I have a crafty story to share. In recent months I have had an increasingly hard time finding replacement blades for my Cricuit paper trimmer (green one in the photos). If Amazon doesn't have it, then it must be hard to find. I thought that the internal blade I did buy from Amazon would fit, but of course it didn't since it was a different model than mine.
So I turned to Cricut's customer service to see if they had the correct blades for my trimmer. They did not, but they were VERY kind and GENEROUS to send me a BRAND NEW trimmer (white one in photos). I was floored! I've never had such a responsive customer service experience. The customer service rep was very prompt and courteous. And I am really loving this trimmer.
You can see from the pictures that the numbers are crisp with that black on white. There is also a defined 1 inch on the right of the trimmer, which is great because that is something I always struggled with on my old trimmer.
I hope you have had a crafty filled weekend. Have a great week!
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Another project share. In addition to the Mother's day cards, I also had a few wedding cards to make for May. I kept these one layer, but of course, I had to add in some heat embossing. What also helped was that I put pattern papers to work! The papers are My Mind's Eye - Fancy that. I previously had a sheet of this from a card kit, but was able to find a full assorted pack from Paper Source a few months ago.
I heat embossed in gold and thought I was done, but of course, I thought splatter would give it a little more interest. I trimmed the panels with a stitched rectangle die and one with a plain rectangle.
Life started to creep into my crafting and blogging. Should be back to regular updates soon.
For Mother's Day I created a watercolor panel using the stamp set Organic Blooms by Mama Elephant. I heat embossed in gold and used my Windsor and Newton's Cotman's watercolors for coloring. I used a sentiment from Hero Arts in gold pigment ink on black card stock. I notched out a flag ends and adhered the sentiment with a tiny attacher. I put my panels on a cream/ivory card base.
Beginning Card Making - Stamps: What I've Learned so far
Here is the next section on my series: Beginning Card Making - What I've Learned so Far. This section all about stamps.
The great thing about stamps in general is that they can be mixed and matched. You might have some image stamps, a background stamp and a sentiment stamp, all different companies, but may be of a same 'theme' (i.e. birthday). Put them all together and you have a card!
Generally, I would recommend a birthday set and a sentiment set, these will serve you for a long time in creating cards. If the set has some basic or themed images included, you can use those to create your own patterned paper, which will stretch your stamp set even further.
There are a few different types of stamps: wood mounted (with red rubber), red rubber cling, and cling/clear stamps.
Catching up with the "What I've Learned so Far" series for those starting out with card making. I hope sharing my experience helps you along the way.
Here is part 4: Let's get inky!
You might categorize inks as part of your must need crafting items, and yes, you will need some type of ink to get started. In my experience, a dye based black ink should be your first ink. Then build up some primary colors.
Some companies are releasing inks in both a “full sized” ink pad and a a smaller “cube” ink pad. Depending on your storage needs, you may want to have a full sized ink pad in black and other colors in the small cubes. Some companies even sell cube sets that have coordinating colors. This can help build up your ink collection and take the guess work out of what colors may go together for particular companies’ ink products.
There are generally two types of inks: dye based and pigment inks
Back again with another card I made, this is for a good friend of mine who was having her bridal shower. This is mostly a "paper" card with minimal stamping. I thought this combination was very chic. (I love these paper pads! It was hard to cut into the paper).
I hope you liked my card and thank you for stamping by!
Here are some inspirational card panels and project I made for my recent Park and Rec/Meet up class. We made two birthday cards, an Easter card and an Easter "basket". It was a lot of fun creating these cards for the class and I hope these inspire you in your craft space to create something!
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Stamp Set Birthday Bits by Simon Says Stamp (Alternate Link Used)
Inks: Momento Dew Drops in Lilac Poises, Grape Jelly, Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves, Danube Blue, London Fog, for the balloons and Black ink for the sentiment and outline
Other supplies needed: Acrylic blocks
Stamp Set: Rubber Necker stamp - Tulip Spring 1011; Hero Arts Every day sentiments
Inks: Distressed Inks Dried Marigold, Mustard seed, Versamark or clear ink
Embossing Powder: Gold by Recollections (Alternate link used)
Other supplies needed: Acrylic block or stamping tool, misting/spraying tool, embossing heat tool and embossing buddy
Die use: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Treatbox, two pieces needed
Embellished with: Spellbinders D-Lites, Happy Easter by Hero Arts
Other supplies needed: Bone folder, die cutting machine, double sided tape or glue for assembly
Back again with the third part of my series - Beginning Card Making: What I've Learned so Far.
This posting is all about paper! We crafters probably have a ton of this in our stash (I know I do!) from scraps, to paper packs, to 12x12 sheets, it's all so pretty while card making.
Here's what I've learned so far.
3. Papers come in all sizes and patterns (and are oh so pretty!)
Generally you’ll need paper for your card base; you may also use pattern papers and stamped images to complete your card. While I am not an expert on paper, I have found a few things that I like:
Card bases: You may hear YTs (YouTubers) reference 80 lb, 110 lb, 120 lb, light, medium or heavy card stock. This is the “weight” of the paper. If you have a few of these different weights in your stash, feel a few of them between your fingers. You will see how they vary in thickness and actual weight.
I personally use 80Ib and 110lb card stock for my card bases. I also use 80lb for card panels to do stamping and frequently adhere the 80lb panel to a 110lb base.
Card stocks come in various colors! Your options are really endless. The most basic color I reach for in a card base is Neenah Solar White in both weights. Yes, another recommendation by many of the top YTs, and I haven’t been disappointed.
To make a U.S.A. standard card, take your 8.5 x 11 card stock and cut it in half:
Portrait/top folding case: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (cut vertically)
Landscape/side folding base: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (cut horizontially)
See Kristina Werner’s great blog post on card bases.
Pattern Papers: I really love pattern papers. Most pattern paper packs (say that three times fast!) come double sided and are lighter weight than card bases. Some can actually be quite thin. Some companies will put out both a 12x12 and 6x6 versions of their packs.
What’s the difference between the two you ask? Well, the 12x2 patterns can sometimes be too “big” for a card base, meaning the image is not sized properly for use on a card base. With a 6x6 pattern paper, the images are scaled with the card maker in mind. It takes some trial and error to find the types of papers and weight you like (i.e. neutrals v. themed packs).
The nice thing about using a pattern paper pack is that generally they are grouped to “go together”. Meaning you can mix papers together from the pack and find a really great paper combination. This can save time from hours in the craft store trying to match patterns together. While there are a ton of companies out there with 6x6 pattern paper packs, I have never gone wrong with papers from My Mind’s Eye (admittedly, a Kristina Werner influence!).
What papers do you generate to when crafting? 6x6, clean and simple (white) or do you use up those scraps? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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I have a card to share with you from a recent meetup session. This was a birthday card I made (belatedly) for my SIL's birthday. I used some new products I purchased at the Scrapbook Expo. I love the textured (woven) paper pack I found. Really soft colors and gives some nice dimension.
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Back again for the second part of my blog series called "Beginning Card Making: What I've learned so far". The first part in the series gave you some background on how I started with card making. It also detailed the various tools you will need to get started (scissors, bone folder, paper trimmer) as well as some items that you can save up for as you develop your techniques (die cut machine, heat embossing gun).
Here is the next area that I've learned a lot about:
#2. Various adhesives for your various needs!
If you search for paper crafting adhesives you come up with a lot of results. From my experience there are three types of adhesives: (1) wet, (2) dry, (3) dimensional.
Wet: Just as the name describes, this is liquid glue.
Dry: For me, this includes tape runners (hand side), adhesive guns (had a handle!), glue sticks (just like school memories), double sided tape (comes in various sizes) and larger double sided adhesive sheets.
Dimensional: This usually has tape on both sides and comes in various sizes and types. Some of this includes glue dots, foam adhesives in squares, circles or foam tape in a “big mama roll” that you can cut into stripes (do not be alarmed, yes, you can find SMALLER rolls and various widths).
Just like your tools, there is a high and low price point for all these adhesives. In terms of your craft budget, this is an item you will need to replenish frequently (liquid and tape runners), double sided and dimensional can last a little longer.
When I craft, it is not uncommon for me to use all three types of adhesive on the card I just made. My go-to is both the liquid glue and tape runner, but for dimension I will often reach for foam tape.
Liquid glue gives you just a little bit of “wiggle room” when putting paper together. Tape runners, double sided tape, and foam tape are less forgiving. A con to using the tape runner and liquid glue is that you will probably get some on your hands and your craft space. Tape runners can gum up over time, or the tape gets jammed up in the spool (ask me how I know!) But without some type of adhesive, your paper won’t stick!
I have not personally used the adhesive guns – they seem so big to me. If you are considering it in your craft room, check out Amy Rysavy’s review on the ATG brand or her review on the Xyron Mega Runner (but check out review/recommendations from others too!).
See you in the next installment.
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