Friday, July 31, 2015

Cardmaking From Scraps Challenge: What's on Your Desk?

Hello, everyone!

I thought I would do something a little different today. I just got done making a bunch cards, and my workspace was a mess! I think all crafters can relate to that. Instead of moving on to new sheets of patterned paper or clearing my desk off and putting everything into my scrap bin, I wanted to challenge myself and make a card using the materials that were already on my desk.

On my desk was a black cardstock mat  left over from the honeycomb card I posted on Instagram earlier in the week. There was also strips of polka dot paper from my collegiate card series, some white cardstock scraps, a black ink pad, and this cute friends stamp set by Hero Arts. I had my gel pens already on my desk, a little piece of foam, and a scrap of ribbon from another project, as well.

This is what I came up with! I really like the way it turned out. These materials may have just retired to my scrap bin and never see the light of day again, but this challenge allows you to immediately make use of them. If you make sets of cards to give as gifts like I often do, this is a great way to stretch your leftovers and get some single cards out of them for other occasions.

I challenge you to use what's on your desk to make something great! I hope you enjoyed this card, and I thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#Cards4Love: Give Back This Christmas in July Season + GIVEAWAY!

Hey, everyone!

Today, I am so excited to share with you a special project I have been working on recently. The #Cards4Love project is a fantastic way for crafters to give back! Many crafters have been involved in this project, and I am going to share with you links to the projects they have created, as well as some information on how YOU can get involved, too!

#Cards4Love encourages you to make Christmas cards to send to the troops of the U.S. Army and to the kids at the St. Jude Research hospital. To participate, I encourage you to make cards or card kits.

For the troops, there are no restrictions on the embellishments you can use. A2 of A7 sized cards would be wonderful! Please avoid using any political jokes on the cards. You are welcome to write a message inside!

The kids LOVE making their own cards! A great way to participate in this project is to send them card kits that they can use to assemble their own cards. Card kits can be for Christmas cards, thank you cards, or cards for any other occasion. Make sure you include envelopes so that they can send/give out their cards. Please package the kits together in a sealed ziploc bag or other kind of sealable package. If you would like to make a card to send to the children, they would love to recieve a Christmas card, too!

To submit your card, you can send them in a mailing envelope or box to the following address:
Crafts by Two
Attn: Cards4Love
640 North Greece Road
PO Box 182
North Greece, NY 14515-9800

Please include your name and mailing address within your package/envelope in order to receive a submission credit for the GIVEAWAY! All submissions need to be mailed in no later than August 31st, 2015 in order to be included in the drawing for the prize pack. The winner will be announced on September 5th, 2015.

The Givaway Prize Pack includes many wonderful items, including paper pads, stamps, embellishments, & more! Be sure to visit on September 5th to see if you are the lucky winner!

Below, I will provide a link to all of the wonderful crafters who have made Christmas in July #Cards4Love possible. I especially want to thank MayMay of MayMayMadeIt for inviting me to the project and George & Ken of Crafts by Two for doing such a great job organizing the project. Everyone who has participated has done such an amazing job with their projects, and I can't wait for you to see what they have to offer! I hope you are inspired to get in the holiday season a little early to benefit some very special people.

  • George & Ken of Crafts By Two –
  • Melody of Melody Lane Designs –
  • Maymay of Maymay Made It –
  • Lorrie of Lorrie’s Story –
  • Nanny Rose of Crafting on the Dollar –
  • Ken Hess of Ken’s Kreations –
  • Cindy of MiMi’s Mixed Bag –
  • Lisa of L.J. Creations –
  • Miki of Minis By Mini
  • Gabrielle of Papercrafting by G –
  • Tracey of Gift Basket Appeal –
  • Karin of Scrappy DIVA –
  • Jennifer of Jen’s Little Place – 
  • Cindy of CLB Craft Creations – 
  • Kaylin of Krafty Kaylin –
  • Sheila of She’s a Sassy Lady –
  • Christopher of Create With Christopher –

  • My Project for #Cards4Love:
    I wanted to make a distressed looking Christmas card to send to the troops. I really like how these turned out, and I hope you enjoy them, too! Be sure to visit my YouTube Channel for a step by step tutorial!

    As always, thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you consider participating in this amazing project!

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    BasicGrey Spice Market Invitations

    Hello, everyone!

    Today, I am sharing with you how I made my first ever party invitations. 

    I recently picked up a 25 pack of this gorgeous 12x12 paper by Basic Grey. It is the cumin paper from the Spice Market collection, and has a blue patterned side and a soft white and tan textile looking side. This was the only paper I used on these cards, minus the kraft card base. 

    To decorate the outside of the cards, I rounded the corners of my card base and the patterned paper. Once I adhered the patterned paper, I used a white gel pen to add faux stitching around the outside of the card. To make the banner, I flipped a sheet of the paper over to the white and tan side and cut out a banner. On it, I embossed the "you're invited" stamp from Avery Elle's You're Invited stamp set in Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I also added two small pearls to the left and right side of the text.

    On the inside of the card, I stamped again the same "you're invited" stamp, but this time, I added the what,where,when, and rsvp stamp. This stamp is a great way for the person using the invitations to add their information! I also used a border stamp by Recollections (classic borders stamp set) to add some decoration to the inside. I used a brown dye ink for the stamping on the inside of the card.

    I hope you enjoyed these invitations! I had such a great time making them. Thanks for visiting!

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Congratulations Card: Award Ribbon Layout

    Hey, everyone!

    Check out this fun card inspired by award ribbons! I love this layout. 

    I used a piece of foam behind the white scalloped circle to raise up the sentiment. I love how the tails of the letters hang off the red circle and are on the scalloped circle. I used a black pigment ink, but embossing this would look wonderful, too. 

    The stamp is from Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day stamp set, and the embossing folder is by We R Memory Keepers. 

    I am done making collegiate cards for now, and I have some great things planned for this week! I will be sharing with you some invitations, some papers I picked up at Scrapbook Expo, & a special surprise project! 

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Monday, July 13, 2015

    Collegiate Card Series Day 3: New Spin, Old Layout

    Hey, everyone!

    I'm here today to share a quick look at one of the more subtle cards I am including in one of my Auburn inspired card sets. Although it lacks bright blue, I love how the gray and orange colors look with the bike. It's so soft and is such a dainty card! 

    I do emboss this Inkadinkado bike stamp on vellum frequently, so I wanted to do something a little different than normal. Instead of centering the bike like always, I shifted it to the left and added gray and white twine to the right. All I did was cut a slit in the fold and run my twine through! 

    I hope you liked this card! It was so much fun to make. As always, thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you return again soon!

    Saturday, July 11, 2015

    Collegiate Card Series Day 2: Stacked Flag Layout

    Hey, everyone!

    For the second day of my collegiate card series, I'm giving you a look at a new layout I've been using lately. 

    This layout features four rounded corners. I didn't want the corners to be too deeply rounded, so I used the 1/4" rounder by We R Memory Keepers. You could use the 1/2", but I don't think it would look as good with the flags being so close to the upper right corner.

    The polka dot paper takes up about 4". I took a strip of the solid paper I knew I would be using in the flags and adhered it behind the patterned sheet. I added faux stitching to this strip with a white gel pen, but twine or a stamped line would look great here, too. 

    The solid flags were embossed with embossing folders by We R Memory Keepers. I wanted to use the same solid I used for the strip and also the color I used for the card base. 

    For the UGA & Auburn cards, I used my favorite thinking of you stamp by Hero Arts. The UGA card was stamped with Versafine black pigment ink, and the Auburn card was embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

    For the LSU card, I used a thank you stamp by Simon Says Stamp and embossed it with Ranger's Liquid Platinum powder.

    Instead of stacking 3 flags, I added faux stitching around a flag cut out of my solid pattern. I then cut a small rectangle to place on top of it and rounded the bottom corners. I punched a heart out of the same yellow paper I used elsewhere in the card. The heart was coated with a thick layer of Ranger's Glossy Accents to give it some dimension

    I hope you enjoyed the flags on these cards! Thanks for visiting my blog! If you would like to see other collegiate cards I have made, visit my Day 1 blog post or head over to my Instagram or YouTube channel.

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Collegiate Card Series Day 1: Thank You Card for Beginners

    Hello, crafters!

    I am excited to share with you today a look at the collegiate cards I have been making recently. I wanted to make some card sets featuring the colors of certain colleges, and I have decided to show you some of the results!

    Below, I am posting the link to my latest YouTube video that shows you how to make a simple thank you card using your favorite school's colors. This is great for beginners, as no die cutting is necessary. The heat embossing I do can easily be replaced with regular ink, too. These three cards feature stamps from Simon Says Stamp's Many Thanks stamp set.

    In this video, I show this card using the colors of LSU, Auburn, and UGA. I love how they turned out!

    As always, thank you so much for visiting my website! I hope you take the time to check out my YouTube tutorial!

    Saturday, July 4, 2015

    Simple DIY Personalized Sign Using Repurposed Cardboard Letters

    Hello, and welcome to my blog!

    The other day I found some old cardboard letters that I used years ago on a project. I liked the font, but I wasn't a huge fan of the patterns and colors that were printed on them. Since I recently updated my website to reflect my new logo and its fun turquoise and purple color combination, I wanted to make a coordinating sign to hang in my craft space using these letters. This project could easily be recreated to feature your initials and favorite colors. By using paint and supplies I already had around the house, I was able to make this project for about $2 (canvas panel price). 

    These are what the letters looked like before being painted! 

    I began by taking the letters and painting them with two coats of a light gray acrylic craft paint. Once they were dry, I used a pencil with an unused eraser at the end to add my layers of dots. All I did was stamp the eraser in the different paint colors of my logo and press them onto the letters. I stamped individual layers of each of the colors until the letters were covered all over  with different colored dots.

    I then took an 8x10 canvas panel and painted it a light turquoise color. I used a foam paintbrush for this background color because I knew I could use the circular end of the wood handle to stamp polka dots along the edge of the panel to create a border. I simply repeated the process I used to paint the letters to create the canvas border with the end of the wood handle. 

    To adhere the letters to the canvas, you can use hot glue or even a dry adhesive. I used my Scotch ATG. It will be interesting to see how well this adhesive holds over time!

    I wanted to be able to hang the sign up on the wall, so I added a lavender ribbon to the upper two back corners. I like how it turned out. It didn't take much time at all to make, and it was an easy project to break up all the card making I was doing.

    I hope you enjoyed this simple, but easy to personalize project! Thanks for visiting!

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    Playing Card Bookmarks


    I first want to thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I appreciate your visit so much, and I hope my website inspires you to get crafty!

    I love to read, so I also love making bookmarks. Most of the time I make them out of leftover scraps from my cards, but today, I wanted to experiment with something a little different.

    I found these miniature playing cards the other day, and I knew they would be a great accent on some kind of project! As I was laying them out and trying to figure out what to do with them, I realized that they would be wonderful by themselves. I decided to make bookmarks with them, and I love how they turned out! 

    All I did was select the cards I wanted to use and line them up so that each card was partially covering up the card to its left. I glued some together with some Glossy Accents and some with my Scotch ATG. I have to say that I like the ones I attached with the Glossy Accents the best because the glue made those bookmarks feel much more sturdy. I used a 1/8" hole punch at the top and threaded some satin ribbon through. Red, black, or white ribbon would look great, but I chose to use black. I knew the bookmark needed something to finish it off, so I took a chisel tip Sharpie and colored around the edges to tie in the black ribbon with the rest of the bookmark. The chisel tip ensures even lines!

    I love these bookmarks, and I hope you do too! I hope to craft with some more playing cards in the near future.