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Teri Anderson

I pride myself on being a Do-It-Yourself kind of gal.

Well, at least when it comes to paper crafting. Let’s not talk about my ongoing bathroom rehab project!

I find it real fulfilling to raid my crafty stash every so often and make a few unique embellishments for my cards and paper crafting projects.

Most recently, I’ve been making stick pins. You don’t need a whole lot to make a pretty stick pin.

You just need a few beads, scraps of ribbon, paper and stick pins.

The easiest way to decorate up a pin is to add beads to it.

Here are two I recently made:

I started with pins with pearls already on them. Corsage pins in the floral department of most craft stores work great for this.

I applied a thin layer of glue to the pins. I prefer Super Glue. It is clear and really strong. And since I intended to use them on a card and not a scrapbook page, I did not have to worry about things being acid-free.

Then, I added a few beads. I was able to use the pins right away to make this card:

If you are feeling adventurous, you can also use ribbon and paper to make pretty pins.

I made the ribbon pin here by adding a bead to the pin. I then folded the ribbon and poked the pin through the ribbon over and over.

I made the pink pin with patterned paper. I randomly pierced holes in a strip of patterned paper and then wove the pin through them. I added a small dab of glue at the bottom of the paper, just to keep things nice and tight.

When I was finished, I put the pins on this card:

Have you made any fun embellishments lately?

Leave a comment here by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, April 15 and you could win one of two packs of beaded pins made by me. You’ll also get a copy of Paper Crafts’ May/June 2010 issue that has an excellent feature on DIY embellishments. For this feature’s two online bonus projects, click HERE for Sherry Wright’s Spring Fence Wall Hanging and HERE for Vanessa Menhorn’s Happy Birthday to You Card.

Teri Anderson,
Paper Crafts Go-to-Gal

P.S. Have a paper-crafting question that has you stumped? Send it to gotogals@papercraftsmag.com and it could be answered and published in a future issue. If your question is selected, we’ll send you a complimentary magazine! Disclaimer: Due to the large quantity of questions we received, not all will be answered.

Kim Kesti

If you’re lucky enough to already own a copy of the new Paper Crafts Go-to Sketches, then you know exactly what I’m talking about when I say “over the top inspiration”. I was totally “wowed” just by looking at the gorgeous cover!

Well, that’s nothing compared to my delight in every single page of this very special issue. Gasp, grin and giggle pretty much describe my reaction. Then, it was off to my scrap room to act on all that inspiration.

Not only are sketches fun and easy to use, they are also super versatile. Let me show you. First, I picked out this simple sketch (I love the scallops).

I have a sister-in-law who recently had a baby, so I wanted to make a small gift bag. I thought this sketch would be perfect for a baby theme. Since I had a specific size to work with, I chose to paint a scalloped square directly on my patterned paper. Then, I simply added a cardstock strip, flower and stickers. I love how it turned out.

Of course, sketches are perfect for cards, too. I’m feeling the love for the baby stuff now, so I continue on and made a baby card. This time I turned the sketch upside down for a little different look.

I freehand cut my scallops and added a little paint swoosh here and there. A ribbon tie and a few small accents are all I needed to finish this little cutie.

Why not round it out by making a little tag, too? I love having a few tags in my stash to tuck into small gifts.

I kept pretty true to the sketch by making my tag a square; then, I used a scalloped square punch, two little pieces of ribbon and an epoxy for my sentiment. This was super fast and easy to create!

Now, I know you really want a chance to win a copy of this new special issue – am I right? All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me about the last time you paper crafted a NON-card project. What did you create? Scrapbook pages, home décor, a gift bag?  You have until midnight (MDT) on Thursday, April 8 to leave a comment and be entered to win one of three copies!

Happy Sketch Days!

Kim Kesti,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. Some of the other Go-to Gals are making a bag, a tag and a card from this very same sketch! Make sure you visit their blogs to see their interpretations. And I hear Cath is hosting her Go-to Sketch Challenge on Moxie Fab World today. Feel like getting sketchy? Hop on over to see the fun!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s Go-to Sketches Photo Shoot post!

1. Cynthia B. (April 5, 11:22 p.m.)
2. Melanie Gleisner (April 5, 3:27 p.m.)
3. Nicole Maki (April 5, 10:03 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a copy of Go-to Sketches! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jessica Witty

If you’ve met me, you’ve probably seen them. They’re hard to miss. I mean…I’m kind of a small person, but they just keep getting bigger and more colorful. 

I can’t help it.
These days I just love ‘em.  

Accessories, people…accessories! 

Hair clips (usually flowers), necklaces (the bigger, the better), bracelets (why have just one when five is better?)…it goes on and on. Personally, I notice that I like to keep my accessories similar to how I design my cards…only one big statement at a time. 

For example…my latest love… 

I love it. Love it. It goes with everything and always makes me feel great. 

Now, let me be clear; I wasn’t always like this.
I would not have considered myself super girly by any stretch. 
I had two kids…both boys, and that seemed to contribute to me staying on the non-girls side of things.
Boys don’t require accessories other than a stylin’ necktie or cap on occasion.
And I liked it that way. 

And then I had a daughter.
I’m blamin’ it on her. 

She came as quite a shock after five years of mothering those two very boyish boys. 

And then there was the fact that this kid came with a head full of hair right from the get go. Another shock after mothering two very boyish, very bald boy babies. 

And so it came to be that I began noticing a few changes. 
I started to see the reasoning in having accessories to perfectly contrast all of her outfits. {And mine; but that’s a different story.} 

I had to wise up pretty quickly…those tiny little pieces of cuteness aren’t cheap, my friends.  

But I am a paper crafter.  
I have skills.
I have creativity.
And what else do I have? 

That’s right.
Embellishments.  

Ah…the perfect little accessories, right at my fingertips.  

For example…the flower. 

These little sweeties were made with Basic Grey’s Fabric Bloomers and they could not have been easier. Just cover a little clippie with some strong adhesive and stick ‘em on. Done. 

 

How about in felt? 

This is the same idea, just using a different type of clip and a flower from Little Yellow Bicycle

What about in chipboard? 

This cutie chipboard is from Melody Ross’ Artsy Urban line from GCD Studios. I just pulled the flower off of the backing and glued the slide clip directly to the back.  

I’ve even found that brads are super simple to work into hair clips.  

Just put a little adhesive on the clip, then stick the prongs of the brad through the hole in the center of the clip and fold the prongs flat against it. I covered the back with a little circle of felt as well. (The flower brad is from K&Company…I am loving the vintage look on that one!) 

Or, in this case, I was able to just pull the prongs off the back and adhere the top of the brad right to the clip using some foam tape. 

Now that I’ve honed on cutie pie clip-making skills, I’ve moved on to headbands.  

I was able to use a length of wide ribbon that I have been saving for, oh, years on this one. I just took some colored elastic and stitched the ends together. Then I pinned the ribbon in ruffles stitched one line down the center to hold it in place…super easy. 

I’ve noticed that my new obsession has caused me to see products a bit differently. When perusing the Prima booth at CHA, I was so overwhelmed by all the accessory possibilities that I could barely stand it!  

And then there was Webster’s Pages…I am totally imagining Noelle all decked out in a sweet headband using these: 

How about you? 
Have you ever crafted some handmade accessories for yourself or your little one? 
Tell me all about them!
I’m on the search for new accessory ideas, so I’d love to hear yours! 

Later, friends! 

Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
Jessica Witty

Betsy Veldman

Playing dress up is pretty much a daily occurrence here in the Veldman household. Rarely a day goes by without a superhero of some sort flying around the house. Even the name of my blog, Paper, Scissors, and Superheroes, attests to this fact.

Now that my girls are getting older, the fairy princesses are giving the superheroes a run for their money. But whatever it be — princess, hero or sometimes even villain (ahem…a certain two-year-old usually fills that role), someone is almost always in character. 

Well, today it was my turn! No, I did not don my cape and mask…that would be downright silly. I got a little crafty and decided to play around with dressing up some die cuts. I love all of the options that come with die-cutting my own shapes…I can make them whatever color my heart desires, my electronic machine can cut them in any size and I can cut as many as I want…which saves me a little cash, especially if I’m making multiples of something. 

But, sometimes these little paper wonders can feel a little…flat. So, I decided to put together a reference chart full of ideas for different ways I can dress them up. Here are just a few ideas you can turn to if you’d like to add some pizzazz to your die cuts: 

  • Stamp on them
  • Paper piece and layer them
  • Cover them in buttons
  • Pierce them
  • Emboss them
  • Embellish them with brads
  • Coat them with glitter
  • Add stitching
  • Distress them with paint, ink or sanding

These are just a few ideas to get you started! I’m sure there are a gazillion more ways that you can think of that I have not! 

And, of course, when I got all of these pretty butterflies all dressed up, I had to put them to use on some mini note cards. I just added a strip of patterned paper and a stamped sentiment. Aren’t they pretty all dressed up?  

Dressing up your cards can be so much fun!

And you know the saying…”All dressed up and no where to go?” Well, these little cards need somewhere to go! Leave a comment on this post and I’ll choose one winner to send this set of nine cards to. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Friday, March 26.

Betsy Veldman,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

Kim Hughes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Although my heritage does consist of an Irish past, I’d like to talk about the color green today.

Wow, what a powerful color! You can ask just about any guy what their favorite color is and I’d bet they say “green. Why is that? It’s calming, it takes us back to nature and just gives us a refreshed feeling. Could those be the reasons why? And it’s amazing that green compliments each and every color out there…it does ya know. 

So at the moment, many of you aren’t looking at the most perfect green grass, but we all know it’s coming since spring is just around the corner. What a wonderful color to see after those long, cold winters, right?

It’s the most recognized color to our eye, so that’s why it was chosen as our “GO” color! It’s the go-to color for me when I create anything masculine, and it’s the one color that you will see in each season. Spring (mint), summer (grass), autumn (olive)  and winter (holly). Notice how the color green gets darker as the seasons move through the year.

I chose to put this delightful color into three categories: Lime, Olive and Grass

Lime Green: Holy guacamole, I love sour apple and the tartest key lime pie! The brightest collections of green just makes me feel so happy!

Olive Green...olive you! Consisting of sage, pears and the color of money of course! This is the most calming hue of the group.

Grass Green: I see a bowl of fresh veggies and smell fresh-cut lawns. Oh, we'll be seeing A LOT of this color today...yay!

Did you know?

  • 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 U.S. Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
  • Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
  • The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “The Emerald Isle”.
  • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south; orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
  • The name “leprechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan”, which means “a kind of aqueous sprite”. Or it could be from “leath bhrogan”, which means “shoemaker”.
  • One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

Green Thumb, Green with Envy, Going Green, that is one powerful color!

Here is a downloadable image that I drew just for you!

Please click HERE to download my rainbow. To see a cute card I designed with it, please hop on over to my blog. I’ll be posting some fun color challenges all week long, so I hope you stop by to play along. 

Have a green-filled St. Patty’s Day!

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Kelly’s Green, Glorious Green post!

Melinda Wilson (March 15, 9:25 a.m.)

Congrats, Melinda! You’ve won all 11 green cards featured in Monday’s post! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all left comments!

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! Is everyone getting excited for St. Patrick’s Day? Make sure you check back with us on Wednesday for Kim Hughes’ Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals post. She’s designed three cards using three different shades of green and will announce some fun challenges for anyone who wants to play along.

Since we’re in full St. Patty’s countdown mode, I thought I would share some of the cards we made at our last card group. I gave everyone the option of making either St. Patrick’s Day cards or cards of a different theme. The only catch…they all had to incorporate glorious green!

From left to right: Tracy's Luck Card, Rox's Green Clover Card, Beth's Celebrate Card and Andrew's Just Keep Swimming Card.

From left to right: Becky's Thoughts of You Card, Brenda's Green and Groovy Card, Brady's Thank You Leaf Card and Kalyn's Hello Tree Card.

From left to right: Jennifer's Masculine Birthday Card, my Love Helps Card and Megan's Graphic Hi Card.

Once again, we gathered around Jennifer's dining room table for a night of crafting.

Since new momma Brandy was at home with her new little man, she sat out last month’s card group. Which means…I just happen to have an extra set of these lovely green cards. Leave a comment telling me your favorite shade of green and I’ll pick one lucky person to take home all 11 cards! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, March 16.

Happy Monday!
Kelly

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of my Luck of the Irish post!

Jennifer Post (March 12, 2:03 p.m.)

Congrats, Jennifer! You’ve won Little Yellow Bicycle’s Lucky Me collection. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Maren Benedict

Today is a GREAT day! Not only am I feeling the warm spring sun, but it’s also the birthday of fellow Paper Crafts Go-to Gal, Betsy Veldman.

In case I haven’t mentioned this before, Betsy’s one amazing paper crafter.

Not only is she brilliantly inspiring, but she’s always making masterpieces on 4.25 x 5.5 cardstock that make us drool with delight. (To see exactly what I mean, hop on over to her blog. She just posted some adorable Easter cards that feature sentiments and images she took from a vintage children’s dictionary. I think I am in love!)

Betsy Veldman

Besides an amazing paper crafter, Betsy’s astonishingly beautiful, inside and out. I swear that girl NEVER takes a bad picture…and believe me, I’ve tried to capture one! Isn’t she gorgeous? I think she might be turning 24 today! :)

So cheers to you, my sweet, creative friend! Enjoy your special day. 

Be sure to leave a comment wishing Betsy a happy birthday. Go-to Gals Teri Anderson and Kim Kesti also have a little something for our lovely Betsy, so be sure to hop on over and see what they have created. If you’re inspired to craft something in Betsy’s honor, link it up here so we can all enjoy it! 

Maren Benedict,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s The Doodlebug Office Tour post!

1. Carrie (March 8, 12:50 p.m.)
2. Nina (March 8, 9:04 a.m.)
3. J.J. Clark (March 8, 7:39 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a fun new collection from Doodlebug Design. Kelly win be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Teri Anderson

Mark my words.

Crepe paper will be one of the next big things in paper crafting.

Lately, I’ve seen projects pop up in the blog world. Just check out this cute house by fellow Go-to Gal, Betsy Veldman. Look at those cute curtains she made with the stuff. Neat!

I also saw it at the recent CHA trade show. Heidi Swapp and demonstrators at Tattered Angels changed the color of crepe paper by applying Glimmer Mist to it. Make ‘n takers in another booth decorated boxes with crepe paper ruffles.

Let’s just say all these sightings have piqued my interest in crepe paper. So I recently picked up a couple rolls of crepe paper and spent an afternoon playing with it. My mission: to figure out just what I could do with the stuff.

I was pleasantly surprised with the results:

I used crepe paper to make the flower on this card.

I simply rolled a piece of a piece of crepe paper in a circle, scrunching it as I went. I adhered the completed circle to the card with glue.

I also used it on this heart here.

I cut several squares of pink crepe paper and then glued them onto the chipboard heart.

I also used crepe paper to:

  • Make a pleated ruffle. I took a strip of crepe paper and folded pleats into it. I placed two-way tape on a piece of cardstock and set the top of my piece of crepe paper right on it.
  • Sew with. I laid a piece of crepe paper on cardstock and then hand stitched a line right down the middle of it. I used my fingers to crinkle up the paper’s edges.
  • Stamp on. I stamped a solid image on a piece of it over and over again. If you do this at home, be sure to place scratch paper underneath your paper before you stamp – just in case the ink bleeds through.

The beauty of crepe paper is it’s forgiving. You can crinkle and scrunch it again and again without it looking too worn or tattered. It’s also just plain fun. Have you tried paper crafting with crepe paper? I’d love to hear what fun ideas you’ve come up with!

Yours in crepe paper playing,

Teri Anderson
Paper Crafts Go-to-Gal

Kim Kesti

First of all, those of you familiar with my style know I don’t do a ton of stamping. I really need to be pushed to experiment and try new things. That’s why I was really excited (and a little nervous) to showcase gradient stamping. I think one of the best ways to learn something well is to teach it to someone else.

I know the gradient effect is really trendy in fashion and home goods; I love that we can translate that same trend into our stamping. Since I don’t own any gradient stamp pads, I decided to make my own. I choose three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks and grabbed a piece of Ranger Cut-n-Dry Stamp Pad Felt. (Yes, I’ve had this stamp pad felt in my stash for probably four years).

Next, I loaded up the stamp pad with the alcohol inks. I found that I needed to add even more ink after experimenting with some of my stamps. A nice saturation is important. I store the inked stamp pad in a Ziploc bag lying flat and it keeps really well.

I first used my newly created stamp pad as a traditional ink pad; meaning I choose a rubber stamp and stamped an image. But, I didn’t really have a large enough stamp that showed off the gradient effect well. Then, I thought “why not apply the stamp pad directly to my paper?” I’m definitely experimenting at this point. It worked beautifully. I swished my stamp pad left to right across my paper attempting to keep the colors from bleeding too much. This technique really showed off the three different colors of ink.

After letting the inked paper dry, I stamped a bold image in black and embossed it to make it pop a little more. I love how this turned out!

Finishing the card was easy. I printed a sentiment on cardstock, trimmed my stamped block and added it to the card front. I had a great time playing with this technique.

For more info on my Beautiful Birds Card, turn to p. 12 of Stamp It! Cards.

In fact, I didn’t stop there. Please hop over to my personal blog and see how I created another gradient stamp pad and used it three different ways on three brand new cards! I’ll also be giving away three copies of Stamp It! Cards!

Now, leave a comment here about a technique you’re nervous about trying (or one you’ve mastered) and you’ll be entered to win Inkadinakado’s Branchful of Birds stamp, Ranger Industries’ Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Eggplant, Stonewashed and Lettuce (used in my card above) AND a copy of our new Stamp It! Cards. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Three lucky winners will take home this Inkadinkado stamp, three Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a copy of Stamp It! Cards!

Take care!

Paper Crafts Go-To Gal,
Kim Kesti

P.S. Are you feeling the Olympic fever? Today on Moxie Fab World, Cath is announcing the Olympics of Stamping with a blog hop featuring 11 of the most-published designers who will show a never-seen-before stamped card. Readers will have 12 chances to win stamps from My Cute Stamps!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s Meet Kimberly Crawford post!

1. Jingle (Feb. 22, 11:13 a.m.)
2. Kay S. (Feb. 22, 6:33 a.m.)
3. Denise M. (Feb. 22, 12:10 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve won Flourishes’ Cherries & Peaches stamp set and a copy of Stamp It! Cards. Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Jessica Witty

Have you ever seen that TV show called Hoarders?   

I haven’t.   

And let me say, for the record, that I’m not like that.   

But I can appreciate the urge.   

The desire to keep.   

And keep.   

And keep.   

Until you think to yourself, “Now, Self, why exactly was I keeping this?”   

In an effort to ensure that I never start meandering down the little path to Hoarderdom, I’ve challenged myself as of late to use up the various scraps that I can’t bear to part with. Use it or lose it, I keep repeating to myself.    

I also tend to approach products from a “What else can I do with this?” kind of perspective. I gravitate towards items with multiple uses, whether that be stamp sets with themes I can use endlessly, products in colors I always gravitate to or tools that really give me a bang for my buck and lots of function for the space they take up.   

I also make living against veritable Craft Hoarderdom a sort of way of life. My cozy little dining room/craft area will soon be moved to a house a few miles away and relocated in…yup…the dining room. Some customized storage plans will make the space work just fine for me and my commitment to keeping things pared back. {As soon as there are pictures of that little life-changing project, I’ll share, I swear.}   

But…even after all that…there are some things that still confound me with this whole use it or lose it idea.   

Maybe it’s because I’m really a stamper at heart.   

Therefore, scrapbook supplies like letter stickers can still trip me up a bit.   

I mean, how do you ever use them all? Has anyone ever actually used up an entire sheet? Down to the q’s and z’s?    

Just how in the world am I ever going to be able to throw the sheet away if I can never use them all up?   

And, therefore, I attempted the impossible: the use of an entire sheet of letter stickers.   

I present to you, Exhibit A:   

This card would be the sort of entry example into using letter stickers, right? Pick a phrase, design a card and stick ‘em on. {Obviously, I should have picked a longer phrase…something like “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways?”} Ah, but wait…I did get a bit creative on the scalloped borders. Those little cuties came courtesy of all of those 3’s, 8’s, B’s, p’s, q’s, etc. Just lay them all down in a nice little line and cover up the edges with another layer. {Yeah, I’m totally on my way to using the whole sheet.}   

And now, for Exhibit B:   

Now we’re getting somewhere. A little town called Letterific, if I do say so myself. This one is sort of a modern take on using up those stickers…white on white, simple design, nothing fancy. I did use my noggin just a bit and tried to take the letters from just one section of the letter sheet, because I already had Exhibit C in mind…   

Ah, the piece de resistance of using up those letter sheets. Obviously, I was using a letter sheet where the negative image is still left on the backing that the letters come on. I just peeled the backing up, stuck it down onto the card base and trimmed off the overhanging edges. {I will admit to going with a smaller 3 ½” x 5” card base because I was not sure how this little experiment was going to turn out and I figured smaller might = easier.} I colored the “hi” in using a marker and yes, I am digging that little brain wave.   

I’m pretty happy with the little results of my experiment. One small letter sheet gave me three cards and three very different paths to using them. However…after all that…I still have something like 1/3 of the darned sheet left. {Oops.}   

Apparently this little Letter Sheet That Could is the sheet that is going to live on in my craft room for all of eternity.    

Any brilliant ideas on how to use them all up?!   

I’d love to hear what all of you do to make the most out of your products…stamps, ribbon, stickers…whatever! Leave me a little message with your brilliant double-duty ideas and I’ll pick one person to win this entire set of American Crafts Thickers. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Feb. 18.   

One lucky winner will take home this whole sticker set!

Me and my letter stickers, signing off…
Jessica 

P.S. A little birdie told me that my cards above will be featured as a free make ‘n take at this year’s Creating Keepsakes Conventions! Click HERE to find out if a CKC is coming to a city near you!

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