Saturday, October 17, 2020

Autumn Thank You


The artpiece is from Graphics Fairy, Friday Vintage Images, printed on glossy photo paper and mounted on craft cardstock.  Additional leaves are cut from second prints of the card.  The "top note" notecard is tucked among the leaves for a personal message.  The font I used is "Exiles"

Friday, October 16, 2020

Twist 'N Fold Cards--October 15th Papers 'N Pixels Meeting


10 Members of our  Sun City Papers N Pixels Club met for the first time since last year in our Sun City Craft room. Here are new members making their Halloween Twist N Fold Cards. The workshop was taught by Club President Clareene Forbes --(In Reene's Room)
The original tutorial for this twist n fold card-type is by Sam Calcott
Another person creating a VERY SIMILAR tutorial for this twist N Fold is Kelly Jean
We used smaller dimensions to create these cards, modified by Clareene.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A Birthday Card for a Friend


This card is created on black cardstock and uses techniques of wet watercoloring and gold embossing  over the Penny Black "Harmony" stamp. The back side of the card quotes some of the attributes of those born under the astrological sign of Libra. 

Libras are amazing! Happy Birthday, Marilyn

L for loyal
I for inquisitive
B for balanced
R for responsible
A for altruistic

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Recruitment KKG at Santa Barbara


I created this card for the President of the Kappa Chapter at UCSB (2020-2021) Sammi K..  I met Sammi at Kappa Convention in Denver a couple of years ago. New Member recruitment will be very different this year as all the Greek Letter Fraternities are going VIRTUAL as they choose their new member classes.  Kappa Kappa Gamma is 150 years old this year, and all celebrations for the Sesquicentennial will be Virtual UNTIL we can meet again.  

Good Luck Santa Barbara Kappas, and Sammi, as you
put on your new Kappa face coverings and
share the ideals of Kappa Kappa Gamma at UCSB


 For the Chapter President


The "key paper is by American Crafts #320315.  and the die cut front is from Whimsey Stamps, one of the Thin-Line Card Builder Dies .  Can be used to cut the pierced and shaped border, and with or without three pierced framed cutouts in the center.  In this one I put three "owl" paper clips. These are created with the Stampin Up owl builder punch, and are removable from the cards.  The face covering Kappa masks come from a source for Fraternity and Sorority apparel

And this card below with a mask full of keys, went to our Granddaughter, at Epsilon Psi



Thursday, September 24, 2020

KKG Dues


I sent this card in with my Kappa Dues this year.  Isn't he cute just checkin in with the Treasurer?

Inside Out Cards



 You flip this card front completely over to 


 The Greeting

The tutorial for the Inside Out Card was designed Mixed Up Crafts card that Sam Calcott had shared on her site. And is MODIFIED from the 6x6design she shared.

Cut 2 pieces of solid cardstock 5" x 5 1/2".  Along the 5 1/2" side, score both at 1/2". Burnish.
Cut 1 piece 4 3/4" x  4 3/4" for back piece. (A sentiment may be placed there, or a note)
Cut 1 piece 4 3/4" x  4 3/4" for front piece...that says "Please Turn me inside out"
Cut 1 piece 4 3/4" x  4 3/4" for 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.
Cut 1 piece 4 3/4" x  4 3/4" for inside back piece.

The placement of the embellishments, and mats and the mechanism for the Inside Out flop over flap can be tricky. Tip:  gently and lightly TACK your 4 3/4" pieces lightly with removable tape, and be careful to adhere the acrylic supported graphics to the correct side of the 1/2 inch side of the paper. (use thick acrylic packaging cut in strips ...not window acrylic weight.

When the card is open, the back flap becomes an easel perch for the card

The bottles, mugs and pretzels are each individually suspended and separated --on acrylic "sticks" coming out of the flip-over fold mechanism. Mats and mat graphics were given to me by my friend Clareene (who created them in Photoshop.  The mugs and bottle are finished with Nuvo Glimmer and nuvo clear drops as well as "SnowWriter" foam.

This card was made especially for my nephew Stuart whose birthday is November 1.  

Happy Birthday Stuart

The second Inside Out Card was designed with elements from Booland Designs "Autumn Gold" kit. The font I used in this card is Exile Standard, it is mounted on craft colored cardstock.

Front of card: Sentiment reads: 

Autumn leaves don't fall,
they fly
They take their time
and wander on this--
their only chance to soar


Back of card (easel Back) sentiment reads:

Count your blessings instead of crosses, 
Count your gains instead of your losses
Count your joys instead of your woes
Count your friends instead of your foes
Count your courage instead of your fears
Count your full years instead of your lean
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean
Count your health instead of your wealth
Count on God instead of yourself.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Double Dutch Fun Fold Cards


This is such a fun design that creates unusual stand-alone cards.  The tutorial I used is found at Create with Dee   They are touched with Nuvo Aqua Shimmer, rhinestones and gold (Scripty) pen accents.

I chose graphics designed by Karen Schulz (Trick or Treat Collection) and Trina Walker to create this card with Designer paper from PhotoPlay.  Spider sticker is Recollections and the candy corn is by Jolee's stickers. I used Stampin Up's square dies for the perfect 1/4" layering and the font is Halloween Spider for the sentiment inside.Card Base is Neenah 110# white cardstock.  (Basic measurements are 10" x 3 7/8" and 8" x 2")

Tip as you build.  Create an artpiece that is multi-layered and covers well into the gate-fold doors at the bottom of the card.  Add magnetic catch if you wish and choose background paper that will not be affected by the design of the artpiece topper (as this would have been).

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Papers N Pixels first meeting of the Autumn 2020


Our first meeting for Fall, 2020 was held in a downtown store's workroom, because the Pioneer Center where we meet wasn't open yet due to Covid restrictions in Nevada.  Nine crafters made BEAUTIFUL "tag albums" following member Marilyn's directions. Because we were meeting in a public place, and not in our facility in Sun City, we were able to welcome three visitors to the workshop.  

The Papers N Pixels Club will be opening a challenge to residents of Sun City to create Caring Crafters Cards for residents of our local assisted living facilities during the holidays.  Details may be found on the Challenge Blog for the project at  We hope to be able to resume regular meetings on the third Thursday of each m
onth back at the Pioneer Center in October.

Below is member Susan M's pretty Tabgook Album.

This is PnP President Clareene's Tag Album

Happy 34th Birthday Grandson, Ross


This is my first slimline card.  The dimensions  for the basic card are 8 1/2" x 7"  scored and folded lengthwise.  The basic cardstock is SU paper (Cherry  Cobbler) and the front sentiments are made in Photoshop with "One in a Million" a retired digital scrapbooking kit designed by Karen Schulz.