Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Color Challenge #4 - Ends Sept 2nd

This color challenge we are using some great soft colors that were inspired by a picture of some succulents. We have a yellow, turquoise, and pinkish purple. All we require is that the colors be close to these. You are welcome to use neutral colors like black, white, and browns.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome to our Newest Design Team Members

We have added 4 new members to the team. Here is a little bit about them along with links to their blogs if you want to check them out. They have already been quick to jump in so you will be seeing projects from them in the following weeks. I know I look forward to the great inspiration they will bring all of us. Enjoy!

Amy Ottmers

I'm the mom to three amazing young adults, they make me proud everyday.  I enjoy traveling, love my dog and my grand-pups and grand-kitty, love anything Disney and of course I love to craft.

Fiona Whitehead

Hi I’m Fiona mum to Emma now 27 and Christopher now 24. I have been married to Jonathan my best friend for over 30 years. I have two dogs and two cats who sometimes feature on my blog! I also volunteer as a cat fosterer for my local Cat Protection.  We live in a beautiful village in the Test Valley in Hampshire, England. I love all things inky including cards and scrapbooking and love the motivation challenge blogs provide. I am the owner of the popular Facebook Group The Joy of Sets.

Mary Borg

 I love all types of paper crafting including scrapbooking and card making and have been doing both for many years now.  I get great enjoyment from creating and love trying new products and techniques. I also participate in challenges and have been lucky to even win a few!!

Diana Soling

I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years and cardmaking for 16.  I fell in love with this craft the first time someone but a stamp in my hand.  I am a mother of 3 and have been married for 23 years.  I love sharing this craft with anyone who will listen to me and giving cards and layouts as gifts is one of my favorite things to do.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Top 3 Challenge 374

We had some great entries for this different challenge. Some shared cool techniques with us as well. This is our top 3 in no particular order.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Top 3 Challenge 373

This was a fun sketch and you all did a great job making fun and interesting cards for it. Thanks everyone that entered. Congrats to our top 3.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Challenge 375 - Ends Aug 19th

Optional Theme: Stripes
Thanks Vicki for this simple sketch

Remember that you dont have to use stars in your card. They can be any shape that you like. Have fun with the sketch and use our Design Team cards for Inspiration.

This could be a fun sketch to use some of Donna's adding dimension without foam techniques. Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Technique Challenge

Three Ways to Add Dimension to Your Cards
Without Using Adhesive Foam Tape or Pop Dots

Most of us typically reach for adhesive foam tape or pop dots when we want to add dimension or depth to our cards. But this month we are going to look at three alternative techniques for giving our cards depth and that special look that pops.

1. Stacking Die-Cuts From Chipboard Under Your Stamped Image
The first method we’ll talk about is stacking die cuts. It’s simply die cutting multiple pieces of the same image or word, then gluing them atop one another to create height on your card. In the example below I used thin chipboard, but you can use multiple layers of regular cardstock for less depth.

Photo of die-cut house images with their matching chipboard backings.

Photo of finished product using three chipboard layers behind the orange house. Click HERE for details on how the card was made.

 2. Stamp on Craft Foam, Cut It Out, then Heat to Shrink
    to the Size You Want
I’ve used this technique when I have a stamped image I want to shrink in size a bit to make it proportional to other stamped images in my design. The 2mm thick foam is best - while Puffy Foam used for embroidery is the BEST. But you don't HAVE to shrink your stamped image, you can just attach it to your card as is. This is especially useful if you have a large stamped image that you want to raise above the card surface. A solid foam backing helps making it through the mail without crushing.

In this sample, I had a wagon stamp that was WAY too small to accommodate the Stampin’ Up  “Party Pandas” stamp. So I stamped the bear onto white craft foam using Stazon black ink, hand cut him out, then used my heat tool to shrink him until he was small enough to fit in the wagon – about 70% of his original size.

The panda on the left is of my heat shrunken panda stamped on craft foam. The shape on the right is original “Party Panda”stamp (clear-mount) from Stampin’ Up! .

This photo shows the final card using the shrunken panda bear fitting perfectly into his little red wagon. Please click HERE for detailed description on how this card was created.

 3. Overlapping/Layering Card Elements
This third method to create dimension or “depth” involves simply overlapping the card elements so that some are “behind” the others. Layering also directs the eye to the focal point of your card.

A card by Tina Rappe shows how just “hanging” the wreath on a fence, and gluing, just at the top, gives SUPER dimension. 


Here, the flowers and leaves were not all completely glued to the card front. Depth was created by leaving some of the petals loose, and overlapping the flowers. Click HERE for details on how this card was made.


For our TSOT Technique Challenge this month, use one (or more!) of these three methods to create a unique card that has dimension and “pop”.