Sunday, June 26, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #30

I've been away for a few weeks spending a wonderful time with family and friends in Michigan. The irony is that for several days Michigan was actually hotter than where I live in Florida. I was looking forward to cooler weather...and didn't get it as often as I would have liked.

Now that I'm home, it's time to get busy crafting again. This week at Christmas Card Challenges it's "Anything Goes."  So grab your supplies and get busy making those Christmas Holiday cards.

I did a twist on the standard Center Step Card. And I'm including the pattern so you can make one yourself.  If you do, please leave a link to your card in the Comments below. Or, if it's a Christmas card, link it up to the weekly Christmas Card Challenges.  I'd love to see what you create.



Ready to get started? 


 Start with cardstock 8.5" x 4.25"  On the wrong side, measure and mark where the dots are on the pattern.  I'll try to explain it, but hopefully the visual will fill in any gaps.

All measurements are from the left edge and create the red line: 
1" from the left and 1" up from the bottom (and down from the top)
4.25" from the left and 1.75" up from the bottom (and down from the top)
5.25" from the left and 1.5" up from the bottom (and down from the top)

Draw two straight lines to connect these three dots  (red line) 
Draw a straight line to connect the left and far right dot (blue line)

Using an exacto (or your favorite cutter), cut on the red and blue lines to remove the triangle

The score lines are indicated by the black lines on the pattern (don't mark these, just score them):
Score at 1", 2" and 5.25" DOWN to the cut line (from the top) and UP to the cut line (from the bottom).  

Score at 4.25" between the cut lines

Flip the cardstock over (so your marks are on the inside).  Starting at the left edge (where your 1" score line is), your folds will be mountain, valley, mountain, mountain.


To mat the card, I just repeated these steps on an accent color and trimmed it smaller for the dark grey piece.  


For the burgundy pieces, I cut a piece 3-1/8" long by 1-3/8" at the top and 1" at the bottom. Be sure your "straight edge" is on the left on one piece and the right on the second piece.


I added a place to write a note on the back (5-3/8" x 3-1/8").


Decorate the front however you want ... and you're done.


I hope you join us this week.  We're almost into July and before you know it, it'll be time to mail out those Christmas cards.  Wouldn't you love to have a stash ready to go?

Click here to see what the other Designers created this week for your inspiration.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #24

We're starting a new "term" at Christmas Card Challenges soon (June), but we have a few new Designers working with us right now.  So, hop on over to the Challenge blog (click here) to see all the inspirational items this week.

Then, get your crafty supplies out and start working on your Christmas cards, tags or gifts.  We'd love to have you join us and since this week is "Anything Goes," it's the perfect time to show off your beautiful creations.


Lots of distressing, but a very simple design.


And I kept the inside simple also.


I liked the design, so I created a 2nd card using punched ornaments.  Yes, they're "floating" in space, but adding hanging threads just didn't look right on this card...although I think I like the poinsettia card better.


I can't wait to see what you create. 


Card Front Sentiment: Word Art Digital Stamp
Card Inside Sentiment: Stampin' Up!
Ornament Stamp: Dollar Bin Stamp
Poinsettia Die: Darice
Ornament Punch: Stampin' Up!
Distress Ink: Tim Holz Vintage Photo

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #20

The weeks are flying by so fast. Which means, before we all know it, Christmas will be here and you'll wish you had ALL of your cards done and ready to go ~ actually Thanksgiving, which is when I send out my cards. So, why not get started NOW and join us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.


We have an optional Photo Challenge to get you inspired. But the only real rule to play along with us is to create a Christmas/holiday card.  


I chose to go with the greys and red colors; and I threw in a tad bit of yellow for the birds. 

 I heat embossed the image using Stampin' Up! Smokey Slate embossing Powder. It gave it such a soft color, that instead of using Copics to color the image, I decided to watercolor it using pencils and ink.  It almost looks like a piece of Vellum is over the image due to the softness of the image/coloring.


Please don't look too close at the picture. I know, it looks like Santa has a glob of something stuck to his mustache.  But he doesn't.  For some reason, the EP came out darker in just that one area (ugh!!) and since I was in a rush (nothing new there, right?) I had to go with what I had.

Hop on over to see what the other Designers created this week and grab your craft supplies and join us. We love to see what you create!!



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #19

I have a quick post today, mainly because I forgot to write it last night.  We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges and it's a Photo Challenge.  I hope you play along ... you know you're going to need Holiday cards sooner than you think.  Why not get started now?


I took the photo literal and turned the front of my card into a "present."  Very easy and so fun to do.  I popped up the "package" with foam.


Stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the other Designers created this week.  Then, get crafty and get your Holiday cards started.



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge #18

Thank you for stopping by today. We have an easy challenge this week at Christmas Card Challenges:
Anything Goes

It may seem a bit odd, since our challenges every week do have an "Anything Goes" option, but this week there's no Photo or Color Challenge to inspire you. . . so you're on your own.  I can't wait to see what you create.




I have a mini tutorial for you this week; so grab a cuppa and let's get crafty.

I decided to use my "Quilt" Embossing Folder for my card. Since my 1-1/4" punch was just a tad shy of the "squares" on the EF, I had to adjust the layout; which meant the squares on the outer edges would need to be cut so they fit an A2 card and there'd be a slight gap between the squares.


All lined up and ready to be embossed.


This is the back side.  You can see the quilt pattern a bit better on solid cardstock...and you can see where the DSP needs to be trimmed.


All trimmed and ready for the outer band of green (every quilt has an outer edge, right?).  I could have just placed the squares on top of the green, but I felt the additional "frame" looked better...at least it does in person.  I so have a lloonngg way to go in photographing my cards. :-(


I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the stars, because after all...stars twinkle LOL


I decorated the inside and completed the sentiment.


Stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog and see what the other Designers created this week. Then, get busy and link up your Christmas card. I can't wait to see your creation.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Let's Sail Away~Boat Basket Pattern

Remember the Boat Basket from Sunday?  As promised, today I have the instructions and pattern so you can create your own "Boat Basket."  I hope you enjoy ~ there are a lot of pictures, so grab a cuppa and let's get crafty.

Here's the original I made for hubby's Easter Basket. 

Finished Basket is 3-5/8" wide x 2-1/2" deep x 4-1/8" tall


Keep in mind that I don't do a lot of tutorials ... most of my papercrafting is trial and error. So, if something seems off in the pattern or instructions, leave me a comment and I'll update/fix the pattern and/or instructions.

Refer to the pattern for cutting and folding guidelines. Solid lines are cut lines (although I fold all the lines, then cut what needs to be cut).  The dotted lines are fold lines only.  The shaded triangles are cut away, as are the 4 small rectangles at the top and bottom of the pattern.

Basket Base: 6-3/4” square cardstock
> Score at: 3/4;  1-1/2;  2-1/4;  4-1/2;  5-1/4 and 6 inches
> Rotate the cardstock 90ยบ & score at 2-1/4 and 4-1/2 inches
> Fold and crease all fold lines.
> To create the triangle, place a mark on the outside edge, between the folds, at 1-1/8” (this will be the tip of the triangle).  Cut from the mark to the corner of the first fold. Repeat for the other side and for the 2nd triangle.
> Cut all lines on either side of the triangles stopping at the first fold line (see pattern). Cut ¼” off the end of the 2 strips on either side of the triangles.  Do not cut anything off the 4 end/corner strips.

Your Basket Base should look like the photo below after all the folding and cutting is done.


Cut the following out of Decorative Paper:
   10 pieces 2-1/8” x 5/8”
    8 pieces 1-7/8” x 5/8”
    1 piece 2-1/8” x 2-1/8”
    2 pieces 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” and trim to triangle shape, allowing 1/16" border


Sponge all edges, if desired.  Then attach all decorative pieces.


**Put all “slats” together starting with the bottom and working your way up to the top of the basket. The triangle will get attached after the slats are in place.  Each "layer" is placed inside the previous layer, not on the outside.
Notice how the two tips/edges of the bottom row (above) and middle row (below) touch?  Angling the pieces this way will help keep the Boat Basket shape. 

The last two pieces line up even, not at an angle.


Below you can see the upper two pieces from the inside of the basket.


Flip the triangle piece up and glue it to the basket.  The point of the triangle will extend past the top of the basket.


Repeat the steps above from ** to finish the other side of the basket.


For the Handle, cut a piece of cardstock 7” x 1” (basket color or coordinating color)


  Cut a piece of Decorative Paper: 5-3/8” x 7/8”  ~ this will allow the solid color to show all around the handle edges by 1/16” when the handle is glued to the basket.  Although you can't see this once the sentiment and bow are glued over this area, especially if one forgets to take a picture of this step LOL.  Sponge the edges, if desired.
Stamp the sentiment and punch/die cut a decorative piece.
Attach the handle to the inside of the basket.
 

Attach the sentiment and decorate as desired.  


I added a ribbon bow to the other side.


There you have it . . . my Boat Basket Pattern and Instructions.  If you make one, I'd love to see your creations.  As I said in Sunday's post, I didn't create this idea, I only created the pattern/instructions because I wasn't able to find them anywhere on the Internet.


I hope you have a blessed day and thank you for stopping by today.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

Wishing all my friends a Happy Easter as we celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior.

And, yes, it might seem strange to be showcasing a Christmas Card on this Easter Sunday.  However, we have a new week, so that means a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges.  This week the optional twist is a Color Challenge (with a photo, so I had to add the berries LOL).

I decided to begin making my "gift" Christmas Cards.  I use them to add a gift card or some homemade goodies ~ it's my 3-dimensional "card."


I saw something similar a while back on Pinterest, but when I searched the internet, I couldn't find a pattern or instructions anywhere.  So, I created my own.  I'm not sure if it's the same size as the one I saw, but it works great and comes together faster than I expected.  I'll share the pattern and instructions in another post in a few days (I created an "Easter Basket" for hubby and I have pics and instructions for that basket).


I call this my Boat Basket because I think it resembles a boat. Lots of cutting and sponging, but it's well worth it.


I hope you stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the other Designers have created for your inspiration this week.  And, you might as well begin your Christmas Cards now ... Christmas will be here soon and you'll be happy you have a few cards in your stash.