Clare’s Quick & Easy Card

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Hi there! Clare here today with a quick card you can make in 10 minutes!

Even though this card looks simple, it’s all about the details. For instance, instead of trimming or die-cutting a simple rectangle panel, I die-cut the panel using a pierced rectangle die which adds a detailed border.

For the bear image, I first dry-embossed the bear with the coordinating die first, and then stamped the bear in brown ink. I finished it off with a little “blush” using a pale pink marker.

The sentiment was stamped in the same brown ink on kraft cardstock and cut out in little strips. I adhered the strips to the panel with an adhesive strip, which adds a little bit of dimension to an otherwise flat card.

Finally, the panel was adhered to a background I had made from a previous project. Does that count as cheating for a 10-minute card? I don’t think so, since I could’ve made the background within the time frame, but also, I’m pretty sure we all hoard scraps and pieces from cards that didn’t make the cut. This is a great challenge to use them up.

To make the background, I inked up a tropical foliage background stamp in watermark ink first and then in pink ink. I stamped it on blush layering paper, and then heat-embossed it with clear sparkle embossing powder. By inking up my background stamp with watermark ink first and then colored ink, I was able to get the stickiness from the watermark ink and also get the color from the pink ink without having to clean my stamp between inking.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!



Supplies: Birthday Bears stamp and die sets and Pierced Rectangles die set from My Favorite Things; blush layering paper, Tropical Foliage Bold Prints stamp, cup o’ joe and bubble gum ink pads and clear sparkle embossing powder from Hero Arts; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; pale pink marker from Kuretake ZIG; adhesive strip from Glue Dots.

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Guest Post: Pamela Haskin

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Hi everyone. Pamela here to share some scoring-board techniques with you. A paper-crafting company recently asked this question on Facebook: What paper-crafting tool have you bought but don’t use? One follower commented that she had only used her scoring board once. That surprised me. I use my scoring board on every card! Here are a just a few ways.

First of all, thanks to my dry-cleaning lady, I always score the fold of my card bases. When I was in high school, I designed and sewed almost all my clothes. (Stick with me. I’m getting to the card part.) The pants I made often looked homemade, that is until my dry-cleaning lady told me to bring in a pair of my pants. She pressed them on her industrial press. The difference was remarkable. They looked like I bought them in a boutique!

I apply that same idea to my cards. I find that taking just a few seconds to score the fold of my bases makes my cards look more professional. I also use my scoring board to add design elements. I scored the lines on the left side of this card with my scoring board. I scored coordinating lines on my envelope as well.

My second card is more involved, but much easier than it looks.

First, I trimmed a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch purple panel. Working from the backside of the panel, I scored two lines on each side at 1/4-inch intervals.

Then, I turned the panel and scored two lines on either side. I adhered the panel to my card base at an angle to emphasize the angles of my die-cut gemstone.

Here’s a tip for getting the triangle embellishments to look like proper triangles. Start with squares. I cut 2 x 2-inch and 3 x 3-inch squares. I cut them in half and used my scoring board to create different textures and design.

I added similar score lines to my envelope for this card as well.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your scoring board back out and experiment with the possibilities. I would love to see what you create!


Supplies: Phrase Set One #S4-563 and You’re a Gem #S1-022 dies from Spellbinders® Paper Arts; scoring board and bone folder from Martha Stewart Crafts.

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Sean Fetterman

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Have you checked out the NEW feature on the CardMaker Facebook page? Sean Fetterman, CardMaker contributor, will feature a different theme every month and will be sharing a variety of blog posts, YouTube and Facebook Live videos weekly. Next Tuesday, August 22, Gina K. from Gina K. Designs will be his special guest and will be sharing a sneak peek of new product that you’ll want to make sure to see. Follow us on the CardMaker Facebook page so you don’t miss out!

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Card Challenge Corner: Printmaking

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Have you ever tried creating your own gelatin prints? The Gelli Printing Plate from Gelli Arts makes it easy and in our autumn issue, designer Deborah Nolan guides us step-by-step through the printmaking process. For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, we’re challenging you to give this print-making technique a try. For helpful hints, pick up a copy of our autumn issue on sale now! We’d love to see what you make so remember to share a photo on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

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Creative Space: Gaylynn Martling

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Hi, it’s Gaylynn and today I am sharing a looking inside my creative space.

This is my craft room which doubles as my home office. I love that I get to enjoy natural sunlight in here. I use many standard bins and shelves for organizing and making the best use of the space.

I picked up the white shelving units on Craigslist for next to nothing. They were from a business office that needed them gone. Hooray! To the left of my desk are two of the shelving units. These hold most of my paper, red rubber stamps, clear stamps, embellishments and books. Inside the unit is a rolling kitchen cart from Ikea, which I use for my Cameo, Cricut and sewing machines.

This is where I spend most of my creative time. My favorite thing in this room is my standing craft table from This table is used for all of my creative projects including photography and video recording. If you look closely, you will see a selfie stick attached to my ribbon holder. That is where I attach my camera to record project videos. My craft table stores embellishments, inks, tape, glue, ribbon, twine, brushes, portable die-cutting machine, watercolor tools and more. My Roskog cart from Ikea fits perfectly under the table. The shelves next to my table include markers, paints, watercolors, colored pencils, mixed media tools and other supplies.

This room came together piece by piece over the past few years. Once I found those shelves, everything fell into place.

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day.



CAS-ual Fridays Stamps & CardMaker Blog Hop

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Are you ready to be inspired?!? Today, we’re joining the team from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for a flower-themed blog hop! Each of the designers has created a beautiful project to share with you.

Also, as a little bonus, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps will be offering four prize packages, each with a value of over $40. All of the details on how you can enter for a chance to win can be found on their blog. A big thank you CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for sponsoring today’s hop.

Let’s get started! First up is the talented Kelly Griglione!

The entire hop list is included below in case you get lost along the way.


Kelly Griglione

Jen Shults

Jeanne Jachna

Savannah O’Gwynn

Kimberly Rendino

Teresa Kline

Clare Prezzia

Lisa Lahiff

Maureen Merritt

Gaylynn Martling

Nora Noll

Nicole Coursey

Shona Chambers

Diana Carr

Vicki Dutcher

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Teresa’s CardMaker Tip

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Hello friends, it is Teresa and I am sharing a watercolor background tip that is fun and easy. I get lots of questions about my watercolor backgrounds, so I thought it would be fun to share with you how I achieve the look.

I like to trim my watercolor paper to size before I add the color. I do this so that I do not cut away any sweet pools of color.

I am sharing three different types of watercolor ink:

  • Winsor & Newton watercolor markers
  • Daniel Smith watercolor paints
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks.

I use a small piece of acetate cut to 4 x 4 inches, one for each different type of ink. I add ink to the acetate and then spritz it with water. The more water you add the lighter the color.

I then turn the piece of acetate over on the paper and begin swooshing it around, gathering the color in different spots for a more pooled affect. This is the fun part!

Here are all three inks after the first application of color. You can stop here or add more color or even a different color. Dry it completely before adding more color, allowing it to air dry or using a heat tool.

This is all three with a second application of color. You can see that the second application makes the colors more vibrant and a lot more pooled. The piece to the far right shows how you can achieve this in a specific location on the paper if you do not want the entire background covered.

Here is my completed card. I decided on the lighter piece that swooshed with Winsor & Newton marker ink. I added paste embossing, a few flowers, twine and clear droplets.

I hope you give this a try. It is super easy and so much fun. The possibilities of the look you achieve are endless. You can find me on my blog or IG; links are below.



Supplies: Sea glass cardstock from Simon Says Stamp!; watercolor paper and picked raspberry Distress ink from Ranger Industries Inc.; Fab Flowers stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn; Friendship stamp set from Penny Black; puffy heartrazzleberrysea breezeocean waves and parrot inks from Altenew; rhodonite genuine watercolor from Daniel Smith Inc.; permanent rose watercolor from Winsor & Newton; twine from The Twinery; clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh; Small Checkerboard stencil from My Favorite Things; Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste from Dreamweaver Stencils; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

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Card Challenge Corner: Let’s Get Stenciling!

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Stencils probably aren’t the first product you think of using when making a card but they are a great way to add interest to your projects. Available in limitless patterns and designs, stencils can be used with inks, pastes, paints, foils and more! Regular CardMaker contributor Kimber McGray shares her tips on creating stenciled backgrounds in our autumn issue and we’re challenging you this week to make a card using stencils somewhere in the design. As always, we love seeing photos of your projects. Share one or two images on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

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Savannah’s Technique of the Week: Stitching on Cards

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Hello, friends! Savannah O’Gwynn here today and I’m sharing a card-making technique that I use often on my projects. I love to add stitching to my cards as extra dimension and detail, as well as to secure embellishments, paper layers and die-cut pieces!

Sewing on a card or on paper is simple; it’s exactly like fabric. Here are a few tips that I want to share.

Tip 1: Anyone can sew. All you need to do is practice on scrap paper.

Tip 2: Any sewing machine will work. You don’t have to purchase anything fancy. I have a basic Brother sewing machine that I use. I do have an extra base for my sewing machine, but I’ve removed it to make storing it easier!

Tip 3: To sew successfully through paper, set your stitch length at a higher number. Most machines start at 2.5 and go from 0–5 in increments of 0.5. I like to sew with my length at 3 and above. Anything lower than 3 tends to tear the paper because the stitches are too close, perforating the paper.

Tip 4: Go slow! Taking your time to stitch slowly through your layers will help protect your card and design from the Feed Dogs (this feeds the paper through) and the Pressure Foot (this applies pressure on the paper while sewing) destroying your project.

Tip 5: Use minimal adhesive or avoid using adhesive where stitching will be added. Glue and adhesive tapes can mess up a sewing machine, so less (or none) is more!

Tip 6: Use all of the stitches available on your sewing machine! Each machine comes with a set number of stitches and there are some pretty designs that look great as accents to your card design!

Tip 7: Know where you will stitch before finishing your card! This is important because your machine will not stitch over anything dimensional such as gems and enamel dots. Sew on your card BEFORE adding any extra embellishments.

Ok, let’s get to the card!

1. I began by gathering my supplies.

2. I cut my card base (a postcard) to size and die-cut my pieces from multiple colored cardstock. Note: I never throw my scrap papers away! I wanted to use some of the flower designs for the card, so I saved this piece for fussy cutting later.

3. Then I cut white cardstock to cover up the printed sentiment.

4. Next, I added adhesive tape to the back to attach it to my card base. Remembering Tip #5 for adding adhesive, I added just enough tape to the center of the white cardstock to secure it to the base while stitching.

5. I set my stitch length to 3.5 for a medium stitch.

6. Next, I stitched two straight lines on either side of the cardstock. Note: Open your card fully BEFORE stitching! Trust me again! I have forgotten to open my card and stitched through both the front and back.

7. To begin stitching, I placed the needle as close to the edge of the card where I would be stitching. Note: Use your handwheel manually on your sewing machine to make sure the location of your first stitch is exactly where it needs to be.

8. I stitched two lines on either edge of the white cardstock. I started and ended both stitched lines as close to the edge of the card as possible. For your card, you can stitch around the card, in a line, or just over some papers/layers/embellishments.

9. To finish my stitched design, I pulled out my card and trimmed the thread longer than it needed to be. This ensured that I had enough thread for extra decoration or if I needed to tie the pieces on the back to secure the stitch more. For this card, I trimmed the extra pieces on the back and left the front threads longer.

10. I finished the card by adding embellishments and a die-cut sentiment.

It’s that easy to add stitching to your project! You can see that my stitching isn’t perfect and I’m considered an advanced sewer (but that’s with fabric!). Plus, I love the imperfect design as it shows my card is homemade.

I hope that you are inspired by my creation and that you will try stitching on your next card. If you use a stitch other than straight or zigzag, let me know! I’d love to check out your project.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed. 🙂


Supplies used: She Blooms Blessings by Mail postcard from Illustrated Faith/Bella BLVD; Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen from Kuretake ZIG; Foliage 1 dies (#J3D-15-244) from Paper Smooches; Glossy Accents from Ranger Industries Inc.

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Diana’s Storage Tip

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Hey guys! Diana here sharing one of my favorite storage tips with you. With so many great storage ideas out there, it’s important to remember that when it comes to storage, one size does not fit all. Before going full steam ahead with your next storage project, evaluate your unique storage personality and needs.

I once saw a beautiful ribbon storage idea on Pinterest. I spent hours taking my ribbons off the spools and wrapping them around little pieces of cardboard. When I was finished it looked amazing—so neat and compact—it was truly beautiful!

However, every time I took a piece of ribbon off the cardboard square it was creased where it folded around the cardboard. Since I’m a bit of a perfectionist, I ended up ironing each piece of ribbon before I used it. It didn’t take long to realize that there is a reason ribbon comes on spools. #storagefail

Now my ribbon is stored neatly (on the spool) in photo boxes which fit perfectly on the shelf in my craft room closet. I have them sorted by color family which allows me to quickly find the right ribbon for my project. Best of all—no ironing required!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found my storage tip helpful!


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