Cards | StampNation

Card Candy Swap

March 28, 2017

Hey, thanks for stopping by today.  I recently took part in a card candy swap, and I wanted to share it with you.  Card candy is a decoration used in card making, or a focal point.  So I made 5 identical pieces, sent them to a central location, and got back different pieces I can turn into cards.  How cool is that?

This card candy swap was organized by StampNation, and if you haven’t checked them out, you’re missing out.  It’s a community of crafters, and they have classes, challenges, and tons of tutorials.  It’s a great way to learn new techniques, share your creations, and make new friends.

Well, I’m pretty excited to share my cards with you, so here they are:

This piece had so much color, I didn’t want to detract from it.  I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I used an embossing folder from Paper Studio, and adhered it to a purple card base with tape runner.  I added the card candy to the center with foam tape, and it’s done.

My friend’s daughter just had a birthday, so I think she’ll love this card.  I trimmed down a piece of sky blue cardstock and added a piece of twine I twisted to look like rope.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white at the bottom, and attached all the layers to my white card base with lots of foam tape.  It still felt a little plain, so I added lots of pearls to tie it all together.

This card candy, along with the next two, came from the same person.  I added two strips of paper to the card base with tape runner, and popped up the card candy and the sentiment with foam tape.  I sprinkled a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh across the card, and added details to the chocolates with a white gel pen.

I think I’m going to save this card for my husband, so I kept the details to a minimum.  Just a piece of swiss dotted paper, and some foam tape to pop up the sentiment.  I added a little clear Wink Of Stella to the blue wrapper, and some Glossy Accents to the hearts.

I love the brown and blue of this card.  I added brown cardstock to the front of a white notecard with tape runner, and cut a few banners from blue marbled cardstock.  I added Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the edges of the oval die cut with a Mini Ink Blending Tool, to tie it in with the background.  I attached the banners and the sentiment with foam tape.

I cut down my card base to 5″ square, and adhered blue scrapbook paper to the upper right corner with tape runner.  I heat embossed a Recollections sentiment in white, and attached the wreath in the lower left corner.

I love all the detail in this card candy, so I didn’t want to take away from it.  I trimmed down a piece of plaid paper, heat embossed a Hero Arts sentiment in white, and attached it to the card base with foam tape.  I added a little Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink over the sentiment with a Mini Ink Blending Tool to make it stand out.  On the inside, I’m planning to write, “Somebunny loves you.”

And a bonus piece from Catherine Pooler, head of StampNation!  I love all the color and details on her candy, so I kept the rest of the design simple.  I attached 2 sheets of 6 x 6 paper to a square card base at an angle, and trimmed off the excess before attaching my card candy with tape runner.

Have you ever made or received card candy?  Let me know in the comments, and I hope to see you again soon.

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Grab Bag

Grab Bag – Distress Ink Background

March 24, 2017

Thanks for joining me today.  I grabbed a background I made a few months ago, and my challenge is to turn this into a card.  This card was actually an attempt to duplicate a technique from Jennifer McGuire, found here.

I stamped I stamped Hero Art’s Color Layering Butterflies all over my background in Versamark Ink, and dried it with my heat tool without embossing powder.  Then I used Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool to blend my inks around the watercolor paper in a circle.  I started with Picked Raspberry, then Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Dusty Concord.  But the ink didn’t resist like it was supposed to, because I used watercolor cardstock instead of regular cardstock like she recommended.  Oops. The butterflies were barely visible. I added the bodies of the butterflies with Black Soot Distress Ink, but it didn’t help.  I finally stamped the butterflies over the first ones in Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it with a clear sparkle embossing powder.  Now I want to turn it into a card for a family member who’s sick.

I die cut a heart from vellum with a Layering Heart die from Simon Says Stamp.  The Stamp And Cut Prayers set is from Hero Arts, and I heat embossed one of the sentiments onto the heart.  I die cut the word, “prayers” from black cardstock, and pressed it into my Versamark pad before heat embossing it in clear.  I glued it to the heart with Glossy Accents, and laid a acrylic block on top to hold it in place while the glue dries.

I cut foam tape into thin strips so it’s hidden behind the die cut.  I adhered it to my card, and added it to the center of my card panel.  After adding a black mat, I used my tape runner to attach it to my white card base, and my card was complete.

I have lots of cards in the grab bag, ones where things didn’t go right, or I got stuck.  But I hang onto them, and sometimes I can reuse them later.  Hopefully you got some great ideas, too.  See you next time!


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Crafts | Easter | Series

Mini Series – Easter, Day 3

March 20, 2017

Hey, glad you stopped by.  I’m excited to share my final post with you in my Easter Mini Series, and this time it’s not a card!  I made an Easter basket for my son, and I hope you enjoy it.

I found this on Pinterest, and couldn’t find the source.  If you know it, please let me know.

My sons are getting a little old for bunnies, but I thought the sunglasses made this one cool enough for my manly little men.  And we always need beach towels and sunglasses once the temperature starts to climb.

Are you going to make baskets this year?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for joining me today!

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Cards | Easter | Series

Mini Series – Easter, Day 2

March 17, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Easter Mini Series.  This card is easy to create, and doesn’t take lots of expensive supplies.  I used 2 Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, but any layered dies you have would work for this.  We just need to create a frame.

When you get your dies, they’re usually wired together, and you can clip them apart with wire cutters.  But generally, there’s a small piece of the wire that is hard to clip off completely.  And that works perfectly for this technique.  On these dies, the wires are in the center of each side, and when you line them up with a piece of graph paper, getting the smaller die centered in the larger one is easy.

I used a piece of masking tape to hold the dies together, and used my Big Shot to die cut a frame from black cardstock.

On a second piece of cardstock, I used a T-ruler to draw 2 straight lines 1/2″ apart lightly with a pencil.  I trimmed it out with scissors, and erased my lines.  Next I found a scrap of black cardstock and sketched a hill.  I always have to draw things out to get an idea of the size before I start cutting.

Once I had everything cut out, I laid my frame over it, and adhered it together with tape runner.

I laid my frame over a piece of watercolor paper, and marked the top and bottom of the frame, so I knew how much space I had to fill.  The pencil marks are on the left side of the paper.  Then I reached for my Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I started with Mustard Seed, which you can see at the top.  I went on to add Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Blueprint Sketch at the bottom.

Here all the ink blending is complete, and I’ve trimmed down my piece to fit behind my frame.  To find out more about ink blending, and to see a great tutorial, I suggest you visit Jennifer McGuire.  She’s very talented, and knows lots of techniques, including ink blending.

I put foam tape all over the back of my frame and the cross so it’s supported evenly when I send it through the mail.

I decided to skip a sentiment this time, but I did add Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen over the cross and hill to make it stand out.  And that’s it for my card today.  I’ll be back soon with one more installment in my Easter series.  Hope to see you then!


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Cards | Easter | Series

Mini Series – Easter, Day 1

March 15, 2017

This is the first day of my Easter Mini Series.  The technique I used today is called iris folding, and it’s so beautiful.  There are lots of videos with great tutorials on Youtube, but I’ll try to explain it with pictures today.

You need a template, which you can find online.  Any circle template would work for this design today, but  I downloaded the one I used from here.

I trimmed a piece of light blue cardstock down to 5″ x 5″ and sketched out my cave in pencil before cutting it out.  I left the sides uncut so I could see how big my final image would be.

I cut a scrap of light green paper to 5″ x 3″ and drew a hill lightly with a pencil before cutting it out.  Don’t forget to erase the pencil marks.  I taped the grass to the bottom of the blue piece, and laid it over my iris fold template.

I slip my templates into page protectors, so I can use them over again.   And you can see in the photo that my template is colored in.  That’s not really necessary, but it does keep me from getting lost in the design (which is pretty important when you’re using 5 different papers in the same color!).

I taped my card panel over the template on just one side, so it works like a hinge.  You can also see that my cave is a little larger than the template, but we’ll cover that up.

I cut 1″ off from 5 different patterns of 12 x 12 lightweight scrapbook paper, and scored them at 3/4″.  Here are all of my papers before I began filling in my template.

I assigned each of my papers to a color in the template, and got started.  I found number 1 on my template and the paper I chose to go in that spot.  I’ve seen professionals measure and trim each piece, but I’m more of a “grab and tear” kind of girl.  I laid the folded edge of the paper on the line of the template, and taped it at either end.  Then I moved on to piece 2, and lay the folded edge on the line of the template.  I hope this is making sense!



If you feel lost, you can turn over the panel (this is why we only taped it on one side), and see how it looks from the front.  Keep adding pieces, working your way around the circle, and skipping numbers if they’re covered by the hill.

Here I’m almost done filling in the design.

The design is finished, except for the center.  Traditionally, iris folding has a bright metallic or shiny piece in the center, or eye, but I used a black scrap of paper instead.

I didn’t have the right sentiment, so I created one on my computer.  I trimmed it down with my paper trimmer, and cut a small triangle from the end before popping it up on my card with foam tape.  I added foam tape to the back of my card panel, and adhered it to a 5 1/2″ square white card base.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  I’ll be back soon with another card in the series.  Thanks for looking!

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