Make It Monday #100: How to Package Cards with Oversized Embellishments

This is the 100th episode of Make It Monday. The challenge is to find a package for a card with oversized embellishment. Those big embellishments are so tempting to make but then there is always the packaging to contend with in the end.

Here is my card and envelope.

card and inside of envelope

I made an envelope out of card stock that was 1/4 inch wide instead of flat.

card on stand


The card was made using Prima’s Almanac Collection patterned paper. PTI’s Mat Stack #6 was used for the stacked labels in the front. The sentiment is from PTI’s Simply Jane stamp set. The flower is a My Favorite Things die.

card and envelope front


Here is the front of the envelope. I used Tag Sale #6 from PTI for addressing the envelope.

Thanks for taking a look.

Happy 100th Make it Monday.

Keep those videos coming.



pin cushion

I made this pin cushion from an Altoids cinnamon chewing gum tin. PTI felt was die cut from a MFT die. The leaves were ribbon hand cut and heated with a heat gun to curl. This was added to a friends Christmas package.

pin cushion flower

It’s almost that time to ring in the New Year. Tomorrow I will show you my new monthly journal calendar.

It’s that scary time of year. I made my Halloween cards and sent them out. Thanks to Frankenstorm Sandy, I’m not sure when they  will arrive.

The first two are for Friends with Pets. The last is one made with new Tim Holtz Halloween dies.

This card used a combination of Inkadinkadoo stamps, Martha Stewart stamps, and My Favorite Things stamps and punches as well as a new label die from Simon Says.


Here I jazzed up the simple black and white with an ornate Valencia Border Memory Box die.

Here is a card that resulted from a trip to Ink About It to pick up an Art Journal. These Tim Holtz Halloween dies had just arrived. It was hard to resist these kids. I put them on a long gate fold card.

Have a Happy Halloween!




Make It Monday #64: Using Color Inspiration

This weeks challenge was more thought provoking than I first imaged. Here are the colors I choose to work with for my card.

Using five colors and then doing a repetition of three of each color for balance was not as easy as it first appeared. Here is how I got 15 elements on a standard A4 card.

A closer look

I made a card for this week’s CAS-UAL FRIDAYS clean and simple challenge. I embossed a border on the front of the card using a wafer thin steel die. I learned the technique in today’s lesson in A Cut Above, the online card class I am currently taking.

Here is the finished product. “You Are My Sunshine” has always been a sentimental favorite of mine. When I saw a stamp with part of the lyrics, I just loved it. Not having the stamp, I made a computer generated sentiment and die cut it for my card.

I used a Spellbinders square die to emboss the border. Memory Boxes’s Petit Umbrella was used for the umbrellas. The banner was cut with a My Favorite Things die.

It all went together so quickly.

I’m taking an online class on die cutting called A Cut Above. The first week has finished. Today I finally had time to go to my studio and experiment with the techniques shown.

First I did a window card featuring these lovely little finches by Impression Obsession colored with Copic markers.

Supplies used: Spellbinders Postage die and Square die

Impression Obsession Finch stamp and die

Memory Box Dancing Tulips and Woodland Branch


Next I tackled partial die cutting-placing a die on unfolded card stock and partially cutting it so that the cut portion pops up beyond the fold of the card. Alway Time for Tea, a stamp and die cutting set from My Favorite Things was the focal point. Patterned papers used were Cosmo Cricket Cubierta Miniatura.

The March Blog Hop inspiration is a delicious photo in yellows and aqua.

Here is my card. I loved the mix of shades of yellow.

Supplies used:

Papertrey Papers

Papertrey dies-Card Base-ics #1 and oval

Memory Box die-Spring boarder

My Favorite things-sentiment stamp and flower die