Card Challenge Corner: A Tisket, A Tasket

Bunny Blessings

Bunny Blessings card by Stacy Morgan—complete instructions can be found on page 73 of the Spring issue of CardMaker

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Make an Easter card to go along with a basket. If you don’t have little ones, I’m sure a friend or neighbor would appreciate a little treat too.”

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


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Summer Issue Video Preview & Tutorial

The summer issue of CardMaker doesn’t officially go on sale until next Tuesday (April 22), but you can take a sneak peek inside the issue with this special preview video! Editor Tanya Fox shares some highlights from the issue as well as a lesson on how to make stair-step cards.

PS. You can order a digital copy of the issue now by clicking here!


Jeanne’s U Inspire Me


Hi! Jeanne here today! I’m always inspired by pretty colors. When I spied the dreamy muted rainbow colors in these shoes I was ready to create!


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I made my background on white cardstock with Gelatos® by scribbling on color and then smudging with my finger.


Next, I used a paintbrush and the green tea gelato mixed with water to spatter for a little texture.


I scribbled (I love to scribble!) some gelatos colors (green tea, coconut and snow cone) onto an old book page.


I doodled a flower, stem and leaves onto the colored area with a black pen. I highlighted the petals with a White Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.

I finished the card by cutting out the flower and leaves and attaching them to the card. I added a button with a twine bow to the flower center and some doodles around the outside edge of my card with a black pen.


Supplies used: Gelatos® (coconut, butter cream, grape, snow cone, green tea), white Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and black PITT Artist pen from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft; cardstock from Stampin’ Up; adhesives from Xyron.

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Kristine’s Scrap Treasures

Hi! Kristine here with today’s blog post! Today my theme is Scrap Treasures: Create a card using scraps left over from a previous project.


It’s perfect timing for this challenge because my girlfriend and I spent last Saturday making baby shower invitations for a shower she is throwing. When we were done, I had this pile of matching double-sided paper scraps that were large enough that I didn’t want to throw them away.


I decided to whip up some quick and easy thank you cards. So I started by stamping this circle and sentiment multiple times on white paper with blue ink.


I die-cut the ovals and put together this card set.


Here is a close-up look at one of the cards.

I didn’t use all the scraps this time around but I will make some more quick and easy cards with them later!


Supplies used: Recollections blue cardstock from Michaels Stores; bright white cardstock from Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.; patterned paper from Making Memories; stamps from Stampendous! Inc.; Memento Danube blue ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; twine from American Crafts; Classic Ovals die templates from SpellbindersPaper Arts.

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Card Challenge Corner: All Dressed Up

easter ruffles

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From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“All the decorations and pretty ruffled dresses at Easter time can be the source of great card-making inspiration. Create a card with ruffles and delicate quilled pieces to capture the beauty of the season.”

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

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Creative Spaces: Kristie Hartfeil

Happy Monday everyone! Kristie here to show you my crafty space. This is where I store all of my craft supplies. I often create my cards at my kitchen bar so that I can keep an eye on my boys while crafting. It’s amazing how much trouble 5- and 7-year-old boys can get into! I often can’t create in my craft room since my desk is usually covered in supplies. Consequently, I had to do some serious cleaning before taking these photos.


This is the view from my doorway. I have shelves along two walls. My standing work surface is in the middle and then I have a desk below the window to the left. I have a series of bookcases from IKEA that go along two walls, and my work table also has two shelves that face my desk area for additional storage.


Here’s a close-up photo of part of the shelf unit that is in the corner of the room. In the photo above, working left to right, I have my Papertrey Ink CD cases, my Stampin’ Up rubber stamps and single rubber stamps, ribbon organizers and baskets of washi tape, ribbon sets, and 12×12 paper organizers.


Near the window on the left side of the room I have my Expedit bookcase/desk. This photo shows the bookcase portion that contains my clear stamps, binders that house my thin dies, and paperwork. I keep my clear stamps in the Avery Elle storage sleeves contained in the refrigerator acrylic bins.


My cleaned-up desk is shown above. I keep my most-used supplies in the acrylic shelf unit to the right (adhesives, dimensionals, clear embossing powder, sticky notes and tool kit). Next to that I have a rotating desk organizer for tools like scissors, pencils, cleaning solution, paintbrushes, etc. I have my acrylic blocks stored in the plastic bins to the right. I keep my scrap paper in the plastic containers on the right. I have three containers for scrap paper. I also keep a craft mat on my desk surface since I can be pretty messy while working. There are also more shelves below the desk which is where I keep supplies I rarely use. Lastly, even though the desk is set up next to the window, I rarely have the shade up because I don’t want the sunlight to damage my cardstock.


Above my desk on top of my Expedit, I store ink pads. The ink pads are stored in old cassette and VCR tape shelves. I picked these two up at Goodwill and they work great. My A Muse Studio ink pads and Encore inks are stored in the smaller unit to the left. My Close to My Heart, Stampin’ Up, Hero Arts, and white, cream, black inks are stored in the larger unit to the right.


Adjacent to my desk I have my work table where I can stand to work. I keep my paper cutter on the top and my die machine on the shelf below. The lower shelf has other supplies like embossing powders, ink pads, distress inks, and adhesives.


On the back side of my working table, I keep my 12×12 individual sheets of patterned paper. My 12×12 patterned paper collections are stored in the storage bins on the lower shelf of one of the bookcases. I store individual sheets vertically by category in a vertical file rack.


And lastly, next to my door I have my cardstock paper racks. Love these! A very sweet fellow crafter gave me these when she was going to be moving out of the area. They hold my Papertrey Ink, A Muse Studio and Stampin’ Up! cardstock.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Looking at these photos I think I need to use up some more of my supplies before I buy any more.



Summer Quilt & Scrap Sweepstakes

Summer Sweeps Prize Pack

Have you heard about CardMaker’s exciting Summer Quilt & Scrap Sweepstakes?

The prize package is valued at over $500 and contains some of our favorite paper-crafting and quilting products! Enter CardMaker’s Summer Quilt & Scrap Sweepstakes for a chance to WIN! Contest runs through June 30, 2014. To enter and for official rules, click here!

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Imagine Crafts & CardMaker Blog Hop

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Neon colors are so popular right now and we here at CardMaker are loving the trend! We’re especially excited about the new Radiant Neon Ink Pads from Imagine Crafts! Today the CardMaker blog team is joining designers from Imagine Crafts for a fun and colorful blog hop featuring their new inks.


I love simple cards and chose to make a couple of different options that require no stamp sets—just lots of color. :) The dots on the Thank You card were created using the eraser end of a pencil and the confetti on the Hello Friend card was created using the edge of a dime. It’s always a great idea to look around your house and see what unique shapes can be created with ordinary household items.

Supplies used: Radiant Neon ink pads (electric pink, electric yellow, electric orange) from Imagine Crafts; pink dot cardstock and silver glitter tape from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; lemon drop cardstock from My Favorite Things; Flamingo Dots self-adhesive circles from Close To My Heart; gel pens and adhesive runner from Elmer‘s; scoring board from Scor-Pal Products; paper trimmer from X-ACTO; Crafty Foam Tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Next up on the hop is the talented Sylvia Blum!

In addition, there is a fun giveaway happening on the Imagine Crafts blog—make sure to check out their site for complete details on how you can enter for a chance to win a full set of Radiant Neon ink pads!!

Below is the complete hop list in case you get lost along the way.

A huge thank you to Imagine Crafts for supplying all of the designers with colorful products!

Blog Hop List


Sylvia Blum

Naghma Husain 

Jeanne Streiff

Maureen Cronin

Allie Gower

Isha Gupta

Kathy Martin

Emily Lanham

Linda Lucas

Sharon Morrison

Kristie Hartfeil

Ellen Taylor

Taylor Usry

Penny Ward

Kristine Reynolds

Cathy Andronicou

Baerbel Born

Savannah O’Gwynn

Sabrina Alery

Kazuko Kocho

Nancy Hawes

Vera Yates

Debbie Gaetz

John Petersen

Imagine Crafts


Sabrina’s Outside the Box


Hello! It’s Sabrina here today to share my take on a card originally published in the November 2009 issue of CardMaker. It was designed by Megan Sharkey for Vintaj Natural Brass Co. This card really stood out to me because it combines a couple of trends that seem to have made their way back around—metallics and hand-scripted writing.


Adding my own handwriting to cards sort of makes me cringe in a that looks homemade, not handmade kind of way but we are seeing more and more of this “scripted” look popping up all over. On Megan’s card, the handwriting feels folksy and homespun in a charming way. And while I don’t think my version quite captured the same charm, it was good to try something new that is a bit scary.


And speaking of charms, I love the star charms on the original card and immediately thought of a nautical stamp set from Waltzingmouse that would work to create some metallic treasures. Just add embossing powder!

What do you think about the hand-scripted look? Is it a trend you plan to try?


Supplies used: Cardstock from WPlus9; patterned paper from Pink Paislee; nautical-themed stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps; gold, silver, copper pigment ink pads, brown chalk ink pad and embossing powder from Clearsnap®; die-cut corners from Authentique; brown marker from Faber-Castell; jute twine from Darice; double-sided tape from Scor-Pal Products; foam adhesive from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

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Kathy’s CardMaker Tip


Hi! It’s Kathy here today to share a step-by-step tutorial of my card-building process. I love layers! It’s my favorite technique for paper crafting whether it’s cards, scrapbook pages or decor items—I can’t get enough layers! I think of it like a sandwich—I want more than just bread and meat; I want lettuce and tomato slices and pesto or avocado. Oh … and cheese!


Just as a sandwich starts with bread, a card starts with a base. I often use white or cream cardstock as my base that I cut to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and fold in half to create a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch card base.


For this card I picked two patterned papers for my background. Most often I’ll cut one piece just a little smaller than the other to create a frame. For the first paper I opted for this pretty floral pattern cut to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and attached it to the card base with a small amount of adhesive. Be careful to not use too much glue or it can curl your cardstock.


The gray heart patterned paper was cut a 1/2 inch smaller at 5 x 3 3/4 inches and attached with a blank coaster underneath for dimension. You can use any chipboard from a cereal box or leftover chipboard accents or alphas you want to use up.


Next, I added chipboard letters to the upper right-hand corner for my sentiment. I also used a little adhesive for this step to ensure the letters don’t fall off later.


When layering I like to add an element of texture like this wide gingham ribbon bow. You could use burlap, cork, vellum or felt as well to add texture.


Now it’s time to add some fun accents. I used a few pre-made die-cut shapes and attached them with foam mounting tape. I like foam tape because I can cut any size and shape I need; it’s perfect for really small areas like the narrow sides of the frame die.


I thought a safety pin would make an adorable accent. They remind me of diaper pins.


Lastly, I added another die-cut shape with a pop of color.


Yummy, just look at all those layers!

So, what do you like on your sandwich? I mean card!?!?


Supplies used: Cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Special Delivery Collection (patterned papers, die cuts and chipboard alphas) from Pebbles Inc.; coasters from Papertrey Ink; ribbon from Michaels Stores; metal safety pin from Tim Holtz; Quick-Dry Adhesive and Foam Mounting Tape from 3M.