Center Step Card Tutorial

Hello friends and viewers!  Come, grab your favorite drink and pull up your chair.  For I have a card and a tutorial to share with you on this fine last Monday of October.  MY!  How time flies and how fast the children grown before our very eyes! Yesterday, little Alexis, one of my daughter's soccer teammate celebrated her 8th birthday. It was a bowling party. Oh we had a fabulous good time! It was probably the most relaxing thing I've done all week too!  Haha.

This is a center step birthday card that I made for Alexis.  It is also my DT card for this week everyone's favorite "ANYTHING GOES!" theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge!  Here I am using the adorable Lady Bird & Butterfly image from our sponsor Crafty Sentiments Designs.

Tutorial - Creating  4.25 x 6 Center Step Card


paper trimmer
craft knife
cardstock/pattern papers

for this card's design, you'll need the additional materials

digi image - Crafty Sentiments Designs' Lady Bird & Butterfly 
Impression Obsession's Dies:Grass , Grass Border, and Tiny Flowers
Taylored Expressoins' Dies: Little Bits Wheelbarrow
Spellbinders' Shapeabilities: Victorian Tags
Happy birthday stamp
Copic markers


  1. Cut cardstock to 6 X 8 1/2 size. 
  2. Next, on your scoreboard, line the paper with the 8 1/2 side going horizontally.  
  3. Starting at the 1x1 inch mark, score down to the 5-inch horizontal mark.  
  4. Repeat at the 2-inch, 3.5-inch, 4.5-inch and 6.25-inch vertical marks.  
  5. For the outer edge ONLY, at the 4.25-inch vertical mark, score down to the 1-inch horizontal mark.  Still at the 4.25-inch mark, score down from the 5-inch horizontal mark to the 6-inch mark.
  6. Then, with a craft knife, cut across horizontally from the 1x1 inch mark to the 6.25 inch vertical mark.
  7. Repeat, cutting from the 1x5 inch mark to 6.25 inch vertical mark.  
This is how it should looks like.  I went pass the 6.25 a bit using a paper trimmer.  Oop!

Now time to fold. First mountain fold the outer score line, the 4.25 marks. Then, for the center, the steps, fold the score lines in the order of mountain fold, valley, mountain, valley and end at mountain. This is what you should end up with.

Front view

Flat view.  You're done!  That wasn't too bad, right?

Now decorate!  A couple views for you.

Isn't this sweetie pie the cutest?! Just look at that chubby cheeks!

I hope you've enjoy my center step tutorial and hopefully have time to come join us over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge for this week ANYTHING GOES theme.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your thoughts, comments or questions with me before you go.  It's always made my day hearing from you!   May you have a wonderful start of your week!  Enjoy the last week of October!

Out-Of-The-Box Technqiue + A Breast Cancer Awareness

Hello! As you know, this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. During this month we stop to honor love ones who passed away from this disease, send comfort to their family and for the survivors, we spread hope into their heart and celebrate. We celebrate their courage. We celebrate their strength. And we celebrate them - the beautiful women that they are.

This month, there is one breast cancer survivor, a very special woman in my life, that I am celebrating and honoring.  My sweet eldest sister-in-law.  And this purple card featuring the gorgeous Power Poppy's Climbing Clematis digi is my "Keep Climbing" Hope card for her.  I colored with Copic and chose purple for the clematis since it's my SIL's favorite color.

How did I cut around the image...

After I saw how Cheryl Scrivens (CherylQuilts), one of Power Poppy's finest Instant Gardeners Digital Stamps Release design team member cut around her clematis image, I decide to CASE it.  She is also a big fan of fancy frames like me though the one she used for her clematis card is different from mine.  Here I am using Frantic Stampers' Bracket Coved Labels.

The Process

I first cut the outer fancy frame out twice for added depth. Next I cut out the largest inner label by placing the 2nd largest size label inside of the larger one. Finally, using the 2nd largest label, trace and cut around the image. I mounted the outer two layers fancy frames to the lavender cardstock using Elmer's spray adhesive. For the larger label, Tom Bow liquid glue. Finally, for added depth, I mounted the clematis frame on with foam tape.

What you should do

Early detection is the key to curing Breast Cancer. Please do a self check every month and if you're not sure how, please go visit your family physician.

Friends, breast cancer, just like any other forms of cancers take away lives and tear families apart. If you would like to help spread the message of hope and bring comfort to the hearts of those affected by this, please consider participating in the Hope You Can Cling It challenge over at Splitcoaststampers by sending your beautiful cards to the patients and family at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your comments, thoughts or questions with me before you go. It truly made my day hearing from you!  May you have a lovely weekend!


digi image - Power Poppy's Climbing Clematis
fancy frame - Frantic Stampers' Bracket Coved Labels
scissor, pencil, Sizzix Shot,Tom Bow liquid glue,double adhesive
cardstock, Copic blending paper, Copic markers

Alcohol Inks And Fall Colors Leaves Embossed Background Tutorial

Hello friends! Today's SECOND tutorial is on applying alcohol inks and embossing folder to create 8x11 size fall colors leaves embossed background paper. Please kindly note that alcohol inks tend to dry up quickly. So make sure to read through this entire direction first before trying out the technique. Once started, you will want to work quickly.

For my demonstration piece, here is my DT card for this week 'Autumn Colors And Twine' theme over at Outlawz Monday-Greetings Challenge using the 'Season Fall' images from our 2nd lovely sponsor Melonheadz. For details and inspiration behind the making of this card please see below.


Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks: Poppyfield, honeycomb, Citrus, Butterscotch 
White cardstock - 8x11 
Paper trimmer (scissor) 
dish glove (substitute w/paper towel or dish cloth) 
aluminum foil 
Taylored Expressions' Scattered Leaves embossing folder 


Lay a sheet of aluminum foil, twice the size of your cardstock, very flat onto your work surface. Next, take your first ink color and squirt it side-to-side 3-4 times. If you feel it's not enough ink, squirt a few more times.

Lifting the aluminum foil up by the top corners, let the ink slide down evenly as you move the foil side to side. This will prevent blob of ink. See how this photo below is wider, thinner and more even than the top photo? 

Now working fast, repeat the above 2 steps with the rest of your colors by squirting the next color right where the last ink ended.

After the last color added.

Quickly but carefully lay white cardstock onto the ink. Then working from center of the paper outward to all sides, rub the excess inks off. The inks will bleed through the paper which is important to wear glove to prevent getting on your hands. I didn't have any so I used paper towel.

Remove the cardstock. Turn over and allow to dry for a few minutes. This what it looks like. Very smooth looking.

Then cut and emboss with Taylored Expressions' Scattered Leaves embossing folder.

Final result

Details and inspiration behind the making of this card

This card is for my sweet 60+ years old neighbors, Lorella and Bob, I was inspired by their front yard and decided to reinvent it. In the middle of their front yard they have a little white decorative picket fence. Every year, exactly on the first weekend of October, sweet Lorella would bring out the same scarecrow and placed it in the exact same spot like she did the previous years. Then to the left of the scarecrow, she'd placed her freshly farm picked pumpkins. Just like the previous years. There was no basket of apples though. But I decided to add them because it reminded me of how I first met Lorella back in December 2012. We just moved into the neighborhood one week before Christmas and Lorella was the first neighbor to greeted us. She came bearing a basket full of fresh fruits and nuts, carefully wrapped in a beautiful red bow.

I printed and colored the images with Hero Art Shadow Inks with a Sofft mini applicator sponge. Then fussy cut them out. Next I knotted a piece of twine onto the Fall banner. I dies cut out the picket fence, twice for added depth. For the background layer and tiny dies leaves I used the leftover leaves embossed paper from the Firefly Mason Jar card. Then, I cut out a white frame using MFT Rectangle Frames die and mounted onto the image layer with double layers of foam tape before adhesive to the lime green base card.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share a thought, comment as well questions with me before you go. It's truly a joy hearing from you!

I am entering my Season Fall card in the following challenges below.

Tutorial | Burnishing Technique On Sky & Mason Jar

Hello friends. Today's FIRST tutorial is on coloring the night sky and the glow in the mason jar using 'burnishing' technique and Hero Arts Shadow Inks. 

For my demonstration, here is my DT card for this week 'Autumn Colors And Twine' theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge using the 'Firefly Mason Jar' image from our lovely sponsor Scribbles Designs. For details and inspiration behind the making of this card, please see below.


  • Hero Arts Shadow Inks in colors of: Soft Yellow (mason jar) Soft Granite, Soft Stone and Pool (sky)
  • orange-yellow marker
  • dauber sponges
  • scrape of paper or paper towel
  • white gel pen
I also used the following images/sentiment to complete my scene:
  • Firefly Mason Jar image - from Scribbles Designs
  • Wildflower' clear stamp set - from Crafter's Companion
  • If You Catch A Firefly' poem by Lillian Moore


Slip the dauber sponge onto your index finger and in a circular motion, gently rub the Soft Stone (lightest blue) Hero Arts Shadow Inks on.  Tab off excess ink onto your scrap/paper towel.

Starting from one side of the paper (I did mine from the right), gently brush the ink inward.

Ink your sponge again, tab off excess ink. Repeat above step 1 on the other side of the paper (left for me). Now both side of your paper have a dark border.

Ink your sponge again, tab off excess ink. Working from the left side of the paper or right, doesn't matter, to the other side, fill the entire sky and the right half of the mason jar only with the Soft Stone ink by rubbing in a circular motion, applying gentle pressure as you rub until you get a smooth polish sky. This is call 'burnishing.' 

With a new sponge, ink the Soft Granite (gray) and tab off excess. Repeat the 'burnishing' technique - with gentle pressure, rub in circular motion over the Soft Stone (light blue) ink just area of the sky you want to be darker.

Using the same sponge that you've used for the Soft Stone (light blue) ink it with the Pool ink (darker blue). Tab off excess and repeat the burnishing technique. This time only burnish area of the sky that you want to be darker shade. Make 'stars' by scatter random dots using white gel pen.

For the mason jar, with new sponge, ink the Soft Yellow ink. Tab off excess and gentle burnish the entire jar and the fireflies. To highlight the tail, outline it with a orange-yellow marker.

Details and inspiration behind the making of this card

A while back while googling, I came across a beautiful poem written by Lilian Moore calls 'If You Catch A Firefly' and fell in love with it. So when I first saw the Firefly Mason Jar image, immediately I thought of the poem and knew I want to create a little 'interpreting' scene of the poem with the image.

First, I opened up the firefly mason jar in Paint software, deleted out the jar and kept the group of firefly. Saved as a temporary file and dragged it into Microsoft Word. Next, I dragged in the mason jar image, placed it below the group of firefly and resized. Then I dragged in the single firefly image, made a bunch of copies, resized, rotated and randomly scattered them around. I used the 'Wildflower' clear stamp from Crafter's Companion, stamped with Momento black and burnished the sky and mason jar with Hero Arts Shadow Inks. For the card layout, I adhesive the image layer onto a single black cardstock follow by the embossed leave background which I've created using alcohol inks and Taylored Expressions' Scattered Leaves embossing folder. Below the image is the 'If You Catch A Firefly' poem which I've recreated into a digi.

Click HERE for tutorial on alcohol inked leaves embossed background

Click HERE for my hand sketched pumpkin digi card

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share a thought, comment as well questions with me before you go.  It's truly a joy hearing from you! 

I am entering my Firefly Mason Jar card into the challenges below.Challenges

Tutorial | Easy Simple Frame Stand

Happy Friday friends and viewers!  Thanks so much for stopping by and a big "THANK YOU" for your continuing support.  Today I have a tutorial on how I made this white frame stand to display my daughter's beautiful artwork for her big cousin's upcoming birthday.  The tutorial is to make a 9x10 size frame.  But you can change the measurement to fit your creation.


  • Heavyweight cardstock (color of your choice) - 8x11 size
  • Adhesive - recommend double side adhesive, either the roll type or tear stripes one like I used
  • Straight cut or scissor
  • Score board
  • Bone score


Step 1: Cut a heavy-weight cardstock to size 6x11.  Score and fold in half at 5 1/2 mark to form the triangle stand.

Step 2: To secure the stand, cut a heavy-weight cardstock to size 6x6. Score at the 1/2", 3" and 5 1/2" mark.  Then, fold inward at the 3" mark and outward at the 1/2" and 5 1/2" marks.  Adhesive the base to the inside of the triangle stand.  Here how it should look like.

Step 3: create the frame by cutting out 2, 9x10 size from the heavy-weight cardstock.  Adhesive the two together to create a strong frame.  Here what your frame and stand should look like.

Final Step: adhesive the frame and stand together by aligning the stand from the bottom of the frame like this:

I hope you enjoy my simple easy frame stand.  Thank so much for stopping by and perhaps share your comment as well questions with me.