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Spellbinders In’spire On The Road Card

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Spellbinders makes these cute wafer thin dies under their In’spire line and  I’ve had the On The Road die for quite some time but when my close friend shared she and her husband were taking the Motorhome on a trip I thought I’ve got to make her this Spellbinders In’spire On The Road card.  It so makes me think of the old I Love Lucy trailer that Lucy had such calamities in on tv.  I wanted to make a smart-aleck card asking her if she’d had ‘an I Love Lucy’ trip.  I know only the best of friends can be evil that way huh?

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I also thought that sometimes these little Spellbinders In’spire dies get overlooked.  Most often they are just one image, like the trailer.  I wanted to give you some ideas to spice them up, make them more noticeable.  An easy way is to cut the die multiple times gluing each layer on top of the previous one.  I think I have 8 or 9 layers on my little trailer.  Inking the edges also helps pop the image.

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Another super idea (not my own, one I’ve gleaned from all those talented crafty people out in Internet world) is to take a marker, ink or whatever form of color you want to use and before releasing the paper from the die color the sections.  You can see above I colored mine with a pale pink (you’ll see in the video I tried the turquoise first and it just didn’t work, the pale pink was much better).  I felt fortunate to find the little pick up truck in my hoard of stamps.  It was just the right size to pull the trailer across the paper highway.

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My signboard is a wooden piece and I took pieces from Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper (I used both the Wallflower and Destination paper pads) to mod podge the words.  I inked them with Gathered Twig and then sprayed one of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang brown starbursts over the top.

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This is a super simple, dimensional card, that’s sure to draw smiles from the recipient. The inside is a cut apart from the papers and the sentiment I printed on my computer.  I hunted online for a free font that resemble the I Love Lucy fonts.  I hope you’ll check out the Spellbinders In’spire dies and see if there aren’t a few you’d like to add to your crafty supply.  The video below will show you tips on how I put the card together along with a few other photos.

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat on blogspot and Facebook

Supplies:

IN 003 – Spellbinders In’spire On The Road die

IN 004 – Spellbinders In’spire Destination die  (I didn’t use this on the card but I do talk about it in the video)

T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

658300: Sizzix Big Shot Machine

TH93100: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Pad Wallflower

TIM 32823: Tim Holtz Gathered Twig Distress Ink

203: Scor-tape 1/2″

Three Cards Featuring Triple Circle Flip-its Dies by Sizzix

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

 

Today I have three cards for you that feature the Triple Circle Flip-its dies by Sizzix.  This die set is so much fun — and is so very easy to use.  I love the simple style that can be dressed up or dressed down.  The finished card fits into an A-2 sized envelope.  Here is a quick look at my three samples

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The Sizzix  Triple Circle Flip-its Dies are a very complete set.  There is a die that cuts out the main piece of the card, and then dies to cut out the patterned paper inserts for the left and right sides.  There is a scalloped edge die if you choose to do a scalloped edge somewhere, and there are three different sets of small and large circles (straight circles, scalloped circles and pierced circles).  There is no measuring, no mess, and really not much thinking required.  They are thin dies, and so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.

To begin, I cut the base card from a heavier ivory cardstock.  The base doesn’t have to be extremely heavy, but a heavier weight cardstock will hold up better to the opening and closing, standing open, etc.  Then I needed to select my patterned papers and how I would decorate the cards.  I immediately thought of the Place in Time cut-apart papers from Graphic 45.  They are a couple of years old now, and so are getting a little hard to find.  If you’re like me, you either have a good source or have a couple of favorite sheets tucked away for future use.

Before I could cut the patterned paper pieces, I needed to select the elements that I wanted to feature on the Graphic 45 sheet.  I liked the three elements grouped together at the bottom of the page, and selected those as my “inner” circles.  For the outside circle, I thought it made sense to use a matching or complementary word cut from the cardstock.  I also chose an element to place on the larger patterned paper panel in lieu of a sticker (Sizzix recommends use of a sticker in that location).  Using my ivory cardstock, I cut three of the largest scalloped circles and three of the smaller pierced circle to go with the decorative elements.  I cut the three decorative pieces using a scalloped circle that I had from another die set.  That die is the same size as the large pierced circle.  It isn’t always necessary to use another set of dies, here it was a matter of preference.

To assemble the card, I first folded the base piece along the scored lines.  Once folded, I carefully attached the patterned paper panels.  In placing these, be sure to use a sufficient amount of a strong adhesive (like Scor-Tape).  Next I added the front circles to the piece.  I attached the word to the circle using Scor-Tape, and then used Scor-Tape to center the circle in the appropriate location.  Then I added a piece of Scor-Tape to the reverse side of each of the circles.  Beginning at the top, I carefully placed the large scalloped circles so that they appear centered from the front (they will be larger than the circle opening that is created.  Once all three circles are in place, I used a piece of Scor-Tape to add the decorative elements to the circles.

To finish the card, I added a decorative element on the side with the large patterned paper.  I also added a plain paper (or a plain paper with a sentiment) that will provide an area where the card can be signed by the giver.  If desired, you can also add a bow or a small decoration to the front flap of the card (the one with the small patterned paper).   To keep the card closed in transit and other times, as desired, I made either a ribbon bow or a belly band.  I kept these a little loose so they could be easily removed and/or replaced as needed.  The belly band on the Thanksgiving card was made using a border found on the November Place in Time cut-apart sheet and the Spellbinder Belly Bands 2 die set.   Please see the short video for additional information on assembly of the cards.

I made three different cards — one using the April Place in Time paper (a Thinking of You card); one using the June Place in Time paper  (a wedding card); and one using the November Place in Time paper (a Thanksgiving card).   Pictures of each follow –

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June  June 2

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November   November 2

November 3   belly band

I know that you will have as much fun as I did with these quick and easy cards.

 

Supply list

Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-its Die Set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot

ivory cardstock (a little heavier weight will work better)

assorted patterned papers — I used several sheets of the Place in Time cut-apart sheets by Graphic 45

Small scalloped circle dies (optional)

Assorted ribbon and embellishments

Spellbinders Belly Band 2 die set (optional)

Scor-Tape by Scor Pal

appropriate sentiment, as needed

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Celebrate the Journey Hot Air Balloon Mini

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Paul and I love going to Hot Air Balloon festivals and feel fortunate to have gone to five of them.  I have lots of photos from each event just sitting on my hard drive waiting to be scrapped.  Most of you that watch my videos and read my blog posts know I rarely make anything for my own use.  This time was a perfect exception!

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When I saw Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection I knew I had to make something for my Hot Air Balloon photos.  The bonus was as I was surfing Sa Crafters Zibbet store I found the clincher!  She had just released a Hot Air Balloon chipboard mini which was going to work perfect with the papers.  I have to tell you this was so fun, doing a shaped mini this way!  I was a little stumped how I was going to open and close it, I punched the four holes across the bottom basket on each page with my Cinch and tried the coils but I pulled those out instantly, it just wasn’t the right look.  I had already used the jute cording on the basket and decided I’d lace the holes through each page and knot them below leaving them hang.  This was perfect.

I stP1130406ill needed some way to keep the mini closed when not looking at it.  and since it opens downward that meant something had to attach to the top.  The solution ended up simpler than I had thought.  I had some Tim Holtz Grungeboard, I guess you’d call them latches.  I painted them with Distress inks and then sprayed them with Mission Bells Brown and Time Travel Teal Starburst Sprays from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, perfect colors, in fact I used this duo several other places in the book to tie the colors into the papers. Adding the brads on the back was fine but hindsight is always better.  I should have done this before any papers were laid so now I had the ends showing inside but I just trimmed a saying from the paper and glued it with Beacon’s Fabri Tac and Scor-Tape, I don’t think it’s moving any time soon.  I punched a hole in the front flap, adhered a Tim Holtz hitch fastener and now I can simply slip it on and off when opening and closing the mini!

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The balloon is pretty good size measuring 7 1/4″ at the widest point and 11″ from top to bottom.  Since I had 5 events to house photos for I had to devise ways to incorporate more than one or two photos on each of the 5 pages (10 sides).  This is accomplished the easiest by making flipouts, flipups, waterfalls and tuck in booklets, each of which hold 6 to 12 photos.

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There is nothing better than working on a project that makes you happy the whole time you’re doing it and that’s how I felt as I made this mini.  I wish time had permitted me getting the photos printed and in the book for you, perhaps I’ll do a later video and share that with you as well. Each page just seemed to take on a life of its own and I moved through the pages. Of course, using Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, certainly made my job much easier. The papers lent themselves to this type of project and the pictures, sayings and cut aparts were perfect for what I had stirring around in my brain.  I used the die that accompanies this set, the Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags, they cut the printed pieces out in a snap.

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As I said earlier there were five pages of chipboard giving me ten sides to work with, so to try to show you each page and everything that’s on it would take up so much blog space I’m going to content myself with just sharing a taste of the fronts above and the backs below.  I hope you’ll join me on the video which will give you a total walk through of each page and scads of photos for inspiring you to create a shaped mini of your own.

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Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit my on my blog or Facebook at A Soul’s Heartbeat

Supplies:

HCDP1 242 – Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey 12×12 paper pad

HCD 745 – Heartfelt Creations Luggage & Tag dies

TIM32823 – Tim Holtz Distress ink Gathered Twigs

90910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Evergreen Bough

95910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers

Supplies from my stash: SaCrafters Chipboard Hot Air Balloon mini, arrow words, mini hot air balloons, wood sayings; Lindy’s Mission Bells Brown and Tim Travel Teal Starburst Sprays, jute twine, extra cardstock for matting, Scotch Quick Dry, Beacon’s Fabri Tac, stickles, glitter, Aleene’s Paper Glaze

Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Today I want to share a fun project featuring the Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.    These dies are so fun, and so easy, and so very versatile.  You have many choices — from a two or three panel card to a mini-album with as many pages as you like.  As a sample of this versatility, I made a 14-panel mini-album featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas papers by Graphic 45.

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I had so much fun making this little mini-album.  It was unbelievably easy.  Some of the elements took a little time (primarily all of the fussy cutting), but it went together very quickly.

The first step was to cut apart the die set — Accordion Fancy Label by Elizabeth Craft Design.  The set comes attached together with tabs in between.  This isn’t a set that you can simply break apart — you need to cut it apart with wire cutters, etc.  Once that was done, I selected black paper for my front and back covers, and twelve sheets of paper from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 6×6 patterns and solids pad.  Because of all of the colors involved, I thought it best to keep the paper styles to a minimum, so I used three sheets each of four different color patterns.  I even tried to keep the patterns somewhat consistent.  With the paper selected, it was very simple to cut the individual pages on my Sizzix Big Shot.

It is important to decorate each page before beginning to assemble the book.  To be certain that the book can be assembled properly, be sure to keep the short tabs (on the label) and the long tab on the panel to the right.  For the front and back cover pages, I wanted to add a pop of color.  I selected the beautiful plaid design in the Twelve Days of Christmas set, and cut a center label (the main die set has four sizes of nesting labels).  I also wanted to add some color to the base, and I used a coordinating die set to accomplish this.  The coordinating die set, Fancy Frame Edges, is also by Elizabeth Craft and provides a choice of three different frame styles to go around the outside of the window.  You can see how I decorated my front and back panels below.  Note that I put the border only on the one side of each cover — I’m having second thoughts about that and think I probably should have decorated both sides (when the mini-album is folded, the plain black side shows).

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Each of the pages were easy to decorate — I simply cut a black label layer for each page, and fussy cut the appropriate elements from the Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 paper pack.  I attached the fussy cut elements to the black label before attaching it to the appropriate page.  I also added the words at the top and bottom — at the top “on the first day of Christmas”, and at the bottom “a partridge in a pear tree”.  I used Scor-Tape to attach each of the elements.  Here are more pictures of the decorated panels –

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Once the pages were decorated, it was time to attach the pages.  I started with pages 1 and 2.   I added Scor-Tape to the two tabs on the label, and to the long tab on the side of the panel.  I removed the liner from the long tab on the side of panel 1 and attached it to panel 2.  Then I folded them together, forming a “valley” fold.  When the two base panels were attached, I folded the center label of each up so that I could attach them (in a “mountain” fold).  The two tabs from the center label of panel 1 attach to the center label of panel 2.  It really is much easier than it sounds!  You just keep up the process, alternating mountain and valley folds, until all fourteen panels are attached together.  Be careful to alternate the folds so that the accordion is formed properly.   On the last panel, simply cut off the two extra tabs on the center label and the long tab on the side of the panel.   Very easy assembly!  Please see the short video for additional information on decorating and assembling the panels.

I really couldn’t get a good photo of the entire assembled project (it is just too large), but hopefully you can see how cute this turned out from the snipped photos below.

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There are so many different uses for this die set.  It also coordinates with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Circle dies (they can be used together).  The Accordion Oval dies are similar, but the size differs so they can’t be mixed with the other two sets.  Each has a set of coordinating frames or borders.  I think they are great for so many different projects.

 

Supplies used

Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Fancy Label dies and Fancy Frame Edges dies

die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

cardstock — I used black cardstock and various sheets from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 and 6×6 paper packs

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″

ribbon and embellishment

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

Pirate Ship Card featuring Nautical Dies by Docrafts

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Ahoy Matey!  Today I have a fun pirate ship card featuring the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts.  These dies are just so much fun and so versatile.  To give my card even more dimension and movement, I added an Action Wobble Spring.  You’ve got to love a pirate ship that really sails the ocean!

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I love the Docrafts Build-A-Scene Nautical dies.  There are a lot of different pieces that you can use to build numerous nautical scenes.  The packaging for the dies suggests at least four ideas –

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The dies are versatile enough for card making as well as scrapbooking.  I love the choices, and the ease in creating a fun scene.

I wanted to have quite a bit of dimension and movement for my card.  I began with a light blue base, cut 5″ x 7″.  I also selected four other colors of blue paper to form the waves — varying from dark to light.  I cut 2″ x 5″ strips of each color, and then used the classic wave die (the upside down scallop die) to cut two pieces of waves from the cardstock.  I began attaching these to my card base using Scor-Tape, until I reached the medium blue (the next to the lightest color) — this is where I wanted my ship to ride the waves, and I needed to do something a little different.  I attached the bottom layer of medium blue using Scor-Tape, and then the next layer was tucked underneath and I used a pop dot cut in half and placed half at each end of the wave.  This is to pop it up a little and allow for movement of the ship.

To give the ship additional dimension and movement, I decided to mount it on a wobble spring.  If you haven’t used them, the Action Wobble Springs are easy to use and add a lot of “fun” to a card.  This is a picture of one –

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They are very easy to use — each one is marked so that you can easily determine the top from the bottom, etc. so it will work properly.  Any time that you are using a wobble spring, you’ll need to build the image that will wobble separately from the card itself.  (Normally I would build the ship onto the front of the card.)  I cut out the ship image and a variety of sails.  The ship’s masts are fairly thin, so I wondered if they would handle the wobble spring.  In order to determine that, I needed to continue assembling it by attaching the sails to each of the masts.  I was sure to keep each sail and each mast separate in order to give the appearance of more dimension, and to allow the ship to move about freely.  There was a gap in the middle where I wanted to put the wobble spring (I didn’t want it to show), and I thought that the mast could use a little support so I cut a piece of cardstock the size of the wobble spring as a reinforcement for that area (I used the same color as I did for the sails).  I attached it to the back of the middle mast with some Scor-Tape.  That is also where I attached the wobble spring to the completed ship.  The wobble spring incorporates a strong adhesive on both sides, so no need for anything further.  I cut the words “ahoy there” using one of the dies in the Docrafts set, and attached them using Sticky Dots.   I finished the project by adding a sun and a few clouds in the sky.  Please see the short video for  a further description of how I assembled the card, and to see how much fun and movement the wobble spring adds.

I’m looking forward to using the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts for other projects.   I think the octopus is calling to me . . .

You can also view my tutorial on the Cut@Home YouTube Channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tts6Qt7WhpU&list=UU_J_Rav4J9_6V2ULdAgbMpw

 

Supply List:

Docrafts Nautical Build-A-Scene dies

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Assorted cardstock

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sticky Dots by Therm-o-Web

Action Wobble Spring

Sun and cloud dies — I used the small sun and the rainbow and clouds sets by Lil’ Inkers

Pop dot or other dimensional adhesive

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Fourth of July Cards Using Paper Piecing Technique

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I can’t believe that it is July already!  One of my favorite holidays, the Fourth of July, is coming up very quickly and I wanted to make a few Fourth of July cards to send to friends and family.  When I looked at my stash, I found that I’ve previously used everything that I have for the Fourth, so I wanted something new and different.  I decided to use some of the “everyday” My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girls to make my cards.   Here they are –

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Check out the Paper Piecing Technique in full detail I used here: http://ucutathome.com/blog/paper-piecing-card-making-projects/

Thanks!

Happy Scrappin’

 

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