Friday, May 29, 2015

Studio Calico's Autumn Press Collection: Happy Birthday!

I recently purchased the Autumn Press paper pad by Studio Calico. I know it is a fall themed paper pad, but I wanted to create a series of cards using a seasonal pad to show you that they really can be stretched to be used year round!

I began by taking a cream card base and adhering to it the polka dot pattern, leaving a small frame of the cream base around it. I then cut a smaller rectangle of the floral pattern and adhered it towards the bottom of the card. I used a happy birthday die from Simon Says Stamp for my sentiment at the top of the card. I die cut flowers out of the 3 papers I used with a flower die from Momenta and added large pearl stickers to the center of both flowers. I used foam adhesive to adhere the flowers to the card. I finished the card by adding smaller pearls to two of the corners of the polka dotted paper to balance out the pearls used on the bottom.

Thanks for checking out this Studio Calico card! I hope this helps inspire you to use older paper pads you may have lying around.

Get the Autumn Press Paper Pad on Amazon!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Studio Calico's Autumn Press Collection: Card for Any Occasion

I'm back again with another card inspired by Studio Calico's Autumn Press collection. Like I've mentioned before, I love having cards I can use for different occasions.

This card was inspired by the beautiful blues and pinks found in the paper pad. I began by adhering one of the solid patterns from the set on a white card base and adding a smaller piece of pink patterned paper on top of it. I then added faux stitching with a white gel pen. It would be so fun to actually add stitching to a card like this! I cut out a banner out of a striped paper that matches the blue of the background and rounded the corners with my WRMK Corner Chomper. I had a postage stamp die from Momenta that I used on the pink paper and added a heart on foam adhesive that matched the background.

I hope you enjoyed this card! Tomorrow, I will be back with a really fun shaped card inspired by the collection.

Get the Autumn Press Paper Pad here!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Flower Shaped Cards Featuring Studio Calico's Autumn Press Collection

I'm back today with another card featuring not only the Autumn Press collection, but also my favorite die set from We R Memory Keepers: the nesting rose die set.

I used the second largest flower die from this set on my card base to make it flower shaped. I then used the same die four times on different patterns from the collection to begin building my flower. I used the next 2 smallest dies from the set to cut coordinating patterns from the collection to continue building up my flower. I added two buttons in the middle of the smallest part of the flower. I also used foam adhesive under the smallest portion of the flower to add dimension.

While these cards lack a sentiment, they are perfect for quick notes to someone. The interior of the card leaves enough room to write a nice message without having to be too wordy.

I can't wait to give these cards to family and friends, and I hope you enjoyed them as well!

Get the Autumn Press collection paper pad here!

Get the Nesting Rose Dies here!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wrapping Up the WRMK Love Notes Card Series: B & W Birthday Balloons

Today, I am posting the last card I made using papers from the WRMK Love Notes collection. The point of these posts was to show you how many different cards you can make out of a single paper pad and how different they can be. While I used the xoxo pattern, triangle pattern, and painted stripes pattern from the set, I also threw in a houndstooth pattern and polka dot pattern from The Paper Studio. 

I began by die-cutting different sized circles to use for the general balloon's shape. I also cut little triangles for where the balloons are tied. I taped the triangles so that they stick out beneath the triangle and then adhered a piece of black and white baker's twine for the string. I staggered the balloons along the top of the card and adhered them with foam adhesive to help them pop up off the paper like a real balloon would. I used a birthday stamp from Simon Says Stamp on a piece of white cardstock at the bottom. I wrapped tape around the end of the string and adhered it under the sentiment so that the strings don't flop everywhere and get damaged. I finished the card by rounding the corners with my round Corner Chomper by WRMK. 

Thanks for checking out this last Love Notes inspired card! My next series will focus on the Autumn Press collection by Studio Calico. Even though this is a more fall themed paper pad, I want to show you how even seasonal pads can be used for cards all year long.

Get the Love Notes Paper Pad here!

Monday, May 25, 2015

WRMK Love Notes: Thanks For Being My Friend

This A2 card is a great reminder for a friend about how thankful you are for them! I used paper from WRMK's Love Notes collection to make this card.

I began by matting a white card base with black cardstock. I then cut down four white squares and put four smaller patterned squares inside these boxes. Once they were adhered, I went through the paper pad and die cut four hearts out of solid papers that matched the colors found in the sketchy lines of the patterned paper. I used foam adhesive to pop them up off the card.

I cut a black rectangle and matted a white rectangle on it. I used a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts to finish off the card.

Hope you enjoyed another look from this Love Notes collection! I will be posting one more card from this collection tomorrow, finishing up my Love Notes card series.

Get the We R Memory Keepers' Love Notes paper pad here!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WRMK Love Notes: Cards for Any Occasion

I love having cards on hand that are appropriate for multiple occasions. I used sentiment stamps from Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day collection to make these cards, as well as patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers Love Notes 6x6 paper pad.

I love the combination of white, black, and lime green. I used the line heart die from Paper Smooches' Hearts die set on a piece of lime paper from this set and used foam adhesive to add some dimension. The sketchy looking hearts on the patterned paper also help to give this card some texture.

I love the variation of pink watercolor dots in this card. It is so bright and girly. The "for you" sentiment does a great job of making this card great for almost all occasions. 

Thanks for checking out my blog! 

Get the WRMK Love Notes paper here:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WRMK Love Notes: Partial Scallop Circles and Hearts

These two cards feature a paper pad I purchased yesterday and am absolutely loving! The Love Notes paper pad from We R Memory Keepers is wonderful if you love watercolors or green, pink, and black.

 The colors in the paper are very vibrant and you can achieve very different looks with the variety of patterns included in the pad. These cards are very different from each other, even though I used the same template. For the scallop, I used my scallop circle dies from Sizzix and made sure to die cut a white border to go around the partial circle.

I made the black card first, and while I loved how the heart stood out, I felt it needed some shine. When I was making the second card, I made sure to emboss the lime green heart with my Versamark pad and clear embossing powder.

The happy birthday stamp is from SSS and the thanks is from Paper Smooches.

Thanks for checking out these cards! In the coming days, I will be posting some more different looks from this paper pad.

Get the WRMK Love Notes paper pad here!

Spellbinders Spotlight Sunday Contest: Brown & Burlap

I'd like to share a card I made a few days ago that was inspired by @Teamspellbinders on Instagram and their #sbspotlightsunday contest. The winner gets featured on their social media and receives some new products. A few months ago I bought a set of their Nestabilities dies, but I have been struggling to use them. The company's Instagram post urged me to use my Spellbinders products, and I am happy with the result!

I used brown and kraft cardstock to make this rustic looking card. I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities set S5-189 to create the kraft border and center piece. I used foam adhesive to give the center piece some dimension and stamped an embossed thank you sentiment from Simon Says Stamp in the center with Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

The bottom corners feature handmade embellishments I made with burlap and a flower die from Momenta. I added small pearls to their centers and larger pearls to the top left corners of the card. Situated between the top pearls is a matching bow. I didn't want ribbon to wrap all the way around the card and take away from the die cutting, so I instead had the bow tied and adhered straight to the card.

Thanks for checking out my card! If you are interested, @Teamspellbinders on Instagram has weekly contests found at #sbspotlightsunday. It's a great way to put to use some of your Spellbinders products!

Check out the die set I used here:

Friday, May 22, 2015

WRMK Love Notes Paper Pad: Black, White, and a Pop of Red

I used a sheet of "xoxo" patterned paper from a 6x6 pad by We R Memory Keepers to make this fun black and white card. This particular pad is part of their Love Notes collection and features many beautiful watercolor inspired patterns. 

I made a top folding black card base out of Recollections 65 lb. cardstock. From there, I adhered the "xoxo" patterned paper straight to the card, making sure to leave a black frame around it. To give the card some dimension, I took a piece of white cardstock and cut it into a banner shape. I embossed it using an embossing folder that is also from WRMK. Any embossing folder with a geometric looking pattern would look fantastic! I used my Sizzix scalloped circle die set to cut the black circle and used a small circle punch for the white interior circle. The red heart was punched from red cardstock and adhered to the banner with foam adhesive. To balance out the popped up heart at the bottom of the banner, I tied a bow with black and white baker's twine at the top of the banner. I used a piece of clear tape on the back to make sure the wrapped twine is kept in place. Lastly, I added foam adhesive to the entire back of the banner and adhered it to the card. I love that the entire banner is lifted up off the card and that the heart and bow stand even farther off the base of the card. I chose not to add a sentiment because I felt that the heart is the focal point of the card and plays well off the "xoxo" background. It could definitely be used for anniversaries or Valentine's Day!

Thanks for checking out this fun card! I will be making more cards with this paper pad and will be uploading them soon!

Get the WRMK 6x6 Love Notes Pad from Simon Says Stamp!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Product Spotlight: Avery Elle's Gift Tag Dies

I love having the ability to die-cut my own gift tag dies for presents I give, but I also love being able to use them on my cards! The Avery Elle Gift Tag Die set makes doing so very easy, and I love the sizes of the dies included in the set. There is a small, medium, and large tag.

In these thank you cards, I will show you how I use gift tags on my cards and how fun they are to stack. Both cards feature patterned paper from the 6"x6" Fashionably Chic paper pad from Recollections. The tags were tied to the card using Offray ribbon.

This card features a thank you stamp from Simon Says Stamp and a flower stamp from Hero Arts. I embossed both with Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I adhered the largest tag to the card base, but the other two are not. They swing freely and give the card some movement. I enjoyed having the ribbon bisect the card, as I typically tie it like I did in the second card.

I love this patterned paper because I have an embossing folder with a matching pattern! I embossed the largest tag with the matching folder from We R Memory Keepers whimsy embossing folder set. I used a thank you stamp from Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day stamp set and a flower stamp on the smallest tag. Both stamps were embossed with Ivory embossing powder from Recollections.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

WRMK Whimsy Embossing Folder Set

Avery Elle Gift Tag Die Set 

Nesting Flower Embellishments: My Favorite Flowers!

Pre-made embellishments can get pretty pricy at craft stores, so I sometimes enjoy making my own in order to save money. I love to die cut flowers, and when I saw the Nesting Rose Die set by We R Memory Keepers, I knew I had to have it! It has since become my favorite flower die set, and I use it very frequently. In these two cards, I will show you how I alternate between patterned paper and embossing folders to create unique looking flowers each time I use this set!

The color combination used in this first card is certainly inspired by the beach! I used my favorite kraft cardstock by Cardstock Warehouse and Robin's Egg cardstock by Bazzill. Both colors are gorgeous! I also used a shimmery white card base from David Tutera. I really wanted this flower to have some texture, since I didn't have a patterned paper that really matched the blue cardstock. I ended up embossing the blue portion of the flower with a houndstooth embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. I used translucent vellum for the next portion of the flower. For the center, I used a piece of shimmery white cardstock that matched the card base and glued on a button to create a definitive center of the flower.

I am a huge fan of adding faux stitching to my
cards. I used a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen along the edges of the kraft to make small stitching lines.

The congratulations sentiment I used is from Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark ink and used Ivory embossing powder from Recollections to finish the card.

For the second card, I wanted to make a general purpose card I could use for any occasion. While this card lacks a sentiment, I enjoy having the flexibility to use this card for any purpose!

I began with a shimmery purple cardstock I purchased at Michael's and die cut the largest portion of the flower. Next, I used the next smallest flower die on a patterned paper from Recollections called Purple Paisley. For the center of the flower, I used the same shimmery white paper that matches the David Tutera card base and added a purple button. I loved how shimmery this card was! The white and the purple look beautiful together. I added faux stitching once more with a metallic silver Sharpie.

While this card is not one of my favorites in particular, I like how the flower exemplifies the versatility of this die set. Whether you use it with embossed pieces or patterned paper, it will certainly make a gorgeous embellishment for a card.

Get the WRMK Nesting Rose Die Set here!

Avery Elle Stamp Set: Oh Happy Day

Scrabble Enthusiast Thank You Card

Today, I'd like to share one of my all time favorite cards! Inspired by a picnic in the park and a fun game of Scrabble, this thank you card is so cute!

I used a gingham paper from The Paper Studio and thin paper Scrabble tiles from American Crafts. I love being able to use foam adhesive to add dimension to the card in order to give it the look of a real Scrabble tile without all the weight. It's a unique way to add a sentiment to a card without the use of stamps. It would even be cute to personalize a card by using the tiles to spell out the recipient's name or initials! 

I bought the Scrabble tiles from Hobby Lobby a few months ago and I believe they were made by American Crafts. I don't think they are available anymore, but you can find printable tiles online to use for this technique. 

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Giving Thanks from the Bonfire: A S'more Inspired Card

Anytime that a card of mine is inspired by food I get excited! It's one of those little things in life. This card was inspired by the golden hues of s'mores and their texture.

I began with an A2 kraft cardstock base cut from my favorite kraft paper by Cardstock Warehouse. I cut down a piece of brown cardstock to fit neatly inside the front of the card and 4" by 5.25". I ran this piece of brown cardstock through my Big Shot machine and I chose to emboss it with a houndstooth folder by We R Memory Keepers. I adhered this piece to the base with my Tombow Stamp Runner. Next, I took a piece of golden brown houndstooth paper from a 6"x6" paper pad by Momenta and cut it to fit across the length of the embossed panel. I then cut down nesting rectangles out of brown cardstock, kraft cardstock, and the houndstooth paper and adhered them together. I used a "thanks" sentiment stamp from Simon Says Stamp and stamped it with Rich Cocoa dye ink from Memento on the houndstooth paper. I used foam adhesive to adhere this nesting rectangle to the center of my card to pop it up and add some dimension to the card. Lastly, I added some embellishments to add some more texture to the card. I used pearls and ribbon from The Paper Studio to finish the card!

I do think the layout I used for this card would look great for any pattern you have a matching embossing folder and paper for. Stripes or polka dots would look wonderful. 

I hope you enjoyed this card! Thanks for checking out my blog! 

Products Used:

WRMK Houndstooth Folder

Tombow Dot Runner Adhesive

Natural Kraft Paper from Cardstock Warehouse

Simon Says Stamp Many Thanks Stamp Set

Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Chevron & Wood Grain: A Surprisingly Beautiful Combination!

Hello, everyone! I recently found this cute 8.5" by 11" patterned scrapbooking paper by The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby. I am a big fan of wood grain papers, and I have previously used some from a Teresa Collins paper pad. I picked up this paper from Hobby Lobby on a whim a few months ago, and this past weekend I finally put it to use. I made a thank you card and a happy birthday card with a single sheet of it, and I am planning on picking some more up because I love it that much. I love cards with a more rustic feel and kraft cardstock is my favorite color cardstock to use.

I began with the happy birthday card, and I resorted to using one of my favorite card templates.

I began by using a heavyweight natural kraft cardstock by Cardstock Warehouse that I found on Amazon for my card base. Kraft cardstocks vary in value (lightness/darkness) across brands, but I really have enjoyed the color of this particular cardstock. I cut down an A6 size card base and then cut my patterned paper so that the card base framed it by about 1/8 of an inch. From there, I took a piece of translucent vellum and cut it so that it measured 5.25" by 3.25". I used pair of zig zag decorative edge scissors to give it an edge that mimicked the sharpness of the chevron design found in the paper. I used my Sizzix circle die set to cut a circle in the right side of the vellum and to cut a circular frame for the circle out of kraft paper. Once all of this was adhered to the card, I used my Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die on brown cardstock to create my sentiment. I adhered to the circle and let it hang off the sides. After this was done, I wrapped a piece of burlap looking ribbon from The Paper Studio around the card. The most difficult part of this easy card to make was the heart embellishment. I used a heart shaped die from Paper Smooches on white cardstock, but I ended up embossing it with Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Ranger. I adhered it to the ribbon using foam adhesive. Pearls from The Paper Studio were later applied to the edges of the vellum.
I really enjoyed making this card, and I love its relaxing color scheme.

The next card I made with this paper was a simple thank you card. I took a similar kraft card base and I adhered the patterned paper to the entire front of the card. From there, I took my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper and rounded the corners. I love this tool because it helps cards to look well put together. I cut an 1.5" strip of kraft cardstock and adhered a 1.25" strip of the patterned paper on top of it. This strip was glued in the center of the card, and I made sure to make sure the chevron pattern was aligned across the entire card. While the strip doesn't stand out too much, it adds texture to the card and breaks up the background without being too disruptive. Little tweaks like this to a card can make so much of a difference! After this was completed, I cut out a square of kraft cardstock and rounded the edges like I did with the card base. I used the Many Thanks stamp set from Paper Smooches with Versamark ink and embossed my sentiment with Liquid Platinum powder from Ranger. I added a few final embellishments to the card with pearls from The Paper Studio.

I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them! Thank you for checking out my blog. Below I will link to some of the products I used in this project.

Kraft Paper from Cardstock Warehouse

Many Thanks Stamp Set from Paper Smooches

Happy Birthday die from Simon Says Stamp

Heart Die Set from Paper Smooches

Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder

We R Memory Keepers Corner Rounder

The Gala Collection: 4 Black and White Birthday Cards

These four cards are among the very first cards I made when I began paper crafting. I love the simplicity of black and white, as it doesn't require lots of crazy ink colors to make a pretty card.

Each of these cards was made using a 65 lb. cardstock base made from the Recollections brand found at Michaels. I cut the 8.5" by 11" paper into two equal 4.25" by 5.5" sections and scored it down the center with my Martha Stewart mini score board. Once the bases were created, I used black and white houndstooth and polka dot scrapbooking papers I found at Hobby Lobby. I also used vellum in the card with the circular window. For the stamped sentiments, I used the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Sentiments set and coordinating die. The butterflies used came from a Hero Arts friends themed clear stamp set and from Lawn Fawn's Blissful Botanicals set. As for die-cutting, I pulled from many different die sets. I used circle and scalloped circle sets from Sizzix, the Gift Tags die set from Avery Elle, and the postage stamp sized die from Momenta. The postage stamp Cut and Emboss Die Set from Momenta was a frugal find from my local Tuesday Morning. That store is a great place to find cheap craft supplies!

I am a huge fan of using Offray ribbon because it is shiny and very inexpensive. Unfortunately, these cards have been sitting in my card organizer, and the bows have become a little warped since I put them in there.

Black and white cards are frugal cards to make, in a sense. One black ink pad can go a very long way! I like not having to worry about buying a colored ink pad and card stock to match it perfectly. My favorite black ink is the Versafine onyx black ink. It stamps very crisp and sharp images. I did choose to emboss on two of these cards because I have found it very difficult to find a great white ink. I know some people really love the Unicorn Pigment Ink from Hero Arts, but I have yet to try it. Instead, I used my Versamark ink and Ivory embossing powder from the Recollections brand. 

Links for many of products I have mentioned will be provided below. Thank you for checking out these simple black and white birthday cards! I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog!

Avery Elle Gift Tag Die Set

Sizzix Scallop Circles Die Set

Sizzix Circles Die Set

Stamp Sets:

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Sentiments Set and Die

Lawn Fawn Blissful Botanicals