Sunday, May 31, 2015

Celebrate Summer Pocket Card

Summer’s here, and what better way to celebrate than with this sweet little surprise for your favorite gardener? This is a wonderful little happy to cheer someone up, tuck into a gift bag or offer an extra-special thank you, and this little pocket card is not only pretty, it contains a nice surprise.

You can make this in 30 minutes or less so it’s a pleasure to give. Make several at one time to have on hand when you need a special little something at the last minute.

Here’s how:

  • Kool Tak™ Dimensional Foam Squares, 1/4” x 1/4” x 1/8
  • Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear Adhesive, 1/4”
  • Card stock, textured , 8 1/2” x 11” (Graphic 45 Coordinations), and cream, 3” x  4” (Stampin’Up®)
  • Patterned paper or card stock scraps, 3 5/8” x 4 5/8” and 3 3/8” x 4 3/8”
  • Colored pencil, green (Prismacolor)
  • Ribbon, gold, 1/2” x 8” and green, 1/2” x 28”
  • Flower Punch
  • Circle Punch, 1”
  • Cropadile or long reach hole punch, 1/8”
  • Distress Ink, Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
  • Pearl Pen (Viva Décor)
  • Flower seed packets

  • Tools: Scissors, paper cutter with scoring blade, small flat paint brush, sponges

Refer to the template below and use it as a guide to cut and score the textured card stock.

Apply 1/4” Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear Adhesive vertically along 2 1/2”side flap and horizontally along bottom flap.

Fold the bottom flap up and remove the release paper. Fold the 2” flap toward the center and adhere it to the bottom flap.

 Fold the 2 1/2” flap toward the center, remove the release paper and adhere it to the right and bottom flaps.
Note: This is the front of the card. The added papers will cover the seams.

Punch a half circle at the center top opening. Sponge the edges with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

Sponge the edges of the printed papers with Distress Inks and attach them to the card front with 1/4” Kool Tak™ Ultra Clear Adhesive.

On the cream card stock, mark the center of the card about 1 1/2 from the top, then mark a spot 3/8 om either side and punch two holes with the Cropadile.

Draw flower stems with the flat brush, dipping it onto the green stamp pad and brushing down from about 1 1/2 from the top of the cream card stock. Blend more color into the stems with the green colored pencil.

 Punch two holes on either side of the stems, just below the 1 1/2 mark and thread the gold ribbon through from back to front. Tie the ribbon in a bow across the drawn stems.

Punch the flowers from the card stock scraps, sponge the edges with Distress inks and adhere the flowers to the cream card stock at the top of the stems with 1/4” Kool Tak™ Dimensional Foam Squares.

Tip: If your card stock scraps are not quite the shade you want, just press them into the ink pads to make the colors blend with the overall appearance of the card.
Use the Pearl Pen to add centers to the flowers.

Wrap the green ribbon around the seed packets, top to bottom, and tie a bow at the top. Slip it inside the pocket with the bow showing at the half-circle cutout.

That’s it. Quick and easy-peasy. You’ll want to make several of these to have on hand when you need a sweet little something to tuck in a gift bag or just to give on it’s own. Your friends will remember you all summer long when they see the beautiful addition you gave them for their garden.

Tip: Change up the color scheme and slip cocoa, popcorn or tea bags in a Glassine envelope in the pocket for seasonal gifts.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Proud to Be an American

I love the latest stamps from KellyCraft featuring the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. They are such characters, so typical of southerners.

One thing I really love about this family is their love of our country, so I decided to make this card featuring Willie Robertson using some of my Makin's Air Dry Clay star embellishments that I made with bits and pieces of leftover clay from another project. As a matter of fact, all the pieces in this card are from leftovers. Pieces of paper and card stock that were too big to throw away have been inked to blend with my burgundy, navy and beige color scheme. The jute is left from a long-ago project that I don't even remember. The phrase stamp is a retired stamp from Stampin'Up!® that I have always loved.

Here's how I made it:

  • KellyCraft Jimbo Lojik Acrylic Stamps (Duck Commander Clear Polymer, Set 1)
  • Mason Jar die (Eileen Hull for Sizzix) 
  • Makin's White Air Dry Clay
  • Makin's Clay Star Cutter, small
  • Scraps of blue, burgundy, tan and cream card stock
  • Scraps of printed card stock
  • Distress Inks, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
  • Dye Ink, Cranberry
  • Jute, approximately 10"
  • Patriotic phrase stamp
  • Sponges
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Large Glue Dot, cut into quarters

1. Roll Makin's Air Dry White Clay to 1/8" thick, cut with the smallest star cutter and allow to dry overnight.

Tip: When you are working on any project with Makin's Air Dry Clay, you will always have a few leftover bits and pieces. Use these in clay mold, with clay cutters or just shape them into freehand roses, spirals, etc. When you need an embellishment, you'll already have something on hand. The clay can be mixed with acrylic paint to change colors or painted after drying.

2. Cut blue card stock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and fold to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Ink the edges with Faded Jeans ink.

3. Cut blue printed card stock to 5 1/4" x 4". Ink the edges with Faded Jeans ink. Cut another piece 3 1/2" x 1 1/2",  and ink with Faded Jeans ink.

4. Cut burgundy card stock to 5" x 3 3/4" and ink edges with Cranberry ink. Cut a second piece 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" and ink edges with Cranberry ink.

5. Cut second piece of printed card stock to 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" ink edges with Cranberry ink.

6. Ink the stars with Cranberry, Faded Jeans and Tea Dye inks.

7. Apply double stick tape to the back of the blue patterned card stock and adhere to the blue card base.

8. Apply double stick tape to the second piece of printed card stock and attach it to the burgundy card stock.

9. Stamp the Duck Commander stamp in Faded Jeans on cream card stock and trim to 3" x 2 1/2". Ink the edges with Vintage Photo, Faded jeans and Cranberry inks. Attach to the  3 1/4" x 2 3/4" burgundy card stock and adhere it to the card front.

10. Stamp the Proud to be an American stamp in cranberry ink on tan card stock. Trim and ink the edges with Cranberry and Faded Jeans ink. Apply a strip of double stick adhesive to the back of the tan card stock and attach three 2 1/2" pieces of jute to the center.

11. Attach the phrase tag to the 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" piece of blue printed card stock, lining it up on the right side with about  a 1/4" margin. Fold the left side back to leave a 1 1/4" margin. Wrap the left side to the back the burgundy/printed card stock layer and adhere the front in place. Trim the jute if necessary, then attach the clay stars with 1/4 of a large glue dot.

Tip: When using Glue Dots, fold the release paper over on the dots and cut them into smaller pieces to attach small embellishments. You make your Glue Dots last longer and your scissors won't get sticky. 

12. Attach the top layer to the rest of the card with double-stick tape.

I think this will make a nice little Independence Day greeting for my friends. It went together quickly, used up some of my stash and is in one of my favorite color combinations. This easy-to-make cards is one of those projects that can be completed on a lap desk in front of the TV. Guess what I'll be doing for the next few nights.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Personalized Doggie Bandana

I would do anything for my sweet sixteen-year-old Sam, the Wonder Lab, so when I had the opportunity to work with Joy iron-on letters, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Sam lets me dress him up in jackets when it rains or is cold and bandanas the rest of the time, but he has never had his own personalized clothing before.
Here’s how I made it:
  • Joy Embroidered Iron-on Letters, 1 ½” Cooper Style Letters, white
  • KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square and Multi-Mat
  • Bandana (Hobby Lobby)
  • Pearl Pen, white (Viva Décor)
  • Iron
  • Pressing Cloth


1. Press the bandana. Fold it into a triangle, then fold the sides in so that it fits on the Kellycraft Multi-Mat. Turn on the laser light and line up the letters.


2. Remove the release paper on each letter and stick the letters down.

3. Remove the bandana from the Kellycraft Multi-Mat and place it on your ironing surface.
Cover the letters with a pressing cloth. Set the iron on the cotton setting and iron press the letters for 30 seconds.

4.     Use the Pearl Pen to add dot embellishments and allow it to dry.

4.     Tie it around your pet’s neck, sit back and admire.

Tip: You can change these letters to any color you like with a little bit of fabric dye!

Here are a few of Sam's out-takes:
The food bribe.

Ignoring the camera.
Is this really necessary?
I'm bored.
Wake me when this is over.