Pretty Boxes, Easily Made

I love boxes and I love this box making die from Lifestyle Crafts. It was fast and easy to create several boxes for holiday gifts.

This set features papers from Basic Grey.

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Here’s another, using paper from KaiserCraft:

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And check out the rosettes! (See, I promised I would do something with all those rosettes I showed in my last post!)

One other cool thing about this die is that you can also make an open lattice basket. Here’s an example of the basket:

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Using Up Those Booklet Scraps!

So… I had one more small scrap piece from my booklet-making adventure (see last two posts).

Here it is:

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To make the paper design pop, I layered it first on black cardstock. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz’s Simple Sayings set, stamped in VersaFine.

I also needed a graduation card, so since the BasicGrey Carte Postale papers were out, and the stamps were out… here I go….

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When I have double-sided cardstock, as these papers are, I can’t stand to hide the other side. So one of my favorite things to do is to cut a piece that is a little bigger than my base piece and hinge it, like so:

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Cut the top piece so that it overlaps the bottom, score it, then attach it to a base. In this case I used Ah, That’s Great Tape from USArtquest.

Here’s how it looks on the inside:

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Thanks for coming by!

Booklet Scraps Don’t Go to Waste!

In my last post I showed a quick and easy booklet using the new Carte Postale paper from BasicGrey.

Since the booklet measures only about 5 inches, I had plenty of paper left to make some cards … and another booklet!

Check it out:
First, a look at some of the neat paper and embellishments:

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Love this sheet! I left one as-is and cut apart one:
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… and used some of the pieces on a card:

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The background (if you cans see it under the tickets!) was made using Hero Arts’ new Painted Canvas S5782 stamp inked with Distress inks (frayed burlap, peeled paint, wild honey). Next, I attached the cut-up tickets. I made the rosette (scoring it with my Stampin’ Up! score board) using leftovers from the booklet stock (BasicGrey) and a little somethin’ from the set’s sticker sheet. The airplane image is from Close To My Heart, embossed in Stampendous! Pearlustre platinum. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz’s Simple Sayings set.

Here’s a look at the stickers:
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And I still had more scraps! Next post, more cards from leftovers. Thanks for coming by!

Crazy For This Booklet

I learned how to make this fast and easy booklet from a Paper Source workshop, and I’ve been going crazy all week making booklets from scrap cardstock. When I got the new Carte Postale papers from BasicGrey, well… it was a natural fit.

Here’s the front cover:

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… the back cover:

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…a detail of the spine:

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… and a decorated inside page:

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… a quick look at part of the process (made easy with a Stampin’ Up! scoring board):
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Come back tomorrow to see what I did with all those leftovers!

More Valentines

Feelin’ the love? Here are some more Valentines…

…so fast and easy it’s almost embarrassing:

Both cards used paper from BasicGrey and new images from Hero Arts. How easy is that?

One more, using same paper set, same stamp company, just adding some Prima flowers:

One more Valentine tomorrow.



Valentine’s Day is my favorite card making excuse, er, holiday. I love sending valentines to my children, my friends, military troops, and of course, the Hubster.

Imagine my delight when I got this new paper pack — Kissing Booth — from BasicGrey:

Being the Queen of Impatient Stampers, I had to make something RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

So I made this very simple, very plain card from this adorable paper:

Just the paper, some distressing and I was done. Hmmm…. that really is way too simple…. I need to add something….

I got a little more creative by cutting out hearts from another paper and actually stamping:

(background: envelope lining by Hero Arts; love by Stampin’ Up) To create the varigated background I inked up my stamp (with a pigment pink), put the stamp on the table (rubber-side up) and pressed my card to the stamp. I used my thumbs to press a little more firmly in a few areas to get that random extra texture.

Okay… now I’m gettin’ into the swing of things:

(paper, BasicGrey; envelope lining background Hero Arts; words Stampin’ Up; heart trio Stampendous!  The brown ink is a yummy dye ink from the ColorBox Stephanie Barnard line) 

Thanks for stopping by … I’ll have more valentines coming up. I can’t stop using this paper!