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Digital Greetings

Sunday, November 29th, 2020
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Digital Greetings

Hey guys! It’s Chala here for today’s Random Acts of Cardness word “Greetings”!

It looks like we will all be celebrating Christmas a lot differently than we all wanted to. So, I decided to take today’s challenge word and bring my handmade card to life with a digital greeting. This is a unique way to send a special video greeting to my loved ones far away.

It is a really simple process actually. All you need is a smart phone and/or a computer. I incorporated my Silhouette die cut machine, but you don’t need one to create this type of card.

I started out by searching for a *free* program that could convert a video into a QR code link. The best one I could find was a site called Mevie. It allowed me to upload a video I took with my iPhone. All you need to do is register for free, which I recommend. As a registered user you can store your videos indefinitely. Otherwise, your videos would only be available for 30 days.

The process to upload and create the code was very quick and easy, even with my old and slow Mac! Watch the video below to see how I created it.

After the QR code is created and saved you can then print it out and add it either to the front, inside or back of your card. Just make sure you let the recipient know there is a little something extra for them by scanning the code with their phone camera.

I made my code the main event of my card and wanted to make it look like it was the wrapping paper of a present. To step it up a bit, I pulled out my We R Memory Keepers All in one Foil Quill. The best part is as of the date of this posting it is part of the Black Frid’eh 50% off Sale over at Scrap’N Stamp! I won’t go into all the details of how I did the foiling as I have shown how this product works before and you can check out that video by clicking HERE. Basically, I imported the image, traced it and then instead of “cutting” I sketched the image with the Foil Quill using some Gemini Paper Craft Berry Foil and the cross hatch sketch feature ensuring that I decrease the spacing between the hatching to create a more solid sketched image.

I was a little worried about whether the QR code would work with the foiling or if the shine of it would cause issues. Luckily, it worked perfectly!! I then trimmed out the QR Code into a square for my “present”. I adhered it onto a standard A2 size folding card with some foam squares and created a ribbon bow and secured it with a brad. One very important thing to remember is to adhere the QR code the correct way up! Surprising, I got it right the first time (trust me, no one was more shocked than me! lol!). I then trimmed out the code and layered it onto a piece of red foil cardstock from the American Crafts 6×6 Holiday paper pack.

I kept the sentiment super fun and simple using the My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Holiday Too sentiment “The Card is Your Present” with VersaFine Claire Nocturne Ink in Nocturne. I thought this one was perfect! I then left the inside blank so that I could write to the recipient as well as to let them know to scan the present for a special “gift”.

I know that this card may seem really simple to look at, but if you have loved ones who would enjoy receiving a video greeting, it will be an incredibly special keepsake and something they will want to show others!

Remember, you don’t have to make it into a present, you can create your regular cards and simply print, cut out the code and adhere it on the inside or back of your card.

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Digital Greetings

I thank you for so much for stopping by today and I hope this has given you a way to send a special greeting to those you can’t be with.

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Harvest of Blessings

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Happy Saturday Crafters!  Chala here today and I am happy to share a super easy and fun card to send you all a Harvest of Blessings!

I suffer from “new release desire”.  I want all the new products!  So while I was sitting there deciding what I wanted to do for today’s card I looked around my craft room at ALL the supplies I have and am really so thankful to have a bountiful collection!  I realized there are so many stamps that I have not used in a while or I have not used yet at all!  This is a perfect time to revisit and appreciate what I already have!

I pulled out an older My Favorite Things stamp set called Harvest Mouse.  I remember seeing this set for the first time and I fell in love with the sweet images.  But it was one sentiment in particular that made me want to purchase this set.  It was the sentiment “Bushel and a Peck”. My Grandma always used to say “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.  This brought back so many warm and fuzzy feelings.  She has only been gone now for about 4 years….and lived to an amazing age of 108!  I am so blessed that she lived so long and got to see all my kids be born!  But…I digress!  I am not using that particular sentiment today, but the “Wishing you a Harvest of Blessings” as it ties in nicely with our Facebook Challenge word for today – Harvest!

Growing up in Saskatchewan harvest time was busy!  Farmers spending hours upon hours i the fields trying to get crops off.  Women in the gardens bringing in the fruits/vegetables of their long summer labour.  Now that I live in a big city I fear I have lost the appreciation from where our food comes from…until this year when my husband decided to take over the task of the garden.  It was a job his dad enjoyed and since he passed we wanted to ensure the garden was still a place full of growth and his memories.  My husband started the seeds in our bonus room front window (yay…) and then transplanted the little plants into the garden once they had grown enough and he was sure frost wouldn’t kill his little babies that he nurtured for 3 months…in my bonus room.   Now, we anxiously await when he will let us harvest the two little pumpkins that he managed to grow!  lol!  So, when I saw the little mouse with the pumpkin it reminded me of my sweet husband’s efforts.

I stamped the little mouse, leaves and pumpkins in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and did some quick Copic colouring.  I then fussy cut out the little images with my EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors.

I scavenged my Die collection and found and inside out scalloped die that I thought would work well to create a focal point for my card.  I also pulled out a beautiful plaid pattern paper and thought that would look great behind the die cut circle as a background.

I used my favourite Fiskars Sure Cut Trimmer to trim the circle scalloped panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″ layered it onto of the patterned paper trimmed down to standard A2 size panel.

I adhered all the little images (except the mouse) down with Gina K Connect glue.  For the mouse I wanted him to stand out a bit and used some Foam Squares which gave him the perfect amount of dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with….can you guess?….my favourite ink for sentiments Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.  To ensure I got my sentiment straight and stamped legibly I used my Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect.

All that was left to do was to adhere the panel onto an A2 side folding card with an adhesive tape runner.

I really love how simple but cute this card came out!  I challenge you to look at your craft supplies and be thankful for every item you have.  Pull out some old forgotten sets to remember why you wanted them in the first place and then USE THEM!  lol!

Thank you so very much for spending this time with me today.

I wish you and yours a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving weekend!


Apple of my Iris

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Happy Funday Sunday!

Crafting is the apple of my iris….and the theme for today’s Blog Post!  I decided to combine the Facebook Challenge word of the day “apple” and the older technique of “iris paper folding” to tackle a common crafters problem…. what to do what all your patterned paper!

I have been doing some craft room cleaning and reorganizing and during this process I have come across a lot of patterned paper that I have purchased over the years with good intentions to use and…..well, I still have it!   So, I decided I was going to finally use these papers and the iris paper folding technique is a fun and easy way to do this!

The first thing you want to do is to search on the good ‘ol inter web for an iris folding pattern that you like.  You can choose from a square, triangle and there are even apple specific templates.  I decided to use a square template as I like its versatility with different patterns and that I could use four different colours.  I printed the template out and laminated it so that I could reuse it.  This will be our guide on where and how to line up each strip of paper.  The next thing to do is pick out a die cut pattern.

I was enamoured with the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Apple Frames and thought they would work so well with this technique to create a fun fall card.  In fact, any shaped die would work well with this technique!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get this die in time for this post, so I pulled out my Silhouette machine and found a digital cut file that would work and cut the apple out from some kraft cardstock measuring 5 1/2 ” 4 1/4″ (standard A2 size panel).  we will be using the negative cut out portion and I will save the die cut apple pieces to use on another project.

I then pulled together some of the patterned papers that I thought would work well with together and that would look good under the apple.  I cut these papers into strips measuring 1″ wide.  The length of the strips of paper depends on how large your image will be.  I then score and fold each strip of paper in half at the 1/2″ mark.

Now the fun begins!  You will want to turn your negative die cut panel piece so that the “good side” is face down on top of the template.  If you are using the square template, you can move it around to get the best position for the iris.  Once I found the position I liked, I taped the panel down onto the template with some Thermo -Web Purple Tape.

The template I am using already is numbered and colour coded.  I will assign a colour to each patterned paper. Now I just start adhering the paper pieces following the number and colour order.  For this particular die I won’t be started at the number 1, I will have to look for the lowest number and then follow numerical order from there.  You will want to adhere the strips of paper so that the folded edge aligns with the template line (towards the iris).  I trim the strips to the length needed and adhere them down to the edges of the panel.  I am using a double sided adhesive tape runner to do this, however, you can use clear tape as well if you like.

Once you have worked your way around and have adhered all your strips you will be left with a square (or triangle if you are using that template).  For this, you can leave it open or you can adhere any colour of paper to cover the opening.  I chose to use one of the pattern pieces I have already used, but you could also use foil or glitter.

I then trimmed down any pieces that over hang the panel.  There is a bit of bulk to this panel so I thought it was best to adhere the panel to the card base was with some double sided foam tape.

I die cut a scalloped rectangle and used a sentiment from Stampendous Life Words stamp set and VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink.  I also did a little inking on the edge in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and a finger dauber.  The last thing I added was a twine bow and I adhered that with some Glossy Accents.


For my second card I just switched the pattern papers and die cut the panel with the My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched die.

I really like how both cards turned out and I am looking forward to using up more of my papers on future card projects.

I hope you have an amazing week full of creative energy!