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:

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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St. Patrick’s Day Shaker Card

March 7, 2019

California is seeing record amounts of rain and snow pack this year. While it is dreary it does make for a beautiful green spring filled with surprises, I have plants and vines from years ago reappearing. All the green outside is inspiring me to create something for St. Patrick’s Day.

I was thinking a shaker would allow me to play with the pretty Prickled Pear Green and Rose Gold (more like old gold) sequins. Along with new heart dies to make confetti and a new shaker set. I was out of luck in finding any St. Patrick’s theme in my stash or local stores, but luckily I found some old Bo Bunny Double Dot in my stash and set to work.

As I sat down to create the shaker, I had forgotten my technique. After dumping a full shaker everywhere on my first attempt, I grabbed another cup of coffee and picked sequins off my dog’s back, she is a great foot warmer. I remebered to make a pile of the filling on the base paper first. Then cover it with the adhesive backed shaker piece followed by layering the piece with the die cut opening on top. To cover the cut edges and mechanics, I cut two larger hearts out of a gold textured paper (a new favorite) and the green mirror card.

Finally with a little experiment in hand lettering tall letters with doodling and making clovers out of hearts topped with black sequins, I was done.

If you are interested, here is my supply list along with resource links:

I would love to see what you are creating for St. Patricks’s Day or Spring so please leave a link in the comments so I can visit. Thank you for checking out my card.



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