How to Get the Most Out of A Paper Pack

Rarely do I ever buy pattern paper. In fact, I have contemplated selling all of it because I prefer to make my own. It takes a lot to impress me, so when I do take the plunge and buy a pack I have a plan to use all of it. If I can not think of a way to use it up, I do not buy it. I came across the perfect summer paper from Close to my Heart. It is bright, colorful and full of all the summer things. I created 6 cards and three double page layouts with it. I am sharing all of it with you including a video and the measurements for each project I made.

Chill

For this Layout you will need two pieces of 12 by 12 for your base. For the layout, select 3 sheets of pattern of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces at 4 inches by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 4.25 by 6.25 inches.

Sheet 3: 2 pieces at 3 by 4 inch pieces and 1 piece 4 by 6 inch pieces.

Assemble using the above sample as your reference.

The Perfect Day

Select two pieces of cardstock for your base. Once you have your base pages set them aside and select 5 pieces of pattern paper.

Sheet 1: 6.5 by 12 inches and 2.5 by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 1 piece 3 by 12 and 1 piece 3 by 10.25

Sheet 3: 3 pieces 4.25 by 6.25 and 1 piece 4.25 by 4.25

Sheet 4: 1 pieces 1 by 12 and 1 pieces 1.5 by 12

Sheet 5: 2 pieces 12 by .5

Summer Vibes

Select two pieces of card stock for your base. Select 6 pieces of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces 6 by 12

Sheet 2: 2 pieces 3 by 12

Sheet 3: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 4: 4.25 by 6.25 and 4.25 by 3.25

Sheet 5: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 6: 4 by 6 and 2 by 4

Sending Sunshine

1 piece: 1.25 by 5.25

2 piece: .25 by 5.5

3 piece: 2.25 by 3.25

4 piece 2 by 3

Summer Love

1 Piece: 4.25 by .5

2 Piece: 4.25 by 2

3 Piece: 4.25 by 1.5

4 Piece: 4.25 by .5

Can We Chill Together Soon?

1 Piece: 4 by 4

Sweet Summertime

1 Piece: 1.5 by 5.5

2 Piece: .5 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2 by 3.5

4: 1.5 Circle

Sun

1 Piece: 1 by 5.5

2 Piece: 3 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2.5 by 2.75

Just Keep Swimming

1 Piece: 5.5 by 2.5

2 Piece: 5.5 by 1

3 Piece: 3 by .75

4 Piece: 3 by 1.75

5 Piece: 2.75 by 2.25

The Extras!

In addition to the Summer Vibes Paper Pack, I also picked up the coordinating stamp, die cuts, acrylic shapes and sticker sheet. I do not care for stickers, so I like to dust the back of each of them with powder and adhere them with pop dots. The powder gets the adhesive less sticky and the pop dots add dimension and interest. Please make sure you check out the video I posted in the beginning of this article to see a walk thru of the goodies and more explanation on each thing I created. You can find everything here.

Let’s Hear It For the Critters!

Close to My Heart came out with an adorable pet line last season. I normally do not purchase kits because I have a slew of products, but my pet paper supply is low. You don’t have to twist my arm to get me to make a purchase of cute whimsical brightly colored cats and dogs!

Krypto Layout

Sadly I only created one layout with the paper and stamp set because I do not have many non scrapped pictures of my boy!

Cards!

I was not done playing with this fun line yet, so I made some cards.

A lot of these were made with the stickers in the pack. I am not a sticker fan. In fact, I normally don’t like them. I think they are cheesy, but these worked great for this set! There is a childlike whimsy to this line and that is why the stickers work!

The cat cards were entirely made from the stickers in the kit. I bought the dog stamp set so I was able to utilize some of those on the following cards.

BUT!!!

These are my favorite pet cards I have ever made. Sadly, they are sympathy. I made them from my heart though and it is just a small thing I can send to someone that has had to lose their fur baby.

Close to My Heart still has the stamps and dies I used to create this last set of cards. You can find them here.

So, I want to know — dogs or cats? Do you have a preference?

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!

1 Stencil 5 Different Ways!

Lately, I have been trying to get as much use out of my supplies as possible! I am embarrassed to admit this, but the first time I saw a stencil I did not know what to do with it. Was I suppose to trace it? Dab paint through it? After receiving one in a kit over two decades ago I just tossed it aside and moved on with my crafty life. Three years ago I became fascinated with them. Stencils look cool, but I was still intimidated by them. I started to buy them. Finally, I set out to learn how to use them!

Video Tutorial

The May 2019 Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart is darling! It pairs well with a Prima stencil I had. I set out to create some cards using it as the background. Here is a video I created on five different ways a stencil can be used:

Up Close Pictures

The set was suppose to be pinks and grays. However, I forgot that as I colored in the images. Thankfully, they turned out lovely. Cards sets that flow and not perfectly matched are my style!

Foiled Background
Tinted Modeling Paste
Paint
Spray
Stamped
The Complete Set

The next time you play in your craft room with stamps, challenge yourself to use the set at least five times. Do the same with your stencils! You will be amazed at what you create.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Cleand and Simple Card Challenge!

I am super excited to be part of the inspiration for the AAA challenge going live today! As part of the Joy Clair design team, I was asked to provide a card with the 1/3 rule and bright colors. I have a few examples of what exactly one can do with the 1/3 rule using the same card base.

What is the 1/3 Rule?

The 1/3 rule is something I learned about 25 years ago in college. I was taking Educational Technology in which we went over how to prepare everything from bulletin boards for our classroom to slides for lessons. The two most valuable pieces of information I learned that have followed me through out my adult life are the use of rubber cement (I will write an article on that later) and the 1/3 rule. Basically you take your substrate and divide it up into three equal parts and only utilize 1 of the parts. It is visual pleasing to the eye because of the dramatic use of white space. A lot of artist get caught up in using the bottom 1/3 of their substrate — which is lovely. However, there are a lot of ways to apply this rule.

1/3 Rule Examples

On the Bottom
In the center
On the top
On the side (either side with focal point at top, center, or bottom)

My Cards

I created two cards for the challenge. I used Joy Clair layering stamp set for the image. Layering stamps are my favorite because I don’t have to color! I just use my stamp platform to line them up and stamp. I fussy cut it out and pop dotted it on a 2 inch scallop circle I punched. For the green and purple strip I used Emerald Starstruck Foiled paper by Rinea and Violet Glossy that I ran through my Big Shot machine. Once the violet was embossed I sanded it a little for definition.

To add take it to the next level I scored lines on my card for texture and added Nuvo Drops.

By using black with the bright colors is really makes the card pop. I matted the card front on a white card base allowing a little bit of it to peak out creating a frame. I stamped the sentiment in green (not shown) on the inside of the card and created an coordinating envelope with the umbrella stamp.

Please head over to AAA and check out the challenge! I hope you play along.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Friendship Card for my BFF

A few days ago I had a longing to use the Sunset Rita Barakat stamp set on a card. The next day the lyrics to the Micheal W Smith song “A friend is a friend forever when the Lord is the lord of them” would not stop running through my head . I was being told to make a card with both. I was praying over my children, I started to ask God why and who the card was for. My long time childhood best friend popped in my head. This card was meant for her.

The Musical at Church

In 1987 I was in a musical at my Grandma’s church. The name was something like “Friends 4 Ever” and the music was by Micheal W Smith. This is where I built a friendship with a person who would turn out to be a “Lifer” — a life long friend. I did not know it at the time. We were in 7th grade and were more concerned with blue eye shadow, leggings with mini skirts, scrunchies and making sure we had the perfect winged hair than anything else.

Years later I would go through hard times and practically lose my faith. She would end up going through far worse times and grow in faith. Through it all we remained friends. Sure we lost contact from time to time, but we always managed to reconnect. She has been my spiritual example and I strive to have the faith she has. This card is for her — my best friend forever.

How To

It took me several days to create this card and I have two videos that show the process. The first is on how to create the background through paint pouring using the new Mod Podge Ultra as the pour medium.

The second is how I made the card with lots of tips!

https://youtu.be/eVDcVPnzKGo

Supplies

Close to My Heart

Make sure you check out Rita Barakat’s website for loads of inspiration! Seriously, it will make you smile. It is my favorite place to visit online.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How To Use a Cut File With a Scan N Cut

Yesterday I was on the Joy Clair website sharing how to use a cut file with a Scan N Cut. I know there is a way to directly link the file into my machine, but I am techno challenge and don’t have the patience or desire to figure it out. This is for all of you that, like me, want to stay in our comfort zone while crafting!

Betz Golden is going to show us how we can use Cut Files with a Scan N Cut using a file from the Cutting Cafe! With the end of the school year fast approaching, this is a great project for a teacher. 

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For each of these cards I used scraps from my stash and buttons I had purchased on sale at Joann’s that I forgot I had. To create the cards, I downloaded the cut fie from The Cutting Cafe and printed it. I scanned the printed copy into my Scan-n Cut and saved it. I used the saved file to cut the elements of each of the cards and assembled. Here is the tutorial:

I also included the list of supplies in the video description for your convenience as well as here:

These cards were a lot of fun! Adding the glaze to each coffee cup really set it off. 

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

Kid You’ll Move Mountains!

My sweet little nephew has his third birthday coming up. I want to get him my favorite children’s book “Oh The Places You Will Go!” for his birthday. Joy Clair has a stamp set that matches perfectly and I knew I needed to create a card for him using it. To make it personal I added a few baby pictures I took of him.

The scan in cut trimmed out the images after I colored them in with copic markers. Here are two videos on how this card came together. The first is on how I created the paper.

The next video is how to create this card using the handmade paper created in the last video.

This is going to be a great gift because of how perfectly coordinated it is! I have a feeling the card and book are going to be treasured.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Kiss Me I’m Irish Pop Up Box

The leprechaun from the Lucky Clover Joy Clair set looks adorable, but naughty. I knew that I wanted to create something of a surprise with it.

From the outside it looks like a pretty little box, but on the inside…

This little guy pops out! Isn’t it fun? Here is now I created this pop up box.

Material:

The box is just an old jewelry box I have hung on to for years. The pattern paper is from a Christmas line as well as the gold ribbon. I ended up painting the box over with an artichoke color. The green pictured was a bit to bright. I never used the stickles, but had them out just in case.

Directions:

First layer on some Gesso as to prime the box and paint it.

Using a gold paint dry brush a flower just enough to add highlights.

As the paint dries, color in the stamped images and cut them out.

Once the box is dry add the rainbow and sentiment in the lid.

To create the springs cut two strips of card stock and according fold every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Adhere to box and leprechaun with glue dots.

Now your box is ready to be given away!

Make sure to hop through to other awesome projects created by the fabulous design team!

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Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You Make me Horn-y

Joy Clair has amazing stamps that are being released. The “I Think You’re S’Whale” has snarky and silly sentiments as well as cute images. For this card I chose to use the Narwhal because I really wanted an excuse to stamp “You Make me Horn-y”.

To create this card I laid out a few different shade of blue Colorburst. I misted watercolor paper first with water. By misting it before sprinkling the color it allows the powder to stay on the paper. After the Colorburst was sprinkled I sprayed it with water again until the color and consistency was satisfactory.

I stamped the narwhal on a white piece of card-stock and colored him in with alcohol markers, He was trimmed out and paced on the cards with pop dots. a few dots of clear Nuvo dots completed him.

The stamp set includes bubbles and I stamped those in white. I added a little clear Nuvo Glaze on them and finished the card off with random placement of Nuvo drops.

This is a great card to give a loved one to make them smile. What do you like better a narwhal or whale? Answer in the comments!

And here are the other fabulous designers showcasing a few more releases!

Martha Lucia Gomez

Helen Gullet

Betz Golden— YOU ARE HERE!

Karen Letchworth

Lindsay Adreon

Connie Hyde Mercer

Ceal Pritchett

Kerry Urbatch

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!