Monday, December 27, 2010

Not your standard size/shape card challenge - Jo West

Happy Day after boxing day!  Now that the mad rush to the mall is over ... well almost over, some of those deals go on for a week, it's time to grab a warm beverage and get inspired to make some cards!  This week we are challenging you to make cards that are not your standard 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inch sized cards ...

The long and short of it ...  I love making cards from scraps, and most times my scraps don't work with the standard card size ... so instead, i make cards according to the envelope sizes i have on hand ... in this case, i had some business envelopes hanging around the house, perfect for a tall skinny card and some very tiny square 3 1/2" envelopes ... great for gift cards ... the banners on the tall card were hand cut triangles again from scraps of paper.  i cut them on the fold and glue dotted them to "hang" on the baker's twine.

The not so square of it ... and every once in a while, just for fun, i might make cards that have a different shape ... I don't have access to a lot of "shapes" so i tend to download templates from Stampington & Company when i want to make a shaped card.  Both of the cards below are templates from there.  For those of you with cricuts or other die cutting systems, you have access to probably hundreds of shapes from which to make a shaped card.  I usually use shaped cards for special occasions and invitations.

This teacup was super easy to do ... I just traced the tea template, and cut every thing out except the top which i used as the fold ... the sentiment is stamped onto the tag which hangs in a "tea bag" on the outside of the card.

This little shoe card is cute when attached to a gift bag or wrapped present.  You can stamp your sentiment write into the "sole" of the card, or you can write a little message, roll it into a scroll, tie with ribbon and slip it inside the shoe ... if the shoe fits!

We would love to see what  you do with this challenge, please link up to us so we can visit your page or blog, happy shopping and have a wonderful New Year!


  1. Jo, these are all stunning!! That shoe is to die for! SO cute!!! And I love the tall card with the hand cut banner. I've been wanting to try banners for soooo long, but simple-minded me, I've been looking for a triangle punch or a banner stamp to cut out - I never even entertained the idea of cutting them 'free-style' - yours look SO great - I'm going to try this right away! Thanks so much for sharing - you have such a way with cards!!