Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #175 (and a sneak peak)


I decided to take part in the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge. I loved the sketch (see below) and decided to follow it fairly closely. I used some new products that will be available in the Occasions Catalogue in the new year too! Check out...

  • Gold Sequins
  • Banner Framelits
  • Perfect Pennants stamp set
  • Retro Fresh designer series paper and washi tape
Here's the sketch if you want to take part, and pop on over to see what everyone else has done with the sketch...


Friday, December 27, 2013

Clearance Rack Blitz #2

If you missed the Clearance Rack Blitz on December 10, it's not too late! Today, a ton of new stuff was added, and it's still up to 80% off! Check it out and place your order before it's all gone!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

As this posts, I'll probably be making my first cup of coffee on Christmas morning. Since there are no small children in our family right now, we get up at a reasonable time, coffee takes precedence over presents, and for some reason we listen to Queen (as in the band, not the throne) over breakfast? Complete with sing along...

Anyway. I wanted to take a moment to thank some wonderful ladies in my life. This photo was taken at one of my Christmas Card Buffets and sums up what I love about what I do so much.


It's not the most flattering photo of any of us, but I get together with these women on a regular basis to craft, chat, and always laugh. From left to right, it's my mom, one of my most supportive customers and a long time friend, my downline and a fairly new friend, me, and my grandmother. They are my inspiration and my motivation, and I couldn't do it without them.

Merry Christmas! I'll be back with more in the new year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Advent Calendar


Today's post is a little different. I don't have step by step instructions for this one, but I wanted to share it anyway. I made these calendars for four special kids in my life, and while they were a lot of hard work, they were worth it.

The shelves were custom made by my dad (my go to guy for anything not made of paper or wool). They are a similar size to the furniture for 18" dolls, so I'm hoping the girls will get some more use out of them once they're empty too.

The original idea came when I saw this tutorial from Janet. I loved the idea of the books sitting on a bookshelf. Unfortunately I didn't find enough small things that would fit in the books, and they are very labour intensive so I cut down on the books and added the other boxes and envelopes.

The gifts are all inside different containers made of current and retired Stampin' Up! supplies. Here's a rough list if I can remember everything:

  • Matchbox die (retired)
  • Scallop envelope die (retired)
  • Petite Pocket die (retired)
  • Kraft Gift Box
  • Envelope Punch Board
  • Mini Muslin Bags
I used a variety of current and retired card stock, designer series paper, ribbon, and fabric as well, far too many to list here. A lot of it I just reached into my scrap pile to get the right pieces. I could have gotten much fancier in decorating the containers, but I ran out of time and energy, so most just have the number hand written on with a Stampin' Write marker.

I hope you've enjoyed the Countdown to Christmas series, tomorrow is the big day! Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Wreath


This project was actually made with a four and eight year old in tow! We made this wreath as a gift for their parents. It was a lot of fun, and we avoided tears! No real instructions or anything for this, lots of retired and a little current paper, buttons, ribbon, thread, and a wreath form and burlap from the big box stores. The rosette die and score boards made quick work of the rosettes and of course I would be no where without my trusty glue gun.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Ornament


Today's post is another instruction-less gift I made. This ornament is made with five layers of die cuts from the Festive Flurry framelits, some stamped in Pool Party or Smoky Slate, plus a layer of glimmer paper, and a layer of ribbon loops. A Frosted Finishes embellishment and some silver ribbon polishes it off. The whole thing is ready to gift in a box made on the envelope punch board from a window sheet and tied up with a Pool Party ribbon!

Any of the current products can be purchased at my shop here. The paper and embellishment will not be available in the new year, but the ribbons, stamps, and framelits will be!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Mini-Cards


Today I'm done with Christmas Cards (soooooooo done...) and am moving on to gifts and other goodies. This set of mini-cards is meant to be used as gift tags, or can be used as a little tuck-in for lunch boxes, gift baskets, or whatever you can think of. It even has it's own little box!

I used the envelope punch board, some current ribbon, and designer series paper to make the little box that all eight cards fit in. Then I used some DSP from last year, scraps from my scrap bin and various bits of glitz to make the 3x3 cards!

As a special Christmas bonus, today is a giveaway! This card set can be yours for only... a comment! Leave me a comment and you might win this whole set! I might even include some extra goodies too...


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 20



A little late posting today, but hopefully inside AND outside photos of the card make up for it. This card is CASEd from Laura, and I added a few of my own little twists to it. I messed up stamping one of the sentiments, so I stamped it again and matted it, but then the card looked unbalanced so I added a few hearts (from the owl builder punch) to even things out a bit.

No instructions today sorry, but I will be back tomorrow with another very special Christmas card and any of the current products can be purchased at my shop here.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 19



I made this card ten times for a swap I participated in with a group of other demonstrators. I needed something easy to do over and over, yet with some wow factor. I LOVE the look of white on kraft paper (Crumb Cake in this case), and this seemed to fit the bill.

1. Round the corners of your front and inside panel.
2. Stamp the inside panel and adhere.
3. Punch out four stars from Champagne glimmer paper.
4. Adhere one of the stars to the inside (liquid glue works best here).
5. Stamp the star image with versamark ink on the front panel and emboss with white embossing powder.
6. Sponge the edges of your front panel with white craft ink.
7. Stamp the sentiment on the front panel with Early Espresso ink.
8. Use dimensionals to adhere the front panel to the card.
9. Use glue to adhere the rest of the stars to the front of the card.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 18



1. Stamp the image of your choice from "Color Me Christmas" onto a scrap piece of white card stock with StazOn ink and color using your favorite technique.
2. Stamp the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler.
3. Punch out the colored image with the circle punch and the sentiment with the decorative label punch. Punch out a decorative label from Baked Brown Sugar card stock.
4. Adhere a strip of washi tape to the designer series paper and the white panel for the inside of the card.
5. Wrap bakers twine around the DSP layer and adhere to the card front.
6. Tie a bow onto the bakers twine.
7. Adhere the circle to the card front.
8. Adhere the two decorative labels to each other, offsetting slightly to create a matte.
9. Adhere the labels to the card front with dimensionals.
10. Adhere the inside panel to the card.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 17


1. Use the embossing buddy to wipe down the black card stock.
2. Stamp the sentiments on the black card stock with Versamark ink and emboss with white embossing powder. With clear mount stamps, you can add a bunch of stamps to one block and stamp them all at once!
3. Sponge the edges of the black card stock with White craft ink.
4. Draw a border around the black panel with a white marker/pen. Add any drawn embellishments you want.
5. Attach the Simply Styled embellishment to the black card stock.
6. Adhere the black card stock layer to the green textured layer.
7. Use dimensionals to adhere the layers to the card front.
8. Stamp and adhere the inside panel of the card.
9. Adhere rhinestones to the front of the card.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 16



1. Stamp your sentiment on a scrap piece of white card stock and trim.
2. Punch your dark blue scrap with the ribbon border punch and adhere to the back of your sentiment.
3. Adhere the glimmer paper to the front of the card with a strong adhesive (Tombow or sticky strip).
4. Emboss the white square with the Big Shot.
5. Adhere the white square to the glimmer paper with dimensionals.
6. Use dimensionals and glue dots to adhere the sentiment flag and felt snowflake (retired) to the card.
7. Stamp the inside of the card and envelope if you wish.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 15



1. Using the “En Francais” back ground stamp and Midnight Muse ink, stamp the envelope and white card stock panel. This ink is slow to dry, so you may want to heat set using the heat tool on low to prevent smudging.
2. Stamp the inside panel with the sentiment.
3. Stamp the small white panel with the sentiment and angel image.
4. Emboss the large stamped panel using the Big Shot.
5. Adhere the inside panel and front panel to the card base.
6. Adhere the smaller white panel to the blue card stock panel.
7. Using dimensionals, adhere the layered stamped panel to the card front.
8. Adhere three pearls to the card front.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 14

Another favorite, this card is easy, fun, and adaptable. Any sentiment, and any outlined shape can be used, though it does work best with a two step set like Watercolor Winter.


1. Using the sanding tool, distress the Early Espresso Core-dinations layer, using the dust buddy to clean up any dust created off the paper and your work area.
2. Using a sponge and Crumb Cake ink, ink the edges of the vanilla panel.
3. Stamp the sentiment and holly outlines in Early Espresso ink on the vanilla panel, inside of the card, and envelope.
4. Using markers and a stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp the colored portion of the holly image.
5. Adhere the core-dinations layer to the card front.
6. Using dimensionals, adhere the stamped layer to the card front.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 13


This was one of the first Christmas cards I made with Stampin' Up! supplies when I became a demonstrator last year, the punches and stamps where part of my starter kit I believe. I love this card, and have made it many, many times using all the different stamps (there's three of each shape) and sentiments (this one is Teeny Tiny Wishes, but any small one works).


1. Using the postage stamp punch, punch out one of each color of Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and More Mustard card stock.
2. Stamp one of each a tree, star, and ornament on white card stock in those colors, leaving sufficient room to punch the shapes. You can also stamp onto the envelope if you’d like.
3. Punch out the shapes, then punch around the holes with the square punch.
4. Adhere the card stock layers to the card front.
5. Adhere the stamped images to the card front, using the squares as a guide for placement.
6. Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.
7. Using dimensionals, adhere the square punched frames over the shapes.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 12


1. Stamp the sentiments of your choice onto the front and inside vanilla panels.
2. Adhere the designer series paper to the card front (this one is from a retired paper stack).
3. Punch the two strips of red card stock with the ribbon border punch and adhere to the back of your front panel.
4. Adhere the front panel to the card front.
5. Using glue dots, adhere the felt wreath (retired) and add a bow of seam binding ribbon to the card front.
6. Adhere the inside panel to the inside of the card.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 11


1. Stamp snowflakes onto the card front, inside and envelope using white craft ink. This ink is very slow to dry, so you may want to use the heat tool on a low setting to set the ink and prevent smudging.
2. Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp the sentiments from "Petite Pairs" on the inside of the card and on a piece of white card stock.
3. Punch out the sentiment on the card stock, as well as a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, using circle punches.
4. Use the ribbon border punch to punch out the strip of red card stock.
5. Adhere the punched border to the card front.
6. Adhere the glimmer paper strip to the card front using sticky strip.
7. Tie a bow in the string of the mitten embellishment (retired), clip with a mini clothes peg (not SU), and adhere to the card front using glue dots.
8. Adhere the sentiment circle to the card stock circle, and adhere to the card base using dimensionals.
9. Adhere a line of rhinestones under the sentiment, and one to the center of each mitten.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 10


1. Adhere three strips of washi tape to the card front, wrapping around the back.
2. Stamp the snowflake images from "Endless Wishes" in Crumb Cake on the card front, inside, and envelope, stamping first on a scrap piece of paper.
3. Stamp the script sentiment of your choice (you can use any combination of sentiments to make your own sayings) in Cherry Cobbler ink.
4. Stamp the text sentiment of your choice in Old Olive ink.
5. Adhere various sizes of rhinestones to the snowflakes on the card front.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 9


1. Stamp a sentiment onto the small piece of vanilla card stock in Garden Green ink.
2. Emboss the Early Espresso panel using the Big Shot and the Designer Frames embossing folder.
3. Adhere the green layers to the outside and inside of the card.
4. Adhere the designer series paper (I used some from a retired paper stack here, but you can use anything) to the card front.
5. Adhere the brown layer to the card front.
6. Adhere the stamped sentiment inside the embossed frame.
7. Using glue dots, adhere the felt holly embellishment (retired).
8. Adhere the vanilla panel to the inside of the card.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 8


1. Stamp the inside of the card, front panel, and envelope using Pool Party and Island Indigo ink using the sentiment(s) of your choice and the snowflakes from "Festive Flurry".
2. Stamp the two snowflake images onto white card stock.
3. Emboss the front panel using the Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, adhere to the card front.
4. Die cut the two snowflakes you stamped with the matching framelits, as well as one of the larger snowflake from silver glimmer paper.
5. Punch one of two strips of silver foil with the ribbon border punch.
6. Adhere the two strips of silver foil to the back of the designer series paper.
7. Adhere the DSP strip to the card front.
8. Using Dimensionals, adhere the glimmer paper snowflake to the card front.
9. Using glue dots, adhere the stamped snowflakes to the card front.
10. Using glue dots, adhere the Frosted Finishes embellishment to the card front.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 7


1. Stamp the swirl from "Elements of Style" and a sentiment on the front panel, inside panel, and envelope in Coastal Cabana.
2. Adhere the inside and front panels.
3. Emboss the card stock strip using the Big Shot and the Needlepoint Border embossing folder.
4. Wrap bakers twine around the card stock strip, securing with a glue dot.
5. Adhere the card stock strip to the card front.
6. Adhere the designer series paper strip (Winter Frost) to the card front.
7. Stamp the star image on a piece of card stock using VersaMark ink.
8. Sprinkle silver embossing powder on the stamped image and heat set.
9. Cut out the star image using scissors.
10. Turn the star over and, using a scoring stylus, score the lines of the star.
11. Fold the points of the star to give it a 3D shape.
12. Adhere the star to the card base using a stack of two dimensionals in the center.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 6


Today's card is based of another kit. This one isn't available for sale though, as it was November's My Paper Pumpkin kit. I loved it so much though, I will probably find a way to use these elements over and over again (even if it means sewing a million little stars in a row). I added some bits of my own to the kit, and left behind others to get this design. You can do a search online to see what the original kit contained.

1. Stamp the inside panel, vanilla layer and envelope with the star and “wishing you” images.
2. Using a paper piercer, pierce a line across the bottom of the vanilla layer.
3. Adhere the inside panel to the inside of the card.
4. Adhere the designer series paper to the front of the card.
5. Using sticky strip, adhere the glimmer paper to the card.
6. Using dimensionals, adhere the vanilla layer to the card.
7. Attach two candy dots to the card front.
8. Attach a glue dot to a few of the stars in two strings, and place them across your card.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 5


This card is actually made from a kit available from Stampin' Up! It includes all the supplies, you just need to throw in your adhesive and some ink. (The stamp is sold separately)

1. Use markers to color your stamp from the "Merry Little Christmas" stamp set and stamp the white banner piece, card liner and envelope.
2. Adhere the designer series paper to the outside of the card.
3. Adhere the inside panel to the inside of the card (this isn't included in the kit and I simply cut my own because I wanted it).
4. Adhere the banner piece to the front of the card.
5. Thread and tie the bakers twine through the button and adhere using a glue dot.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 4


1. Cut a flagged end into the designer series paper (Seasons of Style), two card stock layers (Old Olive and Whisper White) and the Burlap ribbon using scissors and/or a paper trimmer.
2. Use a bone folder to slightly curl the DSP flag.
3. Emboss the green layer using the Big Shot and the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.
4. Use glue dots to adhere the ribbon layer to the back of the Old Olive layer.
5. Adhere the Old Olive layer to the card front.
6. Stamp on the white flag layer and inside panel using Cherry Cobbler and Baked Brown Sugar and the Banner Christmas stamp set.
7. Stamp the “HO3” sentiment on a scrap piece of paper and punch out with a circle punch.
8. Adhere the inside panel to the card.
9. Punch out a portion of the white flag layer using the chevron border punch.
10. Wrap bakers twine around the top of the white layer, adhering with glue dots.
11. Adhere the white layer using dimensionals.
12. Adhere the punched sentiment using dimensionals.
13. Thread bakers twine through the button and tie, adhering with a glue dot.
14. Stamp your envelope if you’d like!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 3


1. Adhere the bark paper (from Thankful Tablescapes Simply Created kit) to the Early Espresso card base.
2. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler card stock and designer series paper (retired paper stack) to the card base.
3. Stamp and adhere the Whisper White card stock for the inside of the card.
4. Stamp the branch (stamping first on a scrap piece of paper) in Soft Suede and sentiment in Cherry Cobbler on the small piece of card stock.
5. Adhere the stamped image to the card stock matte.
6. Wrap a piece of Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon around the card stock, using adhesive to secure.
7. Adhere the stamped layers to the card base using dimensionals.
8. Adhere the bow to the card.
9. Stamp your envelope if you’d like!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 2


My next card is from my Christmas Card Buffet too! We also made it in Technique Club a couple of months ago, and it's easy to change up this design by using different colors and designer series paper. Change the sentiment too and it could easily become a birthday card!


1. Use markers to color your stamps (Wishing you) and stamp the gifts for the front and sentiment for the inside.
2. Adhere the designer series paper (Seasons of Style) to the card front, vanilla card stock to the inside, and strip of DSP to the card stock inside.
3. Wrap linen thread around the stamped image, adhering on the back side.
4. Tie a scrap piece of linen thread in a bow on the front.
5. Adhere the stamped piece to the Cherry Cobbler card stock.
6. Adhere the layered stamped image to the card front using dimensionals.
7. Stamp on your envelope if you want!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Card 1


I'm going to (try to) feature a new card or other project every day leading up to Christmas! My first card is one from my Christmas Card buffet. It's fairly easy and satisfying to make, it packs in a lot of texture and "Wow!" in a simple design.


1. Stamp the “Heart of Christmas” (retired) sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar at the top of the Very Vanilla card base.
2. Use a corner rounder punch to punch the bottom corners of the card.
3. Emboss the bottom portion of the card front using the Big Shot and the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder.
4. Adhere two lines of sticky strip on both the outside and inside of the card.
5. Wrap the ruffle trim around the card, adhering to the sticky strip. Start at the bottom and layer your way up.
6. Attach a glue dot to the front of the card where you want the button.
7. Wrap linen thread around the card, sticking it to the glue dot.
8. Tie a scrap of linen thread into the button.
9. Adhere the button to the card front.
10. Adhere six of the smallest pearls.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Annual Holiday Sale!


I'm so excited for this sale! Every year before the holidays, Stampin' Up! does a major sale, and this years is on NOW until December 2. Check out some of the fantastic deals here, including up to 50% off some great products and exclusive bundles of stamps and other goodies. Use the hostess code "M7FB7XGF" to get in on some free product if we get to a minimum order!

Give me a shout if you have any questions or need help placing your order, enjoy!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hatching Day



I'm not a huge fan of punch art, but one of my coworkers had a special request for a birthday card with a dinosaur on it. When I saw this little guy online I knew it was perfect! I added the foot prints by making a custom mask and sponging them, and the sentiment was made with the Designer Typeset photopolymer stamps for the perfect custom phrase.

This concludes my scheduled posts, I'll be back home this week so hopefully I'll have some new stuff for you then!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Washi Birthdays





I made these two cards with some inspiration from Mindy. I'm slowly falling in love with washi tape (I was slow to adopt it), and these cards us it as the focus. I used "Gorgeous Grunge" and "Oh, Hello" for the background accents along with greetings from "Remembering Your Birthday" to finish off these quick and easy cards.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gorgeous Grunge Birthday



I'm just loving the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set! This quick and fun card is headed out to a fun little boy I've known since he was a baby. I love how just changing the colors up a bit would make this card appropriate for anyone!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Clockworks birthday



Another Pinterest CASE, this card is for my uncle. Guys can be so difficult to make cards for, with so many of the stamp sets available on the cutesy/girly side of things. I jumped on the Clockworks set not long ago with this specific card in mind. The fob watch was fun to fussy cut, and the rest was quickly done with a variety of circle punches. Lots of sponging and a vintage brad and another card done!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Birthday Flowers



This card was one I made with instructions from Connie Stewarts videos and flash card tutorials. I'm going to be making a stack of these for my next Operation Write Home box, but this one was for my aunt. One of my own special touches was stamping and coloring the envelope flap, which I love doing for all my cards, just to give it a little bit of a special pop.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Quick and Easy Scrapbook

I am not a scrapbooker. I started out as one, but over the years I lost the attention span and time needed for it. But I had a stack of photos I wanted to take to my great aunt, and I couldn't find a good little photo book. So I busted out the album I'd had sitting on my shelf since Stampin Up came out with the This and That line a year ago, and set at it. Within the hour I had a scrapbook made up with all the photos and still room to add more!

Coordinating washi tape and stickers made adding photos a breeze (some got a dab of Snail too). I used the stickers, DSP (punched out with the hexagon punch for easy coordination), and a few candy dots to decorate the cover and I was all set.

Check out the full range of This and That and coordinating products (both the Epic Day series I used here and the Season of Style Christmas series), click here!






Thursday, October 31, 2013

Everyday Occasions

Whether you're a seasoned card maker, scrapbooker, or a total newbie to paper crafting, this kit is awesome. Not only do you get all the supplies to make 20 fantastic hand made cards for about $2.25 a piece, but you can use the included stamp set over and over again!
Perfect as a gift for someone who is brand new to card making, someone experienced who wants to have some quick to make cards on hand, or someone who wants to bring a small box of craftiness with them on a trip, the kit is available with just the cards or bundled with a Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots and Paper Snips for a complete craft room in a box!

The bundle includes everything you see below, plus the great storage/gift box. The kit alone costs $36.95 and the bundle costs $65 and can be ordered online HERE, or by placing an order directly through me. Stop spending more than you have to on store bought cards and start sending cards you can be proud of!


You can either follow the directions included to make the 20 cards below, or get creative and come up with your own ideas!