Thursday, February 20, 2014

May Day Baskets

I am totally in loVe with my Envelope Punch Board (EPB). I got mine from HSN for $20 + shipping and just last month I found that Walmart carries the EPB so I ordered one online (gift for a friend) for only $14.50 and just had to go to my local Walmart to pick it up. I used it to make both the basket and the bows. I found the project on Pinterest and you can find the directions here: You begin with an 8"x8" piece of paper. There are tons of pins on how to make the bow using the EPB but this link takes you to my favorite bow: She makes hers 1" wide and the rest of the bows on Pinterest are a bit wider and don't look nearly as nice IMHO. She used cardstock strips that are 1" x 6", 1" x 3½" and then ¼" x 1¼". To those strips I added a 1" x 5½" strip because I think my 'double bow' looks way cuter!!! You can use any punch to construct the handle. I used a Martha Stewart punch and my cardstock strip was 1½" x 11". The handle is glued to the outside of the basket and the bows cover up the ends. The white strip on the sunflower basket handle is ¼" x 11". These baskets are sturdier if you use cardstock. I used text weight paper from a tableton the sunflower basket and my 2nd basket pictured below was made from cardstock. The tiny baskets (that will hold a handfull of M&M's) began was a 4"x4" square. If you have any questions, please ask. Comments are ALWAYS welcome... Simply 'click' on photo for a larger view.

Simply Sketched - Pretty in Pink

This was a fun card to make. Begin with 8 different embossing folders and cut each square 1¼”. The white panel is a 2½” square and is mounted on pink cardstock that's just a tad bigger. I used a SU hostess stamp set called 'Simply Sketched' and colored the flower with Copic markers.

Friday, February 14, 2014

This is the Valentine that I made for my DH yesterday. The ducks are stamped directly on the card front and then I inserted a piece of acetate between the pink & red cardstock. I couldn't wait to use my new hearts embossing folder and loVed how much it added to this card. I typed the sentiment and printed if off on a white cardstock heart..and since it's a bit on the 'naughty' side I decided that I probably shouldn't share it here.

Scor-Pal Father's Day card

I just found this one in my drafts folder and although it didn't photograph very well figured I'd post it anyway. This card is super fast to make but very striking. Give it for Father's Day or a masculine birthday. Just score every 1/2" on your base card, add the tie and you're done!

Party Your Little Heart Out!

These cards are very vibrant but that didn't translate very well when I snapped a photo of them. The 1st pic is of a cardfront done by Kelly Eiseman (from WA state) and the 2nd card is mine which stamplifted from her card. Inside my card it says "Party Your Little Heart Out".

Friday, February 7, 2014

Inside is a pocket that holds a coffee giftcard. This card uses the same directions as my TAC "What's Moo" card below. For this one I used a Stampin' Up! set called "The Perfect Blend" and a SU embossing folder. Enjoy!
A2 What’s Moo? by Avis Anderson Supplies: 4¼” x 9” cardstock (card base-white) 3¾” x 4” cardstock (panel-blue) Scoring Board Standard Circles–lg. #3 die (counting from smallest die to largest) 2½” x 2½” cardstock (sentiment-green) Standard Circles–sm. #4 die Big Shot 3” x 3” Post-It Note Adhesive Directions: Find the center of the #3 die and mark (see example 1) on the top & the bottom of the smooth unridged side of die with a Sharpie. Set aside. (Example 1)
Begin with card base. With right side facing up and 9” across top fence (ATF) of score board, score ONLY the top & bottom inch (see example 2) on the 4½” score line. If you accidently score the whole line, don’t panic because it won’t show too much. Leaving the center portion unscored strengthens the circle. Emboss panel and then adhere (put adhesive on top, bottom & right sides of panel only), centering on the right side of your card. (Example 2)
Okay, it’s show time!!! Stick post-it note on premarked die, lining it up on center marks. Then line up score lines with right edge of post-it (see example 3). Run finger down adhesive portion so it will stay in place. All that’s left is cutting it out on the Big Shot. (Example 3)
Place the multipurpose platform (tab 1) on the left side of your Big Shot, next goes the bottom acrylic cutting pad, then the cardstock/die. See example 4 → Slip in the top acrylic cutting pad. It will go on top of the right side only, the side that has the exposed die. Butt it up to the post-it and top & bottom score lines. Because the top cutting pad is not covering the left side (post-it side) of the card, that side won’t be cut. (Example 4)
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My brother is a house painter (both inside & out) so I made this one of a kind card for his birthday last September. I used the colors that are in our beach/tropical themed home (of course, painting done by Kenny) tangerine kitchen, blue living room w/magenta ceiling, lime green computer/fireplace room. Also here's the striped door that he painted.