Bases are loaded

As promised, I am back with some inspiration for your card bases. I like to make my own card bases because it is more cost effective, their sturdy, and I can use any color I want! I am going to be showing A2 and A7 card bases today (4.25 x 5.5 and 5 x 7). I did a previous blog post on the famous slim line cards, go check that out and let me know which card style is your favorite in the comments below.

First off, I am NOT a mathematician or an engineer so I keep it simple when creating my card bases. My favorite part of card making is playing with paper and using my creativity but like anything else in life, it needs a good foundation. Let’s get started!

I have stated in previous blog posts that I prefer a heavier weight card stock for my card bases. I use 110 lb paper from Joann’s, you get a variety of neutral colors and 100 sheets of paper in a pack (plus Joann’s has great coupons!) I am going to start with an A2 size first (4.25 x 5.5). The only supplies you need for creating card bases is a paper trimmer, a score board, and a bone folder. Some paper trimmers can double as scoring tools.

A2: 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 size paper creates two A2 card bases! This is the easiest way that I have found to create card bases for this standard size.

  1. Cut the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper in half on the long end. Cut it at 5.5. I lay 1 sheet at a time (but you can double it up if you are using lighter card stock)
  2. On your score board, score with your bone folder at 4.25 then fold on the score line (you can run your bone folder along the fold for a smooth line and easier folding). THAT’S IT! 2 step directions for an A2 card base. Next up let’s discuss an A7 card base.

A7: One sheet 8.5 x 11 paper per card base (sorry, no freebies here)

  1. Cut down the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper down to 10 x 7
  2. On your score board, score at 5 then fold on the line and smooth out with your bone folder. DONE!

I would love to see the card bases that are your favorite to make. If I have inspired you today and you post it on your social media, don’t forget to tag #sewmuchglitter. Check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see what’s been going on, while you’re there say HI!

As I have pointed out, I ca be a paper weight snob 🙂 and I tend to layer my card bases. I do not use 110 lb card stock for everything. My layering pieces are 65-80 lb depending on how detailed my card it. I don’t want it to be too heavy on one side but I don’t want it blowing in the wind either. Share this post with your friends who could use some easy card base inspiration and come back soon for a fun festive project.


Sunday Fun day

My family has a favorite game day meal that keep simple. The focus is on the commercials and half-time, especially during the Super Bowl! Let’s face it, football fan or not we all look forward to the entertainment in between the actual sport.

I start off with simple ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. I also use our left over taco meat as it is already seasoned and spicy. But any ground meat will be great.

I add about 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, depending on personal preference. I also add about a TB of garlic ( I use chopped garlic in the jar) put ingredients in the crock pot or stove top pot. Add the meat (mine is already cooked) saute for about 10 minutes. If you are adding uncooked meat, cook until brown with the ingredients listed above. I then add about 3-4 stalks chopped celery (today I only had carrots and used two). This is for texture and fresh taste. Once cooked, it’s time to add the rest and stir well. I then add about 2-3 cups water with a few splashes of hot sauce (we prefer Tapatio and our family likes to spice things up). Stir well and top will a bay leaf. Bay leaves add a full flavor and provide other health benefits such as antioxidant properties. I also throw in a handful of rice because it’s a hit at home. My Halloween chili has “maggots” in it and the kids always loved it so, it’s a chili staple now. Cook on high for about 2 hours then low until you are ready to dig in. Pairs perfectly with shredded cheese and tortilla chips. ENJOY!

I attached pictures of my ingredients (it’s always more fun with a visual) I would love to hear your favorite at home event and what meal you enjoy serving. The best recipes and creative ideas are best shared to inspire.

Enjoy your week and I am excited to share my paper flowers with you as spring will be approaching the rest of us soon. I feel like we went straight to early summer.

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