Fabulous Finds Friday — Random Treats

Well, I’m a little late for Friday … but here are some random treats:

Is it ever too early for Halloween? Not on Friday the 13th! Check out these new All Hallows papers from Bazzill Basics:

Let’s chase the spooky with a swee. Check out these sweet cards from Basic Grey that show off BG’s new summer line being introduced as we speak at the Craft & Hobby Association Show in Chicago:

Ooooh, so pretty!

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Fabulous Finds Friday — Fun with Templates

A few weeks ago I found some old envelope and box templates. I haven’t done anything with templates in a while, so I left them on my desk thinking inspiration might hit. (Of course, it was equally possible that they would be buried under the mounds of OTHER ideas sitting on my desk….)

Then I got a package from Basic Grey showing off their new paper and embellishment lines (always such a treat!)

“Ah ha!” I cleverly said to the dog, who totally gets me. “These papers are attractive, double sided, and sturdy enough to stand on their own (without being layered on other cardstock). Cool paper. Nifty templates. It’s like peanut butter and chocolate — two good ideas that get better together.” (The dog perked up at the mention of peanut butter.)

I literally closed my eyes and picked one 12×12 sheet from the new Picadilly line, tossed in a few matching embellies, and came away with one card set in a fun little package.

(I used a piece of self-stick Velcro to close the flap.)

(An inside look.)

The envelope box holds 6 to 8 cards and envelopes. (The template, called “Stationary Box Template #11848, is an old one from The Envelopes Please. It can be found at Verses Rubber Stamps.)

After making the box, I had enough card stock left over to make four coordinating cards. (Actually, I could have made five cards, but the family had the gall to want to eat dinner. So I stopped at four.)

I thought about making the cards all the same, but I wanted to use up some random images sitting on my desk, so I made them all different:

(matching embellishment from Basic Grey)

(girl and bird images from Crafty Individuals. Sentiment from Inkadinkado. Backgrounds from Hero Arts)

(dolls from Hero Arts; bottom border from Basic Grey)

I also found a template from Draggin’ Ink (check them out — a ton of templates) to make an adorable take-out food box, so I made this, using another sheet of Basic Grey Picadilly:

Too much fun! Do stop by Basic Grey and check out the new lines: Picadilly, Indie Bloom, Little Black Dress and Nordic Holiday.

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Texty Focal Point

Sometimes a stamp with a simple phrase is all the text you need — the saying becomes the focal point. How cute is this stamp from Inkadinkado? They have a bunch of these Kid Quotes that are so adorable. text-bowl-of-peas

The green paper was put through a Cuttlebug swirl folder, then sanded to create the white highlights; the flowers are from Prima; the gems from Hero Arts.

Texty Dry Embossing

To finish up the texty theme, here is one more card using another type of “text.”


I am now obsessed with embossing folders – I love the texture. This Cuttlebug folder was perfect for my “text” article. The butterflies (Stampington & Co) were stamped in purple ink on gray paper, cut out and affixed using pop dots. (You may not be able to see the subtle writing on the butterflies.) The saying is from Hero Arts.

Texty Poppies


Here’s another texty card.

This one uses the same background technique as the dove card, but in a different way.

Stamp Dutch letter (Stampers Anonymous) on white card scrap using clear embossing ink. Emboss with white powder.  Do the same for the poppy stamp (Crafty Individuals). Dab three colors of Ranger Distress Inks (I used Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye) onto a craft sheet, spritz lightly with water mister. Lay the embossed cardstock face down on ink, twisting slightly to get good coverage. Let dry (or carefully dry with heat tool.)  Trim pieces and layer on green card stock, then affix to pink card as shown. Affix pink and green flowers (Imaginisce) and pearls (Hero Arts.)


Text Me!

As a writer, it’s no surprise that I love words, so it’s only natural that I am also intrigued by the design elements of text. Words make great backgrounds as well as dynamic focal points for cards.


Imagine my delight when I was assigned to write an article for the April issue of Crafts ‘n Things magazine about the different types of word stamps and their many uses.  I had a ball playing with various text images, from large blocks of foreign scripts to collage images that included text in the design.


Check out the April issue of Crafts ‘n Things for some tips and techniques for using text stamps. And here are some bonus projects that didn’t make it into the magazine!




I followed Tim Holtz’s instructions to create the background on this card. Dab three colors of Ranger Distress Ink (I used Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Old Rose) on a craft sheet (or plastic surface.) Spritz lightly with water, then lay the front side of smooth white card stock onto the watery inks. Slightly twist the paper, then lift to check the color design. Dry with a heat tool, then repeat until entire surface is covered.


Ink Printer’s Block (Stampers Anonymous) using Walnut Stain and stamp onto dry colored panel. Dry with heat tool. Trim and mount on brown cardstock, then on beige card front. White emboss Newsy Dove (Stampers Anonymous) on brown card stock. Cut Dove and mount as shown. Brown emboss Sympathy (Stampin’ Up!) on bottom of card front. Stamp ivory flower (KaiserCraft) with text block (Stampers Anonymous). Use Glue Dot to mount flower to lower left side of panel. Glue rhinestone to center of flower. 




Hats Off to You!

Last week I was inspired by the shaped cards featured on the Hero Arts website. So when I picked up the Spring 2009 issue of Paper Creations and saw patterns for these cute hat cards, I couldn’t resist crafting some spring bonnets.

Four hats

The stamps used (all Hero Arts) are raindrop, houndstooth and leaf flourish. The stamped flower is from Hero Arts clear set Artistic Borders CL322. The two pink flowers are from Imaginesce, the smaller  red flower is from Prima. The floral pattern is a napkin and trims are bits from my ribbon and lace scrap basket. These are all sized to fit in a regular card-sized envelope.

Quick card

Here is a quick card made using the Asian Doll set from Hero Arts. Colored with Twinkling H2Os, enhanced with Stickles. 

Asian Doll

Asian Doll

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