Friday, September 30, 2011

Operation Write Home World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop


Welcome, welcome, welcome!  I am very excited to have you stop by as part of the OWH blog hop.  This hop is a little different - I won't be linking you to anyone else but you can click the badge above to go back to the OWH page for more great Christmas cards.

The wonderful folks at OWH wanted us to tell our readers why we make cards for the troops.  For me, that is easy - I've been a deployed troop (actually, Sailor) away from my husband and 4 kids and know how important it is to have contact with home and to remember all the special days in a family's life.  OWH is a great way to help others who go into harm's way keep their families' close.

 Please consider helping by making cards or making a donation at the OWH website to help with postage.  I am busy making Christmas cards that have to be to the shipper by Halloween!
This is a simple shaker card using a Heartfelt Creations stamp and coordinating die.  It was actually very quick and easy to do and has a lot of shine without glitter.

Thanks for stopping by, I'd love it if you left comments!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm back and with my first tutorial

Sorry it has been so long.  My illnesses and life make everything a challenge!  Not that anyone else has a challenging life LOL.

Today I will be showing how to make a triangle or "tee pee" card.  I first learned how to do this at my friend's LSS, Inspired Designs.  It is a very simple card to make.  Since this is my first tut, any and all constructive feedback is more than welcome!

Supplies needed:
Patterned paper - I used Winter Delights from HOTP
Cardstock - my PP is lightweight so I needed cardstock for a base layer so the card would stand.
1 sheet green glitter paper
1 small piece of hook and loop tape
Embellishments as desired.

1.  Cut 3 each of 4x4" cardstock and 3 5/8x 3 5/8" PP 

2.  I also cut 3 4x4" of green glitter cardstock.  Using my cutter I cut a 1/2" border all around.  This is an optional step, but I usually cut out the centers of my layers and put the rest in my scraps folder.

3.  Assemble the 3 layers as shown.  The 3 completed pieces need to be scored on the diagonal.  I use a MS score board and you can see the line I drew with a Sharpie down the 6" channel.  I use this to line up my papers for diagonal scoring - it makes it quick and easy for me.

4.  Put one piece face down on your work surface with the diagonal placed vertically and apply tape where shown.  I used score tape so you could see.  Normally I would use my ATG; just make sure the adhesive is strong.

5.  Attach the other 2 pieces as shown.  It is important to line up the pieces and insure the diagonal lines are going in the right direction.  In the photo I have made the diagonal lines black and inked the edges red for clarity.  Make sure you butt the 2nd and 3rd pieces up to the score line of your first piece.

6.  The assembled pieces should look like this:

7.  Apply the hook and loop tape.  Keep the tape together and apply one side to the upper left hand corner on the back of your card (hard to see in the photo).  Fold the card into place and adhere the second piece of tape on the right front of the card as shown.  If you kept the tape together it will match up perfectly.

8.  The completed, standing card.

To embellish the card I used HOTP pointsettias and a red gem brad from my stash.  The sentiment is HOTP embossed with Judikins white EP.  I used Nellie's eastern rectangle to cut the sentiment and glitter paper, layered them and adhered with foam tape.

To mail:  unhook the tape and fold the card flat - it will fit into a 5x6 1/2" envelope.

Thanks for stopping by - and remember I love comments!

Friday, September 2, 2011

No card today

Short post with no new card today.  I'm off to camp for the Labor Day Weekend.  Not my favorite place to be, but I'll be bringing some card supplies with me - hope to have lots to share next week.