Post#58 Notepad Cover

Today I’m sharing a simple notepad cover with you….these notepads are usually sold three or four in a pack in most stores that sell stationery and even dollar stores and are very handy for making those all important ‘lists’…..I am a ‘to do list-maker’ myself…..so I have quite a few notepads for my own use…what I don’t like is that they look very ordinary and anyone can see what you have been writing on them…so it is a good idea to put on a cover and make them look beautiful and private at the same time…
Sam Donald on Pootles.co.uk  has a tutorial on how to measure and cover any notebook and its a great tutorial to understand the basics….but now after making quite a few notepad covers,I don’t do too many calculations etc….I just measure the length and width of the notepad before starting out…
The length of the paper has to be a good few inches longer than the notepad…then I just pinch the sides and crease them to accommodate the thickness/height of the pad…the leftover flap of paper at the back has to be glued to the back cardboard of the notepad…
I have used a Kraft cardstock for the base and a printed Kraft cardstock for the top layer….and to decorate I’ve simply cut a square peice of plain kraft cardstock and rounded the corners…layered another square and stamped that with black ink….then added a banner with ‘Just a note…’ stamped on it….
Even if you are not a crafter,you can easily try covering notepads with whatever paper and/or decorations you have…
Hope you liked my notepad…
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Post#57 Square 4×4 Card

I remember when I bought my first few packs of cardstock…..they were all printed ones….and I loved making cards from them….but I slowly moved on to plain cardstock when I realised that my designs stood out better on them…but still every now and then I keep trying out printed cardstock for a card base….
This card has a very nice geometrical pattern in grey white and black and also has silver glitter lines on it…..so I went with the theme and punched out four squares from silver cardstock and rounded two sides only….then I stamped and heat embossed three of those squares with silver embossing powder….the fourth one I left blank and put sentiment ‘Hello’ embossed with black embossing powder…
Hope you liked it..
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Post#56 Paper Bag

I have made these paper bags from notebook pages when I was in school(and that was the last century..!!)….so when I saw this paper in one of my printed paper pads I just had to make one…
So I glued the two ends of the rectangular paper lengthwise/landscape and creased the paper…then I scored 1” from each side…at the bottom I scored at 2&1/2” and 3&1/2″….of which the side need to be folded into triangles that makes it look like flaps…..these flaps will overlap each other when you fold them towards each other and glue them to seal the base of the bag…
I have used a wooden peg to close the top of the bag….and a cut out printed sentiment to decorate it…
Hope you liked this simple paper bag…
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Post#55 Red and Gold Card

I forgot that I had quite a few of the stamping gear cogs,wheels and stamps nicely stored in a container at the very back of my craft cupboard….and once I got those out, I had a few ideas going in my head…the first one was this red and gold card that I’m sharing with you today…


On the gold card base I added a cream top layer on which I stamped using the stamping gear with red ink and then gold pigment ink(not visible nicely in the photo somehow)….In the center I stamped and punched a flower with sentiment and adhered it using adhesive foam squares…I also added a couple of hearts punched from gold paper to finish the card…

Hope you liked it.
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Post#54 One Sheet Origami Style Gift Box – No Cutting Required

This box is made from a 12×12 sheet of paper and as the title suggests, there is no cutting and no wastage…and you get a box with two flaps closing on top as a lid….


Once you make all your score lines,you just need to fold it almost like an origami box….there is no glue required either….It just needs a paper band around it to keep the flaps closed…

It is much easier to make this card with a DSP than cardstock due to all the folding involved…I did try one with Kraft cardstock and it was definitely harder to fold than the DSP
Hope you liked these boxes….
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Post#53 Bright And Colourful Birthday Wishes

I looovvveee how this card turned out….and also how quickly I was able to make it…must be some kind of a record for me…I was even tempted to make another just like this one but decided not to as I wanted this card to be one of a kind… 🙂

I used a bright lime green coloured cardstock to make the card base and chose a white top layer on which I stamped a present stamp in bright colours repeatedly….to fill the white spaces I used various tiny confetti stamps…
Then to add the sentiment I used a vellum paper and stamped the sentiment using white pigment ink and then clear embossing powder for heat embossing….but it didn’t show well as the top layer of the card was also white…so instead of starting all over again with another colour,I improvised…I coloured the back of the vellum paper with my green alcohol marker…added a few rhinestones…and attached it to the card…
Hope you like this card as much as I do…
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Post#52 You’re Fabulous

I had received a stack of beautiful papers from the Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft magazine a very very long time back as a prize for the letter of the month and I have not been able to get myself to use them until now…they are a sort of printed pearlescent paper…I can’t remember the brand name…

For this card I picked my card colour and design layout from the printed paper that I used….I used a bright blue card base so that the printed paper shows nicely…on that I added a 1&1/2″ strip of paper on which I used a hole border punch on both sides…then following the circle theme of the print I punched out 3 red circles and one white(with stamped sentiment)and attached those to the blue strip…..
I liked how this card turned out and I hope I will be able to finally make a few more things from my precious papers… 🙂 
Hope you liked the card.
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Post#51 Shaker Bookmarks

Now that I have successfully tried out the WRMK photo sleeve fuse tool to make a tag, I tried to make a bookmark….bookmarks need to be quite flat and not bulky at all so I had to be careful about not adding any layers on the bookmark and also that the filling in the shaker pocket is quite flat and does not poke out to damage the pages of the book….

I took a narrow and long piece of paper to start with and folded it in half….then die cut a shape through both the layers…The plastic pocket sits between these two layers……I filled one of the bookmarks pocket with plastic flowers and the other with punched out 1/4″ circles from paper in various colours…
One of the bookmarks has a few beads on a ribbon attached to the top and the other has a tassel that I made out of bakers twine…
I wonder what else I can try out with the fuse tool….
Hope you liked these bookmarks…
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Post#50 Colourful Hello

Post Number 50…..sounds sooooo good when I say it out loud… 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog…..each one of you encourage me to do better and keep going…

Here I have tried the very popular distress inks watercolour effect with embossing folders….for this card I wanted to use the whole piece on the card and also try and keep the embossed parts from getting ink on them so it stands out better….
After the embossed layer was dry I attached it to the card base….then I took a strip of blue paper same as the card base and used the stitched border die to create a slanting stitch effect on it…I added the die cut word hello on top and then adhered it to the card…
I like how bright and colourful this card turned out…Hope you liked it too….
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