Saturday, July 29, 2017

Envelope Must-Haves

Hi. We spend so much time on our handmade cards that I wanted to dedicate a post to the envelopes we put them in. I'll be sharing my favorite products for envelopes to give that finishing touch and tie everything together.


First, let's talk about the envelopes....

For standard size cards, I have two brands that are my favorite. The first are THESE from Simon Says Stamp.

Not only do they come in gorgeous colors, but they also have metallic ones that are stunning...

My favorite part is the adhesive strip on the inside of the flap. No licking required. Yay!

I also use THESE envelopes from Hero Arts. I LOVE the curved flap. So classy.

For other size of cards, I like to use THIS envelope maker tool. It has easy step by step instructions to make almost any size of envelope.

There are several products on the market to decorate your envelopes. THIS die set does double duty...
It can cut fun borders/sentiments from the flap as well as a liner to adhere to the inside of the envelope!

You can also stamp on the flap of the envelope. You could use any stamp for this but, I find I don't use my wood block stamps enough and this is a great way to put them to use. I've been using THIS one a lot lately...

THIS stamp set was designed to fit perfectly on the flap of the envelope...

THIS and THIS stamp set are perfect to add to any happy mail....

Plan It Out Loud has some fun stickers to put on the flap of envelopes. Check out their Etsy shop HERE.


THIS Envelope Addressing Guide is perfect to keep your writing straight when addressing your envelope...

THIS stamp set is also perfect for that...

Have you heard of Bossy Joscie? She makes awesome custom stamps. I've purchased several stamps from her as gifts as well as my return address stamp. Click HERE to check out her store.


I can't encourage you enough to send the cards you make and put a smile on someone's face. If you have to purchase postage, why not add a cute stamp!? Here are a few of my favorite stamps right now from USPS (CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LINK)...

Don't forget the international postage too. I just bought some of THESE to send to crafty friends that live in England.


There's one last thing I do almost every time I send out a card. I use washi tape to seal up the flap on the back. There is a bunch of different washi tapes on the market, but my favorite by far is the doodlebug washi tapes. The come off the roll easily and the designs are adorable. Here are my top three most used tapes from them that can go with a variety of style of cards.(CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LINK)

I hope this inspires you to add some love to your envelopes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Boy's Birthday Card

Hello. I'm a big fan of creating cards for kids but sometimes I struggle when it comes to boy cards.

I used THIS paper pad for my color inspiration. It's a zoo themed paper pack and the colors felt masculine to me. I used the patterned paper to cut out a background piece as well as three balloons from THIS die. I stamped and cut out the adorable elephant from THIS set and colored him with Copic markers. I stamped and colored a party hat from THIS stamp set to place on top of his head and die-cut THIS die a few times out of THIS cardstock. This was not only my sentiment but a good place to anchor the image on. I finished off the card with a coat of THIS to make the balloons shine.

Here's a closer look...

So if you're like me and sometimes struggle with masculine cards, try taking inspiration from the products themselves. This card design would also be fun for a little girl just by changing up colors.

Thanks for spending some time with me today. I'll be back soon...


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trifold Teacher Card

Hi, friends. Even though it's July, it's not too early to get prepared for the upcoming school year. I'm a BIG fan of spoiling teachers and I want to try and be more prepared this year in having cards ready to give to them often.

Today's card features a fun Trifold technique using THIS die...

I started by cutting only the front panel of two standard size top folding white note cards with the three sided scalloped die. After closing the card, I trimmed the bottom portion of the card right below the scallops. On the second card, I left a slightly larger gap below the scallops and trimmed off the edge. I adhered the back panels of the card together, creating a trifold opening. This allowed me three sections to decorate. I stamped, colored, and cut apples from THIS stamp set as well as some images from THIS stamp set.

Once you open the first flap, you see this...

When you lift that flap, you see this...

Here's a closer look at a few of the panels...

For the ink blended backgrounds, I used THIS and THIS distress ink. I inked through an alphabet stencil with the same ink to get a tone on tone look. I also used a strip of the same ink blending for the sentiment on the inside of the card...

I finished off the cards with some patterned paper from THIS pad as well as adding some of THIS to the apples for some shine. 

I hope this inspires you to try a trifold card design. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. 

*NOTE: I linked to similar alphabet stencil because the one I used is no longer available. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Rainbow Distress Oxide Background

Hi there. I'm sharing a one layer card today featuring a rainbow Distress Oxide Ink background...

I applied a rainbow of Distress Oxide Ink colors to a piece of THIS cardstock using the bottoms of makeup sponge applicators. They have a square bottom and I used it to pounce colors in a line, overlapping each color. I sprayed it with THIS sprayer and dried it with THIS heat gun to achieve the texture. I stamped THIS gorgeous image using THIS ink. I also stamped a sentiment underneath from THIS set using my MISTI. I adhered the piece to a top folding black note card.

I didn't add any embellishments because I wanted to keep the focus on that simple, but stunning, background.

I hope this inspires you to create a rainbow Distress Oxide Ink background.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beach Scene Pop-Up Card

Hi there. I'm back again with another pop-up card. I just posted THIS pop up card recently and I have to admit that I'm getting addicted. THIS pop up die from Lawn Fawn makes it so quick and easy.

I cut the box die from two pieces of THIS cardstock. I adhered them together using THIS strong adhesive. I cut several inserts for the inside of the box using blue and kraft cardstock. I used THIS die to create sand and THIS die to create the ocean waves. I used THIS patterned paper on the background and adhered a yellow circle on top to create a sun. I die-cut THIS bikini die from the same patterned paper pack and adhered it to a clothesline created from pieces in the scalloped box die set. I adhered flip flops to the scene that were stamped from THIS set. I finished off the card by adding a sentiment from THIS set.

For this card, I did not decorate the outside of the box. I didn't feel it needed it. I love how this dimensional scene folds nicely so it can be tucked in to a standard size envelope.

I hope this inspires you to create a pop up card scene.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

SSS August 2017 Card Kit

Hello, friends. Simon Says Stamp just released a new card kit called, "Together." You can find it HERE. I created this card using the kit contents...

I started by die-cutting a piece of THIS cardstock using THIS die. Then I cut thin strips of various lengths from the pattern paper included in the kit. I applied adhesive to the top portion of seven strips and adhered them next to each other in the center of the panel. Leaving the remainder of the strips free of adhesive allowed me to do a simple basket weave with the remaining strips. After they were tightly woven, I adhered them down here and there with some strong adhesive.

I finished off the card by die-cutting one of THESE hearts out of white cardstock. I used the Distress Oxide ink to stamp a sentiment from the kit's stamp set. I cut apart one of the sentiments so I could stamp it vertically instead of horizontally. I can always mount it back together how it was originally intended if I need to. It's a great way to create a custom greeting.  I used the same heart die set to die-cut a slightly larger heart out of vellum to create a mat for the stamped heart. I mounted the entire piece on to a top folding white note card using fun foam in between to add some dimension.

Again, you can find more information about the kit HERE.

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today. See you soon...


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pop Up Donut Card

Hi. Have you seen Lawn Fawn's latest release!? Wow. Their products always put a smile on my face and are so fun. I think THIS new pop up die is such an innovative product. I used it to make this donut card...

I cut the die from THIS cardstock along with the inserts that go inside the box. I stamped, colored and cut out several donuts from THIS stamp set. I used a variety of mediums to add "icing" to the donuts and adhered. I adhered them to the inserts inside the box, using acetate strips on some donuts to get some height above the others. I decorated the panels around the donuts using a piece of patterned paper and used the stitched heart from THIS die set to add the continued greeting from the outside of the box.

Here's a closer look at the donuts...

Speaking of the outside of the box, the entire piece folds flat so it can slide into an envelope. I used the stitched rectangle from the pop up die along with the same stitched heart die to add the beginning of the sentiment...

Here's a look at the donuts when it's folded flat...

The pop up box die is a bit costly but you get so many dies included that you can use on other cards as well. It's definitely worth the investment. I will be using this die a lot on future cards.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.