Monday, May 31, 2010

3 cards from 1 design

I saw the most adorable card on Saturday while blog hopping around. I fell in love with it and would have loved to copy it directly color for color, stamp for stamp, ribbon for ribbon if I could have. It is at on her 05-21-10 post.

I wanted to use the same general design but my own color combinations and stamps. The color inspiration for this card came from my brand spanking new shipment of beautiful ribbons for the month of June from Reasonable ribbons club kit. They are all pink and brown beauties. Love them! So this card had to coordinate with the pink and brown theme. The stamps are from a consultant only stamp set from CTMH. One of those lil doodad stamps that you wonder what can I do with this...Then I saw her sample and knew instantly. I have just the lil guys for this type of card layout.

Again with a tiny flower stamp from the consultant A huge thanks stamp set and a sentiment from CTMH's B1353 A little buzz stamp set. But so different just because of the color scheme and the background embossing texture.

After making the design my own....I cheated and copied as closely as I could, her card perfection. I love the color scheme, the cute lady bug, the whole darn thing. So here is my copy, using a lady bug from CTMH A little buzz set. Check out her blog, I hope it inspires you like it did me. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Neon gift box- holds 6 cards and envelopes

For this gift box I used one 8.5x11 sheet of paper for the base of the box and another for the lid.

For the base: start with 8.5 inch side to the top and score at 1.75 and 6.75. (for scorpal users I moved the paper over to the ¼ in mark and scored on the 2 and the 7 inch lines.)

This is just a close up.

Flip the paper to the 11 inch side towards the top and score at 2.5 and 8.5 inches. Fold and sharply crease at each score. Cut corners to make tabs as shown.

Fold corner tabs under to make it easier to score the large tab sections as shown.On the largest tab line up at 1.5 inch line on your scorpal and score on the 2 1/8ish line as shown.

Run tape on 3 sides of largest tab.

Fold long sides up with the cut tabs towards the inside of box. Line up outer edges with taped edge of largest tab.

Fold over the taped edge. This is what it looks like on the inside now. Do the same on the other end. Now your base is complete.

It holds 6 envelopes and 6 (fully embellished) cards with room to spare.

For the lid do exactly the same, just moving your score lines approximately 1/16th of an inch over so the lid is slightly bigger than the base. As you can see below the tabs now have about a .25 inch gap. This just makes the lid slide easier down over the base.

The layers I used to decorate my lid are: 4.75x5.75 inches for the first layer. 4.5x5.5 for the 2nd layer. 4.25x5.25 for the top layer.
Decorate as you desire. Mine matches my cards almost exactly.

Give away and watch for the smiles. I am taking mine to a Memorial Day celebration as a token of my appreciation to the hostess. Have a fabulous weekend. Enjoy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Neon card set

Whee!! I am having a fun and leisurely Friday away from work. Enjoying a little crafting time before all my guys get home from school and work. The inspiration for this set came from her 05-26-10 post. My inspiration for the color combination came from a tye dye kit I bought at Joann's recently. I love the deep purple, hot pink and orange combination. I got to use tons of my pretty ribbon stash. The bright orange florals are from Reasonable ribbons monthly club that I belong to and also rich razzleberry from SU!

All of the stamps used to decorate the background are from CTMH. The sentiments are from Papertrey ink. This is their signature greetings set. I love them. They are clear acrylic stamps and they have some beautiful and unique designs.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Purple Shwoopies card set

This is my final gift set I made to give to the lucky people retiring from my work this week. For this one my inspiration came from her 05-05-10 post. These are some bold colors, not my fave, but they are the fave of the recipient and that's what matters most. I love these stickers, they are from the dollar bins at Michaels. I dressed up the original design with some ribbon and a lil embossed lines details using my score pal. This should be the last we see of the sentiment stamps for a little while. I will try to switch it up now. A girl needs some variety in her life. Right?


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My long dry spell is finally over. Whew!

Nothing sucks the creative mojo (much less smiles and fun) out of me like technical difficulties. I love technology it just does not return those feelings. First my Ipod died a sudden and untimely death. Than my lap top started a slow spiral into doom and gloom. So far neither have recovered. My ever patient hubby is dealing with them because I become a screaming mimi....not a pretty site. So I have finally freed up some of my evening hours to get to play in my craft room and restore some of my creative joy. I really was missing it. I have 3 retirement card set gifts I have put together. 1 I posted last week. Now I have finished the other 2. So for today's installment, lots of photos.

The masculine cards were inspired by 05-18-10 post. I liked their simplicity and the design made them easy to duplicate quickly. A 1 inch hole punch used on coordinating patterned paper makes easy work. I have a fantastic new sentiments stamp set from Hero arts that I am loving. So I did 1 card for each sentiment. Super-dee-duper easy. Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Card gift set

I made this set of cards as a gift. Each card has a different sentiment, that's the only thing that is different. My inspiration came from 05-03-10 post. She has a great print out tutorial that makes this card super simple to reproduce.

The stamp set is a Hero Arts set. I really like it. Lots of variety in a cute small sentiment set.

All of the paper used is from the new CTMH Cherry-O paper set. The ribbons are also CTMH colonial white and chocolate colors. The buttons are from my stash.

I will be making a gift box to complete the presentation for this gift set. When I do, I will post it here. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Baby gate fold mini book

Tons of photos for this little mini. I took a photo of each flip of the page even though it is plain, no embellishments yet. I used Debbie Mumm nursery rhymes mat stack for the pages, and miscellaneous card stock for the photo mount layers. I used my bind it all again and tied miscellaneous pieces of ribbon through the wires.

I used SU! ticket punch on the corners of the photo mount card stock layer. I distresse inked the edges too.

I used a 1.25 inch scallop punch for the lil page turner tabs.

This is a fun and easy little brag book. The finished size is 4.5x6.5 (the size of the mat stacks). It will make a great lil' gifty. Enjoy!
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