Masking Tape Background Technique for Paper Crafts


Sometimes it’s fun to grab something you have around the house and use it for another purpose. Such is the idea behind this week’s project. I saw a neat background on a project, and hunted it down to find out how it was done. The best part is that it’s done with masking tape, or painter’s tape, and it’s super duper easy and customizable to any project just by changing the ink colors and/or the width and length of the tape.

For the rest of the card, I used a length of ribbon, a flower stamps, and a thanks stamp. See the video below for complete instructions. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Peaceful Cream Handmade Sympathy Card


As much as  I like making cards and other paper projects, a Sympathy card has to be my least favorite to make, because it’s always for a sad occasion. There was a death in my husband’s family this past week, so I needed to make this one. I like the peaceful look of  the same colors, so I went with a very pale cream this time, with the only other color being the stamped greeting.

I used a Cuttlebug swirl folder for the top third of the card, and a Scor-Pal to make a line both above and below the stamped greeting.

Thanks for stopping by! The video below has the complete instructions.

Here are some greetings you can print in Word or another document program and put inside:


I am praying for you to have peace
and strength at this time. You have
my deepest sympathies.

Although it’s difficult today to
see beyond the sorrow, may looking
back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

May you find courage to face tomorrow
in the love that surrounds you today.

Praying for friends to comfort you,
faith to uphold you, and loving memories
to heal your heart.

Thinking of you in this deep time of sorrow.

May precious loving memories bring you comfort
for today, strength for tomorrow, and peace in
the days ahead.




Baby Crib Mobile Handmade Card


This week’s card started with a simple idea of making a baby card with a crib mobile. I’m not sure if I quite accomplished what I was after, but I like how it turned out anyway. This card can be this simple, or you could add extras to jazz it up a bit. I used a 4″ tag that I cut from Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge (a plain square, or a square trimmed with decorative edge scissors would work too), and I used star die cuts (Cricut Doodlecharms @ 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″), adhesive pearls, and a peel-off greeting sticker. Try to convert this to a scrapbook page by cutting a larger tag and stars. It would look so cute with a baby photo under the star mobile :). Thanks so much for stopping by!

Ornamental Iron Handmade Congratulations Card


This week’s card uses a Cricut die cut from Ornamental Iron 2, but you could also use a patterned paper or an embossed paper to achieve a similar design. The background card is 5″ x 5″, and the die cut is a 4″ square. The bottom patterned paper is 4″ x 2″, then I used a strip of another patterned paper, which is approximately 1/2″ x 6″. Besides the paper, I used adhesive pearls and a peel-off greeting. The video below has all the details. Thanks so much for stopping by!