September 2, 2014


Good morning I am so excited to share with you this wonderful Special Event Book that is just perfect for the new year. I have just made a bunch of cards and wanted to share something else with you that you could use to store your dates and your cards! So today I will take you from thought process to completed project. This is a much longer post than I normally do so please grab a cup of coffee or tea or maybe a diet coke or pepsi and sit down and spend a few minutes with me...

I am so excited with this big-little project!!! I say big as it is my first little book of sorts. After deciding to make this project and the size I was going to do I had to come up with a cover that I felt was sturdy enough to take a little abuse and I did not have any thick chip board. So I collected the pieces of cardboard around the office and started cutting and stacking until I felt I had the right thickness.

Before the final cut on my cardboard or should I say future cover I took my papers that I used for the thought process and placed and cut the cardboard exactly the size I wanted.
I ended up using 2 with an old file folder sandwiched in between and I am thrilled with the results. I used an ATG to adhere the three pieces together.
I then trimmed my DCWV Maraposa card stock and covered the cardboard making sure edges were glue with Zip Dry so they wouldn't pull apart.
I marked where the bottom was to I could make sure I had a front and back cover and as I was using the same paper on both it was easier to match and make sure the paper was going in the right direction.
I inked the edges of the dark brown as I didn't want any white edges, just a nice finished look to it.
Here is my front cover and all the different color papers I chose to go inside. They are from the K and Company Life's Journey stack. The nice thing is every page had a different coordinated color on the reverse side. Aren't the papers just beautiful. Make sure you tap the photo to enlarge so you can see what I mean. Next I trimmed off 1 inch of the paper so that I would have an 11x12 inch paper.
Then I used my score pal with a score mark at the center or 6 inches on 1 side and then 3 1/2 inches in the other direction.
Then all I had to do was draw up the bottom to form the little pocket, use the bone folder for a sharp edge.
Then fold in half again, and once again take the bone folder and get clean sharp edge.
I continued with this until I had 6 pages or 12 pockets; 1 for each month of the year.
Well the book part is almost ready.... All I have to do is bind it and decorate it. Look how nicely these colors coordinate?

Next I need to start making my tags. I decided to do a tag I could fit right in the pocket rather than on it as I didn't want to make another book it the space filled up, but I could easily replace a tag or write on both sides if I needed to. It was actually easier to design this on my Gypsy Woman and write with the Cri-Kit Pens than to type up and then print with card stock on my computer. I use my pens whenever I can.

This was the second video I did with the pens, you know I made a blunder with the first and had to redo it!

I took the extra time to ink the little calendar pages and I am so glad I did, they look so much nicer, don't you think?
I glued all the months on the tags and there is plenty of room for birthday and even anniversary's. The neat thing is that if one side gets full I just cut another and adhere it to the back! so easy!
Thought I would show you a couple of the backs. They come from the same K and Company Life's Journey stack and are so beautiful!
Well here are my pages before binding them. I don't mind telling you I am a nervous wreck as I have never used the Zutter Bind It All before and I don't want to goof this up!!!
Let me tell you even though I watched the video several times and read the little book I did plenty of praying when I did this, and God is good - it cut beautifully. I had a little problem with my page order but was able to get that figure out too. If you need assistance in this click HERE for the Bind It All video.
Now that it is all together I will use my little cuts from my wonderful Gypsy and Cricut... my Dynamic Duo to embellish along with other goodies. I am going to keep it lite as I don't want this book to get too bulky.

Now I sure hope you like my little special events book. It sure has changed from thought process to finished product but I love it. I can keep all my dates in one place and plan for the entire month what cards need to be ready and when. After making I realized there isn't a book big enough to hold a years worth of cards for birthdays and anniversaries but this is the perfect answer for what I need. It is pretty and so easy to refer to and update when ever needed.
I sure hope you enjoyed today's project and I hope I didn't bore you with my first videos for a project. This book was so much fun to make and it really challenged me, yet it is something each and everyone can do too. Registered & Protected
Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me and lift my spirits.

September 1, 2014


Hello and Happy Labor Day!!

Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway with a blingy project today!!

I made this set of wine glasses to donate to a very worthy cause.  I met a wonderful lady who organized a Women's Night at her children's elementary school where I was a vendor selling wine glasses last year.  Her friend recently was diagnosed with ALS.  They are having a Spaghetti Feed/Silent Auction in September to help raise money for medical expenses.

For more information or to help, go HERE.

When I sell wine glasses, I do not use licensed images.  I made the exception since I am donating these glasses.   I used my cameo and vinyl to cut out Huskers.

I added some bling to the base of my glasses.  I used red, black and clear gems and clear tiny beads.  
 I put Beacon 527 on half of the base and put my bigger gems down first. 
 I filled in with the smaller gems using a pair of tweezers to help.  I then put adhesive on the other side of the base and repeated.
 I put the small beads into a paper bowl and used my hand to press them into the empty spaces.

I let the glasses sit for 24 hours and then shook off the excess beads. 
I recommend hand washing only!! 
As a crafter, I love making things for other people whether I sell them or give them away.  I was very honored to be able to donate these!

The ice bucket challenge has been going around and I was challenged by 2 people.  My son Tanner was also challenged by 2 people.  My helper Kylie was challenged by one of our daycare moms (same lady who challenged me too)! 
We did our challenge together after school with the daycare cheering us on!!!

August 20, 2014

Notecard Box and Cards

I found this project in the Autumn 2014 Issue of CardMaker magazine, pages 44-45.  Noelle McAdams created the box for the magazine.  I created one of the boxes and found that it wasn't large enough for 4 heavy embellished A2 cards and the envelopes.  I adjusted the measurements and added a step to make the box better suited for my cards.

Hi, this is Carolyn from 
Carolyn's Creative Corner

Here is another example of the A2 box and a second box that is large enough to hold a Cascading Card or Card-in-a-Box with lots of embellishments!

Steps to create the adjusted Notecard Box to hold 4 A2 cards and envelopes
 Photos of each step and more detailed instructions are available with the link at the end of these instructions!

Step one--Cut a 12 inch x 7 1/2 inch piece of heavy card stock.

Step two--With longest edge along the top of a scoring board; score at 2 1/2 inches, 3 5/8 inches, 8 3/8 inches, 9 1/2 inches.  Measurements must be accurate!!  Tip: Make all score marks on the 'wrong' side of paper.  This will help to create a box with the desired side on the outside.

Step three--Rotate the paper 90 degrees; score at 1-inch mark on left side (bottom of box), score at 1/2-inch at the right side (top of box).  The 1/2-inch score is an extra step that I added.

Step four--(extra step) Place a 1/2-inch wide strip of double-sided adhesive along the scored 1/2-inch edge.  Fold over to form a smooth edge.

Step five--Cut along short score lines from bottom edge stopping at 1-inch score line.  Turn paper to the outside and place a piece of double-sided tape on each of the flaps that were formed.

Step six--on the outside of the paper, place a 1/8-inch strip of double-sided adhesive along the scored 7 1/2-inch edge.  This is used to seal the back of the box.

Step seven--fold box, securing the bottom with double-sided adhesive.  Secure the back edge.

Step eight--Decorate the box as desire.

For photos of each step, plus more details, please visit...

Set of 4 A2 cards and matching Notecard Box

Notecard Boxes filled with cards and envelopes!
Notecard Box with 4 cards and envelopes

LARGER BOX MEASUREMENTS!  Made to hold Cascading Cards and Card-in-a-Box

Step one--cut strip at 18-inches x 20-inches
Step two--Score at 4 inches, 5 1/2 inches, 12 1/2 inches, 14 inches
Step three--Score left side (bottom) 1 1/2 inches, Score right side (top) 1/2 inch

For details and photos of each step, please visit...

Thank you for visiting today!  Please come back real soon!

August 19, 2014

Using Up those Scraps

Hi everyone.  Karon here from Karon's Krafty Korner, for my little visit.

I have had a really big sort out of my craft room and therefore have been trying to use up a lot of my scraps - and I do have a lot of scraps!!

Here is my card for today, and I will explain how I made it below. I am using up my 8" by 3" cards from the UK.

I used a 1.5" punch to cut out a pile of circles from my scraps.  I am working my way through my colour drawers, so it's greens today :-)

I got a piece of plain card stock (yep from my scraps) and covered it with double sided sticky tape.  Then I placed my first layer of circles.

The second layer of circles I inked up, and then placed over the spots that remained to be covered. Trimmed it down to fit my card.

Next up, I used some more scraps (told you I have a lot LOL) and made some flowers.  I was inspired to make these flowers by Desire of Doing Life, and here is the link to her great tutorial for them.  Thanks for sharing Desire.  The tiny butterfly is from Birds Cards and the sentiment is from a Polkadoodles CD.

For the inside I just added a cream panel to the patterned paper and stamped it with some tiny butterflies.

And there you go, a card from scraps.

Thanks for letting me come visit Sheila, I really appreciate it.

Happy crafting everyone.