card making :: popping in by waffle flower

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It seems to be that time of the year again where more than a handful of friends (including one of our daughter’s teachers) are expecting babies to arrive anytime soon.  I played around with the “Popping In” stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Stamps to create a couple of super cute cards, and our daughter made something to give to her teacher too.

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card making :: live, love, grow with succulents

As much as I adore terrariums and succulents, I have never actually made or put one together.  Unless you count making one on paper (at least I know that kind won’t die on me and my not-so-green thumb)!

I’m still quite attached to the technique of watercolor painting stamped images on a card design and my favorite tool by far has been the waterbrush.  I played around with the Live, Love, Grow stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and put many of my ink pads to good use to color in the the stamped images.  I also did a little bit of masking with post-it notes to create a little bit of depth in my terrarium.

I also got to play with the small stitched rectangle dies by Lawn Fawn thanks to a dear friend, and I really like the subtle effect it leaves on cardstock.  So to begin this card design, I cut out the largest frame from a sheet of watercolor paper using a die cut machine.  You could totally skip this step and cut a piece of paper into a 5″ x 3-3/4″ rectangle.  This will leave a nice border once you adhere it to the front of an A2 size card base.

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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 :: die cut + watercolored butterflies

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Pair a beautiful die with some watercolor paint to create a unique card each time.  One thing I love about creating with watercolor paint is how it’s nearly impossible to remake the same exact image or effect.  The shade of a color on one card might vary slightly on another because there was more water in the brush, or the ink may bleed in a slightly different direction on the paper.

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card making :: pocket cards

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I discovered a product line called Studio 112 while shopping at my local JoAnn Fabric and Craft store the other day.  They make all sorts of embellishments and card making components for $1, which is great for crafting on a budget.  I like how things are packed in multiples so you get more than one for your dollar, such as these cute favor bags which came as a pack a three.  See how I turned them into three pocket cards to hold a gift card and learn how you can make them too.  For the step-by-step tutorial, click here.

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card making: halloween is coming!

It’s obvious when you walk into any grocery store these days: Halloween is coming!  If you’re the type of friend who likes to send spooky greetings on this holiday, check out these three card designs for inspiration.  I will show you how to use alphabet letter stickers as an alternative to investing in a stamp to use as a sentiment and introduce you to glitter tape.  Think washi tape + glitter = POW!!

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For more fun card ideas, click here.  Happy haunting, folks!

card making: 50 cards in less than an hour (you CAN do it!)

And what if I told you that you could make these with less than $10??! Crazy, no?

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Read more about how a trip to Target could help you stay on top of your card stash by clicking here.

step away from the stamps … slowly, slowly …

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In an effort to try to be less “stamp heavy” with card designs (especially for the About.com articles), I’ve been trying to come up with ways to use other materials that may be more commonly found around the house or office.  I realize that not everyone owns stamps and that shouldn’t discourage people from wanting to be crafty: there are so many other ways to express creativity without breaking the bank to buy supplies that you may not use much later down the line.

So instead of complicated card designs that involve rubber stamping, here are a few ideas that are fast and simple to pull together in mere minutes.  You could even incorporate the help of your little ones while you’re at it: they can help tear washi tape, pick out the color of the balloon, or select the marker colors you should use.

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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.