Showing posts with label American Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Crafts. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

50 Shades of Birthdays : 50th Birthday Cards

50 Shades of Birthdays

Or, 150 years of birthdays but that seems excessive. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had several January birthdays so I’d be posting lots of cards. Three of those happen to be 50th birthdays so here are three different cards made for three different but individually special people.

50th Birthday Black White Gold

Card #1 uses Anna Griffin black and white paper and a music score embossed panel (Darice). I cut two sets of the numbers “50” from the patterned paper and layered them using foam dots to give some depth. Kept things simple with gold glitter tape ( American Crafts) , gold washi tape, and a black organza ribbon.  The fleur-de-lis metal piece is one of a pack I picked up at Michaels in the $1 bin.

50th Birthday Black White Gold Closeup


Card #2:

50th Birthday Gold Glitter

This is another Anna Griffin paper. I used it in combination with a gold glitter cardstock and cut the panels using Spellbinders dies. Layered with foam dots and the focal number is American Crafts glitter Thickers stickers. Embellished with coordinating rhinestones and Stickles.
50th Birthday Gold Glitter Closeup
Card #3 also keeps the gold theme but is more casual in keeping with the recipient:
50th Birthday Time

I used papers from a vintage pack by Recollections along with Thickers, metal stickers, and washi tape.

For each of these cards, I kept it simple using only one or two strong graphic papers for each.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Anna Griffin and Coco Chanel: Black and White Birthday Card

Anna Griffin Black and White

My first project of the New Year and no surprise, it’s a card. In fact you’ll see a few coming because I have a bunch of January birthdays to celebrate.

First up is a card for a girlfriend who is “crazy for Coco” as in Chanel. Like the style icon ( and yours truly) she is a huge fan of classic black and white (although I added a tiny swatch of pink in here).
Anna Griffin Black and White Papers

While out and about this weekend, I found these gorgeous Anna Griffin papers at a little boutique that surprisingly had a scrapbooking section. On sale even! The paper is reversible with a bolder print on one side and the lighter print on the other.

Black and White Birthday

The card is 5x7 white cardstock, layered with panels of the Anna Griffin papers and a pink patterned scrap from my stash. The black and white polka dot ribbon is American crafts.

Coco Chanel Quote

I computer generated the quote using mixed fonts, printed on white card stock, trimmed, and matted on black paper. Added a little black and white washi tape and rhinestones. 

This card is also a pop up. I’ve never made a pop up card before and what took me so long I don’t know! I cut a crown from the black and white paper using my Cricut Expression and Wall D├ęcor and More Cartridge and just kept the inside simple:

Anna Griffin Black and White Crown

And voila, a card fit for a queen !

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Anniversary Card in Black, Silver and Gold. Handmade Paper Is The Star !

25th Anniversary Card

Sharing a very quick Anniversary card I had to get out the door. Thankfully my paper hoarding paid off since this beautiful black and silver floral print handmade paper didn’t need much else!
Products used in this card:
  • Stardream Metallics gold cardstock
  • Handmade paper
  • Die Cutting Machine and Die (I used a Spellbinders die)
  • Glittered Stickers ( I used Thickers by American Crafts)
  • Embellishment ( 3-D sticker I had in my stash)
Spellbinders and Thickers

The card is 5x7. Cut cardstock to size and score down the middle. Trim handmade paper to 4.75 x 6.75 and trim cardstock scrap leftover from your card to 4.75 and adhere across middle of patterned paper.
Anniversary Card

For the focal, I layered a scrap of the patterned paper onto a piece of silver metallic cardstock and then cut the whole thing using my Spellbinders die. Added the Thickers glitter stickers to the front and adhered the focal to the card with a foam dot. Finished with a gold embellishment I had in my stash.

Die Cut Negative

This is the negative from that little experiment which I think I’ll use in another card!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cardmaking with Project Life and A Just Because Giveaway

Here's The Story Project Life

You may recall the post I had up last week using the “Vintage Travel” Project Life scrapbooking kit. While it’s designed for easy scrapbooks, I decided to use it to make some cards. The great thing is, since the Project Life kit is  made by American Crafts, it coordinates with American Crafts papers! I love it when a plan I didn’t have comes together.

Vintage Travel Project Life

Here are some of the Project Life scrapbook cards I randomly selected along with a piece of scrapbook paper I had in my stash ( Fifth and Frolic collection).  I had fun using designs in the cards as inspiration. For example, I used a circle punch to punch out the middle of one card and used the punched out portion here:

Project Life Greeting Card

I distressed the cut out circle with some ink, tore another card and adhered it to the “Thousands of Little Moments” 5x7 card and used the scrapbook paper as my background Finished with some coordinating baker’s twine and washi tape.

Project Life Vintage Travel Kit

Here’s the negative from the PL card I punched out. I  trimmed it slightly and layered it over yet another card from the kit. Used more distress ink over the whole thing and used it along with a sentiment from another card to make the card shown at the top of the post.

I was having so much fun I couldn’t stop. So I grabbed even more cards from the kit and decided to make some 4.25 x 5.5  notecards.

Notecards Project Life

Each of these notecards uses pieces from the PL kit, just randomly paired together, cut up, torn up, etc.

Project Life Camera Card

I finished some with glitter tape and others with washi tape and some with both. And guess what? I’m giving them away! Why? Why not.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Playing Around With Project Life Vintage Travel Kit

Project Life Vintage Travel

I’d been hearing tons about “Project Life”  an innovative line of scrapbook products by Becky Higgins. I was thrilled when I had the chance to play with one of the newest kits  now available at Michaels: Vintage Travel.

This collection features deep blues, reds, browns and dark neutrals, and as the name suggests, lots of travel themed icons. This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own.

I have been an on and off scrapbooker, and Project Life is a great way to scrapbook if you are just starting out or if you are a veteran.

Included in each kit are enough themed cards to complete an entire album. Included are cards with suggested layouts. You don’t need scissors, glue, or fancy tools. The albums support the card sizes from the kits and you can lay things out how you choose.

Project Life Vintage Travel Inside

Everything coordinates with everything else and all of the cards are double sided. But kind of like how life is what happens when you're busy making other plans, I'm a person who doesn’t like to use stuff for its intended purpose so I decided not to make traditional scrapbook layouts with this cool Vintage Travel kit, but a smaller purse sized album that could then become part of a big 12x12 album or simply stand alone.

Vintage Travel Mini Album

For this album, I selected several of the pre-scored cards from the kit:

Project Life Folded Cards Closeup

Folded these along the score lines and then made an accordion style album by adhering the pages together with double sided tape:

Project Life Accordion

Since everything coordinates, I didn’t really plan out a pattern. You could easily choose from one color family or use all of one pattern or theme or whatever you want.

Project Life Accordion Album Cover

I can’t have paper in my possession without tearing it. Just cannot be done! So I covered two pieces of chipboard with more of the cards from the kit, again, not particularly careful just eyeballed some coordinating colors.
Project Life Vintage Travel Mini Album

I cut/tore a couple more cards and used PVA glue to adhere them to my album cover, going over the whole thing with some distress inks. Finished with an oversized eyelet on the front and back covers tied off with ribbon.
Vintage Travel Project LIfe

Here’s the inside where I can jot down notes or paste in ticket stubs, receipts, little things I want to keep or remember. I didn’t make it so fat that I can’t tuck the whole thing inside a bigger scrapbook if I want to. Haven’t decided yet!

Project Life Mini Album Back

This is the back cover. You can go check out the the Vintage Travel kit along with the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic core kits at Michaels, which carries one of the largest selections of Project Life. The Dear Lizzy collection features light blues, pinks, yellows and neutrals with birds, trees, houses, and keys.

As you can see from the pictures of the kit, there are a LOT of cards included in this kit so be on the lookout for some future projects, and maybe even an actual scrapbook !

Monday, June 10, 2013

Glittery Gold Graduation and Retirement Cards with American Crafts

American Crafts Gold Cards
Disclosure: I received products from American Crafts but was not financially compensated for this post. Projects and opinions are mine.

I recently received some glittery gold goodies from the wonderful folks at American Crafts. I love metallics and glitter and the timing was perfect since I knew I had a retirement and a graduation card to make. Both of these occasions just scream gold to me. Yes, I am the paper whisperer.

American Crafts Gold

Gold papers, metallic glitter, gold embossing powder, gold baker’s twine!

For the retirement card, I made a 5x7 card from cream card stock and then cut a piece of the American Crafts  gold and white damask paper to size. I also die cut  a layered flower from the same paper and curled the petal edges.

American Crafts Gold Retirement

Since the paper is so detailed with the damask pattern and the glitter, I kept this card simple and just used this one paper for the card.

Layered scraps leftover from my card with AC gold glitter tape and spelled out the word “enjoy” using the gold glitter Thickers alphabet stickers I received. Layered these as shown.

American Crafts Gold Damask

American Crafts Gold Retirement
Finished with a gold rhinestone in the middle.
American Crafts Gold Graduation

For the graduation card, I used a foiled piece from the American Crafts Atlantic collection along with plain black cardstock, more glitter tape, an embossed image with the American Crafts ZING embossing powder, and the glitter Thickers stickers. I wrapped some of the gold baker’s twine around the card and even made a little graduation tassel with it.

American Crafts Gold Baker's Twine

Sometimes working with metallics and glitter you can end up covered in it. I really like the glitter ribbon ( did I mention it’s self adhesive?) because it doesn’t come off on you. Same for the Thickers stickers. The papers are incredible both in the design and the weight. I like making layered, heavy cards ( the post office just loves me) and these work great w/ die cut machines and can stand up to altering etc.

You can see more from the American Crafts line here as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic Cards...And They Can Be Yours

Dear Lizzy House and Home

I recently had the chance to play with a new line of papers  available as of March 17th at JoAnns: Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic by American Crafts. This is a new line from designer Elizabeth Kartchner. Playing with these papers just put me in a happy mood and how could they not?

Dear Lizzy

The papers are all double sided in shades of light blue, pinks, yellows, naturals, greens and they all work with each other. I decided to make some cards and went with a really random process in doing so. I chose a couple of the papers and cut several different shapes using my Expression. The papers are great for manual and electric die cutting machines.

Dear Lizzy Shapes

I had some coordinating blank cards in my stash and just kind of started putting pieces together.

Dear Lizzy Cards


Dear Lizzy Cards


Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic

The collection also includes great embellishments like these coordinating brads that I used in the cards:


You can see the entire line here as well as follow the frolicking fun with American Crafts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or
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Fifth and Frolic Dear Lizzy Cards


Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic

And since I had so much fun making them just because, I’m giving them away “just because”. Super simple. Leave a comment and a winner ( US or Canada only) will be randomly selected.

Disclosure: I received the products used in this post from American Crafts. Opinions and giveaway of cards are my own.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

To Everything There Is A Season: Damask Sympathy Card

A friend of ours recently lost his father so I made this card to express our sympathy.

Paper Reverie Sympathy

I used a paper from the Paper Reverie line by Making Memories. Hard to see here but the damask design is glittered. The quote I used on the card is on a Hero Arts stamp that I have used before for sympathy cards:

Damask Sympathy Card Closeup

This seemed appropriate because our friend’s dad struggled with age related memory loss and I wanted to remind him that while his dad is gone and may not have remembered some things lately, all the days they shared together are still with him.

Paper Reverie American Crafts

The upside to being a stashaholic is that you have things on hand that may not have been intended to go together but do. Like this paper and these oversized brads by American Crafts.

I kept the design pretty simple with layers and clean edges ( mostly …had to use one torn panel and a decorative adhesive scrapbook border)

Paper Reverie Sympathy

To everything there is a season…

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