Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi there.

I send out a lot of cards. However, I’m not good about sending out birthday cards. I want to change that so I tried out a system that my mom has used for many years. It’s been working for me and I thought it might be helpful for you too! So… today’s video shares how to create a birthday card index box.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

This little box is helping me to stay organized… send more birthday cards… and makes me happy!

To create the monthly card dividers, I used the coming-soon Paper Smooches File Folders die and colorful cardstocks. I also decided to laminate the dividers by placing them in some laminating pouches and running them through my laminator. The pouches are inexpensive (I got a ton but you can get a small package) and I was able to fit four dividers in one pouch. I cut all the dividers apart, leaving a small border of lamination around the edges so that I wouldn’t break the seal it created. I labeled each month with my label maker. Man – I love my label maker! (By the way – you could save a lot of time by using store-bought dividers. But what fun is that?!)

I wanted a title card for my index box, so I stamped a sentiment and a balloon image from Paper Smooches Birthday Bash stamp set using black ink. I colored in the balloons with my Copic Markers to match my cardstock dividers. Since the balloons overlap, you get some fun blending in between each color. I also laminated this piece to keep it nice and durable.

I created my own birthday index cards that have all the information you need to stay organized with birthdays. (You can download it HERE.) This will be so helpful when it’s time to send out Christmas cards too. Oh, and I got the clear index box at Amazon… but it is out of stock so my friends at Simon Says Stamp have some on order and will coming soon HERE.) Isn’t if fun!?

Now I tend to go overboard… but there are ways to simplify this project. You can always use regular dividers that come in most index boxes and use regular index cards instead of the ones I created. You can also just stamp the months of the year instead of using a label maker or just use cardstock dividers without the lamination. Regardless of how you create it, I really hope the idea of a birthday index card box is helpful to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Click HERE to download my Birthday Index Card PDF. Just print on cardstock and cut them out!

PAPER SMOOCHES DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

It’s Pep Rally week over at Paper Smooches and today we are blog hopping to share with you a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release! These products will be available to purchase on 4/30/15 at 8:00pmPST. Once the release goes live, you will find the new products HERE. I am a guest designer this month and will be sharing more cards soon.

The next person on the hop is outstanding JJ Bolton. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Paper Smooches blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs today is a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. FOUR winners will be chosen at random from comments on any of the blogs on this hop. Be sure to comment by midnight PST on 4/26/15. Winners will be announced on the Paper Smooches blog on 4/27/15. For more details on the giveaway, head to the PS blog.

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thank you to Paper Smooches for the stamps and dies for this hop!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Paper Smooches (PS), etc.

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Video: Repeated Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaways

Welcome! I have lots to share today. First up is a video showing how to do repeat stamping with a small image to form a new shape and new look. Also, this post is part of a fun blog hop with prizes…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Take a look at your stamp sets. I bet many of them have tiny images… maybe hearts, stars, flowers or dots. Well today’s technique puts these little guys to work! With the help of a good pencil, t-ruler, circle and patience, you can easily create a new look for these tiny stamps. Following simple pencil guidelines that I created, I repeatedly stamped a small (but incredibly perfect) heart image from Simon Says Stamp to form a circle. I used eight ink colors of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Inks (colors are linked below) to create a rainbow effect. (I used my Scrubber Pad and Ultra Clean from Hero Arts to clean the stamp before inking in a new color.)

Because I am slightly nuts, I adhered a tiny glitter heart from Martha Stewart to the center of each stamped heart using some Matte Multi Medium. This actually wasn’t that difficult, thanks to the help of my Quickstix tool and a Microbrush. Oh – and that fabulous sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I also decorated my envelope to match my card. The Simon Say Stamp Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil was the perfect simple touch. I think this card will brighten someone’s mailbox. :)

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Simon Says Stamp Better Together Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of fun, encouraging, and loving cardmaking goodies. You can see them all HERE. This hop is a great reminder to connect with those who encourage you… including cardmakers!

The next person on the hop is my dear friend and favorite person – Shari Carroll. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by SSS on 1/23/15. SSS will email you the winners.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

 

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Updated Ink Swatch Downloads

Hello! Remember how I shared a bunch of free Ink Swatch Downloads awhile back? I have added a few updates!

To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE. Here are the ones I added today…

I had said earlier that I wouldn’t be updating the downloads unless it was an ink I would be using. Well, I use the MFT Hybrids and the WPlus9 Inks, so here they are! And a sweet gal emailed me about the SU inks, so I did them too.

Oh, and when I say “I” did them, that is really a fib. Sweet Karen Kelly did them for me to share with all of you. And don’t worry – I spoil her. :)

Many have asked if I would be doing swatch downloads for embossing powders. I honestly haven’t decided if it is something I would use yet. I have something else in mind and if I decide to do it and I end up liking it, I will share it. Promise. :)

And one more thing. Many people have asked me why I don’t keep these ink swatch sheets in a binder. I find it is better for me to use the three rings so I can flip through them and not have to have a big open binder on my desk. So much better.

Enjoy!

 

Complete Ink Swatch Book Downloads

A few weeks ago I shared a video showing my Ink Swatch Book, along with many free ink swatch downloads. Today I am sharing my final batch of downloads, along with an editable file if you want to create your own.

In case you missed it – here the video I shared a few weeks ago that explains how I organize my ink swatches. I am still very much loving and very much USING this book.


I use coin pages to hold my 2” x 2” ink swatches and hold the pages together with ring clips. The Simon Says Stamp Swatch Stamp works perfectly for getting a nice ink sample on each square. (However, you can use any stamp you may have.) This makes for a very convenient ink organization system. I love it! I plan to also add my cardstock swatches to the book.

We have created many free downloadable ink swatch pages for many popular ink lines. At the end of the list are two editable files – one for Photoshop and one for Microsoft Word. Between these files, you should have everything you need to get organized. All you have to do is download the files (click DOWNLOAD for each) and print on your favorite white cardstock. (I printed mine on Neenah since that is what I use most.) Some inks have more than one page since there are so many colors.

EDITABLE VERSIONS:

  • Photoshop Editable Ink DOWNLOAD – For those with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you should be able to create your own swatches with this file.
  • WORD Editable Ink DOWNLOAD – For those with Microsoft Word, you should be able to create your own swatches with this document. It may not keep the margins correct for everyone, but should for most! We do have a few tips for you: If you accidentally move a text box, immediately hit ctrl + z to undo. If you choose to use a different font or size, you might need to move the text boxes to align them properly by selecting them and then using the arrow keys to move the boxes. The text should fit in the boxes and it is best not to resize the boxes to be any wider otherwise the document will not print properly.

I feel so relieved to have a system that works for me. I hope it works for you, too! Many people have been sharing their swatch books using my downloads. If you have, please share your pictures below.

I must give out a big shout to Karen Kelly who developed many of the additional ink company swatches shared here. She is so very awesome for doing this. And don’t worry… I am spoiling her with many stamping treats in return. :) If you see any boo-boos, please leave them in the comments below. I will get them fixed and update this page afterwards.

Enjoy!

WINNERS

Some winners: Beatrice Lawson gets the Altenew stamp… Jennifer Harrison won the Hero Arts stamps… and Barbara Lassiter will soon get the Mini Ink Blending Tools!

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