Friday, December 09, 2016

Power Poppy Celebration!

I used to play challenges ALL THE TIME! I was even on a few challenge blogs. But, as I got more into design team work and my life got busier, I just stopped playing. Well, lately, I have been trying to enter a challenge once in a while, and....
I entered a card in the Power Poppy monthly challenge, and while the card I entered did not win, they spotted this card on my blog and gave it some love instead! Check the post HERE. It has been a long time since I had even an honorable mention on a challenge, so I am all out of proportion happy!

If you want to see the tutorial for making this card, click HERE

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

CutCardStock Holiday Countdown Series Day 6

Hello and welcome to Day 6 of CutCardStock Blog Holiday Countdown Series! We want to inspire you with quick and easy gifts that you can put together at the last minute!

I always want to keep a few gift cards on hand, just in case I need a last minute gift. However, sometimes I just don't manage to do that! Giving cash or a check seems so impersonal to me, but if I dress up "cold hard cash" with a pretty wrapper, it makes me feel better!
I created this easy-to-make money wallet from cardstock and some bits of Christmas-themed scrapbook paper. It is the perfect size to hold money, checks, gift certificates, or even gift coupons! Plus, this project is another GREAT way to use up some of those hoarded Christmas pads I have in my stash! 
1. Start by cutting Esse Pearl Smooth White Cardstock to 8 1/4" x 7" and scoring on the long side at 3" and 6".
2. Rotate the cardstock, making sure the score lines are horizontal. Use an envelope making tool (We R Memory Keepers) to cut a notch in the paper by placing the left edge of the paper at the 3 1/2" mark on the envelope guide. Punch the notch.
3. Flip the paper over to the "wrong" side and slide the paper to the right so that the left edge is centered at the punch mechanism. Punch another notch.
4. Use a paper trimmer to trim the small section of paper from the center notch to the straight edge as shown. Fold on the score lines.
5. Select four coordinating papers. Trim two pieces of print #1 decorative paper to 2 7/8" x 6 7/8". Attach each piece to the center area, between the folds, one on each side of the cardstock.

6. Place Scor-tape on the bottom section, on the left and right edges. Fold and secure to create a pocket.
7. Trim a piece of print #2 decorative paper to 2 1/8" x 6 7/8" and follow Steps 2-4 above to shape the paper for the pocket.
8. Attach the decorative paper to the pocket. Cut a another piece of print #2 decorative paper to 2 7/8" x 6 7/8" and attach to the top section of the wallet.
9. Use circle dies or punches to cut two decorative elements from printed paper. Cut circle mats from Esse Pearl Smooth White Cardstock and Jupiter Stardream Metallic Cardstock.
10. Attach the circle embellishments s as shown.
11. Cut print #3 decorative paper to 2 7/8" x 6 7/8" and attach the paper to the front of the wallet.

12. Create a belly band for your wallet. (This step is optional.) Cut Esse Pearl Smooth White cardstock to 1 1/8" x 7". Cut print #4 decorative paper 1" x 6 7/8" and attach to the cardstock strip. Wrap the strip around the wallet and secure together.

13. Mat a coordinating cardstock sticker with Esse cardstock and attach to the seam area of the belly band with foam squares.
14. Create a matching envelope for your wallet.
15. Score a White Pearl A7 Classic Pearl Linen Envelope at 3 1/2" from the edge of the envelope flap.
16. Fold on the new score line to create a 4" x 7 1/4" envelope. Attach a decorative paper strip to cover the original score line.

17. Mat a coordinating cardstock sticker with Esse cardstock and attach to the center of the envelope with foam squares.
18. Cut another decorative circle and attach to the lower left corner of the envelope front.
19. Stuff your wallet with cash!

Thanks for looking!

Esse Pearl Smooth White Cardstock
Jupiter Stardream Metallic Cardstock
White Pearl A7 Classic Pearl Linen Envelope
Double-sided Foam Adhesive Squares
Double-sided Adhesive

Decorative paper: Heidi Swapp Believe
Stickers: Authentique Festive
Die templates: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Small
Circle punch: Stampin' Up 1 1/4"
Envelope punch board: We R Memory Keepers
Score board: Martha Stewart

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Heartfelt Creations November Blog Hop

ATTENTION: The winner of the November blog hop is Liz Ford from Sarah's blog. 
Welcome to the November Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Tuesday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 3rd at noon. (Check the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page for winners!) The November Hop starts 8am EST on Tuesday, November 29th and closes Friday, December 2nd at midnight. 

You should be coming to my blog from Vicki Dutcher's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Alissa Wells' Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I am still making Christmas cards, as I will be right up until Christmas Eve, most likely! 
I went with a non-traditional color scheme, with pinks and burgundies. I really wanted to color the poinsettias pink! I also love using paper in ways other than intended. I used Cascading Fuchsia and was pleased to find the "believe" sentiment in that set, in the color I needed!
I stamped the candle image from the Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp Set onto white paper with black ink. I colored the image with Copic markers. I then added some enamel dots to the center of each flower. (The dots sparkle in person, but the camera had a hard time picking it up.)

After the image was colored, I cut it out with the largest rectangle die in the Cut Mat Create 2A set. I double-matted the image and used foam tape to pop the image off the card front.
The card is 7" x 5" made from black cardstock. I added two prints from the Cascading Fuchsia paper collection. I created a black border with the wrought iron die template from the Border Essentials set

I use the oval label from the Luggage and Tags die set to cut out the sentiment. I added the sentiment with foam adhesive and then glued an enamel dot to the label. The dots I used are from C.C. Designs.
I added some paper and a stamped sentiment to the inside of the card. 


November Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy Clement Vicki Dutcher
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Alissa Wells

Sarah Miller
Emilia van den Heuvel
Mary Faus
Emily Niehaus
Archana Joshi

Heartfelt Creations Products:

HCDP1- 254 Cascading Fuchsia Paper Collection
HCPC-3681 Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-783 Border Essentials Die
HCD2-751 Cut Mat Create 2A Die
HCD1-745 Luggage and Tags Die
TSMP900 Memento Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Other Products:

Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Black, Hammermill Paper Color Copy Digital Cover 100lb White
Markers: Copic (colorless blender, R27, R81, R83, R85, R89, Y00, Yo6, Y17, Y35, Y38, G40, G99, YG 61, YG63, YG67, YR09, B0000, C00, C1, C3, BV20)
Enamel dots: C.C. Designs Snowy Day
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam adhesive squares, foam tape

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Traditional Christmas Colors Card for CutCardStock

Happy Thanksgiving! One more day until family, fun, and turkey! I am up on the CutCardStock Blog today and I am still making Christmas cards! Our November theme is the colors of Christmas: red, white, and green! All cardstock in our theme color is on SALE!
I used another colored image for the card. Since coloring is something you can do while watching TV or listening to music, or even something to do while waiting in doctors' offices or at game practices, it is easy to have enough colored images by the time Christmas rolls around each year!

I did try a few coloring techniques I learned at Copic Boot Camp, but I am still practicing!

CutCardStock has plenty of coloring supplies for you to chose from! Check the Artistic Supplies or the Writing Tools sections to see all the pens and paints available!

I kept my directions simple, just like my previous card (see HERE) to make it a SNAP to make a batch of cards for your holiday celebrations!


1. Cut Pop Tones Red Hot Cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4". Score on the long side at  5 1/2" to make a top-fold card 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

2. Trim Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to approximately 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach to the card front.

3. Use a stitched rectangle die template (Elizabeth Craft Designs) to trim a piece of Basis Green Cardstock (5 1/4" x 4") and attach the panel to the card front.

4. Trim green printed paper (Graphic 45 St. Nicholas) to 5" x 3 3/4" and attach to the card front.
5. Stamp an image (Power Poppy) onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with black ink. Color the image with Copic markers. Add glitter to the image with a clear sparkle pen. (You may also choose to stamp the image onto watercolor paper and color with watercolor markers or paints, also available from CutCardStock.)

6. Use a stitched circle die cut template (My Favorite Things) to cut out the image. Mat the image with a piece of Pop Tones Red Hot CardstockUse foam squares to attach the image to the card front.

7. Tie a bow from red and green plaid ribbon and glue to the upper right corner of the card. Tie a second bow from glitter twine and glue to the top of the plaid bow. Glue three metal bells to the card as shown.
8. Cut two pieces of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and line the inside panels of the card. Use black ink to stamp a sentiment onto the bottom panel. Use gray ink to stamp an image onto the lower left corner of the panel.

Thanks for looking!

Pop Tones Red Hot Cardstock
Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
Basis Green Cardstock 
Uniball Signo White Pen
Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Marker
Double-sided Adhesive Squares
Double-sided Adhesive
Tombo Mono Multi-purpose Liquid Glue

Designer paper: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Santa's Workshop
Bells: craft supply
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Red/Green/Gold Christmas Plaid, Iridescent White Metallic String (out of stock)
Markers: various Copic
Stamps: Power Poppy Holly Golightly, Cozy Cupfuls
Ink: Memenot Tuxedo Black, Close to My Heart Grey Wool
Die cut templates: Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles. My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Spellbinders Standard Circles Large

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

House Oddities Christmas Box for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today. I have a Christmas home decor item to share with you.
I used the House Oddities Box to create a table-top (or mantle-top) decor piece that is also a storage box! The box measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and comes with a chipboard door and seven (7) chipboard house shapes. (I am using the houses for another project.)

The box is the perfect size to store a candle, some gift tags, or even one of those creepy Elf on a Shelf dolls! I decorated with a gold, black, and red scheme, with lots of sparkle and bells!

Let's get started!
Wipe down all the box pieces to remove the soot from the cutting process. Glue decorative paper to the inside surfaces of all the pieces, including the inside of the lid.
Assemble the box. I reinforced all seams with washi tape. This also helps to hold the box together while the glue sets.
Attach the lid to the box. I used washi tape to create a flexible hinge for my lid.
Mark where you wish your door handle to go and drill holes through the lid and the decorative door piece. I used an anywhere hole punch to create my door knob holes.
Cover the outside surfaces of the box with decorative paper. I adhere my paper with a matte gel medium, using a foam brush.
Use various inks (or paints) to color your chipboard accent pieces. To color the door, I sponged on various red pigment inks, allowing them to dry between coats.

I used white ink to color a bird cage from the Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set. While the ink was wet I heat embossed the birdcage with shabby embossing enamel. I repeated the process, using white ink and white embossing powder on snowflakes from the Snowflake Shape Set and the Winter Shape Set.

I selected "two turtle doves" from the Birds Shape Set and colored them with gold pigment ink.
Glue the door to the box lid. Add a decorative knob.
Create a "wreath" for the door. Start with the ornamental birdcage. Glue a chipboard or other decorative sentiment to the right side of the birdcage. Layer snowflakes and a large flower. I added a jingle bell to the center of one of the snowflakes. Add the birds in the next layer, using foam tape or scrap chipboard to lift them off the base. Glue metal bells and a loopy bow to the top of the birdcage.
Glue the decoration to the door, making sure to avoid the area around the knob. Add more decorative elements, as desired. I added more velvet leaves, a pine cone, and a few Christmas do dads.

Wrap gold ribbon around the top and sides of the box, securing on the bottom. Create a large bow from the gold ribbon and glue the bow to the top of the box.
Add Christmas sprays and do dads, as desired. I poked through my stash of Christmas odds and ends to create my box topper. I wanted to stay in the gold and red theme. Everything is attached with hot glue.
If you want to use the box for storage, make sure you do not accidentally glue the door shut! Use black ink to cover any raw chipboard edges. I wrapped the sides of my "door frame" with the gold washi tape. (I wish I had inked it with the black ink instead.)
Thanks for looking!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
House Oddities Box
Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set
Snowflake Shape Set
Winter Shape Set
Birds Shape Set

Partner products:
Graphic 45 papers: St. Nicholas 12x12 pad
Graphic 45 chipboard: St. Nicholas Decorative Chipboard
Graphic 45 washi tape set

Embossing enamel: Stampendous Shabby Blue
Embossing powder: Close to My Heart White
Pigment ink: Colorbox Merlot, Cranberry, Sweet Tooth; Delicate Golden Glitz
Dye ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Gold ribbon: recycled from Christmas packaging
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Burlap String, Divine Twine Gold Metallic, Iridescent White Metallic (out of stock)
Floral: Petaloo, floral supply
Pine tree: craft supply
Bells: Darice
Metal door knob: Tim Holtz
Adhesive: Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Really Reasonable Ribbon November Blog Hop

I sure hope this hop goes off without a hitch...because I am away at Copic Boot Camp in Arizona and won't get home until midnight tonight! I typed this up last week, so if you find a broken link in my post, please hop over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog and get sorted out!

It is ribbon time again! I am here with the Really Reasonable Ribbon November Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next! 

Here is a peeky at the RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment. This assortment is called Country Holiday.
Does this collection make you want to eat cookies or what?!! I love these soft, retro-country colors! For some reason, these colors remind me of the 10 years we lived in Minnesota! The country theme was all the rage back then and these colors were the "in" colors. It's nice that my past is now "in" again!
I had a perfect idea for my project using the brown ribbons, and then, it went wandering off on its own! I had colored some stocking images and they matched the pink and purple ribbons! I ended up with a card and a gift card holder in a very non-traditional Christmas theme!  
The card is a standard A2 card. I used just two bits of printed paper to coordinate with my main image (both are retired 6x6 pads). The stocking is from a Power Poppy set called Poinsettia. This set was on back order for a while, but I finally snagged it last month! 

I colored the image with Copic markers. I had some issues with the blending, which I hope I am learning about at boot camp! {grin} After I colored the image, I added some sparkle with a glitter pen. 

The sentiment is from the Simple Joys set, which is a NEW release. (I do not work for Power Poppy, I am just a HUGE fan!)
Now, let's talk bows! First, I wrapped the Rosewood Satin Swirls Ribbon around the top of the panel. I overlapped that with the Wild Rose Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

I tied a big, 3-loop bow with the Rosewood Satin ribbon. I then made a smaller 3-loop bow with the Amethyst Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon. The amethyst ribbon matched the ribbon on the stamped image perfectly!

I glued the amethyst ribbon to the top of the rosewood swirl ribbon. I wrapped a piece of the wild rose dot ribbon around both bows and glued the whole mess to the card! I added some metal bells and a few decorative buttons as well.    
I created a gift card holder from a small envelope and a second stocking image. The envelope is about 4" x 2 3/4", the perfect size for a standard gift card. 

I folded the top of the envelope down to "square off" the top of the envelope. Then, I added a bit of decorative paper to the bottom of the envelope. I flipped the Rosewood Satin Swirls Ribbon over so that just the plain reverse was showing and wrapped it around the bottom of the envelope. I made a double bow from the Sage Green Quatrefoil Print Satin Ribbon and glued that to the center of the envie.
To decorate the top of the envelope, I stamped a sentiment (Power Poppy Cozy Cupfuls) and cut it into a banner shape. I added a mat and a bit of printed paper before wrapping the sentiment with Ivory Burlap String. I recently found Funkie Junkie Boutique and snagged some of the Christmas charms (I snagged a bit more than that)! I added the stocking charm as well as a tiny bell o the twine bow.

I colored a second stocking image, using a deeper rose color and a green bow. I added a bit of the  Wild Rose Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon to the top of the image to act as a pull. I used removable glue dots on the back of the stocking image to attach a gift card.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my Christmas gift ensemble! This is month's Ribbon Club is a stunning ribbon collection! 
If you want MORE holiday ribbons, you can get both the October and the November Ribbon Club for a special deal!
Here is the card I made with the October Ribbon Club! See details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Linsey - NEW Member!
Shelia - NEW Member!

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club (Rosewood Satin Swirls Ribbon, Wild Rose Swiss Dot Grosgrain RibbonAmethyst Delicate Stitched Satin RibbonSage Green Quatrefoil Print Satin Ribbon), Ivory Burlap String
Cardstock: CutCardStock Pop Tone Hot Fudge, Hammermill Color Copy Digital White
Designer paper: Memory Box Yuletide, Prima A Victorian Christmas
Envelope: Jillibean SoupStamps: Power Poppy Simple Joys, Cozy Cupfuls, Poinsettia
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers and pens: Copic, Gelly Roll clear glitter, Sakura white
Die cuts: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large; My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Fishtail Jumbo Stax; Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Rectangles
Metal charms: Funkie Junkie Boutique 13-piece Winter Embellishment Set
Colored bells: Darice
Buttons: Dress it Up
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, Scor-tape, white glue, hot glue