Butternut yellow and vanilla cream colored cardstock beautifully
entwine with coordinated patterned paper, setting the perfect color
scheme for a lovely autumnal wedding. Silky twill ribbons lend a
satiny glow to a delicate lace border and honey-colored pearl and
crystal beaded stick pin. Simple images of the bride and groom are
anything but plain. Copper Stickles dots are applied over a delicate
wash of apricot that graces the bridal gown and the groom’s
tuxedo. And what would a wedding be without a cake? There are three
to choose from…yummy!
Love Photo Card
Reminiscent of hand-colored photos from a bygone era, this gentle
love card captures all the charm of yesteryear.
Jewels of the Orient
The real value of the cards and bookmark featured here lies not only
with the beautifully designed and glittered patterned paper, but
the fact that all three were created from just one sheet! Simply
select a paper design that features several images, like the K&Company
specialty “Que Sera Fera” patterned paper used here.
Then plan your card and bookmark dimensions, cut out, and embellish
as desired. A diagram has been provided for ease in placement and
The Orient Express
Black, red, and gold cardstocks set the tone for this stunning collection
of Oriental-themed cards. Variegated metal leafing, embossing paste, and stencils
entwine with fine gold threads and coins to beautifully express the elegant styling
of ancient China.
It’s All in the Game Cards
Featured here are a few different ideas worth considering when making
your next collection of all-occasion cards. Petal envelopes are a great way to
present both celebratory greetings and a gift to boot. “You Are Amazing” is
geared toward your favorite maze fan, while “Celebrate the Day” provides
your best “braniac” pal with hours of challenging fun. Be sure to
include a small book or gift card inside. Or, if you want to keep it simple,
use a stamped word-find square to express your sentiment. Regardless of which
one you choose, each puzzle will provide lots of fun for both you and your intended
Uniquely Folded Sentiments
Created with interesting folds, surprise pockets, and endearing sentiments,
this collection of brightly colored cards provides two treats for
the intended recipient: one for the eyes and one for the soul.
Pretty in Red
Double matting stamped images onto sky blue and cheery red cardstock
sends both a sweet message and a sweeter image to your favorite Happy
Birthday girl. Silver mini brads provide just the right amount of
punch, while a red taffeta ribbon ties everything up in a neat little
knot complete with a silver ribbon ring.
It With Flowers Cards
Whether creating one flower, two flowers, or a bouquet, these charming
cards are fun to make and more fun to receive. Color is key. Warm
textured cardstock in cheery colors allow the bright flowers to
really pop off the card. Button centers, glittered petals and dimensional
sentiments all beautifully contribute in making these cards extra
Quilted Thank-you Card
“My grandparents grew up during the Great Depression and learned
how to be very resourceful with the things that they had. My grandmother
would save the fabric from worn-out clothing and piece the scraps
together to create beautiful quilts. I love the concept of taking
something that would otherwise be discarded and giving it new life.
Although I’m not much of a seamstress, I’ve taken this
same idea and put it to practice in my paper crafting. This is a
great project for those who just can’t bear to throw away those
little scraps from their favorite paper collections.” – Julie
Cards of Compassion
Finding the right card to send during emotionally stressful times
can be difficult, and creating your own can be even more of a challenge.
By selecting white-toned card bases, you begin with a clean canvas
for conveying your message of comfort. Pale and muted colors are
calming and soothe the senses. Embellishments should be kept to
a minimum and those selected should be serene in nature as exemplified
by the beautiful collection of traditional cards featured here.
Quilled Thank-you Card
Fun and easy to do, quilling affords today’s paper artists a wide assortment
of papers and tools from which to choose. Quilling designs can be used for simple
embellishments or to decorate larger and more complex surfaces. Personally speaking,
I am very happy to see more and more projects incorporating this joyful art form.
Splendidly dressed in autumnal shades of gold, orange, and brown,
this cheerful collection of greetings offers a colorful variety
of all-occasion card ideas.
Had a Ruff Day?
You don’t have to be a dog lover to appreciate this sweet card,
complete with a dog tag and paw prints!
Orange Marmalade Butterfly Cards
The magnificent design and rich orange marmalade and charcoal coloring
in these patterned papers provide endless possibilities for card
making and other paper crafting projects. The collection of elegant
cards featured here caters to all tastes, ranging from a simple
card with one butterfly image to multiple layering of several cut-out
designs and embellishments.
Let’s Get Together for Coffee
You depend on it to start your morning, rely on it to defrost from
a bitter cold day, or look forward to sharing it when you meet
up with a friend. What would we coffee lovers do without our favorite
bean? This delightful collection of cards celebrates our love of
the brew and is sure to put a smile on your mug or that of your
favorite “cup of Joe” friend. Don’t like coffee?
No problem…simply change the coloring to create a cup of
tea or a cup of soup. We coffee lovers are so understanding!
Get A Move On
Moving to a new home can be an exciting and exhausting experience.
After days of packing and hauling all your stuff, it’s always
a welcomed relief when that last cardboard box has been unpacked.
Now you can relax a bit and share your joy with family members
and friends by creating these lovely change-of-address announcements.
Two designers with one thought in mind create a card using the same
stamp. The result is visually different, while the sentiment remains
the same. These two cheery “feel better soon” greetings
are sure to perk up anyone’s spirits (a hot cup of homemade
chicken soon wouldn’t hurt either!).
Alice in Wonderland Cards
Each card could be categorized as mini works of art, and are beautifully
suited for framing if desired. The cards are vibrant and alive
with shimmering colors of gold and silver. The true beauty of these
cards is in the iridescent quality that the inks produce, which
is difficult to fully capture on film. The inks are specially formulated
to create a colorful, polished stone effect. When used to add color
on nonporous surfaces, they provide unique backgrounds for stamping
and other paper projects.
Kid Friendly Cards
Whether you’re designing a card for a special little one or
a favorite Disney fan, the collection of cards featured here use
a variety of techniques to showcase the color, glitz, and personality
of cherished Disney characters. These cards are miniature works of
art, requiring a bit of time, but so well-deserving of being saved
and savored for many years to come.
Rethink and Reuse
Welcome to our new series, Rethink and Reuse! Dedicated to the
idea that scrap papers and odds and ends deserve a special place
in any paper project, Rethink and Reuse is designed to celebrate
the many ways that creativity can get a “kick start” if
we look at things in new ways, and acknowledges the fact that
the majority of paper crafters are packrats. As we all know,
snippets of paper are often too wonderful to toss out, and a
3" length of ribbon should be saved even if we don’t
know when or how we’ll use it. And, who doesn’t have
a few shipping tags stashed away somewhere? And that’s
where we’ll begin…with shipping tags. So, dig them
out and let’s get started!
Happy Halloween Card and Gift Bag
Yes, it’s true…ghouls just want to have fun, and what better way
to share the fun than with this colorful card and gift bag set? Adding cheery
ribbons are always a good choice for embellishing, especially when you’re
short on time.
Fred and Ginger Paper Doll Challenge
It began as a fun challenge between friends to utilize scrap papers
in a creative way. The parameters set were extremely simple. The
dolls had to include leaves of some sort and the height was not
to exceed 10". The dolls featured here are larger than the
restricted height, but when inspiration runs wild, you’ve
got to go with the flow, right? Any tool, punch, die cut, rubber
stamp, marker, etc., was permissible to use. The results are lively,
colorful, and downright fun.
Colorful and just plain fun, these funky pumpkin characters are all dressed
up to grace your fright night party table or decorate your home this Halloween.
Happy Halloween Invite
Are you driving yourself batty over Halloween party preparations?
One time saver you can count on is this Fright Night invite…it’s
as quick to make as saying abracadabra!
Rubber Stamp Round-Up
Welcome to Stamp Round-up Part 2! Thank you to everyone who sent
us names and websites of companies you wanted us to feature. We’ve
packed as many as possible onto the following pages. Keep ‘em
coming, and look for Part III in a future issue. Remember, if you
want to hand stamp cards or other items to sell, check to see if
a company’s images fall under an “angel” policy,
and make sure you follow that policy.