Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Try It Tuesday....... aka Trials and Tribulations...lol

To all of you in the US, I hope you had a marvelous long weekend enjoying Memorial Day. Here in Canada we had our long weekend last week and the weather actually cooperated.

Last week I mentioned attempting to make a card from one large circle - The ideas started flowing from my one idea and I must say, I ended up with something that is quite different from my original thoughts.
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I started with an 8 1/2" circle (cut from a salad plate). Then someone turned the light switch on and I remembered I have a Cricut (sheesh)!

My sample will be using an 8 1/2" scalloped circle cut from DSP.

This is long and involved so run and take a potty break and grab a cuppa.....
Version ONE and TWO to follow........with the hint of VERSION THREE.

Start with one large circle: 
You will also need:
Scoring tool,  bone folder, ruler, pencil and scissors.


Step One: I started with an 8 1/2" scalloped circle. Regardless of the size you start with, scalloped or not, score a horizontal line 2/3 of the way down your circle, (which will be the height of your card).  Mine will be 5 1/2".

P1020672Step Two:  Divide your circle into three parts vertically making the middle section  slightly less than the sum of the two sides. ie:  2 1/8", 4 and 2 1/8".
This is where my card took a different turn as to what was originally intended.  I had planned on using the image I used, but the idea of a shell popped into my brain.

My Step Three: I scored at 2 1/8" and 6 1/8" on the bottom section below the horizontal score line. 


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Step Four:  Mark the center panel in half along the horizontal score line.  Score diagonally from the lowest points of the scallops in only the right and left sections to the center point.


***  Correction:  The bottom Mountain Fold is a cut to 1" from center mark on each side leaving 2" for a hinge.

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Here is my card once again.  As you can see the fanned effect has disclosed the other side of the DSP.

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This shows the gatefold open exposing all of the Elisabeth Bell image, "Bonita", which was cut out and pop dotted onto a circle die and sponged with Lavender ink. The sky and a land scene were sponged on with TH Distress Inks.

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A tag with a big fluffy brown toule bow was added, along with a sea green taffeta bow and pearl brad. 
Materials and Supplies:
May Release "Bonita" by Elisabeth Bell, Cougar paper for copic markers, Copic Markers:  R00, E11, R20, E50, E31, E33, E34, V00, BG10, BG43, V00, V04, V15, C1, C4.  Sakura Glitter Pen, Vines Die Set and Assorted flowers from Whimsy Buds.  From stash:  DSP, tag die cut, toule, taffeta ribbon, brad and flatback pearls.

Now back to the original plan.......  VERSION TWO

Step Three:  Cut along the horizontal score line to the vertical score line from left and right side.  The center panel remains scored.
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Step Four:  Crease fold lines with a bone folder. Remember, innie goes outie - meaning indention of score line faces out.

Step Five:  Overlap top left and right flaps.
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Step Six:  Flip lower section to the front.  At this point you can adhere this section to the back making a pocket. 

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Step Seven:  It is your choice to adhere the front gatefold to the back gatefold or close with a bellyband.
I apologize for not decorating this version as time did not permit. 

How about VERSION THREE using an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of DSP.  Following the same principal it would become a Double Gatefold Card.
That is it for today - Remember,  "stamp up a storm, ink up a wish and send it on to someone to make their day!!"
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Monday, May 20, 2013

WHIMSY "Try It Tuesday" #15

OMG!!  Hang onto your sox people -- it is June NEW RELEASE DAY for WHIMSY....... and if you love water as much as I do, (even bottled) you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this months' releases.  I have a smattering of them in my hot little hands......and I am IN LOVE!!  Ideas are exploding from my well-earned silver haired head --  like a bag of popcorn in a microwave.
I have a quick and easy-peasie masculine card for you today, just in time for Father's Day.........  dressed up with a smattering of feminine touches to "pretty-it-up" add some interest. This ship is breathless........  I always think of my Dad when I see a sailing ship.  Dad came to Canada from England working on a vessel much like this one, running away from home at the age of 14, after my widowed Grandmother remarried. 
P1020627 copyOK,  I do get carried away with memories at times - so let's get on with the real reason for this post.  WHIMSY "TRY-IT TUESDAY #15!!! 
The base card uses a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock, scored in half at 5 1/2".  The secret to the edge of this card is finding a border punch that punches a full border, punching from one side. (this one is the fancy lace border from SU)  Leaving a center panel (1 3/4" in this case) to be decorated with a DP (or not).
Now for the image.  I stamped the ship once onto a piece of mottled blue DP (from stash) and twice onto white cardstock. Working from the background of the sails, pieces were cut from the stamped white images and glued over the DP image for a 3D look.  The paper pieced image was cut into a 3" circle and matted with a slightly larger die cut and sponged with TH Tea Dye Distress Ink. Two copic markers (BV13, BV17) were used to darken the areas of the inside area of the ship and the water. A Sukura White Pen was used to give the illusion of whitecaps on the water. Really easy-peasie would be to stamp the image onto the white cardstock and sponge a sky / water background. (I always do things the hard way).
P1020621 copy This Stamp Set, (3 images and 3 sentiments) is such a mystery, I don't even know it's name!!
Do check into the The Whimsy Stamps site to see all the goodies and  the Whimsy Blog to see all the delicious-ness the DT creates.
Materials used:  Mysterious New Whimsy  Release, Memento tuxedo black, TH Tea Dye Distress ink, 1/2 sheet of Card stock, 1/4 sheet of card stock, pieces of White Cardstock (copic) and DP, Copic markers:  BV13, BV 17, Ribbon and flat back pearls (from stash). Double border punch,
P1020629 The cutouts on the front of the card limited the sentiment size so it wouldn't peek through. A die cut similar to the front image was cut rom contrasting cardstock, then a sponged sentiment was 3D taped to the die.
A wide bow to the bottom of the card and flat back pearls to the punched border were added for a feminine touch interest.
Hope this has given you some inspiration to "stamp up a storm, ink up a wish and send it along to brighten someone's day".
Next week, I will attempt to show you a different card fold from one very large circle.  See you then!madge0902 (1)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Try It Tuesday - for Whimsy Stamps

Hi all.  I hope your week has been full of sunshine and the warmth of Spring.  Here in the interior of BC it has been weird.  Tonight a thunderstorm took our power out and brought a torrential downpour of chilling rain.  Thus a very quick and cute card for Try It Tuesday.
Have you seen the latest stamp sets from "2 Cute Ink"??  They are so adorable! I'm using one of the images and a sentiment from the "Crafty Cats" set today.  P1020617 copyTake a look at the complete set of 3 images and 5 sentiments - do you have a friend who loves sewing, knitting or crocheting? This is a purrrrr-fect set to have.  *NEW Crafty Cats

Materials used:   Crafty Cats by Heidi Schwoerer, Cougar white copic card stock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copics: E93, E97, BG10, BG04, Oval and Scalloped Oval die cut, scalloped border punch, SU embossing folder, seam binding and brad, DP from Echo Park. From Stash, brown, aqua and vanilla cardstock.
Sometimes CAS (clean and simple) is best.  I'm feeling very under the weather with bronchitis, so today, CAS is mandatory.
Until next week, "Stamp up a storm, ink up a wish and send it on to someone to make their day."
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Try it Tuesday # 13

Hi all, for another "Try It Tuesday" for Whimsy Stamps.  I've constructed a Center Step Card for you today using a set from Monika Martinson (Momas) called Build a Rose Bush.
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I don't have a tutorial for you today, but I will give you the measurements.
I started with a piece of 6" x 11" white cardstock. I used 100lb weight cardstock for a sturdy card.  (The EK Success Lattice Border punch measures 1 1/4". )  Both the left and right side were punched on the long edge, starting at 1 1/2" from bottom to 1 1/2" at the top. If not punching - then cut a line - by measuring over 1 1/4" and cutting a vertical line from 1 1/2" bottom to 1 1/2" top.  The 3 1/2" Center panel  was scored in half, at 5 1/2".  A mountain fold was created at the 1 1/2" mark for each side panel and a valley fold 1" from that. Close your card at this point and it will create a natural fold for the two side panels.  A spellbinders die was used to create the scalloped bottom edges.  The white panels are matted with a Bo Bunny DP.  The image from "Build A Rose Bush" was stamped onto Cougar White cardstock for copics with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with copic markers and die cut using the overlapping image technique.  The inside is matted with the same Bo Bunny DP with a Scalloped Circle stamped with "Life is a sweet bouquet of special moments"
I'm not totally happy with this card and if I had another 4 hours, I would do it over from scratch, but I do need to sleep:( I'm hoping that you will take the Center Step card idea and try one for yourself.  Finished card measures 6" x 5 1/2" and folds flat for mailing at regular postage.
Materials used:  Build A Rose Bush, Cougar White Cardstock (for copics), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic Markers:  RV10, RV21, RV23, RV29, YG93, G40, YG63, YG97, Viva Decor Gold Pearl Pen (centers of flowers),  Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap, Spellbinders large scallop die, and oval die, EK Success Lattice Border Punch, Bo Bunny DSP from stash.
Remember, Stamp up a Storm, Ink up a Wish and send it on to someone to make their day.
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