Friday, December 8, 2023

Mushroom Fun Fold Card

It's time for a new challenge over at Creative Creases, and I'm thrilled to be a guest designer again for Challenge #72. You can join the fun with any fun fold project here:  Debbie Mageed supplied me with the cute little tear off monthly calendar from Taylored Expressions for this challenge (thanks, Debbie!), and I wanted to use it to create a card for my youngest daughter who is a Navy "nuke" in San Diego. We miss her so much every single day!

I have recently been seeing a lot of puns with a mushroom theme, so when I saw a Bo Bunny mushroom stamp set at Hobby Lobby, I bought it and paired it with a 12X12 sheet of washi tape with a woodland/mushroom scene that has been in my stash for years. Then I chose a fun fold card base from the Silhouette Design Store that I've been wanting to try out for awhile now. I think it's so fun the way there are flip card panels on both sides of the card base! It's such a unique style!

I chose some dark brown card stock for the card base and then some cream-colored card stock for the panels I stamped with the Bo Bunny mushroom stamps. I also used cream card stock for the heart print and cut layers.  I designed the print and cut sentiments with Alitha Christmas and Black Hulk fonts. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the base and layers (including the washi tape sheet that came with a backer sheet) and then adhered the washi tape to a layer of cream card stock to give it more stability. After adhering the layers, I die cut some mushroom bases and caps using SU!'s retired Tree Ring dies set and then colored the mushroom caps with my Ohuhu alcohol ink markers to match the colors in the washi tape. 

The sentiments are: "Every day of the year, there's so mushroom in our hearts for you" and "we love and miss you so mush!" I divided the sentiments to fit onto 3 of the hearts and then added 3 die cut and colored mushrooms to the 4th heart. I also added 4 die cut and colored mushrooms to two of the inner panels. Then I created a mushroom border for the middle of the card by stamping seven of the mushrooms from the Bo Bunny set and fussy cutting them. I adhered them to a brown panel and used foam tape to give the panel and mushrooms some dimension. I added the calendar to the middle panel above the mushroom border.

I had both sets of grandparents, my husband, my other kids, my sister-in-law and 2 of my nieces join me in writing a little message and along with our signatures on the back of the card to let my daughter know how special she is to all of us. Then I let my other daughter jot a note about her birthday in January on the tear-off calendar before I went through the calendar and marked other dates when there are family birthdays and trips to see our sailor. My hope is that this card will lift her spirits and convey the love and support she has back home.

Stretched out all the way:

Close ups:

A look at the back before everyone signed it:

After we signed it:

Close ups of the back panels:

It folds flat for mailing:

A few more views:

Challenges I'm entering:

Friday, November 24, 2023

Starburst Photo Album

It's time for another fun challenge over at Creative Creases, and I'm back with a GD project. Please join the fun with your own fun-fold projects here:

I recently attended the online Scrapbooking Fun Summit, and one of the projects was a starburst photo album. I liked the concept and decided to modify it to make some mini albums using the monthly pictures my daughter-in-law Allie took of my grandson Sawyer during his first year (he's 16 months old now). I wanted to include Allie's notes about Sawyer's likes and dislikes each month, so I created a pocket behind the photos to slip a folded note card in for each month's commentary. Since Sawyer posed each month on a jungle-themed quilt a close friend of the family quilted for him, I chose matching card stock and embellishments with a jungle theme. Then I took out my container of ribbon and twine and chose a colorful assortment to tie onto the note cards so they can be pulled out easily. 

I had my daughter-in-law send me all 12 of the photos she had taken so that I could resize them and print them out. I did a print and cut of them using my Silhouette Studio software and made enough copies to do 7 albums. It was an ambitious undertaking, but I wanted to give an album to all the grandparents and great-grandparents as well as my son and DIL. Sawyer is very blessed to have so many people in his life who absolutely adore him. 

The albums weren't hard to make, but it was a time-consuming process to glue everything together. I had to reprint a few of the photos when I noticed I had glued a couple panels into the album upside down, too! I was quite careful to check each time before adhering them down after that 😄!

For the cover and backpage of the album, I designed 2 print and cut files using my Silhouette Design Studio software. I hadn't used text-to-path in awhile, so I watched a video to remind myself how to curve the text to get Sawyer's name to follow the circle shape of the sentiment panel. I chose Jeremiah 1:5 for the back panel: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart." Such a beautiful verse and a good reminder that God Himself forms each life in the womb, and every human being is infinitely precious to Him.  

Top view:

A look at the pages:

The front and back of the album:

The note cards for each month:

A look at the inside of a few of them:

 Challenges I'm entering:

A Place To Start ( ATG or for a child (ends at the end of the month)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (ends 12/7/23)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with option of Thankful (ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge ( ATG (ends at the end of the month)

A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: ATG (ends at the end of the month)

The Paper Shelter: All About Family (11/28/23)

Creative Knockouts: Lots of layers (ends 11/30/23)

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Poppy Trifold Thank You Card

A couple days ago, I received a surprise package from a longtime friend of mine and her family back in my hometown. They sent me a lovely gift box from The Swiss Colony aptly titled "The Colossal Breakfast." Let me just say that it truly is an enormous amount of food in a giant box! It was an unexpected Thanksgiving present that came at the perfect time since I'm having out-of-town relatives arriving this Tuesday to spend a week with us over the Thanksgiving holiday. We will put it to good use! The timing made me think of the statement in a recent lecture I heard in my BSF class: "Not one molecule or millisecond is outside God's sovereign control." How gracious He is!

Of course I wanted to thank my friend and her family for their generous gift, so I made them a thank you card using some pretty floral card stock and putting into practice some coloring tips I learned from Mary Polanco in her alcohol marker class this weekend. The card base was cut on my Silhouette Cameo, and then I had fun embellishing it. I used a sentiment from the SU! Flowering Tulips set for the thank you message, and then in order to follow the theme over at the Butterfly Challenge, I stamped 2 poppies from SU! Painted Poppies set and colored them with my Ohuhu alcohol  ink markers after die cutting them with the coordinating dies. I then die cut 3 butterflies from the SU! Butterfly Brilliance bundle and added some pearls to them. I adhered all the circle layers and then the sentiments and die cuts to finish the card.  It's hard to tell in the photos, but the card stock I used for the butterflies and the thank you sentiment circle is a pale peach that matches the lightest color in the floral card stock I used for the base of the card. Hopefully this card will convey my gratitude to my friend and her family for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

Front view:

Left side close up:

Middle panel close up:

Right side close up:

Top view:

Another view of the card when open:

The card closes flat to mail:

 Challenges I'm entering: 

Butterfly Challenge ( Poppies, layers, and butterflies (ends 11/22/23)

A Place To Start ( ATG or for a child (ends at the end of the month) Thanks/Thanksgiving (1/5; ends 11/20/23)

The Paper Shelter: Fun folds (1/2; ends 11/23/23)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (ends 11/22/23)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with option of Thankful (ends at the end of the month)

Allsorts challenge blog: Christmas or ATG (ends 11/24/23)

No more challenges. 

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Foiled Get Well Card

I recently purchased some Spellbinders foil plates when they were on sale for $5 each, and I've been playing with them a little. I am not great at foiling, but I am learning what works and what doesn't with my Todo machine. I have been finding that plain white cardstock doesn't give me very good results while thicker colored cardstocks seem to work better for me. I've also been adjusting the pressure dial to find that sweet spot where the foil transfers fully but doesn't give a lot of overfoiling. It's definitely a learning process! 

For this double gatefold card, I used Spellbinders' Magnolia Bouquet Glimmer Hot Foil Plates and Dies with Spellbinders gold glimmer foil. I ran the floral foil plates through my Todo machine with red cardstock and the leaves with green cardstock and then die cut all the pieces with the coordinating dies. The foiling isn't perfect, but it's still lovely in real life with all that shine. I also used the Spellbinders Geo Foliage set for the foiled polygon the die cut shapes are adhered to (if you look carefully, you can see that foiled outline on the red cardstock). That set comes with a die to cut the outside of the foiled area as well as an inner die that I used for the gold glitter cardstock background behind the magnolia flowers and leaves. 

For the card base, I followed a double gatefold card tutorial here: WOW - Double Gate Fun Fold that is EASY and QUICK - YouTube. This was a quick and easy card base to create. I layered it with green cardstock and some gold glitter cardstock. In hindsight, I wish I had embossed the green cardstock to add some texture, but each card is a learning opportunity, and I'll keep that in mind for next time. 

For the inside of the card, I used a get-well sentiment from SU!'s retired set Heavenly Hollyhocks. If you are interested in shopping for some lovely retired SU! bundles, here's a link to my friend Debbie Mageed's current list. She's offering bundles at really low prices with free shipping, and there's even an extra 10% off if you purchase 5 or more bundles. Here's the list: Bundles For Sale - Google Docs.

This card is for a woman at my church who just had knee replacement surgery, and I'm hoping it will be an encouragement to her with all the pretty shimmer and shine. 

Challenges I'm entering: 

Allsorts challenge blog: Friendship or ATG (1/3; ends 11/18/23)

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (1/4; ends 11/18/23)

Colorful Options: Red (ends at the end of the month)

Triple B ( ATG with birds, butterflies, and/or blooms (1/3; ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge ( ATG (2/5; ends at the end of the month)

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog ( ATG (1/3; ends at the end of the month)

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge: ATG with flowers as the focus (5/6; ends 11/12/23)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 2/10 for the challenge; ends 11/22/23)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with optional twist of Grateful, Thankful, or Thanks (1/4; ends 12/2/23) Thinking of you (2/5; ends 11/15/23)

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends 11/14/23)

Crafty Calendar Challenge: ATG (3/3; ends at the end of the month)

Friday, November 10, 2023

Inside-Out Stepper Card

I love fun fold cards, so I really enjoy being a guest designer over at Creative Creases Challenge. It’s time for Challenge #70 , and I chose this Inside-Out Stepper Card from Sam Calcott's YouTube channel as the inspiration for this card. Here's a link to the instructions in case you'd like to create one as well: TRY THIS Inside-out Stepper Card!!! - YouTube. If you make it or any other fun-fold project, be sure to join us over at Creative Creases. Here’s the link to challenge #70:

Since I already had a stepper card cut file in my Silhouette Design Studio library, I just had to cut two of them and then design the panels to cover the card sections. Then I chose my pattern paper and cut everything out using my Cameo 4. When I had the two white card bases and all the pattern paper pieces cut out, I adhered them together the way Sam showed in her video tutorial. Then I set about decorating the card and die cutting the butterflies, lace, and sunflower. After adding all the panels and embellishments, I used my Sizzix stamp and stencil platform to stamp the 2 sentiments: "For a feeling better kind of day" from SU! and "Love and hugs" from CTMH using Spectrum Noir's Rose Gold ink. (You can't really see it in the photos, but the ink has a beautiful shine to it.) One advantage of the Sizzix platform over my MISTI is that it doesn't have edges on the sides, so I can put any size card on it to stamp. The sticky mat is also better at holding card stock in place than the magnets in the MISTI in my opinion.

I really like this card design and plan to use it again soon for a card to send my group of shut ins from church. I think they'll enjoy it! 

Front view with all panels extended:

Front view with side panels folded back:

Close ups:

Top view:

With the panels folded to lay flat for mailing:

 Challenges I'm entering: 

Triple B ( ATG with birds, butterflies, and/or blooms (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge ( ATG (1/5; ends at the end of the month)

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog ( ATG (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge: ATG with flowers as the focus (6/6; ends 11/12/23)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 1/10 for the challenge; ends 11/22/23)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with optional twist of Grateful, Thankful, or Thanks (2/4; ends 12/2/23) Thinking of you (1/5; ends 11/15/23)

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (2/2; ends 11/14/23)

Crafty Calendar Challenge: ATG (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Jesus: Name Above All Names Card

This month over at Die Cut Divas, the challenge is sponsored by Birch Press Designs, and the theme is to use layering dies. I only have one die set from Birch Press, and it's this gorgeous Enchantment layering die set. There are 3 cover plates that combine to produce amazing depth in this design. I really love the effect!

I was originally thinking of using this die set to create a background for a card challenge where the colors were red, orange, and pink, but in the end, I couldn't bear to cover all that beautiful die cutting with the rest of the challenge requirements. Instead, I opted to use a Papertrey Ink stamp and die set to fill the bottom area where the dies cut out 2 optional arches that can be added to the rest of the die cut cover plate area or used separately. I love that versatility! I opted to include them on the inside of the card and leave that area on the front empty so I could include the die cut "Jesus" and the stamped sentiment "Name above all names." As I have been studying the gospel of John this year in my Bible Study Fellowship class, I have been struck anew by the absolute supremacy of Jesus. He alone is the Savior of the world. And He has the power and authority to forgive sins and give eternal life to everyone who puts their faith in Him. 

Inside the card:

Challenges I'm entering: 

The Diva's that cut ....paper! ( Use dies layered on each other (4/4; ends at the end of the month)

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (3/4; ends 11/10/23)

Gem of A Craft Challenge ( ATG (3/3; ends 11/10/23)

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge ...: ATG (ends 11/4/23)

TIME OUT Challenges: Anytime I focus on Jesus, I think of His great love for me shown by His willingness to die in my place to pay for my sins. This is what I am most grateful for in all the world! And it's so true that when we focus on our gratitude, our perspective shifts dramatically. C5