Flip Flop Gift Box

Flip Flop Gift Box


(Inside: May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes…)

(a blast from the past…)

The pieces for this flip flop gift box were from an svg file called “Free SVG File 162 – Flip Flop Box” (by Eleanor) that I got back in 2013 from a site called svgshop.com (which no longer appears to be in business), although this file (or something very similar) now appears to be available HERE (called “3D Flip Flop Box” by Lori Whitlock).  This file (and several other varieties) are available in the Silhouette Store as well.

The pieces were originally cut with my Cricut electronic die cutting machine and my Sure Cuts A Lot software.  This box could be sized as desired.  My box is approx. 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ high/deep.

I created the base with white card stock and covered it with papers from a 12 x 12 paper pad called “Simply Delightful“( item # HLSD01) by My Mind’s Eye.  The greeting inside the shoe came from the Gina K Designs “Gifts from the Sea” stamp set and was heat embossed in white.

This project was originally shared in my StampTV gallery on June 18, 2013.  (Sadly, this site is no longer active.)

Thanks for checking out my project!

Technique Tags

Technique Tags

Technique Tags

(a blast from the past…)

Here’s an idea that helps you keep track of new techniques you come across and also allows you to try them quickly without needing to create a whole, finished project…

Early in my card making “career,” I couldn’t get enough of the many technique videos and instructional posts available online.   I learned so much so quickly and couldn’t keep up with trying them all on complete card projects so I started doing technique samples on tags (with the video/instructional post location and instructions/notes on the backs).  I used a shower curtain ring to keep them together which made it easy to add new tags as I learned new techniques.  When I had time to work on a card project, I could flip through my tags to get ideas (and instructions) on techniques I had wanted to try.  (I still love watching technique videos, but I pace myself now – lol!)

Saving videos as “favorites” on YouTube or pinning cards and/or instructional blog posts to pinterest boards are also great ways to “remember” things you see and want to try, but the technique tags are a way to actually try the technique quickly without worrying about the rest of a card layout.

This project was originally shared on stamptv (June 14, 2013).  (Sadly, this site is no longer active, and the StampTV galleries no longer exist.)

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A Blast from The Past

A Blast from The Past

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I am sure it is because I am getting older and that I hate change, but…

As many of you may know, I was posting card projects on a site called StampTV before I had a site of my own.  This site was amazing (and perfect for a person who is not all that comfortable with all the social media platforms out there).  There were weekly challenges, free resources, galleries of card projects, tons of member pages with so much beautiful inspiration, and video tutorials (featuring stamps by Gina K Designs).  It was a place to offer and receive encouragement, ask and answer crafting questions, offer our crafting opinions and thoughts, and yes, even to make friends.  I used to click on the site several times a day (ok – every time I walked past my computer – lol!) just to see what the members were saying.  And I found the site very easy to navigate.

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Sadly, this site is no longer active, and the little that is still there will soon be completely gone.  There is a new site (along with a face book page), but it is just not the same (for me).  I am so thankful that I discovered the old site when I was first starting out as a card maker.  I learned so much from Gina and her designers who posted weekly videos that I watched (never missing a single one!) and from all the talented members who inspired me and helped me find my own style.  And I appreciate the opportunity I was given to share my work to a supportive audience before I even knew what a blog was – lol!    If I were just starting out now and stumbled on the new site, I am really not sure I would have stuck with it.  The new site is… well… new, so maybe as it grows, it will get back to having the same “active community” feel the old site had to me.  But I do so miss the old site.  Sigh…

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Anyway, the gallery with all of my early card projects is no longer there at the old site, so I thought it might be fun (for me) to go back through photos of my older projects and gradually share them here.  It will be like looking back through an old photo album and will help me to feel like I’m not losing those projects forever.

I didn’t keep track of all the supplies I used early on, and my photography skills needed work – lol, but I think it will be fun (for me) to throw in some of these old projects as I continue to share my new ones.

blast from the past

These posts will start off with “a blast from the past…” so if you’ve already seen my stamptv gallery, you will know this is old stuff and can proceed as you wish – lol!

This was the first card I posted back in March 2013:


This cute image is from the “Penguin Paradise” set (retired?) from Stampin’ Up.  (I didn’t understand that you were supposed to use gkd stamps for their challenges when I posted this – lol!)  It was colored with Bic Mark It alcohol markers.  An embossing folder and crimper added the texture to the background.

Thanks for all your encouragement and support here on my site now and in the past.  I really do appreciate it.

(Clip art is all from google images found here: thinking galmemory lane signblank computer screen,  card making image, and blast from the past image.)