Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Halloween Tilda - 2 Challenges

It's been awhile since I have joined in on any of the weekly blog challenges. So this was a nice treat to take a break and make a card for a couple of the current challenges. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog - Sketch (shown below)
Paper Sundaes - Magnolia Image

When I saw the sketch over at the Sweet Stop challenge blog the first thing that popped in my head was this cute Tilda Halloween image. I don't really get into Halloween much but I like this image and had fun coloring it with Prismacolor color pencils. Cardstock is by Bazzill and DP is Die Cuts With A View.

Here is the sketch:

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Monday, August 15, 2011

A Card With A Drawer

It was another fun crop over at the Card Swaps forum on the CardMaker's site. As usual I did not get to complete near as many of the challenges that I would have liked to but it is a busy month this month here in this household. Not too much time for card making going on. I did host one of the challenges though and thought I would share it with all my blogging friends.

My challenge was to create a 3x3 card that has its own drawer attached. Perfect for holding little treasures for gift giving!

Here are the simple instructions for making one of your own:

Supplies Needed:
12 x 12 piece of cardstock for the base and drawer
scoring tool of some sort
a strong adhesive
paper trimmer
Printed paper, additional cardstock (optional), and embellishments of your choice to decorate your card / drawer.
From your 12x12 piece of cardstock cut one piece at 3" x 12" (base) and another piece at 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" for the drawer.
Score the 3" x 12" piece at: 3", 4 1/4", 7 1/4", 8 1/2" and 11 1/2". The 0.5 piece at the end is the part of the base where you will apply a strong adhesive when assembling your card / drawer.
Score the 5 1/4" square piece at 1 1/8" on each side. Please note: Scoring at 1 1/8" will give you a tight fit with your drawer. If you like a looser fitting drawer you can score this piece at 1 3/16" on each side and your drawer will still fit but will be a tad looser. Following the picture below, cut on the solid lines on your drawer piece. Be sure to only cut up to the score line. This creates your tabs for folding in to create your box.

I find the tabs are easier to fold in if you cut a small triangle piece out on all four of your tabs on your drawer as pictured below.

To Assemble:
Now you are ready to assemble your card / drawer. I like to decorate mine first before I assemble it as pictured below but you can do it any way you like. Fold along all your score lines and use a bone folder to get a sharp crease. For the base you will apply adhesive to the 0.5" tab at the end. You will bring that tab around and adhere to the 3" score line from the other end. You can see by the picture below just where the tab should be glued. That's all there is to creating the card base! For the drawer you will use a strong adhesive on the four tabs. Fold them in creating your drawer. Your card with a drawer is now ready to decorate if you did not do so before assembling.

You can decorate your card / drawer however you like. I have a place inside the card to write a short note. I used ribbon to make a simple drawer pull. Handmade my flower, added a stick pin and tag to decorate the top and it is ready to put some treasures in to give to someone!
This is such a simple and easy project to make! I think you would be surprised at how easy and quick it makes up. I hope you will give it a try. I also would like to note that although I wrote these instructions, I am not the creator of the original design. I originally found it on another site but unfortunately that posting has since been deleted and I can no longer share that link with you.

The next crop will be in November. Watch my posts for the date as we get closer to November and I hope you will join us for fun and inspiration.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer's End Blog Hop, CardMaker's Card Swaps Crop

You are on the CardSwaps Summer's End Blog Hop!

The theme of our crop and blog hop is Summer's End. We have hostesses that are going to help you spell out SUMMER'S END in products, techniques, embellishments, or anyway they can. You should have arrived from Ana's blog where I know she inspired you with her awesome creation featuring the letter "E". I'm next with the letter "R". I started out with coloring an image of a "R"abbit eating "R"ed apples. Used some "R"ed cardstock followed with some "R"ed plaid "R"ibbon and "R"ed brads for embellishments and I had a card with lots of "R"s going on!

When I think of Summer ending and Fall beginning I always think of picking apples, apple pies and apple dumplings. I thought this image was perfect for this memory and I hope it inspired you to start thinking of making your projects for the Fall season. Need some more inspiration? Then hop along to the next letter "S" which is Tina's blog. I know she has something special to help inspire you. When you are done hopping along I hope you will join us over at the forum for more fun, games, challenges, and.... PRIZES!! The crop is going on from August 10-13, 2011 and you have until 11:59PM CST on August 16, 2011 to get your projects uploaded.

In case you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the blog hop hostesses. Golda at the end of the hop will guide you with the link to the forum for the crop! Hope to see you there and don't forget to leave some love for our blog hop hostesses by leaving them a comment.

Thanks for hopping by and see you at the crop!