Cards

Card making toolbox

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Once a month or so, I pack up my craft goodies and head to a crop across town. I've been doing this for a couple of years now and I've learned that now productive I am depends entirely on 1) if I've planned my projects ahead of time and 2) how well I've packed my supplies.

Well, anyway, I'm more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal, so planning my projects ahead doesn't always (okay, usually) happen. But I've found a way to help solve the second problem.

I've created a box with all the basics for card making, since that's what I do most often. I love these medium organizer boxes from Close to My Heart. They're easy to stack on shelves or stick in a bag for traveling, and with their adjustable dividers, perfect for what I needed. If you don't have a CTMH advisor, I've linked to mine. (If you order from her, tell her that Becca sent ya!) 🙂

Here's what I've put in mine:

  • Card blanks in white, vanilla, and kraft colors, and corresponding envelopes
  • Foam for adding dimension to card panels
  • Basic adhesives (including my Stampin' Up Snail tape, dimensionals, and glue dots)
  • Embellishments like rhinestones, pearls, sequins, and candy dots
  • Anti-static powder for heat embossing and deactivating adhesives (an Embossing Buddy or similar)
  • Some of my favorite ribbons
  • Sponge daubers
  • Nuvo dots (if you haven't tried these, they are amazeballs)
  • Small scissors

Now, whether I'm at home or on the go, all I need to do to get a card project started is pull out my card toolbox!

Do you have a similar toolbox? What's in yours?

Supplies

Pull tab card in Design Space

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The February Paper Pumpkin kit was a totally adorable birthday pull tab card. There's so much to love about this set—the colors, the glitter paper, the versatility (there are slots to affix a gift card, too!). I liked it so much I decided to recreate the card using my Cricut Explore. I'll even share the link to my Design Space file later on in the post.

My attempt to recreate the pull tub card turned out better than I hoped! Here are 2 versions I made using my Cricut and stamp sets. One without the shape at the top of the card (like the candle flame in the Paper Pumpkin original) and one with.

Card without shape

As I mentioned in my Lift Me Up hot air balloons stamp post, I'm a little obsessed to the Lift Me Up bundle. Plus, I have a friend who needed a little pick-me-up, so I reached for the Carried Away Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-bration.

Card with shape

I've also been playing with another of the Occasions stamp sets called Everyday Hero.

This is a photopolymer set that lets you build some really cute comic book-inspired images. I stamped and cut the cape from Sweet Sugarplum and rolled the edge to get some dimension.

Design Space project

As promised, here's a link to the Design Space canvas: Pull tab card by MasterProcraftinator.com.

Supplies


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Life Me Up hot air balloon stamps

I grew up in New Mexico, where hot air balloons dance across the sky every autumn for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. So the “Lift Me Up” suite from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog was the first one on my wishlist.

I'm on a monochromatic kick. Since I tend toward simpler designs, these two-color combinations offer just the right blend of simple and striking. Plus, choose dark neutrals or gem tones and pair them with kraft or vanilla paper, you've got designs suitable for the men in your life.

Sometimes with these intricate dies, adhering them can be a messy prospect, even with a fine-tip glue. So I've discovered the magic of double-sided adhesive tape (several types listed in Supplies section). Just apply it to the back of your cardstock, then run the paper through your Big Shot with your die of choice. It's SO much cleaner than running it through a Xyron sticker maker. No goopy edges to clean up!

And if you ink the edges of your top layer, you can skip an extra mat layer to save some time or just to keep the card (you guessed it) simple.

And don't forget to make the inside of your card pretty, too!

In direct opposition to my “keep it simple” aesthetic, I also adore shaker cards. What can I say? I'm complicated like that.

With smaller dies like this, you can stretch the typical shaker design to feature more than one window. And overlaying other die-cut pieces adds extra dimension.

Happy stampin'!

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Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Earn rewards when you shop! Use hostess code W3PB3QPJ when you check out at my online store. If you opt-in to receiving mail from me and drop me a note, I'll also send you a free catalog.

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD/$135 CAD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

Fiesta like there’s no manana birthday cards

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When I first looked at this year's Stampin' Up catalog in June, I thought I wouldn't want this Birthday Fiesta set. But I went out on a limb and bought it. And now I love it. I <3 it so much.

Annual16_p010_a-27 Birthday Fiesta bundle

Why do I love it?

The LLAMA! Oh, the whimsical adorableness (is that a real word?) that is the llama! He's so stinkin' cute.

And the banner pieces are just downright adorable stamped and die-cut. It's a real eye-catcher, especially since there are endless ways to customize the look.

Card 1: Shaker

What says a fiesta better than confetti? I used the Sprinkles Punch to create shaker material, and the new Layering Squares Framelits dies to create a window. Combined with the bright colors, you get a super cheerful card. And I love how the tone-on-tone ink and paper look.

Card 2: Smiling Llama

I have to admit. This one is my favorite. 🙂 First, I spun a sponge in place using So Saffron to create the sun. Then, using a sponge along the edges, I used Sahara Sand to create a sandy color at the bottom and Soft Sky to create a sky color at the top.

I chose Smoky Slate for the llama body because I wanted it to pop off the page–but (and I'm not joking) I googled “what colors are llamas” so I didn't venture TOO far out of the realm of reality. 🙂 Funny things we crafters fixate on…

The pink flower is kinda tiny, so the Fine-Tip Glue Pen is perfect to adhere it to the cactus. I fussy cut the blanket and used a dimensional to give it some more oomph.

I liked this one so much, and had so much fun working on it, that I cut a dozen or so pieces to keep on hand. I just stuffed 'em all in an envelope and stashed it in the case so I can build new cards whenever I want to.

I had a ton of fun working with this set. And it makes everyone to whom I've shown these cards happy.

Supplies




Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Earn rewards when you shop! Use hostess code W3PB3QPJ when you check out at my online store. If you opt-in to receiving mail from me and drop me a note, I'll also send you a free catalog.

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD/$135 CAD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

Simple 3D Fall cards

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I wanted to make some simple 3D cards to send out at Thanksgiving. As you might know, finding 3D cards that are both 3D and simple can be difficult. But these Linus' 3D Fall Cards from SVGcuts.com are the perfect solution!

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Each design has small 3D elements to give the card depth and texture, but they don't require hours of assembly like many 3D projects. If you mount the panels with foam dots, you'll get even more depth and shadow the design.

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The SVG designs don't come with any wording or anything, but jazzing them up with stamps or embellishments is easy enough. But they're pretty as plain cuts.

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3d-fall-cards-pumpkin

3d-fall-cards-sunflower

Check out the SVGcuts.com site and try the Linus 3D Fall cards for yourself!

August Paper Pumpkin 3 ways

The August “Bold Botanicals” Paper Pumpkin kit was SO adorable. And so versatile! If you're looking for some ideas on how to make your August Paper Pumpkin kit go a little bit further, here's what I cooked up the other night.

As you might have guessed from my recent Create your own patterned background post, I am loving floral backgrounds. Here are a few ideas for using Bold Botanicals beyond the projects in August's kit.

Heat embossing with colored ink

I love the simplicity of flat or one-layered cards. For this one, I created a colored embossing look using Mint Macaron ink and clear embossing powder.

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It's easy to do, especially with the MISTI, which allows you to easily stamp an image repeatedly. You can see the difference multiple impressions make here in this closeup. I stamped the flowers and leaves twice, because I wanted to make sure there was very solid coverage to show through the embossing. I stamped the “Thanks” sentiment 3 times, so it shows a bit darker.

Once you've stamped in your ink color of choice, you can stamp over it with Versamark for the embossing powder.

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White heat embossing

I think white on kraft is one of those timeless classic color combos.

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I used white embossing powder to get a bright, vibrant white. The “Thanks” sentiment is embossed in Copper.

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Colored with markers

To switch it up a little, I used markers to color my last card. I recommend using the Black archival ink or Stazon to stamp the images, that way you minimize any bleeding when you color up to the lines.

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I used Watermelon Wonder and Pear Pizzazz. The “Hello” sentiment is embossed in white on Watermelon Wonder cardstock. This was also the first time I used the Envelope Punch Board. Holy moly! I don't know why I waited this long to use it–it's SOOOOO easy! And with the matching Envelope Paper, the set is complete.

paper-pumpkin-aug-2016-colored-closeup

Supplies



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Copper and purple and paisley, oh my!

The new Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog has one of my all-time favorite paper and stamp suites: Petals & Paisleys. With gorgeous autumn colors that are still vibrant, and a paisley motif that's to die for, this set is quickly becoming my new go-to.

I've mentioned before how much I love the new copper from Stampin' Up. As you can see, my love affair continues. And I never get tired of purple.

Petals and Paisleys copper on purple

You can edge your sentiment with the copper embossing powder to help set it off from the background paper.

Petals and Paisleys on stripes

And going with more purple! The holiday catalog also has a set of grosgrain ribbon that matches. I've used it here to frame the sentiment on that beautiful paisley background paper.

Petals and Paisleys with ribbon

Happy stampin'! And be sure to check out the new holiday catalog!

Holiday catalog link

Supplies



Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Earn rewards when you shop! Use hostess code W3PB3QPJ when you check out at my online store. If you opt-in to receiving mail from me and drop me a note, I'll also send you a free catalog.

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD/$135 CAD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

Create your own patterned background

Custom patterned backgrounds

Three things spurred me to a crafting frenzy this week. First, I've been obsessed with heat embossing lately, especially since the new Copper Embossing Powder came out. Then I saw Jennifer McGuire's post about stamping patterned backgrounds. And then I sorted through my stash of Honey Bee Stamps and saw my Country Blooms set. So I set to creating a set of cards with my own custom stamped backgrounds.

Custom stamped backgrounds

Following Jennifer's advice, I drew a grid on tracing paper so I could line up the stamps to fill up the “grid” without overlapping. It was fun to see how each card ended up with a different look even though I used the same stamped design.

The stamp designs take center stage by using white embossing powder and sponging several colors across the paper.

Closeup of custom pattern sponged background

Then, using black embossing powder on the white paper, I created this black and white design. I worried it would be too bland in just black and white, but I think it turned out quite striking.

Black and white card with floral background

I mentioned at the beginning that another of my recent obsessions is the new copper embossing powder from Stampin' Up. Well, in the new Holiday Catalog that goes live on September 1, there's a Copper Foil sheet. It. is. awesome. Between the two, I can't get enough. I'm betting all of my friends get at least one copper card this season. 😉

Copper foil greeting on custom floral background

I also love the monochromatic look. And the copper is a perfect pairing with Crumb Cake paper or kraft paper.

Monochromatic copper foil and embossing on custom background

Supplies


Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Earn rewards when you shop! Use hostess code W3PB3QPJ when you check out at my online store. If you opt-in to receiving mail from me and drop me a note, I'll also send you a free catalog.

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD/$135 CAD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

Sponged background panel cards

Sponged background post header

I like simple looking cards. Not all simple looking cards ARE simple, though. And just because they're simple doesn't mean they aren't striking. I like to let sponged backgrounds take center stage—use them to create some drama for your favorite sentiments and patterns.

Split-panel card

Using a large sponge (I like to use the Stampin Up sponges cut in quarters), swipe across the paper in a circular motion. Slightly overlap your color edges, and you'll get that ombre-style look. After I sponged the background on Whisper White, I cut out a strip (which I saved to use later as a panel on a different card) to make room for the sentiment. The new copper embossing powder really pops on black! I chose to glue the sponged panels on top of the black because I wanted it to be the top layer.

Sponged background panel card closeup

After stamping the strip from Moroccan Nights, I felt like it needed some oomph. I love how the rhinestones add dimension. And these border stamps can often fade into the background, but the rhinestones bring it right back to the front to shine.

Don't forget to jazz up your envelope, too! A decorated envelope makes getting happy mail even better. 🙂

Sponged background panel card w-envelope

Center panel card

For a slightly different approach, you can use a smaller panel (perhaps the one left over from the card above) as the focal point on your card. This time I mounted the sponged background panel on black paper after stamping and embossing the sentiment. I embossed it because it helps makes the image really solid, especially important on a busy or saturated background.

If you don't want to take the time to emboss the sentiment, you can make sure you get a really solid, vibrant, crisp image by double-stamping it. My tool of choice is the MISTI—this tool is so awesome, I can't believe I waited as long as I did to buy it. It allows precision stamping, which makes double-stamping a breeze. If you don't have the MISTI, you could also use the Stamp-ma-jig.

This card design is a great excuse to pull out your favorite background stamp to add some texture. Or, build your own background using smaller stamps.

Sponged background panel card just for you

Supplies



Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Earn rewards when you shop! Use hostess code W3PB3QPJ when you check out at my online store. If you opt-in to receiving mail from me and drop me a note, I'll also send you a free catalog.

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD/$135 CAD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

Christmas in June: beat the holiday rush

I created a set of backup Christmas cards early this year. That way, even though I know I'll want to make new designs come November, I'll have a core set that I can send out to my VIPs if (ahem, when) my planning goes sideways.

Every year, I tell myself I'm going to get my Christmas cards out early. Which, of course, means that every year I send them out later than I want to. 🙂 There are inevitably fabulous new stamp sets and paper released in the fall that must be in my Christmas projects. And no matter how much I try to plan ahead, November and December whiz by faster than my organizational skills can keep up with. So this year, I'm making a few cards to have at the ready.

Embellished Ornaments in navy blue and silver by MasterProcraftinator.com Embellished ornaments message in navy blue and silver by MasterProcraftinator.com  Front view of Embellished Ornaments in red and white by MasterProcraftinator.comCloseup of Embellished Ornaments in red and white by MasterProcraftinator.com


Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Earn rewards when you shop! Use hostess code W3PB3QPJ when you check out at my online store. If you opt-in to receiving mail from me and drop me a note, I'll also send you a free catalog.

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD/$135 CAD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

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