Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cards of Encouragement

I used a favorite sketch from Operation Write Home to make more Cards of Encouragement. Both sets of cards will include an uplifting message inside before being donated to a local oncology clinic for breast cancer patients. I used up the last of the Hope collection from Simple Stories. Then I found some cheerful yellow paper from an older My Mind's Eye paper collection.


Paper - My Mind's Eye - Breeze collection
Stamp - My Favorite Things
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Brads - from stash


Paper - Simple Stories - Hope collection
Stamp - Hero Arts
Ink - Ranger
Bling - Recollections


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Cards in Envy - Let's Play Dress Up!

Hello! It's time for a new card challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog. The theme is Let's Play Dress Up! We are looking for cards featuring Halloween costumes. 

I used some fun MFT ghosts wearing Halloween costumes.


Paper - Doodlebug - Ghouls and Goodies collection
Stamps - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Bling - Recollections

Be sure to check out the rest of the Cards in Envy design team's cards. I'd love for you to play along with our card challenge. Just remember to keep your card fairly flat so it fits nicely in an envelope.

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*Card sketch image used with permission from My Favorite Things.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Echo Park's A Perfect Christmas collection - 38 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

The Christmas decorations are going up in stores, so it's definitely time to get started on more Christmas cards. I used the A Perfect Christmas collection from Echo Park. It has a rustic look with some wood grain and plaid designs along with the traditional red and green colors. There's even a little bit of black on some of the designs. It definitely has a more mature look, even with the few reindeer and santas.

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 38 cards.


I recorded my entire process of disappearing the 6x6 paper pad. The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was just under 5 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.



In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 13 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 11 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. 


Here are the pictures of the cards I made, including sketches and measurements. Operation Write Home sketches are the only ones that already provide measurements. For all the other sketches, I simply figure the measurements out on my own, for what works for me. All of my cards are A2 size. Go HERE to see my video explaining how I determine card sketch measurements. All cards are made using Echo Park's A Perfect Christmas 6x6 paper pad.



Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Stitched star die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Stamp - My Favorite Things
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Stitched circle die cuts - Lawn Fawn
Embossing folder - Darice
Ink - Reverse Confetti






Stamp - Technique Tuesday
Stitched background die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Small circle die cuts - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti



Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Stitched frame die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched circle die cut - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti






Stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Small circle die cuts - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched circle die cut -  Lawn Fawn
Banner die cut - American Crafts
Ink - Reverse Confetti



Squared off cover panel die cut - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment die cut - Reverse Confetti
Swirlies circle die cuts - Reverse Confetti
Owl stamp - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Gold shimmer spray - Heidi Swapp
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor


Stamp - Lawn Fawn
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Embossing folder - Darice
Ribbon - May Arts
Ink - Reverse Confetti


Some of my favorite and commonly used crafting tools:
Tonic Studios guillotine paper trimmer
Scotch ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) glue gun
Sizzix BIGkick die cut machine
Scor-Tape
We R Memory Keepers brad setter and piercing tool
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Scotch Mounting Tape 3/4"
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive liquid glue
MISTI stamping tool
Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight paper for card bases
Tombow Xtreme Tabs

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*All card sketch images used with permission.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brave Brilliant Resilient

I've been busy making more Cards of Encouragement to give to breast cancer patients during October. Although, I've been thinking about continuing the encouragement cards after October. And also making them for anyone going through cancer treatments. I live in a populated area, not far from several hospitals and treatment centers.


Paper - Simple Stories - Hope collection
Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Ribbon die cut - Paper Smooches
Ink - Ranger


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*Card sketch image used with permission from Mojo Monday.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My Favorite Things sketch #352

Happy World Cardmaking Day! I have crafty plans today. I'll be working on more Words of Encouragement cards for breast cancer patients along with some Thank You for Your Service cards for a group of veterans. I hope you have time to get crafty today, as well.

My card share today is from the recent Words of Encouragement cards I donated to a local oncology clinic for breast cancer patients. I bought several 12 x 12 sheets of the Hope collection by Simple Stories to use for cards. It's always nice when the patterns are small enough to still work for cards.


Paper - Simple Stories - Hope collection
Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Ink - Ranger
Brads - from stash



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*Card sketch image used with permission from My Favorite Things.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hello, Beautiful

It's October and that means it's also Breast Cancer Awareness month. I've know many, many woman who have had breast cancer. My younger sister is one of them. She was diagnosed around 4 years ago. After being in remission for over 2 years, her cancer has returned. 
It's an absolutely horrible disease. And I know those battling it need some extra encouragement. My eye doctor is doing a fundraiser this month for breast cancer patients. They are collecting items to put in care baskets along with Words of Encouragement cards. I've already been busy making cards and filling them with uplifting messages.


Paper - Simple Stories - Hope collection
Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched background die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched circle die cut - My Favorite Things
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Small circle die cuts - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti


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*Card sketch image used with permission from My Favorite Things.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pink & Main Pumpkin Spice - cards from 6x6 paper pad

I recently shared a picture on social media showing a variety of 6x6 paper pads and asked my followers which one I should use for my next video. The Pumpkin Spice collection from Pink & Main lead the votes. I guess others love fall as much as I do. 
This is the first time I have ever used paper from Pink & Main. The paper pads are 24 sheets, double-sided and have a nice weight. The designs are clean with a simple, graphic style. And a bonus, their papers are made in the USA.

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 33 cards.


I recorded my entire process of disappearing the 6x6 paper pad. The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was just under 5 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.



In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 19 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 2 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. 


Here are the pictures of the cards I made, including sketches and measurements. Operation Write Home sketches are the only ones that already provide measurements. For all the other sketches, I simply figure the measurements out on my own, for what works for me. All of my cards are A2 size. Go HERE to see my video explaining how I determine card sketch measurements. All cards are made using Pink & Main's Pumpkin Spice 6x6 paper pad.



Stamp - Honey Bee Stamps
Banner die cut - American Crafts
Ink - My Favorite Things




Stamp - My Favorite Things
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Heart die cuts - Lawn Fawn
Ink- Versafine




Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento and Versafine





Stamps - My Favorite Things
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento and Versafine
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Glossy Accents




Image stamps - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched scalloped border die cut - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento and Versafine




Image stamp - Lawn Fawn
Sentiment stamp - The Stamps of Life
Stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento and Versafine




Stamps - Sweet Stamp Shop
Circle die cuts - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento and Versafine





Stitched background die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Sentiment die cut - My Favorite Things
Circle die cut - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Versafine
Wink of Stella glitter pen




Sentiment stamp - Honey Bee Stamps
Embossing folder - Darice
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Ribbon - May Arts
Ink - Versafine


Some of my favorite and commonly used crafting tools:
Tonic Studios guillotine paper trimmer
Scotch ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) glue gun
Sizzix BIGkick die cut machine
We R Memory Keepers brad setter and piercing tool
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Scotch Mounting Tape 3/4"
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive liquid glue
MISTI stamping tool
Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight paper for card bases
Tombow Xtreme Tabs

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


*All card sketch images used with permission.