Make Your Own Patterned Paper and Turn it into 8 Cards

I recently took a sheet of 8.5×11 cardstock and stamped all over it to create my own patterned paper. Then I thought it would be fun to see how many cards I could make using my new patterned paper. Here’s the paper I made.

To make my patterned paper, I used Distress Oxide inks in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, and Gathered Twigs on a light butter yellow colored cardstock. I used the Delightful Daisies Stamp set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.

I used the Everyday Greetings from Sweet N Sassy Stamps for the sentiments.

Here are the cards I made.

To make the cards I cut the sheet of patterned paper up. I will show you what cuts I made below. I die cut 8 ovals for sentiments and I heat embossed the sentiments in white. I also cut 8 card panels out of kraft paper measuring 4×5.25 inches. I embossed all the kraft card panels with an embossing folder of large dots. I sponged a little white pigment ink on top of the embossed panels to bring out the definition. Once I cut up the patterned paper I cut a border panel for each piece of white cardstock. Each piece was a quarter of an inch bigger than the patterned piece. To help embellish the cards I heat embossed in white 8 of the daisies with the stem out of orange cardstock and fussy cut them out. Lastly I added ribbon and sequins.

Here is how I cut my patterned paper.

These cards were lots of fun to make! And now I have a set of 8 cards to give as a gift to someone!

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April Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Release Blog Hop

It’s that time of month again! Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps has a new release! Here is my card to celebrate all the fun, new items!

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'Sweet n Sassy stamps April Release BlogHop! COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! Leave comment on each stop on he hop for a chance to win $25 gift code to the shop! sweetnsassystamps.blogspot.com'

Welcome to the Sweet ‘n Sassy April Release Hop. Hop along with us as we share our projects with the fabulous April release! Don’t forget to leave a little comment love for the designers linked below for a chance to be entered into our giveaway drawing for a $25 gift voucher to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, April 28.

I used the new Butterfly Background stamp set with the Count Your Rainbows Stamp and Die Bundle.

To make this card, stamp the Butterfly Background stamp with Versamark ink. Then heat set with a white embossing powder. Once cooled, ink blend with Distress oxide ink in Blueprint Sketch, Salty ocean, and Tumbled Glass. Then i stamped the rainbow, sun and clouds. I colored the rainbow with alcohol markers. Die cut the images and adhere the images with foam squares. I finished by adding a few sequins for a little bling.

Here’s the list of designers for the blog hop. Check out each one and leave a comment to be entered to win!

Sweet ‘n Sassy Blog

Sheri Gilson

Michelle Hale (you are here)

Lyn Tomlin

Lieschen Harshbarger

Lee Ann Barrett

Karen Decknick

Julee Tilman

Jane Bosi

Esther Asbury

Diane Zechman

Charmaine Canham

Ceal Pritchett

Happy Crafting!

Sweet n Sassy Stamp December Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps December Release Hop. Hop along with us as we share our projects with the fabulous December release! Don’t forget to leave a little comment love for the designers linked below for a chance to be entered into our giveaway drawing for a $25 gift voucher to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, December 23.

Before I give you the list of where to hop let me show you the card I created for the hop!

Do you know anyone who needs a little encouragement? I think we all do. 2020 has been a different and a tough year for most. So I made a card that I can give to remind someone that God loves them more than they can imagine or know.

This card is pretty easy to make. The back ground XO paper is from a Valentine’s paper pad in my stash. I created the main panel by using the same Love stamp over and over. It’s from the Much Love Stamp set, which is also the stamp set of the month. It’s free with a $75 purchase for December

Once I added all the stamping in a pale pink, I stamped over the top in black my main sentiment, Love You More. I then added the dash with a black marker and added the God after it using the Marker Alpha set.

Lastly the heart came from the Forever and Always stamp set.

Ok, so now you’ve seen my latest card, here is the list of where to hop. Don’t for get to leave a comment on each blog to be eligible to win the $25 prize!

Sweet n Sassy Blog

Julee Tilman

Ceal Pritchett

Diane Zechman

Esther Asbury

Jane Bosi

Karen Decknick

Lee Ann Barrett

Lyn Tomlin

Michelle Hale (you are here)

Sheri Gilson

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Easy Envelope Journals

Hi Crafty Friends!

I have been having so much fun making envelope journals. I had never made these before and had no idea how easy they are and how much fun! I posted one on social media and was asked several times for a tutorial. So I have a Youtube video for you on the process. All the stamped images on these journals are from Sweet n Sassy Stamps. Below is an affiliate link that will take you to their site and will provide me with a small commission.

Click the Sweet n Sassy logo to go to their site.
Watch my YouTube tutorial on how to make the journals and see the inside of each journal.

If you want to create along with me, you will need 6 envelopes and 6 matching card bases.

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Ice Cream Bouquet Digi Stamp from Graciellie Designs

I love how digi stamps are instant gratification! No waiting for shipping or even leaving your house. Graciellie Designs has some beautiful images and recently I sat down and played with Ice Cream Bouquet.


I made 3 cards using the same image. The card in the front is a traditional A2 size, 4.25×5.5 inches. The 2 in the back are business envelop size, known as slim line cards.

For this card, I sized the image to fit an A2 size card. That’s one of the great things about digi stamps, is they can be any size you need! I colored the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. I fussy cut the image out and then used foam squares to pop it up on the card panel. The card panel is actually a gel press print that I had in my stash. I added a sentiment from the Ice Cream Bouquet digi stamp set and used foam squares to pop it up.

Here are the slim line cards. I enlarged the image to almost fill an 8.5×11 inch piece of cardstock. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers and then cut it in half. It was a little scary to cut the paper in half after I spent all that time coloring! But it worked out ok. I mounted each on a piece of printed cardstock and then a black piece of cardstock and then mounted them to a card base. I did fussy cut the image and mounted them on foam squares. These cards will fit in a standard business envelop. The sentiments are from the Ice Cream Bouquet stamp set also.

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Altenew Modern Anemone

Hi Crafty People!

I recently picked up the December 2019 issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine. It came with Altenew’s Modern Anemone stamp and die set. Here are the cards I made using the stamp and die set with a few extra items from my stash. All the cards are A2 size with the card panel measuring 4×5.25 inches and are popped up on a fun foam panel.

I think they came out so pretty! Here’s each card and the supplies I used.

Here is the set that came with the magazine.

It’s a simple stamp set with matching dies.

Let’s start with the blue flower card.

For this card I stamped 2 flowers using Altenew inks, Sapphire and Persian Blue. The leaves are stamped in Sweet Leaf and Just Green. I used the same colors plus Caribbean Sky for the stencil in the background. The stencil is from Altenew and is called Feeling Dotty. I did use a set of make up blending brushes, from Amazon, to apply the ink with the stencil. The sentiment is from the Modern Anemone set. I stamped the sentiment and frame in Jet Black ink from Altenew. The frame is from Altenew’s Sweet Friend stamp set. Lastly, I added a few Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew.

I stamped the 3 flowers in Blush and Jet Black both from Altenew. I used Blush and Pink Pearl on the stencil background. Same frame and leaves as in the other cards and added Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew.

The last card’s flowers are stamped in Crimson and Coral Bliss. The stencil background also has Rouge ink as well as Crimson and Coral Bliss. Same frame, leaves and Nuvo Drops.

I really loved how these cards turned out. This was also my 1st time using the Altenew inks and I really loved the colors!

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