Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top Ten of 2017

I can't believe we are saying goodbye to another year. Even my kids felt like the year flew by quickly.

 Thank you to all my followers for a wonderful 2017 year. I appreciate all the encouragement and kind words. I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018.

 It was a busy card making year for me, especially with recording a lot of videos. (Mostly 6x6 videos.) I decided to put together a slide show featuring my cards made in 2017.  You can watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.


I also thought it'd be fun to look back at my ten most viewed blog posts of 2017. I guess it's no surprise that almost all of them are 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial posts.

 I'm looking forward to another awesome year of card-making.

#10 Blog Post of 2017

#9 Blog Post of 2017

#8 Blog Post of 2017

#7 Blog Post of 2017

#6 Blog Post of 2017

#5 Blog Post of 2017

#4 Blog Post of 2017

#3 Blog Post of 2017

#2 Blog Post of 2017

#1 Blog Post of 2017

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Echo Park's A Perfect Winter - 33 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

Now that Christmas is over, it's time to focus on some non-holiday cards. Since winter recently started here in the United States, I thought I'd make some wintery cards. I'm using Echo Park's A Perfect Winter collection. The colors and designs are just lovely. There are lots of snowflakes and flowers with a few wood grain designs.

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 33 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 3 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 Echo Park's A Perfect Winter 6x6 paper pad.



Snowman and sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti






Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die - Lil Inker Designs
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Small circle punch - McGill
Ink - Reverse Confetti





Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle dies - Lawn Fawn
Circle die - Spellbinders
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Snowmen stamps - Hero Arts and Reverse Confetti
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched rounded square die - My Favorite Things
Small circle die - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti





Snowmen image - Hero Arts
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Circle punch - McGill
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti




Snowmen and sentiment stamps - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti



Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Scallop circle and circle die - Spellbinders
Twine - The Twinery
Ink - Reverse Confetti



Squared off cover panel confetti cuts - Reverse Confetti
Snowman image - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment die - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Bling - Kaisercraft

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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Echo Park's A Perfect Winter - Part Eight

Welcome to Part Eight of my newest 6x6 Series. I'm using Echo Park's A Perfect Winter collection to make cards using my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial

Although, it does require a little extra work, I just love using this die from Reverse Confetti at the very end of my 6x6 tutorial. There are so few scraps afterward and the cards are fun. 


I made 2 cards using this die.

Squared off cover panel confetti cuts - Reverse Confetti
Snowman image - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment die - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Bling - Kaisercraft


Echo Park's A Perfect Winter - Part Seven

Welcome to Part Seven of my newest 6x6 Series. I'm using Echo Park's A Perfect Winter collection to make cards using my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial

As I get closer to finishing off a paper pad, I usually have quite a few smaller scraps left. Sketches that feature several small squares are always great to use. This older sketch from Mojo Monday is a perfect sketch, since you can feature up to 12 different paper designs on one card.


I made 2 cards using this sketch.


Sketch - Mojo Monday #238
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Scallop circle and circle die - Spellbinders
Twine - The Twinery
Ink - Reverse Confetti

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Mojo Monday.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Echo Park's A Perfect Winter - Part Six

Welcome to Part Six of my newest 6x6 Series. I'm using Echo Park's A Perfect Winter collection to make cards using my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial

This is another great sketch for using up those leftover 2" strips. I also seem to end up with a bunch as I work my way through a 6x6 paper pad. I plan on using this set of cards as thank you cards for the lovely Christmas gifts I received this year.



I made 4 cards using this sketch.


Snowmen and sentiment stamps - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Echo Park's A Perfect Winter - Part Five

Welcome to Part Five of my newest 6x6 Series. I'm using Echo Park's A Perfect Winter collection to make cards using my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial

This sketch from Operation Write Home is perfect for combining two different pattern papers and adding some lovely layers. I offset the sentiment so I could also include the sweet snowman image. Even though all three cards use the same sketch, I think they all have a very different look.




I made 5 cards using this sketch.


Snowmen image - Hero Arts
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Circle punch - McGill
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Echo Park's A Perfect Winter - Part Four

Welcome to Part Four of my newest 6x6 Series. I'm using Echo Park's A Perfect Winter collection to make cards using my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial

I've used this fun sketch from MFT a few times and I still just love it. My snowmen were too large to fit inside the rounded square element. So I decided to have them stand on the sentiment banner instead. 



I made a total of 4 cards using this sketch.


Snowmen stamps - Hero Arts and Reverse Confetti
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched rounded square die - My Favorite Things
Small circle die - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti

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