July Project of the Month – Christmas cards

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

October Project of the Month – Christmas Cards

Here are my 2016 Christmas cards.  I used a variety of products and techniques this year.

Starting in the upper left corner I used the double layering technique with a stamp set called Peaceful Pinecones.  It was super easy and one of my favorites.  Below that I played with my Misti to position pine trees from the Joyful Christmas stamp set in a variety of colors.  Both stamp sets are from PaperTrey Ink (https://www.papertreyink.com/stamps/peaceful-pinecones-stamp-set/).

In the top right is a patchwork Christmas tree I made using a variety of patterned glitter papers that I punched out using the top of the Stampin Up Christmas tree punch.  I adhered them to white card stock and then embossed the front.  Of all my cards this was the easiest and most effective.  The red star and the Joy were die cut from red foil paper (all from Stampin’ Up).

On the bottom are two cards I printed with my computer onto with cardstock.  Once in red and again in green.  I cut the card stock in half horizontally and repositioned on my card front.  I then embossed the card front with snowflakes and added sequins.

The cards above were all done with a combination of my Silhouette Cameo and Stampin’ Up Die Cuts (for the ornaments, Joy and the bow).  With embossing on the white card stock and sentiments from Stampin’ Up Word Play (tidings of comfort & Joy) and Wondrous Wreath (Happy Wonderful Christmas).

Above are three cards I made using the Stampin’ Up bird punch and some die cuts from my Silhouette cameo for the trees and the window.  I’m still in love with this punch.

For these last three cards I used some techniques from Jennifer McQuire.  I’m sorry to say that my results were nowhere near as beautiful as hers but I wanted to try her techniques for heat embossing.  For the Merry cards I embossed Stampin’ Up Seasonally Scattered with white embossing powder on red card stock and with red embossing powder on white card stock.  I cut the card stock horizontally and the repositioned on the front of my cards.  For the Noel Wreathe I tried layered gold embossing powder and was very disappointed in my results.  But hey.  At least I tried.

So here is the whole gallery of cards for this year.  It was fun to try new techniques and some I will definitely be using again for cards throughout the new year.

November Project of the Month – Christmas Cards

I had fun making my Christmas cards this year.  I decided to make them all different so that I could play with some of the toys I’ve been collecting:  Silhouette Cameo, Stampin’ Up stamps, embossing folders and thinlit dies and a horde of punches that I no longer have enough room to store!  Thank you to my fellow Pinterest users for your ideas and inspiration.

Here are some examples:

The cards above were made with Silhouette Vintage Window Cutouts, Stampin’Up Christmas tree punch, Stampin’Up bird punch and Stampin’Up Wonderful Wreath Framelits for the wreath, the bow, “Joy” and “Noel”.

The cards above where made with the Stampin’Up Delicate Thinlit Dies.

More bird and tree punch cards and some Stampin’Up Festival of Trees.

I hope you have a happy and healthy Holiday Season.

 

 

October Project of the Month – Pop Up Box Card

I modified online instructions so that this pop up box card would have finished dimensions of 4.25 x 5.5 inches (A2).

Each panel ends up being 2 1/8 x 2 3/4.

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Instructions:

Cut card stock to 8 3/4 x 5 1/2.

Score the 5 1/2 end at 2 3/4 (half way)

Score the long side at 2 1/8, 4 1/4, 6 3/8 and then 1/4 from the end (for the tab).

Cut half way down each of these new score lines to the score line in the middle.

Cut off the small top tab.

I cut 3 sets of 3 pieces of designer paper.  Each piece was 1 7/8 x 2 1/2.  This covered the three outside pieces of the box, and the three flaps (both sides).

I also cut 2 pieces of designer paper 1 7/8 x 5.25 for the front and back of the back.  I think I might omit the back of the box next time so that I would have a place to write something.  Since I didn’t I added a flower to the front of the closed card and wrote my sentiment there.

I glued all the panels on my box first since it seemed to be easier with the box unfolded.  Just double check that your paper is right side up if it is directional.  I then glued the flap – using double sided tape to make sure it stayed stuck.

I cut two pieces of card stock 2 5/8 x 2 1/2 and scored it 1/4 inch from each side for the supports of my interior pop ups.  I secured these in place near the top of the opening with double sided tape.

Then I dug up all my punches and decorated.  As I went along I kept folding my card to make sure that nothing was going to stick out since I wanted to mail it in an A2 envelope.  Obviously this could be done in many ways depending on what you have on hand and what the occasion.

I thought this would be a daunting project but with the help of online tutorials, and once the dimensions were determined it wasn’t too bad.  I hope you try it!

Painted Wood Signs with the Silhouette Cameo

DSCN3618Valentine’s Day is on the way and I wanted a sign for my front entrance so that is my February Project Of The Month.  There are lots of people doing pretty wood painted signs on Pinterest and I wanted to give it a try.  I found a piece of scrap pine in my garage, cut it in half lengthwise and figured I could get four signs out of it (using front and back of each half).DSCN3617 DSCN3615

First I spray painted a couple of coats of white paint on each side of both boards.  Next I cut out my lettering using the Silhouette Cameo (I’m slightly addicted) and contact paper.  (I thought I was being wise to use the contact paper rather than waste my vinyl, but I have since wondered if some of the problems I encountered might have been eliminated if I had used vinyl instead.)  Following advise from Pinterest posts I then applied Modge Podge (actually it was an old jar of Royal Coat).  This seemed wise since the contact paper wasn’t a tight fit on the wood even though I had sanded it after painting it.

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Once the Modge Podge dried, I painted the boards with two coats of beige paint to match my house.  Here is where the trouble started.  Some posts said to peel off the lettering before the paint completely dried.  Some said to wait.  Waiting is not my strong point so I went ahead and peeled.

(Actually I waited on the Christmas “NOEL” sign and that was even worse.)  The paint wanted to come up with the lettering and I had to work very slowly and carefully to get it off.  My intention was to “distress” the signs by sanding them at the end, but when I started sanding the Easter bunnies the paint started to come right off so I quit and decided not to distress anything.

In fact, for the Halloween witches I just applied black vinyl directly on the painted wood.  Mostly I just wanted the black color for the witches, but as it turned out I liked the crisper lines of the vinyl and it was WAY EASIER than the whole paint and peel routine.

Here are some great resources of more successful sign makers:

http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/06/pledge-allegiance-sign.html#_a5y_p=1224324

http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2011/11/marshmallow-wonderland-vignette-featuring-janet-from-todays-fabulous-finds-handmade-holidays-project-no-4.html

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/03/29/you-me-custom-artwork-tutorial/