Saturday, September 26, 2009

Toille Gift Card Holder Tutorial for the DIYers

Isn't it fun to give? I just recieved the best email! My box of over 170+ handmade cards was received by Operation Write Home! Sandy I am so glad you received the box! Now I am just thrilled that I am able to make a family & soldiers happy even for a moment!

Thanks soooo much for the great package of cards, Michelle! Beautiful
work!! Sandy
Sandy Allnock, President

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So, I'm on a gift card holder kick! I have made so many of these I cannot remember where I found idea but you can surely Google it and find TONS on it! I want to share this with all of you! They are fast. They are easy. The possibilities are endless! OK, I've already said that, but here is my quick tutorial. BlockquoteMy choice of stamps was easy, I'm totally in love with B&W toille! It is such a clean & sophisticated look!
Start with a 4 1/4 X 11" piece of carstock or heavy weight scrapbook paper. An 8 1/2 x 11 sheet with make 2 gift card holders. So talk about economical!!!

After you've made your mountain & valley folds. Turn your cardstock over. Decorate or stamp your cardstock before you glue or tape your folds together. It will be much easier to do this first!

Then, glue or my preferred method is double sided tape to adhere the 2 valley folds together. You will be gluing your decorated sides together. It seems weird, I know. Just do this part, because what comes next is a blast! Get your punches out....

Stamp your sentiments, punch your scalloped & regluarvcircles & layer. Add your embellies, ribbon & you're done!! Hope my Mom likes her gift, but I know she will ***LOVE*** her toille GC holder even more than the $$$ to Panera Bread!

Stamps: The Angel Company Vintage Vine Background, Stampin'Up
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Punches: EK Success & Marvy Uchida
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific & Stampin' Up
Ribbon: Walmart

No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank -

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gift Card Holders

Google it on the web "gift card holders" and you'll find so many tutorials that give you the {{{easiest}}} ways to make your very own gift card holders. Last year I sold these at our Church craft show.

They went fast!!! Why?
1. They are cheap!

2. They are easy to make!

3. So many people give gifts in the form of plastic!!! Why not dress those little boogers up?
Take a peak at my latest GC holders for a family who just had a baby girl and baby boy just turned 1 (Irish twins? hee hee!):

{{{Sources: The Angel Company, Martha Stewart/EKSuccess, Stamping Bella, DCWV, Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic Markers
*Note: All sources for the 2008 photo showcasing Gift Card Holders from last Christmas are too detailed to note. Please PM me if you want info from any of these projects and I will get that info to you. Thanks!}}}
Through many dangers, toils and snares...we have already come. T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...and Grace will lead us home. The Lord has promised good to me... His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion long as life endures. ~Amazing Grace, lyrics by John Newton (1725-1807)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Swing on my front porch!

Now that it's officially Fall, my favorite time of the year, I thought I'd post a card I made with a dream in mind: to really have my swing hung on my front porch! Ahhh, a girl can dream, right? My DH is hoping to get it hung up for me soon! I love to let the day drift away while I swing in a cool breeze!!! {{{Sigh}}}
****Back to Reality****
Until then, here is my card that shows my Screen Door card featuring a cute stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps! They have the most adorable stamp, but I tweeked it a bit!!! See...
After getting out my supplies, I got down to work!
My wire is some leftover stuff I have no idea where it came, my garage???, from but I wanted it to look like the chains that porch swings hang from. I have a paper piercer that I used to twist my wire around with a pair of pliers, and then carefully glued that down to my card front.
The tedious job of cutting out the swing out with my X-Acto knife was, ummmm {{{{fun}}}}! I managed to color, glue it down and add my embellishments! Whew, that was fun! I also cut out the small potted plant on the same stamp for a cute embellie next to corner of my card. I was going to enlarge it, but it became extra out-of-focus! So you have a small pic - sorry!
Thanks for looking!!!
{{{{Front Porch Swing on My Screen Door Card Recipe}}}}
Cardstock: DCWV & HOTP
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps & Impress Rubber Stamps
Ink: Palette
Markers: Copic
Misc. Brad from Memory Makers, wire (source unknown), Martha Stewart clear craft glue, Rhinestone accents by Best Ocassions Walmart.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Monday, September 14, 2009

Be Joyful Card

Want to hear something funny? I woke up feeling really good today! My fatigue has been better since my Iron Infusions (3 down, 2 to go) from my iron deficiency trouble. I'm not sure what to give credit, but all I know is that it feels really good to feel good!

So, how appropriate, my Screen Door card with the sentiment "Be Joyful" is the card I'm featuring today! Click my Etsy store link to order your very own Screen Door template! Just think of anything that is outside your door, and the card possibilities are endless! You'll {{{wow}}} anyone who gets a handmade Screen Door card!!!
Here is the close-up of that most adorable laughing daisy face! Too cute!
{{{Be Joyful Card Recipe}}}
Paper: GP Cardstock Walmart; Yellow "door" from DCWV sanded for worn look
Ink: Palette Hybrid Ink Noir
Stamps: The Angel Company Be Curious Set (TAC2634); Inky Antics Tiny Smile
Coloring Medium: Prismacolor Pencils & Blender Pencil
Misc.: Green brad source unknown; vinyl screen (any hardware store)
Door Template: See my Etsy Store for details

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. ::: Michelangelo :::

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Yippee, I was featured on Card of the!!!

Hi Everyone!!! I'm blog hopping during Sunday night football....uh, er, "watching with my DH while the Bears play the Packers....." :)

As I was flipping through some of my favorite blog places, my eyes just about bugged out of my head as I saw my blog name under Cardof by Susanna Boyd's blog as a featured project under Scrapbook Mini-Book for my Altered Journal post, the Abundance Journal. I am in such great company with so many other talented people. I am so completely honored!

Thank you Card of the Week so very much!!!

All art is the expression of one and the same thing - the relation of the spirit of man to the spirit of other men and to the world. Ansel Adams, via The Painter's Key

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Altered Journal

Hi everyone, I am first going to give a shout-out to Laurel's Place, a blog I follow, who is giving away some great blog candy....Check it out for yourself!

Secondly, drum roll please...........I will be featuring my first page by page layout on this Abundance Journal post. I made this for a dear friend. She has been so sweet and {{{real}}}}!!! Don't you just love it when someone is real and not phony or stuffy? I surely appreciate the great words of encouragement she's given me and the great connection we've made since our kiddies have been friends! Today is her birthday and I wanted to show you what I made for rock!!!

It's more than a Prayer Journal or Gratitude Journal, BUT Abundance Journal. All the great things about our lives, our homes, our kids (she has 7!!! Mwahhh-love 'em all) - our creativity, our passion for this great art form, family, food, (yes, I've even fed hers and my family=16 total for a great Italian dinner this summer, we can still smell the basil in the air and taste the salt of the Lupini beans on our fingertips - Mama Polizzi @ her best!) - OK, get it? Am I getting the point across? We are more than just blessed, we are all living in the Abundance God has given all of us! I think its this attitude could help so many of those suffering in our current economy...I know it's more than atttitude, but maybe it helps with the mindset primarily!

Here's my journal....I altered a tabbed chipboard book measuring approx. 5 X 7 - it's only $4.95 (The Angel Company), so it's economical for a handmade gift. Of course, the book needs to be painted to allow a nicer backdrop to your pages you create....I used acrylic paint from Americana, Anita's & Delta - Lt. Ivory & Moon Yellow mixed and painted, make sure to get all your edges, too!! (Here's a Go Green moment: I like to use empty & cleaned applesauce or fruit & pudding cups to mix my paint and use it for a palette).
Each page that I made to adhere to the book's pages measures 4 x6 1/2 and to keep my pages in a uniform color theme, I used an 8 X 8 paper pack from Daisy D's Paper & Die Cuts called, Chasing Butterflies. Such awesome papers! Love them!!!!
Here's a close up of the front cover, the title is punched paper & stamped words. Look at your stamps differently, too! Have a fancier letter, replace it over the regular "A" for the fancier one, and it gives almost a drop cap feature like as in your MS Word documents, etc.
Here's a close up of the bottom tag of the subtitle embellished with coordinated die cuts & a punched heart w/foam pop up tape.
The Pages
Each page features stamped images, journalling lined blocks, unwritten decorated reference tabs, and stamped with flourishes. I keep my flourishes consistent throughout the book - again, goes back to that uniform look....

After all the pages are adhered down, I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole into the front & back pages to add the large grommet (The Angel Company), making sure to catch the ribbon (source unknown) for a good closing medium. I like ribbon, it's more feminine! :)
Then, I will use an alphabet set to write the journal name on the spine. I like this touch, it's a quick reference thing again! Always sign your work (I used a stamp on the back cover, then signed my John Hancock in my artistic way...doesn't everyone do this?
Thanks for looking at my Abundance Journal, this is a great idea for a personalized, handmade but also a gift from the heart!
Thanks for looking!
Supplies used:
Inks: Palette Hybrid Ink, L'Amore Red, Landscape, Burnt Umber, Cognac; Tim Holtz Distressing Ink Tea Dye; VersaMagic Chalk Ink, Spanish Olive, Aegean Blue.
Embossing Folders: Provo Craft.
Stamp Sets from The Angel Company: More Abundance, Girlz & Boyz, Pray Hard, Be Authentic, F is for Family, He Loves Me GWP, Journalling Lines, He Said She Said, Trust in the Lord, Fruit of the Spirit, My Story, Spring Dream, It's the Little Things, Life is Short, Express Yourself, Peaceful Hearts, Autumn Memories, Everything Nice.
Stamps: Pineapple from Darcie's LLC, Matryoshka Dolls from My Cute Stamps, Enjoy Every Moment from SU, Foursquare & Primitive Beginnings from CHF, Hand-in-Hand from Gina K, Boards & Beams from PTI, Pointy Pencil from Whipper Snapper, Clothesline from Inky Antics, New Mom Bunny w/Baby Bunny from Art Gone Wild; Prayer Journal set from Clear Dollar Stamps.
Embellies: Brads & Large Grommets The Angel Company, Ribbon source unknown, button source unknown, Antique medium sized brads by Making Memories.
Punches: small heart by Martha Stewart, scallopped circle by Marvy.
Coloring Mediums: Spica Markers, Copic Markers, Prismacolor Pencils w/Blending Pencil.