I love this latest installment from DIY Danie! If you are a fan of anything you know how the wish to incorporate that fandom into your living space can take on a life of its’ own. You also know that sometimes, it can be a bit tricky. Check this out:
I love the imagination, the daring, the reaching a bit out of the comfort zone with this project!
Maymay over at Maymay Made It has been having a blast with a new product line she discovered. If you love to scrapbook, if you love to make albums, but hate the prep work, this project is something you will want to check out.
The video I’m sharing is #2 in a series. I suggest you watch the entire series to find out how she put this delightful project together, but this video will give you an idea of the possibilities.
Now, you might be thinking that you have no interest in Downton Abbey and that’s fine. Think instead about your kids’ sports events. Birthdays. Family gatherings. Holiday get togethers.
The papers and ephemera Maymay used is beautiful but it is not the only one available – and if you watch #1 in the series, you will see that she only used her cutter a few times. Like, less than 5 times. So, you could choose a paper pack to fit your chosen topic without having to purchase special equipment. Scissors and glue, right?
All the information you will need is in the description of the video itself.
I’ve made cards for a few years now and I do have my favorite sizes to play with. I also have some papers that I bought because the patterns were just so different, or pretty, or unusual, or … Well, you get the idea.
While I do tend to stick with white, black or neutral cardstocks, I actually like playing with different colors. I also love to mix and match patterns and colors. Sometimes putting all of these together can be a challenge.
A few months back, Crafty Al over on YouTube posted a video of her sheetload making mini slimline cards and I had and ‘Ah Ha!’ moment.
You see, I’d purchased some rather bold background papers and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I also happened to have some cardstock on hand that matched the papers. When I saw the sheetload, I thought that I finally had an option to create cards that would make the papers the focus without getting too busy or fussy.
I like the simplicity of these cards. You can really use your imagination to decide how you want to customize the design for your own cards.
Here are my cards:
I will tell you this was my first attempt at using one of Crafty Al’s designs and I can see where I would make changes if I did this again. On the other hand, the cards turned out rather well.
One thing is certain, that paper I wasn’t sure what to do with now has been used, even if only a bit.
Sometimes it is worth dipping your toe in the water of the Unknown to see if a design will work for you. If you don’t like it, that’s okay. It is only paper, right?
I admit that I fretted over my 2021 Christmas cards more than I have ever fretted over any card before. It took months for me to decide upon a design and then, when time was running out, I discovered I did not have ANY Christmas themed card stock or designer series paper on hand. None. Nada. Additionally, I didn’t have enough of the real red card stock I wanted for my bases.
So, what did I do? I got creative.
My Inspiration Design
I’ve been following Call Me Crafty Al over on YouTube for a while now and her monthly Sheetload of Cards series has been fantastic!
Each month on the first, Al posts her newest sheetload card design video and the first set of cards she designed from that sheetload. She also tells you how and where to get all the information for free. On the second of the month, she posts her video showing how she made the cards. Later in the month, she shares cards she received in the mail and the cards her collaborators made from that sheetload.
Lots of great information and inspiration.
Here is the video of the design I chose for my 2021 Christmas cards:
Everything you need is included in the free printable. All you need to do is provide the materials. You can shop for them or pull from your stash. Or both. The beauty of Al’s design is that you have the freedom to adjust it to what you want the end result to look like.
Speaking of End Results
Before I share my cards with you, I want to tell you how I came up with them. As I mentioned, I didn’t have any holiday paper on hand but I did have an old 6×6 paper pack that was Valentine’s Day themed.
The colors were right and the back side of the papers were stripes, polka dots or what I interpreted to be snowballs. <shrug> Depends upon how you looked at it. I also had some gold foiled paper on hand along with some ephemera that I could use to decorate the inside and the outside of the cards.
I had planned to do some heat embossing on the sentiment, but frankly, I forgot. 😉
The moral of the story is to check your stash to see what you can use. I have to admit, I’ve been looking at that paper pack for quite a long time but it wasn’t until I turned the papers over that I found a use for them. I might actually make a Valentine’s card out of them one day, but for now I’m just pleased I could use them and not spend money on more paper.
Maymay did an unboxing and demo of her brand new Gemini Junior and I had to share it with you.
I own a regular size Gemini and my results were similar to hers but I’ve learned how to adjust sandwiches, etc. Overall, this machine is a great addition to my craft room. See what Maymay has to say about hers:
That multipurpose die that she used to cut all those layers of paper is intended to be used with fabric, so if you are a quilter looking for a way to easily cut fabric, you might want to go over to Crafter’s Companion and check out what they have available. 😉
Last year my focus in the craft room was to find tools that I wanted to use to create cards. I found several sets of edge dies that checked that box.
As you can see, I started with the card stock base, folded into an easel, and added the edge die to allow for a border at the bottom. I then took my leaf punches to add interest. The matching leaf stamps were added inside the punches and then along the bottom edge of the card.
The great thing about edge dies is that you have complete control over where to place them. This particular one was used on a set of 6 cards and each card came out with a different amount of space at the bottom. I used the same papers, inks, punches, and stamps on all of the cards and envelopes.
I do have to say that the recipients of the cards were very impressed with the results. Something that made me smile.
If you are looking to try new things, I suggest you go back to your stash and see what you have in hand. Can you use them to make something different? What have you tucked back into a corner or a drawer and haven’t played with yet?
I’ll be doing more playing in the craft room this year so keep an eye out to see what I come up with.
Among all the get fit, healthy, slim, organized, up to date, etc., etc., videos and blog posts out there, I’ve found a couple that actually speaks to me and are relevant to my crafting/crafter’s journey. You might find them useful, too.
Just Get It Done Quilts is doing a 21 day de-clutter challenge. Now before you panic, these are easy 30 minute things you can do each day – with a time limit – so you can reclaim your sewing space. They are practical ways to get back to doing what you love: quilting. Check it out.
Sew Becca is embarking on her 2022 get healthier journey by incorporating a quilt that will journal her journey. She is building upon an idea she learned from Scrap Fabric Love. Check out Becca’s videos for the explanation. The beauty of this process is that it can apply to pretty much everything. So, if you want to track your water intake, the number of steps you make, the weight loss or gain, this could apply to you. Also (and the thing I find most amazing) is that the process does not limit itself to quilting. If you are a knitter, crocheter, quilter, painter, paper crafter, or whatever your jam, this process can be accommodated to you.
Sometimes it is the little thing that help us get back to what the life we want. Whether de-cluttering or tracking is needed, these are easy things you can do to get you where you want to be.
I’ve been playing a bit in the craft room lately. Some to make cards. Some to clear out items that are no longer usable or I simply don’t want anymore. Why? To make room for more craft supplies, of course!
This year has been devoted to updating core supplies. I replaced all my Stampin Up stamp pads and added a full array of colors using the sampler pack collections. I’ve added a few stamp sets and dies while discovering that I needed new ones for certain times of the year. That was a surprise!
Having spent a lot of time watching Call Me Crafty Al over on YouTube, I’ve collected a lot of sheetload card templates. Some I’ve tried, some not yet. They are printed and put into my Idea Book.
Speaking of my Idea Book, I’ve added card recipes and ideas from Jackie Bolhuis, Lisa Curcio, and Connie Stewart. All of these Stampin Up demonstrators have some great ideas that I want to try. Connie is great for tips and tricks, too.
I’ve also spent a lot of time with Cathy Zielske over on YouTube and have learned a lot, chuckled a bit, and gained the courage to try some new techniques. Which sort of explains why I needed to clear out part of my craft room. 🙂
To up the ante, so to speak, I managed to pick up a few items from Missouri Star Quilt Company, too. In addition to a mini iron that I can use with my piecing, I’ve collected some beautiful batik prints that will eventually become a wall sampler for my bedroom and a June Taylor kit to make a sewing machine cover.
I’m planning on devoting time to these projects and to bring you along with me, or at least share the end results.
Happy Friday! I’m a little late with this post but thought I’d get it up today for those who are getting ready for the holidays or looking for inspiration. There is A LOT of information about upcoming videos, projects, etc. Check it out!
Thanks to a comment by Jackie Bolhuis recently, I replaced my stamp pads which brought me up to date and allowed me to get rid of old, well used pads. This got me to thinking about all the other things that tend to get put off until ‘later’.
Quilters / Sewers
Changed the needle in your machine
Gathered all your notions and put them in their assigned spots.
Replaced blades on rotary cutters
Checked your UFOs and decided which to work on and which to discard
Updated your inventory
What needs to be used in the freezer or fridge?
What needs to be replaced?
Checked the expiration dates on your spices
Reviewed those recipes you’ve saved ‘until later’
Reset your modem
Reviewed the streaming channels you subscribe to
Checked those subscriptions you have but might not keep up with
Reviewed your calendar(s). What needs to be changed or removed and what can be added?
Hard as it might be to imagine, now is the time to start thinking and planning for the Winter Holidays. Some projects that a lot of time while others might be managed at the last minute. Things to think about:
Sewing or Quilting Projects
Gather patterns, fabrics and notions
Holiday papers and inks are starting to appear
Collect the recipes and put together a shopping list
Start collecting the necessary dry goods now
If you are planning on making fruitcakes, now might be a good time to start them.
Have I missed anything?
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