Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Closer Look at Curious Metallic

With Curious Metallic cardstock on sale during the month of March, I thought I'd give you a closer look at this fabulous product!  For this post, I am using Curious Metallic, 92# cardstock in Galvanised.
It prints beautifully in my inkjet printer.  Here's a little sentiment you might want to add to a wedding or anniversary card, or perhaps you want to create your own wedding stationary...

Here, I stamped on the cardstock with a French script background stamp.  I used Archival Brilliance ink in Graphite Black.  It's gorgeous!  When stamping on metallic cardstock, I like to heat set my ink just because I am a little impatient and I don't want to smear it as it does take a little longer to dry.

Next, I'll show you dry embossing.  Wowzers!  I love how deep the impression takes in this cardstock.... it's absolutely stunning!  I used the Tropical Paisley embossing folder from Sizzix in my Big Shot.

Now, heat embossing with Versamark ink and a black embossing powder from Stampin' Up!.  I love how the shine from the embossing plays with the metallic cardstock.  I had no problem with extra dust on the cardstock, I didn't pre-treat the cardstock with any powders or other pre-embossing treatments.

This cardstock is so beautiful and versatile.  It fits the bill for everything from casual notecards to formal event invitations, and everything in between.  There are so many colors available and coordinating items, you're sure to find exactly what you need.

Stay tuned all month as our Design Team showcases how creatively this cardstock can be incorporated into all your projects!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Love Always Gatefold Wedding Invitation & Download Freebie

I adore how fancy just a simple Gatefold card can make any invite look. We offer a great selection of colors and even have them in a beautiful selection of  metallics. Because I adore red themed weddings, today I am featuring the Basis Red Gatefold twords the bottom of this post. Now make sure to keep reading as I have a Freebie for everyone I am excited to share with you.

We have tried to make the art of creating bulk invitations a simple process.

Step 1:  Pick out the style of card you like.

  • Folded Invitation
  • Petal Card Invitation
  • Pocket Fold Invitation
  • Flat Card Invitation
  • Gatefold Invitation

Step 2:  Pick out the color and size of the layered flat card for the inside of your invitation.

Step 3:  Now if you don't see a flat card or invitation in the size or style you are looking for, keep in mind our specialty services.

Step 4:  Pick out a coordinating envelope for your invitations.

Step 5:  Don't forget your Response Cards.

Step 6:  Need any accessory items?

What's great is if for any reason you get stuck along the way we have the friendliest staff who is willing & waiting to help you out.... either by calling us or using our Live Chat
Featured Card:
Card Style: Gatefold 
Color: Basis Red
Sz: A7

Insert Card:
In the download I have offered 2 zip files.
One is for the 5x7 prints
 The other file is slightly smaller so that it can fit in a Gatefold.
(don't forget you can have us custom cut it)


For Photoshop or Element Users it is SUPER easy to edit the included files for other sizes.
Let's say you want to use one of our Square Petal Cards or want to have Square cards custom cut through our site, you can still use the PNG file included.
This is how:
First unzip and open up the downloaded files into Photoshop or Elements.
1.) Look for the FILE menu which is located in the top tab menu.
2.) Click on NEW
3.) Click on BLANK FILE

When a box pops up follow these steps:
1.) There will be a scroll down bar next to where you would insert number or dimensions...
scroll down till you see INCHES 
2.) Set your desired dimensions (since we are playing with a square scenario choose even numbers like:)
(Most likely you will have to type these in)
3.) Choose RGB as your mode
4.) Background content TRANSPARENT
5.) Resolution should be over 300
6.) Then click ok

Now you will be back to the main desktop in Photoshop or Elements but you should see the empty file you just created.
Now all you have to do is simply drag the PNG Clipart or the PNG Invite into the empty file you created. Add your text and print.

Hope this was helpful & Happy Creating!

(p.s. Different versions may differ slightly from the instruction above but for the most part it should still be quite similar and easy to create)

 As promised here is a Freebie that can help you re-create this look. Our "Love Always" download is perfect for Weddings & Anniversaries. I have made sure to include PDF files as well as PNG files so it can be opened in just about any program. I also have included the clipart for you to use at will. 
*TOU: These images cannot be redistributed digitally.
You can find the download link HERE 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"So Grateful" {Digital Freebie for You!}

Today I have a little something special to share with you.  I made this cute "So Grateful" card using a Brown Bag Kraft A6 folded invitation and some punched butterflies.  It was simple to print the sentiment on and then embellish exactly how I wanted it to be....

I gathered my supplies:

Then, I printed my card.  You can do the same, with two options to choose from.  If you have Photoshop, Elements or another photo editing software, you can create your own print using this downloadable .png file. Simply create your document for A6 size, place the png image and then print.

If you don't have photo editing capabilities, no worries, here's a free Microsoft Word template for you!

After I printed my card on the Brown Bag Kraft card, I added some pretty punched butterflies using some patterned paper I had, along with Pop Tones Blue Raspberry  cardstock.

Using the Mini Glue Dots, I layered the butterflies so I could have the dimension and movement I was looking for.  I added a stitch line down the center of the butterflies using my sewing machine, just for a little added detail.

CutCardStock products used in this project:


Monday, February 18, 2013

Free 2013 Calendar Download

I know it is already mid-February but I also know that the beginning of the year can swim by so fast that just now you might be thinking, "I need a cute calendar. It's time to make one for 2013. Something I can throw in my purse (or diaper bag)." So that's what I'm sharing today.

Cute and functional!!!
I created the calendar in Xcel and added a quote on each one. You have the option of embellishing the upper side of every month. I know how paper crafters love that. You can download it from my blog, Frillions by eli.

Download and print the calendar pages (it only takes 4 sheets) onto Basis White card stock. It'll be easy to write on and read from...Trim the calendar blocks and months You may want to make a pencil note on each calendar month so you won't lose track after they are cut.

Cut 12 pieces 5-1/2 x 5" (I used Razzleberry, Sour Apple, Blue Raspberry and Grape Jelly).
Adhere the months onto the cut pieces, making sure that the longer side is towards the top for vertical binding or towards the left for horizontal binding.

Cut 2 pieces of  Kraft Chipboard to 5-3/4 x 5-1/2" for the covers. Embellish them with patterned paper, chipboard shapes, etc.
Embellish the pages as you wish. I "fussy punched" a whole bunch of scalloped circles and added them to the pages along with blocks of patterned paper.
Bind the calendar. Add ribbons to the coil binding. products used in this project:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Petal Card { Baby Announcement }

Are you looking for customizable blank invitations that are uniquely you? Add a special touch to your special invitations or announcements with petal cards from Our petal cards have four rounded “petals” that lock together to create a secure origami-like fold. Each card can be mailed on its own or in a matching envelope, depending on your preference.  Petal cards are available in two sizes: select from a 6.25-inch square or a 5x7-inch card.  
Steps for using Petal cards also known as pochettes:
1.  Choose your petal card
2.  Add Coordinating Blank flat cards or Petal Card Inserts to print on and then to layer inside your Petal card invitation using a paper adhesive.  Layering sizes recommended for the 6.25 inch square pochette:  6x6- inch; Layering size recommended for the 5x7- inch petal card: 4.5 x 6.5-inch or 4.75 x 6.75- inch.
3.  After printing, stamping or calligraphy has been added to your layering card, adhere it to your Petal card.
4. Fold petal card together with interlocking sides.
5. Optional - Place in coordinating envelope.  Envelopes recommended for the 6.25 inch square pochette:  6.5 inch square envelopes ; Envelopes recommended for the 5x7- inch petal card: A-7 Envelopes
Here's a baby announcement I created on our Basis Aqua 5 x 7 petal cards:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day & Making Bulk Cards

There are occasions to send a card, and then there are occasions to send a card to many people.  Whether it be a holiday card, a special announcement or a message you'd like to share with a group, mass producing cards can be made easier with the right supplies and a little organization!

I wanted to send out several cards to some new friends.  First, I designed my card; keeping it simple with steps that I was willing to reproduce several times was the first key decision to make.  I broke my card design into components and created all the components of the card separately.

Then with all my pieces arranged in front of me, I assembled the cards.  I really liked the ease of using both the mini glue dots and 1" glue lines to adhere the various components onto my cards.  With the glue dots, I was able to get the strength of adhesion that I needed, plus I didn't have to wait for things to dry!
I only made a handful of cards, but the process helps when you're making lots and lots of cards.  To help the process even more, use blank folded note cards as your card base.  They're on sale this month, so think about upcoming occasions you  might want to mass produce cards for!

CutCardStock products used in this project: