• A couple of weekends ago, I hosted my first card-making party at home! I don't have a lot of room at my house, but I have plenty of supplies. I figured it'd a good way to get together with my friends and use some supplies while having fun and eating food :D Teresa has made quite a few cards before, Lieh started making cards recently, and Alice had never made a card before! It was a great opportunity to try new things and work on whatever projects we had. I'm definitely looking forward to doing it again!

  • Straight up, I'm not so great about making baby cards. Last year I attended quite a few baby showers which was great fun minus rooms full of screaming children (lovely...). I am not in any way against children and I do love them I can't just be around a whole bunch of them for hours on end. lol. That being said, I love being an auntie! I have 8 nieces and nephews by blood and many more whom despite not being blood related, I'm close to and they still feel like family.

    After I saw the release of Lawn Fawn's Hello Baby - I had to have it! I didn't care if I made cards for babies or for any other reason. I just LOVED the little animals!~ Google results have tons of adorable cards using this set.

    Stamp: Lawn Fawn - Hello Baby
    Dies: Lawn Fawn - Hello Baby lawn cuts, Impression Obsession - Spiral Flowers dies
  • I've been making cards for about a year now and my stamp collection has grown to crazy proportions! Some girls want handbags, some want shoes.. I LOVE stamps and other crafting things and I MUST HAVE them! I finally figured out how I can reference my stamps relatively quickly and it'll help me remember what I have in my stash. I made a sort of stamp dictionary. The closest example I've seen of this style is here on the sweet stamp shop blog in a post by Colie Kumar. I've come across quite a few examples of organizing but this project was more for my own ease of reference than full on organizing (because right now, most of my stamps are just in a bin ~ LOL).
    I started by printing the stamp images on paper and cutting them out. Then adhering the printed images onto 4x6 journaling cards. I keep them all together with a binder ring in the upper left corner of the book. I have stamps from the same brand all together but not alphabetized or anything (maybe I should do that?).
    I created a cover card with the list of categories I most likely would reference when digging through the book looking for just the right stamps for my project. I had a set of colored thin washi tapes from Michaels and used those as the reference colors for each topic. Every reference card has whatever colored washi tabs are related to the topics on that stamp set. This totally came in handy during my card party!

    Stamp brands I have:
    Paper Smooches, Stamps of Life, Avery Elle, Simon Says Stamp, Winnie & Walter, Papertrey Ink, Crafter's Companion, Hero Arts, Sweet Stamp Shop, Altenew, Wplus9, Penny Black, Some Odd Girl, Lawn Fawn, KaiserCraft, Technique Tuesday, Stampin' Up, Unity Stamp Co, Mama Elephant, Studio Calico, Studio L2e, Pink Paislee, Stampendous, Impression Obsession
  • Used my first feather dies! When feathers were all the rage in papercrafting, I was still on the sidelines shaking my head b/c I didn't understand the style. Maybe it was too bohemian for me? I dunno! I think even now, I'm just slowly getting used to it. I got suckered into buying the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Peacock Feather die set. It's out of my comfort zone but I want to love them! lol - I know.. I'm weird.
    The dies have embossing lines in the feathers too which is a nice detail you won't notice on a patterned paper. I just realized that my embossed background looks like chicken wire when it's next to the feathers. BOK BOK!
    Die: Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Peacock Feathers
    Embossing Folder:
  • After the weekend at Scrapbook Expo, I definitely had a hankerin' to start using my new stuff. I got the candy2share set from Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard. It's too cute and I couldn't resist. I bought the stamp set and the matching dies. Honestly, I could live without the dies since the die set is 2 of the round candies and 2 of the long candies (4 total). I suppose you have 2 of each for speed/convenience? But I also wasn't super fond of the fit of the dies. I think they're too big for the stamp. I can fussy-cut the shapes better - and you have to fussy-cut the gumdrops anyway since you just get the round and long candies. Oh well. I was so caught up at the booth from all the cuteness. 
    For these 2 cards, I embossed the background with sizzix embossing folders then blended distress inks using a blending sponge. Look! I did a background ASKEW! haha~ I'm a stickler for things being lined up so this was a challenge for me (like it is every time I attempt a skewed background).
    Stamps/Dies: Stamps of Life - candy2share
    Embossing folders: Sizzix - Smile, Sizzix - Polka Dots