Friday, September 15, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques / September 2017 / Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards




Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
Die Cuts are certainly popular in the crafting world and there are so many from which to choose. But they can be expensive, so we’re looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try an idea or two that we’ve shared with you.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:   
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Katydid Cards.

Please take a moment to check out the Katydid Cards blog or Facebook page.
And the awesome prize this month is:
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 24, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until October 14, 2017, to claim their prize.
You should have arrived here from Sandy. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning to increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.
So for my card this month I made some Thank you notes to some of my friends that helped me out during this crazy month. I am working on a Wedding card with similar technique, will post when I get it complete to see what you think!

 I started by using a die cut to make the opening for my sentiment on my cream cardstock layer.  I used a stamp set that had a similar shape border and free cut around the image and raised it with some foam tape.  Having it a little higher than the base, made it pop.  

Here is a peek into the inside.. 
Always nice to add a little extra inside the card also!! 

                               My friends loved the card.  
Here are some great videos for more inspiration on this fun technique~



Now you’re off to visit with Debbie. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another fabulous technique!
~~SMILES~~
Jodie
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Autumn is a Great time for Scrapbooking & Card Making and Cropping!!

Are you a person who cringes thinking about the end of summer or do you love the crisp air, crunchy leaves and brilliant colors of fall?  Honestly, for me, if it's not winter in Michigan, I'm good with all of the three other seasons!

Each season represents a fresh start and fall is usually the time of year when scrapbookers and stampers come back inside and start up their papercrafting again!  If that's you, here are some tips on how to prepare to begin again!

1.  Keep your crafting area clean!

Easier said than done, right?  However, a couple of suggestions to help you at least do better in this area.  
Start with the cleanest slate you can.  
Take fifteen minutes a day, EVERY DAY, 
and work on your room starting today.  
You will be surprised how much progress you'll make with just a non-interrupted 15 minutes of focused work.  
Do it now and you'll be clean by the first official day of fall.  
To keep it clean, the moment you finish your layouts or cards,
 put everything away so you can start fresh the next time.

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2.  Get yourself some good lighting.  

Less summer means less sunlight.  Just a few weeks ago I was able to buy the cutest teal colored Ott-lite for less than $30.  Not only does it have four brightness settings but also has an outlet to charge my phone!!   You need good lighting for good crafting.

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3.  Declutter.

Oh gosh, I know you don't like to get rid of anything just in case you may use it in the future. 
 But let's face it, that's like keeping your "thin clothes" just in case you lose that ten pounds.  
Get real and get rid of those things you haven't used in the past year or two!  
You will feel so much better with less.

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4.  Get some help!

If you are a scrapbooker, Close to my Heart has put out a brand new how to book,
It fits into any of our EveryDay Life albums.  
Don't have the money right now, try Pinterest!

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5.  Scrapbookers:  Scrap the photos you love first.

I know that many of you are chronological in your scrapbooking but sometimes going in order can put you up against a brick wall when the pictures that are next on your list are not ones you really feel like scrapbooking.  If you are chronological and don't have movable pages, just don't attach until the whole album is done.  That way you can still be in order.  If you want to try a different way, check out Stacy Julian's book, The Big Picture.  It changed everything about scrapbooking for me!

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6.  Cardmakers:  Don't do it all!

Cardmakers have big open eyes!  They see a new type of card, technique, or style every single day and they want to do them all.  Don't.  Yes, it's fun to try all of those new things but only IF you aren't doing it because you feel you should know it all.  It's is absolutely okay to keep to your favorites when making cards because, remember, the people who receive your cards don't care if it's the latest technique, they just care that you cared.

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7.  Figure out how you craft best.

Although I love running crops, trying to get anything done at a crop I'm attending is difficult for me.  There are too many distractions.  I'm a stay at home, work best by myself kind of crafter.  Stick Dirty Dancing in the blue-ray player and sit down at a table and I'm good!   That's not for everyone though.  Some people do their best work at a three day crop, others like to make cards with just a few people while sharing ideas.  Some need to get away, some like to stay home.  Go with what works for you, don't force yourself to do what doesn't just because your friends like the other way.  You'll be much more productive if you go with your own style.

If you have not checked out my upcoming September 15-17 crop, 
here is a link to check out and register if you are interested:  



8.  Go easy on yourself

This may sound like the opposite of what I just wrote but you will be more productive if you remember this is supposed to be for fun.  When it becomes a chore, it's no longer a hobby and you will begin to resent it.  There is no "have-to" about your papercrafting, there is only "want-to."

9.  Perfection is overrated.

There is nothing that slows down your crafting more than feeling that your page, 
card, or project has to be perfect.  It doesn't.  
It's about the love you put into your work.  If that's there, everything else is irrelevant.  

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10.  Just do it!

Nike had it right, when it's time to start crafting again, just get to it.  
Within minutes, you'll rediscover your love of it all 
and won't want to stop no matter what season it is!!!  

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So that's it!  Enjoy the new season!!

In case you did not know, CTMH has a special each Tuesday of August:
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One More Week

The 50% off Warehouse sale has only one more Tuesday left.  Make sure you get what you want before it's all gone.

See this week's sales here.


NEW CATALOG GOES LIVE ON SEPTEMBER 1st!!!  Click below to see!!


New papers, stamps and so much more!!!! 


Looking forward to seeing you this fall!!  

Smiles to all!!~~!!~

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques / August 2017 / Stamping On Patterned Paper




Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
We all love our stamp sets and we all love our patterned paper.  Well, this month we’re combining the two by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects.  It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team decides to pair together.   And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
Our amazing sponsor this month is Card a Day Challenge Blog.


Please take a moment to check out the CADC blog here.
And the awesome prize this month is:




And the 2nd awesome prize this month is:

We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the  blogs in the hop today.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  August 27, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to go back and check her blog to see if you are the winner!  If you would prefer to be notified, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you if you win.    The winner will have until September 9, 2017 to claim their prize.  
You should have arrived here from Sandy . If you're visiting  here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on  each blog.
No on to my cards.... I love fancy folds.. and I have achieved two different looks by just changing out types of paper. My technique is using the patterned paper and stamping my bold letter on them so they stand out.


The first card I made for my Mom.  She loves roses and I just love the Navy and Pink combo.



For the second card I made one for a special male in our lives going to start a new journey.  











Now you’re off to visit with Card A Day Challenge Team. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!
SMILES,
~~Jodie~~
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
Sharon
Claudia
Kim

Wilma
Jearise
Sandy
Jodie
Card A Day Challenge Team
Debbie
Amanda