Friday, February 28, 2014

Damask Divas Lollydoodle Blog Hop

If you came from  Hillary Harris's blog at you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.  This months challenge was to create using the Lollydoodle paper pack.  I chose to make a pack of cards to give as a gift to a friend.  I created four fun cards using less than one sheet of B&T paper and only two sheets of card stock and here they are:

This card was created using  Cotton Candy card stock as the card base, it was cut to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and folded to create a card that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  A piece of the B&T paper from the Lollydoodle paper pack was cut to 3 x 4" and adhered.  I then cut a piece of Daisy White card stock to 3 x 3" and stamped it with Fabulous You stamp set and colored it in using markers.  I then mounted that onto a piece of Pear card stock cut to 3 1/2 x 3 1/4" and mounted that to the card using 3-D foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of Cotton Candy Card stock measuring 1 1/4 x 3" and the sentiment is from the Fabulous You Seasons & Nature stamp set, it was also adhered to the card using 3-D foam tape to give the card dimension.

The base of card two was made exactly the same as card one using Pear card stock.  I then took a piece of the Cotton Candy card stock that measured 3 1/2 x 4" and embossed it using the Quatrefoil embossing folder (gives the card extra dimension) and adhered it to the card base.  I added a piece of the Lollydoodle B&T paper that measures 1 1/2 x 4".  I stamped the sentiment using the A True Thank You Occasions stamp (great for beginners) onto a piece of Daisy White card stock measuring 2 1/4 x 1 3/4" and colored it in using markers.  I rounded the corners using a corner rounder and mounted it to a piece of Pear cardstock that measured 2 3/4 x 2 1/4" and rounded those corners as well.  I mounted this onto the card using 3-D foam tape.
 This card was made using the same basic pattern as the previous card.  The difference is that I made the base from Cotton Candy and Used Pear card stock to make the embossed section.  This card uses the Chevron embossing folder and the sentiment is stamped using the Heartfelt Birthday Wish Occasions stamp.

The final card is made using the same basic instructions as cards 2 and 3.  Here I used the Dot embossing folder and stamped a sentiment (with cotton candy ink) from the Give a Lift stamp set onto a piece of Pear card stock that  measured 1 x 3 3/4".  Again I used 3-D foam tape to lift the balloons and sentiment and add additional dimension to the card.

Supplies Used:
Close to My Heart Inks in black (Z2105) and Cotton Candy (Z2193)
Close to My Heart Lollydoodle Paper Packet (X7183B)
Close to My Heart Fabulous You Seasons and Nature Stamp Set (C1533)
Close to My Heart Give a Lift Everyday Life Stamp Set (D1581)
Close to My Heart A True Thank You Occasions Stamp (M1029)
Close to My Heart Heartfelt Birthday Wish Occasions Stamp (M1033)
Close to My Heart Balloons Occasions Stamp (M1037)
Close to My Heart 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Close to My Heart Corner Rounder (Z1912)

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The next blog on the list is Cydney Fowler's at     Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Lollydoodle.  If you get lost just pop over to:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Post It Note and Pen Folder

This cute little folder to hold 3x3" post-it-notes and a mini pen is simple to make.  It makes a great little gift idea and can even be made using masculine papers for the men in your life.

Start with a piece of card stock that measures 3 1/4 x 9".  Score at 3 1/8", 3 1/2", 3 7/8", 7 3/8" and 7 7/8".

 Fold at the 3 1/2" score line as shown above

Come down about 1/2" and cut to the 3 7/8" score line then come down another 1/2" and cut another line to the 3 7/8" line (this will be the pocket your pen sets in)

Now fold the score lines at 3 1/8" and 3 7/8".  Leave the piece for the pen out but glue or tape (I used score tape) the remainder of the piece that is the 3 1/8" score line down.

Insert a 3 x 3" post-it-note pad into the folder and fold the other ends as shown.  (I used score tape here as well to hold my post it note pad in place.

This is what it looks like all folded up.

Now here is the finished product (note this is the same background and texture paper I used on the one at the top of this post I just used the other side for a different look).  The patterned paper is from the Close to My Heart Balloon Ride paper pack.  I used Close to My Heart Hook & Loop Dots to hold my folder closed and add a decorative embellishment to give it a finished look.  All the Close to My Heart products used here can be purchased by visiting my shopping cart at the top of this blog or visiting my website at

Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Embossing is Boss check this out

Love beautiful cards but have trouble finding the time to make them.  It could not be easier than this.

This card is a CAS (Clean and Simple) card.  The use of the new Close to My Heart Chevron embossing folder made it a simple project.  The best part - during the month of February Close to My Heart is running a special where you receive a free embossing folder with the purchase of two paper packs.  Head over to my website at or click on the shopping cart at the top of this blog to check it out.

Here is how it is made, I started with a piece of ruby card stock that measured  9 x 6 1/4" folded in half to make a card measuring 4 1/2 x 6 1/4".  I then cut a piece of white daisy cardstock to 4 1/4 x 6".  I placed this cardstock into the new Chevron embossing folder taking advantage of the slit in the top to allow only the bottom two thirds to emboss.  I then turned the cardstock around and embossed a small strip at the top of the cardstock.  This left a perfect location for my sentiment.

I stamped my sentiment, added a cute bow and attached the embossed cover to my card.  I added a piece of white cardstock on the inside and completed my sentiment, just love the sentiments from this stamp set, they are so funny.  Whole project took just a couple of minutes but what a beautiful outcome.  These embossing folders are great for these type of cards.

Below is the full list of products used to make this project.

Close to My Heart Ruby Cardstock - X5927
Close to My Heart White Daisy Cardstock - X1385
Close to My Heart Ruby Ink Pad - Z2170
Close to My Heart Just a Number Occasions Stamp Set - D1514
Red Ribbon

Please head over to my website at  to see the full line of Close to My Heart products or simply click on the shopping cart at the top of this blog to check connect.  Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Loving the Irish

Time to make a St. Patrick's Day card.  I just love the green beer, green food and most of all the shamrock.  So here is my card for this year.

It was easy enough.  The white card base is 4.25 x 5.5" and I stamped it with Swirls Around Flair Stamp Set (D1551) and Topiary ink to stamp a base design.  

I then cut layer one (the green one) using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from page 37, shape 7, real dial size at 4 1/4" and then I cut a white one at 3 3/4".  

The hearts used to make the shamrock are also cut from the same cartridge and are found on page 26, I cut 8 each at 1 1/2".  I placed four hearts in the pattern of the shamrock and I scored the other four in half and bent them forward and glued them down using liquid glass (placed right down the center of each) so that they were three dimensional.  I placed a green rhinestone in the center and added a small stem I cut from leftover green paper.

I made the sentiment using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge page 33, Accent 3,  #3, green material cut to 1 1/2" and white material cut to 1 1/4" and sentiment stamped using Holiday Tags and Occasions Stamp Set (D1560)  with Topiary Ink.

For assembly I used 3-D Foam Tape between the white and green layers and also under the sentiment.  I also added a dark green ribbon and added topiary ink around the edges of all the components using my trusty dauber before assembly (this gives the elements a little dimension and makes them pop a little more, hard to see in the photo but this technique is not new to most paper crafters).

Green and White cardstock
Green Rhinestone
Green ribbon
Close to My Heart Holiday Tags Occasions - D1560
Close to My Heart Swirls Around Flair - D1551
Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection - Z1790
Close to My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy Collection - Z1686
Close to My Heart 3-D Foam Tape - Z1151
Close to My Heart Liquid Glass - Z679
Close to My Heart Topiary Stamp Pad - Z2155
Close to My Heart Sponge Daubers - Z726

All of the Close to My Heart supplies can be viewed and or ordered through my OBA at or by simply clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  I hope you enjoyed this project and keep on crafting!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Score Big with Embossing

Embossing can be used to really pump up your project.  This is the perfect time to learn more about how to use our new embossing folders using the February special (just click the icon of the embossed item to the right).

Friday, February 7, 2014

Card in a Box

These card in a box cards are all over facebook recently.  Everyone loves them and at first I was a bit intimidated but then I found a good video from Tina Weller and I decided I could do this.  So here is my first two card in a box cards.

I made this one for my beautiful Daugher-In-Law's birthday, she loves panda's so I think she will like this.


Then I made one for my husband for Valentine's Day, here it is:

Ok so here is how I made them.

Cut card stock to 8 1/4" x 9".  Score along the 9" side at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8" and at 8 1/2" then turn 90 degrees and score at 2 3/4".

Place the 8 1/4" side at the top and the 2 3/4" side to the left of your cutter and cut at 6" (cutting off a strip that is 2 1/4").

Take the piece you cut off and cut to 3 1/8" (this piece will now have a tab at each end).  Cut this in half at 1 1/8" and fold into a z fold one small tab folded up and one folded down.

Take your main card stock so that the 2 3/4" side is at the top and cut the small square score lines to create the flaps that fold down (cut off the top small tab the bottom one will be used to glue box together but upper is not needed).

At this point I like to decorate my box using designer papers, embellishments, etc.  I start with the outside bottom squares and I cut four pieces at 2 x 3 1/8", then for the top sections I cut 4 pieces at 2 x 2 5/8" and I attach them.  For the inside I cut three additional 2 x 2 5/8 pieces and  one 2 x 5 7/8" for the back attach and then glue box together (I use score tape to hold mine together, less mess and easier to use than glue).

Now place your z strips evenly across the inside of the box (it should divide the inside of the box into equal thirds) adhere (again I used score tape) and decorate.

You can place your message on the inside of the box, outside of the box or the back of the box.

I used my Close to My Heart February Stamp of the Month, "Wild about Love" to decorate my husbands (of course now I can't get that song "Wild Thing" out of my head, LOL) that is available for the month of February only.  Remember you can receive it for just $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase.

I hope this answers all those questions about how this card is made.  Don't be afraid of it because it is easy to do and addictive.  Remember, have fun and craft on!!