card making :: be inspired to doodle

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A dear friend gave me this book,  “Draw 500 Fabulous Flowers”, for Christmas and it is a great source for inspiration if you want to try your hand at doodling floral images and need a little bit of guidance.  There are no words in the book, simply images of hundreds of possibilities for you to follow.  At first it may seem daunting flipping through the works of Lisa Congdon’s illustrations, but once you rest your eyes on a particular flower and dissect the pieces that make up each little petal or leaf it’s not that bad.

For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

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card making :: banner cards

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A banner inside of a greeting card is a fun way to surprise the recipient as it unfolds as the card is opened.  It’s also a great way to use up pieces of scrap paper or put a new use to washi tape.  Each one can be personalized with a special message or even someone’s name to give it that extra special touch of uniqueness.

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For the step-by-step tutorial on how to create the “be mine” card, click here.  For the “hearts”, click here.

card making :: kid friendly love robots

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Here is a way to create quirky love themed cards featuring the “Favorite Human” clear stamp set by Technique Tuesday but you can substitute it with any of your favorite stamp sets. This is also a great way to let little hands help make fun cards for Valentine’s day (or everyday) as you can stamp the image and let them color in the images. For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

card making :: yeti shaker card

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With the cold weather upon us up here in the east coast I thought I’d give a nod to winter and share this yeti shaker card design.  This adorable yeti is a part of a Hero Arts stamp set that comes with a die cut, but you can learn how to create this shaker card by simply stamping.

For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

card making :: it’s time to celebrate with cake stamp set

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Happy New Year, readers! I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog but the end of 2015 was a busy one for this mama.  Let’s start off 2016 with a birthday card idea because well, there will always be birthdays.  🙂  This features a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up! that includes all of the sentiments and the confetti image used to create this colorful background.

This method of using one smaller element within a stamp set can be utilized for all sorts of occasions, not just birthdays.  Simply change the colors of ink pads used (think pastels for baby cards, autumnal tones for more masculine cards, etc.) and use any large sentiment in place of the birthday greeting.

For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

card making: and baby makes three

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Learn how to mask unwanted portions of a rubber stamp with washi tape in my latest About.com article.

gift idea: baby thank you cards

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Know an expecting mom or parents?  Consider giving them a set of thank you note cards to use after the baby shower or once the little bundle arrives!  To read the full article, click here.

 

card making: selective embossing

When it comes to applying the technique of heat embossing to a paper project most people naturally assume that you must use a special watermark ink pad (generally a Versamark pad) and a stamp.  In this article I will highlight three card designs that demonstrate the use of a VersaMarker pen and explain how to selectively apply heat embossing in specific (and small) areas on card designs.

Here are three examples of card designs that utilize this useful technique.  Click on any of the photos below for the step-by-step tutorials complete with photos and detailed instructions.

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mentioned in the weekly dig

I just got a totally cool email from Val Fox, the woman who came up with the Design Hive Market concept. I’m mentioned in a Weekly Dig article about the market (which begins tomorrow by the way!) after Val found me through Etsy.com. Check it out!

(You can read the article by either clicking here or on the photo below.)

Thanks, Val!