Tag Archives: Nestabilities

Joy to the World Garland

18 Nov

Just wanted to take a minute to share a tutorial I posted over at CutCardStock.com. It is a lovely Christmas Garland, “Joy to the World.” I chose to make it quite pale in white, cream and pink with just the right amount of bling. Go check it out HERE.

Ready for my close-up…

Have a fabulous day!!



Celebrate! card

25 Jul

It is so great to be creating again. Just a quick note to let you know that my Etsy Shop, Frolicasions has re-opened. Check it out!!

Today’s card was inspired by Color Throwdown #151. With a rainbow:

I just got a handful of new Copics so I had to give them a trial run. I chose this darling little heart stamp for the main image and went for it.

I think it was rather fun…now, who has a birthday coming up???

Important Stuff
Colorants Sketch B16 Cyanine Blue, B32 Pthalo Blue, BG01 Aqua Blue, BG15 Aqua, BV04 Blue Berry, E41 Pearl White, R22 Light Prawn, RV09 Fuchsia, RV23 Pure Pink, Y08 Acid Yellow, YG05 Salad (Copics); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko)
Stamps Celebrate (Stampin’Up!), Tart of Hearts (Lockhart Stamp Company)
Tools Die Templates S4-161 Labels One, S4-170 Pinking Circles LG (Spellbinders); Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Other Stuff  Blue card, dark blue and orange cardstocks, PVA Glue, Glue Dots, dot ribbon

Frillions is Back!! Hooray!

17 Jul

Hello Friends of Frillions…

We made our move and have unpacked everything but the Christmas boxes and the memorabilia boxes (which I promise to do over the next year or so…lol).

It’s great to be back, creating again. Just a quick note that I’ve started another blog, “At Home in Palm Beach.” It’s on that other hosting site…just give a click to check it out. Just something a little different from here.

So, to get back into the groove, I chose one of my favorite inspirations site: Card Positioning System (CPS) and sketch #227…check it out:

I went with a stamp I’ve had for a while but hardly ever used. I stamped it in several colors on white paper and then decided which way I wanted to take it. The dark blue ink struck me as the way to go…

Which turned into this:

Just want to keep it short tonight. If you need any supply info, just send me a note and I’ll fill you in on the duds.

It’s great to be back. Cheers, Eli

Thanks Berry Much

5 Apr

I love this little stamp and when I saw the colors from Color Throwdown last week, I knew I would use it with some die cut strawberries. Check out this grouping of colors:

I turned those colors into this card.

Lots of die cuts adorn this card but the fun fringe around the red mat was made by those shredding scissors…how fun is that?

Here’s a little close-up.

As always, thanks for stopping by…have a berry special day. Eli

Important Stuff
Papers 80# Basis Black Cardstock (Cutcardstock.com), Patterned papers (K&Co)
Stamp/Ink Perfect Medium ink (Ranger), Stampabilities Thanks Berry Much stamp (Crafts Etc.)
Tools S4-161 Labels One, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabitlites Petite, S4-266 Assorted Fresh Fruit (Spellbinders)
Embellishments Black Gingham ribbon (Bazzill), Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots)

Other Stuff Black embossing powder, dot ribbon, sandpaper, black flower brads, PVA Glue

Sunny Friend

22 Mar

Just a quick post today which was inspired by Card Positioning System. At first I was perplexed by the sketch but after I thought of using circles instead of squares, the sun and sunshine came to mind. Here is the sketch:

Imagine it sideways, like this:

Hope your spring has started off in a sunny way! See you soon.

With Sympathy

4 Mar

Using the colors from Color Throwdown (#131)

I created a simple and elegant sympathy card. I always try to keep a few on-hand.

I love going over to the Graphics Fairy to look for images. My faves are the vintage black-and-whites (so I can color them.)

To create this card, I printed the image and colored it with Copic Sketch markers. I cut out the image and then die cut a vellum sentiment. I added it, with the aid of a brad and a couple of mini Glue Dots. I highlighted the pink roses with Stickles, let the image dry and added it to the card. I capped it all off with a lovely silk ribbon bow.

Important Stuff
Paper Neenah Natural Cardstock (CutCardStock.com)
Image Digital frame graphic (The Graphics Fairy)
Accessories Fruit Punch Stickles (Ranger), Vellum card sentiment (JoAnn’s)
Colorants Sketch B16 Cyanine Blue, B41 Powder Blue, G40 Dim Green, RV19 Pale Pink (Copic)

Other Stuff Ivory satin Ribbon, white brad

Grin card set

20 Feb

Sometimes when I’m working on a craft project, I like to listen to “books on tape”…well audio books that I find online from the library. Last night, I wanted to listen to the end of a great mystery that was intriguing me. So I stamped the “grin” image four times, picked out a few Copic Sketch colors, listened and colored.

I know it sounds kind of “cheater” to do the “audio book” thing but when I read a real book before I go to bed…I just fall asleep…and never get anywhere. So listening while I create is perfect.

I was inspired by this week’s sketch at Card Positioning System. Here is the sketch:

Since I spent a while coloring four stamped images…I decided to make a set of cards.

Each stamped and colored image was die cut with an oval and then layered onto an Aqua scalloped oval, a criss-cross of ribbon, a patterned paper mat and the white cardstock card base. Easy, fun and funky.

Here are the finished cards one-by-one:

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Important Stuff
Papers Neenah Classic Linen 80# Solar White, Basis 80# Aqua (CutCardStock.com)
Tools S4-111 Classic Scalloped Ovals LG, S4-138 Petite Ovals LG, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Stampology Grin stamp (Autumn Leaves); Sketch Markers–BV01 Viola, YR02 Light Orange, B01 Mint Blue, YG11 Mignonette, Y15 Cadmium Yellow (Copic)
Adhesives Pop Up and Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots), PVA Glue (Lineco)

Other Stuff Corner rounder punch, Teal ribbon

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.

Spring Fling goodie box Tutorial

17 Jan

I have had so much fun working with CutCardStock.com papers. Today, after enduring very cold days and snow last week, my mind turned towards Spring and Easter…I got this darling bunny image from Hambo Stamps (a digital stamp).

I couldn’t resist using it on a cute goodie box.


  • Print image and color with Copic Sketch Markers
  • Cut S4-127 Classic Scalloped Squares LG. Use a score tool and score in a square from the divot between the first and second scallops on each side. Then score each corner on the diagonal.
  • Snip on the diagonal of each corner and fold on the score lines so that all the scallops point up. Then cut two contrasting pieces of cardstock at 4×5½”
  • Lay one piece of the just cut cardstock onto your score tool. Mark the left edge at 1/8″ and move it to ¾” line while leaving the bottom corner at the left edge. Score.
  • Flip over the piece and score the other side. Fold both edges in. Complete the scoring and folding with the other rectangles.
  • Add super sticky double-sided tape to the edges of the scalloped square.
  • Add the rectangles to the tape.
  • Add super sticky double-sided tape to the left edge of each of the rectangles as seen above. Remove the protective cover from one piece of tape, bring two sides together and secure. Complete the other three junctions.
  • Using purple cardstock cut S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite. After cutting the first time, use the inverted top scalloped edge to cut another strip. Do this three more times and then cut the four strips apart.
  • Glue the ends together. Add the strips to the top of the goodie box, allowing it to encircle the top rim. Trim as needed to match scallops.
  • Cut/emboss S4-235 Fancy Tags from orange cardstock. Add stickers and brads and glue to the box.
  • After coloring the image, cut/emboss with S4-161 Labels One, a size that fits the majority of the image with some parts sticking out. Use some low tack tape to keep the image from moving. Any part that overlaps the edge, cut on either side and pull the part above the die. Then cut in the Wizard.
  • To create a mat for the stamped image, cut/emboss purple cardstock S4-161 Labels One, one size larger than the die-cut stamp.
  • On the back side of the stamped image, place a bamboo skewer and use 3D adhesives to hold it in.  Place the mat onto the back side.
  • Add some crumpled paper on the bottom of the goodie box. Layer a coffee filter on top and place the bunny sign down into the filter and paper. Fill the filter with goodies and display for a happy treat center.

Important Stuff
Basis 80# cardstock in Purple, Orange, Aqua, Cryogen White (CutCardStock.com)
Stamp Spring Bunnies digital stamp (Hambo Stamps)
Tools S4-127 Classic Scalloped Squares LG, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite, S4-161 Labels One (Spellbinders)
Adhesives Glue Dots (Glue Dots.com), 3D Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L), Terrifically Tacky Tape (Provo Craft)

A Banner Day!

6 Nov

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. One might call it a “banner day”. And since banners are all the rage in the crafting world, I decided to make one. First, I want to share my thanks for Cut Card Stock (.com) for sharing some of their amazing cardstock with me. Ooh la la! I just created a Thanksgiving banner with some of the Basis colors and the metallics and I am thrilled. So without further delay… introducing CutCardStock.com “Happy Thanksgiving” banner.

{click on the photo to see the gallery of pics. Then click on any photo to enlarge it.}

I really love this cardstock. The colors are rich and stately. The text weight “works” with many different techniques {as I hope to show you from time-to-time} but for this project I’m featuring die cutting and embossing. The edges cut perfectly and the embossing was deep and crisp.

Remember, you can use these instructions to create any number of banners including holidays, names, special events or locations, etc. Just imagine the possibilities.


  • Begin by cutting/embossing Basis Brown #80 with S4-127 Scalloped Squares LG. You’ll need to cut 18 for this project. If you are careful, you can get them out of two pieces of the 12×12″ paper, just cut each sheet into nine, 4×4″ squares.
  • Next, using the Shazzam font (retired) from Spellbinders™ or similar font cutter or computer program, cut the  letters from various colors of metallic papers (#60). I used Stardream Metallic 81# text in Gold, Antique Gold, Copper and Cognac.
  • Emboss each of the letters in the texture plate by layering the following in the Wizard™:
    Master mat, texture plate facing up,  die-cut letter face up, embossing pad, blue mat from the Charm Embossing Kit.
  • Sand each letter to bring out the texture.
  • Cut 6 squares (3×3″) from each of the 8-1/2×11″ sheets of Tan, Olive, Brown Paper Bag.
  • Adhere the straight edge squares onto the scalloped squares. Leave one scalloped square and one olive square for the flower and leaf.
  • Cut/Emboss the leaf from S4-157 Sunflower Set One using the left-over Olive square. Adhere it to the scalloped square using dimensional adhesive.
  • Cut/Emboss four small flowers from S5-004 Sunflower Garden using Stardream Metallic Gold.
  • Layer the first two flowers onto the leaf using dimensional adhesive.
  • Cut the third flower as shown below. Create a small cone by overlapping two petals. Glue the overlapping petals together and adhere onto the first two.
  • Cut the fourth flower in the same way. Overlap 3-4 petals and ad to the blossom. For a final touch, add a gem to the center, top.
  • Arrange the banner scalloped squares, flowered square and letters on the table top before adhering the letters. Once pleased with the pattern of colors, adhere all the letters to their bases.
  • Line up the Scalloped Squares, overlapping at top corners and punching a hole. Be sure to add in the flowered square in between the two words.

  • Using a brad to secure, place a photo hanger at each junction.
  • When all the letters are joined, string the photo hangers with wired raffia or similar product, leaving about 2 feet on either side of the banner for hanging.
  • To finish, punch a hole in the lower half of several squares, add an eyelet and tie on some ribbons.
  • Hang your banner and enjoy!

Important Stuff
Papers #81 Stardream Metallic Gold, Antique Gold, Cognac and Copper; #80 Basis Brown, Olive and Tan ; The Greengrocer’s Brown Bag Paper (CutCardStock.com)
Tools S4-157 Sunflower Set OneS5-004 Sunflower GardenS4-127 Scalloped Squares LG (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories Brads, eyelets, photo hangers (Creative Impressions)
Adhesives Pop Up Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, ribbons, wired raffia ribbon