Saturday, June 30, 2012

Punched gatefold card

I had seen a card similar to this and decided to use this technique for my special folds club card. Instructions for making this card are included at the end, keep reading!

My first idea was to use the new blossom punch and mixed bunch. I chose pacific point and daffodil delight for my colors, but didn't have any pacific point ribbon, so instead went to Tempting turquoise and daffodil delight (see card below). I do think the pacific point flower stands out better, but it really needed pacific point ribbon even with the button added to the daffodil delight.
So I settled on turquoise and daffodil, and cut all the cardstock and accessories. THEN I realized that I had used the same stamp set and even the same flower from that set for last month's card, so moved to plan B (see below).
 So with all the cardstock and accesories prepped, I needed another idea. I had the set "Easy Events" from convention last year that I hadn't ever used, so decided to try that . I really like the cupcake image and easily chose that. I changed out the punch to the large scallop circle punch.
I used tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, and a touch of melon mambo on the cupcake. The 2 way glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter really added some bling! I pulled out another set that hadn't seen much love lately "Circle Circus" for the background and on the sentiment, also used it to decorate the envelope. I was quite pleased with the finished card.
To make this card: start with 1/2 sheet of cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Score at 2 1/8 and fold in then instead of scoring the other side, just fold in to the center and use bone folder to get a good fold.
I tried several ways of punching before I found the winning way to use the punch. Slide the folded front of the card into the bottom narrow side of the punch. I had a bit of trouble getting the edge to go all the way in (it caught on the scallops) so I used a strip of cardstock between the punch and the card to allow it to slide in all the way then remove the strip of cardstock before I punched. Clear as mud? ask for more info. You can lay the punch on the table to punch, but need to hold the edges of the card together to punch evenly. Slide the strip of cardstock in again to easily remove the card from the punch. I may do a picture tutorial for this if you need it, let me know.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Limited supply cards made while on vacation

We went to Arizona for 12 days the beginning of June and I took some stamping supplies, hoping to add to my card stash for missionaries who visit our church. I took several punches, a couple of ribbons, 2 packages of designer paper (both retired now) with cardstock and ink to match. I also took 3 stamp sets ( For all you do, Language of friendship, and Upsy daisy) and one set of words (Fabulous phrases). I forgot to take dimensionals or brads, and didn't have my bigshot (no room in my suitcase). As it was, my suitcase in Des Moines was searched due to all the metal from the punches and I got to be hand/wand searched. I used lots of scraps of designer paper and cardstock.

This uses the hostess package of paper from last catalog, limeade ribbon from Sale-A-bration (hereafter SAB) and "For all you do" stamp set that is retired now.
Another card with the same paper and colors with butterflies that I had precut in my stash.
These 3 cards use the same layout and the designer paper from SAB. I also had the leaves in my stash that had been run through the square lattice embossing folder
These 3 cards all use "Upsy Daisy" which is also retired, each one uses a different package of designer paper. I took well worn, but no masculine stamps so this is the only card I made with that.
These 2 cards use the bird punch and "Language of Friendship" that is current.
This card is a CASE from the 2010 catalog and uses "For all you do" and SAB designer paper. 
Two cards using bashful blue and "For all you do". I added a precut large butterfly from my stash
I again used "For all you do" and SAB designer paper
This is a Z fold card and uses small pieces of paper with the postage stamp punch.

Special offer for Hostesses in June and July

For any workshop (party) held in June or July, Stampin'Up! is giving an additional $50 in hostess benefits when the total sales are $450 or greater. That's $115 free with $450 in sales!! FREE bigshot + $15 WOW! See flyer on the right side of my blog under my info.

Granddaughters and notebooks

I had let my oldest granddaughter make a covered notebook one time and the youger girls asked to make some also. I had recenly been to Target $ spot and found some notebooks 70% off, so I pulled those out and some of my retired designer paper and let them have at it! Then I used my bigshot and alphabet dies to cut out their initials.
 The finished projects
 Abi with the front of hers
 The back of Abi's
Mady with the font of hers
 The back of Mady's
Emmy's notebook, the back of hers is the same.

Club challenge

I challenged my club ladies to make a card CASEing the cards that I had made and posted from when I was in Nashville. Jackie also brought a card and I thought I took pictures of them all, but don't have a picture of hers. SO sorry Jackie!!
 This card was made by Marlene
Lynn made this card