DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

DIY Card Kit – 5 Cards

Hi everyone!

I am very excited to share this post with you all. I am away and scheduled several video posts. Due to time constraints though I am only making one blog post that will complement all of the scheduled videos.

Let me just start with…it is LATE as I write this and I am exhausted from packing, prepping, organizing, etc for this family trip. It has been hectic. So please, please excuse any errors, typos or silly mistakes I have made to this post or any of the video posts!

I have been in awe and admiration of many of the great card kits I have been seeing out there and I have been wanting to purchase a subscription. Unfortunately I cannot justify spending $25+ a month on a card kit no matter how gorgeous it is. So like a child that has been denied their favorite toy, I turned to my stash and created my very own DIY card kit. I knew I was going to create multiple cards to scheduled for this trip and felt this was the perfect opportunity to do this. Below is the card kit reveal video (my version of an unboxing lol).

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

12 6×6 sheets, variety of scraps, 12 5×7 sheets, die cuts, doilies

  • Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes)
  • Prima (Hello Pastel)
  • My Mind’s Eye (Ashbury Heights)
  • American Craft Dear Lizzy (Lucky Charm)
  • Simple Stories (Vintage Bliss)
  • Scraps
  • Anna Griffin
  • Recollections

Color:

  • DCWV watercolor paint
  • Ranger Gold embossing powder
  • Stampendous White and Stardust
  • InkaGold Rub
  • Kaisercraft in Tangello, Lagoon, Saffron
  • Hero Arts shadow ink Rose
  • Gold ink pad (stash)
  • Distress ink Ground espresso and Old Paper

I had so much fun trying to think outside the box when creating with limited supplies. I really enjoyed that process. All cards are 5×7″ cards. If you have any questions on card specifics, tools, sizing etc. please let me know. For the most part I used standard sizing or eyeballed measurements (I truly HATE measuring).

I hope you were able to find inspiration in this card kit and card set. I have many plans for new videos and posts when I return.

Until next time XoXo

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DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Whatup Wednesday – Viewers Choice Card Pop-Up Rainbow

Hi crafty friends!

This post is so late! I apologize, I have been prepping for an upcoming trip and there has been an immense amount of extra work!

And I still have a lot left to do so this will be short and sweet 😉

For this viewer’s choice card I made a pop-up rainbow greeting card. It was quite the challenge seeing as I had never used the pop-up die cut kit (despite the fact that I have had it for like a year, ha!) I had a vision and I have to say that the outcome was very close to it.

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For the background I used mostly patterned paper. With the exception of the clouds which I created using a blending tool and a DIY stencil. For the sentiment I found in my stash this perfect quote. I thought it worked out perfectly.

For the rainbow I cur out several patterned papers into nested circles and cut that in half. I used one half on the inside and the other on the outside.

20170516_184903For the outside of the card you can see the other rainbow half. I also used what I had left of the yellow and white polka dot patterned paper to cut out sunrays to put behind the rainbow which also resembles a sun.

I wish I had a bit more experience with the pop-up die kit. This card may have been a bit easier to create. I enjoyed making it either way! And it sure makes me smile. I hope it brings a smile to your face too!

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Precut folded blank patterned A2 card – Recollections
  • Patterned paper – Recollections, Simple Stories (vintage bliss), American Crafts (Amy Tangerine), Prima (Hello Pastel)
  • White cardstock – Recollections

Color:

  • Versamagic Archival multi-surface Chalk ink (SeaBreeze)

Other:

  • Clover Andabee Adhesive Quotations (Beauty)

Tools:

  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK tools precision scissors
  • Westcott nonstick scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cuttlebug
  • Sizzix Circle framelits
  • Stampendous Fran’s Make it pop cutting dies
  • EK Success hole punch 1 1/18″
  • Tombow glue
  • Gluedots
  • ScorTape
  • Foam tape
  • Inksentials blending tool
DIY, embellishments, repurpose, Tutorial

Margarita Monday – DIY Scrap Paper Embellishments

 

 

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend! Especially all the mom’s out there =D

In today’s post, I will share some of the embellishments I created using scraps. I really hate to throw away my leftovers after projects…. just in case you know? I have LOTS of scraps. And no matter how much I tell myself that I will use scraps in as many projects as I can… I don’t. I start projects from scratch every time! If anyone has any tips on how to help someone remember to use their scraps PLEASE SHARE! =)

Here are the finished embellishments. I barely made a dent in my scrap stash, but it’s a start. I will definitely begin to make embellishment posts more regularly and perhaps in this way I will be able to dwindle down my scraps once and for all!

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I am going to skip the supplies list and let me tell you why.

I find that when creating embellishments it is more a feeling that an instructional process. I grab some of my scraps, and then I go grab tools that could be helpful. I do not always use all of the tools I gather and sometime I end up using other things entirely. This is really just a fun way to get creative with paper and use whatever you have on hand to accomplish that. So for these embellishments you do not need instructions, just a bit of time, scraps and creativity.

I hope you can appreciate the absence of a supplies list and find ways to incorporate what YOU have at home to create beautiful embellishments for any project!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – DIY 90s POGS Spinner Card

Hello crafty friends!

For this Throwback Thursday post, I took it back to my childhood. I was inspired by the new kid’s fad, the fidget spinners and remembered when I grew up we had fads that came and went too.

One of those fads were POGS milkcaps. They are cardboard chips with different pictures and designs on them that kids would collect and play with. You can read more about them here.

Below is my interpretation of “POGS” card using various stamps and a 1 1/4″ hole punch.

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I used various stamps on scrap paper and then punched out the stamped images. I then layered the circles into 4 paper layers with a clear thread between the 2nd and 3rd circle layer. The thread connected 3 “POGS”. Then by cutting out a frame in 2 sheets of cardstock, I adhered the thread to the top and bottom of the frame. The inside of the card features a flap to hide a sentiment and a textured layer that shows through the front of the card. For a clear tutorial please refer to the YouTube video -> https://youtu.be/RBVJXaLL9k8

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SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (card is 10 x 7, scored and folded at 5″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Beige cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Kraft cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Circles – variety of scrap paper

Color:

  • Onyx Versafine Archival ink pad
  • Clear Versamark ink pad
  • Embossing powder – American Craft ZING Gold and Recollections Canary
  • Micron Archival marker

Tools:

  • Clear thread – my stash
  • Elmer’s Craft bond
  • 1 1/4 hole punch by EK Success tools
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • foam tape
  • SorTape
  • Martha Stewart bone folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • Darice dots embossing folder

This is probably one of my favorite cards. It took a while to make but I enjoyed every second making it. I believe someone will be very happy to receive this cards for any special occasion or even just because.

I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Taco Tuesday – Puerto Rican Taino Symbols and Alcohol ink

Hello crafty friends!

It seems this week started with a sprint. And we are already on our third feature for the Taco Tuesday series posts.

Today’s cards were motivated by my upcoming trip to the island of Puerto Rico, where my family is from. Our ancestors, the native Taínos used hieroglyphics to depict life. Using two recognized symbols as inspiration, Coqui (a frog native to the island) and Sol (the sun) I created these 2 special cards.

For the background I used alcohol inks with alcohol blending solution to create a soft look that did not take anything away from the presence of the symbols.

Once the backgrounds and images were complete, I adhered them to the card bases over a piece of foam sheet to give it dimension. As a final touch I embellished each card with sequins and a bit of Wink of Stella.

A full video for how these cards were made can be found on YouTube (https://youtu.be/quEHMx5gI2w)

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland (5 1/4 x 4″, 2 pcs)
  • Burgandy and light blue cardstock (5 1/2 x 8″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • Foam sheet – Oriental Trading Company (a bit smaller than the glossy cardstock)

Color:

  • Alcohol ink by Ranger Tim Holtz series in Clover and Pink Sherbet
  • Universal permanent ink marker – fine

Tools:

  • Darice dream sequins
  • Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Gluedots
  • Xyron Megarunner ATG
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Micron marker #0.3

These cards are very special to me and I am sure I will use them for a special someone. I did not include a sentiment so they can apply to any occasion and any gender. I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Friday – Urban Skyline Sunset Snowglobe Shaker

 

Hello crafty friends!

The weekend sure flies by…This card was created for my Fresh Friday feature. Unfortunately, I have not been feeling my best with a sinus infection and allergies but I digress.

This Fresh Friday card is a shaker card. So many things went wrong with this card, basically everything… wrong paper, wrong order, wrong amount of contents, messy table, sticky junk on the acetate, full memory card and so on…

To start I created this card during the evening after I returned home from my full-time job. I was, needless to say, exhausted! But I had not missed a card yet so I was determined to get this card done. I knew what type of card I wanted to created but that was about it. I played the steps by ear seeing as I had no idea where I was headed with the project. Then midway into the creative process and a ton of errors my camera stopped recording because the memory card was fall.  Of course I don’t notice until much later and begin to photograph my process instead.

I edited the YouTube video to include a full voiceover so I may explain all the successes and failures. I can only work on this while home on the weekend and yesterday my husband worked so my son was with me, as well as, in the background noise!! But nonetheless the card and video were executed as best I could. I hope to move up from here haha! Above I have inserted the video and below are all supplies and measurements.

SUPPLIES:
Paper:
White Cardstock – Recollections (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)
Brown Cardstock – Recollections (Scrap)
Black Cardstock – Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Gold Cardstock – Anna Griffin (Scrap)
Acetate – recycled
Watercolor cardstock – (Scrap)
Color:
LuminArte watercolor paint in Hot Cinnamon, Bougainvillea, Iridescent Green, Sunflower, Playful Peony, and Periwinkle
Gelato – Faber Castell in Black Licorice
Inka Gold Metallic Rub
Elegant Writer – 2.0mm F
Other:
Small buildings – original sketches
Black Satin ribbon – my stash
Purple and clear microbeads – my stash
Tools:
CuttleBug Machine
Hello Die by Spellbinders – Phrase Set 2
Darice wood grain embossing folder
Sizzix 3″ Circle framelits die
CuttleGug Cricut labels and such frame dies
Westcott nonstick scissors
Foam tape
Scortape
Elmer’s Craftbond glue
All-in-all I am happy with the final project despite all of the hiccups. I doubt this will be the last time something like this occurs and that is okay. We live and we learn. I have absolutely learned from my mistakes and I hope you do too!
Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Whatup Wednesday – Viewer’s Choice Card Pineapple with shades

Hi Crafty people! Happy HUMP DAY!

For this mid week post I am sharing this viewer’s choice Pineapple with Shades card.

I thought of multiple ways of creating this pineapple. I thought I would sketch it or collage it together using diamond cutouts of various patterned paper. I went through my paper stash and found this yellow and zigzag screen-print paper by Recollections and immediately knew it would translate perfectly.

As for the leaves, I used a variety of circle punches (sizes noted in supply list below) to create the top leaves which also resemble hair. The shades were made by sketching the outline and lens shapes and cutting them out. I then used vellum paper, colored with alcohol ink to make the lenses.

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The recognizable “spikes” of the pineapple were created by just cutting V shapes along the zigzag pattern and slightly curling them upward for dimension and effect.

This card does not currently have a sentiment and I will likely add a thought bubble to add an appropriate occasion sentiment when I decide to use this card. The finished card is 5 x 7″and multi-dimensional.

 

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Zigzag pattern paper – Recollections Screen-print (6 x 6″)
  • Coral cardstock – Recollections (6 1/2 x 4 1/2″)
  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (10 x 7″ scored at 5″)
  • Metallic Dark green cardstock – Anna Griffin Christmas cardstock (scrap)
  • Brown Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Black Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Vellum – Stathmore #105-915 (scrap)

Color:

  • Watermelon Alcohol ink by Ranger (Tim Holtz)

Tools:

  • Circle punches – 1/4″ (EK success), 1 1/8″ (EK Success), 3″ Marvy Uchida, 2″ Marvy Uchida
  • Embossing Folder – Cricut Cuttlebug (Fabric Swatches Set)
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • Pinking scissorsEK Success precision scissors
  • Exacto Knife
  • Foam tape
  • ScorTape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elmer’s craftbond
  • Cuttlebug machine

I truly enjoyed creating this card and the fact that it was requested by a viewer made this project that much more fun! I look forward to creating more cards requested by you so please share any ideas you might have for a card that could be featured on the next Whatup Wednesday YouTube video and blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this project. Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – Vintage cards and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!

It’s TBT AKA Li’l Friday!

For this throwback Thursday post I decided to go vintage. I also really wanted to use my alcohol inks which I have not shown love to in a while!

In the video for today I go through a few techniques I like to use with alcohol inks. I am by no means an expert! I have played around with these inks and learned from other crafters to better understand the dynamics of this medium. There are also many more techniques that can be applied to the use of alcohol inks other than what I have done here.

I have seen the use of gelli plates for transferring alcohol inks. I don’t have a gelli plate so I created my own transferrable palette using a piece of cardboard covered with cling wrap and coated with antibacterial gel.

For the blending tool I have felt pads. However, any felt will do. The best paper for alcohol inks is Yupo paper which I also do not have so I used glossy cardstock and that works just fine.

After playing with several techniques I use two of my backgrounds to create vintage cards with a Mother’s Day theme.

SUPPLIES (for the cards only):

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland
  • Precut patterned blank A2 card – Recollections
  • Sand color cardstock – Recollections
  • doilies – my stash
  • tags – my stash
  • Pattern scrap paper
  • Vintage image ATCs – Memories in the Making: ATC Collection Quotes by mom

Color:

  • Adirondack Alcohol ink by Tim Holtz in Caramel and Stream
  • Adirondack Alcohol blending solution by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Old Paper

Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Cling wrap
  • Scotch tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Brayer – Speedball
  • Blending tool  – Tim Holtz
  • Scalloped Edging scissors – my stash
  • Corner rounder – my stash
  • Scrap twine
  • Bone folder
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape
  • TomBow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Enamel dots – Recollections
Art Journaling, DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Friday – Art Journaling/Surrealism

Hello crafty friends!

Today’s post is a personal an emotional one for me, but I will keep the topic within, on this piece and the techniques I used.

I will quickly state that while I create projects and posts for my love and passion for creating, art is part of a life’s journey and within it we can express our happiness, anger, fears, joys, and sorrows. It can be an outlet when you feel there isn’t any other source of relief. This post is exactly that.

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Since January of this year I went through two miscarriages. A topic not often spoken of, and I had no idea how to handle the loss and trauma, particularly when all info is medically stated and does not answer any whys or give preventative information. So in a cloud of emotion and sorrow, I turned to art.

The result was this art journal page depicting three buildings. The 1st building represent past, the center is present, the right is future. There is hope. The cupped hands in the background release two butterflies on their eternal journey during a sunrise representing a new day. This is my story.

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As far as techniques; the full video process for this page is available on YouTube.

To prepare my page for multimedia use, I coated it with gesso. This gesso was homemade using the recipe and directions found on a tutorial by Yvonne Gebauer on her YouTube channel mytherapyroom (<– if link does not show you can find the video by copying and pasting this: https://youtu.be/4HLzqis0MIU)

While my gesso dries, I work on the cupped hands. Using my hands as a visual guide, I lightly sketch the outline of the hands and then use  watercolor crayons to paint them in. Then they are cut out and put aside.

Once my gesso is dry, I work on the sunrise background. The first layer of acrylic paint is very sheer NOT pretty. But this creates a base to work and build on once dry. As you will see in the video I started with a paintbrush but then use an old grill sponge to give a textured look to the paint. With a bit of watered down gesso I spritzed over the background for a starry effect.

Off camera I sketched three building structures to use as the front focal point. Then using the same watercolor crayons used to paint the hands I also paint the buildings. I tried to keep in mind where the light source was in the background to better know where to place shadows (I am not 100% happy with my shadows to be honest but I can live with them.)

The final step is deciding on the arrangement and adhering it all together.

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Creating this piece helped give me some solace and peace to cope with my emotional turmoil for what I had gone through. I hope that if you are ever feeling lost, hurt or perfectly happy that you know you are also able to turn to art and creating as an outlet.

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Journal – Canson XL Series mix media 9 x 12″ (98lb)
  • Watercolor paper – Canson Foundation Series Watercolor 9 x 12″ (90lb)
  • Bristol paper – Strathmore Bristol vellum surface 9 x 12″ (100lb)

Color:

  • Watercolor crayons – Lyra AquaColor
  • 18KT. Gold Leafing Pen – Krylon
  • Acrylic paint – Glaze by GOLDEN in Rust, Yellow ochre, bright purple, Violet Earth, and Ivory black

Tools:

  • B pencil
  • Micron marker in #02 and 08
  • Fan brush Utrecht
  • Watercolor brushes – Artist’s Loft #6 and 10
  • Charcoal pencil – U.S.A. General’s 557-2B Medium and Prang 600H
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Westcott non stick KleeEarth scissors
  • Marvy white gel pen
  • Gel medium – GOLDEN Regular Gel (Matte)
  • Diecut butterflies – my stash
  • Homemade Gesso

Thank you for coming on this journey with me and taking time to read my story. I am so very grateful for YOU!

Until next time XoXo