My Once Upon A Time Chipboard Album

I am so happy that I finally finished my Once Upon A Time chipboard album. This has been an 8-month process and I almost gave up and didn’t finish the album. After putting it away for a few months, I decided to start on it again and somehow found the inspiration to finish it.

The album is 9.5 x 11 inches and it is very heavy. It will be kept in a keepsake box to protect the decoration on the album. I used a lot of Tim Holtz and Stampin’ Up! dies to decorate the pages. It was too difficult for me to cover the DCWV paper that I used in the whole album, because the designs were just too pretty.

I know that compared to some of the albums that you see on the internet, mine is not even as beautiful as what the others have posted on YouTube; but I am quite happy and proud of what I have achieved in the whole process of putting it together.

I hope you all check it out and see if you like my album. Hopefully it will give you some ideas on how to decorate yours.

Do some crafting with your kids, grandkids, etc. and create some great memories! XO!

Screen/Panel Card

I am so happy to be chosen as one of the many talented monthly contributors for Diecut Crazy Magazine and this screen panel card below, is my first project submission. Our theme for the month of July is “Summer”. I have to admit that I was just a bit perplexed. I didn’t have any stamp sets with a summer theme. The majority of my dies are for Halloween, fall, Christmas and spring. I had to look back at some of my past projects and for some reason I couldn’t find any inspiration that would perfectly describe summer.

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In my opinion, summer is all about spending quality time with my husband and kids, traveling around, barbecues, loving the longer daylight, playing with pinwheels, kites, picking flowers, bird-watching and just generally enjoying the great outdoors! So I decided to capture these moments and showcase it through this Screen/Panel Card. The sentiment that I used for this card is exactly what summer is all about ~ it doesn’t have to be perfect to be WONDERFUL!

Supplies and Tools I used:

Screen/Panel Card – 6 x 12 Card Stock (on the 12-inch side, score at 3 inches, 6 and 9). This will create the screen.

All Four Panels (Card Stock)

Bottom Layer: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″
Middle Layer: 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
Top Layer: 2 1/4″ x 4″

Stamp Sets – Perfect Pennants Stamp set, For the Birds Stamp set, Sweetie Pie Stamp set

Pinwheel sizzlit die
Decorative Punch (I used this punch to create the “legs” of the screen)
Petite petals punch
Banner Punch
Spellbinders Cherry Blossom Die
Fanciful Wings embosslits
Banners Framelits Dies
Grass Die (taken from the Garden Bench Pop it Ups Die)
Rhinestones
Brown Embossing Powder
Copic Markers
Bahama Breeze Memento Ink
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Xyron Sticker Maker (I used this to adhere the branch and grass die cuts to my project ~ it makes my life a lot easier!)
Glue dots and stampin dimensionals

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Gatefold Shutter Card

When I saw this video posted by France Martin, I immediately wanted to recreate this card and share with my subscribers.  I thought this card is not only unique, but also stylish.  I wanted to make my version a lot easier and I hope I achieved that on this video.  I chose a simple black and white color scheme and I thought it turned out so pretty.

Materials Used:

Card Base — Very Vanilla Card Stock — cut at 8 ½ by 5 ½, then score at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8

Shutter — Basic Black card stock (2 pieces) — cut at 3 ½ by 4. On the 4 inch side, score both pieces at ½ inch. Then on 3 ½ side pencil mark at 1 ¾ then mark at 2 inches to find the center so you can cut the fish tail for the shutter.

Center Piece — Basic Black card stock — cut at 3 by 5 ½. DSP cut at 2 ¾ x 5 1/4 . Adhere together using your TG or tombow glue. Use your large circle punch or circle framelits to cut a hole on the middle piece. This will create the window to your shutter card.

Shutter DSP — DSP cut at 5 ¼ by 1 7/8.

Bellyband — 1 by 11 inches. Fold on your card to create the bellyband. Don’t make it too tight so it can still slide in and out. Decorate according to your style.

TOOLS:

Score board and scoring tool or stylus
Bone Folder
Stampin Dimensionals or foam dots
Mini Glue Dots
Rhinestones
Adhesive (tape runner of Tombow glue)
Ruler
Pencil
Scissors
Circle Framelits (about 1 ¾ inch. In diameter)
Pansy Punch
Boho Blossoms Punch
Petite Petals Punch

 

Easter Egg Treat Holder

This treat holder is so cute, you can basically create this for any occasion.  I love the new Scallop Tag Topper Punch but if you don’t have the punches that I have on this video, please use what you have.  This is just an example and you can use other punches to create a decorative edge to your card stock.  I have used my decorative label punch, scallop punch and even my blossom punch.  You just need to insert the edge of your card stock to your punch, line it up slowly to make sure the card stock is in the middle of the image, then punch! Easy, peasy!

Materials used:

Blushing Bride Card stock (Item No. 131198)
Cut at 2 inches by 11 inches (base)
Cut at 3 ½ by 3 ½ (middle piece that will hold the egg securely)
Daffodil Delight Card Stock — 119683 – Used to punch the bird and the wing
Pistachio Pudding Card Stock (Item No. 130020) — used for the leaves
Chocolate Chip Card Stock — Item No. 102128 — for the branch
Scallop Tag topper Punch — Item No. 133324
Bird Builder Punch — Item No. 117191
1 ¼ circle punch – Item No. 119861
Extra Large Oval Punch — Item No. 119859
Scissors
Score Board
Red Rose Ribbon
Baker’s Twine

I hope you enjoyed this video. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message.. Craft with your loved ones and create some memories. Happy crafting!

French Maid Minion Card – A Blooms and Butterflies Color Challenge No. 22

The Blooms & Butterflies Team was given a task to create a card using the colors Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight. It is indeed very challenging. I have made a Minion Card before and it is my most pinned creation on Pinterest. I thought the color combination will be perfect to create a French Maid Minion Card. So here it is.  I have made some adjustments to the card.  I noticed on the photo that the glue dots were showing a little bit so I managed to tuck it in, and also fixed the Minion’s hair so it doesn’t show.

Materials used:

Basic Black Card Stock (Item No. 121045)
Basic Gray Card Stock (Item No. 121044)
Smoky Slate Card Stock (Item No. 131202)
Daffodil Delight Card Stock (Item No. 119683)
Whisper White Card Stock (Item No. 100730)
Soft Suede Card Stock (Item No. 115318)
Window Sheets (Item No. 114323)
Signo White Gel Pen (Item No. 105021)
1 3/4 Circle punch (Item No. 119850)
1 3/8 Circle Punch punch (Item No. 119860)
1 inch Circle punch (Item No. 119868)
Edgelits — Adorning Accents (Item No. 125595)
Banners Framelits Dies (Item No. 132173)
Love You to the Moon Stamp Set (Item No. 133143)
Designer Series Faceted Buttons (Item No. 127555)
Stampin Dimensionals (Item No. 104430)
Mini Glue Dots (Item No. 103683)
Stampin Trimmer (Item No. 126889)
Round Plate to trace the round edge of the card

I hope you enjoyed this video. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message.. Craft with your loved ones and create some memories. Happy crafting!