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Friday, August 11, 2017

Purses and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I'm happy to report that I'm back after a three-month break in blogging! I have been on quite the roller coaster ride during that time, but thankfully, my determined husband is successfully making his way back from having a stroke on April 29th. Life is so precious and I hold that thought in my heart and mind even more now. My family is immeasurably grateful for all the love received from friends and family that cheered us on and up during these past months!

My 93-year-old friend's birthday is this month and I wanted to make this purse for her that I saw on Pinterest, of course!

You can find the tutorial by clicking HERE.

The finished size is quite large and makes a stunning box to hold a little gift or some candy. Here's my version:

White leaf die used was:

My mind is spinning with all of the possibilities for purses year-round using holiday double-sided paper, and boy oh! boy, do I have stashes of that kind of paper squirreled away!

Here are a few more versions that I made while everything was pulled out and my craft room already looked like a bomb had gone off!

The scoring is a bit difficult because you can't put your paper on a score board to create the diagonal scoring. I used a straight edge and a ruler on top of some craft foam and that worked beautifully!...but then the light bulb in my head went off and I realized that you can fold up the bottom third of the paper after it's scored and then you can use your Fiskars scoring tool perfectly!

Use the metal wire to line up the score line:

Open the ruler to the right and locate the
score slot at the top of the scorer
to start the score line:

When the Velcro closure of the flap is lifted up, the purse opens like an explosion card and this is what the inside of my purse looks like:

Top Sentiment = My Computer
Lower Sentiment = SU Balloon Adventures

Visit Lizzie's blog HERE to see the step-by-step tutorial pics and view the explosion effect. I hope you make someone happy with your paper creations soon. It sure feels good to be able to do that again!

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Hello Blog Readers!

I'll be taking a break from blog posting for awhile. Please enjoy the content from previous posts and happy crafting 💝

Friday, April 28, 2017

My Latest Projects
and the Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed a WOW! card for the birthday of my son's
GF and decided to do a card in a box:

This is large version that I created using the
following measurements:

DSP Double-Sided:
10 1/2" x 11"

Along the 10 1/2" side score at:
2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10"

Along the 11" side score at:
5 1/2"

I then trimmed 2" off  three flaps and left the back flap closest to the tab full size to get a nice height for the back flap and a smaller size for the side flaps as shown in my picture above.

 Close Up

For more examples of these types of cards,
Pinterest has a board of them HERE.

I'm so happy to be going to a wedding and shower
for someone who is a landscape architect and
these are the cards I created for her:

Inside the Shower Card

Such a sweet little card that could be
modified for any occasion!

These cards were the source of my
CASED cards:
Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, April 14, 2017

Asian Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

My friend Alice wanted to borrow a retired SU stamp set from me called Asian Artistry to make this card:

Alice make cards to sell at the Sunnyvale Senior Center's gift shop and made some just like this to sell. Now, they've sold out and she wants to make some more to keep up with the demand! 

I also needed to make a thank you card for her, so I used this same set to make this card:

This card was made thanks to this
Pinterest pin 

Original Pin HERE

These are some more Asian cards I've
pinned recently:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, March 31, 2017

Easter Favors and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I still had soooooo many Hershey's Kisses left over from a wedding favor recently and needed to find a paper craft to use them so I can stop munching on them! Thankfully, Pinterest did not disappoint with this wonderful idea and video tutorial by QbeesQuest.com!

Original Pin HERE


9" x 1"
Score at 5/8", 1 3/4", 3 3/4" and 7"

Top Layer for Kisses:
11" x 1"
Score at every inch

Bottom Layer for Kisses:
7" x 1"
Score at every inch

Two 10" x 1/2" strips

8 Kisses, One Bow and a
Easter Saying on a Banner

Here is another pinned version:

Original Pin HERE

Here are the baskets I had fun making:

Side Embellishments:

After I made four baskets using the purple print patterned paper, I tried using some double-sided DSP from a DWV paper stack. When the inserts are folded to hold the Kisses, you get to see both sides of the papers which looks even better in person than the picture shows! 

These baskets were super easy to make and made me happy to use up those remaining candy Kisses at last! I know the recipients of these baskets will smile from ear-to-ear when they get them, and I know they'll say, "They're too cute to eat!"

Finally, here's one last Easter favor I tried before the baskets. It was fun to make this one, but not as fun as the baskets! I used a clear A2 envelope to make the clear purse part:

Here was my Pinterest inspiration:
Original Pin HERE

For even more Easter favor ideas,
click HERE.

Friday, March 24, 2017

SAB Stampin' Up and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I finally had time to make up some thank you cards using my new Avant-Garden set from SU:

There were many pins to use for inspiration and these were the first cards I made with this set:


Inside View of Left Panel

When I was all done with the card above, I flipped it over to add my HOMMARK sticker on the back and the card touched the green ink pad by the green arrow - ARG!...so I had to turn this accident into a chance to use some creativity to cover it! An extra leaf would have thrown off the balance, but you can see what I ended up doing below. I was VERY happy how it all turned out!

The cut out flower gave the card an added embellishment!

...and one last card made:

Now here are the pins for this set:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, March 17, 2017

WOW! Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

The inspiration for the card above was
this Pinterest Pin:

Pinterest Pin HERE

I discovered this jar of goodness at Costco
recently and added a tag to give this one as a gift:

Simply mix two heaping teaspoons into
hot water and enjoy!

Next up...through Pinterest, I discovered
a talented blogger named May May.
Visit her blog MayMayMadeIt HERE

This is one WOW! project I can't wait to
try with photos added inside:

Envelope Explosion Mini Album
(Uses the Envelope Punch Board)
Original Pin HERE

Here's another card I want to try:

Mini Envelope Tutorial

and lastly...
MayMay's 2017 Favorite Things Edition!
WARNING: Watch at your own risk - LOL -
because you will have to buy some new
toys after watching it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Things and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

Love this cute St. Patty's Day paper craft that
I made thanks to this Pinterest pin:

Original Pin with Tutorials HERE

Here's a birthday card I made for a friend:
Inside View


Stamp Sets by SU:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Balloon Adventures
Flowering Fields

Lace and Butterfly Punches by Martha Stewart

Nestibilities Classic Scallop Rectangles
SU Stitched Shapes Framelets

One thing I often do with stamp sets that require extensive coloring is scan my finished panel into the computer so I can print out card fronts/inside panels whenever I need them in a jiffy! This is what I did for the outside and inside flower panels for the card above. Even close up, you can't tell that they were scanned and oh!...the time it saves!

My coworker, Donna, is planning a Leprechaun Hunt for her young granddaughters this month. She bought gold chocolate coins to make a pathway to the shoe box traps that the little ones will decorate ahead of time. Donna will then make it look like the leprechauns have done some mischievous things in her house when they all go on the hunt: tilted lamp shades, St. Patty's socks on the floor, etc. Oh! What fun these kids will have! I gave Donna some ideas for the hunt from the days when Kevin's wonderful kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Brown, did a hunt for her students every year! Such happy memories :-) Check out these clever St. Patty's Day Leprechaun Hunt ideas HERE and crafts HERE.