Greeting Card Sets for a Silent Auction

Hi Crafters!! Here are some fun projects, my daughter requested for a silent auction at her work. I chose to do 3 boxed sets following these instructions at Damask Love. Amber’s creations always come at the time I need them. LOL

But for some reason, Amber’s measurements for the lid, threw me. Cut Base @ 6 1/2 inch by 7 7/8 inch, Score @ 1 inch all 4 sides. Clear acrylic Lid Cut @ same 6 1/2 inch by 7 7/8, Score @ 1 inch on the left and score @ 7.8″ on the right. I thought this was going to leave a 1/8th inch overhang on some sides AND it does. Ugh… However, Amber’s photos do not reflect this at all, so I was really curious and commented on her blog. Everyone was so excited about this project, that they didn’t really get what I was asking about the extra 1/8 inch on 2 sides. Another crafter clarified that I was to score @ 1″ on the 6 1/2″ side and 7/8″ on the 7 1/2″ side. I was physically making the box and it clearly wasn’t working. Wah…So, I made tons of bases and lids in white card stock, and kept tweaking the measurements desperately trying to find the solution. Which, didn’t amount to a hill of beans in the end, because I didn’t have acrylic large enough to go by these new measurements for the lid anyway!! I know….over the borderline crazy, right?…my left eye twitching….and a lot of creative time out the window when I needed to get this craft done….(sigh). Have you ever purchased a pattern that just simply didn’t work because it was off?? The author has looked at it for so long and edited it so much, it has to be right, right? What I ended up with was 6 1/4″ x 7 1/2″, scored @ 7/8″ on all sides. It’s a snuggly fit.

It didn’t matter because I didn’t have acrylic big enough for those measurements. (crazy laughing) I did have acrylic packaging from some Cuttlebug cutting pads, so I cut the flat portion of the top out and layed my base box on it and figured out where to cut and score, for it to work for Me. So, the Thanksgiving set and the Christmas set are done with that. How I figured this out in desperation, was to measure the inner portion of the box lid from my tried and true measurements above done in white card stock, without sides = 4 1/2 ” x 5 3/4″ and I added 5/8″ twice to accomadate the sides, which gave me 5 3/4″ x 7″ to cut my lid with shorter sides, and scored all 4 sides at 5/8″ which is all I could get out of the top of the Cuttlebug cutting pad package and I had 2 pkgs to work with. My boxes for the Thanksgiving and Chrismas set were done like this and look much nicer than the Halloween set, which I just let roll because I was too tired and needed to get these things to Katie. I used score tape to adhere the corners of base box and clear lid. I was not happy with it showing through on the clear lid. Staples would have been better at best. I find that my red liner tape does not hold up over time or warm conditions, so I didn’t use it.

((Now that I’m typing this all out and I’m completely paranoid. Just for grins, I went back and Cut a Lid at 6 1/2 by 7 5/8, following Amber’s directions to a T…. score the left side side at 1 inch, score the right side at 7/8″ easy peasy, right? (this is the end of her instructions). I was curious what would happen if I did it again, turn the card stock one quarter turn and score left at 1″ and 7/8″ on the opposing side, then go trim 1/8th inch over hang off of both the 1″ scored sides, this fits the base box perfectly and the measurements for the lid should have been….. Cut @ 6 3/8 x 7 1/2, score all 4 sides at 7/8″. )) Really? Muhahahahahahaha (crazy, I think I need a drink…laughing) My oh My…. Why couldn’t I get this on the first go around?

Supplies used for Halloween Set: Misc. 65 lb card stock, Spider Web/spider My Favorite Things die set, sentiment from Hero Arts You Scare Me set.


Supplies used for Thanksgiving Set: Misc. 65 lb card stock, Pilgrim hat from 2nd oval up from the bottom (Stampin’UP! Sizzix Framelits Ovals Collection 129381) for hat brim and the top of the hat is from an altered top of the Pilgrim hat box by LifeStyle Crafts using the original band and buckle. Stamps are Inkadinkado $1.00 mini sets Hey Pilgrim and Lets Talk Turkey (Halloween Asst.) I stamped Hey Pilgrim on the outside and Let’s Talk Turkey on the inside.


Supplies used for Christmas Set: Misc. 65 lb card stock, Papertrey Ink Signature Series Snowman Die cut twice and arms layerd inside the 2 die cuts, which didn’t work too well. The arms shown through a bit. Next time I will glue them to the back of the bodies. I used the snowflakes and sentiment from PTI In The Meadow Set and also a Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder on the base card.


A little bit of sponging on each set. And A2 envelopes made with AccuCut’s A2 envelope die from misc. colored paper to semi match the base cards.


Here are the fun sewing projects Katie made:

Store bought tea towels in Green and Navy. She stamped with craft paint onto some scraps of fabric and stitched them to the tea towels. I love how these turned out!! Acrylic paint is tricky to stamp with your rubber or clear stamps, so I did do some touching up with a fine paint brush while the paint was still wet. Kate also made coordinating quilted coasters and a coffee cup cozy. The little rolled flowers were cut from craft felt with the Sizzix 3-D Flowers Bigz die. I cut a layer of card stock with the felt for a clean cut. And a casserole carrier from brown fabric. She did an outstanding job. I’m so proud of her.




Deer Hunter’s Birthday Card

This is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ card, the back is scored (L) @ 3/8″ and adhered with ATG double sided tape. I use this Sizzix Reindeer die on so many cards! And I trim it down to take some of the elegance off of it. I take the round nose off, and I trim the bottom of the hooves to make it look more realistic and here I also cut off the antlers for the doe. The stamps used as brush behind the deer is one of Inkadinkado’s new sets called, Branches 65-32007, that is suppose to work with the stamping gear thingie. I loved these branches. They are stamped in SU’s Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Dusty Durango, Old Olive and Close to Coco, in that order starting with the lightest color. I also used the foliage stamp from Papertrey Ink’s Garden Variety stamp set, I use this stamp on all of my deer cards! LOL The sentiment is from Hero Arts 4×6 set CL371 on the die cut banner from the Stampin’UP! Petal Cone die.


I used the Sizzix Scallop Pop Up die twice on the inside and trimmed it with a Spellbinders Circle die that was closest in size to allow me to cut off the scallops, since this is a Man’s card. I adhered one right side up and the other upside down, to give the illusion of different hill heights. I also used a smaller Spellbinders circle die to cut the inner mechanism of the Sizzix pop up portion to make it look more hill like. I also used a piece of a stamp from a Crafty Secrets stamp set, the one with the little girl holding that large bouquet of flowers called, Bouquets of Joy, the first one I got was faulty, where the polymer stamps were uneven and JoAnn’s replaced it and told me to toss the bad one, but I don’t throw anything away! So I trimmed the bottom of the bouquet and the smaller clumps of grass are the stems of the bouquet turned upside down and stamped as grass.


The small deer silhouettes are from Papertrey Ink’s, In The Meadow die set, it also has a matching stamp set, but I didn’t use it here. I used quite a few tree dies from, Hero Arts/Sizzix Reindeer in Sweaters Stamp and Die combo set, Cuttlebug Pine trees 2×2 and trees from the Snowman 2×2 winter set. I am rarely very happy with my cards, but I really liked how this one turned out.


This is how I trim the Sizzix Reindeer. The deer on the left is the original die cut. The deer on the right has been trimmed, nose and hooves.


October Name Tags

Hi Crafters! I hope you are all having a lovely Fall. We are enjoying crisp sunny days and the leaves are just starting to turn.

I have a video to share on how (click on October Name Tags)October’s Name Tags were made for Card Class. Enjoy!


A sweet treat from Susan at Card Class. Isn’t this so cute! I missed all of the details, but she said she used a punch, I’m guessing it’s a fabby punch all over the page kind, since it was punched on a vertical piece of card stock.


Some Fall Goodies for my 2 Girls, my daughter and daughter-in-law, with those Sizzix Owl #2 owls(so fun), the hearts were from a Sizzix originals die and the string is cotton Sugar N Cream yarn. The little photo holder owls and owl trinket trays came from Michael’s $1 bin way back in the summer. I nab these little things, knowing I will put them with other goodies for a Fun and Inexpensive treat. Katie got the orange trinket owl tray and Amber got a green one, since green is her favorite color. 😉

20121016-115614.jpg They each got a set of these wood pumpkins, that I made several years ago when I was going to the bird fair in October. Who knew bird people would not buy Fall decorations? It was a win win for Katie and Amber. LOL I still owe Amber a Crow that is somewhere in the attic!

And a quick pic of my front porch and my Katie Crow. Years ago, when my kids were still at home and we had passes to Silver Dollar City, they had these adorable scarecrows for sale. I think they were about $30, and I said to myself, I can make this. So, I did and she graces my front porch every year. I painted her face in the likeness of my daughter, at the time I made it, so Katie was somewhere around 4th or 5th grade. The Katie Crow is also dressed in some of Katie’s clothes and shoes. I used raffia for the hair, the head is a white jean leg stitched and stuffed and painted with acrylic paints, a giant plastic spoon is the spine and I have to prop her just right so she doesn’t fall over. LOL The arms, legs and body are made from 2 pairs of tights, stuffed with fabric scraps and the illusive single socks that have forever lost their mates. The stuffed tights are tied to the large plastic spoon inside with the extra foot end of the tights (no need to stuff the whole thing). The cuff of the overalls is safety pinned to the shoe laces, so they stay together nicely and more life like. The cuffs of the sweat shirt jacket are sewed to some yarn, so I can bring them in close together and tie them to the pumpkin handle. When it gets closer to Halloween, I turn the pumpkin so it’s face is showing.