Bring on a New Shade of Style With These Leaf Crafts

Fabulous foliage. Mature canopies. Itty-bitty blades. Leaves come in all shapes and sizes and provide great benefits, from providing cooling shade to attracting wildlife, purifying the air and adding beauty to our backyards and communities. Want to add unbe-leaf-able designs to your seasonal spreads? Then rake up these leaf crafts using the Five Leaf Punch (which works perfectly with the Botanical Burst collection!) and get started today.

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Say Yay to the USA With These Independence Day Scrapbook Projects

Freedom and fireworks — now that’s how you celebrate a birthday… America’s birthday, as a matter of fact! We’re a few days away from the Fourth of July, a celebration established all the way back to 1776. But after the hotdogs are grilled and consumed (150 million to be exact!), patriotic parades have been enjoyed, red-white-and-blue garb has been donned and fireworks have been oohed and aahed at, it’s time to get to work on those Independence Day scrapbook projects to remember them for years to come. Ready to give a “yay” to the USA? Then check out these Independence Day scrapbook borders and a DIY Independence Day card so you’re prepped for the festive activities!

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DIY Father’s Day Card Ideas for the Man of the Hour

Dad. Grandpa. Pops. Papa. Father’s Day in North America is just around the corner! (Hint: It’s this Sunday!) Sure, buying a thoughtful gift is great, but you can also show the special man in your life how much you love and appreciate him with a thoughtful card. Whether you’re crafting a card for your father-in-law, your brother who is a first-time parent or a close father figure in your life — or even if you’re gathering the little ones together to make a card for their dad — here are four DIY Father’s Day card ideas that will surely make him smile from ear to ear. (P.S. These cards use the Must Have Laser Title Embellishments — great for all sorts of celebratory occasions, including Father’s Day!) Happy crafting!

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Say Con-GRAD-ulations With These DIY Graduation Cards

Hats off to this year’s graduates! No matter if it’s preschool, high school, college or university, grad school or anything in between, this time marks as a huge accomplishment for these successful scholars and their academic achievement! And to show your grad just how proud you are, why not make them a homemade card (and maybe tuck a little token in as well)? Check out how you can ace your creativity with these DIY graduation cards!

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Crafting with Fringe: DIY Cards and Scrapbook Borders

Wowza, the Fringe Border Punch and Fun in the Sun Texture Paper Pack bundles from the current spend/get promo have been flying off the shelves here at CM HQ! (Hurry before they are gone for good!) With this much promo excitement, it only makes sense to show you a few projects that showcase the fringed, frilled fêtes of the punch! See how crafting with fringe — two DIY cards and two scrapbook borders — add an eye-catching dimensional look!

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Sketch Round-Up May 3-16

Wow, everyone’s creativity has been out of this world with all the picture-perfect projects and stunning spreads we’ve seen posted throughout this Virtual Crop weekend! You never cease to amaze (and inspire!) us and other scrappers from around the world! Since we’re feeling starstruck, it only makes sense to show off four sketches that feature the Outta This World collection! So let’s continue this crafty momentum and gear up for sketch takeoff — it’s time for the Sketch Round-Up!

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Bring on a Paper Party With These DIY Birthday Cards

The lights dim and suddenly a cake, aglow with candles, is brought out and melodious singing fills the air. The recipient’s face lights up as a sweetly decorated cake is placed in front of him or her. The song ends and someone yells “Make a wish!” The recipient closes their eyes momentarily — huff! The candles are blown out… and it’s time to get the birthday party started!

Just as important as the candles and cake are on birthdays, so are cards! For a special handmade touch, opt to make your next birthday card rather than picking up a generic store-bought card — your friends and family members will surely appreciate the beautiful keepsake and be awestruck by your crafty talent. (Shhh, no need to tell them just how easy it was to make!) Blog contributor Tina Kistinger shows off three DIY birthday cards that look like they could be presents themselves! Take a look below — it’s time for a cardmaking celebration!

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Pump Up the Extra in Extraterrestrial With These Outer Space Crafts

Want to add some extra extraterrestrial appeal to your layouts? Well, you can with the Piece by Piece Mini Trio Punch Set! This set of mini punches comes with various punch shapes — a star, individual flower petal, a heart, crescent moon and large and small circles — to easily assemble a variety of cute space characters, critters and animals, flowers or whatever else comes to mind! See how to pair these pint-sized punches with the Outta This World collection in these outer space crafts — they’re sure to blast off your imagination!

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Take a Mom-ent to Celebrate a Wonder Woman — Mother’s Day Scrapbook Layout and DIY Mother’s Day Card

Let’s be honest, mothers are superheroes and deserve to be showered with love all year round — but there’s no denying they deserve it a little bit more on Mother’s Day. (Hint, hint: Mother’s Day is this Sunday!) Whether it’s the mom or stepmom who raised you, the mother figure who made a meaningful impact on your life or even a close friend who is a first-time mama, it’s time to stop and say “thank you” to the wonder women in your life! And while generic cards or store-bought gifts can do the trick for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebration, how about trying out this Mother’s Day scrapbook layout or DIY Mother’s Day card (or both!) to really show how much she means to you (and to show off your creativity at the same time)! Happy Mother’s Day!

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It’s a Vine of the Times With These Spring Scrapbook Projects

They’re nature’s finest organic concealers (and have been known to beautifully cover an unsightly fence with trailing greenery and flowers). They offer shade for patios and screen your porch for privacy. They sculpt and design themselves to enhance trellises, pergolas or other architectural elements of a home. They’re vines! And if you’re looking to prune a pretty presence onto your next projects, then combine the Climbing Vine Chain Border Maker Cartridge with the Spring Cottage collection for a fresh, new take! Here’s a garden of great spring scrapbook projects — a DIY spring card and two spring scrapbook borders!

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