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Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Different Hunkydory Card


I sure wish the picture on this one was better!  I needed a sympathy card so took a break from Hunkydory Christmas and tried another Hunkydory set - Flight of the Butterflies, Jeweled Edition.  

While I generally prefer to design my own cards, this set had some pre-designed cards that are particularly nice.  This card is a case in point.  It comes with the card base & everything you need.  There were several embellishments and I chose which ones I wanted on the card.  I also chose to highlight the gold foiling by using gold metallic ribbon to tie the card closed instead of the more tannish-gold ribbon they provided.  Other than that, I pretty much made the card as they intended.

I don't know that I ever would have thought to put a card together like this!  The card base is simply the back of the card with a narrow strip on the left side (as facing us) folded over, and the right side "clasp" that folds over on the right.  There is another strip of card stock that is a narrow strip with a clasp on it.  The row of butterflies on the left is a vellum piece that is attached to the left-side flap, and to the narrow strip of card stock with clasp. Border strips cover the joins and you end up with this beautiful card!  The vellum is translucent but because it is raised up a bit by virtue of the ribbon clasp, you can't see through it to the message inside!  I was VERY happy with this card!

There were four of these in the kit - in different colors.  I didn't take a picture of it, but I sent my Dad a similar card in brownish tones for his birthday, and I still have 2 more to make - one pink, one purple.  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Christmas? in February Part 9


 
Again, I got 5 cards from this set of die cuts & coordinating card stock (from Hunkydory's Cute Christmas).  BUT, even though it is a Christmas kit, my first card in this set is NOT a Christmas card!  The colors of this first sheet of card stock were not strictly Christmas AND as I contemplated the wiener dog pictured, I thought the word "long".   This card evolved from there.  On the front it simply says, "LONG . . . ".  The inside finishes the sentiment with ". . . time no see!  Miss you."  Now I just need to decide which of my "far away"friends will get this one! :)  

As you can see, I basically folded this first card stock sheet into a tri-fold - cutting off a bit of excess which I used for the sentiment as you'll see later.  The focal is added with foam tape, and then a little circle with the dog's head is foam taped on top of that for a mini paper tole look.  For the sentiment, I didn't like the message that was printed on the original die cut, so I cut a piece of scrap snowflake card stock and covered up the original message with that!  The letters are stickers - both here on the sentiment (which was added with foam tape) and on the inside where I finish it.

Next up are two cards made from the 2nd coordinating sheet.  The artwork on this sheet really called for the whole dog to be seen.  After all, I couldn't see using the middle portion by itself somewhere (for example)!  I realized, however, that I didn't have to keep both dogs on the same card - I could cut it apart & make two cards.  Which I did.  I made two more tri-fold cards this way.


Both of these cards were made with added sentiments from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments pack.  The first also used some outline stickers and a bit of scrap snowflake card stock.  I used outline stickers around the scrap of card stock on the front of this card to frame the tag holding the sentiment.  That sentiment says, "Jingle all the way" - and I added little bell stickers along the length of the dog! 😁 

This second of the small tri-folds says, "H Ho Ho, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas".  On the inside it simply says, "Warmest Wishes".


Card number 4 uses a couple more of the die cuts from the kit.  


The background is a piece of white card stock wrapped with this pretty green and glittery gold tulle-type fabric that came with a flower bouquet.  This is wrapped with a wide red ribbon topped with the sentiment ("Wishing you a special Christmas and a Happy New Year").  I framed it all with gold outline stickers.  The focal is matted on a die cut cut from red foiled card stock.  The die was from Spellbinders Persian Motifs.  The focal die cut was simply added to this pretty mat with foam tape for added dimension.

For the inside, I added another tulle-covered card stock piece, framed with outline stickers.  The sentiment (from 2016 Christmas Sentiments) is matted on a scrap of coordinating card stock, framed with outline stickers.


The last card from this set uses the largest die-cut focal and a sentiment (from 2016 Christmas Sentiments).  The sentiment in the upper left says "Warmest Wishes" - and continues with the hand-lettered "Whether You're Coming or Going!" at the bottom (framed with two strips of gold bordered red ribbon).  


The inside is pretty simple - two gold-bordered red ribbon borders, embellished with the last die cut (a dog head). 


So, that's another 5 cards, bringing our running total to 42 cards from this kit - and still more to go!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Christmas in February Part 8


The next die cut sheet in the kit (Hunkydory Cute Christmas) is about the North Pole and has some paper tole type embellishments.  For this first card, I started with a white glitter card stock card base.   I added a die cut that looks a lot like a post card.  Then, I added a paper tole sign post (pieces layered with foam tape).

For the inside, I took a leftover piece of coordinating card stock to see what it would like like for the inside.  It hung out below the bottom, making it look like a cut away card.  I decided I like the look and I had some leftover white glitter card stock, so I simply added a strip to the back of the overlap.

I ran a red ribbon across, then added a leftover piece of striped card stock to the center, with gold outline stickers on either side.  The greeting die cut was also from the kit.


The second card started with a large die cut piece from the kit.  The background is coordinating card stock framed with outline stickers. I added a tag from the kit, using foam tape to add some dimension.


The inside border was a leftover strip from the coordinating card stock, framed with gold outline stickers.  Another die cut sentiment from the kit finished the inside.

The third card in this set used another paper tole piece - this time a Santa.  It is attached to a background piece cut from coordinating card stock.  I highlighted the snow on the background with some Stickles.

The inside used another piece of coordinating card stock and a leftover die from a previous sheet of dies.


I only got 4 cards from this die cut sheet & coordinating card stock sheets - because much of it went into layers for the paper tole.  This last card used leftover pieces of the coordinating card stock & sentiment die cuts from 2016 Christmas Sentiments.  Once again I used Stickles to highlight the snow and stars in the background piece.


Here's the inside of this last one:


So that's 4 more cards from this kit for a running total of 37 cards so far.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Christmas in Feburary Part 7


The next set in this kit (Cute Christmas) is a family of owls, and this first card is an interlocking gate fold card.  I added a die cut from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments to the frame which I attached only to the left side of the card.  The focal is attached only to the right side of the card.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the inside, but I used a scrap of coordinating card stock for the center of the inside - bordered on either side with a border die cut that I cut in half.  This was embellished with a tag from the kit (with a bit of red ribbon), and another sentiment from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments.


Next up uses a green glitter card stock base.   The red/white border is cut from one of the coordinating card stock sheets.  The die cuts are from the kit.


For the inside, I added a border piece and tag - both from the kit - finishing the tag with a piece of gold-bordered red ribbon.


For card number three, I used a leftover piece of coordinating card stock, then added the focal & frame (both from the kit).  The sentiment is from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments set.


The inside is simply decorated with a bit of coordinating card stock that has a bunch of owls on it.


For the next card, I used some red/white/green striped paper to finish the card front before adding a wide red ribbon border from my stash.  The focal is a die cut frame attached to a piece of the coordinating card stock.  The sentiment is again from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments set.


For the inside, I used another piece of the coordinating card stock & red ribbon border.  I finished that with a couple of small die cuts from the kit.


The final card in this set started with a piece of coordinating card stock on the card front.  I added a sentiment tag from 2016 Christmas Sentiments, embellished with a small bit of ribbon.


For the inside, I added the remaining piece of the border die and added an owl die cut.  The star sentiment is from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments.


That makes 5 more cards from this kit, for a total of 33 cards so far.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Christmas in February Part 6


The next set of Hunkydory dies & card stock in this luxury card set (Cute Christmas) has whimsical rabbits, hedgehog and bird.  I made SIX cards from this one!  

For this first card, I just used one of the card stock sheets.  I cut a piece showing the little bird, framed it with an outline sticker, and matted it with Glitzy card stock (DCWV). I cut a piece from the center of the Glitzy (the part hidden by the card stock) using one of the Spellbinders Labels One die.  I cut a portion of the piece out of the center, cut it in half, and put it all back together to form the mat I used for the sentiment die (from Hunkydory's 2016 Christmas Sentiments).  The inside was another piece of the card stock - framed with a wider border sticker.


The next card from this set started with the largest die cut from the set.  I simply attached it to a turquoise card base and added a sentiment from the (Hunkydory's 2016 Christmas Sentiments).


The inside was created with a coordinating piece of card stock.  The border sticker was a white Dazzles sticker - colored with a silver metallic Sharpie.  The die cut in the center came from the Christmas set, while the small sentiment in the lower right corner came from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments.


The third card started with a cream colored card base.  I added a scrap of the card stock I used on the first card as a bit of a mat for the die cut from the Christmas set.  The sentiment was another from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments set.


I covered the inside with a piece of patterned paper from my stash, added a touch of ribbon to a tag from the kit, and glued the tag to one side. 


Next up is a card I made with a darker blue card blank.  The small die cut is made to look a little larger by matting it on top of a large Dazzles snowflake.  (Unfortunately my hand wasn't very steady when I took the picture.)  The sentiment tag is from 2016 Christmas Sentiments.


For the inside, I added another scrap of coordinating card stock and a Dazzles stickers border.  I added another die cut from the kit to finish the inside of this one.


This is card number 5, another turquoise card base.  The front of the card is a piece of the coordinating card stock, edged with outline stickers, with a small die cut from 2016 Christmas Sentiments.

For the inside, I added a couple of strips of turquoise card stock borders before adding the rabbit die cut.  I matted the tag with the same turquoise card stock and added a bit of ribbon.


The final card from this set uses the rest of the die cuts on the page from the kit.  I added a sentiment from 2016 Christmas Sentiments to this large one.


Once again, for the inside, I started with a strip of colored card stock.  I finished it with the last two die cuts from this page of die cuts.


So, that's six more cards for a total of 27 so far from this kit.  

Actually the count is up to 28 as I used the leftover frame from the reindeer selfie set:


Using a HOTP Angel Small Stamp, I stamped this angel on white glittered card stock and trimmed it close to the image.  I added a star, the word "JOY" from a Dazzles sheet (which I colored with a silver Sharpie).  Then I added a sentiment from 2016 Christmas Sentiments.  The inside uses some card stock from this set, decorated with small angel (outer edge from a Dazzles angel place on dark blue card stock), and another small die cut from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments set.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Christmas in February Part 5


The next sheet of die cuts in the Hunkydory kit I've been using (Cute Christmas) has these adorable polar bears!  Once again I got 4 cards from this sheet & the coordinating card stock - with some left over.  First up is another interlocking gate fold card. 

For this first one, I made a card base from glittered card stock.  I then attached a greeting to the picture and attached that to just the right side of the card.  The frame was attached to just the left side of the card.  

Here's the inside:


For the inside, I cut pieces of coordinating card stock (making good use of the swirly corner embellishment and border).  I also added a couple more die cuts from the kit.  When the card is completely closed, it looks like this:


This next card is done in a similar way, but the "picture" is another piece of that coordinating card stock cut so the swirl is focal. 


The card base itself was some heavy silver paper.  I matted inside & out with the lavender sparkle paper called Glitzy (DCWV).  To the focal, I added a couple of die cuts (one from 2016 Christmas Sentments) and silver outline stickers to frame it.  This was attached to just the right side of the card.  A coordinating frame was attached to just the left. When completely closed, the card looks like this:


Next up is a more traditional card made on a glitter card stock base.  The focal was cut from the 2nd sheet of coordinating card stock.  I simply added outline stickers to frame it and a sentiment from 2016 Christmas Sentiments (also from Hunkydory).


The inside was another piece of hte same card stock, framed with the same outline stickers and embellished with a coordinating tag.


The last card from this set was put a pastel green card base.  I chose to add a bit of extra to the frame by adding outline stickers so the frame was a bit wider.  I also added outline stickers to the sides of the border to finish it off.  A coordinating tag completes the front of this card.


For the inside I took a piece of green vellum & embossed it.  I added more of the border pieces (along with outline sticker pieces on the ends) and a couple of coordinating embellishments:


That's 4 more cards, so I now have 21 - more than the minimum they said this kit would make and I haven't even used half of it!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Christmas in February Part 4


The next die cut sheet from "Cute Christmas Luxury Card Collection" has cute reindeer & penguins, and this time I got 5 cards from the single die cut sheet and coordinating card stock.  In this first card, the animals are taking a selfie.  I made this one into an interlocking gate fold card.  Simply attached the frame (with greeting attached) to one side of the gate fold - but not the other.  Then attached the picture to the other side - but not the first.  A quick and easy fun card.  I love this sparkly paper that I used.  It's DCWV paper called "Glitzy".  In the picture below, you can see what the card looks like when it's completely closed.


This next card was made using one of the coordinating sheets folded into a tri-fold card.  You can see that I added some die cuts on the inside.  The one on the front was from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments and I matted it with a large glittery snowflake Dazzle sticker.  I also added some Stickles to the card itself to make the snow sparkle on the trees  and the ground near them.


Card number 3 started with a pink card base.  I used a silvery paper for the mats & added die cuts.  The frame is popped up with foam squares for added dimension.


For the inside, I simply cut a piece of coordinating card stock with a pretty border.


The fourth card in this set was another interlocking gate fold card - this time turned horizontally.


I re-appropriated a white glitter card base for the flaps, since I didn't have plain white glittered card stock in my stash and the card base with white glitter was smaller than I wanted for this card.  The picture (with attached sentiment from 2016 Christmas Greetings) is attached only to the upper flap; the frame only to the lower.

I had thought I was done until I found the die cut on the front of this card:


It was a bit small for a card focal, so I double matted it using red and silver metallic card stocks - both cut with Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty-Two.  I threaded a strip of red metallic card stock through the silver mat, and added a small die cut from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments.

For the inside, I simply attached a narrow strip of red metallic card stock - and added another die cut from the 2016 Christmas Sentiments set.


That makes 5 cards from this die cut sheet and I still have a really nice frame that I'll use somewhere else, along with some extra coordinating card stock.