Annie’s Craft Festival

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Have you heard?!? Annie’s, the parent company of CardMaker, is hosting a 3-day crafting event October 30-November 1, 2015, in Fort Wayne, Indiana and we would love for you to join us! This event will include classes taught by some of your favorite instructors; a gala dinner with Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author and creator of Hallmark’s Cedar Cove series; a Crafts & Cocktails Halloween Party; a marketplace with make and takes, giveaways and prizes! Hurry and register—Early Bird Pricing ends Monday, August 31st! Click here to register!

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Stacy’s U Inspire Me

Good morning! Stacy here today sharing a U Inspire Me creation. The beautiful thing about crafting and card making is they are very similar to art pieces. You can color as you would like and mix and match as you see for creations. No creation is ever wrong—it is truly the artist’s whim at the time, I guess you can say. Blue is my all-time favorite color and most things I choose to use tend to lean toward the blue hues/shades. So when I saw these blue poppies in a poster on Pinterest, I about squealed. I think I NEED this poster.

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Image from here via Pinterest

I do not believe that poppies come in blue shade. They tend to be more reds, oranges, pinks and even yellows. If they have a hybrid of blue out there I would seriously consider buying a few for my planters. Anyways, this was the inspiration for my poppies card today. Where else can you color a flower any color you desire?

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These poppies are stamped on white cardstock for the image panel, then stamped again on a separate piece of paper. All the flowers are colored using markers. The flowers on the other paper are cut out and dimensional adhesive is added to the backs so they stand out from the card panel. This is one of my favorite techniques the last few years as it adds just a hint of fun to creations. I stamped my sentiment in the bottom right corner of the card and added a few jewels and sparkles. Voila!

Thanks for joining me today!

Stacy

Supplies used: Precious Poppies stamp set from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers (BG70, B93,B95,B97, G40,G82, G91, G94) from Imagination International Inc.;  blue self-adhesive rhinestones from Kaisercraft; Stickles star dust glitter glue from Ranger Industries Inc.

 

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Card Challenge Corner: Adventures in Embossing

So Grateful
Have you ever tried using embossing paste on your handmade cards? It’s wonderful to use if you love adding dimension to your designs like Linda Beeson did on this So Grateful card from our autumn issue. Note: Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or order a copy here! By mixing embossing paste with a variety of inks and stains, Linda created a dynamic design with depth and texture. Experiment this week with embossing paste and then share a photo or two of your creation.

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

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Chitra’s Scrap Treasures

Hello friends, Chitra here today with a card for you! For today’s post, I was asked to use scraps to create my card. I have lots and lots of scrap pieces of patterned paper and this is the perfect theme for me to use them.

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Here are the scraps I am going to use today.

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Here is the card I created.

To create this card, I first formed a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch card base from white cardstock. Then I cut strips of patterned papers from my scrap pile into banners and angled shapes and adhered them to the card. I had a heart die cut that I used to ground my image. I stamped the images onto white cardstock and colored them with markers. The heart die cut and stamped images are adhered using foam dots; the sentiment is heat-embossed with white embossing powder.

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Have a great day!

Chitra

Supplies used: White ultra-smooth cardstock from Crafter’s Companion; patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket and DCWV; Polynesian Paradise stamp set from My Favorite Things; Memento tuxedo black and VersaMark watermark ink pads from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; white embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Sketch Heart die (#S246) from Simon Says Stamp!; scoring board from Scor-Pal Products.

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Jennie’s U Inspire Me

Hi there! It’s Jennie here with a “U Inspire Me” card to share with you.

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Photo from here
In my free time, I love to peruse Pinterest for inspiration and when I saw this bedspread, I pinned it right away!

Here is my take on the inspiration piece.

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The owls and colors of the bedspread inspired me and since I wanted to create a dimensional card I used a Step-Ups Card Die Set.

Here is a side view.

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As paper crafters, we can find inspiration in just about anything and I would love to know where you find YOUR inspiration! Leave a comment below letting us know what inspires you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Jennie 

Supplies used: Cardstock, Hello Friend paper pad, Wishes paper pad, owls2love stamp set, guava and blueberry ink pads, Sizzix Heart Step-Ups Card Die Set and Sizzix Alphabet Stamps & Banners stamp and die set from The Stamps of Life; E-Z Runner from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®. 

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Mendi’s Technique of the Week: Slider Cards

Hello there! It’s Mendi here today with a favorite technique of mine—slider cards! All you need to create the slider panel is some cardstock, two pennies, some foam tape or craft foam and an image to “slide.”

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I couldn’t find quite the right design for the slider card I had in mind in my Silhouette library so I created my own cutting file which I am sharing with you today. Click here to download the studio file or the svg file. This design can be used with the slider along the top or flipped and used along the bottom depending on the little scene you are creating.

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Step 1: Use the Silhouette file to cut the A2-size panel (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) with the slider channel from white heavyweight cardstock. You don’t want to use cardstock that is too lightweight since it will need to stand up to the constant sliding and weight of the pennies. My card panel was cut from plain white cardstock so I chose to ink it using distress ink and a foam applicator to give it the look of a soft blue sky.

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Step 2: Using a strong adhesive, adhere a penny to the back of the image that you would like to slide. Note: It is important to select an image that is large enough to hide the penny. Add foam tape or a foam dot that is a bit smaller than the thickness of the channel and which has been rounded on the edges to help with the rolling. I just clipped each corner with my scissors before adhering it to the center of my penny.

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Step 3: Flip your card panel over with the rolling image placed in the channel and add a second penny to the back side of the panel. The foam tape should be sandwiched in between and be able to freely roll along the channel.

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Step 4: Add foam dots or craft foam to the back of the card panel, keeping a small clearance space around the channel to account for the penny width. Adding this dimensional layer not only helps the penny roll smoothly, but allows for the thickness of the foam tape that was placed between the two pennies.

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Step 5: Finish embellishing the front of your panel as desired and then adhere it to a card base. I chose to add clouds and a sentiment on a pennant strip with some simple twine tied around it. Here’s one last peek of my card after my airplane has glided to the other side.

I hope I have inspired you to pull out some pennies and make some fun slider cards of your own. We love seeing your cards so make sure to post your finished creations to the CardMaker Facebook page.

Mendi

Supplies used: Solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Flying By and Bon Voyage stamp sets from Lawn Fawn; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Distress ink pads (barn door, tumbled glass) from Ranger Industries Inc.; Copic® markers (C1, C3, C5, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29) from Imagination International Inc.; Signo gel pen from uni-ball; baker’s twine and 2mm Peel & Stick Foam from Darice Inc.; electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.; 3-in-1 craft glue from Beacon Adhesives Inc.

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Card Challenge Corner: Playing With Colors

Make Every  Moment Count
Watercoloring is one of our favorite techniques here in the CardMaker office. The soft blending of colors is so beautiful! Create a card this week incorporating watercolors whether you use paints, crayons or ink pads to achieve the look.

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

PS. Card above by Penny Ward-find complete instructions for this design in our autumn issue available here!

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Stacy’s Storage Tip

Good morning! Stacy here today sharing a storage tip with you. This storage tip involved a conversation in our garage. I was talking with my husband telling him that I needed something to hold all my little things like brads, beads, charms, buttons, etc. The jars that they come in are too many and they roll everywhere or fall off the shelf and it’s getting frustrating. He suggested I give this storage option a try.

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Now this is nothing glamorous as you can see, however it does the trick! I am still in the process of finding a way of making this a little more feminine. The fact that it sits perfectly against the wall and out of the way is a huge bonus, too.

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So many different things are stored in this container. My brads are assorted by colors and some have two colors in one drawer. The brads cover most of the first two rows, then it moves into random charms assorted by theme and colors.

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This is my larger charms all in silver. It’s quite a variety and so much fun when I go searching for just the right little charm accent. Below this drawer is my scraps of ribbon and twine along with pearls and rhinestones to the left.

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We can’t forget about the array of buttons and sizes. Honestly buttons were one thing I rarely put on cards until someone showed me the easiest way to use them with twine. Now they are on every third card I make. So there you have it—the drawers for some of my accessories. Any ideas on how to make it more spunky and fun? 😉 Thanks for joining me today. Have a wonderful day!

Stacy

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Chitra’s Celebrate & Decorate: Mini Milk Carton

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Hello friends, it’s Chitra here and today I am sharing how to make this super cute mini milk carton. I made this milk carton for back to school but you can definitely make these as birthday party favors or valentine gift bags for kids at school.

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First, cut a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch sheet of cardstock. With long side horizontal, score vertical lines at 2, 4, 6 and 8 inches.

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With short side horizontal, score vertical lines at 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches. Flip panel over, keeping it in the same position, and score at 5 inches. This leaves you with all the scores on one side and just one score on the other.

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Start folding the score lines. It should look like this.

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Referring to the photo, cut off the bottom thin rectangle which is longer. Cut along the other three score lines along the bottom stopping at the first horizontal score line.

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Referring to the photo, put double-sided tape on the small side flap and also on the bottom flaps.

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Fold and assemble box; pinch top part of carton closed and secure it with a clothespin.

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To decorate the carton, I stamp images onto white cardstock and colored them with markers. I cut squares of black cardstock to fit onto the sides of the carton. I stamped sentiments onto black squares with watermark ink and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder. Then, I used white ink to stamp bubbles onto squares and rubbed white ink onto squares to give them a chalkboard feel.

Hope you liked this Mini Milk Carton. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Hugs,

Chitra

Supplies used: White ultra-smooth cardstock from Crafter’s Companion; So Jelly stamp set from Lawn Fawn; Memento tuxedo blackVersaMark watermark and VersaMagic cloud white pigment ink pads from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers from Imagination Internationl Inc.; white embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder; scoring board from Scor-Pal Products.

 

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Card Challenge Corner: Coloring Black with Alcohol Markers

Coloring Black
Have you ever tried adding depth and dimension when coloring an image black? There’s so much to consider which is why our resident Copic® expert Colleen Schaan is sharing her tips for coloring black in the latest issue of CardMaker. Whether you’ve tried coloring black or not, we’re challenging you this week to give it a try!

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

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