Christmas Club Cards for June - CAS

-Are you surprised? Sabrina making CAS cards? I do like CAS cards too, and was in a real good mood to make some, so I created a class around leaning toward the style.

For our June class we'll be focusing on using gold and silver metallic ink pads and a little more stamping. Normally we have 4 or 5 cards in a class, but a CAS class I thought we might be able to get a 6th one in. And here they are.

I first want to say that all the sentiments on these cards are fro one stamp set. Woodware Clear Stamps 'Heartfelt Christmas Wish', which you see to the right.

Let's begin with the red card. It is more common to see gold with red, but this time I decided we would combine silver with red to stamp this sentiment on the front of the card. A very simple and basic card that I think will appeal to both women and men.

Next on the list, again with silver, is this mainly white card using a technique that will be new to many taking these classes.

In dry embossing with the Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons folder and combining Darice Easy Frames, you can emboss your entire cardstock piece but leave a shaped smooth area for stamping. There are 7 different frames in the set (which you see to the left) and are designed for the A2 sized card. You can also trace the edge of the shape with a pen or stencil it with your ink blending tool.

Let's look at some colour in this next card.

Three different sized triangles embossed in three different patterns, look like trees. Spread a little Star Dust Stickles to add a little sparkle and you have snow covered trees! The sentiment in gold ink is stamped onto a strip of velum and wrapped around the corner.

The center tree has two layers of dimensionals, while the other 2 have only the usual one layer.

This next one is my favorite. Silver and white, and velum...

I used the bells stamp from MFT'S Inspired by Christmas set and stamped a background pattern onto white cardstock. I then fitted a piece of velum to wrap over the top and bottom to mark my stamping space and stamped the sentiment and bells on the velum with silver ink. (I wish I had stamped the image first, and the the sentiment for placement reasons) I just love this simple technique and look of this card.

A little more read again in this next card. This time using gold ink to go with it.

The number 25 is die cut out with MFT High-Rise Numbers Die-Namics and popped up to expose the red cardstock beneath. 'December' is from a very old and well loved Hero Arts stamp set, while the sentiment from Woodware is repeatedly stamped down the right side. The red strip is positioned so that the sentiment is stamped as if part of the others.

And the 6th and last card has a little lace-like look,

Here the card sentiment is stamped directly onto the card, while everything else is built up around it. I used Deco Shells and another older (I can't remember the name to, or find it out) Martha Stewart border punches in layering with green to get this look.

So there you have all 6 of the cards. Thank you for checking in to have a peek, and hope you are inspired to create some CAS Christmas cards of your own.

For July, and possibly August, you can look for some vintage Christmas cards!

Happy papercrafting!

Iris Celebration - Graphic 45 May Challenge

- so excited to actually get a chance to participate in a G45 challenge!!!

A couple of weeks ago, my brother-in-law and I went over to my mother-in-law's, after church, for a visit. The main reason was to celebrate the full bloom of hundreds of purple and yellow Irises in her back yard. I decided to use a couple of the photos I took, convert them to B&W and use some G45 paper I bought a while back but haven't had the chance to use yet. One of my favorite lines! A Ladies Diary!

With the exception of the fussy cut flowers, everything was ink distressed with Tim Holtz Distress inks, combining Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo. When I tested the Tea Dye, it was too orange, so these worked well together for the look and colour I wanted.
Next you see a lot of photos showing the layout in detail and from different angles.

While making this layout I decided I would use a wonderful front opening shadow box I got on sale a long time ago and use more of the "A Ladies Diary" paper to line it and add to the frame around the glass of the magnetic door that opens up. Then I'm going to give it to my mother-in-law for her birthday in September. She'll be turning 87! (I think. I should check on this) I can't believe what she still all does!

Well, thank you for stopping by to have a look at my challenge entry. Hope you have a great day, and happy papercrafting everyone!

Interactive Circular Chipboard Album

- a fun project, and something I've wanted to make for myself for quite a while!

Hello everyone! I'm here to show you a fun project for a class where we use Echo Park's Circular Chipboard Interactive Album. I used My Mind's Eye Collectable "Memorable" collection making this a 'girly' or spring/summer project.

This is what it looks like before I started. It has these fun pull outs for each of the three pages in the album and comes with the rings. I painted the edges white before covering it all with the beautiful papers.

I've always wanted to make a little album that didn't have many pages so that I could showcase a couple of more recent photos for each of my five children and their families. That way I would have something to go to that had them all in one album. I thought this project fit the bill for the Echo Park ablum.

I thought that I wanted to something a little different than a bunch of flowers on the the album as is tradtionally seen with this kind of a project, and since the focus was 'family', I thought"hearts"! Why not use the circle theme along with hearts? And this is what I now have.
Front Cover...
 Front cover pull out ... I used for an intro (journaling)

Opened to view double pages...

You can see that I used photos in a 4 x 6 size, which I usually don't like to do. But for  me, it worked very well in this project.

The first page is for my eldest, Dana, and her three children...

I continue with the circles and hearts throughout the album. Each little circle and heart has faux stitching around the edges, as well as the pages themselves.

I also used Library cards, which are archival and acid free, etc., matted to make my journaling tags tucked in behind all the photos on the pages.

The next page is for my oldest son and his family...First we see my lovely daughter-in-law with the girls.

The 4 x 6 photos fit perfectly in the pull outs of the album.

As we turn the page, we have the page for my daughter Eva and her family, and then my youngest son and his girlfriend. Unfortunately I couldn't find a photo of Eva and her husband with their two children, so I ended up using my grandchildren's latest photos until I can insert a better one.

That's my newest grandchild, Wyatt, in the cute bunny ears for Easter.... Let's see the pull out.

That's his big sister Claire, who will be turning 6 soon. The punched circles and hearts, and the library card tags continue throughout.

Here's the pull out of my younger son's page...with his beautiful girlfriend...

Sorry about the glare on the photograph.

The last page is for my youngest daughter. Just her in the photos, and wouldn't you know it that when I resign myself to using photos that are a couple years old, after the fact, there are suddenly new photos of her I could have used! Oh well, I can use them for another project.

Because I have a photo on the back I created another page by tracing the shape onto two pieces of cardstock and gluing them together. (The class will get a better matching cardstock. I didn't have any at the at the time I made this.)

Because both photos were landscape, I had to square this one off and tuck the journaling tag in differently than all the others.

...and this is what the back looks like...

Well that's it for this project. But, I do have a little run through video that you might like to watch.

Hmmm, having problems here's the link -

 Thank you for checking to have a peek. Happy papercrafting!

Happy Anniversary

This card came from the center of the card in my previous post.

I brushed each flower with some Rock Candy Stickles (jar). I also used the regular Stickles dispenser to add some glitter to the banner. The tiny sentiment was heat embossed with Kaleidoscope and is a bit more legible IRL. :)

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Royal Velvet, Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria
  • Stamps: Door to Door
  • Ink: Royal Velvet, Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Fleur de Lis Squares (Spellbinders), Door to Door banner
  • Other Tools: Kaleidoscope embossing powder (Stampendous), flowers (unknown), Rock Candy--jar and dispenser (Ranger)

Melting Pot

I was awestruck when I saw the effect that a melting pot and some UTEE can have on a paper flower--it makes them look juicy! I've finally pulled my pot out to play!

If you're unfamiliar with Ranger's Melting Pot, they have a video here. There are several other videos available that show different techniques and possibilities with it.

I pulled out a couple of card bases that I created quite some time ago but wasn't inspired to finish. I rolled one of each size of MFT's Royal Roses and then dipped them into melted UTEE. I experimented with tinsel glitter, microbeads, and gold embossing powder.

There's a bit of a trick to it which I'm sure I will master with practice.  ;)

Thanks for peeking!

  • Cardstock: Royal Velvet and Rustic White (Papertrey Ink), gold (unknown)
  • Stamps: We Connect (Paper Smooches)
  • Ink: Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink), Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Versamark Frost (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Fleur de Lis Squares (Spellbinders), Royal Roses (My Favorite Things), Loopy Leaf (Paper Smooches)
  • Other Tools: clear and gold embossing powders (Filigree), UTEE (Ranger), gold tinsel glitter and microbeads (Martha Stewart)

PTI Make It Monday and an Organizing Tip

Seems like I haven't done paper-piecing in awhile so I was inspired to put Melissa's interesting technique to work at this week's Make It Monday.

I used PTI's Road Trip papers and In Bloom stamp set. I masked off the edges on the card before stamping a bit of a border. The flower centers are glittered up with a gel pen. I tied a bit of lace to a vintage pin before sticking it through my dimensional foam tape.

I'm also entering this into Moxie Fab's Gift Tag challenge.

I thought this would be a good time to share how I keep track of my PTI papers. I made it easy to flip through my options before going on a paper hunt by using PTI's Tag Sale #3 and a circle punch (or two).

I used the same principle with tracking my Pattern Packs except I used the coordinating cardstock. So pretty! I love flipping through it.

Thanks for peeking!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Kraft
  • Patterned Paper: Road Trip
  • Stamps: In Bloom, Compact Sentiments -- Part 2 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Versamark Frost (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: In Bloom, Tag Sale #5
  • Other Tools: clear embossing powder (Filigree), vintage pearl pin (Maya Road), lace (dollar store), Clear Star gel pen (Sakura), Copic BG97

PTI Blog Hop: Hello

I was so excited to finally use my Mini Blooms stamp set!

I used the following Bouquet color scheme:

I adore this photo! The vivid colors are HAPPY!

I added a bit of white gel pen and/or Clear Star glitter pen throughout the image.

This card was inspired by one of my papercrafting heroines, Miss Maile Belles. You can see her gorgeous creation here.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst
  • Stamps:  Mini Blooms
  • Ink: Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado
  • Dies: Mini Blooms
  • Other Tools: white gel pen (Signo Uniball), Clear Star gel pen (Sakura), white embossing powder (Filigree)