Little Monkey Card Idea

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Inspiration for my Little Monkey card idea,

Every crafting journey begins with inspiration, and this project was no different.  For this card design the adorable Little Monkey stole the spotlight.  After I finished it, though, I couldn't help but wonder whether a slight adjustment of moving this little guy up wouldn't make it look better.  What are your thoughts?

Choosing the Paper

Selecting the right designer paper was really important for this card.  I think this pattern from the Earthen Elegance collection is the perfect backdrop!   Its subtle embossed-looking vine pattern my Copper Clay perfectly complements the playful nature of our little monkey friend.  I  used the Copper Clay Stampin' Blends to color the monkey's body to coordinate with the paper,

Layering Magic

I usually gravitate to mounting my layers on coordinating cardstock to have some separation and definition between the layers.  Even when I think I'm not going to I almost always change my mind.  How about you,?  Do you share my apparent need for these additional layers, or do you prefer a more streamlined look?

Just a reminder, the Bundle used to create this Little Monkey card idea is retiring the end of April.

Here's another fun card for your inspiration.

New Cardmaking Class

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Unleash Your Creativity:  Elevate Your Card Crafting Skills

Do you find yourself stuck in a rut, churning out the same tired cards time and again?  It's time to break free from the mundane and take your paper crafting talents to soaring new heights!

Imagine the joy of surprising your family and friends with handcrafted cards that are anything but basic.  Picture their delight as they marvel at these whimsical designs, unable to believe you created them yourself. 

With a few simple techniques and a touch of creativity, you can create cards that will leave a lasting impression and spark joy in the hearts of those who receive them.

In our upcoming class you'll have the opportunity to explore the exciting world of advanced card crafting.  I'll show you how to transform ordinary materials into extraordinary works of art. You'll discover a treasure trove of inspiration to infuse into your creations with three irresistible cards that are sure to dazzle and delight.  

And the best part?  You'll gain lifetime access to the class materials, allowing you to revisit your favorites whenever inspiration strikes.

Whether you're a seasoned crafter looking to expand your skills or a beginner eager to explore the world of card making, this class is designed for crafters of all levels.

But hurry, the Early Bird discount is only available until Wednesday, March 27th.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to ignite your creativity and embark on a journey of artistic discovery. Join me and unlock the secrets to creating cards that will captivate hearts and inspire smiles.

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Fun Clean and Simple Card Making Idea

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I've been on a kick of fun, clean, and simple card making lately.  I don't know why, but simple and easy handmade cards have been on my mind.  Does that ever happen to you?  There's just something so satisfying about creating something beautiful with minimal effort.  Plus, it's a great way to unwind and let your creativity flow without feeling overwhelmed.

Today I want to share with you a card that perfectly embodies the essence of fun, clean, and simple.  Apart from being quick and easy, this card is all about gold!  Who doesn't love a touch of elegance and luxury in their creations?

The adorable little envelope and the note inside were cut from a couple of the gorgeous paper patterns featured in the beautiful Nature's Sweetness 12″ x 12″ Designer Paper collection.

For the sentiment I turned to the charming Notes of Nature stamp set.  To keep with the theme the sentiment was embossed in gold, adding a touch of sophistication to the card.  A die from the Give it a Whirl Dies  set was used to cut it out.

I glued the tiny envelope and card sentiment to the front of the 3-3/4″ x 5″ layer of Basic White Cardstock and then adhered it to a slightly larger piece of Distressed Gold Specialty Paper.  The result?  A stunning card that's not only visually appealing, but also incredibly easy to make.

So the next time you're in the mood for some creative therapy, why not try your hand at fun, clean, and simple card making?  You'll be amazed at how something so easy can bring so much joy and satisfaction.

For more inspiration check out this quick and easy birthday card idea.

Designing Easter Cards

Are you ready to spread some Easter joy with handmade cards, but feeling overwhelmed by complicated designs?  Fear not!  Designing Easter cards can be a breeze, especially when you have the right supplies at your disposal.

Take a cue from the charming Countryside Inn Designer Paper collection. With its delightful patterns and colors, creating adorable Easter cards becomes a joyous affair.  Let the paper shine by allowing it to take center stage on your card front.  Simply cut a slightly smaller piece to layer, and voila!  You have a beautiful base for your Easter masterpiece.

To add the perfect Easter sentiment, reach for the Heartfelt Hellos stamp set.  Packed with versatile greetings, this set is a must-have for any card maker. Whether you're crafting for Easter, Father's Day,

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Mother's Day, or any occasion in between, these stamps have you covered.  Plus, during Sale-A-Bration you can snag this set for free with a qualifying order.  But act fast — Sale-A-Bration ends on Thursday, Feb. 29th!

For an extra special touch, consider die-cutting your card greeting using the Deckled Circles Dies.  I thought the  unique edges of these dies perfectly complement the look of the White Frayed Ribbon, which I cut in half to ensure it doesn't overpower the sentiment.

With these simple tips and supplies designing Easter cards can become a delightful and stress-free experience.  Get ready to brighten someone's day with a handmade card filled with Easter cheer!

This card using the Hearfelt Hellos would make a great Father's Day card or masculine birthday card, don't you think?

Easy Cards; Minimalist Greeting Card

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Sometimes you just want — or need — to make some quick and easy cards.  This minimalist greeting card idea would only be easier if you eliminated the embossing, which really didn't take much time at all.

I have the Kiddin' Around stamp set, so I could have stamped the image itself and colored it in before cutting it out, but with the Just Kiddin' Designer Paper pack I was able to die cut out this little guy already shaded with color!  That was quite a time saver.  And he was already cut out from when I was working on another project, so that was a bonus!

I think the bubbles look so cute!  They're just a few Iridescent Foil Gems I placed over the “wand.”

I popped this cute guy up with some Stampin' Dimensionals, and of course the card sentiment was embossed in white on black cardstock.  I layered everything on a slightly larger black layer before attaching to the front of the white card base.   Quick and simple!  It really is possible to make easy cards when you need or want to.

Sale-A-Bration will be coming to an end in just a few short weeks.  Have you picked up the free Jungle Pals Stamp Set yet?  If you want it you'd better get it while you can!  You can select it for FREE with a $50 order.  Here's a cute card I made with it and the coordinating Jungle Pals Dies.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

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Looking for the perfect way to make his birthday extra special?  How about trying your hand at creating some personalized and heartfelt handmade birthday cards for him?

One fantastic option that's sure to impress is the Trusty Tools Bundle (162723).  I recently used this bundle to craft a unique birthday card that I think really stands out.

The bundle includes both the Trusty Tools Stamp Set and the Trusty Tools Dies. It will provide you with the tools you need to create a one-of-a-kind card.  Even better?  Snag this bundle during Sale-A-Bration and you can choose the Trusty Toolbox 12″ x 12″ Designer Paper as your free item!  And let me tell you, that designer paper is a game-changer.

I decided to use the Trusty Toolbox Designer Paper to add a creative touch.  I cut out some partial tools from the edges of the patterned paper and strategically placed them along the bottom of the card.  It added a charming and masculine vibe that was just perfect for the occasion.

For the sentiment I wanted something that truly captured the essence of the celebration, so I mixed and matched words from different stamp sets. “Happy” came from the “Happy Father's Day” stamp in the Trusty Tools stamp set.   “Birthday” is from the “Hope Your Birthday is wonderful stamp” in the Hooray for Surprises set.  And last is the fabulous “DAD you're the best” stamp from Heartfelt Hellos, a free item you can select during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order.

To make the words pop I used Stampin' Write Markers, allowing me to selectively ink each word and even play around with different colors on the same stamp.  The end result?  A handmade birthday card that's not only a work of heart but also a visual delight.

Why settle for ordinary when you can make his day extraordinary with a personalized touch? Handmade birthday cards for him —  the perfect way to express your love and creativity!

I made this card for my dad's 90th birthday party coming up.  For an earlier get-together I gave him this handmade card featuring the awesome Trusty Toolbox paper.  

Bee Mine Online Class Adventure

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Unlock Your Creativity: Join the Bee Mine Online Class Adventure!

I'm beyond buzzing with excitement to share some exciting news with you — my latest creative venture, the Bee Mine Online Class!  It's a  delightful journey into the enchanting world of the Bee Mine Suite Collection with some pretty unique crafting ideas.  If you don't have the suite it's okay, just grab whatever craft supplies you've got at home!

Have you ever envisioned crafting gifts and cards that stand out from the crowd? Well, this class is your golden ticket to crafting bliss! I'll demystify the art behind three whimsical projects designed to bring joy to every age.  And the showstopper?  The 3D Valentine card, a masterpiece that unfolds into sheer delight!

Register before January 31st and you'll seize an exclusive 33% off!  

To see a video of the Bee Mine Class projects and to register for instant class access CLICK HERE.

Birthday Card Design With Detailed Dogwood

Explore the laid-back vintage vibes of my latest birthday card design

I finally decided to break out the Detailed Dogwood stamp set.  Oh, boy, it's a game-changer for that effortlessly cool shabby chic look.  And the best part?  You can snag this fantastic set for free with just a $100 order — how cool is that?

Mixing and matching stamps from the Notes of Nature set was a creative joy, resulting in a beautiful blend that adds a unique touch.  For the greeting I opted for the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Garden Meadow set.  Using the rough-edged die from the Gorgeously Made Dies collection to cut it out helped to keep the feel of old and worn.

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Fussy Cutting Can Be Worth It!

Sure, there was some fussy cutting involved for the flowers, but it turned out to be a breeze and totally worth the effort.  And the extra foliage was cut out using Notes of Nature Dies, so that was easy.  I did use a sponge dauber to ink up a lot of the elements and all around the torn cardstock to tie everything together.

Finally, I added just a sprinkle of Iridescent Foil Gems for that perfect touch of sparkle — it's the little things that make it pop!

This birthday card design isn't the only one rocking that shabby chic feel.  Check out this birthday card idea for more inspiration.

Inspiration Card Featuring Trusty Tools

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Unleashing Colorful Creativity with Trusty Tools

This colorful inspiration card featuring the Trusty Tools Bundle came together so quickly.  Unlocking your creative potential has never been more exciting!  

Experience the magic as this inspiration card featuring the Trusty Tools Bundle effortlessly comes to life.  The speed at which it unfolds is truly remarkable. With stamps designed to infuse instant color into handles and brushes, the process becomes a breeze, saving 

you precious time.  No need to painstakingly color — just stamp and go!

I think the Pecan Pie color on  the handles adds a touch of warmth and character in themselves.  Swiping ink pads along the top highlights the vibrant “paint” colors, creating a card that radiates energy and enthusiasm.

I brought in a greeting from the Crafting With You stamp set, then used the oval die from All That Dies to cut it out. 

Splatter Stamp Fun:   Breaking the White Space Barrier

Don't shy away from the white space — embrace it with the splatter stamp from Notes of Nature.   It adds a playful touch of color to fill in the gaps and create a harmonious balance throughout the design.

Everything was added to the card front by popping them up using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Dad's Delight:   Trusty Toolbox Designer Paper Bonus

Explore the 12″ x 12″ Trusty Toolbox Designer Paper on this special card for dad.  This exclusive paper can be yours as a free bonus with a qualifying order until the end of February or while supplies last.  Act fast, though.  It's a popular selection that won't last long!

Your Creative Arsenal:   Everything You Need

Discover the tools and supplies used to craft this inspiration card below. Unleash your imagination and let Trusty Tools elevate your crafting experience to new heights!

Fun Fold Cards: Drapery Fold Card Idea

Fun Fold Cards Drapery Fold Card Idea

Who doesn't love making fun fold cards?  I know I do.  Sometimes they seem so complicated.  Sometimes they are!  This drapery fold card idea, however, is super easy!

Before I get into the actual card, can I just say how much I LOVE the Pretty Peacock & Gold Ribbon and Petal Pink & Pretty Peacock Foiled Gems?  I admit it, I wasn't a fan when I was looking at them in the catalog.  The only reason I ordered them was to do my product shares.  And I am so glad I did because they are GORGEOUS!  That ribbon is so supple.  I used to make all my clothes, and I could envision a beautiful evening dress made out of that material… so luxurious!

Anyway, back to our regularly schedule programming.  🙂

To make the drapery fold card I took a pattern that didn't have a particular direction, and cut it 3-3/4″ x 10″.  On the short sides I marked with a pen (it's erasable!) up 3/4″ on one side and then marked at 3/4″ on the opposing  edge on the opposite side.  Then I made a diagonal cut from one mark to the other.

Beginning on the fatter edge I scored in at 2″, then 3″, 5″, 6″, 8″, and 9″.  You can fold them as you see on the card, and then glue in place where you need to.  The soft Petal Pink pattern on the back side of the designer paper adds a nice touch.  Wasn't that super easy!? 

I glued that to a 4″ x 5-1'4″ sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then wrapped some of the ribbon around it and added a soft bow.

The thank you sentiment came from the Perennial Postage stamp set and was stamped in Pretty Peacock to match the designer paper and ribbon.  I then layered this onto a Petal Pink card base.

And finally I added those beautiful gems around the greeting.  See!  Aren't these fun fold cards easy to make?

Check out this torn effect card making techinque.