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Valentine Party Ideas: Pinks and Drinks Invitation

As you might have seen in my Instagram feed, we are decorated for Valentine’s Day!  Each February, I look forward to pulling out treasured Valentine’s I’ve received from family and friends over the years.  I came across an invitation I sent out nearly 4 years ago and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

The inspiration for “Pinks and Drinks” came from the Hostess with the Mostess blog I came across back in 2008: Valentine’s Day Party Invites.  Here was my DIY card version:

Pinks and Drinks Invitation

This stair step card was embellished using Martha Stewart punches, rubber stamps, and a Nestability die.

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I love how dimensional this card turned out!

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Isn’t this a fun theme?  Here are some easy, fun Valentine party decorating ideas!

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Create Inspiration Party: Winter Wishes

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s January Blog Party!

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The temperatures might still be below freezing, but I have a cozy project to share today that will warm your heart.  If you are looking for a fun gift to share this winter season, consider crafting a fun snowman note and tag from the Winter Wishes digital collection.

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I paired these fun tags with some hot cocoa and chocolate goodies as a surprise treat for my neighbors.  Here’s a look at some of the details:


To make the main graphic, start with a 5×7 blank document.  Then, layer your paper, elements, and text to create a beautiful winter scene.

A couple of helpful tips:

  • I used Carina Gardner’s Photo Tag2_6 to make my Snowflake wishes banner.  Note: I utilized the stroke option to create a gentle navy outline around the whole shape.
  • I clipped the snowflake elements to the upper banner so they were contained within the white space.
  • I created a separate text box for each line of the snowman poem to easily manipulate the spacing.
  • I used the paint brush feature to create a mound of “snow” under the penguin’s feet.
  • I added a blue pearl the center of the banner snowflakes.

Jessica’s collection of Photoshop and digital scrapbooking classes are amazing for learning how to manipulate layers and create masks.  They are full of invaluable tutorials that make this type of project super easy!

The cute poem is actually a combination of several phrases from THIS PAGE and THIS POSTHere’s my attempt at combining my favorite rhyming phrases:

The air is cold, the snow may fall… the winter season is here for all!  When it’s so cold you want to holler and hoop, it’s time to bring out the Snowman Soup!  Sending you warm winter wishes, hope you enjoy these treats and dessert dishes!

You could modify this version, use the inspiration phrases, or have fun coming up with your own rhymes!


The circular winter wishes tag features glittered edges, layered Nestability die cut shapes, punches snowflakes, and a rhinestone!


I started with Carina Gardner’s photo tag2_14 and sized this beautiful shape to take up about 4 one-inch squares on the background grid of my document.  Then, I added Winter Wishes Starry Night paper.  I also created a simple text box spelling out the words “Snow Wishes” in fun fonts, which would serve as my center embellishment.


All that’s left: Layering!  I used nesting die shapes to cut out each of my digital elements to give further dimension and interest.  I couldn’t resist adding some extra sparkle via punched snowflakes and a glittered border around the text “Snow Wishes.”

Cheers to crafting up some winter fun!

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Want to see more gorgeous projects from our talented team?  Be sure to click on each link below and prepare to be INSPIRED!

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Chez Nous: Valentine Cookie Cutter Garland by Tammy Circeo

Bugjuiced: Menu Planning Board by Debbie Crowder

Designing Delicious Adventures: Winter Wishes by Candice Meyer **YOU ARE HERE**

Just a Pharmgirl: Valentine Cupcake Stands by Betsy Sammarco

Dinner Hero: Valentine’s Day Treats by Julie Walker

We hope you enjoyed our January party!  See you next month for some fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

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In the Workshop: Santa Cheer

This month for the Create Inspiration Team at JessicaSprague.com, I crafted a Santa Cheer package.  This DIY festive wine bottle served as a a perfect focal point to highlight two darling digital tags from the Aspen Frost collection.  Here’s a peak at the process of making these simple paper cuties:


Start with mini red wine bottles.

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  1. Wrap a 7 x 3.5-inch piece of red paper around the center section.
  2. Punch 2 scalloped borders for Santa’s coat trim that are approximately 7 inches long.
  3. Cut out a 7 x 1/4-inch piece of black paper for Santa’s belt.
  4. Create a belt buckle from a scalloped square punch.  Cut out the center of this shape using a small square Spellbinders Nestability die.
  5. Add pearl buttons to Santa’s coat.
  6. Embellish with ribbon and digital art tags!

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For instructions on how to make the wine bottle tags, as well as a look at my entire cheer package, head over to Jessica Sprague’s Blog.

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In the Workshop: Fast Christmas Card

I am having so much fun working mixing digital and traditional paper elements.  Here’s a peak at a super easy card that can be created in under 10 minutes after you’ve gathered all your supplies:

Santa Cheer Card

Steps to making this card:

  1. Print out the Santa card from the Very Merry Christmas Element Pack #2 featured on JessicaSprague.com.
  2. Edge the card with a gold Krylon leafing pen.
  3. Layer the Santa card onto green patterned paper.
  4. Edge the green paper with a glue pen and immediately apply glitter.
  5. Adhere all pieces to a card base.
  6. Punch out snowflakes from gold metallic paper.
  7. Adhere snowflakes with glue dots and embellish with a pearl.
  8. Add a green twine ribbon bow to the finished product!

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Tip: Look for creative ways to use your punches!  The scrap pieces from this EK Success border punch produced perfectly sized snowflakes for my little card!

A beautiful, handmade card in a matter of minutes!

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In the Workshop: Halloween Scrapbooking

As I mentioned in this post, I created 2 scrapbooks to savor the season and preserve some of our first Halloween memories with Olivia.

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I just love how these turned out!  I followed Kathy Orta’s instructions from her Interactive Mini-Scrapbooks guide to transform a mixture of photos, papers, and embellishments into a treasured keepsake.  I also tried to leave a bit of “empty” space in various places so I could add journaling text documenting funny stories.  Here’s a peak at the overall layout of the book on the left:

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And, here’s a glimpse at some of my favorite design elements:

Halloween Memory Book Details

For this book, I used lots of punches, patterned paper, letter & number stickers, glitter, and die-cuts.  I am really looking forward to adding more pics to cascading pages in the center section over the next few years.  I think it will be so fun to look back at our baby’s different Halloween costumes.

I decided to make the second book for my sister-in-law.  Here’s a peak:

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The last page was intentionally left blank for her to add a picture from this year’s Halloween.  The little pocket with the bat contains a collection of fun Halloween jokes from Kristen Duke… I knew my little nieces would get a kick out of reading these!

Looking forward to next year’s “spooktacular” memories!


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In the Workshop: Congrats Card

Remember this post on my favorite new glitter technique?


Here is one of the cards I made using this inspired process:

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The glittered leaves were the perfect addition to the background of this card.

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For a step-by-step guide on achieving this look, visit my post In the Workshop: Glitter Techniques!

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In the Workshop: Handmade Halloween

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a member of Jessica Sprague’s new Create Inspiration Team!

Since joining The Dating Divas team over a year ago, I’ve really worked on my photography skills.  Jessica’s amazing digital classes have been such a blessing to start learn the ins and outs of Photoshop to complement this growing hobby.  Her easy to understand explanations and fun tutorials are by far the best I’ve seen on the web.  I am so honored to be joining her creative team!

Here’s a recent card that I made using online elements from The Snap Click Supply Co:


The “31” digital element serves as the focal point for this quick and easy card.  You can find this cute graphic in the Frightful Complete Kit.  I printed it out and die cut the image using one of the Spellbinders Labels 16 Nestabilities.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug machine one more time to emboss the image.


Then, I distressed the border using the Vintage Photo stamp pad from Tim Holtz.  I love how distressing the edges really makes the embossing effect pop!


I layered this element on gold paper edged with orange glitter, printed digital paper lined with a gold Krylon pen, and a brown paper card base.

A small purple witch’s hat served as the final embellishment.  I love adding a row of rhinestones to simulate a fancy ribbon or buckle on her hat!


I look forward to creating more projects using a mixture of digital and traditional paper elements!

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In the Workshop: Glitter Techniques

Remember this teaser post?  As promised, here is the scoop on one of my favorite new crafting processes:


A Bit of Background Info

When I was at the stamp convention in August, I spent quite a bit of time at The Stamp Doctor’s Booth.  Mechele Rudd, the owner, demonstrated how to achieve this gorgeous result using glitter and a product called Sticky Powder.  Here’s a snapshot of my Instagram feed:


A few reasons why I love this technique:

  • You can create gradations of color within one image.
  • You can layer different sizes of glitter (large vs. fine) within the same graphic.
  • The final products serve as amazing embellishments or background details on your cards.
  • The glitter on your final image stays in place.  You don’t have to worry about little pieces flaking off each time you move the card.

Here are the notes I wrote down based on Mechele’s wonderful demonstrations:

Materials Needed

  • The Stamp Doctor’s Sticky Powder
  • Glue Pad
  • Heat Tool
  • Glitter
  • Small brush or paper towel
  • Small brayer


Helpful Hints

I was so excited to experiment at home using this design process.  After a little trial and error, here is what I learned:

  • Don’t overheat the sticky powder!  Apply heat to the powder just until the powder changes form.  As soon as it turns to more of a glossy shade, move the heat to another area.  I learned the hard way that if you apply too much heat, glitter will not stick to the image.  As you can see, overheating will create empty spots on your final product!Glam-Glitter-Do-&-Don't
  • Glue pads need to be re-inked more frequently than other stamp pads.  Double check that there is enough covering your stamp.
  • To apply the glitter, just use your finger tips- no fancy equipment required!
  • Consider how you store your glitter.  I use little circular trays.  Since you will be essentially “painting” with glitter, having all of your color choices easily accessible (instead of neatly sealed in their small containers) makes this project a breeze!
  • If you don’t have a small brush to wipe away any excess glitter, a paper towel works great in a pinch!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with layering glitter of different sizes.  Start with the largest size and apply to the area of choice.  Smaller sized glitter pieces will fill in the rest!

Thank you, Stamp Doctor, for showing me this amazing process- definitely a favorite of glitter techniques!

To see a card using this technique, click here!

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Glitter Sneak Peak


So, I might have spent the last week covered in glitter.  I am absolutely thrilled with this new technique- stay tuned for the details!

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DIY High Contrast Books for Babies


During our first visit with the Parents as Teachers program, our coordinator emphasized how fascinating black and white images were to infants.  She recommended this popular board book to help stimulate Olivia’s brain development.  It features a total of 10 large and familiar shapes for babies to study.  I loved the concept of this simple book and thought I could replicate the intent using my mom’s library of craft punches.

I made a total of 2 books that incorporated white, black, and red punches.  Here’s the process in action:


A snapshot of the first high contrast book:


And, here is the second, smaller book that I created that focuses on different Holidays throughout the year.


I had so much fun coming up with Halloween and Spring scenes for Olivia to ponder.  I also loved how each of the seasonal images gave me something to talk about- it was like an instant little prompt for me to share a story about a particular event.  We talked about Halloween costumes, Easter traditions, Fourth of July fireworks, and the list goes on!

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