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Melissa’s Quick & Easy Card

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Hello, everyone! Melissa, from Just Dandy Studio, here with you today. I’m a big fan of quick and easy cards and today I’m sharing one with you that I created with images from The Stamp Market!

I began with a strip of light pink cardstock and the Hello Hello stamp set. I stamped the solid “HELLO” in a medium pink and then the striped “HELLO” over the solid, in a darker pink. I then stamped the remainder of my sentiment just underneath in black ink. I’ll list all of the colors I used below.

Next, I stamped the flowers and leaves on a piece of white cardstock and quickly trimmed them out with my small scissors. I tied a bit of white twine around my sentiment strip and then attached my flowers. That was then adhered with dimensional foam to my card base. Lastly, a few sequins to finish it off!

Thanks so much for visiting with us today! Enjoy your day!


Supplies used: Solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; sweet blush cardstock and ink pads (hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz) from Papertrey Ink; Hello Hello stamp set from The Stamp Market; ink pads (butter bar, orange soda, lime green, India black) from Hero Arts; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Kat’s CardMaker Tip

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Good morning everyone! Kat here to share one of my favorite card-making tips with you!

I’ve been an avid scrapbooker for a while and one of my favorite things to do on my layouts is to back cut files. When I started making cards, I decided to translate that technique to a smaller canvas.

For this card, I used some leftover bits from an arrow background cut file. I decided to back the arrows with some pretty patterned papers. Since the arrows remind me of going somewhere, I decided to play up the adventure aspect and this card was born:

I really like how quickly this came together.

Do you use cut files on your cards?


Supplies: Cardstock from American Crafts; The Any Which Way electronic cutting file from The Cut Shoppe; patterned papers and labels from My Mind’s Eye; enamel dots from Freckled Fawn; wood veneer shapes from Heidi Swapp; adhesive from Elmer’s.

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Card Challenge Corner: Coloring Makes Us Happy

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Designs by Kristie Hartfeil

For more coloring book card ideas from Kristie, check out our summer issue available here!

Coloring really does make us happy! If you’ve ever tried coloring whether it’s with markers, watercolors or good old crayons, you know it can offer hours of enjoyment and also help you relax. For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, take some time for yourself and color—whether it’s a stamped image or a coloring page, we’d love to see your projects! Share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

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Stephanie’s Spring Thank You Card

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Hello all! Stephanie Gold here again with a light spring thank you card! This time of year I love to add spring colors and flowers into my projects and I’m adding an even more feminine touch on today’s project.

I started by creating a background panel for my card base using a light pink cardstock and a light pink ink. This background stamp looks beautiful when stamped in a grunge technique to give off a soft and subtle texture.

To create the focal point, I began by die-cutting both tags out of white cardstock. I stamped the flowers in multiple colors of inks on the smaller tag and used a bold black for the sentiment. To add even more interest, I layered the tags using dimensional adhesive and popped them up off the card base as well. It’s finished off with a natural twine bow.

Do you enjoy creating cards for spring? What is your go-to stamp set for this season?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Xo, Stephanie


Supplies: Cardstock (white, sweet blush), Ruby Rose stamp set, ink pads (simply chartreuse, sweet blush, pale peony, limeade ice, bright buttercup, lemon tart, hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz, black) and Made With Love Tags 2 dies (#PTD-1234) from Papertrey Ink; Brave Spirit Diamond Stripes background stamp from Unity Stamp Company.

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Lil’ Inker Designs & CardMaker Blog Hop

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We love Fridays, especially when we get to team up with one of our favorite companies! Today the CardMaker Blog Team is joining forces with the Lil’ Inker Designs Team to spotlight some of their awesome product. The designers have created some fun projects that you won’t want to miss. Plus, Lil’ Inker Designs is giving away a $35 gift certificate to their online store! Details on how to enter for a chance to win can be found on their blog.

So, sit back, relax and let’s get hopping! First up is the lovely and talented Heather Pulvirenti. The full hop list is located below—if you get lost along the way, come back here to find your place.

Thank you to Lil’ Inker Designs for providing product for all of the designers!

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (You are here.)

Heather Pulvirenti

Amy Kolling

Kat Benjamin

Chrissy Larson

Katie Gehring

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Melissa Bickford

Karen Baker

Rebecca Keppel

Stephanie Gold

Jen Carter

Heather Hoffman

Lisa Henke

Laura Pryor/Lil’ Inker Designs


Let’s Get Coloring!

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The summer issue of CardMaker is now on newsstands and we couldn’t be more excited to be able to share this one with you! There are 55+ card designs included in this issue along with lots of tips and techniques. One of our special tutorial articles in this issue is Colored Pencil Pleasures by Deborah Nolan. In fact, there was so much information we couldn’t include it all inside the pages so Deborah has posted some additional content on colored pencils on her blog today that you’ll want to be sure to check out. Click here to take a look!

Order a copy of our summer issue here!

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Melissa’s Organizational Tip

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Hi there! Melissa here with you today to share one of my favorite organization and storage tips. It’s nothing fancy, but it works perfectly for me. I had been looking for the best way to store my extra die cuts. I always tend to cut way more than I need when I’m creating and never want to throw anything away. These bins work perfectly for storing all of those extras.

I have an L-shaped workspace and they line up perfectly along the back of one of the sides. They also stack nicely, which is great when I need more workspace.

I use to sort my extra dies by theme—flowers, sentiments, birthday, baby, etc. I have since stopped doing that and now sort by stamp companies. This way seems to work better for me.

Like I said, nothing fancy, but super inexpensive and effective. I would love to hear how you store your “extras.”

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to say hello!


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Card Challenge Corner: Fun Folds

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Complete instructions for these cards are available in our summer issue available here!

From simple to complex, folding techniques are a favorite among card makers. So, we’re challenging you this week to create a card using a folding element somewhere in your design like these Dandy Diagonals cards by Robin Arnold. A simple accordion fold creates a special design element! As always, share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.


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Heather H.’s Quick & Easy Card Ideas

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Good morning! Heather H. here this morning to share a few quick 10-minute or less cards that I made the other day! When making a card that is quick and easy, I love to make multiples of them—especially when they work perfectly for a card that is often needed, such as a birthday, thank you, or in this case, encouragement!

Once you have a layout you like, it is easy to make a few, and change the look up slightly. For these, I started with a sentiment I loved, and added some florals around the outside to highlight the focal point of the sentiment.

I love the sentiment building options in Papertrey Ink’s Inspired: Hope Mini Stamp set; there are so many possibilities. I stamped them simple in black on my cardstock, and left them lined up on my Mini MISTI to use again for my other cards. I then layered the florals from Fresh Bouquet around it. While there are more options for layering, I chose to stick with just the outline and one color to fill in each image. These worked SOOO easily together, which is part of why I was able to create these quickly.

For the first card, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the panel, then mounted it on a colored card base. The rest of the cards I stamped directly on a top-folded card base to make them one layered. I made two more of the white version, and then did one on a kraft paper card base. I love the variety you can get this way—same exact ink colors and a totally different feel and look to the same card.

Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Supplies: 110 lb. card stock (solar white, desert storm) cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; midnight green cardstock, ink pads (rose apple, duckling, dusty sage, velvet orchid) and Stitched Rectangles dies (#sssd111455) from Simon Says Stamp!; Inspired: Hope Mini and Fresh Bouquet stamp sets from Papertrey Ink; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; Mini Misti stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.

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