Monday, February 10, 2020

Fashion Forward Valentines in an Afternoon

Valentine's Day is this Friday, so there's still time to create some pretty cards. I challenged myself to create as many cards as I could, using only one sheet of Graphic 45's Fashion Forward February page along with some patterns and solids papers, cardstock and just a few embellishments. I actually created four cards and a bonus little pocket and tag! How satisfying!

I'm featured over on the Graphic 45 blog today with close-ups of all the designs, the supply list, some tips and tricks, and a little ditty of a video. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Organizing to Move

Slowly but surely, Paul and I are getting the house ready to sell. I'm knee-deep in going through my craft room (and the other rooms in the house that have occupied a lot of additional crafty stash) and Paul is painting the entire house. Every. Single. Room. (Ugh.) So I'm quite happy to do everything else that needs to be done to avoid painting.

Through all the prepping, planning, cleaning, sorting and discarding, I'm feeling the reality of our move and, to be honest, it's stressful. The one thing I find keeps me calm and sane through this process is crafting. Even if it's just a quick card or a few pages in my planner, I try to do something every day and it's truly helping!

Today, I'm sharing another page layout in my planner using all the fabulous Planner Essentials products from Elizabeth Craft Designs. As I've mentioned before, I'm keeping a special planner just for our move to Greenville, SC. Today's pages are featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and as you'll see, they're starting to reveal my feelings about moving, what we're up to, and how things are going.

Links to the supplies I used in these pages are below and also listed on their blog. Please note that I now receive a very small commission if someone clicks on my links and makes a purchase. Many crafters do this and I've just begun to as well. It's no additional cost to you at all. Just a nicety for those of us who promote companies' products.

Thanks for stopping in. Now head on over to Elizabeth Craft Designs' blog to check out all the details on my pages today.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Ocean Blue Cascading Tag Album

Happy Hump Day everyone! Today I'm sharing my cascading tag album using Graphic 45's brand new Ocean Blue collection. Here's a peek at the project I created for Creativation 2020 plus even more photos and a video tutorial on Graphic 45's blog today. Check it out here. I've shown how I created the basic structure of this tag album with tags both vertical and horizontal.

If you haven't heard yet, Graphic 45 has come out with some fabulous new die sets. This little policy envelope is one of them. I show all the dies in this new set in my video tutorial.

This fancy frame is also part of that new die set. When you view the video, you'll see I created this album from not much more than tags and the paper collection, then I used my Cinch machine to bind it all together. If you don't have a Cinch, you can simply punch holes and insert book rings or more twine.

Ocean Blue is a unique Graphic 45 collection in that it uses various shades of only three colors: blue, brown and white, which I think makes it extra fabulous! I believe this will be a favorite for Summer, vacation, cruise and beach photos, just to mention a few. 

What would you make with Ocean Blue? I would love to hear!

Don't forget to visit the Graphic 45 blog today for more photos and my video tutorial. Thanks and have a great day!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

A Unique Tag and Pocket Valentine Card

Need a unique idea for a Valentine card? Try this pretty tag and pocket combination. It's always fun to add some interaction to cards and this design is especially nice for tucking a love note or a gift card inside. If you have a pretty easel stand, it can be displayed on a shelf year-round. (Keep reading to see how I created my easel stand from cardstock.)

I've used Planner Essentials dies for this unique card idea along with Graphic 45's Love Notes collection. (A detailed list of supplies is at the bottom of this post.)

Inside, I've built another little pocket and inserted a Valentine's gift card. It's also a great place to tuck a spicy love note! Read on for the tutorial so you can make your own...

Cut sturdy black cardstock 4" x 7" and pattern paper 3 3/4" x 6 3/4" and adhere together. Die-cut pattern paper using the diagonal pocket in the Planner Essentials 26 - Planner Pocket 3 set. Die-cut the two heart charms using Planner Essentials 25 - Double Heart Insert set, once from black cardstock and the other from pattern paper. Adhere to top edge of pocket and trim the excess.

Fold a 7" x 6 1/2" piece of black cardstock in half to get a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" size. Die-cut the large tag, positioning the left edge just off the fold as shown. You're creating a tag-shaped card so you want to keep that folded side intact. If you die-cut it, you'll end up with two black tags. Duh.

Open out the tag/card and adhere die-cut papers to the front and back. I've inked the edges softly with black ink. 

Flip the tag/card over to the inside and die-cut more papers and a topper piece. (Note: You'll have to trim a 1/16" off the side of each tag that meets at the fold to reduce bulk so your card opens and closes easily.)

Before adhering the pocket element onto your base, it's important to check the fit of the folded tag/card first. The bulk of the tag made it a super tight fit, so I simply adjusted the scored folds a bit on the left and right of the pocket to make a little more room before gluing it in place.

To dress up the tags' holes, die-cut some reinforcers for each side in colors you like. Stamp the reinforcers before adhering in place. I've used the Reinforcement Variety Pack die set and Pieces of Life 1 - Numbers and More stamp set.

I created a simple pocket by hand for the inside so I had a place for my gift card. It's also a perfect spot to write a short message. For fun, you can stamp a Valentine phrase in the background as a secret little surprise when a note or gift card has been removed from the pocket.

Onto the front of the tag/card die-cut a stitched banner and stamp as desired. I've used an old favorite stamp set from Close To My Heart called "Because I Love You." This is also one of the sets I used on the red-striped pocket, along with "Pure Love" from CTMH. Die-cut the fold-over tab from black cardstock. Attach to front and fold over to the inside. I affixed a puffy gold heart sticker I had in my stash.

Close the tag/card and pull some pretty ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow. Slide the tag into the pocket. 

Just for fun, I created this great little card stand. Elizabeth Card Designs has a die like this, but I don't own it yet. I'll list it below if you're interested. Since I needed to get this mailed off soon, I used an SVG file on my Cricut machine. It's double thick in its design, so it's perfectly sturdy for holding cards like this. Get it for free here.

I hope you've enjoyed this unique Valentine. Make sure to check out all the other great ideas from the Elizabeth Craft Designs team for more inspiration for Valentine projects. 


Sunday, January 26, 2020

My new Greenville Planner!

Hello and welcome back. I've started a brand new planner for 2020 to document our move to Greenville, SC later this year. This planner will hold goals, plans, lists, photos, and everything else that goes into relocating and downsizing.

I'm sharing a tutorial of my dashboard page and my first two intro pages over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today so I hope you take a moment to check it out. I offer some little tips and techniques if you're new to planners or the dies. The 2020 Planner Essentials release is amazing and I've featured several of the new dies in these pages.

Here are the products I've used with links to each one. I've also listed these on the ECD blog with my post. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous week!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sharing my December Day by Day Album

It may be January, but I have finally finished filling up my December Day by Day album (much like a December Daily) and I wanted to share it with you. I've got a video walk-through with some tips on how to best prepare your own December Day by Day pages, work with small photos, how to use dies in unique ways, and what to do when your album gets too thick.

I hope you take a moment to check it out. I had such a great time making it and an even better time filling it up with photos and memories!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Planner Essentials Design Team Member (with a tutorial!)

I'm excited to share that I've joined the design team for Elizabeth Craft Designs, specifically their Planner Essentials team. I'm a big fan of planners, journals, books, and diaries, so this will be fun year of doing what I love and sharing it with you.

The new Planner Essentials line for 2020 has just been released and it's fabulous! You can view all of it here. Today I'm sharing a TUTORIAL for a cute little Valentine's card made with Planner dies. (Yep, you heard correctly.) I wanted to show how the Planner Essentials dies and stamps can be used for all types of crafting, not just planners.

The top heart layer of the card has a clever channel with a slide-out feature for a hidden message.
I've used Graphic 45's Bloom papers for my envelope and card.

Below are all the steps to create it yourself...

Step 1: Die cut the Double Heart base from light pink cardstock. Die cut the smaller heart from coordinating pattern paper, then cut the righthand portion of the heart base from coordinating paper.

Step 2: Die cut the heart-leaf stem several times from pink cardstock. Adhere over the large pattern paper heart from Step 1, trimming excess around edges.

Step 3: Trace the smaller die-cut heart onto pink cardstock, without the notch, then cut out.

Step 4: Trace the pink cardstock heart from Step 3 onto medium weight chipboard and cut out. Die cut the stitched-edge tag and stamp a sentiment. Place under the notch, trace the outline onto the chipboard heart and cut away a channel.

Step 5: Adhere the patterned heart to the chipboard heart then to the pink heart. As you can see, I've die-cut another tag in ivory instead of pink. This makes it stand out better. I die-cut three more and layered them up so they were thick enough to slide in and out of the channel without falling out.

Step 6: Die-cut two different flowers from pink cardstock and adhere to patterned heart, trimming excess. Slide the sentiment tag into the channel.

Step 7: Die-cut two stitched banners from ivory cardstock. This die is from Planner Essentials 26, Pocket 3 -Tag & Toppers. Stamp desired sentiments and trim off the left edge of the banners.

Step 8: Adhere large patterned heart to cover of card.

Step 9: Die-cut the Double Heart shape from pattern paper and cut the pieces apart, also cutting inside the stitched line slightly. Adhere to card base (inside).

Step 10: Die cut several of the small heart shapes in desired colors and layer up, leaving the darkest one offset slightly like a shadow. Adhere elements to card front. Add twine to sentiment tag and through three holes on left edge. Add beads or charms to dress it up. 

The sentiment tag is just thick enough to slide in and out easily without falling out. How fun for the recipient to pull this out to reveal an additional sentiment!

You can dress up the inside with more die-cuts. Here, I've die-cut LOVE from ivory cardstock and dabbed pink ink lightly over the top.

As you can see, this card could also be a planner insert. Just add a photo inside and some journaling!

I hope you enjoyed the project. Make sure to visit the ECD blog today to view all sorts of creations from the talented design team members using the new Planner Essentials release.