Saturday, October 15, 2011

Autumn Get Well

Good Morning my friends! You know that dream state that we have right before we wake up...?  Well, when I fall a sleep thinking about cards, in that dream state is where some of my best cards come from.  You could kinda say that I make/design my cards in my sleep!  LOL  Well, this is one of those dreamed up cards.  Yes, if you look back through my cards, I have made one of these alot like this one...but when you are making a card for someone you don't really know alot about and it is a GUY, you kinda don't have a  whole lot of choices.  Well, this is for a man in our church, who he and his family are new to our church...he just recently had major shoulder surgery and is in alot of pain.  So I wanted to be an encouragement to him and his family, so naturally I had to make a card, because that is one of my best ways to be an encouragement.  I hope and pray that he has a complete and quicker recovery than he is told.  Overall, this was a quick and simple card to make.

I Used:
Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge for the Tree and Leaves
Martha Stewart Classic woodland Paper Pad for the background paper
DCWV The Glitter Card stock Stack for the leaves
Brown Card Stock
Brown Ribbon from Michael's Dollar bin
Stampin Up! For the sentiment

Thank for stopping by and I hope your day is filled with many blessing!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pastor Appreciation Month

Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month?  Well, it is!  In earlier post I had made a card for one of our pastors.  Well, I still needed to make one for our other pastor.  So this is what I came up with.  This particular pastor's favorite color is blue, and he loves butterflies too!  He loves God's nature and beauty.  So I just put some of his favorite things together and made this card for him. 

I used:
Kate's ABC's Cartridge: for the flowers
Sentimentals Cartridge: for the butterfly
K&Company Amy Butler Designer Paper
Tattered Angles glimmer mist:  Mustard
Distressed sheet music
Rhinestone brads
Ribbon from my stash

Well, thank you for looking at what I have been doing!  I hope you are having a good day today!

Wintery Window Scene Tutorial

Okay, as I promised, I said that I would make an another attempt at making a tutorial...and this one is for my Wintery Window Snow Scene shaker/snow globe card.   I used my wonderful gypsy to design all of it. So here we go!

I started out with my card, using the Christmas Cards Cartridge and the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge,  The card is cut  at 10" by 7" and the rectangle for the window is centered and cut at 3.40W by 4.76H, on the gypsy. 

Next, I used the Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge and again the same cut for the rectangle cut from Plantin SchoolBook cartridge, for the frame around the window.  The Gypsy Wanderings outside frame is cut at 3.9W by 5.68H with the rectangle from Plantin SchoolBook Cart. and centered. 

Then glue the frame to the front of the card around the window.

Next cut the background paper just a little smaller than the card front and then set that aside.
Then, cut out 2 pieces of acetate just a slightly larger than the window of your card, I cut mine at 3.75W by 5.25H.  But because the acetate is so thick, I had to cut it about 3 times which only seemed to "score" it with the pressure as high as it will go and the deep cut blade set at 6. Once the acetate is taken off the mat, you can gently bend back the edges and it will come loose enough for you to gently pull it apart.  Be careful to not get in a hurry and tear the acetate. When complete, you should have 2 rectangles slightly larger than your window.

Now for the fun part, Cutting your images for your scene.  I cut two sets of trees and their shadows from the Christmas Cartridges one cut at1.95W by 2.45H, and the other one at 2.46W by 3.08H.  Make the shadows slightly larger with darker green paper. 
The cottage/house is also from the Christmas cart. cut at 3.16W by 2.69H with the shadow slightly larger with a darker brown paper.

 Then, I glued these pieces together and put Stickles: Icicle on top of the trees and the roof of the house and the grass...while the Stickles is still wet I then  took and sprinkled some white glittered embossing powder on top of that.  Next I took my heat gun and heated up it all a little just to help it dry and stick a little better.  Plus, I get a little impatient.  I just like the look it gives to it all with just a little depth and lots of sparkle.

I used DCWV The Glitter Stack card stock for the snow on the bottom of the picture, just by gently tearing the edge of it to give it that "rough edge" look.
Then,arrange the trees and the cottage how you would like them to look, and begin to glue them in place on the blue back ground paper. Making sure that they are lined up to be seen in the window of the card. 

Now it is time to assemble the shaker box/snow globe. 
Then take one of the two sheets of acetate and some double sided foam "dimensional" tape, and cut it into small strips to go alone the outside edge.  Adhere the strips to the acetate and leaving the "backer" paper on.  Make sure that there are no gaps for the glitter to leak out.  The next thing is to put the desired amount of glitter on that same sheet of acetate as the "dimensional" tape.  The last thing is to remove the backer paper from the tape and to place the second sheet of acetate on top.  Kinda like a sandwich. 

Now it is time to assemble the card.  Put strong adhesive just on one side of the acetate/shaker box, right along the very edge, following the "dimensional" tape.  Then glue it to the inside of your card window, making sure that none of the glue and dimensional tape are showing.   The last step is to glue the scene over top of the the "shaker box window" on the card.  

Here is a quick video of how I do it!  

 Here is the completed card!
I hope this helps and answers your questions...if not please do not hesitate to send me a message and I will do my best to answer it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a
 wonderful day!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Some Scraps & A Thank You

This card was made somewhat from my scraps drawer. This month is pastor appreciation month and my hubby informed me at about 12am Satuday night that we needed a card for our pastor,  for everyone to sign the next morning. Ahhhh! No pressure!  Then I remembered that I had this stamp already colored and cut on a circle.  I also knew it would be the perfect color scheme for a more gender neutral type of card, being that the apprection is not just for our pastor, but also his wife, who sacrifices so much for her husband to serve and give so much time to the church.  So I started on the card and ran with what I had to get it started...Thank God for scraps and quick creative thinking! So this is what I came up with that night in about an half hour. Not bad if I do say so myself. Whew! That was just a little of a short notice, but sometimes I think my best work come from those moments of "short notice".  At the same time I love that my husband has gotten so used to me making cards that he likes and expects me to make all of them from now on...except when the card is for me, of course!  LOL

I used:
Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge for the circle cut
Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacy Squares
DCWV The Linen Closet Stack paper for the BG paper and the square
K& Company Life's Journey for the brown  BG paper
Stampin Up! Butterfly picture (not sure what that set is called anymore)
Recollections stamps from Michael's for the sentiment
Pebbles Inc. Chalk to color the butterfly and give it all a little sparkle
Ribbon from my stash

I hope you all are having a great day and thanks for
stopping in!

Wintery Window

Okay, now I am getting a little to carried away with my "shaker" cards. I am very pleased with how this one turned out! I am not sure who will receive this one, but I will have to "hand" this to someone and not mail it. We will see! These are alot of fun to make. My problem is that I can't wait to put the acetate on and the glitter between to see the "snow globe" affect, but I have to wait for the stickles to dry before I do all that.  Arrrr!  I do heat it up a little with my heat gun, but that tends to make it bubble/blister if I am not careful.  I guess, patience is not one of my virtues!  I will make my tutorial for this in the next few posts, so be watching for it! 
I Used:
Christmas Cartridge for the trees, and house
Christmas Cards Cartridge for the actual shape of the card
Winter Woodland Cartridge for the branch across the top
Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge for the basic card shape
Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge for the frame around the window and for making the acetate cuts slightly larger
DCWV The homemade Christmas Stack for the card and the frame
DCWV The Glitter Stack card stock
Acetate (from Office Max)
Green,  two different browns of card stock for the house, and trees
Glitter (from my Aunt)
Ribbon from Michael's (last year)
Stampin Up! Bells & Boughs (for the Merry Christmas sentiment)

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you have a very wonderful day!