May 31, 2010
■CTMH Serendipity Paper Pack – this was a special offered in 2008
■Fiskars Paper Trimmer with both cutting and scoring blades
To make the Criss Cross pocket…I started with a piece of 6″ x 12″ Bamboo Textured Cardstock. Using the Fiskars Paper Trimmer set up with a scoring blade, I scored parallel to the 6″ side at 4″ and again at 8″. Note: When using the scoring blade, use a gentle touch – otherwise, you may end up cutting the cardstock.
Now, to make one of the diagonal cuts for the criss cross portion. I tilted the paper such that the bottom right point of the paper and the fold line were both in the cutting track. Then I made the cut. Tip: I found that if you start the cutting blade from the fold side, the corners stay nice…otherwise, it’s easy for the cutting blade to smoosh the corner.
After making both diagonal cuts, my paper looks like this:
Now…to add patterned paper to the front of the pocket. I needed to figure out if I was goign to put the Chocolate Flower Paper on the left or right flap of the pocket so I would know how to cut it. I decided to have the right flap be the front flap and have this covered with the Chocolate Flower Paper. Looking at the pocket and the paper at the same time helps with making sure the diagonal is cut in the proper direction.
Attach the diagonals to the pocket flaps…
Run a strip of adhesive across the inside center back of pocket (holds down the left flap) and then to the point of the right flap…if you look close, you can see the adhesive on the right flap. Alternative: Use Liquid Glass to glue the pocket closed – it provides a crisper line and is more durable.
I created a pull out insert for the pocket using a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Bamboo cardstock. I rounded all the corners, then added Chocolate Organdy Ribbon and CTMH’s new Antiqued Copper brad — I love the color – a bit chocolatey with a hint of metallic. Love how they look with the Serendipity papers. Here’s the embellished pocket & insert —a card!
Just a simple, sincere, heartfelt prayer to thank you for waking me up this morning. I know that it was you who kept me all night long and will keep me all day today. I honor You for who You are and bless Your holy name. Please forgive me of my sins and renew a right heart within me. Lead me down the path of righteousness and order my steps to do Your will alone.
I love you Jesus, please bless everyone who reads these posts and bless them richly. In your name I pray, Amen.
May 30, 2010
I'm in the process of making more father's day cards. My brother in law needs one. I totally forgot it. Hope to be able to post it later on today.
P. S. Church was nice honoring our troops and such. I love my hubby for his service too. I'll chat more soon.
May 29, 2010
May 28, 2010
Step 1 Score both 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock at 5 1/2".
Step 2 Take one scored piece and cut it diagonally from center top to the bottom left. Take the other piece of scored cardstock and cut it diagonally from the center top to the bottom right.
Step 3 Add adhesive to the rectangle back of one of the cardstock pieces. Tape both pieces together. Make sure both long edges of the diagonal sections are on the bottom.
Step 4 Cut the patterned paper in half diagonally. Adhere it to your card front.
Step 5 Add tape on the bottom of the middle panel, as well as on the bottom of the triangle flap that will be on top of the card. Tape the card base together and set aside.
Step 6 Take both pieces of cardstock for the insert and use the corner rounder on the top corners. Tape together.
Step 7 Stamp and add tab and other embellishments as needed.
Step 8 Take the 1½" x 12" piece of coloured cardstock and score at 5⅝" and 11¼".
Step 9 Add tape to the end of the strip with the small ¾" scored section. Tape band together.
Step 10 Decorate the card band. Slide your band over your card.
1. Use any color cardstock for the base. Leave plain or cover with patterned paper. (Example uses heavy white cardstock from office supply store covered with patterned paper.)
2.Adhesives – I don’t use glue sticks because I like my card to last and at least for me, eventually the glue dries and the pieces fall off. I prefer herma (dotto) dot runner for thinner paper, xyron for ribbon, glue dots for embellishments, the new transparent glue dots sheets for vellum and double stick tape for heavier paper and textured cardstock although I often interchange said adhesives. I’ve recently discovered Tombo Mono Multi glue and really like it too, especially for getting into small places – it has a pen tip side and a broad tip side. People tend to have different favorites, so experiment and see which adhesives work best for you. Keep in mind it usually isn’t necessary to completely cover the back of your paper.
3. Score for a crisp, clean fold. I lay the paper over the trough of my paper cutter and run the small end of an embossing tool down it then fold and smooth with the edge of a bone folder (one comes in the Cricut tool kit). You can use the tip of a bone folder and a straight edge (also comes in the tool kit) to score as well. When I’ve been without a bone folder, the plastic handle of scissors (gee, there’s a pair in the tool kit too, lol!) did okay to smooth the fold. In a pinch I once used a lacquered chopstick to score and fold. (sorry, no chopsticks in the tool kit.) Some paper cutters have a scoring blade.
4. Print or stamp sentiment directly inside or on separate vellum or paper for a different look. If using vellum or paper on just one side, adhere as usual. If doing a double page as shown in example, adhere only on far left ( about ½ inch strip straight down left side only) so the card will close flat. (Example shows a separate cardstock insert for sentiment. BTW, since I got the sentiment off the internet (credited to ‘unknown’) and personalized it, I faded it out but it was actually typed in black ink.)
5. It’s fun to add finishing touches to the inside and back of a card. In the example, the plaid paper was folded to the back and a heart and a rhinestone bring elements from the front to the inside.(btw - the heart is adhered only to the pink cardstock so the page is free from the back and will fold flat.) A fun or personalized stamp makes a great finishing touch on the back of the card. The one in the example says “Handmade” a la Hallmark.
5. Common card & envelope sizes:
4 ¼ x 5 ½” – half sheet of 8 ½ x 11” cardstock folded in half.
envelope = A2 4 3/8 x 5 ¾
5 ½ x 8 ½ - full sheet of cardstock folded in half
envelope = A9 5 ¾ x 8 ¾
5 x 7 - envelope = A7 5 ¼ x 7 ¼
4 x 6 – envelope = A6 4 ¾ x 6 ½
May 26, 2010
Ok, here is my first try at uploading a video. I have dial-up still and it's no use to try and look at it at home, but when I go to the library, I want to be able to see the video. And hopefully learn something! :O) Here is a video on Embossing with my Cricut. (from Joys's Life.com)
the Cricut Cake is going for about $350 and with using the one you already have...well need I say more about the costs? Hee Hee :O)
cricut cake pt. 1:
And here is : pt.2
Here is part II to how to cut the gumpaste...
These videos can be found at joy's life.com:
That's it for me today too. I'll be back tomorrow..
Blessings to you...