribbon around seam and secure to the back of this panel. Adhere panel to the front of the card.
  8. Take the watercolor piece with the dinosaur on it and adhere (I used the Scrappy Tape here) to a scrap of Gumball Green and using the Perfect Layers tool, make a 1/16″ border around this piece or cut a piece of Gumball Green cardstock 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ and center watercolor paper with the image on it to this piece of cardstock.
  9. Adhere to front of card  as shown using dimensionals.
  10. Stamp sentiments from the Lawn Fawn stamp set (rawr! your’re dino-mite) on the front of the card.
  11. Embellish with candy dots as shown
  12. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″ and stamp “Happy Birthday”  in Gumball Green.  Adhere to inside of card.

There you have it,  a CAS (clean and simple) birthday card.  This sketch could also work for many different occasions, so it is very versatile.

Until next time,

Happy Stamping!

Kathy

 

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a great start to 2015 and that you will have a wonderful year with good health, happiness, and lots of time to create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D projects!

Today I am going to share with you a couple new year’s cards that I made using my Cricut Expression machine and some old Sizzix’s dies for the numbers.  I pulled out my first ever die cutting machine, the red Sizzix, to cut out the numbers.  Remember this one?

Red Sizzix die cutting machine

So the first card I want to share with you is the one I used my Cricut Expression die cutting machine for and the Sizzix for the numbers for 2015.

New Year Cheers 2015_1

Supplies you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, gold, glitter paper
  • Embossing buddy
  • VersaMark ink
  • Gold embossing powder (Stampin’ Up)
  • Embossing tray
  • Heat gun
  • Cricut Expression die cutting machine
  • Cricut cutting mat
  • Wild Card cartridge
  • Perfect layers tool
  • Rhinestones
  • Adhesives:  Scrappy Tape 1/8″, Xyron X, tape runner

Assembling the card:

  1. First make a card base that measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and set aside.
  2. Cut your black cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Adhere to gold paper and using Perfect Layers tool, make a 1/16″ border.  Set aside.
  3. Put your Wild Card cartridge in the Cricut machine and turn machine on. Place keypad.
  4. Place a scrap of white cardstock onto cutting mat.
  5. Choose Celebrate (page 78 in booklet), Frame feature, Shift.  Cut at 8″ (**see tip for finding the right key on the keypad at the end of the blog)
  6. Choose Celebrate (page 78 in booklet), Phrase, Shift (for “Cheers”) cut at 6″
  7. Using a piece of scrap paper lay the two items you just cut down on it and then stamp the VersaMark on each.
  8. Pour embossing powder on each and heat emboss.
  9. Next I cut out the numbers from the glitter paper using the Sizzix die cut machine.
  10. Assemble the numbers and the frame/Cheers on the card as shown. Attach to front of card.
  11. Add rhinestones to the class to create “bubbly”.
  12. For the inside of the card (which I forgot to get a picture of before mailing) I cut out Happy New Year (choose Celebrate, Phrase feature, 7 1/4″ size) in black cardstock.

This next card only used the Sizzix die cut machine for the numbers.  I also used Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Word Window and Modern Label punches, and burlap ribbon for the banners. The inside was left blank to write a note.  This is a standard sized card (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and the black mat is 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The burlap ribbon is Stampin’ Up’s 1 1/4″.   To adhere the banners to the card front I used my 1″ Scrappy Tape to ensure that the banners would stay attached.  Remember when using the Word Window punch to stamp your sentiment first and then punch it out.  I also used the 1/8″ Scrappy Tape to adhere that to the glitter paper so that it would stay attached.

New Year banners_1

**Now for the tip I mentioned earlier regarding the Cricut keypads with each cartridge. Each keypad has a series of rows for the features (gray keys) and die cuts (white keys).  In the booklet starting with the first die cut image number your pages 1 through 50.  Each row of white keys have 10 die cuts in each row.   For the card above I used image #47. So on the keypad I counted each row of ten in the first four rows (40) and in the last row I counted over 7 to find the key I needed to cut out what I needed for the card.  This eliminates guessing which key to use.  I hope this helps.

Happy New Year!  and Happy Stamping!

Kathy

Merry Christmas ..

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We celebrated with our kids and grandkids on  Tuesday evening with lots of great food and fun.

This is our family picture

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And since we were here by ourselves yesterday, I made a Christmas card (I’m starting on cards for next year) CASEd from this site http://stampingingeorge.blogspot.com/2012/10/christmas-cards.html.

Christmas Blessings 2014

What you will need:

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red
  • DSP: Candlelight Christmas (retired Stampin’ Up).  it is the “flocked” transparent paper in that pack.
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
  • Ribbon:  Real Red 1/8″ taffeta ribbon
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Adhesives:  tape runner, glue dots

Assembling the card:  

  1. Form a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ card from white cardstock.
  2. Cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  3. Cut a piece of Whisper White 2″ x 4″ and stamp the ornament.  Adhere to Real Red piece.  Set aside.
  4. Cut DSP 3 1/8″ x 1 15/16″ and set aside
  5. Cut two pieces of Whisper White 3 1/8″ x 1 15/16″.  On one piece stamp sentiment from More Merry Messages (use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement).  Adhere to front of card as shown.  On the other piece adhere the DSP to it using small glue dots.   Adhere to front of card as shown.
  6. Make bow and attach to ornament.
  7. Stamp sentiment inside.  I used one from the More Merry Messages as well.

Now that I have the measurements down, this should be a pretty easy card to make so I plan to make several more to add to my stash for next year.

I hope you have a blessed holiday season.  Until next time,

Happy Stamping!

Kathy

TSOT Sketch #196 and Merry Monday

Revised post!  Found another challenge to enter my card to.

Hello everyone.  Back again with another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch.  The theme is Peace.  Here is the sketch. I also found a site called Merry Monday and the challenge from them is to use a Bird on the card. So I am submitting my card to both challenges.

Sketch 196     Merry Monday137

And here is the card I am submitting.

Card #2

Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Glitter paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Midnight Muse
  • Stamps:  Calm Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder (White)
  • Embossing tray or coffee filter or piece of scrap paper (whatever you use for embossing powder)
  • Heat Tool
  • Sponge or dauber
  • Small flower punch
  • Perfect Layers Tool
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Adhesive, dimensionals, repositionable glue
  • Masking technique*

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 5.5″ x 4.25″ card from Midnight Muse cardstock and Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3.25″ x 4″
  3. Use the embossing buddy on this entire piece of cardstock (from step 2)
  4. Stamp the Dove from Calm Christmas in VersaMark ink
  5. Pour white embossing powder over image and tap off excess. Heat emboss.
  6. *Masking Technique:   Stamp dove on a piece of scrap paper (I used computer paper) and cut out around the image.
  7. Use repositionable glue and adhere over the embossed image to form a mask and to keep the color from getting on the image.
  8. Use sponge (or dauber) and Midnight Muse ink and sponge around the image as shown.  Remove mask when finished.
  9. Using the Perfect Layers tool make a 1/16″ border around the sponged piece or cut 3 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of white cardstock and adhere.
  10. Lay the image on the front of your card to determine where you will stamp “Peace on Earth”.  Then set aside the image.
  11. Use the embossing buddy on this area of the front of the card and then stamp “Peace on Earth” in VersaMark ink.
  12. Pour on White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat emboss.
  13. Adhere image piece to front of card.
  14. Punch out 4 small flowers (or shape of your choosing) from glitter paper.  Adhere to front of card as shown using dimensionals.
  15. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 5.25″ x 4″ and stamp sentiment from Calm Christmas in Midnight Muse.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment.
  16. Adhere to inside of the card.

This card is actually my second one that I made.  The first card I didn’t use the masking technique and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not so I tried the second card.  Here is the first card.  Let me know which card you like better.

Sketch #196 Peace

 

I hope you get a chance to try this card and the masking technique. The hardest part of the masking technique was cutting around the leaves on the branch but using my Xacto knife made it a little easier.

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

Kathy

TSOT Sketch #196 and Merry Monday

Hello everyone.  Back again with another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch.  The theme is Peace.  Here is the sketch. I also found a site called Merry Monday and the challenge from them is to use a Bird on the card. So I am submitting my card to both challenges.

Sketch 196     Merry Monday137

And here is the card I am submitting.

Card #2

Supplies you will need: 

  • Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Glitter paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Midnight Muse
  • Stamps:  Calm Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder (White)
  • Embossing tray or coffee filter or piece of scrap paper (whatever you use for embossing powder)
  • Heat Tool
  • Sponge or dauber
  • Small flower punch
  • Perfect Layers Tool
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Adhesive, dimensionals, repositionable glue
  • Masking technique*

Assembling the card:

  1. Form a 5.5″ x 4.25″ card from Midnight Muse cardstock and Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3.25″ x 4″
  3. Use the embossing buddy on this entire piece of cardstock (from step 2)
  4. Stamp the Dove from Calm Christmas in VersaMark ink
  5. Pour white embossing powder over image and tap off excess. Heat emboss.
  6. *Masking Technique:   Stamp dove on a piece of scrap paper (I used computer paper) and cut out around the image.
  7. Use repositionable glue and adhere over the embossed image to form a mask and to keep the color from getting on the image.
  8. Use sponge (or dauber) and Midnight Muse ink and sponge around the image as shown.  Remove mask when finished.
  9. Using the Perfect Layers tool make a 1/16″ border around the sponged piece or cut 3 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of white cardstock and adhere.
  10. Lay the image on the front of your card to determine where you will stamp “Peace on Earth”.  Then set aside the image.
  11. Use the embossing buddy on this area of the front of the card and then stamp “Peace on Earth” in VersaMark ink.
  12. Pour on White embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat emboss.
  13. Adhere image piece to front of card.
  14. Punch out 4 small flowers (or shape of your choosing) from glitter paper.  Adhere to front of card as shown using dimensionals.
  15. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 5.25″ x 4″ and stamp sentiment from Calm Christmas in Midnight Muse.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment.
  16. Adhere to inside of the card.

This card is actually my second one that I made.  The first card I didn’t use the masking technique and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not so I tried the second card.  Here is the first card.  Let me know which card you like better.

Sketch #196 Peace

 

I hope you get a chance to try this card and the masking technique. The hardest part of the masking technique was cutting around the leaves on the branch but using my Xacto knife made it a little easier.

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

Kathy