Cut-It-Out! Technique- For a 69th Birthday Card


I've always consider my Mother-In-Law as the "old gentle gardener," sowing seeds of knowledge and act of kindness into the heart of every soul she comes in contact with.  So for her upcoming 69th birthday,  I thought this lovely Power Poppy-Flowering Branches digi would make a very lovely birthday gift for her.  Doesn't this stunning flower branch take your breath away?  It took me an hour to fine detail cutting it out.

The "Happy Bloomin' Birthday" sentiment from The Bloomin' Boots stamp set - Taylored Expressions works so beautifully with this stunning flower branch. 

For my coloring guide, I used this strawberry and its flowers from my garden and colored with the following copic markers.

flowers: YG03, Y21, YOO, Y15, E0000, RV10, RV13
leaves: Y00, YG03
branch: E33, E47
berries: Y00, Y21, R23, R46

Other supplies I used:

Majestic Labels Eight - Spellbinders Nestabilities
Sizzix Big Shot machine
Finishing Touches "Magical Butterflies" - Creative Expressions
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Foam mounting tapes
Straight cut
Curve scissor
Craft knife
Elmer's Craft Bond Multi-purpose spray adhesive

PSST...There is a "Cut-It-Out" theme challenge happening right now on the Power Poppy blog which I am entering this card into.  The rules for this challenge is quite simple.  Just take any Power Poppy stamps, cut-it-out and add to your base card.  That's it.  Quite simple.

Other challenges I would like to enter this card into and for a chance to win:

Craft your passion: anything goes challenge #263
Crafting from the heart: always anything goes challenge #61

Thank you for stopping by!

I SPY a DUCK, a FROG & a Garden SNAIL - CAN YOU?


Hello friends!  I SPY a DUCK, a FROG & a Garden SNAIL!  Can you?  I love playing I SPY games with my children.  So I'm bringing this game to you!  Can you find the DUCK, FROG and the Garden SNAIL?'s a hint, just look in the area that is the same color as the creatures.

When I first discovered SugarPeas Designs clear stamps a few weeks ago, I was mesmerize by the cuteness of the children images.  Especially this sugar peas, "Hello, Sunshine" in particular.  There isn't a drop of worries on this cutie's face...just carefree, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful great outdoor!  Don't you wish you're a kid again?  No worries.  No responsibilities.

To bring the scene to life, I colored with the following copic markers:

SKIN: E0000, E00, RV10
HAIR: E31, E33, E35, E37, E50
UMBRELLA: YG00, YG03, YG06, YG09

Other supplies I used to complete the card are:

Hello, Sunshine clear stamp - SugarPeas Designs
A2 Distressed Edge - Spellbinder Nestabilities
Sentiments Five die - Spellbinders
Mini Cloud dies - Impression Obsession
Garden Arbor & Gate - Taylored Expressions
Dotted Lattice embossing folder - Taylored Expressions
Butterfly Delights - Memory Box

Inside I left it blank for personal handwritten message with just a sweet simple touch with the "hello" sentiment die-cut up on top.

Another look at this cutie again.  

Thanks for joining me today.

Gate-Fold Card Tutorial


Happy Friday everyone!  As a card-maker, I like trying out new card folding methods rather of sticking with the standard half-folded cards.   Today I am very excited to share with you how to create a simple gate-fold card.  Here is a card that I just finished which you can find more detail here: Heartfelt Thanks Gate-Fold Card.

Now here is the tutorial.   I am going to take you back to the very beginning and show how to create a simple layout of the gate-fold base card.  After that you can add-on your own finishing touches.  So let's get to it!

First, to create the card here is the supplies list.  You can use solid color card-stock or pattern.  I chose to use pattern one for a better demonstration.  *** If you have trouble seeing the font below, please feel free to email me at  I'm happy to email you the Word doc version.

Here are the four steps:

Once you completed Step 4 above, your card should look like this:

STOP HERE...if you like your top flap as is like in the photo, square.  In this case, you're done and can start decorating it however you like.  But, if you prefer pick it up a notch like I did, then proceed to the next step below.

Here used Sizzix Regal Label die to create this look for my flap.  But this tutorial will work with ANY die shapes you want to use.  The trick is know where to stop the cut at.  So make sure to pay close attention to the steps below in the photo...this is where I messed up many times!

 ** Do not place the top cutting plate over the entire die.**  Otherwise it will cut through completely.  Please see photo below carefully.  This is where I missed up so many times.

TIP:  If you don't have a die-cutting machine, you can trace around the part of the shape and cut it out with scissor.

Once crank through the Big Shot or whichever die-cutting machine you use, it should look like this.

And that's the basic simple gate-fold card format...

I hope you enjoy this little tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by.

Gift Box For Teacher Tutorial


IT'S HERE!  IT'S HERE!  Haha...I feel like a little kid inside a candy store surrounded with sweetness!   When I realized what was waiting in the mailbox for me Monday afternoon, I did a happy dance!  My prize for winning a trivial question earlier this month on Passionate Paper Creations Facebook group where C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps was the sponsor of the question!  It was my first win!  I've never win anything before so this is super awesome!  Here's what greeted me so happily yesterday!  

I can't tell you how excited I was that these goodies arrived yesterday, just in the nick of time for me to craft our gifts for our son's 2 amazing, passionate Pre-Kindergarten teachers since his graduation is this Thursday.  Or, as my husband put it, "it's not a graduation.  He's just moving from Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten!"  Haha.  Does this sounds like anyone hubby?

I didn't wait any time.  The moment we put our kids to bed, I raced down to my craft-room and just went on a crafting joy ride and created this first gift box using 3 of the 5 items in the prize package: Pollycraft Brains rubber stamp, Doodlebug Design school 6x6 paper pad and C.C. Designs school supplies dies.  Oh! Isn't it cute?

To create the box, I used the paper pad and the following supplies from my existing collection.  The circle dies are from Impression Obsession and the curve scissor is a sewing scissor which I'd highly recommend for ease of trimming curve areas of your images.  I used the circle to seal the inside of the box and lid.

Now, let's meet this adorable, cute little guy Brains, a Pollycraft rubber stamp!  I tried to colored him to look more like my little guy, Matthew by giving him the black hair.  And according to Matthew's teachers, he is the only 5 years old in his class that can read independently.  So I guess he is sort of a Brain.  Proud mommy here!  *blush*

To bring Brain to life, I colored him with the following copic markers. 

And here's the coloring for the apple-worm:

Now what would go perfectly with a Brain?  A clipboard of course!  Here's how I create the 3-D for the clip.  

Pardon my terrible handwriting!  This handwritten teacher sentiment was a quote I found by Googling "teachers quotes."  There are so many beautiful teachers' quotes out there but this one caught my attention.  I then stamped the "Thank You" sentiment on the bottom of page before adhesive it to the lid's top next to Brain.  Here's the front box view.

Oh I had so much fun creating this gift box with my prize's goodies!  I can't thank Passionate Paper Creations facebook group enough for throwing the party and for C.C. Designs for sponsoring this trivial question round!  And THANK YOU! for this amazing prize goodies!  I can't wait to get started on creating another project but this time using the Book Abigail rubber stamp that came in the package!  

Supplies List:

To shop for these items, here are the links.  These items are available on C.C. Designs site and HURRY!  The School Supplies dies is now 65% off!  Awesome deal!

Pollycraft Brains:

School Supplies Dies Set:

Doodlebug School 6x6 paper pad:


I would like to enter this adorable Brain teacher's gift box in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Dies cut, more than two
Craft your passion - Always anything goes

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a lovely day and happy crafting!

Happy Birthday Jake!


Hi crafty friends!  Just dropping by for a quick post before I log off for Mother's Day.  Meet Grant, a Pollycraft rubber stamp. I made this card for my friend's son, Jake who just celebrated his big 3rd birthday earlier today.  

I colored Grant with copic markers.  Then I drew out the sidewalk, colored in the grass, fuzzy cut out and mounted with foam adhesive to the base card. 

 Darice "Happy Birthday" embossing folder
Cloud Dies - Impression Obsession

I colored the pennant die (Taylored Expressions) with copic markers.

For the background grass I used Cable Knit Embossing Folder - Taylored Expressions and Grass Border Dies - Impression Obsession (turning it upside down).    

Since Jake turned 3, I thought it would be cute to randomly scribble the number "3" on the present.  For the inside, I stamped "Happy Birthday" sentiment and wrote him a cute Dr. Seuss' birthday poem.  

As always, thanks for stopping by and sharing your day/night with me. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Photo Album With Pocket Pages | A Mother's Day Project


This is little Peggy, a Wee Stamps by the very talented children's illustrator, Sylvia Zet.  Sylvia also has Peggy in digital as well.   I have the rubber stamp version and absolutely love it!  I combined Peggy with the Daffoldil Dell digi stamp from Make It Crafty to create this gorgeous, elegant photo album for my Mother-In-Law.  

The inside.  I used the Frame-in-Frame Cutting Plate from Taylored Expressions and mounted with clear mounting tape to create the frames.  

A hidden surprise! The pages are actually pocket pages to hold extra photos.

For a simple elegant cover, I decorated it with Anna Griffin's Regal Braid embossing folder and add the oval window in the center using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Die.   Then finished off by adding a "2015 Mother's Day" banner to the spine of the cover.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and a very Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and grandmothers out there!  Enjoy the beautiful weather.

Oval Gift Box For Mom


Hi there!  Today I want to share a sweet Mother's Day oval gift box with you, featuring the lovable "Wryn - Mom and Me" digi stamp from Tiddly Inks

First, I colored this lovable "Wryn - Mom and Me" digi stamp with copic markers.  

Next, to create the lid and box base, I used the Floral Ovals - Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Die and embossed them with the Twirl & Swirls embossing folder - Taylored Expressions. To create the oval shape of the box, I cut out a 3" x 10 1/2" stripes of shimmer white cardstock, score and cut like this. The same method was applied to create the oval for the lid, except with a 2" x 11" stripe.

For the finishing touches, I embellished the lid with crochet ribbon while giving the box a beautiful silk ribbon in lavender wrap-around, topped with pearls.  

I used the following materials to create these vibrant colors flowers:

 Taylored Expressions' Birds of a feather stamp set 
Taylored Expressions' Birds & Branch dies set.  
Sizzix Susan's Garden Tool Kit
Distress inks

For a touch of sparkles, I brushed a thin coat of glue to the petals, sprinkle with glitter and finished off with rhinestones and pearls here and there.  The little birdie is also from the same TE stamp and die set.

The sentiment tag was created using:

Taylored Expressions' Mama and Me stamp set
Impression Obsession's Circle dies set

Here's another look of the oval box again...

Wishing you an early awesome and beautiful Friday!  As always, thanks for stopping by and sharing your day/evening with me.