Friday, September 30, 2022

Spooktacular Pop Up Card- No Dies- October Design Team Project

 Have you ever watched a YouTube tutorial and immediately told yourself, you have to try that? I watched this pop-up tutorial over on Positively Papercraft's channel. I just had to do it. The first thing that came to mind was of course make it Halloween-themed. So, I dug through my stash for Halloween paper. I also found some Halloween dies to make the scene complete. This is just a quick video giving you a closer look at the elements, not me putting it together this time. I literally followed the tutorial. I suggest prior to tackling this watching the tutorial in its entirety. She left in a couple of boo-boos she made. I so appreciate that. That way you can make sure you don't do the same when making the project.

You can see the tutorial I followed to make this here.

This is my design team project for Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for October. To play along just check it out here.

To see a closer look, check out the video for this project here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Simple Watercolor

Keeping it Simple as usual.  A nice watercolored image. One of my tried and true card designs.  I got this out of my scrap pile.  I added a Doodlebug Design border from way back in the day.  Everything is on Recollections kraft cardstock.   Easy as can be.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Glitter Overlay

Love this birdie a friend from TikTok drew.  I just had to turn it into a card by adding coordinating patterned paper with a glitter laminated overlay.  😍

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Card Round Up for Inspiration

Just sharing a few cards that I have completed using up some scraps, die cuts, and ephemera I had ready to use. If you haven't tried that, if you have extras or scraps, take a minute to just put a few pieces together. It is amazing how quickly you can put together a card with things you just may have out on your desk. Hope this inspires you to go play today!


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Go To Card

 If you are ever feeling "stuck", I suggest pulling out one of your go-to card designs.  The card in the top video I found over on Instagram.  It has become a go-to card for me.  You can let that pretty patterned paper do all the work.  Also if you have extra die cuts like I did you can quickly stamp a sentiment on it to make this extra easy.  I hope you get some crafty therapy in today.- Samantha

Here is the card and one extra that is inspired by the card design but just a bit different.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Clean and Simple Card

 I used a card sketch to jumpstart this simple card. Distress oxides were applied with sponge daubers to make the flowers. Then just a bit of simple drawing was added. I found a small sentiment that would compliment the card but not overtake it. See you can do this! Hope you will give it a try. Want to see how easy this is to make, head here for the 1 minute video.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Simple One Layer Card

The video shows it all. Simple. The design came from another artist on Pinterest. It is not an exact replica but it has the same "spirit". Just simple stamping can be so beautiful. Please check out the simple video over on YouTube if you want to see more details of this being made.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

 Paint scraping works when making cards too! I was so excited to find this technique. It is addictive, simple, and satisfying. I tried to make the sentiment flow with all the layers by stamping on each and every layer. It really made it stand out I think. Hope you enjoy this card. Be inspired..go enjoy your stash soon.

If you want to watch the less than 2-minute video of this card please go here.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Faux Wax Seals


I would do the triple heat embossing along with sinking in a red rubber stamp all the time back in my early days of card making. I have been eyeing all the wax seal products out there for some time. I was contemplating adding wax seals to my growing collection. But I thought of this old technique. I tried it out. Loved how it turned out. Now I just saved myself some money because I can make these faux wax seals. I hope you find this helpful.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Getting out of my Comfort Zone

I have been exploring things that are waaaaay out of my comfort zone.  So here is a flower I watercolored following a brilliant artist on TikTok Andrea Nelson Art.  I have come to trust her tutorials.  If she says you can do it you can.  Then with the daisies, I hand drew these from a reference photo on Pinterest.  I used pens to color.  A white gel pen was used on the petals.  Then to top it off, I hand-wrote the sentiment on this one.  I never do that but I am happy with the result.  I hope you get a chance to try something out of your comfort zone too.  You can do it!


Saturday, September 3, 2022

Use Your Scraps: Twine/String


You can save more than just paper scraps to use on another project. If you are new to cardmaking or papercrafts, you will find that most of us tend to do just that. Maybe even to a fault in some cases. For this project back in July, I had quite a bit of excess twine and string left over from another project. I really wanted to find a way to use that without having to waste it. Using a negative die cut was the answer in this case. I layered the string on strong double-sided tape. Then popping up the layer that I cut out a butterfly from, let all that string shine through. I kept the rest of the design simple to let this element be the focus. A simple sentiment, a little distressing with distress inks, a bit of contrasting cardstock...was all it needed. If you haven't given this a try I hope you will.

Please see the coordinating video which is < a minute here.