Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Masculine Scratchpad Weekend Project

First you need a scratch pad.  You can measure if you wish but I like to just wing it.  I do measure how wide the the scratchpad is but after that I just fold things over edges, mark them with my fingernail and score as I go.  My Island Indigo card stock measures 7-7/16" x 3-1/16".  It's not that important because each scratchpad is going to be different. Scratchpads are not precision work so it will be rare to find a whole pack that is exactly the same, especially if you buy them in bulk.  I had gotten mine in bulk from Staples.  Paper is heavy so you may have to pay a lot for shipping.  Fortunately when I ordered these I needed printer ink so I was able to get my order high enough to qualify for free shipping!!! 

I took a full sheet of cards stock and cut it on the short side at 4-1/4".  I did that so I could use the other side for a future card.  I took the other piece and cut it the width of my scratchpad.  Then I marked the edge of the card stock where the back of the scratchpad lined up to it.  I scored that line.  Then I marked the next edge where the card stock folds over the bound end of the scratch pad.  I scored there too.  Then I measured 2" from that last score and cut the end off.  You don't have to measure.  You can eye it, just make sure you have enough to fold over.  The top edge is tucked under so a fold is showing on the front and not a raw edge. Plus that makes a little side "pocket" for you to slide in the strip of card stock to bind the top piece to the scratchpad.  I took the strip of card stock that was left over from cutting the width of my scratchpad.  I slipped it in the "pocket" and folded it around the scratchpad to the front.  I cut off the end, leaving over an inch of card stock to slip into the other "pocket."

Now for the assembly.  Glue your card stock to the back of the scratchpad.  You can tape it but you need the Sticky Strip.  It just seemed like a lot of Sticky Strip to use and it's not as easy to work with if you get the pad on crooked.  And trust me, it doesn't always want to go on straight.  Glue the card stock to the bonded edge of the scratchpad, plus glue the inside flap to the white paper on the pad.  The bottom photo shows the card stock glued to the back of the scratchpad. You can see the bound edge is not glued or that inside flap.  In the photo the inside flap is facing outward. Once I glue that it will fold in and stick to the white scratch paper.  Do not glue that flap shut or you will not be able to slip that strip of card stock inside.  A note here: Even if you cut your card stock straight and think you glued it on straight, it may not end up straight due to the scratchpad being cut just a little bit crooked.  Don't panic, it will still look fine.

This part is a bit tricky.  Put a little glue on one end of the strip and slip it inside the "pocket."  I glued both sides of the card stock strip with a light layer of glue so it wouldn't ooze out or scrape off.  Then I repeated that for the other side.  Now your scratch pad is ready to decorate as you wish!  

I have a "notes" stamp that I had custom made a LONG time ago.  I use it when I make notepads and notebooks.   Next I stamped the pages with the fish from the "By the Sea" set.  That took a little while to do.  Just a note here.  The image is not as sharp as it is when you stamp on card stock.  Scratchpads are not the greatest quality of paper.  But the image is clear enough and the paper is just going to be written on and tossed out eventually.  And there you have it, a fun notepad from a plain scratchpad.

These are very fun to make and after you make a couple they go pretty fast.  It just takes a little bit of time to get the other end of that strip in.  Just start with a corner of the strip and slowly work it in.  You can bend the strip a little on the end, it won't matter, it won't show.  It will be tucked and glued to the inside!

Have fun making these and thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Traveler Masculine Birthday Card

Today I thought I would make a card using something that was just sitting around in my workroom.  I have no idea why I had this image stamped and just sitting on my worktable. So today I thought I would just make a quick and simple card with it.  Oh and the best part about putting a card like this together is, there was no stamps to clean up when I was done!!!  

I used the wood look embossing folder since I didn't have any other masculine looking background.  I'm sure the dotted one would have looked okay too but I thought I would go with this.  I used Early Espresso card stock since the ink looked like it was Early Espresso.  I punched out the scalloped oval and set it in place using Dimensionals.  The words were done on my computer, and I'm sorry, I do not know what font I used.  I just find ones I like that will work well in the 1-1/4" circle area.  

A find like this makes putting a card together super simple and ever SO quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Work of Art Meets World of Dreams

I just can't seem to get enough of that "Work of Art" set.  I love this particular image too! It's so fun and there's lots of things you can do with it.  I try not to use it too often because I want to have some variety on my site!! But there are times when the ideas flow and you just have to run with them.  I have not used this set too much lately so I figured I was safe!!

I used Island Indigo for my blue color and Pistachio Pudding for the green.  Aren't they fun colors together?  

The image from the "World of Dreams" set was stamped using black Memento ink.  The words were done on the computer and punched out using the 1-1/4" circle punch, then the pistachio piece was punched out using the 1-3/8" circle punch and the indigo piece was punched out using the scalloped circle punch.  Once those layers were put together they were set in place using Dimensionals.

I just thought it was a super fun, quick, and easy card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I Like You Birthday Card

Today I am going to share a card with you that reminds me SO much of the "Bordering on Romance" stamp set.  

I am still working on using the Blendabilities markers.  I'm not very good with them yet.  I am thinking that I still like the blender pen better!! I think I had mastered that technique!  I used the Coastal Cabana assortment and the Old Olive assortment.  I think there is one more assortment I want to get and I think I'm done buying them. No, I don't have them all, just the ones I think I would get the most use out of.

I colored in the flowers and then the leaves.  I used Hello Honey for the center of the flowers and for the three buds sticking out of the top of the medium size flower.  

The words were done on my computer and I set them in place on top of a circle of Hello Honey and a scalloped circle of Coastal Cabana.

It's one of those "clean and simple" cards.  It was easy enough to do. I think I may doe a little research on the "Bordering on Romance" images floating around on the net and see if I can convert some fun ones into the "I Like You" set!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Work of Art Thank You Card

A few days ago I had made a thank you card for a friend and I wasn't very fond of it, so today I made a new one.  I like this one SO much better.  And I got to play with sequins too!!

The base of my card is Coastal Cabana.  I used Lullaby decorative paper, and Whisper White card stock.  I also used some retired Coastal Cabana ribbon.  I didn't have that color in the current ribbons so I just used what I had.  You can substitute other ribbons as well.  

I used Coastal Cabana ink and the "Work of Art" stamp set here.  I inked up the stamp and stamped 3 times on the card stock (only ink it once and just keep moving the image down).

I stamped the words using the black Memento ink pad.  I stamped the heart using the Hello Honey ink pad and I cut it out by hand.  I set it in place using a Dimensional.  I also added a sequin to the heart and a couple more on top of the card.  I set them in place with Crystal Effects.  I thought it would hold better than tape or regular white glue.  

This was a fun and simple card to make. Plus I just LOVE the colors.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Traveler Masculine Card

Today I had not only ran across a piece of map decorative paper but I also ran across a stamp from Inkadinkado.  I just loved the wording.  And this train went SO well with the wording now, didn't it?  

I used Early Espresso ink.  It's such a dark ink that it looked black.  The base of my card is Crumb Cake, then a layer of Chocolate Chip, and then the map paper.  It was great to be able to use that paper.  It was starting to get wrinkled from sitting around.  

This was a fun card to make and a great masculine card.  I thought it would be fun to use the train image and these words on a notebook.  I think I may whip one up sometime next week!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wondrous Wreath Christmas Card

Today I am going to share a card with you that Terri had ready for her downline to make.  It's from the new Holiday Catalog (page 9).  It even comes with a die and is bundled for a better price!!  I think I'm going to have to order the bundle.  It's such a simple card wot make.  The stamp has a tab on it so you can line it up perfectly every time.  

We stamped the image using the lighter green, then we used a different stamp in the set and a darker green.  You can line up the image perfectly because you can see through the stamp!  And then you add the red berries.  The bow was stamped and cut out with a die too!  No fussy cutting at all!!!

I really like this layout and I'm thinking that I may just use it for our Christmas card this year.  I usually make a snowman card but after all the snow we got last year, I protested and wouldn't even go out and make one! I was even considering having my snowflake tattoos removed!!!  But I didn't!!

I promise I won't show you another Christmas card for a while, I know it's a bit early for them but I didn't want to lose this one before I posted it!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Negative Space Stamping Technique

Today I am going to share with you a card I had received in a "Negative Space Technique" swap. This card was made by Nancy in Terri's downline technique night group.  

It's a little difficult to see but the star is punched out and then the star is punched out using a circle punch.  Then a piece of gold glitter paper was affixed to the circle.  The layers were set in place using Dimensionals.  

This looks like a quick and simple card to make.  The base of the card is Basic Black with a piece of gold striped vellum set on the top and a piece of Washi tape across the front edge of the vellum.  It's a very striking card and this photo does not do it justice.  

You can read more about this technique here.  It's another card made using the technique but a bit more descriptive.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mixed Bunch

Today I found a fun card made by Mary at Stamp Pretty.  I thought it looked like a fun card to make, and it was.  I stamped the background using the black Memento ink.  I also stamped the larger flower and the flower center with the same ink.  I punched both the flower and the flower center out.  LOVE doing that, no fussy cutting!!!

I did not add any words because I was not sure what I was going to use this card for.  I wanted to make it with no idea for what occasion.  So I will be setting it aside until an occasion arises.  

I LOVE quick cards lately and this one was extremely quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Flower Shop Feel for Fall

I wasn't happy with the thank you card I made yesterday so I thought I would try a new one.  I do like this one much better.  I found this fun layout by Shauna at a Card a Day.  I thought I would change the colors up for more of a fall look and go from there.  

I also liked the torn edge paper too.  I use a little trick to get my layers to look good torn.  I make the back layer longer, I usually don't cut the back layer until I'm done with the tearing part.  I even up the bottom edges on both layers and then I rip my card stock.  Then I slide the top layer up a little so it shows the layer and I mark the top of the back layer to where I need to trim it up to look like an even layer on all edges.  Now for this one, my back layer strip wasn't very long to begin with so what I ended up doing was trimming the top layer just a little to make it all look even.  You do whatever it takes to make it look good!!!  

I used the "thank you" from the "An Open Heart" set.  

The base of my card is Whisper White.  The decorative paper is the new Tangelo Twist color and the torn card stock panel is Pumpkin Pie.  I stamped the "Flower Shop" flower using Tangelo Twist.  I also stamped it again using the black Memento ink pad.  I punched out the center using the 3/4" circle punch.  I set the center and the flower on Dimensionals.  

I tied the ribbon in a knot and then I cut it off the spool.  I taped the raw ends on the back of the panel and then taped the panel in place.  

This was a super fun and easy card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, September 20, 2014

An Open Heart Thank You Card

Tonight I needed to make a thank you card.  I thought I would play with the "An Open Heart" stamp set.  I am not thrilled with this "Lullaby" decorative paper I chose.  I am not sure why I went with it.  I should have picked one or the other.  Since it's so late I think I am going to file this card away and make a different one tomorrow.

They all can't be winners!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Friday, September 19, 2014

World of Dreams General Card

I saw this fun layout by Sandi on Pinterest.  There was no link attached to the card and the photo didn't have a link with it.  I thought it was such a pretty card.  I didn't want to add the wording because I wasn't sure what I wanted to use the card for.  In leaving it blank I can use it for quite a number of occasions.  I also changed the colors. I wanted to make more of a fall looking card.  

The flowery part is from the "World of Dreams" set and the butterfly is from the "Pappillon Potpourri" set.  I stamped the whole flower image using Wild Wasabi.  I took my blender pen and removed the ink from the flower part.  Then I took the Mossy Meadow ink and touched the ink pad lightly to the greens.  Next I took the Tangelo Twist marker and colored in the flowers.  

The butterfly was stamped using the black Memento ink pad and colored in with the Tangelo Twist and Crumb Cake markers.  I set the butterfly in place using Dimensionals. 

The side panel was embossed using the Beautifully Baroque folder.  I cut the piece in half on the short side and glued it in place.  I don't have a lot of luck with the tape holding and I think it's a waste to use the Sticky Strip to hold it down.  I added a ribbon down the middle to hide the seam.

I layered the piece on a piece of Tangelo Twist card stock and that was set in place on top of a piece of white card stock as the base.  And that was it. Pretty and fun too!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Too Kind Birthday

Today I thought I would play with the "Too Kind" stamp set and use some fallish colors.

I used Tangelo Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, and black Memento.  

I used some lace ribbon at the bottom and tied it with a piece of linen.  

The base of the card is Crumb Cake card stock.

This is a very simple, quick, and fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another Lovely as a Tree with Work of Art Masculine Card

I didn't have to travel too far down Julie's blog to find another fun "Lovely as a Tree" card.  What a great masculine card this is!  And again, it was a very quick and easy card to make. I love those quick and easy ones.  They seem to be the "go to" cards.  You need a card in a hurry and you know just which ones you want to remake!

The base of this card is Crumb Cake.  I also used Wild Wasabi card stock and ink behind the tree.  The tree was stamped first using black Memento ink.  I like that ink VERY much.  It has the crispness of StazOn but it washes off easier.  It's great for using the Blendabilities with.

For the background behind the tree, I stamped the image once and then just moved it down 3 more times, stamping as I went (without reinking).

I told you it was simple!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,