My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cuttlebug Inventory and Storage Tips!

I am blessed to have an extensive collection of cutting dies and embossing folders.  
The only mechanical die cutting machine that I use is the "Cuttlebug" by Provocraft.

Having such a large collection of dies and folders caused a problem of not knowing what I have.  I found myself constantly looking through my dies and folders and never finding just the right image that I wanted or needed.  A storage system and inventory guide was necessary to help get the best use of my collection.  I didn't want to spend more money for a storage system, so I began searching through my craft room for a solution.
The two drawer storage unit was purchased at Staples from the clearance department.  The little cabinet is made from a strong, heavy duty product that has withstood the passage of time and use.  Using the ArtBin magnetic case and sheets was the answer to the thin dies such as Spellbinders.
Dividers were made for each die/folder.  The dividers are the front of envelopes that are labeled with the name of the die/folder.  The envelopes are in alphabetical order.  I wrote a large letter in the center of each envelope divider for easy location.
This picture shows both drawers open and example of the envelope divider.  I labeled the dies/folders, too.  I had to buy a new labeling machine!  Should have bought "stock" in the label tape as well!!!
The ArtBin magnet sheet case is used to hold assorted thin metal dies.
There are 18 sheets in the box at the present time.  I lay the dies on the sheets, draw around the dies with a marker, and label each one.

At this point, I have a way to store dies/embossing folders, BUT, I still need a way to remember what I have!
I created an inventory book of all the embossing folder.  The front and back covers are made with decorated and labeled chipboard.  The front and back covers are held in place with 0-rings.  This allows extra pages to be added as needed.
A sheet of cardstock was embossed with each of the folders.  I swiped a dye ink pad over the design for easy viewing.  The samples are labeled and put into plastic photo sheets.  The sheets are added to the 0-rings.

I can now look through the booklet, see the folder that I want/need, then go to the cabinet and find the folder.  The folders are in the cabinet in alphabetical order, which makes finding the correct folder quick and easy!!
Cutting dies are in this little journal that I found at Michael's Craft Store.
A sample of each image was made, glued to the pages, and labeled.
The journal contains approx. 55 pages.  I used front and back of the pages and had plenty of room for all the dies and space to add more!
The dies are in alphabetical order in the cabinet!
Quick and easy to find!

Tip--When using a particular die, take time to cuts multiple colors!
I have a collection of the pieces to use on projects as needed/wanted!

Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 inches.
"Flower Pot" cutting die from Provocraft
"Butterfly paper" punch from Martha Stewart
Blue layer "Deckeled Rectangle"

See more tips, techniques, and projects by clicking the link...
All things Cuttlebug! Collection of tips, techniques, and projects

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wallet Cards! What shall I do with them?

I know! I'll make greeting cards!

Wallet cards are designed for people that need comfort, inspiration, or any reason!
The little cards measure 3 1/2 inches x 2 1/4 inches (approx).  They are usually laminated and can be purchased in the stationery department.  Because of the trademark on the wallet cards, I can't sell the cards I make.  
I need some personal greeting cards to send and give away!
These are the wallet cards that I haven't made into greeting cards....yet!
My friend, Ann, is moving to a new house.  While cleaning out the old house, she found a large stash of wallet cards.  She gave me her large collection!  I immediately thought of making cards!
Cards measure 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches (folded)
My goal is to create cards that do not have thick or bulky embellishments.  
I want to send the cards with regular postage
Inside of the card has been left blank.  A sentiment can be added later.
These cards are made using a set of solid colored and patterned cards and envelopes that I purchased at 
Michael's Craft Store.
There are multiples of some cards.  I did not duplicate the cards.
The bird and button are punched paper embellishments.
Three sweet puppies!  Perfect for a friend with a furbaby!
Paper button punch by Martha Stewart.
Smaller cards measure 3 1/2 inches x 5 inches (folded)
Paper butterfly punch by Martha Stewart. 'Star' border punch is "An American Girl" brand
Another collection of small cards!
The flower embellishments are from JoLee that I found on clearance in Michael's Craft Store.
Scalloped oval is a Sizzix cutting die
Two more cards!
Most of the wallet cards are one-sided.  There are several cards that are double-sided.  To see the back side of the wallet card, I used a piece of clear plastic for the card front.  The wallet card is adhered with glue dots.

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Have a terrific Thursday and wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Salute" Card-in-a-Box

I was asked to create a Card-in-a-Box for a Marine that is being deployed to Afghanistan.  
This is the completed project. 

Closed Card-in-a-Box (front)
Closed Card-in-a-Box (back)
The back features "The Marine's Prayer".
There is a space for signature and a small envelope with a card for an additional message.
The embellishments are by K&Company.
Handmade box to hold the card.

To create your own Card-in-a-Box, please click on the link

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Bouquet of Cards-in-Boxes!

A bouquet of Cards-in-Boxes!  I need several of these easy projects for belated birthdays!
Card-in-a-Box #1
This card and the next two have been 'tweaked' a little by adding extra strips 
at the top of the box to provide more area to add embellishments.
Click the first link for step-by-step directions to create the project.
Click this link to find the instructions to 'tweak' the top!
A variety of flowers, butterflies, and flourish embellishments were used.
Another view of #1
Card-in-a-Box #2
Large pink flower on top from K&Company
Flourishes are Sizzex cutting dies
Small flowers are from K&Company
Pink gems are from Darice, Inc.
Another view of #2
Card-in-a-Box #3
Flowers and Butterflies are from K&Company
Flourishes and extra leaves are Sizzex cutting dies
Another view #3
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Card-in-a-Box Birthday!

A Birthday Celebration!
My latest Card-in-a-Box!
How cool is this...when I took the picture, the flash caused the candles to appear as if they are lit!
I modified the original instructions for the Card-in-a-Box to add two more strips.

In the original instructions, there were two wide strips attached inside 
the box to hold embellishments.
For the Birthday Card-in-a-Box, I cut the two wider strips in two pieces (creating 4 strips) and made the tabs shorter, then put Tacky Tape on the tabs.
Click link for step-by-step instructions for creating a Card-in-a-Box
Attached strips.
Adding the two additional strips allowed more embellishments to be used.
Closed front of the card (before embellishments are added)
Closed back of card after embellishments.
I took the pictures with my iphone.  I am not able to manipulate the pictures after downloading to my PC.  Lesson learned!!  I must remember to take the photos just as I want them to appear on my blog when using the iphone camera!
Happy Birthday!!

For complete instructions for creating a Card-in-a-Box, click the link...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Measurement Error Found and Corrected!

Card-in-a-Box Tutorial
There was a measurement error in Step 2!
The error has been corrected!!
Please visit the post again for the corrected measurements.

I found the error when I made another Card-in-a-Box project.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Card-in-a-Box Tutorial Step-by-Step!

Card-in-a-Box and Card-in-a-Box Box!
Today's post features the step-by-step directions for creating this wonderful paper creation!

The Card-in-a-Box has become a favorite papercrafting project!  I became familiar with this technique during a blog hop and found the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers.  Click the link to find links to the websites and to view my first Card-in-a-Box Project.

Supplies and equipment needed:

Scoreboard (using Martha Stewart)
metal ruler
Paper trimmer
Strong Adhesive tape and liquid glue (using Glossy Accents)

1 sheet 8 1/2" x 12" heavy cardstock
2 pieces coordinated patterned paper
 enough to cut...
(1) 2 1/2" x 6 1/4" inside panel
(3) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" outside panels
(6) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (squares) sides, front (inside and outside)

(1) 2 /12" x 6 1/4" panel of white or light cardstock to be used for sentiment and signature

Step 1     Lay cardstock on scoreboard with long side against the top of the scoreboard.
Step 2     Score the cardstock at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4", and 11".  Tip--when scoring a long strip, I use a metal ruler to keep the score line straight.  Corrected my original post, I had a wrong measurement!  The measurements that you see now, are correct!   PLEASE NOTE....I printed these instructions and found that the printed version retains the incorrect information!!  The 8 1/4" prints the incorrect measurement of 8 1/2"....Please change the measurement on the printed instructions.
Step 3     Lay scored cardstock on paper trimmer and cut away a 2" strip.  Save strip for later use.
Step 4     Place the 6 1/2" x 12" panel on scoreboard and score at 2 3/4"
Step 5     Cut along the shorter scored lines up to the 2 3/4" scored line.  The scissors and bonefolder are used to show where the cuts were made.
Step 6     To create a tab to hold the box together, cut a small section of the 1" margin at an angle.  To clarify this will cut away the 1" shorter piece.  As you cut the piece away, cut into the longer section at an angle to create the tab.  In the original instructions from the link above, I had a little trouble understanding what to do.  The video was helpful, but I had to make a box myself to completely get this step correct.
Step 7     Use the 2"x 12" strip to create 2 inserts for the embellishments to the box.  To do this, find the end with the 1" score.  Measure a strip of 4 3/4" including the 1"score end.  Cut.  Tip--Look at the photo and see there are now 1"folds on each end of the 4 3/4" strip.
Step 8     Cut the 4 3/4" strip into 2 pieces of 1" x 4 3/4"

Step 9     Put a strong adhesive on the short sections of the strips.  The strips will be adhered to the inside of the box.  Use a strong adhesive because these strips will be holding a large number of embellishments.  I am using Terrifically Tacky Tape. Tip--When folding all the scorelines, use a bonefolder.  This make the folds neat and sharp.
Step 10     It is time to cut the coordinating patterned paper to decorate the box.  Take a moment to look at the sample box at the top of the post.  Think about where you want to place the patterned paper.

This photo shows the 3 bottom pieces on the outside--2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
I am using Carol Wilson Fine Arts, Inc SDD102C because of the pretty pattern and especially because of the border.
Step 11     Cut 2 pieces at 2 1/2" x 6 1/4" (1 pc) white or very light to use for sentiment/signature
(1 pc) patterened paper
Step 12     Cut 6 upper pieces at 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".
I am using a lightly patterned paper, source unknown.  There is a faint border that I will incorporate.  Tip--I am using the lighter paper on top so that my embellishments will be the focus of the card, not the paper.
Everything is assembled and ready to create the card box base.
Step 13     Fold the card base.  Determine which side will be the outside and inside.  You are looking at the inside of the card base.  Notice the placement of the long patterned piece of paper.  I used regular double-sided tape to adhere the patterned paper.  However, I used the Tacky Tape on the tab.  Look carefully where the Tacky Tape has been applied, it is on the outside of the card base.
Step 14     Inside card base.  I have added the 3 squares at the top of the card.  Please note that I have positioned the border at the top.  When the box is made, these square pieces will  be the pieces that fold back.  I want the border facing out.  Refer to box photo at top, if needed.  Please notice that you do not see the Tacky Tape on the tab.  That is because the tape was applied to the front of the tab!
Step 15     Turn the card base over and adhere the patterned paper and sentiment/signature panel.
Tip--If you plan to stamp/decorate the plain panel, this could be done before attaching it to the card base.  I chose to cut an additional piece, stamp, decorate, and then adhere it over the original panel.
Step 16     Fold and create the card box base.  It should look like the photo.
Step 17    Adhere the strips to the inside of the box.  Note the placement of the strips.  Place the 1" tabs against the front and back of the box.  This provides the center sections for embellishments.

EDITED (this section was added after my original post)....I wanted more area than the two strips to add embellishments.  So I cut the two strips in half, trim the tabs, and made 4 strips.
The four strips with tape.
The extra strips allow more area to add embellishments.
Click the link to see the Card-in-a-Box that I made using the four strips!

Back to the original post!
Step 18     It is time to decorate your Card-in-a-Box!  Have fun expressing your creativity!
These embellishments were in my crafting stash!  I have lots of flowers, all kinds of flowers! The rosettes were made from Tim Holtz rosette cutting dies. I used the Sizzix cutting dies Flourishes #8, #9, #10 to use as a filler after adding my embellishments.
I wanted to use these botanical stickers, but they are extremely fragile.  I solved that by carefully gluing the stem and flower together with Glossy Accents.  To make the flowers more durable, I carefully applied Glossy Accents to the tops of the flowers.  Then, used Glossy Accents to adhere the flowers to the card box.
Step 19     Create the sentiment/signature panel.  I used several techniques on this panel.  I used watercolor pencils on the image.  For all the information about this panel, please click the link...
Close up of the embellishments used on the Card-in-a-Box!  Tip--Be sure to use a strong adhesive as you apply the embellishments.  The card will be folded many times.  You don't want things to be falling off!  I used Glossy Accents on all the embellishments.  When used as a liquid glue, hold the embellishment to the surface for a few seconds.  The glue will act quickly and hold the embellishment.  Allow to dry thoroughly.  This make take an hour or more.  Depending how much glue was used.
Folded Card-in-a-Box.  The decorative trim is adhered on three sides of the box with Tacky Tape and the bow is secured with Zots.
Opposite side of the folded Card-in-a-Box.
I wanted a special way to deliver the Card-in-a-Box.  A regular envelope just didn't seem the best way.  So I decided to create a box to hold the Card-in-a-Box.  Well, this turned out to be much more difficult than the card!  To find out how I created the box, please click the link.....
I hope this tutorial has created a desire to make one of these delightful Card-in-a-Box projects!
To find out what is in the green Card-in-a-Box Box, click the link....

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