Christmas Quilt Mini Cards

Do you remember a few years ago we used to sell 3×3 mini envelopes?  Well they are back in our Holiday Catalog. So I created a little set of mini cards to go with them.


I used the Christmas Quilt bundle – the stamp set and the coordinating framelits for these cute little cards.  I also stamped each envelope to match the card.

To make a 3×3 card cut your card stock to 6″ long by 3″ wide and then score the long side at 3″.  For these I cut pieces of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series 6×6 Paper Stack for the front of each card.  Mine are 2-3/4″ squares.  Then I stamped the little quilted trees from the stamp set and die cut them with the die set and added the stitching piece to each one.

For the greeting I cut a 3″ strip of Whisper White card stock and I used a Real Red ink spot (I had one from a Paper Pumpkin Kit) to ink up only the words Merry Christmas from the greeting in the stamp set.  I stamped that on my strip for the front of each little card.  These would be cute for little gift enclosures this holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by.


Box of Love Notes

This quick little box is made from one piece of card stock and doesn’t need any adhesive – just a belly band to hold it shut.  Fill it with some cute little matching Love Notes and you have a perfect little gift for someone sweet!


These are both based on ideas that I saw at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership conference.  The box was an on stage demonstration and I think the little cards were too – but I’m not sure they were shown together – since my photos have them in different colors – I did combine the ideas for this project that I used in my team meeting this past weekend.  We had lots of fun sharing both creative and business ideas and things that we learned at Leadership.  Right now is a great time to join my team – during Sale-A-Bration you can choose $156.50 worth of products for your starter kit for only $99!  And the kit is fully customizable so you can choose any items you want from the current catalogs!  If you would like to learn more about this opportunity let me know – email me at or check out more details on my website.

So back to this cute project – you start with a 7-1/2″ square and then use the Simply Scored Tool with the Diagonal Score Plate (you can get that FREE during Sale-A-Bration) – and score all four sides diagonally at 2-1/4″ and 3-1/2″.


Then you will do some cutting away of the little sections on each side.


Then you just fold it up to form the box.  I cut a strip of Rich Razzleberry Designer Paper to go around it for a belly band – it just slides on and off.   That is what holds the box shut.


Decorating the box was pretty quick –

  • I stamped on the box with a couple of images from the Oh Hello stamp set
  • Wrapped the strip of Designer Paper around it and glued the ends together.
  • Then wrap the Linen Thread around it and tie in a bow.
  • Slide the belly band off and add the Designer Builder Brad, then slide it back on.
  • To make the Builder Brad – stamp an image from the Itty Bitties stamp set on card stock and punch out with the circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack.  Use a mini glue dot to attach to the Builder Brad.  Then cover with the epoxy bubble that comes with the brad.

The box holds some Love Notes – which are little 3×3″ cards.  I made mine out of Whisper White card stock and included matching white envelopes – they are the mini square ones in the Stampin’ Up! catalog. We made two designs at our meeting.



  • The little Love Notes are made from Whisper White card stock
  • Emboss the front edge with the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder.
  • embossed-stitchingThen stamp the words in Old Olive and the images in Rich Razzleberry
  • Finish the Love Note by tying a piece of Linen Thread around.
  • Stamp the envelopes to match.

A fun little project – I hope you like it.  The stamp set is the Oh Hello stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog.  If you would like to order any of the products that I used to make this project please visit my online store on my website.  Here is a full list of supplies for you.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Oh, Hello, Itty Bitties
  • Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
  • Card Stock: Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Simply Scored, Diagonal Scoring Plate, Linen Thread, Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Designer Builder Brads, Mini Glue Dots, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Polka Dot Parade Designer Paper, Mini square envelopes

Have a great day!



It’s time to Create with Pretty Petites

It’s another  Create with Connie & Mary color challenge – this week the colors were Midnight Muse, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White.  That made me decide for sure that I prefer sketch challenges – what in the world was I going to do with those colors?

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I did some quick browsing in a crafting magazine and saw a sketch in there that I thought I could use with the new Pretty Petites stamp set that will be available during Sale-A-Bration.  So I combined that idea with the color challenge and came up with this cute little card for this weeks challenge –


In the end I liked the colors together and this little creation.  It is actually a 3×3 card and here is a quick look at how I made it.

  • card base is Midnight Muse
  • I stamped 8 of the mini curly label images from the Pretty petites stamp set in Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White card stock, and punched them all out with the Petite Curly Label punch, arrange those on the front of the card
  • stamp 1 of the hello image in Midnight Muse ink on Pink Pirouette card stock and punch out – add it with a Stampin’ Dimensional to the lower right corner of the card front
  • Punch 8 of the Bitty Flowers using the punch from the Itty Bitty Punch pack – those are Pink Pirouette – scrunch them up and add to the center of each curly label.
  • Put a Rhinestone in the center of each flower
  • Tie some Whisper White Baker’s twine around the card front and tie in a bow.

In the end I liked the card, the colors and how it all turned out.  Substitute one of the other images to make it a thank you, birthday, or other occasion card.   Visit the Create with Connie & Mary site to see the creations from the rest of the design team and to submit your own creation for this new challenge.  Have a great week!  I’m at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership conference this week.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Pretty Petites (Sale-a-Bration)
  • Ink: Midnight Muse
  • Card Stock: Midnight Muse, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Petite Curly Label punch (Sale-A-Bration), Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

In Color note cards

Look at these cute little note cards!  Cindy designed these as one of the Make&Takes for my last PAWS meeting.  She used all five of the 2011 In-Colors – Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder.  These are 3×3 folded notes.  The fronts are embossed with the polka dot embossing folder and then a strip of card stock is added to the front.  The flower from the Mixed Bunch stamp set and punched out with the coordinating Blossom punch.  The centers were stamped and punched with the 3/4″ circle punch and added to the flower with one of the In-Color brads.  On the side of each card is a half of the decorative label punch with one of the words from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set.

On the inside is a business message from the special stamp set that demonstrators were able to earn at convention last year.  There are some messages like “thank you for your order” and “Bring a Friend”.

I have a few wildlife pictures for you – the robin gathering materials for a nest.

Robin gathering nesting material


And check out this squirrel that I saw the other day – I wonder who he stole that big apple from!

squirrel that stole an apple

Its so big he has to stop along the way – or maybe he is just hungry and keeps stopping for a bite.  Here he continues on his way….

running away with the stolen apple


And here is another squirrel sitting on the wall – it looks to be a mama squirrel to me – maybe she is praying for the peanut feeder to open up for her.  The new feeder which is in the tree right behind her is squirrel proof – it shuts when the squirrel gets on it.

mama squirrel


Have a great day!

Mini Card – Tri-Fold and Faux Pearl

Here are the last of the Mini Cards from last month’s Hands-on class.  This first one is a Tri-Fold card.  It was one that I received as a swap at convention from Lisa Horton and I left it just like she created it because it was perfect. I did add the matching envelope for my class.

The card is really made of two 3×3 cards glued together to create a tri fold card.  The base is Very Vanilla – with the front of it stamped with the En Fancies stamp and the medallion from Charming.

The other side of the card is Marina Mist – take the folded card and lay it on the Scallop Square Duo die on the large scallop square so that the fold does not get cut.  This creates the other side of the card – you glue the back to the inside of the Very Vanilla base.

On the inside of the Marina Mist scallop square add a piece of Very Vanilla with the little stamp in the corner – it comes from the Charming stamp set.

To make the front of the Marina Mist scallop square use Stampin’ Write Markers – Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz to ink the flower stamp from the Charming set.  Huff to re-moisten and stamp on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

Tie a piece of Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding around the Very Vanilla card stock.  Layer on a piece of Pear Pizzazz and then add to the front of the card.  To close fold in the Very Vanilla piece from the left and then the Marina Mist from the right.   There you have a Tri-Fold card.

And the last card we made during the class was the Faux Mother of Pearl card that I created for my swap at convention.

I have already posted the instructions for this one earlier – you can find them by clicking HERE.

So that wraps up the Mini cards from my class – I hope you liked them.  Come back Friday for something new!

Mini Cards – Pinwheel

Well it was confirmed that it was a tornado that came through here Monday afternoon.  1/4 mile wide and made a 25 mile path through our county.  I found out yesterday that the street just past ours had trees down and maybe even one on a house – that is what a neighbor told us.  There was a huge crane there late yesterday – I could see it from my sunroom.  They said 400 homes were damaged, most of them right here near us.  Luckily no one was seriously hurt.

Today I have another mini card – it is a pinwheel card and I’m going to try to show and explain how to make the pinwheel.  I have actually made them two different ways so I’ll try to describe both.  But first here is the finished card.

I used the Big Top DSP – the base is Real Red, then a layer of Whisper White with a little strip of punched Tempting Turquoise.  The happy birthday is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The stars on the envelope are from Extreme Elements set – I used them because the paper had stars.

So here is how you made the pinwheel.  Start with a square piece of paper.  Fold one point to the opposite so you get a triangle – do this in both directions and you end up with a cross through the paper.  On the fold lines you will cut from the outside corner toward the center and stop about 1/4″ from the center of the square.

Now what you will be doing is taking all points from the same side and folding them in to the center – you need to slightly cross over the center.  Do this one at a time. To help them stay in place put a little bit of adhesive on each point.

fold first point across the center


fold the point in to the center - overlap the first point

now the third point comes across

and the fourth point comes across

Once all four points are across the center you will use the paper piercer to poke a hole through all four points and the center of the square.  Then put a brad through – I put a small turquoise circle on the brad before poking it through.

Another method to get to this point is to punch a hole through each point and thread them on the brad and then through the center of the square.  This can be trickier for some people but then you are sure to have a hole in each point, you don’t need to use adhesive and you don’t need to overlap the points quite as much.

I put this on my card with  a Stampin’ Dimensional.  Mine is a tiny one but you could make them any size you want by adjusting the size of the square that you are starting with.

Since this one had so many pictures I’ll wait and finish the mini cards tomorrow.  Have a great day!