Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Fun Side Step Card

Hi! I'm here to make a fast and most importantly adorable snowman card!

I used the snowman from Snow Fun Layout at Paper Crafting World to make this side step card. Let's get started!

Cut out the snowman from the Snow Fun Layout set  at the size it opens up in your program. It is a little over 5 inches assembled. Use any colors you would like for your little man. I used purples for his scarf and hat. My papers are all from Recollections. (To add more interest use patterned papers!) Next, cut 4 snowflakes from the same file. Cut one a bit larger than the others for the message.

For the side step card: I used a Sizzix die but you can also use a silhouette design or even free hand one. Use paper that coordinates with your snowman's hat and scarf.

After you have all your pieces cut it is time to ink the edges. This is not mandatory but it does add more depth to the card. I used Dew Drop inks and a sponge dauber to ink around the edges of my pieces for my snowman. I used some light pink on his cheeks to make him blush. You can also do the snowflakes if you would like. Just be careful the sponging may bend the fragile cuts.

Now time to assemble the snowman. If you aren't mailing the card you could use dimensional squares to pop out his features. I needed my card to be flat so I just used a tape runner. I also added some Wink of Stella to my snow bank behind my little fella and the snowflakes. You can't see in the pictures very well but they are really sparkly!

I stamped a "hello friend" saying in a 3/4 inch circle punch, inked the edges blue and added a little bling" to make it shine! I popped that in the center of the large snowflake and attached it behind the snowman's head. You can stamp any greeting to customize your card. (Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Think Snow to name a few.) I even added some "bling" to the centers of my snowflakes. You can add as much or as little "bling" as you like. Make it your own creation by adding more embellishments. Puffy paint for snow is fun. How about adding some Stickles to the snowflakes?

That's it! See, I told you it was FAST!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Miss Kate Cuttables "Hello"

This adorable phone file is a Miss Kate Cuttables. I made the file larger to make it into a card.

Let's make the card!

First open the phone file up in your favorite cutting program. I used my Silhouette program and cut it with my Cameo. I sized it to 4 1/2 inches (If you want it to fit an A2 envelope, size the card to 4 1/4). I made a copy of the base card, flipped it, overlapped it a tiny bit on the original phone base and then welded it together. This is how you make a card base for any of your die cuts in a cutting program. (If you are confused, I will have a post coming soon with step by step photos on how to make a card from a die cut.)

Next cut out all your phone pieces in the color cardstock you would like. (You don't have to pick the same colors as I did. Be creative! Use scrap paper you may have for the smaller pieces.) Ink all your pieces with coordinating inks. I used Dew Drop inks to ink my papers. To add some interest use textured papers for the phone base or run the papers though an embossing folder.

Assemble your phone pieces and add them to your phone card base. My card base was white, so my phone cord was white. If you desire a different color phone cord, use colored paper for your card base. For added dimension I popped up my heart on the dial with foam adhesive. I even added some bling to it with some Wink of Stella.

I cut out the "hello" sentiment (also used Wink of Stella) and attached it to the inside of my card.

At this point you are DONE! You can use an A7 envelope or make a special one with an envelope maker.

Sledding Fun!

This colorful card will brighten up anyone's day! I have a sentiment for Christmas but you can add "Let It Snow" to the bottom for a fun, winter "pick me up" card!

I stamped the playful snowman image from Stampendous Impressions on Copic friendly paper.  (Not sure of the name but the code was CRP234. If you can't find this exact stamp set, use another snowman image.)  My paper was Neenah solar white cardstock and I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink which is also Copic friendly. Stamp your image and color it. Cut the design out leaving a small border around the image.

For the card base there are several options. I used a Sizzix die for my base and background papers. You can also use a Silhouette cut file from Lori Whitlock. Both options will give you the same result. Cut out a base in desired color using cardstock. Then cut liner papers that coordinate with your base paper. I used pink cardstock and a bright blue for my base papers. Scrap paper works great for these pieces! Attach papers to base after they are cut out and add your main image to front of card as shown.

To add interest to the side, I cut out some triangle scribble trees in various sizes from the Silhouette Design Store. They vary in size from 1 inch to 3.5 inches tall. (Including stumps)
Add the trees to the side steps in a staggering fashion. I used some dimensional foam squares to pop up some of the trees to add some extra dimension.

Cut a sentiment out of cardstock using your die cutting machine and your favorite font or use a die. I used "Merry Christmas" die from Lawn Fawn. Like I said above, if you want to use this as a winter card you can use "Let It Snow" from Lawn Fawn or any other sentiment you would like. You could even stamp one! This would make a great birthday card also by using "Happy Birthday" by Lawn Fawn. I love Lawn Fawns dies! (as if you couldn't tell....)

You could be done at this point or go the extra mile, like I did, and add some sequins!


Art Impressions Snowman Shaker


This cute Snowman Shaker card design is from Art Impressions. The packages and his arms are separate and they "wiggle". They are mounted on an Action Wobble. It is fun watching people's reactions when they receive these cards. They are so interactive and fun!

Let's make the card!

Stamp your snowman image and the arms with packages on some card stock. I used my Copics to color the image so I used Neenah solar white cardstock and Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the image. Memento is Copic friendly as well as the Neenah paper. If you plan on using colored pencils or other color mediums use the correct paper for your medium. Color your image.

Cut out the snowman and the spare arms and set aside for now. Use a paper punch or die and cut out a snowflake. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a 2 inch snowflake and paper punch for the 3/4 inch circle. I stamped "be merry" from a stamp set and inked the edges with light blue ink. To add some extra sparkle I used some Wink of Stella on the snowflake. Use a dimensional foam square to attach the circle to the snowflake.

The card base is one I use over and over. It is the Sizzix Framelits Kind Sentiments Step Up Card set. Not only does it have the base die but they also have dies for the side and base papers already sized to fit exactly on your project. No more measuring for that perfect quarter inch border! I love the fact that I can use scrap papers for these cards because I can position the die over my scrap and make sure there is enough paper before I cut. Let's face it, we all love to use up our scraps so we don't have to bust into a whole piece of paper from our stashes! (Yes, I am a paper hoarder!)

Pick your papers and cut out a base with cardstock. You can use decorative papers for the side and base layers. There are even fun dies included in the Framelits set that will do some fancy cutting to the side panels, no paper required. I choose some polka dot papers I had left over from a previous project and some blue scrap that I used for the background of the main image.

Attach your snowman to the base. Attach your wobble to the back of the arms and then adhere to snowman. If you attach the wobble to the base first you may see it peeking out from behind the arms. (It is best to attach to the back of the arms so you can position it where it won't show.)

Now it is time to attach the snowflake to the bottom left of the snowman. At this point you can be done but to add a little more interest I added some button snowflakes I had in my stash. If you don't have any buttons shaped like snowflakes you could add some snowflake punches or some sequins.

Feel Better Soon!!

I'm here with a very quick and easy card to make for someone under the weather. These cold winter days, I 'm sure you know someone who has a cold and could use a reminder you are thinking of them. This card is so easy, you may as well make a few to keep on hand! 

Let's make the card!

Cut card stock to make an A2 size card blank. A2 is your standard card that measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches when folded. ( Take a full sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock and cut in half across the middle. Score each 5.5 x 8.5 down the center of the card. Now you have two A2 card blanks. They can be used as standard side opening cards if the fold is at the left or turn the fold to the top and you have a top folding card.) This is a side folding card so your fold should be to the left side.

Take a piece of 1.5 x 8.5 inch paper for the left side of the card. I used some polka dot scrap paper I had in my scrap drawer. Attach to card front blank. Next take a piece of scrap white paper measuring 2.75 x 8.5 and add some holes by using a push pin or needle tool. This is optional but it added some texture and looked great with my theme of dots!

Stamp a band aid on some scrap white card stock (or on pink decorative paper and skip the coloring) with black ink. Color the band aid pink and in my case, color the heart red. I used a stamp set from Paper Smooches called Healthy Vibes. (For added dimension add some glossy accents by Ranger to the heart when you are done making card. It needs time to dry.)

Cut out band aid and use dimensional dots to adhere and pop up the image. Stamp your sentiment above the band aid with black ink. Tape finished panel to the right side of the card and round the corners. I used a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper by We Are Memory Keepers.

Make a pile of these using your scrap papers to reduce your scrap pile and make someone whose feeling under the weather, smile!

Monday, January 11, 2016


Today's sweet bear is a cut file from Paper Crafting World, Bear Holding Hot Chocolate. He is a very easy file to cut out and assemble. It is a great card for a winter birthday or just a wintery hello!

 Let's make the card!

1. Open the file and adjust the bear to measure 4.25 inches. My card is 4.5 x 6.5. It fits into an A7 envelope without any extra shipping.
2. Cut the bear pieces out in desired colors.
3. Shade each cut piece with ink. I used Memento Dew Drops.

4. Assemble the bear. I used dimensional glue dots on the cup. Add some dots of white paint to check and eyes for high lights. I also added a rhinestone to the snowflake for some added bling.

5. For the papers: Red base is 4 1/2 x 6 1/2; Brown 4 1/4 x 6 1/4; Decorative Brown Stripe 4 x 6;
 Black 3 5/16 th x 4 13/16 th; Decorative Red Plaid 4 1/4 x 6 1/4.
6. Layer all the papers and adhere with tape and use dimensional pads to pop the bear up off the mat.
7. For the word, "cheers" I use the Sizzix Thinklits Drop-Ins.  I cut off the word HOLIDAY and just used CHEERS. Attach it to the top right of your card.
8. You can use anything to decorate your card front. I used some faux enamel dots I made from melting some Perler beads.