Mother's Day Cards with paper quilling

Hey! It's been a while... just getting back into the swing of this whole blogging thing so I'm easing back into it with a short and sweet post today sharing some Mother's Day cards I made this year. So yeah, I only have one mom to give a card to so I didn't need to make more than one, but I did to put them up on my Etsy shop as well. They're all extra special because they have paper quilled elements! I really love this technique to add interest and dimension to cards with a simple design.

Here's one of my classic designs, with a basic flower and leaves.

This card is similar, but with some extra added elements.

Then, I played around with a simple yet fun idea of making a heart wreath out of heart shapes. I like how this one turned out!

Here's a shot where you can really see that dimension! Cool, huh? ;)

One last one - I made a single butterfly to be the showcase element for this card, and easily finished it off with some dashed line paths and matching sequins.

By the way, the sentiment stamp I used for all these cards is from this Lawn Fawn stamp set. I love the style of the handwriting, which I think goes so well with the swirls in paper quilling, and at just a few bucks, it's a steal!

Hope you enjoyed this quick share and for all you mothers out there, Happy {early} Mother's Day!! You are awesome and loved, and don't forget it :)

Repeated Rainbow Stamping + Simple Masked Sentiment

Hi everyone, hope you had a great holiday and hopefully some good time spend with family and friends! And maybe some good rest, too, so that you are all ready to get back into paper crafting ;)

To have fun with some bright, happy colors, I used one of my favorite techniques of repeated stamping in a rainbow pattern for this birthday card. I also did some simple masking for my sentiment to make it stand out.

This is a great technique to use with long, border stamps like I did in my card, but you could also try this technique with any larger, mostly solid and pattern stamps (outline stamps won't work as well).

I used stamps from the stamp sets "Point of View" and "It's My Party!"

To finish off, I added just a little bit of dimension with enamel dots in coordinating colors with the stamping. You could also use sequins, buttons, or other small, colorful embellishments!

Holiday Card Using Non-holiday themed supplies

Hi everyone! For today's holiday card, I pulled out things from my stash that aren't necessarily holiday themed - patterned papers (this is a great time to pull out scraps, especially ones from coordinating 6x6 paper pads like I did!), a leftover half of a doily, and a scrap of ribbon. 

The only things I added that are holiday/Christmas themed are the stamps (from the Melt Your Heart Out stamp set) and some glitter snowflake embellishments from Freckled Fawn.

This card was really easy and simple to put together, especially since the papers I chose were from the same collection. I followed an easy design, just layering different banner shapes.

I did some simple Copic coloring for the snowman's accessories and covered his entire body with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. It makes him look like shimmery snow! :)

I hope this inspires you to pull out some supplies you might have that aren't holiday themed but can be put to good use!

Video: Easy Sparkly Holiday Ornaments Card

Hey everyone! Today's easy holiday card features some fun, sparkly stamped ornaments. This is a great card to mass produce to have plenty on hand for the holidays!

The ornaments (from the Mistletoe Kisses stamp set) are colored in with some glitter markers from Martha Stewart Crafts. I love how easy these markers make it to add shimmer and sparkle, especially to these simple ornaments.

Since there's no special shading like you would have with Copics or watercolors, the coloring goes by really quickly - which is why this is a great card to make multiples of!

To add some more interest to the card, I layered some cardstock in shades of green under the stamped piece. Then, on the card base, I stamped the snowflake stamp from the stamp set in Versamark ink to add a really subtle watermarked pattern.

Here's the video!

Hope you guys enjoyed and are making progress on your holiday card making! :)

Video: Sliding Sentiment Interactive Card Tutorial

I'm always trying to think of ways to make my handmade cards extra special. I mean, of course, handmade cards are ALREADY special, but it's just extra nice when you do a cool technique or something so different that when someone gets it, they just say, "WOW. How did you do that!?" One way to set your cards apart from a store-bought card is to make it interactive. For today's card, I'll show you how to do this in a really easy way, by making a sliding sentiment strip!

When someone first gets the card, the sentiment will be hidden, like in the photo below. A dimensional embellishment and the slightly curled pennant edge hints that there might be something more there, but you can also leave just a bit of the sentiment peeking out just so they know there's something more there!

And then they pull on the tab.... and voila! A secret sentiment, like a hidden treasure. ;)

You can incorporate this idea into any design and with any stamps/supplies you want. For today's card, I used a stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps and colored it in with Copic markers. I did some ink blending for the background with Distress Inks.

Some rules/tips for making the sliding sentiment:

  • Make sure the total width is no longer than the width of your card. Physically, it just won't work!
  • Trim your sentiment strip, but make sure to leave longer notches on one end to keep it from falling out of the slot!
  • Have a dimensional embellishment on the end of the strip that stays revealed so that the whole strip doesn't fall into the slot
  • When adding adhesive between the front layer and your card base, make sure you don't put adhesive right up against the edge of the strip. You want to put adhesive around the height of the TALLEST part of your strip - that is, slightly larger than the height of the notches you created. Otherwise, the notches will get stuck and your strip won't be able to slide out.

Here's the video to see how it's done :)

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, showing you how to make an interactive sliding sentiment! See you around soon.