Wednesday, May 29, 2024

2 Ways to Easily Attach Napkins For Inexpensive Vintage Looking Cards

In my new video here I share two ways to attach napkins to cardstock before making vintage looking cards like this split front card. The center layer was cut with The Greetery's Aida Cloth Texture Plate and I die cut the napkin piece with a wonky stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I added some Vintage Photo ink and a green strip before attaching with adhesive foam strips to raise them. 

The napkins on these cards were attached with Mod Podge in an easy technique I learned how to do at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids and show in the new video. Here is a book binding twisted easel card open and laying flat to mail I made with that way of attaching napkins:

I show a second way to attach napkins in the new video which is even easier and my favorite, so be sure to watch for all the cards and techniques.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Give the Gift of Spring Flower Seeds with Vintage Napkins

Do you love vintage looking cards with patterned paper but not so much the cost of the designer paper? In my newest video here I share how to get the look for just pennies and how to make an easy shaker card with real flower seeds for a springtime gift! This is the card I make step by step in the video:

The patterned paper on the front is made for just pennies with a pretty napkin and I show the easiest way to attach napkins to cream cardstock and add some ink for the vintage look. In a 3 x 5 resealable bag is a packet of flower seeds which can be removed by my friend to plant in her garden! I was inspired by a card by Frenchie to make a flower seed gift card but put my own spin on it to make it even easier to make. 

Here is another vintage looking shaker card I made with a napkin and shared in the new video. The Shaker Dots in this card are new from Kat Scrappiness and they move really well in the shaker well. 

To see more cards and an easy way to make shaker cards with real flower seeds, watch the new video here. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Tonic Studios Bulbs and Bolts Cards

One of the nicest things about the recent Simon Says Create convention I attended was the chance to visit with old friends like Gary and Samantha Torres from Tonic Studios. I loved my time on the Tonic Studios design team and am still a fan of Tonic's products. We made the card above with a new set of dies and stamps from Tonic Studios called Bulbs and Bolts and I had to buy the set because it is perfect for guys cards which I never have enough of. 

I used the pieces of another make and take to finish this card as a shaker card:

And then I decided to make another shaker card with all the nuts and bolts in a shaker card front from Pink and  Main:

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Riley and Company Easy Graduation Card

I needed a quick last minute graduation card and made this one with the graduate's school colors and a new Overlay Graduation die from Riley and Company. I added a couple strips of color and some gems and was finished in no time. 

I had the pleasure of visiting with Tanya, the owner of Riley and Company this last weekend at the Simon Says Create gathering in Columbus OH. We made these two cards with her awesome products: 

I bought the new dress up flamingos and hope to be playing with them soon. 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Crealies Easiest Ever Never Ending Cards!

Have you ever made a never ending card from scratch and after all the measuring, scoring and cutting wondered if you would ever make one again? That was me until I tried the new Never Ending die set from Crealies and the never ending card base part was made in just a minute or two! I designed three different never ending cards in just minutes for my newest video here. Here is a collage of the four views of the card I make step by step in the video:

And here are pictures of the love and holiday versions of the never ending cards I also share:

It is best to watch the video to see how the cards fold and fold for four different never ending views. 

The new release with these dies is available on the Crealies website here and in the USA at the Frantic Stamper website here. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Fabulous Foiling (or not) with Flutter Flys

I fell in love with a card by Carol Hintermeier made with Picket Fence Studios Flutter Fly Toner Card Fronts and Layering Fauna Butterfly die so of course had to purchase both. I had a play with them for my newest video here and share 9 different cards. The toner sheets with different butterfly patterns can be foiled and most of my cards are, but this is one of the cards where the background was not foiled. I brushed on blue ink on the card front and pink and yellow on the die cut butterfly. 

After foiling the toner sheet with a rainbow foil I simply used some dies to make easy lovely cards. This one features strips created with Taylored Expressions Easy Strips dies. The sentiment die on both the above cards is from a set from Hunkydory. The card below has a sentiment die from Penny Black:

One more card shows simply a Picket Fence Studio Fabulous Foiled toner butterfly sheet with Twinkling Pink foil from Gina K Designs and an inked embossed card front:

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Simon Says Create 2024 Create It Take Its and Impressions

Yup- that is me and the Tim Holtz taken first thing when I walked into Simon Says Create in Columbus Ohio this last weekend! I was able to see so many of my crafty heroes up close and make many projects with their fantastic products. There were two full days of shopping and creating in two large rooms and I loved every minute! I wasn't able to take the classes but still had so many hands on instruction at each CITI table. 

Look who signed my Idea-ology project making it a keepsake I will keep forever! We also had the opportunity to sit down with many of Tim's content creators, and I made these cards with Richele Christensen and Cheiron: 

Do you believe we could just sit down and do a make and take with Jennifer McGuire and Gina K of Gina K Designs?? The line was soooo long when I snapped this picture I wasn't that lucky, but Rina K and Mindy Eggen did help me make these two beauties featuring new polymer sheets we could buy (and of course I did.) 

I have been a huge fan of Pear Blossom Press's EZ Lights for years, and Trinity Stamps has created many die sets to feature these lights as well as other fun dies like the donut shaped set. Here are a couple more cards I made with 49 and Market products and Spellbinders BetterPress plates:

I made many more cards, but if I included them all this blog post would be very very long. Here are a couple of the many I made with Simon Says Stamp products:

The two day Simon Says Create show was well worth every penny of the $45 it cost. I have many more card samples and lots of new products to play with as soon as I have time. Even though I didn't get into the classes so I can't comment on those, I do recommend the show and Create It Take Its very very much! 

Monday, May 13, 2024

Nine Ways to Create Cards With Picket Fence Studios Flutter Flys

Do you like to make gorgeous colorful cards in just minutes and are you a butterfly lover like me? If so you will want to check out the nine different ways to make cards with Picket Fence Studios Flutter Fly Fabulous Foiling Tone Card Fronts in my new video here. I show how to make the card above in the video with just one toner card front, the Picket Fence Studios Layering Fauna Butterfly Die, one piece of white Poly-Glaze from Gina K Designs, and one sheet of rainbow foil from Deco Foil and Brutus Monroe. Here is another version of this card with pink and gold foil and a sentiment die from Hunkydory:

Here is a set of cards I made with one toner card front and one rainbow shattered foil sheet from Deco Foil with a sheet of black toner. We can get two separate images from one piece of foil with no waste of any rainbow foil. The stencil on the left if from Brutus Monroe and the white and foiled butterfly on the right is also a Flutter Fly Foiling Toner Card Front.

To see how to make these and many more cards, watch the new video here. 

Monday, May 6, 2024

Waffle Flower Postage Collage Plus Rub-ons from Many Companies

I am still making cards with Waffle Flower's Postage Collage die because I truly believe it is my favorite way to take an OK background to amazing in just seconds. I love my rub on transfers from many companies but forget to use them. The two cards above were made with 49 and Market rub on transfers and then cut with the Postage Collage die. I like to add the rub-ons by simply running through my die cutting machine for even easy pressure and then cutting with the die. Sometimes I have the rub-on images run off the sides and glue that on and raise the center piece like on the green card on the left. But simply gluing the postage collage piece to layers looks lovely too.

Hero Arts has some beautiful Hero Transfers and I used white sympathy images and pansies from them on these two cards. And below is one I made with Prima rub-on transfers and inked with purple ink before raising the center piece.

I just can't stop playing with the Waffle Flower Postage Collage die. I just purchased a new Altenew Press Plate called Floral Engravings and decided to cut it out with this unique die after running the press plate through my BetterPress. 

For a different look, I raised the outline piece and glued the center piece down after inking both with blue ink. I love how the inked flowers continue from the sides through to the center images. 

I am entering the last card in the Feminine challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Woodgrain Cards Inspired by Tracy Renner

Once in awhile I get so inspired by cards I see on the internet and I just can't wait to try the ideas for myself. Tracy Renner posted many cards and a tutorial on Facebook with woodgrain backgrounds and scenery stamps. I followed her directions and made this card with scenery stamps from Blue Knight Rubber Stamps. My favorite of Tracy's cards were created with a chevron pattern like on this card made with the same stamps:

It was even easier to glue on a trees die cut from Tim Holtz and Sizzix and a sentiment from Waffle Flower rather than stamping with a scenery stamp after creating the woodgrain chevron pattern background for this card. 

I love how these cards turned out and will be teaching the technique in an upcoming class here locally.