Saturday, July 13, 2019

Christmas in July Shaker Cards

I try to sneak at least one Christmas card into my workshops each time. Those are by far the biggest batch of handmade cards I send in a year. So, for our July shaker card class, I made sure one was Christmas.

Another could be Christmas but it could work for a winter birthday too. The summery card is a "just because" kind of card.

I was inspired to make shaped shaker kits like the ones from Queen & Co. If you've got a Xyron sticker maker and some nesting dies, you're good go. Else, you can buy the whole kit and kaboodle from Queen & Co.

I really liked Queen & Co.'s All Bundled Up kit. I love the chubby little penguin in it. But it also has this cute winter hat, or tuque we would call it here in Canada. I like watching CardsandCoffeeTime's youtube videos. She's on the Queen & Co. design team and I really liked her version of the hat card (<--- click="" her="" p="" post="" see="" to="">
I don't have the kit or dies, but I have a half circle by Frantic stamper. So I used that and made my own shaker hat!
This shaker is filled with seed beads from Dollarama or Dollar Tree.

For card number two, I've been a fan of collage front cards for a long time, but never wanted to invest in the cost of the dies. I finally bought a couple when I found a good sale on Accucut Craft's website. I got the dies for only a little more than the wafer thin, chemically etched dies, but these are steel rule. So, I can cut chipboard and thin wood and other materials if I wanted to collage a home decor piece or something.

These are colour blocking dies, but they are also called collage dies or cover panels. I bought one in A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inches) and one in A6 (4.75 x 6.25 inches) as I make my cards those two sizes almost exclusively. Here's the A6:
I *love* how this card turned out. I used glitter cardstock from Dollarama or Dollar tree. It's thin, but pretty and doesn't shed. I used a handful of paper scraps for the backdrops and then a mix of beads and sequins inside. This type of collage card is *excellent* to use up small scraps! I coloured the bunny with my Copic markers.

Here's the A2 card. I just had to use these penguins from Hello Bluebird. (I love the storybook style of drawings for Hello Bluebird's stamps!) This one is not a shaker. I wanted to see how well it looked just flat instead of a shaker. Isn't it cute? Mommy and Daddy penguin are by the mistletoe while the kids have a snowball fight.

Back to the shaker cards! Our last shaker card for the workshop was a springtime Yeti (a.k.a. abominable snowman, a.k.a. sasquatch). I could have coloured him brown like a sasquatch but I didn't.

He is also a Hello Bluebird stamp, along with the sentiment. I wanted to show my creative crew how, if you use vellum instead of acetate for the shaker window, you can tone down what's behind it. Here, we stamped on the vellum, but you could stamp on a strip of paper and lay it across the vellum. (If you stamp on vellum, you must use Stazon or other archival/permanent ink because vellum is non-porous.) Because the vellum tones down the shaker filler, we used all sequins in this shaker. There's a mix of 5 warm coloured sequins in there.

We used my homemade cloud stencil and some Dollarama make-up brushes to create the sky. The round balloons are from a Stampin' Up! punch that I have and the heart shaped one is from a Marianne Design die set. Again, I used Copic markers to colour the Yeti and the bluebird.

The crew enjoyed this workshop. Having the shakers as a whole kit really made them go faster for the participants. Hooray for Queen & Co. for doing the heavy lifting and offering simplicity to their shoppers which inspired me to do the same for my creative crew.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Give a Poem a Home - Father's Day 2019

Hi Crafty Internet!
Happy Father's Day to all the dad's, grand-dad's and guardians out there. For my dad this year, I made an interactive handmade card. I've seen these referred to as flip it cards and also as Swing Cards, but there are other kinds of swing cards out there now.

The interactive part comes from a shape cut in the front. You fold the card front one way and the shape the opposite way so that, when you open the card, the shape rights itself into a flat sheet of paper, revealing the back side of the shape.

So, on the front, my card says "You're out of this world." On the back, it says: "Happy Father's Day."

Most swing cards do not have the extra flap. But I didn't like the idea of squishing my sentiment behind just 1 half of the shape. So, I put a flap on mine so I could fit a larger sentiment. I used Lawn Fawn's "Open Me" stamp on it so that my dad will know it's a tri-fold card.

The inside reads:
With lots of love
And happy thoughts
We hope you know
We love you lots!

Have a very
Happy Father's Day!
We hope good things
Will come your way!

I made the galaxy background on the outside and framed it in my hexagon nesting dies from Marianne Design. (Purchased from Ecstasy Crafts online store.) If you would like to see, I made a video of my galaxy background process on YouTube. I didn't have a big enough Father's Day sentiment stamp, so I dug out my old Quickutz Empire font dies to make this one. I used a star embossing folder instead of patterned paper on the outside. The rocket is a die cut that I cut from some self-adhesive silver metal sheets (also from my very old Quickutz stash.)

I worked out the dimensions for 4 of these flip it cards:
  • A6 (4.75 x 6.25 inches) in portrait and in landscape (portrait one shown here)
  • A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inches) in portrait and in landscape
Actually, I discovered the pattern for making these so that you can make this kind of card in any size. All you really need to know is the starting point and that number is one half the width of your card front.

I had an urge to make a girly version of this design, so I made a birthday card.

I used no patterned paper again. I use more of my galaxy piece and I stamped the pattern. I didn't have the right pink colour for cardstock, so I made it by inking white cardstock with pink ink and added some iridescent acrylic medium to make it sparkly.

I also made the sentiment area so that you can slide the sentiment in or out in case you mess up and need to turn it over or cut a new piece and start again.

These little critters are stamps from Hello Bluebird that I coloured with my Copic Markers. I think they are sweet.

Have you made Flip It cards before? What's your favourite kind of interactive cards?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

DIY Notepads from Paper Scraps

Got scraps? Make memo pads! I made almost 30 DIY notepads for administrative professional's day. I used plain copy paper cut to size, tissue boxes for covers, and paper scraps for embellishments.

I have a video walkthrough of all the ones I made (minus 2 smaller ones that in had to pop in the mail before filming).

I got the copy paper free and, for my favourite 2 sizes, 10-12 sheets makes 3 pads of 20-24 pages. The pads themselves are very easy to make with loads of video tutorials readily available. Since I am klutzy with a glue gun, I used the slower, Elmer's glue method. I have no idea if these pads will hold up to having sheets torn out or will split into pieces part way through. Only one way to find out - USE them!

What I like about them is that, for cardmakers, when your pad is all done, you can trim the front covers to a smaller rectangle and use it as an embellishment on a card!

I tried to keep all the sentiments positive and happy thoughts.

I even did a little DIY on some embellishments. I made these faux enamel dots with cardstock, gold nail polish, glossy accents (glue) and good ol' scissors.
(Click picture for larger view.)

Want to see them all? Click the picture below to go to my YouTube channel to see them!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

I went to the Lindt factory outlet in my part of the city. I love that they carry some Ghiradelli chocolates. I bought some squares and some bars for co-workers as Easter treats. Well, I had to dress them up!

I recently purchased a Marianne Design bunny die set. I don't normally go for bunnies but there's A LOT of versatility in this set.

I put them in the mug because I think that is sweetest. They have the little arched eyes and I knew I could use those on my fox die from Marianne Design too that I use for die cuts that look like our husky. (I just noticed now that I did one set of eyes arched up and one arched down! Oh well, both look okay to me!)

The wrapping paper is just from a kraft roll from Michaels. I stamped all over it with a Stampin' Up! flower set. (It wasn't hard but it took a while to cover the whole paper.) I used a Your Next Stamp tag topper die. It cuts the shape at the top but has no bottom so you can make the tag as long as you want.

Behind the bunnies, I just used a wash of colour. The pink bunny is from a Tombow watercolour marker.
I even made the "enamel dot" heart! I used some acrylic paint and then blobbed some Glossy Accents dimensional glue over it in a heart shape (two tear drops joined together). I let it dry and then cut it out by hand. I think it turned out very well! I love that it's semi-flat - good for mailing. (And it's sparkly because the paint was sparkly.)

I did the same techniques on the blue one.
You can see the dimension of the homemade enamel dots better in the second picture. For this one, I used dollar store nail polish on black cardstock underneath the dimensional glue.

I made a little basket for the squares out of my french fry box die. You basically cut two backs of the die and stick them together and then make little handles. (Sorry, didn't get a picture of that one. It was getting pretty late at night!)

I think they turned out cute and I'm very proud of my dots. They are not perfect circles like manufactured dots, but when they are scattered on a card and given to non-crafters - I'm sure no one will examine them closely enough to notice.

P.S. this project used only scraps! Love it!