Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Gift Card Class - making sets of notecards to give away

This weekend I held a class where participants made 2 little sets of notecards, boxed up and ready to give away.

Single pot plant from Gift from the Garden coloured with markers. cut using Stitched Sirdcle Framelits, note the 1/2" strip of DSP from the envelopes.

I was fortunate to have enough of these fabulous retired boxes for everyone to parcel up their packs, but there are plenty of other packaging options
  • You could make a larger envelope using the envelope punch board
  • You could make a box using a sturdy card like the Kraft cardstock and the Envelope Punch Board. - I often use the Box Buster by The Crafty Owl, you can find this fabulous tool for calculating the size of card you need and the score lines here. Joanne has created this great site and allows anyone to use it
  • You could use the Kraft Tag and Bag 
  • you could use the Mini Treat Thinlits and create a bag
At any rate, a set of cards is always a sweet gift.
I had created several options but they were mostly based on a similar design

From one sheet of 12 x 12 you can create 4 mini envelopes. First cut your paper down to 11 1/2" square - this will give you 2 strips half inch wide which you can use to decorate the front of your notecards. Then divide this into quarters.
(Alternatively the little 6 x 6 paper stacks usually have 4 of each design and you could use these, your strips of left over DSP would only be 1/4" wide)
With your 4 squares of 5 3/4" DSP Punch and Score at 2 5/8" for the first Score, this will give you 4 envelopes suitable for a finished card 3 x 3 1/2"
Cardstock is 6 x 31/2", scored at 3"
The options for decoration are endless. Here are a few of the designs we made.

  Single piece of 6 x 31/2" card, stamped with Gift from the Garden, 3  graduated Score lines under the pot plants as decoration.
 More unisex version, again using the left over strip from the envelopes plus a few other matching strips and simple punched foil stars.
These cards are a brilliant way to use up DSP, the glimmer foil is not Stamping' Up! but it does coordinate beautifully with the Kraft DSP
Flowering Fields always a winner.
 These are based on the set I made for CTC#103, you can see those cards here

Simply fold a piece of white card and emboss using the Floral Affection embossing folder, highlight with Wink of Stella and stamp a suitable sentiment- this Thankyou is from Thoughtful Branches.

I hope this give you some ideas on ways to use up some of your DSP, as well as gift giving.

Thanks for looking, Liz

Monday, 28 November 2016

Camera in a Box

I made this card earlier in the year for a good friend. I just discovered I neglected to post it, and I don't seem to have any directions and measurements recorded anywhere here!!

I love the Card in a Box format and this post includes directions and measurements - with thanks to others as I have borrowed pictures from on the web!!

There is a lot of cutting and prepping but the effort is worth it.

This is a cool video with the basics here

You can decorate each of the panels which are highlighted with one or 2 layers.

cut 2 each:
2"     ' x 5 7/8"
1 7/8" x 5 3/4"

cut 3 each:
2"       x 2 5/8"
1 7/8" x  2 1/2"
2"       x 3"
1 7/8" x 2 7/8"

Happy stamping, Liz

Sunday, 27 November 2016

CTC#106 Favourite Hostess Set

Welcome from Monique's blog as this week we use our favourite Hostess Set -well that's hard!! They are all super cute, but if I have to pick fave well it has to be the Pun Intended set. I have used this set extensively for birthdays and father's day and just beecause! This week I have made a little set of 3x3 notecards - since that is the theme of my class this weekend. I am using current colours but making a big effort to use up some of the DSP I have in my stash, so this project uses some Cherry on Top papers.

And in the tradition of using up bits on my desk ... a few quick notecards. I love the notecards in both white and crumb cake, they make it a snap to pull a quick notecard together, and at around 50c for the card and envelope they are a great item, make sure you add them to your list!

Enjoy you tour as you go around the hop this week, next up is the very creative and very productive Julia

If you get lost you can find the whole crew for this week here

Don't forget we love to see what you create too.

Here are a few other links to projects I've made using this super cute set - you can probably tell I love the camera!!!!

Thanks for looking, If you are keen to host your own party and earn some hostess dollars so you can add this set to your collection I'd be happy to help.

Take care and get creative!,