Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sweet Treats for Teacher!

My kids are about to start school and I like to send them in with a special treat.... it helps to get off on the right foot!  Here's a simple way to personalize and jazz up an otherwise boring paper lunch sack.
Sweet Treats for Teacher Sack by Amber Lawrence

  • Red Laquer cardstock, cut to 4 ¾” x 8”
  • School themed patterned paper, cut to 4 ½” x 7 ¾”
  • School themed embellishment such as a tag, handmade or store-bought
  • Matching grosgrain ribbon
  • Adhesives, strong liquid and dimensional
  • Hole punch, such as the Crop-A-Dile
  • Paper lunch sack
  • Goodies to fill the sack with (I added three brownies covered in plastic wrap and tied with matching ribbon.)
Adhere down the Red Laquer cardstock to the front flat of the paper sack.  Add the patterned paper on top of the red cardstock.
Attach your special embellishment with dimensional adhesive.  You can make this as simple or personalized as you’d like.
Fill your bag with special goodies for the teacher.  Fold the top over twice and punch two holes in the fold using your hole punch.
Loop the ribbon through the two holes, or tie it in a bow.
Give to the teacher for a great start to the new year!  This easy project can be easily adapted.... change the colors and patterns to Fall and fill with pumpkin muffins for a great Thanksgiving treat!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fun Accordion Flower Party Invitation

I keep coming back to the wonderful Hot Fudge color by Pop Tones and these fun gatefold cards!
This time, I decided to make a fun party invitation using an accordion fold flower. 

Supplies needed:
8 ½” x 11” Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock (I love the sparkle!)
Scoring Board and bone folder
Red Line Tape
Good papercrafting glue (I used Zip Dry Glue by Beacon)
Ink (I used Cocoa and Lagoon by Close to My Heart)
Acrylic stamps (I used one of CTMH’s Art Philosophy stamp sets)
3 D Foam Tape
Bling ( I used Close to My Heart’s Bling Assortment and Pin Clips)

Step One: 
Cut two 1 ½” x 11” strips from one piece of Pop Tones Blue Raspberry cardstock.  Using a scoring board, score each strip every half inch. 

Step Two:  Cut two 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” squares from Pop Tones Blue Raspberry cardstock.  Cut one 4” x 4” square from Pop Tones Hot Fudge cardstock.  Cut a 3 ¾”x 3 ¾” square and a 4” x 4” square from Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock.  Layer cardstock in the following manner:  One 4 ¼” Blue Raspberry square on bottom, 4” Hot Fudge square next, and 3 ¾” square of Cryogen White on top.  The remaining Blue Raspberry and Cryogen White cardstock squares also are layered together for the inside of the card. (set aside for later)

Step Three:  Accordion fold both 1 ½” strips.  Use a bone folder to make the folds crisp.

Step Four:  Adhere the strips together using red line tape.  This will make a ring.  Carefully use your fingers to push down in the center of the ring, forming a circle with a hole in the middle. 

Step Five:  Using a good wet glue, adhere the accordion circle to the Cryogen White carstock matted on Hot Fudge and Blue Raspberry.  Set something fairly heavy on top of your flower, and set aside to dry at least 10 minutes.

Step Six:  Stamp Sentiment in Lagoon ink on matted squares for the inside of the card, and adhere inside the card.

Step Seven.  When the glue on your flower piece is fairly dry, place several 3D foam tape pieces in the center hole, until the 3D tape is even with the top of your accordion flower.  Adhere a gem or button to the center of the flower.

Step Eight:  Cut a banner from Cryogen White cardstock.  I used my Cricut and Close to My Heart’s Art Philosophy Cartridge banner.  Stamp sentiment in the banner, and sponge ink along edges.  Place the banner in a pin clip, and stick into one of the flower folds.  If necessary, dip the end of your pin in glue or use a glue dot to adhere.

Step Nine:  Adhere the flower panel to the front of your card using red line tape.  Don’t forget to leave one side without adhesive so that your gatefold card can open.

I really enjoy the look of these flowers.  They also look great using patterned paper.  You can make a larger flower simply by cutting wider strips of cardstock.  You can also score at ¼” intervals or ¾” intervals to make the flower higher or lower.  Now, I need to think of a reason to have a party!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trifold Invitation

Trifold Invitation
Now, I've never actually hosted a cocktail party, but I do want to invite a couple neighbors over before the summer gets away from me.  I have a fantastic Cosmo Cricket "Social Club" crafting kit whose retro theme and colors coordinate spectacularly with Cut Cardstock's Olive Curious Metallic 111# cardstock.  It just seems like Kismet to put them all together!

I've always wanted to try a trifold shutter card, so I found a good video and tutorial on YouTube and watched it a couple times to make sure I understood.  It's really a fun and simple card, so I thought I'd share it with you.  I've seen these cards made in a couple sizes, but I want to stick with the smaller version that fits into an A2 envelope.

Score, Cut & Fold
Begin by cutting your cardstock to 5.5" x 10.5".  Score at 1.75", 3.5", 7" and 8.75".  Now use your paper cutter to cut a slit 1.5" from the top beginning at the first score line and ending at the last score line.  Turn the cardstock over and do the same for the other side.

Fold at the score lines for nice creases, but know that you're going to "peak" and "valley" some of these folds.  The first "peak" is made by pulling the center band up at the second score line and keeping the top and bottom bands in a "valley" fold.  Now do the opposite for the other end; "peak" the top and bottom bands at the last score line and "valley" the center band.  Fold your card and give those new creases a good pressing!

Now it's time to add some color, text and embellishments to make it POP!  I used lots of the "Social Club" crafting kit, including the cardstock stickers, journaling cards, borders and 12 x 12 patterned papers.  Buying the crafting kit from a line is a great way to get lots of coordinating product to use in a variety of projects.  The measurements for each patterned block in this card are provided HERE thanks to Marcy at Operation Write Home.

Add dimension & texture
For texture I "roughed up" the edges of the long panels by opening my scissors and scraping the edges with one of the blades.  I also added three olive (get it?) colored mini brads along the sides of each panel for more dimension.  There's foam tape under the two text panels and the edges of most are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a sponge dauber.  Finally, just for fun, I used Glossy Accents on the two martini glasses for shine and dimension.

Add pizzazz to your next get-together by creating your own invitations!  Cut Cardstock and Paper Made Bakery always provide great ideas and supplies to wow your guests!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hug a Tree Birthday Card

Sometimes it can be a little difficult for me to create a masculine card.  It's a lot easier since I've discovered the Brown Bag Kraft from CutCardStock.  Not only is the color great, but the lightweight texture is great for embossing.
Hug a Tree Birthday Card from Amber Lawrence

  • Brown Bag Kraft , cut to 5 ¼ x 4 plus scrap strip for sentiment
  • 2 coordinating pieces of patterned paper, cut to mat your sentiment piece
  • Sewing machine with thread that matches your project
  • Adhesives, including dimensional
  • Sentiment stamp and ink
  • Embossing folder and machine (I'm using Tim Holtz's Woodgrain set with my Sizzix Big Shot)


Emboss the Brown Bag Kraft piece to give it a great wood grain texture.  This is a quick and easy way to make a card masculine!
Attach your wood grain texture piece to the card front.
Stamp sentiment on the scrap of Kraft.  Trim it to the size you want and sew around the edges with your machine.  You can always use a faux sewing technique if you don’t have a sewing machine handy.  When I sew on my paper crafts, I try to always pull the threads through to the back of the project and hand tie a knot.  This will help to keep the stitches from coming undone.
Mat the sentiment on the coordinating patterned paper and attach it to the front of the card.  To make it pop a little, use dimensional adhesive.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Gatefold Treat Card

I really love the invitations at - and this month, they're all on sale!

I like the richness of the Pop Tones Hot Fudge color, so I selected the A7 Gatefold card in Hot Fudge for the base of this fun card.

A7 Gatefold Card PopTones Hot Fudge
Basis Olive Cardstock
Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Chocolate Ink (I used Close to My Heart)
Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento
Stamps (I used Inkadinkadoo's Kid Sayings and CTMH Family Ties- Children)
Markers (I used Copic markers and Spica pens by Copic)
Adhesive (I used red line tape and Tombow mono adhesive)
Candy of your choice

Step 1:  Fold the Gatefold card using a bone folder for a crisp edge. 

Step 2:  Adhere one side of the gatefold card either side using redline tape.  Be sure not to tape the center, as this will create your pocket.

Step 3:  Cut a 3 x 3 piece of Cryogen White cardstock.  Stamp desired images.

Step 4:  Color as desired.  Mat onto a 3 ½  x 3 ½ piece of Basis Olive cardstock. 

Step 5:  Adhere image to the top flap of your card, placing adhesive just on the top of the backside of your image.   Leaving the bottom half free of adhesive keeps the card from sticking together at the center.

Step 6:  Stamp sentiment on a 2 x 3½  piece of Cryogen white cardstock.  I also inked my fingertip to add some chocolatey prints to the sentiment.  Place inside the pocket of your card.   Put candy inside the pocket, as well.  Be aware that this pocket is not very wide, so candies that are thin are better, such as fun size Hershey's or M&M's.  The Kit Kat fits nicely, as well.

Step 7:  Wrap your ribbon around the card and tie in front, holding the card together. 

Wasn't that easy?  There are so many possibilties for this idea - A special Halloween treat, hot chocolate packets in the winter time, tea bags for a get well card, even a small crayon box as a back to school card or child's birthday card. Can't wait to get started on more!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our Casual Autumn Wedding...

Cut Card Stock celebrates creativity and this month they're showcasing their invitations.  I've been so excited to show you how I used their Brown Bag products, and most importantly their Brown Bag Paper Petal Invitations, to create my own wedding invitations.  We chose 11-11-11 for our special day for the obvious reason and because autumn is one of my favorite seasons.  We're all about a casual, comfortable style and we wanted the invitations to reflect that.

I wanted to do something a little different with the petal invite, so I chose the A7 size because I knew it would hold a 5" x 7" flat invitation nicely, along with the other ancillary cards like our response card and directions to the venue.  I began by cutting a 5" x 7" piece of Flame Stardream Metallic cardstock as the invitation's base.  This paper is thick and luxurious and the color is perfect for bringing a little sparkle and warmth to the autumn theme of the invitation.  Next I cut a 4.75" x 6.75" piece of Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White, the MOST perfect paper for coloring with Copic markers, and printed the text of my invitation on my InkJet printer.  I then stamped the leafy vine and blue birds (Memory Box's love birds) with Memento ink and colored them with Copic markers.  You may think blue birds an odd choice for a fall theme, but I've always been partial to the idea of the "Blue Bird of Happiness".  They'll show up in other ways at the wedding reception.  All these high quality papers layered together create a wonderful flat invitation with just enough color to please the eye and make you feel the flutter of the leaves soon to come.

To add a bit more interest to the Petal Invites, I chose not to fold and mail, but put blue eyelets into two of the sides and tied them up with natural jute twine.  The entire invitation then gets put into hand tinted blueberry envelopes, also from the Brown Bag line.  There is a half-circle notch in the flap of the envelope and I plan to add a seal or medallion there when mailing...maybe a monogram along with some fall leaves.

I used the same techniques for the response card by cutting the Flame cardstock to 4.875" x 3.5" and the Neenah to 4.625" x 3.25", running the Neenah through the printer, then stamping and coloring to suit.  I edged both the invite and response card with Distress Ink in Antique Linen and then a touch more on the corners with Tea Dye.  The response card will be returned in an A1 Brown Bag envelope.  A card for directions will also be added, again employing the same techniques used on the response card.  No envelope will be needed.
Copic colors used

These simple invitations can easily be modified for any occasion.  All invitations are on sale at Cut Card Stock, so why not give them a try! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Congratulations to our Gift Certificate Winners!

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