Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Joy Clair Stamps "Best Buds" Mini Card Project

I made some fun cards for you to give your BEST BUDS. You can use them as gift cards or just leave them in fun places in their house when you visit so they can find it after you leave. I love to leave little notes for my friends and family. Everyone could use a little something to make them smile. These will do just that, you can't help but smile when you see these little note cards! I used Joy Clair's new stamp set called, "Best Buds" for my project. These little stamps are adorable!

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Let's make them together!

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1. Cut some card bases from white paper (3 x 6 inch and score at 3 inches). This will make 3x3 inch cards. Then cut 3x3 inch colored papers for your card fronts. (This is a good way to use your scrap papers. Make mini cards! I used red, yellow, green and blue.) Next, cut some 2.5 x 2.5 inch white scraps and stamped them with Memento ink. ( I colored mine with alcohol markers so use the paper and ink to correspond with your coloring choice) These will be the fronts of your cards that you will mount on the colored papers.

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2. Now stamp your sentiment on the inside of the cards. There are so many cute ones to choose from. You can make more then 4 cards if you can't choose!!

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3. Once you have all your cards stamped on the inside and all your images stamped on your 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares, color your images. Like I stated above, I used alcohol markers. You can use colored pencils, markers, crayons or watercolor.

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4. When finished, add the colored image to the colored square and adhere to the font of your card base. The card is finished but I always like to embellish further. I used a corner rounder to round the corners and also added some faux enamel dots for some dimension. If you want to make tiny envelopes, get an envelope maker and make 3x3 envelopes or follow this link for directions for making envelopes without a maker. 

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I hope you enjoyed my mini card project! I enjoyed making them and can't wait to give them!!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

You, Me and Penguin make 3!

Hi! Let's make a fun winter card with Miss Kate Cuttables Penguins.

Before we get into my project, be sure to get your FREEBIE OF THE DAY over at Miss Kate Cuttables by clicking here.

Now back to my card, I used the adorable penguin from the Penguin Set.https://www.misskatecuttables.com/products/product/penguin-set-1-2.php
I made both penguins since I was cutting anyway. This way I have one ready to go for my next project! (I also cut two more penguins from Penguins Set 1)

Now on to the Project!


Purchase your files, unzip them and upload them to your favorite cutting program. I used Silhouette Designer Edition for my Cameo 3. I laid out my penguins and sized them to the size I wanted them to be. Mine are 4 inches high. You can make them any size, that is the great thing about digital images. You are not limited to one size like with metal dies. I made a 5x7 inch card so I made him larger then usual. As I stated above I also cut the second set of penguins since the paper colors were all the same, the only thing different on each were their scarves. I then assembled all 4 penguins at the same time so I have them ready to go for my next projects.

For this card I used an old 12x12 paper pad from Michaels. It is made for scrapbooking but lately I am doing more cards then pages so I decided to adapt some of the elements for my card. I picked my papers and then decided to use the word page for my sentiments.  Below is a pic of my scrapbook paper that I cut apart for my card. I like to use all of the pad when I can. These types of pages are hard to scrapbook with but they are great for card making!

I cut out the sayings I wanted to use and backed them on black paper with a tiny border. I also cut my background paper to 5x7 inch (red dot paper) and mounted that on my card base. I cut a 3.25x4 inch paper for the middle box and also backed it with black paper. (blue polka dot paper)
I laid my design out and put the words where I wanted them and went back and glued them down. I used foam dots on my penguin so he stands out a bit. Lastly, I added some Wink of Stella pen to the scarf and white dots with my white gel pen.

I hope you like my card. Give it a try! If you make something with these files, be sure to post them below and share with all of us! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Joy Clair Stamps Washed by the Blood

For Today's Blog Hop Post I decided to use the stamp set called, "Washed by the Blood" by Joy Clair Stamps.  I think it will make a great inspiration card for someone who is down. It reminds us how the Lord washes us of our sins and renews our spirit.

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Let's get started!
  1. Decide what size you want your card. I used a typical A2. Stamp the images you would like to use. (I colored my images with alcohol markers so I used marker paper and Memento ink) Cut around your images leaving a small amount of white showing.
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2. Color your images. Set the images aside and work on your card base.

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3. Take your card base, fold it in half and cut a slit at about 2.5 inches in and then again at 3.25. Fold the fold opposite your card fold for your pop up element. (I used a die to create my pop up, if you have one, place it in the middle of your card on the fold and run though your die cutting machine.) I used a wood stamp and brown ink to make the bathroom floor, if you have wood paper or wood embossing folder, you can use them instead.

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4. Emboss your card base at the top with any embossing folder that will resemble tile or a bathroom wall.

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5. Next I worked on my faux rug. I used a oval die, if you don't have one, just trace an oval and cut out. I then stamped the saying from the set that I wanted to use. There are several to choose from, I liked the "Washed by the water of the word".

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6. To make my carpet more carpet like, I used a texture embossing folder that looked like fabric. I also inked my white paper to match the colors I colored my water and bubbles. I then proceeded to adhere my tub to the pop up mechanism and glue down all the other pieces to form my scene.

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7. For some fun detail, run your card front though an embossing folder to add texture to the front of your card. I used one that looked like bubbles to enhance the theme of my card.

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8. Add the inside of the card to the card front. Add a sentiment to your card front and you are finished. I also embellished my card with some sequins and added some to the inside of my card to act as bubbles.

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I hope you like my card and let me know if you make one for yourself! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

Let's start the Fun and Creativity! Remember that we ALWAYS have prizes for our readers and visitors that comment HERE and in our corporate blog as well as in ALL designers blogs during the hop!


Just leave your comments and tell us which is your favorite stamp set!

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Have fun and get inspired!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas Cocoa from Joy Clair Stamps

I am happy to announce I am on the 2018 Design Team for Joy Clair Stamps!! Head on over to their website and check out all the wonderful stamps they sell. If you are looking for religious stamps for your Bible journaling or card making, this is definitely the place to get them!!

Now for my project:

I used the Christmas Cocoa stamp set for my card. But first I did some prep work on my card base.

1. Take an embossing bag and rub it over your card base. I used a brown for mine for the feel of cocoa.
2. Stamp the tiny snowflakes from the set all over the card front using VersaMark ink. Add white embossing powder and heat with heat tool.

3. Use the free file you receive when you purchase your stamp set to cut out all the images of your stamps on your favorite die cutting machine. I used my Cameo 3 by Silhouette. This is optional, you can always just stamp your images and hand cut, but this is way more fun!

4. I used the MISTI tool to stamp my mugs on my die cuts but you can easily line up your images with a clear acrylic block and stamp with black ink.

5. Color your mugs. I used colored pencils and Gamsol to color my images. I wanted a soft look that this technique gives. If you want to color with Copics, markers, crayons, colored pencils or watercolor it is up to you. Use what you have.

6. Cut a piece of vellum for the center of your card. I cut mine 5.5 x1.5 and embossed using a snowflake embossing folder. I thought that would add some fun texture as well as adding to the winter theme.

7. Dig out the snow flake punches, die cuts or dies you have and color them with a glitter pen. Also add some "bling" to them if you have it.

8. Now assemble the card. Add the strip of vellum, arrange the mugs where you would like them. I used adhesive foam squares to pop up one of my mugs and on the marshmallows of the other mug for some dimension. Arrange flakes where you would like them and adhere them with glue. I added glue to the centers of the flakes so I could bend the flakes for more movement and dimension.

Hope you enjoyed my winter card for Joy Clair Stamps. Come back soon for more inspiration and fun projects!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Recycle Project!

Hi, I have a great recycling project for you!

We all get those cups from companies with random logos on them. The cups are useful but the logos are not quite what you would tote around. I have a great idea for you, cut out some vinyl and cover it up! 

  Before I get into the project don't forget to get your Miss Kate Cuttable Freebie of the Day!!

Below is a cup I received from some company (I blurred out the name so there are no issues). I like the cup but not thrilled with the logo.


I used the adorable Frog In Love file at Miss Kate Cuttables. You can easily adapt any design to your project. If the design is larger then your image, just cut out a square or circle to start as your base and then add your design. I had no problem covering the eagle logo with my large frog. I just purchased my file, opened it up in my Silhouette editing program, adjusted the size I wanted and cut it out on my Cameo 3. (I used vinyl but this can be cut with paper used on scrapbooking pages and cards as well.)

I loved how my cup turned out. I even personalized it so while I'm at work, everyone knows who's cup is it! 

Give this recycling project a try. (You can also do recycling with free tee shirts by using iron on vinyl.) If you do make something with this file, please post pics in the comments and share it with all of us!

Happy Crafting!!

A Journey in Bible Journaling with Joy Clair, "Call on the Lord"

Welcome to my first installment of A Journey in Bible Journaling. I am brand new to it and if you ever had in interest in doing Bible Journaling, follow along as I find out the do's and don'ts of Bible Journaling.
First pick your Bible. I purchased mine off Amazon. There are many Journaling Bibles out there, find the one that is right for you.

A Look inside:

Below is my first page using the "Call on the Lord" stamp set from Joy Clair.

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As you can clearly see, it isn't the best but it is a start. The first page is always the hardest to do. I learned a few things with my Bible page that I would like to share with you. (I am not saying that everything I try will work in your Bible pages, all Bibles are made with different papers and you will have to try yours out. I suggest you see if there are any blank pages in your Bible and pull them out. Use these for all your experimenting. Use as little space as you can so you can try different mediums in the space you have. Keep these in the back of your Bible inside a page protector. Make sure you use a pen to mark each "trial" so you know what works and what didn't and what medium looks like on the papers. )
  1. I used Versafine ink. I do NOT recommend using this ink if you are doing more then stamping an image. It smears, takes a long time to dry and does not work well with other mediums. I suggest StazOn. It comes in many colors and is waterproof. 
  2. I colored my image with colored pencils. This is a fun medium to use on the correct ink. I had smearing with the Versafine but with StazOn you will not have that problem. I love to color and using pencils is like going back to basics. It is relaxing and easy to carry if you want to do your Bible Journaling on the go.
  3. Glitter pens. I think glitter pens are a MUST for Bible Journaling. I LOVE the sparkle it gives to all my lettering and doodling.
  4. Washi tape is fun to add for color, to put over mistakes or to fill in some blank space. There are a million colors and patterns of washi tape so you can go crazy adding it to your pages!
  5. Distress Inks. I want to add color to all the passages I have read. This way I know what I have read and what I haven't. I tried using distress inks this time. They worked very well. I just need to work a bit light handed so it will blend more smoothly next time. Distress inks come in all kinds of colors so I know I will have lots of choices when it comes to shading my text. It is also easy to see though. I am sure you can find other inks that will blend over text, just make sure you test an area before you commit to a large area. 
  6. Highlighters. I tried the old tried and true highlighter that I had laying around but as you can see, it looks like I am crossing out words and not highlighting them. I found out that if you use "gel highlighters" you won't have that problem. I have purchased them and waiting their arrival. I will have them ready to go for my next Bible Journal post. 
  7. Inking. If you are into fancy doodling that I was told Pitt pens. They come in all sorts of sizes and won't bleed though your paper. I have not tired the Pitt pen myself but I have Micron pens and they seem to work just as well.
Well, that is all I have for now. I hope you like my first installment of A Journey in Bible Journaling!! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Miss Kate Cuttables 2018 Design Team Announcement

Good Morning! Just a quick post to let you know I am a new design team member for Miss Kate Cuttables for 2018! I can't wait to show you all the wonderful designs I used to make my projects and cards. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss any of the projects coming up!

If you would like see more projects and cards done with MKC (Miss Kate Cuttables) jump on over to their blog!

Check out all the designs over at the MKC website and don't forget to collect your freebie DAILY! Yes, they post a DAILY freebie so check in daily for your free file to make your own projects.

Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Joy Clair Design Team

No project today, just here to announce that I am on the new Joy Clair Stamps Design Team for 2018. Stay tuned for some great projects with their wonderful stamps and also Bible Journaling stamps.

Check out Joy Clair's Blog with the announcement posted and do some shopping at their site!

Keep Crafting!!