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!

Gate-Fold Card Tutorial


Today I am going to take you step-by-step on 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!

Supplies You'll Need To Make A Basic Gate-Fold Card:

How To Make A Gate-Fold Card:

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.

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.