Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gift Card Card

What is easier than sending a gift card for gifts, especially when it's to someone that's hard to buy for? The card today is one of the best gift card holders that I've ever made and wraps up into a card all in one. Our son, Aaron's birthday is tomorrow, so happy birthday, Aaron! I also made one for a baby gift card that I'm  a little late in getting sent. The baby was born in July, not too long after Michael. Welcome to the world, little one! This design can be used for any occasion, all you have to do is switch around the colors and designs. So without further delay, here's the first picture...
This is the front view, with the card closed. The jumbo brad at the bottom right, holds the gift card holder closed. Can you see the top note die in there?? That's what's so neat about this card, the top note is the gift card holder and when you open the card, the gift card pops up in the middle.  Here's a view with the card opening...
And then all the way open...
It folds out with the gift card popping up in the center with a place to write a little note on the right side. I added birthday wishes on the left side too.
Ingredients: Stamp Sets: Sail Away, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess set)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, DSP Nautical Expedition, Whisper White, Water Color Paper
Ink: Stazon Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Baker's Twine, Jumbo brads, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Scallop Circle Punch, Sponges, Aqua Painter, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals
Now here's a picture of the baby card....

Look at the Baby Booties! They were made with the new Stitched Stockings set in the Holiday mini catalog going live today! I just made the stockings a little shorter, cut out and added the cuff as an extra piece, with the little piece of yarn to tie them all together. This card is closed with a ribbon run behind the top note before it's sticky stripped to the card base. I had a hard time getting the colors to come out with my camera. The pinks look much more pink IRL and so little girly! I love the new Scallop Dots Ribbon that ties it all together! Here's a picture for you from the inside...
Isn't it sweet?? Again it has a little place for a note and then decorated on the left side to jazz it up a bit. I will be offering a class in October to make these for the holidays. I'll let you know for the sure the dates as we get closer. 
We're heading out for SD later today, so I'll be MIA for a few days! Hope to see those of you in SD when I get there! I just wish the drive wasn't so long. That's one thing about this that I'm not looking forward to...or maybe I should say two things...the trip back too! Until then...
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wisteria Wonder Sweet Floral Birthday

Birthdays, birthdays and lots of birthdays this month! We have 10 birthdays to send cards for. That's a lot of birthdays! The first card I'm showing you is one that I sent to a special friend for her birthday coming up in just a couple of days. Hopefully she will get the card before she sees it here! I love the monochromatic look to this one and the simplicity of it! The Sweet Floral background stamp doesn't need much to make it beautiful and the new In Color, Wisteria Wonder, is indeed wonderful!

Ingredients: Sweet Floral, Four Frames, Tagstastic (Hostess set)
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon Wisteria Wonder, Designer Printed Brads, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Mat Pack, Paper piercing tool, Wisteria Wonder Marker, Concord Crush Marker, Tag Corner Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Sponge Daubers
Isn't it just beautiful?? I sponged around all (and I mean all!) the edges. I wonder how many calories you can burn sponging?? I know my arm was sure tired when I got done!
And don't forget the inside!
I did the faux stitching, punched corners, and sponging on the inside too! The happy birthday sentiment on the front was lined up with the guides again on my clear block and made it so much easier to get the sentiment straight. I think that may be my favorite new tool from the new catalog!
We're off to SD for the weekend! It will be a quick trip, but I'm anxious to see friends and family again...and smell the pine trees! :-)!  Katie even bought me a pine scented candle this past weekend so I wouldn't be home sick. I never thought I'd miss a smell. Larry has always said when we would pull into the driveway from a trip, "Oh it smells so good here!" Now I know what he means! Hope to see you then!
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cards, cards and more cards!

My card supply is running low and I've been in need of some quick and simple ideas. Sympathy cards never come easy, and cards to just encourage and lift up those going through health problems seem to always be a must. Just think how you can make someone's day by letting them know that you're thinking of them and praying for them! I received a couple of cards last week that really made my day...and for no special reason!! That's the best excuse of all to mail a card! I love the simplicity of the card I'm sharing today. I was tempted to add a little ribbon too, but found that it really didn't need it. I didn't even add dimensionals to this one! How unusual is that?!
Ingredients: Stamps: Hello Doily, Field Flowers, Blessings from Heaven, Delicate Doilies
Paper: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Black Craft Ink
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Neutrals Brads, Snail Adhesive

I wish you could all see it in person! The embossed flowers just pop off the white and the Hello Doily background is just perfect to set it off. I also embossed the words so they have a little shine to them too. Even my husband, Larry commented on how much he liked this card! (And usually I have to ask him and he just nods!)  It is very striking IRL! And it was EASY to do. I made six of them in less than two hours.
And don't forget about the inside!
I stamped a smaller doily from the Delicate Doilies set in Sahara Sand, them embossed the scripture verse that comes in the set across the bottom. The clear mount grids really help to line it up straight. They are an awesome new tool! Go ahead and stamp up a batch today!
Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Card Keeper Box

In the new Holiday Mini Catalog, available in just a few short days, is a new card keeper. It's made from a paper covered chipboard that you can cover anyway you choose. What a fun gift this would be with some cards in it. I know more than one person on my holiday shopping list that could use one of these! What a special touch! It comes with the pattern for covering it and is pretty simple to do. I covered mine during nap time, (no, I wasn't napping, the kids were!) so about 2 hours to do it, then a little more for doing the divider cards inside and decorating the top. I love the new Hello Doily stamp set that I used on the top. I embossed it with white embossing powder and it looks so real...almost like the doilies my grandma used to make! Here's some pictures of the process.

The lid being covered and then the box part.
Ingredients: Hello Doily, Delicate Doily stamp sets
Paper: Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess selection)
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Stampin' Card Keeper, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, White embossing powder, heat tool, Glue dots, dimensionals, Crop-A-Dile, scraps of ribbon, Dotto, Black Marker 

There's a couple of things to keep in mind when building your box. First of all, it comes assembled, so put the box together before you add the paper to it. The lid comes in one piece and the bottom box is nested into it for shipping. The corners have sticky strip on them already, so peel and stick, but just one at a time. The flaps of the box will go to the inside and line them up straight so that your lid will fit when you get done. The lid is covered with just one piece of 12x12 paper and the bottom will take 4 sheets of 12x12 paper. I had 2 packages of the hostess pack Cheerful Treat and I had plenty of extra scraps to cover the inside dividers and then some out of those 5 sheets. The pattern for cutting and scoring is included, so no guess work involved! I cut out the pattern, then attached it with Dotto (the temporary glue dots) to the back side of the pattern that I was using, then cut and scored my paper with the pattern attached. You don't need much Dotto to keep it in place.Cover the box with the glue, then add the paper. That will keep the paper from wrinkling when you add it too the box. You can use a bone folder to smooth it across the box surface.
Here's the box all put together:
And a close up of that doily:
And one more with the lid off to see the inside:
I covered the dividers with more of the leftover pieces, then punched them with the Crop-A-Dile and added a little scrap of ribbon through the hole. I wrote different types of all occasion cards on the tabs, but you could use it as a birthday calendar too and add the months. There are 6 dividers in all included.
It really was a fun project to do and something I really needed for keeping my cards organized!
Happy Stampin'!