Fall Card with Lights

If you want to wow them, then you have to make a light up card. When I think of fall, I always think of the beautiful gold, orange, and red colors that always give such a warm feeling…especially when light infuses them. The fall card below was made with the Chibitronics light kit. It’s easier than you think. The video below shows you how to do a simple circut, but Chibitronics has options for complex designs as well. Hope you enjoy it. Give it a try. It’s always so much fun creating something new.

Affiliate Links (I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and share a sale links below):

6 x 6 paper pad Fall Market by Carta Bella: https://shrsl.com/2hzyr

Chibitronics Starter Kit: https://amzn.to/2G7ewoX

Chibitronics Intro Kit: (smaller and cheaper than starter kit, but only white lights) https://amzn.to/3nbfgty

Pin Stripe peel-off border tape: (link is from UK, shipping is extra from other countries) https://www.lovefromlizi.com/pin-stri…

Scor-Tape: (to adhere the battery to the page) https://amzn.to/2Gko:WS4

Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock:

125 sheets = https://amzn.to/3iqlToy

250 sheets = https://amzn.to/34jJkuxSHOW LESS

Easy Handmade Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are my favorite. I love to create beautiful, ornate ones. I equally love making quick and easy ones. They are all fun to do, so why not give these a try? Remember, if you don’t have the same papers, use what you have. You can even use Christmas wrapping paper as a background and ribbon to take the place of the paper strips you see behind the focal images. Otherwise, feel free to purchase the paper. Affiliate links are below. Enjoy the video!

Affiliate Links (I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the links below):

Echo Park Here Comes Santa Clause collection:

12 x 12 Paper Pack: https://shrsl.com/2itms https://amzn.to/3mPWnwh

12 x 12 Solids Kit (gold paper for the paper strips): https://www.snapclicksupply.com/physi…

Neenah Solar White 110 lb Cardstock (for the cardbase): https://amzn.to/2S7rKUL

Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen Clear https://shrsl.com/2itmx https://amzn.to/309HSK6

Unibal Signo Gel Pen in Gold, Silver, and White: https://amzn.to/367m59I

Sakura Glaze Pen: https://amzn.to/3cFPyIU

My Favorite Things Die-Namics Pierced Rectangle STAX Dies, 0.75 to 4.5-Inch: https://amzn.to/35JrQH4

Fiskars Victorian Blade: https://amzn.to/3n1eLSO

Fiskars 12 Inch Original Craft Rotary Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/30gUAH1

Easy Handmade Christmas Cards

Christmas can’t get here fast enough this year! 2020 has been a rough ride. I hope you are all hanging on to your hats. Even though it’s only September, I just had to do some Christmas cards because they cheer me up. These are easy enough for anyone to make. I hope you enjoy watching the video below and try to make some yourself!

Affiliate Links (I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the links below):
Echo Park Here Comes Santa Clause collection:

12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers:

https://shrsl.com/2itmm

https://amzn.to/32YMVi8

Chipboard Stickers:

https://shrsl.com/2itmq

12 x 12 Paper Pack:

https://shrsl.com/2itms

https://amzn.to/3mPWnwh

Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen Clear

https://shrsl.com/2itmx

https://amzn.to/309HSK6

American Crafts Knock Out Border Punches:

https://amzn.to/331aCGQ

Unibal Signo Gel Pen in Gold, Silver, and White:

https://amzn.to/367m59I

Another Simple Fall Card

If you’ve got twenty minutes to kill, here is a super easy and quick papercraft project you’ll love.

Affiliate Links (I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using some of the links below):

6 x 6 paper pad Fall Market by Carta Bella: https://shrsl.com/2hzyr
Ephemera Fall Market by Carta Bella: https://shrsl.com/2iati
Pin Stripe peel-off border tape: https://www.lovefromlizi.com/wonderland-pin-stripe-peel-off-pack.html

Simple Fall Greeting Card

If you’re looking for something to quiet your mind, making cards is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. Not feeling creative, you say? Let me give you hand. It’s quick and easy and FUN to use patterned paper to make a handmade greeting card. Check out the video below for instructions. If you don’t have the paper in the video, I have included links below so you can purchase it ( I am an affiliate for Amazon and Scrapbook.com). Or, use what you have on hand. For example, pick a larger print from what you have (like the pumpkin print paper you see in the video). Next, choose a solid, dotted or pin-striped pattern (like the orange paper you see in the video). Then, choose a decorative element like a ribbon, glitter paper, glitter washi-tape (like the gold washi-tape beneath the blue tag in the video). Finally, use another solid paper and clip the edges with a circle punch or cut with decorative edge scissors to create a tag for your card (like the blue tag in the video). That’s all there is to it!

Affiliate Links (I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the links below):

Gold glitter washi tape: https://amzn.to/2RfAY0K

Glossy accents: https://shrsl.com/2hzzh

Pin Stripe peel-off border tape 6 x 6 paper pad:

https://www.lovefromlizi.com/wonderland-pin-stripe-peel-off-pack.html


Fall Market Collection by Carta Bella

With Fall around the corner, it’s time to make some Fall cards! The two I have for you today are made with the patterned paper collection called, “Fall Market” by Carta Bella. It’s beautiful, textured paper that comes in the size 12″ x 12″ or a pad of 6″ x 6″, but the small one isn’t textured.

I chose to make a very traditional looking card along with one that’s a bit more fancy. Enjoy the video below and don’t forget to use your imagination and creativity to come up with other ideas for these papers. Examples include home decor projects, gift tags or bags, and much more.

You can purchase the papers with the links below. These are my affiliate links, which means I will receive a small percentage of any sales that occur with the use of these links:

https://shrsl.com/2h5vf

https://amzn.to/3lKK0Rz

Things to Do/Resources during Quarantine

During these unprecedented times, I’d like to share some ideas for things to do to keep your mind occupied and healthy. I’ve used most of the resources below and I listed next to each one free or paid. Some of the free ones do require a registration. Please use at your own risk and always preserve your privacy online. I hope these ideas help you and encourage you.  Here are some encouraging verses from the bible:

Psalm 67 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Read the bible/Study the bible/Pray 

(Romans 10:13 or “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.)

Blueletterbible.org (free)

Biblegateway.com (free)

Youversion.com(free)

Make handmade greeting cards

Greetingstar.org (free)

Learn a new skill

Skillshare.com (paid)

Udemy.com (paid)

Youtube.com (search for the topic such as cardmaking, drawing, painting,  cooking, calligraphy, or any other hobby or skill you’re interested in)

mybluprint.com (paid)

Play a game online

https://skribbl.io/

http://horsepaste.com/

https://store.steampowered.com/ check out Kind Words

Research your family history

Ancestry.com (paid)

https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/free-resources/ (free)

familysearch.org(free)

Learn a language

https://www.duolingo.com/ (free)

Take a virtual tour online

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9576127/free-virtual-tours-online

Online school resources

https://answersingenesis.org/education/online-courses/ (paid)

https://answersingenesis.org/kids/videos/ (free)

https://www.icr.org/thatsafact (free videos)

k12.com (free online virtual school for k-12 students)

https://www.k12.com/coronavirus.html (free online resources)

Christmas Patterned Paper-Digital

christmas2019thumb2Yesterday was World Cardmaking Day!  Hooray!  I had a lot of fun the past week making Christmas cards with some patterned paper I designed myself on my computer using Inkscape. It is a free digital graphics program like Adobe Illustrator. Did I mention it is free? Just head on over to Inkscape.org to get yours. I like it because it’s free! You can create SVG files that can be cut in electronic cutting machines like the Silhouette Cameo. There are tons of videos on YouTube showing how to use the program and there are tutorials at their website too.

Anyhoo, on to my crafts.  I made a video showing how I made the cards. If you’d like a copy of the images and paper, just

  1. Click the YouTube video below
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel
  3. Send an email to greetingstar@greetingstar.org to request the file. Don’t forget to give me your email so I can send it to you :0)

 

 

 

Products I used on these cards are listed below. I am an Amazon.com and Scrabook.com affiliate. The links are free for you to use. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support :0)

My patterned paper design (see above to get your free copy)

 

Tonic Studios Festive Lights Cardstock:  http://shrsl.com/1v0nd

Tonic Studios Moonlight Rose:  http://shrsl.com/1v0ns

Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle Dies:  https://amzn.to/30PgBdl

Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval Dies:  https://amzn.to/31LuwlX

Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Oval Dies: https://amzn.to/2LNduhM

Spellbinders Nestabilities Square Dies: https://amzn.to/2IrBGUS

Scrapbook.com Nested Tag Dies:  http://shrsl.com/1v143

Nuvo Confetti Crystal Cloud:  https://amzn.to/2LPPwmc

Wow Christmas Glitter Shapes:  https://amzn.to/2IrJzJO

Poppystamps Festival Tags Dies:  https://www.poppystamps.com/1589-Festival-Tags-craft-die_p_662.html

Avery Elle Ele-ments Dotted Borders Dies:  https://amzn.to/2olPpWr

Nuvo Drops-Black:  https://amzn.to/2pHEO8q

Stickles-Glam Pink:  https://amzn.to/2OnjUWD

Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree Stamp Set:  http://shrsl.com/1v13p

Similar Christmas Stamp Set at Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2VdSi7M

Uni ball Signo Gel Pen in White, Silver, and Gold:  https://amzn.to/2pHAUwj

Darice Adhesive Pearls:  https://amzn.to/2IpRDej

 

Easy Watercolor Card for any Celebration

watercolorcircles2019thumbI know I’ve been doing a lot of watercoloring lately. I can’t help it. It’s such a fun way to make a card. This time, I added details with a silver gel pen to create some highlights. I think it makes the circles look like balloons. You could try a white gel pen instead. The little lines I added around the circles give the whole thing some movement, which makes the circles look like they are floating around and bumping into each other. It shouts celebration!

I matted the card with some silver pearl paper by Cricut and then adhered that to the cardbase. I used Neenah Solar White 110lb carstock for the cardbase. There are lots of variations you can do with this card. You can change up the color scheme to fit your occasion, use a die cut greeting instead of hand lettering, overlap the circles to create a bokeh effect. As always, your imagination is the only limit.

Give this card a try. I’m sure you’ll find it fun to do. It is easy enough for kids to do, but anyone will enjoy making it. If you’d like to see a video, click on the YoutTube video below.

I am an Amazon.com and Scrabook.com affiliate. The links are free for you to use. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support :0)

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors:  https://amzn.to/2VFJcPE

Canson Mix Media paper 98lb:  https://amzn.to/2JS8847

For the brush pens:  there are so many on the market to choose from. I really like the Zig memory System I have, but they are expensive.  I have the big set which I will link for you below, but I also link the newer brushables which come in a smaller quantity, and cost less.

Zig Memory System Scroll and Brush Markers:  https://amzn.to/2M8eeA2

Zig Brushables:  https://amzn.to/2YBtPd1

Kelly Creates Black Brush Pen Set:  https://amzn.to/2WmtsWf

If you’d like to learn brush lettering, this is the workbook I used. (I am not an affiliate with Kelly Creates, I just like her products):

Kelly Creates Learn Brush Lettering Workbook:  https://amzn.to/2Yzh2rw

Cricut Pearl Paper:  https://amzn.to/2QunfC1

Happy Memorial Day!

memorialdaythumbnailGod Bless America and all those who have sacrificed to make and keep us free! To celebrate Memorial Day 2019, why don’t you make an EASY watercolor greeting card to share with loved ones and friends? You can use any watercolors you have on hand, even Crayola brand. It makes a great project for anyone, even for kids. If you don’t have anyone to give a card to, you can turn this into a decoration for an event by using larger pieces of watercolor paper or even a canvas.

Watercolors are so versatile. You can create beautiful gradients with just one color by adding a little more water each time you lay down some color. Or you can kick it up a notch by using less water to create very saturated, vibrant, and shiny colors on your card. I experimented and did both with these cards, and I also used three different shades of red and three different shades of blue. Check out the video below to see how it’s done. The supplies I used are linked below the video (I am an Amazon affiliate).

One word of caution, in order to prevent the colors from running together and making shades or hues you don’t want, be sure your wet colors don’t come into contact with each other unless you want them to. On this card, you’ll need to let the blue section of the flag dry before adding the red to prevent the red and blue from mixing and forming into purple.

SUPPLIES:

I am an Amazon and Scrabook.com affiliate. The links are free for you to use. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support :0)

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors:  https://amzn.to/2VFJcPE

 

Colors I used:

REDS:

Red No.32

Rose Madder No.34

Rose Madder Deep No. 36

BLUES:

Ultramarine No. 64

Turquoise Blue No. 62

Indigo No. 67

Canson Mix Media paper 98lb:  https://amzn.to/2JS8847

 

 

Sakura Micron Pen:  https://amzn.to/2YFLr7C

 

For the brush pens:  there are so many on the market to choose from. I really like the Zig memory System I have, but they are expensive.  I have the big set which I will link for you below, but I also link the newer brushables which come in a smaller quantity, and cost less.

Zig Memory System Scroll and Brush Markers:  https://amzn.to/2M8eeA2

Zig Brushables:  https://amzn.to/2YBtPd1

 

 

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive:  https://amzn.to/2M9Hkzo

 

Kelly Creates Learn Brush Lettering Workbook:  https://amzn.to/2Yzh2rw

 

Kelly Creates Black Brush Pen Set:  https://amzn.to/2WmtsWf

Stampendous (alternative to the ones I used): https://bit.ly/2JDdukD