Friday, February 22, 2013

Another Flip-Its Card and a New Tip-In

My daughter just finished her last round of chemotherapy, and she is all done with radiation, so here is a card I made to send her and let her know I am proud of her courage and strength through this past year of fighting breast cancer.  If you know someone who is fighting this disease, don't hesitate to send them cards of encouragement all along the way.  Ultimately, the cancer patient spends most of the fighting time in treatment, surgery, and doctor visits--many hours just waiting alone or with other newly-made friends undergoing similar treatment.

Here is the front of the card cut from the Flip-Its cards from Sizzix.  I used some wonderful coordinating papers and epoxy stickers from S.E.I.  They were in a great collection of fall-themed papers offered in a bargain packet at Creating Keepsakes Convention held at Opryland Hotel in Nashville this past fall.  If you get a chance to pick up a $20 bag full of S.E.I products at a convention, do not hesitate!  It was more than worth the money.  Big bang for a 20-spot!

The bird in the center was cut from some of my stash of old NRN Design papers left from some of the convention classes I used to teach for the company.  I embossed the vertical "Blessings" stamp and added a Memory Box die cut leaf and tendril to the edge of the "flip" part of the card so the tendril will show when the card is opened.

Inside, the stamped sentiment "May life always allow you to fly high" is surrounded by more leafy-looking flourish die cuts.  More epoxy stickers that go with this paper collection are seen on the flip circle and on the edge of the card, visible both on the closed card and also when it is opened.  The stamped sentiment and embellishments are mounted on a Nestabilities Circle die cut with inverted scallops.  A scalloped trim from the coordinating paper trims the sides of the card.

This card is a square card, like the last Flip-Its I published, but I didn't mail it in a half sheet size envelope with my fun technique.  Instead I sprung for the required extra postage of 20 cents and made a square envelope with the Martha Stewart Scoring Board and envelope triangle that goes with it.  Although I love this way to make envelopes, I personally am excited to be waiting on the new Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers--just ordered it from Marco's Paper at a great price with free shipping if one orders before they get their first order.  Here is a link to their site.

Valentine Card Tip-In for Swap

And now to the tip-in two-page spread.  This is the tip-in swap I am hosting on the Tennessee Stampers' Yahoo group board.  We have two groups of participants, nine in each group.  That should give us all nine nice tip-ins for our books.  I love the fact that everyone has a different theme.  It makes it challenging and fun to work in another person's book without actually having to handle it with care, worry about buckling the delicate book paper with too much wet glue or paint, spending priority mail prices to mail the book to the next person, praying that it won't be lost in the mail or damaged somehow.  Mailing an altered book is a scary thing!  AND costly, especially if your book is large or thick and heavy.

This friend's theme is the "Hallmark of Caring".  She is re-purposing a book that was all about Hallmark Cards, so she is using the book's subject matter as stimulus for her theme.  I chose to use Valentines' Day cards for my tip-in.  I made two actual Valentines, one from Artistic Outpost's Cutie Pie plate for the "Then" card and one for the "Now" card from the humorous collection of funny old ladies made by Art Impressions.  Both images are colored with Copic markers.

These are on facing pages, heart doilies behind the cards.  The doily behind the AE stamped card is tinted with Ranger's Distress inks.  Tim Holtz's new embossed Kraft-backed Core'dinations Seasonal Impressions papers--Valentine's Day red one--is cut up and placed on the page in various spots.  The "By Definition" (now retired) typewritten background stamp on love is from Stampin' Up.  Wooden hearts painted pink and red are palettes for little sayings found on conversation hearts.  Inside the "Then" card is a history of the Valentine Card.  Click here for a video by Tim Holtz showing his collection of Core'dinations Seasonal Impressions

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Contest From Ranger!

Ranger Color Palette Inspiration 

Time to enter a contest.  Range is sponsoring a February Color Palette Inspiration & Contest for a great giveaway of the colors they have chosen.  To enter, you must create something using colors from the chosen palette.  Not all the colors have to be used, so I chose ones that work with this Valentine card.  The stamped image is from Tim Holtz's new Blueprint Mini stamp collection.  It is colored in and then enhanced with Ranger's Stickles Glitter Glue.  The background uses one of Tim's embossing folders with the harlequin pattern and Co'ordination cardstock sanded to emphasize the pattern.  Then Ranger Distress inks in Festive Berries and Black Soot are applied with Tim's foam application tool.  The sentiment is done with a label maker and glitter heart accents are from EKSuccess.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Cards for Snowy Weather!

Winter is still raging in America, and with the northeast digging out from under the recent storm, it is time to show a "Welcome to Winter" card!  Using Stephanie Barnard's Circle Flip-Its card, I want to begin by showing how to mail a square card without the extra postage required by a square envelope.  Simply use a larger rectangular envelope (6" x 9") that will go with one stamp--the size for mailing an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet folded in half .  Punch some small shapes out of the envelope on the left side so it will not interfere with the stamped side, leaving some room for your return address.  Then cut a piece of cardstock (good to have it coordinate with your card) to fill in the holes left by the punches and to take up extra room in the card.   Adhere this to the inside of the card by tape runner or glue stick.  If you run the insertion piece through a Xyron, making the front side the sticky side, it will leave a sticky area where the punched shapes are if you want to add some glitter, pearlescent powders, or gold or silver leaf for a little pizazz on the mail art.  Just be certain to glue the edges of your punched shapes down well so they will not catch on the mail equipment.  If you prefer to NOT punch holes in your envelope, just glue a piece of cardstock into that end of the card so the square card will not be floating around inside a huge envelope, but will occupy its own space inside.

Card Front
Now for the card.  Using the round Flip-Its Sizzix die, cut the card from a heavy printed cardstock--the one I used was foiled, so the silver areas are reflecting other colors in the photos.  The back was stamped with a variety of blues and a couple of Stampin' Up stamps that look like snow.  If you have a two-sided cardstock, the stamping will not be necessary.  The large snowflake is cut from silver-glittered cardstock and with the Sizzix Basic Grey Snowflake #3, trimmed to fit the circle in the Flip-Its card.  The center is punched from a recycled Christmas card because of its foiled snowy looking pattern.  A little bling is added to the center of the punched snowflake.  Magenta's self adhesive peel-offs in silver grace the outside edges of the card and help to reinforce the folded area.

The inside of the card shows the stamped sentiment trimmed with the same Magenta trim and another punched snowflake from the recycled card.
Card Inside

 Here is another view of the envelope ready to deliver this fun wintry card to one of my friends for a Card of the Month swap on the Tennessee Stampers' Yahoo Group.

Front view of envelope and card