Cut, Fold, Stick, Punch, and Admire!

Cut, Fold, Stick, Punch, and Admire!

This post will share with you the top five must have tools for crafting with paper. Can you do it without them? Sure you can, however the right tools not only make the process easier but it also makes the end result look better. There are literally hundreds of tools for card making and scrapbooking but this post will share with you the ones I would not do without. 1.) Paper Cutter: A good, sharp paper cutter is very important for cutting paper to the correct size for scrapbook pages, card embellishments and even trimming photos. Paper cutters come in many sizes. I use two types of paper cutters, one 12” cutter and one 6”cutter. You can usually find both size cutters for less than $25 each. Getting a clean sharp cut is the key. 2.) Bone Folder: A bone folder is used to create that perfect crease and for scoring paper to make folding easier. You can also use it to make a temporary mark on fabric.  A bone folder can be found in any craft store as well as department stores like Wal-Mart or Target. They range in price from $4.00 to $8.00. You can see from the image below that a bone folder makes a huge difference in how flat your card lays and how professional your project looks.  The card on the left was folded without a bone folder and the card on the right was folded with a bone folder. Quite a difference. 3.) Adhesive Squares: An adhesive square is basically a double stick tape square. They are perfect for adding background paper to cards...
Craft for Charity

Craft for Charity

One of my favorite reasons for crafting is to help a local charity. This is also a really good way to use up all of those supplies you bought, so you have room for new ones. This year some of my good friends joined me in making gorgeous valentines for a local hospice center. We created cards for the patients’ care givers; friends, spouses, sons and daughters who are dedicated to someone that they LOVE. I want to share the amazing cards created by my friends and hopefully inspire you to make cards of your own. Today’s cards have the same design structure, but as you can see from this picture, the varieties are endless. This is what I call a Three-Quarter card. The Three-Quarter card is made by covering the majority of the card with a lovely printed paper, leaving just one-quarter of the card showing. Then, using strips of paper or washi tape, you create a finished edge. Did You Know? Washi Tape is a decorative tape in bright colors found everywhere from Hobby Lobby & JoAnn’s to Dollar General & Target.  Last, but not least, you embellish with a Valentine’s Day sticker; glitter hearts, mustache stickers, or sweet little blue birds, the choices are endless. What I like about this design structure is you can buy a package of cards*, one package of stickers, two or three pieces of Valentine’s paper and some washi tape and you are set to make at least a dozen masterpieces. I hope these cards are an inspiration to you. Watch for more images this week. Talk to you soon!   *Supply Tip: I buy packages of cards and...
Hugs & Kisses Valentine

Hugs & Kisses Valentine

This week we are going to create an adorable card and learn two ways to sew on a four-hole button. The card should take about 10-15 minutes depending on how well you can sew on a button, so you can easily make more than one. First up, is the supply list:     A card and envelope, any color, any shape doesn’t matter as long five buttons in a row will fit on it and look good 5- four hole buttons, various sizes or colors are fine. Piece of colored card stock. Something to contrast with your buttons Paper Piercer or small Awl Needle & Thread Glue or double sided tape Scissors for cutting thread A pair of decorative scissors (optional) Step 1: Measure your card. I do this to ensure that the piece of colored card stock I cut will fit well on the card. I am using a 4 inch by 5 ½ inch card. Step 2: Cut a piece of card stock that is the length of the card and is about a third of the width of the card. Mine will be cut to 2 ¼ inches by 5 1/2 inches. Step 3: Lay the buttons in a row on the colored piece of card stock. The buttons need to be laid on the paper, so that the holes in the buttons make a square like two colons (::) in a row. Important note: You can use a ruler to get the buttons laid out, but remember this is a HOMEMADE card not a Hallmark Card. Perfection is manufactured not homemade. Every little flaw adds character....

Is Kindness Dead?

Kindness, Thoughtfulness, Consideration … these things are not dead, they are just hiding. These things are hiding in each of YOU, eager to get out like a five year old who got a new bike on Christmas. They are burning in each of you waiting for someone to open the door and show you the way.  Welcome to Simple Consideration. Thanks for taking the time to drop by!  Simple Consideration is going to strive to do two things: Help discover your inner creative kindness. Turn that kindness into something marvelous, so you can share it with those around you. We are going to create things out of many different mediums from paper to cloth, yarn to beads and baking to floral arranging. There is a niche for each creative person in the world and we are going to explore the possibilities and find one that is right for you.   I have the honor of being surrounded by very talented and creative people who will share their passion and imagination with you through a Meet a Fellow Crafter segment each month. We will also take a look at the products on the market. The right tools make the job easier and help you to create things that look GREAT. I will share with you which ones are the best, where to find them and how to get them for the best price. (Crafters Love a SALE!)   Maybe time has been holding you back from letting your creative juices flow? Time can be a factor to anything however some of our projects will take only a few minutes and...