Technique Tuesday: Hidden Message Card

One of the greatest parts of paper crafts, is the ability to use your scrapbooking supplies and paper in new ways to create one of a kind projects. A favorite way to use up your scraps and enjoy the art of paper crafting is to create cards. This has taken on a whole new craft of its own. Today I wanted to take a moment to teach you how to create a Hidden Message card. They have become quite popular in the paper crafts arena, and are so incredibly easy to make and very versatile. You can use them for … Continue reading

The Christmas Credit Card Blues

Normally a frugal person would avoid a credit card at all cost. However, this is not always the case, especially at Christmas time. I will admit, we used a credit card for several of our purchases. There is hope for you in your frugal world though. If you are saving money each month by cutting costs for food, clothing, bills and other sources, then you should have a little bit left over to make a larger monthly payment on the credit card bill. Your goal? To get that card paid off as quick as you can and avoid any unnecessary … Continue reading

What Size Camera Card Should I Use?

In today’s digital world, a camera card is simply a necessity. Most camera’s do allow storage on the actual camera, but it will not hold very many pictures. At this point, your option is a removable camera card. I will spend some time in another article going over the different types of memory cards available, however the question about size was posed to me recently, and I wanted to take a moment to answer. The first thing you have to consider when purchasing a memory card or upgrading your current camera card, is how many pictures do you take? If … Continue reading

Adopted Children Need New Social Security Numbers

If you are about to adopt or have recently adopted, you may need to add one more thing to your “to do” list. After a child is adopted, his name is changed according to your wishes. Obviously, parents want their adopted child to have the family name. But you should not stop there. If it was a closed adoption, you need to also change the child’s social security number. If the number is not changed, the birth parent can find your child by tracing the number. We do not want our birth mother to find us at some future date … Continue reading

Love Theme Handmade Card – Idea Two

Making and giving a card to a loved one is like giving a piece of yourself to them. It is something that they will hopefully treasure. I would like to share a card I recently made for Valentine’s Day. It could be used year round to give as a fun surprise to your spouse or child. The only materials that I used for this card came from the SEI Twitterpated Paper Assortment Kit. I used four of the patterned papers and one of the fuzzy iron-ons that came in the kit. Using kits is such a great way to guarantee … Continue reading

Love Theme Handmade Card – Idea One

Even though Valentine’s Day has past, it would still be fun to surprise a loved one with a handmade card just to let them know how much you love them. I put together a love themed card and want to share it with you. This is a simple enough design that you could enlist your children to help you put it together. They could even make enough to give out to several of their friends. This was a quick and easy card to put together. The “Be Mine” Heart is actually a fuzzy iron-on! This is my favorite part of … Continue reading

Handmade Birthday Card Idea – Two

Birthday Card Two I love to make cards. It is a quick project where you can see the final results quickly (unlike a scrapbook that may have no end.) I want to share a birthday card that I just finished and hope to spark some creative card making for you! The paper used for this card is all from the SEI Twitterpated line. This paper was so much fun to work with! I also used Making Memories magnetic stamps, ink, Quickutz Studio Alphabet, Heidi Swapp photo corners and the blue fiber. Here are the steps I followed to complete the … Continue reading

Handmade Birthday Card Idea – One

I just designed a fun birthday card that I want to share. It came together very quickly and will be fun to give away. I love how the papers are so bright and colorful. Perfect for a birthday card! This card used a technique that is a great way to use some paper scraps left over from your scrapbook pages. By using small scraps of paper I was able to quickly make this card. I used paper from the Basic Grey Lollipop Shop Collection, staples and a jellies sticker from Making Memories. Here are the steps to complete this card: … Continue reading

Crystal’s Christmas Card Idea for 2005

I love Christmas time! I’ve been working on my Christmas cards (home-made, of course) for the past several months, doing a little bit at a time. I want to share some of the techniques I used for this card. The front of the card is made using a technique called “paper tearing” and is very versatile and fun to use. I cut 2” x 12” strips of Bazzill Basics textured 12 x 12 paper (aloe vera), using my Fiskars Ultimate 12” paper trimmer. While watching the kids play outside, I tore triangle pieces from the strips of paper to make … Continue reading