Weekend Challenge: Use Those Scraps

Weekend Challenge: Use Those Scraps

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new way to use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects

Here’s my project this week

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

For today’s project I’ve used all my scraps, I has so many off cuts of coloured cardstock, and this challenge provided an opportunity for me to use them.  I love the rainbow look.  Stampin’ Up! make it so easy on page 183 on the Annual Catalogue, a colour key has been provided.  This made it super easy to decide which colour goes in what order.

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

I’ve used the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Versamark ink n the rainbow panel.  I love how the colour just pops.  Versarmark was also used on my greeting and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

Now it’s Your Turn

I need an easy challenge this week and my stampin desk sure could use some cleaning so….this week’s challenge is to find ways to use up your SCRAPS. For this challenge you are allowed to use one half sheet of cardstock and the rest of your cardstock (and ribbon if you desire) should come from you scrap pile. I used to do this a lot and sometimes it would help me come up with creative colour combos or designs. Once I got a really great colour combo just by dropping my scrap bag and the first few pieces that fell out looked really cool together…now if I could just remember what it was. Also if you have any neat ideas for storing your scraps or what you do with them, be sure to post your ideas to share with us. in our facebook group HERE

Please remember to put WC02 in your keywords section and post a link to this thread. As always, there are no time limits and feel free to add some tips or techniques in this thread as well. Also feel free to post as many cards as you wish and feel free to keep posting even after this week is done…no limits.

How to Clean Your Stamps

Back to Basics: How to Clean Your Stamps

One of the best habits to get into, is to always clean your stamps in between colours and once you’ve finished using them  before putting them away.  By taking that extra little time you will ensure you don’t contaminate your ink pads and/or get muddy images when you stamp.

I’ve created a video series to help share with you different methods for cleaning your stamps

General Tips for Cleaning Your Stamps

Getting into the habit of cleaning your stamps is essential – in between using different ink colours as well as before you put them away. This video will share with you the general things you need to know about cleaning your stamps.

Cleaning Your Stamps with Baby Wipes

In this video you will learn how to clean your stamps with baby wipes as well as the pros and cons of using this method of cleaning.

Cleaning Your Stamps with a Paper Towel

In this video you will learn how to clean your stamps with a paper towel  as well as the pros and cons of using this method of cleaning.

Cleaning Your Stamps with Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub

In this video you will learn how to clean your stamps with Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub.

Click the images below to purchase your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist in my online store.
 

I’ve shared a few different ways you can clean your stamps.  Comment below and let me know which method your prefer to clean your stamps,

Make It Monday #6: Adding Colour to Basic Pearls

Make It Monday #6: Adding Colour to Basic Pearls

I have a quick and simple project to share with you today.  This card also features the one layer technique.  You can read about One Layer cards HERE. 

My project felt like it was missing something, and I felt it needed some pearls however, the colour didn’t match.  so I used my Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Marker to colour them in before placing them on my project.  I shared a tip on how to colour your embellishments in last weeks Tip & Technique series HERE 

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Fallen Flowers, Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink – Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Classic Ink, Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends
  • PaperSoft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla CS
  • Other Basic Pearls, Adhesive

Dimensions:

  • Soft Suede CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Early Espresso CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” (14.5 x 10cm)
  • Very Vanilla CS – 5-1/2” x 3-3/4” (14 x 9.5cm)

Directions:

  1. Stamp the flower image in the bottom right corner using Soft Suede Classic Ink onto piece Very Vanilla CS. Stamp the image again onto a post-it note and fussy cut it out
  2. Place the post-it note image over the stamped flower image and stamp the flourish using Crumb cake classic ink, as shown in the photo
  3. Stamp your greeting in Early Espresso ink on the bottom left corner
  4. Colour pearls using Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ blend, and randomly add to card front
  5. Adhere the Very Vanilla pieces to the Early Espresso Mat with double sided adhesive
  6. Adhere the Matted Early Espresso piece to your Soft Suede Card front. You’re done!

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

Product List


See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

Weekend Challenge: Patterned Paper

Weekend Challenge: Patterned Paper 

It’s been raining here for the past week perfect weather for crafting.  However, our little town received 226mm in three days which caused a lot of flooding. Although we are safe, other parts of town were not.  Many were evacuated from their homes, others were stranded on property with no way in or out.  Roads were blocked from all directions.  Despite all the water, everyone was in high spirits and enjoying the long awaited needed rain.

View across the street from my house

With so much water and nowhere to go, gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down and complete our first Weekend Challenge.  

What is the Weekend Challenge

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new way to use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects.

Weekend Challenge 01

Try to find ways to use Patterned Paper in your work. You can make anything you wish and use the SU designer series paper or just plain any printed or scrapbooking papers you have on hand. These papers can add a fun, quick and easy way to jazz up your work. Have fun and don’t forget to put WC01 in your keywords section when you upload and post a link back to this thread. As always, there are no time limits and feel free to add some tips or techniques in this thread as well.

Weekend Challenge- Patterned Paper

My project today, I’ve created a weaving patterned using the Picture Perfect Party DSP Pack.  To create the weaving pattern, I cut strips of Pattern Paper 1″ wide and laid them in opposite directions across each other to create the weaving look.

My greeting is from Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set, and is heat embossed in silver embossing powder. Cut the greeting out using Layed Circle Framelit dies.

Check out my Patterned Paper Online class for other ideas on how to use your Designer Paper differently.

Now it’s Your Turn

Try to find ways to use Patterned Paper in your work. You can make anything you wish and use the SU designer series paper or just plain any printed or scrapbooking papers you have on hand. These papers can add a fun, quick and easy way to jazz up your work. Have fun and don’t forget to put WC01 in your keywords section when you upload and post a link back to this thread. As always, there are no time limits and feel free to add some tips or techniques in this thread as well.

 

Tips & Techniques: Adding Colour to Rhinestones & Pearls

Tips & Techniques: Adding Colour to Rhinestones & Pearls

If you’re like me and LOVE to use rhinestones & pearl accents, but don’t always have the right colours, then this tip is for you.  My favourite thing to do is to colour my rhinestones & pearls with a Stampin’ Blends marker!

Yep, you can colour your rhinestones!

I usually colour clear rhinestones because I tend to buy these in bulk, especially since I always run out of the smallest sized ones.

Here is a picture of the coloured pearls for my card.  I wanted the colour to complement my crumb cake flourish on my card.  So I recommend colouring your pearls or rhinestones with the darker shade of Stampin’ Blends

When colouring your rhinestones and pearls, here are a couple of important things to keep in mind:

  1. Apply the colour evenly as the colour can come off if you run the Stampin’ Blend back over it.  I usually smoosh my Stampin’ Blend on the top and circle my way down all the way to the plastic sheet
  2. Choose a Stampin’ Blend with a darker colour than you want it to be.  The rhinestone and pearls take colour, but it ends up lighter than if the marker is colouring white paper
  3. I “test” my Stampin’ Blends colours on the larger rhinestones and pearls as I don’t use them often.
  4. You can easily change your shade of colour by taking another Stampin’ Blend and colouring over it
  5. Let the ink fully dry and lightly tap the rhinestone or pearl with your finger to make sure all the extra ink is off.  Otherwise, you can end up with a mark on your paper if you move your rhinestones around like I tend to do

Here is my final card!

I hope you found this tip useful.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Make It Monday #5: Clean & Simple Card Sets

Make It Monday #5: Clean & Simple Card Sets

What does it mean to be Clean & Simple?  Well, it’s all about the design.  Your project needs to be

  • Uncluttered
  • Lots of White or open space
  • One main focal point

My project today features the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set.  This design is first of the new Distinktive Stamp range coming soon to Stampin’ Up!.  You can earn this stamp set for free when you spend $90 or more in my online store before 31 March 2018.

How are the Distinktive Stamp range different from other stamp images 

The new Distinktive stamps lay down the ink at different opacities giving the finished image more depth – just ink the surface lightly for a perfect photographic finish.

As this stamp has so much detail, I’ve decided to keep it simple and only stamp in one colour of ink.  The image has been stamped with Sweet Sugarplum Classic ink the bottom left corner of a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.

A created a border  1/4″ in from the outside along all four sides.  The greeting also comes from the same stamp set (there are 3 to choose from) stamped with Memento Black Ink.  My finished card is adhered to my 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Sweet Sugarplum Cardbase.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Heartfelt Blooms
  • Ink – 2016-2018 Incolours, Memento Black Ink
  • Paper2016-2018 Incolours, Whisper White CS
  • Other Double Sided adhesive, Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Ruler

Dimensions:

  • Incolour CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – 4-1/4” x 4-1/4”

Directions:

  1. Ink up the flower image in one colour of ink, and stamp in bottom left corner of Whisper White CS piece
  2. Draw a border around image using Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and ruler, ¼” in from the edge
  3. Stamp your greeting in top right, using memento black ink
  4. Adhere Whisper White CS to coloured cardbase. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it on this link HERE.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

How to Colour Outline Stamp Images WITHOUT Colouring them in!

How to Colour Outline Stamp Images WITHOUT Colouring them in!

Do you cringe when you see an outline stamp image because of the time it takes to colour them in?  Do you lack the time to colour your outline stamp images?  Looking for new ways to use your outline stamped images?

This months class kit, features the Falling Flowers Stamp Set and we will learn different ways to colour your outline images WITHOUT colouring them in!

What is a Class Kit?

A Class kit provides the same stamping experience you would in a live class but in the comfort of your own home working at your own pace.  Each Class kit includes consumable materials to complete your projects plus video tutorials and PDF handouts.

Learn more about this months class kit and to pre order your kit today HERE

 

 

Make It Monday #4: Adding Colour to Outline Images

Make It Monday #4: Adding Colour to Outline Images

I use to stay clear of outline image stamps.  Why?  Because they meant extra work, extra time to colour the images and I like to create quick and easy cards.  But I have since discovered a new way to use my outline image stamps, and today I’m going to share with you just one way to create quick and easy cards without colouring in your outline images.

I’ve used the Fallen Flowers Stamp Set and stamped in Versamark ink onto a variety of different colour cardstock.  Then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  The large flower I stamped twice and then cut out the center using a pair of paper snips and popped it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

All images have been die cutted using the coordinating May Flower Framelits alternatively you can fussy cut, be sure to leave a slight border around each image

The greeting was stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock using Birthday Blooms Stamp Set and cut out using the Stitched Shapes  Framelit Dies 

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Fallen Flowers, Birthday Blooms
  • Ink – Versamark Ink, Memento Black Ink
  • PaperCrumb Cake, Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Whisper White CS
  • Other Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, May Flowers Framelits, Stitched Shaped Framelits, Big Shot, paper snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Liquid Adhesive

Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – Scrap piece
  • Berry Burst CS – Scrap piece
  • Old Olive CS – Scrap piece
  • Crushed Curry CS – Scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp the large flower image two times onto Berry Burst CS using Versamark Ink. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool until the powder melts
  2. Stamp the medium flower image once times onto Berry Burst CS using Versamark Ink. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool until the powder melts
  3. Stamp the small flower image twice times onto Crushed Curry CS using Versamark Ink. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool until the powder melts
  4. Stamp the leaf image twice onto Old Olive CS using Versamark Ink. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with a heat tool until the powder melts
  5. Die cut all images using the coordinating May Flower Dies and Big Shot Machine
  6. Fussy cut the center from one of the large Berry Burst flower images using a pair of paper snips
  7. Stamp greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS with Memento Black Ink and die cut using an oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits and Big Shot
  8. Adhere the greeting the flower images to card base as shown in photo using Liquid Adhesive
  9. Adhere the fussy cut flower center using a stampin’ dimensional. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it on this link HERE.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

Tips & Techniques: Why Use Baby Wipes!

Tips & Techniques: Why Use Baby Wipes!

Why use baby wipes while your crafting?  Today and I am going to share a little secret with you. My secret is this—my daughter is nearly 4 years old and I often frequent the baby aisle. Why? It’s because of these glorious little cloths known as baby wipes.

I use them for cleaning just about anything—stamps, for one. Yes, I have the Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Cleaner I use those when baby wipes won’t cut it, but 90% of the time the wipes do the trick and then I don’t have a scrubby pad to clean after I clean the stamp.

My workspace, my hands, spilled glitter, bits of paper from fussy cutting, etc. all can be cleaned quickly with a baby wipe. Got some tape residue on a die from taping it to the right spot on the paper? A baby wipe will get that cleaned right up. An inked brayer can sit on a baby wipe until I make it to the sink.

They are mild, and leave no residue. One wipe can clean a lot, so I don’t feel wasteful either. I could go on and on about how much I love baby wipes. The generic brands are what I usually use. They work just fine and they are super affordable. Now you know my secret, maybe you will use it too! Have a fantastic day.

Make It Monday #3: Just For You

Make It Monday – Just For You

It’s hard to believe it’s Monday already, honestly where has the weekend gone?  Today’s Make It Monday project is a simple one and features a quick and easy, clean and simple, one layer project

Not every project needs to have bling, or ribbon or any type of embellishment, you can simply wow your recipient with just simple stamping.  Let me show you how!

The Work of Art Stamp Set is one of my favourite, I’ve taken some of the images and randomly placed them on my card front using a variety of different colours.  My greeting I’ve stamped over the top using Memento Black Ink.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Work of Art
  • Ink – Memento Black Ink, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink
  • PaperBlushing Bride, Whisper White Cardstock
  • Other Bone Folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Double Sided Adhesive

Dimensions:

  • Blushing Bride CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” (14 x 9.5cm) piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp the squire brushstroke image onto the Whisper White CS piece, as shown in the photo, using Blushing Bride Classic Ink
  2. Stamp the smaller scribble brushstroke image as shown in the photo, using Melon Mambo Classic Ink. Clean stamp
  3. Stamp the smaller scribble brushstroke image as shown in the photo using Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink
  4. Stamp the circle image four times, as shown in the photo, using Crushed Curry Classic Ink. Make sure you re-ink the stamp each time
  5. Stamp the “You” greeting directly over the Blushing Bride brushstroke image, using memento Black ink
  6. Stamp the “Just For” greeting, just above the left of the “You” greeting using Memento Black Ink
  7. Center and stick the Whisper White CS to the card base, using double sided adhesive. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and how I created this card.  You can view it below

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below!  click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


Now it’s your turn. Create a clean and simple card with no embellishments and email it to me HERE. I would love to see what you come up with.

Introduction to the Bone Folder

Introduction to the Bone Folder

So what’s all the fuss about bone folders? Simply put, this basic craft tool is the “multi-tasker” of tools. It does it ALL. Bone folders are ideal for making cards with great folds, invitations with perfect smoothed liners, stationery with clean creases, scrap booking scores for recessing photos, and virtually anything in the realm of bookbinding. A bone folder makes anything you create look more professional. 

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The old tried-and-true “basic” bone folder (traditionally made of animal bone –the way old fashioned bookbinders have been for using them for centuries) has two ends with specific purposes. One end is narrowed to a softer point, which makes them great for deep scoring of heavy-weight paper and indenting for marking on book board. The tip can be sanded to the desired roundness depending on the project.

Two (2) of the most popular things a bone folder is used for is

  1. Scoring your paper crafting projects to create score lines for Cards, boxes and other paper crafting projects
  2. Burnish a fold

Watch the videos below to show you how to do each technique

Introduction to the Bone Folder

In this video you will be introduced to Stampin’ Up!’s bone folder.

How to Score using a Bone Folder

In this video you will learn how to use your bone folder to create a score line in your paper crafting projects.  Why might you need to do this?  If you don’t own a paper trimmer that has a scoring blade, or you have lost your scoring blade you will still be able to get a nice clean fold line using your bone folder.

How to Burnish using a Bone Folder

In this video you will learn how to use Stampin’ Up!’s Bone Folder to burnish a fold.

Multiple ways to use your bone folder in your crafting projects.  You can purchase one in my online store on this link HERE

Make It Monday #2: Valentine Treat Holder

Make It Monday – Valentine Treat Holder

I’m super excited you enjoyed the first edition of Make It Monday, if you missed it you can view HERE  This week for Make It Monday#2 we creating a Treat Holder.

While I was cleaning my craft area for the new year I stumbled across a box full of these treat holders and thought they would be a perfect gift for someone this Valentines.  I originally ordered these square tubes from ACherryOnTop.com 

To create my project this week I used the Painted With Love Specialty DSP,  this paper has gold foil accents and I love how it glimmers in the light.  I’ve selected my colours directly from the pattterned paper pack,

My greeting comes from Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set and die cutted it out with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.  The treat tube is filled with chocolate M&M’s.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Bloomin’ Love
  • Ink – Melon Mambo Classic Ink
  • PaperPainted With Love DSP, Powder Pink, Calypso Coral Cardstock, Gold Glimmer Paper
  • Other Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Sweet & Sassy Thinlits, Big Shot, Liquid Adhesive, Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon, Gold Thread, Tear & Tape adhesive

Dimensions:

  • Painted with Love DSP – 5-1/4” (width) x 5-1/2” (length – which wraps around tube) piece
  • Calypso Coral CS – a scrap piece
  • Powder Pink CS – a scrap piece
  • Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon – 20” piece (50cm)
  • Gold Thread – 12” piece (30cm)

Directions:

  1. Wrap the patterned paper around one side of the clear craft tube, and use your fingers to “pinch” the paper at the corner. Crease along the “pinched” line with your bone folder.  Continue shaping the paper around the tube.
  2. Once all your corners are creased, attached the patterned paper to the tub with tear & tape adhesive
  3. Stick the center point of the ribbon to the patterned paper on one side of the tube with glue dot. The ribbon should extend slightly above the top edge of the patterned paper
  4. Tie the ribbon in a bow around the tube
  5. Die cut a small heart from the Sweet & Sassy framelits with Powder Pink Cardstock and Big Shot
  6. Stamp your greeting in the center of the heart with Melon Mambo Classic Ink
  7. Die cut a larger heart with Calypso Coral Cardstock and Sweet & Sassy Framelits and Big Shot machine
  8. Die cut the word “Love” from Gold Glimmer Paper using Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Big Shot machine
  9. Stick word “Love” to the patterned paper with liquid adhesive
  10. Fill the tube with Candy. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


Change up the paper and create a treat holder for any occasion

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

My best tip for any card maker (new and old) is to practice. Carve out a little time in your busy life each week to get creative. It’s good for you. Every card you make is a learning experience. You might be trying a new colour combination, a technique or a challenge of some kind. I prefer challenges without a prize because I don’t want to compete—I’d rather just play when I create.

Challenges are a great way to learn because they stretch you to try new things or look at things you’ve done before in new ways. If I get in a slump and need a jump start I usually create myself a challenge. Here are couple challenges I like to create for myself

  • Colour Challenge – punch out 1/2″ circle of each colour cardstock place them in a bowl.  Randomly pick out 3-4 colours and create project using them
  • Sketch Challenge
  • Limited Supplies Challenge – Select 3-4 items from stamp sets, paper and embellishments and create project using just those items
  • Stamp Set Challenge – Create a project using a stamp set that you haven’t used yet or haven’t used in a long time.

I always seem to find something that wakes up my creativity. Like everything else in life you need to work at your craft a bit to get better. Make a card in a different shape than you normally do. Try new techniques. Try new colour combinations.

Relax and have fun while you create. Through the process you will become a better card
maker

Here is a look back at a card I made in 2013 when I first started my blog. Not Bad!

Birthday Basics, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Here’s one I created just last month, a great improvement.

Whole Lot of Lovely
Don’t give up, keep creating and challenge yourself.  You can only get better.

Make It Monday #1: Sunshine Wishes

Make It Monday – Sunshine Wishes

Sunshine Wishes

Welcome to our first Make It Monday series for 2018.  I’m excited to be sharing a new project tutorial each week, and I’m starting today with a Valentines project.  This project features the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits .  No Stamping.

To create my card this week, I’ve cut 10 x Love die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits in Whisper White Cardstock. I’ve adhered them to my Whisper White Card front using liquid adhesive.  Alternatively you can die cut them with the Adhesive sheets making for easy placement.

I’ve selected three (3) colours to draw the eye in, and these colours all work well together.  Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum and Melon Mambo.  Each of these colours have been cut 3 times and layered on top of each other for height.

To finish my card I added some gold thread under the coloured “Love” die cuts and randomly placed Metallics Sequins to finish it off.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • PaperThick Whisper White CS, Whisper White, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo CS
  • Other Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Big Shot, Liquid Adhesive, Gold Thread, Metallic Sequin

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) – score and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – scrap pieces
  • Powder Pink CS – scrap piece
  • Sweet Sugarplum CS – scrap piece
  • Melon Mambo CS – scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Die cut 10 “Love” die using Whisper White CS
  2. Die cut 3 “Love” die in each colour (Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo)
  3. Adhere the 3 die cuts of each colour together using liquid adhesive. You will have a stack of 3 dies in each colour
  4. Adhere the 10 Whisper White “Love” die cuts to the front of the cardbase as shown in the picture using liquid adhesive
  5. Place some Gold Thread over the 3 center dies
  6. Adhere the coloured die cuts over the Gold Thread using liquid adhesive
  7. Randomly place Metallic sequins to your card front. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card. You can view this below

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Not able to create today?

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Supplies

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See you next Monday for another fun Valentines Project.

Watercolour with Blender Pens

Watercolour is one of the biggest trends in paper crafting at the moment.  Luckily, there are many techniques that will allow you can incorporate that look into your cards, without requiring you to be a painting expert!

Learn more about this months class kit HERE

In this technique based class you will learn

  • How to use  a blender pen for best results
  • Watercolouring using Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pad
  • How to create shading with just one colour
  • any many more…..

the only class supplies you will need is …..


Learn more about this months class kit HERE

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