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Coloring book page greeting cards

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Below are two examples of the use of coloring books and greeting cards.

Lately I’ve been using quite a few coloring book pages for my birthday/friendship greeting cards. At first I didn’t really want to cut up or die-cut an image out of a page I had spent time coloring. I also wondered if there were manufacturers who made coloring books especially for paper crafters.  I put the idea aside and just used rubber stamps and THEN companies began to realize that this phenomenon wasn’t going away. Lo and behold, one Saturday while browsing the aisles at Michael’s I saw it coloring book wrapping paper! Soon they were making coloring books for adults the size of post cards and regular greeting cards. While this was handy to be sure, I still wondered if I could use the oodles of colored pages.

Pinterest, of course, to the rescue. Above is a representative of using coloring books and paper.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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Ribbon on cards

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Ribbon adds an extra touch to card making to make them special and unique. Ribbon comes in a variety of colors and textures. I always find it interesting to browse through the aisles at the craft stores to see what’s new. The trick is how to adhere them to the cardstock.

The best way is to use adheshive-backed ribbon, but finding this type can be difficult. Other ways to adhere the ribbon are to use double-stick tape, xyron, book binding glue, glue dots and sewing buttons directly through the ribbon and card stock.

Here are some examples of ribbon cards:

Ribbon and buttonRibbon and card stock

 

 

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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Summer Trends

     Dear Fellow Crafters,

     The color trends this summer are bright and clean – paradise blues and yellows, summer green and white.

     Card making is still focused on stamping and die-cutting but Card Crafting (Shadow Boxes, step cards) seem to be catching on. One of the die cut companies that is feeding this new trend is Crafters Companion. Their unique designs fit almost any occasion and are eye-catching as well.

     Butterflies are too numerous to count and I recently bought a Darice swirl and butterfly embossing folder to use with my new punched butterflies.

     One of Face Book’s phenomenon for crafters features an “All Occasion folder” that was a freebie with the volume #122 of Paper Craft Essentials. Pinterest even has a category named “All Occasion Folder” under “That Folder”.

     Adult Coloring is a new trend and looks like it will be here to stay. There are numerous coloring books available, even in grocery stores! What I find interesting, is that rubber stampers have always had background stamps to color and now coloring books can be found in small 4”x5” sizes so we stamp crafters can use our colored pages for backgrounds. You can also cut out elements (flowers, trees, lighthouses etc.) for cards as well. Michael’s Craft Store also features wrapping paper and gift tags you can color!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Great news!

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Well, it seems that we crafters have put Adult Coloring Books on the map! A local Annual Fair has a new category for vendors to enter – adult coloring pages! The stipulation is one page per hobbyists. Now, that is going to be a problem for me -I have so many to choose from!

 

Sallie