Friday, July 13, 2018

Life's Sweetness

I just love fresh strawberries.  They remind me of everything that's good about summer and make me feel a bit nostalgic as well.  I spent a lot of days in the berry fields in my formative years.  I remember the pride I felt in earning my own money.  I can revisit some of those memories with the stamp set from the July bloom box.  Aren't these cards cute?

They look great and are simple to make.  How do I know?  My granddaughters, ages 7 and 8 made two of them.  The only help they got from me was with the instructions.  They did all of the stamping and cutting themselves.

Pretty darned cute (and their cards turned out great too!).

But that's not all you can do with this stamp set.  Here are a couple more cards and a place card I made using the stamp set and items from my stash.

I had so much fun making them that I held a class and everyone loved their creations. 

You can order the Life's Sweetness Bloom Box through the end of July.  If you order it from me, I will send you instructions for the two cards pictured above plus four berry basket die cuts.  

Order your Bloom Box here:

The stamp set by itself will be available Aug 1 - September 30 or while supplies last.  The order number for it will be SS-0639.

Questions about any of the other products I used?  Post them in the comments below.

Monday, May 28, 2018

How to Make a Wobbler

Here's a quick tutorial I put together today showing how to make a simple "wobbler" from wire.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Pretty Cylindrical Box

My aunt gave me a wooden cylindrical box to decorate a couple weeks ago and I had a lot of fun with it.  I really like the horizontal orientation and the flap opening.
These are great for storing all kinds of little things like pencils, quilling tools and sewing supplies.  You could also use one for jewelry or as a gift box.
The construction wasn't very complicated, so I decided to try making one out of card stock.  Now I'm hooked. They aren't difficult to make, they are fairly sturdy and they are so fun to decorate!
Here's a tutorial if you'd like to make one.

Materials List:
Paper board (a cereal box is perfect)
1 sheet of card stock for the liner
Scraps of coordinating cardstock for the roses and other embellishments
1 sheet of scrapbook paper
A decorative button with a shank on the back
Round elastic
Sequins, rainbow drops, etc. for embellishments
2 1/4" Round cutting die (The middle die from DI-0039 Journey Circles Die set)
Spiral Lines Die Set (DI-0383)
Spring Blooms Minis (DI-0008)

Measurements and Cutting:
Cut Ten 2 1/4" circles cut from paper board
Cut a 7" x 8.5" rectangle from cardstock
Cut two 2 1/4" circles from the remaining cardstock
Cut a 7" x 9 1/8" rectangle from scrapbook paper
Cut two 1" x 12" strips from scrapbook paper, score every 1/4" in accordion fold
Cut two 2 1/4" circles from scrapbook paper
Use the Spiral Lines die to cut two spirals from coordinating cardstock
Use the Spring Blooms Minis to cut small flowers from coordinating cardstock

Refer to the video for assembly.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Mom

A friend asked me to make a card for her mother-in-law.  She didn't give me any specifics but wanted something special.  I must have changed the design at least 5 times before I finally settled on this easel card with quilled flowers.

I really love how it turned out. I used my Box Envelope Tool to generate the instructions for making the envelope for the card.  This really wasn't as hard to put together as it may look.  I think I could do a second one in far less time.  The supply list is quite lengthy, but you could substitute quite a few of the items with something you have.


Card base:

  • Cut one 5" x 11" rectangle from Pretty Pansy card stock and score it at 6 1/4" and 9 3/8". 
  • Cut one  5" x 6 1/4" rectangles from Pretty Pansy card stock.
  • Adhere the first and second rectangles to form the base of an easel card.
  • Cut one  5" x 6" rectangles from Pretty Pansy card stock.
  • Center and Adhere the 5 1/2" doily to the 5"x 6" panel. Wrap the left and right edges of the doily around to the back of the panel and secure with tape or white liner.
  • Adhere the 5" x 6" rectangle to bottom flap of the easel card.
  • Stamp the banner from the Easter Blessings stamp set onto Cool Pool carsdstock using Turbo Teal ink.
  • Stamp "With Love" from the Dancing Wildflowers stamp set onto the Banner using Turbo Teal Ink
  • Use the banner die for the Easter Blessings die set to cut out the banner.
  • Pop up the banner onto Journey medium foam squares and adhere it to the inside of the card between 1.5 and 2" from the fold line.

Front Panel

  • Cut a 4.75" x 6" rectangle from Banana Cream cardstock.
  • Use Clear Pigment ink and to stamp the small flower cluster from the Love Life stamp set randomly across the panel, stamping some of the images off of the edges.
  • Let the ink dry for a minute or two, then use a Sponge tool to sponge Pretty Pansy PanPastel over the entire surface to create a floral background.
  • Adhere the 7.5" doily to the panel, aligned slightly below the center with the right side aligned just inside the right side of the panel (refer to photo).  Wrap the edges around the panel and adhere them to the back with tape or White Liner
  • Stamp the music score from the Fancy Patterns stamp set onto a scrap of white paper. Tear it out and ink with Ranger Tea Die Distress Ink.  Adhere it to the lower right portion of the front panel.
  • Center and adhere the panel to the front of the card.

Framed Greeting:

  • Print Happy Birthday Mom using size 28 ParkAvenue BT font.  Trim to fit the frame (about 2 1/4" x 3").  
  • Use a Sofft tool with Pineapple Smoothie PanPastel to shade the edges.  
  • Use Deep Lilac ink to stamp the small flower cluster from the Love Life stamp set two to three times in the lower left and upper right corners.
  • Glue the greeting to the back of the vintage frame.
  • Center and adhere the frame to the front of the card.

Quilled Roses

  • Use the 3D Flowers template and trace one small and one large ruffled rose onto Cool Pool cardstock.  Cut them out, then ink the edges with Turbo Teal ink.
  • Use tweezers or a quilling tool to create the roses.
  • Cut two leaves from Lemon Grass cardstock using the Botanical Leaves cutting die.
  • Glue the leaves and roses to the lower left corner of the frame.

Quilled Daisies

  • Use detail scissors to cut a fringe along one edge of the 1/4" yellow quilling strip.
  • Use a quilling tool and a 1/8" blue quilling strip to create small (just under 1/4") flower centers. 
  • Adhere the fringed strip to the blue center and continue for 5 to 6 more turns or when you feel like there are enough petals.  Glue the end and remove from  the quilling tool
  • Make 4 more daisies the same way.
  • Use the two leaf and three leaf dies from the Flower Frenzy die set to cut two sets of leaves.
  • Adhere the leaves and daisies to the upper right corner of the frame as shown.

Materials and Supplies

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pretty in Pink

Aren't these flowers pretty?  They go together so fast too.  It only takes six round tiles to make a flower and there are only three folds per tile.  You can find the instructions HERE.

Both tiles are available on my website, just go to the Print Tea Bag Tiles page, select round for the tile shape and pink for the tile color. Of course, there are lots of other shapes and colors too.  Why don't you hop on over and have a look?


Print six tiles of each color at size 150 (approximately 1 1/2 inches)
Follow the instructions for the flower petal fold to make two flowers.
Cover the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card blank with cloud paper.
Die cut a cloud from Whip Cream cardstock using the second to smallest Cloud Dreams die.
Die cut the grass from Kiwi Slice cardstock using the grass Border Details di.
Die cut the leaves from Lemon Grass cardstock using both the Sweet Petals and Mystic Vine die sets.
Stamp, "Feel Better Soon," on the cloud using Catalina Splash ink.
Assemble as shown, popping the grass, flowers and cloud up on Journey foam squares.
Affix a yellow rainbow drop to the center of each flower with Journey Glaze.

Supply list:

Spring Prints (Retired)
Two sets of six round teabag tiles
Rainbow Drops (AC-0178)
Kiwi Slice cardstock (CS-0016)
Lemon Grass cardstock (CS-0019)
Border Details die set (DI-0147)
Sweet Petals Die Set (DI-0362)
Mystic Vine Die Set (DI-0322)
Cloud Dreams Die Set (DI-0032)
Get Well Stamp Set (SS-0331)
Journey Glaze (AD-0002)
Catalina Splash Ink Pad (IP-0073)

Monday, April 9, 2018

A New Take on an Old Fold

I've been playing with teabag tiles the past couple of days and I came up with a new (to me) fold.  I don't know if anyone else has done this one before, but I haven't seen it.  I was playing with the Zig Zag fold for round tiles and wondered if I could adapt it to a square tile.  Why yes, I can and I like it.

For my card, I wanted to use a tile with the design radiating out from one corner, so I selected one of my pink tiles, sized it to 350 and cut it in quarters.  Two tiles makes a medallion.  I sized the same tile to 100 and printed five of them in a row for the strip across the card.  I thought the colors in the tile match the Raspberry Berry and Bubblegum papers really well so I used those as well as a little lemon drop to accent the little bits of yellow that were originally part of the center of a flower (this tile was created from a photo of a flower).  The card stock background seemed a little plain so I embossed it with the Love Letter embossing folder and then brushed it lightly with some Whip Cream ink to bring out the design. I also added Pink World sequins to the medallion to give it a little sparkle.

You can also mirror the fold for half of the tiles for a completely different look.

Supply List

  • Love Letter Embossing Folder (EF-0025 Bloom Benefit)
  • Story Book Occasions Stamp Set (SS-0538 - Retired)
  • 8 tea bag tiles