Little known holidays

Welcome back everyone.  As I mentioned in my previous post I participated in a crop over at We Craft Cards where a card design was inspired by a little known national holiday.  Here are some of my designs and the corresponding little known holiday:

January 19 is National Popcorn day:

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I used the popcorn image from a Cricut file, printed out the sentiment from my computer on white card stock, put it together on a red card.  Easy and quite fun.

August 9 is book lover’s day:

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love mystery books!  In fact, I am collecting Agatha Christie’s mysteries, every time we go for a road trip I stop by a book store or a garage sale looking for an Agatha Christie book to add to my collection.  I write in the cover where I was, what store it was purchased and the date.  So this was a no brainer for me to create.  I found this lovely drawing that someone drew on the internet featuring the cast from the “Clue” movie and fell in love with it so I used in on a card.  The Silhouette cut it out for me and I just had to glue it to an already printed out card.  The magnifying glass is cut out from a file from the Silhouette and it even contains a piece of plastic acetate for the glass!  Inside the card reads:  “but your age still remains a mystery”.  To finish this off I used two strips of washi tape across the top to add some interest.

March 1 is National Pig day:

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This was a super fun card to make and the Silhouette made this quite easy.  The clouds were cut from a file and then embossed, the pig was cut from just one shade of pink card stock but I enhanced the back portion with a dark pink copic marker.  The frame is a file from the Silhouette as well, I cut this out after I had the machine print out the sentiment.  Fun and easy.

I hope you like these cards inspired by little know holidays.  I will be back again to show you my final 3 cards that I created during this crop!

Lucky penny day!

Hello everyone, did you know that on May 23 is Lucky Penny Day?  There are several little known holidays in the course of the year and over at “We Craft Cards” I participated in the “Little Known Holiday” crop where the card challenges were inspired by a little known holiday.  I was the host for this particular holiday and I encouraged participants to make a card using the penny slider technique.  Here are my two examples:


The little mermaid spins on the track and is really quite delightful.  The actual card is a file from my Silhouette gallery, using paper from “Par-r-rty me hearty”from Imaginisce.  I had these adorable mermaids embellishments from the same company and it went together quite quickly.

Secondly, I created a Valentine card for my love where the heart spins and I cut out glitter gold hearts and the “love” and adhered them on a printed white card stock with a cut out track for the heart to travel.


I hope you like my “lucky penny day” inspired cards.  I will be back to show you the other cards I created using other little known holidays.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have a Banner Birthday!

Hello everyone, I am back to show you another fun and festive card using brads and bling from Eyelet Outlet.  This will be my last month designing for them and I have had such a great time, wonderful people to work for and with.  It was just time for me to move onto other projects.

This was a fun card to make.  I had the Silhouette Cameo draw on the clouds for me on a piece of white card stock.  I found the clouds in my online gallery, sized them to fit my card front, replaced the blade with a blue pen and the machine draws the image for me!  Next it was a matter of taking the pastel banner brads and adding sticker black letters to spell “Birthday”.  I cut out the banner using pink card stock and added more black sticker letters.  Lastly, I added a mixture of the jewel strip sticky back bling in pink, turquoise, clear, lavender and champagne to the card and my card was ready.

I hope you are all enjoying 2017 so far and I do want to thank you for coming by today, I do appreciate it very, very much!


How’ve you bean?

Hello everybody, I’m back with a shape card using the fun Coffee and bean brads from the Eyelet Outlet store.  I come from Seattle, the land of Starbucks and when I saw these brads I was totally inspired.  This card is truly one of a kind as I created the back ground paper for both the cup and the sleeve.
First I found the cup image in my Silhouette library and then simply made it into a card by duplicating the image and inverting one so the tops meet and welding them together to form a portrait type card.  Next, I took a digital background image and painted it onto the card front.  For the sleeve I typed out “How’ve you bean?” in the software and then using my dauber tool took a light brown color from the back ground and painted that onto the font.  The background color was done the same way. I did a print and cut (meaning I print the image onto my color printer, once printed I load it into my Silhouette Cameo and it cuts out the image for me). Now it was a matter of adding glitter Copper washi tape on the top and bottom of the sleeve and then afixing the coffee and bean brads. Lastly I tied some string around the lid and then added copper silver pearl brad for an accent.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you like my Seattle Coffee inspired shape card.

Whooshing by to say “Hi”

Happy New Year everyone!  Over the Christmas break I came across this delightful paper from Bo Bunny – “Candy Cane Lane” and was immediately smitten.

I fussy cut one character from the sheet as my main focus.  Next I used my Silhouette to cut two portions of a cloud for the snowy hill out of white cardstock.  With one cloud I covered with the turquoise glittery washi tape and embossed the other.  I used the turquoise sticky back swirl bling to mimic the sled’s movement and finally three snowflake brads.

The font for the sentiment is entitled “School’s Out” which fit perfectly for my winter inspired card. I hope the new year brings to each and everyone of you much Joy, Peace and Creativity!  Thank you for stopping by and check back again soon as I have created some very fun cards over the past week that I will be posting soon.


Calling all crows

Happy November everyone!  Here is a card I created that doubles as a gift card holder and of course embellished with festive brads and enamel dots.  The yellow tag is actually a small envelope made from embossed cardstock and tied with a piece of string that can hold a gift card.IMG_1053.JPG

I had this adorable scarecrow sticker that I have had for several years that finally found a perfect place to perch.  I added Eyelet Outlet fall leaf brads and because the designer patterned paper contained colorful dots I accented these with multi-size enamel dots in browns, greens and blues.IMG_1054.JPG

Thank you for stopping by I will be back next time to show you more examples of how to use these lovely leaf brads, washi tape and enamel dots.

“Play it again, Sam”

Hello my friends, Barry, your prince of paper here to show you another fun box card using Eyelet Outlet brads, washi tape, enamel dots and sticky back pearls.  This piano box card is another set from SVGCuts and I have made this card several times for my Choir Director, my church music director and a for a friend who is a singer.  It is so fun, easy to make and quite a “Wow” factor to the recipient and it folds flat for sending in the mail!

For the base of the piano once it was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo I added the glitter black  washi tape to give it that shiny, showy feel.  Next, I added the music washi tape on the front panel first affixing it to white cardstock and cut it to fit and then a little piece of music cardstock for the stand.  The notes are the music note brads that I adhered to the second panel and on the back panel. I attached one pearl bling in the center of each flower in the bouquet.  To make it different than the actual SVG file I added a candelabra that I cut out from a file from the Silhouette library and placed that behind the front panel and added the glitter red enamel dots.  Finally, added three little silver brads for the foot pedals.

I hope you like my piano box card.  With a little bit of imagination you can create such wonderful masterpieces and then make them even more special by adding washi tape, brads and sticky bling!  Thank you for stopping by my kingdom today!


Tea for Two and Two for Tea

Hello everyone, Barry, your prince of paper here to show you a wonderfully fun box card and the card that was inspired by it.  This box card design came from SVG Cuts called “Tea Time”.

I had so much fun making this card, using coordinating paper from pink paislee’s “Hello Sunshine” paper pack and pearl bling and jewel swirls from Eyelet outlet.   What is so fun about these box cards is that they fold flat and fit within a standard A2 envelope!  Next, I had these cute Tea pot and tea cup brads so I decided to create a traditional card with this box card as my inspiration.  I started with covering a scrap piece of cardstock with Glitter Swirl washi tape which has to be my most favorite washi tape as I have used this on so many projects.  It really is my go to when I use Washi tape.  I reduced the size of the SVG images of the vase with flowers, the tray of bon bons, the sentiment oval and one of the panels to fit proportionately with the Tea Pot and Tea cup brads, again added the white pearl bling for the center of the flowers and then one tiny sticky grey bling on the top of the bon bon tray.

Even when making one type of card you can easily modify and change the design to fit another type of card.  Sometimes even your own work will inspire you to create something different but have the same feel.  I hope I have inspired you to create your projects.  See you next time and thank you so much for stopping by.

Colorful Butterflies

Hello my friends!  I had these lovely outline butterfly stickers from Elizabeth craft designs that I placed on white glitter card stock and then colored them with my Copic Markers, cut them out and placed them on a outline tri-frame flower design I cut from my Silhouette machine.

 Next came the fun part by adding Swirl Bling – Pearl in Cream, the sticky back round jewels in black in the centers of the flowers on the frame and finally cut off two small pearls from the 500 count Pearl Bling strips to accent my sentiment all from eyelet outlet.

The swirl bling comes in a variety of colors and add movement, grace and beauty to any project, they are a must have in my stash of paper crafting supplies.

I hope you all had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you back here during the month of September where I will be highlighting showstopping box cards using a variety of eyelet outlet brads, bling, and baubles!  See you soon!

Legend of the dragonfly

Hello my friends, did you know that in the some cultures the dragonfly symbolizes success, victory, happiness, strength and courage?  I also remember being told a story as a child that if a lady bug lands on you and you make a wish the lady bug will carry it away.  Dragonflies, as the story went, when they appeared before you, were the heralds announcing that your wish was being fulfilled. With that in mind I created this card using the dragonfly brads, washi tape and enamel dots from eyelet outlet.


I had my Silhouette draw the topiary which is simple task, replace the blade with a pen and the machine draws the image!  I then colored it with my copic markers.


I hope you get a chance to make a wish on a lady bug this summer and then the next time you see a dragonfly know that your wish is on its way!