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Just after I posted about the Diagonal Double Pocket Card earlier in the week, I decided to make a few more to see just how quick and easy it was to make them. Today's card is one that I made in just 10 minutes!
The first thing that made this so easy was that I'd just finished a couple of the folds such as the one on the front of this card. So I didn't have to review my instructions (see, practice makes perfect – or somewhat close to it!). The second thing was that I did not have to pull out a sheet of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock to cut into a card shape because I used one of Stampin' Up!'s new precut and prescored card bases – just in time for the Christmas rush! Cutting the piece of Old Olive Cardstock was pretty easy, too, as I always seem to have some 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" rectangles in all of my color files – just needed to trim it up a bit. The only part that took a bit of time was stamping and cutting the greeting and the mat behind it. But even that wasn't too bad.
Oh, and the ornaments that I put into the two pockets of this card – simple, simple, simple with the Holiday Ornaments Framelits. I didn't add any texturizing – just cut 4 of the ornaments and sandwiched in a couple of strips of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I did stamp the ornament centers – using Old Olive Classic Ink – and then cut them with another shape from the Holiday Ornaments Framelits. OK – it made it extra easy that I had those all out on my work table from another recent project. So perhaps if you're better than I am at putting things away when you're finished with them, it might have taken you a bit longer to go fetch the framelits and stamps!
The whole card project is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" A2 sized card, so you don't even have to make an envelope – you've probably got a bunch of those standard sized envelopes in your stash.
And as for the pattern for this project – I have a new tutorial that just went out in my newsletter this week, along with the measurements for this card and two others. All you have to do is to sign up for my newsletter – the tutorial is free! So just look up towards the left of this page, find the sign up form, and click, "Submit." I'll be resending my newsletter on Tuesday to those who have signed up since I sent it out last Wednesday. The next re-send will be on the following Tuesday. So don't wait!
Now off to make my project for the next Stampin' Up! Only Challenge – one more thing that's coming up on Tuesday!
One of my friends here in Hawaii had a significant birthday this weekend, and of course I had to make her a special one-of-a-kind card. It didn't take me long to decide that, as she is a retired English Professor, I should give her a design that featured at least one bookmark.
In looking around at various designs, I decided to make a Double Pocket Card with a bookmark in each pocket.
It's very refreshing this time of the year to have an excuse to get away from the holiday papers and stamp sets! So I went just about as far away as I could and picked the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper set for my papers and Apothecary Art for my Stamp Set. And away I went!
Up until this year, I felt trapped into one of two versions of the Double Pocket Card because of the envelopes that were available to me in which I could send such cards. But now that we have the Envelope Punch Board, I can make an envelope to fit just about any mailable size of greeting card. With the size I made, I could fit in two bookmarks so that both could easily be seen, and so that both are a nice height for a bookmark. And then I can actually mount the Double Pocket Card onto a larger size greeting card so that I have a place for a hand-written (or even stamped) sentiment inside.
The Double Pocket part of this whole project is made from a 12" x 8" piece of Designer Series Paper, folded to make a 6" high x 4" wide set of pockets. I mounted it onto a 6-1/4" h x 4-1/4" w piece of Daffodil Delight Card Stock which I cut out using the Small Scallop Rotary Blade on my Stampin' Trimmer set with the Rotary Arm. Now that I've tried out that Rotary arm on the Stampin' Trimmer, I've ordered a second Trimmer for my craft room so I can keep the rotary blades on one and the regular trimmer on the other.
But enough of that and more about the card. The card base is a card made of a piece of Melon Mambo Card Stock cut 6-1/2" x 9", folded to make a 6-1/2" h x 4-1/2" w greeting card, folded on the left side. For the stamped pieces – the stamps from the Flower Shop Stamp Set and Apothecary Art – I used Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight Classic Ink. I cut the large image on the front with one of the framelits from the Labels Collection Framelits, and then trimmed the stamped area down to just outside the stamped border. I cut some Daffodil Delight Card Stock using the same framelit, and that provided a lovely mat for the stamped piece. I used one other color a bit – Pear Pizzazz for the leaves in the stamped flower arrangements.
I punched the two flowers on the top of the 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" bookmarks with the Pansy Punch, and added a small element in the center of each flower punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch, and added in some Candy Dots to complement the three that I put on the main stamped image.
Now for the Double Pocket Card fold itself. I've written a brand new tutorial for this, with brand new photographs using products from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and I'll be including it in my next newsletter which will be published Tuesday evening my time (for most of you, it will be Wednesday morning). So sign up now and you'll be among the first to get this new Tutorial! I'm sure you'll have fun with it!
This past Wednesday I shared a set of 4-1/2" square cards that featured quilt patterns made with the Stampin' Up! Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper set. To keep postage costs at a minimum, I made envelopes for a card that is 4-1/2" by 5-1/2", using the brand new Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board. That worked out nicely!
But then I wanted to make a box that held all the cards and envelopes, and I decided to try to make one also using the Envelope Punch Board. How simple would that be not to have to drag out other paper crafting tools! And here is that box! No, the "belly band" was NOT made using the Envelop Punch Board – but the box was!
It took me a while to figure out the measurements and processes to make the box the exact size I wanted it to be. But I ended up with a box that holds envelopes made for standard A2 sized cards (4-1/4" by 5-1/2") as well as those made for the 4-1/2" by 5-1/2" sized card for which I needed them. Two passes through the Envelope Punch Board, a few snips at the corners, two pieces of Sticky Strip, and your box is done!
Of course I wrote a tutorial to help you make the very same box. The tutorial also includes instructions for making the set of note cards featured in my Wednesday blog post as well as a template for making a liner for the cards' envelopes.
When you sign up to be on my new list, you'll be asked to confirm that you wish to be on the list. Once you do that, you will be linked to the tutorial for this project.
I will be sending out my first newsletter using my new e-mail newsletter list at the end of next week. I'll have a few projects to share with you as well as my own personal impressions and some hints for using some of Stampin' Up!'s tools. And, as I've done in the past, I'll be offering a special of my own to go along with Stampin' Up!'s current specials.
So sign up today! I'm sure I'm going to have fun with my new newsletter set, and I hope you will, too!
Do you recognize the name of the Fall 2013 Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper in the Blog Post Title? It's "Sweater Weather," and the colors in the set are so, well, cool! So when I decided that I'd like to participate in a Fall 2013 Blog Tour, that paper set from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog came to mind as the theme for my blog post. And what better way to use it than to make a set of 4-1/2" square note cards featuring Quilt Squares as we're certainly going to be seeing lots of quilts to keep us warm in the coming months!
This is the design that got me started on this project. There are so many ways to make a Pinwheel Quilt Block. I like this one because I could use the plaid patterned paper in the four corners of the quilt and, no matter how I punched them, they formed a diagonal pointing to the center of the block with the pinwheel. With the way that I cut the remaining blocks, the plaid is not on the diagonal and it makes such a pretty contrast. For the center of the card, I "tied on" an Old Olive Button with some Linen Thread. The thread is just tied onto the button, of course, and I adhered the button to the center of the card using Mini Glue Dots. The Card Base is Tangerine Tango Card Stock and the mat is Old Olive Card Stock. I "quilted" the block, adhered to its mat, using the Sizzix Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
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Before I go any further, you should know that I've written a tutorial for making the cards, including a quick way to make the squares with two triangles, and instructions for laying the small squares out to make the 4" quilt designs. The tutorial also includes a list of supplies for making these four cards, using Designer Series Paper sets of your choice, and sketches for each of the four layouts. The tutorial also includes instructions for making a box that will hold all the cards and envelopes – and the box is so easy to make using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board!
How do you get the tutorial? I have a blog post all ready to go live this coming Friday that explains what you need to do to get it. Of course, it's FREE! Just come back to get all the information on Friday! Now back to my cards!
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There are no full squares at all in this second card. What caught my attention about this design is the impression that there are some nested diagonal squares in the middle of the card. I used Chocolate Chip Card Stock to mat this design to enhance the interior Chocolate Chip diagonal square. I used an Antique Brad to embellish this card. I cut the legs off the brad and adhered it to the center of the card with Mini Glue Dots as I had in the first card. The card base for this design is Old Olive Card Stock. The design and its mat have been "quilted" using the Argyle Embossing Folder.
For my third card, I returned to the Pinwheel theme, but with a different design, There are actually two pinwheels in this card – the darker but smaller Chocolate Chip design, and the lighter but larger Tangerine Tango design. While the plaid paper was a focus of the first two cards, here it just helps as an accent. Rather than place a central embellishment in this card, I decided to mimic how some quilts are tied together and added small pieces of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon where the pinwheels meet. This really accents the smaller of the two pinwheels even more than the dark color. I had to force some of the little "feet" of a couple of the ribbons to stay in place by applying some judiciously-placed mini glue dots! The card base is again Tangerine Tango Card Stock and the mat is Old Olive Card Stock. The quilt and mat are embossed with the Sizzix Houndstooth Embossing Folder.
For the final in this set of cards, I made a Texas Star type pattern. I really like the darker corner squares that help highlight the star pattern formed by the Tangerine Tango triangles. There is an obvious diagonal pattern from lower left to upper right with the Chocolate Chip squares. But the other diagonal, from top left to lower right, is nicely accented with the diagonal layout of the two plaid squares – just as in the first card. I introduced a new color of card stock with this card – Crushed Curry. That's one of the colors in the plaid design, along with the Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango. So I decided it needed at least a small introduction in this final square. This square and its Tangerine Tango mat are embossed with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder, and it's tied together with a bow made of Linen Thread. Yes, for this card, I acutally pierced the quilt block and tied the thread!
Here's a photo of the whole project, including the box that I made using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board! Come on back on Friday to find out how you can get the FREE tutorial for the whole project.
In just a few days, one of the women who has been a valuable asset to our condo association will be leaving to move back to the mainland to be with one of her daughters. While we don't actually live in the condo we own in the building, my husband has come to know Eve very well as they are both on the Board of Directors. We honored Eve at our annual Board of Directors Dinner, as well as at a potluck dinner held in the lounge at the condo building.
Our friend and fellow Board member, Charlie, took lots of photos during the events, and it seemed a shame just to hand the photos to Eve. So I went back a ways and looked up the directions for making a quick Accordion Fold Album. I had 11 photos that Charlie sent me, so I needed to make more pages than shown in the Accordion Fold Album instructions from a few years ago. But I'm sure you can see from the instructions how easy it is to add pages.
Here is the cover of the album, including a photo of the Board of Directors (blanked out to preserve privacy). I chose Pacific Point and Melon Mambo, along with some Whisper White background, as the colors for this album as there seemed to be a lot of blue in the photos – and Eve was wearing a Muumuu that sure looks like Melon Mambo to me!
Here is what the inside of the album looks like. I didn't have much time between when I received copies of the photos that Charlie took and when Eve would be leaving. So I had to make things simple. But I did want something other than just rectangles. Once I got the photos all lined up, I could see that the 4th largest of the framelits from the Labels Framelits Collection would fit beautifully on one of the album pages. I sketched the framelit shape on some Whisper White card stock and printed some journaling onto the sheets of Whisper White before cutting them up and running them through the Sizzix Big Shot. As I said, it had to be a quick job, so not everything is all lined up as perfectly as I'd like it to be. But the Album really does look nice!
The base of the Album is Pacific Point card stock, and the mat behind each of the photos is Melon Mambo. For a bit of extra color, I stamped two of the images from the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, using both Pacific Point and Melon Mambo stamp pads. For the cover of the Album, I used one of the Melon Mambo sheets from the Brights Paper Stack. (By the way, the paper stacks are all going to be changed in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog that's only about 2 weeks away from being published! I can hardly wait to see what the new papers look like.) For the cover, I stamped one of the Mixed Bunch stamps on a scrap of Whisper White card stock, twice using Melon Mambo and twice using Paciic Point. I punched the Pacific Point images with the 3/4" Circle Punch and the Melon Mambo images with the 1/2" Circle Punch, then layered them up and adhered them to the top and bottom of the Labels shape.
This album is nicely tied closed with some of the Pacific Point Stiched Grosgain Ribbon (and I'm so glad this ribbon is staying around with the new catalog!). Remember that, for this album design, you can only adhere the ribbon either to the front or to the back of the album. It won't open up if you adhere it to both covers!
This is how I spent my Saturday afternoon (well, and photographing and editing it – with a new computer, this was a challenge as I'm having to learn the updated versions of all the programs I'm used to using!). But I did end up having a lot of fun with this. I hope you're having fun with whatever you're doing this weekend!
Products used in this project:
Pacific Piont Card Stock, Item 111350, $6.95 (24 sheets)
Melon Mambo Card Stock, Item 115320, $6.95 (24 sheets)
Whisper White Card Stock, Item 100730, $8.50 (40 sheets)
Labels Collection Framelits, Item 125598, $26.95 (6 framelits)
Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, Item 125537 (Clear), $21.95 (6 images, 3 large and 3 small)
Pacific Point Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Item 126878, $4.95 (10 yds)
3/4" Circle Punch, Item 119873, $12.95
1/2" Circle Punch, Item 119869, $5.95
Melon Mambo Designer Paper (from the Brights Collection, retiring May 31st!), Item 117155, $21.95 (2 of each of the current "Brights" colors, 2 patterns in double-sided sheets)
I had the wonderful experience this week of meeting up with a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator who was here in Hawaii with her family. Marlene Dirkes and her family are only on our island for a couple of days and we had been crossing our fingers that we'd be able to meet when they drove to my side of the Big Island. Yay, it worked out!!
Of course, when Stampin' Up! demos have a meeting like this, we LOVE to share our projects as gifts! And today I'm going to share with you what she brought for me. My, oh, my is this purse set just gorgeous (and it just matches some of the Pink Hibiscus in our garden!)
Marlene made this purse using the Stampin' Up! Flirtatious Designer Fabric. You can see all three of the patterns in this fabric set in this project, which includes the clutch purse and tissue holder that are shown in this photograph as well as a key fob that matches the handle of the purse. I am SOOOO excited to have this wonderful gift from Marlene, especially as I don't own a sewing machine that would be capable of handling this project (I have a mini only).
Along with the fabric, Marlene also used one of Stampin' Up!'s Fluerettes II, which she dyed with Pretty in Pink ink to match the purse, and attached with one of the buttons from the Twitterpated Designer Buttons set.
As we near the end of Sale-a-bration (tomorrow night!) I'd like to remind you that this fabric is one of the products that you can get FOR FREE by spending $50 on any products in our Idea Book & Catalog or in our Occasions Mini Catalog. This mini catalog is where Marlene found the Twitterpated buttons!
You might be interested in where Marlene found this delightful pattern – it's online and it's free! Just click here for the pattern. Another fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Dawn Olchefske, has on her website a pattern for the tissue holder – using the same fabric used by Marlene! I have just GOT to get back to sewing with all this fab Stampin' Up! Fabric! Maybe I'll buy myself one for my half-birthday in August (I've always wanted to celebrate a half-birthday; maybe this year will be it!)
I've had a smile on my face all week thinking about this lovely purse. I hope whatever you're doing brings a smile to your face this weekend, too!
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A Bit of An Addendum
As I was straightening up a bit after some of my week's work, I came across this photo that I'd taken as I was planning how to stage the photo of the purse that Marlene gave me. I swear that purse was not on my work table more than 60 seconds when someone else in my household decided it was hers and not mine! Of course I had to take a photo of Cholla the Cat with the purse (I shooed her off right after photo. Her majesty was NOT pleased!)
Today I'm sharing something other than a card, which is something I do all too infrequently. But I had a challenge on one of my Stampin' Up! online groups to make something as a Thank You for a Teacher as we're at the end (or nearing the end) of this school year. I really didn't want just to make a Thank You Card. And I wasn't up for little gift boxes. What to do.
Then this evening I sat down to read a book and set aside a bookmark that I'd made at a Stampin' Up! convention three years ago! Yes, it's held up this long and I use it a lot!! So I decided to make as close a copy of it as I could, and this is it!
I covered some chipboard with a piece of Designer Series Paper from the set, Elegant Soiree (retiring) and then cut it out using my Sizzix Big Shot and the largest oval on the Sizzix Ovals Die. I cut another design from the paper set using the smallest oval on the same die to form a background for the flower, which is from the retiring set, Eastern Blooms. I really like this set, and I'm so very sorry to see it no longer in Stampin' Up!'s catalog as of July 1st!
The 1-1/4" Striped Ribbon is Marina Mist (NOT retiring!), as is the ink that I used for the flower and the brad in the center of the Filigree Flower (also NOT retiring!) in the center of the flower. The color blue in the Designer Paper set is Baja Breeze. But, with those teensy spots of blue in the background, even in person the Marina Mist color works just fine with it.
At the other end of the ribbon, I pulled the ribbon end through the center of the larger of the Filigree flowers in that hardware set and tied a knot to which I pulled the filigree piece down close. I started with a piece of ribbon 18" long. With a bit trimmed off at the knot end and an inch or two attached to the back, the final length between the filigree end and the chipboard end is about 12". Perfect for most books. (This is a very small book, which I used intentionally so you could see more of the bookmark.)
It's a lot of fun doing something different from a card or scrapbook page in my craft room! If you ever get bored making those or just want a quick change to get your creative juices flowing, try a bookmark. But whatever you do, have fun with it!
Every Christmas season I read stories about children who make their own special Christmas gifts, among which are their own personal gift certificates that promise something special – like a night of babysitting, or taking a brother or sister's turn for doing the dishes. Great gifts and the cost in terms of money is so small.
Well, why not make gift certificates for something that YOU could do for someone special in your life! With Stampin' Up! paper crafting products, you can make lovely gift certificates.
This gift coupon book is one of the projects that I demonstrated as part of last month's Royal Blog Tour. As with all the projects in that blog post, it featured the stamp set, Punch Pals. All of the stamps shown are from that set. The paper that I used for this project is from the Designer Paper Set, Jolly Holiday. Now, before I get into more information about the coupon book, I have to give you my insight to this Designer Paper Set. It has 12 designs, all of which use various combinations of the colors Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. There are stripes and circles of various kinds, as well as some polka dot designs. There is not a tree or ornament or Christmas design of any kind in this paper set. So, if you're thinking that you might need some more paper for your Christmas projects, but aren't sure you could use a whole pack, THIS is the set to get – because you can use it for lots of projects AFTER Christmas. Christmas does not have a lock on red and green color combinations!
OK, so back to the project. The frame and lines on the coupons themselves are not stamped. I designed these using Stampin' Up!'s graphic software program, My Digital Studio, AND I printed them on my own home printer. I have two HP printers on my desk, and Very Vanilla Card Stock runs through those printers just fine.
After I printed the coupons, I stamped some designs on them and punched the outside corners with the Ticket Corner Punch. Then, before I adhered the coupons inside the coupon book cover, I used the Perforating Tool in the Stampin' Up! Cutter Kit to perforate them just to the left of the printed frame.
Of course I have more detailed information for you about how to make this project! It's right here in a one-page tutorial, that includes instructions on how to created the coupon design in My Digital Studio.
I hope you're having a great weekend as we get closer and closer to Christmas! I had a fun day in the Craft Room on Saturday with a Christmas Card Stamp A Stack class and a few wonderful friends. I hope whatever you're doing this weekend – and this week – that you'll have fun with it!
As my children and niece and nephews have grown up, I've been sending fewer and fewer gifts and more and more checks and cash for special occasions – like Christmas, of course! And now I have grandchildren, all of whom live far away, and whose interests change quite a bit more often than I see them. So money works for them now, too!
But as I slip a check or some money inside one of my handmade cards, it seems as if I should be more creative than just folding a piece of paper up and putting it in a card. I looked around and found some money holder cards that people have made. But all of them either require folding the money anyway or are too large to fit in one of Stampin' Up!'s envelopes. So I finally decided last week to make my own special money card. It was a bit on the tricky side, but it's worked wonderfully.
The tricky part is one that I solved, so you won't have to struggle with it. To keep this card short enough lengthwise to fit in a Stampin' Up! envelope, I had to use just a sliver of adhesive on either side of the slit where the bill/check fits in. For the card shown, I cut a piece of Sticky Strip in half lengthwise.
The important thing is that this card, including its "belly band" closer, fits just perfectly inside one of Stampin' Up!'s Small Open End envelopes. And that envelope meets the length and width requirements for mailing in the United States. Important if you live in the U. S.!
Of course I've written a one-page tutorial for this gem of a gift card and it's on my blog as of today! I quickly whipped out a half dozen of these for a craft fair I did today, and they looked lovely on the display table. The ones I have left will look even more lovely when someone in my family opens them on Christmas Day!
I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. Whatever you end up doing this weekend, I hope you have a lot of fun with it!
Back around Halloween, a lot of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators and I had a fun time making boxes to hold the purse-sized bottles of Bath and Body Works' seasonal hand sanitizers. Well, I just could not wait until I could get my hands on some Christmas versions. And I did – I ordered up 50 of the bottles, not having a clue about what I was going to do with them.
Then came the opportunity to participate in a local craft fair (which is today, by the way!). But with 50 of them, I didn't want to make as large a box as I'd made for the very few Halloween bottles I'd bought. So I fussed a bit with the original pattern that I shared in my Halloween tutorial and came up with the smaller version I needed. The tutorial is right here for you to enjoy!
I used stamps from the oh-so-much-fun Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog. Stampin' Up! has said that this stamp set is going to be around for awhile, and I can hardly wait to see what they do with stamps for other holidays! But for now, I'm really enjoying using this set THIS holiday season. And you'll be seeing some more of it over the next few days as I share more of what we did with the Craft Fair! I also used the last of my dwindling supply of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Papers. Boo – Stampin' Up! has run out of it!! But I have enough for my Stampin-A-Stack session next weekend in Robin's Craft Room. There's still room for 1 more person in the class (well, I might be able to squeeze one more in after that). So, if you're on the East Side of Hawaii's Big Island, and you'd like to come, just give me a call (808.854.6145) or send an e-mail and I'll sign you up!
Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a LOT of fun with it!