Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Card Made With Nested Dies

Today I put together a Thanksgiving card that features a cute sentiment stamped on a die cut shape.  The front of the card is actually composed of several layers cut from the same set of nested dies and a hand written message can be hidden behind all the layers. What a fun twist on an otherwise ordinary card! I hope it makes you smile.

I used the Mingle All the Way stamp set and Deco Label Framelits from Stampin Up but I encourage you to experiment with whatever supplies your already own. You could even cut nested shapes with a Cricut or Silhouette machine if you don't have nested dies or a Sizzix.

Happy Crafting!
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stack of Gifts Card

Now that I have recovered from Scrap-Fest and a recent scrapbook retreat with my girlfriends, I'm getting excited about Christmas. Over the past couple of years I purchased some amazing Christmas papers. I liked some of them so well that I saved almost every scrap! (Am I seriously the only one who does this?) Well, I found the perfect way to use up those tiny pieces that some folks said were too small to be useful. (Bah hum-bug!!) This is the ultimate card for using up tiny scraps and it is stinkin' cute too!

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P.S. Did you know that you can click on any picture on my blog to enlarge it?

Another Framed and Layered Card

This card is similar to the framed and layered card that I demonstrated in my last post. I used a different set of dies and even ran my frame through the Big Shot with an embossing folder to give it some added texture. The penguin stamp is from Hero Arts and comes with a coordinating die. I just added a touch of color with my blendabilities markers and popped it up inside the frame. When I searched my stash, I found the perfect sentiment to complete my card. Isn't if amazing how you can use the same technique to achieve so many completely different looks? Hope you are giving this technique a try!

Happy Scrapping,
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Framed and Layered Christmas Card

I just have a quick post today. I wanted to show you an easy technique for using two nested dies to create a frame that can can be used to showcase any focal image on your card projects. I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen dies to make a frame for the front of my card. Then I "displayed" some great ribbon and a stamped image in my new frame. There are lots of ways to adapt this technique and it could be used for any occasion. I am sure my crafty friends will come up with some brilliant ideas. Please share!

Happy Crafting,
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Holiday Soap Dispenser

This project was inspired by one  I saw on Pinterest.  I purchased a bottle of liquid hand soap from  my local craft store for just $1 and it worked perfectly for this purpose!

This project would make an awesome budget friendly holiday gift and it would be simple to mass produce (teaches, neighbors, coworkers...)  I already have a long list of occasions I will be using this for.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Money Holder Card

I am so excited to share this fun envelope punch board project. Everybody needs a money holder card sometime! and cash is always a PERFECT gift.

This is a fast, simple project that can be adapted for any occasion. I used paper from a very old Christmas pad and one of my favorite old stamp set but you could use different papers and embellishments to create a totally new look.

Happy Stamping,
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Quick Card Recipe

Today I am sharing a "recipe" that I have used many times. When I need to produce a great card in a hurry I grab small piece of my favorite patterned paper and a couple of colors of coordinating cardstock. Then I select something that I want to use as a focal image. Usually that's a punched or die cut shape or a stamped image. Then I just follow the "recipe" that I am sharing with you. So far I have never been disappointed in the results. Go ahead give it a try and let me know what you think.

Be crafty!
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Fun Flower Hello Card

Can you believe that I am posting a second project today? I am on a roll and thought I would upload a second video tutorial before I ran out of steam. This project features the brand new Fun Flower punch and the Blossom For You stamp from Stampin Up. They are great because they are designed to coordinate with one another. I also incorporated some of my Project Life supplies to make this cute fall card.

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Tone on Tone Double Embossed Card

I have quite a bit to share with you this week. I am busy preparing projects for the upcoming Scrap-Fest fundraiser and a retreat with my crafty friends. As I complete my projects I will upload video tutorials so you can share in the fun.

The card I am making today is quick and simple to assemble but the results are stunning and people will think you spent ages making it.  Grab your embossing machine (Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Vagabond ...) an embossing folder, some punches or dies for creating small flower and leaf shapes and a piece of cardstock. That's pretty much all you will need to complete this project.

Happy Scrapping,
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Pennant Birthday Card

Sorry I haven't posted much lately. I seem to be having a hard time juggling my work schedule, travel plans, my social life and finding time to craft. You may have noticed that I conveniently left housework off of that list. Do you suppose it will just go away if I ignore it long enough?

The card project I am sharing today is one you can use if you need to make a card in a flash. I like the fact that it is gender neutral (especially if you omit the little yellow flower) and can be adapted for different occasions by changing the sentiment and using different patterned paper. Happy Crafting!
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P.S. In the sample card above, I used the EK Success Real Estate Sign punch to make the red layer instead of the Stampin Up Decorative Label Punch. Both work beautifully with the Stampin Up Extra Wide Oval punch.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Father's Day Gift Bag

The gift bag I am demonstrating today is one that I designed after I was inspired by several different Father's Day projects I saw on Pinterest. I just love that fact that you can make it in only a few minutes with a few basic craft supplies. This would be a great project to make with your children and it makes a cute presentation for a  Father's Day or  man's birthday gift. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Card in a Box

Wow! I am so excited to show you what I learned today. The "card in a box" idea is all the rage right now and today I figured out how to make one. For some reason I thought it would be difficult to measure and cut and complicated to assemble but that's just not true! It is a snap to make and it really doesn't require many tools.

How you decorate your card in a box is what makes it unique. I had the Just Sayin' stamp set and framelits out on my desk (Nope, I still haven't put them away since I made the cell phone card) so that's what I used. Then I couldn't resist making a second one with the Sentsational Seasons stamp set and matching framelits. I have seen crafters make them for birthdays, graduation, congratulations, get well .... I am absolutely certain you will come up with a reason you need to make one of these.

You might want to add a writing panel to the back of your card in a box so you can write a personal message to the recipient. Just cut another 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of cardstock and adhere in place. You could also decorate the outside of the box. The possibilities are endless!  Happy crafting.

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P.S.  In my samples I used strips of acetate (3/8 of an inch wide x 2 or 3 inches long) to elevated some of the  elements on my cards. This adds height without taking up any visual space. Just attach them to the baffles inside of your card. You can just use the clear plastic from packaging if you don't have any sheets of acetate.

FYI, if you need to see more detail, you can click on any photo to make the image larger :-)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Leah's Tiny Explosion Box

The project I am sharing today was inspired by one of my youngest followers. Her name is Leah and she is just about to finish the third grade (yeah!) Leah loves paper crafting and is lucky enough to have a mom who is willing to share some of her tools and supplies. The other day she showed me a darling little box she made, so I ask her if I could share it on my blog. Thank you Leah for being so kind :-)

The box is a 2 inch cube and it opens up like and explosion box. There is a little "platform" in the bottom that can be sized to hold lots of goodies. Leah's box was designed to hold a votive candle but I put glitter in mine. It is a fun project to make and is a great way to get a little extra mileage out of your scoring board. 

Leah made her box from solid card stock and decorated the sides with pieces of patterned paper. I thought it might be easier to use a nice heavy weight patterned card stock to make my box and decorated it with a simple tag. No matter which way you decide to make your box, I'm sure you will love this project!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cell Phone Card with Speech Bubbles

Cards with speech bubbles are very popular right now and texting is about the only form of communication teenagers respond to.  I believe a card that combines both is perfect for a teenager. Today I made a fun, trendy card similar to one Becky Jensen posted on Pinterest.  It resembles a cell phone with texting on the screen in the form of little speech bubbles. I sent the original to my 16 year old niece. I hope she likes it enough to send me a cool text!

It would be fun to create your own personalized speech bubbles. Just type whatever massages you like on your computer and print them out. Then use a punch or die to cut them into shapes. You may have to experiment with font size to get the words to fit properly but the possibilities are endless!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Memo Pad Card

I had no intention of posting again today (because I am supposed to be packing and cleaning!!) but I just couldn't help myself. My local craft store just got a few new Technique Tuesday die sets and I couldn't wait to play with the one I bought. It is called "Memo Pad Card" and I think it is just adorable. I took a short break from chores and decided to sneak back down to my craft room for some fun. 

I wound up making two similar cards with different color schemes. I think the one with the early espresso card base is a bit more masculine and the one with the primary colors on a white card base is more juvenile but that's just my opinion. If you have an opportunity to try out these new dies, please share your projects. I would really love to see what you come up with. 

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Tone On Tone Embossed Card

I am supposed to be packing for vacation but instead I have been playing in my craft room. This morning I made a tone on tone card that features one of my favorite new embossing folders. The embossing folder is called "Grass" and it is made by Darice. I really like the way this card turned out (but it was extremely difficult to photograph) because the embossed image is definitely the star of the show and plain white cardstock provides the perfect backdrop for this heartfelt sentiment. 

I hope you enjoy experimenting with this technique. Now I really MUST get back to work packing. We will be out of town until after Memorial Day so check back then for a new project and video. 
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P.S.  If you want to see the details of this card more closely, just click on the photo.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Color Vellum Cardstock

Lots of folks love the look of vellum and would like add some to their cards and scrapbook pages but feel like they just don't know how to use it. There is absolutely no reason you should be intimidated by vellum! Today I am focusing on one vellum technique that is fun and super easy. You can take ordinary white vellum cardstock and add any color you like using ink and a sponge dauber. I made flowers but it would be fun to use this technique to color other shapes and images.

You will need vellum card stock, a line stamp (as opposed to a solid stamp), versamark ink, white embossing powder, a heat tool, colored inks and sponge daubers to create flowers similar to the ones I have made. It is a great time saver if your stamp has a coordinating punch or framelit to cut the image out. If not, just cut it out by hand. These colored vellum flower are a great addition to cards or scrapbook pages and they are just beautiful!
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stop Light Card

I just love the bold bright colors in this card and I think it is fun and cheerful. I made this card for a very special young couple. Both are graduating from college this weekend. He has earned a doctorate in pharmacy and she has earned a degree in education. Soon they will begin the next phase of their lives and they will be faced with many decisions about where their dreams will take them. I just love the sentiment from the Word Play stamp set that says "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." That pretty much sums up all of my hopes and desires for them. 

If you want to know how I made this card, just click on the video link below. In addition to the Word Play stamp set, I used the Label Love stamp set and the Artisan punch. If you don't have these items, get creative and use something similar from your own stash. I hope this project makes you smile.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Emboss Resist Easel Card

Today I am sharing a tutorial that actually demonstrates two techniques. I will show you how to use clear embossing powder to create a resist that can be colored with ink daubers and I will show you how to make a simple easel card.

An easel card is an ingenious way to surprise someone who likes to display their cards. It's also a great way to present a card to someone who is hospitalized or in a nursing home because they can see their card without having to handle it. Sit your card up in a  prominent area and they will be repeatedly reminded that you are thinking of them.

The emboss resist technique looks much harder than it is. You begin by stamping an image using Versamark ink. Next you apply clear embossing powder and heat. Then you use sponge daubers and colored ink to fill in the details. It is not meant to be perfect. The finished product will look like a vibrant water color image and the embossed area will be bold and shiny when you buff off the excess ink using an ordinary tissue or paper towel. (click on the photo to see the details close up) You could try these techniques together, as I did, or use them independently. They are both a lot of fun!
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Simple Stems Swap Card

My friend Amber recently hosted a card swap. Each of us brought a sample card and created 10 kits with all of the pieces needed to recreate our sample. We exchanged kits and took turns teaching the others how to make our card. At the end of the day we all went home with a lovely stack of cards. It was awesome! 

This is the card I made. It features the Simple Stems stamp set from Stampin Up and the Scalloped Tag Topper punch also from Stampin Up. The Embossing folder I used to give the yellow some added dimension and texture is made by Darice. Tonight I will finish the video tutorial for this card and post it below. I hope you are also taking time to craft and enjoying the company of dear friends and family. 
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Random Stampin Technique

The video tutorial that I am sharing today is about a technique that I call "random stamping." I used three stamps, three colors of ink, and an embossing folder to create a unique and beautiful background layer for a card. The fun thing about this technique is that no two cards ever turn out exactly the same. You can use three stamps from the same stamp set or you can use three individual stamps that you really like. Experiment with the things you have on hand and send me a picture of what you make. I'd love to see your work!

FYI, I added a little bling after the video was done. I just popped a clear rhinestone in the center of each of the purple medallions. Want to see the details up close? Just click on any photo on my blog to make the image larger.
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Classic Rock Card

I hope you had a happy Easter. I took a short break from crafting and spent a little extra time with my husband and friends. Now I am busy making new cards. Today I am sharing a card that may make you a little nostalgic. If you are old enough to remember vinyl records, this might be a card you'll like. It is a quick and easy birthday card that features a punch art focal image that looks like an old vinyl record. The stamp set I used called Bombs Away. It is one of the photopolymer stamp sets available from Stampin Up. This was really a fun card to make!

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