Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Echo Park's Magic and Wonder 6x6 cards

I decided to challenge myself to use only one sketch for the entire 6x6 paper pad. The 6x6 collection is called Magic and Wonder and it's by Echo Park. It has a great mix of tone on tone and pattern paper designs. The colors are bright and cheerful and work well for either male or females.
I donate most of my cards to a variety of different local places. For this set of cards, I wrote uplifting messages inside each of them and took them to a local retirement home. The cards will be given to the residents with the sole purpose of simply putting a smile on someone's face. I believe even a small act of kindness can make a big difference.

I made a total of 34 cards using one 6x6 paper pad.


I recorded my entire process of disappearing the 6x6 paper pad. The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was just over 3 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cut time. 


In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 31 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" solid colored cardstock. Here are all the leftover scraps.


I wanted to use a sketch that had some different elements to it, so I chose sketch #184 from Operation Write Home. It looked like the perfect sketch that wouldn't leave me with lots of leftover scraps. 

Here are the close up pictures of the cards I made, including the sketch, with measurements. All cards are made using Echo Park's Magic and Wonder 6x6 paper pad.










Stamp - Honey Bee Stamps
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Epoxy stickers - Recollections

At this point, I had already made 32 cards and only had a small pile of scraps leftover. I could have easily tossed the scraps into the recycle bin. But I decided to pull out my goto sketch for finishing off a paper pad, #154 from Operation Write Home. I may not have met my challenge of only using one sketch, but I was really close. I made 2 last cards using this sketch.



Stamp - Technique Tuesday
Embossing folder - Darice
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Twine - Darice
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
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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Monday, August 21, 2017

Cards in Envy - Penny for Your Thoughts

Welcome to the second card challenge of August for Cards in Envy. The theme is 'Penny for Your THOUGHTS'. Include a speech or thought bubble on your card.

I used the fun Cookie Crumbs stamp and die set from MFT. Cookies have thoughts, right?


Paper - Lawn Fawn - Watercolor wishes collection
Stamps - My Favorite Things
Cookie and Milk die cuts - My Favorite Things
Stitched thought bubble - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched rectangle die cut - My Favorite Things
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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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sketch Saturday #477 card challenge

My family spent last week playing at the beach in Oregon. The weather was beautiful and the kids played outside every evening til the sun set. Some evenings ended with a friendly sword fight. (Foam swords, of course.)


It felt great to get a little bit of crafty time today. I decided to try the newest sketch from Sketch Saturday and the Wild About You stamp set from My Favorite Things. (My daughter couldn't believe I didn't use the giraffe for my card.)





Paper  - Reverse Confetti - True Love collection
Stamps - My Favorite Things
Stitched hill die cut - Lawn Fawn
Star die cuts - Lawn Fawn and Avery Elle
Small circle die cut - Avery Elle
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Glossy Accents

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Sketch Saturday.

Friday, August 18, 2017

MFT's - You're A-maze-ing

I made another simple Random Act of Kindness card. I will be adding an uplifting message inside before mailing it to someone in hopes of putting a smile on their face.




Paper - Reverse Confetti - True Love collection
Stamps - My Favorite Things
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Star die cuts - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Glossy Accents


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You're A-maze-ing!

When I first saw the fun A-maze-ing stamp set from My Favorite Things, I knew it would be perfect for making Random Act of Kindness cards. I love the pink with the thicker black matting. I kept the card fairly simply, but added a touch of Glossy Accents to the stars for a little sparkle.




Paper - Reverse Confetti - True Love collection
Stamps - My Favorite Things
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Star die cuts - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Glossy Accents


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Reverse Confetti sketch #51

Pink dinosaurs were a thing, right? Even if they weren't, it was fun coloring the Reverse Confetti dino a pretty pink color. I also use the True Love 6x6 paper pad from Reverse Confetti and their latest card sketch. I think this will be a sketch that I will use quite often.




Card sketch - Reverse Confetti #51
Paper - Reverse Confetti - True Love collection
Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Circle die cuts - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Glossy Accents


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*Card sketch image used with permission from Reverse Confetti.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Doodlebug's Dragon Tails 6x6 cards

I have been super busy making cards out of 6x6 paper pads lately. Unfortunately, I haven't even made a dent in my 6x6 collection. It would probably help if I quit buying new ones. But it's just impossible for me to resist the darling Doodlebug Design collections. I recently finished the Fairy Tales 6x6 paper pad. (You can see the cards I made HERE.) 
Naturally, I had to use the Dragon Tails collection next. It is just as darling and full of dragons, castles and knights. When my son was little, his room was decorated with all kinds of cute dragons and a castle playhouse. The paper collection reminds me of his former room. (He's a teenager now, so cute little dragons are no longer cool.)
Since the Fairy Tales and Dragon Tails collections are kinda similar, unicorns verses dragons, I thought it would be fun to use the same sketches. This was a fun challenge for me. Even using the same sketches, I ended up with very different looking cards. I also made 4 more cards with the Dragon Tails collection.
A total of 38 cards were made using one 6x6 paper pad and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial.


I recorded my entire process of disappearing the 6x6 paper pad. The video is sped up 8 times since the full recording time was around 6 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cut time.


In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 7 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 17 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. Here are all the leftover scraps.


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 Doodlebug Design's Dragon Tails 6x6 paper pad.




Dragon stamp - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn




Dragon Stamp - My Favorite Things
Sentiment cut out - Doodlebug Design - Dragon Tails collection
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn





Image cut outs - Doodlebug Design - Dragon Tails collection
Embossing folder - Sheena Douglass
Brads - from stash





Image cut outs - Doodlebug Design - Dragon Tails collection
Dragon stamp - My Favorite Things
Knight stamp - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn




Die-namics Blueprints #31 - My Favorite Things
Stamped images and sentiments - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti




Dragon and smoke stamps - My Favorite Things
Sentiment cut out - Doodlebug Design - Dragon Tails collection
Banner die cut - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn



Stitched background die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched square die cut - My Favorite Things
Ink - Reverse Confetti
Small circle punch - McGill





Image stamps - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - Lawn Fawn
Stitched speech bubble die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched hillside die cut - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti




Dragon stamp - My Favorite Things
Sentiment cut outs - Doodlebug Design - Dragon Tails collection
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Epoxy stickers - Doodlebug Design





Dragon stamps - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamps - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti



Sentiment stamp - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched star die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Ink - Reverse Confetti



Dragon stamp - My Favorite Things
Sentiment cut out - Doodlebug Design - Dragon Tails collection
Stitched star die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Brads - The Eyelet Outlet


Puzzle piece die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Star die cut - Paper Smooches
Stitched border die cut - Avery Elle
Stitched banner die cut - My Favorite Things
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
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.