Heather H.’s Quick & Easy Card

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Good morning! Heather H. here to share a quick card that can be made in under 10 minutes! I actually made this in under 8 minutes—and was on the phone with my parents talking at the same time, so I promise this is quick and easy! Here is what I made:

I started off by using my handy Mini Misti stamp positioning tool to stamp a brand new Winnie & Walter image called Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses (which just released today!). I stamped it with clear embossing ink on super smooth 120 lb. cardstock which is my favorite for ink blending! Next I immediately stamped the sentiment from another new Winnie & Walter Set called Big Hugs in black pigment ink. Then, I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat-set the image before adding some simple ink blending with coral distress ink.

Once that was finished, I trimmed the image out with my paper trimmer, leaving a slight border around the edges. I used one of my favorite Lil’ Inkers Cover Plate Dies (Quilted Stitched Pattern) directly on the card base for a bit of interest, tied some twine around the panel, and attached it with foam adhesive for dimension.

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


Supplies: 120 lb. white cardstock, clear embossing ink pad and clear embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp!; Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses and Big Hugs stamp sets from Winnie & Walter; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; abandoned coral Distress ink pad and ink blending tool from Ranger Industries Inc.; ivory jute twine from May Arts Ribbon; Quilted Stitched Pattern die from Lil’ Inker Designs; Mini Misti stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.

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Creative Space: Melissa Bickford of Just Dandy Studio

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Hi there! Melissa here with you today to share a little peek into my happy place—Just Dandy Studio. I’m a basement paper crafter. When we moved into our new home eight years ago, we finished our basement and turned half of it into my studio and the other half into a home gym. I love everything about it, except the lighting. Since it is in the basement I don’t get a lot of natural light, which is a bit of a struggle when it comes to taking photos. But I can work around that. After years of working from the dining room table, I’m just super happy to have a place to call my own.

Here is a peek looking into my room. It’s not a large space, but there is plenty of room for me. I apologize for the grainy photos today—again, basement stamper and not a lot of good lighting.

My husband built me this huge storage unit. I LOVE having this. It has been such a lifesaver for me when it comes to having to store things that I don’t use on a daily basis.

Here is my work desk. I chose to go with a counter-top height for my desk. I usually sit when I am creating, but it’s nice to have the option to stand if I need to. I like to have everything within arm’s reach when I’m working and that’s one of the reasons I put the peg board up above my work station. I love having everything I need right there and ready to grab when I need it.

This ink storage, from OrganizeMore, is a new addition to my studio. I got it for Christmas and I love that I now have a place for my inks to go. Before I had this they were all stacked in a basket on my peg board. Not very convenient when I’m working on a card and need to weed through the stack to find the color I want. This is so much better!

These little baskets have been a life saver for me. I’m a huge die-cut addict. I’m always die-cutting more than I need and I never want to throw anything out. I was having a hard time keeping them separated by stamp company and was looking for a way to store them. I came across these inexpensive baskets and they are working like a charm. They are not too big so they don’t take up a lot of space on my desk and they could also be stacked together, if need be.

Shown here is my stamp and die storage. I think a lot of stampers use this method for keeping their stamps and dies in order. I picked up the refrigerator bin at my local TJ Maxx and the stamp pockets are from Avery Elle.

Here’s a peek at the opposite side of my studio—my sewing station.

I’m still on the search for the perfect storage system for my cards. Until I find it, I’m using these wooden crates to store them.

I’ll end with one of my favorites in my room—this colorful wall unit filled with all the things that make me happy!

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing where I do all of my creating and spend a lot of my time!

Have a wonderful day!


We’re Going to Italy!

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Come along with us as we travel to Italy for the Creating Under the Tuscan Sun Cardmaking Tour! This tour will take place October 6-14, 2017. Besides getting to experience the beautiful sights of Tuscany, we’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy workshops with card-making expert Colleen Schaan! Click here to reserve your spot!

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Guest Post: Sean Fetterman

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Technique: Using Ribbon Scraps to Create Background Paper

Do you ever wonder what to do with that pile of scraps of ribbon that you have stored away? If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to waste any of it. I always try to look for creative ways to use up my scraps of ribbon and paper. Today, I wanted to show you how I use some of my ribbon scraps to make background paper.

Let’s cover the tools and supplies that I used for this technique.

• Cardstock: Gina K Designs Pure Luxury 80 lb. Layering Weight (white, kraft, dark chocolate); red foil
• Gina K. Designs Art from the Heart stamp set
• Gina K. Designs Premium red velvet dye ink pad
• Assorted gingham ribbon
Tombow paper adhesive

1. Cut a piece of cardstock to desired size. Beginning at the top left corner, adhere lengths of ribbon diagonally across panel. Continue until entire front of cardstock is covered.

2. Flip cardstock over and use scissors to trim ribbon extending past edges.

3. Attach sentiment stamp to acrylic block; apply ink and stamp words onto white cardstock. Trim sentiment and adhere to red foil cardstock; trim a small border. Adhere to ribbon-covered panel.

4. Adhere completed layer to kraft card base.

I hope you like it! Thank you for stopping by and learning more about this fun way to use your ribbon scraps!

Have a great day!



Card Challenge Corner: My Garden

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We fell in love with this adorable quilled succulent card by designer Nicole Coursey and we had to feature it in our spring issue! This week, we’re challenging you to use succulents in your card design whether it’s with quilling, stamping, die cuts, etc. We love to see what you create so feel free to share a photo on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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Katie’s Quick & Easy Valentine Card

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Hello friends—Katie here today to share with you a quick-and-easy Valentine card. Sometimes I have the luxury of spending oodles of time laboring on the perfect design and fussing over the placement of every element on a card. Other times, I need something that will come together quickly, but still feature a strong design and a WOW element.

For my card, I made a DIY Fringe Heart. Fringe is really popular right now and I have seen pre-made embellishments featuring fringed hearts. Pre-made embellishments are an awesome time saver, but this DIY version was super simple and quick to pull together using scraps of patterned paper and cardstock.

I die-cut several hearts from both cardstock and patterned paper using the Sizzix Heart Framelet Die set. Then I cut the hearts into strips and used Fringe Scissors by Martha Stewart Crafts to create the paper fringe. I adhered all the strips of paper and the fringe to a die-cut heart and used a pair of scissors to trim off any extra bits and pieces.

With my focal point embellishment created, I decided to keep the rest of the card simple. I adhered the heart to a panel that I die-cut using Avery Elle’s Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die and the sentiment is from Avery Elle’s Favorite Person stamp set. A few clear sequins adhered with Glossy Accents provide a final finishing touch.

I also have a video of how this card came together to share with you today.

The video was edited and sped up just slightly as I wanted to spare you from too much of my witty commentary. 🙂

That’s it for me today! Thanks for stopping by!


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Kat’s Celebrating With Paper

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Good morning, everyone! Kat here to share how I use my paper-crafting products in a different way! If you love paper as much as I do, then you know that one of the small joys in life is receiving a pretty package. I think it’s almost better than the actual gift itself.

I always try to create special packages if I have the time and this usually requires me to delve into my paper-crafting supplies to “pretty” everything up.

For this gift, I used some scrapbooking paper from Fancy Pants Designs and layered on tags and embellishments and held it all together with a cute wooden clothespin. Wrapping this gift took me less than 10 minutes, but hopefully the recipient will feel special and appreciated. 🙂

Do you ever use your paper-crafting supplies to wrap gifts? We’d love to see photos. Share them on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with @cardmaker_magazine!


Supplies: Patterned paper from Die Cuts With A View and Fancy Pants Designs; twine from We R Memory Keepers; doily from SpiegelMom Scraps; wooden clothespin from Pebbles/American Crafts; enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye; white tags from Michaels Stores.

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Heather P.’s Quick & Easy Card

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Hello! Heather P. here today with a card that I created for the Quick and Easy 10 Minute or Less challenge. I have to confess I am just about the world’s *slowest* crafter, so when I read that I needed to create a card that could be completed in 10 minutes or less, I broke out into a little sweat. 😛 Nevertheless, I’m not one to back away from a challenge, so I got to work.

For me, the best way to cut down on the amount of time I spend creating a card is to start with a design in mind. Sketching out ideas on scrap paper or just visualizing what I want the completed card to look like helps me cut down on the amount of time I spend fiddling with my arrangement of card elements. Another timesaver is to use dies and keep the card layout simple.

To create my card, I first die-cut a heart background and adhered it to a light gray card base. I then die-cut a banner for my sentiment from Bazzill’s patina cardstock, and stamped it with two sentiments from Reverse Confetti’s Crazy About You stamp set in black ink.

The flower and leaf images from Reverse Confetti’s Blooms ‘n Buds stamp set were stamped in gray and black ink, then cut out with coordinating dies. Next, I die-cut a silhouette leaf and adhered a simple flower bouquet together.

To finish, I adhered the sentiment and floral bouquet to the card with foam tape, then embellished it with silver enamel dots from Doodlebug Designs.

As you can see, I just *barely* made it! Phew! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by—I hope you have an awesome day!


Supplies: Patina cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; stone and cloud white cardstock, Crazy About You stamp set, Blooms ‘N Buds stamp set, Blooms ‘N Buds die set, Stitched Flag Trio dies, All Heart Cover Panel die and Wheat dies from Reverse Confetti; VersaFine black ink pad from Imagine; slate ink pad from Impress Cards & Crafts; silver enamel dots from Doodlebug Design Inc.

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FREE Cut File from Quietfire Design

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Did you know that we offer Web Bonus projects to subscribers and newsstand customers with each new issue of CardMaker? Our spring issue features an extra-special surprise for readers as Quietfire Design is giving away a FREE cut file for the beautiful “Always & Forever” sentiment shown below.

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Card by Yogi Grunwald
How can you get this file? Simply pick up a copy of the spring issue at your local newsstand or better yet, click here to purchase a digital subscription! Click here if you prefer a print subscription. Once you’re subscribed, use your subscriber email address to log-in on the CardMaker website or use the newsstand code to get complete access to all of our web bonuses.

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Card Challenge Corner: Vellum Challenge

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Designer Kimber McGray is featuring vellum in her latest Tips & Trends article which you can find in the spring issue of CardMaker! This material is more versatile than you might think. Try it out this week and see what you can create using vellum. Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!