Celebrate & Decorate: Summer Banner

Hi friends!! Jeanne here with a Celebrate and Decorate project! I made a pretty banner to give my yard a festive look for an upcoming pool party. I love hosting gatherings in the summer. Entertaining just seems easier when everyone is outside. The grill is fired up, kids are splashing in the pool, and of course, some cool drinks and treats.

This banner was super simple to make. I started with some store-bought chipboard pennants and decorated them with patterned paper. I attached the paper with a tape glider and trimmed the edges with a craft knife. I inked up the edges with an ink pad to give them a more finished look.

I cut 3-inch-tall letters with my electronic cutting machine. Tip: You can also use precut chipboard letters from the local craft store.

I used die-cut doilies to embellish my banner. Tip: An inexpensive package of doilies from the cake decorating section will save time and look great.

Ribbon scraps are an easy way to dress up a project. I wrapped pieces of lace trim, rickrack and grosgrain ribbon around the chipboard banners and adhered them with tape on the back.

These banners are a great way to use up some of those pretty patterned paper scraps you’ve been holding on to. Mixing different patterns and colors gives your project a fun look!

Lots of your crafting supplies such as buttons, twine and pins make perfect embellishments. The stamp set I used featured ice pops and I inked them in cool colors to match the patterned papers.

A border-punched edge is a simple way to add extra detail to a project. I also used some die-cut banner shapes for my sentiments and to add layers. Repeating the banner shape helped tie the elements of the project together.

You can create all sorts of beautiful projects with your crafting supplies. I hope this project inspires you to make a banner for your next party or gathering. I think I will hang this in my kitchen to enjoy every day. It will remind me of friends and family and to enjoy each summer day!


Supplies used: Paper Accents chipboard pennants from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; Farmer’s Market patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers; Let’s Chill and Sweet Thing stamp sets and Let’s Chill dies from Reverse Confetti; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Fresh Ink pad from Impress Rubber Stamps; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; twine from The Twinery; French Pastry Doily die (#DL102) from Cheery Lynn Designs; Flag Tags dies (#KFBD-13-012) from Paper Smooches; border punches from EK Success; Folk Art Festival cartridge and electronic cutting machine from Cricut.  


Noelle’s Scrap Treasures

Hi there! It’s Noelle coming to you with my first post for the CardMaker blog today! I’m really excited to share posts with you over these next several months!

I really like to use up old bits and pieces on my cards. In fact, I have a tiered organizer on my desk used solely for the purpose of remembering to use those things. I used to find that, when I stashed things away in a box, I forgot I had them and never used them. Having these pieces in plain sight has been really helpful! Primarily, what I have in the organizer are extra die-cut pieces, handmade embellishments, or stamped images that I didn’t end up using.

These were the random pieces I pulled from that organizer to use to make my card I’d been thinking of shaker cards lately, and decided that these pieces, and the shaker concept were my jumping-off point. I ended up using all these pieces but one.

Since I’d decided to do the shaker card, I knew I wanted to paper-piece the penguin on the outside of the shaker box. However, there were some details on this particular stamp that I didn’t want to cut out such as the little feet and the balloon string. So, I took both the front and back pieces I would use for my shaker, and stamped the same image over the two pieces at once.

Then, I added acetate to the back of the frame. I made a foam frame by attaching leftover edges from some foam dimensional dots, so this card is full of scraps, including scrap adhesive! I didn’t attach foam along the top edge until I had sandwiched the two halves of the shaker together, so I could line up the image properly. After it was put together neatly, I added the micro beads in through the top opening. Then I put the last piece of foam adhesive in with tweezers.

I paper-pieced the penguin scrap on top after coloring. Then I added the sentiment, which I put a die-cut star around that was also a leftover piece. The “7” was matted with a punched circle, and the background die-cut negative numbers were also matted before adhering them to the card.

Once the card was assembled, I think it turned out pretty cute! I hope you like it, too. Have a fantastic day!


Supplies used: Solid cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; stamps, number plate die, and star die from The Cat’s Pajamas; instant photo frame die from Lil’ Inker Designs; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.


Card Challenge Corner: Color Challenge

Color Palette

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Use the following three colors (and only these three colors) to make a card: white, black and purple.”

Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!

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Penny’s U Inspire Me

Hey everyone! Penny here today with a creation that was inspired by something I found on the big world wide web.

Photo from here

Looking around for a card idea, I came across a picture of a gorgeous wedding cake that was decorated in navy and lime which is my favorite color combo! I would have loved being invited to this wedding, but alas … no invitation! I could not resist giving this inspiration a whirl with my cardstock, glue and handmade flowers.

The beautiful flowers in blues and teals had to be included on my creation as well as the gorgeous gold swirls. In keeping to a close replica of the cake, I have used gold heat embossing on the top and bottom of the card base.

I went with the “Congratulations” sentiment so this card will work for a wedding, anniversary, baptism … ok, you get the idea.

The leaves were punched and spritzed with pear tart spray and for added interest, I used a touch of lime embroidery thread behind the flowers. Because I made my card the standard A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches), I was not able to include the stunning peacock … maybe on the next card.

I hope you find card inspiration wherever you look. Otherwise, head for Pinterest when your mojo is failing you. :)


Supplies used: Navy and white cardstock and faux gold pearls from Michaels Stores Inc.; Oh Happy Day stamp set from Avery Elle; Dot Flourishes stamp set from Inkadinkado; Memento Luxe ink pads (pear tart, sky blue and teal zeal), watermark ink pad, gold and white embossing powders, and pear tart irRESISTible spray from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; clear rock candy Stickles glitter from Ranger Industries Inc.; Frond punch from Martha Stewart Crafts; Bitty Blossoms die templates (#S5-086) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; eBosser from Craftwell; Scrap Happy Glue from The Rubber Café.


Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors

Patterned tapes are one of the hottest trends right now in paper crafting. Besides the fun colors and prints, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating with tape—party decorations, jewelry, wallets and home decor.

However, if you’ve had any experience trying to cut patterned tape, you know it can be difficult. That’s why I was excited to try out the new Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors. The team at Fiskars® has partnered with Duck Tape® to create scissors that make cutting anything sticky easy. These scissors feature a non-stick coating on stainless steel blades meaning there is no gummy build-up after cutting through sticky materials. I cut through several pieces of tape and was happy to see there was absolutely no residue on the blades.

The scissors are available in a 5-inch size for detailed cuts and an 8-inch size perfect for cutting longer lengths of tape. Besides tape, the scissors can be used to cut a variety of materials including paper, vellum, cardstock and cardboard. These scissors are an essential for every crafter to have in their work space!

Make sure to visit the Fiskars Facebook page where they are hosting a giveaway! Go here for all of the details!

Photos from Fiskars®


Theresa’s Outside the Box

Hello! Theresa here with an Outside the Box project.

Have you ever come across a card you loved in a magazine, but didn’t have the exact same supplies to recreate it? Well, if you have similar supplies, you can still achieve the same look using what you have on hand.

Fishing Memories
I was inspired by this fabulous card, created by Christine Okken, from the May 2012 issue of CardMaker. I’m always looking for masculine card ideas for all occasions and I just love the theme and layout of this card.

The original card has a fantastic layout with the focal image offset to the right and uses patterned paper and brads to balance the design. The extra white space around the stamped image helps the image to pop out against the detailed pattern paper.

I wanted to stay true to the fishing theme and overall design of Christine’s card, but with a clean, bright look for summer. I replaced the ivory cardstock with white and sponged with turquoise, rather than distressing with brown. Using a fishing fly image that I had on hand, I colored it mainly brown, but with pops of bright colors.

Instead of three strips of patterned paper, I used one strip of brown fluted paper, but kept the offset design and tucked sentiment layer. Jute twine, wrapped around the fluted paper added a bit of interest and a few loops of burlap string in the upper left corner helped balance the offset design.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful day!


Supplies used: White, kraft, brown and tan cardstock and Gone Fishing and Vogue Vases 2 stamp sets from Gina K. Designs; chocolate Fluted paper from Canvas Corp.; Copic® markers (B02, E35, R8, Y13, YR12) from Imagination International Inc.; Memento tuxedo black and Bahama blue ink pads from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; jute twine from Westrim Crafts; burlap string from May Arts Ribbon; A2 Matting Basics A die templates (#S5-131) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®; Mega Runner Adhesive from Xyron.


Autumn Issue Sneak Peek

Here’s a little sneak peek into the Autumn issue of CardMaker which officially goes on sale July 22nd. However, you can purchase a digital copy here if you just can’t wait!

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Creative Space: Piali Biswas

Hello! I’m Piali and this is my first post on the CardMaker blog. I’m super excited about it!

This post is about sharing my creative space with all of you lovely readers.

Today I’ll share a few photos of my current craft corner. We moved last month and in this house I don’t have a craft room yet. We’re getting ready to finish our basement and I’ve already sketched out my craft room for the contractors. For the time being, until our basement is finished and ready to use, I’ve set up a small table in the corner of my bedroom.

I like my current crafty corner because of the large windows (which I’ll miss in the basement craft room).

As I have very limited space, I try to utilize each and every square inch possible. You can see that I store my electronic cutting machine in its original box underneath my table and take it out when I need it. My sewing machine is also there ready for use any time.

On the table, I try to keep fewer things so that I have space to create. The Making Memories Carousel holds all the tools I use on a daily basis. Next to that, I have a ribbon carousel which I use for my twine spools.

I also have a box of baby wipes, a small drawer unit filled with embossing supplies, sponge applicators, scoring tool, a paper trimmer and a light.

I also have two carts from Ikea, one for my stamping supplies and the other for die-cutting, sprays and coloring supplies. I like these carts as they are super easy to pull by my work table and everything is easily accessible.

Shown above is my die-cutting and coloring cart.

Here is my stamping cart. It’s my favorite one, so I keep this unit next to my table.

Here you can see how I store my clear 4 x 6-inch stamp sets. I purchased the sleeves from Office Depot and the stamps fit perfectly. I like to keep the original backer sheet for all of my stamp sets.

Under the table, I have a 12 x 12-inch drawer where I keep the cardstock that I use daily. I keep the extra stash of cardstock in a closet.

On top of the cardstock drawer, I have a long basket that I use to hold my smaller stamp sets in. I store them in a CD sleeve with pockets; the sleeves are very sturdy and clear so I can easily see through them. Plus, the sleeves are super affordable.

I love baskets. I like to keep things organized in baskets so that I can just pull out the one I need, place it on my table and work. Baskets also make for easy clean-up, too.

I store my dies in a basket. I also use the CD sleeves for my smaller dies. Again I use the original packaging backer sheet as an insert. It helps me to identify the dies easily.

This summer I will finish labeling my stamps and dies before the new craft room is finished.

I try to store my 6 x 6-inch paper pads, rubber stamps, 12 x 12-inch papers in 12 x 12-inch clear boxes. Pictured here are my Hero Arts stamps. I have four more containers for Art Impressions, Stampendous! and other miscellaneous wood-mounted stamps. Again these boxes are super easy to store, they stack well, and they are easy to keep at my table whenever I need them.

I know it’s not an amazing craft room tour—it’s just a little crafty corner. I hope you liked it. I promise to share my new craft room as soon as it’s done!

Thank you so much for stopping by!



Card Challenge Corner (& Free Pattern!): Goin’ To The Chapel


Card by Bonnie Garby

Download complete instructions for the card shown above from CardMaker’s newsletter here! Click here to sign up for the newsletter!

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Know a couple who’s getting married (or eloping like my husband and I did)? Put a card together for them before or after to congratulate.”

Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!

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Happy Independence Day!

Fourth of July

Design by Alice Golden

For complete instructions, pick up a copy of our summer issue!


Wishing everyone a joyful Fourth of July with family, friends, sparklers and s’mores!

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