Simple Heart Shaker Card

Simple Heart Shaker Card

Shake things up this Valentine’s Day with a cute Simple Heart Shaker Card

made with the Simple Heart Shaker Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Simple Heart Shaker Card

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Simple Heart Shaker Card

How to make a Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Start with a 5″ x 5″ white card base.
  • Die-cut the pieces for the shaker element using the Always & Forever paper pad.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Cut 3¼” x 3¼” piece of striped paper, die-cut the heart shape in the center of the striped paper.
  • Cut a 3¼” x 3¼” piece of Valentine’s words.
  • Die-cut a silver heart border using silver adhesive vinyl or silver cardstock.
  • Die-cut a pink gingham frame using the scalloped frame die.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small a thin 3D foam square* under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Adhere the scalloped gingham frame to the front of the striped paper with the heart cut-out.
  • Cut a 3¼” x 3¼” piece of clear acetate.  Remove the protective coating off of the acetate and adhere to the back of the heart-opening.
  • Adhere the silver heart border to the front of the acetate inside the heart-opening.
  • Die-cut the adhesive craft foam using the square foam cutter die.  You’ll need to use one that is larger than the heart-opening.
  • Adhere the craft foam square to the back of the acetate.
  • Cut a 4½” x 4½” rose background layer and adhere to the center of the white card.
  • Adhere the Valentine words layer to the center of the rose background layer.
  • The easiest way to add the shaker sprinkles is to place the sprinkles onto the middle of the valentine words layer.  Remove the protective coating from the back of the foam square frame and place the layers over the shaker sprinkles and onto the white card.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Adhere the dimensional rose to the front of the card at the top of the heart.
  • Cut the tiny words “You are the best” using the Valentine’s word paper and adhere to the bottom of the gingham frame.
  • Add valentine’s greeting (found in the Always & Forever paper pad) to the inside of the card.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.

I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.

The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.

This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press

to create some awesome samples.  Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.

I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds

and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:

  • Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
  • Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
  • Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
  • Remove the snowflake die-cuts.  Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.

I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.  

I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.

Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper

to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create

this sweet little album.  (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.

Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press?  Check out this video.

Love You Forever Valentine Cards

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

Spread the Love this year with handmade Valentines.

The Love You Forever Valentine’s Day cards were created two different ways

using the “Love You Forever” Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

The first card is a clean and simple shaker card,

and the other is more of a traditionally decorated Valentine’s Card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Directions:

  • This card measures 6″ x 6″.
  • Cut a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock.
  • The die set comes with two different dies, the outline, and the words. Place the “outline die” onto the white cardstock and die-cut using a die-cut machine.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  •  Turn the cardstock over and adhere a piece of clear acetate onto the cardstock.
  • Cut the double-sided adhesive foam into thin strips and place it around the edges of the cardstock.
  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the words “Love you forever” using cranberry paper ran through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere the words onto the front of the acetate.
  • For the card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of striped paper (found in the Always & Forever Paper Pad) and adhere it onto a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ cranberry cardstock layer.
  • Adhere layers onto a 6″ x 6″ card.
  • Place shaker sprinkles onto the middle of the card base.
  • Remove the paper backing from the foam strips and place the white acetate layer centered on the card base.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small thin foam square under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.  Adhere to the front of the card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Shaker Cards are both fun to make and fun to receive. 

And I think this one is my new favorite.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

A completely different look using the same Valentine die set and paper pad. 

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the “Valentine Sayings” paper, from the “Forever & Always” paper pad, before die-cutting the words.
  • This card has a lot of different layers and several dimensional flowers that help make this card special.

Prissy Pink Princess Wreath

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

How to make a Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.

I decided to stray from my typical “clean and simple” style to go super feminine

with this Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.

The wreath could also double as a princess crown.  (If you’re into that kind of thing.)

Ribbon Wreath 327

Usually, when I start a project, I have an idea of how I want it to turn out.

This project, however, turned out completely different than my original plan.

I started with a basket of pink, white and red ribbons in various widths and styles.

I wanted to make a simple ribbon wreath and tie cut strips of ribbon to a wreath form.

I wasn’t happy with it, so I scratched that idea. (it’s a good idea to be flexible)

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

Here’s what I did instead:

  • Being resourceful, I used a 5 ½” lid from an extra-large Nesquik can for the base.
  • Using the inside ridge as my guide, I cut away the inside.

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Because when I started this project, I was going to do something different, I spray painted the rim of the lid white.
  • It’s still probably a good idea to do, depending on what kind of wreath you intend on making. (Unless you like the color blue.)

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Wrap and cover the rim of the lid with a 7/8″ White Grosgrain Ribbon*. To give the ribbon wreath a little more softness and size, I added a little bit of poly-fil under the ribbon while wrapping. Use a Hot Glue Gun* to glue the ribbon to keep the ribbon from moving. It took approximately two yards of ribbon to go around the edge of the lid.
  • Wrap additional pink sheer ribbon around the white grosgrain ribbon.

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Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

Make ribbon rosettes flowers to go around the wreath in different sizes.

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Gather the ends of the thread together and tie in a knot. Trim the ends. I use a heavy-duty sewing thread for the rosettes. It doesn’t break when I tighten them.
  • Hot glue a fancy rhinestone button in the center of the rosette.
  • Glue flower onto the wreath.
  • To make smaller rosette flowers, use 6″ strips of 3/8″ satin or grosgrain ribbon. Create a “running stitch” like used in the larger rosette and tighten.
  • Glue a small pearl bead in the center of the rosettes.
  • Glue smaller rosettes around the larger rosette.
  • Create small leaves by folding and scrunching green ribbon. Glue under the rosette flowers.
  • Create strings of pretty beads anchored with additional flower rosettes to hang in the middle of the wreath.
  • Cut a larger piece of ribbon for hanging the Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.
  • Create a ribbon bow for the top of the wreath. Glue a fancy rhinestone button onto the bow and glue it into place.

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How to make an Embroidery Hoop Ornament

Red Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

A Quick and Easy DIY Holiday Ornament.

Make it a personal memory with a piece of fabric or flannel from a “special” shirt.

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

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Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

Directions:

  • Instead of hand painting or stenciling on the ribbon, I created the “stencil words” using a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* out of removable vinyl*. I removed the inside of the letters leaving the blank space.
  • Use the transfer tape* to pick up the stenciled word. Place the transfer tape* on the center of the cotton twill ribbon. Rub gently over the transfer paper to transfer the vinyl onto the twill ribbon. Remove the transfer paper.
  • Use a paintbrush to carefully stencil (or paint) the inside of the letters. Allow to dry and remove the vinyl.  (The vinyl words are for one use.)

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

  • Open the embroidery hoop* and place the flannel on the embroidery hoop. Lay the stenciled twill over the center of the flannel.

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

  • Place the outside hoop over the flannel and twill and tighten the embroidery hoop. Cut the excess flannel and ribbon from the back of the embroidery hoop.
  • Glue a cardstock circle onto the back of the embroidery hoop.

Holiday Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornament

  • Measure and cut the pine stem to fit around the outside edge of the embroidery hoop.  Glue the craft pine stem* onto the embroidery hoop.
  • Tie a small bow using the striped ribbon.
  • Cut the berry sprig down to size, glue both the ribbon and berry to the top of the hoop.
  • Add natural twine to the top to hang.

   

Snowflake Kisses

Snowflake Kisses Card

As I finished up my Christmas Cards for the season,

I thought I’d make one last card that isn’t traditionally Christmas.

I wanted to make a Winter card that would work for a Winter Birthday

or Valentine’s Day. (but could also work for a Christmas card)

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Snowflake Kisses Card

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Snowflake Kisses Card

Directions:

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • Line up the “Snow Couple Die” over the stamped image.  Place a small piece of tape over the edge of the die to keep it in place.
  • Die-cut the Snow Couple out.
  • Use the Tombow Markers* to watercolor and color the stamped image.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the frame: Cut a 5″ x 6″ piece of “Christmas Lights” paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad. 
  • Place the paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to move it through the machine. As it moves through, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-cut the paper using dies from the Nested Rectangle Die Set. Adhere the frame onto a piece of “snowflake paper” from the Doodles Pad.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the Card Front:  Cut a small strip of striped paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad, run it through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back. Die-cut the word “LOVE” using the Alphabet Dies.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares* on the back of the snowman couple and adhere inside the frame. Adhere the word LOVE over the snowman couple.
  • Adhere the frame onto a turquoise cardstock layer and a white cardstock base.
  • Finished Card Measures 5″ x 6 1/4″.

Making a Christmas Putz House

Making a Christmas Putz House

Christmas Putz houses are little cardboard or paper houses.

Sometimes illuminated, they are usually decorated with mica flakes

and glitter to make festive Holiday Villages.

Making a Christmas Putz House
Last year, the Eileen Hull Teams got together to bring everyone a little

Comfort and Joy during a rough Christmas Season.

Everyone seemed to enjoy it, so we decided to do it again.

My Christmas Putz House, made with Eileen’s House Ornament Die*,

is my contribution to this year’s “Comfort and Joy” collaboration.

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Making a Christmas Putz House

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Making a Christmas Putz House

Directions:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station®*. As the paper moves through, it adds adhesive to the underneath side. You get complete adhesive covering.
  • Cut two pieces of Sizzix Matboard* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the Christmas Scrapbook paper onto each one of the mat boards. (Underneath will be plain)
  • Lay covered mat board on top of the House Ornament Die*. Sandwich the die and mat board between the cutting plates. Run the die, matboard, and cutting plate through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*. The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two of the house shapes.
  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses. (It is for making the house into an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Rapid Fuse Adhesive* to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  

Making a Christmas Putz House

  • For the Roof: Cut a piece of Kraft Corrugated paper 2 1/4″ x 4″. Fold in half and glue to the top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white mat board over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine. Trim around the matboard to create two small windows. Cut two small pieces of gold paper or vellum to fit under the window frame and glue them into place. Glue the windows frames onto the house.  
  • Cut a tiny piece of mat board to use as a door.  Glue a small piece of corrugated paper over the door for the roof.
  • Use a 3″ x 4″ piece of mat board as the base for the house. Cover the mat board with scrapbook paper.
  • Glue the putz house, bottle brush tree, and mini snowman ornament to the base.
  • Decorate your Christmas Putz House with small wreaths, snowflakes, glitter and mica flakes.

Sugar Cookies for Santa Card

Cookies for Santa Card

One of my favorite Holiday Traditions is making Frosted Sugar Cookies.

I use the same recipe year after year.

It’s a simple recipe, written on a piece of notebook paper in my mom’s handwriting.

She wrote out the recipe and gave it to me the first Christmas after I married.

It’s stained, and the edges are tattered.  (I keep it in a protective sleeve now.)

I think of her every time I make them.  (sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post)

Cookies for Santa Card

The “Cookies for Santa” card is just about as easy to make as the cookies themself.  

And you don’t have to wait for it to cool before enjoying it.

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Cookies for Santa Card

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Cookies for Santa Card

Directions:

  • It’s important to use white pigment ink* and white embossing powder* to get the whitest white cookie outline.
  • Stamp the cookie outline with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock.
  • Pour a small amount of white embossing powder over the stamped image, shake off excess powder.  (If you pour over a piece of scratch paper you can easily repour the excess powder back into the jar.)
  • Use an embossing heat tool* to melt the powder until shiny.

Cookies for Santa Card

  • Align the matching die with the stamped image and die-cut using the Mini Maker Die-Cut Machine.
  • The raised embossed edges make it easy to watercolor.  Use a waterbrush* along with a combination of markers and inks to watercolor the stamped images.
  • I used paper and labels from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad for the front of the card.
  • This Christmas Card called for something a little shiny, so I added a piece of red foiled paper as a layer.
  • Adhere the frosted cookies onto the front of the card using thin foam squares.
  • Tie a red bow to finish off the card.

Snowman Cookie Tag

The Snowman Cookie Tag would look great on a wrapped plate of fresh Christmas cookies.

The base was made using a die from the Nested Arch Die Set.

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Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s Mom’s Recipe.  (Enjoy!)

  • 1- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Cream sugar & butter, add egg & flavoring, mix thoroughly.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in.  (I dump)
  3. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Divide dough in half & roll out on lightly floured pastry sheet.
  6. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design with the cookie cutters.
  7. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each cutting.  Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible.  The least amount of working with the dough gives the best cookie.
  8. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 7 to 8 min. or until delicately golden.
  • For the Glaze I dump around a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add a dash of vanilla.    Add milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.  (hint:  not too runny)

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

This Fall, I was invited to a lovely outdoor wedding by the lake for this special couple.

After seeing their wedding photos, I knew I wanted to make them a Photo Transfer

Ornament for their first Christmas together.

I swiped the little wood hearts used on the front of the ornament off the center

of the table where I was sitting. (with good intentions, of course)

Photo Transfer Ornaments are a great way to celebrate special occasions during

the Holidays.  And they make great personalized gifts.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

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DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

Directions:

  • Very Important… You must use a photocopy made from a dry toner type copier.  (Do not use the actual photograph, trust me, it will not work.)  Try your local office supply store that makes copies.
  • Lay the wood slice over the photocopy and trace around the wood slice.  Cut around the traced lines.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

  • Using a paintbrush, brush over the image with a medium application of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium*. The transfer medium will be opaque.
  • Carefully lift the image, making contact only slightly with the image edge. Flip the coated image over and position it over the wood slice.   Lightly press from the center out to release any air bubbles.   Wipe away any excess medium that may have been squeezed out.
  • Allow drying overnight.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

  • Wet a sponge with water, squeeze excess water from the sponge then dampen the exposed backside of the image transfer. Immediately as the paper is wet, an image will appear. Allow the wet image to rest a couple of moments to soften the paper.
  •  Using your damp sponge or a fingertip, begin to lightly rub over the damp paper to peel away layers. Be careful not to be rough with the wet paper as it may be fragile. After removing several layers of paper, stop and allow the transferred image to dry. Once dry, white areas will appear where paper remains. Repeat steps to moisten and lightly rub the surface to remove the remaining paper layers. Allow to dry.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

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How to make a Rainbow Ribbon Pillow.

If you have a little girl in your life,  

this bright and colorful Rainbow Ribbon Pillow is sure to make her smile.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

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DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

Directions:

  • Cut several 4″ strips of ribbon in a variety of rainbow colors.  
  • Lightly glue the ends of the ribbon together to form a loop.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

  • Cut a 7″ x 7″ piece of white felt.  Glue the ribbon loops around the four edges of the felt.  

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  • Hand cut a sun, raindrops, and the word “SMILE” out of Kunin Classic Felt.
  • Cut another piece of white felt 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.  Stitch the felt cut-outs onto the white felt square.
  • Iron on the Rainbow Applique onto the middle of the felt square.
  • Cut a 7″ x 7″ piece of blue felt.  Center the decorated white square onto the blue felt and pin it into place.  Sew around the white felt using a sewing machine.  (This is the pillow front.)
  • Lay the “pillow front” onto the white felt square with ribbon loops.  Sew around the edge of the felt.  Leave a small gap for adding poly-fil*.  After stuffing, finish sewing the edge of the pillow to close.

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