Thursday, August 26, 2010

very brave!

I made this layout for the 2 page layout week challenge over at the American Crafts blog!

left side...
right side...

Supplies Used...
Pattern Paper: American Crafts
Paper Flower: Sassafras Lass
Brad: American Crafts
Trim and Buttons: Maya Road
Stamp: Studio Calico
Pen: American Crafts


Thursday, August 19, 2010

[a] Photo Cube Tutorial

These photo cubes are so fun to make that I had to share them with you ♥ They make a very cute alternative to giving a card!

12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper
trimmer with scoring blade or stylus
double stick tape
embellishments, photos, punches, etc.

1. Using the ruler on your trimmer, measure in 2 3/4 of an inch from the left hand side of your paper and make a cut stopping 3 1/4" from the bottom.
2. Turn card stock 90° and insert paper into trimmer to measure 3 1/4". Measure 2 3/4 of an inch from the top, insert your trimmer blade and cut until you reach the bottom of your paper and you are left with an "L" shape.
3. Starting with the side of your paper that is 2 3/4 of an inch wide (place paper in trimmer like a backwards "L"), score at 1/2", 3 1/4", 6", 8 3/4", and 11 1/2".
4. Turn card stock to score that other side at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4", and 11".

5. Hold your paper to form an "L" shape and trim 1/2" off of the right hand side.
6. Trim the corners and tabs as shown.
7. Decorate as desired.
8. Add sticky back tape to the tabs, form your cube and you are done!

Supplies for American Crafts...
Cardstock;  Pattern Paper (Compliments, Reply, and Sincerely from the Letterbox collection; Opal and Blanche from the Botanique collection);  Flair (Postcard);  Printed Chipboard Shapes (Letterhouse);  Paper Flowers (Dear Lizzy Springhouse);  Dimensional Stickers (Giddy);  Brads (mini jewel brads and pearl brads).

Supplies from American Crafts...
Pattern Paper (Roosevelt Way from the Abode collection and Radical Raspberry, Maverick Mango, Citrus Chill from the Heat Wave Collection);  Dimensional Stickers (Giddy);  Brads (Dear Lizzy - medium glitter brads).  Other (cork).

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Border Punch Flowers!

The American Crafts blog is having a "punch challenge" this week! The flowers on my card are made using a Martha Stewart border punch.

Supplies: Papers (American Crafts Letterbox Warm Wishes, Botanique Amelia and Betty); Flair (American Crafts Postcard); Stamp (Hero Arts); Lace (Maya Road)


Thursday, August 5, 2010

[a] Special Delivery portfolio!

I've been promising my Mom that I'd make her a book to store her take out menus and it finally happened!  It is my parents 39th Wedding Anniversary in a couple of days so I thought now would be a perfect time to make it for them.  It was so fun to make that I couldn't help but share a how to!  Enjoy :)

pattern paper (about 4 - 12 X 12 pieces)
paper clip
3 X 3 Post It Note pad
3 inch strip of ribbon
letter stickers
paper trimmer
X-Acto knife
Zutter binding system, binder rings, or ribbon

1.  Trim your chipboard pieces, one to measure 6 X 11 and one to measure 7 X 11.

2.  Trim your pattern paper to measure 7 X 12 and 8 X 12.  Adhere these using Elmers Spray Adhesive to your chipboard.  The 7 X 12 piece goes with the 6 X 11 chipboard and the 8 X 12 goes with the 7 X 11 chipboard.

3.  Miter the corners of your paper. Fold the sides of your paper to go around the chipboard.  Adhere these sides to the chipboard.

4.  Trim two pieces of pattern paper to measure 5 3/4 X 10 3/4 and 6 3/4 X 10 3/4.  Adhere the 6 3/4 X 10 3/4 to the inside of your 7 X 11 chipboard.

For the 5 3/4 X 10 3/4 paper, using an X-Acto knife, make a small slice the width of your paperclip at about 6 inches from the top and 2 7/8 in.  Insert your paper clip and adhere pattern paper to the 6 X 11 chipboard.  For added protection, attach a 3 X 3 piece of cardstock under your paperclip.

 5.  Bind your portfolio either using a binding system such as a Zutter or you could use binder rings or ribbon.

6.  Cut a piece of pattern paper to measure 3 X 9.  Score at 2 1/2, 3, 6, and 6 1/2 inches.  Fold on score lines and attach Post It Note pad in the centre.  Fold over to protect your Post It Notes and keep in place with a Velcro circle.  Decorate as desired.

Fold your ribbon in loop that is wide enough to store your pen and adhere to the back of your covered Post It Note pad.

7.  Adhere to the inside cover of your portfolio.

8.  Trim a piece of pattern paper to measure 6 X 6.  Fold the top down and apply adhesive to keep in place.

Trim two pieces of cardstock to measure 2 1/2 X 5.  Score at 1/2", 1", 1 1/2", 2", and 2 1/2" and accordion fold.  Apply these pieces to the left and right backside of your pattern paper. 

9.  Apply adhesive to the accordion folds and the bottom of your pattern paper and adhere to your covered 7 X 11 chipboard piece.  Use clothes pins to hold in place while it dries.

The finished inside...

American Crafts Supplies:
Pattern Paper:  Magnolia Lane, Chateau Court, Cobbler Cover, Rocklin Lane, and Sugar Blvd. (Abode collection)
Chipboard Shapes:  Craft Fair (My House)
Thickers:  Leg Warmers
Ribbon:  Everyday (from spool)

Other Supplies:
chipboard; Spray Adhesive (Elmers); Cardstock (Bazzill); small binder clip.

Have a happy day,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Daily Envelope Mini

I had so much fun making this envelope mini album...

that I had to share how to make it!  The tutorial can be found on the Maya Road blog by clicking here :)

Have fun!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I made this layout for the American Crafts button challenge!

American Crafts Supplies:
Pattern Paper:  Firefly Festival and Tickled Tulip (Dear Lizzy); Warm Wishes and  Reply (Letterbox); Sophia Tuckett (Craft Fair); Howdy (Everyday); and Here Comes the Sun (Blue Skies).
Ribbon:  Lively (Dear Lizzy)
Buttons:  Glitter (Elegance)
Thicker:  Roller Rink

Embroidery Floss (DMC)

The little banner was so quick and fun to make that I thought I share a little "how to"...

1.  Punch (or cut out) several isosceles triangles out of paper, the Fabric Finish papers by Dear Lizzy punched just beautifully!  Fold over the top or the widest portion.

2.  Staple onto embroidery floss and trim off the extra paper.  This works great because you can move your banner pieces around before gluing them down on your project!