A Crafty Announcement! |Papercraft Business

Hello friends! I’d love to share with you an exciting and crafty announcement!

YAHOO! I am THRILLED to announce that I have made it onto my very first design team! I am sure I will be posting more about this in bits and pieces but I’d love to share a few things already!

Papercraft Business is ran by Lisa Walsh where her mission is to provide papercraft bloggers helpful and valuable content to help them (including a relatively new crafter and blogger like myself!) grow their blog. Click here to check out the website. Don’t forget to check back often because more useful and fun things will be shared! One thing that drew me in is how information is shared in an inspiring and friendly way.

Papercraft Business will be hosting monthly challenges over on the NEW Challenge Blog once a month, starting in December. Click here to learn more info but don’t worry, more information to come in the upcoming weeks!

I’m so honored to have been chosen and I can already tell with my beginning interactions with Lisa and the other DT members, I will learn and be inspired by each and every one of them!

In the meantime, totally check out the Papercraft Business website because there’s already a lot of fun and informative articles and freebies being shared and planned! I’ve joined the Papercraft Business Facebook page and signed up for Lisa’s FREE 5 day e-mail course, Find Your Blog Purpose. If you’re new to me and Paper Tokens (hello!), I’ve only been blogging and crafting since 2016. The opportunity to be a part of the Papercraft Business community AND the design team have come at the perfect time as I work on formulating my 2018 blogging and crafty goals!

The first challenge will open in just a few short weeks (December 1st) so as we get closer, I will be sharing more information! Thanks for stopping by!

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Blessed to Have You | Honey Bee Stamps

When you’re feeling less than inspired to create or craft, what are some strategies you use to (hopefully) get your crafty mojo back?

Some of the tricks I use are some of the same methods other crafters and bloggers I follow employ. I usually get inspiration from social media, primarily Instagram. Usually this method for me helps me think of techniques, color palettes, or card layout inspiration that I would like to do.

I usually sift through my craft supplies to see what “speaks” to me after scrolling through Instagram. Sometimes it’s my patterned paper, embellishments, or my color media that gets the wheels turning. Quite frankly, sometimes I do these two methods and I still have no urge or inspiration to create.

I just wanted to share that quick blurb to get new ideas from you or to give you a little more insight on how many (if not all) my cards come to be.

For this card, I was looking through my paper pads and I unburied a pretty old DCWV (Die Cuts with a View brand) and I cam across the Gilded Paper Stack 12×12 paper pad. I was drawn to the paper that had gold foiled flecks and I decided to experiment and use it as my background for the card!

I used Honey Bee Stamps Bless Your Heart stamp set, using the Blessed sentiment. First I used my EK Success powder tool to give the A2 sized card front a good coating of powder, since I knew I wanted to do heat embossing. I put the card front in my MISTI tool in case I’d need to do repeat stamping. I arranged the sentiment and used Versamark ink twice. I used Ranger Sticky Embossing powder and used my heat tool to transform the powder into a nice, shiny sentiment!

I placed the card front into an old packaging box because the Tonic Studios Nuvo Gilding Flakes can get really messy! I took a pinch of some of the flakes, lightly laid it over the Blessed sentiment and then used my fingers to massage the flakes onto the embossed sentiment. I purposefully used Ranger’s Sticky Embossing powder because this powder can be used perfectly for this type of technique! I used my Tsukineko Stipple brush to really brandish the flakes into the sentiment.

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I wanted to have a little more detail on the card, so I pulled out another beloved Honey Bee Stamp set called Country Wreath. I used a few of the flowers, leaves, and wreath to create some interest below the sentiment. For my inks, I used Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate ink, Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie and Red Royal, and Lawn Fawn Doe ink.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment, To Have You, below the Blessed sentiment and mounted my card front on some 110lb brown cardstock from the Recollections brand. While holiday cards are fun to make, fall themed cards are my FAVE! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks a Bushel | Lawn Fawn

Today I’m feeling a bit under the weather but I decided to push through and get crafty. This past week wasn’t particularly demanding per se, but I know the next few weeks will be super busy at work so I wanted to make sure I got in some self-care (creating is one of the many things I do!) to re-charge.

This card was fun and easy to do since I combined many of my Lawn Fawn products! When I got into cardmaking, Lawn Fawn was one of the first brands I fell in love with and in one year, I have collected many of their wonderful items!

I took some of my heavyweight cardstock and stamped images from the Thanks a Bushel stamp set, using the Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. It’s alcohol marker safe and I chose this ink because I knew I’d be coloring the images in with my Tonic Studios Nuvo markers.

I was watching a movie on Netflix while I colored these images in. I did simple coloring but one day I’d like to improve my marker skills with Copics and other alcohol based markers. There are many crafters where I admire their fabulous blending skills!

After coloring, I ran the images through the Big Shot using the coordinating dies. To create the latticed background of the card, I used Lawn Fawn’s Stripey Background to die cut two brown panels. If you layer them on top of each other, it can create that lattice background if you flip one of the layers. I used double-sided adhesive tape to adhere them together. For the fun plaid background, I used Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid paperpad to select a pattern that would go with my image coloring.

I adhered the stamped images on the front. Lastly, I chose the sentiment, Thanks a Bushel and stamped it on some leftover cardstock. I used one of the brown markers to scribble a criss cross pattern on the sentiment piece, which I used a sentiment banner die to die cut it as a finishing touch to today’s card.

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One of the many reasons I love Lawn Fawn is the way I am able to use the products together seamlessly. It helps justify my purchases (let’s be real here… crafting can get expensive quick!) and helps me create a variety of projects with new and old supplies.

This card is also a part of a submission for a design team, for Papercraft Business. I’ve never been on a design team but it is a crafty goal of mine to expand my skills, share my love of creating with others, and be another crafter’s cheerleader! I can’t say I’m a cardmaking pro as I have a lot to learn, but I’m at where I am because of the kindness, support, and helpfulness of others in our wonderful cardmaking community!

Ink Blending Fall card | Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions embossing folder

This is my first fall season in Dallas, Texas and it has been interesting adjusting to the southern version of the fall season. Back in Washington we primarily got cool, rainy weather with beautiful, crisp fall days sprinkled in before December. Here in Dallas, I’ve experienced warm days but some days that were even better (sunny, breezy and in the 70s!) than Washington!

This fall card was very simple and fun to create with some ink blending. Initially, I wasn’t feeling very creative but I persisted. First I took tw A2 sized card panels and did ink blending with some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. I wanted to create a bit of an abstract effect with the inks so my ink blending was a little more blotchy. I used two different color palettes but tried to make it fall themed- one that was more traditional (yellow, orange and brown) with the other one in darker colors (green, brown, and some red).

I placed the card panels into the Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions by Lynda Kanase in Leaves. I ran the embossing folder through my Big Shot and I love the detailing and raised texture!

sizzix embossing

For the more traditional fall themed card I used the following inks: Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, and Peeled Paint

For the second card I used the following inks: Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, and Frayed Burlap

The wonderful thing with the distress inks is how forgiving they can be and how fun it is layering the inks to create such different looks, especially when you spritz some water!

What inks do you like to blend for fall themed cards? Let me know!

Happy World Card Making Day | Concord & 9th

Hello crafty friends! Were you able to create anything for World Card Making Day?

For this day, I wanted to participate in Concord and 9th’s card challenge using their products from my existing stash.

This card was easy to create and actually, the color combo is something I don’t really use in my cards!

My background is actually one of the pretty patterned papers from the Floral Fill-in patterned paper set. I created the word ‘Lovely’ using the gorgeous letters from Sophisticated Script in lowercase font. The ink I used was Versafine ink to create the crisp stamping. In Lawn Fawn Lobster ink, I used ‘You’re always so’ from the Kindhearted stamp set. Those random images also come the same stamp set.

I never know when enough is enough (do you have that problem in card making too?) so for the left side of my card, I used floral images in Lobster ink and Versafine. If I were to replicate this card, I may have done the opposite colors (solids in Lobster and outlines in Versafine).

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Hope you got to be inky on World Card Making day!

Oh Hello stamp set by Concord & 9th and Simon Says Stamp | STAMPtember 2017

I’m sorry it’s taken this long to write a corresponding blog post to this card!

I wanted to create a fall card like everyone else (this card is back timed from September 30th!) but it was warm and more summer like here in Texas.

This card was super easy and fun to create! Since I have initiated my 30-day crafty wish list (which can be torturous sometimes waiting for a full month before buying a desired craft supply!), I couldn’t spontaneously purchase a lot from Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember releases!

One release I was lucky to have snagged was Concord and 9th’s Oh Hello stamp set. I can only describe it as beautiful watercolored strokes (circle and varying sizes of streaks) that look absolutely stunning stamped in ink. Not to mention, there are a couple big, script sentiments.

For this card, I used the circular stamp to create a stamped background, using Altenew’s gorgeous inks in Blush, Rose Quartz, and Frosty Pink.

I used Simon Says Stamp new Ultra Navy embossing powder to heat emboss one of the sentiments, Happy Everything. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink to stamp the Wishing You sentiment above the heat embossed part.

To be honest, the card felt plain to me at that point, so I used the bigger stamp streak (I really hope I’m making sense in this post, the watercolor strokes feel hard to accurately capture a description) to heat emboss using Ranger’s Sticky Embossing powder. I used Tonic Studio’s gold Gilding Flakes for the gold accents.

Looking back, I may have used one of the smaller brush stroke stamps for the foiled part so there would be less of it, but never the less, it was fun to add some gold detail and also fun to play with the (messy) gilding flakes.

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Did you pick up any fun STAMPtember releases this year? Let me know!

Thanks Card | Lawn Fawn 2017 Fall/Winter Release

Here’s another thank you card that I’ll be giving to a fellow co-worker. She did a solid favor, when she didn’t have to, and I wanted to make sure she knew it was much appreciated. I wanted to create this card asap because she made a comment last week that she never feels appreciated. I have been in that situation before and it hurts. I wanted to show her this small token of appreciation and I hope it brightens up her day this upcoming week!

I’m seriously loving the newest Lawn Fawn release! I hope if you’ve been on the fence, you’d consider it because of all the fun and versatile goodies! Check out some of my other posts talking about the 2017 fall and winter release here and here!

This card was really easy and inky to make! First I took some Neenah Solar White cardstock in 80lb and cut it down to A2 size. I ran it through my Sizzix Bigshot with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Woodgrain background die. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Fire Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, and Wild Honey. I had hopes of trying to make it a fall-themed background, but my husband kindly pointed out in a compliment, “I like that tropical sunset look!”Ha!

I die cut the Scripty Thanks die using one of the brown papers from Knock On Wood 6×6 paperpad. I did some more diecutting from the Large Wreath die set for leaves, also using paper from Knock On Wood. This was a one layer card so I adhered everything down with Tombow Multi Mono liquid glue. I used some of my Doodlebugs Design assorted sequins as embellishments on the leaves. I used my Wink of Stella shimmer pen to add some shimmer to the leaves and Glossy Accents for the Thanks diecut.

thanks card

Wish the weekend wasn’t coming to a close, I still want to be in my craft room instead of doing household chores. How about you, any fun projects you’ve been working on?

Crafty Buys & Supplies | MFT Stamps Haul

Just a quick blog post on a few things I picked up from MFT Stamps!

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6×6 Paperpads

How fun and colorful are these two paperpads? Party Patterns and Tiny Hearts Brights. The next paperpad I have to pick up is the Tiny Hearts Pastels… I am having regret that I took it out of my cart last minute!

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100lb. Heavyweight Card Stock Sampler

I thought this was a stellar deal of getting to sample 41 different sheets of cardstock for less than $15!

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Mix-Ables Stencil and Scor-Tape

This mini clouds stencil sells out often! I’m still trying to get the original one! I have this double-sided adhesive tape in two different sizes, this is perfect for those intricate and thinner die cuts or shaker cards!

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Free with $60

So nice that MFT includes a surprise freebie if you spend more than $60 (so.easy.to.do!). I’m so happy I got numbers! Now if I can find an alphabet one, I’d be set!

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Xs and Os Cardkit

This is the main reason I went and grabbed items for this haul! As of writing this post, the card kit is still available!

If you aren’t able to snag it in the kit, the items found in the kit will be available to purchase, roughly 6 weeks after the card kit launches. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and I love making cards for love and encouragement, so I thought this cardkit would be useful year round!

The cardkit is bundled together nicely in an easy, convenient zipped pouch. You get a wonderful 4×6 stamp set with coordinating dies, square shaker window and frame die-namics, Tic Tac Toe boards in white and black, heart embellishments, and 10 sheets of cardstock.

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Sometime next week I’ll post about my Simon Says Stamp haul. I have so many fabulous goodies to play with, I hope you are all getting your crafty fix too!

 

 

Xs and Os Cardkit Interactive Card | MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Part Three

This is my third card for the MFT Card Design Superstar contest for the Innovation Master category. You can see my other cards for this contest here and here.

It’s not too late to enter the contest, so if you want to read about it, click here!

For this category prompt, you’ll need to create a specialty card such as a slider, shaker, fancy folding, or 3D elements.

I wanted to create a slider card using my new and old MFT supplies. This was definitely a personal challenge for me too, because I don’t have any slider dies (yet) so I had to get creative!

I used many components of the newest Xs and Os cardkit to create this card. First, I used MFT’s circle shaker dies to create a half circle slider track on the left side of the card panel. I used foam tape and a penny to create the sliding component for the arrow. A tip I’ve seen from other crafters is using your powder tool to make the foam tape on the slider track less sticky, letting the penny slide easier. If I were to make this card again, I would shape track in a better circular shape (versus the rectangle I originally made) so the slider would go in a perfect arc. Maybe I won’t have to do this in the future if I end up getting the slider dienamics.

To make the arrow, I used one of the houses (are you laughing at me yet?) from the Home Sweet Home dies. To cover up the big gap from the slider section, I used a thin strip of the red paper from the Tiny Hearts 6×6 paperpad. You can see the penny when you move the card, but I didn’t mind.

I used Black Licorice and Wild Cherry cardstock to die cut Xs and Os that I adhered with Zots bling glue dots. Finally, I used one of the sentiments, stamped in Black Licorice ink and the tic-tac-toe board (Hashtag? Pound sign?) in Persimmon ink.

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For my first slider card, I’m glad I experimented as it gave me insight for the future. However, I think I’d make more slider cards after I purchase more slider elements so that’ll be on my crafty wishlist.

How about you? Are you entering the contest or are an expert with slider cards? Let me know!

 

 

Whisk You Were Here | MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest Part Two

On my previous post, I shared that I am entering a couple cards for the MFT Stamps Card Design Superstar Contest.

For this post, I am sharing the card that I am entering into the category Coloring Virtuoso. For this card, it shows off coloring skills whatever your preferred medium.

For this card, I did the ink smooshing technique using MFT stamps dye ink cubes to color my background to accentuate my stamped images and sentiment!

First I used masking paper with the INTENTION (did it happen? Not really!) of creating a masked area that resembled a swirl. I used the MFT Stamps dye ink cubes in the following colors to do ink smooshing: Orange Fizz, Tropical Teal, Daffodil, Summer Splash, Persimmon, Ripe Raspberry. For ink smooshing, I’d wiggle the ink pad on some acetate, spray with a water mister, and put it down on some watercolor paper. For control freaks like myself, it’s hard to give up control even in crafting!

I stamped the images and sentiments from Kitschy Kitchen and You Bake Me Happy in MFT Stamps Black Licorice ink and an ombre effect for the bowl. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the whisk and bowl to adhere to my card with some foam tape.

whisk card

There is a 3rd category called Innovation Master that is geared towards specialty and interactive cards. I don’t think I have enough MFT Stamps products to create something awesome, but I’m flexing my creative muscles so stay tuned.

Are you also joining in on this Contest? Let me know so I can check out your work!