Hello everyone! Spring is here, and I thought I’d do a cheer-up card. This one says “Keep Calm and Smile On” and is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. This week I’m showcasing the Wreath Cutting Die set, which includes not only the fabulous wreath but an intricate rose, rose silhouette (for backing the rose), and a sprig of leaves. I only use the wreath on this card, but you could definitely do a lot more with this set. I also LOVE the Chalkboard Scrapbooking Papers, which are so chic and trendy. I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
Hey there! Today’s card showcases a very fun template for a Double Pocket Treat Holder! This cute card (or treat holder) has a pocket both on the front and on the back to hold a multitude of goodies! I use a very cute paper pack called Pretty Little Posies, as well as the Pretty Posies Die-Cuts. What a perfect project to welcome in spring! In this video I show you how to use a scoring board to score your fold lines, but you can always use the tried and true method of the back of your craft knife and a ruler to score your lines. We’re all about options here! I need to make one note on my video: I didn’t have the actual Amber Rose Embossing Powder with me, so I had to use a similar-colored substitute–however, the Amber Rose embossing powder on Paper Wishes is a GLITTER embossing powder (on the jar it actually says “embossing glitter“), which will be way pretty on your card!
Also featured today are the ever-so-versatile White Lacy Borders Dazzles. These are intricate 8-inch long stickers, and some of them are duplicated on the sheet so you can extend your border! I do love these Dazzles, they are an oldie but a goodie! Speaking of goodies…what to put inside your pockets? Well, here I’ve simply used a couple of die-cuts for tags, but for a nice little treat you could tuck in a fun-size pack of Skittles, M&M’s, Ghiradelli chocolate square, your favorite packet of tea, gift card, love note, letter to a friend, or cash! Or what about some earrings or necklace attached to a tag? I sure wouldn’t mind a gift like that! Well, happy crafting, and thanks for joining me this week!
P.S. I loved reading all of the comments on last week’s Week of Webisodes. If you are one of our fans, thank you so much! I worked hard on those projects, and guess what…I’m working on another WOW as we speak! This one is slated to air at the end of April, so be on the lookout! In the meantime, if you missed the past week, just go to the Webisodes page and click on Archives, where you’ll find them all!
Hi, peeps! Easter is quickly approaching on April 5th, so I thought I do an Easter card today. It is made using the Label Swing Die-Cut Cards and the (oval) Label Small Stamp. Although, you might not recognize the label stamp on my card, since I transformed them into ornate Easter eggs! The other thing that is unique about this card is that you do not see a greeting on the front. Is that a cardmaking no-no? Well, I’m here to tell you that with crafting, anything goes! On this card I also use White Jewel Border Dazzles and Flamingo Liquid Pearls to decorate my Easter eggs. I also show you how to transform dark colored Dazzles into white Dazzles! It’s really quite simple. That’s me, Simply Ann! Enjoy!
P.S. Don’t forget to hop on over to the Paper Wishes Webisodes page each day of this week (March 16-20) for WEEK OF WEBISODES: ANN’S SPRING LOOK! Fill up your shopping cart all week and put in your order at the end (and get free shipping over $79!)
Hello, people! Welcome and thanks for joining me this week! This week I’m showing off Hot Off The Press’s new Daydream Artful Card Kit. In terms of cardmaking, they could not make it any easier to make a beautiful card. With patterned papers, a sheet of cut-out greetings and labels, and 3 sheets of beautiful, intricate die-cuts, everything is at your fingertips to make a beautiful card. (By the way, I don’t show the packaging in the video, but there are several card ideas on the package (seen here). Add to this the very easy-to-make Pull-Up Card Template, designed by Teresa Welch. If you’re short on time you can also buy ready-made die-cut Pull Up Cards in a pack, but the template is much more versatile since you can use it with any cardstock or specialty cardstock you have in your stash. Even mix and match cardstock colors for the outer and inner pieces. The possibilities are endless, but I’m here to show you one specific possibility–using the Pull-Up Card Template with the Daydream Artful Card Kit! These combine for a very pretty and unique card. On top of that, the Daydream Ribbons match perfectly the Artful Card Kit, and Thistle Stickles add the perfect touch of special sparkle! I have to say, I love how this one turned out. Make someone’s day better today! Make and send this special card! Happy crafting!
Supplies I mention in the video that are not in bundle:
Hello, everyone! I am showing off a new embossing folder today, called Birthday Words Embossing Folder. It’s fun because you can use the whole thing on your card, or you can cut out separate words and use them on the outside or inside of your card. I’m also using one of my favorite paper packs, Robin’s Red Paper Pack, which has cute combinations of red, blue, white, and gray. I also love the Inside/Outside 3-pack Greetings Dazzles, they are so versatile, and you can even color them with Spectrum Noir pens! I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and as always, thanks for watching!
Hello, all! Thanks for joining me this week for a beautiful new card kit: Nature’s Walk Artful Card Kit. This kit has a lovely nature theme with lots of leaves, flowers, and woodland creatures. There’s also a matching Nature’s Walk Ribbon Set with 6 matching ribbons. I used the Small Flourish Stamp to create a unique border around the card, and the Pistachio Burlap Blossoms are the perfect finishing touch. I hope you enjoy this week’s card, thanks for watching!
This week I’m showcasing the ever-versatile Design Tool Kit #7! I just love the whole line of Design Tool Kits from Hot Off The Press because you can pretty much use them on any project. This kit comes with 7 plastic template pieces linked together by a removable chain. However, almost all the pieces have additional shapes inside them, so there are plenty more shapes than pieces. The layering looks that you can make with these Design Tool Kits are endless! I’m also showing a pretty sheet of Susan’s Flowers Dazzles, as well as the Simply Susan Paper Pack and Simply Susan Ribbon Set. This collection is definitely one of my faves, and named after a longtime project designer at Hot Off The Press, Susan. I hope you enjoy this unique, classy, shaped card!
Hi, everyone! Today’s card features 2 very special products: the 12 Flower Frenzy Cutting Dies, and the Flower Frenzy Stamp Set (33 stamps!). I had the pleasure of working with the cutting dies when I did “Ann’s Fall Look” Week of Webisodes (see October 6, 2014 Webisode), but this is the first time I’ve used the matching stamps. I have to say, the stamps are gorgeous on their own (and same with the dies!), but they are even better when combined with the matching die-cut shapes. I love that there are several greetings included–I use greetings stamps ALL the time, so I can’t get enough of them! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve made, so enjoy!
I’ll try to include a linked supplies list more often so you can see exactly what’s been used on the project if it’s not in that week’s bundle. (Let me know if this is either helpful or not necessary in your comments!)
Also, I know some of you prefer written instructions for my cards. I’m unfortunately unable to provide this service due to time constraints (it’s not cost effective for me). Sorry about that, but if you’re looking for written instructions, PaperWishes.com has literally thousands of ideas–see the blue bar along the bottom of the page that says “FIND YOUR INSPIRATION.” That bar has a bunch of links that will take you where you want to go. (Also, don’t forget that all Weekly Webisode projects are available in written form too)!
Oh, and did you know Paper Wishes/Hot Off The Press also has a Customer Gallery where you all can upload your own projects made with HOTP and other Paper Wishes products?? I sure didn’t until now! Check it out! Post your awesome projects! Post comments on projects you like!
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Hello everyone! This week I have a very cheery, colorful card for you all. It features the very cute Hopscotch Paper Pack, Paper Tole, and Ribbon Set, plus the ever so clever “Love You More” stamp set. Gotta love it! This card has a unique background made up of several papers, some of which are glossy, shiny, “Bubbles/Circles” Shine Design specialty paper–very fun! Enjoy this tutorial packed with tips and tricks, and have a great day! Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to check out this week’s fabulous bundle! There’s a lot in this one!
Hi all! Today I have another quick-make card. It’s also a Pull Up Die-Cut Card, which is really fun! I love the Emma’s Garden Paper Pack and matching ribbons, they are super cute and great for using in all sorts of occasions, from birthday to anniversary, Easter to graduation–so many possibilities! I also love the adorable Emma’s Flower Garden Dazzles, which match the papers perfectly! One cool thing about the Pull Up cards is that you can even stick a gift card to the part that gets pulled up for a fun surprise for your recipient! I’m all about surprises. I hope you all enjoy this sweet and simple card!