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Jack-o-Lantern November 11, 2017

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Here’s a quick and easy jack-o-lantern card to make, which can also be made as a pumpkin for Fall/Thanksgiving cards.


For this card, I started out using Amber Mica Metallic cardstock. I used the Pumpkin Fold-It die set to create the card.  Included in the set are various shapes for the face and layering pieces for the pumpkin.  The stem is cut out of Kraft/Brown bag cardstock, and the face is my favorite Epic Black cardstock.  I inked the pumpkin with Memento Tangelo ink and then with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink.  The card front is embossed using an embossing folder, which gives it a little extra dimension.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


Foiled Rose September 2, 2017

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For those who celebrate it, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend with friends and family.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I hope you enjoy this card.

gold rose

For this card, I foiled some Eclipse Black cardstock using an Anna Griffin hot foil plate and the Go Press and Foil machine.  I am in love with the result!  The rose is layered on a piece of the ever-delicious Heavy Weight Clear Vellum which cuts like a dream!  Don’t be afraid to try it because it’s super thick.  The two die cut layers are on top of a piece of paper from my stash, attached to a card base of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Foiled Carnations April 16, 2016

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I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!  For today’s project, I’m sharing a card created using some beautifully textured paper that is foiled – yes, foiled!


For this card, I printed out a beautiful carnation image by Create with TLC using my laser printer on Epic Black cardstock.  This is an awesome black cardstock that has a very light texture.  Using toner reactive foil, I sent the image through my Minc machine, which resulted in this beautiful image.  I cut it out using a Ticket Framelits die and adhered it to a doily which is matted onto one of the beautiful Hambly Studio screenprints (a portion of Vintage Patchwork).  Since the screenprints are definitely a layering element, you do need to use a nice, sturdy card base.  For this purpose, I chose to use Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.

Mini Notebook July 25, 2015

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I’m really excited to share this notebook with everybody today.  The original tutorial I saw was done by Lawn Fawn, and you can see it here.


Front, showing closure

In order to create this mini journal, I started out with some Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock.  You really need to use a heavier cardstock for the cover of the mini journal because otherwise, it will not hold up well with the closure.

I cut the Cryogen at 7 3/8″ by 4 1/4″ and used a Hero Arts stamp called Many Petals to stamp the design all over the cardstock.  The stamps are colored using Spectrum Noir markers (DR5, CR7, CR11, IB1, and I softened the edges of the IB1 using the colorless blender).

After creating the background for the journal cover, I scored it at 2 7/8″ and 6″.  I used my Cropadile to punch the hole in the journal flap, used a small circle die cut (about 1/2″ diameter) to create the “button” closure from Epic Black cardstock and attached it using a snap since I didn’t have any coordinating brads on hand.  I used a 3/8″ corner chomper to round the corners of the flap of the journal cover.


back of mini journal

The paper inside the journal is five pieces of copier paper cut down to 10 4×6″ pieces.  I folded them in half using a bone folder, and then I used a craft knife to trim the edges of the paper down 2 3/4″ wide so that the edges will all lay evenly and not peek out of the journal cover when it is open.  The paper is attached to the cover using a stapler, but you could also punch some holes in the spine and thread more twine through to keep it together.


journal, open to show pages

I attached some twine to the under side of the Epic Black cardstock with Glossy Accents, but any strong liquid adhesive will do.  After letting it dry, you can wrap the twine around the journal a couple times and keep it closed.  I also tied a knot in the bottom of the twine so that it wouldn’t unravel.

Hope you enjoyed this and will give it a try yourself!  These would make really cute little gifts, and you can truly customize them using specialty paper and stamps.

Not One Tooth, but Two! March 21, 2015

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This is my beautiful niece, Emma.  She has finally lost not one tooth, but two!  It seems like one of those front teeth has been wiggly for a loooong time!  Judging by the photo, it looks like she’s pretty happy that the tooth fairy will be visiting.

Emma No Front Teeth

Here is the card I will be sending her.  She loves to receive mail!20150318_212920_resized

The image is called Tooth Fairy Joy by A Day for Daisies, and it is printed on XPress It Blending Card because originally I was planning on coloring this with Copic markers.  Instead, I wound up using Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, with a little bit of clear Wink of Stella on the wings.  They worked amazingly well, considering this cardstock isn’t really made for use with water.  I accented it with Ice White  Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and then matted the image using a combination of Epic Black (my favorite black textured cardstock) and a piece I watercolored using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on watercolor paper.  The larger piece of Epic Black is embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The card base is Treasures Periwinkle 80# cardstock.