Last weekend it was back to Paper Source for their Fall Card Making: Colorful Paper Tapestry workshop at the Birmingham location. We were promised the cards would be beautiful with just the right amount of new, challenging techniques to master. They were right!
We had a smaller group this time which ended up being perfect as we could help one another with some of the knot-tying techniques. I don’t know about you, but tying knots was definitely NOT one of the skills I mastered as a Girl Scout, I’m sad to report.
Next up was this stamped card, featuring the sketch flower rubber stamp, with knotted flower center details. We stamped the images three times in different directions to create a full-looking bouquet on the card. Once embossed, the finished look really stood out.
Next up, it was time to braid. Using yellow summer brights natural hemp cord, we made a thicker length of braid to add to the front of this friendship card. Braiding was a snap and a glue dot was all that was needed to keep it in place. The yellow matches perfectly with foiled wrapping paper and gold “for you” Prima Press stamping.
Our final card of the afternoon, and probably trickiest, was this card featuring a mariner’s knot in the center. Again, the Rifle Paper Co.’s mint floral wrapping paper was used, this time paired behind a Silhouette Cameo-cut zig-zag design. We used the hemp cord to create the knot. It took all of us a few tries to get it right, but eventually it clicked for everyone. What I learned from the knot-tying exercise was to definitely use longer lengths of cord than you think you could possibly need. Trust me, it’s helpful!
One of the things I miss most about being up north is the wonderful quiet time we had to sit back and be creative. I brought my papercrafting supplies with me and I’m so glad I did. Our beautiful surroundings inspired us all to make a set of cards to reflect upon our trip. (more…)
It was all about thrifting and antiquing during Paper Source’s most recent Crafter’s Night Out. This workshop’s theme was Flea Market Style, so our projects were all inspired by fantastic finds from local flea markets. Just like our Dive Into Indigo workshop, fun-to-make cards were paired with some other DIY projects that didn’t involve paper greetings. (more…)
If you’ve got a paper stash filled with odd sizes and cool patterns, you can create a stack of paper scrap gift tags. My inspiration came from pieces of Paper Source’s records wrapping paper that I could never throw away after using. My fellow Handmade Detroiter, and record crafter, Beth had a birthday coming up, so I knew just exactly how to put those record paper pieces to work. (more…)
My birthday was this past weekend and my friends and husband surprised me with a craft night in my craft studio! It was such a surprise and a total blast. We made a few cards (as directed by a great new pal of mine), enjoyed some champagne and shared lots of crafty ideas. Here’s what we made. (more…)
During a visit to Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor earlier this week I found myself picking up items, from greeting cards to snack bags, that had a similar look and feel. Come to find out I’d picked a handful of items from Ladyfingers Letterpress of Rhode Island, and I’m so glad I did because I’m in love with their product line.
Ladyfingers Letterpress is the hard work of Morgan Calderini and Arley-Rose Torson. The two have been creating for years and offer a variety of letterpress greeting cards, paper products and custom stationery. On top of their wonderful creativeness they give back to the community by donating a portion of sales to marriage equality and LBGT awareness. I was impressed with their cards, but I’m even more impressed with their mission. (more…)
The Fourth of July is just a few days away; seriously?! The holiday snuck up on me, so I found myself scrambling to make my flag-friendly greeting cards for my family last week after work. I had an idea after staring at my washi tape stash that turned into a cute card that was easy to make in large quantities. If you’re like me and want to surprise someone with a card for the Fourth, give this a try. (more…)