Monday, June 29, 2009

Tagged Friends

Here is an older card...but I love it! I love the colors. Hope you are doing well today. It is super hot here today! So, I'm trying to be motivated to do more than laundry.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

My Handiwork

These two journals were made for two very special ladies. I was "commissioned" to make them by special friends of theirs. I think they turned out quite nice! I made special packaging for Catherine too, but I didn't take a picture.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Shameless Self-promotion

Just a small commercial break here on my blog to shamelessly promote myself. You can click on the link over on the right handed side for "My Stampin' Up! Website". There you will find a calendar of all the fun classes that I have up my sleeve for the next few months. I hope you will join me at one or two, or all of them!

Secondly, if you are in need of a box of specially handmade for you cards, I'm your gal! I charge 35.00 for a box of 8 greeting cards. I'm happy to taylor make them just for you, or you can just say "surprise me", and I'll package a random assortment for your sending pleasure.

The Father's Day card that I featured this last week or two is just a smidge of what I can do for you. Let me know how I can help you tap your inner creative soul, or let me know how many and what kinds of cards you need.

I also do ultra fancy, personalized journals for 30.00.

I'll be posting some examples asap.

Friday, June 12, 2009

How to make the Coolest Ever Fathers' Day Card

Begin with a standard card, closed size is 5.5 x 4.25 inches. You should use a dark suit color...OR a color that will match the ribbon that you will be using to make the tie. (only limited by your creativity!)

inside the card mount a piece of white card stock, 5.25 x 4 inches; this is where you will write your dad a message

Use a straight edge and a stylus or bone folder to score, on the front of the card, a diagonal line which will become the "lapel" for the suit jacket.

at the score mark, fold to the left to make the "lapel"

now you can see the white inside of the card showing, this will be covered by the designer paper that you'll use for the "shirt" once you've made the "tie"

at the base of the "lapel" punch a tiny hole for a tiny brad "button"
Use about 10 inches of 3/4 inch ribbon to make the "tie". I'm using two toned ribbon to make it easier for you to see how to do it. The brown is on the front, the pink the back. Hold the ribbon, right side up in your left hand with about two inches sticking out on the back. You will use this back 2 inches to tie the knot.
Now take that two inches and wrap it over the top of the ribbon, going from the right to the left.

take about 2 inches of ribbon from the top, and pull it over your left hand (pink is the back of the ribbon, brown the front)

pull the 2 inches across from right to left

then take that piece and poke it through the hole to the right side of the ribbon; you will be pulling from the right, across to the left, under the ribbon and back out onto the right side
pull through to make the knot (back of ribbon is pink)

pull a bit to shap the knot to look like a "tie" knot

the back of the "tie"

pinch the tail from the knot down to the back of the "tie"

sew the tail down to the knot with needle and thread

finished backside of the "tie"

use sticky strip on the backside of the tie's knot

put a full strip of sticky strip down the right handed side, flush
with the right edge of the "shirt"

attach the "tie" to this strip, then stick the jacket to the shirt as in the next picture

The piece of designer paper that you use for the "shirt" will need to be 5.5 x 4 1/8 so that your card will close well. Make sure to line up the right edge of the "shirt" with the right edge of the card's inside.

Apply your adhesive to the "jacket" instead of the "shirt" to avoid getting adhesive where you don't want it.

Close the "jacket" with adhesive on it to the "shirt"

punch a 1 1/4 inch square of card stock to become the "pocket"
use a scrap of ribbon to become the fancy "pocket square"

cut the scrap of ribbon in 1/2

use sticky strip on the front of the ribbon scraps

and on the back
then attach the scraps to the card stock square "pocket"

attach the square of card stock to the front

optional pocket with a strip instead of a square, and paper instead of ribbon

Fathers' Day Cards

How about these cards!? Don't you love them!? I saw a Martha Stewart card that was sort of similar. I had to tweak the design of course. I'll post the directions, step by step for you after I take a nap! :)