Welcome to another challenge for our World Card Making Day celebration! Just in case you needed it, here’s a reminder of what you may have missed: 

10am: A Color Challenge with Cathy Zielske

12pm: A Recipe Challenge with Latisha Yoast

2pm: A “One Product, Three Ways” Challenge with Guest Jenn Shurkus

We’re excited to turn the mic over to our Editor-in-Chief Susan Opel, who was inspired by our latest issue to create something new. We hope you will do the same, too! 


Happy World Card Making Day, my friends!

World Card Making Day is like Christmas for card makers, and you can bet I’m planning a card making marathon today. It’s fun to think that creators around the world are making and sharing!

I hope you’ve had the chance to check out our phenomenal fall issue! Once I have the issue in hand, I love to page through and see all of the beauty. It’s so inspiring.

 In honor of World Card Making Day, I’m issuing you an “Inspired By” issue Challenge. I took the challenge to heart and really had a blast!


This amazing layout by Paige Evans appeared in the fall issue on page 22 in our 3Ts column. I always admire Paige’s happy and artistic designs, and I love that she often shares her cut files for free!

My plan was twofold in creating for this challenge:

  1. Use the free cut file that Paige provided to our readers. You can find this one (and many others!) HERE.
  2. Take a scrapbook design and use it to inspire a card design.


Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: Honey Bee Stamps; Stamp, ink, die, embossing powder: Simon Says Stamp; Enamel dots: Doodlebug Design, My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories; Electronic cut file: Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Therm O Web

As a scrapbooker turned card maker, I’ve always been an advocate of finding inspiration in absolutely EVERY project. I think sometimes there’s a disconnect between card makers and scrapbookers (and vice versa), and there shouldn’t be! Those commanding cut files can be scaled down to fit on a card, and hey—FREE is always fun!

I set to work sizing the cut file to fit on an A2 card front and chose some pretty patterned papers from Honey Bee to fill the sections. Since it’s been a while since I used my electronic die cut machine, it took me a minute to figure out, but it was SO worth it!

Like Paige, I tilted the leaf and placed it on a jaunty angle. My sentiment is similar to the wild & free on her layout in a notched banner. I finished it off with some scattered enamel dots and hearts in Paige’s carefree style. I should do that more often!

Now the ball is in YOUR court. Find a layout or a free cut file in the fall issue and create a card inspired by it! I’d love to see what you create, so be sure to tag @susan.r.opel on Instagram when sharing!

PS – Make sure to visit the SCT blog on Monday as I’ll be sharing two more inspired by the fall issue cards!

~ Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief


What a great idea to use a free cut file on your card, and get inspiration from our latest issue! Take up Susan’s challenge using the guidelines below and you will be entered to win this awesome prize from our friends at Honey Bee Stamps:


Honey Bee is generously giving away one of each of their 16, yes, SIXTEEN! 6” x 6” patterned paper stacks to one lucky winner! That’s a ton of amazing patterns to play with! 

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. Create a card inspired by a project or bonus file from our fall issue;
  2. Submit an image to us (must be under 2mb!) at and tell us what project inspired you!
  3. Put “WCMD Inspired By Challenge” in your reference line;
  4. Submit your entry by Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at midnight ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on the 24th of October.

We can’t wait to see how our fall issue inspires you to create! Join us as we wrap up this day at 6:00 pm!