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Calendar Makeover

March 4, 2017

Calendar Makeover by Judi Kauffman

My friends love knowing that I will turn their old calendars into something brand new! It’s a January ritual that extends throughout the year. Here it is March and I’m still having fun slicing and dicing the pages…

I cut some of the pages and fold them into envelopes. I cut other pages into small pieces for layering onto card fronts and gift tags! If the paper is heavy enough, I’ll even die cut some sentiments.

When I’m done, I give some of the cards and envelope to the friends who donated the calendars! I get to have the fun of repurposing would have otherwise gone into the recycling bin, they get to enjoy the calendar again in its second incarnation.

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Pop It Ups Wednesday With Raquel – Whiskers Gift Card

January 25, 2017

Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today to share a gift card holder featuring Whiskers the Cat.  Now that Christmas is over, there’s no need to put the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die set away. As you will see with this card, it’s put to good use year round.  Instead of using the sleigh that comes with the set, I have used Whiskers the Cat instead.  Let’s jump right in and get started with the tutorial!

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Christmas Thank You

December 3, 2016


Happy Saturday to you!!!  Wanda here 🙂  It’s just 3 weeks until Christmas and I can hardly believe how quickly this year has flown by.   In the hustle and bustle of life we don’t always have time or take time to send out thank yous.  If I do make some, they are often something quick.  Sometimes I want to send a special thank you and I think this card would qualify for that!!   Continue Reading

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Shimmer Sheetz Sweater Cards

August 28, 2016

Shimmer Sheetz Sweater Cards
By Judi Kauffman


The minute I saw the newly-released ‘Sweater’ die set from the Joset Designs collection I envisioned it in school colors as a letter sweater or with the graduation year in large numbers. I pictured a fancy sweater for holiday parties with lots of bling. And I knew I wanted to keep going with topiary tree cards like the Gingerbread Man Topiary Tree Cards posted here on the blog on August 14, 2016.

The die set also includes a reindeer and snowflake for winter and holiday sweaters, as well as the charming coat hanger die. It’s so versatile! Just imagine cardstock ski sweaters with stamped patterns across the front or sweaters cut from soft, fuzzy felt. And how about making some for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, as gift tags for friends who knit, with ‘#1’ on the front to celebrate someone’s achievements? There are so many possibilities…

The three cards above show my first three ideas. Instead of giving detailed instructions, please use the images and my design strategies and tips to create your own customized Shimmer Sheetz Sweater Cards for any occasion.


*If you’re new to die cutting Shimmer Sheetz, review Els van de Burgt’s video TUTORIAL. A metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with a Precision Base Plate is required for this technique. Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Shimmer Sheetz before die cutting or use pieces of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure the sweater on the card front.

*The alphabet stickers I chose for ‘YOU’VE GOT BLING’ didn’t include an apostrophe so I made one with a single petal cut from the largest Glitter Flower peel-off used on the sleeves  and yoke of the sweater. The sweater is Purple Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. I mixed Glitter Dots, Glitter Flowers, and adhesive-backed gems for the ‘bling’. 

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*To anchor the Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheetz hanger onto the card front, pierce 2 holes and use a needle to pull metallic braid through the holes; tie a small bow. Notice the tiny Glitter Dots along the raglan sleeve seam line. They’re the smallest size on the sheet of peel-offs.sweater C

*Tone down the sparkle on the Emerald Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz topiary tree sweater by lightly sanding BEFORE adding the leaves die cut from Light Green Velvet Adhesive Sheet as shown below. This card measures over 9″ and is sized for a #10 business envelope. (I did not sand the other two sweaters because I liked them shiny and sparkly. They are A2 size.) Refer back to the project instructions on August 14, 2016 for a complete how-to for Topiary Tree Cards.

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*The contrasting numbers, neckline piece, cuffs at the sleeves and bottom of the school sweater are die cut from Blue Velvet Adhesive Sheet, providing a soft matte contrast to the sparkly Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz sweater.

*Your cards can be any size, as long as the sweater fits.

*Add some embellishments, printed stickers, layers of patterned papers and/or solid color cardstock, and your fun and easy card will be ready to mail!

*The supply list below covers materials used for all three cards.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Shimmer Sheetz in colors of choice

  (Shown: Peridot Gemstone, Silver Metallic, Purple and Yellow Iridescent)

Joset Designs ‘ Winter Sweater’ die set

Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Leafy Branch’ die

Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Numbers & More 2’ die set

Susan’s Garden Club ‘Garden Notes – Potted’ die

Velvet Adhesive Sheets in Blue and Light Green

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets and Tape

Glitter Dots peel-offs in Pink/Silver

Glitter Flowers peel-offs in Pink/Silver

Through the Lens Metal series 6 x 6 cardstock (background layer, school sweater card)

Other –

Solid color cardstock in assorted colors

Fine ribbon and cord for ‘Bling’ and ‘Topiary Tree’ cards

Needle to pierce cardstock and to pull cord through cardstock for ‘Bling’ card

Coffee stir stick for topiary tree card

Faceted adhesive-backed gems in Purple, 3 sizes for ‘Bling’ card

Lightweight cork sheet for flower pot

Assorted printed stickers, alphabet stickers, and plaid paper from Graphic 45

Joset Designs

Shimmer Sheetz Seashell Pocket Cards

July 31, 2016

Shimmer Sheetz Seashell Pocket Cards
By Judi Kauffman

7-31-2016_AI’m back with cards that use a couple of the extra Shimmer Sheetz seashells I made for my blog post on July 17, 2016*.

This time, each shell is positioned atop a pocket, and combined with assorted pre-printed tags and layers of designer paper and glittery cardstock. Polka dot Washi tape in soft colors echoes the beachy blue tones. Bright primary color brads echo the strong primary colors in the pockets and tags and tie things together. There is a larger brad on the tag, three small ones at the other corners, forming a visual frame. Continue Reading

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A Way With Words – Autumn

July 16, 2016


Hello Everyone!!!  I hope this post finds you well!!  It’s Wanda here today.  We are in the midst of summer with some pretty hot days and then a couple cool ones thrown in over the holiday weekend earlier this month.  Cool enough that it made you think of Autumn.  It’s not often here in southern Iowa that you’d need a jacket on a July day!!!  So I took that cool weather motivation and created an Autumn piece that will look beautiful sitting on the counter in my kitchen when Autumn really gets here.  

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Shimmer Sheetz Cupcake Birthday Cards

June 5, 2016

Shimmer Sheetz Cupcake Birthday Cards
By Judi Kauffman

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Hello, everybody, I’m back as today’s guest designer with a recipe for zero-calorie cupcakes! They’re not as yummy as the ones my neighbor bakes, of course, but hers can’t be attached to a birthday card and sent through the mail while these are just perfect for that purpose…

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Have a Bee-utiful Day

May 22, 2016


Hello, Crafty Friends.

It’s Jacky here today. I’m very excited to show you this project using brand new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Honeycomb, Bee, and Dotted Scallop Rectangle. I also used one of the new clear stamp sets, Bee Sentiments.


Step 1:
Cut a Sunfower Soft Finish Cardstock measuring 4.5″ x 11.5″, score at 5.75″ and fold in half for the top-fold card base..

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Field of Poppies

May 1, 2016

Field of Poppies
By Judi Kauffman

Hello, everbody. It’s Judi Kauffman, back as Guest Designer with four cards that can be made with a single sheet of Flower in Frame black outline peel-offs. One of my favorite memories of a trip to California was seeing an entire field of poppies in bloom. Red, red, and more red…kind of like the stadium during a football game in Lincoln, Nebraska – only silent instead of deafening!


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Easter Surprise Gift Bag

March 27, 2016

Hello everyone. 

It’s Jackeline here and today I would like to share a quick and fun  idea for Easter, a gift bag to fill with surprise treats. This last-minute project was designed to fill your home with thoughts of ‘Hoppy’ Spring and smiley faces. 

Let’s get started.

1.-  On a paper bag in the color and size of your choice, use black ink to repeatedly stamp Lucky the Rabbit. Tip: Temporarily mount the stamp on an acrylic block; clean and dry stamp before removing from block.

2.- Die cut a rectangle from White Soft Finish Cardstock using the largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle die set.

3.- Die cut 3 Easter egg silhouettes and 3 overlays from White Soft Finish Cardstock. Tip: Back the cardstock for the overlays with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet BEFORE die cutting.

4.- Using a mini Ink Blending Tool, ink the egg shapes and overlays with three different color inks. I used Barn Door, Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed Distress Ink pads. Tip: Darker ink at the sides will make the eggs look rounded.

5.- Die cut 5 pieces of grass from Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock using the grass strip die from Easter Eggs die set. 

6.- Die cut 5 banners from Sunflower Soft Finish Cardstock. Fold banners and adhere them around a brown thread. 

7.- Die cut 6 banners from Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock. Fold banners and adhere them around a brown thread. 

8.- Using the Alphabet 2 Lower Case die set, die cut letters to spell ‘happy easterfrom White Soft Finish Cardstock (backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet before die cutting). 

9.- Refer to the project photo: arrange and adhere the rectangle, banners, eggs and grass as shown, adding foam tape beneath the banners or anywhere else you want extra dimension. Tip: Knot the ends of the banner strings and glue them in place – knots are easier to glue down than straight string.

10.- Fill your bag with Easter grass and tuck in your favorite goodies. Surprise!

Happy Crafting,


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Easter Eggs
Alphabet 2 Lower Case
Stitched Rectangles
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet – 8.5″ x 11″ – 5 pack
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 6mm
Lucky Birthday
Soft Finish Cardstock, White
Soft Finish Cardstock, Sunflower
Soft Finish Cardstock, Soft Sky
Soft Finish Cardstock, Olive Twist


Barn Door, Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed Distress Ink Pads

Black ink pad to stamp bag

Acrylic block (to temporarily mount clear stamp)

Mini Ink Applicator Tool

Paper shopping bag with handle (Red or color of choice)

Cellophane or paper Easter grass

Brown string

Foam tape (optional)

Kids Choice Glue (to secure ends of banner strings)

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