Oct 162015

Gift bagIt has been quite a while since I first was taught to make a bagelope.  They have been around for ages.  With the Christmas Bagelope today, I hope you will see the fun possibilities to use this simple technique for gift bags this holiday season.

The term “bagelope” combines two thoughts:  end result gift bag and beginning with an envelope.

For this small gift bag I used a medium Whisper White envelope (4 3/8″ X 5 3/4″).  Start by sealing the envelope closed.  You may have to add a little glue at the edges.  Turn the envelope so the 5 3/4″ side is against the left edge of the Simply Scored tool and score down the length at 3/4″ and 3 5/8″.  Turn the envelope so the 4 3/8″ side is against the left side of the Simply Scored tool and score at 3/4″.  Fold and crease all the score lines.  This will yield a small bag that is 2 7/8″ wide with 1 1/2″ gussets on the sides.

With the sides folded in on the score lines, insert the envelope into the tag topper punch and punch.  Trim off excess on each side of the tag topper.  This gave me a bag that is about 4 1/2″ tall not counting the topper.

Decorate the front and baack of the bag as desired.

Open up the bag and push gussets to the inside.  There will be small triangles formed at the bottom on each side.  Fold these to the bottom of the bag and secure with Tear & Tape Adhesive.

You can use any size envelope to create these gift bags. You can vary where you place the score lines.  However, the score lines should always be equal on all three sides.  For instance, if you score at 1/2″ on all sides, the depth of the bottom and the gussets will be 1″.  The width of the bag will be bigger, but the depth will be smaller.  You can even use large mailing envelopes to create regular sized gift bags.

Have fun creating your own sweet Christmas Bagelopes.  Why not use these for Halloween treats as well.  Please share your creations.


Oct 122015

ThanksgivingFall is in the air and this Thanksgiving Card reflects the colors of fall.

Today’s card pulls together several stamp sets to create the elements I wanted on the card.  The wreath is from a spring set re-purposed for fall.  I did not have a Thanksgiving stamp set as such so I used just the word “Grateful” from A Little Something stamp set and “Happy Thanksgiving” from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The little leaves are also from A Little Something and the bow is from the same set as the wreath (Circle of Spring).  The leaves of course are from Vintage Leaves.

I also used a variety of inking techniques for this card.  The wreath is colored with markers and an Aqua Painter.  The leaves are a combination of rock n’ roll and over-stamping techniques.  The hardwood image is inked with Crumb Cake and “thumped” with Tip Top Taupe.  I used a Basic Black marker to ink just the “Grateful” portion of the image.

If you have questions about how to do any of these techniques, send me an email or leave a comment.

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Sep 182015

Christmas CardToday I tried a sponged landscape to create the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card.

This background doesn’t need layers of card stock.  Masking is the key to creating the illusion of depth as well as using different colors of ink.  See the supply list below for colors.  First create a torn edge of card stock to use as the mask.  I also created both a positive and negative mask for the moon and the trees.

You create one section at a time, sponging on colors and covering the section just finished as you move up the card.  After I stamped the trees and sponged them, I went over the entire card front with dabs of Whisper White Craft ink and blended with a sponge.

The tree in the foreground is stamped in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White card stock and then cut out with the coordinating framelit.  I added a small star to the top of the tree and outlined the tree with Dazzlin’ Details.  I added Dazzlin’ Details to the tree star and the stars in the sky.  I wish the picture showed off the subtle sparkle better.

The finished landscape is glued to Night of Navy card stock and then that is glued to a Whisper White card base.

The sponge landscape background takes is a little time consuming for mass production.  But, if you like to sponge and create this type of landscape background, the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card gives you some ideas for creating a few of your Christmas cards.

Jun 102015

Congratulations CardILCS32This Square Congratulations Card is designed for this weeks’ card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

This is the same technique I tried last week.  I liked it so much I wanted to try it again.

The card base is cut from Very Vanilla card stock using the scalloped square from the Squares Collection Framelits.  Cut the card stock to 5″ X 8 1/2″.  Make a partial cut using the scalloped square framelit on one end of the card stock.  Do not cut through the last scallop edge in the middle of the card stock.  Then turn the card stock around.  When you lay the scallop frame on the card stock overlap the previous cut along the sides by just one scallop.  Again make a partial cut and do not cut through the last scallop edge in the middle of the card stock.  Then just fold the card stock in half.  It is not quite square, but pretty close.

The technique used for the focal point of the card is the same as the one one I did last week.  I liked it so much I wanted to try it again.

The floral image is from Bordering Blooms stamp set.  It is stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  To color the image I used a few markers (Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon).  Then the squares were cut using the Square Collection Framelits.  See last weeks’ post for more details on how to achieve the look of the embossed frame.

There was some of the border image left when I got through creating the frame.  I decided to use it to create the butterfly.  First I created the mask to place over the border image, then I inked up the butterfly image with sponge daubers and stamped the butterfly over the top of the border image.  The butterfly image is punched out and added to the focal image with dimensionals.  It looks like the butterfly is behind the flowers.

Lastly I cut another square frame from Lost Lagoon card stock and rounded the corners.

Visit i Love Card Sketches to view other samples of this weeks’ sketch.

Jun 082015

Petite Pairs cardToday’s Petite Pairs card sketch uses one of my favorite color combinations:  Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso.  I added in Blushing Bride and Hello Honey for the pansy.

The card displays a couple of special techniques.  I inked the inside of the embossing folder to achieve the background image on the left side of the card.  You can find a video showing you how to complete this technique when you join Papercrafts Toolbox.  The other technique is an oldie, but goodie:  rock-n-roll.  The pansy image is inked first with Blushing Bride and then the outside of the image is rolled in Calypso Coral ink.  This technique is especially great for coloring flower images.

The sentiment was added with Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock and then cut into tiny banners.

A few rhinestones are added to the flower centers because I must have a little bling.

I hope you enjoy today’s card and find so inspiration.  You can Shop Online for the necessary supplies for the Petite Pairs Card Sketch.

Jun 032015

Thank You cardILCS31Today’s Thank You Card is designed for the card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.

I tried a new technique today.  First the flourish image from Everything Eleanor stamp set is stamped onto Perfect Plum card stock using Delightful Dijon ink.  Then the second and third framelits from Deco Labels framelits is used to cut the label and outside frame.  I cut several layers of the outside frame and glued them together.  Once the frame is attached, then the original stamped frame is glued to the top.  This makes it look like the frame is embossed.

Here is another new color combination using some of the new In Colors from Stampin’ Up!

Color combo 2

Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron

You now have access to the new Stampin’ Up! catalog and all the wonderful new stamp sets, designer papers, embellishments, and In Colors for 2015-2017.  There are so many new bundles available this year.  Whether you are interested in Project Life® bundles or stamp sets and coordinating framelit bundles, you can find just about anything you will need for paper crafting and save money at the same time.  To check out the money-saving bundles to go SHOP NOW.  You can download your own copy of the catalog HERE.  Or go directly to my ONLINE STORE to take a look at the new catalog online.  If you want to have a personal copy to hold in your hands and drool over each page, you can purchase the catalog for $5 or send me an email with your phone number.  Once we have talked on the phone, I will be happy to mail you a copy.

Jun 012015

mojo400-medThe Corner Garden Spotlight birthday card uses some of the new In-Colors  available from Stampin’ Up! starting June 2.  The spotlight technique is used to create a focal point of color on the card.

The colors featured today are Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Tip Top Taupe.  The only new In Color I left out today is Mint Macaron.

There are a couple of different ways to create a spotlight on your cards.  For today’s card, I stamped the Corner Garden image onto Very Vanilla card stock using VersaMark ink and Tip Top Taupe ink.  Then the image is embossed with clear embossing powder.

Cut a circle out of the image using the Circles Collection Framelits.  Use the next larger circle framelit to cut another circle from Tip Top Taupe.  The Tip Top Taupe circle is used as a mat.  Color the smaller circle with the image using whatever technique you choose.  I used markers and an Aqua Painter on my image.

A butterfly is added and the sentiment as well as a small bit of Delightful Dijon lace trim.

You can see the new Stampin’ Up! catalog beginning tomorrow on my Stampin’ Up! website HERE.

Apr 132015

Happy Birthday Card Today’s Happy Birthday card is designed for a sketch challenge.  It is also for my husband’s birthday this week.

I think the circle softens the geometric aspect to the card.  The colors could be either masculine or feminine.

It is difficult to tell in the picture, but I used Shimmery White card stock to create a custom background.  The circle and one layered square is cut from the same custom background paper.  The custom background paper is made using an old technique by apply ink onto sheet protectors and transferring it to the card stock.

If you need further information, there will be a video posted soon on Papercrafts Toolbox.  Our designers are continually creating new craft tutorials, so you’ll never be without ideas and inspiration.  Just log in to our site and your new tutorials will be waiting for you.  Join us today!

Apr 082015

Friends gate cardThe Friends Become Family gate card is designed for i Love Card Sketches.  See the sketch below.

The sketch is perfect for a gate card.  ILCS23 sketch

The front panels are designer series paper.  The inside insert and the mat for the sentiment are created background paper.

The technique I used to make the background has been called Tie Dye, but I only used one color.  I think it looks more like marbled paper.  Cut two sides off a page protector (also called sheet protectors) so it will open up completely.  Use the ink pad directly on one side of the page protector to cover an area large enough to cover the paper size you want.  Close the page protector and smoosh the ink around.  You can do this with your hand or use a brayer.  Open up the page protector and carefully place two pieces of card stock (I used Shimmery White card stock) back to back on the page protector and close it again.  Use a brayer over the top to help the ink adhere to the card stock.  Open and carefully remove the tie-dyed or marbled card stock.

Another little tip:  Notice the ribbon is rather narrow.  I didn’t want the ribbon to overpower the focal image.  I put a strip of Sticky Strip down the center of the ribbon and folded the ribbon in half.  Now instead of 3/8″ ribbon, the ribbon is 3/16″.  The stitching on the Satin Stitched ribbon makes it very easy to fold in half.

The smaller card framelit from Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits is used to cut out the frame for the inside of the card.

Try this fun technique and let me know how your creations turned out.

Go over to i Love Card Sketches and upload your version of the sketch challenge.