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:

Graphic 45 – Magic Christmas Mini Album walkthrough video

April 6, 2019


I know it is March but I found my Design Team Mini Album I did for my local store, Creative Escapes Los Gatos. I thought I had lost the video with all the computer issue I was expereincing at the end of last year. I hope you can still enjoy still watching it even though we are in spring!

The Graphic 45 Magic Christmas collection is so cute if you have not done your holiday photos. They are filled with these adorable little baby cherubs.

Here are a few product details about the album, I used a 8×8 pre-made chipboard album from Frank Garcia. I can’t recommend these enough, especially if you are just getting started with mini albums. It allows you to focus on page construction without having to worry about binding and covers.

Pocket is 5.25 by 7.25 with a photo mat of 5×7 it all slides under a belly band with gold mirror card accents.

You will also hear me mention Tonic Studios, of course. I used some of their newer papers like the gold mirror card and the gilding flakes. I love the effect of the gilding flakes but I found a separate work space was needed to work with them. By the time I was done my fingers were gold and I had a gilded nose to match. Quite the festive look!

Below is the video and supply list. Thanks for reading and watching, I hope you enjoy it. I alwasy enjoy your comments and questions. Thanks again for reading and watching.

Mini Album Supply List:

  • Graphic 45 Magic Christams Collection Paper Pad
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christmas Solids and Patterns Pad
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christams Chipboard
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christmas Pocket and Tags
  • Tonic Studios Mirror Card in Gold
  • Nuvo Rose Gold Pure Sheen Sequins
  • Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Gold
  • Nuvo Gold Glitter pen
  • Graphic 45 – Metal Tag Dies in all sizes
  • Basic Grey magnets Large and small
  • 8×8 Frank Garcia chipboard album

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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Mini Album Tags using Echo Park Bewitched

September 18, 2018

Good morning,

I am popping on here for a quick share of a couple tags I created for a design team project. I am working on a mini album and looking for different ways to incorporate the 4×4 cut a-parts from the Bewitched line from Echo Park. They didn’t do a full line with the usual accessories so I have only the 12×12 paper and sticker sheets ( not even a 6×6 pad) to decorate the graphic 45 mini album.

Time to get creative!

For my “Stay a Spell” tag I used one of the new Graphic 45 tag dies. These are great to cover their ready made tags but they are easy to piece and create from scratch as well. I put together some card stock and one of the 4×4 cut a-parts and ran them together through my Sizzix Big Shot.

To create the quick and simple glitter line I used 1/4 inch SCOR tape and Ivory Sands Pure Sheen from my Tonic Studios craft kit. The subtle shades of gold seem to work well with this collection! I finished up by using the Nuvo glitter gloss pen in clear to add a littler shimmer to the stars in the night sky.

For the Candy Tag, I used the same die and another 4×4 cut apart with card stock, pieced together in the die then ran it through. I then added the broom and candy stickers from the collection sticker sheet. Within minutes I had tags and another way to incorporate the cut a-parts into a mini album. I finished it with the Nuvo glitter gloss in clear on the dark purple candy and broom. It might be hard to see in these pictures.

I am hoping to be done with the album by the end of the week, so hopefully you will be back to see the completed video!

Thanks again for visiting,

Until next time…..

Maple Leaf Shaker Closure

August 30, 2018


Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a quick video of a Maple Leaf Shaker closure I made for a gate-closing mini album.  This is one time where taking longer to finish a project worked out in my favor. I like how the shaker adds a little-unexpected fun but still conveys the fall theme of this album.

The Maple Leaf Shaker was part of my most recent Tonic Studio’s craft kit.  You can read my “fangirl” post here My New Favorite Craft Kit – Tonic Studios 

All the product in the video came from the most recent craft kit except for the Mirror card and the Green sequins, those were in the previous month kit. The mirror card goes through the die cutter beautiful capturing every detail a die has to offer without damaging the finish. I did put it through the Sizzix a couple of times just because it is so thick, but it cuts clean. The mirror card is a new way for me to add a little shine to a project without having to break out the glitter.

Below is the quick video!

On a side note, I am still getting over my shyness with being on video and the mechanics of it all.  At least I finally figured out how to not have the tripod in the shot!

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

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