August 20, 2014

Notecard Box and Cards

I found this project in the Autumn 2014 Issue of CardMaker magazine, pages 44-45.  Noelle McAdams created the box for the magazine.  I created one of the boxes and found that it wasn't large enough for 4 heavy embellished A2 cards and the envelopes.  I adjusted the measurements and added a step to make the box better suited for my cards.

Hi, this is Carolyn from 
Carolyn's Creative Corner

Here is another example of the A2 box and a second box that is large enough to hold a Cascading Card or Card-in-a-Box with lots of embellishments!

Steps to create the adjusted Notecard Box to hold 4 A2 cards and envelopes
 Photos of each step and more detailed instructions are available with the link at the end of these instructions!

Step one--Cut a 12 inch x 7 1/2 inch piece of heavy card stock.

Step two--With longest edge along the top of a scoring board; score at 2 1/2 inches, 3 5/8 inches, 8 3/8 inches, 9 1/2 inches.  Measurements must be accurate!!  Tip: Make all score marks on the 'wrong' side of paper.  This will help to create a box with the desired side on the outside.

Step three--Rotate the paper 90 degrees; score at 1-inch mark on left side (bottom of box), score at 1/2-inch at the right side (top of box).  The 1/2-inch score is an extra step that I added.

Step four--(extra step) Place a 1/2-inch wide strip of double-sided adhesive along the scored 1/2-inch edge.  Fold over to form a smooth edge.

Step five--Cut along short score lines from bottom edge stopping at 1-inch score line.  Turn paper to the outside and place a piece of double-sided tape on each of the flaps that were formed.

Step six--on the outside of the paper, place a 1/8-inch strip of double-sided adhesive along the scored 7 1/2-inch edge.  This is used to seal the back of the box.

Step seven--fold box, securing the bottom with double-sided adhesive.  Secure the back edge.

Step eight--Decorate the box as desire.

For photos of each step, plus more details, please visit...

Set of 4 A2 cards and matching Notecard Box

Notecard Boxes filled with cards and envelopes!
Notecard Box with 4 cards and envelopes

LARGER BOX MEASUREMENTS!  Made to hold Cascading Cards and Card-in-a-Box

Step one--cut strip at 18-inches x 20-inches
Step two--Score at 4 inches, 5 1/2 inches, 12 1/2 inches, 14 inches
Step three--Score left side (bottom) 1 1/2 inches, Score right side (top) 1/2 inch

For details and photos of each step, please visit...

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August 19, 2014

Using Up those Scraps

Hi everyone.  Karon here from Karon's Krafty Korner, for my little visit.

I have had a really big sort out of my craft room and therefore have been trying to use up a lot of my scraps - and I do have a lot of scraps!!

Here is my card for today, and I will explain how I made it below. I am using up my 8" by 3" cards from the UK.

I used a 1.5" punch to cut out a pile of circles from my scraps.  I am working my way through my colour drawers, so it's greens today :-)

I got a piece of plain card stock (yep from my scraps) and covered it with double sided sticky tape.  Then I placed my first layer of circles.

The second layer of circles I inked up, and then placed over the spots that remained to be covered. Trimmed it down to fit my card.

Next up, I used some more scraps (told you I have a lot LOL) and made some flowers.  I was inspired to make these flowers by Desire of Doing Life, and here is the link to her great tutorial for them.  Thanks for sharing Desire.  The tiny butterfly is from Birds Cards and the sentiment is from a Polkadoodles CD.

For the inside I just added a cream panel to the patterned paper and stamped it with some tiny butterflies.

And there you go, a card from scraps.

Thanks for letting me come visit Sheila, I really appreciate it.

Happy crafting everyone.

August 18, 2014


I’ll be the first to admit that it doesn’t sound like an easy summer project, but I really wanted to try it and share with you putting those three elements on a card, so here goes.  This is Charlotte C and I’m grateful to Sheila for having me here again this month.  Hope you all are enjoying your summer.

The first card I made, I really wasn’t sure where I was going with it, but I started with a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper.  Using painter’s tape, I stuck it to a silicone cutting mat, then used the tape to adhere the stencils onto the watercolor paper.  Using a small pallet knife, I applied Ranger Texture Paste over the stencil and smoothed it out.  I admit the photo doesn’t look smooth, but I forgot to take a photo when I reached the smooth stage, before removing the cloud stencil.

Here you can see the lattice stencil is smooth and there’s a bit of texture to the cloud stencil.
Now the hard part – waiting for the paste to dry.  I’m not sure how long that took because I went on to other things.  Once the paste was completely dry, I lined up the stencils over the dry paste and began adding color with distress ink.  You can see I had to mask part of the cloud stencil to just get the edges, but the lattice was easier to work in two colors. 
I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out afterall.   I cut the “happy” with my Cricut, stamped and embossed “birthday,” and applied the blue strip with foam tape. 

For the second card I followed the same principles of applying and smoothing the paste, this time using Tim Holtz watercolor paper.   I used several colors of distress ink over the dry paste, masking off each section as I went along.  I used the same distress ink to stamp and emboss “life is good.”  

Both card fronts had to be adhered to the card base with lots of foam tape because the watercolor paper is quite heavy and has a tendency to warp.   And I used a silicone cutting mat because I could easily clean it, number 1, and, number 2, I could move it around as I was smoothing out the paste and applying the ink.

Here's a closeup of the detail on the second card.  

This card I really like – hope you do too.   Thanks for being here today.