Simple, Handmade Coffee Notecard

Happy Friday!  What a week. Things are getting busier by the day- school is out (partially), it’s Vacation Bible School for the boy and the girl is having 10 month old separation anxiety. I love my kids, but I am one tired mama.

BUT, COFFEE. Saves the day every time!

I have a super quick and simple note card for you today. You can easily make a stack of these handmade cards to give to a friend as a pick me up. AND You only need four supplies to make it happen!

Grab your supplies and join the fun!

 

 

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Explosion Box: Handmade Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day was Sunday. Last Sunday! And I just finished up an explosion box as part of this years handmade gift. How bout you? Any other late crafters.

Each year I do a couple of things: 1) make a handmade card 2) get the dog and kid(s) hand or footprints into the card or on a piece of artwork 3) get it framed to hang in Husband’s office. He has graciously hung every card, framed drawing, and canvas painting that the babe or me have made. You can see a selection of past artwork in these posts about a DIY Father’s Day #1 DAD Canvas, DIY Wood Photo Transfers and Monster Father’s Day Footprint fun.

The Explosion Box How-To

Explosion boxes have become my go-to handmade gift. They are thoughtful, relatively easy to make, can hold any photos or memorabilia, and are downright cool. The look on the recipients face is priceless- especially when it is filled with their favorite memories and kind words.

You can make an explosion box super simple or with many layers and pieces. For this explosion box, I chose to make a simple base and add one insert of favorite photos from our year (2018).

*Photo Tip*

To make the perfect size printable photos for an explosion box I use the Project Life iPhone App and collage two or four pictures into one, then print, cut and glue them where I need. It is a great way to get them down to a 2″x 2″ or 3″x 4″ size which fits into the boxes quite well.

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Starting Out

The base size for this explosion box is a 4″ cube so you will start with 12×12″ card stock and score at the 4″ mark on all four sides. Cut out and remove the outer sections.

Lid: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″, scored at 1″ on all sides. Cut tabs.

Decorate before you glue.

 

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

 

 

Craft Sale @ Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

Happy Wednesday! Today is accounting day- I attempt to go into the law office and get a little bookkeeping done, generally while the baby sits at my feet getting into things.

Meanwhile, I am daydreaming about what crafty things I will come up with next. Ha!  I periodically check the clearance rack from Stampin’ Up! and I have to say there are some impressive deals.  The acorn punch, balloon framelits, and Christmas paper galore (I’m looking at you Merry Music)!

As always, it is limited availability so snag it while you still can.

 

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

Do You Love Coffee?

Coffee is where it’s at. You know I love coffee! (Have you seen all of my coffee posts on Instagram? ha!) Between sipping a cup in the morning to the occasional afternoon Starbucks run for a pick me up, there is no caffeine shortage in my household.

So, as a small tribute to my coffee loving friends, and I am sure you have a few too, I made up some quick and easy coffee themed greeting cards.

These quick and easy cards have Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Break patterned paper as the main component. I topped them off with a lace paper doily and a cut out coffee cup tied with string. Because the coffee cup shape is super simple, you can either cut them out by hand pretty easily or use the coordinating framelits to die cut them with your Big Shot machine.

Here are the super simple cards that are easy to recreate and send off to that special coffee lover!  Want directions and measurements to make your own? Keep reading!

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

Measurements:

  • Card base: 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 5.5″
  • Patterned Paper layer 1: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Lace Paper Doily
  • Largest Stitched Circle Thinlit or 2 1/2″ circle punch
  • Largest and Medium coffee cups from stamp set
  • Crumb Cake die cut coffee coozie (thinlit that has textured ribbing)
  • “Thanks a Latte” stamped and cut out or die cut with coordinating framelits
  • White Baker’s twine tied in a bow

 

Craft Organization: We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage

We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage

I was perusing Instagram, quite possibly my favorite place, enjoying the #craftorganization hashtag and came across a We R Memory Keepers Embellishment storage lotus flower. WOW! It was slightly off white, big and beautiful, symmetrical and had a ton of compartments. I knew I needed it. Now!

So off to Amazon I went to order my very own embellishment keeper. Two days later (thanks Prime shipping) my Lotus arrived and I loaded it up with the little bits and pieces that are all over my desk.

 

We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage from StampinFool.com

I decided to fill the We R Memory Keepers Embellishment storage flower with the things I sure most. in order to fit all of the little bits I wanted, I cut up some of the embellishment sheets (gold faceted gems & rhinestones, candy dots, etc.) so that they would fit properly into the largest bottom compartments.

There are two different sized mini clothes pins, multiple strands of sequins that I cut apart and use to glue individual sequins to projects, small pearlized paper doilies, gold bow paper clips, any my all time favorite embellishment- faceted buttons!! (I’ll drop a link to these favs below).

As you can see, I filled it up quite easily. I’m soon happy with the result. It really does straighten things up on my desk and makes it really easy to see what I am looking for without having to open tons of containers to find the button or gem I need!

Thanks to Amazon, you can grab one here: https://amzn.to/2Jz4RXY

We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage from StampinFool.com

Do you love it? Will you fill yours with your favorite goodies?  As promised, here are the links to my favorite embellishments shown above (or the closest current thing to it):

 

How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Give the Gift of Instagram

I love Instagram!! If you follow my feed (stampin.fool) you will see sneak peeks of projects, lots of coffee, and the occasional cute baby picture in my Story feed. I enjoy posting photos and short videos and I love my Instagram friends, a lot of whom craft with me, DIY, and parent. Some I’ve met, some are new, and some I would love to get together with and share a coffee!

Instagram is popular across all ages. With that in mind, I made the *perfect* DIY birthday card for the instagram lover. You can recreate this card and give put a huge smile on their face! It mimics the Instagram icon, which is a camera–  because Instagram is all about photos!

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

(Here is a snapshot of the layers coming together before it is put onto the yellow card stock)

How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card

Directions:

  1. Cut Crushed Curry card stock to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. Cut White to 4 1/4″ X 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half.
  2. Sponging tip: Cut full sponge into 3-4 wedges. Starting in the top left corner with Rich Razzleberry, sponge ink onto card stock by dabbing sponge lightly into ink pad and rubbing the color onto card stock in a circular motion, blending out hard lines. Sponge Melon Mambo next starting in top right corner and working down and towards the center.
  3. Blend Razzleberry and Melon with Calypso Coral ink throughout the center, leaving the bottom left corner uncolored. With Crushed Curry ink, sponge the bottom left corner upwards filling in any blank spots (making sure not to get inky fingers into the yellow).
  4. On scrap White card stock, stamp You Make me Smile (from Colorful Seasons stamp set) in Versamark clear ink, shake Gold Emboss powder, tap off excess and heat set with heat tool until it turns shiny. Punch out with Tailored Tag punch.
  5. Using the second to largest square Stitched thinlit, cut out the middle of the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sponged card stock. Then use the 1″ circle punch to cut out the center of the sponged layer layer. Your sponged layer will now essentially have holes in it, but they will be covered by the white layers in between and the shading will be undisrupted which is why I designed it this way instead of sponging each layer.
  6. Cut a white layer of 3″ x 3″ for the outermost camera part.  Use the 1 3/4″ circle to punch out a white circle for the middle of the camera.
  7. Round the corner of each layer except the base and largest White layer.
  8. Begin layering the pieces with dimesionals. Finish with a glitter enamel dot in the right corner of the camera.
  9. Glue then entire 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ white folded card to the 4 3/4″ Crushed Curry card stock. The yellow part will remain one layer while the photo part opens.
  10. Add the greeting with a dimensional or two and embellish with ribbon if desired.

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Supply List:

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

A Handmade Mother’s Day

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Mother’s Day Bee

Mother’s Day is around the corner. It’s in about two weeks- May 13th. Have you done any planning? What will you give to mom, grandma, your best momma friend?
Mom’s spend so much time imparting wisdom, love and graciousness into our lives that it is a “holiday” that requires special attention.

I couldn’t think of a better way to make mom feel special than to make a handmade card that is a little more fluffy than normal and pulls out all the supplies.

You can see what I’m getting all the mom’s in my life on this post {Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide}!

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

This card has texture, soft colors, elevated wings on the cutest honey bee, making it the perfect card for Mom.

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Directions:

  1. Cut Crumb Cake card stock base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Cut Vanilla to 4″ x 5 1/4″ & emboss by running Sequin folder through Big Shot.
  2. Cut Soft Sky with largest Stitched Circle thinlit with Big Shot. Punch 2 1/2″ Vanilla circle.
  3. Stamp bee from Dragonfly Dreams in Momento Black Ink on 2 1/2″ circle. Stamp 2 Crumb Cake branches from Jar of Love stamp set. Stamp Jar of love flowers in Crushed Curry stamped off once. Stamp the inner flower parts with Crushed Curry. Stamp “For You” in Espresso ink.
  4. Stamp greeting on a scrap of paper and cut out. Cut a 1/2″ scrap of Petal Passion paper to layer greeting.
  5. Assemble stamped vanilla circle onto Soft Sky circle onto Doily. Adhere Vanilla layer to Crumb Cake base.  Adhere to card with dimensionals.
  6. Stamp wings in Momento ink onto scrap paper, cut out and adhere to bee.
  7. Stamp large Jar of Love flower in Soft Sky. Stamp inside flower in Bermuda Bay (stamped off once). Die cut with framelit. Adhere to banners with dimensional.
  8. Tie Bakers twine bow around greeting banner and adhere banner to card with  two dimensionals on back.
  9. Stamp inside corner of card with bee in Momento black ink.

 

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

[from Instagram]

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

Supply List:

Honey Bee Stampin' Up Mother's Day card featuring Dragonfly Dreams from StampinFool.com

2018 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List & Color Refresh

We are nearing the end of the current Stampin’ Up! catalog which means the Retired Product list has been released and the items will go quickly. You will want to click the download link below because it is continually being updated and by clicking the link, you can see the most current version.

Every year I release a catalog walk through video where you can follow along and highlight the retiring stamps in your catalog so that you can easily identify what you want to grab before it’s gone. below is a PDF of the Catalog. I will be uploading that for you later this week.

RETIRED PRODUCTS PDF {DOWNLOAD IT HERE}

If you’ve been around Stampin’ Up! for a few years you have probably been through a Color Refresh where inevitably some of your favorite colors retire and some oldies but goodies come back. It’s REFRESH TIME!!

While I am sad to see some of these colors go, I am excited that Coastal Cabana is back!!! As for the retiring colors, they are available until supplies last, so get them now if you are smitten, buy them before they are gone because once they sell out, they are gone.

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring.

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

And here are the new Color Families:

Life with Helen: DOCKATOT REVIEW

When baby number two was on the way I was still struggling to get preschooler one to stay in his bed all night. Would the revered baby product DockATot be the answer? (Hint, YES it would & this post contains affiliate links- you buy, I receive a percentage).

It’s no secret that new moms don’t get much sleep. (Prego moms don’t get much sleep either, making the start even rougher). Mom fears are the worst!

Helen loves her DockATot

Enter Helen. She is the sweetest. But, she wouldn’t sleep anywhere except on my chest. When you’re exhausted and your baby eats ever two hours and she won’t sleep ANYWHERE you start to go a little crazy. We tried it all- the bassinet, the crib, the swing, the bouncer during the day to practice. It didn’t work. Although she never cries at any other time and is a happy baby, she refused to sleep anywhere and I am very serious about safe sleep. I was too scared to have her sleep in the swing or rock and play type toy unsupervised (aka while I was sleeping). So we resorted to my husband sleeping on a mattress on the floor of my son’s room and me and baby camping out, sleeping sitting up in our king size bed, with no blankets or pillows.

By the four month mark I was getting desperate. Most nights she was still waking herself up every two hours. I had seen posts about the DockATot on Instagram before Helen was born. They have two sizes, the for babies 8 months and younger and the Grand for older babies to use into their toddler years. The online reviews seemed to all be unanimous – the DockATot is a must have! I have to admit I was a little reluctant to make the purchase. This gift from above comes with a price tag between $175-290, depending on the size and design you choose (click here to check out the variety of options they have to offer). I didn’t know if I would need it and didn’t want to buy it before she was born. But she was here now and the need was great. I decided that I needed to commit.

PS they have this new banana leaf pattern cover and I LOVE it!

Helen loves her DockATot

We are using the Dock-A-Tot to transition Helen to sleeping on her own, though it is important to note that DockATot does NOT recommend the use of the DockATot in the crib – Helen is always supervised – in our own bed for co-sleeping so that I can feed her as needed.

While its best quality is the quality of sleep I am now getting knowing she is both safe and sleeping longer at night, I also tote it around the house for Helen to play in while I do laundry, dishes or work.

It is definitely our favorite household thing!

Finally, because we are friends, I’d love to help you save a couple bucks for your own purchase of the Dock-A-Tot.  Click here for a sweet $10 discount!

Swede dreams (get it, it is made in Sweden), friends!

 

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial

It’s been busy around my house from Christmas to January’s flu epidemic, to February going non stop, plus this sweet little baby of mine. I haven’t had as much time to craft and blog as I would like, but I am working on making time for the things I love.

I finally got a chance to play with a few new products from the Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE the Southern Serenade stamp set for a few reasons:

1 It’s eclectic and the images are great for layering.

2 There are words for both the outer greeting and inside sentiment.

3 Lace. I love lace.

4 Outline images can be watercolored.

5 You can make an entire card with only one stamp set.

Here’s a snapshot of the stamps in the Southern Serenade set.

This card is relatively simple, but the fancy fold gives it a little something extra. It is essentially monochromatic with Berry Burst being the focal color and a little black and pop of Wild Wasabi. Keep reading for directions on how to make the double Z fold.

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

While some double Z fold cards open sideways, I opted for one that pulls down, but still folds flat to a standard size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.

 

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Directions:

  1. Cut card base from Berry Burst card stock to 4 1/4 x 11″.
  2. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
  3. Cut Black card stock to 3 1/2″ x 10″.  Score at 2 3/4″ x  5 1/2″.
  4. Cut White panels as follows: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and 2 1/2″ x 3″ (2 panels).
  5. Stamp lace randomly on Berry Burst card base.
  6. Stamp floral outline in Momento Black ink on white panel front.
  7. Stamp sentiments and flower on bottom two panels (they are the same size so it does not matter which piece you stamp on).
  8. Stamp lace onto sentiment panel.  Watercolor floral with Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi ink using Aquapainters.
  9. Adhere white panels to Basic Black folding piece.
  10. To adhere black panel to card base, place Tear & Tape as follows (picture below also for reference):
    1. On the TOP back panel of black piece.
    2. Two strips on the top and bottom of the very bottom panel.
    3. Directly above the first score line of the Berry Burst base in the center (about two inches, not extending to the sides of the base or it will show).
  11. Remove white paper backing from Tear Tape. Center the top Black panel over Berry Burst base about of 1/2″ down and adhere. To adhere the bottom section to the base, slowly begin to fold the card front down as if you are closing it, line up the bottom black portion over the bottom card base, and once the card is folded closed, the black portion will fall into place, press down to adhere.

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

 

 

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

 

 

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