Valentine’s Day Card


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Valentine’s Day Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

This is a pretty quick and easy card to make. There is lots of texture which makes it lots of fun! Your recipient will surely love this handmade card. Enjoy!!!

For this Card you will need:

– Great Impressions Happy Valentine’s Day Stamp #D364
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– Inkadinkado “You Make My Heart Flutter” Stamp #97573
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– Studio G Heart Stamp #2011-10-25 or any other 1-1/2″ Heart Stamp
– Fimo Soft Red Clay
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– Clay Machine
– Exacto knife
– Perfect Pearls Kit – Metalics (White)
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– Premade Brown 5×7 Card and Envelope
– Cardstock: Bazzill Mudpie, Any Red Garnet 
– Small piece of Brown Burlap
– Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink
– 4″ Natural Raffia Ribbon
– CuttleBug D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder
– Versa Fina Onyx Black Ink
– Three 3/4″ Red Glass Discs
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Glue Stick
– Wax coated paper plate
– Spray bottle with water
– Water for cleaning brush
– Parchment Paper

  1. Condition your Fimo clay by rolling and kneading it. Then run it through the clay machine on a setting of 1.
  2. Place the thin sheet of clay on your parchment paper. Spray your stamp with water (this will kep the clay from sticking to the stamp). Stamp your image directly on the clay (If you’re not happy with the results, simply repeat steps 1 and 2).
  3. Using your exacto knife and very light pressure, gently cut along the outside edge of the heart (If you prefer, place a cutting mat underneath just in case). Once it is fully cut, set the excess clay aside.
  4. Press your heart into the embossing folder and gently peel off.
  5. Dip your brush into water, just enough to dampen it. Dip your brush into the white  Perfect Pearls and begin brushing it on the embossed swirls on your heart.
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  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 and make the second heart.
  7. Place your hearts on a clean piece of parchment paper and bake in the oven on a cookie sheet according to the manufacturers directions.
  8. While the hearts are baking, distress the edges of the card with the Tea Dye ink.
  9. Cut 2 squares from the Brown Mudpie cardstock measuring 2.75″ x 2.75.” Cut 2 squares from the Red Garnet cardstock measuring 2.5″ x 2.5.” Cut 2 squares from the burlap measuring 2″ x 2.”
  10. Layer your squares. Using the glue stick adhere the red square on top of the brown square. Then using  Aleene’s Tacky glue adhere the burlap on top of the red layered square. Repeat this step for the second set. (Tip: if your burlap has creases and isn’t laying flat just wet it with a little water and iron it flat. Make sure it is completely dry before gluing onto the cardstock)
  11. Glue the first layered square to the top left of your card. Glue the second layered square to the bottom right of your card.
  12. Tie a bow with the raffia around one of the red glass discs. Glue the three red discs on the top right of your card above the layered square.
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  13. Using the Versa Fine Ink stamp “You Make My Heart Flutter” on the bottom left of the card below the square.
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  14. Stamp “Happy Valentine’s Day” inside of the card with the Versa Fine Ink.
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  15. Once your hearts have finished baking and have cooled, use the Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere them on top of the burlap on each square.Voila! You have a gorgeous handmade Valentine’s Day Card.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Valentine’s Day card!

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Smash Book Journal


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Smash Book Journal
(created by Sophia Vida)

Yvonne Gebauer has a wonderful blog that I love reading at MyCraftingTherapyRoom. She is very a talented and creative person who inspired me to make this smash book journal after reading her post titled “Our first big snow fall and a link to a Smash Book video.” In her post she has a link at the bottom to a YouTube Video where she explains how she made her beautiful Smash Book Journal.

If you are new to Smash Books, you use them to journal your thoughts and memories with written words, pictures, drawings or anything else you feel like putting in them. They are a great place to keep your memorabilia and they make a very special keepsake for years to come. They also make wonderful gifts!

I started this project using an assortment of papers I had on hand. But then I came across the Le Tres Chic Stack and couldn’t put it down. So I quickly switched gears and took the road to Paris. I also found a canvas covered chipboard album at Michaels that I decided to use as my base to give the pages more sturdiness.

I had so much fun putting this journal together. You can change the theme and customize this to anything your recipient may like. The possibilities are endless!

For this Project you will need:

– Cardstock: DCWV Le Tres Chic Stack
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– Ranger Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
– Deja Views Canvas Covered Chipboard Album CBA-1007 (found at Michaels)

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– Treasures Fleur-de-Lis Rubber Stamp by Shabby Chic 
– Inkadinkado Stamp Set: Far Off Posts (Set of 4)  LM808376 (08376)
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– TPC Studio Vintage Greeting Rubber Stamp Set 2011903
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– Yarn: White
– Assorted Sheer and Semi-Sheer Ribbon: Pink, White, Black, Fuchsia
– Tim Holtz Vial Labels #TH92993
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– 6 Mixed Media Trading Cards measuring 2.5″ x 3.5″
– 1 Invitation Envelope measuring 4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″
– 1 Large Index Card
– Paper Roses
– Stardust Stickles
– 14 White Rhinestones
– Large and Small Heart Punches
– Assorted Corner and Border Punches
– Hole Punch
– Staz On Black Ink
– Scissors
– Glue Stick

  1. On your computer, print in Palace Script, Size 80: My Smash Book. Cut out individual pieces. In Palace Script, size 70 print: Tres Chic. Cut out both words in 1 piece. Distress the words a little. Set Aside 
  2. Plan your layout by picking the pages you want to go together. For the front and back covers (inside and out) cut four 6.5″ squares. Mark the holes on the back of the cardstock and punch out.
  3. For the inside pages cut twelve 6″ squares. Mark the holes on the back of the cardstock and punch out.
  4. In the Tres Chic Stack there is page with preprinted tags. Cut the tags out. Punch holes at the top. Distress the back with your choice of colors. Next cut 6 pieces of white yarn and 3 pieces of semi sheer pink ribbon about 10″ in length.  Loop these through the center of the tags. Trim ends. Set aside.
  5. Trace 2 index cards, side by side on the back of your choice of cardstock. Cut it out into 1 piece. Fold in half and glue together. Trace your holes and punch out.  Set aside.
  6. Glue all cardstock squares from steps 2 and 3 into your chip board book. Assemble your book with the 3 binder rings. 
  7. Cut out the flower and boa feather from one of the pages in the stack (this will be used to make a pocket for 3 of the tags).  Adhere the left and bottom edges to the bottom left of one of your pages. Once dry, slip 3 tags inside the pocket.
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  8. Skip a few pages and insert your index card as an additional page.
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  9. Skip a page and cut a 2″ x 6″ piece from your choice of cardstock. Use the border punch on the edge (this will be used to make another pocket for 3 of the tags).  Adhere the left, right and bottom edges to the bottom of one of your pages. Once dry, slip 3 tags inside the pocket. You can also cut out an additional image or stamp in image onto your pocket.  
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  10. Distress the front and back of the invitation envelope with your choice of ink. Stamp the Just 4 You on the front, center of the envelope. Randomly stamp the posts on the envelope. Stamp the fleur-de-lis on the back flap of the envelope. Add a liner to the envelope from the Tres Chic stack and glue into place. Insert 3 sheets of the Tim Holtz labels in the envelope.
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  11. Cut out the word Paris from the beige cardstock. Add a little flair by using a border and corner punch. Adhere this to the middle of a page.
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  12. Cut a 4″ x 6″ rectangle from your choice of cardstock (this will be used to make a pocket  page for 3 of the tags).  Fold in half and adhere the left, right and bottom edges together. Cut out the Paris tag with flowers from the cardstock and adhere to the front of the pocket. Once dry, slip 3 tags inside the pocket.
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  13. For the back inside cover, cut a 3.5″ x 6.5″ piece from your choice of cardstock. Use a border punch on the top edge (this will be used to make the last pocket). Adhere the left, right and bottom edges to the bottom of your page. Once dry, slip 6 trading cards inside the pocket. Punch 2 large and 3 small hearts from coordinating cardstock. Adhere to front of the pocket.
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  14. Cut about 30 pieces of assorted sheer and semi sheer ribbon in varying sizes from 8″ to 10″ long. Tie about 10 pieces to each binder ring. You may need more or less cut pieces depending on the width and thickness of your ribbon.
  15. Randomly adhere the cut out words from step 1 to the front cover of your book.
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  16. Randomly adhere the rhinestones to the front of your book. 
  17. Randomly adhere the 3 paper roses to the front cover of your book. Highlight the rose petals with the Star Dust Stickles. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade Smash Book.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this super fun Smash Book Journal!

Smash Book Journal pages in order:

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Happy Chick Easter Card


Happy Chick Easter Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this Quick & Easy Card you will need:

– Pre-made 4.75″ x 6.5″ white card & envelope
– Cardstock: White, Textured Lavender, Fuchsia, Floral Print by K&C Company
– 6″ coordinating satin ribbon
– Stardust Stickles
– Inkadinkado Stamp 97957

– Great Impressions Stamp C362

– Staz On Black Ink
– Colored Pencils: Blue, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple
– Jelly Roll Pen: Purple Star
– Glue Stick
– Glue Dots
– Foam Squares
– Deckle Scissors

  1. Cut a 6.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle from the floral cardstock.
  2. Cut a 6.5″ x 2.25″ rectangle from the lavender cardstock.
  3. Cut a 4″ x 3.25″ rectangle from the pink cardstock. 
  4. Cut a 4″ x 3.25″ rectangle from the white cardstock.
  5. Stamp the Inkadinkadoo Chick stamp on the bottom center of the white rectangle from step 4. Next stamp the Great Impressions Easter sentiment above the Chick stamp.
  6. Using your deckle scissors, cut a decorative border around your stamped images.
  7. Using the colored pencils, color your stamped image. Next trace over the Easter sentiment with the Purple Star Jelly Roll Pen.
  8. Accent the Chick stamp with the Stardust Stickles. Let dry. 
  9. Turn the pre-made white card so it opens from the bottom. Then glue the floral cardstock you cut in step 1 across the top half of the card. It should be flush with the top and side edges.
  10. Glue the lavender cardstock from step 2 across the bottom half of the card. This should also be flush with the bottom and side edges and should not overlap the floral cardstock.
  11. Cut a 6″ piece of satin ribbon. Using the glue dots adhere the ribbon across the floral and lavender seam on the card.
  12. Using the glue stick, adhere the stamped image to the front of the pink cardstock you cut in step 3.
  13. Using the foam squares, adhere the pink rectangle and stamped image to the center of the card. Voila! You have a beautiful springtime Easter Card.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this quick and easy Happy Chick Easter Card!

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