Monday, August 30, 2010

Post-It Note Holder

by Sharon Jeffs

Post-It Note Holder


  • Pack of Post-it notes
  • A4 sheet chipboard
  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Basic Grey Patterned Paper, Urban Prairie, Corn Husk     ( BG-URP-1314   $0.69)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
    • Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop, Coffee Bean     ( TSU-BD-Cof   $2.69)
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesives


  • My Post-it notes measure 3 4/10 inches by 3 4/10 inches by 4/10 inches.
    To create the base sides and top I am going to measure out chipboard pieces at the following sizes –
    • Base and Top – 4 inches by 4 inches
    • Sides – ½ inch by 3 ½ inches (cut 4 of these)

  • Cover the top and base pieces on both sides with the Basic Grey Patterned paper then ink the edges with the Coffee Bean inkpad.

  • Cut a ½ inch by 12 inch strip of patterned paper and use to cover and connect up the four sides.
    Don’t worry about not having enough left to cover all of the fourth side as this will be covered later.

  • Cut a 1 inch by 12 inch strip of patterned paper and adhere to the inside of the sides.

  • Notch each of the corners of the overlapping patterned paper and fold in.

  • Adhere to the base and ink the top edges.

  • Cut two strips of patterned paper measuring 1 inch by 3 1/3 inches.
    These will be the hinges of the box lid.
    Begin by adhering the first one to the outside side edge that wasn’t completely covered.

  • Fold this strip backwards and centre top onto the box.
    Adhere strip to top of box to create the first half of the hinge.
    Repeat on the inside of the box to reinforce the hinge.

  • Adhere ribbon around sides and tie in a bow at the front.

  • Trim off pieces of the Felt stem to add around the flower and adhere to the centre of the top of the box along with the felt stem pieces radiating from the flower.

Thanks for coming by.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Summer Roses

by Lis Whiting

Summer Roses


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Bazzill Cardstock, Johannesburg, Canvas Texture     ( BAZ-4-450   $0.59)
    • Bo Bunny, Flower Child, Free Bird     ( BBP-P-02985   $0.89)
  • Stamps
    • Script stamp, like Frantic Stamper's Great Grandfather's Letter     ( 0504-Q   $7.00)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
  • Tools


I chose the new Bo Bunny papers for this summer card because the colors are really pretty and they are very vibrant in greens, blues and yellows and have really pretty leafy and flowery patterns on them. I really like their cardstock. It’s a nice heavy weight AND is double sided. (I love that!)
  • Cut the Johannesburg cardstock to 5"x10".
    Fold to form a base card that measures 5" x 5".
    Set it aside for now.

  • I used a 4 ½ x 4 ½ piece of the Bo Bunny cardstock in red for this next part.
    First cut the edges away so that you had just the red. (This paper has a distressed edge in contrasting color. I am saving the strips to use for borders elsewhere.)
    Use walnut stain distress ink and ink portions of a writing stamp.
    Stamp this onto your red cardstock.
    Use clear embossing powder over the ink and emboss it.

    Use Walnut Stain distress ink and shade the edge of the piece.
    Set aside.

  • I used Labels 2 from Spellbinders and my Cuttlebug to cut out and emboss two labels from the Bo Bunny cardstock.
    I chose the green and blue patterned paper for this.

    To use spellbinder dies in a cuttlebug, follow the directions included with every Spellbinders die.

  • Once the labels are cut out, use Tumbled Glass distress ink and edge both labels.

  • Adhere the larger label to the red 4 ½ x 4 ½ stamped piece.

  • Take your piece of ribbon and lay it across the top of the larger label and red cardstock and adhere the ribbon to the back side.

  • Adhere the red cardstock piece to your card.

  • Using mounting tape, adhere the smaller label over top of the ribbon and larger label on your card.

  • Add pearls to your card.

  • Take three small Prima paper roses and entwine them together (they each have a little wire)
    Glue the roses to the top of the smaller label on the center of your card.
    Carefully, take your stick pin and run it through the center of the roses and out the other side.

  • I attached a cap to the bottom of the stick pin.

    The caps don’t come with the stick pins; I got mine at a loval craft store.

I hope that you enjoyed this card and will try it! See you next time.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Born to Shop

by Joanne Wardle

Born to Shop

This card is made from the Frantic stamper’s own range of stamps, this tag stamp could be useful for all sorts of occasions and combined with the dress form just makes me want to go shopping.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • White card blank (3.5”x5”)
  • Stamps
    • Frantic Stamper Large Tag     ( 8102-k   $4.00)
    • Frantic Stamper Large Dress Form     ( 6905-I   $3.00)
    • Prima Collage Stamp, Alphabet     ( PRI-CSR-850722   $1.99)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesive of Choice
  • Miscellaneous
    • Post it note for masking
    • Cotton ball


  • Stamp tag onto card in pumice ink

  • Stamp again onto post it note, cut out and use to mask stamped image.

  • Use cotton ball to dab pumice ink onto image to create a shadow for the tag.

  • Over stamp the dress form in black ink.

  • Use individual letters to spell out “born to shop”.

  • Tie a small piece of ribbon into a knot and glue into place on the dress form.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

60th Birthday

by Polinka

60th birthday


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • We-R-Memory Keepers, Precious Metals, Silver Lining, Marquee     ( WRM-P-60280   $0.85)
  • Embellishments
    • October Afternoon, Fly A Kite Word stickers     ( OCT-S-253   $2.49)
    • Kaisercolour Acrylic Paint, Orange     ( KAI-PAI-KC007   $2.59)
  • Tools
    • A sewing machine and red thread


  • Cut the background paper to fit your album

  • Adhere the picture where it belongs

  • Add some orange acrylic paint on the picture's border & with the fingers for more fun :)

  • Find some cute stickers and stick them on 2 opposite corners of the picture... (I used one of the sticker for the title)

  • Finally add some machine stitching around the stickers... Use some original stitches if you can...

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Have a lovely day,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sew Sweet

by Erika Taylor

It is a great time of year to really appreciate those simple things in life. Smell the flowers, enjoy your favorite hobbies. Take time for you. Today I have a sweet and simple card to share, that is created using Cosmo Cricket Material Girl goodness.

Sew Sweet



  • Cut Cream Puff cardstock 5 ½” x 8 1/2”. Score at 4 ¼”. Cut Apricot cardstock at 4” x 4 7/8”

  • Cut 2 strips of Measuring Up patterned paper, one at 2 ¾” x 4” and 1 at 1” x 4”.
    Punch with Scalloped Scallops border punch.
    Adhere smaller strip to underside of Apricot cardstock.
    Adhere larger piece to top of Apricot cardstock.

  • Cut 4 ½” piece or sheer ribbon and adhere to backside of card front.
    Centering in middle of patterned paper strip.

  • Cut out using Big Shot, scalloped circle from Cream Puff cardstock and Classic Circle from Inspiration patterned paper.
    Layer with pop dots.
    Adhere to card front.

  • Cut out flowers and vines from Inspiration patterned paper using Serrated Scissors.
    Adhere to card front using pop dots.

  • Attach brads to 2 flowers that have been cut out.
    Adhere to card front.

  • Finish card with sentiment sticker, liquid pearls and Kaiser Craft pearls.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing an easy peasy Cosmo Cricket card full of sweetness and sunshine.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Birthday Surprise

by Kathy Berger

Birthday Surprise

The surprise is that this card will pop open on its own when the card is removed from its envelope.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • 2 pieces of sturdy white cardstock, each 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • 4 scraps of sturdy white cardstock, each 2" x 3/4"
  • Stamps
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Tools
    • EK Success Large Punch, 2" Scalloped Circle     ( EK-PSN-54-30047   $14.99)
    • Original PINK Crop-A-Dile     ( WRM-CAD-pink   $24.99)
    • Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, 1/4" and 1/2" Corner Rounder     ( WRM-CAD-CRNR1   $24.99)
    • The Scor-Pal     ( Scor-pal   $39.99)
    • Hydra Sponge     ( Hydra Sponge   $0.55)
    • ATG-714 Double Sided Adhesive Tape Gun     ( ATG-714   $59.99)
    • Colored Pencils, Pink, Bright Pink, and Yellow
  • Adhesives
  • Rubber band, about 2 1/2" across


  • In landscape orientation, score each of the two 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces at 1/2", 1", 4 1/2" and 5".

  • Punch a scalloped hole horizontally centered on one of the two pieces, closer to the top edge than to the bottom.
    Reserve the punched out piece.

  • Line the front of the card up with the card back.
    With a pencil, lightly trace the scallop hole onto the inside of the card back.
    Using the pencil tracing as a guide, and using the black versafine ink, stamp the cupcake.
    Color the cupcake with colored pencils.

  • Cover the cupcake with the reserved punch out.
    Using the pink ink and the hydra sponge, sponge all around the punched shape.
    Discard the punched shape.

  • With pink ink, stamp "Happy Birthday" on the lower part of the front of the card.
    Also with the pink ink, stamp the confetti repeatedly on the top portion of the front of the card, stamping off the top and over the edge of the punched hole.

  • Fold the card back so that the folds at 1/2" and 5 " are mountain folds, and the ones at 1" and 4 1/2" are valley folds.
    Fold the card front so that the folds at 1/2" and 5" are valley folds, and the ones at 1" and 4 1/2" are mountain folds.

  • Add strips of red liner tape to the edges of the 1/2" wide panels at the left and right edges of the card back.

    Set aside.

  • Round corners on one end of each of the small strips of card stock using the corner chompers.

  • Stack the four strips of card stock.
    Use the small hole punch of the Crop-a-Dile to punch a small hole in the rounded end of the stack of strips.

  • With the strips still stacked, make a diagonal cut from one edge of the strip to the punched hole.

  • With the slit at the top of one of the strips, insert the rubber band through the slit and into the hole.

  • With the slit at the bottom of a second strip, insert the rubber band through the slit, into the hole.

    Glue the two strips together using the ATG adhesive gun.

  • Repeat the previous two steps with the other two strips.

  • Remove the red liner from the strips on the right side of the card back.
    Affix one of the tabs produced by the strips to the tape about 1" from the bottom of the card, and with the hole near the fold.
    The edge of the tab should extend to the right, beyond the edge of the card. It will be trimmed later.
    Apply a piece of red liner tape over the tab.

  • Affix the right side of the card front to the right side of the card back, carefully aligning edges.

  • Repeat with the left side of the card back and the other tab, adjusting the position of the tab so that the rubber band is not stretched, but is taught.

  • Trim off the extended ends of the tabs flush with the card edges.

  • The finished card will pull flat for insertion into an envelope, but when removed from the envelope it will pop itself back to this diaorama shape.

I hope you will give this card a try. It is a lot easier than you might think, and it is a lot of fun!

See you next time.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Corner Bookmark

by Kris Hankins

Corner Bookmark

A stamping friend introduced me to corner bookmarks. Her design is made from a cut corner of a sturdy envelope. I love making these bookmarks although I now make mine differently – without any envelopes.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Favorite white stamping cardstock
  • Stamps
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
    • Silk Ribbon 1/4", Silk Green     ( MA-SK4-15   $0.59/yd)
    • Glass Beads (a few)
  • Tools
    • Stipple Brush #6     ( STIPPLE-6   $2.99)
    • Martha Stewart Score Board     ( MSC-TOOL-board   $19.99)
    • PrismaColor Colored Pencils


  • Cut a 6” square from your favorite white stamping cardstock.

  • Place it on your Martha Stewart Score Board.
    Using the angled guide, line up the opposite corners of the square with one score line.
    Make sure the points of the corners are centered evenly over the score line.

  • Repeat using remaining corners.

  • You will end up with (4) triangular segments.
    Cut away one of the triangles segments.
    Cut on the inside of the score lines to make the finished bookmark lay nice and flat.

  • Fold the cardstock into a triangular shape.
    It should lay smooth and flat.
    Give it a good crease with your bone folder.
    Trim the bottom edge if necessary.

  • Open up your cardstock and start stamping.
    I stamped images (bird, flourishes, flowers) from the Inkadinkadoo “Hello Hummingbird” set using Adirondack Pesto ink.

  • I colored the hummingbird and flower images using PrismaColor colored pencils and a blender pencil.

    NOTE – color the stamped images with your favorite coloring media - i.e. Copic markers, paint, Marvy or Tombow markers, etc.

  • To make the beaded corner pull tab, take about 8” of ¼” silk ribbon and thread it through some glass beads.
    Double-knot it when you reach the end of the beads.
    Thread the ribbon back through the beads to the starting point.

  • Fold one triangle toward the back of bookmark.
    Securely attach the ribbon/bead tab to the center point of the bookmark.

  • Fold down the other triangle and glue securely.

    I stippled my finished bookmark with French Blue Fluid Chalk around the edges, and added stippled highlights in Citrus Yellow and Pink Pastel.

You now have a beautiful handmade corner book mark that is very practical and useful. I use mine in books and in all my magazines. They stay very secure and are better than dog earring corners of magazines.