He’s Checking His List with PhotoPlay Paper


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I’m back today with another card to share that I made with PhotoPlay Paper’s adorable holiday collection, Not a Creature Was Stirring. This time, I mixed 6×6 paper and ephemera die cuts with the coordinating stamps and dies.


PhotoPlay has come out with pre-cut and scored white A2 card bases, and I love how eliminating that one simple step really speeds up the card making process. I layered the card base with patterned paper from the 6×6 paper pad and then wrapped the center with twine. The tag, present, white circle (flipped to the back side), and banner flag are from the ephemera die cut pack. The cute mouse and sentiment are from the matching stamp set, which were colored and die cut with the coordinating dies.


It’s a big day at my house. My son’s 25th birthday! Wishing him, and all of you, a super wonderful day!!


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

Color Play - Card Bases - A2 - 20 PackPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Clear Photopolymer StampsPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - Etched Die SetPhoto Play Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring Collection - EphemeraTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

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How To: Fabric Scraps on Tags


Happy Friday, crafty friends! Today I’m back to wrap up a week of fabric inspiration here on the blog with one last project. So far this week I’ve shared an easy-sew fabric project bag and a fun technique for adding fabric die cuts to paper-crafts. And today I’m once again showing a super simple and sweet way to incorporate fabric with paper. This time, on a set of gift tags featuring pleated fabric borders and ties.


It seems I can’t make anything without being left with a pile of scraps and leftovers, and the same holds true for working with fabric. Honestly, those scraps usually end up in the trash. But this time, I decided to put the scraps to use, and came up with these cute gift tags, perfect for wrapping up some small gifties I had for my BFF’s birthday celebration last week.


You all know I’m a sucker for cute little critters, so I couldn’t resist the Party on the Farm stamps and dies from Hello, Bluebird. The sweet farm animals were colored with Copic markers, die cut with the coordinating dies, and popped onto the tags with foam tape for a bit of dimension. I used a very old tag die from Papertrey Ink to make the tags and two different colors of Gina K Designs blue cardstock. Another oldie from my stash, the Fiskars cloud punch, added a little accent to each tag.


Of course I used the fabric strips to tie the tags to the cello gift bags. But I also made pleated borders across the bottom of the tags with more leftover fabric strips. And it’s very fun and easy to do. Simply add a thin line of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue across the tag, spread it even thinner with your finger, and then add the fabric, bunching and pleating the fabric strip as you go. The glue holds the fabric in place, while giving you enough open time to manipulate the strips as needed. I added a line of machine stitching down the center of the fabric to keep it in place, and topped it all off with some stamped sentiment banners.

It felt really good to use up some scraps instead of adding them to the trash heap, and I love how the blue sky backgrounds of these tags coordinate so nicely with the new Speckled Egg Distress ink I gifted my friends. How about you all? Have you snatched up the new color yet? Is it perfect, or what?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Speckled EggRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Reinkers - Speckled Egg

Hello, Bluebird Party on the Farm stamps and dies
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #1 die
Fiskars Cloud Punch
Blend Fabrics Seeds by Cori Dantini
Copic Markers

 

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Make Art Tag with Wendy Vecchi & Ranger Ink


Happy Friday, crafty friends! I’m back today with a sweet and simple tag project that I made with some new Make Art goodies from Wendy Vecchi and Ranger Ink. This tag combines two of Wendy’s Stamp, Die, and Stencil Sets and a fun technique of mixing Copic coloring with pearlescent Liquid Pearls paint.


What I really love about this coloring technique is how soft and subtle the shimmer effect is, that is almost a surprise reveal as you tilt and turn the tag to the light. Simply stamp, die cut, and color the image, as usual… and then add a top coating of Liquid Pearls mixed with water as a light watercolor wash. You can see here, in this angled view, the soft pearl finish you get.


I added Liquid Pearls wash to the leaves, too, and dotted the paint onto the berries for a bit of dimension. Really quick techniques that are so easy to do.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K Designs - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Stamp, Die, and Stencil Set - BravoRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Stamp, Die, and Stencil Set - Merci and MoreTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Scattered StrawRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Liquid Pearls - SunflowerRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Liquid Pearls - Prickly PearMay Arts YELLOW Baker's Twine Twisted Ribbon 41227*Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Huge Celebration with Therm O Web Glitz


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day and President’s Day holiday, as it’s been a hot minute since last I wrote. Today I have another Creativation card project to share that I made for the Therm O Web booth featuring Glitz Glitter Gel.


Although this card focused on the glittery Brilliant Blue Glitz background, it is a real mix of lots of my current favorite products. I used a Therm O Web rectangle die to cut out the large sentiment, which is an awesome new stamp from the Ranger Ink LetterIt line. I filled in the lettering with Copic coloring, and used the same markers to draw around the edge of the frame. That is My Favorite Winter 6×6 paper by Echo Park, and a cutie pie deer image from Hello Bluebird.


Just like that, we are halfway through February, already. I don’t know where the time goes. I’m still working away on my cross stitch project that I started last month, but am happy to say that I’m really getting close to the end now. And I recently snuck off on a little trip to Richmond to pop in on Pete. And I may, or may not, have dropped a penny or two at a needlepoint shop while I was there. Hope you are all doing well, and are having a fabulous winter! Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K Designs - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackEcho Park - Christmas - My Favorite Winter Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadRESERVE Ranger YOU ROCK Letter It Stamp Set lec68143Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Clear Stamps hb2239 Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Die Set hb2240 Therm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012*Echo Park - My Favorite Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Merry SnowGina K Designs - Glitz Glitter Gel - 2.3 Ounces - Brilliant BlueTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

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January 2020 CardMaps- Hug in a Mug

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Hello, hello, crafty friends, and happy New Year! I hope you all had a very wonderful holiday season, and that 2020 is off to a great start for you! Can you believe we are starting a whole new decade? Time sneaks away so quickly. I still clearly remember all the excitement of starting a new century in 2000……..like it was yesterday. 😀

With the start of a new year comes a whole new set of card making sketches on the PageMaps blog, and today I’m sharing the first card I made with the January sketches. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and my take on it featuring some adorable stamps by Hello Bluebird.


I’m sure you all know what a sucker I am for the cute little critters. Hello Bluebird has some of the cutest ones out there, including these sweeties from the Cocoa Party stamp set. Although this is mostly a holiday set, I think the images are perfect for a blustery winter look with their hot beverages and woolly jumpers. We’ve been having weather from the mid 50’s to the mid 70’s these past few weeks, so this may be the closest I get to actual snow this year.


My favorite paper collection for holiday cards this year was definitely Echo Park Paper’s My Favorite Christmas, so of course I had to try out their next release, My Favorite Winter. I picked out two snowy prints to follow the sketch design, layered with crisp white cardstock to make everything pop. The images were colored with Copic markers and die cut with the matching dies. The ovals are from the Limitless Layers Oval die set by Papertrey Ink.


Wishing you all a very crafty new year! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackEcho Park - Christmas - My Favorite Winter Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadHello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Clear Stamps hb2239 Hello Bluebird COCOA PARTY Die Set hb2240 Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Papertrey Ink: Limitless Layers Oval die set
Copic Markers

2019 Holiday Card Series- Day 9 with Therm O Web and Pink & Main


Happy Tuesday, crafty friends, and welcome to Day 8 of my 2019 Holiday Card Series. Last week I shared some silly llama tags that I had made for the recent Pink & Main match-up on the Therm O Web blog, and today’s project is a continuation of that post with this set of holiday llama cards.


Aren’t these llamas woolly adorable? They are from the Fa La Llama stamp set from Pink & Main. I colored my images with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies. The glittery background was made with a bit of masking and Therm O Web’s new Silver color of Glitz Glitter Gel. That stuff is so awesome for adding some holiday sparkle and shine.


I’m such a sucker for plaid. Love this Kringle & Co. paper by Photo Play Paper. As always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Christmas - Kringle and Co Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPink and Main FA LA LLAMA Clear Stamps PM0368Pink and Main FA LA LLAMAS Dies PNM241Therm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Oval - LargeEcho Park - My Favorite Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Merry SnowTherm O Web Gina K Designs SILVER Glitz Glitter Gel 18149Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

2019 Holiday Card Series- Day 6 with Therm O Web & Pink & Main


Hello friends, welcome to Day 6 of my 2019 Holiday Card Series. Today’s project is not a card, but a set of tags that I made for the recent Pink & Main collaboration on the Therm O Web blog. This is the adorable Fa La Llama stamp set mixed with fun plaid paper from Photo Play Paper and one of the newest colors of Glitz Glitter Gel from Therm O Web.


The tags were die cut from GinaK Designs Red Velvet cardstock using the Decorative Tag die set. And then I gave the tags an overall glittery backdrop using Silver Glitz and my favorite snowy stencil. Super easy and quick, and I love the sparkly shine. As always, I’ve got the full tutorial for this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Just one more day until the weekend! Hope it’s a good one!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Red Velvet - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Christmas - Kringle and Co Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPink and Main FA LA LLAMA Clear Stamps PM0368Pink and Main FA LA LLAMAS Dies PNM241Therm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagEcho Park - My Favorite Christmas Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Merry SnowTherm O Web Gina K Designs SILVER Glitz Glitter Gel 18149Hemptique BLACK Hemp Cord Twine 029294Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackSigno - White Uni-ball Impact Pen

Very Much Appreciated with Therm O Web & Reverse Confetti


Any Black Friday shoppers out there? Out at the crack of dawn, waiting in line for all those holiday sales? I have to admit that I’ve never gone out shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. I’m not one for huge crowds, and I definitely don’t like getting up in the middle of the night. I don’t even shop online on Black Friday, either. I’m sure I’ve missed out on some great deals… but I’ve just never gotten the whole Black Friday thing. Crazy, huh?


The other day I shared the first of two cards that I made for the recent Reverse Confetti match-up on the Therm O Web blog… and today I’m back with card two. This time, a thank you card made with the Butterfly Blossoms and Thank You stamp sets, and lots of Confetti Cuts stand-alone dies.


I used similar elements in both cards to keep the set uniform in design. Once again the image is framed with Stitched Squares Confetti Cuts dies and backed with Sunshine Yellow Deco Foil Flock transfer sheet…. this time die cut with the background Polka Panel die.

I added in Wild Dandelion yellow cardstock to coordinate with the flock, and a strip of leftover patterned paper from the first card. GinaK Designs gingham ribbon is tied around the center of the card, and a stamped sentiment strip was added at the bottom. The Circle of Hearts Cover Panel made the cool circular heart pattern on the background of the design.

As always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for both Reverse Confetti cards up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope my friends who celebrated yesterday had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs WILD DANDELION Premium 100 LB Cardstock 18093Jillibean Soup - Farmhouse Stew Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Flock Transfer Sheets - Sunshine Yellow - 4 PackReverse Confetti THANK YOU Clear StampsReverse Confetti BUTTERFLY BLOSSOMS Clear StampsReverse Confetti Cuts BUTTERFLY BLOSSOMS DiesReverse Confetti Cuts CIRCLE OF HEARTS Cover Panel DieReverse Confetti Cuts POLKA PANEL DieReverse Confetti Cuts STITCHED SQUARES Die Set Therm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Best Days with Therm O Web & Reverse Confetti


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! It’s Thanksgiving week here in the States, and I’m sure many of you are busy with holiday preparations. I’ve got both my kiddos home, so you all know I am one happy mom right now. I’m making Thanksgiving dinner here for just my small family…. very low-key and simple. Still trying to figure out a new vegetarian holiday menu, as nothing I made last year seems worth repeating. Think it will be a holiday dinner of nothing but sides! 😀


So it was just my birthday this past week, and I thought that was perfect timing to share this birthday themed card today that I made for the recent Reverse Confetti match up on the Therm O Web blog. Reverse Confetti sent me lots of beautiful floral image stamps to play with which I paired with Confetti Cuts stand-alone dies and Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Flock sheets to create a set of bright and happy all-occasion cards.


This is the adorable The Best Days stamp set and Stitched Squares Confetti Cuts dies. The bouquet is colored with Copics, and popped onto the card with foam dots for dimension. Sunshine Yellow Deco Flock transfer sheet embossed with a waffle-weave stencil was used to back the image. I had some small leftover pieces of flock that were cut into tiny triangle photo corners, too.

Birthdays are definitely the best days! I snuck off to the coast for a few days last week to celebrate, and then got to spend my birthday weekend with my kids. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Thank you all for popping by to visit me, and for all the birthday greetings and wishes! I hope those of you who celebrate this week have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday, filled with friends, family, and food!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackJillibean Soup - Farmhouse Stew Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Flock Transfer Sheets - Sunshine Yellow - 4 PackReverse Confetti THE BEST DAYS Clear StampsReverse Confetti Cuts THE BEST DAYS Dies Reverse Confetti Cuts STITCHED SQUARES Die Set Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Transfer Gel - 4 Ounces

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Fall Blessings with Newton’s Nook


Here we go, friends! The last fall project of the season… once again, featuring those adorable Autumn Mice from Newton’s Nook. This time, paired with the fall Mad4Plaid collection by Photo Play Paper.


Tim Holtz Stitched Circle dies and Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey Joes Border dies were used to cut the focal frame, which was popped onto the card base with foam adhesive for a bit of dimension. Then a simple twine die and a die cut ephemera sentiment finish the design.

I’m going to hate to say goodbye to these cute autumn mice. But fortunately, I have the holiday mice, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, and wishing you all many fall blessings!


Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Fall Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadPhoto Play Paper - Christmas Memories Collection - 12 x 12 Solids Plus KitsNewton's Nook Designs AUTUMN MICE Clear Stamps NN1908S01Newton's Nook Designs AUTUMN MICE Dies NN1908D01Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesHeffy Doodle - Cutting Dies - Stitched Slopey Joes BorderPhoto Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Fall Collection - EphemeraTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

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