Card Challenge Corner: Sensational Sequins

Sequins are one of our favorite embellishments here in the CardMaker office, and they’re also one of the most popular products currently being used in paper crafting. They’re available in a rainbow of colors, sizes and shapes. Try your hand at making a card using sequins somewhere in the design. For ideas on working with sequins, check out designer Kimber McGray’s Tips & Techniques article in the summer issue of CardMaker.

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

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The Lettermate

We love finding products to introduce to our readers and the Lettermate is one of our new favorites! This handy tool is an envelope addressing guide for any of you who have trouble writing in a straight line which is most of us. As card makers, we are constantly finding ourselves addressing envelopes and we want the outside to look just as pretty as what’s on the inside!

To use the Lettermate, simply place the tool onto your envelope using the openings and dots at the top of the guide to help you write the address. The address above is shown centered on the envelope but you can also easily use the guide to write text that is aligned along the left side.

Addressing Envelopes
The beauty of this guide is that it allows versatility. You don’t have to stick with just standard straight letters—you can play around with your lettering as shown above. Mix and match styles, make some letters smaller, add decorative doodles—there are so many possibilities. You can even use the guide to write out a portion of the address and then remove the guide to write the remaining portion in a different larger lettering style. The guide simply helps you position everything in a nice layout. Check out the Lettermate’s Gallery page for lots of addressing ideas!

The guide fits a variety of envelope shapes and sizes. Click here to learn more and to order one of your own!


Creative Space: Sarah Ashley Posch

Hello! Welcome to a little corner of Lawrence, Kansas, where today you’ll see my creative space. Unlike my fellow design team ladies, I don’t have a whole room or office dedicated to all my card-making supplies where I can set everything up and shut it off from the rest of the world. My “room” is really a nook at the end of the upstairs hallway, just steps away from my sewing machine and ironing board where I do my other “creating.”

I do most of my card work at this rolltop desk—the same place I did my homework in high school. This is how it looks at the beginning of the day and, hopefully, at the end. The rolling cart is where I keep stencils, small pads of paper, stickers, scraps and such. Finished cards are filed in the boxes on top.

These drawers and boxes stacked by my desk hold all my other essentials.

This drawer hangs open most of the time when I’m working. It may look a mess, but everything’s arranged right where I can lay my hands on it easily—adhesives in one bag, embellishments in another, ribbons in another, etc. My colored pencils and chalks are stacked on the other side with a heat gun crammed in the middle.

Stamps, dies, ink pads and punches are organized in boxes. I try to keep my stamps arranged by seasons.

My dies are in the bottom box. When I have all these unstacked, the hallway becomes a bit of an obstacle course!

This is what it sometimes looks like when I’m in the throes of creation.

In this photo, I have my scrap drawer pulled out because I’m been rummaging though it to find the perfect background. Some ink pads likes browns and blacks I use so much so I keep them on my desk all the time even when I’m not making cards.

At the opposite end of the hallway, right by the stairs, I have my paper cutter, scoring board and Sizzix Big Shot machine set up so they’re there when I need to use them. On the trunk, in front of the window, is where I take most of my finished card photos. It’s not ideal, I know, but it works most of the time.

I really can’t leave everything out all the time. I’m the kind of person who can’t bear clutter! At the end of the day, I clean up my stamps, file away dies, slide my scoring board back on the bookcase, put my paper cutter back on top of the serger case and roll down the top on my desk.

It won’t make any of you green with envy, but it’s my home sweet home.



Celebrate & Decorate: Patriotic Lighthouse

One of my most favorite holidays is the Fourth of July. I made this little lighthouse gift holder which is sitting on my desk right now making me a very happy lady.

The lighthouse has three separate parts which is kind of cool. All three sections are created using an electronic cutting file from Silhouette.

Here is the bottom of the box which would hold small candy nicely.

Here is the top of the box which is decorated with a ship’s wheel.

This is my last post as a CardMaker blog team member and I will miss posting on a regular basis. I’ll still be around and can’t wait to see what the new team creates.



Supplies used: Patriotic Parade double-sided patterned paper from Doodlebug Design Inc.Lighthouse Favor Box (#80203) electronic cutting file and machine from Silhouette America Inc.


Lisa’s Technique of the Week

Hi! Lisa here today and I have a fun step-by-step technique to share with you. This technique encompasses several larger techniques including stenciling, heat-embossing and watercoloring. Gasp! The trifecta! Hehehe! I’ve provided some photos to help show you how this technique is done.

To start, you will want to adhere your chosen stencil your watercolor cardstock with an easy-to-remove adhesive. I have used washi tape to secure the stencil in place as it is inexpensive and easily removed.

Next you will press a watermark ink pad firmly onto the paper covering all of the openings on the stencil. Once you have everything covered, you will carefully remove your stencil, add embossing powder of your choice, and heat-emboss. The shine of this step is so beautiful in person!

Your final step to complete the trifecta is to spritz your panel with water and use a water brush or paintbrush to cover the embossed panel with the watercolor of your choosing. I chose to use two colors in the purple family. While I was pulling the two colors up the panel, I loved the way a small white line formed and decided to leave it.

Once this was dry, I went over it with a clean baby wipe and had the perfect panel to create the card shown below.

To create this card, I trimmed my panel to an 1/8 inch less than a standard A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) and adhered it to my card base. The butterfly came from my scrap pile and I couldn’t get over how perfect the colors worked. I then added a vellum butterfly layer behind it to soften the die cut itself. The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine ink onto a strip of watercolor cardstock, then brushed over with paint that was still on my water brush. I popped it up with foam adhesive under the butterfly and added some purple rhinestones to create a sense of movement.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today and checking out this technique! If you use this technique we would love to see it; please share photos on our Facebook page.

As always, happy crafting!


Supplies used: Watercolor cardstock and Mini Mister from Ranger Industries Inc.; Dandelion Dreams stamp set from Clearly Besotted Stamps; watermark ink pad and onyx black VersaFine pigment ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; amethyst and heliotype watercolors from Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolors; gem stickers from DCWV Inc.; Encircled Diamonds stencil (#AS66-007) and diamonds and pearls fine-detail embossing powder from; butterfly die from Spellbinders® Paper Arts.


Card Challenge Corner: Red, White & Blue

Patriotic Sheep
Next week on July fourth, we’ll be celebrating America’s independence! The national holiday will be filled with parades, cookouts and fireworks. In honor of the upcoming day, create a card with a red, white and blue color palette.

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

Like the card shown above? Purchase complete instructions to make it here!

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Avery Elle & CardMaker Blog Hop!

Blog Hop
It’s another fun day here on the CardMaker blog! Today we’re joining the team at Avery Elle for a blog hop filled with fun and exciting designs. We are big fans of Avery Elle—their website is filled with so many adorable products. We can’t wait to see what all of the designers have created so let’s get hopping!

I got to play with the Swim Team stamp set. The sea creatures in this set are oh so sweet! They are celebrating a special friend’s birthday complete with little party hats and confetti!

To add a little something to the inside of the card, I used the Swim Team die set to cut out some waves and water droplets from blue cardstock.

Supplies used: Swim Team stamp set and Swim Team die set from Avery Elle; X-Press It Blending Card and Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; tempting turquoise cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Quickie Glue Pen from Sakura of America; adhesive runner and adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

Next on the hop is the talented Katie Gehring! She’s got some amazing designs on her blog!

Also be sure to check out the Avery Elle blog for all the details on how you can enter for a chance to win a $30 Avery Elle Gift Certificate!

If you get lost along the way, remember you can always come back here for the complete hop list.

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (*You are here!)

Katie Gehring

AJ Otto

Caryn Davies

Anita Mulcahey


Lisa Lahiff


Lois Bak


Patti Gilliam


Sarah Ashley Posch



Lisa’s Outside the Box

Hello! Today it’s time to go outside the box and take a card from a previous issue of CardMaker and bring my own twist to it. I loved the CardMaker Spring 2015 issue, so that’s exactly where I started. After flipping through the whole thing I found myself being drawn to the card designed by Karin Åkesdotter on page 32.

Inspiration Card
I love the clean and simple feel of the card as well as the fun use of negative space, so here’s what I came up with:

I changed my negative space from a speech bubble to a star and chose a sentiment that fit perfectly with my theme. I then continued with my star theme by using star patterned paper and a star mirror embellishment. I used complimentary twine and wrapped it around three times as Karin had done on hers.

The design/concept of this type of a card could be reinvented over and over again for various themes/occasions and that’s what makes this all so fun. How about you, what pages in CardMaker magazine have inspired you lately?

Happy crafting!


Supplies used: High Seas patterned paper and deep sea dye ink pad from Lawn Fawn; Star of the Show stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps; adhesive mirrors from DCWV Inc.; shore twine from The Twinery; Star STAX dies from My Favorite Things; foam adhesive from 3M.


Sarah’s Storage Tip

Hello! It’s Sarah here today with a storage tip. If you do a lot of masking—whether for layered stamping or sponging or whatever—you’re probably like me. You have a stack of little flowers, leaves and other shapes that you’ve cut out and set aside to use again. After taking the trouble to fussy-cut around these details, who wants to just toss them in the trash?

The trouble is, after setting a few of these aside, they start to stick together since we like a little dab of glue on the back to hold a mask in place, or they get dog-eared and torn when jumbled around with other supplies.

I decided it was time to organize! I laid out all my masks on my desk.

I found a perfect little box. A recipe box would work well. I cut a few pieces of scrap cardstock to about 4 x 6 inches. Index cards would work well, too, but slick cardstock is ideal as masks will peel off easier. I sorted my masks and arranged them on these cards, keeping similar flowers together, etc.

Now my masks are nice and tidy. I can flip through and find just what I need.

Hope this helps you get organized. Card making is more fun when you can find what you want when you want it. Happy masking!



Anita’s U Inspire Me

Hello everyone and happy summer! I had a lot of fun looking around Pinterest to find something to inspire me for the card that I’m sharing today. I love summer, cute food and bright colors and the photo below met all of these goals for me.


Photo from here via Pinterest

Isn’t this just so pretty?  I love those paper straws and the colors are so yummy and inviting.

Here is the card that I created using some thin felt to make these fun loopy flowers and using a paper straw to display my sentiment.

I love to use my washi tape to create a card background and was excited to find this one in my stash that perfectly matched the straw in the photo. It is so easy to lay down the washi tape and then take sharp scissors and trim around the card front.

Here’s a close-up of my loopy flowers. I mixed and matched the colors to create some dimension in my flowers.

I tried out the new ombre ink from Hero Arts for the sentiment and the effect is subtle which I loved. Hope you have a great day and thanks for looking!



Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; All Around Quotes stamp set from Fiskars; Ombre Pink to Red ink pad from Hero Arts; washi tape from Doodlebug Design; Woodgrain Fence and Loopy Bloom dies from My Favorite Things.