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.

product review :: holiday tag project kit

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I recently had a little crafting get together at our house with a couple of friends and brought out this holiday tag project kit by Stampin’ Up!  The kit comes with all of the embellishments, coordinating papers, and full step-by-step instructions on how to assemble 30 fun and festive tags.  We divided the tags among the four of us and so each person could make seven tags to take home.  And what’s great is that you don’t have to use them just as tags if you don’t want to: adhere them to card bases or tie them to treat bags instead.  Find out some of my crafting party tips and see what’s included in each kit here.

card making :: creating opaque white surfaces

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I tried four different tools to color in small spaces on colored cardstock and got different results.  Check out the differences between these tools by clicking here.  And wait till you see what happens when you apply heat to Liquid Applique!

product review :: souffle pens

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Sakura’s line of Souffle pens are a unique product that can create 3D lines on dark paper and surfaces.  When you first draw or write with it, the ink comes out clear and takes time to change color as it dries.  The ink leaves a raised line that you can feel and the colors are very vibrant.  They also work on surfaces such as plastic, coated paper, acetate, and vellum.  I found this set of 10 pens at a local craft store and decided to try it out.  Check out the results plus learn some tips here.

collaborative effort :: reindeer holiday cards

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Here’s a simple card to make for the upcoming holiday season that little humans can also help decorate.  It’s just one of the ways to dress up this adorable reindeer stamp.  Click here to learn eight other ways to embellish the reindeer stamp and for the step-by-step instructions.

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happy 21st to rialto restaurant

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Twenty one years ago, I was a sophomore in high school.  I was far away from where I am now, on the west coast going through awkward life stages as a teenager.  Did I ever think that so many years later I’d end up near Boston, married with a child, and looking forward to special mama’s-night-outs like this?  Probably not.

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