Boost Your Creativity with a Card Sketch

Sketches can be a great way to boost your creativity. You can create your card exactly like the elements in the sketch or you can make adjustments to the orientation, move the elements or add more details to your card.

With my first card, I’ve followed the sketch pretty closely. I added interest by using my markers to add two tones of color to the sentiment.

Not only have I changed the orientation of the card, I’ve stepped it up by embossing the Old Olive cardstock, adding a third color to the sentiment, and added ribbon and thread.

It’s amazing how a few tweaks can make such a difference.

Five Ways to Store Diecuts

Ever get in the middle of making a card, and can’t find the diecut you want to use? I have five diecuts storage solutions for you!

1)  Many of the Stampin’Up! diecuts coordinate with stamp sets. Cut a piece of magnetic vent cover (purchase it at hardware stores—much cheaper than the magnetic sheets sold at craft stores), cut it to fit inside the front cover of the stamp case, add Fast Fuse or Tear N Tape to the back and adhere it to the case. Place diecuts flat side down on the magnetic sheet.

Store diecut with stamp set

2)  Another option is to store diecuts in a clear-mount stamp case, item #119105. In this case J you can store two sets of diecuts, one on each side. Just adhere the magnetic sheets to both inside covers. I do this with similar diecuts, like the circles and ovals, so it takes up less space.

3)  A third option is to use the original sleeve the diecuts come in. With this option, I adhere the magnetic sheet to the piece of cardstock the diecuts come on. Then place diecuts flat side down on the magnetic sheet. No more trying to pull the diecuts off of the sticky tape!

Diecut in sleeve

4)  Photo albums with sheet protectors work also. Again, adhere a magnetic sheet to a piece of cardstock, add the diecuts, and slide into the sheet protector.

5)  The last option is to use Avery Elle Stamp and Die Storage Pockets. These are available on Amazon. Add a magnetic sheet and you’re all set.

Once you have decided on your method of storage, you will need someplace to put the organized diecuts. You can now file the diecuts on a bookshelf or in a drawer. And to add another layer of organization, you can sort the diecuts and place them in various sized bins.

And a bonus tip: ever misplace a diecut on your work surface? Keep a magnetic bowl out and place the working diecuts in it, OR, adhere a piece of magnetic sheet to a plastic angled photoframe. Pop the diecuts you are working with on it and you’ll never lose sight of the diecut!

Diecut on Picture Frame

Masculine Cards Made Easy

Do you have trouble when it comes to making masculine cards?
I often hear something like this “I have a terrible time coming up with ideas for masculine cards”.  Really, feminine and masculine cards are not much different.  You only need to use items that have more texture, more neutral colors such as earth tones, and simple lines to make a masculine card.

Let’s take this simple card pattern.

masculine card sketch

It has a base layer of cardstock, two different papers, a banner and a circle along with three simple embellishments.  Very simple and not fussy.  Remember, when using a card pattern, you can change positions of the pieces.

Now, using the pattern and the same pieces, let’s make a feminine card.
feminine card from cardsketch

Here I used Pool Party and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and the Petal Garden DSP paper stack.  It has two different papers, a circle, and a banner and three rhinestones like the sketch.  I raised the banner higher since my card is in portrait mode.  In the circle I stamped Happy Birthday from the Special Celebrations stamp set.  The verse is stamped on the inside of the card.

Then I wanted to make a masculine card using the same card pattern.

masculine card with faux suede technique
Same banner, two different papers and a circle and three embellishments. I used the Wood Textured Designer Series Paper Stack, Early Expresso cardstock, and a Garden Green layer of yardstick on a Very Vanilla card.  For the banner, to add more texture, I used the Faux Suede technique on the yardstick. I colored the dots with a Sharpie Marker and the verse is stamped in Early Expresso. In the circle I stamped the verse from Special Celebration and the Happy Birthday sentiment is stamped inside the card.

So there you have it, there is not much difference in a masculine and a feminine card.  Just change your ingredients for making the cards.  For masculine, think simple lines, earthy and masculine colors, and lots of texture.  Don’t let masculine cards scare you.

Online Extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza

It’s here! Today only, save 20% on select stamp sets during our once a year Online Extravaganza. And get exclusive deals up to 50% off on select accessories the rest of the week, too!

For online order, please use Host Code JE4H4M6D. Or email me, and I’d be happy to place your order for you.

Click here for a downloadable list of the sale items, or browse the icons below. Happy shopping!


Stamp It Up!

red rubber stamp

Every project – and every stamper – is just a bit different which is why Stampin’ Up! offers unique styles of stamps. All stamps are made in the United States and are packaged in uniformly sized cases with images on the side for easy storage and quick reference. The stamp medium is listed in each stamp set description. Here are the three types of stamps produced by Stampin’ Up!

Classic Rubber Clear Mount – Made using high-quality rubber that allows for detailed images. Come with a compact set of stamps ready to mount on reusable clear blocks (sold separately). Work your stamping magic, then remove the stamp from the block and store everything away for your next project.

Classic Rubber Wood Mount – Made using high-quality rubber that allows for detailed images. Come in larger plastic storage cases and include both stamps and one maple wood block per stamp (in coordinating sizes). Once you’ve mounted the red rubber stamp on the block, it will always be ready for you to used right out of the box.

Photopolymer – The transparent nature of photopolymer stamps makes it easy to line up images for precision placement. Mount the stamps on reusable clear blocks and see where creativity takes you! Some advantages to using photopolymer stamps are – 1) mix & match – combine multiple stamps on a single block; 2) repeating patterns – create backgrounds by repeating images to fill the page; 3) clear alignment – perfect for alphabet sets or builder stamps; 4) two-step – layering two or more stamped images is called Two-Step Stampin. Look for sets throughout the current catalog marked as Two-Step.


Six Alternate Ways to Washi

washi tape, washi

Washi tape is one of those embellishments that I can’t seem to get enough of. It makes for wonderful focal points and accents on cards and scrapbook pages. But what else can you do with a drawer full of washi?

1) Cover the base of battery-operated tealights and use the same washi tape to “seal” the matching paper gift box you make.
2) Wrap different widths and coordinating designs of washi tape around a plain glass vase.
3) Make a bookmark by inserting a piece of washi tape through the big loop end of a paperclip and sticking it back on itself.
4) Run a piece of washi tape the length of a pincer-type clothespin and use the clothespins to hang up your cards.
5) Cover the barrel of a pencil by cutting strips of washi tape the length of the pencil, rolling the tape around the barrel, and trimming the ends as needed. Or wrap strips of washi tape perpendicular around the barrel for  more flair.
6) Create a custom photo frame by adhering a favorite photo to cardstock or designer series paper. Tear washi tape strips and place around the photo to make a frame. Decorate a binder clip with another piece of the washi tape and clip it to the top to hang your photo.

And a BONUS use for washi tape – use it to make tabs for your Stampin’Up! catalog. There is no end to what you can use washi tape for. What will you washi?

World Card Making Day Celebration

Why celebrate one day, when you can celebrate 10 days! Get 15% off select Note Cards & Envelopes and stamp sets now until October 10. Plus, buy Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE! So celebrate the best hobby of all—card making today.

Designer Series Paper

Designer Series Paper

Wow, the Designer Series Paper selection in the new Holiday Catalog is absolutely outstanding. Click on the photo above to watch a short video to see all of the gorgeous patterns.

What’s so great about Designer Series Paper you ask? The Designer Series Paper (affectionately known as DSP) is lighter weight than cardstock, and perfect for adding patterned layers to a project. Most DSP is double-sided, so you get two patterns for the price of one. Stuck for color inspiration? Pick your favorite pattern and use the colors from the paper as a starting point for your project. The DSP patterns and colors coordinate with stamps and cardstock for an easy way to get started creating. And last but not least, DSP is drool-worthy!

My Favorite Things

MyFavoriteThingsThe new 2017 Holiday Catalog is now live! I have my favorites…

13. 7/8″ Striped Ribbon, 144624

12. Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, 144621

11. Winter Wonderland Textured Impressions Folder, 144686

10. Year of Cheer Embellishments, 144643

9. Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, 144640

8. Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape, 144644

7. Champagne Foil Sheets, 144748

6. Foil Snowflakes, 144642

5. Cheers to the Year, 144925

4. Spooky Cat, 144749

3. Vintage Crochet Trim, 144611

2. Black Rhinestone Jewels, 144639

And my number one favorite is…….

1. Graveyard Gate Bundle, 146018

There’s a little something for everyone, including not one but two non-traditional color schemes for the holidays. And check out those Halloween offerings-spooky!

Colorful Seasons

Stampin'Up! Colorful Seasons, sympathy card, watercolor, handmade, #peribeal #papercraftinghtreads

A bit of watercolor gives a soft touch to this sympathy card. I used the positive and the negative from the Stitched Shapes Framelits die to create a double frame effect for added dimension.

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Daisy Daisy Give Me Your Answer Do

Stampin'Up!, Daisy Punch, Daisy Delight Stamp, Window Box Thinlits, encouragement card, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreads

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) was a song written in 1892 and it became a huge hit immediately– kind of like Stampin’Up!’s Daisy Punch! The punch and bundle sold out almost immediately upon the release of the new catalog. I’m happy to report they are back in stock and you can now purchase them in my online store.

This card is all about texture, from the watercolor paper, embossing, double layers of the Daisy, the faux stitching on the edges, the banner and the copper trim. I love that copper trim-sleek and slim as is , or pull it out on the sides for a more lacy or netting look.

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Summer Solstice Twice as Nice

Stampin'Up! Sunshine Sayings, Wherever You Go, summer solstice, handmade, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreads

In honor of the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Had to do something that was quick, as I thought June 21 was the day, but it can be June 20-22, depending on what time zone and what hemisphere you’re in 🙂

And the best part when making this card? A second card with hardly no extra work!

Stamp the sun rays on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 5 1/4″ x 4″ using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for exact placement. Stamp the rays again on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to the same measurements and in the exact same position.

Layer the cardstock pieces on top of each other, place the “sunshine” thinlit on top and run through the Big Shot several times, cutting out the word on both pieces at the same time.

Cut the word “sunshine” out from scraps of Whisper White and Very Vanilla 4 times each. Stack and adhere the plain “sunshine” 4 high, and adhere the matching stamped “sunshine” as the top layer.

Adhere the original Whisper White cardstock with the empty word space to a Very Vanilla card base. Adhere the stacked Very Vanilla “sunshine ” over the empty word space. repeat on the other card, reversing the color layers.

Stamp the sentiment on strips of cardstock with Versamark and Peekaboo Peach ink, emboss with clear embossing powder and adhere to card front.

See the opposite color scheme card below the supply list.

Stampin'Up! Sunshine Sayings, Wherever You Go, Sunshine Wishes, handmade, #peribeal, #PapercraftingThreads

Lotus Blossom Origami How To Video

StampinUp! Fresh Florals DSP, Hershey Kiss holder, handmade, Origami flower, Lotus Blossom Origami, #papercraftingthreads

Check out my latest stop motion video for step by step directions on how to make this lotus blossom. The center of the blossom holds one Hershey’s Kiss.

For the petals, cut 3 strips of designer series paper to 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Cut 3 more strips the same size for the leaves. The leaves and the petals are folded the same way until the last step. Leaves are mountain folded in half, and petals are valley folded.

Other than the items pictured below, you will need floral wire, wire cutters, and a bag of Hershey’s Kisses.

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Five Ways to Add Texture

Stampin'Up!, add texture to card, how to, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreads

Add texture to a card without adding bulk! I took a rather simple design and just by using texture, took it over the top. Here are the five ways I added texture:

1) embossed a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock with the Brick Walls embossing folder

2) sponged Whisper White Craft Ink with a sponge dauber over the cracks in the brick

3) tore the edges of the cardstock, exposing the inside layers

4) embossed the Real Red star with silver embossing powder

5) coiled a piece of metallic silver thread behind the star to provide a nice contrast with the solidness of the wall

Dimensionals on the back of the star pop it away from the wall, adding more dimension.

This card is intended for my neighbor, who is on his Badger Honor Flight today. The Badger Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington DC for the day, all at no cost to the veteran, as a way to say thank you for your service. On the return flight, each veteran receives mail call, with thank you cards and notes.

How To Custom Color Glitter with Wink of Stella

Stampin'Up!, custom color glitter with Wink of Stella, enjoy your day, Inside the Lines, birthday card, handtsamled, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreadsRemember that sneak peek from last week – the custom color glitter with Wink of Stella? Well, I went a little crazy and ended up making a set of four different cards.

The basic technique is super easy. Take a clear acrylic block, scribble on it with the Stampin’Up! Marker of your choice. Then pick up the color with a clear Wink of Stella brush and color away.

Stampin'Up!, custom color glitter with wink of Stella, how to, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreads

TIP 1: Once you’ve used up the color on the block, wipe off the leftovers with a baby wipe before adding more marker. If you don’t, your marker tip will get all glittery.

TIP 2: If you’re not getting much glitter, gently squeeze the middle of the pen to get the glitter flowing again.

TIP 3: Brush the Wink of Stella tip on a paper towel until the glitter runs clear after each color.

True confession time, after I had my first panel done I decided I didn’t like the light color of my flower stems. So I colored over them with a darker green and now I love them.

It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but all of the Watermelon Wonder flowers are glittery, and so is the dragonfly. Who knew it’s kinda difficult to photograph glitter!

I’ll post the rest of the cards in the set over the next few days as well as the complete supply list.

A Piece of Pi, or a Trillion?

Stampin'Up!, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Pi day, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreadsHappy Pi Day! In honor of the trillion-digit ratio of a circle’s circumference, I bring you a piece of Pi in the form of this card.

A few facts—did you know the symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler? And that the value of Pi rounds up to 3.14159? The number is extremely useful when solving geometry problems with circles. The area of any circle equals πr2 where r is the radius or distance across the middle of the circle.

I have no idea what the areas of the circles are on my card, but I know that if I wanted to calculate it out, I could. Sheldon Cooper would say shame on me.

How are you celebrating this March 14? Whether it’s baking your favorite pie, ordering pizza pie, or participating in NASA’s Pi in the Sky challenge, I hope you bring out your inner math nerd today!

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