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Friday, November 21, 2014

Birthday Wishes


Hey!  I have a birthday card to share today.

Jen Carter Tremendous Trees, Happy Everything

For this card I used the Clearly Whimsy Tremendous Triangles set.  I found a picture on Pinterest that I used for inspiration for the color scheme.  You can see the picture here.  I loved the touches of black & white in the picture so I added that in with the patterned paper on the side and the black sentiment.

Jen Carter Tremendous Trees, Happy Everything Closeup

My sentiment comes from the Happy Everything set which is perfect for birthday cards!  I added in a few sequins and some linen thread and this card was good to go.

This card is for a co-worker that I job share with.  Her birthday is today and mine is tomorrow.  Of course I had to make her a fun card!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nativity Pop-Up Card


I love the Christmas season!  I love getting into the holiday spirit and buying presents.  Love the holiday smells of cider and pine.  But I also love celebrating the day that Jesus was born!  When I first laid my eyes on the Frantic Stamper Nativity Creche & Sheep die set I knew I had to have it!  I have had an idea on a way to use it for a long time and had a really rough example sitting next to my workspace to remind me to figure out how to do it but it wasn't until now that I finally took the time to play around with the design.  After a lot of readjusting I finally got the result that I wanted and I'm excited to share it with you today!  I've also included a photo tutorial at the end of this post in case you'd like to replicate this idea.

Manger Card Jen Carter

I used this die to create a pop up card.  Like I said, it took a little bit of measuring and cutting before I got it just how I wanted but I love the results!  I love how the focus of the card is on the nativity.

Manger Card Jen Carter Closeup

Here's a closeup of Mary & Joseph.  I used strips of washi tape to highlight them as they pray over Baby Jesus.  I'll show you how I achieved that below. 

Manger Card Jen Carter Inside

This is the inside of the card.  To hide where I had cut out the nativity from the back side of the card I cut a matching piece of cardstock to the same dimensions as the card and adhered it so you can still write a message inside.

Manger Card Jen Carter Back

And here's the back of the card.  You can see where the nativity was cut out of the backside and how the piece that I adhered on the inside also helps stabilize the card.  

Here's a tutorial on how I put this card together.


First I cut my cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 (I could have cut it shorter because I end up trimming it later, but this made it easier at the time to get my measurements right).  Then I scored it at 2 3/4".  This is the line where I will line up my die.


I then chose 2 pieces of thick washi tape.  It's best if your tape is the same width of Mary & Joseph so I found that my skinnier tape didn't work as well.  The tape I used was 3/4" wide.  I used my die as a guide to where I should place my washi tape on the cardstock as shown.


I lined up the die on the scored line and then placed the cutting plate on my die cut machine just above the bottom of the die so that I wouldn't cut the shape completely out.  I wanted the bottom of the nativity to still be attached to my card so that it could pop up.  By placing my cutting plate above the bottom of the die, when I run it through my machine it will only cut to where I have my plate, leaving the bottom portion intact. 


This is what it looks like after I ran it through my die cut machine.  You can see that it didn't cut the bottom of the nativity.


I removed the negative pieces of the die and then carefully peeled off any washi tape that was on the shape that I didn't want on my card.  You can see how the tape goes farther down on my figures and over on to baby Jesus. 


I took a very sharp pair of pointed scissors and gently used the tip like a knife to cut the tape in the places where I didn't want it, careful not to cut the cardstock in the process.  Most of those places were almost cut for me because of the details that are already cut into the shape with the die, I just had to add a few slices here and there.  


After gently peeling away the pieces that I had just cut with the tip of my scissors, this is what I had.


Now I trimmed the back side of the cardstock so that it was the same size as the front.


After trimming, this is what the card looks like when it is standing up.  I tried to get my card to be about the same size as a normal card once it was cut and the star was attached but it ended up a little long.  The front of this card measures 4 1/4" x 5 3/4".  If I made this again, I'd adhere the star just a tad lower so it would fit in a regular sized envelope.


The inside/backside looks like this.  To give it added stability to support the popped up nativity and to allow a place to write a greeting on the inside (which also "cleans up" the inside) I cut a piece of matching cardstock to place inside of the card (as shown on my card sample at the top of this post).

Manger Card Jen Carter

To the very top of the nativity, I added the Northern Star, cut out with gold glitter paper, and attached with a glue dot.  I also cut out the Script Merry Christmas in Silver Metallic paper to finish the card off.

I'm entering this card in the Catered Crop Say Yes Recipe Swap challenge, which has an "Anything Goes" theme this week.


The dies I used for this project are: 




Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this card & tutorial!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Seeing Stars!


I hope today finds you doing well!  I have a seriously awesome card to share with you today, LOL!

Seriously Awesome Stars Side

No, I wasn't being conceited, but isn't that sentiment a fun one? :)  I really like how bright and fun this card ended up being!  I used the new zig zag die included in the Lil' Inker Designs Border Builders die set to cut the edge on the 3 pieces of colored cardstock and then layered them on top of each other.  This is such a fun look!  

Seriously Awesome Stars Closeup

I die cut the stars with the Seasonal Stars die set.  I love how they make the cutest accents!  I used one of everyone's favorite dies, the Seriously Word die to cut out the glittery word.  The awesome comes from the companion stamp set called Seriously Awesome.  This would make a great masculine card too!  



Supplies:
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Seasonal Stars, Seriously Word Die, Border Builders Dies
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Seriously Awesome
Cardstock: PTI Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores; MFT Nightshift Blue

Saturday, November 15, 2014

ShowCASe Your Style Color Challenge


Hello!!  Today starts Challenge #2 for the new ShowCASe Your Style challenge blog!  The theme for the next two weeks is a photo inspiration and it is a gorgeous photo!


Here is my card based on the photo.

Jen Carter Clearly Whimsy November

Whimsy Stamps has the perfect die for this photo challenge!  It's called the Holiday Gift Tag die set and it is on sale for $3.00!  I used embossing powder and washi tape to make the stripes on the ornament.  I also made one stripe with scor-tape and glitter.

Jen Carter Whimsy November 15 ChallengeJen Carter November 15 Challenge Closeup

The "Merry" was stamped in black and is from the Christmas Greetings stamp set. I die cut the Christmas Large Word die from gold metallic paper.  To finish the card off I added sequins in assorted sizes.

Now I do have to say that this isn't the cleanest card I've ever made.  I was so focused on the inspiration photo that I forgot to keep it clean.  I'll try to do better next time! :)

I hope you'll play along!  There is a great prize up for grabs!

Supplies not listed above:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories The Story of Us
Sequins:  Cartwrights Sequins & Pretty Pink Posh
Gold Paper: DCWV
Twine:  The Twinery

Monday, November 10, 2014

Reverse Cut Triangle Christmas Tree

Hey everyone!  It is going to be a cooooold week here!  I am so not ready for this!  But with the cold weather is the reminder that the holidays are right around the corner.  I know a lot of you are working on or starting to think about making your Christmas cards and so today I am going to share an easy Christmas card with you that I recently made.

Jen Reverse Cut Triangle Tree woodgrain WM

This card was so simple to put together!  I started by cutting my white glitter mat to the size I wanted it and then rounded the corners with a corner rounder.  I really like this die by Frantic Stamper called Reverse Cut Triangle Christmas Tree. I lined it up on the glitter cardstock and die cut.  The cool thing about this die is you can use it two ways.  You can use it how it is intended like I did here or you can use the negative pieces that cut out and piece them together to create the tree also!

Jen Reverse Cut Triangle Tree woodgrain CLoseup

I wanted to keep the card soft so I chose a turquoisish pattern paper to put behind the die cut tree.  I popped the white glitter piece up with dimensionals and added some clear sequins to add just a touch more bling.

Jen Reverse Cut Triangle Tree Side WM

To finish the card I cut a little banner and added a button with some floss.  I almost always add a sentiment to the front of my card, but this one just didn't seem to need one.

Reverse Cut Triangle Christmas Tree


One more thing before I go.  Did you know that Frantic Stamper now has a Flickr gallery!?  We'd love to see what you've been creating using the Frantic Stamper Exclusive Precision dies!  You can join the group and see what others have been creating or you can upload your own creations by clicking here.

Thanks for visiting!