Friday, March 27, 2015

Fiskafriends - The Power of Community Blog Hop

First of all I want to welcome my old and new readers. If you were following my blog before you know that I am a big Fiskars fan and one of the original Fiskateers. I wrote before how important that experience was for me as a crafter but mostly, being a Fiskateer meant for me and for many many others being part of the community.

I am happy to join my friends from Fiskafriends facebook group in our first Fiskafriend Blog Hop.

While thinking about my crafting friends and online community I decided to look around me and see if I can find a crafting community close to me. I designed 3 simple cards and posted an invitation on my local Facebook page to join me for free card making class.


I am going to share the cards I made and show how I made them using my favorite Fiskars tools.

Card No 1

To make the first card I picked three washi tapes in coordinating colors and adhered them to the front of the card. I used the new tapes from Love My Tapes etsy store, they are just gorgeous! I punched a circle and a scalloped  circle using Fiskars squeeze punches and stamped the sentiment on the white scalloped circle.


The butterfly is punched from washi tape layered on top of vellum. I love using this technique because the vellum doesn't take away the tape transparency but adds sturdiness.

I added the butterfly to the card using a small piece of foam tape and finished with a touch of bling.


Card No 2


This is very simple design that can be used over and over. By changing the selection of washi tapes this card can be made appropriate for any occasion.


I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to be a little smaller than my card front and covered it with selection of happy washi tapes. I trimmed the extra pieces of washi tape and adhered the cardstock to the card front. I added the sentiment with sharpie pen and finished with three small acrylic hearts.


Card No 3


This card requires just a little more work.


I started by stamping the lace flowers on white cardstock that I cut out using my favorite Fiskars micro tip scissors.


I layered torn pieces of washi tape in various lengths directly on the card front. I picked tapes in shades of gray and black.


I added the flowers to the card with adhesive foam for more dimension and finished with a sentiment sticker, a vintage button and jewels.

I thought that these three designs are relatively simple to make and give a good introduction to several paper crafting tools and techniques. And I was right :)

I had a great response to my invitation and I already did two out of four card making classes.



We had the best time chatting, getting to know each other, admiring each others work and just being creative.

These are the cards that were made by ladies that didn't do any paper crafting before.

I am amazed how beautiful their cards turned out and I sure hope we made one little step towards building a vibrant, supportive crafting community.

There is no blog hop without a giveaway ;-) In addition to the sponsor giveaway drawing on the Fiskafriends blog I would like to offer my own giveaway: Fiskars® Teresa Collins Non-stick Detail Scissors and 5 Love My Tapes washi tapes.

Comment on my blog post to be entered into my giveaway. For additional entries you can follow me on Bloglovin (the button is on the left side bar).

Blog comments for my giveaway will close Sunday, March 29th @ 11:59pm (Pacific) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, March 31st here on my blog.

Here is the full list of the blogs participating in the Fiskafriends blog hop:



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If you would like to be eligible for the sponsor giveaway drawing START and the Fiskafriends blog and follow the instructions there.



43 comments:

  1. I bought a whole bunch of washi tape over the holiday and they sit in a bag. What inspiration you've given. I love it all! Now this weekend I'll have to play. Thanks!

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  3. This is wonderful, Maya. I have a lot of Washi Tape that I bought at the Scrapbook Expo and never really used. Now I know how thanks to you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Fabulous cards Maya.. Might have to go dig out some washi.
    I follow your blog
    (Canada)

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  5. I love washi tape and you made fabulous cards! How awesome were your card making newbies, I love their cards!

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  6. I wish I lived close to you. It would be so much fun to get together and make cards. All the cards look great which means you must be a heck of a teacher. Nice job!

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  7. Hi Maya! I love your Washi tape cards. I want. To make a washi butterfly!

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  8. Wow! I love these cards made with washi tape and fiskars punches. I don't have a lot of washi as I was never sure what to do with it lol. You've given me some inspiration to use them. Thank you!

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  9. OMGnot only do I LOVE these cards (I am addicted to collecting washi tape, but don't know what to do with it) BUT that washi tape holder I MUST HAVE ONE!!!! then I won't have to dig through the basket of washi tape to find the one I know I have...somewhere. fabulous job. thanks for being part of the fiskafriends and this hop!

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  10. oh my love ur cards!! there so beautiful!!

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  11. Awesome cards, alot of creatively. Never used washi tape so this is very interesting. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win some!
    Janelle R

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  12. OMG! What gorgeous cards! LOVE them all but the first one is my absolute favorite! I am a washi tape addict and use it on EVERYTHING! My washer, dryer, refrigerator, shoes, home décor pieces, cards, books, tables and loads more! Would love to win this cool giveaway! Thanks for the chance to!

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  13. Oops! orgot to add that I am following you on g+ and bloglovin' too!

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  14. WOW WOW!!! Fabo cards! Love the fussy cutting and washi tapes...I think I might need to get some tapes. You've inspired me! Great blog! I follow every way possible...bloglovin, google, email updates.

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  15. Your cards are so cute. I love how you started the classes and you must be a great teacher- your students did a great job. Well done.

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  16. You do lovely work - all beautiful cards !

    patty 2832

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  17. oh my! Washi tape love! Each card is so pretty. And your tips and ideas are awesome. TFS :)

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  18. Love these Maya! Love the fun colors you chose and technique! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Love all your cards. Thanks for showing me something to do with all the washi tape. LOL

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  20. I really enjoyed this stop. Since the demise of the Fiskateer page I can't seem to make a card to save my life. This entry has sparked my interest. I need to explore the class you talked about further. Will try the Bloglvoin-but it usually confounds me. Have signed up to follow by e-mail. Thank you for taking part-it is always nice to see old friends.

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  21. Awesome projects. I never thought of using my washi tape for a die punch image. I learned something new. TFS

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  22. What a great idea to find some new crafty friends! I think I might have to give that a try. Your new cardmakers did a super job! I'm a new follower of your blog! #8040

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  23. Maya you still are bring people together through crafting even though you have moved and Fiskarteers is no more - because you are you. Happy FiskaFriend Birthday to you! Love every one of your cards.

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  24. Such beautiful cards! Love the use of the washi!!

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  25. You make this look so easy and so beautiful. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the chance to win great prizes!

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  26. I love working with washi tape also!

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  27. Wow. Maya... What a great bunch of cards. I dont have much washi tape. I think a couple rolls. But you sure have inspired me to try and use them more. Thanks so much for that. Wonderful job with your cards. And thanks for the giveaway too. HUGS

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  28. Great use of washi tape. I like all your washi tape cards.

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  29. WONDERFUL washi cards Maya!!!
    I have to confess that I've only used it to hold dies in place using my fairly new-to-me Big Shot => looks like I have to start creating with it NOW, especially with vellum and my beloved Fiskars punches => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, your great idea for making new craft friends and for being part of this Blog Hop!!!
    PS - I now follow you via Bloglovin' - it is my favourite way to keep up with all the action :)

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  30. Oh Washi! These are great I love how different each card is! Awesome cards and love your step-by-by photos! Cool way to use the thread stand too! Michelle #7586 PS:fellow blogger from Canada! Already following you, but added you to bloglovin!

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  31. That is fantastic! Good for you for sharing your creativity and exposing others to the joy of paper crafting. Their cards are beautiful and certainly don't look like beginners' work.

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  32. I need to try washing tape. Haven't been a fan.

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  33. Maya, I love your cards and the ideas for the tape are fantastic! And great way to make new crafty friends!

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  34. I never use Washi tape so I was especially glad to see how it is done. wonderful job and looks like it was a fun class

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  35. Susan Allen #2072March 29, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Love the combination of prints.

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  36. Love your cards Maya!!! (Washi tape is so addictive!)

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  37. Hi Maya!
    Your cards look awesome! Those tapes are gorgeous! So vibrant.
    P.S. Wine and crafting? Sign me up! :)
    Tanya #5407

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  38. Wonderful washi cards. Do not include me in the prize, thanks. Lovely to hop with you!

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  39. great job ladies, it always amazed me getting a group together and seeing the different outcomes of projects.

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  40. So happy to see you are sharing your creativity in your new home! Miss you Fiskafriend!

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  41. BEAUTIFUL Cards!!!
    Especially the 1st one with the Birds, Butterflies, and Flowers - All my FAV's !!!
    TFS!!!

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  42. Beautiful cards, love the tutorial!!!

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