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Friday, July 31, 2015

Shutter Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

For a new variation on the simple shutter card that gives you room to write a note, check this out:
The entire pdf  with instructions are HERE.
Thank you, Sandy Allnock!

She did these additional trifold shutter cards:
Sandy Allnock Trifold Shutter Card2
Original Pin HERE

Then I found a set of instructions for a double shutter card:

Beccy's Place: Tutorial: Double Shutter Card (aka Double Display Card)
Original Pin HERE

...and here's my modified variation based on this version:

I took a 12" x 12" piece of solid card stock and cut it in half to create 2 pieces that measure 6" x 12." Along the 12" length of both pieces, I scored at 2", 4", 6" and 8." At 2" inches from the right and left sides, cut down from the 2" score line to the 8" score line. Add a 4.5" x 6" panel to the left and right sides to finish the front of the card. This shutter card is the perfect one to highlight a 4"x6" picture on the back panel.

Next...I found a very impressive triple shutter card and terrific tutorial by Tanya Dawn Richards on Pinterest. This is the type of card that you would only make for a card-worthy friend who would appreciate all of the time and materials that goes into a handmade creation! Here's my version:

It's the longest card I've ever made at THREE FEET LONG! It took quite awhile to make BUT I'm giving it to a friend and talented card maker who never throws away my cards! Here are Tayna's samples:

Video #86 Double Tri-shutter card - YouTube
For the video tutorial and original pin, click HERE.

The basic instructions to go along with the video are as follows:
  • Cut 2 pieces of 12" x 12" card stock to 4 pieces of 6" x 12" card stock
  • Take 2 pieces of 6" x 12" card stock and trim to 6" by 8"
  • Score the 2 pieces of 6" x 12" pieces along the 12" length at 2", 4", 8" and 10"
  • Score the 2 pieces of 6" x 8" pieces along the 8" side at 2" and 6"
  • Take the 2 pieces of 6" x 12" card stock and along the 12" length, cut at 1 3/4" from each side starting at the 2" score line down to the 10" score line
  • Take the 2 pieces of 6" x 12" card stock and fold up at 2" and back down at 4", then fold up at 8" and back down at 10" like a fan
  • Take the middle section and reverse both folds on both pieces of 6" x 12" card stock
  • Take both of the 6" x 8" pieces and fold the first fold up and the second one down
  • Then continue as directed in the video starting at the time of 6:58
  • To decorate this card, you'll need: 
    • From one piece of DSP: 4 pieces of 1 3/4" by 5 3/4", 4 pieces of 1 1/2" x 3 3/4" and 4 pieces of  1 3/4" x 2 1/4"
    • From a coordinated piece of DSP: 8 pieces of 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" and 4 pieces of 2 1/4 x 3 
  • NOTE: The punch that is used in the video is called Tiara by Easy Cut Crafts and can be purchased HERE.

Click HERE for a video to see finishing ideas for this type of card.

Check out an additional video HERE to see other finished examples of the triple shutter card. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Beach Totes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I saw these cute mini beach totes on Pinterest last week and I had to stop and make one up right away! There is a large version that can hold A2 cards with envelopes and a small version to hold some Ghiradelli chocolate squares or any other small items. The large version uses one entire 12" x 12" DSP sheet for the tote - including the handles - and there is a very helpful video tutorial as well! Thank you, Lyssa, for sharing this terrific project!

Mini Tote Bag Tutorial To make this adorable project, cut a 6 x 6 inch piece of designer paper. Score it at 2 1/2, 3 and 3 1/2.
Original Pin HERE

Here are my versions:

by Song of My Heart Stampers

Video Tutorial: http://tinyurl.com/beachtote

I made some written instructions below for the large and small sizes to go along with the video:



Two 1” x 12” strips scored at ½” down entire 12” length, add snail adhesive along right side of 12” length, fold in half to adhere, use bone folder to break down paper fibers then trim any overlapping excess along the 12” length if needed.

10” x 12”, score at 5”, 6”, 7” along 12” side, cut along 5” and 7” score line – a little more than halfway to center from each side, apply adhesive to flaps and adhere to center, apply sticky side to remaining left and right flaps, apply glue dots to opposite flaps on right side of paper (leave on clear backing), adhere flaps to back on each side, pinch sides to form tote, remove clear backing on glue dots and adhere, trim excess paper where needed, attach handles with sticky tape, adhere buttons with glue dots.


Two 1” x 8.5” strips scored at ½” down entire 8” length, add snail adhesive along right side of 8 “ length, fold in half to adhere, use bone folder to break down paper fibers then trim any overlapping excess along the 8” length if needed.


6” x 6”, score at 2 ½”, 3” and 3 ½”, cut along 2 ½” and   3 ½” score lines – a little more than halfway to center from each side then follow directions above.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Candy Favors and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I saw a terrific card box on Pinterest:

Includes how-to and measurements on site * big Ideas From A Little Girl: Simple holder for 3X3 cards
Original Pin HERE

...and I thought it would make a nice candy favor...so I modified it and made these mini boxes that hold one Ghirardelli chocolate square and some M&Ms:

Candy Favor Measurements

3" x 7.5" scored at 3 1/4" and 4 1/4"

Inside Box: 
3" x 4" scored 1" from all four sides

...then my talented neighbor and paper crafter, Ava, came over to  make some projects with me:

She has innate creativity that never ceases to amaze me! She took the idea of these candy favors and then designed her own candy favors as a thank you for me and a friend of mine who gave her some craft supplies! Thank you, Ava, for making me smile from ear-to-ear!

...and here's one of my most favorite cards to make for birthdays:

Oval All by SU

Kensington Border by Memory Box

Butterfly Swirls

Darice 1216-64 Embossing Folder, 4.25 by 5.75-Inch, Butterfly Swirls
Purchase HERE

I bought this folder after my friend, Mel, showed me a most beautiful card she made with this folder. It works particularly well with shimmery card stock. I LOVE this folder and use it often in combination with all sorts of butterfly dies.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cool Boxes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I saw this box on Frenchie Stamps' blog and I knew it would be the perfect thing for my friend's birthday as she always appreciates a paper marvel! It has a pop open top when it's squeezed at each end near the opening, so the bow is attached with a glue dot:

...and here's my version:

It's the perfect way to give a gift card!

Frenchie provides a video and these instructions:
  • Cardstock: 8½" x 6"
  • Score at 4" and 8" on the 8 1/2" side
  • Score at 1" and 5" on the short side
  • The picture below is helpful

To see the video tutorial, click HERE

...and here is one more Bokeh card
I made with some scraps: