Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Weave Card

So easy to make... Take a single background piece and cut it into 4 pieces; spacing them evenly apart. Cut an alternating paper strip in half, and weave down one side. Secure everything with staples. Tie it all together with a matching birthday hat.

It's Pasture Birthday Card

Monday, October 26, 2009

You'd Better Not Pout Christmas Gift Tag

This is the perfect tag to accompany simple Christmas gifts for your neighbors.  Rafia is used to tie together 3 small bells, as well as the string that ties it to the gift.  The 'you'd better not pout' is a metal sticker (which I raised).  Red and green textured paper make up the background, and the white tag allows you to write on the back.

Thinking of You Gift Bags

Another perfect bag! Here's how to do it:
- Start with a small box (single serving cereal boxes work best). Wrap the box with desired paper; just like you are wrapping a present, only leave one end open, which will be your top.
- Then fold a slightly smaller width paper in half (gray paper in photo), and secure the inside of it to the outside of the back side of the top of the bag. The other half of the black paper folds over the front, closing the bag.
- Decorate the front half of the gray paper however you wish. I used a pink background to accent my 'thinking of you' banner.
- Accessorize: I added a 'hi' paper clip, some white ribbon, and jeweled the center of my star.
- Fill bag with candies or a gift and you are good to go!

Queen for a Day Gift Bag

Yet another additon from my sister Melissa.  I love these little gift bags!  Here's how to do it:
- Start with a small box (single serving cereal boxes work best).  Wrap the box with desired paper; just like you are wrapping a present, only leave one end open, which will be your top.
- Then fold a slightly smaller width paper in half (black paper in photo), and secure the inside of it to the outside of the back side of the top of the bag.  The other half of the black paper folds over the front, closing the bag.
- Decorate the front half of the black paper however you wish.
- Fill bag with candies or a gift and you are good to go!

Butterfly Blank Card

This photo didn't turn out as well as I would have hoped.  There is nothing spectacular about the layout, but I love the look (size wise).  This card has a larger front than back (which I have never seen before), and which you can't really see from the photo.  The white surface is the same size in the front and the back, but you can only see the bottom line of it in the photo (to the right of the butterfly, after the purple paper).  The purple paper is glued to the folded front portion of the white, which leaves a longer white portion in the back (longer, but not as wide).  Anyway, I don't know if that makes sense, but it looks pretty cool... definatley different.

Embossed Flower Card

I love this one!  I got it (yet again) from my old card group.  I don't know if you can see it, but there is a stamp at the bottom; lots of misc. sized flowers, that was embossed with black.  And I love what they did with the ribbon, weaving it through the paper.

Magic Moments Clock Card

Card group again...

B is for Baby Card

Another one from the card group!

Baby Face Card

Another one from the card group.  Pretty self explanatory...

Baby Girl Outfit Card

This was from my card group, and whoever made it provided a blue one for a baby boy as well (minus the bow).  I love this idea!  Card is folded from the side, but you could easily do it from the top as well.

Little Man Card

Not sure who made this - another card group addition.

Mother's Day Definition Card

Yes, this card totally screams Fall... not Mother's Day, but you get the idea...  This card has 3 equal sized squares; each contains a word, and that words definition.  The front and back are held together with a paper hinge, secured by black eyelets.  Finish it up by tying rafia in a knot.

Thank You Ribbon Card

This is another addition from the card group.  Take 4 misc. ribbon strips, staple them at the edges, and attach a metal 'thank you' tag.  SO easy, but perfect!

Friendship Triple Tag Card

3 tags with coordinating background colors match the polkadot 'friendship' paper.  String blue ribbon through matching eyelets and attach with staples.  Border ink everything in white.

So Very Loved Card

This card is perfect for weddings, friends, hubby's, Mother's Day, etc... so many uses.  Red heart stamp is covered by a heart made out of black lined flowers.  Red ribbon with a single tie lines the bottom, and accents the heart design.  So Very Cute!

For You Bumblebee Card

Card dimensions are 3x3".  Wooden bumblebee (found at most craft stores) is the perfect focal point for black, white and yellow paper.  Black and white gingham ribbon lines the bottom.

Let us be Grateful Card

This is a side opening card with a larger back than surface (striped paper is background for inside of card).  Flower punches accent the bottom corner as well as behind the vellum stamped in front.  A blue jewel and white button create the center for both displayed flowers, and pieces are held together with staples.

Happy For You Tag Card

This is not really a card at all.  The tag that is popping out of the top goes all the way to the bottom, so there is plenty of room to write your message on that.  I like this idea - decorating the 'envelope' rather than the actual card... also works great to paper clip some money to the tag!

Baby Of Mine Card

Turqoise for the inside, brown polka dots on the front, with a cute strip of flowered paper to top it all off.  Add some matching ribbon, a metal 'baby of mine' accessory, some staples, and voila!

Quote Card

This was recieved through the card group; absolutely love that quote.

Simple Blank Card

I love this one!  It was from the card group, so maker is again unknown... but so cute and ever easier to make.  Two coordinating papers with matching ribbon and some staples!  Love it!

HELLO! Flower Card

Again, from the card group!

Wish Big Birthday Card

Super simple to make.  Take 4 equal sized rectangles - 2 of each print - to make up the background.  A square with 2 background accents is topped with birthday accessories, with a matching 'wish big' tag underneath. 

Button Flower Thank You Card

This card is super cute, but does take a lot of work.  Each flower petal was cut out individually from the white polka dots on yellow paper.  They were inked with pink on the edges, and assembled on brown paper that was cut out as a border.  Matching brown buttons with yellow string make up the center.  The bottom of the card has a scalloped edge so part of the brown inside shows through.  The saying: "Simply said from the heart... thank you."

I Love You Wedding Card

This card did not scan well... but it is adorable in real life!  Two wedding rings are tied together with ribbon, hanging down from a silver brad, which is pinned to some great textured metal.  Three heart brads are added for the finishing touch.  Card dimensions: 3x3".

For You Note Card

This is a note card with a decorated holder/envelope.  The first photo shows the card inside the holder, and the second is just of the card.  To make the envelope, fold a long piece of paper in thirds.  Cut each outside third in half on a diagonal, then fold them back over.  Hold it all together with a strip of paper going around the entire thing.

Thank You Tag Card

Another misc. creator from my card group.

Pumpkin Card

This was recieved through a card group - and I absolutel love it!  Just an example of what you can do with textured paper.

Christmas is here Card

Thank You Card

Yet another great addition from the card group.  The striped paper on the side is on the inside of the card (the back is longer than the front).

Large Flower Thank You Card

Another one from my old card group.

Flower Pot Blank Card

I got this from a card group, so I don't know who it was made by, but it is oh so adorable.

Double Flap Thank You Card

My favorite thing about this card is the double flap.  The top and bottom pieces open up rather than a regular equal sized card.  People love the idea of this one.

Smile Thank You Card

This isn't my favorite, but still cute.

Baby Boy Footprint Card

This was another one given to me for my second boy.  It was given to me by Nancy Tippetts, but I'm not sure if she made it or not.  I LOVE the safety pin; so cute!

Baby Boy Handprint Card

Another one from my sister Melissa.  This was given to me after my second babe was born.

Get Well Soon Scrap Card

This card was made in an attempt to get rid of some of my scrap pieces of paper.  It would look great with lots of different paper combinations... I'll have to try that in the future.  Just cut all your scraps to the same size, and glue them to a coordinating background to make a cool striped pattern, and stamp over the top!

Congratulations embossed flower card

This was my first embossing experience, and it turned out great.  The large black flower was embossed over the pink and black stamped background - and it looks great (much better in real life, again).  The pink flower was from a punch.  White background was inked in black.  Card dimensions: 3.5x5".

Congratulations flower polka dot card

This card always gets good compliments.  Polka dot pattern on top and bottom is just a thin strip from a full polka dot sheet of paper.  The card border, as well as the 3 background pieces are inked with brown; the same ink color as the large circles.  Inked flower and 'congratulations' are in green.  A cream silk flower and green brad tie it all together.

Congratulations! She's expecting! Card

I saw this stamp and just had to have it!  I colored the stamp picture to match the paper I used, with coordinaing black ribbon running across the full length.  Colored print was inked with a black border.

Time to be happy Butterfly Card

This is a 3.5x5" card.  Stamp saying reads "The time to be happy is now.  The place to be happy is here."  Black and white background colors are torn on an angle, and the flowers were raised on the black paper using a stencil.  Butterfly is a stamp that was cut out.

Congratulations Flower Card

I love this card!  It is so easy to make and it turns out looking great every time!  Just take any flowered print with two coordinating solid colors, each 1/4" bigger per side than the piece that will sit on top.  All edges are inked with a coordinating color.  The flowers were from a punch, and are held on by brads.  'Congratulations' was a stamp, so it could easily be swapped out for any saying you want.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A gift for you Card

This one was done by my sister, Melissa Durham... so talented!  A single print fits inside the card border, with a white stripe through the bottom with the words 'a gift for you'.  A raised rectangle with a simple white tip makes up the shape of the bag - but the handle and mini matching card... over the top!  She even included the cellophane wrapping!  I love it!

Yeah, it's a girl! Card

I totally cant take credit for this one...  thank Elana Johnson; she provided the idea!  The background writing is a stamp, but would look equally great with a coordinating printed paper.  Brown bottom paper is torn across the top.  Pink and white paper is inked in brown around the edge, and a single staple holds the ribbon in place.  The baby carrier and phone were colored after it was stamped.

Baby Boy with Tag Card

This card is super versatile - it will look good with any color combinations, and can easily be made into a baby girl card as well.  The tag reads "It's a Boy!", is highlighted with matching ribbon, and fits into a cute little pocket that is just a single piece of paper folded up over itself.  The background abc paper is torn across the top, and inked around the edges.  It does take forever to cut out the little feet (especially if you make multiples, which I did for my sister's baby shower invites).  If you do more than 1, use a lighter color for the background and stamp the feet in a dark ink.  And I must say... I love stamples... so easy!

Thank You Friend Card

This card is soooo much cuter in real life!  The two circles have "friend" and "thank you" written on them.  They are connected to string that runs through the eyelets so they can move up and down.  Brown stitching was sewn around the two main background pieces, which were also outlined in ink.  The 3 brads at the bottom match the eyelets and the polka dots on the paper.  The cirlces were sanded/scraped (I don't know the correct term) on the edges to give them the rough look.  The card isn't very big, about 3x3", but oh so cute!

Card Making

I love cards!  Ok, so I love making cards.  I am pretty horrible at actually using them - they mostly turn into Birthday or Christmas gifts for my wonderful sister-in-laws.  However, I am continually on the lookout for a great layout or cute idea, so I thought I would include photos of what I've made... hopefully they spark some inspiration for someone else down the road.