File Folder Cards

There are LOTS of fun File Folder Card tutorials out right now, so I won’t bore you with another video.  Here is a card I made using the directions Stampin Up has out there.

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This type is made using the new Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.  They make one for Stampin Up now, too.  I have to say, I love the tool as you can make envelopes in just about any size you want out of whatever paper you want.  It’s also fun to make these cards, there are boxes, and many other ideas out there, too.

Basic instructions for this card is to take a card base (5-1/2″ by 8-1/2″ card scored at 4-1/4″), cut off 1/2″ from the front, then put the left edge of the front piece up along the notch cutting area (inside) and punch.  Line the left edge of the card front up at the 3″ line and punch again.  Now, flip the entire card around so the back edge is at the top and the inside of the card is still down.  Follow the same instructions.  The next part is the hardest. . .use your cutter to cut off the extra piece, below your tab you just created on both the front and back.  I have a rotary cutter and a guillotine cutter, and lining up the rotary part right in the center of the notch isn’t simple.  After you’ve cut that off, you can round the square corner of the front edge, if you want.  I used some patterned paper and just rounded the two edges and put a strip of it inside, then decorated the front.  Easy, pretty quick, and really cute.

However, not everyone has one of the Envelope Punch Boards, so as I was working on a stack of files at work last week, I worked out in my head approximately how to make one.

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For this one, I used a regular card base, trimmed 5/8″ off the front, then measured in 1/2″ along the back edge all the way across.  I made a 1″ tab, which is probably a little small, so marked that off.  Then I used my cutter to cut up to the tab and trim off the rest of that 1/2″ piece.  On the front piece, I measured down 3/8″ under the tab and cut that area out, too.  Then I rounded my corners.  However, the two corners inside the tab wouldn’t work with my rounder, so I cut the one on the actual tab by hand (it’s not perfect, but not too bad) and left the one on the front.  To do the patterned paper on the front, I cut a piece 1/4″ smaller than the card front, then put it up against the top to trace the tabbed out area, adding about 1/8″ on the inside side, then cut that out.  Decorated the front and had a pretty cute card.

It was really a lot easier than it sounds.

Now, for the fun part.  I am hosting the rotating challenge this week on and I’d love to have you go check it out and make one of these for the challenge.  If you’re not a member of, it is free to join, simple, a fun place to chat with others and have fun challenges and crops (next one is coming up in early November).  Also, you might get one email a month (at the most).   Even if you choose not to participate, it’s fun to see the ideas everyone comes up with.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Have a great rest of the week.

Same Sketch Different Ways

I worked on this sketch to make a birthday card this week and thought it would be fun to do the same sketch using the same stamps/dies trying to make a masculine and feminine version.

Here’s the sketch:


Here is the first card I did.  As I was looking for inspiration for a birthday card, I found a set of fun birthday “signs” and chose one of those to use.  That inspired the colors to be used, then I looked through my stash to find papers that went along with it.


Then I decided to put the sketch back up the way it was given and do it two times using the Die-namics Contempo Cage set with different papers, ribbon and inks to try to show both a masculine and feminine version.



So, which do you think is which?  I will tell you that the one on the bottom has the bird made from a bluish shimmer sheet.  Also, you can’t see the embossing on the vellum, but it is dots and circles to go along with the circle patterned paper.

Can you tell that I am low on birthday cards?  I turned to December in my card calendar to see when the next card needed to be mailed and only found one card for the 6 upcoming birthdays.  Oops!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!  Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Don’t forget, enjoy the next few weeks, even if you are busy.  Jesus is the reason for this season, the other stuff is just add ons.  Also, if you have little kids, they usually like the wrapping paper and boxes better than the gifts.  Older than that, it doesn’t matter so much what it is, just that they get the same number of gifts as everyone else.  Adults enjoy it, but it isn’t totally necessary and they usually love something handmade, just for them as much as the big expensive things.  So, take time to relax and enjoy!

Playing with Paper

Here are a couple of cards I did for challenges.

This first one was made for a Tent Topper Challenge.  The piece I used as the topper was sent to me by my secret pal from CardSwap.


This second one is for a challenge to make a child’s birthday card.  I was thinking of one of my nieces when I made it.  The most difficult part of the card was making my own spring so the one butterfly would wiggle around.  The first one I made, the wire was too thick and wouldn’t wiggle at all.  I used a thin wire for this one, but it only wiggles a little as the diameter of my spring is a bit wide.


I love it when cards are interactive, but making my own springs and trying to find ways to attach them drives me bonkers.  The metal “Happy Birthday” piece is from Lasting Impressions.  The butterfly die and the four embossing folders that go with it (all shown) is a Cuttlebug set from Provo Craft .

Thanks for spending some time with me today!