Handmade cards, Tutorial

Getting over a block

Greetings from CityGal Papeterie!

I am so happy you are here!

I know I have been AWOL for a few weeks. Any fellow crafters out there ever go through a creative BLOCK?!?

Basically I have been gone for a bit because I have been trying to get over a lengthy creative block. Anytime I sat at my workstation, nothin… NOT FUN!!

Finally I thought, you know I watch a lot of card and craft videos and many folks use card kits or crafting kits. So I went through pretty much my ENTIRE stash and created my own card kit!

Please stay with me as I go through the 5 of the 10 cards created and the inspiration behind them. This may be a long post but I seem to need to make up for a long break! And please stay tuned for the remaining 5 cards in the next post.

Using a $1 card and envelope kit I had from a previous Target haul, I created 10 card mats which I later adhered to A2 size card bases. All supplies were from my stash, both inherited and purchased. I will list info on supplies that I actually used (I did not use some of the items in the “kit”) and are not older anonymous items without labels.


 

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CARD 1: Inspired by a badge I came across while rummaging through my stash. I used one of the tags in my “kit” (blue enamel dot covers the hole) I created this Party Badge card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Tag: my stash
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Washi: Recollections bohemian design
  • Blue pearlescent photo corners: my stash
  • Gold marker: Krylon 18K Gold leafing pen
  • It’s my party and I’ll dance if I want to cling stamp: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stamp set
  • Fuchsia ink pad: Craft smart
  • Enamel dot: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections cardstock in crème

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CARD 2: Inspired by the geometric patterned paper in the “kit”

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Gold Sequins: my stash
  • Gold glitter adhesive letters: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Repurposed acetate

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CARD 3: Inspired by sequins used in CARD 2. When going through my sequins I came across these other sequins that I had which have a opaque flat look to them, almost like bubbles. Felt the would be perfect on a birthday card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Multi colored Sequins: Darice Dream Sequins
  • Make a wish and Cake cling stamps: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stampset
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Snow embossing powder: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Mini GlueDots
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Jute Ribbon: Celebrate It 360

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CARD 4: Inspired by flowers by Bazzill Flowers in the “kit” and Faber Castell patterned paper. These flowers went perfectly with the striped paper and “Bloom” tab from the sticker sheet in the “kit”.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Enamel dots: my stash
  • Blue Ribbon: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Flowers : Bazzill Wings of Imagination; Bitty Blossoms
  • Floral Brad: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Sticker tab: my stash

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CARD 5: Inspired by doilies. I have so many doilies, I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow in this set of cards and this was the result.

SUPPLIES:

  • Black Doily: Recollections;Gift it Christmas
  • Pink Doily: Recollections; ColorSplash collection
  • Sticker tab: my stash
  • Bloom sticker: my stash
  • Tag: my stash
  • 3mm l ribbon: Ribbons House
  • Word Sticker: my stash
  • Paper Flowers: my stash
  • Floral brad: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme and beige

It seems that my creative block has ended. It took a trip down memory lane through lots of old supplies and gathering coordinating items rather than trying to rack my brain in card designs. I think it’s safe to say that homemade “kits” will be my go to for creative blocks although I recently started an art journal and I think that has helped as well.

For anyone out there who has gone through anything similar, I would love to hear your story and how you were able to get past it. Tips, questions and comments always welcome!

Thank you for stopping by my page and I truly hope this post has sparked some creative inspiration! Until next time XoXo


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Handmade cards, Tutorial

Scrappy Love Notes

 

Greetings from CityGal Papeterie!

Hope you are all starting your weekends in full positivity! For today’s post I wanted to show how you can incorporate scraps from other cards to create new cards.

I am a firm believer in wasting as little as possible and reusing or repurposing whenever possible. Using leftover scraps from cards made for earlier posts I was able to make a couple of Valentine cards (which is only 17 days away!! ❤ <3)  Below you can see the pieces I used to make the new cards.

There were still left overs that I will use in future cards like the music note paper, the ribbon and the cardstock with the multi colored dashes.

SUPPLIES:

  • Left over scraps as seen above
  • Marvy White gel pen
  • Tombow Mono multi glue
  • Pink Heart doily from my stash
  • Wink of Stella glitter brush
  • Precut and scored patterned A2 card by Recollections and a precut and scored 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 card from my stash
  • Papermate Flair tip marker pen in magenta

TOOLS:

  • 5/8 in flower punch by Recollections
  • Flower punch by EK Tools
  • Large Westcott Non stick scissors

Both cards were quickly and easily put together using minimal supplies and tools. The 1st card (pictured below) also has small hand made cards crafted from the leftover paper. (Tutorial for these will be featured in a future post).

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For the second card (pictured below) I simply used a pink heart doily which I was very excited to use since not sure about crafters out there but I LOVE doilies and just never find uses for them (IDEAS WELCOME!). And using the left over pink polka dot strip I glued a top and bottom border and embellished the card using the heart stickers I had left. I also used a papermate magenta flair tip to draw stitching and accents on the doily.

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I hope you found this CARDspirational.

Thank you for visiting!

Please leave me a comment if you found this helpful or if you have any other tips or ideas on how to use paper scraps!