Incredibly enough, we've (already?!) reached the end of ICAD; it seems like June and July fly by faster each and every year! Here are my cards from the past week:
Monday, July 31, 2023
Friday, July 28, 2023
This fortnight at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to create holiday cards which embrace a neutral color palette: white, cream, ivory, silver, gold, ecru, black, gray, charcoal, obsidian, brown, tan, kraft, camel, oatmeal, sienna (you get the picture). If you're feeling limited by lack of color, why not think texture? There's burlap, jute, paper bags, cork, chalkboards, sandpaper or lace... Use them all together or chose one hue and rock the monochromatic design as long as it's NEUTRAL it's in.
Here's what I made for our Neutral Noel:
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Eyelet Outlet Girls Tape is beautiful and fun... it also pairs really well with LOTS of other tapes and brads, so you can create a custom card for your favorite girl! In this case an axis of Film Strip Tape (placed vertically) and Music Washi creates a space to place three of the girls around, with Book Brads, Iced Coffee, the smartphone from our Selfie Set, a Feline Brad and Eye Glass Brads placed at the intersection. A few white Star Brads are scattered around and then some tiny silver Star Sequins. A mat of Glitter Black Tape adds an appropriately sparkly finishing touch.
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Sunday, July 23, 2023
We're getting to the end of the Index Card a Day challenge soooooo much quicker than I could have imagined, but here are my cards from this week:
Friday, July 21, 2023
Over at Jingle Belles, we're still teamed up with the fine folks on the Double Trouble Challenge Blog, celebrating Crafty Christmas in July and making holiday cards that feature Santa's Hat. Here's what I made this week:
Thursday, July 20, 2023
I've always loved shaker cards, and I love them even more, now that I know I can make my own perfectly coordinated shaker confetti using Ranger's Liquid Pearls in my favorite palette of Wendy Vecchi signature shades. Head over to the Ranger Blog and follow along as I use Wendy Vecchi's Doodle Town Stamps, Archival Inks and coordinating shades of Liquid Pearls to make this sunny, summer-inspired Thank You card.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
...BEE Happy! And nothing makes a cardmaker happier than a bright and BEE-autiful card featuring Eyelet Outlet Bumble Bee Brads, Mini Bees, Colored Daisies, Mini Leaves and Music Note Washi Tape. There's even a supercute Beehive Quicklet Eyelet from our fabulous Clearance Section to set the scene!
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
It's ALMOST Anything Goes at Shopping Our Stash this fortnight: you can make a card of any size and shape, for any occasion, using any colors you'd like; BUT... (you knew there was gonna be a but here, right?!) ...you cannot include any stamping!
Sunday, July 16, 2023
The NJ weather is pretty warm, but the Index Card inspiration on Instagram (aka #dyicad2023 hashtag) is red hot! Here are my cards from the past week:
Friday, July 14, 2023
The newest Jingle Belles prompt is to create a card that features a Santa Hat... it might be on Santa himself, or you might want to dress-up another person or creature in a Santa Hat. Possibly you'll even want to make a card that's shaped like Santa's Hat? There are quite a few possibilities. Whatever you choose, after you link with us, remember to head over to the Double Trouble Challenge Blog and link up there, as well, where Christmas in July continues through the end of the month! Meanwhile, here's my card:
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Fast, easy Thank You cards are simple when you pair Eyelet Outlet flower brads and washi tapes! Extra wide Sunflower Tape makes for beautiful diecuts and what could be better than Sunflower and Leaf Brads to adorn them? Or, try Coloring Book Washi with Stitched Flower Brads and a sweet Mini Bee to finish the design.
The possible Eyelet Outlet Brad and Tape combinations are only limited by your imagination!
Sunday, July 9, 2023
How cool would it be to saunter into August with TEN beautiful, unique cards in your Christmas Card stash? If you answered, "Pretty darn cool!" then this one-day, extra-special, quick and easy card class at Paper Anthology,in Kenvil, NJ, Christmas in July: Take Ten is definitely for you! Join me from 12-3pm on Saturday, July 29th for this Xmas Xtravaganza: we’ll start with a sheet of ten journal cards from Photoplay’s It's a Wonderful Christmas collection, add pre-cut patterned paper mats, washi tape, brads, diecuts, ribbon and sparkly things… et voila… you'll go home with an instant collection of eight A2 holiday cards and two slightly larger cards (for the latter, A6 envelopes will be provided).
There are just eight seats available for the class, but... the same supplies will also be available as July's Holiday Jumpstart Card Kit, which can be pre-ordered now (and are equally enjoyable in other locations besides New Jersey. The cost is $35. Claim your spot in the July 29th in-store class OR reserve a Holiday Jumpstart: Christmas in July Card Kit by emailing email@example.com today!
Summer always seems to fly by at record speed, especially in June and July when we ICAD-ians are knee-deep in index cards and inspiration! Here's what I made this week:
Friday, July 7, 2023
At Jingle Belles we're still making holiday cards that feature stars, or stripes, or both; and we're still teamed up with the Double Trouble Challenge so you've got a chance at two different prizes, on two different blogs, with just ONE card!
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Ranger's Perfect Pearls add a beautifully soft shimmery effect to any project. My art journal is my favorite place to experiment with new (to me) products and techniques. Since there are so many ways to use Perfect Pearls, and they look different on every shade of paper, I think I could fill an entire volume! I haven't quiiiiite done that yet, but today on the Ranger Project Page you can follow along as I use them three different ways with Dina Wakley's beautiful "Everyone is Welcome" stamp set, in my Dina Blue Edition Journal.
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Life IS better at the beach, but the next best thing is a beautiful beachy card, bedecked with Eyelet Outlet Brads. Shell Brads, Shell Corners, Sea Shore, flying and standing Seagulls and Tall Palm Brads add coastal flavor to faux polaroids matted with Sparkle Gold Glitter Tape add glamor. A Wide Wood Washi background with a twine border is set off with colorful, old-school 1/8" Round Eyelets and a scattering of Multi-sized Pearls completes the design.
Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Yes! Yes, we did! It's time for our 500th challenge at Shopping Our Stash and we hope you'll come along and help us "Celebrate by the Numbers!" To mark an occasion featuring such a big number, we'd like to see projects with at least one numeral. Here's what I made:
Sunday, July 2, 2023
We hit the halfway point of the Index Card a Day project this week, we're rounding the corner and heading into July, woohoo. If you're still chugging along, well done, keep going! If you've fallen behind, no big deal... just re-start! No catching up, no judgement, no nothing; re-start and do as much as you can, when you can. I know we talk a lot about 61 cards and "daily art practice" but the important part (imo!) is the commitment, not the numbers. If you were having fun and found it valuable, just come back!