So what’s that you say?  You’ve got the Monday blues?  Not loving that your routine ‘work’ week has started yet again, and it’s still a few days until Mid Week Mojo?  Well hows this for putting a little brightness in your Monday afternoon.

Welcome to Monday Card Madness!

Now that you’ve got the wee ones all snuggled into bed for a nap (if you’re lucky), or your morning madness at work has hopefully eased up…it’s time to sneak a minute for a little crafty inspiration.

I’ve had a TON of requests to focus on card making, so I figured what better way to start off the week than with an afternoon card blog post.

Sure lots of you have made cards before, but just in case you haven’t, this week we are starting out super basic.

I know that all of you that ever create with paper, are bound to have scraps.  That is my favorite part about card making is that I get to put to use some of those amazing scraps, that I just can’t bare to throw out!

An average sized card is simple to make as it is merely a sheet of 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, cut in half.

Your card base should measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

It’s then helpful to use a scoring blade or bone folder to score your card in the center of the paper.  This makes it easier for folding, although a score mark is not necessary.  You can simply fold the paper in half.

Your finished card size will be 4 1/4″  x 5 1/2″.   You can use this base either vertical or horizontal.

For today’s card I wanted to keep it very simple.  I found a piece of pink paper that I liked with the green base, and laid the paper on top of the front of the card.  I have a quick cheat that I often use in crafting.  I use my fingernail to make a notch in the paper where I’d like to use my trimmer to cut.  You could do the same thing with scissors, but I’m always looking for a way to make things quicker!

I then used my trimmer to cut the paper to the desired ‘fingernail marked’ size.

I decided to add a little flair to the edge of the card by trimming the outside of the pink paper with my scalloped edge scissors.  You could use a punch or even tear the edge of the paper for a little variety.

I wanted to add a border of ribbon across the front of the card with a cute bow.  I selected my ribbon…

..and tied the knot bow in the ends of the ribbon.

I then cut the ‘loop’ of the ribbon to give me two ends.  It’s far easier to create a nice looking knot this way than trying to tie around your paper.  After cutting the ribbon I then taped the ends with scotch tape to the inside of the card.

I wanted to add a little more ‘flair’ to the front of the card and figured it would be fun to use the Xyron Design Runner that we are featuring today as our ScrapbookSteal.  I ended up using the cute heart border.  SO easy and simple to use!

I cut out the heart strip, inked the edges and adhered it to the front of my card.

I then punched out a 2″ circle of white paper, inked the edges and applied a rubon sentiment.

All in all a cute, super easy, and fun card to give to someone that you care about!  I know I always love receiving a cute little pick me up in the mail!

We’d love to see what cards you create!  Share them with us on our Facebook Fan Page, and you could be the lucky winner at the end of the month to receive all 4 of my Monday Card Madness creations!  Just be sure to leave a comment on any one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts stating that you made and shared a card and I will pick a random winner at the beginning of November!

Now get digging through those scraps and put them to use!