Stitched Banners

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Hello, crafters!

Want a quick and easy way to add a focal point to your card? Create a stitched banner! If you have a sewing machine at home, you can make a stitched banner in a FLASH!

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All you need is a shaped punch like this one, it can be a butterfly, heart, star, flower, or whatever you’d like to use. Punch several out of random papers. I love using the smaller 6 x 6″ paper pads for this, because the patterns are generally printed smaller on the 6 x 6″ pads, so you can see the prints nicely on the small cut outs. I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch for my banner today. This technique is great for extra patterned papers you might have lying around that you don’t know what to do with. Use them up!

Stitched Banners - punchPunch several and overlap them slightly, angling them to the left and right to create flow and make them look more random. Adhere the edges where they meet with just a tiny bit of repositional adhesive. You don’t want too much adhesive, as it will gum up your needle on your sewing machine. After they are stuck together slightly, run the banner through your machine. You can leave the tails of the thread attached for a more informal look if you’d like.

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Attach the banner to the top of your card and you are finished! I love the way it adds lots of color and pattern to the card! The papers I used were from an older Studio Calico card kit, but you can use any scraps you have on hand. The butterfly punch is by Martha Stewart and the stamped saying is from the Make It Market Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels by Papertrey Ink. The center butterfly is punched out to create a negative look, and the front panel of the card is popped up slightly. I always like the balance of something being centered on the card, yet the randomly placed butterflies add a little bit of unexpectedness to it as well.

Enjoy your crafty time, and I’ll see you back again soon!

Danielle

Tip of the Day: Crystal Wheat Flowers from Mon Ami Gabby

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Marina from Mon Ami Gabby demonstrates how to create a beautiful flower from their stems of crystal wheat. Bringing some beads into the center helps define this lovely floral embellishment.

Come see Mon Ami Gabby at many of our Scrapbook Expos and stop by online to see all their beautiful projects and enjoy video tutorials.

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Heart and Arrow Valentine Card

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Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I am sharing a Valentine card I created with a classic heart theme.

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First, I cut out some shapes for my card using my Cricut Expression machine. I used the Doodlecharms cartridge for the hearts and the Bits and Pieces cartridge for the arrow points and tails.

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The card shape was made by flipping one of two scalloped heart images vertically in Cricut Design Space, overlapping the images at the top, and then welding the images together. I cut out a third scalloped heart shape to adhere to the card front.

To create the arrow, I added foam and liquid adhesive to one set of the arrow tail shapes, adhered the end of a paper straw over the cuts (flattening the straw just a bit to fit between the cuts), and covered the cut with the remaining arrow tail cuts.

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I did the same with the arrow point cuts.

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I folded the welded card cut in half and layered and adhered the scalloped heart and red heart cuts to the front of the card.

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I adhered the paper straw arrow to the center of the card.

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I covered the arrow with the remaining heart die cut and decorated the heart with a chipboard sentiment and some sequins to finish.

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

Tip of the Day: Create Your Own Distress Foam from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is here to share a great tip to save us some money. You just can’t have enough foam distress blenders on hand, and Pauline makes it easy to have one for every color you’d like.

You can visit Pauline at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, where you will find her teaching the Latest & Greatest workshops. Pauline is not only is an expert instructor, but she loves to give away lots of products and prizes during her workshops! When attending the Expo near you, don’t miss the opportunity to spend some time with Pauline!

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Sundays With Lorraine

Love  designed by Mona Pendleton

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Hello my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I’m so happy that you were able to join us for some creative therapy.

She Is My Everything designed by Laura Vegas

While spending some quality time on the Bella Blvd blog I discovered that each month they have a free step-by-step project sheet. January’s project sheet includes a complete supply list and instructions to recreate this adorable 12 x 12 layout. I love how they used the new Bella Bows to create a fun border; so sweet.

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Did I mention that you can even have the project sheets delivered to your inbox each month? Click here and I will take you over so you can join in on the fun. Free inspiration delivered right to your inbox! Happy scrapping, my friends.

Love designed by Mona Pendleton

This beautiful card designed by the very talented Mona Pendleton is a perfect example of creating the perfect card that comes together quickly. Don’t you just love the soft water colored background and how it complements the beautiful embossed heart? Who wouldn’t feel the love after receiving this treasure in the mail?

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If you hop on over to Mona’s blog Cupcakes Creations you can see how easily this sweet card comes together. I’d like to send out a big hug to Mona for sharing the love and inspiration.

A Time For All Seasons by Judy Rozema

Have you been bitten by the coloring bug? 😉 With everyone coming out with their own versions of adult coloring books and all the amazing coloring mediums out there, it’s almost impossible not to. The beautiful flower on this sweet card caught my eye and I was instantly inspired to want to color my own. Judy used Koi paints to color the flower but you can use whatever you have on hand such as colored pencils, Gelatos, markers etc. Coloring is a real stress reliever, so grab something to color and let the therapy begin!

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Stamps are a great way to create your own images to color and use in your paper crafting. If you have fallen in love with this gorgeous mum, stamp, and sentiment (Autumn Mum Greetings Clear Stamp Set) click here and I will lead the way over to the Sweet N Sassy Stamp site so you can pick up your own set. I recommend using an archival ink so your stamped images don’t smear while you are coloring with different mediums. Have fun creating your own custom embellishment! Thanks, Judy, for being such an inspiration. To see more of Judy’s designs, be sure to stop by her blog Joy In A Jar. You’re sure to leave ready to start that next project.

Decoupaged Photo Tray designed by Natasha Dickens

Here’s a very fun idea for Valentine’s Day. How about breakfast in bed served on this adorable tray? Who wouldn’t feel the love when breakfast is served to them in bed? I can’t think of a better way to start the day. Photos are a great way to personalize all kinds of gifts, like Natasha did on this sweet decoupaged photo tray. Don’t you love it when you walk into your craft room and come out with a handmade gift?

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Wouldn’t this be a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even Grandparents Day? How cute would it be for the kids to make their own creation to give as a gift? This project is so easy even the little ones would enjoy it. You’re just a few supplies away from making an adorable keepsake that will be treasured for years to come. Click here and I’ll take you over to the Love The Country Blog so you can print out the supply list. Thanks to Natashia for sharing this great idea!

KUNG PAO CHICKEN

Kung Pao Chicken is one of my favorite things to order at our local Chinese restaurant but it’s often a bit too spicy for my wimpy palette. One of the benefits of making this dish at home is you are in control of how spicy you want it to be. You can also switch up the veggies to include your family favorites. This one’s a keeper, so click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Gimme Some Oven so you can print out the recipe.

 

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I’d like to send out a big thank you to Ali for sharing this tasty version of Kung Pao Chicken. Would you believe that you can have dinner on the table in less than half an hour? Quick, healthy, and delicious, “ya gotta love it”! I highly recommend stopping by the Gimme Some Oven blog. Ali really has taken the guess work out of preparing a healthy and delicious meal that you and your family are sure to enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week and I’ll see you next Sunday. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day surrounded by those you love.

Saturdays With LeAnn

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Hello my friends, thank you for stopping by today!  Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have a few fun love-themed projects that I am really excited to share with you. I hope these will inspire you to spend some time being creative on this fabulous weekend!

Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You By Cathy Cafun

This gorgeous layout brings a breath of fresh air. (I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for it to be Spring!) This stunning layout was created using Kaisercraft’s “True Love” collection. It has such a soft, romantic feel and sets the scene for a special photo.

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Would you believe that this layout was made using a misting technique with cling wrap?  Who would have ever thought that cling wrap could do something so amazing!  Come with me over to Kaisercraft’s Inspiring Craft Ideas to see Cathy Cafun’s step-by-step tutorial on a misting technique using some of the new release Kaisermist colors.  Add a few elements and you have everything you need to create something truly beautiful!

Valentine Tags By Keisha Campbell

Valentine’s Day is such a great time to express your love by giving a small gift. Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift with one of these adorable tags attached? You certainly would already feel the love before you even open the box to see what is inside!

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Try one or all three!  This is going to be one of your next “must make” projects.  Can’t you see these adorable tags used for just about any occasion?  Simply switch out the paper and embellishments and you will have a darling tag in just a few minutes. On Valentine’s Day you will really “shine” because you have given a gift on top of a gift!  Happy crafting, my friends! :)

All Of Me By Kimberly Crawford

I am pleased to be able to share this adorable card designed by Kimberly Crawford. I love every part of this fabulous heart card!  This is such the perfect card for Valentines Day, plus it is one of those cards you can use anytime just to say “I Love You.”  Don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to create this darling card before Valentine’s Day. Share your love by sending this card and let those who are so special to you know how much you love them!

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Take advantage of using the new releases from My Favorite Things!  You will have so much fun with these new products. Come with me over to “Kimberly Stamps” where you will see the supplies you will need and how she created this adorable card.  Thanks for the great inspiration, Kimberly!

Heart Quilt By Amanda Niederhauser

Nothing is more heartwarming than a homemade quilt!  The tender love that goes into a quilt with many countless hours is such a treasure. This sweet quilt was created by Amanda Niederhauser.

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I just love the simplicity of this quilt with its lovely heart applique. Would you believe that there are no two hearts the same and the background is a variety of low volume prints? Who would have ever thought that you would use a Sizzix die cut machine with the Sizzix Bigz Die Heart #3 to cut out the hearts?  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial from Amanda on how she created this gorgeous work of art.  Beautifully done, Amanda!

Zebra Cake By Roxana Rawgel

Is your mouth watering?  I know mine sure is and I can’t wait to try these.  I think I might put some pink color into my frosting to give them that Valentine flare!  This could make a special treat on a fun Valentine’s Day.

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I am sure these are every bit as good as they look. Click here and I will take you over to get the recipe. I am sure you will want to try these right away; after all, who could resist them?

Thank you for spending some time today on our Weekly Scrapper blog. Our team at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo really enjoys sharing our love of crafting with you. I look forward to returning with you next week. Have a fabulous week ahead, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

 

Freebie Friday – Echo Park Paper

Stacked Blocks by Shellye McDaniel

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Happy Friday! Thank you for joining me for another edition of Freebie Friday. This week, we will be looking at the Little Man Collection from Echo Park Paper.

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I absolutely love this collection by Lori Whitlock. I am a huge fan of every single one of the different patterned papers in this collection. My favourite paper is the star paper that is the backside of the 3×4 journaling cards.

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Here are a few projects created by members of the Echo Park Paper team.

Boys Rule by Tegan Skwiat

DIY Party Hat Decor by Tegan Skwiat

Superhero Favour Box by Holly Gagnon

Superhero Favour Box by Holly Gagnon

Stacked Blocks by Shellye McDaniel

Stacked Blocks by Shellye McDaniel

Jen Gallacher from Echo Park Paper recently taped a few videos with the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team to showcase some of their new products. Introducing … the Spring collection

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Thanks for sharing those new products Jen! I can’t wait to see more of your newest releases!

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

The Echo Park Paper team is giving the Little Man Collection Kit to one lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friend!

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Learn more about Echo Park Paper here:

For your chance to win an amazing prize pack from our friends at Echo Park Paper, leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, February 11th.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by Maya Road. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for the Sweet Nothings Card Kit.

The winner is … Vicki Gast!

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Congratulations Vicki! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Maya Road prize winner’ in the subject line.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have been inspired to go get crafty! If you are looking for more inspiration, visit the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo YouTube channel and watch the Latest & Greatest playlist filled with all new videos taped during CHA 2016.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Don’t forget … for your chance to win the Little Man Collection Kit from Echo Park Paper, leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, February 11th.

Remember to join Stamp & Scrapbook Expo on Pinterest, InstagramFacebook.and on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing inspiration.

~ Jen