Grateful Card

This is one of my favourite cards of all time! I think it is elegant and well, really pretty. I hope you like it too. The colours of the card are more vibrant in real life. Sorry!

Grateful card The base is close to cocoa 4.25″ x 5.5″, top fold. The next layer is Designer Series Paper (DSP) patterns in pink pirouette. Then comes a layer of chocolate dots from Bella Rosa DSP. The velvet ribbon I chose used to look pinker but the brown shows through and mutes the colour a bit, darn. I was going to use a soft, easy to tie ribbon and make a nice loopy bow or a soft tie but the ribbon I had was really wrinkled and I was too lazy to iron it. I was considering buying a ribbon iron when I remembered I have a mini iron I used for sewing so now I have to get that out. The wrinkling motivated me to start wrapping my loose ribbon on clothespins. I couldn’t find the old-fashioned ones so I used the regular ones. The pearls are from the Pretties kit adhered with Crystal Effects. I couldn’t decide if I should use two or three but I like it the way it is.

The final layers are cut with… drumroll please… my new Nestabilities! Woo hoo! I just love them. If you don’t have them do anything, sell your… no, I was not going to say firstborn 😉 stuff you aren’t using on Ebay or Etsy.com to get these. The largest layer is chocolate chip followed by pink pirouette and white. Grateful is stamped in close to cocoa. The flower is coloured with Copics, I started with yellow on the flower petal tips and pink in the centers.

I was happy with it until I worked on choosing papers for the rest of the card. I had the mix I wanted all picked out, however, when I put the flower on top I didn’t like it. The yellow was to bright even though I only used pale colours. So I used the colourless blender to push the colour out to the edges of the petals to soften it then added two more layers of pink. Now, I am happy with it. Thanks to Marianne of I Like Markers for the fabulous tips!

Thanks for visiting!

RECIPE               Stamps: Natural Beauty, Small Script     Ink: close to cocoa, Adirondack pitch black     Paper: pink pirouette cardstock and DSP, white, chocolate and cocoa CS, Bella Rosa DSP     Accessories: label one Nestabilities, ribbon unknown, Copic markers, pearls

NOTE: For future reference, I have a lot of Stampin’ Up! supplies so everything is usually SU! unless I note otherwise, especially if the tag at the bottom reads Stampin Up products. I can’t promise to be perfect, but my goal is to try and put the brand (or unknown) next to all other products!

For my real favourites, I will link the products to the manufacturer’s website or an online store that carries the it. Hope the helps!


Thank You Card Box

This box features the stretchy ribbon belly band from the last post. I think I slid the belly band up a bit after taking this photo. I really enjoy making boxes, this one is rethank you card boxally easy; it fits a set of 10 4.25″x5.5″ cards and envies. I will post a how-to later. I cut the box lid according to my custom measurements then stamped the box lid with pretty in pink ink on pink pirouette CS with the word stamp from Natural Beauty. This has to be one of my favourite stamps of all time. Starting in the top left corner, I stamped it first horizontally, then vertically and repeated the pattern all over the box. This makes a great background, I have used it before on cards too. Then I assembled the box with red line tape. The box bottom is plain chocolate chip CS, you really do not see any of it anyway so I didn’t stamp it. The tag is made from my NEW NESTABILITIES! Yeah! The lower layer is chocolate chip CS, the upper is whisper white. The stamp is one of the first I ever bought, from Hero Arts I think. I inked it in pretty in pink then traced over the center thank you in rose red. The ribbon is retired SU!, the pearl is from the Pretties Kit.

RECIPE                Stamps: Natural Beauty, thank you – Hero Arts    Paper: pink pirouette, chocolate chip and whisper white CS    Ink: pretty in pink, red rose marker    Accessories: silver cord (back of belly band, see previous post), Nestabilities Label One dies and Cuttlebug, Pearl from Pretties Kit, foam tape and red line tape both from Jody Morrow

Hope you enjoyed it!


Stretchy Ribbon Belly Band Tutorial

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This is a great idea I thought of if I do say so myself. I love tying ribbon around boxes of cards I give as gifts but what to do if you want to replace the ribbon after opening the box? The ribbon is untied and what are the chances of tying it in exactly the same place so the wrinkles don’t show? And while you and I might be able to tie the perfect bow, since you are giving a gift, will they be able to retie it? And who wants to tie and retie a bow every time you open a box anyway? So I came up with the idea of attaching cord to the ribbon at the back of the box so it can easily slide on and off, the bow staying tied! (Post for the box pictured to follow)

Step 1: Tie the perfect bow on your item. Trim the tails, do anything else you want like add other embellishments to the bow etc.

Step 2: Cut the ribbon at the back, yep, cut it right in half. Being exact isn’t important. If your ribbon is polyester or nylon (most is unless it is real silk or cotton like twill tape) you might want to heat set it with your heat gun so it can’t ravel. Normally ribbon like this doesn’t ravel too badly because it is usually cut at an angle but this time it is cut straight across.

Step 3: Apply a thin bead of glue to the edge of the ribbon. Fold the ribbon over. VERY IMPORTANT do not allow the glue to fill the space, you need a loop for the cord to go through. see photo. Use small binder clips to keep the ribbon edges together while the glue dries. (sorry, I had a photo of this but it was blurry, new camera and all, still figuring it out!)

belly band 1

Step 4: Place the bow on your box. Thread stretchy cord through the loops and tie. If your box is cardstock, be careful not to pull the elastic cord too tightly. You can see mine is a wee bit to tight in the last photo.

belly band 2 

belly band 3


Swirl Thank You Card

Thisswirl thank you is the last card (so far) for my gift for my sister’s roommate. I would like to end up with 12 cards total (2 of each of three so far) but I want to make them fancy so I am still searching for ideas. So far, I am happy with the results but I  continue to struggle to make them as fancy as some of the cards made by my favourite bloggers.  I am waiting for my Nestabilities to  arrive, seems the eBay seller goofed and sent them to the wrong address, GRRRR!

This is a gatefold card. I used 5.5 x 8.5″ card scored at 2 1/8″ on both sides. The overall card still measures 4.25×5.5″ closed. The background paper is retired Designer Series Paper (DSP). I used the directions HERE to cut the celery scalloped frame for the main image. The next layer is striped DSP. The focal image is ‘thank you’ stamped in perfect plum on vanilla CS. The swirl is stamped in pale plum with a Perfect Medium pen on the dots which were then dusted with purple Perfect  Pearls. It is hard to see but gives the card a soft pearlescent look. The Perfect Medium has a fixative in it that keeps the Pearl Ex on the paper without a sealer. The corners of the vanilla panel have perfect plum and celery eyelets. I think I may go back and add a ribbon under the celery panel and tie it at the side of the card. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Pale plum CS, celery CS, vanilla CS, Designer Series Paper-retired
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations, Carte Postal
Ink: perfect plum, pale plum
Accessories: Scallop Punch, perfect plum and celery eyelets


French Flair Merci Card

This is another card for a gift for my sister’s roommate. I really love this little card. I didn’t really like making envelopes for them though so look for a post soon with my directions for making a ‘display’ envelope french flair merci for your custom sized cards. The display style shows off most of the card as soon as the flap is opened. It can be adapted to any size card.

This is a specialty trifold card. Go HERE for instructions for the layout. I made the card from pale plum CS with retired designer series striped paper. The bottom two layers are perfect plum and pale plum CS both stamped along the edges with the flower bouquet from Carte Postal in the same colour ink as paper, both were punched with the ticket corner punch. The top layer is very vanilla stamped with the French flair background stamp in mellow moss. ‘Merci’ from the same set was stamped in perfect plum on pale plum CS, punched with the word window punch. I reinserted the punched CS into the bottom of the punch to cut off the excess. Brads were added to the corners of the perfect plum panel and the ‘merci’ was adhered using foam dots. The card was adhered together according to the tutorial. I had a lot of fun putting this card together, I love interesting folds!

Stamp Sets:
French Flair, Carte Postale
Paper: Designer Series Paper, pale plum CS, very vanilla CS, perfect plum CS
Ink: Mellow moss, perfect plum, pale plum
Accessories: ribbon-unknown, pewter brads, foam dots


All My Thanks Card

This is one in a series of cards I am making for my sister’s roommate who just got married. This is a called a tenall my thankst fold card I believe. Either way, it is a fun and easy fold to do. I started with a perfect plum 4.25″ by 8.5″ card folded in half with the fold at the top. I stamped Baroque border in Versamark and embossed with gold EP. I stamped French Script in mellow moss on mellow moss CS and edged it with gold marker.

I have a special technique for edging CS. The marker has a chisel felt tip. Take a scrap piece of CS or thin chipboard and gouge out a groove in the tip.  Hold the CS in the air and flex it so it will stay stiff. Align the groove with the edge of the cardstock; it will ride along the edge as you slide the marker down the paper. This gives you a nice even gold edge. TIP: hold the marker at a 45 degree angle to the paper for best results. the back will have little or no gold on it, repeat on the back if desired.

I adhered the moss panel to the card so the overall dimensions of the card would be 4.25×5.5″. Next I cut a strip of pale plum CS slightly shorter than the width of the moss panel. I trimmed it so it would line up with the gold edge. I punched the label from perfect plum. I stamped the thanks stamp and cut the center out, adhering it to the punched label. After adhering the label with foam dots, I realized the label looked a bit boring compared  to the gold on the rest of the card so I used a thin tip gold paint marker to enhance the edge. Last, I added 3/8″ gold ribbon across the bottom of the moss panel. My next posts will show more of the cards that go in the set. Have a great weekend!

Paper: Perfect plum, pale plum, mellow moss, very vanilla
Stamp Sets: Designer Label, French Script, Baroque Border
Ink: mellow moss, Versamark
Accessories: Gold EP, Gold ribbon, Label punch, gold chisel tip paint pen, gold fine tip paint pen


11th Anniversary Card

Do you find it hard to make manly cards? Me too, even if it is only for my DH. You think it would be easier knowing someone for 11 years! Yeah I know, 11 year anniversary…  known him 11 years… doesn’t add up. In case you are wondering, I was not a mail order bride 😉 but we did get married very quickly after meeting, less than 6 months, so I guess technically I have known him for 11 and a half years!

This card is basic, an easy layout, definitely masculine but I managed to add cherish anniv embellishments anyway. I thought it was a neat idea to use the tape measure twill tape cut at 11″ to represent 11 years of marriage. I wonder how long it will take for him to notice. I started with a card base of River Rock, then added 2 pieces of ticket corner punched Designer Series Paper. I glued the twill tape over the seam. Then I stamped the square from Frames and Flourishes in Blue Bayou ink on the same colour paper and cut out the center.  I used foam dots to lift the frame up over the twill tape. The foam dots are SUPER sticky ones sold by Jody at her blog. The dots have the same adhesive on them as red line tape!! She also sells lots of other cool sticky stuff. I stamped ‘cherish’ from Lexicon of Love with Night of Navy ink on Vanilla CS, punched it with the oval punch and distressed the edges with navy ink to help it stand out. I realized you couldn’t read the details of the stamp after punching it so I stamped it in the inside as well. It looked a bit boring so I added three brads to the bottom. Hope it inspired you to make some great man cards!

river rock, vanilla, Designer Series paper retired
Ink: night of navy, blue bayou
Stamp Sets: Frames with a Flourish, Lexicon of Love
Accessories: Oval punch, foam dots, twill tape, black brads, 1/16″ hole punch


Purse Card Holder and Matching Card Sets

I made these for a craft sale and they didn’t sell, oh well. At least I get to blog about them now! Instructions for making these are here. It is very easy to follow Andrea’s directions. The only thing I changed is switching the order of adhering the side pieces of patterned paper to the cardstock base. They are two different widths, she has the wider paper adhered first and the narrower second. I prefer the wider paper on the outside (adhered second) so when you look at thcard pursese purse from the front, the ‘sideseams’ are as far from view as possible. A small detail but sometimes the beauty is in the details. I tried another small variation with one and wished I hadn’t so I won’t even tell you what it was!

Inside are 4 cards with envelopes, one from each set are pictured. You could fit a lot more than that, at least 8 I think. They are all a bit different, the pink ones are all verse-less, the plum ones have various verses on them, general sentiments anyone can use. In retrospect, I think the pink ones are a bit too plain, I had intended to stamp the pink pirouette card base with a background stamp but forgot. Even so, these are very elegant and a great gift. I find that everyone I know LOVES getting sets of cards as gifts from me. It would also be great just as a gift bag for any type of present, not just cards. They are pretty strong and would be even more so if made with double-sided cardstock instead of Designer paper.

I would love to get comments on what price point these should be set at. I guess you need to know the area because prices vary depending on where you live. I live in Mount Albert, a small town, partly rural suburb of Toronto. We are about 1 hour commute right to the centre of the city, the north edge is only about 30 minutes away, less in good traffic. I have heard of some gals getting $6-10 for one card in exclusive boutiques in tourist areas or big cities while others sell their cards for $2 or less in rural areas or on Etsy.com because of the high level of competition for sales. At the craft sale, I set my cards at $4.50 each or 5  for $20 so I figured this set priced at $22.50 was fair. All cards included some type of embellishments, like ribbon, rhinestones or buttons, not just paper layers. Leave comments below or email me!

Paper: Designer Series paper, the plum one is retired, the pink and red is Bella Rosa, currently available; pink pirouette, riding hood red pale plum and  confetti white cardstocks
Stamp sets: Sincere salutations, tiny asterisk from Rough Edges Alphabet, French Flair, Blossoms Abound
Ink: versamark, pale plum, chocolate chip, old olive, certainly celery
Accessories: tab punch, chocolate ribbon, gold cord, silver cord, white and eggplant grosgrain ribbon, flower punch, scallop punch, gold EP, stipple brush, red line tape, glue dots.
ALL BY SU! except stipple brush


Sunflower Thoughts

sunflower thoughts

Unfortunately I needed a sympathy card this week. It took me a long time to get it right; funny considering how simple it ended up. For the sentiment, I started with a chipboard label I covered with rose red CS and edged with a gold marker, it just looked clunky so I redesigned it. The edges of the confetti white panel and the oval tag are stipple brushed with chocolate chip ink. I hand cut the chocolate chip oval, I can’t wait til I get my nesties!


Ink- summer sun, so saffron, old olive, always artichoke, more mustard
Cardstock- more mustard, confetti white, chocolate chip all by SU!
Stamp sets- Sincerely Sunflower, thoughts stamp from unknown set, French background, all SU!
Accessories- wide chocolate ribbon, gold cord, brads from Hodge Podge hardware, oval punch  all SU!, Fiskars corner punch, cord coloured with dark E Copic marker, foam tape


Scrapbook in a Box part 2

Here is the interior of the project I showed you yesterday. I decided to break it into 2 parts because I didn’t want my posts to get too long and I didn’t get much done on the weekend either (so not too many things to blog about this week)!scrapbook box mj int1 In the photo you can see all of the pages inside. There were lots of scraps from the corners of the pages that were cut off (each interior section is cut from one piece of paper) so I tried to use them up. You can see I used two of the corners from the plaid paper in the interiors of two of the blue pages. One of them covers up the eyelet holes from the front panel. Each interior page has a 1/16″ hole in the top corner. Although not pictured, I made about a dozen little tags using the word window punch, leftover plaid paper stamped in not quite navy and riding hood red using combinations of words from Everyday Flexible Phrases, like ‘special boy’, ‘mother and baby’, ‘summer vacation’ etc. I put the tags and silver cord in a little bag to include with the scrapbook. That way the mom and dad can add the tags where appropriate. On advice of my 7 year old, Jameson, I added a few blank ones so they could write in anything else they wanted.

scrapbook box mj int2 You can just barely see one in the second photo, but I used the Basic Grey half circle cutter to punch the equivalent of photo corners into four leftover corners of the olive cardstock. This will allow the parents to slide photos under the corners, then I adhered them to the back of the patterned paper making sure not to use adhesive in the corners. I even measured the photo size needed and wrote it in with pencil. I think she scrapbooks a little so hopefully has a paper cutter but if I was giving this to a non-scrapbooker, I would cut a piece of scrap cardstock in the sizes required for all pages and include it inside.

Each page is embellished with something but I kept it very limited to leave lots room for photos. Some pages have stickers  or punched shapes on them, on others the stickers are lifted up on foam tape and I used my powder brush to spread powder all over the adhesive on the back, except the foam tape of course, so it is lifted up and the photo can slide under. Other pages have buttons with tiny embellishments glue dotted on. The red photo corners are similarly glued on with just the outer edges adhered with 1/8″ red line tape so the photo can slip under.

I am really pleased with this project, I can’t wait to give it to her. If it didn’t have the baby’s name on it, I would be tempted to keep it for my youngest! At least I have enough left from the kit to make another! My older son is dying to make one too. A good project for him I think, perhaps we will make some together!

Forgotten in the recipe in post 1: glue dots, foam tape. Thanks for reading!