Monday, October 31, 2011

Square Envelope Tutorial

Hi everyone! I've been wanting to send the family a couple of Halloween cards I actually created last year and have hung on to until now because I didn't have any envelopes large enough in which to mail them. Well, after all this time I still haven't picked up any envelopes large enough to mail the cards so I decided to make my own and in the process took a few photos to share this tutorial.


The envelope created in this tutorial is 6 x 6 and nicely fits up to 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 cards. To get started, you will need the following materials: 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock, pencil, something to scor with, scissors, ruler (not in photo) and double sided tape.


First cut the 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock down to 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 and place the bottom side facing up on your table.
 

Using the pencil mark 4 1/4 inches in from each corner. You should have two marks on each side of your cardstock. The pencil was hard to see in some of my photos so I marked over it using a metallic silver pen to make the marks easier to see. This is also a close up of just one corner of the cardstock.


Using the pencil and ruler trace lines across the cardstock connecting the outer two marks. This will make it easier to scor.


When you are done tracing the lines your cardstock should look like this.


Now you are ready to scor the lines. I used the scor-pal to scor my cardstock but really anything that scors will work. If you have a fiskars paper cutter simply change out the blade for the black one that scors and you are ready to go. If you don't have a fiskars paper cutter or scor-pal simply use a straight edged ruler and a bone folder or embossing stylus.


Once you've scored all four lines you are ready for the next step.


So that the sides fold up nicely next take your scissors and cut out the triangle on each side of the cardsock where the lines intersect.


Bend the cardstock along the lines your scored.


Using the double sided tape cut a couple 3/4 inch strips, just enough so that the other flap of cardstock will cover them up.


Next peel the covering off the tape, line up the other flap and press down firmly.


Now add a strip of tape along each side of the bottom flap.


Peel off the covering, fold the flap up and press down firmly.


You did it!  Your envelope is all ready to use to mail off one of your lovely card creations.


This is one of the Tilda cards I created last year and am sending to my husband's grandmother now that I have a beautiful matching envelope to use!

This Scor-Pal Table lists various square envelope and box sizes as well as the card sizes these envelops fit. I hope you've enjoyed today's square envelope tutorial and enjoy making matching square envelopes for your fabulous card creations!

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Autumn Friends


Hi everyone! This is the last of my Halloween cards and also one of my favorites! The spooktacular image and sentiment are from the Autumn Friends digital stamp set by Clear Dollar Stamps. I paired it with patterned paper from the Halloween Night Designer Series Paper Pack by Stampin' Up.


My card base is True Black layered with White Cardstock then Halloween Night patterned paper. I wrapped shimmery black ribbon around the card base and added a matching bow in front. The image and sentiment are printed on White Cardstock and the image colored in using copic markers. I distressed the edges of the patterned paper, sentiment and image using Memento Tuxedo Black and a sponge. To embellish the card I added a large black pearl in each corner of the card base.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Autumn Friends (Clear Dollar Stamps)
  • Paper: True Black and White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Halloween Night Patterned Paper (Stampin' Up)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics YG63, YG67, YR21, YR23, YR24, BV23, BV25, BV29, T2, T4, T6, T8
  • Other: Sponge, Black Ribbon, Black Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Glue Dots, Mounting Tape and Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Witch Tilda With Pumpkins


Hi everyone!  I picked up this Witch Tilda With Pumpkins rubber stamp about this same time last year and even got around to stamping it on white cardstock then there it sat all year, LOL!!! Since it was all ready for me to color I couldn't resist trying out my new copic coloring skills! And I'm proud to say that my husband noticed and kindly commented on how great he thought the shading looked! I was surprised he liked the shading since when I first started using copic markers he didn't like the look, I'm hoping that means I've improved some since then, LOL!!!


My card base is True Black layered with White Cardstock then Luminous Patterned Paper. The shadow layer is Plum Pudding layered on True Black. The image and sentiment are printed on White Cardstock and the image colored in using copic markers. I distressed the edges of the card base, shadow layer, sentiment and the image using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and a sponge. To embellish the card I added a bow made with shimmery orange ribbon and a ton of black pearls.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Witch Tilda With Small Pumpkins (Magnolia)
  • Paper: True Black, Plum Pudding and White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Luminous Patterned Paper (Authentique Paper, Glowing Collection)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics T3, T5, V20, V25, G82, E000, R00, E42, E44, YR16, YR18
  • Other: Black Pearls (KaiserCraft), Orange Ribbon, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Birdie


Hi everyone!  I've just a few more Autumn and Halloween cards to share before Halloween then am on to Thanksgiving and Christmas cards, WAHOO!!!  The fun image used on today's card is the Pumpkin Birdie digital stamp by Doodle Pantry


My card base is Always Artichoke layered with White Cardstock then Primrose Damask patterned paper stitched around the edges. The shadow layer is Kraft Cardstock finished on one side using the Cornice Edge Punch. I distressed the edges of both the patterned paper and Kraft Cardstock using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The image was printed on White Cardstock and colored in using copic markers. I rounded the top corners using the Corner Rounder Punch, distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, stitched around the edge then layered the image on Always Artichoke. To embellish the card I added a button finished with a bow made from More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon and added Sunflower Dew Drops along the edge of the Kraft Cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Pumpkin Birdie (Doodle Pantry)
  • Paper: Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up), Kraft and White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Primrose Damask Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny Press)
  • Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Copics E42, E44, Y26, YR24, G82, G92
  • Other: Stitching, Cornice Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success), Green Button, More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Patch


Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my Christmas Candy! I'm also tickled pink to have so many new followers, big hugs!!! On today's card I used this adorable image from the Patchpal Scarecrow digital stamp set by Clear Dollar Stamps. I think it goes perfectly with Halloween Verse 1 and just have to print the verse for the inside then get it in the mail!


My card base is True Black layered with White Cardstock then patterned paper from the Treasured Brights Paper Pad. The shadow layer is also patterned paper from the Treasured Brights Paper Pad and was layered on True Black. I stitched around the edges of both patterned paper and wrapped white lace around the shadow layer.

The image was printed on White Cardstock and colored in using copic markers. I rounded the corners, stitched around the edge then layered it on True Black. To embellish the card I added a bow made from black grosgrain ribbon and some black pearls.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Patchpal Scarecrow (Clear Dollar Stamps)
  • Paper: True Black and White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Madera Island Patterned Paper (S.E.I.), Treasured Brights Patterned Paper (Colorbok)
  • Ink: Copics  T3, T5, T7, G14, YR0000, YR04, YR07
  • Other: Stitching, White Lace, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Pearls, Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success), Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Three Fall Mice


Hi everyone! It's time again for a new challenge at The Pixie Cottage. As always, there are two parts to the challenge and you may choose either or both to play along with. We have a fun new sketch and this week's theme is "Sweet As Candy".
  

This is my last challenge with The Pixie Cottage Design Team this term and want to thank Michelle, Katie and the rest of the team for all the inspiration and creativity, I've had a fabulous time! Today's card was inspired by this week's sketch and features the Three Fall Mice digital stamp by Pixie Cottage Stamps.


My card base is Pumpkin Pie layered with White Cardstock then Harvest Table patterned paper. The shadow layer is Basic Grey layered on Pumpkin. The image was printed on White Cardstock and colored in using copic markers. I die cut and embossed the image using Standard Circles Small Nestabilities and layered it on Pumpkin Pie die cut using the Standard Circles Large Nestabilies. To embellish the card I added tons of stitching, a bow made from Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon and two orange buttons threaded with DMC White.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Three Fall Mice (Pixie Cottage Stamps)
  • Paper: Basic Grey and Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up), White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Harvest Table Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny Press)
  • Ink: Copics YR12, YR15, G21, G24, C2, C4, C6
  • Other: Stitching, Standard Circles Small and Large Nestabilities, Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, Orange Buttons, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Quirky Owl


Hi everyone! I'm really into square cards lately. I love the different shape, it mixes things up a bit and presents a new challenge for me to dream up new layouts! I have a stash of 5.5 x 5.5 envelopes on hand so I've been making 5 x 5 cards. This size card also fits perfectly in a 6 x 9 bubble envelope.

As for today's card, I was in the mood for a fall card so I printed the Quirky Owl digital stamp by Doodle Pantry.  I paired it with an autumn sentiment from the Autumn Critters digital stamp set by Clear Dollar Stamps I had sitting on my craft table.


My card base is Dark Brown layered with White Cardstock then Fall Stripe and Fall Festival Mini Dots patterned paper stitched around the edges. I wrapped Dark Brown Grosgrain Ribbon around the card and tied the ends down on the back side. The image was printed on White Cardstock and colored in using copic markers. Next I die cut and embossed the image using Standard Circles Large Nestabilities and layered it on Dark Brown die cut using the Classic Scalloped Circles Large Nestabilities.

The sentiment was printed on White Cardstock and punched out using the Word Window Punch. To embellish the card I added a red and green leaf and finished them off at the stems with a knot tied from Dark Brown Grosgrain Ribbon. I also added a Dark Brown button threaded with DMC White in each of the botton corners of the card base.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Quirky Owl (Doodle Pantry), Autumn Critters (Clear Dollar Stamps)
  • Paper: Dark Brown and White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Tim Coffey Fall Stripe Patterned Paper (K&Company), Fall Festival Mini Dots Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny Press)
  • Ink: Copics E07, E40, E43, E44, E49, YR23, YG95, YG97
  • Other: Stitching, Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large Nestabilities, Dark Brown Grosgrain Ribbon and Buttons (Papertrey Ink), Word Window Punch (Stampin' Up), Harvest Decor Leaves (Sierra Pacific Crafts), DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Autumn Critters


Hi everyone!  I'm back again to share another new release image from Clear Dollar Stamps.  I hope you aren't getting tired of these decorative leaves because I'm having lots of fun using them to embellish my autumn cards.  The cute owl highlighted on this card is from the Autumn Critters digital stamp set by Clear Dollar Stamps.


My card base is Dark Brown layered with White Cardstock then Old Olive and Harvest Moon patterned paper stitched around the edges.  The image was printed on White Cardstock and colored in using copic markers.  To embellish the card I added Harvest Decor Leaves finished with a button threaded with DMC White.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Autumn Critters (Clear Dollar Stamps)
  • Paper: Dark Brown and White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Old Olive (Stampin' Up), Harvest Moon Patterned Paper (Paper Loft, Autumn Splendor Collection)
  • Ink: Copics E07, E08, E35, E42, E43, E44, E47, YG93, YG95
  • Other: Stitching, Paper Piercing, Harvest Decor Leaves (Sierra Pacific Crafts), Button, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
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Carnation Flower


Hi everyone!  I'm in good spirits today because it's the weekend again, YEAH!  Today is even more exciting because there are new release images available at Clear Dollar stamps.  The floral image featured on this card is the Carnation January Flower of the Month digital stamp by Clear Dollar Stamps.


My card base is Bravo Burgundy layered with White Cardstock then My Boy Stripe and Mischievous patterned paper stitched around the edges. Next I wrapped two strips of white lace and True Thyme Stitched Ribbon around the card base. The image was printed on White Cardstock and colored in using copic markers. I paper pierced around the image then layered it on Bravo Burgundy. To embellish the card I added a bow made from the True Thyme Stitched Ribbon and a pearl along the bottom edge of the lace.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Carnation FOM (Clear Dollar Stamps)
  • Paper: Bravo Burgundy (Stampin' Up), White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), My Boy Stripe and Mischievous Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye, Signature Life, Our Boy Collection)
  • Ink: Copics R39, R89, YG91, YG93
  • Other: Stitching, Paper Piercing, White Lace, True Thyme Stitched Ribbon (Stampin' Up), Snow Pearls (KaiserCraft), Glue Dots and Mounting Tape

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cowboy Birdie


Hi everyone! Is this cowboy birdie just the cutest thing or what!?! It was really fun and right up my alley creating a western card since stitching fits right in with this theme. The image and sentiment used on today's card are both from the Cowboy Birdie digital stamp set by Doodle Pantry.


I paired the image with Cowboy Stripes patterned paper from Sandylion. For the card base and to matte the image I used blue cardstock I found in my stash. The shadow layer is Cranberry Crisp. The image was printed on white cardstock and colored in using copic markers. To embellish the card I added zig zag stitching, Jute Twine, star brads, and layered stars punched from matching cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Cowboy Birdie (Doodle Pantry)
  • Paper: Cranberry Crisp (Stampin' Up), White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Blue Cardstock (DCWV), Cowboy Stripes Patterned Paper (Sandylion)
  • Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Copics C0, E07, YR23, B93, B95, B97, E42, E43, E44
  • Other: Stitching, Jute Twine (Papertrey Ink), Star Brads, Small and Large Star Punch (Stampin' Up), Glue Dots and Mounting Tape

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cupcake Birgitta


Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. For me this was one of those weekends where I got a lot of nothing done, LOL! I thought I'd start the week off on the right foot and share this cute Swiss Pixie card I created just for fun. The darling little girl is the Cupcake Birgitta rubber stamp by C.C. Designs.


My card base is Dark Brown layered with White Cardstock then Pink Passion embossed using the D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder. The shadow layer is Green Galore embossed using the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder. I stitched around the edges of the both the Pink Passion and Green Galore.

The image and sentiment are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on White Cardstock and the image colored in using copic markers. I used Diamond Stickles to add some sparkle on her wings. The pretty matching bow was made from wired ribbon I found in my stash. To finish off the card I added silver rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Cupcake Birgitta (C.C. Designs), Happy Birthday (KLM Designs)
  • Paper: Dark Brown and White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Pink Passion and Green Galore (Stampin' Up)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics E000, E00, R20, T1, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, YG05, YG07, RV02, RV06, RV09
  • Other: Stitching, D'vine Swirls and Swiss Dots Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug), Paper Piercing, Wired Ribbon, Silver Rhinestones (KaiserCraft), Diamond Stickles, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunshine & Smiles


Hi everyone! Where did this week go?!? I'm happy the weekend is here and am really looking forward to not only stamping but also hope to get my first fleece blanket made for the local humane society! As for today's card, the gorgeous sunflower is from the Sunshine & Smiles digital stamp set by Clear Dollar Stamps. I paired it with patterned paper from the Bo-Bunny Tuscany Collection.


My card base is Chocolate Chip layered with White Cardstock then Tuscany Garden patterned paper stitched around the edges.  The shadow layer is Tuscany Prose patterned paper also stitched around the edges and layered on Chocolate Chip.  The image was printed on White Cardstock and colored in using copic markers.  I paper pierced around the edges and layered on Chocolate Chip.  To embellish the card I added wired ribbon and a sunflower dew drop in each corner.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • Stamps: Sunshine & Smiles (Clear Dollar Stamps), Autumn Mums (Designed2Delight)
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up), White Cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Tuscany Garden and Tuscany Prose Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny)
  • Ink: Copics Y15, Y18, YG93, YG97, E71, E74, E77, E79
  • Other: Stitching, Paper Piercing, Modern Label Punch (Stampin' Up), Wired Ribbon, Sunflower Dew Drops, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape
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