Ooh, it's been a LONG time since I posted. :) But Lucy Chesna's sketches always inspire me, and the ones she came up with for World Card Making Day are no exception. Take a peek over at My Sketch World to see for yourself. Even when my crafty mojo is running low, cards seem accessible - it's such a small canvas, you can always put something together.
I have been slowly getting my scrapping mojo back, and a good challenge always helps me! I was really interested to see this envelope challenge from Lessology. I have to say, I got a lot of inspiration from folks who had already posted their creations, but I really wanted to make the envelopes the center of my project. And, of course, continue my quest to use my stash! Ultimately, I decided to use a bunch of junk mail envelopes - the kind with the plastic windows - as the base for a minialbum. I also came across a heavy duty envelope that I had received some photos in and thought it would make and ideal case for the minialbum.
I cut one end off each envelope and the envelopes with pp from Cosmo Cricket, preserving the windows. I created a tag to fit into each envelope. I added some canvas pennants from Maya Road as additional pages and created covers from felt.
I covered the large envelope with additional pp and used buttons and bakers twine to created a clasp.
Changed jobs (both me and Jeff)
Moved to North Carolina
Changed schools (kids)
Celebrated Noah's 6th birthday
Been back to Cape Cod for vacation
Experienced our first copperhead, who bit Cassie in the muzzle (she is ok now)
And probably a few more things, but those seem like the highlights!
My Sketch World is hosting a sketch-a-thon starting tomorrow, February 1st, through February 15th. There will be challenges and a huge number of prizes from wonderful sponsors like Crop Chocolate, Apron Strings Designs, and many, many more. Come play!!!
It has happened again - the holidays have snuck up and are upon us!! If you are like me, you end up buying last-minute gift cards for all those folks you forgot to buy for. I came up with this gift card holder as a way to personalize those little credit-card sized cards so many merchants sell these days. If you would like to make one (or six), heres how:
Cut one piece of cardstock-weight paper at 7.25" by 4"
Cut one piece of cardstock-weight paper at 8" x 2.25"
Cut one piece of ribbon or cord at 10"
For decoration, cut a piece of paper (or ribbon) at 1.25" x 2.5". Stamp a sentiment, punch it out with a circle punch, and create a frame using a scallop circle punch and a coordinating paper. Create a small tag.
1. Score the 7.25x4 paper at 2.5 and 5 inches. Fold on score lines; if desired, use a circle punch to notch the center panel.
2. Adhere a thin line of adhesive at the bottom of the smaller panel and fold over to adhere to center panel. Fold over larger panel and here this over the smaller panel. This becomes the envelope.
3. Score the 8x2.25 paper at 4". Fold on score line. Punch a hole through the open end and thread the ribbon/cord through along with the tag. Tie closed. The gift card fits in this sleeve.
4. Decorate the envelope. Insert gift card sleeve into envelope.
I am really trying to use my tools ore, and to that end, I tried making some clean and simple cards using some of my embossing folders. I used the balloon stamp and sentiment from the Stampin' Up 'Up Up & Away' set and embossed the balloon for a little dimension. It was easy to whip out a set of these in a few different balloon colors, and I am pleased with how they came out!