Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sale-a-bration 2012 Kite Card

It's almost Sale-A-Bration time and the exclusive Sale-A-Bration products this year are just fabulous. This kite card is made using 3 of our Sale-A-Bration products and my Kite Card Tutorial. You can find my Kite Card tutorial HERE. This kite card is for a very special friend who has a birthday coming up this week. The inside of the card has more surfaces than a traditional card to put pretty designer paper on (see last photo). The unusual shape and opening of this card make it unique.

The bow is made using a serving fork similar to how other fork bows are tied. I just looped the ribbon a few more times before tying the knot.

The embossing of the label is achieved by first cutting out the second smallest label as normal. Then using the smallest label and the following sandwich. NOTE: Please use caution as incorrect placement may result in damage to your pads or machine. Never force a sandwich through your Big Shot that doesn't seem correct.

TOP
cutting pad
smallest label framelit with cutting side facing up (critical!)
second smallest label piece (make sure the small framelit is centered)
Silicone Rubber
Impression Pad (NOT the crease pad)
Platform (completely open like a book)
BOTTOM

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess), Fresh Vintage (SAB 2012), Card Stock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla; Paper: Everyday Enchantment (SAB 2012); Ink: Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party; Calypso Coral 1/8" Organdy Ribbon (SAB 2012); 3/8" Printed Designer Brad (SAB 2012); Big Shot; Labels Collection Framelits; Standard Texturz Impression Pad, Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber; Sponge Daubers.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Valentine Kiss Calendar Tutorial

This is my project for the fourth and final Creative Crew challenge for the month. For this challenge we were to use a past holiday item to inspire a scrapbook page or décor item. I decided to use this year’s advent calendar to inspire a Valentine Kiss Calendar. This calendar works in the same way as a Christmas advent calendar, but it counts down to Valentine’s Day instead of Christmas. The second part of the challenge was to use your newest Big Shot toys to create “this beauty.” No problem! This project uses the Big Shot in abundance.

If you saw my Christmas Advent Calendar, you will notice that this calendar is based on the same design, with the exception that this calendar has 15 cubbies instead of 25. There is one cubbie for each day until Valentine’s Day. The extra cubbie is for a SPECIAL treat (maybe a piece of jewelry or a note to where a bigger gift is hidden) OR you could close off this cubbie if you wish. If you would like to make your own Valentine Kiss Calendar, just follow the tutorial below...

Valentine Kiss Calendar Tutorial


Step One

Calendar Base
1. Start with a piece of 10-1/8” x 7-7/8” piece of card stock. On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8”, 6-¾”, 7-7/8” and 9”.


Step Two

2. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8” and 6-¾”.


Step Three

3. Cut off the corner squares and the two adjacent squares. (you will be cutting off 3 squares from each corner). Also, cut along the 4 score lines as shown to create 4 inner tabs.


Step Four

4. On the outer strip, cut slots 1-1/8” inch down (to the first score line) on each of the four sides. Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This will ensure that there will be enough room for the dividers to fit properly.


Step Five

5. Fold ONLY the outer two score lines on each side. The middle score lines will NOT be folded.


Step Six

6. Put a piece of score tape on the outer tabs on each side. Also place a piece of score tape on the square opposite the inner tabs (4 total).


Step Seven

7. Remove the score tape liner on the four inner tabs. Pull the tabs over to the sticky strip to form a box. Bend back the remaining outer tabs. Set aside.


Step Eight

Horizontal strips (make 4)
8. Start with a piece of 2-¼” x 4-3/8” piece of card stock. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”.


Step Nine

9. On the long side, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾” and 3-7/8”


Step Ten

10. On both 2-¼” ends, cut up along the score line 1/2" (to the first score line). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip.


Step Eleven

11. Fold the strip along the score line length-wise.


Step Twelve

12. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle two score lines halfway up from the open side of the strip. Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This creates slots that are large enough for the strips to form a grid without bending.


Step Thirteen

13. Here are the four finished horizontal strips.


Step Fourteen

Vertical strips (make 2)
14. Start with a piece of 2-¼” x 6-5/8” piece of card stock. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”.


Step Fifteen

15. On the long side, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾”, 3-7/8”, 5", 6-1/8”.


Step Sixteen

16. On both 2-¼” ends, cut up along the score line 1/2" (to the first score line). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip.


Step Seventeen

17. Fold the strip along the score line length-wise.


Step Eighteen

18. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle four score lines halfway down from the scored (folded) side of the strip.


Step Nineteen

19. Here are the two finished vertical strips.


Step Twenty

Interlocking the strips
20. Bring the four horizontal and two vertical strips together to form an inter-locking grid.


Step Twenty-one

21. Bend the outside tabs along the score lines.


Step Twenty-two

Assembly
22. Place the grid in the middle of the calendar base.


Step Twenty-three

23. Start removing the sticky strip liner from the tabs one at a time. Fold down each tab to adhere. This photo shows five of the tabs folded down and adhered.


Step Twenty-four

24. Finish removing the sticky strip liner and folding down the tabs.


Step Twenty-five

Box Fronts
25. Punch a Petal Card Punch piece out of card stock. Please Note: The Petal Card Punch requires a lot of pressure, in order for the piece to be punched properly. I usually load my card stock into the punch, push down and rock back and forth from the lever end to the opposite end. This will ensure all parts of the piece get punched out and that all four score lines show up.


Step Twenty-six

26. Place sticky strip on one of the petals.


Step Twenty-seven

27. Decorate the drawer fronts as desired making sure the sticky strip towards the bottom.


Step Twenty-eight

28. Make enough drawer fronts for the fifteen cupboards.


Step Twenty-nine

29. Remove the sticky strip liner from the first cupboard front and adhere to the top left corner of your calendar grid. To close the cupboard just tuck the top and side tabs into the box opening.


Step Thirty

30. Add the rest of the drawer fronts to complete the calendar grid.


Step Thirty-one

31. Decorate the rest of the Valentine Kiss Calendar as desired.


Need Extra help with this project? Check out the video tutorial for my Christmas Advent Calendar. My Valentine Kiss Calendar is based on this calendar and although the measurements are slightly different, the basics of the construction are the same.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Take it to Heart, Short & Sweet, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers; Paper: Twitterpated DSP, Red Glimmer; Card Stock: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White; Ink: Island Indigo, Blushing Bride; Punches: Petal Card, Small Heart, 1” Square; Big Shot; Hearts Collections Framelits; Labels Collections Framelits; Fashionable Hearts; Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Ribbon: 3/8” Blushing Bride Pleated Satin, ½” Baja Breeze Seam Binding; Marina Mist Brads; Clear Rhinestone Brad; Rhinestone Jewel; Simply Scored; Sticky Strip.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Swivel Card Tutorial

Here is my third project for the January Creative Crew challenges. For this challenge we were to make a card or a décor item using hearts in a way that was NEW to us. I decided to use hearts to make a kid-friendly Valentine swivel card. When you turn the scallop circle at the bottom of the card, the heart moves back and forth. If you would like to make many of these cards, you can get this size card in a 20 pack of the Whisper White note cards with envelopes (item#107311). This card is NOT hard to make once you’ve created a template for yourself. If you would like to make your own Swivel card, please see my tutorial below.

Swivel Card Tutorial


Step One
1. To make this card, I will show you how to make a template to use over and over again. Start with a scrap piece of card stock 5” x 3-½”. On one of the 5” edges, find the halfway mark and make a pencil line extending 2” up.
Step Two
2. Along this pencil line, make a mark 3/8”, 7/8”, and 1-½” from the edge.
Step Three
3. Use the 1-3/4” Circle Punch, to make a centered semi-circle opening 3/8” in from the edge of the card stock (where you previously made the 3/8” mark). Note: my photo shows an old style punch.
Step Four
4. Use the piercer, to make a hole 7/8” in from the edge of the card stock.
Step Five
5. Use the Word Window Punch to make a centered slot with the furthest edge at the 1-½” mark. Make sure that the slot does NOT go beyond the 1-½” mark OR it will be visible on the card front. Write the word “BACK” on the side with the pencil marks. Why write the word back on your template? This will ensure you always use the same side of your template for your card base and your cover piece to counteract any slight deviations from centering your punches. Your template is now complete.
Step Six
6. With a pencil, trace the Word Window slot, the pierced mark and the semi-circle onto the INSIDE edge of a 5” x 3-½” Whisper White card base (or a 7” x 5” piece of Whisper White, scored on the long side at 3-½” and folded).
Step Seven
7. Use the pencil marks as guides to punch and pierce the card as indicated.
Step Eight
8. Punch a 1-¾” scallop circle. To find the mid-point of the circle draw two pencil lines across the middle of the scallop circle. Where the pencil lines intersect pierce a hole.
Step Nine
9. Attach the scallop circle to the inside of the card using a brad. The knob end of the brad will be on the inside of the card. The brad legs will be on the front.
Step Ten
10. Cut a 2-½” x ½” strip of window sheet. On one end place a small piece of sticky strip. You can barely see the almost transparent window sheet strip on the right hand side of the photo.
Step Eleven
11. Remove the sticky strip liner and feed the sticky end face down through the word window slot and adhere just slightly above the brad. The window sheet is difficult to see. Look for it in the center of the card.
Step Twelve
12. Cut a 1-½” x 5” piece of designer series paper or card to cover the mechanism. On the back of this piece trace the semi-circle on to one of the 5” edges.
Step Thirteen
13. Punch with the 1-¾” Circle Punch. Put adhesive on the back of the paper along the bottom edge and the sides only.
Step Fourteen
14. Remove adhesive liner and adhere to the front of the card.
Step Fifteen
15. Decorate the rest of the card as desired. Hints: Stamp the critters FIRST using a stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment. I stamped the dog and cat in Soft Suede ink and then carefully colored in the image with markers. The window sheet strip is longer than you need so that you can play with the placement of the heart (use temporary adhesive until you are happy). Be sure to check both swivel ends and the middle to make sure the heart looks good from all angles. Then adhere your heart with permanent adhesive and cut off the excess window sheet.

Supplies: Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Every Little Bit; Paper: Twitterpated DSP; Card Stock: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Whisper White; Window Sheets; Ink: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride; Markers: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride; Punches: Word Window, 1-3/4” Circle, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle; Piercer; Embossing powder: White & Iridescent Ice; Embossing Buddy; Heat Tool; Big Shot; Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies & Folders; Fashionable Hearts Embosslits; Pink Pirouette 3/8” Taffeta; Pearl Jewel; Silver Brad.

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