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

 

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!

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Fridays NYC Brick card

Hello again crafty friends!

I have for you today an urban inspired card that reps my home of NYC.

I was born and raised in New York City, mostly in the Bronx and I want to share with you all through featured projects what that means to me. I love my home and growing up here and all the things that have come with that. This card is very special to me and I tried to translate in it some of the daily visions of this city, the bricks of this concrete jungle and the writings on the wall – I hate the word graffiti! It has many negative connotations and while “tagging” is not always pretty (or legal!), some of it is IMO quite creative and beautiful.

Here is my version of tagging on a brick wall, a video of the full creative process is available on my YouTube channel. You’ll find all supplies and measurements below.

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**THIS CARD AVAILABLE IN THE CITYGAL ETSY SHOP

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Black cardstock base by Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • White cardstock insert by Recollections (4 1/8 x 5 1/4″)
  • Cream Cardstock (4 x 5 3/8″, x2)
  • Denril Multi-Media Vellum (9 x 3″)

Color:

  • SPECTRUM noir Illustrator Markers in Ultramarine (TB6), Magenta (MG5), Lipstick (CR10)
  • Micron Markers #03
  • Marvy Matchables ink pad in #6 Brown
  • Marvy White gel pen 1.0

Tools:

  • Hago Drawing Pencil F
  • Fiskars Paper trimmer
  • Darice Brick pattern embossing folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • EK Success precision cut scissors
  • Xyron 1.5″ Creat-a-sticker
  • Elmers Craftbond
  • Foam tape by Craft Specialties

Not just because sketching is something I thoroughly enjoy, but this card was fun to create and holds a special place in my heart.

Thank you so much for being part of this journey with me. I hope this post sparked some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

What’up Wednesday – Floral Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends!

On this feature video of What’up Wednesdays I am creating an inspired card. My son recently told me in the sweetest way that he was buying me imaginary flowers. He is 3.5 years old and I found this to be so adorably sweet I had to incorporate it in a project and share it with you all.

I went into my stash and found a beautiful bold floral cardstock by Anna Griffin and used it as the main background for this project. The sequins give it some sparkle and the gold embossed paper adds texture without overpowering the card. The full creative process for this project is available on YouTube!

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**CARD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE CityGal Papeterie ETSY SHOP.

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

Fuchsia precut blank card by Recollections (A2 size – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)

Gold Cardstock – Old stash (3 x 3 3/4″)

Word cardstock by Anna Griffin (3 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Floral Cardstock by Anna Griffin (4 1/2 x 3 3/4″)

White Cardstock by Recollections (2 3/8 x 5/8″) (5 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Black Cardstock by Recollections (51/4 x 3 3/4″)

Color:

Versafine Archival Ink pad in Onyx Black

SPECTRUM NOIR Sparkle brush in Black

Marvy White Gel Pen 1.0

Accents:

Darice Dream Sequins

Pink & Gold Twine from Target

Tools:

AveryElle Ellements Dotted Borders Dies

Anna Griffin Embossing Folder in Foundry

HeroArts Happy Stamp & Cut Set

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Cuttlebug Diecut machine

Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

ScorTape

Elmer’s Craft Bond

Glue Dots

This card was fun to make especially because my son also decided to help with the process and he was such a good assistant! I’ll consider those flowers bought and delivered ❤

I hope this post inspired some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Getting Over a Block Part 2

Oops I did it again! Waited so long to post. Harder to maintain a blog with  toddler and a husband and a fulltime job than I originally anticipated…. BUT I AM STILL HERE I PROMISE! 😉

I want to continue where I left off last since I clearly cannot move on with my blogging life until I do…

For the remaining cards I used the same stream of ideas and just kept going with it. I still encounter minor creative blocks but there have been improvements in inspiration and ideas have been flowing.

Here are the remaining cards and supplies lists. If you are not familiar with the 1st part of this post please check it out here.


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Card 6:

For this card, inspiration was pulled from the geometric style of this card set and the paper used. I also tried to think outside the box and used circular paperclips as embellishments.

SUPPLIES:

  • Recollections brown Kraft cardstock
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Patterned washi tape: Recollection bohemian collection
  • Circle shaped paperclips: my stash
  • Gold ribbons: my stash
  • Gold cardstock: my stash

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Card 7: Inspiration for this card came from the swirls on the patterned paper.

Supplies:

  • Sequins: Darice Dream Sequins
  • Paper String: G2Plus Rafia Stripes
  • Handmade paper: My Stash
  • Recollections crème and brown Kraft cardstock
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  •  Sticker Tab: My Stash
  • Wink of Stella glitter brush

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Card 8: This is card 8 on this list but it was the first card I made of this set. It is (sadly) my least favorite but I am still proud of it.

Supplies:

  • Clear cling stamps: Martha Stewart, Valentine stamp kit
  • Heart sequins: My Stash
  • Handmade paper: My Stash
  • Pink eyelet: Making Memories
  • Pink pigment ink: Martha Stewart, Valentine Stamp kit
  • Papermate Flair medium tip felt pens; Surf’s up and Orchid Lei
  • Marvy white Gel pen

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Card 9: This card is my favorite of this set. Inspiration for this card was all in the patterned paper. I do feel that sometimes with the right paper you can create magical things!

Supplies:

  • Clear cling sentiment stamps: Anna Griffin
  • Tag: My Stash
  • Cloud stencil: handmade
  • Archival Chalk ink: VersaMagic in Cloud White
  • Gold embossing powder: Filigree Fine Art Powder
  • VersaMark watermark stamp pad
  • Gold stars: My Stash
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  • Gold Ribbon: My Stash
  • Light Blue, creme and kraft cardstock; Recollections
  • Gold Marker: Krylon 18K gold marker

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Card 10: I find this to be the sweetest card and it also was inspired by the geometric design of the set and the paper patterns.

Supplies:

  • Kimono patterned washi tape
  • Recollections tan, crème, and kraft cardstock
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  • Coral ribbon: My Stash

 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this card set. I always look forward to hearing from readers. Hope this post sparked creativity!

Until next time! XoXo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade cards, Tutorial

Getting over a block

Greetings from CityGal Papeterie!

I am so happy you are here!

I know I have been AWOL for a few weeks. Any fellow crafters out there ever go through a creative BLOCK?!?

Basically I have been gone for a bit because I have been trying to get over a lengthy creative block. Anytime I sat at my workstation, nothin… NOT FUN!!

Finally I thought, you know I watch a lot of card and craft videos and many folks use card kits or crafting kits. So I went through pretty much my ENTIRE stash and created my own card kit!

Please stay with me as I go through the 5 of the 10 cards created and the inspiration behind them. This may be a long post but I seem to need to make up for a long break! And please stay tuned for the remaining 5 cards in the next post.

Using a $1 card and envelope kit I had from a previous Target haul, I created 10 card mats which I later adhered to A2 size card bases. All supplies were from my stash, both inherited and purchased. I will list info on supplies that I actually used (I did not use some of the items in the “kit”) and are not older anonymous items without labels.


 

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CARD 1: Inspired by a badge I came across while rummaging through my stash. I used one of the tags in my “kit” (blue enamel dot covers the hole) I created this Party Badge card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Tag: my stash
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Washi: Recollections bohemian design
  • Blue pearlescent photo corners: my stash
  • Gold marker: Krylon 18K Gold leafing pen
  • It’s my party and I’ll dance if I want to cling stamp: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stamp set
  • Fuchsia ink pad: Craft smart
  • Enamel dot: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections cardstock in crème

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CARD 2: Inspired by the geometric patterned paper in the “kit”

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Gold Sequins: my stash
  • Gold glitter adhesive letters: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Repurposed acetate

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CARD 3: Inspired by sequins used in CARD 2. When going through my sequins I came across these other sequins that I had which have a opaque flat look to them, almost like bubbles. Felt the would be perfect on a birthday card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Multi colored Sequins: Darice Dream Sequins
  • Make a wish and Cake cling stamps: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stampset
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Snow embossing powder: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Mini GlueDots
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Jute Ribbon: Celebrate It 360

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CARD 4: Inspired by flowers by Bazzill Flowers in the “kit” and Faber Castell patterned paper. These flowers went perfectly with the striped paper and “Bloom” tab from the sticker sheet in the “kit”.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Enamel dots: my stash
  • Blue Ribbon: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Flowers : Bazzill Wings of Imagination; Bitty Blossoms
  • Floral Brad: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Sticker tab: my stash

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CARD 5: Inspired by doilies. I have so many doilies, I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow in this set of cards and this was the result.

SUPPLIES:

  • Black Doily: Recollections;Gift it Christmas
  • Pink Doily: Recollections; ColorSplash collection
  • Sticker tab: my stash
  • Bloom sticker: my stash
  • Tag: my stash
  • 3mm l ribbon: Ribbons House
  • Word Sticker: my stash
  • Paper Flowers: my stash
  • Floral brad: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme and beige

It seems that my creative block has ended. It took a trip down memory lane through lots of old supplies and gathering coordinating items rather than trying to rack my brain in card designs. I think it’s safe to say that homemade “kits” will be my go to for creative blocks although I recently started an art journal and I think that has helped as well.

For anyone out there who has gone through anything similar, I would love to hear your story and how you were able to get past it. Tips, questions and comments always welcome!

Thank you for stopping by my page and I truly hope this post has sparked some creative inspiration! Until next time XoXo


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With Sympathy

The most difficult part of my day job is to lose a client, there are multiple ways that can occur in my field, but last week I lost a client to the most permanent kind of loss. I received the sad news that she had passed away in her sleep. She was a very pleasant woman, someone I can legitimately speak very highly of in her dedication to her treatment, positive attitude, and kindness. As an expression of my condolences I created this sympathy card to send to her family in hopes of providing comfort in this difficult time.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Cream cardstock from my stash
  • Black cardstock by core’dinations
  • Embossing folder (Cane Paisley) by Anna Griffin
  • Green scalloped oval diecut from my stash
  • Gold embossed flower diecuts by Anna Griffin
  • ScorTape
  • Foam squares
  • Tombow mono multi glue
  • Embossing buddy
  • BoBunny Sentiment Stamp (With Sympathy)
  • VersaMark inkpad
  • Gold Filigree Fine Art powder

TOOLS:

  • Cuttlebug
  • Zap heat gun by American Crafts
  • Fiskars triple track paper trimmer

Using the embossing folder, I was able to create a classy tone on tone mat. This was then embellished using the gold embossed roses, gold toned jewels and a gold embossed sentiment on the scalloped oval top mat.

Inside the card is a blank crème cardstock for writing a personalized message.

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I truly hope this greeting card will be able to provide even the most minimal comfort. What comforting words have you said to someone mourning the loss of a loved one, please comment below?

Thank you for visiting.

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Handmade cards, Tutorial

The Friendly Trio

GREETINGS FROM CityGal Papeterie!!

In continuing with this month’s friendship theme, I have created a three card with one 6×6 sheet combo.

Using one 6×6″ resist paper sheet I made three friendship themed cards.

I have wanted to play with my Recollections watercolor crayons for a while and decided to pull them out from the depths and use them. These are very similar to Faber Castell Gelatos if you are familiar with those. They are  not as smooth but still vibrant and spread well.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Recollections Watercolor Crayons
  • Recollections resist paper pad in Color Splash
  • Michael’s Sequin trim
  • Ribbons House coral thin ribbon
  • Harvest Company Fuschia sheer ribbon
  • Pink with white polka-dots designer paper from my stash
  • Off white heavy cardstock scrap
  • ScorTape
  • Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Recollections Pesto and Party Pink embossing powder
  • Papermate Flair marker pen Orchid Lei
  • Wooden Rubber Quote Stamp by Serendipity stamps
  • Acrylic watercolor brushes (#10)
  • Pre-cut and scored cardstock in Pink, yellow and green
  • Spray bottle with water

TOOLS:

  • Large Non-Stick Westcott  scissors
  • Scallop Oval die
  • Cuttlebug
  • Fiskars triple blade paper trimmer

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After choosing a paper design, I prepped the sheet with some water using a watercolor brush. Using the Recollections watercolor crayons, I scribbled various colors wherever I wanted it to be. With my finger dipped in water I spread the colors in sections for each tone.

The great thing about watercolor crayons is that you can go back and add more color to intensify the pattern.

I then drafted 3 card patterns and put together my card designs using pre-cut and scored A2 size cards, parts of the resist paper and other ribbon and paper embellishments.

For the sentiment I used an old wooden rubber quote stamp. I created three diecut scalloped ovals with embossed lettering and added a few sequins as a final touch.

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And the song from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend.

-Longfellow

Please comment below if you have any questions, or have made your own version of this project.

Thank you for visiting!