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Let’s Make a Stack of Cards

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Let’s Make a Stack of Cards with Photoplay Hello, Lovely

Hello, Friends!  Let’s make a stack of cards today with Photoplay Hello, Lovely Collection.  About once a month, I select a “mostly used but still good” paper collection from the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  Then I go to work on creating a stack of 12 simple, but pretty note cards.

This accomplishes two things: I use up a paper collection that’s been languishing in the closet.  And after a couple of hours of work, I have a lovely pile of little notecards ready to go.  Most of these end up as little “extra helpings” in my Etsy shop shipments.  But it’s also very nice to have a blank card at your fingertips when you need to write a quick note.

Sound like fun?  It is!  Let’s dig in , shall we?

Photoplay Hello, Lovely

Today’s pick for Let’s Make a Stack is this pretty paper collection from PhotoPlay.  I love the color palette, the patterns are right up my alley, and the sentiment stamps are wonderful.  But I have to be honest with you.  I really don’t care for most of the 3×4 focal images that come in the collection.  Does that ever happen to you?

To remedy this situation, I decided to die cut some of my patterned paper with Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals Die.  Then I just added one of my stamped and inked sentiments as the focal image.

Entwined Wreath on the Assembly Line

To save time, I decided to stamp the same sentiment over and over instead of using a bunch of different sentiments.  After all, the point of this particular crafty adventure is to make as many cards as possible in the least amount of time.  Repetition saves time.

I also die cut several of the Crafter’s Companion Entwined Wreaths.  Adding a circular element like a wreath to a square card softens all those square corners and adds a lovely, feminine touch to the composition.

I did use 4 of the 3×4 sentiments that I liked.  Then I dressed everything up with white burlap string bows, sequins and Pastel Sweetheart Blossoms.  I really like the way the cards came out, and I hope you will enjoy watching them come together in today’s video tutorial.

Let’s Make a Stack of Cards Video Tutorial on YouTube

Ready to get your craft on?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial:

 

I hope I shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Pretty Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial

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Pretty Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have this Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial to share with you.  I was in a purple mood, so I went digging in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight looking for royal hued goodies.  My eye fell upon Prima Lavender (2017) and the plan for this card began to form in my mind’s eye.

Since I had a healthy pile of scraps to work with, I decided that this would be one of my “use your scraps” creations.  This means I limit myself to paper that has already cut and used in a previous project.  It’s always an adventure to see what is available in those stacks of pretty paper scraps, isn’t it?

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The pretty purple posies are a gift from my friend Becky In Montana.  And the pretty wreath is cut with a new die from Crafters Companion.  It’s called Entwined Wreath, and I just love it!  Cut two layers for maximum impact.  Then put foam tabs between the layers to really make i stand out.

A Peek Inside

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By the time I was done finishing the inside of this card, I used up a nice pile of scrap papers.  That always makes me feel so good!

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Add a flap and pocket to the top of the card.  Then tuck in a journal card.  You can add a photo, or just write a nice note here.

And, of course, there is a little treat pocket!  This one holds a gift wrapped tea bag, chocolate, and a bookmark along with another little journal card.   I’ll show you how to make the the little tea wallet and chocolate wallet in the video tutorial below.

Pretty Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create elements for this card, please join me on my YouTube channel.

 

Do you feel like digging out something beautiful from your Closet of Inspiration and Delight?  Then I’ve done my job here today!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial

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Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial.  We’re going to have such a fun crafty adventure with these Spellbinders stamps, dies and 3D Embossing Folder. We’ll also pull out some pretty Photoplay papers from the Closet of Inspiration of Delight.   So grab your mixed media boots out of the closet, brew a cuppa and let’s make a whole stack of sweet Valentine’s Day cards together!

Two Hearts as One 3D Embossing Folder

First, we’ll create some lovely mixed media backgrounds using the Two Hearts as One 3D Embossing Folder.  You’re going to get to play with paint,  inks and sprays, stamps and dies today as well as some other nifty products.

I’m especially fond of this particular embossing folder because it allows you to create two A2 card fronts at the same time.

Beautiful Blooms Zinnias and Ladybugs

Once we have our embossed backgrounds made, we’ll go to work on stamping and coloring the lovely floral images from the Beautiful Blooms Stamp and Die Bundle.  Stamp 3 sets of zinnias with Distress Oxide Inks, then use a water brush to spread out the color,  It’s such an easy way to color an image.  The sentiments on each card are also from the Beautiful Blooms bundle.

Lilies of the Field
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This card features the lilies stamp.  First, I inked up my stamp with 2 shades of Distress Oxide Ink.  Then I colored in the petals with an ink dauber and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.  Finally, i added the little dots with the end of a watercolor pencil.

Pretty Pink Posies

This cheery little card features the poppy stamp (at least I think these are poppies!) Once again, first I inked up my stems and leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.  Then I inked the petals with Picked Raspberry DO Ink.  Next I die cut the stamped images and spritzed them very lightly with a little water.  This caused the ink to “bleed” just a little and create a water color effect in the center of each flower. Now you are ready to layer the stems with foam tape and add a sentiment.  You gotta love such quick and easy cardmaking!

Mixed Media Metallic Heart

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I saved my favorite card for last.  We’ll create this card together in the video tutorial below.  It’s surprisingly easy to make, but really packs a lovely visual punch.

Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how these cards came together, learn some fun and easy mixed media techniques, and see a homemade envelope demo, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You’ll find linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo

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Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  The blustery weather here in North Carolina inspired me to create this Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo as our Throwback Thursday tutorial today.  I’ll show you how I used the Spellbinders January 2024 Wax Seal of the Month and I’ll share a fun way to use a 3D embossing folder to dress up a die cut teapot.  Sound like fun?

We had a huge storm blow through here yesterday with lashing rain (no joke!) and winds gusts up to 70 mph.  It was a grey, wet, raw day.  But perfect for staying inside and exploring the Closet of Inspiration and Delight!  I have wanted to use this cute Spellbinders teapot die for ages, so I paired it up with Prima Georgia Blue papers and let the crafting adventure begin!

Fun with Wax Seal of the Month

I used this same wax seal on the bee themed card I shared last Thursday.  It’s amazing how different these seals look depending on what wax you use.  If you’d like to see how I added it to my card design, I’ll show you in the video tutorial below.

Dies and Embossing Folders: Made for Eachother!

I’m a sucker for 3D Embossing Folders.  First, they are so easy to use!  Then there’s the added texture they bring to a project.  You really get a lot of bang for your buck, and they are non-consumable.  I broke down this year and signed up for the 3D Embossing Folder of the Month Club at Spellbinders, and I’m excited about adding to my stash of 3D folders.

Here’s how to create this sweet little vintage blue teapot:

  • First, die cut the teapot from designer paper.
  • Mist it lightly with water and run through your die cutting machine using the correct sandwich for  your machine.
  • Next, die cut a second teapot using heavy weight cardstock.  Then glue the two layers together.
  • Now ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink so that it will “pop” off the page.
  • Brush the raised, embossed areas with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide.
  • Then place foam tape on the bottom, the spout, and the handle and adhere to your card.

That’s all there is to it!

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket and a tuck spot inside the card to provide plenty of room for notes and treats.

These teacups were left over from an earlier project, but they make a great little tea wallet, don’t you think?  It’s always fun to find new ways to tuck treats into a project!

Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo Video on YouTube

If you’d like to watch me put this card together and share a little wax seal demo, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel. (Spoiler alert: I show you how to fix  a wax seal when you’ve botched the job.  Not that I botched the job, of course.  No…not at all!)

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Stay warm and cozy, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial

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Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Clear Stamp/Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  For our first Throwback Thursday of 2024, I have a  Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial to share with you.  It’s made with Spellbinders January Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club and Echo Park Bee Happy paper collection.  January can be a bit of a dreary month, so I thought this bright and cheery card might add some sunshine to your day.

One of my goals for 2023 was to work on my stamping and coloring skills.  I did make some progress, but I decided I really wanted to dig in deeper in 2024.  There are so many cute stamped images out there, and now that many of them come with matching dies, it really does make things easier.  So, I signed up for the Spellbinders Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club.  Sometimes you’ve gotta put take drastic action to meet a goal, right?

Bees and Honey!

Since I am a huge fan of bees and the lovely honey that they make, I was thrilled that the January Club kit featured both of these themes.  Instead of coloring the honey jar image, I decided to paper piece it.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, stamp the honey jar image on a scrap of light blue patterned heart paper from the Bee Happy Collection. I used Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, then I immediately heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I did this on each stamped layer.
  • Then stamp the image a 2nd time on a piece of gold cardstock.
  • Next, stamp the image a third time on a scrap of yellow check patterned paper.
  • Now stamp and heat emboss the bees (gold paper) and the flower swag (white cardstock) and heat emboss as well.
  • Die cut all the pieces with the matching dies.
  • Then trim the inside of the gold honey jar just inside the black embossed lines.  Adhere the “honey” layer inside the blue glass jar.
  • Next, trim out the yellow checkered cloth on the top of the jar.  Back with foam tape and adhere over the blue cloth lid to create extra dimension.
  • Color the flowers with watercolor pencils and a water brush.
How to Make a Small Focal Image Stand Out

The honey jar image is fairly small, and I was afraid it would disappear on this 5″ x 7″ card.  So I matted it on a piece of circular ephemera from the paper collection.  Then I located a 4×4 image from the paper collection and placed the image in the center using foam tape to add extra dimension.  Now this cute little honey jar steals the show.

To echo the circular shapes, I created a wax seal with some mixed beads and the Wax Seal of the Month. (Yep…I joined that club, too.  The wax seals are just so much fun to make!)

A Peek Inside

Doesn’t this paper make you feel happy all over?  You’ll see how I put the inside of this card together in the video tutorial below.

It’s always fun to put a hidden message behind a flip element, isn’t it?

And if you make a honey themed card, you are more or less obligated to add a pocket….

…then fill it with a tea bag and some honey crystals.

Just Bee-Cause Paper Pieced Stamped Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this cheery card come together, I hope you’ll enjoy the tutorial on my YouTube channel.

 

Did you have fun today?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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