As if I need an excuse to make cards

Today, October 3, 2015 is World Card Making Day. As if I needed an excuse. Well, I’m showing a couple of cards that I made earlier in September, then I need to do a little housework before I settle in for a major cardmaking session.

I may have mentioned that I belong to Paper Wishes Personal Shopper program, I get two kits: Premiere Dazzles and Paper Tole. The Dazzles kit comes monthly and I receive 4 sets of Dazzles, 6 12×12 sheets of paper and a surprise. The Paper Tole comes every other month and I receive 2 sets of Paper Tole and 6 sheets of paper. Both of these kits are only $12.99 including shipping. Every kit is a surprise and I love it!

I thought that I would show you what kinds of things you can create using one of these kits. I may have added something to each card from a previous kit, but all of the items used (with the exception of a piece of ribbon) came from a Personal Shopper Kit.

Hello friend bird cardHello Friend Card

With the exception of the Dazzles stickers used on this card, all of the papers and the paper tole came from a kit I received earlier this summer. The Dazzles are from previous kits, I think I received the feathers last year, and the ribbon is from my stash.  I decided that I wanted more of a rustic, “bird’s nest collage” feel to the front of this card. I covered the card front with dark brown tone-on-tone printed paper and tore a piece of dark rust colored paper and rust and brown striped paper, and layered them on the card. I picked a few feather Dazzles, pearl gold and copper, and placed them along the left edge of the card. I then used the bird design from the Serenity Paper Tole kit, and added a piece of knotted ribbon. I then used the Hello Friend Dazzles in light peach color on the top of the card.

halloween card

Too Cute to Spook Card

The gold ripple paper on this card came from a previous Dazzles set, but the Dazzles and the paper came from one of my Dazzles kits. I used orange cardstock from my stash for the card base. I am not really into Halloween anymore; we don’t get enough Trick or Treaters in my neighborhood to inspire us to decorate the house. But, these Too Cute to Spook Dazzles inspired me to make a fun card. You can back the Dazzles with paper, it’s easy if you just cut out chunks of paper and apply the Dazzles to a craft sheet. They peel up easily and you can stick the paper on the back and trim around. I used two colors of orange print paper on the stacked jack lanterns, and then stuck the Dazzles on a piece of gold ripple holographic paper. I then matted and layered the gold ripple paper on alternating layers of orange and brown paper. I placed the phrase “too cute to spook” on another piece of gold ripple paper, rounded the corners and matted it on brown paper. I cut a strip of the light orange dotted paper, inked the edges in black, and placed it on the bottom of the card. I backed a single pumpkin Dazzle with the same dotted orange paper and placed it on the lower right edge of the card, and a pumpkin leaf on the lower right edge of the paper ribbon.

Okay, I  will be getting ready to make a big bunch of Christmas Cards today, and maybe I’ll share one or two of them with you. Happy Card Making Day!

If you are interested in Hot Off the Press/Paper Wishes Personal Shopper Programs, here is a link: http://www.paperwishes.com/personal-shopper/monthly-scrapbooking-cardmaking-kits.html?WT.hotp_ct=home-ps-box

Christmas Cards the Pop and Shimmer

Christmas Cards Number 9 and 10

I saved these two cards for last because they are completely new techniques for me, and I used two brand-new die-cut card blanks from Hot Off the Press as the card bases. The first is one style of card that I have seen in several blogs, the Pop-Up Box.  The other is one of several Christmas themed “inside-out” card blanks: the snowflake design. It is a lot easier to start with a die-cut card blank than to figure out how to engineer them myself. I used Hunkydory Crafts previous cardmaking kits in making these two cards, with additional help from products purchased from www.paperwishes.com. Because these two cards are square-shaped, they will require additional postage if mailed. Envelopes are included in the die-cut card blank packages.

Additional Products Used:

Pop  up Christmas Card

Card Number 9: Pop-Up Box

flattened pop-up box cardOne of the side-benefits of Hunkydory Crafts luxury cardmaking kits is that you are very likely to have some extra die-cuts, probably small ones, left after making your cards.  You are also likely to have some unusual shaped die-cuts as well. I had a little plastic bag filled with small and unusual shaped die-cuts that I was not sure how to use. This motivated me to purchase the pop-up card base, since these little die-cuts would work well for decorating the sides of the box and for the “pop-up” section of the card. There were several small 2 to 3 inch sized die-cuts with adorable animal artwork, some were snowflake shaped, and some were circles. These die-cuts fit perfectly on the box panels. I also had some small snowflake die-cuts and a few small die-cuts with sentiments. I used some scraps of the Snowfall acetate (the card-blanks come with acetate, but I chose to use the snowfall since I had some leftover cut pieces) for the pop-up pieces in the center. I used some black Adorable Scorable that had a multi-color snowflake printed design that matched the colors of the small snowflake die-cuts. I also had a mauve-colored piece of Adorable Scorable that had a tone-on-tone tree print that coordinated well with the black. The directions for using the Hot Off the Press pop-up card are very easy to follow and it did not take very long to put this card together. The card folds flat for mailing, and measures 5 ¾ x 6 inches. I love how this card turned out, it is so playful.

snowflake die-cut cardCard Number 10: Inside/Out Snowflake Card

This is a really cute small card, it measures about 4 5/8 inches square. This card took a little more time to make because it involves popping out die-cut shapes. With each card is an additional piece of cardstock that has several die-cut snowflake shapes, and the front of the card has an additional die-cut snowflake that you can pop out to create a window. The card front has half of a snowflake die-cut so that the front of the card folds back on itself. The package also comes with a template you can use to cut out the center snowflake area. The largest of the die-cut snowflake shapes on the additional piece exactly fits over the die-cut shape of the card.

inside of snowflake inside out cardI had a piece of light-aqua and silver-foiled snowflake printed Adorable Scorable left over from the first Hunkydory kit from 2013. I thought this would make a beautiful card. I traced the pattern on the Adorable Scorable and have to tell you that it was not so easy to carefully trim away. Adorable Scorable is 350 gsm and quite sturdy; my craft knife had to work overtime on trimming out the shape. I do have to say that the snowflake print is gorgeous, and makes an excellent card. I used a silver metallic ink pad and a cosmetic sponge to apply silver ink to the large snowflake die-cut and glued it to the front of the card. I applied aqua ink to the snowflake die-cut that I popped out of the front of the card and placed it on the inside of the card so that it fit exactly within the window. Hint: use a glue stick, it allows you to make small adjustments in placement. I had a perfectly sized silver snowflake sticker that fit over the die-cut in the center. I added light blue rhinestones to small die-cut holes on the front of the card to give the card a finishing touch.  I used the “Let it Snow!” sticker from the black Christmas Words Dazzles set in the lower right corner of the inside of the card.

Well, I made my goal of making 10 different cards from my past Hunkydory Christmas card kits. I am now ready to make cards from my new kit, just in time for World Cardmaking Day on October 3, 2015. I am so excited and ready to craft!