Friday, December 18, 2009

Accordian Card Details

I have to admit this card was pure trial and error as I tried to make an accordian style card that ended up being an A2 size card but....still allowed me enough room on the base inside panel to use a fairly large image. I can't tell you all the videos I watched on how to make accordian style cards as there were many so I'm not sure who to give credit to as this ended up being a mish mash of different ones I liked. Here is what I ended up doing....I took a 12x12 piece of cs and cut it to 5 1/2 x 12 and a smaller piece at 3 1/2 x 5 1/2. I scored the largest piece so that I had a 4 1/4 section, two 3 inch sections and then a 1 3/4 section. This was done by just moving it around on my score pal but if you have a scoring blade on your cutter then it would be easy. I then scored my smaller piece along the 3 1/2 inch side right in 1/2 at the 1 3/4 inch mark. Once I folded my score lines then I attached the smaller piece of cs to the back of the larger piece so that the 1 3/4 section overlapped. I added my lace border so that the seam wouldn't be noticed on the front side. Here is a picture attempting to explain further:

Once you have your base put together then decorate as you like and you will end up with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 A2 size card. Here is a picture of the card folded and if you go here you will see my original post showing it open.

I hope this helps and next time I make one I'll try to get pictures as I go along. I like this style as you can see a peek of each layer and....wouldn't it be cute with a belly band to hold it closed?!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Papertake Weekly Sketch Challenge

This is my take on the Papertake Weekly Sketch Challenge this week. I used Angela's Sew Many Cards Santa and some Basic Grey patterned papers. The picture doesn't show very well but there is lots of white fun flock on Santa and then I cut out his moustache and layered it up so it added some dimension. My sentiment is from this years Hero Arts Christmas set. Hope you are all done with your Christmas shopping and are getting ready to sit back and enjoy the holidays!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Doodle Beans for Ewe!!

All of us at Sew Many Cards are so excited to have Doodle Beans Digital Stamps as a sponsor!!! This image is so sweet.....I had so much fun playing with it and there are many more plus if you click on their link (on my sidebar) you will fine some awesome freebies over there, too. Doodle Beans Digital Stamps has a growing number of stamps for use in card making, crafts and scrapbooking. The images are unique and fun, and designer Randa Clay hopes you'll find them to be useful for all kinds of occasions and projects! You are sure to find something you sure to check out the awesome backgrounds!!! Cheri, Sheila and Jeri are showcasing some Doodle Beans images today, too - head on over and check them out! Just a heads up - watch for more info during the January new release blog hop as Randa has donated some awesome prizes!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Head on over to Sew Many Cards (link on my sidebar) as you can get all the images released this whole year for only$25!!!!! There are 170+ images - that is an incredible deal!!!! The deal ends at midnight tonight - so hurry on over!!!

Sew Many Cards "Red" Challenge

This week's challenge at Sew Many Cards is to make a project using only red (you can use any colors in your image). I love red so this was easy for me. I chose Hershey wearing a Santa hat with antlers. I used some liguid applique to make his "furry" parts of his hat and colored the rest with copics (love those things). I have some cute ribbon with Santa's little helper printed on it but it seemed a little too much and it was too hard to get the words where I wanted them as there was quite a space between the images so....I just made a ribbon tag and pop dotted it on another ribbon. I was going for that "wavy" ribbon look that everyone seems to be able to do with paper but I didn't quite get it. It is still pretty cute IRL though. Follow me and check out the rest of the design team's projects....that's where I'm headed!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Congratulations to Kym Weber!!! She is the blog candy winner for the Sew Many Cards New Reveal Blog Candy!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sew Many Cards New Release & Pink Elephant Challenge #2!

Isn't Hershey just adorable???? I love working with this little dog. What a fun Christmas card this will make for an animal lover! This was so easy to make....just a square of patterned paper and my image and background scallop cut with nesties. I added a few brads and some ribbon along with a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts and there you go. This really would be an easy one to mass produce. You could print out several copies of your image and take them with you - color while you are waiting for the kids or the dentist or watching TV, etc. Now, I'm going blog hopping as I can't wait to see what the rest of the design team made! Be sure to stop over at the Sew Many Cards blog or the ning site for a list of the DT blogs! Also, Angela has some fabulous blog candy over at the SMC blog here!
Don't forget you have 3 chances to win my BLOG CANDY! You can leave a comment here and/or on the blog candy post here and/or the sneak peek post here by December 9th. I will have one of my boys draw a name out of a hat and I'll announce the winner on Dec. 10th. Good Luck!!
I'm also submitting this in the Pink Elephant Blog Challenge this week (make a project using your favorite Christmas color combo).
Scroll on down to see this week's challenge project for Sew Many Cards! I know 2 posts in one day - I'm on a roll!

Sew Many Cards Winter Challenge & Pink Elephant Challenge!

This week's challenge over at Sew Many Cards is to make a winter themed project. I've never made a shaker card before so.....I decided this little penguin (PJ) would be the perfect image to go with a shaker card. I just purchased some new craft scissors that came in that heavy plastic packaging so I cut a circle out of that with my nesties and then adhered that to my scalloped "ring". I made my ring by using the scalloped circle nestie with a smaller plain circle nestie inside of it and cut them both at the same time so that I ended up with a frame(clear as mud?). Next time I'll try to remember to take some pictures as I go or if I can talk my son in to it I'll get him to help me video it. It's really easy but if you are like me - visuals help! Anywho....then I took foam tape and adhered it all around my scalloped circle so that it would stand up away from my image enough for the glitter to move nicely. I removed the backing from the foam tape everywhere except a little section at the top and adhered it to my patterned paper with the image already in place. I then used that little opening at the top to add my glitter and then I removed the backing from that and adhered it so that the glitter could not escape. I promise you it is much easier than it sounds and what a neat effect! I'm also submitting this for the Pink Elephant Challenge this week of making a project using your favorite Christmas combo! I do love all the traditional red/greens, burgundy/golds, blue/silvers---actually, I love them all!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Logan Won!!!!

We are so proud of Logan!!!! The recreation center here on base had an essay contest and they picked a winner from 3 different age groups and all 3 were recognized Friday night at a special tower lighting ceremony. Logan won for his age group! He got to go up on stage and get an up close view of the Freedom Tower lights coming on!

Can you believe it? Home Decor Project!!!

I never really do any kind of altered projects or anything....I'm primarily a cardmaker scrapbooker but....when I saw this on Christmas with the Cricut I just had to try it. Mandy over at Polka Dot Spot came up with this beautiful project and I just had to see if I could do it, too. Be sure to go check hers out here and scroll down because she has another one that is also gorgeous!!! It is very time consuming is so CUTE IRL and so unique. Mandy used a styrofoam cone but our Walmart only had the green floral cones so I used that...will definitely try harder to find the styrofoam next time because I had that green stuff all over me! I used my cricut and winter woodland cartridge to cut out lots and lots of snowflakes in 2 different sizes and then.....used the corsage type pins to attach them to the cone. Put a bow on top and tada!!! If you have a cricut (even if you don't) and haven't seen the Christmas with the Cricut really need to grab a cup of coffee and sit back and just stroll threw that site as there are so many ideas of things to make with your cricut that you will never have thought of!! Some of them are easy enough for even me to do! These ladies ROCK!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I'm so excited - this is my first blog candy! The winner receives this Generations CropperPack scrapbook backpack and a package of 2 Sakura Stardust gelly roll pens (these are awesome). This treat is to celebrate this month's Sew Many Cards New Releases! All you have to do is sign up as a follower on my blog and leave a comment on this post, my sneak peek post and/ Dec. 7th post revealing the new image I worked with! So....if you post on all three then you have three chances to win. Please only enter once on each post. I will jot down the blogger names and have one of my boys draw a name out of a hat to determine the winner! Be sure to leave your info so I can get in contact with you if you are the winner. You have until Dec. 9th to post and I will announce the winner on Dec. 10th.

Sew Many Cards New Release Sneak Peek!!!

Oh!!! I can't wait to see all the new releases! I've only seen mine so I can't wait to see the ones the rest of the design team have been working on!!! Be sure to head on over to Sew Many Cards Ning community and email Jeri, Sarabeth or Angela to submit your guess as to what you think this image is by Dec. 6th and.....check out all the fun games and prizes going on this week!!! Be sure you sign up for the newsletter also as there is a 50% off coupon this week and that is how you will receive your friday freebies! Head on over to Sheila's blog here and Trish's blog here to see their sneak peek's today, too! There are sneak peek's all this week so be sure to check all the design team's blogs as some of us are giving blog candy! I'll be posting mine probably later today! UPDATE: Blog candy has been posted above so you may leave a comment here and/or above on the blog candy post and/or on my upcoming reveal post on Dec. 7th. Limit one comment on each post, however, you do have three chances to win!

Sew Many Cards Accordian Challenge

This week's challenge is to make an accordian card. I've never tried this style before but once I got my base cut and scored I had so much fun with it!!! I love this sweet little image - I thought it would make the perfect "pick me up" card to let someone know I'm praying for them. There is so much happening over at Sew Many Cards this week - be sure to check out the blog and the ning community to see all the sneak peeks, games, challenges, and prizes over there this week!