DIY, Handmade cards, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Dino Birthday Card

Hello my crafty friends!!

I am excited to share this card with you all. It is a Dino themed birthday card that I created for my son’s 5th birthday. There is a coordinating process video on YouTube.

The card base I used is 6 x 6 inches and the inner frame measures 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. The window was cut out with a rectangular die measuring 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

To create this card I used the following supplies:

  • White 6 x 6 inch precut and folded card base with envelope: My stash
  • Green cardstock: My stash
  • Rectangle die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Card creator dies Matting basics
  • Kraft cardstock: COLORBÖK Neutral
  • Green textured foam sheet: My stash
  • Cloud dies: WhiteLotus
  • Grass border die: Anna Griffin Paisley pattern folders and dies
  • Birthday sentiment stamps: Letterit Clear stamps by Ranger
  • Jolee’s Boutique 3d dinosaur stickers
  • Washi tape: My stash
  • ScorTape: My stash
  • Non-stick scissors: Westcott
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • 2″ hole punch: My stash
  • Foam tape: My stash
  • Tape runner: Xyron
  • Walnut Stain Distress ink
  • Ink blending tool and foam pad
  • Pencil: My stash
  • Aleene’s Tacky glue
  • JudiKin’s embossable acetate
  • Stamp Perfect tool by Hampton Art

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To create the window background, I used a piece of pattern paper large enough to cover the window frame and adhered it to the card base. For the small trees I cut a piece of scrap corrugated cardboard and topped it with some of the plant stickers in the sticker set. For the large trees I hand cut trunks and used a 2″ hole punch to cut out the leaves. I used wet glue to hold the leaves in place at the top of the tree trunk. Using the border dies, I made grass from the textured foam sheet. Then I added a 3D dino sticker. Finally, I used the cloud dies to add clouds to my sky using tape and foam tape for dimension.

For my window frame I used a rectangle die to cut out the window and a sheet of acetate to cover the opening. I used foam tape to adhere my window to the base over the background below. I then added a strip of grass cut out with the grass border die and finally I added more 3D dino and plant stickers.

As the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Birthday” onto green cardstock and trimmed it then cut out a fishtail and adhered it to the top of the card above my window scene.

To finish off the card I added another sentiment on the inside of the card onto a piece of green cardstock. I initially tried to stamp directly onto the card base but as y ou can see in the video, that did not work out so well! I also added a couple of 3D Dino stickers on the inside and a 3D plant.

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I hope you like this card and tutorial. Please visit my YouTube process video for more details on making this card.

Until next time!!! XoXo

 

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DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

1000 Subscriber GIVEAWAY

Hello my crafty friends!!

Thank you so much for joining me today ❤

I could not be more excited to be hosting a giveaway for having reached 1000 subscribers on YT!!!

The prize will include a variety of crafting products including a cleaning shammy, precut kraft dies, a card and envelope set, a super cute button die set, 3D stickers, washi tapes and much more!!

I am also including one of the stamp sets I posted in my last VIDEO and BLOG post.

I will  be including all of the details for the GIVEAWAY here and also on my YouTube channel. PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES CAREFULLY!

Here are the rules:

-There are 4 ways to enter but no matter the entry form you MUST be a PUBLIC subscriber. This is the only way I can track your name across the different platforms.

-You must be 18 OR OVER to enter.

-This will be a US AND INTERNATIONAL giveaway! So please do not hesitate to enter if you do not live in the US!

Here are the instructions:

-Subscribe as a public subscriber to my YouTube channel.

—–>>> THERE ARE 4 WAYS TO ENTER<<<—

Each method gives you an entry but you can only enter once per method. You can do one entry or all four (for 4 chances to win), it is totally up to you!

  1. Leave a comment under THIS video with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  2. Leave a comment under this blog post with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  3. Hop over to my Instagram page @citygalpapeterie and follow, then leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included with your prize
  4. Visit and like my Facebook page @citygalpapeterie and leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY 11pm Eastern US time on September 7 to be eligible.

And that is all! I hope you all know how immensely grateful I am for each of you and your viewership, subscriptions, comments and likes. I look forward to sharing many more projects with all of you.

Until next time! XoXo

 

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Scrapbook Process #5 – Relaxin’

Hello crafty friends,

I have been a bit MIA now that I am back at work and off my maternity leave… But I wanted to get this layout to share with you all. It is a photo my husband took of me while we were on our first vacation together and still dating (like 11 or 12 years ago!). I have been caring for my baby (it has been amazing <3) throughout the summer and was missing a little beach and summertime fun so I decided to scrap this pic and reminisce this great paradise vacation.

The process for this layout can be found on my YouTube channel.

All of the pattern paper I use is from an Amy Tangerine 12 x 12 Happy Together paper pad. The solid aqua cardstock that I use as my framing sheet was in my stash and I am unsure of the brand. It was also 12 x 12. I trimmed my background paper down 1/2 inch on each side so I am left with an 11 x 11 white with yellow polka dot background. As seen in the above picture, I mat my photo with a yellow pattern card cut out from a card sheet in the 12 x 12 pad (is that what you call that??)

After matting the photo I play with the borders to get the look I want. I settled on the drinks border and laid it over a 1 1/2″ strip of pattern sunset paper. above and below the sunset strip I adhered a coordinating thin strip of patterned squares, also from the same strip pack. It was initially a thicker strip with multiple rows of squares but I cut it down to have thin strips.

I also added more matting to the sides of my photo. On the left and right is another card that I cut in half and at the bottom is a piece I cut out of a full 12 x 12 pattern sheet from the pad. As a title I cut the word RELAXIN’ from another beach border and place it at the bottom of my picture over a fishtail cut strip. The beach borders are all stickers and already have adhesive at the back making placement super easy.

To complete my layout I add three clusters. Two are elements I have cut from a few beach borders and the third were words also from a border sticker. To add a little something to the words cluster I top them with a wave from one of the border strips.

I kept the layout simple and clean by just using pattern papers all from one pad and all other elements came from the one pack of border strips.

I truly enjoyed creating this layout and it made me want to plan a Caribbean vacation ASAP! =) I will however be doing more in the way of finding ways to continue to reconstruction efforts of many of the islands hurt by last year’s hurricane Maria. (more info coming soon) Should you have any questions, about this layout please include that in the comments section and I hope to see you all again soon!!

Until next time! XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

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

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

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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Handmade cards, Tutorial

Motivation

Sometimes all that is needed to get on the right path is a little motivation. We may have a hard time providing this for ourselves sometimes but we can also motivate or be motivated by others. Here is a card created to spark a little motivation.

 

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It all started with this sketch of a tortoise completing a race. To translate this message onto a greeting card, I copied the doodle onto 100lb Bristol paper. This was done using a lightbox as seen below and set of Micron markers.

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With my Spectrum Noir Essentials set of markers, I colored in the illustration, then cut out the space around the tortoise and background.

After the cutting was complete, a black sharpie was used for bordering to assure a neater and more cohesive look.

A background was chosen and this illustration became part of a  dimensional greeting card fit to spread a little motivation to anyone.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • 100 lb Bristol paper by Strathmore
  • Precut, prescored card in  white
  • HB sketching pencil
  • Illustrator Spectrum Noir Essentials set
  • Clear 3M dimensional tape
  • Micron Markers in .005, 1, 2, and 3
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Black sharpie
  • Lightbox
  • ScorTape
  • Word stickers from my stash
  • Small piece of vellum from my stash
  • Patterned cardstock from my stash

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