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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’!



Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

new year

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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wrapper 2

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’


Christmas Countdown Box

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

countdown  box decor  box side view

December 1 is almost here, so this week it was time for me to finish a Christmas Countdown box.  Christmas countdown boxes are a fun way to spread the joy and anticipation of Christmas through the entire month of December.  The drawers can be filled with any small gift – candy, money, ornaments, etc.

I started with a pre-made countdown box, so this project was quick and easy.  I knew that I wanted to use the Santa’s List decorative brads by Theresa Collins to number the boxes.  These brads are so cute, and were just so perfect for my project.  I placed a 2” length of red grosgrain ribbon (folded over) underneath each brad to create a pull tab for each of the drawers.  My Crop-A-Dile punch by We R Memory Keepers punched right through the cardboard box (and the ribbon) with no problem.

To decorate the sides of the box, I used strips of the Theresa Collins Santa’s List washi tape set.  I think washi tape is so fun, and is a quick and easy way to decorate just about anything.    This set includes a red and white striped tape, a countdown tape, a holly tape and a “Merry Christmas” tape.

I wanted to decorate the back of the box so that it could be a decoration itself.  To do this, I selected a piece of lightly patterned cardstock.  You have to be a little careful in selecting the cardstock — if it is too busy the decorative elements won’t show up (for example, I first chose a red/white polka dot cardstock, but the decorations just faded into it).  To decorate the back of the box, I cut the words “Merry Christmas” from green cardstock using a Quickutz die.  The Santa face was cut from a piece of Anna Griffin cardstock.  To pop it, I taped it to a piece of green cardstock and added an approximate 1/8” layer.  The bow was the most fun part of the project.

This year a number of companies have introduced dies to make bows — Sizzix, My Favorite Things, etc.  It is so much fun to be able to make beautiful dimensional bows, and they are so simple to make.   Generally the dies consist of three elements – a piece that creates the loops, a flat backing piece, and a small wrap to hold the other two sections together.  The bow I used for this project is the Jumbo Beautiful Bow by My Favorite Things.  You can see the die pieces below.

die pieces

You need to cut one of each shape.   I cut mine from the red flocked floral or craft ribbon  that is used so much around the holidays.  I like to use Scor-Tape to assemble the bows, although glue would also work.    I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape in the center of the shape to make the loops, and one on the “wrap” piece.  Please see the short video for instructions on how to assemble the bows.

This picture shows a close-up view of the two bows – one made from cardstock (left) and the other from flocked ribbon (right).  Both are dimensional – the cardstock bow retains a rounder shape, while the bow made from the flocked ribbon relaxes a little more.


To finish my box – I trimmed the patterned cardstock, and attached it to the back of the box with Scor-Tape.  Because of the detail in the letters, I used a product called “Sticky Dots” to attach the words “Merry Christmas”.   I used Scor-Tape to attach the bow and the Santa face.

Another quick and fun project!

Supply List:

Pre-made countdown box

Red grosgrain ribbon (I used 3/8″ wide)

Santa’s List decorative brads by Theresa Collins (1-25)

Santa’s List washi tape set by Theresa Collins

Assorted cardstock – red, green, patterned

Jumbo Beautiful Bow die by My Favorite Things

Red flocked craft (or floral) ribbon

“Merry Christmas” die by Quickutz

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sticky Dots adhesive sheets by Therm O Web

Crop-A-Dile punch by We R Memory Keepers



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Don’t Forget the Envelopes!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

I have a reminder for you today – Don’t forget the envelopes!  Have you ever spent a couple of hours making the most beautiful card to send to a loved one, and hated placing it in a plain white (or ivory) envelope?  I certainly have.  I have a solution for you if you have a few embossing folders (of any size or shape) and a die cutting/embossing machine. Emboss the envelopes!
The picture below shows some of the various sizes and shapes of embossing folders that you may have in your stash, and that will work for embossing envelopes.

misc folder

The first folders that I want to show you are the 2×2 folders (approximate size – most are actually 2” x 2.25”, etc.).  These are often sold in sets of four (Cuttlebug and Quickutz sell them this way), or come as a part of a larger set of embossing folders (Sizzix often sells them this way).  You can usually just slide the folder over the lower left side of the envelope either from the bottom or the side.  Sometimes the hinge on these small folders is in the “wrong” place for envelopes, but you can easily correct this by taping the folder together at the bottom, and then cutting it apart at the top fold.  These two photos show some use of some of the smallest embossing folders.  (Note that I added some color to the embossing so it would show up in the photos.  I normally do not do this.)

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Strip embossing folders or borders also work great with envelopes.  Borders that can be used in any direction
(i.e. no writing or top/bottom, etc.) can be used either on the bottom, back flap, or side of the envelope.  Borders
that do have a writing or a design that must go in a specific direction can usually only be used on the bottom of the envelope, or on the back flap.  See the pictures below for examples.

3 way border  two way border

The medium-sized embossing folders also work well for envelopes.  Sometimes you can use the entire folder (as in the “Make a Wish” folder shown in the video), and sometimes you can only use a portion of the folder (as in the “tree” folder shown below – here I used only 1 of 3 trees on the envelop).  For either one, just find the best way to use the folder on the envelope (sometimes you just have to experiment a little).  Note that you can either emboss over the back flap or not (I generally fold it up and do not emboss over it).

tree folder

You can also use full-sized embossing folders.  Some are very well suited to this.  Two examples are the knife, fork and spoon by Sizzix, and the corner scrollwork on the Darice folder.

knife fork  corner scroll

Some A-2 folders have a design on just one side, such as the Darice Lighthouse folder.  This also makes a very cute envelope.

light house

Other A-2 folders incorporate an opening that provides a perfect space to address an envelope.  “Snowflake Banner” from Crafts Too is an example of those designs.

snowflake overall

A-2 sized embossing folders with an all-over design can also be used to decorate a corner or the back flap of an envelope.  You can also use them with the various sets (such as Darice Easy Frames) to create an empty spot that you can use to address the envelope.

polka dot flap

Please see the linked short video for a little more information on how to use/place embossing folders with envelopes.  Just a warning – it’s addictive.  Once you start embossing your envelopes, you’ll never use a plain white (or ivory) envelope again!

Supply List:

Miscellaneous embossing folders of all shapes and sizes – I used a number of folders from my stash including:  “Winter Set”, “Sending Christmas Love Set” and Holiday Damask Set”  by Sizzix; “Thanksgiving” 2×2 folders from Quickutz; “Lighthouse” and “Seasonal 3 Pack” by Darice; and “Snowflake Banner” by Crafts Too.

A2 Envelopes or other desired size

Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Provo Craft Cuttlebug

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Candy Roll Gift Idea

Monday, October 14th, 2013

My daughter had a double birthday party last weekend and we needed a gift idea for two four year olds, so I came up with this fun Candy Roll Gift idea. What four year old doesn’t like candy??? I know none. Therefore, I let Claire choose some candy and we made it into a candy roll. It’s funny how I felt like I didn’t have a lot of time to shop for a present, but I sure had the time to make these…and it probably took a little longer. It was fun! I got my feet wet with some of the new spellbinders and I’m loving them. I’m a little convinced that girly scrapbook items are kind of like baby clothes….they’re more fun to get when they’re girly. I guess I’m biased, being female and all. :)

I took the candy and put it in a plastic gift baggy. I tied one end and cut off the other, then tied that side as well. I wrapped my main paper around the roll and placed the decor on top. I didn’t fully adhere it to the bag until I was done just in case I needed to adjust, which was helpful! One shout out that I MUST do is for the Spellbinders Medallion Nine. This little Die D-lite is so much fun, beautiful, and cute all at the same time. I posted a bigger picture so you could see a little more detail.



Also, the Spellbinders Blooms One turned out to be far more adorable than I was expecting. These are the little daisies shown below. I love that you can flare out the pedals to give it the 3D effect! So cute!



On our boy present we used more of a birthday theme with the QuicKutz Party. However, I must tell you that the Penny Black Edge to Edge stamps are what really got me excited for these! Ah! They have the cutest sayings that I would actually put on any card or gift.



Have so much fun! These are so fun to make and they are awesome presents!

Products used:

DCWV Blue citrus paper pack

S5-193 – Spellbinders Tile Works

S2-039 – Spellbinders Medallion Nine

S2-044 – Spellbinders Blooms One

14704975 – BoBunny Autumn Song Brads

AF-101 – Hero Arts black Ink

30-164 – Penny Black Edge to Edge Stamps

62831 – American Crafts Chromatix Markers

Bag, Candy, Ribbon, Quickutz Party Dies

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Tim Holtz Alterations “Autumn Gatherings” Fall Leaf Arrangement

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

scrapbook page

Today I want to share a scrapbook page featuring a fall leaf arrangement made with the Sizzix, Tim Holtz AlterationsAutumn Gatherings” die.  I love the crisp air on a fall morning and the beautiful colors as the leaves begin to turn.   It reminds me of family and fall holidays.  The pictures on this page are me (several years ago) cooking Thanksgiving dinner while dressed as a Pilgrim, and my Grandmother who first taught me how to cook.  The sentiment is a QuicKutz cookie cutter die called “Give Thanks”.

There are many different ways that you can use the Autumn Gatherings die.  I just love how versatile it is.  I’ve included this picture so that you can see another interpretation of a fall arrangement (on the cover of the die), as well as the die itself.  I sometimes find it helpful to see the actual die to better plan how I can use it.

die close-up

You can see from the die, that it cuts the separate pieces and you can assemble them into anything you want . . . a leaf spray, a leaf wreath, decoration for a card or scrapbook page, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  This truly is a versatile die.

If you’re not quite sure how you want to approach your arrangement, you may first want to gather some fall colors of cardstock (you could use some patterned cardstock as well).  It is easiest to cut 2-1/2” strips of cardstock to match the die size.  You can either cut a strip the entire length of the paper and cut one of everything in each color, or you may want to “target” certain areas of the die for certain colors.  For example, you may not want orange twigs or acorns, but you might want orange leaves.  You can simply trim your 2-1/2” strip to fit the area containing leaves only.  I did a little of both when cutting what I needed for this arrangement – for the light tans and browns, I used a 12” strip and cut all of the elements; for some of the brighter colors, I cut leaves only.

Once the pieces were cut, I sponged some color on them to give them a little dimension.  I’ve showed in several previous videos how to do this.  See, for example, my Fall Leaf Wreath post.  I used Morocco Memento ink for the lighter colored leaves, Bamboo Leaves for the darker leaves, and Toffee Crunch for the remaining pieces.  To “assemble” the acorns, I cut the tops from the lighter acorns and glued them onto the darker acorns so that they were two-toned.

To build the leaf arrangement, I started with a 1-1/2” x 8” strip of paper.  Any paper will do since this is a foundation piece and will be covered or cut away.  I first placed a few of the twigs, gluing them with only a drop of glue at one end.  I found it easiest to put a “glob” of glue on a piece of scrap paper and brush the objects over it, rather than to apply a drop of glue from the bottle for each piece.  Next, I selected some of the larger, dark leaves to glue to the strip and begin to form the arrangement.  Putting the darker colors at the bottom adds depth and dimension.  Your arrangement can be as long or short, as wide or narrow as you want.  There are no rules.  The second layer should include larger leaves in the lighter and brighter colors.  These leaves should cover a lot of the base, but not entirely.  The bottom leaves should still be at least somewhat visible.   Also in this step, I placed the “wheat” and any additional twigs that I want to add.  Next, I worked along the arrangement again, adding the smaller leaves.  This is the layer that really counts since it will show the most.  This time I was careful to bury (or trim) the stems, and cover the stems from previous layers.  This layer will be a mix of all of the colors.  The last thing I did was to place some pine cones on the very top of the leaf pile.  For each element that you place in any of the layers, be sure to only use a small amount of glue at the base so you can go back and tuck more leaves or add dimension.  Here is a close-up picture of my finished leaf arrangement.


After the glue dried, I turned the arrangement over and trimmed the base.  When you cut, be sure to trim closely so that the base layer doesn’t show.  It is important also to avoid cutting any of the leaves, twigs, etc. around the edges.  Next, I added dimension to the wreath using a low dimensional adhesive under some of the leaves and twigs, etc.  You can also carefully curl or wrinkle certain leaves, etc. to add a little dimension (normally you don’t want anything too dimensional in a scrapbook).  See the video for an example of low dimensional adhesive vs. regular, and the basic steps I took to create my leaf arrangement.

To finish the scrapbook page, I cut a piece of orange burlap to size, and placed the arrangement on it.  I cut the “give thanks” sentiment using the QuicKutz die.  I trimmed my pictures and rounded the corners.  I tried different ways of placing the elements until I was happy with the finished product, and then I attached them to the background paper.

Supply List:

Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations “Autumn Gatherings” die

QuicKutz “Give Thanks” cookie cutter die

Assorted cardstock in fall colors.  I used Bazzill 80lb. cardstock.  My colors included:  navel, tomato, blissful, honey, mud puddle and a few others that weren’t labeled.

Background paper – I chose one of the fall plaids in the “Happy-Go-Lucky” collection by Fancy Pants.


Memento ink – Bamboo Leaves, Morocco, Toffee Crunch

Adhesives – glue stick, Scotch Quick-Dry glue, ScorTape and Tombow tape runner.


Orange burlap


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



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