DIY, embellishments, repurpose, Tutorial

Margarita Monday – DIY Scrap Paper Embellishments

 

 

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend! Especially all the mom’s out there =D

In today’s post, I will share some of the embellishments I created using scraps. I really hate to throw away my leftovers after projects…. just in case you know? I have LOTS of scraps. And no matter how much I tell myself that I will use scraps in as many projects as I can… I don’t. I start projects from scratch every time! If anyone has any tips on how to help someone remember to use their scraps PLEASE SHARE! =)

Here are the finished embellishments. I barely made a dent in my scrap stash, but it’s a start. I will definitely begin to make embellishment posts more regularly and perhaps in this way I will be able to dwindle down my scraps once and for all!

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I am going to skip the supplies list and let me tell you why.

I find that when creating embellishments it is more a feeling that an instructional process. I grab some of my scraps, and then I go grab tools that could be helpful. I do not always use all of the tools I gather and sometime I end up using other things entirely. This is really just a fun way to get creative with paper and use whatever you have on hand to accomplish that. So for these embellishments you do not need instructions, just a bit of time, scraps and creativity.

I hope you can appreciate the absence of a supplies list and find ways to incorporate what YOU have at home to create beautiful embellishments for any project!

Until next time XoXo

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DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – DIY 90s POGS Spinner Card

Hello crafty friends!

For this Throwback Thursday post, I took it back to my childhood. I was inspired by the new kid’s fad, the fidget spinners and remembered when I grew up we had fads that came and went too.

One of those fads were POGS milkcaps. They are cardboard chips with different pictures and designs on them that kids would collect and play with. You can read more about them here.

Below is my interpretation of “POGS” card using various stamps and a 1 1/4″ hole punch.

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I used various stamps on scrap paper and then punched out the stamped images. I then layered the circles into 4 paper layers with a clear thread between the 2nd and 3rd circle layer. The thread connected 3 “POGS”. Then by cutting out a frame in 2 sheets of cardstock, I adhered the thread to the top and bottom of the frame. The inside of the card features a flap to hide a sentiment and a textured layer that shows through the front of the card. For a clear tutorial please refer to the YouTube video -> https://youtu.be/RBVJXaLL9k8

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SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (card is 10 x 7, scored and folded at 5″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Beige cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Kraft cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Circles – variety of scrap paper

Color:

  • Onyx Versafine Archival ink pad
  • Clear Versamark ink pad
  • Embossing powder – American Craft ZING Gold and Recollections Canary
  • Micron Archival marker

Tools:

  • Clear thread – my stash
  • Elmer’s Craft bond
  • 1 1/4 hole punch by EK Success tools
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • foam tape
  • SorTape
  • Martha Stewart bone folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • Darice dots embossing folder

This is probably one of my favorite cards. It took a while to make but I enjoyed every second making it. I believe someone will be very happy to receive this cards for any special occasion or even just because.

I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

 

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Taco Tuesday – Puerto Rican Taino Symbols and Alcohol ink

Hello crafty friends!

It seems this week started with a sprint. And we are already on our third feature for the Taco Tuesday series posts.

Today’s cards were motivated by my upcoming trip to the island of Puerto Rico, where my family is from. Our ancestors, the native Taínos used hieroglyphics to depict life. Using two recognized symbols as inspiration, Coqui (a frog native to the island) and Sol (the sun) I created these 2 special cards.

For the background I used alcohol inks with alcohol blending solution to create a soft look that did not take anything away from the presence of the symbols.

Once the backgrounds and images were complete, I adhered them to the card bases over a piece of foam sheet to give it dimension. As a final touch I embellished each card with sequins and a bit of Wink of Stella.

A full video for how these cards were made can be found on YouTube (https://youtu.be/quEHMx5gI2w)

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland (5 1/4 x 4″, 2 pcs)
  • Burgandy and light blue cardstock (5 1/2 x 8″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • Foam sheet – Oriental Trading Company (a bit smaller than the glossy cardstock)

Color:

  • Alcohol ink by Ranger Tim Holtz series in Clover and Pink Sherbet
  • Universal permanent ink marker – fine

Tools:

  • Darice dream sequins
  • Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Gluedots
  • Xyron Megarunner ATG
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Micron marker #0.3

These cards are very special to me and I am sure I will use them for a special someone. I did not include a sentiment so they can apply to any occasion and any gender. I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

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Fresh Friday – Urban Skyline Sunset Snowglobe Shaker

 

Hello crafty friends!

The weekend sure flies by…This card was created for my Fresh Friday feature. Unfortunately, I have not been feeling my best with a sinus infection and allergies but I digress.

This Fresh Friday card is a shaker card. So many things went wrong with this card, basically everything… wrong paper, wrong order, wrong amount of contents, messy table, sticky junk on the acetate, full memory card and so on…

To start I created this card during the evening after I returned home from my full-time job. I was, needless to say, exhausted! But I had not missed a card yet so I was determined to get this card done. I knew what type of card I wanted to created but that was about it. I played the steps by ear seeing as I had no idea where I was headed with the project. Then midway into the creative process and a ton of errors my camera stopped recording because the memory card was fall.  Of course I don’t notice until much later and begin to photograph my process instead.

I edited the YouTube video to include a full voiceover so I may explain all the successes and failures. I can only work on this while home on the weekend and yesterday my husband worked so my son was with me, as well as, in the background noise!! But nonetheless the card and video were executed as best I could. I hope to move up from here haha! Above I have inserted the video and below are all supplies and measurements.

SUPPLIES:
Paper:
White Cardstock – Recollections (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)
Brown Cardstock – Recollections (Scrap)
Black Cardstock – Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Gold Cardstock – Anna Griffin (Scrap)
Acetate – recycled
Watercolor cardstock – (Scrap)
Color:
LuminArte watercolor paint in Hot Cinnamon, Bougainvillea, Iridescent Green, Sunflower, Playful Peony, and Periwinkle
Gelato – Faber Castell in Black Licorice
Inka Gold Metallic Rub
Elegant Writer – 2.0mm F
Other:
Small buildings – original sketches
Black Satin ribbon – my stash
Purple and clear microbeads – my stash
Tools:
CuttleBug Machine
Hello Die by Spellbinders – Phrase Set 2
Darice wood grain embossing folder
Sizzix 3″ Circle framelits die
CuttleGug Cricut labels and such frame dies
Westcott nonstick scissors
Foam tape
Scortape
Elmer’s Craftbond glue
All-in-all I am happy with the final project despite all of the hiccups. I doubt this will be the last time something like this occurs and that is okay. We live and we learn. I have absolutely learned from my mistakes and I hope you do too!
Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Whatup Wednesday – Viewer’s Choice Card Pineapple with shades

Hi Crafty people! Happy HUMP DAY!

For this mid week post I am sharing this viewer’s choice Pineapple with Shades card.

I thought of multiple ways of creating this pineapple. I thought I would sketch it or collage it together using diamond cutouts of various patterned paper. I went through my paper stash and found this yellow and zigzag screen-print paper by Recollections and immediately knew it would translate perfectly.

As for the leaves, I used a variety of circle punches (sizes noted in supply list below) to create the top leaves which also resemble hair. The shades were made by sketching the outline and lens shapes and cutting them out. I then used vellum paper, colored with alcohol ink to make the lenses.

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The recognizable “spikes” of the pineapple were created by just cutting V shapes along the zigzag pattern and slightly curling them upward for dimension and effect.

This card does not currently have a sentiment and I will likely add a thought bubble to add an appropriate occasion sentiment when I decide to use this card. The finished card is 5 x 7″and multi-dimensional.

 

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Zigzag pattern paper – Recollections Screen-print (6 x 6″)
  • Coral cardstock – Recollections (6 1/2 x 4 1/2″)
  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (10 x 7″ scored at 5″)
  • Metallic Dark green cardstock – Anna Griffin Christmas cardstock (scrap)
  • Brown Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Black Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Vellum – Stathmore #105-915 (scrap)

Color:

  • Watermelon Alcohol ink by Ranger (Tim Holtz)

Tools:

  • Circle punches – 1/4″ (EK success), 1 1/8″ (EK Success), 3″ Marvy Uchida, 2″ Marvy Uchida
  • Embossing Folder – Cricut Cuttlebug (Fabric Swatches Set)
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • Pinking scissorsEK Success precision scissors
  • Exacto Knife
  • Foam tape
  • ScorTape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elmer’s craftbond
  • Cuttlebug machine

I truly enjoyed creating this card and the fact that it was requested by a viewer made this project that much more fun! I look forward to creating more cards requested by you so please share any ideas you might have for a card that could be featured on the next Whatup Wednesday YouTube video and blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this project. Until next time XoXo

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Margarita Monday – DIY Repurposed Mini Notebook

Hello my crafty friends!

It was a beautiful weekend and I hope you all enjoyed some free time doing whatever it is that makes your hearts happy.

For this Margarita Monday I am repurposing scrap paper from an old notebook I once gave to my son when he was practicing how to hold and use writing utensils.

I did not want to throw away all those sheets of paper with his little baby doodles and I also needed a new paper pad for lists and notes. So this worked out well.

This was a pretty simple project and did not take too long to complete. I was not aiming for a perfect little book. Instead I wanted it to be cute, transportable and functional.

S1040002The final result is the size of an A2 sized greeting card. In fact, I used a blank A2 card as the cover for this little book.

Below you can see the full tutorial of how quickly and easily this notebook came together. With more focus on straight edges and lined staples, this project can be used to create adorable functional favors, gifts or personal note pads and journals.

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Precut and folded blank A2 Card – Recollections (5 1/2 x 4 1/4″)
  • Scrap notebook paper
  • Scarp paper from previously made cards
  • Journal Stickers – 7 Gypsies

Tools:

  • Stanley Bostitch Long-reach stapler
  • Elmer’s craft bond
  • Glossy accents
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and even decide to try it out your self. Have a great week!

Until next time XoXo!

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – Vintage cards and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!

It’s TBT AKA Li’l Friday!

For this throwback Thursday post I decided to go vintage. I also really wanted to use my alcohol inks which I have not shown love to in a while!

In the video for today I go through a few techniques I like to use with alcohol inks. I am by no means an expert! I have played around with these inks and learned from other crafters to better understand the dynamics of this medium. There are also many more techniques that can be applied to the use of alcohol inks other than what I have done here.

I have seen the use of gelli plates for transferring alcohol inks. I don’t have a gelli plate so I created my own transferrable palette using a piece of cardboard covered with cling wrap and coated with antibacterial gel.

For the blending tool I have felt pads. However, any felt will do. The best paper for alcohol inks is Yupo paper which I also do not have so I used glossy cardstock and that works just fine.

After playing with several techniques I use two of my backgrounds to create vintage cards with a Mother’s Day theme.

SUPPLIES (for the cards only):

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland
  • Precut patterned blank A2 card – Recollections
  • Sand color cardstock – Recollections
  • doilies – my stash
  • tags – my stash
  • Pattern scrap paper
  • Vintage image ATCs – Memories in the Making: ATC Collection Quotes by mom

Color:

  • Adirondack Alcohol ink by Tim Holtz in Caramel and Stream
  • Adirondack Alcohol blending solution by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Old Paper

Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Cling wrap
  • Scotch tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Brayer – Speedball
  • Blending tool  – Tim Holtz
  • Scalloped Edging scissors – my stash
  • Corner rounder – my stash
  • Scrap twine
  • Bone folder
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape
  • TomBow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Enamel dots – Recollections
DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Taco Tuesday – Feliz Dia De Mama

Hello crafty friends!

Mother’s day is just around the corner and I wanted to be sure to create a few Spanish cards for the occasion.

I have never been very “girly” and wanted to create simple,  modern, minimal frills cards.

For these cards I also used older patterned paper I had and I tried to use as much of the paper I cut as I could.

I sometimes sketch card layouts to have premade templates to create from but with these cards I just played around with the paper and composition until I felt happy with the results.

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Precut and folded pattern blank A2 size card – Recollections
  • Black cardstock – Recollections (Top fold 4 1/4 x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″)
  • Coral cardstock – Recollections (Top fold 4 1/4 x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″)
  • Kraft cardstock – Recollections (4  x 5 1/4″, Strip for fishtail banner, any size would do)
  • Cream cardstock – my stash (4 x 5 1/4″, 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ strip)
  • Hand painted paper – my stash (4 x 5 1/4″, 2 pieces)
  • Floral diecuts – my stash
  • Beige texture paper – my stash
  • Screenprint pattern paper – Recollections (3 3/4″ x 5″)

Tools:

  • Versafine Onyx black archival ink pad
  • Micron Marker – #02
  • Clear letter stamps – my stash
  • Foam tape
  • ScorTape
  • Tombow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Darice Dream sequins
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Heart hole punch – my stash

I like that the cards are not over the top or too frilly and girly. I hope this post sparked creative inspiration. And may all the beautiful moms out there enjoy an amazing and well deserved day!

Until next time XoXo!

 

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Margarita Monday – How to use scraps for embellishments

Hello crafty friends!

What a beautiful weekend we just had! Now back to the grind….

For this Margarita Monday I wanted to repurpose scraps by creating handmade embellishments for card making and other crafts.

A video tutorial for this project is available on YouTube.

There is no specific way of creating these. They are really just playing with paper by cutting strips and using hole punches with different shapes. You can also use stickers, stamps, enamel dots, ribbon and just about anything you already have on hand to mash together little paper embellishments for your projects.

Below are some handmade cards I created using the embellishments that I made above. I added doilies, sequins and washi tape on precut and folded card bases.

SUPPLIES: This was tricky because I used mostly random older pieces from my stash that are no longer packaged and I cannot recall what they are from…I will do my best here!

Paper:

  • Variety of scrap paper from my stash
  • Doilies – my stash
  • Precut and folded blank cards – Recollections

Tools:

  • Hole Punches – mostly Martha Stewart, some from EK Success
  • Sequins – Darice Cream Sequins
  • Washi – Recollections
  • Tombow glue and Elmer’s craft bond
  • Foam tape
  • Enamel dots – my stash
  • Small rotary sentiments stamps – Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

These kind of embellishments are always fun to make and really help to lower my scrap paper supply. What do you do with your scraps?

Until next time XoXo!

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Easter Eggs Using Scrap Paper

Hello crafty friends!

I wished to have been able to provide this post earlier but with everything I had going on I was unable to get this done on time. (SORRY!)

I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday weekend.

The video for this post is already up and available to watch on YouTube (search citygal papeterie to find it)

I have been trying to diminish a bit my scrap paper. I accumulate so much scrap paper and I am sure I am not alone when I say I have a hard time throwing out any piece of paper that could be used for something else!

I knew I wanted to use scraps to create Easter eggs and came up with this easy way to use scraps while still creating something nice and useful.

To create the eggs I simply cut strip of coordinating pattern and solid paper and gave it a torn or fringed edge. Then I adhered those strips to a larger scrap paper and cut out an oval that was traced using an ellipse stencil. The result was a variety of paper eggs in different colors that could be used for a multitude of projects. I used them as card embellishments but these could be used to fill in baskets or decorate baskets or treat boxes and bags. They could also be used for scrapbooking or even as cupcake toppers on string as pennants. The possibilities are really endless.

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I found this project very easy to do and I will absolutely use this method again for different shapes  to build my embellishment supply while using up perfectly good scraps!

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Variety of scrap paper –  stash
  • Aqua, Pink, yellow, lavender, yellow and green cardstock – Recollections (Bases were cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/5″ then scored and folded at 4 1/4″; bases were cut to 5 1/4 x 4″)
  • Vellum – Strathmore (1 1/2″ strips)

Tools:

  • Scalloped edging scissors – old stash
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • Precision scissors – Martha Stewart
  • Ellipse Guide Stencil – Pickett
  • Elmer’s CraftBond
  • Enamel dots – old stash
  • Cuttlebug Embossing machine
  • Embossing folders – Cherry Blossom, snow flurry, Treillage, Modern Vines ALL by Anna Griffin
  • Scotch clear tape

Happy Easter and Happy SPRING!!

Until next time XoXo!