Father’s Day Crafting Adventures on Craft Roulette

This past week, I had the opportunity to be a Guest Crafter on Craft Roulette, and oh, boy, did I struggle. We got off to a rough start, then I froze when the wheel spun, and partway through, we lost sound. Despite the technical issues and mishaps, I was able to learn a new technique and create an awesome Father’s Day card.

Before I continue with my cardmaking adventure, let me tell you a little more about Craft Roulette. Every Friday night, you can join the creative community as they watch Mary and a special guest crafter create a project based on the parameters set by the craft roulette wheel. Yes, there is a genuine roulette wheel with 96 crafting parameters (331,776 possible combinations) and, once that wheel starts to spin, you never know what might happen.


The minute I woke up Friday, I had a strange feeling that something wasn’t going to go well, and wouldn’t you know it, we had one mishap after another. It all started when Verizon wouldn’t allow me to connect, causing a little domino effect. The show started later than planned and we went right to spinning the wheel. 

Now, I have been on Craft Roulette two other times and the wheel was kind to me, but my intuition told me that tonight was going to be different. The first spin presented me with an easel card which was a project I wasn’t familiar with and MY BRAIN FROZE.

These past few months I have been in a creative slump and this just made me weak in the knees. I may have made an easel card once, long ago, but the cogs in my brain seized up and everything just stopped moving.

Thank goodness for Mary! She did an amazing job explaining how to make a simple easel card. After her demonstration, I started to feel a little better and knew that the other three parameters were simple enough for me to process and handle. I started to work right away at creating a Father’s Day card using the My Dad Rocks stamp set.

Of course, once I started to get comfortable we had another little hiccup. I could no longer hear Mary or her producer Stephen. I must have sounded a silly talking to myself because Mary starting writing me a little note letting me know that they could all hear my little craft room conversation.

Eventually, the sound came back – after we lost the connection – but it wasn’t very good and I could no longer talk with Mary. At this point, my hands were shaking, I kept making stamping mistakes, and I was frustrated with my project.

Despite all the messes and mistakes, the crafting community had such wonderful comments, Mary and Stephen were super supportive, and I learned a brand new technique. I finished my card and was able to see a very unique creation made by Mary. Take a look at all the FUNN we had.


Every time I have an adventure, I process what happened, maybe cry a few tears, and make a mental list of what I have learned. This episode of Craft Roulette gave me an opportunity to try something new.

  • I am now comfortable making a simple easel card and plan on making a few more in the future.
  • After a month of rude comments and mental insecurities, my spirits were lifted by Mary and her creative community as they continued to cheer me on.
  • Despite my human nature to want everything to be flawless, I need to remember what my friend Julie said “Better done than perfect.” Sometimes, you just need to call it finished.
  • A creative slump is an opportunity to let go of expectations and accept new adventures.

Thank you again to everyone to joined us and for all of you who continued to watch through the little hiccups. I hope you were inspired and that you plan on trying something new.

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Bloom & Grow Valentine Card

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created a simple Valentine’s Day card in traditional black, red, and white tones.   You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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I chose to use the Heart patterned paper  from the Adventure Fundamentals Collection, but felt like it needed a little more “something” to fit my card design.  I took one of the “Vine” images stamped in black ink to add to the pattern.  I am please with the look.

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4¼” x 5½” Black Cardstock, 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper (Adventure Fundamentals), (3) 4″ x ½” Red Glitter Paper, 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black Cardstock, 4″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x 2¾”  Cranberry Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 4¼” x 5½” Black cardstock onto the front of the card base.
2. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Vine” image repeatedly onto the 4 x 5¼” B&T Paper. (I stamped between each heart image.)
3. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper onto the center of the Black cardstock.
4. Adhere the three Red Glitter Paper strips horizontally onto the B&T paper, starting approximately 1″ from the top of the card. (You could also use Red Shimmer Trim.)
3. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Seed Packet” image onto the 3¾” x 2¾” Cranberry cardstock.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Let Love Grow” sentiment and “Heart” image onto the center of the “Seed Packet” image.  Sprinkle White Embossing Powder over the image, use a brush to remove the excess, then heat with a Craft Gun.
5. Adhere the Cranberry cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 3″ White Daisy cardstock, then onto the center of the 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black cardstock.
6. Adhere the layered image onto the center of the card base using 3D Foam Tape.
7. If desired, stamp a sentiment onto the inside of the card.

Don’t forget to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Stamps
Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Black Cardstock

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Red Glitter Paper

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block 

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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Craft Heater

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Paintbrush Set
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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3D Foam Tape
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

 

Bloom & Grow Embossed Card

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created this monochromatic card using White Embossing Power as an embellishment.  Even though the card was extremely simple to make, the mix of textures and color shades are delightful.  I am very pleased with how this card turned out and am excited to send it off. You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Embossing Powder has a lovely effect, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out and frustrating if you don’t quite know how to use it.  Below you will find a few tips for using Embossing Powder on your projects:

  • VersaMark Ink or Pigment Inks are the best to use for Embossing Powders.  These inks stay wet and sticky which allows the powder to adhere to your projects. I love using our Pigment Inks with Clear Embossing Powder  to create multiple shades of embossed images. I don’t have to multiple shades of embossing powder, just one.
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  • Before stamping your project, use an Anti-Static bag to remove the static from your project. You can purchase one of these online, or create your own using a baby sock filled with cornstarch.  Using this will prevent unwanted embossing powder from sticking to your project. I like to “pounce” mine onto the paper. (Note: These also work great for making adhesive on the back of stickers “unsticky”.)
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  • Always put the lid on your ink BEFORE pouring the Embossing Powder onto your project.  Sometimes your powder ends up in places you don’t want it, and it can destroy an ink pad.  I like to use a “Glitter Tray” when pouring my embossing powder onto my project so that I can pour the powder back into the jar.  I have also seen people store their powder in square plastic containers.
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  • Keep a small, soft brush on hand for removing excess powder. I like to use the smallest brush from our Paintbrush Set, because it is fine enough to get into the little spots that may have filled with powder.
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  • Always use a Craft Heater designed for heat embossing. These are made specifically so that the temperature is high enough to melt the powder.  BE CAREFUL and do not get your fingers or other items close to the heat source – it will burn you.  I like to use my tweezers or a clothes pin to old items as I heat the powder.  I like to hold my Craft Heater behind my project so that I can see the powder melt and make sure that I am not burning my powder.
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  • Practice makes perfect.  Don’t expect every project to turn out exactly how you planned.  It’s okay to have a few mistakes. Keep trying and keep creating. 🙂

Did you know that you could get one of my cards in your mailbox? Every time you place an order on my website, you receive a little happy mail from me.  Make sure to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Stamps
Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Toffee Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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White Twine

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block 

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Craft Heater

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Paintbrush Set
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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Rose Embossing Folder

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer