Thursday, November 19

Paper Leaves to Create Fall Wreath

fall wreath with paper leaves using cardstock, scrapbook papers and svg cut files
Enjoy all the rich colors and textures of autumn with your own wreath made from scrapbook papers.  Select your own color palette for fall or find that perfect stack of coordinated papers from your favorite scrapbook store. 
use a variety of leaves from svg cutting files
Kristin Courtney, the creative soul behind this beautiful fall design said she cut out the leaves using 10 different patterned and embossed papers. The edges are all inked in brown and then inked again with gold.  Each leaf is gently creased and bent here and there to add depth and a natural look.
Kristin hot glued the leaves to a ring made from chipboard. "It took 10 sheets of cardstock to make 72 leaves and the acorns for this full sized wreath."
The banner is cut from muslin, letters are cut from cardstock and glued to the pennants and then strung on twine.
embossed leaves inked with gold and fall banner
We added many leaf styles, acorns, the pennent and wreath backing for this design so you can make your own Fall Wreath.  Comes in smooth cutting SVG, AI, DXF and GSD file formats.

Wednesday, November 18

Add a Touch of "Handmade with Love" to Gift Cards

svg cut files for gift card holders

We love to shop for gifts but sometimes it's really hard to know just what to pick for some people. And how many times have you found the perfect gift only to discover the shipping costs are almost as much as the gift itself. Those are the times it makes perfect sense to pick out a gift card instead.

Svg cutting file for gift card holder
So you bought the gift card to their favorite place to shop, you get ready to wrap it all up and suddenly you start to feel that pang in your heart like it's just so impersonal. You almost start to feel bad. 
But wait!....they all know how much you love to play with paper right? Right! So get those Christmas papers out and make a hand made gift card holder. They'll know you cared to put your own personal touch to their awesome gift. You were thinking of them when you put that cute card together. And now it feels so right. Perfect!
 Gift Card Holders for Christmas
feature 6 different designs. Tabs on the inside hold the gift card in place.
Happy snowman holds you giftcard. Easy SVG cutting file.
is a light hearted design and really suitable for any age.
Tabs on the inside hold the gift card in place.

Monday, September 21

More Kawaii Treatkins Printable Cuteness Inspiration, Gallery 2

Here's 4 more cards from Kristin using the Kawaii Treatkins printables.

What a great card style for kids. Even if they don't collect the shopkins characters or hello kitty items, this simple style is so kid friendly. It would be easy to make up a small supply to have on hand for birthday parties and school events.

Robby Rocket Treatkins

Happy Cake Treatkins

Softie Serve Treatkins

Caramella Apple Treatkins

If you missed part 1 of these Treatkins cards here's the link.

Have a delicious day!   :)

Saturday, September 19

Kawaii Treatkins Printable Cuteness Inspiration, Gallery 1

Kawaii is a style of "cuteness" that is so popular today. Hello Kitty is probably the most recognized character in this artistic style. Those big round eyes, sweet cheeks and happy little smiles is the "Cute" look for our line of "Kawaii Treatkins."

Doughy Dunker Treatkins

Each Kawaii Treatkins design includes all the svg cutting files, a full color printable image and also a black and white digi line drawing.

Popsie Twin Treatkins

Kristin used the printable images for the front of these colorful cards. Each image comes in high quality 300 dpi jpg.

Swirly Pop Treatkins

Cottony Candy Treatkin

Cuppy Cake Treatkin

Look for Kawaii Treatkins Gallery 2
with more inspirational card ideas coming next.

Tuesday, September 8

10 Quick Card Inspirations

 Sometimes you just need a quick bit of inspiration for last minute cards. Here are 10 cards ready to cut and assemble. Just pick your papers, stamp on a greeting if needed and there you go. You'll be done in no time. Don't hesitate to dress them up even more with ribbons, bling, paper flowers and more.
Fresh Tulip Bouquet Card
Brighten someone's day with a bright bouquet.
Room to add a stamped or hand-lettered message on front.
Musical Notes Handmade Card
These muscial notes dance across the front of the card.
Use it with or without the fresh slice and seeds. U-Pick.

Bird Card saying Hi

Get Whale Soon
 A light hearted play on words and suitable for any age.
Latte Cup sure to perk up a friend or co-worker. Perfect for any coffee lover and latte fans.

Sunset (or Sunrise) Card
Used for a beautiful sunrise or peaceful sunset. Let your imagination play with the use of different types of prints and papers

Lady Bug square card done in layers makes this easy to assemble.

Sweater Vest Card

Purse Card
Use this little A2 size for a quick notecard or as a gift card holder.
Done in layers so you can change up the colors and patterns.

Browse more ideas and inspirations in our card section.

Thursday, July 30

Popular Cards for Teachers

We all like to know that we are appreciated from time to time. Especially when we put our heart and soul into what we are doing. Big expensive gifts are nice too, but often a heartfelt card that shows you took the time and effort to express your thanks is even better. 

We have 2 cards that are really popular for those special teachers in your child's life. The School Paper Easel Card and The Teacher's Desk Easel Card.

School Paper Easel Card


The fun thing with these easel cards is they display beautifully on a shelf and are a perfect fit to a classroom decor.  But it's when you add your personal note of thanks on the base that it becomes a treasured keepsake for the teacher. 

 Teachers Desk Easel Card

In your note you might want to add specific memories or special help that the teacher provided. If you child looked forward to school everyday, saw great improvement in a particular area, those are nice things to include also.

The School Paper Easel Card

 The Teacher's Desk Easel Card

Thursday, July 2

A Big Bouquet of Garden BUGS!

Send a hug in bug bouquet.
Who doesn't love bouquets of flowers, plants with cute pokes and encouraging notes tucked in among a cute arrangement of....BUGS! You might even add some paper flowers and make it the perfect summertime hostess gift. 

These goofy little garden critters are only to happy to join you at your BBQ, picnic or patio. And I promise they don't eat much either.

 Just tuck them in a plant or mason jar filled with shred.  They're guaranteed to bring smiles to the table.

Bugs and photos by Kristin Courtney

See some other ideas for making paper bouquets and using straws as colorful picks.

Find the whole set of bugs plus titles...

Friday, June 5

New Paper Pop Up Photo Frames

Sometimes a great idea comes from trying to solve a personal need. I've been restyling my office/craft space and have long wanted a classy way to display all the random photos of kids and grandkids. 
These look so real your friends will have to pick them up and touch them to believe they are actually made out of cardstock. My friends did!
I needed frames that were sturdy, that didn't look too artsy craftsy and would allow me to change out the photos from time to time. I filled a waste basket full of proto types before hitting on the right method and technique. The simplicity was a huge bonus. And I'm loving that I can make all the frames I need.
Paper Pop Up Photo Frames
These easy to assemble frames have a 3 dimensional look and don't require a lot of fuss. The use of Pop-Dots gives depth and that hand carved look of a wooden frame. One simple layer of chipboard backing provides the durability. This is a great pattern even if you are handcutting.
The full color photo tutorial included in the download shows the simple hinge technique for the back layers. It creates an easy way to change the photos whenever you choose, yet the layers remain flat.
Now I have a abundance of frames and will be making many more to fill my photo shelf.