Tuesday, October 08, 2019

how to organize cards | pebbles inc.

Today I want to share an idea for organizing cards!  You probably already know, but I make cards.  A lot of cards.  A lot lot lot of cards.  I love having a huge stash of fun cards to choose from for just about any occasion.  The only problem is figuring out how to best organize them.  I've tried lots of different ways over the years (here's a link to the system I tried last year HERE).  But I'm still looking for the best system for me.  So this year, I'm going to try something new.  I'm putting the Project Life system to work for me in my card-organizing endeavor!  When I thought of this, it almost seemed TOO easy.  Most cards are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" - which means they fit almost perfectly in a 4"x6" page protector opening.  I don't mind having them stick out of the top just a bit - in fact, that makes it easier to pull them out.  And I love the idea of being able to organize the cards by theme, and see them all in a glance - no need to pull out a stack and flip through each card - just open the binder and flip the pages! Here's a look at my new system:
  How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 I made cards for each card "theme."  These cards will separate the sections in my binder.How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
I'll place each one in the top right corner of a page protector for easy reference. How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc
Here's how easy it was to assemble each of the cards. First, I cut a 4" x 6" piece of patterned paper for each card, and a 3 1/4" x 4" paper as well.  I found the themes on the "thankful" paper in the Woodland Forest collection - but many of the Pebbles collections have a similar page that would work!  I also pulled a cute embellishment and some twine for each card. How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 The first step is to stitch, with a sewing machine and white thread, the patterned paper to the left side of the neutral 4"x6" paper:How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 Next, place the "theme" card on the right side, slightly sticking out over the top of the card.How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 Next, I used a mini stapler to add the jute to the card. Here's a simple way to add a jute bow.  Staple the jute down wherever you want the bow to be.How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 Tie the jute in a knot over the staple (this will pretty much hide the staple).How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc
Now tie a bow - the staple has disappeared and there's a perfectly placed jute bow! How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 Add the wooden embellishment to the left side of the card.How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 That's it! How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 Now repeat the process for each card:
  How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 I added some thickers to the label holder in the spine of the binder: How to organize your homemade cards by @wendysue for @PebblesInc 
 Now just tuck your handmade cards into the divided sheet protectors and you're ready to share love through your cards!  One other thing I like about this system is that I can use some of the other page protectors to hold different sized cards - or even tags.  If I use a regular 12x12 page protector, I could even tuck in gift bags!  Another thing I think I'm going to like about this system is the convenience of seeing which themes need to be replenished!  When I'm in the mood to create cards, I can flip open the binder and see which theme has less "inventory" to choose from and go from there! Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have a favorite way to organize your cards, please share in the comments - I love seeing how other people organize!! 
  Supplies:

Pebbles - Woodland Forest Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadScrapbook.com - 12 x 12 Three Ring Album - Black with 10 Page ProtectorsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny Staples


Monday, October 07, 2019

DIY "Happy Halloween" Haunted House

Well, hello friends! I'm finally sharing a CURRENT projects with you here on the ol' blog!  I stay busy doing a lot of "behind-the-scenes" work these days...and that's how this project started out...but I was so excited about it that I wanted to share it with all of you too!
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
This cool Halloween House was inspired by Jana Eubank, and features a cut file from SVGCuts.com.  I love using my Silhouette Cameo to cut out projects like this!  I won't even tell you how many hours it took (I'm a pretty slow crafter though, so you could probably make it in less time...), but I think it was worth every minute!
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
All of the base pieces were cut from black felt cardstock by Carta Bella - this cardstock is heavy and perfect for dimensional projects that need to be more sturdy like this one!
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
I used papers from the "Happy Halloween" collection by Carta Bella Paper for all of the decorative panel pieces.
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
And I used stickers from the collection to embellish!

3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCutsIsn't that little trick-or-treater the cutest?
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
If you look closely, some of the windows have a little bit of spooky action going on as well.
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
I used some white stamping ink on the black edges.  This gives a little bit of a worn/spooky look, plus it helps hide some of the imperfections.
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
The top lifts off to reveal a hidden little box (but wouldn't you know I forgot to take a picture of that part??) and the back opens up so you can put in some little battery-operated tea-light candles for an eery glow at night!
3-D Haunted House by Wendy Sue Anderson for #CartaBellaPaper featuring the "Happy Halloween" collection and cut file by SVGCuts
There's still lots of time before Halloween, so if you're feeling extra inspired and creative, consider whipping up a haunted house of your own!  And if you do...PLEASE tell us in the comments and link it up so we can come trick-or-treating at YOUR house!!

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pretty floral cards | pebbles inc.

This is turning into quite the walk down memory lane, but I'm sad that I didn't share these projects already!  Today I'm sharing this set of pretty floral cards I created with the brand new "Simple Life" collection!  Sometimes after making pretty card fronts, I choose to add a little something extra to the inside of my cards.  When you have gorgeous coordinating products, it's easy to add a little personality to the inside so it will match the outside as well!  Let me walk you through the process of making one of these happy floral cards.
Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 Of course, the first thing you need to do is gather the supplies:
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc.
The yellow floral piece is 4" x 5 1/4" and the black sketched piece is about 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" - I used a steel die to cut the black piece with the faux stitching, but you could opt to add machine stitching or just cut a regular rectangle.
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 The pretty script paper block is about 1 3/4" x 4" - add it to the left side of the layered piece. Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 Use a small circle punch to cut little notches near the top and bottom right of the script piece.  This will act as an anchor for the twine and keep it from slipping back and forth after it's tied on! Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 Place a floral die-cut or sticker in the bottom left corner. Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 Now tie some twine around the piece and tie a bow.
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 Place a wood word as shown:
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 And place the entire piece on the front of a gray 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base.
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 And now for the inside!  Cut a piece of cream cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4" and place on the inside of the card.
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 Place a sentiment sticker right in the center. 
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc.
Add a few coordinating flower stickers around the sentiment:
  Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc. 
 Now repeat the process for however many cards you want to make! Create these pretty floral cards inside and out by following the tutorial by @Wendysue with the new "Simple Life" collection by @pebblesinc.


Supplies: 

Pebbles - Simple Life Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPebbles - Simple Life Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad