Thursday, October 27, 2016

Twist and Pop Thank You Card for CutCardStock

I am up on the CutCardStock Blog today! I wanted to share a pop-up gift card holder which is a new (to me) type of "fun fold" card called a Twist and Pop. I am not sure who invented this type of card, but I have been seeing a lot of them in my Pinterest feed lately. I watched THIS VIDEO to get the hang of it. My measurements are a tad different, but the construction is the same. 
When this card is opened, an accordion fold mini album "pops" out! There is space to write messages, place photos, and a space for a gift card as well. The whole card folds up for mailing, and is secured by a belly band! There is a huge WOW factor when you open this card!

Let's get started with the tutorial! 
1. Cut Flavours Gourmet Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and score at 5 1/2" to make a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top-fold card. We will work, on the INSIDE of the card first.
2. Cut another piece of the Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock to 3 1/2" x 10" and score at 2 1/2", 5", and 7 1/2". Accordion fold in a valley, mountain, valley pattern. Burnish score lines and set this piece aside. 
3. Cut another piece of Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock to 3 1/2" x 8". Score on the short side at 1 3/4" and burnish. Unfold and rotate the paper to the long side. Use a ruler and pencil to mark the top edge at 2 1/4" and 5 3/4". Mark the bottom edge also at  2 1/4" and 5 3/4". Score an "X" using the pencil marks as a guide.
4. Fold the paper on the score lines to make a tent shape as shown. Burnish all folds. This piece becomes the pop-up mechanism for the card.
5. Working on the INSIDE of the card, cut two pieces of Classic Linen Natural Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"and attach to the top and bottom panels. Cut two pieces of Prima Vintage Emporium paper to 5 1/4" x 4" and attach to the top and bottom panels. Place Scor-tape on the back of the "tent" pop-up mechanism as shown. 
6. Place the point of the mechanism just below the fold, centered at 2 1/8" from the left edge. Place score tape on the top of the mechanism as shown. Close the card to adhere the top panel to the pop-up mechanism.
7. Open the card. The pop-up mechanism will unfold. Place Scor-tape in the lower left and upper right corners as shown.
8. Center the accordion fold piece over the pop-up mechanism and attach.
9. Cut four Classic Linen Natural Cardstock panels to 3 3/8" x 2 3/8" and attach to each panel of the accordion mini. Cut four decorative panels from coordinating decorative paper (Prima Vintage Emporium, Stationer's Desk, and Time Traveler's Memories) to 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" and attach to each panel.

10. Stamp a sentiment with brown ink onto a Classic Linen Cardstock rectangle and mat with Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock. Attach the sentiment to the top panel as shown. Use a die template to cut a gift card holder from Prima Vintage Emporium paper. Stamp a message across the bottom of the gift card holder with brown ink. Attach the gift card holder to the bottom panel.
11. Fold the card closed. Work the mechanism a few times to make sure it opens and closes smoothly. The accordion portion will "twist" and fold down into the card. 
12. Use distress inks to color a sheet of Prima Vintage Emporium Watercolor Paintables paper. (Use Carved Pumpkin, Aged Mahogany, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey.)
13. Cut a piece of Classic Linen Natural Cardstock to 5 3/8" x  4 1/8" and attach to the card front. Cut the inked watercolor paper to  5 1/4" x 4" and attach to the card front. Cut one strip of Prima Vintage Emporium paper to 5 1/4" x 1 1/2". Use a border punch to trim the right edge of a 5 1/2" x 1" piece of Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock. Attach the cardstock to the decorative paper strip and then attach the panel to the left edge of the card front as shown.
13. Create a belly band to hold the card closed. Trim Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock to 1 1/2" x 11" and fold around the card, securing the band at the back. Layer a piece of Classic Linen Cardstock cut to 1 3/8" x 10 7/8" over the top of the band. Cut one strip of Prima Vintage Emporium paper to 1 1/4" x 6" and a second strip 1 1/4" x 4". Splice the strips together and layer on top of the band. Use a die cut template to cut "thanks" from Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock and glue the word to the belly band as shown. Slip the band over the card for mailing.

Thanks for looking!

Flavours Gourmet Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock
Classic Linen Classic Natural White Cardstock
Prima Vintage Emporium 6x6 Collection Kit
Prima Vintage Emporium 6x6 Watercolor Paintables Cardstock
Double-sided adhesive.
Tombo Mono Multi-purpose Liquid Glue

Patterned paper: Prima Stationer's Desk, Time Traveler's Memories
Ink: Ranger Distress Carved Pumpkin, Aged Mahogany, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey; Memento Rich Cocoa
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Thanks All Ways, Reverse Confetti Thanks
Dies: Sizzix Thanks, My Favorite Things gift card pocket. Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Border punch: Fiskars

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Heartfelt Creations October Alumni Blog Hop

If you are looking for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Advent tutorial, click HERE.

Welcome to the October Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Tuesday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 29th, at noon. (Check the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page for winners!) The October Hop starts 8am EST on Tuesday, October 25th  and closes Friday, October 28th at midnight. 

You should be coming to my blog from Emilia van den Heuvel's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Sarah Miller's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I wanted to share a Christmas card today. I know, it's too early! But, if you don't get started now, you will be that person still making your Christmas cards on December 23rd! {wink}
Each year, I make a handful of very fancy Christmas cards for my local friends and for some of my family members. Since this type is hard to mail, I only do a few! This year I used the 2015 Christmas paper, Sparkling Poinsettia. I used on of the 6x6 panels for the card front, and then added 6 pounds of flowers and leaves! (Well, maybe not 6 pounds...)
I stamped the Sparkling Poinsettia stamp onto ivory linen paper with gold ink and then cut out the flowers with the matching Sparkling Poinsettia die. I created the dark red flowers with the NEW Classic Rose stamp set. I stamped all the different sizes onto dark red paper with gold ink. 
I used the leaves from the Classic Rose stamp set and the leaves from the Large Sparkling Poinsettia stamp set. I stamped the leaves on two different shades of green paper. 
I added another of the 6x6 pre-printed panels to the inside of the card. Easy as pie.
I decided to add two of the pre-printed tags since the card front looked a little empty. (We cannot have THAT!) To see how to make flowers, make sure you check out all the Heartfelt Creations videos HERE


October Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Vicki Dutcher
Archana Joshi 
Kathy Clement
Emilia van den Heuvel
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Sarah Miller

Heartfelt Creations Products:

HCDP1- 256 Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection
HCPC-3752 Classic Rose Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3679 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7110 Classic Rose Die
HCD1-766 Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD1-765 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD1-745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Other Products:

Cardstock: black, ivory, dark red, dark green, medium green
Ink: Delicata Golden Glitz pigment
Pearl: stash
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam adhesive squares, white glue, hot glue

Advent Calendar Shadowbox

If you are looking for the Heartfelt Creations October Alumni Blog Hop, click HERE.

It's my turn on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog and I have a huge project to share. And by huge, I mean a time-consuming project! Depending on how "fancy" you get, this project could take a while, so you will want to get your Advent Calendar Shadowbox on order TODAY! (Check availability at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store).
I have always had some sort of advent calendar set up during the holidays, even after my kids got "too old" for one. The calendar I have been using is getting a bit tired and worn, so, I figured, time to make a new one! This shadow box version of an advent calendar is approximately 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 1 1/2" with an 8" x 8" center opening.

There are 25 small boxes (roughly 1 1/2" square). You can purchase the pre-cut chipboard boxes or you can use a template to make them yourself. If you have an electronic cutting system, there is also a cut file for cutting the little boxes! You can decorate the 8" x 8" opening to your heart's content.

My mission for this project was to NOT harm or damage any full 12x12 pieces of paper! I wanted to use up my scraps for the various Graphic 45 Christmas papers in my stash! I did very well, using only on full 12" x 12" sheet! 

The back of the box is just slightly smaller than 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" which means I had to use one full sheet of paper! 

1. To begin, unpack your shadow box and wipe the pieces with a damp cloth to remove the soot created during the cutting process.
2. Spray the pieces with black glimmer mist. Once the mist has dried, you may wish to seal the pieces with a clear sealant. (I noticed that the mist I used was rubbing off! You may wish to paint your pieces instead). Assemble the shadow box. (You will have three small pieces "left over" to use for creating box #25. I chose to skip that step.) After I assembled my shadowbox, I wrapped the outer edges with washi tape for extra stabilization.
3. Assemble the small treat boxes. Use strong tape or glue.

4. If using glue, allow the glue to dry before going to the next step. You may also wish to rub the edges of each box with ink.
5. To cover each box, trim a strip of paper to 1 3/8" x 5" (cut 25). Trim two squares to 1 7/16" x 1 7/16" (cut 50). Use a 1/2" circle punch to cut a notch into the top of one square (do this for 25). Use the box as a guide for the notch placement.
6. Wrap the 5" long strip around the box, securing at the front. Glue one of the squares to the bottom of the box. I used a mix of Graphic 45 St. NicholasA Christmas Carol, Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Christmas Emporium papers for my project.
7. Add the notched square to the front of the box. You may add paper to the inside of your boxes, if desired. Since my project is decorative only, I skipped that step.
8. Place a box into each opening of the advent calendar. Trim a piece of decorative paper to 8" x 8" and attach to the center of the shadowbox. I used a piece of G45 Twas the Night Before Christmas 8" x 8" paper for the center. 

Trim a second piece of decorative paper to 8" x 8" and cut on the diagonal. Attach to the lower right corner of the center opening (shown in Step 14 below). Trim four paper strips to 1 3/8" x 8" and attach to the inside edges of the shadowbox.
9. Cut four pieces of decorative paper to 1 7/16" x 11 3/8" and attach them to the outside edges of the box.

10.Use a craft knife to separate the Faux Metal Number Plates 1-25 from the background. Attach two micro brads to each number. (Micro brads are very tiny! They fit into the holes of the number plates perfectly.)
11. Use foam adhesive or glue dots to attach a number embellishment to each box, 1-24. Arrange the numbered boxes in your advent calendar as desired.
12. Select the numbers element from the package of Mixed Media Fragments 1. Cover the surface of the chipboard with embossing ink. Sprinkle with gold glitter embossing powder and heat.
13. Select one of the Postage Frames and paint it with white paint or white ink. Once the paint is dry, cover the surface with glitter glue. Stamp the image onto cream paper and attach to the back of the postage frame. (Stamp is G45 St. Nicholas 3.)
14. Glue the gold mixed media numbers to the upper left of the center window. Fussy cut a Christmas image from decorative paper (G45 Christmas Emporium or Place in Time December) and attach to the lower right corner with foam tape. Add the postage frame as shown. Assemble the last box (#25) and glue to the center window, at an angle as shown.
15. Add holiday decor and embellishments to the #25 box as desired. I added some floral picks, bells, and a very old metal pin embellishment to my box.
16. Decorate the top of the box with more holiday decor and ribbons. The red and gold ribbon is a found item - it was wrapped around a gift one of my kids got last year from their grandmother. They always save any pretty ribbon! The plaid is Really Really Reasonable Ribbon Red/Green/Gold Christmas Plaid.
It was fun to use up some of my hoarded Christmas floral items. (Now I can buy more!)
Happy Christmas! Thanks for looking!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Advent Calendar Shadowbox
Advent Calendar Boxes (25)
Faux Metal Number Plates 1-25 (similar)
Mixed Media Fragments 1
Postage Frames

Partner products:
Graphic 45 papers: St. Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Emporium
Graphic 45 stamps: St. Nicholas 3
Graphic 45 Washi Tape

Glittle Glue: Stickles Star Dust
Ink: Colorbox MFT Sweet Tooth, Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs, Versafine Onyx Black
Mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Beetle Black (similar)
Micro brads: cranberry, red, dark green, olive
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Red/Green/Gold Christmas Plaid, red/gold sheer
Tools: Stampin' Up 1/2" circle punch
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scor-tape, craft glue dots, 3M foam tape, white glue, hot glue

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Graphic 45 September Project Sheets

Hello, Readers and Graphic 45 Fans! It is time to share the September Graphic 45 monthly project sheets! September is all about the DIY Craft Rolls!
This month we are using the Curiosity Collage and Butterflies DIY Craft Paper for the main project and the Children's Hour Collection for the card projects.

AS a bonus, you get the main project TWO ways!
To print the step-by-step directions for the window shadow frame project, click HEREThe project sheet includes a full supply list, plus step-by-step photo directions! Each month, you will be able to create a mixed media project for an approximate retail cost of $30. 

The metal staples option will be about $10 more. The directions explain how to create the project, and then show you how to add the optional Metal Staples items! This month we are using the Claw Feet for the shadow box project and the Stamped Metal Brads for the card projects.
You can choose to use the shadow box in this orientation and turn it into supply storage!
Here is a peeky at it empty, just waiting for you to fill it up! Use any of the craft rolls to cover your shadow box to match your home decor!
Or, turn the shadow box in this orientation and add photos. (Shown here without the metal feet.)
Those cutie pie kids are part of the Graphic 45 family!
We always have a card class for you, too!

You get a chance to use up your left-over supplies with a second project sheet for creating three cards! If you want to "add-on" the card class, the cost is around $5. If you wish to make ONLY the cards, the retail cost is around $20, plus any Metal Staples you wish to use.

The goal of the card class is to show beginners how to create cards with minimal product and without using a lot of special tools. Plus, this is a great way to show experienced crafters how to use up the scraps and left-overs from the larger class.

Don't miss out on any of the FREE project sheets this year!

January Mon Amour Card Class Project Sheet
February Children's Hour Altered Book Box and Tag Album Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
February Children's Hour Card Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
March Cityscapes Altered Window Shadow Box Project Sheet
March Cityscapes Card Class Project Sheet
April Enchanted Forest Mixed Media Album Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
April Enchanted Forest Card Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
May Voyage Beneath the Sea Square Tag and Pocket Album Project Sheet
May Voyage Beneath the Sea Card Class Project Sheet
June A Ladies' Diary Journal Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
June A Ladies' Diary Card Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
July Summer Mix and Mash-up Tag Banner Project Sheet
July World's Fair/Children's Hour Card Class Project Sheet

I will be back with the November project sheets in the beginning of December! Here is a sneaky peeky of what I am working on next....