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Thank you for visiting my blog about cards and other hobbies. Stamp Club is for anyone that would enjoy making cards and learning new techniques - we would love to have you come! We meet the first Saturday of each month or the following Monday (unless changed because of holidays). (Each monthly get together is held those two days - sometimes one day is more convenient than the other!) An Evite is sent out each month - so if you would like to come to Stamp Club, just email me and let me know to put you on the Evite list: helencashon@gmail.com . Sometimes we have Stamp-A-Stacks or other classes also.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Card, "Eddie's" bookmark, Wendy's Teacher gift

Made the blue/gold/red birthday wishes card below for Sally's Saturday which was yesterday -- the stamping/scrapbooking/let's just have fun get together on the third Saturday of each month -- Sally calls it PC@PPC which stands for Paper Crafts at Pittman Park Church. I'm still on a masculine card kick! Sometimes Penny and/or I will prepare a card that the attendees can make -- and each person makes a card and pays $1 per card for the supplies. The last two times Penny did one card and I did one card. I had taken this picture before hand of the card I prepared for everyone to make (so they would have a sample to look at). Again, this was CASED from someone on splitcoast stampers. When I went trying to find it again several weeks ago so I could see how the card was made, I couldn't find it -- so I don't know to whom to give credit. I just thought it was a really nice looking masculine card -- something about that gold strip and the red ribbon at the bottom. The stamp sets used are Baroque Motifs and the sentiment is Sincere Salutations. We used a sentiment from retired Cheery Chat in the inside. All were embossed with Versamark and gold embossing powder. Cardstock used is Night of Navy and Brushed Gold. I'll have to upload later the card Penny prepared for everyone to make. It was really, really pretty too - makes me want to go get the stamp set she used too! The just having one or two cards like that has been working out well - it gives us something in particular to do and then we also have time after that is done to work on our own card or scrapbooking projects and to share information about cards and scrapbooking. I do believe a good time was had by all yesterday! Next month Melrose, with Penny's help, is going to teach us how to quill. She has some really awesome quilled shapes she has made, and she has showed us briefly how it is done and the tool and paper that is used. I'm looking forward to learning it! Have seen some cards on splitcoast with some really awesome animals made with quilling.

"Eddie" Olliff made some bookmarks for Community Bible Study, and they turned out so cute. She gave me one, and I wanted to share them with you. The really neat thing she came up with -- attached to the bookmark, is the little coin holder with the little seed cross in it. I asked her how she made them, what tape she used -- and she used the SNAIL adhesive, put it down in a cross shape, and then arranged the seeds with her finger on the tape. Then she closed the coin holder so that it stayed closed, stamped the little seed packet on it, and sponged the coin holder. The ladies just loved them! The pictures below are a close up of the coin holder seed cross, then one side of the bookmark with "Bloom where you are planted" - the perfect saying to go with the seed cross, and then the other stamp and saying on the back.

This next picture is a Junior Legal Pad Holder that Wendy Weaver did for end of the year teacher presents -- I believe this one is for a male teacher. She brought it to Wednesday night supper at church to show me and I asked if I could borrow it and take a picture of it. She used the Wood Grain technique we learned in our May stamp club meeting. That made me feel really good to see the technique being used --and so quickly after we learned it. The Junior Legal Stamp Pad holder is really nice! They would make nice Christmas presents too. (Which reminds me -- we need to start thinking Christmas cards and get an early start on them so they will be ready when it is time to mail them!)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Stamp Club Projects 5.2.09

Several posts done today. Put this one up last since it is the projects done in Saturday's workshop. The other posts for today are the display cards I had made and links to origami shirt, etc.

Spiral Pop-Up Card
Card front and inside cased from splitcoaststamper poster MelisLeach - card posted December 31, 2008.

This is the first project we did at Stamp Club on 5-2-09. The front is stamped with the grass image from SU!'s Inspired by Nature which I realized is on the Dormant List. Which means it may or may not be in future catalogs! The base of the card is Kiwi Kiss card stock. The scallop edged strip was 1 1/2" wide before scalloping it. Then a length of Kiwi Kiss ribbon was glued on. Another shorter strip of Kiwi Kiss ribbon was tied into a half knot and the ends v'd and it was glued on with a mini glue dot. The butterflies are from the Flight of the Butterfly set - they are used both on the cover of the card and the inside. One thing we did learn yesterday was that when you are cutting your spiral -- skinnier is better - I believe the instructions say 1/8" and you really need to look at ruler and think 1/8" or less. If you cut the spiral too thick - like 1/4" then you don't have much spiral or much length to go from one part of the card to the other.
See tutorial here:
Click on Resources, then on Projects, then scroll down to Spiral Pop Up Card
Direct link: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/spiral_pop_up_card/
At splitcoast, do a search on Spiral Pop Up cards or click on the Spiral Pop Up gallery link at the bottom of the tutorial to see spiral pop up cards others have done with different sets. Some of them have 3 spirals. I especially like the bright colored one with all the stars.

Simple Shirt Card
CASED from splitcoaststamper poster: Figaro. Card posted January 4, 2009.

This card was a single layer card - no fold. I just stamped the Happy Father's Day sentiment on the back (not pictured). The design on the shirt was made using security envelopes. I had the security envelope on the left with the small blue print. I've seen some other security envelopes with a great print also. One thing about using the security envelopes - you don't have to buy them -- look at the envelopes that we receive bills in -- Also, some of the return envelopes that come with bills are security envelopes and since some of us pay some of our bills online or by phone these days, we don't even use those envelopes. So now they could be put to good use.
Again - remember that these could be masculine birthday cards.

Below is how the shirt card started out. I took an A2 card front and trimmed a little off the long sides so that when I glued the envelope inside to it there weren't any creases. Then I traced the card onto the envelope inside, cut it out, and glued it with Anywhere Glue Stick - covered it well so that the envelope was well adhered to the cardstock in all places. I liked the Glue Stick for this cause it was easier to completely cover a wide expanse of cardstock - it is square and it goes in the corners and glides on really well.
Then, on the back, cardstock side -- from the top measure down 3/4" of an inch and make a dot - to this on both sides. Then measure in from the sides 1" and very lightly (so you won't see it later) and draw a line. Then cut on that line. The image above was the template, so it doesn't have the envelope liner part on it - but you can see how the lines were cut and then the collar is folded on angle. Below is the finished card with a tie we cut out also from a template. Glue the tie on with a glue dot and then put a glue dot where the "button" would be to hold the collar down.

Wood Grain Technique
CASED from splitcoast poster: scrappybug posted Feb. 8, 2009

There are 3 tutorials further down that give directions about this technique. Try them and see which one works best for you. NOTE: You probably will end up having a dedicated brown ink pad for this technique. Or a dedicated Craft White. And therefore having to buy new ones of those for other purposes. (I now have dedicated both.) One of the tutorials suggests that when you get the white onto your brown ink pad to then blot it off on a sheet of copy paper, so see if that works. You also need to have a grid sheet or some other kind of protective sheet under your cardstock piece because you will be dragging the ink pad from off the cardstock all the way across it and off the bottom.
One of the tutorials says to streak the cardstock with the white craft pad (I used Stampin' Up white craft ink pad) first, then the brown - I used Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa Classic Ink Pad. (I tried Chocolate Chip and it seemed too dark - maybe pad was too juicy - it got too much ink on the card.) So in this one, you get white craft ink on your Cocoa ink pad - which might come off if you rub it immediately on copy paper -- or you might just have to dedicate that Cocoa pad to woodgraining.
Another of the tutorials streaks with the brown ink (Cocoa) first and then streaks with the white craft ink and said that the brown classic dye ink won't come off on the white craft pad. With us on Saturday, it did. Maybe I should have let the dye ink dry for a minute or so...
Check your fingers before going to other parts of the card as they probably have gotten ink on them!
The fish above was stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp from SU! Fly Fishing Set. Colored it with palette made by pressing top of Old Olive ink pad into pad before opening it and then picking up the color with a blender pen. I just colored parts of the fish - not all of it. Then I cut it out. Using another piece of woodgrain we had done (NOTE that I did not draw the board lines on this one but I think I forgot to mention that during class and everybody drew board lines on both pieces of woodgrain we were doing), we cut the mounting board -- about 1/4" from the tail and 1/4" from the mouth and however much you want on the top and bottom - probably more than 1/4". (The piece I used for the mounting board measures 1 ¾” x 3 ½”.) Then ticket corner punch the corners. The backing behind the mounting board (so that it will show up on top of the woodgrain card front) is watercolor paper - cause it had a little texture to it. I cut it about 1/2" longer and wider than the mounting board piece so that there is 1/4" border on all sides when you place the mounting board on it. Then ticket corner punch those corners also. Pop up the fish on the mounting board, pop up the mounting board on the watercolor paper, and pop up the watercolor paper on the woodgrained card front -- all with Dimensionals.
Stamp sentiment with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink on Very Vanilla, punch out with Wide Oval punch, and mount with Dimensionals.

Wanda Pettijohn:


There are a couple variations to this technique. I think most of the tutorials used More Mustard cardstock for the base. Creamy Caramel cardstock seemed to work best for me. My sample with the Creamy Caramel is base of the card above and also the picture below on the right. The "board" the fish is mounted on above was done on the More Mustard.
The picture on the left below shows weathered wood. This was made using Sahara Sand cardstock, Going Gray Classic Ink Pad, and Craft White ink pad. I didn't draw the board lines on the right side of the weathered one so you can see that drawing the board lines on and making the nail holes (I decided I liked two nail holes on each like on the left) makes a big difference in making it look more realistically like wood grain/boards. I just eyeballed how far apart to make the lines. And I used the hard (not brush) tip of my black Stampin' Up marker because the lines need to be thin - so use a light hand and make them thin and not too heavy.

These were the cards we did on Saturday. We talked about the Faux Alligator technique and I explained how it was done, but did not demonstrate.
I did some more posts earlier today (so they would be below this post) showing Father's Day/masculine birthday cards I had made to display yesterday. I believe I broke those up into 3 separate posts just because it was easier to do that way. On one of them are links about how to make an origami shirt -- not that hard once you look at and follow the tutorial. And then there are some made with dollar bills. And then one with a shirt and pants made from two separate dollar bills. And a more complicated one (which I decline to try thank you!) that folds the tie and then makes the shirt -- that's a little too much folding and unfolding, etc.
Thanks for "listening"/reading.

More display pictures 5.2.09

Cased from: _______________
I liked this grill too. The grill part itself is just the 1 3/4" (I think) circle punch cut in half and the lines drawn on with SU! white pen. The legs are the Word Window punch out of some silver texturized paper I found in Savannah. The handle on the lid is made from that also. The larger wheel is the 3/4" circle punch and the smaller wheel is the 1/2" circle punch.

And -- one more -- (these were the last of the display cards I made -- but the others are shown on earlier posts today which mean they are below here.)

BBQ apron template:

This card was cased from splitcoaststamper poster: stampinwithroxy - card uploaded April 8, 2008.

The original card from which this was cased was made a little darker blue by putting the ink pad direct to paper. I just used Brocade Blue cardstock. The apron template was found on Mirkwood Designs (see address above - and/or google Mirkwood Designs and see this and other templates). Holes for the ribbon and the brads are the 1/8" punch I think. Happy Father's Day stamped image is from SU! All Holidays set. The "ribbon" at the top of the sentiment tag is the twill tape. The spatula is the small tag punch for the spatula part with the small slot punch for the slots in the spatula; the handle is the Word Window Punch. It's kind of a short handle, but since part of it is hidden in the apron, that didn't matter for this card. It amazes me what people can come up with creatively. When I see tag punch - I think -- tags. Not so with everybody! The oven mitt I just used part of the Wide Oval punch and part of Word Window punch for the thumb and glued them together and just traced and adapted a little til it looked like I wanted it.

Totally Tool cards -- on a roll!

And then I got on a roll of making some cards with Stampin' Up!'s Totally Tool set that is in the April - June 2009 Occasions Mini catalog. I rather enjoyed coloring and cutting out those little tools. The sentiments are from And Many Mower in same catalog. I still want to make one or two more tool cards -- have some brads from the local scrapbooking store that the top is made to look like the screws you use a Phillips head screwdriver with. Gotta incorporate some of them!
One card is a tool belt -- top “shirt” part is SU designer series paper; bottom is Brocade Blue.
CASED from: Pure-Genius - card posted March 10, 2009. Technically the little strap that the hammer is hanging from should be closer to the bottom edge of the tool belt -- but I was running out of card room at the bottom, so I moved it up.

This pegboard like card is CASED from: _____________ I'll have to go back and find that and edit this post to give the original creator credit. Those are small silver brads holding the tools and in the open spaces on the "pegboard."

This card reminds me of a shelf in a workshop -- the brick looking paper is from “To The Nines” specialty designer series paper which is neat paper - it is textured as well as decorative paper. CASED from: swain78 - card posted March 28, 2009

More 5.2.09 Sample Display cards

For the golfer Dad - golf card made from And Many Mower set. Made a mistake on that one -- the inner piece with the flag pole needs to be same size or smaller than the piece with the golfer on it -- I had to go back and add more Summer Sun to make that piece big enough so would cover.
CASED from JanTink - card posted April 21, 2009

Shirt and vest card. Making the tie with the grosgrain ribbon was a challenge! It is done on a piece of string because ribbon too thick to go around (doesn’t fit under the cardstock collar like real tie fits under real collar.) Had to get Earl to show me several times. Finally I had to put his tie around my neck and tie it and then tie the ribbon.
CASED from poster scgustaf - card posted April 29, 2006

This shirt and vest also turned out a little differently at the top collar part than the one I was CASING. So -- I put it on a larger size card base -- I've finally made the step to using a card base larger than an A2 size.
When I first saw the original card of this shirt and vest, I thought the tag punch (small one) would be too large for the pockets - but it's not! Also the original card I was looking at had stamped the shirt part with the linen background and the vest part with I think canvas background - which really dresses up the shirt and vest. Since both those backgrounds are retired, I skipped that step.

Origami Shirt
This shirt was made from one of the Palette of Prints designer paper pads. The case of the card is Barely Banana. The "Happy Father's Day" sentiment is from the SU! set And Many Mower in the April-June 2009 Occasions Mini catalog.
I thought these were sooo cute when I first saw them a year or two ago. Once you look at Cambria Turnbow's directions on her blog - they are really not that complicated to fold. I drew the line to separate the two sides of the shirt and then put the white brads in. The "Happy Father's Day" sentiment is from Stampin' Up!'s And Many Mower set that is in the April - June 2009 mini catalog.

Several tutorials (went to http://www.youtube.com and did a search on origami shirt folding:

Easiest one: not video - just pictures. Tutorial on Cambria Turnbow’s blog:

Thought these were interesting too:
Shirt made with dollar bill:

This was pretty neat -- it is a shirt (made a little bit different at the bottom) and a pair of pants.


This is MUCH more complicated, and I don’t think I ‘ll try this one -- to labor intensive! - but it is neat to see him do the tie and then the shirt -- all out of one one dollar bill.

Another shirt and tie one - but he has prefolded everything - but his turns out a little neater.

I just thought the shirts made with the dollar bills were so cute and so had to try one...this is not as neat looking as some -- I watched the videos more and learned more about using the white edge of the bill as the collar and if you position it correctly, the various markings on the dollar bill will make a nicer looking shirt. But it did OK for a first or second try!

More to come!

5.3.09 Sample display cards made for 5.2.09

Found the instructions for the Father's Day wallet card below. The outside piece to make the wallet is 9” x 3 ½” and scored at 4 7/16” and 4 9/16” (so you have room for the card slots, etc.).
Inside piece is 8 ½” x 3 ¼” scored at 4 ¼”. Larger pockets are 4 3/16” x 2” -- cut two. Smaller pockets are 4 3/16” x 1” -- cut two. Round corners where needed. These directions I found beneath a card by splitcoaststamper poster irishgreensue - she gave credit to Dannie Graves for the tutorial -- see link below. The different pieces inside the wallet are adhered with the red O' So Sticky tape.

I made the cuttlebugged wallet below first. Then found the tutorial on Faux Crocodile/Faux Alligator, so tried a card with that too. The faux alligator wallet picture is above. (I haven't gotten into thinking in reverse order yet and when I add something to the blog, it goes to the top even though I would prefer it at the bottom.) The faux crocodile/alligator tutorials are:

Faux Alligator/Crocodile:
Ann Clemmer and Stamperdog: http://www.stamperdog.com/Gallery/Video/CampCroc.htm

Also see http://www.flowerbug.typepad.com and look for Technique Classes and look for Faux Alligator. She used Glassy Glaze Enamel. I used Clear Detail Embossing Powder. See splitcoast poster: flowerbugnd1

I also thought the tip of the bone folder was a little wide, so I used tip of scissors. I think next time I try it if I have time I will try making circles (rather than squiggly lines one way and then other way) with uneven edges so that it looks more like alligator.

Note -- to make alligator, use chocolate chip card stock. To make crocodile, use Mellow Moss cards stock.

Wallet - can hold money in larger back part and could hold gift cards (with monetary ones or homemade chore ones) in the “card” slots. The picture of the left I took later than the others and it shows the slots better than the picture on the right. I'll have to see if once it is uploaded to the blog if I we can click on the picture to make it bigger and then maybe see those slots. I paper pierced and drew in lines on this first one for stitching; then ran it through the Cuttlebug with the mosaic folder. Happy Father’s Day stamp is from SU! All Holidays set.
Wallet Card:
Cased from splitcoaststamper poster irishgreensue (card posted June 2, 2008) who included reference to
Dannie Graves whose tutorial includes the measurements: http://danniesdesigns.typepad.com/my_weblog/tutorial/page/2/


The card from which this card was CASED on splitcoaststampers caught my eye cause it uses the SU! Inspired by Nature grass stamp - but uses pink ink rather than green or brown ink -- I thought -- that’s different! It also is stamped onto Pirouette Pink designer series paper, which I don’t normally think about doing. Also used on this are the felt Flower Fusion Too (p. 177). Happy Mother’s Day stamp is from SU! All Holidays.
This cards CASED from: poster elliesmom uploaded February 7, 2009


Chocolate Chip ink and vanilla card stock Dad card. Stamp from Eight Great Greetings in the April - June 2009 Occasions Mini catalog. Brown felt stitched wide ribbon was from a previous mini catalog. I made the felt ribbon one first then also did one and used the 1/4" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, which should be in present catalog. 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain is in present catalog too - I think I may have liked the grosgain ribbon card with a wider ribbon than the 1/4".
Card CASED from poster akjuda dated March 9, 2009

More to come - am uploading a few pictures at a time and inputting the information below them.