Baby Boy Card (with template!)

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Baby boy bib-shorts

It has been quite a while since I posted, but that doesn’t mean I stopped making cards! Here’s one that I made sometime last November 2013, forgot about it, until I saw the challenges at The Paper Players and the SplitcoastStampers. The polka dot paper is from JilliBean Soup Staples II (I just love that collection pack!).

To make this card, first, print this template:  Baby Boy Bib n Shorts Template

Use the template to cut the base from white card stock, and papers/card stock of your choice for the other pattern pieces. I printed the sentiment first, then used Swiss Dots embossing folder from Cuttlebug for the inside layer of the bib. Cut out a star and adhere, then use tiny buttons for embellishments.

BTW, if you want to see the girl version of this card, it is on the Paper Crafts March 2014 issue (yes, I’m tickled pink that one of my cards got published!):

Baby Girl Dress Card

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Corrugated Birthday

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Corrugated Birthday

It has been such a busy two-week period for me and our family, I didn’t have time to post! Anyway, I have about an hour all to myself today and since it is a Saturday, I chose to check out the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers (yes!).  The inspiration site, Eastern Accents,  is chock-full of eye candy, I almost forgot to make a card! When I saw this pillow though, I knew I have my inspiration piece.

I had this off-white, glittered corrugated cardstock for a while already and didn’t quite know what to do with it. Following the inspiration piece, I cut 4 half-inch strips along the corrugated lines, then another 4 half-inch strips across the corrugations (hmmm…I hope that is a word, lol!). Put the strips together alternately, and it became a cool, textured background for this birthday card. The font I used for the sentiment is BickhamScript Fancy with a mixture of Artists Script (for the double p). An owl feather (the tip was colored with a black marker for “ink”) finishes it off.

Papers used: Bazzill – Chablis & Blackbird, Recollections – glitter cardstock

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Giving Up Control

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I became a digital artist for a reason: control. Yes, I did try other mediums, from charcoal to pastels, watercolor, acrylic…but, smudge something accidentally – and the whole piece is ruined; too much blending – and colors get muddy; try to duplicate how a certain shade was mixed – and it is never quite the same. Painting in Photoshop eliminates all these – and that’s why the cards I make are mostly hybrid… which makes this card made for The Paper Players challenge unlike anything I’ve ever done before.

It started with the Mixability Challenge at Splitcoaststampers last week; I didn’t join the challenge but saw some really wonderful cards made by letting ink drip! I wanted to try the technique (gasp!), I guess I got tired of Photoshop’s uber-perfection. So, with Sandy’s Fall Theme in mind, I sponged brown, red, yellow and orange on a piece of paper, sprayed water on it and…watched in wonder as the the colors blended and “bloomed”.


Well, it turned out better than I expected! For the first time, I realized the reason why I didn’t work well with other mediums – too much control! Now, what do I do with this wonderful piece of colored paper? Hmmm… make it into a background? print a silhouette on it? stamp a sentiment perhaps? combine with other fall-themed papers? After sleeping on it, I decided to make fall leaves out of it. I inked the edges with gold after cutting them free-hand:


I scored veins on the leaves, then used pop dots to attach them to a branch cut with the Cricut (with SCAL). I cased Cheryl’s Lenten Rose card, changing the theme to fall instead. The sentiment was printed on white textured cardstock using Aeolus font, and sponged all over with gold, tea dye and red. The bits of “snow” started as an accident, but then I thought, why not? Snow does fall while there are still leaves like these on trees!

Thanks to The Paper Players and Splitcoaststampers for the inspiration!

Inks: Gold – Inkadinkadoo, Tea dye – Ranger, all the rest – Colorbox, white opaque marker – Recollections
Paper: white textured card stock – Colorbok, watercolor paper, burnt sugar – Core-dinations

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Hitch Your Wagon…

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This week is back-to-school week for our family, so yes, it’s been crrraaaazy! On Monday, we thought we had everything packed and ready the night before, but noooo…. as soon as the teacher let the kids in, I remembered that we forgot to put in two things (some signed papers and a flashdrive) from the list! I had to drive back home, get the needed stuff then go back… on the very first day of school! Well, at least, tears were dried and lips stopped trembling, and at the end of the day, when I picked up my son, he said he had a good day and he liked his teacher (***sigh! ***).

So,  I settled down and got to make a card for The Paper Players, Nance Leedy has a really cool sketch I wanted to do. I  decided to be really CAS because I didn’t have much time.  I printed the “road” and the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson using American Classic Extrq Bold font, cut, then adhered onto the card base at an angle (following the card sketch). The “wagon” (it’s a Volks-wagon, lol!) was paper-pieced: I printed an image from a coloring book, then, using the trace function in SCAL, cut the outlines on the Cricut (this can also be done with Silhouette Studio Designer Edition). I inked the edges of the windshield and lights in blue. The stars were also cut with the Cricut, then the “wagon” was hitched to a star with black embroidery floss.

I was going to take a picture of the finished card when I realized my daughter took the camera – she was having her college orientation and will be back by the end of the week…. noooo! Now you know why I’m posting this card 1 hour before the deadline!!! But yeah, whew, I made it, lol!

****I just checked the Free for All  Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and I got lucky – the challenge is to use any primary color or a combination of the primary colors, so I’m uploading this card at my gallery, too! ****

I’m Listening…

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This is the second time I’m posting about the square basket this month. The first time, it was fall themed, and I even mentioned how easy it is to make…then, LeAnne said in her comment, “The box alone is more complex than I would ever attempt.” Hmmm…. May I make a confession? Although I shared the instructions on how to make the basket, I didn’t really follow them: I used my Cricut with SCAL instead*. There, now my secret is out!

So, yes, I didn’t measure, cut, use several punches,  nor use a Coluzzle (I don’t think you can even buy one anymore!) –  I just stuck a  6 Read the rest of this entry »

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One Layer, Paper Pierced Card

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I have to admit that before posting this card I made for The Paper Players, I hesitated… a lot! The challenge calls for a one-layer, clean and simple card. For the first requirement – that the card be just one layer – I’ll put a check mark. I printed Tina Wenke’s beautiful tea party scene on GP card stock, then embossed (well, technically, it is debossed or pillow-embossed) it with Spellbinder’s Labels 13. Next, I paper-pierced a frame around the image… and this now brings me to the second requirement – that the card be clean and simple. Does this card look clean and simple? Ummm…I’m not that sure, and that’s when I hesitated posting it.

I delayed posting until I thought of what my husband would say. Knowing him, he’d probably remark (with a chuckle!), “Of course, it is a clean card – you wouldn’t make a dirty card now, would you? As for it being simple, well, the act of making holes on paper with a needle is so simple, even a child can do it!” So, I guess, based on that definition of being clean and simple, this card is clean and simple… and that’s why I’m posting it today, lol!

Note: Interested in the paper piercing that I did? Check out this post, which includes videos on how to get started with it!

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Blue Snowflake

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It’s sizzling hot outside, with temps in the high 90′s again, so I’m staying inside where there’s air conditioning…forcing myself to think cool, which is why I made this card. Yeah…blue…glitter…winter…snowflakes… well, it is kinda working, lol!

This card is for two challenges at Splitcoaststampers:  the Inspiration Challenge (my inspiration piece is this), and the Featured Stamper challenge (I’m CASEing this card by the talented Heidi Baks).  I don’t know, there are some days when card elements just seem to fly and go together really well, and there are days when they seem to resist, rebel and refuse to be nice to each other… and this was a day just like that! My original idea was to have the panel with the paper-pierced snowflake a little bit off to the left, scatter a few small snowflakes on the right, then add a printed sentiment on the middle – ugh! Didn’t look right…tried another layout: add a white bottom panel with the sentiment, put the small snowflakes on it? nah! Make the card have a portrait orientation? ummm…nah! Well, after arranging and rearranging the elements, this is the best I can come up with, and I’m still not completely satisfied with it, but, oh well! I’m calling it done!

I got the glittered corrugated paper from Michaels (Recollections), the dark blue cardstock is from Core-dinations,  light blue cs from Bazzill, pearls from Recollections and twine from My Minds Eye. The sentiment was printed using Albemarle Swash font. The paper piercing design for the snowflake is below – yup, giving it away, and I hope you have fun with it (just right-click on the image then save in your computer)!

By the way, to do paper-piercing on dark colored cardstock (or anytime you don’t want printing directly on the cardstock), print onto a copy paper first, then cut according to size. Next,  cut the cardstock of your choice to the same size as the pattern, tape the pattern onto the cardstock then pierce the design through both papers – you can discard the copy paper when you are done, or, you can use it for other projects. If you are new to paper piercing, you might want to view Gem’s Cottage videos on paper piercing here.


Here are two more cards I made with this paper piercing pattern:

Paper Pierced SnowflakePaper-pierced Snowflake

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“X” Marks the Spot!

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Pirate Treasure Hunt

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning here in Southern California, although it will be in the high nineties again later today. I’m posting this card while the house is quiet (everyone but me is still snoring happily, lol), this is the best time of the day to write and be creative.

This “treasure hunt” card is for one of my son’s friends. The pirate is a digital colored image from Costume Parade and was fussy cut. I used a circle cutter (Curvy Cutter from EK Success) to cut out the 2½” round window – which shows part of a treasure map with the all-important “X” that marks the spot. Here is how the inside of the card looks like:

Pirate Treasure Huntb

The image of the treasure map (which you can get below) was printed on regular copy paper, and before I glued it onto the card base, I used a perforating blade to make two lines that cross where the “X” is . Next, I put a dollar bill behind the map then adhered it onto the card (oh dear, was that clear as mud? sometimes, it is so hard to put in words something that is so simple! lol!). Well, let me try it differently: there is a dollar bill sandwiched between the map and the card base, and the recipient gets to it by tearing along the perforation lines located where the “X” is. (Did that make it clearer? or did I muddle it further? I guess you can kind of figure out what I’m trying to say, lol!)

Other details: The font I used for printing the sentiment and the message inside the card is MetropolitainesD, the embossing folder used for the front is Distressed Stripes from Cuttlebug, brads and cardstock are from Recollections, edges were inked with tea-dye (Ranger), dollar bill from my husband’s pocket (rofl!).

Here is the treasure map – just right click on the image and save in your computer! The print size is about 3 ½” square (almost! you can print it at whatever size you want but for the purposes of this card, that is the size I printed it at).

Treasure Map


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This card was inspired by the Tuesday Teapotters at Splitcoaststampers, and by Cindy(Mothermark) who makes cards based on her teapot collection. The teapotters make cards and send them to someone who needs cheering up, and for this week, our cards are going to Janet in Texas.

I thought that I would take a stab at making a teapot-shaped card and well, it practically took me a whole day! Anyway, I really like how this card turned out, especially with the paper piercing border on it. This is how the card looks like on the side when opened:


I used my Cricut with SCAL to cut the templates (this setup is similar to Silhouette Cameo Designer Series) from white cardstock (Georgia Pacific) and Bazzill cardstock (Hillary). The sunflowers were cut from Jillybean Soup (yellow salt) cardstock, the flower centers are black rhinestones (Recollections) while the leaves are pre-made (also Recollections). The edges of the teapot were inked with Ranger Distress Ink – peeled paint – while the sunflowers were inked with tea-dye.

The paper piercing pattern is from Gem’s Cottage and here it is (just right click on the image and save it into your computer):


And since we’re on paper piercing, here are the paper piercing videos my daughters made (very proud of them!):

Finally, here’s the teapot card template; I hope you have fun with it!

This is the inspiration teapot:



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Playing with Colors

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I made this card today for the challenge of The Paper Players, which is to use the colors strawberry slush,  crisp cantaloupe and pear pizzazz (sounds fruity and yummy!). This card is just 4½” square and can be done in less than 20 minutes – really! Deciding which paper piercing pattern to use took me much longer, while doing the actual piercing took less than 10 minutes. This particular design is from the Paper Piercing Floral Set, it adds a lacy, feminine look to the card. I used an EK Success punch for the flowers, an MS punch for the leaves (I cut one apart) and rhinestones from Recollections for the flower centers. Card base is from Colorbok, and the other papers came from my scraps (which means I cannot identify the manufacturer, lol!). The sentiment was printed using Bankscr D font. For the circles, I used a 1¾” punch from Stampin Up! and a 2″ punch from Recollections.

***My daughters are done with the paper piercing videos, just doing some finishing touches! We will be uploading the videos tomorrow and I will be posting a free paper piercing pattern here!

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