Mae’s CardMaker Tip

Hello there. It’s Mae here today, sharing with you one of my favorite tips when cutting out stamped images. There are some stamp companies that offer dies that match their stamps. However, if you have stamps that don’t come with a die and you would like to fussy cut them or cut right on the edge of the image, there is one tip that I’ve learned that I’d like to share. This tip might not be new to most of you, but so far, this is one of my favorites.

Cutting a stamped and colored image may be time consuming, but you can get beautiful results. One of the tips I’ve learned is to move the paper and not the scissors when fussy cutting an image. But no matter how careful you cut your images, there will always be the white outline that doesn’t make the cut so clean. The three pumpkins shown to the left in the photo above were cut closest to the line as possible but I still had some areas of white on the sides. On the other hand, the pumpkin on the right doesn’t have the white outlines.

To achieve the look of the pumpkin on the right, I used a black marker to ink the edges of the pumpkin after cutting it out. This gives the cut image a clean look without the uneven white outlines.

Here’s the completed card with the cut pumpkins. I popped them up using foam adhesive to give the card more dimension.

I hope you like my simple tip for today. Give it a try! Thank you for stopping by.


Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; patterned paper from Bella BLVD; Sugarplums Pumpkins and Happy Harvest stamps from C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps; Memento tuxedo black ink pad and marker from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Archival coffee ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Femme Frames die set from Mama Elephant.


Celebrate & Decorate: Fancy Gift Bag

Hello! It’s Piali here and today I’m sharing a holiday gift packaging idea with you. I think packaging is as important as the gift. Handmade packaging makes the gift extra special!

I used a few of my paper-crafting products to jazz up a simple paper bag. Paper bows are very trendy right now; I love them. First, I adhered gold glitter cardstock to the bag to make it look festive!

Then, I created a tag cluster. I added a paper bow and a pre-printed tag. I also embellished the tag with a few die-cut ephemera pieces. I die-cut a few leaves out of cardstock and tucked them in, too. I tied the tag and bow cluster to the bag with ribbon and jute twine. I love adding jingle bells to my holiday projects.

Hope you like this idea! Don’t forget to share your projects with us over at the CardMaker Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by … Happy Crafting!


Supplies used: Paper bag, gold glitter cardstock and bells from Michaels Stores; Merry & Bright tag and glitter stars from Pink Paislee; Sleigh Bells Ring paper bow and bell ephemera from My Mind’s Eye; ribbon and twine from May Arts Ribbon; leaf die from Papertrey Ink.


Winter Issue of CardMaker Now Available!!

Have you heard? The winter issue of CardMaker is now out on newsstands and it’s packed full of autumn-themed thank-you cards, shimmery silver and gold Christmas designs and all-occasion winter projects. Plus, there’s even an exciting Season’s Best Holiday Giveaway featuring a prize package valued at $646! For official rules and more details on how you can enter for a chance to win, click here. Our Canadian friends will be happy to learn that the rules have been updated and they can now also enter for a chance to win this giveaway.

Silver Photo Corner Pinecone Card

Also, for a limited time only you can download the instructions for this silver Photo Corner Pinecone Card & Ornament set by Asia King from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®. Go here to get started creating this elegant design. You’ll find instructions for a coordinating gold card in the winter issue!


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Noelle’s U Inspire Me

Hi there, CardMaker friends! Hope you all are doing well today. I’m here today to show you my “U Inspire Me” project! Today is my son’s birthday! So, I thought I’d make a special card just for him.

My first thought when searching for just the right dose of inspiration was to head to the Anthropologie website. You see, whenever I visit my local mall, I must take a pass through that store, even though most of the items are way pricier than my budget! But, my main reason for going in is to soak up all the loveliness in there. Even their shelves they display items on are beautiful, and the window dressings are a work of art on their own.

This set of pillows called “Tandem” really caught my eye. My son is a triathlete and a MAJOR bike fanatic. He is currently saving up for a new road bike or triathlon bike. I’m a proud as punch mama as he qualified and raced at a national kids triathlon in August. Today he is turning 14. Of course, I am not actually old enough to have a 14 year old, so I’m not quite sure how he is turning that age, haha. ;)

I loved the way the image was split between the two pillows. I also was drawn in by the pop of red, and the rustic feeling the image had.

I used my electronic cutting machine to print and cut this bike image. I cut two 3 x 3-inch mat board squares down to 2 1/4 x 3 inches with my craft knife. I used alcohol ink markers to shade and color the mat board pieces, using the pillow image as inspiration.

The bike image was printed and cut on white cardstock and it just stood out too much on the mat board. So, I sponged some light brown ink over the image and that helped to blend it in with the browns and grays on the background. I cut the bike image in half and adhered it onto the mat board pieces.

I searched my stash for the right papers and these really stood out to me as being the perfect choice. I love the added texture they give my card. I found a banner that had been cut and never used, and I stamped the sentiment on there. A bingo piece with his birthday number on it completed the card. This is a 5 x 5-inch square card when completed.

I hope you like it! Have a fantastic day.


Supplies used: White 3 x 3-inch mat board squares from Inchie Arts; cardstock, stamp and red ink pad from Stampin’ Up!; patterned papers from Creative Memories; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Echo Park Bike image from Silhouette America Inc.

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Jeanne’s Outside the Box

Have you ever felt uninspired? Having a hard time trying to create, things are just not coming together the way you wish they would? I think it happens to us all. So how do I give my mojo a kickstart? I usually just walk away and try to find inspiration from the outside myself. You can’t force creativity. I might go for a walk enjoying the beauty of nature, or read a book to let my mind wander. A great place for a creative “kickstart” is CardMaker magazine! It never fails! I will run across a card that just makes my jaw drop and that’s all I need. I study it, focus on the parts that make me giddy, and then try to make it my own!

This card from Emily Branch in the Spring 2014 issue of CardMaker is a great example. I loved the floral stamping and strips of washi tape running down the border. Emily’s monochromatic background stamping makes the sentiment just pop off the page. So how to make it my own?

I followed the same layout Emily did, but I stamped my floral images in color, and kept the sentiment a bold black. The colorful background had the opposite effect of Emily’s card, making the dark sentiment the focus of attention. I snuck in a little washi tape along the borders and a sprinkle of sequins to satisfy the diva hiding in me.

So next time you’re just not “feeling it”—remember that inspiration is just a page away! Just find a project you love, focus on the parts you love and turn it into something new.


Supplies used: True black and aqua mist cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Petals and Stems stamp set and ink pads from Avery Elle; washi tape from Michaels Stores/Recollections; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; Happy die from Serendipity Stamps.

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Card Challenge Corner: Doodle Graffiti


Zentangle Postcard by Patsy Monk

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“This week’s challenge is a little different. I want you to cut a 3 x 4-inch piece of cardstock and doodle all over it … write words, draw simple pictures, or cover it with hearts or flowers. Let yourself remember the days of sitting in class and doodling up your notebooks with your personal artwork. After you are done, put it on a card and give it to someone you care about.”

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

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Penny’s Scrap Treasures

Hello, CardMaker friends! Penny here today using items from my scrap box to make a card.

We all have one—that small place on your craft table where you throw things that just didn’t come out quite right. I would show you my scrap box, but I am featuring it on my blog later this month. I do challenge myself quite often to use these scraps, otherwise the box is overflowing.

Look through your box and select a few items to work with. Start your mojo engine and just play. I found some small pieces of ribbon and a panel of striped cardstock that looked interesting.

I wanted to make a tiny shaker card, so I die-cut two ornaments from white cardstock, one with a 1-inch window punched from the center and one without the circle opening. Tip: It is easier to punch the circle opening first, then die-cut the shape around it.

I then made my shaker. To easily make a shaker box, cut a piece from a transparency sheet slightly larger then circle opening; adhere to back of ornament shape covering opening. Working on back of ornament, attach pieces of foam adhesive along edges of opening making sure there are no gaps between foam pieces. Sprinkle some sequins into the open area. Peel off protective liner from foam pieces and adhere solid ornament shape in place sealing shaker box closed. Note: Try not to do what I did here. Somehow, I flipped the ornament and used the wrong side for the front. I think it gives the ornament texture, don’t you?

For my main panel, I cut a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch piece from white cardstock. I colored the edges of the panel using a marker airbrush system. I then adhered the shaker to this panel.

My good friend Judy Jung sent me the wonderful “Believe” die-cut sentiment that I used on this card. I stamped a row of dots above the ornament in silver and added ribbons to the top of the panel that have been V-notched.

I trimmed a slim section of the striped cardstock and adhered it to the top of the panel with foam adhesive. Lastly, I added a bow tied from silver cord. The panel can then be adhered to the front of a card base.

Thanks for joining us today. We would love to see what you make using items from your scrap box. Post photos of your creations on the CardMaker Facebook page. Now go use up those scraps!


Supplies used: Delicata silvery shimmer ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; ribbons from Michaels Stores; Copic® marker (R27) from Imagination International Inc.; raspberry sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; Classic Ornament die template from Memory Box; Exultations die set from Penny Black; 1-inch circle punch from EK Success; eBrush marker airbrush system from Craftwell.


Inchie Arts & CardMaker Blog Hop!

Art Squares
We have a fun day of inspiring paper-craft designs for you! The CardMaker designers have joined forces with the Inchie Arts team to share some awesome designs they’ve created. You’ll love seeing the creative ways they’ve used their Art Squares. A big thank you to Inchie Arts for supplying all of the designers with product for the hop! Make sure to visit the Inchie Arts blog to find out details about their giveaway!

Blog Hop
CardMaker editor Tanya Fox wanted to join us on this hop and she created this gorgeous autumn-themed greeting card. I love the color palette she chose and her beautiful coloring of the leaf-such a pretty card to send to a friend this time of year!

Supplies used: Cardstock, patterned paper and Blendabilities markers from Stampin’ Up!; Jumbo Leaves stamp set from Stampendous!; Thankful stamp set from Pink and Main; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukinko; adhesive foam dots and E-Z Runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

Blog team member Jeanne Jachna is up next-click here to see what creative design she’s dreamed up.

The entire hop list is included below. If you get lost along the way, simply come back here to continue.

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (*You are here.)

Jeanne Jachna

Mae Nazareth

Sharon Harnist

Noelle McAdams

Dina Kowal

Penny Ward

Piali Biswas

Jill Foster & Elizabeth Allan

Theresa Momber

Inchie Arts


Celebrate & Decorate: Fancy Gift Box

Hi there! It’s Theresa here with a Celebrate and Decorate project to share with you. For my project today, I created a fancy gift box using dies and paper. I really love using decorative die templates to create lids for boxes. It’s a great way to give a gift in a unique and elegant keepsake.

Begin by cutting and embossing cardstock using a decorative die template. I used Spellbinders® Labels Forty-Two for my lid, but you can use the technique here with many other dies you may have in your collection. I also did a little stenciling while the die cut was still in the die template, but that is optional depending on the look you are going for.

Next, place the die cut on a scoring board and score beyond the decorative part. In this case, I scored 1 inch from the edge. Then rotate the die cut and score the same width on each side. You can vary where you want your score line to be depending on how large you want your finished box to be, but it is easier if you always go beyond the decorative section and into the flat portion for gluing later.

Crease along each score line, then use scissors to snip along a score line until it intersects with the next score line. Repeat for the other score line on the same side, then do two on the opposite sides. This will create the flaps for folding and gluing the lid. I’ve added dash lines to the photo to make it easier to see where I cut the lines.

Fold up the sides and glue the flaps under the adjacent sides. This completes the lid.

To make the bottom of the box, you need to determine the size by measuring the lid. After I created my lid, the finished size was 2 1/4 inches square. Then I needed to decide how tall I wanted the sides of the box, double that amount and add to 2 1/4 inches.

I settled on 1 1/2 inches for the height of my box, so I multiplied that by two for the two sides, then added it to 2 1/4 inches and came up with 5 1/4 inches square for the size of cardstock I needed for the bottom.

Trim your bottom piece, then score along each side at 1 1/2 inches (or the size you decided on for your side height).

Use scissors to trim along the score lines on one side until they intersect with the other score line, the same way you did with the lid. Then repeat on the opposite side.

Add strong adhesive to the flaps created by cutting in the previous step.

Fold the sides up, with the flaps in and adhere.

At this point, you can place the lid on your box and it looks great just like that, but you may want to decorate further. I added some flowers and ribbon to mine. The steps below show how I created the flowers.

Cut and emboss the petals using ivory cardstock and leaves and calyx (flower base) from green cardstock.

Add pink ink to the petals using an ink applicator tool.

Add yellow ink to the petals.

Curve the calyx into a cone and adhere with glue.

Flare out the spikes of the calyx and use craft glue to adhere the petals to the inside. Once it’s dry, flare out the petals and add a self-adhesive pearl to accent.

To complete the project, make a second flower and adhere it to the top of the box, with ribbon and gold cord. Tuck the leaves under the flowers and adhere.

I hope this inspires you to use your die templates to create decorative boxes of your own.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!


Supplies used: Ivory, peach and green cardstock and gold cord from Gina K. Designs; Memento cantaloupe and angel pink ink pads and jumbo sponge daubers from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Decorative Labels Forty-Two (#S4-471) and Pansy (#S2-126) die templates from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; Scor-Tape and Scor-Buddy from Scor-Pal Products; craft glue from 3M.


Card Challenge Corner: Write It With Style

hand lettering

Photo from here via Pinterest

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Typography is certainly a hot trend in the crafting world. Have you noticed all the cool lettering styles? For this challenge, make a card that includes pretty hand lettering in your favorite style and drop it in the mail. Handwritten notes are becoming a thing of the past in our society, but who doesn’t love receiving one?”

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

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