Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Christmas Card Make-n-Take

On Saturday (December 2nd), I taught a little Christmas card make-n-take. I thought all of you may like to have a chance to make it from the scraps in your stash!
One of my local friends (Wanda Montgomery) teaches a card workshop every other month. Wanda's style is what I'd call "clean and classic." Most of her work has an interesting folded element and uses lots of stamps, but not a whole lot of printed paper. She wanted to give her students look at a different style of work, so she asked me if I'd come to her workshop and give the ladies a bit of instruction in "my" style of cardmaking. Which is, lots of prints and layers.
I turned up with some show-and-tell and with this card for a make-n-take! I sorted through all of my stash and decided to use up some of the Graphic 45 St. Nicolas papers I am hoarding. I made 12 little card kits to pass out to the ladies. 

They all seemed to have fun, plus they gave me free lunch, so that was a win-win! 
To make this yourself, select three Christmas prints from your stash. Choose a small focal image (1 3/4" x 1 1/4") and follow these directions:

1. Cut black cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and score at 5 1/2" to make a top-fold card, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". 

2. Cut candy cane paper to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach it to the card front.

3. Cut green stripe paper to 2 1/2" x 4 1/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 2 5/8" x 4 1/8". Attach this panel to the center of the card front. 

4. Cut red text paper to 4" x 2 1/4" and mat with black cardstock cut to 4 1/8" x 2 3/8". Wrap a 4" length of cream satin ribbon around the top edge and another 4" length around the bottom edge of the panel. (See the sample for placement of the ribbon.)

5. Attach this panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1/2" from the top edge and 3/8" from the left edge.

7. Trim out a Santa postage image and mat with black cardstock cut into a postage shape with a die cut template. 

8. Use foam tape to attach the image to the bottom center of the red text panel. (See the photo for placement.)

9. Glue a chipboard sentiment to the top right of the card as shown in the sample. (Or use scrap chipboard or foam adhesive to attach a pre-printed paper sentiment or a stamped sentiment to the card.)

10. Glue a tiny white flower to the sentiment. 

11. Punch three branch shapes from green paper and glue to the bottom left portion of ribbon. Glue a tiny white flower and a red rose bud to the greenery. 

12. Line the inside of the card with white or cream panels, cut to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8". 

13. Trim out a second Santa postage image and mat with black cardstock cut into a postage shape with a die cut template. Attach the image to the inside of the card, as desired.

14. Stamp a sentiment onto the inside panel, as shown. 

And that's it! Have fun!

Cardstock: black and natural
Printed paper: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas
Chipboard: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Happiest of Holidays
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Ribbon: cream satin
Branch punch: Martha Stewart
Postage die: My Favorite Things
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Adhesive: tape runner, foam tape, wet glue

Monday, December 04, 2017


The winner of the prize from the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Holiday Blog Hop is...

Jean Marmo2:52 PM
What fun and creative ideas! The notepad is delightful and that pencil is perfect!

Jean, please contact me with your mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you! 
If you missed the hop and still want to see the projects, click HERE.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Treats for You

Welcome to my last Conie Fong Art and Design project. I am (sadly) leaving the team after 8 months of coloring fun. I want to thank Conie for giving me the opportunity to work with her adorable artwork!
I chose to color Noelle's Gift. I ended up coloring her in this deep blue because...well, by the time I got around to coloring her the rest of the design team members had colored her every other color combo! {giggle} I also confess that she's been all colored up, just sitting patiently on my desk for over a month! Poor girl. 
I printed the image onto white cardstock at approximately 4 1/2" tall. I chose blues and grays, with a few bits of green and pink. I wanted the end result to look cold and frosty. I added some glossy accents, glitter pen work, and some sparkly enamel dots as well. I even glued a tiny bell to her hat!
The card is a generous 7" tall by 5" wide. It is perfect for decorating a gift bag or a package. Or you could just add a gift card to the inside.  
The luscious bow adds even more sparkle. Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Noelle's Gift

Copic markers: E0000, E000, E00, E47, E49, E57, RV10, G07, G20, G28, B0000, B21, B34, B37,B39, B95, YG0000, YG03, YG25, YG67, C00, C1, C3, C5 ,C7, R20, Colorless blender
Pencil: Prismacolor White
Pens: Zig Wink of Stella Clear, Sakura Gelly Roll White, Silver
Cardstock: Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White; Navy blue (unknown)
Ink: Ranger Distress Old Paper, Versafine Onyx Black
Clear stamps: Verve Stamps Holiday Treats
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon 5/8" Navy Satin with Silver Metallic Edge (this color seems to be out of stock)
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops Ice Ice Baby, White Sugar and Sparkle
Bell: craft supply
Printed paper: Authentique Alpine (One, Four), Spectrum Series (Antique Lace Two)
Dies: Spellbinders Curved Borders 2; My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax; Heartfelt Creations Circle Basics Large
AdhesiveATG tape, Scor-tape, hot glue, 3M foam tape, Ranger Multi Medium, Ranger Glossy Accents

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mini Album Makers December Challenge

The Mini Album Makers Challenge will feature a monthly challenge, with each Design Team Member posting a link to a mini album tutorial, tip, or trick on the 1st of each month.  Then, one team member will post a full tutorial on the 14th of each month! (My BIG tutorial month is not until February, but I will post smaller tutorials monthly.) In addition, there will be guest makers each month!

Click HERE for the December Challenge! You will have all month to make a NEW project and enter the challenge for a chance to win a prize. (See prize details at the end of the post.) Winners will be posted on the 7th of each month on the Mini Album Makers Blog.

I have gone very far outside my comfort zone this month, as I have made a midori-style journal book. This style of notebook is named after the Japanese stationary company, Midori. Their Traveler's Company notebooks are all the rage, I gather. I confess that I have never created a book with signatures that had to be "sewn" into the cover! I made some mistakes, and there was a learning curve! But I feel a bit trendy now! {grin}
I created my midori-style notebook by using the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal by Eileen Hull. Eileen is the prize sponsor this month (see information below), and since my dear friend Pam Bray (Scrapbook Flair)  is on EIleen's design team, I asked her to send me a few cuts of the Journal. And because Pam is a very good egg, she sent me a lovely package of die cut shapes! 
I created three signatures (which is fancy way of saying a section of paper). Each signature has 40 pages plus a cover. That is what I love about this style and size of journal. You can get a lot of pages into it and it's easy to reload blank pages. 
I used some twine and a metal charm as the closure for the journal. 

Here is a little tutorial on how I made my book. I did make a few mistakes, but nothing that will make the journal unusable.  
I started out with two chipboard covers, cut with the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal. Pam cut these for me out of heavy weight chipboard. I gently folded on the score lines.
I used glue to attach the two cover pieces together, and then clamped them to allow the glue to dry. You can find detailed instructions on assembling the journal HERE.  
I place double-sided adhesive on the front of the journal covers, including the spine area.  
I then attached the decorative paper to the front of the cover and angled the corners. I cut the paper to 11" x 12". I used a Fiskars punch to re-punch the binding holes. This type of punch can go anywhere and can punch through even very thick items. I made sure to punch the holes any time I covered them with paper, so that I would not "lose" them! 
I wrapped the cover, just as I always do with my other styles of mini albums. I had a little trouble with this step as the paper was not as "stretchy" as I had hoped. I gently worked the folds for the spine. 
This is the cover, with the holes punched. I started to get some cracking on the one spine edge. 
I fixed the spine by covering the area with cloth "washi" tape, which is a bit stretchy. Again, I re-punched the holes.
Next, I added double-sided adhesive to the inside of the cover and spine. 
I added paper to the inside. I cut the inside paper to 8 3/4" x 10". You can see I trimmed it a bit too small, but it still looks fine. I think adding about 1/2" more to the width would have been better. 

I then threaded the holes with twine. Each signature will slip under one of the twine sections. Most people use elastic cord for this step, but I did not have any in my hoard. {imagine that!} I also knotted more twine through the center hole for the closure. 
The two ends of the twine come out the front of the spine and are secured by a metal button.  
The twine wraps around the front and back covers and then ties in front to hold the book closed.
I glued a set of silverware to the cover, and threaded the left-hand bit of twine trough. Now I can tie a bow to close the journal.  
I created three covers for my signatures. I cut the decorative paper to 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" and folded each in half to make 7 1/2" x 4 1/4" covers. I cut the signature covers slightly wider than the inside pages.
For the inside I simply used printer paper for the notebooks. (This was my first try, so I wanted to keep it simple!) I cut each page to 7 1/2" x 8 1/4" and folded them all in half. I cut 10 sheets (20 pages) per signature. 
I placed each signature (notebook) into a paper cover and then slipped it under one of the strings in the journal cover.  
Since I added three strings, I can add three signatures.  
I did not add any pockets or decor, but I may go back later and do that.  
Here is the second signature. 
And here is the third signature. I love this vintage-themed cooking paper! 
You can used lined paper or add any thing you wish to the inside. I just kept mine blank, for now.  
This is that the back cover looks like with all signatures added. 
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed my first ever midori-style journal! 

Below is a full list of the Design Team, with links to their blogs!

Gloria Stengel (you are here)

Our Prize Sponsor this month is....

One lucky maker will receive....
The Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Mini Album Die (658982)! This is a $40.00 value! 

Our challenge follows a few simple rules:
Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals, and book arts. Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due. No back links allowed (this means your project must be first seen on social media between Dec. 1st and Dec. 31st, 2017).  Combine with any other challenges as applicable. No limit on entries. Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries. Please become a follower. That's it - have fun! Click HERE to enter your project!

Come back on  January 1st for a new set of tutorials from the team!

Dies: Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal
Printed paper: Bo Bunny Kiss the Cook

Cloth washi: unknown
Button and charm: from my stash
Twine: craft supply
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Hole punch: Fiskars
Score board: Martha Stewart
Chipboard: unknown
Printer paper: StaplesAdhesive: Scor-tape, multi medium

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards - Authentique Paper

Hello, Crafting People! I am back again with another post as a Guest Designer for Authentique PaperIf you are like me, you are trying to find time to make your Christmas cards and mail them out in time! I am here to help  you get a jump-start on your Christmas cards by using the pre-printed images and stickers from the Authentique Colorful Christmas Collection!
You can not only get started on your own Christmas cards, but you can also bundle a few of these colorful cards and give them as a last-minute, pre-Christmas hostess gift! I have bundled four cards and matching envelopes into a clear gift box, and tied it up with pretty ribbons. 
The best way to make a quick set of cards, or even 50 cards, is to start with a simple card design. I know we all search out beautiful and elaborate card ideas during October and November, but suddenly it is December 21st and we have nothing ready to go into the mail! We need a FAST solution! 

The fastest way to make a stack of cards, is to simplify the design, and also make the cards flat and easy to mail. That way if you are in a time crunch you don't have to search for padded mailers or figure out extra postage costs.
For this card set you will need a basic cardstock in a heavy weight, such as 80 pound card. I chose a dark, chocolate brown for my card bases. I cut 12" x 12" cardstock down do 8 1/2" x 11", which gives you a two scrap pieces, one 1" x 12" strip to use for a punched border, and one 3 1/2" x 11" piece that you can use to mat your focal image or sentiment. If you cut your cardstock this way, you will have two card bases, plus the scrap pieces to use for the card front. There is no wasted cardstock!

Cut your 8 1/2" x 11" panel in half to give two 11" long by 4 1/4" wide pieces. Score the panels on the long side at 5 1/2" to make two top-folding 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" cards per sheet.
You will also need a textured panel for each card, such as a textured cardstock or plain cardstock that you can emboss with an embossing folder. I chose to use the Authentique Spectrum Series heavy weight textured cardstock for my panels. The colors match the prints of the Colorful Christmas paper, plus the subtle design looks "rich" and pretty next to the printed paper.

You will need one sheet of the Colorful Christmas Eight paper, which contains 12 images, each measuring 4" x 3". You will also need the Colorful Christmas Bundle 6x6 Pad, or a few sheets of 12x12 paper.
Cut apart the 12 images from the Color Christmas Eight paper. For my project I chose four of the images. 
Every card in the set is exactly the same, but...not! By changing the sentiment panel and the background papers, each card is unique, but made in the same style! This makes them quick to put together, but is a great use of supplies. 

Once you have your card folded, trim two plain cardstock (I used white) panels to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and line the inside of the cards. This will allow you to stamp or write a message on the inside of the card. This is only important if you have used a dark cardstock as your base.

Next, trim your textured cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach this panel to the front of the card. I used colors from the pad that matched each focal sentiment.
Chose a coordinating piece of printed paper from the Colorful Christmas Bundle 6x6 Pad and trim it to 2 1/2" x 4 1/8". Attach this paper to the top of the card, lining it up with the edges of the textured cardstock.

Use a border punch to trim the 1" x 12" scrap of cardstock. I used a scallop punch, but turned it upside down so the scallops are on the top. Cut the strip into 4 1/8" pieces. You will get two from each 12" long strip. Attach the punched border to the bottom edge of your printed paper. 
Select your focal image and use the scrap cardstock to mat the image. (I have a Perfect Layers tool that I use to get perfect 1/6" borders around my focal image.) Use foam adhesive to attach the focal image or sentiment to the center of the card front. Embellish the focal image with enamel dots, pearls, or other flat bling.
To give your card set as a gift, place the cards and four matching envelopes into a clear card box. You can decorate the envelopes if you wish, but I did not...this is "quick and easy project," after all! Wrap the box with coordinating ribbon and tie a loopy bow for the top. If you need some tips on bow making, see THIS post for some extra help!

Use some stickers from the Colorful Christmas Details 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet to decorate your box. I placed the sticker banner and the sticker tag onto brown cardstock and trimmed around the edges. I then attached the banner at the bottom of the clear box with foam adhesive. I added the tag to the ribbon, then topped the tag with a twine bow and a small snowflake button.

Thank  you so much for looking!

Paper and Stickers: Authentique 
Colorful Christmas Collection (one sheet of 12x12 Eight, Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad, Details stickers), Authentique Spectrum Series heavy weight textured cardstock
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Brown, White
Punches: Fiskars scallop border
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Poppy Red Satin with Silver Metallic Edges, Natural Burlap String
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops White Sugar and Sparkle, Simple Stories DIY Chirstmas and Emoji Love

Pearls: Want2Scrap white
Snowflake button: craft supply

Plastic card box: stationary supply
Adhesive: hot glue, Scor-tape, ATG tape, foam tape