Tanya Fox, editor, and Brooke Smith, managing editor, are the editorial team behind CardMaker magazine. When not reviewing design submissions and planning future issues of the magazine and pattern books, they can often be found exploring websites for inspiration and visiting their favorite local coffee shop.
They hope you’ll visit the blog often as they share card-making tips, designer features, paper-crafting techniques, project inspiration and a peek at life inside the CardMaker office.
Hi there, it’s Noelle here today and I am going to share a little secret with you.
My secret is this—my youngest child is seven years old and I often frequent the diaper aisle.
It’s because of these glorious little cloths of heaven; you might also know them as baby wipes.
I use them for cleaning just about anything—stamps, for one. Yes, I have the scrubby pad and special stamp cleaner I use those when the 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 wipe. Got some tape residue on a die from taping it to the right spot on the paper? A wipe will get that cleaned right up. An inked brayer can sit on a 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. The boxes even come in a million colors now, so I bet you can find a pack that matches the colors in your studio if you are so inclined.
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.
We’re so happy to be kicking off today’s blog hop with The Twinery! Baker’s twine is one of our favorite products here in the CardMaker office and we think The Twinery has the best selection. Their wide variety of colors including shimmery metallics makes it difficult to choose! If you’ve never heard of The Twinery, here’s a little info right from the source.
Our twine is made from 100% cotton (and some of our twine is twisted with gorgeous metallic string!) and made in the USA. Whether you’re gift wrapping, crafting or tying up baked goods to give to a friend, our baker’s twine adds a fresh, yet nostalgic look to any project at hand! Our baker’s twine comes in an assorted array of delicious colors and is uniquely twisted against a bright white hue, creating an eye-popping burst of color and a creative embellishment! Our twine has lots of color which lends to a fun, candy-striped look.
So, are you ready to get started?
I was excited when I received my package from The Twinery to discover they had sent along some of their shimmer twine. Of course, I had to use some of it on my card. One of the things I love about baker’s twine is that there are so many ways you can use it. One of my favorite things to do with twine is to create mini tassels. These tiny embellishments provided the perfect accent to a simple hand-lettered sentiment. Tip: Search for “mini tassels” on Pinterest to discover lots of easy tutorials for creating them.
The Twinery is making this hop even more fun by offering a giveaway! They will be offering four spools of twine: solid mandarin, gold shimmer, copper shimmer and solid maraschino which is a $60 retail value! Check out their blog for all the details.
Head on over to The Twinery for the next stop on the hop!
Also, a big thank you to The Twinery for sending product to all of the designers!
Hello Everyone! Piali here! Today I’m sharing a card inspired by clothing.
I got this cute T-shirt from Kohl’s for myself … love the critters on it! So, I decided to recreate this design on a card.
I kept the design very simple. I stamped the hedgehog image seven times with brown, black and navy inks. I then stamped the hedgehog image two times with watermark ink and heat-embossed those images with silver embossing powder.
Hope you liked this card! Inspiration is everywhere—share your inspired cards with us over at the CardMaker Facebook page.
Mixed-media art can sometimes seem a little intimidating with all of the layers and use of various techniques. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at mixed media, but have been hesitant, you’ll want to check out the Card to Canvas book by designer Colleen Schaan. This book will show you how easy it is to transfer your card-making and paper-crafting skills into mixed-media techniques.
From embossing and adding texture to creating faux finishes and unique backgrounds, the 23 techniques included in this book are sure to jumpstart your creativity to new levels. There are 26 projects in the book from cards to canvases. You’ll find instructions for mark-making like stamping and doodling, heat-embossing, adding color with markers and paints, faux finishes, stenciling and more.
Want a sneak peek inside the pages of this unique publication? Here are just a few of the projects you’ll discover.
Crackling Underfoot card & Falling Leaves art by Vivian Keh
Hugs card and Miss Lanie’s Garden canvas by Sharon Denney Parcel
Hello friends! It’s Mae here with a look at my space where I do all my crafting. It’s not a pristine craft room but it is my happy place. This small room used to be our classroom when I was homeschooling my son. I don’t have any installed shelves so I have to make use of the tables and the desktop shelves.
I have two big tables that I put together to make a longer table. On the first table, next to the window, I have my computer, a cork board and a mini desktop shelf. On the right, I have a vertical and horizontal paper organizer for all my cardstock and patterned paper. The white drawers under the table is where I store my paper flowers and the black boxes store all my washi tapes.
The second table is connected to the first one. I sit most of the time because this is where I color. I have small cubbies to store paper pads, embellishments, punches and other tools.
A smaller table at the end is where I do all the messy work.
At the end of the small table is my die-cutting station. I have various dies stored in those black magnetic folders and magnetic binders.
On the other side of the window, I have two bookshelves for my stamps, ribbons and magazines. My stamps are stored in mini binders and plastic stamp containers. I store them by company and collection. The red bins have all sorts of things that I don’t use very often. I also have my camera bag and my tripod on the side.
This is how I store my Copic® markers. I used some old drawer organizers to make sections for each color family.
I use spice organizers for my Distress Ink Reinkers and stickles.
And that is pretty much my creative space. Everything I need is within my reach.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you got some storage ideas that might work for you.
Hi there! It’s Theresa here with a “B Thankful” card to share with you. I love fall colors so this is one of my favorite times of year for card making.
I used die templates to create a frame from patterned paper, and then added a stamped and colored sunflower image. The sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock and the corners were rounded with a punch. A small piece of honey mustard cardstock, on the left, contrasted the ivory sentiment layer on the right. The card was finished off with some self-adhesive pearls.
Here is a video I created in case you would like to watch the entire process. I hope you enjoy.