THANK you so much for joining me today. I’ll be back again soon with another fun project you can create in no time! Happy crafting!
- Create a beautiful background by randomly stamping a repeated image in a light colored ink.
- Use a die-cut frame to create a high-impact shape quickly.
- Keep a variety of colored images on hand to save on time.
- Use dies to quickly cut out complicated shapes.
Supplies used: Solar white #80 cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Fly-By Friends stamp set, blu raspberry and grout gray ink pads from My Favorite Things; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; Copic® markers (BG01, C5, C7, Y11, Y13) from Imagination International Inc.
Supplies used: Mermaid For You stamp set and die set (#LF-1168) from Lawn Fawn; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; lemongrass and mojito ink pads from Mama Elephant; Large Circle Burst die (#98478) from Memory Box.
Roller stamps are so much fun and should be an essential in every cardmaker’s toolbox. If you’ve never played around with them, we think you might want to give them a try after today’s blog hop. The CardMaker designers have created some stunning projects showcasing PLUS Corp’s Decoration Stamp Rollers! To make it even more fun, PLUS Corp is hosting a giveaway on their Facebook page. Visit the blogs on the hop and then take a look to find out how you can enter for a chance to win. Let’s get started!
Supplies used: Honeycomb Decoration Stamp Roller from PLUS Corporation of America; Blending Card from X-Press It; wildflower honey cardstock from My Mind’s Eye; Spectrum Aqua markers from Spectrum Noir; Stampin’ Write markers from Stampin’ Up!; tuxedo black Mark It marker from BIC USA Inc.; orange self-adhesive gems from Want2Scrap; paper trimmer from Fiskars; scoring board and Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.
Next up on the hop is the talented Nancy Damiano! If you get lost along the way, come back here. The entire blog hop list is shown below.
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Having the opportunity to get crafty and brainstorm a new idea is something that I love to do! Today, I am challenging you to do the same! Click here to sign up for your FREE 7-day trial using Graphic Stock images with up to 20 downloads a day for you to keep! We can’t wait to see what crafty projects you brainstorm and create! Once a crafter, always a crafter—am I right?
When I was presented with the Graphic Stock website, my wheels immediately started to turn and I know yours will, too. An entire website full of over 300,000 beautiful, fun and graphic images at my fingertips with all of the rights to download and use them however my creative brain desires? Someone please pinch me! Let the image searching and creating of project folders commence! Note: I am not a seasoned pro at any particular craft. I love them all and work with what I have. Bringing creative ideas to life brings joy to my heart! A pro dilettante if you will!
The ideas started to flow as I worked my way through the Graphic Stock website. I fell in love with this pineapple image.
After saving the image, I opened up my editing program from the Desktop icon. Note: I used PIXLR, but there are many other programs available. Once the program was open, I selected the “File” tab in the top left corner, clicked “Open” and found my pineapple image in my Downloads folder. Once the pineapple popped up on the screen, I selected the “Fast” icon and found the “Resize” button. I wanted the image to print as a 4 x 6-inch image, so I used the convert website I used previously to help me know what pixels to change the image to (1200px by 1793px). Voila! The image was now to my desired printing size. I then printed my image straight from my home computer. Tip: Don’t forget to “Save As” this newly sized image so you can come back and use it again if you want to.
I had some perfect colors of Sullivans floss in my craft dresser that coordinated with the bright colors in the coffee filter papers and pineapple. Paper punching and stitching on paper is popular right now and I wanted to give it a whirl. Again, I have minimal embroidery knowledge but thanks to this Learn to Embroider online class, I was able to quickly learn the backstitch and a French knot which would add dimension and some personal flair to the pineapple.
While we’re talking about decisions, how will you decide to use your free images? We cannot wait to see what ideas you have and what you create. Share your photos with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages (cardmaker_magazine) and hashtag #CardMakerGraphicStockChallenge.
At the back of each issue of CardMaker, you’ll find a collection of quotes and sentiments. For this week’s challenge, select one of the quotes from the autumn issue and make a card featuring it! And as always, make sure to share a photo with us of your design either on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with #cardchallengecorner!
Supplies used: Basic black cardstock and ink pads (black black, tempting turquoise, soft suede) from Stampin’ Up!; Distress watercolor cardstock from Ranger Industries; Your Story, Rebus, Grid and Compass stamps from Impression Obsession Inc.; Color Burst paints (tangerine, ultramarine blue, sepia) from Ken Oliver Crafts; white acrylic paint from Plaid; MISTI stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.
- Am I learning something new that I will actually use?
- Will it save me time?
Because I want you to answer “yes” to both of these questions when you consider my favorite card-making tip, I have to be completely honest and confess I have way more than just ONE favorite tip. I use these tips on a daily basis and I simply cannot narrow them to just one. You deserve to enjoy them all! If you’re not already using these tips, I hope you find each and every one of them to be an encouragement in your creative process.
KellyJean’s Top 10 Tips
10 Always have neutral color cardstock on hand.
White and ivory … these are a MUST to have on hand. I always have a full, unopened pack of each on hand. When I have to open a new pack, it’s time to order my next unopened pack. Keep reading and another tip will help you understand why.
9. Use those scraps.
A basket full of scraps stays right next to my design table and I pull from it as often as possible. Any scrap piece of cardstock that is smaller than 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches goes into my scrap basket. This basket gets cleaned out every six months (January 1 and July 1). During these two clean days, every last scrap is bagged up and given as a door prize during a class or donated to our local school.
8. Have your most-used tools close by.
Tape gun, 12 x 12 paper trimmer, Big Shot machine, cardstock and markers … I use all of these every single time I create so they each have a special little home near my work space.
7. Take pics.
Before you send that adorable card to your boss, preacher or best bud, take a photograph of it! Don’t forget! I can’t tell you how many times I sent a card and then wanted to make it again but couldn’t remember the measurements or colors or some other fun detail. Keep those photographs stored in an online gallery of some kind such as Instagram, Facebook, Splitcoaststampers, etc. so that you can delete them from your phone storage. This way you’re sharing with others and we will all appreciate you for it!
6. Never stop learning.
Try a challenge, watch a video, take a class or join a club.
5. KIC it!
Keep It Clean! I am more creative and the creative juices flow quicker when my design table is clean and clear. (Please ignore the photo for an upcoming tip. Ha! There is a method to my madness.) I know this is easier said than done. But it’s well worth the time to try your very best to put it (whatever “it” might be … stamp set, ink pad, chocolate bar …) away after you’ve used them (except the chocolate bar. Eat the chocolate bar!).
4. KISS it!
Keep It Simple Stamper! Pay attention to the time you have on hand. If you need a particular card and you don’t have the time to make that card, create a card by keeping it as simple as possible. Stamp an image. Stamp a sentiment. I know this sounds boring, but you don’t have the time to elaborate. And trust me, your recipient will love getting that card as opposed to them getting absolutely nothing at all. Here is where Tip #1 comes into play. CAS cards (Clean and Simple cards) call for mostly neutral backgrounds so white or ivory cardstock is key to rockin’ out the CAS cards when you are “keeping it simple, stamper.” Be sure to visit my Instagram @always_stampin and look for #handmadecardsforChrist. These are the simplest cards I create because I just don’t have time to elaborate with them. These are also the greetings that get the most hits on my Instagram. Everyone loves easy and fun because it’s something we can all do and do well.
3. CASE it!
Are you like me and you just can’t KISS? It’s in our creative jeans (or is it genes? giggle). Sometimes I just want to elaborate and use that pretty ribbon and cute little button and a few rhinestones! But let’s be honest … who has the time?! When you don’t have time to go all out and you feel the urge to rebel against Tip #4, then at least CASE someone else’s original. Be sure it’s something that won’t take a ton of your time AND most importantly, be sure to give credit to the original artist should you decide to post your creation online.
2. Use what you have.
1. Do what you know.
Hello everyone! It’s Juliana here with you for my first post on the CardMaker blog. Today, I’m sharing my creative space with you. This is where all my crafting takes place. My space is in our basement, but I truly feel blessed to have a designated space just for making and creating. When I was taking these photos, Lincoln decided he needed to be a part of the action!
Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my creative space! I’m sharing how I store specific craft supplies over on my blog 17turtles. I invite you to stop on over and check it out.