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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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Zentangle Coloring

Zentangle Coloring?
A fun coloring method for adults and is indeed relaxing. 

I wanted to use some of the recycle brown bag envelopes for a Mother's Day gift and I had in mind using some flower stamps to decorate them but then I saw this 
phone decal image from the Cricut access library and decided to use it instead. It is image #M4FCE3A and it was free of charge at the time I used it.

First, I arranged the images on Cricut Design Space and changed the cut setting to write. The third photo shows the phone decal image prior to coloring with some colored pencils I found in my supplies.
I made a set of three envelopes with its matching insert.

It took some time for coloring but that was the relaxing part of the zentangle coloring, as I chose to call it.
The phone decal image was duplicated and welded to make a larger border to fit the envelope size: 5-1/4 x7-1/4".

These flowers are part of the main design and I used them to decorate the inserts.

I hope you enjoy today's post and remember, sometimes we need to think out of the box.
-Phone decal equals in this case, a Zentangle image...ready for coloring-

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cut Cardstock Supplies:
Brown Bag Kraft A7 Bag flap envelopesBlank Brown Bag A6 folded cards


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Best Friends Card

Do you have that one friend who would love a personalized handmade card from you?  If you do or even if you don't-here's an idea for a happy little card.

Since I injured my right arm and the tendon in my elbow I was trying to think of a project I could do since my Ortho doctor said I should really rest it and not do anything that caused any strain I decided to try something a little different and actually use some of tools I own instead of letting them just collect dust.  I wanted to create a simple card and I had this wood grain embossing folder that I have only used a handful of times-can I say that these card blanks emboss beautifully?!

I did a close up so you can see the detail.

I cut several sizes of little banner shapes in varying widths and adhered them to the cardfront and then I added a piece of this unique textured paper that I have been hoarding for years.  I used the scor-tape since it works really well on textured surfaces or handmade type papers. I added the flower diecuts using foam dots under the right flower and then added the best friends stickers (MAMBI).

Monday, April 25, 2016

Joy Journals

      I'm back with a colorful new project that I hope inspires you to not only create with paper but create with your pen as well!
      A few years ago I began a meditation practice.  If you're new to meditating, there are hundreds of ways to effectively calm your mind, body and spirit, but here's what I did:  I started with a traditional prayer of praise and gratitude, then moved into focusing on all of my senses; paying attention to the sights, sounds and smells around me; next I concentrated on just breathing in and out.  Before I realized what was happening, beautiful words came forth like a ballad, so I grabbed pen and paper and began to write.  My writings became little treasures to me and I often go back and re-read the messages to reveal the profound words of wisdom I'm needing to hear.

    This intuitive writing event happened time after time until I realized I needed journals handy each time I went into the quiet, meditative state of receiving.  I purchased journals whenever and wherever I stumbled upon them.  Because many were too bulky and heavy to tote around with me, I decided to make my own journals in custom sizes.  They now fit in my purse, tote bag, vehicle's glove box, etc.  I even keep one by my bathtub for when inspiring thoughts, to-do lists or whatever needs to be jotted down can easily be done so.

     Today, I'm sharing with you a couple of journals I recently created using scraps of paper I hand-marbled months ago.  Because the marbling process is tedious and time-consuming, I'll have to create a blog-post on just that with lots of how-to photos.  Please check back for my hand-marbeling tutorial soon.

    The paper I use for hand-marbeling is 100% cotton paper because it absorbs the color so beautifully. has lots of such papers available and offers different weights and sizes to choose from.  Of course, you don't have to hand-marble paper to create beautiful journals. Lovely patterned papers and fabrics do well also.

     To create the journals photographed, I used a chipboard backing paper, such as CutCardStock's Kraft Recycled Chipboard (.022 thickness).  I love using recycled papers and products, so this in particular is commonly used in many of my projects!

     I cut the chipboard just slightly larger than my interior journal pages and glued the decorative paper to the chipboard.  I used spray glue to affix the two papers; however Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose  Liquid Glue can be used as well.  Once the pieces are glued, I hand-score the center and drill holes for ribbon.  I chose a hand-dyed silk ribbon for these journals because I liked the way they tied and the colors I had on-hand worked nicely with my marbled papers.  

The interior pages were created on my word-processor, using the "table" feature.

     Once all pages were printed, trimmed, holes drilled to line up with cover, I corner-rounded the pages and cover before assembling the journal.  I have a table corner-rounder I operate with a foot pedal for drilling the holes,  but a small hand-held punch works just as well.

     Once the ribbon is inserted and tied, I cut small pieces of the marbled paper to make matching gift tags.  Because it is so close to Mother's Day, I chose to gift my mother with the journals and wrote Mom in calligraphy on the tags.  CutCardStock has a set of easy-to-use calligraphy pens for the novice calligrapher.  Voile'!  Pour a cup of tea, relax with some simple meditation tips and enjoy writing in your new journal!

     I'd LOVE to see your unique journal creations!  These are truly one-of-a-kind pieces than can become a practical, inspirational and daily reflection of the joys in your life.
Thanks for viewing!  Kathryn Podorsky

P.S. I hand-painted the teacup (with hydrangeas) shown in the last three photos.  China Painting is another art form I dabbled in some years ago.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friendship Gift Card Holder

Hello and welcome! It's Gloria with you today, sharing a friendship card with a hidden gift card holder!
I created a 6" x 6" card, suitable for celebrating a birthday, Mother's Day, a graduation, or just for saying, "Hello!" The Brown Bag Kraft papers and envelopes, paired with the colorful Basis Cardstock and the country prints make this card fun for all the ladies in your life.
 The front of the card contains a hidden flap. Inside the flap are two pockets for gift cards!
 The inside of the card contains panels for stamping or writing a message.

To create this card follow the steps below.

1. Cut Basis Black Cardstock to create a 6" x 6", top-fold card. Cut Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" and sponge the edges with white ink. Attach the kraft panel to the card front.

2. Cut decorative paper to 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (or use a stitched square die cut template). Mat the panel with Basis Black Cardstock cut to 5 3/8" x 5 3/8". Attach the panel to the center of the card front.
3. Emboss a Brown Bag Kraft A6 Invitation with a chicken wire embossing folder.

4. Sponge the embossed area with white ink. Trim the panel to 4 7/8" x 2" and mat with Basis Black Cardstock cut to 5" x 2 1/8". Attach the panel to the left side of the card front.
5. Create the gift card pockets by cutting the flap from the top of a Brown Bag Kraft A6 Envelope. Score the envelope at 3 1/4" and fold.
 6. Sponge the edges of the envelope with white ink.
7. Matt the bottom panel of the envelope with Basis Black Cardstock and attach it to the center of the card front.

8. Decorate the top panel. Attach a bow to the upper left corner of the card.

9. Attach two small magnets to the inside panels and decorate the pockets. Add paper and decoration to the inside panels of the card, if desired.

Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

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