Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shimmery Graduation Card

Graduations are happening all around us right now and I wanted to whip out a card that could be duplicated quickly and still have some pizazz! So, if you have a computerized cutter and some of Cut Card Stock's Stardream Metallic papers, this one is for you.
 Let's put this one together quick as a wink. First, choose colors that coordinate with the graduate's school. You'll need one 8-1/2x11 sheet of the main colors and 2 sheets of the background color. I used Stardream Metallic Jupiter and Gold for the mains and Bronze for the background.
 Trim the main colors to 3-1/2x11". Cut all numbers at 2-1/2" tall. Use one color to cut the "2's" with no modifiers or the basic cut and the "0" and "1" cut as outlines. Swap the order for the second color.
This is what you get if you use red and gold.
After cutting 2 mats of each color at 3x3", adhere the letters onto their outlines and their mats. Cut a background piece 6-3/8x7-1/2. Score down the 6-3/8" edge at 1/2".
Fold under the scored edge which will now become the fold of the card. Place it on the left side and adhere the four squares onto the background.
Check out this cool bottle cap I found. You can use one  by adding some dimensional adhesive under the cap or use a large brad to make the center of the graduation cap!
Make a tassel out of a few layers of a silk flower by knotting the end of a ribbon and threading it through. Add the tassel and bottle cap to the card.
Since the card base is dark be sure to add a light colored insert to write your greeting.

Paper Stardream Metallics Jupiter, Gold, Bronze (
Tools Cricut and Doodletype cartridge (Provo Craft)
Other stuff Red ribbon, red silk flower, bottle cap, dimensional adhesive

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New TETON Arrival. . .

Due to the many requests from our customers, we are now stocking the NEENAH TETON TIARA 65# Card Stock with the Deckle edge in size 8.5x11.

We also carry the matching envelopes in size A2 and size A9.     The 80# Cover weight Teton is available in both Tiara (white ) and WARM WHITE (Ivory)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Cruisin’ Father’s Day Card

Happy Memorial Day!  For me, this is the official start of summer.  J  This time around, I thought an idea for Father’s Day may be in order.

Supplies:  Brown Bag KraftCardstock,   Pop Tones Wild Cherrycardstock, Curious Metallic's Cryogen White cardstock, Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento, Tulip ink by Close to My Heart, Car stamp and die by Taylored Expressions, tire tracks and sentiment by close to my heart, patterned paper and bottle cap by Close to My Heart (Cruisin’ collection), Silver spica pen by Atyou, 3D foam circles by Paper Studio.

Create an A2 card with Pop Tones Wild Cherry cardstock.  Cut 4” x 5 ¼” panel from Brown Bag Kraft cardstock. 

Using die cutting machine, cut car from Curious Metallic's Cryogen White cardstock.  Stamp car outline in Tuxedo Black Ink, then stamp car body in Tulip Ink.  Outline bumpers and license plate with the silver Spica pen. 

Stamp tire tracks using black ink on Kraft cardstock.  To make sure my tire tracks lined up, I laid the car down on the kraft layer higher than I wanted to place it, then stamped each track to line up with a tire.

Adhere 4” x 1 ½” patterned paper to bottom of card.  Distress edges of panel with black ink.  Adhere to card front.

Cut a 3 ½” x ½” strip of Cryogen White cardstock.  Stamp sentiment in Tuxedo black ink.  Cut 3 ¾” x  ¾” strip from Wild Cherry cardstock.  Mat sentiment to Wild Cherry cardstock and adhere to card front
Using two 3D foam dots, add bottlecap to left side of sentiment strip.  Adhere car to card front using 3D foam dots. 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stitched Gift Card Holder

Teachers love and appreciate homemade goodies and treats, but nothing says "Thanks" like a gift card or cash!  Here's a fun way to deliver a little appreciation to the teacher....


School Themed patterned paper
1 ¼” circle punch
Sewing machine (optional)
A gift card or folded cash
Not pictured: paper trimmer, scoring tool

Cut a strip from the Malmero Perle' Yellow that measures 3 x 11".  Cut two pieces from patterned paper, each of them measuring 2 3/4 x 3 3/4".

Score the long strip of cardstock at 4" and again at 8 1/4".
Using the circle hole punch, cut a half circle out the short end of one of the patterned paper rectangles.  Try to center the punch from side to side.
Attach this piece on the center section of the long strip of yellow cardstock.  This can be attached using strong adhesive on the very outer edge of 3 sides, or using a sewing machine, stitch the paper in place.
On the front cover, attach the other patterned paper piece.  Since I stitched mine inside, I also stitched the piece on the front to continue the look.
Slip in the gift card.... it will tuck nicely in the pocket we created.
Fold the short side over.  This would be a nice place to add a handwritten message, or stamp your favorite "Thank You" sentiment.
And there you have it.... a quick and easy way to deliver a much deserved appreciation gift!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quick Gifts

We just celebrated Mother's Day. Many colleges and high schools are completing their year with graduations and the wedding season is approaching. Here are a couple of quick gifts for any of these occasions.
I started with a two glass items I saved for upcycling. The large jar is from a favorite pasta sauce and the wine glass, well I have to admit, I bought at a thrift store for 49 cents just so I could make something cute with it. They started like this.
Let's start with the cute wineglass. The steps for this are so quick and easy. Cut/emboss your favorite border, making sure that it is long enough.
Place a strip of red line adhesive around the glass. Pull off red adhesive covering and add the border. You may need to trim it.
Embellish the jar and add some silk flowers or a candle.
Now for the sauce jar. Trim a piece of card stock (Here is Ice Gold) to fit the proportions of your jar. This one is 4x12 inches. Choose a stencil to create a background and using a Copic marker and airbrush system, spray over the stencil.
 Using red line tape again, adhere the strip around the bottle and embellish!
This jar is good for holding lots of things. Imagine it full of candy, buttons or a favorite craft supply. Fill it with water and add a few fresh cut flowers. I'm sure they will behave since the jar says "bloom."
So as the spring continues, enjoy all the special celebrations with just a little creativity. Cheers, Eli

Card Stocks Curious Metallics Ice Gold, Stardream Metallic Onyx (
Embellishments Orange ribbon (Target), Pink Ribbon (Making Memories), Acrylic letters (Michaels)
Tools S7-013 Heirloom Scroll Border Grand die template, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities stencil, Grand Calibur die cutter (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Airbrush System, Sketch marker RV23 (Copic)

Monday, May 14, 2012

More shabby chic...

I'm on a vintage kick these days and wanted to show you a couple more cards I made with a shabby chic theme.  

On this first one I used my new Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine, which I absolutely love!  This card uses layers, which I mentioned in my last post was a common technique when creating shabby chic cards.  However, the layers in this card show up in the beautiful 3D flower.

I created this flower on the Cameo.  I purchased the die cut file from the Silhouette Online Store for .99 and can now make as many of these flowers as my heart desires!  The patterned paper, stamps and vintage lace is all from the Portobello Road kit from Paper Made Bakery this month. The pearl brad is from PMB's April kit called A Walk on the Bright Side.  The Cameo comes with easy-to-use software that allows you to size the image you plan to die cut, lay out the image anywhere you want on any paper you want.  Here are two 6" x 6" sheets of patterned paper from the kit placed on the Cameo's cutting mat.
Once the machine cuts the flower and leaf parts, which takes less than a minute, the result looks like this:
You might wonder why I chose the pretty Basis 80# cover in light blue.  Well, I gave this card to my sister for Mother's Day and her gift was a boxed set of her favorite perfume called Light Blue.  Notice that all the petals and leaves have a tab with a hole in it -- you simply run each piece onto the stem of the pearl brad and, viola, you have a gorgeous 3D flower!

I wanted to add a little pizzaz to the light blue cardstock so I used the stamp set included in the Portobello Road kit to create watermarks with VersaMark ink:
The ink is clear or invisible, but within seconds after stamping, a slightly darker watermark image appears on the cardstock.  Using the same technique I used in my last post with the crepe paper, I stitched the vintage blue lace and added it to the left side of the card.  I used Distress Ink in Tea Dye on the edges of all the flower petals, leaves, and card edges to give a more antiqued look.  I adhered the completed flower with a 3D Glue Dot.  Finally, I added a little bit of blue bling to a crown image at the lower right corner and stamped "happy mother's day".
And, here's another card I made with the kit...a little less frilly or girly, I guess because of the kraft cardstock, but I just love the old fashioned feel and lots of fun embellishments.
I hope you all enjoyed your Mother's Days and have a super terrific week ahead!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

2-4-6-8 for Teachers We Appreciate!

Like Katherine mentioned in the previous post, it's getting to be that time of year when school is winding down and we're looking for ways to show our appreciation to the teachers and staff.  I enjoy sending treats into school - either bought candy type treats or homemade.  A quick and easy way to make packaging is to create these 2-4-6-8 boxes.

Supplies needed:
CutCardStock Basis cardstock in Red
coordination school-themed paper
red line sticky tape (super adhesive, so it's great to use on boxes)
baker's twine
scoring tool (I love using Martha Stewart's scoring board and a stylus)

Cut the red cardstock to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.  On one edge, score long folds at 2", 4", 6" and 8". (If you didn't know why, now you see where the name comes from.... and you thought I was just practicing my cheerleading skills!)
On the other edge, score one time at the 2" line.
On the short end (left side in the the picture above), cut on the lines, meeting up to the intersecting line.  Cut off the little tab that is left from the extra 1/2 inch at the end.  This creates the flaps for the bottom of the box.
Fold on all your score lines to be able to assemble the box.  On the long edge, apply the sticky red tape to the outside of the "tab" (that extra 1/2" piece of cardstock) then overlap that tab and stick together to create the box shape.  Fold in all the tabs on the bottom and add some red sticky tape to the last flap to keep it closed.
At the open end, gently push in on the two sides and press together to create inner side folds.
Punch a couple of holes through all the layers.  This will let you tie it closed with the baker's twine.
Add the circle tag punched from the themed paper and tie it all together.  You may want to fill it with your treats first :) Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A thoughtful gift

I can’t believe that we have just a few weeks left of school!  My son’s school librarian always puts “thank you notes” on her wish list for gifts at Christmas and teacher appreciation week, so I always try to put together a nice collection of all-occasion cards for her at the end of the year.

This time around, it seems like Kraft paper has become my go-to paper.  I love the Kraft cardstock from  It’s easy to cut, but sturdy and makes a nice card base.

You can get eight 3” x 3” cards from one 12” x 12”, so I generally make batches of eight at a time.  These cuties are perfect for tucking in a folder or book, so the librarian will get good use out of them – no envelopes necessary!

I made two each of the four designs.  In keeping with last month’s using scraps theme, I decided to go with some leftover bits from Close to My Heart’s Dotty for You paper pack, an exclusive this month for National Scrapbooking Month.  One great thing about the 3” x 3” cards is that even your 1” scraps actually come in handy! 

For this What’s Up card,  I used a Kraft cardstock base (cut your 12 x 12 cardstock into 3” strips, then cut each strip in half at 6”, and viola! you have your card bases!)  I also used Pop Tones Tangy Orange as an accent layer.  The PopTones Tangy Orange squares are 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” and 1 ¼” x 1 ¼”.  I layered the leftover Dotty For you Plaid, then the smaller Tangy Orange Square with a 1” x 1” square of Curious Metallic’s Cryogen White.  The stamps for this card are by Papertrey Ink.  Ink is Tuxedo Black by Memento.  Copic Colors: Y26, YG17, YR18.The ribbon was colored with Y26.

This next card reminds me of Mexico!  The chevron paper is CTMH Dotty For You.  I stamped Celebrate! (by Fiskars) on a 1” x 2” piece of Tangy Orange Cardstock.  Then, I stamped two margarita glasses from the same Fiskars set on Curious Metallic’s Cryogen White and cut out.  I adhered the glasses to a 1 ½” x 1 ½” square of Pop Tone’s Lemon Drop cardstock, and layered that on top of a 1 ¾” x 1 ¾”  of Pop Tone’s Blue Raspberry cardstock.  Copic Colors are: BG15, BG13, BG10, YR12, YR18, YR07. 

This card uses Unity’s “It’s Your Day” stamp set and the sentiment is from Fiskars’ “Join the Party” set.  I adhered the dotted print to the left side of the card (1” x 3” )  I stamped the birthday cake image on the right lower side of the card front and colored in the cake and candles using Atyou Spica pens.  They have real glass flakes in them, giving your projects super sparkle!

Then, I cut the striped piece to 1” x 2 ¾” and cut the ends in a “v”.  A trick I like to use is a square punch.  Simply insert the end you want to notch into the corner of a square punch, and punch it out.  The “v” is even on both sides, and looks great!  

The last card I created using scraps from Dotty For You, I was lucky enough to have scraps large enough for an interesting aspect of the pattern to shine through.  I cut a ½” x 3” strip of the turquoise dot paper, and adhered to the top of the 3x3 patterned paper.  I wrapped some crème brulee bakers twine by CTMH around the top of the card.  The, I cut two ovals:  one from Pop Tone’s Tangy Orange and a slightly smaller one from Curious Metallic’s Cryogen White cardstock.  I stamped “thank you” in Tuexdo Black Memento Ink (stamp is papertrey ink).  After adhering the ovals together, I placed a paper flower and gem on one side to add some sparkle.  (flower and gem by CTMH).

As a finishing touch, I stamped some Seam Binding Ribbon by CTMH with "just for you" and added stripes of color using Copic markers.  I tied the bunch of cards together to present to our librarian.

3x3 cards are easy and fun to put together in a relatively short amount of time.  I hope you have fun making some yourself!

Happy Stamping!