Monday, March 18, 2013

Fun with Card-making Formulas!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a crop with my pal, Rita. As I'm sure many of you can understand, packing for a crop can challenge. I have SO MUCH stuff: What should I bring? Where do I start?

Since donating to Operation Write Home (and being a part of the Birthday Card Swap) had seriously depleted my stores, I decided to focus on cards. So I grabbed a couple of packs of Greetings to Go, my Up, Up & Away Club Stamp kit, adhesive, a few UMs from my stash, and off I went. And guess what? I made 30 cards on Saturday!

I think my favorites out of the bunch were those I made using the card formulas from the Up, Up & Away Scrap Rap, designed for use with the Club Stamp paper pack. Did you know about those? Every once in a while, Tricia creates cutting and assembly instructions for those dozen sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 paper in the Club Stamp kit. So cool! You can find the instructions on page 18-19 of the February Scrap Rap Magazine.

I love using the finished samples as a guide...but sometimes I end up taking things in a whole different direction. That's what's so great about ALSB and's a "no brainer" if my muse is on vacation, but most of the time, after I get a few cards done, I find my creative juices really start flowing!

Once I had about half of the cards done, I was feeling pretty artsy. I remembered a technique Deb Charlesworth had done as a guest blogger on our blog a while back, and thought I'd give it a try. For more details, you can check out Deb's post HERE...but here's the Cliff Notes version...

  1. Use painter's tape to mask off an area on your card.
  2. Use ink applicator tool to swipe ink onto card.
  3. Peel away tape "mask".
  4. Stamp images/greetings onto panel Then add to favorite card.
My finished cards:

And there you have it! I should be stocked up on cards for another couple of months...or at least a few weeks, LOL.

Creatively yours,



  1. great motivator!! Thanks Karen!

  2. Love these Karen - thank you for sharing.


  3. Karen, what fun! Love your beautiful cards.

  4. Thanks so much for posting, I hope we get a lot more of these cards formulas-esp using up 8 1/2 by 11 papers. I have SOOOO much of it in my stash!

  5. I really really love this kit - and you've made lovely cards with it!! I think I might try this masking tape technique with glimmer mist.


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