Aug 042014

Hello, Brenda here with a Project of the Week… Scored Background.


I used #9009-F, Butterfly (sm) and #9004-E, All Your Dreams on this card.

I apologize for the shadows in the photos. I am an amateur and no matter how I positioned I couldn’t get any photos without shadows.

The only special tool you will need for this project is a score board. I used a Scor Buddy, I love this little board. :)


Instructions to make this card:

1. Start with a 4 x 5 piece of card stock. Starting with opposite corners score the first line from one corner to the next. Without moving the paper score every 1/2 inch working your way to the outer edge. (You may find it helpful to mark the score line with a marker on your Scor Buddy. This will help when you have to move the paper.)

2. When you have half of the paper scored turn the paper 180° and repeat step 1.

3. Next start at the opposite corner than in step 1. Repeat the scoring process in steps 1 and 2.

4. This is what your paper should look like.

**Bonus Tip**

5. When cutting out a butterfly it is difficult to cut the antennae so I ink the antennae part of the image and stamp where I want the butterfly to go. This way you can easily cut out the butterfly without having to bother with the delicate antennae.

When scoring your own background you can get many different patterns by changing up the direction you scoring. I have seen some awesome brick backgrounds.

I hope you give this fun background a try.


Jun 092014

Hello Brenda here, it is my turn for a project of the week. For my project I picked a recessed window. I made two cards using this technique for you.





I used several of the images from Bottoms Up! and Wine Time for my two cards. This is a fun technique and really gives a card a custom look. One of the things I like about this technique is that it uses basic craft supplies.

The supplies needed to make these cards:

10 1/2 x 5 1/4 card stock folded in half for the card base
square die
craft knife
bone folder
washi or low tack tape
Score Tape or other strong tape
decorative papers and embellishment to finish card.

Here are the steps to make you own recessed window card.


Place die in the center of the inside of the card front and tape in place with washi tape. Trace lightly with a pencil around the inside and outside of the die. I used a black pen so it would show up in the photos. You don’t have to worry about the pencil lines because you will cover them when finish the inside of the card.


Remove the die and using a ruler draw lines as illustrated to give you a guide to cut the opening.


Using a craft knife and a ruler cut the lines you just drew. With the back of a craft knife and a ruler lightly score the inside and outside lines from when you traced around the die.


Fold and crease with a bone folder so that you recessed area looks like this.


Add tape as shown. Next you can add you image. The opening is 3 1/2 if you use Spellbinders Small Squares as I have. You will need to adjust the measurements if you use a different die.


Here is what the inside of the card looks like.


And here is a close up of the front. You can see in this photo you can see the cut areas in the corners. To cover this you need to make a front panel hide this. Using the same square die cut out the center of your designer paper or card stock. Save the square you cut out to use on the inside in the next step. Now add sentiments and embellishments to finish the front of your card.

Don’t forget the inside as you have that ugly inside of the recessed window that you will want to cover. Here is how I finished the inside of my cards.



One more look the finished cards.



There are a lot of steps to these cards, but when you break them down they are all fairly simple and give a card such a wonderful look. I hope you will give a recessed card a try.

Come back on Wednesday when we will have a new sketch challenge and again next Monday for a new project.

Have a wonderful week!!


Apr 142014

Hello, Brenda here. It is my turn for a Project of the Week and I decided to show you how to make a watercolor background. This is a technique that I have loved for some time. In the past I always used it on fall themed cards. So this time I went with spring colors and whipped up this card.


I used #3908 Celebrate Spring that I stamped on top of the watercolored background. Super quick and easy. I went with a basic sketch and embellished with at butterfly that I cut out with Spellbinders die called Flutters. I topped it off with a few pearls.

Here are the steps to create your own watercolored background.


1) To start, gather your supplies.
~ Watercolor paper
~ paintbrush
~ watercolors

2) I like to use the smoother side of the paper which gives you a smoother look. In frame 2 is an example of the rougher side. If you desire to have more texture then use the rougher side.

3) With a wet paint brush load up some paint and the with a sweeping motion go back and forth on the paper until you get the desired look. If the color is too intense then add more water. I like to overlap the colors slightly so that it blends. Here again is where a little more water will help. You can see in frames 3 and 4 that I went with a monochromatic background.

4) I don’t have a lot of patience waiting for the paper to dry so I like to speed it up with my heat gun. Be careful not to over heat or the paper will burn. Not that I know anything about it. :)

5) This is a super simple technique and the beauty of it is that you can use your kids watercolor paints.

I hope you give this a try and enjoy it as much as I do.


Feb 172014

Hello it is my turn for a Project of the Week again. I decided to make a gift card holder. These are fun little holders that are quick to make. In fact one year at Christmas my son had an urgent request for one. He gave me about 15 minutes notice. Well I was able to whip up one of these really fast. It didn’t have much coloring and I relied on patterned paper to do most of the work for me. At any rate here is the gift card holder I have for you today.


I used the large coffee cup from #9303 Thanks a latte’ which I colored with copic markers.

Here are the steps to make this gift card holder:

Start with a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 piece of heavy card stock. With a Scorpal score on the long side at 3″, 4 1/4″ and 5 1/2″. Fold the 3″ and 5 1/2″ fold in a valley fold. Fold the 4 1/4″ fold in a mountain fold. The card stock should look like this.


Now you need to cut a slot for the gift card to fit into. I used a Spellbinders die. Some people like to use punches. You need to make sure that you will have a long enough slot for the gift card. So if you don’t have a die or punch that will work you need to cut or punch twice to extend the length.


Next you will need some strong tape. I used ScorTape. I love this stuff. Tape as shown making sure not to get to close to the opening for the gift card. Not that I know anything about this or anything.



Now you need to add ribbon so that your gift card will close. I used ScorTape again. If you don’t want a ribbon you could use a small piece of Velcro or a magnet.


This is how the inside looks when it is complete. I add #1113 Happy Birthday for the inside sentiment.


The final step is to decorate the front.


I hope you give one of these a try and enjoy making them as much as I do. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: #9303 Thanks a latte’, #1113 Happy Birthday ~ Repeat Impressions

Card Stock: Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea ~ Gina K Designs

Pattern Paper: American Crafts

Ribbon: Michaels

Dies and Punches: Card Basics B ~ Spellbinders, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper ~ We R Memory Keepers



Copics: BG53, RV11, Y32