Blog Hop! Turning Your Card Kit Bonus Pieces into Cute Borders

Happy Blog Hop Day, friends!!!

I always love seeing the projects my fellow Creative Life Scrapbookers post on these magical days when we blog hop, so I hope you’re following along and have come from Candace’s page. How do you like this season’s ideas so far? Feeling inspired??

XOXO Card KitThis month I was thinking about how to use my bonus pieces from a couple of CM’s new card kits, and I decided that instead of making more cards (like I might usually do) I was going to make some fun borders with them instead.

Just Because card kit AHave you seen the XOXO and Just Because card kits from Creative Memories yet??? If not, I recommend them highly! I especially love the foiling in the XOXO kit and the shiny gem stickers in the Just Because kit!

You can get these card kits and more on my website now!

XOXO Card Kit Bonus Piece Borders

IMG_20190223_162407This first two-page border used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the XOXO Card Kit
  • Pink & Bronze Shimmer Cardstock
  • A sheet of old foiled paper from the CM Divine Power Palette
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Repositionable Tape Runner
  • Foam Squares

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To get the double scallop, I just punched one side of the bronze paper and then trimmed the strip to about 2.5″ wide and lined it up to punch the other side in the same pattern as the first side. It took a bit of practice, but it wasn’t too hard at all! I also had to cut some of the foam squares into smaller strips so I could pop up the words for “LOVE” and “hello”, but besides that it’s pretty much just a cut-and-paste border.

IMG_20190223_162453This second single border used:

  • Bonus Pieces from the XOXO Card Kit
  • Pink Cardstock
  • A sheet of old foiled paper from the CM Divine Power Palette and a sheet of old Gold Metallic CM Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • Scallop Burst Border Punch
  • Brown Dual-tip Pen
  • A few of the gem stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • Repositionable Tape Runner
  • Foam Squares

Just Because Card Kit Bonus Piece Borders

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The first border (left) used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • A sheet of Pink Blend & Bloom Paper
  • Goldenrod and Navy Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • All-purpose Scissors
  • On the Vine Border Punch
  • Repositionable Tape Runner

The second border (middle) used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • Evergreen, Beige, and Navy Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • All-purpose Scissors
  • Border Maker System with the Medallion Frame Chain Cartridge
  • Repositionable Tape Runner

The first border (left) used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • A sheet of Pink Blend & Bloom Paper
  • Evergreen and Raspberry Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • All-purpose Scissors
  • On the Vine Border Punch
  • Border Maker System with the Rose Chain Cartridge
  • Repositionable Tape Runner

You finished our blog hop strong, so now GO FORTH AND CREATE!!!! Thanks for following:

Quick 6 Cards – Croptoberfest 2018

I’ve done a couple “Quick 6” card posts in the past year, and I wanted to share how I used this design with my Croptoberfest materials this year! We’ll be using these as a make-and-take at my Croptoberfest event on October 12 & 13 in West Valley, Utah. If you’re in the area I’d love to have you come make these and some other fun projects with us!

(If you haven’t seen the previous Quick 6 posts yet, you’ll want to check out the original post with the cutting guides and also see how different these cards look with the Black & White collection.)

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Bonus Cards from the Sending Love Kit

From the August product release, I’m especially excited about the new All That Glitters Card Kit (I’ve ordered some that will be arriving tomorrow–YAY!) and its 170+ EXTRA PIECES because I TOTALLY LOVE creating more from the great kits Creative Memories sells. As I was thinking of that earlier this week, I realized I hadn’t yet used my extras from the Sending Love Card Kit, even though I made those cards when they first came out several months ago. PROJECT INSPIRATION!!!

FPF August Cards

After humming and hawing over all the bits and pieces for a while I put together these six cards, and I’m loving the way they turned out! Continue reading

Quick 6 Cards – Black & White, Plus…

I hope you saw my previous blog post, where I introduced “Quick 6” cards back in September. If not, you can check it out and compare how the same technique produces some very different looks when applied to different paper and embellishments!

This time I made 6 quick cards with the new Black & White papers, coordinating flower and gem embellishments, and a few words from the Imagine laser cut weird pack. Again, you can use any double-sided papers for a project like this, and I’d love to see how yours turn out with other combinations!

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Slice of Summer Cards!

Slice of Summer Cards

I’m so excited to share these cute Slice of Summer cards with you today!

I made these as a Friday Featured Project for Creative Life Scrapbooking, and I’ll be teaching these as a class with my local crew in northern Utah through the end of this summer. (The class actually includes 3 more cards in addition to the ones you see here, and designs may vary by kit. Contact me to sign up for a class.)

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Christmas Blog Hop

Thanks for joining the journey on our Christmas Blog Hop this year!!! You should have arrived here from Diana’s blog, and the next stop on this hop is linked at the bottom of this post.

Do you ever buy some great paper and embellishments with one project in mind, start working on it, and then find that it morphs into something very different? That happened to me when I opened the Christmas Past Variety Mat Pack. I wanted to make a bunch of quick, traditional cards to send for Christmas this year, but as I got going I just couldn’t find a groove!

Instead, I started playing with cardboard “scraps” and eventually made my way to these cute (but not quick) cards instead:

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I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the shaped word albums I’ve seen at craft stores, but I’ve never found a reason to make one of them. (If I go to the effort of putting together an album, I want the best–Creative Memories albums, of course!) I decided it would be fun to make mail-able Christmas cards in the style of those word albums this year.

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Holiday Blog Hop Stop #2

ChristmasJoyMemeAdvI hope you’re enjoying the blog hop so far!

You probably arrived here from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog, and if you read to the bottom of this post you’ll find a link to your next blog as well as a list of all the blog hop stops. 🙂

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Christmas stuff CM has this year, and I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with some cute cards that feature the Christmas Joy line.

Did you know that last year December 22 was the busiest mail day of the year, with more than 460 MILLION pieces of mail delivered just on that one day??? (Yeah, actually I didn’t know that either, but I was wondering so I looked it up.) So if you’re sending out Christmas cards this year, you’re in good company! Here are some ideas for cards you can make yourself and send to your friends and family.
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Short Cuts for Layouts and Cards

Original Creative Memories Short Cuts Pack

Original Creative Memories Short Cuts Pack

If you’ve been a long-time devotee of Creative Memories, you might remember these oldies . . .

The dimensions for the pieces of the original 10×12 Short Cuts packs (for each cardstock color in the pack) are:

  • 2 pieces 12×1.5
  • 2 pieces 12x.375
  • 1 piece 4×3.75
  • 2 triangles from a 4×4 square
  • 1 piece 6.25×4.25
  • 3 pieces .75x.75
  • 2 pieces 1.125×7

Back in the day, Creative Memories used to have these pre-cut Short Cuts packs, and they were used to quickly create simple borders. Although a few former consultants and long-time customers might still have a few of these on their shelves, they aren’t available through CM anymore.

In case anybody is getting nostalgic for this type of design, I put together a few suggestions for “shortcutting” 12X12 paper and using the pieces for quick borders, corners, photo mats, and (surprise) cards. Continue reading