Monday, 28 May 2012

Card Swapping at Convention

Several ladies who are attending convention for the first time have been asking about cards to swap. I took photos of some of mine last year as well as all of the ones I received from others, and here they are!

The first three are my first attempts at card making. They turned out pretty good!

These below are some of the ones I received in trade for all of mine (only have pics of the three above).

I will post pics of some of the cards I am taking with me this year later. Enjoy!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Flowerpot Card with Instructions this Time!

Hi all! I made another flowerpot card and took pictures this time. This one I made for a co-worker who is celebrating her "29th" birthday on May 15. All products are CTMH except the ladybug which I saw at the Dollar Store and couldn't resist!

First, fold up the flap on a Die Cut Kraft card and line up the flap fold with the cutting line on your cutter and the bottom fold with the 1/2" mark.

Here is a close up of how the card is lined up in the cutter. Cut this bit off and them flip the card and repeat for the other side.

You can see one side is cut on an angle and I am ready to cut the other side.

One the cutting is done, fold the flap to the back of the card and press with the bone folder or something else. The flap wants to stay at the front so you have to be really forceful here!

This is what the card will look like once the flap is folded to the back.

Cut a 6"X6" piece of cardstock in the color of your choice and adhere to the card under the flap.

Flip it over and cut off the excess. I just used my Microtip Scissors, but if you feel so inclined, you could do it with a cutter.

Now you are ready to decorate! Here is my (almost) finished product. Well, except for a little insert and Happy Birthday stamped under the flower. I also might add a touch of adhesive under the flap so it doesn't bulge so much. You could add a gift card (as I did on the Mother's Day card) or just a note. Hope you like it!

Supplies used:
  • Die Cut Kraft Card
  • Twilight Cardstock
  • 100 Grit sandpaper to distress the cardstock
  • CTMH Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Medallion from Harvest Charms Collection
  • Pemberley My Stickease
  • Ladybug from the Dollar Store

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Flower Pot Card for Mother's Day

Beatte with the Split Coast Stampers made a beautiful flowerpot easel card to be used to hold a gift card, and I decided to give it a try. On her video, she punched a border on the edge of the flowerpot to make it look really pretty, but I don't have any border punches. What to do, what to do...

I tried to use my CTMH corner rounder (did you know you can take the plastic guard off and use it make scalloped borders?), but decided I am just not coordinted enough. I was getting slivers in my fingers from scratching my head when the lightbulb came on! I could use one of our Kraft cards! They are already the right size and have a pretty scalloped edge! Perfect! I put together a prototype and this is what I ended up with. I really like it so I am giving it to my mom for Mother's Day!

To make it, the first thing you need to do is fold the flap to the back instead of the front. Then with the flap part unfolded, line up the flap fold with the cutting line on your cutter, and line up the bottom fold corner with the 1/2" mark. Hold it down and cut. Turn the card and repeat. You now have a flowerpot shape! Decorate the flowerpot as you want!

The paper I used is Dotty for You, and the stamp set is Rock the Block. I distressed the "pot", butterfly, and cardstock on the base with Brown Bag ink and the paper with Garden Green. The For You is from another stamp set that I can't remember off the top of my head (good memory, just a bit short) and stamped in Brown Bag. I also added the three Light Tan opaques on the butterfly from the Mocha Opaques Collection as well as the little plaque from the Pewter Mini Medleys. I will be making another one for a friend who is having a birthday next week and will post step-by-step pics. I will be adding flowers to that one to hold a gift card. I will be making floowers to add to this one too, but ran out of time.  So stay tuned for more!