I (heart) U times two

6 Apr

Inspired by this weeks Card Positioning System sketch, I created 2 cards using the same materials and just a bit of a tweak. Here is where it began.

I uses my Cricut to cut the three bookplate letters and noticed immediately that the “inverse” image would make another great card. So I created two of them.

Here are measurements and instructions:

  • Cut a 2-1/2″ strip off a 12×12″ patterned paper or cardstock. Lay the strip aside for another project.
  • Cut the remaining rectangle into two 6×9-1/2″ rectangles. Fold each in half, placing the 6″ sides together.
  • Using a 4-1/2″x6-1/2″ mat stack, choose a backing mat and cut the long side at 2-1/2″.
  • Choose another piece from the mat stack and cut the letters in the Cricut, keeping all the pieces.

  • To complete this card, use the larger piece from the mat, bordered on the top and bottom with S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite die template.
  • Tie a bow through the open die cut border.
  • Connect the three bookplate letters using brads and glue them to the mat.
  • Add the mat to the card using dimensional adhesive.
  • Round the corners of the top of the card.

  • Trim around the cut-out so that all the borders are equal.
  • Use the small mat, the bookplate remnants, the letter cut-outs  and a bow to finish this card.

Important Stuff
Papers La Paperie Yellow patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye), Linen Closet mat stack (Die Cuts with a View)
Embellishments Doodletype Cartridge (Cricut); Wizard, S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities Petite (Spellbinders); Elements brown brads (American Crafts)
Adhesives Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots), 3D Squares (Scrapbooking Adhesives by 3L)

Other Stuff Brown ribbon, PVA Glue


Thoughts and Prayers

15 Mar

I haven’t been over to Card Positioning System in a while but this sketch is so fabulous (#209)

This card came to be fairly quickly. Although the central image changed a few times, I think the final design works well.

Two techniques that I think are worth a second look: Stenciled butterfly and box pleated ribbon.

1) After cutting the butterfly, I laid a stencil on top of it and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. A light mist is best and after drying more layers can be added. Simple but maybe something you hadn’t thought of before.

This technique, placed over patterned paper makes it somewhat subdued but it provides a lovely addition to the vellum

2) Box pleating is an elegant but different way to bring texture to a ribbon. Folding it is like creating two Z’s that face back-to-back. I toyed with different ways to glue the pleats together but finally decided on stapling. It worked and I tucked the stapled edge under the edge of the mat.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired to try a new technique.

Important Stuff
Papers Paisley patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye), Clear Vellum (WorldWin)
Stamp/Ink Thoughts and Prayers stamp (Stampendous), Black Archival Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Stencil (Heritage Handcrafts), Heidi Grace Orange dot ribbon (EK Success), Black Gingham ribbon (Bazzill Basics)
Adhesives Glue Dots (Glue Dots), 3D Adhesive squares (Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L)

Other Stuff Red line tape, PVA glue, stapler and staples


11 Mar

With a Guinness, I think!

This card was inspired by The Shabby Tea Room challenge this week, a lovely photo of lush shamrocks and a stamp I forgot I had.

One of the sneaky surprises that the card holds is a twinkling of diamonds that were colored using clear glitter pen, stenciled from the Lotus die template.  You can see the subtle detail here.

The other treat is the “Cheers” flag. The glittered letter stickers are delightful but better seen in person.

So raise a glass of whatever beverage you prefer and have a fabulous day!

Important Stuff
Papers Wausau Astrobrights Stardust A2 cardbase (CutCardStock.com)
Stamp Moose stamp (Hanna Stamps)
Colorants Sketch Markers: E00 Skin White, E31 Brick Beige, E33 Sand, E57 Milky White, E71 Champagne, G21 Lime Green, G29 Pine Tree Green, YG11 Mignonette, W1 Warm Gray 1, Atyou Spica Olive glitter pen (Copic);
S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals LG, S4-269 Lotus Pendants, Wizard (Spellbinders), Sea Mist Glitter (PK Glitz),
Adhesives Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura), 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)

Other Stuff Striped paper, green vellum, PVA glue, brown dye ink

dream BIG card

10 Mar

I’m trying a new challenge today: Colour Q. Each week the team provides a photo and color scheme that inspires their designers to  create their own interpretations. They are working on week #75:

I love these vibrant, intense colors. What fun they bring.

I really had a fab time creating this. After choosing some papers, I decided the cake die cut would be a fun place to start.

The Cricut did the trick and then a few acrylic paints made the rest of the work a great adventure: cherries on top, blue icing, polka dots…fun, fun, fun! The sticker, which had a slick surface (not so good for stamping), was treated to some scratching with a craft knife and then to a stamped sentiment. Next, the BIG was covered with Glossy Accents and allowed to dry. A border of yellow, cut and embossed, topped the polka dot patterned paper. A few layers and a little Distress ink completed the look!

Now all I have to do is send it to a fabulous friend who is having a birthday this week.

Cheers, Thanks for stopping by today. Come again soon!

Important Stuff
Papers Neenah Solar White Classic Linen paper (Cutcardstock.com), Chloe’s Closet orange dot and flower sticker (Making Memories), Blue polka dot (My Mind’s Eye)
Stamps and Die Cuts Studio g Dream Big stamp (Hampton Art), Cricut Spring in Paris Cartridge (Provo Craft)
Colorants Stampology Turquoise ink (Autumn Leaves), Lumiere Crimson and Burnt Orange metallic paints (Jacquard), Adirondack Acrylics Stream, Orange Marmalade Distress Ink (Ranger)
Adhesives 3D Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Glossy Accents (Ranger) PVA Glue (Lineco),

Other Stuff Star sequin, blue cardstock, yellow patterned paper

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

Shabby CD Box

1 Feb

The Shabby Tea Room Blog has become one of my favorite places to get inspired to create. This week, the site is having an “audition” of sorts…”Send us your ‘best‘ work,” they said and they’ll choose a few new designers to represent and inspire others. The challenge came from the inspiration here

I ruminated on that image for a while and knew I wanted to create a flower that began as the same shape as the top of the tea pot. It was the point that inspired me. The flower I had in my mind did not to want to be on a card so I rummaged for something to ALTER. I grabbed a CD holder and began transforming it:

Now I have a place to put my photo CD’s…so if I can just find them, they will have a new home…and a cute one, I might add.

Well, I found a couple.

Check out my tutorial from THIS post and create one for yourself.

Cheers, Eli

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)

Friendship Blessing (Shabby Tea Room)

13 Jan

Your Friendship is a Blessing…my new card that was inspired by the sketch below, which I found at the Shabby Tea Room.

I just received the “tile-ish” stamp images and wanted to try them out.

It doesn’t necessarily fit the shabby theme of the  site but it was fun to do anyway. Thanks for visiting and come again soon.

Here’s a closer look…

Important Stuff
Paper CutCardstock.com
Stamp Images (Stampin’Up!),  Sentiment (Taylored Expressions)
Inks etc. Spring Green, Blue Sky (Tsukineko), AtYou Spica blue glitter pen (Copic)
Adhesives 3D Squares (SCRAPBOOKING ADHESIVES by 3L)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, orange ribbon

Beauty layout with Instructions

7 Jan

I’ve had this photo printed for a while and it has been waiting for the day I could scrapbook it. Well, that day finally came.

The photo draws me in and I wanted to find a quote to bring it alive. Sometimes my own words simply don’t capture what I’m trying to say so I look to someone else. Usually I jump over to Quote Garden which is  fabulous for finding quotes on a hoard of themes.

In order to ensure this photo would stand out, I wanted to use a black metallic paper. This one happens to be from CutCardStock.com. It is a piece of 12×12″ cardstock from the Stardream Metallics line, called Onyx. All 12×12″ papers are discounted this month at CutCardStock.com so definitely go check out the site.

I also wanted to use a technique that would bring out the distinctive beauty of this paper. I decided to score the entire page to make it appear quilted.

Here is how you can do it too.

Using your favorite scoring tool, rotate the page “on point” and place at 8½”, one on the vertical and one on the horizontal.

Score place your score tool into the groove at 8½” and then run it down to the bottom of the platform. Repeat by one inch increments on either side. Because of the page size, you will not be able to complete the full score lines. I recommend pulling the paper up beyond the top ruler and carefully continue to score.

If needed rotate the page 180° to complete the first set of diagonal lines. Then turn the page 90°  and employ the same process for a finished page.

Feel free to use this side or, turn it over, as I did, for a slightly different look.

Trim  your photo to 4×5-½”. Also trim a mat from Curious Metallics Bloom. Punch the corners of both.

Create page embellishments by die cutting/embossing S5-012 Classic Frame (2 times from Stardream Metallics Opal), and S7-017 On the Vine Border Grand (once from Stardream Metallics Opal and once from Curious Metallics Bloom). Keep the inside of the frames for later use.

{Doesn’t that embossing look amazing!}

Trim the leaves off of the Bloom colored Vine and then trim to make the vine smooth.

Create the title block by adding letter stickers to the Opal block leftover from cutting the frame. Write the rest of the quote onto a chipboard tag and add it to the bottom of the block.

Assemble the photo frame by layering the two frames so that the pieces create a heart shape where they come together.

Then add the photo and mat.

Assemble the page as shown and enjoy for years to come.

Important Stuff
Papers Stardream Metallics 105# cover stock in Onyx and Opal, Curious Metallics Berry (CutCardStock.com) (Don’t forget, all of CutCardStock’s 12×12 papers are on sale this month, January 2011)
Tools S5-012 Classic Frame, S7-017 On the Vine Border Grand, Wizard™ (Spellbinders™); Martha Stewart Crafts™ Paper Scorer (EK Success)
Embellishments Heidi Grace Designs Chipboard tag (Fiskars), 0.3 Gray Multiliner pen (Copic)
Adhesives 3D Adhesive squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L)

Other Stuff Letter stickers, corner rounder punch, PVA glue

Bloom with Happiness (MojoMonday)

4 Jan

Nothing like a little Mojo Monday sketch challenge to get the creative juices flowing after a long holiday break. Here is the sketch:

I wanted to use something light and lovely…a yard and a half away from traditional green and red. Thanks for checking it out.

Important Stuff
Papers Basis White 80# cardstock (CutCardstock.com), Yellow background paper (Crafty Secrets), Yellow Dots (My Mind’s Eye)
Stamps Blooming with Happiness stamps(Stampin’Up!)
Colorants Brilliance Coffee Bean Pigment Ink (Tsukineko), AtYou Spica Baby Blue, Sky Blue, Peach, Clear glitter pens (Copic)
Adhesives 3D Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L), Pop Up Dots (Glue Dots)

Other Stuff PVA glue, circle punch, blue organza ribbon

and a closer look…

Check out the little bit of sparkle in the outlines on the side, the organza ribbon and the stamped cake colored with glitter pens.