For the simple love of cards!

As you probably know I love cards. I love to receive them (hint hint!). I love to make them. And I especially love to give them!

One company that makes card-making super-easy is Simple Stories. I am a MASSIVE fan of this company and for as long as I can remember I have had a decent stash of Simple Stories papers and embellishments. Their papers are so easy to work with for layouts but what I love more is that they are ideal for card makers too.

I find it so easy to pick up scraps from a page and whip up a card with the left overs. The prints and images are perfect for easy cards and tags. Here are a few of my faves from Pinterest at the moment:

 

I think what I love the most is that none of these cards are complicated. They are all simple designs without a whole lot of fancy. And the sentiment gets across loud and clear, which to me, that’s is the most important bit!

So what do you think? Do you like to be at the giving or the receiving end of a handmade card? — Natalie

Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 2)

Ed’s note: Make sure you check out Kerry-Jean’s post from Wednesday where she talks about why she loves Easel Cards and shows us two of her masterpieces–a Butterfly Easel Card and a Steampunk one.

I used to feel that masculine card were a little terrifying to come up with, but these days it’s a totally different feeling. I use darker tones of colour usually, or in this case earth tones and creams. I find a motif that fits the person I am making the card for, or just something more generic and common; clocks, gears, and hot air balloons tend to work. The main difference is really no flowers or butterflies, however sometimes simple leaves are appropriate. Something fun to do with cards is to add some visual texture, the stencil and texture paste technique from mix media is a great way to break a paper pattern up a little.

This final card is a variation on the easel, the twist easel card. It is super easy to do and can add a new dimension to your design. Using a bit of acetate again gives a wonderful silhouette of an embellishment and remember to try and compliment your anchor with the design of the card.

A few extra tips!

When choosing the paper that goes on the inside of the card, keep in mind that writing needs to go there so make sure that the design or colour is light enough to allow someone to inscribe a personalised greeting.

To enhance the effect of ageing in your design, distress the paper. I distress the edges of my paper all the time. This is just how I roll. It gives a vintage and rustic look that cannot be achieved any other way. This effect can also be enhanced by inking the edges after I have distressed paper, which you can see on the Happy Birthday card (above).

I want to take a moment to thanks Scrapbook Creations and Ellen for giving me this opportunity to talk about my creations and I hope I have helped inspire you. If you would like to check out more of my work, head over to my blog, and I can also be found on Facebook, instagram (@kerryjean), pinterest (@kerryjeanwatson). If you have any questions please feel free to come and find me.

Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 1)

Ed’s note: Kerry-Jean gave us so many beautiful creations that we wanted to show her off a little more. Look out for Part 2 on Friday!

01.1The card: a little bit of art you can give to someone special. I love making cards and all of them are different except for a general style that can be found in them all. The thing that I find amazing is there are so many different card styles, that really you can never get bored. Stumped yes, but not bored.

One of my favourite card styles is the easel card — and it is so simple. The best thing about this style of card is it is designed to display itself. How awesome is that? I think one of the keys to making great cards is the sparing use of vibrant colour and textures. I try and use 2 or 3 different patterned papers and no more, otherwise it gets a little crowded or busy.

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A simple card solution for the super busy

I just love working with old book pages. In fact, old Reader’s Digest Books are probably my fave and incorporating them into your card making or scrapping is super easy. (Ed’s note: We did feature on old books and how to use them in scrapbooking in issue 101 — it’s definitely a hot topic right now!)

These cards were created in next to no time at all for my daughters’ dance and school teachers.

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Now, don’t get me wrong … this is a technique that has been around for years – and it is far from my own; but revisiting it has reminded me how effective and super cute it is!

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Christmas Dome Cards by Jill from ScrapFX

We have a special guest post from Jill of ScrapFX today! Don’t forget to check out the ongoing blog hop that we’re hosting with them! And now, onto the gorgeous Christmas Dome and Shaker Cards!

Ingredients:

  • Scrap FX chipboard Snow Domes and Shaker Domes:  Surfing Santa, Nativity Scene, Winter Scene, Snowman, Santa & Sleigh and shaker dome frames (links available below!)
  • Happy Christmas words / Seasons Greetings words / Merry Christmas words
  • Patterned paper, various colours
  • Acetate circles, about 8cm diameter
  • Seed beads and sequins, mini star buttons
  • White cardstock folded, approximate size 13 x 13 cm
  • Rhinestones/Bling
  • Various coloured ink pads, or paint
  • Blue Gelato/watercolour crayons
  • Gel Pens
  • Glue
  • Cut strips of the patterned paper about 12mm wide.  Choose colours that either complement each other, or various shades of one colour.

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Surfing Santa Shaker Dome (this title is a link to the chipboard dome)

  1. Layer the strips of paper horizontally, about two thirds across, and glue to the front of the folded white card, blending upwards from blues to yellow and orange (to mimic the sea, sand and sun).  Stitch a line around the outside of the card, about 5mm from the edge.
  2. Paint or ink the chipboard with blue and white for the water.  Colour Santa with red, white and black gel pens for fine detail.  Paint/ink  the shaker dome frame silver around the globe and black on the base.
  3. Tear a piece of white cardstock a bit bigger than the dome frame, and draw circles in the middle with a blue gelato, or water colour crayon, then smudge the circle with a wet finger.
  4. Glue the shaker dome onto the coloured circle, sprinkle the blue seed beads in the dome, then glue the acetate to the outside edges.  Glue the shaker dome frame on top, then place bling onto the base.
  5. Glue the finished shaker dome to the card on the right hand side.
  6. Ink the mini Happy Christmas word in red, and glue to the card when dry.

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Cards for every occasion

You may not know this about me, but I originally started out (many years ago) as a cardmaker. Of course, I still love making them…although, I have become a little slack lately!

Today, I’m sharing a couple of my favourite cardmakers and their blogs.

1. Kristina Werner

Kristina has so much happening on her blog. I love her simple style and wonderful ideas. She also does some wonderful video tutorials too.

2. Paper, Scissors and Superheroes

This blog is full of super cool ideas –  and I love the name too!

3. Lime Doodle Designs

And last of all, Lime Doodle Designs has some STUNNING ideas . Think I’m going to Scraplift a couple of these!

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Thanks for checking out the SC blog today!

— Natalie

Design Diva Week: Geli’s Twirling Snowflake Card

twirling snowflakeIt’s really important to us here at SC HQ that we spread the love of the scrapping comment and send you, dear readers, off to find wonderful and inspiring projects all around the internet. It’s why we try to link as much as possible in our posts to our contributors blogs. If we had the mental energy, we’d probably link to ALL the materials in each list as well. Unfortunately, our patience is not that good.

Today’s Design Diva’s post is from Geli Duncan. Geli does some really amazing things with items that can be found lying around her house. But today, she is going to show you how to make a twirling snowflake card.

Since it’s really important to us to share the scrap-love (see above) we have just taken some pictures from her blog (with permission!, see below) to tease you into heading over to her blog and checking out the cards for yourself.

Geli’s Twirling Snowflake Cards
(A Christmas and/or Winter Project.)