Sunday, February 26, 2017

Notepad Holder with calendar

I have seen several different styles of this item, but most of them are larger and use 12x12 cardstock. I like to use my 8 1/2 x 11 as much as possible, so here is my version.

As you can see, I created several in different colors. Made me feel like spring was a bit closer! :)

Now for the details:

Choose your base color. This front one is Daffodil Delight. Cut length wise at 3 3/4". Trim off 1/2" from one end. On the other piece cut off 4" from one end. This will give you one piece at 3 3/4" x 10 1/2" and one at 7" x 4 3/4".

Score the 10 1/2" piece at 1/2", 1 1/2", 2 1/2", and 6 1/2". Crease each score line and attach the 1/2" tab to the opposite end to form a "tent".

Score the other piece along the 7" side at 4 and 4 1/2", then the other side at 1/2" and 4 1/4". Trim off  the first 1/2" tab on the longer end down to 1 1/2". Repeat for the other side. Trim the small square tabs that are in the middle of the remaining 1/2" tab.

Cut two pieces of DSP, one at 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 and one at 3 1/2 x 2 1/4. Round the corners off one end of the larger piece. Glue or tape this to the larger portion end. Turn the piece over and attach the smaller piece of DSP to the opposite end.

I find it easier to attach the back of the noteholder to the "tent", then add adhesive to the 1/2 tabs and form the noteholder "box". Then round the top of the holder (you can round these corners before putting together if your rounder won't punch through all of the layers.

There are several calendars online to purchase or to print. Here is the one I use:

I cut the calendar pieces out, stack them together, holding them with small binder clips, and add crystal effects across the top. Allow to dry, remove clips, and tape/glue to the holder. This makes the pages an easy tear off calendar. I imagine you could use any liquid glue.

Hope you enjoy this version using one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Totally Awesome

I love this style of card and I also used one of my favorite stamp sets to create it, Grateful Bunch.

I also love the fact that I had a postage stamp to go with the colors!! How great is that!

The base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Elegant Eggplant. The ink is also elegant eggplant.

Here is what it looks like when open:

Cut a strip of Elegant Eggplant, 4 1/4" x 1 1/4", scored on one end at 1/4". This will be the hinge for the card. Stamp the flowers randomly on this piece. Attach the 1/4" tab to the back of a 4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White, then attach this to the base.

The cover is 2" x 3 1/2" (or whatever size fits your mood :) ) from Elegant Eggplant and matted with Whisper White, cut just a bit smaller. You will need two sets of these.

Close the hinge and attach one set to the hinge piece, centered on the card base. Then open the hinge and attach the second set to the back of the first.

For my "bling", I added rhinestones to the center of the flowers.

I think I will be creating more of these. I love the style and it looks so nice when completed. (even in this purple LOL )

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

New Watercolor Pencils Case

I really needed a case for my pencils and I love paper crafting so......

The pencils are separated with cardstock. To make the dividers cut a 12x3 piece of cardstock and score at every 3/8" across. The first section will lie flat in your case, then the next two will be taped or glued together to form the divider. Continue across the piece, folding your score lines. Crease them with the bone folder to make them lie flatter. This will leave the last section facing upward as half of a divider.

Then cut another piece of the same cardstock 2 7/8 x 3 and repeat the scores. Glue or tape the first section to the last section of the larger piece you just completed. This forms another divider. Continue with the rest of the scores as before. This will give you a spot for each of the thirteen pencils.

I used tape to place across the back and attach it to the inside of a standard stamp case.

I placed the box flattened out inside the plastic sleeve on the back. That way I can still check the name of the color, but still be able to see my pencils from the front.

Hope you like this idea. Let me know if you have any questions! Have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

There are SO many wonderful samples out there to help celebrate this day. I will be creating them for some time. This will be the last Valentine I share for a while, though so that you can enjoy it as your own. :)

The card base is Real Red. Place a mat using the Sending Love Glassine sheets. To apply this with out the adhesive showing, add your adhesive behind the pieces you will be covering it with, OR place a small amount of glue on a non-stick surface, spritz with a bit of water and sponge over the back of the sheet, taking card because it will curl. If you are careful you can sponge the base instead, making sure to keep it only where you will be placing the sheet.

The Whisper White uses one of the dies from the Window Box Thinlit set. I positioned it six different times, then cut out around them. You are going to see a lot more from this die set, so if you haven't grabbed one already, you really should. This is placed on top of a piece of Real Red.

I used the Flourish thinlit for the first layer of embellishments. I actually used Whisper White, but wouldn't the Shimmer White be great? Then a swirl of the gold thread. The thread adds so much to a project. The hearts are from the all time favorite, Love Notes, using Red Glimmer paper! I had some of the small hearts from another project, so added them. You could also use the same die to punch out of the glimmer paper and use the hearts that come out. (HINT: I find it usually easier to place the die on the paper side of the glimmer paper.)

The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

I added Real Red stamping to the corners of the envelopes using the Sealed with Love stamp set.

I hope your day a special in some way. Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Happy Valentine

I know that this is cutting it short, but maybe you need one more card for Valentines.

This one goes together really quickly, as most of my cards do.

The base is Real Red and the DSP is from Sending Love and a retired product. Stamp the top right hand of the card with one of the banners from Hearts A Flutter with Real Red. This gives it a tone on tone background. The bottom piece is 4"x 2 3/4". Attach a ribbon across the seam. The banner is 1" x 5 1/2" and punched with the Banner Triple (or snip up the center then from the corners to the end of the snip). Cut a square piece of DSP and mat with Real red. The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin set, stamped on Whisper White with Real Red and matted with Real Red. Add the different hearts and a small bow.

I did sponge around each piece of DSP with Real Red to soften the white, but left the sentiment so that it would stand out. This card could be done is any color combination and changing the sentiment, too. Just play with different ideas. That is always fun!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hearts 4 Two

Guess I need to post me Valentine projects soon, as it will be here in a few days. Of course, there is nothing wrong with creating a few to be used next year. I do this a lot on most holidays, cuz there are so many cute ideas out there and so little time! :) I do try to keep it at a minimum, though......

The card base is Real Red, as are the small envelopes and ink. The arrow, heart, envelopes and mini cards are from the Love Notes framelits. The stamping is all from the Sealed with Love set. Remember they can be ordered as a bundle and SAVE 10%!

The heart and arrow are both taken from the Red Glimmer paper. Have to have a little sparkle, you know.

The ribbon is actually some of my retired stock. Maybe you still have some, too, or you can easily substitute.

I built a full Whisper White mat then a strip of Sending Love DSP, which is half as wide. I actually had a piece that size, so that is what I used! You really should position the DSP, BEFORE stamping the sentiment, but I made it work! :)

And it is complete!!! Curious about how I finished the inside??? I used the same corner stamp and placed it on each corner of a Whisper White mat.

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hearts upon Hearts

The Valentine suite in the new occasions catalog is one of my favorites  (pages 14 & 15) . I have been using my old and retired Valentine stamp sets for years, so to have a whole combination of new products was like having my very own Christmas! Those poor retired products didn't even see light this year. :(

Here is one that I created and is one of my favorites: (yes, I know it has a shade of purple, but the black filters it, :) )

The base is Sweet Sugarplum with a mat of Basic Black. Edge the right side of the whisper white with the Love Notes framelits. I always do this first, then I know which side to decorate so that they are facing up. (lol, can you guess how I learned that!). Then using the Sealed with Love stamp set, stamp the sentiment and the row of hearts in Sweet Sugarplum. The banner is Basic Black and the envelope and mini-card are both from the framelits. I even created the envelope with the In-Color Envelope paper to match the card and stamped a heart in the bottom corners.

AND if you purchase the Framelits/Stamp set bundle you will save 10%!!! How great is that. Add just a little over four dollars to your order and earn a free product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! Let me know if you have any questions.

This holiday is creeping up on us fast and I have a few more projects to share, so I hope you come back and check them out.

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 6, 2017

January MPP

There is only a few more days to sign up for My Paper Pumpkin, the tenth to be exact! So I wanted to share what I have done with my January kit.

This is from the goodies in the kit, everything but the staple, which I decided to use. There is a gold heart from the kit covering the back of the staple.

A fellow crafter, Paula, shared a template of the bag that she created, so I used some misc. paper to create goodies for the third grade students. Here is what they look like:

Isn't this a great kit?! Want to give Paper Pumpkin a try? Just click on the Paper Pumpkin to the right. Want a hint about this months kit..... for those who love unique card kits! No, none of us know exactly what it is, but they like to give us a tease once in awhile.

You can cancel or skip a month at any time. And there are always extra supplies and lots of extra ideas to use the kit.

AND if you pre-order a three month subscription (do this at the online store), you also qualify for a free SAB product!

I really hope that you will give it a try! And if you have tried it in the past, it has "come a long way" from when it first started!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine Flourish

I really wasn't sure where I was going with this one, but love how it turned out. Isn't it great when that happens!!!

The base is Basic Black. The mat is Whisper White, 5 1/4" x 4". I stamped the flourish from Flourishing Phrases off the right side and towards the top in Black. And using my favorite Valentine's set, Sealed with love, I stamped the sentiment up in the other corner in Real Red.

The bottom piece is from the Sending Love DSP stack, 4" x 1 1/2", and above that is a piece of Red Glimmer paper, 4" x 1". I did use a retired item to cover the "seam". You could also use ribbon.

The flowers are hearts punched with the heart from the Love Notes framelits. The envelope is decorated with the same stamp set.

Very simple, quick, and elegant. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!