September 24, 2013

A Strawberry basket

This little basket is just so cute. You can make it in any size, but I like this little one for a little "Thank You" or just because...

You need a 6" x 5" piece of colonial white cardstock and a 3/4" x 1" strip of the same color. Two strawberries, one green flower, three white flowers and two branches with leaves in green as well. For instructions on how to create the Strawberries and Flowers, please check the Strawberry card from earlier this month.

 Depending on the high of your basket, you have to score all four sides in the same high. Cut out each corner of the square and fold. To create the false wood grain, I used my desert ink pad and swiped little stripes on each side. Stripes on opposite sides are going in the same directions, but the other sides are perpendicular to the first ones. Once you fold the sides up, they should all go in one direction around the basket. Place the same strips along the 1" pieces.

The easiest way to assemble this basket is to prepare the base and fold all sides up. The 1" strip is attached with a staple gun and the ends will butt up on the back of the basket. The strip is about half way on the folded box. the edges should be a little bit open like in the picture show.

Now all that is left is to decorate the front of the basket and place your little give-a-ways inside.

If you need further instructions or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. You can also purchase the whole September set from me or multiples of one item.

Have fun recreating and stay tuned for more things to come this month...

September 18, 2013

A Cake Gift

How about a cake you don't have to bake? Sounds good? Well let's see how we can make this one:

 Again, we used a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. The front was covered with a piece of design paper in the same size. The next layer is a piece of embossed cream colored cardstock, about 1/8" shorter on each side. I used a green piece of cardstock, also embossed and an oval cut out in the middle that is placed with foam dots on top of the cream one.

The cake is assembled from three pieces of design paper, each 1 1/2" high and 3 1/4", 2 1/2" and 1 3/4" long. Another strip of design paper is used as decoration of each layer. These strips are cut 1/2" thick.

I created the paper bow out of four pieces cut with the Cricut cartridge Artiste from Close To My Heart. 

 The fist cake layer is attached to the front with glue, while I used a foam dot in the middle of the layer so it holds up in the oval shape. The middle layer is places flat inside the oval, slightly above the first one. The third layer is again glued to the front with a foam dot in the middle on the bottom. 

The bow is attached on top of the last cake layer.
 A tag is stamped with your choice of sentiment and also attached with foam dots.

The cake is done and ready to be sent out.

Let me know if you like a set of Septembers Workshop cards and stay tuned for one more project of this class...

September 12, 2013

Strawberry Card

There is nothing better than fresh picked strawberries, don't you think? I love them and when I saw a similar card from Pauline, I couldn't resist to make one of my own...well and for the rest of you.

The base of the card is simple but pretty. I used a white 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base, followed by a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" piece of red cardstock and an embossed piece of 3 3/4" x 5" white cardstock. Instead of the embossed part, you could also stamp flourishes etc or leave it just plain white.

Now comes the fun part. Can you guess how these strawberries are made? Look closer... still no idea? How about if I tell you, you need two red hearts, one green flower, a three green branches with leaves, a couple of white cardstock flowers and some hemp.  

For the strawberries, you can either run the hearts through an embossing machine (dot design) or use a white pen to create the little dots.

I used two different green flowers for the stamps. I cut each one in half and adhered them with glue dots to the hearts. 

All white flowers got colored in the middle with some yellow and a couple of little green dots. You might want to bend them a little to give the flowers more natural looks.

Now all you have to do is arrange everything on your card and the strawberry surprise is done. Make sure you adhere some items with foam dots and others with glue dots. These little lifts make the whole artwork come to life.

For more information, please feel free to contact me.... Stay tuned for more workshop cards...oh and if you like to purchase a set to recreate at home, let me know. The whole set will come pre-cut, stamped etc all you need is glue, glue dots, foam dots and scissors.

September 6, 2013

Graduation Congrats

Welcome to my September Card Workshop Class. It had been a little silent here for a few week, but once in a while we all need a break. Anyway, we will start full steam ahead into fall and I hope you will join me for the ride...

I know I might be a little late for Graduation, but these cards were plan for August and I thought we still could use them.

 The finished card size is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" but you need a 4 1/4" by 9 3/4 " piece of black cardstock to create the base. For information on how to create the base, please contact me.

You will also need a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of design paper, 3 3/4"x 3" and 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" pieces of white cardstock. 
The design paper is adhered to the base of the card and the bigger piece of white cardstock is attached in the center. If you like to use this card as a money gift, attached the white piece only on the sides and the bottom. This will create a little pocket for  you to place any money gift. Make sure the money is peeking out at the top.

The tassel on the hat was created from a piece of ribbon and a brad. Finish the tassel and secure it with a brad in the center of the hat. Make sure you do this before you adhere the smaller piece of cardstock with the owl stamped on it to the inside. This way the back of the brad will not show. 

I used alcohol markers to color in the little owl. A small graduation hat was stamped, cut out and attached with a glue dot.

I stamped the ribbon with gray ink and cut it out. The congrats tag was attached to the paper ribbon.

To make sure the card hat stays closed, I placed foam dots under the ribbon, closed the card and attached the ribbon on the bottom of the card. The tag will hold the card closed. Make sure you don't adhere it to high, otherwise you will have a hard time opening the card.

Stay tuned for more cards. If you have question, like instructions or even like to purchase a set of this card, please feel free to contact me.