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Valentines featuring Doilies and Sweet Sentiments by Graphic 45

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Today I want to share some Valentines featuring doilies and Sweet Sentiments papers by Graphic 45.  I’ve mentioned on previous posts that I like to use doilies with my cards, especially Valentines.  When I saw the beautiful Sweet Sentiments papers, I knew that the two were made for each other.  The paper is so pretty, and the colors are so delicate and distinctive.  There are just so many possibilities!

I used the 8×8 Sweet Sentiments paper pad for my cards (it is also available in 12×12).  As usual, Graphic 45 provides many unique/beautiful elements that can be used to enhance cards.  The cards that you see below feature only parts of two sheets in the paper pad — “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”.    Some of the patterned paper that I used on the cards is from the Sweet Sentiments collection, and the rest is from other Valentine paper collections.

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All of my cards are A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″).  I began by selecting two sheets of the Sweet Sentiments that I thought would make the best Valentines.  Those two sheets are “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”.  “Be My Valentine” is a page with journaling cards, sayings, etc. so it is very easy to cut apart, and almost everything on the page can be used in some way on a card.  The “Sweet Sentiments” sheet is more of an overall design, so it is necessary to fussy-cut the images you want for your Valentines.  I cut carefully, trying to preserve borders, etc. as those elements can still be used for a card or something in the future.

Once all of my elements were cut, I picked my six favorites to use on the cards.  I looked for coordinating patterned papers to go with each element (several came from Sweet Sentiments, the rest are from other Valentine paper pads).  The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  I selected a background layer for each from a coordinating solid color.   The background layer is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I embossed each of the background layers with an all-over embossing folder, a flourish-pattern by Sizzix.  I also selected an appropriate doily for each Valentine.  Because I wanted the focus to remain on the Sweet Sentiments elements, I tried to select doilies that were more simple and would complement the images.

There are so many different kinds of doilies available.  There are large and small, frilly and simple, round, oval, square and heart-shaped, etc. — and that only takes into account the pre-made doilies that you can purchase.  When you look to the world of papercrafting, there are many more ways to incorporate doilies into a project.  Most of the die companies sell dies that they call “doilies” — and almost every one offers round or heart-shaped doilies.  The beauty of dies is that you can select any color or patterned paper to use for a doily, so there is much more selection than there would be with pre-made doilies that are generally available only in a few colors (primarily white and ivory).  There are also embossing folders that emboss a doily pattern onto paper.  Doily stencils and doily rubber stamps can also be used in a number of ways to add the look of a doily to a project.  There are just so many fun choices.  Please see the short video for some of my favorites (pictures and detailed information are included at the end of this blog post).

Now that the paper and doily selection is complete, it is time to assemble the cards.   I worked on each card separately, matching ribbon and embellishments as appropriate to the finished project.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to assemble the layers and to attach the embellishments.  Where appropriate, I added a dimensional adhesive (low or normal) to “pop” the Sweet Sentiments cut-out (or a part of it).   It is really such an easy project . . . and the end result is beautiful Valentines.

Note that if your style is more of the  multi-layer cut-out cards, etc. the Sweet Sentiments paper will work for you too.  The collection contains three sheets of each paper, so there is more than enough to allow for layering, etc.

Another great part of the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection is that when you finish your Valentines, you don’t have to put the paper away for use next year.  The collection also includes beautiful elements for Easter cards.  How fun!

Supply list

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments” paper pad – I used the 8×8 pad

Assorted doilies

Cardstock – coordinating solids and a few patterns

Embellishments – assorted rhinestones, glitter and ribbons, etc.

Embossing folder – I used an all-over flourish pattern by Sizzix from the “Floral Flourishes and Vines” set

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

SpellbindersLace Hearts” die

Adhesives – Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and dimensional adhesive (low and normal)


For those interested in the doilies on the video, following are photographs and product names, etc. —


These heart-shaped doilies are from the “Lace Hearts” dies by Spellbinders.  (I used the plain versions on the Graphic 45 cards.)   They are approximately 3,5″ high, 3.75″ wide.


These doilies are from the SpellbindersDelicate Doilies” set.  They are approximately 4″, 2″ and 1.75″.


These are the mini doilies from My Favorite Things (Die-namics Mini-Doily Circles).  They are approximately 1.75″.


These are the Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz) doilies.  The heart is called simply “Heart Doily” and is approximately 3.5″ high and 4″ wide.  The circle is called “Antique Doily” and is approximately 3.75″.


These are the X-Cut or Docrafts doilies.  The circle is called “Vintage Notes – Doily” and is approximately 4.5″.  The heart is called “Vintage Notes – Filigree Heart” and is approximately 4.5″ (tall and wide).


This is the Magnolia doily.  It is called “Tilda Doily“, and it is approximately 5.5″.


The full embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz).  It is A2 sized, and is from the “Doily” set.  The border or edging is a Sizzix embossing folder, and probably best fits an A6 card.  It is called “Scallop Heart Doily (3-pc. set)”.

The two stamp sets in the video are:  “Doilies” by Martha Stewart Crafts and CSS-107 by Little Yellow Bicycle.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Mini Album featuring Mother Goose by Graphic 45

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Today my project is a mini-album featuring papers from Mother Goose by Graphic 45.   This paper is so fun, and makes a perfect baby mini-album.  The colors are very vibrant, and in the 8×8 paper pad there are journaling cards, borders, stamps of various sizes, and other depictions of Mother Goose characters.  There are also chipboard stickers and stamps, etc. in the collection if you’re interested.

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If you have the right tools and inspiration, mini-albums are actually pretty quick and easy.  It is best to start with a good die set to cut your pages.  For this project, I chose Creative Book Pages Two by Spellbinders.  I like the detail around the cut and embossed edges, and the size is perfect for a small album.  The largest sheets are 6”x6”, with a little extra along the side for binding.  The next largest die is 5”x5” and would also make a good mini-album.  Of course you could also choose to layer the two together.

Next, it is important to have a good theme or inspiration for the mini-album.  The Mother Goose paper is just too fun, and I knew that it would be perfect for a mini-album.  I looked at the colors in the various papers, and decided that black and white would be the best colors to use for the pages of my mini-album.   At this early point I wasn’t sure quite how to put them together, so I cut a few plain black and white pages with both the 6”x6” and the 5”x5” dies.  Then I chose a couple of patterned papers and used the 5”x5” dies to cut them.  I also cut out some 3”x4” squares from the patterned paper in the Mother Goose pack, as well as some of the journaling cards and other elements.  After trying a few lay-outs with these pieces (at this point they can just be scrap papers), I was able to decide to make my pages white on the front and black on the back.  Then I tried a few of the patterned papers on top, and decided to use the black and white diamond 5”x5” squares.  Please see the short video for a description of how I “plan” a mini-album.

Once you’ve made the key decisions, it is just a matter of cutting out the pieces you’ll need for the album.  I use 110lb. cardstock for my pages.  This is heavier cardstock, but not quite heavy enough to be used alone for a mini-album page.  It is perfect, though, when you tape two of them back to back.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to do this.  Scor-Tape always gives a good strong bond, and you don’t have to worry about the pages coming apart.  I punched two holes in each page, and used my Crop-a-Dile to place a white eyelet at the top of each page, and a black eyelet at the bottom.  I also attached the patterned paper on the interior pages and the borders on the covers with Scor-Tape.

Once the pages were built, I laid out the scrapbook and began decorating.  The hardest part was choosing which of the cute elements to use.  There are just so many . . . .  and because they represent nursery rhymes they are appropriate for either a boy or a girl.  I tried to keep either the colors or the theme consistent with facing pages – but there really are no rules on this.  Just do something that you like.  I also used Scor-Tape to attach these pieces, although you might want to use removable double-stick tape until you decide which pictures to use (that may affect placement, etc.).  Pictures of the front and back covers and some of the interior pages are below.

F&B covers  page 1

page 3  page 2

page 7  page 5

The final step is to add the book rings and the ribbon.  To add the ribbon, I cut 3-4” pieces and tied them to the book rings.  If you just use a single knot, it will be easy to untie them if you ever need to pull the book apart or add pages, etc.  You don’t want to fully cover the ring, or you won’t be able to turn the pages, etc.  Just cover it about half.   With the wider ribbon I used (the white is about 1-1/2″ wide, and the black about 1″ wide) it only took 5 pieces of white and 4 pieces of black for each ring.  That gave pretty full coverage of the rings from the front view, but still kept enough of the ring open to allow the book pages to be turned.

F with ribbon  b with ribbon

Supply List:

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 8×8 paper pad

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Patterns & Solids paper pad

110 lb. cardstock – black and white

Patterned paper – I used Black and White Diamonds by Canvas Corp.

Paper trimmer

Die cutting machine – I used Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Spellbinders Grand dies Creative Book Pages Two (other sets that work well for mini-albums are Creative Book Pages by Spellbinders and Nesting Rounded Squares by Lifestyle Crafts)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Black and white eyelets

Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers

2 book rings



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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Happy New Year, everyone!  I can’t believe that 2013 is coming to a close – the year seemed to go by very fast.  I’m also excited about the promise of a new year – I hope that 2014 is the best ever for all of us!

I have a couple of simple projects to share with you today.  The first is a cupcake wrapper.  This is a Lifestyle Crafts die (formerly Quickutz), and is just too much fun!  The wrapper piece has the “Happy New Year” at the top, and you only need to add the numbers for the year and the stars (all of the dies that you need are included).  It can be cut from almost any kind of paper – patterned or plain.  I chose a heavyweight metallic paper.  I decided on the black/gold color combination based on the napkins that I purchased.  So its just a simple cut of the wrapper and the appropriate numbers and stars.  The set includes numbers 0-9, so you can use the die for many years to come.  The die set also includes the small and large stars.  Adding the numbers and stars is easy with a couple of small pieces of Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  The wrapper has a slotted closure in the back that is secure, so no adhesive is needed there.  You can make 2 cupcake wrappers with one 8-1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock (you can make 3 or 4 from a 12” x 12” piece of cardstock).   Pictures of the undecorated and decorated cupcake wrappers are below.

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My second project is a candy/treat holder made using the new Candy Box Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.   To make the candy box, you need a piece of paper or cardstock that is 7” wide, and it can be anywhere from 4” to 12” long (will make a longer or shorter candy box).  I think that these are so fun and kind of look like the “crackers” you can purchase that are filled with little candies and other surprises.  You just follow the simple step-by-step directions that come with the Candy Box punch board to complete the box.  All that involves is some very easy punching and scoring – I think that this punch board is one of the simpler ones that We R Memory Keepers makes.  I cut the paper 7” x 8” for my boxes.  I used Scor-Tape to assemble the box, and attached a simple gold ribbon to keep the ends closed (after filling it, of course).  This is a close-up picture of the candy box.


For me, cupcakes are a bit much for a New Year’s Eve celebration – I usually serve munchies and other “finger food”.  These wrappers will be perfect for muffins served the next morning for brunch.  And why not extend the fun a little by serving the orange juice in plastic champagne flutes?  Holidays come just once a year – why not make them special.

Supply List

Lifestyle Crafts die – Happy New Year

Cardstock – 2 coordinating colors for the cupcake wrappers; 1 sheet of 7” x 8” cardstock for each candy box.

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

We R Memory Keepers – Candy Box Punch Board

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – I used 1/4″ width

Gold ribbon


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


Valentine Treat Tin And Pocket Tag!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Only 15 days to get those cards and projects done for your Valentines, so I am trying to get prepared and have created this little Valentine Treat Tin and Pocket Tag!










The tin was acutally a Christmas tin that I got from a catalog (I think it was Collections Etc.) a couple years ago. It had a gingerbread man on the lid, so I covered it up, and now you can’t even tell it was once for Christmas! I pulled out my trusty Sizzix Big Shot machine and went to work with some of my new Quickutz dies from Lifestyle Crafts.  Time for some fun!

My product list:

655268 Sizzix Big Shot

14316753 Bo Bunny Isabella 12×12 Collection Pack (This item is a pre-order item)

DC0460 Quickutz Lace (border die)

DC0449 Quickutz Mini Pocket

DC0429 Quickutz Nesting Doilies

2056 Want2Scrap Bling Silver Rhinestones




I cut the Bo Bunny Paper to fit lid. Actually, I created this whole project using one piece of double sided Bo Bunny paper and only a small piece of white cardstock for my tag. Cool, huh?

I cut the Lace border to use on the side of the lid and one piece on the end of the tag placed inside the Mini Pocket to easily pull out the tag, plus it looks prettier.  The Mini Pocket is so cute! I can tell just by using it once, that I will be using it a lot more for things!

Last of all, I cut the small doily from the Nesting Doilies and placed it on the tag with a single rhinestone in the center.

Place the tag on the tin, wrap with ribbon. Done! Fast, easy and pretty. That is how I like to do things!

For fun items to use for Valentine’s projects go to our Valentines Day Theme HERE!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz CHA Booth!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Today I have some great products to show you that we saw at the Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz CHA booth! Not only do they have great dies for scrapbooking layouts and cards, but for alternative projects like what you see on the board below.






If you didn’t notice the beautiful doily envelope inserts, let me give you a closer look!








If punches strike your fancy, then here is a preview of their new punches being released!






If you thought that was cool, then you will love these new dies that are being released throughout the next few months! I have a doily fetish, so I already have the new doilies on my Wish List for sure!











Some other fabulous products on my Lifestyle Crafts radar are part of the new Goosebumpz Embossing Folders. I adore making cards with embossing folders because they give such beautiful detail without really any effort! I just can’t seem to have enough!










Now, I just have to show you the new Shape “N Tape! If you like working with adhesive tape, you will go nuts over this! You receive five different designs in 6 x 12″ sheets in each package. With Shape ‘N Tape you have the freedom to cut out any shape using cutting dies or scissors, giving you unlimited options to shape your creativity. Pretty cool! See all 10 of the colors HERE.





Speaking of cool, the Lifestyle Crafts team are Rockin’! On Sunday night, after the show closed for the day, they had a party at the place they were staying at and invited all of their retailers and designers. They had J Dawgs, chips and salsa, soda and other party food. What’s a J Dawg you ask? Well, if you have ever been to Provo, Utah and have been to a BYU (Brigham Young University) game, or been on their campus, you might know, but for those who don’t (which I actually didn’t), it is basically a grilled hot dog with “special sauce”.

I have 2 kids and a son-in-law who are BYU grads and I am in Provo approximately once a week, but I did not know what a J Dawg was until the party! My kids had a great laugh that I had to go clear to California to have my first J Dawg!

Anyway, the party was great! We met retailers and designers from all over the world! Four delightful women from Denmark and store owners from South Africa and Singapore were some that we got to talk with, but it was the Karaoke that was the highlight of the night! It was hard to get the mike from Theron, who seems to be the Karaoke king!

Here is Theron and Malarie with Marcie doing business at the show:







Here are me and Theron hamming it up at the party!











I also had the privilege of doing a duet with Spencer. Remember Sony & Cher’s “I Got You Babe”? Well, they were MUCH better than we were, but it was fun!









Thanks to the L.C. team we had a really great time at the party!


Just for fun, I put together a layout using a mix of dies, but most of them are Quickutz. I love their alphabets! I can’t even tell you how many of them I have, but I use them ALL the time.



Product List:

DA0309 Quickutz Jump Rope 4×4 alphabet

DS0382 Quickutz Moose 2×2 die

DS0004 Quickutz Pine Cone 2×2 die

658181 Sizzix Bigz Die w/ Bonus Sizzlits Die Tree & Snowflakes

EL-015 Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Bricks and Bark

Card stock

Pattern Paper

Big Shot machine

Sewing machine

1/8″ Scor-Pal Scor-Tape


Metal Brads

Thanks and Happy Scrapin’!




Fun Quickutz Punches!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Cut multiple shapes at once with fun Quickutz Punches! These punches are unlike most punches where you can only punch one shape at a time. You can easily cut multiple shapes at once with one pass through your die cutting machine!

Quickutz Punches are Cookie Cutter dies which means they are trimmed to just around the cutting edge of each die.  They are wafer thin and will use the same sandwich formula as the smaller Quickutz dies, however, you may need extended plates if you only have standard plates, as these dies are similar in length to Border Dies.

They come in a variety of shapes from Circles and Squares, to Skull and Crossbones! I have included a few examples, but you can see all of them HERE!

DC0386 Evergreen Punches:

DC0385 Holly Punches:

DC0236 Heart Punches:

DC0371 Skull & Crossbones Punches:

Use them individually to create multiple projects, or use them all together to make borders on cards and layouts! However you use them, you will find these fun and easy to use, and you won’t have hand cramps from pushing on a traditional punch! Now that’s a plus!

They are also easy to store since they take up very little space. You can also use them in most manual die cutting machines, such as the Evolution by Lifestyle Crafts, Prove Craft Cuttlebug, Sizzix Big Shot and Spellbinders Grand Calibur. (Please note that the Evolution is back ordered and not available to order until February 2013.)

Want to know how to use this type of punch? No problem! I will show you how in the video below. You won’t believe how easy they are to use!

I hope this will give you a new option for punching shapes if you are not able to use regular bulky punches!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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