Friday, May 26, 2017

Box Envelopes

Now that you've made a card with five layers and loaded it up with embellishments, you need an envelope to put it in.  So, you measure the card, measure the thickness, get out your paper cutter and scoring tool and set to work only to find that you miscalculated and the envelope is too small.  Sound familiar?  If not, move along, nothing to see here, but if it does, try out my Box Envelope Measurement Calculator.  Just enter the dimensions of your card and it does the math for you.  It will tell you what size paper you need and where to put the score lines.  You can find it here:

Folding instructions for the simple envelope with attached flap:

Here's a diagram for the simple envelope.  The dotted lines represent score lines.  Cut on the red lines.

It should look similar to this when you're done cutting.

Valley fold all remaining score lines.  Use a bone folder or creasing tool for crisp folds.
Use a corner rounder to round the corners if desired.
Add white liner (double sided tape) to the left and right sides of the inside of the bottom flap.
Glue the tabs to the bottom of the envelope as shown.

Fold the side flaps in.

Fold the bottom flap up adhering it to the side flaps.

All done.  Now you have the perfect sized envelope for your card.

The Folding instructions are the same for the envelope with the separate large flap except that you will need to glue the top flap to the envelope before folding.

Oops! I Did it Again...

I absolutely love how the Fun Stamper’s Journey products are color coordinated.  This card features Rich Sorbets papers with the coordinating PanPastels.  Having a coloring medium that matches my papers makes it so much easier to achieve the results I am looking for.  PanPastels are so fun to work with and are very forgiving.  If you make a mistake, just erase it.  I like to use a kneaded eraser for fine details, but a regular eraser will work too.

  • Oops! ATS (AT-0206)
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Summer Days(CS-0033)
  • Blue Lagoon(CS-0004)
  • Beach Ball(CS-0088)
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082)
  • Journey Sofft tools (JM-0098)  - a set is included with the PanPastels 
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Journey Rectangles Die Set (DI-0041)
  • Journey Circles Die Set (DI-0039)
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 and AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
  • Journey Sequins  Blue Skies (AC-0113)
  1. Stamp the fish onto Butter Cream cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  2. Color the fish with Summer Days and Pumpkin Bread PanPastels.  Color the fish's cheeks with Sweet Berry PanPastel.  Use an eraser to clean up any mistakes.
  3. Use the Journey Circles die set to cut one 1 3/4" and three 1" circles from Beach Ball cardstock.
  4. I used my stamp positioner for the following steps to make it easier, but they can be done without one.
  5. Stamp, "Oops! I did it again..." on a piece of scrap paper.
  6. Center the large (3.75") circle over the stamped words.
  7. Stamp the sentiment on the large circle.
If you're not using a stamp positioner, remove the large circle before proceeding.
  1. Arrange the smaller circles as shown in the picture and stamp the sentiment again.
  2. Shade the edges of the circles with Huckleberry Fusion PanPastel.
  3. Detail cut around the fish.
  4. Cut an 8.5" x 11" rectangle from Summer Days cardstock and score at 4.25" for the card base.
  5. Use the largest Journey Rectlangle die with the corresponding piercing die to cut a rectangle from Blue Lagoon cardstock. 
  6. Draw seaweed on the Blue Lagoon rectangle with Kiwi Slice Pan Pastel. 
  7. Add a sandy sea floor with Summer Days and Pumpkin Bread PanPastels.  Outline the seaweed with a fine point black marker (I used a Sakura Pigment Micron .01 pen).
  1. Use White Liner tape to attach the Blue Lagoon background to the card base.
  2. Pop the fish up on Journey Foam squares and attach it to the background.
  3. Glue the, “I did,” circle directly to the background as shown, making sure to leave enough room for the rest of the circles.
  4. Pop up the large circle up on Journey Foam Squares and align it over the smaller circle so the words line up.
  5. Pop up the remaining two stamped circles on Jouney Foam Squares and align them over the large circle.  U se a double layer of Journey Foam Squares under the edges that extend past the large circle.
  6. Add some sparkle with Blue Sky sequins.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Foxy Birthday Card

I recently became a Fun Stamper's Journey (FSJ) coach and have been having fun playing with my new stamps and cutting dies.  I love that the FSJ inks match their cardstock.  You can see the results here with Happy stamped on Cranberry Bliss cardstock and Birthday stamped with Cranberry Bliss ink.  The same is also true for the Palm Fronds behind the fox, which are stamped with Kiwi Slice ink on Sweet Pear cardstock and the Palm Fronds stamped with Black Licorice on Kiwi Slice cardstock. It all co-ordinates and I didn't have to waste a bunch of time trying to find the right combination.
Here's what I used to make this card as well as step by step instructions.  You can order these supplies from my Fun Stamper's Journey site at
  • Creature Comforts (SS-0308)
  • To You (SS-0083)
  • Palm Fronds ATS (AT-0209)
  • Pumpkin Bread (CS-0098)
  • Kiwi Slice (CS-0016)
  • Sweet Pear (CS-0095)
  • Cranberry Bliss (CS-0090)
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023)
  • Orange Creamcicle (CS-0024)
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049)
  • Kiwi Slice (IP-0024)
  • Pumpkin Bread (IP-0057)
  • Journey Rectangles (DI-0041)
  • Natural Journey Thread (AC-0133)
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 and AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)

  • Stamp Palm Fronds onto the right side of the Kiwi Slice rectangle with Black Licorice ink.
  • Stamp Palm Fronds onto the Sweet Pear cardstock with Kiwi Slice ink
  • Stamp the fox (Creature Comforts) onto Butter Cream and Pumpkin Bread cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  • Stamp Happy from (To You) onto Cranberry Bliss cardstock with Black Licorice ink.
  • Stamp Birthday (To You) onto Butter Cream cardstock with Cranberry Bliss ink.
  • Stamp the log (Creature Comforts) onto Oatmeal Cookie cardstock with Pumpkin Bread ink.
  • Stamp the mushroom onto Butter Cream, Cranberry bliss and Orange Creamcicle cardstock.
  • Make the card base from a piece of 8.5" x 5.5" Pumpkin Bread cardstock, scored at 4.25"
  • Use the largest Journey Rectangles die to cut one rectangle from Kiwi Slice cardstock
  • Use the 3 3/4" x 2 5/8" Journey Rectangle die with the corresponding piercing die to cut one rectangle from Sweet Pear cardstock
  • Cut out the tip of the fox's tail and the fox's face and tummy from the Butter Cream cardstock.  Glue them to the fox image on the Pumpkin Bread cardstock.
  • Cut out the fox from the Pumpkin Bread cardstock.
  • Cut out the top of the spotted mushroom from the Cranberry Bliss cardstock and glue it to the mushroom stamped on Butter Cream Cardstock.
  • Cut out the top of the small mushroom from the Orange Creamcicle cardstock and glue it to the small mushroom stamped on Butter Cream cardstock.
  • Cut out the mushrooms from the Butter Cream cardstock.
  • Cut out the log from the Oatmeal Cookie cardstock.
  • Wrap Natural Journey Thread around the stamped side of the Kiwi Slice rectangle 3 times and finish with a bow.
  • Adhere the Kiwi Slice rectangle to the card base with White Liner.
  • Pop up the Sweet Pear rectangle on foam squares and adhere it to the left side of the Kiwi Slice rectangle.
  • Glue the mushrooms to the lower right area of the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  • Use Journey Foam Squares to pop up the log in front of the mushrooms.
  • Use Journey Foam Squares to affix the fox to the lower left corner of the Sweet Pear rectangle.
  • Use Journey Foam Squares to attach Happy Birthday to upper section of the Sweet Pear rectangle.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Chocolate Dipped Artful Card Kit

While cleaning the other day, I came across what was left of an Artful Card Kit I bought a couple years ago.  I had already made several cards from it but there was still quite a bit of paper and lots of embellishments left, so I decided to finish it off.

The first card I made was for my Sister-in-law’s birthday.  It’s a double slider.  It looks complicated, but is very easy to make.  I got the instructions from Teresa’s Amazing Folded Cards CD from Paper Wishes.

Pull the ribbon and both ends pop out.

Other items used:

  • Paper Artist 6 Layered Labels & 2 Swirls Cutting Die set
  • Paper Artist 10 Tags & Trims cutting die set
  • Birthday Cheer stamp set
  • Birthday Greetings stamp set

The slider mechanism is made using a strip of plastic from a plastic bag.  I liked this technique so much that I used it again to make a get well card only this time I made it vertical.


Other items used:

  • Paper Artist 6 Layered Labels & 2 Swirls Cutting Die set
  • Paper Artist 10 Tags & Trims cutting die set
  • Paper Artist Lacy Border cutting die set
  • Paper Artist Flower Frenzy cutting die set
  • Teal Jewel Butterflies Dazzles
  • Teal Jewel Dazzles
  • Teal Jewel Border Dazzles

The next card is a Pop-up slider.  The picture is from one of our trips to Klamath Falls.  I think it’s either a house finch or a purple finch.  They are really hard to tell apart.  I love taking pictures of birds and other wildlife and am always trying to find ways to incorporate them in my cards.

When you pull the tab at the top, the picture pops up and reveals a message.


I should have made the card a little bigger because when the picture pops up, it hides the greeting on the pull-tab.

Other items used:

  • Paper Artist 6 Layered Labels & 2 Swirls Cutting Die set
  • Teal Jewel Border Dazzles
  • Gold Tiny Words Dazzles
  • Gold Heart Pearl Jewel Dazzles

The next two cards are cut away cards (the front is narrower than the width of the card).   I finished the insides as well.

I made a get well card.


Other items used:

  • Red Jewel Border Dazzles
  • Foam squares
  • Heartfelt Greetings stamp set (HOTP)
  • Tiny Tags, Little Labels & Greetings stamp set (HOTP)

and a friendship card.


And the final card is a birthday card.


Other items used:

  • Red Banner Greetings Dazzles
  • Red Jewel Dazzles
  • Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles

All that from an already used Artful Card kit!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Do You Need a Purr-amedic?

I made this easel card for my sister-in-law.  I searched online for get well sentiments and found some that went with my Smarty Cat stamp from Stamping Bella.  I colored the cat with Spectrum Noir pens and gave it a wobble head.
Other items used:
  • Nestabilities Circle cutting dies
  • Fresh Cut blossoms paper
  • Paper Artist 6 Layered labels cutting dies
  • Paper Artist 9 Tiny Tags & Little Labels cutting dies
  • Red Border Jewel Dazzles
  • Red Jewel Dazzles

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Back to Basics

I've been making cards for many years now and one of the things that I've noticed is the more toys that I have the harder it is to decide which ones to use. This weekend I took a trip to the beach and as usual I wanted to bring along some paper and crafting tools in case the weather was bad (which is highly probable during March in Oregon). Rather than drag along a bunch of stuff I probably wouldn't use, I wanted to stick to the basics.  Here are the items I put in my bag that I used to make this card:
  • A  paper trimmer 
  • Scissors (Cutter Bee)
  • An embossing stylus 
  • A mechanical pencil 
  • White, silver and black gel pens (Signo Uniball UM-153) 
  • Bib Stencil  (March Simply Stencils Personal Shopper Kit)
  • A glue stick (Pioneer)
  • Assorted colors of card stock
  • Patterned paper (K & Company)
  • Design Tool Kits # 2 and #3 (Hot off the Press)
  • A light box. (If you don't have a lightbox a window will do as long as it's light outside.  Just tape the stencil to the window and tape the paper over the stencil. )
  • 5.5" x 4.25" card blank
  • Double-stick foam squares
Baby shower card for a girl


I  used my light box and embossing stylus to emboss around the outside of the bib and the bib details.  I then cut it out very close to the embossed edge leaving about a 1/32 inch border.  After cutting it out I traced around the bib and added the dots with a white gel pen.  In retrospect, that probably wouild have been easier to do before I cut it out.

Next I embossed the duck  pull toy onto yellow, orange and blue card stock, cut the pieces out and glued them over the embossed duck on the bib.  I used a black gel pen to trace the pull-string and color in the wheels.  I added the hubs with a silver gel pen.

I created the bow by embossing around the the top of the bow and the ribbon tails, then I rotated the cardstock 180 degrees and traced the top of the bow again forming the bottom of the bow.  . I drew a white line around the border and cut it out very close to the edge of the embossing.  

The labels and the scalloped mat for this card were made with Design Tool Kit # 2.   I didn't bring any stamps with me on this trip so I used my white gel pen to write the words.  For the flowers, I used the small flower from Design Tool Kit #3 and embossed it on to yellow card stock.  I hadn’t thought of using the design tools for embossing, but it worked very well.  After embossing the flowers I traced around them with the white gel pen and add a dots to the centers.

I chose a piece of the bundled sage textured card stock for the background. I mounted the scalloped Matt on white paper and trimmed around it leaving about a 16th inch border. I glued the mat to the top of the card then added the labels.    I mounted the flowers and the bib on the front of the card using double stick foam squares.  Lastly I flipped the bif stencil over and embossed the duck on the bottom right corner of the inside of the card.
Baby shower card inside