Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Faux Stamped Leather Card (Front Range Stampers 1/2015)

This is the make & take I took to my Front Range Stampers January meeting.  It was so much fun to make!  I knew I was on the right track with this one when my husband looked at my samples and said, "That looks like leather!"  B-I-N-G-O!!!
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I loved this technique as soon as I saw it on www.splitcoaststampers.com.  Melissa Banbury has done a great job of giving detailed directions, including a video tutorial.  Visit the gallery and type "Faux Stamped Leather" in the search window.  Below are the instructions and materials list for my version of Melissa's card.


Stamp Sets:
* Four Feathers (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog -- carried over from 2014 Holiday Mini)
* Any stamp set that has a sentiment you'd like to use -- this stamp is from Sheltering Tree (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog)

* Chocolate Chip Card Stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Cajun Craze Card Stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Crumb Cake Card Stock (about 4-3/4" x 4")
* Very Vanilla Card Stock (about 3-1/2" x 1")
* Champagne Glimmer Paper (about 3-1/2" x 1")
* Gold Foil Sheet (about 2" x 1")

* Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Project Life Corner Punch
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Woodgrain Embossing Folder
* Top Note Bigz Die
* Feathers Framelits Dies (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog -- carried over from 2014 Holiday Mini)
* Handpicked Framelits Dies (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog)
* 1/8" Circle Handheld Punch
* Stylus
* Foam Mat
* Stampin' Sponges
* Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine
* SNAIL Adhesive


1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Chocolate Chip card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Chocolate Chip ink around edges of card front.  (NOTE:  I cut my Stampin' Sponges into 4 pieces and use the 1/4 wedge to apply ink.)

2. Use Corner Punch to trim corners of Cajun Craze card stock.  Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to add texture to Cajun Craze card stock.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply ink to Cajun Craze card stock (NOTE-- you only need to do about 1/2" to 3/4" since the rest of the card stock will be covered by the Top Note die cut).  Adhere to card front

3. Use Big Shot to cut Top Note shape from Crumb Cake card stock.  Use Chocolate Chip ink to randomly stamp small feather image on Top Note.  Place Top Note on Foam Mat and use small end of stylus to trace around edges of each feather.  Remove from Foam Mat.

4. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Crushed Curry ink randomly across front of Top Note; use another Stampin' Sponge to apply Pumpkin Pie ink randomly across the Top Note; use another Stampin' Sponge to apply Soft Suede ink randomly over the Top Note; use another Stampin' Sponge to apply Chocolate Chip ink around Top Note, concentrating mostly around the outer edges.  DO NOT ADHERE TO CARD FRONT YET.

5. Use Big Shot and large Feathers Framelits Die to cut feather from Glimmer Paper; use small Feathers Framelits Die to cut a feather from Foil Sheet; use Handpicked Die to cut shape from Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Chocolate Chip ink to stamp sentiment on Very Vanilla shape; use Stampin' Sponge to apply Soft Suede ink lightly around edge of shape.

6. Use 1/8" Circle Punch to punch a hole about 1" from left side and 3/8" from top of Top Note die.  Also punch holes in the top edges of both feathers, and the pointy tip of the Handpicked shape.  String Baker's Twine from back to front through Top Note, large feather, Handpicked shape, and small feather.  Tie in a knot in front of the top feather.  Adhere Top Note to front of card.

And there's your Faux Stamped Leather card!!!

Cath  ;D

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Occasions Mini/Sale-a-Bration Card Ideas (Front Range Stampers Swap January 2015)

Most of these cards use items from the 2015 Occasions Mini Catalog and/or the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  Hope you find some great ideas here!  (Click on any of the photos for a closer look.)

Swap Cards:

Angela Zaba Swap Card

Ann Lohmeyer Swap Card

Barbara Anderson Swap Card

Cathe Valdez Swap Card

Chris Pereira Swap Card

Elizabeth Wright Swap Card

Elizabeth Wright Swap Card (open)

Herma Hughes Swap Card

Jayne Fuller Swap Card

Joyce Coffey Swap Card

Joyce Munro Swap Card

Julie Blanchet Swap Card

Linda Anderson Swap Card

Sharon Winter Swap Card

 Make and Takes:

Cathy Hansen Make and Take
"Faux Stamped Leather"

Herma Hughes Make and Take
"Origami Box"

Herma Hughes Make and Take
"Origami Box"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Surprise Gift Calendar (January 2015 Customer Gift)

This was a fun little gift that I made for the people who placed orders at my January classes.  It's a matchbook with a small calendar and a small Post-It Note inside.
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* Rose Red card stock (5-1/2" x 2-1/8")
* Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (1-7/8" x 1-7/8"; 2-1/8" x 3/8") (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog)

* Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools:
* Elegant Butterfly Punch
* Bitty Butterfly Punch
* Stampin' Sponge
* Dazzling Details
* Bone Folder
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Sticky Strip, and Tombow Liquid Glue

Other Items:
* Small Post-It Note Pad (2" x 1-1/2") - about 20 to 25 sheets
* Mini Calendar Pad (1-3/4" x 1-1/2")


1. Score card stock at 1/2", 3" and 3-1/4"; fold away from score lines.  Staple the 1/2" flap close to the fold line to create the matchbook.

2. Adhere Designer Series Paper on outside of top flap and across 1/2" flap covering staple.

3.  Punch butterflies from Designer Series Paper.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply coordinating colors of ink to outer edges of wings on each butterfly.  Use Bone Folder to curl wings slightly.  Use Tombow Liquid Glue to adhere small butterfly over large butterfly, and to adhere large butterfly to outside of top flap.  Use the Stampin' Write Marker to freehand the butterfly's antennae.  Apply a line of Dazzling Details down the center of the butterfly.

4.  Use Sticky Strip to adhere calendar pad to inside of top flap and to adhere Post-It Note pad to bottom of matchbook.  Fold top flap down and tuck under bottom flap.

Now you have a sweet, useful little gift to give to a friend.

Cath  :D

Happy Valentine's Day! (January Class Project)

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This is a very cute and very simple to make card.  The idea for this card came from Dawn Ochefske.  To view Dawn's original card, visit her blog at  http://dostamping.typepad.com/dostamping_with_dawn/2014/12/stars-thursday-challenge-112-you-plus-me-occasions.html


Stamp Set:
* You Plus Me (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog)

* Sahara Sand card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Real Red card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; tiny scrap for punched heart)
* Whisper White card stock (small scrap for criss-cross heart)
* Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack (5-1/8" x 1") (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog)

* Memento Ink Pad
* Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools:
* Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon
* Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Heart)
* Confetti Heart Border Punch (2015 Occasions Mini Catalog)
* Rhinestone Basic Jewels
* Adhesives: Glue Dot; SNAIL; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue

(Unless otherwise indicated, SNAIL Adhesive was used to assemble card.)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Sahara Sand card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Real Red card stock to card front.

3. Adhere Designer Series Paper to 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Sahara Sand card stock as shown.

4. Wrap ribbon from front to back at center of Designer Series Paper and adhere on back of card stock.  Adhere card stock to card front over Real Red card stock.

5. Stamp sentiment in lower right area of card.  Use border punch to punch a small Real Red heart; use a tiny drop of Tombow Liquid Glue to adhere the heart over the stamped heart under "Twitterpated."

6.  Make a small bow and use a Glue Dot to adhere over ribbon as shown.

7. Stamp criss-cross heart on scrap of Whisper White card stock; punch out shape with the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Use brush end of Real Red Stampin' Write Marker to trace around edge of heart.  Adhere heart over ribbon just below bow with a Stampin' Dimensional (I cut the Dimensional in half and then cut the other half in half again to cover the back of the heart).  Add a small self-adhering Rhinestone to heart.

That's it!  You're finished!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Cath  ;D

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Shaker Cards (January Class Project)

These cute cards were made with the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit.  What a great way to get quick cards (in this case there were enough materials in the kit to make 9 cards) for only $19.99/month (plus shipping and taxes)!

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All of the instructions for each card are provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit, along with stamps, ink, embellishments and in some cases even the adhesives!

For more information about Paper Pumpkin kits, visit my Stampin' Up! website at http://cathyhansen.stampinup.net.

Cath  ;D

Monday, January 19, 2015

Screen Divider Card (January Class Project)

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Oh my gosh!  These cards were so much fun to make!  And you can use pretty much any punch for the bottom part of the card, and any border punch for the top -- just depends how fancy you want it to be.

Thanks to Dawn Olchefsky for posting the tutorial on www.splitcoaststampers.com!

Dawn's instructions begin with a 5-1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock to make the card base.  I wanted to have a slightly wider card, so I started with 12" x 12" card stock and cut my card base 12" x 5-1/2".  I'll provide measurements for both cards.  You also can make a 3-panel card using 12" x 5-1/2" card stock; you would just score it differently.

So . . . for this card, I scored the card stock at 6", then flipped it over to the other side and scored it at 3" and 9".  (If you're using 11" x 5-1/2" card stock, you would score it at 5-1/2", and then flip it over and score it at 2-3/4" and 8-1/4".)  You don't necessarily need to score it on opposite sides of the card stock, but I think it makes it a little easier to fold the card accordion-style.  And that's actually the next step -- fold the card stock back and forth away from the score lines so the folded card looks like a "W" (or an "M").  (NOTE:  If you're making a three-panel card, you would score it at 4" and 8" for a 12" x 5-1/2" piece of card stock; or if you're using 5-1/2" x 11", you would actually want to cut it down to 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" and then score it at 3-1/2" and 7".)

The next step is to punch across one long edge to create your top border (for my first card I used the Confetti Stars Border punch featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog; for the second I used the Chevron Border punch).

Then center your larger punch at the bottom of the first panel (for the first card shown here I used the Artisan Label punch; for the second card I used the Decorative Label punch).  Position your punch so you're only punching about 1/2 of the shape -- cutting about 3/4" into the card stock.  Once you've punched your first panel, you can fold it over and use the first punch as a guide to punch the second panel, and so on, until you've completed all four panels.

That's it!  That's the basic Screen Divider Card.  How easy was that?!

For the layers on each panel, I cut the bottom layer of card stock at 4-1/4" x 2-3/4"; the top (Whisper White) layer is 4" x 2-1/2".  If you're using 11" x 5-1/2" card stock, your measurements would be slightly narrower --  4-1/2" x 2-3/8" for the bottom layer and 4" x 2-1/8" for the top layer.

Now you're ready to stamp and embellish your card however you like!

For the cards shown above, I used the "Kinda Eclectic" stamp set for the first card, and "Painted Petals" from the 2015 Occasions mini catalog for the second.  The butterfly die on the first card is also from the 2015 Occasions mini catalog.

For additional information including a video tutorial on how to make this card, visit www.splitcoaststampers.com and select the Tutorials link.  Then type "Screen Divider Card" into the search box.  There's also a link at the bottom of that article to a gallery showing lots more ideas for this technique!  Or, you can probably simply Google "Screen Divider Card" to find YouTube videos (it's quite a popular technique).

Hope you try this card and have fun with it!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January 2015 Class Projects

Hi, folks!  These are the projects we'll be making in my classes on Saturday, January 10.

In the first photo, the card on the left is from the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit.  This is a basic card, shown with just the materials that come in the kit; it can be embellished with your own supplies to give it a little more pizzazz if you like.  There are also two other variations of this card.

The card on the left is a very easy and sweet Valentine's Day card.  It also could be used as an anniversary card or even just a friendship card.

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The third card is the currently very popular screen divider card.  There are also will be two other variations of this card.

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Both the morning and afternoon class are pretty full, but not to worry -- I'll have instructions for all three of these cards posted on my blog next week.

Cath  ;D

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