Friday, January 31, 2020

Easy Valentine Bookmarks

I thought that bookmarks would make great Valentine's for kids....whether you are giving them to the kids or making them with the kids for their friends.  And these are so easy!

You will need patterened cardstock, ribbon or yarn, stickers or die cuts, and a Valetine stamp if you have one.  I will put links below the die cuts and stamp that I used.  You can cut the cardstock to whatever size you want the bookmark to be.  Mine are aprox. 2" x 6"

For this first bookmark I used a scalloped edge blade on my paper trimmer (you could use decorative scissors).  Next I stamped it with the Happy Valentine's Day stamp from InLoveArts (can you believe it's only $2.35).  I added some hearts that I made with a punch (you could add stickers if you want), and punched a hole at the end for the ribbon.

For this next one I also used the scalloped blade, then I added a die cut phrase, You are my Sunshine, from the Phrase Art Words Dies from InLoveArts (this set comes with 5 phrase dies), and and again I punched the hole in the end and added some ribbon.  The flower is part of the cardstock but you could always add some stickers or die cuts.

For this one I didn't use the scalloped edges but I did round the corners with a corner rounder.  You can do that with scissors if you don't have a corner rounder or you could even use a decorative punch.  Like the first bookmark I stamped it with the Happy Valentine's Day stamp from InLoveArts and added some hearts that I made with a punch and punched a hole at the end for the ribbon.

For this last bookmark I did the same as the previous one but this time I used the phrase Lots of Love from the Phrase Art Words Dies from InLoveArts, and instead of ribbon I used a piece of fluffy yarn and some twine/string.

 I hope this gives you some ideas of your own.  Making simple Valentines for kids OR with kids is always fun.

Products used
My cardstock was from an old pad in my stash but you can use what you have on hand, and the same with ribbons or yarn.
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Paper Piecing & Cardmaking With InLoveArts

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I made these cards using die sets from InLoveArts  

I love being able to use die cut sentiments instead of stamped ones because I think it adds something special to the card.  
I used these Phrase Art Word Dies !

And I love the look of paper piecing but usually when I do paper piecing I'm stamping an image several times on different papers to piece together.  So it was nice to not have to stamp and try to cut pieces out by hand.
I used this Woman In Dress Dies set!  

Thanks to these dies it made everything easier!
Look at the beautiful cards I was able to make quickly and easily!  It was so fun!!!

I wanted to make this card a little flashy and fun.  One dress is cut from gold glitter paper and the other is from black velvet paper.  I cut the belt for the dresses from the same and swapped them.  For a fun way to create a background for your cards try using wrapping paper.  That is what I used for this card with the gold, silver, and black dots.  I will be making a video soon (when I get my new laptop) and show you how easy it is to do.  In fact I will also show you how easy it is to use these die sets.  So be watching for that video in the near future!

For this card I embossed the purple cardstock with a swiss dot embossing folder and punched the edges with my Martha Stewart Lace corner punch (part of the punch around the page set).  I added a little bling to the corners but it doesn't show up good in the picture.  Then I cut a scalloped oval from a piece of cardstock in my stash that also has dots on it and used foam tape to pop it up.  For the dress I also used cardstock with dots and it really brings it all together.

You can make them classy, cute, or fun....however you want.  And I didn't show it, but you can always cut everything out and color it the way you want with your markers or colored pencils or whatever you use.  And not just the Woman In Dress dies but also the Phrase Word Art dies.  That means the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Happy New Year! Welcome to January's Challenge!

Happy New Year!!!
Welcome to Crafter's Castle January Challenge!!!


As always our challenges are ANYTHING GOES

For this year, 2020, our challenges will be soley sponsored by Taylormadecards4u....YAY!!!  This means EVERY MONTH the challenge will be open INTERNATIONALLY!  

This month's prize is....
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NEW OPTION!  If you use any digital products from Taylormadecards4u you will get an extra entry!!!  You will just need to include "TMC4U" in your entry title, and also in your blog post you must tell what TMC4U digital product you used and link to it.  
Awesome right!!!  
ALSO, if you would like to use a digital product from Taylormadecards4u, she has generously provided a discount code to receive 20% off your digital order!!!
Code is Crafterscastle

Please review the CHALLENGE RULES (see tab above)

And now to announce the fabulous TOP 3 
in numerical order

#26 Tripel Easel Card (by Yvonne)

#30 Jootje

#59 Vivi Casale

I hope you proudly display your TOP 3 badge

And now for some inspiration from Crafter's Castle design team AND Taylormadecards4u design team!
The kit we are using this month is

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Janie - The Craft Princess

Now it's YOUR turn to INSPIRE US!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Saturday, January 11, 2020

10,000 Thank You's Video Hop WINNERS!!!

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My way of saying THANK YOU is having this 
10,000 Thank Yous Video Hop!

There are over $450 in prizes donated by 10 generous sponsors!!!  There are 10 stops  in this hop and a prize is being given away at each one!!!

Below is a list of the sponsors and prizes and WINNERS!!!
Also the hop line-up in case you missed it and still want to watch!

Links to our generous sponsors:
1.DeZinesby EM/Anthony’s Paper Craft 6 sets DeZinesbyEm stamps $94 / US Only WINNER IS...craftymetoo
2. Beebeecraft $25 Gift Code / International WINNER IS....Deborah Clark / ***CLAIMED***
3. Gina K Designs $50 Gift Certificate / US Only WINNER IS...Sherri Silva
4. Create For Less $50 Gift Certificate / US Canada, New Zealand, Australia WINNER IS...Ginger Sowers / ***CLAIMED***
5. Taylormadecards4u $25 Gift Code for digitals at TMC4U / International WINNER IS...Chris Pfeifer / ***CLAIMED***
6. Mod Podge/Plaid Plaid/Mod Podge - $50 gift basket / US Only WINNER IS....Shenna Hull / ***CLAIMED***
7. VectoriaDesigns Cozy Autumn Pack ($32) / International WINNER IS...Cindi Tolar / ***CLAIMED***
8. Beacon $72 Prize Pack / US Only WINNER IS...Annie Creates / ***CLAIMED***
9. Thermoweb Thermoweb - $30 Gift Certificate / US & Canada WINNER IS...Diane Cole / ***CLAIMED***
10. Sherri Baldy’s MyBesties Shop My Besties - Gift Certificate $25 for digital products in My Besties Shop / International WINNER IS...Paintsandglitter (Raquel) / ***CLAIMED***
Links to the entire hop line-up:
  1. Janie - The Craft Princess
  2. Crafty Pink Pixie
  3. Multiplicity Crafts -
  4. Jojos bargain hunt and crafts