Free Spirit birthday cards

As always I had some beautiful papers left over from my previous (large) project, the Explosion Boxed Mini Album I shared with you last week. And as usually I could not bring myself to get rid of them, even though most of them were strips and scraps. So, here’s the two cards I managed to force them into ūüôā – one of them only one-sided for by that time I literally had no more scraps left.

 

 

Layout with Kaisercraft’s Limelight, ft. Nita

As of yet scrapbook layouts have not been my core business when it comes to paper crafting, but I do love to do them when inspiration hits me. For some examples of my personal style, may like to check out my layout-in-altered-frame, but also my two calendars: 12 months of Place in Time, and 12 months of Time to Flourish.

The focus of this new layout is my mother’s dog Nita, a beautiful black labrador mix. The picture itself immediately reminded me of¬†Kaisercraft’s Limelight¬†paper collection, which echoed the green and black, plus the white florals. A perfect fit!

Materials used:

Emjoy the video and pictures below! ūüôā

Framed, hanging from my wall:

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4 Secret Admirer Cards

Having already created two projects with Kaisercraft’s lovely Secret Admirer paper collection – a Folio Album and a Romantic Drawer box – I had hardly any papers left over, except some scraps.

But since I had really fallen for these gloriously colorful papers, I couldn’t bring myself to throw away even what little I had left. And good thing I didn’t, for as it turns out they¬†had¬†four lovely cards still within¬†in them! ūüôā

 

(Above was created with a step card die by the Dutch brand Crealies. Click photo for link to free video tutorial)

 

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Mother’s Day and Happy Birthday with G45’s Time to Flourish

I’ve been working with Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish¬†collection since the end of last year, when I was creating the first six months of an 8×8″ calendar. (I’ll show you the second half of that calendar this summer, since I haven’t finished it yet.)

Meanwhile, I added some 12×12″ inch Time to Flourish¬†sheets to my otherwise 8×8″ collection, to mix & match a bit and create four¬†nice cards. Today I’m happy to share the first two, centered around the month of May. They¬†were great¬†fun to make, especially with all the cutaparts, tags and chipboard pieces that come with this collection! I also enjoyed playing around with two different sizes of the same May sheet, the results of which you can see in the video.

So here’s two layered cards, one for Mother’s Day, the other for a birthday, both centered around the month of May.
For some more month-based greeting cards, check out my August versions!

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Three tips on creating layered card layouts

Lately I’ve been practising my layering, on two¬†calendars¬†which are still a work in progress, but mainly on some birthday cards. I already did a video tutorial on one way you¬†could layer a card, back in August 2014.

This week I’m sharing some extra tips with you, illustrated by three of my latest¬†birthday cards. The paper line I’ve used for all three of them¬†is Lucille,¬†a paper line by Basic Grey which some of you may recognize from my¬†Life’s a Picnic mini album (tutorial available!), of which I had some paper left over, enough to create these cards – though I had to make use of all three of the techniques I’m sharing with your below, otherwise I wouldn’t have had enough paper after all.

Tip 1 РUse scrap mats Рeven when die-cutting


Above: Birthday stamp by Kaisercraft

I’m guessing I’ve mentioned my scrap mats¬†(check out my free video¬†tutorial by clicking this link) in almost every one of my projects by now – what can I say, I’m a sucker for¬†squeezing out the absolute maximum of paper real estate out of my paper collections ūüôā

So in the pictures you can see that the second layer on this card (counting from the bottum up) is in fact a scrap mat, decorated with punched corners. An extra tip however, is that you can die cut shapes from your scrap mats as well! Check out the second to last layer (counting from the bottom up), i.e. the layer directly below the stamped sentiment label: that is a scrap mat label!

Another use for this, next to creating¬†labels and tags, is die cutting flowers and other decorative shapes. I used this technique in the¬†Life’s a picnic mini album,¬†here’s an example: in the picture below you can see that every layer of the flower consists of two different pieces of design paper.

 

Tip 2 – Use¬†the paper pad’s cover

Many¬†design paper pads have covers that have at least some¬†imagery, patterns or shapes that are¬†very useable for fussy cutting. So even if you have hardly any design paper left, you can still embellish your project with help from the paper pad’s cover.

The¬†Lucille¬†6×6″ paper pad cover has a floral image that I fussy cut and used as a decorative element on my card.

 

 

Tip 3 – Use dimension

If you have die cut two labels in incrementing sizes (my largest label in this third card had been die cut from a scrap mat by the way Рsee Tip 1), you could of course simply layer them flatly on top of eachother. You can add some interest however by using some double-sided foam tape to adhere the smaller label to the larger.

Adding some glitter glue along¬†the top layer’s edges is always a good idea as well!

 

I’m finding this dimension thing¬†very exciting by the way, and I’m always trying to add some of it to my layered cards¬†& layouts. Like in the¬†Time to Flourish calendar¬†below:

Leave some tips for me!

These were my tips, for now! If my layering adventures lead to any other¬†need-to-know¬†tidbits of knowledge on layering, I’ll let you know! ūüôā

Also, if you have any layering tips for me, please let me know and leave a comment – or tweet me!

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Tutorial: Layered card (+ some footage of my favorite hot glue gun)

I wanted to experiment with some layering, for I’d seen and admired layered cards and layouts from others but hadn’t tried it myself yet. This was¬†my first attempt and while I was at it, I decided to give you the opportunity to follow along! ūüôā

The paper I used was Rose Garden by First Edition – the same 6×6 inch pad that I used for the three cards I showed you a couple of posts ago. The stamp is a great birthday stamp by¬†Kaisercraft.

I’m also showing you my hot glue gun this time, it’s a really great piece of equipment!
Anyway, here’s the tutorial. Wait, don’t leave until the very end, for I’ll give you some sneak peeks into my Mini Album Month! It starts this September (so next week!) and you’ll be able to check out a mini album every week instead of every month!

 

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