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Monday Montage 101

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!

I’ve got a quick and easy project to share with you.  We made this adorable set of mini  cards and coordinating mini pizza box in my card club this month.  This project would be perfect to give to a coffee-loving friend along with a gift card.  I kept the cards very simple, so you could whip this up in a matter of minutes!

 

For the base of the cards, I cut Whisper White card stock to 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, scoring at 2-3/4″ to create a 2-3/4″ square card.  The layers of Designer Series Paper are cut to 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ to fit over the entire front of the card.  This size of card fits perfectly in our 3″ x 3″ envelopes available in the Holiday catalog.

Cafe Cards

There are 4 cards featuring coffee cups with sentiments from the Coffee Cafe and Merry Cafe stamp sets.  Between both of these sets, you can easily have cards for almost any occasion throughout the year.  The outside of the mini pizza box was embellished with a Delicate White Doily and some 3/8″ Garden Green ribbon.

Cafe Cards Minis

The possibilities with these mini pizza boxes and coordinating cards are endless!  You could easily whip a few of these up for Christmas gifts and add a gift card to make it even better.

There are 10 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

You can click the Back button to visit Julie or the Next button to visit Wendy.  Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Technique Week – It’s a Fancy Fold!

Painted Harvest Z-Fold

 

We are featuring Z-fold cards on the TGIF Challenges blog this week.  There are several versions of z-folds floating around, but I’ll share the card stock dimensions with you that I used on my card.  This card is very easy to put together and you’ll certainly get a WOW from the recipient.

Card Base:  5-1/2″ x 11″, scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″

Designer Series Paper Card Layers:  5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, and (2) 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″

“Z-bar”:  1-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″

“Z-bar” layers: 1″ x 5-1/4″, and (2) 1″ x 2-1/2″

insets:  (2) 1″ x 3-1/4″, scored at 1/4″ from each end

 

The bold and gorgeous paper I used on this card is from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper stack.  It coordinates with the Painted Harvest Stamp set.  I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, and Early Espresso ink, then fussy cut them out.  Sadly, there is not a coordinating set of dies for this stamp set.  There is a leaf punch, though!  I stamped leaves in Garden Green ink onto Very Vanilla card stock and punched those out.  I also added a few Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake leaves that were fussy cut.

 

For the sentiments, I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to create the focal point of the card.  I swear, I use these dies on almost every project!  If you don’t have them, be sure to add them to your next order.

 

Our challenge is open for 1 week and you are invited to play along.  It’s always fun to try a new fancy fold and this one is a real show-stopper.

Check out what the other designers created this week to inspire you even more.

 

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Monday Montage 100

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Welcome to the 100th Blog Hop from the Monday Montage team!  This is the absolute best group of losers I’ve ever known.  LOL!

In all honesty, our group was formed in 2013 shortly after the Stampin’ UP! convention.  Back then, Stampin’ UP! selected 20 finalists for the annual Artisan Award.  Ten would join the Artisan Design Team and the other ten……well, that’s us!  We didn’t win the award, but we bonded and that has been a wonderful reward in itself.  These ladies continue to inspire and delight me with their creativity.  I treasure the friendships that we have developed over the last 4 years and I invite you to celebrate this huge milestone with us!

 

Pumpkin Spice Season

We’ve been experiencing Fall-like weather off and on for a few weeks.  Those cooler temperatures always signal the start of pumpkin-everything.  While I’m definitely a fan, it seems like pumpkin season gets longer and more outrageous every year.

I’m combining projects/challenges this week because of a neck injury.  I really shouldn’t be stamping or using the computer, but you only hit 100 once!  I’m using the sketch from TGIF CHALLENGES for my card layout.  This is another design team that I’m on with several of my “loser” and “winner” friends.  We have weekly challenges and you’re always welcome to play along!

 

Pumpkin Spice Season

Somehow, someway, I’m going to hold my Card Club meeting next week.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, Merry Cafe Stamp Set, and Coffee Cups Framelits Dies to create 5 scrumptious projects.  This is my Fall-themed card featuring the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  The stamping and die-cutting is rather straightforward.  I cut the pumpkins from another sheet of the Designer Series Paper to accent the card.

Pumpkin Spice Season Close-Up

There are 10 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn or the Next button to visit Wendy.  Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Monday Montage 99

Welcome back to the Monday Montage blog hop! Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring paper craft projects. Be sure to visit all the stops….you don’t want to miss anything!

Daisy Delight Thank You FMS301

Today I’m sharing one of the Daisy Delight cards that we made in Card Club this month.  This one is super easy!  It features unusual angles and a trendy color scheme.  I used the sketch below from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.

For my Card Club, I design 5 projects and try to focus on one stamp set, coordinating designer series paper, and a limited number of ink colors.  I want my customers to see all the variation they can create with just a few supplies.  This month, we used the Daisy Delight stamp set, Daisy Punch, and Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.

 

The Daisy image was stamped twice with Tranquil Tide ink onto Whisper White card stock, then punched out.  To create the angled edge, I simply placed a ruler and drew the lines before cutting.  The “Thank You” sentiment was stamped along the angled edge in Tranquil Tide ink.  A few of my club members chose to leave the sentiment off so that they could use it for a different occasion.

 

Daisy Delight Thank You FMS301

As a finishing touch, I scattered a few Clear Faceted Gems onto the front of the card.

The Card Club tutorial will be available in the blog sidebar tomorrow.  It includes all the measurements, so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself.  My customers really enjoyed this class and the simple beauty of these cards.  I hope you do, too!

Daisy Delight Cards

Thanks so much for stopping by!

You can click the Back button to visit Elizabeth’s amazing blog or the Next button to see what wonderful project Amy has to share.

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Coffee Cafe in Celebration of the 300th Sketch for Freshly Made Sketches

Coffee Cafe FMS300

I think my crafty mojo decided it needed an end of summer vacation.  I’ve got so many new goodies to play with in my stamp room, but unfortunately I’ve had no time or energy to speak of lately.  This always tends to happen when life gets hectic and I’ve found a few tips that help with getting my mojo back .  I’ll be sharing those tips at the end of this post, but my first tip is to attempt a simple project.  I find that picking a single stamp set that I haven’t used and pairing it with a sketch  is a great way to start.  For today’s card, I’m using the Coffee Cafe photopolymer bundle and the 300th sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS300

I’m not much of a coffee drinker.  I might partake in the occasional cappuccino, but that’s about it.  However, this stamp set is absolutely adorable and hard to resist.  I love the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and there will even be an additional stamp set to coordinate with the dies coming in the Holiday catalog.  You’ll definitely want to add it to your wish list!

Coffee Cafe FMS300

As you can see, the layout is very simple.  The card base is Crumb Cake card stock.  The layers of designer series paper measure 2″ x 4-3/4″ and 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  I accented the card with a corrugated heart, a Garden Green enamel heart, and some linen thread.  The larger coffee cup was stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake (cup) and Early Espresso (lid), then die cut with the Big Shot.  If you are wondering about the smaller cups, they were simply die cut directly from one of the patterns in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  You’ll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

 

 

Coffee Cafe FMS300

Tips for Getting Your Crafty Mojo Back

  1. Clean your work area.  I know this one stinks!  However, I find that if I’m avoiding my craft room, it’s usually because I don’t want to tackle the mess.  It’s much easier to create when your work area is clear.
  2. Don’t look at blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. for ideas.  Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?  Besides it being a huge time trap, it can also be overwhelming and even demoralizing when you compare yourself to others.  This is why I suggest picking a suite of products and combining it with a sketch instead.
  3. Use a project kit.  When I’ve really hit rock bottom, I’ll grab a kit.  It might be a Paper Pumpkin kit or a card kit from the catalog, but all the hard, creative work is done.  Sometimes, you just need to simply enjoy making something, anything before you can put forth effort to create on your own.
  4. Grab a friend.  Crafting is always more fun with a buddy.  Earlier this summer, I met members of my downline at a coffee shop early on a Saturday morning.  We had a card swap and just enjoyed sharing ideas for an hour.  I know that everyone left inspired to create.  Why not send a card like the one I’ve shared above to your crafty friends and see who might like to spend some time getting inky?

 

I’d love to hear from you.  What do you do to get your creative juices flowing?  Leave me a comment below.

I should have at least one more post for you this week.  Don’t forget to check out the BOGO sale on Facebook.  There are still over 100 great stamp sets to choose from.

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