I was Slimline before Slimline was “cool”.

The latest design format for stampers is called “Slimline Cards”. Basically it is a card that will fit in a standard #10 business envelope. The size is approximately 4″x9″ but any variant of that works as long as it fits in the #10 envelope size. Stamp companies are bringing out all kinds of designs of stamps and dies to fit that format. Well apparently I have been ahead of my time because about 10 years ago I actually made my first Slimline cards! Recently I dug through my filed cards and storage boxes and found my first two cards in this format. They are both Christmas cards and were made with the standard tools I had on hand at the time.

I had joined the ranks of diecut machine users a couple of years before and decided to use some of the tools for these designs. With my circle dies and Perfect Layers Tool I created these cards.

I started this card by deciding the size that I wanted my final front panel. Then I die cut a circle from the right hand side using my Spellbinders circle layers dies. I took a Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder, which reminded me of snowflake swirls, and embossed the left hand side the full length of the embossing folder. Using Xyron adhesive I attached that to a larger piece of red mirror cardstock and diecut a smaller circle from the Spellbinders die set within the original window to make the red inside frame. Then using my Perfect Layers Tool and an Exacto knife, I cut the borders of the red mirror cardstock around the edge of the white cardstock. On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped a penguin and snowflakes (older unknown rubber stamp set) and colored with Zig Markers. (Yes, I know I show Memento markers, but I remembered too late that it was Zigs!) I then attached that image to the back of the layers centering the image in the window. I tied a red and gold glittery ribbon around where the swirls ended and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card base.

The second card again started with what I wanted as a final front panel. I cut the red Stardream cardstock and embossed with a Creative Expressions ornament embossing folder. I then attached it to a white pearlized swirl white cardstock and cut the border with my Perfect Layers Tool and Exacto knife. This was attached to a pine green cardstock and again cut the borders with my PLT. I wrapped a glittery gold ribbon around the center lengthwise and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card. On white cardstock I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and let it dry and cut it to size. I then ran it through my Xyron putting the adhesive on the stamped side and covered with transparent glitter and rubbed it into the adhesive. I layered it to some pine green cardstock and…..you guessed it….used my Perfect Layers Tool once again. I attached that panel to the front of my card using 3M foam tape over the ribbon. The final touch was putting a matching bow on the ribbon.

I hope that you enjoyed my trip back in time and hope you come back soon. I promise to be better about posting. In fact I have several posts in mind. Wedding papercrafts and baby papercrafts are on the agenda! Until then….stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive!

A Happy 100th Birthday Card!

Our son-in-law’s grandmother is celebrating her 100th birthday this year.  What a great milestone!  When we found this out, we told our daughter that we would make a special effort to attend the party they are planning.  And, of course, a very special card is required.  She lives in an assisted living home, so I wanted something that she could display but not take up too much room or be easily knocked to the floor.  Karen Burniston Designs to the rescue!  What could be more perfect than a basket of flowers that never wilts.

I was so excited when I saw the Woven Basket Pop-Up die that I knew it would be perfect for what I am planning.  Add the Happy Birthday die, the Flowers & Bee dies and the Numbers dies, all also from Karen Burniston Designs, and I had the perfect basics for the perfect card.  Plus this gave me the chance to use up a lot of scraps that I had in my stash.

I started by making the basket.  I was going to do a double wide one, but again I wanted to keep it to a size that could be displayed and not take up too much room.  I used a woodgrain cardstock that I found at a local craft store for the base and then used Doodlebug Petite Prints in aqua dots for the weaving pieces.  Bazzill Bling green cardstock scraps made the perfect grass.  I cut four of the grass, cutting the tabs off 2 of them for against the front and back, so I had four lines of grass.  I used a scrap of cardstock the color of rope to make the handles.  Make sure you watch Karen’s videos for the assembly of the basket, as well as the double wide basket.  They are very helpful.  I usually watch them once when they come out and then watch again to refresh it in my mind when I am ready to do my project.  I must say that Karen does an excellent job on her assembly videos.  Here is what my basket looked like when done.

 

Next comes all the flowers and accents for the basket………..

First I made nine of the larger flowers in the die set.  The largest part of the flowers was cut from My Favorite Things Party Patterns paper in the multi colored dots.  I shaped them using a ball stylus and a foam pad from the McGill Flower Shaping set.  The second floral layers were cut from pink, purple and blue scraps of Bazzill cardstock.  They were also shaped with the ball stylus.  I cut the center dots from a scrap of yellow Bazzill cardstock and made a depression in the center so they would fit inside the shaped flowers.  Using liquid glue I assembled the flowers together.  Later on I use a Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen to add some shine to the centers.  Next came the tiny flowers that I cut out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock.  I shaped them a bit and used Nuvo gold glitter drops for centers.  I cut the Happy Birthday out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock and out of dark aqua cardstock and layered them slightly off for the shadowed look.  I added an iridescent jewel to the dot over the “i” later.

Using the same Bazzill Bling green cardstock I cut out several “folded” stems and several single stems.  Again, make sure to check out Karen’s video on this.  The “folded” stems are attached at the top so that you can put the bottom of the stems on either side of the grass to make them stronger.  I also cut a Bee from the Flowers & Bee die set from yellow cardstock and used a Copic black marker to make the stripes on the bee.  I cut 2 of them to put back to back so it was the same from both sides.  Lastly, using some red scraps of paper, I cut the 100 twice, reversing the number 1 so that I could also put them back to back.  Here are all the “pieces parts” on my desk ready for assembly.

I started by attaching the “folded” stems, three to each of the middle 2 grass strips.  I found it easier to glue together the top parts so that I could control them better.  Just make sure to leave the stems not glued until ready to attach to the basket.  I then took 3 of the single stems and, following Karen’s instructions, I attached them together overlapping a dot on each one.  I attached that group of 3 to the back grass strip, and 3 others to the front strip.  I trimmed a few sprigs from the front ones and added them between the back ones to fill in the spaces.  I let all that dry well before attempting the rest.

After everything was dry, I attached the 100 to the stems, back and front, on the 3rd grass strip.  I then attached the large flowers and then the small ones to fill in, and finally the bee.  I attached the Happy Birthday to the front of the basket to finish it off.  I also cut out a panel out of white cardstock and edged it with a green Copic marker.  This was attached to the back to write a wish and sign our names.  I also covered the red numbers with Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  And finally………..

Oh……..and did I mention……..This wonderful baskets fold up to fit in an envelope for a 5″x7″ card!  It would take some extra postage, but imagine their eyes when the recipient opens the envelope and takes out a wonderful pop-up 3D basket of flowers!  SURPRISE!!!!

This would also be a wonderful card for Mother’s Day. I hope you enjoyed my flower basket.  Be sure to check out my other posts, and also the wonderful products that I used.  Leave me a message to let me know what you thought.  And make sure to sign up to follow my blog.

Have a wonderful day!

 

My Favorite Things Makes My Yearly Cards Easy-Peasy!

Every January I take on the project of making all my birthday cards and anniversary cards that I give to my friends for the year.  I choose several designs and have a couple cardmaking sessions.  Coincidentally, I ended up choosing My Favorite Things for all my designs.  I love the versatility of their stamps and dies.  So come on into my blog and see what I made.  Pssst………if you are one of my friends who get cards from me, you can stop here or keep reading but just make sure you are surprised when you get yours!

First, I decided to make Anniversary cards.  I wanted to use one of MFT’s new Valentine dies, but wanted to make it more “un” Valentine’s.  Here is what I decided to make:

With a base of an ivory A2 sized card, I cut dark rose Bazzill cardstock for the bottom layer.  I then cut some ivory cardstock a bit smaller than the rose layer and used the Hearts Entwined die to cut an opening in it.  I backed the opening with some patterned cardstock from my stash that had hints of the dark rose in it.  NOTE:  I found it easier to run the ivory cardstock through my Xyron before cutting it.  Then I just attached the patterned paper to the back of it so you could see the design through the front opening and quickly ran some 3M tape runner on the back and attached that to the rose layer.  Along with the hearts outline from the original cut, I then cut the heart die out of one more piece of ivory cardstock and once again out of the MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock keeping the thin heart outlines part making a total of 3 layers.  I tucked the ivory cardstock hearts with the Xyron back into the opening first making sure it was correctly lined up.  Then I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Spray Adhesive on the other two heart cut outs and stacked them on the first one with the gold sparkle on top.  This made a nice raised effect on the hearts.  I ran my Teflon bone folder over all the heart inserts to make sure they were well adhered.  I stamped only the word “Celebrate” from Let’s Celebrate You in More Essential Sentiments with Tsukineko VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and embossed it with WOW white embossing powder and cut into a banner shape.  I attached it with some thin 3D squares in strategic spots so it would not sag.  Last I added some clear Pretty Pink Posh gems.  I used Essential Sentiments to stamp on the envelope using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink.

   

Next came the birthday cards for the gals.  My gal pals are wine lovers, so guess what……MFT came out with some wonderful wine themed items and I used several of them!

I cut some black cardstock to fit on the front of an ivory A2 cardbase, but didn’t attach it yet.  I then cut a 1″ strip of some red GinaK patterned paper and a thin strip of black cardstock.  I cut some ivory cardstock to layer on the black.  I marked 1″ from the edge of the ivory layer and used a swirl embossing folder to dry emboss up to the mark.  Then I adhered the patterned paper and black strip to the embossed piece and attached that to the black layer.  I used the Good Time To Wine stamp set to gold emboss a sentiment on a strip of vellum using Tsukinko Encore metallic gold ink and Judikins Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder and then wrapped it around the 2 layers and attached on the back.  Then I adhered this to the cardbase.  Using the Wine Glass Shaker Window & Frame die I cut the frame from shiny gold cardstock.  I attached the Wine Shaker Pouch to the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape and filled the pouch with a red/gold/silver bead mixture and attached it to the front of the card.  I then stamped a sentiment from Sassy Pants Birthday on the envelope.

  

Lastly came the cards for the guys.  Like most other card makers, cards for guys can be difficult for me.  But with some creative use of MFT items I came up with a great design.

I first cut black cardstock the full size of the front of the ivory A2 cardbase, but did not attach.  I then cut some GinaK patterned paper to a size that was the same width but not quite as high as the black cardstock.  NOTE:  Only cut 1/2 the number of sheets that you need of the patterned paper as each sheet will make 2 cards.  I ran the patterned paper sheets through the Xyron to put adhesive on the back.  This helps with the layering of the panel.  I used the Happy Birthday Block die to cut the letters out keeping it towards the top of the paper.  Since the paper is backed with the Xyron, make sure to run it through the die cutter a couple of times.  Pop out the letters making sure to keep all the pieces.  I then attached the main piece to one of the black cardstock pieces.  Since I kept the letters in order of how I took them out I was able to pop out the smaller inside pieces and attach them to the proper letters.  Putting that aside, I took the cut out letters, peeled off the Xyron backing and attached them to a second piece of the black cardstock.  HINT:  Using the die I cut a template out of a heavy piece of cardstock and used that for proper placement of the letters.  I attached a piece of the patterned paper to the bottom of the black cardstock to fill in the empty space.  Next, using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink and clear embossing powder I heat embossed a sentiment from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set onto ivory cardstock and cut into a banner shape.  I attached this to the card with foam tape.  I then took some black and silver ribbon and put in across the bottoms of each card and glued on a few matching sequins.  And………I made them in two different colors!  I also stamped a sentiment from Big Birthday Sentiments onto the envelope using Tsukineko VersaFine black ink.

  

I hope you enjoyed my big project!  I love that I now have all my cards made for my friends for the year……all 25 of them!  Except for a few family cards I can take a break, do some other crafting and be fresh and ready for holiday card season.  Stay warm and be safe and come back again.  I love reading your comments and hearing what you think.  Hugs to all!

A “Wheely” Great Lawn Fawn Christmas Card!

When Lawn Fawn released their Revel Wheel set I knew that I had to make Christmas cards with it.  With some great Lawn Fawn papers and my Copics, here is what I designed.

I decided to make an A7 sized card because I wanted to have more background showing.  I used the Snowy Owl paper from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill collection as my bottom layer.  I really like the turquoise color for an icy themed card.  I chose the diagonal side as I think it really adds some “kick”.

Time to make the wheel!  I used the Lawn Fawn YouTube video to put together the basic wheel unit.  Check it out here.  I used the Reveal Wheel die set and cut Neenah Royal Sundance Bright White cardstock for all the basic pieces.  This is a great cardstock that has a nice linen finish for a bit of texture.  I used the oval cut out from the Reveal Wheel Square Add-On to make the opening on the front as well as cutting the oval frame in the set from dark turquoise cardstock.  Following the instruction in the video I attached the wheel unit to the back panel and used the front panel to mark the places for the sentiments on the wheel.  I used the Reveal Wheel Holiday Sentiments for that.  I then used partial sentiments from both the Merry Messages and Simply Winter Sentiments sets to stamp above and below the opening.  My Tim Holtz stamp positioner is a great tool to do this, especially since I used parts of two different sentiments.  I also used the Winter Sentiments set to stamp the greeting on the envelope.  Once I properly placed the stamped wheel I used a double layer of 3M foam tape to attach the front white panel to the back white panel avoiding the areas near the wheel.

I then set to decorating the front.  First, using the Stitched Hillside Borders I cut a panel for the bottom using Pixie Dust Sparkle Cardstock.  I also cut the snowflake from the Reveal Wheel Snowflake Add-On and two smaller snowflakes from a Karen Burniston set to cut some snowflakes from the same sparkle cardstock.  I pulled out my Toboggan Together set and stamped the deer with black Tsukineko Memento ink and the tree with Tsukineko Olympia Green VersaFine ink.  I colored the deer with Copic markers and cut both pieces out with the matching dies.  I used a white gel pen to add some details to the deer and a black glaze pen for his eye.  I attached the tree directly to the card and attached the deer with some 3M foam tape.  Then I put a red nose on Rudolph with a red jewel and yellow, blue, red and lavender jewels on the tree.  I added the 3 snowflakes with liquid glue.

Before placing the wheel unit on the front I decided that I needed a bit of something between them.  So I die cut a large Sue Wilson dotted oval from vellum and placed it behind the wheel unit.  I attached the main wheel unit to the front of the card using a single layer of 3M foam tape to give it a bit of room for turning the wheel.  Then I cut the little arrow from the Reveal Wheel die set and the same dark turquoise cardstock as the oval frame and attached that beside the wheel.

I love how you can change the sentiment on this card by just turning the wheel!  There are so many uses for this die set for any time of the year.  Here are the 4 different ones I used for this card.

  

 

Hope you enjoyed my Christmas card.  I had a “wheely, wheely” good time making it!  May all your Christmas crafting be wonderful.

Have a Drink on Your Birthday – MFT Style

As many of you know I have a small business where I sell my creations at craft shows and in my local community.  About every 6 months or so I look through my inventory and see what I need to add to it.  This time I noticed that I needed some birthday card for women, but instead of the same old flowers, etc. I wanted something a bit edgier.  So I turned to My Favorite Things and their martini and margarita stamps and dies.  They also come with shaker components and that really gave me a few ideas.  Here is the end result and I will go through the steps and information in a bit.

Originally I was going to try to do a different color for the martini, such as Cosmopolitan, but I liked the bright, happy green so much I that thought it could just be an Appletini instead.  So except for the glasses and the inside sentiments both are made the same.

This A6 sized card allows enough room for the divided front.  The left third of the front is cut from the Lawn Fawn Spring Perfect Plaid Lily of the Valley.  The right two thirds is a pale gray cardstock with darker fibers in it.  I used the Creative Expressions Ocean Waves Pinpoint embossing folder to add texture.  I found that if I turned it sideways it looked like bubbles coming up through liquid, which I thought worked well with the theme.  I actually cut both papers a bit larger than I needed, taped them together on the back and then cut it down to size and put them through my Xyron.  I attached a lime green glitter ribbon that I got from Michael’s and then attached to the front of the card.

A couple of hints:  First, when I want to “wrap” a ribbon around a card front I often find that I can’t get it tight enough.  The easy way is to cut a piece of ribbon about 2.5 times the length of the place you want it.  Then tie the 2 ends together into a square knot and then cut the loop made in the ribbon in half.  Use some glue or a Glue Dot to attach the knot to the place you want it and wrap each long end of the ribbon around the back of the layer and tape down (or stick to the Xyron glue backing.  You now have a ribbon that is snug around the layer!  I always stick a piece of double sided tape on top of the ends of the ribbon on the back for extra adhesion.  Second hint…..To help my wallet I always hit Michael’s after Christmas sale for their ribbon.  It’s usually on sale for at least 50% off, but a bit later it usually get even less.  I stock up during those sales.

I decided to add the front sentiment in a north-south direction for some interest.  Using the Spirited Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things I stamped the “Cheers to your Birthday” onto black strips of cardstock using Tsukineko VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut the ends into flags and attached to the front using 3M foam tape.

 

Both the martini and margarita glasses are made in the same way using the Martini Shaker Window and Frame and the Margarita Shaker Window and Frame sets from My Favorite Things.  Also used were the coordinating shaker pouches and acrylic ice cubes also from My Favorite Things.

First I cut two each of the martini and margarita frames from white 100# cardstock for a little more strength.  I sprayed one each with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and let dry.  I then put 1/8″ Sookwang tape on both side of the flange of the shaker pouches.  I removed the paper from the tape on the top side of the flange and placed the sprayed frames over the pouches and pressed into place.  I then filled the pouches with several “ice cubes”, lime green sequins and some clear micro beads for “bubbles”.  After removing the paper off the adhesive on the back of the pouch I attached a piece of transparency to the back.  Not only does this make the shaker easier to work with but it also makes the shaker look more like a glass.

Now for the beverages in the glasses.  Originally I was going to use the lime colored YG23 Copic marker to color in an area for the beverage.  However after I tried that I found that it wasn’t quite dark enough.  So I took a piece of vellum and colored it with the YG23 marker and let it dry.  I then attached the vellum to the back using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Make sure to drop the vellum edge down a bit from the top of the shaker to make it look like the top edge of the beverage.  Once the glue is dry trim the vellum around the edge of the shaker pouch.  Then attach the second frame to the back aligning all the edges with the front frame.  I used Art Expressions glitter glue clear as I find that it does give me a bit of adjustment time, but still sticks quickly.  I then put thin strips of 3M foam tape on the back around the edges, down the stem and on the base of the frame and attached it to the front of the card.

I felt it still needed a touch of something else, so I pulled out the My Favorite Things Martini Time stamp and die set.  Although they were a bit small I used the olive and lime wedge without the words.  I stamped the olive with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Peeled Paint.  I then used Copic R46 to color the pimento and Copic E18 for the toothpick.  I stamped the lime with Distress Oxide Twisted Citron and darkened the rind with Copic YG23.  I cut them out with the matching dies and attached with Glue Dots.  I stamped the envelope and insides with stamps from the Spirited Sentiments set.

I really think that my customers are going to love these cards!  I live in a 55+ community and they are always looking for something different for their friends.  Hope you liked them as well!  Make sure to leave a comment and follow my blog to see what’s next.

Mixing Them Up…Stamp companies, that is!

I really wanted to post this card that I designed for my daughter for her Christmas cards.  Each year she chooses a different kind of animal character and I design a card around it.  This year it was dragons!  After doing some looking around I discovered an adorable stamp set from My Favorite Things.  But my vision for the card had background and other elements from another company I love, Lawn Fawn.  Add a sentiment from Creative Expressions and we have a wonderful example of how products from different companies can come together to make an unforgettable card.

First let me show you the final design.

(c) Nancy Roth

I found the most adorable set of dragon stamps designed by Birdie Brown for My Favorite Things.  BB Magical Dragons has several dragons, a prince and princess, and several sentiments for making all kind of magical cards.  Although the set isn’t a Christmas set, you can see that just with a few additions it can be made into any occasion.  I decided that the larger dragon should be giving a present to the little dragon.  After stamping each of them with Memento black ink, I colored them with Copic markers and added spots with Copic Opaque White Pigment ink using a metal stencil tool.  I then used my Wink of Stella pen on their wings and paw pads.  Moving over to Lawn Fawn, I used the Santa hat from the Simon Says Stamp LE set Happy Howlidays and the gift from Baaa Humbug to add to the larger dragon.  I colored both with my Copic markers, added some Wink of Stella to the white parts of the hat and the ribbon of the package, trimmed the bottom white edge off the hat and the left edge off the gift to blend them better with the dragon, and then glued them in place.

Having the dragons done I turned to the background.  I originally cut out the Landscape Leafy Tree Backdrop from brown cardstock but was never quite happy with it.  I wanted more “snowy” but didn’t want a totally white tree.  So I solved my dilemma when I received the Landscape Stitched Hillside Backdrop in my Lawn Fawn order!  Using the new backdrop to keep the thickness down, I cut it out of Bazzill textured white cardstock.  I then snipped the brown trees off the original backdrops, tucked the bottom of the trunk behind the front snowbank and attached the limbs to the back of the frame using 1/8″ Sookwang tape.  (Many companies have this tape under their own name, but you can buy it under the Sookwang name as well. )  I then made the sky by using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Windy Backdrop on some mottled blue cardstock and attached to the back of the frame, again with 1/8″ Sookwang tape.  Once that was done I attached the entire background to my A2 card base with my 3M tape runner.

The final touches included using my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker to add some sparkle to the edges of the snowbanks, attaching the dragons using foam tape for dimension and stamping the two trees from Ready, Set, Snow with Tsukineko’s VersaFine ink in Olympia green, cut them out with the matching dies and attached them with foam tape.  I also used my SN sparkle marker to add a bit of snowy sparkle to the trees.  The final touch was to add some Aleene’s glitter snow to the branches of the tree.  Adorable!  Just a note………I sometimes use the Spectrum Noir sparkle marker when I want to cover a larger area.  It flows faster and is a bit cheaper than the Wink of Stella.  Just be careful you don’t get a big blob if you squeeze it too much.  I use the WoS for more detailed areas.

My last step was to find a “magical” sentiment for the card.  I actually stumbled onto the perfect one when I was checking out stamp sets by Creative Expressions and found the Christmas Sayings set that included “Have a Magical Christmas”.  Perfect!  I used that to stamp on the inside of the cards.  However, my daughter always wants me to make two cards that are appropriate for Hanukkah.  So on those two I masked off the “Christmas” part and found another stamp set with the word “Holiday” that matched the type of the main stamp and added that.  To make it general I stamped the envelopes with another stamp.

(c) Nancy Roth

I hope you enjoyed my voyage into designing the perfect card using several stamp companies.  Remember….if you can’t find the perfect element with the stamp set you are using, take a “finger walk” through the rest of your sets and see what you can find.  You might be surprised.  Unfortunately these don’t allow me to participate in any company sponsored challenges, but they are still fun to make.

The last thing I want to say is that I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great holiday season.  I am hoping to pop back in for at least one more blog post but things are getting busy plus I had emergency major surgery 3 weeks ago and am still recovering.  I am so glad that I had these cards done and our own cards well underway when this happened or I would be too far behind.  And also thank goodness for shopping on the internet!!  We will be going to our daughter’s for Christmas this year as this is the first year in their new home.  Thanks to all of you for sticking with me on my new blog endeavor.  Hopefully next year will keep me growing.