Monday, January 25, 2016

Challenge # 4 - CASE This Card

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
One of my biggest challenges when I first started paper crafting was CAS designs.  CAS is the acronym for Clean And Simple.   CAS design employs a minimum number of layers.  Usually it is a single layer card.  Minimal embellishment and lots and lots of White Space.

White Space (negative Space) does not mean simply leaving it untouched.  The untouched space must contribute to the overall graphic design.

This week, you can practice CAS design by CASEing this Card.   CASE is the acronym for Copy And Share Everything (Copy And Share with Everyone.)   What I want you to do is copy the Sketch. You must change at least 3 things.  You can use either the interior or exterior design as your CASE!
Good Luck!

Exterior Design
Interior Design
Remember, all challenges remain open until December 31, 2016.  You can enter your project at anytime and I will give you feedback!   Hugz,  Chana!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Challenge #3 - Let's Make A Box

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Surprise!  Not exactly the kind of box you were expecting!  Well the basics are pretty much the same.  I thought I would share a tutorial I did a while back.  These little note boxes are super easy (although my tut might seem very involved) and will provide a great learning foundation for future box projects.

 These are fun and easy to make so let's get started!

Step One:  Gather Your Materials
2- 12 x 12 sheet of heavyweight chipboard
1- roll of clear shelf liner (this is optional)
1- 12"x 12" sheet of designer paper
1-3 sheets of 6x6 designer paper
 (depends on your design)
Scor-tape, Scor-board, Craft Knife
Paper Cutter, Ruler

Step 2 - Cut your chipboard
Cut the Chipboard:  (2) 4-1/2"x 5-1/2" pieces  and (1) 1"x5-1/2"Piece

Step 3 - Designer Paper

Cut your Designer Paper to 12"x7".  Cut a piece of the shelf liner that is slightly larger than your dp.  I usually have a 1/4" overlap.  Starting in one corner apply the shelf liner.  Use your bone folder to smooth and to prevent air bubbles. Trim excess liner. Set aside.
Step 4 - Adhere Chipboard
Add Scor-tape to one side of the chipboard pieces

Arrange the pieces on the back of your cover so that there is a 1/8" gap.  Place a ruler at the bottom to keep pieces straight and to find center.  Remove tape. Place pieces one a a time.

 Cut your corners as shown above.
Apply Scor-Tape to chipboard (or paper. Your choice)

Run your bone folder along the edges and start to bend by lifting up your cover.  Remove tape and seal.  Burnish with bone folder.

Step 5 - Finish Inside
Cut one piece of dp large enough to finish one side of your base and and center spine. Adhere.

Cut a second piece large enough to cover the other side and half of the spine.  Cut the ends that will attach to the spine at an angle.  This is the Top of your note box. 

Use your bone folder to true all your folds.
Your base is now complete.

Step 6 - Create Your Paper Tray
 Cut a piece of Heavyweight Card Stock/Designer Paper to 7"x6" and score at 1" on all sides.
Cut the interior score line on each corner. Add tape and form box.
Adhere a 1" piece of Scor-tape to the back of the box
 Adhere Scor-tape to the bottom of the box
 Center the paper tray on the bottom base. Remove the tape at the bottom of the paper tray first.  Make sure that the tray is flush.  Finally remove the tape at the back of the tray adhere to spine by pressing the spine against the tray.  The angle cut will make sure the tray closes automatically.  If you want a thumb cut in your paper tray. Make it before attaching the tray or applying decorative papers.

I used my Fiskars postage stamp punch to cut out my Inky Impressions "Love" Sentiment.  I added a note stamp to the bottom.
The punched piece was sponged with Iced Spruce and Evergreen Baugh D.I. 
I wrapped a 1/4" piece of black gingham ribbon, matted it on corresponding green paper 
and added a small key from my stash.
I made a banner cut on the end of the Ribbon and added my hearts.
Add note paper.  I used papers that correspond to the colors in my dp.

Here is another note box. 
The rose actually hides a magnet and serves as a clasp for the note case
 I used two designer papers and one solid card stock in this design
The possibilities are endless!

Can't wait to see yours!
Chana Malkah

Monday, January 11, 2016

Challenge #2 - Create A Gatefold Card (Use One Die)

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

The Challenge this week is:  Create A Gatefold Card (Use One Die).  For those who are new to crafting, we are including a tutorial from Stamptv that shows a Gatefold Card with a small variation.

Note:  Last Week's Challenge:  My First Creation  (Ever or for 2016) is still open. If you would like to share your first project of 2016 or your first project ever.   Click here

Items needed for this card type:
Scoreboard or Trimmer with scoring blade.
1 piece cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
2 pieces cut to 1 7/8" x 4 "
2 pieces cut to to accommodate your image and sentiment.
Patterned paper or other embellishment.
There are numerous variations of the Gatefold Card here are a few links to tutorials for some of the different varieties.  Pick your favorite and show us your interpretation. 

Double Accordion Gatefold Card

Gatefold Oval Latch Owl Card

Gatefold Shutter Card

This is my sample Gatefold Card!

Supplies used to create My Gatefold card:
Bazzill®White Card Stock
Cards and Pockets® - Terra Cotta Card Stock
WRMK® Next Level Embossing Folder - Butterfly
Unity Stamp Co.® "Where You Should Be" Kit
TH Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink
Liquid Pearls Pumpkin
Momento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Die Used:  Tim Holtz Alterations® "Love Struck"  (This is a Sizzix® Product)

Stamptv Standard Gate Fold Card


We had two entries last week and both cards were fabulous!  Thanks so much ladies!  I hope you will accept this week's challenge and share your Gate Fold Card with us!  Remember using your circle, oval or square die to creature your closer satisfies the requirement to use one die.  The idea is to get you into the habit of thinking about how dies can enhance your project!  Good Luck!

Nice embossing and the blue and white palette is very pretty!  This is a very well balance design!

LOIS of  Little Artsy Woman
This is a wonderful creation and I love the Scripture is one of my favorites!
Nice composition and a wonderful use of lines and color!

Click below to enter your project.   

Monday, January 4, 2016

Challenge #1 - Genises - My First Creation

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Welcome to "A Place To Start" a learning community for new crafters!

Experience crafters are welcome to participate, however, a lot of the information presented will be old hat to the long timers.

 Christmas is over,  you have played with all the new crafting toys and now you are ready to get out there in the cyber crafting world and strut your stuff.   Great...but there is a lot to learn  Along the way, I will invite some of my crafty friends to share tips and projects.

We are a "For Fun Only Challenge" which means we will not award prizes.    
We will acknowledge Top 3  and up to three Honorable Mention 
There are literally "hundreds of challenge blogs" offering prizes and most of them choose their winners by random generator.  We have a listing of challenges HERE!  If you are new to crafting, I encourage you to enter some of these challenges. 

 Here is a link to Paper Playful 
A blog dedicated to listing Active Challenges and their Requirements.

How it will work:  Each week, a challenge will be posted.  Each challenge will focus on a particular crafting technique/skill.  

All Challenges will remain open until December 31, 2016, but only projects entered during the challenge week will be eligible for Name Honors.

But this week we are starting with a fun challenge!
(Cards, Tags, Bags, Scrap Pages, etc.)
This can be your first ever creation or 
for the experienced crafters, your first creation of 2016

Here is Mine!
It is difficult to see in the photo, but this is a recessed window shadow box card.  I created it using a SplitCoast Stampers tutorial.   This was not my very first card ever, I started card making back in 1996.   This was my first venture into the online craft community in 2010.
I was shocked when this card was chosen to be "Featured" on The Outlawz

Click here to add your link!