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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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.

card making :: heart outline card

IMG_5424bHere is a simple card design that can be put together in minutes using pretty patterned paper, a dab of paint, and Q-tips.  Craft stores usually have shelves full of pretty paper adorned with all sorts of patterns, colors, and textures.  Most of the time they are in a 12″ x 12″ size which is ideal for scrapbooking, but here is a way you can use one sheet to create two different cards.

Many card making tutorials start with cardstock as a base, but that may not be practical for everyone especially if you aren’t planning to invest in a large amount of supplies for this hobby (or if you’re only making a few cards for a special occasion).  Using patterned paper (or any paper sold by the sheet vs. in bulk) is an alternative and you can create some really pretty card bases.  Try changing the shape or using different colors to create the painted edge and have fun with this technique!

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Happy crafting!

card making :: dollar bin finds for making valentines

You know what I’m talking about.  You stroll into Target thinking “I’m just going to get x, y, and z and zoom out of here.”  Said nobody ever, right?!  What’s worst is they put those dollar bins right in the walkway so you have to look because they’re right there, right?!  Well I’ll be the first to admit that occasionally you can find some really good deals there, and for things that are actually useful.

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For example, they’ve got some super cute crafting supplies for a mere buck that can help you make some pretty cute valentines.  And even better?  You can use the cards beyond Valentine’s Day for other occasions such as a birthday, an anniversary, congrats-on-becoming-engaged, and so on and so forth.  Here are three quick and easy designs you can pull together with some dollar bin finds and just in time for Valentine’s Day (which, by the way, is on February 14th!).

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Happy crafting!