Stampin’ Dreams Blog hop – Case a card

Stampin Dreams Blog Hop

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 

This post has excellent ideas on how to design easy cards using 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. 

This was the idea I found on Pinterest to come up with the projects shown on my postFirst 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. 

 

The Sketch!!

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.

Sketch from Allie # 5

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)
  • Card magazines
  • Pinterest 
  • Sketches 

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 

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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. 

Step-by-step instructions

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. 

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Full Supply List of Products

And as promised, you can see below the full supply list of products I used when creating these cards. Thank you so much for your support and for stopping by today!

 

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Monthly Team Blog Hop – Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up!

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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!! Sketch from Allie # 4

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! 

Birthday card using the Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin Up!

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!

Supply List

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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Valentine’s Card using Heartfelt Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Hello there!! I know it has been a while since I last posted cards on my blog, however I have been sharing lots of fun and easy-to-make cards on my Facebook page and over on YouTube, I just have been extremely busy to actually blog about all the cards I have made, but I promise you that during 2020 I will do much better.. at least that is one my resolutions this year 😉😉😉

You know, it is really hard at times to do all things, considering I have also a full time job, as well as two little ones and a husband, there is a lot of demanding attention going to all places, and so sometimes blogging takes a back seat..

Funny as it sounds, I truly believe making videos is way easier for me than actually writing.. I guess cause I have never been a lady of too many words… or at least of too many written words! ha! 

I love to make quick and easy cards, as crafting really keeps me calm when life is coming at me in all directions. I feel like making cards is a great therapy! so even though I am not constantly blogging, I am always creating a card! 

And today I am sharing with you a quick and easy Valentine’s card!! This card is using the brand new bundle Heartfelt  from Stampin’ Up!

Quick and easy Valentine’s card!

As usual, I am sharing with you a quick and easy card, as I know that you are like me and I know that your crafting time is very limited! so you want to create something cute but fast at the same time, as we don’t have unlimited crafting time.. at least not now.. 
Valentine's card using Heartfelt bundle from Stampin' Up!

As you can see from the picture above, the new suite “From my Heart” from Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to make your valentine’s cards, you can see I used the brand new heart doilies, which are adorable and they come in two color’s, well actually three, as you can flip it and get a white doily, but you get these cute doilies in Real Red and Flirty Flamingo.. 

This cute embellishment really makes it so easy to put cards together. You just glue the doily down to your card and it adds a lot of detail to your project!! seriously.. that easy!.. 

On this card I added another heart layer on top of the doily. This heart came from the From my heart designer series paper, and it was punched with the scalloped punch included in the Heartfelt bundle! I love having punches as these are super easy to use and makes it faster to make embellishments to decorate a project. 

Step-by-step video tutorial for this Valentine’s card

If you are interested in seeing a step-by-step tutorial, you can watch the video below, where I go over measurements, and I show you all the products being used in more detail!

I know you will enjoy the process, and you will realize that you can too make as many Valentine’s cards with this new suite from Stampin’ Up!

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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How to make quick and easy Christmas cards

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!

Learn how to make quick & easy Christmas cards as well as how to use the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint!

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. 

Learn how to make quick & easy Christmas cards as well as how to use the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint! Learn how to make quick & easy Christmas cards as well as how to use the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint! Learn how to make quick & easy Christmas cards as well as how to use the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint!

 

 

 

 

 

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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Make a quick & easy Halloween card using sketches

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 board I 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?

Use this sketch to come up with quick and easy cards!     Learn how to do a quick and easy Halloween card using sketches!

 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 markers and 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 🙂

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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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Stamping Around the World – October 2019


Today is the Stamping Around the World Blog Hop!! And you are in for a treat, as you will get inspired by the amazing group of demonstrators in this design team!!
Make sure you go thru all the blogs participating, as I am sure you will enjoy seeing all the projects included in this blog hop! – All links are at the bottom of the post! so make sure to check them out 🙂

So for today I want to share with you some tips to help you get ready for your Holiday cards!!! If you like sending cards around the holidays then continue reading today’s post as I will be sharing some of my tips to get ready for this task. 😉

How to make your Christmas cards in time and still enjoy it!

Create beautiful Christmas cards in no time!

You see usually making cards for Christmas can easily overwhelm you as typically one makes a lot of cards, some years I have made as many as 150 cards, and it can get overwhelming, so starting sooner rather than later is always a good thing, but also trying to have a beautiful card that it is easy to make can make a difference.

How to decide how many designs to make?

I remember a few years ago, I was making multiples of cards with a friend and while these were gorgeous, I am not going to lie, it was so time consuming that I didn’t enjoy making that many of the same card, I resented the last few ones and it was so tiring and boring, so I decided that it was best to break it down into multiple designs. This not only helped me to do the task but would excite me again as I knew I was making different designs.

Now, you do want to make multiple of several designs rather than one of’s, and the reason is that sometimes it can be as well very overwhelming trying to do a different card for each recipient.. it gets tiring trying to figure out that many designs, unless you are making a few of them, like 5-10 cards, but if you are making 60-100 cards you can clearly see that you would get really overwhelmed, right?

My rule of thumb is about 20-25 cards per design, that seems to be the magic range for me between enjoying making multiples of the same versus getting bored or tired of the same design over and over.  So divide the number of total cards you want to create by 20 or 25 and that would give you the number of designs that you would need.  So if I were making 60 cards, I would design 3 cards and then do 20 of each. Hope this helps you in figuring out how many cards to design. 

What is next after deciding how many designs

The next thing I would do after deciding how many designs I need to have, is to look for designs that might use kind of the same tools or paper, that way I can batch produce as much as possible, for instance on  the cards I am showcasing today, you can easily break down some of the elements and do them in batches, like die cutting or punching in one day, cutting all the card bases as well as any designer series paper in another day, embossing in another session, making bows in another day, etc. you get the picture? 

 

 

 

 

 

In the cards I am showing above, you can see I used the Perfectly Plaid suite, so I could easily prepare for 60 cards without any trouble, as a lot of the elements are the same. 

Another thing that I could do to add interest, is that while I am doing multiples of the same card I could change out the designer series paper pattern, I would still use the same pack but I would change the pattern, so they feel like unique cards even though I am making the same design, this always helps to keep you excited about making multiples of the same card rather than feeling bored with it.  

The Key is in the design!

As you can see the designing part is key. Having a design that you can easily break down into different steps is key, but the card design should also be beautiful and easy to make, as having a more complex card can be overwhelming. It doesn’t matter in how many steps or tasks you can break it down, it still has to be easy to put together or you will still burn out with the task at hand. 

Try to look for cards that have an easy sketch to follow, believe me less is more in a lot of instances, and when you are doing 20-25 of the same card you want to be able to enjoy putting together the cards without thinking too much about it. I know what I am telling you! a lot of the times I turned the TV on at night and just ensemble my cards, since there is not much to think about the task is easy enough that I can enjoy watching my favorite show while I am enjoying putting together the cards. 

Give it a try! I know you will enjoy the process

  • Decide how many cards you want to make
  • Divide this number by 20 or 25 to come up with the number of designs you need to create
  • Chose a design that can be easily break down into simple tasks 
  • Prepare all the elements of your cards in multiple days
  • Have a date with yourself and your TV to put together your cards
  • Enjoy putting together your Christmas cards!!!

I hope you have enjoyed the tips provided on this post! I would love hearing from you, share with me other tips you have when putting together your Christmas cards, do you have a process for this? if so, share it here, so we all can learn from each other!

If you want to learn how to make the cards shown above you can watch the video HERE. These cards were made during my Facebook live event, which is every Thursday at 7pm CST.  If you are interested in watching more cards you can go to my page and see the past videos or you can catch me next Thursday live!

You can see the complete list of supplies I used to make these cards. You can click on the pictures below which will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of them. 

Stamping Around the World Blog Hop Links

Do not forget to visit the rest of the blogs participating in today’s blog hop! I know you will love to see all their projects and I know that you will get tons of inspiration!! click on the below images to go to their website! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Also if you are not aware, The Stamping Around the World Design Team puts together a bundle of tutorials each month that we give for FREE to anyone purchasing with us. If you place an order of $50 or more I will be mailing you the tutorial bundle for FREE. You can also purchase the bundle by itself for $20. If you are interested in this, please leave a message and I will send you the instructions to purchase it. 🙂 

You can see a sneak peek of the projects included in the October Tutorial Bundle below!

you can get the tutorial bundle for FREE when you order $50 or more on my online store or you can purchase the Tutorial bundle for $20 usd

Thank you for visiting my blog today! let me know in the comments if this was helpful, or if you will give it a try when you are working on your Christmas cards. I love to hear from you 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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