After crafting 60 holiday cards, I wanted to put aside the glitter, gleam and glitz for a while. Though I love all that “blings,” I needed a break.
This thank-you card is free of sparkle. It’s clean, simple and has a retro vibe. I played off its office theme by embellishing with common objects: staples and a paper clip.
Get ready to raid your desk. This card is easy to create.
I’ve been entering more paper-craft challenges lately, and I find that I think outside the card box and try things I’ve never done before. You’ll see more cards I’ve made for challenges in the coming weeks. While none of them won, I really enjoyed putting my crafting skills to the test.
I entered this card for two challenges on the Two Peas in a Bucket website as part a celebration for the Craft & Hobby Association‘s summer show. The challenges required the use of fabric and a pocket on the projects. I had the concept for this card already in mind, and I thought using canvas would fit well with its sewing theme. I also used a vellum envelope as a pocket.
I have canvas left over from a painting class I took in college. I used StazOn ink on the fabric because it seemed more vivid than traditional ink. When stamping on canvas, work quickly so as much ink as possible transfers to the fabric.
When Paper Crafts magazine announced a July gallery contest on its blog with a theme of summer shapes, a few ideas ran through my mind. Beach balls, flip-flops, the sun, popsicles …
Mmmm, popsicles. Almost as good as cupcakes. I liked the idea of making a popsicle-shaped card. It would be colorful and have a bit of sparkle. My crafting sidekick, the Slice, can die-cut an ice pop, but not card-sized and not in a form that would fold into a card. I searched websites for digital stamps and clip art, but saw nothing I liked. I wanted a double-stick version, with a bite shape at the top. I’d have to create my own template in Adobe Illustrator.
A little time, a little bling and lots of glitter was all I needed for this card … and two jumbo craft sticks, supplied by a friend (because 150 sticks per package is a bit much for me). You can see my card and other contest entries on the contest’s Flickr page.
My template and a few 2-inch popsicle shapes I also created are available here. Have fun!
Ah, the allure of Paris. The crafting world has a French vibe now, seen in stamp sets, embellishments and more.
I have an Eiffel Tower shape on my Slice “Je t’Adore” design card, and I thought of springtime in Paris. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard that it’s nice!
This card is quick, simple and features Flower Soft, a fun product that adds dimension.
I love teal. If you glance at my previous posts, you’ll see that I’ve been using a lot of the color. This card is no exception.
For this card, I used different shades of teal, from light to dark. I could have done this with just about any color because I have a lot of cardstock!
I used my trusty Slice Elite to cut out the same shape multiple times, smaller and smaller. Then, I stacked the negatives of the cutouts, which means I didn’t use the shapes but used what was left behind. Well, just look at the photo below to see what I mean. The tutorial tells you how to do this, step by step.
I love the look, and now that I’ve figured out the process, I’m sure I’ll turn to it again.