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September 18, 2014
Hey friends, Penny here today with a cute gift you can make in no time. Having two grown children that are teachers, they are always asking me for something they can use for secret pal gifts. Just about everyone has some kind of one-cup coffee maker these days, so I came up with this K-Cup Holder.
You will need two 8 1/4 x 10 1/2-inch pieces of cardstock. I love using double-sided patterned papers for this. Cut and score your cardstock following the template shown above or click here
to download a cutting file for a Silhouette machine.
Referring to the photo above, fold the top portions with the oval opening towards you, and everything else is folded under. Working with one piece, fold along the horizontal lines and use glue or double-sided tape to attach the 1/2-inch tab to form a rectangular box shape.
Fold ends closed and secure in the same manner. Repeat to assemble second half of holder.
Once you have made the two sides of the holder, attach double-sided tape to the back sides and press backs together. Finish the holder by adding twine and a bow or other embellishments.
It’s always nice to have a few of these K-Cup Holders made ahead of time for a last-minute gift, a housewarming surprise or if you are just going to visit your mom. Make them according to the season; a matching note card would make the gift extra special.
Have a super fantastic day!
Supplies used: Apothecary Emporium patterned papers from Echo Park Paper Co.; Chit Chat stamp set and die set rom Lawn Fawn; watermark ink pad and white embossing powder from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; twine from Darice Inc.; Coffee Hug in a Mug Phrase file and electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.
September 17, 2014
Annie’s, the parent company of CardMaker
magazine, has just released a new Christmas-themed publication that features a variety of different crafts! From crochet and knitting to cross stitch and paper crafting, you’ll find a little bit of everything you love in Annie’s Christmas Special
There are over 90 designs from your favorite crafts that will get you ready to celebrate the holidays! The 148-page publication features cards, treat holders, ornaments, scarves, framed pieces, towels, quilts, table runners, afghans, mittens and toys. You’ll discover unique gift ideas that will bring smiles to the faces of your favorite people. There are also nostalgic stories and recipes for yummy sweets sprinkled throughout the issue.
Here’s a little peek at what you’ll discover inside the pages. To order a copy, click here!
September 16, 2014
Photo from here
From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:
“”The girl” is turning 12 this month. I came into her life when she was 3, so this is hard for me to process. Make a birthday card for someone special in your life and include their age on the front. The numbers can be stamped, hand-printed, die-cut or quick and easy stickers.”
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!
September 15, 2014
Hi friends! Jeanne here today sharing some of my card-making tips. Organization is key!! I always keep a box of card bases and colored mats handy so when it’s time to create I’m ready to go!
I love working with stamps that have coordinating dies—particularly flowers. The first thing I do when I get one of these sets is to cut several (and I do mean SEVERAL) of the die cuts. This is easy to do while you are watching TV and it helps pass the time quickly. You can even use up some of those cardstock scraps that you’ve been holding onto.
Next I stamp all the die cuts in lots of different colors. Sometimes they are hard to line up just right. Your first few might not be centered well, but when you stamp several at one time you know exactly where the image will stamp. This makes it so easy when I want to make a card using this set. I can simply spread out all the different stamped shapes and start putting together different arrangements, mixing and matching the colored flowers to please my eye.
Stamping sentiments on patterned paper is an easy way to line up your sentiments so that they’re straight every time.
Adhering your embellishments with adhesive foam tape adds dimension so your cards don’t look “flat.”
Don’t have time to die-cut doilies? Use store-bought doilies you can find in the baking area of your local craft store.
You can make a clean and simple design look fussy simply by embossing the background.
Simple embellishments like twine, sequins, and ordinary buttons add more color to projects. They are inexpensive and easy to find. I also like to look in different departments of the craft store to find embellishments. You can find pearl head pins like the one on my project in the sewing area. You can also find great embellishments in the wedding and jewelry sections.
So often you buy a set of stamps and they sit uninked and unloved for weeks. It’s so much easier to feel inspired with a handful of prestamped die-cut images. Sometimes it feels overwhelming because you aren’t sure what color each image should be or what colors would be nice together. I hope my stamping tip gets you using that new set of stamps right away. While you’re stamping the different images in different colors, I know you’ll think of lots of great ideas!
To My Wonderful Friend Card
Supplies used: White cardstock from Papertrey Ink; pool party cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; Be. Loved. 6×6 paper pad from Fancy Pants Designs; Fresh Cut Containers stamp set, Embroidered Bouquet stamp set and Fresh Cut Containers die set from WPlus9 Design Studio; Mandy Doily die (#DL276) from Cheery Lynn Designs; Fresh ink pads from Impress Rubber Stamps; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; natural twine from The Twinery; heart pin from BasicGrey.
Hi There Card
Supplies used: White cardstock from Papertrey Ink; ballet slippers cardstock, Fresh Cut Containers stamp set, Strictly Sentiments 2 stamp set and Fresh Cut Containers die set from WPlus9 Design; Flag Tags die set (#KFBD-13-012) from Paper Smooches; blossom twine from The Twinery; pearl head pin from Dritz; The Paper Studio Herringbone embossing folder from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.
September 12, 2014
The Fort Wayne Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway is happening October 4-5. There will be lots of exhibitors showcasing must-have products, make-and-takes, demos and door prizes. CardMaker will have a booth and we’d love to see you there! Click here
for more information and to order tickets.
September 11, 2014
Hi! It’s Mae here and today I have a card inspired by one of the photos I found on a wedding photography website.
Photo from here via here
I was looking around the Internet for colorful wedding photos and I came across one of the photos from this Colorful San Antonio Wedding post. This colorful banner really caught my eye and it gave me inspiration for my card today.
Instead of using fabric or patterned paper, I used five polka-dot washi tapes and cut them into different lengths. I embossed the card panel using a polka-dot pattern to go with the washi-tape flags. For the sentiment, I stamped the words “Happy” and “Birthday” on the washi tape, too. Then I used a tiny stapler to secure the flag on the side of the panel. Purple cardstock was used to mat the card panel before adhering it to the card based. I also rounded the edges using a corner rounder.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you find inspiration in my card today.
Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Tim Holtz stamp from Stampers Anonymous; washi tape from Michaels Stores; Tiny Attacher mini stapler from Tim Holtz; Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder from Cricut; Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers.
September 10, 2014
Hello crafting buddies! Penny here today and I just want to say … I’m late, I’m late, I’m late for an important date. The snail mail and everything else for that matter in my tiny town runs SLOW. I didn’t get my beautiful papers and accessory sheets to work with from The Paper Loft in time for the blog hop a couple of weeks ago.
Of course I couldn’t wait to cut into those gorgeous papers, so here is an unexpected post from little old me.
The accessory sheets for each themed paper collection has lots of sentiments. When purchasing these kinds of sheets, I always buy two, so I can stack words, or die-cut sections of the sentiment.
In this card, I cut three skinny strips of the Shades of Gray paper, cut fishtails and adhered them over the word “Heart.” I then die-cut a heart, inked it and spritzed it for a little shine. Adorable white dots were made using the Pico Embellisher in wedding white from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko.
This card is super simple to make. Cut out the sentiment from the accessory sheet and notch corners with a circle punch. Cut the word “dreams” from the second accessory sheet, adhere to patterned paper and trim. Cut fishtail ends and adhere to main sentiment with foam adhesive.
So hope you enjoyed the CardMaker
& The Paper Loft blog hop last week. If you missed it, click here
to get started.
Making the most of everyday, and I hope you do too!
Supplies used: Shades of Gray North Star and Silverplate patterned papers and Love and Be You Accessory Sheets from The Paper Loft; irRESISTible wedding white Pico Embellisher from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Of The Heart dies and Stitched Mats: Rectangles dies from Lil’ Inker Designs.
September 9, 2014
From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:
“Each issue of CardMaker includes a great card sketch. Flip to the Sketch Book feature on page 98 in the autumn issue (or see photo above) and use the sketch as inspiration to make your card.”
Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!
September 8, 2014
Hi there, CardMaker
readers! It’s Noelle stopping by today with photos of my studio. I just completely redid this room in June. I am the owner of the Craft Storage Ideas website
, so I am lucky enough to see a lot of beautiful spaces regularly. In turn, that gave me several ideas that I wanted to implement into my own space.
My favorite part of my new space is this standing height craft table. I was lacking in both storage space and workspace before we added this to the room. This provided both! The bases are bookcases from Ikea with feet on the bottom. My husband built me the table top from plywood and some decorative trim. I then painted it to match the green bases.
The bases hold all my 12 x 12-inch papers, and some other supplies. I gave my vertical paper holders a makeover with some patterned paper. They are about 10 years old and had a lot of sticker residue from labels throughout the years.
These shallow shelves are where all of my stamps and dies live. I may need an intervention, I’m not denying it!
I use these plastic pockets and CD sleeves from the office supply store to store my cling sets in. I like to arrange my sets by manufacturer. These then go into the brown photo boxes you see on the shelf.
This shelf (and drawer unit) used to be part of a wall unit in my grandma’s house. A fresh coat of paint and some new drawer pulls make this the perfect landing place for all my markers, tools, and embellishments. I also teach theater to kids part time, so I have a drawer of costume pieces and a shelf for my teaching books, scripts, etc.
My hubby put these shelves up for me when we moved in eight years ago. These simple baskets are such a great storage solution. I love that you can’t see what’s inside, but the chalkboard labels help me know where to look!
Clearly, I’m a little bit of a storage nut! Organization is a real passion for me. To read more about my room, including a “before” shot of what it used to look like, you can go to this post on Craft Storage Ideas.
Have a fantastic day!
September 5, 2014
Hello there! It’s Theresa here with a technique to share with you. A simple way to add interest and dimension to your card making is to shadow stamp. I used shadow stamping in two different ways on the card above. For the background image, I used a light main image and darker shadow. For the sentiment, the main image is dark and the shadow lighter.
To prepare the background, I started by cutting and embossing sand-colored cardstock with a die template. Then, with the die cut still in the die template, I sponged around the edges using warm cocoa ink.
For the shadow, I stamped using dark brown ink, but I stamped off onto scratch paper first to make the image lighter.
I stamped the image a second time, offset to the right slightly, using white pigment ink, and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Next, I stamped the sentiment onto a 1-inch strip of ivory cardstock, using black ink.
For the shadow, this time I used warm cocoa ink, once again stamping off onto scratch paper to make the image lighter, then stamping offset slightly from the first image.
Tip: Using clear stamps for this technique is much easier since you can see through the stamp to line up the second image exactly where you want it. If using rubber stamps, you may want to consider using a stamp positioner.
To finish the card, I layered the sentiment and background pieces with dark brown cardstock. For the card base, I used honey mustard cardstock and embossed a frame on the front using another die template. After securing the layers to the card base, I adhered two stamped/colored images.
This is a technique I love and it’s so simple to do, yet I always forget about it. I hope I remember more often in the future and I hope this inspires you to try shadow stamping, too. Thank you for visiting!
Supplies used: Ivory, white, dark chocolate and honey mustard cardstock, Always Autumn stamp set and honey mustard, warm cocoa and white ink pads from Gina K. Designs; tuxedo black ink pad and jumbo sponge dauber from ImagineCrafts®/Tsukineko®; white embossing powder from Stampendous; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; A2 Matting Basics A die templates (#S5-131) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; Mega Runner adhesive runner from Xyron; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™.