Desktop Calendar – with Video!

Having a daily reminder of our craft is a beautiful thing.  I love seeing paper craft projects on my desk year round. It inspires me when (cough) other work is not so exciting, shall we say?  *smile*  It reminds me that I have creativity in me that I can use, even in the office.   I believe that creativity is not just limited to one area of our lives.  Once  we develop our creativity, it grows to all aspects of our lives.

Join me in bringing something beautiful to the office.  This desktop calendar is ideal for December and January gift giving, too.  I have the 2016 calendar attached here so you can just download it and cut out the months, using the lines that I’ve drawn in for easy-cutting.


The calendar has an accordion fold so it is stable and also looks great.  Once you have the base, you can make any design for the front of it.  I love flowers so I used the Flower Patch stamp set and matching framelits.


For the supplies and cutting dimensions, click here to download the pdf file.

Below is a video on how to put it together!


I hope you enjoy and keep something on your desk that inspires YOU.


Holiday Gift Bag Holder – with Video

I am so excited to share my latest project with you.  I designed a gift card holder that’s easy to make — and flat!  It can even be used as an ornament.  I made it flat so you can fit it in a card if you want to mail it (though you may need to make your banners a little shorter.  I get carried away :))


Below is a video with instructions on how to put it together.  Click HERE for a .pdf sheet showing the dimensions and supplies used.

Hope you enjoy!

Triple Fold Card – with Video!

If you are ready for a fresh new card, you have come to the right place!  Why create a regular card when you can do a triple fold card!  It is EASY to make and you can get two cards from one sheet of card stock.

Here’s my card:


Neat, isn’t it?  My favorite part of it is that it stands up nicely for displaying.  Anyone would LOVE receiving this type of card, don’t you think?

Here’s what the inside looks like:


And here’s the other side:


To make the card:

  1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 piece of card stock
  2. On the short end, mark at 2 1/2 inches on each end with a pencil
  3. Putting the paper in landscape on your scoring tool, score at 3 1/2 and 7
  4. Make a diagonal cut between the two pencil marks
  5. Accordion fold with the bone folder
  6. To put the designer paper on the inside, cut three pieces 3 1/4 x 6
  7. Line up the paper to where you want it on the card, mark both sides lightly in pencil and cut.  Do this for each of the three exposed parts.
  8. Decorate the card and enjoy!

This is one of those projects where it’s easier to see it then to follow directions, so I made a video for you.

Stamp Set: Sprinkles of Life
Accessories: Dazzling Diamond Glitter,  Cherry On Top paper, Tree Builder Punch
Colors: Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay



Chanukah Money Holder

Planning on giving some Chanukah money to some special people in your life?  Do it in style!  I love how easy the project below is to make, but it’s so festive and cheerful.  For those of you not yet subscribed to my mailing list, you should click here to subscribe.  In my next mailing, I’ll be including a step by step instruction sheet on how to make this project.

Here is the front of the money holder:


Here is the inside:


To make the project, cut the paper as follows:

  • 100867 Night of Navy cardstock (7″ x 8″)
  • 100730 Whisper White cardstock (2 ¾” x 6 ¾” )
  • 139590 Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) (¼” x 1 ¾” – cut 8; ¼” x 2″ – cut 1)

Score the Night of Navy cardstock at 3″ and 6.”  On the inside folded piece (the piece that will hold the money) put a thin coat of tombow glue on both outer edges to make a pocket.

TIP:  To make sure everything lines up as nicely as possible, first glue the center candle to the middle of the cardstock.  Then, before adhering the other pieces, lay them out so they are evenly spaced out and you like the layout (for example, I put the two darkest candles on the outer edges).  Once you’re happy with it, glue it down.

For the flames, I used 138646 Build a Birthday stamp set!  Of course, the flames are coated in Dazzling Diamonds.  What’s a card without sparkle?

Enjoy!  And don’t forget — only two more days to get my “For All Things” class for free.  Click here for more information.



Fun Fold Cards

Do you usually make the same kind of card?  The same size, even the same color palette?  Guilty on ALL accounts.  I decided I needed to reset my crafting norm.  Instead of my usual card, I made a double-pocket card?  It can be used to hold gift certificates or other small items.

Once I figured out how to do the fold, the card was easy to decorate since there wasn’t much space yet 🙂  There’s a crafting secret — the less empty space you have, the easier it is to fill it in.


My challenge to you — do something different!  Design a card that’s a different size you usually use, use a color you don’t normally reach for.  Have fun with it!

Stamp Set: Joyful Season (139770)
Colors: Cherry Cobber, Garden Green, Sahara Sand



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Using up Designer Paper

Dear friends, if you are anything like me, you have a ton of leftover designers paper ready to be used. Sound familiar? Those pages sure seem to add up quickly and I like to use up what have so I can make room for more!

If you also have designer series paper that need using up, then I have the project for you today. Gift bags! Why buy gift bags when we have paper that is gathering dust, while the new gift bag punch is waiting at our fingertips?  (Click here to see the punch).

My project today uses up some of last year’s paper that I love, and goes very well with some current products. It is my first time using the thick ribbon and it went lovely with the project. I used coordinating paper and inks to embellish. I’ll be making, oh, about 15 more of them. I figured they’d be perfect for the teachers at my kid’s school.


I challenge you! Use up your stash and make something gorgeous.

Stamp Set:  For All Things
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze



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Card Class!! Fun Projects

I love card class.  I get to visit with friends, teach new techniques, chat, laugh, and share.  What’s not to love?  I know I say this every time, but I especially loved class last week.  We really took things up a notch, with two step stamping, embossing, making 3-D items.  Here are a few of the projects we made.

The first project we made was a candy holder.  I put a kit kat in it.  I could make 100 of them and not get tired making them.  It’s a small project so it goes FAST.


Here’s how to make it. Cut a paper 4 inches by 6 inches.  Score on the long side at 1 3/4, 2 1/4, 4 1/2, 5, and 5 1/2. Flip the paper on the short side and score at 1/2 inch.

At the 1/2 inch score, cut out everything except for the long tab in the left side.

Accordion fold the sides and assemble the put glue down the side.  Next, put glue on the bottom tab and fold up.  (I used fast fuse).

Stamp Set: For all Things

My next project is, I believe, my favorite card of all time.  I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I do.  It’s vintage and it doesn’t follow the rules — it sticks outside of the card.  I don’t like following rules so I think that has something to do with it 🙂  The black on the flower is actually embossed, so there is dimension on the card.  The women had so much fun with this card.  I’m glad I chose it for the class.


Tip: The ribbon color is Watermelon Wonder.  I cut the ribbon lengthwise and used the bottom under the green paper.  I then used the rest of the ribbon, scrunching it under the flower for a pop of color.

Stamp Set: Blended Bloom

Have a great day,


Money Holders

Dear Friends,

I have a confession. I’m not a huge fan of summer.  I used to love it!!  Ice cream, flowers, playing outside, what’s not to love?  Then I had kids.  And my kids LOVE summer.  They love it so much, they act exuberant and playful.  If you know my kids, you know that results  in a lot of mischief.  They had  great time in camp this summer and I wanted to give a special thanks to their counselors.

Luckily, I cam across an amazing money holder idea, right when I needed it.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  It came from Erica Cerwin of Pink Buckaroo.  Click here for her video and project.   She uses the new bag maker punch to make the money holder.

Here’s one of the money holders I made.


I followed her instructions and cut the DSP to 7 1/2 x 10.  Score at 2 1/2  and 7 (long side).  Then, line punch up with the 2 1/2 inch and 7 inch score lines (see below) and punch two sweet little V’s (see below on where to line it up).


Next, I used my score board to make a score line where the flaps are (see where my stylus is pointing to).


Here’s what it will look like:


I then cut off the flaps on the sides


Fold the long sides and adhere with sticky strip or other tacky glue, then fold in the flap.  Ta da!  You have a pocket.  I then used my 1 3/4″ round punch in the center middle so that a card could easily be removed (see below).


The white insert is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (standard card size).  I followed Erica’s instructions and cut a little piece of DSP for the inside card.  I cut mine 3/4″ x 4 1/4.  I put glue on the very bottom and stapled it on either side to secure it.  I then wrote a nice note to each counselor (not shown :)) and tucked a check inside.  I hope they liked it!

Here are more samples that I made.





If you make one, be sure to send me a picture!


Money Holder Cards

I am so excited about this project!  My husband is the co-president of my daughter’s Parent Teacher Organization.  About a month ago, he asked me to create cards for all the teachers that could also hold money.  Of course, I waited till the day before and was panicked 🙂  I went onto pinterest and found inspiration from a project pinned about 6 years ago by Becky Roberts.  Her card looks nothing like the ones below, but it was her idea for the “peekaboo.”  Thank you, Becky!

Here’s the card.  At first, it seems like a typical card.  It opens, you can write a note, etc.


But then, you realize that the whole project opens and peekaboo, there’s some money inside!  (We left the money sticking up a little at the top so they’d be sure to know it was there.  LOL.)


To the make the card, use any large cutting die.  I made it with the Deco Labels one above, but I will also show you an example of the card using a different die.  Here’s the trick.  Fold some paper in half.  Keep the folded side a little inside of the die so the side edge doesn’t cut it.  (Wish I’d take a picture . . . If you have questions, send me an email.)  To make the pocket: Use a single paper (unfolded) just cut the die again and cut in half, as shown in the yellow above.  Trim on the left side by a smidge so it fits in the larger project.  Adhere only around the edges so that it is a pocket.

Here’s another version that I made.  I wanted you to see that you can use ANY shape die and still have it look fabulous.




Hope the teachers enjoy receiving them as much I enjoyed making them!


– Fun Flower Punch (133785)
Beautiful Bunch Wood-Mount Stamp Set (134279)
–  Deco Labels Collection (Die)

Have a great week,


Chalkboard Banner

This post is a perfect example of going-with-the-flow.  I had an idea months ago to create a decorated chalk-board for Maya’s teachers.  I’m the room parent this year and I wanted to do something very special for Maya’s hardworking pre-k teachers.  I imagined a large chalkboard with flowers pasted on the bottom right.

Last week I started making the paper flowers.  And I didn’t like what I was coming up with.  It just didn’t look right with the chalkboard.  So I went with something totally different.  A banner!  I love how it came out and I had so much fun playing.  You’ll notice I used lots of retired products in it — I encourage you to always use your supplies!  Whether they are current or not, use them up.  I never feel guilty buying more goodies as long as I use what I have 🙂  The stamp set is an oldy, but a goody.


I started by punching out the letters in pool party. I punched the circles in wild wasabi with a 2 inch punch.  The designer paper is 3 x 4 1/2.  I put a thin strip of gold on the paper.  I also punched some scallops in pool party and put them in the V- part of the banner.  Finally, I wanted my banner to be a little sturdier, so I cut wild wasabi card stock to 3 1/4 x about 5.  When I was done, I embellished the banner with some glitter, ribbon, gold sequins, candy dots, washi tape, etc.  To hang up the banner, I used gold baker’s twine and taped it the back of the chalkboard using a wide piece of packing tape.


Here’s a close-up of the pieces: