CreateForLess Project Using Watercolor Pencils

Feeling a little nervous using colored pencils on your stamped images? Why not try watercolor colored pencils? On my post over at the CreateForLess blog, I’ll show you how I created this vibrant Fall-themed thank you card with the ease of these pencils.

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Art Advantage watercolor pencils

Avery Elle Fall Foliage stamp set

Avery Elle Sunflowers stamp set

Christmas Countdown Flip Calendar

If you watched my recent scrapbook paper organization video, you saw I have quite a bit of paper. You can never have too much though can you? 🙂 This has inspired me to start using it more–not just for scrapbooking, but for other DIY projects. I recently started a junk journal project, I’m making more gift tags, and now that the holidays are approaching, I decided to make a fun countdown calendar.

I liked the idea of a flip style calendar with rings, so I found a DIY calendar set on Amazon and kind of fixed it up to work for me. I wanted more of a scrapbook-style look, so I liked the larger sized cards. My plan was to use all of my old-timey Christmas paper–even some of my October Afternoon that I have been saving. The paper that came with the calendar was a bit thin though, so using one of the pieces as a guide, I created twenty-five cards using some heavier tag stock paper.

I added patterned paper to both sides of the bookboard base using liquid glue, then added grommets to the holes. I also replaced the rings that the calendar came with with some 1.5 in. binder rings. In the picture, you’ll see I used 2 in. to start, but really 1.5 in. is just right.

Then, I got to work creating my pages. I used the numbers that came with some of the scrapbook paper kits and then just added layers. I adhered my pieces using a mix of foam tape and tape runner.

As you can tell by my work table, I really didn’t have a plan for each page. I just started with a number and then tried different arrangements. It was really fun and just took a few days to complete. I kept everything pretty clean and simple. The paper really speaks for itself. So much color and cheer!

Basically, each page is like a mini scrapbook page. I love all the fun, old-timey images!

I have the entire flip through in THIS VIDEO if you would like to see more. Thanks so much for joining me today! I linked as many of the papers I could below that were still available.

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Papertrey Ink Tag Stock–paper used for calendar pages.

Carta Bella Santa’s Workshop 12×12 Paper Kit

Carta Bella A Very Merry Christmas 12×12 Paper Kit

Carta Bella Merry Christmas 12×12 Paper Kit

Carta Bella Merry Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad

Carta Bella Merry Christmas Ephemera

Carta Bella Merry Christmas Frames and Tags

CreateForLess Project: Happy Cloud Background

I love adding fluffy clouds to the front of cards. They just make everything a little more cheerful! On today’s blog post over at CreateForLess, I’ll show you how I created this uplifting card using a cloud die and a circle. Head over to THIS POST for more.

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Avery Elle Cloud Mat die

Mama Elephant stamp and die set-Panda

Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles

Repositionable tape

Junk Journal Planning Process

As crafters, you know, you can’t just do one crafty type of project. There always has to be something else you can switch to when the inspirations hits. Scrapbooking, sewing, pottery, you name it. Well, I’ve added yet another crafty endeavor to my list. The junk journal!

According to the artjournalistblog.com, this is a book often made from found materials used to record thoughts, memories, inspiration, etc. I’ve dabbled in junk journaling in the past–mainly at Christmas time with a binder and fun little bits and pieces from the season, and was recently inspired to start another journal. I took a fun class from Amy over at Kittywitty Papercraft to learn how to create a journal from a Little Golden Book and to sew in the signatures. This really inspired me to dive into the huge amount of scrapbook paper I had and to get creating.

I’m starting off easy and doing just a 3-ring version, but I’m excited to start the process. I have a video HERE showing my planning process and how I came up with my color scheme. I’ll pop into Instagram every so often to show you how things are coming along.

Fall Floral Card Using My “Extras”

I recently had a video where I showed my four supply saving tips for card making. One of them was to keep a box of “extras”. These are the little embossed pieces you may have trimmed off a project that are still usable, extra stamped images or die cut frames. All of these you can use to create quick cards using one or more of these elements.

My “Extras”

Today’s card is an example. I actually used 3 pieces from my “extras”. The embossed basket weave background, the stamped daisy cluster and the extra thick Thanks die cut that I created a long time ago but never ended up using. All of these added to a crisp white note card makes a great fall-themed thank you card. The only other thing I did was to color the daisies in fall-color palette using some Copics.

You can see more on my supply saving tips in my video. Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Pink and Main-Wildflowers stamp set

Thanks die cut from Lil Inker Designs (retired)

CreateForLess Project: Back to School Greetings

I’m over at the CreateForLess blog today with some fun greetings for the kiddos as they go back to school. These clean and simple cards are perfect to pop into a lunch box, back pack or at the breakfast table for some happy encouragement. Head over to the blog post for more on how these cards came together.

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CreateForLess Project: Welcome Baby

A bright, shiny rainbow is the perfect way to welcome a new baby! I’m over on the CreateForLess blog today using Avery Elle’s Rainbow stamp and dies to create a colorful card. Head over to the blog for all the details.

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Video: Heat Embossed Florals-3 Ways

Heat embossing is such a fun technique that really adds a special touch to stamped images. Today, I’ll be showing you 3 ways I love to use heat embossing with florals. I used the same stamp and card design so the flowers could be the star of the show. Head over to my YouTube channel for more on how these cards came together.

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Embossing Folder Storage

Embossing folders are another favorite tool of mine to create some great texture on cards. Lately though, I could not get into my stuffed basket to see what I had, so re-organizing was a must.

I used the same format as my stencil organization, but added an extra basket to spread everything out a bit. I have a video HERE with all the different categories as well as a closer look at some of my favorite embossing folders.

I love my new set-up which leaves room for growth……

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Favorite Embossing Folders:

Sizzix 3D

Diffuser folders I showed in the video:

CreateForLess Project: An Easy Tool for Heat Embossing

I’m over at the CreateForLess blog today heat embossing this beautiful Fretwork background stamp from Spellbinders. The whole process is made easier using the Totally Tiffany Heat Embossing Station. Head over to the blog to see how this project came together using this easy tool.

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