Monday, March 7, 2016

Easy Easter Card Layout

Make It Monday

In honor of my blogs 4 month birthday this weekend, I'm adding a new feature, Make It Monday.  I hope to have this every week but like the Friday Featured Product it might not always happen.

Since this month is Stampaganza, I'm going to use stamps in each Monday's project this month.

Here is a very simple Easter Card using CTMH's Spring Critters stamp.

Directions are for a 4.25wx5.5h card but easy to enlarge and have more space around the bunny.

  1. White Card Base 4.25x5.5
  2. Two coordinating pieces of paper, I used prints from CTMH's Penelope Paper Packet
  3. Top piece measures 4.25x2.5
  4. Bottom piece measures 4.25x3
  5. Glue the 2 pieces to the card base and cover the seam with your choice of ribbon, washii tape, or Shimmer Trim
  6. Cut a 2.5x2.5 square of white cardstock
  7. Turn it diagonal and stamp image. After it dries color it with your favorite coloring tool.  For this one I used Pastel Chalk Pencils.
  8. Cut a coordinating color of cardstock in a 2.75x2.75 square.
  9. Mount stamped image on cardstock and mount the whole thing on the strip of ribbon, washii tape or Shimmer Trim.
I will add some sequins or glitter dots to this later. I usually add these details once I know who the recipient will be. Depends on if the card needs mailed and if I think it will end up in the trash quickly.

Happy Crafting, Karen

Friday, March 4, 2016

Close To My Heart's Acrylic Stamps

Friday Featured Product

How is it Friday already? I can't believe I'm asking that, 6 months ago with a full time job it seemed like it took forever to get to Friday.  Now I'm working from home, loving being able to spend more time with my little one and can't believe how fast Fridays get here now that I started this weekly feature.

Back to paper crafting and the Friday Featured Product for today. This week I'm featuring CTMH's My Acrylic Stamps since this month is Stampaganza.

3 of my favorite sets are shown here. I also included a card I made with the March stamp of the month. There's a large variety of stamp sets on my CTMH web site. 

Share where we can find any projects you've made with a CTMH stamp set by leaving a comment. You can also find samples I've collected on my Pinterest board.

Happy crafting and enjoy your weekend, Karen

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pocket Page Problem

I discovered that I have one huge problem with pocket page scrapbooking. It's visually too cluttered for me.  I like white space on my pages and I use idea books or sketches to make myself mix patterns.  Even without embellishments or journaling my pocket pages seem "too busy" visually.

It got worse when I put the pages in an album and realized that you can see through the clear borders around the pockets. This is so distracting that I won't continue my hybrid plan until I find a way to make the pages less "busy".

If you are a pocket page scrapbooker, please help, tell me if you:

  1. Don't see any clutter (you're wondering what I'm writing about)
  2. Notice but don't care (you like the ease or speed of this style so it's worth it)
  3. Have found a solution for the clutter (Please Share Your Solution)

Thank you for your help, Karen

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Close To My Heart's Stampaganza March 2016

Buy 2 Stamp Sets Get the 3rd Set Free

See flyer from Close To My Heart for the details but this is an awesome sale.  Also, if you spend $50 remember you qualify for the Stamp of the Month.  It's such a cute spring themed stamp set this month. Click on the shop tab to see all the available stamps. Now is the time to stock up. Close To My Heart is not continuing most of the stamp sets when the new annual catalog comes out. While this means there will be lots of fresh new stamps to choose from, it also means the ones in the current catalogs will be gone soon. Happy shopping, Karen