More Ornament Cards

Once I had my ornaments cut out from Stampin’ Up’s Delicate Ornaments die set (as mentioned in my last post!) it was fast, easy and fun to create the cards. Here are some more:

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First, I created the holly background using a large Hero Arts stamp, stamped in VersaMark and embossed in Judikins Detail Metallic Gold powder. The inside (or base) of the ornament was die cut from an old greeting card, then covered with the red outer piece. A few punched pine sprigs (Tim Holtz punch) gives the impression that the ornament is hanging on a tree (although to be more realistic, I should have die cut the hanger piece that comes in the die set. Sigh.)

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I started here by die cutting the ornament from the plaid paper (Paper Source) and again from a scrap of white card stock, which I then heat embossed using Zing! gold glitter embossing powder. I mounted the plaid paper to a white card base, glued in the glittery ornament and added some Ranger red stickles. The sentiment (from (Stampin’ Up’s Embellished Ornaments stamp set, which matches some of the dies) was also gold embossed, layered and added using foam tape.

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Upcycled Greeting Cards

I love re-purposing paper items (okay, let’s be real… I love repurposing almost anything…) so having some gorgeous Cavalleni calendars as well as some Cavalleni wrapping paper to play with was absolutely thrilling.

Using old calendars and some discontinued purple card stock I bought on sale at the Paper Source, I made several gift sets. Here’s a batch:

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I cut my card stock to a folded 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 inch card (4 Bar size) because I felt the smaller size fit the “mail art” look I was going for. Plus I could use just bits and pieces of the images. (The envelopes are also from Paper Source.)

To make the cards (and matching envelopes) I cut out images from the papers and calendars and glued them to my cards and envelopes. (Cutting out images is a great activity to do while watching TV or talking on the phone). I put the cut out images in a box and then rummaged through this “stash” when I was ready to create.

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I also made some envelopes and/or envelope liners using Paper Source templates. If you love making your own stationery sets, these templates are great tools.  (OK, the purple is not quite my cup of tea, but I got it on clearance!)

I also made a cute little portfolio (using a pattern created by the manager of the Las Vegas Paper Source store! Thanks Melissa!).

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I now have a nice stash of stationery to use myself or to give as gifts at the holidays. (Or maybe to bring as a hostess gift instead of a box of candy???)

Here’s a set made from a piece of wrapping paper:

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(The tiny teapots are made using a punch and are the perfect addition to the envelope front.)

What have you recycled today?

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Up-cycled Tray

Ack! What a bad blogger! I’ve been away waaaaaay too long.

So here’s a quick post of a recent art project: a before and after photo of an up-cycled tray. (And why I keep stuff for so long … eventually, inspiration — or need — will inspire me!)

I bought this tray maybe two years ago because it was on sale for $1. Who could resist? As you can see, it is black plastic with an ugly graduation design:

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Using some paper from the Paper Source and Mod Podge, I turned it into this:

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What have you up-cycled lately?

Hearts, Hearts Everywhere!

Can you stand a few more Valentines?

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This card should really be a Fabulous Finds Friday because I love this new Stephanie Barnard banner die from Sizzix.
The background is made using a Tim Holtz embossing folder. And I’m sure you noticed my oopsie — the peek of a staple. Sigh.

Originally, I thought it would be cute to staple the banners on the top of my card, using my Tiny Stapler. But it looked too unfinished:

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So I added a piece of ribbon. But it looks like one staple got the best of me. Oh, well. Warts and all, that’s what you get here.

This is a fun one made during a card making workshop at the Paper Source:

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(Lousy photo — and taken of the wrong card!) In the original, the Hero Arts arrow background was gold embossed on white card stock. The Paper Source heart was punched with a heart punch then run through a Xyron. Stampendous! Gold Halo glitter was generously applied to the now sticky heart. A piece of red glitter paper was glued down on the card base and the glittered heart was placed so the red glitter showed through. The heart was placed using Therm O Web foam pop-ups.

Whew! Valentine’s Day is almost here… and I’ll have just a few last minute cards to show.
Thanks for sticking with me.

Crazy For This Booklet

I learned how to make this fast and easy booklet from a Paper Source workshop, and I’ve been going crazy all week making booklets from scrap cardstock. When I got the new Carte Postale papers from BasicGrey, well… it was a natural fit.

Here’s the front cover:

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… the back cover:

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…a detail of the spine:

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… and a decorated inside page:

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… a quick look at part of the process (made easy with a Stampin’ Up! scoring board):
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Come back tomorrow to see what I did with all those leftovers!

Fun Friday … Note Cards

A short post on a fun project!

I recently took a workshop at the Paper Source* and we made these cool, fun note card sets along with a nifty folder to hold them all. The best part? We recycled and reused old calendars.

Check it out:

Below is the folder and some of the cards.

Don’t you love the string closure? Done with punched circles and eyelets. Can you see the butterfly envelope peeking from behind on the left? And the pretty poppy envelope liner on the right? Those were made using Paper Source templates — one for envelopes, the other just for liners.

Here are the notecards snuggled up in the folder:

And a little closer:

The butterflies were stamped, the flowers were cut from old calendars. It’s worth buying the calendars just for the pretty pictures! All the paper is from Paper Source.

Thanks for stopping by!

*Disclaimer — I sometimes work at Paper Source!