Thanksgiving Card or Table Place Card


I have made this style of a card in the past, so it might be a bit familiar to some, but I was thinking about Thanksgiving and the tradition that many have of going around the table saying what they are thankful for. I thought it would be a neat idea to make place cards for the table and have a little space to tell each person why you are thankful for them! So off I went to my yard to grab some twigs and spent a good while trying to figure out how to put them on my card LOL!!

I also used metallic maple leaf brads, copper perfect pearls, stamped greeting, ribbon, border punch and a die-cut shape.

This card also works well to give to your hostess for Thanksgiving, or just as a thank you card. Of course with the branches, it wouldn’t be a good card to mail, but giving it in person works great! Enjoy!


Card With Handmade Paper Beads

Sometimes it’s kind of fun to mix elements from another craft into a current craft you’re working on. There are so many uses for paper, and a fun one is to make beads from it! There are so many beautiful scrapbook paper designs that your options are fairly limitless.

The beads on this card are made from cardstock, so you can use about any thickness of paper for your beads. If you use a cardstock weight paper, you will of course have thicker beads than if you use a scrapbook paper.  I used the Bead Maker Template from Hot off the Press, but if you can make a long thin triangle, you will be able to make your own beads. The template includes other shapes of beads too, but a long, thin triangle will get you  a basic bead.

You can see just how easy it is to make your own beads by watching my video below. Enjoy :).

P.S.: Kids love to make these beads and you can coat them in Mod Podge and use them for jewelry!  The Mod Podge will give them a glass-like appearance and add to their durability.

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Card

As you might know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Sadly, many of know one or more women going through this in their life. Just this past year, I’ve known at least 5 women going through treatments. This is a great time to let a special woman know that you are there for her in the battle she is waging against this terrible disease.

In this card, I used 18″ of ribbon plus a little extra piece to fashion a pink ribbon, a brushed gold heart brad, a sentiment stamp (stamped with black ink), gold embossing powder, and most importantly, a hole punch. Thanks Beci for the idea ;).

Sunset Bird Handmade Thank You Card

I was wondering how to make a sunset type of background with just ink, and after a few mess-ups that just didn’t work out, I came upon the way to make this card.

The inks I used were a marker and then two distress ink pads, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China. After using my yellow marker, I applied the distress inks with the Ink Blending Tool.

The cute bird is one of my all time favorite stamps. It’s from the Urban Tapestry  collection. I also used a Thanks stamp and some ribbon. I think I could have placed the bird stamp a bit better (so the sun isn’t in his tummy LOL!), but I like how it turned out overall. Enjoy!

Decorative Tile Handmade Card

This is a fun handmade card I made using a striped background paper, gold paper, glitter paper, and a decorative tile print. I enhanced the tile using Clear Rock Candy Stickles.

I dried the stickles with a heat tool (2-3 minutes), then glued the layers of papers together and placed a Heritage Glimmer Brad through the center. Then all of that was placed onto the top left card and attached using Craft Zots.

At the bottom, I used gold Happy Anniversary peel-off stickers. Get your copy of the tile below by visiting the Decorative Tile Card page.  (I printed it at 3″ x 3″ for this card.)

Friends Layered Paper Card

This is a card I made using papers from another projects. I ended up with 2″ strips of paper, so I cut them to the width of my card and used a border punch on the bottom edges. I think it made for an interesting look. Even if you don’t have a border punch, you could use decorative edged scissors or even rip the paper and maybe even use an ink pad on the edges.
I always love projects that help use up my paper scraps! Do you have any favorite projects for using your scraps? I would love to hear about them or see them! Just email me at and feel free to send your tips and project pictures!

Polka Dots ‘n’ Buttons Card

I love polka dots, so here are some more this week too :). I used just a few things to make this card, making it sooo easy: polka dot paper, small buttons, ribbon, chipboard and glue. The buttons added a bit of cuteness and dimension to the card. This chipboard is some I’ve had for a long time, I think it’s from K & Company, but of course you could use a variety of other things like stamping, stickers or die cut letters. Enjoy!

Thinking of You Card

Well, all the craziness of the holidays is past now for the most part and regular life is starting again. The kids are pretty much all back in school and everyone else is back to work. So, back to an everyday card for this week :).

This simple card can be made with any paper you have that has a design that can be cut out. So think flowers, paisley, stars — I’ve even done this technique with airplanes for a boy’s card!

All you need is cardstock, patterned paper, scrapbooking brads (I used tropical jumbo, medium and mini brads), scissors and glue. So grab a cup of coffee and here we go!

Need some ideas for using your Ranger Distress Inks?

Ranger Distress Inks are so versatile, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to use them. The thing I love most about them is that they react with water. So when you spray water on the inks, they will spread and run, creating interesting effects.

One thing I like to do is make faux “old paper”. I’ve found that this technique works great on most paper, but especially smooth paper and my most favorite, the parchment papers. I think I got mine at Michael’s craft store.

First, cut the size of paper you want and then wrinkle it up. Moosh it up, whatever you need to do to get it all nice and wrinkled! Then smooth it out a bit and tap a Ranger Distress Ink Pad all over it. You will notice that of course the mountains (wrinkles) get inked and the valleys do not.

Now take a mini mister and lightly spritz with water so the ink runs all over. The last step is to iron the paper dry. I use a craft iron with no holes in the bottom. You can use any old iron that you don’t use for clothes any more. Voila….great looking “old paper” for your project!Here’s the inside of a card that I did with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink Pad.

How about a thank you card for all your Christmas gifts?

The gifts have been given and received, now it’s time for thank-yous! This week, I have a simple thank you card that also works well for other occasions. You can see on the right hand picture, I made one for a bridal shower. So it can be fun or elegant, whatever works for what you need.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, chalk, a Fiskars Edge punch, adhesive jewels, Cotton Candy Stickles & a bright pink Sakura Glaze Pen. Enjoy!