Sunday, February 27, 2011

Herb Bottles

by Debi Wind

Herb Bottles


  • Paper and Cardstock
  • Stamps
    • Frantic Stamper Stamps, Bottles     ( 103-10-M   $5.00)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
    • Clearsnap ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink, Aquamarine     ( CLE-FCP-Aqua   $5.59)
    • Versamark Pad     ( TSU-VMPAD   $8.09)
    • Antiquities Tanzanite Embossing Powder     ( EP-Ant-tanz   $4.25)
  • Embellishments
    • Kaiser Citrus Brads     (KAI-BR-1208 $2.99)  
    • Prima Fiesta Flowers, Dulce     ( PRI-ME-538903 $3.99)  
    • Ribbon, Reversible Squares, Lime/Lavender     ( MA-FB-47   $1.09/yard)
  • Tools
  • Adhesives


  • Cut Grape Slush cardstock to the size of 5 1/2"X8 1/2", score it and fold in half.
    Cut Stripe pattern paper to the size of 4"X5 1/4" and cut in half corner to corner.
    Punch two corners of stripe paper with corner rounder and adhere to card.

  • Cut Cool cardstock to the size of 2 1/4"X3 1/4".
    Punch two corners of stripe paper with corner rounder and adhere to card.

  • Cut ribbon 4 3/4" long, cut one end at an angle and adhere to card.

  • Stamp image and Vanilla cardstock in Versamark ink.
    Cover with Tanzanite embossing powder, shake off excess and heat with heat gun.

  • Trim image and sponge edge with Aquamarine ink.
    Layer onto Grape Slush cardstock and adhere to card.

  • Finish card by embellishing with Citrus brads and purple flower.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cosmo Cricket Hello

by Erika Taylor

Cosmo Cricket Hello

I’ve never seen a Cosmo Cricket product that I didn’t love. The papers are always full of whimsy and I love the colors. That slightly vintage feel like the cartoon skits in the old drive-thrus. Hi everyone, Erika Taylor here today to share with you a quick and easy card using he Cosmo Cricket Togetherness collection.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Bazzill Cardstock, Black, Orange Peel texture     ( BAZ-10-1022   $0.59)
    • Cosmo Cricket Paper, Togetherness, Making Plans     ( COS-P-00740   $0.79
    • Cosmo Cricket paper, Togetherness, Reunion     ( COS-P-00741   $0.79)
  • Embellishments
    • Cosmo Cricket, Togetherness, Stickers     ( COS-S-745   $1.99)
    • Cosmo Cricket, Togetherness, Ready Set Chipboard     ( COS-CH6-00748   $2.99)
    • Making Memories, Gem Collection, Red     ( MM-EMB-33114   $4.99)
    • Ranger liquid pearls, Petal Pink     ( RAN-LP-pink   $2.49)
    • Websters Pages, Whimsy Resin Hearts     ( WEB-RES-Hrt-Mix   $2.99)
    • Buttons Galore, Candy Store     ( BTN-Candy   $6.99)
  • Tools
  • Adhesives


  • Cut black cardstock 5 ½” x 8 ½”. Score with Scor-Pal at 4 ¼”. Set aside

  • Cut 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” patterned paper and 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” patterned paper.
    Layer and adhere to card front

  • Cut 3 1” x 3 7/8” patterned paper and adhere to card front.

  • Add Chipboard die cut and sticker to card front.

  • Apply liquid pearls to patterned paper and die cut chipboard image.

  • Finish Card with buttons and gem flowers.

Although I don’t create cute projects regularly, Cosmo Cricket makes it easy to make something sweet and easy. Thanks so much for stopping in today.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Organiser Clipboard

by Sharon Jeffs

Organiser Clipboard


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Prima Papers, Cheeky (PRI-P-602178 $0.75)  
  • Stamps
    • Autumn leaves Clear Stamps, Doodle Tagged     ( AL-RS-2520   $18.00)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
  • Paints and Mediums
    • Kaisercolour White paint     ( KAI-PAI-KC001   $2.59)
    • Glaze Gel Medium (Available in general art supply stores)
  • Miscellaneous
    • Shrink Plastic, Clear     ( Shrink Plastic, Clear   $0.65)
    • Wooden clipboard (I bought mine at a large stationary chainstore)


  • Tear patterned paper into pieces and adhere to back of the clipboard with the Glaze gel medium.
    Put aside to dry thoroughly then sand the edges to remove any rough or overhanging areas.

  • Repeat step one with the front of the board.

  • Apply paint to the areas of the board that weren’t covered by paper and some areas of the paper. Paint over the clip and set aside to dry thoroughly.

  • Using the Stazon inkpad, stamp two of the tag stamps onto the sheet of shrink plastic.
    Cut the tags out, punch a hole in the tops to hang them and shrink with either a heat tool or in the oven.
    Put aside to cool down.

  • Paint a coat of white paint onto the large keyhole from the Tim Holtz Grunge board and one of the Bazzill keys.
    Put aside to dry thoroughly.

  • Tie a knot on one end of the twine and thread one of the shrink tags on to it.
    Tie another know behind the tag to secure it in place.
    Measure up the twine by approximately 1 inch and tie another knot.
    Add the second tag and tie another knot behind it to secure it in place.

  • Tie a piece of the Looped trim just above each tag.

  • Using a tissue, rub ink from the Timber Brown ink pad across the surface of the key and the keyhole.
    Ink the edges of the keyhole.

  • Cut out a scrap of white card and adhere to the underside of the metallic label.
    Add the brads to each side and put aside.

  • Adhere one of the flowers, the keyhole and the metal label to the bottom left edge of the clipboard.

  • Rub the Timber Brown inkpad over the clip of the board to distress it further then seal with a coat of Glaze Medium gel.

  • Print off a set of the ‘To be done’ slips.

    Trim away excess paper and add to your board to complete.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Floral Birthday Card

by Anne Harada

Floral Birthday Card


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Basic Grey Curio 6"x6" pad     ( BG-6x6-Curio   $5.99 )
      • "Textile" piece cut to 3"x6" panel
      • "Linen" piece cut to 1"x3" strip
      • "Cotton" piece for die cut and stamped image
    • AC Cardstock Vanilla ( AMC-CSP-71041   $0.50)
      • Cut to 6-1/2"x6-1/4” and folded in half for card base
      • Scrap piece for die cutting
  • Stamps
    • Inkadinkado Large Sets, Organic Fabric Flourish     ( INK-CSL-99533   $9.99)
    • Inkadinkado Mini Stamps, Expressions     ( INK-CSS-96614   $4.99)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
    • Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eye Ink Pad, Dark Brown     ( CLE-FCC-Dkbrwn   $1.95)
  • Embellishments
    • Ribbon, 5/8" Sheer Iridescent Organdy, Copper     ( MA-SN-05   $0.69/yd)
    • Curio, Chip Sticker Shapes     ( BG-CH-3049   $6.99)
    • Crystal Lacquer     ( CL-2oz   $6.49)
  • Tools
    • Nestibilities Petite Ovals, Small straight     ( WIZ-D-S4140   $24.99)
    • Nestibilities Petite Ovals, Small scalloped     ( WIZ-D-S4141   $24.99)


  • Distress the edges of “Textile” panel with brown ink.

  • Adhere brown “Linen” strip to panel, about 1” in from the left, as shown in sample.

  • Wrap ribbon vertically around the panel, over the brown “Linen” strip and tie bow.

  • Adhere panel to base.

  • From “Cotton” DP, die cut a scalloped oval.

  • Stamp the lotus flower from the “Organic Fabric Flourish” stamp set onto the “Cotton” DP.

  • Fussy cut the flower out, distress edges with brown ink. Set aside.

  • Die cut an oval from scrap cream cs. Stamp the greeting in the center and sponge the edge with dark brown ink.

  • Adhere the greeting to the scalloped oval and attach to the center of the card.

  • Using dimensional tape, adhere the flower to the card as shown in sample.

  • Making sure card is laid flat, apply Crystal Lacquer onto the flower. Let dry for about 15 minutes.

  • Add Curio chipboard flower pieces to the vertical ribbon to complete the card

Monday, February 21, 2011

“Happy Birdie” Gift Card Holder

by Kris Hankins

“Happy Birdie” Gift Card Holder

When I give a gift card, I usually want to give something a more than the store card inside of the store supplied envelope. I enjoy making gift card holders. Here is one that I made to give as a birthday gift.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Basic Grey, Marjolaine, Creme de Menthe     ( BG-MRJ-2915   $0.85)
    • Bazzill Half The Edge Borders, White     ( BAZ-JTE-303436   $2.99)
    • Scrap of white cardstock (for sentiment and bird)
    • Scrap of coordinating blue cardstock (mat layer)
  • Stamps
    • Asian /”thank you” sentiment tamp(s) of choice
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
    • Prima Pearls, Cornflower     ( PRI-ECO-300609   $1.59)
    • Prima Flower, Pearl Penache, Cosmic Blue     ( PRI-ME-537944   $3.99)
    • Ribbon, Sheer Pinstripe Blue/Black     ( MA-WS-10   $0.49/yard)
    • Small coordinating blue eyelets (2)
  • Tools
  • Media


  • Cut a 4” x 11” piece from Basic Grey Marjolaine cardstock.
    Score at 3.5” from one end, and 3” from other end. Fold.

  • Round the corners of the 3.5” end of the paper.

  • On the 3” end, center and punch a half circle using a 1” circle punch.

  • Secure this folded end with two small blue eyelets.

  • Stamp your choice of sentiment (“happy birdie to you”) on a scrap of white cardstock using Adirondack Denim ink.
    Trim and layer sentiment onto a leftover piece of the Marjolaine paper and a scrap of blue cardstock.

  • From your scrap of white cardstock, cut out a “bird” using Tim Holtz Caged Bird Die.
    Stipple the edges of the bird with the Denim ink.

  • Add cornflower pearls to the bird.

  • Cut a Bazzill Half the Edge Border piece to length.
    Wrap with a knotted piece of Sheer Pinstripe ribbon.
    Attach the bird to the back edge of the border piece.
    Attach all to card front.
    Adorn with a Prima flower.
    I highlighted my flower with a Stardust Pen.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Day to Remember

by Lis Whiting

A Day to Remember

I love the “block” look but I find it difficult to line up all the little squares so that there is even spacing. Even when I use a guide, I usually get at least one crooked! So, here is an easy way to have that great blocked look – without the work.

The trick with this look is that your card base and your strips must be the same color cardstock.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Bazzill cardstock, Black     (   BAZ-10-1075   $0.59), 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and ten 8 1/2" x 1/8" strips
    • Websters Pages, Seaside Retreat/Garden Gala/Nature's Story     ( WEB-6x6-WPK17   $6.99), 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Embellishments
    • Gold Crown Brad     ( HOTP-BR-81110   $2.99)
    • Button Bonanza, Vintage     ( BTN-vint   $6.99)
    • Vintage Findings, Metallic Ephemera Gold     ( MM-S-32497   $2.99)
    • Cloud 9 Designs Clear Epoxy Quote Stickers, Simple Thoughts, Great Memories     ( C9-ES-1912   $3.89)
    • Tim Holtz Idealogy,Game Spinners     ( ADV-TH-92717   $5.49)
    • Tim Holtz Idealogy, Sprocket Gears     ( ADV-TH-92691   $4.49)
    • Tim Holtz Idealogy, Long Fasteners     ( ADV-TH-92703   $3.49)
    • Pearl Metallic Large Spiral Clips     ( CR-LCL-Prl   $3.99)
    • Crystal Rhinestones, Silver     ( KAI-RH-700   $1.99)
  • Tools


  • Fold the black Bazzill cardstock in half to make the base card.
    The card will open from the bottom.
    Set the base aside.

  • Place the balloon paper (pre-cut to 4" x 5 1/4") in landscape orientation, centered on the card base.
    Do not glue into place yet.

  • Lay down four of the 1/8 strips vertically across the card, spacing them fairly evenly (no need to measure.)
    The strips will overlap the edges of the card; they will be trimmed later.

    When you have the strips placed where you want them, glue them into place. (I used a glue stick.)

  • Once the vertical strips are adhered to the patterned paper, turn the paper sideways and place down three horizontal strips.
    Start in the middle and then place one strip on either side.
    Once you are happy with the result, glue down the strips.
    Trim the excess strips from your paper.

  • Punch two holes in the paper and mount the brad embellishements.
    Be sure to leave enough space for the epoxy sticker when attaching the gear and game spinner brad embellishment.

  • Mount the paper to the card.

  • Cut out the large balloon from a second sheet of the Webster's balloon paper and adhere it over top of the same design with mounting tape.

  • Add the epoxy saying to the lower right of the card.

  • Add remaining embellishments.

  • Place a rhinestone on top of the brad that holds the game spinner to the gear.

  • NOTE: If you want 1/4" strips instead of 1/8" strips, be sure to adjust the size of the paper to 5" x 3 3/4" so that the outside border will match.

I hope you enjoyed this simple technique. Although I used both horizontal and vertical strips, you can use just one for a different look. Try it with a different color or even glitter cardstock. See you next time!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Quick Hello in Black and White

by Kathy Berger

A Quick Hello in Black and White

Because I like to do more complicated cards, especially kinetic cards, people seem to think that is ALL that I like to do, but in reality, quick and easy cards are something I love, too. I really love a card that is clean and simple, perhaps even bordering on elegant. And I especially love a card I can put together in just a few minutes that still looks like I fussed over it.

I also seriously love the beauty of black and white cards. There is something about the stark contrast that appeals to me. I have rarely seen a black and white card that didn't appeal to me.

Here is a quick card (seriously, under 10 minutes) made with one stamp set, black ink, and a piece of ribbon. This basic card idea can be used for nearly any occasion; just change up the stamps and sentiment... it is one of my "go to" cards, for those occasions that sneak up on me that demand a great card when I don't have a lot of time.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • white cardstock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded to make a standard card, and 5 1/4" x 4")
    • Post-it™ Notes, for masking
  • Stamps
    • Stampendous Clear Stamps, Dotty Daisy     ( STM-SSC-1002   $14.99)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
    • Gross-grain Ribbon, 1/2" width, Black     ( CR-GGR2-BK   $0.45/yard), about 15 inches
    • Small Rhinestones, Clear, such as those available in Kaiser's Rhinestone strips     ( KAI-LR-451   $3.99)
  • Tools
    • black marker (I like Sharpie Markers because they don't bleed through)
  • Adhesive of choice


  • Mask off about 1 1/2" on one side of the 4" x 5 1/4" panel using Post-it™ notes.

  • Stamp the large flower stamp somewhat randomly on the uncovered portion of the panel, making sure to stamp off the edges and onto the mask.

  • Stamp the dotted swirl between the stamped flowers, also being sure to go off the edges.

  • Use the black marker to fill in with more dots right up to the flowers.
    Cover the area as desired.

    Please note: the picture below shows the stamped area on the right; I stamp the panel UPSIDE-DOWN because I find it easier to have the area I am stamping on my right than on my left. The area being stamped will be on the LEFT side of the card!

  • Remove the mask.

  • Tie the black ribbon around the panel, aligning it at the edge of the stamping.
    Apply a little adhesive if needed to hold in place.

  • Stamp the sentiment at an angle at the lower right corner of the panel.

  • On the inside of the main card, at the bottom of the right side, stamp two of the smaller flowers and some swirls.
    Fill in dots as needed to fill in the card.

  • Affix the card panel centered on the front of the card.

  • Add a tiny rhinestone to the center of each of the large flowers.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Paper sculpture sympathy card

by Joanne Wardle

Paper sculpture sympathy card

I love the look of paper sculpture. A much simplified version can be achieved by using white diecuts on a white card base. The trick to this is to use exactly the same card for the base and the die cuts.

The effect is very subtle and understated, and although it would be suitable for any occasion, it makes a perfect sympathy card.


    embossing stylus and foam pad
  • Paper and Cardstock
    • two white card blanks
  • Stamps
    • Melissa Frances Clear Stamp, Simply Said     ( MFR-CS-ME18   $11.99)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
  • Tools
  • Adhesive of choice


  • Die cut stalk and flowers from white card.

  • Attach stalk to front of card.

  • Shape flowers using embossing stylus and foam mat.

  • Attach to card.

  • Attach a single gem.

  • Finish with a stamped greeting in grey.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Soooo big boy

by Polinka

Soooo big boy


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • My Mind's Eye, Life Stories Kraft Paper, Frequency Grid     ( MME-P-DAY204   $0.99)
    • Basic Grey, Oliver, Doilies, Jesse Blue die cut lace paper     ( BG-VER-DC2749   $2.99)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
    • Basic Grey, Oliver, Olio Rub On Book     ( BG-RO-2731   $6.99))
    • Basic Grey, Oliver, Die Cut Shapes     ( BG-S-VER-2747   $3.99)
  • Tools
    • American Crafts Slick Writer, Black Fine Point     ( AMC-SW-FBlk   $2.29)
  • Adhesives


  • Cut the background paper 6x6'

  • Cut a piece of doily paper from Basic Grey and adhere it with glue dots.

  • Choose the disposition of the picture and adhere it with a die cut shape.

  • Draw a black line to frame the page.

  • Finally add some rub-ons on the picture, in the corners and for the title.

Have a lovely day,