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So Happy For You

We recently found out that some of our awesome neighbors are changing blocks and as sad as it is to lose friends so close by, we are thrilled for them. So, of course, I very quickly started making them a congratulations card on their big move. When choosing a sentiment, I went back and forth between “BOOOOO” and “thumbs down!!” and then decided on “so happy for you” (which was probably the classier route). 🙂

Here are the details…

My first step was choosing a coordinating color scheme with patterned papers and embellishments. >>

I cut a piece of the feather pattern paper to length for my card base and adhered it. >>

Next, I placed some rub on gold feathers on top of my feather paper. >>

Then I tied a loose knot in a ribbon and attached the ribbon to the left of the feather paper. >>

I drew a line in pencil where I wanted my sentiment to be and placed my sentiment using sticker alphas. I’m not great at this part. I almost never get the letters perfectly straight. >>

Don’t forget to erase your pencil line when you are done lining up your sentiment! The last thing I did was to ink some wood veneer accents with gold ink and embellish the card a bit. >>

And that’s it!! Another simple design that’s extremely easy. Here’s the finished card. >>

Almost all of these products are from Studio Calico who is gearing up for their next month’s reveal! Check out their web site here to find out more about their AWESOME monthly crafting kits.

And as always… have fun creating!!


You’re My Favorite

I’m not sure why I was blessed with such a wonderful family… but I truly was. My husband is such an incredible human being. I am constantly in awe of how great he is at being a father, taking care of me and the kids, making me feel special and loved, and of course doing all of the grunt work along the way.

This past Mother’s Day, he planned out such an amazing day for me, doing everything he could to make me feel loved. And boy did he succeed!! I decided to try to make him a thank you card to express how much I love him and how thankful I am that he is mine. This is what I came up with:

Here are the patterned papers I picked out to start with. >>

I cut a heart out of my top paper and cut each piece to match the size of the card. >>

Next, I masked a stamp so I could just use a couple of the words from it and stamped it onto white cardstock. I cut out each word to attach them separately with dimensional adhesive within the heart. >>

I, then, adhered my bottom paper to the card, and then adhered the heart cutout paper on top, and added the words in the middle. >>

I tied a bow using coral hemp and cutout a heart on white cardstock. I inked the heart with a matching coral color and attached the heart with more dimensional adhesive. >>

And that’s it! A SUPER simple card that can take almost no time at all. I loved how this turned out and with my added mushy gushiness on the inside… it will hopefully be the perfect thank you for Bryan. 🙂 Here’s the final card: >>

Thanks for looking and have fun creating! 🙂


I would like to preface this post with an apology to all of my photographer friends out there. I am not a great photographer, but these next photos will prove to be some of my worst. Please guard your eyes if you are afraid they will burn.

So this past weekend was my grandfather’s 85th birthday. Unfortunately, I was told he was turning 86. And of course, this was the birthday I decided to make his card based on the massive number (massive font, not age!) which turned out to be very wrong. But what do you do?! Other than the number, (sorry, Opa!) the card was a hit. Here’s how it was put together: 

First, I chose my color scheme and picked out my coordinating patterned papers. >>

I decided to use a basic slant in my design and cut the slant from my red arrow paper. I folded my solar white cardstock to make my card and cut a strip of accent paper for the bottom. >>

Next, I cut my huge 86 (should have been 85…) with my die cutting machine. >>

Once my pieces were cut, I laid out my design and picked out an accent hemp twine. >>

I tied my twine into a bow and attached my numbers. I finished the card off with some accent stars. Here’s the finished, incorrect, card! 🙂 >>

Hope you like it! Have fun creating 🙂

You Are a Ray of Sunshine

I have a quick birthday card to show you today. I got out some fun summer colors and papers and fell in love with this “You Are A Ray Of Sunshine” sticker by Echo Park. I decided it would make the perfect sentiment to front a birthday card! And so that’s where I began… 🙂

I used the yellow in the sticker to be a main color and picked out the rest of my color scheme for the card. I decided to use a white background to make it very light and let the colors shine. >>

I placed the sticker onto a patterned “hello” paper and rough cut around to match the shape of the sticker. Then, I cut a couple strips of a patterned paper and 2 solid papers to place at the bottom of the card and picked out a ribbon color. >>

I adhered all of my papers in place and then cut a slit and tied the ribbon. I decided to make more of a sun or flower out of my ribbon as opposed to the typical bow I usually tie and I liked how it came out. >>

And finally, I was obsessed with these cute little cupcake stickers so I placed one on the inside with a “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Echo Park. >>

And here is the final product!! >>

I really like how this card turned out. It’s so fun! Hope you like it!!

Happy creating!



We were recently asked to join some friends on a boating excursion in Lake Powell for an afternoon, which IMMEDIATELY sparked my memories of all of the boating and nautical details within this month’s Studio Calico Spencer’s card and add-on kits. I am still creating from the bountiful April 2013 kits and I am repeatedly impressed by the amount of creative fun that continues to pour out of them. It feels never-ending! And thank goodness! I am gearing up for May’s kits to be sent out and I don’t think I would be able to handle the anticipation of waiting for another unbelievable grouping of inspiration if I had nothing keeping my attention and occupying my brain. (I suppose there are my adorable children… but still.) The reveal of the latest kits was April 27th and, my oh my, do they look incredible! They actually have quite a bit of nautical elements as well but for now… I’m working with Spencer’s!

I have been in awe of this tiny “You Float My Boat” stamp since I first caught a glimpse of it and I have made many cards with it already. This time, I wanted to make it the focal point and work off of the slant of it’s phrase for the positioning. The other confinement I was working with was the envelope I wanted the card to fit into, which was 3.5 x 6 inches with red and white stripes.

I did my best to match the stamp color to the envelope stripes to tie the card and envelope together. >>


I then worked my color scheme around my main red color and picked out the specific patterned papers to work in as a background. >>


I was also dying to use my anchor wheeled stamp so I threw in a yellow stamp tone to match the yellow hemp I was going to use. >>


Everything laid out looked like this before I attached anything. >>


At this point I was ready to adhere everything together so I started with my background papers. I taped them together and attached them to the front of the card. >>


Next, I made a slit in the crease of the card and thread through my hemp cord a few times and tied a bow. >>


I, then, used 3d dots to attach the “You Float My Boat” sentiment (which I stamped and cut out). >>


And finally, I accented the card with a few stars. >>


And here is the final product. >>




I was pretty happy with it! Hope you like it too! Have fun creating and don’t forget to check out May’s Planetarium Kits from Studio Calico. Enjoy 🙂