Freezin’ Season with CardMaps

 

 

Happy New Year, crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and were able to celebrate in some special way. It may have been a quiet holiday for many of you, as it was for me… but regardless, it sure was nice to close the book on 2020, wasn’t it? Now here we are in January, in a brand new year with new possibilities, a fresh start, and a clean slate! Cheers to that!

For all you fans of sketch layouts, January also brings a new set of sketches on the PageMaps site. And once again, I was so very happy to be able to create a few projects using the new January CardMaps designs. Here is the first of the sketches that I used, and my take on it using stamps from LDRS Creative.


This is the adorable LDRS Snowball Fight stamp and die set that I received for a Therm O Web collaboration back in December. Ever since I got my sweet pup Finley, who very much reminds me of an arctic fox, I simply cannot resist cute fox images like these. I stamped these cuties in Tuxedo Black ink onto PhotoPlay Paper cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. They were then die cut with the coordinating dies.


The sketch used an assortment of shapes and frames behind the focal image, so I tried to recreate that look with a variety of dies. The circles and the fold-over tag are new-to-me dies from Reverse Confetti. I added a snowbank border die cut using Heffy Doodle’s stitched Slopey-Joes border dies, too.


Patterned paper is some older 6×6 paper pads from Fancy Pants and Carta Bella. As always, I’ll attach a list of supplies below.

Hope your January is off to a great start! I’ve never really been one for making New Year’s resolutions, but my head is filled with dreams and goals for the upcoming year. Mostly revolving around crafting and fun. 😀
How about you, friends? Any new resolutions out there?


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

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White Cardstock LDRS Creative - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Snowball Fight LDRS Creative - Dies - Snowball Fight Reverse Confetti Cuts FOLD OVER WINDOW TAG DieReverse Confetti Cuts CIRCLE RAYS DUO Dies Heffy Doodle STITCHED SLOPEY JOES BORDER Dies hfd0090Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Fancy Pants Home for Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad
Carta Bella Snow Much Fun 6×6 Paper Pad
Copic Markers

You’re Snow Cool with Therm O Web & LDRS Creative


Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! It’s raining cats and dogs here today (and foxes and snowmen)… so a very good day to stay inside and tackle that holiday to-do list. I’m happy to say that the bulk of my Christmas cards are going out today, yay! Now we’ll just see if any of them make it in time.


Last week, the Therm O Web team joined up for the first time with LDRS Creative, and I received the cutest little fox stamps and dies to play with. I shared one card with you on Friday (scroll down one post or click here to see it), and today I am back with a second. This time pairing the adorable Snowball Fight and Pine Tree Forest stamps with Ranger’s new Kraft Heavystock paper and Therm O Web Glitz Glitter Gel in white. I absolutely love the look of white on kraft for the holidays, don’t you? Think it reminds me of brown paper packages, tied up with string. And these are a few of my favorite things.


As always, if you’d like to learn more about this project, head on over to the Therm O Web blog and check out my step-by-step tutorial. And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Kraft Heavystock - 8.5 x 11LDRS Creative - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Pine Tree ForestLDRS Creative - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Snowball FightLDRS Creative - Dies - Snowball FightHeffy Doodle STITCHED SLOPEY JOES BORDER Dies hfd0090Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - SnowTherm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Glitz Glitter Gel 18131Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

 

Scrapbook.com Black Friday Week

Black Friday Week


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends, and happy Thanksgiving week to my friends and family in the States! The holiday deals are continuing this week at Scrapbook.com with new specials and some fabulous freebies for your shopping enjoyment, including:

Tuesday 11/24 Black Friday Week

Today’s special offers include the 10 Best Deals of 2020 and an extra 5% off coupon code, and as if that wasn’t enough of an incentive to shop, you will receive a FREE Sizzix Merry & Bright Thinlits Die Set  with your order! Of course you all know that I’m a big fan of Sizzix dies, and the script on this word die is particularly fabulous. I love that the size of this die is perfect for card making, as well as tags, too. Because we can all use a lot of tags at the holidays, right?


I am always a sucker for cute critters, and there’s just something about this sweet mouse from PhotoPlay Paper’s Not a Creature Was Stirring collection that seems perfectly fitting for this time of year. I paired the mouse and holly  with plaid paper from PhotoPlay’s other holiday collection this year, Christmas Cheer, for this fun gift tag. I think this tag would look so festive on holiday packages this year.


Wasn’t I right? Isn’t the font on this Merry & Bright word die fantastic? Love that the wording is all connected, which makes using an intricate die like this very easy. For this project, I die cut the sentiment multiple times from both bright red and crisp white cardstock, and then stacked the die cuts in alternating colors to create sort of a candy cane stripe when viewed from the side. It’s a subtle touch, but a fun little surprise. And this is a great way to add dimension to very thin pieces like these.


The tag shape itself and the white scalloped border along the bottom were made with dies from PhotoPlay Paper’s Holiday Say It With Stamps collection. The images were colored with Copic markers, and I added ribbon and twine at the top of the tag to finish the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun from Scrapbook.com. Until then, wishing you all a very wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below: (affiliate links used at no extra cost to you)

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockMy Colors Cardstock - My Minds Eye - 12 x 12 Classic Cardstock - Carnival RedPhoto Play Paper - Christmas Cheer Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadSizzix - Thinlits Die - Merry and Bright 2Photo Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Clear Photopolymer StampsPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Etched Die SetPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - BordersPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Bracket And Speech BubbleDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

May Arts Chevron Ribbon- Red

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Therm O Web & Reverse Confetti Week


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! We’re having some fun on the Therm O Web blog, joining up with our friends at Reverse Confetti for a week of project ideas and inspiration. And of course a good collaboration week needs a prize giveaway, too, so be sure to keep reading to the bottom of this post.

I am up on the Therm O Web blog today with a fun card and tag set featuring new stamps from the Reverse Confetti November release paired with our fabulous iCraft Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets.


I am a big sucker for plaid, so I was very excited to receive the adorable Plaid Lines Big and Small Cover Panel die sets from Reverse Confetti. What awesome backgrounds they make, and such easy ones, too. I die cut two different shades of our green flock sheets for this card, and layered them onto a crisp white card base. The Circle Rays Duo die, the monstera  plant image, and the sentiment are all from RC, as well. I simply added a small piece of ribbon trim, and used pop dots for dimension, to finish this design.


I also made a pair of gift tags using the same floral and sentiment stamps sets as the card above. There are two different circle sizes in the Circle Rays Duo die set, and I used the smaller one this time to layer behind the openings of the tags. I love the extra detail that bit of texture adds to the background, and I tell you what…this fun Fold Over Window Tag die is one of my current faves from RC. So simple to put together, and useful for so many things.

If you are interested in learning more about today’s projects, I have the complete step-by-step tutorial posted on the Therm O Web blog. And now, how about a prize giveaway?

Click on the logo (image) above, and be sure to follow the steps at the bottom of the post to enter yourself to win a $50 Gift Card to Shop with ThermOWeb and Reverse Confetti!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: (Affiliate lines used at no extra cost to you)

Photo Play Paper - 12 x 12 Paper Pack - White CardstockTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Flock Transfer Sheets - Green Envy - 4 PackTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 6 Flock Transfer Sheets - Emerald Green - 6 PackReverse Confetti BOTANICAL Clear StampsReverse Confetti MIXED MESSAGES Clear StampsReverse Confetti Cuts BOTANICAL Dies Reverse Confetti Cuts PLAID LINES BIG Cover Panel DieReverse Confetti Cuts PLAID LINES SMALL Cover Panel DieReverse Confetti Cuts CIRCLE RAYS DUO Dies Reverse Confetti Cuts FOLD OVER WINDOW TAG DieGina K Designs - Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon - White and SilverTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

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He’s Checking His List with PhotoPlay Paper


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I’m back today with another card to share that I made with PhotoPlay Paper’s adorable holiday collection, Not a Creature Was Stirring. This time, I mixed 6×6 paper and ephemera die cuts with the coordinating stamps and dies.


PhotoPlay has come out with pre-cut and scored white A2 card bases, and I love how eliminating that one simple step really speeds up the card making process. I layered the card base with patterned paper from the 6×6 paper pad and then wrapped the center with twine. The tag, present, white circle (flipped to the back side), and banner flag are from the ephemera die cut pack. The cute mouse and sentiment are from the matching stamp set, which were colored and die cut with the coordinating dies.


It’s a big day at my house. My son’s 25th birthday! Wishing him, and all of you, a super wonderful day!!


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

Color Play - Card Bases - A2 - 20 PackPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Clear Photopolymer StampsPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Etched Die SetPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - EphemeraTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers
Twine

How To: Fabric Scraps on Tags


Happy Friday, crafty friends! Today I’m back to wrap up a week of fabric inspiration here on the blog with one last project. So far this week I’ve shared an easy-sew fabric project bag and a fun technique for adding fabric die cuts to paper-crafts. And today I’m once again showing a super simple and sweet way to incorporate fabric with paper. This time, on a set of gift tags featuring pleated fabric borders and ties.


It seems I can’t make anything without being left with a pile of scraps and leftovers, and the same holds true for working with fabric. Honestly, those scraps usually end up in the trash. But this time, I decided to put the scraps to use, and came up with these cute gift tags, perfect for wrapping up some small gifties I had for my BFF’s birthday celebration last week.


You all know I’m a sucker for cute little critters, so I couldn’t resist the Party on the Farm stamps and dies from Hello, Bluebird. The sweet farm animals were colored with Copic markers, die cut with the coordinating dies, and popped onto the tags with foam tape for a bit of dimension. I used a very old tag die from Papertrey Ink to make the tags and two different colors of Gina K Designs blue cardstock. Another oldie from my stash, the Fiskars cloud punch, added a little accent to each tag.


Of course I used the fabric strips to tie the tags to the cello gift bags. But I also made pleated borders across the bottom of the tags with more leftover fabric strips. And it’s very fun and easy to do. Simply add a thin line of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue across the tag, spread it even thinner with your finger, and then add the fabric, bunching and pleating the fabric strip as you go. The glue holds the fabric in place, while giving you enough open time to manipulate the strips as needed. I added a line of machine stitching down the center of the fabric to keep it in place, and topped it all off with some stamped sentiment banners.

It felt really good to use up some scraps instead of adding them to the trash heap, and I love how the blue sky backgrounds of these tags coordinate so nicely with the new Speckled Egg Distress ink I gifted my friends. How about you all? Have you snatched up the new color yet? Is it perfect, or what?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Speckled EggRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Reinkers - Speckled Egg

Hello, Bluebird Party on the Farm stamps and dies
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #1 die
Fiskars Cloud Punch
Blend Fabrics Seeds by Cori Dantini
Copic Markers

 

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Make Art Tag with Wendy Vecchi & Ranger Ink


Happy Friday, crafty friends! I’m back today with a sweet and simple tag project that I made with some new Make Art goodies from Wendy Vecchi and Ranger Ink. This tag combines two of Wendy’s Stamp, Die, and Stencil Sets and a fun technique of mixing Copic coloring with pearlescent Liquid Pearls paint.


What I really love about this coloring technique is how soft and subtle the shimmer effect is, that is almost a surprise reveal as you tilt and turn the tag to the light. Simply stamp, die cut, and color the image, as usual… and then add a top coating of Liquid Pearls mixed with water as a light watercolor wash. You can see here, in this angled view, the soft pearl finish you get.


I added Liquid Pearls wash to the leaves, too, and dotted the paint onto the berries for a bit of dimension. Really quick techniques that are so easy to do.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K Designs - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Stamp, Die, and Stencil Set - BravoRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Stamp, Die, and Stencil Set - Merci and MoreTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Scattered StrawRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Liquid Pearls - SunflowerRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Liquid Pearls - Prickly PearMay Arts YELLOW Baker's Twine Twisted Ribbon 41227*Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Huge Celebration with Therm O Web Glitz


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day and President’s Day holiday, as it’s been a hot minute since last I wrote. Today I have another Creativation card project to share that I made for the Therm O Web booth featuring Glitz Glitter Gel.


Although this card focused on the glittery Brilliant Blue Glitz background, it is a real mix of lots of my current favorite products. I used a Therm O Web rectangle die to cut out the large sentiment, which is an awesome new stamp from the Ranger Ink LetterIt line. I filled in the lettering with Copic coloring, and used the same markers to draw around the edge of the frame. That is My Favorite Winter 6×6 paper by Echo Park, and a cutie pie deer image from Hello Bluebird.


Just like that, we are halfway through February, already. I don’t know where the time goes. I’m still working away on my cross stitch project that I started last month, but am happy to say that I’m really getting close to the end now. And I recently snuck off on a little trip to Richmond to pop in on Pete. And I may, or may not, have dropped a penny or two at a needlepoint shop while I was there. Hope you are all doing well, and are having a fabulous winter! Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K Designs - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackEcho Park - Christmas - My Favorite Winter Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadRESERVE Ranger YOU ROCK Letter It Stamp Set lec68143Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Clear Stamps hb2239 Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Die Set hb2240 Therm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012*Echo Park - My Favorite Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Merry SnowGina K Designs - Glitz Glitter Gel - 2.3 Ounces - Brilliant BlueTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

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January 2020 CardMaps- Hug in a Mug

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Hello, hello, crafty friends, and happy New Year! I hope you all had a very wonderful holiday season, and that 2020 is off to a great start for you! Can you believe we are starting a whole new decade? Time sneaks away so quickly. I still clearly remember all the excitement of starting a new century in 2000……..like it was yesterday. 😀

With the start of a new year comes a whole new set of card making sketches on the PageMaps blog, and today I’m sharing the first card I made with the January sketches. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring some adorable stamps by Hello Bluebird.


I’m sure you all know what a sucker I am for the cute little critters. Hello Bluebird has some of the cutest ones out there, including these sweeties from the Cocoa Party stamp set. Although this is mostly a holiday set, I think the images are perfect for a blustery winter look with their hot beverages and woolly jumpers. We’ve been having weather from the mid 50’s to the mid 70’s these past few weeks, so this may be the closest I get to actual snow this year.


My favorite paper collection for holiday cards this year was definitely Echo Park Paper’s My Favorite Christmas, so of course I had to try out their next release, My Favorite Winter. I picked out two snowy prints to follow the sketch design, layered with crisp white cardstock to make everything pop. The images were colored with Copic markers and die cut with the matching dies. The ovals are from the Limitless Layers Oval die set by Papertrey Ink.


Wishing you all a very crafty new year! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackEcho Park - Christmas - My Favorite Winter Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadHello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Clear Stamps hb2239 Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Die Set hb2240 Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Papertrey Ink: Limitless Layers Oval die set
Copic Markers

2019 Holiday Card Series- Day 9 with Therm O Web and Pink & Main


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends, and welcome to Day 8 of my 2019 Holiday Card Series. Last week I shared some silly llama tags that I had made for the recent Pink & Main match-up on the Therm O Web blog, and today’s project is a continuation of that post with this set of holiday llama cards.


Aren’t these llamas woolly adorable? They are from the Fa La Llama stamp set from Pink & Main. I colored my images with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies. The glittery background was made with a bit of masking and Therm O Web’s new Silver color of Glitz Glitter Gel. That stuff is so awesome for adding some holiday sparkle and shine.


I’m such a sucker for plaid. Love this Kringle & Co. paper by Photo Play Paper. As always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Christmas - Kringle and Co Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPink and Main FA LA LLAMA Clear Stamps PM0368Pink and Main FA LA LLAMAS Dies PNM241Therm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Oval - LargeEcho Park - My Favorite Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Merry SnowTherm O Web Gina K Designs SILVER Glitz Glitter Gel 18149Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black