Card Challenge Corner: Window Cards

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Design by Karin Åkesdotter

Find complete instructions for this card in our summer issue available here! 

If you’ve had a chance to look through our summer issue, you know that we included an entire feature on window cards since we love them so much. Take our Card Challenge this week and make a window card of your own! Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or share it on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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You Are My Hero

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You Are My Hero

We remember America’s heroes today and say thank you!

Card instructions available here

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Dawn’s 10 Minutes or Less Card

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It’s my turn again to share a card made in 10 minutes or less. I always seem to need birthday cards and creating masculine cards tends to be more difficult. You can’t layer a floral spray, lace and a greeting on a card and expect a guy to appreciate it!

This new silhouette stamp is just the answer! And it’s ONE layer! It might look like it takes longer, but, set the timer … READY? GO!

I started by embossing only the square on my card front which would frame my scene.

Next, I masked the edges with sticky notes. This assured me that the scene would stay confined to inside the square.

I like to use my MISTI stamp positioning tool to help make sure I get good ink coverage and straight sentiments. Note: I’m not affiliated with the company; I just love the product! All the work from here on gets done on the MISTI.

I stamped my image (and left it in place for later), then used a template I made for a sun/moon, using a circle die, to sponge the sun. I sponged the entire “negative circle” with the lighter yellow, then sponged the darker just towards the bottom.

Now, if you make a template, don’t throw away the “positive” piece which in this case is the circle. You will use that in the next step of sponging the clouds.

My homemade cloud template has seen a LOT of ink over the years but never fails to give anything but beautiful clouds. Note: To create this template, I used a thin piece of cardboard, like from a cereal box, and cut random scallops with decorative scissors. There are other methods to making clouds, but this one works well for me. Try what you’re comfortable with.

The “positive” circle is held in place over the sun with a magnet. You also could use 2-way glue or repositionable tape. Adjust the angle of your template as you sponge off the edge to make your clouds. This will make your sky more realistic. Tip: Start light as you can always add more clouds and different shades of ink as you go.

Once I was happy with my sky, I stamped the image again. This makes the image POP! This is another reason to love the MISTI. I removed the sticky notes and stamped the greeting.

Since I had all my supplies at hand, I made some extra cards!

For easy mass production, follow these simple steps once you get your design figured out:

  • Cut your 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheets of cardstock in half to create card bases, either for a top fold or side fold. I did both.
  • Score your fold (but do not fold yet) so you know where to place your die for embossing. Emboss all the card fronts.
  • Fold your cards.
  • Stamp and sponge cards assembly line style.

Thanks for taking a look at my quick cards today!


Supplies used: Cardstock from Georgia-Pacific; Ride ‘Em Cowboy stamp set, Double Stitched Squares (#CBD141) and Circles (#CBD142) dies from Our Daily Bread DesignsArchival jet black ink padDistress ink pads (mustard seed, wild honey, faded jeans) and ink blending tool and foam from Ranger Industries Inc.MISTI from My Sweet Petunia


Reverse Confetti & CardMaker Blog Hop

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Are you ready for some design inspiration?!? Well, we have you covered! We’re joining designers from Reverse Confetti today to spotlight some of our favorite stamps and dies. We have lots of blogs to visit, plus a fun giveaway from Reverse Confetti, so let’s get started!

Pineapples A Plenty
Pineapples are everywhere these days and I, for one, couldn’t be happier about that! So, it’s no surprise that when given the opportunity to select product for this hop, I chose the Pineapples A Plenty stamp and die sets. This summertime motif is fresh and fun and makes for creating colorful designs!

I wanted some super-simple cards that would be great for sending to friends in the summer. For the first card, I simply stamped and cut the pineapple from white cardstock and adhered it to a card base with foam squares. I drew a quick uneven border around the edge with a metallic marker and embellished with sequins. Note: The sequins were self-adhesive which made the process that much simpler!

For my second card, I stamped and cut three pineapples from cardstock. I used metallic ink for the middle pineapple which added a bit of shimmer. I added a layer of polka-dot vellum to a card base and added the pineapples on top. Baker’s twine and buttons finished off the design.

Supplies used: Pineapples Aplenty stamp and die sets from Reverse Confetti; Blending Card from X-Press It; gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil and daffodil delight ink pad from Stampin’ Up!; Ombre lime to forever green ink pad from Hero Arts; sweet mango ink pad from Gina K. Designs; sunshine ink pad from Clearsnap; Delicata golden glitz ink pad and sponge daubers from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; orange baker’s twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon; 28 Lilac Lane tropical twist buttons from Buttons Galore & More; yellow lemon adhesive sequins from Jillibean Soup; bronze marker from BIC; scoring board from Scor-Pal Products; paper trimmer from Fiskars; adhesive squares and dots from Elmer’s; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®

Thanks so much to Reverse Confetti for sending all of the designers product!

Next up on the hop is the talented Amy Tsuruta!

If you get lost along the way, come back here for the complete hop list!


Lisa’s Storage Tip

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Hello! It’s Lisa with a couple storage tips to share with you today. I think it is so easy to become overwhelmed by supplies. The various sizes, packaging, and the rainbow of colors can make a craft space feel cluttered and small. When supplies are disorganized, it’s hard to remember what you have in inventory and it can be hard to create when the walls are closing in with all the STUFF.

In my previous post about organizing supplies, I mentioned the three things that I try to remember:

  • It needs to be easy.
  • It needs to be low cost.
  • It needs to be visible.

Acrylic nail polish racks are a favorite way to store supplies. First, they are tiered, so if you have bottles, you’ll be able to see what you have in each row. The clear design is also a perfect neutral option with the various supplies you might store.

The acrylic counter displays/racks are relatively inexpensive. I purchased this design from Amazon for my Distress re-inkers and stains. It’s ideal for my countertop and makes finding the re-inkers easy to find and use. And who doesn’t love a rainbow?

I use this smaller design from Amazon for watercolors.

The angled design gives perfect visibility to all the bottles in the rack. I’ve stored similar items in a basket or drawer. Bottles have a tendency to fall over and become a jumbled mess … or worse, something will spill. This makes it so easy to reach for exactly what you need. And of course, my supplies are in sight, so I’ll use them. I think this would be ideal for bottles of glitter or embossing powders too.

I thought I would also share how I store my Peerless Watercolors. I purchased these unique pigments several years ago. The colors are lovely and vibrant—and last a long time. In fact, I think they are a great value. My challenge with them in the past was always the fact they were so messy. I’ve seen various ways to store them over the years, from file folder flip books to coin pockets. I kept mine in the original packaging for years, but finally decided to try using low-cost photo albums. I have a disclaimer here … this is not my original concept, but I couldn’t find where I’d learned this trick. I think it’s a great idea and makes my Peerless watercolors so much easier to use.

I use two photo albums to store my pigments. I purchased these 4 x 6-inch albums from Amazon and seem to recall a much better price point at the time. I’m sure you can find something similar at Walmart, Walgreens or the dollar store for the same purpose.

What I like most about this method is that it allows you to see the pigment sheet’s true color. Some of the sheets are so saturated that it’s hard to tell what they are! I trimmed a 2  x 6-inch strip of watercolor paper and painted saturated color to a wash for a true representation of the color.

One Peerless sheet is adhered to the right side, leaving the opposite side blank. This allows me to close the page and move to another color, even if my sheet is wet. The opposite page will not be damaged. I also added a label for each color. I did have some Peerless pieces that were half pieces. In that case, I store two colors per page. And because I have more than one set of Peerless watercolors, I needed two albums for storage. I have them in rainbow order so I can find the right color quickly.

Because my watercolor supplies were in sight, I thought I’d create a fast card.

This card took about 10 minutes. I stamped the fabulous pineapple with VersaFine onyx black ink and covered with clear embossing powder. I opted to watercolor with my Dr. Ph Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors. They are so vibrant and once dry, remain set on the paper. The color does not reactivate. This is a great property for certain projects and the reason I used them for this project. I didn’t want the yellow and blue to potentially blend.

Here’s a close -up of the colors. Who’s ready for the beach?

I’d love to know if either of these tips were useful. Drop me a note if this tip helped or inspired you. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies used: Banana split Pop-Tone cardstock from French Paper Co.; desert storm cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Tim Holtz Distress watercolor cardstock from Ranger Industries Inc.; Aloha stamp set by Amy Tangerine from Sakuralala; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; clear embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder; Hydrus watercolors (gamboge, hansa deep yellow, sap green, cobalt blue, payne’s gray) from Dr. Ph Martin’s; Aquash water brush from Pentel; Wagner heat gun from Hero Arts.


Card Challenge Corner: A Stitch or Two

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Quilled Dragonfly Card

Instructions for the card shown above are available to purchase here!

Do you ever incorporate stitching on your cards? Whether you have or haven’t, make some time this week to try it out. Whether it’s hand-sewn or machine, stitching adds that perfect extra touch. Don’t forget to share a photo with us on our Facebook page!

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Creative Space: Lisa Silver

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Hello! It’s Lisa with a view into my creative space. I really love how that sounds, don’t you?

So, confession time … I was really excited about sharing these photos with everyone. I thoroughly cleaned my room, ruthlessly culling through the stacks to attain some order. I purged meaningless scraps and old supplies to get things in tip-top order. And when I looked at the photos I took, I realized something very basic. Craft supplies are messy. They are meant to be used. The packaging is colorful and when combined together, you get a cacophony of discordant notes. It’s impossible to make a craft room look like a showroom unless you spend a mint. BUT—you are all creative people with craft supplies. You completely understand me. #thecraftstruggleisreal

With all that said, I humbly present my work space. I’m very fortunate to have a room in my house dedicated to crafting. I started as many people do, crafting at a kitchen table with a few supplies. Then, running out of room, I migrated to the home office. My desk at the time was created from two file cabinets and an old door. Not only was this too low to the ground, it wasn’t the most stable. However, I thought I was queen and couldn’t have been more ecstatic to have a space. I’ve modified my room over time to get to where I am today and love my room.

To get an idea of my space, this is the layout. Look how neat my space is?! Just kidding. I planned the space carefully, purchasing basic cabinets that are kitchen-counter height. These were unfinished wood and VERY inexpensive. Initially, I had an MDF countertop that my grandfather built. This worked for years, but over time the paint took a beating. It was this spring that I finally upgraded to an inexpensive laminate countertop. What a perfect investment! I can get fairly inky and messy and it cleans up like a dream.

The design of the room is to make best use of the U-shaped counters. When I was crafting with my door-desk, I added the open shelving to the main wall to hold supplies. These have served me well. You’ll have to trust me that they are actually well organized with my dies, wood-mounted stamps and ribbon.

Between the file cabinets is a rolling paper cart. I have my paper trimmers and die-cutting machine on that portion of the counter as well.

I tend to sit along one side in the rolling, drafting chair. I have inks and markers all within reach. My primary tools are stored to the left of the desk space. I have a tool storage solution I purchased at a craft store that rotates. This holds scissors, pens/pencils, rulers and paintbrushes.

Having plenty of light is important. I have a couple of task lights and the benefit of a nearby window for my main work space. It’s ideal for working at any time of day.

On the wall nearest the window are two bookcases. I keep my stamps stored here. Over the years, I’ve tried multiple systems. Many of my stamp sets are in DVD tins. I also have stamp pockets and a few stamp binders. Overall, I’m convinced that if stamps are accessible, I’ll use them. I had stamps in the closet at one time and rarely looked for them there. It’s clear that I need in sight to be in mind!

And one last view of the room is towards the door. I have a second workspace directly behind my main area. This works well if someone joins me for some creative fun or to spread out work projects. I have my electronic cutter and foiling machine over here, too. I love the whiteboard on the wall to scrawl card sketches or post favorite projects. Some of my kids’ artwork hangs there, too!

So, it’s probably not as organized as it could be. I can honestly say that the closet and drawers can hide all manner of clutter. At the end of the day, it’s a functional and great place to create. I love spending time here.

I hope you’ve liked this little tour. If you have any questions about the layout or design, please let me know. I have a post coming in the next week that will share a few of my storage tips, so stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting!



Carisa’s U Inspire Me

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I’m here today with another inspiration challenge. I love looking through photos of hair on Pinterest so when I got the Anya Shops stamp by The Greeting Farm with all that gorgeous hair, I knew I had to find some inspiration for the hair color.


Photo from here

I love funky hair colors and I’m always pinning photos of future colors for my own hair. Today I went through those to find inspiration for coloring. It can be quite a challenge to find the right color marker to match but that’s half the fun. The other part is watching it all come together.

I love the size of these stamps. They fill up a standard A2-size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) perfectly and when you take the time to color an image like this, I think it’s best to keep it clean and simple. I die-cut it with a rounded stitched rectangle die and added a few accents with washi tape and sequins.

Here is a close-up of my coloring. I used Copic® markers which is definitely my preferred medium for coloring stamped images. Coloring has always been my happy place as it melts away the stress of the day. It doesn’t matter what level you are at or what medium you prefer, coloring is such a relaxing hobby!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed a different twist on finding inspiration for your card making.


Supplies used: X-Press It Blending Card cardstock and Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Anya Shops stamp set from The Greeting Farm; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; white gel pen from uni-ball; clear sparkle pen from Spectrum Noir; Amy Tangerine Better Together washi tape from American Crafts; The Happy Planner Watercolor washi tape from me & my BIG ideas; Love Mom Layers die (#WP9D-116) from WPlus9 Design Studio; Big Shot die-cutting machine from Sizzix; MISTI stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia; adhesive foam tape and mini adhesive dots from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.


FREE Card Pattern!

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Hats Off
Visit the CardMaker magazine site and click on “Featured Project” to download FREE instructions for creating this fun graduation shaker card designed by Penny Ward! Click here to get started!

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Card Challenge Corner: School Days Thank You

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Note of Thanks

Design by Penny Ward

Complete instructions can be found in our summer issue available here!

The school year is winding down for many. This week as part of our Card Challenge Corner, take a few moments to craft a thank-you card for a special teacher letting her or him know how important they are.

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