A Goodbye Card

A friend of mine is moving on in her career and to let her know how happy I am for her and yet how sad I am to see her go, I made her this card.

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To create this A2 size card, I started with Kraft card stock from Recollections. The brick wall layer was created with the Tim Holtz Alterations “Bricked” embossing folder. To add some interest to the embossing, I sponged on a bit of Aged Mahogany and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks.

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I made the flowers with Ivory Recollections paper and three sizes of the EK Success Retro Flower Punch, the medium, small, and tiny. Before the flowers were shaped with my new McGill Paper Blossoms Toolkit and Molding Mat, the individual layers were inked with more of the Aged Mahogany Distress ink. To add a bit more interest a few of the tiny flowers were left without any ink and I also used my Sizzix Foliage dies with three different shades of green card stock.

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The finishing touch comes with the matching envelope.

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I’m really pleased with how this card turned out. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Envelope for 3D Cards

I do love creating paper flowers, and seeing some of the most amazing cards online just blows my mind. However the problem remains how do you put a 3D flower in a regular envelope and still have it look pretty when the recipient opens it?????  The answer is simple really, create your own envelope!

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The flowers that I have been creating aren’t as thick as some that I’ve seen, so I only need about an extra quarter of an inch, which is what I get with this envelope. For an A5 card, with a finished measurement of 5 ½” x 4 ¼”, start with a piece of card stock 8 ½” x 8 ½”, I used a cream colored card stock by Recollections for this envelope. In my estimation the heavier the card stock the better.

Using the scoring device of your choice, mine is the Martha Stewart score board, score on the diagonal at 2 5/8” and then at 3”. Rotate the square 180 degrees and repeat the scores at 2 5/8” and 3”.

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On the next side, score at 3 ¼” and 3 5/8”. Rotate 180 degrees and score again at 3 ¼” and 3 5/8”.

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In the following picture, I have highlighted the area where the score lines form a triangle. Using a pair of scissors, remove this triangle on all four sides.

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This is what it will look like.

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From this point you will notice there are two longer sides that will form the top and bottom flaps. On each of these points, if you like, use a corner rounder to add interest to your envelope. To secure the envelope into shape, you can use either a quick dry wet glue or a strong double sided tape, no wider than a quarter of an inch.

After inserting your beautifully created 3D card, the next problem is securing the flap. My first attempt was to use repositionable tape, but it wasn’t near sticky enough to hold the flap down. What I ended up using were small strips of 1/8” score tape just at the tip of the flap. It was enough to hold it closed, but still easy enough for the recipient to open the envelope.

There are a number of other ways to secure the flap of these envelopes, but I’m curious what ideas you may come up with. Share them in the comments below.

 

Another Sunflower Card

I just absolutely love my Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamp and die set! There are so many possibilities with this and I’ve just scratched the surface.

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The stamp creates an entire background image that can be used as is, or use the die to cut out the individual flowers, small leaves, and ladybugs. After stamping the image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and embossing it with clear embossing powder, I colored the flowers with my Koh-I-Noor woodless color pencils and used a blender pen to smooth out the color.

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After cutting out the flowers with the die, I did a bit of fussy cutting to clean up the petals a bit more before shaping and gluing them together. Right now I have such a HUGE mess on my scrap desk that I cannot for the life of me locate my flower shaping tools. So, I went back to basics and used the end of a pen and my small embossing stylist. I also wanted to add a bit more texture to the petals of the flowers, so I went back over them with the colored pencil without blending out the lines.

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This card is made with all the same dimensions as the Vellum Sunflower card I showed you all last night. To change it up a bit I used the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder and changed the orientation to the more traditional vertical fashion.

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And here is a nice close-up of both flowers and the embossing folder.

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Vellum Sunflower

Ever since I bought the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamp and die, I have wanted to try using them with vellum paper, and I finally did!

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After stamping the flowers with Versa Mark ink I embossed it with white embossing power and then cut out the image with the die. On the Heartfelt Creations web site, they colored the flowers with chalk ink; however I wanted to try this same technique with my Copic Markers. Each flower was first colored on the reverse side with the lightest color, R32 Peach. Then using the flicking technique I added the medium, R35 Coral and the darkest color, R37 Carmine. Finally using E18 Copper, I colored in the center of the flowers.

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In the following picture, you may notice I didn’t get the die set correctly before cutting out the flowers. That’s something I need to work on to ensure it’s a straight cut. You can also see that I added more of the dark color to the largest flower and much lighter on the smaller.

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Here’s a close-up of the finished flower.

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A2 card base – 5 ½” x 4 ¼”

Green mat – 5” x 3 ¾”

White embossed layer – 4 ¾” x 3 ½”

Cuttlebug Embossing folder – Victoria

Happy Birthday Stamp – From my stash

Sunflower – Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamp and die

Table Top Flower Garden

So, the other day when I was making my explosion box, I started looking around for some flowers to add to it. The first I came across were the Classic Sunflowers from Heartfelt Creations, which I LOVE! But I also found a small bucket FILLED to the brim with flowers of all different shapes, sizes, and colors. I just had to spread them out this morning and take a picture of them.

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As you can see, there are some made with flower punches and dies, but there are also some made with a different Spellbinder dies.

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Most are made with card stock, but a few are made with coffee filters. There’s a lot of Distress Inks and Memento Inks in there as well. I also see three of them that are colored with Copic Markers.

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This isn’t all of them, there are plenty more in the bucket that are just pieces, or boring bright white. lol

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I have so much fun making these, now I just need to start using them!

 

One of my biggest issues though it – How do I send cards made with 3D flowers on them???

 

Now it’s your turn to share – How you send your 3D creations to family and friends???

 

Let me know in the comments below!

Explosion Box

A few years ago I saw instructions to make an explosion box, but when I tried to recreate it, something went terribly wrong. What appeared before my eyes was not even close to a square box shape, so I tucked the idea away. Not long ago, a friend mentioned seeing one of these boxes online and asked me if I had ever made one. After recounting the misadventure I decided to give it another go, and this time it turned out perfect!

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To create this you will need 3 pieces of 12” x 12” card stock for the box construction and one piece of 8 ½” x 11” card stock for the lid.

With the first three sheets of card stock, leave one at 12” x 12”, cut the second down to 11” x 11”, and cut the third to 10” x 10”. For the lid, cut this sheet of card stock to 6 5/8” x 6 5/8”.

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Starting with the 12” x 12” sheet, score all four sides at 4”

For the 11” x 11” sheet, score all four sides at 3 ¾”

For the 10” x 10” sheet, score all four sides at 3 ½”

For the 6 5/8” x 6 5/8” sheet, score all four sides at 1 ¼” and then set it aside for later.

Now let’s focus our attention on the box and the first three sheets of card stock. Using a pair of scissors or your favorite cutting device, remove the outside corner pieces at the score lines as shown in the following picture.

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When you have finished with all three of the sheets, fold at your score lines. If you want to do anything to your edges, now is the time to do that, as I did with my Distress ink in Vintage Photo. Don’t forget to ink both the front and the back of each piece. This may also be a good time to add your decorative paper to each flap. I waited until my box was constructed, but the next time I will do this step first.

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To secure your layers together, use a strong tape adhesive, such as redline or (my personal favorite) Score Tape. It was easier for me to start with the smaller panel and adhere it to the medium size panel before securing the group to the larger panel.

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Now to create the cover of our box lets grab that last piece of card stock. Rather than completely removing the corner pieces as we did for the box, we will just snip along the score line as shown in the following image. Also now is the perfect time to add your decorative paper as well as inking the edges if you so desire. Again using a strong adhesive on the small flaps, create your box top.

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From here you can add your photographs and present your loved one with the perfect interactive gift.

Here is a list of sizes for each layer of the box:

Inside center square of the box: 2 ¾” x 2 ¾”

Lid top and inside square: 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”

Lid side panels x4: 1 1/8” x 3 7/8”

Small box panels: 2 ¾” x 3 ¼”

Medium box panels: 3 ½” x 3 ¼”

Large box panels: 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”

 

I decided to try something new this time. Rather than add a million pictures of the finished box, I started playing around in Movie Maker and created a slide show/video to showcase the finished project. Well, little did I know that you can’t just upload a video file, so I also ended up creating my own YouTube channel in the process. Let me know what you think!

 

 

The Kraft cardstock and decorative paper, Bella Bohemia are both from The Paper Studio

Flowers – Classic Sunflower Collection Die from Heartfelt Creations

 

Copic Marker App

Everyone who loves Copic Markers can’t own just one, nor can their quest for more end with just a few – oh no – it must be all or nothing I tell you…All or Nothing!

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Yuppers, me too, I can admit it, I love my Copic Markers and need/want even more. The only problem is trying to keep track of which markers I already own, and which I want, and need. I have tried many different ways of doing this, including keeping a list in a small notebook. Finally the way that made the most sense was to keep a running list in my personal size Malden Filofax. Since it is always in my purse, I always know what markers I own.

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As you can see, I have a running list of the color number, name, and a swipe to see what it looks like. Each color family has a separate page, as well as a separate sheet with some color blends that I want.

This system is all well and good, unless I am attending a scrap book expo when I always carry a smaller purse. It isn’t nearly as heavy, but it is too small for my Filofax. Just recently while looking through Pinterest, I came across an app for the IPhone (and for Android), called Copic Collection. If you have an IPhone, and are a Copic Marker fanatic like I am, this is defiantly the app for you!!

After I added my collection of pens and wants in the app, I snapped a couple of pictures, so what you are going to see are my own images.

The app allows you three different views:

“All” which is the entire collection that Copic offers to date (which are shaded), the pens you own (which are highlighted), and the pens that are on your want list (shown with a star).

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You can look at just the pens you own under “Stock”.

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Under the “Star” you will see a list of the markers on your want list.

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Another fun option will show you the color info, which will show some of the complimentary colors.

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As you can see, this app has it all, including the mobility that every crafter needs along with the information that is also always needed.