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Layered Birthday Card

17 Oct

This weekend afforded me some time to create and I just pulled some favorite colors and started working. I fussed with the layout a while but I like what finally came together. I hope you do too.

And a close-up.

Important Stuff
Papers Green, blue textured cardstocks, glitter flower (Die Cuts with a View)
Stamps/inks Sunny Birthday (Hero Arts); ColorBox cat eye ink (Clearsnap)
Tools Cindy Loo cartridge, Cricut cutting machine (Provo Craft)
Adhesives Pop glue dots (Glue Dots International)

Other Stuff Blue polka dot paper, PVA glue, blue and green brads; gray shaped mat


CD case tutorial

3 Feb

Yesterday, I introduced a project that was inspired by The Shabby Tea Room blog. Here is their post. Here is my project. Today I’m sharing instructions how to make it.

Which began as a humble CD box that I found at the $1 bins at Target {love those}.


  • Spray Basis 80# Pink Cardstock with water and crumple a number of times. Sometimes this takes longer than you think but keep at it. The results are worth it.
  • When altering a pre-made box or other item with a slick surface, sand it to knock off the shine. It will help things adhere to the surface.
  • Trim the crumpled paper so it will fit the height of the box sides.
  • Use PVA Glue to cover the box lid and sides. Spread the glue onto a side and smooth the paper out onto it. Complete the other sides. When covering the front–which has a half circle cut out–cut slits from the top edge to the curved edge and glue them on the inside. Cover the inside flap of the lid {I did this with flat cardstock, not crumpled}.
  • Using Black Onyx Stardream Metallic cardstock, cut/emboss two strips, twelve inches long using S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite. You’ll want to cut a piece out of the center and then cut either end by lining up the scallops on the end of the first strip. Remove the cut circles from the center and glue the strips together.
  • Cut/emboss four sunflowers from flat Basis 80# Pink Cardstock as follows: 2 of the large and 1 of the small sunflowers from S4-158 Sunflower Set Two, 1 of the sunflower from S5-004 Sunflower Garden Edgeability
  • Using your fingers, curve the flow petals down.
  • Glue the two pieces together with petals peaking between petals as seen below.
  • Using dimensional adhesive, add two squares on top of the large flowers and one on top of the middle flower.
  • Stack the flower layers and add the hole punches to the center of the top.
  • Add 2 more dimensional adhesive pieces to the bottom of the flower and adhere it to the bottom of the lid’s flap.
  • Glue the black band around the box.
  • Adhere black dots around the box.  I used one on the flap to cover the blue spot that you can see above.
  • Tie two ribbons around the flower. Trim the tails of one, as shown. Leave the other tails long so the box can be tied closed.
  • Cover a large brad with Watermark ink. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Apply 2-3 coats to make it really shine. Then insert it into the center of the black band so you’ll have a place to tie the box closed.
    There you have it. Using only two papers…look what you can do!

Important Stuff
Paper Basis 80# Pink Cardstock, Black Onyx Stardream Metallic (CutCardStock.com)
Tools S4-158 Sunflower Set Two, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite, S5-004 Sunflower Garden Edgeability, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts.com)
Accessories Top Boss Watermark Ink (Clearsnap)
Adhesives 3D Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L), PVA Glue (Lineco)

Other Stuff Heat gun, black embossing powder, black satin ribbon, water spritzer

Friends card (CTD #119)

21 Nov

It has been over a week since I was able to post. I was preparing for a craft show last Thursday. Every minute I had was used to create more products. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to upload some of my creations soon. Today, however, it was nice to just create! I went over to Color Throwdown to see their collection of three colors this week #119

I chose a tone-on-tone for the celery color, dark brown cardstock for the espresso and a patterned paper with pears to cover all the colors. Here is the finished project:

It was simple to put together. After creating the card base and adding the patterned paper mat, I cut/embossed the S4-218 Lattice Borderabilities® Petite.

To add interest, I used the rusty-looking ink to color over the die holes, using it as a template, like this:

Then I stamped the “friends” sentiment, inked the edges and put it all together. So simple yet, elegant, I hope.

Important Stuff
Papers ColorMates Deep Creamy Cocoa cardstock (WorldWin Papers), Pears patterned paper (Making Memories), Celery patterned paper (Fancy Pants)
Dies S4-218 Lattice Borderabilities Petite, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Colorants ColorBox Chestnut Roan Chalk ink, Roussilon ink from Queue (Clearsnap), Stardust red/orange pen (Sakura)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, Friends stamp

Happy Thanksgiving to all. May you be blessed in the year to come with many things to be thankful for…

Cheers, Eli

Thanks to Caregivers

4 Oct

Over at “My Blog,” by Carolyn King, there is a most worthy challenge going on to honor those who care for Alzheimer’s Patients. Since my father-in-law in living in the most lovely memory care unit with incredible staff, I thought I’d play along. The deadline to win prizes was yesterday (October 3, 2010) but I’m still playing because it is such an important cause.

I wish I could have given you this inspiration a few days earlier…so you could play and possibly win…but maybe you can go ahead and create a card to send off to someone who cares for terminally Alzheimer’s patients.

Just so you know, a few of my favorite companies helped sponsor this challenge:

JustRite Stampers
I {Heart} Papers
Spellbinders Paper Arts

plus several individuals
Kim Hughes and Theresa Momber

There are many more, just check the link above.

Without further adeau:

I have already signed the card, written the address on the envelope and dropped it in the mail. It’s a good feeling, knowing that the care-givers at Park Place will have a little love in their mailbox in a few days. Maybe you could tell some CARING person that you appreciate them too.

Important Stuff
Paper Latte Matstack Striped cardstock (Die Cuts with a View)
Ink Jet Black (Ranger), ColorBox Watermark ink (Clearsnap)
Tools S4-049 Heart die cut, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Inkadinkado Heartfelt Stamp (EK Success)
Embellishments Jackpot embossing powder (PK Glitz)

Other Stuff Black cardstock, PVA Glue, sticky dots

Thanks to “My Blog” for hosting such an inspiring and important challenge.


Cheers birthday card

19 Sep

I have an elegant friend celebrating a birthday next week. I wanted to create an elegant card for her. I started with a lovely paper by Webster’s Pages. It was double-sided which made the “coming together” even easier. I think this suits my friend, just perfectly.

The S4-210 Lattice Pendant is a fabulous beginning. It is backed by S4-162 Labels Two in a shimmering pale green cardstock. Along with two ribbons, it is adhered to a mat using the back side of the purple patterned paper. A few touches of green “smooch” and a hand-written sentiment completed the look.

Important Stuff
Papers Purple Majesty papers (Webster’s Pages), Green Petallics (WorldWin)
Die Cuts S4-162 Labels Two, S4-210 Lattice Pendant (Spellbinders)
Embellishments White Organza Ribbon (Michael’s), Glue Dots (Glue Dots International), Green Smooch (Clearsnap), atyou Spica Lilac glitter pen (Copic)

Other Stuff Purple cardstock, Green ribbon, PVA Glue

The Gift of Love (CTD #110)

17 Sep

Today, it worked. Inspired by Color Throwdown #110:

I created this card:

This was so fun to put together. Layers of fun, I would say.  I started with the card back, added a dark patterned pink paper. Then I added a strip of the pink paper stamped with Mint Motif’s Square. Next, I cut gray textured cardstock with S4-239, added the Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite scalloped border to the middle and the outer pieces to the top and bottom of the strips. Finally, I cut/embossed/airbrushed S4-049 medallion (retired). To finish off the card, I added the medallion, ribbon and the stamped sentiment. I hope it inspires you today…

Thanks for looking and hope to see you soon!

Important Stuff
Papers Summer Matstack pink patterned paper (Die Cuts With a View); Treasures Pewter cardstock (WorldWin)
Die Cuts/Tools S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite, S4-049 [retired], Wizard™ (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Stamp/Ink/Colorants Mint Motif Very Square stamp (i {heart} papers),  The Gift of Love stamp (Hero Arts), ColorBox Silver ink (ClearSnap), Sketch R39 Garnet, W3 Warm Gray, Air Brush System (Copic)
Embellishments White organza ribbon (Michael’s), Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

Other Stuff PVA Glue

trick or treat (2S4Y 60)

7 Sep

It’s the beginning of September and Halloween is the end of October but all of a sudden, it’ll be here. I used the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You (#60) to inspire this Pumpkin card. Here is the sketch:

And here is the result:

Making this pumpkin was great fun. Let me share how:

  • Cut S4-227 Pumpkins with two pieces of patterned paper
  • Remove one of the pieces and set aside. Then layer the following for embossing in the Wizard™: Cut mat, Impressabilities® template, Die cut with cut side up and paper in die, embossing mat, cut mat. Keeping the paper in the die will give the shape a flat edge. If you’d like embossing to go all the way to the edge, just take it out of the die.
  • Run it through the Wizard.
  • Then sand the pumpkin to enhance the embossed edges. This piece of patterned paper was a little fragile after all the “working” it. I think it just adds to the character of it. But if you prefer, use a heartier piece or maybe a colored core cardstock.
    Then just put it all together!

Important Stuff
Papers Fun in the Sun Matstack, Latte Matstack (Die Cuts with a View); Natural cardstock for card base (WorldWin)
Die Cuts S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities® Petite, S4-198 Flourish Accent, S4-227 Pumpkins, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities™ (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
Stamp/Ink Studio G trick or treat stamp (Hampton Arts), ColorBox Watermark ink (Clearsnap)
Embellishments Rust Fizz EP (Sparkle N Sprinkle), Sea Mist Glitter (PK Glitz), Orange safety pin (Creative Impressions)

Other Stuff Olive green cardstock

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

Thankful (Caardvarks Sketch)

7 May

Caardvarks, one of my favorite places for challenges, offered two sketches today. I chose the second one, found here and came up with this little happy card.

This sketch just lent itself to be made into a happy, summery, fun card. It’s fun with lots of elements to enjoy but it was not tooooooo complicated to create. For the sake of speed. I’m not adding instructions today but if you have questions, feel free to e-mail me. Here is a close up and then the supply list…

Important Stuff
Paper: Girl Friday “Sunday” paper (Cosmo Cricket),Yellow textured cardstock (Core’dinations)
Inks: Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Vivid! Mini Beach Glass (Clearsnap), Autumn Leaves Stampology Pink Sapphire (Creativity Inc.)
Stamps: Thoughtful (Fiskars®), Square frame (JustRite® Stampers)
Embellishments: Chipboard (Making Memories)
Pens: atyou Spica glitter pen, clear (Copic)
Die template: S4-164 Rose Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders™)

Other Stuff
White card base, Pink ribbon, adhesives

Beautiful Things: Sketch at Prickley Pear

2 May

I’m not really a card maker. Well, I started as a scrapbooker (a’way back when), tried making cards, [not so much] went to altering items, tried making cards…sometimes they work. Mostly they don’t.

Enter, the sketch!

Yep, sketch challenges are everywhere these days and I find them to be so inspirational. Now. . . I’m almost a card maker!!! For some reason, sketches help me to focus on the “focal image” and add the right amount of other elements. If I don’t use a sketch…I feel like I’m just floating in the breeze.

So, yeah for all of us who find comfort and creativity in sketches.

Today, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is hosting a sketch challenge. Go to the blog to find the sketch, details on how to be entered to win  and inspiration from the Design Team.

As a little temptation to go over there…here is my design.


  1. Trim brown cardstock (7-1/2×8-1/2″). Fold the 7-1/2″ edge in half to create a card base. Also trim a piece of the same cardstock to 7-3/4×3″ to use as a mat later.
  2. Trim green patterned paper to 7-1/2×2-3/4″. Adhere to brown cardstock mat.
  3. Using a ruler, measure green/lime paper to 8-1/2×3-1/2. Adhere to card base.
  4. Stamp the following onto white paper:
    Flower Border Circle, in green ink. {I stamped several images so I could choose the best impressions. You will need at least two.}
    Ink the top half of the sentiment in blue ink and impress into one of the Flower Border Circles.
    Clean stamp and ink the bottom half and stamp into one of the circles.
  5. Die cut the sentiments using S4-Standard Circles, SM, #5.
  6. Stamp the Spring Flourish onto blue/green paper. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off extra and heat set.
  7. Die cut the Spring Flourish stamp with S5-006 Curved Rectangles (#5, counting from the center).
  8. Adhere the shape to white paper and cut close to the edge, creating a mat. Add the circular sentiments as shown and adhere to green/brown mat.
  9. Add the sentiment layer to the card with Dimensional Adhesives.

Here’s a close-up of the top and bottom.

Important Stuff
Stamps~Flower Border Circle, Spring Flourish, Sentiment (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Paper: Penny Lane Free Bird “Peace” and Maggy May “Lola Jane” (My Mind’s Eye)
Die cuts: S5-006 Curved Rectangles, Standard Circles, SM (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Inks: Brilliance Pearlescent Lime (Tsukineko), ColorBox Queue Chalk Ink in French Blue (Clearsnap)
Adhesives: EZ runner (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)

Other Stuff
Brown and white cardstocks; Lavender organza ribbon