Friendly Hello Sale-a-Bration Bundle

Have you gotten the Friendly Hello Bundle from Sale-a-Bration yet? It’s SO good!! The beautiful paper and coordinating stamp set will have you creating cards for so many occasions this Spring.

Colors are beautiful and images are captivating. I can’t wait to see what you create. I had a blast with this bundle…here’s what I’ve done with it so far.

Get your own Friendly Hello Bundle today by placing a $100 order with me through 2-28-22 and select Friendly Hello Bundle from the Sale-a-Bration rewards during checkout. Or message me to place your order! 😀 ❤

Friendly Hello Bundle #159990 through 2/28/22 (This promotional product is only available for a limited time and is FREE when you spend $100. Remember to add at least $100 to your cart to select this item.)

For the Live demo for this card stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page on 1-16-22 at 3pm pt. The Supplies list for this project is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Love to All Craft-along Kit

Love to All will be our Craft-along for January 29, 2022! These 3 cards are perfect to give to those on your Valentine’s list, or for other lovely occasions, too. Each has a different technique to explore.

The Live Video Craft-along will be at Stampin’ Stuff with My Inky Paws Facebook Page. The kit is available here at my Cats Paw Farm website.

Here’s what’s in your kit!

For the Live demo for this card stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page The Supplies list for this project is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Simply Elegant Mini Cards Kit and Craft-along

Sometimes you just need a tiny card! These 3″ x 3″ cards are the perfect size for adding to a bouquet of flowers, a treat basket, or slipping to someone to brighten their day. We’re using the Elegantly Said stamp set and Simply Elegant Specialty DSP to create these little beauties.

The Live Video #replay is available at Stampin’ Stuff with My Inky Paws page to craft-along with. The kit materials are available here at my Cats Paw Farm website.

Inside & Outside of Cards

For the Live demo for this card stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page The Supplies list for this project is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Quarter Fold Peaceful Place Card

Because they are so much fun, here’s another Quarter Fold Card. This one has a Live demonstration to go with it on the My Inky Paws FB page, too. Link is at the bottom. These adorable cards open and close just like cardboard box flaps and open to reveal additional decoration and a large writing panel. Kids love to help make, these, too! Because they are kind of box as well as card, they would make amazing gift card holders as well as hold small flat gifts such as magnets, bookmarks, cash, etc.

You’ll have enough card stock for 2 cards, just double the cut instructions for coordinating cardstock and DSP to have 2 cards worth.

Cut List:
Cardstock
8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (cut a sheet in half shortwise)
Score at 2-1/8 and 6-3/8

11 x 4-1/4 inches (cut a sheet in half longwise)
Score at 2-3/4 and 8-1/4

Coordinating Cardstock
5-1/4 x 2-1/2 (need 4 of these per card)
4 x 1-7/8 (need 4 of these per card)

Cardstock you can write on
5-1/4 x 4

DSP
5 x 2-1/4 (4 total per card)
3-3/4 x 1-5/8 (4 total per card)

I’m working with both the Peaceful Deer stamp set, and the Peaceful Place premium Designer Series Paper for this card. Peaceful Place is gorgeous paper with silver foiling on one side of every sheet. It features snowy evergreens, rustic cabins, buffalo plaid, and snowflakes. Whether you’re creating holiday cards, winter birthday cards, or cards for your favorite outdoors lover this paper is perfect!

This card fits in an A2 sized envelope, and you’ll definitely want to add non-machinable postage if you’re mailing it because the center can easily attain 8 or more sheets of paper and card stock in thickness by the time you decorate the outside and inside, too.

Inside & Outside of Cards

For the Live demo for this card stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page The Supplies list for this card is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Handcolored Succulents on Vellum Cards

A couple of weeks ago was Stampin’ Up!s Onstage at Home event. This yearly conference was tons of fun and we always get to see new projects, new supplies, and interact with other demonstrators. For the Stamp and Share project this year I grabbed supplies I already had on hand. I was working at my store that day and knew I wasn’t going to have as much focus as I wanted to have, and that I wouldn’t have long concentrated periods of time. With that in mind I grabbed some vellum and markers. I can color in short spans of time between customers right? It worked!

Any time you want to turn the ordinary into extraordinary just reach for the vellum. Vellum is a media that I absolutely adore working with. If you have a paper that is too bold then layer vellum over it. Super bold? Add dimensionals and move the vellum farther away from the paper to diffuse the image or color even more.

These cards were done with the layouts shown to all of us. It’s always intriguing to watch a room full of people use the same cut sheet and watch them create vastly different projects. That’s what happened this time as well. As I watched the images for cards created I admired the diversity and beauty. I was far from being the only one who wasn’t using the stamp set demonstrated.

The vellum die cuts were colored with Stampin’ Blend markers. Stampin’ Write markers could also be used, though I’d have colored on the back side of the vellum to diffuse the image a little more with them. I realized when I was assembling the cards that I had forgotten embellishments so I grabbed the little stash of random embellishments that I keep in my office desk drawer. These cards really created a warm spot in my heart. I know it’s not the season to create with summer succulents…or maybe it’s exactly the right season to do so!

This card fits in an A2 sized envelope with standard postage.

Kind People Card
On My Mind Cards
Extraordinary You Card

For more cards and Live demos, stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page The Supplies list for this card is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

I’m With You – Polar Bear Card

As soon as I saw the Arctic Bears Bundle this card was in my head. I knew this combination of stamps and dies would lend itself perfectly to the highlighting blending brush technique I used for the Winter Storm and Watching You Watching Me cards last year.

I love the look of whisper white used with a blending brush to lighten up a focal area of a design. It really elevates the card to art status for me and provides some added drama to create depth. The center area of this Pacific Point cardstock base was lightened to several shades paler using Whisper White Ink. Blend out from the center carefully to avoid any lines of demarcation.

Using Basic White cardstock for the foreground pieces adds more depth. I chose to use Memento Black for the contrast and starkness that echoes in the landscape.

The stamp set and dies are rich in imagery. This is the largest bear. There are cubs, and a smaller bear in the die cuts. There are a couple more detailed background images in the stamp set, a sun/moon die, and a variety of landform dies to stage your bears on. I can’t wait to play with this set some more. I will probably combine the bears into some holiday cuteness as well. This card is a little somber in sentiment, though I needed to make this card for personal use. I hope you enjoy the technique and post me pics of anything you create, too!

This card fits in an A2 sized envelope with standard postage.

Finished Card
Winter Storm Cards
Watching You Watching Me Spanner Peekaboo Card

For more cards and Live demos, stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page The Supplies list for this card is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Quarter Fold Peaceful Deer Card

This card design has many names: Quarter Fold, Invitation Fold, Wedding Fold, Flap Fold. No matter what you call it, they are really fun to give and receive! These adorable cards open and close just like cardboard box flaps and open to reveal additional decoration and a large writing panel. Kids love to help make, these, too! Because they are kind of box as well as card, they would make amazing gift card holders as well as hold small flat gifts such as magnets, bookmarks, cash, etc.

Building the base for this card is as easy as cutting 2 sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 inch cardstock. Cut one sheet in half lengthwise, and the other in half shortwise. You’ll end up with 2 pieces each of 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and 4-1/4 x 11. This is enough to make 2 cards.

Score your 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 pieces on the 8-1/2 inch side at 2-1/8 and 6-3/8.
Score your 4-1/4 x 11 pieces on the 11 inch side at 2-3/4 and 8-1/4.
Apply adhesive to the center rectangle of the 4-1/4 x 11 inch piece and then lay the 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch piece over it so that the center rectangles line up. You’ll end up with a plus-sign look. Fold the flaps in towards the center starting with the top flap, then left, bottom, and end with the right. Carefully tuck the top of the right flap under the left side of the top flap. That’s how your card will look once it’s finished. Keep that in mind as you unfold the flaps and begin designing your card.

I’ve seen these done in all sorts of décor configurations. They all look great! I chose to work with the Peaceful Deer Bundle for this card. The paper is the (retired) Fall 2021 Sale-a-Bration coordinating DSP pack. Any holiday paper you have is going to look amazing with this style of card though. I suggest mixing up the patterns as much as possible, too. This style of card really lends itself to being a wonderful mash up of different DSPs. The more the merrier I say. I love the look of many different papers under the holiday tree and that is what this card is reminiscent of.

This card fits in an A2 sized envelope, and you’ll definitely want to add non-machinable postage if you’re mailing it because the center can easily attain 8 or more sheets of paper and card stock in thickness by the time you decorate the outside and inside, too.

Inside of Card
Folded Card

For more cards and Live demos, stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page The Supplies list for this card is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Fall Explosion Card

Explosion cards are so much fun! As with most fun fold cards, they appear much more complicated than they are and that enhances their appeal!! Kids love to get these, but they’re perfect for all ages and especially for cards celebrating something fun.

Below you’ll find a template for cutting and scoring the explosion panel. I used the current Host Reward DSP Pack (Pattern Party #155426) because it has beautiful colorful images on one side of the paper, and black and white images on the other that can be colored to match your season or occasion. The fishtail and stripes are from the colored side while the leaves are all hand colored from the black and white side. The stamp set I used is also a current hosting special and is called Seasons of Fun (#156576.) It features kids and pets playing in a variety of outdoor scenes. I chose to colorize with Stampin’ Blend Markers for this project

This card fits in an A2 sized envelope, and you’ll definitely want to add non-machinable postage if you’re mailing it.

Finished Card
Template for scoring and cut lines

For more cards and Live demos, stop by My Inky Paws Facebook page The Supplies list for this card is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Seasons Bring Wonder TS

Trifold Shutter Cards have been around for awhile now, and while they may look intimidating if you haven’t given them a try yet please consider adding them to your fun fold arsenal. They are also a great way to use up those little bits of a favorite DSP!

Below you’ll find a template for cutting and scoring the card, as well as a cut sheet for sizes of DSP and card stock. This is a wonderful card to use up those little bits of DSP that we all have in our scrap bins. If you don’t have a scrap bin I highly recommend a small tub that you can add your bits and bobs to because crafting from the scrap bin can be a joy in itself!

This card fits in an A2 sized envelope, and you’ll probably want to add non-machineable postage if you’re mailing it. Additional writing panels can be added to the back side as well if you’re adding a personal greeting you don’t want displayed. The display factor is one of the reasons I love this card. I enjoy cards that become pieces of décor, and this one really fits the bill!

Finished Card
Template for scoring and cut lines
Cut Sheet for DSP & Card Stock

The Live tutorial is up on My Inky Paws Facebook page and Supplies list is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next time with a new project!!

Frightfully Cute Treat Boxes

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Have you used mini pizza boxes to create treat packaging with? While Stampin’ Up! recently discontinued theirs, I had a few packages left to play with and designed a cute windowed box for Halloween treats. These little boxes are very versatile, having both a glossy side and a matte side that let you customize your look, and at 3.5 inches square and 0.8 inches tall they are a great size for gifting to your special recipients. If you don’t have any on hand, you can find them easily with an online search.

The first thing I did was cut a scalloped circle window using the Circle Nesting Die set. Cut from the back (for me this was the glossy side) to avoid a little indentation from the edge of the die, unless you want that look as part of your design.

Next, grab your blending brushes, a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water, the ink pads you want to use, and a little bit of a shimmery or metallic acrylic paint. With a toothpick, just pick up a bit of the shimmer paint and swirl it into the Spritzer and then shake. It might not look like much until you get it spritzed onto your project and then you’ll see lots of shimmery goodness!

Since we’re doing watercolor, we need to wet the matte side of the box (pre-wetting) to give our ink a buffer to slide across before depositing dye into the surface of the paper. Give your box a good spritz where you are going to begin, swirl some ink onto your blender brush, and add some color! Change colors (I use a different brush for different color families) and repeat, blending colors together as you wish. Even Memento black will work with watercolors so you can get some lovely depth of color that way, too. When you are done, place your box between some scrap paper and add a book or other weight to the top and let it dry.

While you’re waiting for the box to dry and flatten, cut a piece of window acetate to 3 inches square and set it aside. You can take this time to create any die cuts you wish to use for decoration and stamp your sentiment/name tags, too.

Once your box is ready, it’s time to flip it over and adhere the window pane to the back side of the scalloped hole. Then stamp your box as you wish, and add your die cuts, embellishments, sentiment bar as you wish! Once you are finished decorating then fold your box and fill it with a favorite candy. Treat boxes are always a hit when I gift them. I hope yours are too!!

The Live tutorial is up on My Inky Paws Facebook page and Supplies list is here. Thanks for hanging out with me! Happy Crafting to You and see you next week with a new project!!

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