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October 27, 2016
Hi! Daniela here today to share a great card-making tip with you. Sometimes I have a creative block; I get stuck and I need a starting point. In those times, I love to use sketches. Sketches are readily available these days from various websites, challenge blogs, magazines and even books dedicated to sketches.
These days I create my own sketches in Adobe Photoshop digitally as needed. I also use my cards to create sketches. I have been making cards for over 15 years so I have plenty to choose from.
Here is a card I created in November of last year. I will use this card to create a sketch and then make a new card using the sketch.
Looking at the card, I see that the card is vertical. The focal point is at the top half of the card, the sentiment is in the center and there are embellishments scattered all around. Here is the sketch I came up with.
Here is a new card I created based on the sketch.
I started with a background by adding some Distress ink and Whipped Spackle with a mask. The oval wreath is stamped and heat-embossed. I added strips of washi tape, ephemera, die cuts, chipboard and a flower. I stamped and die-cut the sentiment.
I will save this sketch and use it over and over again. Each time I will end up with a different card. I hope you give this little CardMaker tip a try.
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Thankful Thoughts stamp set and dies (Rectangle Labels, Marquee Label) from Technique Tuesday; black ink and Distress ink from Ranger Industries Inc.; ephemera from Crate Paper; flower from Petaloo; washi tape from Hobby Lobby; embossing powder from Tonic Studios; Whipped Spackle from Design Memory Craft; stencil from StencilGirl Products; adhesive from Therm O Web.
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October 26, 2016
Hey everyone! Catherine with you on this fine fall day to share one of my few but kind of cool storage tips. True confessions: If you only knew how unorganized some parts of my studio are, you would understand how hard this assignment was for me.
Evidence of my lack of organization/organization ideas can be seen in this ribbon drawer.
It can also be seen here in my vintage Christmas “stuff” drawer.
In my own defense, I do have many creative revelations pawing through these drawers of stuff. At least that’s what I tell myself—ha, ha!—and I fall in love with these creative moments when I go looking for things I know I have but can’t find. I know I’m not alone here.
Don’t lose hope for me though. Some things I do manage to store nicely. However, I’m sure you’ve heard about those little tips and tricks a million times before, like how I keep my marker storage bin. I have all the dual-tip markers placed with the colored caps facing in the same direction; they’re also in a nice bin that they can I can lay them down flat. On the side, I have several waterbrushes, a few permanent black pens, pencils and a watercolor pad so I can grab and go if I need to.
The cool tip I wanted to share with you today is how I keep my watercolor palette—you might say it’s pristine in comparison to other parts of my studio! For this particular palette, I made a color plan of how I was going to fill the wells, loosely following a rainbow. As I filled each well, I wrote the name of the color using a Sharpie next to the watercolor.
This makes filling the wells easy, I know when it’s time for a dab more paint. This keeps me on track when I’m working with a particular color palette.
I’ll leave you with one more photo of my pseudo-organization skills—tubes of paint thrown in a bin and tucked away until I need to refill my palette. Hey, at least they are all in the same place.
THANKS for joining me today—have a great day!
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October 25, 2016
Design by Christine Okken
Instructions for this design are available in our winter issue; click here to order!
Acorns and golden leaves are beautiful images that immediately bring to mind thoughts of autumn. This week, create a card incorporating acorns and/or golden leaves in the design. And remember to share a photo or two with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!
October 24, 2016
Raise your hand if you’re looking for ways to stay more organized. Since this is a blog, we can’t see you but we’re going to guess that most (if not all) of you are always on the lookout for stylish and functional organizational pieces for your life, especially when it comes to card making. Totally-Tiffany
is one of our favorites when it comes to organization and we couldn’t wait to let you know about their Desk Maid set!
This 4-piece set includes a tool tower, stadium arranger, pencil perch and a pen and ink palace. These pieces work wonderfully on a desk and will keep all of the essentials within reach.
The tool tower has eight sections at different heights allowing you to store tall pieces at the back and short pieces at the front. The different heights make it easy for you to see all of your tools which will save you time since you won’t have to go searching for them!
The stadium arranger has a stair-step design with shallow shelves that provide stability to your favorite products but also allows easy access. As you can see this is a great piece to hold paints, glitter and washi tape!
Next in the set is the pencil perch. I love how pretty those pencils look all lined up! When you can see your supplies, you’re much more likely to use them. The perch has three levels which makes it easy to grab the color you need and put it back when you’re finished. How beautiful would this look on your desk?
Lastly, the pen and ink palace includes shelves that you can fill with your double-tipped pens and markers to keep them in a flat position. Ink pads can also be stored in the pull-out shelves. A top shelf is included to hold re-inkers and tools. Plus, it’s called a palace which makes it even more fun!
This set retails for $57.96, but is currently on sale for $49.99. Click here to order and take advantage of a great price before it’s gone!
October 21, 2016
Hi! Jeanne here today with a quick and easy Christmas card. This design would be perfect for making multiples!
- Make a square card from turquoise cardstock. My card measures 5 x 5 inches.
- Die-cut a snowflake (or you could use a premade stencil) from heavy cardstock to use as a stencil.
- Dab white acrylic paint through stencil onto card front with sponge. Let dry.
- Use MISTI tool to position and stamp sentiment with black ink.
- Add strips of red tape and a button with an adhesive dot.
Supplies used: Tempting turquoise cardstock and basic black ink pad from Stampin Up!; Inside & Outside Christmas Sentiments and Snowflake & Tag Dies from JustRite Papercraft; Mini MISTI stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia; red 1/4-inch-wide Rainbow Tape from Hobby Tape; mini adhesive dots from Glue Dots.
October 20, 2016
Hi! My name is KellyJean and I’m addicted to candy … and washi tape.
He, he, he … but seriously I love what I do and I enjoy sharing what I love. The world of paper arts offers so many cute little tools, gadgets and embellishments that I often feel like I am in a candy store when I am making a card or other paper arts treasure.
I love using little glass jars and containers for storage and have them placed “sweetly” around my studio. I enjoy the pop of color these clear little containers add, not to mention how fun they look. It actually LOOKS like a candy parlor!
Can you believe these adorable mason jar lids?! I found them at a hobby store and now wish I had bought every single one in sight. HA! I like to use mason jars for themed washi tape. And sometimes I like to create my own theme of washi tape and then add them to a mason jar. This way I don’t have to go searching for colors and patterns to coordinate for a particular project. They’re already bundled together in one of my jars.
My button and cupcake jars are probably my favorite. Not only are they absolutely adorable but they house some of my favorite embellishments—buttons and ribbons! Oh my! I may be addicted to washi tape but when in doubt, add a button and ribbon and there begins the makings of a beautiful card!
I love, love, LOVE my scrap ribbon jar. It’s HUGE and can hold more ribbon than you can even imagine! Once I made 200 bookmarks for a school retreat and used only scrap ribbon pieces. My ribbon jar looked exactly the same AFTER making my bookmarks as it did before. That’s insane! And wonderful all at the same time!!!
Mason jars can be purchased about anywhere. You will find them most affordable at grocery stores, especially around this time of year (thanks to harvest time and canning.) I purchased my large scrap ribbon jar at a variety store (such as WalMart or Target.) The super cute little candy jars can be found at Hobby Lobby. Tip: Wait for a 50% off sale and go crazy!
Thanks for visiting my own personal candy parlor today! Go make a card for someone special … or just make a card and give it to anyone. Watch how special it will cause them to feel. Then savor the “sweet” rewards of a job well done. 🙂
October 19, 2016
Hi! This is Sean. I am here today to share with you about my little crafty space where I escape the world to create my projects.
We recently bought a new house. I claimed one of the guest rooms as my craft room. It was the perfect size because I do not require a lot of space when I craft. I like this room because it is a comfortable little space with a lot of natural light.
I bought my desk furniture from Ashley Furniture and the shelving and storage units are from Michaels. I’m a big fan of white because it’s light, bright and clean.
I keep my alcohol markers, inks and heat-embossing tools behind me so that it’s easy for me to simply swivel my chair around to grab what I need easily. I also have my scoring boards, cutting tools and MISTI’s here as well.
I keep all of my Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury cardstock in containers I purchased at IKEA. These are the perfect size and I have them coordinated by color family.
I have an obsession with my labeler! Because the storage units I have contain so many little drawers, it’s easy to get confused on where I stored something without clearly labeling their location. Plus, I am less likely to purchase multiples of the same product!
I have a laptop and computer monitor in front of my desk. It’s perfect for tuning in to watch Gina K.
with a new technique she is showcasing on StampTV
or when I have a lot of cards to make, I grab a couple of movies and spend an afternoon or evening escaping into a world of creativity!
Thanks for stopping by to see my little craft space!
October 18, 2016
It’s a happy day today because the winter issue of CardMaker
is officially on newsstands! Need ideas for Thanksgiving, Veterans Day and Christmas? Don’t worry! We have you covered! Plus, you’ll also find informative technique articles covering stitched elements, die cutting and the FUSE tool
! Here’s a peek at a few of the projects inside.
Snowflake Trio by Tami Mayberry
Olive & Oak by Christine Okken
True Meaning of Christmas by Carisa Zglobicki
So Very Grateful by Penny Ward
If you can’t find this issue at your local newsstands, click here to order a copy! Or better yet, click here to purchase a digital subscription so you can be sure to never miss out!
In the winter issue of CardMaker
, designer Sara Naumann
shares tips on several different die-cutting techniques. This week, we’re challenging you to create a card using die cutting in a different way than you’ve done before. Experiment with arranging die cuts in different placements or stacking and layering them; there are lots of possibilities and we can’t wait to see what you come up with! As always, we welcome you to share photos of your projects with us! You can share them on our Facebook page
or on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.
October 17, 2016
Hi everyone! It’s Juliana here with you today. Inspiration can be found just about anywhere you look. I find a lot of inspiring ideas online, especially on Pinterest. I recently came across a photograph of a gorgeous pastel flower backdrop that was created as a wedding decoration. The beautiful flowers immediately inspired me to pull out some of my favorite flower stamps and start creating.
Photo from here
I used my MISTI stamp positioning tool to help lay out the design. I then started by stamping the solid flower images with a light pastel ink.
Next, I stamped the second layer of each image with a slightly darker shade of ink to add some detail to each image.
I choose to use black for the sentiment to give it some contrast against the pastel background. Before attaching the card front to the base, I die-cut it with a stitched rectangle die.
What sort of things inspire you to create your cards? Art, fashion, home decor or the great outdoors? Take a look around and see what inspires your next creation!
Supplies used: Core’dinations Premium Cardstock (white, black) from Darice Inc.; Art-C Butterfly & Birds stencil & clear stamp set from Momenta; Wild Beauty and Sketch Ranunculus stamp sets and Stitched Rectangles dies (#sssd111455) from Simon Says Stamp!; pigment ink pads (wild hare, pink, moss green) from Clearsnap; Archival ink pads (jet black, leaf green, garden patina, pink peony, buttercup, tea rose) from Ranger Industries Inc.; iCraft Easy Tear Tape 1/2” from Therm O Web.