Monday, July 28, 2008

Pretty In Pink - Thinking Of You Card

The Pretty In Pink card - A great little greeting to just say "hi" to someone, for instance, Molly Ringwald, or brighten up their day. To make the Pretty In Pink Thinking of You Card you will need:
-Premade card or card stock of your choice (I used white since none of the background shows)
-4 coordinating scrapping papers - I chose 3 patterned, and 1 that was glitter embellished
-1 small piece of coordinating plain card stock (I chose light pink here)
-black embossing ink
-black embossing powder
-"Thinking of You" or similar sentiment stamp
- scrapping scissors in desired pattern
-3-d embellishment
-3-d glue dots (they make the "Thinking Of You" card stock stand away from the card background)

That's it! Thanks for visiting my blog and happy creating!

Jewel Me This, Jewel Me That - Scrapping and Card Embellishments

These are the little jewels that I use on almost every card I make. A company called Doodlebug Design, Inc. makes them. There are other vendors out there as well. They are great little embellishments for adding to flourishes in wording (like in the middle of O's or at the end of the serifs, like in an "S") or you can also add them to showcase the design of a paper or make a design all your own. I often use them on the corners of cards, on the corners of text cutouts or even along the edges. They come in a sheet that has a variety of sizes and they come in an array of colors.
One important thing to note is that they are fairly heavy if you use more than a couple on a card. So, if you are planning to mail your card, it may require extra postage. This past Christmas, I mailed about 50 handmade cards and all but 3 required extra postage. But, I heard from many people who received the cards, that they were pleasantly surprised and were planning to frame my holiday greeting work of art.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Scrapbooking or Card Making Fiber

This is one of my favorite companies for fiber - It's called BasicGrey and this happens to be "Mellow". These are great for scrapping and greeting cards because they are usually in some sort of color scheme (for those of us who are color-challenged!) and you can use them together or separate them. They just add that little something extra and really give your greetings and scrappings a personal feel and touch.
I often use my little hole punch and add a tiny bit to a corner or glue a little remnant horizontally or vertically across the card.
For Christmas last year, I used a full length to hang a custom-made decoupaged canvas. I used some glittered letters and some Christmas scrapbooking papers to create some holiday-inspired decor.
I googled this company and there are many, many websites that sell BasicGrey fibers - many times on sale.
Let your imagination go and create something beautiful and personalized!

Blue and Green Birthday Wishes - Birthday Card

This is the first card where I used the 3-D Glue Dots. It's a little difficult to tell from the picture, but the blue diamond and the green scalloped card stock that says "Happy Birthday" are standing away from the card in 3-D fashion. To make the Blue and Green Birthday Wishes card, you will need:
-Brown pre-made card or card stock
-2 different coordinating scrapbooking papers - These two came from Archiver's.
-A light blue small piece of card stock (Actually, this is a great place to use scraps from previously made cards. That's why I keep almost all my scraps.)
-A lime green small piece of card stock
-Green rhinestones
-Happy Birthday stamp or marker in coordinating color if you wish to write your birthday words
- Glue Dots 3-D adheasives (See previous post. I got mine at Archiver's.)

That's it! Happy creating and let me know if you have questions!

A Scrapbookers and Card Makers Dream: 3-D Glue Dots

These are a fabulous new discovery of mine. There are many of you that have probably already used them. But, these little glue dots are great for adding dimension to your scrapbook pages and cards. They come in a sheet that is perforated and you peel one side off, stick it to whatever you want to be 3-D, peel off the other side and mount it. They are wonderful. I picked these up at Archiver's on my scrapbooking/cardmaking supply trip this last weekend. I've already used them on two different cards!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Margaritaville - Encouragement Card

This is a great little card for someone who is having a bad day (or month!) and likes her share of limes and tequila! To make a card like this you will need:
- Pre-made card or card stock of your color choice (I used yellow, but it didn't really matter)
-Patterned scrapbooking paper that has yellows or greens in it(if you want to go with the margarita theme. You could certainly use pinks/oranges for a cosmo, or purples and reds for'd just have to change the phrasing...) This one came from Archiver's - I LOVE THAT PLACE!
-Yellow card stock (or color of your choice)
-Scrapbooking scissors - I used the scalloped ones (again! I do have others, trust me!)
-Green rhinestones (or other color to match paper used)
-Rhinestone cocktail - they sell it like this. I didn't custom make it.

That's it! Happy creating!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Creative Memories Personal Trimmer - Product Recommendation

This is the little trimmer that I use for my card making on most occasions. It's by Creative Memories. This is a great little tool to have. You can pick up similar trimmers at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics or just about any craft store.
If you are cutting large sheets of paper, it's a little hard to use, but the cutting surface is lined, so it's very easy for measuring and getting straight lines.
I used the little drawer to keep paper remnants for future use. Once again, just a great tool to have.

Red Is The Color of Love - Valentine's Day Card

I know, I know, enough with the mushy, Valentine's Day stuff already. Ok -this is the last one, until next year, I promise.
This one is great for anyone - girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife or family member.
To make a Valentine's Day card like this one, you will need:
-Pre-made card or card stock of your choice (I used pink.)
-Valentine patterned paper (I used that cool embossed flower one again from Archiver's scrapbooking store.)
-Red card stock (I used a pre-made round piece with a cut scalloped edge.)
-Valentine-themed rubber stamp (I used a "love" one and some flourish ones - also from Archiver's.)
-Pink embossing ink
-Clear embossing powder
-Pink rhinestones

Happy creating!

Love Is In Bloom - Valentine's Day Card

This was a really cute little Valentine. The paper on the outside had some embossed parts- like on the petals of the flower (it came from Archiver's scrapbooking store). Great for a girlfriend or a special someone. I gave this one to my mom.
To make a card like this one, you will need:
-Pre-made white greeting card (or card stock if you prefer to make your own, your choice)
-2 Coordinating papers (there is one with stripes that I mounted on the inside fold)
-Valentine's/Love related rubber stamp
-Embossing powder - clear
-Pink embossing ink
-Embossing heat tool (as mentioned in previous posts, use an embossing tool and not a hair dryer. In my experience, the hair dryer will not work.)
- Fabric ribbon in coordinating color
-Hole punch

When it comes to showing someone that you care, a hand-made card means so much more.
Happy creating!

Daddy's Girl Valentine's Day Card

This is a great little card that I made for my Dad this past Valentine's Day. No matter how old you are, or how old you dad is, it's never too late to let him know that you still think of him on Valentine's Day.
Here is what you'll need to make a card like this:
- Pre-made white card (or white card stock if you prefer to make your own)
- Valentine's related stamp (I used the word "Love")
- Ink that can be embossed
-Embossing heat tool (FYI- a hair dryer will NOT work and it's safer to use a heat tool)
-Embossing powder (I used one with colored glitter, but you could use black or whatever color will show up on red)
-hole punch
-Red card stock
-Green card stock - I used one that was pre-cut with a scalloped edge
-Red rhinestones
-Red fabric ribbon
-Velum Valentine/love text (I used one about my Dad, but you could handwrite a message or use another for of text like a rub-on)

Assembly is pretty simple, but if you have questions in general or about the embossing, just ask!
Happy creating!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tequila Patina Thank You Card

This is a really great little card - perfect for any "Thank You" occasion. Depending on color selection, it can be fancy or fun - you pick!
To Make The Tequila Patina Thank You Card, You Will Need:
-1 Pre-made greeting card in desired color (or card stock you can make into a greeting card size)
-2 Coordinating Patterned Papers (These came from Archiver's Scrapbooking Store)
-1 Short length (about 6 inches depending on the size of your card) of coordinating synthetic ribbon
-Scrapbooking scissors in desired pattern
-Marker in coordinating color (or you can use rub-on wording or stickers)
-Dimensional sticker embellishments (I think these came from Michael's - the maker is "K & Company"
Happy creating!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Mother's Day Card 2

You will need the following items to create a card like the one above:

-White pre-made card with a window in front
-Patterned scrapbooking paper (This patterned paper came from Archiver's and is really cool. It had a shimmery efffect. Very pretty.
-Solid color card stock (I used periwinkle blue color)
-Scrapbooking scissors in desired pattern (I used scalloped)
-Dimensional embellishments
-"Mom" wording in rub-on transfer format

Happy creating!

Mother's Day Card

Here is the card that I made for my mom for Mother's Day. Here is the list of items you will need to create a card like this:
- Card Stock in desired color (I used a pre-made card bought at a craft store - Michael's, Hobby Lobby etc. - I used orange)
- A piece of patterned velum paper (this is the pink polka-dot paper)
- A piece of patterned card stock or scrapbooking paper (this is the black/silver glitter paper)
- 2 smaller pieces of card stock - 2 different colors (pink and black cardstock)
- 4 Coordinating rhinestones (for the corners - I used pink)
- Dimensional sticker/embellishment
- Inspirational saying in rub-on format
-Coordinating ribbon (I used pink)
- Scrapbooking scissors in desired pattern (I used a scalloped pattern)
- Hole punch

It is much easier to make a card like this if you start picking out your paper first. I have found that many craft and scrapbooking stores tend to put coordinating papers together. Pick out a few you like, then you can go after your regular colored card stock and embellishments.

Velum is a little tricky when you are using adhesive. Just make sure you are using one that disappears after it dries and doesn't leave a spot under the velum so you can see where it's adhered. For this one, I think I actually put the glue in the middle, so that it didn't matter if you could see it after drying.

Happy creating. Please let me know if you have questions!