Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stampin Friends Blog Hop 2017 (Birthday Celebration)

Today's card and treat bag are part of a hop with Stampin' Friends 2017 Hoppers. This month is a Birthday/Celebration theme. Be sure to also check out the other hoppers listed below and see all their great projects!

I made a very colorful birthday card featuring an ice cream cone! I used Stampin' Up colors - bermuda bay, watermelon wonder, and peek-a-boo peach.

The stamp is from Studio G, stamped in watermelon wonder, cut out with a 1-3/4" circle punch and then layered onto a slightly larger scallop circle die from the Stampin' Up Layering Circles Framelits Dies.

I used a retired Stampin' Up stamp set from 2001 called Two Step Stampin Perfect Party for the ice cream cone and background. I love the current Cool Treats stamp set by Stampin' Up, but I remembered I had a similar one from years ago, so I dug it out and made this card! I stamped the cone onto crumbcake cardstock, then cut it out by hand.  I stamped the two scoops of ice cream onto watermelon wonder and peek-a-boo peach cardstock, and cut them out by hand as well. I used one of the stamps from the stamp set to stamp the background on the bermuda bay layer.

The watermelon wonder card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2", side folding, I layered bermuda bay cardstock on top that I die cut with the Simon Says Stamp Bunch of Stitched Shapes.  I also die cut some flags using the same Simon Says set to add to the right of the cone. I use this die set a LOT! It's one of my all time favorites.

I didn't have a rectangle shaped stitched die the right size, so I die cut two of the largest stitched squares from the Stampin' Up Stitched Framelits and layered them together, hiding the seam with a piece of watermelon wonder patterened paper.

After attaching the cone, scoops of ice cream and other pieces to the card, I decided it needed something else, so I added a tied yarn bow on the left side and added some enamel dots. I didn't have the right colors, so I colored some white dots with a couple Sharpie markers in similar colors. The "happy birthday" greeting is from the And Many More Stampin' Up  stamp set (now retired).

Here is a matching treat bag I made to go with the card. It uses the same measurements and directions as the Easter Treat Bags from my March 31 post. Finished bag is 3-1/2 x 5 inches. I stamped the same star background onto the bag as I did on the card. The "FOR YOU" is from the Stampin' Up Perfectly Wrapped stamp set and I cut it out using another die from the Simon Says die set.

I have several spring and summer birthdays coming up and I think this card and treat bag will be just the thing! Who doesn't love ice cream, right? Actually, the bright colors of the ice cream remind me more of sherbet!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Birthday Wallet for Teenage Girl

Birthday Wallet

I want to start out by saying this is NOT my original idea. I got it from Gosia MacKinnon who has a video on You Tube on how to make these. I fell in love with the idea and had to recreate it! I am always looking for ideas for teenager gifts and thought this would be a super one. I made this version for a teenage girl. Here is the link to Gosia's video.

I won't repeat the directions here because Gosia has all of them in her video and on her blog. I used hot pink and navy cardstock for my wallet, a color combination I really like and I've noticed it being used more and more in various new papers.

For the papers and accessories, I chose the new Echo Park suite called Just Be You. I used the Decorative Dots embossing folder by Stampin' Up (Sissix) and an old hostess stamp set from Stampin' Up called Happiest  Birthday Wishes.

Inside View When Opened

Inside View With Coordinating Tag

I plan to add money or a gift card to the top opening and I made a tag to insert in the bottom right opening, but you could add another gift card or money, a note, etc. The frame shown on the bottom left is for inserting a photo.

Again, thank you Gosia for this super idea. I loved recreating your project! I plan to tackle a teenage boy's version next.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter Bunny in a Box

Bunny in a Box

Here is my little Easter Bunny in a Box. It is made with a simple box construction, leaving the back flap unfolded to attach the bunny face, which is made with circle and oval die cuts. I used double-sided patterned paper (heavier weight) so I didn't have to do much decorating on the box itself.

I added some hand cut triangles for carrots, cut some green strips for the greenery, and a stamped Easter greeting (Stampabilities from Hobby Lobby), cutting it out with an oval die, adding a carrot, some little punched out eggs, and a little punched out flower for embellishments. I added some clear Easter grass and inserted a flag stamped, inked, and glued onto a white lollipop stick. (The "Hippity Hoppity" stamp is by Stampin' Up). Complete directions with photos are shown below.

Here are some close up views:

For the bunny face, I used stitched circle and oval dies from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up. I punched some 1/4 inch circles out of black for the eyes and added little white spots using a white gel pen. I punched out a small pink heart for the nose and added some pink "blush" to the face. I used the 2-3/8" size round die for the bunny head and the 2-3/4" and 1-3/4" oval dies for the ears. I also added a pink ribbon bow to the bunny's neck. The bunny head piece is attached directly to the standing back flap of the box. (This is why you don't want to fold this back flap when you are making the box.) 

For the grass around the edges, I cut an 8 x 1-3/4 inch strip of green cardstock and used some shears to cut strips, leaving about a 1/2" uncut strip at the bottom for gluing, and glued it around the inside of the box. I used these same cut strips to add behind the carrots for greens.

Here are the directions with photos of the box construction:

Fill with grass and treats and you're done! I hope you enjoy making this cute little Easter Bunny in a box!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Easter Treat Bags (No Die Needed)

Easter Bunny Treat Bags
These little treat bags are easy to make. You start with a piece of patterned paper or cardstock cut to 6-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches and you end up with a cute little treat bag that measures 3-1/2 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and 1-1/2 inches deep, large enough to hold some cute little Easter treats! Directions with pictures are shown below.

Here is each bag up close (before I added the tags):

I decorated each one with a piece of cardstock cut with pinking shears to resemble grass, added some pink pom-pom trim across the bottom, and added some small punched out flowers or eggs. For the bunny, I used a Cricut cut from Stretch Your Imagination, p. 68, cut at 4-1/2 inches. It will also cut a basket, so you will need to stop your machine when it finishes cutting the bunny if you don't want the basket to cut as well.

I added either a flower or die cut bow to the bunnies, some googly eyes, pink punched out hearts for the noses, and small pieces of cotton wadded up and glued on to make the tails. On one of the bunnies, I used a pink pom-pom from the trim.

The tags are from EK Success and the Easter stamp is from Stampabilities (Hobby Lobby).

Here are the written directions in picture form:

Decorate as desired and fill with your favorite treats or gift item(s)!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Card - "Just Be You" by Echo Park

Two weeks ago I shared a hot air balloon birthday card I made. However, sometimes when you're busy and don't have time to punch or stamp, a great paper pad and accessories is just the answer!

Today's card is made with the new Echo Park Just Be You 6 x 6 paper pad and pieces from the matching ephemera pack. I added a couple coordinating papers from my stash and I had a card!

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" cut from navy cardstock, top folding. The plaid layer is 4 x 5-1/2" and is die cut using the Bundle of Stitched Shapes from Simon Says Stamp. I chose the balloon paper from the paper pad, cut to 2-3/4 x 4-1/4". I layered this on top of a piece of mint macaron cardstock from Stampin' Up, cut at 3 x 4-1/2" that matched the patterned paper very well! The only ink I used on this card was applying some navy ink to the edges of the balloon paper piece before attaching it to the mint cardstock.

I used other pieces from the ephemera pack on the front of the card, a striped flag, the "today" sentiment piece, and of course the darling hot air balloon piece.

I had some pink polka dot paper from my stash that also matched the plaid paper, so I used a 1 inch strip along the bottom portion of the card as an accent and then cut another piece 3-1/2 x 4-3/4" for the inside of the card.

As you can see from the photo, I used one of the tags from the ephemera pack for the inside sentiment. I plan to use this for a birthday card, but it could be for other occasions as well, or just a pick-me-up card.

I aboslutely love this Just Be You paper collection from Echo Park and plan to get more coordinating pieces from the collection! The paper is very high quality, cardstock thickness, and double sided! You can't beat that!

NOTE: I ordered my Echo Park - Just Be You paper pad and ephemera pack from Amazon and chose a seller that offered free shipping, but I also found the collection on 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Leprechaun Card for St. Patrick's Day

Leprechauns, shamrocks and rainbows, oh my! My 4-1/2 year old granddaughter has been talking about leprechauns in her pre-K class. She loves to craft with me and actually makes cards on her own, so I thought she would get a kick out of a leprechaun card from me for St. Patrick's Day!

This card is made very similarly to the card I shared last week with the hot air balloon. I again used a top folding 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card base, with two layers on top, plus the ground layer. I stamped the clouds on the blue sky background layer (4 x 5-1/4 inches) using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up. I layered the blue sky layer on top of the black layer cut 1/8th inch larger than the blue layer, and attached both layers onto the green cardbase.

The bottom hillside layer is cut from kraft cardstock using the Stitched Hillside Borders from Lawn Fawn and is 4 inches wide.

For the leprechaun, I used the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, cutting the paper doll at 3-1/2 inches, and cutting the coordinating pieces at 3-1/2 inches, p. 40. I hand cut the black band for the hat and punched out a 1/4 inch square in gold foil paper for the buckle.

I added some 1/8th inch circles from a hole punch for the gold buttons on his vest and cut a 1/4 inch square in half for accents on the shoes. I also added a very small hand tied ribbon bow for his bow tie.

The rainbow and black pot are from the Cricut Create a Critter 2 cartridge on p. 39. I cut the rainbow  in the same colors as shown in the booklet at 1-1/2 inches and the black pot at 2-1/2 inches, adding the gold coin layer in gold glimmer paper. For the coins falling from the sky, I punched them from the same gold shimmer paper using a 1/4 inch hole punch.

The shamrocks are from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, p. 40, cut at 1 inch. There are also shamrocks in the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.

The Happy St. Patrick's Day greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin' Up. In the Sprinkles of Life stamp set there is a stamp that reads "I'm so lucky to call you my friend." I really liked that, so on my computer I typed out "I'm so lucky to call you my granddaughter," and attached that greeting to the inside of my card.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Card

I made this hot air balloon card using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up and a circle punch!

The card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding. I used navy as my card base, adding a layer of coral cut 1/8 inch less than the card base, and adding the blue layer cut 1/8 inch less than that layer. I stamped the background clouds in navy using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up and punched out the white clouds using the Tree Builder Punch that coordinates with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, also Stampin' Up. 

To make the hot air balloon basket, I stamped the basket onto navy cardstock and cut it out by hand. I then attached four thin strips of navy cardstock to the back of the basket. I punched out a 2 inch circle in coral, adding the navy stripes with strips of navy cardstock. (To get the stripes, I punched out another circle in navy and handcut the strips to fit the coral circle, but you could also stamp stripes or a design.) I then attached the circle or "balloon" to the strips of cardstock I had already attached to the basket. I added the banner using a die cut and stamped the word "Celebrate" on it, and added some die cut stars to the ends of the banner. I added a small baker's twine bow in navy.

The "ground" piece is cut with a die by Lawn Fawn called Stitched Hillside Borders. After attaching this little curved "ground" piece, I stamped some small flowers up the hill using the flowers from the same Sprinkles of Life stamp set. The greeting "Make today a good one" is from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit from August 2014 called Seriously Amazing. The "Celebrate" greeting is from the Any Occasion stamp set by Stampin' Up (Sale-A-Bration). The banner and stars are die cuts from the Sissix die set by Rachael Bright.

The colors used in this card are all from Stampin' Up:
Night of Navy
Calypso Coral
Soft Sky
Crumb Cake

Make today a good one! Up, up and away!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Floral Wreath Card

I saw this wreath technique done by Yana Smakula from Simon Says Stamp and had to try it myself! Just lay your stamps out in the pattern you want on a separate piece of paper the same size as your card, and then freehand stamp them individually onto your cardstock, building as you go. Stamp your greeting in the middle of the card first and then build your floral wreath around it. Mine is a fairly simple design and was not difficult at all. Actually the hardest part of the process is deciding what stamps you want to use and the colors of your flowers!

If you would like to see how this is done, here is the link to the video I watched to learn this technique: Yippee for Yana: Quick Stamp Wreath Cards

My card is a standard 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch card in white, top folding. Everything is one layer! The colors I chose are Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzaz, Daffodil Delight, and Wisteria Wonder, all from Stampin' Up. The stamp sets I used are "In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers" by Winnie & Walter, and purchased from Catherine Pooler Stamps; a Paper Pumpkin stamp set called "Celebrate Everything," and a Paper Pumpkin stamp set called "Hello Sunshine."

Happy stamping!  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Elegant Hand Stamped "Love" Card and Matching Gift Boxes

Last week I participated in a blog hop challenge using black and white, (If you missed it, see it here.) I decided to do something similar this week using navy and white. I think navy and white are just as elegant as black and white.

My card is a standard A2 size card measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, and is top folding. I hand stamped the white layer in navy ink using a stamp from Deep Red Stamps called "Flourish with Leaves." I cut it down to 4 x 5-1/4 inches, tied a piece of sheer navy ribbon around it, and attached it to the navy card base. (Hint: When you are stamping your own design on paper, it is easiest to stamp on a larger piece and then cut it down to the size you want.)

I then die cut some hearts using Die-namics dies from My Favorite Things (the large navy stitched heart) and I cut the smaller hearts using Momenta dies that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. The word "love" is also from a Momenta die cut set. I added some rhinestone embellishments to finish the card.

For the boxes, I used the same method of stamping out my white cardstock using the same stamp as the card, and cutting it to the size needed for the boxes. I used the Stampin' Up sweetheart punch for the hearts on the boxes. I again used navy cardstock for the box base and tied sheer navy ribbon around the boxes, tying on the hearts with silver thread.

The boxes are constructed using directions from Sam Hammond Donald, a/k/a Pootles Papercraft. She gives fantastic tutorials on box construction. Rather than me trying to repeat those directions here, I will link you to her video on You Tube. She is a great crafter to follow! She taught me everything I know about box construction. Once you know the basics, you can make simple boxes in a lot of varying sizes! I made the original box she shows and one a bit smaller. You may become addicted to box making!

I hope you enjoyed these projects. I will be back next week starting some spring cards and projects! Thanks for taking the time to visit today!

Link to Video from Pootles Papercraft
Link to Written Directions with Pictures from Pootles
Link to Deep Red Stamps Flourish with Leaves Rubber Stamp
Link to Die-namics Stitched Heart dies from My Favorite Things

Other Products Used:
Night of Navy cardstock - Stampin' Up
Whisper White cardstock - Stampin' Up
Night of Navy ink - Stampin' Up
Sweetheart Punch - Stampin' Up
Heart dies and word die - Momenta from Hobby Lobby
Sheer navy ribbon - Walmart
Rhinestones and Silver Thread - Stampin' Up

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stampin Friends February Blog Hop - Black, White & Whatever You Like

Welcome to the Stampin Friends Blog Hop! I am so excited to be a guest hopper! This month's theme is "Black, White, and Whatever You Like." We could also use gold or silver as an accent. If you're following along the hop, you've arrived from Lynn Streifert's blog.

With black and white as the theme this month, I immediately thought "elegant." That led me to think of weddings! So, I created this card for the newlyweds using black and white, with pink as my accent color, and a touch of gold. What says love more than hearts? The card is A2 size in black, layered with pink, black, and then black and white heart patterned paper. The hearts are die cut using stitched hearts from MFT Stamps. The heart stamped inside the white heart is from the You're So Sweet stamp set by Stampin' Up.  The "For the Newlyweds" stamp is from Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin' Up. 

For my 3-D project, I decided to decorate a pre-made favor box. You can buy these at a very reasonable price, or there are a lot of dies available to make your own. The styles of boxes vary and are simple to decorate as little thank you favors. I layered black cardstock and the same heart patterned paper to the front of the box and used die cut ovals from Stampin' Up stitched shapes, the small oval punch, amd some hearts die cut using the same MFT Stamps dies. I added a little gold thread for accent and tied a bow using some black sheer ribbon. The "thank you" sentiment is from Endless Thanks by Stampin' Up. 

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to click the "Next" button below to continue on the hop with Raquelle Clifton's blog.

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  14. Bibi Cameron
  15. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You Warm My Heart Valentine Card

I have an extra post this week because it's Valentine's Day! This is the card I made for my husband. We have a weekend routine of sitting and having our hot drinks together in the morning. I have coffee and he has hot cocoa or tea. Even though he doesn't drink coffee, he still sits and drinks with me!

The directions are the basic 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card with a black card base, a white layer and a red layer using last year's DSP Valentine stack from Stampin' Up. I also cut the cups with papers from that stack. The cups are die cut using dies from My Favorite Things (Hot Cocoa Cups). The "You Warm My Heart" is stamped with a My Favorite Things stamp set that coordinates with the Hot Cocoa Cups. The coffee bean heart and "steam hearts" are stamped from a set by Sugar Pea Designs called Caffeine Addict. I cut the coffee bean heart out using a stitched heart die from My Favorite Things, and I punched out the steam hearts using a Martha Stewart heart punch.

"I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (boy!)"
From Java Jive by Manhattan Transfer

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Monster Hugs Valentine Cards

These cute little monster cards were inspired by Angie Juda of Chic 'n Scratch. Click here to see her card. I don't have the stamp set she used, but I do have some monster cuts in my Cricut cartridges. These are from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.

I used the Stampin' Up Have a Cuppa DSP stack from last year, using Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay as my coordinating colors. For the monsters I used some Martha Stewart Valentine paper I've had for a long time. I also used a Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder and a "hugs" cut from a Momenta word die set from Hobby Lobby. Monsters don't have to be just for Halloween, especially cute ones!

  • Card Base is 4 x 5-1/2 inches in white.
  • Heart layer is from Have a Cuppa, cut to 2-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches.
  • Melon Mambo layer is cut to 2-7/8 x 4-1/2 inches.
  • White embossed layer is cut to 2-5/8 x 4-1/4 inches.
  • Monster is found on p. 70 of the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge and is cut at 3-1/4 inches. The antennae are cut at 4 inches and layered together. Feet can be found on p. 41, blackout feature, also cut at 3-1/4 inches. I used pink for one monster and blue for the other one. I added some blue colored eyes and a pink nose on each. 
  • The foam heart was purchased in a package at Dollar Tree and was added with a dimensional dot.
  • The "hugs" is a die cut word from a set by Momenta that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
  • Before adding the layered monster piece to the card, I punched a small hole through the white and Melon Manbo layers and added some Bermuda Bay ribbon.