Well, one kid is back in school! HA! Cooler days, Football, tailgates, and beautiful, fall decor…To celebrate all that is Fall, we are having a virtual pinning party on August 22-23rd! To join in, just click on the image below to go the Pinterest board and follow the instructions in the board’s header to join! Easy!

FootBall Fall Back to School Pin Party

Be sure to check out the Party Host’s great blogs and Fall ideas, then add your own! It’s gonna be a lot of fun, so be sure to stop by!! 

With Fall here, that means the holidays are not far behind and that means serious card making days are ahead! Not just Christmas cards, but I feel I am always experiencing a shortage of cards to use for any occasion. I recently created a set of 5 cards at a crop I went to. These cards were all made with scraps, leftover sticker sheets, and odds and ends from other projects. 

Fast Cards TEXT Collage

Here are 5 tips for creating fast cards:

1. Make Bases in Bulk

Cut a bunch of cardstock bases at once and then create the backgrounds for them. Stamp them, ink them….heck, I even stitched and stamped these backgrounds to the bases to prep them! It's a lot easier to just do a bulk set of bases than to do one at a time. Then you can have a stash of ready-to-go bases any time you're ready to create! 

2.  Ink Everything.

Again, ink ahead of time. But also, ink stickers and any other embellishments or papers you use. The ink will tie everything together and make colors “match” when they clearly, don't. I also run into the problem of some papers looking distressed when, say, the stickers are very clean looking. Ink makes everything look a little distressed so it's a great tool to use to get things to match. My favorite ink to use is ColorBox's Chestnut Roan in the Cat's Eye shaped ink pad.

3.  Use 1 Sticker Sheet

Use up every single item on a leftover sticker sheet. Everything usually “matches” or has a similar theme if it is on one sticker sheet. Plus, you can challenge yourself to use up all the pieces and just throw the package away rather than have to keep putting that same package away over and over. 

4. Use Leftovers. 

#3 ties in nicely with #4 – use up your leftovers. If you're like me, you have PILES of half used sticker and embellishment packs. Use them up on some cards!

I hope these ideas and tips inspire you!! What card types are you always running short of in your stash?    

 

 

 

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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