Nov 132015
 

Card BoxGreeting Card Gift Box open

 

The Greeting Card Gift Box is designed for the holidays, but it would make a wonderful gift any time of year.  Fill the box with birthday cards or all occasion cards.  The box will fit at least 4 greeting cards and envelopes.  You could even include postage stamps and a pen to make the set complete.

You can download the complete tutorial HERE.

For just the supply lists for the Greeting Card Gift Box, see below.

Oct 022015
 

ornamentToday’s holiday offering is a Christmas Star Ornament.

I started out wanting to create an ornament inside the star shape.  It was difficult to stabilize the star shape.  It needs some kind of structure to hold it, so I attached the inside (valley) edges of the star to a circle of heavy paper (the inserts from Designer Series Paper packs) on both sides.

The star shape is created with a 1/2″ strip of glimmer paper.  I attached two 6 1/2″ strips together and then trimmed 1/2″ off one end.  You end up with a strip that is 12 1/2″ long.  Score each 1 1/2″ along the length of the strip.  Accordion fold the strip.  Overlap the two ends and glue together.

The inside ornament is cut from Cherry Cobbler card stock and backed with Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.

To finish, attach a small strip of Silver ribbon through a hole punched in the top point of the star.

These Star Ornaments are relatively easy and quick to assemble.  Don’t stop with just one.  Make several for your Christmas tree or to give as small gifts or package decorations.

Sep 012015
 

Christmas CardIntroducing the Holiday Catalog today!  There are so many wonderful products.  Just take a peek.  You will love it all!

To celebrate I am offering this Christmas card making tutorial absolutely FREE during the month of September when you place an order of $25 or more in my Online Store.

Take a nostalgic step back in time as you look through the window at this welcoming Christmas scene complete with Christmas decorations and a warm and inviting fire.

You will be able to recreate this lovely handmade Christmas card for to share with others.  To receive a complete PDF tutorial with a supply list, cutting, and step-by-step instructions, all you need to do is place an order of at least $25 in my store.  You will receive your PDF tutorial within 24 hours.

Or you can purchase this tutorial for only $2.95 by using the Buy Now button below.  After purchase you should be taken to a link to immediately download your PDF tutorial. Please contact me if you have questions or a problem.


Warm Wishes Christmas Card

Dec 052014
 
Christmas Tree Easel Card_med

Noel Christmas Tree Votive Easel Card

   Christmas Lights come in different forms.  Today I am sharing two designs – one for the Noel Christmas Tree Votive Easel Card and the other is the Votive with Vellum Windows.  For both of these, the lighting is provided by battery operated tea lights or votive lights.  Do not use standard candles because that would pose a fire hazard.

When the easel is standing, you can insert a votive light through the circle hole in the back of the card to light up the tree.  You can download the free tutorial HERE.

Christmas Tree Easel Card dark_med

I had to turn off the lights so you could see the votive light behind the card so the rest of the picture is pretty dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my second project today.  This is an easy little box turned into a votive holder.  If you would like the instructions, download the free tutorial HERE.

Votive with ribbon front

Votive with Vellum Windows

I created and shared a few other Christmas Lights for my newsletter earlier this week.  To receive your free copy of those instructions, sign up for Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter.

Apr 252014
 

Part 5 of Stamping Basics gives you several sketches to help design clean and simple cards.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 5 Sketches

Sketch

CAS Figure 4

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes
Stamping Basics:  Types of Stamps
Stamping Basics: Stampin’ Up! Inks

Here is another clean and simple card idea:  http://papercraftsobsession.com/?p=1062

For your stamping supplies, visit my Online Store.

If you have any questions or comments, please email me:  donna@papercraftsobsession.com

 

 

Apr 182014
 

Part 4 of Stamping Basics will introduce you to the different types of ink  available from Stampin’ Up!   These include ink pads, ink refills, cartridges and markers.  I’ve tried to list some of the features and benefits for each category and give you a few tips on using the inks.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 4 Inks

Classic Stampin' Pad

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes
Stamping Basics:  Types of Stamps

If you have any questions, send me an email.  I’ll be glad to help you with your stamping questions.  Please let me know of any specific topics you would like to see added to the tutorials.

“Like” me on FACEBOOK to get weekly reminders for these FREE tutorials.

You will want to come back here to my blog throughout the week to see new projects and ideas.

Apr 112014
 

Part 3 of Stamping Basics will introduce you to the different types of stamps available from Stampin’ Up! and give you some basics about how to ink the stamp, stamp an image and clean-up.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 3 

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes

If you have any questions, send me an email.  I’ll be glad to help you with your stamping questions.

“Like” me on FACEBOOK to get weekly reminders for these FREE tutorials.  Next week I will be talking about ink.

You will want to come back here to my blog throughout the week to see new projects and ideas.

Clear Blocks

Clear Blocks

Wood Blocks
Wood Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 042014
 

Here is the second in the Stamping Basics series of FREE tutorials.

Knowing what kind of paper and how to cut it is basic to learning to paper craft.  Today, the .pdf gives you a description of the types of paper available through Stampin’ Up! and how to cut your full sheet of card stock to make basic cards.  Click on the link to find today’s .pdf:  Stampin Up Paper & Cardstock & Standard Card Sizes.  If you have any questions, send me an email.  I’ll be glad to go over diagrams with you.

“Like” me on FACEBOOK so you don’t miss out on the weekly tutorials.  You will want to come back here to my blog throughout the week to see new projects and ideas.

Standard Card Cut

Apr 022014
 

Toilet Paper BackgroundIt is always fun to find new uses for items you have around the house.  The background for this card and the flowers are made from toilet paper.

A few days ago I spent hours having fun experimenting with using toilet paper to make backgrounds and flowers.  Here I put them both together.

Supplies:
Paper:
Pink Pirouette card stock (111351)
Whisper White card stock (100730)
Always Artichoke card stock    (105119)
Stamp Set:
Blooming with Kindness (126422)
Ink:
Melon Mambo Ink Refill (115662)
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin’ Pad (126972)
Accessories:
Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127751)
Simply Pressed Clay Molds (131272)
Secret Garden framelits (129372)
Ovals Collection Framelits    (129381)
Stampin’ Spritzer (126185)
Smooch Spritz (118772)
2-Way Glue Pen (100425)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Multi-Purpose Adhesive (110755)
Non SU:  2-ply toilet paper

Instructions:

  • Protect your work area with a waterproof shield like a plastic cutting board or a large silicone sheet and paper towels.
  • Tear 10 squares of toilet paper into 5 pieces, 2 squares each and stack them evenly on top of each other.
  • Spritz the paper with water.  You can put drops of ink around the paper and it will spread with the water.  If you want a more uniform, mix the ink with water in the Stampin’ Spritzer and spritz the color onto the paper.  Turn the stack of paper over carefully and spritz the back side with water also.  You want it to be wet through, but not sloppy.
  • Put the paper into the embossing folder and run through the Big Shot with the fold going in first.  Some water will squeeze out the open end of the embossing folder.  Just wipe up with a paper towel.  Carefully remove the embossed paper from the folder.  ***(Be sure to wash out your embossing folder and dry before you use it again.)
  • Tear the edges down to the size you want.  For a full layered background like this card, you want the paper to be about 3 ¾” X 5”.  Curl up the edges and then leave to dry on a fresh piece of paper towel or use a heat tool to dry it quicker.  Be careful move the heat tool around so you don’t burn the paper.
  • Once the paper is dry you can add the Stampin’ Spritzer (Vanilla Shimmer).
  • Glue to the front of your card base (Pink Pirouette) using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

See Monday’s post HERE for how I did the flowers.  I spritzed the flowers with Vanilla Shimmer also.

  • Cut the oval from Whisper White card stock with one of the Oval Collection Framelits.   Cut a few leaves from the Always Artichoke card stock using the Secret Garden leaf framelit.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the top right of the oval using Always Artichoke ink.
  • Attach leaves around the oval on both the front and back using 2-Way Glue.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the oval to the left side of the card front.  You can use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the flowers, but I used a heat gun for this card.

Here are a few of the flowers and buttons I posted earlier.  I tried Crystal Effects on some.  I think the ones that I included a drop or two of Multipurpose Liquid Glue in with the paper paste worked the best and have the most detail.  Depending on how much glitz you want, the Crystal Effects is a nice touch, but I like the plan flowers with the Smooch Spritz the best.Toilet Paper Roses & Button

Enjoy playing with the toilet paper backgrounds and flowers.  Please leave a comment and share your creations!