Discover USA Birthday Card

samantha-taylor-hs-medium-sizeHello! Samantha here with you today to showcase the new Discover USA collection. This might be the most versatile collection I have ever worked with. I knew I was going to like this collection (the colors and patterns are right up my alley), but I didn’t realize how much I would fall in love with it. I had so many ideas, I had a hard time deciding what project to start with, my nephew has a birthday coming up so I decided to start with a  birthday card.

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Everything you need for this project can be found in the Discover USA Paper Crafting kit, but here’s the individual supply list as well:

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I really love the puffy stickers from Paper House. They add dimension, a bit of texture, and a whole lot of fun while managing not to look childish or cheap. These are not the puffy stickers of your childhood. They are durable and high quality.

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This fun tractor sticker is from the Discover USA cardstock sticker sheet. It’s a flat sticker that I used a bit of foam adhesive to pop up. The mix of puffy and cardstock stickers gives this card a lot of texture, which makes it the perfect card for a 5 year old!

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Discover USA is fast becoming a staple in my craft room, and I know you’re going to fall in love with it too. Like I said, I had a hard time deciding where to start, so as soon as I finished this card, I started a layout. Here’s a sneak peek of it.

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You can check out another of the many sides of this collection and find the whole layout here.

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Christmas Tree Card

Although I don’t always send a ton of handmade Christmas cards out, I do enjoy making them.  I love how the playful plaids mend perfectly together to form a Traditional Christmas feel in this layered Christmas Tree card.

Kind of makes me feel like singing “O’ Christmas Tree…”

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Supplies Used:

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Directions:

  1. Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of “red flannel” paper.  Hold the edge of the paper against the nib of the gold calligraphy marker to add a thin gold border on the edge of the paper.  Adhere the red flannel layer onto a 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of black cardstock.
  2. Adhere the red flannel and black layers onto a 5″ x 6 1/2″ green card base.
  3. Cut the “deck the halls” paper (green plaid) using the “labels twenty two” die.  Add a thin gold border around the edge of the label like in step #1.  Adhere the green plaid label onto a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ gold metallic cardstock layer.
  4. Cut a decorative square using the “captivating square” die and a piece of green cardstock.  Adhere the green plaid label and gold metallic square onto the top of the decorative square.
  5. Adhere the green and gold layers onto the bottom portion on the red flannel layer, leaving even spacing on the bottom three sides.
  6. Assemble the pine swag  using the 3D stickers and glue onto the top of the card.  (picture below)
  7. Finish embellishing the front of the card with the 3D Christmas Tree sticker and a couple of red adhesive rhinestones.

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Creating Paper Crafts for your Athletes

For the next two weeks we will be featuring Designer’s Favorites – We asked each design team member to showcase their favorite Paper House Productions products in a project. Christine’s favorite product is all of our sports themed products.  She’s designed a new Baseball Pocket Page to share as well as sharing a bunch of her older projects!

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As a former athlete and a mom to four kids, sports collections always strike a chord with me.  I love it when Paper House comes out with new sports products!  Over the years I have created A LOT of sports themed projects and here’s just some of them!  Check out our Sports Pinterest Board to see more from our talented Designers!

Autumn Woods Pop-Up card and Collage

For the next two weeks we will be featuring Designer’s Favorites – We asked each design team member to showcase their favorite Paper House Productions products in a project.  Sue’s favorite is the new Autumn Woods Collection and she’s got a couple of projects to share today using it!

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One of the best things about being on a design team is the opportunity to work with awesome products.  When I got my last box of goodies from Paper House Productions I instantly fell in love with the Autumn Woods Collection.

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The sweet water colored animals are cute without being to cutesy.  I knew as soon as I saw them that they needed to be made into a pop-up card.

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Tips…

  • I apply baby powder on the back of my stickers with a small paintbrush to remove the tackiness.  That way I can use my stickers like die-cuts.
  • On the front of the card:  I love adding dimension… so under the “Autumn is in the Air” and the “bunnies” I used 3-D foam mounting squares.
  • Add even more dimension to the inside of your pop up card by adding thin foam mounting squares to the stickers “tree” and  “autumn woods” and strategically placing them on the background.
  • I created a couple of pop-up steps for my forest friends.

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While cleaning up the Autumn Woods scraps laying on my desk, I decided to make aFall Collage using a rummage sale frame I picked up last month for next to nothing.

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All in all… I would have to say that the Autumn Woods Collection has to be my favorite Paper House Productions collection so far.  (at least for the time being)

 

Just Breathe

For the next two weeks we will be featuring Designer’s Favorites – We asked each design team member to showcase their favorite Paper House Productions products in a project.  Melissa is kicking things off with this beautiful piece featuring her favorite: Orchid ColorWays.

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Hi everyone! Melissa here with a card that uses a stunningly realistic photo of lavender by   Paper House. Purple is one of my favorite colors, and I love both the appearance and         fragrance of these little beauties.

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Supplies Used:

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To make this card I surrounded the flower image with a layer of gesso, and then glued on tulle, glitter, microbeads, pearls, rhinestones, glitter, sequins and some small pieces from the Gatsby Accent Pack. I put some gesso on the texture in random areas. I brushed on metallic paint, a mix of mica powder and water, and oil pastels, on top of the gesso.

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  I think it’s cool how the background paper looks like canvas.

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Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!

 

 

Autumn Card

Its about that time that cold fronts and  crisp fall air starts rolling in. I  can’t wait as I am a fall / winter girl.  So I was in the mood to play with fall colors and decided to make this fall autumn card using the new paper line.paper-house-autumn-card

Autumn Card Supplies

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I used everything from this sheet of paper. I cut out the autumn phrase from the paper and set that aside. I then cut a piece of paper for my matt and the opposite side of the paper just  a little smaller as a double matt. I then added leaves, blossoms, and bling to finish the look I was going far.

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I also tucked in a twine bow as you can see in the photo.

Doesn’t this make you want the fall to hurry and get here. I know I am ready.

I’d Cross the Ocean for You…

When ever I see a Lighthouse, I think of my sweet Mom. Mom loved all things Lighthouses: Knick knack’s, postcards, t-shirts, sweatshirts, you name it.

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For this card I used the Nautical Collection:

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My Mom… she’d cross the ocean for you.  She was that kind of Mom.

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My Mom was also a card maker and loved using stamps and stickers to make her cards.  Isn’t it great that the supplies we use as Scrapbookers are perfect for creating Quick and Simple cards!?!

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One tip that Mom and I learned at a Mrs. Grossman’s class (back in the 90’s) was…to make a sticker non-sticky, apply baby powder on the back of the sticker with a paintbrush. My favorite tip for making dimensional cards.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our two weeks of card inpiration!  We’ll be back next week with a fresh round of inspiration with some of our newest products!

Breathe

Do you have a friend headed out on a vacation?  Here’s a beach card for you to send their way.  I love the dreamy mood created in the beautiful photo from the new Mixed Card Pack by Paper House, and decided to use it as my focal point,and inspiration.

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Supplies Used:

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To make this I sprayed my dry watercolors with water, scribbled on some water soluble oil pastels on my craft mat, and made little puddles of paint of the blues, greens, and purples that I planned on using. I misted about half the paper, and applied a small amount of paint.  I misted again, and tilted the page in different directions to let the paint run, then again to soften any hard edges. I used a heat gun to dry it, then put on more layers in different colors. I also used metallic watercolors and watercolor pencils.  I took small amounts of teal liquid pearls and brushed them on all the edges of the paper, flowers, and on random spots on the glitter.

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You can see I flicked on paint all around. To create more texture I used glass glitter in clear and champagne,shells, bling, and sequins. The page got too busy, so I brushed on some white watercolor,and white acrylic paint. I rubbed on pearl mica power all over the card.

 The little girl is from a greeting card I cut up, and the great egret is from a photo I took locally. The flowers are watercolors over dry gesso, followed by clear glass glitter and pearl mica powder.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Love Is All You Need

Hey there Paper House Fans!

Lisa here today to share a fun wedding card I created using the Noir ColorWays Collection. I love the black and white with the pops of gold in this collection. It is so elegant!

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I used a few of the cards from the Accent Pack along with black and white cardstock to create the layers for the base of my card. Then I added some gold ribbon and topped that off with some of the heart die cuts from the Accent Pack and some of the gold puffy stickers. Finally I added a key from the Accent Pack on foam tape.

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I added a small banner, also from the Accent Pack and stitched that in place and added a puffy gold heart.

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This line is perfect for wedding cards, wedding photos or pretty much anything!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Faith Hope Joy Card

 

Hello friends! It’s Lee-Anne here and today I am sharing a simple card over at Paper House Productions.  I worked with the Atlantis Colorways Collection.  The colors in this collection are gorgeous!

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For this card I chose the striped side of the Atlantis Trim Cards 12″ Colorways Scrapbook Paper  and with my sewing machine I stitched around the edge with some white thread and adhered it to the white cardstock.

Using the other side of the Atlantis Trim Cards 12″ Colorways Scrapbook Paper, I took some scissors and cut out the small square designs and traced them with a die cut shape that I had from a cut file (Quilted Background) from Just Nick Digital Cut Files. Once they were traced, I cut the squares out with scissors.

I adhered the square designs onto the striped paper and then added the words “Faith, Hope, and Joy”.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Be sure and check out all the beautiful products at Paper House Productions.

Happy creating!