September DT Project | Papercraft Business

Hi friends! I have been recovering the past couple of weeks after getting sick, but I wanted to pop in to share my September Papercraft Business DT project. In a nutshell, the design team hosts a monthly papercraft challenge with an optional theme that you can participate in. This month the optional theme is ‘Thank You’. When I say papercraft challenge, this encompasses cards, scrapbooking, mixed media, and other papercrafting endeavors. We’d LOVE for you to join us, so if this is of interest to you, click HERE to learn more! There’s also the opportunity to be nominated as our Top Designer and a prize!

I don’t know what the weather is doing right now in your region, but in north Texas, we are currently in a ‘cooler’ weather pattern (thunderstorms and slightly cooler days) than the triple-digit heat we were experiencing throughout the summer.

I know fall doesn’t officially start until September 22nd so I felt a little funny creating this card that definitely has a fall/Thanksgiving color palette. It’s the first card I’ve made in over a month so I was taking my time and really enjoying it.

I used Lawn Fawn’s  Large Wreath Builder die set with brown cardstock to cut out the circular wreath and the leaves. I wanted to create a more muted, rustic color palette so I pulled out my distress oxide ink pads and sponged on a variety of reds, browns, and yellow hues from my collection. I die cut the word ‘Thanks’ from Lawn Fawn’s scripty words collection and also sponged it with a dark red hue.

Finally, I used my Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops to create the dimensional dots on the wreath. I added some dimension by doing a double layer of 3M’s foam tape beneath the wreath.


It was a lot of fun to create and I think I would definitely use this design again. I hope we see your beautiful, crafty submission over at Papercraft Challenge!



Mother’s Day Cards | Papercraft Business DT Project

Hello friends!

Hope you are having lots of sunshine where you live because here in the states, it seems like spring took its sweet time getting here!

This post is sharing my May DT project for Papercraft Business. Jump on over to see how you can submit your papercraft project for a chance to win this month’s prize of a sweet Lawn Fawn die.

For my DT project, I created two Mother’s Day cards utilizing patterned paper pads and some of my favorite Lawn Fawn dies. I’m a person who tends to subconsciously try to make things more complicated than they have to be, so today I decided to challenge myself by using supplies I’ve already had (and may have been neglecting).

Basically, I cut patterned papers from MFT Gingham Galore, Pink Paislee Fancy Free, and Jen Hadfield Everyday paper pads. The Lawn Fawn dies I’ve used include the Love Ya border die, Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables and Lacy Heart Stackables. I used a bit of foam tape to add a little bit of dimension to the center hearts but otherwise, kept it pretty 2D. Lastly, I added a few Nuvo drops in Autumn Red.

What about you? Are you a hoarder of crafty supplies like me? I’m thinking that one of these months, I should challenge myself that when I craft, I should use supplies purchased from last year so I can get more use of existing supplies. I’ll keep you posted if I go that route. Until next time, see you later crafty friends!ACS-0033

Duh-Nuh Happy Birthday card featuring Lawn Fawn| Design Team Project

Hello all!

Hope you are starting to see the wonderful signs and effects of Spring weather! It’s a sunny and breezy day in Dallas and this card reminds me of fun, beach days!

This is my April design team project for Papercraft Business Challenge blog. Please join us this month for Anything Goes, with an optional theme of birthday cards! Come join us for a chance at winning one of Lawn Fawn’s awesome stamp sets, Duh-Nuh! Check out the details and more info on the challenge following Papercraft Business’ link HERE!

To start, I took a watercolor panel and heat embossed this Stepping Stone background from Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts White Embossing powder. I used Distress Oxide inks for my water background. First I used a Stipple brush to do my first layer of water with Broken China ink. Then I used Mermaid Lagoon and an ink blending tool. I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls water, let the moisture sit for about 30 seconds, and blotted it away. I blasted it with my heat tool to make sure it was dry and I used a dry paper towel to buff the ink away that was sitting on top of the white heat embossing. I think doing this step really helped the background design pop!

I stamped several repeat images from the Duh-Nuh stamp set with an alcohol-ink friendly ink (Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink this go-around) and used a combination of Copic markers and Nuvo alcohol-based markers to color in my shark, fish, and bubbles.

Finally, I used Lawn Fawn’s Big Scripty Words die set (it coordinates with a stamp set!) to die cut out the words, “Happy Birthday”. I used Ranger’s Glossy Accents on the sentiments to give it a bit of a dimensional, glossy, bubbly look. I adhered the images and sentiments using either the Zig 2-way glue pen or foam tape.


Thanks for joining me today and I hope you join us for our challenge so I can be inspired by you. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Papercraft Business Challenge #4 | Design Team Project

Hello all!

Can you believe it’s March 1st already?!
Today I’m sharing my March design team project for Papercraft Business Challenge Blog.
Please click HERE to learn more and see how you can participate!

This month’s theme is “Anything Goes” with an optional theme challenge of Easter. Play along for inspiration and a chance at winning a prize!

For my card, I took a watercolor panel and used my Tim Holtz Distress ink in Tumbled Glass coupled with My Favorite Thing’s Mini Cloud stencil to create that airy, cloud background. I then heat embossed those letters using Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s Alphabet stamp set.

Recently, I purchased the Dr. pH Martin’s liquid Hydrus watercolors, set A so this was my first time playing with them. They are so vibrant and I would highly recommend them!
I free-handed the shape of balloons around each letter and drew in the balloon strings.

Finally, I cut a narrow strip of My Favorite Things Party Patterns paper for the bottom of my card. I mounted the watercolor panel on some heavyweight yardstick base using some foam tape.


Such a quick card and I love how the card colors turned out colorful and pastel-y… which remind me of spring. I miss the constant sunshine and last week’s epic downpours (6 inches of rain in a few days!) makes me yearn it so much more!

Please play along and check out my fellow design team sisters’ projects as they have some awesome and inspiring projects. Can’t wait to see what you create!

Whimsical Valentines feat. Lawn Fawn | Papercraft Business Challenge #3 Design Team Project

Hi crafty friends! Happy February 1st, can you believe we’re already completed one month in 2018?!

Today I’ll be sharing my February design team project for the Papercraft Business Challenge. The theme is ‘Anything Goes’ with an optional theme of ‘Love’.

Well, I LOOOOOVE Lawn Fawn and what better way for me to play along  with the ‘Love’ theme?!

The Lawn Fawn products I’ll be using will be a mix of new and old goodies from my stash. I’m using the stamp sets of Sealed With a Kiss, Duh Nuh, and Octopi my Heart. I took heavyweight 110lb. white cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot using the largest Outside In Stitched Heart stackables. I stamped the critters onto these heart pieces, coloring them with my Tonic Studio Nuvo markers, which are alcohol based. When coloring with alcohol-based markers, don’t forget to use ink that won’t smudge, such as Hero Arts Intense Black ink! I used Lawn Fawn dye inks in Plastic Flamingo, Storm Cloud, Sugarplum, and Lobster to stamp the rest of the heart images and sentiments. I mixed and matched sentiments from these stamp sets.

Next, I ran patterned paper cardstock through my Big Shot, using the largest Lacy Heart stackable. I glued the colored images onto them. To be able to write customized messages on the back of the hearts, I used a smaller heart from the Outside In Stitched Heart stackable set to die cut white cardstock. I adhered it to the back and added some Doodlebug colored twine to finish these cards.


Do you remember making Valentine’s when you were little? Loved it and loved having Valentine’s Day parties!

If you’d like to learn more about the challenge, please let me know or come visit the page with more detailed information!

You have until the end of February to submit any papercraft projects you have been working on. Check out the rest of the design team’s awesome work as well.

Can’t wait to see what you create!

You Make Life Sparkle | Papercraft Business Challenge #2

Hello friends!

Today I have my second design team project for the Papercraft Business Challenge Blog. January’s theme is “Anything Goes” with an optional prompt of “Something New”. If you want the full details, click here.

For my card, I did use a couple new to me products, particularly the Arteza Real Brush pens and Neat and Tangled’s stamp set called Fairy Dust. If you’d like to learn more about the real brush pens, more information with a couple of links will be shared below after I share how I made this card!

First I cut some Canson Watercolor paper slightly larger than an A2-sized card and taped it down to my work surface with washi tape to minimize warping. I selected a few Arteza pen colors in yellow, orange, pink and purple hues. I started with the yellow and orange colors first. I gently swiped horizontal streaks of the colors onto the watercolor panel and used a very wet paintbrush afterwards. To help minimize the harsh lines, I used a lot of water to blend and soften the colors. I used a heat tool to help the drying process.

I used my EK Success anti-static powder tool to treat the whole surface of the panel since I would be heat embossing. The first round involved using the large stamp to create the image of the sparkling bits. I used Versamark embossing ink and Ranger’s Sticky Embossing powder for that stamped image. I needed a sticky surface to be able to rub some Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Silver Bullion. That resulted in the stamp image to have less detail but I didn’t mind. Next, I heat embossed the sentiments “You make life” and “Sparkle” to help frame the image.

Staying true to the sentiment, I added Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Sparkling Clear, Pink Blush, and Pink Peonies on the panel. For the last bit of sparkly-ness, I used a thin strip of DCWV shimmery cardstock for the right side of the panel as well as some Stickles Glitter Glue in Crystal. Since the watercolor paper was slightly warped, I adhered this panel onto 110lb. cardstock using double sided tape to make sure the edges wouldn’t peel up.

January DT Project

So there you have it, my design team project for the month of January! We’d love for you to come play along in the challenge, so please come on by and check it out! 

You have all month to create and share with us, as well as a chance for a prize! All papercraft projects are welcome.

Want to check out last month’s Papercraft Business Challenge project I did? Check it out here  and check out my fellow Design Team sisters projects here.  

Read below if you’d like more information on the Arteza Real Brush pens. Until next time, happy crafting!

In a nutshell, the Arteza Real Brush Pens are water-based ink pens with a flexible real brush tip (nylon bristles). Using the pens with a little bit of water can create a beautiful, watercolor effect. You can read more about the product here with the option of purchasing them straight from the brand’s page .

These pens are very similar to the Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. Arteza’s price point is much lower and there are 48 colors offered. One thing I personally disliked was that the pens didn’t list any color names or a numerical way of organizing them. My personal solution was to create a swatch kit so I could reference it for projects. One thing I’ve also learned is that once a pen is out of ink, they aren’t sold individually at this point, so you’ll need to purchase a set again.

To get a more detailed video on these, I’d highly recommend Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube video here to see if these are a great fit for your crafting needs!

Everything’s Cooler With You | Papercraft Business Challenge

Hello crafty friends!

Today I’m sharing a card I have created for the Papercraft Business Challenge Blog! Stay tuned at the end of my post so you can learn more about the Challenge and if you’re interested, come play along! I’ve shared in a previous post that I was chosen to be one of the DT members and I’d love for you to check it all out!

To start this card, I cut two A2-sized panels from some 110lb cardstock. One of the panels went through my diecut machine with a Sizzix circle die because it’ll act as a window for the stamped images when I assemble the card later on.

For the ink blending, I got my inspiration from the cool pictures I see about the Northern Lights. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Iced Spruce for the base layer and top layer. To prevent harsh lines between the ink colors, I used a light hand when doing my blending (in a circular motion starting off of the panels) and I would go over the “boundary” (where the two colors would meet) to soften the transition between them.

I used the snowflake images from Lawn Fawn’s Beary Happy Holidays stamp set in Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink to stamp both panels. I chose a pigment ink because it would give me a grace period of staying “wet”, so I would be able to apply Perfect Pearls powder on top! I used one of my spare paintbrushes to dust a fine layer of Perfect Pearls on top of the stamped snowflake images. I brushed the powder back and forth lightly over the image until the pigment ink was covered. I took a Swiffer cloth to lightly buff away the excess powder. It’s a bit of a mess and will migrate onto you, but I can deal, ha! I’m not an expert on Perfect Pearls but I have seen other crafters use a water mister to help “set” the powder, so I held my mini water mister about a foot away and did a couple quick spritz. If I didn’t “set” it like that, the powder can smudge off. If you check out Jennifer McGuire Ink on YouTube, she has fabulous videos explaining this product and other techniques that work well with this product!

As I let those panels dry, I worked on my two polar bear images. I stamped the polar bears using an alcohol friendly ink because I knew I would be coloring with Copic markers, which are alcohol-based. For my white polar bear, I colored his scarf using BG15 and BG18, with his ice skates in BG15. I used R22 to create some pink cheeks and their inner ears for both bears. For the other bear, I used E00 as her overall body color, with E77 for her ice skates, and R22 for her scarf. I used my Sizzix Big Shot to die cut the images out. Before assembling the finished product, I needed to stamp my sentiment and wanted to attempt a circular angle for it. That’s why I love my MISTI tool because it can help manipulate my sentiment’s shape (without doing stamp surgery!). My sentiment didn’t come out as black and crisp as I wanted (probably because of the Perfect Pearls in some areas) so I used my Papermate Flair tip to go over the sentiment.

Finally, I adhered the panels together using my Tombow adhesive tape runner. I wanted a bit of dimension, so I adhered one of my bears with foam tape. I put the finished piece on a gray cardbase, slightly wider than an A2-sided card.



I hope you are inspired to create a seasonal card or crafty project. Come enter the Papercraft Business Challenge blog this month, we’d love for you to join us!

For the complete set of rules and information, come visit the Challenge Blog  here. 

Quick Details on the Challenge Blog:

  • A new challenge starts at the beginning of each month (December 1st!)
  • All papercrafters are welcome to play, submitting papercraft projects such as cards, scrapbook layouts, mixed media, planner spreads, etc!
  • With your NEW papercraft project, you’d link your project post and use our linky tool so we can check out your project
  • We’ll have one winner per challenge (with a prize) and a Top 5 nominated by us DT members!

December’s Prize is this Magnolia Designs- Christmas Eve Edwin stamp!

PB Challenge Prize December