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!
Hi all! Today I showcase a fabulous new die-cut card called the Heart Triple Easel Card. These triple easel cards are so awesome when you open them up and make a mini art piece! I tried to photograph as many angles as I could so you could get the full effect. They are meant to be displayed! I also like the idea of putting a photo on the smallest heart, how cute would that be? Oh, and don’t forget the beautiful “On Butterfly Wings” Paper Pack–the designs are so delicate and pretty. The On Butterfly Wings Stamp set rounds out the set with dainty illustrations–I love the detail on these stamps! Color them with anything you want, or leaving them in glorious black and white. Have fun and happy crafting!
Hi, everyone! Today’s video is short and sweet, and the card is nice and simple. The majority of the time spent is just cutting out and prepping the pieces for the houses, so I spared you the dull footage of scissors moving. If you like little things, you’ll like this template. The Layer & Stack Houses Template allows you to create the most adorable miniature houses, neighborhoods, villages, you name it! You can even make cute little birdhouses. The Family Ties Paper Pack coordinates beautifully with this template, as well as the matching Family Ties Ribbon Set (12 different ribbons, each 3 feet long!). One of the papers in the Family Ties Paper Pack has all kinds of family sayings on it, which I think would be really cute if you cut them up separately and used it on a card or scrapbook page. Just an idea! That’s what I’m here for, after all. Thanks for watching!
Hi, all! Happy new year! Today I’m sharing with you some fabulous new cutting dies, the 10 Tiny Things & Shadows Cutting Dies. They have a ton of cute images and endless possibilities. Today’s card features some of the super cute butterflies, a very pretty paper pack, and one of my faves–suede paper. I hope you all enjoy!
Today I have a super simple, easy “Get Well” card! Great timing, since there’s about a billion people coming down with the flu or other illness right now…:( I hope you like the very elegant 3 Lacy Labels Cutting Dies as well as the gorgeous Black & Silver Foil Paper and Silver Linen Foil Paper! They are so easy to use with the cutting dies and the shine really makes a difference! Enjoy, and happy new year!!
Hello all! Happy week of Christmas!! I hope everyone is warm and cozy, happy and crafty! Today I’m hoping the photos (and video) speak for themselves. Three cute new Dazzles, three fun cards! And don’t forget the fabulous bundle today, lots of goodies for the nice (and the naughty, why not)! If you want, I might suggest you pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle up, because today’s video is 30 minutes long! Merry Christmas!
I had a challenging group of products to work with this week. They’re all great items, but the challenge was how to use them all in one card! I hope I did an okay job for you all! I wanted to create a “floating” effect for the ornament by having it hanging in the clear “window” of the card. In this video you’ll see some of my creative process at work, as I change the card a bit as I go along. In hindsight, I probably would put different paper on the steps of the card, but that is what creating is all about–solving problems, and growing as you learn. And learning to accept the “not so perfect”! I wish you a very warm holiday season as it gets ever closer to Christmas!