A gift for a friend…

I made some cards for a friend as a going away gift, and wanted something special to hold the cards instead of just handing her a stack of cards. I came up with this: 

I left the cards without sentiments because I figured she would get more use out of them this way.  I stamped a few generic sentiments and punched them out, and I also made a few monograms that she could just attach to the card in case she didn’t want to use any of the sentiments. They are nicely tucked away in the front pocket, which has velcro for easy access. But, I think the cards turned out cute as they are and she could just send out just as is. Supplies I used for this project:

  • Pink Pirouette Cardstock
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Blushing Bride Patterned Paper
  • Flower Garden Embossing Folder
  • Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Scalloped Border Punch
  • Crumb Cake Seam Binding
  • Button, Hemp twine, and Brads

After I made the tote, I had ideas flowing in my head and came up with two slight variations of the tote card holder.  The dimensions are exactly the same, just decorated a little differently.

Which one do you like? If you are interested in the dimensions/directions, let me know which one you like the best. I will recreate the tote with instructions if there is enough interest.

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My Digital Studio…

Do you have a lot of scrapbooking to catch up on like me? I am so far behind. I love how quickly I can throw together a page and post it on-line to share with friends using My Digital Studio. I did this two page spread in about 30 minutes. The hardest part is selecting which pictures you are going to use in your layout.

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You are simply wonderful…

The pearlized flowers just seem to pop out from the black background. I really liked how this card turned out. To create the flowers simply mix a few drops of your favorite reinkers with some frost white shimmer paint. I used all the new Stampin’ Up incolors for the flowers and leaves.

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Happiest Birthday Wishes

Here is a card I created that has just about everything that I love…the color blue, wet & dry embossing, pleated paper, pleated ribbon, and lots of layers.

I just love creating my own cards. I can personalize it, and create a special one of kind card just for that special occasion without having to run to the store and spend hours just to hunt down that perfect card. Here’s some tips on recreating my card:

Pleat paper, this one was created using a box pleat.

Stamp & emboss your sentiment. I punched out several layers.

Pleat your ribbon. I used a strip of sticky strip cut in half and pleated small portions at a time. I kept the ribbon on the roll since the size of your pleats will determine the length that you will need.


  • Pool Party Cardstock
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • Circle Punches (Various Sizes)
  • Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
  • Corner Rounder
  • In Color Designer Paper
  • Lattice Embossing Folder
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Faux Ribbon & Frame card

How come it sounds better in French? The word “faux” sounds so much more elegant than “fake”…Anyways, I was playing around with shimmer paints and reinkers…they are so much fun. I just painted a sheet of white cardstock with the frost white shimmer paint & a couple drops of the pool party reinker…and it turned out really pretty. Looks like pearlized/metallic paper that you would buy. I was also inspired by the sneak peek of the ribbon in our upcoming Stampin’ Up holiday mini..so I decided to make my own out of cardstock. This is the card that I came up with:

Here are the stampin’ supplies:

  • Crumb cake cardstock
  • Pool party cardstock
  • In Color Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack
  • Frost White Shimmer Paint
  • Pool Party reinker
  • Crumb Cake ink pad
  • Petite Pairs Stamp Set
  • Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Dotted Scallop Border Punch
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch
  • Boho Blossoms Punch
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Basic Rhinestones
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Froggie Diaper Cake

Seems like all our friends/family are having babies…the past 6-7 years, we have gone to at least 3-4 baby showers a year. I usually make a diaper cake as my gift for the parents-to-be. Here is another one of my diaper cake creations. I hope the mommy-to-be likes it. She didn’t have one particular theme on her registry, so I just picked one of items off her baby registry and ran with it…Here are some pics:

These are the little froggies that I made with Stampin’ Up Cardstock and ink. These were inspired by another Stampin’ Up Demo Frenchie. I didn’t have all the oval punches that she used, so I had to make do with what I had. I think they turned out pretty darn cute.

Shot of the diaper cake before adding ribbon paper frogs.

Close up of some of the cute froggie blanket. I saw the receiving blankets on her registry which had little frogs, and then I saw this froggie blanket…I knew this was going to be my theme for the diaper cake.

Close up of one of the froggies that I made (this is the centerpiece of the ribbon banner).

Another cute froggie plush that I found in my hunt for all things frogs related. This little cutie is sitting on top of the diaper cake holding a rattle.

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Stampin’ Up In Color Pinwheels

Pinwheels are one of the hottest things right now in the paper crafting world. Since I am in love with the new Stampin’ Up’s In Colors, I wanted use them all to create the pinwheels.

Here are the supplies that you need to recreate the card:

  • Postage Stamp Punch
  • Cupcake Builder Punch
  • 1 3/8″ Circle Punch
  • Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack In Color 2011-2013
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Lucky Limeade Cardstock & Ink pad
  • Bashful Blue Ink pad
  • Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
  • More Mustard Ink Pad
  • Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad
  • Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad
  • Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess Set)
  • Brads
  • Toothpicks
  • Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Scoring Tool
  • Glue dots
  • Sponges
  • Transparency Sheet

To create the pinwheel, simply punch the in color designer series paper with the postage stamp. Then, you will fold each one on the diagonal, open up and fold on the diagonal on the other side…this will create an “X” in the middle of the postage stamp.

Take your paper snips and cut along the “X” about 3/4 of the way into the center. Then fold up every other corner to create the pin wheel. In order to help hold the corners in place, I used a small amount of snail adhesive right in the center to hold each corner. Then pierce through all the corners in the center with a paper piercer and insert brad.

Adhere pinwheels to toothpick with glue dots. Trim toothpicks down to size. Clouds were punched with whisper white with Cupcake builder punch..it’s the icing part :) . Then each piece was sponged with bashful blue ink…more heavily on the edges and lighter towards the center. The Sun was punched with whisper white as well, and sponged with lighter shades of yellow ink and more orange color towards the outer edges, then trim down to size along the edge of the card. The grass is a 3/4″ strip of lucky limeade cardstock, made small cuts along to entire strip, then kind of freehand zigzag cut it (so there would be different lengths of grass). Then I crinkled it and sponged it with lucky limeade ink. All the elements were attached to a background piece of whisper white cardstock scored at every 1/4″. I sponged the top with some more bashful blue ink before I adhered the pieces. I put dimensionals behind the clouds and pinwheels. Stamp your sentiment on a piece of transparency with stazon (let it dry completely before handling). I trimmed it down and stuck some adhesive behind a small area behind the cloud and pinwheel so it wouldn’t be seen.

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One Sheet Wonder with Flirtatious Designer Series Paper

I was playing around with the designer paper series, and made a couple of cards. Then I wondered how many cards I could get out of 1 sheet of paper. This is what they call “One Sheet Wonder”. I came up with these ten cards…that’s being thrifty for you. I posted this on the Stampin’ Up demonstrator website, and got an overwhelming number of others interested in how I did it. I created a template and instruction sheet and realized that there were scraps that I didn’t use up and created bonus card with all the left over pieces, so you actually get 11 cards from one 12×12 sheet of designer series paper.

One Sheet Wonder with Flirtatious Designer Series Paper

** All cards created are the standard A2 size: 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. ***

    Divide out paper per template.
    Card #1:

    Cut the 3 thin, long strips first (1/4” x 12”). This makes cutting such thin strips easier when you have large piece to work with. Trim at 4 1/8” and 8 ¼”. This will give you 6 small strips (save the 3 smaller left over strips for bonus card project). You will alternate different sides of the DSP and glue them onto a scrap piece of cardstock that is 1 3/8” x 4 1/8”. You will have a slight bit of dsp left over on either end, trim off excess dsp with paper snips. Cut this strip into 1 3/8” squares, you should end up with 3 total.

    Punch (3) 2 inch square pieces of the whisper white cardstock with the corner scallop trim punch then adhere one of the pieced dsp squares from previous step.

    Embellish card as desired. For my particular card, I punched cupcakes with punch, and threaded the 3 scallop squares on a very narrow strip of cardstock, and tied a knot of both ends of banner. Stamp and punch sentiment. Mounted on a piece of matching cardstock 4” x 5 ¼” that has been embossed.

    Card # 2, 3, 4:

    Trim 3 strips of designer series paper down to 1 ½” x 11 ¼” then score at ¾”; 1 ¼” ; 2 ¼” ; 2 ¾” ; 3 ¾” ; 4 ¼” ; 5 ¼” ; 5 ¾” ; 6 ¾” ; 7 ¼” ; 8 ¼” ; 8 ¾” ; 9 ¾” ; and 10 ¼” pleat paper. When pleated it will equal 4 ¼” and fit perfectly on a A2 card. Adhere to border strip, adhere to card base.

    Views of completed pleated paper:

    Stamp sentiment, punch and embellish as desired.


    Card # 5 & 6:

    Each of these cards were created with one of the 4 ¾” x 3 ½” pieces of the designer series paper. Mount designer series paper on a piece of cardstock that is 5” x 3 ¾”, and adhere to the card base. Embellish as desired.

    Card #7, 8:

    Each of these cards were created with one of the 2 ½” x 4 ¼” pieces of the designer series paper. On each side of the dsp, I added a strip of matching cardstock (same color as card base) ¼” x 4 ¼ and adhered it to the card base (I don’t mount it onto a larger sheet as this way adds less bulk (weight) & saves paper…but you could if you prefer. Embellish as desired.

    Card #9, 10:

    Each of these cards were created with one of the 2 ½” x 5 ½” pieces of the designer series paper. On each end of the dsp, I added a strip of matching cardstock (same color as the card base) ¼” x 5 ½”. Punch border trim and adhere to edges, then mount onto the card base. Embellish as desired.

    Bonus Card: After recreating the cards, I had several tiny strips left…which I decided to piece together and create another card (instead of throwing them away).   I cut the 3 strips that were the leftover from the 1st card in half. I used this as a template, and cut the remainder of the strips to this size.

    There was one that piece that was shorter than the others. I used the leftover piece of and attached to the shorter piece. You will hardly notice the seam (but I plan on covering it with ribbon anyways).

    Here is a picture of it pieced all together, hard to see the seam: (I trimmed this piece and mounted it onto another sheet of cardstock).

    This is the final (bonus) card I came up with:

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Hello Kitty birthday card…

I made this card for my niece who just turned 4. She is having her birthday party with her older brother in a couple of weeks, so it gave me some extra time to make the card. I thought I would try a different color combination since I am always using pinks and blues. I used a Sizzix Hello Kitty die; Martha Stewert monarch butterfly punch;  Spellbinders dies; DCWV and Stampin Up cardstock. The card is called a center step card, instructions on how to make it can be found on SplitcoastStampers:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/centerstepcard/

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Baby girl card…

My friend just had a baby girl. I had to make a cute card and send it her way just to say “hi!” and see how she and the baby were doing. Here is a list of what I used to make to make the card: Cricut Baby Steps Cartridge, baby girl cut at 6″. Chipboard letters. Stickles. Adhesive backed rhinestones. Sizzix embossing folder. DCWV cardstock. Ribbon. 

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