Let’s Make an Eclipse Card!

Eclipse cards are so much fun to make… they’re like putting a jigsaw puzzle together where the pieces lock into place beautifully! Today, I will show you how to make an eclipse card and how easy it really is! To begin, you’ll need a few supplies.

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Supply List:

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Patterned Cardstock          Solid Heavyweight Cardstock

Neenah Solar White Card Base     Cricut Machine (or metal letter dies)

Glue in a Fine Metal Tip Bottle     Acrylic Stamping Block     Cutter Bee Scissors

Scrapbook.com Stamp Set     Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut out six copies of each letter (in the word you are using) with your Cricut Machine or metal letter dies on solid heavyweight cardstock. Also cut the word onto your patterned cardstock card front, as well. Go ahead and adhere your card front to your card base.

Step 2: Stack and glue all of the layers of each letter together (as shown in the video below). Then, glue your stacked letters into the slots on your card front. They fit in just like a puzzle and will lock into place nicely.

Step 3: Embellish card with stamps, ephemera, bling, ribbon, glitter, or stickers as you choose. That’s all there is to it! So fun and so easy!

Check out my video tutorial below for an easy to follow visual guide! Thanks for stopping by today… Have a happy, crafty day! 🙂

 

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Quick Tip: How to Heat Emboss

If you’ve been crafting for a while, you are likely familiar with how to both heat emboss and dry emboss. However, we are welcoming new crafters to the community all the time. This quick tip on heat embossing is for newbies and seasoned crafters, alike. Whether you’re learning heat embossing for the first time, or you are looking for a refresher course with tips along the way – you’ve arrived at the right place! So, let’s get started!

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Supplies Needed:

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Heat Tool     Versamark Ink (or Pigment Ink)     Acrylic Block     Stamp Sentiment/Image

Anti-Static Powder Tool (Embossing Buddy)     Embossing Powder     Cardstock

Paintbrush     Alcohol-Free Baby Wipes     Tweezers (optional)


Instructions:

Step 1: Begin by patting your anti-static powder tool (Embossing Buddy) over your cardstock. For tips on how to make your own, please see Jen Evers video HERE.

Step 2: Using Versamark Ink (or Pigment Ink), stamp your sentiment or image onto your cardstock paper. Afterwards, sprinkle embossing powder liberally over the top and tap off excess powder. Clean up stray powder flakes with a paintbrush or your finger tip.

Step 3: Allow your heat tool to warm up for a few seconds then apply heat to your paper. If needed, you can hold the paper with tweezers. You will see the heat embossing take place before your eyes. Once the image or sentiment is embossed, allow paper to cool. That’s it! Easy as pie! 😉

Please let me know in the comments section if you have any questions. I have another post about another form of embossing (called “Dry Embossing”) HERE. I’ve also posted a video below to help you further. Have a happy, crafty day!

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DIY Travel Makeup Brush Holder/Stand

For crafters, inspiration is everywhere!! I was recently inspired by the box my Prismacolor colored pencils came in. I decided to play off of this design and create a stand to hold makeup brushes (or even paintbrushes, markers, card sets, or other things). The added bonus is that this makeup brush holder/stand will close to travel flat and secure if you want to take them on-the-go!

The process of making this box was not an easy undertaking – but I hope that the written instructions below will break it down to make the process easier for you. I also have a companion video posted below. Leave me a comment if you have any questions. For now, let’s dive right in, shall we??

Supplies Used:

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Kraft Cardstock     Echo Park Fashionista Paper     Ribbon     Glue Runner    

Tape     Scissors     Paper Trimmer     MMI God’s Blessings Stamp Set    

MMI Big Time Sayings Stamp Set     Ruler     Scoring Tool     Ink Pad     Clear Block

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I designed this as a project for Maymay Made It on Instagram. Please follow for more inspiration!

 

Instructions:

Since there are a couple components for this project (interior case and exterior case cover), I will break it down beginning with the interior case. We will go over how to make the exterior case cover afterwards.

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STEP 1: Begin with a piece of Kraft cardstock trimmed down to 8 x 11″.

STEP 2: With paper facing vertically (portrait orientation), measure in from the right side 1.25″ and score vertically… repeat on the left side. Then, you will make a couple of score lines at the bottom of the page. Measure up from the bottom at 2.25″ and also at 3.5″… make pencil marks and score horizontally on both of these lines all the way across.

STEP 3: Cut slits in the horizontal score lines, stopping at the vertical score lines. Cut these slits on both sides of the paper for a total of four cuts.

STEP 4: On the slits you just cut, glue into place to form your interior case. Begin by gluing small tab to the larger flap and then adhering all to the box “wall”. Decorate the interior case as you choose or leave blank until you finish the exterior case – the choice is yours. Now, it’s time to move on to the exterior case cover.


EXTERIOR CASE COVER

MUbrushpic1STEP 1: Begin with 2 sheets of paper, both trimmed to 8.5″ x 7.5″.

STEP 2: With paper facing vertically (portrait orientation), measure in from the right side 1.25″ and score vertically… repeat on the left side. This will be done to both sheets of paper. 

STEP 3: At this point, the 2 sheets of paper are identical; however, now is the time to decide which piece is the front part of the box and which will be the back. The FRONT part will get a hole punched in the bottom center in order to run ribbon through. Although the back panel will have ribbon, it will not be ran through a hole-punched hole. So the one you hole punch is your FRONT panel. Secure ribbons inside both panels with adhesive (the only difference is the front panel’s ribbon will string through a hole, the back panel will not).

STEP 4: Now, on the BACK panel only (one without hole punch), score at 3.75″ up from the bottom, horizontally.

STEP 5: Make a diagonal template out of cardstock to draw sharply angled lines on both sides of both pieces of paper (both the front and back panels). However, on the BACK panel, you will not cut through the center, horizontal score line but you will on the FRONT panel.

STEP 6: Now, we will make a lid for the top of the box by adhering a 6×3″ piece of cardstock, scored at 1″ and 2″ marks. Round edges of box lid if desired.

STEP 7: Glue front and back panels together on the sides only to create a box shell for your box base to fit into. Decorate as desired. Please see video below for a great visual of how the box works. All done!! 🙂

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DIY Stamp & Die Storage From Dollar Tree

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Easy storage for stamps, dies, embossing folders, and stencils!

If you’ve been paper crafting for a while, you probably have quite a few stamp sets/dies, and will be in need of some sort of storage system. I recently noticed that I was needing a better way to store my stamps and dies… so, I went online shopping for a better storage system. I liked the products offered but did not like the high prices. I decided that I would make my own stamp and die storage system myself – I am a crafter, after all! 😉

Below, I have linked the supplies for you, just to give you an idea of what to purchase. It would be best to purchase in person since the Dollar Tree website is for bulk orders only. Also, I linked to some Dollar Tree items which are available to order on eBay. In the event that your local Dollar Tree does not carry the supplies needed, you can find them for a comparable price elsewhere.

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Storage Bin

Jot Clear Tape

Jot Report Covers

Locker Magnet Sheets

Instructions:

Note: I will post the basic written instructions here, but will have more detailed images and instructions on my YouTube video which is posted below.

STEP 1: The stamp & die storage is very easy to make using the items from the Dollar Tree as well as some craft items you probably already have. Begin by removing the plastic spine off your report covers. One end is already sealed, so be sure to leave the sealed end intact. Use your scissors or paper trimmer to cut the report covers to the desired size needed to house your stamps and/or matching dies.

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STEP 2: After you have your plastic report cover sheets cut to size, use your clear tape to seal the two sides (leaving the top open to insert stamps & dies). If you have a Fuse Tool, this would be ideal – but if not, the clear tape works like a charm!

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STEP 3: At this point, you can slip your stamp sheets into the storage pockets you’ve just created and call it done… but, I added some cardstock with tabs into my pockets so I could label the stamp set. Also, some of my stamps had matching metal dies. In order to keep the dies with the stamp set, I cut some magnetic sheets to size and affixed the dies. The stamps and dies (both) fit nicely into the storage pockets! I filed mine in a Dollar Tree storage bin for easy access.

dtsbQuick Tips: If you have loose stamps without acetate OR some that you’ve unmounted from wood blocks, you can use acetate or clear overhead projector transparencies (cut down to size) to affix your stamps to. This way, they will be protected and slide into your storage pockets easily.

Another great idea is to use these storage pockets to store your dry embossing folders, stencils, and more! You can label/file them in the storage bin for easy access.

To see the video of how to make the storage pockets in today’s blog, please be sure to check out the video below. Have a happy crafty day! 😉

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5 Ways to Fake Good Handwriting

5 Ways to Fake Good Handwriting

I have a theory. My theory isn’t scientifically-based – it’s just a theory I have to console myself for my poor penmanship. Here goes… My theory is that most artists have bad handwriting. See – there’s no way I can validate that; but it does make me feel a bit better about things! Haha!! 😉

If you’re like me and do not excel in the handwriting department, then this post is for YOU! When I started Bible Journaling a year or two ago, I knew that I’d need to improve my handwriting for this art form. The tips and tricks I’m going to share with you are from what I’ve learned over the past couple of years.

You can use your new and improved handwriting for more than Bible Journaling alone – it may also be used when addressing envelopes, writing in handmade cards, in your planner or traveler’s notebook, and even for gift tags. In random order, some things to try are…

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1.) Letter Stencils: They are affordable, easy to use, and make your handwriting look amazing! Check out this amazing stencil HERE!

2.) Graphite: Yes, it’s true – the graphite (pencil lead) technique can help you as you practice your handwriting. What is it? Well, let’s say you have a fast food paper sack with a nice font on it… simply cut away that portion of the sack and color graphite all over the opposite side. Then, when you flip the paper around and trace/outline the text on front, it will transfer onto your paper underneath. Similarly, you can also use graphite paper or copy paper. Check out my video below to see this technique in action!

3.) Calligraphy Stamps: Many stamp companies have beautiful, alphabet text stamps. You can find a variety of fonts available – from stick letters to calligraphy! This is a great way to get the look of good handwriting in a pinch, but also a nice way to learn how to write in a calligraphy style. You can study the letters and trace them to build good muscle memory and teach yourself how to write beautifully. I will list a few calligraphy options for you: Kelly Creates, Recollections, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, Crafter’s Companion, or Concord & 9th.

4.) Use a Ruler: A lot of what makes our handwriting look bad is that our letters may be wobbly or crooked. You’d be amazed at the improvements you can see from simply taking your time and using a ruler when printing (doesn’t work for cursive). This technique is ideal for making tall, narrow stick letters. I prefer a T-Square Ruler that doesn’t shift.

5.) Enhancing a Basic Font: Let’s build upon the previous idea of making stick letters with a ruler – but take it a step further. Now that you have the stick letters, you can practice enhancing your basic font to make it something different. For example, you may want to thicken the lines or add horizontal lines to the bottoms and tops of the letters. A good pen (like the Sakura Micron or DoCrafts Pens) helps this process a lot! The possibilites are endless.

Out of all of these tips, the best advice I can give is to practice and take your time writing! I hope these tips will come in handy for you. Please consider following my blog and YouTube channel for more great content. Until next time, enjoy practicing!!

 

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Maymay Made It Craft Haul & Announcement!!

Hello everyone, it’s Maranda – coming to you today with a fun craft haul AND a very exciting announcement! Let’s begin with the announcement…

First off, let me set the stage… If you love to watch craft YouTube videos – you are probably familiar with the channel called Maymay Made It Crafts. Not only is she a very successful craft YouTuber with over 160k followers, but she has her own line of awesome stamps and dies. Plus, she has a craft store with lots of great products! Amy Helms, better known as Maymay, is a very down-to-earth, talented, and fun person. She has gained many followers on Instagram where she features crafty creations by her design team.

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Now, onto the big news… I have been asked to be on her Instagram Design Team!! I was so honored to join her team since I admire her faith, talent, and charisma! So, you will be seeing projects from me (and other talented team members) weekly posted on her Instagram page HERE.

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I also have a craft haul from Maymay’s store. Check out all of the wonderful products in my video below. Thanks for stopping by today… I hope you have a happy, crafty day! 🙂