DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

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

DIY, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

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

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!

Handmade cards, Tutorial

Scrappy Love Notes

 

Greetings from CityGal Papeterie!

Hope you are all starting your weekends in full positivity! For today’s post I wanted to show how you can incorporate scraps from other cards to create new cards.

I am a firm believer in wasting as little as possible and reusing or repurposing whenever possible. Using leftover scraps from cards made for earlier posts I was able to make a couple of Valentine cards (which is only 17 days away!! ❤ <3)  Below you can see the pieces I used to make the new cards.

There were still left overs that I will use in future cards like the music note paper, the ribbon and the cardstock with the multi colored dashes.

SUPPLIES:

  • Left over scraps as seen above
  • Marvy White gel pen
  • Tombow Mono multi glue
  • Pink Heart doily from my stash
  • Wink of Stella glitter brush
  • Precut and scored patterned A2 card by Recollections and a precut and scored 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 card from my stash
  • Papermate Flair tip marker pen in magenta

TOOLS:

  • 5/8 in flower punch by Recollections
  • Flower punch by EK Tools
  • Large Westcott Non stick scissors

Both cards were quickly and easily put together using minimal supplies and tools. The 1st card (pictured below) also has small hand made cards crafted from the leftover paper. (Tutorial for these will be featured in a future post).

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For the second card (pictured below) I simply used a pink heart doily which I was very excited to use since not sure about crafters out there but I LOVE doilies and just never find uses for them (IDEAS WELCOME!). And using the left over pink polka dot strip I glued a top and bottom border and embellished the card using the heart stickers I had left. I also used a papermate magenta flair tip to draw stitching and accents on the doily.

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I hope you found this CARDspirational.

Thank you for visiting!

Please leave me a comment if you found this helpful or if you have any other tips or ideas on how to use paper scraps!