Friday, October 26, 2012

Bushel Basket Leaf Card Tutorial

This card was one of the samples that I shared at my October workshops. My stampers loved the idea of the bushel basket shaped card so much that some of them traced the design onto their grid paper to recreate it at home. If you would like to make your own Bushel Basket Card, please see my tutorial below.

This card was inspired by Connie Babbert’s cute card. Although the end version of my card looks completely different, thank you Connie for giving me a creative spark.

Bushel Basket Card Tutorial


Step One

1. Start with a piece of 11” x 4- ¼” Tempting Turquoise card stock. On the long side, score the card stock at the 5- ½” mark. Fold in half along the score line and set aside.


Step Two

2. Cut a 4-¼” x 3-½” piece of River Rock Card Stock. On one of the 4- ¼” sides make a pencil mark ½” in on either side.


Step Three

3. Using a straight-edged cutter, cut from the pencil mark to the corner on both sides to create a tapered box that resembles a basket.


Step Four

4. Trace the sides of the basket onto the Tempting Turquoise card base, making sure that the opening of the card is towards the bottom.


Step Five

5. Using a straight-edged cutter, cut along the traced lines, making sure to cut slightly inside of the lines. You will not want to see any turquoise peeking out from the sides of the basket.


Step Six

6. Run the River Rock basket piece through the Big Shot with the Stripes Embossing Folder.


Step Seven

7. Sponge the Basket piece with River Rock Ink and a Sponge Dauber. Note: To make brad placement easier, sponge the side that has an embossed (raised rather than indented) stripe down the CENTER (see red pencil pointing to the stripe I’m referring to).


Step Eight

8. Cut ONE 4-¼” x ½” strip and TWO 4-¼” x 3/8” strips of River Rock. Sponge the edges of theses strips with River Rock Ink and a Sponge Dauber.


Step Nine

9. Adhere the River Rock strips to the basket, adhering the widest one to the top. Note: You can use SNAIL or a light adhesive, because these strips will also be held on with brads.


Step Ten

10. Turn the basket piece over and snip off the overhang of each strip. This is the front view of what the basket should look like when you're done trimming the strips.


Step Eleven

11. Pierce the basket as shown


Step Twelve

12. Add the mini silver brads.


Step Thirteen

13. Prepare an assortment of leaves and acorns to put in the basket. I used the Autumn Accents die and various embossing folders.


Step Fourteen

14. Decide on the placement of the leaves. Some of the leaves will be tucked behind the basket. Adhere these ones first.


Step Fifteen

15. Then adhere the bushel basket with sticky strip, followed by the rest of the leaves and the acorn.


Step Sixteen

16. Finish off the card as desired.


Stampin’ Up Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (W 115370, C 127802)
  • Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise (102067), River Rock, Riding Hood Red (111348), Daffodil Delight (119683), Calypso Coral (122925), Lucky Limeade (122926), Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686);
  • Ink: Early Espresso (126974), River Rock (126977), Riding Hood Red (126968), Daffodil Delight (126944), Calypso Coral (126983)
  • Tools:Word Window Punch (119857); Modern Label Punch (119849); Piercing Mat (126199); Piercing Tool (126189); Simply Scored (122334); Sponge Daubers (102892), Big Shot (113439); Autumn Accents (127812); Embossing Folders: Stripes (123128), Elegant Lines (119277), Vintage Wallpaper (120175), Houndstooth (123134), Square Lattice (119976) Perfect Polka Dots (117335);
  • Embellishments:1/8” Mini Brads Silver (122941); 3/8” Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon (122976); 3/8” Basics Glimmer Brads (121003)

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  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Autumn Accents Card

    We made this Autumn Accents card at my October club workshops. The Core'dinations Woodgrain embossed and sanded Early Espresso card stock provides the perfect backdrop to the trio of fall leaves. A beautiful linen-threaded Brushed Bronze Button anchors the leaves in place.

    To make the leaves...
    Maple Leaf: Cut a Maple leaf with the Autumn Accents Die and Daffodil Delight Card Stock. Using sponge daubers, sponge leaf from lightest to darkest color with Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and then with Garden Green ink. Spray the back and front of the leaf with water. Wrinkle into a tight ball and carefully unfold. Set aside to dry.
    Elm Leaf: Cut an Elm leaf with the Autumn Accents Die and Crumb Cake Card Stock. Use your Simply Scored Tool to line up the leaf from tip to stem on a score line and then score down the middle. Move the leaf to the Piercing Mat and use your stylus tool to freehand score the remaining smaller veins. Sponge with Soft Suede Ink on the embossed side.
    Oak Leaf: Cut an Oak leaf with the Autumn Accents Die and Certainly Celery Card Stock. Use the direct to paper technique to smear the leaf with Wild Wasabi ink, working from the center of the leaf outwards.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies: Occasions Alphabet (W 117090, C 123598); Card Stock: Core’dinations Early Espresso (127848), Cajun Craze (119684), Daffodil Delight (119683), Certainly Celery (105125), Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686); Ink p. 152-156: Soft Suede (126978), Wild Wasabi (126959), Pumpkin Pie (126945), Garden Green (126973), Cherry Cobbler (126966), Early Espresso (126974); Punches: Large Oval (119855), Scallop Oval (119856); Linen Thread (104199); Brushed Bronze Buttons (127833); Big Shot (113439); Autumn Accents Bigz Die (127812); Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Stampin’ Spritzer (126185); Sponge Daubers (102892); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199); Simply Scored (122334); Stampin’ Sanding Block (129367); Core’dinations Dust Buddy (129366).

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    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Friendship Preserves Canning Jars

    These jars were one of my October Stamp Club projects. I love how Stampin' Up! gives us coordinating fabric and designer paper in Stampin' Up! colors, so that the finished project looks really polished. The labels were stamped twice, once in Cajun Craze and the second in Lucky Limeade. The words "Thanks" and "Yum" were then cut out and layered. We used 1 pint canning jars.

    The fabric was cut with the Scallop Circle Die and gives the fabric a nice edge. To get the fabric on the jar. I ran a line of sticky strip on the jar ring. Then I placed the fabric wrong side up on my table. Next I placed my jar upside down (ring and lid screwed on) and centered on top of the fabric. Then I adhered the fabric to the ring by lifting the North-South sides of the fabric, then East-West and finally the intermediates (NE-SW, NW-SE). Then I turned the jar right side up and tied the taffeta on. It would be difficult to tie the ribbon on without first adhering the fabric to the sides of the ring. Jars can be filled with all sorts of fun homemade or store bought goodies and would make a wonderful fall gift.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies: Friendship Preserves Stamp Set (W 127910, C 127913); Orchard Harvest Fabric (126915); Card Stock: Island Indigo (122923), Very Vanilla (101650); Orchard Harvest Paper (126895); Ink Lucky Limeade (126984), Cajun Craze (126965), Early Espresso (126974); Big Shot (113439); Scallop Circle Bigz Die (113468); Window Frames Collection (129021); Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (127857); Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199); Paper-Piercing Tool (126189); 1/8” Taffeta: Pumpkin Pie (119253), Early Espresso (119959); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Sponge Daubers (102892)

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    Saturday, October 13, 2012

    Autumn Accents Welcome Sign

    Today is my Saturday club workshop and when my stampers walk up to my front door, they will be greeted by this welcome sign. Fall is the theme for my October workshops and this is the first of three samples I created for the club.

    I was inspired to make my welcome sign when I saw Linda Gutierrez's welcome sign HERE. I got creative with my sign and that's when the color explosion kicked in. This is not my usual style, but I like how the sign turned out anyway.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Broadsheet Alphabet (W 118724, C 120585); Card Stock: Core'dinations Early Espresso (127848), Riding Hood Red (111348), Daffodil Delight (119683), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Certainly Celery (105125), Crumb Cake (120953), Orchard Harvest DSP (126895); Ink: Garden Green (126973), Cajun Craze (126965), Bravo Burgundy (126967), More Mustard (126964), Early Espresso (126974) Versamark (102283); On Board Sheet (114320); Stampin' Sanding Block (129367); Big Shot (113474); Autumn Accents Die (127812); Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003); Brushed Bronze Buttons (127833); Early Espresso 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain (126871); Heat Tool (129053); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Early Espresso Embossing Powder (128980); Sponge Daubers (102892).

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    Monday, October 8, 2012

    International Bazaar Pencil Holder

    A few weeks back I saw this acrylic photo pencil cup holder at a local office supply store. I immediately thought how wonderful it would look with some of Stampin' Up's designer series paper embellishing it.

    I used eight of the patterns from the International Bazaar Designer Series Paper to slip between the two parts of the pencil holder. Then I ran a line of sticky strip near the top of the holder and added some 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. The holder matches the beautiful Vera Bradley pencils my friend gave me. The holder cost less than $4 and now I have a cool pencil cup holder to store my workshop tools in.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies: International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (126920), Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126876); Sticky Strip (104294).

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    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Coach Gifts

    My son's cross country season ended yesterday with the our last meet. He had a personal best and shaved almost 30 seconds off his previous best time. Hooray! His coaches were awesome and we wanted to give them a little gift to say thank you.

    I thought it would be fun to come up with a shape card to conceal a gift card in. I discarded my original running shoe idea, because of time limitations and came up with a running singlet design instead. The card fits inside a note card-sized envelope (A1). I printed and cut out the school's logo to put on the front. This shape card could also work for other sports like basketball.

    Here are the quick instructions.

    1. Start with a piece of card stock 10" x 3.5".
    2. On the long side, score at the 5" mark.
    3. With the card base folded, use large oval punch to make the arm holes. You will have to angle the oval until you get the correct curve.
    4. Use the wide oval punch to make the neck hole. I punched from the side using about half of the oval. Tip: Make sure you punch the arm holes first, otherwise the wide oval punch won't reach far enough in.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies: Perfectly Penned Stamp Set (W 122890, C 122892); Cards Stock: Midnight Muse (126843), Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100700); Ink: Midnight Muse (126860); Punches: Large Oval (119855), Wide Oval (119859), 3/16" Corner (119871).

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    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Baby Bundle Card

    One of my neighbors just became a grandmother and that gave me the opportunity to finally ink up my Baby Bundle stamp set. I wanted this card to have subtle shades of pink and lots of layers of texture. I hope my neighbor likes this card.

    Stampin' Up Supplies: Stamp Sets: Baby Bundle (W 118525, C 120576), Teeny Tiny Wishes (W 115370, C 127802); Card Stock: Pretty in Pink (100459), Pink Pirouette (111351), Whisper White (100730); Paper: Subtles DSP Stack (117152); Ink: Rose Red (126954); Big Shot; Embossing Folders: Framed Tulips (121809), Perfect Polka Dots (117335); Labels Collection Framelits (125598); Bitty Banners Framelits (129267); Stampin' Piercing Mat (126199); Paper-Piercing Tool (126189); Essentials Piercing Pack (126187); 1/8" Regal Rose Taffeta (122965); Subtles Brads (119738).

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