Gift Card Holder

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OK - here goes... (keep in mind I'm winging this - any advice would be appreciated)

Start with a 12X12 piece of 2 sided designer paper. You need to score at 1/2", 3", 6", 9" and 11 1/2". Turn your paper the other direction and score at 3 3/4" and 8 1/2". Fold in the two 1/2" sections and then fold in the corners to the next fold line. Crease all folds really well with bone folder. (Should look like the first picture)

Now fold the 2 dog-eared sections in, turn over and fold bottom part up. Crease again with bone folder. (picture 2)

Fold the top section down and fit it INTO the bottom section. (pic 3) Yes, crease again.

Fold in half and crease. Open it back up and you can easily slide a ribbon through the middle opening. Fold again and tie the ribbon to hold it closed. Add any extra embellishments on top, but if you use the designer paper you won't need much! So, clear as mud? Let me know. : )

Scrapbook Page

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I'm not a huge scrapbooker, although I'd like to be. Just don't have the time, and cards are a lot quicker. : ) Someday I do plan on getting my bazillion photos scrapped. One page at a time, right? So, here is a page I made from the new Simply Scrappin' Creative License Kit you can get for free for being a hostess. The only thing I added that wasn't in the kit is the title "you are" which I stamped from Big Deal Alpha in Pumpkin Pie on US white, then cut out. Gotta love those kits!

Playing Catch Up

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OK, this has been one crazy week. 2 VBS', 4 days worth of visitors, 1 day sick and 1 day at the CK convention! Also, my mouse was sticking like crazy so that got me frustrated. But I'm sure this doesn't concern you, esp. if you were at my Open House and want the directions to the gift holder I promised! I've got to clear pictures off my camera and will hopefully get to that later - so they are coming, promise. I do have 2 pictures I can show you though. First is using the Pretties Kit - love this! It is sooo easy to color these any way you want. I used the aquapen and ink from the lid of an inkpad, but you can also use the watercolor crayons, pastels and markers! I added a half pearl from the kit too, then some dazzling diamonds. The colors are Groovy Guava and Blush Blossom. The cream ribbon in the middle is a little hard to see. So Swirly wheel and Happy Birthday are both in Groovy Guava. This is much prettier IRL.

Pinwheel Card

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I saw some of these pinwheel cards and wanted to try it. You simply punch out designer paper with the tag punch (I used the small one) and fold. Take the lower left corner and fold up until the top left corner goes straight across then fold that piece back. I alternated front and back designs of the Almost Amethyst DP and layered it onto Lovely Lilac with a clear rhinestone brad in the middle. LL layer is notched on corners and Warm Wishes is punched out of the large Oval punch, adhered to a strip of white ribbon that I dovetailed the ends of. Fun!

Catalog CASE

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A SCS challenge was to CASE a sample from the new catalog. After all, it is an Idea Book, too, right? I loved the look of a hostess set card but didn't have the set, so this is what I came up with. Artfully Asian flower stem is stamped in Mellow Moss on White Circle, colored in with Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy and Sahara Sand ink on blender pen. You probably can't tell, but the entire circle is stamped with Linen Background stamp in Sahara Sand, after I stamped off once. Circle edges are roughed a little and outlined in Mellow Moss marker. I didn't measure where to cut, just eye-balled where to trim the circle to place on the card. "Thank you" is stamped in Craft White on Bravo Burgundy and Moss Gingham ribbon added to top of that peice. All this on Sahara Sand card base. See? Same, but different!

Cute little treatholder

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Hey, can you guess what this was made out of? Well, besides paper and ribbon that is. A toliet paper roll! See, I knew saving them would come in handy somehow. : )

This awesome idea came from Nichole Heady at Hers are bit cuter than mine, but I don't have all those scalloped tools! More stuff for the wish list... Anyway, I just cut the tp holder into thirds (about an inch and a half), covered it with new designer paper in So Saffron on the outside and Old Olive for the inside and circle for bottom. I scalloped the Old Olive strip with the corner rounder trick and added ribbon down the center. Punch holes through the holder first then on the cs strip and put brads through. Use up scraps of ribbon to tie on each side and you're done!

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I had a chance to play a little last night. "Manly" cards are usually harder to do, but with the darker scheme of the new Brocade Background Designer Papers, I figured I could come up with something. Since my husband said it reminded him of a cigar box (?) I guess I succeeded. I'm so thrilled that Carte Postal made it into the new catty - I really like that set and haven't done that much with it. Anyways, that is where the center stamp came from. It's on River Rock, which I sponged with Choc. Chip. I also sponged the outside layer of the DP. I notched the corners of both DPs and the Choc. Chip layer. Antique brads in the corners.

I've been tagged!

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Wow - Erica at has tagged me! Visit her site - good stuff!
So here goes - hope I get it right!

List Seven Random things about yourself:
1. My favorite color is purple - even have a purple bedroom!
2. I'm a chocoholic
3. I used to teach 2nd grade as well as Middle School Art
4. I am a sucker for my kids hugs & kisses
5. I have a small collection of Precious Moments
6. I hate cleaning - starting to try and bribe my oldest to help!
7. I long to go on a cruise

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This is the card I'm sending to a friend that just had a baby girl. I love the big circle with scalloped circle frame look, but have to wait til my order for those punches comes in. So, in the meantime, I used my coluzzle circles and went around the the larger one with the corner rounder punch. Unfortunately it didn't match up exactly, but I tried to hide the larger part with the ribbon. I got the basic idea from SCS but tweaked it to make it my own. Stamp sets: Wild about you, Hugs & Wishes. Ink: Cool caribbean and Pretty in pink. Used Temp. Turq. marker to dot the scalloped circle and P in Pink with Cert. Celery markers for flower. CS: Pretty in pink, white, Petals & paisleys paper. Accessories: sponge, buttons & ribbon. I kinda like the way it turned out, may have to make a few more of these.