Valentine Cards

In the midst of the snowstorm here in the Midwest I thought it would be a good time to make a few Valentine cards for the upcoming event.

The first card is quite similar and was inspired by K Werner Designs. I’m not sure when she made her card, but I liked the idea of using scrap ribbons to form the focal point of a card. I did add my own spin on her design, however, by making the paper buttons that I glittered rather than using ones purchased. I also changed the sentiment to be placed in the upper left hand corner, rather than the bottom. I can’t recall if she added the stitching lines or not, but I think that adds to the charm of it.

I love you

The second card was inspired by the London Market paper pack by Pinkpaislee. I thumbed through the papers in the pack and found this one that I just felt was perfect for our granddaughter for Valentines Day. The card came together quite easily. The banners were cut with a die set from The Stamps of Life and the linen thread is from Stampin’ Up! that I’ve had forever. I just had to include some bling on the banner as well as Stickles for extra sparkle. I almost forgot, I stamped the word Love, and a heart on 2 of the banners. I believe the heart stamp is from Raisin Boat and the LOVE sentiment is from The Stamps of Life.

London Market Valentine
That’s it for today. I have quite a few more Valentine cards to make along with a few other paper crafting goodies. I hope to have those completed and will share those with you as they are finished.

That’s it for now, so until next time thank you for visiting and have a Blessed Day.



Quick Valentine Card Share

I have so many projects finished and ready to show you, but with Valentines Day approaching in a few weeks I decided to share a few cards I have made for the occasion.

The first 2 cards are quite similar as you can readily see below. Rather than go with traditional red/pink/white cards for these, I opted to do cards that would be appropriate for Valentines Day or even for an anniversary or wedding. The stamp set I used for both of these is called “Perfect Pears” and is from my favorite new stamp company, Raisin Boat. I may have mentioned this before but if so please bear with me. This company has a boatload:-) of wonderful stamps and offers the best of both worlds by offering the option of either purchasing the stamps or renting them. I highly recommend checking them out if you are either an avid stamper like myself, or just learning and want to get your feet wet, as there is something there for all levels of papercrafters with many, many stamp sets to choose from.

Perfect Pair Valentine 1

Perfect Pair Valentine 2

Just a little bit about these cards, I stamped the words “We go Together” along the ribbon with Timber Brown Staz On Ink, it doesn’t show well on these pictures but is quite visible in person. The natural twine, Vanilla and Not Quite Navy card stock are from Stampin’ Up! and the brocade paper is from individual sheets I purchased at Hobby Lobby several years ago. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the layered heart and inked the edges with Distress Ink, Linen I believe.

I really like how these cards turned out and hope you enjoying them as well.

Oh my, I almost forgot to mention that Raisin Boat offers a monthly challenge on their blog and I plan on entering these cards for that event this month. The prize for the winner is a stamp set of their choice.

Well that’s about it for now, I’ll be back to share many more projects in the next few days.

Until then, God Bless,

I love the Christmas Card Challenge at Your Paper Pantry because by Christmas this year, with zero stress, I will have all of my cards ready to mail to our friends and family.  Why you ask?  Because the Christmas Card Challenge at YPP asks us to create 5 Christmas cards each month and by simple math calculation I will have 60 cards ready to mail when the time arrives.

Here’s the scoop, each month there will be a theme, and you guessed it, this month’s theme is related to snow, snowman, snowflakes, etc.  So without further ado, the following are my cards for the January Challenge.

One quick note, you may wonder why the first card would depict the theme of snow.  It’s difficult to see on the photo, but the ends of the tree branches are actually snowflakes so I felt this would fit with the theme this month.

Jan 2014 Number 5   Jan 2014 Number 2 Jan 2014 number 1

Jan 2014 Number 4

Jan 2014 Number 3

Backtracking Just a Bit

Without spending a lot of time being verbose, I want to backtrack just a bit and share the cards I made for our grandchildren for Christmas this year.  In addition, we celebrated several birthdays during the month of December and one of those cards will also be included with this post (the other cards were posted previously for the other 2 birthdays)

Angel card resize

Angel stamp – Karen Lockhart
Sentiment stamp – Paper Wishes
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils
Diamond Stickles
Versamark & Silver Embossing Powder
Papers from Paper Wishes
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!



Snowman Card resize

Snowman Stamp – Karen Lockhart
Paper – Paper Wishes
Cardstock – Stampin Up
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol
Silver matte is from a yogurt (washed of course)
Diamond Stickles






Merry Christmas resize

Merry Christmas Tree stamp – Paper Wishes
Paper – Pinecone Press
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!
Red & Silver Stickles
Navy Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up!
Image from Silhouette Store







Christmas stockings resizeStocking & Shelf Stamp from Raisin Boat
Sentiment Stamp – Paper Wishes
Wood grain embossing folder – Hobby Lobby
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!
Red Stickles
Distress Ink
Brads – Stampin’ Up!
Paper Pieced stockings is paper pieced with fluffy stuff on cuff (can’t remember what the product is called)






That’s it for today.  Lots more to share soon.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,


Birthdays A Plenty Plus

Along with the excitement of the Christmas season, we have a few other family celebrations in December as 3 of our 7 grandchildren have a birthday this month.  I don’t always post my cards and projects mostly because I am working on things at the last-minute and run out of time.  However, this year I made a concerted effort to have cards finished well ahead of time and to that end I have 2 of the birthday cards completed and the other on my crafting table in process.

Here are the first two cards that are finished thus far.

Kaitlins Birthday Card 2013

This card is for our oldest granddaughter who will be turning 13 this year.  She loves the color blue, as I do, so I wanted to make a special card commemorating this special birthday for her and chose her favorite color as a starting point.  I love the combination of burlap and lace, so I added those elements along with a removable handmade stick pin that includes a butterfly charm on a dangle.  The hand dyed seam binding along with the ivory pearl swirl added to the charm of this card I think.   It’s not noticeable on the picture I took, but I dyed some Diamond Dust a pale blue and added that along the ends of the rolled paper.  I was quite pleased with the outcome of this card and hope she will enjoy it too.

Her younger brother is also celebrating a birthday this month, his 8th, so I decided to use some car paper I purchased awhile back from a fine paper store (that I was hording) as the jumping off point for his card.  Since the flip cards are so popular of late, I thought that would be a fun project to work on as well as receive.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the flip card, starburst matte, birthday sentiment and number 8.  Glitter and shimmer are a signature element I use on most of the card creations, so adding a bit of red Stickles was a must.  The original flip card stopped at the edge of the car paper but I thought it looked unfinished, so I added the blue sides along with star eyelets to add some extra umpf to make the card look complete.  I’m told he enjoyed his card along with the gift we sent to celebrate his special day.

Koles Birthday Card 2013

Now I must regress just a bit to Thanksgiving and share some little treat bags I made to set on the table for our family celebration.  This year was special because our oldest daughter, her hubby and their 4 children drove from Colorado to be here for the holiday.  Our house was abuzz with children’s laughter and fun family time since all of our 7 grandchildren were here and 3 of our 4 children.  It would be a blessing to have all of our children here, but it so difficult given the fact that our oldest lives so far away.  We do count our blessings though and will cherish all the great memories of that day for a long time to come.

As far as the small treat bags are concerned, they are a simple design but something I wanted to do for everyone.  The small turkey stamp was the basis for the topper and everything else just fell into place.  I decided to “ghost stamp” the sentiment with white and then top it with copper for a different effect.  The seam binding was hand dyed and the turkey along with the scallop edge was heat embossed with copper.  I’m sure the kiddos didn’t need any additional sugar that day, but it was still fun making the bags and sharing them with all.

Thanksgiving Treat Bag Close Up View Thanksgiving Treat Bags

My last share of the day is a gift bag I made.  I used my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board to make the bows and my Silhouette to cut out the snowflakes and star.  Diamond glitter was used to make the snowflakes sparkle and 2 layers of paper covered the bag to accent the tree.  I love the dimensional aspect of the bag and it was fun to use some Christmas paper I had in my stash and put it to good use.

Christmas Gift Bag

Well that’s it for today.  I’m sorry this post is long lengthy, but I wanted to get up to date with a few of my projects.  I do have several other gifts and cards I will share this month, some already completed and others in various stages, but I’ll say goodbye for now and get back to my craft room.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!


Christmas Card

I am so far behind on my posts and have several pics to share from Halloween and Thanksgiving, but in the spirit of the Christmas Season I wanted to share this card first.

I recently signed up with Raisin Boat for their monthly stamp rental program and was inspired to make this card with the first 2 sets I received.  I fell in love with these trees from the “Merry Nature” set and had this card in mind when I placed my initial order .  The holly is from the stamp set entitled “Deck the Halls”.  Truth be told, I am sure I’ll be purchasing both of these sets and renting another 2 since I love both of these sets so much.

I have a few other card ideas lingering around in my head that I want to make in the coming days with these beautiful stamp sets, but until those are finished I’ll leave you with this card share.

As a side note, I see on the picture that the glittery snow appears pinkish in some places, but in reality it is just shimmery.


Christmas Card 1

Supplies Used:

Merry Nature stamp set from Raisin Boat
Deck the Halls stamp set from Raisin Boat
Distress Inks and sponges to create the background
Claudine Hellmuth white acrylic paint for snow
Fan Brush
Cuttlebug embossing folder for window texture
Red Nailheads – Paper Wishes
Green & red marker – Stampin’ Up!
Red and Diamond – Stickles
Window image cut from Silhouette store
Cardstock from Stampin’ Up!
Homemade Glimmer Mist

Halloween Treats & Bags

I’ve been a busy gal lately as I’ve been working on 7 different Halloween treats and bags for our 7 grandchildren.  I still have one more go to, but that should be finished later today.  In the meantime, I thought I would share the projects that I’ve finished thus far.

Given the fact that they will all receive more than enough candy, I decided to make gifts that were non-food related.  In my search for ideas, I saw a video online that I used for inspiration, albeit the original design was for hot chocolate and a candy stir stick.  Using that as a jumping off spot, I made small covered notebooks along with a custom hang tag, a pencil and decorated folder.  As a side note, each focal point jiggles.  I made little “wiggly” elements that adhere to the back of each central image which gives movement and a little whimsy to them.  The “wiggly” elements are handmade using a 1″ circle punch, a bit of thin wire and Glossy Accents.  I really love how these turned out, as each one is unique and all are quite sparkly (even though that aspect doesn’t show up on my pics).  In addition, I made simple gift bags to present them to our special guys and gals.

So without further ado, here are the gifts I made for Halloween this year.

Halloween 6

Halloween 5

Halloween 1Halloween 4


Halloween 2


Halloween 3 Halloween 10


Halloween 9












I used a variety of supplies to make these gifts.  I’ll try to share that information below to the best of my recollection.


Black card stock – Stampin’ Up!
Papers were from Stampin’ Up!, dollar bin at Target & Hobby Lobby
Twine from Hobby Lobby
Stickles – Black & Diamond
Iridescent Fibers from Little Black Dress
Orange Glitter – Martha Sterwart
Seam binding was died with Stampin’ Up! reinkers
Purple lace – JoAnn’s
Stamps from Stampin’ Up!, Michael’s dollar bin & Hobby Lobby
Sequin trim from Wal Mart
#2 pencils – Wal Mart
Mechanical pencils – JoAnn’s
Twinkling H20’s
Stampin’ Up! markers
White craft ink – Stampin’ Up!
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Black Netting – Hobby Lobby
Shrink Plastic – Michael’s
Chain & jump rings – JoAnn’s
Liquid Mono Dual Glue (not sure that’s the name)
3M tape (1/4″ for tape guns)
Glue Dots
Glossy Accents
Corner Chomper
1″ circle punch – Stampin’ Up!

If you need any information on a specific product, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to check on the exact product I used.

Until next time, have a great weekend and God Bless!