Friday, October 31, 2014

Spooky Halloween

Happy Halloween to everyone!


paper - Doodlebug - Halloween Parade
ghost/Spooky die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
border die cut - Paper Smooches
brads - The Paper Studio
Glossy Accents

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Monday, October 27, 2014

OWH sketch #241 card challenge


sketch - OWH #241
paper - Lawn Fawn - Sweater Weather
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
die cut sentiment - Lawn Fawn
stitched circle die cut - Lawn Fawn
circle die cut - Spellbinders
stitching die - Paper Smooches
twine - The Twinery
pearl pen - Viva Decor

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Snowflake birthday


paper - Carta Bella - Winter Fun
stamp - Hero Arts
snowflake die cut - Lawn Fawn
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
twine - unknown
bling - from stash
ink - Versafine

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OWH sketch #238 card challenge

The Christmas deadline for Operation Write Home cards has now passed. Since I'm local to OWH headquarters, I'm able to just bring my cards over, rather than ship them. I made 4 of these after Sandy requested just a few more Christmas cards from everyone since she was just a little low on them.


sketch - OWH sketch #238
paper - Echo Park - Christmas This & That 
stamp - Stampin Up
border punch - Paper Smooches
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
punches - Stampin Up
Twine - unknown
ink - Versafine

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Monday, October 13, 2014

6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial - Revisited

It's been two years since my 6x6 paper pad tutorial was posted on Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog. I thought it would be fun to redo the tutorial with a little bit more detail, since I now have my own blog.

I absolutely love using 6x6 paper pads to make cards. When I first started using them, I would have lots of little paper scraps from the unfinished pads and couldn't find a good way to store them. Plus, it just drove me a little crazy to have all those little scraps. So, I decided rather than find a way to store the scraps, I would just use up the entire 6x6 before starting another one. I shared pictures of the entire lot of cards from one 6x6 with other card makers and was soon asked to write a tutorial on my card making method. My overall goal isn't to make as many cards as possible. I just continue making cards until the paper is gone. I average between 20-30 cards for a 24-sheet 6x6 paper pad.

Kristie's 6x6 paper pad tutorial

I first select a 6x6 paper pad. I'm using Doodlebug's Friendly Forest. I prefer the ones that are double sided, since there's generally more pattern paper variety. Then, I gather coordinating cardstock. Usually I use one color to do all the matting, and the other colors will be used for some of the background papers. Next, it's time to pick a card sketch to use. Sometimes I will make several cards using the same sketch, but not always. The first sketch I chose is My Favorite Things Sketch #193.


I like to pull out the papers so I can see all the different patterns.


Here are the four cards I created using the My Favorite Things sketch #193. Most sketch sites don't list measurements on their sketches, so I figure them out on my own.



The next sketch I chose to use is OWH sketch #239. Operation Write Home sketches are great because they already have the measurements listed on them.


And here are the four cards I created from the OWH sketch #239.


The next sketch I chose is Mojo Monday sketch #353. Again, I just figured out the measurements on my own.


Here are the four cards I made using Mojo Monday sketch #353. I love using a variety of different pattern papers together on a card. This is easy to do when using 6x6's since the papers generally all coordinate together. 



I still had quite a few full sheets left, so I chose to use the Deconstructed sketch #111 next. Although this sketch is a square sketch, I just changed it to work for an A2 card. 


Here are the four cards I made using the Deconstructed sketch #111. Since I make most of my cards to donate to Operation Write Home, I don't use thick embellishments. In fact, most of my embellishments are made from paper using die cuts.



Since now, there are fewer full sheets left, and lots of scraps, I looked for a sketch using some smaller pieces. Here I chose Reverse Confetti sketch #15. Once again, I came up with measurements.


Here are the four cards I made using Reverse Confetti sketch #15. I enjoyed using some of the scraps to paper piece the sweet Lawn Fawn deer and chipmunk. 



Next I chose OWH sketch #123. (My absolute favorite sketch.)


Another four cards completed using OWH sketch #123. 


With no full sheets left, I looked for a sketch that would be perfect for just smaller scraps. I selected OWH sketch #154 since it uses lots of small squares.


This time I made five cards using OWH sketch #154. Since the background papers were all solid cardstock, I embossed them to add some extra texture.


While I was making the previous square cards, I also made this final square card using Mojo Monday sketch #238. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the scraps before this card.) This sketch works so well to finish off lots of those small scraps. The final scraps have been donated to my 4-year old daughter since I don't really like to use any scraps smaller than 1 1/4". 



And here are all of the completed cards. I made a total of 30 cards.


I hope you enjoyed my 6x6 paper pad tutorial and that it inspires you to use those cute 6x6's you may have been collecting. 

Here are closeups of all of the cards and products used for each one. Paper for all cards is Doodlebug's Friendly Forest 6x6 paper.


Sketch - My Favorite Things #193, flower die cuts - Lil Inker Designs, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, stamp - Reverse Confetti, twine - Divine Twine, ink - Memento


Sketch - My Favorite Things #193, leaf die cuts - Lawn Fawn, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, stamp - Reverse Confetti, twine - Divine Twine, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #239, stamps - Lil Inker Designs, puzzle die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - Paper Smooches, oval die cuts - Spellbinders, brads - from stash, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #239, stamp - Paper Smooches, border punch - EK, oval die cuts - Spellbinders, brads - from stash, ink - Memento


Sketch - Mojo Monday #353, stamps - Reverse Confetti, flower die cut - Reverse Confetti, embossing folder - Cuttlebug, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - Lawn Fawn, markers - Copic, ink - Memento


Sketch - Mojo Monday #353, stamp - Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp, flower die cut - Reverse Confetti, border die cut - Paper Smooches, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, ink - Versafine


Sketch - Deconstructed #111, stamp - Paper Smooches, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, button die cut - Memory Box, ink - Memento, embroidery floss


Sketch - Deconstructed #111, stamp - Paper Smooches, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, button die cut - Memory Box, ink - Memento, embroidery floss


Sketch - Reverse Confetti #15, stamps - Lawn Fawn, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - My Favorite Things, embossing folder - Darice, marker - Copic, ink - Memento


Sketch - Reverse Confetti #15, stamps - Lawn Fawn, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - My Favorite Things, embossing folder - Darice, marker - Copic, ink - Memento


Sketch - Reverse Confetti #15, stamp - The Stamps of Life, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, star die cuts - Lil Inker Designs, border punch - Martha Stewart, embossing folder - Lifestyle Crafts, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #123, stamp - Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp, star die cut - Lil Inker Designs, embossing folder - Design Objectives Ltd., ink - Tim Holtz distress and Memento


Sketch - OWH #123, stamp - Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp, star die cut - Lil Inker Designs, brads - Recollections, ink - Tim Holtz distress and Memento


Sketch - OWH #123, stamp - Mama Elephant, flower die cut - Reverse Confetti, embossing folder - Cuttlebug, ink - Versafine


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - Mojo Monday #238, stamp - Paper Smooches, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, twine - The Twinery, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day 2014


Happy World Card Making Day to everyone! I've joined in on Operation Write Home's card making party along with lots of others talented crafters. Go HERE to get some inspiration. The theme for this year, is to make a Love card but still follow the OWH guidelines. (The guidelines are there for the safety of our heroes.) Also, go HERE to see the current needs for OWH.

Now onto my Love card. I decided to make a gender neutral card, since OWH doesn't receive very many masculine cards.


paper - Carta Bella - Rough & Tumble
stamp - Lil Inker Designs
puzzle die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
heart die cut - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
stitched die cut - Paper Smooches
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
pearl pen - Viva Decor
ink - Versafine

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

OWH Sketch #240 card challenge


Sketch - OWH sketch #240
paper - Teresa Collins - You are My Happy
stamp - Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp
twine - from stash
Versafine ink

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