A Happy and Carefree Birthday Card

The summer has run away! I can’t belive there’s only two weeks until school starts up again here in Western Washington. We’ve had so many hot sunny days to enjoy here before its back to business as usual. (its true! We DO get lots of sunshine – and not just the liquid variety we’re so known for.) Last weekend, me and my family met up with my brother and his family and my parents to celebrate my neice’s 13th birthday at a local lake. Seeing my neice and a few of her friends carelessly enjoying the sun and fun was a nice reminder of what being young is about. Ah, to be 13 again!

I wanted to make a card for JJ taht was as bright and cheery as she is. When I moved into my new house a few months ago, it was clear my paper collection had grown out of control. But the good thing in sifting though it all was rediscovering some of it that I love. This older paper from American Crafts Happy Go Lucky line. The double sided papers came in a large variety of patterns and bright shades – pink, purple, orange, light blue apple green and red – perfect for a girly birthday card.


For the layout, I was inspired by a scrapbook layout by Danielle Flanders (see it in this post on her blog.)  I didn’t have some of the shape dies to embellish it like she did (I love the diecut arrow with baker’s twine wrapped around it). After glueing down each square, I stitched over the top for some added interest.


I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink that had a few stars which I added in two shades of pink after I stamped the message. I then adhered the white circle to a die cut dioly and adhered it all to the front of the card.


I had a few full 12×12 sheets of paper left so I made an envelope to go along with the card. I love using the Martha Stewart scoring board to make envelopes. The board has a little tool to create envelopes and has some basic scoring directions for several different envelope sizes so you don’t have to figure out where to score. A custom envelope with a custom envelope is such a nice touch.


Good news! Papercrafts Magazine recently accepted two of my digial sentiment designs and the first one was used for the recent design call that was sent out last night. (Mine’s the Thank You! sentiment.)

I hope you have a chance to fit in a few more days of fun in the sun with your kids or grandkids before the routines of school settle back in. Maybe you can even spend an hour or two together making something from paper together (they’ll love it – I guarantee it!)



Snickerdoodles & a Sweet Little Card

Happy Monday! I’m back today sharing a new card I made over the weekend for a friend who moved out of state everal months ago. I miss her tremendously and baked up some Snickerdoodles for her and her husband to send along but the kids ate them all. (Ok. Ok. So me and the Mr. had our fair share too ) W e couldn’t help ourselves – they were SO good! Bake them today. You’ll see what I mean.

Ok. So the card.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had an organized space devoted to card making and paper crafting and so I’ve been just playing around, getting “back on the bicycle” and I have this favorite layout I’ve worked with over the years, so I started there.

Usually, when I get started on a card I think about the sketch first. A sketch is a rough shape or layout of a card design. I find it helps me plan better and gets me started on the right foot. Sometimes I stick to the sketch while I’m creating – other times, I deviate if the pattern of the paper or a die shape or any other element I want to use  needs to be tweeked.

I keep a little book with these sketches  – some I’ve come up with on my own, some I’ve taken from magazines, some from challenge blogs, etc. I hang it on a hook right next to my work table and I thumb through it frequently to get the noggin going on ideas. I added some tag designs in it too because I make tags often.


Here’s the sketch I used for today’s card:



You can see from the card that the sketch is close but not exact. For this card I wanted to emboss a background that was the same color as my card base. When I do this, I like to sligthly darken the edges of the embossed piece to give it a slight contrast against the card base and highlight the edges. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for this beause the kraft paper is fairly dark. On white or natural stock, I’d use Frayed Burlap or Antique Linen (one of my very favorite Tim Holtz colors).


After cutting the strips and then running them through my sewing machine, I used a Spellbinders die to cut the shape. I then used a little bit of glue on the backside to hold the stitches together.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment, make a little twine bow and used a heavy-duty glue dot to adhere it to the card. That baby’s not going anywhere!


I wish I…er …I mean those kids of mine hadn’t eatten all those cookies. 😉

Oh well. Now off for another round of baking!

Oh Baby!

Happy Wednesday! I’m giddy to share these two quick-and-easy cards with you this week.

I like to make a few cards at a time, especially when they are simple enough to do in less than 30 minutes. That way I have one to use now and one or two to keep in my stash for later. Believe me, they come in handy!

I made these two adorable baby girl cards in about 20 minutes by using the same layout for both and just changing out the papers and embellishments. I made it even easier by using the same designer paper pad for both.

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I thought the Stella Rose collection from My Mind’s Eye would work perfectly for a couple adorable baby themed cards. I just adore how fun this set is and the colors tied in well with the pink baby buggy and parasol stickers I had on-hand from Pebbles.

I start by cutting the large recgangle After selecting the contrasting strip for the top and bottom, I use pinking shears to cut the zig-zag pattern on one edge. Then I adhere the pieces together on a white blank card. Using some Post-It tape, I place a Spellbinders circle thin-die where I want it on the card front and ran it through my Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutter. This creates a window so that the sticker can be placed on the inside of the card but be seen when the card is closed. You can see in these pictures how the sticker is actually placed on the inside of the card. Just make sure that your personal handwritten message on the inside is placed in an area that is covered by the front of the card when it closes.

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To finish them up, I trimmed and stamped the sentiment banner and used a few small pieces of foam tape to secure it on either side, just covering the bottom of the circle slightly to add a little more layering.

I finish by adding a bow using some string and a button to finish off the card.

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I have a friend in mind for one of these but the other is going in my stash. I love having cards ready to go when I need one and when they’re this cute, its even better!

Have fun dreaming in paper!