Saturday, September 30, 2017

Get Wild Lunch Box Notes

Hey Divas! Design Team member EK here to share some little lunch box notes (featuring the Get Wild stamp set) that I make weekly for my kids lunch boxes. This is a tradition that was started a few years ago with my kids after they chastised me for only using 'post it' love notes. They pointed out after all, I made cards for birthdays and thank yous They couldn't understand why I only gave them a post it note. But full sized A2 cards seemed a little excessive, so I came up with a formula for smaller, more manageable notes for each of the three kids.

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To make my lunch box notes, I trim up some quality card stock into six 4.25x5.5" rectangle (which works out great since I always have this size pre-trimmed for traditional card making).

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I then fold the card in half at the 2.75" marker on the long side of the card stock, and then trim off 3/4 of an inch from the card. The card becomes a 2.75x3.5" folded card.

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To make each card feel a little more special I usually die cut out some kind of background with a die that would cover most of the card. Today I used the small die from CDD's Crazy Stitched Frame Dies on two different colors of printed paper, and adhered them to the folded note cards with 1/2" Scor Tape.

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I set the note cards aside so that I could color up the critters for today's stack of note cards. I always try to make these cards in bulk, so I have a pile of them ready for each week. The easiest way for me to do this is to stamp out all the images out onto one piece of card stock and color them up in one sitting, usually in front of the television in the evening with my husband. I pulled out all the little cute animals from the Get Wild stamp set and stamped them all onto some card stock.

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 Then I started the coloring process, taking the time to color each critter and them moving onto the next one. 

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 Once I had all the images colored, I fussy cut out each image so that they could easily be added to the note card.

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I pulled out three different sentiments from the Get Wild stamp set and added them evenly across the note cards. Then using some 3D Foam Squares, I adhered each of the critters to the cards letting them pop up just a bit.

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The cards needed a little something extra, so using some Sweet Pea Sequins and some Mini glossy accents, I added five sequins to each card, making certain not to add a flower or pink sequin to the cards that would be for my son. I also added some Wild Honey Distress Oxide to the edges of the cards, adding a splash of color.

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The cards are simple but the kids (and their friends) get a real kick out of them. Even my sixth grade son has requested that I not stop the tradition

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(despite the fact since he is so old and mature). I for the longest time thought that they little notes ended up in the trash along with their lunch wrappers, but I discovered first in my oldest backpack

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one day (and the other two kiddos afterwards), all of the little note cards I had made them in a ziplock back (which I am sure once held a sandwich) all the little cards I had made him over the past months. Even my husband gets a kick out of these notes and saves them. From time to time I'll slip one of these little cards with a hand written note in them into his lunch for work, and he loves them too, bringing the note back home with his own little message left for me on the back.

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I also whip up a little envelope for each note (since I customize the size of the card), using old printed paper. I like to stamp a couple images from the main stamp set onto the envelope, and today I used two different leaf stamps on the envelope from the Get Wild set. I also like to stamp the kids' names on the cards with CDD's Elegant Brush Script letter stamp set on the outside of the envelope. Today, I just did their first initial, but I think you get the drift.

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 I don't tuck these little notes into the kids' lunches everyday, but I make certain each week that I have 2-3 for each of the three kids. Because I simplify the design it doesn't take much time to whip these up. And I promise you, the little love notes the kids make me in return, are worth the bit of time it takes to make these each week! 
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CDD Supplies
Get Wild
1:2 Scor Tape
wild honey

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Note Of Thanks

 Happy Friday!
Tatiana is here today from Tatiana Craft And Art and I'm so happy to bring you my daily post at Craftin Desert Divas blog. Well, my today's card is focusing on dies and was inspired by the beautiful moad boad made for the CDD September Monthly Social Media Challenge! The current theme is autumn and it couldn't be any perfect for this time of the year! Look at those gorgeous autumn colors and amazing images!

Of course, I had to play more with the fantastic dies from CDD September release. Those beautiful stitched trees come with Fall Border Dies set.

 The idea was to create an autumn scene with a circle focal point and add a bit of dimension for some inserest. This project is super easy to recreate and doesn't require mad coloring skills at all. My choice were Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers since I just love their bold vibrabt colors, but you can use any watercolor media you have on hand or even you Distress or dye inks. My win win combo with Zig markers is Strathmore Bristol paper and a small water brush from Pentel. I made a simple splotchy non perfect watercoloring and while the dies were drying I started working on the card base. I scored in half 11″ by 4¼″ piece of a red card stock and cut out an additional slithtly smaller white panel where I die cut a circle using Stitched In Circle Dies.

Finally assembling the card I adhered the watercolored trees directly to the card base using a foam tape and then popped on top the circle piece where I previously stamped a sentiment from Harvest Happiness stamp set. Of course, couldn't skip a few matching sequins from Maple Leaves Sequins set.
That's all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you'll join Craftin Desert divas September Monthly Social Media Challenge for a chance to win some amazing prizes! All you need to do is to create a project inspired by the current mood board and using at least one CDD brand product! Then just share it with #CDDMONTHLY in the Craftin Desert Divas Facebook Gallery! If you aren't a member, just request it here.
ZIG MARKERS: n.51 Lemon Yellow - n.52 Bright Yellow - n.70 Orange - n.2o Scarlet Red - n.22 Carmine Red - n.24c Wine Red - n.46 Mid Green - n.63 Ochre - n.67 Mustard - n.65 Mid Brown

Thursday, September 28, 2017

May All Your Wildest Dreams Come True

Hi Divas, DT Janni here. Today I want you show you a card I made with one of my new favorite stamp sets ‘Play Time’. I’m totally in love with their cute faces, and big bright eyes. 

I always start my projects by coloring up the stamped images with my Copic Markers, and while I color I think about the design of the card. This little cutie I colored in my favorite Copic combo Aqua Mint: G0000 – BG11 – BG32. When I’m satisfied with my coloring I fussy cute the images, and then it’s time to figure out the design of the card. I love keeping my cards simple, with a lot of with space, I like the CAS style.

For this card I used the 2 small dies from ‘Fancy Frame Dies’, the scalloped dies on white cardstock, and the stitched on some mint and white striped paper. I placed them on a white background, and then on my card base. I stamped the sweet sentiment on some white cardstock and used a banner dies from ‘Flag Banner dies’. I wanted the edge of the banner to have stitches too, so I used the stitched background dies to cut the edge. Then I added 3d foam dots for the back of my colored image, and placed it on the front, and added a little shadow below. I always add some highlights with a white gel pen, to make it more alive.

That’s it for me today, I hope you liked my card.
See you soon again.
Hugs, Janni
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