Monday, March 25, 2013

Tips & Tricks - March 2013

Today I'd like to talk about sentiments and just how versatile they can be. In the past i never really bought many sentiments and honestly just never really used them. I still have a bad habit of not using sentiments, although, I'm working on fixing that. Sentiments can make great focal points....

For this first card I simply used the Thinking of You circle sentiment and the dot circle frame in a fun new way. Instead of using them on a punched circle for a tag I randomly stamped them in a wave motion across the card panel. To finish it off, I added a little bling and a yummy matching ribbon. This card took just a few minutes to create, used only 2 stamps and is eye catching. 

This card was just as equally easy to create and only used one little stamp. I started off stamping the Happy Birthday (cling) sentiment in a light pink, filling up the entire panel. I switched to a darker pink and randomly stamped the same sentiment for pops of color. Added a little ribbon and button to finish it all off. Once again, created a cute little card using just a sentiment and it was quick & easy.

This next example literally took 10 minutes to do. I wanted to make a card for the 10 Minute craft dash over on the Pretty Pink Posh blog and after a little thinking decided to incorporate one of the fun fads that's out there right now. This fad just so happens to fit right in with today's theme too! Subway art. We've all seen it and like it, but most of us have resisted because it looks hard (me included). I was surprised at how easy it really was. I pulled out some sentiments and played around with them until I got a general idea of what I wanted.

I had a good idea of the overall design and all of my supplies at hand. I hadn't decided what ribbon to use so I had a selection and also brought out some yummy green rhinestones for "just in case".

I knew the time was getting close so I ended up grabbing the easiest to get to ribbon and didn't even bother to try with a little bling (wasn't sure about bling anyway, so no matter). When all was said and done, the timer showed 10 minutes 3 seconds. However, in my defense, I'm calling it an even 10 minutes because I had to grab my phone, push the button then slide the screen thingie then push the stop button and all that took about 3 seconds. ;)

WHEW! All that aside, see how fun just using sentiments as your main focal point can be?

Weather going for something fun and flirty or something a little more classy, sentiments can play a major role in your card making. I hope I've made you look at sentiments in a whole new way! Thanks for stopping by :)


  1. these are great! thanks for playing along with us at the 10 Minute Craft Dash!

  2. You know I'm a fan of these cards....your use of the circles is still amazing to me.

    Your Craft Dash card is so different (for you), but super cute! Loving all of the sentiments you used!

    Thank you for playing in the 10 Minute Craft Dash, Tina!

  3. FAB stamping & love your bows Tina!
    So glad you joined in the fun at the 10 Minute Craft Dash - hope we see you again soon :)