Thanks for dropping by the blog. I have been enjoying the summer. Doing a bit of traveling and spending time with family (oh, and buying houseplants). But, now it’s time to get back to making!
I have been working on Halloween cards for the grankids. I will also be on Facebook Live on October 3, 2020 for National Card Day! Join me for some fun cards that you can make at home. And, the best part is you do not need any special tools or dies to make these cards (just paper, scissors and glue). I will also be show casing a few blank albums that will be for sale.
On that note, I will be changing up some of the pages on this blog. I have already removed the Stampin Up page (I am no longer associated with the company -no hard feelings-just wasn’t for me). Next change that will be coming in the future . . . you will be able to purchase cards here on the blog. Keep an eye out for this exciting improvement!
So, this is a short post. I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe! The cards I mentioned are below. Happy Crafting -Stephanie
I have decided to take the month of July off. I have been spending time with grankids, family and dogs (6 dogs, as I am dog sitting. Not complaining, I LOVE them). I have also started a plant family and have been buying and swapping plants with my daughter-in-law.
I love this new hobby! I started with one plant sent to me by my daughter-in-law (and son) on Mother’s Day and from there it has been a ridiculous journey! I already have about 20 plants and (just ordered a few more, it happens!). But, as I now have all these plants I needed somewhere to put them. So…..enter the hubby. He has built me an A frame ladder plant stand and a couch table that did not end up behind the couch (again, it happens, lol). They are full of plants and look great. Here are a few pictures.
Anyway, I hope you all have a great month! Don’t forget to stay safe, wear your mask and practice social distancing. I will see you in August with new tutorials, new mini albums and hopefully an online craft class (we’ll see how it goes!).
What have you been up to this week. I have been working on some SnailMail for the grankids (made my first pull card ever!), put together a new Photo Card (for mailing ), and have made two mini albums. Wow, right?
I think I will be making a written tutorial for the Photo Card this next week and will post it as soon as it is Done! In the meantime, you can watch the entire video on my YouTube channel.
Here is my Pull-Card, I love the wy it turned out. Of course, I started the card before watching the video that gave directions for using the slider die. What can I say…. i’m not big on reading directions. Anyway, the video gave me a good idea of how the whole thing worked, soI was able to make the card even though I did it completely wrong. And, it works so, I’m pretty happy with it.
And, over at RosaKellyScrapbooking on YouTube I found a couple of albums that I really liked, so I followed along and made two interactive mini-albums. They turned out great! I still have to mat the pages and make them look all pretty, but that’s a project for a future weekend. Oh, and I finished my Christmas mini. Which by the way, I designed by myself (yes, I surprised even myself).
To wrap this up, check up my new YouTube channel, and keep on the look out for the tutorial for the Photo Holder Card.
Have a Good Week, Stay Safe and Happy Crafting -Stephanie
The new catalog is live and can be order from. You can down load the digital catalog at StampinUp.com
Here are a few of the items that I really liked, some I really love. Without further ado…..
I’m starting off with some of the more boring items (I feel they are boring but necessary). Paper, the In Color paper is great! The color pallet is nice and the quality of the paper is awesome, so is the Whisper White yardstick. Also, there is a balloon punch. It punches two different size balloons at a time (who doesn’t use balloons on Birthday and Party cards, I know I do!). And, then there’s the…. never mind that’s it for the boring stuff. So, here are pictures of the punch and the paper colors.
Now for the FUN stuff! There are a few stamp sets that have coordinating dies, whether or not I will purchase these has yet to be determined as the stamp sets I like are not very intricate and can be fussy cut for cards. Anyway, here they are…
Stinkin’ Cute Animal Stamps
A Day Without Coffee, Chocolate, Cookies, Ummmm….
For the Girly, Girls
There you go a quick preview, so go Download the catalog, give it a good look and…..
If you find something you would like to have or something you just can’t live without, give me a holler or an email might work better and I’ll takecare of your order.
Well, I finally got around to cleaning my craft table off, reorganized my papers, and got my stamps and dies put away. I always forget to take the before picture, but believe me when I say you could not see the top of the table. It was “ridiculous”!
Anyway, I found a few cards that needed to be finished, and some pages for a mini album, that had been folded and cut and left for another time (that other time never came because of the mess).
Last wee I worked on finishing the pages. I added pockets, and waterfalls to the pages and a few other nice aspects. I then matted the pages with a patterned paper. And, as you will see it is, yes, wait for it…..Christmas paper.
The pics of the finished pages and the cover for the album are below. I will be finishing this mini album, which is by the way, a 5 x7 album later this week.
nutcracker is pocket for storing photos
opens to waterfall
4 x 6 photo times 5
back of page 1 front of page2
booklet times 2
3 x 4 photos times 5 each
5 x7 times 3
back of page 2 front of page 3
slides into pocket
5×7 times 3
cover and band
This album will hold up to approximately 12 five by seven photos, 5 four by six photos, and 10 three by four photos or a combination of these sizes as you see fit. Magnets hold the waterfall and booklet features in place as you look through the album and the band fits the cover of the album to keep everything tucked away and safe.
Stay tuned as today I have another post for you all (lucky ducks). I will be sharing a few stamp sets that are going live today from the new Stamping Up catalog. I will post those images here or you can visit my FB page or my new YouTube channel (thought I would try it, we will see how it goes and I will decide if it is worth the trouble) 10am CST. Anyway…..
I have another quick card tutorial for you. I’m super excited about this card, I found the how-to over on YouTube (TuesdayTips with Connie Stewart). I have made several of these since watching the video, why you ask, because it’s so stinking easy and FUN, did I mention FUN!
This is what you will need to get started:
Remember: All measurements given are in INCHES
solid color card stock 1 piece 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
pattern card stock 1 piece 5 1/4 x 4
white card stock 1 piece 8 x 5 1/4 *scored at 4 in. on the long side (8″)
sentiment stamp, adhesive
set aside the scraps from the solid color and white card stock, this will be used for the sentiment strip later in the project.
Here We Go….
Take the white card stock and score it on your score board. Score on the 8 inch side at 4 inches. Fold the card in half. You are now ready to take the pattern card stock (5 1/4 x 4) and attach it to the front of your white card. I used double sided tape for this project.
Next we will attach the card to the solid piece of card stock (5 1/2 x 4 1/4). Make sure to leave an 1/8 of an inch border around the card, see picture below.
Now we will work on the sentiment closure. First you need to determine the size of white card stock you will need . To do this put your sentiment down how you want to stamp it (I used my cutting mat as it has rulers on it) then measure the width and length of the sentiment. In the pictures below you can see my sentiment: it took up not quite 2 inches in width and 3 3/4 inches in length. So, I added a 1/4 inch to each measurement and cut then stamped the sentiment.
To finish the sentiment strip you need to cut the scrap of solid colored card stock that you set aside to a 1/4 inch more on the width and 1 inch more on the length. I cut my solid scrap to 2 1/2 x 4 3/4. Attach the sentiment to this piece, attaching it close to the left side of the solid color strip you just cut. See picture
Then score the solid color right where the white paper ends, this will form a flap that will be glued to the back of the card. picture below.
Time to finish this card! Add tape to the backside of the flap, figure out where you want your sentiment and attach the flap to the back of the card.
You’re Done! As I said, easy and fun. I love these cards and have already made a hand full of them. Below is a set of cards that has been added to the SHOP page and a single one of these cards that has also been added to the SHOP page (which was recently updated, I might add, take a look).
Hope you have FUN with this tutorial and try your own. If your not into making your own cards, you can always shop with ME. Oh, I almost forgot there is also a video tutorial for this card on the FaceBook page of course.
Have a Safe and Healthy week. See you right here, next time! -Stephanie
I posted a video today for the How-To for the junk journal, it is live on my facebook page, Right Now! Check it out you will surprised at how easy it is to make this junk journal. And,if you are not a Do-It-Yourself(er)you can always contact me at Playinwithpaper@gmail.comto order your own personalized journal. Anyway, her are a few pictures of the journal I made for the facebook page. It in two parts (the entire journal is made), part 3 will be ideas for embellishing!
A few other things that have been going on here at PlayWithPaper: I have one birthday card left to make for this year and that is my daughter’s. She turns the big “30” so, that calls for an out of this world good card (still thinking about that one). Can’t show pictures of the birthday card, incase the fam decides to look at the blog, but I can show a few of the just because I love you cards (as my five year old Grandaughter calls them). She actually picked out what she wanted on her card when we video chatted the other day. Here’s what she picked…..
I spent a day reorganizing dies and stamps, fun, fun, fun! and swatched out all of my markers, again, fun! I’ve included pictures of how I store my dies, stickers and stamps (for anyone looking for organization ideas for their stuff). When I swatched the markers I used a flower stamp I had and colored each flower and labeled it with a number or name so I could see what color the marker actually was on paper (it helps a lot, and it was fun to color all those flowers).
On the homefront (yes I stepped away from my paper crafting for a day or too, hard for me to believe, but I did!), we started planting flowers and vegetable in the backyard. As usual, I could not wait and yes they (weather people) are saying it is going to frost this weekend, so….. We will be going out to cover all the plants so the cold doesn’t kill them. I really need to learn to wait to plant until it gets warm and stays warm (but where is the fun in that).
Ok, so that’s it. Whew, that was a really long post. I know you’re thinking “just write a book, lady!” Sorry, guess I had a lot to share. Don’t forget to check out that new video on my FB page for the journal (make sure to watch both videos) and have a great week, until next time…..
Well, this week has been a little slow. I’ve hit a bit of a creative block, maker’s block, whatever you want to call it. But, I did make a couple of cards. One was a just because card, because sometimes you don’t need a reason to send a card other than, just because! And, another was a birthday card for a summer birthday. I’ll add pictures below.
My daughter-in-law asked if I could make a junk journal. A what? My reply, “I’ve never done one put I’ll see what I can come up with”. So, I of course hit-up YouTube to see what was out there and was inspired to make a journal that was geared toward beginners. No, sewing of the binding required, right up my alley. And, I have to say that I am pretty happy with the way it turned out! I have to cut a few tags for it and it will be in the mail this weekend, I hope she enjoys it. You can find a video walk through of the whole journal on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/playinwithpaper/
I have also been working on some “fancy” notepads. You take a store bought notepad (1 buck at the dollar tree) and make a cover for it, just like you would a mini album. They turn out lovely, and for those of you that follow me on instagram already know that I made one of these for my mom for Mother’s Day and of course already gave it to her (what can I say, when I’m excited about something I just can’t wait!!).
Wow, I guess the past week was not as slow on the crafting front as I thought. Anyway, I will be making a video tutorial (that will be posted to my Facebook Page) for both the “fancy” notepads and for the junk journal in the coming weeks. In the meantime you can always find me on Instagram if you would like to see what I’m up to in the crafting world.
Here are the pictures of the notepads….
Cards from the week…..
Social Distance people, and Happy Crafting! -Stephanie
Ok, I finally got a few of my tools together and thought I would introduce you to the ones that are always out on my craft table. I use these ALL the time!
The first one is the corner rounder, many different companies have corner rounders on the market. I have Fiskars corner rounder, because when I started doing cards that was the one the store had in stock ( I do love it though, I have tried others and I always go back to my Fiskars. Ok, what does it do, you asked? It will round the corner of your card base or topper, so if you do not want a square corner you get a bit of a rounded corner (its great when working on mini albums!)
Second tool I love is the Paper Piercer, again there are lots of these on the market, I happen to have the one from Stampin Up. This tool can be used for many, many things. I have used this to pierce paper very few times, but I use it just about every time I sit down to paper craft. You can peel the paper off of double sided tape with this, pick up small embellishment, move embellishments once placed, and I’m sure there are other uses for it as well.
And last, Sissix stamping pad, which they actually call the Secret Weapon. This pad is great to use when stamping with the clear stamps that do not have the foam attached like the rubber stamps. Although, I use with all my stamps. This mat is double sided there is a foamy side, used for stamping. This side helps you get a good stamped image (no one likes not having all the lines of their stamped image). Yep, it does help! I use to stamp (using good pressure) and at times would be missing lines or letters in words (the worst), but with this pad I get a good stamped image every time! The back side of the pad has a rough feel and can be used when piercing paper (this way you can lay the paper on the pad and not have to worry about your craft surface or your fingers).
So, there you have it. Three of the tools I use the most when making cards and mini albums. These items are all readily available on the retail market. Nice thing is none of them are expensive and they will make your card making life easier.