Father’s Day Card Tutorial

Today’s card features my all-time favorite stamp so far, from Stampin’ Up! called Sheltering Tree.  This stamp set is so versatile and you can use it for any occasion.  I wanted to create a simple, yet elegant card for Father’s Day.  The card that I designed today is really beautiful but it is also very easy to make.  Please watch the video below and see for yourself. I have listed the supplies I used here on my Blog but for instructions to make the card, please refer to my YouTube video.

Supplies I used:

Sheltering Tree Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! & Fahter’s Day Paper Pumpkin Stamp

Look Up to Father Stamp Set from Stampin Up

Whisper White card stock 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock – cut at 5 1/2 (to get two pieces of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2)

Pistachio Pudding Designer Series Paper – 5 1/4 x 4

Whisper White card stock – 5 x 3 3/4

Labels Framelits

Wood grain embossing folder

Early Espresso Stampin Pad

Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi Stampin Pads

Memento Tuxedo Black Stampin Pad

Created by Maria Russell
Created by Maria Russell
Created by Maria Russell
Created by Maria Russell

I hope you found the video helpful and hope to see what you create.  Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads out there, and happy crafting!

2 Valentine Box Cards ~ 1 Card Stock (Tutorial)

This is a very easy tutorial to follow to create 2 box cards out of one 8 ½ x 11 card stock:

Materials Used:

One cardstock (8 ½ x 11) cut in half measuring 5 ½ x 8 1/2
2 pieces – Designer Series paper – cut at 1 ¾ X 5 ¼
6 pieces – Designer Series paper – cut at 1 ¾ X 2 ½
3 pieces – card stock cut at 3 X 1 ¼ (these pieces will go in the middle of your box card to hold the embellishments
Optional ~ 3 pieces of card stock cut at 2 inches wide using a decorative die or deco punch
Acetate sheets
Stickers and other ephemeras to decorate your box card
Double-sided tape or Tombow Glue
Mini Glue Dots

Easy Side Step Card Tutorial

This is a very easy tutorial to follow to create a simple Side Step Card. Using an A2 size card (5 ½ by 8 ½)

  1. On the 5 ½ side of the card stock (portrait), line it up on your trimmer on the 3 inches mark.
  2. Using your side ruler, cut the cardstock using your trimming blade from the 1 inch mark up to 6 ½ inches down.
  3. Turn your cardstock clockwise (now we are on the 81/2 inch side), start scoring up to the cut line. Score at 2”, 4”, 5 ¼”, 6 ½” and 7 ½”
  4. Turn your cardstock on the other side, and score at 4 ¼”
  5. Fold your card stock as shown the video.

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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)
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.


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


Birdhouse Tea Light Holder-DIY Mini Milk Carton


Spring is already in full bloom where I am and in fact, it is already getting hot over here.  I know some of you are still experiencing snow and hoping that it’ll be over soon.   Maybe crafting is the best way to deal with snow days.  So here is a little cute project that I hope will cheer you all up.

I don’t have the mini milk carton die from Stampin Up.  I saw this tutorial by Sam of PootlesPapercraft and I was just so thrilled since I didn’t have to purchase the die to make these boxes. She made hers as a treat holder but I wanted mine to look like a bird house and make it as a home decor.  So I added the roof, and the tea light.  Thank you Sam for this inspiration and for giving us the measurements.  I tried to make this video as short as possible so some of the boring scenes have been fast-forwarded for your benefit.

Mini Milk Carton:

Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock – 8 1/4 x 5 1/2″

Score on the 8 ¼  side at 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 5 5/8, 7 1/2″

Score on the 5 1/2 side at 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 5″


Chocolate Chip Cardstock – 1 7/8 by 5 (embossed using the textured arrow embossing folder)


Trimmer and Scoring Board

Bird Builder Punch

Paper Snips

TIEF Arrow embossing folder

Sticky Strip

Circle Punch

Scallop Trim Punch

Polka Dot Parade Stamp Set


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
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!