Crafter’s Castle Video Hop Giveaway Ft. AMB Illustrations Gatefold Card!

AMB2Welcome in one and all! You may remember in my previous post, I mentioned that I was guest designing for the Crafter’s Castle blog this month. So, the fun continues today with a video hop and giveaway hosted by Crafter’s Castle and sponsored by AMB Illustrations!!

Below, you will find my video on how I created this gatefold card using AMB Illustrations digital prints. Also, all of the giveaway rules, prizes, and supplies will be listed. ↓ ↓ ↓

How To Enter The Giveaway

Entering the giveaway is easy. The hop will run from June 16, 2018 through June 22, 2018, giving you plenty of time to watch ALL of the design team members videos. Complete these easy steps to enter:

1.) WATCH. Watch ALL design team members entire Hop videos (linked below).
2.) SUBSCRIBE. Subscribe to ALL design team members… and be sure we can SEE that you have subscribed.
3.) COMMENT. Leave a comment under the video on YouTube on something specific you saw in the video.
4.) EMAIL. Once you have done all of these things, let us know by sending an e-mail to with HOP ENTRY in the subject line.

Hop Line-up Links

What You Could Win!

The Grand Prize winner will recieve 2 of the AMB Illustrations digital paper packs and 2 clip art packs used by the design team in their Hop videos!!! Also, listen close at each channel because there might be other giveaways (hint, hint)! Thank you for HOPPING along with us! You can find my video posted below the supply list. ↓ ↓ ↓

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AMB Illustrations|Diagonal Z-Fold Card|Challenge

AMB1Hello crafty friends! Today, I am a guest designer with Crafter’s Castle and will be making a Z-Fold card using digital prints from AMB Illustrations. Also remember, there is a fun challenge over at the Crafter’s Castle blog with a prize from AMB Illustrations for the winner (open internationally)! Click HERE to see the current challenge.

I will have all of the supplies I used linked below, as well as a companion video. I also have written instructions posted below for your convenience. Don’t forget to also check out the links I have provided for you in my video description box. There’s also lots of helpful links there!


1.) I began with a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock cut down to a 5″ x 12″ size.

2.) After cutting my card base, I scored/folded at the 4″ mark and at the 8″ mark to give me a Z-Fold. (If you look at your card from above, it forms a “Z” – this is why it is called a Z-Fold card. Just fold one flap forward and one flap back.)

3.) This part is optional, but if you want the slanted look to your card like mine, simply open your card and lay flat. On the long 12″ side, measure in by 2 5/8″ and make a pencil line. Use your scissors or paper trimmer to cut along this line the entire length of the long 12″ side of your card base.

4.) Decorate! Add panels, stamps, embellishments, and whatever you wish! I decorated my card with digital prints from AMB Illustrations since they have digital paper patterns, as well as items and sentiments. After decorating, you have a finished card!

I must say – I have used AMB Illustrations once before for a card HERE and loved how well my card turned out. Today’s project was no exception… their great digital prints did not disappoint!!

Supply Links:

12″ x 12″ Cardstock     Kraft Cardstock     AMB Illustrations Digital Prints

Ranger Matte Medium    Ranger Archival Ink    Cutter Bee Scissors    Sakura Micron Pen

Fiskars Paper Trimmer     Acrylic Block     Altenew Stamp Sentiment      

Perfect Ruler     Bone Folder     Sakura Micron Pen




Watercolor Cards with Q-Tip Cotton Swabs

Not an artist? Not a problem! In today’s blog and video, I will show you an easy way to create cute watercolor cards with Q-Tip cotton swabs! I have all of the supplies I used linked below – but as long as you have a few basics, that’s really all you will need!




Supplies Used

Watercolor Paper     Watercolors     Distress Inks     Blending Tool     Glue Runner

American Crafts Pens    Glue Dots    Foam Squares    Acrylic Block    Jewels    Q-Tips

Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Nested Dies     Ribbon     Baker’s Twine    

Double-Sided Tape     Cutter Bee Scissors     QuikStik Tool    Stamp Set


The two cards (pictured above) were made specifically for Mother’s Day (for my Mom and Mother-in-Law) but I think they could work for other occasions. Also, this watercolor Q-Tip technique can be used in art journals, Bible journaling, on canvas – you name it!

To see the full video on how I made these cards, start-to-finish, please check out the video posted below. I hope you enjoy this technique. Have a craft-tastic day!! 🙂



Happy (Inter)National Scrapbook Day 2018!

The first Saturday in May marks National Scrapbook Day here in the U.S.! This holiday has been ongoing for almost a quarter of a century and serves as a great inspiration to get the creativity flowing! How will you celebrate? What will you create today?

In honor of this crafty holiday, I am spreading the joy to my INTERNATIONAL readers, as well! In the links below, everyone can enjoy the sales, challenges with prizes to win, FREE scrapbook layout ideas, and more!


♥♥ is offering an EXTRA 10% OFF for this special weekend, beginning on Friday, May 4, 2018! Check out this great deal by clicking HERE.

♥♥ Do you enjoy a good challenge with prizes to be won?? If so, check out the wonderful craft challenges (all types) over at by clicking HERE.

♥♥ If you’re a scrapbooker and would like some FREE scrapbook layout ideas, head over to my previous blog post HERE.

♥♥ To find even more terrific coupons, freebies, challenges and giveaways, head over to my Giveaways & More page HERE.

Wishing you a happy, creative weekend!! Have lots and lots of fun! ♥




I’m a Fan of… Sandy Allnock!!


Sandy Allnock

If you love the artistry aspect of crafting, then you will absolutely love to learn from the talented artist, Sandy Allnock! I have been a subscriber to her YouTube channel and Instagram for over a year now – and I have learned so much. She also has a Bible Art Journaling channel which I equally love! She is a gifted speaker, teacher, artist, paper crafter, and author. I always leave her channel feeling uplifted and inspired. As a cardmaker, she teaches how to make custom backgrounds to go with the stamps you may already own. It opens up so much versatility for your stamps to get more mileage!

In my mind, I feel that she could pretty much draw or paint anything using any medium available to her – but her specialty is in teaching with watercolor paints and Copic markers. On her website, she says, “My desire is to use my God-given gifts to encourage others to find their own artistic gifting, whatever that might be.” And, she does just that! She also offers online art classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced artists.

I would like to congratulate Sandy Allnock with this virtual Multiplicity Crafts Fan Award! Keep up the great work, Sandy! ♥


Please take a moment to check out a few pictures of her work below… Also, don’t forget to drop by her YouTube channels (linked above) and her blog to see what amazing things you can learn from this gifted artist!








Craft CLEARANCE Sale!!

If you’re anything like me, you want to get the most bang for your buck! That’s why I’m passing along this info about this amazing craft CLEARANCE going on for a very limited time over at!

This isn’t a super long post simply because the first paragraph says it all! 😉 So hurry over and see what they have included in this huge CLEARANCE!!




Basic Paper Quilling for Beginners

Enter for your chance to win a $15.00 e-Gift Certificate

Before we dive in, allow me a brief moment to describe what paper quilling is… Basically, it is the art of folding, shaping, and coiling paper to create a cohesive piece of art. It is really a lot of fun and an inexpensive hobby!

In the video posted below, I begin with the basics… showing the tools I use and also some basic shapes you can easily make as a beginner. All of the supplies I used will be listed below with clickable links:

Basic Quilling Tool     Quilling Tool w/ Comfort Grip     Zig 2-Way Glue Pen 

Matte Glue     Precision Tip Glue Bottle     Acrylic Block     Cardstock 

Fiskars Paper Trimmer     Tweezers     Cutter Bee Scissors  

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Until next time, stay CRAFTastic!! ♥