A glorious spring day here in our Canadian Rockies town! My husband has a five-six hour date with his road bike, so he’s off to ‘wherever,’ and I’m at home, relishing the opportunity to craft away. Since our kitchen doubles as my craft room (one of these days, I’ll have my own space, but until then, this is just fine), I’m surrounded by sunlight, and the gentle breeze wafting through the patio doors. Yes, indeed…a most pretty day!
On today’s agenda – Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes challenge; and I added a few “must do” twists, as a result of participating in the Online His & Hers Card class (nearing the end!). So, the ‘self-imposed’ instructions to follow were:
- must use PS products (required) but need to use them in a ‘different’ way from my usual (thinking cap was tightly tied on to reach that goal!)
- must demonstrate a ‘new learning’ from the His and Hers course, and so I did – partial die cutting, shared on Day 4, when Mother and Father’s Day cards were showcased
- must use patterned papers that featured ‘back-to-back’ patterns and include both 'guy and gal' colours.
My hypothesis (or theory, whichever) is that designers place patterns back-to-back because they’re meant to ‘go’ together. Judging by what I discovered in my pads…umm, maybe not so much! Still, I persevered. In the case where I selected a paper that wasn’t back-to-back, I choose a companion from the piece directly before or after, again using the assumption that ‘in proximity’ means ‘goes together.’ Actually, the real reason behind this
decision is to use up more of my stash, on account of…I
caved in to the Simon Says sale yesterday and ordered a bunch of paper *palm
smack on forehead* It’s not like I
*need* more paper…but at 20% off? Why resist? Why try? Anyway, deal is done. Paper enroute. Happy
So, all my little gimmicks arrived at, I ended up making a series of mini cards (used up strips of oddly sized cardstock scraps - worked perfectly!) using the PS Notebook Basic die as my card base, where the partial-die cutting came into play. After my mini cards were done, I decorated them with a full-size panel of the same die, added some fussy-cut PS stamps, included some PS sentiments inside and ta dahhhh…a set of ‘little’ notebook paper notecards; something to drop off on a colleague’s desk, or sneak into a loved one’s briefcase/purse/lunch bag, or leave on the door for the mail carrier/newspaper delivery person. Just little ‘somethings’ to brighten a day and widen a smile.
Here’s what I did (sorry for the boring details, but this was super duper new for me…)
1. scored and folded cardstock - any piece longer than 6” will work.
2. taped over the holes on the die (taping not needed if you have an eye for ‘straight.’ I don’t…sighhh…)
3. lined up the fold of the cardstock at the edge of my bottom stack of cuttlebug plates, then put set the die on top, with the taped off portion hanging off the edge, so as not to cut out the holes and to keep the fold intact. Put Plate C on top and ‘bug away.
4. end result = wee card the same ‘body’ shape as the PS die, and already folded, ready to be dolled up. I used the die as it’s meant to be used on patterned paper (followed rules #2 and #3 from above), gluing it to the mini base. The ‘notebook’ edge extends over the base (above the fold) and (my opinion), makes for ‘cuteness.’ Hope you think so, too…
"Just a Note" (sentiment inside)
"Hello" (sentiment inside)
"Thanks" (sentiment inside)
"Thanks" sentiment inside
My two 'guy' versions. Yes, I know - guys and butterflies don't
necessarily mix,but I checked and one of the world's leading
experts on butterflies is male - Art Shapiro - so he's likely to appreciate a
These truly are super quick and easy to make. In fact...don't go anywhere...I'll be right back...
See what I mean...a mere few minutes...
"Way to Go" (sentiment inside).
A quick shot of a couple of insides (simple, no fuss)
Here's the 'gang'
Hope you like the "Notebook Basics Note Cards"....and I think I filled my requirements...
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Enjoy your Sunday!!