Card Challenge Corner: Hello, Fall

Autumn Glory

Autumn Glory card by Lois Bak

Full instructions for this card are available in the autumn issue of CardMaker-click here to purchase a copy!

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“The trees are turning and the winds are getting crisp in Mid-Missouri. Make a card depicting whatever the fall season means to you.”

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

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Piali’s Scrap Treasures

Hello, I’m Piali! Today, I have a card to share with you.

As card makers, we all have tons of paper scraps on our craft table. I love using patterned papers for my creations, so I usually have a lot of tiny paper scraps. Sometimes the scraps are too small for cards, but they are so pretty and colorful I can’t just throw them away.

I usually take those tiny pieces and die-cut small hearts, stars and tags from them while watching TV shows or crafty videos on YouTube. I have a small box for these die cuts. I use them for my projects anytime.

Sometimes I also have extra pieces of die-cut sentiments. I save those in the same box with the other die cuts. When I’m making cards, I first check this box before making any new die cuts.

Here is a card I made using my stash from my box.

For this card, I simply adhered the tags and the “thanks” die cut to the card base. I stamped the remaining part of the sentiment. I also added some rhinestones. Quick and easy card!! I like making thank-you cards a lot, so I made a few of these.

Hope this give you some ideas to use your tiny scraps. Make sure to share your scrap-a-licious creations with us over at CardMaker’s Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Supplies used: Patterned papers from Bella BLVD.; stamp from Winnie & Walter; tag die from Papertrey Ink; “thanks” die from Simon Says Stamp!


Mae’s Outside the Box

Hi there-it’s Mae here. Today I’m sharing with you an Outside the Box card inspired by the Autumn Leaves card shown below by Clare Buswell. This design was published in the September 2012 issue of CardMarker. Editor’s note: Purchase a digital download of the September 2012 issue by clicking here!

Autumn Leaves
Autumn is my favorite season. And when it comes to making cards, I love to play with autumn leaves.

For my card, I die-cut small maple leaves using fall-colored cardstock and layered them on the right side of the card. Each leaf was distress-stained using a Distress ink pad and a blending tool, then adhered using thin foam adhesive. The white card panel is textured watercolor paper and the edges were distressed as well. Then I layered and adhered the card panel to two different colors of cardstock creating mats, first with orange cardstock and then with kraft cardstock before adhering it to the card base. The sentiment is kept simple.

Have a wonderful day!


Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; watercolor paper from Tim Holtz; Happy Harvest stamp set from CC Designs; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; walnut stain distress ink pad and blending tool from Ranger Industries; Small Leaf die set (#DIE095-D) from Impression Obsession Inc.


Teresa Collins Teams Up With Fiskars

Teresa Collins
Teresa Collins is one of my favorite designers—I adore her style, especially her use of the color gold! Needless to say, I was excited when I saw her newest collection of crafting tools from Fiskars. For a girl who loves pretty things, tools don’t get any more stylish than this set!

Available at Jo-Ann stores and, the Fiskars Teresa Collins Signature Collection includes 19 coordinating paper punches, scissors, paper edgers and a craft knife. I didn’t know scissors could be so pretty—love those pink and white stripes!

I also love the variety of modern shapes available in the paper punches. Ampersands are so trendy right now and the Ampersand Intricate Shape Punch included in this collection makes it so easy to punch several of these shapes. Measuring approximately 2 x 1 3/4 inches, the ampersand shape would be great to use for cards, framed pieces or even as part of a little stitched garland! Hmm, that might have to be my next project. :)

Feather Punch
Some of the punches included in the collection are squeeze punches which are two times easier to squeeze than other punches on the market. This feather punch is one of those designs—so much fun!

Take a look at the entire collection here. If you like your tools to be stylish and practical, you’re sure to find several must-have items!

Photos from Fiskars


Noelle’s Technique of the Week: Layered Stamping

Hi there! It’s Noelle stopping by today to show you a fun resist-stamping technique. It is the beginning of a gorgeous autumn in Colorado, and I decided to use those pretty reds and oranges on my card. This is such a cool technique, I learned it years ago and still use it a lot. It has such a beautiful effect. Sometimes, you may hear this called a “Joseph’s Coat” technique or an “Inside Out” technique, but I just call it Layered Stamping.

Supplies you will need to do this:

  • White or cream colored card stock
  • 1 background stamp or roller stamp. Word stamps also work well as the background for this technique.
  • 1 silhouette or solid-image stamp
  • VersaMark watermark ink pad
  • 3-4 colors of dye ink pads
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Embossing heat tool
  • Embossing bag or cornstarch
  • Brayer

To begin, stamp your background with the finer detailed image. Sometimes you can use word stamps instead of an image, but I used this scroll background stamp.

Next, pat the entire piece over with an embossing bag or sprinkle cornstarch all over it. Tap off any excess powder. This step may not sound like a big deal, but it is. You don’t want any embossing powder to stick to the first layer of stamping, only the second.

Stamp the silhouette stamp in clear pigment ink. Then, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat-set the silhouette image. You will now have a clear embossed image on top of the stamped background.

Brayer two or three colors of ink over the top of that. You can put darker ink on the outside edges of the piece, or you can do a different color on each side of the image for a fun twist. If you use a darker ink than you stamped the first layer with, you will hardly be able to see the background image at all, except where you can see it through the clear image. In this case, I started with a lighter orange ink, and kept brayering over it with darker shades until I was happy with the color saturation. Then I sponged red ink around the outside edge of my die cut.

Rub the embossed image with a tissue and get any excess ink off.

And, voila!

The great thing about this technique (besides that it is FUN, of course …) is that you don’t really need to add much more to your card. It is so pretty that a simple embellishment and sentiment were all I needed to complete my card. I finished the card by adding some twine because everyone can use more twine in their life, am I wrong?

Thank you for stopping by the CardMaker blog today! Have a fantastic day.


Supplies used: Cardstock from Stampin’ Up! and Neenah Paper Inc.; patterned papers from Papertrey Ink and Crate Paper; stamps from The Cat’s Pajamas; dye ink pads, clear embossing powder, embossing heat tool and Embossing Buddy from Stampin’ Up!; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; leaf die from Poppystamps; Pinked Circles dies from Paper Smooches; banner die from Papertrey Ink; brayer from Speedball.


Card Challenge Corner: Thank You Randomly


Thank You card by Karin Åkesdotter

Full instructions for this card are available in the autumn issue of CardMaker-click here to purchase a copy!

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Let’s start something fun. Make a generic thank you card, sign it, and have it ready to deliver. Now, put it in your purse, car, office drawer, or anywhere handy. The next time anyone does something nice for you, hand them the card. The smaller the favor, the bigger the impact. Maybe someone let you in front of them in the check-out line, or the store clerk helped you find the perfect pair of jeans, or the barista at the coffee shop brewed your drink perfectly. Whatever happens, be sure to share the card and the story.”

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

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Poppystamps & CardMaker Blog Hop

We have another exciting blog hop for you today! This time we’re joining designers from Poppystamps to share with you projects showcasing their beautiful die templates. You’ll want to make sure to visit every blog along the way. Plus, there might even be a little giveaway hosted by Poppystamps. ;)

You Were Born to Fly
I have to be honest—I love the movie Frozen and the fact that the butterfly die I used on this card is named Elsa was a bonus. :)

Besides the pretty name, this die creates the most delicate, beautiful butterflies! This card, like all of the cards I make, was quick and easy. I hand-lettered the sentiment onto a white cardstock panel, die-cut several butterflies from various patterned papers and then embellished the panel with tiny dots before adhering it to two different colors of cardstock. Adhering only the centers of the butterflies make them appear as if they’re about to take off!

Supplies used: Elsa Butterfly die (#1054) from Poppystamps; Blending Card from X-Press It; coastal cabana, pistachio pudding and whisper white cardstock and Blendabilities markers (light night of navy, light daffodil delight, light coastal cabana) from Stampin’ Up!; Higgins Eternal black ink and Nikko G calligraphy nib from John Neal Bookseller; die-cutting machine from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; paper trimmer from Fiskars; mini adhesive dots from Elmer’s; E-Z Runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

Thank you so much to Poppystamps for providing product for all of the designers!

Up next is the talented Jeanne Jachna!

Below is the entire blog hop list. If you get lost along the way, simply come back here.

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (*You are here.)

Jeanne Jachna

Sherry Hester

Marybeth Lopez

Piali Biswas

Irena  Kowalczyk Rudlis

Ilona Zbieg

Pam Simpson

Mae Nazareth

Kay Miller

Yvonne Dunlop

Sue McRae

Penny Ward

Mary McMillan

Ira Huberts

Zuzana Obert

Noelle McAdams

Patty Tanuz

Lezlye Lauterbach

Kimberly Coleman

Theresa Momber

Michele Henderson

Yoonsun Hur



Celebrate & Decorate: K-Cup Holder

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.


Annie’s Christmas Special

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!

Iris Fold
Christmas Room

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Card Challenge Corner: You’re HOW Old?


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!

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