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Flower Birthday Cards

Same Supplies, Different Card Layouts

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Last week I shared how I made 3 notepad covers and 3 cards out of one sheet of 12×12 pretty paper. (If you missed it you can see it here.) Well today I want to talk a little bit more about the 3 cards I made… Paper Dimensions: Flower Paper: 3-1/4” x 5” Basic Black mat: 3-1/2” x 5-1/4” Happy Birthday circle: 2-1/8″ Flirty Flamingo card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ These 3 birthday cards were all made using the exact SAME supplies, but I ended up with 3 DIFFERENT card layouts! It’s amazing what you can do by just…

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Personalized Gift Tags on Gifts

Personalized Gift Tags

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It’s all in the packaging. Some pretty ribbon and a personalized gift tag go a long way to pretty up a package. These are the gifts that I gave demonstrators on my team when we attended Stampin’ Up! events across the country recently. Included are a “Hoping Your Day is Perfect” card made with a VersaMark background, a VersaMark ink pad and a list of 5 VersaMark techniques. It’s all packaged up in a gusseted cello bag and tied at the top with White Baker’s Twine. As I tied the twine into a bow I added a strip of Bermuda Bay sequin…

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Perfect Day Versamark Card

5 VersaMark Techniques: This Ink Pad is MAGIC!

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If I could only have one ink pad I would pick the VersaMark pad. Hopefully I’m never in that situation, but in case you ever find yourself in a “give me all your stamp pads but one” life-or-death position, now you’ll know which one to keep. Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Peekaboo Peach: 4″ x 5-1/4″ Bermuda Bay: 3/4″ x 3-1/2″ Circle Size: 1-7/8″ This ink pad is like magic. MAGIC, I tell you! It’s a watermark pad so that no matter what color card stock you stamp on it looks that color, plus the ink stays sticky long…

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Card Making Basics: Types of Stamps

Card Making Basics: Stamps

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This month we’re going back to the basics – card making basics. While there are a gazillion different folds and techniques you can use to make cards, if you don’t have the basics down then you are going to get frustrated trying new things. So to start we’re going to talk about stamps. To me the basic tools of card making are stamps, ink and paper. Sure there are lots of other tools that make things easier and more fun, but you’ll at least need these 3 things to get started. There are so many different kinds of stamps now that you…

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Card Making Tips

Tips for Making Cards that Don’t Look Like They Were Made by a 5 Year Old

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When I first started stamping way back in 1998 I got together with my sisters and a few of my cousins for a stamping play date. We ranged in age from 5 to 23 and had very few supplies back then. We were all sitting in my parent’s kitchen making cards and I remember my mom walking in to look at what we’d made. She picked up a card that she thought my youngest sister had made and said “Hey, that’s really good for a 5 year old!” My cousin Julie who was in her early 20s at the time…

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