Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

We hope everyone had a fabulous and sunny weekend! Let’s get to this week’s winner. Congratulations to… Mary! Enjoy your new supplies!

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This prize pack has two packages of sequins, Bazzill Basics Paper, an ek success heavy duty punch, a crop-a-dile corner chomper, PLUS glue tape, and Darice Pearl embellishments!

The winning answer to “How many craft projects do you normally have going at one time?” is…

“Six to 8. Yikes! Guess I’d better get some finished before I start more.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Free Stuff Friday!

It’s Friday and that means we have prizes to give away. Answer our question and you could be the lucky person to win our prize pack!

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This prize pack has two packages of sequins, Bazzill Basics Paper, an ek success heavy duty punch, a crop-a-dile corner chomper, PLUS glue tape, and Darice Pearl embellishments!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: How many craft projects do you normally have going at one time?

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Heart Punch Flowers Mother’s Day Card

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

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.

Letters

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!

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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.

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