Tag Archives: Techniques

Coffee Cafe Card and Bag Recipe


As promised, see below for the recipe for the card and gift bag.  I’ve also added a great instructional video from Stampin’ Up! on how to use the gift bag punch board which I found extremely helpful.  A little more helpful had I watched it before doing the first gift bag.. upside down!  So, note to self and others — consider the pattern and which way you want it to be, BEFORE you punch and score. :-/


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Stamping on Candles


I had so much fun with this project, I made candles for a week.  The design possibilities are endless.  Make them to coordinate with a room, for a birthday or special event (like Easter,) or for inspiration.

There is a great tutorial on SplitCoastSTampers, click on this link to view

And a video:

My examples were for Easter.  I became catholic during Easter and wanted to make something for a few people that had touched my life.







I suggest stamping off before stamping on the tissue.  I found the ink would run a little and the images weren’t as crisp as I wanted.




Sour Cream Thank You Container


Hello everyone 🙂

Yesterday was a busy day for me, yet, in the afternoon, I managed to sneak off and create a little thank you package.  The package is called a sour cream container.  It is an easy package to make and all you need is a small sheet of paper or card stock 4.5″ x 6.5″

Conveniently, and for mine, I used a pre-cut sheet from the Fresh Prints Paper stack.  Perfect weight and size.  I’m including a short video so you can watch how to make it.

And my creation…



  • Stamp set: It’s a Wrap Occasions
  • Paper: Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (only available until June 1 – other patterns will be available after June 1, 2014)
  • Ink: Strawberry Slush; Pool Party
  • Punch & Sixxix dies: Curly Label; Little Leaves Sizzlits Die
  • Embellishments: Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon; stapler/staples; paper crimper (optional) — picture shown uncrimped
  • Adhesive: dimensional; glue dot; sticky strip


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Thursdays Tips, Tricks, and Techniques


Hello everyone! It’s a gorgeous, sunshiny day here.  Feels like the first one in ages and I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it.  But first, I want to share this weeks technique.  It’s really cool!

Told ya!  How cool is that?? A card that looks like tiles!

I’m making my own version to post over the weekend.

My tip this week relates to colour theory. 

Having a background in art and design, I have taken several courses in colour theory and design principles.  Understanding colours and how they relate to each other; using the feelings they purport to invoke along with choosing combinations based on the impact they will have – to the viewer/wearer or the design itself is really fascinating and makes for a very interesting course.  So, if you get the chance, I highly recommend learning about colour theory and design principles.  Or.. come to think of it — stay tuned to my blog.. I think I might add a new section on those topics.

Anyway.. back to my tip.

Roy G Biv!


A name easy to remember and an acronym for the colours in sequence in the rainbow.  It also help to remember when you’re placing multiple colours side by side on your card/scrapbooking projects.  These colours in sequence: red; orange; yellow; green; blue; indigo; violet; red; orange and so on..  whether backwards or forwards, you’ll have the most pleasing to the eye colour flow if you place the colours in sequence based on Roy G Biv.

A card example using Roy G Biv, made by a fellow demo, Carey Escobedo:

roygbiv sample2

Click image to visit Carey’s blog



How to Make a Bow from Four Ovals


Hi Everyone

I had someone ask how I made the cute bow on my 3×3 Thank you card (found here.)  The instructions are from a fellow demo, Penny Smiley.  I also used the extra-large oval punch but any size or by hand will work.  I hope you enjoy.

Punch out four ovals – mine were using the Extra-Large Oval Punch, but any size will do.

Fold two of them in half and adhere using a Glue Dot.
Cut a “V” from the remaining two as shown.

Adhere the two sides of the bow as shown using Glue Dots. Cut a 1/4″ strip for the center.

Adhere together using Glue Dots… cute, cute!