Saturday, March 28, 2015

3-D Merganser

We took a trip up to Discovery Bay, Washington in January.  The weather was gorgeous and there were flocks of all kinds of ducks including a small group of Mergansers.  They were rather shy so it was a challenge to get a clear photo.  Here’s one of them that I converted to 3-D Paper Tole.


The paper tole sheet for this card is available for download and includes instructions for the picture frame.  Just click the link below.


  • Double-stick foam squares
  • Rich & Spicy Autumn 3D Paper Tole (HOTP)
  • Rich & Spicy Scrapbooking Papers (HOTP)
  • Precision tip scissors (Cutter Bee)

Merganser Paper Tole Download

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring is in the air

I was first introduced to Paper Mola several years ago when I purchased a book on the subject by Erica Pels.  It is based on a fabric applique technique.  if you scour the internet you can probably find some of Erica’s templates.  Most of hers are geometric.   I expanded on her technique and developed some of my own .svg cutting templates.  Here is a card I made with my Tulip template.


I created .svg files for all of the layers, but I like to cut just the top layer with my digital cutter and then do the rest by hand which requires a bit of planning.

Items used:

For more Mola templates, visit the Paper Mola page on my website.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Baby Shower Card

Here’s a quick and simple baby shower card I made last week  using one of my older stamp sets, some scraps from the Sew Cute paper pack.


Items used:

  • Sew Cute paper pack (HOTP)
  • Sweet Pea stamp set (Fiskars)
  • Welcome Home stamp set (HOTP)
  • Botanical Etchings free download (HOTP)
  • Scraps of pink and yellow patterned paper

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Never Ending Card

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a long time, but with four panels, I just couldn’t figure out what to put on them all.  For some reason, a few days ago the theme to Lamb Chop started running through my head and I thought, “Aha! Modify the lyrics and that would be perfect.”  So…







You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head!

Here’s what I used:

I based my card design on this YouTube video:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hinged Card

We recently had a hinged card swap on the Just Cards Forum.  I wasn’t able to join in at the time, but I really like the look so I saved the instructions for later.  Here’s my interpretation:



Made with:

If you’d like to make one, you can find an excellent tutorial by Wendy Weixler on her Wickedly Wonderful Creations site

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kit Swap!

I joined a Kit swap at the Paper Wishes forum this month.  If you’ve never joined one, you should.  They are a lot of fun.  Basically, each person builds two identical kits following a recipe, makes a card from one of the kits and sends the second kit to their partner.  Neither person posts pictures until both have finished making their cards.  It’s a lot of fun to see how different or similar the results are.

The kit I received had papers and die cuts from Emma’s Garden.  The really nice thing about the papers is that they’re double sided so I had six patterns to choose from (I chose all six!).

Here’s what I made with it.




I haven’t decided what to stamp on the inside yet, so the banner is still blank.

I cut the flowers and leaves using the 12 Flower Frenzy die set and I used Design Tool Kit #6 for the front card flap and the background on the inside.

The kit I sent to my partner included one of my photos and papers from several Personal Shopper kits.  Here’s the card I made with it.




Items used:

Check out the January Kit Swap at Paper Wishes to see what my partners made.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Using Photos on Cards

I’ve been in a creativity slump for about a year.  Endless hours sitting at my craft desk pushing papers around and finding no inspiration made me wonder if I would ever be able to create again.  Now I’m finally emerging from the fog and I’ve found that my style has shifted just a bit.  I think it has improved so perhaps I needed the break. 

One piece of creativity that I did manage to hang on to during those long months was my love for photography.  I especially like photographing winged things, be they birds or insects.  Several people have expressed an appreciation for my photos, so I decided to try incorporating them into my cards.

This is one of the first cards I made this year.  I created it for one of the people who helped me find my way back out of the fog.


For this card I used:

My second card is from a recent trip to Discovery Bay, Washington.  There were quite a few ducks hanging around the dock and this Surf Scooter ventured the closest.  He’s a very goofy looking bird, but I just love the reflection in the water.  I chose a background that closely matched the color of the water to extend the look of the water from the photo onto the card.  I also wanted a natural looking wood frame, so I chose Paper Wishes’ Barnwood paper and popped it up on a few layers of card stock.  I mitered the corners to complete the wooden frame look.


I used the Wildflowers cutting die to cut an orange and a green layer for the flowers and pieced the two together.  I did the same with the dragonfly using green and brown scrapbook paper.  The torn edge of the tan paper from Natures watercolors gives the illusion of a shoreline.

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