Friday, June 23, 2017

Echo Park "Summer Dreams" - Snow Cone Birthday Card

I recently purchased a very cute summer paper pad from Echo Park called Summer Dreams by Dani Mogstad. It is full of cute papers and this is just one example! I made this birthday card using the ice cream cone and popsicle paper with coordinating striped paper in the pack and one of the snow cones from the epherma pack.

I found cardstock that matched the colors in the paper pretty well and layered them with the patterned paper piece to create this card. My finished card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding, with each layer being cut 1/4 inch smaller than the previous layer. I also added some coordinating colored enamel dots along the left side.

The products I used are as follows:
Echo Park Summer Dreams 6x6 Paper Pad by Dani Mogstad
Stampin' Up papers in Strawberry Slush, Pink Flamingo and Pool Party
Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (for banner)
Echo Park Summer Dreams Frames & Tags Epherma Pack
Stampin' Up Endless Birthday Wishes (stamped in Strawberry Slush)
Stampin' Up Colored Enamel Dots

A "cool" summertime card, don't you think?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Father's Day Mini-Album Card

Inside View Before Adding Photos

Last week I shared a fun fold card. Here is another one, this time a mini-album that is also a card! While I made this as a Father's Day card, it can easily be made into any kind of card you want. I started with two pieces of cardstock (black) cut 9-1/2 x 5-1/2" and 9 x 5-1/2".

On the 9-1/2 inch piece, score at 4-1/2 and 9". On the 9 inch piece, score at 4-1/2". Use the 1/2 inch tab created to attach the two pieces together and fold mountain/valley as shown. I folded it so the seam was in the back and did not show in the front.

I attached black and white patterned paper to each section, cut 4-1/4 x 5-1/4". I then attached mats according to my photo size. This will need to be adjusted based on your photos. My photos were trimmed to 3-3/4 x 4", so my mats were cut to 4 x 4-1/4". I added 3/4 inch decorative strips to the top of mine using patterned paper and a star strip die, but you can decorate anyway you want. I added some slip-in corner pieces using a photo corner punch and adhered my photos in place with double sided tape (tape runner).

Finished card is 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches and fits in a 6-1/2 x 4-3/4" greeting card envelope.

Supplies Used:
Stampin' Up heavyweight black cardstock (Hobby Lobby also carries a nice heavyweight black cardstock).
Black and white patterned paper from Stampin' Up (It's My Party)
Die Cut Stars and Star Strips from the Stampin' Up Mini-Treat Bag Thinlets
Simply Stated stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs
Stampin' Up Stitched Framelit Dies

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Joy Fold Birthday Card With Gift Card Holder

This card was so much fun to make! I have seen joy fold cards done horizontally and had never made one, but when I saw this vertical one on Pinterest made by Handcrafting With Heather, I knew I had to give it a try. I especially liked the fact that you could add a gift card holder inside! However, I didn't have any measurements, so I looked at the pictures and created my own, which may or may not be the actual "joy fold measurements." I am posting my process with measurements here if you would like to recreate a card like this. Finished size of card is A2, which is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches.

If the flap not staying down bothers you, you can add a cute paper clip to the side. I attached an arrow clip and after a few days the card stayed closed a lot better. With it unclipped, the recipient will know immediately where to open the card.

Here are my directions with measurements and photos:

Finished envelope/card holder is 3-1/4 x 3-3/4inches. I made mine using patterned paper. Fold on score lines and apply adhesive to undersides of flaps. Adhere to inside of card.

What makes this card especially fun is that you can use coordinating papers on each section to give it more character. Cut sizes for patterned paper are:

1. Base piece - 4 x 5-1/4"
2. Front and back of base flap - 2-1/2 x 4" (cut 2)
3. Front and inside pieces for insert - 3-1/4 x 4-1/4" (Cut 3 - cut one in white for stamped greeting, if desired.)
4. I made the gift card holder with patterned paper as well. See measurements above.

Here are a few more photos of the finished card:

Products Used:
Stampin' Up designed series paper (It's My Party)
Stampin' Up black cardstock
Die cut "Happy" by Catherine Pooler Designs
Balloon dies by Paper Smooches
Banner - Bundle of Stitched Shapes by Simon Says Stamp
Stamps - Stampin' Up (Perfectly Wrapped and Crazy About You), Paper Pumpkin (Pocketful of Cheer), and Great Birthday by Print Works Collection (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
Stampin' Up - baker's twine and enamel dots

Try going vertical and see how you like it!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hand Stamped Daisy Thank You Card

I love daisies! In fact, they were my wedding flowers years ago. I have been inspired by a lot of daisy cards and projects I have seen lately on Pinterest, but I didn't have any daisy patterned paper, so I decided to make my own. I hand stamped this using the In Bloom, Ava's Favorite Flowers stamp set by Winnie & Walter. I also used the coordinating dies for the daisies.

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding. I first stamped a full sheet of white cardstock and then selected the area I liked best for the card front. That is easy to do when you die cut it. I used a 4 x 5-1/4 inch stitched die from Simon Says Stamp called Bundle of Stitched Shapes. After adhering that layer onto the card, I cut a strip of navy cardstock 1-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches and then layered the yellow floral designed paper (Stampin' Up) on top of that, cut slightly narrower.

I stamped and die cut the three daisies in navy ink, adding a small yellow circle for the flower centers. The "thank you" is from the stamp set called Simply Stated by Catherine Pooler Designs. I punched it out with a circle punch and inked around the edges using the matching navy ink.

I think it will be fun to make a whole set of these cards, maybe in different colors, although navy and yellow are one of my favorite color combinations.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Toolbox Treat Holder for Father's Day w/ Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Slides Behind Greeting Strip
Last year for Father's Day I made a toolbox gift card. (See that post here.)  I recently saw a "card in a box" made like a toolbox, but the lid remained open. That gave me the idea to make this toolbox with a functional lid! The toolbox closed measures 4 inches wide, 2-1/2 inches deep, and 2-1/2 inches high.  It is deep enough to add some treats or a small gift, and the lid holds a gift card! The lid closes with a magnet and the drawers are for looks only.

As you can see in the photo above, I found some cute little tool erasers at Dollar Tree that I added inside my box, after adding some black crinkle paper. If you have a tool die set,  you could make some little tools.

Materials Needed:
  • Heavweight red cardstock measuring 9 x 10-1/2 inches (I used Stampin' Up)
  • One-quarter inch flat magnets (one set)
  • 3 pieces of red cardstock cut 3/4" x 4"
  • 3 pieces of black cardstock cut 1/4" x 4"
  • 3 pieces of silver/gray cardstock cut 1/8" x 4"
  • 3 strips of 1/4" foam tape cut to 4 inches
  • 1 strip of white cardstock cut 3/4" x 4" (or you could use red cardstock)
  • 1 scrap of white cardstock for the "Happy" or other greeting
  • Glue dots
  • Black crinkle paper for inside box
  • Strong adhesive (tear tape, red line tape, or glue)

Directions (with photos):

Fold and crease on score lines, cut up to vertical score line on each side.

Attach glue dots to very edge of each side of 4" strip, leaving top/bottom open to slide in gift card.
Add additional stamped greeting, if desired, above gift card strip. Glue this piece down. It will only be seen when gift card is removed. 

Attach magnet to outside flap of toolbox and the other magnet onto the front of the toolbox in the same position.

And it's done! It may seem like a lot of steps, but ir really does go together fairly quickly. In fact, if you want to make more than one, it's easy to just cut all your pieces at once and assemble. I hope you enjoy this project. It can be made in any color toolbox your guy may have.

Note: The stamp set I used for my Father's Day greeting is Simply Stated by Catherine Pooler Designs. 

Note: If you would rather work from a written PDF with photos, I have that available at my Etsy Shop for a small charge. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stampin' Friends Blog Hop 2017 - Flowers/Sympathy

This month's blog hop features Flowers/Sympathy Cards. I opted for this tea cup "Thinking of You" card and coordinating Tea Bag Box. Be sure to check below for the complete list of bloggers and see all their great cards and projects too!

My card uses Stampin' Up patterned paper from 2015 called Into the Woods as well as an older SU stamp that has been in my collection for years. Maybe some of you recognize it! This card would serve as a sympathy card, get well card, or simply "thinking of you." 

The card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding. I layered the DSP on top of white cardstock and then onto the rich razzleberry cardstock base. I stamped the image onto white cardstock, colored it using coordinating colors and my blender pen, and die cut it using the Stitched Framelits by Stampin' Up. I inked the edges of the circle with rich razzleberry ink for dimension. 

I then punched out some flowers in rich razzleberry and blackberry bliss using the Petite Petals Punch by Stampin' Up and inked around the edges using the same ink colors. I used my hole punch to punch out some crushed curry circles for the flower centers. I then layered the flowers along the lefthand side of the circle and attached them with glue dots. I also added a small thick baker's twine bow in blackberry bliss. 

For my project, I made this cute little tea bag box from a pattern by Pootles ( - see link below). It holds two foil wrapped tea bags and measures 3 x 4 inches. I stamped only the tea cup image this time, colored in the flowers with coordinating colors using my blender pen, and cut it out with a 1-3/8 inch circle punch. I layered that onto another 1-1/2 inch circle and then again onto a 1-7/8 circle cut out with the Stitched Framelits. The box is pinched shut and held closed by the crushed curry ribbon tied around the top.

The tea bag box starts with a piece of cardstock 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches, scored at 3, 3-1/2, 6-1/2 and 7 inches on the long side and 1/2 inch on the short side. Trim on the score lines and fold into a box, securing with a strong adhesive. It's a very simple project. I added the matching DSP and white cardstock as I did on the card. If you would like to see Pootles' tutorial on You Tube, here is the link:

Even though I used a retired paper and stamp, the card and box can easily be adapted to any other stamp and papers you have. These are just some of my favorites and I like going "back in time" occasionally to see what I can create! I recently cleaned out my craft room and I found a lot of forgotten treasures!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Graduation Card

It's that time of year when the graduation annoucements start arriving! This was a simple card to put together and can be made in any school colors.

I used an older Stampin' Up stamp for the graduation cap and the brand new Simply Stated Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs for the "Congratulations." This set has stamps for every occasion and I will definitely be using it again and again!

The card is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding. The black layer is 4 x 5-1/4 and the red layer is 3-3/4 x 5. I stamped the graduation cap onto the red layer using VersaMark ink for a patterned effect.

I stamped the graduation cap in black onto a white 1-1/2 inch circle and layered that on top of a black 1-7/8 inch circle die cut with the Stitched  Shapes FramelitsDies from Stampin' Up.

I stamped the "Congratulations" onto white cardstock, cut around the black stamped border, and layered it onto a piece of black cardstock cut at 1-5/8 x 2-5/8.

Other than adding a dimensional behind the black circle, everything else is adhered down flat, so no problems with mailing and no additional postage needed!

If you're looking for a simple graduation card, this may fit the bill!

Link to Catherine Pooler's Simply Stated Stamp Set

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sunflower Mother's Day Card

I made this sunflower Mother's Day card using the Crazy About You stamp set by Stampin' Up, along with a "happy" die cut from Momenta. I like the bright black, white and yellow of this card.

The card base is black, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding. I used a piece of yellow and white polka dot paper from the Stampin' Up brights DSP stack (daffodil delight), cut at 4 x 5-1/4 inches. I layered a piece of black and white striped paper (Paper Studio) onto a piece of daffodil delight cardstock cut at 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches.

The flower is stamped with the Crazy About You stamp set from Stampin' Up and punched out with the flower medallion punch (Stampin' Up, now retired). I embossed a piece of black cardstock with a dotted swiss embossing folder by Cuttlebug and cut out the circle using the Stampin' Up Layering Circles Framelit Dies.

Before attaching the 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 inch layered piece to the card, I wrapped it with a piece of black and white gingham ribbon (Offray from Walmart). I attached the flower with a dimensional dot and added a small bow tied in the gingham ribbon below the flower and down the "stem" with a glue dot to resemble leaves.

The "happy" is die cut from black cardstock using the Momenta dies from Hobby Lobby and the "Mother's Day" is stamped with the Crazy About You stamp set from Stampin' Up. I stamped it on white, cut around it, and then layered it onto a piece of black cardstock.

A Kansas sunflower for a Kansas Mom!

Here is another color option for you:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bicycle Birthday Card (Using Echo Park "Just Be You")

This card uses the Echo Park Just Be You paper pad and Element Stickers. I love this collection and used it once before in my April 14th blog post (Birthday Wallet Card). The papers in the pad are so versatile and with the matching stickers and ephemera packs you can create a card or scrapbook page in no time at all!

I found that Mint Macaron cardstock from Stampin' Up goes great with the mint colored papers in the Echo Park pad. I also added some SU Strawberry Slush paper pieces to the card.

The Happy Birthday is stamped with a stamp from Remembering Your Birthday, a retired stamp set by Stampin' Up. I cut the banner using the Siissix Thinlets by Rachael Bright.

Card base is in Mint Macaron, 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches, top folding. The mint striped paper with the floral image in the left corner is from the Echo Park Just Be You paper pad. I added a small strip of Strawberry Slush paper to the bottom and a portion of a circle cut in the same paper to the left. I added another partial circle in Strawberry Slush behind the banner. I used Strawberry Slush to stamp the birthday greeting and added some small flowers from the sticker sheet, along with the bicycle.

Another very quick card, basically layer, peel and stick!

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!