Saturday, June 28, 2008

Two Pocket Card Tutorial

This is my first tutorial so please be patient and feel free to comment or e-mail me with any questions you may have! I want to apologize for the way less than professional pics, it was late at night when I did these. Here it goes......

Supplies needed:
12 x 12 piece of DSP
Sticky Strip
Paper trimmer
Start with a piece of double-sided DSP (designer series paper from SU) and make sure it is trimmed to 8 1/2 x 11. Pick the dominant side - or the side you want the most showing- and have that side face up.
Now fold the DSP in half vertically and then re-open.

Now fold the DSP in half horizontally and the re-open again.
Now with the dominant design facing you, take your best pair of scissors, I used my paper snips from SU, and cut on the horizontal crease on the left side of the paper all the way to the center. Your DSP should now look like mine in the above picture.
Now fold down the top left corner about 2 & 3/4 inches - this is very forgiving though and doesn't have to be exact. I never actually measure, I just eyeball it!
Now fold the bottom right corner up to meet the inside vertical crease.
Now you will take the bottom left side and fold it underneath the bottom right side.

Next, fold the bottom left side corner up to meet the bottom right as shown in the picture above, it will not meet up exactly and will be about 1/8 in. short but that is okay. On the top left panel, apply sticky strip from the folded corner edge to the bottom of the top left panel edge.
Now fold the top left panel over top of the right top panel like so. At this time apply the sticky strip along the left side of the top panel and the short side of the bottom panel.
Fold the bottom piece up to the top piece like so and make sure the sticky strip has adhered to the sides.
Now you can make the inserts. I have made several in different sizes. You can play with these measurements , just remember they must stay under 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 for the top pocket and 2 3/4 x 31/4 for the bottom pocket. When embellishing the inserts it is important to remember anything that is too raised will get stck or damaged when the insert is pulled out and put back in. Be very careful using brads as well.

Now add some coordinating ribbon and embellish the outside of the card. And then you are ready to go!! If mailing these cards realize that it may take a little more postage.
Leave me a comment and let me know if this tutorial was helpful and if there is any other tutorials you would like me to do!
Until later....I'm off to my Rubba Room!!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Altered Dishwasher Tab Tin

So I've had this tin in my craft cabinet for quite a while now! Can you believe my girls were actually going to throw it away??? I know....GASP!!! So last night after returning from our trip to Wally World I went on a cleaning spree and was organizing ( I know...GASP again!!) my craft cabinet when I found this tin and it stopped me in my cleaning tracks!! I threw everything back in the cabinet ( please don't open that door!!!) and took a quick pic before I got started!
And this is the end result!!! I used the cherry DSP paper from the Summer Picnic DSP that is in the mini ( can still order this and anything else from the mini until June 30th!!!) I used my hubby's drill to put holes in the lid for the ribbon handle. It turned out way too cute. I also covered a little notebook in the same paper and plan on doing a matching pen and some notecards but I ran out of sticky strip so that will have to wait! I think it will make a cute birthday gift or back to school teacher gift!!

Check back tomorrow for more exciting projects and pics from our Happy Days Calendar class that is tonight!

Until then,

I Rubba You!!!


Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Special Surprise!!!

Well, that is if she doesn't peek before her birthday that's coming up in a few weeks!!! I made this for Grandma Debbie as a special birthday present. It was fun and super easy to make. And I know it will go perfectly with her decor! I can't remember the name of the DSP and I'm being lazy and don't want to rummage through my desk to find it but I do remember it was featured in the mini that had True Friend in it!! The word under Grandma says wonderful because that is exactly what she is!! I was going to put her grandkids pics in it somewhere as well but then I would have needed a HUGE frame because she already has like 16!!!!
Now I feel guilty though that I haven't even made my own mother one!! So guess what I will probably be doing this weekend!!!
***Check back tomorrow to see what I did with a dishwasher tab tin!!!!***

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My First Paper Bag Book!!!

So here are the pics of my first ever paper bag book that I actually made two of, one for my DD Becca and one for her BFF Sydney!! They have been in Arkansas all week camping and going to the Crater of Diamonds park. They return tomorrow but Becca will actually be in Dallas for another week visiting other family! Anyways..... I used my fav hostess set, Time Well Spent and my new fav DSP Summer Picnic on the covers, both front and back.
Here I used the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set and the fine cosmo glitter which I still have all over me a week later!!!
My cuttle bug did the job here and went quite well with the cherry paper from the Summer Picnic DSP and the cherry stamp from Tart and Tangy!
This is the Be Happy set, which I have never been terribly fond of till now, and ofcourse it's on the retired list!! Go figure!!!
I just love this page! I love my scallop punch too! Can you tell???

I was trying something different on this page and really like how it turned out!

So there you have it!! My first "two" paper bag books! I hope they come back filled with pics and other goodies! I know Becca is having a blast!
***Check back tomorrow to see the special gift I made for a certain Grandma's upcoming birthday......Grandma, if you're reading this DON'T PEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!****

Monday, June 2, 2008

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