Monday, January 15, 2018

Cards in Envy - Tuxedo (Black & White Cards)

Hello and welcome to the second card challenge of January for Cards in Envy. The theme is Tuxedo. It's a color challenge using Black & White.

I decided to pull out my favorite quilt die from MFT and made a trio of cards. I never tire from using this die. 




Paper - My Mind's Eye - Meadow Lark collection
Quilt die cut - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die cut - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Reverse Confetti

Be sure to check out the rest of the Cards in Envy design team's cards. I'd love for you to play along with our card challenge. Just remember to keep your card fairly flat so it fits nicely in an envelope.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

We Just Click - Lawn Fawn card pop-up

I had so much fun using the Lawn Fawn card pop up die that I decided to try another one. Since I'm a huge shutterbug, I wanted to include some pink cameras. (I wish my camera was pink!) The Photo Lady stamp set from Ellen Hutson has several small camera images and fun photo sentiments. I colored all of the cameras pink and attached them to the pop-up using acetate.
The Lawn Fawn die set includes several banners that could be used for the background. Instead of hanging banners, I thought it would be fun to hang pictures of my family. I used the picture frame stamp from Ellen Hutson, then trimmed out the tiny pictures of my family. How perfect that one of my family Christmas card photos was the perfect size to fit in the tiny frames. So fun! I have this card on display in my craft room.



Scalloped box card pop-up die - Lawn Fawn
Camera and sentiment stamps - Ellen Hutson
Paper - Bella Blvd. - Snapshots collection
Scallop border die - MFT
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pink & Main's Frosty collection - 36 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

Hello and welcome to my first 6x6 tutorial for 2018. I decided to use the Frosty collection from Pink & Main. One thing I love about their papers is the clean, graphic style designs. The majority of the paper pad could easily be used for any occasion, not just winter cards.

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 36 cards.


I recorded my entire process of disappearing the 6x6 paper pad. The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was around 4 1/2 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.


In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 12 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 9 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. 


Here are the pictures of the cards I made, including sketches and measurements. Operation Write Home sketches are the only ones that already provide measurements. For all the other sketches, I simply figure the measurements out on my own, for what works for me. All of my cards are A2 size. Go HERE to see my video explaining how I determine card sketch measurements. All cards are made using Pink & Main's Frosty 6x6 paper pad.



Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Snowflake die - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Banner die - American Crafts
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Small circle dies - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti





Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Snowflake dies - Lawn Fawn
Stitched mod square die - My Favorite Things
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die - Lil Inker Designs
Circle and scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
Banner die - American Crafts
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Embossed cardstock - Bazzill
Sentiment stamp - Honey Bee Stamps
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Small scalloped circle die - My Favorite Things
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Embossed cardstock - Bazzill
Sentiment stamps - Reverse Confetti
Banner die - American Crafts
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Embossed cardstock - Bazzill
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched rectangle die - My Favorite Things
Stitched circle die - Lil Inker Designs
Scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
Small circle die - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti


Some of my favorite and commonly used crafting tools:
Tonic Studios guillotine paper trimmer
Scotch ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) glue gun
Sizzix BIGkick die cut machine
Scor-Tape
We R Memory Keepers brad setter and piercing tool
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Scotch Mounting Tape 3/4"
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive liquid glue
MISTI stamping tool
Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight paper for card bases
Tombow Xtreme Tabs

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*All card sketch images used with permission.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lawn Fawn - Scalloped box card pop-up

I bought the Lawn Fawn scalloped box die when it was first released and never used it. But after making a shadow box card, I decided I could figure out how to use the scalloped box die. It was actually pretty easy. And I love how the whole thing folds to fit into an A2 size envelope. (Although this particular card didn't quite fit due to the kite sticking out.)



Scalloped box card pop up die - Lawn Fawn
Paper - Lawn Fawn - Daphne's Closet collection
Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Grass die - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic

Here's what the card looks like when it's closed.



Here's a picture of all the pieces included in the Scalloped box card die set.


My 8-year old daughter wanted to try the die too. And I'll admit, she caught on much quicker than I did. (Of course, she included lots of giraffes since she loves giraffes.)


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lawn Fawn Shadow box card - Giraffe party

My daughter recently turned 8 years old. My sweet baby girl is growing up so quickly. She has such a joyful spirit and I am so grateful to be her mama. She's my little crafty buddy and we share a craft room. Since she just loves giraffes, I decided to borrow a friend's Lawn Fawn shadow box die and make her a little giraffe party. The die is definitely fun, but I'll admit this card took me a couple hours to make. Now that I have it figured out, it will be much easier next time.



Shadow box die - Lawn Fawn
Stamps - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti
Paper - Carta Bella - True Friends collection
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Always Under Pressure

January is Glaucoma Awareness month. It's probably a disease many people don't think about very often. But did you know that over 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma? It's called the "sneak thief of sight" because there are no symptoms and once the vision is lost, it's gone for good. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. While there is currently no cure, vision loss can be slowed or prevented with early detection.

I was diagnosed with glaucoma in my late 30's. I'm so grateful for medical advancements that made it possible to detect the disease in the early stages. And perhaps, in my lifetime a cure will be found.

I share this with you as a reminder to get your eyes checked every year. It's a simple and pain-free test. And it just may save your sight.


Sketch - MFT #366
Grey polka dot paper - Cleaver Handmade - Heidi Kress
Sentiment - Custom-made
Stitched banner die - My Favorite Things
Stitched mod square die - My Favorite Things
Ribbon die - Paper Smooches
Circle dies for eye - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Lawn Fawn
White gel pen - Signo


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Cards in Envy - Winter Chills

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and joy-filled holiday season.

Welcome to the first card challenge of 2018 for Cards in Envy! The theme is Winter Chills. We want to see cards with winter-related items. Snow, ice, mittens, hats, snowmen, snowbirds, etc.


Paper - Lawn Fawn - Snow Day collection
Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Snowflake die - Lawn Fawn
Stitched hill die - Lawn Fawn
Embossing folder - Stampin Up
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn


Be sure to check out the rest of the Cards in Envy design team's cards. I'd love for you to play along with our card challenge. Just remember to keep your card fairly flat so it fits nicely in an envelope.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!