Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hip 2B Square @ Cut Cardstock, Pt. II

I've had a lot of fun creating this adorable square pop-up card, and as excited about sending it in these really cool square translucent envelopes from Cut Cardstock!

The card has a lot of personality and I've created an illustrated tutorial that you can use to make your own card or invitation, so CLICK HERE.  I used the brand new Taylored Expression Jenn stamp from their new Moka Collection, patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket's older Girl Friday line, some ribbon scraps, buttons, and of course Copic markers.

For a more detailed post, pop over to Cut Cardstock's blog and check it out!  Off to a much anticipated special event for retailers at the Mission Inn in Riverside this weekend hosted by Pink Paislee, Tattered Angels and Prima -- can't wait to hit the road.  Have a wonderful day!
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Card-o-logy {ladies & gentlemen}: Handmade Cards for Everyone!

{ladies & gentlemen}
Want to relax and get crafty on Memorial Day?  Gonna be in the San Diego area? Then I've got just the thing for you!  The next workshop in Paper Made Bakery's Card-o-logy series is {ladies & gentlemen}, which features a variety of cards many would say are gender specific.  That means there are feminine styles and masculine styles -- and cards for any age!  The samples are in the birthday theme, but you can customize yours to fit any occasion.  Click here to register for the class on Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego.  Details will follow in your confirmation email.  Hope to see you there!
Shabby chic
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Hip 2B Square @ Cut Cardstock

Just a quick post to say THANKS to Cut Cardstock for inviting me to channel my creativity with some outstanding paper products, featuring their very trendy square envelopes. Check out my project and tutorial HERE and grab some of their square envies -- on SALE this month!  Be sure and leave a comment to say you dropped by!
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

In-A-Minute Gift Bag & Tag

Tomorrow is Mother's Day, so HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to everyone!  Out of necessity (because let's face it, we all have very busy lives) I've learned to whip up a coordinating gift bag and tag in a minute.  It seems like such an obvious project, but I thought I'd share it with you and maybe save you in a pinch sometime.

The basic tools you'll need include adhesive tape (I love my pink ATG), glue dots, paper snips, Distress Ink and sponge dauber, Nestabilities regular and scalloped rectangle dies, baker's twine, and some ink for my stamped sentiment.  I use medium sized white handled paper bags as my base.  They are generally 8" x 10".

Cut three pieces of patterned paper: 4" x 7-7/8", 2" x 7-7/8" and 6" x 7-7/8".  Using a double-sided piece of patterned paper makes coordinating your project easy -- kind of like Garanimals when you were a kid!  Adhere the larger piece at the bottom, the medium piece at the top and the 2" piece center along the area where the other two pieces meet.  For an added touch, before you adhere that last piece of 2" paper, wrap some ribbon around it, adhere the ends onto the back, and then adhere that strip to the bag.

For the tag, I used a couple scraps from my patterned paper (great project for using paper scraps).  I cut a scalloped rectangle from a "busy" piece of patterned paper and a smaller regular rectangle from a lighter, simpler piece.  I used Distress Ink sponged onto the edges of both pieces, then stamped a sentiment onto the lighter piece and adhered it to the scalloped piece.  Punch a hole in the top left corner for cappuccino baker's twine, which you'll use later to tie the tag to the bag's handle.  For interest, I pulled some honeydew baker's twine through the buttons' holes and finished it into a bow.  This holds the two buttons together.  I then used a glue dot to adhere the buttons to the tag.  Add a couple coordinating ribbon scraps and tie, along with the finished tag, to the bag's handle.  I just happened to have leftover toile printed tissue paper...perfect!

This is an easy and pretty way to make a simple gift look spectacular -- and it's handmade for maximum ooohs and aaaahs!  Happy Mother's Day...
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