Monday, January 30, 2012

Creativity Can Take Months

I started making a Joy Fold Card in early November using my new favorite color combination Elegant Eggplant and More Mustard.  I prepared are the cardstock layers and I drew a blank on what stamp set I should use.  I pushed the cardstock pieces aside and waited, and waited, and waited until last week.  Over two months to create one card - seriously??  I am glad I didn't toss the cardstock pieces into my scrap bin to be used for another project. 

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Elegant Eggplant cardstock
  • More Mustard cardstock
  • Fresh Vintage (Sale-A-Bration freebie!!!), On Your Birthday and Well Script stamp sets
  • More Mustard ink and Elegant Eggplant and More Mustard Stampin' Write markers
  • Punches
    • Circle - 1", 3/4" and 1/2"
    • Boho Blossoms
  • Dimensionals

I loved the card so much; I thought it would make a great Valentine's Day card using Basic Black and Real Red cardstock.

Joy Fold Basic Measurements

Card Bases (Basic Black)
  • Main Card 8 1/2” x 4 1/4” (score at 5 1/2”)
  • Smaller Card 3” x 8” (score at 4”)
Main Card Base Layers (Real Red)
  • Main Card inside measures 5 1/4” x 4"
  • Right side measures 2 3/4” x 4" (If you want your card to open differently, this layer would be on the left side.)
Smaller Card Layers (Whisper White)
  • Outside and inside layers both measure 3 3/4” x 2 3/4”

Constructing the closure made for this card
  • The 1" circle is glued to front of the card on the the right side of the card. 
  • Layer together the 1/2" circle onto to the Boho Blossom flower, then glue them onto the 3/4" circle punch out.  Place a Dimensional on the back and attach to the 1" circle already glued to the card. 
There are so many ways you can create a closure.  Check out my other Joy Fold Cards for more closure ideas.

Chris Twina created a great video tutorial on the Joy Fold card. The video with step by step instructions including measurements can be found here.  I am so grateful for the talented women who share and create wonderful tutorials. Comments are always appreciated; please leave Chris a comment or at least a "thumbs up" on her YouTube webpage.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine's Day Card - Free Workshop

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Pretty in Pink cardstock
    • Card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Real Red cardstock
    • Beginning measurement is 4 1/2" x 3 1/2.  Punch one side (longest length) using the Scallop Edge Border punch.  Final layer measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Layer measures 4 1/4" x 2 7/8"
  • Basic Black cardstock
    • Strip measures 3" x 1/8" (length may vary depending on where you stamped the sentiment)
  • Stazon Jet Blake ink
  • Stampin' Write Markers - Pretty in Pink and Real Red
  • Fashion Hearts Embosslit
  • Outlined Occasions stamp set
  • Heart and Scallop Edge Border punches
  • Dimensionals
Participants in my free workshop will make one of these cards.  Cardmaking experience - NONE!  Workshop is scheduled at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 27 and 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 28.  Class size is limited to five - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  Contact me by EMAIL.

If you would like to purchase the supplies used in creating one of these cards, please email me.  The supplies will include everything you need except for the stamped image.  Stampin' Up! does not allow selling of their stamped image in card kits. 

Check back or follow me by email (top of blog) and see how I CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a card when no measurements are given.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Special Valentine Treat

Valentine Heart Treat Card

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Card base measures 7 1/2" x 5 1/4" - scored at 3 1/8" on n the long side
    • Top layer measures 2 5/8" x 4 3/4"
    • Tab pull measures 2" x 3 1/8"
  • Basic Black cardstock
    • Strip measures 1 1/2" x 6 1/4" for Lace Ribbon Border Punch (Variation – use Real Red)
    • Scraps
  • Real Red cardstock
    • Layer measures 2 7/8" x 5"
    • Scrap for optional small heart punch out*
  • Stamp sets
    • I {Heart} Hearts
    • Sweetheart
    • Well Scripted
    • With All my Heart
    • Real Red and Stazon Jet Black inks
  • Hand punches
    • Circle – 1 3/8” and 1 3/4"
    • Corner Rounder
    • Heart
    • Lace Ribbon Border
    • Modern Label
    • Small Heart
    • Word Window
  • Heart Treat Cup
  • Dimensionals
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Optional glitter paper can be used for the heart punch out
I have created a tutorial on how to create this unique Valentine card.  The special design allows the recipient to easily remove the candy without damaging the card.  The tutorial is only $2.49 (less than the cost of a milkshake).  Once your payment is processed, I will email you the four-page PDF, with step-by-step instructions with pictures.  If you have any questions regarding the tutorial, please email me PRIOR to making your purchase.. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Heart Valentine Treat Card

Please check back tomorrow or simply subscribe to my emails so you don't miss any of my blog postings (click here) - I have been working on a Heart Valentine Treat Card using the Heart Treat Cups by Stampin' Up!.

Here is a sneak peak of my "creation."

I have been putting together a step-by-step instruction tutorial.  It takes more than two days to fine tune a tutorial.  I started with an idea, and kept "upgrading' it, and three cards later, I have a card that I am truly happy with.  The pdf tutorial will be available for purchase for only $2.49 (far less than the cost of a Starbuck cappuccino). 

As always, I will post all the supplies I used on my blog (at no charge). 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Valentine Thinking of You

I donate an average of ten greeting cards (every month) to the United Methodist Women unit at my church (First United Methodist Church of Jasper).  Our United Methodist Women unit meets the first Monday of every month for a general meeting.  The individual circles also meet, usually the third Monday of the month. 

Charlene Stephenson, UMW President, adds a scripture to the inside of each card.  Charlene has a flair for choosing the perfect scripture for the type of card that is being sent (Thinking of You, Praying for You, Sympathy, etc.).  The cards are signed by everyone who attends the meeting(s).  My hope is that each card represents how much the person is loved.

I made six of these cards to send to members of our United Methodist Women who are not able to attend most meetings.  I thought they would be great Valentine greeting cards.  

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Pretty in Pink cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Strip measures 3 3/4" x 7/8"
  • Regal Rose cardstock
    • Card base layer measures 4 " x 5 1/4"
    • For lattice die begin with a piece of 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Certainly Celery cardstock
  • Loves Me Designer Series Paper
    • Card base layers measures 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Fashionable Hearts embosslit and Lattice Bigz dies
  • Bird Builder hand punch
  • Sincere Salutations stamp set
  • Stazon Jet Black ink

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mixed Bunch of Flowers

Stampin' Up! products
  • Brocade Blue cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Regal Rose cardstock
    • Start with 1 3/8" x 6" strip and punch using Lace Border punch
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • 3" x 9" strip for stamping
  • Brocade Blue, So Saffron and Regal Rose ink
  • Blossom, Blossom Petals, 1" Circle, Modern Label and Word Window hand punches
  • Dimensionals
  • Mixed Bunch and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Masculine Thinking of You

Stampin' Up! products
  • Sage Shadow cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock
    • Strip 3/8" x 4 1/4"
    • 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" for scallop circle
  • Sahara Sand cardstock
  • 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" for stamp image circle
  • To the Nines Designer Series Paper (DSP)
    • 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"
  • Lovely as a Tree  and Teeny Tiny Labels stamp sets
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Corner Round, Modern Label, Wood Window punches
  • Modern Label from the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz XL die
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Other Products
  • Circle and scallop circle dies

Helpful Hint - use liquid glue as your adhesive because of the textured DSP tends to pull away from adhesive tape.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Blossom and Mixed Bunch

Stampin' Up! products
  • Cameo Coral cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Layer measures 2 1/4" x 3 1/2"
    • Strip measures 4" x 1/4"
  • Kiwi Kiss cardstock 4" x 1/4"
  • Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper
    • 4" x 2 3/4"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Card base layer measures 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Sentiment layer measures 2" x 3 1/4"
  • Stamp sets
    • Mixed Bunch
    • Blessing from Heaven
    • Easter Blossoms
  • Kiwi Kiss and Stazon Jet Black ink
  • Blossom and 1" circle punches
  • Dimensionals
  • Basic Pearl Jewels