Friday, February 23, 2018

Thanks a Latte - MFT's Die-namics Essential Cover- Up

I make cards for a small local charity. They need a lot of  Thank You and Thinking of You cards. I like to give them a variety of different cards, but it's always fun to include a few girly cards. I love this coffee and stamp set from Lil Inker Designs. Even though I live in Washington state, I don't care for coffee at all. But a lot of people who live here are big coffee fans. I'd rather have a nice cup of chai rooibos tea.


Essential Cover-Up die - MFT Die-namics
Paper - Stampin Up
Coffee cup dies - Lil Inker Designs
Sentiment stamp - Lil Inker Designs
Heart die - Lawn Fawn
Ink - MFT

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MFT Die-namics Collage Cover-up

I have a new favorite background die. It's made by My Favorite Things and it's perfect for using the last scraps from a 6x6 paper pad. Although this card was actually the first card I made using an older My Mind's Eye 6x6. I love that I can include 9 different paper designs and use the rectangular box for the sentiment. The squares are a little larger than an inch. And all the squares are the same size. That'll be super helpful since not all background dies are that way. I made this birthday card for a crafty friend.


Collage cover-up die - MFT Die-namics
Paper - My Mind's Eye - Cut & Paste collection
Sentiment stamp - MFT
Flower dies - MFT
Bling - from stash
Ink - Reverse Confetti

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Cards in Envy - Give it Some Heart

It's time for a new card challenge over at Cards in Envy. The theme is Give it Some Heart. We want to see cards that have at least one heart on them.

I made a little scene using some fun Lawn Fawn goodies. When my son was younger, he was always capturing bugs and little critters and keeping them in jars or boxes until I made him release them. I'm sure he would have loved finding a chameleon in our backyard. 


Paper - Lawn Fawn - Watercolor Wishes collection
Stamps - Lawn Fawn
Stitched background dies - Lawn Fawn
Image and heart dies - Lawn Fawn
Watercolors - Kuretake
Embossing powder - Recollections
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Ranger
Glossy Accents

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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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Carta Bella's Flora No. 2 - 30 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

Last year Carta Bella released their Flora No. 1 paper collection. It had such lovely floral designs. So when I saw Carta Bella was releasing Flora No. 2 this year, I couldn't resist buying it. If you missed my 6x6 video using the Flora No. 1 collection, you can see it HERE.
The Flora No. 2 collection is a very feminine collection full of cheerful flowers and uplifting sentiments. I decided to use many of the image/sentiment cut aparts this time. There are a lot of busy floral designs, so most of the sketches I chose feature only 2 design papers. Otherwise, the patterns would be competing with one another too much. Including cardstock layers also helps add contrast when working with such busy designs. And anyone who has been following me, knows I love using layers on my cards. 😊

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 30 cards.


The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was just over 4 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.



In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 14 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 3 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. 


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 Carta Bella's Flora No. 2 -  6x6 paper pad.



Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella






Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Banner die - American Crafts





Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Border die - My Favorite Things





Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Bling - The Paper Studio




Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Banner die - American Crafts



Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die - Lil Inker Designs
Scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
Ink - Versafine
Twine - from stash



Squared off cover panel die - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Dies - Reverse Confetti
Ink - Versafine and Reverse Confetti
Bling - The Paper Studio

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
Scor-Tape
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.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Doodlebug's Kitten Smitten - 33 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

I have a lot of older 6x6 paper pads that I would really like to use up this year. Especially since I want to buy all the new collections getting released. I decided to start with the Kitten Smitten collection from Doodlebug Design. The Puppy Love collection was released around the same time and I finished that paper pad quite awhile ago. Not really sure why I hadn't gotten around to using the Kitten version. But now I have and I really enjoyed the pretty pastel colors and sweet designs. I included a few coordinating Doodlepop stickers and cat images from MFT.

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 33 cards.


In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 13 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 10 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was around 4 and a half hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.



I really tried to use more of the included sentiment and image cut aparts, but I felt like they were targeted for scrapbooking rather than card making. The pattern on the backside just didn't work well for my cards, so I have more scraps left over than I normally do.


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 Kitten Smitten 6x6 paper pad.



Cat image - My Favorite Things
Image die - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - The Stamps of Life
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti




Cat image - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched background die - Lil Inker Designs
Brads - The Eyelet Outlet
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti




Cat image - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti




Doodlepop stickers - Doodlebug Design
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched circle die - Lawn Fawn
Scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
Epoxy stickers - Doodlebug Design
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Image/sentiment cut aparts - Doodlebug Design
Stitched background die - Lil Inker Design
Banner die - American Crafts




Image/sentiment cut aparts - Doodlebug Design
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Small stitched circle die - Lawn Fawn




Cat image stamp - My Favorite Things
Doodlepop stickers - Doodlebug Design
Sentiment stamp - My Favorite Things
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Stitched background die - Lil Inker Designs
Markers - Copic
Ink - Reverse Confetti and Lawn Fawn



Quilt cover up die - My Favorite Things
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Small stitched circle die - Lawn Fawn
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
Scor-Tape
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.