One of my CARD & CRAFT CLUB MEMBERS, Julie Cefalu --- sent these two pictures to me so I could see how she used the March Butterfly Origami Card Project to make a sympathy card. Such beautiful work and paper selections --- it's inspired me to use the butterfly for sympathy cards, too. Thank you, Julie --- you made my day!
Here's a birthday card for my son's "Second Mom." He is so lucky to have her in his life --- wouldn't it be great to have 2 moms to spoil us, take good care of us and guide us through life?!
These pictures show a quick way to give someone a gift card using SU's Word Window punch. I use this punch a lot and it works particularly well for words (as shown on the card front) and as a slot for gift cards. To make the gift card insert, score a 5 1/2" wide by 10" long piece of medium weight DSP. Score at 2, 5 and 8" and use a bone folder to create a valley fold at the 2" and 8" score line and a mountain fold at the 5" score line. Measure the width of your gift card as you hold it up to the center of the fold at the 5" fold --- add about 1/4" each beyond that on each side of the gift card and mark those points with a pencil. Start on one side and punch 3 times in a row - aligning the next punch point with the previous punch until you reach the other pencil mark. Punch in the center with a 1" punch to create a half circle and attach the entire piece to your card with red sticky tape. (I used a lace punch to add a border on each side before I attached the entire piece and also put red sticky tape between the 3" sections to prevent the gift card from sliding down too far inside the pocket.)
Butterfly and Lace Punches: Martha Stewart
Pearls: Creative Cafe
Paper: American Crafts I DO Gerber Daisies
Blue Paper for Lace: Lightweight light blue scraps I had from who knows where!
After one of my Canadian card maker friends sent me a version of this card, I had to make it! Thank you, LA, for the inspiration! I used a 1 1/4" circle punch for the bunny's rear end and a 12mm pink pom pom from Michael's attached with a large glue dot. The feet are modified from the small SU oval punch (I shorted the oval slightly), and the pink pads on the feet are punched from a standard hole punch. The clouds were made with a SU scallop punched circle and a dauber sponge in Ballet Blue. The Easter saying on the front is from SU's Well Scripted set and the flowers are from SU's Flower Filled set, but any flower set will do just fine. For the inside, I used the Labels 3 Nesties --- a wonderful gift from a friend --- you gotta be thankful for friends like that!!...and the saying was done on my computer. Now, I've got to hop off to bed!...oh, and here's LA's card that she saw on Splitcoaststampers.com that gave me some Easter inspiration:
This card arrived from my SUPER talented paper crafting friend, Rachel! I love these waterfall cards, and Rachel's card made my day! So many layers and so much time went into this stunning card. I had to LOL when I opened it and saw the cute Irish man in his green suit holding up the flower. (I do have to admit...it took me saying the "Irish you luck!" out loud before the light bulb went on and I got it!) Thank you, Rachel!
One of my CARD & CRAFT CLUB members, Barbara Ernst, sent these sweet little angels to me after I sent out the February penguin project. Thank you, Barbara, for making my day with this wonderful surprise in the mail. These samples of your impressive crafting talents made this happy little crafter do quite a happy dance!
FYI: Here is the info. on my next class at Memories Live On
Paper Crafters' Tea Party
Sunday, March 21st, 2010
1:00 to 2:30 PM
Register for this class and receive 15 easy, clever and unique PARTY, CULINARY and PAPER CRAFT ideas all in one class! Each class includes a beverage, a food tasting with printed recipe, a new product demo, and PRIZES! Several wedding shower and special birthday or anniversary party ideas will be included in this first class along with many Easter/Spring projects. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind class! Since this is KT's first TEA PARTY class, each person attending will receive a composition book for notes, too! Call us today to register (408-446-9901). Only 3 spots remain! (Feel free to bring your cameras.)
One of my blog readers, Leslie-Ann, up in North Vacouver, BC, Canada wrote to me for more information after I posted the card in my March 6th blog entry yesterday. She was curious about the actual technique used to create the diamond scalloped accent. (See card below.) I wrote back to say that I'd take a picture, and I hope it will help to show just how it's done.
Start with the WRONG side of a 2 5/8" square facing up, turn the SU scallop punch over, place it into the center of a side, punch the side, then turn the paper 90 degrees and punch the center of the remaining sides. As you insert the punch on each side, look at the raised straight lines on each side of the punch (marked with green arrows) in order to precisely center the punch with the left and right borders of the paper. When finished, turn the square over and adhere to your card. (HINT: When using paper punches, the punch should cut through the RIGHT side of the paper through to the back of the paper. If it's done in reverse, a rough edge left by the punch is often showing.) Hope this helps and thank you, LA, for the question!...and here's another card using the bird punch...I can hardly stop making cards with it. (I think that is the first early warning sign of an addiction!)
Here I go again with a must have new toy --- it's a new bird punch from SU that includes the bird, the wing and the branch all in one punch! It was calling out my name the first time I saw it....and somehow, it has made it's way into my craft room! (If you have double-sided paper that is coordinated, it makes for the perfect wing and body combo.) I had several thank you notes that I needed to send out, and this punch was the perfect thing.
The saying on the inside of the first card was made on my computer and says "You're a Tweet Heart!" The saying on the front of the 2nd card is from a new SU set that can be used with clear acrylic stamp blocks (LOVE THAT!) and it's called Whimsical Words. The Nestie set used along with that saying is Labels 3. The embossing plate used for the card fronts is from Cuttlebug and called Stylized Flower. I'll post more cards later in the week made with this new LARGE BIRD PUNCH. BTW - to create the triangle accent layer in the first card, I cut a square that measured 2 5/8" and used my SU scallop punch in the center of all four sides --- then I layered it with brown and pink cardstock.
I've been busy getting ready for a wedding shower I'm giving tomorrow for one of my dearest friend's daughter who is getting married in May. I made this card with a saying that I love for the parents of the bride, and I'm sure it will bring a tear or two! The saying reads: When children find true love, parents find true joy.
Some of the ideas I'll be demonstrating at my March 21st class will come from this shower --- they are ideas that can be adapted to any party or family gathering....for example...have you ever heard of the Right/Left game? I believe there are 2 spots left for my class. It's a Martha Stewart-type class filled with food, entertaining and paper craft ideas --- 3 of my favorite things on the planet!!! Click on my picture above to read more details about the class. If you can't come to this class, I'll be teaching them every few months!
BTW --- The heart punch is from Martha Stewart and the largest background paper is one of those huge sheets of paper from the Paper Source.
FYI: Did you know that you can color black and white inkjet printer images with your Copic markers and the black ink will not smear?! Download the FREE Easter Bunny pdf described below (in the February 19th blog entry) and try it out for yourself! (Test your paper and image with your Copic markers to make sure the paper selected won't smear the ink.)
Here's a card made with the FREE Easter Bunny download on my MLO site (see photo of the entire pdf shown below). Get your FREE bunnies today as described below or click on my picture in the upper right corner. I used COPIC Sketch markers E31 for the bunny's body and tail outline, E00 for the center of the tail and YG06 for the bunny's bow. The purple paper is BAZZILL DOTTED SWISS at Memories Live On, the punch is Martha Stewart's lace border punch and the purple gems are from Hero Arts. The ribbon is from JoAnn's Fabrics & Crafts.
Today I'm sending out the supply list and photos for the upcoming March Card & Craft Club projects, instructions and video tutorials that will be emailed to members on March 1st. Join in on the fun and make someone happy with a cute little BUNNY BOX that holds small candies or gifts --- then learn how to make a quick and stunning ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY CARD for any occasion! Join today by visiting http://ktscardclub.shutterfly.com OR http://ktscardclub.blogspot.com --- March CLUB projects are now on display at Memories Live On. Come in and see all of the wonderful new papers that have arrived from CHA! The acrylic paper under the butterfly (called OLD LACE by Screen Prints) is one of my favs --- just use your roller adhesive to adhere to your card or scrapbook page!
Here are some pics of the paper purse and matching card I made for my son's girlfriend's birthday. The smaller and last picture shows the inside of the card made with the Labels 3 Nesties. My husband's assistant gave them to me recently because an online site mixed up her order and sent her an extra Labels 3 set to make up for an error on their part...so I was the lucky recipient of the FREEBIE! Thank you, Tiffany!!!! The paper purse was made with my January Card & Craft Club template. If you'd like to make some of these purses, write to me and I'll send purchase details for the instructions and template. The Happy Birthday saying and background oval were cut on my Cricut (using the STORYBOOK cartridge --- one of my favorite cartridges). The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch --- oh, it's so hard to resist her punches!...and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder (WITH LOVE) for the line of raised dots along with my Scor-Pal to make the raised straight lines on the front of the card. The little silver adhesive balls (purchased at Michael's) on the butterflies and hearts added a nice touch of bling to the final look of the card.
I'm still having the most wonderful time with my Cricut! For a bridal shower I'm giving in February, I made this invitation using the 2" branch image with the letter "K" key in the Storybook cartridge. The heart punch is by Martha Stewart --- oh, how I love her punches! Small adhesive pearls were also used for the center of each flower image. Using the negative formed from this image, I was able to sponge a flower design on the envelopes! Such fun!
Here's another Valentine's Day card I designed last week. I used Stampin' Up's BRANCH OUT tree and the small heart from SU's SMALL SAYINGS set....but any tree stamp and small heart stamp will work. Using a Zip chisel tip glue pen, I added SU's Crystal Effects glitter. The saying is from a wonderful clear stamp set from VERVE called HEARTS ON FIRE - Click here to view the entire set. (The quality of VERVE'S STAMPS are impressive! I also ordered this set for a friend's birthday and it arrived in 3 days!) The little pink 3-D hearts are from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts store (in their scrapbook dollar section). The ink is a multi-colored ink pad from SU called CELEBRATION. The silver cording is discontinued, but most craft stores sell thin metallic cording in their jewelry making department. I'm trying to work on Valentine's Day cards now so I can get them out before February 14th. It looks like I may get them sent in time --- YAHOO!
Oh, what fun I had over the weekend! I made some valentines with my sister, mom and some very talented friends. The first picture shows a quick and easy card I designed with Martha Stewart's heart border punch and a heart ribbon with a silver heart charm (both from Michael's in their wedding section --- for $5.49 you get a zillion heart charms --- use your coupon for even more savings). The final rectangle is raised with foam tape for an added professional touch.
The second picture shows a card my crafty friend Katie had us make using SU's Sweet Treat Cups --- so clever! My son is giving this card to his girlfriend for Valentine's Day ;-)
I LOVE Papyrus cards....and these cards remind me of one of those striking yet quick and simple cards!
Here are two samples of the Perfect Dress/Perfect Friend card project from my February Card & Craft Club (now on display at Memories Live On in Cupertino). Club Members will receive the outside hanger graphic and "Perfect Dress" saying along with the inside "Perfect Friend" saying for FOUR cards PLUS the little black dress template. Be your own dress designer and create your own unique dress design using embellishments for the belt and the neckline of the dress --- then try using your border punches on the hemline! Stickles glitter glue on the hanger also adds a nice designer touch.
These cards are suitable for a friend's birthday, a thank you note or for Valentine's Day. To see the February penguin project, view the blog entry below.
I'm getting ready to send out the February supply list and project photos today for my Card & Craft Club, so I thought I'd post some pics of the penguin project this month. Along with this candy kiss penguin, there's a "Perfect Friend" card that I'll post as well very soon. These two projects can be used for Valentine's Day or a friend's birthday.
I have to credit my son as a member of my Design Team this month! He saw my first rendition of the penguin and said it looked like a rapper penguin!...and once he pointed out some characteristics of that first penguin, I had to laugh because my penguin did actually look like a rapper! (It had to do with how I placed a different type of bow on top of the head AND a head that was out proportion to the body.) He gave me some more input and those comments caused me to take my penguin to a whole new level.....so MANY thanks to my son Kristopher. I'm so thankful that my family encourages my paper craft endeavors!
For more info. about joining my club, click HERE...and to get the Happy Valentine's Day saying below the penguin in the photo above, see the info. on the FREE downloads below.
I've just added TWO new FREE downloads to my MLO website!! (See the second picture above.) One pdf has small red and pink hearts behind the saying and the other file has large pink hearts behind the saying. The top picture shows a card sample using the pdf with the large pink hearts. Download the FREE files, print them on white or cream cardstock and use your imagination to find ways to use these two FREE sheets of sayings. Email me a picture showing me your creations --- I'd love to see them! Enjoy and thank you to all of my loyal blog readers! CLICK HERE for the free files. BTW - the Sizzix embossing folders (used on the card above) worked very nicely in my Cuttlebug!
The card on the right shows how I used the scrap paper from the Nesties card on the left to make one more card. (You know how hard it is for me to throw away perfectly good scraps!) The picture doesn't show it, but the outer frame on the right is raised with foam tape. (See blog entry below for the how to directions for these quilt cards.) The stamp set used was Stampin' Up's Bird on a Branch and diamond gems were added to some of the flowers.....and speaking of SU...I am elated to learn that SU has AT LAST offered a clear stamp mount option on their stamp sets AND sends them in a DVD case-type holder. YIPPEE YAHOO!!! I'm doing my HAPPY DANCE over that news!!
I finally had a chance to try some quilt cards! They are so easy to make: Take a 5 x 3 3/4" piece of lightweight cardstock for the base (I trim a 4 x 6" index card down to this size), cut twelve - 1 1/4" squares from scraps and adhere them to the base with adhesive. (I like to lay the squares out in a 4 x 3 square pattern first before adhering.) Then cut out in any shape you desire using Nestibilities. I used the Labels Four Nesties for these two cards. I used rub ons for the sayings or you could use sentiment stamps on the card base. Adding 3-D embellishments adds a nice touch. I think I'll have to try adding some small buttons on my next versions! Complete the cards by using a coordinated marker to make faux stitches around the edge of the final shape.