Monday, July 31, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Nine

Welcome to Part Nine of my latest 6x6 series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
When I came across this sketch from Sketch Saturday, I was wasn't quite sure if I liked it or not. But sometimes sketches that don't first appeal to me, turn out to be really fun. I decided to flip the sketch on it's side so I could use a horizontal sentiment and image off to the side.






I made a total of 4 cards using this sketch.


Ice cream die cut - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Flower stamp - Lawn Fawn
Sentiment die cut - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Embossing folder - Darice
Ink - Lawn Fawn

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Sketch Saturday.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Eight

Welcome to Part Eight of my latest 6x6 series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
Has anyone else ever noticed that most paper collections do not include purple very often? Now I will admit, I prefer pink, always. But I don't make cards to give to myself. I make cards to give to others. And I know so many people who love the color purple. It was nice to have a mix of pink and purple in this collection.





I made 2 cards using this sketch.


Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Stitched cloud die cut - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Glitter pen - Wink of Stella

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Mojo Monday.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Seven

Welcome to Part Seven of my latest 6x6 series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
While most of the patterns in the collection are full of rainbows and unicorns, there is one design that definitely felt more like birthday or celebration paper. I decided to make some girly birthday cards with it and combined it only with solid cardstock.



I made 4 cards using this sketch.


Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched rounded square and rectangle die cuts - My Favorite Things
Stitched background die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Small circle punch - McGill
Ink - Lawn Fawn

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Mojo Monday.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paper Scoring tools

A question I have been asked quite often is what do I use to score my card bases. It depends on what style card I am making. When I'm using a hot dog fold card, cards folded on the short side, I use a Scor-Buddy and bone folder. I score the paper at 5 1/2", fold it in half, then use the bone folder to add a nice crease.


I use something quite different for hamburger fold cards, which are cards folded on the longer side. For several years, I donated cards to a non-profit organization. Their preferred cards were hamburger fold cards. I made A LOT of cards every year for this organization, so I would buy a full case of heavy weight quality card stock from a local paper store. (I use Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight paper.) I would have the paper store cut the entire case in half for card bases, which saved me so much time. My little Scor-Buddy just wasn't enough to handle the large quantity of cards I made. 

So I searched the internet for a more efficient tool. This is what I bought. It is a manual paper creasing/scoring machine.


I made a quick video on my YouTube channel to show how it works.


Yes, it is HUGE! And a little pricey. I realize this isn't the appropriate tool for everyone. But I've had mine for several years now and still just love it. I use it every week. Prepping all the card bases for my 6x6 videos takes me only minutes. I don't remember where I bought it, but I've included a few links to similar machines I found.


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Here are a few links to similar paper creasing machines.

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Six

Welcome to Part Six of my latest 6x6 series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
The colors in this collection are bright and cheery, as with most Doodlebug papers. I love all the whimsical designs and tried to make sure to chose sketches that really showcased the patterns.




I made 4 cards using this sketch.


Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Banner die cut - My Favorite Things

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Mojo Monday.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Five

Welcome to Part Five of my latest 6x6 series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
I recently purchased the Blueprints #31 die cut set by MFT from someone selling off their crafty supplies. (Gasp!!!) I can't even image wanting to get rid of my crafty stuff. But it was a great deal I just couldn't pass up. I only own a couple of the Blueprints sets, but they are super easy to use. If using card sketches is challenging, I would recommend looking into a few of the sets. It makes card assembly so simple since the die cut pieces are designed to go together.







Die-namics Blueprints #31 - My Favorite Things
Castle and butterfly stamps - My Favorite Things
Unicorn stamp - Lawn Fawn
Sentiment stamps - My Favorite Things and Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh
Glitter pen - Wink of Stella

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Four

Welcome to Part Four of my latest 6x6 series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
I decided to use more of the fun cut outs that were included in the paper pad. This time I searched my card sketches for one that would be perfect for the horizontal 3" x 2" cut outs.





I made 3 cards using this sketch.


Sentiment/image cut outs - Doodlebug Design's Fairy Tales collection
Fairy stamp - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Glitter pen - Wink of Stella

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Three

Welcome to Part Three of my latest 6x6 Series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
Some 6x6 paper pad include cut out images and sentiments. Most of the Doodlebug collections do. I rarely ever use them since I have so many stamps. But I just loved the fun cut outs in this collection, so I made sure to use some of them this time. I searched through my card sketches to find the perfect sketch to use some of the vertical 2" x 3" cut outs. 





I made 3 cards using this sketch.


Image cut outs - Doodlebug Design - Fairy Tales collection
Brads - from stash

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Reverse Confetti.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of my latest 6x6 series. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards.
Besides all the pink, my favorite part of this collection were all the fun rainbow unicorns. Perfect opportunity to pull out my unicorn stamp sets, even if I only own 2. (But that's only because my little girl is a bigger fan of giraffes.)
When I first saw this sketch from My Favorite Things, I knew I would be using it. I just love all the different elements on it. So fun! 




I made 2 cards using this sketch.


Unicorn stamp - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Glitter pen - Wink of Stella

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Doodlebug's Fairy Tales collection - Part One

I did it again. I couldn't resist buying more darling Doodlebug Design 6x6 paper pads. And this one is just sooooo cute and girly! After using a patriotic and then a Christmas 6x6 paper pad, I was ready to make some PINK cards again. I'm using the Fairy Tales collection and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial. Since I have been working on this paper pad for about a month, I did not record my card making process this time. But I will be sharing all of the cards I made in a series of blog posts.



Girly cards just need a little bit of sparkle, so I used a glitter pen from Wink of Stella.


I made a total of 2 cards using this sketch.


Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Glitter pen - Wink of Stella

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*Card sketch image used with permission from Freshly Made Sketches.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cards in Envy - Baby Blue or Pretty Pink

Welcome to the second card challenge of July for Cards in Envy. The theme is Baby Blue or Pretty Pink. I make pink cards all the time, so I thought I'd use blue instead for my card.



Paper - Lawn Fawn's Watercolor Wishes collection
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Elephant die cuts - My Favorite Things
Stitched frame die cut - My Favorite Things
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.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Doodlebug's Here Comes Santa Claus 6x6 cards

Welcome to my Christmas in July 6x6 Series.
It's never too early to get started on Christmas cards. I tend to forget about it until the beginning of November. Then I'm trying to rush to get them all done and ready to mail. Not this year. I decided to use the Here Comes Santa Claus collection from Doodlebug Design and my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial to make cards. It feels great to already have a nice stack of Christmas cards done. Especially in July!

I made a total of 43 cards using one 6x6 paper pad.


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 5 1/2 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cut time. I also created separate videos for each sketch used. Go HERE to see the first video in the series.


In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 37 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" 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 Here Comes Santa Claus 6x6 paper pad. 




Stamp - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Brads - from stash



Sketch - Mojo Monday #499
Stamp - Lawn Fawn
Stitched oval die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Brads - from stash



Stamp - Lawn Fawn
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Ink - Lawn Fawn



Quilt die cut - My Favorite Things
Stamp - Mama Elephant
Stitched circle die cut - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Lawn Fawn




Sketch - Mojo Monday #492
Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Banner die cut - American Crafts
Ink - Lawn Fawn



Stamp - My Favorite Things
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Sequins - from stash




Stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched background die cut - Lil Inker Design
Snowflake die cut - Lawn Fawn
Ink - Lawn Fawn




Sketch - Mojo Monday #427
Stamp - Hero Arts
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Bow die cut - 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
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.