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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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Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial

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Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial: February 2024 Tag of the Month

Hello, Friends!  We’re going Steampunk today with a Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial.  This is our February 2024 Tag of the Month feature, and it is a good one!  Even if you are not a fan of Steampunk style, you will want to stick around to learn how to create this fun, interactive tag folio.  It’s one of those designs that you’ll want to make over and over again with lots of different paper collections.

Flips, Flaps and All Kinds of Tags!

If you love, flips, flaps, pockets, pull-outs, and tags, then I think you are in for a treat today.  Our tag folio is made with all 4 sizes of the Graphic 45 Kraft Tags as well as their Policy Envelope and File Folder dies.  This gives us lots and lots of room for creative fun.

Mixed Media Mayhem

Steampunk style calls for metal embellishments and finishes.  I’ve found such an easy way to add that copper patina to an embossed background, and I’ll share the steps with you in the video tutorial.

This design has little surprises tucked in everywhere, my friends.  We’ll do a walk through so you can see them all.

The Flip Side

The back side of this tag features a really fun file folder folio with pull out pages.  The small pocket on the bottom of the tag holds an ATC tag, which keeps the file folder from flapping open.

Here’s a peek inside the file folder.  Open the  little magnetic  flap on the right and see what surprises are waiting within.

How about a simple pop up page?  This is probably the easiest way in the world to make a pop up element.

  • First, cut a 7″ x 2″ strip of designer paper.
  • Next fold it in half at 3 1/2″.
  • Then fold the right hand side toward the middle.
  • Repeat with the left hand side.
  • Now adhere the left and right hand panels as seen in the photo.
  • Dress the panels up with some fussy cut images, and that’s all there is to it!
Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this tag folio, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

I hope you  have as much fun making this clever little tag folio as I did!

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?

Smile

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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

Spellbinders Simon Hurley Beautiful Blooms Valentines Tutorial with 3D Embossing Folder

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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Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss

January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to create our January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  Working with this scrumptious paper collection had me craving some sweet treats, let me tell you!

First, I had to decide what type of card to make.  After all, this is our very first Birthday Card of the Month tutorial.  It needs to set the tone.  Easel cards are probably my favorite fancy fold design. I never get tired of making them.  Then, I decided to tweak the basic easel card design to make it even more fun.

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How?  Well, how about a bookmark pocket built into the cover of the card?  You’ll learn how to do this in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Stamped birthday sentiments from my stash,  fussy cut images, and flirty butterflies  helped dress up the card design inside and out!  The interior pocket acts as a stopper for the easel mechanism, but it also provides a lovely spot to tuck in some birthday treats!

One simply must place chocolate in a chocolate themed birthday card.  And if one is going to enjoy a bit of chocolate, it should be accompanied by a cuppa. Don’t you agree?  I also dressed up that sweet little tag with an itty bitty notecard and a surprise flap element on the back side.  All will be revealed in the video tutorial below.

Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to take a closer look at the Mintay Chocolate Kiss collection?  Learn how to create the layers on this sweet birthday card and more as you watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Of course, you could easily use this card for Valentine’s Day.  Simply change up the sentiments, and you’re good to go!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

I’ll be back on Thursday with a fun mixed media Valentine tutorial.  Sound like fun?

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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