Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Something old, NEW, borrowed, and blue!

Happy Wednesday!  It's HoneyBee Showcase day, and we are all ABuzz about our challenge with our guest HoneyBee, Amy Sheffer, of Pickled Paper Designs!  She gave us the challenge of coming up with something brought to mind by the recent Royal Wedding... we are to use something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  It doesn't have to be a wedding creation.. just have those elements.  Have any of you ever heard the additonal line of "and a penny (or a dime) in your shoe"?  I did, and had a dime from the year that I was born in my shoe, so I would never be broke :)  I still have that dime.... Awwwww.  Don't you just love traditions?
Well, here is my card for the challenge, and a fun NEW tutorial for you!

I started out with OLD paper, the blue background 12x12 cardstock is from the first big paper stack I bought when I started card making umpteen years ago!   
My something NEW is the card design!!  I was inspired by a store bought card that my Mom received some time back, and I figured an adaptation for us!  Oh, how I wish you could see this in motion!  The insides truly wave at you!!!

My something BORROWED is knowledge.  I used the search feature at to find the "Fish" and "Water" cuts on all of my Cricut Cartridges!  Wow!  What a great site.  So easy to use, and all of the books are there, so you can see at a glance what all of the extras are on every cartridge!   
And, of course, my something BLUE is pretty obvious!  I do hope you will pop over to BettyBee's Buzz to check out the tutorial that Amy shared with us, as well as her bio and interview.  Then check out Wednesday's post where the HoneyBee's Showcase their take on the challenge, and give you plenty of inspiration to get you going.  There will be a prize package for our winner, too!  How about letting it be YOU!
Well, I had so much fun creating the new design for the fishy card above that I decided to show you another one, and give the directions so you can make one for yourself! 
First, for an A2 size card (5.5 x 4.25), begin with a piece of cardstock 12 x 5.5 inches. 
You will make 9 score marks on it, so that it will have four mountain/valley folds.  The folds are 3/8 of an inch high.  Note:  A Martha Stewart scoring board is very helpful, as it has 1/8 inch scoring lines, but you can do it by measuring and using a paper trimmer and stylus, or any other scoring tool.  Beginning at the left end, score at 4 1/2, 4 7/8, 5 1/4, 5 5/8, 6, 6 3/8, 6 3/4, 7 1/8, 7 1/2.  Score your lines very sharply so the card will close flat.  Add score tape or redline tape to the front of each mountain fold, as shown.
I cut five 6 inch borders for my cards.  One for the front and four for the inside.  After adhering them to the mountains, I trimmed the ends.  I used waves for the fish card, and grass and cattails for this one.  The cattails made perfect flower holders.
Embellish as desired.  In the first card I had written the message, and the bottom one was computer generated.  Stamping would work very well, too.  The flowers were all punched... quick and easy!  The movement of the flowers is so delightful!!  When you open the card they just dance :)  It surely brings a smile to your face! 

I do hope you will give it a try.  If you have ANY questions, Please leave me a comment, or send me an email.  I will be more than happy to help. 

Happy creating~



Marjorie said...

Oh MY WORD!!!! WOW!!!! This is fantastic. Thank you for the directions. I absolutely love both of the cards.

Deb.x said...

Hi Betty - this is such a clever idea, I've seen simelar before, but never seen the ins & outs of how its doen - so thinks for sharing too - lvoe the idea - must try!

Amy Sheffer said...

I LOVE these cards, Betty! Sooooo amazing! I must try this soon! Just perfect for the sea and garden settings. Thanks so much for having me as a guest host!

Trish and Treasure said...

Hi, I'm just popping in to meet you.I'm a new follower and I love your tutorial and wanted to thank you. Have a great day. Hope to see you over at mine. Hugs from Gold Coast, Australia
Trish Munro

Anonymous said...

Hi Betty,

Where did you find the flowers and cattails, I'd love to make that card, would be a wonderful card to
send someone who needs a lift.
Thanks for sharing.

BettyBee said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm so glad you like this design! I do, too! The cattails and grass are on page 77 of the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge. Sorry I forgot to mention it in a recipe! Please share your takes on this with us at BettyBee's Buzz any Friday!