Happiness is an inside job

Welcome to 2012 everyone!  I hope you have had a glorious and safe New Year so far and pray that Heavenly Father will fill your 2012 with everything you need.  What have you resolved to do this year?  I’ll let you know what my New Year’s resolutions are as soon as I figure out what they will be.  Today though, I wanted to show off something I made recently.  I have first hand experience that the sentiment on this card is indeed true…Happiness is very much an inside job.

 Isn’t that dress just adorable?  Many thanks to my good friend and DT Sister Sherry from Up or Down They’re Beautiful for gifting me the dress form dies from Spellbinders.  Thank you my friend I love them and can’t wait to make more things with them.

Additional Supplies Needed:
This tutorial  from Splitcoast Stampers
K Andrew Designs Art Stamps (Positive Thoughts)
Ink (Versafine used here)
Martha Stewart Border Punch (I don’t remember which sorry)
Paper for the pocket tags and inside 
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Homemade Ink Blending Tool
Verve stamps (birds and flowers)

I followed the original instructions for the double pocket card, but I wanted the card to open at the top and so I just made a card base to attach it too.  In the first pocket I put this tag:

There are no specific dimensions for how I cut this insert.  I just…yup you guessed it…winged it.  I wing it a lot in my crafting actually.  The inside tag for the second pocket looks like this:

And then finally there’s the inside of the card which looks like this:

The paper I used on the inside is a pale pink pearlescent paper from Colorbok that I got at Wal-Mart.  I added some ribbon and a bow I tied using my hideously ugly bow board and stamped another sentiment from the Positive Thoughts set.  I’m currently working on something fun with a corset and trying to re-film my toilet paper core album video so please check back to see both!


Boxed In

Remember a few posts ago when I told you I was going to have some more projects for you inspired by my late night Splitcoast Stampers viewings?  Today I have another one for you.  This might actually be one of my all time favorite techniques/tips/whatever.  My mind is full of ideas of ways this can be used as a gift item.  It could be made in a bride’s colors and given as a gift to the bridesmaids, it could be a gift for a new bride, it could be a fun way to do a baby announcement, it could be for Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, graduations, and so much more.  It is super simple to create as well.  Here’s my “Box Card” based on the this video.

This card doesn’t lay totally flat and has a belly band.  The way I think this could be turned into a gift is by making a set of notecards/inserts that would fit in the box but still allow it to close easily.  Maybe 4 to 6 depending on the papers used and how heavy the embellishments were.  This card was a lot of fun, I hope you try it out!

Supplies Needed:
8 1/2  x  11 piece of patterned paper, or lightweight cardstock
Scoring Tool (I used Martha Stewart Score Board)
Cardstock to decorate the card
Stamps (K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings)
Versafine Onyx (make sure you heat set)
Martha Stewart Edge Punch (I think it’s lace doily)
Adhesive (ATG)
Spellbinders Lacey Circles
Spellbinders Classic Circles
My custom tree stamp
Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap for tree..I think)

The instructions at Splitcoast Stampers are easy to follow.  I won’t repeat them here.  I used Spellbinders for my shape on the front and the MS punch for the trim on the side.  The tree in the background is a stamp I made myself using my Teresa Collins Stamp Maker.  Ribbon was random ribbon from my stash.  I will soon start featuring cards that I’ve made using only scraps (aside from ink and stamps of course), so stay tuned!

Beautiful Heartbreaks

Today I was asked to be a Guest Designer by my friend Lynne.  I needed to send a thank you card to Hilary Weeks for again speaking to my soul with her song Beautiful Heartbreak anyway, so the timing was perfect.  What I created is below, to see the inside of my tunnel card and get more details please visit Her Craftiness.

A springless Side Spring

Yesterday you  may recall me telling you how I’ve been suffering from insomnia lately right?!?!?  Last night I actually managed to make it to bed early for a change.  12:30 in the morning is awfully early don’t you think?  I’m proud of myself…lately I’ve been forcing myself into bed at 5 or 6 am only to have to be awake again at 7 when the kids get up and the nephew comes knocking.  With all the sleep I got last night I could be dangerous today…watch out!

At any rate, when I came across another Splitcoast Stampers video that I decided I’d try.  It’s officially called the Side Spring Card, but there’s not really anything springie about it.  At least not IMHO anyway.  Nonetheless, it’s a a pretty quick and easy card to create and a fun new fold.  I like new folds…I mean really there are only so many things you can do with an A2 surface right?!?!?  Here’s the video I watched:

And here’s my version of this card:

Supplies Needed:
One 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock
Scoring tool (I used my MS Scoreboard)
Additional cardstock and/or patterned paper to decorate the card
Stamps (K Andrew Art Stamps Crafty Friends set used here)
Adhesive (tombow mono adhesive and score tape)
Embellishments (buttons and twine)
Lacey Squares by Spellbinders
Classic Squares by Spellbinders
Versafine Ink
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch Around the Page edge punch

The only thing I did differently from the video was add the little piece of pattered paper in the triangle at the bottom left and I applied a strip of score-tape on both sides to stabilize the diamond shape a little better.  Oh yeah and I didn’t round the corners of my card either.  I think I will be making more cards like this in the future, only with a slight twist so stay tuned.

Deliriously Happy

Good morning edderbawdy.  That’s 3 yr old nephew talk for everybody isn’t it cute?!?!?  So I was suffering from insomnia yet again last night and decided to visit the resource gallery at Splitcoast Stampers and see what mischief I could get into.  I came across this video:

Guess what though…I don’t have a Creatopia machine.  I watched the video a couple of times actually and then I said to myself “Self, you have a cutter with a perforating blade remember.  You could totally do this.”  And so I sat myself down and got to work.  Here’s what I came up with:

This Crafty Friends set from K Andrew Designs Art stamps is so fun.  I think yesterday’s card might be my all time favorite.  Everyone who comes over to my place bursts into laughter when they see it.  I ♥ the sound of laughter.  The motivation for today’s card though came from my dining room table.  It now looks like this:


If you look closely you can see some of my favorite things all represented in this mess.  My scriptures, Diet Cherry Pepsi, Black Forest gummy bears, punches, eCraft, Versafine ink, Memento ink, grand calibur (well only the base plate is visible in this but still), distress ink, mono adhesive and paper….lots and lots of paper.

The sentiment from Crafty Friends was perfect because my kids have said to me repeatedly over the last few days that they like seeing me happier, but wish it wasn’t so messy.  I figured other crafters would get it totally and might send this to one of you…do I have your address?!?!?

Now…let’s talk about how you can do this even if you don’t have the Creatopia or are crafting at 1am and your sister….who DOES have one is sleeping and your card can’t wait.  Just get yourself a cutting tool with a perforating blade.  If you have a rotary cutter there are all sorts of perforating blades.  I know Fiskars has them for sure.  If you are really patient you could also just draw a dashed line and cut with your craft knife on the dashes and that would perforate the edge too.  I however am not patient (or I might have just waited and asked my sister to borrow her Creatopia for a second) so I just broke out the cutter I hardly use that came with my Your Story (which I also hardly use sigh).  It has a perforating blade on it YAY!  Now…let’s see if I can remember everything I used.

Supplies Used:
Perforating Blade
Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch
Elmer’s Craft Glue
Tombow Mono Adhesive
Foam Dots
5.5 by 11 sheet of paper
3 sets of mats (mine are just decreased by an 1/8th inch then a 1/4 inch on each panel)
Flat backed pearls
K Andrew Designs Crafty Friends Set
Versafine Ink 
Beaded Ovals
Classic Ovals
Grand Calibur
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pine needles)
Mulberry paper flower (from my stash)
Brad or button for flower center (also from stash)

Ok…I THINK that’s everything.  First what you need to do is take your 5.5 by 11 inch piece of paper and on the long side, perforate it at 2.5 inches.  Then place your cardstock in your scoring tool and line up your perforated line with the 8.5 mark, score at 4.25.  Fold the card valley style at the 4.25 core line.  This will be your card front.  It is important that you DO NOT fold in your detachable bookmark piece yet.  Too much folding on that perforated line will cause it to detach prematurely.  Decorate your card front.  On mine, I punched the “ribbon” with a MS punch, embellished it with flat back pearls and stamped my sentiment on a classic oval and mounted it to a beaded oval.  Next I adhered this to the card front using foam dots.  I believe my measurements for this were 4.1/8 x 53/8 for the background mat and then maybe 3.75  x 47/8 for the second piece.  I’m honestly not sure though because I just eyeballed it.  I eyeball things a LOT.

Ok…moving onto the inside panel.  Your mats for this piece are the same as the front of your card.  I keep calling this the inside panel but really its the inside of your card.  Here I followed the same theme as the front turning my double-edged “ribbon” horizontally though instead.  I left the flat backed pearls off the “ribbon” on the side as well.  Once you get this done, turn your card over so that the back of the card is visible and the bookmark/flap is on your left.  Decorate accordingly.  Here I mimicked some of the design elements and added another Crafty Friends sentiment.  No flat backed pearls here either so it’s not “bumpy” when used in a book.

Once you get your bookmark how you like it, turn your card back over the front and gently (I mean SUPER gently) fold your bookmark into your card at the perforated line.  DO NOT run your bone folder over it and avoid manipulating this piece or folding it repeatedly as much as you can.  That’s all there is to it!  When the recipient gets this card, they will be able to detach the book mark without destroying the card.  If you wanted to, you could decorate the backside of the book mark too (the piece you can barely see on the right side of  the last picture shown above).

Look at all the fun things the Crafty Friends set has to offer…

So Thank-Fall” Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to the “So Thank-Fall” Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

Welcome to this month’s Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  Each of us, along with our Special Guest – Letillia from Diva of 5, are so pleased to have you here with us!!  Along the way, you’ll see NEW ideas for creating cards and projects with Kristal’s stamps sets!!

If you’ve hopped along from Janis’ Blog, then you are in the right place!! And, as I’m sure you know by know, if you just happen to be one of my faithful readers (thanks to all of you), please be sure to start at the beginning with Kristal’s blog.  I’d hate you to miss out on any of the fun!

In case this is your first time to hop along with us, there are some things you should know about K Andrew Designs Art Stamps.  Each of Kristal’s stamp sets benefit charity and $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Currently Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, (retail or wholesale) to the charity noted; you can imagine how wonderful this will be over time, I’m sure.  Each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!  This is exactly what Kristal means when she says “Stamp Good, Do Good!”

If all of that wasn’t reason enough to get you opening a new browser and going to K Andrew Designs, these stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA ensuring all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal’s stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs

To say “THANK YOU” for hopping along with us today, we have TWO coupon code specials for you to take advantage of for THIS WEEKEND ONLY (thru Sunday, October 23rd):

fallblessings for 25% off the Fall-O-Ween set

shipitfree for FREE SHIPPING!!

Kristal’s newest stamps sets are LARGER sets — perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more…  For more details or to make one these sets YOURS, please click on the preview:

Crafty Friends
Pirate Party! LARGE SHEET (Faces included–but separate so you can use other face stamps)
Pirate Tales & Fish Scales (LARGE SHEET)

For my first project, I’m featuring the Fall-O-Ween set and Winter Wishes set shown below.

Winter Wishes

Our theme this month is “Thank-Fall”…you know something Fall related that we are grateful for.  Fall is my second favorite season and I’m thrilled to report that our leaves are finally turning their usual amazing colors.  I live in the foothills of some mountains…one of them we lovingly call MY mountain.  The pictures in this layout are not my own, but nonetheless I am grateful for this amazing Fall View:

All of the paper used in this layout is from Core’dinations.  The photos are matted very tightly to a red piece and the orange accent piece was punched along the top and bottom edge with the Martha Stewart fall leaves edge punch.  I tried the EK Success Layering Punch for the small maple leaf in the top right corner but returned it because it doesn’t work like as well as I’d like.  The bigger leaves were cut with my eCraft using I think the Fundamentals 2 SD Card.  The “Be Thankful” tag was also cut with my eCraft, as was the title “autumn”.  To get this sentiment combination I used the B and E from the “Best Witches” sentiment along with the word thankful.  The word delightful comes form Winter Wishes and Blessings is from the Fall-O-Ween set as well.

The other thing I am most thankful for (at this time of year especially) is family.  Though intended to be a card design, the “center step” template made the perfect display for a recent photo of 5 of my favorite kids:

Here the jack-o-lantern edge was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and layered on the card.  I cut a cloud and moon with my eCraft added some ink to both, stamped the bat  from the Fall-O-Ween set on the cloud and added “Harvest up some fun” as the sentiment at the bottom.  The moon and cloud were attached using pop dots for added dimension.  Man I ♥ these kiddos severe!

Unfortunately, I am so far behind in sending out blog candy for previous winners, I don’t have any to offer at this time.  Be sure you visit my DT sisters’ blogs though for ways to win some K Andrew Art Stamp goodness because I know many of them are offering a stamp set as blog candy.  Next up is my awesome friend and DT Sister Ildi, the Craftin’ Mama!.  Please click here to visit her blog.

Here’s a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:

Where is Fall at ANYWAY

So last Sunday after posting my Simple Sunday project I got ready for church and headed out.  I was soooooooooooooo excited when I opened the door and Fall like temperatures and weather were waiting to greet me.  That excitement was short lived…it was 72 the next day and 80 the rest of the week.  Yesterday it was mid 70’s and today is supposed to get to the mid-eighties.   Am I complaining…no, not really.  There are a lot worse climates to live in than mine, but I do miss Fall.  It’s my second favorite season you know…the colors, the food, the feeling…Fall just feels good.  Not to mention it’s the one time a year when pretty much everyone starts taking a look at what they are thankful for…all of this was the motive behind the project I’m sharing with you today.  Allow me to present my first center step card:

There are so many “unusual” things about this card…unusual for me anyway.  I’m uncertain about if I like it or not but I’m posting it anyone (a few of you have said I should post more of what I make whether I like it or not…you know you are so this is just for you).  Ok…so let’s talk about what’s so unusual…first it’s the first time I’ve ever tried this technique of a fold before…I like that part at least.  Second it’s unusual because these are not colors I ever work with…not in this combination anyway.  I almost never use orange…in fact, except for some recent Halloween projects I’ve done I can’t remember ever using orange in a project.  Third, I don’t usually use patterned paper for anything more than a mat behind a solid sheet of paper.  Fourth (we are on 4th right), ummmm…I know there was a 4th unusual thing about this project, but I forget now.  Maybe it was that I don’t usually do any fall themed items, maybe it was that I don’t usually ever have this much contrast in a project, maybe it’s that I don’t usually make things just to make them (usually everything I make has an intended recipient), or maybe the 4th unusual thing about this card was I triple layered the leaf and stamped at an angle…maybe that’s a lot more than just 4 unusual things…

Supplies Needed:
1 5.5 by 11 sheet of cardstock for card base
Score board of some kind (I used my Martha Stewart one)
The instructions found here
A Maple Leaf Cut (I made my own using Photoshop and SCAL)
Lace Ribbon (Martha Stewart)
DIY Glimmer Mist to color the lace (green and gold used here)
Embossing Tool/Gun
Adhesive (Mono Tape Runner, Foam Dots, tape)
Ink (I used Chocolate Chip from Stampin’ Up)
Ribbon for a bow (from my stash)
Stamps (I used K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween)
Scrap paper to decorate your card base

Once you get the card base cut and scored, you are ready to decorate.  I created a layered maple leaf in SCAL and cut each layer a different color, lightly inked the edges with Chocolate Chip ink from Stampin’ Up, and pieced it together.  Then I stamped my sentiment from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set (shown below) and set it aside.  Next I added the decorative layers.  The animal print paper is from the DCWV Lady Couture stack, the paper layers in the center are just from my stash.  I also used the Lady Couture paper under the lace but you can’t see it really well.  The printed paper was cut at 4.25 by 1.25 (cut two of these).  The center step base piece was cut at 4.25 by 2.25 and I added two or three more layers cutting them 1/8 of an inch smaller each time.  The strip under the lace is .75 by 5.25.  You may want different measurements, or you may find mine useful.  Either way, it’s up to you!

For the bow, I tied it using my hideously ugly peg bow board and taped it to the back of the center piece.  Man I love that bow board I’m telling you!  I may line the inside of the card to cover the tape from the bow and lace but I’m not sure yet.  The lace just didn’t look right white and so I broke out my DIY Green Glimmer Mist and got all inky.  I then added some DIY gold and dried the lace using my embossing tool/gun and I’m still not quite sure it looks right but….

I then added foam dots to the back of the maple leaf and adhered to the center piece and called it good.  I really like this card fold and will likely make more cards using it in the future.  Be sure to head over to K Andrew Designs and pick up YOUR Fall-O-Ween set then show me what you create with it!  This is the PERFECT set for Halloween, Fall, and NUMEROUS other things…here’s just a few mix and match ideas for ANY occasion “for you friend”, a little fun”, for a sweet little friend”, “blessings to you” (wedding maybe), etc.  If I had to describe Kristal’s stamps in ONE word, it’d totally be versatile!  Till next time friends!