Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Spooky Fun DIY Halloween Cards Using Chipboard and Stamps




It's super easy to create your own Halloween cards.  DIY is the way to go these days.  I have some super economical products I paired to make holiday DIY cards.  

My product choices?  Creative Embellishments chipboard and JustRite Stamps.  Both of these product picks provide value.  Scroll down and see how much chipboard/veneer come in a package. That means you can make multiple cards for the money. 

Creative Embellishments has the cutest Halloween chipboard and veneer pieces. 
I made a few Halloween cards to send to my sons who "flew the coop" and moved away. 


Here's the list of the Creative Embellishment chipboard and veneer pieces I used:

I kept the treatments of the chipboard  and Candy Corn Veneers were very simple.  I painted them with following acrylics:



I also created my own background for this card using stamps from JustRite Papercrafts.  
This first card was created using the JustRite Swirly Dots Background Stamp.  


This second card was made by placing the Creative Embellishments - Witches . chipboard set (painted with Prima Art Alchemy Sparks - Acrylic Paint - Iris Potion ) over a stamped background.  


Where to shop? 
Shop for chipboard, wood and flair buttons from Creative Embellishments here.  
You can shop for JustRite stamps and dies right here

Treat Bags
Witches
Creative Embellishments - Witches
Creative Embellishments - Treat Bags
Creative Embellishments - Pumpkin Faces
Pumpkin Faces
Creative Embellishments - Candy Corn Veneers
JustRite Swirly Dots Background Stamp
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy - Acrylic Paint - Fresh Orange
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy - Acrylic Paint - Lime Peel
Prima Art Alchemy Sparks - Acrylic Paint - Iris Potion


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Truckin Through the Seasons - Spellbinders Versatile Die


Spellbinder's Truckin' Through the Seasons -Die

Did you know Spellbinders has a variety of monthly die clubs?  
Yes it's true -they have a Small Die of the Month and Large Die of the Month Club -plus combinations of both. 

This month, I have the privilege of playing with Spellbinders Large Die of the Month  , called Truckin' Through the Seasons.  The perfect die set for your DIY card and paper crafting passion.

  I've got to say, this die set includes elements for every season making this perfect to use all year long.  I love that kind of clever versatility. 

So what do I mean by versatility?     
I have created a Halloween and Thanksgiving card with this die set (see these here)

I have created a Christmas card with this set as well - see blog post here
You can find this Christmas card here. 


The Beach themed card is found here.


Shop for Prior Club Dies Still Available

Spellbinders offers a chance to grab some of the dies from previous months that are still available.  Shop past club dies.

Thanks for stopping here.

Spellbinders even invites you to share your creations with them on Instagram (#SpellbindersClubKits)
or by uploading them to the Spellbinders club gallery

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .

Friday, October 19, 2018

Christmas is Coming


Have you started getting your Christmas card list together? 
I'm  here today to share my card for the holiday season featuring Maja Design papers.  

I am using two Maja Design collections that may surprise you: 
I Wish collection - I wish for a Holly Jolly Christmas
Vintage Summer Basics collection - 1905 ( A and B side of paper)


I love the rich dark chocolate color of the Vintage Summer Basics - 1905 sheet.  I used the "B" side of the paper and found a cool little section of the paper with some white distressing on the page to look like old wood on my sled.  Like an old - well used sled/toboggan. 

The wood panel (A side of paper) was great for the background on the card.  My idea of possibly an old barn look.  



I added some die cuts for decoration.  The sled had foam under it for dimension.  
The diecut wreath was created using different tones of green mixed with a white layer.  
I wrapped the layers of wreath diecuts together with Red bakers twine

The sledd I used is a die from Memory Box - Large Winter Sled.  99283
This die , Penny Black Sled die, works nicely too. 

The wreath die is : Cottage Cutz - Holly Wreath CCE-177


Finish the card with some holiday embellishments and it's starting to look like Christmas. 




Red bakers twine
Penny Black Sled die

Monday, October 15, 2018

Christmas Card Fun with Spellbinders Large Die of the Month


Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Club
Did you know Spellbinders has a variety of monthly die clubs?  
Yes it's true -they have a Small Die of the Month and Large Die of the Month Club -plus combinations of both. 

The dies selected each month are exclusively created for the clubs.  

This month, I have the privilege of playing with Spellbinders Large Die of the Month  for October.   I've got to say, this die set includes elements for every season making this perfect to use all year long.  I love that kind of clever versatility. 

So what do I mean by versatility?     
I have already created a Halloween and Thanksgiving card with this die set (see these here)

I have created a Christmas card with this set as well. See blog post here

See my beach card using Spellbinders Large Die set here.  


I'm back to Christmas - because I need to keep making Christmas cards if I have any chance at getting holiday cards out on time.  Plus I love thinking about Christmas and the unique possibilities this die set allows. 
Too much fun. 


The next few images show the dimension of the card, created with a bit of foam tucked here and there.  



Thanks for coming to visit. 


Shop for Prior Club Dies Still Available

Spellbinders offers a chance to grab some of the dies from previous months that are still available.  Shop past club dies.

Thanks for stopping here.

Spellbinders even invites you to share your creations with them on Instagram (#SpellbindersClubKits)
or by uploading them to the Spellbinders club gallery

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Beach Card with Spellbinders Large Die Club


Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Club
Did you know Spellbinders has a variety of monthly die clubs?  
Yes it's true -they have a Small Die of the Month and Large Die of the Month Club -plus combinations of both. 

The dies selected each month are exclusively created for the clubs.  

This month, I have the privilege of playing with Spellbinders Large Die of the Month  for October.   I've got to say, this die set includes elements for every season making this perfect to use all year long.  I love that kind of clever versatility. 

So what do I mean by versatility?     
I have already created a Halloween and Thanksgiving card with this die set (see these here)

I have created a Christmas card with this set as well - see blog post here
You can find this Christmas card here. 



Now it's time to have fun at the beach!  My paper choice is from Bo Bunny -  Boardwalk collection.   I added some foam to the back of the beachballs and surfboard to give the card a bit of volume and depth.  

Nothing says fun like a trip to the beach!  Hooray.  


Shop for Prior Club Dies Still Available

Spellbinders offers a chance to grab some of the dies from previous months that are still available.  Shop past club dies.

Thanks for stopping here.

Spellbinders even invites you to share your creations with them on Instagram (#SpellbindersClubKits)
or by uploading them to the Spellbinders club gallery

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .

Product Links and References:
All Clubs from Spellbinders
Large Die of the Month
Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Club
Bo Bunny -  Boardwalk collection.  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bright Bold Butterfly Cards -DIY Instructions


Time for some bright and cheery cards.  
As the seasons change where I live, the sky grows dark and gloomy.  It's time to add bright colors, butterflies, cheer and love to someone's day.  

DIY time! For these cards, I created my own DIY background using stamps from JustRite Papercrafts.  The butterflies are also from JustRite. 



Creating the Backgrounds
I did some creative fun blending and stamping to create the backgrounds of both cards.  The best way to get a smooth blended background is by using the right paper: Specialty Stamping Paper for Inks .   This paper has a glossy slippery feel to it, helping to make the inks blend seamlessly.  The paper is the key. 

Next I used Sponge Daubers - Finger Tip Sponge Daubers.  I love these little buggers.  They are absolutely perfect for controlling the ink colors and getting the colors exactly where you want them.  The other blending tools and pads are just too big to do the job.  This is a card....the area being colored is small.  It requires a small tool.   

These are the other products I used:  
More DIY backgrounds here.  The orange background was created with the following: 



Where to shop? 
You can shop for JustRite stamps and dies right here


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Christmas Cards with Spellbinders Large Die Club



Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Club
Did you know Spellbinders has a variety of monthly die clubs?  
Yes it's true -they have a Small Die of the Month and Large Die of the Month Club -plus combinations of both. 
The dies selected each month are exclusively created for the clubs.  

This month, I have the privilege of playing with Spellbinders Large Die of the Month  for October.   I've got to say, this die set includes elements for every season making this perfect to use all year long.  I love that kind of clever versatility.     

I've created cards for Thanksgiving, Halloween and now I'm moving on to Christmas. 

The die set includes branches to create trees and poinsettias, presents and holiday swags.
Plus elements for the beach, summer, fall and flowers for the spring. 
These are the other cards I made with the same die set.    You can find details on these cards posted here


Shop for Prior Club Dies Still Available

Spellbinders offers a chance to grab some of the dies from previous months that are still available.  Shop past club dies.

Thanks for stopping here.
Spellbinders even invites you to share your creations with them on Instagram (#SpellbindersClubKits)
or by uploading them to the Spellbinders club gallery

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .

Monday, October 8, 2018

Halloween and Thanksgiving Cards - Using Spellbinders


Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Club
Did you know Spellbinders has a variety of monthly die clubs?  
Yes it's true -they have a Small Die of the Month and Large Die of the Month Club -plus combinations of both. 
The dies selected each month are exclusively created for the clubs.  

This month, I have the privilege of playing with Spellbinders Large Die of the Month  for October.   I've got to say, this die set includes elements for every season making this perfect to use all year long.  I love that kind of clever versatility.     


I focused on the two upcoming holidays in the US - Halloween and then Thanksgiving.   
My first card was so much fun to make.  As you can see, I created a haunted car and used the pumpkins as my halloween accents.  Well that and some nips  of cheesecloth tucked here and there. 



This is my second card featuring a Thanksgiving theme for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  Like many of us, I have family that live far away and cannot join us at the dinner table this year.  In fact, both of my sons relocated to different states and we are first-time empty nesters.  

One guess who's getting these cards?  


The die set has a sweet vine die so I created a little pumpkin swag.  I also added foam to the back of the "Thanks" diecut for dimension to look like the back end of a pickup.  

As you can see, with a few small changes of paper and color, you can easily change the theme of the card.   The paper choice on this card is from Reminisce - Best of Harvest Collection Autumn Plaids.  

 



I also created a Christmas card with this same die set.  You can see the details for the Christmas card here.  

You can also find this card here.  




Shop for Prior Club Dies Still Available

Spellbinders offers a chance to grab some of the dies from previous months that are still available.  Shop past club dies.

Thanks for stopping here.
Spellbinders even invites you to share your creations with them on Instagram (#SpellbindersClubKits)
or by uploading them to the Spellbinders club gallery

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .