Holographic Heart Valentine

Holographic Heart Valentine


(inside: Wishing you a happy day)

This 4 1/4 inch square card features the very cool “Hearts Red Holographic” card stock from Hot Off the Press (#HOTP – 10448).  When the card is moved, the centers of the hearts appear to get larger and smaller.

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The heart was cut with a die from the “Nellie’s Choice Multi Frame Dies, Hearts” set from Ecstasy Crafts.  The greeting was cut and stamped with a stamp and die set (no name given) from Hampton Art (#SC0744).  The inside sentiment is from the “Whimsical Wishes” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?).  I used my Scor-Buddy scoring board to create the debossed lines on the background panel.  Gina K Black Onyx ink and black and white card stock was also used.

I created a custom envelope for this card with my “123 Punch Board” by We R Memory Keepers.  I wanted my envelope to fit a 4 1/4 inch square card, and there was no card that size listed on the measurement guide so I came up with my own measurements: paper size – 7 5/16 inches; punch guide – 3 11/16 inches (halfway between the 3 5/8 and 3 3/4 inch marks on the guide).  Because it is square, this card would have required a trip to the post office for mailing.  To avoid this, I put my card and custom envelope inside an A7 sized envelope (for a 5×7 inch card).  Why two envelopes??  I did not want the holographic card stock to get scratched from moving around in a larger envelope, and I thought it just looked better with an envelope that fit the card!


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Sketched Birthday Cake

Sketched Birthday Cake


(inside: happy birthday)

I wanted to make an artist-themed birthday card for my niece, and when I saw the easel in the  “Painter’s Palette” stamp set from Stampin’ Up, I thought it would be perfect.  I ordered two other stamp sets that had images that appeared to be water-colored (to stamp on the easel) and waited not-so-patiently for the sets to arrive.  Unfortunately, the easel was much smaller than I imagined, and the images I thought I’d use on it did not fit.  I ended up putting the “Happy Birthday” image from the SU “Watercolor Words” set on the inside of the card (photo below) and set out to find a smaller image from my stash that looked hand-drawn, painted, etc.  I ended up using the cake from the SU “Sketch A Party” set (retired?) which allowed me to skip the greeting on the front while still making it obvious that it was a birthday card.  (I won’t tell you how many things I tried before finding this image that worked, and I was running out of time to get this card done before her birthday!!)

I used paper from the “Painted with Love” designer series paper pack (Stampin’ Up) along with Gina K Edible Eggplant and heavy base weight white card stock.  The ink was SU Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral.  (I “stamped off” the shaded part of the cake and “painted” the candle with a water brush to create two shades of the same color.)

I used the “trace and cut” feature with my Silhouette to cut out the easel.

Here are two more samples with other patterns from the same paper pack:

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And here is the inside image (which I originally envisioned on the easel):


Before trying the sketched cake image, I had tried using the floral stamp from the Stampin’ Up “Heartfelt Blooms” stamp set which was a sale-a-bration incentive stamp set that was free for spending $50 (ends March 31, 2018).  I actually really liked how that came out, but with no greeting, it did not seem birthday-ish enough.  I can’t wait to play with this set again!

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On the first one, I used Gina K Warm Cocoa ink for the easel and GK Charcoal Brown card stock for the background mat.  For the second one, I heat embossed the easel with versamark ink and Gina K gold embossing powder and used Edible Eggplant card stock.  The designer paper for both was still from the “Painted with Love” pack.

The cards are 4 1/4″ squares, but they fit into a regular A2 sized envelope (with extra room on the side) so they do not require a trip to the post office for mailing.

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Hearts and Flourishes Anniversary Card

Hearts and Flourishes Anniversary Card


(inside:  Best wishes today & always!)

This CAS card features a die cut that was adapted from the cut file called “5×5 Hearts Flourish Card (design #116160)” by Daniela Angelova which I purchased from the Silhouette store.

The panel was cut from champagne shimmer card stock from the Recollections and was paired with gray and ivory both from the Recollections Coffee and Cream heavy weight card stock pack.

The greeting is from the Gina K Designs “The Wetlands” stamp set and was heat embossed with versamark ink and Recollections silver embossing powder.

You can see the greeting better with a little less light:


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3-D Penguin

3-D Penguin


My daughter loves penguins so when I saw the file for this adorable guy, I had to get it and give it a try.

The file is in an svg kit called “Frosty Friends” by SnapDragon Snippets at SVGAttic.com.  (I originally bought the file from the Silhouette store, but it appears to no longer be available there.)

HERE is the tutorial on how to assemble him.

I used Recollections black card stock along with a few scraps of white and yellow I had in my stash.  His scarf is a piece of Martha Stewart garnet glitter ribbon that I just cut and tied around his neck.

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