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Thoughts and Prayers (two)

20 Mar

I bought this stamp recently and I seem to be drawn to it. I have a lot of friends who are either facing challenges themselves or they know someone in their family who is. So I need some cards with this sentiment.

Today’s card was inspired by Color Throwdown. Featuring this blend of colors:

{By the way, they look a lot like my header colors…} This is what came from the inspiration.

I kept the card simple with the stamped image as the focal point but I finally created the ever-popular spiral flowers using the Peony die template from Spellbinders. I has hears they were easy and I do agree but it takes a little bit of finessing to get it to look just how you want.

After cutting the spiral, I glued a little cone from the middle and then put in a brad. I used the brad’s “teeth” to spin the flower into shape. To keep the flower in place, I used two Glue Dots on the back.

Important Stuff
Papers Purple Cardstock, green vellum (Prism), Green patterned paper (Memory Makers)
Stamp/Colorants Thoughts and Prayers (Stampendous), Black ink (Ranger), Sketch Y19 Napoli Yellow (Copic)
Embellishments S4-190 Labels Four, S4-193 Peony , S4-229 Labels Five (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Citrus Brads (Hot off the Press)
Adhesives Zip Dry (Beacon Adhesives), Glue Dots (Glue Dots)

Other Stuff Watercolor/text patterned paper


Bind-It-All Tutorial

18 Feb

Have you ever used a Bind-it-All by Zutter? I love mine. It is a wired binding system that cuts the holes and binds the wire. I love using it to make my “Perfect Travel Journals” which you can see in my Etsy shop, Frolicasions. But almost any kind of spiral bound book can be created using it.

Today, I’ll share how I bound the birthday reminder book that I posted HERE. Here is a picture of the final project that I created using CutCardStock.com’s papers.

  • After creating pages for a book, place a few of them in the cutting slot in the Bind-it-all. Depress the blue lever to cut holes for the wire binding. This book is the perfect size and all 6 holes fit the width perfectly.
  • After all the pages have cut holes, stack the pages in regular book order. Then take the back cover out from the bottom of the pile and place it on top of the pile, in the direction it should go.
  • Now trim a piece of wire from Zutter. I used 1/2″ black for this project and cut off 6 coils. Thread the wire into the 6 holes of the project, leaving the side with the cross pieces up (near December).
  • Hold the end of the book, opposite the wires and insert the wires into the “squeezing” part of the Zutter Bind-it-all, making sure the wire is centered.
  • Depress the lever to squeeze the spiral shut.
  • Release the lever and pull out your bound book.
  • Turn the back cover to the back. Add ribbons and a charm for the finishing touches.
  • Now that you’re finished…put in all your family and friend’s celebrations: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holiday, etc.

Snowflake Coasters Tutorial

16 Dec

Christmas is on its way and many of us “creative-types” have been cutting, gluing, printing and wrapping for weeks in anticipation of the big season, focusing on red, green, red, green. With only a few variations.

Today, I thought outside the box for a gift that would endure beyond the season.

First, I wanted to focus on some other colors… I chose three rich, earthy colors from CutCardStock.com: Olive, Teal and Dark Purple. I added Classic Natural White to give it some punch. Second, I remembered a pack of paper coasters I recently bought at Michael’s for 90% off…yep, only $.10 a pack…I bought four of them. Here is the finished project.

Except for some drying time, this is a quick project. Here’s how:

  • Gather your supplies (see list below)
  • Sand the coasters
  • Cut 8 pieces of Classic Natural White card stock 4×4″ and adhere to coasters.
  • Trim excess paper by flipping the coaster over and trimming with a craft knife.
  • Cut 8 pieces of the colored card stocks 3½x3½” {I cut 3 Olive, 3 Teal and 2 Dark Purple.}
  • Punch corners of colored mats and adhere to the center.
  • To smooth out the edges and corners, sand.
  • Die cut/emboss a plethora of snowflakes from Classic Natural White {I used three or four flakes on each of the coasters.} and adhere them to the coasters.
  • Add a nickel-size amount of Liquid Laminate onto the top of the coaster. Use a foam brush to spread the Laminate. To create a bit of texture, wipe horizontally and then vertically. Smooth, slow strokes will help reduce bubbles.
  • Allow to dry. Apply another coat.
  • When the coasters are completely dry, wrap and give to a loved one! 🙂

Here are all the coasters. The first one was taken before it was sealed with Liquid Laminate.  The second was taken after.

Important Stuff
Paper Neenah Classic Crest 80# Classic Natural White; Basis 80# Olive, Teal, Dark Purple (CutCardStock.com)
Die Cuts S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities® Petite, S4-085 Snowflake Wonder, S4-222 Create a Flake One, Papercut snowflakes, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Adhesives Liquid Laminate (Beacon Adhesives)

Other Stuff Sandpaper, paper coasters and drinks, of course!!!

Happy Card (2S4Y 59)

17 Aug

It’s great to be back at 2 Sketches 4 You…it’s been a while since I have had a chance to wander over there to try out a sketch challenge. Here is this week’s challenge by Kazan:

Today, I started with the chipboard tag in the middle and built the card around it. I loved the two polka dot papers and chose cardstock to set the images off. Adding a sticker to the tag and some machine stitching finished it off. It is a happy card, indeed. Thanks for stopping by to check it out.

Important Stuff
Papers Treasures Pure White, ColorMates Medium Hawaiian Blue (WorldWin); Yellow textured/Scalloped (Die Cuts with a View), Polka Dot papers (Making Memories)
Embellishments Heidi Grace Chipboard tag (Fiskars), White Sticker Word (Bo-Bunny Press)
Adhesive Zip Dry Liquid Glue (Beacon)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, blue thread, sewing machine, blue beads

How about one more look, close-up:

Baby Love (CPS 168)

26 May

Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to take on a challenge and this one makes me really smile, because a good friend is due to have her baby boy in less than 2 weeks. I hope I can deliver the card before she delivers the little man. At least it is finished. So, let’s give it a look:

The Card Positioning System sketch, at first, did not inspire me…until I remembered the new Mint Motif Very Square stamps I just got, designed by my cute friend, Kimberly Crawford. I hadn’t had a chance to use them but once I came across them, after seeing the sketch…it came together. (Sometimes it just takes a shift in perspective to be inspired!)


  1. Cut butter cream colored cardstock for a #10 envelope.
  2. Stamp Very Square dots stamp onto butter cream cardstock using Turquoise ink. {I stamped five images and chose the best four.}
  3. Trim close to the image and distress the edges.
  4. Using die templates from S4-261 Play Time set, emboss chipboard letter with the boat, car, duck and horse. One image per letter. Look how cute the duck and boat are…
  5. Add the chipboard letters to the polka dot blocks.
  6. Arrange the blocks onto a cardstock mat and add it to the card base.
  7. Add embellishments as shown, including: inked photo corners, turquoise bow, hand colored letter stickers, punch board heart and bow.

What other words can you imagine using the same technique? how about…LOVE, LIFE, GRAD…it’s endless.

Thanks CPS for a great sketch.

Important Stuff
Mint Motif “Very Square” clear stamps (I {heart} Papers)
Turquoise Stampology clear stamp ink (Autumn Leaves from Creativity, Inc.)
S4-261Play Time die template (Spellbinders™)
Tools Wizard™ (Spellbinders™)
Adhesives Zip Dry (Beacon), Ivory Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)

Other Stuff Buttercream and turquoise cardstocks, Turquoise ribbon

Day Four: PPRS Release Hop

21 May

I’m baaaaaack for the fourth day of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps‘ release of new Clearly Beautiful Stamps and coordinating Dies. Today features the Butterflies Stamp set and the Butterfly Die Cut. PPRS is offering a some great prizes for this little hop: Each day of the hop, someone will win the set featured along with other PPRS products worth $50!!! WHy not start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog and leave a comment there to be entered for one chance. Then leave a comment here for another chance.

Just remember, you also have until midnight tonight to leave a comment for Anya, Jennifer and at PPRS Blog for chances to win the Build an Owl set released yesterday.

If you’ve been following the new releases you saw the Build a Bird, Hibiscus and Build an Owl new releases as well.

Which one is your favorite? I think my favorite is the butterfly. I have so many project ideas…

I wanted to start with a layout and I’m so far behind with my daughter’s birthday pages (I have a scrapbook of all her birthdays) that I thought surely there would be some pics that would be fun with the butterflies. Perusing through my pics, I found some of my girl, with her new Heelys on…boy can she FLY with those things on…a page was born!


  1. Create two butterfly embellishments: Die cut the butterfly from coordinating papers. You’ll need five butterflies. Stamp three of them with the text stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder.
  2. Layer two pairs of butterflies with stamped image on top, using dimensional adhesive. Add a mini button and a small bit of decorative thread, knotted at the center.
  3. Use the third stamped butterfly to create a journaling tag, adding chipboard stickers, other embellishments and journaling.
  4. Construct the layout by trimming patterned paper and adding it to coordinating cardstock.
  5. Print photos, mat them (I hand trimmed them to match the circles on the patterned paper) and add to the layout.
  6. Print title and trim. Stamp a flowered butterfly directly onto the title block. Stamp the antennas. Color with markers and add some glitter accents.
  7. Add it to the layout and attach the butterfly embellishments.
  8. Create a date block using rub-ons and add it to the layout as a final touch.

Important Stuff
Stamps Clearly Beautiful-Butterflies (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Die Cut Butterfly (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Inks Top Boss Watermark Ink, Moss Green pigment ink (ClearSnap)
Papers DoubleMates Plum cardstock (WorldWin), Swirl patterned paper (K&Co.), Spring Fling dotted circles and light pink papers (Making Memories)
Embellishments Specialty thread (Kreinik), Heidi Grace Designs Punchboard stickers (Fiskars), Tattoos rub-ons (KI Memories)

Other Stuff: Orchid cardstock, Clear embossing powder, Acrylic stamping block

You’re the Best (Sketch Challenge)

5 May

Stamper’s Dream and JustRite Stampers…what a fabulous combination. This week Stamper’s Dream is sponsoring a sketch challenge using JustRite Stampers. I couldn’t pass that up. You can see the info about the challenge and the sketch, of course, on Stamper’s Dream’s blog or on JustRite Stampers blog.

First, let me share the card I created. I had a friend in mind while I was making it and that always makes it so meaningful. I will give it to her today.

I was going for a shabby-chic look here and I think I found it.

Some features of this card, include: The embossed chipboard is a Glimmer Chip from Tattered Angels and I lightly colored the embossing with a Copic Marker and then, using several thin layers, I added Liquid Laminate from Beacon Adhesives.

To make the Glimmer Chip stand out even more, I sandwiched it between a Scalloped Oval die-cut from Spellbinders and a die cut and stamped oval. (Here are my JustRite stamps). Add a couple patterned papers, a satin bow, a torn edge and there you have it: shabby chic-ness for a good friend.

Here’s a close-up of the medallion.

Important Stuff
Stamps: You’re the Best, Damask 1 Letter Borders, 1-5/8″ round stamper (JustRite® Stampers)
Die CutsS4-217 In Spades Borderabilities™ Petite, S4-138 Petite Ovals (#2, counting from the center), S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals, LG (#4), S4-202 Deckled Rectangle, LG (#5) (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Paper: Orchid/Green, green and brown patterned papers (My Mind’s Eye), Clear Vellum (WorldWin), Glimmer Chip (Tattered Angels), Purple textured cardstock (Core’dinations)
Adhesive: Zip Dry, Liquid Laminate (Beacon Adhesives)
Inks and colorants: Sketch Marker V04 Lilac, E47 Dark Brown (Copic)

Other Stuff
Corner rounder punch, Brown Satin ribbon, White detail embossing powder, sandpaper

Prickley Pear comes to Frillions

19 Apr

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be designing with a fabulous company, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps®, “Where Classic Meets Whimsy.” This is an amazing stamp company with over 600 designs from florals to fairies, pirates to polka dots and vintage to valentine’s. Definitely go check it out.

My first post HAD to be with this new, brilliant image of the 50’s Lady.

The look on her face just cried out for a little sarcasm. That’s how I came up with the sentiment, “Thanks…I think.”

WARNING: If you decide to create a card using this as an inspiration, please only send it to friends with a sense of humor. (LOL)


  1. Stamp 50’s Lady onto color copy paper with black dye ink.
  2. Color the image using Copic Markers.
  3. Cut/emboss image using S4-144 Long Rectangles SM, #5 (count the center as #1)
  4. Airbrush in the center of the image with it still in the die template.
  5. Using a black pen write “I think” in a conversation bubble.
  6. Cut/emboss dot paper using S4-145 Long Scalloped Rectangles SM, #5
  7. Trim striped paper to 3-1/2×5″
  8. Trim textured yellow cardstock to 4×12″; fold in half for 4×6″ card base.
  9. Edge the papers (as shown) with brown marker.
  10. Adhere paper elements to card placing them (as seen) above the card fold.
  11. Add a letter bead to a decorative pin, {I colored mine with Copic Sketch Marker first.} and drop a tiny bit of gem glue into the bead.
  12. Add another letter and continue until the sentiment is complete.
  13. Lay aside to dry. Add to the card with more gem glue.
  14. Send to one of your sassy girlfriends.

I think she’s ready for her close-up:

Important Stuff
Stamps 50’s Lady (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps®)
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko)
Papers Brown dot and blue/brown stripe (My Mind’s Eye)
Die Templates S4-144 Long Classic Rectangles SM, S4-145 Long Scalloped Rectangles SM (Spellbinders)
Sketch B32 Pale Blue, E11 Barely Beige, E39 Leather, G21 Lime Green, O Colorless Blender Markers; AtYou Spica Peach glitter pen (Copic)
Adhesives Gem-Tac (Beacon); Pop-up and Craft Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff Yellow cardstock, ultrafine black pen, letter beads, heart pin

Faith, Hope, Love (Caardvarks)

13 Feb

This week Caardvarks is having a “Get Published” challenge. They are asking for Wedding cards and the top card will be published in the July 2011 issue of Cards Magazine. Here is where you can find out more information: Caardvarks Challenge; and here is my take on it.

I love these spring colors, purple and green, so I made this card to reflect that lovely spring feeling.

As I did with this card here, I used the Airbrush System, Copic Sketch marker and a Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® template to color the white silk flower with a pattern. I also did the same thing with the sentiment tag. Here is a closer look.

The keys to making this work beautifully can be seen in the instructions on this post but basically, I layered the following: chipboard sheet for stability, Spellbinders™ magnetic spacer plate (dark side up), scratch paper, silk flower, Impressabilities™ template (which will “hold on” to the magnet). I used the Airbrush System to color over the template and did the same for the chipboard rectangle. I stamped the sentiment onto the patterned rectangle and enhanced it with Spica glitter pen.

Besides the airbrushed flower, I cut/embossed the S4-205 Eyelets Pendants Center die template and the S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite die template. Added some ribbon, pearls, more Spica glitter lines and heart brads that I had covered with several layers of white embossing powder. I hope it inspires you.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-205 Eyelets Pendants, Center, S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite, I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities™ (Spellbinders™); Greens and purple cardstocks (Core’dinations); Galvinized cardstock (Prism), Sweet Chips chipboard (Crafty Secrets); Heart brads (Creative Impressions); Watermark ink, Warm Violet chalk ink (Clearsnap); Sketch BV01 Marker, Spica in Clear and Mint (Copic); Craft Glue Dots (Glue Dots); 3D Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L); 3-n-1 Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon)

Other Stuff: White embossing powder, Ribbon, Pearl beads

My One True Love (Caardvarks)

23 Jan

I read the description on the Caardvarks blog: Create a ***NEW*** card using the color red and don’t forget to incorporate hearts!

…and the image came to me quickly…a black background with a small heart window and an even smaller heart inside. Something for my beloved. So it needed to be masculine but still a part of me.

Just don’t tell him…he’ll have to wait to have it…February 14th.

Here is a close up of the center.

Happy Valentine’s Day… a little early.   Eli

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-164 Rose Border SM, S4-200 Flower Bouquet (Spellbinders™); Ruched red paper (WorldWin); Scalloped cardstock (Die Cuts with a View); E39 Sketch Marker (Copic); Letter stickers (Making Memories); Icicle Stickles (Ranger); 3-N-1 Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon)

Other Stuff: Pearl paper, Dimensional Adhesives