Video: Coloring with Watercolor Markers

I love the look of water coloring, but I don’t always find it easy with a traditional brush and palette. Enter watercolor markers. You get the soft look of watercolor with better control and the same beautiful wash of color! I have a video HERE showing how this vintage-style card came together.

SUPPLIES:

The following list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product thumbnail, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Video: Masking with Altenew Florals

I love that Altenew has matching stencils and masks to go with some of their floral stamp sets. It’s a great timesaver not to have to create your own! I have a video over on my channel today, that will show you how I used their Fabulous Florets stamp set along with the matching mask to create this clean and layered card. Head over to my YouTube channel for the full tutorial HERE…….

SUPPLIES:

The following list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product thumbnail, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

CreateForLess Project: Heat Embossed Floral Thank You

I’m over at the CreateForLess blog today with a bold and bright floral card. Next to Copics, Zig Clean Color Brush markers are my favorite coloring medium. I’ll show you how easy it is to stay in the lines with a little heat embossing. You can head over to the post HERE for more.

SUPPLIES:

The following list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product thumbnail, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Card Sketch Library

(re-release from 2018)

IMG_8481

Being a card maker, I have a huge collection of creations that I’ve saved over time. I had been wanting to turn some of the cards I’ve created into sketches so I could refer back to them when I needed some inspiration.   I decided to turn this cute recipe box into a reference for all my original card sketches.  I usually start with a product when I create, so a sketch is useful for me to get my creativity flowing.

This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product link, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Since the box held 4×6 cards, I replaced the recipe cards included in the box with Project Life grid cards from Becky Higgins.  Perfect for sketches!

IMG_8479

To create my sketches, I used some template rulers that had shapes on them to help draw the sketch.

IMG_8483

I added some other card reference materials to the box, including a techniques section as well as a section on design principles.   I made new labels to cover the dividers using my label maker and got to work on my sketches.

IMG_8485

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve referenced this handy tool. I have sketches for both vertical and horizontal card designs with plenty of room for more ideas. This recipe box would also be great if you like to scrapbook and want to save sketch ideas.  I have a video HERE if you would like to see even more.

Here are some card sketches I created.  Feel free to use them for your own card sketch library. 

(If you use these for a project, kindly link back to this blog to provide credit-thanks :).

A Look Inside My Embellishment Drawer

We all need a drawer for those little odds and ends that don’t have a specific category. You never know when you might need some google eyes for a card or a little metal flower for texture. I love having a special drawer to rummage through for that perfect little addition to complete my projects. In THIS VIDEO, I’ll give you a little tour of my embellishment drawer. Here, I keep all of my heart shapes, cork bits, resin, extra die cuts and lots more. Enjoy!

This list may contain affiliate links which means if you click on a product link, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you).  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Great places to find embellishments:

Delish Beads

Peachy Cheap

Elle Studio

Other posts/videos on craft room organization:

My Craft Room Tour

12×12 Scrapbook Paper Organization

Photo Organization Tips

Video: Clean and Simple Get Well

Clean and simple floral cards are my some of my favorite types to make. Today I have a video showing my process from start to finish including some last minute changes I make to the card. I even show a fun placement trick I learned using “unsticky” enamel dots! You can watch the video HERE.

SUPPLIES:

This list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product link, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you).  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

You Are Not Alone

I’m so excited to have my card featured on the ScrapbookPal.com blog! Head over to their blog to see how this project came together.

SUPPLIES:

This list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product link, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you).  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Gina K. Be the Rainbow stamp set

Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens

Distress Oxide-Salty Ocean

Nuvo Crystal Drops-Dandelion Yellow

Video: Picture Organization Tips

Feeling that “scrapbooking guilt”? I think we may all get it from time to time. 2 years behind on your layouts, and no time to sit and scrap–that’s me! It can feel overwhelming, but I have a few tips in THIS VIDEO that can help you be prepared when you do actually have time to put together a page. Below is a list of some supplies mentioned in the video. Enjoy!

SUPPLIES:

This list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product link, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Video: Before and After: Taking Your Card Design from Good To Great.

Recently, I was in the process of making a few Father’s Day cards and decided to recreate a couple of my designs to save time. A lot of times when I do this, I try to improve on my previous creation changing it a little to make it better. I love seeing other peoples’ before and after photos, so I wanted to show an example of mine. I have a video HERE if you’d like to see my examples or read below for more…..

This is my original card. Clean and simple, but a little boring. Almost too much white space and not enough color. The sentiment is spaced a little bit too far from the grill providing almost two separate, competing focal points. Finally, that ketchup bottle is just kind of floating off to the side. It needs something with it.

Here is the updated version. More color is added using the blue for the sentiment and a little yellow and orange for the top of the hot grill. Pushing the sentiment closer to the grill definitely pulls everything together creating one focal point. I anchored the ketchup with the little spatula facing down to make the eye move up and down the card. I also repositioned the ketchup bottle facing in along with the spatula to draw more attention to the sentiment. Additional color was added by trimming down the white panel and adding it to a kraft colored note card. Design elements of color, texture, focal point and movement are all featured and make this card more pleasing to the eye. You can even see a little bit of a design “triangle” with the sentiment, grill and ketchup/spatula.

Keep some of these fixes in mind the next time you have a card that maybe seems “not quite right”. You may see a huge difference!

Supplies:

This list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product link, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Lawn Fawn Let’s BBQ stamp set

Waffle Flower BBQ Sayings stamp set

Lawn Fawn Fish Tank Ink

Organizing 12×12 Paper

Lately, scrapbooking has taken a back seat to my love of card making. There’s just so much to create but so little time! That’s o.k. though, it just means I’ll always have projects available when I need them. In the meantime, I decided to do a little bit of organization. First, with my 12×12 paper pads. I have a video HERE and HERE showing you a little tour of my shelves and the end result.

A while back, I purged some of my older paper pads and kept the ones I liked which ended up being these I kept in this plastic bin. I also kept specialty 12×12 paper like acetate and glitter in another bin like this. The only problem was, when I did scrapbook, I tended not to reach for these since I had to flip through them to find what I wanted.

I decided it was time to take the plunge a take apart all of the patterned paper pads and divide them into easy sections I could pick from when I did a project. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner! I had my themed papers organized in plastic organizers already and decided I should just do the same with the paper from the pads.

I divided the paper into the following categories:

Backgrounds (in rainbow order), Plaids, Florals, Journaling, Words/Numbers, Nature, Retro, Images, Icons, and Cut-Aparts.

After adding the 12×12 sheets to paper holders, my shelves looked a lot better and my paper was easier to see and get to. I kept my specialty paper in their pads, but added them to the organizers to keep them more upright and easier to see.

I plan to cut apart all of these 12×12 sheets and add them to my Project Life and embellishment drawers. When I do get around to all of those scrapbooking projects, I think this new system will really help with my work flow.

Supplies:

This list contains affiliate links which means if you click on a product link, and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy can be found HERE). 

Paper organizers

Label maker

Project case

Favorite White 12×12 cardstock