Scrap Rehab – Triptych

Today’s card is a “Thank You” card.  This card was inspired by Operation Write Home Card Sketch #5.

Triptych thank you card

Triptych thank you card

I have used a Stampin’ Up! set titled “Upsy Daisy” on this card front.  I’ve used Close To Cocoa ink on the stamp.

The card bases are yellow.  I’ve made another set of four (4) cards.

Yellow card bases

Yellow card bases

I went for a monochromatic color theme.  Oranges and yellows with brown ink.

Scrap paper used on these cards

Scrap paper used on these cards

The inside of the card was stamped with a Stampin’ Up! set titled “Of The Earth” and I used Close To Cocoa ink on this as well.

Card insert

Card insert

Here are the four (4) finished cards.  Once I had finished making them and had a few minutes to sit back and have a look at them it struck me that I had used fall colors.  Wonder if the cooler days are what inspired the color choice?

Finished cards

Finished cards

The scrap and trash left over from creating these cards is just this little pile.  There are several pieces I will keep to use on a different project some time.

Little pile of trash left behind

Little pile of trash left behind

If you would like to see how this card was created here is a full tutorial video taking you step by step through the entire process to do one of these yourself….or several of them 😀

Hope this has inspired you to go digging around in your scrap paper stash 😀


Christmas Card Boxed Set.

Well, this project is complete.  As complete as I’m going to get it.

Christmas card boxed set

This box has eight (8) 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards and envelopes to fit; eight (8) 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes; seven (7) largish tags; eight (8) 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.

The 3″ x 3″ note cards is the final piece of this boxed set.  To make the card bases you can get 8 from a sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper.  Cut the paper at 9″, 6″, and 3″ to have four strips of 3″ x 12″.  Cut these strips in half at 6″ to achieve the final 3″ x 6″ card bases, then score at 3″ and fold.

To make the card bases from 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock you will get three (3) cards.  Cut the paper horizontally at 8″, 5″, and 3″.  Take the 3″ x 11″ strips and cut them horizontally, again, at 6″.  Score these card bases at 3″ to get your 3″ x 3″ folded card.

The background mat will be cut at 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and your focal image piece will be cut at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

3" x 3" note cards

The Tim Holtz stamps I’ve used throughout this set are almost 2-1/2″ wide.  I selected the area I wanted to feature on the card front and cut it at 2-1/2″.  The images were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to the images for a single color instead of the multiple colors as done in the other cards.

Antique Linen Distress Ink on the image

Last winter I went through my craft room and reorganized and cleaned it.  I knew where everything was….until I went back out on the road in my day job for the rest of the year.  Somewhere in that room I have several 8-1/2″ x 11″ acetate sheets I purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I also have some chipboard Christmas words and ornaments, also purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I can’t find them 😦  These were going to be used on the lid of this box.

I follow the “Frugal Crafter” blog and she has a WOYWW (What’s On Your Work desk Wednesday”) she faithfully posts of her nice clean work room.  This isn’t Wednesday but I’m going to show the avalanche I have going on after the project completion.

What a flaming mess!

I do this to myself every time.  Leave just enough space for me to work in while I push and shove the debris pile as it slides to my work area.  Then comes the wasted time in digging through the pile to find my scissors or my pencil.

If you want to see how this project came together from start to finish I will leave links to each of my posts.

  1. Box creation.  Making the box, lid, and the inserts.
  2. 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards.  Assembly line style.
  3. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes.
  4. Large gift tags made from store bought tags.
  5. 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.  The instructions for the 3″ x 3″ note cards are in this post.

Hope you enjoy creating this gift item.  Now I have to go clean up my mess 😦  Crapazoid.  Maybe next time I’ll put things away as I finish using them.  Well, one can always hope.



Visions of Christmas card creations danced in my head.

Last week, while driving from Ohio to Texas, I was feeling out of sorts.  Mostly because I had a really bad head cold and I had twisted my ankle one dark night.  There are times that I think I’d really like to get off the road forever and just create things.  The urge hit me with a vengeance last week while I suffered through some NyQuill induced hallucinations.

Being alone, for hours at a time, watching the white lines pass under my truck I get bored at times.  To relieve the boredom I get ideas.  This idea had me so excited that I fleshed it out for days.

Imagine this.  A box made from chipboard.  Sectioned off to hold A2 (4-1/4 x 5-1/2) Christmas cards and envelopes, 3″x3″ gift cards, and a final section to hold gift tags strung with ribbon.  I did the measuring in my head while driving.  The one part of my idea that I waffled on was creating “doors” to the box top that would open and display all of my beautiful creations, OR, a clear acetate lid that would be held on by ribbon so all of my awesomeness could be displayed for all to see.

I really got into this idea and it kept me occupied for several days.  I even thought about using pieces of left over gift wrap to adhere around and inside the box in a collage technique.

As I coughed my fool head off and blew my nose until I wondered if I had somehow turned into a snot factory all I thought of was creating that box.  In my delusions the cards and gift tags would just magically appear.

I am NOT a card maker.  I make attempts at making them but I am not happy with the things I make.  This Christmas card box had me stoked and so ready to get home and begin creating the cards and tags that would fill it.  There is where REALITY hit.  Hel-lo-o-o-o (you have to put the accent on the “lo-o-o” part and really drag it out lyrically).

Tools.  I have an abundance of tools.  Paper, ink, trimmers, templates, embossing folders, colored markers, spritzes from my personal brews, Distress Stain dauber thingys, and so much more.  With all the things I have making Christmas cards will be a snap!  Right?  Uhmm, no.

Rubber Stamps

Sizzix Simple Impressions

Embossing Folder

Inks, markers, punches, and other things

Okay, now is when things begin to fall apart and my dream of having Christmas cards and gift tags boxed beautifully begin a headlong rush down the river toward a steep waterfall.  Yikes!

First is my choice of paper.  Two (2) sheets of white 12″x12″ card stock and one (1) sheet of  8-1/2″x11″ gold vellum.

White card stock and gold vellum

Precisely cut to the dimensions listed on one of the card making instructions from my Club Scrap Card Making Deck.

Assembly Line card making from Club Scrap

Nice 😀  Yep, that went pretty well.  Although the gold vellum looks to be a poor choice right now but I can make this work 😀

That is UNTIL I put the Candle Simple Impressions folder on the paper upside down.  Drat and double drat.  Crapazoid!  I really should have done the embossing thing on a separate sheet of card stock.

Upside down embossed image

Okay.  I’ll just take the metal stencil out and trace around the image on the bottom left of the card front.  That will work.  😀

Remove the metal stencil from the folder

Trace the stencil

Color the flames and add glitter.  YES!  I’m on a roll now!

Add color and glitter

If you don’t look too closely you won’t see the upside down candle embossing at the top right of the card.  Crapazoid!  I seriously can’t do that.  Perfectionism leaves little room for spontaneity.

So, now what do I do?  Punch out the oopsy of course!  Stamp a Christmas greeting on the gold vellum and adhere it on the inside of the card.  Let’s make this trip to the waterfall even more adventurous by adding Krylon Gold paint to the circle then use a snowflake embossing folder to take up the screaming white space.  Yes, let’s just do that.

Next step is to really botch this job up.

Knowing full well that this was just plain unsightly I went to Joe with this card.  It was my hope that he would say “Now that is totally unique and I like it!”  Well….that didn’t happen and I then went crashing over the waterfall.  😦

Today is another day.  Let’s get in my room and do something totally different!

I want a window on the front of a card.  Peering into a home ready for Christmas.  I have a card with an adorable illustration by K. Lawrence for American Greetings I’ve had since about 2000.

Illustrator K. Lawrence for American Greetings

I have a Fiskar “Window Template” from about 2002.

Fiskar Window template

A “Texture Plate” of which I’m not sure if it is Fiskar or Sizzix.  Acquisition is unknown but I do believe it is about the same time – 2002 or 2003.

Texture plate

Trace around the window template and use a craft knife to cut out the pieces.  I don’t own one of those space ship doo dads with the blade that zooms around inside the template so I have to be careful I don’t tear the paper.  Spritz the paper with a bit of water before placing it on the texture template and running it through my Big Shot.

Texture plate, Big Shot, paper, and water

My friend, Maureen, told me about lightly spraying water on your paper before using the Texture Plate to get a better impression and it works great.

Great texture impression

Cut the image down to fit behind the “Window”.  I wanted to have a “glass” look.  Inspiration struck in the form of a sheet protector.  Cut the sheet protector to the size of the image and adhere it to the front of the image.

Cut the image to fit the "Window"

Sheet protectors from the office supply store

Cut the sheet protector to fit the image

You don’t need to have both pieces of the sheet protector on the image, just one side of it will do.

I’ve used Antique Lace Distress Ink over the textured “Window” and used Tea Dye Distress Ink on the outer edges of the “Window”.  The adhesive used to attach the sheet protector to the image is hidden behind the “Window”.  A piece of bright red raffia ribbon was wrapped around the image and attached using foam pop dot things.

The completed card front

Raised with foam pop dots

I have vindicated myself from yesterday’s fiasco.  I even got the “That is really cute!” approval from Joe.

Now, I have to give some thought into how many of these I want to make.  Realistically the box will not be made, the cards will be less time consuming, and quite frankly my NyQuill hallucination will have to put on the back burner for possibly next year.

I did get to spend some time in my room and used some tools and things I’ve had languishing away behind cupboard doors for many years.

If you want to tackle this type of a card….Joe suggested the illustration could be replaced by a photo of our grandson, Simon.  Do you have some photos of your children or grandchildren you would like to have featured in your Christmas cards this year?  How about this idea to make you go crazy and end up saying some not so kind things about me 😀

Enjoy your Friday and the upcoming weekend.