Setting the Mood with TAWS

Any occasion, Cards

Welcome! For my next trick, I’ve created a moody card with stamps from the Alley Way Stamps. You can watch the video below, or on my YouTube channel.

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Don’t forget to stamp by the TAWS blog for more inspiration.

Supplies:

Thanks for dropping by! Until next time,

julia

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Colour Me #68 – Thank You Card using Lawn Fawn

Cards, Thank You Cards

Welcome! It’s Wednesday already, so that means another new Colour Me challenge. The challenge this week is to create a project using navy, teal, pink, and yellow.

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I’ve been reaching for my Critters in the Jungle set quite a bit recently, so that’s where I started for inspiration for my card. Make sure to watch the YouTube video to see how I made it–

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I started at my computer in Silhouette Studio to cut the stitched window on my cardbase. Next, I masked off the area on the inside of the card that would show through the window. I used a navy and teal ink to blend on the background. While I let the background dry, I stamped, coloured, and die cut the birds.

After the background was dry and smooth, I stamped the thank you greeting and smooshed Versamark ink over the area before heat embossing with clear. In real life, the clear embossing powder gives a really shiny texture to the card so it finishes it off nicely.

Finally, I adhered down the birds and called it a day.

Thanks so much for dropping by! Make sure to visit the other design team members for tons more inspiration–

 

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Until next time,

julia

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Eight, Christmas Tree Shaker

Cards, Holiday Card

Welcome back to my Twelve days of Christmas feature. Thanks so much for tuning in!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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…a Christmas shaker card.

To make this card, I started in Silhouette Studio with a free Christmas tree cut file (it’s one of the free ones that comes with the software). I cut the tree outline from my kraft panel, and then the whole tree shape from a dark green cardstock using my Silhouette Portrait machine.

I used a piece of Lawn Fawn patterned paper from the Snow Day petite paper pack for the background and filled the shaker using gold and brown sequins. To finish off the shaker, I used two layers of foam tape, and a piece of clear acetate behind the kraft panel, and then adhered the green tree over top of the window. I like how the tree has a bit of a wonky stained glass look.

I stamped the Season’s Greetings sentiment from the SSS Be Joyful stamp set, and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine gold embossing powder.

Thanks again for dropping by. Make sure to check out the first seven days of Christmas if you missed them.

julia

The Basics: Supplies I Use

Cards, Techniques

Since I am a “new” crafter, I thought I would go through some of the basics that I’ve learned so far. Take all this with a grain of salt. Everyone likes to organize themselves differently, and even more than that, everyone has their own favourites. These are my favourite, or most used supplies so far on my crafting journey. This list may change with time as I discover new techniques, styles, and products.

  • Cardstock. I have a few go-to cardstocks. I typically buy the Reflections (Michael’s) brand 8½ x 11 fifty page packs of cardstock. I binge buy the packs when they are on sale 2-for-1 to stock up. I also love Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock (also from Michael’s). The Bazzill Dotted cardstocks come in a variety of colours to compliment most projects. I don’t have an embossing machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot) so this paper is a great way for me to add texture to my projects.
  • Adhesive. Depending on the project, I use a variety of adhesives. Most often, I use a permanent tape runner, a Zig 2-Way glue pen, with chisel tip, Glue Dots, ek Tools 1¼” double-sided tape, and Tombow Mono Multi Glue. Adhesive might seem like a small detail, but it can make all the difference when assembling your project. I recommend trying out different options and using what works best for you. Check the craft, office, and hardware sections of your local stores to see the plethora of options available. I’m still exploring the world of adhesive so this list might change with time.
  • Mounting foam. I know that technically, mounting foam is an adhesive but I go through so much it deserved a category of its own. When I first started, I used the sheets of circles, squares, and rectangles that are readily available. I found these kind of inconvenient and finicky. Then, I discovered 3M mounting tape. I love that I can cut (or tear) to any size I need and how easy the backing comes off the strips. There is a clear version but I don’t love it because it’s so sticky that I find it hard to use.
  • Inks. My go-to and must have ink for heat embossing is VersaMark. I use baby wipes for cleaning my stamps and tools after using any ink.
  • Silhouette. I own a Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine. This machine has changed my life! When I really started getting into card making as a hobby, I found the idea of punches and dies too expensive. A little research and I realized that if I thought I would buy 10 or more punches or dies (uh…yes!) then an electronic cutting machine would pay for itself pretty quickly. I can cut any shape to any size on any kind of paper as many times as I need. Yes, it’s more expensive upfront, but the versatility of what it can cut means that within just months I’ve saved a ton!! The creative options are endless and my Silhouette is the best craft purchase I have made to date.
  • Trimmer. I use my Fiskars paper trimmer on almost every project. I keep a supply of blades on hand and replace them when they start to dull.

Where I buy my supplies:

If I’m able, I always try to purchase from Canadian retailers. My favourite one is Scrapbooks by Design. They have a good selection of current product at prices comparable to the US giants and shipping is inexpensive. Love them!

I subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp monthly kit. I like how the kit inspires creativity and includes products I might not otherwise try.