Happy New Year Pop Up Card!

I know it's cliché but are you as surprised as I am that we are about to enter 2022? I'm not sure where the year went but it's coming so we should embrace it with celebration. 2021 has been no picnic but I'm hopeful for a better 2022 and beyond. Without further ado, let's take a look at this Pop Up New Year Card!

This card offers lots of dimension and packs a good punch but it also collapses completely flat and into an A2 envelope for mailing. Here's what it looks like flat.

This is a .svg pattern from Lori Whitlock called Hexagon Pop Up Card New Year. I cut it with the Cameo 4 machine but you can cut it with any machine that accepts .svg files. There are several pieces to this card but it's actually pretty easy and intuitive to put together. The pop up pieces all cut out with a number like the circle portion shown below for easy ordering in the base. I cut the inserts out of Pop Tone Whip Cream Cardstock. In this photo, you'll notice two #3 pieces. These glue on top of each other to give the piece extra strength. The black and patterned pieces below wrap around the base when the rest of the card is done. To start I glued the pattern pieces on to the black base cut from Basis Black Cardstock.

The next photo shows all five of the pop up inserts. Aren't the gold and black balloons, stars and champagne glasses beautiful! I used Stardream Metallic Gold and Onyx cardstocks to give these an elegant new year vibe. The mica coated cardstock is so perfect to amp up the glam!

Next I began working on the base of the card. I scored all the lines and then glued one side and folded it over. The slots are then located at the top of the card and are used to install all the inserts. Notice that there are five slots for the five inserts in the previous photos.

Here is the piece folded and glued.

The first insert to be glued in is the circle #3 piece. It will fit through the slot closest to the glue seam. Secure it with glue to the black cardstock center wall. Then place insert #2 in the slot in front of #3. Holding the pieces flat, glue only the tab to the black base as shown. Once complete, insert #1 in front of #2 and secure it the same way.

After securing the first three tabs, this is how the piece looks from the side.

Now do the same for pieces 4 and 5, making sure that the decorated sides are facing the front of the card. This is how it will look at that point.

To finish the base, glue the remaining large top flaps to each tab below. This forms the box base that supports the pop up function of the card. It should look like this.

Now all that is left is to position the black and patterned wrap around the base so that the glued insert pieces are hidden. There are two definite rectangle shapes in the wrap. These two sections are glued on the front flap and on the matching back flap of the base and the wrap. Then the tab at the end of the wrap is glued to the opposite end of the wrap. The wrap has score lines so it's easy to identify the two rectangle shapes that attach to the card base.

And that is all there is to making this stand out, stand up card! I felt its needed a sentiment so I stamped and embossed Happy New Year on to a piece of Basis Black Cardstock. I punched it out, embellished it with two gold enamel dots and glued it to the front of the patterned card base.

I think this will make an awesome card to give to the party host or hostess this year. It is sturdy and stands perfectly. I am in love with the beauty of the Stardream Metallic Gold and Onyx Cardstock too. This project just wouldn't be the same without it.

Stardream Metallic Cardstock is the perfect way to add some shine and shimmer to your projects and this month it is on sale! You will love all the colors this comes in. If you're like me, the hardest part is deciding what colors to use.

Thanks for stopping by today. I wish you a very happy and healthy 2022. See you on the flip side!

Happy Creating!
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Santa Clause Is Coming To Town!


It's Janet here with a very cute miniature matchbook card made with Art Impressions set 5442 - MB Santa Christmas Card. This is such an adorable holiday matchbook card! 

To make this Santa themed project, I first used 5317 - MB Template Die to cut out the matchbook base card. It's always best to use two-sided cardstock for the card base since both sides of this card are visible.

I cut out the window using the Template Die and a window frame out of red cardstock. Next I stamped and colored the scenery pieces for the card with Copic markers. I used a white gel pen to put in a few highlights. Isn't Santa just adorable? He seems to be taking a long needed break after a night of delivering joy.

The next step was to use the dies to cut out the scenery pieces. I installed them in the card base putting Santa on the right and the tree on the left. The cookies table and the sentiment go in the front. It's easy to tell where they go because of the tab placements on the pieces. You'll find it easy to put this together too.

The little matchbook cards are so much fun to make and even more fun to give. Everyone loves them because they are so unique and have such fun details. You can get yours at the Ai Store. 

Happy Creating!
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Hedgehog Fall Window Scene


Hey everyone! It's Janet here and today I want to show you how you can expand the use of Art Impressions ShadowBox Window Die Set. This die is made to work perfectly with all their Windows to the World stamp and die sets but there's no reason you can't also use them with other images. In fact, I've got a winter window with Santa waving hello in mind to do for a Christmas card very soon!

In this project, I chose the adorable hedgehog from #5191 Feast Mode Set. There are many cute characters and sentiments in this set that are perfect for fall. Three of the four critters in the set could be used in the ShadowBox die. I cut the shadow box piece and stamped on it. Then I colored this cutie with Copic markers. This is a really simple and quick image to color up. I have put the Copic colors I used at the bottom of this post.

Please stop by my channel to see how this was colored and constructed. Click on the thumbnail below.

In addition to the ShadowBox Dies, I used the Rectangle Double-Stitched Dies to cut out the pretty patterned paper for the front of my card. The sentiment I chose from the Feast Mode set is very touching. It fit nicely on the white space of the patterned paper. 

Hedgehog belly & face: E50, W1 and R20
Hedgehog body: E29, E33
Veggies & apple: R30, G10, YR14, G28, BG75 & YG06
Leaves: YR14, YR04, YR07
Blue background: B01, B00, B000, 0

Happy Creating Everyone!

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Voila! Cupcakes Are Served!


Hello! It's Janet here to show you another card using the new Swirl Cupcake brads. This is a clean and simple card (CAS) that shows off the yummy looking cupcakes and one of the pink hearts from the Heart Brad Set. Sometimes the simplest things are the best things! 

The jolly chef comes from an old Stampin' Up stamp set called Voila! I found set while thrift shopping two years ago and FINALLY used it. It's super simple to color since it's almost all shades of gray. He's really a cheerful fella isn't he? 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your Sunday is restful and peaceful! It may be one of the last easy going weekends left before the Christmas season hits so eat up!

Stampin' Up Viola Set

Happy Creating Everyone!

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It's Lla-Mazing! New Llama Set You're Gonna Want to See!

Ll'amazing things are happening at Art Impressions right now! Not least of which is the super fun new Llama set that was released this week. This set includes several llamas and accessories that can be used together or alone. There are many fun sentiments in this set too. They are hilarious in fact!

Today's card shows of the pair of llamas with the stack of presents and cake as well as the basket of flowers. These are only a few of the accessories that are designed to be used separately as I did. Optionally the accessories are designed to fit perfectly on the back of a single llama also in the set! There's a lot of flexibility in this one and soooo many great images and sentiments.

This set also includes matching dies so you can quickly cut out the images for your cards. I sure do appreciate that! I'm not a fussy cutting fan though I know many say they find it relaxing. On this card I colored up the llamas with Copic markers and added a little texture into their fur. I also added designs to the presents to make them my own also.  

I've got a video on this set and how I made two cards using this set.

Of course no card can be awesome without good cardstock. I chose to use 65# Pop Tone Gumdrop Green for this one and a fun green patterned cardstock from my stash. Pop Tone cardstock is a great brand of quality cardstock. It has a very economical price point and is one of my favorites lines! 

On the other side of this slimline, I used a semi-circle cut with the double stitched circle set for the sentiment from the set and enhanced it with the basket of flowers. All the accessories are nicely sized and could easily be used as a single image on a clean and simple card. I love that about this set! I also used a strip of champagne colored long zig-zag bling from Eyelet Outlet at the top of the card. It has a middle-eastern flair that felt right for this card. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a fantastic week!

 Happy Creating Everyone!

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Minty Fresh Reindeer Stackers!

What sights and smells trigger your holiday traditions and memories? Peppermint candies always bring me back to holidays at my grandparent's home. No Christmas went by without a bowl of peppermint candies on the table. Even though I don't eat them, their smell and sight always bring back good memories. My project today honors that memory. It's got a "peppermint twist" and includes lots of dimension and a cute stack of baby reindeer.

We're the Perfect Blend - Coffee Inspired Card

Happy Sunday everyone! It's Janet and today I'm here showing off Eyelet Outlet's new Iced Coffee Brads. When I saw that there are strawberry and chocolate coffees in this set, I thought of the sentiment I used on this card. It's sweet but not too sappy and could be given to a best friend or a significant other. 

Autumn Window Scene - You Have to See It!

 I am totally in love with the newest Windows To The World sets issued this week by Art Impressions. In case you're not familiar with them, the line features miniature peeks into a scene and always include a separate stamp to use as a 3D element. They come with dies as well. They also always include a hand written message around all sides of the image. Today I'm featuring the new #5449 - Autumn Window Set. I'm a big fall lover and this scene doesn't disappoint!

The Windows To the World sets can be used several ways. They are sized perfectly to coordinate with the new #5408 Shadowbox Window Die set. You can also use them with #4619 Window Die Set or #4760 Garden Window Stamp and Die Set. These dies give a lot of dimension and the feeling that you really are looking through a window.

For this card I decided to keep it very simple. I created a square card base and applied a patterned paper that had pretty orange houses with gold foil accents. Then I cut a window on the front using the Square Double Stitched Die set. Inside the card, I stamped the image so that it appears through the window. Two of the Square Stitched dies to make a frame for the window in the same cardstock as the base. 

Then came the fun part! I colored the two stamps with Copic markers and cut out the basket. I mounted the basket in the scene with double-sided foam tape. A brown bow at the top was all the extra embellishment I thought this card needed.

This window would be a lot of fun to color in so many mediums! Pencils, water color and alcohol markers all work perfectly and they make up super quickly since they are fairly small images. 

I hope you liked seeing this fantastic new set. I highly recommend that you go check out all the newest sets now available at the Ai store!

Happy Creating!
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Copic Markers on Kraft Card Stock - Sending Thanks


I don't know about you but I really love Kraft cardstock! It's so versatile and the soft neutral brown goes with every color and theme. It gives off a little rustic vibe but it can also be used on very sophisticated projects too. I personally like to use it when working with floral and greenery images and today's card is an example of that. You may not think of using Kraft cardstock for Copic coloring but it works nicely and it gives a richness to it.

A Mini Garden Shed - It's a Beauty!


Hello friends!I hope you're weekend is off to a great start. The fabulous new releases continued this week over at Art Impressions with a round of brand new Matchbook cards. They've added a Halloween themed room, two Christmas scenes, an office scene and a garden scene. My card today features #5444 MB - Garden

These enticed me to take a little break from fall and Christmas and explore this fabulous garden shed.  It's a darling little world of flowers and pots you are likely to find in every garden shed throughout the world. The details of blossoms, herbs, garden gloves and even the peek of a watering can make this scene so much fun to create, give and receive!

To make this card, I stamped the images on marker friendly card stock. I chose many bright Copic marker colors and a few pastels. I really didn't think about what colors to use but just colored one stamp at a time working in sections. I chose the hues as my mood directed. I find coloring this way is the most relaxing. I just let go of the thinking part of my brain and allow my creative side to pick colors. Before I knew it, the images were all done and ready to cut out and put in the matchbook template (sold separately #5317). The template is the card base that the individual stamped images fit into. 

All the matchbook sets come with dies to match the stamps. I cut them the Flower Shop images, folded the tabs on each stamp and used the tabs to glue them into place in the matchbook base. When done, the stamps fold in so that you can close it up and give it to someone. For your convenience, there is an optional die for a matchbook envelope (#5318). Both the matchbook template and the envelope will work for all the matchbook scenes so you only need to buy them once.

I will mention that the Matchbook Templates are currently out of stock at the Ai Store. I checked several of their resellers and they're out of stock too. Obviously the matchbook cards are selling like hot cakes! If you are wanting to purchase the template, I advise you create an account on the Ai site and use the notification feature. That way you'll be emailed when they are back in stock and you can complete your order. You can also periodically check Simon Says Stamp, Scrapbook.com and Ellen Hutson. At this time they are also sold out but they might stock it sooner so it's good to keep an eye out. The pricing is the same no matter where you purchase them.  

I hope you enjoyed this fresh little matchbook card and will go check out the entire matchbook line. There are a lot of them now and there's definitely something for everyone. Have a wonderful creative weekend everyone! 

Happy Creating!

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Christmas Gnome Cutie!


Hello! It's my turn at the Eyelet Outlet blog. Today I have a cut little gnome for Christmas. He's making Gift Brads deliveries today since we all know it's going to be impossible to order gifts after October this year! Ha ha!

This card features the Glitter Winter Washi Tape as the background. A Holly Brad decorates the sentiment. A cute little green Heart Pastel Shaped Enamel Dot decorates his hat. The gnome and his cart is printable art I purchased from Pink Gem Designs. I fussy cut him before applying with foam tape.

In case you didn't notice, Eyelet Outlet issued four new brad sets this week. In addition to Gift Brads, we added Female Cardinal BradsCupcake Swirl Brads and Iced Coffee Brads. They are awesome additions to add to your stash and will help get your creativity going.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Happy Creating Everyone!

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Christmas Truck - So Cute!


Hello! Have you seen the new Art Impressions Rides Interactive Series just released? So far there are three stamp sets and they are awesome. I especially like that all the images are interchangeable between the three sets. The images can also be used on their own without the cars or trucks to give you maximum versatility. 

Today I'm showing you the card I made using the new Christmas Truck Set and the Slimline Dies Set. There is a lot packed into this one. It includes the truck, separate fenders for the wheel wells, two presents, a tree, a candy cane, wreath, snowman, star, bow, string of lights and sign. I really love that this set comes complete with matching dies. That's a lot packed into one set! 

I invite you to watch the video I made for this card. Find it by clicking on it below.

I chose to create a slimline scene. After arranging goodies into the truck, I put it on an action wobble. It's so fun to make the truck shake. I arranged a package, candy cane and some magic dust (aka sequins!) to the rear of the truck. This makes it appears that along the way, a few things escaped!  

I hope you enjoyed the card I made for you today. I invite you to make a visit to the store to see all the wonderful new stamps sets released so far!

Happy Creating!

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Adorable Cookie Baking Ginger - Cameo 4 Project

Hello everyone! 

I am in the middle of a love affair for gingerbread tags for the holidays. I have been making them since August and I show no signs of stopping! Have you been obsessed by a certain topic or theme before? 

Today I'm sharing my latest Ginger tag or ornament (if desired) made with my Cameo 4 machine. This file is from Kadoodle Bug Design and it's called, Cookie Dough Ginger Boy. The finished tag measures 5 1/2" x 4" so it's pretty substantial.


Hi everyone! It's my day on the Eyelet Outlet blog and I've got a fun, sorta spooky A2 sized Halloween card for you today. The spooky tree is accented with Ghost, Eye, Mini Leaf and Spider brads. I love how the eyes give the tree a real personality! 

The images and sentiment in this card are from the new Diamond Press Peek-A-Boo set. I stamped the tree first on Copic friendly cardstock. Then I colored the tree with a brown blend and used a bright yellow marker for the eyes and mouth. I cut a mask for the tree and put it over the colored image. I did the ink blending with oxide inks and then splattered the panel with water and Dylusians White Linen Spray. The webs are from the new Art Impressions Web Dies Set. 

This was a fun card to make. What Halloween cards are you making this year? Check out the EO store for all your fall and Halloween embellishments!


Thanks for stopping by today. 

Happy Creating Everyone!

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So Cute Critters In a Wagon! Art Impressions New Release

Have you seen the new Halloween releases from Art Impressions yet? Oh my goodness! They are adorable! Today's project uses the new Halloween Slimline Set, the Slimline Dies Set and the Web Dies Set. These little trick or treaters are way too cute to spook!

I am so happy that Ai has added a slimline die set. This has 6 stacked dies. As a bonus, it includes a long flag die too. For today's card, I used the 3rd largest die for the main panel and stacked it on top of an orange panel cut with the 2nd largest die. I love the stitching and it matches all the other stitched die sets from Ai. 

I haven't done a construction video for a while but I have one today! Click on the thumbnail below to see how I created this card.

One of the great things about the new Halloween Slimline Set is that it comes with matching dies for every stamped image except for the skinny Halloween letters. However, I did notice that the flag in the Slimline Dies Set would cut that phrase out perfectly. 

I colored the images with Copic markers and then created a background panel using several Oxide inks in Forest Moss, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch. I created the moon by cutting a mask with a die from the Round Double Stitched Die set. The negative of the cut was used like a stencil to fill in the moon with Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade. Then the circle itself was used as a mask to protect the moon while I blended the much darker sky around it.

Water and Dylusions Spray in White Linen was used on the inked panel before I arranged all the pieces on it. The critter wagon (as I like to call it) was mounted with double sided foam tape. I cut the webs out of black glitter cardstock and attached them and the other images to the panel with Art Glitter Glue. I have to say that I adore the hanging bat from the set. I think he could carry a card all by himself, he's so cute! He even has tiny little fangs. The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment Trick Or Treat on the bottom of the card using a phrase from the Halloween Critters Set.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I've encouraged you to check out all the new releases from the past two weeks at the Ai store. There's more coming so keep your eyes and ears on! You're going to love the new designs. In the meantime, join us in the slimline card challenge going on now through Wednesday next week. You could win up to three sets of your choice!

Happy Creating!

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Nostalgic Fall - Apple Pie and More!


Hi everyone! It's feeling more like fall here all the time and the season always makes me think of the good apple pie that would be served in my hometown restaurant this time of year. The restaurant (and 25 cent pie) is long gone now but the memories remain. 

Today's card for Eyelet Outlet let me bring to life some of those old memories. The paper piecing was done with a file called Apple Darling from KaDoodle Bug Designs. I cut it on my Silhouette Cameo 4 machine. I used a die for the blessings word and cut and glued 4 layers together for some depth. I used chalk to highlight the pie edges and white chalk to make the chalkboard seem a little more chalk-like.

Once the paper piecing was done, I arranged the scene by adding Apple, Coffee and Sunflower Brads from Eyelet Outlet. The brads add nice metal textures and bright colors to any scene made with them.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week!

 Happy Creating!

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Art Impressions New Release - May Your "Witches" Come True!


New releases are starting to come out at Art Impressions. Woohoo! There's so many amazing sets coming out for everyday, fall and winter/holidays. Today I'm showing the first of several new Window to the World sets that will get announced over the next few weeks. This one is sure to become a fan fall favorite. It's called Spooky Window Set and it's available NOW at the store. This set also is sized to coordinate perfectly with the Shadow Box Window Die which allows a 3D look. 

The sentiment surrounding this image was too good to hide so I cut the window and created a stitched frame in purple glitter paper with the Square Double Stitched Rectangle Set to make it visible. The card opens and the image shows through from the inside. I colored the images with various orange, purple, yellow and brown Copic colors. The cat is its own image and the set includes the die for it. I had to make this one black using cool gray Copic Colors. To add some magical sparkle to the card, I used a strip of pearl and black gem bling and purple cardstock with a hint of glitter in the pattern. 

One of my favorite things about the Windows to the World series is that the images are small and it doesn't take long to color them up in your favorite medium of choice. From pencils, to markers, to watercolor, it all works wonderfully and quickly! 

Happy Creating!
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Paper Piecing with Cameo 4

After not doing paper piecing much for the past few years, I have been doing a lot more lately and rediscovering my love of it. I find it very relaxing and it has the extra bonus of it turning into something great when it's done!

Let's Get Baked! Gingerbread Christmas Card


Hello everyone! I'm just not able to stop Christmas crafting so I guess I give up! I'm going to keep throwing in a Christmas card or two each month until the big day arrives! 

I started this card by cutting the doily and phrases for this card with a file in Cricut Design Space. I cut the doily in a beige cardstock but decided to ink it up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it a more "baked" look. I sprayed the inked doily with Glitter Dust and white iridescent spray. As it dried, I covered a 6 x 6 card panel with black and gold foil washi tape. On the doily, I placed the words and inserted the brads from the Gingerbread Set and the Baking Set. Then I glued the doily to the washi panel. To finish the card, I placed several different sizes of Black Pearl Bling on the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Remember, it's never too early for a good baking!

Happy Creating Everyone!

Fall-Oween Blog Hop - Rolling Pin Cookie Box

Hello and welcome to the Fall-oween Blog hop sponsored by CutCardStock! The Design Team will be sharing a plethora of fall and Halloween projects. At my stop, I'm sharing this really unique cookie box constructed from Basis cardstock and a cut file from Dreaming Tree. Please make sure you read to the end where you will find the guidelines for a gift card drawing and the hop lineup.

Enter by following me on Instagram. An additional entry can be earned by subscribing to my YouTube Channel. Comment #sugarshinedesigns on my latest posts on both sites so I can find your entries. Giveaway for the cookie box closes at Midnight, September 25th.

Going Batty for Halloween!


Hello crafty friends! Today I've got a pair of hauntingly cute Halloween cards. These are made with images and sentiments from the Art Impressions Happy Haunting set #4940. These cards are my interpretation for the Going Batty Challenge that just started this past Thursday.

Both cards are set at night. The first one I worked on was the A2 card using the happy little critters that are enjoying their costumes and treats. I colored the characters with Copic markers and then fussy cut them out very close to the stamp border. I inked up a bright yellow piece of cardstock with Distress Oxide different purple and black inks. Before doing so, I used a cut circle from the Ai Circle Double Stitched Die Set for a moon mask. Once inked, I splattered the panel with water and then with a white iridescent spray. After drying, I stamped the tops of two trees in the set around the top of the moon. I added bat images using the included stamp. Some orange inking was done on the yellow moon. Additional white dots were added with a gel pen. The sentiment was heat embossed on velum and sequins were used to hide the glue holding it in place. Finally, I added the critters across the front of the moon. These characters look like they are having the best time on Halloween night!

To begin the second night scene, I used my Silhouette machine to cut a file from Paige Evans to get a whole background of bats. I put black glitter cardstock behind the background so they would show up well. The background was done in light gray cardstock. I sprayed it with both white and green iridescent sprays. While that dried, I colored the owls and fussy cut them out. A large circle die cut was cut from yellow cardstock and the edge was trimmed to be flush with the bat panel. The tops of the trees were again stamped to create the branch background for the owls. The edges of the bat panel were darkened using distress oxide ink. The owls were nestled in the branches and I stamped the bat in the background. The sentiment is heat embossed in an eggplant color. A few sequins finished up this card nicely. I love how one of the owls are staring down at the spider below them. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my take on these night scene cards that are spooky but not scary. Please link up your project for our Art Impressions Going Batty Challenge. It can be any Halloween crafty project and it's not limited to cards. You can win up to three stamp sets of your choice!

Happy Creating!

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