December 27, 2013

Workshop Christmas Party

Like every year our Card Workshop group gets together for a little Christmas Party with coffee and homemade cookies. 
Thanks to all that attend my class every month in 2013 and I am looking forward to seeing you all again in January.

Special Thanks too....

Bev, Carolyn, Debbie, Jan, 
Karen, Linda, Marsha, Nikki, 
Peg, Ruth, Sandy, Sarah 

Well, if you like to join us or have a bunch of friends that like to start their own class, please feel free to contact me. I would love to teach you too.
Even if it's only you or you are two or three, sent me an email or give me a call I would love to help.

Happy New Year
Happy New Year
Happy New Year

see you in 2014!

December 25, 2013

Frohe Weihnachten - Merry Christmas - Buon Natale - Joyeux Noel

I like to thank all of you for the support you gave me this year and for checking out my blog. Many comments have been made and wonderful ideas have been brought to my attention. It was a wonderful year. I hope we will continue these wonderful relations ships in 2014. There will be many new ideas and projects waiting for you, so stay tuned and spread the word!

Until then from our family to yours 

Frohe Weihnachten 
ein gesundes und erfolgreiches Neues Jahr 2014

or as you say it here

Merry Christmas
a Healthy and Successful New Year 2014

December 24, 2013

Gift Card Holder Last Part

Here is our final project for this year. Another 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" gift card holder.

The holder opens this time upward and a strip of cardstock and design paper dressed up with two Christmas trees is holding it together.

The little present was stamped twice and colored in. One image was enhanced with glitter glue. Now all that is left for this decoration is to cut both images out and place the glitter one with foam dots on top of the other one. Adhere the little package to the left side of the card on the front flap.

Both Christmas trees were stamped in English Ivy ink and enhanced with more gold sparkle embossing powder. One tree is glued directly to the strip that runs around the card in a vertical way. The other tree is placed with foam dots on the strip as well, offset from the first one.

 On the inside I attached a piece of white card stock with Christmas greetings. The bottom flap ( about 1") is adhered just on the sides to the card to create a pocket for the gift card.

If you need more detailed information or measurements of any of this Card Workshop Class, please feel free to contact me.

Joyeux Noel e Bonne Annee ......

December 23, 2013

Gift Card Holder Part 3

How about a little purse-anal gift card this time? This is the third one of our card holders. A cute little purse with can be given away anytime.

A strip of design paper was cut at 12" x 4" and scored three times. At 5 1/4", 6" and at 6 3/4". Fold the card strip in half showing the striped paper design. Then fold each side back so the poka-dots are on the outside and you have a little V in the middle. Use a strong corner rounder and round the two corners on the folded side, with the V still in the middle. 

Lay your folded card flat and make a mark on on side of 3" from the bottom up. Draw the line in pencil across so you can erase it later. I used two round cookie cutters about 1/4" different in size to draw half a circle above the 3" mark. Using my craft knife, I cut the inner circle and with my scissors I cut around the out one including the little straight parts on each side along the 3" line.

 Now you are able the remove the paper part around the top circle. I folded the inner part over so the striped paper was showing on top of the doted paper. A little bit of clear and red glitter glue along a few of those strips makes the card more festive. I places a piece of white and red cardstock on each purse side on the inside. Before I adhered the red piece I glued a piece of ribbon on the back so I could use the strips sticking out to tie the gift card to the purse. A personal note on the white side and a little tag on the front and this little purse it done.

To keep it standing up and not opening, tie both handles together with a piece of ribbon.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo .......

Gift Card Holder Part 2

Santa sends his best wishes and see what's tucked away inside:

 Again, this card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and is hold together by Santa's belt.
A white piece of cardstock is trimmed with a scalloped edge and little black circles are placed as buttons along the white strip. Adhere the strip down the middle of the card base.
The belt was created with a strip of black cardstock, a piece of silver glitter cardstock and another piece of black cardstock. Fit the black strip around the card so it slights of easy and adhere both ends in the front together. They should overlap a little bit. Place the silver piece over the seam of the strip and adhere. Finally glue the little black cardstock piece on top of the silver one. Make sure it is in line with the strip, which will give you the illusion of a real belt buckle.  

A strip of red cardstock is scored and folded so a little peak is folded upward in the middle of the card. Carefully place adhesive around the bottom and side part of the inside of this peak and glue it shut. Cut an opening as wide as your gift card into the middle fold. Now you can easily slip in your gift card.

Your gift card will poke out in the middle once the card is opened. Place a little white piece of cardstock at the back of this card to leave a personal note.
Wrap the belt around the card and Santa's greetings are ready to give away....

Frohe Weihnachten ....

December 22, 2013

Gift Card Holder Part 1

I am a little late with writing my blog and showing you the last projects of our Card Class this month. Well, but I guess still in time for Christmas.

How often did you buy a gift card in the store and all you get is a small envelope to put it in? Not very personal or? Here are some Gift Card packages we made this month and I think they are so much better than just an envelope:

First we start out with our Doily/ Snowflake bundle of joy. The folder measures a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" . Both ends fold over to create a little pocket. A strip of sky colored cardstock paper and some design paper strips hold the card closed. You simply slide the strip off to the side and the card will open.  

 The beautiful doily/ snowflake was created with the "Classy Doily" (B1424) stamp set from Close To My Heart. I cut the base shape out with the Cricut and stamped the doily once in sky blue on it. Little blue glitter glue made it even more sparkly. I then stamped the same image two more times in silver. I cut the first one out right around the star design and the second one around the middle part. Both layers are attached with foam dots to the base. Now all that is left is to attache the snowflake doily to the strip.

 When you open the card, you will see your Christmas Greeting and a pocket for the gift card. 

Slight your gift card in on the bottom, leave your personal note and slight the strip around the closed card.

Merry Christmas...

November 30, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Here is my final Christmas card form this months card class. In traditional colors and with lots of should see my basement :-) 

This card started with a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" colonial white base. I used a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" desert sand cardstock from Close To My Heart. This piece was embossed and enhanced with gold ink on the embossing images.

A piece of red and green design paper was used to create the middle part of this card. The red piece measures about 3" x 2 1/2" while the green one is 3" x 1 3/4".
I adhered the red and green paper onto the embossed piece. I used a golden ribbon to create a little bow on the right side. The bow was attached with glue dots to the right and the rest of the ribbon was adhered with glue dots over the seam of the green and red paper. The leftover ribbon is adhered on the back of the embossed cardstock. Now you can glue the whole piece in the center of your card base. This way the ribbon will be secured behind the embossed layer. 
Whenever I adhere embossed paper pieces I make sure to use a good amount of adhesive so the layers will hold together.

The oval colonial white cardstock was cut out with the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge. The phrase comes in a straight line, but the beauty of these clear stamps is that you can bend them nicely in any other shape as well. So I bend it in a have oval and stamped it on the bottom of my cardstock piece. Now I could place the little house stamp right above it...

I colored the house in a little bit by using color pencils. Two pine trees were stamped on an extra piece of colonial white cardstock and cut out with scissors. 

I used a glue pen on the house image and the two pine trees on those areas where I wanted the extra fine glitter to be. Once the glue was a bit dry I sprinkled the fine glitter all over the images. Make sure to tap off all the extra glitter before you go on with the assembling.

The oval image was placed with foam dots in the middle of the card. For the one pine tree I used two foam dots top and bottom to place it on the left side of the oval, overlapping the house image just a bit. The second pine tree only got one foam dot on the bottom and a glue dot on the top. This one is places a bit offset underneath the other one. 

This card is also available for purchase...Let me know if you are interested.

Stay tuned for gift card holders and so much more in December...

November 26, 2013

Santa Claus is coming

This is card is just a fun card to make. Our No.3 of this months card class is the perfect card to stand on your mantle, to place a gift card in or just send some join for Christmas. 

For this layout you would need a piece of 5 1/2" x 12" cardstock . I used the slate cardstock color from Close To My Heart for this one. The doted and striped design paper is from the "Sparkle & Shine" paper pack. All stamped images are from the "Santa Claus" (C1567) stamp set which you can find in the Holiday Guide from Close To My Heart. 

Once you open the card it looks like this....

If you like to know how to score and cut the base for this card, please contact me. It is a little bit difficult to explain here on the blog.

The paper elements you need for the card are cut in the following sizes:

- (2x) Doted paper 5 1/2" x 2 1/8"
- (2x) Red cardstock 2" x 2 1/8"
- (1x) Red cardstock 3 1/2" x 2 1/8"
- (4x) Striped paper 1 1/8" x 2"
- (2x) Striped paper 1 1/8" x 3 1/2"

Adhere all paper as shown on the picture above. Make sure that the space around the papers are evenly. The two front and back papers are slightly overlapping each other. A piece of the border that comes with the paper was placed on the front.

A tag design from the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge was used to cut out a piece of white cardstock and a slightly bigger piece of matching red cardstock. Santa was stamped on the white cardstock and embellished with a glitter pen. Both pieces are centered and adhered to each other. The Santa Claus tag is placed with foam dots in the middle of the front.

Another tag was cut out from the same cartridge and stamped with a Christmas phrase in ruby ink. A few rhinestones were added and this Santa Claus card is done.

This card is available for purchase either to assemble at home or already done for you. Let me know if you are interested in a set.... stay tuned for one more card this month..

I hope all of you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

November 23, 2013

Christmas Ornament Card

This is the second card of my November Card Class. For this card I used a white cardstock base of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

 I stamped the "Merry Christmas" in the lower right corner in black ink. A red rhinestone was placed on top of the "i" to give it a little sparkle.
I adhered a piece of 4" square red design paper and a 3 3/4" square black cardstock piece in the top center of the card base. Make sure that the white shown form the card base is evenly spaced.

The three ornaments were cut out with the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge. I run the grey and red cardstock ornaments through an embossing machine to give them a little bit more dimension. I used silver ink to bring out the embossing. The middle ornament was cut out from the Close To My Heart "Sparkle & Shine" paper. It needed a little sparkle for this card so I used red and silver glitter glue on every other stripe of the paper. Make sure you let the glitter glue dry completely. I always like to be on the safe side, so my glitter glue items will dry over night.

I first glued both cardstock ornaments to the black piece. Each one towards the side and top. The striped ornament is placed with foam dots over the other two, partially covering them. A bow made from a silver ribbon is adhered with a glue dot underneath the striped ornament. A little snow pearl is placed at the top of the middle ornament and your Christmas Card is done.

Do you like to create these cards at home or do you like a set pre-done? Contact me for more information... and stay tuned for more cards...   

November 20, 2013

Christmas Card of Love, Peace and Happiness

I don't know why, but this year it seems like all scrapbook companies are more into the modern paper choice. I do love the traditional Christmas colors of red, green and gold and so I had to get a bit creative. Luckily I found some papers of past Christmases ... good we scrapers keep stacks of papers on hand :-)

The card is made in a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" format. I used colonial white as my base. A piece of 4"x 4" design paper, a piece of 1" x 4" red cardstock and a 2"x 4" green cardstock was used assemble the base. I used a scallop punch on the red paper and gold ink for the stamped image on the green paper. I started to adhere the green paper first, then the red and the design paper at the end. Make sure to space the papers out so you will have an even frame around the papers.

The sentiment was stamped on colonial white cardstock that was matted with a piece of desert sand cardstock. Desert sand cardstock from Close To My Heart is awesome. This color works with almost every other color and it is the closest cardstock to a gold color. I used gold ink to edge around the square. The sentiment piece was added with foam dots to the base.

Last but not least, I stamped the pine swag on colonial white paper and colored it in with pencils. I cut it out with scissors and adhered it directly to the sentiment.  I used watercolor pencils and therefor stamped the image with StazOn ink otherwise I wouldn't be able to use the water with the pencils.

If you like a set of this months Christmas Card Class, please contact me and stay tuned for more cards to come...

November 17, 2013

Girlfriend Birthday Wishes

Sometimes we need a funny Birthday Card for someone special...I love these girlfriend stamps. So here we go...

I started with a piece of red cardstock and stamped the background chevron design on it in a corresponding color. To give the card a little bling, I used a glitter pen to underline a couple of strips.

A small 1" circle punch was used to punch out five openings in the cardstock. I stamped my phrase onto pieces of colonial white cardstock and adhered them in between the punch holes.

Next I stamped my girlfriends a couple of times and picked 5 faces for this card. With the same punch I cut them out and colored them in with alcohol markers. 
I places the red cardstock piece on top of my card base and marked each hole carefully with a pencil. I adhere the girlfriend heads on the markings, making sure that they would face each other. The top layer of red cardstock was placed with foam dots on top of the card and faces.

For the inside I stamped one complete image of the ladies and a matching phrase. I matted each one on another piece of red cardstock and colored the ladies with alcohol markers.    

November 12, 2013

A Round Pumpkin Card

Here is our last Autumn card for the October Card Class II, a round pumpkin card.

It's not always easy to find the right round card for your project, but I found an easy way to make your own. First I determined that I wanted to make a 4" card that would fit easily in a regular envelope for a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" card, including all the extras (leaves, bow, etc).

I cut out a 4" circle from sunset cardstock (Close To My Heart) with my Cricut. I ran the circle through my Cuttlebug with a wood grain design. I edged around the circle with sunset ink to make it look more dimensional. Now comes the tricky part:

First I took a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" card base (landscape format) and adhered the sunset circle in the middle of the card front, down to the bottom. The fold of the card (long side) is on the top. Now I marked on the top of the card, in the middle of the circle two lines about 2" apart form each other. I cut along the tow lines and around the rest of the circle. You end up with a round card and a "hinge" on the top of 2". (See picture of the back of the card).

Don't worry about the hinge itself, because we will cover this up later with leafs and bows.

 I stamped two big leafs in olive and chocolate brown, cut them out and adhered them to the top of the circle above the hing. This way I was able to cover the white hinge. Make sure the leafs stick out a big over the hings to make it look more natural.

I created a bow from bast and brown craft paper. A big glue dot holds it in place.
Two little tags wishing a Happy Thanksgiving and the round pumpkin card is done.

If you need help creating this card, have any other questions or if you like to purchase a set of these cards, please fell free to contact me.

Stay tuned for more cards, pages and other ideas to come or come and see me on Nov 16th at the Craft Show of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Snows in Milford form 9am until 3pm.