Fussy cutting and Layering on a card, Oh my!

May 7, 2019

Good Morning,

I am working through the simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6×6 pad like a kid at christmas with a new toy. I am loving for the cards and projects I am making for teacher appreciatation.

Today’s card used about 5 different pattern papers but some were scraps from yesterday’s card. here is the link: https://themorningscrapper.com/2019/05/05/garden-theme-teacher-appreciation-card/ I love all these patterns, they all work perfectly together, one of the reasons Simple Stories is one of my favorite manufactureres.

I used the large floral design and cut out the beautiful big flowers that remind me of peonies. they looked lonely so I cut a few smaller flowers and tucked them around them.

Then to highlight as well as pull all the colors together I built it on the wood and flowers paper, adding the blue strip and a layer of pink. I really liked the base pattern with the muted gold tones. I felt it picked up the little flowers in the pattern as well as the suble shading in the large yellow flower.

Then I added my stamped sentiment from the Stamps of Life set I just received as part of their Die Hard club. The stamp2garden set is cute and it looks like you can get a second set with paterns for some of the stamps. I will add a link in the supply list.

I also wanted to add this Vintage Bliss paper pad was part of a warehouse box I purchased last June from Simple Stories. This is why I purchase them, I would have never given this a look but so glad I received it!

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think of this card series.

Here is my supplylist:

Garden Theme Teacher Appreciation Card

May 5, 2019

Good Morning,

Today I have a quick share of a garden theme teacher appreciation card. I was inspired by my latest “die hard” club set that just arrived from Stamps of Life Die Hard club. At the bottom, I stamped “Thanks… followed by the inside sentiment ” for helping me grow” it is the perfect statement.

I also enjoy creating a little more when I get to use pinks and flowers. The vintage bliss 6×6 paper pad was perfect for this project. It was hard to choose just a few papers. Luckily the paper is reversible so I could use every bit of scrap.

All the die cuts were double layered except for the flowers, which were triple layered. The stems were so delicate I wanted to make sure they had extra support. I propped up the watering can on dimensional tape to keep it on the same level of these “bubbles”. I thought the “bubbles” gave a nice water drop effect, What do you think? They are flat backed and come in various sizes but I went a little uniform trying to create a “sprinkled” look a watering can some times create.

I thought the “wood plank” paper made a nice frame for the pink paper. I added a 1 inch border of the plaid to pull all the colors together. My one blue flower looked lonely but the little flower pattern seemed to help balance it. Did I mention I loved working with this paper? It is so easy to play with as everything looks great together.

Thanks for looking. I always appreciate your thoughts on my projects.

Supply list:

  • Vintage Bliss by Simple Stories
  • Buttermilk Nuvo crystal drops
  • Stamps of life Garden2stamp
  • Stamps of Life Garden2stamp dies
  • Luxury adhesive by Nuvo
  • Big shot die machine
  • Scotch dimensional adhesive tape
  • Nuvo grey ink

Pretty in Pink Mirror Card

April 9, 2019

Good Morning!!

I recently received some beautiful dies in a Tonic Studios craft kit. Along with some elegant rose mirror card and new Nuvo gem stones in pink. I have been wanting to play with this kit for two months and all it took was cleaning up my space to do it.

Once I ran these beautiful dies through the thick mirror card I knew any idea of cleaning up was gone. Glue was back out so fast I don’t even remember grabbing it. This cut beautifully on my Sizzix, what was left was easy to pop out of the die and design.

The grey rose paper was used for the wreath and behing the psuedo gatefold. The wreath die came from my monthly kit from Stamps of Life. I put a link to the die and stamps in the supply list. The bling is the new “gemstones” from their Nuvo Pure Sheen collection. They come in different sizes, it might be hard to see but they are faceted so they catch the light beautifully. Love this color!

For the inside, I used more of grey paper, hopefully you can see more of the textured embossed vines with roses. The finish reminded me of formal dresses made of taffeta when I was young. It is such a beautiful paper that I didn’t do justice too in this shot. I have a link to it in the supply list.

The Rose Mirror behind the sentiment is a different filagree die that is part of the kit. It would make a beautiful border strip on any project. It was hard covering it up but wanted to use the stamps from the kit. I like the offset of shiny paper peeking out from the sentiment.

Thanks for looking at my card below is the supply list.

Until next time….

Echo Park Paper Warehouse Box Reveal

April 7, 2019


I do not normally post “haul” type posts or videos but many people ask if these manufacturer warehouse boxes are worth the money. I had the same question when I bought my first one back in 2016. After taking the plunge and having good luck I made a blog post with some tips on warehouse boxes in 2016 that help me and still apply.

You can click here to read that post. https://themorningscrapper.com/2016/06/25/6-tips-in-purchasing-warehouse-mystery-boxes/

I think the biggest underlying advice is, if you have been a fan of a manufacturer for at least a year then chances are good you will like what you receive. Majority of the larger manufaccturer like Echo Park/Carta Bella put the past year’s collections and embellishments in these boxes.

These boxes are also a great way to build up stash especially embellishments. You will receive items you may not normally buy at full retail but at this bargain price it feels a lot safer.

I hope this video helps those of you interested in manufacturer warehouse for paper crafting (I am not vouching for amazon or ebay). This box was $50 plus shipping filled with $200 worth of products. I would love to hear what you think!

Spring 2019 Echo Park Warehouse Box Reveal

Thank you again for reading and watching.

Until next time…

Cards from Echo Park “Coffee” Line

March 20, 2019

Let’s talk cards…..

I follow some amazing people on instagram and blogs that make incredible cards. The stamping and coloring are so skillfully created, I look forward to their posts, enjoying each creation. However, I have known since second grade my coloring skills are just not up to snuff! As much as I would like to think I can create cards such as these, part of knowing yourself is appreciating your limitations.

Which is why when Echo Park came out with their Coffee line last fall, I knew I had to get it. Lately, the only time I get together with some of my friends is over a quick cup of coffee. Our meet ups are done by text so I thought this line would be perfect to make cards and send them for a change.

I needed the cards to be quick and easy but still have a handmade touch. The cut apart pages and solid matching papers were perfect for my needs. I also used the Echo Park Coffee designs uploaded to the Silhouette Design Store for a print and cut embellishment.

Using two short blocks of time I divided the cutting and assembly into each. In the first block, I cut the card base out of the solid pink/teal matching cardstock for a finished size of 4 1/4 by 6 1/4. Then cut the 4×6 and 4×4 Journaling cards. Along with white cardstock blocks for my handwritten note and downloaded the print and cut. (If you have questions about print and cut leave me a note in comments. It is one of my favorite features of the cameo.)

In the second block of time, about a week later was assembly. I found some enamel dots from my stash to add a little shine on the front and inside and I cut my print and cut. If I put the two blocks of time together I think it might have been a little over an hour to design, cut and assemble these fairly simple cards. I love how these three cards turned out. Simple but fun and easy to create. Let me know what you think.

Here is the Supply list:

  • Echo Park 12×12 Coffee “4×6 Journaling Cards” – 3 sheets
  • Echo Park 12×12 Coffee ” 4×4 Journaling Cards” – 3 Sheets
  • White Cardstock for print and cut and writing space – (2) 8.5 by 11 sheets
  • Silhouette Cameo for Cut and Print
  • Silhouette Design Store Echo Park Coffee bouquet
  • enamel dots

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate all your likes and comments.

Until next time…..


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