Sympathy Shutter Card

 Sympathy Shutter Card

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I have seen quite a few variations of shutter cards online, but one style I really liked was done by Sandy Allnock where there is room for an “inside sentiment” or a handwritten message.  (HERE is her video tutorial.)


For this card, I used 2 sheets from the Recollections “Habitat” signature paper stack for my decorative panels and mats.  The card base is Recollections kraft card stock.  (The base is 12 inches wide, so a 12″ x 12″ sheet is needed.)

Here is the template for the card base:

Shutter Card Template

The circle panels were cut with dies from the Spellbinders Large and Small Standard Circle Dies sets.

The stamp for the greeting on the front is from the Stampin’ Up “Thoughts and Prayers” set and the inside message is from the “A Beautiful Life” set from Gina K Designs.  Both were stamped with versafine vintage sepia ink.

The finished card, when folded, is 41/4 x 5 1/2 and fits in an A2 sized envelope.

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I had a scrap of the patterned paper left over so I made another quick card with it.



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A Few Simple Notecards

A Few Simple Notecards

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I was almost embarrassed to post these cards since they are so simple.  Each of these cards was made because I needed a card, and fast.  And as I mentioned recently, I am trying to be “ok” with simple designs!

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This super quick thank you note features Paper Pizazz/Hot Off the Press “Yellow Daisies” printed paper, Core’dinations “Dark Blue Large Dot” card stock, and a stamp from the “Think Big Favorites #5” set by Papertrey Ink stamped in Gina K Blue Denim ink.  Recollections ivory card stock was used for the card base.  I LOVED the soft colors of the daisy paper and the font of the stamp and wanted to feature both. Cut, stamp, done.  This card practically made itself!


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This next card features the “Volleyball” stamp by stampabilities and a greeting from the “Short and Sweet” set by Stampin’ Up.  The images were stamped with  Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I scored a line above the greeting and then partially embossed the panel above the score line with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.


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This card was made with card stock from both the  “Christmas – Holiday Printed Paper” pack (2014) and “Shimmer Champagne” by Recollections.  The greeting panel was cut with the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” large punch and stamped with Gina K Kraft ink.  I did not have a punch to create a border, so I used a copic marker (E84) to draw one.  (Not really loving that, but I didn’t have time to do a “trace and cut” with the Silhouette since I needed to send this quickly.)  The stamp is from the “Little Branches” set by Gina K Designs.


I think it took me longer to photograph these cards than it did to make them!  🙂

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Masculine Thinking of You

Masculine Thinking of You

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This CAS card features a stamp from the “Reverse Prints” set (retired) by Stampin’ Up.

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It was stamped on Recollections kraft card stock with Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe ink.  (There was a quote along the left side of the image that I masked off.)  Once stamped, the edges of the card stock were hand torn, and then it was adhered to a piece of watercolor paper with foam tape.  Raffia ribbon was added, and then the panel was attached to a kraft card base.

The greeting stamp is from the “Framed Greetings” set by Gina K designs and was also stamped with Tip Top Taupe ink.

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Be Strong…

Be Strong…


I was asked to create a panel for a 4×6 inch frame with the quote, “Be strong.  You never know who you are inspiring.”  She asked that I do the panel in pink, gray and white.  This is one of the samples I came up with.

This was part of a gift for someone battling breast cancer.  The woman is a school principal, and the gift-giver wanted her to have something for her desk to encourage her to stay strong.  Because the butterfly wings are off the panel a bit, she decided to use the frame she purchased without the glass.  (I didn’t have the frame when I took my photos.)

Here are the other samples I came up with from which she could choose…

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The bottom two samples could be customized with the embossing folder or background stamp of choice, and the center panel with the quote could be done with different shapes (oval, heart, etc.).

Over at Die Cut Divas this month the theme is to use red or pink in your project.  A die and/or an embossing folder must also be used.

To see the supplies used on each of the samples… Continue reading

Quilled Flowers in Vase

Quilled Flowers in Vase

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(inside:  May your birthday be filled with love, laughter and everything that makes you HAPPY)

I made this 5×7 card for a birthday, although with no greeting added to the front, this design could be used for a variety of occasions.

I thought I’d try the circle shaping tool from the Border Buddy set by Quilled Creations for this project.  I started with 4 inch strips for the petals.  The purple petals were made by wrapping the strips around the smallest step, and after the circle coils were removed from the tool, I pinched each one flat and then gently pushed on the ends to create the opening in the centers.  The white petals were made with the second step and were barely pushed in on the sides to create ovals.  The swirly stems and leaves were hand coiled with a basic slotted quilling tool.  The loose yellow coils were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).

The vase was made with the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Filigree Vase D-Lites Dies.  Because the quilled flowers are 3mm thick and needed to be tucked behind the vase, I made a few quilled coils using the same size strips to put behind the vase to raise it up to the level of the flowers.  It was like using foam squares but perfectly sized for this project.

The oval frame was cut with one of the Grand Ovals dies by Spellbinders and embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the vase, card base and frame was Gina K Pure Pure White and Sweet Mango.  The sentiment on the inside was from the “Happy Birthday to You” set by Gina K Designs.

Over at Die Cut Divas, the challenge this month is to make your project sentiment free.  Dies and/or embossing folders must also be used.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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