It's Tune in Tuesday!
Today I'm featuring a project: a covered composition notebook. I made this along with a few other things for an auction fundraiser at church. It was inspired by a lovely gift Risa sent me.
I thought this would be a great notebook for bible study, a prayer journal, any purpose really. It has a matching pen and bookmark. I used Winchester SWIC and cardstock for this project. The stamp set is God So Loved.
I found Pentel brand pens at WalMart. The great thing about these pens is the end of the pen twists off, so patterned paper can be inserted in the barrel. LOVE that.
I covered the front and back covers of the notebook with Winchester tan cardstock. It was cut to 8" x 12", then I ran it thru my Xyron machine to make it a huge sticker. The inner purple liner piece is also from Winchester, cut to 9-3/8" x 6-5/8", then ran thru the Xyron machine.
I lined up the tan cardstock with the edge of the black binding on the notebook for both the front and back. There was about 1" of cardstock hanging over on the 3 sides.
I cut the corner out of the tan cardstock creating 3 tabs.
Folded the tabs over.
I didn't worry about the rounded corner on the notebook, I made it square and bent over the point.
The front cover was straight forward, just added the purple liner piece on the inside to finish it. The back cover, however, I taped down the ends of the ribbon bookmark and loops for the pen first, then added my inner purple liner.
I stamped the image using Mementos Tuxedo Black ink on Kraft cardstock. I colored it with Copic markers. Before I started, I tested my colors on a scrap piece of kraft paper - YR15, YR21, YR23, YR24, V17, V25, E57, E59. I added some pastel blue chalk as a background. I went over the whole image, which does give the colored areas a cloudy look. The great thing about chalk is that it is erasable. I did go over the colored areas with an eraser so the colors would be more vibrant. I distressed the image around the edges with Cognac palette ink, then added some Burnt Umber palette ink. This is my favorite distressing/aging technique.
The image is matted with Winchester purple, brown cardstock, Winchester diamond pattern, then brown cardstock. I added some off-white lace ribbon to the edge, which I pleated and a cream satin ribbon with bow. The image is attached to the front cover with pop dots.
Supplies -- Stamps: God So Loved, Papers: Winchester SWIC and Cardstock, Kraft and Brown Cardstock, Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cognac Palette, Burnt Umber Palette, Pastel Chalks, Copic Markers.
This layout makes a great card too.
Hope you have a Fabulous Tuesday!
It is 'Finally Friday' here on The Angel Company's Savvy Blog .... I decided to share with you a few of the items I have been making and selling at Farmer's Markets this summer. I test my items out at these smaller events before I make lots of them for my craft shows in the fall. Both of these have been good sellers .... so they are a go! They will both make great little gift items for friends and co-workers for the holidays. I will have Christmas ideas for them later in the fall.
The first one is a 'Post-e Card' meaning it is a Post-it note holder and a card. I use a full size 3M Post-it note pad for these, be sure to get this brand since they really work better since they have more stick! These Post-e Cards are also refillable. The image for this one is from the stamp set 'Dotted Dalia' and the words are from one of the Gift with Purchase "FREE" stamps with a $30 purchase called 'Blessings'. I used my Copic markers to color all of my images.
They come folded flat but are easily flipped into a standing Post-it note holder for your desk. I start with a 3 1/2 x 9 1/4" piece of heavy black card stock and with the long side at the top fence of my Scor-pal, I score at 2 1/4, 4 1/2, and 4 3/4". On the inside I put a message and punch a 1/2" circle hole to slide a pen or pencil into. You can sign a greeting on the first post-it note! They open like a card but when you put the front behind the post-it note to make it stand up.
Here are a few more of the Post-e Cards I have made in their package ready to sell. All of them have a message inside. I stamped the same message again on a piece of computer paper and slip it in the back of the cello envelope so customers can see the hidden message when your purchase them without having to open it up. Other stamp sets you see in this photo are 'Beautiful Lace' and 'Lovely Butterfly'.
This cute little frog is bringing you tea!! I carry tea bags with me since most restaurant do not have good teas and I like a cup with my meal sometimes. So I came up with the idea of a 'Tea Card'. It has three Republic of Tea tea bags inside in a refillable cello bag and a message inside with a place to sign your own greeting. I have been selling these as fast as I can make them! For this one I used the stamp sets 'Cup of Love', 'Pocket Peepers', and on the inside 'Cup of Tea'.
I like to use a heavy card stock for the base so it will hold up in your purse. I cut it to 3 1/2 x 8 1/2" and with the long side at the top fence of your Scor-Buddy, score at 3/8" and 7/8", then I turn it 180 degrees and score the other end at 3 1/2 and 3 3/4". It is a typical matchbook style holder.
As you can see in this picture I put a square cello bag under the staple to hold the three tea bags. I decided to put the closing of the cello bag in the front to make it easier to take out and put in tea. Yes .... it is refillable! I have a message stamped on the inside too with a place for you to add your own greeting. The images are all colored with Copic markers. I do not add a lot of embellishments to them so they will hold up well in your purse but you could really add a lot more if you like.
This picture shows you how I package them for craft shows. I have them in an A2 cello bag with the type of tea printed off my computer and taped to the inside top of the cello bag. I slide another paper inside the back to show the customer what is stamped on the inside of the Tea Card. Another set you see in this photo is 'Tea for Two'.
You can add a gift card to both of them to make it a bigger gift. The Tea Card can be added to a tea mug/cup, travel mug or tea pot also!
I will be featuring more crafty ideas I sell at my shows on my personal blog at Angelic Impressions. You can purchase the stamps and supplies from your local TAC teacher or contact me if you do not have a TAC teacher in your area. TAC has lots of great tea stamp sets for the Tea Cards to select from with lots of little peepers to stamp coming out of your cups too!
Have a stop of tea and and write your list of stamps to purchase on your Post-it note after you have tired both of my projects! Have a great weekend! Blessings ..... Rita (ritasangels)
As a cardmaker, I send cards out for many occasions. But I've realized they are usually the traditional ones - you know the birthday's, anniversary's, sympathy. The just because ones are made but not sent to often. And the thinking of you ones are made but sent when something happens - death or an illness.
Well I want to change that! And The Angel Company is here to help! Why not make a card for another reason? Did you know there are MANY "non-traditional" holidays that are perfect to make a card for? On page 2 of our Inspiration Book & Catalogue we've listed those holidays for you. It's a GREAT way to help you get started.
One of the holidays coming up is International Day of Peace on September 21st. As a Girl Scout leader, I'm familiar with this day. We make pinwheels to display at our school incorporating a program called Pinwheels for Peace. It's a way for Girl Scouts (or anyone for that matter) to create a visual public statement about peace.
So imagine how excited I was to create a card showcasing these same things! I grabbed the set Give It A Whirl (RN-23) and created a scene. Let me show you how easy it is to do!
First thing is to stamp the pinwheels onto your paper. I placed the three pinwheels on my acrylic block and staggered them. I cut out a cloud using thin paper (think copy paper) to use as my template. Instead of a sponge I used a manicure pad and Memento Summer Sky Ink. Holding the cloud template down, I began swiping the ink around the template.
I realized that I wanted my cloud to go down a little so I made a mask for my pinwheel. To make a mask, you stamp the image on a post-it note, cut it out and then adhere it temporarily to the image. Then I started swiping ink again.
I colored my pinwheels and then made grass patches all over the hill. I continued coloring the grass until I got it how I liked it. Once you are done you can then assemble your card!
Now I have a card ready to send - it's pretty and it holds special meaning for me. I know I've conveyed that and the recipient will feel it!
Thank you for joining me today! I hope you have enjoyed my card and the how-to that went into it. Feel free to visit me at my blog, Creative Journey for more inspiraton! Thanks for stopping by!