never-ending card tutorial

never-ending card by Kitty - openThere are lots of wonderful tutorials on the Net for a never-ending card (or infinity card), but I thought I’d go ahead and add one more.  I must say that this was a lot easier than I imagined.  It really doesn’t take much skill to put one of these together and have it turn out great.  It’s easy once you know how… but it is a bit time-consuming.  It’s NOT a 5-minute card.  (For me, it’s more like a 5-DAY card, LOL.)

For those who haven’t seen one of these before (where have you been – they’re all the rage, LOL), a never-ending card is one that sort of has four sides.  It opens like a gate-fold card (as seen above), but then it opens again from top to bottom, and then again from the sides, and then back to top and bottom, until finally coming back to the beginning.  Well, *that* was clear as mud, LOL.  Maybe this video tutorial will help:

When I made my first never-ending card base, I was amazed at how easy it was to assemble, and how smoothly it operated.  However, I knew it would be easy to forget the steps, (heck, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast, LOL) and to keep track of all the little pieces.  So, I created a template, and I created a sort of “cheat sheet”.  For my template, I took my first card base and numbered each little area (see video for better explanation).  If you want to decorate and/or embellish your card, you’ll need 24 separate pieces of paper.  Yup, 24.  That’s where my cheat sheet came in handy.  You’re welcome to download a copy, if you’d like:  Never-ending card cheat sheet

For my card, I also decided I wanted to mat all of the pieces – yup, all 24.  So, I cut out patterned paper pieces to 1/4″ smaller than my little areas, and then gave each piece an approximate 1/16″ mat.  For the front, I also wanted some sort of element that would sort of open when the card opened, and a butterfly seemed like the perfect fit.  So I die-cut and embellished a butterfly, and sliced it right down the middle, adhering the pieces side by side on the card.  Here’s a better look at the front, when the card is closed:

never-ending card by Kitty 1I also die-cut a bunch of other little elements, and adhered them here and there.  Here’s the second “view” of the card:

never-ending card by Kitty 2I’m going to use that blank space for a message to the recipient.  (Y’all don’t need to see my personal notes.)  Here’s the third view:

never-ending card by Kitty 3There is so much you can do with these cards!  Being my first, I didn’t go too crazy.  Even so, this took a long time.  Here’s the fourth, and final, “view”:never-ending card by Kitty 4When you “open” the card again, you end up back at the beginning.  Pretty cool, huh?  Watch my tutorial, or one of the many really excellent tutorials already out there… but seriously, you should try one of these.  It’s so much easier than it looks, and so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a terrific day!

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birthday card for dad

B-Day guy card by Kitty 9-21-15Just putting up a quick post on a card I made a little while back.  It’s just a simple birthday card for my dad, but this design would probably work for any guy, on any occasion.

I started with Kraft cardstock for the base, a standard 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card.  Then I pulled out my Tim Holtz patterned paper pack, and just started looking for bits and pieces that appealed to me.  I tore off little bits until I had a pile of scraps I was happy with.  Most of them don’t really mean anything, but I did find one with the number 11 on it (his birthday is on the 11th).

For the sentiment, I die-cut some small letters from some thin wood sheets (from EK Tools.  Sorry, can’t find a source now, but there are others that would work fine).  The “Dad” and star are Tim Holtz grungeboard.  Once I had all my pieces, I pulled out some Walnut Stain ink and went to town… and made a huge mess, LOL.  I was covered with ink by the time I was done.   Of course, inky fingers are just a sign of a dedicated card-maker. 🙂  I added a bit of twine to the star, layered the bits until I was happy with them, added a screw-head brad, and called it done.  Need a guy card?  It’s Tim Holtz to the rescue!  🙂

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new cover for my erin condren

Kitty's new ECLP coverI’m just so excited that I have to share.  Yes, this is another planner-related post.  I can’t help it – I’m just so crazy about my new Erin Condren LifePlanner!

A couple of months ago, Erin Condren had a coloring contest, to celebrate the release of their new Coloring and Sketch Pad.  To enter, you were to print out the available PDF featuring a page from the coloring book, color it, photograph it, and post it.  I read the rules about five times, making sure there wasn’t any note about “only using white paper”, or “don’t color outside the lines”, etc.  There weren’t.  So I printed mine on Kraft paper, and went to town.

I had so much fun with this design!  I used Prismacolor pencils for all the color, and a white gel pen for some accents.  And I added some dots and bubbles to the background.  I was really happy with how it turned out, and I did enter it into the contest… and was chosen as one of the 10 winners!  Woohoo!  I wasted no time in using my gift certificate towards the purchase of my first LifePlanner.  I ordered the “ready to ship, order your custom cover later” version, because I knew that it would take forever for me to decide on a cover.  I really love all of Erin Condren’s designs.

After I received my planner, I couldn’t help thinking that wouldn’t it be fun if I could use my coloring contest page as my cover?  Of course, the site required that you have the rights to anything you use on your cover.  You can’t take a photo of someone else’s artwork and use it for yourself, which is totally understandable.  And I obviously didn’t own the rights to this design… but Erin Condren did… so I asked… and they said YES!  I love love love how it turned out!

If you don’t yet have your own Erin Condren LifePlanner (and awesome accessories!), you can get $10.00 off your first order, if you use my link to sign up.  (And I get a little something, too!  I hope to someday turn those rewards into prizes for my blog readers.)  So keep coloring, friends.  You never know what rewards you might reap.  🙂

Happy coloring, happy planning, and thanks for stopping by!

coloring with metallic gel pens

Metallic cards by KittyToday’s post features a bit of shine – I’ve been doing some coloring with metallic gel pens.  🙂 I took a page from a coloring book, and made four cards from that one page.  These are really easy cards – not much instruction needed, but I’m trying to improve my YouTube skills, so I made a tutorial.  Feel free to watch.  Or, just page down for close-ups of each card, and a list of supplies used.

I started with a fun, simple pattern from my Gorgeous Geometrics coloring book.  I just used four colors of Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gel Ink Pens – just a simple, repeating pattern.  I love all the shine I got from those gel pens!  I took this one page, and cut it into four equal parts.  This approx. 8-1/2″ x 11 page made four pieces that are all just about A2 card-sized.

The first card I made features some gold twine, and a sentiment tag with gold letters die-cut from glitter cardstock.  The whole panel was adhered to some black cardstock with black foam.

Metallic Smile card by Kitty

For the second card, I heat-embossed the sentiment directly onto the card with gold embossing powder.  This time, I put the sentiment directly on the card-base, and cut the coloring page design into two pieces so I could “sandwich” the sentiment.  I finished it off with some dashes and swirls made from one of those metallic pens.

Metallic dazzling card by KittyFor card number 3, I added lots of dots, and some gold glitter stars.Metallic hi card by KittyAnd for card number 4, I heat-embossed the sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock, and added a bit of that gold twine.Metallic basic card by KittyI’m not sure if I love how all four of these cards turned out, but I’m happy with the metallic gel pens, and I love that I was able to make a quick four cards with this single picture.  And, best of all, I love that I can take this fun activity and make something with it that I can share with others.  Do you have ideas for putting your coloring pages to good use?

As always, just let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, or just want to say “hi”.  You can leave a comment, or send me a note.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a DAZZLING day!

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