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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Times Gatefold Folio

Here is another Gatefold Folio that I made using the Mel B. tutorial over on YouTube.  I love being able to use up my stash to make this quick and easy little album.  I use my CTMH Happy Times. I love this paper pack and now I have something beautiful to look at with it.  As much as I love making cards I love making mini albums more.  You Can see my other one here

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Friday, May 12, 2017

May Kard Club Swap

We had our May Kard Club Swap last night at my house.  It took me most of the week to get my room ready.  What a mess it was.  It is always nice to go through things and purge what you really don't need.  If you don't absolutely love it, get rid of it.  So that is exactly what I did.  Woo Hoo!

Our theme was Red, White, and Blue.  Some will even make a little goody for each of us!  Laurie made an Uncle Sam hat that holds lots of yummy candies.  Laurie loves her Silhouette so I am sure that she used it to cut this cutie out.


First up is Kathy M. I love the googly eyes.  LOL!


This one is Erin's


Donna made this one


Here is Jeannine's


Debbie used flowers and a cute saying inside


Inside of Debb's



This one is mine, I used watercolors for the background and then stamped the fire works in cranberry. I made 2 different color backgrounds to look like the sunset and the night sky.  I water-colored on regular Daisy White cardstock (it's not watercolor paper). The little boy in the pedal car is a Cricut cut from A Child's Year.  It is probably my favorite cut of all.  I used Mercury Glass stickles  on the starts and Wink of Stella Clear on the bell.  The little boy in the pedal car was actually cut out in Daisy White cardstock and sponged with Sapphire ink only because I used all my Sapphire cardsock on a Mini Album and have not yet replaced it.  I popped him up with foam tape.



Here is Jodie's she lives in Nevada so we think she made it to look like her state!




On the inside




This one is Laurie's I am sure she cut this with the Silhouette.



It's even cute on the inside.




Last but not least is Cathy's.  We all know this shape!




Inside



And now for our project.  I cut 6 blocks of 2x4 wood 11" long.  Well my husband did and sanded them all down.  Not quite smooth.  I painted them on all 4 sides with White acrylic paint.  You can use whatever color you want.  This will be the actual color of your letters.   Then I cut out the word Kitchen in 4 different fonts so they would have a choice.  I weeded all of them but one just so they could see how I do it.
I use contact paper for these kinds of projects.  It is way cheaper than vinyl and since I peal it off of my project I don't feel like I am wasting as much money.



This is after I weed every thing off.




I then place painters tape over it.  Leaving a tag to hold onto on each end.



Then I lift up the tape from one side and the vinyl will come off with it.



Next I hold onto the tags at each end and center it on my block and burnish the letters down with my bone folder.


The last step is to peal off the painters tape leaving the vinyl.  Sometimes you have to use your fingernail to hold the edge of the vinyl down while pealing the tape up.  Then burnish the letters to the block


 Now you are ready to paint your block.



The step I am missing is to first dab white or what ever color you painted you block.  This will seal around the vinyl so that no paint will bleed under the vinyl.  Very Important Step.  
After that dries completely then you can paint over the whole block.  I used black but you can use any color that goes with your Kitchen.  You will need to let that dry completely.



Then I take my Kraft knife and peal up the letters carefully.  That's it!  You can seal it with a clear sealer.


Here are all the ladies with their signs.  You can use your re-inkers to mix with the White paint to make it any color you want.  Cathy, Erin, and Jeannine used Sea Glass.  It is hard to see in the picture but they turned out great!



I got a text later in the evening and Jeannine shared hers in her kitchen.  How cute is that.


Hope you give this a try please share you pictures in the comments.  Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help you.



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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Hello Lovely Album Box Book

Here is an Album Book Box that I made.  It was pretty easy to do and it didn't take very long either.  You could make it in a day.  I love this Hello Lovely paper and instead of hoarding it I wanted to make something out of it that I could look at.  So when I saw the Album Book Box over at Country Craft Creations I knew I wanted to make it with this paper.  I love how it came out.
You can watch this short video on how it works.  Every page has a pocket on the top but I totally forgot to mention it and make inserts for it.  You can bet I will get that done next.  LOL


                  

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Her is the box all decorated up.  Everything is Close To My Heart except the 2 white flowers.  They are from Petaloo Textured Elements which I got from Mainely Stampin.
The box measures 5"x 5 3/4" x 1 5/8"



I did all 4 sides the same.  The Box is New England Ivy cardstock, mats are Sea Glass and the pattern paper is Hello Lovely (sorry but this is no longer sold).  Like I said I didn't want to hoard it any longer.


Here is the bottom.  Can you tell its upside down.  The sticker is really on correctly.  I just turned the box over the wrong way.  LOL!!!


You can see the album from the end and now you can tell how thick it is.  You only have 1/4" gussets so you really can do a lot of embellishing.  But that's ok because the paper is so cute.

They first page is a flap page.  There are 3 pages with flaps on them.  I used the Complementing stickers that came with the Workshop Your Way.  They really make the paper come to life and add to the story of the book.
The insert in all the pockets are from the cut apart pages that have 3 4x6 cards and 6 3x4 cards on them.  I matted them on some cardstock that was left over from the box and book.

Every page has a large pocket at the top and a small pocket at the bottom.







Here you can see the last page and the bottom of the box.  The box uses no chipboard at all.  But because of all the matting it ends up with 5 layers so the Box is actually very strong.


Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

No Worries Mimi Album

Here is a Mini that helped a friend make using that the No Worries G1127 Workshop Your Way paper pack, along with the No Worries coordinating cardstock pack 7220D, and the  Pack. I also used 13 sheets of Sapphire cardstock X5775 for the cover, binding, and pages.  Phew that is a lot of paper but it was so worth it.   I made this short video to show you all the page. I will record a longer video when it is all complete.  I think this is one of the fastest albums I have put together.  I love this paper pack and it lends itself to an album.  You can be the judge.  Let me know what you think.

 


 I used the Hidden Hinge Plus System by Kathy Orta King.  I love how it works and I think it will last a long time.  When you work this hard on something you want it to last.