Monday, October 23, 2017

Gratitude



I have so many things to be grateful for, I wanted a pocket or purse size journal to record them in during November. I created a small (4.25" x 5.5") Gratitude Journal for recording what I am grateful for each day. It could be a simple saying or thought, a photograph with a short caption of why I took it or why I included it or a note about someone I am grateful for and why they are important to me.



I started with Natural Royal Sundance Fiber Cardstock cut down to create cover that are 4.25" x 5.5". Then I used White Royal Sundance Paper for the daily pages cut down  to 4.25" 5.5".  I did not want the bulk of using cardstock for all the pages.



I scored them at .5" on one long side. This is to make it easier to open the book flat.

 


I stamped the date on each page and the year on the cover. It's best to do this before binding just in case you make a mistake. Don't ask me how I know this.



I created a template to punch the holes for the  binding. I spaced them out .25" in from the edges and .5" apart. I held a few pages together with binder clips to punch the holes in the pages. 


To bind the pages together, I started with the twine coming up through the center holes (or as close as you can.) I laced the twine down and up in holes and then back up to the center. I tied the twine in a knot and then a bow. I added a dot of glue on the bow to make sure it didn't come untied.


I used my favorite colors of 65# Pop Tones Tangy Orange, Jellybean Green, and Hot Fudge and 80# Basis Gold paper to create leaves to decorate the cover of the Journal. 


I used the small leaves to create a paper wreath and attached them with Micro Glue Dots. I will add more leaves to the inside pages as I begin to write. I also added a twine bow to the wreath. I might even create one for December.










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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Fall with Royal Sundance Card Stock



Hi everyone...I don't know about you...but I am just drawn to gold and rich fall colors lately...I'm loving the Royal Sundance Linen card stock in Burgundy-it's so rich and gorgeous...and all Royal Sundance card stock is on sale this month at CutCardStock.com...lucky you!!!! I just love this burgundy and gold together for a fall card...Thanks for stopping by...Lee-Ann Kubinec

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-Choose your card stock-Burgundy Royal Sundance, Basis white cover stock, make an A2 Horizontal card base from the white card stock


-Choose your dies and stamps and your foil card stock in gold(ignore the word dies-I changed my mind lol)


-choose your sentiment stamp...stamp it in Versamark Ink then apply Detail gold embossing powder and melt with a heat gun


-cut all your dies out with a die cutting machine(mine is a Vagabond )


 -apply your burgundy panels(1x3 1/4")to your card front then splatter with gold paint using Gansai Tambi-Starry Colors #901

-quickly tie a bow using gold floss-I use a Bow Easy


-round the upper left corner of the card base using a 1/2" Corner Chomper-I use We R Memory Keepers

-complete the card by stamping the acorn stamp on a circle die(1.5") using Versamark and Gold embossing powder and melting it with a heat gun...then add the scallop circle(2")layer along with the banners...lastly I chose to add 3 gold leaves using a die and gold foil card stock





Recipe:
  1. CutCardStock.com-Basis white coverstock 110lb-HERE, Royal Sundance Linen Card stock-Burgundy 80lb-HERE, American Crafts Christmas Foil 6" pad-HERE
  2. Jaded Blossom-Panel dies, Flag dies 1 and 2, Stitched Circle dies, Scallop Circle dies, Fall Banner dies, Happy Fall, Happy Hello add ons
  3. Stampin Up gold floss
  4. Gansai Tambi-Starry Colors-Blue gold #901
  5. Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder
  6. Versamark
  7. EK Success powder tool
  8. WRMK 1/2" Corner chomper -Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper Tool - 0.25" and 0.5" 1 pcs sku 632986MA
  9. Marvy Heat Tool
  10. Vagabond die cutting machine
  11. Fiskars paper trimmer









Monday, October 16, 2017

Handmade Gratitude Jar



A gratitude jar is a project that has been on my to-do list for a long time.  The idea is to write down the things you are grateful for on a slip of paper and place the slips into a jar over the course of a year, pulling them out to read with loved ones at year's end.

In my household, the jar might be forgotten by the end of the year, so I chose a shorter, more manageable timeframe - daily additions to the jar for the month of November leading up to Thanksgiving.  After we've eaten our weight in turkey and stuffing, we'll pull the slips out and share them with each other over dessert.


Choose a jar to decorate and measure the circumference with a measuring tape.  I'm using a small mason jar with a circumference of about 10.25".


Trim a piece of Royal Sundance Burgundy Linen Cardstock to fit around the jar with at least a half-inch overlap.  Here, I've cut my cardstock to 2" x 11", stamped a pretty leaf design along the length in Versamark ink, added gold embossing powder, and melted it with a heat tool.


Stamp a fun sentiment onto Royal Sundance Natural Felt Cardstock with brown ink.  Since the felt cardstock is fairly textured, you may not get a perfect stamped impression, but I preferred the rustic feel!


Die-cut the sentiment out of the Natural Felt Cardstock and then die-cut a slightly larger mat layer for it out of burgundy linen cardstock.


Wrap the band around the jar snugly and glue into place with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  Adhere the sentiment label over the seam of the band with foam tabs.


I needed to make a lot of gratitude slips, so I kept them simple by choosing a die with a decorative edge to cut 56 slips (one for both my husband and I for 23 days) from Natural Felt Cardstock.


For just a tiny bit of embellishment, I stamped a sentiment in brown ink in one corner of each slip and a small leaf in burgundy ink in the opposite corner.


I can't wait to focus daily on the things I'm grateful for next month...and who knows, maybe it'll become a habit and last throughout the year as well!

I hope you enjoyed this easy handmade gratitude jar project and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the products showcased today and remember that Royal Sundance Cardstocks are on sale this month!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Christmas Thank Yous

Hi Friends!! kel here today :) Can you believe it's only 2 short months until Christmas?!?! Every year I challenge myself to make thank you cards, but always end up buying them because it's so much easier and faster. Well this year, I'm determined to send out some handmade thank you chards, so am experimenting with some quick and easy designs!!

I started out with some beautifully textured cardstock from the Royal Sundance collection. The beautiful Christmas green color is from their linen textured collection, 80# Emerald Cardstock. This color is just gorgeous, and I wanted to show you how beautifully textured this paper is!! And it's SUPER thick and sturdy too!!


I cut my paper in half lengthwise so that I'd have a card with the fold on top. And since I cut the 8.5"x11" sheet in half, I got two bases out of it so thought I might as well make two cards to see how quick it would be to make a whole bunch of them!

I paired it with some super fun and shiny holly patterned paper, but thought it needed a little oomph. Too much green going on for me!!


So I added a pop of red using the Basis 80# Dark Red Cardstock and thought that worked perfectly as a mat!!


Using that same Basis 80# Dark Red Cardstock, I cut some strips for a sentiment and then heat embossed it. I think my embossing powder might be old (?) because it doesn't melt really nicely anymore. Something I should look up I guess!!


The last thing I did was fish-tail the strips into banners, and then pop them up on some pop dots across the center of the card. How quick and easy is that?!

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lovies, =o) kel