Winter 2017 Inspiration Board #6

Here is the last installment of our Winter 2017 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!



Oh, how I love these octopuses!!  They just had to be on a layout!!  The one featured on the right is made using a TOTES ADORB octopus die…eeek!!!!

In the previous blog post, a game was mentioned where a holiday was identified and then a card was created from the welcome gift.  We present….the ugly holiday sweater card!!!  Haha!  But, the argument for “ugly” is hard to uphold with this adorable little octopus on the front.  The sweater was made from the cable knit embossing folder…so fun!

The game continues….BIRTHDAY!!   I could not let this welcome gift go by without pairing the blue and teal…such an amazing color combination!


The theme of Halloween was given in jest and I was told it couldn’t be done…well look at that!  An adorable, spooky Halloween card from paper intended for pirates!

These stripes were calling out to be used for a birthday…Enjoy!

This was actually the first card I made with the paper pack…I just love the hardwood look, especially with a bushel of apples!

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

Winter 2017 Inspiration Board #5

Here is the next installment of our Winter 2017 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!


I really wanted to make a layout with the treasure map paper….and adding black and the thick rope seemed like the perfect contrast!  I created a criss-cross shape on the left side to mimic the X-marks-the-spot on the right and feels like the perfect way to highlight the little pirate in your life :).

How I adore this card!  A simple message for a sweet new one!

There have been a lot of unfortunate circumstances in my life lately and I am always looking for encouraging cards to share.  This one uses a heartfelt sentiment and image that I colored in with markers.  I know this one will bring sunshine to someone’s day!

True confessions….I had difficulty coming up with pirate themed cards and decided to stay away from this theme to show the versatility of the paper.  When we were all crafting together, I would ask my friends to call out a random holiday and then I would attempt to make a card using our welcome paper….First up in our game: Easter/spring.

If you look closely, you will notice the black banner goes behind the sentiment card and the teal banner goes in front…Fancy!


Next up in the game was Valentine’s Day/love…and I ended up LOVING this card.  Fun and simple!

Stay tuned for even more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Winter 2017 Inspiration Board #4

Here is the next installment of our Winter 2017 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!


I loved using the hardwood paper as the background for my layout!  The anchors, compass, and wheel add nice nautical touches, but I must say, my favorite part is the porthole!  Those brads were the perfect addition.

My handsome little octopus is all dressed up and ready to party!

I think this sentiment would make the perfect card for someone who is starting a new job, graduating, or maybe moving.

I decided not to add a sentiment to this card.  Between the different patterns and embellishments I thought it was busy enough.  🙂

I have seen this design on Pinterest projects before, but haven’t attempted it, until now!  It was really pretty easy!  It starts with four rectangles that are cut across from opposite corners.  Then you arrange the pieces to meet up under an off-center circle, and cut off any extra paper that hangs off the edge.

Best Fishes.  Still cracks me up!  🙂  And of course, I had to use my envelope punch board to make a coordinating envelope!


I just had to get a 3-Dimensional project in here!  It was really quite easy, thanks to the Stampin’ Up! Keepsake Box Die.  Add a little tag, a few embellishments, and voila!  A cute way to give someone a little treat.

Stay tuned for even more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Winter 2017 Inspiration Board #3

Here is the next installment of our Winter 2017 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!


I got the idea for these pages from other layouts, but then I made them my own.  I wanted to make a banner with the twine, but wasn’t sure what to use for flags, then I realized I could cut the flags from the pirate flags and hang them as a banner. I love the background paper, and really like the way the pages tie in together. I tried to make some of the cards tie in with the layout.

I really liked the stripes, can you tell???

I really liked using the twine behind the card’s saying which I have done before on horizontal cards, but I decided to try and use this idea on a vertical card.

I love this card with the idea taken from the squares on the layout.  I knew I wanted to use the sun face and what better place to put it!

This card just came together so nicely!  I really love it when the ideas for my cards are all my own!!! This started as triangles and then I just added the center piece.  Once I was done it still needed something. Since I have trouble with bows I needed to do something with the ribbon and just crossing it over worked really well.

I was able to tie in the flag borders from the layout with this card. I also used as many patterns of paper as I could!  When I got to the end I still needed a stamp, but where to put it without taking away from the flag??? Oh, right I could use white ink on the black!  Yay!!

Stay tuned for even more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Winter 2017 Inspiration Board #2

Enjoy more of our creations from our Winter 2017 Getaway!


Work like a Captain, play like a pirate! I love the Echo Park Designer Dies on this layout. The pirate flag is adorable and was quick and easy to do. The parrot…adorable! Not so easy… There are a lot of pieces to the parrot, but the end result was worth it!

The Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles framelits add just the right touch to this simple card. I had to hold back from adding more fish from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea stamp set. They are all so cute, but I wanted to keep it simple.

It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the anchors are overlapping to close this asymmetrical card. The inside of the card has little anchors covering the paper. I attempted to do glitter embossing for the word thanks, but it didn’t seem to emboss. It was my first time using glitter embossing powder, so maybe I need more practice!

The magic of this card is the inside! I used an entire 12 x 12 sheet of paper with a pirate treasure map for the inside of this card. I used a Turkish map fold. (Look it up on Pinterest or YouTube to try it!) It was tricky with such thick paper, but the end result is so cool! I had fun with more of the Echo Park Designer Dies to make the ship and the dolphin. I wish I had inked the edges of the clouds to give them more depth, but I added the white dashes at the end to finish the look.

You’re a star. (I’m so jelly.) I love this! Perfect for the little star in your life. I just had to add a little Wink of Stella glitter to the starfish. (Seriously, if you haven’t tried Wink of Stella – go get some! It’s so easy to brush on a little touch of glitter and it really makes your project pop!)

Who knew boat anchors could be romantic! This “you are my anchor” sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Float My Boat stamp set is so sweet! Perfect for that person in your life who is your anchor. (Hint for tying the anchor – I tied a piece of the twine to the anchor and then made a little bow to stick on top.)

Next week…more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

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.