Quick and Easy Easter Card

 

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I’m so glad you found me today! Welcome to my blog. I made these cards with just a few simple supplies:  paper, cardstock, stickers, border punch and adhesive. There was only 1 optional thing, a greeting stamp for the inside greeting. I trimmed the pattern paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and the solid paper about 3.75″. You can totally eyeball the solid paper! Then I adhered them to my card base with double sided adhesive. Finally, I placed some puffy stickers on the front and I was good to go. You can watch the process on the YouTube video below. The products I used are listed here. The links are free and I get a small percentage of the sale for any products you purchase ;0)

 

 

 

Easter Egg Card

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My card for today is an Easter card with a plaid background and stamped and die cut Easter eggs. I used Zig Memory System Twin Markers and a clear ruler to make the plaid background. The ruler is from Westcott. The card base is from Neenah solar white 110lb  classic crest cardstock. The images are stamped on watercolor paper because I used the Zig Clean Color Brush markers on the stamps before stamping them. I did stamp them more than once to get a better impression. It is not necessary to use both types of markers. I just liked the look of the brush markers when using them to “ink” up a stamp. FYI, the Zig Memory System Twin markers are archival quality, which means that they are acid free and lightfast. A nice option for scrapbookers looking to preserve their work.  I could not link them for you because the set I have is 20 years old (really) and I’m not sure they package the same colors in the new pack. It didn’t look like it on Amazon. Seriously, you can use any pastel color markers you have!

A link to the YouTube video is below as well as links to the products I used. The links are free for you to use, and if you purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for supporting my card making habit ;0)

 

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Quick and Easy Greeting Card with Patterned Paper and Foam Stickers

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Patterned paper and stickers go a long way when you need a quick and easy DIY greeting card! Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover supplies. Since it’s spring, I chose some colors that fit the theme, namely lavender and spring green. To “pretty” the paper up a bit and provide more definition between the pattern and solid color, I punched a heart border using an American Crafts border punch system. Adding a thin strip of white cardstock under the heart border makes them stand out. Although I used white here, you can choose any color that coordinates with the stickers and paper you are using. Each of the three flower stickers have white dots on them which echo the dots on the patterned paper. The only thing left to do is adhere everything to the card base. I chose a heavy cardstock because my stickers were made of foam and therefore a bit heavier than traditional stickers. That’s it! You’re done ;0)

Enjoy the video below. Most of the products I used on this card were from my leftover supplies, so I can’t link them for you. Feel free to rummage through  your stash and find what works for you. Don’t be limited by flowers. If you’re making a card for a child, you can use animal stickers. Your imagination is the only limit here!

However, the tools and basic supplies are linked below in the affiliate links. They are free for you to use, and I will receive a small percentage of the sale of any of the products you may purchase.

Alternate border punch

Similar patterned paper for spring:  SBC_db-5676_0

 

Abstract Birthday Card with Direct to Paper Distress Oxide Ink

dbday2018thumbThis card was so much fun to make. It was intended for a male birthday, so I wanted it to be masculine. I used Distress Oxide Ink to create the background and Crystal Nuvo Drops for the gold highlights and dots. The greeting is from Sizzix Thinlits designed by Tim Holtz. Check out the YouTube video below. The products I used are listed below that. I am an affiliate for the organizations in the links, but they are free for you to use. If you purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage of the sale.

The products I used on this card (I am an Amazon affiliate):

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads: https://amzn.to/2x7tQdm or search for them here:  Ranger Ink Industries

Tonic Studios Crystal Nuvo Drops: https://amzn.to/2xgXeOz

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack https://amzn.to/2O5xCuf

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack: https://amzn.to/2QhiKdI

Plus Corporation Glue Tape, 4-Pack: https://amzn.to/2NGpUK9

Sizzix Thinlits Celebration Word Dies:  https://amzn.to/2UeqBgZ

Similar products: Elmer’s

E4014 CraftBond Flexible Dual Tip Glue Pen, 1 Fluid Ounce, Clear: https://amzn.to/2NFUtzr

Tonic Studios Mirror Glossy Cardstock Polished Gold: https://amzn.to/2CUeePH

 

Easy Watercolor Card for Spring!

Spring has sprung! Oh those lovely spring colors. You know the ones I’m talking about. They are so heavenly to me, those beautiful colors that epitomize spring and Easter:  Pale pink, peach, and light teal. Using Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (in pale pink, flesh color, and turquoise green), I put down some color onto watercolor paper and then used a Arteza waterbrush to pull out the color in order to create a single color gradient from dark to light. I repeated this step with the remaining two colors. Once it was dry, I added some Elizabeth Craft Designs peel off stickers in gold. To frame it up, I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to design and cut out some rectangles for a cover to my watercolor panel. If you don’t have a die cutting machine, you can use rectangle dies or just a good old craft knife or X-acto knife. To save waste, I used the positive rectangles from my cut to create a second card. To top it all off, I used a Uniball Signo gel pen in gold to outline each frame. Check out the YouTube video below and don’t forget to like and subscribe. The links to the products I used are below the video. I provided more than one link for some of the items so you can shop around. The links are free for you to use and if you happen to purchase something, I will get a small percentage of the sale because I am an affiliate to the organization they link to.

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The links below are free for you to use and if you happen to purchase something, I will get a small percentage of the sale because I am an affiliate to the organization they link to.

  

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 or Buy at Scrapbook.com

Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off Big Flowers in Gold
Elizabeth Craft Peel Off Stickers Hearts
Elizabeth Crafts Peel Off Stickers Doodles with Leaves:  SOLD OUT as of this posting

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Hello Spring

Spring is here! That means pretty colors and beautiful weather. To celebrate, I dry embossed some cardstock with a stencil and then added some color with a stencil brush and some gelatos.  Gelatos look like lipstick tubes, but they aren’t for your lips ;0)

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To dry emboss with a stencil, you’ll need a rubber embossing mat as well as your embossing plates. For Cricut cuttlebug users, you’ll need your A plate, then put your paper down and the stencil on top of that. The rubber embossing mat goes next. Then you’ll need two B plates, and finally a cardboard shim to get a better impression.

Without removing the stencil from the paper, I applied some gelatos using stencil brushes. The image below shows how I smeared the gelatos onto my craft mat and then picked up the color with a stencil brush. Too bad I didn’t take a photo of the stencil still attached to the card panel :0(   I used some 3M post it tape to hold the stencil in place on the paper (not the craft mat).
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You can see the result below. I just love the rainbow effect this created on the edge of the card, so I repeated it on the other side, which you can see in the finished card.
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For the greeting, I die cut “hello” from yellow paper using  a HeroArts Stamp & Cut set.  I used black ink to stamp the die cut and added some glossy accents accents to make it shiny. To embellish the card, I stamped a butterfly on some acetate using StazOn ink and fussy cut it out. Next, I added some color to the butterfly with Sakura Glaze pens. The StazOn ink and Glaze pens will take a little extra time to dry so plan accordingly. To make it stand out, I popped up the butterly with dimensional adhesive. I just love that the light casts a colored shadow beneath the butterfly. Before mounting it to a card base, I added some “bling” by putting a few drops of glossy accents around the greeting.

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Don’t forget to adhere it to a card base to make it a card. Feel free to use a colored card base.
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The products I used on this card are linked below. I am an affiliate for Scrapbook.com, Amazon, and Hero Arts.

Hero Arts – Die and Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set – Hello
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Bible Journaling: Genesis 1 – The Creation

In the beginning…famous words, beautiful words. Creation is beautiful. Creation implies a Creator. The concept is simple. God has a way of using the foolish things to confound the wise. The idea that all creatures were created by God (and that humans were created in His image) gives dignity, worth, and purpose to each and every one of us… something people seem to be in desperate need of today. God knew beforehand that the theory of evolution would rise up and He even tried to warn us about it in His word. The book of Genesis was written by Moses long before Jesus came to earth and certainly long before Charles Darwin wrote his book, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”. In Genesis, God repeats a simple phrase over and over. Do you know what that phrase is?  It is, “after his kind”. It seems He wanted to drive that point home to anyone willing to listen…even before the theory of evolution was founded.

Every time Genesis tells us that a creature was created, it says that it brought forth creatures after his kind. This means that each type of creature could only bring forth creatures that were of its own kind. I always used to wonder why God would repeat himself over an over. I believe now it was because He knew beforehand so many would be fooled by the theory of evolution and h=He wanted to set us straight! In celebration of this, I did some bible journaling in Genesis 1.  The video is below. If you’d like more information on the science of creation you can find many scholarly articles at https://www.icr.org and https://www.answersingenesis.org. I particularly like the “That’s a Fact” videos on the ICR website.

The products I used are linked below. I am an affiliate for DaySpring, Amazon, and Scrapbook.com, and some items have more than one link so you can shop around :0)

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https://www.hobbylobby.com/Scrapbook-Paper-Crafts/Stickers/Stick-Family-Stickers/p/18958

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Jump for Joy 4×6 clear stamp set retail $12.99

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Praise the Lord Clear Stamp set 4×6 Retail 12.99

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Valentine’s Day Cut File

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! To celebrate, I am offering a free cut file you can use on your craft projects. To receive it, simply subscribe to my blog and you will receive an email with the cut file. I used the cut to make some greeting cards, of which you can see in the video below. Of course, you may feel free to use them for any craft project you’d like.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Christmas Elf Card with Metallic Gelatos

Shimmery, shiny, beautiful things that catch the light.  This is the epitome of Christmas. Light goes with Christmas. Christmas is a time of gift giving.  Ever wonder why?  Because the Father of lights gave us the greatest gift we could ever receive…Jesus!  James 1:7 in the King James Version says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” That is why Christmas is about lights!  After all,  He is the light of the world, and we are supposed to be too!  Enjoy my Christmas card below which uses shimmery, shiny metallic gelatos:

          

Quick Christmas Cards

quickchristmasthumbnailLove making Christmas cards?  Don’t have a lot of time?  Check out this post for some quick Christmas cards!  I used pre-cut and pre-folded cards and my stash of stickers, glitter/washi tape, gel pens, and other embellishments.  I went through my scrapbook paper packs and pulled out papers that I thought looked “Christmasy” and used them on some of my cards.  I even used a piece of old Christmas wrapping paper!  They came together very quickly and it was a lot of fun! Check out my YouTube video below and there are links to the supplies I used below the video (I am an Amazon affiliate).