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  4crafterscastle@gmail.com 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!

Instructions:

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

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO:

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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!

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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!! 🙂

 

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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!

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♥♥ Scrapbook.com 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 Scrapbook.com 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! ♥

 

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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!! ♥

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Birthday Haul from Scrapbook.com!

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Hello fellow crafters! 🙂 Maranda, here – so, I just celebrated my birthday on March 27th and wanted to show the awesome products I purchased with my birthday money (I spoiled myself, I know)! But don’t worry – I don’t splurge often.

I placed my order with Scrapbook.com since I know they always have amazing sales going on! It only took TWO days for my order to arrive!! I have provided links below of the products, just click on the image if you want to see more details. Also, I have a video posted below for you. So much fun!


Doodlebug Designs Birthday Girl Paper

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Doodlebug Designs Spring Paper

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Jillibean Soup Shaker Die Set

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Ranger Ink Multi-Medium Matte Adhesive

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Penny Black “Soar” Clear Stamp Set

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Ranger Ink Wendy Vecchi Mini Ink Pads

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Umbrella Crafts Acrylic Stamp Block

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Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

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I hope you had fun looking at all of the fun products! Please note that his post is not sponsored. However, I will earn a small percentages from the referral links listed above. None of your personal information is shared with me at any time. Thank you for your support!

Thanks for dropping by – I hope you have a Craftastic day!! ♥

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Best of 2017 | Multiplicity Crafts Awards!!

Welcome to the 2nd annual Multiplicity Crafts Awards blog!! In this blog, I will be featuring my favorite paper craft tools and products of the year! If you want to see my picks for 2016, you can click HERE. So, let’s jump right in, shall we?!

Multiplicity Crafts 2017 Awards

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Best Pigment Ink Pad: ColorBox Pigment Ink Pad

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This is a new category I’ve added, simply because pigment ink pads behave differently than dye ink pads. I’ve chosen ColorBox pigment ink pad as the winner this year because of the ease of use, versatility, color payoff, and nice color selection!


Best Dye Ink Pad: Tsukineko – Memento Ink Pad

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This favorite of mine is a 2nd year winner for many reasons! First of all, it lasts a very long time without having to re-ink! I have had the SAME ink pad for a couple of years now and it’s still going strong! Also, I love that it is fast-drying on the paper… which is great for me since I tend to be accident-prone and could easily smear ink that isn’t as fast-drying.


Best Cardstock: Avery Elle The Everyday Collection

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Cardstock makes me happy… a beautiful, colorful cardstock puts me over the moon!! 🙂 I must admit, cardstock is my crafty weakness. I love so many designs that it’s really tricky for me to only choose one as the winner; but with all things considered, I’m going to choose Avery Elle (The Everyday Collection). I found this collection very useful since the designs are simple yet colorful. I also found that the designs and colors matched nicely to compliment my creations.


Best Coloring Product: PrismaColor Premier Colored Pencils

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I actually found a really good deal on eBay and purchased the PrismaColor Premier colored pencils on sale. I was amazed at the creamy quality of these pencils and how easily they blended. I use my white pencil to blend harsh pencil lines away.  I have truly enjoyed using these pencils over the past few months and feel that my art and coloring is enhanced by this amazing product.


Best Stamp Set: Whimsy Stamps “Bee-Cause” Clear Stamp Set

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My first time to use Whimsy Stamps was in 2017. I was amazed at the crisp images I got with these quality stamps. Even the text which was in a thicker font stamped wonderfully; not to mention the images were adorable!


Best Adhesive: Scor-Tape Double-Sided Adhesive

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Yes, this adhesive is a 2nd year winner! I simply love it because it does what it’s supposed to do. It has a very strong grip and is so versatile with it’s thin strip design. I have reached for this adhesive so many times when I need something reliable. It’s also great to use a strip of this and foil overtop – no machines required! It’s deceiving because it doesn’t look like there’s much on a roll, but it will last through several projects – no problem! Can’t say enough good about this product.


Most Innovative Product/Tool: We R Memory Keepers Laser Square and Mat

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I must say, I don’t currently own one of these nifty tools but the usefulness of this – wow! I love this idea since I have a really hard time with placing things straight on my projects. I like that it keeps things stright horizontally AND vertically at the same time. Not only would this innovative tool be great for crafting, but it would also be nice to use on other household projects and even for hanging wall art that us crafters may make! Two thumbs up for this innovative product!!


Most Useful Product/Tool: Sakura Micron Pigma Micron Archival Ink Pen Set

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I never knew a pen could be so useful as this!! I especially reach for my Micron 08 (0.50mm) pen because it’s a fine enough tip for details but broad enough for using on my Bible Art Journal without bleeding through the page. Also, when stamping – sometimes the image or font may not stamp perfectly… this pen is perfect for filling in the gaps in the ink. I also love this pen for sketching and writing on envelopes or in cards. I can even use this pen to outline a pencil sketch and erase the residual pencil lines without smearing the ink! It’s a high-quality amazing pen!


Did your favorite craft product or tool make the list this year? Or, do you have any recommendations of products that I should try? If so, please leave me a comment below… I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by today… Happy Crafting!

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