Happy Birthday, Dear

I have a masculine birthday card up today at 
My husband celebrated his 46th birthday this past Wednesday
and this was my card to him...he loved it!

I've used patterned papers and kraft die cut by Simple Stories and the
deer die cut from Miss Kate's
I typed out the sentiment with my computer and printer onto one of 
the patterned papers and then trimmed to size.  The cute chipboard clouds are

 And as always, Miss Kate's offers a FREEBIE OF THE DAY
each and every day, so don't forget to grab yours!
Have a happy weekend!

Die Cut Ribbon Card

Hi there!  Today I'm sharing a little tutorial of how I put
together some recent 'applique' style cards using ribbon and dies.
The ribbon size needed will depend upon the size of dies that you're using.

The ribbon size that you will need to use will depend upon what size die you're wanting to use.
For this card I've used a 1.5" striped ribbon by May Arts; paper, stickers and dies
by Doodlebug Design and adhesives by Xyron.

Place adhesive on the backside of your ribbon using the 3" Sticker Maker.

Remove the top film only.  Place die over the ribbon and then run through your
die-cutting machine.  I have also found that using the silver shim plate (Sizzix) with 
this project, also helps to make a cleaner cut.

Carefully peel the die cut from the adhesive and then apply to the prepared card.

I hand-punched a scalloped border from cardstock and then backed with the 1/4" 
Xyron High-Tack Adhesive.  

Although the dies do create a clean edge, you may wish to treat the edges of the 
ribbon with a no-fray solution before adhering to the card.

Here is a peek at another card using the same method:

Experiment and have fun with it :)

Banner Day For The USA!

I decorate all Summer long with patriotic colors, so this little display
will get a lot of use in the upcoming months :)

I started with my personal cutting machine (you can use a Cricut or download your
own star image for tracing if needed) and a general 'star' shape that comes in the basic
shapes preset to my machine.  I set the size to 5.75" and began cutting from various
patterns of paper from the Patriotic Parade Collection by
For each star you will need at least FOUR cut-out stars in four different patterns.
I have a total of FIVE stars, so I cut a grand total of 20 stars.  
Place each star on a score board and score down the center as you can see above.  
Using a liquid glue (because you will make adjustments when lining up the stars) begin
adhering one side of a fold to another star until you have four different stars assembled together.

Now that my stars are assembled, I moved onto die-cutting three
hearts so that I could display the letters USA between the stars.  I added a paper straw
to each heart and attached a pinwheel to the top of each!  Decorate with 
sequins, Doodle Pops, Sprinkles, etc.

Attach the sections together by using the small end of a hole punch to create
holes at the ends of the stars and hearts; insert a medium sized brad through the holes.

Stands easily to act as a display for your Memorial Day buffet table or punch holes in the 
two stars on the end and hang as a banner!

Again, you can stack as many of the star shapes together to create ornaments,
individual place seating markers or favors!  Try smaller or larger sizes too...have fun with it!

Thank you for visiting me today :)

An Accomplished Mini Album

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm up on the 
today with a quick Graduation gift idea using the new 
Accomplished Collection and the matching Card Making Stack.

You will find that the cards from the stack are of the same high quality as any Authentique paper.  
When doubled together into a card, you have a very sturdy page for a mini album!  

Select six different sheets of the pre-scored cards;  fold each in half along the score line.

Using a high-tack adhesive, apply a strip along each side of the card as shown above. 
 You will have a pocket with the opening at the top.

I die-cut a couple of prints from the 6X6 Paper Bundle and layered them onto the cover page. 
 The reverse side of the Accomplished Components Die-Cuts have a pretty plaid design, so
 I used it as the backdrop for the sentiment sticker.  A few buttons from Petaloo were added
 at the top with glue dots.

For the inner pages, I cut a mat to measure 3.25" X 4.5".

I found some neutral buttons and used those throughout the album.  
Because the base pages were all ready assembled, I used adhesive and foam dots
 to attach all of the embellishments.  If you plan on using brads or hand-stitching, that 
could be done before adhering the sides of the card together or to the mat itself before attaching.

Cork is also a nice neutral to use!  These arrow stickers were a must to go along 
with the sticker sentiment on this page.

I love all of the wordings found on the "Scribe" paper...there's encouragement at 
every turn with this collection.

I ended the album with the "flip the tassel" sticker...I think it's a great place to
 add that final photo of the graduation ceremony :)  

And who doesn't love tags?!?  I cut these from a single sheet of the "Circulate"
 12X12 paper into 4" X 5" tags.  I didn't want a lot of bulk by adding bows to the
 top of each, so I staggered them in the pockets so that every-other-page had a bow. 
 I added journal card cut-outs to the other three tags...now there's extra room
 for journaling and photos!

The tags slide easily down into the openings of the cards.  
Finally, I bound my pages together with two rings.  Just keep in mind how much room 
you will need for your tags before punching the holes. 
 Now it's all ready for that special graduate!

Authentique Products- Accomplished Collection:  Scribe Paper; Circulate Paper; 
Enhancements Paper; Circles & Scallops 4X6 Paper Die Cuts; Titles &
 Phrases 6X8 Paper Die Cuts; Stamp Blocks 4X12 Paper Die Cuts; 
Details Cardstock Stickers; Components 6X12 Paper Die Cuts;
 Petite Direction Mini Word Stickers; 6X6 Bundle; Card Making Stack

Operation Write Home

May Arts Ribbon is proud to support our nation’s deployed heroes through
 Operation Write Home®
 This organization has sent over one million cards overseas so our service members can
 keep in touch with their loved ones while they’re away.  I hope you enjoy all the projects 
we’re sharing on our blog – and take some time to check out OWH’s blog and all the 
others participating, starting at the top of the hop. You’ll be inspired!

I had a lot of fun making this card and using one of the sketch's 
offered by Operation Write Home:

For the base of the card, I used a star print by Doodlebug Design.
Next, I cut a mat of white cardstock and then covered with the chevron ribbon, followed
by bands of polka dot ribbon.  The puffy stars were cut apart from their strand and
added with fabric glue.  And I LOVE the new red/white/blue baker's twine!
Finally, I added a few sticker letters by Doodlebug Design.  Before
attaching them, I used a small dab of fabric glue to the back of each letter.

Come on over and see all of the beautiful cards made by the May Arts Ribbonistas!
AND there's a chance to win 2 spools of yummy ribbon :)

Appliqued Cupcake

Happy Friday to you all!
I was up yesterday on the 
 with this fun applique cupcake idea using your
favorite cutting dies and ribbon!

You can get the details on how I put it together
by visiting the May Arts Blog :)

To all of my fellow American friends, I hope you have a safe Memorial Weekend!

Xyron + Paper House Co-Hop

Welcome to my contribution to day #4 of the 
Visit both of the blogs to see even more inspiration:
Xyron Blog Paper House Blog

For my project, I used a burlap covered mini album, which I thought would 
look so cute with the beach/cruise theme of my album!

It's pretty cool that the Tropical Beach 3-D embellishment blends right in with 
one of the papers found in the "Endless Summer" Paper Pad.

 The inside pages were soooo easy to assemble!  I cut the larger 12X12 
sheets of patterned paper down to fit the album pages and then adhered using 
the Xryon 9" Creative Station...peel and stick.  I then embellished each page
with different 3-D or canvas stickers from Paper House.

I actually made this album to give as a gift to my Mom this past Mother's Day!
She can fill it with her favorite cruise photos.

When designing the pages of a mini album, I like to stagger the embellishments
so that one page's sticker doesn't lay directly onto the next page's...it keeps
the album from not seeming as bulky.

 I really like the life-like images found in the Paper House products. 
I went a step further with the page to the left and added some actual
sea shells!  I used Xyron's 3/8" Adhesive Dots to keep them in place.

Here is a list of all of the beach-themed things that I used from Paper House:
- Endless Summer Paper Pad; Beach Comber 3-D Sticker; Cruise Adventure 3-D Sticker; 
Beach Chalkboard Sticker; Beach Canvas Art Sticker

That's a wrap for my "Travel the World" Xyron & Paper House project...
hope you've enjoyed the hop!

Class of 2014

End-of-the-school-year greetings, friends...that time of year is quickly approaching! 
Graduation announcements will start filling our mailboxes and the scurry to find just the right
 gift for that special graduate will be upon us.  And for me, I find it a much tougher job when it
comes to buying for the guys; it's just easier to hand them a handmade card with money or a
 gift card tucked inside :) I have a couple of super cute card versions for you.
First we'll start withe the quick and easy one:

 I used one of the vertical sides from the Simply Put card and trimmed it down to the 
desired size for my A2 card.  Next, I die-cut the Tangerine Sprinkles Vellum with the 
postage stamp shape; for stability, I mounted it onto the same sized white cardstock.

The rest was as easy as layering the layers together with foam adhesive and then
decorating the banner portion of the sticker with the year of the graduate.
A little pop of orange was used on the owl's cap and we're done!

Next I have little chevron washi tape tutorial for you to make this card:
Gather up your supplies: various washi tapes...even if you only have a 
couple of colors on hand, that will work fine!  Also, a piece of cardstock cut to the
size that you need;  I've used white.

First, draw a vertical line with a pencil.  You may decide to do this down the middle
of the paper, or over to the side as I have done here.  Add a strip of washi tape just
passed the line and wrap the excess around the back of the paper.

If the washi tape has a light enough background, you will be able to use this next tip:
Press the tape over the pencil marking and rub with your finger.  Lift the tape and you
will notice a faint line on the back.  Cut on the outside of the line and then press
back into place.

Continue until the piece of cardstock has been completely covered.
Corner round the bottom edges if desired.

I added a strip of matching cardstock (that I used for the bottom mat) across
the section where the washi tapes meet.  A couple of Pixie Sticks were cut to size
and adhered with Zip-Dry glue.  I had a guy in mind for this card, so I kept the rest
of the design fairly simple and frou-frouless!

That's a wrap for my Graduate themed cards!  The Doodlebug Blog is loaded
with more ideas using this collection...see them at www.doodlebugblog.com

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