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A Beginner’s Guide to Card Making

Hello Kre8tors and welcome to A Beginner’s Guide to Card Making! Whether you’ve been here before or you’re brand new to my page, I am going to show you some awesome tips that every stamper needs to know. I’m sharing some beautiful and simple cards with you today that were CASE’d (Copy and Share Everything) from fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, Wendy Cranford. She inspired me to use the Meant To Be Bundle to showcase how you can create a simple card, and step it up a little when you’re ready to advance to that next paper crafting level!

The first card has a super simple and clean look. It has one card stock strip running the width of the card, and two layered circles off set that were punched out using Stampin’ Up!’s Circle Punches. There are three hearts stamped to the left just above the card stock strip. The rest of the card is blank, lending to the clean look.

The second card is a stepped up version, so we have introduced a few more elements. We have added a card mat and stamped all over to create our own “Designer Series Paper”. I like to call this DIY DSP. We have the same band, but it’s cut just a bit shorter to span the width of the card mat. The circles have now been stitched using framelits dies, and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The final touch is adding a Heart Epoxy Droplet that was colored in using a Stampin’ Blends Maker which is alcohol based, so the color won’t rub off.

And that’s it! That’s how you can take a clean and simple card and step it up by just adding a few additional materials. I hope you enjoyed these photos! Be sure to check out my video tutorial to see how easy it is to create these wonderful cards!

Measurements:

Standard Card Base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, Score @ 4-1/4″
Standard Card Mat: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Flirty Flamingo Strip: 4″ or 4-1/4″ x 1″
Circles: 2 various sizes, I used 1-3/4″ & 2″ Punches
or the two middle circles from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies


Materials:

Big Shot

$110.00

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ICS Blog Hop – I believe in a thing called love

Welcome to this month’s Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators from around the world sharing beautiful projects with you. This month’s theme is “It’s a Love Thing” so I’m going to share a Valentine’s Day card with you!

I’ve used the Meant to Be Bundle for my project today. The bundle includes both the Meant To Be Cling Mount Stamps as well as the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. Purchasing the bundle saves you 10% and is a great value! I paired this set with the Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Crumb Cake colors from Stampin’ Up! I absolutely love how Stampin’ Up! can perfectly coordinate their products so that you know everything will match.

The Heart Epoxy Droplets are perfect for covering up glue dots, and for adding fun embellishments in any color to your projects. I’ve used one of our Stampin’ Blends Markers, which is alcohol based, to color in the Heart Epoxy Droplet.

I love how the smaller hearts can be built up in different layers. I used a combination of Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals to get varying heights. I’m so pleased with how this card turned out, and it was a favorite at my Galentine’s Day card making class I taught on February 2nd. Be sure to check out one of the other cards we made using this bundle along with the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It’s super shiny with the Heart of Gold!

Be sure to click on the Next button below to hop on over to my friend Deb’s post to see her lovely project for this month’s hop!

Measurements:

Lovely Lipstick Card Base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, Scored @ 4-1/4″
Whisper White Card Mat: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Scraps: Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White, Vellum


Materials:

Glue Dots

$5.25

Big Shot

$110.00

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Love Card

To those that watched my Mystery Card video, I’ve taken some of your suggestions and implemented them in this new card, which would be a perfect card for that special someone in your life.

I really love this Sweetheart embossing folder and wanted to make it work on a card. I think this is the perfect application for it! Of course I had to slip in some shiny with the Real Red Glimmer paper.

Measurements:

Cardbase: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored @ 4-1/4″
Rectangle 1: 1-1/4″ x 2″
Rectangle 2: 1-1/2″ x 2-1/4″

Materials:

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Pattern Review: Amy Butler’s Nappy Bag

Here’s my second pattern review! This is for:

Amy Butler’s Nappy Bag

I have made this bag twice. The first time I included the cell phone pocket and left out the baby bottle pockets on the inside. I used a retro print, as this was the requested fabric since I was making it as a gift. I liked the ease of the pattern, the simple lines, the minimal pattern cutting. There are really only two main pattern pieces. The rest of the cutting is done with a rotary cutter and a straight edge.

I really liked how this one turned out. It was one of the first Amy Butler patterns that I made. I thought it was very easy to sew and the directions were very clear. I didn’t find any major mistakes in the pattern. However, I found the cell phone pocket to be a little awkward to sew. It could have just been my first attempt didn’t go so well, but I also found that with the variety of sizes of cell phones today, it might not be the most logical step to include.

It’s a little difficult to see the actual pocket due to the busy-ness of the fabric, but you can sort of get the idea with the rotary cutter for scale. The cutter goes all the way to the bottom of the pocket, so it is not very wide. The pocket flap has a velcro closure which is better for electronics than a magnetic snap, but a button would be cute too. However, if using a button, note the placement because this lies right on your shoulder, so take caution if using a button.

Here is an updated version of the Nappy Bag that I made a few weeks ago out of Amy’s new fabric line, Love.

On this one I left off the cell phone pocket and I also again did not include the bottle pockets. This is a class sample so I wanted to make it easy for beginner’s. This is a great beginner’s bag. I would highly recommend it. Also, when actually using the bag, the wide straps make it very comfortable to wear on the shoulder and it stays in place well. It is a functional bag with many inside pockets, whether you are using it for a diaper bag, school bag, or just an all around everyday tote.


(5 out of 5 spools)

I’m working on another one of Amy’s new patterns, The Harmony Handbag. Check back often! ^_^