Friday, November 25, 2016

Throw Kindness Around Like it's Confetti

I really love making shaker cards, even if I don't do them very often. When I saw this sentiment stamp, I knew it needed to be featured on a shaker card.
And since I've had several requests to make some videos of single cards, I decided to start with a little shaker card tutorial.




Paper - Lawn Fawn - Hello Sunshine collection
Sentiment stamp - Honey Bee Stamps
Image stamps - Reverse Confetti
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento
Confetti - Recollections
Microbeads - Prima
Sticker bling - EK Success

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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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Bit of Kindness

I'm continuing with making more Kindness cards. I really enjoy making them as well as sending them. This background die cut from My Favorite Things works wonderfully to match a few pieces of patterned papers and a sweet little image or two. 



Paper - My Mind's Eye - On the Bright Side collection
Hedgehog stamps - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts
Background die cut - My Favorite Things
Heart die cuts - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Glossy Accents

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Cards in Envy - Thank You card challenge

Welcome to the second card challenge of November over at Cards in Envy. The theme is 'So Thankful'. I personally give thank you cards throughout the year to quite a few people. Receiving a thank you card from someone who has been given a gift is definitely not uncommon. But how about giving someone a thank you card just for being Amazing. Wouldn't it put a smile on your face to receive a card like that?



Stamps - My Favorite Things
Scalloped/stitched die cut - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento
Gold shimmer spray - Heidi Swapp

I'd love to see some of my followers play along with the Cards in Envy card challenge. Just remember to keep your cards fairly flat with no lumpy or bumpy embellishments.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Your Kindness is Appreciated

Showing kindness is such a simple act and can have a huge effect on someone. It doesn't even need to be a big thing. A genuine smile to a complete stranger could brighten their day. I've been sending out quite a few cards with uplifting messages. And I don't always sign my name. I kinda like the mystery of it.
I also try to send out Thank You cards to those who have blessed me. My children both know they need to write a Thank You card whenever they have been given a gift. When I saw this new Thank You stamp set from Reverse Confetti, I knew I would use it quite a bit. 
I also fell in love with their Linked Circle Cover Panel die cut. When I was trying to figure out what papers to use as the background, I kept thinking about rainbow colors. I pulled out a Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper pad and created a soft colored rainbow. This card took me a long time to make since I inlaid all the color pieces into the Linked Circle die. But it was worth it since I think the end results turned out great. 



Paper - Lawn Fawn - Hello Sunshine collection
Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Die cuts - Reverse Confetti
Ink - Memento and Stampin Up
Bling - from stash

I'm entering my card in the Words 2 Craft By card challenge 'Small Hearts, Large Gratitude.' 

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Cards in Envy - Just Pumpkins

Welcome to the first Cards in Envy challenge in November. The theme is 'Just Pumpkins'. Create a card featuring pumpkins.
I really enjoyed playing with some new-to-me Reverse Confetti die cuts and fall Doodlebug paper.


Paper - Doodlebug - Happy Harvest collection
Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Die cuts - Reverse Confetti
Ink - My Favorite Things and Versafine

A Reverse Confetti sketch was the inspiration for my card, although I really wandered away from the main sketch design. That's the great thing about card sketches. You can change it up to fit your card needs.


I hope you have time to play with us over at Cards in Envy. Just remember, cards need to be flat enough to mail, so no thicker than 1/4".


*Card sketch image used with permission from Reverse Confetti.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Reverse Confetti's Very Merry 6x6 Cards

I figured it was time to start another video using my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial. Although, all kinds of technical difficulties popped up when I was ready to start recording. But thanks to my husband, who is very handy with computers, the recording went very smoothly. I've had quite a few requests for another Christmas video, plus I've been needing to get started on my own Christmas cards. 

I decided to try a new brand of 6x6 paper. It's called Very Merry and it's from Reverse Confetti. I've used their stamps and die cuts for quite a while and love the quality. So when Reverse Confetti recently started making 6x6 paper pads, I just had to try one. The paper is a nice heavy weight with clean designs, and vivid colors.

I made a total of 36 Christmas cards using Reverse Confetti's Very Merry 6x6 paper pad.


I used 25 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" solid cardstock. Here are all the leftover scraps from the paper pad.


The video is sped up 9 times. The real time was just under 8 hours; not including die cutting time.



I've included individual card pictures, along with the sketches used 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 Reverse Confetti's Very Merry 6x6 paper pad. 


Sketch - Mojo Monday #431
Stamp - Technique Tuesday
Snowflake die cut - Lawn Fawn
Stitched circle die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
Scalloped circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Scallop die cut - My Favorite Things
Ink - Memento
Bling - Kaisercrafts



Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Circle and scalloped die cuts - Spellbinders
Banner die cut - Paper Smooches
Ink - Memento
Markers - Copic



Stamp - Hero Arts
Tree die cut - Reverse Confetti
Banner die cut - American Crafts
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Ink - Memento




Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Image die cuts - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento




Stamp - Technique Tuesday
Stitched square die cut - My Favorite Things
Snowflake die cut - Lawn Fawn
Small circle die cut - My Favorite Things
Ink - Memento
Glossy Accents



Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Memento and Reverse Confetti
Sequins - from stash
Signo white gel pen





Stamp - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched circle die cut - Lawn Fawn
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Small diamond die cut - Lawn Fawn
Twine - The Twinery
Ink- Memento
Glossy Accents



Stamp - Lawn Fawn
Stitched star die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Embossing folder - Darice
Small banner die cut - American Crafts
Ink - Memento
Brads - Recollections



Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Embossing folder - Sheena Douglass
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento and Versafine


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.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Reverse Confetti's Very Merry - Part Nine

Welcome to the ninth post in my latest 6x6 Series. I'm using Reverse Confetti's 6x6 paper pad to make cards. If you're new to my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial, check it out HERE.

Today's sketch is by Operation Write Home. This is definitely my go-to sketch to finish up a 6x6 paper pad since it features small squares. Perfect for scraps! All Operation Write Home sketches already include measurements for A2 size cards.




I made 10 cards using this sketch.


Paper - Reverse Confetti - Very Merry collection
Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Embossing folder - Sheena Douglass
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento and Versafine

Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog post where I will be sharing the latest video using my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial, as well as the group shot of all the cards I made from Reverse Confetti's Very Merry paper collection.

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

Thanks for visiting my blog today!