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WOW #171: faux confetti pocket

One of the current trends we’re loving is the addition of confetti and sequins to layouts and cards.  Sometimes you’ll find confetti stitched into little pockets on layouts or lots of miscellaneous pieces glued around a project.  Both techniques are effective and achieve similar results – but they can be time consuming and require some extra planning and tools.  Today we have another technique for adding a confetti pocket to share with you.  Instead of stitching pockets or gluing little pieces, we love the idea of adding stickers to create a “faux confetti” addition.

wow171_great outdoors layout by wendy sue (2)

It’s a really easy way to get the look without the extra steps!  Here’s how:

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WOW #170: down-size a design

In a world of super-size everything, it might be easy to believe that bigger is always better…but I think sometimes it’s good to scale things down a bit.  I love looking for inspiration in scrapbook layouts and figuring out how to translate certain design elements, techniques, and styles onto cards.  Usually, down-sizing is part of this translation process.  Today I’m sharing a card where I employed this process.


My original inspiration came from this layout by Heidi Sonbul  - it is featured in her Signature Series book (you can find it HERE- it’s amazing!):


I just loved the way Heidi arranged the strips of patterned paper to make the fun eye-catching design on the right side of her page and I thought it would make a fun card-front.  Here’s how I did it:

1.  Gather several coordinating patterned papers and cut several strips.  (the strips do not have to be exactly the same width)


2.  Cut a piece of cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″ (this is slightly smaller than the card base will be).  Draw a pencil line right down the center.


3.  Start arranging the paper strips on either side of the pencil line (consider using pre-cut strips and strips with decorative edges as well).


4.  When you are happy with the arrangment, start cutting the strips at an angle (use the pencil line as a guide for cutting the angle)


5.  Attach the strips to the cardstock block with adhesive


6.  After everything is attached, it will look crazy like this:


And when you flip it over, it will look like this:


Don’t worry – just grab some scissors and trim the outside edges


Now it looks all nice and clean and pretty!


7.  Add any additional embellishments (like the “hello” paper clip)


8.  Adhere the block to the front of a white card base


9.  Add a fun paper block to the inside of the card for an unexpected surprise!


That’s it!  The down-sized design is now complete!



All of the fun papers and embellishments I used for this project were also designed by Heidi Sonbul for GCD Studios - she is one talented gal!



Don’t forget to check out Heidi’s book:


If you create a card based on this inspiration piece and tutorial, we’d love to see it – please leave a link in the comment section!


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WOW #169: From Paper Scraps to Candles

Do you love patterned paper so much that it’s hard for you to throw away your scraps?  Do you love finding new and creative ways to use your scraps?  I hope I’m not the only one!  And if I am the only one…well, I shouldn’t be – because there are some awesome things you can do with those scraps!  Here’s just one way to put those scraps of paper strips to good use – use them to create this super simple birthday card!


You’ll only need a few supplies: Some paper scraps,  a trimmer, a teardrop punch (this is optional – you could cut this shape easily by hand), some foam adhesive dots, and a white card base.


Start by trimming your scraps into strips – I made mine 5/16″ because my foam squares are 1/4″ and I wanted the paper to be slightly wider.


Trim as many pieces as you’d like, then cut them to similar lengths – no need to be exact!


Next, use the punch (or scissors) to create several yellow teardrop shapes.


Add foam adhesive pieces to the back of each paper strip.


And add foam adhesive to the back of each teardrop.


Now simply line them up and attach them to the white card base.


You could add a sentiment if you’d like, but I think these colorful candles adequately convey the message of “Happy Birthday!”


See how easy that was?  And to think it only took a few minutes and was made out of small pieces that could have easily ended up in the trash can!  You could whip up a dozen of these in half an hour – wouldn’t that be a nice addition to your card stash?  And think of other possibilities as well – these strips could be firecrackers if they were red, white, and blue; or holiday candles by simply switching the colors; you could even use the same idea to create a border on a layout or a single candle would be so cute on a gift tag, and woudn’t an oversized version make a cute addition to a gift bag?  So many possibilities from such a simple concept!

If you like this idea, or have a nice stash of paper scraps just waiting to be used, you won’t want to miss the “How To”  article in the July 2013 issue of Scrapbook Trends.  It’s all about creative ways to use leftover paper strips on your layouts!

wow169_paper strip candles

Find out more about this issue HERE.  And if you try today’s candle idea or have another fun idea for using paper strips or scraps, please share with us by linking up in the comments!


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WOW #168: Stamps with Digital Die Lines

Hi everyone!  I’m excited to share today’s WOW project with you – it’s a card I created with the upcoming holiday in mind – Father’s Day!


It’s pretty simple – but I used a brand spankin’ new product on it and I just love how it turned out, so I wanted to share it with you.  The new product is a stamp & die-line combo created by Technique Tuesday.  I was a bit intimidated to try it out, but it truly was easy and I know it’s something I will use over and over again!  You can do it easily too!  Here’s how:

First, you’ll need to purchase the stamp set and die-lines from Technique Tuesday.  There are helpful videos on their site for installing the die-lines to use with your digital cutter.  Once you get everything installed, it will be super easy!  I used my Silhouette Cameo for cutting my shapes – I used two different banners and one star shape for my card.  Here’s how it looked on my screen.


Here’s how the banners looked after I cut them from white cardstock:


Here’s a look at the coordinating stamp set, it’s called ”Banner Up” – cute, huh?


I chose three colors of ink to stamp with – I happened to use these three favorites from Stampin’ Up!


Use an acrylic block so you can see where you’re stamping and carefully stamp the coordinating images over the die-cut pieces.  I left my paper right on the cutting mat while I stamped and it worked perfectly.


After I finished stamping, I peeled off the cardstock and this is what remained.  As you can see, I could use a little practice lining up the little stars, but overall, it was easy!


I went back to my software and loaded up the border die-lines.  They look just like the first set of shapes, but they are slightly bigger so they will leave a border around the images.


I cut them from kraft cardstock:


After I peeled the shapes off the mat, I used foam adhesive to layer the pieces all together.


I arranged them on a patterned paper card base, added some jute, and that’s it!


A quick and easy card for a special Dad!


Have you tried stamp and die-line combos?  If you have, please link up  your project in the comment section - we’d love to see what you’ve created!

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WOW #167: A “Two for One” System

Do you ever sit down at your craft table just to create a quick card? I sure do…and all too often, it’s a “last minute” thing for me.  I’m not sure why, with all of the crafting and card-making I do, I often find myself in need of a card when I’m ready to walk out the door to a party or gathering.  This is a habit I’d really like to break, and I’ve found that the best way to work ahead and be more prepared is to start incorporating a “two for one” system.  The plan is simple – every time I pull out supplies to create a card, I’m going to make another card at the same time – it can be an exact replica or just use the same supplies, or even the same design.  Here’s what I mean:

bundle of joy boy card set of 2 by wendy sue

Recently, I needed one baby boy card to give to a friend.  I pulled out my brand new “Bundle of Joy” collection from Echo Park Paper Company.  I decided which elements I wanted to use and put together a card.  While I had all of the supplies already out, I used similar elements to create a second card.

bundle of joy card by wendy sue detail 1

I used the “mirror image” of the design, along with similar elements. The cards are not exactly the same, but since I had everything at my fingertips, the second card went together really quickly!  I’ll put the extra card in my basket and save it for future use.

bundle of joy card by wendy sue detail 2

Now I want to challenge YOU to start incorporating the “two for one” system every time you create a card.  I bet you’ll build up your card supply in no time and you’ll avoid those last-minute card making sessions altogether!

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WOW #166: Paper Lantern Project

I don’t know about you, but I am getting really anxious for some warm evenings.  Unfortunately, I think I have a long wait ahead of me.  So, to appease myself, I’m working on some fun summer-ish projects and I’d love to share one of them with you!

I love sitting outside in my backyard during the summertime, enjoying a warm campfire…but when a fire isnt’ possible, I love the soft glow of lanterns around the yard.


Now, these little lanterns aren’t going to hold up outside, but they sure would be cute to decorate for a party.  Plus, they are simple enough that even the kids could help you make a bunch of them!  Here’s how:

1.  Gather supplies:  score board and tool, paper cutter, 6×6 paper, ribbon, strong adhesive, stapler


2.  Choose two coordinating 6×6 papers (these are from Basic Grey’s “Hipster” pad)


3.  Choose one paper for the lantern and score at 3″ and fold in half.


4.  With the paper folded in half, cut every 1/2.”  Be sure to cut through the folded portion, but leave about 1/2″ of uncut paper at the bottom (the opening) of the folded piece.


5.  Open the cut paper and roll it as shown.  Overlap the two ends and staple to secure.


6.  Now cut a piece of ribbon for the handle.  I used about 5 inches.  Staple to the inside of the lantern top.


6.  Next, cut three strips (3/4″ x 6″) from the coordinating paper.


7.  Add strong adhesive to the back side of the three strips.


8.  Wrap the first strip around the top of the lantern.


9.  Now wrap the second strip around the bottom of the lantern.


10.  To finish the lantern, add the third strip to the inside of the top.  This will cover the staples and the ribbon ends. :)


See how easy?  And so cute!  They are darling with little battery operated lights sitting in the bases.  Can you picture several lined up on a mantle?  Or how about a few hanging garland-style?  Have you ever made lanterns like these?  If you decide to give them a try, we’d love to see your version!

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