Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Valentine Inspiration!

Project design by Sharon M. Reinhart - may be used by readers for personal use
This time of year I am typically organizing and cleaning up from the creative mess that remained after creating for Christmas. I was going through my old papers determining what to keep and what to give away when I noticed lots of beautiful papers that are discontinued. Why am I not using these? No, I cannot use them for published works but I can for personal and for kits for others to have fun with. Before my Mom passed away I used to make little card kits for her and I to enjoy some time together and recently I even had my Dad working on some Christmas cards with me. Whether discontinued or not pretty paper can always be used. There are many seniors at centers who would love to receive a special kit, or even children, or a girlfriend that would like to get creative over a a cup of coffee with you. Keep it simple, include all of the pieces needed in the kit. It is best if there isn't a big list of other supplies required in order to complete the kit, maybe just some glue or tape and scissors.

Now, onto the inspiration for this post. It is a cute little Valentine created with some old double sided paper that actually was a Christmas print with deer on one side and this delightful pattern on the other. I thought the colors and pattern was perfect for Valentines! This is a simple collage of die-cut hearts and words using a Stampin' Up set called Love Notes Framelits, a Sizzix set by Stephanie Barnard - Framelits Step-Ups /560025 and a heart die from Spellbinders.

Just pull out your heart themed supplies and use what you have. Punches, stickers, dies, stamps they all would easily translate into this card. Before you pack away all of your Christmas themed supplies, take another look, I am sure you will find many that would also work wonderfully for Valentine creations! I hope you are inspired to create!
Creatively Yours,
Sharon

Monday, December 18, 2017

'Twas the week before Christmas!

Projects designed by Sharon M. Reinhart
as shown in the Dec. 18, 2017 CardMaker Update
If you are looking for some inspiration for Christmas tags, bags and gift card holders look no further! My most recent CardMaker Update has just been released and I would love it if you would head on over to www.cardmakermagazine.com to take a peek at all the photos and content! I am quite pleased with these projects and hope you will be too!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, may it be spent sharing wonderful moments with the special people in your life!
Creatively Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Boxful of Thanks


Being grateful isn't just reserved for one specific date of the year however we do tend to put a bit more focus on it around certain holidays. The Canadian Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and I hope everyone enjoyed a warm celebration with family and friends. The American Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner and possibly some of you are looking for some Thanksgiving inspiration. That being said, any of these projects can be changed from a Thanksgiving theme to a Christmas or birthday theme, in fact probably any theme that you are celebrating! We don't necessarily need a theme to show our appreciation!

I invite you to view my most recent CardMaker Update which is all about creating with boxes! For instructions and complete photos just head on over to www.cardmakermagazine.com and take a look at the November 6 Update! I hope you enjoy it!
Creatively Yours,
Sharon

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fun with Easel Cards!

Projects designed by Sharon M. Reinhart as seen
 in the July 3, 2017 CardMaker Update
Inviting you to take a look at my most recent CardMaker Update which went live today July 3, 2017. It's all about creating Easel cards! I hope you will stop by CardMaker Magazine www.cardmakermagazine.com  to see full photos, instructions and other creative tidbits! In case you haven't signed up for this free resource, which comes out every three weeks sign up while you are there and then after that its easy, it will come directly to your inbox! If you have missed a few issues there are a few archived and can be accessed by clicking the Updates tab.
Creatively Yours,
Sharon

Monday, May 22, 2017

Baby Shower Inspiration!

Projects designed by Sharon M. Reinhart
as shown in CardMaker Magazine May 22, 2017 Update
My most recent CardMaker Update went live today! If you are looking for inspiration on shower invitations, announcements, thank-you notes and even décor head on over to CardMaker Magazine and check out the May 22, 2017 Update! Maybe its wedding inspiration that you are looking for? If, so keep in mind most designs can be translated into different occasions with just a few modifications!While you are at the CardMaker Magazine web site, if you haven't done so already, sign up for this free resource that comes to your inbox every three weeks. You will receive inspiration and information from the two CardMaker Update Editors, yours truly and the talented Kimber McGray. I hope you will take a look and be inspired to create something wonderful!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Flower Decor


If you are looking for some quick flower décor for Mother's Day Brunch or perhaps a wedding or baby shower I have a great idea! This one even involves recycling. These beautiful flowers began as cardboard rolls - the type from paper towels and bathroom tissue rolls! These particular ones have been created by using the bathroom tissue cardboard rolls. Simply press down the cardboard roll to flatten and use a bone folder to burnish both folded edges. Next place in a paper trimmer, I used my Fiskars paper trimmer and cut into 1/2-inch increments. Apply score tape to one side approximately an inch of tape starting at the folded edge. Then just start assembling by removing the tape liner and adhering one piece to the other. For these flowers I dressed them up a little bit further by die-cutting another flower  (Elizabeth Craft Designs) from pink cardstock and then added a gold circle to the center. They are perfect on their own or they can be adhered together to create a beautiful cascading effect! Hope you will give it a try!
Creatively Yours,
Sharon

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pearls for Mom!

Designed by Sharon M. Reinhart
With Mothers Day quickly approaching I thought I would share this "Pearls for Mom" card, which has been created using a tea-bag folding technique! My Mom loved her pearl necklace and she was my biggest supporter and fan when it came to my creative pursuits! Even when she became more house bound she truly enjoyed our card making moments, I would put simple kits together and take them over and walk her through the steps. She loved that she had made something that she could use to brighten someone else's day and it also afforded her some distraction from her sickness. Although she is not with us on this earth any longer it was she that inspired this card! XO Miss you Mom! I encourage each of you to share your talents with someone and help to brighten their day! The gift of time is something that you cannot put a price tag on -- it truly is priceless!

Tea-bag folding requires the use of a lightweight paper - text weight or photo copy weight. This fold begins with 8 circle shapes that are folded into quarters. Unfold all, and re-crease the fold lines so that they are all mountain folds. Next holding the circle shape with the mountain folds in an X orientation, press on the sides and collapse into a pie shape. The last fold for this one is to fold back the top curved layer. With the folded shape on your work surface and the pointed end at the top, place double-sided adhesive such as Scor-tape along the right folded edge of each folded shape.

To assemble, remove the tape liner and sandwich the layers of one folded piece in between the layers of another. Continue until complete. Remember to remove the tape from the last folded shape and join the medallion together.
This is one of my most favorite folds! For more information and inspiration  about tea-bag folding please check out my books or my online class/DVD Fabulous Paper Folds! I do have a small inventory so if you are wanting to purchase an item please contact me through this blog.
Creatively Yours,
Sharon