A Visit to Fall and a Reverse Stencil Technique


Good morning everyone! It's the last day of July and the very beginning of the dog days of summer. My mind turns to thoughts of cooler weeks ahead and yes, you guessed it - Pumpkin Spiced coffee! Being in a fall kind of mood, I decided it would be fun to make some tags to put on upcoming fall birthday presents and bags.

Sandy Feet Are The Best Feet!


Hello crafty friends! Today I've got a fun sandy beach scene full of fun EO beachy brads. To make this card, I created a blended background out of distress oxide inks. The sand was created first by masking off the horizon line and then I blended the water and sky. 

I used the new brown flip flop brads along with Sandcastle Brads and Beach Umbrella Brads. The Sun and Cloud Brad set always looks great in a sky scene. 


I matted the scene on a handmade water color background I had made some time ago. I keep handmade backgrounds on my work table until I find a use for them. I think this one looked great with the scene colors. I used a light brown kraft cardstock with lots of fiber in it for the A2 card base.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having a beachy day!

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Funky Fancy Fold - Triangle Pop-Up

Hello everyone! Today I have a fancy fold card for the new Art Impressions Funky Folds Challenge going on now until August 5th.  This is called a Triangle Pop-Up card. It folds together to create half a cube with triangles that angle out when it's displayed. In the middle is an easel mechanism that creates the pop-up feature.

I decorated this card with images from the Whisk It Set #5001. I love all the stamps but my favorite is the stove with a batter bowl and a loaf of bread baking inside. So cute! I colored all the images with Copic markers. The retro blue/green & yellow color combos I used can be found at the end of this post. 

This isn't a difficult fold once you understand it. However, it's just "funky" enough that it takes a bit for most people to know how to fold it out to display. For this reason, I recommend giving this card in person so you can show them how it goes together.   

At the top of this post is how the card looks when it's fully open. To display this, you open it all up and then move the right bottom quadrant on top of the left lower quadrant. There is a set of magnets that will find each other. They hold everything in place and that's all there is to setting it up for display. 

It's a little more complicated to fold it back up. Everything you see below is the inside of the card. The bottom half is split. The bottom half is split only to the middle and it has to be this way in order to pivot the bottom right quadrant on top of the bottom left quadrant for display. 

Now you fold up the bottom half to meet the top half. This reveals the back of the lower left quadrant in the photo above. This is the front of the card once it's all folded up. At this point, the square we started with is now folded in half. 

Next you fold the right half behind the left half to make a 4" square shape. Now it's ready to go into an envelope. Some people like to use a belly band or a ribbon to hold all the layers together a little more tightly. I am good with that though and I didn't do either.

My video shows the major steps and how to fold and unfold this card in real time. I walk through all the pieces and how to do the final assembly as well. Just click below to see it.

To further assist you, I have made a list of paper pieces with sizes needed and a diagram that shows where the pieces are placed on the 8" x 8" card base. The numbers correspond to the diagram where applicable. I had to make this for myself to keep it all straight since there are so many pieces and layers. Hopefully, you'll find this helpful too.

Paper Dimensions and Cutting Directions: 

  1. Cut a square out of base card cardstock - 8" x 8" square. The square in Diagram A is this piece.
  2. Cut a white square - 3 7/8" for card front. Also cut a main pattern square - 3 3/4." Glue together.
  3. Cut a white square - 3 7/8" for left bottom quadrant.
  4. Cut a white square - 3 7/8." Also cut a main pattern paper square - 3 3/4." Glue together for placement on bottom right quadrant. 
  5. Cut a white square - 3 3/4." Also cut a main pattern square - 3 1/2." Cut both squares in half and glue the patterned triangles on the white cardstock to create two matted triangles.
  6. Do the same as step 6 using a contrast pattern square. Cut both squares in half and glue the patterned triangles on the white cardstock to create two matted triangles.
  7. Cut a rectangle out of base card stock - 6" x 3 1/2." This is the easel mechanism and it's shown in the diagram under the square. On long side, score at 3" and 4 1/2." Fold in half and place circle die on top so part of the die overhangs a small part of the fold. Cut and then fold the 4 1/2" score line to create the easel part of the mechanism. 
  8. Cut a square out of base card stock - 3 1/2." Use it to cut out a circle using the same die as in step 7. Glue this to the bottom half of the easel part of the easel mechanism. The top half of this circle should not be glued to anything but the lower half of the easel mechanism.
  9. Cut a circle using the die large enough to fit your sentiment. Mat it with another circle slightly larger. Glue together and attach it in the easel mechanism so that it will catch the easel section and support it to display upright. Make sure that nothing catches or is in the way before you permanently glue it in the card. 


                                     EASEL MECHANISM (above)

Before I go I need to share two other things. First is that I learned this fold by watching a video from Jan B on YouTube. She's a Stampin' Up Demonstrator from the UK. You can find her post with video here: Triangle Pop Up Card

And finally, the Copic colors I used for the bulk of this card are:
Retro Blue/Green Combo: B01, BG15 and BG45
Yellow Combo:YG00,Y02 and Y13

If you want to play along with this challenge, you can follow the link here to upload your card. The  winner receives three stamp sets which is a very generous prize! You don't have to use Art Impressions stamps but you do get extra points if you do. Head on over to the challenge post and show off your work! I can't wait to see it!

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Happiness Always! Make an Elegant Wedding Card and Matching Box


Hello crafty friends! Do you ever drool over those big fancy 3D flower cards that pop up on social media? Wish YOU could do that TOO? I've been there! My crafting style leans towards cute projects so it's out of my wheelhouse to make this project for you today. I discovered that the right supplies and tools make all the difference in a world when it comes to making something as beautiful and delicate as velum flowers and lacy panels.

Before getting into all the directions, I want you to know that if you're a visual person, I have a video that walks through the steps of making this card and its matching box. Click on it below. If you like to read about it and see photos, keep reading.

I used several gorgeous cardstocks from CutCardStock on this project. They include: Classic Linen White Pearl Cardstock, Neenah Royal Sundance Kraft Fiber Cardstock, Currency Gold Foil Cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and most importantly CTI Clear Translucent Vellum. I also used 1 piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper from Heartfelt Creations Window Scenes Collection. The flower stamps and dies used are the Wild Aster and Oakberry Lane Collections from Heartfelt Creations.

I began by making a 5" x 7" card base out of Linen White Pearl cardstock. On top of that is a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" Kraft mat. I made another set of mats out of Linen White Pearl and patterned paper sized 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and 4" x 5 1/4" respectively. On the backside of this layer I added sticky foam pads and attached a piece of iridescent 7/16" ribbon, secured on the back side with tape. I placed this set of mats on top of the matted card base so that the top two layers are lifted above the bottom layers.

Then I die cut three lacy panels out of White Pearl cardstock and matching solid layers in the Gold Foil Cardstock and glued them together. CutCardStock's foil cardstocks are so awesome because they don't hold fingerprints the way most do that I've worked with. Handle away! No prints or streaks will be left behind. Once complete I secured them down on the card base as shown.

Next I made two Aster flowers out of two stacked CTI Vellum. What a pleasure it is to work with this vellum! I heat embossed it with Ranger Bridal Tinsel powder. It's a mix of white and glitter embossing powders so it defines the stamped image well but also makes the vellum sparkle. I also made 5 additional small flowers for accents and I colored and cut out 4 leaf pieces.

I shaped the flowers and added prills and mini beads to the centers using Art Glitter Glue. Once dry, I added Floracraft Diamond Dust Crystals to the flowers using Art Glitter glue. The flowers turned out so elegant!

I created a pop-up sentiment using more of the vellum and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder.

I secured the gold and white lacy pieces to the card base and then arrange the flowers, blossoms, leaves, bow and the vellum sentiment with hot glue. The end result is so elegant and romantic!

Since it's such a thick card, I decided to make a matching box out of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in 110# weight. This assures that the box is extra sturdy and will stand up after being handled a lot. I have a box making calculation sheet for making any sized card box you'd like. You can pick that for free on my channel. Just follow the links in the video description on my channel for this project to get it.

After constructing the box, I decorated with a stacked mat using the same cardstocks as the card. On top I used another pattern piece of Heartfelt Creations paper and heat embossed the sentiment. I used a 5/8" paper punch to create finger holds to make it easier to get the box open. Finally I added a single small flower. Drop the mike!

Below are the card and box together. I will wrap the card in the box with gold tissue for an even more elegant presentation. This makes a great boxed gift and perfect as a wedding keepsake for the happy couple!

If you think this type of project is out of your range, I encourage you to try. If this is in your wheelhouse then I hope I gave you another idea to try. Have a great and crafty day!  

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Warm Hearts and Cold Noses Christmas Greeting!


I continue celebrating Christmas in July with warm hearts and cold noses! I love Corgi dogs. Our family owns Rocky, a precocious stubborn little personality that makes our house complete.
To create this card, I started by stamping the Corgi image from the Power Poppy Christmas Corgis set. I used Karin Markers and their blender pen to color it. I cut the image out and put it on top of a metallic silver paper circle cut with a stitched die from Art Impressions. I used the next larger die in the set to cut another circle and stacked the two together.

For the background panel, I cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece out of blue cardstock. I added strips of alternating Corgi Washi Tape and Skinny Silver and Blue Washi Tapes. At the very top I put two strips of Silver Sparkle Glitter Washi Tape. Then I cut a fancy border from a die and attached it to the top. I used a strip of Fancy Long Pearl and Jewel Bling to accent the top.

To finish this card, I placed a Large and XL sized Snowflake Bling toward the top of the card. A stamped sentiment was placed on double-sided tape and put at the bottom of the circles.  

Happy Creating Everyone!

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Sewing Friendship with Drapery Fold and Copic Coloring


Hello all! Today's card features another use for the uber cute Sewing Room Matchbook set from Ai. I thought it would be fun to use a fancy fold to build on the sewing theme so I've mixed the stamps and dies with a drapery fold and some stitched looking cardstock on this card. This is just perfect for a friend of mine who loves to sew!

I colored the sewing machine and shelf images using my Copic markers. Colors used are:
Sewing Machine: BV60, BV31, BV23
Sewing Cabinet, Shelf and Cloth: E50, E53, E57, YR02, YR04, C7
Thread Rolls: YR04, YR09, B00, B06, G21, G94, C7

A full video tutorial for this card is on my channel today:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Creating!
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Christmas Penguin Greetings!


Hey everyone! It's July and you know what that means! We get to break out our Christmas supplies and chill out during a hot time of year. One great way to do that is to break out the holiday themed Eyelet Outlet products.

This card was very simple and quick to do. I made a Kraft A2 card base and splattered it with white acrylic paint mixed with water. After it dried, I strung a brown jute cord between two Screw brads. Then I placed three cute penguins on it. I added Holiday Lights to the cord to make it look like a light cord. 

I cut the sentiment out with a die in green and white glitter cardstock. After placing them on the card, I added Snowflake bling and two Snowflake brads. I added two Snowflake Bling pieces in green to finish off this whimsical card.

Will you break out your holiday supplies this month? Go for it!

 Happy Creating Everyone!

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O Christmas Bee Tunnel Card


Hi everyone and welcome to some fresh Christmas air. It's July and in my book, the perfect time to bring out a little Christmas spirit in the heat of summer.

Today I've made a tunnel card for you. It's a fun fold that builds up a layered and dimensional look. It's a perfect style for scene building. In my tunnel, I've created a bee-utiful bee Christmas tree trimming party! Can you hear the singing? I feel like I can.

The tunnel card base was created with a card blank set from PhotoPlay. These are sold in packs of 6 and you can customize them with your own dies, papers and embellishments. 

I chose images from the Christmas Bee set, #5042. I stamped them on 300 Series Strathmore Bristol cardstock and used Tombow markers and a colorless blender to make these come to life. There are enough images to do several different cards in this set. I used most but not all of the images and only one of the seven sentiments included in it.

I decorated the tree image with red and silver stickles. Other than that, I added no other embellishments. These images stand on their own and I didn't think I needed more to create the happy scene.

I made a video with all the details. You can see it by clicking on the thumbnail below:

Here's a closer look at the tunnel scene.

And here's a little closer look at the card front. I imagine she is THE "Queen Bee." I always thought the Queen Bee would be kind of scary but she is a friendly, happy sort!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you might be inspired to look through your Christmas stamps and start creating a few holiday cards of your own. It's a great time to experiment and decide on card designs you want to use in December. There are lots of choices in the Ai store to get you going.

Stay cool!
Happy Creating!
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Slimline Tropical Shadow Box Card | Diamond Press Sunshiny Day Tutorial Featuring Gold & Silver Cardstock

Hello everyone! Feeling Hot yet? I know I sure am so this tropical card in bright neon colors seems very fitting about now.

I know you are thinking that silver and gold cardstock are limited to weddings, anniversaries or winter holidays. I challenge that idea with today's project . . . a tropical slimline card featuring, you guessed it, silver and gold! Would you be even more intrigued if I told you that neon colors could be successfully integrated with silver and gold?

Well, I hope you agree with me when I say that it's all possible. It's the unexpected mix of finishes and colors that makes this shadowbox card extra special.

Keep reading for complete instructions for constructing this card. If you prefer to see it done, I've got a tutorial video to help you.


This card was made with a stamp & die set from Diamond Press called Sunshiny Day. It's also known as Sunny Day. It's the 2nd in a series of 5 slimline shadowbox sets purchased through HSN. This kit is full of tropical summer images such as flamingos, a parrot, palm trees, sand, flowers and more.

I started by cutting two fronts at the same time out of CCS Silver Bright Foil Card Stock. This card stock gives you the pretty foil finish but doesn't hold your fingerprints or smear when touched. It reminds me a little of the fingerprint free stainless steel finish you find in today's appliances. Yet, it still has a strong reflective finish.
Two layers were also cut for the back of the base card using Aquamarine Stardream Metallic cardstock. I cut off the tabs on one layer of each. One of the trimmed fronts is glued to the card front. This is to add reinforcement and give you an opportunity to use a different cardstock, like a patterned paper if you want to make it different from the main box.
The front and back are glued together on one side.
Flip it over and use the trimmed back piece to cover the tab and seam and provide a perfect card background behind the windows.


Cut the sand inserts out of CCS Gold Glitter Card Stock. Gold glitter may not be your first thought for sand but it works great because of it's texture and color!

Glue additional cardstock sand hills in place and glue the Blue Raspberry Pop Tone wave die cut to two of the glitter sand inserts. Wet glue will provide the best adhesion on glitter finishes. Burnish the score lines in the three inserts and install to the back of the card using wet glue so you have time to position them properly. Leave a small gap between the inserts so they can be folded flat for mailing.


Stamp the two Flamingo images onto Pink Sapphire Mirri Sparkle Card Stock with StazOn ink to avoid any smearing possibilities. Use the same ink to stamp on a sturdy Bristol Card Stock. I like to use Strathmore Series 300 paper for this. Color the images as you like. I used Karin Brush Marker Pro water based markers using their neon set. I blended the colors using their blending brush marker. These are eye-popping colors that fit the theme perfectly. I used Cocoa and Cinnamon for the palm tree trunk and the parrot's branch.


Use the included dies to cut all the pieces out. Decorate the box on the front and inside with the images.

Secure the last back tab of the box to the front and double check that everything will fold flat. This allows the dimensional card to be mailed. Pretty great right?!

Here's a closer look at the dimension of this card. I really like using the pink glitter cardstock for these flamingos!

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. I hope I inspired you to think "outside of the box" when it comes to gold and silver in your card making. It's definitely not just for weddings and holidays! Chow!

 Happy Creating Everyone!

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Happy 4th of July - East Coast Style!


Hi everyone and Happy 4th of July! Today I've made a card celebrating the East Coast side of the country. 

To make this card, I put a strip of Red Sparkle Washi tape on the edges. On top of that I place a white frame made with the largest die in the Spellbinders Candlewick Rectangles set. I love how the red glitter tape shows through the triangle openings on the edges of the die. In the corners I placed seashells from the Sea Shell brad set. 

With the bottom layers done, I worked on the scene in the center. The main image is from an 8 x 8 pad from Graphic 45 called Catch of the Day. It's an image on one of the pages and it works great here as the main focus. I used Glossy Accents to cover the sign and give it a clear shiny look. I added more themed brads from the crab, sea shore, star, anchor and mini butterfly brad sets.

Sometimes the quickest and easiest way to make a card is to start with a great graphic like this one and enhance it with brads and other accents. Eyelet Outlet has all the supplies you need to do this. Even better, they have just about every theme covered!

 Happy Creating Everyone!

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Wild Child! Copic Coloring Tips & No Mess Alcohol Ink Background!


Hello everyone! Today I'm here with the super fun Hats Off Mrs. Set. This card is bold, bright, colorful and full of sass! Just the way I like it and why I enjoy Art Impression stamps so much. 

This image was Copic colored. The colors used are at the end of this post for your convenience. Of course, this would be fun in all kinds of color combinations so pick your favorite colors and markers, paints, or pencils and have a go at it.

I chose a patterned paper background that is full of color and sets off this wild child well. I also used a circle of vellum with a paper frame to help make her detailed hat the focal point of the card. I used the rectangle, circle and flag double stitched dies on this card. Have you tried the flag dies for sentiments? They work really great for them and as accents too. 

A bit more on the background I used. The colorful background is a printed cardstock. I discovered this paper pack from Craft Consortium called Ink Drops - Vivid. There are many different versions and colorways in the Ink Drops line. For anyone who is intimidated by using alcohol inks or who doesn't want to invest in all the supplies, or simply doesn't want the mess - this is a perfect way to get a gorgeous alcohol ink look with zero effort. I'm so excited to have run into this paper. I love, love it!

I have a tutorial video for this card so stop by and pick up some Copic coloring tips I share that apply to this and other images you might be coloring. 

Robe: B00, B01, B04
Pants: C00, C00, C01, R81, R83
Hat: YR18, YR9, YR7
Hat Bow: R32, R35, R37, R39
Bottle & Glass: C7, C5, C3, C0, B000 

 Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed looking at this card idea. See you next week!

Happy Creating!
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