This month I’m excited to share the opening of my new Etsy shop with my Handmade Greeting Cards: CardzByDeeZyne.etsy.com CardsByDeeZyne
I already have an Etsy shop for my Handmade Sea Glass Jewelry: ByDeeZyne.etsy.com ByDeeZyne and I still get a kick out of getting orders from all over the country and the world but I have become obsessed with card making of late and thought I would open a second Etsy shop with my cards.
I am just starting out and even though I’ve been involved with Etsy for some time now, I am finding there are still some challenges with starting a new shop. It will take some time to get it off the ground and perfect my “product” and find my niche. I just hope that people are still sending snail mail. I send out cards to friends and family all the time and I know I love receiving mail myself but I today it is all about email and social media. I love tech but it isn’t the same as a had written note or letter.
I hope you will visit both my shops. I welcome custom orders and would be happy to work with you to design cards or jewelry just for you.
So many people in my family have requested gift cards this year and I was running short of ways to gift wrap them so I created a few holders of my own. It took some calculating but this is what I came up with:
Cut cardstock to 9 1/2 x 6 inches.
Score at 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1” along both sides on the 9 1/2 inch long sides.
Score at 3 3/4” and 4 1/4” from the bottom.
Score at 1 1/4” and 1 1/2” from the top for the flap.
Trim off excess on the sides.
Cut a semicircle. I used a 1 3/8” punch but any will do.
Round the corners on the flap if desired. I used a 1/2” corner punch.
To embellish is used DSP in the following dimensions:
3 3/4 x 1 1/8”, 3 3/4 x 3 1/2”, 3 3/4 x 2 1/2”
I added snowflakes and rhinestones but of course you could use flowers or birthday decorations or whatever you need.
To finish I attached the side flaps with double sided tape. Finally I added a Velcro closure, a ribbon and a tag.
The other day I decided to try another cross stitch card. This one is a bit more complex than my first two. After punching the holes using Paper Smootches Cross Stitch die and 110 lb card stock, I drew guide lines on the back. Link to die: https://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Cross_Stitch_Die_p/a1d-17-376.htm Continue reading →
For some curious reason this month has rekindled my desire to revisit some old crafting methods. I guess it started with seeing all the cute embroidery hoop art on Instagram and wanting to give it a try.
I started by ordering a kit on Etsy from SarahKBenning@etsy.com and making these cacti. I highly recommend her kit. The instructions were just what I needed to refresh my memory and they were super easy to follow.
Then I tried a couple on my own.
My last attempt was a pumpkin for a Halloween card.
About that time I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video on cross stitch cards. I ordered the die from Paper Smooches and when it arrived I CASed her rainbow card and did another pumpkin card.
I will definitely try more of the cross stitch cards but with the random color blocking and no designs. I think they are so much more effective and easier to do.
Lastly I got on a knitting kick. My mother has been making hats and mittens for generations of our family. She also donates dozens to different agencies around the country. So I have joined in. I’m not happy with my mittens and will have to wait to get together with her one on one for some lessons. But the hats are off and running.
Here is my first set.
Obviously I am a novice at all of these crafts and probably will never do another embroidery project. But how do you know what you like and what you’re good at until you try?
This month I have been using the hot, dog days of July (especially here in Florida) to work on some Christmas cards. Here are some prototypes I have made for this season. I am planning to make several of each by time Christmas rolls around.
The first uses dies from Penny Black and an embossed brick background from Darice. This was super easy and I think it will be even easier if I use double sided tape for the dies before cutting.
The second is a string of lights by Lawn Fawn. These were very tricky to get on the string and the embossing folder I have is only 4 1/2 inches wide so I had to fudge the background. Added to that is the fact that the glitter paper I have is super hard to die cut. Still I love the effect.
My third card combined several different stamp and die sets. The Jar of Love is a great set from Stampin’Up. The tree inside is from a Papertrey Ink set called Joyful Christmas. I added Wink of Stella to the tree but it doesn’t show in the photo. The bow is from Penny Black and the embossed background is from Darice. This background is bricks but I also made a card using a snowflake background
Next up is a card I made that was inspired by Tricia Barber for Reverse Confetti. They make two great dies that say hello and thanks. But since I wanted to do a Christmas card I used three separate dies (1×3, 3×3, and Joy from Stampin’Up). I used the same technique as Tricia Barber in that I first glued 1/2″ strips of card stock to copy paper. I then cut the three dies out of the striped cardstock as well as out of white cardstock. I then “puzzled” the two die cut pieces together to form two cards. Lots of fun but labor intensive. I probably won’t be making many of these but I enjoyed trying the technique.
The next card uses an ornament die cut from Stampin’Up. I layered two pieces of cardstock with one layer of red foil. I used double sided tape on the cardstock before die cutting which helped with the layering. I actually used some foil vent tape on card stock for the tops of the ornament because it cut LOTS easier than glitter paper or silver foil paper. I added some silver string and glued it to the embossed ornament background.
The next card was super easy. It is simply a piece of DSP cut in a 2×2″ square. Two pieces of 1/4 x 2″ red cardstock for the ribbon and the bow die by Penny Black. Easy Peasy. And really just made with scraps.
Lastly (so far) is really Christmas in color only but I soooo wanted to try this new orchild set by Stampin’Up. I heat embossed the different orchid layers with white heat embossing on red card stock then die cut. I didn’t have a branch so I die cut that with my Silhouette Cameo. I then layered everything on an embossed brick background and added red sequins.
As you can probably tell I make most of these to either try out new stamp sets (and old favorites), to use dies I love or to try out new techniques. It is a fun way to try new things on cards that will actually be needed and it is a good project for hot Florida days. Let me know if you have any favorites!
This month I have been experimenting with different card making techniques and trying to “up my game”.
First up I made this tool box using Lawn Fawn Scalloped Edge Pop Up card die set. This set is fantastic! I am so glad I splurged on it. I can see using it in many different variations. Here I loaded up the box with tools from Stampin’ Up Nailed It stamp and die bundle. I cut the tools out of yellow card stock with foil tape that I adhered for the metal parts of the tools. I stamped on the yellow card stock first, adhered the foil tape (bought at Home Goods – I think it is for dryer vents or something) and re-stamped the image. (Hint: I found I needed to use StazOn Ink to keep the image from smearing. The banner poles come with the pop up box kit and I improvised the banner with my Stampin’ Up Thoughtful Banners sentiment and coordinating punch.
Next I CASE’d a few cards that I admired on Pinterest. The first (inspired by Christy Velasquez – hers used a beautiful blended rainbow background) was die cut on my Silhouette Cameo and mounted on a lime green card base. I used Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Dies to make the frame. I triple cut the hello from black cardstock backed with double sided adhesive.
The second card (inspired by Barbara Anders) used the Hero Arts Grateful Leaves layering stamp set and coordinating die. I stamped the leaf on white cardstock in 3 background colors, stamped again with the black veins and cut and mounted each leaf on a wood embossed white background with foam tape. I added some gold thread behind the leaves but I admit that the “random” loops of thread are not my forte. I white heat embossed my sentiment (from Hero Arts Anyone Can Stamp) on black cardstock. I added coordinating hearts, stars and dots from Stampin’Up. I really liked how this card turned out!
The next two cards used techniques from Jennifer McGuire. The sunshine card used a technique she called floating die technique. Basically I cut the flower using Stampin’ Up Timeless Tags die in green, turquoise and yellow. I backed the turquoise with double sided tape which made it easier. I set the cut pieces on my card in one piece and remove all the pieces I didn’t want except the outline. I added the center in yellow, and the leaves in green and then removed the outline. The flower appears to be floating. Again I triple cut the sunshine (from Stampin’Up) on black card stock and layered on the card front. The rectangle was die cut with the Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Die. If I tried this technique again I think I would try it with a different die with larger pieces but overall I was happy with the result.
The small (3×3) heart thank you note used Jennifer’s spotlight stamp technique. This was super simple. I stamped my card base with the Avery Elle Big Greetings Thank You. I also stamped some scrap turquoise card stock with the same sentiment. I punched out the heart and mounted it over the cardstock with dimensionals making sure to line up the sentiment. I threw on a few water drops from Pretty Pink Posh and done. Big impact for very little effort. This technique definitely bears repeating. Thank you Jennifer McGuire.
Lastly are two cards I made just for fun. The first one was for my niece who shares my love of succulents. The Cactus is from Hampton Arts which I tried to color with my Tombow brush pens and the succulents are Spellbinders dies – all from Michael’s. Proving you don’t need to invest a lot of money to make fun cards (although that hasn’t stopped me).
The small (3 x 3 again) thank you note is printed with my Misti using a layering tulip stamp set from Altenew and Hampton Art Flower Amaze Thank You.
I really need to find a third hobby (my first love is jewelry making and my etsy shop – bydeezyne.etsy.com) because I am running out of card supply storage!
I have been experimenting with lots of different stamps, embossing folders, dies, and specialty papers as well as Silhouette Cameo shapes to create several different Valentine’s Day cards. Some I liked better than others but here is the lineup for this year.
This month I decided to change up the thank you notes that I send out with my Etsy orders (bydeezyne.etsy.com). I love making hand made cards and always send a thank you note but usually they are computer generated. This month I decided to make them with my stamp sets to satisfy my card making obsession.
thank you leaves
thank you pine cones
etsy thank you cards
Much more fun! The cards below are a new set from Avery Elle called Berry Good. I stamped the first card with black ink but then decided to emboss the rest with black embossing powder. I colored the peaches with Stampin’ Up colored pencils and their watercolor blender. I added some rhinestones just because.
Here are some more 3 x 3 thank you notes. These were quick and easy. I put strips of washi tape on card stock and die cut the stars. I embossed and scored the card base and added the sunshine washi tape and attached the stars with dimensionals. Love the results!