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)
- Card magazines
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.
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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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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Hello Friend! Today you are in for a treat.
I am participating on The Joy of Sets blog hop with the theme of something new!! So we all be sharing with you projects using brand new products to inspire you to create paper craft projects!
I know you will love hoping with us, so make sure you visit all the links of the participating bloggers! I will be adding a next button at the end, as well as the list of all participating blogs to make it easy for you to hop with us!
Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up!
For today’s blog hop I am choosing to share with you three projects using my new favorite suite from the new catalog!! This is the Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up!
I know you will love it, as it has two bundles that coordinate beautifully and the colors included in this suite will make you feel happy! The Peaceful Poppies designer series paper is just fantastic to make cards!!
The two bundles included in the Peaceful Poppies suite are: The Peaceful Moments Bundle and the Painted Poppies Bundle. The Peaceful Moments stamp set has mainly sentiments and the Painted Poppies stamp set has the poppies images.
The Painted Poppies stamp set has images that are perfect for so many techniques! and you will see today, that for these three cards I used a simple technique for watercoloring the poppy flowers from this stamp set.
All these cards were made during the Facebook live yesterday night, and I have added below the video so you can see exactly how to make these cards using the Peaceful Poppies suite from Stampin’ Up!
The video tutorial is long as I go over how to make all three cards, but during the first part I show you the Watercoloring technique so you can follow how to make it.
I provided colors for both poppies: The Red flower I used the Poppy Parade and the Real Red Ink pads. The Purple flower was colored with Gorgeous Grape and Blackberry Bliss ink pads. The leaves were colored using Pear Pizzas and Old Olive ink pads.
I recommend you color all the flowers and leaves at once, then die cut all the images. This will make the assembling of the cards go faster.
Here is the video tutorial where I go step-by-step on how to make these three cards using the gorgeous Peaceful Poppies Suite from Stampin’ Up!. All measurements and colors are shown on the video.
I can tell you that once you start playing with this suite you will not be able to stop!!
As mentioned before here is the list of all blogs participating on this blog hop!! you can click on the NEXT button or you can click on the links below.. Thanks a lot for stopping by 😀
Anne Marie Hile
If you want to get any of the products I used to make these cards, you can click on the images below which will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items!! As always I really appreciate your continuous support!
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Hey there! As promised I am sharing another great great project for Halloween. Today you will learn how to make two cute Halloween Treat Holders!!
With the Halloween around the corner, I am sure we all need to have ideas on how to make Halloween treat holders. Am I wrong? Is it just me? Hope not.. 🙂
Also Today I am participating on the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop with a lovely group of demonstrators around the globe. We will be showcasing different 3D items, so I know you are in for a treat!! Make sure you follow us along the Blog Hop. I know you will enjoy visiting all the blogs participating in today’s hop, not to mention that you will get so much inspiration!!
Halloween Treat Holders made easy!
Halloween Treat Holder #1
The first Halloween Treat holder I am going to be sharing with you is super simple to make. You need to have a sheet of card stock of Gray Granite that is 4″ x 8 1/2″. Stamp this piece of card stock with the jar images from the Spooktacular Bash Bundle from Stampin’ Up! I stamped in Gray Granite, as I wanted a tone on tone look.
Then score the piece of card stock on the long side at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″, and then turn it and score at 1/2″ and at 2 1/2″. You can see the following video, where I go over how to make the box. This was part of my FB live so scroll to around minute 14 to see exactly how to assemble the box.
To embellish this treat holder, I die cut one of the frames from the Spooktacular Bash Bundle. I used an image from the Monster Bash designer series paper (patterned paper).
I love that this paper pack has two sheets of the frame images, as you can easily cut them and have them ready for other Halloween treat holders or even cards! The process will go even faster if you cut these images ahead of the time.
Also the dies on this bundle are not really related to Halloween. You can use them for any occasion with any sentiment stamp set you already have! You can see how I used it here on a Christmas card. Believe me you want to add the Spooktacular Bash Bundle to your collection!
To finish this Halloween treat holder, I added the little closure to the top of the box, this is a great way close boxes as the recipient can open the treat holder without having to rip the box!
I also added the eye balls from the Monster Bash enamel shapes! these really made a difference as they added dimension!.. give it a try!
Halloween Treat Holder #2
The Halloween treat holder is a little pocket that holds Gummy bears, I know my little Oliver loves gummy bears, so I think his friends at day care will too!
Anyway for this pocket I used a piece of Basic Black card stock that is 8 1/2″ x 5″. It is scored on the long side at 2 1/4″ on both ends, and then on the short side you need to score at 3/4″ on one side and 1″ on the other side. You can watch this video to see how I made this card in more detail, this was as well made during the same FB live where I made the first Halloween treat holder, but you can scroll to around minute 25 to see how to put together the gummy bear holder.
I must confess that I am a very visual person, I rather video than words. I know I am not the best at explaining how to put together these cute Halloween treat holder with words, but I can show you in a video! And for this reason I recommend to watch this video. You can see step by step how to put them together!
Supplies needed for the Halloween Treat Holders
These Halloween treat holders use the collection of products from the Monster Bash Suite, which you can see HERE. You can scroll down to the bottom of this post and see all the specific products I use with the links to my store where you can purchase them.
Other Halloween Treat Holder ideas
If you want to get more ideas for quick and easy Halloween Treat Holders you can click on the images below. These were the Halloween treat holders that I made last year. While the paper or stamp set are no longer available, you can easily substitute with any other paper you already have!
Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking time reading this post! Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite, and if you will be making some Halloween treat holders this year! 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 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?
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 🙂
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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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!
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!
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!
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 🙂