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Gift shaped cards

Dear Fellow crafters,

I am really excited to share this post with you because I love presents! Yes, I know what you are thinking – who doesn’t love presents? Well, these “presents” are for shaping cards. You see, for as long as I have  been card creating, I have always tried to use different shapes for cards. I used to make pumpkin lace-up cards for my son’s class when he was in grade school. I made library return pockets for bookmarks and flowers in baskets and the list goes on. When I found a present rubber stamp with a “removable” lid I was soooo happy. So fast forward to 2016.

In issue 158 of Quick Cards  November 2016 http://www.cardmakingandpapercraft.com/blog/inside-quick-cards-158   there was a template for a present card. So I copied it and used it that year for my holiday cards. I was still on the hunt for something more permanent when I happened upon Crafters CompanionDie’sire Create a Card Accordion Card – Christmas Present Square Accordion Die.  It was great but I had to buy  an overlay also or stamp around the edges. It did make for an interesting card though.

The BEST present was a  Sizzix Dies Stephanie Barnard Framelits Fold-Its Gift which I found by accident while scrolling though Pinterest and I bought it that night! Finally, a die that can be made for all occasions with all different bow and paper colors. I am now in Crafting Heaven!

Happy crafting,

~Sallie

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New Tools

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     After years of trying to make the correct sizes for matte cards and fed up with rising costs of pre-made folded cardstock, I finally broke down and bought a scoreboard. As usual, I researched the different ones out in the marketplace: ScorePal, Martha Stewarts’s Scoring Board, Crafters Companion Ultimate Tool.

     I first saw the Crafters Companion ScoreBoard while TV channel surfing and ultimately watched the demonstration on HSN. It all seemed so easy! But the cost seemed a tad too high. I searched my favorite on-line stores and “brick and mortar” and ultimately ordered and have since received Martha Stewart’s Scoring Board.

     What I like:     not overly big in size, 1/8” channels, stylus and envelope maker storage, crisp, clean lines, tutorial videos and finally price.

     What I didn’t like:  hardly anything so far!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

     

To die for

To die cut

Dear Fellow Crafters,

In continuation from last week:

I also researched and yes, bought some new dies and folders. I always try to look for products that will help in ongoing projects so here are new die cut pics:

     Tattered Lace Large Numbers

     Crafters Companion Die sire edgeables:  Just for you, Thank you so much, Happy Anniversary

     Sizzix wine stem name label rose (thinlit die)

‘Til next week,

~Sallie

New Websites to visit

New web sites

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     This month I have been busy gathering ideas for new cards and came across a few web sites you should check out.

     Cardmakingandpapercraftcom (UK’s site)

     Craftstash.co.uk  (Craft Stash)

     Diycandy.com (Coloring pages, crafts, holiday)

     Craftgossip.com  (Craft diy and handmade items)

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

 

 

Adventures in Card-Making · New Websites to visit

New Web Sites

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Like many crafters, I get a lot of my ideas for projects and cards from magazines, Pinterest and Facebook. Here are some of the ones I found over the summer. Most bloggers have sites with newsletters and of course many “brick and mortar” stores do also.

Sallie

http://www.cardmakermagazine.com

http://www.crafterscompamion.com

http://www.modpodgerocksblog.com/craft-tutorials

http://www.vampstampnews.com

http://www.cardmakingand papercraft.com