Monday, September 20, 2010

Spirited Scrap: Joy Fold Card

Supply list:
5x7 ½” card stock sturdy
4x8 card stock sturdy
 3 ¾ x3 ¾ coordinating card stock or patterned paper (any weight)
4 ¾ x4 ¾ coordinating card stock or patterned paper (any weight)
3 ½ x 3 ½  card stock with digital image, stamped image, word art or verse (see suggestions at the bottom of this post)
       (or mount the cut out image on this card stock with dimensional adhesive for affect if you like)
(2) 3 ¾ x3 ¾ light coloured card stock (if you did not print a sentiment/poem on the
       previous piece you may choose to do so on one of these)
(2) 4 ¾ x 2 ¼ card stock or patterned paper (any weight)
5” decorative edge strip ie) using border paper punch, scallop edge, paper frills,
       bazzill edge strips, cut with a die cutting machine, deco scissors… the possibilities are endless
12”ribbon ½ to 1” wide not too thick (so it’s easier to work with)
photo turn with brad
glue of your choice
scoring tool, like a scor pal, or a boning knife, dry embossing stylus, a pen you’re
       absolutely sure is not going to release any ink, butter knife and a ruler and pencil
optional embellishments like ink, pearls, gems, glitter, sewing machine, rub on stitches,
       dimensional glues, flowers, button, metal to add your own touches
8 ½ x 11 or 8 ½ x 12 plain copy paper, card stock, patterned paper for an envelope
envelope template printed ~the envelope template is exactly 11” so all of it will not print
       considering page margins, you will need to extend the lines to the length indicated
       on the template.  Also if you have some creased/stained or otherwise undesirable
       card stock it will make a sturdy reusable template.  Please print and cut out before the Spirited Scrap.
Here is the template: in jpg format and as a pdf
       make sure the distance between the two points as shown in this image is approximately 5 1/4".
       You may need to set your printer to do a borderless print.  It must be bigger than 5"

Optional 1 ½ x 4 piece of sturdy box board… this doesn’t need to look really pretty,
       go ahead and cut it with your kitchen scissors, then cut a 1/2 x 2" slit in the top (I actually cut it on the fold
       of a box so it would be double thickness); or a bow easy

Step 1)

1)      Mark the 5x7 ½” piece of cardstock at 5” (just a very small mark so it’s hardly visible later, on both sides).  Using your ruler and scoring tool score the cardstock at 5” and fold.
2)      Now take the 4x8” piece of cardstock and mark at 4”; score and fold this piece as well.
3)      Ink or distress the edges of the front and inside of your cardstock if desired (the 2 ½” piece will be the front of your card)
4)      Ink or distress the front edges of your remaining cardstock if desired.

Step 2)

1)      Take the 3 ¾ x 3 ¾” piece (the first one listed in the supplies) and adhere it onto the 4x4” card base.  Then take the 3 ½ x3 ½” stamped/embellished piece and adhere it onto the 4x4” base as well.
2)      Open up the 4x4 card base and take the two remaining 3 ¾ x3 ¾” pieces and adhere one to the top and one to the bottom.

Step 3)

1)      Open up the 5x5 cardstock base and adhere the 4 ¾ x 4 ¾” piece of paper to the inside.
2)      Adhere the decorative edge strip along the bottom of the card base (2 ½” side) on the inside of the card.
3)      Take the one of the 4 ¾ x 2 ¼” pieces and adhere it over/along the decorative edge strip.
Step 4)

1)      Open up the 5x5” base with the 2 ½” flap towards you and adhere the 4x4” card base with the fold away from you, to the center of the card.

Step 5)

1)      Open up the 4x4 card, fold the base of the 5x5 card up, and once again close the 4x4” card back up.  Temporarily place the remaining 4 ¾ x 2 ¼” piece of paper onto the half flap.
2)      Place the photo turn to the left of the 4x4 card and mark the hole.  Take the piece of paper out of the card again and fasten the photo turn on the mark.
3)      Adhere the piece to the card.

Step 6)

We are going to tie a bow in the ribbon.  If you have a bow easy and know how to use it go ahead J I’ll give the rest of you direction on how to tie a bow using your slotted boxboard.

1)      Take your slotted pieces of boxboard and lay your ribbon across the front with the length of the desired tail on the left side.  (If you’re a lefty you may want to reverse your left and rights throughout this process.)
2)      We’ll be working with the long length of ribbon on the right hand side.  Take the ribbon and run it along the back of the boxboard.
3)      Bring it back up along the front leaving some slack on the ribbon, and down along the top through the slot.
4)      Bring the ribbon back up through the slot below the ribbon.
5)      Pass your ribbon through the slack piece of ribbon from the top left to the bottom right as shown in the picture, then pull it away from you.
6)      Flip the boxboard over bottom to top. And pull ribbon down and tight.  You may have to adjust the knot a little as you tighten so it’s nicely centered and looks pretty.  If you have printed ribbon make sure the pattern faces the front.
7)      Pull the tail back down towards you and pull the bow off your boxboard.
8)      You may want to tighten adjust the bow a little more, and then trim the tails to the length and shape desired.

9)      Adhere the bow to the top right hand of your card.
WARNING: If you pull on the tails to undo your bow and try again you will end up with a knot in your ribbon; pull apart the knot instead.

Step 7)

1)      Take out your envelope paper and trace out your template.  If you are using an 8 ½ x12” piece of paper you could add another 1” to the flap closure of the envelope and then punch the same decorative edge you used on the card.
 2)      Score the fold lines of the envelope and fold the sides in.
3)      Add glue to the back flap.  Lining a ruler along the side flaps makes sure you don’t place glue where it will adhere to the front of the envelope
4)      Decorate the envelope, if you wish, using the patterned paper or stamps used on the card.

Step 8)

      Finish off your card with any details you like to make it your own.

Friday, September 17, 2010

birdhouse card

I created this card for another rendition of card tag, and was given this card by Rhonda to lift.  It inspired this shaped birdhouse card.  I started by creating a cut file with the RoboMaster software to cut the various parts of the birdhouse.  I first cut the base out of blue Bazzill card stock, and the top and bottom pieces from brown white core card stock.  I ran these pieces through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss dots embossing folder, sanded the embossed dots and adhered them to the base with foam adhesive.  I then cut the doors from Karen Nueburger Chesapeake vintage foil stripe.  I added white trim to the top edge of the bird house.  Then I cut a white label with the birthday sentiment printed in blue.  I added two blue KaiserCraft pearls on either side of the sentiment, and added under the doors.  Next I went online and found a bird image which I printed and cut out.  I adhered the bird to the left door with foam adhesive.  I then used the Martha Stewart twig punch to cut leaves from green card stock, which I adhered under the bird.  I took a piece of 1/8" white satin ribbon and tied it in a bow and adhered it above the doors, and adhered a white Select Imports Rose.  I tucked two of the same leaves I used under the bird around the flower.

If you would like to recreate this card you can download the GSD file here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Paper folding

This is a quick post to share some paper folding elements I created for a swap.  I used Karen Neuburger Celebrate stitched glitter stripe and glitter posies patterned paper.  For the butterflies I used these directions.  I punched the sides of the rectangle with a Martha Stewart doily edge punch before folding.  I then added two sprays of pearl spray (I pushed the second pearl up to the first) and glued it to the body for antlers, then placed four KaiserCraft pearls to create a dimensional body.  For the flowers I used these directions, using two different sized circles.  I added a pink jewel brad to the center of each flower.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I created this layout for a rendition of layout tag and was given this layout by Adrienne to lift.  I started with a purple bazzill card stock base.  I then cut the flowers from a sheet of Colorbok Floral Tapestry paper.  I then took my photograph and mounted it on light purple card stock.  I pulled a pink colour from the center of the flower to create the journaling on the bracket shaped tag as well as the pink baby girl patterned paper I created using this technique.  I cut the bracket shape from white card stock using the Silhouette and coloured it very light pink using water colour crayons with a darker pink edge before feeding it through the printer.  I cut a piece from the backside of the Floral Tapestry paper larger than the baby girl paper.  I then layered them under the top right hand side of the matted photo and tucked the bracket shape under the left hand side of the matted photo.  Next I cut a strip of white card stock and created a border strip using the Martha Stewart floral vines punch which I coloured green using water colour crayons and adhered them under the picture.  I added a piece of white trim over the border strip.  I then adhered the flowers I cut from the patterned paper and mounted them with foam adhesive to the top left hand corner of the layout and the bottom right hand corner of the photograph.  I then printed a digital stamp by Annebodil in purple and coloured it using water colour crayons, cut it out and adhered it to the right of the photograph.  I used American Crafts Lax glitter Thickers for the title above the photograph.  I added three KaiserCraft jewels between the journaling and the photograph.  I then took a Crafter's Workshop template and pearl pink Liquid Pearls to create the swirls along the top and left hand sides of the layouts.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thank You gift bag

I created this lovely gift bag using an ordinary paper lunch bag as the base.  I tucked some box board inside the back of the bag and used a ruler and utility knife to cut of the top of the bag except for the back. I refolded the bag downward so that the crease is now at the bottom of the bag.  I then cut two pieces of yellow card stock to cover the front and back of the bag.  I also cut two pieces of yellow card stock for the flap on the back of the bag.  I cut the piece that will be on the front of the bag when it's closed longer to accommodate the Martha Stewart floral vines border punch. I attached the 4 pieces to the paper bag.  Then I took some Karen Neuburger Celebrate glitter posies paper and cut two pieces slightly smaller than the yellow card stock on the front and back.  Before adding the paper to the back of the bag I punched two holes and threaded some white 1/8" satin ribbon through it so I could tie a tag on there later on.  I also took the coordinating stitched glitter stripe paper and cut some 
pieces slightly smaller than the yellow card stock on the front and back of the flap.  I cut two bracket shapes; the white card stock slightly larger than the pink.  I then printed the quote on the pink tag using this technique and mounted it on the white.  Using a Gelly Roll stardust glitter pen I freehand drew another bracket on the white tag.  I added two KaiserCraft green jewels to the top and bottom of the bracket tag.  I placed it on the front of the bag so that the flap just overlaps the tag.  I cut a second set of bracket tags for the back except that I left it blank for the giver to write a message for the recipient and punched two holes instead of the jewel at the top of the bracket.  I secured it to the back of the bag by threading the ribbon through the tag and tying it in a bow.  I finished the card by tying another big loopy bow out of the 1/8" white satin ribbon and adhered it to the front of the flap, and adhered a yellow Crafts mulberry rose on top of the bow.  I then created two flowers from 3 layers of Dollarama die cut flowers and KaiserCraft pearls using this technique and added it to either side of the rose.  I cut

some leaves from light green card stock using the Martha Stewart twig punch and tucked it under the flowers.  I then finished card by adding a sentiment printed on pink card stock under the bottom flap.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thank You cards

I created two thank you cards that I want to share with you.
I created this first card using half a sheet of transparency for my base.  I then used the DCWV La Creme digital kit. I reduced the patterns to a 6x6 size before printing them on white card stock.   I used the black pattern paper for the insert on the inside of the card.  I cut a scalloped mat just larger than the insert from stitchflowers paper using the Silhouette.  On top of the insert I used the element that says Beauty which I altered in Gimp by removing the word Beauty and adding the sentiment Thank You.  I re-sized it to suit the front of the card and trimmed the image so there would be the same sized edge all around the black frame of the element.  I created a template for the tag so that I could use the print and cut feature of the Silhouette to print and cut around the tag.  I then used the blackwallpaper paper along the bottom of the front on both the sides of the transparency.  On the front side I added a piece of cream trim along the top side of the patterned paper.  I then took the flowerstem element and extracted a template from it that I could cut with my Silhouette from the tanburlap paper.  I then inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink before adhering it above the trim, to the left side of the tag. The result is a classic whimsical Thank You card.

For the second card I started with a red quarter fold card stock base.  I then cut a slightly smaller piece of white card stock which I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Tim Holtz Damask embossing folder using a shim to avoid embossing the area where the sentiment is placed. (Check the Cuttlebug blog for a tutorial on this technique.)  I then used the piece I cut out of the shim to emboss the edge around the blank area with an embossing stylus to make it pop and define the area more.  I adhered this to the front of the card.  I printed three damask shapes onto white card stock and cut it the same height as the embossed card stock.  I matted this with black card stock and added red KaiserCraft pearls to the corners.  I added this to the left side of the card leaving a strip of embossed card stock showing.  I then finished it off by stamping the Thank You sentiment form Inque Boutique using red Adirondack ink to the front of the card.

Using a very similar design I created a digital version that I would like to share with you.  The sheet has 2 cards that can be printed, cut and folded for a quick Thank You card.  You can download the card here.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 17th Spirited Scrap

Please join us next Friday night, September 17th for a Spirited Scrap at Kindred Creations. What is a Spirited Scrap? It essentially a free online class, and a good time with Kindred friends. At 8 pm Eastern time we will all gather in the cropping lounge where I will post the instructions one step at a time, and give you opportunity to ask any questions you might have. When a significant number of participants have finished I post the next step until we post our completed projects. You'll find a number of past Spirited Scraps posted here to give you an idea of what they are all about. You're always welcome to try out past Spirited Scraps as well. This time around we will be creating a card. You will find a basic supply list right here to give you a chance to gather them and speed up the class a little bit. The supplies are generally stuff you already have in your stash, or readily available, nothing fancy or extravagant.

We will randomly draw from all the participants who post a finished product for a prize from Kindred Creations.

It has been a while since I've offered a class at Kindred Creations, but I'm very excited at the opportunity to do so again.   I would love it if all of you would join us for a wonderful time scrapping together.  I hope to see you there!

The prizes are from Bo Bunny Press:

Brilliant blue Chipboard, Orange Citrus Chipboard, Pink Punch Chipboard, Elements Stamp and Store Acrylic Stamp set, and Purse Boardbook.

Thank you to all those who participated in this class. Everyone came up with some very beautiful cards. For everyone who would still like to try this I have now posted the entire class here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Card tag

I created this card for a round of card tag where I was given this card by Merrilee as inspiration.I started with a white quarter fold card stock base and covered the front in yellow card stock.  I then took the Martha Stewart floral vines punch along the bottom edge of the card.  Then I cut a piece of Karen Neuburger Celebrate stitched glitter stripe paper.  I adhered it to the top half of the card leaving the same amount of space at the top and sides. I added a piece of K&Company Smitten adhesive paper ribbon inked with watermelon Adirondack ink along the bottom edge of the patterned paper the entire width of the card.  I tied a bow from white 21/8" satin ribbon and adhered it on top of the paper ribbon.  I placed a yellow Crafts mulberry rose flower on top of it.  I then used the Martha Stewart twig punch to punch a few leaves from light green card stock and tucked three of them under the rose.  I finished it up by adding a piece from the KaiserCraft Heart border rhinestone flourishes to the top right hand corner.

Friday, September 10, 2010

So Sorry

I created this card using a KaiserCraft blue card base.  I then cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than the base and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Victoria embossing folder.  At the bottom I placed a piece of scrap Fancy Pants patterned paper.  I cut a scalloped mat out of coordinating blue card stock using the Silhouette.  I printed a digital stamp by Angelique Kramer aka Sliekje  and coloured it using Lyra fine art pencils.  I added the sentiment using a sparkly blue gel pen.  I added the matted stamped image just above the patterned paper.  I tied a bow from blue satin 1" ribbon using my bow easy and adhered it to the same ribbon I placed on the crease of the patterned paper and stamped image.  I inked, shaped and layered two card stock flowers I purchased from Dollarama and added a Kaisercraft pearl to the center.  I punched, inked and shaped two leaves using the Martha Stewart rose leaf punch and added them under the flower.  I then glued the flower with leaves under the bow of the card.

Dressing up punchy or die cut flowers and leaves

Here is a quick tutorial on how to dress up your flat punchie/diecut flowers and leaves to use on a layout or a card. I used this flower on the I'm sorry card, although I have other examples of similar flowers on my blog.

We could just layer the flowers and leaf together like this, and it would be okay, but I'm going to show you how to add some dimension and pizazz.

First of all take a nice shade of ink slightly darker than your flower or leaf or a nice coordinating colour and ink the edges.

Secondly find an object with a nice rounded end (possibly a rounded capped pen, I have a jumbo dry embossing tip).  Lay the first layer of your flower in your palm and press the rounded object into the center and cup your hand to force the petals up.  Repeat the process with the other/remaining layers of your flowers.
(isn't DH a sweetie for modeling this for me Smiley )
Take the leaf and bend it from the stem to the tip of the leaf , preferably not in a perfectly straight line.

Take a pearl, jewel, brad or some stickles and add it to the center of the smallest/inner flower.  Glue the layers of the flowers together, offsetting the petals of the layer above it to the spaces of the flower below it. Add a little bit of glue to the stem(s) of the leaf and adhere to the bottom of the finished flower.

Now you're ready to add the flower to your layout or card