Mid-Week Inspiration

Welcome back. It seems to appear that Christmas crafting is here. I am still enjoying the Halloween season but it’s nice to be prepared. If we sent one Christmas card or 100, having a plan or an idea helps. I hope sharing my idea of how to use your stamps as a background helps with your Christmas crafting.

As crafters, we tend to be collectors and don’t utilize our stash as we should. I enjoy using some of my smaller stamps as a background and then using the larger images as a focal point on my cards. Let me show you how!

After choosing my image, I use a stamping block to randomly stamp the image on my background. I try not to be too consistent and I stamp off the paper so it doesn’t look too perfect. Depending how and if I want to color the images is what ink I use. I think I have sprinkled this information into previous blog posts, but I will create one specifically for ink and stamping. We all want the best results possible. If you choose not to color in your images, colored ink can give great a look too. Want a monochromatic look? Leave it be and enjoy creating the rest of the card.

I usually always color in my larger images because I use them as focal points. It can be fun to ink blend a background and use water reactive ink such as distress oxides, then use a background die to create a background that way. This way your focal images are part of a scene.

I hope I was able to give you some mid-week inspiration. Please check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to check out what I have been up to. Say HI while you’re there. If you have a fun way of using your craft stash for projects let me know in the comments. As always, if I inspired you to create a project similar to this, tag #sewmuchglitter. Spreading positivity and inspiration in 2020 will help us and others.

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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!

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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

Mid-Week Pick me up

I hope you find yourself well. Since this post is a mid-week pick me up, it will be a shorter version of what you have to look forward to at the end of your week. Let’s slim it down.

Slim line cards are getting attention in the card making world. Just like the A2 card bases I have discussed (if you haven’t seen my previous posts go check them out), a slim line card needs to be sturdy so I choose at least a 100 lb card stock in a color of your choice (Joann’s has great card stock for a base). The fun thing about creating a slim line card is that they fit in a standard #10 business sized envelope and require NO additional postage.

Start out with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of card stock, trim it down to 8 1/2 x 7. Now it’s time to get out your score board and bone folder. There are several brands and it’s all about personal preference. I use an EK Tools board, which comes with a bone folder. I got this at Hobby Lobby (use your coupon!) I prefer my Amazon.com bone folder as it is softer, so there is less risk of cutting my paper (always score at an angle). OK, let’s score this!

Lay the trimmed paper on your score board with the 7″ side at the top, score it at 3.5″, fold on the score line and you’ve got your slim line card base. It’s that easy! My tip for you is: leave some space between your paper and the top of your score board because you will stay within the groove of your scoring measurement.

Slim line card base

I hope you enjoyed this quick mid-week pick me up. Come back Sunday so we can create a front for this slim line card base.

Enjoy the rest of your week! Check out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what’s going on. If you are inspired by anything you see, tag me #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Together we can inspire others!

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A Classic Look

Thanks for joining me again! My new educational journey is more demanding than anticipated. I’m still setting time aside for my passion of paper crafts. Today I’d like to share a versatile stamp set perfect for the car lovers in your life.

Road Trip

I recieved this stamp set through a monthly club kit at may may made it, check her out. I don’t always use my clubs kits right away because I don’t know what to do but this time was different! Let’s get started.

First, I started with a standard A2 card base (4.25×5.5), I use heavy weight card stock (100 or more lb). Next, I created the background. I love creating backgrounds and I wanted to keep the stamping more simple. I used a new stencil from scrapbook.com, my blender brush, and several inks to create the color variation in the clouds (go check out my previous posts regarding card stock and my favorite blending brushes). My favorite part of inking the clouds was mixing a blue ombre (hero arts) ink with the new speckled egg (Tim Holtz, Distress Oxide).

Let’s talk simple stamping! I wanted the car and car elements to stand out, so I opted not to color in my stamped images. It gives it a monochromatic look that stands out against the background. I also wanted layers (foam tape). I found a few dies in my stash that resembled a sun, I used my die cutting machine (Anna Griffin Empress, electronic) and yellow paper. I stamped my sentiment in a crisp black ink (Versa fine black onyx ink) in order to get it to stand out.

Placement. It is always more pleasing to the eye when things are not perfectly lined up (and in odd numbers, but that is a discussion for a different day, so check back!). I placed the car off the page slightly. It wasn’t grounded, so I wasn’t happy yet. Cars drive on roads! I created a less obvious road that sparkled, then placed everything on the road. Now everything was adhered to where I wanted it, I cut off the pieces that were laying off the card layer. Simply flip the paper over and cut off the excess. Next you’re ready to adhere the card layer to the card base. You can either keep with the theme of layers or adhere it directly to the base. If directly adhering it to the base, I recommend Art Glitter Glue as it gives you time for proper placement before it becomes permanent. Don’t worry! There is no glitter in the glue and it does dry clear (use sparingly, you need less than you think…May May or Amazon has this in stock). Once you sign or use a personal stamp on the back (give credit where credit is due, you’ve earned it!) YOU’RE DONE!

Let me know what ideas you have for a similar look in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what’s going on. Next up…..Things are slimming down. Subscribe to get notifications of new posts.

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Blending Tools

Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!

First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.

My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.

Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!

Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!

Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!

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