One Sheet Wonder for 12 x 12 – Friday Crafting Playdate 2

Do you enjoy puzzles like I do? Even though I only get to do them around the holidays, I love the process of turning over the pieces, sorting them, finding the edges, making the frame, and then getting all the pieces to make a picture. It’s fun and relaxing (except when you buy a really hard one and can’t make progress).

I think that is why I’m also similarly drawn to the One Sheet Wonder concept for making multiple cards at one time – because it is like putting together a puzzle. I created this 12 x 12 template for cutting up an entire sheet of patterned paper to make simply beautiful quick cards. These kinds of patterns are really helpful when you aren’t feeling creative and need something to get you kick-started. My template creates 8 cards.

Field & Flower Designer Series Paper (free with $50 order during Sale-a-bration)

Here are the supplies needed to get started:

  • 1 sheet of 12 x 12 double-sided paper with coordinating patterns on the two sides.
  • 8 card bases in a coordinating cardstock color (5 1/2” x 8 1/2” each). 4 sheets of cardstock.
  • Scraps of White cardstock to punch or die cut greetings 
  • Optional – another coordinating card stock to matte greeting images.
  • Ribbon or embellishments of choice

Directions for One Sheet Wonder 12 x 12

Cut DSP along one edge into 4” x 12” strips.
Stack the 3 strips on top of each other, turn horizontally and cut at 5 1/4”.  Set pieces aside. These are cards 1, 2, & 3
Take two of the three remaining strips and cut at 4”. Set aside. These are cards 4 & 5.
Cut remaining piece at 5 1/4”. This is card 6 and part of card 8. 
The remaining pieces come together for card 7 & 8.
Now that all the sections are separated, cut within each section using the dimensions on the pattern.
Attach pieces to card bases as shown.

Once I started creating with this template I couldn’t stop making cards!!!! I hope you will join me in this adventure of using the One Sheet Wonder Card Template and start churning out some amazing cards!

Sweet Ice Cream Bundle & Ice Cream Corner DSP
Fine Art Floral DSP
Flower & Field DSP

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Friday Crafting Playdate 1 – A Card Template & Product Spotlight

I’m trying something new this January and I hope you join me in this new adventure. I will be preparing a crafting playdate for you each Friday this month live on my Facebook page. Each playdate will include a focus on either a Stampin’ technique, a card template, a new product spotlight or a product bundle. My goal with this video series is to help you dive into your craft stash and get creating by providing you with some ideas, tips and inspiration.

Today’s live video playdate featured an easy card template and a new product spotlight. I had so much fun creating these cards to share with you so I hope you give it a watch and get some inspiration.

https://fb.watch/2UODvhUXyu/

Card Template – Rip & Flip (Download directions pdf now Card Template – Rip & Flip)

Card Recipe:  3” x 4” Designer Series Paper, 3 1/4” x 4 1/4” coordinating cardstock, 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”  for card base in second coordinating cardstock color, Punches for focal point

Product Spotlight – Blending Brushes (Download directions pdf now Product Highlight – Blending Brushes)

This month’s hostess code is:

EURVDMCH

Order online with me this month and earn some Sale-a-bration rewards.

Join me again next Friday for more creative fun!

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All Things New

Happy New Year!!!

2021 is here and I love that in the Stampin’ Up! calendar January kicks off two new catalogs to spark creativity after the holidays and help with winter blahs. Today both catalogs are live and we get to order all new products to inspire our papercrafting.

If you don’t have your catalogs yet (they are coming) you can view them by following these links or by clicking on the catalog cover image on the right side of this page.

Sale-a-bration Catalog and SHOP NOW

January – June Mini Catalog and SHOP NOW

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2021 Calendars are Ready!

One of my favorite times of year is January because the new year beginning is such a hopeful time. I love putting my new planner together, hanging new calendars around home, and setting goals/planning projects for the new year. For many years I have created desktop calendars using the Project Life app to give to my fabulous customers and friends and family too! So without further ado (drumroll…) allow me to give you a sneak peek at the 2021 calendar!

If I have sent you a calendar before you will get the refill calendar from me in the mail unless you ask me for a new stand/holder (see the arrow above). If you need one of those just let me know!

Get ready, 2021, because we are ready for you!

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Lots of Gift Card Holders!

We are midway through December 2020 and it’s time to wrap up holiday shopping, In my world this means finishing up with lots of gift cards. Especially this year with the pandemic in full swing, we are sending more gift cards than usual since we are not seeing our friends and family face to face.

I’ve pulled together 5 of my favorite simple gift card holder designs to help you deliver your gift cards in style! Download a pdf of directions/dimensions for all 5 gift card holders here: Gift Card Holders

All of these gift card holders fit into an invitation size envelope for easy mailing!

 

Watch my Facebook tutorial on how to make all these gift card holders here.

#1 – My most basic and favorite gift card holder I’ve happily named the EASY PEASY GIFT CARD HOLDER.

 

 

#2 – EASY PEASY FLIPPED GIFT CARD HOLDER (it’s just my favorite Easy Peasy holder flipped the other way)

#3 – Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Pop-ups are just fun no matter your age.  This holder comes together in a snap!

#4 – MINI FOLDER GIFT CARD HOLDER (this one is so cute!)

Who doesn’t like things that are mini? This little cutie can be made so quickly and uses the Designer Series Paper in such a beautiful way.  This gift card holder can be dropped into a stocking for the holidays, or attached to a gift bag, or inserted into a card.

#5 – MEGA GIFT CARD HOLDER (for sending multiple gift cards)

This one is unique because it holds multiple gift cards and showcases both sides of our yummy double-sided pattern paper.  There are many people on my list this year who are getting a variety of gift cards and this card holder is perfect!  

Don’t forget to download the directions ( Gift Card Holders ) for making these gift cards!

 

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In the 20 Years I’ve Been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator My Husband has Never Given me a Card…

That is, he has never given me a card that he hasn’t made himself! (Gotcha 😉)

You see, my husband understands me, my hobby/business, and the importance of handmade, hand-written cards. When I embarked on this journey of teaching paper crafting 20 years ago he happily supported my endeavor to try something new and has been my biggest fan all along. He is pretty amazing!

My stash of Tim’s creations.

In a true show of solidarity he started making cards for me for all the usual card occasions using my stamp room’s plethora of supplies and his own creativity! Now don’t start picturing the two of us stamping and scrapbooking together because that’s never happened. Tim stamps out of necessity, and he only makes cards for me. I’ve kept them all and they are precious to me. I happened to come across a stash while cleaning my stamp room recently and was once again amazed at his art and creativity using tools and supplies without any formal training from me though I may have showed him how to cut cardstock once to make the right sized card.

Usually Tim uses the ink pads or punches left over on the stamp table from whatever project I last worked on, however, he always surprises me by being able to find the right stamp images he needs to get his message across. He is a big fan of rainbow ink pads so even though Stampin’ Up! no longer carries them I keep them in my collection just for him. As you can see from the pictures his cards are simple and lovely and filled with meaningful messages.

Using watercolor pencils.
He found the punches and paired them with the greetings of similar size.
Yes, those are our egg children with hand drawn hair.
So clever!
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Here is the rainbow pad in action!
This one makes me so happy!

My birthday occurred over the weekend. So I had a thought, after finding my beloved cards, about whether he would be interested in learning something new like how to use the Cut & Emboss machine. He said sure! And then I was inspired to see what he could do if I gave him an entire suite of coordinating products to play with. With a minute or so tutorial on the Cut & Emboss Machine, and showing him the brand new, not yet released Fine Art Floral Suite he was on his own.

The Fine Art Floral Suite coming soon in January!

He did not disappoint with his creation for my birthday card! Look at this beautifully crafted card. What you can’t see are the beautiful words on the inside, more precious than the gorgeous images on the front. I love this card AND I love him!

With all my heart I am grateful for my stash of handmade cards and the man who makes them for me. 😍

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Mad for Plaid!

I’m a huge fan of plaid patterns, how about you? I love the way the colors combine and I really like how the criss-crossed lines make such pleasing geometric designs. Just throw me some plaid flannel jammies, plaid pillows, plaid sheets, plaid placemats…and I’m a happy girl!

So when I got my package of Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper this fall I was in plaid paper heaven! In fact, I designed an entire card class around this paper rightfully titled, MAD FOR PLAID. Here are the cards I created.

Mad for Plaid Project Recipes – download here for pictures of the cards and card recipes

 

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Mass Quantity Card-making

I’ve been a card-making machine lately. With a wedding and bridal showers in the last six months I have made hundreds of cards in multiples. Have you ever needed lots of cards at one time?  For the holidays? For thank you notes after a celebration? For an event?

Mass producing multiples of the same card can be a daunting task, but with a few tips you can make the process as simple as possible.  I “whipped out” 28 thank you cards last week for my customers who placed Open House orders in August. By keeping the design somewhat simple and utilizing my favorite tools this process was fast and fun! In a matter of a couple hours the cards were done and ready for the mail!

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I have three tips for you out of this card-making frenzy.

  1. Utilize the Stamparatus tool to make positioning the images easy and duplicatable.
  2. Try using sponge daubers as a simple way to color in detailed images.
  3. Use the punched out shapes by themselves, offset from the hole in the card front.

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Turn on some music, watch your favorite show, and throw in a fun beverage and you’ve got some pretty amazing therapy for a couple hours “work”!  I hope the recipients of my cards enjoy them!  See the card recipe and links for products used below and watch my card-making process video!

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Stamp Sets: The Right Triangle, Fancy Phrases.  Stampin’ Tools: 1 1/2″ Circle Punch, Stamparatus, Sponge Daubers.  Paper & Ink: Petal Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White & Flirty Flamingo, Terracotta Tile, Pear Pizzazz. Embellishments: Terracotta Tile ribbon, Pearl Jewels.

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Creating an Art Journal

What is an art journal?  It is a space to create in any way you want.  My vision for this project is to get out all my Stampin’ Up! supplies and use them mindfully in a journal.  During my creative time I will focus on being present while enjoying the art I create with my products. Does this sound like a good idea for you too?

The good news is that you probably already have all the supplies you need in your craft room to create this journal.  I’ve attached a pdf to download for step by step directions or you can watch the Youtube tutorial below (my first video tutorial).

So if you are like me and are needing some stamping therapy during these crazy pandemic months please join me in my playtime!

Stampin’ Pattern Art Journal – Download the step by step directions for making a journal.

First Journal Entry – What to do First?

Now that you have made an art journal, what do you create in it first?  I decided to create my first layout using one of my favorite simple stamping techniques which I am naming Simple Soothing Stamping. I absolutely love it when I can create a card with just stamps, ink and paper. The joy of putting ink onto paper with a beautiful image is a thrill that is just as exciting for me today as it was when I first did it 20+ years ago.  I know, I’m a weirdo, and so are you if you are reading this post, right? I promise you that if you try this technique your day will get better.  You don’t have to use a journal – just pull out some Whisper White cardstock and create away!

 

 

 

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Creating Framable Art for Earth Day!

“Earth Without Art is Just eh”

I love this saying, how about you? Sometimes when inspiration hits you need to just run with it and that’s what happened for me this past Earth Day.  I have always wanted to create some art for my craft space with this fun saying so I took the plunge and without overthinking things (for once) I whipped up this watercolor background and die cut letters ensemble.

Supplies I used for this project are listed below and you can watch a quick video of the creation process also.  Enjoy!

Supplies Used:

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