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Friday, September 15, 2017

Pixie Paints
and the Very Best of
Pinterest Pins

I received a bottle of Pixie Paint recently from a Paper Source store and decided to bust it out and give it a try to make some background papers! Here are the creations that resulted:

I did a search on Pinterest for some pins based on a "Pixie Paint Cards" search and here's what loveliness came up:

Click HERE for Original Pin

Click HERE for Original Pin

Click HERE for Original Pin

For tutorials, freebies and more info. on these Pixie Paints, check out the blog for the creative designer whose name is on the Pixie Paint bottle! Her name is Julie Comstock and you can find her site HERE. Below is a lovely card sample on her site:

Click HERE for Original Pin

What I love about these shimmery powder paints is that you don't need to be a watercolor artist to create some really cool backgrounds. Thank you, Mel, for introducing me to this awesome way to paint!

Finally...check out this watercolor video tutorial on YouTube that will definitely make you want to pick up a paintbrush and try these techniques out with a cheap watercolor set and some watercolor paper from Michael's:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Double Z Fold Cards
and the Very Best of Pinterest Pins

Check out this lovely 3D double Z card by Dawn’s Stampin’ Thoughts:

Dawn's directions, video tutorial and measurements can be found HERE.

I created several versions and these were my two favs:

I simplified the layers for quick assembly. Here are my modifications for my second card shown above:

Background Z Fold Layer with Vertical Stripes:
  Along the 8 1/2" side of 8 1/2' x 11" piece of DSP medium weight:
  * Cut at 4 1/4″ to create 2 pieces that are 4 1/4″ x 11″
  * Left piece, score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2" along the 11" side
  * Right piece: Save for a 2nd card
White Z Fold Layer Attached to Background Layer:
  * Cut white cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4" x 2 1/8“ along the 8 1/2″ side
Floral Designer Paper:
* Cut at 4″ x 3 1/4″
* Cut 2 at 1 7/8″ x  3 1/2″
Sentiment Panels:
* Cut white cardstock at 3 3/8″x 2 5/8″ and 1 7/8“ x 1 3/4“

After I finished making this double Z version, I saw a square version on Pinterest by Jeanie Stark:
I like this version because when it's opened, the two layers are perfectly parallel and that appeals to my sense of balance! The first version at the top of this post does not have parallel insides like this card:
For measurements and instructions, click HERE.
These instructions make a 4 1/4" square double Z card. I made this square version plus I modified the design to make another one that was the traditional 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" version. Here are the results:


Left side sentiment:
SU Thoughts and Prayers
The right side sentiment was done on my computer and modified from a sentiment I saw on Pinterest:
You’re happy = I’m happy,
You’re sad = I’m sad,
You’re sick = I feel sick.
Now, can you just get
better real quick so I
can get on with my life?!


These double Z cards are so much fun to make and the photos don't do them justice compared to when you see them in person. Give them a try! Here are a few more double Z variations to make you smile:
For Original Pin, Click HERE
For Original Pin, Click HERE
For Original Pin, Click HERE
For Original Pin, Click HERE
For Original Pin, Click HERE
For more examples of double z cards, check out this gallery of Pinterest pins for all occasions HERE.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Purses and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I'm happy to report that I'm back after a three-month break in blogging! I have been on quite the roller coaster ride during that time, but thankfully, my determined husband is successfully making his way back from having a stroke on April 29th. Life is so precious and I hold that thought in my heart and mind even more now. My family is immeasurably grateful for all the love received from friends and family that cheered us on and up during these past months!

My 93-year-old friend's birthday is this month and I wanted to make this purse for her that I saw on Pinterest, of course!

You can find the tutorial by clicking HERE.

The finished size is quite large and makes a stunning box to hold a little gift or some candy. Here's my version:

White leaf die used was:

My mind is spinning with all of the possibilities for purses year-round using holiday double-sided paper, and boy oh! boy, do I have stashes of that kind of paper squirreled away!

Here are a few more versions that I made while everything was pulled out and my craft room already looked like a bomb had gone off!

The scoring is a bit difficult because you can't put your paper on a score board to create the diagonal scoring. I used a straight edge and a ruler on top of some craft foam and that worked beautifully!...but then the light bulb in my head went off and I realized that you can fold up the bottom third of the paper after it's scored and then you can use your Fiskars scoring tool perfectly!

Use the metal wire to line up the score line:

Open the ruler to the right and locate the
score slot at the top of the scorer
to start the score line:

When the Velcro closure of the flap is lifted up, the purse opens like an explosion card and this is what the inside of my purse looks like:

Top Sentiment = My Computer
Lower Sentiment = SU Balloon Adventures

Visit Lizzie's blog HERE to see the step-by-step tutorial pics and view the explosion effect. I hope you make someone happy with your paper creations soon. It sure feels good to be able to do that again!

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Hello Blog Readers!

I'll be taking a break from blog posting for awhile. Please enjoy the content from previous posts and happy crafting 💝

Friday, April 28, 2017

My Latest Projects
and the Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed a WOW! card for the birthday of my son's
GF and decided to do a card in a box:

This is large version that I created using the
following measurements:

DSP Double-Sided:
10 1/2" x 11"

Along the 10 1/2" side score at:
2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10"

Along the 11" side score at:
5 1/2"

I then trimmed 2" off  three flaps and left the back flap closest to the tab full size to get a nice height for the back flap and a smaller size for the side flaps as shown in my picture above.

 Close Up

For more examples of these types of cards,
Pinterest has a board of them HERE.

I'm so happy to be going to a wedding and shower
for someone who is a landscape architect and
these are the cards I created for her:

Inside the Shower Card

Such a sweet little card that could be
modified for any occasion!

These cards were the source of my
CASED cards:
Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, April 14, 2017

Asian Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

My friend Alice wanted to borrow a retired SU stamp set from me called Asian Artistry to make this card:

Alice make cards to sell at the Sunnyvale Senior Center's gift shop and made some just like this to sell. Now, they've sold out and she wants to make some more to keep up with the demand! 

I also needed to make a thank you card for her, so I used this same set to make this card:

This card was made thanks to this
Pinterest pin 

Original Pin HERE

These are some more Asian cards I've
pinned recently:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE