Mae’s Scrap Treasures

Hi. It’s Mae here and this is my very first post for the CardMaker blog. I’m so excited to be part of the CardMaker blog team for the next several months. Today I’ll be sharing a project I made using scrap papers.

I love double-sided patterned paper. It makes it easy to match your papers for a card. And when I have a favorite design, I keep the bits and pieces that are left over from a previous card.

For this card, I had some 2 x 4 1/2-inch strips and a tiny strip of leftover papers. I cut them in different sizes, inked up the edges with Distress inks and a blending tool.

Then I arranged the pieces of paper using both sides, alternating the patterns. Next I adhered them to a piece of yellow cardstock leaving a small border. I used my sewing machine to stitch along the edges of each paper piece. Note: You can also stitch the paper pieces first before adhering them together.

And finally, I added a sentiment to the center and some twine and button to complete the card. With all the detail and attention you give to the card, who would guess you made it using scraps of paper!

So before you toss those bits and pieces of patterned paper to the bin, look them over and give them a second chance.

Have a wonderful day!


Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; patterned papers from Creative Imaginations; stamp from Printworks; walnut stain Distress ink and blending tool from Ranger Industries Inc.; rich cocoa Memento ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; twine and button from My Mind’s Eye

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Card Challenge Corner: Color Challenge


From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“My stepdaughter loves to ask “What’s your favorite color today?” Apparently, your favorite is supposed to change on a daily basis. My reply is always Mustang blue, but it’s true, although some days I feel like a lime green or cherry red. Think about it for a moment. What’s your favorite color today? Create a card with the color of the day.”

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

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The Stamps of Life & CardMaker Blog Hop

Today we are teaming up with The Stamps of Life for a blog hop showcasing some of their adorable images! Your creativity will certainly be inspired after seeing all of the fun and beautiful cards our designers have created. Plus, make sure to visit The Stamps of Life’s blog for a giveaway they’re hosting (three stamp sets valued at $12.95 and under)! :) Thank you so much to The Stamps of Life for providing all of us with beautiful product for the hop!

Hello Close-up
As soon as I saw the spiros2stamp set, I knew I wanted to create a card with the fun Spirograph-inspired images. The delicate images are mesmerizing and can be used in a variety of different ways. I kept my design simple by using purple and lavender inks and then accenting the stamped panel with a line of micro beads.

Hello Card

Supplies used: Spiros2stamp set from The Stamps of Life; whisper white and pool party cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; Memento ink pads (tuxedo black, grape jelly and lulu lavender) from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; amethyst micro beads from Martha Stewart Crafts; paper trimmer from Fiskars; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®; double-sided High Tack Tape from Xyron.

I love the little tickets that you get at carnivals and fairs and think it would be so fun to host a party where everyone gets a small bag filled with tickets. They could then redeem the tickets for prizes, snacks and games. The tickets2stamp set is just what is needed for a carnival-themed gathering.

Party Tickets Bag

Supplies used: Tickets2stamp set from The Stamps of Life; cardstock (pool party, Pacific point, real red, so saffron and Bermuda bay) from Stampin’ Up!; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; sequins from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; Classic Ovals LG (#S4-110) die templates from SpellbindersPaper Arts; mini adhesive dots from Elmer’s; E-Z Runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

Next up is the talented Tiffany Johnson!

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

Hop List

CardMaker **You are here.

Tiffany Johnson

Emily Niehaus

Theresa Momber

Joana Studer

Frances Byrne

Jeanne Jachna

Vanessa Buzard

Kristine Reynolds

Penny Ward

Tanya Adams

Anna Wight

Noelle McAdams

Jeanne Streiff

Mae Nazareth

Kim Pargeter

Judy Rozema

Piali Biswas

The Stamps of Life


Sneak Peek!

There’s something fun planned for Monday here on the blog! Here’s just a little peek! :)

Sneak Peek


New Annie’s Video Class!

Coloring Fun Video Class
If you’d like to expand your coloring skills, join expert coloring artist Jennifer Dove in the new Annie’s Coloring Fun With Alcohol Markers: People online class! In this class, you’ll learn how to use Copic® markers or any alcohol ink markers to color stamped images of people. Jennifer demonstrates and explains step-by-step how to color skin, lips, eyes, hair and clothing. The class also includes downloadable and printable worksheets and non-watermarked images for practicing each technique.

For more details and to watch a free preview video, click here.


Card Challenge Corner: Childhood Fun


From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“I have to hope I am not the only one who loved crayons as a child. Admittedly, I still love them. For this challenge, use crayons on your card, whether it’s making the background paper, creating a batik effect with the seldom used white crayon, or coloring in an image.”

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

PS. For a complete materials list for Lora Brinkman’s card shown above, pick up a copy of the autumn issue of CardMaker on sale today! Can’t find the issue at your local newsstand? Order a digital copy here!



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Celebrate & Decorate: Summer Banner

Hi friends!! Jeanne here with a Celebrate and Decorate project! I made a pretty banner to give my yard a festive look for an upcoming pool party. I love hosting gatherings in the summer. Entertaining just seems easier when everyone is outside. The grill is fired up, kids are splashing in the pool, and of course, some cool drinks and treats.

This banner was super simple to make. I started with some store-bought chipboard pennants and decorated them with patterned paper. I attached the paper with a tape glider and trimmed the edges with a craft knife. I inked up the edges with an ink pad to give them a more finished look.

I cut 3-inch-tall letters with my electronic cutting machine. Tip: You can also use precut chipboard letters from the local craft store.

I used die-cut doilies to embellish my banner. Tip: An inexpensive package of doilies from the cake decorating section will save time and look great.

Ribbon scraps are an easy way to dress up a project. I wrapped pieces of lace trim, rickrack and grosgrain ribbon around the chipboard banners and adhered them with tape on the back.

These banners are a great way to use up some of those pretty patterned paper scraps you’ve been holding on to. Mixing different patterns and colors gives your project a fun look!

Lots of your crafting supplies such as buttons, twine and pins make perfect embellishments. The stamp set I used featured ice pops and I inked them in cool colors to match the patterned papers.

A border-punched edge is a simple way to add extra detail to a project. I also used some die-cut banner shapes for my sentiments and to add layers. Repeating the banner shape helped tie the elements of the project together.

You can create all sorts of beautiful projects with your crafting supplies. I hope this project inspires you to make a banner for your next party or gathering. I think I will hang this in my kitchen to enjoy every day. It will remind me of friends and family and to enjoy each summer day!


Supplies used: Paper Accents chipboard pennants from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; Farmer’s Market patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers; Let’s Chill and Sweet Thing stamp sets and Let’s Chill dies from Reverse Confetti; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Fresh Ink pad from Impress Rubber Stamps; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; twine from The Twinery; French Pastry Doily die (#DL102) from Cheery Lynn Designs; Flag Tags dies (#KFBD-13-012) from Paper Smooches; border punches from EK Success; Folk Art Festival cartridge and electronic cutting machine from Cricut.  


Noelle’s Scrap Treasures

Hi there! It’s Noelle coming to you with my first post for the CardMaker blog today! I’m really excited to share posts with you over these next several months!

I really like to use up old bits and pieces on my cards. In fact, I have a tiered organizer on my desk used solely for the purpose of remembering to use those things. I used to find that, when I stashed things away in a box, I forgot I had them and never used them. Having these pieces in plain sight has been really helpful! Primarily, what I have in the organizer are extra die-cut pieces, handmade embellishments, or stamped images that I didn’t end up using.

These were the random pieces I pulled from that organizer to use to make my card I’d been thinking of shaker cards lately, and decided that these pieces, and the shaker concept were my jumping-off point. I ended up using all these pieces but one.

Since I’d decided to do the shaker card, I knew I wanted to paper-piece the penguin on the outside of the shaker box. However, there were some details on this particular stamp that I didn’t want to cut out such as the little feet and the balloon string. So, I took both the front and back pieces I would use for my shaker, and stamped the same image over the two pieces at once.

Then, I added acetate to the back of the frame. I made a foam frame by attaching leftover edges from some foam dimensional dots, so this card is full of scraps, including scrap adhesive! I didn’t attach foam along the top edge until I had sandwiched the two halves of the shaker together, so I could line up the image properly. After it was put together neatly, I added the micro beads in through the top opening. Then I put the last piece of foam adhesive in with tweezers.

I paper-pieced the penguin scrap on top after coloring. Then I added the sentiment, which I put a die-cut star around that was also a leftover piece. The “7” was matted with a punched circle, and the background die-cut negative numbers were also matted before adhering them to the card.

Once the card was assembled, I think it turned out pretty cute! I hope you like it, too. Have a fantastic day!


Supplies used: Solid cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; stamps, number plate die, and star die from The Cat’s Pajamas; instant photo frame die from Lil’ Inker Designs; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.


Card Challenge Corner: Color Challenge

Color Palette

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Use the following three colors (and only these three colors) to make a card: white, black and purple.”

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

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Penny’s U Inspire Me

Hey everyone! Penny here today with a creation that was inspired by something I found on the big world wide web.

Photo from here

Looking around for a card idea, I came across a picture of a gorgeous wedding cake that was decorated in navy and lime which is my favorite color combo! I would have loved being invited to this wedding, but alas … no invitation! I could not resist giving this inspiration a whirl with my cardstock, glue and handmade flowers.

The beautiful flowers in blues and teals had to be included on my creation as well as the gorgeous gold swirls. In keeping to a close replica of the cake, I have used gold heat embossing on the top and bottom of the card base.

I went with the “Congratulations” sentiment so this card will work for a wedding, anniversary, baptism … ok, you get the idea.

The leaves were punched and spritzed with pear tart spray and for added interest, I used a touch of lime embroidery thread behind the flowers. Because I made my card the standard A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches), I was not able to include the stunning peacock … maybe on the next card.

I hope you find card inspiration wherever you look. Otherwise, head for Pinterest when your mojo is failing you. :)


Supplies used: Navy and white cardstock and faux gold pearls from Michaels Stores Inc.; Oh Happy Day stamp set from Avery Elle; Dot Flourishes stamp set from Inkadinkado; Memento Luxe ink pads (pear tart, sky blue and teal zeal), watermark ink pad, gold and white embossing powders, and pear tart irRESISTible spray from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; clear rock candy Stickles glitter from Ranger Industries Inc.; Frond punch from Martha Stewart Crafts; Bitty Blossoms die templates (#S5-086) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; eBosser from Craftwell; Scrap Happy Glue from The Rubber Café.