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Friday, February 3, 2017

Heart Boxes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

First, I have some cards from my talented neighbor and friend:

Then my co-worker recently lost her 
beloved dog and I made this card for her:

From Stampin' Up:
Flourish Thinlets (Dies)
Simply Sketched (Saying)

Here are the Pinterest pins
that led me to create my pet sympathy card:
Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

I also made these Valentine's Day heart boxes using a unique way to close the lid which were modified after I saw a pin and blog post from Becky Roberts of Inking Idaho fame:

My measurements for scoring:

My 3" square box holds 3 rows of 3 Hershey's Kisses in each row, while Becky's box is a smaller 2" version. The hole to fit the heart through on my version can easily be made with the Word Window punch from Stampin' Up, while Becky cut hers with a craft knife. Here is Becky's verion:

Original Pin HERE
(Becky also included measurements for her mini box!)

PLEASE NOTE: I'll be taking a break from blogging to enjoy a wedding in our family. I love weddings and especially this one because I'm becoming a mother-in-law for the first time!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Valentines and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed a quick Valentine's Day card to make this year as February will be a busy month with a wedding in the family. This lovely card below from Pinterest uses the HEARTS ENTWINE die online at Simon Says and was the perfect inspiration for a HOM-made valentine this year:

Original Pin HERE

My 2017 Valentine's Day Card:

I love this metallic gold paper. I found it squirreled away in my paper drawer...and it was so old that it was starting to bubble in places. I did a happy when I could finally put it to good use!

My sister loves shades of blue. This one's for her:

I also had a chance to make a matching purse and birthday card set:

Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up:
Butterfly Basics
Watercolor Wishes
Oh, So Lovely

By Art Gone Wild:
Birthday 3-D Simple Circles

I found this card design and tutorial
from this Pinterest pin:

 Original Pin HERE
View Instructions HERE

I also made this get well version:

Stamp Set by Stampin' Up:
Thoughts and Prayers

This type of card is called a tri shutter card. A search in Pinterest yielded a bunch of examples and variations HERE and HERE with many helpful tutorials in a PDF format.

For more Valentine's Day PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS picks, check out my board containing pins of cards that would be suitable for Valentine's Day, Weddings and Anniversaries HERE

Happy Valentine's Day and send a handmade paper greeting to those who make your heart happy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

More Birthday Projects and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed more birthday cards for the month of January and here's a design that can be modified with various DSP and embossing folders for any occasion. I really need to have more versatile cards like this made ahead so I can send out a card without having to set a bomb go off in my craft room!

Recently, my co-worker cleaned out her craft room and bestowed upon me a plethora of paper crafting toys! To thank her for her generosity and for making me do a happy dance, I made a card and purse as a big thank you:

Cute by the Inch, Stampin' Up
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Up
A Big Thank You, Papertrey, Ink


Pinterest Pin HERE
(Includes Directions HERE)

My Matching Purse:

This purse was created by the blog poster
to hold a set of cards and includes
a wonderful video tutorial!

Original Pin HERE
with Video HERE

This has been one of my most favorite projects to create. Give it a try and create a set of 4 cards with the same papers used to create the purse for a lovely color coordinated gift set just like this:

Original Pin HERE

Here are the pieces needed to make this purse:

For box base:
5" x 8" card stock
Score at 1" on all four sides

For handles:
1" x 11"
Score @ 1/2" along
the 1" side - Start and stop
at 1 1/2" from top and bottom

For sides:
4 1/2" x 12"
4 1/2" x 7"

Top border pieces:
2 each of
3/4" x 11"
3/4" x 8 1/2"

For an Easter basket version,
check out this video from

...and last, but not least...I made this birthday card for my husband's assistant and BIG Tim Burton fan - especially the Nightmare before Christmas:

I would have never thought of this card on my own had it not been for this version on Pinterest:

Original Pin HERE

Friday, January 6, 2017

Retirement Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterst Pins

One of my best friends has retired and today we had a chance to celebrate it!

The inside sentiment says:
Let the relaxation begin!
(happy retirement)

From the SU stamp set:
CONGRATS (Retired)

Inside pop up from SU:

(I made the sentiment on the card front
with my computer.)

Here's my birthday version of this
card using a 
DCWV double-sided
stack of coordinated papers from
JoAnns that was 50% off - yippeeeee!

Background stamp set:

Here was my Pinterest inspiration card:

Original Pin HERE

...and a few other retirement cards that caught my eye
that could also be modified for a number of occasions:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

...and finally this clever punch card:
Original Pin HERE

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Ideas and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

Give out loads of holiday smiles with this
terrific gift card and Hershey Kisses holder:

The Santa is actually a Target Gift card and I put the gift receipt in the top pocket. Normally, the gift card would go in the pocket and you can check out the how-to video thanks to this Pinterest pin:

Original Pin HERE

...and another blogger's Christmas variation:

Original Pin HERE

Here's a cute Snoopy card idea made with punches:

Original Pin HERE 

It gave me some inspiration to create a
few birthday cards this month:

I got the little Woodstock online as a piece of clip art that I printed and cut out. You can print my version HERE. After I cut out Woodstock, I cut the legs from the body and pasted them in a sitting down position.

Here's a lovely way to send out a thank you
or a December birthday card:

Inside View:

Tree and Bear Stamp Set:
White Christmas from Stampin' Up
Simply Wonderful from Stampin' Up

This was my Pinterest Inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

My MISTI helped me mass produce this card for all of the thank yous I'll need this holiday season, and a mask let me sponge in the SU Pool Party ink where needed.

These little treat boxes were based on a previous post HERE:

Finally....a table centerpiece that's
quick and easy:

Original Pin HERE

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year
and I'll be taking time off from blogging to enjoy it.
Happiest of holidays with abundant joy
and creativity in 2017!...
and I like to end each year with this poem
that my friend, Michele, sent to me
many Christmases ago:

Twas the night before Christmas, I’m glued to the tree.
I’m wondering what Santa will bring just for me.
Could it be new cardstock or inkpads or lace?
"Or stamp sets," I said, with a big smile on my face.
And that’s when I saw him..."Hi Santa," I said.
To which he replied, "You should be in bed!"
"Oh, dear!" I said, "I’ve just been caught...
But I was hoping to see what goodies you brought."
He took a brief look at my room where I work.
Then he shook his head quickly, and left with a jerk.
...And I heard him exclaim, as he put it in gear,
You’ve got enough crap, I’ll see you next year!