Thursday, July 19, 2018

Miss Kate Cuttables and Christmas in July

 Today I have a Christmas in July project! It is never too early to start your Christmas card stash!

Before we start, don't forget to get your Freebie over at Miss Kate Cuttables.

I chose this cutie to do my card with. There are many snow globe images at Miss Kate Cuttables so choose one you like. Then cut out your design. I used my Cameo 3. I arranged my pieces on one mat to reduce the cutting time.

I took the main image of the snow globe and copied it and then welded it together to make the card base you see on the left.

I assembled the snowman and globe and glued it to the card base and I was done! It is an easy card to produce many for your Christmas card needs. The only thing I added was some glitter pen to the body to make it more "snow like". I also put a few orange lines on the nose for the carrot. Other then that, it is just cut, glue and you are done!

I hope you try making some snow globe cards for your Christmas card sending! They are quick and ADORABLE!! There will be a smile on the recipients face for sure!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Joy Clair and the New Release

Hi! I'm here with today's blog post using the new release stamp set called, "The Potter" and also some stamps from the new set called, "Born To Sparkle".  Both of these sets are from the Joy Clair release. You can check out the whole release HERE!

Clay open book

First off, pick where you would like to use the stamp set. I chose Isaiah 64:8 but you can also use Corinthians 4:7. They both are referenced with the sentiments in the set.

Clay open book

Stamp with your favorite inks. I chose VersaFine Clair Nocturne. It does bleed through the paper but I plan on doing some other imaging on the back of my page with some layering so it will cover up my bleed thru. You can chose inks that do not bleed as much.

Clay open book

After I stamped all my images I colored them all using my Leisure Arts Premium Colored Pencils.

Clay open book

I tried to shade as much as possible to add some depth to my coloring. I do this by using 2 shades of each color. I use a light and a dark to add in the shading and highlighting.

Clay open book

I also did some "doodling" by writing the word "Clay" in large letters over the bible verses and coloring it with some browns. I then added some of the verses around the letters with a very fine black marker. To add some more interest, I used a glitter pen over the whole word, "Clay".

Clay open book

When I was done I added in some other doodling and some fun stamping with my stamp set, "Born To Sparkle". I used the tiny sparkles in yellow and orange. I think they add some fun twinkling!
The colored pencils are also fun for drawing. I drew in some vines and added some spiral roses to separate all the sections and add interest.

Clay open book

I hope you like my Bible page!! Have fun creating your own Bible pages!!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Holiday Tattoo Project with Miss Kate Cuttables

Today is a fun tattoo project with Miss Kate Cuttables!!

But first, don't forget to get the FREEBIE over at Miss Kate Cuttables!!

Pick your favorite designs from Miss Kate Cuttables. I chose some great Americana items for the 4th of July. I chose some fireworks and some titles. 

I aligned them onto my Silhouette program's mat and set my printer up for Print and Cut. If you don't have a cutting machine, that is okay!! This is a project you can use just a colored printer and some specialty paper. 

I chose some Ink Jet Body Art Stickers. I didn't use traditional tattoo paper because of allergies to ink. But, if you want to create some regular tattoos then get the correct paper for your printer. 

As long as you are printing, add some other holidays to your mat and cut them at the same time. I did some Halloween items too! Miss Kate Cuttables has the best Halloween designs!

Just print out your designs and apply to skin!

Cut them out and apply them to your skin.

 It is that easy. Kids LOVE tattoos and these kind are not permanent so even adults can use them!!

Have fun with this technique that people have forgotten about!!

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Joy Clair Challenge for July

I have a fun interactive card for this month's Joy Clair Challenge. Check out the picture below, what does it inspire you to create? Keep reading for my interpretation.

Here is the card I came up with after viewing the images above.

I used the stamp sets, "Inspirational Arrows" and "Light House" from the new release. I made the "Be fearless" arrow a spinner by adding a brad to the center of the arrow and it spins around to mimic the arrow on a compass.

The card is very easy to make. I stamped out the boat from "Light House" and colored it with Leisure Arts Premium colored pencils. Then "fussy cut" or cut it out with my scissors. I set that aside and worked on the card base.

I took some navy blue paper and made my card base. This is an A2 card size. I then layered it with some navy decorative paper. (I like this paper because it reminded me of a fishing net.) I then went to my trusty Cameo 3 by Silhouette and cut out my compass rose and letters to mark the directions. I glued it down to my card and moved on to my arrow. It is simply just stamped on white paper and cut around with scissors. I left a tiny bit of room where I decided to put my brad so the spinner could work. After adding all that to the card, I added some foam adhesive squares to the back of my boat and I was done!!

Here is another view of my card, YEP....I added some cute dots to the corner with some dimensional paint BUT......I stuck my finger them before they were dry so that had to be edited out. So, if you can keep your fingers off your project for a few hours, go ahead and add some embellishments to the corner of your card.....or not....

Thanks for joining me today for my version of the Joy Clair Challenge for July.  Don't forget to subscribe to my blog so you can get all the updates and posts when they post automatically!!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time.....Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

God's Masterpiece with Joy Clair Stamps

Hi! I'm here with a clean and simple card using the new stamp set by Joy Clair called, "God's Masterpiece". You can find this stamp set and a lot more from this new release HERE.


As you can see, the card is a simple one. I just added a picture of my daughter in the easel frame after I stamped the fun splotches and I was done. (I blurred out my daughter's face for privacy reasons)
Let's make this card!!
  • Pick any size card base. I used an A2 but you can do this with any size, 4x6, 5x7 or the one I did 4.25 x5.5.
  • Stamp the sentiment, "God's Masterpiece" at the top of the card in black ink. (I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne. You can purchase it at Imagine Crafts.)
  • On a scrap piece of paper, stamp the easel and color with some colored pencils or markers. (I used colored pencils from Leisure Arts)
  • Cut out the inside frame and add your favorite person or pet in the opening you made.
  • For the fun part, stamp the paint splotches from the set all over the card front using your favorite colors. I used a lot of brights for my pallet. Get creative and play with color for different looks.
  • Color the letter's in the word, GOD'S with colored pencil to match my stamping. I used Leisure Arts Premium colored pencils. They are so creamy they are like coloring with butter.

  • To add some dimension and some shine, I added some Glossy Accents over my splotches. Set aside to dry.
  • When dry, add your easel image with some foam tape and you are done! (I used a corner rounder on 2 sides to make the card a bit more interesting, this is optional)


    I hope you like my card! Give it a try! For more inspiration subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss a single idea!

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Miss Kate Cuttables and Roller Skates

    Hi, I'm here to show you a very quick but fun card for any occasion. I actually used these cards for an invitation to a roller skating party but you can use it for anything. A fun birthday card for a child, a "let's roll" card to invite someone to a night out, a memory card for when you used to go roller skating, or just a fun card to say hi to a active person!

    Before we get into the card instructions, don't forget to "roll" over to Miss Kate Cuttables for their daily freebie!!

    First off, buy your set of skates! You can make male or female skates! I cut the female ones out with my Silhouette Cameo 3. I just layered all the pieces together and glued them with craft glue. Nothing special or hard to do.

    I just did a simple card base of pink with some glitter paper to mimic the "disco balls" we used to skate too in the old days and I see they still use them today!!

    I taped the back skate down with tape and used some foam adhesive to pop up the top skate to add some layers and to add movement I tilted the skate a bit to look like it is in motion.

    I added some tiny decorative dots in the corner and this card is done!!

    I love this card! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Joy Clair "Many Names" Stamp Set

    Hi, I'm here with a fun card using the new Joy Clair, "Many Names" stamp set as well as the new "Broken Brick Background" stamp set from the latest release. I also used some great black ink by Imagine Crafts with some of their wonderful embossing powder.

    Easel card

    Easel flat
      • I took a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of red card stock and very cut off about 1/8 on two adjacent sides. Then I stamped the "Broken Brick Background" stamp with white ink. I then aged some of the bricks with a red colored pencil and then added some distress marks with a black colored pencil. For more added detail I used some red stamping ink to blend the edges and added some patches in some spots. This is helpful to add interest and some details to the card so it doesn't look like a flat, boring card. 

        Easel cu
        • Next, I stamped some of the word stamps from "Many Names" around on the brick wall to represent some graffiti. I did not want them to be straight, just stamp them where-ever. (It is kinda fun to be able to stamp without positioning or worrying about getting a word straight.)
        • I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink from Imagine Crafts. I love this ink because it stamps beautifully and the coverage is wonderful! I only have to stamp images ONCE!!
        • After I stamped all the words I used some watered down white paint to add some splotches for just a little more interest.   At this point the card front is complete. Set it aside to dry.
        • I took a A2 size black card base and scored the front of the card down the middle, across the horizon. I then mounted my dried red wall onto a piece of black card stock measuring 4.25 x 5.5 and attached it to the bottom portion of the card from below the score line. Do not glue above the score line. This makes an easel card.
        Easel up
        • To make your easel card stand up, I stamped my sentiment from "Chain Breaker" onto some black scrap cardstock and embossed it with some white embossing powder and heated it up with my heat gun and cut it out. I popped it up on some foam tape to hold my card front up to form the easel part of my card.
        • Lastly, I added some decorative dots with some liquid paint and I was done!
        Easel card

        I hope you like my fun easel wall card using the new stamp set, "Many Names" from Joy Clair!

        Monday, June 11, 2018

        Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge

        Today I am doing a challenge with Miss Kate Cuttables. The challenge is making something with a "Sea Creature".

        Before we get to the project, don't forget to get your "FREEBIE" at Miss Kate Cuttables.

         I first chose my file from the "Beach/Ocean/Tropical" category. I opened up the file in my Silhouette program and laid out the images on my virtual mat. I like to cut all my pieces in one pass if I can. Below you can see how I laid them out.

        I cut them all out and then assembled them with some craft glue. When the sea horse was all put together I added a bit of glitter pen to the darkest layer or top layer for some added shimmer.

        Next, I put my card base together. I used a typical A2 card base in a light green. I added a blue mat cut 1/4 inch smaller then layered a striped patterned patter cut 1/8 inch smaller then the blue mat. I glued them all down with craft glue. Then I cut out a navy blue circle with my circle die (or you can use your Silhouette machine using a 3.5 inch circle) Lastly, I cut out a blue decorative paper to resemble water at 3.25 inches. These were all glued down with craft glue and ready for my main image, the sea horse. I used some foam adhesive to attach it to give it some dimension.

        To finish it off I added some faux green enamel dots in each corner and I was finished.
        I hope you like my answer to the "Sea Creature" challenge. I think it is adorable!!

        Thanks for checking in!

        Friday, June 1, 2018

        Joy Clair Challenge for June

        Joy Clair is having a challenge for the month of June. Below is the "inspirational images" and you make a card that reflects that for you. It could be using the color, or what the images make you feel, or even what one of the images has on it! Anything goes!!

        As you can see, this is a wide open interpretation. You can do summer, 4th of July, red and white colors, boating, swimming....what ever you think you want to do and then post your image over at the Joy Clair Blog for June Challenge.

        Here is my card!

        I used a new set from Joy Clair called, "Manna From Heaven". I love that soup can. You can see that set as well as the whole release over HERE.

        I also used a few other stamp sets from Joy Clair. I used my favorite set called, "Hello Sentiments". It has a lot of words to be used on just about any card for any occasion.

        I even used the stamp set, "Get Well Wishes" for the "GET WELL WISHES" words. Get little set for sending some sunshine someone's way.

        Here is an up close picture of my can.

        I used some Leisure Arts Premium Colored Pencils to color my can. I then blended it out with a little Gamsol to make it look smoother. I love these pencils! They are so creamy to color with. You can find them HERE.

        I used a die to cut some white flowers and add some Nuvo drops for the centers and added it to a quick card base and I was done!

        I hope you liked my version of the June Challenge. I can't wait to see yours!!


        Friday, May 25, 2018

        Coffee Loving Cardmakers and Me

        Today I am doing a blog hop with Joy Clair and Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog. The challenge was make a card using a coffee theme and also make it a spring/summer theme.
        This is my card for this hop. I hope you like it!

        I used some decorative paper for the cups and the tablecloth background from a old paper pad from K and Company called, "Sweet Nectar". The doilies were cut from scrap white card stock I had on hand and a doily die. I used three stamp sets from Joy Clair called, "Christmas Cocoa" "Hello Sentiments", and "New Baby". I used the cup from "Christmas Cocoa" and the sentiment was from "Hello Sentiments" and the heart on the cup was from "New Baby".
        I added a little glitz with a sparkle pen on the heart and I was done!

        If you would like to see Joy Clair's other coffee/tea/cocoa stamp sets, check out this link!

        I hope you like my take on the challenge and you have time to look around my blog for more fun cards and inspiration. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletters so you don't miss any posts in the future.

        Happy Crafting from Jen!

        Thursday, May 24, 2018

        Miss Kate Cuttables Flower Cut Cards

        Today is a fun and easy project from Miss Kate Cuttables and me! I used a great technique which can be used on any design. I used it on some flowers.

        Before we get started on the project, don't forget to get your DAILY FREEBIE over at Miss Kate Cuttables!

        I took the file, "Daisy Flower Flourishes" I opened it up in my Silhouette program. I ungrouped the flowers and took the daisy with the red center and placed it on my mat. I sized the flower to the size I wanted and removed the area where the red center was. I then used my "slice" tool and cut away all the bottoms of the petals so all that was left was arches in the form of a flower. I then selected it all and grouped them. Save this file. Next take a rectangle file for your card front and arrange the new cut file you made where ever you want to cut the daisies. I made some of them large and some small. You can arrange them any way you would like, in a row, in a circle, all over or just one large daisy.

        This is a fun way to make cut files and use your files a bit differently then just cutting the file as is.


        After I got all my card fronts cut, I lifted up the petals by bending at the base. Make sure you do good, clean cuts. Double cuts are a good idea to make your bending easier.

        Now all you have to do is add some scrap papers behind the cuts and mount onto a card base. I decided to cut my card front a bit smaller to add some interest. I added buttons, faux enamel dots and jelly dots to my cards. You can add anything you would like to the centers. Other ideas are: dimensional paint, puff paints, beads, pearls, brads, eyelets, enamel paints, cardstock punches or just color the centers with markers!

        I hope you enjoy my technique and try it for yourself!! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!