17 posts categorized "Jennifer Svare"


Sun 25

Hello, Spring!
by Jennifer Svare

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It may be snowing outside, but springtime's in full bloom in the craft room today! 

These cards were made using watercolor note cards that have been sitting around forever. I love the thick, soft texture that these cards have... and now I'm wondering why they sat on the shelf so long!

The beautiful Floral Stem Collage creates a window. I enlarged the window by hand cutting to fit the Double Stitch Rectangle Frame.  By leaving the inner frame a little smaller than the double stitch frame, it created a look of inner matting. 

The Devyn Butterfly Trio has to be one of my favorite dies. The style is so versatile and elegant.  Because the dies cut three sizes at once, it made it very easy to incorporate them on the exterior of the card, interior, and exterior of the envelopes. 



The speckles on the vellum were made using the FineTec Pearlescent Watercolor palette from Birchpress Design.  I put a light coat on the main flower, as well. 


I love how using a combination of pastels, together with the dies, creates a wonderful gift with an early springtime feel. 


Thank you for stopping by today!  There are more details here in the video below:


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Sun 18

Bicycle Window Card
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  I hope everyone enjoyed making Valentine's cards this past week!  I hope this card inspires you to give cards with a small gift attached, such as a decorative paperclip used for this card.  A charm was modified and glued to a gold paperclip, and makes a great add-on gift that is easily removed for use by the recipient. 


This window card opens with a metallic space for writing.

Window Card Interior


For as many different techniques were used in this card, it's super simple to make... and fast, which I love!  In the video below, I'll also share a version of shrink film bicycles made with the stamps from the Valentine's Day Fairies set (really fun for shaker card elements!) I didn't use them for this card, but they would make great paperclip elements as well. Many of you may have seen Dave's recent YouTube video on the process of coloring shrink film embellishments.  If you haven't seen it, make sure to check that out~!

The tiny flowers on the front, as well as the interior flower were stamped using the Sending Scribbles Stamp set. Double Stitch Circle Frames made the perfect window frame. 

A few tiny dots of Nuvo drops were added to the bicycle baskets for some added color.  The Finetec pastel watercolor paints (available at Birchpress Design) are metallic and this card really shines in the light!  

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy the video below!


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Fri 19

Blog Blitz Spring Bouquet!
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  Today I'll share a few ways I used the Garden Bouquet and Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames to create these fun cards!  I just love using scalloped edges and they are especially perfect for spring cards (although I use them all year round). 

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I used different inlay and overlay techniques to create different levels of layers for some dimension throughout the flowers, and the Gotta Have Gingham by Lawn Fawn was used for the backgrounds in different colors. 

Glossy Accents was used on one of the cards to show how that might look. 

How would you like to win the Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames?  Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win this awesome set of frame dies! 

I hope you have a great day!  

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Fri 12

Blog Blitz! Vintage Valentines
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  I absolutely love hot air balloons, vintage postcards, and Valentine's Day!  For this card, I got to combine all three and I'm excited to share how I did these cards in the video below.

The brand new Hot Air Balloons are very fun and versatile dies. They are a great size to work with and the large one can even be a stand-alone focal point if one wanted.  I used the larger one from the set, masked off panels so I could color them individually, and added a little surprise addition to the balloon...  a decorative heart border complete with stitching! I used the Stitched Heart Curve die to do this and was so pleased with how the curve lined up perfectly.

Gold thread was used prior to inlaying the hearts to add some balloon strings, and a coat of glossy accents isn't necessarily vintage, but I just couldn't resist.

Nuvo drops were used to create a basket full of greenery and flowers. 


There was no way I could leave out the incredible Swirled Love die, and so a second card was made.  These sentiment die scripts are incredible.

In my video, I'll also show some fun vintage postcards I found at an auction recently. So much fun!  


Notice below, the frame is slightly crooked.  I actually left it this way on purpose.  Vintage postcards have very "handmade" imperfections in them, which adds for a lot of fun embracing "mistakes" that I would normally not use.  What IS perfect, however, is the incredible Be My Valentine Postcard Script die - I just love this!  


To leave the oval area clear of the embossing folder impression, I used an oval embossing diffuser plate.  This also allowed me to keep the card background to a single layer.


Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to leave a comment to win the brand new set of HOT AIR BALLOONS! The blog blitz runs from January 8-30, 2018. We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time.  To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY the posts that you wish to enter.   To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE.   One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST February 1 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on February 3. Good Luck!  And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

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Fri 29

Ribbon Heart Card
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  Today I'm excited to share this Valentine's Day card idea using the new Ribbon Heart die from the latest release!  I love how any colors can be used to create the background that shows along the bottom and through the heart ~ the variety of color always makes it fun for card makers when producing several at a time!

The embossed background and the multiple thicknesses of the heart adds great dimension while being white-on-white.  Even though it's a very clean, simple card, there is a ton of detail ~ and I love how it all fits together. 


Nuvo crystal drops were added to the centers of the Petit Four Stitched Borders die, in colors to match the backgrounds of the cards. I didn't want to add any new colors here because there was already so much going on with the details of the card.


Here's a step-by-step video of how I made this card.  I hope you have a great day, and I can't wait to show more from this new release! 


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Thu 14

Evergreens for Every Occasion
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  I'm so excited to show how these dies work together to create this very versatile card design. It's one of those card designs that works to have several made ahead for any occasion. Simply add the sentiment or greeting... a card that works for everything from "Merry Christmas" to sympathy, to a summery hello ~ Wow, I love this die and color combination!

The Swirly Loop die and Evergreen Trees work together to form the base design to the card, and I made it using a teal and shiny copper card stock.


To make the Christmas version, I simply added a crystal to the top of one of the trees!


The video shows a larger version of this card, but these measure 3.5 x 5 inches.  I like the smaller sizes for thank you notes which is great for after Christmas. The interior has a single evergreen tree which ties the inside to the exterior of the card. I love how Kraft envelopes even match!



Here's a video I put together to show how I made this card, along with the larger version example.  Have a wonderful day!

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Wed 29

Gingerbread House Card
by Jennifer Svare

Hello!  This fun gingerbread house card was made using the Classic Cottage die.  I used this die for Thanksgiving placeholders last week.  This is a similar idea with the trees and house, but just by switching to bright colors and turning it all into gingerbread, it's easy to create a card with a completely different look! This would also make a fun shaker card.

I love how the gingerbread boy and girl dies have so many options in the way they cut out into separate pieces.  I used the key lime and red gingham paper by Birchpress Design for the vest and dress.  


I also wanted to show how cute the trees look over top of Birchpress Design's gingham paper.  I didn't use it for this project, but just had to show it!  There is transparent glitter paper over top:


As part of this fun blog blitz, Poppystamps is giving away a prize on each post!  Enter by leaving a comment on the post with the prize you would like to win!  Enter several times by leaving comments on several posts.  This post's prize is the fabulous Tree Trunks die!


Here's a video of how I made this card.  Thanks for stopping by, and will see you again soon!


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Sat 18

Holiday Place Cards
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  I am so excited that the holidays are officially here!  Place cards have always been one of my favorite things to make because not only do they help guests find their places, but they also add such a nice touch to the table decor.  A little note or poem for each guest could be added inside, or they can be left blank.  We personally draw names for Christmas gift giving after Thanksgiving dinner, so these place cards can also double as the name drawing cards.

The dies easily cut through two sheets of paper which was perfect for my assembly line.


I love the versatility the Classic Cottage die!  The dishes I am using have little red houses and barns on them, so the way the die allows for different colors allowed me to make a perfect match the plates. 


When Poppystamps came out with the Tree Trunks die, I was so excited to see the small size which was perfect for this business card size design. It was hard for me not to add a skyline in the back, or a snowbank... but that is also the beauty of this die!  It allowed me to create many of these very quickly, and still look beautiful.  I "let the dies do the work..." ~ thank you, Poppystamps!  :)


I think the most difficult choice for the entire project was where to put the name.  In the end, I chose not to cover the beautiful trees and I wrote each name across the door.  My name was the longest, and it fit just fine!  

Let the holidays begin... and here's to letting the dies do the work this holiday season.  :)  More info (and maybe even a bonus idea) in the video below.  

Have a great day, and Happy Thanksgiving!   

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Fri 27

Easy and Festive Gatefold Cards
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  Today I'll share how I made these fun, simple gatefold cards! 

The possibilities are endless with the color and embellishment options to create different looks and themes.  


The fabulous base layers from the Postage Square Layers and Heart Pattern Plate make the perfect base for a gatefold card that looks like it took a long time to make... but didn't!  


I used the Stitched Evangeline Snowflake as the base for a sparkly layer of Boho Snowflake.  I love how these snowflake dies work together to create options!  I definitely could have put a crystal or sequin on top of the snowflake, but I love how flat these cards are especially when mailing bulk cards for Christmas. 


Since there were three square postage bases to embellish, I thought the three letters from the Joy Banner die perfectly matched the playful Heart Pattern Plate.


All of these dies are so versatile - even the lettering look can be changed with a different paper and crank of the die cutter!  


The Roaming Polar Bear looks great all white and sparkly, and I just couldn't resist as long as the glitter paper was out!  A quick flip to horizontal, and larger Rectangle Postage Layer made it fast and easy.


The Folk Merry Christmas is the perfect font for a Kraft-style card, so I used this for the interior card greeting.  The red base was made using the Postage Rectangle Layers and the Pinpoint Rectangle Layers made the top layer so easy. 


I love how the borders from the Postage Layers give a festive hello even while in the envelope!


Check out the video below for a closer look of these cards and tips on how they were made! Thank you for stopping by, and have a great day!


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Sun 15

You've Got This!
by Jennifer Svare


Hello!  Today I have a tri-fold card to share!  The front has a simple round window showing a fish in the background.  The fish has a bright red sparkle on its cheek.  

When the card is opened, it shows that fish leading the school, with "you've got this" along the bottom. The star bubble adds to the overall feel of accomplishment and the sentiment stamp is perfect for "confident encouragement!"  


When the fish panel is opened, there is room for writing on the inside, and I like how the writing will be kept hidden when on display.  

Using the I'm a Narwhal Stamp Set, the fish were created by stamping the single fish several times to create the school. The bubbles, star, and sentiment are also part of the set.  I then colored the fish with Copic markers.  A tiny bit of "chunky-yet-super-sparkly" glitter was added to each fish cheek so they really do flash like a fin in the light. To create some dimension, Glossy Accents was added to each fish and also the bubbles. 

The water background was created using distress oxide inks, but wanted it to look very light and not overpowering, so it was just lightly sponged on.  No water was added - the dimension was picked up from using a sponge.


The front pattern was made with an embossing folder.


I've created a video that shows each step of creating this fun, simple card!  


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