Monthly Archives: February 2010

Wine Charm Tags: Quick Tutorial

Wine Charm Tags

I made these cute Wine Charm Tags pretty fast! Here’s a quick how-to!


  • 1 sheet of white cardstock (to print words)
  • winecharmtags (downloadable .pdf file)
  • 1 sheet of acetate/clear cardstock
  • The Petal Press Happy Harvest Stamp Set
  • Making Memories Tag Maker (thank you Julie!!!!!)
  • Copic Markers
  • Perfect Match Ink
  • Decorative scissors
  • Crop-a-dial/hole punch
  • Twine
  • scissors
  • cello bag, may arts wide ric-rak ribbon, button, and twine (optional for packaging)

Step 1

  1. Print words on cardstock. Trace tag template using a pencil onto cardstock.
  2. Trace tag template onto acetate using permanent marker.
  3. Stamp images and color.
  4. Trim tags.

Step 2

  1. Insert 1 acetate tag and 1 cardstock tag into tagmaker, acetate first.
  2. Squeeze handle.

Step 3

  1. Using hole punch/crop-a-dial, punch a small hole at the top of the tag.
  2. Thread with twine.

Step 4

  1. To create packaging, trim patterned paper and insert into a cello bag.
  2. Insert tags and staple at the top.
  3. Wrap ribbon, button, and twine around top of packaging.
  4. Cut top portion with decorative scissors.

Heat Embossing & Vellum: Hero Arts Lace Background Stamp

Lovely Butterfly

HAPPY SATURDAY FOLKS!!! Today is our big Mardi Gras Celebration here at Fort Irwin! I’ve worked diligently in preparing for the Silent Auction 🙂

Here is a card featuring the Hero Arts Lace Background Stamp! Godelieve (stampingmathilda) has created some knock-out projects with this stamp! I happen to be a HUGE fan of vellum, so when I saw this turquoise/teal vellum from The Paper Temptress, I HAD TO HAVE IT! Then she had the matching cardstock and I was sold 🙂

For the heat embossing, I used Versamark ink and CTMH Silver Embossing Powder. I matted the heat embossed vellum with an equally sized cardstock die and sewed around the perimeter.

For the ruffled ribbon around the butterfly, I took my rotary fabric cutter, and trimmed the sides of the ribbon so that it would have a frayed look, then I just ruffled it around the butterfly, adhering the ribbon onto the cardstock backing. To finish it off, I cut of all the stray pieces of ribbon and adhered it with some foam tape.


Kiss Me, I’m Irish- Quick & Easy

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

My friend, Ava, asked if I could make her a flat card…lol! I told her I’d make her some postcards! These were really quick and easy to make! I used CTMH So Lucky Stamp Set and the Polka Dots are from PTI’s Polka Dot II Backgrounds.


  • CTMH So Lucky Stamp Set
  • PTI Polka Dot II Backgrounds
  • PTI Spring Moss Cardstock
  • CTMH Topiary, Sweet Leaf, and Cocoa Inks
  • EK Success Corner Rounder

Flowers For You: Introducing Lite Stamps!

Flower For You

Here’s another cheerful card to get your day going just right!

Over at Schlosser Designs Stamps, Erin has introduced “Lite Stamps”!!!!!

She was able to work out the packaging so that every stamp set is $13 and they ship FREE!!!!!!!

You can’t beat that! So go over and check out her blog post!


  • Schlosser Designs Stamps, Furnishing Fun
  • Schlosser Designs Stamps, Build-A-Border
  • CTMH cardstock (bubblegum & topiary) and inks (clover green, bubblegum, spring mist)
  • Clear and Simple Stamps white cardstock
  • PTI dark chocolate ribbon
  • American Crafts Tropical Glitter buttons
  • DMC Floss, Glue Dots, and Foam Tape
  • EK Success Large Corner Rounder Punch

Check out my Video Tutorial!

A Friendly Cup of Joe

I just posted a series of Video Tutorials for this card under the “videos” tab! Please go and check them out! Feel free to fast forward, pause, skip, and jump ahead! THANKS 🙂

Paper Crafts Magazine: Sept/Oct Submission Calls!

September/October 2010 – Halloween
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Halloween! Send us your creative submissions for Halloween projects of all types and varieties-cards, party ensembles, treat containers, gift ensembles, gift tags, gift bags, home decor, mini-album covers and any other project type that you can think of that will cause our readers to scream with delight! DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, March 15, 2010, at midnight MST
> click here to submit an entry

September/October 2010 – Having Fun with Prints & Patterns
Houndstooth. Damask. Gingham. Plaid. Paisley. Polka dot. Argyle. Animal print. Checks. Whether you fancy these or a myriad of other hot-ticket prints and patterns, we’d love to see prints and patterns used in super creative ways. How about a purse-shaped card done up in animal print? Or a shoe-shaped card honed in hounds tooth? You could make a back-to-school card with a little girl who’s sporting a pleated plaid skirt. Or what about putting a gingham lamp shade, a polka dot cloud, or a paisley poodle on a gift bag? Ooo-or what about some damask wallpaper in the background that sets the stage for some spooky Halloween scene? Create these or other imaginative projects of all types and varieties including cards, gift bags, tags, mini-albums, home decor, and more. We’d love to see Halloween projects as well as projects for birthday, thank you, encouragement, get well soon, friendship, etc. that feature your fashionable spin. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, March 15, 2010, at midnight MST
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September/October 2010 – Dry Embossing
One of the hottest techniques around, we can’t wait to show our readers your clever and creative approaches to using dry embossing. Whether you “raise” our eyebrows with templates, borders, texture plates, frames, backgrounds, or letterpress, we’re looking for out-of-the-box, knock-our-socks-off projects of all types and varieties that use dry embossing as the focal point or as the stunning background. Please focus your projects on Halloween and other occasions/palettes that are suitable to a fall issue. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, March 15, 2010, at midnight MST
> click here to submit an entry

September/October 2010 – Words & Lines
One of the hottest trends out there right now is using newsprint, old books, ledger lines, journaling cards, graph paper, and background text on paper crafted projects. We’d love to see your creative uses of these inspiring products on projects of all types and varieties (cards, gift bags, tags, mini-albums, home décor, gifts, etc.) that span all occasions suitable to a fall issue. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, March 15, 2010, at midnight MST
> click here to submit an entry

September/October 2010 – Color Play
It’s your first chance to play! Our new column for 2010, Color Play, is ready for your input! Create cards, gift bags, tags, mini-album covers, treat containers, etc. that utilize just these 4 colors. If you need to add touches of black or white, that is perfectly acceptable, but these four colors should be the stars of the show. We’re looking for Halloween and back-to-school projects as well as projects for other occasions such as birthday, thank you, hello, friendship, sympathy, get well soon, encouragement, congratulations, etc. Stick as closely as possible to these Bazzill equivalents: • Classic Blue – a dark cobalt – not navy, though • Grape Slush • Yukon Gold • Stonehenge DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MONDAY, March 15, 2010, at midnight MST Click on this link to see the color combination: September/October 2010 Color Combination
> click here to submit an entry

Send Us Your Best Work!
Do you have a card or other paper crafted project that you want to share with us? You’ll need to include a digital photo, the supplies you used and a description of techniques used, so be sure to have those handy. Projects submitted here may not have been published in current or any related form prior to now and must be free of any copyrights. Be sure photos do not exceed 300KB in size, and submit only one project per form. For detailed projects with multiple views, we suggest using photo editing software to create a collaged image using multiple shots.
> click here to submit an entry

Inspired By
Ever browse through a Paper Crafts magazine or special issue and created a card or project inspired by one of the designs you saw in the publication? We want to hear your story and see your creation! Maybe you took the design of a birthday card and made it into a Valentine, or maybe you switched up the colors to take a Mother’s Day card to a Father’s Day card. Submit an image of your Inspired By project, tell us where we can find the original in our magazine, and you just might have your card featured in the Paper Crafts Connection section of one of our issues!
> click here to submit an entry

Fun With Pears

Pears hello

Hi there! Today, I decided to bring you all a very Clean and Graphic card. I used two pear stamps from Schlosser’s Designs Stamps, Furnishing Fun, to crate my own background paper. I went with a graphic consistent design, but you could surely random stamp and use generational stamping if you’re creating your own! I stamped a whole sheet of white cardstock, so that I can have some for other projects or matching cards.


  • Schlosser Designs Stamps, Furnishing Fun
  • CTMH Ink, Sweet Leaf and Desert Sand
  • Clear & Simple Stamps white cardstock
  • Gina K. Kraft cardstock
  • American Crafts Thickers
  • Fiskars Apron Lace punch
  • EK Success Corner Rounder

Bright & Cheery Flower!

Bright & Cheery Congrats

Happy Tuesday folks! This card just makes me happy looking at it! I hope it does the same for you 🙂 I had a rough weekend and a rough Monday and coloring this flower was the perfect outlet! All stamps are Hero Arts stamps!


Waltzingmouse Stamps Customer Blog Hop!

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I'd rather bee...with ewe

Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog! You’ve probably come from Jen’s blog and your next stop is Edna’s Blog.

My card uses two different stamp sets to dress up both the outside and the inside! I used Very Vintage Labels No. 4 and L’il Buddies! L’il Buddies has TONS of adorable punny sayings!




Trying New Things Part II

A Friendly Cup of Joe

I have seen Laura O’Donnell beautifully execute this cardboard tearing technique time and time again! It’s been a year and half since I’ve tried! So, I thought I’d give it a whirl. I love the Hero Arts Background Cling Stamps! They’re so easy to use and you get a nice even coverage….which is difficult with most large backgrounds. All’s you do is lay the cling on a hard even surface, ink it up, and then place your cardstock on it and rub to ensure full coverage. Easy peasy! I just used a wipe to clean the ink off! Check out Jen McGuire’s Emboss Layered Resist technique video where she shows you what I’m talking about!