Birthday Butterfly

My sister’s birthday is coming up this month, and she has a green thumb and loves working in the garden. I decided, with the weather changing and the gardening becoming more pruning and cleaning up, that I would give her one last butterfly for the season.

I placed a beautiful stencil on my cardstock and sprayed over it with Glimmer Mist to give a soft gray shimmer background. Next, I stamped the butterfly image directly onto the background using water-resistant black ink.

I then colored the butterfly using a combination of purple and orange watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

I added a hint of shading around the butterfly with gray watercolor pencils. I softened it with a waterbrush.

I stamped the sentiment across the top of the wings of the butterfly. Then I trimmed the image panel to fit my card front.

Finally, I punched two border strips from white cardstock and adhered them to the top and bottom of the image panel. As a last touch, I added tiny adhesive pearls to the borders.


  • Stampendous Jumbo Cling Trio Butterflies
  • Prima Flourish Stencil
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tattered Angels Silver SugarGlimmer Mist
  • Tiny white adhesive pearls
  • Waterbrush
  • White cardstock

Schedule some time to create this week. You deserve it!


Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Ruby Rock-it At Last Giveaway

Hi there, Alice here today with another giveaway from the Australian company, Ruby Rock-it. Their brand-new At Last collection is filled with shimmery papers in lovely pastel colors that are perfect for wedding projects, but versatile enough to use in all sorts of paper crafting.

Ruby Rock-It will be giving one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader an assortment from the At Last collection. This includes a mix of their fun printed papers, as well as some beautiful embellishments.

To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on Monday, Sept 16, 2013, and if you have a recommendation for a favorite book, movie, or television show, I’d love to hear it. Winners will be announced here on Sept 17th.

I just finished another book by Kate Morton called The Secret Keeper and I enjoyed it… although not as much as The Forgotten Garden. I’ve been slowly making my way through James Clavell’s Asian Saga books, but I like to break that up with other books in between and I’d love to get some new ones to add to my reading list. I’m looking forward to reading your replies.

Okay… back to crafting!

The At Last collection is perfect for weddings and I created these cake boxes that could be used as a favor or favor/place card combo.

It was fun to mix and match the papers and die-cut borders. To create consistency between them, I added the same crinkled ribbon, die-cut stamped vellum tag, and glittered flower sticker on the top of each box. The boxes open up from the back, so the ribbon is decorative and functional; that’s how the box stays closed. The tag is tied onto the bow using paper floss.

To go along with the favors, I simply wrapped strips of paper around inexpensive clear votive holders and added a bride-and-groom sticker. The papers all have a subtle shimmer (which is really hard to capture in a photo). To add even more shimmer, I created a double-sided paper by covering the backside with a gold metallic paper that creates a beautiful glow once you add a lighted candle inside. These would be really easy and economical table decorations, and look great even without the stickers.

This collection isn’t just for weddings and showers. Here is a birthday card created with the same line.

The cut-out banner, cake, and metallic corners are all part of the Bella! Die-cut pack, and one of the things I love about this set is that each die cut is reversible; it’s the same shape in a different color palette or with different wording. How cool is that?

It would be so easy to create the cake boxes for a birthday celebration and swap out the bride-and-groom stickers on the candles for something birthday-related, or maybe even a monogram. They could work for bridal or baby showers too.

Thanks so much for joining me today. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.


  • Ruby Rock-It At Last patterned paper and embellishments
  • Green Sneakers Cake Box Template
  • Therm O Web Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares, SuperStik Glue Stick
  • Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist and Vellum Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Tremendous Tags Die
  • Papertrey Ink Little Labels Clear Stamp Set
  • Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Ink
  • Karen Foster Design Cornflower Scrapper’s Floss
  • Me & My BIG Ideas MambiStones Adhesive Rhinestones

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Autumn Zinnias Birthday Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Colorful fall flowers are perfect for September birthday wishes. The subtle leaf pattern in the background paper complements the rich palette.


  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Cool Cantaloupe, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream
  • Karen Foster Design Maple Dew Paper


  • Clear stamp sets: Papertrey Ink Fancy Folk Art, Flourishes Zinnias
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: Grayish Yellow YG93, Spanish Olive YG97, Warm Gray 2 W2, Pumpkin Yellow YR15, Sanguine YR18, Brown E08, Cadmium Yellow Y15, Peach R32, Coral R35, Mignonette YG11, Chartreuse YG13, Abyss Green BG72, Ice Ocean BG75, Bronze BG78
  • Therm O Web Adhesives: XL Permanent Tape Runner, 3D Foam Strips

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil





1. Make 4-3/4”x6-3/4” orange side-fold card. Cut smaller leaf paper panel; adhere to card.

2. Stamp flower image and sentiment onto cream cardstock as shown; trim to size.

3. Re-ink and stamp sentiment onto leaf paper scrap; detail cut banner and adhere to original image.

4. Using photo as guide, color image with markers. Color leaves Grayish Yellow YG93 and Spanish Olive YG97. Color shadow Warm Gray 2 W2. Color flower petals Pumpkin Yellow YR15, Sanguine YR18, and Brown E08. Color flower centers Cadmium Yellow Y15, Peach R32, and Coral R35. Color jar and lid Pumpkin Yellow YR15, Mignonette YG11, Chartreuse YG13, Abyss Green BG72, Ice Ocean BG75, and Bronze BG78.

5. Mat image panel on orange cardstock. Adhere to card using foam strips.


  • Save seed and flower catalogs and use the photos as a guide for coloring images.

by Alice Golden (

Pinch to Grow an Inch Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A mix of floral patterns and butterflies is perfect for summer birthday greetings.


  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Soho Garden Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Jillibean Soup Birthday II Collection Soup Labels Stickers
  • White crocheted lace trim
  • Pearl brad
  • Blue paper blossom


  • Die-cutting system and Provo Craft Cuttlebug Butterfly Die
  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Swiss Dots A2 Embossing Plate
  • Tiny butterfly punch
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat



Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” white top-fold card.


Cut smaller teal floral and newsprint floral panels. Distress teal panel edges slightly using scissors blade. Center and adhere panel to card. Center and adhere newsprint panel to teal panel.


Cut strip of blue/white dot paper same width as teal panel. Adhere strip across card as shown. Cut and adhere lace to lower edge of strip. Sew around edges of teal panel, catching blue dot strip and lace ends.


Die cut larger butterfly from white cardstock; emboss with dots texture. Punch two tiny butterflies from cardstock.


Adhere label sticker and two butterflies near bottom of card.


Pierce hole through center of larger butterfly. Join flower and butterfly with brad. Adhere to card.


  • If you don’t have the butterfly die, use a craft punch or stamp and detail cut a butterfly instead.

by Melanie Douthit (

CHA Week

I love when CHA time arrives because there are always sneak peeks of new products and exciting news being shared. CHA stands for The Craft & Hobby Association, and the two big CHA trade shows each year give manufacturers an opportunity to introduce their new product lines to craft store buyers, independent shop owners, and professional craft designers all in one place. I am thrilled to be sharing some fantastic news here on the Crafts ‘n things blog. Here is the official announcement from Stampendous:

Stampendous is pleased and proud to announce that  we’ve received the license to produce House-Mouse Designs® images as rubber stamps. In addition to our quality wood-mounted stamps, these designs will now be available for the first time in Cling Rubber. Now you can get even more of your favorite images by artist Ellen Jareckie in “easy-to-store” cling stamps. House Mouse images for Fall and Holiday are already winging their way to your local rubber stamping and scrapbooking stores, as well as your favorite online retailers. These images will also be available July 20 on our website at  where your orders are always filled by independent  retailers.

I am lucky enough to be part of the Design Team at Stampendous and had access to some of the new cling stamps being released. I created a few cards to share with you.

My first card is one of the sweet Halloween images. The little mouse in his dinosaur costume is just too cute! I stamped the image in black water-resistant ink. I colored the images using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I added a hint of crystal micro-glitter to the candy corn and the scales. I decided to make him look like a dragon with my choice of colors.

I then laid the die template I chose over the image and traced the edges of the die onto either side of both tails. I removed the die template and cut out just the tails with detail  scissors. I folded the tails inside the cutting edge of the die temple and die cut the shape around my colored image. Next, I sponged the side and top edges of the die-cut image with a mix of green and blue dye ink. I sponged brown dye ink along the bottom.

Mount the image onto a brown cardstock panel slightly smaller than the outer edges of the die cut; the brown shows at the corners of the die-cut shape. Mount the layered piece onto green cardstock cut slightly larger than the brown layer.

Cut card base from brown cardstock and layer green cardstock and orange patterned paper on top. Cut a strip of brown cardstock, attach it across the top, and tie with striped twine.

Adhere the image piece to the card with foam dots.


  • Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows Paper
  • Cardstock: brown, green, white
  • May Arts Twine
  • Stampendous House-Mouse HMCR02 Dino Treats Stamp
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Inks: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo; Tsukineko Memento Pear Tart and Blue Bahama
  • STAEDTLER  Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencils, Waterbrush
  • Stampendous Micro-Glitter Crystal
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • Glue pen

For the second card, I took a Christmas image and turned it into a birthday image.

I stamped the image using black water-resistant ink and colored with watercolor pencils. I added a few polka dots to the packages using a white highlighter, after I had finished blending my colors.

I cut the image into a rectangle and distressed the edges. Next, I mounted the main image onto brown cardstock. Layer onto another layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Create card base from brown cardstock. Add a layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Attach chevron background paper over the white cardstock. Tie ribbon with button accessory onto card. Adhere the main image to card with foam dots.


  • Cardstock: brown, white
  • Stampendous Stamps: House-Mouse HMCR06 Gifts Galore, Soaring Sentiments
  • May Arts Twine
  • Ranger Archival Inks: Jet Black, Viridian
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencil, Waterbrush
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

This week, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing House-Mouse projects all week long. Hop over to the Stampendous Blog every day this week for more inspiration! And watch for a fun House-Mouse giveaway coming to Great Finds Friday on theCrafts ‘n thingsblog next month.

Happy Inking!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Strawberry Card & Gift Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


June is unofficially Strawberry Month, so let the colors and flavors of the season inspire a delicious card and gift combination.


  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Grass Green, Cherry Red
  • Lily Bee Design Christmas Cheer 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Rhinestones: medium yellow, small red
  • May Arts Red/White Baker’s Twine


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: (Shapeabilities) Square Petal Top Box LF-012, Anemone Flower Topper S5-067, Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms S5-050; (Nestabilities) Decorative Elements Lacey Squares S4-295, Classic Squares LG S4-126, Long Classic Rectangles LG S4-142, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles LG S4-143
  • Gina K. Designs Stamp Sets: Sweet Strawberries, Vogue Vases 2
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Sketch Markers
  • Art Institute Glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter
  • Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, 1/8” and 1/4″

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, printer paper



Card, 4-1/4”x5-1/2”; box, 2-3/4”x2-3/4”x1-1/4”


1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card.

2. Cut 4-1/4”-square red cardstock panel; score horizontally every 1/8”. Adhere to card, 1/4” from bottom edge.

3. Cut wide strip of desired patterned paper and mat on white cardstock, leaving narrow border at top edge only. Adhere to card front, 1/4” from bottom edge.

4. Adhere strip of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along top edge of patterned strip, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess. (Note: Apply glitter over printer paper, tap excess onto paper, fold, and carefully return excess glitter to jar for future use.)

5. Wrap twine twice around card front and tie bow at right side.

6. Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossom flower shapes from white cardstock. Shape with fingers and adhere layers together using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere flower to twine bow; adhere yellow rhinestone to flower center.

7. Stamp strawberry image onto white cardstock, color with markers, and die cut into square, cutting through portions of image that extend beyond edges. Use photo as guide.

8. Adhere strips of 1/8″-wide Scor-Tape along sides of stamped square; sprinkle with glitter.

9. Stamp strawberry image again onto white cardstock; color portions of image that extend beyond edges of original die-cut image square. Detail cut pieces and adhere to main image.

10. Die cut/emboss green cardstock Lacey Square; layer and adhere squares to card using foam square. Place foam square beneath extended image pieces if needed.

11. Cut narrow 4-1/4”-long red cardstock strip; adhere to bottom of patterned paper strip.

Inside of Card

12. To finish inside of card, cut wide red cardstock strip; adhere inside card, 1/4” from bottom edge. Cut patterned paper strip, mat on white cardstock in same way as card front, and adhere inside card.

13. Stamp image and sentiment onto white cardstock, color, and die cut/emboss into long rectangle. Die cut/emboss green scalloped rectangle. Layer and adhere rectangles together; adhere inside card using foam squares.

Gift Box

1. Die cut/emboss box and tag from white cardstock. Fold box on scored lines and adhere sides.

2. Adhere strips of 1/4″-wide Scor-Tape along top and bottom edges of box, sprinkle with glitter, and tap off excess.

3. Die cut/emboss box accents from patterned paper. Adhere accents to box sides; adhere small negative-space pieces to bottom of tag. Stamp sentiment on tag; adhere two small rhinestones to end.

4. Die cut/emboss two Anemone Flower Topper layers from red cardstock and patterned paper; adhere to box top so box will still open.

5. In same way as card, make and adhere white Bitty Blossoms flower to larger flower layers.

6. Tie tag to box with twine, tucking edge under flowers.


  • Transform the card design into a wrap for homemade strawberry jam for June gift-giving. Visit Pick Your Own (dot) Org to find local strawberry farms if you don’t grow your own.

by Michelle Woerner (

Flowers For Mom Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Stamp and watercolor a masterpiece for Mother’s Day or Mom’s next birthday.


  • Stampin’ Up! Cardstock: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
  • STAEDTLER Watercolor Paper
  • My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic Ginger Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Scallop Die
  • Our Daily Bread Designs Stamp Sets: Happy Birthday, Mom
  • Ranger Ink Pads: Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Gathered Twigs
  • STAEDTLER Ergo-Soft Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Acrylic Grid Blocks
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Ranger Inkssentials Tools: Ink Blending Tool, Craft Nibs, Craft Nib Holder
  • Inky Antics Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits)
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots, Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, stamp cleaner, non-stick craft sheet



Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” gold top-fold card. Sponge edges Gathered Twigs using Ink Blending Tool.


Cut smaller panel from desired paper, sponge edges Gathered Twigs, and mat on brown cardstock. Adhere to card.


Cut paper strip same width as patterned panel, sponge edges Gathered Twigs, and mat on brown cardstock. Die cut brown border strip, trim, and adhere to back bottom edge of layered strip. Stamp Jet Black sentiment and adhere strip to card.


Stamp Jet Black watering can image onto watercolor paper. Using photo as guide, outline individual sections of image using watercolor pencils. To blend colors, dip edge of blending nib into Gamsol, then pull color into desired areas using circular motion. Repeat until entire image is colored.


Using paper trimmer, trim image down so only a few portions extend beyond edge. Detail cut those portions of image.


Sponge edges of image panel Gathered Twigs. Mat on brown cardstock and adhere to card with foam dots.


  • Create a coordinating fresh floral centerpiece for Mom inside a new watering can. It’s always fun to have new garden tools.

by Lisa Somerville (

Motorcycle Fun!

Stampendous is getting geared up to release their new stamps. I am sharing a sneak peek of one of their new stamps called Motorcycle Elements W097.  I was thinking this would be a great card for a boy on his birthday!

1. Stamp image on white cardstock using black ink. Repeat on another piece of cardstock. Cut first image into circle using die or circle cutter. Punch circles from various patterned papers and cardstock.

2. Cut patterned paper and cardstock into strips of varying size. Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ white cardstock background panel.

3. Color both stamped images using STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle watercolor pencils and waterbrush.

4. Sponge edges of the circle using blue and green dye inks. Sponge edges of background panel using the same dye inks.

5. Detail cut remaining motorcycle image and adhere to circle image using foam adhesive dots.

6. Adhere white cardstock panel to 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ card base of choice.

7. Adhere patterned paper and cardstock strips to background panel.

8. Adhere punched circles randomly around the background.

9. Adhere stamped circle element to card using foam dots.


  • Cardstock: blue, green, white
  • Stampendous Motorcycle Elements Stamp W097
  • Dye inks: blue, green
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
  • Circle dies
  • Circle punches
  • Hole punch
  • Sponge
  • Adhesives: tape, glue, foam dots

Happy Stamping!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Birthday Flowers Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Trendy pastels and delicate blossoms make this die-cut beauty from Spellbinders the perfect card for springtime birthdays.


  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Wild Lilac
  • Melissa Frances Fifth Avenue Collection Pearl Paper
  • Want2Scrap Purple Self-Adhesive Gems
  • Offray Lavender Satin Ribbon, 5/8” wide


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Dies: Shapeabilities Die D-Lites Flower Burst S2-007, Nestabilities Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader S5-135, Nestabilities Labels Four S4-190
  • Happy Birthday! sentiment stamp
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Grape Jelly
  • Adhesives: Xyron Mega Runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L White 3D Foam Squares, 1/4”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber




Birthday Flowers Card

1. Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” Wild Lilac top-fold card.

2. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #4 shape from Pearl paper. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening using sponge dauber and Grape Jelly ink. Remove die template.

3. Weave ribbon through openings in die-cut panel and tie bow at bottom. Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

4. Die cut/emboss Labels Four #6 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, sponge band of Cantaloupe ink horizontally across center of cardstock. Sponge Bamboo Leaves ink across bottom and Grape Jelly ink across top. Remove die template. Adhere to card with foam squares.

5. Die cut/emboss Flower Burst shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil flower openings Grape Jelly and grass/leaf openings Bamboo Leaves. Adhere gems to two large flower centers.

6. Die cut/emboss Fancy Ribbon Threader #2 shape from white cardstock. Leaving die template in place, stencil opening Grape Jelly. Remove die template. Stamp Grape Jelly sentiment in center of shape. Adhere to card as shown with foam squares.


  • Die cut blossoms from black cardstock to create a chic silhouette effect.

by Theresa Momber for Spellbinders Paper Arts (

Birthday Balloons Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Brightly stamped balloons and wishes for a happy birthday make this card the perfect greeting for that someone special.


  • Cardstock: pear green, pink
  • Paper: light green, light pink, pale blue
  • Dark pink ribbon, 1/8”


  • Stamps: “Happy Birthday” stamp of choice, Paper Salon Simply Ribbons Tailored Tin
  • Ink Pads: pear green, pink, sky blue
  • Sewing machine & pink thread
  • McGill Oval Paper Punch, 1-5/16”x1-13/16”
  • AdTech Permanent Glue Runner

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler



Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” pear green side-fold card.


Cut 4”x5-1/4” piece from pink cardstock; adhere to card front. Machine stitch around edges.


Stamp sky blue dotted ribbon on pale blue paper; stamp pear green rickrack on light green paper; stamp pink striped ribbon on light pink paper. Punch oval from each color, making sure stamped ribbon runs vertically. Overlap and adhere balloons to card front as shown.


Machine zigzag stitch from bottom of each balloon so they cross as shown. Tie ribbon bow; adhere below balloons where stitching crosses.


Stamp pear green “happy birthday” to card top.


  • Instead of stamping design, use coordinating patterned papers to create balloons.

by Melanie Douthit