CutCardstock Design Team Project: Halloween Fun

It’s hard to believe Halloween will be here soon.  Wasn’t it just Christmas? :).  Today I have a cute rather than creepy Halloween card that’s clean and simple with lots of bright, happy color.  This project was first featured on the CutCardstock blog.

I started off with a comic strip background die I cut from Pop Tone Orange Fizz cardstock and adhered it to the front of a notecard I made using Cougar White Super Smooth 100# cardstock.

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Using my stamp platform, I stamped cute little bat and spider images and sentiments in each of the boxes and on the inside.

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I colored in the images with with markers and added a few other pieces I colored and cut out to the rest of the empty boxes with foam squares.

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I love how the little bat is peeking out from the side!

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A cheerful Halloween greeting perfect for little ones’ treat bags or lunch boxes.

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Thanks so much for joining me today.  Orange, brown and gold cardstock is on sale this month at the CutCardstock shop just in time for Fall and Halloween.  Have a great day!

–ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES USED–

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Misti stamp positioner

Gerda Steiner Bats stamp set

Lawn Fawn Trick or Treat stamp set

Lawn Fawn Heebie Jeebies stamp set (retired)

Papertrey Ink Cover Plate: Comic Strip die

Zig Clean Color Brush Markers 36 pack–Pale Green, Light Green, Light Gray, Gray Brown

Copic Sketch–Y02, Y08, YR15, YR68, BV31, BV13

Sizzix Big Shot

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Halloween Treat Tags

We decorate our house and ourselves for Halloween, why not decorate our treat bags?

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I’m using my surplus of googly eyes for a fun Halloween tag project over at CreateForLess.  Find out all the details on this project over at their blog.

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Echo Park Bewitched Collection Kit

bewitched: Echo Park Collection Bewitched Collection Kit 12 in. x 12 in.

 

 

Floral Card Using Delicata Ink

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Floral cards are some of my favorites to make.  I love finding new ways to add interesting touches for extra interest.

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Shimmery Delicata Ink is a great option for these types of cards.  I created this elegant floral card with the help of a shadow stamp and this gorgeous ink.  See how this project came together over at the Think Crafts blog at CreateForLess.

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Avery Elle Big Greetings stamp set

big greetings: Avery Elle Clear Stamp Big Greetings

 

Christmas 2018 Scrapbooking Haul

It may only be September, but for papercrafters, the Christmas season is now!  All the fun holiday themed products are in the shops and projects are being planned.  I recently picked up a few things for some upcoming Christmas projects and thought I’d share a video to give you a closer look.  You can see the video HERE and I have links below to the products I feature if there’s something you’re interested in.   Enjoy!

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The magnet I showed in the video for picking up dies:

Spellbinders – Main Attraction -…
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Carta Bella Paper – Santa’s Workshop…
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Carta Bella Paper – Santa’s Workshop…
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Sizzix Die THoltz Thinlits Retro…
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Avery Elle – Christmas – Clear…
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Avery Elle – Christmas – Clear…
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PA Glitter Present Red, Slv, Lt Gold,…
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Sizzix Die & Stamp Lindsey Serata…
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Sizzix Stamp Jen Long Clear Seasonal…
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Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations…
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Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations…
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Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations…
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Avery Elle – Elle-ments Dies – Wonky…
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Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz -…
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Contact Crafts Ken Oliver Cut N Color…
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Photo Play Collection Here Comes…
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PA Glitter Cdstk 8.5×11 85lb…
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I’m Here For You

 

It’s time for another My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest and I’m entering my project into the “Clean and Simple Genius” category.  Their prizes are a cardmaker’s dream–a $250 shopping spree to the shop!

I love CAS cards, but I’m telling you, they are not as easy to do as they look.  This one took me quite awhile because I was trying to get everything clustered together perfectly.  Not too squeezed together, yet not too far away.  A teeny 1/2 millimeter makes all the difference in the look.

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I started off with a circle frame I made from two Inside Out Stitched Circles Stax and Lemon Chiffon cardstock.

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I framed the circle over two vases I die cut from the Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and placed in the corner of a white notecard with foam tape.  I used Blu Rasberry and Orange Fizz to stamp the vases.  I love this color combo with the yellow frame.

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After trimming off the excess part of the frame, I stamped a sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed it in white on Gravel Gray cardstock.  I made it into a strip and tucked it under the blue vase.  I scattered a few Ripe Raspberry hearts I stamped using the Boss Babe stamp set.

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For CAS cards, I like to have all the elements equal an uneven number.  In this case, if you look, there are seven elements on this card including the hearts and sentiment strip.  Everything is tucked close and kind of intertwining which makes it “pleasing to the eye” according to the rules of design.  I think it’s so interesting how your eye “likes” a certain look.  It’s true though, I think if I added an extra heart, it might not look quite right.

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There’s still time to join in this fun challenge.  They have 2 other categories too–Coloring and Specialty cards.  Thanks so much for joining me today–have a great weekend!

My Favorite Tools for Cardmaking

These are a few of  those tried and true favorite tools of mine that have made my cardmaking so much more easier.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions about the products I have listed.  You can see a tour of my craft space where I talk more about how I keep my supplies organized HERE.  If you are new to cardmaking and need ideas on how to get started, you can see my post HERE.

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On My Desk:

I actually have two of these OTT lights.  One one either side of my craft desk.  They make such a difference and light my workspace perfectly.

2.  I love this grid mat because of the minty color (it comes in pink too) and its size.  It protects my craft desk and the lines come in handy for spacing things on my cards.

3.  This is the holder I use for my phone when I make overhead video tutorials.  It’s inexpensive and I’ve been really happy with it.

4.  A must have for wrangling all those metal dies.  This magnet looks great on the desk and serves a purpose.

5.  This Quick Stik tool is perfect for picking up little embellishments with its sticky side.  The pointy tip is great for moving sequins and other small things right where you want them on your card.

6.  I love my precision tweezers for keeping hold of clear gems as I’m arranging them on a card.  It’s also great for buttons and die cuts.

7.  These scissors are my favorite for fussy cutting.  They are non-stick and super sharp.

8.  These non-stick scissors work well when you need to trim a large piece off the side of a card.  You get a nice clean cut every time.

9.  I’ve used this trimmer for years.  It’s big enough for large paper and it has a precision wire to make sure you line up your paper perfectly.

   

 

Stamping:

I love my stamp positioners, but sometimes I just need to stamp a sentiment really quick with a regular acrylic block.  This foam mat has a little “give” to it to help get a crisp impression.  I also like that it has gridlines you can line up your block to in order to stamp straight.

I use this marker to fill in areas my black ink may have missed on a stamp.  It’s super handy.

This eraser is great for getting rid of small ink smears on your cards.

 

When I just want a little subtle shimmer, I use these clear shimmer pens to color over stamped images.  They aren’t too glittery or holographic.

My wooden stamps are finally getting used now that I have this tool.  No more crooked stamping!  I have a video on how I use it HERE.

 

 

Adhesive:

I use this machine when I want to have an even amount of adhesive on the back of something.  Usually a card panel or die cut.  I use this all the time.

 

This tape runner has a really strong adhesive, but is easy to manage.  To change the cartridges, it’s as easy as pulling the old one out, and popping a new one in.  No threading is involved.

For intricate die cuts, this is a really good adhesive.  You just stick a sheet to the bottom of a piece of cardstock, place your die over the top, and run it through your die cutting machine.  Peel off the backing and your die cut has the perfect amount of adhesive on the back.

   

These foam squares are not too thick or thin and they come in 2 sizes!

I use these glue pens for quick adhering when I just need a small line of adhesive on a thin die cut.

These glue dots are the tiniest and work really well to adhere sequins and small gems.  I keep a roll right on my desk at all times.

CutCardstock Design Team Project: Autumn Blessings

I love that just by seeing Fall colors, you get a feeling for what the season is all about.  A calm warmth, getting settled in for the colder weather, leaves changing, hot drinks :)…..For today’s project, first featured on the CutCardstock blog, I wanted to capture that feeling on a card with some ink blending and simple stamping.

I started off with a white card panel I cut down to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ and stamped some trees and a sentiment onto the front to create a scene.

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I wasn’t sure where I wanted to place more trees, so I started my ink blending to kind of see what I wanted to do next.  I used Distress Oxide inks coming in from the sides, then the top and middle in Fall themed colors of red, yellow and orange.

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For the ground, I added some green along with a little gray.

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After all of the ink blending was done, I added a couple more trees along with some birds using black ink.  I added my panel to another panel of Currency Cover Gold cardstock (5 5/16″ x 4 1/16″) and then added that panel to a notecard created with Pop Tone Hot Fudge Cardstock.  The Hot Fudge cardstock is such a nice, rich brown–so perfect for Fall-themed projects.  I love how it looks with the gold peeking out a little.

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Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope your Fall season is getting off to a great start.  Be sure to head over to the CutCardstock shop where orange, brown and gold cardstock are all on sale this month.  Have a great day!

–ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES–

The following 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.  My full disclosure policy can be found HERE.)

Inkadinkado stamp set-Woodland Wonderland

Papertrey Ink stamp set-Mountain Majesty (birds)

Jumbo sponge dauber

Distress Oxide Inks–Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Candied Apple, Lucky Clover

Distress Oxide Ink–Pumice Stone

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Xyron Creative Station (for adhering panels)

Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer 12 in.

Misti stamp platform

Same Stamp, New Season

Think floral stamps are just for the hot and sunny seasons?  I’m stretching my stamps over at the Think Crafts blog today.  I’ll be taking one of my favorite floral stamps from summer to fall with a fun coloring technique.  Head on over and take a look……

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The following 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.  My full disclosure policy can be found HERE.)

Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Stamp Set

Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Die-Elle-Ments

Ranger Letter-It Stamp Set-Thanks

DCWV Burlap Stack 6×6 pad

Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Ranger Clear Embossing Powder