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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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.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Little Fox Valentine Treat Boxes

Little Fox Valentine Treat Boxes

Last fall I shared a Little Fox Treat Box that I created.  This time, I changed up the colors, added some hearts, and created these Valentine versions! Here is the link to the previous box with all the directions: Click here

Finished size is 4 x 5 inches and is 1-1/2 inches deep (at the bottom, tapering up). The face acts as the flap to open the box, and is held closed with either a magnet or Velcro dot under the nose.  If you are giving these to children, you will want to use the self-adhesive Velcro dots instead of magnets. The Velcro dots are easier to attach, but the flap is a little harder to open than using magnets.

Which little Valentine fox is your favorite, pink or blue?!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Valentine Truck Treat Box

Valentine Truck Side View

Valentine Truck Side View #2

Valentine Truck Back View

Valentine Truck Front Viiew

Last year I made a Valentine wagon, so I decided to make a Valentine truck this year. Finished size is approximately 4-1/2 x 1-3/4 inches and is big enough to hold a few chocolate candy hearts, etc.  I made the truck using the Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, some circle punches, and a simple box construction.

  • Cut 2 trucks found on p. 71 of Everyday Paper Dolls at 2-1/2 inches to get a 5 inch long truck. (The 2-1/2 inches represents the height of the truck.) I cut the truck front away from the truck bed by hand just behind where the door ends at the window frame and shortened the bed by about 1/4 inch on each truck. The truck in the cartridge is a safari truck and I wanted more of a pickup. Attach the two pieces back together, overlapping the pieces by approximately 1/4 inch to get a 4-1/2 inch truck. (Make sure you do both truck pieces the same.) This also gives it a more realistic look because it looks like the door could open, though it doesn't.  
  • To make the box to attach the truck pieces to, start with a piece of matching cardstock cut at 3-1/2 x 6 inches. Score at 1 inch on all 4 sides. Cut up to the score line on the 2 long sides, fold in the tabs to create the box. Secure with heavy duty adhesive, score tape, etc. Attach truck pieces to each long side of box, keeping them even so the truck will be freestanding. 
  • For the tires, I punched out four 1 inch circles in black. For the insides of the wheels, I punched out four 1/4 inch circles in gray.  
  • For the fenders, I punched out 2 more 1 inch circles in red, cut them in half, and attached them onto the truck above the wheels to resemble fenders. I added them with dimensional dots. 
  • For the "metal" trim pieces on the truck, I used a silver striped washi tape, but you could also use strips of silver paper or gray cardstock. 
  • I added two 1/4 inch punched out red circles for the taillights and two 1/4 inch gray circles for the headlights. 
  • I used a gray marker to color the edges of the truck where it looks like the headlights are and added a small mark on each truck door to resemble handles. 
  • In order for the candy to only go inside the bed of the truck, I added a piece of cardstock inside the truck. I cut a piece of red cardstock 1-1/2 x 4 inches, scored it on the short ends at 1 inch, folded it, and placed it loosely inside the truck. You could attach it if you want to, but it actually fits inside and stays in place without doing so. That way you could hide another little goodie under this piece of cardstock. I added some punched out hearts on top of this piece. 
  • I added a few punched out hearts onto the side of the truck on both sides, along with a Valentine greeting on one side. I made the greeting on my computer and printed it out.
  • Add some paper shred and candy to the truck bed. 
There are a lot of steps involved, but it isn't really that hard to make. I think any little boy would love it, maybe even a husband! Instead of red, you could make it the color of his truck!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sending Love Valentine Cards

"Sending Love"

My first Valentine card is made with Stampin' Up supplies from the "Sending Love Suite." That then led me to create the "Mailbox Sending Love" card below using a Cricut cut and paper from the "mint to be fab" 12 x 12 paper pack from the Paper Studio. The supplies I used are detailed below.

Mailbox Sending Love

Valentine Card #1 - Sending Love:
White Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
White Stitched Layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches, cut using "Bundle of Stitched Shapes" by Simon Says Stamp
Red Square Layer: 3 x 3 inches
White Square layer: 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches
Patterned Paper Layer: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches, cut using "Stitched Framelits" by Stampin' Up. Paper is "Sending Love DSP" by Stampin' Up.
Mini-envelope and liner - "Love Notes Framelit Dies" by Stampin' Up.
Greeting: "Sealed with Love" by Stampin' Up.
Red Heart: Stampin' Up punch

Valentine Card #2 - Mailbox Sending Love:
Black Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
Black & White Heart Layer - 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches "mint to be fab" pack from the Paper Studio 
Black & White Love Layer - 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches "mint to be fab" pack from the Paper Studio
Mailbox - Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge, p. 67, cut at 1-1/2 inches. I cut the shadow layer, the mailbox layer, and layer 1, cutting away the smiley face. I also cut the red flag (Layer 2). The post is a handcut 1/4 inch strip. I attached the flag to the mailbox with a small brad so it actually moves up and down. I added a small punched red heart to the front of the mailbox. I layered the Layer 1 cut on top of the mailbox cut, and then attached those layers to the shadow layer with dimensional dots.
"Love" die cut: Set of word dies from Momenta - Hobby Lobby
Mini Red Envelope - hand cut using a 1-inch strip of paper, folded and trimmed to resemble an envelope. I added a small punched out black heart as a seal.

Stay tuned until Valentine's Day for more Valentine projects and cards!

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Coffee Solves Everything" Card

Coffee may not really solve everything, but it sure helps! I love my coffee! Today's card is a reflection of that. The coffee stamps are from Sugar Pea Designs called "Caffeine Addict" and the "Happy Place" stamp is from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set called "Celebrate Everything."

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" in crumb cake. I added a white layer and then a layer of patterned paper from the "Serene Scenery" collection by Stampin' Up. The coffee cup is from a die set by Sugar Pea Designs that matches the "Caffeine Addict" stamp set. It is called "Sugar Cut - Coffee to Go Cup." I've used these stamps and dies several times. They are a great set!

I added a brown layer of cardstock (Early Espresso) across the bottom and stamped "Coffee" onto a strip of the patterned paper. I stamped "solves everything" onto white cardstock and banner cut it to go across the bottom. I also added a couple of enamel dots in Early Espresso.

 I hope you enjoyed this coffee card. It's going to be an icy weekend where I live so as long as the electricity stays on, I'm going to stay warm with a cup of coffee, or two or three!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Coffee Card - "For You"

Today it's 10 degrees where I live and it's coffee drinking weather! I love my coffee but especially enjoy it when it's cold outside. Today's card is a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card in black, with a layer of patterned craft cardstock and other embellishments.

The patterned cardstock comes from a 6 x 6 cardstock pad from Hobby Lobby by Canvas Corp, Canvas Home Basics. I found a swirly cut on the Accent Essentials cartridge by Cricut, p. 50, cut at 3-1/2 inches that mimics the swirl in the patterned layer.

I cut a 2 x 3-1/2 inch tag from the same cardstock pad and added the "for you" die cut from the Stampin' Up Mini Treat Bag Thinlet Dies. The coffee cup stamp is from a darling coffee stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs. I punched it out with a 1-3/4 inch circle punch and layered it onto a 2 inch circle punched in black. I added some sheer black ribbon to the hole in the tag. I love black on cards and think this turned out rather sophisticated looking!

I have another coffee card planned for next week's post from the same Sugar Pea stamp set, so I hope you will come back then! I'm also planning a Valentine card using the same set. Stay warm!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Snowman Thank You Cards ... Using Wrapping Paper!

Christmas is over and now it's time to send out those Thank You's! Here are the ones I created this year using.......wrapping paper! I got the idea from a video I saw on You Tube by Nina-Marie Trapani for Simon Says Stamp ( link here). Hers are precious and a little more elaborate, but I loved the idea of using wrapping paper, so these are the cards I created.

First you need to glue a piece of the wrapping paper with the image you want onto some plain cardstock. I used a glue stick. Then I ran that piece through my Sissix Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies from Stampin' Up. I then cut another larger circle using the next size up in the Stitched Shape Framelits and glued one on top of the other.

The stamps I used are from a snowman set by Maymay Made It. I added a strip of Stampin' Up washi tape from the Pop of Pink collection.

I made 6 cards and it took me about an hour, but I was getting faster as I went along. These are pretty simple and a good way to use up some of that cute wrapping paper you have left!