Card Challenge Corner: In the Blink of an Eye


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From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“We’ve all been there. You forgot a birthday, anniversary or other occasion, and you need a quick card. When trying to make a last-minute card, my problem is always narrowing down what materials to use. So, follow this recipe to get it done quickly: 1 cardstock sheet, 1 patterned paper, 3 ribbons or washi tape, 1 sentiment and 1 button.”

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

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Annie’s Christmas Special

Annie’s, the parent company of CardMaker magazine, has just released a new Christmas-themed publication that features a variety of different crafts! From crochet and knitting to cross stitch and paper crafting, you’ll find a little bit of everything you love in Annie’s Christmas Special.

There are over 90 designs from your favorite crafts that will get you ready to celebrate the holidays!  The 148-page publication features cards, treat holders, ornaments, scarves, framed pieces, towels, quilts, table runners, afghans, mittens and toys. You’ll discover unique gift ideas that will bring smiles to the faces of your favorite people. There are also nostalgic stories and recipes for yummy sweets sprinkled throughout the issue.

Here’s a little peek at what you’ll discover inside the pages. To order a copy, click here!

Gingerbread Cards

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The Paper Loft & CardMaker Blog Hop

Are you ready for some card-making inspiration?! The CardMaker blog team is joining designers from The Paper Loft today to share with you creative projects they’ve made. You’re sure to find some papers to fall in love with along this blog hop. A big thank you to The Paper Loft for supplying all of us with beautiful papers to work with! And make sure to visit The Paper Loft’s blog for full details on how you can enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to their online store!


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

-Maya Angelou

Butterflies are beautiful creatures but the process a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly is not so beautiful. I love the symbolism of a butterfly’s journey because it serves as a reminder that many times when we think our story’s over, an even more beautiful story is beginning to emerge.

As soon as I saw the Destiny Accessory Sheet from The Paper Loft, I knew I wanted to create a card of encouragement. I also knew I wanted to add some sparkle and dimension to the butterfly’s wings.

Side View

I used a craft knife to carefully cut around the edges of the wings to pop them up and then used dimensional pearlescent paint and some glitter to add some shimmer.

Supplies used: Shades of Gray Silverplate patterned paper and Destiny Accessory Sheet from The Paper Loft; coastal cabana and soft sky cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; white opal Liquid Pearls and glitter from Ranger Industries Inc.; paper trimmer from Fiskars; adhesive dots from Elmer’s; adhesive runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

Next up on the hop is the super-talented Jeanne Streiff!

If you get lost along the way, come back here for the entire list below.

Hop List


Jeanne Streiff

Theresa Momber

Vicki Garrett

Anna Wight

Piali Biswas

Debbie Seyer

Jeanne Jachna

Andrea Eason

Kelli Hull

Noelle McAdams

Lori Iwanowski

Mae Nazareth

Alicia O’Bryant

The Paper Loft


Celebrate & Decorate: Ninja Birthday Party

Hi friends! It’s Noelle here today stopping in to show you a birthday party I am currently putting together for my almost 7-year-old son. He is the baby of our family, and I can’t believe he will be SEVEN in a few weeks! Where does the time go?

My sons seem to have this knack for requesting these really obscure birthday party themes. Ever had that happen? This year he is asking for a “ninja party.”

I started out with the invitation. I made the ninja mask out of two punches.

A tip for you is if you are punching a smaller punch in the middle of a larger one like I did here, you should always punch the smaller punch first. Trying to do the bigger one first is a whole lot harder to get them spaced exactly right.

After assembly lining, a whole lot of mini ninjas were staring at me from my work table … .

I love the Chinese characters paper on most of these, but it is so old! I used this on my husband’s 30th birthday party invitations and had one sheet left. He just turned 40 in May! I guess my “pack-ratty” ways pay off every once in awhile! LOL


The next project was some ninja lanterns. I got a set of three plain black lanterns and cut out the eyes and face with my electronic cutting machine. The ties on the head are strips of plastic tablecloth.

I also made a banner for my son. I tried to find papers in my stash that were Asian inspired. The font I used was a free download. I cut everything (including the banners) on my electronic cutting machine.

Party bags are so fun to make! Again, I just turned these red lunch sacks into ninjas. My son and I picked out some goodies at the dollar store and online to put in the bags.


I have a few more things planned for the party. I’m going to make him a t-shirt with a ninja on the front, and a number 7 on the back using iron-on vinyl. Also, we plan to make “swords” from pipe insulation and have an obstacle course to keep the boys busy while they are here. Should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies used: Aye, Eye, I and Coolvetica stamp sets from The Cat’s PajamasStreamers stamp set and Streamers and Pinked Circles dies from Paper Smooches; real red grosgrain ribbon from Stampin’ Up!; black licorice and cherry Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics; punches from EK Success and Stampin’ Up!; cut files (ninja, weapons, banners and eyes) and electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.


Card Challenge Corner: Folding Laundry


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From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Don’t run screaming … we aren’t actually going to do laundry! Have you seen those T-shirt folders that make folding shirts easy? We are a household that wears a lot of T-shirts, so I think I may have to get one. You fold the shirt in from each side, then up from the bottom for a perfectly folded rectangular shirt. Use the same process to create a cleverly folded card.”

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


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Xyron & Anna Griffin Giveaway

Xyron Contest
Our friends at Xyron and Anna Griffin teamed up and challenged four bridal bloggers to craft a table menu and place setting card perfect for a DIY wedding! Click here to view the entries and vote for your favorite before September 2nd, 2014. The winning blogger will be giving away an Anna Griffin/Xyron prize pack worth $1,000! So, make sure to check out each designer’s blog for more information!

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Piali’s CardMaker Tip

Hello Readers! Piali here and today I am going to share one of my recent favorite card-making tips.

I’m a card maker. I usually don’t scrapbook a lot, but I absolutely love all the pretty pre- printed journaling cards available in the craft stores. They come in variety of styles and sizes. I like to use them for quick and simple cards. Using the pre-printed cards really makes the creating process faster and easier for me.

In this first card set, I used 4 x 6-inch and 3 x 4-inch cards as the main focal points. I trimmed the 4 x 6-inch card a bit, and then added a die-cut silver glitter heart to the sentiment circle. These are super-quick and easy cards.

Supplies used: Journaling cards from me & my BIG ideas; die from Simon Says Stamp!

For this next card, I used a 3 x 4-inch journaling card with some stamping. I made this card with handmade die-cut layers, stamping and embellishments, and incorporated the pre-printed journaling card as the focal point. I love how easy yet unique this card is.

Supplies used: Journaling card from Webster’s Pages/Allison Kreft; stamp from Avery Elle; die from My Favorite Things.

In my last sample, I used journaling cards for creating layers. As you can see I used several 4 x 6-inch and 3 x 4-inch journaling cards for this design. I also used the “Hi” sentiment card as the main sentiment and then added a stamped sentiment with it. I also used a cute girl stamp and colored it with markers.

Supplies used: Journaling cards from Becky Higgins; stamps from Mama Elephant; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.

Hope you all like this idea of incorporating scrapbook supplies into your card designs. If you try this out, please share your creations on CardMaker’s Facebook page. I would love to see what you make.

Thanks for stopping by … Happy Crafting!


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Jeanne’s U Inspire Me

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Jeanne here today! I will admit I’m a very lucky girl, and I feel so blessed to be able to pursue my hobbies. Most days I let the weather dictate what I’ll be working on. If the weather is fine you’ll find me outside with my dog or in the garden. If it’s cold or rainy I’ll be stamping my own flower garden to feast my eyes on.

I started gardening when my children were small. It was a way for me to stay close by to keep an eye on them while they were playing in the yard. They’re older now and don’t need supervision, but you’ll still find me out there pulling weeds, watering, or gathering flowers or vegetables. I love being surrounded by the wonder of nature and the variety of color and design it inspires.

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I recently planted an assortment of roses that have been blooming all summer. The different colors are stunning and inspired me to stamp these beautiful roses on my card today.

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Supplies used: White and lemon zest cardstock and The Sweet Life and Think Big Favorites #19 stamp sets and The Sweet Life die collection (#PTD-0285) from Papertrey Ink; daffodil delight cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; ink pads from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko and Stampin’ Up!; gold shimmer twine from The Twinery; Fishtail Flags dies from My Favorite Things; Anja’s Large Oval die (#LR0236) from Marianne Design; Cuttlebug Regal Braid embossing folder (#2002349) from Cricut.


Mae’s Technique of the Week: Die-Cut Inlayed Background

Hi. It’s Mae here and today I’d like to share with you a technique titled Die-Cut Inlayed Background. Instead of layering multiple patterned papers for your background and making your cards thick and bulky, you can get the same outcome without the bulk by doing this simple technique.

I love playing with coordinating patterned papers and it’s easy to do this when you use patterned papers from the same collection, like the three patterned papers I have here. And I also used three border dies for this project. Tip: You can also use plain colored cardstock in different colors.

First, I lined up the dies and secured them with tape and ran them through my die-cutting machine.

I die-cut the other two patterned papers the same way.

Next I mixed and matched the paper pieces as not to have the same design next to each other.

I adhered the paper pieces to a piece of copy paper and used a rectangular die to cut a background panel.


Here are the two panels in vertical and horizontal orientations.

Finally, I adhered the panels to card bases and added sentiments and some buttons.

I hope this will inspire you to try this simple technique. Thank you for stopping by!


Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Bundle of Joy Boy 6 x 6 Paper Pad from Echo Park Paper Co.; Welcome Little One Setiments stamp set from C.C. Designs; Femme Frame and Landscape Trio die sets from Mama Elephant.


Card Challenge Corner: The Wheels on the Bus

School Bus

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From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“School is ready to begin or has already started in some areas, and the big yellow school buses are on the road again with their wheels going round and round. Design a card inspired by the bus. It can be the circular wheels, the color yellow, the road it drives on or anything you decide.”

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


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