Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
Are you looking for new card ideas? On this page I will add all the recent card projects I have developed for my regular classes being held each month, or just from my own craft desk.
Some of the cards featured on this page are made by people who attend my classes, using kits and instructions I provided for them.
If you would like a free card kit, just order any of the current supplies being used in the projects from me and let me know you would like to have one. You can order from my online store, SusanSalutations, if you live in Australia.
This month it was my birthday and boy, was I blessed with some beautiful hand made birthday cards! It was wonderful to receive them as I am still recreating my craft room after moving to a new home and getting hubby through a total knee replacement.
It was so lovely to be remembered by so many friends. Thank you all for thinking of me this month and for taking the time to send a paper hug to me in the form of a handmade birthday card. I love all of your card ideas so much!
For your viewing pleasure, I am going to post pictures of my cards here.
I received some extra special cards from my darling granddaughters too. I treasure them!
Budding cardmakers, they are. Thank you, my sweeties!
Here they are:
Look out in July when I am pretty sure my new craft room will finally be operational! I have been thinking up new ideas and itching to try them out.
Chat again soon!
Whoops! Looks Like I didn't add any new projects in April. That's because I sold my home and am moving out in May! Gradually my craft room has been packed up in boxes, the furniture I had customised for my room has been sold, and I am reduced to one big plastic box of supplies for the time being.
Hubby helped me get it all sorted out. Bless him.
Here he is helping, and the next pic shows my room with empty shelves and plenty of boxes.
The good thing is, there will be NEW furniture and a brand new craftroom at our new house. So I will be showing you another Craftroom Makeover!
I did manage to get some crafty time in before all that happened, amazingly! So now I will share that one project with you.
Why not make yourself something, I asked myself?
I made a sign for the fridge to remind me of why I was opening the door and gazing longingly at the food inside!
Moving is a big emotional stressor for me, so keeping on track with good nutrition can become a challenge as well. Food an be a comfort and distraction. I wanted to remind myself that it does not have to be.
You know what is a good comforter and distraction? Stamping!
So I took the Hydrangea Haven stamp set (there are dies available too) and quickly stamped up a pretty sign for my refrigerator door.
Of course, that sign is now PACKED as I cleared the fridge front of all personal items in order to show our house for sale, but that's beside the point. Lol! I did make the sign and it has stayed in my mind. So it's still working!
Next month I will hopefully have more card ideas to show you from my new home.
Keep on stampin' in the meantime.
This month we celebrated International Women's Day on the 9th. I found some beautiful sentiments in the Strong and Beautiful stamp set and got inspired to make a card and share it with readers on the PaperCraftCentral Facebook page.
Now I am sharing it with you.
Here are the supplies I used to make my card, and I used retired designer series paper and acrylic hearts. I found a black and white designer series paper pack that is still available if you want to re-create this look. It is called True Love designer series paper (item 154281)
Another retired item in my supply picture were the little resin hearts, but there is a similar product available currently called Resin Heart Embellishments (item 154578)
I changed the colour of my embellishments to match the Magenta Madness colour of my cardstock and sentiment with a Magenta Madness Stampin' Blend. Only the blends work, mind you. They are filled with alcohol ink which is a permanent ink. The Stampin' Write! Markers are filled with pigment ink, like the ink in your Stampin' Up! ink pads, so they are not permanent inks.
This is the square card I made to show you all and to wish you a Happy International Women's Day. I wanted to acknowledge those who have gone before us to fight for women's rights and freedoms. We still ave a ways to go, but we have come far in many ways.
Celebrate you this week!
This project idea utilises the One sheet Wonder technique. That is where you take a while sheet of designer series paper and stamp all over it, then cut it up for cards, a scrapbook page or in this case, to make little scripture cards for our church.
I took a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock (item 150889) and the Beauty Abounds stamp set (item 148726) then ink colours in Seaside Spray (item 150085), Daffodil Delight (item 147094)and Garden Green (item 147089).
I started stamping all over the blank page, bearing in mind that I would be cutting this while piece into 10.5cm x 5cm pieces.
I needed to use the other side of my sheet to add my scripture verse, so I flipped the stamped A4 cardstock over and stamped with just the spray of dots in all the colours right across this sheet.
Then I chopped my cardstock into little car dsizes (10.5cm x 5cm) and rounded the corners of each little card.
I had already printed out the Bible verse I wanted on an A4 sheet of cardstock and cut it to size. The size of the verse wound up being 9.5cm x 4.5cm .
I stamped a butterfly in Daffodil Delight on each verse piece, then added the verses to the One Sheet Wonder card pieces.
Here they are all stacked up, showing you both the front and back of my project.
I always need birthday cards. Do you?
The designer series paper i Used is now retired but you know what? You could use the Fine Art Floral designer series paper (item 154558) to make really pretty cards.
Those are the Stitched So Sweetly dies (item 151690) in the picture too. They make wonderful label pieces and mats.
Something that isn't in the picture is Whisper White Baker's Twine. You can get it in the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack (item 154579)
And I used Blending Brushes (item 153611) to add some colour the the envelop and inside my card.
For these next card ideas, I chose out the Gorgeous Posies stamp set (item 153131), the Word Wishes dies (item 149629), the Basic Black Combo Pack Blending Pens (item 154843) some Rhinestone Basic Jewels (item 144220), Real Red ink (item 147084) and Granny Apple Green ink (item 147095), Real Red cardstock (item 106578), and Basic Black cardstock (item 121688) and Basic White cardstock (item 159228)
I also used Real Red Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (item 154899) to colour my flowers.
Believe it or not, this birthday card idea has a quick and easy blending pen technique on it. The pens that look bluish in the photo are the Basic Black blending pens.
Here's the card I made:
To make this background, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock in the size you want your mat to be. In this case, mine was 9cm x 13.5cm.
Then take your dark blending pen and swoop lines down from the top, leaving a little space in between each swoop.
After that, take the light Basic Black blending pen and swoop stroked of colour in between the dark coloured strokes, so you fill in the piece. Don't try to make them exactly straight lines or go all the way to the bottom of the white mat, unless that is the effect you are going for.
Then I layered my white cardstock onto a piece of Real Red (9.5cm x 14cm) and added that to a Basic Black card base (15cm x 21cm, scored at 10.5cm).
I stamped and cut out my flower and leaves and also my sentiment. Then I added them to my card front.
The inside wound up looking like this:
Here's a close up of the swiping technique. And it shows how I popped up my flowers too. There are Monster Bask black enamel dots (item 150448) in the middle of the flowers!
Since I last posted, there have been many sessions of crafting happening in my craft room and beyond. In the last few weeks, we have been allowed to meet in groups at venues again! So I attended a great team meeting with other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and got lots of inspiration.
There are some great virtual stamping events online too. I went to a virtual Retreat over a whole weekend online. That was a lot of fun too! It's inspiring to use your own supplies to interpret a card idea offered that way.
I'll share quite a bit with you, of course!
Most of the projects posted this month are showing stamp sets and supplies form the new January - June Mini Catalogue and also some Sale-A-Bration products I earned by placing a $90 order. Or two.
Let's start with Sweet Ice Cream, because I like to have desert first.
I just make one Valentine these days, for my husband. He liked this one. I used the same stamp set as I used for the Galentine's Day cards below but changed up the ink colours a little and added Poppy Parade cardstock. I thought card ideas like this are simple and easy to recreate, and I only used my Big Shot to cut out the nested squares on the front.
However you spent Valentine's Day,, I hope you enjoyed it with friends or family you love the best.
This stamp set comes with its own Ice Cream Builder punch, designer series paper , sprinkles and ribbon, if you buy it as a suite.
The punch sure makes it easy to make this particular card.
All you do is stamp and punch a cone, then punch many scoops of icecream to go on top!
I added stamped sprinkles to some of the scoops and stamped over the top of many in Versamark ink to add a subtle shading.
It's quite a cute card when you open it up!
This suite of stamp set, dies, twine and designer series paper is perfect for masculine cards. The dies allow you to make suits for your card fronts and there are many such card ideas around, but on this occasion I just used the tie dies and some of the designer series paper.
And I used the stitched label dies to create the sentiment with a stamp from the Handsomely Suited stamp set.
Of course, you have to finish the inside of your card and the envelope too. Why not stamp and colour a tie with blends to make it look as though it is popping off the page?
I really popped up the sentiment with some Stampin' Dimensionals though.
Did you know February 13th is Galentine's Day? It's the day before Valentine's Day of course. It's a day to celebrate friendships with all your gal friends!
I decided the Snailed It stamp set coupled with some of the images form Hearts and Kisses went together really well and, with Sharon Dalton's inspiration beside me, I made this card.
The Snailed It stamp set has coordinating designer series paper too. Isn't it cute with the paper planes and presents and envelopes? I love the little hearts.
Imagine stamping the hearts in chocolate colours to make an almost edible card!
Now we get a little more healthy, after having ice cream and chocolate hearts!
The Sweet Strawberry stamp set really is very sweet.
I used cardstock and coloured strawberries coupled with black and white images to make these cards.
I think colouring one element and stamping in black and white elsewhere can really make a card design pop!
A few years ago, Stampin' Up! brought out the Hey Chick stamp set. I loved it then. This year, Stampin' Up! has it for sale again!
I love playing with these cute chickens.
I decided to make my own little, shallow boxes for some girlfriends to make them feel special at the in person stamping even I attended.
You basically make a little square matchbox.
Cover it in designer series paper, stamp your images and sentiments and cut them out, then pop them up on the box front.
When you open the box, another chicken and message appears inside.
I popped the chicken inside the box up and popped up the sentiment too.
There's also a Hey Birthday Chick stamp set with more fun images to play with.
Available while stocks last!
Happy New Year!
I must admit, my thoughts were kind of still on Christmas Cards but I had some ideas for this month's New Year's celebrations.
I just received the Darling Donkey stamp set in my January to June seasonal catalogue pre-order and had seen some really great New Year card ideas using that stamp set.
Here's one I made today. I enjoyed those donkey images so much! They are quite cheeky.
I made the numbers and words from a couple of other new stamp sets - Make a Difference and Snailed It.
I wanted to add some designer series paper to my project once I had made the card base out of Whisper White (soon to be Basic White).
I simply cut two pieces of In Good Taste designer series paper to fit my card front and my card back and glued them on with Tombow Multi Purpose liquid glue.
To finish the inside of my card, I chose a sentiment from the Ride the Range stamp set (from the current Annual Catalogue) and the flowers from the Make a Difference stamp set (also from the current Annual Catalogue) to embellish the inside of my card and the envelope.
I was reminded of a technique while browsing around the Internet and decided to do a few experiments with the Prized Peony stamp set.
I took Whisper White pigment ink, some black cardstock and my Stamparatus. I stamped out my large peony images, making sure I stamped over the same image several times till I was happy with the density of the white. Then I used my heat tool to make sure the ink was dry.
Next I took Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write markers, coloured my stamp several times and stamped over the white flower and leaves. The coloured inks left a subtle almost chalk like impression behind, with just a hint of colour.
I wanted to ramp up the stamped images a bit so die cut a peony and used the negative shape to mask off the background. Then I spritzed my flower with shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. It gave the image a subtle shimmer.
Then I finished my cards with dsp, ribbon and bling. I made my own envelopes out of Whisper White cardstock as these cards wound up being a bit smaller than the average card.
This was a fun technique. It's called a split negative technique, but I may have tweaked it a bit.
Instead of stamping in different coloured inks, I chose to heat emboss two tree images with silver embossing powder.
I stamped two large trees, one on Whisper White cardstock and one of Granny Apple Green cardstock, in Versamark ink. My Granny Apple Green cardstock was longer than my Whisper White, for wiggle room.
Then I emboseed them with silver embossing powder and my heat tool.
Next I cut the trees more or less in half down the middle, and mounted each half on a single piece of cardstock. I matched up the tree images so they looked like they could have been stamped and embossed over two sheets of cardstock. Then I trimmed down my images to a neat rectangle/square.
After that I finished my card with sentiments, a few little die cuts from the Many Messages stamp set and die cuts, and Rooted in Nature. I did use one die cut from my Stitched Rectangles dies too.
And of course, I did some embellishing on the inside of my cards and to the envelopes.
I think these make nice masculine birthday cards.
I like to keep track of card ideas by calendar year.
If you are looking for my card ideas from 2020, this is where you can find them.
If you are looking for my card ideas for 2019, this is where you can find them.
I hope this makes it easy for you to keep track!
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