3D Card for Teacher Appreciation​

May 11, 2017

Good Morning,

I have a quick share for today of this Pop-up Teacher Appreciation Card. If you follow me you know, I love interactive projects such a mini albums, cards or folios. Sizzix makes a die like this, but this one came from the Silhouette Design Store. I want to give credit to the designer, Snapdragon Snippets, this is one of their older designs (circa 2014) but a very well thought out cut file.

My biggest issue is picking pattern papers and colors, just takes me forever. I did finally settle on an old collection from Authentique called “Playful.”  Taking my paper-picking time into consideration, all totaled it took me close to 3 hours to pick paper, cut and piece everything and adhere it. The pictures do not show our teacher’s name on the placard, but I did cut it out of the navy color (same as the star) to tie things together.  This card will fit into a larger envelope as it folds down flat.

Thanks for stopping by, I am dashing to take kids to school and stop at the Coffeehouse for the teacher while picking up flowers along the way. I hope everyone enjoys their Thursday.

Until next time……





Birthday Card using February Stamps of Life “Die Hard” Club set.

February 12, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I am switching gears from Valentine’s Day to a birthday card for my brother using my new Stamps of Life “Die Hard” Club Set.  Perfectly timed for my February birthdays.

Here is what I love about this birthday set, the dies for the cake are broken down as are the scalloped icing layers so one could make the cake as large or small as you need. I like that the font on the stamp set is straight forward, non-gender specific.  If you are interested, you can see and read more about it by clicking on the company name above.

Let’s get into the card…..


To create this rather simple card, I grabbed my Doodle Bug 6×6 Swiss Dot and Gingham Linen paper pads. I used the three tiered cake stamp,  cut it out with the cake die then built my layers one by one on the white base.

Continuing on my Tonic Studios Crystal Drops obsession, I used the white to give the plate a little dimension and shine.  I did add glossy accents to the orange layers as I didn’t want to lose the gingham design by adding the orange.  The candle was colored with Stephanie’s matching pens and then covered in glossy accents as well. A note on the candle, she decided to put all the candle cutouts together in one die. Genius! I don’t have to worry about keeping track of a bunch of tiny dies.


The sentiment “You take the cake” is one stamp but I just inked the areas I needed to stamp on each cake layer. The cake is popped up using dimensional glue dots.  The made the background with some circle dies.


On the inside….


I used the stamp of the plate with a piece of cake with the matching die. Once again I added the Tonic Studio’s Crystal Drops in white and pumpkin.

I wanted to create a “glass look with the plate, so I colored it a light blue then with a light touch, added some white Crystal Drops which reflect some shadow and highlights. As the white dried, the blue came through more but still had the “glass” plate look I wanted.

The top of the piece of cake I used the “Pumpkin” orange which gives a little shine.  Unfortunately, the cake was picked up too soon, and some of the “Orange Pumpkin” went into the “cream filling” layer. The moral of the story, try not to move anything until the drops are dried. Dimensional glue dots were added to the back to pop it up from the sentiment.

Overall though I like the effect of the drops when making a simple straight forward card. It also helped that the die and stamp kit are easy to work with.

Thanks for stopping in, always love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time….


P.S. I do not receive any type of compensation from Stamps of Life or Stephanie Barnard to mention anything about them. I just try to share products and services I feel are something my readers would appreciate. 


A Little Note of Thanks!!

November 24, 2016

Good Morning,

To all those who have been following me, this rather simple but heartfelt card conveys my thoughts to all of you.


I  am thankful to all of you who stop in to read and comment on my scrapbooking/crafting passion.


Fall Card using Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection

November 9, 2016

Good Morning,

Today I had a chance to play with the new Simple Stories Collection “Hello Fall.”  I have managed to get my hands on the 6×6 pad and the little bits and pieces to create this card while I wait for my larger order to arrive from Steals.com . (They had it for roughly 50% off last week.) This collection’s hues and colors will work perfectly for my scrapbook layouts of the pumpkin patch from last year. However, I love this collection so much I couldn’t wait to create something with it hence my card.

As I went through the 6×6 pad, I immediately fell in love with the plaid and the darker steel blue for a base. I choose the multicolored word strip for the sentiment and the way it tied all the colors together. However, once I had it adhered to the left, I wondered if I had worked myself into a corner.  Enter the fabulous Bits and Pieces pack, 62 die cut pieces to save me. Working with the pieces decision making did get a little difficult with so many options but, I like what I came up with in the end.

If you’re interested here is the supplies list:

Hello Fall by Simple Stories

  • 6×6 pad – plaid, steel blue, and the word block
  • bits and pieces cardstock die cuts- multiple pieces
  • your favorite liquid glue for putting the cluster together
  • the card base is white card stock cut to 6×12 (larger card)

Thank you so much for visiting today, as always your feedback in comments is appreciated!

Until next time….

*My disclaimer, I am not compensated to talk about this collection I just loved it and thought to share it! 

New Monthly Stamp and Die Series

November 7, 2016

Good Morning,

Today I am starting a new monthly series using my “Die Hard” kit from the “Stamp’s of Life.” The club kit includes a stamp set and a matching die set. The idea for this series has been brewing for a while; it is exciting to bring the concept to life finally.  It will ensure I am using my stamps and dies, instead of looking at them in their beautiful package. While I have quite a few to catch up on, I am starting with this month’s adorable “Mittens2Stamp”.  I, unfortunately, used my stamps before taking a picture of them so my apologies if they don’t appear in their original pristine condition.

This company celebrates the every day; it’s one of the reasons that hooked me. I am often inspired by these differents stamp sets to remember to scrapbook everyday moments.  While these moments often happen now, later on, they will be quickly forgotten. The more I think about it; these everyday occurrences are what make up our lives. They need to be commemorated.

This month’s theme reminds me of playing in the snow, catching snowflakes on your tongue, making a snowman and mugs of hot chocolate. I decided to do a tent card in an odd size of 5 2/8 x 6 (I never said I was conventional!)  I wanted to convey the wintery theme by staying more with the cooler tones of whites, grays, turquoise and silver ink.  20161107_115031.jpgThe background paper is from Bella Blvd. I wasn’t looking for a chevron but, it peaked out of the pile, so I went with it. I used a set of Spellbinders Label dies to create a layer for the mittens and popped it up. The mittens outline are stamped then cut with the shadow die followed by the inside die for the turquoise layer.  These different layers are another reason I like this company, the images are broken into more sections, i.e. the mitten and the cuffs are two pieces. The separate pieces make it easier to customize the image with different colors or patterns. As you notice almost every one of the dies in the set comes with a shadow, brilliant! For someone like me who is left handed and cutting challenged, as I put it, these layer dies are a blessing.

The sentiment block was done again with a Spellbinders set of their “card making” rectangles. It might be hard to see, but the edges are all inked with Brilliance Platinum.  Using the snowflake die, I added the tiny centers to the mittens. (They were the perfect size to fit the cuffs.)  On the larger snowflakes, I added silver Wink of Stella for a subtle glittery look.  Here is a close up:


You notice the silver bits on the snowflake is the Wink of Stella pen. These glittery pens are becoming one of my favorites, now that I have learned how to use them properly. They are great when I don’t squeeze too much resulting in overfilling the barrel.

I used Tim Holtz’s distress ink in “Peacock feathers”  to stamp the sentiment I received in my set.  I used the ink after experimenting with flocking and a few other techniques while creating quite a mess. When will I learn to start with the simple, it is what I usually end up liking the best.  Apparently, I am a “scenic route” kind of crafter!


If you are interested in checking out these stamps and more here is the link The Stamps of Life . Again, I am not paid to write about this company or their products. I am just sharing about a great deal on high-quality stamps and dies; I think you might enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by, as always I love to hear your feedback, please share your thoughts in the comments.

Until next time…..




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