Hopping with Xyron & Teresa Collins: Day 3!

Welcome to the third day of our week-long blog event with Xyron and Teresa Collins! It’s hard to believe we’re already midway through the week.

Kathy Martin

Today’s project was designed by Kathy Martin. Kathy always does an amazing job at layering as you can see on this card.

Kathy Martin PH2

Layering is a wonderful way to add dimension and depth to your cards. You can also add even more interest by using foam adhesive to pop up some of the layered pieces.

Kathy Martin PH4

Visit the Ain’t She Crafty and the Teresa Collins blogs for more project ideas! We’re loving looking at all of the creative designs!


Hopping with Xyron & Teresa Collins: Day 2!

It’s the second day of our co-hop with Teresa Collins and Xyron! Are you ready for more design inspiration?!

Jeanne Streiff

This is such a cool card by Jeanne Streiff—interactive cards like this one are always so much fun! Plus, the different patterns on this design make it bright and cheerful for the recipient.

Jeanne Streiff card

Kristie Hartfeil

Designer Kristie Hartfeil created this card—clean and simple is always my favorite style! Hop over to Kristie’s blog for more ideas from her.

By the way, have you checked out the giveaways Xyron is hosting this week? Click here for all the details. Also, make sure to visit their blog and the Teresa Collins blog for more fun projects!



Card Challenge Corner: KISS Cards


From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“KISS can stand for a few different things. This week, it means Keep It Simply Summer, and your challenge is to make a summery card to welcome in the season.”

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

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Hopping with Xyron & Teresa Collins Designs!

We’re so excited to be a part of a week-long event with Xyron and Teresa Collins Designs! Every day this week, we’ll be featuring a card idea or two from the blog team that is sure to inspire you using products from both Teresa Collins and Xyron.


First up is designer Kristine Reynolds. She did an awesome job with both of her cards! I love how she created banners from the patterned papers and how they draw the eye toward the sentiment. The dimensional flowers are the perfect touch.

You are Amazing

I like how Kristine designed this card at an angle. Plus, I adore those patterned papers from Teresa Collins! To see more from Kristine, hop over to her blog here.

Be sure to visit the Ain’t She Crafty blog for more project ideas and to find out more details about their big giveaway!


Celebrate & Decorate: Flower Gift Box

Hi everyone! It’s Vera here today with a non-card project to share with you.

I think that’s the beauty of paper crafting—the fact that you can create all kinds of projects, not just cards or scrapbooks.

Outside of cards, I love creating gift boxes. For this project, I turned to my all-time favorite tool, my well-loved Silhouette Cameo (also known as Mr. C in our household). I used box dies from Silhouette and Lori Whitlock’s flower dies to make this pretty box.


First, I cut and assembled the box. Once that was done, I cut and assembled the flower. I didn’t want to just adhere the flower to the box; I wanted the flower to also hold the box lid close. To do that, I cut a strip of cardstock and scored it following the box measurement to create a wrap that I can slide in and out. Then I adhere the flower to the wrap.

Here’s how the box looks when I slid out the flower wrap.


Pretty neat box, right? It can hold gift cards, jewelry, or whatever other goodies you can think of.

Hope you enjoy today’s project. Thank you for taking the time to visit here. Have a beautiful day!


Supplies used: Vanilla Sunshine paper pad from SEI; Tiny Polka Yellow Tonal and Tiny Polka Green Tonal patterned papers from Hobby Lobby/The Paper Studio; Borders and Sentiments stamp set from Avocado Arts; rhinestone sticker from Michaels Stores/Recollections; cutting files and electronic cutter from Silhouette America Inc.

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Sabrina’s Technique of the Week: Partial Die-Cut Border

Hello there! It’s Sabrina here today to share a technique and tutorial with you. But first let me just say that dies made to match stamp sets are one of the greatest card-making inventions of all time. As a lover of dimension, having the option to pop-up an image without all the extra work of fussy cutting is amazing.


There are also lots of options for using the stamp/die sets for single-layer cards as well. The technique I am sharing here uses multiple dies to cut a border on the edge of a card and then uses the coordinating stamped images to highlight the border. The effect is so very pretty!

Here’s how you can create a partial die-cut border:


Step 1:  Cut a cardstock panel to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Use a pencil and ruler to mark a line about 1/2 inch from the right edge. The line will help you keep the dies straight and will serve as a reminder to stop cutting.


Step 2: Position your dies along the line you just marked, making sure at least part of the die is behind the line. A sticky note will help you keep everything lined up.


Step 3: Since the border on this card has some overlapping images, I die-cut the other half of the border in a second run through.


Step 4: Cut away any part of the cardstock that wasn’t cut with a craft knife. Erase your pencil lines at this point as well.


Step 5: Die-cut a butterfly from a sticky note and keep both sections to use as a mask. Place the butterfly mask over the butterfly focal point and stamp the number images.


Step 6: Remove the butterfly mask. Place the negative butterfly sticky note over the butterfly die-cut area. Apply pigment inks with a sponge tool and blend together with a blender tool. I used four shades of ink here and kept adding more colors and blended until satisfied.


Step 7: Cover the rest of the card with paper scraps and spray the butterfly with some shimmery Smooch Spritz. Dry the spray and pigment ink with a heat gun.


Step 8: Stamp the coordinating butterfly wings and body, then sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat-set.


Step 9: Stamp the sentiment on the lower portion of the card. I also added some smaller, gradient butterflies by stamping off which is stamping multiple times without re-inking the image.


Step 10: Cut an A2-sized card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) and stamp the front panel with a large background stamp.


Step 11: Adhere the die-cut panel in the upper left corner. If you really want to highlight the border, use dimensional adhesive to make it pop.

And that’s all folks! I hope you’ll give this technique a try!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend,


Supplies used: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Count On It and Needle Little Love stamp sets and Count On It dies from Avery Elle; Butterfly and Five Line Background stamps and Sizzix Flower and Butterfly dies from Hero Arts; gypsy 6-color pigment ink pad and vanilla shimmer Smooch Spritz from Clearsnap; heat tool from Darice.

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Free Card Pattern & Sweepstakes!

Sew Special

This is the perfect card to send to a friend to let her know how much you treasure her friendship and the pattern is yours to download for free! Click here to access this Sew Special pattern. There is also a coordinating Handy Crafty Tote pattern available for download from Quilter’s World magazine here. Hurry as both of these patterns are available for a limited time only!

Reminder: Have you heard about CardMaker’s exciting Summer Quilt & Scrap Sweepstakes? The prize package is valued at over $500 and contains some of our favorite paper-crafting and quilting products! Enter CardMaker’s Summer Quilt & Scrap Sweepstakes for a chance to WIN! Contest runs through June 30, 2014. To enter and for official rules, click here!

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Card Challenge Corner: A Tisket, A Tasket

Bunny Blessings

Bunny Blessings card by Stacy Morgan—complete instructions can be found on page 73 of the Spring issue of CardMaker

From Card Challenge Corner writer Lora Brinkman:

“Make an Easter card to go along with a basket. If you don’t have little ones, I’m sure a friend or neighbor would appreciate a little treat too.”

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


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Summer Issue Video Preview & Tutorial

The summer issue of CardMaker doesn’t officially go on sale until next Tuesday (April 22), but you can take a sneak peek inside the issue with this special preview video! Editor Tanya Fox shares some highlights from the issue as well as a lesson on how to make stair-step cards.

PS. You can order a digital copy of the issue now by clicking here!


Jeanne’s U Inspire Me


Hi! Jeanne here today! I’m always inspired by pretty colors. When I spied the dreamy muted rainbow colors in these shoes I was ready to create!


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I made my background on white cardstock with Gelatos® by scribbling on color and then smudging with my finger.


Next, I used a paintbrush and the green tea gelato mixed with water to spatter for a little texture.


I scribbled (I love to scribble!) some gelatos colors (green tea, coconut and snow cone) onto an old book page.


I doodled a flower, stem and leaves onto the colored area with a black pen. I highlighted the petals with a White Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.

I finished the card by cutting out the flower and leaves and attaching them to the card. I added a button with a twine bow to the flower center and some doodles around the outside edge of my card with a black pen.


Supplies used: Gelatos® (coconut, butter cream, grape, snow cone, green tea), white Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and black PITT Artist pen from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft; cardstock from Stampin’ Up; adhesives from Xyron.

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