Card With Handmade Paper Beads

Sometimes it’s kind of fun to mix elements from another craft into a current craft you’re working on. There are so many uses for paper, and a fun one is to make beads from it! There are so many beautiful scrapbook paper designs that your options are fairly limitless.

The beads on this card are made from cardstock, so you can use about any thickness of paper for your beads. If you use a cardstock weight paper, you will of course have thicker beads than if you use a scrapbook paper.  I used the Bead Maker Template from Hot off the Press, but if you can make a long thin triangle, you will be able to make your own beads. The template includes other shapes of beads too, but a long, thin triangle will get you  a basic bead.

You can see just how easy it is to make your own beads by watching my video below. Enjoy :).

P.S.: Kids love to make these beads and you can coat them in Mod Podge and use them for jewelry!  The Mod Podge will give them a glass-like appearance and add to their durability.

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Floral Friendship Handmade Card

It’s fun to add an unexpected twist to a card. For this one, I decided to add a handy closure with a heritage photo turn mount and tropical glimmer brad. I also picked a paper with a design large enough to cut out extra pieces. This one happened to have flowers, so I cut out an extra pink and blue flower to layer on top of the design with zots. The greeting is actually stamped on the inside of the card, which is visible from the outside —– clear as mud? 🙂

You can watch the video below for complete instructions. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Card

As you might know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Sadly, many of know one or more women going through this in their life. Just this past year, I’ve known at least 5 women going through treatments. This is a great time to let a special woman know that you are there for her in the battle she is waging against this terrible disease.

In this card, I used 18″ of ribbon plus a little extra piece to fashion a pink ribbon, a brushed gold heart brad, a sentiment stamp (stamped with black ink), gold embossing powder, and most importantly, a hole punch. Thanks Beci for the idea ;).

Sunset Bird Handmade Thank You Card

I was wondering how to make a sunset type of background with just ink, and after a few mess-ups that just didn’t work out, I came upon the way to make this card.

The inks I used were a marker and then two distress ink pads, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China. After using my yellow marker, I applied the distress inks with the Ink Blending Tool.

The cute bird is one of my all time favorite stamps. It’s from the Urban Tapestry  collection. I also used a Thanks stamp and some ribbon. I think I could have placed the bird stamp a bit better (so the sun isn’t in his tummy LOL!), but I like how it turned out overall. Enjoy!