Craft Club Party – Crate Paper

Inspiring your friends or family to spend time crafting, scrapbooking, making cards or getting artsy is a wonderful thing!  I have hosted numerous crafty afternoons for friends and years ago I taught painting and art journaling classes.  Some of us love to collect pretty things, tools, and supplies, so it makes it easy for us to share some of the “goods” for an afternoon of fun!  It can be intimidating to get crafty for some people and a craft club day can show your friends what they need and let them experience the pleasure of making something!

My crafty pals are going to make cards using the Maggie Holmes Boxed Cards.  The box comes with 40 cards & envelopes, and the designs are a wonderful compliment to the brand new Willow Lane Collection by Maggie Holmes.  The ready to go cards make it easy to get right to the fun part – decorating!!

I used Willow Lane to decorate for my craft club party paired with vintage linen and vintage glass baking dishes and assorted ceramic bowls to hold embellishments.  I fussy cut a whole sheet of butterflies from the Flutter paper to have ready to use!

The washi tape sits with the Let the Good Times Roll card in the stand.  I couldn’t help but think that was cute 🙂  I added twine and buttons and other bits and pieces to decorate cards.

A 12×12 paper makes the perfect placemat for the crafty setting and can be used during the party!  Part of the fun of setting up a craft party is the preparation and having the area look cute and inviting!

Everyone got their own adorable animal for the day!  The name tag items are lightly adhered so that the embellishments can be used on the craft!

It is a great idea to pre-select a few ephemera items for the cards to set at each area.  This takes some of the stress of knowing what goes together out of the crafty pals decisions!  I added the heart washi tape to the clothespins for a custom touch and to keep items together.

I encourage you to use your crafty supplies and inspire others to craft by hosting a craft club day or afternoon!!

July 4th Party Invites – Crate Paper

Being Canadian it was a fun challenge to create party invitations for July 4th from my current Crate Paper collections.  I had to get creative and figure out how to use the colors I had to get a good representation of an iconic American celebration!  I decided on flags as the main theme of my invitations.  I felt like I could be creative but still have something recognizable!  I started out the first invitation with a big tag!  The dimensions of the tag are 5 1/2″ wide by 8″ high.

I started out by preparing a piece of white cardstock to cut into a banner “flag” shape.  I added think pink strips from the Good Vibes Flourish paper and then added a smaller banner with white on top.  I punched out stars from the Good Vibes Passion paper.  I bent about 1/4″ of the flag around a cut-down skewer for the flag pole.

To embellish the front of the invite I added two different alphas and layered the cork stars from the Good Vibes Ephemera Pak with Gold star stickers.  Some ribbons and twine in the tag hole finished it off!

The back of the first invitation is all about the fun Ice Cream party!  I have been wanting to use the Ice Cream truck from Good Vibes for a long time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!!  I added more gold glittery alphas and sprinkles of embellishments from the chipboard set.

For my second invitation, I decided on a 4×6 folding card for my base.  I created a flag for the background using a blue and pink paper from the Flourish collection.  I punched little stars from the Aviary paper to decorate the blue rectangle on the background.  The flag would look spectacular on its own but since I love layers I decided to jazz it up even more!

I used the blue tag from the Flourish Ephemera pak and the white rosette from the Standouts pak.  I decided to layer stars in the papers I used for the flag on top of the rosette.  A pretty gold glitter title and a word sticker and a typed sentiment finished it off perfectly!

I had such fun making these invitations! Try making a flag for a card or fun decorations for your 4th of July festivities!

GOOD VIBES: Passion 344305 / Flourish 344306 / Together Glitter Alpha 344315 / Ephemera 344313 / Cardstock Stickers 344314

FLOURISH: 344362 POPPY / 344364 EMMA / 344365 AVIARY / 344396 STANDOUTS / 344387 EPHEMERA P ACK / 344401 CARDSTOCK STICKERS

Tea Bag Cards – Crate Paper

Today I am sharing some pretty interactive cards I made using the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection by Crate Paper! I remembered that I had downloaded a tea bag shape from the silhouette store some time ago and thought that would be a fun jumping off point for an interactive card! As I was looking through the Flourish collection I spotted three little tea stickers!! That sealed the deal for me and made it so easy to pick papers and items to go on each card.

I started first with the Chamomile Tea sticker the white wild roses on the Greenhouse paper went beautifully with the chamomile flowers so I cut the tea card from that paper. I decorated the front with white and green ephemera and stickers and made sure to include a little bit of yellow! I chose a Love You sentiment from the sticker sheet.

These little teapots are so sweet! I would love to have a collection of them! I tucked in one of the gold foil leaves for a little eye-catching sparkle behind the chamomile tea jar!

Next up is the English Rose Tea card. I think this one is my favourite! I chose the Emma paper for it’s delicate little blooms and cut the tea card on my silhouette. I added the illustrated black and white ephemera as the base so that the tea jar would show up nicely! The antique fair ticket is cut from the Always paper, I antiqued the edges with a bit of ink.

The “heart you” sentiment seemed to be perfect for the Rose Tea card! You can see that I added a bit of machine stitching on the cards for subtle detail.

Oh those lazy days drinking Summertime Tea! In my dreams!! I love how fresh and pretty this card turned out. I trimmed the black and white card into a tag shape to fit the tea card and decorated it with a pretty yellow floral sticker, another ticket from the Always paper and a fussy cut heart from the Poppy paper I cut the card from.

The detail on these tiny tea canister stickers is so lovely! You can see the stitching under the tea jar (which I popped up on foam dots) and the inked ticket to make it look even more vintage.

These cards were really easy to make, with just a few folds and pretty decorations. To further customize them I cut the matching tea label on the end of the strings out of the same papers and decorated each one with a tiny vintage ticket. You can fill the cards with individually packaged tea bags or add loose tea, they would smell divine!!

I hope you enjoyed these cards! You could easily make the same little tea canister clusters on the front of a traditional card as well!

Supplies: Flourish Emma Paper (344364) Flourish Poppy Paper (344362 ) Flourish Greenhouse Paper (344371) Flourish Always Paper (344367) Ephemera (344387) Flourish Chipboard Stickers (344386) Flourish Cardstock Stickers (344401) Flourish Card Making pad (344406))

Fussy Cut Cards

I love to fussy cut! I find it very relaxing and if I don’t keep track of time I can fussy cut for hours! The Good Vibes collection has so many great opportunities for fussy cutting! I cut almost all of the Flourish paper, the leaves and sprigs are so perfect for tucking here and there in clusters! The florals in the All Good paper are also fairly easy to fussy cut and you end up with a nice stockpile of florals to use.

For the High Five card I stamped the base of the card with the You Rock stamp in a messy pattern, I would stamp with full ink and then move the stamp around for a ghost effect. I layered the cork badge with the chipboard High Five badge and used the pretty pink fussy cut flowers and leaves as a layer in between the badge and the kraft tag.

I really love to have dimension between my layers and I use foam dots to both adhere the layers and lift them!

For my Love You Tons card I started out with a white card and added a rectangle of paper from the Serious Fun paper. I love that it has ink drops already on it for a mixed media feel without the mess! I used one of the cute cacti from the ephemera pak and the Love You Tons piece as the focal point of the card and added sprigs and leaves. The black leaves really make the teal and pink pop!

When I fussy cut items from papers I usually try to either have a small border (I left a white border on the black leaves) or I will fussy cut just inside the edge of an item to get a nice clean die cut look (the pink flower is a great example of this) It is always great to have a plan of how you will fussy cut before you start snipping!

Supplies: Good Vibes Flourish Paper (344306) Good Vibes All Good Paper (344303) Good Vibes Serious Fun Paper (344302) Good Vibes Ephemera Die-Cuts (344313) Good Vibes Clear Stamps (344323) Good Vibes Chipboard Stickers (344312)

Pretty Cards

I have to tell you up front that I wouldn’t put card making in my skill repertoire, but that may have changed for me after I made these 3 pretty little cards using the gorgeous October Hip Kits!  I decided to go for small and sweet and started out with card bases that measure 3×4 after they are folded.

For the first card I used the Bazzill TuTu Pink Cardstock for the base and layered a PL Card with teeny tiny dots then two tags I cut from Pinkfresh Studio papers and the cherry on top is a fussy cut rose from the Pebbles Jen Hadfield Heart of Home paper.  I tucked in a cut file leaf and a fabric embellishment from Pinkfresh Studio that say On My Heart.  I love this card!!

For the second card I paired the Bazzill Whirlpool Card Stock from the Oct. 2017 Cardstock Kit with a gorgeous golden PL card with tiny flowers.  I added a Pinkfresh Studio tag a Pursue Magic die cut and punched butterflies out of the Pinkfresh Studio papers all from the Oct. 2017 Main Kit.

For the third card I used the bold plaid designed by Kimberly Hutchinson that is found in the Oct. 2017 Main Kit and the exclusive PL card found in the Oct. 2017 PL Kit I thought it would be pretty to focus on the pretty delicate leaves in the PL card so I added one of the Hip Kit exclusive wood veneer leaves, a cut file leaf and a puffy sticker leaf from Pinkfresh Studio!  For the focal point I used a Pinkfresh tag and die cut!