Tag Archives: Envelope

Turn Envelopes into Cute Bags

16 Jan

This is the most incredible little technique I have just about ever seen: turn any envelope into a bag with a few easy folds and a bit of paper wrangling. Check out my tutorial on CutCardStock.com’s Blog to see exactly how to make these cute Valentine’s Treat Bags!!


Date and Card Keeper

18 Oct

My roll-a-dex is full…

…says my best friend.

See, when I meet a new person, he or she goes in one side and an old friend or relation falls out the other. The more I learn about the new person, the more that falls out…it’s impossible to keep up. So what to do with all the people that really matter? And what to do with all their special celebrations?

Sometimes we need something remind us of special events in our lives. {I love my ten nieces and nephews but I can’t keep their birthdays straight.} I have created a few different kinds of “Celebration” reminders but my new favorite is the one I just created . Check it out and grab some supplies to create your own using the instructions provided.

I began by using my computer to create monthly calendars with days and blank lines to record special dates such as birthdays {which I mark with a “B”} or anniversaries (yep, they get an “A”}. You can download the celebrations calendar (as a pdf) for free.

Here are more images:


  • After downloading the celebrations calendar and printing it out, trim each month.
  • Cut twelve 6×6″ squares of coordinating patterned paper and adhere them to the 9×6″ envelopes.
  • Cut twelve round tabs from patterned paper, or, as I did, punch out 12 shapes.
  • Put the envelopes in the order you want them to go {January, February, etc.}
  • Use stamps, rub-ons or stickers to label the tabs and adhere to each envelope, overlapping on the way down.
  • Create a front and back cover for the card keeper. Feel free to experiment with this and use fun shaped papers etc. {I added glitter glue to the front for some extra bling.}
  • Bind the keeper in whatever way you choose and add ribbons to keep it shut.
  • Add birthdays and anniversaries and other important dates.

Important Stuff
Paper Textured, scalloped paper (Die Cuts with a View), Patterned Papers (BasicGrey, Me & My BIG Ideas)
Tools Owires, Bind-It-All (Zutter)
Embellishments AtYou Spica Chocolate glitter pen (Copic), Glitter glue (Hobby Lobby)

Other Stuff 9×6″ envelopes, PVA Glue, Month rub-ons, Ribbons

ADVENTURE journal (CTD #109)

12 Sep

Another Perfect Travel Journal: if you are not familiar with my travel journals and what makes them “perfect,” check out this post here. I used the inspiration at Color Throwdown this week, #109 to design the cover:

I imagined this in my mind and it even came out almost like I imagined. I knew I wanted the letters to “cover the cover,” and to follow a patchwork of the colors from above.

My favorite additions include die cutting a map piece with the same turquoise, hot pink and yellow. Then I added ribbons to the spiral and big buttons to them…fun, fun.

Important Stuff
Papers Green patterned paper (K&Co.),
Die Cuts/Tools Letter die cuts, Wizard™ (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Bind-it-All machine, Owire (Zutter);
Embellishments Ribbons (Creative Impressions); translucent buttons (Oriental Trading Company)
Stamps/Inks Map (Museum of Modern Rubber-retired); World Traveler, Eiffel Tower/Paris Postage (Inkadinkado);  Rubber Stampede Cherry Blossoms (Delta); Post Card (Stampabilities); Memento Tuxedo Black die ink (Tsukineko)

Other Stuff PVA Glue; Turquoise, Pink and Yellow cardstocks, cream paper,

A few other images:

1) inside front cover

2) Stamped image on one of the pages.

3) Close up of cover.

4) Stamped envelope to hold trinkets or papers.

Snowflake Thanks

9 Jan

I’m trying out a new challenge site today (new to me, at least). It’s called the Pink Elephant Challenge and Ella is the mascot of the site. She’s darling! Today she inspired me to create the following card by giving the challenge of using: two designer papers, three buttons and snowflakes.

The idea of making a checkerboard with light and dark papers just popped into my head and this card was born:

It was super easy to make (and it fits into a #10 envelope):

  1. Cut eight 2×2″ squares from two contrasting papers, giving you 16 total.
  2. Cut/emboss seven snowflakes using the S4-222 Create A Flake One die template from Spellbinders™.
  3. Trim the remaining squares to 1¾x2″ adhering then as a checkerboard onto a card base.
  4. Adhere the snowflakes onto the checkerboard, placing each onto the contrasting square and leaving one place empty.
  5. Add a  rub-on sentiment.
  6. Finish it by adding three buttons using Glue Dots.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-222 Create A Flake 1 (Spellbinders™); Thanks rub-on (DCWV), Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff: White cardstock, Buttons, Blue dot papers, PVA Glue

So, what if you don’t want to make a big card but a few little ones instead. Why not try this…use each section of four blocks as a mini sketch. Here’s what they might look like:



Hmmm, just something to think about. Thanks to Pink Elephant Challenge for the inspiration and thanks for visiting.

Cheers to your week, Eli

Color Me Purple!

8 Nov

Anyone who knows me fairly well, knows that my favorite color is purple. So this weekend I’ve been working on journals for the show and several of them are purple. YEAH! Just thought I’d take a moment to share the pics with you and to wish you a fabulous week.




Important Stuff: White silk flowers (Oriental Trading Company); Sketch marker, V-09 Violet and Air Brush System (Copic); Glue Dots (Glue Dots International); Metal cream label holder (Making Memories); Bind-it-All coil binding system (Zutter); Lumiere Purple metallic paint (Jacquard)

Other Stuff: Purple ink jet paper, 9×6″ white envelopes, Mini letter stickers, Glitter glue, PVA Glue, chipboard



Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-117 Petite Scalloped Circle SM, (Spellbinders); La Paperie patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye); Purple Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Letter Sticker (BasicGrey), Bind-it-All coil binding system (Zutter)

Other Stuff: Ribbon, chipboard



Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-209 Tulips Pendant Die Template (Spellbinders™), La Paperie patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye), Bind-it-All binding system (Zutter), Platinum Stickles (Ranger)

Other Stuff: Ribbon, PVA Glue, Purple ink jet printer paper, White 9×6″ envelopes, chipboard

Hey, as always, thanks for checking this out. I really hope it is inspiring and you may find some creative energy seeping into your bones.

Happy Creating, Eli

Another Flutters By

4 Nov

I do love butterflies. Today I’m sharing another journal. This one has some funky elements in it like half page envelopes (most of the rest of mine are full sized), colorful tabs and of course, pages that are lined on one side and blank on the other. If you look near the bottom of the journal, you’ll also see the charms that are at the end of the bookmark that is attached to the top of the spiral…I love it when I can’t actually LOSE the bookmark.


The butterfly medallion is made from tw0 die templates S4-233 Labels Nine. I just used two consecutive sizes and placed their points on the four

The center panel was created using Spellbinders™ Impressabilities™ templates. I used a color core paper, embossed it in the Wizard™ using the I2-1002 Butterflies template and then sanded the top of it to bring out the color core. I love that it has a rich yet rustic look. Let’s check out the inside.


Here you see the half envelope on the bottom with a little inking on the edges, a sticker embellishment, a tab and a beautiful butterfly stamp. Fun stuff!

Now check out the side image of the pages and envelopes together. I think it is fun to see it from this angle sometimes…how many envelopes do you see?


I can’t count them either. Finally, the back cover.


So if you want to create something like this, here’s what you might need:

Important Stuff: S4-233 Labels Nine, S3-146 Butterflies Two, Wizard (Spellbinders); Orange cardstock (Core’dinations); Bind It All coil binding system (Zutter)
Other Stuff: Border cut outs and stickers, orange ribbons, charms, orange paper, purple and green patterned papers, sandpaper

As always, take care and happy creating! Eli

Dream Big!

23 Oct

Dreaming while you are awake is as important as having sweet dreams at night. It’s how you “get going” towards good things in life. So, here is a journal to help you along the way.

It features my favorite pages: lines on one side and blank on the other, along with envelopes to tuck treasures into, stamping thrown on plenty of pages and lots of cute ribbons added here and there.


I wish you could see this close up and in person because I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist, a really cool product that gives it a really cool but subtle shimmer with a bit of color. I also love airbrushing over my Spellbinders Die Templates. I have a compressor that is at the ready and, of course my Copics with in reach at all times. Anyway, You’ll have to come over and see it some time…lol…

So let’s peak inside. Just open the cover and this is what you find (Oh, how I wanted to use the word discover…but I thought it a bit to “rhymey”)


Check out the bonus line of ribbons on the envelope there. That’s just a little something that happened when I made an “oopsy.” I know it is hard to believe but Yep, I cut those holes for the binding on the wrong side. Sometimes my “boo boo’s” turn out to be the best part of something…So, I try to convert them into something great. This time my “mistake” became a place to add more ribbons…”gee, that’s too bad,” (said with my best sad lips sticking out)!

Now, in the middle for just one more look…


I like to ink up the outer edges of the pages…see it there in orange? Just another fun little addition. Plus you can see a little stamping and another rub-on too.

I know you must be missing my Art Money but I’ll be back with the rest soon. Thanks for visiting, Eli

Important Stuff: Wizard, S5-016 Polka Dot Frame (Spellbinders), Bind It All coil binding (Zutter), Black Cherry Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Distress Inks (Ranger), ABS and sketch markers (Copic)

Other Stuff: Ribbons, Dream Big rub-on, Stamps, Patterned papers, PVA glue, 9×6″ envelopes,

How it started…

21 Sep

I’ve been working on products for the craft fair that  I’ll be a vendor at on November 19th. I want to share some of my projects with you. I hope you’ll be inspired by them and might even try some of them out…in your own beautiful and magical way, of course.

My journey into this “selling-what-I-create” thing began with “The Perfect Travel Journal”™. I had always looked for a journal with pages that had lines on one side and blank on the other. I wanted choices about whether to write or add memorabilia, ephemera, pics and stuff. Then I always wanted a place to tuck little bits of stuff: tickets, itineraries, receipts, etc.

So after years of looking for this, I thought, “I can make these.”

So, I create pages that are lined on one side, blank on the other and add envelopes every so often. Then added touches of myself that include:

  • a bit of the “green.” Whenever possible, I use recycled chipboard, papers, postage stamps, etc.
  • are one-of-a-kind. I add stamped images, distress them with ink, add color,  themes, etc. Whatever I can think of that will make it lovely and practical.

So here is one of my creations that I sold off my Etsy shop, Frolicacious:

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I love using the Zutter to bind my books. It gives me freedom to make them the size and shape I want.

Important Stuff: Wizard, S7-002 Wisteria Borderabilities Grand and S3-146 Butterflies 2 (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Metallic Rub-ons (Craf-T), Bind-It-All Binding System (Zutter), Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)
Other Stuff: Velvet ribbon, letter and word stickers, patterned papers

Here are a couple more images to get the full idea of what they look like:

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I have created about 20 of these to date and find something new to put in every one. Plus, I actually took one on my travels to Europe this summer and, you know what, it worked perfectly!