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Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

If you’re in a hurry, today’s super simple three step snowflake card may be just the ticket. I absolutely know you’ll be able to make it in 5 minutes or less so it’s featured on my Keep It Simple Sunday. Two colours of cardstock, one ink colour and a sparkly embellishment are all you need for an elegant and wintry holiday greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

Classic, beautiful and dramatic, it works for just about anyone on your holiday mailing list. Once again, I feature black and white like I did with this card. I hadn’t realized how much I tended to use these colours (or non-colours really)! They’re just so clean and to me, clean equals simple! Maybe you think so too.

super simple three step snowflake card

Don’t you just love the beautiful Winter Wonder embossing folder? It can completely stand on its own, even with a larger card like this one. See how easy this super simple three step snowflake card is to make for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Black cardstock 5” x 10” scored at 5”
  • Whisper White 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

Recipe:

  1. Centre white cardstock in Winter Wonderland textured impressions embossing folder and run through Big Shot
  2. Stamp greeting in bottom right in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and glue to front of folded card base.
  3. Adhere medium clear faceted gem to middle of snowflake

super simple three step snowflake card

If you have another two minutes and want to get REALLY fancy, make a stamped inside too. The greeting is stamped in Tuxedo Black and Basic Grey for the snowflake (for a bit of variety).  I used a couple different sets here to finalize the card because I love the simplicity and font for this greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

We sometimes think we need to get elaborate, piling embellishments and ribbon onto a couple techniques and a few colours, to have a beautiful card. NOT! This card is a fabulous example of less is more.

Here’s the few supplies to make it yourself.

super simple three step snowflake card

When I designed this card, it quickly became a favourite. So much so, it was one of my easy Holiday Open House make’n takes. That work table was tidy and finished up lickety split so I know how quickly it goes together.  Minimal supplies and a stellar embellishment are all it takes for a super simple three step snowflake card…why not try one today?

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Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

It’s time to get our your supplies and make a happy card for WCMD 2017! This is the one day every year devoted exclusively to us paper crafters and card makers! So let’s all take advantage of it and play until the cows come home! In honour of WCMD (World Card Making Day) I designed a card easy to duplicate, using two of my favourite In Colours: Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. Take a gander at what I have for you today before I give you the how-to’s.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Let’s just say I had to be encouraged to get the Eastern Palace Suite when it debuted as an early release in May. I’m sure glad I had that little push because now it’s right up up there with Colourful Seasons for my favourite bundle in the catalogue. Here’s just a few of the many reasons why:

  • the dies, the dies, the dies! This medallion is simply gorgeous like I used it in this one!
  • ease of use – even though not really a two-step stamping set, I made it one for this card
  • versatility – see how I used the die for something completely different in this one
  • the paper – the specialty paper is absolutely beee-you-tiful like I used here

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

OK now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, want to know how to make it?

The Ingredients:

  • Berry Bust cardstock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla cardstock 3 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist cut with largest circle framelit
  • Fresh Fig punched with 1 3/4” circle punch
  • Berry Burst punched with 1” circle punch
  • Berry Burst and Fresh Fig ink
  • About 13” Fresh Fig 1/2” finely woven ribbon

The Recipe:

  • Stamp right hand side of folded Berry Burst card with star image in Berry Burst ink. Do not extend past the half way mark. Tie ribbon along bottom of card and secure with a double knot quite far to the right of card. Set aside.
  • Centre and nest three dies together in middle of Very Vanilla cardstock and run through Big Shot. (TIP1: Hold them in place with washi tape if they move around a little.  TIP2:  Although a Precision Base Plate will make this easier, if you use a Magnetic Platform like I did, run it through 2-3 times.)

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

To get a better idea of which dies I used, this is what they look like on the cutting side.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp the little decoration 8 times around the inside of the medallion in Fresh Fig ink, reinking your stamp each time.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Place dabs of liquid of Fine Tip glue onto back middle section of Very Vanilla medallion and place 1” Berry Burst Circle directly over top. Dab more glue on the back around the Berry Burst circle and on the circle itself and position the Fresh Fig 1 3/4“ circle directly over top. Dab glue on remaining pieces of the back and glue directly only the Lemon Lime Twist circle. Let dry a few minutes.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp words in Berry Burst along bottom of medallion and adhere to front of card with dimensionals. Attach one glitter enamel shape into middle of medallion.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

So now you can go ahead and make a happy card for WCMD 2017 too. Or if you needed to be “encouraged” like me, here is the bundle and the rest of the supplies I used. Simply click on the image to take you to my online store and it will be on its way to you lickety split.

Here’e one last peek.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Now that I’ve been converted to a Eastern Palace fan, I can see all kinds of other possibilities for this super bundle. With its the coordinated embellishments and the multitude of designs you can create with the medallion dies, it’s one that I hope will be around a long time. So although it was awesome to make a happy card for WCMD 2017, keep your eyes on my blog – I know you’ll be seeing more of this in my future.

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Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

My friend Joanne knows great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper! I’m showcasing her lovely card today for my Front and Centre Friday. I think she would agree one of the best parts is how fast these go together when you have a bundle from this year’s Annual catalogue with coordinated designer series paper! See how fabulous the Naturally Eclectic Suite can be!

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Did you figure out which patterned paper she’s using? It’s the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack! You might miss these paper stacks on page 187 of the Annual catalogue, but they’re worth taking another look at. Why? Because all three of them are part of the Buy Three, Get One Free offer on right now.

So that’s a pretty good reason in itself, but there’s lots more!  If you haven’t tried a set of these, they are so fast and fun to play with you’ll want all three. Super manageable at 6” x 6” you get 48 double sided sheets. With 4 each of 12 different designs you can mix and match to your heart’s content! In this Color Theory one, there’s a paint chip like look, three crackle finishes, a colour blocked look with 6 different colour shades, and a beautiful ombre piece…yes, my favourite. 🙂  Just a little heavier than regular bond paper, it won’t add bulk to your designs. In fact Joanne’s only cardstock is the Whisper White for her base, panel and leaves.  Instead she found lots of ways to combine her paper stack with her card and die cuts. Can you tell where?

  • her two detailed flower outlines are die cut from the Berry Burst ombre, one a little lighter than the other
  • Crushed Curry crackle fancies up that gorgeous diamond lattice flower background

Then she added more dimension and interest by incorporating more Color Theory paper and her dies:

  • the greeting and banner are cut from the Berry Burst ombre as well, but in the darker shade
  • her lovely leaves are stamped first in Lemon Lime Twist then die cut and placed behind her flowers
  • and her pink matting ties her card together since it’s in Berry Burst ombre too. Take a look at the colour gradation in that little strip of matted paper.

 

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

The Naturally Eclectic set is another one that gives a watercolour look, just like Painted Harvest and this card I shared the other day. When you have stamps designed to give these impressions, you’ll never be disappointed with the effect.

To add this bundle and paper to your supplies like Joanne did, it’s a simple click of your mouse. You’ll be able to quickly see how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper yourself.

See how flat this card lies – no bulk so it will go through the mail with ease – and no extra postage.

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Joanne was inspired by a card she found on Pinterest but she changed up the colours and placement. You may already know it’s a fabulous source of creativity. Sometimes when you’re stuck for an idea, if you just type in the name of the stamp set you will be rewarded with all kinds of designs. I’m happy to post my cards to my Pinterest boards so you can easily find them without having to scroll through all the blog posts too. There’s lots of ideas there to showcase how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper.

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Why I Love Fancy Fold Birthday Cards

Why I Love Fancy Fold Birthday Cards

Pssst – I’m going to tell you exactly why I love fancy fold birthday cards so much! Let’s face it, birthdays are a happy occasion – well, MOST of the time. And don’t you try and grab a card that’s cheerful for the birthday boy or girl? With lots of fun birthday greetings? Just look at all the mass produced cards – lots of jokes and bright colours and cartoony characters right? Well, take a look at what you can make yourself with some stamps and die cuts.

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Cheerful? Check. Bright colours? Check. Cartoony characters? Double check! Don’t you agree? Ultra cute and perfect for kids of all ages, this just makes you happy.  This card was for my friend and team member Trudy.  While I know she thought it was fun, I’ll bet her two grandsons thought it was a bomb!

So, yeah, you’re thinking…it’s a cheerful square card, right? Well sometimes you just want to add even more variety to your card making. Do something out of the ordinary. How about something expected when you take off the belly band?

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Isn’t that just the best? A fun fold out card with a secret pocket message inside! And this sparkly glimmer paper message is from only ONE die cut. It creates its own focal point with funky cursive lettering. You could make this from glimmer paper, like I did, or from patterned paper, cardstock or lots of other supplies you probably have “aging” in your craft room.

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

You may think a folded card takes more time or work to make…absolutely not! In fact, the folded part of this card takes 5 minutes or less! And my total card goes together in about 15-20 minutes. (The fiddly parts are the circles on the belly band since I wanted to fancy up the closure).

What’s also neat about this folded card is it lies so flat. It will go through the mail easy breezy. That’s because the folded part is made with designer series paper so there’s no bulk. I LOVE working with my patterned papers. They make card making so quick and easy. There’s tons of variety, lots of neat shapes to cut out, and patterns for every birthday taste. Did you see my gatefold card last week? It was made with patterned papers too – and went together super fast!

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Want to learn how to make this fold for yourself? It’s included in the five simple folds featured in my Creative Folds online class. With a video, templates and instructional PDFs, it may be right up your alley! Just click the button below to see all the details!

So to recap. Here’s why I love fancy fold birthday cards:

  • a hidden surprise for the birthday “kid” (and you too!)
  • super quick to make
  • all kinds of cheerful cardstock, patterned papers and inks to use
  • cartoony characters can decorate the fold
  • easy peasey
  • cardmaking variety (for you AND your family and friends)
  • just plain HAPPY

With designer series paper on sale right now, you may want to pick up some extra packs to make a few of these great greetings.  Or you may want to make this exact card.  Here is everything I used.

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Make up a batch. They’re a ton of fun to both create and give – just watch someone as they open it up. I guarantee smiles. Then you’ll fully understand why I love fancy fold birthday cards so much – and you will too!

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Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Today I am building on a blog post from last week to show you how I made embellished easy watercolour leaf cards. I’ve heard from many of you how much you loved the colour blending in this card so I thought “Why not jazz them up even a bit more?”  I changed out just one of my ink colours and here’s what I came up with.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

The detail in the shiny foil leaf really creates a spectacular embellishment. Once again, it’s my favourite Seasonal Layers Thinlits put to work! Did you recognize that colour of foil? It’s the new champagne in the Holiday Catalogue. I missed the sheets the first few times I paged through it, so if you did too, take a peek at page 37.

Falling in between silver and gold on the colour scale, it’s just a gorgeous colour and I’ve used it to offset both gold and silver in my designs. For example, in this card, I think it pairs quite well with the silver embossed sentiment. But it also stands completely on its own too. Gorgeous any which way you look at it. See how it catches the light.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

I’ve set my detailed maple leaf on top of the new Leaf Punch also punched in champagne foil. I layered them so the detailed leaf didn’t completely overlap the solid punched shape. It adds more interest that way. The final touch is the small sparkly clear faceted gem.

As I was mailing my thank you cards last week, I wanted a fairly flat card so my cards went through the post easily. So I also decided to inset my leaves. (You might have heard this also called paper piecing.) I continued to use this technique on my embellished easy watercolour leaf cards too. Here’s how you do it:

  1. stamp your image and cut out with matching frame lit
  2. place cut out leaf onto cardstock panel where you want it positioned
  3. remove your leaf and replace with leaf framelit
  4. run through Big Shot
  5. adhere panel to the front of your folded card
  6. glue stamped leaf into the leaf cutout (I use liquid glue for this)

You may have a faint outline of the frame lit on your cardstock. However, it doesn’t really detract from the beauty of your card.

I gave this card a try with different coloured cardstock, copper foil sheets, and went back to my Tangerine Tango ink for the leaf.  The size of my watercoloured leaf determined whether I added that second detailed leaf on top since I didn’t want it to overpower the original stamped image.  See what you think.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

Leave me a comment below to let me know which was your favourite combination!

I’ve listed everything to create these awesome fall greetings for yourself. If you don’t have something in your supply stash, simply click on an image to order it from my 24-7 online store to have it shipped directly to you!

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

While my original watercolored leaf card can easily stand on its own, this is a good example how you can step things up just a bit. Take a moment and think about what you have to complement and add some pizzazz to your cards. It really doesn’t take a lot of time, or money and your embellished easy watercolour leaf cards will get you WOWS – guaranteed!

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