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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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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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Cards I love to make

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I first started making greeting cards, I didn’t focus on one occasion or one technique. I made cards for friends and family and then branched out to selling on a web site and displaying cards on Pinterest  – https://www.pinterest.com/lovesstamps

I have to admit thought, that I do love crafting both Christmas and birthday cards. I’ve had some success with baby, Valentine  and Thank You cards but not much with sympathy or get well. The inhabitants of the paper crafting world (that’s all of you) are always on the lookout for the next best thing and that seems, at the moment to be coloring books for adults.

When I first starting coloring again last year, the thought occurred to me that the  pages should be made smaller to incorporate die-cut frames and stamps. Guess what! I have seen them on-line. The PaperWishes on-line catalog calls them Colorists.

The cards I love to make now consist of die cuts and stamps that appeal to the recipient. When making cards for family and friends I try to remember their likes. Two women friends love the color purple and one family member  loves anything nautical. My favorite cards to make are ultimately the ones that elicit the comments of “WOW!” and “how did you ever make this!”

‘Til next time,

Sallie~