Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thankful Friend Side Step Card

Here's a friendship card I made with my Accucut Craft Side Step Card. I know how to do a Side Step card by hand with a scoreboard, but I'm not that great with an Xacto knife, so having the die is a big boon to me.

I bought this stamp of the two girls on an impulse. I thought of my sister and myself as soon as I saw it and I just had to have it. [Have a made a card for my sister with it? Nope (not yet).] This is the first card I've made with it! The image looks watercoloured on the front of the packaging so I tried to mimic that with my Tombow watercolour markers. This stamp line comes from a shop in Markham, near Toronto. It's a line the owners illustrate and produce. The designs are quite darling - it reminds me of old fashioned children's story books!

The side step card folds flat for mailing.

The sender's sentiment goes on the back.

I made another side step card for my nephew's birthday a few weeks ago. As soon as I find time to edit the pictures, I'll show you that one too. Personally, I'm having a lot more fun with the box cards right now than the step card! What's your favourite kind of dimensional card?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Friends Scrapbook Mini Album - video

I'm still experimenting with binding systems! I like the ribbon binding on my "triple envelope" albums. So, I want to do that on individual pages. I did it once for a birthday album and I really liked how that turned out.

I was going to do a video on it, but I found one that was fairly close to my method. (You can see her mini album binding method at about 14 minutes in to her video.) I am not very good with an Xacto Knife though, so I bought a strip making die that makes 1/2 inch strips. I can use 1/2 inch spaces or I can scoot the paper over and create 1/4 inch spaces.

This album is my first try of that binding system. I had to try 3x before I got the measurements all right. The pages turn very easily. I like to line my hinges with Tyvek for an anti-tear enhancement but that sometimes makes them stiff. Using ribbon prevents that.

I used an 8.5 x 11 paper stack by DCWV. (It's taking me a LONG time to get through this stack, I tell you!) The pages are actually no. 10 business envelopes that I cut down. I put the ribbon in the open end. I didn't open the other end to make pockets. The envelopes feel a little thin when you  open them. Leaving it sealed on the outer edge feels like a sturdier page.

I used a whole lot of Accucut Craft Dies in this album. I've entered it in their August 2015 Challenge for Friendship themed creations! I love using die cuts. One of my custom made ones appears in this album as well.

I used to hate stamping, but now I like that too. Just as I started taking a shine to stamping, stamps and co-ordinating dies sets have become popular! Woo hoo! Wish I were the genius who thought of that!

You can see the full video walk-through of my Friends 4 life scrapbook mini album on my Fairycardmaker Vimeo channel.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heart Filled Wedding Card in a Box

I'm on a card in a box kick at the moment! I made my first card in a box earlier this year based on a tutorial. It was a vertical A2 card (4.25 x 5.5 inches). I made that one an outer space themed card and I gave it to one of my nephews for his birthday. I wasn't particularly fond of the narrow space for the sentiment on the back though.

So, I found a tutorial for an A2 horizontal card in a box to make a cheer up card for someone at work. I LOVED it. I made some more (which I might post at a later date). It was a great size but, I thought to myself, "I think I can make a 5 x 7 inch version."

The first one I did, the sides were deeper and that made it seem a little too gaping for me. So, I tried a different set of measurements and I love how this one turned out!
This is my 5 x 7 horizontal card in a box! I even managed to make it from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock - well, the base, at least. I had to use some scraps for the "benches" that go inside. I used a die from Little B that I bought online from Top Dog Dies to cut out all those hearts from 3 different sets of scraps. One the front, I used my newest Accucut Craft Die: Fancy Frame insert. It's the perfect size for cards.

Although you can't see it well in the photo, I embossed the panels on the flaps and the back of the box. I used white on white because this is a wedding card. (Navy is one of the wedding colours.)

When folded flat, the card measures 5 x 7 inches, so it can go in a regular card envelope.

I made a pocket on the back of this one and put in it another Accucut Craft die: Gift Tag #4. This way, I can write the sentiment on one or both sides of the tag and, if I mess up, I haven't ruined my whole card!

I'm very pleased with how this ensemble came out!

As for my first attempt, where I wasn't really loving the dimensions, I made it into a gingerbread house holiday card. I used home stamps from Local King Rubber Stamps (a stamp company out of British Columbia). Embossing them in white on kraft cardstock gives them a gingerbread house look. I think it turned out really sweet. I'm going to donate it to a retirement home this holiday season with the other cards I'm piling up for staff to give out to the residents.

If you haven't tried making a card in a box yet, I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Love is in the air... with this Wedding Shower Card!

My cousin is getting married! Later this month, she will have her wedding. Last month, she had a wedding shower. I must be showing my age because, when I saw "wedding" shower instead of "bridal" shower, I had to ask the hostess, "Does that mean men can come?" Yes, it was a couple's shower! I like that idea.

But.... then I couldn't make a girl-only card (like a wedding dress or a bouquet or something). My sister was over the other day and was trying to come up with a wedding card for our cousin. She has a very nice heart stamp (in fact, I've borrowed it before!). I showed her how to use a DVD case as a makeshift MISTI.

First, she stamped the heart in colour. Then, she cleaned it (without moving it) and inked it with versamark. Then she covered it in clear embossing powder. That's one way to get a heat embossed look without owning a bunch of embossing powder colours!

She didn't like it on her card, so I told her to leave it with me (hee hee!). My cousin's colours are hot pink and silver. So, this is what I did with my sister's discarded stamped image:

(Sorry for the cruddy picture. I took it right before I ran out the door!) The raised pattern behind the heart is a silver pearly paper. It looks very "wedding"-ish but not very silver though. I think I will use a silver metallic or a grey on the wedding card.

July is also Accucut Crafts' wedding challenge month! Upload wedding themed items created with an Accucut Craft die for a chance to win a $150 worth of Accucut Craft dies! Since I've got a wedding to go to later this month plus one in August, you can bet I'll be entering this contest!!