Hello Roadies! I hope this post finds your summers off to a wonderful and warm start! Today I am sharing some cards. Yes, they are simple, but what makes them really sing is the fantastic embellishments from Maya Road that I have added. Embellishments that take center stage!
To add sparkle and love to this birthday card, made from a simple journaling card, I added a couple of Gold Heart Tag Charms. I love how they can lay flat or be tied onto your project! Glue spots work perfectly to hold these little treasures down.
But the real show-stopper on this card is this adorable bow!! The sequins on this Glam Gold bow are too much fun! I want to put these bows on everything! I found that glue spots were effective adhesive for these bows. One in the center and one each loop.
Using a journaling card again on this card, I was able to step things up with some more fantastic embellishments! Starting with those wonderful Gold Heart Tag Charms again. They will be my go-to piece for adding shine!
Under the journaling card, along the die-cut banner underneath, I placed Pearl Bead Chain. The chain is hooked together for the entire length, but the string can be cut to create whatever size needed, even one pearl. My favorite embellishment on this card however is the Wood Cinnabutton. With a little Crafting Jute Cording tied through it, the button makes a huge statement! The button is adhered to the card with three glue spots and just before placing it down, I run the cording through the holes. Then I can tie the bow with the button held down. It makes it much easier to tie that way!
So what are your favorite embellishments? Which ones do you let shine on your projects?
This is Leah checking in today with some inspiration using the Work of Heart card kit! I hope you're enjoying a lovely Memorial Day if you're here in the US, as we honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Here's what I put together using the card kit!
Owl in a cherry tree tag
just for you
You can find instructions for the cards in the gallery where the cards are posted.
The flower comes as is, aside from the inner circle. I love that it is open because it allows you to add any accent, from chipboard stickers, like I used, to gems, to buttons, to more!
Behind the Embossed Metal Flower, I added a couple of the new paper leaves. I used two Paper Leaves Medium. The leaves have awesome coloring and a center wire to allow you to add more shape and dimension.
To round the metal look from the flower, I added two corner pieces. Ornate Filigree Corners have the same metal tone as the flower. I think they are so elegant!
Keeping with the antique feel of my first card, I started creating another one.
Hi Roadies! It's Jocelyn on the blog today with a card and tutorial.
I've developed quite an addiction to the Maya Road clips. They are so cute! Sometimes I'll leave the clips as-is, but often I like to alter them. I thought I would share a few different types of altered clips:
1) On the top left, I used a Ranger Alcohol Ink on the Geo Tag Love Clip. The color change wasn't dramatic, but it works for adding some subtle color. 2) On the top right, I colored the new Feather Clip with a Copic marker. This technique worked well for clips with tighter angles. I noticed I had to allow for a little dry time before picking up the clip. 3) On the bottom left, I gilded the Super Star Clip with Brass Liquid Gilding. It probably goes without saying, but I had to use the gilding in a well-ventilated area. This technique works great for clips with very fine details. To apply the liquid, I used a cheap craft sponge. Do not use a good paint brush as it will ruin the brush. Ask me how I know.... 4) On the bottom right, I painted the Banner Love Clip with craft paint. Spray paint would work, too, but craft paint is inexpensive. It took a couple of coats and the drying time is longer, but the color is vibrant.
I also used one more technique, which is probably my favorite:
Hey Roadies! It's Julia here today with a peek at some cards I've created using the just released Classic Card Kit: Work of Heart. I love this new kit that Maya Road has put together. It's the perfect blend of fresh papers, fun prints and of course, the gorgeous embellishments that Maya Road is know for.
My first card uses some of the included package of chipboard shapes to create the design. I love chipboard and how many different ways you can use it. The chipboard circles have been covered with patterned paper and the floral chipboard pieces have been inked up with a lovely pink pigment ink that I had on hand.
One of my favorite things about this card kit is the exclusive stamp set. It's a mix and match set with 5 circular sentiments and lots of small icon stamps to fit inside. I have always wanted a Keep Calm and Craft On stamp so I know I'll be using this one a lot.
Next up is this Bee Happy card. This has got to be the sweetest piece of flair and it is exclusive to the card kit. Once again I've pulled out the Work of Heart stamp set and this time I've used the heart icon stamp. It makes a cute addition to the wood tag layer on this project.
My final card today is one I pulled out my watercolors for and they add a hit of color to layer the design elements on. I absolutely adore the resin owls that are included in the kit. They are so sweet and make for a fun and trendy embellishment. This card gives you a peek at a couple of the coordinating digital die cuts that we offer along with the kit. These FREE digital files (all nine of them) will be available for download next week on the Maya Road Classic Kits blog.
If you're looking for more inspiration with this kit, you can find lots of Work of Heart projects in our online galleries here. Each project has complete instructions so that you can easily recreate them.
Lastly, don't forget to stop by and check out the gorgeous new Work of Heart kit! It's packed full of amazing goodies and value!
Hi Roadies! Julia here today to share a couple of sweet spring cards with you. I'm so excited about this new season after an incredibly long and hard winter. I'm ready for bright colors, flowers, birds and butterflies and all the wonderful things that spring brings. It's inspiring to know those things are just round the horizon and that inspiration is making its way into my creations.
I have two cards to share with you today and this first one is just bursting with color and goodies. I'm so excited to be creating with some of the new Winter 2015 release and mixing it up with some other current product from Maya Road. I love how it all works effortlessly together. My favorite new product on this card are the gorgeous Felt Roses. Absolutely adore these! They add a gorgeous pop of color and style by just adhering them to a project.
The central focus of this card is a Kraft Library pocket that I've filled and layered and embellished with all manner of wonderful Maya Road goodies. One thing I love to create with is the Maya Road pins. I'm totally addicted. To add in some extra detail, little things like wood spools or beads can be added on. I've added in a short sentiment by threading some alphabet beads onto the crystal trinket pin and spelling out the word wish.
Next up is this sweet cupcake card that's perfect for a spring birthday. My daughter-in-law absolutely loves cupcakes and I just had to include the sweet cupcake token into a project. The wood tokens are a new product from Maya Road and come in sets of five unique images per themed set.
To create the image I covered a chipboard photo frame with patterned paper and then embellished it. A couple of other new products appear in this design. I adore the Sparkles Sequin Trim. It comes in six gorgeous colors and is so easy to add a splash of shine to your projects. Speaking of shimmer and shine, the Round Jeweled Centers are soooo sparkley and perfect for accents or adding to the center of trim flowers.
Hi Roadies! Kimberly here today with a super cute and trendy banner to share with you! Tassel garlands are all the rage in party decor and I thought it would be fun to add one to a special birthday card! Using some great products from Maya Road made it come together just how I imagined!
Isn't it cute? Keep reading for a tutorial showing you how easy it is to make this tassel garland!
Hi Roadies! We're excited to back back with more projects from our Guest Designer Yvonne Yam. Today she has two projects to share with you each with Yvonne's beautiful distinctive style.
We love this gorgeous 8.5x11 layout by Yvonne. She's used Maya Road Mist, stencils and rhinestones to create the soft and lovely and background. It matches beautifully with the Tu-Tu Tulle Flower embellishment.
Yvonne has used the Framed Sayings Kraft pieces as a great way to mat photos and add them to the design. All the sweet insta sayings support the journaling on the page in a unique way.
Check out the fun border at the bottom of the layout. It's made up up lace tape, paper twine cording strips and scallop edge trim. It's a great way to add interest and ground the bottom of the design.
For this card design, Yvonne has once again used a beautiful mixed media approach to create interesting and colorful background. It's created with spray inks. We love how much energy all that color has.
Maya Road has so many wonderful colors of embellishments and other product that it's easy to add textural accents to pick up the colors used in the background.