Card and envelope sizes

I find myself using the same 3 card sizes all of the time .   This happens for several reasons: 1)I am afraid of making a card with dimensions that don’t correspond to available envelope sizes, 2) I don’t want to send a card to someone and have them pay postage due because the post office doesn’t like the size , and 3) I would always get confused when trying to buy envelopes.   A-2, 2, 5 1/4- are they trying to drive me crazy???

 I surfed the web without success for a list of possible card sizes, but I did find lots of sites listing envelope sizes. Although it is not hard to figure out what the dimensions of a card should be for a specific envelope (subtract 1/4″ from both height and length), I decided to make a chart of card and envelope sizes to refer to quickly.  I am guessing that I am not the only one out there who would appreciate this chart, so here it is.

I also added cutting dimensions for all cards, and if a card size is listed twice it is because it can be cut in 2 different orientations. 

 While the chart may be helpful, it is not pretty to look at, so I am also posting a few more of the projects that I have made using my Silhouette.  Hope they inspire you, even if you don’t own an electronic cutter.

This cute flower stalk is one of the HeroArts files.

Wow, can you say busy?   I do love the circle lace, though.  The polka dot ribbon got me started on this card.

I got the file for the lace background on this card from this Swedish site.  The lady does wonderful work!

This is another MOJO monday sketch. 

Do you have someone that you can get together with and just have fun creating?  Last Thursday I spent time with my friend,  Ellen, and it was great!  Though we mostly spent the time cutting out all sorts of different shapes (bad, bad, me- I would say “have you seen this shape?”, and off we would go in another direction), we both profited from each other’s ideas. 

Even if your friend doesn’t think of herself as “crafty”, you might be able to introduce her  to a whole new world!  Sharing ideas, materials and tools ends up being one of those activities that blesses and inspires you as well as your friend!

So who are you going to call this week?  Let me know how it went!

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The First Cut Is The Deepest

 

Wahoo! I just got a Silhouette SD for my (early) birthday!   So far  I love it.

Perhaps a little explanation is in order for those who aren’t familiar with the Silhouette.  It is an electronic die-cutting machine that hooks up to your computer.  You pick a pattern or letters, size it to you specifications, and send the info to the cutter, and just like that you have your design. 

I knew that it worked well for large formats but wanted to see if it could do a good job on inchie-sized projects. The answer is definitely yes. I was very pleased that most of the patterns I picked cut beautifully at the 1″ size. On the top row the leaf, the dragonfly, and the bird were all cut using the Silhouette.  The bottom row shows the sparkle, the heart, and the flying bird.  The heart looked like like it needed something else so I just poked holes in each iof the scallops and added embroidery thread.

On this ATC I used the Sil on the leaf (the same one as the one above) and the letters . One of the biggest reasons I wanted this machine was to cut letters and phrases to my specifications.

“Imagine” was a design that was available to download from the Silhouette Store.  The store has hundreds of designs to choose from. They are quite inexpensive and once downoaded, are yours forever.  There are other sites on the web that offer free designs as well.

For more info, go here.

Now who wants to come to my house and play????

Masking Tape With A Twist

One of the May swaps for  my  “Inchies 1×1”  group was an ATC with a masking tape background.  Since I would be using a pear inchie on the ATC I  wanted to incorporate the word “pear” into the masking tape.  I could have just made my masking tape background and then stamped the word on the top, but I wanted the background to have more depth.    

 I started by taping a piece of freezer paper, shiny side up, to  my work surface.  I then placed strips of masking tape side by side on the paper.  Using Stazon ink, I stamped “pear” with several different stamp sets on the tape.  As you will notice, I goofed and stamped some letters the wrong way.  Since I was going to be tearing the tape into pieces I could throw the bad bits away. 

   

After the stamping was done  I pulled the stamped tape off of the paper and began adding torn pieces to the cardstock ATC backing.  A note here: originally I used only tape that was stamped with words on the ATC, but it seemed too busy for me so, I decided to use a mixture of stamped and plain masking tape.  I liked that result better.   

stamped tape only

 

stamped and plain tape

 

I chose to color my background with alcohol inks (Adirondak and Pinata), then swiped a brown Memories ink pad over the entire ATC.
 
 With the addition of some  stamped ferns (Hero Arts) and die- cut leaves (Sizzix) the ATC itself was ready for the inchie.
 
I stamped a collage image (Stampers Anonymous) onto kraft paper and then cut the pear portion out, colored it, added a brad, and backed it witha small scalloped square die cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities).
 
Here is the finished project:
 
Have a happy, crafty week, and don’t forget to embellish !