Monday, September 11, 2017

Halloween & Fall Box Cards Tutorial

It's been a wet and wild weekend here in central Florida. Hurricane Irma plowed right up through the state like no other hurricane before her, at least as far as I can remember. We experienced some pretty intense winds, rain and power outages, but in the end were quite lucky not to have major damage to our home. It was stressful, just the same. During the storm (when we still had power) it was helpful to work on something easy in order to keep my mind busy. That's when I turned to my Cricut Explore machine. I decided on a Halloween box card because I LOVE Halloween and adore making box cards. Today I thought I'd share a quick tutorial for the box cards I made. If you're not into Halloween, I also share how I made slight adjustments to create a Thanksgiving/Fall card. Keep scrolling for that as well as the supply list.

Box cards are so cute and look so difficult, but they are super easy! And the Cricut file includes an envelope sized perfectly to the folded down box card.

I start by importing a basic box card design from SVGCuts and cut the base pieces from black cardstock.

I cut the accent pieces from various designer papers. I've used papers from Authentique's new "Bountiful" collection.

I decide which papers will be on my exterior and adhere them to the base.

I flip the base over and adhere the pieces to the interior panels.

I adhered the box together then added the two support strips inside. Everything is scored on the Cricut, so it's super easy to fold and go!

Rather than fussy-cut the fall leaves from this sheet, I used a maple leaf punch similar in size. Even though it's not the exact size as the leaves, once I inked the edges they looked great.

On the Cricut, I cut out several bats of various sizes from black cardstock. I stamped a tag with October 31 and added a sparkly brad, then die-cut the pumpkins and their parts from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Pumpkins" set.

Now comes the fun of assembly. Just layer and arrange however you like. Sometimes I use layers of foam tape to pop elements up.

To the base I added the wrought iron gate pieces, which are gray cardstock punched with an older Martha Stewart Crafts die.

In Cricut Design Space I searched "zig zag" and found these great border strips. I stamped Happy Halloween and popped it up with foam tape. Done!

Not into Halloween? Change up the elements a little and make a Thanksgiving/Fall card...

Same paper collection, different stamps. I eliminated the faces from the pumpkins and used lots of the stickers from the 12 x 12 sticker sheet which comes with the paper collection.

Visit your local scrapbook store for these great products, or shop online at

Martha Stewart Crafts Iron Fence Punch
Close to My Heart stamp sets: Halloween Greetings, Steampunk Scoundrels, Happy Thanksgiving
EK Success Maple Leaf punch

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous week!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Master Detective Kits Available!

It's Labor Day weekend, all, so I hope you're enjoying yourselves. Just a quick post to let you know I posted five Master Detective Kits in my Etsy Shop last night, and already two have sold! So if you're interested, be sure to get yours before they're gone.

Details and more photos can be found in my Etsy Shop HERE.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tour Graphic 45 and Running With Scissors

I've got another great video to share with you today. This time was a special treat, because I got to visit the Graphic 45 offices as well as tour the Portland and Seattle areas, and of course teach at the fabulous Running With Scissors scrapbook store in Kent, WA. I hope you get a moment to watch this fun video tour. It sums up this great trip perfectly!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Birthday Card Tutorial with Cafe Parisian & Frozen Treats

As many of you may already know, I get together with three friends once a month and spend the afternoon making cards each of us has designed. It's always my favorite time of the month because I not only create a card design, but I get to PLAY making other friends' designs! (I always love being the student for a change.)

Today I'd love to share with you this 5" x 7" birthday card I designed using Graphic 45's Café Parisian collection of papers and flowers, along with Celebrate tags. I love the new Frozen Treats die from Stampin' Up, don't you? I'll provide links to everything as I describe them in my tutorial below.

Before designing my actual card, I like to begin by selecting embellishments. Here I've popped out a few flowers and circles from the Café Parisian Flowers pack. These are great because they're card stock thick, pre-cut, and are printed on both sides. Talk about quick!

Next, I die cut various Café Parisian papers using Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats dies. I used both the 12 x 12 Paper collection and some from the Patterns & Solids.

I layered pattern paper behind a Celebrate ATC Ivory Tag, added some pretty May Arts ribbon, then die-cut the letters using an old QuiKutz alphabet die. (I cut it twice for more dimension.)

I cut a 5" x 7" card base from light blue cardstock, a 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" piece of dark blue cardstock, then a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" pattern paper piece. The striped piece is 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" wide before punching the border, then a  4 3/4" border strip with the words and cherries. I lightly inked the edges of all the pieces with coordinating ink colors.

Assemble as shown.

On a soft mat with the flowers face down, gently stroke the petals outward-in with a large ball stylus to create dimension.

Then flip the flowers face up and "stir" the centers while pressing into the soft mat.

Layering elements as desired. I popped up the Celebrate tag with foam tape.

Keep on layering and having fun!

And don't forget the inside. Here I've used more Café Parisian papers (love those cherries!) and used Stampin' Up's soon-to-be-released "Labels to Love" stamp and Everyday Label Punch. Contact your Stampin' Up demonstrator September 1st to get yours.

What a fun card to create! Simple, right? So my question to YOU is do you make your own cards? If so, do you get together with friends or make them on your own?

I hope you've enjoyed my tute today. Not able to find Graphic 45 products in your local stores? 

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kits are now available!


Quick Sunday Hello!

Just wanted to let you know I've listed seven different kits in my Etsy shop today. For a quick view, check my KITS tab at the top of this blog. To go straight to my Etsy shop to read all the details and costs, go here.

I'll be back in a few days with a fun card I'm working on this afternoon!

Enjoy your Sunday! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tutorial and Kits update

Hello everyone! I'm back from my Seattle trip and had a fabulous time teaching at Running with Scissors in Kent, Washington. I also spent time with fellow crafty friends, Ginger Ropp and Maggi Harding, visiting the Graphic 45 office in Portland, Oregon. Something I've been dreaming of for a while now. If you follow Graphic 45 on Facebook, you may have seen the Facebook Live we did last Friday. It was GREAT fun! You can still view it here if you like. Just scroll to Friday, August 11th.

I'll be sharing a video not only of the Running With Scissors shop, but also some great peeks at the Graphic 45 office and lots of fun photos and videos of my trip around Portland and Seattle. So hang in there for that soon.

Today I just wanted to let you know that I have posted my Enchanted Forest Box and Album Tutorial today. It's listed under the Tutorial tab at the top of this blog. There you'll see details and a link to my Etsy shop.

In the coming days, I'll be posting KITS! Yes, I've got just a handful of kits left over from my Graphic 45 teaching tour this year. If you follow my blog, you've seen all the fun classes I've offered. There is a very limited number of these, so if you like what you see, grab 'em up quick before they're gone!

The best way to know when I post kits is to "favorite" my shop on Etsy, or you can subscribe to my blog in the upper right corner, OR you can check my blog every day. Note: The subscribe option is great because it goes to your e-mail inbox, however it is delayed almost 24 hours from the time I post, which means by the time it gets to your inbox, it could already be sold out.

So I recommend "favoriting" my Etsy Shop, and you'll get a notice as soon as I list something new.

Just go here to make my shop a favorite.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Tour of the Fabulous Scraporium!

Hello and welcome to another awesome scrapbook store tour. I recently taught three fun Graphic 45 classes at Scraporium located near Tampa, Florida, just a few hours from home. As you'll see as we stroll the aisles, it's a small store totally PACKED with everything you could dream of for your crafting and scrapbooking needs. And they have a large classroom where they host various classes for all levels of crafters. I hope you take a moment to watch this brief video. Enjoy!