Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blistering Hot! Summer Z-Fold Card

As a part of a swap with Scrapbooking Swap Til Ya Drop on FaceBook, I created two summer themed Z fold cards using directions from Flowerbug's Inkspot. Here's what I came up with. The Z fold cards are standing in this photo.

  • DCWV light blue, dark blue, yellow glitter cardstock
  • Queen & Co. Summer Fun Summertime cardstock
  • Kiwi Lane  Tiny Border: Delight #2
  • American Crafts Garden Phrases, Mini Marks rub-ons
  • Claudine Hellmuth dimensional stickers
  • #10 envelopes
  • Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Glossy Accents

These cards were pretty easy to make. Once cut provides the card bases for both cards if you start with a 12x12 piece of card stock. The patterned paper layers were from another 12x12 sheet. I embellished with a rub on and dimensional stickers from Claudine Hellmuth at HSN.com.

I made one card with a decorative edge and one without. I used a double layer of DCWV yellow glitter cardstock on the card on the right. The layer is one piece cut from a 12 x12 sheet of paper on a diagonal. I then adhered the front layer and then turned over the card and adhered a second layer of the cardstock to make it double-sided. Using a Kiwi Lane template and a fine tip sharpie, I traced and hand cut the wave-like pattern. I ended up having to go back after folding the card to add glossy accents to keep the layers together.

Here are the cards closed and laying down and below you can see the card open. you could add your hand writing in there for a personal message.

 I hope you enjoyed this blistering hot! summer Z fold card! Until we craft again....



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Teacher Appreciation - Chalkboard Tag Card

Guess what? It's my birthday today!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I have a super cute set of tag cards I made to accompany the embellished cups/water bottles for the teachers and support staff for teacher appreciation. I went for a chalkboard look (although my pics don't show how smudgy they look).

I'm happy with how they came out. They open up so my kids could write a note and their names inside. I attached the cards to small gift bags with red apple brads.

  • DCWV - All Chalked up Brights - red chalkboard card stock; The Edumacation Stack - brown school supplies pattern, blue numbers, alpha and apple pattern
  • CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cart - tag card pg. 40 cut at 3.5"
  • Cricut Essentials Cart - rounded square cut at 2.25" (real dial size)
  • Clear and Simple Stamps - Rag Doll Teacher Notes stamp set
  • White watercolor pencil
  • Inkadinkado linen white pigment ink
  • The Paper Studio sticky doos- foam tape circles
  • Recollections - apple brads
  • Glamor Glitz iron on pearls - added with glossy accents
  • hole reinforcers from Dollar Tree


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Teacher Appreciation - Manly Embellished Water bottles

In a previous post I shared how I made polka dot monogram cups for the female teachers in my children's lives. Today I have an idea for all the fellas. Instead of a girly cup, I decided to go with water bottles. I have both aluminum and clear plastic ones. I still included a monogram but with a more manly font and styling. Which do you like best? Clear or Aluminum?

  • Water bottles - Dollar Tree
  • Vinyl - Oh My Crafts!
  • Top note - Cricut Essential cart (in E2) - cut at 3.5" relative size
  • Stars, Monogram - CTMH Art Philosophy cart - cut at 1.25" and 1.75"
  • Vinyl Kiss cut on E2 - blade set to 1, speed 3, depth 3, multi-cut 1
  • Cricut transfer tape
  • plastic Easter grass from Dollar Tree
  • Crystal light drink sticks
In addition, I added a note pad/pen set for the ladies and a lined small note book for the fellas (both from Dollar Tree).

I really hope these men love these bottles and will use them. It's so hard gifting to males in a crafty way!!


Stop back to see the tag cards I attached to these bottles. They are adorable (not so manly - sorry!)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Pink Butterfly 70th Bday Guest Book

Last post I shared the butterfly invitation I was hired to make. The order also included a matching guest book. Everything on the market was related to weddings or was too child-like. I was glad to create a one-of-kind masterpiece for this special event!

  • DCWV Chipboard
  • The Paper Studio - pink and cream card stock, bling
  • Staples - acid free inkjet paper cream
  • Psst Sheer shimmer spritz - Sparkle
  • Cricut cart Sophie - 7" for the printed layer, 7.25" for the butterfly
  • Alphas - stash
  • We R Memory Keepers sweetheart distress tool
  • 9" Xyron
  • crop-a-file big bite

I'm not sure why the picture doesn't show solid lines but they are solid in person. Every paper was filled with lines for guests to fill in their names and addresses. My large Xyron was instrumental is assembling this guestbook. I was able to make each layer into a sticker.

These dimensional alphas from my stash worked best for the cover and although they already were on foam adhesive, I added glossy accents to ensure they stayed put. 

I hope you enjoyed viewing this creation. The birthday girl loved it!!



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pink Butterfly 70th Bday Invitation

Guess what? I've been dying to show you this, but it was my first client project of the year and it was top secret!! Now that the wonderful event has passed I can share this beautiful butterfly invitation. My best friend hired me to make 80 invitations for a surprise 70th bday party she was throwing for her beloved mom. I was tickled pink to say the least! Her mom LOVES butterflies so I went to my go to Cricut cart for that - Sophie!

Both the pink and cream cardstock are from The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby. The iridescent gems also are from The Paper Studio.

I laid out the text in word and printed on cream ink jet paper (acid free) from Staples before cutting the layer to this invite on my Cricut E2. Using settings of blade 1, speed 1, pressure 2 and no multi cut worked best. I must have ripped 100 before figuring that one out, LOL. It was important to cut the top portion of the text with the butterfly shape upside-down to make sure it reads correctly once the invite is open.

The shimmer on the outside of the invite was creating by spritzing with "Sparkle" Psst! Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Tsukineko. It works best to spritz from about 8 inches above your project. I laid as many out on my kitchen table as possible (kraft wrapping paper covered the table) and spritzed away!

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! Everyone loved it and told me they saved it. But wait! I've got more. Stop back tomorrow to see the matching guest book!!



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Challenge - Crafts Galore Encore: fav color

It's time to announce the April challenge for Crafts Galore Encore! You're going to love this one! Include your favorite color in your project. Our sponsor for this month is Kenny K Downloads  Two winners (one chosen at random and one chosen based on their submission) will be able to choose two Kenny K digis each.

My fav color for male-oriented digis is red! I started with Kenny K's digi called J-Cool. I was excited to color this image because I have not colored many men at all - specifically not African-American ones. I really had fun with this one!


  • Skin - E13, E15
  • Hair - E29, E79
  • Hankie - C3
  • Glasses - R29, Y06, Y15
  • Shoes - B93, R29, Signo ball white pen
  • Earrings/chain - Y15
  • Sweatshirt - R29, R59
  • Shirt B93
  • Jeans - B0000, B34, B45, B93, B95, B99
  • Copic multiliner black

Once I had colored J-Cool, I looked into my stash and found a Sizzix movers and shapers Circle flip-it card designed by Stephanie Barnard of The Stamps of Life. I just knew it was the setting for J-Cool. Then I thought, let me add some brick texture, so I pulled out my brickyard Cuttlebug embossing folder and my Cuttlebug to make that happen. I added stamping and thought I was almost done.

But then I was stumped! J-Cool looked too corny by himself with the clean bricks and I had to reach out to crafty friends to help me get a clue of which direction to go in next. Shout out and thanks to Lyne, Anna, Carol, Ellen, Leila for sparking my creativity. They suggested a boom box, graffiti and street light/signs. I marinated on that for a day and then went about my task. I love the result! I wrote all the names of my household on the walls of the card.  I may have found a new way to sign my cards...who knows.

Additional supplies:

  • 2" boom box  - rock princess - DCWV black adhesive cardstock, Bazzill White, silver from my stash
  • 4" traffic light - Artiste - Bazzill yellow, red and green
  • Core'dinations - VC Ruby and whitewashed collection
  • Brickyard cuttlebug folder
  • Kenny K Digi - J-Cool
  • ATG, Xyron, Zig 2 way
  • No Fear, Play Hard - CTMH Later Sk8r - stamped in Chipped Sapphire distress ink
  • Background (card interior) - CTMH Later Sk8r - stamped in Broken China distress ink
  • Sunburst, Trophy - CTMH Cricut Artiste Collection: Kudos
  • 100 Copic black and Uniball Signo white opaque pen for graffiti
  • EK Success powder tool
  • Copic Xpress it blending card



  1. The Crafting Cafe - One for the boys
  2. DL.ART - April Linky Party
  3. Crafting by Designs - ATG