2 foiled floral cards, featuring Spellbinders December 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello crafty friends. Today I’m sharing 2 foiled floral cards that I made using the December 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Glimmer Mix & Match. 

This month’s kit includes 6 foil plates, and 1 cutting plate. The GOM also comes with a roll of silver foil. There are 2 plates with sentiments arches that say “happy birthday” and “a big thank you.” You can combine a sentiment arch with one of the foliage arches to create a beautiful oval shape. You could fill the middle with the “from me to you” sentiment, or florals, or a cute critter even. I chose to fill my cards with diecut floral elements using dies from a past Large Die of the Month kit, called Geometrical Floral Frames.

I can never have enough birthday cards, so I decided to make both of my cards birthday cards.

For my first card, I chose the arch with the leaves.

I chose a piece of green cardstock, and added just a little bit of Distress Oxide ink blending for a slightly subtle ombre colored cardstock. Next, I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the happy birthday arch and the leaves arch with silver foil. I taped everything together before foiling so that I could get precise placement. After foiling, I used one of my Nestabilities A2 Matting Basics dies to diecut the green cardstock panel. Next, I adhered some of the floral pieces that I diecut to the center. For added interest, I drew on some details to the leaves with a pen, and added white splatter. I mounted the panel to an A2 side folding card base with foam tape. To finish off the card, I added some Nuvo glitter drops.

For my second card, I chose the floral arch with the flowers.

I made this card the exact same way I made the first card, but this time, I used the floral arch and Polished Brass foil.

I really love how these cards turned out, and I hope you got some inspiration. Head to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Glimmer of the Month kit, along with many other card making basics!

Merry, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I’m sharing another holiday layout using PFS’s holiday collection Oh What Fun!

Are there techniques that you’ve always wanted to try, but never have for whatever reason? For me, it’s the chevron technique that I’ve seen several of my fellow scrapbookers create (i.e. Paige Evans). I wanted to use some of the gorgeous pattern papers from the 6×6 paper pad, and so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give the chevron technique a try.

I started off by trimming a 1 3/4 inch strip from a few of the 6×6 pattern papers. I cut the strip into 1 3/4 in squares, then trimmed then diagonally down the middle to create triangles, and distressed the edges a little bit. I laid the triangles out on my desk creating the chevron pattern, trying to decide on a pattern. I tried random, I tried using the same pattern for each parallelogram piece, but in the end, I decided for a tone on tone piece. For example, for one parallelogram piece, I used the pink plaid pattern paper, along with the pink pattern paper with all the christmas images.

Next, I chose a light pink cardstock, and splattered it with white splatters and red splatters. (I mixed the Candy Apple and a little bit of Clementine watercolors to create a warm red.) Then, I adhered the chevron pattern on the cardstock using just a little bit of adhesive. I wanted to add machine stitching the the pattern to create a more cohesive quilted look.

I knew I wanted a little bit of color peeking behind my photo, so I planned out where I wanted it to go, and stamped a pattern directly to the cardstock. I used the Nested Chevron stamp with the Coral Reef ink. I backed my photo with one of the 6×6 papers, and then adhered it with foam squares on top of the image I just stamped. Next, I looked through the collection to figure out how I wanted to embellish the layout. I picked a tag from the Journaling Bits set with the Ho Ho Ho sentiment (very fitting for a Santa layout), and adhered it slightly on top of the photo.

I decided to use the word Merry from the puffy phrase stickers as my title. Once I adhered it to the layout, I decided to add stitching through the sticker, and then added more stitched lines to use as lines for my journaling.

To finish off the layout, I added just a few embellishments. I added a few floral pieces from the ephemera pack, a few puffy stickers, a chipboard sticker, a few pieces that I fussy cut from pattern papers, and enamel dots.

I am so thrilled with how this layout turned out, and I’m so glad that I made a chevron paper layout! I hope you were inspired by my layout, and I hope you’ll give a new technique a try.

Happy Monday!

Christmas Magic, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends! Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I’m sharing my first holiday layout of the year using PFS’s new holiday collection Oh What Fun!

Since I make a December Daily album each year, holiday layouts usually take a backseat. However, I do like to scrapbook our Christmas cards from each year, so this is me documenting last year’s card.

I decided that I wanted to make a wreath using all the little Christmas bits and pieces from the collection. I started by spattering some color in a circular pattern on white cardstock. I used the Pinkfresh Studio watercolor in Emerald City and Candy Apple. I watered down the watercolors for a more subtle look. Next, I used light pink thread to add machine stitching in wonky circles.

I added the Christmas card to the layout, a little to the bottom right. Next, I began creating the wreath with lots of embellishments puzzle pieced together. I glued some pieces straight to the cardsatock, while adding others with foam tape for some dimension and interest.

I used pieces from the ephemera pack, puffy stickers, chipboard stickers, enamel dots, and I fussy cut some pieces from the 6×6 paper pad, as well as the Season of Joy pattern paper.

For my title, I used a puffy sticker that says Christmas Magic, which is the perfect sentiment for my layout.

To add another layer of detail, and to fill in some of the smaller spots, I used the Home for the Holiday stamp set to stamp tiny snowflakes. I used the Starry Night ink cube set.

To finish off my layout, I trimmed a little bit of the white cardstock from all four sides, roughened up the edges, and then mounted it on the Holiday Walk pattern paper. I added machine stitching along the edges.

I loved pieces all of these embellishments together, and the Season of Joy pattern paper was made for fussy cutting! I am so glad to have last year’s card documented, and I hope you were inspired by my layout.

Happy Friday!

2 Christmas cards, featuring Spellbinders November 2020 Large Die of the Month

Hey friends! Today I’m sharing two cards that I made using Spellbinders’ November 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Merry Stitching.

This month’s kit comes with 6 cutting dies. Three of the dies are dies that you can add hand stitching; there is a tree, snowflake, and a decorative border. These dies diecut little holes and emboss lines that you can use as a stitching guide. The other 3 dies you can use to cut out the shape.

Here are the cards that I came up with.

For my first card, I used both of the tree dies; I diecut the tree from white cardstock using my Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine. Next, I used red crochet thread to stitch the pattern using the embossed lines. Once finished, I set the tree aside to work on my background layering pieces.

On another piece of white cardstock, I repeatedly used the fancy border die to create an intricate pattern for the background. I trimmed the piece slightly and adhered it to an A2 sized white cardbase with foam tape.

Next, I used a glimmer foil sentiment plate from the Shimmering Merry Christmas sentiments set, but instead of foiling it, I decided to try to use it for “letter pressing.” I placed the sentiment on the glimmer hot plate (I did not turn the glimmer machine on). Then I used my Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink pad, and lightly inked the surface of the sentiment. I carefully added a piece of white cardstock on top, the 2 spacers, and then ran it through my platinum diecutting machine. Next, I used one of the scalloped dies from the Fancy Edged Rectangles die, which seems to be no longer available, to diecut the sentiment. I adhered that to the background with more foam tape, and then I glued the stitched tree on top. To finish off the card, I added some pearls.

For my next card, I used the snowflake dies. I added stitching with glue crochet thread.

Again, I letter pressed the sentiment using Broken China Distress Oxide ink, and one of the Merry Christmas glimmer sentiments. I diecut the sentiment piece, and another piece of white cardstock using 2 of the fancy rectangle dies. I adhered them to a white cardbase with foam tape, then glued the snowflake on top. To finish off this card, I added a large jewel right to the center of the snowflake.

I really love how these cards have turned out. Since I used a lot of white on white, the impact is all in the subtle details., and really allow the stitching and the sentiments to shine.

I hope you like my cards as much as I do, and I hope you got some crafty inspiration! Make sure you head on over to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Large Die of the Month kit.

Happy Friday!

Everyday Magic, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends. Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I have a layout using the Days of Splendor collection. 

I was really inspired to use the colored stripes on the Fall in Love pattern paper. I fussy cut the stripes, then used my border punches and my smallest circle punch to create fun texture. I adhered them to a sheet of pink cardstock, and used my sewing machine to add stitching.

Next, I added some white and purple splatters. For the purple splatters, I used my PFS mini ink cubes; I mixed Regal Kiss from the Soul of Provence mini ink set and Warm Buff from the Wild Truffles pack for the perfect mauve purple.

I backed my photos with My Favorite pattern paper, and adhered my 3 photos. Next, I wanted to decide on a title. I picked out the “everyday magic” piece from the ephemera pack. I also really wanted to use some new alpha stamps, so I stamped out the word “together” with the Warm Buff ink and the Heather Lowercase alpha stamp set.

I embellished the photos with a few floral from the floral ephemera pack, and then I added some more embellishments on the colored stripes, keeping in mind a tone-on-tone color scheme.

I used floral ephemerapuffy stickersenamel dots, ephemera, and chipboard flair.

Since my layout was a little top heavy, I added just a tiny bit of journaling on a journaling bits tag to the bottom of the layout, and added a little cluster of embellishments.

I really love how this layout turned out, and I hope you got some crafty inspiration.

Happy Friday!

simply magical, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hey crafty friends! Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I have another layout using the Days of Splendor collection. I am also using a Pinkfresh Studio cutfile called Floral Tile Background, which you can find here.

I now have a photo of all 3 of my girls in the same purple dress. I originally bought the dress for my oldest daughter for a family photoshoot 10+ years ago, and now all 3 of my girls have worn it.

I used my cutting machine to cut the cutfile on white cardstock. Once finished, I backed the cutfile with papers from the collection. For the leaves, I used the Simply Magical paper, and for the flowers I used the My Favorite pattern paper.

I chose a purple cardstock for my background to match the dress in the photos, and I added a little bit of white splatter. Once dry, I adhered the cutfile with foam squares.

Next, I backed the photos with more of the My Favorite pattern paper, and adhered them to the layout. For my journaling, I used a label, which is from the sticker set, and a little puffy label.

I embellished around the photo with pretty floral ephemera, puffy stickers, and enamel dots.

Also, how cute is the little squirrel from the ephemera pack?! I didn’t think I would be using a squirrel on my layouts, but here he is. I didn’t really think there was any room for a big title, so the “simply magical” puffy sticker serves as my tiny title.

To finish off my layout, I trimmed a little bit of the cardstock from the left side, backed it with the Moments that Matter pattern paper, and added a little machine stitching.

I love how this layout turned out, and I love having these photos documented. Since the cutfile takes up so much space, putting together my layout was so smooth! I hope you were inspired by my project, and don’t forget to check out the Pinkfresh Studio cutfiles!

Happy Tuesday.

2 dimensional fall cards, featuring Spellbinders October 2020 Glimmer of the Month

Hello crafty friends. Today I’m sharing 2 dimensional fall cards that I made using the October 2020 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called Crimson Fall.

This month’s kit includes 3 foil plates: 1 background foliage piece, which you foil twice to create a full background, and 2 fall sentiments. The sentiments say “happy fall y’all” and “hello pumpkin.” Love these sentiments! The GOM also comes with a roll of Polished Brass foil.

For my cards, I started by trimming an A2 sized card base from teal and orange pattern paper. I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system to foil the sentiments to the middle of the cardstock. Next, I foiled the background foliage plate twice around the sentiment, to the top and bottom of the card, using the tape hinge method.

I also foiled the background plate to a few other pieces of colored cardstock, then I fussy cut around the leaves.

For the teal card, I used different colored fussy cut leaves, and adhered it right on top of the foiled leaves with foam tape. I had meant to keep some of the background foiled leaves visible, and not cover them with the fussy cut leaves, but I loved the dimension it created so much that I ended up covering them all.

For the orange card, I kept it to orange and mustard colored cardstock.

For this card, I did leave some of the background foiled leaves, and added fussy cut leaves in some areas. I love the dimension this look created as well.

I trimmed the cards slightly, and adhered them to A2 sized craft card bases. To finish off the card, I added some gold ink splatters, and then used my Nuvo and Stickles drops.

Also, I used the new Spellbinders Quick Trimmer to trim the foil, and I love the ease of this tool! My foil lines are cut much straighter thanks to this tool, lol. I haven’t used it to trim cardstock yet, but I can’t wait to give it a try to trim out sentiment strips.

I love how these cards turned out…I mean, look at that shine from the foiling! I hope you’re inspired to get creative. Head to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Glimmer of the Month kit

Happy Monday!

2 interactive cards, featuring Spellbinders October 2020 Large Die of the Month

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing two cards that I made using Spellbinders’ October 2020 Large Die of the Month kit (LDOM) called Always Welcome.

This month’s kit comes with 18 cutting dies that work together to create a really cute interactive front porch scene. I love that the door even opens and closes!

For my cards, I first diecut all the pieces from cardstock using my Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting machine. Since the door is meant to open and close, the left side of the door only embosses a line, and doesn’t cut. I die cut the doors from red and black cardstock, then trimmed along the embossed line on the left.

There are also die pieces that help create dimension and interest, like the square panels for the door, and the decorative trim pieces for the pillars.

After diecutting all the pieces, I assembled the pieces before adhering to the card. I glued together the door pieces, including the wreath, mail slot and envelope; I glued together the door mat and adhered it to the porch; I glued on the decorative pieces to the pillars.

To start assembling the card, I trimmed two A2 sized card panels. I chose the colors that are the same as the pillars: white and taupe. Next, I lined up the porch on the A2 panel for placement, then placed the door die right on top, taped it to the card base, and then run it through my die cutting machine. (Essentially I cut the door twice, once from the card panel, and then once from colored cardstock.)

I decided to add a little bit of subtle detail to the background, so I used a pencil and ruler to draw on some shiplap to the porch on both the card panels. (I am still loving the modern farmhouse in home decor.) I adhered the card panels to white A2 sized card bases.

Next, I glued on the door and the porch. I adhered the pillars and top frame piece with foam tape for some dimension.

I added some stickles glitter glue to both the cards, and then a few snowflakes to the red door card.

To finish off the card, I used the Spellbinders Sentimental Words stamp set to stamp a simple “hello” sentiment.

I hope you like my cards, and got some crafty inspiration! Make sure you head on over to the Spellbinders site to check out this month’s Large Die of the Month kit.

Happy Thursday!

Moments that Matter, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends. Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I’m sharing another layout that I created using the new Pinkfresh Studio Days of Splendor collection.

For this layout, I’m documenting my daughter’s NJHS induction ceremony from last fall.

When I saw all the frames on the My Favorite pattern paper, I knew that I would be fussy cutting them out.

First to add a little bit of interest to my white background, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Diamond Tiles background rubber stamp with Sky Blue ink. I also smushed down the sky blue ink and Olive ink onto some packaging, watered it down a little bit, and added some ink splatters.

Next, I adhered some of the frames to the left side of the layout. I glued some directly to the background, and added machine stitching, while I adhered others with foam squares.

Once I was happy with the placement, I added my photo. I used some paper layers under my photo for some interest. I decided that I wanted to add my title to some of the negative space in the photo. I used a combination of the mini puffy alpha as well as the more script alpha. I got the title idea from the cut apart pattern paper.

Once all the big pieces were in place, I started embellishing the frames and around the photo.

I added some floral ephemerapuffy stickersstickerschipboard flair, and enamel dots. I also added some pieces that I fussy cut from the Oh So Delightful pattern paper.

For added interest, I added staples, and machine stitching. I also added a little bit of sparkle with a glitter pen to some of the ephemera.

I love how this collection is so perfect for fall photos! I’m super happy with how my layout turned out, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative.

Happy Thursday!

Foiled background Christmas cards, featuring Spellbinders

Hey crafty friends! I’m on the Spellbinders blog today sharing some holiday cards that I made using Spellbinders’ new Christmas Foiled Basics collection by Yana Smakula.

I made 3 cards with foiled backgrounds:

I love how elegant these cards turned out! For more photos and info on how I made these cards, head over to the Spellbinders blog!

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies: Cardstock, gold thread, Red floss, Nuvo crystal crops in the colors calming aqua and blue babe, foam tape

Happy Tuesday!