If Friends Were Flowers with CardMaps

Before a new set of card-making sketches makes its appearance in October, it’s time to share one last card that I created for PageMaps using a CardMap sketch from the July release!

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring a mix of goodies from Pink Fresh Studio Some Days and Simple Stories Bunnies & Blooms.

I do love the garden theme to this one, and I always appreciate a little pun in my sentiment. It’s been ages since I’ve added a button to my card, but once upon a time that was one of my top favorite embellishments. And it felt good to pull out my old and seldom-used notebook paper die from PaperTrey ink, which was the perfect die to match this sketch design.

The background papers are a combination of both collections, and I really like how the pop of black ties everything together. I layered several garden-y ephemera pieces and grounded them with a bit of grass border. The button, twine tie, and ticket stub finish the design.

The weather has started to turn here, and we are beginning to feel a little crisp in the air. My favorite season is almost here! Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Pinkfresh Studio - Some Days Collection - 6 x 6 Collection Paper Pack Simple Stories - Bunnies and Blooms Collection - 6 x 8 Paper Pad Simple Stories - Bunnies and Blooms Collection - Ephemera - Bits and Pieces Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Cardstock Sheets - 80 Sheets Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders
PaperTrey Ink: Notebook Die
Stampin’Up Twine
Button

Another Year… with CardMaps

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! At the beginning of July, a new set of CardMaps designs were released over at PageMaps, and I had the great pleasure of creating some projects with the new sketches for the reveal. Today I’m sharing one of those cards here featuring the adorable Some Days collection by PinkFresh Studio.

I am always in need of birthday cards for my stash, and thought this bright happy paper with it’s typography print was perfect for the occasion. I used the 6×6 paper pad for this, along with the coordinating enamel dots and die cuts… and went back to one of my favorite old-school techniques which is sewing on paper. Love the pop of green that zigzag stitching brings.

But probably my favorite part of this card was also the scariest to achieve, and that is the splotchy, messy paint stain behind the flowers. There’s something intimidating about pouring paint onto something you’ve spent time creating, but it’s also fun to take more of a mixed-media approach to papercrafting at times. My best advice is to go slow and easy on the paint, and dab it quickly with a bit of paper towel. You can always add more…. it’s just the take-away that is difficult.

The patterned papers had more of a creamy background tone to them, so I used Bristol Smooth cardstock here instead of white. I pulled out more green from the design with the stamped sentiment strip, and finished off with the old corner rounder and a trio of enamel dots.

You can find the sketch for this card, along with many other great designs, over on the CardMaps page.
And thanks so much for stopping by!


Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096
PinkFresh Studio SOME DAYS 6 x 6 Paper Pack 101021
PinkFresh Studio SOME DAYS Elements Pack 102121
PinkFresh Studio SOME DAYS Enamel Dots 102021
Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Birthday
Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Sentiment Strips
Gina K Designs GRASS GREEN PREMIUM DYE Color Companions Ink Pad 0908
EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Ranger Distress Paint: Milled Lavender

Make Lemonade with CardMaps

Happy Monday, crafty friends! What a glorious weekend it was here in my neighborhood. It was sunny and warm and everything has turned such a nice bright green. I spent lots of time outdoors working in my yard and walking with Finley. I pruned and mowed and picked up branches and watered and weeded. I over-exerted, and over-heated at times, but it feels so good to get so much work done. And I love that it feels like summer is almost here. I hope that whatever you did this weekend, that you had a wonderful time, too.

Today I’m sharing a card that I made for the PageMaps website using one of the CardMaps sketches from the April release. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and here is my take on it featuring the Some Days collection from Pink Fresh.

I love things with a citrus vibe, so I fell hard for this sweet collection. This card was made with the 6×6 paper pad, the die cut ephemera bits, and the matching enamel dots. And I threw in some Sizzix cardstock and border dies from Photo Play Paper to finish the design.

As you can see, the die cut lemons and flowers replace the cute bunnies from the sketch. I layered the die cuts and added some with foam dots to add depth and dimension. The sentiment label is a snippet from the paper pad, and although small, works perfectly for this design.

Love these happy colors and papers! This is making me want to break out some of my lemon decor and do a bit of decorating. It’s time to put that on the old to-do list!

Hope your week is getting off to a great start, and thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Borders

Let’s Have Some Fun with CardMaps

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful, sunshiny weekend! Today I am back to share a bright and happy friendship card that I made for the PageMaps blog featuring one of the new April CardMaps sketches. Here is the sketch that I used.

And here is my take on it using the adorable Fern & Willard collection by PhotoPlay Paper.

I absolutely adore the frogs in this collection! They are so cute and whimsical and just plain fun. I created a little scene for Fern using some older retired circle dies from Sizzix, layered with cardstock stickers from the 12×12 paper kit.

Crisp white cardstock mixed with Sizzix Cardstock Sheets. I added some of the stickers with foam dots for dimension and tied the card up with twine.

This card screams spring to me, and I love the mix of colors with that navy. Fun to do a card with some angles and curves, too, as I tend to be rather square. 😀

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you the start of a fabulous new week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

 

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Cardstock Sheets - 80 Sheets Photo Play Paper - Fern and Willard Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack
Dies: Sizzix Circles, Dotted; Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey Joes Border Dies
Stampin’Up Twine

 

 

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 7


Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 7, I made a pair of cards using the Simple Stories Jingle All the Way collection.


I used the 6×8 paper pad and die cut ephemera bits for these cards. The first card features a 3×4 cut-apart journaling card that was included in the pad. I layered it onto a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die cut, and edged the top and bottom with die cut scalloped border. Little triangle photo corners, a tab top, and a twine tie finish the design.


I did some machine stitching on the second card, which I haven’t done in quite some time. But I love how that defines the seam line of the two papers and anchors the die cuts at the side. The tag is layered die cut bits with more of the scalloped border across the bottom and a twine tie on top. Both cards are based off older CardMaps sketches from July 2018.

Another week down, and two more cards added to my stash!
Happy weekend, friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - 6 x 8 Paper PadSimple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - Ephemera - Journal BitsLawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar RectanglesPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - BordersDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LadybugDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 3


Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 3, I finished two cards using PhotoPlay Paper’s older Christmas line, Mad 4 Plaid Christmas.


For both cards, I used sketches from the October 2018 CardMaps. I mixed cardstock stickers and patterned paper for card #1, adding in only white cardstock. A corner rounder punch finished off the design.


The second card uses cardstock and twine along with more patterned papers and stickers, and this time I added in the old stacked postage die set from Tim Holtz and an ancient border punch by Fiskars. I do love to try to use my older tools and supplies.

I’m making pretty good progress on my Christmas card stash!
Happy weekend, friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Photoplay Paper Mad 4 Plaid Christmas 12×12 Kit
Sizzix Stacked Postage Framelits Die Set
Fiskars Border Punch

Hugs & Kisses with CardMaps

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Today I’m back to share some Valentine love with a card that I made for the PageMaps site using one of the January 2021 CardMaps sketches.

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring this year’s Valentine collection by PhotoPlay Paper called Love Letters.

I am a huge fan of mixing patterned papers, so this was such a fun sketch to work with. I used two main prints for the background, breaking them up with a thin strip of cardstock and twine. And of course those banner flags add in a lot more pattern, too. Super fun, and a great way to use up  small scraps of paper you may have laying around.


PhotoPlay has started doing a new thing where they provide die cut sheets that coordinate with their collections, and that is what I used on the cute bird here. I really like these because you get multiple images on each sheet, and all the coloring is already done for you. Simply die cut or fussy cut the image you want, and you are good to go.

Happy Valentine’s week! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Love Letters Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Photo Play Paper - Love Letters Collection - 12 x 12 Paper - Elements Photo Play Paper - Love Letters Collection - Etched Die Set Photo Play Paper - Love Letters Collection - Ephemera

Stampin’Up Twine

 

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2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 2


Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 2, I pulled out Simple Stories’ Simple Vintage North Pole collection in the 6×8 paper pad and the Bits & Pieces die cut ephemera. The only extras I added on my pair of cards today was twine.


This first card is based off of a sketch from the January CardMaps sketches. I loved the patchwork effect in the background of all those angled strips of patterned paper. Such a fun way to use lots of prints for patterned paper lovers like me. Then I simply wrapped the card base in twine, and layered three die cuts and a sentiment banner for the focal image.


There are several large, full-size sheets of printed journaling cards in the 6×8 paper pad, and that’s what I used in part across the center of the second card. I added a thin strip of black and white striped paper above and below the center band to help it stand out, and once again wrapped the card in twine. The Santa is another die cut ephemera bit, popped up with foam dots for a bit of depth.

2 more cards done and added to my holiday stash!

Happy weekend, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are listed below:

Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole: 6×8 Paper Pad, Bits & Pieces Die Cuts
Maya Road Baker’s Twine: Red
American Crafts Twine

 

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 1

Happy Friday, crafty friends! One of the ways that I’m trying to stay connected to friends and family during this pandemic is through regular video Zoom chats. Recently, my dear friend, Kathie, and I decided to try to get together about once a week for an online crafty play date. And during these sessions, I am hoping to work on my holiday cards for this year. Because knowing me, if I don’t carve out some dedicated time, these types of things might not get done.

So every week, I hope to share my progress with you on what I’m going to call my 2021 Christmas Card Project. Starting now with week 1, and a pair of cards that I made with PhotoPlay Paper’s Winter Memories collection.


As is often the case when I’m crafting with friends, I like to use sketches as the inspiration for my cards so that I’m free to concentrate on chatting rather than design. Both of these cards were made using sketches from the new January 2021 CardMaps sketches, my favorite site for sketches of all kinds.


The first card was inspired by a square card sketch, but I modified it into a standard A2 size. I used an old Fiskars border punch to add the edge detailing, and added my favorite twine tie. Layered a cardstock sticker and cut-apart journaling card for the focal point of the design.


I love the sketch used for the second card because it is simple and classic and would work well for literally any design. I used some Slopey border dies to create the snowbanks, and a stitched rectangle die to cut the focal panel. Then cardstock stickers to finish the design.

It feels great to have a jump start on my holiday cards this year. Normally I’m a bit of a last-minute procrastinator. Hopefully I can keep it up. How about you all? Are you 11th-hour crafters, like me, or do you work on your card stash year round?


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockPhoto Play Paper - Winter Memories Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackLawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched Rectangle StackablesDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey-Joes Border Dies
Fiskars Postage Edge Border Punch

Frosty Friends with CardMaps

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I’m kicking off the week with a card share featuring another card that I made for the PageMaps site using one of the new January CardMaps sketches.

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it using PhotoPlay Paper’s adorable Winter Memories collection.

You all know that I’m a huge sucker for cute critters, and this paper collection is filled with them. Love that this line works equally well for holiday cards as it does for the winter season, which is the emphasis of my card today.


I closely followed the sketch design with layers of patterned papers edged in lacy die cut trim. I cut a focal block from papers with a more solid print to help the cute woodland animal stand out. The snowbank was die cut using Heffy Doodle Slopey-Joes border dies. And then a twine tie finished the design.

We were forecast to get our first snowfall of the year this past week…. but it didn’t happen. Maybe soon?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock Photo Play Paper - Winter Memories Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey-Joes Border Dies
Sizzix Happy Trims Dies