We’ve come to the end of our 11 day birthday celebration celebrating 11 amazing years in publishing for the papercraft industry! Before we share all that we have in store for you today, we want to once again take a moment to thank you. Quite simply thank you for being the best readers around the globe. Your love, ongoing support and kindest comments mean the absolute world to all of us here at SCT. You are the reason we do what we do and we hope in the years to come you continue to join us on this creative journey. Capturing and documenting your memories on your scrapbook layouts, creating beautiful cards or designing beautiful projects all mean something. And they mean something to us. Without you our industry partners would not have someone to create beautiful products for, our retail stores would not have those beautiful products on their shelves and we would not have a beautiful magazine that our talented team puts together. You are important to us!
"Hi everyone! It’s Cathy Zielske here, art director for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, and today I’m sharing a few celebratory cards —and a free download—to end this fabulous 11th birthday party here on our blog.
Although I’ve worked in this amazing industry for over 15 years, my card making skills have left a little to be desired, and that’s putting it mildly. That said, I recently got my hands on a Big Shot from Stampin’ Up, a few Stitched Shapes Framelits dies and a Cross Stitch embossing folder from Taylored Expressions and holy craft! I have found a creative groove for making simple cards that make me happy.
These two cards were inspired by the free Before We Go cut files from our Spring 2017 issue. I used the hatching chick and the flowers as the main graphic for each card.
Next, I designed sentiment squares that are sized perfectly to fit the 2.5-inch Framelit die. (Download my set of sentiments by clicking here.)
I printed out the sentiments onto smooth white cardstock, then using my Stampin’ Up! magnetic platform, I carefully lined up the die on the crop marks as you see in the image above.
Volia! A perfectly trimmed sentiment square ready to be dressed up and added to the card.
Next I used the Spring issue cut files, sized them down and cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo.
The final step was to emboss some white card stock to use on the front of both cards. I have never embossed anything in my life and I’m seriously so geeked about the possibilities!
I adhered the chick to the die cut sentiment panel, then trimmed and added the embossed paper to the front of a 4.25 x 5.5 card. I used a bit of dimensional adhesive to adhere the sentiment panel to the card.
I used the same approach for my Glorious Day card, adding a few enamel dots from Close to my Heart to the centers of each flower.
Suffice to say, this birthday bash has awoken my inner card maker! I can’t way to explore more cards ideas this year! Happy birthday SCT! ~ Cathy Zielske
Thank you Cathy! We love your cards and the fact you’re rediscovered how fun and easy cards can be! We can’t wait to see more!
Day 11 Celebration Giveaway!
If you joined us yesterday then you know we said the words “$750 shopping spree!” We could have also said the words “beautiful” “organized” and “stunning.” Today’s final prize comes from our amazing friends at Stamp-n-Storage and they are here to offer one lucky winner a $750 shopping spree to purchase beautiful fixtures to create a stunning, organized craft space! Just have a look at what they can offer…
If like us you are staring at your screen with your mouth dropping to floor just a little, not to worry! It’s perfectly acceptable. This is a HUGE prize and we could not be more thrilled to end our 11 day celebration in this GRAND way! Thank you Stamp-n-Storage for the thoughtful prize that will be a little craft life changing to one lucky winner!
But guess what? We’re not done yet! We are also going to add a second $250 shopping spree for a second winner from all of us here at SCT! Imagine the possibilities!
We can’t wait to see what today’s winner’s select for their craft space! For an opportunity to win these prizes, be sure to leave a comment below by March 31st! All winners will be randomly selected and announced on April 3rd!
We hope you’ll join us on the Stamp-n-Storage Facebook page to give them a grand prize sized “THANK YOU” for today’s amazing prizes.
And with that SCT friends, our 11th birthday celebration is a wrap! Thank you once again for all you do to inspire us here at SCT! We love and appreciate each and every one of you. xoxoxo
~ Catherine, Publisher, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine