Thursday, November 1, 2018

An interactive Pull Out Message Tab - Tutorial

Hello dear friends!

Today is my turn to post a tutorial over the La-La Land crafts blog

I wanted to give you an idea about an alternative way of adding an interactive pull-out message tab to your cards. 

Of course, it is always possible to stamp a sentiment on a tag and then tuck it behind the layers of the card... But.... I noticed that many times the receivers of the card, pull the tag out and then do not understand how to put it back, they don't get between which layers exactly the tag was originally placed, and this results eventually in losing it.

To prevent that from happening, I will show you how to create a tab which will be permanently held inside the card, and still will be able to move in and out :)

Once you get the idea, you can of course play with the measurements and adjust them to each one of the specific projects that you are working on.

Let's start with a base for our card. In my case it is a white card stock and it measures 5.5" X 11", and it is scored at 5.5" on the long side:

We will need one more piece of the white card stock, measuring 5 3/8" X 5 3/8". Once you have it ready, let's draw a few guidelines on it.

You'll begin with the 4 guidelines standing 3/4" away from each one of the card stock's sides. 

Next, on the right hand side of the piece you will draw 2 short horizontal guidelines, standing 0.5" away from the top and the bottom 3/4" lines.

Then, on the left hand side, you will draw two short vertical guidelines, standing 0.5" from the left 3/4" line. They will have to be 5/8" in length.

Finally, let's draw 2 more horizontal lines at the top and at the bottom, standing 5/8" away from the top and bottom 3/4" guidelines. 

You can view the image below and get a better idea about how it should look like at this stage.

Let's cut the tab out and create a "housing" for it, based on the guidelines which we drew just now. I've rounded the corners of the tab on one side:

This is how the whole construction works, when you move the tab to the right hand side. The tab stays in place and cannot be pulled out completely due to the "stoppers" that we created for it:

Prepare a piece of the designer paper of your choice, measuring 5 3/8" X 5 3/8". Put the tab aside, and let's work now on two of the following pieces:

Apply glue to the white frame and glue the designer paper on top of it, making sure that you align everything straight.

This is what we have right now:

Now let's get back to the tab. Cut a piece of the designer paper, measuring 4" X 2.5". Round the corners of this piece. (I have a single sided designer paper):

Stamp a sentiment of your choice onto the designer paper. Glue it down to the white tab base. Add a decorative pull tab on the right hand side.

Flip the designer paper piece (which has a frame attached to it) to the back side and apply glue as shown below:

Flip the message tab to the back side and position it in place, making sure that it doesn't touch the glue on the frame. Hold everything together with your fingers and flip to the front side. Glue the whole construction down to the card base, leaving a 1/8" border on all of the 4 sides.

This is what you will have so far:

Check that the interactive tab is not stuck in between the paper layers and can be pulled out:

Continue to embellish the card with the stamped images and die cut elements of your choice:

The LLLC products used for creating the card above:

The image is colored with Copics:
Skin: E04, E11, E00, E000
Dress + Hat: RV99, RV95, RV93, RV91
Hair, Shoes and Hat Belt: N10, N8, N6, N4
Bottle: YG99, YG97, YG95, YG91
Pockets + Bottle Label: RV69, RV66, RV63

Have fun creating and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Another Card for the I Am Roses DT

Hello dear friends!

I am here with one more card that I made for the I Am Roses design team.

I like how a card (or any other creative projects) gets alive once you add flowers to it! I also like how versatile the colors of the I Am Roses flowers are - so easy to match any possible color scheme.

Here are the flowers that I used for completing this card:

The stamp that I used is by My Favorite Things, from the set called "Somebunny". The dies are a mix of Spellbinders, Magnolia, Fantasy, La-La Land Crafts and a few unbranded ones from AliExpress.

Please do join our monthly Anything Goes Challenge and see you soon!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

I Am Roses October Challenge

Hello dear all!

Here is a quick share of a card that I created for the I Am Roses October Challenge:

I've used the following IAR flowers:

You are welcome to submit you projects to our challenge! Here are the simple rules to follow:

Contest runs Oct 15th - Nov 8th (Ends 11:59PM PST)
Theme: "Anything Goes"
Minimum (3) I Am Roses Products
One project submission per participant
One winner will be chosen
Participants will upload their project to their blog or forum, Label it “Oct IAR Challenge”
Participants will add a direct link to their project using the InLinkz tool provided. (*if you are unable to use the tool, leave a comment to this blog post and leave a direct link to your project)
Must Subscribe/or be a Follower of the IAR Challenge Blog
Winners will be announced alongside the next NEW monthly challenge on the 15th

Thanks for watching! Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September Kit from La-La Land Crafts + Recipe Box Tutorial

Hello dear friends!

I have two projects to share with you today and one of them will be followed by a tutorial. Both of the projects are featuring a super adorable September Club Kit from La-La Land Crafts.

You can find all the details concerning Club Kit subscriptions here.

So, first, I have made a card using all the dies from the kit and "From My Kitchen Marci" stamp.

I fell in love with the little doilies, and the cute little jars!! 

Besides the kit dies, I have also used the following:
Nested Frames Large
Nested Frames Small

Marci was colored with Copic markers:
Skin: E04, E11, E01, E000
Hair: E29, E27, E25, E23
Dress: W3 + E53, E51, E50 + R24
Apron: N3, N1, N0 + R24, YG99, YG95
Shoes: T4, EY19, Y15

The second project is using the "Beary Special" stamp set from the kit.

I made a recipe box, which has magnets on the back and can be attached to a kitchen fridge door.

**The recipe of the baguettes was taken from You Tube.

The bears were colored with Copics:
T7, E77, E74, E71, E70
E55, E53, E51
E04, E11, E01
E09, R24

Besides the kit dies I've used a few additional dies to complete the recipe box:
Pierced Scalloped Circles
Double Stitched Circles

Below you can find a video tutorial for creating the recipe box and to have a closer look at the contents of the September 2018 Club Kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Two Projects with the Tonic Craft Kit 13


My today's post will be dedicated to the Tonic Craft Kit 13 which I had a chance to try and work with. I need to mention that I until now I did not have  any of the Tonic Studios dies, and I was pleasantly surprised with their quality. 

On You Tube you can find numerous videos of un-boxing this kit, as well as various inspirational tutorials which give you an idea about using the kit in many different ways.

Tonic Craft Kit 13 contained:
Gift Card Box Die Set
Gift Card Holder Die Set
Gift Card Stamp Set
Classic Card - French Blue
Pearlescent Card - Navy Dazzle 
Speciality Papers - Crushed Metal 
6x6 Card Pack - December Skies
Mini Glitter Drop - Dazzling Blue 
Mini Crystal Drop - Liquid Mercury 
Mini Glimmer Paste - Moonstone
Glitter Pot - Silver Tinsel
Mica Mist - Nebula Blue
Surprise Gift (this time these were the Glitter Markers)
Craft Kit Sticker

The dies in this kit were designed to let you create a gift card holder in the shape of a box. I used it as planned, but added a shaker feature to the box.

My second project features mostly the dies from the Tonic Craft Kit 13, other than the rest of the goodies which were in the kit. I made a little vintage style notebook and you can have a look at it here:

There is a lot of stamping in the notebook, as well as using the die cut shapes as masks and creating interesting patterns with them.

You can view the process of putting both of the project together in the video below. I hope it will give you some ideas about using the kit #13 (if you already own one), inspiration for making something with other kits or just encourage you to subscribe for the next kits, which are always a surprise :)

Purchase the Tonic Craft Kit Here
UK & Rest of the World - 

Have a great day!