Altered File Folders

I somehow stumbled on Patty Bennett's tutorial for altered file folders last fall, thankfully! They are so cute and incredibly simple to make - after the first one, make sure to use a generic folder first so you 'get' what to do, after that, super simple!

I'd venture to say that just about anyone who knows me received one of these at Christmas! They're just that cute and easy to make! I started out with the SU! Thoroughly Modern file folders, but three orders later I decided to stop waiting on Mr. Brown and headed out to Office Max and Staples to see what they had. Oh my, I was in file folder puppy love, lol :)

This set of folders came from the clearance shelf at WalMart. The quality isn't as thick as the other sets, but I didn't find that to be a big deal since they're a disposable item. I also didn't realize until I got them home and opened that the insides had large polka dots - how cute!

Two tips I found helpful... I cut the left and right sides of the bottom flat that folds up at a slight, maybe 1/4", angle before putting adhesive on it. I also found out after my sister actually used the flap to hold things that by using a foam tape (her idea!) instead of flat adhesive, it makes it easier to 'use' the pocket on the it a little wiggle room!

If you're using a Scor-Pal instead of a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, you can find revised instructions On Papercraft Planet that might help. Then again, I tend to do things backwards, so maybe it only helped me ;)

For the Wild Boys!

This was for the DTGD Wild Boys challenge but I forgot to post it here :)

Stamps: Oval All, Pink Cat Wyman Riders
Paper: Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Summer Picnic dsp
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Only Orange (markers)
Accessories: Nesties, SU Scallop Oval Punch, Copics, White Gel Pen

Blue DP by Me Sketch

THIS is why I {{{heart}}} these DTGD challenges! I would've never - in a million years - ever come up with this! I'm not a blue person...I try...but I don't use it much...but the Bella Bleu dsp is great... I saw the sketch and said, whoa, that's way too hard for me (sorry, Rainy, but I love it now!)... But then after peeking at a few samples, it all clicked and came together :) Sorry...all that to say this is for 3 challenges, DP by ME, Hues of Blue and Saturday's sketch! TFL :)

Stamps: Soft Summer, Friendly Words wheel
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Bella Bleu dsp
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Ribbon, Pearls, sponge dauber

Tie it on the Tole

This is for the tole and tie it on DTGD challenges. I love all the layered MFT sets on cards so I took that route for the tole challenge. Lots and lots of pop up dots and foam tape on this one :) Hope it's not too bad to say I almost can't wait for someone to get sick so I can send it to

Stamps: MFT Bunny Slippers
Paper: Real Red, Only Orange, Summer Picnic dsp, Washington Apple dsp, white
Ink: Versafine black
Accessories: Movers & Shapers, Stickles, Modern Label Punch, Ribbon, Fiskars border punch, pop up dots, nesties

Clear Sketchy Punchy Winged DTGD Challenges

It's the most wonderful time of the year! That's right - It's time for the SCS DTGD challenges!!!

I completed four challenges in one for this card...

1. Sketch Challenge
2. Clear Challenge - The middle butterfly layer is acetate embossed in the new SU Finial Press folder; transluscent gel flowers with flower bling in the center, hard to see but on the top left
3. Punch/Cut Challenge - Nesties, Sizzix Die and Butterfly Punch
4. Wings Challenge - Butterflies!

Do I get bonus points for putting things away and cleaning off my desk before posting??? :)
Stamps: none
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Glossy White
Ink: none
Accessories: SU Finial Press Folder, Nesties, SU Sizzix Butterfly Die, MS Butterfly Punch, silver cord, white organza

Cupcake Birthday Wishes!

It's been a long time since I made a fun and festive (okay, BRIGHT!) birthday card - it was a nice change!

Stamps: Simple Birthday Thanks
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Ink: Chocolate Chip marker
Accessories: Scallop oval punch, oval punch, three for you punch, dazzling diamonds, bling, brads, pop up dots
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Kind & Caring Thoughts

It took awhile, but this finally came together. I needed something a little more special for someone incredible. I hope this fits!

Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Cottage Grove dsp
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Accessories: Borderability, stick pin, ribbon, nesties, zots, pearls, paper piercer, needle, thread, gold cord, Shimmerz
Techniques: stitching
Cased from: Sherry Cheever

New Colors!!!

How sad...I've had the new SU! In Colors for a week and a half and have not taken the time to use them until today :( Bad, bad stamper, lol! I admit, the new colors are a little out of my comfort zone, but I DO love them! DH's company diversity council needed a thank you card for a guest speaker. I thought this tree with all different colors of leaves would be good and 'diverse'. Love, Love, LOVE that the new ICs come in markers - WooHoo!!!!

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade dsp
Ink: IC Markers
Accessories: Ribbon, paper piercer

Happy 52nd Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Today is my parent's 52nd Wedding Anniversary! How awesome is that :) I loved the card that Jan Tink made and knew it'd be great to case for this. I love the vellum over printed paper, very cool! Mom's a purple nut and if she's getting tired of SU!'s current shades of purple, she'll get a break from them when the new Rich Razzleberry arrives - WooHoo!!!

Stamps: SU! So Many Sayings
Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum cs, Perfect Plum dsp, Vellum cs, Gold
Ink: Perfect Plum
Accessories: SU! Manhattan Flower ef, SU! Word Window Punch, SU! Scallop Oval Punch, SU! Oval Punch, SU! Eyelet Border Punch, Ribbon, Brad, Paper Piercer

How Sweet It Is to have a Sister!

I love this set by My Favorite Things - How Sweet It Is! You don't see many "sister" sentiments, so this one was a have to have :)

Stamps: MFT How Sweet It Is
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose dsp
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Copics, Ribbon, Nesties, Zots, Mini Clip, Crystal Effects
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Heidi's Name Frame

I saw so many cute frames on SCS that I had to make one for our new niece, Heidi! Below is the big picture of the whole frame, along with some close-ups and deets. Both the base and top layers of letters are on pop up dots.

I love using the new SU! Clear Flower die on acetate as a fun addition!

Every little girl needs to start her life off with a little extra bling :)

Kirsten has a great video on her blog showing how to make these roses!

Honey said the curly ribbon crossed the line...but I'll let the momma decide that one, lol!
Paper: Certainly Celery & Pink Pirouette DSP, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: SU Certainly Celery and Pink Piroutette Ribbon, SU Flower die, SU Butterfly die, Dazzling Diamonds, Acetate, MS Butterfly punch, bling, needle, thread, SU Mat Pack, Pop Up Dots, curly ribbon (?)
The letters were cut out on my friend's Cricut.
Thanks for looking!!!

Heidi's Baby Card

Our family welcomed the new addition of an 8 lb. 8 oz. baby girl last week, born to our sister-in-law. Here's the baby card I made for her. I loved the idea to use the words from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star from ClaireD and adapted the card because she's not really a vintage person so I thought this would fit her taste a little more.

Stamps: Buggies and Booties
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Pattern Pack
Ink: Gold
Accessories: Nesties, Pearls, Copics, EP, Ribbon, Printer

Manhattan Flower

The Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set was on my list when the new SU catty came out...but when I got to the back and saw the coordinating dsp and Manhattan Flower embossing folder, I quickly moved the stamp set up to my top three pick! This is just a first, quick stab at making something with the new folder. Well, it started at clean and simple, until I had an accident with the glitter - whoops!!!

Stamps: Fifth Ave Floral
Paper: Cameo Coral, Glossy White
Ink: Barely Banana, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Ribbon, 2-way Glue, Glitter, Corner Rounder Punch

Coffee with Friends

This was for yesterday's sketch challenge over on SCS. I haven't used this set in awhile and needed a guy card - I really like this dsp for guy stuff! Only afterwards, I realized guys probably won't grab a coffee cup with a fru-fru handle, lol :)

Stamps: Flourishes Coffee with Friends
Paper: Autumn Vine dsp, Sage Shadow, Really Rust
Ink: Black
Accessories: Oval Punches, Word Window Punch, Pop Up Dots
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Echoes of Kindness

This is for today's Color Throwdown Challenge to use Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette and Sage Shadow, and also for Taylor's sketch challenge from last Friday.

Stamps: Echoes of Kindess
Paper: Raspberry Tart dsp, Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette, Glossy White, White
Ink: Pink Pirouette inkpad, Cameo Coral, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip markers
Accessories: Nesties, Ribbon, Pearls, SU Texturz Plates

Cecily Cinnamonsticks

I was looking for a layout for this image and ended up casing Dawn's card. I'm hoping the flower bling on the apron calms down the green...but the recipient likes green!

Stamps: Bella Cecily Cinnamonsticks
Paper: Raspberry Tart dsp, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Adirondack Black
Accessories: Copics, Nesties, Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, SU Eyelet Border, Bling

Wendy Papillon meets a color challenge

This is for today's SCS Color Challenge to use Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip. I breathed a sigh of relief...not a hard color combo for me! I also used Taylor's Cupcake Challenge.

Stamps: Bella Wendy Papillon
Paper: Bella Rose dsp, RHR, White, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Adirondack Black
Accessories: Nesties, Brad, Copics, at you Spica, Sizzix flower die, transparency sheet, Swiss Dots ef, Dazzling Diamonds, SU! Texturz Plates

Venetian Echoes of Kindness

This was for THE VENTETIAN VSN Challenge on SCS to use Yellow/Gold, Burgundy, Blue, White/Cream.

Stamps: Echoes of Kindness
Paper: Watercolor, Cream, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Gold, dsp
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive - Markers
Accessories: SU! Texturz Plates, Nesties, Ribbon, Pearls

Bellagio Bella

My BFF, Tammy, got me hooked on the Chichiboulie Fairies by Stamping Bella. She is wicked like that ;-) I finally got little Miss Gardenia Gardenthumb inked up yesterday for the SCS VSN BELLAGIO Challenge to create a card using a transparency and you MUST use flowers in your design somewhere. Flowers...that's real hard, right? lol :-)

The acetate flower is made with the new clear SU! Flower die. There are also Shimmerz on the wings that are not showing up.

Stamps: Bella Gardenia Gardenthumb
Paper: Raspberry Tart dsp, Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Black Adirondack
Accessories: Copics, Nesties, Acetate, SU! Sizzix Clear Flower Die, Shimmerz

Butterflies, Baskets and Cards

My friend Jenny posted this cute basket on her blog that she cased and I had to make one! There's a link to the orginator's template on Jenny's site. I changed the size a bit and used an 8.5 x 9.5 sheet and scored 2.5" on the short sides and 3" on the long sides.

I also used Taylor's sketch challenge for the card.

This will be a fun little gift ensemble :-)

Paper: Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, dsp
Accessories: SU! Sizzix Butterfly die, Nesties, SU! Eyelet Border Punch, Ribbon, SU! Texturz Plates

Urban Garden Sketch Challenge

I learned something today... If you continue to use the supplies you got out for your first card to make additional cards, eventually your desk cleans itself off and there's nothing left to put away. Profound, aye? ;-)
I started out with the Urban Garden DSP for today's Color Throwdown below. I really liked the colors together - minus the blush blossom - for a masculine card. So, when I saw today's SCS Sketch Challenge, I thought it would make for a fun/funky guy birthday card...and then since there was still some left and I hate cleaning off my desk, I thought it would make nice thinking of you cards. And there you have it!

Stamps: Just B
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, NQN
Accessories: Brads

Stamps: PTI Everyday Blessings

Thoughts and Prayers

This new set from SU! was #1 on my list of new stamp sets to get when the latest catalog arrived! I love not only this tree but also the sentiments that come with it. They are perfect! Thank you to Beth for the great layout for this card!

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Paper: Urban Garden, Old Olive, Choclate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: Nestabilities, CB EF, Ribon Slider, Zots, Ribbon

Address Books & Journals - $10.00 to $12.00 each

It's never been more motivating to organize your addresses than it will be with these outstanding address books!

Large Address Book - $12.00
This address book is 5 3/4" x 8 1/2". It has 13 tabbed sections with 8 pages per section for a total of 104 pages.

Small Address Book - $10.00
This address book is 6" square. It has 9 tabbed sections with 8 pages per section for a total of 72 pages.

What a way to get your creative juices flowing! You will be inspired to jot down notes, put your latest thoughts on paper or simply organize your current lists by these adorable journals! They are covered in designer paper and embellished with die cut and prima flowers. These are definitely a ribbon lovers dream!


Sentiment reads "ENJOY the moment"