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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-Jeanne

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Here are the two panels in vertical and horizontal orientations.

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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!

-Mae

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.

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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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Creative Space: Penny Ward

Hello friends, Penny here today giving you a tour of my most favorite room in the house. I love seeing what other crafters do and use in their studios, so grab a cup of coffee and scroll down while I share my space with you.

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All of my storage is from Michaels—I can do a lot of damage with a 25%-off coupon. My beloved Silhouette Cameo is waiting there so patiently for me to uncover it and start playing. The super cute lighted “P” was a gift from my BFF. Do you see the picture on the wall … yep, that’s the man that built this room for me … love him!

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Awww … my desk. It is countertop height because I mostly stand while card making. Those are paint cans holding my Copics and a white crib spring above my work area holds some favorite mementos. Acrylic magazine holders mounted under the shelf holds my most-loved cardstock, along with mason jars for my buttons.

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I made that desktop carousel from empty cans that were spray painted, then dressed up a little with pattern paper and fabric … LOVE!!! A woden shelf holds all my sprays and my hubby drilled a couple of holes so I could slide my washi tape onto a dowel.

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Moving on, we have an over-the-door organizer that I got at a Tuesday Morning store for a song … yay me! The stamp holder was made by my hubby.

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I saw this idea in a magazine and I knew I had to have one; it’s an old wooden ladder with shelves added at the step rungs. It has a hanging dowel for some ribbon, and mostly cutesy things just sit there for my viewing pleasure.

You guessed it … this was also made by my wonderful husband. I think I will keep him.

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This is more storage with a laminate top. This is my cutting, die-cutting and photographing area.

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Last and most important are my rolling carts. This is where all my beautiful embellishments and inks are housed. You can also see my wonderful stamps and dies all categorized by company in Avery Elle pockets and Fridge Binz just like Jennifer McGuire taught us. :)

Hope you enjoyed my picture tour. Maybe you saw something that you would like to recreate for your own studio.

Happy organizing!

-Penny

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Card Challenge Corner: More Than Just a Card

Tea

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From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“This week I’d like you to think of someone that needs a little pick-me-up. Create a card that holds a candy bar, tea packet, gift card or a special token they can keep to remember that you thought of them.”

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

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Jeanne’s Scrap Treasures

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Hi! Jeanne here today and I’m so excited to share with you some fun ways that I like to use up scraps of paper and ribbon. I love cards with layers of patterned papers and pretty ribbons and there are always scraps that I can’t seem to part with because they are like candy to my eyes!!

Color blocking is a great way to use up your pretty patterned paper scraps. You can line up strips in many different ways—diagonally, vertically or horizontally like I did. Adding a die-cut inlay creates interest and looks like you made a fuss.

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I cut patterned paper strips 3/4 inch wide and arranged them so that the paper patterns and colors would complement each other. Once I had them in a pattern pleasing to my eye I border punched the edges on some of the rows, alternating scallops and straight edges and adhering them to a piece of cardstock. If you are going to stamp your pattern on the paper scraps like I did you need to remember to keep a lighter patterned strip where you want your sentiment to appear. Tip: Stamp your sentiment before you adhere it to your base so you can switch it out if a correction needs to be made.

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Once you have your strips attached to a piece of cardstock, trim it to fit on a colored mat that will fit on your card base. Next I attached a die with repositionable tape and cut it out, and attached it to my colored card mat. Reserve the die-cut pieces; you will need them for your finished card.

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Now for the fun part—inserting the die in the window you created. I cut the die from a hot pink cardstock so it would stand up to the bold patterned paper strips and not blend in. Dark colors work best so your image appears in silhouette. Tip: To decide what color you want to use, place the die-cut pieced paper over different colors of solid paper. Select a color that is bold and easy to see through the die-cut window.

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Lastly, adhere the die cut into the open window of the card. Depending on what die you use you might need to reserve and attach pieces you cut from the paper-pieced pattern you made like I did here. You can see these pieces inserted between the flower stems.

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Here’s an easy project to help use your extra ribbon scraps.

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Make a card from colored cardstock.

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On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp a sentiment and die-cut an image using repositionable tape.

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Trim to fit your card base. Use a corner punch to add detail to your layers.

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Attach double-sided tape to the card-stock base in the area under the die-cut window and attach strips of ribbon on a diagonal.

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Attach the white die-cut cardstock over the ribbon using adhesive foam tape. Tip: The adhesive foam tape lifts your sentiment above the thick ribbon giving your card a smooth appearance.

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Here’s the finished card.

I hope you will try some of these techiques. They are fun and easy and make a big impression!

-Jeanne

Happiness is Homemade Card

Supplies used: Fresh Cut patterned papers from BasicGrey; Country Labels No. 4 stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Glorious Gerber Daisies die (#98904) from Memory Box; Dotted Scallop Edger Punch from EK Success.

Happy Anniversary! Card

Supplies used: Sentiment stamp and die from Serendipity Stamps; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Stub Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers.

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Theresa’s CardMaker Tip

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Happy Friday! It’s Theresa here with one of my favorite card-making tips. Have you ever gotten partway though a project and realized you didn’t have the right color ribbon? Well, it’s easy to use your favorite dye ink re-inkers to create the perfect color ribbon for your project.

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I love silk ribbon and I always keep a spool of white handy in a 2-inch width. You might prefer a different size or type, such as seam binding or grosgrain.

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Start by squeezing a few drops of re-inker into a zip-close plastic bag. I’m using Memento cantaloupe ink in this case. Depending on how intense you want the color on your ribbon, anywhere from as few as three drops to several will be enough. The length of ribbon you are dyeing will also affect how much ink to use. I usually dye about 1 1/2 yards at a time.

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Then add a bit of water. I like to use a spritzer bottle to spray some water into the bag, so I can easily control how much water I’m adding. For more intensely colored ribbon, use more ink and less water. For lighter colored ribbon, use less ink and more water.

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Place your ribbon in the bag and gently squeeze the liquid into the ribbon until evenly saturated. If you find there isn’t quite enough liquid to saturate the ribbon, simply spritz some more into the bag and work it into the ribbon.

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Pull the ribbon from the bag and allow it to dry. You can speed up the drying time with a blow dryer. Wet ribbon is typically darker and lightens as it dries. If you find that you would like it to be a bit darker, just repeat the previous steps over again to add more color.

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If you would like your ribbon to have a wrinkled look, then it is ready to use as soon as it is dry, but if you prefer it smooth, simply iron on a low setting.

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Here are some more ribbons I’ve dyed to show you, using Memento Bahama blue, lulu lavender, and rose bud inks along with the cantaloupe ribbon.

Note: Keep in mind that dye inks are water-soluble and may stain clothing and objects when wet. I haven’t had any trouble with them causing staining when dry, but it is something to be aware of.

Also, results may vary depending on the type of ribbon you use and how well it accepts dye inks. I recommend testing a small section before investing in a large spool of ribbon.

I hope this inspires you to try dyeing your own ribbon. Thank you for visiting!

-Theresa

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Noelle’s Outside the Box

Hi there! It’s Noelle today bringing you a new way of looking at an old card! I was asked to take one of my formerly published cards and make a new card using the older one as inspiration. I chose my card from the Summer 2014 issue titled “29 Again.”

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I decided to use the accordion-style of the folding and the layout of this card. I also used similar colors. I chose to ditch the bling, the square corners, and the theme.

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Back to School seemed like the perfect theme for this time of year! My three sons have been home for a couple months now, and I think we are all feeling like it’s time to get back to school! ;) I will use this to give to one of their teachers.

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This card is a standard A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches). But I like that it stands up and give a 3D effect without actually being a 3D card. This type of card folds nice and flat for mailing, which is a great perk! To make an accordion-fold card like this one, take a 4 1/4 x 11-inch piece of cardstock and score it at 5 1/2 inches, 7 1/2 inches and 9 1/2 inches. The large panel is the back panel, and the first fold is a valley fold.

Well, that’s all for me right now, have a fantastic day!

-Noelle

Supplies used: Garden green cardstock and real red and garden green ink pads from Stampin’ Up!; classic crest ivory cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; 6 x 6-inch Adventure paper pad from My Mind’s Eye; Oliver Owl stamp set from Reverse Confetti; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; punches from EK Success.

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Card Challenge Corner: Forgotten Stamp

Birthday Wishes

Card by Karin Åkesdotter
Find full instructions in our Autumn issue available here!

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Do you have a neglected stamp set? You know the one I’m talking about—the one at the bottom of the pile that you just knew you’d use so much. Dust off the stamp and ink it up, and let it be the focal point of your card this week. You may need to condition it first if it’s been a really long time since you’ve used it.”

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

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Creative Space: Theresa Momber

Hello! It’s Theresa here and today I am sharing my creative space with you. I always love seeing other crafters’ studios and picking up ideas and inspiration. I am very lucky to have a spare bedroom all to myself to use for my craft room.

I used to pull all my stamping supplies out onto the dining room table each time I made a card and what a difference it made when I finally carved out a permanent space! Originally, I only used a small portion of this room for my crafting, but over the years, I’ve taken it over completely.

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In this first photo, you can see my main workspace. In the interest of full disclosure, my room is rarely this tidy. I spend most of my time crafting sitting in the chair and have all the supplies I use most often at arms reach.

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This ink pad/storage unit hangs on the wall on the right side of my workspace. Due to limited space between my counter and upper cabinets, I was unable to find something to purchase that would fit, so I had to make it myself. It holds 72 ink pads on the right side and the left side has shelves handy for adhesives, embellishments and odds and ends.

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To the left of the ink pad storage are two Studio 3 Solutions storage cubbies for my Copic® markers. Next to those are an Ott Lite and a small plastic drawer bin for more odds and ends.

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I always keep this small plastic tray just to the left of my work surface, to place tools and other objects that I have used recently. There are usually a few stamp sets, scissors, Xyron Mega Runner and die templates in there. It’s a bit like a staging area for objects I need to put away, but think I might use again soon.

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In the drawer next to me I keep a few plastic storage bins with my Jumbo Sponge Daubers. I use these very often, so I like to have them in reach.

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In the leg space below is where I have my cute little air compressor and my Copic® Airbrush system. It’s very handy and I can even turn on the air compressor with my foot.

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On the wall to my left hangs my old ink pad holder. That was another one I had built myself. You can tell I hadn’t been stamping long because I never imagined I would need more than 16 spaces for ink pads. I think I outgrew that within about two months of making it. Below that storage is a thread holder I found at Jo-Ann’s, but instead of holding spools of thread, I use it for hanging odd pieces of ribbon. Most of my ribbon is stuffed in bins, but this is a handy place to hang the pieces that I cut and try out on a project, but then discard in favor of another color.

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Next to the ribbon are two storage cubes from Michaels that hold 12 x 12-inch sheets of patterned paper and cardstock.

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Around the corner, opposite of my main workspace is more storage and a big counter where I do my cutting, die-cutting and heat-embossing. I do die-cutting on the right, embossing in the middle and on the left is my beloved Tonic Paper Trimmer. There is a plastic bin next to the paper cutter where I keep my paper scraps. Normally, the scraps are strewn all over the counter, but when I pick them up, that bin is where I put them.

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I keep all my Gina K. stamp sets in these bins, along with smaller patterned paper packs, glimmer mists, die-cutting plates, etc.

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On the counter sits my Grand Calibur® die-cutting machine with its Junior Plates tucked in behind. And behind that are some of my more frequently used die templates and embossing folders. I always keep a pillar candle next to my Grand Calibur to roll across my intricate dies to help release the die cuts.

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Under the counter I have one of those milk crate-type plastic storage containers from an office store. I use hanging file folders in it to store my 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock.

That pretty much sums it up. I hope my little craft room tour gives you some ideas for your creative space. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Theresa

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