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.

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 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.

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)

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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.

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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.

Spooky Scary Halloween Card

Open if You Dare!

Here’s a spooky card for all you Halloween Lovers.

If you love a card with dimension, this card has a lot of spooky goodness.

The Spooky Scary Halloween Card was made using the “Spooky Scary” stamp and die set from

The Maker’s Movement.

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

Materials Used:            (*affiliate link)

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My process for making cards sometimes changes as I sit down to create.  I was getting into this

one and decided to forgo all the step by step pictures.  Instead, I will give you lots of details.

Here’s one tip I highly suggest.  (Especially with the skeleton die.)

Run the white card-stock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* before cutting out the

skeleton die.  The Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* puts adhesive on the back of the

card-stock, making the skeleton pieces stickers.  By making stickers, adhering the skeleton

to the coffin was so much easier than using liquid glue.

  • I cut a piece of double-sided adhesive foam large enough to cut the casket shape.  I adhered a piece of gray card-stock to one side of the foam before die-cutting.
  • To cut the casket shape.  Place the casket die on the foam and run it through the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine.  Because the foam is so thick, you may want to run it back and forth a couple of times to make sure the die cuts entirely through the foam.
  • Another good tip…Use a black chisel tip paint marker* to color the sides of the craft foam.

  • The lid of the casket was made by sticking two pieces of black patterned scrapbook paper together and die-cutting the scrapbook paper with the casket die. (I used the Xyron Sticker Maker)
  • Adhere a piece of scrapbook paper onto a piece of adhesive foam.
  • Using the casket outline die, cut a casket outline from the foam. Stick the casket outline on the inside of the lid.
  • Fold two small pieces of paper to use as the hinges. Glue only the top and bottom of the hinges. Not on the side of the casket.

  • Before sticking the casket onto the layered card base, attach a thin black string onto the back of the casket.
  • If you don’t have black string, put a little black paint between your thumb and index finger and run the string through the paint.  Voila, black string.
  • Tie string around the casket to keep the lid closed.

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Simple Vintage Garden Tag Album

How to make a Simple Vintage Garden Tag Album.

In keeping with the pretty in pink theme, I created

a sweet little tag album made with the Simple Vintage Garden District Collection

from Simple Stories and several tag dies from The Maker’s Movement.

(To say I love this collection would be an understatement.)

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Directions:

  • Cut two large tags out of thin chipboard using the Crossover II Die Cut Machine for the front and back cover of the tag album.
  • You may need to run it through the roller twice before picking it up the tag to make sure it cut all the way through.
  • Cut additional tags using decorative scrapbook paper for the inside pages.

The Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* has adjustable rollers and pressure settings.  It adjusts for multiple layers and allows you to be able to cut a variety of thicknesses.  It can cut fabric, faux leather, craft foam, chipboard, felt and, several other materials.

  • You will need to use four tags for the front and back of the tag album cover.
  • Place the tag design side up on the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the tag through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back of the tag.
  • Remove tag from the protective liners and adhere to the front and back of each chipboard tag.

(FYI…I used the 5″ Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge*  in the Xyron Creative Station.)

I used a lot of dimensions to create the front cover.

  • Cut a small banner from thin chipboard, cover it with decorative scrapbook paper the same way as the front and back covers.
  • Cover the small metal rimmed tag with circles cut from scrapbook paper.
  • Use twine to tie around the banner and a small teapot charm to hang from the book ring.
  • Create a “bloom” word sticker using the Xyron Creative Station and a small piece of off white scrapbook paper.  Use the bloom word die from the “In Full Bloom” stamp and die set and cut it using the adhesive paper.

  • Decorate and embellish the inside pages using pieces from the ephemera set, and banners.

  • This page was created using the Library Pocket Die Set and the Nested Square Tags Die Set.

Fill your tag album full of fun memories and use it as a sweet gift for someone special.

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Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

Spring Watercolor Bouquet

I love the soft look of a handmade water-colored card.

This card was made using the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

Just for you…I’ve created simple step by step instructions on how to make the card.

How to make a Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

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  • In the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set, there are several stamps that have a coordinating die that matches the stamp.
  • Stamp a flower using blue ink onto a piece of watercolor paper.

  • Place the mask onto the stamped flower image and stamp a second flower image slightly overlapping the first flower.

  • By using the mask, you create the look of one flower behind the other.

  • Place masks on both of the stamped flower image.  Start adding the background images by stamping small pink flowers, ferns, and leaves.

  • Remove masks and watercolor the stamped flowers using a water-brush*.
  • I like to use dye ink to watercolor.  I apply the ink to a simple grid that I printed onto copy paper and laminated.   Dip the wet tip of the water-brush* into the ink and paint your images.  (You can also use a small paintbrush and water.)

  • Cut frames using the Nested Stitched Rectangles Dies.
  • Adhere water-colored image, frames, and layers onto a 4 ½” x 5 ½” blue dot card.
  • Stamp another flower with blue ink onto watercolor paper.  Watercolor the flower as before.  Cut the flower out using the coordinating die and the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*.
  • Mount onto the lower right corner of the card using a thin foam mounting square.
  • Stamp “Hello” onto a small white banner cut from the small banner die found in the Hello Spring set.  Trim banner to size and adhere under the raised flower.
  • Add a simple sheer ribbon to the top of the card to finish.

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Shaving Cream Art

Create Unique One of a Kind Art with Shaving Cream.

Shaving Cream Art is a fun project that the whole family can participate in.

How to Create Shaving Cream Art

Materials Needed:

I use the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* to hold my ink refills and other crafty supplies.

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Shaving Cream Art can get a little messy so a little prep work is necessary.

  • For easy clean up…Place a piece of wax paper* over a large baking sheet.
  • Add shaving cream onto wax paper.
  • Add several drops of ink onto the shaving cream.

  • Use a craft stick* to swirl the ink into the shaving cream.
  • Do not over stir or the shaving cream will become muddy.

  • Place card-stock directly onto the shaving cream and lightly Smoosh.

  • Carefully lift the card-stock from the shaving cream.

  • Use the scraper tool* to scrape the excess shaving cream from the card-stock.

  • Without re-stirring the shaving cream, you can repeat the process several more times.
  • The first one will be the most vibrant and will get subtly lighter each time.

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Each one will be different and will lighten as they dry.

You can use this process to create even larger pieces of art. 

Shaving Cream Art also makes a great background for card-makers.

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A Welcome Home Card

Home is the place where you belong.

As we stay home and shelter in place, home becomes such so much more.

A safe haven, a place to work, a place to play, and a place to be.

I can’t wait until the day when I can welcome friends and family back into my home.

I can’t wait to hug my kids and grandsons.

Whatever your meaning of home, I hope you like this Welcome Home card made with

the Welcome Home Stamp and Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

This heartfelt set is perfect for a new baby, housewarming, homecoming, and more.

The Welcome Home Card was made using the Gingham Garden paper collection from My Mind’s Eye and various metal dies from The Maker’s Movement.

Crafter Tip:  The metal dies in the kit are all connected when you get them. One of the first things I do when I start snipping the dies apart is to cut a piece of thin Magnetic Craft Sheet* and adhere it to the packaging.  It’s a great place to put your small dies so you won’t lose them.

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This is a breakdown of all the die cut and stamped pieces used to create the house.

  • The shutters were made by stamping two additional doors and cutting the bottom panel from the left side of the door.  (the right side has the door knob, and I didn’t want to include that)

  • The bushes were made using the small cloud die.
  • For added dimension, the clouds were popped up using thin foam mounting squares.

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Bloom with Grace Card

How to Make Soft and Delicate Looking Paper Roses…

Bloom with Grace…A sweet and simple card using the In Full Bloom Stamp & Die Set

from the Maker’s Movement and the Spring Farmhouse paper from Simple Stories.

A great card for feminine Birthdays or Graduations

or anytime you want to send a little encouragement.

Bloom with Grace Products Used:                                  (*affiliate link)

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To Create a Soft Realistic Looking Tea Rose…

  • Place the flower cut out on the craft molding mat*.  (approximately the thickness of a computer mouse pad)
  • Using a large ball stylus tool*, press down on the center of the shape until the paper starts to bow.  This helps the paper when you start to manipulate the shape.

  • Start at the outside end of the flower and use the reverse grip tweezers* to start slowly rolling the spiral.

  • When your finished rolling, glue the bottom tab to the rose shape to hold the flower in place.

  • Use the reverse grip tweezers* to grasp the side of the flower and roll it back to form the natural curve of a petal.

It’s really quick and easy to make these delicate looking roses.  

To finish the card…

  • Die-cut a  vase using the Spring Farmhouse scrapbook paper.
  • Assemble a card base using  coordinating decorative scrapbook paper.
  • Glue the small roses over the top of the vase.
  • Add stamped leaves and the die-cut words “bloom” .
  • Finish with a small cream tag with the words “with grace” stamped in green.

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Spring Farmhouse Tiny Book

If you love making mini albums you’re going to love Eileen Hull’s NEW Tiny Book Die from

Sizzix*.  I do believe this is the smallest mini album I’ve made so far.  (measures 2 ¼” x 3″)

The tiny book was made using Eileen’s NEW Tiny Book Die* and the Spring Farmhouse paper

collection from Simple Stories.

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Directions:

  • Cut apart and use the small squares from the Spring Farmhouse 12″ x 12″ Element Sheet to decorate the inside and outside of the tiny book.

There is also another NEW die that Eileen created that works perfectly with the tiny book die.

It’s called the Tiny Book Case Die*.    (see link below↓)

It’s adorable.  The perfect size for storing your tiny book.

Add a gift card for the perfect gift combo.

Sizzix 664423 Tiny Book Die*

The Tiny Book fits perfectly in Eileen’s NEW Tiny Book Case!

Sizzix 664424 Tiny Book Case Die*

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