Simple Card Layouts

This week has been all about sweet and simple.  Also known as quick and easy.  Here are a couple of the cards I’ve made:

I’ll give you instructions on one of the “flowers” soon.

This is just blocks of paper on a card base with one stamp and one brad.  Very quick and easy.

This one was the most involved with the layering, using 2 stamps and adding ribbon with a knot.  Still, quite simple and quick to do.

I hope this shows you that you can make your own cards quickly, easily, and for very little cost.  Whoever receives them will absolutely love that you made them yourself, too!

Thanks for spending a bit of your time with me today!

8 Minute Card

I was challenged this week to make a card that could be recreated in 10 minutes.  Thinking about what to do took a while, but I wound up creating this one in 8 minutes.

Here are the supplies:

First I stamped the image, then used a nestibility die to cut it out.

Then I used the edger, grabbing a few of the snowflakes that were punched out to use on the card, too.

Used a few glitter pens to add some color to my image and put it all together.  (I did add some red for the lips as the green just didn’t look right.)

And, the finished card:
I did take another minute to stamp a greeting on the inside, but it was still done in under 10 minutes.  See, it is possible to make your own card in very little time.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me!

Basketweave Teabag Fold

I wanted to share the Basketweave with you.  Striped paper seemed the best way to show off this fold, so here it is.

To start, you need eight 1-7/8″ squares of paper that has a design or color on one side.  You then fold each square in half horizontally, then unfold and fold vertically, then unfold starting with the back or white side of your paper up.
Next you continue with the white or back of your paper up and fold corner to corner so you will have diagonal folds in each direction.

Flip your paper over so the colored or patterned side is up.  You want to push in on the two sides, then press together.

You should have two layers on each side of your triangle.  Take the top layer on the right side and flip it over to the left.  Now, on that same layer, fold it so the side point goes against the top point along the fold.

Now, flip that layer back over to the right.  (Aren’t you glad there are pictures so you can see what I am trying to say.)  You are back to having two layers on the right and two layers on the left.

Do the same, but in reverse, to the top layer of the left side.

Do this to the other seven squares. 

Now, you are going to put a drop of glue on the back side of one of these pieces and slide it on the right side, under the top folded section of another piece.  With the back side of the piece up, make sure the glue is a small dot, just on the right side (of the back).  If you have too much glue, it squishes out and makes quite a mess.

When you get the last piece attached, you will have to put glue on the back of the first piece, flip it to the front and slide it under on the last piece.  You should wind up with this lovely Basketweave design.

To make my piece a bit smaller, I used 1-1/4″ squares (proportionally smaller than the 1-7/8″ called for).  My finished piece is 1-7/8″ across.

Thanks for spending a bit of time with me!

Folded Star Card

Happy 4th of July!  Praise God for the men and women who fight for our freedom.

Here is a card I made this evening by just swiping ink pads across the base, attaching matching rhinestones down the sides and a folded star in the center.  I didn’t take pictures of each step for this one, but thought you might enjoy the finished project.


Thanks for spending a bit of time with me today!

Card Modification

If you have a card that you like, but doesn’t really strike you, make a few changes to give it some zing.  Or, in my case meet one challenge, then change it a bit to meet another.

I started with this:

And added a couple of things to get this:

It has a bit more pizzaz and I actually got to use one of my stick pins.  I’ve been looking for a way to use them.

You can take a purchased card and add a bit to make it even better, too.  However, making your own cards means more to the recipient as well as being much more cost-effective.

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me!

Simple Star Folded

I’ve given you two, not too difficult stars, but figured I’d better give you the basic, simple one.

To start, you need eight 1-7/8″ squares.  Fold each in half diagonally with the right side on the outside and then unfold.  Take the two side points and fold them up along the center line.  Now, flip it over.

Take the bottom point (the one where all the paper is folded) and fold it up to the center point between the two side points.  Do this with each of the 8 pieces.

You will be tucking the bottom left side into the little pocket on the left side of the folded up section.  First, you want to put a tiny glue dot or a bit of adhesive on the back of that corner.

Connect all 8 squares in this manner.

This is the front of the simple star.  The back is kind of interesting and could be used, too.

Now, what do you do with it?  Well, there are many options, but I used mine as the center piece on a card.  Here are the supplies I used.

I textured most of the pieces with different embossing folders so I could use this for Monday’s Stamp TV challenge.  (You have until Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 8pm CST if you want to play along.)  Here is my card.

Whew!  There is a lot of stuff here, but I hope you enjoyed it.  Try the Simple Star and check out the texture challenge.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

Perfect Pearls by Ranger

For Mother’s Day, my son got me Ranger’s Perfect Pearls Metallic kit.  We had seen a video on how to use them and were thrilled with the look, so that’s what he got me.  So, yesterday I used them.  Well, after I did the first card, I thought they were great and had an idea for another card, but needed blue, so I went and got another set of colors.  However, they have already been used.

They were quite simple to use.  It was a matter of stamping on dark paper using the Perfect Medium that came in the kit, then using the small brush to tap the powder onto the stamped image, then using the large brush to sweep away the extra powder.  Of course, I did this over a piece of scrap paper so I could save the extra powder.  Then, misting it with water to set it.

As you can see, on the second one I used 3 different colors, which was a little trickier to not mix the powders on the image, but turned out pretty nice.

The only problem I found was that if the cardstock/paper you are working on isn’t heavy enough, the misting with water makes it curl.  I’m thinking this takes fairly heavy paper to work well, but it wasn’t too bad when I adhered it to something else.

And finally, after all the words, here are the pictures:

I also used the Letterpress technique on the owl card for the background.  It isn’t perfect, but I like the way it turned out.  What it is, is taking an embossing folder and patting ink all over it, then running it through and the ink goes everywhere except the embossed area.  The gold of the owl is what I used the Perfect Pearls on.  It shines, though you can’t see it in the picture.

The “thank you” is also done using Perfect Pearls, though blue on blue wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

I know, it’s time for another tea bag folding demonstration.  I’ll try to get to it this week.  May was an incredibly busy month and it is getting busier and busier at work, so I haven’t had much time.

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me!

Challenge – 3 to the power of 3

No, that does not mean 27.  The challenge I am hosting on CardMaker Magazine CardSwap this week is to make a card with three different elements used 3 times.  Check out the challenge and play along.  I’d love to see what you come up with.

Here are my examples:

This one has 3 panels, 3 pieces of ribbon and 3 images.

This one has 3 flowers, 3 buttons and 3 pieces of ribbon for the stems.  It also has background paper and a leaf, so there are other pieces thrown in, too.

This one has 3 trees, 3 fish (that is supposed to be a river they are leaping out of 😉 ) and 3 rhinestones for their eyes.

The challenge is simple:  make a card with 3 elements used 3 times each.  Please take the time to join in and show me what you come up with.

Thanks for sharing a bit of time with me!

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Blog Hop

Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine CardSwap Forum Somewhere Over the Rainbow blog hop.  I am the 3rd stop on the hop, so if you arrived here from Susan‘s wonderful blog you are in the right place.  If not, please start at the beginning so you get the full rainbow effect.

I was assigned the color pink.  I had to snort a bit as pink is SO not my favorite color.  However, it is my daughter’s favorite color, as well as my boss and so many other people, so I figured I’d give it my best shot.  If you visited my blog last week, you saw my first attempt with mainly pink where I asked for people’s opinions.  (Which no one gave.)

Here are the samples I came up with:

The first one I embossed with light pink embossing powder on a medium pink paper.  I really like the look of this one, but there is a tiny bit of white in the background paper, so it isn’t truly a totally pink card.  Those baubles are a dark pink.

My second attempt I decided to do some dry embossing and use some ribbons and buttons to tie it together.  Along the raised ridges of the flowers, I used a dark pink ink for shading and to make the ridges stand out.  I stamped “Smile” with a light pink ink, but it didn’t really show, so I went over it with a pink Souffle pen.  I used teeny tiny glue dots I had made (see previous blog entry for instructions) to get the ribbon to stay where I wanted it.  This one was all pink, but not as cute as I had hoped.

Which led to my third attempt.  This one was a lot of fun to make.  I used a very dark pink background paper (burgundy) and used the same light pink embossing powder for the dress form and sentiment.  Then I used a pink ink to stamp the dress form onto some patterned pink paper (I stamped on the back), then cut it out for the skirt.  It seemed a bit plain, so I added a couple of pink bows to the corners.  And a pink rhinestone for a little bling.

Well, I do feel a bit more comfortable working with pink after all that.  And hey, I got some of my pink loving people’s birthday cards done in the process.

There won’t be any prizes for participating in the blog hop, but you should get some great ideas as you hop along and we have a gallery  for you to post your hop inspired creations at the end.  Now, put a pillow under your chin for when your jaw drops as you hop on over to Jane‘s blog and see her amazing creation!  Don’t forget to leave a note at each stop to let us know what you think.

In case you lose your way, here is the list of blogs along the hop:

Lora

Susan

Golda <– You are here

Jane  (Your next stop)

Ana

Meredith

Laura

Angelina

Ashley  (Who will lead you to the pot of gold. . .treasures galore. . .challenges. . .games. . .and fun at the CROP!)

Stick Pins

You are going to see me a couple of times this week.  I wanted to show you what I worked on this weekend.  On Wednesday, I am participating in a blog hop, which should be a lot of fun.  I’ve never done that before.

There is a swap going on at CardMaker Magazine CardSwap for stick pins and a holder.  I went pretty basic with both, but thought I would share them with you as they were pretty easy to make and should be fun to use.

My holder is 2 1/2″ high by 3″ wide.  I did a matchbook style holder with some foam at the bottom to hold the pins and a Velcro closure.  My self adhesive Velcro tabs weren’t holding to the paper, so I put some eyelets through to hold them on.

For the stick pins themselves, I used beads that I had from making jewelry and broken jewelry and just put colors together.  After watching a few YouTube videos on making them, I used some Glossy Accents on a corsage pin, then slid a bead on, a bit more Glossy Accents and another bead, etc.  We were only supposed to make 4 pins for the swap, but no one in my family liked the center one, except me, so I threw it in as a spare.

I like the way they turned out.  Now, the question is, will I use them.  I better learn to as I’m going to be getting 4 pins from 4 other people!

Most of the people in the swap have posted how much fun they are to make and how they can’t seem to stop making them.  I didn’t get that involved (but then I wasn’t feeling well this weekend), but they were pretty easy and would be simple to change-up for whatever the need called for.  My husband thought the pink one was too “girly” and he wasn’t real thrilled with the blue one, but my daughter and son loved them all except the center one.

Thanks for sharing some time with me today!  I hope you stop back on Wednesday for the blog hop.