Monthly Archives: June 2015

Cardmaking for Scrapbookers

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Today I’m sharing some not so secret ways for any paper crafter to make cards. Seriously!
You can do this in 10 minutes or less.
Not a stamper?
No problem.
Don’t own any dies or embossing folders?
You don’t need to, not for these cards.

Right now, YOU, have all that you need in your stash to make a thank you card for your bestie, or a teacher, or a family member. NO need to go to the dollar store or Hallmark. You don’t even need to leave your house. You have papers, embellishments, stickers, a computer, a pen and some washi tape. I know you have some washi tape 😉

Let’s get started and take a look at the cards below;

1. Die cuts
The card shown below made by Monique uses die cuts, paper scraps & a little bit of mist.
We all have leftover bits from die cut packs and sticker sheets OR maybe ones that we do like and won’t use on a layout. Put them to good use, before you store them away and make a card.
All you need is 10 minutes.
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2. Washi Tape
I’ve got rolls and I know you do too. Tear it into strips as shown below on the Happy Birthday card & add a few enamel dots, a cut circle (free hand it if you need to) and some thickers.
SO easy!washi tape card


3. Cut apart papers
Almost all paper companies put a cut apart paper in their collections these days and most of the time we don’t use them all. The little notebook on the card below is a 3×4 card with some added letter stickers and chevrons cut from some patter paper. Another Very quick card.Sunday Card Share 6


4. Chipboard Stickers
The floral focal on the card below is a chipboard sticker and the sentiment is also a sticker from the same collection. Those 12×12 chipboard sets are great for making cards, again with so many shapes included in those sets their might be pieces that you don’t like or will not use on a layout because they don’t appeal to you. A card is a perfect solution.I am thankful for you card by Joy for


5. Stencils
Most of us have a few stencils that we bought to use on a layouts to added some texture, mist or ink. The same can be done on a card pretty easily. On the card below a brick stencil was used with texture paste in the background. The pink heart polaroid can be made with mists or ink using a Heidi Swapp stencil. Make those stencils work for you and use them on a card where you can experiment with techniques in a smaller scale and without worry that you will ruin your layout.stencil card
My final tip is if you don’t have stamps for a sentiment on your card like the sample shown above, use your computer. Choose any font you want and after printing, cut it down into a small strip and adhere it to your card. If you printer is out of commission, use a pen or marker.
It really can be that simple.

I hope these five tips help you see that you can make your own hand made cards in a very simple way without spending more $$ on supplies or having to run out to buy one.
All of the cards shown above can be made in 10 minutes or less, give it a try next time you have your supplies out. Happy crafting!!

Joy @

Sunday Card Share #9

Hey there crafty peeps,

This week’s card share is all about gold and Craft Market. I’m still working my way through my Crate Paper Craft Market, in fact I just bought the cardstock stickers. Yep I’m addicted!
All three cards have a bit of gold on them…I resisted this trend at first, I like silver. 🙂 I picked up a few pieces here & there and now, I love the gold.

Sunday card Share #9

Sunday card Share #9
Sunday card Share #9

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What have you been making?
Share your cards new or old by using the link-up below. I’m looking forward to visiting your blog.

DT June Reveal 4 – Crate Paper Journey

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Hello everyone. Welcome to another Friday reveal.
I, too, was able to play with the Crate Paper Journey Line. I love all the outdoor, camping, and adventure icons in this collection. I also love the gorgeous colour combinations. It’s perfect for all those summer road trips that you have planned!

It’s About the Journey
On top of the beautiful colour combinations, I love the addition of both gold and cork in this collection. The gold adds a little bit of shine, while the cork adds gorgeous texture. On this layout, I used both.  I had a lot of fun layering all the fun pieces that come in this collection.

Road Sistas

Because of the pinks and golds in this collection, I knew it would work well for my annual girls’ trip.
This layout was also featured in this week’s tutorial on how to make your own epoxy titles. Did you miss it? You can find that tutorial here: Making Your Own Epoxy Titles

Roughing It

I love the Teepee icons in this collection and really wanted to use them. They are so fun!


Thanks for checking out my projects this month. If you haven’t had a chance to get this collection yet, you really must! You won’t be sorry!!

Making Your Own Epoxy Titles

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Hello all you Nerds! Welcome to another tutorial by the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team.

If you’re like me, you love the look of epoxy titles. I buy them up, but then when it comes time to try and use one, I can’t seem to find one that fits the page I’m working on. So, I decided to make my own, as you can see on this finished layout.


In this tutorial, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to create your own epoxy titles to use on your next project.

What you need:


A computer print out of your desired title – unless you want to do it free-hand
Clear sticker backing
A Sharpie marker in the colour of your choice
Glossy Accents



Once you have printed out your desired title, place the clear sticker backing on top. I used a small amount of adhesive to keep the sticker backing in place.


Trace the title with the Glossy Accents on top of the clear sticker backing.


Once completed, set aside until it is dry completely.


When it is dry, use your sharpie marker to colour your title completely.


Peel the “epoxy title” from the clear sticker backing and adhere to your project. I used a little more glossy accents to adhere it to my project.

Have fun with this very easy technique to make your own fun epoxy titles.



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Sunday Card Share #8

Woot Woot!
It’s time for another Sunday Card Share crafty peeps. This week I went nerdy!
Again 🙂

I can’t get enough of the MFT Geek is Chic stamp set & matching glasses dies.
The middle card design is not mine, I borrowed it from one of their design team members and it can be seen on the MFT website.

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Now it’s your turn. Share your new or old card creations using the link up below.

June DT Reveal – Journey from Crate

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Good morning Nerds!

I can’t believe it’s June already…end of the school year…beginning of the good summer weather and of course Father’s Day! I thought I would pay tribute to some of the men in my life by scrapping them! Love how perfect the Journey line from Crate is for some more manly projects!!

Here’s a peek at a few of the projects I made this month…seriously LOVE this line!! I thought that for my first reveal I would show how easy it is to use your dies to create a bold background so instead of using the patterned papers from this collection, I decided to use cardstock, the Journey embellies and this DELICIOUS die for the Tim Holtz Scribbles set…YUM!!
I was really excited to use it with this old photo of my daughters’s dad jumping at Big AYR…He makes it look soooo easy! There is no denying that he is an excellent rider and both of our girls definitely take after him with their natural riding abilities…SOAR…


here’s a close up…crazy eh??!!


This is a little tribute to my Uncle and Godfather…He’s always been a big influence in my life and when I found this pic of him and his daughter Tonya I knew the Journey collection from Crate would be the perfect way to scrap it!! And FYI…Doe is the nickname I gave my cousin Tonya when she was just a little wee bean. Her sweet eyes reminded me of a baby deer…so trusting and bright…

I used the Decor Ampersand from MFT….LOVE it! Along with a couple of fonts from them as well (Emmitt and By the Letter Lowercase) YUM!
I was totally inspired by another layout I saw on the web and wanted to soften the paper a little similar to the way she had so I used vellum…although the moment I set it down outside to photograph it, five GIANT raindrops plopped right on it!! I guess Mother Nature felt it needed a little extra “something”…LOL!!


I had some strips and scraps left over so I thought I would give a starburst background a go! I know this technique has been around for a while but I’ve never tried it…until now…and I am completely addicted!! I loved how the journey papers from Crate really added interest with their fun patterns! Perfect for some “boy” layouts!

Here is Steve again…this time doing the valley jump at the club track…he’s so smooth and comfortable in the air that even though it’s BIG AIR he makes it look effortless…yep! It REALLY ticks me off!! LOL!!


Here’s a close up…


Since I’ve been having so much fun with this line, I thought I would challenge myself to do something a little messy and outside of my comfort zone…eeeks!! SO stressful!! I’ve been seeing lots of angles and edges in scrapping lately so I thought I would give ‘er a go!!
This is my sweet little cousin Isabella. She lives around the world in Prague and I’ve never met her but her mom sent me these beautiful pictures of her…isn’t she cute? I love pics of baby bits!!



Give this line from Crate a try…I can’t wait to see where your “Journey” takes you!
Thanks for letting me share!


Bold Backgrounds RAWK!! Starburst Tutorial

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Good morning Nerds!!

Our challenge this month was to create layouts with bold titles and backgrounds. So I thought I’d give those starburst backgrounds a try. They always catch my eye and I think they are a brilliant way to use up scraps but to be honest..I thought there would be math involved and that seemed like too much work! LOL!! But since it’s for you ladies…I thought I’d give it a go!!

The supplies you will need…

12×12 sheet of cardstock



something round and medium sized to trace ( I used a punched circle of cardstock)


For a full page sunburst background, you will want to start with a spare sheet of 12×12 cardstock. You will want to trace a circle in the area that you want the sunburst to “burst” out from. I traced my circle in the lower right section of the page.


Using a ruler, or a straight edge, you will then draw lines from the circle all the way out to the edge of the paper. These do not have to be evenly spaced and there is really no wrong or right way to do this step. I started with the corner lines, and then worked my way in. I only trace my lines to the edge of my circle, since I don’t cut my pieces to fit all the way together when they meet in that center point. I used to cut them all the way, but I seemed to have ends overlapping and bulking up. I know that I will place something over that center point, so I’m ok with there being an empty space in that area.

Once your lines all drawn out the way you want them, you will want to number the pieces so that you know the order they go in. Start in one corner, and number them going in a clockwise order. This is much easier then trying to fit them together later. Once they’re numbered, you will want to cut all of the pieces apart.


Start selecting your patterned paper and/or cardstock that you will use for each piece. This is a great way to use up some scraps and leftovers!

For each “burst”, you will want to flip over the patterned paper/cardstock that you chose, and lightly adhere the numbered template piece, number side down. By adhering the template piece to the BACK of your chosen paper, you don’t have to worry about any leftover adhesive showing. But you have to remember to also flip the template piece over, and adhered it number side down, so that once you cut your piece and turn it over, your “burst” will be going in the right direction.


As you trim each “burst”, place it in the appropriate spot on your page. I use a sheet of cardstock to built the sunburst on, and adhere all of the pieces directly to it.

To adhere your “bursts”, start with the corner pieces, and adhere them first. Then work your way in with the rest of the pieces. Don’t worry if a piece or two have to overlap slightly. It’s hard to get them cut so that they match up perfectly.Make sure and SAVE your template pieces that you cut out from cardstock, so that you can use them over and over on additional layouts 😉

You can stitch the edges and add embellishments and PLAY!! Have fun with it!

Here is my finished layout…Thanks for letting me share!




You don’t have to use all of the pieces of the starburst…here I’ve left some blank spaces inbetween for the pp to show through. You can fill those spaces with stamping or inking or leave them plain…the sky is the limit!!


Be sure to give this a go and share your project with us!!

Happy scrapping!!

Sunday Card Share #7

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Welcome back to another Sunday Card Share.
This week I wanted while organizing some of my supplies I found several packages of enamel dots stowed in a box that I had forgotten about.  I just had to use some on this weeks cards before putting them away. 😉

Now it’s your turn. Share the cards you’ve been making, new or old link the up so we can check them out. Sharing your cards can help inspire other crafters and you could be featured on our blog & Facebook page.

Use the link up below


Monique’s Simple Mobile

Hey ladies….I tried to make a mobile, just something to hang in my craft space…here a quick way of how I created it..

I started out by using the scraps from my kit this month, I really didn’t have much left over, but I think it works.





It’s actually very simple to make and takes no time at all!

Come join us in the forum for more DT reveals!

Monique Bourgeois at

Sunday Card Share #6

Happy Sunday & welcome back crafty peeps,

It’s the first Sunday of the month so we’re starting a new link-up today, join me here every Sunday for a new share. You can join in any day of the week by using the link up at the bottom of this post or at the top of the side bar (on the right).

Father’s Day is coming soon, June 21st, so this week’s card share is for the Dad’s.
I’m still on a die cut kick (thanks to Kim on our creative team) and my Big Shot has been getting a workout. I used the My Favorite Things Blueprints #18 die set again, I am loving the angled
cut 🙂  I also got into a few dies from Paper Smooches & Tim Holtz Sizzix dies.Sunday Card Share 6 Sunday Card Share 6 Sunday Card Share 6 Sunday Card Share 6 Sunday Card Share 6 Sunday Card Share 6 Joy @


Now it’s your turn, use the link up below and join in on our June card share.