July 2022 Mood Board
Hello friends and happy July! We hope your summer is off to a fabulous start! The Design Team at Joy Clair Designs is excited to share the mood board for this month. Mood boards (also commonly called "inspiration" boards) are a combination of colors, images, textures and patterns that can offer guidance or direction. If you feel like you don't know where to begin a project, try looking at a mood board and let the creative juices flow. You might just be surprised by the end result!
Let's take a look at the July 2022 Joy Clair Designs mood board:
his month mood board celebrates all things 4th of July - summer fun in the form of BBQ's , popsicles, gingham and American flags!
Here is a card that I created inspired by this month's mood board colors:
The base of this A2 sized card was made from 80 lb. Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of the same white cardstock and ran it through my big shot with a stitched leaf embossing folder. I printed out the butterfly from the new You Fill My Day digital stamp set. I printed the butterfly at 65%. I colored the butterfly with Copic markers in various shades of red and blue. I fussy cut the butterfly and adhered it to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. I printed the sentiment "you fill my day" from the same digital stamp set. I notched both ends of the sentiment strip and adhered it to the card. I added a couple clear rhinestone drops placed randomly and lastly, I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly for added sparkle.
We would love to see YOU create using this mood board as inspiration too! Feel free to use similar colors in whatever brand of cardstock you have readily available. We'd love for you to use your Joy Clair Designs stamps if you have them! And if you don't have any yet CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING TODAY!
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Patriotic Bevel Layering Plate
Hello readers! Today I am sharing this patriotic inspired card over on the Birch Press Design blog. I don't know if anyone actually sends 4th of July cards or not, but this idea would also work well for members of the military or law enforcement. The first time I saw the Mini Dazzle Bevel Layering Plates, I knew immediately that I wanted to create a flag in strips of red, white and blue.
Because the bevel strips were larger than I had anticipated, I had to alter the dimensions of this card. Instead of my more traditional A2 card size, this card measures 5 1/2" square.
Here is a step-by-step video tutorial showing how I created this card:
Thank you for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
List of supplies:
I had a moment over the weekend where I was disappointed with myself for not sending out 4th of July cards this year. That moment rapidly spiraled downhill when I also realized I didn't send out Easter cards, St. Patrick's Day or Memorial Day cards. . . Granted, during the past few months we had been dealing with the failing health, and ultimately passing of my-mother-in-law, so the excuses were certainly legitimate, but, I kind of beat myself up about it. I also work full-time. This card making thing is only in my so-called "free time." Plus, I have a hard time deciding WHO gets cards - everybody on my Christmas card list means I would be sending out 96 4th of July cards, 96 Easter cards, 96 Happy World Pancake Day cards. . . You see where I'm going with this. That's A LOT of cards.
Then I realized (after calling my mother who naturally told me I was being ridiculous) that no one cares that I didn't send out these cards! Just me. I needed to let it go. And so I did. Kind of. . . But, first I placed a $94 order from Taylored Expressions of patriotic themed stuff, so next 4th of July - fireworks baby!
Here's a peek at what I purchased Sunday in the middle of my must-make-4th-of-July-cards-after-the-4th-of-July-is-now-over meltdown:
True story. I really did buy all this - just to make 4th of July cards. FOR NEXT YEAR!
I also promised myself that I would be a little more on the ball when it comes to making cards for holidays, etc. Yeah, I see you Shark Week (beginning July 28th on the Discovery Channel)! My Avery Elle "Hello Chum" stamp set and I are ready for ya!
June 2019 Create w/ Crystal
Hello and welcome to only the second month of my Create w/ Crystal monthly cardmaking "club!" In May, I asked some fellow crafty friends who would be interested in a FREE little "kit." Every month I send each member a small envelope of supplies that they will have to use to create a card. Everyone in the group will receive the exact same supplies. Once they have completed their card, they mail it back to me (in a self-addressed stamped envelope) and I share all their cards with you! The idea is to see how vastly different our cards can be, despite all using the very same products. Please CLICK HERE to see what they created in May!
As you will see below, I planned it so that the contents of the group's June kits would inspire them to create something patriotic. You will notice that some people submitted two cards and that's entirely okay by the "rules." They were given instructions to create whatever they wanted with their supplies. If they had enough for two cards, that's great. But, they can also submit scrapbook pages or any other papercrafted item as well!
June kit included:
1 - 5 1/2 x 11" sheet of Real Red cardstock
1 - 5 1/2 x 11" sheet of Night of Navy cardstock
1 - 5 1/2" x 11" sheet of Whisper White cardstock
6 each pre-punched balloons in Silver Glimmer cardstock and white cardstocks
"Celebrate" word die in Real Red
Silver punched stars
12" Navy gingham ribbon
12" Real Red ribbons
6" sheet of Stars N Stripes paper
6" sheet of Red candy stripes paper
6" sheet of Red/White and Blue plaid paper
Pledge of Allegiance stamped on white cardstock
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