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Father’s Day Card Ideas

Last year, I was newly pregnant when Father’s Day rolled around.  I wanted to do something special for James to mark the day so I created this card inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest:

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I was thrilled that one of the talented graphic designers working with The Dating Divas agreed to translate this card into an easy printable for our readers.  To see how the project turned out, check out this post: To Our Mr. Fix-It on Father’s Day.

Father's Day Printable

 

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In the Workshop: December Greetings

Lots of fun creating Christmas crafts this season!  Here’s a peak at some projects that I have been working on during the month of December:

I taught a class at Checkered Cottage in early December where participants completed 4 cards and a treat box.

December Handmade Cards

Christmas Treat Box

Aside from basic layering and stamping techniques, participants learned how to: fold a single sheet of 12×12 paper into a festive treat box, create a banner shape using a square punch, edge paper borders in Krylon/glitter, and create texture by threading ribbon through die cut shapes.

This cute and simple tag adorned a special Christmas package!  I love using twine as garland on this tree punch.

Christmas Tree Tag Card

And, finally, I couldn’t resist attempting to make my own thumbprint light garland for a recent post with The Dating Divas.  (Original inspiration for this craft came from Pinterest.)

Light Graffiti Date

 For the full scoop on this fun date, check out my full post “You Light Up My Life!”

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In the Workshop: Autumn Goodies

This Fall has been a whirlwind!  Here are card making ideas from my workshop:

Autumn Birthday Card

Autumn Handmade Card

To give the card some extra dimension and texture, I cut out part of the leaves so they would pop-up and reveal a metallic backer lined with glitter.

Autumn Handmade Card Detail

Autumn Handmade Card Saying

Leaf Thank You Card

Autumn Handmade Thank You Card

Harvest Accordion Book

Handmade Harvest Book

Handmade Harvest Book Details

I designed this little book for my latest class at Checkered Cottage.  It is made from Simple Stories Harvest Love paper line and uses one 12×12 sheet of paper as its base.  So fun for capturing Fall memories!

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In the Workshop: Halloween Fun

A couple of recent Halloween goodies from the workshop:

Isn’t it interesting how well placed gemstones can add to your design- this skull becomes a lot more interesting with the addition of orange glowing eyes!

Don’t you just love how the memory box die swirls seem like magic effortlessly shooting out of her hand?… as though she just cast a spell?

I also had an opportunity to teach another class at Checkered Cottage where participants made these 2 beauties: a vintage Halloween card and treat bag.  These projects utilize some of my favorite techniques: edging papers with gold and glitter, using dies, creating dimension with paper, and punching fun borders.

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Halloween Cards at Checkered Cottage

I am so excited to be joining the Checkered Cottage team of teachers.  This charming paper crafting store sells a variety of beautiful papers, embellishments, exclusive card design templates, and stencils.  They have a dynamite schedule of Fall classes right now.  Here is my take on Halloween…

Introducing a Haunted Trio of Designs:

Handmade Halloween Card

Class participants will make these fun Halloween cards, which feature Graphic 45 and Bo Bunny papers, intricate Memory Box dies, punches, and glitter!

Happy Haunting Halloween Card

Check out Checkered Cottage on Facebook for more updates from the shop!

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Happy Anniversary to J’s Parents!

This August, my in-laws celebrated a special milestone: their 40th anniversary! Here is the handmade anniversary card we sent them to mark the occasion:

Anniversary Card Using Memory Box Dies

This card was made using Memory Box’s La Rue Heart and some basic heart punches on a red background. Did you know that Ruby is the gem of 40 years? I absolutely love how the inside turned out. It features another Memory Box Die Embellishment.

Anniversary Card Detail Using Memory Box Dies

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