Monday, April 29, 2013

A Quilt For My Son: Getting Started


Here is the fabric for my next quilt. This stack makes me beam inside. You see, this quilt will be for my 7 year old son, and the best part is that it was at his request. 

It was while I was quilting the Marguerite Herringbone Quilt that "T" came up and rubbed his hand along the top and loved how soft it was. "Cool fabric, mom!", he said, "Would you make me a quilt?" My reply, "OF COURSE!"

I sat him down with the Kona color card and let him pick from the 243 colors to see where his head was at in terms of color scheme.
When he told me he was done choosing and I looked at the piece of paper, he had only seven colors chosen. Then, when I looked at what they were, I was (I hate to say it) almost horrified. Good thing he didn't see the look on my face as my eyes were practically bulging out of my head.

I would have NEVER picked these colors, not together anyway. The only thing I could attribute these choices to is his love for sports teams. I am mostly a muted color-loving gal and while I do like brights, this color combination was definitely going to be a challenge for me to come up with something I felt good about. Sounds kind of selfish. 

The next day, I asked him if I could bring small amounts of other colors in the mix and he hesitantly agreed. Whew, I felt relieved. I got the stamp of approval to add six more colors. 

Looking better, but I still was at a loss. Then, I had the idea to pair each solid with a print of the same color and white or cream. I was able to pull enough from my stash to where he could choose the prints he liked. When we put it all together, not only was he on board, but I felt really good about what will come of it.

I am SO excited to make by best "little" guy and very special gift. I am still pondering the design of the quilt. I initially thought half square triangles would work great with the pairs, but I am going to do some experimenting and run it past my son before I start.

More to come soon.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Make Your Own Decorative Envelope Tutorial


I'm finishing out the week of card tutorials by showing you how to make your own decorative envelopes. It's so exciting to get a cool envelope in the mail, especially when the rest is junk mail. Decorative envelopes also complete a wrapped gift when you're delivering the package in person.

FINISHED SIZE:
5.75" W x 4.5" H

SUPPLY LIST:
  • Envelope template
  • Decorative scrapbook paper at least 8.25" x 8.25"
  • Acrylic ruler
  • rotary cutter
  • Xacto knife
  • Double sided tape or mono adhesive
  • Tape
  • Pencil

You will first need to print off the template and follow the instructions to make your own cardboard template. Click on the template below to open up a full size PDF version.


Once you have followed the steps on the printout, your cardboard template should look like this.

ASSEMBLY:

Step 1:  Place Piece 1 on the front of the decorative paper. What you see through the hole is what will show on the front of the envelope. If position doesn't matter, you can flip the paper over to the back side to save a step. You'll see why in steps 2 and 3. Once you have Piece 1 in position, trace around the perimeter with a pencil. See red line below.

Step 2:  If you are tracing on the front side of the paper, remove the template and trim just inside the lines you drew using an acrylic ruler and rotary cutter. If you are tracing on the back side of the paper, complete Step 3 before trimming the outer lines.

Step 3:  Place the template on the back of the paper so that all corners match. Make small, light marks on the paper where the red dots are shown below.

Step 4:  Align Piece 2 with the four marks made on the back of the paper.

Step 5:  While holding down the template, fold all the sides around Piece 2, making sure to create crisp folds. Below is what your paper will look like. 

Step 6:  Apply double stick tape along the edges of corner C, which is the bottom, and adhere it to the side pieces (A and B). Make sure to keep the tape close to the edge without going over so that you don't end up taping your card inside the envelope.

Step 7:  Remove template Piece 2 and insert your card. Apply double stick tape to the edges of the top flap (D) and adhere it down. 

You've just made a really cool envelope. Add a decorative seal to the flap for a bit more fun.

Make sure to add a label to the front if the paper has a dark color or a busy pattern so the post office can read the name and address of where your card is going.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Simple Ombre Thank You Card Tutorial


Day 4 of card making tutorials. Today, I bring you a super simple ombre thank you card. There are minimal supplies needed to make this card and there is a good chance you can just raid your scrap bin.

Let's get started.


FINISHED SIZE:
4.25" W x 5.5" H (requires an A2 envelope for sending)


SUPPLY LIST:
  • 4.25" x 11" dark gray card stock
  • (5) 3.75" x 1" strips of card stock in various shades of color (you could also use an old paint swatch as well)
  • 3.75" x 5" white card stock for inside
  • Scoring table and bone folder or scoring tool
  • Sentiment rubber stamp
  • Dark gray stamp ink
  • Double-sided tape or mono adhesive
  • Ruler (optional)




ASSEMBLY:

Step 1:  With the gray card stock, score a line at 5.5" down the middle of the sheet. Fold card in half along score line. 

Step 2:  Starting from the top down and working darkest to lightest, apply double stick tape to the back of the colored strips and adhere them to the front of the gray card stock. Your darkest piece should first be placed .25" from the top and centered width-wise. You can use a ruler to help align the first strip.

The card will look like this.

Step 3:  Stamp sentiment centered on the lightest strip using your rubber stamp and gray ink. 

Step 4:  Apply double stick tape to the back of the 3.75" x 5" white card stock and adhere it to the center of the inside for writing your message.

You're done! How simple was that?! So clean and modern looking too. I can see these in so many pretty color schemes. 

Now make your own and send it to someone special.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Antique Anniversary Card Tutorial


Day 3 of card making tutorials. Today, I am sharing how to make this beautiful, antique-looking anniversary card. I really like the natural feel that it has as well.

Let's get started.

FINISHED SIZE:
4.25" W x 5.5" H (requires an A2 envelope for sending)

SUPPLY LIST:
  • 4-1/4" x 11" aqua card stock
  • 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" dark brown card stock
  • 4-1/4" W x 4-1/8" H decorative paper (butterflies)
  • 4" x 5-1/4" craft card stock for inside
  • 3-3/4" x 5" white card stock for inside
  • 1-1/2" wide ribbon cut to 6-1/2" long
  • 3/8" wide cut to 6-1/2" long
  • Scoring table and bone folder or scoring tool
  • Scallop edge punch (Stampin' Up!)
  • Sentiment rubber stamp
  • Dark brown stamp ink
  • Double-sided tape or mono adhesive
  • Small sponge
  • Scissors



ASSEMBLY:

Step 1:  With the aqua card stock, score a line at 5.5" down the middle of the sheet. Fold card in half along score line. 

Step 2:  On both the dark brown card stock and the decorative paper, use the scallop edge punch along the top. For the decorative paper, make sure it is first oriented to be 4-1/4" W x 4-1/8" H.

Step 3:  Apply double stick tape to the back of the decorative paper and adhere to the dark brown card stock, aligning the straight edges on the bottom and sides.

Step 4:  Take the 1-1/2" wide ribbon and lay it across the front of the decorative paper. Apply double stick tape to only the right side of the ribbon.

Step 5:  Flip the ribbon over to adhere it to the front of the paper about 1" down from the top of the brown scallops. Now, flip the paper over toward you.

Step 6:  Apply double stick tape to the back to adhere the ribbon flaps.

Step 7:  Apply double stick tape along the edges of the brown card stock, generously where the ribbon lies. Apply this to the front of the aqua card stock aligning the straight edges of the bottom and sides.

Step 8:  Take the 3/8" wide ribbon and slide it under the thicker ribbon on the left-hand side. Tie the thin ribbon into a knot creating a slight pucker in the thicker ribbon. Trim ribbon ends on an angle.

Step 9:  Apply your sentiment along the right edge on the aqua card stock with your rubber stamp and ink.

Step 10:  Next, you're going to create the antique effect along the edges of the card. To do so, take the small sponge and blot it on the ink several times.

Step 11:  Flick it along the edges from the top of the card toward the back at a 45 degree angle. Do this along every edge, even over the ribbon. 

Step 12:  Layer and adhere the 4" x 5-1/4" craft card stock and the 3-3/4" x 5" white card stock on the inside to finish off the card.


That's it! I hope you get a chance to make a similar version for someone special.

Let me know if you have any questions.



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Girls Numbered Birthday Card Tutorial

It's day two of card making tutorials. Yesterday I featured a tutorial on how to make an elegant wedding card. Today I am going to show you how to make this cute numbered birthday card that I just made for one of our little friends who turned four.

FINISHED SIZE:

4.25" W x 5.5" H (requires an A2 envelope for sending)

SUPPLY LIST:
  • 4.25" x 11" pink card stock
  • 5" x 5" decorative paper (green/white dots)
  • 3" x 3.5" decorative paper for the number (more for double digits)
  • brown scrap paper and decorative scrap paper for flower
  • 3.75" x 5" white card stock for inside of card (optional)
  • Bigz Top Note die by Stampin' Up!
  • 5" x 7" dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug
  • Die cutting machine such as Big Shot or Cuddlebug with plates/platform
  • Scoring table and bone folder or scoring tool
  • Numbered rubber stamp (approx. 2" W x 3" H)
  • Dark brown stamp ink
  • Flower punch
  • 1/8" hole punch
  • Medium size brad for flower
  • Double-sided tape or mono adhesive
  • Small foam self adhesive dimensionals
  • Small scissors


ASSEMBLY:


Step 1:  With the 4.25" x 11" pink card stock, score a line at 5.5" down the middle of the sheet.
Step 2:  Emboss the front of the card using the dots embossing folder. To do so, align the first row of dots on the folder to the score line. Don't emboss over the score line to the back of the card. Make sure that when the paper is embossed the dots are raised instead of indented. Close the folder and run it all through the die cutting and embossing machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Fold the card at the score line. Your card should look like this.

Step 3:  Place the 5" x 5" decorative paper (green/white dot) over the die lines on the Bigz Top Note die. Run it through the die cutting machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Your die cut should look like this.

Step 4:  Generously apply double stick tape to the back of the Top Note cut-out paper since it will be applied to a textured background. Apply vertically to the middle of the pink card stock.

Step 5:  Stamp the number onto the 3" x 3.5" decorative paper using the rubber stamp and ink pad. As an alternative, you may print a number out on your printer if you don't have a stamp or ink. Cut out the number using a small scissors.

Step 6:  Apply several double adhesive foam dimensionals to the back of the number. These will allow the number to stand off from the green dot paper. 

Remove paper from both sides and apply the number to the center of the die cut paper.

Step 7:  Using the flower punch, cut out one flower each from the brown scrap paper and the decorative scrap paper.

Step 8:  Layer the brown flower on top of the decorative paper flower and punch a hole in the center of both flowers using the 1/8" hole punch. Insert the brad through the hole.

Step 9:  Punch a hole through only the cover of the card where you want to place the flower. Insert the prongs of the brad through the hole and spread apart to secure.

Step 10: This is optional, but you can add a 3.75" x 5" piece of white card stock to the inside of the card for additional structure. It's also nice to add that additional layer for writing your message.

You're done!

This design can be easily adapted to suit the age of the recipient using different numbers. 

Try it out and make it your own!

Let me know if you have any questions.