A Lemony Tri-Fold Pocket Pouch with Sizzix


Happy Fri-yay, crafty friends! Hope you are all doing well, and are gearing up for some holiday fun this weekend. Many of you may have seen the amazing Sizzix Chapter 3 reveals over these past few days, filled with all our favorite holiday, Halloween, Christmas, and winter new releases. But today I’m going to step back a moment to the Chapter 2 release, with this bright and happy lemony sunshine project that I have the great fun of sharing this week on the Sizzix blog.


My bestie celebrated her birthday at the end of May, and since she loves the color yellow, we decided to throw her a little lemon/lime theme party. We had such fun gathering bright citrus table decor. And I put together this zesty tri-fold pocket pouch for her gift. Perfect for smaller gift items or gift cards, and a fun and unique twist on traditional gift wrapping.


I used several dies from Chapter 2… Doodle Art #2 and Crochet #2. And I absolutely adore all that intricate lacy detail. And because I love fabric as much as I do paper, I made a fancy stacked flower centerpiece from silk and wool, a fabric brad, and ribbons and trim using one of Sizzix’s Bigz flower dies. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps up on the Sizzix blog and the Sizzix UK Making Journal blog, if you’d like to learn more.

I hope my friends and family in the States have a fantastic 4th of July weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Doodle Art No. 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz L Die - Large StemsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Mustard SeedRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Twisted CitronScor-Pal - Scor-Pal Eighths Measuring and Scoring Board - 12 x 12Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

Sizzix Stitched Ovals Thinlits Die Set
Stampin’Up Trim
Wool Felt, Silk Flower, Fabric Brad
Parchment Paper

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Celebrate with July CardMaps

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Hello, crafty friends! Happy Wednesday and happy July to you! It’s the start of a new month and a new quarter, and that means that today marks the release of a brand new set of card sketches over on the PageMaps site. I had the great fun of creating some projects with the new sketches, and am happy to share them with you here on the blog, starting today with a little patriotic number just in time for the 4th of July.


Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring the adorable Gnome for the Holidays 4th of July collection by Photo Play Paper.


As you can see, I followed the sketch very closely, and love how quickly and easily this came together. Just simple layers of crisp white cardstock mixed with bold Americana prints from the paper kit.


I made my own tag out of one of the patterned papers to get the perfect fit for the center of the card. And then used stacked circle dies to take a notch out of the side to fit the design. The sentiment and the gnome and BBQ are cardstock stickers, popped up with foam tape for a bit of dimension.


Such a fun collection. These silly gnomes just make me smile. There is a whole series of Gnome for the Holidays now, if you haven’t seen. And for a few more days (until July 9, 2020), Becky is offering raffle tickets for a chance to win this amazing collection giveaway shown below, all in honor of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Details and ticket purchase can be found on the PageMaps website HERE.

Such a great cause, and an amazing raffle prize, too. Good luck to all! And don’t forget to check out all the new July PageMaps and CardMaps sketches for tons of crafting inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackPhoto Play Paper - Gnome for July 4th Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackHoney Bee Stamps - Honey Cuts - Steel Craft Dies - Circle Thin FramesDress My Craft - Hole Punch - One Quarter Inch Circle

A Wild Honey Hello with Photo Play Paper


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you were able to celebrate all those special men in your lives yesterday for Father’s Day. Today I have a just-for-fun card to share that I made with the adorable Wild Honey collection from PhotoPlay Paper.


I absolutely love honey bees, so this collection is really one of my favorites from the summer release. I used one of the cut-apart journaling cards for the sentiment, just cutting some small notches from the top and bottom with a circle punch.


The stickers were popped up with foam dots, then a few die cut circles for layering, and a simple twine tie. This card was based upon a sketch from the April CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Wild Honey Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Paper Punch - Circle, SmallMay Arts CHAMPAGNE Baker's Twine Twisted Ribbon 41202*

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Happy Bird Day with the Sizzix Making Journal


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been on a bird kick lately, right? Well, today I have yet another tweet bird project to share.. this time a card that was posted this week on the Sizzix UK blog The Making Journal, featuring my favorite die sets from the Tim Holtz Chapter 2 release.


The adorable birds from the Feathered Friends Thinlits die set has by far been my favorite set from the spring release. I love that they can be colored in so many variations to create many different species of birds, and they all turn out so beautifully. The Funky Wreath die set is the perfect companion set for these birds, and once again I’ve added in a wreath on my project today. I love dressing up the wreaths with small extras, like flowers or ribbons or bows. On this card, I made a messy nest for the bird with some wonky “greens” and natural twine. And added in a hand-stamped sentiment banner to finish the design.


It was recently my mother’s birthday.  She loves bird images and nature scenes, so this card was made specially for her. She’s getting quite the bird collection going, I must say!

I’ve got all the details and the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project up on The Making Journal blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - EtceteraTim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash WALLFLOWER Cardstock Pack TH93110Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Media MarksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz XL Die with Framelits - Curio BoxRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Rusty HingeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Archival Ink Pads - Mini Kit - ThreeMay Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

Hero Arts Printer’s Type Lower alpha stamps

Tweet Tweet with Tim Holtz Patchwork Bird


Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been on a bird kick lately with my crafty projects. So perfect time to share this tweet bird-inspired fabric project with you… A pillow that I made some time back featuring the Tim Holtz Handmade Alpha XL and Patchwork Bird Bigz dies.


I love making fabric projects with my dies, and I was really excited when Tim Holtz asked me to make some secret fabric creations for his Facebook Live Chapter 4 2019 reveal.  I really had fun with this pillow. There are so many layers and fabulous details on these patchwork birds, and since it is a Bigz die, it’s super easy to cut thicker materials with it, like the wool felt and fabrics I used here.


I tried something new with this pillow, which is using Distress Paints to create a hand-painted watercolor background. I sketched in very loose tree branches and leaves, painted in with muted earthy tones of Distress greens and browns. I really like the framework that gave to the birds, and how it worked perfectly to ground the images into a scene. The bird pieces, themselves, were die cut from a variety of felt and fabric and pieced together. I added lots of hand-stitched details to enhance their patchwork feel.


I added some favorite pompom trim around the edge of the pillow, and topped it with a messy bow made from thick twine, vintage millinery flowers and velvet leaves, and a vintage button. So very tweet!

Be well, friends! Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Patchwork BirdSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

You’re a Cutie Pie with the Sizzix Making Journal


Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy first of June! This weekend, I had the great pleasure of posting an altered tag tutorial over on the Sizzix UK blog, The Making Journal. And today I wanted to share this cutie pie project, featuring the adorable Gertrude the giraffe die set, here with you, too.


Tags are one of my absolute favorite projects to make, as I always find them useful for so many occasions. This sweet tag with the new Gertrude the giraffe Colorize die makes me think of the adorable zoo animals that are often used for baby gifts and décor, so I went with that theme in mind while creating this tag. This project uses several Tim Holtz die sets from both Chapters 1 and 2, and I love how well the whimsical styles work together. The Doodle Art background plays beautifully with a Media Marks hillside, and creates a perfectly little outdoorsy scene for all your favorite critters. I think any of the playful Colorize animals from Chapter 1 and 2 would look great on here. And think how fun a whole row of these tags together would be.


My Mom made a wall hanging out of felt that had a giraffe very much like this that hung in my brother’s room when he was a babe, so this project is filled with nostalgia for me. Isn’t it funny how simple bits of paper can bring back so many memories?

You can check out all the details and step-by-step tutorial for this tag on the Sizzix Making Journal, if you’d like to learn more.

 Hug your people, friends! And sending out lots of hugs from me to you!
Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Gertrude - ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Doodle ArtSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Media MarksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz XL Die with Framelits - Curio BoxSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Faded JeansRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Collage Medium - Matte

Sending Sunshine with Therm O Web


Happy Thursday, crafty friends! There’s nothing like pulling a bit of happy mail out of the post box, and with the current situation of quarantine and COVID 19, this holds true even more so than ever. So today I am sharing a festive and happy card that is sure to brighten up anyone’s day and fill a mailbox full of sunshine.


I made this card for Therm O Web this past week, and it features two of the GinaK Designs stamp sets along with the soft velvety texture of iCraft Deco Foil Flock transfer sheets. I love all the different ways that the flock sheets can be used and how they add a different visual element to a design. I used the flock as-is here, but also die cut and stamped on it, too. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


Sending lots of sunshine your way, friends! Be well!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 PackGina K Designs - Stamp 'n Stencil - 5.5 x 8.5 - Stamp Set - Crazy DaisyGina K Designs - Stamp n Foil - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Graphic SunflowersGina K Designs - Stamp n Foil - Craft Dies - Graphic SunflowersTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Flock Transfer Sheets - Sunshine Yellow - 4 PackGina K Designs WILD DANDELION Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE43Gina K Designs JELLY BEAN GREEN Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE38Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting Soil

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Love You S’More with CardMaps

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Hello crafty friends! Happy Memorial Day to you (and happy birthday to my sweet mom,too)! Memorial Day always feels like the unofficial start of summer, doesn’t it? And although we are still sheltering in place as much as possible, I can’t help dreaming of all those wonderful summer things… picnics and backyard bbq’s… trips to the beach…. or s’mores around the campfire. So perfect time to share this last card that I made for the April 2020 CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog.

Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring the adorable Camp Happy Bear collection from Photo Play Paper.


I used to love to camp in my younger days, and still fondly remember many happy nights spent around the campfire, just like these cute guys here are doing. I’m just a sucker for cute critters. Love that this bear can’t decide between fish or dessert, so he’s having both. Definitely a bear after my own heart.


I followed the sketch very closely this time. The owl and the tree branch image on the background are from one of the larger cut-apart 4×6 journaling cards that I trimmed down to size. I layered the bottom with several patterned papers from the collection, and inked the cardstock base with a bit of light Distress ink to match. An old cloud border die was used to make the shrub line. Then I filled in cardstock stickers for the rest of the design.


These days, I’d rather camp out in a chair on the beach than in an actual campground. How about you? Any happy campers in your house?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Memorial Day. Let us never forget
this day to remember and honor
all the brave heroes who served
to hold our flag high

Memorial Day - Last Monday of May - USA Holiday - CalendarLabs


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 PackPhoto Play Paper - Camp Happy Bear Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Taylored Expressions Cloud Border Die

Happy Mother’s Day with Ranger Ink


Happy Saturday, crafty friends! This past week I had the great pleasure of creating a Mother’s Day project tutorial for the Ranger Ink Project Page. And since this is Mother’s Day weekend for those of us in the States, I wanted to share my project here with you, too.


This larger 5×7 card was created with my mother in mind. She loves bird images and nature scenes, so of course I thought these fabulous Tim Holtz birds from the Feathered Friends die set would be perfect for her. And in this larger size format, this card could be displayed as is, or placed into a standard 5×7 frame to be used as a home decor piece all year round.


I’ve become quite addicted to these birds. I think they are my top favorite set from Tim’s Chapter 2 2020 release. I often pair them with another favorite die set, Funky Wreath, and I’ve done that again here. Although these dies cut tradition round wreath shapes, I’ve found they can be easily manipulated into other forms when snipped apart and softened with a bit of water coloring. I added in some small die cut flowers from an older set, and personalized the card with a Tiny Type alphabet sentiment.


My mom has already received this card, so no spoilers here. Love you, Mom!

As always, I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more.

And for more Feathered Friends inspiration, check out this post
Springtime Home Decor Frame

And this post
To My Tweetheart Card

Hope all my mother friends out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Be safe, stay well! And thanks so much for stopping by.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Small Tattered FloralsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerDyan Reaveley Stencil 5 x 8 MARTHA'S MAT Dylusions Ranger dys71457May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken ChinaRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Mustard SeedRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Bundled SageTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Black Soot

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Materialize Paper Stash

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Hello Sunshine with CardMaps

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Happy Monday! It’s the start of another week of quarantine here in North Carolina. I’ve lost track of how many this makes now, and am actually having a hard time even remembering what day of the week it is. But I’m very grateful to say that the sun is shining with beautiful spring days and that we are all still healthy. Hope you are, as well.

At the beginning of April, the PageMaps website released the new CardMaps sketches, and I am very excited to have been able to create a few card samples for the reveal. If you are a card maker, or are wanting to become one, these sketches are an amazing source of inspiration. Here is one of the April sketch designs, and below is my take on it.


This sketch is for a square card design, and I did mine in a 5×5 size using the adorable Tulla & Norbert collection from Photo Play Paper. I chose two main patterned papers for the background, and accented with paper banner strips and cardstock stickers. Those banners are a great way to sneak in a little more patterned paper without overwhelming the design.


The sketch called for a rounded edge on the second background paper, and I substituted for a more wonky curved edge that I die cut using the Stitched Slopey Joes Border Dies by Heffy Doodle. Foam adhesive behind some of the stickers added a bit of dimension to the design.

May is PageMaps 14th Anniversary! To celebrate, they are giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to A Cherry on Top. For your chance to win, leave a comment on their Facebook page and tell them what your favorite cupcake flavor is.

To double your chances to win, visit their Instagram page and comment there, too.

They will combine all comments from FB and IG and draw a random winner on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Good luck, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Tulla and Norbert Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitHeffy Doodle - Cutting Dies - Stitched Slopey Joes Border

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