Card Challenge Corner: Quick Cards

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Designs by Donna Phelan

In each issue of CardMaker, we feature a set of three cards that can be made in a short amount of time. We call them “Quick Cards.” This feature is so popular that we’ve included an expanded section in our spring issue giving you lots of ideas for quick, easy and beautiful cards! For this week’s challenge, check out our Quick Cards section and create a set of three cards of your own! Click here to order a copy of our spring issue!

Remember to share a photo of your design on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

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Creating Texture on a Flat Card with Stephanie Gold

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Hey everyone! Stephanie here and I am so happy to back with you on the CardMaker blog. One of my favorite types of cards is a nice, flat, easy-to-throw-in-the-mail card. However, I find that sometimes it can be hard to add texture and interest while having a flat card at the same time. So today I am going to show you how to create the illusion of texture while still creating a relatively flat, easy mailer.

For this card, I started by creating a focal point with floral stamps. The particular stamp set I used is a 2-step set so you can add more depth to your images and some faux texture. Next, I found a light accent stamp (the polka dots) and stamped it over top of my flowers to create a veil. I kept my color choice pretty light to not distract too much from the flowers but also just enough so there is an added layer of interest.

I finished my card by using a die-cut sentiment which I adhered directly to my card (don’t pop it up!) which gives off just a little bit of dimension but no added weight and then one piece of textured twine. Overall, this card is super light and very flat, but it has such an interesting aesthetic that your eye will never get bored!

Thanks for stopping by all! See you next time.

Xo, Stephanie

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Supplies: Smokey shadow cardstock, Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie Step 2 stamp sets, Polka Dot Basics stamp set, ink pads (smokey shadow, tropical teal, simply chartreuse, harvest gold) and Wet Paint Cuts dies from Papertrey Ink.

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NEW SPECIAL ISSUE! CardMaker Presents Top Trends in Card Making

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We’re excited to announce that we have a brand-new special issue that will be out on newsstands March 7th! It’s called Top Trends in Card Making and it showcases some of the hottest trends happening in the paper-crafting industry right now like hand lettering, watercolor, shaker cards and interactive. There are 82 projects inside that are sure to spark your creativity. Here’s a look at a few of the designs you’ll find inside this special issue:

Hello by Juliana Michaels

Soak Up the Sun by Nancy Damiano

Oh Happy Day by Karin Åkesdotter

Scrappy Circles by KellyJean Gettelfinger

This issue won’t be on newsstands until March 7th, but you can order your copy now by clicking here!


Rebecca’s Creative Space

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Hello CardMaker fans—Rebecca here today! I wanted to give you a peek into my creative space, which means of course that I had to clean up. Trust me, most days it does not look even remotely this neat! This first photo is a view of the left-hand side of the room. I have two desks lined up next to each other.

The desk on the right houses my 12 x 12-inch trimmer, my computer, my sewing machine and pens. Notice the garbage can on the desk? That is there because we have two 10-month-old puppies that destroy and get into anything on the ground!

This next photo shows a couple of cubes. The one on the right holds felt, foam, heat-embossing products and my label maker. The one on the left contains 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock and more foam. On top of both cubes are containers of dies, 6 x 6-inch paper pads and large background stamps plus stencils.

Going over to the left, I have my Copic® markers, Sharpie journaling pens and my ink pads in ROYGBV order.

Above all that is my peg board. I got it sadly when a local scrapbook store closed. I hang all my Thickers and other alphabet stickers. I also hang my scissors and rings of ribbon and washi tape, too.

On my desk, I have a tool organizer and a pretty gold wire basket that I picked up from Anthropologie. I like to mix practical with pretty!

I use the We R Memory Keepers Project Life storage to store all my 4 x 6-inch and 3 x 4-inch cards but I also use them to store stamp sets that don’t have matching dies and my Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Cube organizers.

Under the left-hand desk is a nice set of drawers that are from Ikea. In one drawer, I have my sequin storage.

In another drawer, I have all my planner supplies.

Next to the door, I have two Ikea cube units stacked on top of each other. This area houses my planners, design team products, 12 x 12-inch patterned papers, photos and more!

On top, I have my twine in sugar jars and some props I use for photos.

On the other side of the room, I have a large wooden white diaper table that I had purchased when my daughter was born (she is now 11)! It is probably the only piece of furniture in the house that is not particle board so I don’t want to get rid of it! I use it with the hutch from my desk to house my large format printer, vintage typewriter, laminator, Epson photo printer and Silhouette Cameo. The drawers hold everything from Cameo supplies to punches and the big door on the right opens to shelves that keep all my camera equipment safe. Next to the diaper table is a laser printer that the family uses.

Finally, I have a Raskog cart from Ikea. The top shelf holds all my Queen and Co. goodies, the second and third shelves have all my mixed media and painting supplies.

Thanks for sticking around for this photo heavy post and taking a peek inside my creative space. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below! And if you have any suggestions about how I could organize anything better let me know that below too! I am always moving things around and trying out new organizational ideas!


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Card Challenge Corner: Iris-Folding Birthday Fun

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In our spring issue, we included this adorable iris-folded birthday card from Debbie Samples for Hot Off The Press. This card was created using an Easy Iris Folding template that makes this unique technique quick and simple to achieve! We’re challenging you this week to try your hand at iris folding. Remember to share a photo with us on the CardMaker Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

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Katie’s U Inspire Me

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Hello CardMaker Friends, Katie here to share with you a card I recently made and the inspiration behind it.

One of my favorite sources of cardmaking inspiration is the Print & Pattern blog. The blog is a carefully curated collection of eye candy featuring stationary, art prints, fabric, patterns, illustrations and the like. On the Print & Pattern website, I found this charming print by Sunshine Syndicate.

Photo from here

I was inspired to pull out Avery Elle’s new Glamper Campers stamp set and coordinating die to make a card inspired by that sweet print.

I stamped and die-cut the camper and flamingo image and added color with a bit of paper piecing on the bottom half of the camper.

I stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock and white embossing powder. Once the sentiment was embossed, I trimmed the cardstock into a strip and cut the end at an angle.

I adhered the elements to an aqua note card popping the flamingos up with foam dots.  As a finishing touch, I glued some clear sequins to the card using Glossy Accents.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Supplies: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink; The Brights Collection Paper Pad, Glamper Campers stamp set, new moon dye ink pad and Glamper Camper dies (#D-17-09 ) from Avery Elle; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; embossing powder and Glossy Accents from Ranger Industries Inc.; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Lawn Fawn & CardMaker Valentine Blog Hop

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Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday and we’re celebrating a little early with a Lawn Fawn blog hop! If you’re looking for ideas for creating sweet Valentines for the special people in your life, you’re sure to be inspired with the projects our designers have created for you. So, curl up with a cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and join us for our special Valentine Blog Hop.

Lawn Fawn’s Love Letters stamp set is adorable and is the set I selected to use for the hop. It is filled with a variety of options including birds, a smart phone, smiley faces and mini love note images as shown on the card I created above.

The background was fun and easy to make! I used the second-generation stamping technique, stamping the image onto scrap paper before stamping it onto the card in order to get a lighter color ink. I wanted to keep a soft color palette, so I matted the focal image on a pale blush cardstock and then added a darker pink layer behind it just to make it pop a bit. To finish the card, I looked around the CardMaker office stash and found a fun printed twist tie and added it behind the stamped panel for some contrast.

Your next stop on the list is the sweet and talented Melissa Bickford! In case you get lost along the way, the entire hop list is below.

A big thank you to Lawn Fawn for supplying all of the designers with product for the hop! Make sure to visit their blog and website to see all of their awesome products.

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (You are here.)

Melissa Bickford

Kat Benjamin

Heather Pulvirenti

Stephanie Gold

Katie Gehring

Rebecca Keppel

Heather Hoffman

Lawn Fawn


Kat’s Technique of the Week: Fussy Cutting

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Good morning, everyone! Kat here today popping in to share one of my favorite techniques with you—fussy cutting!

There are so many pretty patterned papers out there and I love to find new and unique ways to use them. For today’s card, I selected a pretty patterned paper from Felicity Jane:

I began by cutting out some of the intricate flowers. I find the process to be very therapeutic—sometimes it’s nice to just zone out and cut away!

After I had the flowers cut, I layered them on top of each other to create a pattern across my card and then topped it with a sentiment.

It’s an easy technique, but one that I find pays off every time!


Supplies: Card base from K&Company; patterned paper and sentiment from Felicity Jane; adhesive runner from Elmer’s.


Card Challenge Corner: From the Heart

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For this week’s challenge, use hearts as your inspiration to create a Valentine card for a special someone. Whether it’s a single heart or a card front covered with multiple hearts, incorporate this popular shape into your design. As always, share a photo of your project on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

Instructions for card shown above available to purchase by clicking here!

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Facebook LIVE Event

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We’re excited to announce that designer Nicole Coursey will be sharing a Facebook LIVE tutorial on creating her Glad We Met quilled card featured in the spring issue of CardMaker! Make sure to join us tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 7th, at 11a.m. EST on the CardMaker Facebook page.

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