Monday, January 30, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Card

While Valentine's is mere days away and we've been giving you lots of projects for that holiday, poor old St. Patrick's Day is feeling a little left out. So today's project started to share the love and luck of that day. {But you might notice that it has a small resemblance to Valentine's Day as I guess I couldn't help myself.}


This card is quick, fun and uses few supplies. So get some Stardream Metallic Emerald text weight paper, Basis Magenta and Stardream Metallic Crystal card stock, your scoring board, a large heart die cut or punch, black ribbon and small letter stamps and ink. That's it. Here we go!
  1. Trim Stardream Metallic Crystal card stock to 6x11".
  2. With your scoring tool, place it vertically and score at 1/8, 1/4" on each of the long sides.
  3. Turn the card to the horizontal side and score at 1/8, 1/4" on each side also.
  4. Score at 5 1/2" and then 1/8, 1/4" on either side of the center score.
  5. Turn the card over and fold down the center.
  6. Use your punch or die cut {mine is approximately 2 1/2" tall} to cut three Stardream Metallic Emerald hearts and one Basis Magenta.
  7. Use mini letter stamps to add sentiment to the pink heart. Set aside.
  8. Score green hearts as follows:
    1. Down the center.
    2. Mark the curves of the heart {I used my score tool} from the center at 1/4" intervals towards the outside.
    3. Score, from the marks you just made down to the point, every other mark from the center (top line on the left of the image below)
    4. Flip the heart over and score the remaining marks. (top line on the right above)
    5. Scoring in this manner will help you fold the heart like an accordion. (bottom line above)
    6. Complete the other two green hearts.
  9. Cut a small stem from green card stock and score in the middle. Flip it over and score on either side of the first score line.
  10. Fold the stem like the petal hearts.
  11. Tie a ribbon around the bottom of the card and adhere the green stem and hearts.
  12. Use dimensional adhesive to add the pink heart to the card.
Then send it to someone...and make their day! Have a Happy Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.


Stardream Metallic Emerald text weight, Basis Magenta, Stardream Metallic Crystal  (

Tools Martha Stewart Scoring Board (EK Success), 2-1/2" Heart die or punch, letter stamps, 
Embellishments Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko), Black ribbon and other adhesives

Friday, January 27, 2012

Easel Card with Drawer

Do you need a little something special for that someone special?  This is a fun project to make anytime of the year for a sweet treat.

Start with a 2 sheets of 12 x 12 65 lb. Brown Bag cardstock. Cut a strip 4” wide and then cut to 11” long.  Cut another 4” strip.  Cut a 4” x 4” square and save the remaining 4” x 8” strip.  From your second piece of cardstock, cut a 5 7/8”x 5 7/8” piece from the cardstock. 

Score the 5 7/8”x 5 7/8” at the 1” mark on every side.  Cut along the score line to the first score on two sides, creating flaps for your box bottom.  Score well using a bone folder.  Adhere the cut edges to the inside of the adjacent flap, creating your box bottom.  I used red line tape to make sure the box stays together.

Next, Score the 11” x 4” strip of cardstock at 4”, 5” 9” and 10”.  Using the bone folder, score well to create a band to go around your box.  Using red line tape, I adhered the 1” flap from one end to the opposite end, creating the band.   Set aside.

Now, we'll create the easel topper.  Score the 4” x 8” cardstock at 2” and 4”.  Using the bone folder, create a crisp fold.   The 4” x 4” portion of this piece will attach to the drawer when completed.  Adhere patterned paper (I used Pinecone Press’ Sweet Hearts paper) to that  4” x 4” square.  You do not need to use a full 4” x 4” piece of paper, as your easel will cover at least 1 ½” of the top towards the fold. 

Cut a 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”  piece of Pop Tone’s Hot Fudge  cardstock and mount to remaining 4” x 4” kraft square.  I die cut  Stardream Metallic’s Jupiter Cardstock and layered with  Neenah Classic Natural White 80 lb cardstock .   I stamped “Happy Heart Day” on the heart and adhered it to the hot fudge cardstock. Then, using a heart punch, I cut three hearts, one from leftover kraft, one from the Neenah Classic Natural White, and one from my Sweet Hearts paper.  I layered those using a pop dot for the patterned paper.  (The sentiments and heart stamps came from Raisin Boat’s Tree’s Company set.  )

Adhere the completed 4" x 4" square to the easel by putting adheive on the outermost 2" flap, making sure the bottom of the 4" x 4" square is flush with the outside edge of the easel flap.  Before adhering, be sure to double-check the placement of your masterpiece so that it's not upside down!

Then, punch two holes in the base of your easel card and insert brads.  I used some heart shaped brads, but round ones will work, too.  The brads will keep your easel propped up instead of slipping down.  Once the brads are adhered, attach the the entire easel card to the top of your drawer.  I used a larger heart shaped brad on the front of the drawer like a knob. You could easily use a hole punch and thread ribbon through as a drawer pull, too.

Fill with candy kisses or whatever other sweet treat you have on hand and spread the love.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, January 23, 2012

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A Little Thanks

Create a simple little hostess gift this weekend!
One of my crafty girlfriends, who also happens to be a fabulous cook, is hosting a Valentine's Tea in a couple weeks.  I wanted to make her a little hostess gift, but didn't have a lot of time this weekend.  So, I made a half dozen cute little thank you notes with my Paper Made Bakery Fresh Baked Kit and some Brown Bag A1 envelopes.

Now, A1 (or 4 Bar) cards are not my typical card size, but I really like these!  An A1 card is 3-1/2" x 4-7/8".  I used the sparkly Curious Metallic card stock in Cryogen White for my card base. Here are my supplies...card stock, envelopes, patterned paper and my Big Shot for the Spellbinders die cutting.
Supplies needed...
I love the simple, no-frills feel to the Brown Bag envelopes and they go great with the Blissful patterned paper from Authentique Paper, which is just a small part of the January Fresh Baked Kit from Paper Made Bakery.  I used one of two little Thank You stamps recently given as a customer appreciation gift from Papertrey Ink for the pretty tag.
Fresh Baked Kit from
The tag is cut from one of Spellbinders' Fancy Tags 2 set.  The card front is as simple as can be -- just a 3-1/4" x 4-5/8" piece of patterned paper adhered to the front of the Curious Metallic Cryogen White card stock.  I inked the edge of the patterned paper I used to stamp the Thank You sentiment onto, as well as the scrolled edges of the Fancy Tags.  And that's pretty much it!

Use your scraps to whip up a batch of these A1 cards with some coordinating Brown Bag envelopes today.  Having a handmade gift at the ready is always a good idea!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentine's Day Card Pouch and Mini Cards

Here's my take on creating a little card pouch filled with mini cards, just in time for the Brown Bag sale and Valentine's Day!  Make this to use yourself, or share with a friend.  I like to spread out the love beyond Valentine’s Day… we have Valentine’s week around my house.  Each day when the kids and hubby come home from school and work, they find a little card and sweet treat waiting for them.  However you celebrate, these little cards will surely help sweeten things up a bit!

Assorted Valentine's Day patterned paper and embellishments
Paper cutter
Scoring tool
Adhesive, including sticky, strong red tape
RickRack or other ribbon
Corner rounder (optional)
Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Brown Bag cardstock to 4 1/4 x 7

On the 4 1/4 wide edge, score at 1/2" and 3 3/4"
On the 7 wide edge, score at 3 1/4" and 3 3/4"

Snip in to the intersecting line just a bit on the center folds to create two small tabs on the sides of your pouch

Fold on all of the scored lines

Using super strong sticky tape, apply strips of adhesive on the edge flaps.  You’ll put long strips on the bottom outer flaps and short strips on the top edges of the inner flaps.

Cut about 8” of your ribbon or rick-rack and attach it to the short strips of adhesive you added to the top, inner flaps.
Reveal the adhesive from the long strips and stick together the side flaps.  They are the same size, so they should align nicely.

When you’ve done that for both sides, you will have your little card pouch.

All that’s left is to jazz it up a bit with cardstock, patterned paper and other embellishments you want to use. 
For the cards inside, I cut three pieces of brown bag cardstock; each measure 3 x 6.  Score each in half and then decorate the cards to match your card pouch.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Envelopes become Treat Bags for Valentine's

Being an avid card maker, I tend to buy envelopes when they are on sale so I always have a bunch sitting around. Cut Card Stock has such beautiful options and I love working with them. Finding new uses for them is great and economical as I probably will never create enough cards for all the envelopes I have.

Today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to turn an envelope into a bag. It sounds nearly impossible but it is far from it. Look at these cuties.

Would you believe they came from the envelope below?

First, buy some beautiful envelopes from, such as Curious Metallics A6 Envelopes in Galvanised or by chance, locate some around the house.
  • Open the flap
  • Fold in the two sides
  • Fold up the bottom, the same width as the sides. For example, here I folded the sides and bottom 1".
  • Next, take some gentle finessing to open the envelope and begin to work one side into a flat flap as seen here.
  • Then work the other side. Using a bone folder will help get the point of the flap to cooperate.
  • Adhere the flaps to the bottom using Glue Dots. Your box should be able to stand now. If not, work the creases until they really hold their shape.

  • Adhere them using 3D adhesives for depth and then add them to the front of the boxes.
  • Embellish with grosgrain ribbon.
  • In order to close these darling trinket holders, push the center fold of the side  "in" and pinch the envelope near the top. Fold the flap down to close the box. Now, it makes a triangle if you look at the side. Holding the flap and side, punch a hole through three layers. Repeat for the second side.
  • Add treats to the holder. Tie a ribbon through the holes, and give to friends.

Fun, fun fun!!! Happy Valentine's Day! Eli

Papers Basis Magenta 80# Cover, Neenah Classic Linen Solar White, Curious Metallics A6 Envelope in Galvanised (
Tools Grand Calibur cutting and embossing system, S4-137 Classic Scalloped and S4-136 Classic Hearts, S4-301 Labels 16, S5-043 Fleur de Lis Motifs (Spellbinders), Bone folder
Embellishments Pink Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
Adhesives Glue Dots (Glue Dots), PVA Glue

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Valentine Treats using 3 x 3 cards

My son loves to give those red heart lollipops on Valentine’s Day.  I always think they need a little dressing up, and this year, I came up with a fun idea based on 3 x 3 cards.

I enjoy making 3 x 3 cards as gift enclosures, notes in my son’s lunchbox or tucked in a book I’m giving as a gift.  Best of all, when you use a 12 x 12 cardstock, you can get EIGHT cards from one piece! 

I gathered together a 12 x 12 piece of Brown Bag Kraft cardstock, an 8 ½” x 11” piece of Malmero Perle Blanc cardstock, some copic markers, a stamp set (I used Kid at Heart by Taylored Expressions), Atyou Spica pens in Sand, Silver, and Melon, Memento Black Tuxedo Ink, Holiday Red, Topiary, Lagoon, Pacifica and Pear ink by Close to My Heart,  3D Foam Tape, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, and of course, a package of the red heart lollipops. 

First, I cut my 12x12 Kraft cardstock into four 3” x 12” pieces.  Then, I cut each strip into two 3” x 6” pieces.  Be sure to score the cards you’ve created to make a crisp top fold.  I then used the heart stamp to stamp around the edges of each card (the middle doesn’t show with the frame on top).

I used CTMH’s Holiday Red ink to stamp the border stamp several times on the Malmero Perle Blanc cardstock.   I cut these out, and stamped sentiments using the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. 

After Copic and before
I had fun with the images from this stamp set.  I stamped each on the remaining Malmero Perle Blanc cardstock.  On the dinosaur, I was unhappy with the way he stamped using CTMH’s Topiary ink, so I colored over the image with a Copic marker.  I think you’ll agree he looks a lot better!

I used 3D foam tape to raise up the images on the frame, then used 3D foam tape again to adhere the frame to the card. 

It is really easy to make fun Copic hearts on your art, as I have done here.  First, you place the brush side of your marker onto your paper from tip to mid-nib.  You’ll see it makes a teardrop shape.  Then, you place your marker next to the teardrop to connect another teardrop.  Voila!  A cute Copic heart!  I suggest practicing this technique a few times before trying it on your art!

Finally, I placed a lollipop inside each 3x3 card and used my tiny attacher to staple the card together.

Happy Stamping!