DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Inexpensive Christmas Cards

Hello again,

I am going over a quick project share here. I made most of my cards off camera, so I would not call this a tutorial. Anyhow, I wanted to share these cards I made using less than $5 worth of supplies. This would not include what I already had on hand, like my tools and card bases or twine and adhesive.

Using 2 pack of tags and 12×12 sheets found on clearance, I was able to make 11 Christmas cards but could have made MANY more. I had trouble working through this project at home where I was interrupted a lot with the pitter patter of my kids coming in to make their snack requests, etc ;p Either way I did make plenty of cards and came back to add more detail to them later. The full process can be found on the YT video available here.

I often hear my viewers saying they are not able to afford crafting supplies. I totally hear that and truly understand it. That is why I made this project using Christmas tags and paper found for less than $1 and things I had in my stash. I found that using twine made a big difference when adding detail or creating a more finished look on a more basic looking card. I have to remember that moving forward!

Below are some photos of the completed cards with the added details.

Some of the supplies I used are no longer available or are not purchasable online. Below are links to supplies and tool I used that can be found online. If I missed anything please let me know and I will be sure to add it!

SUPPLIES:

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White Cardstock for card bases 

Paper trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Fussy cutting scissors Fussy cutting scissors

Bella Blvd Christmas ephemera

foam tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Elmer’s glue stick

Black and white twine

While it is always fun to purchase new and exciting supplies and papers, we should also remember that with a little creativity and some inspiration we can use what we have or use fairly inexpensive supplies to create beautiful crafts from the heart! I hope you all found this useful or helpful and see you all soon!

XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, mixed media, stamping, Video

Non-Traditional Christmas Cards

Hi all! Today I wanted to share ideas for non-traditional Christmas cards. We can always try new ways to use old supplies for differing holidays and occasions. It can be fun to play with non-traditional ideas to represent traditional things.

Here I use dimensional mixed media panels to inspire the creation of these atypical, grungy type of Christmas cards.  These panels were made using a gel printing technique and layered with stenciling, spritzes and white splatters.

They all have a similar layout. I blended Distress Oxide ink over my stamped images to create a soft colored look. I also diecut silver glitter paper to put behind the stamped image to provide more contrast. To add an accent the cards, I adhered a 1″ strip of vellum topped with a snowflake strip, punched out of a Martha Stewart punch. And finally, I wrapped and tied a black and white twine over the layered strip.

For the full process on techniques used in making these cards (except for the mixed media panels) please check out the YouTube video here.

Below is a supplies list for available items I used in this project:

Kraft Cardstock

Non-Stick Scissors

Paper Trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Foam Tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Scallop circle die

Black and white twine

Silver permanent marker

Black permanent Marker

Paper Artsy stamps

White Gelly Roll Pen

Maps, Text & Ledger pad (similar)

Xyron Mega runner

Versafine Black Onyx ink pad

Acrylic block

Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry

Distress Oxide Salty Ocean

Blending tool

Silver glitter snowflake embossed paper

Double sided tape

Kraft paper (similar)

Martha Stewart Crafts Deep Double Edge Punch, Snowflake

Vellum paper

*Disclaimer: As an amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, repurpose, stamping, Video

Use it or Lose it – Scraps and Stickers

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Hello crafty friends!

This project was all about using up scraps and stickers that have been sitting around in my stash. We all have scraps and stickers that we have had for so long they almost become invisible! Well I challenge you to take a minute to pull them out and think of using them in clean and simple cards like the ones I created here. I kept the card designs super simple and clean but maintained interest by including texture and dimension.

Let’s LOVE our supplies! I made a bunch more after these because I had so much fun seeing these scraps and stickers in a whole new way.

Below are the cards I made in this YouTube video.

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Supplies: Really vary since I tried to use up random left overs from my paper, ribbon, sticker, rub on stash, etc. and add texture with embossing folders, jewels and other embellishments.

Hope you will try to use up those old scraps in some clean and simple card designs like these!

Until next time!

XoXo

embellishments, giveaway, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, stamping, Tutorial, Video

1K Subscriber Giveaway Prize and Winner

Hello!

Below I will show you what is included in the prize for the GIVEAWAY and announce the winner!

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WHAT’S IN THE PRIZE:

  • Cleaning Shammy found on AMAZON
  • 5.5in x 7.5in Papern Paper Pad: Ms. Sparkle & Co. Paperie (JoAnne’s)
  • Card and Envelope set of 25 Size A2 65lb cardstock: Scrapbook.com
  • Pinwheel stickers: Recollections (Michael’s)
  • Pets clear stamp set: AliExpress
  • Circle and semicircle die set: AliExpress
  • Happy Birthday Stamps: Ms. Sparkle & Co. Paperie
  • Heart Dies: Ms. Sparkle & Co. Paperie
  • Red/White polkadot washi tape: Sandy Lion
  • Green/White polkadot washi: Sandy Lion
  • Button dies: Whitelotous
  • Acrylic stamping block 2.25in x 3.5in: Lokipa (AMAZON)
  • Rubber stamp set of winner’s choice from previous video/post

To pick out a winner I went through all of the qualifying entries placed on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the coordinating blog post. Those names were placed in a cone and one name was chosen at random by my son.

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THE WINNER IS…..

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KellysKardsfl CONGRATS!!

To redeem your prize please send me an email to citygalpapeterie@gmail.com containing the address where I should send your goodies!! Please do not put any personal information in any comments section, address provided will be strictly used for sending prize winnings.

Thank you to all the subscribers and participants!

Until next time!! XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Dino Birthday Card

Hello my crafty friends!!

I am excited to share this card with you all. It is a Dino themed birthday card that I created for my son’s 5th birthday. There is a coordinating process video on YouTube.

The card base I used is 6 x 6 inches and the inner frame measures 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. The window was cut out with a rectangular die measuring 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

To create this card I used the following supplies:

  • White 6 x 6 inch precut and folded card base with envelope: My stash
  • Green cardstock: My stash
  • Rectangle die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Card creator dies Matting basics
  • Kraft cardstock: COLORBÖK Neutral
  • Green textured foam sheet: My stash
  • Cloud dies: WhiteLotus
  • Grass border die: Anna Griffin Paisley pattern folders and dies
  • Birthday sentiment stamps: Letterit Clear stamps by Ranger
  • Jolee’s Boutique 3d dinosaur stickers
  • Washi tape: My stash
  • ScorTape: My stash
  • Non-stick scissors: Westcott
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • 2″ hole punch: My stash
  • Foam tape: My stash
  • Tape runner: Xyron
  • Walnut Stain Distress ink
  • Ink blending tool and foam pad
  • Pencil: My stash
  • Aleene’s Tacky glue
  • JudiKin’s embossable acetate
  • Stamp Perfect tool by Hampton Art

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To create the window background, I used a piece of pattern paper large enough to cover the window frame and adhered it to the card base. For the small trees I cut a piece of scrap corrugated cardboard and topped it with some of the plant stickers in the sticker set. For the large trees I hand cut trunks and used a 2″ hole punch to cut out the leaves. I used wet glue to hold the leaves in place at the top of the tree trunk. Using the border dies, I made grass from the textured foam sheet. Then I added a 3D dino sticker. Finally, I used the cloud dies to add clouds to my sky using tape and foam tape for dimension.

For my window frame I used a rectangle die to cut out the window and a sheet of acetate to cover the opening. I used foam tape to adhere my window to the base over the background below. I then added a strip of grass cut out with the grass border die and finally I added more 3D dino and plant stickers.

As the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Birthday” onto green cardstock and trimmed it then cut out a fishtail and adhered it to the top of the card above my window scene.

To finish off the card I added another sentiment on the inside of the card onto a piece of green cardstock. I initially tried to stamp directly onto the card base but as y ou can see in the video, that did not work out so well! I also added a couple of 3D Dino stickers on the inside and a 3D plant.

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I hope you like this card and tutorial. Please visit my YouTube process video for more details on making this card.

Until next time!!! XoXo

 

DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

1000 Subscriber GIVEAWAY

Hello my crafty friends!!

Thank you so much for joining me today ❤

I could not be more excited to be hosting a giveaway for having reached 1000 subscribers on YT!!!

The prize will include a variety of crafting products including a cleaning shammy, precut kraft dies, a card and envelope set, a super cute button die set, 3D stickers, washi tapes and much more!!

I am also including one of the stamp sets I posted in my last VIDEO and BLOG post.

I will  be including all of the details for the GIVEAWAY here and also on my YouTube channel. PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES CAREFULLY!

Here are the rules:

-There are 4 ways to enter but no matter the entry form you MUST be a PUBLIC subscriber. This is the only way I can track your name across the different platforms.

-You must be 18 OR OVER to enter.

-This will be a US AND INTERNATIONAL giveaway! So please do not hesitate to enter if you do not live in the US!

Here are the instructions:

-Subscribe as a public subscriber to my YouTube channel.

—–>>> THERE ARE 4 WAYS TO ENTER<<<—

Each method gives you an entry but you can only enter once per method. You can do one entry or all four (for 4 chances to win), it is totally up to you!

  1. Leave a comment under THIS video with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  2. Leave a comment under this blog post with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.
  3. Hop over to my Instagram page @citygalpapeterie and follow, then leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included with your prize
  4. Visit and like my Facebook page @citygalpapeterie and leave a comment with the hashtag #citygal1K and the number of the stamp set you would like to have included in your prize.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY 11pm Eastern US time on September 7 to be eligible.

And that is all! I hope you all know how immensely grateful I am for each of you and your viewership, subscriptions, comments and likes. I look forward to sharing many more projects with all of you.

Until next time! XoXo

 

DIY, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Wood Stamp to Cling Stamp

Hello hello crafty friends!!

I am excited to share with you all how I converted my wood mounted stamps to cling stamps. I recently saw a fellow FB group member say she was doing this and I have been wanting to make this conversion for so long and did not know how that I could not resist! I watched her recommended video as well as a few others (these links can be found in the description section of my YouTube video for this project) and combined what I learned from them to create my own method.

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I begin by taking the wood stamps that I want to convert and stamping their images onto cardstock. I also use a Micron marker to write down the brand of the stamp and it’s name for reference.

Once they are all stamped I set the images aside and begin removing the rubber stamp, trying to keep the attached foam with it. If the foam breaks or will not come off it is ok to only remove the rubber without the foam. This can still be converted into a cling stamp.

Next I take Aleene’s Tack-It Over  & Over ( found on Amazon here) repositionable adhesive and apply it to the backs of the foam of the removed rubber and foam stamps. I use a wedge make-up sponge to do this and just make sure they all have a thing even coat. I leave the plain rubber stamps with no foam to convert later using a different method.

While they dry I return to my stamped cardstock and cut out each stamped image. They could alternately be kept all on one sheet. I separate them in case I want to categorize them or create specified sets.

I now grab a sheet of clear cling vinyl by Grafix (found on hereon Amazon) and stick my foam rubber stamps onto the vinyl side of the sheet. I then use nonstick scissors to trim them out, cutting as close to the rubber as possible. Once they are all trimmed out I remove the release backing for the vinyl leaving the vinyl adhered to the back of the foam.

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Here you can see the now cling stamp on an acrylic block and it gives a perfect impression.

Above I am taking a Scotch Thermal Laminating pouch and cutting it to 5 1/2 x 8″. I open the 2 sides of the pouch and lay my stamped images in between on the matte side of the pouch. Once they are all laid out how I want I fold a piece of copy paper and sandwich my thermal pouch with it’s contents in the fold of the paper. Then I insert that, folded end first, into my Minc which I am using as a laminator.

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Using my corner chomper I round those sharp corners and then I stick my rubber stamps onto the slick surface of the laminated sheets according to their image.

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I can now store these the same way I store all of my cling and clear stamps. I purchased these pouches on Amazon in a 100pk (find them here). For details on making the plain rubber stamps into cling stamps and for additional links please visit the tutorial on the YouTube channel.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I am looking forward to the next post where I let you know all about my upcoming GIVEAWAY!

Until next time! XoXo

 

embellishments, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

Scrapbook Process #5 – Relaxin’

Hello crafty friends,

I have been a bit MIA now that I am back at work and off my maternity leave… But I wanted to get this layout to share with you all. It is a photo my husband took of me while we were on our first vacation together and still dating (like 11 or 12 years ago!). I have been caring for my baby (it has been amazing <3) throughout the summer and was missing a little beach and summertime fun so I decided to scrap this pic and reminisce this great paradise vacation.

The process for this layout can be found on my YouTube channel.

All of the pattern paper I use is from an Amy Tangerine 12 x 12 Happy Together paper pad. The solid aqua cardstock that I use as my framing sheet was in my stash and I am unsure of the brand. It was also 12 x 12. I trimmed my background paper down 1/2 inch on each side so I am left with an 11 x 11 white with yellow polka dot background. As seen in the above picture, I mat my photo with a yellow pattern card cut out from a card sheet in the 12 x 12 pad (is that what you call that??)

After matting the photo I play with the borders to get the look I want. I settled on the drinks border and laid it over a 1 1/2″ strip of pattern sunset paper. above and below the sunset strip I adhered a coordinating thin strip of patterned squares, also from the same strip pack. It was initially a thicker strip with multiple rows of squares but I cut it down to have thin strips.

I also added more matting to the sides of my photo. On the left and right is another card that I cut in half and at the bottom is a piece I cut out of a full 12 x 12 pattern sheet from the pad. As a title I cut the word RELAXIN’ from another beach border and place it at the bottom of my picture over a fishtail cut strip. The beach borders are all stickers and already have adhesive at the back making placement super easy.

To complete my layout I add three clusters. Two are elements I have cut from a few beach borders and the third were words also from a border sticker. To add a little something to the words cluster I top them with a wave from one of the border strips.

I kept the layout simple and clean by just using pattern papers all from one pad and all other elements came from the one pack of border strips.

I truly enjoyed creating this layout and it made me want to plan a Caribbean vacation ASAP! =) I will however be doing more in the way of finding ways to continue to reconstruction efforts of many of the islands hurt by last year’s hurricane Maria. (more info coming soon) Should you have any questions, about this layout please include that in the comments section and I hope to see you all again soon!!

Until next time! XoXo

Art Journaling, DIY, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

Gel Plate Printing for beginners

 

Hi crafty friends!

I recently purchased a 6 x 6 Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts and needed to try it out. I have never used a gel plate before so I myself am a beginner as I experiment and play with creating backgrounds with my gel plate. You can see the process here.

The plate comes in a clamshell package and once opened it is covered by a sheet of acetate on either side. It is a good idea to keep these, including the packaging to keep your plate protected as you store it.2018-07-06 13.20.22

To begin using it I removed only one acetate sheet and left the other. I felt this would help me lift the plate and keep it stiff as I transferred it to my art journal (from my stash). I feel it also helped with applying even pressure.

Then I got my paints. For your color, you can use any acrylic paints you have on hand. I pulled out a bunch from my stash, but I only used:

  • Light foliage green: Ceramcoat #02537
  • Yellow Lemon: FolkArt #226
  • Aquamarine: Apple Barrel #20774
  • Pretty in  pink: Apple Barrel #21339

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I also used an old plastic palette to put my paint onto. If you don’t have a paint palette, you can also use any piece of plastic, acetate, or even an acrylic block.

I put small globs of paint onto my palette. Then picking up paint by using a brayer (by Speedball) I rolled some paint onto my gel plate. Again if you do not have a brayer you can use a paint brush, sponge, an old gift card or just about anything you can think of! The beauty of the gel plate comes from the texture you add to the plate.

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This texture can be added using almost anything, the sky is the limit. I used a stencil and stamp (honeycomb stencil by Tim Holtz and a polka dot foam stamp from a pack of Faber Castell gelatos) but some other ideas would be scrunched up foil or plastic wrap, a comb, sponge, the back of a paintbrush, toilet paper rolls, you get the idea!

Once you have your gel plate covered in paint and you have added any texture of your choice, you can lift it and flip it paint side down onto your paper or pad. You can also leave it down and place your paper onto the gel plate instead. For both methods, you want to add even firm pressure all over the plate, and give enough time for the paint to transfer from gel plate to paper.

If you have any paint left on the plate after transferring your color, you can grab another piece of paper or page and by pressing the paper to the plate again you will be able to lift some or the rest of the paint that is left on it.

That is basically it! There are so many different kinds of backgrounds that you can create and each will always be unique. You can use your gel paint backgrounds for art journaling, card making, scrapbooking or any paper craft you enjoy creating. I hope you will consider giving this a try and have enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time, XoXo!

 

DIY, Handmade cards, Video

Father’s Day 2018

Dad day 2018

Hello crafty friends! How fitting is it that I return to blogging after exactly 1 year? =)

For this year’s Father’s Day cards I used the following supplies (pictured above):

PAPER:

  • 6×6 pattern cardstock in zigzag and polka dot light blue and navy; Pebbles Inc., Everyday paper pad
  • 6×6 light blue textured cardstock; DCWV®, Cardstock Stack Neutrals
  • 6×6 Navy blue textured cardstock; DCWV®, Cardstock Stack Pastels
  • White 60lb cardstock; Neenah Classic Crest® Solar White Cardstock

Glitter tape: Recollections™

Embossing folders:

  • Cuttlebug; Fabric Swatches Set
  • Darice; polka dots

Stamps: Woodware Craft Collection, Happy Father’s Day

Corrugated Cardboard: My stash

OTHER SUPPLIES:

  • Ranger clear embossing ink pad
  • Inkadinkadoo Embossing Magic
  • Ranger Embossing Powder, Super Fine Silver
  • Fiskars paper trimmer and Bypass paper trimmer
  • ScorTape
  • Cuttlebug
  • foam tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • American Crafts heat tool
  • Pencil
  • Spellbinders die Phrase set 2, Hooray!
  • Lawn Fawn die, Wishes
  • Recollections, Silver and white twine
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond

Here is a picture of the completed Father’s Day cards. These are extra special to me because they will be given to my dad and husband, I don’t know where my life would be without them.

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I was also determined NOT to leave scraps so I used as much left over paper as I had and created 3 more cards! They are also masculine and can be for any occasion.

A video is available on the creation of these cards and can be viewed here.

This is all for today!

Wishing all those amazing dads out there a wonderful Father’s Day!

Until next time XoXo