Latest & Greatest: Card Making with American Crafts


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Card Making workshop: American CraftsCreative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers.


I love that coloring has become a cool thing to do again. It definitely takes me back to when I was a kid. I would spend hours with my coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. It is just so relaxing and it is something that I really enjoy.

I started with the Floral 2 Thank You card pack, the Jewel coloring markers, and some coordinating colored pencils.


I outlined the flowers and leaves with the markers and used different shades of colored pencils to fill in.


To finish, I added some rhinestones to the small flower centers and added a bow to highlight the sentiment.


I haven’t colored in a long time, so I am sure there are techniques that I missed for getting better blends. But it was just so much fun working with these products that I can’t wait to play some more and improve my coloring skills.

This Card Making workshop featuring American Crafts’ Creative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with We R Memory Keepers


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Cool Tools workshop: We R Memory KeepersTab Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers is the one of my go-to companies for craft tools (along with their other amazing products) and the Tab Punch Board is no exception. It is easy to use and perfect for so many types of projects. You can learn more about it HERE.

I used my Tab Punch Board to create this mini album:


First, I started with the Tab Punch board and some white cardstock.


I wanted the my mini album to be 4 x 6″ (excluding the tabs) so I cut each piece of cardstock to 6 x 9 1/2″ and scored each panel in the center.


I placed the Tab Alignment Bar in the Side Tabs position and punched the corner of my cardstock panel.

I then removed the Tab Alignment Bar, flipped the cardstock panel over, lined up the punched tab with the tab size I was creating (medium), and punched the other end.


I placed the cardstock under the Cutting Track and trimmed off the excess cardstock with the Cutter to create my tab.


To create my center tabs, I lined up the edge of the cardstock in the 6″ medium tab position (the length of my page and the size of my tab) and punched the cardstock. I flipped the paper over and repeated this step for the other side.


Then, I trimmed off the excess with the Cutter and Cutting Track.

I created two panels with side tabs on both ends that were diagonal from each other and one panel with center tabs on both sides.


I layered the panels together and punched holes along the scored lines with my Crop-A-Dile.


Then I decorated my mini album. I chose papers and stickers from Bella Blvd‘s Addison and Alex collections, a chipboard sentiment from Pink Paislee‘s Take Me Away Wild Heart Thickers pack, and some ribbon to bind it all together.


And here is a tip for decorating your tabs: I used border stickers cut into smaller strips, attached them to the tabs, then used the punch on the Tab Punch Board to trim off the excess sticker. So quick and easy!


This Cool Tools workshop featuring We R Memory Keeper’s Tab Punch Board will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Bella Blvd


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our first show of 2017 in Pleasanton, California is over. I hope all of our Northern California guests had a great time shopping, cropping, and learning this past weekend. Now Expo staff is preparing for our next show in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Will you be attending?

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Card Making workshop: Bella Blvd‘s Make Your Mark collection.


If you are able to attend the Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop, you will receive this awesome sampler kit with the 6×8 Paper Pad, Gift Tags, and Fundamentals Sticker Sheet from the Make Your Mark collection.


It is an amazing collection with bright, vibrant colors, gold accents, and a truly unique and artistic feel.

With all of the beautiful gold accents, I decided to alter my paper to give it a little bit of shimmer. I used a solid paper from the 6×8 Paper Pad, Tonic StudiosEmbellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl, and a coffee filter.


I just wrapped the coffee filter around my finger, dabbed it in the Embellishment Mousse, and spread it in circles around my paper panel.


It dried almost immediately and gave the paper a distress, weathered look with a metallic shimmer.


I then used it for the base of my card, adding fussy-cut patterned paper, a tag, and stickers to finish.

This Card Making workshop featuring Bella Blvd’s Make Your Mark collection will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

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Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Sunny Studio Stamps


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

In case you don’t already know, Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s first show of 2017 is about to start this week in Pleasanton, California. If you are in the Northern California area and have a chance to come see us, you should. There will lots of great shopping, cropping, and learning going on!

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Stamping workshop: Sunny Studio StampsFriends & Family stamp set.

With it, I created this card:


I wanted to create a little bit of “texture” on my card without adding any bulk, so I decided to stamp it on. I started with some smooth white cardstock, a scrap piece of textured cardstock, the tulip stamp from the Friends & Family stamp set, and some ink from We R Memory KeepersMini Ink Pads 6 pc set.


I inked the stamp and stamped it once onto the scrap piece of textured cardstock.


This left the impression of the cardstock texture on the stamp.


I then stamped the image onto the smooth white cardstock. It gave me the look of texture without the added dimension.


I repeated this step multiple times in two different colors to create my “textured” garden.


This Stamping Workshop featuring Sunny Studio Stamps’ Friends & Family stamps set will also be taught at our shows in Grapevine TX, Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Interactive Slider Card with Cricut®


Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing an interactive slider card I created using Cricut®.


First, I pulled up the fish and fish bowl images from the Create a Critter cartridge in Cricut Design Space®. I sized the images proportionally so that my finished card size was 4 3/4 x 5 1/2″.


To create the slide cut on one of the water images, I made a copy of the fish bowl image and ungrouped the images. I hid the contours of everything on the fish bowl image except for the slit at the neck of the bowl. I readjusted the size of the slit to 1/4 x 4″, placed it over the extra water image, and attached the images together before cutting.

After cutting all of the pieces from colored cardstock with my Cricut Explore® machine, I pulled both water die cuts aside and cut a 7/8 x 4 3/4″ strip of matching blue cardstock for the slider. I rounded two of the ends with a corner rounder punch.


I flipped the water die cut with slit over and covered the hole with the cardstock slider strip. I placed a foam adhesive strip on both sides of the slider, leaving a little bit of room between the strip and adhesive so the slider could move freely.


I flipped the die cut back over and placed a thin strip of foam adhesive at the end of the slider and attached the fish die cut.


I adhered this die cut to the solid water die cut with foam adhesive before attaching it to my card.


I layered and adhered the die cuts to my card base popping up the sand and plant with foam adhesive so the fish would slide behind them. I used rub-ons and chipboard letters to create a sentiment on the card and “pull” on the end of the slider. I finished the card with a ribbon bow at the top of the card.


If you have a Cricut® machine, a Cricut Design Space® account, and the Create a Critter cartridge, you can access my pre-designed cut files to create your own interactive slider card HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

3D Hearts Gift Bag


Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a gift bag I made using simple heart die cuts to create 3D hearts .


First, I started with a die-cut heart, scissors, and some adhesive. I used patterned paper from Pink Paislee‘s Take Me Away collection by Paige Evans.


I cut a slit about 1/2″ long in the dip at the top of the heart die cut.


I folded the paper back at an angle creating two flaps.


I added some adhesive to the flaps and pinched them together to secure them.


Doing so popped the center of the heart die cut up giving it dimension.


I created another 3D heart, slightly smaller, and added them both to the front of a gift bag.


It was an easy way to add dimension and a quick and easy project to make.

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Life Is Beautiful Easel Card


Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing an easel card I created using Fancy Pants DesignsLife Is Beautiful collection.


First, I started with some Life Is Beautiful products, specifically the Ephemera Pack, Puffy Dot Stickers, Tags, and Bird Song patterned paper.


I added the Bird Song patterned paper to the front of a 4 1/4″ square card and scored the card front along the center.


I attached my chosen embellishments on the front of the card, making sure to only apply adhesive on the bottom half of the embellishments and the card front.


On the inside of the card, I added two Puffy Dot Stickers about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom on each side.


I then added a sentiment to the inside and propped the card front behind the Puffy Dot Stickers to create my easel.


This is an easy fold to add a little extra fun to your next card project.

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