Friday, May 6, 2016

Surf's Up! Collectors' Cone

My family and close friends are in the process of scheduling a summer vacation to the beautiful San Destin Beach in Florida.  Beach trips were yearly vacation destinations in my youth and my husband and I love to re-visit the white sands and clear waters as often as possible with our own children and their friends.  

In anticipation for the warm, breezy walks along the shoreline at daybreak, I created a light-weight, catch-all for the tiny treasures that wash up during high tide.  Every beach trip as far back as I can remember included several mornings (or evenings, depending on tide) of mile-long walks up and down the edge of the waterline left by high tide.  The goal was to find one-of-a-kind shells of all sorts and colors that had tumbled its way to shore.  The most prized find was always bleached-white sand dollars.  It still amazes me how many of the fragile and brittle endoskeletons of sea urchins reach the shore unscathed by the violent crashing waves!  

The cone I created can be used for collecting all sorts of small and lightweight items such as rose petals or lavender sprigs for wedding receptions, collecting wild flowers at an afternoon picnic, candies from a "candy bar" at a party, confetti, party poppers and other festive favors, and of course sea shells!

Because I wanted my cone to look nature inspired, I collected a few "earthy" things in my studio I wanted to incorporate.

I used Cut Card Stock Translucent Vellum as the framework for my cone.  It not only gave a nice, flexible support to the cone, it is also somewhat water-resistant!  I cut the vellum into a square 8.5 X 8.5 sheet and glued a piece of natural-looking, woven fabric to the vellum.  I used spray glue to affix the two layers together.  Next I trimmed the two pieces to 8" X 8" with my paper cutter.  I always use Cut Card Stock Kraft Chipboard as a base for everything I cut for cleaner, crisper edges.  It is my behind-the-scene go-to paper for nearly every project I create!

I then applied Micro Glue Dots to one edge of the vellum-side of the sandwiched square, then rolled the square into a cone.  I gently pressed the glue-dots to secure the shape of the cone.  (I practiced rolling the cone a few times before affixing the glue dots).  Next, I drilled two holes and secured with grommets for the ribbon handle.

Finally, I added the fun stuff:  feathers, ribbon and twine to embellish the cone.  

I'd love to see how you embellish yours to make it unique and fitting for your special occasion!
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Thank you for viewing and best of luck finding your own treasures to fill your cone with!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Are You Ready for Some Football?!

Hello and welcome! It's Gloria with you today, sharing a Football-themed Father's Day card.
I created a vintage-inspired card, using some vintage football images and Basis Cardstock. This is a layered and "grungy" card, perfect for every football dad!

To create the card, cut Basis Black Cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and score at 5 1/2" on the long side to make a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4 top-fold card.

Trim Basis Light Brown Cardstock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4 and emboss with the Sizzix Gridlock Embossing Folder (or similar). Rub the raised areas of the embossed cardstock with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Trim the panel to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and sponge the edges with ink. Attach the panel to the card front and wrap a length of ruler twill around the top portion of the card.

Using banner die cut templates, cut two banners from Basis Black Cardstock. Cut one banner from decorative paper (Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport) and attach it to the top of one of the black banners. Using a decorative star banner die cut template (Papertrey Ink), cut another banner from Basis Blue Cardstock. Attach the star banner to the second black banner.

Attach both banners to the card front as shown. Fussy cut a football player image from decorative paper and use foam adhesive squares to pop it off the bottom right corner of the card front. Tie a length of ruler twill to a decorative chipboard tag and attach the tag to the top left of the card.

Add some stickers and die cut shapes to finish the card.

Cut two pieces of Basis Natural Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach them to the inside panels of the card. Decorate the panels with more football images and stamp a Father's Day message as shown.

Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gearing Up for Father's Day

Gearing up for Father's Day. Today, Lisa M. here with a great card for the men in your life.  I created it as a Father's Day card, but it could easily be made in to a birthday card by changing the sentiment.

I started with a Brown Bag Kraft A2 Folded Card and embossed it with the Steampunk embossing folder. I also inked the embossed image with Ground Expresso Distress Ink.

Next, I cut out a variety of gears from the Tim Holtz collection using Basis Colored Cardstock (by the way it is on sale this month) in Black, Brown and Light Brown. I also used Stardream Metallic Cardstock in  Metallic Gold.

I layered the gears using thick and thin pop dots to create multiple layers and trimmed the gears to fit.

I carried the theme to the inside by adding a few more gears.

I stamped the sentiment on a small tag and rounded the corners. I also inked the edges with the Ground Expresso Distress Ink. I added Prima Vintage Trinkets Mini Brads and Assorted Screws to the centers for a finishing touch.

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Thanks for stoping by.. off to make some more cards.

Monday, May 2, 2016

All About Dad Home Decor

Hi all! I'm back today with a simple project for Father's day - it's a home decor frame with all things about dad. I love my dad very much although we didn't spend enough time together (he passed away when I was 14) but I always remember his love for all of his children, so kind, generous and unconditional. As much as I wish I could spend more time with him, I will forever treasure the memory I have of him in my heart. 

I created this with my Cameo and Silhouette Design Studio. Check the end of post to download the svg file. However, the file I share with you is slightly different since I purchased the 'father and son' cut file from Silhouette Online Store, I'm not allowed to distribute the image due to licensing restrictions. But you can purchase from HERE if you are interested in the same design. 

Step 1: Download the svg file at the bottom of post, adjust image size to fit your picture frame and cut the the image with your Cameo.

NOTE: The shared SVG file will look like below, without 'father and son' image.

Step 2: If you purchased the same 'father and son' image from Silhouette Online Store, you can cut the image out and apply on the 'all about dad' wording cut file.

Step 3: Trim a light brown card stock to the size of your frame. Adhere both cut-outs together on a BASIS light brown card stock. 

That's it! As easy as 1-2-3 and you have a cool looking home decor. You can use this as a gift for Father's day or your dad's birthday! I hope you enjoy this simple project I'm sharing this week!

Have a wonderful week! 


Friday, April 29, 2016

Painted Blooms Card

With spring flowers blooming and Mother's Day right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to make a super feminine floral card and matching envelope.  It's Annie, and I'm back today with a fun technique to create an almost painted look using layering stamps on Brown Bag Kraft Cards and envelopes

On kraft cardstock, dye inks can look muted because of the way they absorb into the paper.  So, to get this look, start by stamping a shadow layer of the entire design in white pigment ink onto a Brown Bag Kraft A2 Folded Card and set aside to dry.

Next, stamp the same images in colored dye ink right on top of the white ink.  To add interest and a bit of a halo effect, stamp the colored layered slightly off-center of the white layer.

Stamp the next layer in a darker shade of the same color or a coordinating color.  The flowers should now have a hand-painted feel to them.

Die-cut a sentiment three times from Magenta Basis Cardstock and once from Savannah White Limba Woodgrain Cardstock.  Adhere all four layers together with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, placing the white woodgrain layer on top.  Use liquid glue to attach the thick hello embellishment to the front of the card.

Add a border to the empty corners with a Signo White Gel Pen (use a ruler if you can't draw a straight line like me!) to give the card a finished look.

The finished card will look like this.  I love adding a coordinating pop of color underneath white sentiments!

To create the matching envelope, simply repeat the steps above to decorate the flap of a Brown Bag Kraft A2 Bag Flap Envelope.

Since this is a fairly simple card, you could make several to give away as a gift set too!  I hope you enjoyed this pretty springtime card and envelope and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock Store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Brown Bag Envelopes are on sale this month!

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