Thursday, April 17, 2014

Studio 5: For "Peep" sakes Easter ensemble

*This segment will air tomorrow, Friday, April 18th, 1pm on Channel 5 in SLC, UT.  I'll be posting the video here shortly after that.

**I did 2 segments this time, be sure to scroll down to check it out: Card Maker's Cure!

Add something 'eggstra' special this weekend with some paper crafting
and a simple Easter egg shape.

When I create a card for any occasion, my starting point is often a simple shape that is immediately recognizable.  For a birthday use a balloon or a candle of a cake.  Christmas; a ornament or tree.  Halloween; a pumpkin or ghost.  These simple shapes are easy to cut and very versatile.  Here are a few creative ways to use simple shapes in your next paper crafting project.

1.      Silhouette:  The combination of a simple shape with colorful, patterned paper is a quick and easy way to dress up a card.

2.      Negative silhouette:  One of my favorite paper crafting techniques because it adds so much interest and dimension to a card.  When you cut out your silhouette, save what's left of the paper, layer patterned paper under it.  I hate throwing away my positive shapes, so I just use them on another project (like the peeps treat bag).

{use a small flower punch to punch yellow flowers.

 Insert a white brad in center, or maybe a button, gem or some glitter glue.}

3.      Vary what you place under the negative silhouette.  Patterned paper is easiest, but it would be fun to use scraps of ribbon and trim, layers of tissue, strips of paper scraps.  It's fun to cut out your silhouette and lay it over a selection of these things until you find the perfect fit.

4.      More is better:  sometimes it is!  Repeating a pattern is pleasing to look and strengthens the card message.  Layer your silhouettes over each other and use foam squares to define them.

{use a 7/8 circle punch to punch out 'blessings' and a 1" scalloped punch in yellow.

Use decorate scissors or a punch to create scalloped edge}

5.      Repeat negative silhouettes across the width of a card, layering complimenting paper under each one can quickly and easily fill up a space.

6.      Find creative ways to use that same simple shape for many projects; add to a napkin ring, create a place holder, name tag, treat bags, wreath or other home decor.  Once I have a shape and pattern that I like, I love taking it through my entire holiday on all these projects.  It cohesive and saves me time.

{I really wanted to use the yellow peeps for this collection, so I based all my colors around the yellow of them.  Finding a focal point makes the rest of the design process so much easier.}

{the glitter and patterned paper I used is from Doodlebug Design,}

You can download the printable sentiments and templates for free!  You can also use a die-cutter or a punch.  I've also included each sentiment in multiples for your convenience.  Enjoy!

As always, please email me if you have questions!  

Studio 5: Card Maker's Cure

*This segment will air tomorrow, Friday, April 18th, 1pm on Channel 5 in SLC, UT.  I'll be posting the video here shortly after that.

Making cards is a win-win hobby.  It gets your creative juices flowing and you'll have a constant supply of cards to give away for holidays, birthdays, celebrations, thanks and more.  The money you would spend on store-bought cards can easily keep you in card making supplies... so it's affordable too!The only problem is what to do with all those cards!

Today, I'm offering the cure...

Creative display and organizational solutions!

It starts slowly...a few cards that you have a hard time parting with.  Before you know it you have shoe boxes filled with your hard work and creativity.  It's a shame.  Cards are meant to be seen and used!

I'm not knocking shoe boxes.  They are quite perfect for storing cards, but at least we can paper craft it!  My biggest tip to stay organized with shoe boxes, depending on how many cards you're organizing is to have dedicated shoeboxes for themes, or create file tabs to separate those themes in one box.

Despite that, your cards are still hidden and easily forgotten.  There are some better options.

I'm in the midst of an office/craft room renovation and am looking for solutions for my 1000s of is are some solutions.

1.  Pretty & Practical

Let's face it.  Shoeboxes are not pretty (unless you've decorated if of course).  If the goal is to keep your cards out where you can see them you need to look for something you don't mind looking at everyday.

First find the place where you'd like to keep your cards.  A kitchen counter?  An office.  Bedroom.  Book shelf?  Look for someplace that you see regularly.  It's also nice to keep them where you can write in a card, put it in an envelope, place a stamp on it and then place in the mailbox.  Yes, those are the four steps!  I can't tell you how many times steps 2, 3 and 4 snag me up!  For my situation the office is best, it's where I spend most of my time.  But if you're a busy Mom, the kitchen might be best.

Keep measurements in mind or a small tape measure in your purse.  Most cards measure at most 6 " x 6".  Maybe you always do the standard 5 1/2" x 4" size, either way, you'll want to make sure whatever you do find will fit your cards.

 This was my first attempt at a card file.  about 10 years ago.  And if you looks closely, you can see the effects of those 10 years.  I was going to re-do it for you, but decided I wanted you to see it just the way it is!

It works!  I have kept this basket out where I can see it and it's my go-to file for birthday cards.

2.  Think outside the box.

You're still looking for boxes, or box shapes (because cards are square or rectangular for the most part), but they don't have to be in the organizational part of the store.   I found these decorative drawers in the home decor section of Hobby Lobby. 

Large enough to fit all sizes, they were perfect for all the cards I made for Paper Crafts Magazine over the years.  I won't be using these cards, but they are nice to have out, to remember all my hard work and for instant inspiration.

I found this at Hobby Lobby as well.  I love the chalkboard front panel, so I can mark what's inside the box.  No file tabs necessary for this one because I have that many Christmas cards!

Here's a non-box idea that I love!  I found this practical but decorative solution at Michaels craft store.  Chalk board at the top and shutters at the bottom.  This is a huge birthday card file!  Each month, mark the birthdays you need to remember, make sure you have enough cards in the slots and you'll never forget another birthday!

Even without the chalkboard top, the shutter idea is perfect for cards.  Find an old shutter, adhere a panel to the back to keep the cards from falling out and you'll have room for lots of cards.

Another find at Michaels was a decorative box that fit large square cards perfectly.  This would also make a beautiful set of cards you could give as a gift.

Look everywhere you go!  Hardware store, department store, home decor store, office supply store, grocery store or the jewelry, wedding, sewing section etc...  of a craft store.  Or repurpose boxes you get with other purchases that you can paper craft and alter (like a shoe box :)

3.  Homemade Card files/organizers

You don't have to buy something however, there are many options for papercrafting cute files with just paper and some chipboard (for strength).

This was a class I offered a few years ago.  It's based on a die-cutting template (Cricut Artiste Cartridge) for a mini magazine file.  Here, I've attached three together and made birthday cards for kid, gals and guys.

You could make just one and it would make a really set of cards for a gift.

Or you could attach even more for more themed options.


I created this calendar/card file for a class in 2010.  it was a way to record (with thumbnail pictures) birthdays you want to remember, with envelope pockets between each page for place for cards.

There is a lot of inspiration for home made card files on the internet and pinterest.

4.  Card Display.

Maybe you don't have that many cards to organize, or maybe you just like to keep what you've made, it is after all, your creative endeavor and isn't much different (just smaller) than a scrapbook page.  It deserves to be seen and often is so pretty that it can easily integrate into your home decor.

Here are a few solutions for displaying your cards.

This card (I created for Cricut magazine) needed a special place all by itself.  It was a lot of work!  I found this little doll chair (somewhere, I can't remember, just wish I had bought more!) and is perfect for highlighting just one card.   Be patient and keep your eye out for little card display treasures like this one.

A trendy way of displaying just one card is a floral frog.  These are heavy metal piece with medal needles sticking up.  It was designed for floral arranging, but works really well for keeping cards upright in place.  They come is all sorts of sizes and shapes.

Sometimes a card has a special memory.  Those need a spot all to themselves!  Frame it!  I found this frame with cork at Hobby Lobby.  Enough room to display not just the card but the accompanying photo as well.  I like the cork because I can interchange what I have on display.

If you take card making classes (like mine!), it's often such a good feeling getting those done, you want them on display until the next class.  I found this wire Eiffel tower at Hobby Lobby.  Perfect display a collection of cards.  Look for metal home decor pieces, they are great for displaying cards, you can either tuck them in (like I did here) or attach them with a mini clothes pin or magnet.

Speaking of magnets, wow, how cool is the bird cage display piece.  This was designed specifically for displaying cards as it comes with cute bird magnets that are surprisingly strong.  I found this at Michaels as well.

5. Practical, but not so pretty.

Ok, so you don't have the space or inclination to do something pretty, but you still want to be organized.  That's fine and there are SO many options.  I recommend visiting an office supply store, a craft store and Ikea.  I found lots of organizational options there.

{This is housing some of my Studio 5 projects!}

This plastic organized is a photo file from Michaels, but fits a standard sized card perfectly.  This would be a good option when you are making duplicates of several cards, as each box holds several smaller hinged boxes.

Whichever way to go, I hope you'll enjoy having those handmade cards just a little nearer & dearer.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Q's Creative Classes: Creature Comforts

crea·ture com·forts
noun.  plural noun: creature comforts
  1. material comforts that contribute to physical ease and well-being, such as good food and accommodations.
Ok, so now that we got that out of the way we can proceed!  I thought this was a common phrase, but I found out quick enough in class earlier this month that it is not!  But I just didn't have the heart to change the name, because it so perfectly describes what I was going for in this class.

All those things we love; that makes us feel cozy, comfortable and at home, make for sweet, sentimental cards.  Five in all with one killer pop-up card!  It's like a mini doll house inside, so fun!  

There isn't a Mother's day per se, but I've added a Mother tag (as well as the "to you" tag to the purse card, so you have that option.  It's a great card for Mom and a gift card fits perfectly inside.  It also fits into an A2 envelope!

Shipping for mail-order starts April 28th.  Be sure to add Shipping from the drop-down menu.  Otherwise, I'll bring the kit to class.

Creature Comforts Cards

Class Schedule

Monday, April 28th           Sandy Hobby Lobby              2 - 4 pm
Tuesday, April 29th          South Jordan Hobby Lobby    10am - noon
Tuesday, April 29th          South Jordan Hobby Lobby    5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., April 30th              South Jordan Hobby Lobby    10am - noon
Wed., April 30th              West Jordan Armory             6 - 8 pm
Thurs.,May 1st                American Fork Senior Center  6 - 8 pm
Friday, May 2nd               Layton Hobby Lobby             10am - noon
Friday, May 2nd               Layton Hobby Lobby             2 - 4pm
Friday, May 2nd               Layton Hobby Lobby             5:30 - 7:30 pm

What you'll need:

Adhesives: Your favorite tape to put cards together, foam squares  and glue dots (mini, micro and craft). 

Ink: Pumice Stone Distress (Ranger) Ink Pad and sponge to distress with.        
Tools: Scissors, micro hole punch and Corner Rounder.  Paper piercer.  Bone folder and something to score on (I recommend the Martha Steward mini scoreboard).

Misc: Craft Mat (to work on), lid (to keep small pieces in), pencil.

Any questions?  Just email me!

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