Birthday Card with Alcohol Inks

 As I mentioned a few posts ago, I'm so in love with alcohol inks right now.  Recently, I took one of my alcohol ink creations and die cut it into small squares, die cut a sentiment, then I made this card.

The very top kind of looks funny because the green at the top of that square is so similar to the card base.  Anyway, I am pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you like it!  Would it make a good cart kit for Etsy?  Thanks for stopping by and come back soon for some scrapbook pages!

Happiness is Homemade

Giraffe Birthday Card

 One of my favorite places to purchase paper online is 12x12 cardstock shop.  They have any and everything you could want or need for card-making, scrapbooking, paper crafts, and more. (No, I am not an affiliate, but I stand by their products.

I received an email with a tutorial for a cute "floating card," and I decided to give it a try.  Here is a link to the tutorial, and here is my card:

Visit the tutorial link to see up close pictures of why it's called a floating card.

The funny thing about using a giraffe is that my family has a joke about the time I thought I saw a giraffe.  I really thought I did!  What I actually saw was a tall, closed beach umbrella with a pattern similar to a giraffe.  I will never live it down!  But I'm pretty pleased with this card.  I hope you like it.

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Quick Tip Tuesday - for scrapbookers

 I love scrapbooking!  In fact, I'm leaving for a scrapbook retreat tomorrow with my sister.  We have been doing once or twice a year scrapbook trips that started the year our father passed away, so for the last almost 20 years.

My tip today is for beginners.

The first thing you need to do when you start your journey into scrapbooking is decide on a size of album because that will influence the decisions you make when selecting layouts, embellishments, and photos. Read on if you need information about the different sizes available.

I chose the most common size (here in the US) which is 12 by 12 inches.  This gives you plenty of room to create lovely layouts with multiple photos on a page.

Next is 8.5 by 11 inch, standard notebook paper size (here is the US).  You still have a decent amount of room for your layout, but it is slightly more portable.

Some scrapbookers choose 8 by 8 inches.  There is space for approximately one photo per page unless you trim your photos to smaller sizes, and it's also a fairly common size.

Last, you could choose 6 by 6 inches.  If you prefer to do smaller, quicker layouts, this is the size for you.

The size you select is completely up to you, but choose one to stick with, at least for a while, rather than purchasing supplies in multiple sizes. Base your size on the amount of content you want for each page as well as your personal style.  Happy scrapping!

Valentine Card

I'm in love with this Valentine card.  Now, I can't take credit for the design because it is similar to something I saw on Pinterest, but I love how mine turned out.

I used a stamp and die set (not an affiliate link) I purchased on Amazon for the jar.  I inked it up and stamped it directly on a white A2-sized card front where the edge of the jar is slightly off the top.  I cut 3 dozen half inch hearts in 3 colors (I had a few left over) and the LOVE letters using my Cricut and glued them on in a random way as though they are coming out of the jar.  I think it's cute.  I hope you like it, too!

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Quick Tip Tuesday

 Today is an extremely short tip, but a very important one.  You won't believe how much easier it becomes to craft when you include two things in your craft room.  One is paper towels.

  The other is water-based baby wipes.

  These may not be typical crafter tools, but experience has made me realize they are essential.  Try it and see if things don't become easier with these two simple, household supplies.  Have a great week!

Make a Paper Heart Wreath for Valentine's Day

 A little bit early for Valentine's Day, but I'm going to be prepared.  This is a very beginner-friendly paper craft project.

I made this cute paper wreath to put on my mom's door at her memory care facility.  It's 100% cardstock paper.  It's very easy to make.

You need:

11 inch paper wreath (or any size you want)

various colors of cardstock such as red, pink, purple, in whatever textures you like such as smooth, glitter, or foil.

Heart punch

Glue of your choice.  I used Bearly Art Glue.

First, make your circle that is the base for your wreath.  You can use something circular in your home such as plate to trace and cut out by hand, but you can also do this on a cutting machine.  I used my Cricut, 12x12 black cardstock,  and started with an 11 inch circle in Cricut Design Space.

I put a 9 inch circle on the canvas next to the black circle.

  I dragged the 9 inch circle in the middle of the 11 inch circle, aligned center, and clicked slice. I deleted all of the pieces I no longer needed.  I was left with a wreath that is 11 inches in diameter that measures 2 inches.  I clicked "Make," loaded my paper, and let the cutting begin.

Next, punch out heart shapes in a variety of colors and textures.  I punched 40, but I had several left over.

Last, glue the hearts all the way around the wreath overlapping each one slightly and turning them in opposite directions as you go.  

I decided to make a paper bow for the bottom of my wreath, but it's totally optional.  I just chose a simple bow, hid the layers, and cut it out in one color, then glued it at the bottom of the wreath.

I can't wait to hang it on Mom's door.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Check out Craftastic at Sew Can Do  and The Really Crafty Link Party for a variety of fun creations!

Quick Tip Tuesday - Inks


Today is a reminder to make sure you know which type of ink you are using:  dye based or pigment based.  Pigment ink is great when you want something permanent and water-resistant.  These would include alcohol inks and markers as well as archival ink (as pictured).

  Dye based inks are blendable (such as distress inks) and will wash right off a stencil.  I love the results, but the purple will always be on my stencil. It's not a big deal. And I can still use it.

I just should have thought about it first.  Lesson learned! 

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Wishing You a Happy, Healthy New Year


Happy New Year!  I'm feeling under the weather, so this will be short.  We had a great Christmas with lots of family and a quiet new year.  We didn't even hear too many fireworks.  How about you?

This year, I'd like to grow my little craft blog a bit, so if you know someone who likes crafting, I'd appreciate a shout-out. (And by crafting, I mean any and all crafts from painting, to faux leather, to acrylic, to sewing, card-making, scrapbooking, and so on.)

Here are some of my favorite crafting tips.  Feel free to share!

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

Craft Storage

Sewing Tips

Cutting Machine Troubleshooting

And now, moving on...

This may or may not seem funny, but I love
Harry Potter, so I had to include it!
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Wishing you a happy and healthy 2024!

New Year 2024