Cardmaking 101

starthere

Hi All!

I just added a section to my site called “Start Here“, located in the blue menu above. Gosh, this section has been in-process for a long time! I actually realized that I accidentally published it awhile back, so my work-in-progress has been live for some time, although only accessible through searching.

Anyhoo, if you are just getting started with card-making or you know someone getting started, this is the page to read. I tried to keep the list of “needs” to the absolute bare minimum, which was really hard to do. For example, what about a scoreboard with bone folder? Of course you can’t live without one now that you have one. But, honestly, is it totally necessary to get started? No.

It was tough to pick the stamp sets. I’ll probably need to update the Stampin’ Up! ones after the retired list is released on Monday. If you have other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment on the Start Here page (not this one).

For those of you a little more advanced in your card-making skills, check out My Favorite Things, if you haven’t already.

Oh, and one more thing! Stampin’ Up! is having free shipping on everything, Monday through Friday (4/21-25)!! Don’t forget the retired list is released Monday. I’ll be back with an update then.

I wish everyone a Happy Easter!

Darlene

A Sale and Some Random Info

Happy Thursday everyone!

Many of you actually requested that I keep you informed of sales going on at Ellen Hutson. Well, there is a Spring sale – 15% off everything in stock. Ellen already has great pricing on Copics, but with the 15% off, markers are $5.10. That’s a great deal, and Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Sale is now through Saturday. Use code springsur at checkout.

Need help deciding on colors? See the Copics section of My Favorite Things for suggestions.

And in Stampin’ Up! news… yesterday they announced they are releasing a Project Life suite of products. I just recently started using Project Life and cannot tell you how much I love it. I am planning on doing a video about it in the near future to share with you what I have learned. Anyway, I thought it was worth mentioning that all the Stampin’ Up! coordinating colors will now be part of Project Life. Although sometimes I get down on Stampin’ Up! for being a follower, this time I’m glad they are following! The products go on sale May 1st. Stay tuned for more info on that in a couple of weeks.

Also, the Stampin’ Up! retired list is going to be released Monday. For those of you who don’t keep up with Stampin’ Up!, every year they retire certain products, never to be sold by SU again (well, sort of, as they may come up on the Clearance Rack). They make the announcement of products and give you about a month or two to purchase them. After that, you’ll have to resort to eBay. Anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up. I will post the list here on Monday. The new annual catalog will be released June 1st.

Okay, I think that’s it for now. Have a great weekend and I’ll be back Monday with a special video.

Darlene

Wednesday’s Card: Groovy Chalkboard Congrats

Groovy Congrats

Groovy Congrats

Hi All!

Today’s card uses the Truly Great stamp set by Penny Black. The sentiments look like chalkboard ones, so that’s how I used it. I have an easy way to get that chalkboard look – watch the video to see.

I also used a new product I haven’t used before – the Essential Glue Pad. It’s an ink pad filled with water-based glue. So, you can glitter up a stamped image without the multi-step heat-and-stick-powder process. And then a baby wipe just takes the glue right off the stamp. Surprisingly easy and really not too messy. Once again, I used Gorgeous Grunge to create the glitter splatters. I think this is easily my favorite Stampin’ Up! set of all time.

I’m doing something a little different next week – a two-post collaboration with someone that starts Monday. So come back to see me then! Have a great weekend in the meantime.

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you’ll need to click on the post title above (“Wednesday’s Card”) to go to my blog and play the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Pencil colors used: Poppy Red, Cadmium Orange, Sun Yellow, Vivid Green, Deep Blue, and Deep Violet

Penny Black Truly Great
Penny Black Truly Great
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
DB|SSS
Essential Glue Pad
Essential Glue Pad
EH|SSS
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Dazzling Diamonds
Dazzling Diamonds
A2 Curved Edge Die
A2 Curved Edge Die
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
EH|SSS
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SU
Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Colorbox White Ink
Colorbox White Ink
Stampin' Up! Pearls
Pearls
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
EH|SSS
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pen
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Wednesday’s Card: Photo Cards!

Photo Card

Photo Card

Hi All,

Today I am working with some new products by Top Dog Dies. Awhile back, I sent my sister a birthday card with a photo from our childhood on the front. Years later she still has it hanging on the fridge! There’s just something special about a photo. When I saw this camera die, I really wanted to incorporate a photo, so I created a birthday card for my brother with a picture he probably has never seen – that’s the best don’t you think? He’s 7 years younger than me.

The lens of the camera flips up to show a sentiment, but the card still opens to write your message on the inside.

The camera die is a steel rule die, which means it’s solid, sturdy, and can cut through lots of different materials. Although I didn’t use anything besides cardstock, I was able to cut out multiple pieces at once. So, I figured I might as well create another while I was at it. So… I created this one “from” my dog to my daughter. I know she will go crazy for it.

Photo Card

Photo Card

The big dies also come with coordinating wafer thin dies for creating embellishments and little details. I used the camera finishers die set on both of these cards. You can see I clear-embossed some pigment inks in this close-up photo:

Photo Card

These cards were so fun – can’t wait to give them. :)

Enjoy and have a great week!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you’ll need to click on the post title above (“Wednesday’s Card”) to go to my blog and play the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Top Dog Dies Camera
Top Dog Dies Camera
Top Dog Dies Camera Finishers
Top Dog Dies Camera Finishers
Penny Black Dots in Space
Penny Black Dots in Space
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
Penny Black Words Express
Penny Black Words Express
Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
Black Sparkle Powder
EH|SSS
Iridescent Embossing Powder
Iridescent Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders Classic Circles, Large
Spellbinders Circles
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
EH|SSS
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue
Hero Arts Butter Bar
Hero Arts Butter Bar
EH|SSS
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SU
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
C1 Copic Marker
C1 Copic Marker
White Picket Fence Distress Marker
White Picket Fence Distress Marker
EH|SSS
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
EH|SSS
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
EH|SSS
Memento Luxe Bahama Blue Ink
Bahama Blue
EH|SSS
Stamp-a-ma-jig
Stamp-a-ma-jig
SSS|SU
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray Cardstock
Basic Gray Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots

Wednesday’s Card: Birthday Balloons

Birthday Balloons

Birthday Balloons

Birthday Balloons

Hi All!

Today I tried a new combination of products to get the dimension on the solid stamp balloons. It was really fast and easy. Distress paint, distress markers, and an aqua painter. Well, and I added the touch of white with my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft white pen. This pen is more like paint and it has a thick tip. Add a little water to blend it out and there you have a reflection.

I used my Black Sparkle embossing powder again. I used it most recently on this Love card. I love it on a die cut sentiment to make it shine and stand out.

Hope you enjoy. Have a great week!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you’ll need to click on the post title above (“Wednesday’s Card”) to go to my blog and play the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress markers used: Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
SSS Happy Birthday Die
SSS Happy Birthday Die
Picked Raspberry Distress Paint
Picked Raspberry Distress Paint
EH|SSS
Wild Honey Distress Paint
Wild Honey Distress Paint
EH|SSS
Distress Markers, Full Set
Distress Markers
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
White Big Brush Pen
White Stamper’s Big Brush Pen
EH|SSS
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Impression Obsession Stripes
Impression Obsession Stripes
EH|SSS
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SU
Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
Black Sparkle Powder
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Stardust Glitter Pen
Stardust Glitter Pen
EH|SSS
Sizzix Mylar ShimsSizzix Mylar Shim
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
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