Posts Tagged ‘Crafting Through the Chaos of Life’

5 Things We Love about Dad

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Happy Monday!  I am here to share a fun “Dad” themed card with you today.

I am going to be doing things a little bit different… I really want to show you an idea of a card and see what products you guys have at home that you can use to create something similar.

My inspiration for today’s card was a digital cut file that I saw in the Silhouette Design Store.  It is by Lori Whitlock and it is called “5 Things Pocket”.  While I know not everyone has an electronic die cutting machine, you can still look through the cut files and get some really great ideas.

I really liked this pocket idea and wanted to incorporate into my card.  I downloaded the file and was able to customize and alter the cut file to fit my needs.  You can easily recreate a pocket like this with metal die cuts like using rectangle dies to create the little files and small circular ones for the tabs.  There are also many free resources on the good ‘ol Inter web!

Since this card is for my husband, I really wanted to personalize it to suit him.  He LOVES math, I mean LOVES.  He can be found spending his leisurely time reading calculus books. and doing equations..for FUN!?  He even spent our holiday last summer in Vegas poolside reading a math and physics book.  People walked by and had a good laugh at him!  It’s funny how we even got together as I am not good at math at all!  None the less…he is MY nerd, so back off girls!  LOL.

I headed to the internet and found some really great math papers that I could download (and I just know he is going to try to solve the calculations on them). I found this set on Etsy from KecheliPapers.  They were perfect for my theme!  I also found another digital cut file from the Silhouette Design Store that looked very similar to an abacus, so I die cut that from some red paper.  Again, you can customize your papers and card to suit who you are making the card for and use background dies that you already have.

I cut one of the papers down to fit a 5 1/2″ square card base and adhered it to the card base with my tape runner and glued the abacus looking die cut closer to the top left hand side of the card.

I used another of the papers to create the envelope and used Gina K Connect Glue as the adhesive.  This is a very strong liquid adhesive and I know it will hold up to the pulling that will happen when the little files are removed and inserted back into it and it gives me wiggle room to ensure I have the edges lines up evenly.  As that has time to set up I can then move onto the little files that will be inserted inside the envelope.   My husband has a very small colour palette that he likes, red, black, blue white and gray, so those are the colours I chose.  You can easily create these and the tabs with dies in your stash.  The next thing to do is to stamp the numbers on the tabs.  I pulled out all the number stamps in my collection and found some that were the perfect size.  This is actually a stamp set that is used to create day-timers.  for the red, blue, gray and white I will stamp with Versamark ink and use clear embossing powder and for the white one I will use Versamark Claire Nocturne Black ink and clear embossing powder.  I suggest using a stamp platform like the stamp perfect so that you can stamp multiple times and get a good impression.  I also notice these stamps developed air bubbles underneath which hindered the stamping, so to overcome this I used the Versamark marker to fill in any gaps.  This is a useful tool to have around, especially because it has the bullet tip one end and the brush tip on the other.

I want to add some lined paper onto the file so that my kids can write what they love about their Dad.  I used another Silhouette file, but you can easily just use white paper or even use lined paper from a small note book.  I adhered this with my taper runner.

I need to work on my sentiment and used one of the big number 5 stamps I had and stamped that with Memento Black Tuxedo ink so I could Copic colour in complimentary blue colours (B24, B26 & B29).  To get the exact sentiment I wanted I created a cut file in my Silhouette Design Studio and sized it to fit on the envelope.  I changed the sentiment from saying “5 Things I Love About You” to “5 Things We Love About Dad”.  You can easily create your own sentiments with stamps, alphabet stamps, alphabet die cuts or even your own printer!  I die cut this twice once from red and once from white cardstock and then used the Gina K Connect Glue to adhere the two together just a little offset to help the sentiment pop off the black background.

It’s now time to finish adhering everything down to the card base.  I used Be-Creative Scor Tape to adhere the envelope to the base.  I chose this adhesive as it is a VERY strong adhesive and again, it will hold up to being pulled on.  Check out my YouTube video to see my special trick on how I use Scar-Tape.  I will then adhere the sentiment with the liquid adhesive to give myself time to wiggle it into the perfect position.

Of course, I could not resist adding a bit of sparkle to this card…even if it is for my husband!  So I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and sparkled that bad boy up!

You can watch the corresponding YouTube video here:                  https://youtu.be/toopBH8ki6s               

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that you feel inspired to create your own interactive envelope card.  Make sure you head over to the Facebook Challenge Page and share your “Dad” inspired cards!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Chala

 

Starstruck

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Hello Again!  Chala here and I have two quick and fun cards to share with you to give you some inspiration for today’s Facebook Challenge Word – Stars.

I have some nesting stitched star dies in my collection that I haven’t used in a while so I pulled them out along with the Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set.  I wanted a bright colourful card so I also pulled out a package of the Lawn Fawn Sherbert cardstock.  If you are looking from nice thick cardstock Lawn Fawn is absolutely perfect!  I love the quality of this paper and the colour selection is amazing!

I cut down four pieces of the cardstock into 6″ x 6″ squares to fit on a square card base in the colours Ballet Slippers, Cilantro, Moonstone and Raspberry and then die cut the different sizes of the stars in descending size. I will be using the negative space of these die cute.  I then cut a square piece of the colour Sticky Note just a bit larger than the smaller star die cut.

I want the yellow star to be where your eye is drawn to so and thought some sparkle would help achieve that.  I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Flow Shimmer Pen and added a nice layer overtop.   If you like shimmer and sparkle this pen is for you!

I put a lot of shimmer on this piece so I wanted to make sure it was going to adhere it flat onto the back so I used some Scar-tape around the edges and adhered it to the backside of the smallest star.  I then just continue to layer the coloured pieces adhering them with a tape runner and then adhere all the layers onto the card base.

I thought the card needed a bit more interest to it so I pulled out the cluster of stars from the Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set and with my Stamp Perfect I stamp the stars with some Versamark sticky ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  I think this adds just enough interest without being too distracting.

For the sentiment I used the same Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set.  I liked the “I thank my” and wanted it to say “stars”.  I didn’t like the layout so I performed some stamp surgery and cut the “my” off so that I could line it up with the “stars”.  I have a hard time cutting my stamps apart…but I know it will be fine and I can layer them back together like they originally were.  I stamped with Versamark ink onto Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I finished the sentiment by stamping “We’re Friends” on the inside with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Black Ink.

 

My next card I am making use of some of the stitched stars that were cut out of the 6″x 6″square pieces.  I can use the ones I don’t use on this card for another project.

Again, I wanted to add a bit more interest, this time I used the Sizzix Star Blanket embossing folder and I will emboss the Lawn Fawn Cilantro cardstock and trim it down to 2 1/8″ x 5 1/2″.  I adhere this to the lefthand side of an A2 size card.  I chose three of the stars to adhere onto.  I popped the red die cut star up with some foam squares to add some dimension.

The sentiment I chose is from the Concord & 9th – Shine On stamp set.  I again split the sentiment where I embossed the from sentiment on Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder and stamped the rest of the sentiment on the inside with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Black Ink.

You can check out how I put these two cards together by watching the video here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out today’s blog!  I look forward to seeing your “Star” themed creations on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

 

~Chala

Perfectly Pink Mother’s Day Card

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

I am excited to be back and I am really enjoying the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge happening over at the Facebook Challenge Page. Today’s word is of course –  PINK!  Not just one of my favourite musical artists but also a perfect colour for my Perfectly Pink Mother’s Day Card!

I love mixing old and new products as well as combining different brands together.  For this card I am using a Large Stitched Square Die from the nesting set of Paper Rose, Stitched Squares, The Pretty Poppies Die from Lawn Fawn (although I think the Flower Power set would also be super cute!), the Large Circle Burst from Memory Box, as well as a few dies from the Sizzix Butterfly Embossing Folder and Die Set.

I found that with cards with many layers and die cuts it is easiest for me to do all my die cutting at one.  It is went especially fast since I was able to use my Gemini Jr. die cutting machine.  I received it last year for my birthday and I have declared it a necessity in my craft room and it is worth every penny my husband spent on it!  LOL!

Once I had all the die cutting done I wanted to add some dimension to the flower and some of the other embellishment images with Distress Inks.   I used Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Bundled Sage and a picket fence blending brush to add some colour to the edges of the die cut images.  I really like how it add texture and dimension to the flower.

After the ink blending it was time to layer the images together to create my scene.  You can watch the YouTube video below to see how the card came together.

I used Gina K Connect Glue to adhere all the smaller die cuts together and for the dark pink stitched square I adhered that with my tape runner onto a 6 x 6 Square Card base.  I stamped the “MOM” sentiment with an alphabet stamp in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using my Stamp Perfect (which is not exactly centred…but, that’s okay!) I then glued the white circle from the Large Circle Burst with the liquid adhesive and popped the rest of the Circle Burst die cut up with some Foam Squares.  The final touch was to add some enamel coloured dots and some Clear Wink of Stella to the centre of the flower and the small butterfly die cut.

This card was really quick to make and I am really happy with the way it looks.

Remember to play along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge this month as we love to see what you all create!  Also, if you missed this month’s Blog Hop be sure you check it out and leave your comments on each participants Blog Hop for your chance to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card.  The winner will be announced on May 14, 2020!

Happy Crafting!

~Chala