When I first started Karma Cards, I wanted to try and make every effort to try and do as much as I could. The last year I wasn’t able to to as much charitable work as I hoped to, so this year I made it a resolution to schedule more charity card workshops.
I had done a Karma Cards class over the Christmas holidays, and it was a great success! My group donated almost 20 pounds of food for the Extended Hands food bank, and I wanted to make sure that I kept that initiative going after the holidays. I hosted another Karma Cards card making charity workshop this past weekend, and was able to collect both food and monetary donation for the Extended Hands Food Bank; a non-profit food bank in my area. For my workshops, I donate all the materials and time to prepare, and I ask that attendee’s bring, in lieu of a class fee, either 6 non-perishable food items (like high protein items, baby formula or diapers) or a cash donation, 100% of which goes to the food bank, of $12 per person. We all made 3 cards each, and I was able to collect a sizable box of food for donation to the food bank.
Karma Cards Charity Workshop hosted by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up for Extended Hands Food Bank
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When I saw the project that Jennifer McGuire did using these Paper Smooches dies I knew I had to make them too! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I was inspired to take her project and run with it – and that’s when I came up with making the tag in to a pouch! While Jennifer’s project was super cute with the Burt’s Bees, I had just recently done a project with chapstick, so I decided to put lollipops in the pouch; but you could put anything you wanted in there :). Die cutting fun foam was much easier than I thought, and I only needed to run the foam through my big shot once and it cut through perfectly. I also decided to use the heart outlines that I got when I die cut the red foam to fill on some of the space on the front of the tag. I just used my paper snips and trimmed off the top part of the heart & adhered them down with the matte medium. Having the precision tip applicator bottle made it much easier to apply the adhesive where I wanted it and not get my project all goopy. When I went to choose a sentiment, I knew the Bee Mine stamp set from Lawn Fawn was a perfect addition for the pouches.
Once I had created the front of the tag, I die cut another tag and adhered it to the back with a strip of Scor-tape. I decided that tape would be best rather than liquid glue as I needed something strong since there wasn’t a lot of room to put glue so as not to interfere with the size of the pocket too much. If you don’t have scor-tape at home then you could use liquid glue, like TomBow – just make sure you give the project ample time to completely dry.
Here is a picture of how I applied the tape to allow for enough room inside the pouch. You could stamp a To / From stamp on the backside of the pocket, write a personalized note or just leave it blank.
Once I had everything assembled, I decided to add some Wink Of Stella to the hearts, because you know – a little glitter is always better 😛
Here are the finished projects – to see a full tutorial on how to create the front portion of the tag, you can check out Jennifer’s video here. There is also a full supply list below if you would like to make these yourself at home ❤
Back during the holidays I made some chapstick stocking stuffers – they were such a hit I thought I would create a quick video tutorial to show you how easy they are to make. The projects I am making are … Continue reading →
It’s that time again! Each year Stampin Up has a great promotion where you can earn FREE product for every $60 you spend. And the selection you can choose from is AWESOME, from photopolymer stamps, to foiled vellum to Project Life, the choices are gorgeous!
For this project I chose to use the ‘two-step’ photopolymer set “What I Love” that I earned for free with a $60 purchase.
A ‘two-step’ stamp is one that has multiple stamp images that layer together to make a single image. I love that Stampin Up creates the tabs you see in the video that really help with placement to make sure that you get a proper stamped imaged every time!
Here is my video tutorial on how to make the project – I hope you like it!
To follow along, here are the measurements for the card stock & supplies you will need to create this project at home:
so saffron 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 to make an A2 card base
second layer – 4 x 5.25
top layer 3.75 x 5
Crumb cake sentiment strip 0.75 x 3.5
Vellum strip 0.5 x 3.25
gold embossing powder
gold 1/8″ ribbon
tombow mono-multi glue
foam dot dimensionals
Stampin Up Sale A Bration Photopolymer Two Step Stamping What I Love Video Tutorial by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up
Are you new to watercoloring for card makers? Watercoloring with Stampin Up inks & a waterbrush is much easier than it seems! I love the illustrative style of the balloons on this Honeycomb Happiness stamp set that is one of the FREE stamp sets for Sale A Bration 2016.
Stamping the balloon images in Stayzon black ink, I added Soft Sky ink to the sky for a background, then colored the balloons with Blushing Bride and adding a touch of Smoky Slate to the bows.
The absolutely-to-die-for new Blushing Bride glimmer paper tiny dot accents and heart I punched out with the owl punch – I love how versatile the Owl Builder punch is! The super nifty little honeycomb embellishment is new to the Stampin Up in the Occasions 2016 catalog. They come in 3 different colors: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and the white as pictured below.
Stampin Up always comes out with such great releases and I can’t wait for you all to see the new Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, and of course, the Occasions Spring Mini catalog.
When I first saw Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, I knew they would be pretty much perfect for anything watercolor. So, when I first got my Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush pens I thought I would have a go at coloring those awesome crazy birds.
My first attempt stunk. Like really not good. So I put them aside a little frustrated at having investing in them and stinking at it, until recently when I visited my local craft store I was shown how much of a difference it makes to use proper watercolor paper (Thanks Natalie)! This is the Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and it really makes a huge difference in the performance of the pens when watercoloring! If you ever find that you are not getting great results from your pens, try investing in some good quality watercolor paper, Strathmore cold press can be inexpensive with a coupon from Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joann’s, but the Tim Holtz watercolor paper is by far the best choice for card makers: it has the best smooth finish and is the lightest weight (thin) but still gives great watercolor performance.
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Talk Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pen Watercolor Easy Card Stamp Right Up
Want to make this card at home too? Here are the supplies I used to make this project:
I have made these little chap stick / lip balm holders before, for parties and craft workshops, and I knew they would be great for stocking stuffers and neighbor gifts!
Lawn Fawn critters really shine for these projects and there were MANY different stamp sets that I could use to create a little mini scene on the fronts of the lip balm card pocket. One of the neatest things about this project is the fact that you have space to write a personalized note on the inside, so it doubles as a card & a gift in one. AND they are very inexpensive to make, so even better!
Here are some pictures of the variations I made – some for co-workers, some for neighbors, even the post lady!
Want to make these at home? They are SUPER easy! Here is a quick step by step tutorial:
Cut your card stock:
Base: 3.5″ x 5.5″
Strip for lip balm holder: 3″ x 1″
Panel (white or patterned paper): 2 3/8 x 3 1/4
Score your base card stock piece at 2 3/8 and 31/8
Score your strip at 3/4″ & 2 1/4″
Decorate your lip balm holder as you like ❤
Adhere the small strip to the inside of the holder, matching the score lines on the strip with the score lines of the base.
Adhere all of your pieces down on the top
Punch hole for twine by holding the project closed and punching through both top & bottom at same time
If you are using a dark colored base card stock color, then you might want to put in a piece of white card stock on the inside to write on. You will want to glue that down before punching the hole for the twine to tie the holder closed
Curl the inner strip before adhering it down to prevent unwanted creasing
I hope you like this project & have fun making them as much as I did!
Thanks for stopping by & don’t forget, your comments are welcome and appreciated!
It’s week four of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge hosted by Jennifer Mcguire. This week’s recipient: strangers. I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to create a card for Jennifer’s card shower.
Share Handmade Kindness Cupcake Shaker Card Hero Arts Wendie Bee Stamp Right Up
I created this shaker card using the Hero Arts stamp created in partnership with Jennifer for the Share Handmade Kindness initiative. Stamping with Stayzon never works well for me – thank goodness for my Misti!! I had to double stamp this for the sentiment to show as boldly as I wanted so my Misti was the shining star for this project for sure 🙂
The sequins & confetti were from Simon Says Stamp (moonshine sequins, Pretty Pink Posh gold confetti) – and the tiny hear confetti’s are from a Martha Steward pack; although I have found a great indie shop that has a TON of fun confetti’s – they are literally called Ton, you can check them out here
The glittered cupcake was from my post here – since Emily’s favorite color was (dark) pink, I knew this would be the perfect project to use it on! I was hoping to include one of my handcrafted matching scented cupcake necklace; I have emailed Jennifer to ensure that is ok first though.
I hope she likes it! I will be including a personal message for her, and even some Canadian flag stickers in the envelope for her too that she can share with her little sister 🙂
That’s all for this project – thanks for stopping by & see you next time!
Last week I participated in the Share Handmade Kindness challenge hosted by Jennifer McGuire Ink. The first week was to create something handmade for a friend or family member. This week is the second week for the challenge, this week we are to share a handmade project with someone who works in the community. I just recently discovered these ‘peel-off’ stickers from Elizabeth Crafts. I knew that they would work perfectly with the Mama Elephant sentiment from Carnival Cupcake Toppers for a card to go with the scented cupcake earrings I made for my doctor that worked with me for 4 years through my recovery of a car accident. I just recently moved away and never got a chance to give her something, so I knew that my little cupcake earrings would be perfect pairing with this card!