Pretty Butterfly One Layer Card!

Hi friends! Let’s make a quick one layer card. I am using new Painted Butterflies and Halftone Hello stamps from Altenew and Lawn Fawn ink pads. You can use any type of dye ink and solid image stamp you like for this technique though. You will also need a pattern stencil of your choice, I used a quatrefoil design.

 

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I made homemade sponge daubers I used in the video with bottle-caps and cosmetic sponges, you can find that tutorial here. The Rock ‘n Roll technique I showed you in the video is a great one for giving new life to a solid image stamp. Just make sure you ink the stamp up with the lightest shade of ink first so you don’t contaminate your ink pads. I hope you give this idea a try, and til next time happy crafting!

Crafting for Charity {What are your faves?}

Hi friends! Have you ever donated a hand knit hat to the hospital for newborns or made a blanket for Project Linus? Have you sold cards to benefit a charity or sent cards to Operation Write Home? There are so many opportunities to reach others with our crafts. I thought with Memorial Day and Independence Day coming up it would be nice to make a patriotic themed cards that would be suitable for a cards for soldiers type of charity. As with ANY of my projects feel free to make them and sell them for charity or otherwise. :)

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Fun Fact: Most of the card-making magazines donate the cards that get sent to them to charity after they are published if artists do not request them back, yet another reason to submit your work! Watch the video to learn how to make this card, you might pick up a new technique!

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Supplies:

  • Cardstock (cream, kraft, navy)
  • White glossy photo paper (or any white cardstock but it looks COOL on the photo paper!)
  • Envelopes
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Mesh Ribbon
  • Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
  • Embossing folders of your choice
  • Adhesive
  • Rubber stamps (I used the Route 66 set from Local King Rubberstamps, thanks to Lisa-the owner- for sharing her marker technique with me!)

There are many charities to send you handmade items too. I mentioned Operation Write Home which sends boxes of A2 sized cards to American soldiers stationed overseas.

Cardmaker Magazine has compiled a list of other charities you might also want to send your cards and crafts too.

Handcrafting With Love also has a huge list with lots of donation opportunities for knitters and fabric artists here but the website has not been updated in over a year so double check to make sure the organizations listed still need the items before starting a project. Always check out a charity before donating.

Let me know your favorite charity you craft for and leave it in the comments! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

Peerless Watercolors Review and Giveaway!

Hi Friends! Today I am trying Peerless watercolors for the first time! Beth at Olivemeartsie sent me 2 sets of theses handmade mini wallets of Peerless paints she makes so I am giving one away to a viewer. Leave a comment and “Like” this post (there is a like button at the bottom of the post) for a chance to win. :D For a second chance you can give my video a “thumbs up” and leave a comment on the YouTube page too. All enteries will go into the hat. I will draw a winner next Wednesday and announce it here on my blog. Watch the video to see how they perform and see if it is yet ANOTHER watercolor product you must have LOL!

The stamps I used are by SimonSaysStamp and they also offer matching dies. If you want to see the glitter technique let me know in the comments and if anyone is interested I can make a tutorial on that too.

My sponsor this month is RichMomBusiness. If you’re thinking of starting a craft business online, make sure you check out
her FREE Handmade Training Course. Good luck in the drawing! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Shake it Up with Shaker Cards!

Today I am using some shaker dies from Simon Says Stamp to make quick cards:

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Watch this video to see how easy it is!

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I hope you enjoyed this fun project! You can also uses these dies for paper piecing if you don’t want to make shaker cards and they are great for using up paper scraps. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Hey! That’s not pink and frilly! {How to make a cards for a man!}

Hello friends! I get asked often about making cards for guys. I naturally tend to create with feminine colors and organic lines and textures but sometimes you need to make a card outside of your normal style (usually when a male relative has a birthday.) I think we don’t often make cards for our men because (and this is going to sound really sexist so I apologize in advance) because we don’t think they will appreciate them while our girlfriends will gush over the glitter, hand stitching and our awesome copic coloring skills…OK I imagine my girlfriends opening my cards and fainting with pleasure over the joy of receiving one of my handmade creations, but I might be delusional. Anyway, today I’m going to show you how to make this card. Dog and Party Hat stamps from Lost Coast Designs.

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How to make a card for a man:

  1. Colors, stick with blue, green, red, brown and black, if you are feeling sassy you can add orange to the mix!
  2. Texture, look for diamond plate or gear/cog embossing folders, if you don’t have any you can run the card over a few times with your car.
  3. Any Tim Holtz embellishment is appropriate for a man card. I know it can be hard to part with a precious TH embellie but you can probably steal back the embellishment later after he forgets about the card.
  4. Add a clearly defined sentiment in case he does not realize what the card is for.
  5. OK, I am totally joking with you, men appreciate the cards just as much as the ladies, they are just unlikely to gush over them:) Tip for men, if there are any still reading, if a lady gives you a handmade card gush already! OK before I dig myself into more of a hole you can see how I made this card in today’s video:

All joking aside making cards for guys is as simple as shifting your color palette and going with texture over embellishments:) And I didn’t mean to be harsh on the guys, I have just heard from so many of my stamping girlfriends say that their guys did not SEEM to really appreciate their handmade cards. But I don’t really appreciate the finesse of a football player kicking a touchdown thingie and that is OK as long as we appreciate that it makes the other person happy and we support it. That’s my opinion:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Too much cuteness…I can’t stand it!

Hi Friends! I sat down to craft with these new Pop Up Kitties Stamps and Dies from Stampendous and everything was fine until I added the bobble head and I was paralyzed by the cuteness.

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A fluffy bouncy cat face was just too much and it had me smiling from ear to ear and ready to make more cards. And it is really easy too, I’ll share my quick Copic marker coloring trick and also how to add the dimension to this quick and easy card. I hope you give it a try because I think this is the kind of card that can really brighten some’s day.

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I used action wobble springs to make the head bobble, they are a really cool product and will fold flat to mail but I have a DIY version tutorial here if you do not care about it being flat. You can find all of the animal stamps that Stampendous offers here. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Funky Water-drop Background Technique! {Quick & Easy!}

Hi friends! Here is a quick and fun technique to use as backgrounds on your cards. All you need are watercolor markers and water! Have fun & watch the video to see how it is done:

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Happy crafting!

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