Paper Crafts

New In-Colors: Test Drive!

It really doesn’t matter what you have purchased/where it comes from – ALWAYS a good idea to USE IT before you STORE IT.   In the case of a catalog release (June 1 of every year) typically that will be the new In-Color collection.  My recommendation was to sample 1) the card stock and 2) the inks (Stampin’ Write Markers is the less expensive choice).  1st for me is a project with the card stock: The Owl Builder Punch works well for this, since the finished piece is small, and can be re-arranged in several color combo’s (back panels were done using the in-color collection 2014-16).  Next would be inks.  I’m thinking one of your solid images is a true test of the inks color (Seashore Treasures Clear Stamps) – oh yea, mat with the coordinating cardstock!  Lastly – what else in your inventory will these new colors work with?  After thumbing through my patterned papers what I thought would be most versatile, wasn’t.   Used some ‘color me’ papers paired with the Bohemian Dreams patterned paper pack from PW to coordinate with Sugarplum, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy Inks and Card Stock.

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Gift Card Pockets

This design is easier to mass produce than most others I’ve seen before.  finished piecesThe base elements are simply cut and easy to score, using a minimum amount of material.  For the base of your pocket cut a 7 x 2 1/2 piece of card stock.  From the bottom score at 1/2″ and 4″ – this will leave you with a 2 1/2″ top flap to edge however you’d like.   elementsassemblyThe pocket piece is a 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 piece of patterned paper that is scored  1/2″ from either side.  To assemble attach the pocket to the base over the 1/2″ bottom tab.  Fold over the pocket sides.   At this point it’s easier to begin embellishing before folding up the pocket and attaching to the base.  I’ve added a double strip of patterned paper to the top flap and punched holes into the pocket for twine.  Attach to the base only on the side tabs and finish any other embellishments (butterfly die cut and a sprinkling of pearl basic jewels).   Great to give as they are,   create an envelope, attach to a window card for sending or use as an embellishment on your gift packaging.


Black Card Stock Silhouettes

silhouette backgroundStart with a great backdrop… for these card fronts I’m using Color Burst Powders: Crimson, Orange and Yellow to create a sunrise (No, they are not my favorite product by far – aka my video on color burst), BUT since I have them – mixing the powder with water FIRST and on photo paper is my favorite/recommended way to create a striking result.   Make 2 panels because we will be using cutting dies, and cutting dies always have the die cut and the pieces that are leftover.

Using your paper trimmer, cut the frame to fit over your backdrop and around your elements – SAVE the interior window and use that to create all of your die cuts.  I chose to free form cut the foreground 1st, (using the SAVED interior window), then positioned my house cutting die and cut, then position my tree and cut …. save those exterior pieces to to create your second project!  I’ve cut one more tree (white) to exactly position those outies on the second project, as well as added a free form cut piece of black at the bottom to finish out the square design.

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 Quilt Block Design(s) – Easy and Accurate

Basic 3×3 Array Design:

My finished block is 6×6.  Easiest placement of piecing is on a scrap cut just short of 6×6, secure to a grid, centering.  Using the grid lines, draw guide lines at 2″ and 4″ each direction.  patterned paper pieces:  (4) 2″ blocks blue, (4) 2″ blocks pink, (1) 2″ block dark, (6) 1″ blocks dark, cut diagonally and (4) 1 3/8″ blocks strong pattern.   Adhere center block first against grid lines.  outside blocks are added center out only adhering on scrap.  Center out, again, inner (dark triangles on corner blocks),  next strong pattern ‘diamond’ orintation,  – matching points of inner dark triangles AND outer grid, use meeting points and outer grid lines to line up remaining dark triangles…

Finished piece – Large 6×6 card front, square base for a scrapbook layout,,,,   or cover for a notebook:

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Sanding Your Projects

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so luving this embossing folder (product pick for this month)!  super versatile – ink the top, or in this sample card, sand it!  Add a few snowflakes and salutation.    Oops – interior is brayed on ink – bottom side, makes a great lining for your envelopes as well… this and other sanded cards and scrapbook page designs on youtube at:     “Sanding Your Projects – Unique Techniques”

TREE  PUNCH demonstrates negative space

In time for Christmas for sure, but I’ve begun to examine how many ways I can use a, I think, significant investment (all punches) in my crafting:

Check out the shape first and foremost: tree, triangle (arrow, pinwheel & banner), and a wrap around edge.  Pair that up with a complimentary stamp set, versatility question:  can I use it beyond the seasonal sell?, and GOOD TO GO.  Compare that to how easy/hard it would be to replicate without having the punch… ya know, so versatile I think it would be a great addition to my inventory!

Punch outs – well and good…. tons of die cut trees…. but since it’s symmetrical along the verticle axis – think 3D as well.  The ‘outie’ is another way to make the most of this punch.  Panels w/ negative space backed with beautiful patterned papers…. stencils to ink or use other mediums. Take a look at these “Tree Punch” projects:

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check out my youtube video on the scrapbookingstation channel at:  ” Unique Techniques – Negative Space”

Punching along the Fold

A very exciting technique when it comes to creating your own, hand made cards.  You’ve probably already have a few, if not a lot, of punches in your inventory – an unusual and easy way to add an intriguing design element to your base cards.  finished fish frontIn this first card design, “bubble fish”, it’s just a matter of punching half circle of different sizes onto the fold of your base card.  In and by itself, you’ve already created a unique border for the front of your greeting.

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The “magic” these same punches create once your card is opened gives it another dimension:  Negative space that expands your interior design further to the left (making use of the card front back) and introducing a “no-brainer” coordinating element to be repeated on the inside – in this case circles.   Have these visible in the punched gaps = stunning without much effort.  Any medium/small sized punch that you already have in your inventory will work.  I’ve quick linked my product picks for this month (home page) with a few of my favorites.   Hmmmm – framelits?  oh yes!, but that will be a different discussion/article (soon to come :0).  Step by step video has been published on my youtube channel ” Unique Card Techniques – Fold Punching ” and linked on my video page – papercrafts -techniques. finished bamboo birdbamboo bird interiors stamp standingstamp interiorHere are a few other designs that I demonstrate and discuss in that video.   Also, if you’re new to stamping/card making – I’ve added a “postage stamp” border Tips & Tricks to replicate the edging – regardless of the size you need for your cards or scrapbook panels.  Check it out!


Mini-Fold Over Gift Boxes

Now is the time (the bit of down time after the holidays) to make a stash of ‘something’ you can make use of later in the year.  This design allows for 3 small base boxes from a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock.  Quick look at some finished pieces:

title shot In the video of the same name, (linked on the video page, I demo using the score board to make quick work of the score lines).  Trim the Base Card stock to 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.   Along the long edge – score at 1/2″, 3″, 4″, 6 1/2″, 7 1/2″ and 10″.  Along the short side score at 2″, 2 1/2 from both sides.  Cut bases apart (making 3 boxes) at 3 1/2″ and 7″.

Notch cut sides of each box along the seams and decorate as you see fit.  Fold bottom tray tabs inside.

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Once closed (fold over), there will be a 1/2″ overlap.  Even if you’re not ready to commit to the occasion – you can still finish your box structures, the embellishments for the box, stuffing/interior and a coordinating tag to add the appropriate sentiment when ready.

 Christmas Wishes Keepsake

I always like to add something new to my holiday decorations each year.    This year it’s a keepsake that can be displayed as an easel or hung on the wall – Holiday Wishes.  Just that little something that can be taken out each Christmas to remind you of years gone by.

So, getting started – this is all about patterned papers.  I’ve used the trim-the-tree double sided patterned papers (4×6) from this years holiday catalog – but this is a great project to make use of some of your favorite patterns and left overs.  The critical component is the circle punch – as you will need to make many circles.  I’m using a 1 1/2″ circle punch in my keepsake – it sort of depends on what you want to put inside of each circle.  With this diameter I’m able to have a 1″ square space for the embellishment – the little letters framelits are perfect!   (To determine the square design space – and template – fold the circle into quarters and measure the distance between the two points on one side where the folds meet the edge of the circle).  Punch out the circles and fold each around your square template.i1  I like to arrange the patterns before “filling the circles” and adhering anything into the centers.


From there it is just a matter of building, in this case, the tree… each folded circle is edge to edge.   Of course, this same design could be used for a card front… or even initial shapes that are not circles (I show a floral – 4 sided framelit, but could see where triangles and 6 sided shapes might also work).


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My video – Christmas Wishes Keepsake is linked on my video’s page and I do have a kit at my etsy shop as well.


Card Design Basics

What can you create with a single stamp set, and one color of ink? If you answer – “It depends upon the set and the ink.”, you’ve hit the nail on the head.  I’ve found both for the person who is just starting out/curious about stamping.  The set is Wetlands and the ink is Early Expresso!  Add to that a Versa-Marker and Clear embossing powder.   Bing, Bang, Boom:

all 13 If you have about 60 minutes I can show you (there are 6 instructional videos in the series) that explain how each of these cards is put together.  Designs, techniques and tips for the beginner.  I’ve paired up the basics the 2014-2016 color collection (card stock and patterned papers) and plenty of coordinating ribbon, twine, jute and cording.
My thoughts on a great stamp set to begin with:  Outline images (they’re just more versatile), gender neutral images and a selection of salutations (you have to say something!).

Your first ink color should be a dark colored ink, most folks choose black…. boring.  Your second ink “color” needs to be Versamark – which IS every color.  I’ve linked the first video in the series on the video’s page – Paper crafts – techniques (each youtube video has a link to the next in the series).  The kit to create all 13 of these cards (and more) is available at my Etsy shop.

Candy Caddies

An incredibly easy design – using your larger framelits to create the base and a hole punch.  Decorate as befits the occasion – Halloween trick-or-treats, birthday party favors or even as seating cards at your event/dinner these holidays.  I’m thinking the little ones can help in putting together many of these designs (or at least for the embellishing)!  See the step by step video linked on the video’s page, papercraft, techniques for the specifics for these caddies.

last photo project 1B project 2B project 3  The “Caddy” is simply created by scoring a 1″ base into the center of your shaped framelit or rectangular piece of card stock.

Slider Easel Card Design

It is hard to pick a favorite characteristic for this design.  A few of mine are that the slider mechanism is easy to put together, the structure gives you a built in frame for the focal of your card, there are 3 smaller areas (ea about 3×3) to decorate instead of a large front and inside and it can handle a gift card stylishly.end of movie project C  The pocket is created with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of card stock, scored initially at 5 1/2″.   Your fold will be at the bottom, and the inside of the window creates the easel.  Begin by cutting around the sides and bottom only of the front leaving 3/4″ on the sides and 1″ from top and bottom.  Score the inside window at 1″, 2 1/2″ and 4″ from top (this will leave you a 1/2″ bottom area to attach to the bottom of the slider card (4 1/2 x 3 1/4).  You’ll need to notch the base at the top, front and back to make it easy to pull the slider once assembled and Attach the slider on the inside of the card front before sealing the edges (sides and bottom) of the base “pocket” card.  Decorate how you will!  I’ve linked my “Sliding Easel Card Design” on the videos page under paper craft -> techniques, which covers the construction as well as some decorating considerations and restrictions.

Large Focals and Embellishments

In the process of creating card designs, I’ve recently put together 2 large stand alone images. flat fronts 2 They were both intended for the front of greeting cards – BUT anytime you either purposely, or accidentally stumble across something similar – think about how else you can use them in your paper crafts.  The ‘puff gifts/packages’ and angels you see here do make great card focal points.  43They also work nicely as a scrapbook border or embellishment, and/or as accents for your gift tags and holiday packages.   Something to consider when trimming your tree as well this holiday.  (I’ve linked both videos that cover the construction on my videos page 1) Paper Angels (Christmas Cards) and 2) Puff Packages (Paper Craft – Techniques).

Goodie Bags and Tags

Of course I’m using dunage – craft colored, which is great for Halloween!  – bet you thought I just passed up that Holiday.  Anyhoot – Goodie bags are evidently essentials in a parents life now-a-days for your party go-ers, so here is a quick and easy (cheap if you use dunage as well) that is EASY to mass produce:

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I’m a fan of this bag design because it has a center seam in the back.  The 3.5 x 7 finished bag starts off at 8×8 -score the sides at 2.5 from each and bottom at 1″.    Decorate the front for your particular occasion (I use a roller stamp – LOVE them for bags, boxes and wrappings), but anything will do – keeping in mind that the top will be bunched together – in this case with jute and twine at the ‘top’.  Basically – leave your stamping to the bottom 1/2 to 1/3 of the bag.  For a wider bag (4.5 wide, same height- increase the width of your base paper to 10×8: 2 3/4 from each side score lines).  Tags for the bags – BOO HOO!  I use a BIGZ die – rectangles with a hole punched into the corner work just as easily.  You tube video is linked on the video page – Halloween ‘Cards’ section.

Christmas framelits

The wreath is the big trend for this holiday and I received my framelit set of choice which includes a bow and “Joy” as well.  In the video (linked on the video page under techniques (scrapbooking or papercrafts will get you there), I talk about several card designs, pages for your scrapbook and also a keepsake.  For just 3 framelits it’s pretty versatile:

e3 Beginning with these card designs, its obvious all three framelits used together (middle cards) make stunning Christmas Greetings.  Repeating any of the die cuts – front: the wreaths in different patterned papers, back:  Joy overlapped in triplicate, more than fills the front of your card.  All the cards pictured here are a large 6.5″ x 5″ as well.

On the left I take advantage of the specialty paper from the candlelight DSP to complement the inlay of Joy on the bottom and lastly – the bow is a great image that can be used any time of year – something to keep in mind when purchasing a framelit collection (read about some of my other pointers on your framelit, dies, and punch purchases on my tips and tricks page).


Other projects like your scrapbook pages and holiday wall decorations come together easily as well since these are relatively large dies cuts.  From left to right:  a layout that takes advantage of the versatile bow, a J O Y wall hanging splits the letters onto layered circular diecuts and uses the bow as the connector and lastly a scrapbook page featuring the wreath strategically clipped in halves to create a garland of holly (you gotta love ‘ring’ type framelits for edging and borders).

Double Flip Card Design

I’m thinking we’ve all worked with twine and/or thread and/or cording to make “FLIPS” on our cards.  I’ve got a more stable ‘FLIP’ mechanism that you can create easily (basically a half inch strip of card stock) –use any of your framelits, and you’ve created a one of a kind, unique and intriguing greeting card.  Tflip mechanism schematiche more versatile your framelit, the more versatile the card.  Nested framelit collections work GREAT – which happen to be my product links for this month as well as the magnetic platform, which just makes things simple.  The schematic really does show the jist of the mechanism.  Begin with a 1/2″ strip – “Flip Strip”, score down the middle.  It needs to be a bit longer than your window as a minimum (if you plan to cover with a panel) – but no longer than your base card as a max, if you’re going to leave it exposed – AND part of the design.  The gap between the window and the flip die cut has to be enough to allow for the flip strip cuts as shown – top and bottom for both the front and back windows.   So, lets look at the cut and placement up close (oops – schematic is the back, actual photo is the front):hinge close up

One both flips and flip strips are attached to the base card, you’re ready to add the connection.  Other than keeping in mind that unless sandwiched behind the flip die cut, the will show a bit on the front window – sky’s the limit.   Open your card – working on the interior.  Flip front die cut from the outside edge to the inside.. the Flip back die cut from the outside edge to the inside and figure out how/what to connect them with.  If all is a muddle – check out the video (video, paper craft techniques – Double Flip Card Design) to see step by step.  Look how pretty:

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White Make-Over Challenge

Step One – Pick out your potential materials, with the only restriction is that they ALL be White!

Step Two – Choose a favorite card design

Step Three – Using Only what you have in (One), recreate (Two)

end of movie card collection Hmmm?  A world with no color?  It’s a neat way to force yourself to substitute texture, dimension and the different paper surfaces to distinguish the different elements of your design.  In the video “Make It In White – Card and Scrapbook page design”, I look at 4 of my favorite card designs and give them a white Make Over.  (It’s linked on my video page under scrapbook layouts).  The 5th card has been designed for white on white and only uses layers of computer card stock.

A couple of thoughts for your transformations:

- All “White” is not the same: Computer Card Stock is a different white than “Whisper White”.  The surface of Natural White Cstk is different than photo paper, than Shimmery White CStk, than vellum, than computer paper.  Stamp white inks onto shimmery, shiny or natural whites.

- Adding texture to any material distinguishes is from the “flat” version – grab your dry embossing folders, embossing pastes, and embossing powder.  Embellish with ribbons, twines, white ‘hardware”, lace and doilies.

- Play with dimension: Layer your whites, double up your die cuts (triple, quadruple…), use your dimensionals (BigZ dies and framelits are a big help).

Once you’ve tried a few cards, use the same techniques in your scrapbook layouts.  Some of the more obvious “White” theme pages: Weddings, Anniversaries, Births, Snow Days, Skiing photos and  Ancestry pages (where you would typically have black and white photos to begin with)….  Less obvious choices would be a transformation layout – starting in white and moving to color or a page where color isn’t as significant in your photos to begin with (I do a macramé page in the video) – but thinking winter photos, … sky diving… silhouettes and shadows.  I found the process to be intriguing and loved the results…unique and beautiful.


 Bold Butterflies Wall Hanging

end sample 2I created this wall hanging to display Stampin’ UPs new In-Colors for 2014-2016, but any color combination/patterned papers would be just as pretty.  The Butterflies make striking focals for the 5 large flower panels, although I could see this design as a great way to display family photographs as well.  You’ll need to choose 5 solid colors and inks, 5 coordinating patterns (I cheated and stamped my own pattern on the bottom butterfly), brushed metallic gold and silver card stock. For the backing I used the top and bottom cardboard that comes with Patterned paper stacks -but you’ll need something heavier than cardstock but thin enough to be able to cut with your framelit.  Worst case -use 2 layers of cardstock.  (5) 18″ lengths of unfolded white paper twine cording – stamped in each of the colors and (5) 6″ pieces left as is (twine) to create the antennae.  Floral frames Framelits from Stampin’ UP (largest one), Creatively named “3 Butterflies & 2 Shadows” Cutting Dies from Hot off the Press, Rhinestones and Pearls to embellish the butterfly bodies.

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Take everything over to your big shot and roll it, roll it.  Seriously – everything is die cut just in the different colors and patterns.  Underneath of each butterfly is a bow turned on it’s end using 8″ of your stamped twine and then knotted in the center w the 6″ length.  Use the ends to make the antenna.  Position the butterfly right up against the knot on each panel.  I’m just using glue to secure everything, since the twine, knots, wings and embellishments give the piece plenty of dimension.  After each panel is complete, overlap end to end with a small piece of ultra tape and use your left over stamped twines to make the tai

Kid friendly Projects

title shotThis card design (Punched Petals II) and the next Petite Note Cards (Spring Thing Note Cards) are brilliant summer time projects for your 2B crafter.   close up In the punched petals, there is texture, there is patterns, there is sparkle – and all created from punches!…   Video with everything you need to recreate the design using your own materials and punches is linked on my video page under all occasions.




Petite Note Cards:

In credibly kid friendly design – I think I would like it, since it’s one of those you really can’t go wrong techniques.

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Lots of fun playing with inks and water to create both the front and interior panels of this quick and easy design.  More importantly, it’s one of those that can be easily made in bulk/mass produced!  The base card is 4 x 6 and scored at 3″…(6 can easily be cut from a 12 x 12 piece of card stock – I use a craft color for the base as well as the 1/2″ x 3″ dry embossed strip on the front.  The panels are made in bulk also – each of the ink blots are done on a half sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 piece of whisper white card stock.  Lighter blotting for the interior and adding a darker ink for the exterior.   The step by step demonstration is in the video “Sprint thing Note Cards – Ink Blot Technique – linked on my videos page under scrapbooking and/or paper crafts techniques.  See also the article on my scrapbooking page.

Flip Fancy Fold Card Design

First off, fancy fold means something other than a single score line with a front and back, snore for sure.  “Flip” means that you can totally surprise your recipient with the over the top embellished FLIP.  Lastly, most fancy folds display beautifully – this one, very much so.  Let’s take a look at the mechanics:  Base Card is 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 scored at 3″ and 4″ from the right.  Patterned paper panels (coordinating ), are 2 1/4 x 5 1/2, 1 x 5 1/2 and 3 x 5 1/2.  Widths need to be cut about a 1/16 short – as you don’t want to overlap your score lines.  Attach your right and left panels just around the edges and half cut your focal framelit.   The framelit should be symmetrical on both the x and y axis’ but – you know all rules are made to be broken…. and I break a few in this video: Flip Fancy Fold Card Design.Laundry list

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Once you have your flip shape (framelit) and the right and left panels attached, half cut on the outside of both score lines using your big shot.  After that is just a matter of embellishments…






but I like the whole subtle on the outside and pizzazz on the flip!  The flip snowflake card kit (includes all materials necessary to create 2 cards and 2 coordinating gift tags) is available at my etsy shop.  Detailed assembly instructions/demonstration is linked on my videos page under the Christmas Card section.



‘Fold Over Top’ Card Storage Box

Since I’ve already begun my 2014 Christmas Card designs and kits, I need a neat place to begin to store them.  So whether you intend to keep and use your cards yourself – OR give a collection to a friend, this pattern works for both your own storage or as the perfect gift box.  My video: Decorated Card Storage Box explains the materials and assembly process to accommodate ~8 embellished 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 cards and envelopes.  (Assembled Size is 6 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/2).  terminologycut outs schematicFor this article I’d like to make it a bit more generic. This first photograph shows all the terms (and decisions) you need to make for your box.  (If you’re creating a card storage box – just add 1/2 inch to your card dimensions).  I like 1/2 inch tabs because they are easy to work with – BUT if it means extending beyond an 11 x 8 1/2 sheet of paper and if I reduce to 1/4 inch tabs I will.  So – Height, Length and Width (First photo), also tab width and Front flap width.  The second schematic (not to scale) represents the two panels you will need to replicate using YOUR Height, Length, Width, Tabs and Front flap.

So – here I go:  I’m creating a grouping of 4×3 note cards.  Therefore I need a box: 4 1/2 (length) x 3 1/2 (height).   Front flap, I’m going with 1.5″which is totally arbitrary, and tabs are 1/2″.  I want to accommodate 6 cards and envelops – so, my width is 1″.  Panel 1:  4 1/2 x 7 1/2 (flap + tab +2 widths + Height)  and Panel 2: 4 (height + tab) x 7.5 (2 tabs + 2 widths + length).  Now score per the second pic and trim out tabs.  Any decorating you can do while the panels are flat just makes things easier.



School Days Card Design and Kit

Having a chalkboard as a focal keeps this design super versatile as you can pretty much express anything.

article photo outside and inmoney shotGet started with a tall tent fold base card – I’ve chosen Soft Suede.  Clip out the bottom front “legs” (3/4″ wide x 1 1/4″ tall) coming in 1/2″ from either side.  The chalkboard is created using black embossing paste on black card stock 3 x 2 1/4.  “Frame” is dry embossed in a wood grain on Craft Card Stk (Crumb Cake works just as well) and then brushed with Early Expresso Ink to bring out the grain (3 1/2 x 2 3/4).  I’ve chosen to stamp with alphabits, but any small alphabet stamps will work.  Coordinate the ink with the ribbon you choose to embellish the front.  On the interior, 3 1/2 sq matt (Craft) behind a 3 sq piece of parchment like paper.  Silver brads give it the bulletin board feel.

Element Construction, embossing paste technique clip and Assembly instructions are discussed in the youtube video which I’ve linked on my videos page, under Congrats/Grad card designs.  My Etsy shop carries the card kit (enough to make 2 cards, one with each accent color) and envelopes.

Stampin’ UP products used:   Neutrals Card Stock, Wood grain embossing folder (127821), Basic Black (126980), Early Expresso (126974) and Garden Green (126973) Classic Ink Pads and Silver Mini Brads (122941)

Brights Embossed Card Design

A small stamp can go a long way.  One stamp layered and repeated in different embossing configurations.  These two are actually using panels and mats of the same dimensions and the same positions on the card front – the only thing that has changed is the orientation of the base card, the colors, and of course the stamp itself (even though the stamp itself is not the same size).  So, lets take a closer look at the details:

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First off, for this design it is as easy to make two at the same time as to create the elements for a single card – The stamped strip combines three coordinating colors, repeating images in a pattern.  Next a random pattern of clear embossed images – then sponged with ink and lasty the focal – a single image, metallic embossing and matted on brushed metallic card stock.  On the interior, one more heat embossed image. Add some bakers twine and you’re finished.  So pick a favorite stamp and have a go at it.  I’ve linked the video on the video page under my all occasion card videos.

Everything is from the Brights collection from stampin’ UP.  FEATHER CARD:  Rich Razzleberry (126950), Tempting turquoise (126952) and Melon Mambo (126948) Classic Ink Pads; Brushed Silver Card Stock (100712); Silver Bakers Twine (132976); Silver (109131), Clear (109130) and White (109132) embossing powders.  LEAF CARD: Old Olive (126953), Tangerine Tango (126946) and * Daffodil Delight (126944) Classic Stamp Pads; Brushed Gold Card Stk (102935); Gold Bakers Twine (132975); Clear (109130) and Gold (109129) embossing powders.


Fancy Fold Card Design

flat photostandingflatmoney shotWith this basic design you never lose sight of the work you put into creating the front of your card.   It folds flat for mailing and ‘opens’ as an accordion would making the final look striking and three dimensional.   To recreate the base card begin with an 8.5 x 5.5 piece of card stock.  The score lines are 2 1/8 and 3 3/16 from both sides.   Patterned paper panels to cover each end are just short of 5 1/2 x 2 1/8.  For the ‘Start Each Day’ card, the framelit chosen fits entirely within the center panel of the card and the ‘innie’ is used to mat the salutation – crossing horizontally.  The window is matted from the back with patterned paper and vellum.  The ‘Birthday Bouquet’ framelit cuts extend into the middle panel areas (do these before scoring/creasing the 3 3/16 score lines) and remain extended once the card is ‘opened’.  Add to that additional flowers and stems spraying from the center panel and your birthday greeting.  close upclose upThe key for both is to have the center images/diecuts only attached to the center panel and extending beyond it.  Beginning to end videos have been completed for each of these cards and are linked on my videos page in the Birthday Card section.  Card Kits are on Etsy with everything included except the adhesive.

Start Each Day Birthday Card specifics:  Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White Card Stock, White Vellum (101856), International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (126920), Tangerine Tango Classic Ink (126946).  Large Oval Punch (119855) and Dusty Durango 1/2″ ribbon (115609).  Framelit is from the Resplendent Rectangles collection from Spellbinders.

Birthday Bouquet specifics:  Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow and Whisper White Card Stock; Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper (115670); Apricot Appeal (105218), Sage Shadow (102532), Versa Mark (102283) and Basic Black Classic Inks (126980),  Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Secret Garden Clear Stamp Set (129144) and framelit set (129372), Blender Pens (102845), Daubers (102893) and Gold Bakers Twine (132975).

Both Salutations come from the Birthday Cheer Clear Stamp set from Hot off the Press….and, if you enjoy working with framelits, everything is cut SO MUCH easier and precise if you have the Magnetic Platform for your Big Shot (130658).

Matted Trio Card Design

This card design incorporates basic elements and leaves the layout variations endless…  truly!   I’ve created both of these matted card kits using a trio for the focal of the card.  The keys to the design are the patterned paper panels and the mats for the focal.

Let’s take a closer look:

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The basic elements: Images and Mats – depending upon the size of your stamped images will depend on how many you can successfully include on the cover of your card.  I’ve chosen die cut letters and a flower that once trimmed will fit onto a 1 5/8″ sq mat leaving an 1/8″ edge.  Select the coordinating inks and patterned paper a few ribbons or twine and then re-arrange, trim and manipulate (tear) until you come up with the design you fall in love with.   I’ve separated out the assembly videos:  ‘Coral Matted Card Kit for Mom‘ and ‘DAD Matted Card Kit‘ but between them have upwards of 16 different variations that work with the same materials.  Laundry list of items for the Coral:  Calypso Coral (126983) and Crisp Cantelope (131176) classic ink pads, Naturals White Card Stk (102316), DSP Paper Stack 2013-2015 (130136), Calypso Coral Card Stock (122925) and the Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402).  For the DAD:  Night of Navy Classic Ink Pad (126970), Soft Suede Card Stock (115318),  Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (130139) and The Open Sea clear stamp set – for the Nautical stamped images (123032).

UR Sew Amazing Any Occasion Card

I’ve already coined a couple of phrases to describe the mood for this design:  Controlled Chaos and Organized Confusion.  A little bit of a lot?  Cluttered?  The theme is the crafters workspace so I think all are appropriate.  Begin with a selection of patterned papers and coordinating card stock, inks and embossing powders.  For my design I chose “Attic Boutique” Designer Series Paper, Natural vanilla, brushed gold, pool party, daffodil delight and Soft Suede Card Stock.  The Attic Boutique has a lot of great patterns in gender neutral colors.

title photo  Choose one of the paper patterns to stamp and emboss for your focal images - then select 3 others (one to leave as is and the other two to dry emboss to create a ‘patchwork’ look behind the focal.  The center image is matted on the brush gold card stock and each has a gold embossed accent raised up using dimensionals.  Now, begin to rummage through your inventory!  The message on the card front combines: die cut textured letters in pool party cstk(UR), trimmed alphabet stamps in Soft Suede (SEW), a Gold embossed salutation stamp (Amazing) on textured daffodil delight cstk. and a repeating bottom row sentiment (sew sweet).   Keep rummaging!  A repeating background stamp in soft suede/or use an ink spritzer adds interest to the right side (and interior) of the card.   hmmm.

That pretty much covers the basics! Now, toss in the little of everything!  Coordinating ribbon AND twine, die cut and actual buttons, a free form cut, punched and threaded gold needle and a couple of gold eyelets (can’t be without hardware).  Now you’re finished.

The video “Sew Amazing Any Occasion Card Kit” runs through the materials and assembly process, and, better yet – if you’re not into rummaging, the card kit is available at my Etsy shop (2 cards and envelopes, 1 of each design pictured) Here’s a quick laundry list of the items that are still current (you can typically find retired Designer Series papers on Amazon and/or Ebay as well).

Pin Cushion and Dress Form ‘small stamps’ from Hot off the Press, Clear (109130) and Gold (109129) Embossing Powders, Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad (126978), Versa Mark Ink Pad (102283), Linen thread (104199), Houndstooth (123134) and Square Lattice (119976) Embossing Folders, Sweet Buttons Embosslits (121813) and all the card stock (Natural Vanilla, Soft Suede, Brushed Gold (102935), Pool Party and Daffodil Delight) are all still current colors.

As I’m finishing up this article, I realized I didn’t use a punch or framelit….  hahaha.  Just kidding!

Celebrating Achievements: Party Hearty Card



This card design was inspired by all the graduation invitations that begin to pile up this time of year..   so I’ve combined some weaving with some pennants to create a congratulations card that includes an optional interior slot to send along a little something extra: gift card, cash or check.   The paper weave in this card is a little bit different, since you do one weave and chop it up to make corners for two cards.  My banners were created using the banner punch (only available from the sale-a-bration catalog with qualifying orders).   At this point I’m going to link you to the step by step video: Party Hearty Card Kit but here’s a listing of item numbers for the products from Stampin’ UP:  I used several “freebie’s” from the Sale-a-bration catalog, (for ea $50 you spend, you can choose one):  Sweet Sorbet DSP (133521), Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (133522) and the Banner Punch (133159), thinking the remaining is the coordinating color cardstock in calypso coral and pool party as well as the black embossing powder (109133).  If you’re into the weaving technique, make sure and check out the article on the scrapbook page!


Paper Weave Keepsake: Spuddie V.

Weaving is a great way to incorporate a lot of colors and patterns that coordinate with your photographs.  spuddie v keepsakeI doesn’t hurt that the crisp cantaloupe works great with my kitchen walls either.  These are 2013-2015 In-colors and the Sale-a-bration freebie Designer series papers.  I’m always on the look out for a patterned paper set that incorporates black.  The article for the weave technique is on the scrapbooking page (video is also published on youtube and linked under videos-scrapbooking techniques).   Since the weave is naturally ‘busy’, it’s really not necessary to add a bunch of other embellishments.  In this keepsake, some lettering, a few paw prints and coordinating ribbon.


Birthday Easel Cards

money shotI think I’ve finally found the front panel I like for both of these paper folded focals.  The pattern has been around for quite awhile, and at first it was a patterned paper, next came the textured card stock, then the dry embossed card stock.  Best yet (and also a product pick for this month), is the Natural Composition Specialty paperI can’t believe Stampin’ UP retired the large tag punch, but not to worry as it is easy to recreate (rectangles and dog ears) from scratch.  I’ve chosen to use monotone patterned papers, but both of these folding techniques look great using any coordinating designer series paper.

Since it is much easier to watch the paper folding demo than for me to attempt to explain in words – I am going to send you over to the video link:  Video page, click on Birthday Cards and play the “Birthday Easel Card Kit” video.    The cardstock sizes and all elements are explained as well as the additional interior embellishments.  Besides the focal and the panel, the easel base card design and the metallic mat around the embossed panel gives it that last “wow” factor for anyone that receives it.

folding patterns have been around forever   interiorsclosing photoI haven’t forgotten about the scrapbookers in all of us, and so have added a “tip and trick” in case you would like to try either of these patterns on a scrapbook page.  Visit Tips and Tricks and check out the article “Flatten for your scrapbooking”.

Stampin’ UP materials and tools used for either of the easel cards:  2012-2014 In-color collection (all 5 colors ink pads and cardstock);126835, In-color paper stack 130137, Natural Composition Specialty Paper (126927), Brushed Gold CardStk (102935) ,Brushed Silver (100712), Versa Mark Stamp Pad (102283), Silver Embossing Powder (1091310), Gold (109129), Sponge Daubers (102892), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138).

If you would just like to put it together I do have this card kit available at my Etsy Shop You can choose 2 of the flower or 2 of the trees or 1 of each.  Includes everything you need to make 2 of your chosen design + envelopes.


“Say Thanks” Panel Card Design

If you’ve been stamping for awhile, chances are you have accumulated a variety of greeting and/or salutation stamps.  The “Say Thanks” panel card is a creative way to incorporate many of them into a single greeting card.  The Designer Series Paper collection I chose is Soho Subway.  It offers a lot of neutral colors but can also coordinate with male (island indigo) or female (crisp cantelope) solid colors to lean in one direction or the other.   Summer Starfruit, the other coordinating color for this series, gives it pop without effecting neutrality.

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Lets get started with the base panel which is std card size: 5 1/2x 4 1/4…  Since it is a panel, I chose a light color (to allow for handwriting to show up easily) – craft.   U cld always go with the traditional folding card base (8.5 x 5.5, scored at 4.25).  The pattern panel is 5 1/4 x 4 and can be left as is, or spritzed, or as in my sample/card kit smeared with gold embossing paste to give it a gold sheen.

Choose your series of greetings and stamp or emboss on a variety of paper patterns.  Trim close to the stamped image.  Mat each with a coordinating solid leaving an 1/8 edge on all sides.  website article materials Position on panel however you think it looks best and use dimesionals to raise one, two or all from panel.  I’ve saved one matted greeting to put on the backside as well.

The ‘thankful’ thinlit and inked ribbon (coordinating inks were daubed onto a vanilla satin 3/8 ribbon) are additional optional embellishments to fill out the design layout.finished propped up close up

SU product and tools:  Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140), Craft, Natural Vanilla and Brushed Gold Card Stock (102935) - I’ve started leaving out solid cardstock items numbers since there are so many options available to purchase the solids .. ie bulk, family, size differences, etc….  Early Expresso Classic Ink Pad (126974)   Summer Starfruit Classic Ink pad (126991), Island Indigo is no longer avail, but Pacific Point Classic Ink Pad (126951) works as well, Versa Mark Ink Pad ((102283), Sponge Daubers (102892), Clear (109130) and Gold (109129) Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Expressions Thinlits Dies (132171) and the Big Shot (113439).   A great coordinating envelope is the Crumb Cake Med Envelop (107297), or in Very Vanilla (107300).   I did publish a step by step video, showing the Embossing Paste application as well:  Go to videos and click on the Thank You card category (mid page).

I did create a card kit that includes all the elements needed to create 2 panel cards and comes with 2 Crumb Cake envelopes for sending – visit my Etsy shop to take a look…  ps – photographs can be seen enlarged at the shop ;) .

December 2013 Christmas Card Design – Sparkling Christmas Tree

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And Boy, does it sparkle!  The card itself is actually quite basic.

Begin with a solid card stock for the base.  Cut to 8×5.5 and score at 4.25 on long end (the front of your card will be half inch shorter to expose the interior edge when closed).  The panels (inside and out) are die cut from a single 5.5×4.25 coordinating card stock.  I’ve used Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles, but any framelit type product will work that will fit your Christmas Tree Image.   Die cut the frame from the coord cs left of center – see photo.  Take the outie and adhere to the inside of your base card against score line, trim as needed so it does not extend beyond right edge of base card.   Punch any corners before embossing (I used a ticket corner punch).

Embossing with Encrusted Jewels from Fran Tage (front): Stamp Tree with Versa Mark onto Die Cut frame.  Sprinkle with the finist embossing Powder, tap off extra.  Take the next embossing element (some kits are embossing powders, some embossing enamels) and sprinkle carefully onto tree – it WILL not stick to versa mark <-that’s important to realize BEFORE you start sprinkling.  Just get a decent amount inside the tree (little splashes outside of the tree image are OK and add to the overall effect).  Carefully lift up the frame and begin heating from the BOTTOM, once the embossing materials have begun to melt, you can attack from the top to finish setting the powders/enamels.  Set aside.    Embossing interior right edge:  Versa mark edge roughly 1/2 inch along the length of the side.  Begin the same way as with the tree image but continue to add the other encrusted jewel materials SPARINGLY as there is NO tapping off before you heat.  Again heat from the bottom first (flakes/glitter are very sensitive to blowing away!).   You can always add more of whatever element you want and re-heat!  <-very cool btw.  Lastly, additional embellishing is entirely up to you – I added coordinating “jewel dazzle” stickers inside and out and created a matted salutation (mat size in coord card stock – 3 1/4 1 3/8; stamped rectangle in base cardstock – 3 x 1 1/8), then attached using a pair of dimensionals.finished red frontinterior red cardclose up red cardGrouping

I have published a step by step video  – MIY Christmas Card – Sparkling Tree and also have completed cards in sets of 3 at my Etsy Shop.  Still I think you might want to give this product a try, as I mention in my blog – it WILL be great for scrapbooking because once you’ve embossed all the elements (tapped off those that didn’t stick initially) all the glitter and flakes don’t scatter AT ALL.

Stampin’ UP products and tools used in this design: All Card stock (always)!  Special Seasons Clear Stamp Set (131769), Versa Mark Stamp Pad (102283), Stayz-On Black stamp pad (101406), Multipurpose Glue (110755), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Dimensionals (104430) and can be ordered through my Stampin’ UP website.

Make It Yourself Gifts/Stocking Stuffer: Gift Card Holder

The cards that come with gift cards that you purchase are typically pretty drab and a little cheesy.  This is a quick and easy design that dresses up those gift cards.  Since each only uses 1/2 sheet of card stock for the base, 1/4 for the front panel and a 1/4 for the patterned paper, it’s just about as quick making a pair at a time.  materials and toolsopen and stuffed

So, for each gift card holder:   Solid card stock for base 8.5 x 4.25 (scored at 2 1/8 from each long end).  Solid card stock for front panel 4″ square and a Patterned paper 4 1/4″ sq.  Save a piece of your base color for the small center top snowflake.  I’m using the festive flurry framelits to die cut the snowflake images and the festive flurry stamp set to emboss and stamp.  Both square pieces are cut using the 2nd largest framelit positioned EXACTLY centered within the square centers…. I pencil an x and y access on each, to position correctly.  The small center snowflake is embossed on a scrap, then cut.  Use a ‘stamp-a-ma-jig’ to stamp the large solid snowflake.    assembly 1

Outer card assembly: Fold over the right side of your base card at score line and attach the right side of your solid snowflake frame – make sure your frame sets centered top to bottom and the right panel base matches the center points of your snow flake frame.  Open back up.  Close the left panel base then the right (frame will extend over both panels).  Take solid snowflake and adhere to left panel fitting exactly into frame.  To open, shimmy snowflake out of snowflake frame.    On the inside (open card):  assembly interiorCenter the patterned snowflake frame, glue only the bottom half along the outside edges – top all over (allows for a ‘pouch’ for your gift card).  Slice the patterned snowflake in half and attach to both outer edges – you can see this in the first photograph.  Stamp a salutation.   Check out the associated video covering materials and assembly: MIY Stocking Stuffer – Gift Card Holder.   Stampin’ UP product numbers:  Festive Flurry Clear Stamp Set (131781), Festive Flurry Framelits (132193), Pacific Point Classic Stamp Pad (126951), Versa Mark Ink Pad (102283), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049).   A kit is available from my Etsy shop that includes everything ready to assemble for 2 gift card holders.title shot

Make It Yourself Gifts/Stocking Stuffer:  Bookmarks in a Box

Very happy to be taking a break from Christmas Cards!   Stockings are particularly frustrating at Christmas time.  When the girls were younger I cld stuff it with candy and hair accessories – then as teenagers: jewelry and makeup.  Now that they are adults – ???? (jewelry is always good!..hahaha…) – but guy or gal, young or old, a great ‘beginning to end’ project that you can make yourself -starting from scratch or with my “nautical kit” from my Etsy shop are these beautifully packaged bookmarks!  Let’s see what’s up:

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I’m thinking that the coordinating gift box steals the show for this project.  I mean, bookmarks are cool – and I do take advantage of a lot of neat techniques and embellishments to put together 3 very pretty 2×5 non-dimensional bookmarks.

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FLAT is, of course, key! So, a few layers of patterned papers – I did say I was going to focus on my Designer Series Papers this month, some pretty corner treatments – embossing (great technique for a bookmark), eyelets and my “charms” – created using ‘Crystal Effects’.  Decisions for you:  Theme?  Colors?  Pair this up with a book or two under the tree.  If you’re a parent that reads to your child at bedtime, have them be responsible for the bookmark (it’s very “adult”) – recap where you left off the night before.  A thick book with no pictures leaves a lot of room for imagination and discussion…..

OOPS – OK, back to topic.  I will post the photograph for the box template here – difficult to see, I know.  The video (MIY Stocking Stuffer- Bookmarks in a Box) has a great still shot – AND I go through the steps to build the box – along with guidelines for altering the size – as it is a great box design for anything small that you need to package.  My etsy shop has this kit available if you’d like to stick with assembling – all you need is glue!  And of course, here are the list of item numbers for the tools and materials that are still available that were used to create the project:

The Open Sea Clear Stamp Set (123032), other shellfish stamp sets that are related and available – By the Seashore (clr – 126532) and By the Tide (clr – 129120), Embossing Powders: Cherry Cobbler (122949), Clear (109130) and White (109132);  Inks:  Cherry Cobbler (126966), Early Expresso (126974), Versa Mark (102283); Crystal Effects (101055);  AND I neglected to highlight the Stampin’ UP “Stampin’ Trimmer”  (126889) in this video and I meant to BECAUSE:   For over a decade I would buy and use the cheapest papercutter available at either my craft store – OR wallmart.  Well and good, until I had to “SCORE” card stock and paper.   Scoring is necessary with pretty much everything you do in papercrafting – The so-called score blades would tear up my project and I got into the habit of using a GOLF TEE to score – serious as a heart attack – slide the tip of the tee into the groove and that was my score line.  I ALSO felt that my skewed paper cuts were the nature of the beast and lived with the horrible precision of these cheap-o cutters.  I RECOMMEND that if you do any paper crafts on a regular basis that you give Stampin’ UPs trimmer a try.  It’s $30 – so an investment – but it is SPOT ON ACCURATE and the replacement blades ARE LESS EXPENSIVE than the bargain brand trimmer – AND you can score successfully.  OK – off my my soap box – Visit my Stampin’ UP site to order (click on shop in the banner) or browse the catalog.  The CLEARANCE section always has some terrific, retired Designer Series Papers at LOW, LOW, LOW prices.


November 2013 Christmas Card Kit – Winter Flurry

make it from scratch Card Kit elementsThe inspiration for my November design comes from Stampin’ UPs Winter Frost Designer Series Paper pack.  Layered rectangles are the basis for this card, making it relatively easy to create from scratch.  The colors in the patterns drive the solid card stock and ink choices, so not a lot of decisions to fret over – I guess, other than which of the beautiful patterns to use!

This card begins with a separate front and back.  Your front panel is std 5.5×4.25 with the back panel and inch wider to allow for trimming and attaching to the card front.  3 layered panels are centered onto the front of the card that will peek out from under the folds – so it was great that this particular paper pack came with specialty paper to allow for flashes of silver.    The folded front panel is the highlight of the design – so choose carefully.  I chose to emboss a greeting at the top, so the pattern couldn’t be too dark/busy on the front side, but plenty of color and pattern once folded over.  I’ve clear embossed over colored ink for the greeting, sentiment and embellishments.

front and back basics finished

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The video for this card, has all the construction and assembly details as well as a short clip demonstrating heat embossing with colored inks.  As with all my Christmas Card designs this year a kit is available at my Etsy shop, as well as the finished cards.  Here is the listing of all the Stampin’ UP supplies and tools I’ve used if you’re starting from scratch:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Festive Flurry framelits (132193), Festive Flurry Clear Stamp Set (131781), Winter Frost DSP (132341), Whisper White Card Stock (8.5×11 100730), Pool Party Card Stock (8.5×11 122924), Pacific Point Card Stock (8.5×11 111350), Versa Mark Stamp Pad (102283), Pacific Point Stamp Pad (126951), Pool Party Stamp Pad (126982), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (101930), and Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137).

October 2013 Card Kit: JOY Waterfall Card.

The Deco Label Collection framelits from Stampin’ UP make this card a breeze to construct.  Add a few of the 4″ doilies and several brads and you’re just about finished.  My favorite feature is that whoever you send it to, can remove the bottom panel and use the J O Y panels for a tree ornament, or wall decoration for the holidays. Joy Waterfall For my die cut letters I’m using a jr. framelit collection that is no longer available – but they’ve got a ready for bradsset of bigZ die letters that would work just as well, actually better since you can cut both the white and silver together.  Not much to say about the assembly process – other than complete each of the 4 panels – starting from scratch elementsthen be careful about aligning correctly before punching the holes.  The step by step video (October 2013) makes it easy to start from scratch or follow along to build your cards if you’ve purchased the card kit from my etsy shop.

Here are the list of Stampin’ UP item numbers in case you’ve seen something used that you cannot live without:  Big Shot Die Cutting platform (113439), Deco Label Collection framelits (130102), Regals Card Stock Collection 12×12 (131188), Regals Color Collection DSP 12×12 (130139), Brushed Silver Card Stock 8.5×11 (100712), Whisper White Card Stock 8.5×11 (100730), 4″ Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399), White embossing powder (109132), Versa Mark Ink Pad (102283), Embossing Buddy (103083), Silver Mini Brads (122941) and Silver 1/8″ Holiday Ribbon (from the holiday 2013 Catalog – 132137).

September 2013 Card Design: Poinsettia Shadow Box Card

Take the basic shadow box card design, described in the article below this one and embellish!  I’ve chosen the Lattice BigZ Die to be the work horse for this card – that, and my Label close up front spray close up of interiorcover shotinterior money shotfront face red base cardframelits collection.  It’s just a matter of picking 2 great coordinating colors and a metallic, then a green for the holly leaves.  Check out the step by step video under the Video’s – Christmas Cards tab.   There are two very nifty things about this Christmas Card 1) it mails FLAT – I would put two stamps on the envelope unless you take if off to the post office, and 2) Tons of dimension and sparkle/shine!   A lot of tools and supplies do go into recreating, but every one of them would have multiple uses for your scrapbooking long beyond this card design (ok, maybe not red glimmer paper – but everything else for sure).  Here is the laundry list of Stampin’ UP products:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439); Labels Collection Framelits (125598); Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder (116824); Lattice BigZ Die (115958); Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (8.5×11- 119685); Naturals White Card Stock (8.5×11 – 102316); Brushed Gold Card Stock (102953); Glimmer Paper Champagne (127885); Red (121790); Versa Mark Stamp Pad (102283); and Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder (109129);  Of course my favorite adhesive – multipurpose liquid glue (110795); paper snips (scissors – 103579) and the Stamp’n Trimmer (126889).  Take all the numbers with you to order at my Stampin’ UP website…..   or if all that sounds too intimidating – just make two cards (everything is prepped for you, all you need is glue and scissors) – at my Etsy Shop!   – the photographs are much larger at the shop if you’re just trying to duplicate on your own.  You receive everything to put together one Cherry Cobbler based card, and one in Natural White.  Mix and match the elements for both cards if you’re feeling the creativity!

Shadow Box, Gift Card, Greeting Card

01 lets beginI would have never thought that I could create such a 3 dimensional card from a single piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, but here it is – First cut in half lengthwise at 5.5.   Take the first piece and score (from left) at 4 1/4, 4 3/4 (creating the 1/2 inch spine.   Set aside- this is the base of your card.  Now, let’s create the box frame for the shadow box!  Take the other piece from your halves and (from left again…) score at 3/8, this ”tab will attach to the spine of your base card”, then 3 3/4 from that score (that is where you will cut the window), the 1/2 inch farther which will be your right side spine and then slice at 3/8 from that last score (for your right side tab).    For both of my tabs I diagonally clip the corners – just looks nicer.   With the left over piece I create the “pocket” for either a gift card – or just a greeting tag.  This is 3 5/8 to fit inside the scores and, since I punched the top edge and would lose a bit of height – 2.5 tall.    That is all the basic card stock elements.  At this point you’re ready to decorate the card stock with patterned papers and embellishments and stamping, etc.

02 cut out the window and attach on left sideLets begin to assemble – first add you’re gift card/tag pocket – as you could choose to do either to the inside 3 3/4 panel of your base card.  Just make sure it fits in between the score lines – else trim to fit.  Take your shadow box piece of card stock and cut the window (see the photo) - I used my Apothecary framelit die – but you can use really any shape you want/any die you want or free hand cut this window.    I’m a big believer in, yes, all these tools/die cuts/templates are great time saving tools – but with a pair of scissors you can cut any window you like!   ..  In this example, I used the ‘innie’ as my pocket tag – but if you were to insert a gift card into the pocket, the innie would make a great addition to the card front.   All that is left at this point is to glue the tabs of your shadow box piece to your base card at the spine (matching the front score line) and the back right of the base card.


03 pocket first and then spine attach I am going to love creating this as one of my 2013 Christmas Card kits – so, venture on your own, or hold off for the step by step video. 04 best part is that it mails flat 05 money shot 06 keep in mind


Let’s get our ribbons and twines organized.

I’ve tried getting ribbon organizers before, but they really didn’t work for me.  1) Many require the spool to be of a uniform diameter – really?  If you’re like me, you buy ribbon/twine on sale and the spools come in too many sizes to even discuss – plus, most of the “ribbon caddies” make using the ribbon a nightmare.  So here are a couple of ideas, based on my own problem with out of sight, out of mind…. I need to SEE it all.

02 twine around cardboard 03 large cardboard 04 a box with a view

This window box has been remarkable.  No, it isn’t intended to display my inventory of ribbons, but you do what you can.  So… just so happens I have a window box – but I’m thinking an open shoe box will work the same for most of you.  Pretty simple really – Get some cardboard and begin wrapping your ribbons/twine around “cut to fit your box” cardboard cards.  Clipping the edge will save you from having to use pins or (eeks, tape – I hate using tape to secure the end of my ribbon – it leaves a residue.  Problems cld be that if you wish to use a longer length of ribbon – you might need to iron it first….    so, solution number 2: Dowel and a block of wood.  Sounds so simple as to be ridiculous:05 dowel and block

06 finale I’ve done both.  Dowels are inexpensive – more so when you go to a home improvement store rather than your craft shop – same with the base block.  Pretty much all you need is a drill bit/drill to match your dowel diameter and some wood glue (optional).  Keep in mind the height of the shelf/storage space that you will be using to store your ribbons/twine.  Let’s see – in addition – I do keep some ribbons in the original packaging until the lengths are shorter and then they are moved to the box.  Some spools can hang as is (incredibly large) and stack well on their own – plus I don’t have that many… If I did, I’d probably find an organizing system for them as well.


A super easy, super creative and super gift!

301 finished302 finished303 finished304 finished1000 closing credit photoI’m always on the lookout for something new and different – so, why I like it is that it creates a metal/rock like natural impression to your scrapbooking/paper crafts, why you might like it – it is a great way to bling your masculine gifts, scrapbook pages and cards without being “sparkly”.  So, let’s get started!  First off, I call them “In a Word” Wall frames, I’ve been creating these for several years now, since they are a great way to get creative, use your scraps and let yourself go.  Let’s start with the heat embossing.  I use my 2 1/4 inch letter stamps – but you could use die cut letters as well.  The 12×5 frame is available  at wallmart and I’ve included several finished wall frames in beginning to end video: Home Décor In a Word Wall Frames.  I typically try to give a step by step in my articles, but there is a lot going on here, so I encourage you to watch the video.  I’ll toss in some pics of finished projects to hopefully entice you to give it a try.  As always, papers, inks and most of the tools are Stampin’ UP products and available in my shop tab (the daubers are a product pick for this month, and you should not be without).   The Paint system products are available at – just click my banner at the bottom of this page and search for “tattered angels”.


August is all about Artistry

Propped up eisel

I’ve finished my August 2013 Christmas Card Kit and posted to Etsy.  The video has all the assembly instructions plus the materials and tools if you’re interested in recreating all the elements – BUT then I introduce a few techniques to as Tim Gunn would say (I LUV project runway) give your projects that “WOW FACTOR”.  So, this easel card has bling (brushed silver card stock 100172 – , embossing powders: clear 109130 and white 109132 and Rhinestone basic jewels 119247)  and dimension (Northern flurry embossing folder 120902 and Stampin Dimensionals 104430) and is unique in that it will mail flat, but may be displayed – which is always great for Christmas Cards.  Still, my product pics for this month will give it just that little bit of edge and artistry without having to be an artist.

over the top with August product pics a little daubing and blending goes a long way

And now, grab some of those product picks for August and take this card to another level – I call “over the top”.    Daubers for edging the coordinating ink onto the embossed panel and Blender pens to introduce additional colors within the background, panel and snowflakes.  Both of these tools last FOREVER,  and you will never run out of new ways to use them.


Christmas in July

Designed my first Christmas Card (and Christmas Card kit for my Etsy shop!) for this year.   If you’ve been scrapbooking and still haven’t ventured into the world of card making - I believe they go hand in hand.  Sometimes I find inspiring ideas from cards for my scrapbook pages – and sometimes it works in reverse.  The Christmas Card Design for July is “Layered Ornaments” and incorporates dry and heat embossing, texture, dimension and just a bit of shimmer.  I’ve chosen to use bright and vivid colors to create this first design: Cherry Cobbler and Gumball green, along with lace and bakers twine to add interest.  Let’s take a look:

Straight on Card Frontclose upElements for a single cardinteriortools if you were starting from scratch

My inspiration came from the Mosaic series of products from Stampin UP – so, how to use the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, the mosaic punch and the Mosaic Madness stamp set to make one fabulous card that can also be pieced together in a kit (I will be the first to admit that there are few people who have all the materials and tools to assemble this card from scratch – but I will list those here as well!).    Let’s look at the layers:  Card front has lace, a background ornament and a ‘nested’ mosaic of brushed silver with cherry cobbler embossing!  Layer 2 is the corner textured panel that frames the silver mosaic.  The top layer is the focal ornament that sports a candy stripe bow, and silver embossed center mosaic.  The look created by using 1/16th dimensionals and 1/8th in foam squares makes the card look far more intricate that what is takes to create it!  Feel free to watch the B2E video:  July 2013 Christmas Card Kit: Layered Ornaments.   I’ve recommended some substitutions during the course of the demo, but have also listed all the products and tools used to re-produce all the elements used in this design: (all can be ordered at my Stampin Up website)

Let’s start with paper and card stock:

Gumball Green Card Stock (8.5×11) 126840; Cherry Cobber Card Stock (8/5×11) 119865; Natural White Card Stock (8.5 x 11) 102316; Brushed Silver Card Stock (8.5×11); Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper (12×12) 126896

Embossing elements:

Modern Mosaics Embossing folder 129984; Versa Mark Ink Pad 102283; Cherry Cobbler embossing powder 122949; Silver embossing powder 109131; Heat Tool 129053

Images and Punches:

Mosaic Madness Clear Stamp Set 130249; Holiday Ornaments framelits 127816 (this may no longer be available, but I know that there will be other options in the 2013 Holiday catalog – Aug 1st, that will work just as nicely :) ); Big Shot Die cutting machine 113439

And the essentials:

Multipurpose glue 110755; Paper snips (really great scissors – I use mine solely for cutting ribbon and lace!) 103579; Dimensionals 104430


Framed Photo Keepsakes

If you like to scrapbook, then you will probably enjoy creating these Framed “Scrapbook pages” for yourself or to give to friends and family.    You can purchase very nicely matted, and even some pretty creatively matted frames for your photographs, but this takes it just a little bit farther.  Typically, the only difference between these framed keepsakes and your scrapbook pages are not having to journal (or journal as much)!

2012 mini wall scrapbookThese mini-frames are excellent, fast and fun.   Each 4×6 can have a totally different look and a great way to make use of leftover paper scraps, patterned papers and embellishments.  I would recommend that you layout the colors as a grouping and also any metallic paper/brads/embellishments just to ensure a balance in your finished project. friends

It’s neat to be able to leave one or more frames photo free for creating the title for your piece, or to add a stamped image(s) with a favorite quote.

Then there is the Large Collage, which I do a lot.  It’s a great gift for family that has come for a visit, or that you have visited, a cool way to display/remember holidays around your house and/or pet pics, the grandkids, the kids away at school… you get the picture!

Christmas Spudnick Vladymir Calhoun Thanksgiving 2008

Paper Craft – Cameo Birds Note Cards (U Make It)

closing photoRegal Rose completed

Video - Cameo Birds Note Cards


I use ‘nested’ framelits in my scrapbooking all the time as mats for photos, for my journaling and for creating tag embellishments for my layouts.   When you can add texturing to the mix – it is almost as if you’ve created another patterned paper from your solid card stock colors.   These tools/techniques are also handy when you need a quick, professional looking greeting card.  Tools used in the video and available from Stampin’UP:

-Labels Collection framelits #125598               -Square Lattice Embossing folder #119976
-The Big Shot #113439                                     -Bird Builder Punch #117191
-Pearl Basic Jewels #119247                            -Linen Thread #104199.