I miss your smile.

Using my IBM Selectric typewriter I made several card inserts.  Some of them I knew exactly what I would do with the outside of the card, while others have been a challenge.  These two cards were the challenge for me.  The first card is using the Operation Write Home sketch challenge #1.

Smiling woman

  • Paper:  Stampin’ Up! and Club Scrap
  • Stamped image:  Hero Arts “Variety & Quality”
  • Ribbon:  Stampin’ Up! Apricot Appeal 1/4″ grossgrain
  • Half back pearls:  My stash
  • Twinkling H2O in yellow over stamped image

I miss your smile sentiment

I have it on good authority – Joe – that purple is a masculine color. The second card is from Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #3.

Thinking of you card

Where tag

When tag

  • Paper:  Stampin’ Up! and Club Scrap
  • Stamped images:  Hero Arts “Travel Journal” and Studio G dollar stamp set
  • VersaMark and black embossing powder:  My stash
  • Gold brads:  My stash
  • Vellum heart:  My stash
  • Words on tags:  IBM Selectric typewiter

How much you are missed

Vellum is the most trickiest of papers to attach to a card or scrapbook layout.  The adhesive always shows through and you have to figure out how to attach the vellum and hide the evidence.  I have some Vellum Glue Dots…..I’ve had them for many years.  I don’t know if they are still sold in this kind of a package or if there is a different variety now available.

The glue dots are very small, almost microscopic, over a sheet of acetate.  Press the vellum back onto the glue dots then adhere to your project.  They do stick very well and you can also add a bit of extra adhesive to an area that will be covered if you are not fully confident of the vellum dots.

Vellum glue dots

I am, now, in the process of putting together several card kits to take along with me.  My good friend, Maureen, left a comment on my post of yesterday with some fantastic suggestions that will help in my traveling card making.

I think I’d put together 8 or 10 “kits” with patterned papers, matching cardstock, a yard each of a couple of coordinating ribbons, a few stickers and embellishments. Take half now, and have the others ready for your next “dump and run” when you come home for a day in between jobs. I’d also prepare a set of sentiments for adhering to the outside and inside of the cards, stamped on both white and ivory cardstock. For each kit, since you know the colors of the PP and cardstock, you can go ahead and stamp (in coordinating ink colors) onto a full sheet of paper, some images and sentiments for cutting later. For your tool kit, make sure to bring Distress inks to possibly change the color of the sentiment cards to match your project, and bring a corner rounder, one feminine edge punch, one “non feminine” edge punch, a few label punches. It’s a lot of prep work, I know, but if you do the stamping beforehand, you won’t have to drag stamps and inks all over the country, and it will cut down on your supplies to pack.

I think this is an awesome suggestion and I appreciate it very much.  Maureen teaches all kinds of paper crafting at a Michaels near her in Austin, Texas.  If you live near Austin and are looking for someone to teach you how to make cards, scrapbook layouts, and the cutest boxes or bags to give as gifts feel free to reply to her comment on my blog post of yesterday by clicking on the link here —>  Maureen’s Comment.

I will not give out Maureen’s email address since I don’t have her permission to do so.  That is why I am leaving you the link.  She will get notification of  your interest in learning from her.

Okay, no more cards to share.  I’m back off to spend the day cramming my tote over full of stuff and digging it all back out again.  Probably several times.

Leslie

Getting reacquainted with my typewriter.

Do you know what this is?

What is that?

It is my old IBM Selectric typewriter that I have loved for thousands of years.  Well….maybe not that long but it has been with me forever.

IBM Selectric

Having gone to computers and printers this wonderful, and HEAVY, machine has been neglected for way too long.  It is time to put this old girl to use.  That is if I can remember how it works 😉

How does this thing work?

Split Coast Stampers has a library of sentiments to include in cards.  At least they used to have, it has been so many years since I have delved into their site.  I printed out a gazillion of the sentiments and made a notebook with categories separated by tabs.  This was done way back in 2006.  I’ve just been to their site and can’t find a “SEARCH” button.  If there is someone out there that knows how to get to this library please leave a link.  I, and others, would appreciate it.

Card sentiments from Split Coast Stampers

I’m trying to make some cards for Operation Write Home.   One of the “No-No’s” is to hand write anything on the cards.  There have been several military wives that have been concerned their husband’s have gone astray.

Since I don’t have very many rubber stamps but do have a lot to say 😀 I thought it was time to get my dear friend into the mix.

Type the sentiment

I’ll type the sentiment.  That will take care of my problem 😀  The ink ribbon has left some smudges but I think that only adds to the whole thing.

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Alrighty now!  I have the inside done.  Not quite sure what I’m going to do with the outside 😦

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Here is a card I finished a couple days ago.  I thought a father in the military might like to have a card to encourage a daughter.  Pink and gray.  I’m not very good with this card making thing but I’m giving it my best shot.  This card needs something up in the left corner.  It is going as it is.  If I start messing around then it will be “all over with but the crying”.

Pink and gray card

The man’s image and the sentiment are both from Club Scrap.  The “definition” is from a sticker set I have had for many years.  The pink papers are from Stampin’ Up! and the gray paper is from Club Scrap.  The card is blank inside.

I’m also in the process of figuring out what to take with me on the road.  We will be leaving on January 2nd so I had better get my butt in gear.

Later – Leslie

Last of the Thank You cards.

I’ve finally finished the 12 cards I set out to make while home this time.  Well….they are not quite finished just yet.  I still have to put a piece of white card stock inside most of the cards for a place to write a note and I need to make envelopes.  I’ll do that later this afternoon.

For the first card I used a metal piece from the Hodge Podge Hardware set from Stampin’ Up!  I don’t think this particular set is available any longer, but it still might be.

Hodge Podge from Stampin' Up!

Hodge Podge  Hardware from Stampin’ Up!

Of all the cards I’ve recently made this one is the one I really like the best.

Card #8

Card #8

Into the last set of cards cut using one of the Club Scrap Cardmaking Idea Deck things which I’ve chosen the brown and turquoise paper.  I’ve still stuck with the two stamp sets throughout this series of 12 cards.  This time I’ve added ribbon to some and one I’ve used a border punch.

This next card I thought I’d use glitter on only three of the flowers.  That looked pretty bad!  Instead of tossing the piece I brought out the mica water colors and filled the flowers in.

Card #9

Card #9

Oh, look.  I forgot to color in one of the flowers 😦  Oh well it’s still all good.

The next card I brought out my turquoise embossing powder to use on the flourish stamp.

Card #10

Card #10

The next card my creativity took a trip, my “mojo” got distracted, I began to run out of steam 😉  I attached ribbon to each of the strips cut from the card stock and punched the sentiment using a decorative punch from Stampin’ Up!

Card #11

Card #11

The final card I used a border punch on the last two pieces of cuts from the card stock.  Hmmmm, that thing I had Heather do on one of her cards would fit in good right about now.  I used a white gel pen to make tiny dots following along the scallops of the border punch on both the brown and the turquoise.  A piece of ribbon was added to the little set and called it done.

Card #12

Card #12

Now I have 12 “Thank You” cards in varying degrees of feminine and masculine that I can mail or hand out while I’m on the road.  Just in case I need one, or more, I will have them and won’t have to daily remind myself to find a store for the needed cards.

Who wants to place a bet on me remembering I have them?  Any takers? 😉  I think the question really should be me remembering WHERE I stashed them so they won’t get folded, spindled, and mutilated in my purse or my day book case.

If there is anything to take away from this brief stint of card making it is that you don’t have to have a lot of “stuff” to make cards.  I’ve done these with two stamp sets and various embellishments, supplies, punches, and what-nots.  Also, having the card stock cut in a particular way before hand you can get creative with your supplies and tools to make each card different and unique.

A new week has begun.  Hope you enjoy each day of it.

Leslie

Heather came over to make four cards.

Some time back Heather presented me with a Thank You card she had made.  It is the sweetest card 🙂

She tried out her stamping skills to add a personal touch on this card and I appreciated her efforts.

Thank You card from Heather

Thank You card from Heather

Inside of card

Inside of card

Since I’ve been making cards myself I figured it was just as good a time as any to teach Heather how to make cards for herself.  She wanted to come by  yesterday morning while I was doing my paperwork but Joe had to stop her.  Interrupting me during the most dreaded task I have is not a good thing and Joe can attest to that, so he felt it was better for him to hurt Heather’s feelings than for me to do it.  She had to go to work later in the afternoon so I called her yesterday and asked if she would like to make cards with me today.

I sent Heather a text message with the items I wanted her to bring over.  If you don’t learn how to use what you have then you will be disappointed afterward.  My instructions were to bring two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock, a set of rubber stamps, adhesive, and four (4) sheets of 12 x 12 design paper.  I also told her to bring over some of her punches.

The card stock she brought was not as thick as I would have liked so I went into my stash for this project.  As you can see, Heather brought an assortment of tools and things to play with 😀

Heather came prepared to get crafty :D

Heather came prepared to get crafty 😀

I cut the card stock using one of the Cardmaking Idea Cards I’ve recently used.  I had her fold the card bases while I got the rest of the things sorted out.  Once the card base pieces were folded I had her play with the rest of the card stock pieces.  I let her determine how she would like to use the pieces, a suggestion or two from me but this is how Heather decided on placing the pieces.

There is no wrong way, nor a right way to do this. It is just what your particular sensibilities are.

Card bases with the pieces laid out

Card bases with the pieces laid out

I suggested she use one of her punches on one of the brown pieces for her card front.

Using a border punch

Using a border punch

I told Heather to punch both sides of the piece of card stock.  She had an oopsy on the other edge.

Oopsy with the border punch

Oopsy with the border punch

No big deal.  I just whacked a bit off of the oopsy side and had her do it over.

Fixed the oopsy and you never knew it happened

Fixed the oopsy and you never knew it happened

With all the brown going on I brought out my white gel pen for her to make little dots all along the punched edges.

Using a white gel pen on the brown card stock

Using a white gel pen on the brown card stock

A little bit of stamping practice then she got down to business.  I had her punch out one of her stamped images with a 1-3/8 square punch and ink the edges.  She stamped another image and punched that one out as well.

Punching out the stamped images

Punching out the stamped images

Beautiful card.  This is one she can be proud to give away.

Finished card

Finished card

Heather didn’t have a stamp with just a flourish.  The one stamp had a couple of flourishes with a “Thank You” smack dab in the middle.

Pretty stamp with the flourishes

Pretty stamp with the flourishes

Using the tip of the stamp pad Heather carefully inked only the outer flourish.  She did a great job  🙂

Carefully inking the flourish

Carefully inking the flourish

Her second card turned out pretty great.  A bit of patterned paper and a different punch change this card up quite a bit.

Heather's card #2

Heather’s card #2

Heather is learning quite a few new things today.  Next it was the “Marker to stamp technique”.  I showed her how to color her rubber stamp using a water based dye marker….

Craft marker to rubber stamp technique

Craft marker to rubber stamp technique

I told her she would need to “huff” on the stamp to reactivate the marker….

Huffing on the stamp

Huffing on the stamp

Delightful little bird appeared from this technique.  Heather was pleasantly surprised and excited by her results 😀

Cute bird Heather stamped

Cute bird Heather stamped

Heather’s card #3 is charming 😀

Cute, cute card

Cute, cute card

Heather’s card #4 I sort of took over.  I stamped the multi-language “Thank You” sentiment using white craft ink and added white embossing powder then heat set it.  I promised Heather that would be the next technique she would learn from me.

Heather's card #4

Heather’s card #4

Heather stamped the “Thanks” image and put this card together.  Now she has four Thank You cards to give out that she can be proud of.

Next was to make envelopes for her cards.  From the patterned paper she brought over I had her measure the card bases and cut her paper.

Measure your card base on the diagonal.  Corner to corner.  The measurement you get from doing this…add one (1) inch.  For the two 5″ x 7″ cards the diagonal measurement is 8-3/4″ – add one inch then cut the paper to 9-3/4″ x 9-3/4″.

Measure the card base and cut the paper of your choice

Measure the card base and cut the paper of your choice

I have a video on making an envelope and it will be at the end of this post.  Once the card has been centered in the cut paper, carefully fold the paper edges over the card to mark the crease lines….press really well using a bone folder.

Press the folds with a bone folder

Press the folds with a bone folder

There will be little triangle pieces on the four edges of the paper.  Cut on the outside of the score marks to the fold line.

Cut out the excess paper at the corners

Cut out the excess paper at the corners

Now Heather has four envelopes to go with her four cards 😀

Envelopes for the cards

Envelopes for the cards

An odd assortment of rubber stamps can be used successfully in card making.

Small stamps - mostly line art

Small stamps – mostly line art

Mostly graphic stamps

Mostly graphic stamps

Word stamps

Word stamps

Don’t let a small stash of rubber stamps stop you from being creative.  Use your imagination and your talent and all will work out fine 😀

Now for the video on making envelopes from card stock or design paper.

Hope you have all had a great Sunday.

Leslie