Monday, April 24, 2017

Sketch Saturday #460 card challenge

After Operation Write Home closed, I had planned on entering more card challenges. But, life just got in the way. I also started making more 6x6 videos since I had more card-making time. I'd still like to participate in card challenges, so I'm going to try at least one a week. 

For my card today, I'm using a new sketch from Sketch Saturday. It was designed as a square sketch, so I simply changed it to an A2 size instead.

Paper - Pink Paislee - Prairie Hill collection
Stamps - My Favorite Things
Heart die cuts - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Sketch Saturday.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Favorite Things sketch #324

While I've been busy planning and prepping for a couple more 6x6 videos, I wanted to try out a few sketches I haven't used before. This one is from My Favorite Things and is perfect for adding a sweet image. Like this darling Reverse Confetti unicorn. 

Sketch - My Favorite Things #324
Paper - Doodlebug - Kraft in Color collection
Unicorn stamp - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched die cuts - My Favorite Things
Banner die cut - Paper Smooches
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Glossy Accents
Wink of Stella glitter pen

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*Card sketch image used with permission from My Favorite Things.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Original 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial

For several years, I donated cards to the non-profit organization Operation Write Home. The organization is now closed, but used to provide blank handmade cards to deployed US service members so they would have cards to write home to their family and friends. Sometimes, the organization would need a large quantity of cards, quickly. It was around this time, I started making cards using 6x6 paper pads. I would use a couple of sketches and completely finish the paper pad. I then started sharing the pictures of the cards on the organization's Facebook page.

This is the very first picture I ever shared of my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial. It was in June 2012.

So many people loved the pictures and wanted to know how I did it. Before long, I was asked by Operation Write Home to share my process and write a tutorial for them. So, in August of 2012, my tutorial was published on the Operation Write Home blog. Since the closure of the organization, some of the blog post links no longer work. I still have all of the information, so I decided to share my original tutorial on my own blog. At the time, I was not listing the sketch measurements or products used. Over the years, I now know people enjoy having that information.

Kristie Marcotte's original 6x6 tutorial 
Published August 2012

How to utilize the entire 6x6 paper pad when making cards

 I was first introduced to using the mini 6x6 paper pads for card making by friends in my monthly craft group. Now I make most of my cards with the 6x6 pads. I love that the papers all coordinate together and the patterns are a reduced size, which is perfect for card makers. As a card maker, I do have a little quirk or OCD issue, as my hubby lovingly says, in that I HAVE to use up all the patterned paper. I do not like having scraps lying around. The scraps from the 6x6 pads can get quite small. So rather than figure out how to store a partially used paper pad, I decided to just use it all up before moving on to a new one. For me, this works great. Since many people have asked about my card making method, I am here to give one example of how I use the 6x6 pads.

  1. First I selected Carta Bella Beautiful Moments 6x6 paper pad. I prefer using two sided paper pads incase I don’t like some of the designs. I then gathered together matching cardstock. I’m never sure exactly which colors or how many I will use, so I just make sure to have lots of variety on hand. Then I selected one sketch to start with. I absolutely love sketches and am so grateful for all the talented people who provide those. Sometimes I may use almost the entire pad on one sketch, but usually I just make a few cards then move on to another sketch. In this example, I started with The Deconstructed sketch #46.

2. I made 4 cards using the first sketch. Then, I looked at what papers and sizes were left over and selected to work on OWH sketch #123 next.

3. This time I made 6 cards with the sketch. I again looked over my leftover paper and scraps before choosing OWH sketch #127.

4. I made 7 cards with this sketch. Now, I basically had only scraps left, so I chose Mojo Monday sketch #229, since it would work perfectly with long strips of paper.

5. With the scraps I had left, I made 5 cards with this sketch, leaving small pieces of paper. I selected Mojo Monday sketch # 238 for the last few cards since it used lots of small squares in the sketch.

6. The final card count from this paper pad was 24 cards. I average between 20-30 cards total from one 24-sheet paper pad, depending on which sketches are used.

I hope this card tutorial will be beneficial to many card makers out there. Now go grab a 6x6 paper pad and get crafty!

In October 2014, I revisited my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and provided more information, including measurements for all sketches used. Go HERE to see it. 

In December 2014, I recorded my first video version of my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial. It was published on Operation Write Home's YouTube channel. The link is HERE.

The video quickly became popular, so I decided to start my own YouTube channel and published another 6x6 video in June 2015. The link is HERE. I now have several other 6x6 videos, as well.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Cards in Envy - Pretty Pastels

It's time for new card challenge on the Cards in Envy blog. The theme is Pretty Pastels. I noticed I am out of New Baby cards in my stash, so I decided to make a baby boy card.

Paper - Doodlebug - Snips & Snails collection
Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Epoxy stickers - Doodlebug
Ink - Memento

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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*Card sketch image used with permission from Mojo Monday.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hoppy Easter

I made this fun Easter card to send to some of my nephews and niece. I used a simple sketch from Reverse Confetti and added the horizontal stripes.

Paper - Doodlebug - Springtime collection
Stamps - Avery Elle
Background die cut - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Ink - My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Reverse Confetti.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Because Kindness Matters

I'm still sending out Kindness cards to random people. I think it's quite addicting. And hopefully, my cards are putting a smile on the recipient's face. 

Paper - Doodlebug - Kraft in Color collection
Giraffe stamp - Reverse Confetti
Giraffe image die cut - Reverse Confetti
Hedgehog stamp - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - Lil Inker Designs
Sentiment die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento

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Friday, April 7, 2017

He is Risen

I feel like I'm running late on getting my Easter cards made this year. I only give out a few to close family. But with kids out of school for spring break, life gets pretty busy around the house.

The April sketch from Reverse Confetti looked like a fun one to use for an Easter card. After trying out a few different ideas, I ended up with a loose interpretation of the original sketch. But that is what I love so much about using card sketches. Sometimes, they are just the starting point of inspiration, and that's okay.

Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Die cuts - Reverse Confetti
Stencil - Reverse Confetti
Inka-Gold gloss paint - Viva Decor
Ink - Memento
Epoxy bling - from stash

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Reverse Confetti.