Hero: Another Name for my Dad

If you’re reading this blog regularly, then you may recall reading about my adopted parents.  My dad is a Vietnam Vet, a loving husband, a father, grandfather, great-grandfather.  He is a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin…he is countless things to countless people but to me, he is my hero.  This was the Father’s Day card I made to honor him:




The official name of the card is something like full front tri-fold shutter or something close to that.  The center sentiment and the “Best Dad Ever” and “Happy Dad’s Day” sentiments are from Verve.  1 Thes verse is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  On the lines at the left, I wrote a very sappy note to my Daddy.  Upon receipt he called me and thanked me for the “most beautiful card” he has ever received.  He’s one of the most amazing and beautiful men I know so it’s fitting he received a beautiful card.

Love you Dad, thanks for being my hero!


Quilted Fun

You know, nothing says love like an awesome quilt.  I can remember my grandmother using the cardboard backs of tablets to make templates for her quilts and hand sewing square after square after square.  The image of her with her needles in her mouth is one of my fondest memories of my grandmother.  RIP Grandma, you are missed terribly!

I however, cannot sew for the life of me.  I can’t cut out a pattern, I can’t quilt, I can’t cut straight without a paper trimmer (and even then half the time I can’t cut straight still) and I can’t even use my sewing machine to sew on paper, let alone anything else.  So…I created this faux quilt card instead:

For details on how I did it, please watch my video below!

Stinkin’ Proud

I used to be exclusively a scrapper.  Now I’m more of a card maker than anything else.  I love to make cards for my kiddos when I’ve caught them being GREAT!  I had an idea of what child I was going to give this too but then I never got around to making it and well now, quite frankly, I ‘m thinking it’s just TOO stinkin’ cute to give away.  You will want to click the thumbnail to see the larger version.  This is my first side-step card and I’m pretty proud of it.  My kids think it’s Bambi and Flower…huh ok I guess.

There is so much going on in this card I can’t even begin to explain it all.  I have DIY wobbles in this card, glue dots, foam squares, and lots of amazing cuts.  I can tell you what else you’ll need though and how I did it.

Supplies Needed:
1 6 x 9 piece of heavy-duty cardstock (I’d use really light weight chipboard if I did a card with this much detail again.  I used Colorbok.)
Cindy Loo
Mickey and Friends
2 sheets of medium and dark green cardstock (two of each color)
Desired papers to cut the skunk (Create-a-critter), squirrel, and tree (Cindy Loo and I used pink, black, green brown and white paper from my stash)
A wobble or two (I used three of the ones I made myself…it’s not for wobblin’, it’s for dimension this time)
Martha Stewart Picket Fence Punch
Stickles (I used Fruit Punch and Cinnamon)
Glue Dots (I make my own)

PHEW….I think that’s all the supplies.  Ok now to remember how I did it.  Well first the card base.  I VERY lightly scored my 6 x 9 paper at two inches along the LONG end/side.  Then you score across the long side at 1, 2, 3.5, and 7.  Cut the paper along your first SUPER light score line from the 1inch score line to the 7 inch score line.  Turn your card around so that it’s still horizontal and but so that your cut is at the top and the vertical scores at the bottom and then score at 4.5.  Fold that score up like a peak and then fan fold all your other scores.  After that you just need to decorate.  I cut the squirrel from Cindy Loo at 3.25.  I don’t remember what my skunk was cut and and the grass I cut from Mickey and Friends at like 2.25.  I had to go into DS and add a rectangle from George welded to my grass so it would “stack” on the stairs the way I wanted to, but the result made it beyond worth it.  Using your punch, punch a fence…mine is 6 inches wide by about an inch and a half.  Stickles everywhere, a hand written sentiment foam dots and wobbles for dimension and voilà!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Raven at Love 4 Stamps has a video with a similar card if you want to see the process.  The video I followed to get the card base can be found here.


So cute I’d carry it!

School is in full swing and I miss the days I could craft from dawn till dusk day in and day out.  One of the things I created over my most recent break were cards cards and more cards.  The one I’m featuring in this post came from yet another Splitcoast Stampers tutorial.  Man I love that place.  Anyway, I created this card for my Visiting Teaching Companion to thank her for being awesome.  The tutorial for it can be found here, my version is below.

Gotta love UTEE!

I used Core’dinations paper.  The Gemstones line in black for the wallet itself.  Chipboard, ribbon, and prima flower accents.  I lined the inside but forgot to take a picture of it.  The paper must have been pink and blue because that’s what color the embellishments are on the front.  Then I paper pierced and hand-sewed the edges to give it added dimension.  I used UTEE for the embossing powder and it gave my wallet a look of patent leather.  Until I gave my Visiting Teaching Companion the card, she thought it was my wallet :D!!! Oh yeah I almost forgot…I also cut a layered card (pink blue and white) to fit inside and wrote a little thank you note to my Companion.  The wallet is closed with industrial Velcro because I couldn’t find the cute little magnets shown in the tutorial and video.

Tri Shutter

This is one of my all time favorite cards to make and one I do a lot.  I haven’t taken pictures of all of them.  The fairy in this image is also colored using water-color pencils then a tiny wet paint brush.  The space behind the watermark in the first image is where I wrote a note for the recipient.

Tri Shutter Thank You Card

Given for Mother’s Day

This was the first one I made…it was for my Dad to thank him for all the wonderful things he is and all the wonderful things he does for my children and I.  Yeah, I’m TOTALLY a Daddy’s girl!

There are many tutorials out there for how to make these cards.  I prefer the full-front trifold shutter cards shown here.  The tutorial for it is located at Tri Shutter Card Sample and Tutorial by Craftiblog.  I’ve also included the basic tri shutter card if anyone wants to try their hand at it.