card making :: pocket cards


I discovered a product line called Studio 112 while shopping at my local JoAnn Fabric and Craft store the other day.  They make all sorts of embellishments and card making components for $1, which is great for crafting on a budget.  Things are packed in multiples so you get more than one for your dollar, such as these cute favor bags which came as a pack a three.  I turned them into three pocket cards to hold a gift card by simply layering some of the components and using a piece of double sided tape to secure the gift card onto a paper tag that can be pulled out of the pocket.


Happy crafting!


card making: halloween is coming!

It’s obvious when you walk into any grocery store these days: Halloween is coming!  If you’re the type of friend who likes to send spooky greetings on this holiday, check out these three card designs for inspiration.  I will show you how to use alphabet letter stickers as an alternative to investing in a stamp to use as a sentiment and introduce you to glitter tape.  Think washi tape + glitter = POW!!




Happy haunting, folks!

step away from the stamps … slowly, slowly …


In an effort to try to be less “stamp heavy” with card designs, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to use other materials that may be more commonly found around the house or office.  I realize that not everyone owns stamps and that shouldn’t discourage people from wanting to be crafty: there are so many other ways to express creativity without breaking the bank to buy supplies that you may not use much later down the line.

So instead of complicated card designs that involve rubber stamping, here are a few ideas that are fast and simple to pull together in mere minutes.  You could even incorporate the help of your little ones while you’re at it: they can help tear washi tape, pick out the color of the balloon, or select the marker colors you should use.

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card making: glittery dahlia hello card


I recently discovered Wink of Stella glitter brush markers and whoa!  It’s a pretty cool tool!  It’s a great way to add a shimmery effect to a project with glitter that won’t go flying all over the place (or stick to your face in my case!) because it’s controlled and applied with a nylon brush that can do thick or thin lines.


The coverage you get is awesome, and the glitteryness (I just made up that word) is pretty fantastic.  Definitely a tool to add to your stash!

Happy crafting!

card making: one tool, three uses

What do these three card designs have in common?  (Well besides being made by me, ya smarty pants!)  They were created using one particular tool that is a favorite in my crafting space these days: the chevron border punch.  Here are three card designs demonstrating how to use the tool in different ways.


For this design I used the punched out arrows to create a window and adhere a sheet of clear plastic behind it with some foam mounting tape.  I put in colorful hole punches to create confetti that can float around behind the arrows.


For this design I adhered some of the punched out arrow shapes from the first design using repositionable adhesive, sprayed the white cardstock with some misting paint, and then peeled the arrows off.


For this design, I used the punch tool on different colored cardstock and then used them to fill in arrows on a white piece of cardstock.

Happy crafting!

one more for 2013

One more craft show, that is!  I know I know, I said the last one would be my last one for the year but this one came up and I couldn’t resist the urge to join in, especially because it is at Gather Here!   So mark your calendar for Sunday, December 8th and stop by to say hello if you’re in the neighborhood.  I’ll be there along with Zooguu, Made in Lowell, Kim O’Brien, and the Orange Owl from 12 to 7 pm.


Of course with it taking place at a yarn and fabric store, I’ll have some new crafty themed card designs available along with the Christmas-y and holiday-y ones.  Hope to see you there!

holiday craft market 2013

I’m excited to be participating in this year’s Holiday Craft Market up in Beverly, Massachusetts this Saturday!  I haven’t been able to participate in the past couple of years because we’re usually traveling on the weekend that they do this craft show, but I lucked out this year.  I hope you’ll be able to come on up to the north shore to pop in and check out what some of the local artists have to offer.  There’s a fabulous array of crafters this year, definitely offering ways to cross off gifts to buy from your holiday lists!


I’ve been working on some new holiday designs lately and this is one of them, along with a birthday card that will be debuting at the show this Saturday.

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I’ll have these cards plus many other holiday and specific occasion cards, felt pins, felt hair clips and some hand embroidered hoops for decorations at my booth.  Hope to see you there!

a week of new designs – day 7

And the final peek at some new designs that will be available this weekend is this simple birthday card complete with a reusable bird clip.


That wraps up the week of new designs – thanks for following along!  All of the designs are available online and will also be available at the Arlington Open Studios event this weekend.  I’ll be in the gym on the second floor from 12 to 5 pm both days.  Stop by and say hello if you are in the area!

a week of new designs – day 6

I hope you’re still following along this week as some new card designs are revealed!  And don’t forget: you can get any of them from the online store before Arlington Open Studios this weekend too.


Okay so today’s reveal is more of a double peek but they are pretty similar so what the heck.  I freakin’ love this stamp from Stampin’ Up!  And when I first saw it I immediately thought of my two monsters stamp – there’s something about the expressions on their faces that makes me crack up.  I decided to also make the card with the two owls because I love their expressions too.



And again, a return of that super cool grid paper as a background.  I kind of like how the lines still show through the marker colored images.  I’ve started to hand-stitch on some cards again after playing with this design too.  Enjoy!


a week of new designs – day 5


When you want to simply wish someone a happy birthday.  🙂

The words “happy birthday” were die cut and adhered to the top of this card so that it pops off a little bit.  The “i” is decorated with a sparkly rhinestone.  The grey, green, white and blue color palette is one of my favorites lately.

[The arrow stamps and the word die cuts are by Papertrey Ink.]