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June 27, 2016
Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset sharing my last post with you and celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary today, too! I wanted to go out with a bang and this one is jam packed with pictures, tips and decor ideas to spruce up your celebrations.
We all have leftover party decorations that we save forever. And with my four kids, I do, too! Come with me as I combine card-making supplies with upcycled party favors. Upcycling means to re-use or re-purpose something old into something new and useful again. Don’t you love that? I do!
I chose blue and silver foil because platinum is the modern gift for a 20th anniversary and blue was the accent color at our wedding. I die-cut and embossed several silver foiled circles from a “20 YEARS” Embosslit die I found online. This specific die is retired, but you could use numeric dies to achieve this look. I then cut larger blue foil stitched circles and silver scallop circles. The circles were then layered and adhered together. I made about ten complete circles to tie everything together.
Next, I took leftover black and white patterned fans and a silver foiled fan and adhered the “20 YEARS” circles to the centers. I attached them together with adhesive for a festive decoration to hang in our dining room.
I also thought it would be fun to have matching place cards to decorate our dining table. I could have made them from folded cardstock, but I came across some banners perfect for upcycling.
I started with kraft banners and re-purposed them as place cards.
Next, I scored the banners 1 1/2 inches from the top so they would stand up as shown above. I adhered the foiled circles to the centers of each place card. To personalize other events, you could emboss table numbers or monogram initials for a special touch!
Believe it or not, after 20 years I have one box of napkins left over from our wedding and we’ve used them every anniversary. I still have half a box to go for another 10 years or more! And wouldn’t you know it, they have blue foil on them! Are you seeing a matching theme? I jazzed them up a bit for our celebration with this awesome embossing folder. As an added bonus, hop over to My Kraft Kloset blog
where you can see how everything matches the anniversary card I made my husband.
Lastly, I adhered two of the foiled circles on two adult beverages to complete our celebration. You could certainly use them on any type of drink, straws, skewers or cupcakes, too! By creating a theme and using coordinating colors, patterns, and shapes, you too can use your imagination, upcycle, and create a cohesive party.
A HUGE thank you to Brooke and CardMaker for choosing me for this amazing opportunity and to all the fantastic designers and manufacturers I got to work with, too! It’s been an incredible experience I’ll never forget. And to our wonderful readers, I thank you for following me on this journey. I hope I’ve inspired you to celebrate those special occasions by upcycling your leftover party decorations and re-purpose something amazing. Show us what you’ve made; we’d love to see!
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy 20th anniversary, Frank and Kim! Cheers!
Supplies used: Foiled Cardstock Stack 6×6 from DCWV Inc.; DIY Shop kraft pennant banners from American Crafts; foiled party fans from My Mind’s Eye; Stitched Circle dies from Gina Marie Designs; Circles, Scallop dies (#657552), Flowers, Stars & Swirls embossing folder set (#656458) and Big Shot die-cutting machine from Sizzix; scoring board from Martha Stewart Crafts; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products; Marathon Adhesive Runner from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.
June 26, 2016
Hello! It’s Lisa with a fun project to share with you. I love to tool around Pinterest for inspiration. It’s a favorite starting point for me when my mojo has taken a hike. The app is perfect for when I have a little random downtime, like waiting in line at the grocery store.
So, one of my recent finds is this gem shown below. I pinned this lovely watercolored floral pattern and knew it would be a great inspiration for a card.
Photo from here
Isn’t that lovely? I like the contrast of the pretty pinks and oranges with the splashes of navy and contrast of white. The bold strokes from the brush make such a dramatic statement!
Enough of my rhapsodizing … let’s get to the card.
First, I inked various floral images with Distress inks and stamped on watercolor paper to try to mirror the pattern. Any floral stamp set that looks similar to this would work. In some cases, I did a little “rock and roll” with the lightest color first and then rolled a bit in the darker color to get a two-toned flower or leaf.
The image will leave unstamped areas due to the texture of the watercolor paper. To fill in the blanks, I used a brush and some water to get the ink to move and give that painterly appearance. Distress inks are perfect for this technique, as they reactivate with water. I also used the matching Distress markers to add more color, dimension and shading. The black soot and chipped sapphire markers were perfect to add the details for flower centers.
To finish the watercolored panel, I added white pearl pen and a spritz of marker for texture. I mounted this panel on my card front in the lower right hand corner. I die cut the “hugs” sentiment from black cardstock five times and glued the layers together for a chipboard-like embellishment.
So, do you think it’s a decent match? I fell in love with the colors and I think I captured the gist of the inspiration photo with a bit of poetic license. Where do you find inspiration?
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Desert storm 100# cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; razzle berry and black licorice Pop-Tone paper from French Paper Co.; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Distress ink pads and markers (picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, mowed lawn, chipped sapphire, wilted violet) and Distress Marker Spritzer from Ranger Industries Inc.; Brushed Blooms stamp set from Papertrey Ink; Kirarina WiNK white pearl glitter pen from Imagination International Inc.; clear glitter brush pen from Wink of Stella; Painted Hugs script die and Wagner heat gun from Simon Says Stamp!; Big Shot die cutting machine (#660425), Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies (#656499) and Standard Cutting Pads (#655093) from Sizzix; round #8 watercolor brush from Black Velvet.
June 24, 2016
Hello everyone! Pamela here today to share a few photos of my craft room/office. My favorite thing about this room is a particular feature of the two-sided desk. Since I am also a writer, I must make space for that as well in my room. I craft on the left side and write on the right side. But, that’s not my favorite part. I’ll get to that shortly.
I hated to close the blinds for these pictures, but I was getting so much glare that the pictures were washed out. So, please imagine these pictures with lots of sunshine streaming in. I have an OTT light lightbulb in my lamp so that I can see true colors when I want to work in the evenings.
I really like my wheeled-carts because I can easily move them closer if I want.
That’s a bathroom you see there through the door. Yes, it is hot pink! The couple who owned this house before us allowed their little girl to pick any color she wanted for her bathroom. She chose hot pink! I so loved that they let her choose that I decided to leave it hot pink.
I store my craft supplies in the drawers. I use banker boxes on the counter to hold my supply of cardstock. It’s the perfect size for me because I like my cardstock to stand on end. I mess up fewer sheets that way. Plus, I have a handy sink right there in the middle to clean my stamps.
April, my toy poodle, likes to be close to her people, so she has a pillow under the desk.
You might have noticed the chest of drawers in the last picture. It belonged to my Grannie before me. It’s some kind of valuable chest. Well, it was valuable before Grannie sawed the legs off of it. Grannie was only 4’10” tall. She could not easily reach the top drawers, so she sawed its legs off. I smile every time I pull open one of the drawers.
Since I like having everything organized, I put several boxes inside each drawer to serve as dividers to keep stickers with stickers and gemstones with gemstones. I keep all my envelopes in their own boxes, too.
Now, for my favorite part of the two-sided desk. When my husband, who works out-of-state, is home he often sits with me while I make cards. He sits at the computer researching airplane . . . uh, hmm . . . things, and old tractors. His latest thing to do? Facebook!?! I know! I’m as surprised as you are—well, at least as much as those of you who know us.
There is nothing I like more than just being with my darling husband. We visit about all sorts of things while I create. I tell him how to heat-emboss. He reads me something about an airplane part.
This is my last post as a member of the current CardMaker blog team. I have loved every minute of these past six months! I hope you won’t be strangers. Pop into my blog anytime. It’s at www.cottagebelow.com. And, keep an eye out for my work in CardMaker magazine. I have cards in the next two issues.
Before I go, I would like to send out a big thanks to Brooke, managing editor, and everyone at CardMaker that allowed me this great opportunity to share my work on their amazing blog.
Here’s hoping you always find time for inky fingers.
June 23, 2016
Hello! It’s Lisa with another 10 minute card post.
In my last 10 Minute card post on the CardMaker blog, I listed five tips to get you started.
As a refresher, here are the original tips shared:
- Set yourself up for success. Have pre-cut card bases and panels at the ready so you can dive right into your project.
- Unless it is very simple, quick cards may not be the time to color. It is the perfect time to get inky! Grab your solid surface stamps and your favorite ink pads.
- Consider making a one-layer card or use your standby layout. I have a couple layouts that I gravitate to and in a pinch, this will save time.
- Limit your layers. When you have limited time, it’s probably not wise to make a shaker card … unless you are a rock-star of a stamper!
- Find simple ways to add wow, such as embossing folders or patterned paper.
Ready for some additional tips? I have a few more to add to the list, which will make you a quick card-making pro! I’m telling you … I think it should be an Olympic sport! No? Let’s continue.
- Die-cut sentiments or other elements can be very quick and a perfect card focus.
- Color a single focal image. Stamp a whole background with an image, but only color one portion for a clean and simple design. This gives a stand-out pop of color and is really fast to pull together.
- Reach for embellishments. If you don’t have time to stamp, grab something from your stash to make a quick card. This can include washi tape, journal cards or stickers.
- Background stamps make great quick cards. Ink once and stamp for a whole lot of real estate coverage.
- Avoid long dry times for fast cards.
So, let’s get creating! I set my timer to 10 minutes and made a dash for supplies.
My first card is a one-layer, inky card. I thought I’d use one of the new tips I shared above to create a fun card—color a single focal image. I plan to tuck this card somewhere when my daughter is away at school in the fall. I stamped the sentiment first and then added the single sock image to the block for some repeat stamping. Not only is this a single-layer card, I had very little to color with the smaller image. This card was finished in less than three minutes!
I think the images and the sentiment are perfect for this type of card. A lost sock and only one colored. I have a sneaky feeling that I’ll be like that lost and tumbled sock this fall when Rae’s at school.
Because I still had time left, I raced to get another card created in the remaining time with the new tips in mind.
I die-cut two of the sentiment with black cardstock and grabbed a background stamp. Since I was looking for some variation of color, I found an ombré ink pad and inked the background stamp. I stamped two background panels while I had the stamp messy.
I pulled the card together on a white card base and added a few sequins to complete the card.
The background stamp is designed with a few missing arrows, which can be added with another color. I opted to make the second card with the arrows in a darker purple color.
I’m not sure which I like better. Since I had all the supplies out and a mess, I always try to make more than one at a time.
So, when you have to make quick cards, what is your go-to strategy? I’d love to hear from you with your quick tips!
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: Classic Crest solar white 110# cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Pop-Tone black licorice cardstock from French Paper Co.; Loads of Fun stamp set from Lawn Fawn; Arrow Ends Background Builder stamp set from My Favorite Things; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; hot mama ink pad from Simon Says Stamp!; neon red to purple Ombré ink pad from Hero Arts; Copic® markers (B26, B29, R24, R27, R29, T1, T3) from Imagination International Inc.; You Can Do Anything die and Sweetheart sequin mix from Neat & Tangled; Big Shot die cutting machine (#660425), Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies (#656499) and Standard Cutting Pads (#655093) from Sizzix.
June 21, 2016
Designs by Michelle Woerner
Instructions available in our summer issue available here!
The warm temps and sunny days make the world filled with vibrant colors. This week, incorporate that summer color palette of bold and bright into a card design! Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or share it on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!
June 20, 2016
Hi Everyone! I’m here today with my final post with the CardMaker
team and I have a fun card-making tip for you. First though, I want to thank managing editor Brooke and everyone at CardMaker
magazine for this fantastic opportunity. It has been a blast spending these past six months with you all sharing everything I love about making cards.
Now for my tip: Foiling is all the rage right now and I want to show you a fast and easy way to add simple foiling to your cards that creates a huge impact! All you need is some double-sided tape and foil to get started. Let me say that it’s difficult to get good pictures of foiling on your cards but hopefully you can see how simple and beautiful this technique is.
I wanted to create a look with multiple colors of foil so first I laid down double-sided tape to create stripes. I used grid paper to keep my stripes (mostly) straight and even.
Next, I took off the backing on every other stripe.
I laid my first color of foil over the exposed adhesive and burnished it with my bone folder before removing.
Remember when you are working with foil, always lay it down with the color side up because that’s what you want to see on your card! Once you remove your foil, you will be left with this.
Repeat the same steps with the second color of foil. You could do as many colors as you want as long as you only remove the backing to expose the adhesive you want to foil as you go. Easy peasy!
I did the same technique with one color of foil on black cardstock but I used two different sizes of double-sided adhesive to create a different look. I love how these cards turned out! Simple, graphic stripes turn any card classy. I wish I could photograph these better, if only you could see how pretty they truly are in person.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this easy way to use foiling on your cards.
Supplies used: Deco Foil (lavender, rose gold, pearl) from Therm O Web; Recollections white cardstock from Michaels Stores; black cardstock, coal mine cardstock, Love Mom Layers dies (#WP9D-116) and Sunshine Layers dies (#WP9D-109) from WPlus9 Design Studio; aqua mist cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Prayers Stamp & Cut set (#DC183) and A Bit of Kindness stamp from Hero Arts; VersaMark watermark and VersaFine onyx black ink pads from IMAGINE Crafts; Atlantic seaspray embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder; Big Shot die-cutting machine from Sizzix; Extreme Double Sided Tape Permanent 1/4″ and Premium Double Sided Tape Permanent 1/2″ from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®; Mono Multi Liquid Glue from Tombow; foam adhesive roll from 3M.
June 17, 2016
At a young age, my granddaughter was obsessed with flamingos! Her favorite color was pink. Clothes, toys, dishes, towels … anything that could have a flamingo on it, she had to have and still does at almost 17! So, with her birthday approaching next month, I thought I’d take this post, my last Celebrate and Decorate, to make a flamboyance of flamingo straws for her! Note: Did you know that a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance? I didn’t either until I looked it up!
I stamped 18 flamingos and wings onto cardstock and then die-cut them with coordinating dies. The flamingos are attached at varying heights to each straw with adhesive dots. I also put a dot of liquid glue to join the tails and bases of the necks to give them a rounded shape.
My container is made using the super fun Surprise Box die from Our Daily Bread Designs. The stamped flaps, back and divider pieces are stamped with the same ink used on the flamingos. I also applied pink ink direct to paper for the coordinating die-cut word. Tip: I added a bottom to the box by cutting a piece of cardstock to fit, with flaps scored and adhered it along bottom edges.
You could also add little party favors and candy! To finish the box, I added a bright pink polka-dot wired ribbon.
This is my “flamingo obsessed” granddaughter at about 5 years old. 🙂
There are so many options with this box! I have more ideas on my blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies used: Frosted teal cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Fabulous Flamingos stamp set and die set from Reverse Confetti; Boho Paisley Background stamp, Surprise Box die (#CBD164) and Celebrate and Wish dies (#CBD166) from Our Daily Bread Designs; splash and cheeky chalk ink pads from Clearsnap.
June 16, 2016
Thanks for joining us today as we team up with designers from Clearsnap
to spotlight ColorBox chalk ink pads
! If you’ve never experimented with chalk ink before, we’re sure this hop will inspire you to try it out! Chalk inks are ideal for paper-crafting projects and create muted, chalk-like effects. They can also be buffed to a shiny finish.
So, are you ready?!? Let’s get hopping!
I really wanted to create a fun background with these inks for my card so I searched online and found this wonderful bokeh technique video
from Deb Valder
. She did an awesome job showing how to use chalk inks to create a bokeh effect! Shown above is my take on it. I used chambray ink to color a panel of white cardstock and then used sponge daubers to add circles in a variety of colors (creamy brown, cheeky, splash) to the inked panel. As the colors dried, they became more muted and chalk-like and created a soft, colorful background. I love how it turned out!
I finished the panel by hand-lettering a sentiment using a white paint marker and embellished it with sequins. White cardstock was used to create a thin mat around the panel and then I adhered it to a soft turquoise card base.
Supplies used: ColorBox chalk ink pads (chambray, creamy brown, cheeky, splash) from Clearsnap; whisper white and pool party cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; sponge daubers from IMAGINE Crafts; 28 Lilac Lane minty fresh embellishment bottle from Buttons Galore & More; white ultra fine Painters marker and thin mini adhesive dots from Elmer’s; paper trimmer from Fiskars; scoring board and Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.
Next up is the talented Rose Powell!
A big thank you to Clearsnap for providing product for today’s hop along with also sponsoring a giveaway on their blog for $50 worth of ColorBox products!
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June 15, 2016
Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset sharing my storage tips for when I go on vacation. Yes, that’s right, I craft while on vacation—and why not? I still see all the sites and venture around. However, I’m not much of a swimmer and my husband and three sons are. So while my husband and three sons are spending time in the water, I sit by the pool just a few feet from the ocean, under an umbrella, with a cool fruity drink, watching my boys splash around having fun, and stamp my heart out. That’s my secret paradise.
This is how I do it. I take this sturdy clear tote with a handle on most of my trips. I can’t say enough about this tote—I LOVE it! It’s tough and stays shut, which we all know is very important. I take it on family road trips, train trips, and even on airplanes. It’s made well and holds a lot! You can find them at local craft stores or online from ArtBin.
When packing this tote for a trip, my basic craft supplies are white cardstock, watercolor paper, stamps and inks. I usually pack VersaFine onyx black as my go-to black ink, but I love Distress mini ink pads, too. They’re great for stamping or coloring images. I don’t pack any liquids, because it’s less mess, and no TSA hassle. I also don’t pack adhesives either, because they will melt or dry out in a hot car or in the sun. Sometimes I’ll pack markers or watercolor crayons but that’s about it.
I love to pack stamps that I’ve never used before. If the weather is bad outside, I can stamp away inside, while my kids are playing video games or watching a movie. I don’t complete any cards, but that’s ok. I get a huge head start and for me, stamping or coloring is a great way to relax after a busy touristy day. When I get back to reality and need a card, I’ve got several go-to images stamped, colored, and ready to become a one-of-a-kind project in no time!
Shutterfly recently had a deal on these personalized tote bags and they’re made really well, too. I designed this one for my website and my ArtBin travel tote fits perfectly inside leaving room to spare for maybe an issue of CardMaker
or some snacks for the trip. Now we’re ready to board a train, plane, or automobile. I hope I’ve inspired you to pack a few craft supplies and craft on your vacation, too. Where will your next adventure take you? Tell us where you like to craft. We’d love to know!
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy travels!
Sources: Super Satchel 1-Compartment from ArtBin; tote bag from Shutterfly Inc.; watercolor paper from Canson; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; Distress mini ink pads from Ranger Industries; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.
June 14, 2016
It’s summertime which means it’s time to take our card making outdoors! In our summer issue, you’ll discover how easy it is to create prints for cards that use the sun as part of the process in a tutorial from Deborah Nolan
. For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, take a look inside our summer issue and then create a sun print card. Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page
or share it on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!