Fancy Paper Crafters

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quilling for Christmas!

Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I have a few quilled cards to share with you today. I had the pleasure of teaching another class at my local AC Moore store and these were the cards I showed them today. I can't share the specific details of how these were made as there was a fee for the class (and that wouldn't be fair to those who paid for it). I can give you some tips though when trying to make these at home :).
For this one, the best piece of advice I have for you is to design your flowers first before glueing the pieces down. This will ensure that the flowers lay down how you want them to rather than be "stuck" and then out of shape (thus causing you to hate your project).

For this one, be patient and practice, practice, practice! To get the bells "even", try various sizes of paper and pick your favorite size. Make notes as to what sizes your using as you go along so that when you find "the perfect fit", you'll know exactly what size you were working with.

While doing this one, you find you have more space in the center than 4 tight yellow circles will cover, simply make more yellow tight yellow circles! Keeping an even number will help with the uniformity of the project.

I hope you've enjoyed these projects today. If you're ever interested in a quilling class, keep your eye on the class calendar for AC Moore as I teach one about every 3 months. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Black, White and Red Frenzy

Hello again!! Back at ya today with yet another black, white and red project. I've been on this color combo kick for a while now (in case you haven't noticed lol). This is an older project that I just found in my picture archives and realized that I never shared it :).
This was a really simple card to make. All of the cardstock is smooth cardstock from Stampin' Up. The bling is by Bazzill. The flowers came plain white (by Prima) and I simply stamped over them with a script stamp using red ink (the picture makes them look off white but they're really white). There's also some twine stuck in the back of the flower to give it a little umph. The white cardstock was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. On the black cardstock, I used a Fiskars border punch.
Put it all together and the card is done! Easy peasy right?! Just a quick project for ya - thanks for stopping by! Do something crafty today :).

Monday, August 12, 2013

Christmas in July

Hello again! Yes, I realize it's no longer July :) .... I still wanted to share this card that I made for the Christmas in July Card Swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. I can't wait for Christmas!! I think it's wintertime that I'm ultimately longing for lol. The years that I'm actually put together enough to send out Christmas cards, I send out handmade cards. Some of my friends suggested we start our cards early this year and I jumped at the chance.
I found the triple layer stamping technique on Split Coast Stampers and knew I had to try it out! Once I had my idea, I needed some design inspiration. What better place to turn than Pinterest (can you tell I'm addicted)?!
I have been on a kick lately of using black, red and white. However, I knew I didn't want to use black on this Christmas Card but liked the idea of sticking with the red and white. I found this gorgeous card on the PartiCraft blog (from Pinterest). She didn't provide directions but since I found a simliar technique on SCS, I thought I'd be okay.
So, here's what I came up with:
It was actually not to difficult to make, just a lot of little steps. The cardstock is by Stampin Up!. The little pearls are by K & Company. The snowflake stamp is by Hero Arts. The ornament itself is one of the heirloom ornaments by Spellbinders. The embossing folder was also by Stampin Up! I tried using a simliar embossing folder by Darice but found that it did not work well on thick heavy weight cardstock at all. It actually tore the paper when embossed - if you have any suggestions, feel free to share :).
The technique itself was done by lightly adhering the 3 layers of paper together (you could certainly use more if you wanted) and then stamping directly on the layers. I also embossed the snowflakes to make them pop more. I used pop up dots between the layers to give it some dimension. When doing a a multi-layered card like this, I've found that it works best for me to approach in an assembly line fashion (I had to make 8 of these for the swap). I get all the parts ready before assembling which makes it much easier to put it all together.
Thanks for stopping by today!! Until next time, happy crafting!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Diaper Wreaths

Hey y'all! So I have 3 coworkers that are having babies. Of course, I had to figure out something handmade to make! Someone else was already doing a diaper cake so I knew I had to go a different route. So, off to Pinterest I went!
I searched for general "diaper" projects and came across several ideas for diaper wreaths and decided to give it a try. It was much easier than I thought it would have been and was able to get all three done in just one evening.
The supplies were pretty minimal: a wire wreath form for the base, diapers (how many depends on your wreath size and diaper size), ribbon to match the color scheme you're going for and decorations/embellishments.
I used an 18" wire wreath form. If I choose to do this project again, I'll use something smaller, probably a 13" wreath. I think it would look better. Also, I might try using a straw wreath form to allow the diapers to be fuller and not quite as flat around the wreath.
Once you have that worked out, you'll want to choose the type of diapers to use. For these wreaths, I used size 2 diapers by Luvs. Since we don't have children, I had no idea diapers came in such a wide variety! I asked a friend, and she suggested Luvs. Standing in the diaper aisle at Target, I went through all the brands seeing what the pictures looked like on the diaper. I'm sure the Target employee thought I was crazy LOL. I was trying to get "boy" themed diapers and "girl" themed diapers. Well, price wise, it was going to cost a good bit more to do this so I opted to stick with one brand. In case you didn't know, the Luvs brand come with a purple design with a monkey on the front so it worked great for either gender.
Now to figure out what you want to use to "connect" the diapers to your wreaths. I opted for ribbon. You can also choose twine, jute or any other type of string to tie the diapers to the wreath. I tried to coordinate my ribbon with the themes the ladies were using in their babies room. I chose to use two different ribbons and alternated as I went around the wreath. I'm horrible at tying bows so I went with a very simple knot and clipped the ends of the ribbon on a slant. The trick is to get your knot tied as close as possible to the wreath and tight enough where the diaper doesn't slide around (but not too tight as you'll damage the wreath and won't be able to see the monkey on the diaper). For this size wreath, I used 26 diapers on each wreath. This easily covered up all the wire wreath form. You could use more if you wanted them more tightly packed on there.
Next up, you'll need to decide what type of embellishments or decorations you want to use on your wreath. Since the diapers I chose already had a design, I didnt want to over do it and make the wreath look like a baby store threw up all over it ;). I found a 5 pack of onesies while at Target and rolled them up and attached them using a sheer ribbon (make sure you tie them tight or they'll slip off easily). Other items you could use would be light weight toys, mini bottles, wash cloths or burp cloths. Whatever you choose, just make sure they're light enough to be held on with ribbon. I also chose to add the babies initials to the wreaths. I found simple white letters at my local craft store and just added a bit of ribbon, bling and buttons. I would have painted it but didn't have an appropriate paint for them (I tried acrylic and it rubbed right off (sanding them didn't work either and I was pressed for time so I just left them white)). They blend in on the wreath but the intention is for the parents to take the wreath apart and use the diapers, onesies and keep the the initials if they'd like.
I think that about sums up how I did these wreaths. So, without further ado, here are the 2 boy wreaths and 1 girl wreath.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed seeing these cute wreaths :). If you have any questions at all, just ask!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Butterfly Love

Hey y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Tomorrow is hump day! (are you say "hump day" like they say in the commercial? LOL). I have a quick project to share with you today. I made these for an acetate swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. They were really quite simple! I don't have all the paper details as I used stuff from my stash (it was basic cardstock and I have no idea about the designer paper - sorry!).
I'm in love with these butterflies!!

I think it's the sparkly nature that has me dazzled lol. To make these pretties, I took a piece of Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs and embossed it with my Cuttlebug folder. I used my new Stampin Up! butterfly punch and punched out a bunch of these. The layers of paper on the front and inside were made using Spellbinders (those things are so convenient!). As much as I love my Cricut, sometimes I don't feel like dragging it out just to cut out some squares. The stamped image on front was also by Stampin Up! and had a coordinating stamp set (also another very convenient thing to have!).

Pretty easy project today. The finished card measured 3x3 which is the perfect little card to give along with a gift card (or to hang from a gift bag). Thanks for stopping by my little crafting world! Until next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fancy Folding!

Hello again! I have a fun project to share with you today. This card was for a swap at Fancy Paper Crafters and the theme was "fancy folded cards". I scrap lifted the idea from this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I just love the tutorials they have over there! However, for mine, I wanted it to fit in a standard size envelope as I didn't feel like making my own. So, I altered the tutorial to make my finished card the standard A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). This card is called a Center Step Card since it has a small step in the center. So, without further ado, here's what I came up with:

Want to know how I did it? It is really quite simple if you just take your time and get everything planned out. Here's a list of the product I used:
- Bazzill Cardstock: Juicy Pear
- Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz
- Generic Brown Cardstock
- Generic White Cardstock
- American Crafts Designer Paper: Amplified-Rock Opera
- Stampin Up Ink: Melon Mambo
Stampin Up Markers: Melon Mambo & Chocolate Chip
- Stampin Up Bitty Butterfly Punch
- Stampin Up Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set
Here's the skinny on how I put this card together. Start off by cutting down your card base to the size of 4 1/4" x 11" (I took one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper and just cut it in half). Once you have that cut, use your trimmer to cut a slit on each side, 1" in on each side from the 1" mark to the 6 1/2" mark. Here's what that looks like:

Next step, you want to put your score lines in your paper where your card folds. This is especially important if you're using "good" paper like Bazzill or Coredination as without score marks, your paper could tear when it is creased. Score on both the left and right sides of the center piece at 1", 2" and 6 1/2". You will also score at 5 1/2" but only on the center piece. This score line will create the "step" in your card. Here's what that looks like (hope you can see the score lines well enough):

Next, crease all of your scored lines. This step should not be skipped as this will really help keep your card upright and not falling open. The 1" score line is a mountain, the 2" score line is a valley, the 5 1/2" score line is a mountain and the 6 1/2" score line is also a mountain. Here's what your card should look like at this point:
Now, it's just a matter of layering all of your pieces on your card front and inside. Here's all my pieces laid out that I used (sorry for the blurry picture - I was trying to dodge the light reflection and didn't realize the picture was blurry):
On the inside of the card, I layered a piece of designer paper (cut 4 1/8" x 4 3/8"), a piece of brown cardstock (cut 4" x 4 1/4") and a piece of white cardstock (cut 3 7/8" x 4 1/8"). I'm big into layering so feel free to skip out on all the different layers if you don't like it. On the white, I took my sponge and inked around the edges with Melon Mambo. The little butterflies were punched out with my Butterfly punch and then embossed with a dotted Cuttlebug embossing folder. Here's what the completed inside looks like:

Now for the measurements for the top layers on the card. The pieces on the left and right are layered with pink cardstock (cut 7/8" x 4 3/8") and designer paper (cut 3/4" x 4 1/4"). The bottom piece is layered with pink cardstock (cut 4 1/8" x 7/8") and designer paper (cut 4" x 3/4"). I used a piece of sheer pink ribbon about 8" long. I did try a bow but I can never get those made to look right and opted for the knot :). The center pieces are layered with designer paper (cut 2 1/8" x 4 3/8"), pink cardstock (cut 2" x 4 1/4") and white cardstock (cut 1 7/8" x 4 1/8"). I sponged ink on the edges of this white cardstock as well.
I searched through my stamps until I found this perfect stamp set (Serene Silhouettes by Stampin Up). This little guy fit perfectly on this cardstock! I tried a different technique that one of my friends, Mary Anne Magliaro, taught at one of her fabulous Stampin Up classes. I took my Stampin Up markers (Melon Mambo and Chocolate Chip) and actually colored my stamp two get the two different colors in one stamp. This was so easy and came out really nice! Just be sure to "huff" on your stamp after you have the whole thing colored to make the "ink" wet again before you stamp.
Well, that's it folks! Not too hard, just takes some pre-planning and cutting a bunch of cardstock (I had to make 7 of these!). Thanks for stopping by today! Have a craftastic day!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

No More Bare Frames!

I had the pleasure of doing a demonstration today at AC Moore working with Vinyl Transfers and Wooden Frames. To do this project, here's what you'll need:

- Wooden Frame
- Vinyl Transfers of your choosing
- Acrylic Paint of your choosing
- Paint Brush
- Something for you to put paint on (like a paper plate or plastic tray)
- Popsicle Stick, Bone Folder or other item to rub your vinyl on your project
- Scissor or Xacto Knife for trimming

I forgot to take pictures of the roll before I used it but will do my best to describe it. The vinyl transfer sheets come on a roll about 12" x 18". The Nicole Crafts vinyl comes with the vinyl pattern and the transfer sheet all in one package (made it super easy to use!!). Here's what the frames look with nothing done to them:

The frames come with "thingies" (yes, that is what they're called when I don't know the official name lol) on the back where you can hang them up on the wall with ease. After you unwrap the frames, just go over the whole thing with your hand to wipe off any tiny wood pieces that may be hanging around. For both of these, I started by applying two coats of the acrylic paint. You need to let the paint dry about 30 minutes to an hour between coats. Once the paint is completely dry, now it's time for fun with vinyl! 
Take the vinyl sheet off of the roll. Peel the transfer paper that has the vinyl attached off of the backing paper (save this paper as you can reuse it for the pieces of vinyl you don't use). Apply the vinyl to your project. Be careful that you get all the vinyl securely adhered to your project (check all the edges too!). Any pieces hanging over in the middle and the edges are just trimmed away.
For the yellow frame, once you have the vinyl down, trim around the edges and you're good to go. I found that it was easiest to use an xacto knife to go around the edges of the frames where the vinyl hung over and just trim it off. I did try scissors as well but found it cumbersome to deal with the transfer paper and scissors at the same time.

For the teal/black frame, once I had the first two coats of teal painted, I applied the vinyl to the frame. When taking off the transfer paper, be sure the vinyl sticks snuggly around the edges! This is a very important step so don't skip it. I then painted over the top with two coats of black. Once the black was dry, I simply peeled off the vinyl pieces leaving the really cool pattern in teal!

Well, that's it for today! Hope you enjoyed this little project. These make really great gifts and are so easy to customize to your liking!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Crafting for Moms

Hello again! I wanted to share with you a special project I did for a demo at AC Moore recently. The demo was showcasing the Gallery Glass paints by Plaid Online. This was definitely outside of my comfort zone as I have had no experience with this product. Fortunately, I was given great directions by the corporate office so I had very little trouble putting this together :).
I started out with a template underneath a blank Leading Page. You can snag templates off of the internet as virtually any image can be traced. I simply traced the template with the Leading Paint and ended up with this. If you have trouble keeping the bottle squeezed while you trace, try using both hands (this also helps if you're shaky):

Move it out of the way so that it doesn't get touched while drying. Once that dried (give it at least 24 hours), I took my other paint colors and filled in each section.

It's important to make sure the paint touches the edges of the leading paint. If it doesn't touch, when you peel it off of the leading blank, the piece will not come off in one section. Also, you need to eliminate any air bubbles that come out of the bottle of paint (try using a tooth pick or pin to pop the bubbles). The more often you release the pressure on the bottle, the more often you're going to have bubbles.
You also want a decent layer of paint so that you will not have splotches when it dries. The thicker you lay the paint on, the longer it needs to dry (I did learn a lesson on this tip as I failed to let it dry long enough and I had bits of paint stay stuck to the leading blank but I was crunched for time and wasn't able to continue to wait for it). Seriously, let this thing sit and dry for at least 48 hours. Once it is all the way dry, it peels off the leading blank relatively easily (slow and steady wins the race!). After you peel it off, stick it to whatever project you have! This is how my block turned out:

There are countless things you could fill this with as it has a wide opening at the top - lights, flowers, sand, marbles, easter grass and so much more! This would be such a cute project for kids to do and I bet Mom would really enjoy having a handmade gift this year! I know my mom likes my stuff :).
Hope you've enjoyed this little demo. Happy crafting everyone and a big Happy Mother's Day to all those special mom's out there (most certainly mine!)!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Animal Card Cuteness

Hello! Want to see something super cute? Well, you've stopped at the right blog today. This little card was made for a swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. The theme was "Animal Cards" and when I ran across this cute little stamp, I knew I had to use it!

Here's what ya need to complete this card (it's really quite simple):

- Cardstock (my patterned paper was from Basic Grey)
- Embossing Folder (I used a daisy one from Darice)
- Stamped Image (I believe this little guy was by Stampendous)
- Copic Markers (love!!)
- Embellishments (ribbon and bling on a roll)
Once you have all your supplies gathered, it's really just a matter of putting everything together. I used my Copic Markers to color in my image (no shading really due to the small stamp). One little trick I do for my layers is to measure everything. So, if my card base is measured 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (it's the standard A2 card size), then I cut my first layer on my card an 1/8 of an inch smaller and then my second layer another 1/8 of an inch smaller. As long as my cuts are straight, my card layers are nice and straight! I did the same thing with the matting for stamped image (I'm a numbers person so measuring works well for me - I'm not fortunate enough to be able to "eyeball" things).
Well, that's it for today! Thanks for stopping by :). Have a crafty day!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quilling Madness

Howdy folks! Back at ya today with some of my recent quilled cards. These are also inspired by things I found online ( I am thrilled that this art has come back around. I started many years ago and tucked everything away and went a different direction. About two years ago, it made a reappearance so I pulled everything back out and started working on it again. So, here's what I've come up with recently (these were made for another class at AC Moore):

My crafty friends will tell you that I've been on a black/white/red kick lately. I think it's going on 6 months now and I don't really see an end in site lol. The one on the bottom was a new technique for me (I think it's called husking but am not certain). Admittedly, it was much harder to get the feel of than regular quilling. I probably tried 5 or 6 different sizes and techniques before it finally clicked and I got it. Thanks for stopping by my little crafty world today. I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Taggin' It!

Hello again my friends! I don't know what has gotten in to me! For those of you that know me, know I have a thing about getting messy. This is one of the reasons I will very rarely ever use glitter or "alter" anything. I just can't do it! Well, I got this hair brained idea that I should teach a Tim Holtz inspired tag class at my local AC Moore store (5/11/13 @ 1:00). I seriously have no idea what came over me when those words came out of my mouth LOL!
So, as I sat in my craft room trying to come up with ideas, I am not ashamed to admit that I had a little bit of anxiety ;). Like any wise crafter would do now a days, I turned to pinterest to see if I could find any good ideas. I started my own "tag" board if you're at all interested in what I found: Without further ado, I'm pleased to share with you my very first Tim Holtz inspired tags (please be kind lol).



Unfortunately, I can't share with you how I did all of these as that wouldn't be fair to those folks paying for this class. I am very excited to be teaching this class though and surprisingly made it calmly through getting my fingers all inked up!
Until next time ... happy crafting folks!

Monday, April 1, 2013

April 2013 Sketch Blog Challenge

Howdy folks! I hope you all had a very Happy Easter! Do you have a favorite Easter tradition? Growing up, the Easter Bunny always visited our house and gave us a small basket of goodies. My parents had a tradition of building small nests in the yard (out of grass) and putting a few plastic Easter eggs in the nest. The Easter Bunny would fill them up with goodies (or money!) every year. Building those nests in the yard will be a tradition that we will pass down to our kids for sure. Isn't funny how you remember the little things like that?
Anyway, I'm back at ya today with a little card I created for Shannon White's sketch blog challenge for this month. Show her some blogging love and visit her site here: She's had some really great sketches for us to play with and I've really enjoyed challenging myself to follow them. She allows us to vary from the sketch but I'm more of a "rule follower" and like to stick with what I'm given LOL - anyone else like that? Here's her sketch for this month:
I really wish my craft room was in better order so I could have done this as a scrapbook layout. This sketch would have made a really neat scrapbook page but I can't find half my stuff in the black hole that is my room. One day I'll actually get everything cleaned and organized and be able to get back to scrapping again. Anyway, I went with making a card this month. Here's what I came up with:

The details are pretty basic with this little card. The cardstock (red and pink) are both by Coredination. The patterned paper came from a paper stack by Basic Gray called True Love. I love anything Basic Gray!! The paper flowers and button are from my stash and I have no idea the brand names lol. The stamped images are by Fiskars and are part of the Floral Flair stamp set. I used Stampin Up! ink (Blushing Bride and Old Olive). Pretty simple right?!
This card was made for the grandmother of a very dear friend of mine. We call her "Nanny" and she always welcomed me into her home! She is a very special lady and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, the doctors are optimistic with her treatment and I hope this brightens her day just a little.
Thanks for stopping by my little crafty world today. Until next time ... do something crafty!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Hello folks! Easter wouldn't be complete without a little craftiness :). My mom needed a new wreath for her door to celebrate Easter/Spring. Since Deco Mesh has become so wildly popular, I suggested we make one using springy colors. So, to come up with an idea, I naturally turned to Pinterest (don't ya just LOVE Pinterest?!). I found this fabulous blog post on how to make a Curly/Spiral Deco Mesh Wreath. This is what we came up with:

Isn't it pretty?! She picked out 5 different colors to use in her wreath. Head on over to the blog link above for specific directions on how to make it. The only thing we changed was that we used a grapevine wreath instead of the wire form (we couldn't find the wire form in stock). It didn't take very long to make at all. It turns out to be about 3 feet all around so it's a pretty big wreath but looks great on your front door. And, since it's made out of mesh, it'll last several years!
Well, that's it for today's little project. Thanks for stopping by and have a happy easter!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Fun with Rinchies!

Hey y'all! Bringing you a little project today that I worked on at PMS Night (stands for Pizza, Munchies, Stamping/Scrapping) about a week ago. These little rinchies (which are round inchies) were made for the March swaps over at the Fancy Paper Crafters online craft group. If you've never participated in swaps before, check out the group as we do monthly swaps and have some really great gals participating. Anyway, here are my rinchies for this swap this month:

For this project, all supplies came from Stampin Up!. If you need a rep, contact Mary Anne Magliaro ( She is one awesome lady and has shared many fabulous projects with us. These stamps and punches are one of my newest purchases. I was hesitant at first due to their tiny size but they really worked out fabulous for this project. I had to make 9 sets of these little boogers which took FOREVER! I wanted to make two that were more feminine and two more masculine. I think they really turned out neat :).
The process of putting these together was really quite simple. I punched out all my circle layers (used a 1 inch circle punch, a 7/8 inch scalloped punch and then a 3/4 inch circle punch). I stamped (using the Lovely Little Labels set). This set has a coordinating set of punches called Little Labels Punch Pack. For the ink, I believe I used Melon Mambo and Early Espresso. I took a small sponge and inked around the edges of a couple of the little punches. That's about it for this little project. I'm excited to see what everyone else came up with. I really enjoy making inchies/rinchies. These little guys are perfect to use in making a quick card or just a little something to embellish a scrapbook page.
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time ... happy crafting!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mission Organization: Tool Bag

Hello again!! Thanks for stopping by my little crafty world :). I bring you my first post in what is going to be a series of posts about organizing my craft room. It is honestly a disaster zone and I have no idea how long this is going to take me. At the same time, I will be moving to a bigger room that I will be outfitting with some nifty storage solutions. Stay tuned for more on the progress of that project ...
So, today's post is about my tool bag. Unfortunately, I got the notion to blog about this AFTER I had already emptied out my whole bag. So, here's my tool bag empty (it has been loved for many years so it looks a little beat up lol). It has a little drawer on the bottom that you can't see from this view.
So this bag doesn't really look all that big but boy does it hold a TON of stuff!! Believe it or not, everything showing in this picture was in this one bag!!
I found stuff that I hadn't used/seen in years so it was kind of like Christmas morning LOL (I know I'm not the only crafter this happens to!). So, the way I tackled this mess was to sort things into three piles ... 1 pile of the things I use frequently, 1 pile of things I use on occasion and finally a pile of the remaining items. The frequently used items went back in the first. I kept things grouped together (all adhesive on the same side, ink pads together, scissors together, etc. I went through the other two piles and pulled out the things that I thought I would really use on a regular basis (at this point, you really have to be honest with yourself and realize that you really don't need it all LOL). Everything that didn't "make the cut" went into a tool bin in my craft room.
This is what the new and improved bag looks like. It's so much easier to find things and it weighs soooo much less!
Now let's see how long I keep this neat and tidy LOL .... Until next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wonderful Waterfall Cards

Hello again! Welcome back to my little piece of crafty goodness. Today I'm sharing with you a waterfall card that I made for the January swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters. This is one of the projects I completed at the Polar Express Retreat in January sponsored by Creative Memories. The swaps for this month had to have some type of "action" to them (like a moving part or pop up). When I started searching for ideas, I ran across one of these that I did several years ago and thought it'd be perfect for this project.
I started out with the following supplies (measurements are in inches):
- Red Cardbase - Cut 4 1/4 x 11 (scored at 5 1/2)
- Vanilla Cardstock - Cut 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 (this is the first layer on the card)
- Designer Paper - Cut 4 x 5 1/4 (this is the second layer on the card)
- Red Cardstock for Moving Strip - Cut 2 x 8 1/2 (scored at 1 3/4, 2 3/4, and 3 3/4)
- Vanilla Cardstock to go on the Moving Strip to write your message - Cut 4 5/8 x 1 7/8
- Small Scrap to use as your Pull Tab
- Pink Cardstock for Small Squares Base - Cut 2 x 2
- Vanilla Cardstock for Stamped Images - Cut 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
- Small Red Cardstock for Front Strip - Cut 4 1/4 x 1 (you might need to cut this one taller depending upon the border punch you're using)
- Designer Paper for Front Strip - Cut 4 1/4 x 1/2
- Stamps (Mine were from Stampin' Up!)
- Ink (Also from Stampin' Up!)
- Brads (2 small and one large)
Now that you have all the supplies assembled, you're ready to start working on piecing everything together. I started with my stamped images. I had to make sure the images I selected actually fit properly on these little squares (I never knew how many Valentine's stamps I had until I had to find the "perfect sized" ones for this project LOL). I inked around the edges of these little guys to give them a little pop of color and then matted them onto the pink cardstock. Once I had those done, I started with the card top. I layered the Designer Cardstock on top of the Vanilla Cardstock. Then, I anchored the strip to the lower portion of the cardtop using the small brads (just make sure you leave enough room in the center between your brads for your moving strip). Once I had that in place, I took the long strip of red cardstock and put adhesive on the end of it (the end that was scored at 1 3/4). This end adheres to the small strip you just anchored to the cardtop. This is what it should look like at this point:
Next, place adhesive on the top of each of the small squares and adhere them to the moving strip. Then, you'll adhere the little vanilla piece on the base of the moving strip to allow yourself a little spot to write a message. You can see it peeking out of the bottom here:

At this point, you can go ahead and add your little pull tab as well as your large brad. Just make sure that everything moves properly and doesn't get caught on the anchoring strip (the strip with the boarder punch). You're pretty much finished at this point. Here's how it looks from the side when you pull on the tab of the card (kinda neat huh?):
I ended up making 7 of these total. I probably wouldn't choose such an in depth card next time as it took quite a bit of time. I'm really happy though with how the final card turned out. Whatcha think?
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time ... have a super crafty day!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Another Little Thank You Note

Howdy y'all! Back at ya today with one of my recent crafty projects. I made this card for the February swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters.

As much as I would like to say this was my own original idea, this time around, I found this on Pinterest. The original link it tied back to was bad but I did end up finding it on It's A Stamp Thing blog. I love "lifting" ideas from other crafters, especially when I'm in a slump and can't seem to come up with anything I'm happy with. One important thing when lifting someone's idea is to always give them credit! It may be a common knowledge idea but it's always best to link back to where you found it :).

Now, let me hop off my soapbox and get to telling you about this card! It's really quite simple. The cardstock was from AC Moore and came in a value pack of black and white. Since, black, white and red is one of my favorite color combinations, I knew I had to have the value pack. The background was done using a cuttlebug embossing folder (I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it lol). The stamps are by Stampin' Up! and is part of the Just Believe set. The patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye and is part of the Meadowlark paper line. I also used ink by Stampin Up! (I think Classic Black and Real Red). The little flowers were punched out using one of the new mini punches by Stampin' Up! The pearls are by Recollections. Lastly, the twine is by Doodlebug (I'm officially addicted to twine!).
Well, that wraps up today's creation. Wishing you all a very crafty day! Until next time ...