Papercraft Business Challenge #26

Helloooo crafty friends! I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve blogged (apparently my resolution to blog better didn’t even make it through January!), but what better come back than to blog about the Papercraft Business Challenge #26? Hop on over to the website and join us with your entry, we’d be so excited to have you! The theme this month is Love/Valentine’s. Get out your pinks and reds and hearts and love and all the things, and play with us!

I created this card using a natural flecked ivory base, some vintage style papers and a beautiful rubber stamp that features the top of a box of Valentine’s Candy. I’ve adorned this one of a kind card with beautiful flowers, pearl hearts, and bits of lace. After Valentine’s day, this card could be framed and displayed in a Valentine’s vignette for years to come.

Some of these items have been in my crafty stash for YEARS, never even opened, so I decided to dig really deep and use what I have instead of purchasing new. The pending purchase of a new (albeit smaller) house has been causing me to rethink my purchasing ways – I’m trying to use up what I have so I don’t have to move so much! Some of these items I am unsure where I purchased them.

Materials Needed:

Valentine Candy Box Stamp – Inkadinkadoo

Natural Ivory Cardstock

Vintage Valentine Paper – The Paper Studio – Hobby Lobby

Paper Flowers – The Paper Studio – Hobby Lobby

Ivory Lace – Offray – Hobby Lobby

Beginner Card Maker’s Tip: Let the Paper do the Talking

Sometimes, beginning is half the battle. When I first started making cards, I didn’t have the budget for fancy things like a die cut machine and dies, or embossing folders or fancy markers and oodles of rubber stamps. While I do have most of these things now, I don’t find myself reaching for them as much as I do paper. I love paper…the colors, the textures, the patterns, the smell of a fresh paper pad…an uncut piece of 12 x 12 paper and all it’s endless possibilities is nirvana for me. I learned early on to “let the paper do the talking”. This card is a classic example of letting the paper do the talking. Very few supplies used, and great for a beginner.

I purchased this beautiful coffee lover’s paper pack from Unity Stamp Company. I don’t normally purchase 6 x 6″ paper packs, but this one had a theme I love (I’m a sucker for anything coffee themed), being that I own a coffee shop. I also purchased several sets of rubber stamps from them. This was my first purchase from Unity, and won’t be my last! (On a side note, they are not endorsing this post in any way – this is my own personal opinion.)

The first thing I noticed about this paper is that it’s thick stock and beautiful, no flimsy copy paper feel here. The paper has a glossy finish, making it absolutely beautiful as a card, and the prints and colors are amazing. It has a beautiful watercolor look to it. I was immediately taken back to my just starting days. No need to fancy up this paper, it was gorgeous enough already. In the end, I did decide to stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card, using one of the high quality stamps I purchased from Unity – in – guess what – a coffee theme!

You can find a list of supplies below with links on where to purchase these supplies. The directions for this card are so easy, you’re never going to believe it!

Step 1: Cut an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white cardstock of your choice at 5.5″ on the 11″ side. Score at 4 1/4″ and fold.

Step 2: Cut a piece of colored cardstock for your mat layer at 5 3/8 x 4 1/8″

Step 3: Cut the coffee patterned paper at 4″ so the coffees are across the bottom of the card. You will also have to trim a bit off the left side. Trim at 5 1/2″.

Step 4: Adhere the mats together and then adhere to the card base. You can stop here and your card would make a beautiful note card, perfect for anyone. I took it a few steps further.

Step 5: Create a colored mat and a white top by repeating steps 2 & 3. Adhere mats together.

Step 6: Stamp “life happens, coffee helps” sentiment inside.

inside view of card


1 – 8.5 x 11″ sheet of white cardstock

1 – 8.5 x 11″ sheet of colored cardstock for the card mat. I used Stampin’ Up Mint macaron

1 – Coffee lover’s paper pack from Unity Stamp Company

1 – Sweet Tea Kitty stamp set from Unity Stamp Company

Papercraft Business Design Team Challenge #25 – Hello 2020!

It’s that time of year again, time to ring in the new year and write 2019 on all of our checks for the next 6 weeks (or in some cases 6 months – don’t judge) until we remember it’s not 2019 any more. I couldn’t think of a better project for the Papercraft Design Challenge #25 than a 2020 calendar! Hopefully this will even help me remember the right year.

Overall, these calendars are very easy to create. If you want, you can watch a video of me creating one on my YouTube channel HERE. The process is quite simple, and they make great gifts for anyone, because everyone needs a calendar.

Materials Needed:

1 12 x 12″ piece of cardstock – and a coordinating piece for matting that’s at least 8.5 x 11″

1 piece of patterned paper at least 8 x 12″

mini calendar

embellishments of your choice

Papercraft Business Challenge #24

“Rubber Stamped” candles make great gifts!

Hello Friends! It’s time for another Papercraft Business Challenge! This month, the challenge is to create a “gift” item (something other than a card). I looked around my craft room, and I have quite a few of these little pillar candles just begging to be used for something, so I figured “What the heck?” and gave it a go. You could do these for any occasion, with any stamps – all you need is rubber stamps, tissue paper, wax paper, and a heat gun. If you want to go the extra mile, you can paint your image like I did, but there are some beautiful stamps out there that look just great in black and white! I used acrylic paints, however I will be experimenting with other methods to color these beauties in the near future. They’re so fun, and I can’t wait to play with other themes. If you want to see a video on how I created this fun candle (It’s very hard to take still pictures while you’re trying to create the product at the same time for me), you can check out the complete details on youtube HERE.

Be sure to join us over at the Papercraft Business Challenge blog with your creations! We can’t wait to see them! Also, if you find that you love entering challenges, please check out the Papercraft Challenge Planner! It’s an organizational life saver!

Until we meet again crafty friends, happy crafting!

Hey Ghoul Friends! Papercraft Business Design Team Challenge #23

It’s no secret, I LOVE Halloween! I love the spooky ooky creepy crawly Halloween and the super cutesie Halloween and everything in between. For this month’s Papercraft Business Challenge #23 – Tag You’re It, I decided to create a not so spooky Halloween tag using some new Stampin’ Up products I just received, along with some products I already had in my stash. I immediately fell in love with the new Monster Bash suite from Stampin’ Up, so I just knew I had to use it for this tag, but I’m an equal opportunity crafter, I use and love it all, and this tag definitely showcases that.

I love being a part of the Papercraft Business Design Team, as it really makes me think outside the box! This tag would be perfect for using on the front of a card, tied to a spooky gift, or for tying on a wine bottle treat for your BFF.

I started with a black craft tag and snipped about 1/4″ off the bottom so it wouldn’t overhang my embossing folder, and ran it through my die cut machine using the stylish scroll embossing folder . I affixed two different patterns of Monster Bash DSP and covered the seam where they met with the scallop edge ribbon from the Monster Bash suite. I die cut an ornate frame out of pumpkin pie cardstock and a white centerpiece using a die from the same set. I then stamped the sentiment using the spooktacular bash stamp and glued them together. I popped this up using foam dimensions over the black ribbon. I used a spiderweb die cut for the corner of the web and affixed some dusky purple flowers, black rhinestones and a spooky sparkly spider (everything is better with glitter!). The skeleton die cut is from this month’s Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin kit. I tied the top with some retired Stampin Up yarns I had in my stash. (circa 2003 so it’s time I used them up!)

Materials Used:

Black Craft Tags from Ranger (inksentials)

Stampin Up Embossing Folder – stylish scroll

Monster Bash Designer Series Paper

Stampin’ Up Scalloped Edge Ribbon in Basic Black

Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie Cardstock

Stampin’ Up Ornate Frames Dies

Stampin’ Up Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set

Wicked Web Die from Tonic Studios

Dusky Purple Poppies from The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby)

Black Rhinestones from Recollections

Glittery Spider embellishment from Jolee’s Boutique

Skeleton Die Cut from Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin Box

Stampin’ Up Yarns and Fibers – Retired – circa 2003

If you love the Spooktacular Bash stamps and want the dies that go with it, you can purchase the Spooktacular Bash stamp/die bundle here. If you want the whole Monster Bash Suite (which includes some awesome food safe coffin treat boxes for you to embellish) you can purchase the Monster Bash suite here at a 10% discount.

The County Fair

My mushroom diamond painting won 1st place!!

Our county fair has just started, and I was challenged to enter something this year. I have never entered anything in a fair, so this was a first for me. I procrastinated until the last minute, and then decided what I was going to enter. When I was younger I was a competitive equestrian, but the thought of entering something that I poured my heart into at this middle age made me a bit squeamish. Nevertheless, I did it. I entered a total of four items in four classes, and I was waiting outside last night when the fair opened to see how I fared. All in all, not too badly! I managed a blue ribbon and two third place ribbons. I’m hooked, it’s so much fun!

I want to encourage everyone of my crafty friends to enter something in the fair. It truly is exciting! Now…..where is my entry form for the state fair? 😉

I’m thinking about doing a bunch of these ornaments this year.
I admit, he’s a little unconventional….but he’s cute right?

Papercraft Business Design Challenge #22 – There’s a Bear in There

Good morning crafty friends! This month’s Papercraft Business Challenge was “There’s a Bear in There”. I have to admit, this one WAS a challenge for me, I realized just how severely lacking my supply stash was with bear themed items! (Now I have a reason to go supply shopping!) I may have been a little overzealous when I decided to create my first shaker card for this theme, however I did learn quite a few things while creating it, and I can’t wait to make more shakers, so stay tuned!

If you have a moment, create something and enter the challenge, it’s so fun to see what you can come up with using the theme or sketch given! You can find the monthly challenges listed on the Papercraft Business Challenge Blog. And if you already love to enter papercraft challenges (there are quite a few out there!) you can grab yourself an awesome Papercraft Challenge Planner to keep yourself organized!

Materials Used:

Recollections White Cardstock Base 5.5″ square

Kat Scrappiness Sequins in Magenta AB (flat), Blue Cotton Candy, Peach AB (Flat) and Pink AB (Flat)

DCWV Unicorns and Rainbows Premium Stack (Star paper)

Yellow and Blue Cardstock from Hobby Lobby multi packs

Stampin’ Up Beary Best Friends stamp set and Teenie Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Markers and Alcohol Ink Marker paper.

Dimensional squares

Black String

Wink of Stella – clear

Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink Pad – Black

Three Paper Crafting Tools I Didn’t Know I Needed….

I’ve got lots of paper crafting tools….and then lots more! Whenever something new comes out, I’m skeptical, but most times I eventually cave in and give the new guy a try. Sometimes I’m disappointed – but let me show you three situations where I was NOT disappointed at all!

Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

I have tried so many things for coloring with my alcohol ink markers. I am no pro at the coloring part, as I’m just learning how to color with blend-able markers. I’ve tried lots of different types of paper – photo paper, Yupo, Manga artist paper…the list goes on and on, but I just couldn’t get it quite right. While I was in AC Moore recently, I noticed that Spectrum Noir has put out their own paper specifically for use with alcohol ink markers, so on a whim, I picked up a pack. This paper is a dream for beginning alcohol ink marker colorists. The colors blend so easily, and they don’t stay wet on top of the paper like with Yupo or photo paper. I used it in my design team inspiration recently for the Papercraft Business Challenge (check back on Sept 1 to see my blog post about it.) and I can’t wait to play some more! While you can purchase it locally (I found it at AC Moore) I’m not quite certain about other craft stores, but it is readily available on Amazon.

JPNK Oval Foundation Brushes

I love to play with my distress inks, and was excited when I saw that there were tools other than the distress daubers to use! Don’t get me wrong, my distress ink dauber has seen lots of ink, and it gets the job done, however, getting the right look was iffy sometimes, and those sponges get worn out pretty quickly. These brushes apply the ink like buttah! There are several brands and price ranges out there, but I chose to go with a cheap set I found on Amazon before investing in a more pricey one. I will probably use these until they wear out (if they do) and then purchase a more quality set, however for the time being, these get the job done at a reasonable investment. I may even order a second set.

Mr. Hobnob Teflon Bone Folder

Who really NEEDS another bone folder? I have about 7 or 8, with one being my absolute favorite – I thought – until I purchased this Teflon bone folder on Amazon. I thought for sure it couldn’t be as amazing as everyone said it was – BUT IT IS! This thing is a work horse for sure, and it creases so smoothly and wonderfully that you will wonder why you didn’t purchase one sooner.

DISCLAIMER – I have not been compensated in any way to review these products, they are just several things I have picked up over the last few months that have made crafting easier for me, so I wanted to share them with my crafty friends. (That’s you guys!)

So tell me in the comments below, what’s YOUR favorite product to craft with? Have you discovered any new ones lately that have made your life easier?

Bone Appetit – Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin Kit for September

Hello friends! The “Spooky” time of the year is almost upon us (my most favorite time of year!), and I am SO excited about this new Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up! This kit is going to make 20 handmade Halloween treat boxes, and I simply can’t wait to get started! What a perfect little treat for teachers to give out to their class or to hand out to doorbell ringing ghosts and goblins?

Want to get in on the fun? You can SUBSCRIBE (by September 10) to receive your own Paper Pumpkin kit, which will include everything you need to make your treat boxes, and then you will receive future monthly kits to create wonderful handmade goodies using high quality Stampin’ Up products.

If you would love to peruse what Stampin’ Up has to offer, visit my Stampin’ Up site.

Papercraft Business Challenge #21 – Use a Circle

Good morning friends!  I am so excited to have been chosen to be a Design Team member for Papercraft Challenge, and I couldn’t wait to participate in the August Papercraft Business Challenge #21 – Use a Circle!  You can find the challenges over on the Papercraft Business Challenge blog HERE.

I find quite frequently my themes are coffee/tea or bees, however, I love to create using these themes, and have tons of beautiful stamp sets with those themes, so I say, Go with what you know!  Here is my Papercraft Business Design Team inspiration card for the Papercraft Challenge #21.  If you have a moment, create something and enter the challenge, it’s so fun to see what you can come up with using the theme or sketch given!

If you love to enter challenges, or even if you’re a beginner to challenges, and are just getting started, check out this new Papercraft Business Challenge Planner!  It truly is a life saver for those of us who may be a bit organizationally challenged! 

Materials Used:

Kraft cardstock base

Stampin’ Up cardstock in Coral

Bo Bunny Paper Pad – Early Bird

Martha Stewart Butterfly paper punch

Recollections tea rose embellishments

Recollections pearl embellishments

A button (Sorry don’t remember the company)

Offray lace trim

May May Made It Teacup stamp

Glossy Accents

As always I look forward to your comments and questions. Happy Crafting!