Christmas Ornaments + Draw Your Own Evergreen Branches

Hello and Happy Holidays!  Today I am sharing two Christmas cards with a lengthy tutorial.  First, I will demonstrate how to create a 3 color stripes background with distress oxide inks and ink blending tool.  Next, with a simple glitter gold pen, transform circle dies into ornaments.  Finally, how to draw your own evergreen branches with a metallic pen to hang the ornaments.  Any of these techniques can work with any types of ink pads as well with any pen, pencils and markers.

Christmas Ornaments + Draw Your Own Evergreen Branches


For white card:
For red card:
You will also need scrap papers.


1.  Gather your supplies and cut out all your pieces first.

2. Position and die cut out three Christmas Circle Cutouts dies below the Magic of The Season sentiment.
3.  Ink blending a 3 color stripes background layer:  With the ink blending tool, blend out 3 different color stripes.  Start by blending the outside right area first.  Use a piece of scrap paper to cover the left area where you are not blending.  Repeat for the remaining colors.  

3.  Create the ornament:  With the glitter gold pen, draw a rectangle on top of each Christmas Circle Cutouts.  Then, with a ruler, draw in the string.

4.  Draw the evergreen branches:  First, with the emerald metallic pen, randomly draw curve lines here and there (some long, some short) above the sentiment.   Some below the sentiment.  Next, make short flicking strokes to the left and right of each curve line.   Repeat until you achieve the desire fullness.

5.  Assemble the front card base:
  • White card:  Adhere  the baby blue scallop frame layer onto the card base.  Then, the Christmas circle cutouts ornaments layer.
  • Red card:  Adhere the Christmas circle cutouts ornaments layer on.

6.  Inside of both cards:  Using the MISTI, stamp out the Papertrey Ink's Holiday Wishes sentiment onto the two marshallow scallop frames layer. Then adhere to card.

Thank you for stopping by.  May you have a lovely blessed day.

Santa Gift Bags

Hello!  In my last post I shared with you a tutorial on how to create festive lip balm gift tags.  For today's post, I will take you step-by-step on how to create one of these Santa gift bags using the Taylored Expressions' Sack It To You die set.  The set also comes with a bonus Santa die.

These Santa gift bags are quite easy and super duper fun to make with young children during this holiday season.  My three small kiddos gave me a hand with them, adhering and decorating these seven gift bags to hold Christmas gifts (the lip balm gift tag included) for their teachers.

Santa Gift Bag

Make 1 Bag



1.  With the Sack It To You die set, cut out 2 sides for the sack, a belt, belt buckle and 2 buttons.
2.  Adhere the two sides together to create the sack.  
3. Adhere the belt and buckle to the sack with double sided adhesive tape and buttons with glue dots.  (TIP:  you can also use glue.  But if crafting with small children, I'd recommend using adhesive tape and glue dots for a clean and mess-free results).

4.  With the hole puncher, punch out hole to each side of the sack (about 1-inch from the top) and on each side of the handle.
5.  To prevent the handle from shifting, adhere it in place to the inside of the sack with double sided adhesive tape first.  Then secure with eyelets.

The finished product.

Thank you for stopping by.  May you have a lovely blessed day.

Lip Balm Christmas Gift Tags

Hello.  For today's post I am sharing how to combine die tag, some pretty Christmas plaid papers, lip balm pouches and lip balms to create festive lip balm Christmas gift tags.  These lip balm gift tags would make great stocking stuffer as well as gift bags filler.



1.  Cut out the bottom layer tags on peppermint cardstock.  Next, adhere the double sided adhesive sheet to the back of the 6x6 plaid paper.  

2.  Now, cut out the top layer tags on the adhered plaid paper.   Next, cut an opening for the lip balm pouch by positioning the lip balm window die over the plaid tags and run through the Big Shot machine.  Optional - on the scrap plaid paper, cut out the lip balm frames.

3.  Peel off the adhesive backing from the plaid tags.  Insert the lip balm pouch through the window.  Snap the lip balm into the pouch and adhere the plaid tags to the bottom peppermint tags.  Finally, decorate with gold elastic cord and mini gift bow.  OPTIONAL - adhere the lip balm frame on.

Santa Mailbox | Holiday Craft

You know it's holiday preparation time when radio stations start playing Christmas songs.  This year we are starting our preparation first with a family's fun craft project, making Santa mailbox.  That way the elves will sure to find the letters and get them to Santa in time.  But the children will have to keep their wish list short because this Sizzix Bigz XL Mailbox can only hold a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" size envelope.


ASSEMBLED SIZE: 2.375"x3.50"x3.0"


Holiday designer paper
White cardstock
Red cardstock 
1 Brass fastener
Double sided adhesive sheet
Paper trimmer
Bone folder


1.  Cut holiday designer paper, white cardstock and adhesive sheet to fit each mailbox and door die pieces.
2.  Adhere the double sided adhesive sheet to the back of the holiday designer paper follow by white cardstock. 
3.  Cut red cardstock to fit the flag die piece.
4.  Place the die on top of the extended cutting pad. Next, lay the papers over each die pieces. Cover with the extended crease pad. Run through the Sizzix Big Shot.
5.  Carefully remove all the pieces from the die. With the bone folder, fold all the precrease lines.
6.  Adhere the mailbox and door pieces. Secure the flag to the mailbox with brass fastener. Then close the door onto the mailbox.
7.  Decorate. Result varies :D


Made by children :)

(left-right: Catherine-9, Matthew -7, Sofia-4)

Ink Pad Swatches Printable Download

Hello!  Here are some blank ink pad swatches printable download that I put together during my craft room reorganization project over the summer.  The craft room is complete and I will give a tour after the busy holiday season is over.  

To download, click on each link below.  The files are PDF format.  You are welcome to download and share the files with other.  If you have any problems, please don't hesitate to contact me.  

Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad Swatch
Ranger Distress Ink Pad Swatch
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad Swatch
Hero Arts Shadow Mid-Tone Ink Pad Swatch
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Swatch
Altenew Crisp Ink Pad Swatch

Official Website of Cards for Little Hearts

Hello.  I have been away on a couple major projects.  One is setting up an official (self-host Wordpress) website for my card drive, Cards for Little Hearts.  To make it easier for participants to find answers to all their questions about the card drive.  Today, I'm very excited to share that the website is complete and launched.  I would like to invite you to come check it out: or click on the logo below.

The website serves as an informational site only.  I will continue to post about the card drive here on my blog.  The next upcoming collection will be in January.  If you are interested in receiving just updates about the card drive, there is an e-mail opt-in form at the bottom of the Home page which you can sign up for.  

I also would like to update everyone that helped send in cards for the last Winter-Themed Holiday cards collection.  Because of your generosity, we were able to extend the cards to Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH (Nationwide Children's Hospital's Congenital Heart Collaborative).  So please know that your cards will not only touch and make a big and lasting impact on the lives of heart patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital, but also on the lives of heart patients of their partnering hospitals as well as the card drive grows.  

Wishing you a lovely and blessed day.  Thank you for stopping by.

Coming Soon...Cards for Little Hearts' Official Website

Intricate Dream Wedding Card With Vellum Underlay

Intricate Wedding Card

Hello.  Today I am sharing how you can use intricate die with a vellum underlay to add a striking elegant accent to cards.  This technique is perfect for making wedding cards and invitations.

If you are interested in the supplies used on today's project, please see the SUPPLIES section at the end of this post. 

We were in Chicago over Labor Day's weekend for a family's wedding and this was the card for the happy couple. 

Jenny and Ryan wedding card 09-03-17

I start by trimming the #110 white cardstock in half to create my A2 white card base first.  Then use the other half to die cut out the flourish frame and label.  Next I stamp the Dream Wedding cake onto the label and colored with Copic.  I absolutely love this Power Poppy's Dream Wedding cake!  So quick to color and the design fits beautifully with the flourish frame and that of the bride's simple elegant style. 

Using the flourish frame as a grid, I trace and cut out a piece of vellum and adhere it to the back of the frame.  Flip the frame over and adhere on the colored Dream Wedding cake label.

To complete the card, I randomly adhere on the pearls over the tip of the stitched flourish.  Then pipe the entire cake with Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard).  Not only does this give off a lovely sparkle to the cake, but a 3-D illusion as well.

TIP:  Be sure to let the glitter drops dried completely before inserting into the envelope.

Have you ever use intricate dies with vellum before?  Please take a moment to share with me in the comment below.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.   May you have a lovely day ahead.

Prize Giveaway Winners & Final Card Count | Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive 2017 "Winter-Holiday Wishes" Collection

Hello and welcome!  Thank you for joining me today for the Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive a "Winter-Holiday Wishes" collection reveal.  Today I will announce the final card count and the prize giveaway winners.  My most sincere gratitude to all the sponsors for their generous prize donation toward the drawings and specifically to Donna, Cara, Edwina, Sybrina, Lori, Jo, Andrea, and Sandra for their help with the card drive.  However, this could not be achieve without each of you.  We received cards from all over with some as far as Hong Kong and some here from my hometown of Ohio.  It is with my deepest appreciation to all of you for taking time out this summer to participate with us in this heart-warming event.  What an astonishing turnout!  Because of your compassion and generosity, this winter holiday season we will be bringing smiles and comfort to 880 heart patients and their family.  On behalf of the entire Heart Center staff and patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your beautiful and inspirational cards.  And for sharing a piece of your heart with the children and their family this winter holiday season.  No matter how cold it will be and no matter how sick and worry these families are, your cards will add a ray of sunshine and hope when it is needed most.


List in the order received...

Rannah Romps
Kanisha Ashwin Kumar
Chi Yan Kwan
Verna Angerhofer
Elaine Williams
Lori Kobular
Dottie Leonard
Lillian Abrams
Sandie Scott
Donna Ellis
Karen Oliver
Jeanie Lai
R. Bartz
Chris Neal
Vicki Parson
Deloris Thiede
Christina Craft
Migdalia Rodriguez
Ruby Haugen
Linda Patti
Erica M. Caro
Becky Partan
Terry Serman
Andrea D. LaVigne
Cara Malmrose
Aslin Santiago
Celia Crutchfield
Lenora Scott
Rita Held
Ann Barnes
Edwina Brown
Charlene Mitchell
Jackie Johnson
Bunny Hoyle
Kathy Schweinfurth
Gilu Jogani
Amanda Stout
Sybrina K.
Char Kochensparger
Christine Miller
Marian Desrosiers
Nancy Rigoglioso
Jewell Moon
Cindy Dreibelbis
Carmen Cruz
Jess Gerstner
Julie Just
Kristen Dillard
Natalie Godfrey
Pia Skarning
Paula G. Kysilka
Marilyn Caro
Izabella Kurdian
Ruth Herriott 
Debi Brile
Linda Wiencer
Fikreta Posurec 
Lois Wyche
Nancy Taylor Charlen Otero
Donna Thielker Marjon Fokkens-Bruinsma
Rakshita Manjunath Amy Austin-Kinler


Without further ado, here are the winners (randomly drawn) of the prize giveaways!  An email has already been sent to all the winners with further instruction on how to claim the prize.  All prizes (except for my craft goodies) must be claim by September 7th before a redraw is make.  So please check your INBOX (as well SPAM folder).  Winners of my craft goodies, your package will be mail out today (September 1st).  Please allow 5-7 business days for it to arrive.  Please don't hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions.

  • TTCRD magazine subscription: Marjon Fokkens-Bruinsma 
  • $30 Joy Clair gift certificate: Cindy Dreibelbis 
  • $25 Ellen Hutson LLC gift certificate: Bunny Hoyle 
  • Craft goodies (2 winners) from Christina Hor: 
  1.  Debi Brile
  2.  Dottie Leonard
  • $16 A Day for Daisies gift certificate: Paula G. Kysilka 
  • $15 Sunsational Stamp gift certificate: Karen Oliver 
  • $15 Sheep Ski Designs gift certificate: Andrea D. LaVigne 
  • $10 Little Blue Button Stamps gift certificate: Charlene Mitchell 
  • $10 Jess Crafts Shop gift certificate: Erica Caro 
  • $10 Wink Wink Ink gift certificate: Chi Yan Kwan 
  • MHK Designs (3 images of choice): Nancy Rigoglioso 
  • Jo's Scrap Shack (craft goodie + GDT spotlight): Ruby Haugen


Here is a short video slideshow of some of the cards from this collection.

Thank you so much again to each and every one who contributed!  This year card drive is now closed.  I hope to see you again in next year card drive starting on January 1st with a "Thinking of You" heart design theme collection. Complete details is expected to be available on the card drive page of my blog sometimes in November.  If you would like to be added to the card drive email notification list, please let me know at

Thank you for joining me today.  May you have a wonderful long Labor Day weekend ahead.  Take care and happy crafting :)

Lunchbox Love Notes for Kids

lunchbox love notes for kids

Hello!  Today I am sharing 40 lunchbox love notes for kids, featuring the cute Little Dog Agenda and Little Cat Agenda from Mama Elephant along with a short technique video (it's only 4 minutes long).


Here are the complete 20 little dogs love notes for Matthew.  On the first day of school, I gave him this super hero dog note (first one on the left) with the sentiment that reads "and so the adventure begins."  How cute and fitting for the first day back!

lunchbox love notes for kids

And here are the complete 20 little cats for Catherine.  There is a cat story call "Ginger" that is a favorite of her.  And Ginger has orange stripes.  So I made these little cats to look like Ginger.

lunchbox love notes for kids


Here are two photos from the first day of school.  It is so nice having the kiddos get pick up and drop off right at our driveway.  We have the same bus driver from last year.  So Catherine water-colored her a picture :D

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  May you have a beautiful day. Take care.


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Click on the image or wording to redirect you to the product's page. All items were personally purchased and only share of products that I absolutely love.

Mama Elephant Little Dog Agenda

buy at: SSS

Mama Elephant Little Cat Agenda

buy at: SSS

Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments

buy at: SSS

Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts

buy at: SSS

Altenew Beautiful Quotes

buy at: EH

Altenew Sentiments & Quotes

buy at: EH

Paper Smooches Group Hugs

buy at: EH

Lunchbox Love

buy at: Papertrey Ink

Post It Note Sentiments

buy at: Reverse Confetti

Crazy About You

buy at: Reverse Confetti

The World Is Waiting

buy at: TE

Sky High Sentiments

buy at: TE

Bold Statements

buy at: Whimsy Stamps

SSS Intense Black Ink

buy at: SSS

SSS Lemon Zing Ink

buy at: SSS

Acrylic Block

buy at: SSS

Ranger Ink Blending Tool-Round

buy at: EH

Ranger Ink Blending Tool-Replacement

buy at: EH

Recollections Heavyweight Cardstock-WHITE

buy at: Amazon

Nestabilities Classic Rectangles SM Etched Dies

buy at: Spellbinders

Recollections 2-inch Circle Punch

buy at: Amazon

Sizzix Big Shot

buy at: EH

Copic Markers

buy at: EH