Sunday, August 31, 2014

Embossed Butterfly Gift-Card Holder

Today I have a quick and easy gift card holder to share. These are super easy to make with the aid of a Scor-Pal and On The Edge dies from Sizzix.



Begin with a 12 x 5 1/2-inch piece of cardstock. 
Score at 4 1/4 and 8 1/2-inches.

With the outside of the card face-up, die-cut your desired border from the right edge. Where you place the bottom cutting edge will determine the height of the pocket. Notice in the photo below that I have the bottom cutting edge roughly one-inch from the fold.

This is what the panel will look like once the edge die-cut.

Place your gift card along the inside fold and add adhesive to the edges.

 Fold and secure in place creating a pocket.

You can then make either a vertical or horizontal card. 

For the front I cut a panel of Core'dinations cardstock slightly smaller than the card front. I embossed the butterfly image using my Sizzix Layered Butterfly Texture Fades embossing folder, sanded and attached to the card front using foam tape.

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Upcycled Lamp

My upcycled lamp tutorial on the Sizzix blog today!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Love Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas

Sharing a mixed media canvas today on the Sizzix Blog
Hope you'll stop by and check it out :)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Core’dinations Design Team Call

Well, my daughter is finally a happily married girl and after 6 weeks of wedding planning momma is finally back online and getting back to a regular routine. My craft area is cleaned, school books are ordered and organized and I am finally back to the gym. "Normal" feels SO good! Part of being back to normal also includes finding my way back to crafting. While playing with flowers, burlap and tulle were a nice change of pace I have to say I'm ready to get back to paper (and a little mixed media and sewing just for fun!). So, I was taking a lunch break today and scrolling through Facebook. When there in my feed I saw that today is the final day for the Core'dinations design team call. I think I actually saw it before but was in total zoned out wedding mode and really didn't think much about it. So, while back in "paper" mode I went and took a look a the call info. Honestly, I have dropped pretty much all designing work except Sizzix due to the time constraints of editing and school. But I have been thinking about adding something new to my agenda for a few months and continued to consider this design team call. I took some time to look back at my past projects. One thing I noticed with my projects, beyond being a clean and simple style, is a strong mix of not only Sizzix but Core'dinations cardstock. Honestly, they make a good pair. So, I pulled three of my favorite projects and decided to apply. Now, first off, I have to say when I first saw Core'dinations years ago I was designing for a cardstock company that I loved and I didn't look into their products a lot because I thought it was simply black cardstock that had to be sanded. But, over the past few years, I have used it more and become familiar with all they have to offer. I quickly realized it's WAY more than black cardstock that gets sanded. There are LOTS of colors, textures and styles to choose from at this point! To prove that point, here are 3 cards that I have created which will give you just a small sampling of what Core'dinations has to offer:

First up, you'll see a mix of pastel colors used in one of my Sizzix tutorials. You rarley see pastel colors in my work. I am normally drawn to colors that are really bright or really dark. But, I was very pleased at how this one turned out. Notice the design on the gray panel. It draws the eye around the card from the flower and highlights the sentiment in the center. That panel was embossed with a simple border style embossing folder and sanded giving it interest and accenting the simple pattern. The flowers were all die-cut and layered. Notice that both the flowers and the blue panel still look great without any sanding and have a nice texture to them when left as is.

Next, I have a card using one of the great kraft core cardstocks. This card represents my usual clean and simple style. I created a card base from the cardstock placing the kraft side on the inside for a smooth area to write the greeting. I embossed the bottom edge of the card front with an embossing folder. I sanded both the embossed and unembossed areas of the card front for vintage look. The sentiment banner you see was created from the same cardstock. I simply flipped it over and stamped my sentiment on the smooth kraft side of the cardstock. Tie on some twine and you have a quick and easy card that can be tailored to any occasion.

This card has quite a few more layers than my usual and is a bit less "clean and simple" than my typical style. I chose this card to show you some of the awesome bright colors of Core'dinations that I love using. Notice the scored lines accenting the panels. These were created using my Scor-Pal scoring board and simply sanded so the lines were more prominent. Even though the sentiment was stamped onto the textured side of the cardstock for this card it still came out quite crisp and clean. Notice as well that the die-cut tag and punched circle show no white edges. That is because Core'dinations cardstock has no white core, a feature that makes it great for both distressed and crisp clean designs and accents. 

So, there you have it. Just of the few great things that Core'dinations cardstock can do...and my (very last minute) design team application ;)

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