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!

Saturdays With LeAnn

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I have had a great time choosing some beautiful projects to share with you this Saturday.  I can’t believe the amazing creativity that pops up in our social media feeds each and every day!  Today I have chosen these wonderful projects for all of you amazing and crafty friends to enjoy.  Sit back and take it all in! 🙂

You Are Beautiful By Alicia McNamara

I would like to share this exquisite layout by Alicia McNamara.  Lisa added several different stamps and embellishments to make this very striking layout!  What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo. Look at the beautiful layering that Alicia achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques that really give her layouts a pop.

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Alicia added fun wooden flourishes and plenty of rhinestone swirls which give this a fabulous sparkle along with a fun, girly feeling and wonderful dimension.  The Kaisercraft Leaf Die is perfect for using as a space filler.  Alicia inked the edges and curled them up a little. Grab your darling photos and get started!  To see more of Lisa’s projects, come along with me over to Time To Create. Alicia will surely inspire you!

Happy Birthday By Betsy Veldman

As many of you know, I am a big fan of anything that is done with watercoloring techniques.  You can never go wrong trying out several types of watercoloring.  The best yet is that your project will always look beautiful and there will never be a mistake when creating it.  Each individual piece will have it’s own personality and charm.  This particular background was watercolored and then stamped with the Alphabet Soup stamp set.


What a fun card to send out to that special person with a fall birthday.  If you haven’t tried watercoloring, I challenge you to do so.  It is so fun and will create some amazing projects.  Click here so I can take you over to Paper Scissors Superheros blog.  You will find so many wonderful and fun projects created by Betsy.  You won’t want to miss out on her inspiration and techniques.

Miss You By Virginia Lu

Isn’t it so satisfying to create a collage card?  The beautiful art of collage gives the impression of an artist’s eye and the imagination of working overtime. The colors are so beautiful, but it is the collection of stamps that truly make it extraordinary!  Virginia has created such a great mix of images and textures in this card.

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This card will take a little longer than most cards do, but its absolutely worth it!  You will need to allow more time to add layers and colors for each step.  Click here and I will escort you over to Virginia’s blog where she will give you her process on how she created such a beautiful card.  This will make you want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!  Cards are a priceless gift and will be love and treasured by the person receiving them.

Planner Clips By Rebecca Luminarias

Have you created your own planner?  Planners are the hottest rage right now!  You can customize every month to reflect your style and to keep your life organized. Today I want to share a small crafty item that will add some fashion and fun to your planner. These are fabulous planner clips!  There is a definite planner clip craze happening as well, so jump on board and let’s create a few!

Planner Clips

As you can see by the photo above, they are simple, fun, and creative.  You can turn a few of your scrapbooking embellishments into clips with a bit of glue.  The possibilities are endless! Use your imagination and see what you come up with.  These paperclips will definitely brighten up your planner and add some personality.  They make great handmade gifts for friends as well. Let’s pop on over to Thurston Post where Rebecca shares some of her fun tips on making these darling clips.  Have fun creating some of your own! 🙂

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread By Dorothy Kern

It is getting close to that time of year when we start to want some warm, yummy desserts.  Today I want to share with you one amazing cinnamon roll that you will enjoy throughout fall and winter. The best part of this, they are made in your slow cooker!  How awesome is that?

Cinnamon Roll Monkey

This will bake for about two hours.  These will feed a lot of people, probably around 8 – 10.  Drizzle the top when finished cooking with cinnamon roll icing.  This will be a treat that everyone will request time and time again.  Simple but delicious.  Click here and I will take you on over to Crazy for Crust.  There you will be given the recipe by Dorothy Kern, along with the ingredients to make your fun Cinnamon Roll Money Bread!  Enjoy!

I have really enjoyed sharing these projects with you today and hope that you have been inspired.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  When you need some additional inspiration be sure to visit every day of week on Weekly Scrapper.  Each day you will be filled with new ideas that will inspire you.  Be sure to pop back here next Saturday, as I will have many more inspiring projects just for you!  Enjoy your weekend!



Stitched and Embellished Heart Card

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing an stitched and embellished heart card I created.

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First, I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ white cardstock panel and a pencil.

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I lightly penciled a heart in the center of the panel. (If you aren’t confident with your drawing skills, try tracing a die cut shape.)

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I machine stitched the shape multiple times.

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I erased the visible pencil lines.

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I decorated the stitched heart with sequins, rhinestones, and enamel dots.

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I then added a patterned paper border along the top and bottom of the card front and a framed sentiment at the bottom right corner of the heart to finish.

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

Tim Holtz® Distress Crayons Stenciled Card

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, mixed media paper, and a stencil.

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I started with a stencil from the BoBunny Cascade Stickable Stencils pack, some mixed media paper, and some a few Tim Holtz® Distress Crayons from the Set #2 pack.

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I placed the stencil over the mixed media paper panel.

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I colored over stencil with the crayons, graduating the color from dark to light and back to dark.

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I rubbed in the color onto the paper with my finger, blending each color into the next.

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I removed the stencil to reveal a stunningly colorful background.

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I trimmed the panel to fit on a square card front and created a tag to hang at the corner of the panel.

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I kept the embellishments minimal so the background would be the main focus of the card.

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


Stenciled Color Burst Card

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created with Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst watercolor powder, watercolor paper, and a stencil.

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I started with a Pink Paislee Mistables Mask (this is an older product I have had for quite a while), a panel of watercolor paper, and three different colors of Color Burst from the Brights assortment: Phthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue, and Violet.

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I placed the stencil over the watercolor paper panel. (I used a little bit of adhesive on the backside of the stencil to hold it in place.)

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I sprinkled the three colors of powder very lightly around the panel. (You don’t need a lot because the powder is very concentrated.)

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I used a bottle mister to mist water over the panel, getting it very wet. This allowed the colors to bead up and move around on the paper.

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I dabbed some paper towels over the panel to remove the excess color.

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This created a tie-dye look on the watercolor panel.

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After the panel dried, I used a fine-point Sharpie marker to doodle lines around the stencil pattern.

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I added black rhinestones, ribbon, flowers, and a sentiment tag to the card front to finish.

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



Link Punch Banner

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a banner I created using a fun new punch from We R Memory Keepers — the Link Punch from their DIY Party collection.

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I recently received the Link Punch and I couldn’t wait to try it out! It has two guides to punch a hole (a straight edge and a circular edge) and a guide to punch the link shape.

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To start, I placed a strip of paper all the way to the back of the punch to punch out my link shapes. (I used the Porch Swing patterned paper from Fancy Pants DesignsLife Is Beautiful collection.)

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Because I wanted the holes on my pennants to be at the very top corners, I chose not to use the guides and I marked a line with a pencil onto the base of the punch. I inserted the tops of my pennants at that line and punched a hole on one side. Then I flipped the paper over and punched a hole on the opposite side to create two holes at the upper corners of the pennant.

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I created three pennants in all.

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I inserted the link shapes in the holes at the upper corners to link the pennants together and create a banner.

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To finish the banner, I decorated it with paper, die cuts, and stickers from the Fancy Pants Designs’ Life Is Beautiful Fancy Floral patterned paper, Ephemera Pack, Tags Pack, and Puffy Dot Stickers pack, as well as die-cut flowers I cut from Bird Song patterned paper using my Cricut Explore® machine and the Flower Shoppe cartridge.

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I added some pink bows on each end of the banner. This really is such a fun and easy way to create and connect banners!

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

Quilting-Inspired Thank You Card

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created inspired by quilting.

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I draw a lot of inspiration from quilting. I love the stitching, the patterns, the color combinations, the designs… everything! For this card, I started with a panel of patterned paper, my sewing machine, and thread. I used paper from Pebbles‘ new Spring Fling collection.

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I started sewing lines up and down the length of the card. I didn’t worry about making the lines straight and even.

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Because I was sewing so many lines, I didn’t cut the thread at the end of each line. I simply turned the paper to begin sewing the next row.

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When I finished, I was left with many rows of stitched lines, as well as uneven ends because of the thread pulling to the next row.

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To fix that, I used a seam ripper to cut the thread at the ends.

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I then used scissors to trim the ends.

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I was left with a pretty, stitched panel for the base of my card.

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I added a die-cut sentiment and some baker’s twine to decorate the card. To shape the twine around the sentiment, I used a few drops of liquid adhesive in strategic places to hold the twine in place.

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I added another die cut along with some rhinestones to finish.

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