Hi there!!! – Here we go again, it’s me participating in the Stampin’ Dreams blog hop for January!! make sure you hop with us as you will get lots of inspiration as you visit all participating blogs!!
I know it seems like lately I am participating in a lot of blog hops, but honestly I have fun at these and I get lots of inspiration when I play with them.
Also being very honest, I have my new resolution for 2020 that I need to step up on my blog and be more consistent with posting my cards in my blog.
Committing to the blog hops keeps my behind on task. It forces me to write even when I don’t feel like doing so to meet the deadline and therefore it helps me with consistency and accountability.
Don’t get me wrong, I create cards on a regular basis, and in fact I share lots and lots of ideas on my Facebook page but I know I can do way better if I share those ideas as well in my blog!! what do you think?
What do you do to keep yourself on track on your NEW YEAR resolutions? for me is commitment with others.. It always force me to do better as I know others are counting on me and I definitely don’t want to let them down.
Blog Hop Theme – CASE a card!
OK, so back to our card project!!! The theme for this blog hop is actually CASE a card. If you are not familiar with this term, let me explain it a bit.
CASE means Copy and Share Everything! To be honest this is my favorite way to design cards! there are so many ways to CASE that I can go on and on for hours, but today I want to share with you one way I design my cards using patterned paper and CASE-ing (is that a word??? 🙄 )
Designing your cards with patterned paper
For my cards today, I want to show you a quick an easy way to come up with your ideas with the CASE method.
First you find an idea for inspiration, in my case I found this Pin on Pinterest.
Then, you see the elements that you like in the idea you are using for inspiration.
In this case, I loved the layout and the fact that it was a card set. I also loved the use of designer series paper (DSP) for the background and the focal point.
Finally, I loved how easy and simple these cards looked. So when I decided this was the idea I wanted to CASE, I created an sketch to follow for my cards.
Below is the sketch that follows the basic elements on the cards from the pin I wanted to CASE.
Please note: I do not add all the elements from the card into the sketch, as you want to have a simple sketch to stretch your creativity, by thinking how you can play with it, how you can change it, or how you can exchange elements.
Having a sketch always helps you to follow a layout for a card. Additionally, it helps you to focus on the products you want to use. I tend to do this a lot, to avoid copying exactly the same design.
You see, when you are watching the original card it sometimes can overwhelm you, thinking you might not have some elements on the collection of items you want to use to replace the ones you see in the card you are casing.
Therefore, having a sketch takes that noise away, as a result you can think of what you have from the collection of products you want to use into your card.
For example, the cards on the pin used linen thread under the circle, and in my case, I did not add this to the sketch. Similarly, you can see that for the sentiment, I added a banner on the sketch, however the cards on the pin do not have banners for the sentiment.
Different sources to help you design your cards
Since we have been talking about getting card ideas for you to CASE, I thought it would be helpful to share a list of sources you can use.
Old cards you have made in the past
Stampin’ Up! catalogs (past or current)
Additionally think of other ways you can CASE, in these cards, I used the layout for inspiration and that is what I copied for my cards. However, you can copy other things when CASE-ing.
The following ideas might be something to consider when designing your cards and CASE-ing.
Color combos you liked
Layout – as shown on these cards
Copy the same card, but change the colors or stamp set
Rotate the layout – if the card was made horizontal, try to make it vertical
Make the same card using another patterned paper collection
I am sure these ideas will help you get your mind thinking on other ways you can design cards and make it easy, while getting a lot of sources to get lots of inspiration.
Products used in these cards
In the cards I am showing today, I wanted to focus on the Bird Ballard Suite from Stampin’ Up!, as I adore the designer series paper (DSP) and stamp set included in this collection. I then used the Follow your Art embellishment kit to compliment the cards.
As usual, I looked at the back of the patterned paper pack (DSP) to get the color combo for my cards. This is the number one tip I can give you if you struggle with color combinations. Believe me, it never fails!
For these cards I used the following color combos:
Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Pool Party
Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party
At the end of this post you will see the full supply list of the products used for my cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click at the pictures, and you will be taken to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items. As always I truly appreciate your support, this keeps me motivated in creating and sharing card ideas with you.
Here is the Video tutorial where I show step-by-step on how to make these cards, I go over how I create the sketch from the pin I found in Pinterest and how I go about making decisions on mix and matching the designs from the designer series paper a.k.a. DSP or paper pack collection.
Also, I go over the measurements and colors of the ink and cardstock. As a result you will get lots of information on this video. However, the downside is that the video is around 42 min. Therefore, I recommend you watch this one when you are winding down from your day so you can relax and enjoy it. 😉
Blog hop line-up!
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, make sure you visit the rest of the participant blogs.
Hello there!!! Today I am again participating in a blog hop to bring you lots of ideas from around the world!! Believe me you will get tons and tons of inspiration when you hop with us and visit all blogs from my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators!
I have no doubts that you will find lots and lots of inspiration and after visiting all the blogs you will want to go to your craft room and case some of the ideas from these blogs!
Now, as you can imagine, I have been saying a lot on my videos how much I love the Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up! and I have not been able to stop creating cards with this suite, so today, I am going to share another project using the Peaceful Poppies Suite.
Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up!
If you are like me, I know that you will love all the elements from this suite! I am particularly drawn to the designer series paper in this collection, because the colors are just so bright that makes me happy!!!
All the designs from the Peaceful Poppies designer series paper are just perfect for stand alone cards, meaning you don’t need much to make beautiful cards! You can see it today with my easy to follow design.
You can mix and match this same layout with all the different designs in this paper pack, in fact that would be a great challenge to see how many cards we can make using this same layout!!
If you are up to it, let’s play and share some of your creations on the comments!! I know you will love all the cards you make with sketch/layout!
Information about this card
Anyway, back to the card project I am sharing today. I used both of the stamp sets included in the Peaceful Poppies suite, which are the Painted Poppies and the Peaceful Moments.
I love that one of the sets is sentiments only and the other is poppies images! this really helps so much with the designing of the card, as everything coordinates nicely!
As far as colors being used, I used the Blackberry Bliss for the card base, and Old Olive for the mat, as both colors were included in the DSP color palette. I don’t you if you know that but that is my biggest secret when it comes to color coordination.. I always look in the back of the paper pack to get colors that can go together. After all if these are great on the design of the sheet, it will as well on a card!
Now as far as the sentiment, I die cut it with the brand new Stitched So Sweetly dies! which are fantastic!! seriously! they have some many images for labels plus the cute set of scallop rectangles that are so in trend!
For the stamping, I stamped off the poppy image with Gray Granite in a scratch paper and then stamped (without re-inking) onto the whisper white label, and then I stamped the sentiment with Rich Razzleberry.
And to embellish this card I added a little zigzag with the Poppy Parade Textured Weave Ribbon, it adds somethings and pulls all colors together, don’t you think?
Step-by-Step video tutorial
As usual here is a video tutorial in case you want to see step-by-step instructions, I go over measurements for all the pieces of the card.
If you are interested in knowing all the specifics of the products I used I have added a supply list at the end of this post, as well as a Pinterest image in case you want to save this card idea for later in one of your favorite boards.
Blog hop list!
And as discussed at the beginning of this post, here is the listing of all the blogs participating in the blog hop! Make sure you visit all of them as I know that you will love getting all the ideas from this talented group!
Here is the list of all items used in this card, if you click to any of the images it will take you to my online store, where you can purchase any of these products. As always I truly appreciate your support!
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We all love sending and receiving Christmas cards. However, making Christmas cards can be a challenge when you are running around all the time. After all, we all are busy with all the things in life. Family responsibilities, an 8-5 job, kids activities. I totally get it, and so this is why today I want to share with you a way to make your Christmas cards quick and easy!
Certainly, this process has helped me lately with designing quick and easy Christmas cards. And when I need to make a good number of Christmas cards, this is a good way to tackle the task!
Let me summarize this process in the next bullets for you:
Select a focal point
Choose the patterned paper of your choice
Look out for sketches for your cards or layouts
Schedule some time to cut and ensemble cards
Select a focal point
This my friend will make a big difference. Before you get into making Christmas cards, you need to choose what you want to use as you main focal point. The idea here is to cover the majority of the space you typically have in a Christmas card canvas (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). Having a good focal point always helps in designing a card.
One thing to take into consideration is the number of cards you need to have ready, to make sure you have as many focal points available. For instance, if you are making 20 cards, you would need to consider what you want to do for the focal point 20 times. For example if you are fussy cutting something, do you want to do this 20 times? do you have 20 of the same image to be able to make 20? if not, what would you use to substitute this focal point?
In the Quick and easy Christmas cards I show in this post I decided that the focal point is the Christmas Tree. However, I know that the designer series paper I am using will not let make 20 trees. Therefore, I know I have to make some other with regular card stock. The good thing though, is that because this is a large die cut, I can make as many as I want, I just need to decide what paper to die cut.
A few examples of focal points for your Christmas cards can be
A die cut or a sticker – In my example I am using a large die cut. The Christmas Tree.
An image you can cut out of your patterned paper
A stamped image
A large sentiment
Choose the patterned paper of your choice
Once you know what is your focal point, then you can look for a patterned paper that goes well with the focal point. In all honesty, I typically do this process hand on hand when selecting the focal point, that way I don’t waste too much time in matching things.
For instance in the cards I show in this post, I knew I would use the Wrapped in Plaid designer series paper (DSP) as I was going to die cut the large pine tree for my Christmas cards. Therefore, it made sense to use the same patterned paper for the cards.
One great tip when choosing the patterned paper, is to use one from a collection or pack. In my case I always use Stampin’ Up! designer series paper packs because these always color coordinate very well. This definitely makes the designing process very easy.
Try to not go by the one sheet stack, though you can find gorgeous paper, you will waste way too much time trying to match it with other papers and most of the times you can’t even find one that coordinates perfectly.
Look out for the sketches for your cards or layouts
The next thing to do is to look for sketches or layouts that are simple to follow, that way you can just just the paper accordingly and start making your Christmas cards.
The big tip I can give you when making quick and easy Christmas cards, is to look for easy sketches. Try to avoid going for overly complicated sketches with many layers. In fact the less layers the better. I share more about sketches on this post. And while this post is about Halloween cards, I know you can apply the same tips when making quick and easy Christmas cards. By the way on this post I share a link to my Pinterest board for sketches. So, if you are interested in easy sketches make sure to follow it on Pinterest.
Also try to go for a sketch that showcase or displays the patterned paper you selected. This easy trick will make the big difference, as you make your Christmas cards.
All the sketches I used on these cards are extremely simple, yet the cards look stunning, as these showcase really well the patterned paper. Don’t you agree?
Schedule some time to cut and assemble cards
Now the fun begins!!! Once you have decided on your sketch and the designer series paper and the focal point, it is time to make your Christmas cards!
First step is to break the card into tasks. For instance, cutting the patterned paper, die cutting the focal point, stamping, tie bows, etc. Schedule some time to be making each of the tasks you identified on the first step. Secondly, once you have all the different elements, then schedule some time to assemble all your cards. You will see that you will make quick and easy Christmas time, without any trouble! believe me 🙂
Tutorial on how to make Three quick and easy Christmas cards
Now regarding the cards I show on this post, let me share the following video tutorial, where you can see specifically how these cards were made!
I go over measurements and colors for these cards step by step. Additionally, on this video tutorial I share some tips and tricks on how to use the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint! So if you have been wondering how to use the puff paint, make sure to watch the video!
Please know that this is what I showed last week during my FB live, if you are interested in catching me live, you can like to my page https://www.facebook.com/CreatingWithAllie/ and you can turn on the notifications to let you know when I go live! which is typically on Thursdays at 7pm CST.
Here is the supply list as well as the links to all the products I used to make these cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click on the images and these will take you to my online store. I truly appreciate your support 🙂
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Hello there! Today I am going to show you how to make a quick and easy card using sketches, and over the next few days I will sharing other Halloween projects. This will help you get ready for Halloween in no time! Come back to this blog to check out the new projects!
As you can see, I am participating in a monthly Blog Hop with Kylie. Be sure to check the other blogs participating in this blog hop. You will get tons of inspiration as you hop around with us. 🙂 Let’s get ready!
Quick and Easy – Halloween Card using Sketches
What do you need to get started?
Excellent question! When I come up with quick and easy cards with sketches, I try to see if I have designer series paper (patterned paper) that has big images that can be either cut, punch, or die cut. These will really help you in making your projects go super easy and in no time.
Why do I start with an image that I can cut? fair question. The reason is because when you start looking for a sketch to make your card, you can use this image as main element of your card, so it is easier to see what type of sketch you need when you have selected that image.
Since this card is for Halloween, lets make sure you look for paper that has cute pumpkins, witches, monsters, or any other related image that you can cut. And while you are already looking for Halloween themed patterned paper, look for another sheet of designer series paper (patterned paper) that could go well with the images you have cut.
Stampin’ Up! does great when it comes to patterned paper, as they have a collection of sheets on each pack that works pretty well together. You cannot go wrong when choosing two sheets from the same pack! The card, I am showcasing today, uses the Monster Bash Designer series paper!
Once you have selected the patterned paper, then see which colors will coordinate with those images. You can pick the card stock for the card base, sentiments, as well as the ink colors that you will be using.
Finally you need to pick embellishments! you can pick ribbon, rhinestones, stickers, etc. This should color coordinate with the colors selected on the previous step.
I have the supplies, now what?
The next step in putting your card together is to come up with an sketch. I recommend going into Pinterest and look really quick for a sketch that catches your eye! but notice I said REALLY QUICK! lol cause I know you can easily fall into that rabbit hole where you start looking for something in Pinterest and three hours later you are still looking for that idea or inspiration 😀 Believe me I know!!
One of the things to look for in a sketch, is for it to be simple without many layers, specially if you are new to using sketches. This will also help if you want to come up with quick and easy cards that you can make in no time. The truth is, simpler sketches are so much easier to follow and to put together.
Also, keep in mind the image you selected on the previous step when selecting a sketch. In my project I have a Witch frame that is a circle, so that helps me visualize what kind of sketch I need to use.
Do not use complex sketches. Complex sketches tend to confuse or overwhelm people, because you need to interchange the pieces on the sketch with real paper, and people get frustrated trying to come up with 4 or more colors and paper that can go together. I try to only use 2 to 3 patterns or colors, and so if the sketch has 2 to 3 elements it is easy to substitute these element when making your card.
To help you get in and out of Pinterest without falling into the rabbit hole, I have created a board on my Pinterest account that you can see HERE.
On this boardI have save sketches that I consider to be easy to follow, to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed. You can go in and out really quick from Pinterest and grab a sketch that will work for you! 😀
I have chosen a sketch, what is next?
Once you have the supplies you want to use, and have chosen your sketch then the fun begins!! It is time to put your card together!
Let me show you what I did here on my card! You can see the sketch I used on the left, and on the right you can see the actual card using elements from the sketch.
If You pay attention to the card, you will notice that I altered a little bit the sketch by adding a few things, for instance I added a scalloped circle behind the Witch, and I added ribbon under the scalloped circle as well as some rhinestones on the side of the card.
You see, that is the secret to using simple sketches! They have room for you to add more things to embellish and your card looks even better. Don’t you think?
Specifics on this card!
Now that you saw the behind the scenes of how you make quick and easy Halloween cards cards using sketches! Let’s talk about this card in specific.
As I mentioned before I used the Monster Bash designer series paper. I love that this pack includes two sheets of frames with monsters, as you can cut all of these in one afternoon. Cutting these images ahead of time, makes it super easy to put all your Halloween projects in no time! No kidding! You just need to put paper and card stock together, add the cut images to your project and you are 90% done.
I am using the Witch frame image from the designer series paper, but I decided I wanted to add a scalloped circle under it to pop up the Crushed Curry (yellow) from the Witch image. The scalloped circle is from the Layering circles! This set includes multiple sizes for circles and coordinating scalloped circles, so it is a great set to have!
Following the sketch, I used two different sheets of patterned paper that goes well with the witch frame I had cut. Since these came from the same designer series paper pack, they color coordinate really nice. I glued down these paper. Please note that the banner ends on the strip was cut using the Tailored Tag Punch. This punch has became my favorite ever! You need to have this one on your collection!
I stamped the sentiment from the Spooktacular Bash stamp set, and punched it out with the 1 1/2″ circle punch.
As for the ribbon, I have a GREAT tip!!! you can color the metallic edge ribbon using the Stampin’ Blends! WHAT??? you read it well!!! you can color your ribbon with alcohol markersand get any color that you want! Is this not the coolest tip? Again You are welcome! ha ha ha!
So now that we have all the elements ready, I glue everything together following the sketch.
Watch the Video tutorial on Facebook or YouTube!
IF you want to see how this card was created, you can watch the video HERE! – I will upload this as well on YouTube, and once this is completed I will add it here, but in the meantime you can watch the video on this post from my Facebook page – Update – the video is uploaded in the YouTube and on this post! .
Also, make sure you check at the bottom of this post all the supplies I used to make this card, you can click at the images and these will take you to my online store where you can get all these products!
Want more Halloween ideas to get inspired?
If you want to get inspiration from past year’s Halloween cards you can click on the images below and these will take you to the post where you can see the details on these.. While these products might not be available, they follow the idea of sketches and patterned paper. You can easily substitute these with what you have available already 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking time reading this post! Let me know in the comments if you will try to use sketches for your next project, or if you have any other secret to make quick and easy cards! I love to learn from all of you!! 🙂
Don’t forget to see the rest of the blog hop! I know you will get tons of inspiration from the people participating today! 🙂 The line up is below!
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Hello Friends!! so here I am again participating in the SIP challenge of the week!! this week the theme was fun Cake! so when I read the challenge I immediately thought of using the sweet soiree suite!! which is the one that has a cake in it!! I mean it was just perfect.. I just got this set and I have been wanting to play with it, but since my focus has been valentines I have not had time to play with this!! so I love that this challenge is giving me the perfect excuse to play with this suite!!
So here is my sample!! I use the designer series paper (DSP) on this suite, it is the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP, and what is cool about this paper pack is that each sheet has silver foil, it looks gorgeous!! and on all projects this will have a WOW effect!! Did you see the cake stand??? This was die cut with the coordinating framelits! and you guess it, when you get both the stamp set and the coordinating framelits on a bundle, you save 10% on both items!!!
I colored the flowers on the cake using the blends markers!! I love these alcohol markers!! and then I added Wink of Stella on the flowers, this adds a lot to the card!! on the below picture you can see more details on the flowers!! you definitely need to get all the colors of these markers!!! The best way to get all of these markers is by purchasing the starter kit!! no kidding (keep reading).. the full collection of blends cost $121.5 plus shipping (10%) plus tax so total is about $144 (depending on your state tax), but if you purchase the starter kit, you actually get $125 worth of products for only $99 plus tax, there is NO Shipping fees on the starter kit, so about $107 (again depending on your state taxes), and during Sale-A-Bration which is going on right now, you get TWO stamp sets of your choice from the annual or occasions catalog for FREE. And the best thing is that you get to enjoy at least 20% discount in any of your future orders, plus you get to be part of my team 🙂
you can see more samples being made with the challenge of the week HERE And here is the video tutorial where I show you how to make this beautiful card, hope you enjoy watching this video.
Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on, so for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products on my store you get a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!!! don’t miss out on this great promotion!! this is truly the best time of the year!!!
Hello Friends!! here is another card using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS), I have been enjoying lately using these sketches and challenges to get inspiration for the cards I create..
What I like about FMS is that their sketches are very clean and prompt you to make a quick and easy card, don’t you think? here is the sketch from this week..
I decided to use the painted with love suite and showcase the gorgeous designer series paper (DSP), all the sheets on this DSP pack has gold foil!! so I promise you, all your projects will look spectacular when using this DSP!!
I added a little heart that I had die cut in gold glimmer paper, this heart is from the sure do love you bundle.. and the sentiment is from the petal palette stamp set!!
This one is one of the four cards that I created during the last Facebook live event on Jan 11, you can see the full video here..
Also don’t forget to see the gallery for all the participants using this sketch HERE
If you don’t know about it, I hold a facebook live event every Thursday at 7pm CST on my facebook page HERE, you can like or follow my page and request notifications to know when I go live!!!
Also new in 2018, Every month I will be sending a card kit to make Four cards to everyone who places an online order $30 or more using the hostess code of the month.. it is important to use the hostess code as this is the way I will know who will be getting the monthly kit.. Please note that while I will send all the supplies you will need to provide the stamps, as I cannot send stamped images per Stampin’ Up! policies.
For January, the hostess code is 9NJERZVY
And don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on!! For every $50 you spend you can get an item for free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! check it out!! click on the image below to see the items available!!!
Below is the list of products that I use to make this card, you can click on the images below to go to my online store where you can purchase these items.
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