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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Card holder folder (quick!) and one sheet wonder cards.

I'm doing a quick(????) post today (well I originally thought it would be quick) on an easy greeting card holder folder using one sheet of 12x12 paper..... and I mean, it's VERY fast to make! I've been needing a few folders for the many cards I've made that are sprawling all over my craft room. (Note: if you scroll on down, there are some photos of my SUPER FAST one sheet wonder cards, and a link to the YouTube video I got the idea from).

I absolutely LOVE this paper! I got it on sale at Tuesday Morning for $2.99. It was a pack of 24 of the same sheets (two sided even!) with all sorts of words on it.....  denoting travel and road trips. I just loved the colors and that's why I bought it!


Here's the inside of the card holder folder. It can hold 4-5 cards and envelopes on each side and uses one 12x12 sheet of designer paper:

You score your 12x12 sheet of two sided design paper (heavy duty is best) at 5-7/8" and then again at 6-1/8". This makes a little 1/4" gusset down the middle. To make the pockets, score at about 7 to 7-1/2" down from the top, and then make about a 1" score at the very bottom to make the little fold-over at the top of the pocket. (I didn't really make this a tutorial, so didn't take photos as I worked, but see below for a video you can watch that IS a tutorial).

On the inside, I cut a diagonal cut from the pocket by the gusset (see above photo), out about 3/4", so that when the folder closes, the flaps don't hit the fold line. May May didn't do this, but I had seen it done on other videos, and thought it would work well. The inside pockets by the gusset are left unglued, but I glued the outside pockets down with a thin line of wet glue.

I used some stretch lace to tie the folder closed - very easy.
I pretty much exactly followed a video from May May Made It Crafts on YouTube here. She glued two pieces of one sided paper together to get her two-sided paper, but I liked just using a fairly heavy two-sided paper. She also didn't put the gusset in hers, but I did, as wanted to hold 4 or 5 cards and their envelopes on each side. It works great! Go check out her tutorial. My post isn't really a tutorial, so if you want instructions on how to make these (easy) folders, please check out May May's video. I checked out several other videos, but most were more involved and I wanted something simple.

This folder could be taller for larger cards, with a smaller pocket if you wanted to. You could also put little envelopes on the inside pockets, that could hold your postage stamps.

I made two folders. One holds "greetings" cards and "just a note" cards, and the other holds "thank you" cards and "thinking of you" cards. I made little labels for the folders, so I'd know which cards are in which folder.


What precipitated me making these folders (which I've wanted to do for some time now) was my making of TWENTY (yes 20!) one sheet wonder cards, using this same pretty paper! I'll show my cards below. I followed a tutorial from Brenda Quintana on YouTube here. She made (20) 3-1/2 x 5 inch notecards using one sheet of 12x12 paper for all of the strips and rectangles that decorate the cards (thus "One Sheet Wonder" cards). 

I wanted full-sized A2 cards, so I just decorated a 3-1/2" x 5" piece of some pretty peach or dark blue paper like her notecards, and then glued it onto my regular sized A2 card (using some cards and envelopes that were pre-made).

Here are my cards. I basically followed Brenda's tutorial, but changed things up a little bit, by using my little squares in different ways. I didn't have a flower punch, so I actually stamped my flowers on cream paper, then fussy cut them out. Yes.. I know... its a slow way to go. I would love to have a nice flower punch and stamps to match (like Brenda used in her video).

The template is free from Brenda Quintana, on how to cut out the strips and rectangles. You get enough strips and rectangles for 20 cards! My photos are fairly self-explanatory. I used either dark blue or peach (also on sale at Tuesday Morning!) for the 3-1/2" x 5" "matt".. then put a strip or rectangle on top at various placements. Stamp your sentiments right onto the matt, or on cream cardstock and glue them on.

Since I didn't have my white pigment ink with me (I'm house sitting at my sister's house), I tried my hand at using a white gel pen to write "Thanks" (above card). Is kind of funky, but oh well, was fun!

No white pigment ink, so I stamped on cream cardstock (above). I would rather have stamped right onto the blue but as I said, no white pigment ink!

I didn't "vintage up" my cards like I usually do, by inking and distressing the edges..... and NO embellishments added other than a little gem in the middle of a flower here and there. I just wanted something simple and easy to mail.

This was a fun project. I've done one other set of One Sheet Wonder cards that you can view on my blog HERE, but they were more involved. I liked how fast this set of 20 went together!

Have a fun crafty day!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Challenge Accepted!

In my last post, I put out a challenge for you ladies to make 3 cards using one sheet of 12x12 paper, and using up every little scrap, like the 3 cards I made HERE.

One enthusiastic lady, Jann Schott, took me up on the challenge. You go Jann!

Here are the cards she made, using the gorgeous (but now retired) Chantilly B&T paper from Close to My Heart. Check out her cards and tutorial at her blog, Snap-Schotts, here. Her tutorial and instructions are better than mine, and such pretty cards!
Card 1 - Basic card with peek hole cut out on front. I like how she rounded the corners.
Card 2 - Easel Card - I like how she used a pretty decorative border to hold up the "easel" part of the card. She made a rolled flower too!

Card 3 - Gatefold card with handmade flower on the right flap to hold it down. Love her gold embossed flower on the left flap.
Another look at all of Jann's cards and what's left of her one piece of 12x12 paper! Not much that's for sure.

Just a note, as I said in my original post, this was NOT my idea, but I was inspired by Einat Kessler on YouTube. Her video can be seen HERE.  She has some wonderful, fun projects.

Hope you try this card project. It's alot of fun!  And thank you Jann Schott, for playing along.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A challenge for you...... and tutorial!

All cards are 4"x 4".
Today I have a challenge for you! Can you make THREE darling, sweet little cards from one sheet of 12x12 paper? .........and use every single bit of scrap that is left to decorate your cards, and use nothing more?

If you would like to learn how, follow along with me on this tutorial.... I have quite a few photos..... so sit down with your cup or tea, or coffee, and enjoy.  This was NOT my own design. I followed along with Einat Kessler on her YouTube video here.... this was quite an inspiration for me. I LOVE fun little projects like this.  Here goes.....   I'll try to keep it quick and simple (although if you know me, that's hard to do!)

NOTE: I suggest using a piece of paper that has some light areas on one of the sides, that you can use for your sentiments.

Come on! Go get a pretty piece of 12x12 paper, your scissors, glue and trimmer, and follow along with me!

1.  Start with one of your favorite pieces of double-sided 12"x12" scrapbook paper. Cut off one side at 4 inches, so that you  have a 4" x 12" strip.

Cut the remaining piece into THREE 4" x 8" strips. These are  your 3 cards. The 4x12 strip is what you use for your flowers and embellishments. Set that aside.

2.  Score one of the strips in half, to make your first 4x4 card (above). Round the corners (optional). 

3.  As we work along, it's up to you if you want to ink all the edges of the cards and embellishments with a distress ink or a dye ink. For mine, I used Ranger Vintage Photo distress ink and swiped all the edges using a little sponge.  Depending on the colors in your paper, use whatever color you'd like. I wanted mine to look a little vintage.

4.  Now, from your first card, cut a hole somewhere on the front. I cut a scalloped hole on the lower right side of the card (see below) using my 2" scallop punch. Distress the circle if you want.

5.  From the scalloped circle, cut a spiral (see above) so you can make a spiral rose. If you don't know how to make the spiral rose, search on YouTube and you'll find tons of instructions! Basically, you cut your circle in a spiral, starting at an outside edge, all the way around to the center, leaving a little small circle which you can see in the above photo. 

Start curling the spiral, starting at the outer end, using a small tool at first, like a thin paintbrush end, or your emboss tool, and once you've started, you can just roll up the rest using your fingers. When it's all curled, let loose a little bit so it spreads out, and then glue the little circle that's left to the bottom, to hold the spiral in place.  Set the little rose aside. We'll finish this card later.

6.  Now we'll start on the second card.  Take your next 4x8 piece, and score it on the long side at 
2-1/2" and 5" (see below). We are going to make a cute little easel card! See below top right photo, how it sits up on the 2-1/2" flap?

7.  You'll need something for the top flap to sit against, or it will keep tipping over. So I cut about a 1" strip from my "leftover" 12x8 piece, and used my scalloped scissors to cut one of the edges. Then I curled the edge a little big and inked it, and glued it to the bottom flap of the card.

See below top right how the top flap now sits against the scalloped edge?

8.  Now punch another 2" scalloped circle from  your scrap piece (I made mine with my punch) and ink the edges, then glue it to the top of the easel card, letting it stick up some... I think I let mine stick up too much. I would put it down lower so it isn't so high on the card.

9.  You'll notice that the card wants to keep tipping over backwards! So to stop that from happening, put a bunch of little embellishments towards the bottom. I punched 3 little flowers out of my scrap piece, using a little flower punch I have, wadded them up, then stacked them and glue them together, to make a little flower.  

I glued that on the bottom left, along with some little buttons.

It still wanted to tip over!..... so I found a little chipboard "love" sign, and added another button on top of the chipboard button, and that did the trick. I also cut the little heart by hand (oh I need a little tiny heart punch!) and stuck it on top of the "love" sign, just for a little extra glitz.

10.  Now for the 3rd card. Oh this is so fun! I really enjoyed making these. This will be a "gatefold" card. Score your 4x8 piece at 2" on the long side, and then 6". Now the "gates" will fold towards the middle.

11.  Ink the edges if you want to, and then I cut a little decorative piece out of my leftover strip, to put on the right side. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch for this. It's about 1".

12.  Now we want to make a paper flower out of our scrap piece, to put in the middle of the gate fold, to hold the flaps down.  If you have about a 2" flower punch, punch 3 flowers out of your leftover scrap piece. I don't have that big of a punch, so I made a freehand pattern (lower left) and then traced around it for my 3 flowers and handcut them out. Really, it's not that hard!

Now scrunch up your 3 flowers (alot), and then open up carefully, and either stack and glue, or use a brad like I did. Kind of fuss with it to turn up the petals. Now glue the flower to the RIGHT side of the card flap only. It should hang out over the right flap, to keep the left flap from popping up.

See below how you only put glue on the RIGHT side of your flower, and then glue it to the right flap of the card, so it sticks out over the left flap.

You can see above right, my fold was a little wonky, so I just trimmed it off! We can usually fix things fairly easily!  

Oops...I know, I'm taking too long!..... have you finished your cup of tea? you'd better go get another, and a few cookies......... enjoy the journey!

Now set this card aside and we'll work on the other embellishments from our leftover scrap piece (which is getting smaller and smaller).

13.  See above left what is left of the 12x8 scrap piece? Not much. From that, I punched two more circles, using my 1-1/4" circle punch. You could probably use a 1-1/2" punch but not much bigger. Then I cut 4 long strips (having striped paper really works neat), and two short pink strips from the tiny piece that was left, so I could stamp my sentiments on them. 

See the lower right photo (above) - I found sayings that would fit on my strips, from some of my small stamp sets, and flagged the ends to use to decorate. I also cut two tiny leaves (by hand) to put on one of the cards.  I made two more spiral flowers from the 1-1/4" inch circles for my first card.

After cutting every bit that I could, I looked at my 3 cards and decided which ones needed a little something extra. We're almost done! Have patience.........................

14.  On my first card, I added the "thinking of you" sentiment and the two little tiny circle flowers. I also stamped a heart in the center of the punched out circle (on the inside of the card).  I added the two little leaves (blue side out) and 3 gems.

15.  On the easel card, all I did was stamp a sentiment on a flagged piece I had cut from one of the strips, and stamped a couple of little buttons on each side.

I had some darling little Hot Off the Press stamps that I got from Paper Wishes (that are only $1.29 each!). They have the perfect little sentiments for tiny cards.  I LOVE them!

16.  For the 3rd card (gatefold card), I needed a short strip on the bottom to hold the right flap down, so I decided to use a piece of the little pink strip that I had cut, flagged both sides, and glued on the "Cute as a Button" sentiment, and added two little gems. This held the right flap down, and kept the left flap from popping up.

I had the thin green strip left (nothing wasted right?), and the striped strip and short pink strip, so I flagged the ends and glued them to the top left, as that area needed something. I found the cute little cupid button in my stash, so added it too.

None of this was planned, and I didn't have a theme in mind. The colors and stamps I had did the "talking" for me!

And there you go. Did you have fun?????  Three sweet little 4x4 cards are done and ready to go for your own use, or to package up as a gift.

I hope you enjoyed making these. 

Please comment if you did, and send me an email to show them off! The ones I get pictures of, I'll post on my blog (with your permission of course!).(pinkpapercottage@yahoo.com).

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Flowers on paper only!

Hi all, 
I'm so JEALOUS seeing some blog posts popping up where there are pictures of actual real flowers blooming! I'm so sick of snow... and I'm sure there are many of YOU out there feeling the same way!


I mean... snow IS gorgeous and pretty and all that... but come on now... we've had enough! ...............as I'm sure so many of you have had enough of it in the Northeast!

I NEED SOME FLOWERS HERE! All I have is browns, white and greens. Well, I must admit, we HAVE had some blue skies lately, but it's so darned COLD out.

All I have right now are some pretty flowered scrapbook papers. That's all I get! I just bought a few gorgeous 12x12 paper pads at Tuesday Morning, an awesome store here around the Pacific Northwest, that has alot of "seconds" or special deals on things.  So here goes.... all that I get right now....... flowers on paper.

I LOVE this hydrangia!

These are from Heidi Swapp, the Sugar Chic paper pad that I got for $3.99! Love all the pinks and blacks.
And oh my....... some yellow roses.......

These yellow roses papers are from Colorbok, the Antique Paperie pad I think I got for $2.99. There are some gorgeous papers inside!

 And could I dare dream for a pink rose?

Pinks and greens from Colorbok again! and roses and antique look "wallpapers"... from the Victorian Parlour collection, also $2.99 I think. Sigh...................
If you want to see some gorgeous flowers and indoor bouquets... go check out Aiken House & Gardens. She lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada (east coast) so she is truly getting her share of the snow, but she somehow manages to make her "indoors" feel like Spring!  I love hopping on over to her "house" and peeking inside to see her wonderful flowers and transferware.

Photos from Aiken House & Gardens.

Can you see the snow outside her windows?
Oh (swoon......)... this was just taken a few days ago!

Carolyn, at Aiken House & Gardens, is also a wonderful photographer, and collects stunning transferware and china.
Whenever I need an uplift, I visit Carolyn at her house and gardens!

For now, my flowers on paper will have to do.......... and by the way, I AM working on a tutorial on a neat little mini photo book, that can have unlimited pages put in it!.... and with an EASY way to bind it! Stay tuned..... it should be posted in the next few days.

I hope you're having some Spring weather wherever you are!

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