Posts Tagged ‘cards’

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

May 2, 2009

What better way to celebrate than by gathering together with friends and coming in to Scrapbook Destination for today’s Frenzy? While you’re in the store you can pick up papers from Basic Grey’s new Lime Rickey collection, like the Howdy Doody paper I used to make this card. Think bright, fun, and whimsical!

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Springtime QuicKutz Cards

March 31, 2009

Here are a two fun little cards I made with the new QK Springtime release! 

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A few QuicKutz Tips:

Use foam squares to layer your die cuts for some added dimension!   Layer different colors of the same die cut to gain even more depth.

Give your die cuts some definition with colored pens or pencils.  Don’t be afraid that you’ll mess up, remember you can always cut another one.

Ink the edges of your die cuts with a deeper tone of the same color, it makes them look more “alive” and not like flat bits of paper.  To get into really hard to reach areas use an eye shadow applicator, you can buy them in packs at your local drugstore.

Choose the patterned paper you want to work with first so that you can easily match your cardstock for your die cuts, voila a coordinated look!

 

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These fun dies are now in the store and just waiting to adorn your springtime cards and layouts!

144 Cupcakes

March 21, 2009

on Bella Blvd’s “Treats & Sweets” paper from their new “Sweet Celebration” line:

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Here’s what I did with 18 of them:

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The best part is that I still have 126 cupcakes left! 🙂

Card Instructions:

1. Cut a 5″ X 10″ strip from colored cardstock and fold it in half to form your card base.

2. Cut a 4″ X 4″ square from kraft cardstock.

3. Round all corners of the card and the kraft square.

4. Use a brown pen to write “yum” in the bottom right-hand corner of the kraft square; continue the pen line around the border of the kraft square.

5. Handcut three cupcakes from patterned paper.

6. Use pop dots to adhere the cupcakes to the kraft square.

7. Use pop dots to adhere the kraft square to the card base.

8. Enjoy! 🙂

Sunday Sketch

October 26, 2008

Sketches don’t have to be limited to layouts, they’re also great for card making.  I thought since my fellow Scrapbook Destination elves and I are so busy getting ready for the next frenzy, it would be the perfect time for a card sketch.

With a large circle, this sketch could be perfect for just about any occasion, just fill the circle with a stamp or sentiment and you’re good to go. Since the frenzy is all about getting started on holiday cards, I used the sketch for just that.

I used my favorite Quickutz snowflake and a little glitter to make it perfect for any winter holiday.  You can make this card and several others(including one more based on this sketch) at the frenzy next Saturday.  See you there!

Neighborly Relations

July 12, 2008

 How often do you truly thank the oh-so-helpful neighbor that you have? Or maybe it is someone else in your life that is overdue for a “gee, I really appreciate you” moment. Today, Bailey and I took the time to properly say thank you to our neighbor.

We started with a good old fashioned plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and then hand made a special card. You can also do with your children, because of the simplicity of the card, even 3 year old can help!

We got the idea for the card from Paper Crafting with Kids, which we have done projects from before. We still have several copies left at the store if you are interested.

We are going to be making a Cookie Monster card to send along with our warm yummy cookies. You will need…

  • royal blue cardstock… I used Celestial Blue Prism cardstock
  • black cardstock and white cardstock.
  • Paper cutter
  • glue

First you need to make your card. Cut the blue cardstock into a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, and then cut it again to make two 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 cards. Take one of those and fold in half to create your card.

You will need to cut the eyes from the white cardstock. I used 1 1/2″ circles. The black cardstock is for the pupils and the mouth piece. The pupils are 2/3″ circles. The mouth piece has a pattern that I followed from the back of the magazine. You are supposed to enlarge the pattern by 200%, but because I could not do that here at the house, I just freehanded the basic outline of the mouth and cut.

Next you will assemble the eyes. Remember, Cookie Monster has googly eyes, so do not align them. =) Glue the eyes onto the top, but middle of the card. Attach the mouth below it and you are done! Easy as pie!

Write your well wishes inside of your card, and place on top of that yummy plate of cookies!

Your neighbors will be sure to thank you back!

Happy crafting!

Tara

From Scraps to Cards

July 11, 2008

I use my scraps all the time to make quick easy cards. The key is to not think about it much and let the scraps do the creative work. I make very few cuts and limit myself to only using scrap paper. I also use left over rub-ons, chipboard pieces, stickers, jewels etc. Any embellishment that is quick. This a fun and practical way to get rid of your scraps and have cards ready when you need them.

 Each of these cards I made today took less than 10 min. to create. 

More kid’s cards… this time painting!

June 8, 2008

We got a few great new lines in the store this week, and I just had to use them with my daughter to make cards! Also if you were able to join us in store today for the frenzy, you would have seen one of our newest loves in use… the Twinkling H2Os! If you weren’t there, no problem. I am using them here as well and will walk you through it step by easy step.

This craft is for 6 and up, unless your younger child is already coloring within the lines pretty well. 

We are using Rusty Pickle’s new Pop Star line… the paper is Miley. The card is made from Imaginisce’s new line Baby Powder… the paper is Oopsie Daisy. You will also need water color pencils, sparkling H2O’s, a little cup of water, a paper towel and paint brushes.

We started with Bailey (6) using my water color pencils to color in where she wanted on the Pop Star paper. I just let her take charge and did not guide her in any way. When she was finished with her coloring I began to paint with a little water on my paintbrush over where she had colored to smooth out the look of the color pencils. You can still tell that it is her work, it is just smoothed out a bit.Bailey\'s coloring

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Next I took out the Sparkling H2Os. Here you are… are you ready… just open the jar… add a drop of water… and dip your paint brush in… that’s it! They are water colors as well, just more sparkly and fun. The more water that is on your brush or in the paint, the more iridescent the color on the paper will be, BUT then the paper might curl up some from the wetness. I made sure to dab areas that seemed a little too wet with a paper towel. The less water, the more creamy and deep the colors will be. It is a great way to change the look of the color that you are using as well!

So the paints are out and the brush is ready… back to the card.

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I wanted it to remain mostly her work with little touches of sparkle here and there. So I would drop in color on a petal or two of her flower, or the spots on the butterfly wings, or the swirls under the lettering. Just a little here and there to add some fun. Then I cut out different parts of the paper to make several differentcuttin up cards.

After I cut out the portion of the Pop Star paper that I wanted for this card, I measured and cut the Oopsie Daisy paper so that the image would fit. In this case the card is 7″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half to make a 7″ x 4 1/4″ card. Usually my cards measure to be 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. The size your cards will just be determined by which parts of the Pop Star paper you would like to use and how they fit together on your card.

Fold your paper over and adhere your cut Pop Star colorings. Add a sweet endearment inside and you are ready to send it out!Scarlett\'s card

This one is for her darling new cousin, Scarlett.  Bailey is wishing her sweet dreams and lots of love!

Thanks and happy crafting!

Tara

Shhh…I Got It On The Black Market

June 6, 2008

Okay, not really, but this fabulous new paper – seen below in two cards and one layout – is from a new company called Black Market Paper Society. I used papers and die-cuts from their Lucky ‘n Love line, which features white and varying shades of brown and turquoise.

The card below features a polka dot paper and a die-cut from the Lucky ‘n Love collection, and is accented with brown mini-brads. Pop dots lift the die-cut off the surface of the card, adding dimension.

This next card features flowers that I hand-cut from one of the Lucky ‘n Love patterned papers as well as a die-cut word strip and a die-cut polka dot paper ribbon. I added a brown mini-brad to the center of the smaller flower and used pop dots to attach both the large and small flower, adding lots of dimension.

In this simple layout, I combined a weathered turquoise Lucky ‘n Love patterned paper with a contrasting color of cardstock, punching star accents from scraps of the paper and cardstock and using those (with more pop dots, of course!) as my embellishments. American Crafts foam Thickers, hand-journaling, and faux pen-drawn stitching finish the design.

Be sure to come in to the store to check out Lucky ‘n Love as well as two other paper lines from Black Market Paper Society.

Kid cards

May 18, 2008

Handmade cards are so important to show that special person how much you care. Taking a few extra minutes and making it special and personal for them makes all the difference, especially when it is made by kids. Grandparents, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, best friends are all great people that deserve hand made cards.

So this week’s focus is for the younger artist. I was thinking 4-6 years but definitely with mom or dad’s help.

 We used the Cuttlekids die cutting machine with our cards, but you could use other die cutting machines or even simple layered punches with yours. I recommend using one with a layer or background for several reasons: One: having the background piece helps the children know where to glue the foreground pieces, two: it helps to add dimension to the embellishment and three: it helps to strengthen the embellishment.

 You will also need a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, a complementary color of cardstock and scrap pieces for making your embellishments. You will also need your cutter, glue and pens.

 You will want to begin by making your embellishements since they are the longest part of your project. We cut out lions, monkeys, and penquins. Use a dark color to cut the background of your embellishment and complementary colors for the foreground. The hardest part for me was remembering that complementary colors for children may differ… I guess not all lions are yellow, penquins black and monkeys brown. Allowing them their choice of colors is part of their creative process.

When all the pieces have been cut, glue together to create your embellishment. When using layered punches you can also use brads to hold them together. Flowers and snowflakes look great this way!

Cut your 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock into two 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 pieces and fold lengthwise. Next cut your complementary color into a 4 x 5 1/4 rectangle and have your child glue it to the front of their card.

Now we are ready for the embellishment. Glue to the front and have your child hand write, if possible, their greeting. Happy Birthday, I love you, Happy Father’s Day, etc…

Remember to add a little signature on the back of your card letting the receiver know it was created with love by your child.

Happy crafting!

Tara