Heart Punch Flowers Mother’s Day Card

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Heart Punch Flowers Mother's Day Card

Whether you’re a new crafter or one that has been doing it a while, you are always looking for new ways to use your favorite punches.  This card for Mother’s Day shows a different way to use the heart punch to give hugs and flowers to mom on her special day.  These are so easy and fun to make that you will want to use them every chance you get.

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Enjoy Your Retirement Card

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Enjoy Your Retirement Card

Do you know someone who is retiring soon?  Don’t forget to honor them with a very special card to celebrate.  Use it as a thank you for all their work or send warm wishes for the new journey they will be going on.

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Bubble Gum Machine Birthday Invitation

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Bubble Gum Machine Party Invite

What’s a party without special invitations? It’s the beginning of all of the fun and bubble gum is a fun for any child no matter what the age.  Create these cute bubble gum machine invitations for your son or daughter’s party and let the fun begin!

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Sending Love Your Way Using Different Card Sizes

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Sending Love Your Way Card

 If you look at the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board you will notice a good sized list of card sizes on it, but how often do you make a card in a different size?  As card makers we seem to find a size we are most comfortable with and stick to that.  Wouldn’t it be fun to step out of that comfort zone and create one of the sizes listed on the Envelope Board?  This is a 5” x 8” card.

Create a 5” x 8” card base from card stock by cutting a 12 x 12 sheet to measure 10” x 8” and then fold it in half.  Pink card stock was used for this card.  A scoring board is a good tool to have to help you create a crisp clean fold for card bases.

Every card needs a focal point and with this card the heart was created for that.  It became even more of the focal point because it if being off set on the 5” x 8” card.  The patterned paper cut to 7 7/8”  x 4 ½” (Best of K & Company Paper Pad) also helped in creating it.

Create the heart using the Scalloped Heart Doily Embossing Folder by Sizzix.  Cut a piece of white card stock that measures 5 ¾” x 4 ½” and place it in the embossing folder and then run it through a die cut/embossing machine (Sizzix Big Shot used here).

Embossed Paper

Lay the embossed paper on a craft mat and beside it rub a small amount of a Faber- Castell Gelato (pink was used here) on the mat as shown in the picture.

Gelato Rub

Rub your finger in the Gelato and then lightly start rubbing it over the outside embossed area of the heart.  Pick up more color on your finger as needed by rubbing it on the mat.  As you need to, add more Gelato to the mat, too.

Outside Area

This is what it will begin to look like as you work on it.

Outside Finished

Now, place a lighter color of Gelato on the mat (the lighter pink was used here) and begin working on the center of the heart using the same method you did for the outside of it.

Rub Center

This is what the center will begin looking like.  The more times you add some Gelato to your finger and go over an area, the darker it will become.

Soften Edges

Soften the edges by rubbing the light colored Gelato on all edges of the card stock.


Now, assemble the card by adhering with a tape runner the patterned paper to the card base and then on top of it add the focal point, remembering to off center the embossed design.

Punch a sentiment out of some of the same color of card stock that was used for the card base using the Alphabet Punches by Martha Stewart.  Adhere those using a Xyron Sticker Maker.

The next time you make a card, challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone and create it using a size that you don’t normally create. Offset the pieces to create a new focal point for the new card size.  Don’t worry about mixing things up.   It keeps the fun in card making and giving!

Ice Stickles Gold

Ask the Experts Inks and Die Cutting

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Ice Stickles Gold

 Q:  How do you make even sized dots using Stickles?

A:  A lot of practice to find the correct amount of pressure that is needed is the only way to do this.

ColorBox Pigment Ink Pad Cat's Eye Brown

 Q: How do I get a distressed look without using a tool?

A:  Sponge the edges with a brown or beige ink.

EK BrusH2O Pen Medium Tip

 Q: When I use a water brush I don’t like the way my color looks.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  They key to coloring with a water brush is to keep the bristles fairly dry.  If it’s too wet you will have washed out the colors and too dry will have bright colors.  Add the color in layers until you have what appeals to you.

Bazzill 12 x 12 in. Cardstock Spoiled Brat

 Q: Do I have to use card stock to create my cards?

A:  No. While this is the primary choice for card makers because it adds strength to the card it is not necessary.  It’s okay to create the base from patterned paper and even heavy sheets of acetate.

Spellbinders Nestabilities Die Standard Circles LG

 Q: What dies are a must have?

A:  Basic shapes are helpful to start with because they can be used to cut around stamped images, for creating backgrounds and for placing sentiments on and are good for layering for a different look.

Embossed Sewing Machine Memories

By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Embossed Sewing Machine Memories Layout - ThinkCrafts.com

September is National Sewing Month and even though we are scrapbookers and card makers we have done some form of sewing on our projects at one time.  Why not have some fun and document our experiences and memorable moments of sewing in a layout?  There are a lot of great products that as paper crafters we can use to create fantastic sewing layouts.

Create a quilt type pattern using the hexagon shaped dies by Spellbinders and a die cutting machine.  The Grand Calibur by Spellbinders was used for this project to die cut a piece of the Lace & Linen patterned paper from Die Cuts with a View.  Emboss the details by using the embossing plate and mat that comes with the machine.


 You can choose to print one photo in black and white to add a little interest to the layout.  Trim the photos that you will be using to the size that you would like and lay them aside.

Cardstock Background

Mix things up a little by using a piece of card stock for the background since you used patterned paper for the hexagon shapes.  Add a border around it using a scoring board (Martha Stewart Scoring Board) and scoring ½” on each side.


Decide where you would like all of the elements on your page and adhere them using a tape runner or tape gun.  Do not adhere your photos at this point, but be sure to keep the space for them open as you work.


Use sewing themed stamps such as the Craft Room Icons stamps by Inkadinkado and an embossing ink pad to stamp the images onto the layout.


Sprinkle embossing powder over the stamped image and heat with a heat tool.

Embossing Tip

A little tip:  When I do embossing I first heat the powder from the top to set it and then turn the paper over to the back and heat it from the backside.  You can also hold the heat tool on the back of the project, but remember that lighter weights of paper and card stock will bend and need to be placed under a heavy object to straighten them out.

Pencil Sentiment

Pen Sentiment

Add journaling to your layouts be first writing them in pencil and then going over them with a marker once you are happy with the way it looks.  Write lightly so that any mistakes can be erased and redone and once you have it done in ink you can erase any pencil lines.

Ink Edges

Finish off the layout by adding ink to the edges of the card stock.  Lay it on top of a mat and use an blending tool that has been pressed onto the ink pad (Vintage Photo by Ranger used).  Start on the mat and rotate the tool in small circles and move inward and onto the side of the layout.  This also helps to bring out the scored edges that you created.  You will have ink left on the mat so as you need more on the tool just simply start moving the tool in the ink.

Tie a bow or several using some ribbon to add to your layout for more detail and dimension.

Just because you love to scrap your memories or make cards doesn’t mean that you don’t also enjoy a little sewing.  Create those special moments by using the items you like such as stamps or dies to share the times you’ve sewn, too.  Who knows you may end up starting another hobby for yourself!


Ask the Experts: Supplies and Techniques

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Patterned PaperStamps










Q:  I’m a beginner card maker and need suggestions on where to start with my new hobby.

A:  There are 3 important things to keep in mind when deciding the details of a card:  Is the card for a female or male to help decide such things as what pattern paper you will use, the theme of the occasion to help coordinate stamps and embellishments to it and the age of the receiver.

Paper DistresserSander

Q: How do I make things look distressed?

A:  A distressing tool, the blade of a pair of scissors for the edges or sandpaper are helpful to distress edges.

Patterned PapersSolid Cardstock

Q: The design on my patterned papers don’t look good when I stack them on top of each other.  What should I do?

A:  Break the patterns up by adding a solid card stock in between each layer of patterned paper.

Grand Calibur


Q: Should I buy an electric die cut machine or a manual one?

A:  It is a matter of preference. Each has a place in crafting.  The is a list of consumables or things that will have to be repurchased in order to keep using whichever machine you choose.  Mats and blades will need to be replaced when using an electronic machine and you will need to make additional purchases of cartridges to cut from.  Plates (Cuttlebug plates) need to be replaced for manual ones and you will also need to purchase dies and embossing folders for them.  You will also want to consider such things as the prices for the machines and extra items, storage space, what you will be using it for and even how often it will be used.


 Q: Besides painting, what can I use a stencil for?

A: They can be run through a manual die cut machine to emboss the image into the paper.  You can place double sided tape onto your project and place the stencil on top of it and then sprinkle glitter over it to create your own design.  Spray Ink or ink pads and ink daubers can be used to color in the pattern.  Use DecoArt Dimensional Effects Texture Paste to add dimension to your project and for even more eye catching fun the texture paste can be tinted to bring out the details of the stencil.

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