Anita’s U Inspire Me


Photo from here via Pinterest

We have had a really rough winter here in Massachusetts and I was inspired by this gorgeous arrangement of flowers I saw on Pinterest to create a card.

I am in love with wooden word chips. This card was so easy to create using dies.

This side view shows the dimension on my flower as I popped up the green layer and pink center. Spring is around the corner and I can’t wait.



Supplies used: Let’s Polka, Mon Amie Petite Paper Pack from Lawn Fawn; Word Wood Chips from Freckled Fawn; wood/cork dots from Teresa Collins Studio; Sprinkles enamel dots from Doodlebug Design Inc.; Joyful Bouquet die (#98856) from Memory Box; Plentiful Petals dies from My Favorite Things.



Card Challenge Corner: Doodle Art

Doodle Art

While the name Copic® is synonymous with coloring, the focus of the Copic tutorial in the latest issue of CardMaker is all about black and white. With the use of Multiliners, stencils and stamps, anyone can create a stunning work of art. This week, use your doodling skills and your favorite fine-tip pen to decorate the front of a card. For tips, check out the Copic tutorial by Colleen Schaan in our spring issue.

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

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Lisa’s Celebrate & Decorate

Hi! Lisa here today, and I’m so excited about today’s post because it had me stretching my paper-crafting supplies and putting them to use in another fashion. We recently painted our downstairs bathroom and I wasn’t too keen on the former bathroom decor with the new color, so I used this opportunity to create some of my own artwork.

I started this project by first cutting a piece of poster board for a sturdy backing. I then trimmed my adhesive-backed fabric paper to 8 x 10 inches. I slowly removed the backing, and adhered the fabric paper to the poster board. Tip: When removing your adhesive backing, go slow and adhere a little at a time rather than taking it all off at once because you will find it sticks to itself quickly. Ask me how I know, hehehe!

I then placed my stencil where I wanted the first big flower to go and began mixing my embossing paste with my mist colors to create the color I wanted. I repeated this for each image. Tip: Do this project when you have a lot of time, or when you can come and go because you will need to let each image dry before stenciling the next one. When the whole thing was dry, I went back and added complimentary pearls and viola!


Supplies used: Adhesive-backed fabric paper and flowers stencil (#EM-033-00022) from Die Cuts With A View; embossing paste from Ranger Industries Inc.; Color Bloom Sparkling Pastels iris spray mist from Prima Marketing Inc.; Sprinklers spruce tree and Miss Mary Mack spray mists from October Afternoon; Mister Huey’s passport spray mist from Studio Calico; lavender pearls from Kaisercraft; Recollections white pearls from Michaels Stores.


Patti’s CardMaker Tip

Hi everyone! It’s Patti J. here today with a time-saving tip for you! Many times when I sit down to create, I’m in need of several cards. Or, I’m on my way out the door to church and remember that I need a birthday card. With that in mind, this tip is actually two-fold.

When creating card backgrounds, it’s just as easy to fill a full sheet of cardstock with a background as it is to do one smaller panel sheet four times. Shown below are a few examples.

In the photo above, I have used the Bokeh technique. Circles of various sizes and colors were added to the 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of cardstock. To finish off the technique, various sizes of white circles were added overlapping the colored circles.

When I cut my sheets, I cut them for an A2 card panel which would be 4 x 5 1/4 inches. You’ll see that there are a few strips left over that can be used for the insides of cards.

The next sheet was created using a brayer, rubber bands and a multicolored ink pad! Just add rubber bands onto a brayer. Then, use the brayer to roll ink onto the cardstock in one direction, turn the cardstock, and brayer ink the other direction. Voila!

Again, you will see that there are four background pieces plus some strips left over!

You can also use your favorite stamps for backgrounds. This is shown above with leaves and snowflakes. The possibilities are endless! Try bubble wrap, stencils and gelatos, stencils and watermark ink with embossing powders, and more!

The second part of my tip is to keep some pre-packaged journaling cards handy. Simply trim the card to desired size and add it to the finished background. Shown above is a finished card, using a Bokeh background panel, and a trimmed journaling card.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will give this a try!

-Patti J.

Supplies used: Black cardstock from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; 3 x 4-inch snap birthday journaling card (#ASE4196) from A Muse Studio; Tim Holtz Distress ink pads (wild honey, mustard seed, black soot, picked raspberry, tumbled glass, broken China, peeled paint and dusty concord) from Ranger Industries Inc.; Recollections white pigment ink pad and adhesive foam dots from Michaels Stores; sponge daubers from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.


AJ’s Technique of the Week: Creating Stamps from Dies

Hello! AJ here today with a fun technique to share—creating stamps from dies! When I can’t find the style of patterned paper I want for a project, I just create my own pattern using foam and dies.

Here’s my completed project. The background is stamped from a foam piece cut from my die.

Cut a piece of craft foam about the same size as your die and run it through your die-cutting machine. Note: Make sure to get the thinner size of foam. Once cut, adhere the die cut to your acrylic block with any type of removable adhesive. I use E-Z Dots® Repositionable from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® because it only adheres to the foam and the openings are adhesive free.

Ink up the foam stamp. I used aquamarine pigment ink.

Then stamp the image. To stamp the entire background, you’ll need to ink your foam stamp again.

This time, align the foam stamp with the already stamped pattern and stamp again. Repeat until your background is complete.

This opens up a whole world of creative uses for your dies!


Supplies used: Sketched Floral stamp set from Lil’ Inker Designsaquamarine and new moon pigment ink pads from Avery Elle; titanium white DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics from DecoArt; Build-A-Tag Two (#SCD-011), Jewel Flowers and Flourishes (#S5-143) and Chevron Border (#S4-455) die templates and Celebra’tions Linen Thread from Spellbinders® Paper Arts3D Foam Squares, E-Z Dots® Repositionable- Refillable and Crafty Foam Tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.


Card Challenge Corner: Luck of the Irish

St Patricks Day
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You’re sure to see lots of three-leaf clovers around today. Celebrate by creating a card with a green color palette and three embellishments such as sequins, buttons, brads, etc.

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

St. Patrick’s Day projects shown above by Anita Mulcahey; for more details, click here!

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Sakura of America Blog Hop

We’re big fans of Sakura of America’s products. We love them so much we wanted to spotlight them in a blog hop! Today we’re featuring the Classic Gelly Roll pen and the Quickie Glue pen. These are both essentials in a card maker’s toolbox and you’ll see why after taking a look at the projects designed by our blog team. A big thank you to Sakura for providing the CardMaker team with product!

Psalm 91:4 Card
Over the last two years, hand-lettering has become a love of mine so when I discovered we had some chalkstock in the CardMaker office I knew instantly that my project for the hop would involve some lettering.

Finding a great pen to letter onto dark surfaces can be difficult, but the Gelly Roll pens work beautifully on dark paper. I used a pencil to lightly sketch a favorite Bible verse onto the chalkstock and then went back over it with the Gelly Roll pen.

Close-Up of Glitter
Then it was time to add a little sparkle! The Quickie Glue pen allows you to apply thin lines of glue which is what I did to the feather on this card. I just wanted a little glitter accent and this pen allowed me to do just that. Plus, it was so easy to use the pen to apply tiny dots of glue to the washi tape to add a little sparkle there, too.

Next up on the hop is the talented Sarah Ashley Posch!

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (*You are here.)

Sarah Ashley Posch

Patti Gilliam

Lois Bak

Lisa Lahiff

Anita Mulcahey

AJ Otto

Supplies used: Classic Gelly Roll pen and Quickie Glue pen from Sakura of America; cardstock and washi tape from Bazzill Basics; Chalkstock Tile from Canvas Corp.; prisma glitter from JudiKins; E-Z Runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.


Lisa’s Scrap Treasures

Hi! Lisa here today creating a card using nothing but scraps! Now, I have to say that I have a lot of scraps because I don’t like to be wasteful and I’m all about recycling so this post was a fun one. It also had me digging through my scraps again and reminding me what treasures still waited to be used inside!

To keep my scraps looking nice and clean, I store them in a photo box similar to the ones found throughout my craft area as shown above.

After pulling some pieces out, I got busy playing around with the layout design and adding some sequin embellishments that just happened to be sitting on my table from a prior project.

Keeping all of my scraps in one place makes it easier to pull things out and start creating. I love how quickly this card came together. I was done in 10 minutes—it was awesome! Another fun thing about working with scraps is sometimes it forces you to mix and match collections you may not have earlier worked with.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Supplies used: Childish Things patterned papers from Fancy Pants Designs; Market Street Nob Hill patterned paper from My Minds Eye; sequins from V’s Sweet Ideas; Stitched Border 1 die from Pretty Pink Posh.


CardMaker FREE Pattern of the Month

Cookie Card
Did you know the CardMaker Facebook page has a free pattern of the month? On the first day of each month, we share a new card pattern and this month it’s the adorable and oh so sweet cookie card shown above designed by Melanie Muenchinger. Click here to find complete instructions on how you can create this project perfect for that special cookie-loving person in your life.


Sarah’s U Inspire Me

Hello, everyone! My creation today was inspired by this magnet, a little trinket my cousin brought back to me from his trip to Cozumel.

The colors are so festive that I thought this should be a birthday card. I wanted to stick with the square shape. I often find myself leaning towards square cards for some reason.

I used a handy pre-scored card and covered that with a 5 3/4-inch square of mottled purple cardstock. I cut the sandy-colored cardstock slightly smaller. Using first cantaloupe and then Danube blue inks, I stamped paint splashes in the upper left and lower right hand corners, letting some go off the page.

I like the diagonal movement on the magnet so I wanted to make the flowers diagonal as well. I stamped one in orange and the other in red. The difference isn’t quite as noticeable as I’d hoped! I didn’t have any stamp quite like I wanted for the message so I dug out my calligraphy pen with blue ink.

I like the end result—a blend of colors and images I wouldn’t have ordinarily combined. What do you think?

I’ll send this to my friend, Katie, who has a birthday coming up next week!


Supplies used: Square card from Hobby Lobby/The Paper Studio; Bright Textures cardstock stack from Momenta Inc.; My Notebook stamp set from Hero Arts; Memento tangelo, lady bug, Danube blue, cantaloupe and meadow dye inks from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; calligraphy pen with fine nib and blue ink from Sheaffer.