Winter 2017 Inspiration Board #1

At our Winter Getaway, our welcome gift was all about PIRATES!  ARRR MATEYS!!  Over the next few months we will be sharing our Inspiration Board projects we created with paper and embellishments from the welcome gift.  We hope you enjoy!



When I first heard pirate theme, I was a little reluctant!! Now I love this paper!  I knew I had to use the octopus paper as a background!! As I looked out my layout, I knew it needed something – that’s when I decided that it looked like an Octopus’s garden!!! I had to add the sea grass with an anchor for the finishing touch.


This card was made with the Sizzix Framelits Flipits which was given to the 4 Crafty Hearts as a gift. I love these cards because of the way they open up. Even though it is busy with all the stripes I really think it turned out great.


This card started out as something totally different than it turned out to be. Originally I was going to try and do sideways banners, but that wasn’t working.  So I tried covering the pieces and because of the way I had cut them with a diagonal slant,  they looked like triangles.  I wanted to use the anchors because they went with the colors of  the strips.  When I finished I didn’t want to put a stamp on the front because I thought it would take away from the design, so I stamped a design on the inside.


I loved this Octopus!  He is so cute.


I bought this whale punch to go with the themed paper.  I love the saying to match!


Finally ready to do my last card and no ideas!!!! I looked at the journal cards and saw walk the plank…. but nothing was coming to me.  I woke up in the middle of the night thinking … I would…  walk the plank … for you.  When I tried to fit the journaling card – it wouldn’t work!!!! So I cut around it and added the words. I had to add the ship with the plank, lots of fussy cutting, but well worth it. It seems a little busy – but I had to add the skull paper.

Shoebox Swap Cards!

As we prepare for our upcoming event, including getting ready for the Shoebox Swap, we’ve enjoyed coming back to the cards that our talented crafters shared during our last two crops!  We are constantly amazed by everyone’s creativity!

Enjoy looking through their cards!

Who wouldn’t love receiving a black and white polka-dotted monster card?!?  #itsscarycute

This vibrant card is filled with spirit and sparkle!

Tiny red, black, and white banners are the perfect way to show someone you love them!

We love the color and pattern on this one…perfect for fall, grateful days.

Washi tape provides the perfect way to create a vertical sentiment on any card.


It’s like looking out a window, enjoying a beautiful outdoor scene.

Even if you don’t love real snow, you will love winter greetings within this special card.

Simple and muted, a sweet way to send birthday greetings.

It may be hard to see in the picture, but the outside corners of each square are curled up, creating dimension that won’t cost you more postage.  A small cork in the center provides the perfect finishing touch.

The patterned paper on this one is really special and the sentiment compliments it beautifully.  And who can resist a little gold sparkle in their twine :).

This card features amazing die-cut work, complete with silver cording to finish it off.

We mustache you a question…is this an adorable card, or what?!?

There were multiple options for paper choices, and if you look closely, you will notice the circles are stitched together for a unique detail.

Who doesn’t love Legos?!?  #totesadorbs


Winter is the key for this one.  It features a raised image on the top and snowman silhouettes that have been punched out of snowflake paper on the bottom.


Oh my goodness, these birds are so sweet!


…then we’ll be new friends!


It’s hard to see, but the heart is filled with a pop of red glitter.

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This sweet card has a meaningful message inside.

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A card that also looks like a box.  🙂

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How can you go wrong with ice cream on a card!?


This monochromatic card lets someone you love know how much you care!


We are lovin’ this paisley print!


The watercolor behind this intricate fish brings visions of sunny days on the beach!


Who wouldn’t love to receive this adorable turtle when they weren’t feeling well?


A sweet way to share healing thoughts.


These hexagons jump right off the page!

We can’t wait to see what everyone made for our next event! 🙂

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #6

Here is the last group of projects from our Fall 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!


When I first saw this paper, I thought, “What could I possibly do with do with this paper???” Then I decided to use as much paper as I could on one layout. but how??? I decided to use it as borders around the edges of the layouts and edges of the pictures.  It all came together when I put the words “Fabulous,  Today, Tomorrow, Everyday, Together, Forever”

I love this pattern of a card, with the yarn behind the setting.

This has to be my favorite stamp! A simple card, with an amazing saying.

I really enjoyed using arrows on these layouts. I think they really make the Hooray sign standout.

We had taken a class with Jen using scraps of paper and I decided to try it with this card.

I like being able to use as many patterns as I can.

Even though this card was very, very time consuming, I think it is one of my favorites. I liked being able to use the arrows on the sides for borders. The words I stamped blended well with the colors and the word BEST from the pattern pages.

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #8

Here is the last installment of our Fall 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, and Goodnight! I did some fussy cutting of the journaling cards to get a title for each picture. I can envision some cute baby pictures throughout the day. The journaling cards also had some lists which would be perfect for writing some of baby’s firsts.


I love this Stampin’ Up Snowflake Card Thinlits die! The double-sided paper made it tricky to cover up parts that I didn’t want shown. I recommend using paper that you like both sides. 🙂

This pinwheel card is so versatile and easy! Just overlap some squares and you’re done! Change up the paper and the sentiment and you could use this for any occasion.

This would be the perfect card for a little ballerina’s birthday! The ballerina was stamped in black and then colored in with markers. It is hard to tell in the picture, but she is surrounded by glitter embossed “snow” in her snow globe.

What do you do with paper that has the days of the week on it? Love you always! This peek-a-boo card is also a great way to highlight double-sided paper.

Ripping white paper is a quick and easy way to make snowy hills. The trees and the bird were also made from white paper, stamped and punched. Gotta love a little embossing in the background!

We hope you have enjoyed reading about our Inspiration Board Projects! 🙂

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #5

Here is the next installment of our Fall 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!

This layout was a lot of fun to make!  I made sure to include all the traditional party elements- party hats, balloons, and of course, cupcakes!  I think my favorite part are the little puffs at the top of the party hats!  🙂

I love that this sentiment can be used in such a variety of ways!  Birthday, promotion, graduation, new baby!  What may be difficult to see in the picture is the slight “splatter” on the background that adds a little dimension and interest to the background.

The wood grain embossing is just the right touch for a group of leaves. The leaves needed a little careful gluing before tying them with the twine.

This card does not fold exactly in half! It’s cut so that the inside shows a little bit and the check mark paper is added as an accent on the bottom edge.

I just had to find a way to use the paint pallete diecut. The paint splatter stamp was a perfect fit! The pieces of the paint brush are very tiny and hard to put together, but the end result is adorable!

Stay tuned for even more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #7

Here is the next installment of our Fall 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!

I don’t usually use diagonal paper, but I tried on this layout on the one side and it turned out great. I tried to incorporate arrows on both sides.

I like how I used the lined piece with the patterned piece.  The ribbon matches the lined piece.

I love this circle card.  It is my new favorite! It is so cool to open up.  I found a way to make it longer which I like better than the original.

This is a simple card, but I wanted to show off the embossing.

Looking at the punches, I saw the star border and decided to use that.  When I went to put diamonds on the card it didn’t look right so I used  stars instead. One star wasn’t enough so I decided to layer it.  I really like how it turned out.

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #4

Here is the next installment of our Fall 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!

Do you have a lot of little scraps laying around after you make a few projects with a paper pack?  Me too!  Here is a fun way to use them up and add detail to a layout.

This card takes some time to cut and put together, but the result is simply fun!  A few scribble circle die-cuts, add a warm scarf, and you are ready to send winter greetings!

More scribbles again!  This time, they are pumpkins :).  Using the patterned orange paper in the pack gives them subtle dimension, along with two tiny bows!

I had to work up some courage for this sweet card…you see, the hot air balloon baskets are hand-drawn.  I am certainly not an artist, but I took a risk and tried my hand at this fun design.  And the sentiment…do you see what I did there?!?

These spiders are anything but creepy.  Here is a simple, yet fun way to celebrate this spooky time of year.  Continuing on the hand-drawn kick, I used a thin marker to make the spider web silk and spider legs.

The tree branches on this card are made from a stamp that is a watercolor “swoosh” design.  By indenting each image, it creates a layered tree effect.

Stay tuned for even more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #3

Here is the next installment of our Fall 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!

The design on the right side of this layout is super simple to make.  Just cut four square pieces of double-sided paper, cut on the diagonal, and flip one side over to create a background that is fun and colorful.

I think I have fallen in love with paper that lists the days of the week :).  It is featured on this card in two different ways, along with a welcoming sentiment.

Celebrate the holiday season with some shopping?  Yes, please!  Just adhere some tissue pieces behind pieces of paper, add a thread handle, and you are ready to go!

In addition to the watercolor circles in the background, the turquoise paper strip is also embossed with polka dots to help celebrate whatever fun occasion comes your way!

Did I mention I love the days of the week paper?  Here is another way to use it…pair it with simple banners, a fun sentiment, and, of course, a tiny bow.

The multiple layers in the simple card help it stand out.  And the dimensional sentiment and circular paper clip add to the effect.

Stay tuned for even more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #2

Enjoy more of our creations from our Fall 2016 Getaway!


This layout is not necessarily my typical style, but I really like it!  There was no blue and white diagonal striped paper in our paper pack, so I made my own using navy ink on white paper, scoring diagonal lines for reference, and then cut along each scored line…so fun!

This is a sweet and simple card that can be used to welcome a new baby, celebrate a birthday, or give to someone “just because.”

This card really resonates with me…I am not sure if it is because of the textured embossing in the back, the color combination of the pink and turquoise, the sweet flower, or the inspiring sentiment…

This is a stamp I have had for a while and I like the way the structured image contrasts with the whimsical watercolored polka dots.  We are ready for winter!

A sweet and very simple card to welcome a new little one to the world.

This was my first time trying this fold on a card.  I used a score board to create the fold lines and finished it with the ribbon.  I love the way the Days of the Week paper peeks out from the bottom!

Next week…more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂