Crafty Secrets Gift Pocket Card

Crafty Secrets Pocket card 03Crafty Secrets Gift Pocket Card

Hello, friends!  And happy Friday to you!  We made it through another week.  Hooray for us! I’m popping in today to share a cute Crafty Secrets gift pocket card idea with you.  I love making cards that can double as gifts, so I devised a cute little pocket and tag duo with just enough room to tuck in an individually wrapped chocolate, a gift card or a foil wrapped tea bag.  Any small, flat item would fit in here and then the card becomes the gift!

Crafty Secrets Pocket card 01I created my pocket and tag from kraft cardstock and then began to layer on images from Crafty Secrets Girlfriend Creative Scraps.  Sandy has all the Creative Scraps on sale right now, as she is trying to empty out the U.S. warehouse so she can work from home in Canada.  Creative Scraps are double sided and loaded with tons of fun images.

Crafty Secrets Pocket card 02I lined my pocket and tag with digital Classic Pink Damask papers to stay with the soft, girly feel of this project.  The cute bingo card is printed from my favorite Typography CD.  There are hundreds of gorgeous bits of ephemera tucked into this CD and I find myself using it nearly every time I create.  A little Diamond Stickles, some Pink Cottage Roses , Iridescent Metallic String, and a touch of bright pink striped grosgrain ribbon and this gift pocket card is all dressed up and ready to go! The die cut label at the top of the tag has been embossed with copper embossing powder.  I added the sentiment from Thinking of You to a piece of scrap cardstock and mounted it behind the label opening.   The little white clip holds the tag up high enough so that you can see our Victorian beauty right away.  I’m going to send this to my dearest girlfriend and birthday buddy in Atlanta.

That’s it for me today, folks!  Be sure to check out the sales in the online store and the inspirational samples on the BLOG.  We also have another Linky party coming up in about a week, so you can be busy getting your projects ready to link up there.  Can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by….your visits make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



ABC Primer with RRR Ribbon and Twine

Storybook mom ABC Primer 02ABC Primer with RRR Ribbon and Twine

Hello, Friends!  It’s my day to share some tips for using Really Reasonable Ribbon in your crafty projects.  Recently, I was asked to custom design a series of thank you cards for some folks who had participated in a book drive for a local public school .  This team collected over 25,000 books for children who might other wise spend an entire summer without exposure to the printed page. The lovely lady who headed up this book drive wanted me to design some special thank you cards themed around books and reading.  I combined ABC Primer with RRR ribbon and twine to add just the right finishing touch to each card.  Here’s a look at the fun book themed cards I created:

Storybook mom ABC Primer 01This card combines Poppy Red Satin ribbon with a grosgrain edge with 1 1/2″ wide black circus dots ribbon.  I also added a touch of natural burlap string beneath the flower.

Mother Goose ABC Primer 01This sweet little card needed just a touch of Natural Burlap String in the form of a button topped bow to finish it off.

Jolly Alphabets ABC Primer 01This colorful card combines black and yellow burlap string with black and white circus dots.  This wide ribbon makes a perfect belly band on the card, and a cute banner, too!

ABC Primer Frog card 01I wrapped red and natural burlap string around the base of the red polka dot background on this fun card.

Tea Girl ABC Primer 01And I tied a triple loop bow with more of the Poppy Red Satin and my Zutter Bow-it-All.  This shade of red matches the red in ABC Primer perfectly!

You know that old saying, “Clothes make the man,”?  Well, I think ribbon and twine make the card!  Combining ABC Primer papers with RRR Ribbon and Twine makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



Celebrating Friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

HC Blue Card 01aCelebrating Friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends! Today, I’m celebrating friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  I have a handful of “true friends” that mean the world to me.  These are the girls I can call in the midst of a crisis, and I know they’ll be by my side in no time.  They’re the people I can share my joys and triumphs with, and they’ll celebrate along with me.  And when I’m facing an obstacle in my life, these women are the ones who will cheer me on to victory. We may not talk for weeks on end, but when we do get together, we pick right up where we left off.  I don’t have to explain myself, because these ladies know everything about me and love me anyway!  Nothing in this world is more precious than a true friend!  And that’s what I had in mind when I made this card using the Cut, Mat, Create Collection from Heartfelt Creations.

HC Blue Card 01aAs a card maker, I so appreciate how easy it is to create perfectly matted layers with Cut, Mat, Create.  This card took only 30 minutes to make, and that includes hatching the idea, gathering the materials and tying that gorgeous Delicate Stitched Satin bow from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Here’s a peeky at the inside:

HC Blue Card 02aYou’ll find a complete list of supplies and detailed tutorial below the signature portion of this blog.

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  Take a minute to be thankful for the true friends in your life, and join me in celebrating friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.

Until next time…




HC True Friend Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:
Stamps: HCPC 3616 Vines and Blooms PreCut Set
Paper: HCDP1 245 Cut, Mat, Create Paper Collection
Dies: HCD 749, HCD 750, HCD 745
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur

Other Products: Paper: white, navy cardstock; Ink: Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Cobalt, ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink; Embossing Powder: Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer, White Superfine; Other: Diamond Stickles, White Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon, Bling on a Roll, button

Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from white cardstock. Select the card front from the paper collection and use the coordinating die from HCD 750 to cut out the center art portion. Stamp the bird on a branch from Vines and Blooms with Ranger Cobalt Archival Ink and quickly heat emboss with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Powder. Sponge the white areas lightly with Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans. Cut the navy mat with the matching die from HCD 749 and glue the stamped panel down. Cut the art work from the cut apart page, stamp with the sentiment and mat with navy cardstock.
Glue the card frame to the card base and add bling on a roll to either side. Use foam dots to adhere the stamped panel. Cut out a ticket from scrap paper using HCD 745. Cut in half and tuck under the sentiment panel. Glue the sentiment panel in the lower right corner as shown. Add double bow tied with Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon. Thread the button and secure the bow and button with a hot glue gun. Add Diamond Stickles to the flower centers.
For the interior, cut a 6 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ panel of blue paper from the collection. Hand write the sentiment on white paper. Die cut with HCD 749. Cut another piece from navy cardstock and mat. Stamp the bird on a branch with white pigment ink. Heat emboss with superfine white embossing powder. Cut out the tiny stamp from the paper collection, mat with navy cardstock and glue down.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge # 12

Challenge 11 CHACB 01Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 12: Who’s the Boss?

Hello, Friends!  It’s the third Monday in July….and you know what that means, right?  Yep!  There’s a new challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous: Challenge 12: Who’s the Boss? So…were you the bossy one in your family?  Still bossy?  Well, this challenge is taking the boss to a whole new level.  Here’s the deets:

Show some embossing on your project. You can use dry embossing, or heat embossing. You can use an embossing folder or a stencil. You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing powder. You can even create something with ultra thick embossing enamel. (UTEE)  You probably have some sort of embossing apparatus in your hoard. Pull these embossing tools out and put them to use!

Our sponsors for this challenge are the good folks at Crafter’s Companion and Spectrum Noir.  Here’s a little info about them:

Crafter’s Companion US brings you the products to make crafting a little bit easier, including the Spectrum Noir coloring system, the Ultimate Pro, and more! Crafter’s Companion produces a full range of tools to create cards and other paper craft projects. Their mission is to make their innovative, award-winning tools accessible to crafters around the world at fantastic prices.

Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter’s Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market. Spectrum Noir wishes to make both alcohol marker and pencil coloring achievable for colorists at all levels of confidence and ability.

I received a really cute little Angelica and Friends stamp along with a lovely 6″ x 6″ embossing folder.  Here’s what I made with those goodies and my Spectrum Noir Pens:

Challenge 11 CHACB 03I stamped and embossed the image on Ultra Smooth Cardstock, then layered it onto embossed circles.  I embossed some raspberry cardstock with the embossing folder, sanded it, then fussy cut the swirls and added them to the card.  I added a fancy bow made with Lavender Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The flower is handmade with some old flower dies that I pulled out from my stash.  The papers are ancient….I don’t even know how long I’ve had them or who made them.  I also decorated my envelope.

Challenge 11 CHACB 02Challenge 11 CHACB 01Wanna see the inside?  I thought so!

Challenge 11 CHACB 04More of the dry embossed swirl, to keep in the spirit of the challenge.

OK…Now it’s your turn!  Go visit the rest of the design team, then get busy with your own hoard of embossing tools and supplies.  Link a photo of your card up on the Craft Hoarder’s Anonymous Blog, and you could win this prize:

Craft Hoarders 12That’s a stamp set, specialty stamping paper, an embossing folder and two sets of Spectrum Noir Pens. Woot!

Here’s are the links to the rest of the design team blogs:

AmberChristyDebbieDonnaGinnyGlendaGloriaJan-MarieKarenPamTammiCraft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see “Who’s the Boss!”



Crafty Secrets Summertime Printables

Crafty Secrets Summertime Printables

Hello, my friends!  Wow, has this been a busy week!  I always look forward to summertime, and then when it gets here, it seems the days just vanish into thin air.  It’s hard to find the time to do everything that needs to be done, let alone make cards.  But our family is filled with summertime birthdays and special events, so card making is a must around here.  When I am short on time, I love to use printed images.  And right now, my favorite printed images are on the Crafty Secrets Summer Printable Sheet.  I have them in digital form, so I can size them however large or small I want them to be, and they are so pretty, I find I am really inspired while working with them.  Here’s a pretty vintage phlox card I made using them.

CS Vintage Phlox card 01This 7″ x 5″ top fold card has a kraft base, and uses digital papers  and ephemera from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD. I stitched around the base layer, then added a strip of 2.5″ wide Vintage Travel Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I topped this with Tim’s die cut weathered clock, a scrap of vintage lace, Iridescent White Metallic String and a pretty red rose. The phlox image was inked and coated with Rock Candy Distress Paint to give it a wonderful aged look.

CS Vintage Phlox card 02This quote is also on the Summer Printables page.  I sized it to fit my kraft label, which was heat embossed with Aged Gold.  This whole card has a wonderful aged, vintage vibe that I just love!

CS Vintage Phlox card 03I decorated the interior with some Crafty Secrets paper that was in my scrap drawer.  It matched the color palette, so I figured, why not?

The Digital Summer Printables are available this month as a FREE download with your purchase in the online store.  Sandy has some great sales going on right now, so you might want to take a peek!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 02Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m back today to share a very quick and easy project with you.  I used the Cut, Mat, Create Collection from Heartfelt Creations to make this elegant sympathy card.  I love that the dies can be used not just for scrapbooking, but also in card making.  It’s such a time saver to be able to just cut the mats with my A dies and the images with my B dies.  Perfect mats every time!  The card fronts in the paper collection have been thoughtfully designed to work hand in glove with the dies.  How handy!

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 03aThe beautiful corner flourishes are part of the die collection.  I used my favorite Posy Patch stamps and die to add a little extra dimension to the card.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed tutorial for making this 6″ x 6″ card below.  Here are a few more photos.

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 01a

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 04I had this Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card made in  no time flat! Card making has never been easier!  And that makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Thanks for stopping by!




Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
Paper: HCDP1 245 Cut, Mat, Create Collection
Dies: HCD 751 Cut, Mat, Create Die 2-A
HCD 752 Cut, Mat, Create Die 2-B
HCD 701 Posy Patch
Stamps: HCPC3617 Birds and Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3377 Sympathy Sentiment PreCut Set
HCPC 3303 Posy Patch PreCut Set
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit

Other Products: Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Ranger Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink; Paper: Tan Coredinations Shimmer Paper; Dies: Spellbinder Big Scalloped Oval Lg.; Trims: 1/8″ cream satin ribbon, rhinestones, Prima Lace Trim; Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist

Create a 6″ square top fold card base from tan shimmer paper. Cut the 6″ card front from the paper collection. Use the large rounded square die in HCD 751 to cut out the center panel. Sponge the edges lightly with Old Paper Distress ink. Stamp the sentiment with Jet Black Archival Ink. Spray with Perfect Pearls Biscotti. Trim the edges of the outer frame to 5 3/4″ square and round the corners. Glue onto the card base. Run accent lace across the center. Use foam dots to attach the stamped card center.

Die cut 4 lacy corners from tan shimmer cardstock. Glue into card corners.

Stamp several of the 3 smallest Posy Patch flowers onto tan shimmer cardstock with Pumice Stone DI. Die cut, shape, stack and add to card as shown. Add rhinestones.

Tie a loopy bow with cream satin ribbon. Attach to the top center of card. Add tiny flower to center.

For the interior: Trim a 6″ square card panel to 5 3/4″ square. Round the corners. Glue the Posy Patch flower on the border. Die cut two of the small vines from HCD 751, ink the centers with Pumice Stone DI while still in the die, and glue around the flower. Die cut the largest Scallop Circle. Sponge with Pumice Stone DI while still in the die. Stamp with sentiment and add to card.

Beauty in the Simple Things: Cut, Mat, Create Collection Recap

HC CCM layout 03Beauty in the Simple Things: Cut, Mat, Create Collection Recap

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, my friends!  Today I have another fun layout featuring the innovative Cut, Mat, Create Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  Since I’m not much of a photographer, I begged these fabulous photos from my online buddy Donna Idlet. She posted these photos on her Facebook page and I asked her if I could use them in this project.  I hope she likes the way this “Beauty in the Simple Things” layout using Cut, Mat Create turned out.

HC CCM layout 01The thing I love about Cut, Mat, Create is that I use the B dies to crop my photos and ephemera and then I mat them with my A dies.  It really is that simple.  Then you just move your photos around until your page looks the way you want it to look.  It’s a lot like doing a jigsaw puzzle.  I have a complete supply list and detailed instructions in the tutorial at the end of this post.

HC CCM layout 02HC CCM layout 03HC CCM layout 01aAren’t her children gorgeous?  Thanks for letting me use these photos, Donna!

If you have any questions about using Cut, Mat, Create, be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations BLOG where you’ll find a link to tutorials, videos and and lots of sketches that you can use on your own layouts!

Thanks for stopping by!




Beauty in the Simple Things Layout

Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:
Paper: HCDP1 245 Cut, Mat, Create Collection
Dies: HCD 749 Cut, Mat Create 1-A, HCD 750 Cut, Mat, Create 1-B, HCD 751 Cut, Mat, Create 2-A, HCD 752 Cut, Mat, Create 2-B
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Other Product: Dies: Spellbinder Nested Pennants; Paper: Purple/White Cardstock; Ink: Dusty Concord Distress Ink and Distress Stain, Forest Moss Distress Stain; Other: Diamond Stickles, Lilac Baker’s Twine, Buttons, 12″ White Doily
Directions: Ink the edges of a piece of purple designer paper from the collection with Dusty Concord Distress Stain. Set aside. Cut a piece of green designer paper to 11 1/2″ square. Ink the edges with Forest Moss Distress Stain. While edges are still wet, distress, crumple and curl the edges. Set aside to dry, then glue onto the prepared purple paper. Center the doily over the distressed green paper and glue down. Print your photos to the desired sizes, being sure to print some in rectangular shapes, some as squares and some as small squares. Use the die measurements to help you select photo sizes. Use the dies in HCD 750 and 752 to die cut your photos. Use purple cardstock for your mats. Cut the matching mats with HCD 749 and HCD 751. Attach the photos to the mats. Cut the titles from the word collage pages using the arrow die from HCD 750. Ink all the edges with Forest Moss Distress Stain. Use the label dies from HCD 750 to cut out more word titles, ink the edges as before and mat with the label die fro m HCD 749. Arrange the matted photos and titles onto your layout and embellish with the floral swirls and sprays from HCD 749. Cut another set of the floral sprays from white cardstock and cut out only the flowers. Shape with the smallest Paper Blossoms stylus, sponge with Dusty Concord DI, and glue over the purple flowers. Add Diamond Stickles to flower petals if desired. Glue Baker’s twine across the top of the layout as shown. Tie a loopy bow with Baker’s Twine and glue down. Top with a button. Glue other buttons on layout. Use Spellbinders Nested Pennants to cut out the banner shapes, Ink the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and glue onto the Baker’s twine as shown.

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