Monthly Archives: February 2012

Quarter Cut Notes

Several years ago when I was making and selling handmade cards and notes at craft fairs, one of the things I made lots of are what I call Quarter Cut Notes. These single sheet note cards are literally 1/4 of a 8.25″ x 11″ sheet of card stock. I’d simply cut, decorate, and tie together in sets of 8 or 12 along with envelopes. Here are some Quarter Cut Notes that I made just to show you:

Stamped images c. Stampin' Up!

All of the stamped images come from the “Every Little Bit” stamp set (item # 120558) and this set has a total of 28 different images that are perfectly sized to use on Quarter Cut Notes. This particular set is one that I have as a clear mount stamp set…I should tell you what I love about this type of stamp…stay tuned for that another day!

Every Little Bit stamp set c. Stampin' Up!

Because the “Every Little Bit” set consists of images that are outlined, I used some of my Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the images. I think the bus  note would be fun for sending to a teacher or a special message in a child’s lunchbox. And, when I stamped the bird cage, I thought it was perfect for a little handwritten sentiment…

Stamped image c. Stampin' Up!

You will notice of course that my sentiment matches perfectly with the color of the ink for the image…this coordination is part of what I love most about Stampin’ Up! products. The color in this case is Night of Navy (Classic Stampin’ Pad item # 102977 / Stampin’ Write Marker item # 100069).

Quarter Cut Notes make a perfect little gift…I’ve given away many of these over the years! And there are so many possibilities…

  • With a single letter stamped on, they are fabulous monogrammed notes.
  • With a fun little animal stamp, they are great for thank you notes from a kid’s birthday party.
  • Use heat embossing, glitter, or a decorative button to jazz up the notes…or you could even round the corners to achieve a slightly different look.

Again, so many possibilities!  Next time you need a little gift, consider making a set!

Until next time,


Here it is…my Mojo Monday entry!

Today’s sketch challenge was designed to be implemented on either a round or square card. Since I have yet to invest in the Stampin’ Up! circle making tool, I went with a square design. Here’s the sketch:

And here is my entry:

Stamped images c. Stampin' Up!

Fun – bright – cheerful — perfect for a birthday card! A star seemed just right as the accent for this card rather than flowers.

The supplies I used for making this card were:

  • Happiest Birthday Wishes Stamp Set (item # 122617) – this is an exclusive hostess stamp set
  • Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper (item # 122348)
  • Brights Collection Card Stock (item # 119706) – Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
  • Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red (item # 1000052) and Tempting Turquoise (item # 1000058) – the markers were used to ink the stamp in order to have two different ink shades
  • Whisper White Card Stock (item # 100730)
  • Scallop Edge Border Bunch (item # 119882)

Right now, Stampin’ Up! is holding “Sale A Bration” which is the perfect time of year to purchase card making supplies and tools. With every $50 in products purchased, customers are eligible for free products! Visit the promotions area of my website to learn more!

Happy stamping!


It is Mojo Monday time again!

This evening I’ll be posting a card I have created using a sketch from the Mojo Monday blog! Be sure to check back to see what I have put together! I’m excited to see what the design idea will be!


It is amazingly easy to transform a product container into a beautiful gift holder, organizer or desk accessory. I’m working ahead on Easter and transformed two empty tea cylinders and a moisturizer jar into three very pretty holders for treats to go into Easter baskets at our house.

Here is how the containers started:

And here is how they look now:

My use of products was very limited:

  • One sheet of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper – Nursery Nest (item # 122347)
  • A few small lengths of 3/8″ Pleated Ribbon – Pear Pizzazz (item # 125568) and Blushing Bride (item #125570)
  • Sticky Strip (item # 104294)
  • Some empty and clean containers

You will notice that the back right container has two different paper designs…I did not cut and adhere separate sheets, I simply folded over the Designer Series Paper. Part of the beauty of this paper is that it is two sided!

It is important to use Sticky Strip to adhere the paper to the container it is a very strong hold and will hold up for years. I decorated some other containers years ago using Sticky Strips and I have not had the paper pop off those at all.

All of these products (less the containers of course!) are from Stampin’ Up! and you can visit my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website if you’d like to order any.

Hope you’ll be inspired to decorate some containers of your own! What a great way to re-use or up-cylcle!

A belated valentine’s wish from a stamped ‘roo…

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and while I did not manage to get this posted on that day, I still wanted to share with you the cards that I made for my daughter. I pulled out a stamp set that has been retired for a number of years now but that I still have and love. I initially purchased it to be able to make valentine’s cards for our nieces and nephews.  And now with little ones of my own, I can use it to make cards that they will give away.

I made two version of the card — one small for exchanging with other little ones and a larger version for cousins and my daughter’s teachers in a preschool age program she attends. The cards feature a ‘roo…always a special spot in my heart for kangaroos!

Valentine’s Day 2012 with a retired stamp set; stamped images c. Stampin’ Up!

These cards like many I have been making the last year or so are a flat card. I’ve chosen to go this route since it seems a little more green to use just a 1/4 sheet of card stock (or smaller) to make the foundation of my card and because I know many people will post cards received on the refrigerator for a time and it is definitely easier to post a flat card rather than one that opens. You can always prop a flat card against some books, a mug, or figurine if displaying on a desk or shelf. The smaller card had total dimensions of just 3″ by 4″ and this worked perfectly given the size of the stamped image which is on 2″ by 3″ piece of card stock. I think that mounting the stamped image and the pink “frame” at an angle works perfectly…centering it just looked too stiff.

I also kept these cards very simple by stamping the image and only choosing to color in the heart. Certainly this project could be stepped up in many ways…

  • embossing the stamped image
  • coloring in the entire image with pastels, watercolor pencils, or markers
  • using glitter to add color and dimension to the heart

You could replicate this card with a similarly sized image to make tags for goodie bags at a party or the tag for a small gift you are giving away. The larger card is perfect for writing a short thank you, hello, or thinking of you note. The possibilities are endless given what stamped image(s) that you use!

Happy stamping!