Friday, August 19, 2016

Photo Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I use the back of old photos instead of waxed paper to run dies through my Cuttlebug for perfect cutting every time. (My next blog post will detail this technique!) In my box of discarded photos, I came across the flower photo above that I took eons ago. It's been quite awhile that I've used my own photography to make cards, so I had to stop what I was doing and create this photo card! 

Here are a few more photo paper craft ideas on Pinterest that might inspire future creativity:

 Original Pin HERE

LOVE this gift wrapping idea:
 Original Pin HERE

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Original Pin HERE

Friday, August 12, 2016

Baby Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pin

One of my VERY best friends just became a grandma to her second grandson, so I made this card to congratulate her:

Here was my inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

These cards use the label punch from SU.

....and another dear friend moved to a new
house in Arkansas, set up a wonderful shop
in his garage and is also having surgery soon...
so here's the card I made him:

It's a variation of a card-in-box and this
was my inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

Friday, July 29, 2016

Huge Flowers and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I did a really BIG happy dance when I saw these really BIG flowers from Becky Robert's Inkin' Idaho blog which also included a video tutorial that was super helpful:

Original Pin HERE

This pic from her blog will give you a size perspective:

...and here is my version:

Becky provides the FREE petal templates and a wonderful how-to video to make this flower using 5 each of the large, medium and small petals.

Instead of using 10 sheets of 8.5" x 11", I was able to make one out of 7.5 sheets by using this layout of traced templates:

To make the leaves, I took a 8.5" x 11" sheet of green card stock, scored it down the middle, folded it in half then traced a leaf that went the entire length of the card stock. 

After curling the leaves just as Becky shows for the petals, I put a slit in the bottom of the leaf as well and used hot glue just like Becky shows for the petals in her video. I gave this mega flower to my dear MIL and she loved it! 

Using a different petal shape, I recently made a nesting of three flowers in 3 shades of complimentary blues for my dining room table:

Since I know I'll be making more of these flowers, I imported the templates into my Cricut to make the cutting of the petals so much faster and easier! For more huge paper flower ideas and templates, check out these ideas on Pinterest.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Gift Idea and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

LOVE this quick & easy money/gift card wallet idea:

Unfotunately, Pinterest wouldn't let me pin the pics
due to concerns about spam, so to view the
wonderful tutorial and video go to the blog called
genstampin4fun or click HERE.

To make, start with a piece of cardstock that measures
4 1/4" x 11"

Score along the 11" side at 3 5/8" from both
the right and left sides.

Along the 4 1/4" side, score at 3"
then follow the video.

I'm been having loads of fun with some beautiful stamp sets from Rubbernecker that creates the look of watercolor painting. This is one of my new favorites called POPPY TRIO #869:

The MISTI allows me to get a dense black image
over the colored flowers. Best money every spent!

I used a clear Wink of Stella brush to apply a micro fine
glitter and sparkle effect on all of the flowers -
and in person, the card pops!

Here's one more new stamp set from Rubbernecker
that I borrowed from my friend, Mel - then had to buy
for myself  because I loved it!

This set is called:

I used water-based markers directly on the stamp, spritzed it with a lot of water then stamped on watercolor paper. While the ink was still wet, I then added more paint directly to the stamped image using a kids' watercolor paint set! This allowed me to intensify and blend colors as needed. A watercolor pad that I recently discovered from another site is Fabriano Studio Watercolor Paper. It's ideal for stamping because it does not have pronounced ridges in it. Affordable, too! Check it out HERE.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Birthday Cakes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I had a chance to make another tea pot and tea cup set last week plus I added a birthday cake idea I saw on Pinterest:

The tea pot and cup with the measurements and
video was shown in my post HERE...
then...I started seeing these adorable Hershey Nugget
cakes all over Pinterest and decided to create some
color coordinated trios!

(Happy Birthday die from Stampin' Up)

The directions on one of the Pinterest cakes
used a styrofoam ball cut in half, but that seemed like
a lot of I came up with a much easier solution.

I adhered the Nuggets to a 1" x 8" strip of black card stock - using red sticky tape to attach the Nuggets side-by-side to the strip while I curved it to form a circle. I trimmed the strip and left a tab to attach the last Nugget to the first Nugget. I simply hot glued the Nuggets to the heavy card stock small scalloped circle bases (made with Nesties). I also applied yellow Stickles paint to the candle tips to make them stand out. My formula for the construction was 7 Nuggets for the base, 6 for the middle layer and 5 for the top layer.

Here are a few more Pinterest pins of Hershey Nugget cakes:

 Original Pin HERE

 Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

...and some with a tea light for the top layer:

 Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

The creativity incorporated into these cakes
really makes me smile ^_^
BTW: My Safeway sells a huge bag of Nuggets
and it seems that they have a new customer
since I discovered how to make no-bake cakes!

I can tell you first-hand that these cakes
will bring your friends and family
a lot of happiness!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gift Card Box
and the Very Best of
Pinterest Pins

Original Pin HERE

Make a card box and set of small gift cards using the wonderful video tutorial and measurements provided from this pin! The tutorial also shows how to make the raised medallion for the front. I decided to make up a larger version that would hold standard A2 cards (4.25" x 5.5") with envelopes. Here's my version:

...with matching cards:

Here are my measurements:

I had to LOL when I saw another video this week and the paper crafter said that she doesn't like "naked" envelopes! We are kindred spirits there as I do love to decorate my envelopes, too!

Last week, I also found this terrific Envelope Punch Board paper tea cup idea with video tutorial that led me to making a bunch of tea cups:

I'll fill these cups with gold Hershey Kisses.

Here's the original pin from the VERY talented Linda Parker:

Original Pin HERE

It's quite a long video, but once you do one, it really goes fast!

The measurements are as follows:

8" x 5 1/2" piece of card stock

Along the long side, score at:

1 1/4", 2 1/2", 3 3/4", 5", 6 1/4" and 7 1/2"

Along the short side, score at:

1 1/8" and 3 5/8"

When using a directional printed paper, make sure the direction of the print is placed so that it goes right to left along the 8" side with the 1 1/8" score placed at the bottom of the print. Then I saw that Linda had created a tea pot to go with the tea cup, and of course, I had to make that, too!

Here is her oh! so lovely version:

Click HERE for the Original Pin

The video tutorials are a must see....and here
are the measurements for the tea pot
which starts out as a larger version of the tea cup:


10 3/4" x 7"

Along the long side, score at:

1 3/4", 3 1/2", 5 1/4", 7", 8 3/4" and 10 1/2"

Along the short side, score at:
1 1/4" and 4 1/2"


11 3/4" x 2 7/8'

Along the long side, score at:

1 7/8", 3 3/4", 5 5/8", 7 1/2", 9 3/8" and 11 1/4"

Along the short side, score at:

1/2" and 1"

Notch from the side with the short tab at:

1 3/8", 3 1/4", 5 1/8, 7", 8 7/8" and 10 3/4"

NOTE: Instead of punching holes and threading ribbon to hold the top together, I simply used red sticky tape along each fold and that created a simple pin wheel effect inside the lid.


5 3/4" x 3"

Score along the short side at 5/8"

Notch along the long side
with the 5/8" side folded over:

 1/2", 1", 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2", 3 1/4",
3 3/4", 4 1/4", 4 3/4" and 5 1/4"

Notch on the opposite side at 2 7/8"

These projects are the original creations of
Linda Parker. Please give her credit if you post
any of her tea time projects ^_^

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tiny Boxes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I saw a wonderful tiny box idea on Pinterest that includes a tutorial:

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator stampwithpeg – Cute little treat box using New In Colors paired with old favourites. I love the new 2016 – 2018 In Colors and wanted to see how they mixed in with…:
Original Pin HERE

These boxes are 1 1/4" high and wide - just the right size to hold a small chocolate treat. First, I made the box following the terrific instructions and photos with measurements on the Stamp with Peg website HERE. Then I modified the measurements and made another box that was 2 3/8" high and wide. Here are my two versions:

To make the larger box, follow the measurements and make score lines as follows:

Card Stock: 6" x 3 1/2"

Along the long side, score at:
2 1/4, 2 3/4, 5" and 5 1/2"

Along the short side, score at:
1/2", 2 3/4, and 3 1/4"

For more box and favor ideas, check out these Pinterest pins that can be modified for any gift-giving occasions:

Card with gift box:
Original Pin HERE

Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Laura Mackie:
Original Pin HERE

Flowery 5-Card All-Occasion Card Box Gift Set:
Original Pin HERE

Stampin' Up! Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop I Helping Me Grow watercolour notecard set:
Original Pin HERE

Here's my version:

...and card inside:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Grad Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed a couple of grad cards and made this one for a terrific graduate recently:

with this inside saying:

The inside was cased from this pin:

Money Card Gift Holder - free printable:
Original Pin Here

....and the pin for my inspiration on the front of the card:

Stampin' Up! - Holly Jolly Christmas, Large Number Framelits - ZoKris:
Original Pin HERE

The number dies are from Stampin' Up's Number of Years set
that has a matching stamp set. I like how the glitter
paper adds so much pizzazz to this card!

....and here are a few more grad cards:

Graduations will be here soon. Get your cards now!:
Original Pin HERE

Graduation Card 1 by Lindachad - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers:
Original Pin HERE

...and here's a previous card I made
for a female grad:

KT Hom Designs: Female Graduation:
Original Post HERE

...and a male grad:

Original Post HERE

Check out this clever party treat idea:

Edible grad caps at a Graduation Party #graduaiton #partyfood:
Original Pin HERE

Congrats to all of the 2016 grads!