DIY Gifts #4

I’m back as promised and have a DIY gift to share. I made it for my friends on Valentines’ Day this year and thought there might be a few points that I could share to those of you who like this idea. So for this gift, the tutorial is over at Crème de la Craft and she provides a step-by-step guide on how to create it.

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Her guide is pretty comprehensive, and the gift is relatively easy to do especially since the materials are easily available. This is a really sweet gift cause it is filled with so much wonderful memories! Some points that I could share would be as follows:

  1. So the printer I have at home doesn’t exactly print out well and so I went to get my photos printed at the shop, in 4R. So for those who are going to get them printed in 4R size, your pictures would be at 4″ by 4″ and your cardstock should be 8″ by 4″. It’s still a good size and
  2. For the chipboard, you’ll be wrapping it up anyways, so it can be any cardboard. I used cereal boxes and cut them at 4.5″ by 4.5″.
  3. Something to keep in mind when wrapping the chipboard is that the edges have to be presentable too. So you might want to take note the overlapping wrapping paper.
  4. When measuring the length of the string, make sure it is done when the book is closed. If not, the string might be too short!
  5. When pasting the chipboard onto the book, you might want to note that if you place it right in the center, opening the book could be a bit of a problem cause the spine would overlap. Therefore, pasting it a bit more outwards might be better.

That’s about all I have to share for this lovely momento. If you have any questions or something to share, please feel free to! ((:

Card making session #5

Hey guys! I know I’ve MIA-ed for a very long time and I’m really sorry about it. The past months have been exceptionally eventful and I haven’t had the time to update! I’ve got a couple of posts prepared that should be up within the coming month! And hopefully it will inspire you! ((:

For today, I’ll share 2 cards that I made at the beginning of May. The ideas actually came from 9th Letter Press, so they are not exactly original… HEE! You guys should click on the link and check out the various cards that they have. Some of them are really cute and inspiring!

So the first card was made for my mother and here it is!

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I’m sure if you head down to the website, you’ll be able to spot whichever card I’ve chosen to remake pretty quickly! When I first saw that card, it struck me as a really lovely and meaningful card and I was inspired to recreate it!

I chose a yellow background mainly cause that is my mom’s favorite color! It took awhile to find the right patterned paper though as the repetition of shapes was crucial in the original card. If you’ve seen the one on the website, the words are – Mom, you’re one of a kind. I’ve changed the words in here, cause my sister commented that I might sound too sarcastic with those words and I liked these anyways! And… I’m rambling.

So anyways, the words were written on a white cardstock in a red marker and highlighted to make the words pop! Then it was pasted on the red scalloped edge paper before going onto the main base. It’s pretty straightforward if you wish to recreate it and my mom loved it. One great plus about making the card is that by tweaking the wording, it can be made for anyone! ((:

Moving on to the next card, it’s intended to go to my father and I’m sure you can guess why.

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This card was a little more tedious. I tried to be lazy and went straight into the coloring without measuring… All I can say is DON’T. HAHA!

On a white cardstock, measure out the boxes with the measurement of 0.75 inch x 0.75 inch, and an estimated 3mm in between to mark out 6 squares across and 3 down. Then colore and cut out the size of the paper accordingly. For the black diagonal lines, try not to use a pen/marker that is too thin. Those 0.5 markers will do just fine.

So these are the cards that I’ve got to share today. Hope you liked it!! ((: And I’ll try to post more consistently!

 

 

Christmas Cards 2013 #10

For today’s post, I would like to share some of those that I’m really pleased with.

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I really love how the gold and red came together in this card. The words were actually printed on a 12×12 paper and I cut it out to the size of the card stock. The red strip of paper that I pasted on the top and bottom of the words are from K&Company – Yuletide adhesive borders. I took one of it and cut in through the middle, placing them separately. The embellishments are from Ruby, Rock-it – Joyeux Noel.

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This is one of the cutest card I made. The font I used was One Starry Night and printed it together with a speech bubble. From there, gold glitter glue was used to go around the speech bubble to make the card pop. ((: I cut the paper out from a 12×12 paper too and pasted the birds on. I got the chipboard where the birds came from a long time ago, so I can’t find them online anymore.

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I know my stamping is a total failure (as can be seen from how uneven the letterings are), but I really like the simplicity of this design. The candy cane is from Ruby, Rock-it – Joyeux Noel and gold glitter glue was used for the borders.

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I have to say that I really like the Ruby, Rock-it – Joyeux Noel Layered Accents! The two flowers for this card is also from that packet, though I added pearl embellishments in the center of them for this card. The sentiment in the middle is from echo park paper co. – Tis the Season collection.

So, these are the cards that I’m quite proud of, and I hope they will inspire you too!

Christmas Cards 2013 #9

I have some BLUE christmas cards to share today!

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I started out doing this card, though as you can see, I’m really really bad at stamping. But I still like the design, so ignore the smudge and know that what I’m really sharing is the design! HAHA! The snowflakes are from Martha Stewart Crafts – Wonderland Snowflake Embellishments, and I cut the blue squares based on the size of the snowflakes.

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From there, I cut out more blue squares, did some trimming and contemplated on what I can do with them. So based on that chipboard that I got a number of years ago, I fiddled around and got this! The border was added with blue glitter glue and some embellishments were added to the corners.

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Another blue card is this! I used the blue glitter glue for the borders again then pasted a blue paper on for the background. Snowflakes from various embellishment sets that I have were scattered around. The sentiment is from echo park paper co. – Reflections Christmas collection and the snowman is from Pentaloo – Merry Christmas dazzlers collection.

So this are the BLUE cards that I’ve got to share! Hope you got some inspiration for a BLUE Christmas! ((:

Christmas Cards 2013 #8

Hi! Christmas is going to be here really quickly and hopefully this post will give you some ideas for any last minute cards you need to get done. So, for this post, I thought I should share the cards that I did with the remaining silver chevron paper that I mentioned here. First up!

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Using gold glitter glue for the border, I tried to make it as close to the corners as possible to create a fuller look. The snowman and word ‘Christmas’ are from echo park paper co. – Reflections Christmas collection. I used red glitter glue to go over the ‘Christmas’ to create more effect. The word ‘blessed’ is from my & my BIG ideas – Red and Pink Glitter collection.

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For this card, I printed the borders with the words ‘Merry Christmas’ in the font Volutes. The snowman and stars are from Pentaloo’s Merry Christmas dazzlers – Snowmen and Traditional Christmas dazzlers – Northern Stars collections repectively. I really love how the snowmen are sitting on ‘snow’. HAHA!

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In this next card, the trees are from Studio Calico – Ephemera Pack and the sentiment is from echo park paper co. – Tis the Season collection. And lastly!

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The remaining silver chevron paper was used in this card. Using green twine to go around the silver paper, it was tied into a bow. It was then pasted on a cardstock and the sides were trimmed to fit the size of the silver paper. The christmas tree here is also from echo park paper co. – Reflections Christmas collection and the words are from 7gypsies – Postale alphabet collection.

So that’s how I used up the entire 12×12 silver chevron paper! Hope you all found some inspiration in this post!

Christmas Cards 2013 #7

I’m back with a few more cards to share today!

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This is the first one that I attempted, with this simple design. I printed the words Merry Christmas with the font Volutes. The stripe across the card is from Carta Bella Winter Fun collections – the Winter Borders paper. The Christmas tree die-cut is from Creative Imagination Art Warehouse by Danelle Johnson – the Holly Jolly collection die-cut. I really liked how simple this card looked and so, along those lines, I got this!

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This font is One Starry Night. The star sticker is from Craft n Craftin’, which I had for a number of years (so I can’t find the link now). After this, I did another!

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This time, I used a chipboard sticker with a sentiment already printed from echo park paper co. – Reflections Christmas collection. The border was done with red glitter glue and the strip across was using the silver chevron paper I mentioned in my previous post.

So these are the cards that I would like to share today. Hope you enjoyed them and even attempt them. ((:

Christmas Cards 2013 #6

Hi! I’m finally back! So sorry for MIA-ing the whole of November. It was the exams period and I was trying to keep away from all forms of distraction. Anyways, I’m back now and I’ve got some more Christmas cards to share! I got these cards idea from made by hand. When I first saw it, I felt that the card was really nice cause of the simplicity and so, I attempted it!

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The circles were cut out from papers that I’ve collected over the years and I used something circular available as a stencil to ensure a full circle. Before pasting the circles on, I did some bordering as it seemed pretty plain without. The main challenge for this card was how to place the circles. There was a lot of trial and error, considering how to overlap and place them to create the desired effect. I finally decided on the 2 above! ((: The letters on both cards are the same, they are from Petaloo Dazzlers series in blue.

The cards could be considered one of the more economical cards that I’ve made. The materials are just paper and some letter stickers with colored/glittered pen for the borders. You can definitely do without the studs, depending on your taste and preferences. 

So yeah! Hope you got some inspiration from this post! ((: