Monday, June 26, 2017

A Guy's Shirt and Tie Card

I found a tutorial on line by Keenan Kreations that taught the best shirt and tie fold I have ever tried. The video is very helpful and does show using one or two sided designer paper. I taught it in class and wrote up these instructions for the students using one sided dp:

1.    Cut shirt piece 4” x 5 7/8” and tie piece 4 x 4 inches in lightweight patterned papers.
2.    Score shirt piece gently at 5/8” and 1 ¼” on the long side.
3.    From the back, fold down the first fold to the 2nd scored line and secure with tape runner or adhesive.
4.    Mark and cut in one inch from each side right under the folded top. This can be done by hand or with a paper cutter.
5.    On front side, mark center (2 inch line) and fold each side of the collar to that center line. Set aside.
6.    On tie piece (4”x 4” patterned paper), fold in triangle to mark center with patterned side down. Fold each side to center.
7.    Flip and mark 1 ½ inch down on center line. Fold center point up halfway (or ¾”) and then fold again to top of piece. Tuck the top piece to the back of the folded tie.
8.    Flip and from back, fold the sides of the tie into the center again and secure. If the top of the tie is not perfect, it is OK because it is tucked under the collar when the tie is attached. Attach the tie flat and the collar sides with a little piece of mounting tape or pop dot so it is raised a bit.

I cut a pocket for my shirt with a stitched square die from Pretty Pink Posh and popped it up for dimension. I added an "Enjoy Today" sentiment from Tonic Studios, some tiny buttons to the collar and some white Nuvo Crystal Drops to the sentiment. 

I am entering this card in the "Use Patterned Paper" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Foiled Layered Floral Birthday Wishes Trio #3


Today I am sharing the third card I made for a challenge to make three cards with the same supplies. I am hoping this mini series shows you how to stretch your supplies to create very different looks with the same supplies. This spring I have been loving my Altenew layered dies and the foil products from Gina K. and Therm O Web. Here are the supplies I used for all the cards in this series:


Altenew Layered Floral Cover Dies
Therm O Web Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil
My Creative Time Stitched Oval Dies
Laminator (I use Royal Sovereign, but any will do)
Gina K Designs Birthday Essentials Foil-Mates
Nuvo Deluxe Fine Tip Adhesive
Tonic Studios Tangerine Die-cutting Machine
Misc. cardstock pieces
Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Blending Tool

For this card, I also used Therm O Web's Deco Foil Transfer Gel. I created a stencil by die cutting Altenew's Layered Floral Cover Die A out of a thick cardstock. I attached the stencil to a piece of cream cardstock and applied Deco Foil Transfer Gel through the stencil holes. I removed the stencil and let the gel dry until it was clear. Then I layered a piece of Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil on top and ran it through my hot laminator. It is so easy to make a gorgeous card with these awesome products.


I foiled another Gina K Birthday Essentials Foil-mate for the greeting on the inside of this card. I cut it out with an oval stitched die and sponged on some color with Ranger's Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. If you missed the first two of the trio of cards I made with the same supplies, scroll down on my blog to Wednesday's and Thursday's blog posts.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Foiled Layered Floral Birthday Wishes Trio #2

Today I am sharing the second of three cards I made for a challenge to make three very different cards using the same supplies. Here is a list of the supplies I used for all three cards:


Altenew Layered Floral Cover Dies
Therm O Web Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil
My Creative Time Stitched Oval Dies
Laminator (I use Royal Sovereign, but any will do)
Gina K Designs Birthday Essentials Foil-Mates
Nuvo Deluxe Fine Tip Adhesive
Tonic Studios Tangerine Die-cutting Machine
Misc. cardstock pieces

I die cut Altenew's Layered Floral Cover Die A out of navy cardstock, and Cover Die B out of a lighter blue. I adhered them together with Nuvo Fine Tip Deluxe Adhesive, then cut the top and bottom flowers off with their edges. I attached the top two to the front of a cream A2 cardbase. I foiled Gina K's Birthday Essentials Foil-Mate greeting with Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil, cut it out with an oval stitched die, and then layered it onto a navy stitched oval. 


I attached another beautiful layered flower on the inside of the card. Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the 3rd of the foiled layered birthday wishes trio.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Foiled Layered Floral Birthday Wishes Trio #1

I recently accepted a challenge to create three different cards using the same supplies and today I am posting the first of the three cards. Here is the list of supplies I used on all three cards:

Altenew Layered Floral Cover Dies
Therm O Web Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil
My Creative Time Stitched Oval Dies
Laminator (I use Royal Sovereign, but any will do)
Gina K Designs Birthday Essentials Foil-Mates
Nuvo Deluxe Fine Tip Adhesive
Tonic Studios Tangerine Die-cutting Machine
Misc. cardstock pieces
Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Blending Tool

On this card I also used Therm O Web's Toner Sheets. I started with a cream colored A2 cardbase and die cut the Altenew Layered Floral Cover Die A out of navy cardstock. I die cut the Layered Floral Cover Die B out of a Therm O Web toner sheet, covered it with a piece of Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil and ran it through my heated laminator. The gorgeous color you see is the result- although IRL the bottom flower is more blue and silver than the picture shows. I adhered the two layers to the cream card base with my favorite glue - Nuvo Deluxe Fine Tip Adhesive.



Gina K's Foil-Mates make adding a pretty sentiment to a card so easy. I foiled this sentiment, cut it out with a stitched oval die and sponged some distress ink on it to complete this card.

I will share the 2nd and 3rd cards using the same supplies in the next couple days, so be sure to stop back.


I am entering this card in Virginia's Summer Blog Party here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Eight


Today is the last day of my series of cards featuring Karen Burniston's new pop up dies. I have had so much fun designing these interactive cards, and a little birdie told me Karen is working on another release, so I am sure I will be playing and sharing cards with those as soon as I can. I made a spring card with the Tree Pop Up Die Set , but I can't share it with you yet as I am waiting to hear if it has been accepted in a recent design call at a national magazine. (Edited to add: Woo Hoo! Just heard from CardMaker and they have accepted my KB spring pop up tree card for the Spring 2018 Issue!!!) But I love fall cards too and designed this one to share with my classes in a couple months. I started with an A2 top folding card and die cut a leafy border (from Tutti's Designs) and a lovely pumpkin from Die Versions. I colored the leaf and stem on the pumpkin with Nuvo's green glitter marker and grounded the pumpkin with a wavy hill cut with the KB Nature's Edges die set. As always, the best part of these card is in the inside:


Here is another look that shows the simple pop up where the tree is attached:
I die cut the pop up apparatus in a piece of dark green with the Nature's Edges grass and hill dies on the top and bottom. I die cut a tree in brown and the larger foliage piece in gold. Then I die cut and added a bunch of orange, red and gold leaves for a lovely fall tree. I added a "warm thoughts" sentiment cut with a die from Quietfire Design and some birds cut with IO dies. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Joyful Foiled Celebration Card


I make Christmas cards year round so I am under no pressure to get them done in November or December. I had my laminator hot and was playing with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and some stencils and this card is the result. I applied Deco Foil Transfer Gel through an i stencils Christmas stencil. After the gel was dry and clear, I ran the navy piece through my laminator with a piece of pearl Deco Foil. Here is a close up from another angle to help see the lovely shimmer in the foil: 

IRL it is very pretty. I layered the piece on a white square card base and simply added a "joy" die cut from a Hero Arts set to complete the card. One more for my stash:)

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the Celebrations challenge at Dies R Us.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

For the Boys Challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids


It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is: For the Boys. Create and link any card appropriate for a boy or a teenage boy and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Dollar Graphics Depot is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! And the winner from Tonic Studios USA is giving their winner 8 Crystal Drops! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

My boy's card features a cool boy and sentiment from Dollar Graphics Depot. I started with an A2 blue card that I embossed with an embossing folder from WeR Memory Keepers. Then I printed and cut out the boy and cool sentiment and attached them for a fast CAS but fun boy's card.

I am entering this card in the embossing challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.