Shape it up

Hi, 2020 does not disappoint but I hope for a fabulous 2021 for everyone! I wanted to share with you a fun seasonal project that is easy and creative. Let’s check it out.

I enjoy making all types of cards and with the slimline card taking over the crafting community, I thought it would be fun to throw another idea in the ring. Shape cards! I love ordering fold it cards from The Stamps of Life and I enjoy getting creative with my craft stash, so I mixed the two together.

First I use a die that has a shadow layer. I fold an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock and place my shadow layer (blade side up so you are not cutting into your cutting pad). I choose a side that would best be used to open the card so it can stand up and I place the paper over the die with about 1/4″ of the die showing on the fold as the picture shows. Now I am ready to feed it through my die cutting machine. Once completed you have a shaped card!

Next, I stamp the image and color as desired or I cut the same image to create a second piece. Place this extra piece over the card, it will cover the fold so it looks like one image. Decorate your card as you want, you are the creative genius in the scenario. These are fun creative cards and will defiantly be one of a kind.

Let me know in the comments what kind if shaped cards you would like to create with your stash of die cuts. Please check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see the spooky fun that I am having with this fabulous stamp and die set! As always, if I have inspired you please tag me and use #sewmuchglitter so we can all inspire each other.

Let’s hope 2020 calms down now that the holidays are approaching and we can ring in a peaceful 2021! I have been going through some transitions and have not been able to keep a schedule but plan to do so in the coming days.

Sewmuchglitter

Color your life

Thanks for coming back! I know I have been gone awhile but the change in seasons brought a change of pace as well. We went from summer to HOT and being surrounded by wildfires but our immediate area is safe so far. We also became a college campus because our college freshman has to do online school. In the middle of the change nothing has been easy. I know I am not alone during these trying times. So, crafting truly has become my therapy. With that said, I would love us to support each other. Post your favorite therapeutic craft in the comments below.

I recently made a purchase to upgrade my alcohol markers, I had the original Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and could never perfect the blending. I gave up for awhile and used colored pencils and gamsol, which works great but sometimes I want a more vibrant result. I invested in the Tri-blend Spectrum Noir markers. If you are on the fence about alcohol markers, jump over to the other side! These things are fabulous. There is no guess work and you do not need to be a professional artist to get professional looking results.

No professional swatching here

I always swatch my colors on a paper that I use most (go check out my previous blog post about my favorite papers and the mediums I use with them). This allows me to see the blend before I start a project. Unlike other alcohol markers, Spectrum Noir suggests laying down the light color first (saturate the paper, look on the back to make sure you’ve done so) then move to the darkest color where you want shadows and blend out with the medium tone then back to the light color for a smooth finish. This worked perfectly for me but like any new medium, it does take practice and patience.

I truly enjoy using my stamp collection and coloring in those images. I ordered these from Crafter’s Companion website and was pleasantly surprised at the ease. The product does come from the UK and shipping is a bit higher than local companies but it does seem to be flat rate, so adding some more fun items in your cart is worthwhile. You also earn reward points when you create a free account and get discounts on future orders. Check it out!

With the change on the calendar, it is time for some Halloween crafting. I used these markers with a new stamp set I purchased from The Stamps of Life, with flawless results. If you want to see what else I have been crafting, go checkout my Instagram @sewmuchglitter and let me know that you stopped by. Leave a comment on your favorite project and if I have inspired you don’t forget to tag me #sewmuchglitter with your project. I am also creating for card exchanges and cards for donation to spread creativity to others. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you can be notified of future projects and ideas. I have another fun gadget to share with you, to expand your crafting toolbox.

Sewmuchglitter

Creative Inspiration

During times like these we can loose our creative mojo. I feel it to and allow myself to get preoccupied by other things that don’t bring me happiness. I wanted to share some fun inspiration with you today. If you ever find yourself in a creative slump, I hope these tips help you!

Because I am a total paper nerd, I will start with paper. Aside from buying paper (the best is online: scrapbook.com, Stamps of Life, Maymaymadeit.com are a few of my top favs), I love organizing my paper hoard. The next time I can create it is easier to find. The first and best thing to get your creative juices flowing is organizing your space and supplies. I also like to put on a good movie, true crime documentary or some guilty pleasure on Netflix and create card bases. Just get out your paper trimmer, score board and find a happy place to watch and cut. Next time you need to create a card quickly, it’s 1/2 complete! You can also cut layering pieces (check out my previous blog posts for sizing) this will jump start a background.

Speaking of backgrounds, they are a fun creative jolt when multiples. I love ink blending and creating different looks by splashing water, adding stencils or mixing colors. If you don’t want to or don’t have time, stash them away for a complete card later. This just helps the creativity clear my head.

I also love large stamps! Colorado craft company has a great line of big and bold stamp sets. They take up a lot of space on a card, but they are ment to be the focal point and are a lot of fun to color. I experiment with different coloring techniques and have fun adding elements such as nuvo’s crystal glaze or a fun gelly roll pen accent. When you’re ready, the fun part is putting these two together! Don’t have large stamps, no worries! Just simply stamp images and color away or leave white for a great monochromatic look. When creativity strikes, you’ll be ready!

Shopping of course is always fun. Who dosen’t love a good Hobby Lobby trip of traveling the isles at Joann’s? I enjoy whipping out a good coupon at Micheal’s. But I realize this is not always possible and it tends to clog up my semi organized chaos. I still never resist a good craft shopping trip. SHHH, it’s my weakness. With 2020 being so great (haha) I also got the online shopping bug.

I hope this helps you or one of your crafty friends! Comment below your favorite way to bust through a creative lockup. Go on over to Instagram or Facebook @sewmuchglitter and check out some great ideas. Say HELLO when you are there. If I inspire you to create something, tag #sewmuchglitter. Gaining inspiration from others is spreaking joy, we all need more joy in 2020.

Stay well, stay cool and I’ll be back for some mid week fun.

Sewmuchglitter

Bases are loaded

As promised, I am back with some inspiration for your card bases. I like to make my own card bases because it is more cost effective, their sturdy, and I can use any color I want! I am going to be showing A2 and A7 card bases today (4.25 x 5.5 and 5 x 7). I did a previous blog post on the famous slim line cards, go check that out and let me know which card style is your favorite in the comments below.

First off, I am NOT a mathematician or an engineer so I keep it simple when creating my card bases. My favorite part of card making is playing with paper and using my creativity but like anything else in life, it needs a good foundation. Let’s get started!

I have stated in previous blog posts that I prefer a heavier weight card stock for my card bases. I use 110 lb paper from Joann’s, you get a variety of neutral colors and 100 sheets of paper in a pack (plus Joann’s has great coupons!) I am going to start with an A2 size first (4.25 x 5.5). The only supplies you need for creating card bases is a paper trimmer, a score board, and a bone folder. Some paper trimmers can double as scoring tools.

A2: 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 size paper creates two A2 card bases! This is the easiest way that I have found to create card bases for this standard size.

  1. Cut the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper in half on the long end. Cut it at 5.5. I lay 1 sheet at a time (but you can double it up if you are using lighter card stock)
  2. On your score board, score with your bone folder at 4.25 then fold on the score line (you can run your bone folder along the fold for a smooth line and easier folding). THAT’S IT! 2 step directions for an A2 card base. Next up let’s discuss an A7 card base.

A7: One sheet 8.5 x 11 paper per card base (sorry, no freebies here)

  1. Cut down the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper down to 10 x 7
  2. On your score board, score at 5 then fold on the line and smooth out with your bone folder. DONE!

I would love to see the card bases that are your favorite to make. If I have inspired you today and you post it on your social media, don’t forget to tag #sewmuchglitter. Check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see what’s been going on, while you’re there say HI!

As I have pointed out, I ca be a paper weight snob 🙂 and I tend to layer my card bases. I do not use 110 lb card stock for everything. My layering pieces are 65-80 lb depending on how detailed my card it. I don’t want it to be too heavy on one side but I don’t want it blowing in the wind either. Share this post with your friends who could use some easy card base inspiration and come back soon for a fun festive project.

Sewmuchglitter

Happy Hello!

I am happy to be here with you today sharing a happy card. My career transition has taken me away from my passion for paper crafting but I have to find time to get snip its in because legal reading and writing gets serious. Thanks for joining in on my happy hello.

I wanted to keep using my 80’s bears stamps from the sassy club because, it’s a fun childhood memory set! I started with a standard A2 size card (4.25×5.5) I use a heavier base of 100 lb or more card stock. As I am writing this, I realize that I have only shown you how to make a slim line card and only talked about standard card bases. OOPS, SORRY! My next blog post is going to be making your own standard card bases, I know it can be frustrating to learn and remember. Remember to subscribe to my blog so you get notifications of new posts. Let’s continue on…..

Once my standard A2 card base was cut and scored I rounded the corners using my crop-a-dile corner chomper, I rounded the edges. You can use any edge rounder or keep the card square if that is your preference. For my layering piece I used a fun rainbow pattern paper from photo play (they have an adorable gnome series) that I cut down approx 1/8 of an inch less than my card base, which I also rounded. Next, I hopped onto design space and got a cloud image from cricut access and cut it out in white glitter card stock. Now, I could’ve stayed in design space for a nice front greeting but I did not. I used a fun hello die from the stamps of life and used my Anna Griffin Empress to cut that out in pink card stock. The image I used was stamped with Versa Fine black ink and colored in using prisma colored pencils, then smoothed out with Gamsol. Everything is ready to adhere to the card front. Oh Wait! Nope. I need to ink my hello because I enjoy the extra little things. I used a pink ink to ink the edges of my hello greeting (tone on tone adds a pop). Don’t forget the epoxy dots. Or nuvo drops work great too. Let’s see how it turned out.

TADA! A fun happy hello card. I did not put a sentiment on the inside as I can do that when it is ready to be received. I hope I have inspired you with an uplifting card. Don’t forget to tag me #sewmuchglitter if you feel inspired to create something like this. Hop on over to my Instagram to see what I have been doing with my snip its of creative time. Comment below on your favorite 80’s bear and who would be happy to receive this card. It’s important we uplift each other and spread happy messages. If you haven’t subscribed, do that now and I’ll be back mid week for a short card base tutorial.

Sewmuchglitter

Christmas in July

Happy Christmas in July! I told you that I’d find a way to sneak some Christmas in. I love starting my Christmas cards in July because it’s low pressure and the crafting companies start debuting their Christmas products.

This year more than ever, we need a little Christmas cheer. Let’s get in the Christmas spirit with a few fun cards.

Tim Holtz poinsettia 3d embossing folder

Tim Holtz released this fabulous 3d embossing folder with his chapter 3 release. It stands alone and is perfect to get creative with. Let me show you what I’ve done with it so far.

For this first card I embossed it using my favorite mixed media paper (go take a look at that blog post). Then I water colored the image. These 3d embossing folders are perfect to color in. I started by wetting the paper first then adding color, this method spreads the paint nicely. Once dried, I continued to layer the color. I didn’t do a lot if shadowing because I was afraid of coloring outside the lines but I definitely will next time! Afraid, really HAHA. It’s paper and water. Once complete I attached it to a layering piece and adhered to the card front.

Next up is much more simple. I embossed using shiny paper. My layering piece here is bigger as it’s a 5×7 card. I used some dollar tree ribbon glued that down. Any ribbon practice I can get, I take. TIP, tie the bow before trimming from the spool.

All done! There are a million more ways to use this folder and I can’t wait to try more. Tell me what you have done for Christmas in July by leaving a comment below. Hop on over to my Instagram or Facebook @sewmuchglitter to check out what’s going on. If I have inspired you, tag me #sewmuchglitter with your version of what I have shared.

Have a great week and spread some Christmas cheer. I’ll be back this week with some great kitchen creativity.

Sewmuchglitter

Welcome Weekend

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you were able to treat yourself with the yummy recipe from my previous blog post (go check it out) 🙂

I had a super busy week with legal writings and midterms. Phew! I survived. It’s hard to get back into the learning groove but I’m glad I am. This next phase of my career will be a welcomed change. I encourage you to do what you have always wanted and accept the challenges ahead. Learning something new is always a great adventure. Since I was overwhelmed this past week, it was hard to get creative. But creativity of recent past rewarded me and I want to share that with you in hopes that it will inspire to to share your creativity with others.

My creations for donation

Since this pandemic and my recent retirement, I have found myself with extra time and a thirst for positivity. I know I am not alone and I was introduced to a great organization at the same time. Cardz for Kidz is an organization that accepts home made cards and sends them around the world to kids in hospitals and seniors in retirement/assisted facilities. They also donate much needed technology and supplies to those facilities. You can find them on my Instagram @sewmuchglitter in my posts just to see what they are all about. Don’t forget to say Hi while you’re there!

A great Michael’s find

I recently made a lot of cards participating in The daily marker 30 day coloring challenge. Above and beyond what my trusty card keeper from Michael’s can hold. So I sent them on to Cardz for Kidz. Like I said, I was introduced to the organization by one of my Instagram followers, I investigated and found them to be a reputable organization, so I felt comfortable that my creations would be appreciated. If you ever doubt an organization that accepts home made cards, go to Scrapbook.com and they have a section for reputable organizations that accept card donations (they also accept home made cards).

I tried to keep this short, sorry! I was featured on their Instagram account with a fun note about how they appreciate home artists and their creations. Go check out the post on my Instagram, it is always fun to share appreciation and spotlight worthy causes that help others. If you feel inclined to make up some cards and donate them to Cardz for Kidz, check out some of my previous blog posts for inspiration. If my projects do inspire you, tag me #sewmuchglitter with your version of what was created.

Remember my sneak peek?!

I am still participating in the coloring challenge and encourage you to take time for yourself as well. Have a great weekend, be well and stay safe. I will be back next week with a post to keep you motivated 🙂 Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see a fun food project of if you would like to see a creative paper project. It is Christmas in July, so don’t think I won’t throw a fun Christmas project in there somewhere.

See you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

You deserve a treat!

It’s halfway through the week and that means you’ve earned a treat! Remember that 4th of July cake we whipped up (checkout the previous blog post), well I still have fresh fruit and that means I have an excuse to make a delicious dip for that fresh fruit. Let’s get started!

This sweet dip is super light and compliments fresh fruit. If you want to be decadent, go ahead and macerate the fruit. Gather the ingredients as follows:

  1. 1-2 pounds fresh fruit of your choice
  2. 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 package instant vanilla pudding. If you have more of a sweet tooth ditch the pudding mix and reach for 1/2 Cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  4. Electric mixer.

Put the pudding mix in a bowl followed by the whipping cream and get whipping until the mixture is stiff. THAT’S IT! If you chose the sweet tooth route: add the powdered sugar followed by the whipping cream and vanilla, then whip until stiff.

Let me know in the comments below which recipe you chose and what fruit you paired this delicious dip with. My personal favorite is strawberries and blueberries but my teenager loves our homegrown peaches sprinkled with cinnamon on top.

I hope this helps get you through the rest of the week. Come back this weekend so we can get creative together.

🙂 Sewmuchglitter

Floating in to say Hi

Hello crafty people. The goal of this weekend is to stay cool. Triple digits here in San Diego County. I wanted to follow-up on my last post. The fun pool floaties found a home!

My goal was to show you how I made my shaker cards but I didn’t quite perfect them so I want to inspire you with a simple creative summer fun card. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with some shaker cards. My legal writings have occupied a lot of time so I don’t want to rush anything I haven’t perfected to pass onto you.

I love designer card stock as it really helps create a fun scene.
The most difficult part of this card was riffling through my paper hoard but I knew I wanted something for summer, so that gave me a direction (it helps to somewhat organize the hoard).

  1. I started with an A2 card base (I like a heavier card base, 110+ lb card stock) then I trimmed the layering piece down to 5.5 x 4.25 (A2 card), I did not create a boarder between my card base and my layering piece. If you want to that would be fun, I normally cut the layering piece 1/8″ less than the base. *If you want a sentiment on the card front, now is a great time to add it.
  2. I knew I needed a pool for my floaties, so I got out my inks and chose a color closest to water as I had and started blending onto the card stock.
  3. My blending tip here is to put the ink on your blending tool (I have a previous post for my favorites) and then start blending off the card stock before moving the tool onto the card stock. You will get a softer look and hopefully prevent those harsh lines. I lightened up the pressure the further up the card stock I got in order to add depth to my pool.
  4. Next, adhere the floaties to the pool. I used foam tape to prop them up.
  5. Water splashes, right!? Perfect time for sequins. I added blue shiny sequins as water splashes.
  6. I use Art Glitter Glue, dries clear (no glitter involved).
  7. Add small drops of glue first where you want the splashes.
  8. Now with tweezers or a pick up tool (I use We R Memory Keepers Quick Stick as one side is sticky).
  9. Place the sequins in the tacky glue, trust me! sequins and glitter adhere better to tacky glue compared to fresh wet glue.
  10. let dry
  11. Attach the layering piece to the card base.
  12. TADA, you’re done! *Add any inside sentiments as desired.

I would love to see what you do to create a simple card front or layout. Tag me #sewmuchglitter with your creations that I have inspired. Stop on by my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to checkout what’s new. Time management has been my recent struggle but there is always time for creativity! Comment below to let me know what your favorite season to craft for is….It is Christmas in July by the way 🙂

Sneak Peek at what’s to come!

Stay safe and I will see you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

Coloring Challenge

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a great Fourth of July and are finding yourself well today. I wanted to share a quick bit on the 30 day coloring challenge I’ve discussed before. Hopefully some mindless fun will get you through your week (we all need distractions in 2020!)

As featured on Kathyrac IG

I enjoy taking part in @Kathyrac 30 day coloring challenge on Instagram that she hosts a few times a year. Just set aside 10 minutes a day for yourself and color. Color anything that makes you happy, use any form of coloring. I enjoy using all of my coloring supplies at least once during this challenge because I always learn something new. Let me show you what I recently worked on.

Summertime inspiration

I enjoy stamping a lot of images at one time, coloring them and them coming back later to create a full project. Sometimes we don’t have the time to commit but we enjoy the creative process. I stamped these Stamps of Life images in Versa Fine black onyx ink, colored them in with my prisma colored pencils (any colored pencils will work) and blended the coloring smooth with my blending stumps and gamsol. You can find the supplies at any major retailer, Amazon, and the stamps only at The Stamps of Life.com (if you order, tell me first I can help get you points for goodies!). Don’t forget to check my previous blog post about paper choices because it matters for best results. Come back this weekend for a finished project. I have a great idea, just not the time in one sitting.

Comment below how you enjoy taking your creative time in tidbits. Taking time for ourselves serves everyone in a positive way, the 30 day challenge gives me the perfect excuse. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter to see what’s happening.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sewmuchglitter