Saturday, December 21, 2013


I challenged myself to complete 48 papercraft projects in 48 hours, and I achieved my goal! I wanted to make 24 cards and 24 tags, and I did just that. I actually finished with about 7 hours to spare. I learned a lot during this challenge... I definitely want to do it again sometime.Check out the video to get a quick look at all the cards I made. I'll make detailed posts for all the cards soon. 

The first card I made

My favourite cards

Put together some cards with cross stitched designs


A couple of wine tags
Taking over the dining area

This was *after* I cleaned up a lot

so many supplies!

Snow storm -- good time to do some card making


All the cards!

Wine tags


Friday, December 13, 2013


Soooo I'm way behind on my Christmas cards for this year, mostly because I've been travelling a lot. I'm back home now, and I don't have any big plans for the weekend. All I really want to do is some yoga, it's been like 6 weeks since I've gone to the studio -- yikes! :(

My boyfriend is busy this weekend doing Ludum Dare -- it's a competition that happens a few times a year where you try to make a video game in 48 hours. It inspired me to do


My goal is to complete 48 papercraft projects in 48 hours. I'd like to make 24 cards, and 24 other things (gift tags, wine tags, etc).

I have no idea how this will go! It's been a while since I sat down and made a bunch of cards in one sitting.

I'll be starting at 9pm (eastern), and finishing at 9pm on Sunday. Follow me on twitter: @bernmakes where I'll be tweeting my progress!

I've got lots of fun new stuff to try out too! This will be my first time playing around with distress inks. I also got a big haul of stamps from My Favorite Things for Black Friday/Cyber Monday so I'll be using a bunch of those. Check out the video below to see everything I got from MFT! I also ordered almost the entire set of Ranger Archival Inks from another website, but unfortunately I haven't gotten those yet, so I'll have to make do with the inks I currently have.

Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

There She Goes is Going Away!

I saw some sad news the other day, There She Goes Clear Stamps is closing its doors in a month or so. They've got tons of really great stamp sets. I'll probably buy up some more before they're gone forever. I've only put in one order from their store, but it was hassle-free and I got a nice personalized message inside with my purchase. Among my purchases was "Sentimental Birthday" which is an essential stamp set for me. I'm always searching for more birthday greetings, and that stamp set is so simple and useful!

On another note, I've been doing a lot of travelling lately. I'm quickly falling behind with my Christmas cards. I'm also way behind on a cross stitched gift. Hopefully I can get everything done in time! Being away from home hasn't stopped me from taking advantage of the awesome craft deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Hopefully I'll be able to play with some of the new stuff before Christmas!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

U R #1 Racing Card - Fail?

I made my brother a birthday card again this year. Actually, a cross stitch design for him is what started me out on my card making hobby! Like last year, I think my card this year was kind of a fail... But he loved it! That's all that matters, right? 

My brother's a big Formula 1 fan, so I wanted to make him a card with a racing theme. 

I started out by using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B and cutting out rectangular strips with my Cuttlebug.

I cut a bunch of white and black strips. I trimmed the black strips so they were a bit shorter than the white ones.

I glued one white and one black piece together.

I attached more strips in a weaving pattern, gluing as necessary as I went. 

It got a little tight near the end, but it worked out! I trimmed off the excess pieces.

I made a 5x5 green square card base. It's supposed to be grass!

I used my expert drawing skills to sketch out a race track on light grey cardstock. I wish I had a die for it instead... Would have looked a lot cleaner!

I fussy cut the track and decided on a way to place it on the card front.

I used a white pen to trace a lane divider.

I decided to use Lawn Fawn's Quinn's ABCs for the text on the front of the card. It doesn't have a # stamp, so I thought of using the letter "l" four times to make it. I tested this on scratch paper first to see how it would turn out.

I decided on a general placement of the flag.

Whoops! I didn't take a picture after I finished stamping the sentiment on the card. You can see a bit of it in the bottom left of the photo below. Later on I coloured it in. The picture below shows how many foam squares I stacked onto the back of the flag to make it 3D.

Inside I used a simple sentiment from There She Goes Sentimental Birthday. I love that stamp set, so useful!

Here you can see that I coloured in the letters to make them stand out more. I also outlined the track with a sharpie and added strips of red and white liquid pears to give the effect of chicanes. 

Ta-da! The whole card put together. This card turned out "craftier" than is my personal taste.... But in the end, my brother still liked it.... I promise to do a lot better next year! lol

Sunday, November 17, 2013

OT - Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Framed Cross Stitch!

Here's a look at my biggest cross stitch project ever!! It took me a long time to complete (I watched all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights while stitching, and that wasn't even enough!). I love how it turned out.

I got it professionally framed at Michaels. Even though I got it on sale, it was still pretty pricey.

Here are some close ups of the front and back of the design. It came from the Feb 2013 issue of CrossStitcher magazine :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fishing Themed Birthday Card

A friend is big into fishing, so I wanted to incorporate fishes into his birthday card.

I started out with a sky blue card base.

At first I thought I would use four layers of "waves"...

I used a Fiskars border punch to make the waves.

I liked how it looked with two layers of waves. Four looked way too busy.

I used Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the Sea" stamp set. I used a tiny Lawn Fawn acrylic block for stamping the fish. I loove this block. It's so cute and comfy to hold.

I used my Chromatix markers to colour in the fish. They were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black in onto Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Here are the four fish that I stamped and coloured.

I fussy cut the fish. I used Lawn Fawn's Harold's ABCs with white Hero Arts ink to stamp a sentiment on the front of the card.

Here is the sentiment that I came up with. I glued the fish to the front of the card and added some bubbles with the same white ink. 

I used another stamp and sentiment from critters under the sea for a simple card interior.

Here is the front of the card, all put together! I used glossy accents on the fish, which was a really nice finishing touch.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Birthday Card and Wine Tag using MFT Let's Toast Stamps and Dies

I made a birthday card for a friend. I was able to use a bunch of different die cuts that I was dying to use. 

My inspiration for this card was a set of cardstock that I got from Michaels. I love the bright and bold colours. I just happened to have matching felt as well. I decided to add purple to the colour mix.

I made some rolled roses using dies from My Favorite Things. Here are the rolled roses with their perfectly matching cardstock colours!

I chose yellow as the cardstock base colour, which you can see in the background.

I decided to use the peek-a-boo dots die also from MFT for the front of the card.

I used the little strips of cardstock behind the peek-a-boo dots. I played around with the order of the colours a bit. I chose this order, but pretty much all combinations looked good.

I adhered the peek-a-boo dots panel to the front of the card using foam glue.

I used a sentiment from MFT's Let's Toast stamp set. I loooove those stamps. I also made a gift card holder for the inside of the card. I winged it, and it was a fail. The gift card fell out of the card... I guess I have an excuse to buy a new die specifically for gift cards :)

I attached the roses under their corresponding peek-a-boo colour.

Ooooh! The front of the card, all finished.

The inside of the card... Before the gift card fell out :)

A bottle of wine went along with this gift as well. Finally I got to play with the dies that go along with the Let's Toast stamp set. The tag, wine glass and small circle tag are all from the Let's Toast die set. The label is a Spellbinders label die.

You can see in this photo that there is a slit at the top of the bottle tag. I'm not sure why they added that to the die. The tag slipped off the wine bottle :( Cutting a slit would be easy enough to do with a pair of scissors, but reversing it is not as easy. I'll have to tape it shut next time I use one of these tags.

The tag already used 3 of the 4 colours from the card... I just needed to find a way to incorporate the yellow into the tag to really make it match. Luckily I had some American Crafts twine that matched almost perfectly!

The sentiments on the are also from Let's Toast. I thought it was funny to put "Bottom's Up" on a wine tag!

I would have used clear drying liquid glue to attach the circle tag, but I did not have enough time to wait for it to dry. I used a glob of glue dots instead. Not as nice, but got the job done.

Here is the tag in action!

Here are some close ups of the card!