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Card Challenges You’ll Enjoy

June 1, 2017

Hey, glad you’re joining me today.  Sometimes I feel stuck in a rut, making the same card over and over.  Or I have a new supplies I’m not sure how to use.  If you ever need fresh inspiration, card challenges are wonderful.  Bonus:  a chance to win awesome prizes and/or bragging rights!  And many of these winners are chosen at random, so anyone, regardless of experience or talent, has a chance to win.

 

Some of the challenges use a card sketch, like the one on the left, for inspiration.  Other choose a picture, or a theme, like “sports.”

Simon Says Stamp – This stamp company has 2 challenges a week, with a new theme each Monday and Wednesday.

A Blog Named Hero – This site features a new theme every month, along with a spotlight on a up-and-coming new company.  I love this, because it’s always fun to find out about new products!

My Favorite Things – This site for card challenges is part of the stamp company My Favorite Things.  They have a new sketch challenge every week, and a new color challenge twice a month.

Freshly Made Sketches – This site introduces a new sketch every Monday.

CASology – This site has a new theme each week, and the challenge is to create a clean and simple card.

Fusion – This website has a new challenge every week twice a month.  They give you a picture and a card sketch, and encourage you to use either, or both, to create your card.

There are far more challenges than I could feature here, so I just narrowed it down to a few that I’ve done in the past.  Have you ever taken part in a card challenge?  Let me know in the comments if you have, or would like to.  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  If your missing my card tutorials, I’m working hard on a few things to show you next week.  See you again soon!

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10 Blogs You Need To See

May 25, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by today.  I’ve put together a list of some wonderful blogs you should check out.  Each one is amazing, and they all have a passion for sharing what they know.  I know there are plenty more blogs out there, but these are ones I follow, and each has plenty of simple tutorials for someone new to cardmaking.  Here they are, in no particular order:

10.  The Creative Grove – Ingrid Blackburn – Ingrid uses all kinds of mediums, and combines them with bright colors to make amazing, one-of-a-kind cards.  I love her ink blending tutorials, and her fresh style.

9.  Inklipse – Simon Hurley – The youngest cardmaker on my list (he’s 14!), Simon makes simple cards with lots of color and a youthful edge that I love.  His videos always make me smile while I learn.

8.  Lime Doodle Design – Debby Hughes – She creates lovely cards with soft colors, unfussy designs, and beautiful details.  She does amazing things with colored pencils and watercolor!

7.  The Daily Marker – Kathy Racoosin – Kathy does a 30 Day Coloring Challenge regularly on her blog, encouraging everyone to take a break and color for a few minutes each day.  She uses Copic markers (and lots of other mediums) to make images look so real, they pop off the page.

6.  K Werner Design – Kristina Werner – Kristina is incredibly talented with a paintbrush, and her hand lettering videos are a joy to watch.  I’ve learned so much about watercolor from her tutorials.

5.  laurafedora – Laura Bassen – Laura’s tutorials always make me smile.  She loves bright color, simple designs, and having lots of fun.

4.  You And Your Big Dreams – Kelly Latevola – I love watching Kelly color.  She makes it look so easy and effortless!

3.  Rejoicing Crafts – Yoonsun Hur – If you like watercolor, you’ll enjoy the cards Yoonsun creates.  She makes simple images into works of art.

2.  Jennifer McGuire Ink – Jennifer McGuire – I love trying new techniques, and Jennifer has tons of them.  She’s a gifted teacher, with new videos every week.

1.  Catherine Pooler – Catherine is awesome because she doesn’t make “perfect” videos.  Sometimes things go wrong, and she makes even the mistakes into something beautiful!  She’s taught me so much about being flexible, and enjoying the process, instead of getting everything “just right.”

And that’s my resource of the day.  I had fun putting this list together, and if you like any of these blogs, make sure you subscribe to them!  Who’s your favorite crafter?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Mini Series – Wedding, Day 3

May 22, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here for my final post in the Wedding Mini Series! I’ve got a watercolor tutorial to share with you, and if you’re intimidated by watercolor, you’ll love this technique, because you have more control, and less mess.

 

I started with two Altenew stamp sets, Tulip and Garden Hydrangea. I only used the outline images, and I stamped the blossoms and leaves onto my watercolor paper with Versamark, and heat embossed them in white. Then I mounted the tulip stem onto my acrylic block, which has lines on it to help keep the design straight. After I stamped it and heat embossed it on the watercolor paper, I stamped it again onto Post It tape with black ink. Whatever ink you have works for this, you just need an image you can see to cut out. I used Black Soot Distress Ink because it’s easy to clean off my stamps.

 

The lines in the acrylic block make this part easy. I lifted just the top of the stem off of the block, and angled it to the side before stamping it again. First I stamped it onto the watercolor paper, then in black onto the Post It tape. Then I was able to bend the stamp in the other direction, and get a symmetrical look. Once I had 3 stems heat embossed, I cut out the Post It tape stems, and masked my images. This allowed me to go back in, and add 2 more stems between the others. I used the marks on the block so the second layer of stems would be halfway between the first ones.

 

Now we get to my favorite part, adding color! I dragged my Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink across my acrylic block, and used a Waterbrush to paint in my hydrangea. If you don’t have a Waterbrush, you can use a small paintbrush and water. Don’t worry about staying in the lines, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Once it’s colored in, mist it with water. I mixed Perfect Pearls with the water to give the flowers some shine, but that’s optional.  Spray the paper until the paint beads up, and let it dry.

 

For the second flower, I used Salty Ocean mixed with Blueprint Sketch. The third is Wilted Violet, and the last is Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch. I used Lucky Clover for the stems and leaves. As you spray the paper with water, the color moves around the design unevenly. When it dries, you get lots of variation in color, which makes it look like you spent a lot of time on it. Good trick, huh?

   

When my paper was dry, I cut out my pieces. Altenew has matching dies for these sets, but I don’t have them. I laid my pieces on the card, a played around with them to find an arrangement I liked before adhering the pieces to my card with tape runner. Next I cut scraps of white ribbon and pressed them into the adhesive on the back of the stem bundle. Finally, I tied a bow for the top, and adhered it with a hot melt glue gun. I find hot melt works better than other adhesives for ribbon and fabric, because it sets so quickly.

I stamped a small sentiment from Hero Arts’ Year Round Sentiments onto vellum, and heat embossed it in white. Next I trimmed it down, and made a cut in the center on the right side. Then I cut from one corner up to the top of the cut, like above. I cut from the other corner to the top of the cut, giving me a perfect banner end.  I added a little tape runner to the top and attached it to the card.

And that’s the end of my Wedding Mini Series. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments below if you have more ideas for a Mini Series in the future, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

P.S.  I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge and A Blog Named Hero. Hope to see you there!

 

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Mini Series – Wedding, Day 2

May 18, 2017

Hey, I’m glad you’re here.  I’m working on a Mini Series for weddings this week.  If you have any June weddings coming, this series is for you!  This card would be perfect for a bachelorette party, and it’s really easy.

 

For this card, I started with a template.  There are several online, both free and available to purchase.  I found the one I used here.  First I traced the outline onto a piece of pink cardstock, and cut it out with scissors.

I folded the sides to the center, and creased it with my bone folder.  Make sure the sides meet evenly before you crease the paper.

 

Next I unfolded the card, and masked the front flaps with a Post It note.  I stamped it with the Flourishes stamp set from Inkadinkado, but there are lots of other stamps that would work for this.  A damask or lace stamp would be adorable.  I stamped them in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed them in clear.

  

I wanted to add the curves to the sides, so this it the best way I’ve found to make them identical.  First I cut one side of the template off, and traced the curve onto the back of the card.  Then I flipped the pattern, and traced it onto the other side.  After I cut both sides, I erased the pencil marks.

 

The pattern has five holes for lacing, but my ribbon was 1/4″ wide, so I only punched 3 of them out.  Then I held the pattern together with the card, and punched through the template to get identically spaced holes on either side.

 

This is the lace I used.  It’s sewn to a piece of elastic, which made it easier to attach to the card.  But you can use whatever you have on hand.  I trimmed one of the ruffles off of the elastic, and glued it to the card with a hot melt glue gun.  Next I cut another piece for the bottom and attached the same way.

 

Here’s the card with the lace attached, and I love how sweet it looks.  You could cut another piece of paper to cover the edges of the lace on the inside, but I chose to leave it as is.

I laced a black ribbon through the holes, and it’s done!  But I recommend you don’t trim the ribbon until after you write your message, because it’s hard to retie once you’ve cut the ends.  You could add sequins or pearls, but I wanted to keep this simple.  Have you ever made a shaped card?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another wedding card!

 

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Mini Series – Wedding, Day 1

May 15, 2017

Hey, glad to have you join me!  I’m starting a new Mini Series, all about weddings.  This card would be great for a bridal shower, or maybe for an engagement party.   It’s easy, and you don’t need lots of fancy supplies.

 

Here’s what I used to create the dress:  a plate, and a candlestick.  Anything round would work, but since I craft in my kitchen, I grabbed what was handy.  You can see a 1/4″ gap between the curves, which I’ll get to in a moment.

 

First, I want to add some texture to this dress.  This step is completely optional, but it adds a nice touch.  You could also stamp some texture onto the dress with Versamark ink, if you don’t have an embossing folder like then one above.  But I positioned the dress inside the folder, and held it in place with Post It tape while I ran it though my Big Kick.  You can see that the folder didn’t cover the whole dress, but I cut off the bottom with my paper trimmer.

 

Next I trimmed down a piece of watercolor pink cardstock to fit the back panel of the card base, and attached it with tape runner.  Now the next part, I forgot to get a picture of, but I cut a slit in the fold of the card with an Exacto knife large enough to slip my ribbon through.  I glued the ends down on the back side with a hot melt glue gun.

 

I folded some silver metallic cord in half, and glued it under the sash with the glue gun.  Then I tied a bow with pink ribbon and attached it to the sash.  And, if you’ve ever struggled to make a tiny ribbbon bow, you know how hard it can be!  The best solution I’ve ever found uses a fork to keep the bow straight and even.  There’s a great tutorial here.

I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and the cord.  I tied knots in the ends of the cording first to keep it from unraveling.

The sentiment is from JustRite, and I heat embossed it in silver.  White would also have looked great.  Do you have any weddings coming up?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon!

 

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