Festive Friday: Tri-fold Fun

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!

It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! This time around, it’s an easy one, so no excuses – play along!

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • ANYTHING GOES! Since any kind of crafty project is creative – link up! It’s a free pass, so take it! Make what you like 😀
  • Fun folds are a fun opportunity to add an unexpected twist to a card project. There’s lots of different options out there so do a quick Google or Pinterest search to find a fold that fits your fancy!

CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Dearest Friend (Altenew)
Paper: 2: 4 1/4″ x 11″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ 110 lb watercolor card (Strathmore)
Inks: Versafine Black ( Tsukineko), Spun Sugar Distress Oxide (Ranger), Dusty Concord Distress Oxide (Ranger), Classic Watercolor (Prima)
Accessories: Superfine Black Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Dearest Friends Dies (Altenew), Blending Brushes (Amazon), Heat Tool (Hero Arts), Anti-static bag (Ranger), watercolor brushes

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design – click the images for a larger slideshow)

  1. Score both card bases at 5 1/2″. Trim off 1/8″ from one end on each card. This will help them fit together to create the tri-fold.
  2. Assemble the card by adhering one of the shortened ends to the inside of a longer end. The second short end will fold inside with the second long end folding to make the front.
  3. Mask off the edge of one flap and blend in a background using Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord Distress Oxides. Repeat the process for the other flap.
  4. Sprinkle water on the finished blended panels to create a spattered look.
  5. Stamp the floral image on the front flap to help align the die. Diecut the outline.
  6. Fold in the inside flap and use a pencil to trace the diecut outline from the front flap. This way, the diecut is aligned! Match up the die to the outline and diecut the inside flap.
  7. Add desired sentiment to outside and inside flaps – emboss with black embossing powder.
  8. Stamp the floral image on watercolor card. Color as desired with watercolors. 
  9. Diecut finished floral image and adhere to the center of the card inside. Fold over the inside flap to help align the floral diecut perfectly!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0034 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

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Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

Festive Friday: 5-Minute Striped Birthday Card

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

After a long week, it’s nice to make something simple and fun!

So, let’s do that! It’s time for another Festive Friday challenge and I thought I’d whip up a simple, fun card that can get your weekend off to a great start. Of course, having some inspiration to get going on a project is half the battle. Let’s take a look at the latest challenge, shall we?

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Armed Services Day is a day to show appreciation to Active Duty members of the Armed Forces in the US. Use this as an opportunity to make some cards that you can send to a military hospital that can be given to any of the inpatients.
  • Be inspired by typical military and patriotic imagery and colors – red, white, & blue, or blue & yellow or blue & white – even camouflage colors – greens & browns… Then, there’s stripes (go for the AND option of the challenge), stars, airplanes, ships, eagles… There’s lots of fun inspiration right there!
  • Of course, you can embrace just the AND option and come up with a project that features stripes in a prominent way!
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4″ x 5 1/4″ Wax Lips CS (Bazzill), 3 3/4″ x 5″ Remembrance Memories patterned paper (Color Play), scraps of Solar White 80lb (Neenah)
Inks: Frayed Burlap or Candied Apple Distress Oxide (Ranger)
Accessories: Cool Summer Nights Enamel Dots (Altenew)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Happy Happy Happy dies (Lawn Fawn)

How-To Video

This week’s tutorial is a beginning-to-end video. It takes me about 8 minutes to teach you this 5-minute card! Enjoy!!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0033 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

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    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

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Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

Festive Friday: Lattice & Rose For Any Occasion

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!

It seems like every time I check the calendar, it’s time for another Festive Friday challenge! We’ve got a pretty predictable challenge this round – since Mother’s Day is coming up soon. Why not get ready ahead of time and whip up a project for the Moms in your life and then link up with us?!

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Go for all the options and create a beautiful pink Mother’s Day project! It could be a card, a scrapbook page, home decor, gift packaging – anything!
  • Mom not a fan of pink? Set the hue aside and go for her favorites to make it the perfect project 
  • Have other plans for the festivity? Hone in on the color instead and see what kind of fun designs you can create with shades of this flirty, fun member of the color wheel!
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Painted Flowers (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), scraps of Solar White 80lb (Neenah)
Inks: Nocturne Versafine Clair( Tsukineko), Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide (Ranger), Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide (Ranger), Frosty Pink (Altenew), Coral Berry (Altenew), Olive (Altenew), Moss (Altenew)
Accessories: Antique Gold Ink Spray (Altenew)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Creative Backgrounds Dies (Sizzix), Wendy Vecchi STAY-tion, Blending Brushes (Amazon)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design – click the images for a larger slideshow)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″.
  2. Blend in Picked Raspberry from the top, down 1/3rd. Blend in Worn Lipstick in the center – fading to white.
  3. Splatter Altenew Antique Gold Spray on the blended card base and allow to dry.
  4. Align the Creative Background die towards the top of the card base. Use the Wendy Vecchi STAY-tion to help align the die to the base and then secure it with some Post-its. (Check out the picture to see how I dd this).
  5. Finish the diecutting – don’t forget to open the card so you don’t cut through the back of the base!
  6. Stamp and diecut any number of flowers and leaves from the Painted Flowers stamp set.
  7. Assemble a small bouquet of flowers and adhere to the finished card base.
  8. Add a sentiment if desired.

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0032 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

Festive Friday: Make a Rainbow Using Only 3 Inks

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

True or False: You need a rainbow of ink to make a rainbow…

Well, if you read the title of this post, I hope you figured out that you don’t need a rainbow of ink. You only need three. The only requirement is that the inks blend well. Because of that, I recommend Distress Oxides! They’re a creamy pigment and die blend that just loves to blend together and plays well with water for additional technique possibilities.

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My inspiration came from the newest Festive Friday challenge that gets us thinking about Spring and Summer with rainbows as an option, and the featured festivity of Earth Day (April 21st).

 

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Earth Day is typically partnered with the idea of recycling. You could use some scraps you have from previous projects, or look to unusual materials as elements – like pop cans, recycled paper or plastic, etc.
  • Rainbows are a super fun element – this is another super flexible option that you can take literally, or abstractly. Add a simple rainbow to your design, or just go for a rainbow of colors in your cardstock or ink choices. 
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

Let’s get on with the Party Plan so you can recreate this beauty!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Better Together (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 6″ x 6″ 110 lb Watercolor Card (Strathmore)
Inks: Candied Apple, Salty Ocean & Wild Honey Distress Oxides (Ranger/Tim Holtz), Versafine Clair Nocturne (Tsukineko), Picket Fence Distress Stain (Ranger/Tim Holtz), Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Cool Summer Night & Pocketful of Sunshine enamel dots (Altenew)
Other: Heat Tool, Stamp Positioner (Tonic), Scallop Builder Stencil (Altenew), Distress Blender & Pads (Ranger), double sided adhesive (Scrapbook.com)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)
** Click the images to see the enlarged slideshow **

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″ and set aside.
  2. Set up the watercolor card with the Scallop Builder stencil.
  3. Start the ink blending from the center – cover approximately 1/2 – 2/3 of the entire card with Wild Honey. You will blend into this, so  make sure there’s enough to have some yellow show through later.
  4. Next start blending from the top down with Candied Apple. Avoid the yellow area until the top has the desired shade of red, then start moving into the yellow area to make orange!
  5. Repeat this process from the bottom up using Salty Ocean – moving into the yellow to make green.
  6. Remove the stencil when done and decide if you will add water to distress the panel. If so, spritz water on the panel – just a light mist at first to see how it moves, then more if desired. For best results, dry with a heat tool.
  7. Flick Picket Fence and Vegas Gold inks onto the watercolor panel. Allow it to dry, or use the heat tool.
  8. Trim the watercolor panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  9. Cut a piece of double sided adhesive to size. Adhere it smoothly to the watercolor panel, then adhere the panel to the card base. This is a perfect solution to make sure a warped panel lays flat!
  10. Set up the card in a stamp positioner with the desired sentiment. Stamp in Versafine Clair Nocturne.
  11. Add enamel dots as desired.

Crafter’s Toolbox

I thought you might enjoy a video to show the ink blending technique more in depth!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0031 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about my Monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

Festive Friday: Make a Halftone Card Set

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

How about another quick & simple card idea?

If you saw my project yesterday – I’m 2 for 2 on quick and simple this week. What? I never do quick and simple. Well, maybe I just needed some instant gratification from all of the more detailed designs I’ve been doing lately (wait until you see tomorrow’s project!). Well, it’s craft month so we just had to use that as a festivity for our latest Festive Friday challenge!

(affiliate links are used in this post. When you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting my blog!)

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • This is really an ANYTHING GOES theme since we’re all doing handmade stuff! So, submit anything you like – it fits the challenge!

Here’s my take:

This week’s Party Plan is a video. I do have the supplies listed below. 

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Sentiments for Every Day (Scrapbook.com)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 5″ x 6″ Black Licorice (Lawn Fawn), 3/4″ x 5″ and/or 7/8″ x 5″ colored cardstock strips
Inks: Versafine Clair – Nocturne (Tsukineko)
Accessories: none
Other: Halftone Cover Die (Altenew), Big Shot (Sizzix), Die Brush (Sizzix), Stamp Positioner (Tonic)

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0030 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about my MONTHLY GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

Kick-start Your Creativity

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The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.