Friday, February 26, 2010

How about a little Tuturial to kick off your weekend?

Greetings all,
Are you glad it's Friday?
I know that I am!

Who remembers that little
"Perkabook" card I made last week?
Well, since we had some inquiries about it,
Summer asked me if I wouldn't mind putting together
a little tutorial for those of you who asked about it.

Of course I was more than happy to. This meant that
in order for me to do that, I would have to make
another "PERKABOOK".
So that is just what I did.
So you'll have to bare with me, as I give you the
Step by Step run down on how it's made!

Here is a picture of the finished card.

are you ready????
Here we goooooooooooooooo......

Tools Needed:

1 Piece of heavy weight card stock
At least 2 coordinating Designer Papers
Ink and sponge for distressed look
Paper Trimmer
Ruler or straight edge
Circle Cutter (anything that can cute a circle up to 5.5" in diameter)
Scoring Tool
Small piece of Velcro

1.  Start with a piece of 8.5" x 11" heavy weight cardstock.
       Trim it so you have (2) - 5.5" x 7" pieces.
       Score 1 end of each at the 1.5" mark,
       giving yourself a 5.5" x 5.5" section to work with, on both pieces.
       These will become the back and front panels of your

  Cut another piece of heavy weight cardstock to 5.5" x 4.5". 
      Turn it so it's taller than it is wide, and score it in the middle,
      (Vertically)  it should be 2.25" on both sides. 
       This becomes the connecting piece on the bottom of
       your "Perkabook".

(notice, I didn't line it up in this photo,
so that it could be seen more clearly)

3.  Adhere the piece from step 2, onto the top of flaps from
       both side panels, (as shown in the previous picture,)
       But make sure they are aligned evenly. 
       It should resemble a peak in a roof.  Like this......

  Since I have already chosen my papers, I want to coordinate
       my stark white cardstock to go with it. 
       I've chosen to use Tim Holts "Vintage Photo" distress ink. 
      (any ink will work)  Ink EVERY edge of the Cardstock,
      on  both the back and front.  Inking the center is not necessary
      since that won't be showing at all.  The idea is to tone down
      that stark white cardstock, and tie it all in together.

5.  It's time to use those DP's... 
      I cut my front and back panels to measure 5.25" x 5.25". 
      I then inked the edges slightly with the same shade
      that I used previously. 
      Now I begin drawing my faux double stitching.

6.  It's time to work on the purse flap  -
       I used my Martha Stewart circle cutter, but whatever you have
      will work.  Cut a 5.5" circle, and a 5.25" circle out of 
      matching paper. Then cut another 5.5" circle out of your accent
      or coordinating paper. 
      This will become both the inside and outside of the purse flap. 
      (don't forget to ink the edges like you did to everything
      else previously)
      This is what you should have.

7.  Assembling your flap -
       Adhere the 5.25" circle on top of the 5.5" accent paper. 
      (this becomes the FRONT of the flap,
      and will be seen on the outside of the card)

Next, adhere the 5.5" circle (main paper) and adhere it back to back with the front.
     This is the side that will be seen when opening the purse..... 
                BUT WAIT
      If you choose to use things like brads
      rather than self stick style embellishments on the flap,
      you won't want to adhere the whole circle,
      instead, only adhere half of the circle.  See picture below....

I added some faux double stitching to the front of the flap so it matches the
rest of the card. The back will not matter, you will see why later on...

8.   If using brads you'll want to attach them now...  if not,
       go ahead and adhere the entire back onto the front.
       Once everything was glued down, I used a scallop
       punch and some heat embossing  to make a decorative
      "fastener" for the purse flap.

(the view from the front)

9.  Assembling the card -
       First you'll want to adhere the finished flap to the blank card.

(notice my faux stitching only goes a tiny bit over into the back part of the card)

I did this because what you see of the back half of the circle is
about to be covered.   Okay, sooooooo

10.  Next you'll want to create your handle or purse strap by
          attaching your ribbon to a stiff piece of cardsock. 
          I actually used a piece from the backing of a paper stack.

         I used fabri-tac because once it is dry, you have a firm hold on
         anything that has fabric.  The brown strip in the center of my
         ribbon is actually a second ribbon, also held on with fabri-tac.

11.  Now we're going to fasten it to the back of the "Perkabook"
          See photo below.
          I chose to fasten it this way, rather than punching holes or
          using eyelets, simply because of wanting to have a
          smoother surface on the card.  Sure you'll have slight
          bumps, but nothing compared to using holes or eyelets,
          this way lets you keep your ribbon flat.

12.  Now you can go ahead and adhere your back panel to your
         card.  Notice how you hardly see any bumps in the paper
          when you attach the handle this way?

13.  The front panel is going to be attached in the same way,
          you can either attach it first, or decorate it first. 
          I tend to attach it first so that way when I see the flap down,
          I can better judge where I want things to line up.           
          I try to stay away from tucking things under the edges
         of this paper,  So that I don't get bumps in it.

         You could almost just stop right here, But I won't!
         It's really starting to look like a real purse huh?

14.  I decorated the front using one of my favorite
         Belles 'n Whistles stamps,  "Beary Big Hugs"
I used a flourish stamp to give the "Perkabook"
         a little something extra.  I then used the same coordinating
         accent paper for the strip across the purse, also adding
         faux stitching to that, and topped it off  with a silk bow.  

15.  For the inside of this adorable "Perkabook" is used the
          coordinating paper that was used on the outside as accents. 
          To make the little pocket flap, I cut 1.5" x 4.5" rectangle,
          and then angled it.  Adhere on the bottom and the
          non angled
side, leaving the rest open,  so you can put
          your gift card inside it.
         The rest I think is pretty self explanatory, 
         Decorate and embellish it any way you would like.

         I chose to make this card a birthday card, and used another
         Belles 'n Whistles image inside, I think that"Cupcake"
         is the perfect little image for a birthday, don't you think? 

16.  Last but not least, remember that little medallion
         on the front flap? You need to find a way to make
         it actually latch. I used a small square of Velcro and it
         works beautifully!

You'll be "Perking up" someone's day when you give them
this adorable "Perkabook"!
I hope this tutorial has been a helpful. 
It is my very first tutorial, so I hope it was clear enough.
Now... Most importantly....Don't forget to HAVE FUN!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lots of Hugs!

Hi Everyone! I must tell you that I just loved this image from the first time I saw it and just had to do a feature on Jacqui's card with it. Many of you know who she is and the great work she does. I love the pretty coloring and the embellishments she added to it.
Remember to place your cards in our gallery if you'd like to be featured!! We do look at blogs too but the gallery would be the easiest place to find your photos!!
Hope you are having a great day!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Let the Sun shine!

and please make sure that we don't get any more snow over here in Sweden ;-)

Today I wanted to show you a little card - but I've come down with bronchitis - so I did not manage to finalize it in time. Instead I want to give room for a very supertalented lady - Kim!
Have you seen what she's created with Cupcake and Beary big hugs?
I'm drooling over here - I can tell you!
Stunning work Kim! Wonderful - love everything about it - colouring, choice of papers - layout. It's just perfect!

Finally - since you've heard me talk a lot about snow for a looong time now - I need to hear from you - what's your favourite SUNNY vacation spot? Need to dream a little ;-)

Kram - Anki

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


...and family members are the most important persons in our lives. I see this with my girls. They start building real friendships. Not those "if I don´t meet you I´ll meet someone else today" kind ones like they had when they were in Kindergarten. The friendships they create now are way deeper and I love to see how they care for each others, write little notes of friendship, share those little big secretes in their lifes and miss each other if they aren´t able to see for a few days. It makes me realize that friends are not only the icing on the cake - they are some of the most important ingridients to make a cake.

So I decided to create a card dedicated to all our friends ot there - real and cyber ones (hey, that´s you!). It feels so good to be told someone enjoys your friendship. So I wanted to let you know how glad we are to have you in our lifes.

And which stamp could be better for that card than "Beary Big Hugs"? I love how she is hugging her very best friend and you can see on her face how much love she has for him.

So, take care my friends and have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 22, 2010

February Calendar and ROP/BnW challenge

Without further chit chat - here are our February birthday calendars!... :)

If you would like to make one of our own you can download the template from the left sidebar.
Upload to our gallery or include a link here and we would love to see your work! :)



On another note, today also starts a new challenge at the
Our theme for this new challenge is Boys/Men cards. :)
Stop by the challenge blog and join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you may leave!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fun giving Friday!!

Hi gals.. how are our super Balles 'nd Whistles fans doing?? :))

I'm here with a short post today, sharing with you this card with our gorgeous Kitty Love card, and the fun giveaway of this stamp I'm giving you on my Blog!! ;)

You want it?? Sure..

You can go on this post on my blog, and there add your name to Mr.Linky. All I ask is for a picture on your sidebar with a link on my blog to let your friends know. The more the merrier :)

Happy Weekend everyone.

Kitty hugs to all of you my sweet friends. You are all awesome.
And don't forget that you can get all your favourite BW stamps here. They are sure so much fun and addictive!! :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Teddy Bear Picinc

I needed a bit of summertime in my life and thought I'd reach back and show my sweet Belle having a picnic with her favorite treasures!

Sketch Saturday is one of my favorite sketch challenges to follow so I one of their sketches. I thought this image was perfect, Teddy Bear's Picnic, from the Belles N' Whistles Stamps created by the ubber talented Elisabeth Bell. There's just something so enchanting and magical about sitting on a blanket with your favorite things and enjoying the day. I can't remember how many times I did that with my stuffed animals and dolls. My imagination ran rampid with what I was feeding them. Grapes, peanut butter sandwiches and there was always Cherry Kool-Ade. Nothing refreshes me or takes me back to my sweet childhood like a good swig of Cherry Kool-ade!

This sweetie is colored with copics and highlighted with Stickles and a glitter pen. The Prima flowers are highlighted with, well, Stickles, and I used the small brads from the Junebug line from BasicGrey. Love this line so much that I used the papers for it as well! The sentiment is from the Showtime set from The Greeting Farm. I added a bit or rick-rack and a couple of pearls in the corners and just love her.

I wanted to show off my Cherry Kool-ade! I colored the liquid in R29 and added some Glossy Accents to it. Love the glassy look it gives the glasses!

Is there nothing more precious than a little girl feeding her animals? And don't they just look so hungry? Takes me back to so many picnics I used to have with my stuffed animals and dolls. I just love the innocence and purity of this image!

I hope all of you get the chance to spend a little bit of time with your favorite things. Just remember what it was like to have that wonder and innocence of a child in you and revisit that place and time. It's wonderful to honor those special times. So go have a picnic!

Card Ingredients:

Teddy Bear Picnic by Belles N' Whistles, Sentiment by The Greeting Farm, Prima flowers, Junebug paper and brads by BasicGrey, Stickles, atYou Spica Glitter Pen, Glossy Accents, copics, EK Success corner punch, SU border punch, SU Scallop Punch, Paper Maker circular punch, ribbon from stash

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Riet - You're in the Spotlight

Happy Tuesday to you!

Today I want to show you this wonderful card - created by the very sweet and talented Riet!
I just love the soft colours you've used Riet! Li'l Miss Poppy have never looked better!

Love the pearls and the lace - well - everything with this card!
So Congratulations Riet - you are in our BnW Spotlight!

Hope that you visit Riet's blog and leave her some love and of course we want to hear from you here as well!

Kram - Anki

Monday, February 15, 2010


Greetings everyone!
It's Monday, and time for a new week to begin!
What do you think of the title of this post? HA HA

I think I'm going to try to keep this post
fairly short & sweet!
Right now I'm sort of buzzing with cold medicine!

Of all days to wake up with a cold
On Valentines Day!
Not to mention I spent my day driving to
an airport to pick up my husband!
Lucky him spent a week in Florida while
I stayed home and worked in a very cold
and snowy NY State!  Nice huh? LOL

Okay, but since we had a day off last week,
I had time to sit and work on something I had never
tried before!

It's a "Perkabook" Card!
You wonder why I say it that way? 
Well, it's a Pocketbook shaped card, but
I'm sure it will "Perk up" anyone who is having
a birthday!
Therefore, I call it my "Perkabook" card!

Of course you have to open it up to see what
goodies are laying around inside this little
Now aren't you glad you went digging around
in there?  Isn't that little "Cupcake" Belle just adorable?
You see "Lil' Miss Poppy" is almost inviting you
to dig around inside her purse!
Surely there is a nice birthday surprise in there!

Since this was my very first attempt making a purse shaped
card, I don't think it came out to bad! 
Actually, I seem to like it very much!

Now I think I've talked enough,
I'm going to go and rest, and hopefully get some
relief from this head cold of mine!

Did you all happen to notice Anki's post yesterday???
Are those baby shoes just gorgeous or what?

Have you made your challenge card yet for the
Roses On Paper & Belles 'n Whistles challenge?
If not, you still have this week to complete it!
You can find that challenge here!

Thanks for stopping by,
Wishing you all a crafty week!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

It's Valentine's Day!

And I hope you all are having a great day with your loved ones!
Here's a little set that I made for a loved one - my cute little niece Julia!
She's 1 year and 2 months ;-)
I stamped and coloured little "Smile". Made a "mini-card" with the same DPs as I created the little babyshoes with.
The babyshoe template is one that I found here. I think they are so stinking cute - don't you? I loved making them so I warn you - you will see more babyshoes in my blog ;-). I added two mini-roses on the sides - as you can see.
Front view
Side view
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and don't eat too many chocolates :-)
Kram - Anki

Friday, February 12, 2010

Spotlight Friday!

Hello Folks and Happy TGIF!  When I saw this card the other day made by Vanja I knew I have to spotlight it here and show it to you. What a gorgeous card she made using one of my all time favorite Belles 'n Whistles stamps 'Sunshine & Apples", available here

I LOVE her color choice. The light pink and light blue are so perfect together and the image is colored so beautifully. 

Vanja used watercolors for coloring. The lace trim,  matching buttons and flowers are perfecting the card.

This was also Vanja's entry for our last challenge on our Roses on Paper & Belles 'n Whistles combined challenge blog. Our new challenge started on Monday and is a nice color challenge hosted by our very talented Susan. As this is a combined challenge blog now you can enter using your Belles 'n Whistles stamps as well ! :-) You have until February 21st to enter and I hope to see a lot of Belles 'n Whistles entries as well! :-) Oh and I forgot to mention Summer has put up a great prize as always! Winners choice of either a Belles 'n Whistles or Roses on Paper gift certificate.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kitty Love

I was browsing the gallery again and found this really gorgeous card! I love the combination of red and orange together. This card was created by Mina. She used one of the stamps in the latest collection called Sweet Things. This image is called Kitty Love.
She has combined beautiful flowers and heartshaped brads for the centers. I love how the wording on the paper perfectly matches the image. I must admit that I haven't even had a chance to use this stamp yet but I now have the inspiration to create with it because of this.
Would you like to be featured here on the Belles n' Whistles blog? All you need to do is place your card in our gallery, the DT and I will randomly feature someone.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

waiting for post wednesday

Happy wednesday! Are you ready for some post?
Today I am going to show you this mailbox I altered. It is one of those metal mailbox tins you can get at Target. A friend of mine sent me this one year ago and I was waiting for the perfect moment to use it. Since my daughters love to exchange little notes with their friends and created special little boxes to save them in I got the idea for this project from them.
I was looking through the "older" collections and decided to go with this little cutie from the very first Belles´n´Whistles collection: Belle Sitting with Teddy. She´s just so perfect for this project: it seems like she is sitting there, patiently waiting for some mail to arrive, having her little teddy with her to have someone to talk to during waiting.

I tried to match the lace that I put at the end of the box with the lace on her shirt. I also put the image on top of the little metall thing that is added to the box to stop the wiper if there isn´t any mail. So I was able to cover it - but also add some depth to the project and it looks a bit like she is sitting in front of the mailbox.

I have more pictures where you can also see the front and description on how I made this project posted on my blog. If you are interested - you´re invited to visit me here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tasteful Tuesday

Okay.. today I want to share with you a feast of Cupcakes.. we all love those, don't we?? If you've been on our BnW/ ROP Challenge blog yesterday, you'd know that we started another fun and lovely challenge, set by our darling Susan :)
If you didn't , go and check it out here.

If you did, you will know that this card was my DT entry for this time. I love how soft it looks with those light colours. But I want you also to check these two cards out.. done with the same stamp. Both are done by two of my favourite cardmakers.. they are both very inspiring to me.. and I'm sure to many of you.

This card is done by Kim Piggott

and this one by Kathy

Aren't they simply gorgeous! Leave them a message here, to let them know what you think of their cards, and do click on their names to check out their fantastic blogs for yourselves!! Belles 'nd Whistles are soo proud of their fans!!!! :) You are the best!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Challenging Monday!

Edited to add (Monday Feb.8th at 9:00 AM EST): 
*** Due to a little mix up with the challenge dates the winner of the last challenge will be announced on Wednesday! Sorry and thanks for understanding! The new challenge will be posted during the course of the day! ***

Hello and a wonderful Monday to everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend! For my card today I used one of the older Belles 'n Whistles images but oh so cute Lil' Miss Poppy. Isn't she just adorable? And for a change I pulled out my distress inks and colored her instead of using my Copics. Today is also the start of a new challenge over at our combined challenge blog Roses on Paper and Belles 'n Whistles. Sweet Susan is our host this time and she's challenging us with a fabulous color challenge: Pink - Brown - Vanilla. And these are the colors I used for my Lil Miss Poppy card. Otherwise I kept the card pretty simple. Used 2 Martha Stewart punches, ribbon and rhinestones & half-pearls.



I hope to see you over at our challenge blog and joining in our fabulous color challenge!
And as always Summer has chosen a fantastic price for you to win. 
You have time to enter until Sunday February 21st.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Wrap Around A Cup - Gift Wrap

Happy Friday Everyone! I'm back today with another gift idea, part 2 of my gift set. :-) I showed you the little paper basket on Wednesday and that was part 1 (actually the whole set consists of 4 parts). This time I made a wrapper for a mug. I used the same colors as I did for my basket so everything will fit nicely together. The DP I used is from the new Basic Grey collection Origins. The image is colored with the same colors but instead of the Cupcake image I used another cutie from the new Sweet Things collection: Beary Big Hugs.

I thought making a wrapper is a nice idea and something different than putting the mug in a box and decorate the box or alter the box the mug was sold in. And let me tell you, it is pretty quick as well ;-).

I decorated the top with Prima flowers, rhinestones, half-pearls

and added a large bow and some smaller strands of ribbon.

The image was put on the front and I trimmed it as well with a matching little Prima flower, matching ribbon and rhinestones. And to have a connection to the decoration on the top I let the rhinestone swirls coming from the top, continue on the front.

I hope you like my mug wrapper as well. I'll show you the rest of the set next week.
For now have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by here today!


***Sorry to bombard your post Iris (which is an absolutely STUNNING one, BTW!)...I forgot to announce the randomly selected winner from Monday's post! Vicki (basement stamper)'ve been selected! Please email me with your choice of stamp and your mailing address...I'll get it out to you soon!
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And a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for all of the wonderful birthday wishes eveyone! The day was indeed a very nice one! MWAH to you all! Summer =)***