Timeless Templates!

Many people have asked me where they can find the template for the mini magazine holder from my previous post.  I am so flattered and encouraged by all your kind comments!  Thank you! Maybe I should revive this little blog of mine 😉

I found the template for you!  Papertrey Ink is still selling this template.  It is called “Filed with Flair” and is still available on their website. I also updated the links in the previous posts.

Hope you enjoy! Please send me a link if you do make something with it. I would love to see what you guys make!


Papertrey April Blog Hop!


Welcome Papertrey Blog Hoppers!

This month’s challenge was to create something using one of Lauren Meader‘s “My Timeless Templates“.  I made 2 things using the “Filed with Flair” template.  This template is like a magazine holder but for cards!

First up was a gift for my friend Maggie for her birthday:


Lauren always encourages us to pretty up all sides of our project so I added a back panel to the project so that Maggie could choose which side to display.  I personalized it with her name:


Inside I put a set of precut cards with some stamped embellishments so that she could make her own cards or leave them blank as she chooses.  I also made a set of dividers to separate each type of card with their embellishments.  Here’s a view of one of the sides with one of my favorite quotes from the “Out on a Limb Sentiments” set:


Instead of using the leaves from “Out on a Limb”, I used an image from “Simply Stationary” to match the rest of the images.

Here is the gift all tied up with chocolate ribbon ready to go to their new owner!


Next up is a card holder I made for my mom for mother’s day:


Inside I made a set of simple cards using precut blank cards so she could have cards on-hand to send as needed.  I used various stamp sets from PTI to add the card categories onto the tabs of the dividers.  I also prettied up the back panel so she could choose which way to display it:


And the set all tied up with gorgeous PTI ribbon:


Lauren’s templates are so easy to work with and make gift-giving so much fun!  Here are some tips I’ve come up with in using the templates:

1. My low-quality printer won’t take the high-quality PTI cardstock because it is too luxuriously thick.  So I print the template onto a thinner cardstock, cut them out, adhering the copyright and template info onto each piece of the template for reference.  Then I store them together in their own file envelope.  When it comes time to make a project, I pull out the template pieces and trace them lightly with a pencil onto the beautiful PTI cardstock and cut them out.  If there are traces of pencil marks left, I can just erase them.  I find that this actually takes me less time than printing the template out each time I want to use it!

2. Stamp and adhere the panel pieces BEFORE you assemble the final product.  This way is much easier to line up the panels and smooth them into place.

Hope these tips help!  Now go get yourself some of Lauren’s amazing “My Timeless Templates“!

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless indicated)

Maggie’s gift:
Stamps: Fresh Alphabet, Out on a Limb Revised, Out on a Limb Sentiments, Simply Stationary, Totally Tabs (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Stamper’s Select White
Ribbon: Brown Satin (Offray)
Template: Filed with Flair (My Timeless Template)
Tools: Round Tab Punch (Stampin’ Up)

Mom’s gift:
Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings, Borders and Corners Monogram Edition, Floral Frenzy, Simply Stationary, Wedding Day
Ink: Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream
Ribbon: Aqua Mist Grosgrain
Template: Filed with Flair (My Timeless Template)
Tools: Round Tab Punch (Stampin’ Up)

From the Desk of…

Have you discovered Papertrey Ink yet?  If you haven’t, hop on over there to check out the stampin’ beauties!  They are a clear stamp design company that also has a color coordination system called “Perfect Match”.  So far they have “Perfect Match” in about 21 colors that include ink, cardstock, patterned papers, ribbons and buttons.  Their stamp designs are so fresh and their designers are even fresher!  I discovered them a little more than a year ago and have been building up my little PTI collection ever since.

They release new stamp sets and colors every 15th of the month and have a countdown with sneakie peeks and projects leading up to release day.  They even have a “Come Grow with Us” program where if you buy 12 stamp sets within a year’s span of time, counting between February 15 and the following February 14th, you will receive a free Anniversary stamp set that can only be earned and not bought.  Every year, the anniversary set is different.  This year I earned the Anniversary set and I am still waiting in anticipation for it to arrive on my doorstep =)

One of newest things this year released by PTI are “My Timeless Templates” by Lauren Meader.  It is a collection of printable templates that are simple, fast and ingenius!  They are also very affordable at $5 each.  I love all things stationary so I purchased the “Desktop Organizer” template.  After seeing Nichole Heady‘s example in the countdown, I HAD to CASE it for myself.  So please forgive me for the direct CASE as I was just easing back into crafting at the time…

Here’s is the front view:


This is the view from the side:


It holds 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ personalized notecards with envelopes.  I didn’t end up making a full set of the notecards to fill the holder because I wasn’t sure how much I would use the notecards…I may stamp regular paper weight stationary instead to fill this organizer.

Please come back on April 25th for the Papertrey Ink blog hop!  Have I got some pretty things to show you!!



Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Fresh Alphabet, Simple Alphabet, Simply Stationary
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream
Cardstock: Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream
Template: Desktop Organizer (My Timeless Template)
(All Papertrey Ink)

I’m back, y’all!

After some months off, I’m back!  Back to crafting and back to blogging!  So sorry to have been MIA for awhile…would you believe it was partly due to morning all-day sickness and an adversity to the smell of ink and paper??  Oh my word, I deserve to have all my ink and paper taken away!  (Ok, I take it back, PLEASE DON’T take away my loves!)

I’ve updated the banner and the side bar a little so you can check out some new links.

On a sad note, unfortunately I will not be continuing as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator at this moment in time…but I will be back!  =)  Thank you to the ladies that have placed orders with me and I KNOW you will be enjoying your purchases!

Here is a simple card I made with the new Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set from Stampin’ Up to thank the ladies for their orders:

5th Avenue Floral Thank You

If you are interested in what my new banner picture is all about…check back soon and I will show you!



Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Enjoy Every Moment
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
(All Stampin’ Up)

World Card Making Day with Mom

This past Saturday was world card-making day and I spend the day with my mommy making cards. It was my mom’s first time making hand-stamped cards. She was the designer and stamper and I was the cardstock cutter and ink/stamp preparer and cleaner =P She did a really good job with the designs and I learned many new tricks and color combos from her! Here are some of the cards she made.

This card uses the Eastern Blooms branch stamp and a non-SU sentiment. The colors are apricot appeal and riding hood red. I love this color combo! I never thought to use these 2 colors together before.

This card also uses the Eastern Blooms set and a non-SU sentiment. It follows a design that I’ve CASED from somewhere online. The colors are tangerine tango and chocolate chip. Lesson learned from this design is that the sentiment doesn’t always have to be below the image, it also looks good above the image!

This card is the simplest card my mom made but also my favorite. It uses one of the trio flowers and the large flower from the Eastern blooms set. The colors are regal rose and chocolate chip. Some of the background flowers have a stamped off look because my mom stamped the flower once and then a second time without reinking. The large flower is stamped on whisper white and cut out. It is only adhered in the center and the petals are curled up a little for dimension. I love how the flowers in the background go up one side of the card like they are bubbles floating up. This is definitely one design to CASE for the future!

This last card uses the Upsy Daisy stamp set. Unfortunately again, the sentiment is non-SU but I love that script! The colors are not quite navy, baja breeze and chocolate chip. That chocolate chip is such a staple! This card is so simple but the Upsy Daisy stamp makes it so elegant! My mom also stamped all the envelopes to coordinate with the card.

What a fun day! Hope you are able to spend a day making cards sometime soon!


Alzheimer’s Heart to Heart Card

My friend’s father has been battling early onset Alzheimer’s and I am always encouraged and spurred on by her strength in supporting her family through it. I know that this kind of strength and peace can only come from a deep and intimate relationship with a sovereign and compassionate God. I have been wanting to make her a card to let her know I think about and pray for her family and was spurred on by Carolyn King’s Alzheimer’s Heart to Heart Blog Candy in honor of World Alzheimer’s Day (9/21) and the memory of her grandmother who also had Alzheimer’s.

I used Kristina Werner’s Color Inspiration #13 (KWCI#13) for the colors. I just LOVE all those colors together! I also used PaperTrey Ink’s “Flower Frenzy” and “Out on a Limb Sentiments” sets. I thought the sentiment was very appropriate: “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world – Josephine Billings”.

I hope she may be encouraged and know that I am praying for her!

I plan to make another one to send to the staff at Artman Home, where Carolyn King’s grandmother lived the last few years of her life:

To the Staff at the Artman Home
250 N. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002

Do you know someone affected with Alzheimer’s or someone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? Make a card to encourage them and let them know you are thinking of them today! If you don’t know anyone, you can also make a card and send it to the above address to encourage the staff there.



Stamps: Floral Frenzy (Papertrey Ink), Out on a Limb Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: River Rock, Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: River Rock, Whisper White
(All Stampin’ Up unless indicated)

Happy Birthday Niki!

My friend, Niki’s Birthday was last week and I found a beautiful journal with a giraffe print cover and pink lined pages for her. It was perfect because she loves giraffes and her favorite color is pink! The journal is really nice and even has perforated pages (I LOVE perforated pages!). I thought the front cover was too plain so I personalized the front cover with her name and a cute giraffe from the “Wild about You” set. I used Regal Rose ink and cardstock to match the pink on the inside:

I made some tabs for dividers and ran it through my Xyron. The tag says: “Make your own dividers! Just peel, fold and stick!”  I didn’t take a picture of the back but I adhered a stamped “Priceless” tag from the “Priceless” set over the barcode on the back =)

Here is the inside of the journal. I stamped randomly throughout the journal with different stamps and regal rose ink for “surprises” as she uses it:

Isn’t the inside of the journal so pretty? I kinda wish I bought one for myself too! =P I also made a matching card using regal rose. The background paper is stamped using PaperTrey Ink’s “Guidelines” set. Inside the card I made a gift card for Stampin’ Up stuff and used the slit punch to hold it:

I tried to make the gift card the size of a regular gift card but the slit punch was not able to reach in far enough to hold it in. (Next time I will make an insert or smaller frame inside to hold the gift card.) But I just made the gift card longer instead to fit the dimensions! Who says all gift cards have to be the same size??? =P Anyhow, this gave me some extra space on the left to stamp something! Even though I put the gift card inside the card, I was still able to write a note underneath…pretty neat!

Here’s a closeup of the card front:

I am pretty proud of this set and hope Niki liked it too! It’s always fun crafting for someone you love!



Stamps: Priceless, Frames with a Flourish, One of a Kind, Office Accoutrement, Totally Tabs, Wild about You, Guidelines (PaperTrey Ink), Out on a Limb Sentiments (PaperTrey Ink), Trajan Monogram Edition (PaperTrey Ink), Borders and Corners Monogram Edition (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories: Boho Blossoms Punch, Key Tag Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Tag Punch, Small Tag Punch, Slit Punch, Corner Rounder (Fiskars), Bling (Lisa Bearnson), Xyron Machine