Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December catching up/Merry Christmas

Hi Bloggers,
Been busy the last month or so. As some may know, my hubby had a couple of surgeries which left him in great need of recovery. I had to learn some medical things, being a nurse, etc. We are hoping the upcoming surgery planned for Jan. 7 will help these challenges come to an end.

Hence, there have been no posts showing what I've been making. In between fixing meals, doing extra laundry, changing dressings and lots of etc. I have made a few cards. I would like to show some of them to you and maybe you can try some if you haven't done so already.

This was a birthday card to my good friend. It is the file folder style with the insert. I glued to scrapbook papers together for the double sided look. For directions on how to make this using the envelope punch board, see videos on YouTube.

Playing around with a small paper stack that I have. The strip on the right side was made using the camilla embossing folder. The banner was made using the painter's tape technique. Using your ink pad, swipe it across the sticky side of the tape. Then apply it to cardstock. It leaves the shabby look with the ink. Using different colors if you wish, you can make designs of your choice.

The background of this card uses an embossing folder, I think it's called textile. The flower parts are punched out of irridescent card stock. The cross is first cut out using the lattice die from Stampin Up. It comes out in a square shape. The cross then is cut away from the square. Some silver lacy ribbon was tied on the corner.

Watching a Ustream show of Gerriann Armstrong one evening she did this technique on some cards. An area is masked off with painter's tape or sticky notes so only part of the card is showing. This area is then colored by blending ink and stamping into it. I liked the whole stamp of the little girl so took away the mask and then stamped her. A sheer ribbon was added to her skirt.

I wanted to mail a few cards to someone and the smallest express box from the P.O. was too big. So got out my envelope punch board and a box of Kix cereal and made my own box. Since then, the flap and inside area has been covered with decorated scrapbook paper. To learn how to make a box using the punch board, just do a search on YouTube: envelope punch board box. Should take you to several videos on the subject.

On a day at a friend's house, we made these 3 cards.  The top left card uses the "Pretty as a
Tree" stamp set from Stampin Up.  The right one also uses SU stamps, but not sure the name of the  set. It is a gate style folded card. An oval was cut from the middle. The same shape for the bird to sit on in the inside. The yellow one uses the same lattice die as the card above with the cross. This time in yellow and the whole design is used. A die was used to cut out the shape, the lattice glued underneath and a piece of vellum under that. Ribbon was tied around at the bottom.

This is a card that can hold things like money, gift cards or other cards. It uses 1 sheet of 12 x 12" card stock, double sided. It is folded in such a way that it has pockets on the inside and also on the outside back. The Stampin Up edge punch was used to dress up the front fold. Stick on pearls and an embellishment with the cardinal were added along with a ribbon tie to hold it together. Sorry don't have the source for folding directions.
My third daughter had a birthday in Dec. so she received this card. I had made a similar one and given it to a friend earlier in the year and my daughter had said she wanted one like it. So hope she liked it. The stamping on the right side was embossed w/ hologram embossing powder so it sparkled. The green strip was punched using a fiskars edge punch. The leaves are from a Martha Stewart punch. The flowers are from a Sizzix die.

One day at a friend's house I made this card. The inside and backing are a gold cardstock. The flourish is stamped. Fairly simple card but o so pretty!!!

A neighbor gives her kids gift cards so wanted me to make her some holders. This is what i came up with using scrapbook papers glued together, dies, punches and the envelope punch board.

Next photo shows the inside of them using various stamps, dies and punches. The bottom shows the method I used to hold them together. Since I didn't want to use a glue dot or brad to take up needed room, I punched out stars and leaves to use to bind them together. Since my friend was going to keep the cards on the original card that came from the store,I had to resize the holders to accommodate the larger size.

I hope you enjoyed the photo show and will try maybe a new technique or just revisit one you haven't done in a while. Most ideas come from videos on YouTube and can easily be found in some version. There are a lot of talented people out there who share their talent. Thank them for that.

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Matthew 1:21 "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

The angel was speaking to Joseph telling him of what was to happen. His fiance, Mary was to have a baby boy who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. This baby will grow up to be the Savior of mankind. We celebrate this baby's birth at Christmas as the most precious baby ever born. I pray that if you haven't asked Jesus to be your Savior, that you would not put that off. It is the most important event in your life.  May you have a blessed Christmas and remember the reason for the season.
MEg :)