Friday, May 22, 2009

Father's Day Shirt Card

Kraft Card base 8.5” x 5.5”
Designer Paper 2’ x 6”
scrap Kraft card stock
scrap red for heart
Sahara Sand Ink

12” paper cutter
Small Tag Punch
Heart to Heart punch

1. Score Kraft cs in half.
2. Cutting 1" from top edge.
Cut 1.5" in from each side. Cut down fold line 1“.
Fold flaps in to center to form collar.
3. Punch a small tag shape from end of 2”x6” DSP.

4. Trace tie pattern onto remaining DSP. Cut out.
I drew a pattern for the tie. See picture. Cut a scrap of paper 2” x 4” . Fold in half. Draw the point of the tie. The top of tie is 1” across. Cut from side point up to top of paper to create tie shape.
Unfold and trace on back side of DSP to cut out.
5. Punch a small tag shape for pocket.
6. Punch larger heart for “hankie”.
7. Sponge edges of card, collar and pocket.
8. Attach tie by lining up tip at bottom, edge of card.
Fold collar flaps in and place tag shape over top of tie so it shows below collar. Attach.
9. Attach collar ends to shirt/tie now.
10. Attach heart to back side of pocket and attach to shirt.
This card will work for many guy occassions.
Father's Day, a birthday or a congrats card for a job or promotion.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Faux Silk Technique

This technique works well with any floral set. I really like how it turns out using Eastern Blooms or Embrace Life. This is the card I made for the blog tour May15-16th.

Supplies you’ll need:
Tissue paper - I find the tissue with the shiny back works best. Less ink bleeds through.
SU Glue stick
Whisper White cardstock
Classic Dye Ink or SU Markers

This technique can used with any floral stamp set. I really like it with Eastern Blooms and Embrace Life.

1. Stamp images on tissue paper. Tissue should be larger than cardstock piece.

2. If your images are outline style you can color them in. Start in center of outline work out toward edge.

3. Ball the tissue up so it is totally wrinkled. Gently smooth out tissue. I like the wrinkles and fold that are created by leaving it somewhat crumpled.

4. Apply glue stick to the entire piece of Whisper White cardstock. I cut my card stock bigger than I want it for my card. I can then trim using the best image area.

5. Place tissue paper over Whisper White cardstock. Pat down. Smooth out most wrinkles.

6. Trim to size needed for card. You can now finish your card. This will be one layer of your card.

Here is a card I made with my clubs for this technique.


Dyeing Organza Ribbon
This is such a wow thing! I love that we can match this ribbon with all the colors we carry.
I learned this from Lisa Dallas - lisacat on Stampin’ Addicts

The ratio is 5 parts water or 91% alcohol to 1 part reinker

I use 10 of water and 2 drops of ink for about 12” - 18” of ribbon.I use tap water, it works. If you have hard water (high mineral content) you may want to use the alcohol. I did find some in the pharmacy dept. at my grocer’s.

1. In a Ziploc sandwich bag place 5 drops of water or alcohol and 1 drop of reinker for every 6” of ribbon you are dyeing. I use an empty reinker bottle for the water portion. When I was at Regionals and had to make more colored ribbon, I did drops of water off my fingers, it was slow but it worked!

2. Mix together.

3. Drop ribbon into bag. Seal and swish around. I tip and tilt until the ribbon totally soaks up the liquid. It goes fast.

If there is not enough dye for the ribbon you can add more into a corner. Add water first then reinker. Mix up, seal and tip toward ribbon.

Lay ribbon on foil or wax paper to dry. If placed on paper towels the color will be pulled out of the ribbon. If the shade is too intense I place ribbon between paper towels and pull ribbon through. This takes some of the color out. I then lay it on wax paper to dry. If dries fast. Within 30 mins.

Some of the colors I have done. The Ballet Blue was wiped down to lessen the color intensity.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Father’s Day Wallet Scrapbook
There are lots of wallets out there. This is not unique.
I loved that I got to put memories in here for Josh’s Dad.
Josh is now 26 so these are really special memories.
He had pneumonia twice in the first year.
We feared we’d lose him. Kid turned to be healthy as a horse after that!

Eight Great Greetings, And Many Mower
Designer Paper: Candy Lane
Red Dot Paper
2 - 4” x 3”
2 - 4” x 2.5”
3 - 2” circles with Circle Scissors Plus
1 - 1 3/8” circle
Large Scrap of Red Dot DSP for 6 Large Oval punches
Close to Cocoa Designer Paper
2 - 3.5’ x 2”
1 - 2.25” x 2.25” Use yellow side for layering on front of card.
Brown With Pink Dots
3 - 3.5” x 2.25” for scrapbook inserts
Chocolate Chip cardstock
Cut 3 pieces
1- 3.5’” x 8.5“
1- 3” x 8.5“
1- 2.5” x 8.5”
Riding Hood Red
2” x 1.75” for layering on front
Very Vanilla Scrap 2”x 6” for front layers and 1 Large Oval punch
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red
1 ½” Piece Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain
Circle Scissors Plus, Corner Rounder, Large Oval, 1 ¼“, 1 3/8”, 1 ¾” Punches
Sticky Strip™, Mat Pack
How tos:
1. Round corners of 3 long Chocolate Chip cardstock. Cut 3’ x 8” piece in half at center point. Score and fold other 2 in half.
2. Round top corner on one end of each of the 4 Red Dot DSP.
3. Round all 4 corners on 3 pieces of Close to Cocoa DSP.
4. Run largest Chocolate Chip cardstock piece through with Big Shot Texture Paisley plate. I did half at a time. Setting cardstock on plate at fold line.
5. Pierce all around the edge on the paisley textured 3.5’ x 8.5” Chocolate Chip cardstock. Pierce all around the 2.5’ x 8.5” Chocolate Chip cardstock. Pierce the top and outer sides of the 2 - 3” x 4.25” Chocolate Chip cardstock halves. You can use the Mat Pack piercing pattern to do this.

6. Using snail attach 2 Red Dot inserts to textured 3.5” x 8.5“.
Attach 2 2 Red Dot inserts to 2 - 3” x 4.25” Chocolate Chip cardstock halves.
Attach 2 Close to Cocoa DSP to front of 2.5” x 8.5” piece. Do not center.
Move toward outer edge. See photo.

7. Note: I put my Sticky Strip™ on the release paper from the back of our stamps and cut it to 1/8” wide. Place Sticky Strip™ pieces on back side of bottom and end edges of 2 - 3” x 4.25” Chocolate Chip cardstock halves. Line up with outer edge of 3.5” x 8.5” Chocolate Chip cardstock piece and adhere together.

8. Place Sticky Strip™ on back side of bottom and outer end edges of 2.5’ x 8.5” Chocolate Chip cardstock piece.
Line up with outer edge of 3.5” x 8.5” Chocolate Chip cardstock piece and adhere on top of the previous layer. You will now have your 4 pockets in the wallet. The bottom one is open all across to make it easier to get the gift card in and out.

9. Stamp Happy Father’s Day or any phrase in Chocolate Chip ink. Punch out with Large Oval punch. Layer on 2 Red Dot Large Oval punches so Red Dot edges show. Attach on right inside pocket. See photo.

Front Embellishment:
Stamp image for dad twice. Once in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla. Once in Riding Hood Red on Very Vanilla.
Trim Riding Hood Red image around dad word.
Ink all over with Versamark. Using tweezers dip in glassy glaze. Heat with embossing gun. Repeat 2 times. Hold a different corner each time. Place in freezer few minutes. Flex and bend image to create cracks. This is the Cracked Glass Technique.

2. Attach Grosgrain to back of 2” x 1.75” Riding Hood Red piece. Attach that to 2.25” x 2.25” Close to Cocoa DSP Use yellow side for layering on front of card. Attach image stamped in Chocolate Chip (trim to 1.5” x 1.75”) to Riding Hood Red layer. Attach Glassy Glaze piece on top of that image. Attach layered embellishment to lower left corner of wallet front. See photo.

Scrapbook Card Inserts:
1. Round all 4 corners on 3 pieces of Brown With Pink Dots DSP.

I punched the photos out with the 1 ¾” Circle punch. The text was done on the computer and punched out with the Large Oval and 1 ¼“ circle punches.

Layer each oval text piece on 2 Red Dot Large Oval punches so Red dot edges show.
Layer 1 ¼“ circle text piece on 1 3/8” Red Dot circle.

Attach 2” Red Dot circle to scrapbook card inserts.
Attach photos on circles. Attach text shapes.

Insert into 3 pocket of wallet. Gift card goes in lower right pocket.

So glad you liked this project. It is my favorite.
I was very impressed with the project done by Julia,
I just had to try it! Julia took the Box in a Bag
by Diana Gibbs from SCS one step further.

Watering Can
All the pictures look like the wrong paper?
I used the mini I made as a bonus project for photos!
Supplies are at the end of the tutorial, for the mini watering can.

Designer Paper: Candy Lane

Body of Watering Can 6” x 10.5”
Handle 2” x 12”
Spout 2” x 4“to 6” Depending how long you want it.
Scrap to punch 3 Oval Scallop punches from

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette
Base piece 4.25” x 4.25”

Scallop Oval Punch
Sizzix Texture #4 Kit
Big Shot Flowers Layers #3 Die, Baskets and Blooms Die (flowers), Beautiful Butterfly Die
Scallop Oval, Scallop Edge, Word Window, Large, Small, and Jumbo Oval Punches
Scor-Pal™ or other paper scoring tool If you don’t have a Scor-Pal™ , I recommend getting one they are such a time saver.
Sticky Strip™, Snail, Glue Dots, Vellum tape, Linen Thread, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button, Clear Buttons, Paper Piercer, Crimper, Paper shredder for grass, bamboo skewers (colored with Always Artichoke markers)

1. I cut my cardstock base 4 ½” x 4 ½” . Score at 7/8” on all 4 sides.
Score outward on all four corners. (It makes the base stronger to fold the corners in than to cut and overlap.) If you lay your cardstock on the Scor-Pal™ so it is a diamond shape, you can score from the point to where the score lines meet.

2. Fold the corners in. I fold the ends in to the side and then over. After folds are creased, open up, apply Sticky Strip™ to inside of folds, refold to form box base.

Bands: If you want bands on your watering can, do so now, it is easier. I cut ¾” strips from a different color DSP. I ran it through the Big Shot using the Sizzix Texture #4 kit. This is optional. It is longer than the plate so I did it once as long as I could, then ran it through again lining up the textured part at the edge of the plate. You can attach these with snail.
3. Place Sticky Strip™ on the bottom edge and along one side of the back side of the 6” x 10.5” Designer Paper. Remove the Sticky Strip™ along the bottom edge only. Starting the DSP at the middle point of one side, apply the Designer paper to side of box bottom. Keep the edges of the paper and the box base even.

Fold corner over tightly. Continue with 3 sides. When you reach the 4th side remove sticky strip from other edge of DSP. Carefully attach bottom edge, making sure side edge does not stick where it shouldn’t. Tall side edge should only overlap the width of the tape.

4. To cut 1 ¼” slit for spout. Carefully cut between bands on opposite side of seam. I tried to do it before I attached it to the base but this is where it ended up!


So now you have a banded box in a bag with a slit in the side. To turn this into a watering can . . .
The side with the seam in the middle is where you will place the handle.

Handle: I did the handle this way as it is stronger and I can pick up the EMPTY watering can with the handle. With the heavy metal flower holder, I used in the bottom, I felt it could rip off. If you fill it with lightweight stuff you can still pick it up by the handle.

5. Cut a strip 2” x 12” for handle. Score down center. Fold 2’ x 12” strip in half. Seal together with snail. Curl around something large at first to give it curve. I used a pencil can. You can then curl the bottom edge around something smaller to get the outgoing curl. You can make you handle anyway you want, with as many curls as you want.

Place Sticky Strip™ on ½” of top end. Attach this over top band (if you applied one) at side of watering can with seam.
Curl handle downward. Where does it rest against the side? Where do you want to attach it? I centered mine on the bottom band. Attach another ½” of Sticky Strip™. Fix to side of watering can.

6. Cut a strip 2” x 4“-6” for the spout. Score down center. Fold strip in half. Seal together with snail. Slide into slit (open fold side down) in watering can. Decide the angle you want your spout. I drew lightly with a pencil to mark my angle. I wanted a longer spout on this one. Cut slant on each end. In the end that will slide into the watering can cut straight up ½”. Fold these flaps so they are creased to fold at an angle. Attach Sticky Strip™ to opposite sides, one on each flap. Slide spout into slit again. Reach inside peel off red liner cover, fold flaps so they are attached to inside of watering can. Press firmly.

Spout end:
7. Punch 3 Oval scallop punches. Attach 2 together with snail. Pierce 7 symmetrical holes in it. Attach Sticky Strip™ to the third. Cut in half. Center pierced oval on end of spout, fold over to other side and attach ½ 3rd punch shape to exposed oval and spout end. This is a must look at picture step! lol Repeat with other side. Level spout end so it site evenly.

Butterfly: I used the Big Shot Beautiful Butterfly’s die. I cut 2 of the smaller side ½ butterfly shape. Fold your DSP before cutting. If you forget you can attach then to a Word Window punch on the back side and then layer one on the front for the body.
How do I know? lol

Flowers: Pink Pirouette, Candy lane DSP, Whisper White
I used the Big Shot Flowers Layers #3 Die, Baskets and Blooms Die (flowers), you can use any flower shapes you want. I was in a time crunch or I would have make these more intricate. I just layered the punches and placed Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons on some. Others I layered DSP stamped or plain, behind Clear Buttons and attached all with glue dots. The curly flower at the top is DSP 4 sections, each are 2 layers attached together. I would do it with the Xyron in the future. You can still see some red where I used snail. I curled the petals around a bamboo skewer. These, bamboo skewers are what I used for stems. I colored with the Always Artichoke marker. The leaves are crimped paper that I then punched out with the different Oval punches. I used Mono liquid glue to attach them to the bamboo skewers.

Grass: Mellow Moss
It is 6” x 11“, it could be 12” if you have 12x12 paper. There will be a gap behind the flowers. I fed it into the paper shredder, and reversed it back out after about 3.5”. You need to know I cannot cut that many strips. I have carpal tunnel issues! lol If you want you can cut the grass blades. You just need a long scissors to do it!

Tag: I hand cut a tag shape. Layered it with a piece of white that I used the Scallop Edge punch to trim. I layered DSP that matched the bands. Then stamped the congrats on a piece of DSP that matched the body base. The flower is die cut from Flowers #3 using the Big Shot. I tied it to the Watering Can with Linen thread.


Bonus Project!
Mini Watering Can
Designer Paper: Rainbow Sherbet
Body of Watering Can
3” x 7.25”
Handle 1 ½” x 6” Score at midpoint fold in half
Spout 1 ¾” x 4” Score at midpoint fold in half
Scrap to punch 3 Oval punches from (2 large - one small)

Cardstock: Bashful Blue
Base piece
2.5” x 2.5” Score at 3/8” on all four sides.

Large and Small Oval Punches
Follow directions as for large watering can just substitute the supplies/measurements here.