Freebie Friday Giveaway: BoBunny

Ahh July, how we love your long days filled with sunshine and warmth! So let’s spread a little sunshine around with a giveaway. Today’s prize package has a slew of papers from BoBunny, plus a lovely Misc Me binder and two sets of page protectors.

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BoBunny Freebie Friday Giveaway Prize

If you’d like this little spot of sunshine to arrive at your house, leave a comment by 5:00 pm MDT on Tuesday, July 29 and you might be randomly selected as the winner. Make sure you check back on Wednesday afternoon to see who the week’s winners are in the Winner Wednesday blog post. Have a wonderful Friday!

P.S. If you’re not familiar with the Giveaway Rules, you really should take a minute to read them.


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August 2014 I-Spy Trivia!

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Holly Anderson

I know we just had July’s I-Spy trivia last week, but I’m doing another today! Let’s honor our current August issue with a little trivia game, my friends!

Today’s giveaway has a little something for everyone! From trendy stamp sets and tools to three fun paper collections, these fabulous products are courtesy of Amy Tangerine/American Crafts, Avery Elle, Bella Blvd, Close To My Heart, Cu-te-ta-pe, Glue Dots, Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, Studio Calico, and Webster’s Pages.

To begin, open up your August 2014 issue. All I-Spy questions will be related to this issue and this issue only. Get ready because I’m picking three winners this time!

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  1. I spy our Table of Contents. Which column is new to our magazine?
  2. I spy our From the Editors column. Which editor showed off a card that used one stamp three different ways?
  3. I spy our Plugged In with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking column. What is the name of our third commenter in the Facebook conversation?
  4. I spy our Trend Talk column. Which icon is used on both cards on p. 23?
  5. I spy our Clip It Up feature. What kind of clip does Betsy Veldman use on her card on p. 43?
  6. I spy our Text Talk feature. What does the third check box say in Amanda Coleman’s card on p. 62?
  7. I spy our Designing on the Diagonal feature. How many cards in this feature use sequins?
  8. I spy our Photo Tricks column. On. p. 82, what is the dog’s name on the layout?
  9. I spy our Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. Who is the notable newcomer featured?
  10. I spy our 10 Minute Tricks column. Which three ways did Kim Watson use straws on her layout?

Three random winners (who answer these questions correctly) will win a selection of products we featured in this issue’s Sweepstakes column. (Just turn to page 89 for a closer look!) To be eligible to win, please enter your answers in the comment field. All comments must be received by Tuesday, July 29th at 5 pm MT. (Read Giveaway/Prizes rules and information.)

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Three lucky winners will take home goodies from this prize package!

Good luck!

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Video: Make Your Own Washi Tape

Washi tape or decorative tape is a fun way to dress up your cards and other projects. And with so many washi tape colors and designs available, you’d think you could find the perfect tape to match your project. But if you can’t, this video shows you how to use your stamps to make your own washi tape. Enjoy!


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Throwback Thursday: Stamp Kissing

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Stamp kissing is a versatile technique that adds a pattern or design from one stamp to another. You can either use the second stamp to remove ink from the main stamp or apply have the second stamp apply a second ink as well as the design to the main stamp. Each method produces a unique design that can be used as the focal point or for a background on your card.

Wendy Johnson added a argyle print to a pear stamp in her A Perfect Pear card from Stamp It! Cards. The subtle design adds dimension to the solid pear stamp.

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A Perfect Pear card by Wendy Johnson from Stamp It! Cards

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Step 1: Ink pear stamp with green.

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Step 2: Kiss inked pear stamp with argyle stamp.

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Step 3: Stamp image on cardstock. Fussy cut pear and adhere to card.

Do you love trying new stamping techniques? We have several special issues that provide technique ideas and stamping inspiration. Here’s a few to get you started:

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Stamp It! Techniques special issue


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Winner Wednesday!

Winner1 Winner Wednesday!Groovin’ With the Go-to Gals: Playing with Patterned Paper post:

Michelle N. (July 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm)


July I-Spy Trivia! post:

Margaret Roberts (July 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm)

bearsmother (July 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm)

Helen F. (July 18, 2014 at 9:41 pm)


Freebie Friday Giveaway: DIY and Stamps post:

Angela A (July 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm)


Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at by August 6th at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you.

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Groovin’ With the Go-to Gals: It’s All in the Details

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Laina Lamb, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal

Hello fellow crafters! Today I thought I would share with you a few of my go-to ideas for dressing up a quick and simple page. All of these ideas can certainly be used for cards and projects as well.

The foundation of a page layout doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. In fact, getting your paper and photos down quickly means getting to the best part of the layout…the details!

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Brace Face by Laina Lamb

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For my Brace Face page, I simply layered several pieces of patterned paper to create a colorful but not overwhelming background. When selecting patterned papers, I tend to pick papers that lean towards the tone on tone effect. For my style, patterned papers with too much “white” background are difficult to use together. I like to embrace bold, beautiful colors.

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Embellishment cluster

When I add embellishments to my page, layering and altering to fit my needs are important. I started this cluster by cutting the “100% Boy” from Double Dog Dare paper.

The image on the paper was square but I decided a circle element would be a better fit for my design. I then began to add extra elements to the circle with various thicknesses of thin foam dots. Using different amounts of foam dots allows me to achieve a variety of layers at varying heights.

Instead of adding the chipboard elements as is, I decided to dress them up a bit. I started by adding enamel dots to the camera buttons. To make the glasses match my son’s in the picture I used black ink to stain the frames. When the ink was dry, I added acetate and vellum to the open areas of the frame to resemble glass. Tiny brads in the corners were the finishing touch.

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Journaling spot

I added a little bit of hand journaling to this die cut with a pencil first, then wrote over the top with pen. I cut several stars from patterned paper and layered them with clear epoxy stickers for added dimension.

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Title detail

In my opinion, having an attention grabbing page title only comes second to good photos on a page. To give my title a little pizazz, I cut “Braces” from metallic foil paper. To achieve the look of dimensional chipboard, I cut and layered both words four times. I like to use spray glue for a tight bond between the layers of cardstock. I hope these tips inspire you to make a quick page with specialized and dimensional extras. To get you started I’ve drawn up a sketch you can download to create your quick and simple page!

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Layout sketch

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See more of Laina’s designs in the August 2014 issue.

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Type It Tuesday – CK Stacatto

Welcome to this week’s Type It Tuesday. This week’s free font will be available for one week and then returned to the font vaults.

Today’s Type It Tuesday font is CK Stacatto. Enjoy!!

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Click font image to download.

For instructions on how to download fonts and for trouble shooting, read this.

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Food for….Cards!

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

It may be because it’s kind of late and I tend to get the munchies at night or it might just be that I have a small obsession with food. Regardless, I was amazed at how many cards have food items, food references, or food related words in their sentiments. You don’t believe? Let me show you just a few of the many I found.

Sweet As Pie

Yes you are! Sweet as pie and so is Teri Anderson’s card from Card Creations, Vol. 12. Not only does this yummy card include a slice of pumpkin pie, but the sentiment includes the pie reference. And who can resist a piece of pumpkin pie? Not me!

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Sweet As Pie card by Teri Anderson from Card Creations, Vol. 12


Bomb Pop

I willingly admit that I’m not as young as I used to be so when I saw this card it instantly transported me back to childhood summers, sitting on the front lawn, eating a bomb pop. Ah, those were the days. Betsy Veldman rocked her Bomb Pop card from the May/June 2013 issue. And if the paper pieced bomb pop weren’t enough, she made her sentiment big and bold just like the frozen treat. Plus, there’s a pattern for the bomb pop, which makes this card quick to make.

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Bomb Pop card by Betsy Veldman from May/June 2013

Birthday Cake

I love cake! Cupcakes, tiered cakes, cake pops, if has cake (and frosting) I’m there! Jennifer Rzasa made a lovely tiered cake for her Star Burst 90th card found in the January/February 2013 issue. I love the way the star bursts bring the cake to light. Can’t you just picture the filling between those lovely cake layers? I only hope I don’t have to wait until I’m 90 for a card like this. But wait! Those cake top numbers are stamped, so you can easily do any year your little heart desires!

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Starburst 90th card by Jennifer Rzasa from January/February 2013

There you have it! A foodie’s take on card making. And there are plenty more where these came from. If you’re not too hungry after looking at these food creations, you should head to your creative place and get crafting! Make sure you grab a snack on the way.

Have fun creating!

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Make It Today: Life is a Beautiful Ride Notebook

Need a quick gift you can make? This Life is a Beautiful Ride notebook created by P. Kelly Smith is fast! All you need is a simple notebook, the Life is a Beautiful Ride free download, a few doilies, and a little ribbon. Voila! If you love this project you should see the other summery ideas in the July/August 2013 issue.

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Life is a Beautiful Ride Notebook by P. Kelly Smith from July/August 2013

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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (white) Patterned paper: (Jump Rope, Dodge Ball from Knee Highs & Bow Ties collection) BasicGrey Accents: (pearls) Michaels; (doilies) Wilton Fibers: (blue ribbon) Martha Stewart Crafts Digital element: (sentiment) Adhesive: Glue Dots International Tool: (corner rounder punch) McGill Other: (notebook) Close To My Heart

Finished size: 5 3/4″ x 7 1/4″

1 Trim patterned paper to fit notebook sleeve; adhere doilies. Insert in sleeve.
2 Trim patterned paper; round corners and tie ribbon around panel.
3 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and adhere to panel.
4 Affix pearls.
5 Adhere panel to notebook.


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What I Learned from the Stylish Maria Fischer

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Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

Welcome back to my “what I learned from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking designer” series. This week I’m reviewing Maria Fischer’s approach to card making.

I absolutely love Maria’s card making style. She’s got a great sense of design. Some of my favorite things she does are to add touches of graphic elements to an ultra feminine card, experimenting with different textures, and playing a theme throughout all elements on a card. Overall, I am struck by how consistent she is in creating contemporary looking and stylish cards.

Maria was a winner of the World Card Making Day contest from 2013, which was shown in the March 2014 issue.

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Get creative with your sentiment. This card tugs at my heartstrings. Maria’s approach with this card is simply amazing. She personalizes the sentiment without getting too mushy and she supports the sentiment with elements like a map heart, arrows, and knotted twine to complete the overall card theme.  This is the perfect masculine card you can give to your significant other.

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Maria Fischer’s Right Time. Right Place. Card from p.53 of Card Creations for Him

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Try it on acetate. I came across several published cards by Maria where she used acetate or vellum. She stamps, heat embosses, and applies modeling paste on acetate or vellum to create an extra layer that doesn’t take away from the overall design. I especially love how Maria stamped the posies in black on the acetate to add layers to this floral bouquet. Her decision to add the stitching and green triangle strip gives this card a decidedly modern twist. I love this card so much that I picked it for the From the Editor’s page of the June 2014 issue.

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Maria Fischer’s Floral Hello Card on p. 22 of June 2014

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Create your sentiment and then walk away! Don’t be afraid to leave empty space on your card. Maria brilliantly uses die-cut letters in various colors to create a fun music-inspired sentiment without a lot of fuss. It’s not always easy for card makers to stop at just one element. Sometimes a simple design with lots of white space is just what you need in a card. This style is ideal for cards with creative sentiments.

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Maria Fischer’s I Got You Babe on p. 84 of June 2014

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Maria is a very talented designer with a fresh style that is all her own. You can see more of her projects on her blog at I can’t wait to incorporate these things I learned from Maria into my own card making.

Happy Crafting!

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P.S. Leave a comment by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 23 for a chance to win these summer inspired products from Echo Park Paper.

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