Sunday, May 17, 2015

You're the Bees Knees! Joy Fold Technique

Joy Fold cards are awesome and so easy! This bee's knees card rocks the joy to the fold. What a fun "bee" day card this would be for someone special, don't you agree?!

First, let's start with the folds.
Here's how I display the cards at my class and if I remember, I put the scoring instructions on the board as well so that everyone has the reminder as the card moves from group to group.

A Joy Fold card has two folds and a catch which means there are four spots to decorate to complete your card. There's the inside card base, the left flap, the inside flap and the front flap that folds over the left flap. Confused? Let me explain.

Here's the left flap. It's got the hexagon background and a circle popped up to be the "catch" or the piece that holds the front flap in place.
Here's the inside piece as well as the inside flap. More papaya and hexagon background in toffee as well as a little toffee ink edging the inside of the card base. The flap has the little bee colored in the papaya tombow. Simple and sweet.
Here's a closer look at the inside bee.
The front flap is also covered in the hexagon background and has the bees knees sentiment and a shimmery bee on top of onyx petite polka dot.
The bee on the front flap is stamped on the papaya piece and stamped again on papaya, cut out and popped up. The quickie glue pen is used to hold the diamond glitter on the wings. The wings are folded forward a bit to give the bee a bit of flight in the look. Here's a close-up.
And, here's what it looks like from the side.
Have big fun with your cardmaking and hope you'll put a joy fold or two into your next foray into the craft room!




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Friday, May 8, 2015

Bird Seed Treat Bag

A great little Mother's Day treat to go along with a new bird feeder. The top of the little kraft sack is folded over a couple of times after bird seed is added. Use the crop-a-dile to poke a couple of holes and thread some vanilla twine through. The corner is 1/4 of the 4-1/2" doily, a little washi and a cute bird from You're Too Kind (retiring set so it's on sale through the end of the month!) stamped on bermuda.

I had great intentions to schedule posts while I was away at NatCon but that didn't happen and then was having too much fun to post then. There are some great things coming in the new catalog. More on that soon.

Have a wonderfully creative day!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hello, Friend! (and goodbye to a fabulous stamp set!)

Have I really not posted since Tax Day? Oops - sorry about that! Time is flying and I'm not sure I'm okay with how fast the days are moving.

 Although this card says "hello, friend", it's really "goodbye old friend, we barely knew ya." Yep, this beautiful sunflower stamp set with matching dies is retiring. As a Kansas girl, it's hard to let it go but I know great things are coming in the catalog so here's a final look.

Rather than going with coloring in a traditional sunflower, I stamped with cobalt on azul and die cut the sunflower out. I love it popped up over the school-lined paper that has smaller sunflowers stamped in fern ink and layered on fern cardstock. The papaya and cobalt layers provide the perfect pop of color to pull everything together. It's a happy and fun card and was my swap card for April. :)
 Have a wonderfully creative day!!

oh - and don't forget to pick up the retiring items in my webstore: www.amusestudio.com/seleise


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Special Day Fishies

Need a super quick birthday card? Here you go! Fishy love.
More swimming through on the inside. Sealed with a Fish and Birthdays Inside and Out pair wonderfully. Drag a little ink to give it a vintage feel to go with the lichen and cobalt cardstocks and you're done. :)

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Have a fabulous and creative day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Coffee Makes Everything Possible

Here's another version of the Coffee Makes Everything Possible card featuring the Perk Up die set, Need to Venti and Every Day stamp sets on the outside and You're My Fave stamp set on the inside. The mermaid, onyx and graph cardstock look awesome together. So fun!
I could use some coffee right now but it's all good. :)

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Places You'll Go


What is more fun to a five year old boy than his trucks?! I kept the design simple and played with the colors of the awesome patterned paper pack - Everything's Rosy. 
The inside of this card is my favorite part. I love the strip of patterned paper and the line of trucks from Loads of Fun. My nephew did too. :) The birthday greeting is from Birthdays Inside and Out (another great set!)

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

You Rock!

How about a little retro music birthday fun?! This card features Hipster Icons, I Was Here and Shine Bright.
Here's the inside - more retro rock goodness. I did have to explain to my niece what vinyl (a.k.a records) was after I gave her the card. lol!

All these sets and inks are available in my webstore: www.amusestudio.com/seleise

Have a wonderfully creative day!