Easy Masked New Baby Card!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make this sweet new baby card but you can change the sentiment to suit your needs.

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Watch the video to see the card come together.

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Measurements:
Card size 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ (A2)
Matting layer 4″x5 1/4″
Stamped panel 3 1/4″x4 1/2″

I hope you can use some of the ideas in this video in your next card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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African Sunset Card!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a card using the ink blending technique in about 10 minutes.

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Watch the video to see this easy card come together!

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I hope you give this technique a try and til next time happy crafting!

Create Beautiful, Lacy, Cut, Tuck & Fold Wreath Cards Using Supplies You Have!

Hi friends! I love the elegant and refined look of braided lattice folds. I shared in previous tutorials how to do a lattice braid along the fold of a card and today I’ll show you how you can create a wreath or frame using a similar technique.

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I’ll be using a standard craft knife and self-healing mat but if you have a swivel knife and glass mat I think it would go a bit smoother. My cutting is not perfect but by the time you fold and stamp the imperfect cuts are not really noticeable. Watch the tutorial and then try it yourself!

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Directions for making your custom tuck and fold lattice frame template.
1. Cut a circle a bit larger than to size of your wreath. Fold that in half, then in half again, then in half again so you end up with a circle divided in 8. Trace over each line with a pencil and ruler so you can see it clearly.

2. Mark 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the center point on each line. This is the point you will start tracing your half shape. The larger the space between the center and the mark you drew the larger the space in the center of your frame.

3. Choose a symmetrical shape like a circle or a heart (paper punches are great to use as templates) cut it from paper and fold it in half to make your template. Then place the folded side of the template on your line (lined up to the point you marked) and trace. Repeat on every line.

4. Trace the same shape but smaller inside of the first shape so you have a double line. Trace the double lines with a black pen so it will stand out when you trace it on your project cardstock.

Keep the template you made as you can use it over and over again. You can trace it onto your nice cardstock using a light box or a window. Use a craft knife to cut on the double lines and fold and tuck to create your dimensional wreath and then accent it with stamping!

I hope you give this project a try and dust of those supplies you already have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

One of my Favorite Stamps

Hi friends! I was going through some of my stamp binders the other day and I was feeling a longing to stamp some of my old favorites. I really enjoy having my stamp collection however I’d been feeling a bit guilty not using these lovely stamps but then when I think about using them I feel bad because they are older and if you guys want them they are long gone from all stores.

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But then I had an idea! I searched flower fairy coloring pages and I found this sweet pea flower fairy image that is like the stamp I used. You can find free coloring sheets online for all of the lovely vintage illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker just by doing a quick google search. I have to confess, when these stamps came out back in 2009 I bought every set (and I got a steal too paying $4-$6 a set for them!) and I have enjoyed them so much over the years. I am glad that there are free coloring sheets for anyone who missed out on the stamps. As a plus you can print them out any size you like for your cards and your alcohol markers won’t smear the ink jet printer ink either! Just as I was thinking “they should make a coloring book of these” I googled it and sure enough there are several, this one is only $3.44 and has the alphabet of flower fairies and there is another hardcover coloring book available of other designs and both books feature the artwork of Cicely Mary Barker. Since there are options for folks wanting these images I won’t feel bad using my stamps and sharing the projects I guess:)

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I decided I would try coloring this image using the set of Studio 71 alcohol ink dual brush markers I got last year. They happen to be on sale this week on Consumer Crafts and this pack of 48 is $39.97 which is a steal for brush tip alcohol markers. All of the markers I use today came from the 48 set with the addition of a clear blender but you can use any alcohol clear blending marker.

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Here are the recipes I used for this project and how I applied the markers. I figured that this would be clearer than a video as I always find my own marker tutorials a bit painful to watch LOL!

For the pink (wings, skirt, bonnett) I used R4, R2 and N1 (clear)

  • Prime the area with N1 (clear), apply R4 to the shadows then apply R2 over the R4 and pull the color out to blend. Overlap the edges of R2 with the clear to soften and blend it out to white.

For the green leaves and top I used BG3 and BG13

  • Apply BG3 to the shadow areas and then color over the entire area with BG13 to unify and blend.

For the purple flower and baby romper I used V5, V14 and the clear N1 blender

  • Prime the area with clear. Scribble the darker V14 on a tile and pick it up with the brush tip of the V5 maker and apply to shadow areas and then continue to blend out with the V5. You will naturally have darker color where you start and it will get lighter as you use up the darker ink you picked up. Use the clear marker to brighten the highlights if desired.

For the hair I used E6 and YR3

  • Color all of the hair with YR3 then add shadows with E6 while the ink is still wet. It should blend naturally but if not you can go back in with the lighter color (YR3) to soften.

For the skin I used Y3, E15, YR3 and R2 (for the blush)

  • Color all the skin with E15, add shadows with YR3 then color over all the sin with Y3 to blend and reduce the pinkness. Dab R2 on the cheeks while the ink is still wet for the blush.

This whole painting was done with 11 markers. Even though some of the colors I chose were not that close the fact that we layered them made them unified. I think the fact that these markers have brush tips helps them blend too although I use the chisel end of the clear marker when I am priming and lightning. I also like that you can replace any of the single markers if they go dry for $1.97 each…none of mine have dried out yet tho. I like to mention whenever the Studio 71 marker packs go on sale because I have never seen a better value on brush tip markers. The brush nibs are not quite as good as Copic but they are 1/4 of the price and the chisel nibs are the same quality. You just can’t beat it. Oh, I also wanted to mention that there are some duplicate colors between packs so my recommendation is to get the 48 set if you can swing it and fill in with singles as needed so you don’t accidentally end up with doubles, or start with a smaller set and add to it a marker at a time as you see what your needs are. The cheapest per marker price is in the 48 pack though.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you already have markers you can try the blends with the pens you already have, look at the caps in the photo above to match up your colors as close as you can but if you need markers the Studio 71 ones are a great buy. The link to the markers are affiliate links so if you do purchase though my links I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Drab to FAB! Cool cards with old & recycled supplies!

Hi friends! Today we are going to raid the recycling bin and use up some older stash while making 3 cards!

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I like to use patterned paper from themed paper stacks. They are a great value but I often end up with a couple stray papers I don’t like very much, namely the black and white papers. Today I’ll show you 3 ways to add color so they can go from drab to fab! Watch the video to see how!

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Directions:
1. Cut cardboard to 3 1/4″ x 4.1/2″ and cover with scrapbook paper using a glue stick to adhere.

2. Stamp trees and birds on the cardboard panels in clear ink and heat emboss with clear detail embossing powder.

3. Ink up the panels with ink pads, markers or Brusho as shown in the video and let air dry.

4. Punch holes along the edge of the panel, insert eyelets if desired and wrap with wire. You can string beads on the wire too if you like.

5. Use heavyweight white cardstock to make A2 card bases and adhere the decorated panels in the center of the folded card base with hot glue.

Do you have any older stash you want to use up? Try incorporating it in your next design. It feels so good to put older supplies to good use, you may even find some forgotten treasures in your stash! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Belated Birthday Card Idea, Giveaway & Blog Hop!

Edited to add winner: Congrats to Jean Marmo, the winner of the gift certificate!

Hi friends, today’s project is part of the TopFlight Stamps Blog hop! TopFlight stamps is one year old and they have a 1st Birthday Special Discount through 3/31/18: 20% off all orders with coupon code BDAY20 (that is a better deal than the coupon I shared in the video but if you are checking this out after 3/31 you can use the video coupon:)

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Topflight Stamps is a place you will find different and unique stamps from around the world. Today we have an AWESOME blog hop with some of the best paper crafters in the industry. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!  PLUS – each of the designers on this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 2. The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog the same day.

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Today I have a belated birthday card you can make in about 15 minutes using one of my favorite brands of stamps available at TopFlight stamps: Katzelcraft! I love the expressive characters in all of their stamp sets and every time I add a set to my collection I am thrilled at how well they go together! Watch the video to see how easily this card comes together!

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Now, be sure to check out all these blogs and comment for your chance to win the grand prize!!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to TopFlight Stamps and leave comments on the other blogs too if you want to increase your chances and possibly take home the $50 grand prize gift certificate! Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

How’s Your Handwriting? Good enough for a card… it can be!

Hi friends! I am going to come clean with you and admit that I have lousy handwriting. It is a barely legible half cursive, half printed chicken scratch mess. Anyone reading a handwritten note from me would believe I was a doctor! (OK the only people who will get that joke will have to be old enough to remember when doctors wrote paper prescriptions I guess LOL!) The fact is I don’t take the time I should to write neatly and if  you think about writing as “drawing your letters” you can make them look a lot better!

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In today’s video we are going to make a pretty stamped watercolor card with a hand written sentiment that will be pretty enough to impress your 3rd grade cursive teacher! Plus I’ll share my 5 tips for prettier handwriting!

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5 Tips to quickly make your handwriting look better (and these tips work because I have terrible handwriting!)

1. Make guide lines with pencil.
2. keep the vertical lines of the letters parallel to one another.
3. Try to keep an even space between letters.
4. Press on your pen more on the down strokes to make thicker lines and lift upon the upstrokes for thinner lines.
5. Make the letters look crisper by going over the letters with a fine black fountain pen. Add swirls, loops and flourishes to dress it up with the same black pen.

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I also wanted to add some info on the wreath card that I was frustrated with in case anyone like it and wanted to try it. Let me know if you want a tutorial on this and I can do one. Basically I punched a circle and folded it in half a couple of times so it looked like a pie with 8 slices, traced the circle on paper and marked each fold. Then I stamped the jade succulent on every other mark. then I masked and filled in stamping with other succulents repeating them around the circle. It looked too cluttered to me so I scrapped the idea but it would be pretty if it was a bit more sparse I think.

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I do think it looks better now that I have stepped away from it. I think when I am getting frustrated by a project I see it with “ugly eyes” and it often looks OK later. What do you think? I hope you try some handwriting on your next card and til next time happy crafting!

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