You Are My Anchor Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create this cute card to tell a friend what a big impact she’s made on your life.


  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Nightshift Blue, X-Press It Blending Card
  • Lily Bee Design Double Dutch Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Silver brads, six


  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Sentiment Strips, Simply Scallops Medium
  • My Favorite Things à la modes Collection You Anchor Me Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E00, E11, Y21, E31, E33, R05, R08, R37, B95, B97, B99, C00, C1, C3, BG70, BG72, 0.25 Black Multiliner, Opaque White
  • Newell-Rubbermaid Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; X-Press It Foam Tape, 1/2”

Basic Supplies

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



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


Cut 4”x5-1/4” red patterned paper panel; adhere to card.


Die cut navy scalloped border strip.


Cut 4”x2-3/8” blue gingham paper panel; mat on 4”x2-5/8” navy cardstock panel. Center scalloped border strip along back bottom edge of mat; trim ends. Adhere to lower half of card as shown.


Stamp image onto Blending Card; trim to 2”x3-7/8”. Using photo as guide, color image with markers. Using toothpick and Opaque White marker, dot shirt with polka dots. Add grass using Multiliner; color ground with colored pencils. Mat image on navy cardstock.


Pierce six holes in image panel for brads, using photo as guide. Insert brads.


Die cut one sentiment strip from Blending Card scraps. Stamp “You Are” onto one flagged end; trim. Stamp “My Anchor” onto remaining flagged end.


Adhere image panel to card using foam tape; adhere sentiments under edge of image as shown.


  • Use a toothpick and an opaque white marker to create easy polka dots on the shirt.

by Michele Boyer (

Butterflies For You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a springtime card with a feminine feel using new 3D M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders. These extra-deep embossing folders provide unmatched texture that is easily enhanced with inks, chalks, and more.


  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Collection Paper
  • Orange/white baker’s twine
  • Peach ribbon, 3/8” wide


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System GC-001 and Grand Raspberry Spacer Plate GC-008
  • Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder E3D-003
  • Spellbinders Dies: Borderabilities Card Creator A2 Bracket Borders One S5-181, Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two S4-395, Shapeabilities Charmed I’m Sure S4-399
  • Flourishes LLC Tag Lines Stamp Set
  • Ink pads: yellow, sage green, burnt orange, brown
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam applicators



Make 4½”x6″ White top-fold card. Trim 1” from bottom of card front.


Die cut/emboss three A2 Bracket Borders One #1 shapes from assorted papers, two peach and one blue. Layer and adhere shapes to bottom of card front as shown. Bottom card edges should align when card is closed.


Cut White panel slightly smaller than White area on card front; emboss with Delightful Daises 3D M-Bossabilities embossing folder. Open folder and leave paper in place. Using foam applicators, apply and blend layers of ink onto embossed areas until desired look is achieved. Let dry.


Cut and adhere 5” ribbon length to bottom edge of embossed panel, securing excess at back.


Die cut/emboss Charmed I’m Sure Tag from White cardstock. Stamp brown sentiment on tag. Wrap baker’s twine around panel over ribbon, adding tag, and tie bow slightly left of center. Adhere panel to card.


For butterflies, die cut/emboss two Les Papillions Two #1 shapes, one from each paper used for brackets. Stack and adhere butterflies to card front as shown, applying adhesive beneath bodies only to leave wings free.


  • To keep the embossed areas from collapsing, leave the paper on the 3D folder when applying color.

by Christine Emberson for Spellbinders Paper Arts (

Oil Pastel Background

Sue Czosek here today with an artsy, easy background technique for stamped designs. I have this lovely box of Karat Oil Pastels from STAEDTLER in all the beautiful colors of the rainbow. I decided to pull a few of the summery colors and create a sunny card.

1. Color different areas on white cardstock using the oil pastels.

2. Using a sponge in a circular motion, blend the colors together.

3. Die cut multiple butterflies from white cardstock to create masks. Adhere masks to the pastel background using removable tape.

4. Using Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber, smear white acrylic paint over butterflies; carefully remove masks.

5. Stamp sentiment onto pastel background using Crimson ink.

6. Stamp agapanthus flowers along the bottom using Crimson ink. This stamp image contains both solid and outline images. Color in outline flowers using yellow oil pastel.

7. Highlight letters and flowers with a white gel pen. Let ink dry.


Happy Stamping!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (


For most of us, when we start to see the flowers bloom we know spring has arrived. Here in Southern California, the ice plant is blooming in huge purple swaths everywhere you look. I always know that spring is here when I see the ice plant start to bloom in March. To celebrate the coming of spring, I have a very “flowery” card to share.

1. Make a 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ orange top-fold card.

2. Trim yellow cardstock to 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ and adhere to the card front.

3. Trim floral paper to 4″x5-1/4″ and adhere to the card front.

4. Using a die-cutting template or border punch, cut scalloped borders from orange cardstock and pink dot papers. Trim borders to 4-1/4″ long and ahere to card as shown.

5. Tie pink dot ribbon around the card front as shown, knotting on the left side of the card.

6. Stamp scripture sentiment onto white cardstock with brown dye ink. Trim out with a die template. Use dimensional adhesive to adhere sentiment to a larger die-cut shape cut from orange cardstock. Adhere to the upper left corner of the card with dimensional adhesive.

7. Die cut a large scalloped heart from yellow cardstock. Die cut a plain heart from pink dot paper. Adhere hearts together, decorate with white adhesive pearls, and adhere to the lower right corner of the card as shown.

8. Die cut a small scalloped heart from orange cardstock. Die cut a plain heart from yellow floral paper. Adhere hearts together, decorate with white adhesive pearls and heart, and adhere to the lower right corner of the card as shown using dimensional adhesive.

9. Line the inside of the card with white cardstock.

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Peach, Yellow; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Ink: Colorbox Archival Mudslide
  • Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 7
  • Die-cutting system: Spellbinders Grand Calibur
  • Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Hearts, Classic Scalloped Hearts, Labels One, Labels One Small; My Favorite Things Wonky Scallops Border
  • Pearls: Want2Scrap, Prima
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner

Thanks for looking!

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life (