Card Holder Instructions

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(Note: For some reason this post was not published – some kind of glitch with WordPress that I just noticed. Sorry for the delay.)

Yesterday I blogged about the card holder we made this past Saturday. It’s so easy and makes such a great presentation for a gift of cards. It was a big hit with the class.

Iguanastamp! Card Holder
It only takes a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper and can be customized to match the cards you include. Here’s a picture of the card holder open:
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As promised, here are the instructions (with very rudimentary sketches).
Place the long side across the top of your scoring tool and score at 3/4 inch, 5 1/4, 5 3/4 and 10 1/4. (Or you could score at 3/4 and 5/14, flip the paper and repeat.)
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Turn the paper to put the short side across the top and score at 6 inches and 6 1/4.

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Next, cut out the areas shaded in black. Fold in the areas shaded in gray and glue down. This provides a more finished edge.
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Next time I think I will make the sheet a little shorter, maybe 6.5 x 11, since I don’t think the flaps need to be so long. You can finish off the flaps by trimming them diagonally. This helps the holder close better.
Please let me know if you have any questions. It’s really easy and I bet you can think of several people who would love a gift of cards.

A Gift of Cards

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Saturday I met with a great group of ladies and we made a card holder and set of cards for them to give (or keep). The card holder is a simple one to make and holds 4 cards and envelopes – the perfect number to whip up quickly.

Iguanastamp! Card Holder

We used Stippled Blossoms for the cover and one of the two card designs. Recognize the leaf paper on the cover? It’s the embossed resist paper in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. We made two of these cards:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossom

We used a variety of sentiments. Mine is from the Trust God set. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the white card base is embossed with the Modern Mosaic folder.

Stippled blossom is a two-step stamp set, meaning you stamp the solid image in a lighter color and then the detail in a darker color. On the second card design, we used the Lotus Blossom stamp. This is actually a three-step stamp. It’s also photopolymer, which makes it much easier to line up. The stamps even have a little arrow on them to help you line the images up correctly.

Iguanastamp! Stampin Up Lotus Blossom

Here are the cards inside the holder.

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Want to make a card holder like this? Check back tomorrow – I’ll be posting the instructions.

Build a Bouquet Wreath

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I have to admit, when I first saw the Build a Bouquet kit in the Occasions catalog, it didn’t call out to me. I love the color combination, but I don’t do a lot with paper flowers. But then I got the latest issue of Stampin’ Success, a magazine for Stampin’ Up demonstrators (just another perk) and I saw that they had used the flowers to make a wreath. It was beautiful and just perfect for spring/summer! I have a fall wreath that I love, but I only hang it in my dining room from September to November. A colorful flower wreath would get a lot more display time here in south Florida.

So I ordered the kit and couldn’t wait to get it and try it out.

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Now, the kit comes with enough to make 25 flowers and if you were to try to make them all in one sitting, it would be a marathon session. But you only need 6 flowers to make the wreath. There are only three different styles of flowers. The difference is in the size, color and number of petals. Once you master a couple of basic steps, it goes together pretty easily.

 

Here’s what I made and I just love it! I have to say, the flowers are a LOT prettier in real life than they are in the catalog. They aren’t as thick as card stock, but not quite as flimsy as tissue paper.

 

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Build a Bouquet Kit
 

Wouldn’t you love to have a wreath like this  hanging in your house? I’m having a class on Saturday, March 28, where you can make your very own. You’ll also go home with extra flowers to make at a later time. Use them to make another wreath for a friend or to decorate a gift. Interested? You can RSVP here.

Bokeh Birthday!

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Bokeh is such a fun technique. It’s a mess when you start off and you think it’s going to look awful until you get to the end and then you see the cool effect. It’s actually a photography technique. The official definition is “the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.” Or in other words, a bunch of blurry lights.  It is also a big trend in card making right now.

This is one of the cards we’re going to make tomorrow at our Coffee and Cards class tomorrow using the Big Day stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. This is such a great birthday set.

 

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Start by putting a mixture of colors randomly on a piece of white cardstock. This can be done by either water-coloring it on or sponging it. I didn’t have much luck with water color so this one is sponged. Whichever way you choose, be sure to pick colors that won’t turn to brown or gray if you overlap them. Not a good look. :-)

 

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Then with craft Whisper White ink and a sponge dauber, you start adding circles in varying shades of intensity. I used a stencil I created myself to make this easier. You can create your own by punching several sizes of circles out of a sheet of acetate. If you’re coming to class tomorrow, I’ve got one made for you. Here’s mine after several uses. Tip: mark which side is up so you don’t get ink on your card in unwanted areas.

 
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Once you’ve tried this, don’t limit yourself to circles. I’ve seen some great cards made with other shapes such as hearts and circles. You’ll want to use a bold image or sentiment stamp, or put your image on a separate piece of paper, because smaller line images will get lost in the design.

There are lots of video tutorials out there, but if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. I hope you give it a go – it’s so easy and I think you’ll really like the results.

Stamp Review Crew – Sheltering Tree

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Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. I’m having such a wonderful time doing these blog hops. They are really stretching me creatively. Today we’re featuring Sheltering Tree. This beautiful set may become almost as well loved as Lovely As A Tree. It certainly has potential.

If you’re hopping in order, you just came from Mike’s blog. I always love to see his unique take on our featured stamp sets.  But there’s no real rules – you can jump in from anywhere. And if you get lost, just click on the banner at the top of this page to go to the Stamp Review Crew blog and see all the links.

For my project, I decided to try something I’ve had in mind for a long time – stamping on canvas. I’ve been buying canvas boards and stretched canvas for some time now whenever it goes on sale, but I never got around to trying it. Turns out it’s really not hard and although the texture of the canvas shows through, I kind of like the effect. What do you think?

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Sheltering Tree

I hope you like my project. Now it’s on to Heidi’s blog to see what she has in store for you.

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Indescribable Gift

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Do a Google search or look on Pinterest and you will find so many beautiful cards made with the Indescribable Gift stamp set. I wanted to include a card using this set for tomorrow’s Stamp-A-Stack, but because we are making so many different cards, I needed something quick and easy. I came up with this card using watercolor paper and a water brush to color it in. I also used some of the new Irresistibly Yours paper from the SAB catalog, which I spritzed with a mist made from alcohol and Strawberry Slush re-inker.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Indescribable Gift
 

Its rainy and gray here today and was next to impossible to get a good picture of this card. It’s so much prettier in real life. I think everyone will really love playing with the designer paper and watching the design appear once they spritz it. We’re also making another card with more of this paper and sponging on it. The paper is awesome and I hope it (or something like it) ends up in the new catalog coming out later this year.

Fun with the Butterfly Framelits

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My stash of all-occasion cards has gotten pretty low. I needed to build it back up, ideally using a single design that was easy to replicate and vary a bit, based on the occasion or card need. A quick and easy card design was what I was looking for. An added bonus would be one that helped me use up my hoarded stash supply of retired designer paper. As I was perusing Pinterest (one of my favorite pastimes), I came across this card by Chiaki Haverstick.

Perfect – I can use the butterfly framelits from the Occasions catalog and a variety of sentiments. The bonus is each card takes a 5 x 3 5/8 inch piece of designer paper. Colorful papers with small patterns work the best. I used a sheet from the Beyond the Garden dsp for this card.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Thinlits
Here’s a view from the side. You can see how I also stamped the inside of the card. This butterfly stamp is from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set.
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Thilits
I was able to use a sheet from the International Bazaar dsp and make additional cards. I used sentiments from various sets to come up with 6 cards all together, in less than an hour. I had a very productive morning.
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Thinlits
One thing to note, because of the intricacies of the butterfly thinlits, you end up with lots of little bits of paper. Here in Florida, we call them hanging chads. ;-)
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This is one of the cards we’ll be making this Saturday at the Spring Stamp-A-Stack. There’s still room for one more if you want to join us. :-)