I’m nominated for Paper Crafts Readers’ Choice!

I’m SO excited to share that one of the cards I recently submitted to Paper Crafts magazine is up for “Readers’ Choice” and could be in the May/June 2013 issue!

If you could take a minute to vote for me HERE, I’d really appreciate it! All the cards were created for the “Raiding the Kitchen” feature. The challenge was to use a product from the kitchen in your project. Mine is the blue/gray “Hello There” card. I created a striped background using paper straws. Voting ends 3 p.m. EST Friday, November 9.

Congrats to all the talented cardmakers nominated! And thank you in advance for taking a minute to vote!

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Everyday Fall Scrapbook / Mini Album

This weekend I was happy to have some time to do some crafting. It’s been awhile since I made an album and I decided to make a mini using mostly Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection. (You’ll also see pieces of Dear Lizzy Neapolitan and BasicGrey’s Shine On, too.) I immediately fell in love with Sketchbook when I saw it online (handwriting fonts? watercolor flowers? um, yes please!) and I’ve had the Amy Tan stickers and papers in my stash for a few months now. I’ve been taking quick snapshots on my iPhone lately and used these photos as the base for the album. These are my favorite types of albums… ones that capture the everyday and reflect on the beauty around us at any given moment. Here’s a peek inside. Thanks for stopping by!

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Halloween Cards & Happy World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day! I could not think of a better day to get back into blogging.

The fall is one of my favorite times of year to make crafts and I had so much fun today making cards for Halloween. I used mostly K&Company’s Kelly Panacci Halloween die-cut cardstock elements. They are so cute, perfectly sized for making cards and great to mix and match. I had bought this pack a few months ago to make cards for Paper Crafts magazine‘s Halloween issue. I never ended up submitting, but loved having them in my stash to make some cards today:

I wrapped embroidery thread to look like a spider web for a fun touch.

How cute is that little ghost? The yellow frame backdrop is actually paper I cut out of an Amy Tangerine minibook.

I wanted to make this witch sparkle with a glitter cardstock backdrop, and inserted a brad on her hat for an extra little detail.

Too frilly? I thought the lace paper and lace tape would soften the stripes on this skeleton card.

Love the phrase printed on this die-cut…

I felt like jazzing up this pumpkin with some animal print.

I thought this costumed pup paired perfectly with the “trick or treat” sentiment.

How are you celebrating World Card Making Day? If you’ve posted anything you’ve made online today, I’d love to see – feel free to leave a comment. Whether you’re celebrating WCMD or just enjoying the weekend, hope you have a good one. :)

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Handmade Religious Easter Cards featuring Verve Stamps and Anna Griffin

Tonight I’m sharing a pair of Easter cards I made featuring an Easter stamp set by Verve Stamps. I paired the sentiment on one of the cards with yet another gorgeous Anna Griffin paper in my stash (from this 5×7 stack). I added a little glitter, then some matching grosgrain ribbon and a mini Swarovski to complete the set. These cards are 5×7 folded… larger than the typical cardmaker’s favorite A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4). I like switching up the card sizes… Do you tend to stick to one size or make cards in a variety of sizes?

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Mini Woven Paper Easter Basket Tutorial

Hello all! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted but I’ve been working on Easter projects this weekend and can’t wait to share them with you on the blog this week. The first is an adorable little Easter basket made out of paper (isn’t it just so cute?) A good friend of mine bought me this book as a gift a few months ago:

It’s an awesome craft reference book filled with cards and other paper projects for various holidays and occasions. One of the projects I had bookmarked is this Easter basket:

I started making the basket following their instructions, but ended up veering off from the step-by-step instructions and finding my own method for making the basket. Today I’m going to share with you my first step-by-step photo project tutorial on the blog (hooray!) Hopefully it makes sense and let me know if you have any questions!

Mini Woven Paper Easter Basket Tutorial

One (1) sheet of 12×12 in. cardstock cut into strips (you will have some left over):
Eight (8) strips that measure 7 in. x 5/8 in., scored at 2 in. and 5 in.
Three (3) strips that measure 11 1/2 in. x 5/8 in., scored at 2 3/4 in., 5 1/2 in., 8 1/4 in.
One (1) strip that measures 11 1/2 in. x 5/8 in., not scored at all
Permanent adhesive tape runner
Small glue dots
Colored tissue paper
Chocolate eggs

1. Gather the eight 7 in. strips of cardstock first. These will be the base and form the walls of your basket. Lay down four strips side by side, then take another strip and “weave” it over and under the other strips right below the score line. Use a little bit of tape runner adhesive to secure the piece as necessary. Repeat for a second strip, alternating the weaves:

2. Continue the same for the last two strips, then bend at the score line to form the walls. When you are finished, it should look like this:

3. Now you are ready to start weaving the walls. Take a scored 11 1/2 in. strip and weave it over and under one side of the wall, pressing it towards the base and adding adhesive using the tape runner along the way to secure it:

4. Fold at the score line and weave the second wall:

5. Then weave the third wall…

6. Then the last wall. Your first row is complete, and you can start to see your basket taking shape:

7. Repeat the process for a second row, alternating the under/over weaves. I found that I did need to use any adhesive on this row, because it is kept in place by the row beneath it. Here’s what it looks like once you finish the second row:

8. Now you are ready for the last row. Weave the last scored strip, repeating the same weave pattern as the first row. On this row, you will need to use adhesive. It can get tricky to use the flat tape runner on the 3-D box, so that’s where the glue dots come in handy. When you are finished this row, your basket should look like this:

9. Now all you need to do is add the handle and your basket is complete. Take the only strip you have left, the unscored 11 1/2 in. piece, dab a bit of glue on both ends, and secure to the sides of the basket:

10. Just add some colored tissue paper and chocolate eggs, and your Easter basket is ready!

I just love this little basket, not only for Easter but for any spring party. They’re perfect to leave at a place setting or as a surprise gift.

Please let me know if you try my tutorial by leaving a comment. (Also, I appreciate a link back to my site if you post about it on your blog.) Feel free to ask any questions and I’d love to see how your basket comes out!

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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes and Gift Box

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As you may remember from Valentine’s Day, I love my Crate and Barrel mini muffin pan for making tiny cupcakes. I whipped up a batch of vanilla cupcakes today and thought it would be fun to make a gift box for giving a few away.

My St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes, decked out in Irish style – Wilton shamrock cupcake liners (available at Michaels)

I’m always keeping packaging to reuse it again, and this Coach gift box turned out to be the perfect size. (It’s also super sturdy, which is important for storing food.) I just needed to “green it up” a bit.

Some green paper, Anna Griffin patterned paper (doesn’t the print look Celtic?) and a felt shamrock sticker was all it took to cover up the Coach logo on the front.

The orange inside was a little bit tricky, it just required some extra measuring, scoring, cutting and careful adhering to cover up the interior “walls.” Green tissue paper covers the bottom.

With the cupcakes inside, the box is ready to go!

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Dr. Seuss Baby Shower Invitation

Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and I figured it would be the perfect day to share an invitation set I designed for a Dr. Seuss-themed baby shower awhile back. Primary colors, playful fonts and polka dots came together to create the Seussical set! I was able to find Cat in the Hat clip art online that was hi-res enough for printing the front of the card (thank you, Google image search). I borrowed a quote from Dr. Seuss’s Amazing Alphabet Book for the front of the card and continued the alphabet theme for the registry card and envelope. Here are a couple more photos… enjoy and have a fun Friday!

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