How to Fix Your Card When You Put the Card Front on the Wrong Side

I like to create my card bases all at once, so it is easy to just grab one and create when I am in the mood. Sometimes this results in my Watermark accidently ending up on the inside of the card. Instead of tossing the card or tearing it apart trying to save it there is a simple solution. This recently happened to me. I made this card:

Cute and Sassy, right? You can imagine the groan and slew of curse words I said when I opened it to see that my watermark was on the inside where my sentiment was to go.

The solution to this is really simple. In fact, I am kinda scared to share it with you because it is like “duh!” easy. Just take another piece of cardstock and adhere it over the side that has your watermark on it. Stamp the sentiment and no one will ever know that you messed up. Well, unless it is you getting a card from me. The only time I ever mat the inside of a card is when I mess up like this OR the card base is a dark color and I want a dark sentiment.

Make sure you watermark the back of your card before sending it off!

Here is a video tutorial on how to shade in the cute little coffee mug from Ink Road Stamps.

Video

What is your best card hack? Tell me in the comments! I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

O-Fish-ally Awesome Cards

I am currently obsessed with this scene buider fish stamp. The best part is for this month, April 2020, it is only $5! Needless to say I snatched it up and created two interactive cards with it.

I had a been playing with spinner cards all week. I had an idea stuck in my head on creating a card with this set as a spinner — but a little different. I actually wanted to expose the majority of the circle that spins to create an illusion that the fish were swimming. To hide the brad that is needed to make it spin I added the sand castle. Now the fish are swimming around it.

For the second card I was inspired by a porthole and knew a shaker would be perfect! To see how both of these cards were created please watch this video tutorial I made for you.

Here is a list of all the products I used to make both of these cards:

April 2020 Stamp of the Month: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Card Front Spinner Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shaker Window and Confetti Maker Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Stitched Frame Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shaker Window and Foam Acetate: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shimmer Pens: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Liquid Glass: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Cut Cardstock: http://www.cutcardstock.com/betzgolden

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Hosting a Launch Party!

Little Birdie Crafts is finally making it’s way to the USA and I had the privilege of lunching a party for them at my favorite local craft store. They sent yummy mixed media scrapbook supplies for a Baby Boy theme. My friend, Resa created an amazing diaper cake, banner and samples. The Paper Collage invited 20 crafters to play with the new line.

The ladies made sweet cards for foster families that recently had a baby boy added to their family. Here are a few of the many cards they created:

These ladies were pushed beyond their normal crafty limits. Most of them no longer had babies and are clean and simple card makers. They had a blast trying new mediums they have been intimidated by in the past AND creating for a great cause.

Little Birdie is a wonderful company based in India. They employ underprivileged women to create handmade flowers. These women earn fair wages to support their family. The products may look like things you have seen before, but they are unique. Little Birdie bridges scrapbooking and mixed media effortlessly. For example, their paper is a patterned mixed media substrate like none other. It can withstand lots of wet mediums and has gorgeous patterns that can stand alone. Go Check them out here and tell me which line is your favorite.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Have You Tried Foil Paper?

I first discovered foiled paper while living in Germany. I thought it was over priced wrapping paper because it looked like it on rolls at the market. I soon learned that it is what they use to make the traditional German stars at Christmas to hang on their trees.

Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the paper and the tradition. That all changed at Creativation 2017 when I was introduced to the owners of Rinea Foiled Paper. After growing up in Germany making these stars with the nuns and moving back to the states, Diane (one of the owners) decided to bring the paper to America. I have been on the design team ever since meeting her in 2017! It is one of the only ones I serve on now because I am passionate about the paper and the history behind it.

Here are a few things I have created the last few months with the paper.

Resin Pendant

I used Mocha Starstruck as a base and poured resin that I had added alcohol ink to create this pendant.

Shakers

Rinea Foiled Paper is also wonderful as shaker bits! I like to take my scraps and use them inside shakers.

Delicate Floral Frames

Foiled paper is my favorite substrate to use with my delicate dies. The secret is to use two sheets. It allows the die to cut cleaner and not get stuck in the metal.

Fairy Tags

This is my favorite recent creations with Rinea Foiled Paper. I used Colorburst for the background and layered the fairies on top of the tags with a sentiment and gems. The delicate (and sometimes tiny wings) were perfect with Rinea by Poppy Stamps https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1465949&u=1740744&m=93612&urllink=&afftrack=.

A Few Videos

Finally, here are a few video tutorials I created for the Rinea channel.

If you have not played with this amazing substrate go check them out! There is also lots of great inspiration on their blog found through their website too!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

FaBOOlous!

This sweet little witch is perfect flying through a night sky. I knew I had to have her and the coordinating dies from Close to my Heart! The background was originally created on YouTube for a Northern Lights themed card. However, it works perfectly for Halloween!

How To Make It!

This card came together fast because I had the background done! You can see how to create your own sky or galaxy background here:

I wanted to replicate the moon and have a sentiment on the card, but knew there was not enough room. I combined the two on a yellow flat cardstock that I die cut into a circle. To keep it Halloween and sweet I opted for Purple Crush ink for the sentiment. I used pop dots on the witch and added a few Glitter Drops by Tonic in Purple rain o finish it off!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Happy Halloween Shaker Card!

I bought cute little shaker fillings from Queen and Co a few months back. If you have not checked out Queen and Co, you have just got to! The shaker bits are the best around. Anyways, I created a rather simple shaker card for Halloween with them and some other bits from my stash.

How It Came Together

To create the yellow card base I cut a piece of 8.5 by 11 card stock in half and scored it down the middle. This always makes an A2 card which is the standard. From there I ran the new circle die front card front from Close to My Heart through my Sizzix with orange card stock. I lined up the orange on the yellow and stamped a pumpkin several times in varying shades of yellow and orange. Using Art Glitter Glue, adhere a piece of acetate to the back of the card front.

How To Make It Shake

To assemble the card and not lose all your shaker bits is the most challenging part of the card making process. However, if you are a little careful it is no trouble. Take foam strips and adhere them around the area you want to contain your shaker pieces in. Make sure you have each piece of foam touch so the little pieces can’t slip out. I like to remove the backing before I pour my shaker bits into the center of the card because it does not move around once my loose shaker pieces are in it. Less chance of them getting lose all over my craft space!

Now, this is the tricky part…you have to carefully line your top piece on your bottom piece and attach. Carefully flatten all your shaker bits out so they can shake easily once it is adhered. Apply firm pressure to make sure it is adhered. Now give it a shake!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thanks Card Made from a Fall Set

I am not quite ready for summer to be over, so when I saw the adorable new Fall Stamp set that is part of the bundle set (two stamp sets and a die) from Close to My Heart I created a colorful simple card.

The Little Things

Though this card is clean and simple I did add a few special touches to make it special. First, I stamped each flower in a different color Catherine Pooler ink. I like this ink for a project like this because I can stamp the same image in different colors several times and not have to worry about transferring the color. Simply stamp off on a scratch piece of paper and move on.

Second, I pop dotted my multiple circle card stock I die cut to add dimension. By choosing black it makes the colors of the flowers really pop!

To finish the card off, a gem was added to the center of each flower in different colors.

It is a little funny that I get my hands on a brand new Fall stamp set and I decided to make a summer card out of it. The next time you have an opportunity to play with a seasonal stamp set and want to make something completely out of the box with it go for it!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Creating Cards with Water Color Pencils and Die Cuts

Hello Friends! Recently I participated in a blog hop with Rita Barakat and Faber-Castell. One of the project kits Faber-Castell sent was to create cards with water color pencils. I have had this set of die cuts for awhile. I think I have been hoarding them just waiting for the right time to use them. The time has come!

The Cards

I wish I could tell you how to make these cards, but the technique box did a wonderful job of teaching! Basically each card was created with a stencil and water color pencils. I first traced the stencil, colored it in and ran a wet paint brush over the image. I added a few embellishments from a Queen and Co trunk I recently unboxed here:

Here are the close ups of each card:

Supplies:

In Conclusion

Normally I am not an advocate for hoarding craft supplies, but in this case it paid off! I could not think of a better way to use these sweet Rita Barakat die cuts. The moral of the post is: If it is pretty just buy it 😉

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Trifold Circle Card

Recently I got my hands on an amazing stamp set with a gorgeous cake as one of the images. I wanted to create a unique card instead of the Standard A2 size. So, I came up with this fun twist on a tri-fold card. I added a pop out type circle featuring the image.

I just love how when it is opened the image is shown, Such a fun card to give and make. Here is the video tutorial on how to create your own:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Stop Hounding Me Foxy!

Lawn Fawn has the best interactive dies on the market. Usually I can withstand the temptation to purchase them, but then the Magic Picture Changer came along and I just had to have it. The Magic Picture Changer allows the card holder to pull a tab and reveal a different image.

Cute little card, right? Then start pulling the tab…

To reveal another picture!

Tips and Tricks

There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a card with this die.

  1. Stamp the images after you die cut your pieces.
  2. Use a little powder on the pieces to ensure a smooth transition.
  3. The scored lines are to be folded and adhered to create a track for the card.
  4. Adhere the pieces by placing adhesive in the corners and not along the edges. This will allow everything to move freely while holding it together.
  5. Place the tab on last. This will not only serve as a cute way to tell the holder to pull it, but it also is a blocker. It will stop the inside piece from poking out of the bottom of the card.

Tutorial:

I created a tutorial on how to assemble these types of cards. It will provide clarity on the above tips.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!