Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Folder card

Ever since the envelope punch board came out (my latest favorite tool!), I have seen so many cute "folder" cards and had to give it a whirl myself.

I took the opportunity as it came when I was asked to create a "welcome back" card for a co-worker.

As I usually do, envisioned the design on my paper before I got started. Here are some tips for you on how I started:
  1. Create a sketch by drawing how you want your card to fold/open.
  2. choose your card front layout: there are a gazillion card sketches to choose from (i.e. pinterest)
  3. Choose your colors. I usually choose 3-4 colors.
  4. for each layer of your design, describe what you want to do with it (i.e. color spritz the doilie) 

Notice how this is just a ROUGH sketch because once you get started on your actual final product, things change. So, be flexible when you create!

I created this card with the retired ribbon slide (2012 Holiday catalog) and I just wasn't sure on this being the final creation.

I fiddled with different ribbons and papers on the ribbon slide for a while then finally decided that the ribbon slide wasn't going to work. So, I chose a vintage faceted button.
Ahhh, much better, no?!

card size is 5.5" x 4.25"

It made sense that the ribbon slide was too modern for the Doillie I have in the background.

The tabbed insert makes the card look like a real folder.

I made sure to give my co-workers signing the card enough space to write their message.

Supplies used:
  • cardstock: crumb cake, calypso coral, very vanilla
  • DSP (designer series paper): epic day this and that  
  • inks: soft suede, black
  • stamps: occasions alphabet
  • punches: word window, dotted scallop ribbon border (cut strip in 1/2)
  • pretty print embossing folder
  • paper doillie
  • vintage faceted button
  • white twine
  • pool party ruffled ribbon (retired)
  • envelope punch board

I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation by leaving me a comment below! 
Until next time....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hybrid Boss's Day cards

This week has been a super busy week for me in my work and personal life. Of course, I had been requested to make 10 Bosses' Day cards for work just to add to the mix!

It's times like these when I say, "Thank goodness for My Digital Studio!" because it helped me make 10 (1 of which is feminine) quick card fronts then I embellished them with some 3-D elements ( in other words: hybrid cards)

Thanks to my "card sketches" pinterest board, I found a masculine layout that I could use for these cards. This sketch was created by Anna-Carin. Simple and masculine.
 My Tips:
  • use the Surprise Me feature under the Combos tab of the Choose Color icon in MDS to select your color combinations. In my case I used: soft suede, island indigo, old olive, and baja breeze.

  •  I used the "clockworks" digital stamp brush set then resized and colored each gear to match my color palette.

  •  I resized the watch so that the middle of it would be 1.75"....just the right size for me to use my 1.75" circle punch.

  • I added a 2" square piece of window sheet with glue dots between the card front and the card base before adhering. The window sheet resembles the face of the watch. 
  • I stamped an extra gear using the clear mount stamp set to make the lower left gear "pop". Then I added a candy dot in the middle.
  • for a feminine design, I used a different color combo (calypso coral, pear pizzaz, bermuda bay, crumb cake) and substituted the gears for some flowers.

Supplies Used (masculine card):
  • cardstock: crumb cake, whisper white
  • ink: soft suede, old olive
  • punches: 1 3/4" circle
  • My Digital Studio: clockworks stamp brush set 
  • embellishments: old olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon, soft suede candy dots. 

 Supplies Used (femenine card): 
  •  cardstock: crumb cake, whisper white
  • punches: 1 3/4" circle
  • My Digital Studio: together forever stamp brush set 
  • embellishments: crumb cake 3/8" taffeta ribbon

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween treats

It was a fun-filled Saturday morning with all the kiddos and adults that attended my special workshop. This was actually my first time hosting kiddos and must say that it went better than I expected. I'm glad I thought out the process of what I was going to do ahead of time. Looking ahead paid off!

Everyone said they enjoyed their time and projects they made. I knew these projects had to be easy, quick, and cute so I figured some punch art would be fun for them to put together. A BIG plus is: you use minimum supplies!

Frankenstein trick or treat bag and bat candy corn bag

Now that I think of it, I should have shown you all the adorable projects these kids made. They're all so different and fun in their own way. These kids have some imagination!!!

  • I used MDS (my digital studio) to create the "Trick or Treat" and "Boo" stamp images by using my paintbrush to randomly color orange on the words.
  • Frankenstein's face and hair was cut out using the Top Note bigz die
  • Frank's bolts on the side of his face were made using the smallest ticket from the ticket duo builder punch 
  • i created the bat wings using the butterfly punch and the itty bitty circle punch  by snipping the butterfly in halfway lengthwise then using the bitty circle to create the arch in each wing.

 SUPPLIES USED (Frankenstein bag):
  • cardstock: pumpkin pie, basic black, whisper white, gumball green, basic gray
  • inks: basic black, craft white, gumball green
  • punches: 1 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle, small oval, ticket duo builder
  • top note bigz die
  • witches' brew designer washi tape
  • (non-SU!): medium craft bag (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)

SUPPLIES USED (bat candy corn bag):
  • kit: pumpkin pie goodie gear simply created kit
  • cardstock: basic black
  • inks: white gel pen
  • punches: owl builder, butterfly, itty bitty circle
  • black stampin' glitter
  • (non-SU!): candy corn, googly eyes

 Thanks for stopping by! Until next time....

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making day

Today is World Card Making Day and I'm super excited that I got to get up super early (before my baby wakes up) to sit at my stamp haven and get creative! 

Stampin' UP! is having a World Card Making Day contest and I went ahead and submitted my creation to them. Who knows, maybe I'll be one of the 100 randomly picked winners?! Learn more at http://www.stampinup.com/home

This card is masculine and monochromatic. Hope you enjoy it!

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: gumball green, pear pizzaz, summer starfruit, very vanilla
  • inks: versamark, gumball green
  • stamp set: six-sided sampler
  • embellishments: hardware clip essentials
  • ribbon: linen thread, chevron pear pizzaz   
  • woodgrain embossing folder

Go ahead, create a card! 
Then show Stampin' UP! what you made. 
Happy World Card Making Day!!!