Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving A-Latte Thanks

 In celebration of Thanksgiving and in collaboration with the Itsy Bitsy design team, today I bring you a multi-textured, fancy folded pocket Thank You card!

I started today's project with 2 square White Card Blanks that are about 6" x 6". I then cut the corners off the opposing sides... 

 and glued them together with the folds on opposite sides and the squares over-lapping. 

Next I traced, cut and glued two triangles from the Retro Color Stripes Napkin to the front of each triangular flap.

Using a piece of  white cardstock, I trimmed a 5" x 5" square for the inside card panel and covered it also in a piece of the striped napkin. From the Natural Burlap Stack, I cut a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square from the black flower print and glued that on top of the napkin layer.

I then cut two Vintage Doily Thin Cut shapes from black cardstock using my die-cutting machine.

I glued all three of the bottom sides from the first part of our project together to make a pocket envelope for our card. Then I glued the 2 black doilies together around the top of the card insert to make the pull tab so that it would be easier to remove from the pocket.

Using a circle punch, I cut a white circle to layer on the pull tab and stamped "thanks" on it in black ink before I glued it on. Look at all the lovely detail you get from that doily die -LOVE it!!!

To decorate the card insert, I cut a triangle from white card to stamp my latte cups on using the new Donuts and Treats clear stamp set.

I knew I wanted more than one cup, so I stamped the image that I wanted in the front down first using Black Chalk Ink. I then stamped it once again on a small piece of sticky Post-It-Note paper and fussy cut it out to make a mask for stamping in the foreground. Placing that blue masking image over my first cup ensured that the lines don't cross of the images when I stamp one more on each side...instead, it looks like they are stacked behind the first cup.

I stamped those adorable little faces and some hearts next, then colored them with Colored Pencils.

To help this image pop from the background, I sponged some of the black ink around the edges before I adhered it to the burlap using the mini sized Foam Dots.

Once everything is assembled and tucked into the pocket, the main image is hidden, so it is a surprise until you pull up on the doily tab!

So cute when the little trio of latte cups pop out! 

That's it for me today - I hope you remember to give thanks for all the good things you have in your life and happy crafting with Itsy Bitsy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017: Personalized Table Tent Cards

Today's project was a fun one created using a long ago retired Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kit from September of 2015 that was sitting in my stash untouched and just begging to be put to good use! The photo below is what the kit was intended to create...but I went a bit rouge this time and made some table tent cards for Thanksgiving dinner instead, lol!

These cards are small -3" x 3" square. So I started by cutting 10 pieces of the orange cardstock 6" x 3" and running them through my machine with the falling leaves embossing folder. I then scored them at the 3" mark and folded them in half.

Using the tags, the stamps and the ink from the kit, I made 10 layered tags.

I then used my Creative Memories Wave Cutter to transform the large fringed piece you see on the left into the smaller piece you see on the right. this was not an easy task because the fringes keep wanting to get pushed out of the way instead of getting cut...but I persisted and pushed through until I had enough for each card. I did have to clean up some of the cuts with a small pair of scissors, but that didn't take too long!

For the girl's cards, I used the pumpkin colored ribbon to hang the tags and for the boy's I used the raffia -both were part of the original kit.

I then used a fine line black pen to write everyone's names along the bottom -stamping the dotted detail on either side in black ink. The finishing step here was tracing over their names in a sparkle gel pen for a tiny, subtle bit of glimmer.

For the inside greeting I die cut a label, sponged ink along the edges and stamped the retired greeting from TAC in that same ink.

Today's project will be entered @ Glitter 'N' Sparkle for "Thanks/Thanksgiving", @ Use Your Stuff for "Thankful", @ Dream Valley for "Add Texture" and @ Always Fun for "Thanksgiving".

Until next time ~Happy holiday crafting & have a blessed Thanksgiving~

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Merry Mouse

Today's card is one that the group of cardmakers from my local library will be making at our December gathering. I will be entering it @ heARTful Stamping Challenge for "Anything Goes plus a Stamp", @ Hiding in my Craftroom for "3x Designer Paper", @  2 Crafty Critter Crazies for"Anything Goes -w/ a Critter", and @ Animal Friends Challenge for "Christmas". 

Using two new paper pads that I picked up at AC Moore a few weeks ago and a retired stamp set from the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, I cut the rectangles from 4 different patterns and glued them to the side folding A2 vertical card front leaving a small border of white card showing between them.

 The oval came from white cardstock using my Creative Memories cutter set. The banner is a rectangle cut from green cardstock and then trimmed out using the corner of a square punch.

The cute mouse was stamped in black archival ink and then colored using watercolor pencils, a blender pen and accented with some clear Wink of Stella.

I then tapped on some light blue ink using a sponge dauber to make the sky around the mouse. The sentiment banner was hand cut from white cardstock, stamped in red ink and mounted using mini foam dots.

Using black and white gel pens, I added faux stitching along the edges of the central oval and the green banner. The oval is adhered using foam pop dots to lift it off the card front.

Inside, the greeting and accent stars were simply stamped in Real Red ink.

Until next time~

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Making of my October Paper Pumpkin Kit

For those of you that may not know, Paper Pumpkin is a craft box subscription from Stampin' Up! that is all inclusive for less that $20 (INCLUDING the shipping!!!) a month. You literally need nothing other than your box of crafty goodness and a flat surface to craft on!

The kits are a surprise every time and this one made 10 gorgeous holiday shaker cards (in 4 designs) using everything you see pictured below...and it even included the lined envelopes that match. It's amazing how much can fit in that little box, lol!

The first time that you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin you will be sent a clear acrylic stamping block to use with your stamp set each month. You receive at least one ink pad each time and all the adhesives you will need to complete your projects.

A photo instruction booklet and a video on You Tube every month walk you through the assembly process. This time I stamped banner sentiments and sentiments for inside the shaker boxes in the Cherry Cobbler red ink spot that was included.

Everything is precut and or diecut to the perfect size -which leaves you to enjoy the creative process without all the measuring and design logistics. I used my paper piercer to apply the mini glue dots for adhering the acetate windows because it makes it super simple to pick off the sticker backing sheet.

There were more than enough of the sequin shaker elements in 3 colors to fill all the shaker circles with...I have a ton leftover to use on other projects in the future. There were also 5 of the self-adhesive foam shaker circle rings left that I can use in the future -woohoo!

There is so much else you can do to change up your cards a bit and make them your own...check Pinterest and the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club on Face Book for lots of alternate ideas! No need to make the cards all the same unless you want to. I made this kit exactly as instructed because I loved the ideas "as is"...but YOU decide how you want to finish your projects when you are crafting with Paper Pumpkin!

After spending all that quality time crafting these gorgeous holiday greetings, I stamped, dated and signed the back of my cards like you can see here below. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did with this month's kit as much as I enjoyed the time I spent crafting with it! If you are curious to learn more about how Paper Pumpkin works, please click the tab at the top of my blog that says "PAPER PUMPKIN" and contains everything you need to know.

Until next time~