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(Started posting on September 25, 2014)

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Inside-Out Chef Card

Inside-Out Chef Card

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I called this card an “Inside-Out” card because the card front is pretty simple, but the inside is the more elaborate part and the part meant to be displayed.  The above photo shows the inside of the card after the card is opened and the front is flipped over.  Below is the front of the card before it is opened:


I think the images in this stamp set called “Recipe for Happiness” by My Favorite Things are just the cutest ever, and I had loads of fun making this card!


The nice thing about a step card is that it has a lot of dimension but folds flat and usually fits in an envelope.  (This particular card is a bit thick even when folded so it requires a trip to the post office to mail.)


This card is being entered in the My Favorite Things – “You Could Be a Card Design Superstar Contest – 2016!”


The rest of this post is a detailed description of how I created this card.  If you wish to keep reading, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy – it’s a bit long!

I created the patterned paper on the front by randomly stamping the images on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloring them with Copic Markers (jacket and hat: C0, C1, C2; buttons: C5, C3, C1; shoes: E29, C7; red areas: C7, R89; Mustache:E25, E27, E29; skin: E50, E21, E13; wooden spoon: E41, E42, E43; batter: C0, C1, C2; metal on cooking utensils and pots/pans: C1, C3, C5).

The chef image on the inside was cut with one of the dies from the coordinating Die-namics die set (also called Recipe for Happiness) by My Favorite Things (sold separately).  He was colored with Copic Markers using the colors listed above.  I cut 3 additional blank die cuts and layered them together and glued them to the back of the stamped and colored image to make him sturdier.


I designed the kitchen scene using a piece of white card stock and scraps of white, black, silver, and red I had in my stash.  I used 2 files I purchased from the Silhouette store (“1950’s stove” and “1950’s fridge”) as a model and for a few of the elements, but most of the pieces needed to be resized or shaped to fit my design, and I created most of the geometric shapes myself.


The floor panel was made with a digital paper file I purchased on Etsy from a set called “Yankee Fan” by Happy Heart Studios.  It is intended to be blue and white, but I printed it with all black ink so it matched my kitchen better.  I created a print and cut file and cut this with my Silhouette so the pattern would be smaller.



There is room “in the refrigerator” to write a personal message or to stamp a sentiment if desired.  I adhered a magnet to the door (and a paper clip to the back) to keep the door closed.



I knew I had wanted to make a 3D card and started off thinking I might use a step-card format.  Then I saw THIS adorable card and was inspired to create “a kitchen” for my chef image.  After playing around with folds and cuts, I came up with this modified step card design:


I glued two of the folds together to help my kitchen keep it’s shape.



I started with a piece of card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.  I lined up the card stock vertically on my trimmer at 2 inches and then made a 4 1/4 inch cut starting at 2 1/8 inches from the top and going down to 6 3/8 inches.  (Click on diagrams to make them larger if desired.)



Then I turned my card stock counter clockwise to the horizontal position (cut is closer to bottom now) and scored from the top edge to the bottom at 1 1/8 and 4 1/4 inches.  With the panel still in same position on score tool, I scored from top edge to the cut at:  2 1/8, 3 1/8, and 6 3/8 inches.  The last score line goes from the cut to the bottom edge, but since it is difficult to start scoring in the middle of the paper and there are no measurements on the bottom of my score tool, I flipped the card stock over so I was scoring on the back and now from the “new” top to the cut line.  The final score line is at 5 3/8 inches.



To fold the panel on the score lines, notice the M’s and the V’s on my diagram below.  “M” is for a mountain fold where you fold away from you to create a peak.  “V” is for a valley fold where you fold toward you to create a dip or valley.



Then I created a card base with a piece of heavy weight card stock measuring 5 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches.  (It’s a little bigger than a standard card base, but I needed a little extra room to accommodate the bulkiness of the card when closed.  It still fits (snugly) in a standard A2 size envelope.)  I scored and folded the base at 4 1/8 AND 4 3/8 inches.  The slightly longer side is the card front, and the slightly shorter side is the side I adhered my folded kitchen panel.  As I mentioned above, the card is meant to be displayed “inside-out” and I found it stood up straighter when the slightly longer front piece was opened and folded over.



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Christmas Tree K-Cup Holder

Christmas Tree K-Cup Holder

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Need a hostess gift?  How about something small for a teacher or coach?  Choose your favorite coffees, teas, or hot chocolate, and this K-Cup holder would be perfect!

I made this using my Silhouette die cutting machine and an svg file from the “Christmas Cafe” kit from  The kit contains several projects including two boxes that would be great for cookies, nuts, or candy.  One is round, and the other is shaped like a stocking.  There are three different K-Cup holders – the Christmas tree shown above, a snowman, and a reindeer.  In addition to the svg files, there is a tutorial video to show you how the pieces go together.

On the sample shown on the website, Mary uses gold pipe cleaners for the garland.  I created a cut file to make my garland out of card stock.  (This file is not included with the kit.)

For the base of the box, I used Deep Green Card Stock from Cre8-a-Page (aka Creative Assembly & Packaging) that I ordered on amazon.  The decorative paper on the front is “Green Plaid” by Hot Off the Press/Paper Pizazz.  I used Gina K Metallic Gold card stock for the stars, garland, and trunk.  I chose these Folgers K-Cups because I liked that they were red.  Any standard sized K-cups will work.

There is a file for a decorative back panel which I did not use.  Here is a view of the back; the K-Cups are inserted through holes in the front and stick out through holes in the back.  Once in, they are kind of wedged in there and don’t really move.


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Nativity Paperscape Box Card

Nativity Paperscape Box Card

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This large box card (9 3/4 x  8 1/8 inches when flattened) was made from a file called Nativity Paperscape Box Card SVG by Dreaming Tree ( which is the company founded in 2015 by Leo Kowal (former co-founder of svgcuts).  They offer svg files (that can be cut with an electronic die cutting machine) for a lot of amazing projects with tutorials to make assembly a breeze.

Like most box cards, it has a box-like frame with several panels layered inside.  This one is a little different in that it is more rectangular than square and that all the panels are completely inside the box and do not extend over the top.  As I mentioned above, this is a pretty large card. An envelope made to fit this card is included with the file.  The card is 3 dimensional when opened and folds flat for storage or for mailing.


A greeting and sentiment can be stamped, printed, or written on the back.  There is a place cut out in the back to place a battery operated tea light if desired.  The photo above has a white light behind it. Below is a photo of the card with no light added:


And here is another photo of the card in the dark with a blue tea light:


So many ways to display it!!

I used basic white card stock for the base and panels.  The printed card stock is called Holly Berries from the Holly Jolly collection by My Mind’s Eye.  The background panel is Moonlit Fog card stock by Gina K Designs.

What I love about this project is that is can be a card or a decoration – or both!

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Scented Wine Glass Lamps

Scented Wine Glass Lamps


I have to say, I really enjoyed making these; my craft room smelled FANTASTIC!!!  These faux lamps are made with a wine glass filled with potpourri and topped with a handmade paper lampshade.


The lampshade svg file is called “Swirl Pattern Wine Glass lampshades” which was purchased on Etsy from a shop called MySVGHUT and was cut with my Silhouette.  I cut the shades from patterned paper, but the original file has a swirl pattern on it that is meant to be printed or foiled.  I also made my shades a bit bigger than the original design to better fit the glasses I was using.

The paper is from the Harvest collection by Reminisce.  The patterns I used are Autumn’s Ebb and Shades of Autumn.  I used a few foam dot squares to hold the shade in place on the glass.

I bought the wine glasses at Dollar Tree.  The potpourri is from Patricia of Mullica Hill in Haddonfield, NJ.  The scent I used for these autumn lamps is Apple Jack.  I plan to make a few Christmas lamps when their Christmas scents are available!

My original thought was to place a battery operated tea light in the glass to make accent lamps. However, the lights I had were a little too dim, and it was hard to see the light through the shade. (Believe it or not, it actually looks better in the photo below than it did in real life!)   If I knew I would be ditching the light idea, I might have used card stock to make the shades sturdier.  I plan to look for brighter, warm-colored lights to try later.


I think this would make a cute hostess gift to take when going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

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A “2016 RubberHedgehog Rubber Stamps Greeting Card Art Contest” Winner!…and a new challenge

A “2016 RubberHedgehog Rubber Stamps Greeting Card Art Contest” Winner!…and a new challenge


I am so honored and excited to have been chosen as one of the winners for the “2016 RubberHedgehog Rubber Stamps Greeting Card Art Contest” this year!  The folks over at RubberHedgehog generously offered a $100 store credit for the one Grand Prize winner and a $50 store credit for each of the four First Place winners.  My card was chosen as one of the First Prize winners. Thank you RubberHedgehog!!

The greeting card contest ended at the end of July, but they are gearing up for their “2016 RubberHedgehog Ornament Challenge” and will be accepting submissions from October 1 through November 30, 2016.  (HERE is the gallery with last year’s submissions and winners.)  Pop on over and check it out!

Click HERE for card contest description.

Click HERE for announcement of winners.

Click HERE for original blog post.

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