Gumball Machine Birthday Card

What kid doesn’t love Gumballs?

Create an adorable Gumball Machine Birthday Card using the New Gumball Stamp

and Die set from The Maker’s Movement.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Materials Used to Create the Gumball Machine Birthday Card:    (*affiliate link)

Magical Birthday 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit by Simple Stories*

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The Gumball Machine Stamp & Die Set features all the pieces you need to create an adorable

gumball machine. The two coordinated globe glass container shapes let you make perfect

shapes for shaker cards. You can add sequins, shaker sprinkles, and other embellishments to

add more fun to your craft project. This set is great for making birthday cards, greeting cards,

and gift tags.

  • TIP…When I am die-cutting small pieces, I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* to add adhesive to the back before cutting them out.  It makes all the little pieces stickers and makes assembling the card a breeze.
  • I used the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to die-cut out the pieces.  While you won’t use it for all your die-cutting needs, I love the compact size on my workspace.

I’ve been struggling lately with lighting, and the winter grays don’t help.

I used the newly fallen snow as my white background.

If you look close, you may notice the snow crystals underneath the wood slice.

I can’t wait until Spring!

Making Valentines with New Slimline Essentials

Happy Valentine’s Day Slimline Card

I’m jumping on the Slimline Card Craze with the help of the New Slimline Essentials Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

What’s a Slimline Card? 

Basically, a Slimline Card is a tall card that fits into a business-size envelope.

The Slimline Essentials Die Set takes all the guesswork out of cutting the layers and makes

assembling your card a breeze.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

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Directions:

  • Die-cut all the layers for the card using the Slimline Essentials Die.
  • Cut three white scalloped squares.
  • Center the small square die in the middle of the scallop square.  Put a small piece of washi tape over the die to keep it in place.  Die-cut to create a small scalloped frame.

  • Place a piece of double-sided craft foam onto the square foam cutter die to cut small foam squares to use under the scallop frames.

To Create a Center Shaker Element.

  • Adhere a small piece of clear acetate to fit over the opening of the frame.
  • Because the foam frames didn’t match the frame I created, I cut the foam frames on the corners and placed them over the acetate.
  • Using only red and white heart sprinkles, fill the inside of the frame with the sprinkles. Be careful not to overfill so that there is room to shake.
  • Remove the protective lining on the foam and place a small piece of scrapbook paper over the foam.

  • Embellish the front of the card using hearts popped up with double-sided adhesive foam and the word “love” die-cut using the “Special Delivery” die set.

I love a clean and simple monochromatic card.  (and so much fun to make)

Floral Pocket Folio Card

The Floral Pocket Folio Card. 

A sweet and simple card made using two of Eileen Hull’s NEW RELEASE dies from Sizzix,

the Folio Page, Pocket and Flowers Die Set, and the Mandala Die Set.

The Floral Folio Card is like two cards in one.

I just love pockets for adding little extras.

The front of the card is a great place to add a sweet note or gift card.

Sizzix Products Used:   (*affliate link)

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Cardmaking Tips:

  • The flower pieces and mandala were all cut out of white cardstock.
  • Using the ink applicator and distress inks to gently apply ink onto the flower pieces.
  • To add a little extra detail, add gold around the edge of the larger flower pieces using the gold calligraphy pen.
  • Place thin 3D adhesive foam between the larger two flowers to add dimension.
  • Measure and cut the mandala to fit inside the folio pocket. Cut excess mandala away and glue to the inside edge of the folio pocket.

You’re my Jam Valentine Shaker Card

Don’t you just love cheesy Valentines?

The “You’re My Jam” stamp and die set from The Maker’s Movement is one of the cutest sets

from the New Spring Release.  And it makes the perfect Cheesy Valentine’s Day Shaker Card.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Materials Used:        (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

    • Cut a piece of double-sided craft foam approx. 4″ x 5.
    • Using the jar outline die, die-cut the jar shape into the lower section of the craft foam.
    • Cut a piece of the wood grain scrapbook paper approx. 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  Die-cut the jar shape into the lower section of the scrapbook paper.
    • Cut a small piece of acetate to cover the opening of the jar.
    • Remove protective coating off the acetate.
    • Remove the protective liner off the top side of the adhesive craft foam.  Stick the acetate over the opening.
    • Line up and stick the scrapbook paper over the jar opening of the craft foam and acetate.
    • Center a round rectangle die over the jar and craft foam and die-cut using the Crossover II die cutting machine.

TIP...I like to do when working with small die-cut pieces, is to run the paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker before die-cutting. It makes all the pieces stickers and makes assembling a breeze.

  • Die-cut all the jar pieces and assemble them onto the front of the foam.
  • Cut a piece of heart scrapbook paper slightly larger than the opening.
  • Turn the foam over and fill the opening with heart shaker sprinkles. Make sure not to overfill. You need to leave enough room for the Sprinkles to shake.
  • Remove the protective coating from the back of the foam and place the heart paper over the opening.
  • Cut a large layer using the round rectangle dies and stick onto an off white cardstock base.
  • Adhere the die-cut foam layer onto the front of the card.
  • Randomly glue a few heart sprinkles to the front of the card.

       

Wishing You a Less Stressful Year

The Perfect New Year Card…

With less than a week to go until Christmas, I think we can all admit this year has been stressful.

2020 has made me plain old tired.  I think we all deserve a card like this.

But, If you enjoy a little more sarcasm…

This Sarcastic New Years Stamp Set from The Maker’s Movement is perfect for letting everyone know just how your feeling. (how we’re all feeling)

  • IT CAN’T GET ANY WORSE…RIGHT?
  • SAME CRAP, NEW RESOLUTIONS
  • WISHING YOU A LESS STRESSFUL YEAR
  • I STAYED UP LATE FOR THIS?
  • LET’S GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME

Here’s to wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  May it be a lot less stressful.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post  for the Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product
and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

 

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

How to Make an Elegant and Easy Monochromatic Holiday Card.

When it comes to making cards for the Holidays, two words come to mind, elegant and easy.  This Merry little card is both.  With a few simple tricks and tips, this card is a snap to make.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Materials Used:                         (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • Choose several different shades of red cardstock.  (I used four.)  Cut into 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strips.
  • To make assembly easy.  I used the Xyron Create a Sticker to add adhesive to the back of the strips of cardstock.
  • Trim the larger strips into 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ smaller strips.
  • Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of red cardstock to use as the base.  Starting at the top, add the strips of red cardstock to the base.
  • Die-cut two branches using the Winter Foliage Die Set and Gold Chrome Vinyl.
  • Die-cut small snowflakes using the gold chrome vinyl and the snowflakes found in the Snow Globe Die Set.
  • Die-cut the words “Be Merry” using gold chrome Vinyl and the Be Merry Die Set.
  • Remove the white protective backing from the vinyl and use as stickers to decorate the front of the card.  I used the edge of the cardstock strip to help me line up the words.
  • Add red metal nailhead sticker embellishments onto the branch.
  • Cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of Chrome Adhesive Vinyl and adhere to a white 5″ x 7″ card.
  • Adhere the striped card front to the card base.

The Bow Maker Die for Paper Crafters

I recently got a chance to play with the Bow Maker Die from The Maker’s Movement.

While I will admit that I was confused for a brief moment on how it worked.

Once I figured out how easy it was to use, I wanted to share this simple project

and tutorial with you.

 

The Bow Maker is a four-piece die set that is deep etched, which makes it so easy to cut through cardstock, thick paper, and even fabric. They are great for greeting cards, birthday cards, scrapbooking, gift tags, and much more fun projects.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

I decorated a little jar I found at  Dollar Tree and topped it off with a cute little paper bow.

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It makes a quick, simple, and inexpensive gift.

Materials Used:     (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Die-cut decorative scrapbook paper using the Bow Maker Die.  The dies cut four pieces, two bow loops, a center, and a bow base.
  2. Gently curl the paper on the two bow loops using your fingers or a small round marker to make the paper pliable for bending.
  3. Bend the ends over and glue to the underneath side of the paper using a quick setting glue like Rapid Fuse*.  (you could also use a small glue dot)
  4. Stack and glue the bow loops onto the bow base.
  5. Glue the center around the middle of the bow.

Handmade Holiday Paper Crafting Parade

Today I’m parading around with several talented designers on Instagram for Scrapbook.com’s

The Handmade Holiday Papercrafting Parade.

I recieved a great box of exclusive Scrapbook.com products to use for my projects.

Most of the items were the everyday type of products.

But, as you’ll see, you can easily use your regular products to make some very unique

holiday projects.

(Link for the Handmade Holiday Paper Crafting Parade at the bottom of this post. )

Sprig of Joy Tag

There’s something special about simple wrapped presents.

As Julie Andrews sang in the Sound of Music, “these are a few of my favorite things.”

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The Gift of Joy.

I love using every day stickers to embellish this package.

This sticker set came with labels, alphabet stickers (including this lovely silver one) and fun

word stickers.  If you’re bold enough, add “you’re my favorite” to a present and see who notices.

Materials Used:

Happy Holidays Card

This simple card was easy to create.  I used the tall skinny alphabet dies to cut out the letters to

spell Happy Holidays.  To make assembly easy, I ran the paper through my Xyron Create A

Sticker before die-cutting the letters.

Draw a faint pencil line on the white cardstock to help line up the letters.

Erase the line after you’ve stuck on the letters.

Materials Used:

Click on the picture below to start on the Instagram Parade. 
And while you’re there, make sure to “Follow Me”.    (Thank You!!!)

Be Merry Poinsettia Card

How to Create a Beautiful Poinsettia Christmas Card using Distress Ink.

I like making clean and simple cards.

But everyone once in a while, a card just calls out to be inked.

This card was one of those projects.   (It’s still kind of clean and simple.)

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post  for the Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product
and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Materials Used:        (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  • Run several strips of 3″ cream cardstock through the Xyron Sticker Maker*. The sticker maker adds an even layer of adhesive to the back of the cardstock. Do this before die-cutting to make each small piece a sticker. (it makes assembly so much easier)
  • Using the Winter Foliage Die Set and the Crossover II Die-Cut Machine*, die-cut the pieces out of cream cardstock. You will need 8-smooth leaves for the flower, 4-pointed leaves for the foliage, 4-pine branches, and 2-small leaf die-cuts.

  • Ink the edges of the leaves using an Ink Blending Tool* and the Distress Inks.
  • For the base of the card, cut 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper. Adhere the woodgrain paper onto a 5″ x 7″ gold cardstock layer. Adhere both layers onto a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ cream card base.
  • Start with 4 of the smooth leaves inked with the Barn Door Red Ink and place onto the front of the top of the card. Place them so that they line up opposite of each other.
  • Place and stager the four additional red leaves on top of the first layer of leaves.
  • Adhere the leaves, foliage and, pine stem under the poinsettia flower.

  • Die-cut three small circles (from the Winter Foliage Die Set) out of gold cardstock and adhere to the center of the flower.
  • Die-cut the words “Be Merry” out of cream cardstock ran through the Xyron Sticker Maker* and place the stickered “Be Merry” onto the front of the card.

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Sue’s 2020 Holiday Workshop Kits

Looking for a little extra Inspiration this Holiday Season?  
Sue’s Holiday Workshop is going Virtual with a fun Holiday Kit.

Here’s what we’ll be making:

  • Penguin Snow Globe Card
  • Snowy Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Card
  • Holiday Joy Christmas Card
  • Merry Christmas Time Tiny Book
  • Snowflake Book Case that holds the Tiny Book
  • Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament
  • 4″ Merry Christmas Snowflake Acrylic Tag Ornament
  • 4″ Buddy’s Coffee Acyrlic Tag Ornament

Included in the Kit:

  • Card layers and Stamped Pieces. Ribbon, 3D Foam Squares and Envelopes
  • Covered Chipboard Book Case, Painted Handle, Wood Snowflake Embellishment
  • Tiny Book Cover, Cut Pieces to Cover the Book, Small Frame, Holly Embellishment, Twine, Gold Vinyl Words
  • Beads, Santa Hat, Scarf pieces, Twine
  • Two 4″ Acrylic Circles, Metallic Vinyl Designs, Transfer Tape, Twine, Adhesive Pearl Rhinestones.

I will be creating a special Facebook Group where I will add additional photos and videos of how to make the projects and links to products used.  I will also have additional add on kits from previous Workshops to purchase at a greatly reduced price.

You will need to provide:  (not included in kit)

  • Art Markers or Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Tape Runner
  • Craft Glue

The cost of the Kit is $25.00  
Shipping is $7.50 for Priority Mail.

There will be a limited amount of kits available, so reserve yours today.
Holiday Workshop Kits will be available November 7th to pick up or ship.

Email: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com to reserve your kit.

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