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Tips for Lining Up Paper

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Paper Sizes: Blushing Bride card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″ Watermelon Wonder: 3-1/2″ x 4/1-4″ Ice Cream Cone Paper Strips: 1″ x 4-1/4″ Tips for Lining Up Paper: Good lighting is key! Poor lighting can throw shadows across your paper that can throw you off. What looks good in poor lighting will look totally off center when it sees the light of day. Make sure you have lights coming either straight from above your project or from both sides. Ottlites are great for crafting. Start from the outside. When you are taping down three paper strips like this, start with the two outside…

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Spring Thank You Card

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Usually when I make cards they are a finished size of 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. They are easy to make that size because you can get two cards by cutting a 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper in half.  Plus they fit perfectly in my envelope of choice – the medium size from Stampin’ Up! Every once in awhile I like to make a card that’s a difference size. It may be bigger, it may be smaller, it may be square or it may just be whatever size I end up with from a random piece of paper. Sometimes you just need to…

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Let Your Patterned Paper Do the Work!

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I don’t know about you, but lately I find myself having even less time to make cards and be creative. So I like my cards to be quick & easy, yet I want them to look good too! One of the ways to do that is to let your patterned paper do the work for you! Patterned papers, scrapbook papers, pretty papers, designer series papers… whatever you call them, they are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns that are the perfect start to a card. They are a great place to start, so grab a piece you…

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5 Ways to Fix Inky Smudges

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You’re stamping along when oops! you just transferred a smudge of ink from your fingers to your paper. Ugh!! What to do now? Ditch the whole card or get creative? Here are 5 ways to fix inky smudges and save your card: Grab a stamping sponge and use the same color ink to sponge more color on. If the smudge is toward the edge, you can just sponge the edges of your card stock. If it’s in the middle, sponge ink all over by gently dabbing it. Use the edge of your ink pad. If your paper fell into your…

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Tips for Making Cards with Pretty Papers

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We’re about two weeks into this year’s Sale-A-Bration and your favorite so far is… drum roll, please… the Flowering Fields stamp set! That surprised me a little because it was at the bottom of my list! I’m always glad that Stampin’ Up! gives us so many options because we all have such different tastes. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like the Flowering Fields stamp set, it’s really quite lovely! Here are some cards that you can make using it along with the Wildflower Fields Designers Series Paper… It’s not often that I make a card where the entire card front…

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