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Giving (more) thanks

Yep, another notebook to share! I’ve been sharing the same types of projects the last few posts. Feel free to check them out for the inside scoop! And I’m entering Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Thank you.

Here’s one using stamps from Papertrey Ink and StazOn and Stampin’ Up! ink:




I’m not one to enjoy repeating a project over and over and this is the only one like this that I made. How about you? Do you like to mass produce or do you like to mix things up? I’ve made 13 notebooks so far and only have repeated 3 of the designs on these smaller ones and that’s OK with me!

I have more to share, so come back again!

Happy crafting!



Yep, it’s another gift card holder!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! And there will be more in the coming days, so be prepared!

I have to say I had tons of fun creating these gift card holders. From choosing who got which design to picking papers and finishes, I love that I am able to create something to hold the gifts our family gives!


This was for my father in law who loves to ski and also loves to shop at Kohl’s. The snowflake sweater gift card box design is by Kristen Magee. I have to admit putting this little box together was so much fun. What can I say? Miniature things delight me!

A snowflake die cut is included, but I chose to use my Snowflake Medley stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink to create the snowflake instead. The patterned paper is from the Fancy Pants Timber Grove collection (loved that pattern for a touch of Christmas color as well as a fabric design), kraft paper from The Paper Studio (which is rather rough for many uses, but worked perfectly for my little box), velvet paper from SEI for the collar and Versamark ink with embossing powder from Stampendous.

My tip for those who are like me and don’t like the dashed lines where folds are is to change those lines into solid lines and cut them at a much lower thickness (like 1 or 2) in Silhouette Studio V3. You can do this under Advanced settings in V3. If you don’t use V3, you’re missing out on a lot of really cool tools (and some headaches, but for me, the trade-off is worth it.)

I hope you have a wonderful winter’s day! Today, our high is supposed to be 19 degrees Fahrenheit, so I’m hoping to stay in and get lots of laundry and crafting done!

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks so much for visiting! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments! I love to hear from you!


ETA : linking this project up for the Paper Issues “Say it isn’t Snow cold outside” challenge.


Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

Hi! I feel like I’m coming up for air! I really worked hard to get so much done for others this Christmas and it really made me happy to be able to do that! I’m ready to get back into a slightly more normal routine, though, and part of that is sharing some of the projects I’ve created.

The Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop Challenge is to use silver and gold on one project. This year I gave a lot of gift cards and I love giving others the chance to choose something for themselves! Having lots of wonderful tools and designs available to me, I like to make a holder for the gift card as a way to personalize the gift.

The project I’m sharing today is an ornament that I cut out with my Silhouette and then wanted to make the inside as pretty as the outside design. I pulled out my Papertrey Ink stamps (Instant Photo Holidays for the sentiment and Snowflake Medley for the snowflakes) and my inks and got to playing!


The sentiment was perfect and all the different snowflake designs were really fun to play with.

Mixing gold and silver is not something I’d think of doing on my own, but I really love how this turned out (my Brilliance inks were perfect for this). I am so glad I gave it a try! Here’s the outside.


Thanks so much to Papertrey Ink for the challenge and the inspiration! And thanks to you for stopping in! I hope you’ve had a chance to make crafting a part of your Christmas and your giving!


Cut file used: 3d decorative ornament gift card holder by Jamie Cripps

ETA : I am entering this project into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog Anything Goes challenge

ETA : linking this project up for the Paper Issues “Say it isn’t Snow cold outside” challenge.


Let’s hear it for the boy!

OK, so maybe a boy playing a computer game doesn’t sound like a reason to cheer, but if you knew the whole story you might see it differently. My son is on the autism spectrum. Now if you know anything about Autism, you probably know that when they talk about spectrum they mean really wide and diverse spectrum. So my son has a very mild form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For him, mostly it effects his ability to concentrate at school, his understanding of social situations, his sensitivity both physically and emotionally being increased, his small motor abilities (writing legibly is very challenging for him) and his ability to be comfortable without lots of structure. So what do a game and these challenges have to do with each other, read my journaling and you might have an idea why I feel good about him playing this game!

It’s challenge time over at The Creative Cutting Challenge and this time around the theme is For the Boys! You might know me well enough by now to know that my heart is happiest when I can scrap, so that’s what I did!

My son loves to play on all sorts of devices. He’s got an iPod Touch, a Nintendo DS and 3DS, and he uses the Wii and desktop computer for gaming, too. I have taken pictures of him using his favorite devices because otherwise I might not have many pictures of him, LOL! Thankfully, since I’m on the Design Team The Creative Pointe provided me with a file to use for this challenge and I was able to create a layout using The Computer Card file!

Computer Card PV

I just used the computer without the card and shadow. The page design and some of the photo editing was inspired by one of my son’t favorite games: Minecraft. This game has a very distinct look, with a grid of different shades of colors on the objects, so I printed off some digital papers in different shades and cut them into squares to create the background and edited three photos to look gridded, too. I am really excited about how it turned out. I hope you enjoy!



MinecraftTitle-detailI stamped on a number of the grid squares and on the keyboard of the computer to add some extra interest and texture. When I was looking for papers I worried that the grid would be too busy, so I decided on a very subtle texture for the papers, but after I set everything up I realized the papers needed a little something more. I was so glad to have stamps that worked with this theme.

I sure hope you’ll join along For the Boys using any SVG files you might have! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! Have a great day!


I am entering this layout into the Scrappin n chattin Yahoo! Group January layout challenge to use stamping on a layout.

I am entering this layout in the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog challenge #21 – Anything Goes

ETA: I am linking up this layout with the Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square with A Flair for Buttons because it was definitely hip to play MineCraft (if you were my son’s age) and it’s a very square layout!

Other Supplies not already listed:

Cardstock: Wausau; Digital Paper Collection: Karen Funk – For the Boys; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Sakura; Digital Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo; Software: Silhouette Designer Edition; Font: MineCrafter 3 Regular; Photo editing software: Photoshop Elements 8; Printer, Photo paper and Ink: HP; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Corrugated Shape: Close to My Heart; Adhesive: Imaginesce, Recollections, Scotch, Xyron, Zig.

Don’t look up!

I was always amused by the tradition of throwing the graduation caps into the air. Something about all the graduates ending up with eye injuries always made me cringe somewhat or just smile at the thought depending on my mood.

I do know that when I saw this card by Yainea :

Yainea created this card for Lawn Fawn! It's been floating around in my head like so many mortarboards ever since!

Yainea created this card for Lawn Fawn! It’s been floating around in my head like so many mortarboards ever since!

I knew it was one I wanted to “copy”! Then, Papertrey Ink put out a challenge to do a random stamped background and I really needed to get my act together and create a graduation card.  I had a great set of Papertrey Ink stamps that I could use and along with my Silhouette Cameo, and a great sketch from the Online Card Class : Summer Card Camp 2. I came up with this:

The school colors were yellow and black

The school colors were yellow and black

I forgot to use my anti-static bag on the embossed banners, but I went with it because I thought it added a confetti-like feel and helped the banners to stand out more from the stamped hats. Here’s the inside:

(I don't know why the color turned out so different - it's the same as the front...)

(I don’t know why the color turned out so different – it’s the same as the front…)

I got the inspiration for the sentiment from a shirt I had from a continuing ed class I had taken. I thought it was especially appropriate because this particular graduate is going to be teaching! I used the Silhouette sketch pens to draw the sentiment and the borders around it. I’ll be writing a personal message inside.

I will be entering my card into the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge using a randomly stamped background:

and the Scrappin-n-Chattin August Card Challenge Handmade Background :

And here is a link to Yainea’s blog, she is amazing. I am always blown away by her fun, clever cards!

I used: cardstock from CTMH, Discount Cardstock and stash, stamps from Papertrey Ink (Tag-its #4), cutting files from Silhouette store (Class of 2013, pea pod parts for drawn frame) and Matilde is the font I used for the quote, Versafine and Versamark ink and Stampendous embossing powder, American Crafts and Imaginisce adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! I really love how those hats look all flying around and I’m so glad that Papertrey Ink encouraged me to use that wonderful detailed hat stamp by having the random stamping challenge!

Let me know if you have any questions or have a favorite part of my card you’d like to tell me about in the comment section ;-)!


Woohoo! First post!

So I am taking my first class from Online Card Classes. The timing must never have been right to take one from them because the cost is very low ($16) and the classes are taught by Jennifer McGuire ( and Kristina Werner ( who are both amazing card-makers and whose blogs I’ve followed since I discovered the wonderful world of blog-stalking. They invite a number of other card-making talent as guests – it’s been just amazing what I’ve learned and I’m at least a day behind!

The class is called His & Hers and the idea is that you can use similar things (designs, products, colors) to make cards for guys that you do when you make cards for women (why is there no good “cool” word for us women-folk?)

And while I created my blog over a week ago, I’ve been having trouble with Photoshop Elements (my go-to photo-editor) so I haven’t posted anything. But now I’ve re-installed PSE and it seems to be working so here are two of my creations:

This was a hers card I created during Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration.

This was a hers card I created during Papertrey Ink’s anniversary celebration.

My original card is based on a card by Cristina Kowalcyk ( I can’t seem to find the link for the contest at Papertrey or the card on Christina’s blog – sorry about that!

I adapted my card to a guy friendly version with different washi tapes

I adapted my card to a guy friendly version with different washi tapes

I used PTI Think Big Favorites #13 Stamp set and Inks from Close to My Heart for both cards. The feminine card uses My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender “Reasons Why” Decorative Tape and Paper and the masculine one uses washi tape from the same MME collection, plus one from We R Memory Keepers and one other tape in the middle (I overlapped it in the middle), wood veneer stars from Studio Calico and Smooch Silver Pearlized Accent Ink.

So, I think I’m pretty happy with using what I’d learned in class to make a fairly quick and easy card that a guy would not be embarrassed to receive! What do you think? Did I make it guy-friendly enough?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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