Mother’s Day Matchbook Card

Last week I finally got back on the card making horse! And as usual, go big or go home right? So instead of just making one card, I found an idea to make three identical cards from the amount of card stock you would usually use to make one card. I really loved this idea/sketch when I came upon it on Paper Crafts Connection – this one is from Kim Kesti.


I got started right away. I wanted to make some mother’s day cards so I started pulling out my supplies and matching up colored paper. Start with one 12″x 12″ piece of cardstock and cut it into 3 strips 4″x 12″. This will give you three 4″x 6″ cards.

Fold at 1″ from the bottom and 5″ from the top. Use a brad to fasten the bottom flap and start decorating. I decided to go with an orange theme.


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Boo-ed Basket

Boo-ed Basket

It’s fall and I’ve started decorating the house for Halloween. Since we are new in the neighborhood I’m always looking for ways to meet my neighbors or get to know them better. Since I also have a toddler in the house, I try to make the most of every holiday. I found a very cute idea online for creating a little neighborhood treat. You create a basket to pass along (secretively) to a neighbor and hope they do the same and keep it going! Here is my Boo-ed Basket…

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Corporate Gift Baskets

Corporate Gift BasketsThe company I work for wanted to give corporate gift baskets out this year to our Design customers. The project manager found that pre-made baskets bought online were WAY to expensive, so he asked myself and my co-worker to make them for him. They turned out fantastic and he was very happy with them and the bill.

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G is for Gaven

Gaven Wooden LetterThis is my first attempt at wooden letters! It turned out perfect… even though my original drawing does not compare. A little gorilla glue, paint, wooden circles and letters and of course some ribbon. This was made for my newest nephew Gaven (born in September). I didn’t price this out – but I think I could sell these for cheaper than you can buy them pre-made, especially since its custom.

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Safari Wall Border in Vinyl

safari vinyl wall decalsI know it’s been a LONG TIME since my last post – well mostly that’s cause I’m pregnant and due any day now! I’ve been so busy working on the nursery and preparing for the baby, that I haven’t had time to work on new projects. I did however try something new in my nursery. I created a wall border… I had never worked with cutting vinyl and applying it to the wall – but it was super easy and turned out great! I found a few different free fonts online to use for the animals and then created a pattern in Publisher and imported it to Sure-Cuts-ALot. When it came to cutting and applying – I was a little gun shy so I watched a lot of videos and took notes. The cutting was super easy – you want to make sure you do a kiss-cut and use transfer tape to get it on the wall. My mother-in-law helped me get it up and it only took a few hours.

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Hot Pink Wedding Sample

Hot Pink Wedding InvitationsOver the weekend I had a woman contact me about creating some wedding invitations for her. She was looking for a pocket fold style invite and had a few pictures to help explain what she wanted. Sounds like her colors are hot pink, black and white – and she originally was looking at square invites. She wants to keep her costs down, so wanted me to take the ideas she had and create a sample for her of something less expensive to mail.

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Once Upon a Time… baby’s dreams

Once Upon a Time CardA friend of my husband and I’s just had a baby boy. I wanted to send them a congratulations card to help welcome the little one into the world. I got this sketch from Paper Craft Planet and had a great time putting it together. My inspiration for the theme were some chipboard stickers I got at Michael’s from the Martha Stewart collection. I started with a few 12×12 card stock sheets, some orange ribbon and went to work.

card size: 7″ x 5″
Recollections – Rockets ‘n’ Sprockets – star map 12×12
Martha Stewart Crafts – Boy Train – chipboard stickers
Kelly Panacci Inc – Sandy Lion Sticker Designs – stamp

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J’s Diva Birthday Card

Diva J Birthday CardOver the weekend I needed to create 3 cards for family members (2 birthdays and 1 new baby). To keep it simple I started by checking out my favorite place for card sketches – Paper Craft Planet. I was a few weeks back on challenges so there was plenty to choose from. The the sketch I used instantly turned an idea on in my head for a birthday card for one of my sisters. She’s been a Diva lately – so this was all her.

Check out all the details on this card here

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Baby Announcements – Round Two

Baby Izzy Photo Pocket AnnouncementsPart two starts with choosing a design. The couple I’m working for wanted to go with a white striped paper and accent it with mint green and lavender. They wanted 50 – so I went into mass production mode. I created a template for the pockets and cut them with Sure Cuts a Lot and my Cricut. I don’t know what I’d do without it 😉 I used publisher to design the tags and printed them on a nice bright white paper and then adhered them to a light green card stock and punched a hole in the tops. I also used a corner rounder on the tags. Next I got all my pocket templates cut out and scored. Before I closed them up I attached the tag to the front and ran the ribbon through and taped it to the inside of the pocket while it was easier to access. Next I closed the pockets up and stamped the front with the dragon fly stamp. I’ve got a matching stamp on the back of the envelopes – and it’s finished!

paper – American Crafts, Baby Hickory Dickory Collection
stamp – Inkadinkado patterned bugs with ColorBox lavender ink

Photo Pocket Template – free download if you’d like to create your own photo pockets

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Baby Announcements – Round One

Baby Izzy Announcements - sampleA co-worker of mine just had a baby (well his wife did – anywho…) I hadn’t created any baby announcements before and thought it might be a great opportunity to get my feet wet. I started by researching some different types of announcements, found one that I thought was interesting and multi-functional – I fell in love with it. Lucky me – my client loved it too! As you can see from the pictures – I created photo pockets.

Baby Izzy’s Announcements are inspired by dragon flies,  and the colors mint green & lavender. The image on the left is the first sample I created for the couple. The pockets are designed to fit a 4×6 photo (or a few) and fit in a standard sized envelope. The paper was a 12×12 and came from the American Crafts Botanique Collection and the stamp is an Inkadinkado patterned bugs clear stamp.

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