Valentine Swing

Garden swings have played a role in the courtship of the lovely couple for whom this card was made. So, an interactive card to reminded them of their early days getting to know one another is appropriate.

The starting point for this card is a new Tutti Designs swinging bench die and a “M” fold stepper base.

Die-cut:  Cut the whole swing die out six times – 2 green, 2 pink wood, 2 white wood. From these six designate one of each color to be the front section and one of each color to be the back section. The pink wood pieces will be used as the section bases. The chain with the bench attached should be trimmed from the roof of the pink pieces. Cut the rounded bench arms with the chain attached off the pink bench pieces and discard the bench remains.

Front Section:  Trimmed off the green roof from the front section and glue the two green posts to the back of the pink wood piece. From the white wood piece, trim off the roof from the chain with bench attached and posts. Then trim down the post pieces to the circles. These shortened white posts glue to the front of the pink wood posts.

Back Section:  Trim off the chain with bench attached from the green piece. Glue the green piece to the back of the pink piece to strengthen it. From the white wood piece, trim off the roof from the chain with bench attached and posts. Then trim down the post pieces to the circles. These shortened white posts glue to the front of the pink wood posts. Save the white roof for later.

Bench:  Trim off the chains from both white bench pieces and discard the chains. On the front bench piece snip the two connecting lattice bars from the arms. (See first photo) Bend down the lattice seat and trim the curved portion off so that the seat is ½ inch deep. (See second photo) From white scrap, cut two strips 1 inch by ¼ inch. Fold ¼ inch tabs at each side of the strips. (See third photo) Glue strips to the back side of front bench under the bend for the seat. Glue the remaining tabs to the front of the back white bench piece. The bench now should have a rectangular frame once which the lattice seat will rest on. (See fourth photo and photo below)

Glue the pink chains to the back sides of the bench arms, keeping the chains perpendicular to the bench seat. Cut two pieces of white embroidery floss at least 5 inches long. Thread a piece of floss through the top chain link and then through the other top chain link. Repeat with second piece of floss on opposite bench side.

Stepper Base:  Cut a piece of green cardstock 5 inches by 5 ½ inches. With the 5 ½ side of card vertical, score the shorter side at the middle (2 ½ inches) and at the quarter marks (1 ¼ Inches and 3 ¾ inches). Fold the middle as a valley fold and the quarters as mountain folds. Your folded base should resemble a “M.”

Assembly of Card:  Lay the back pink-roof-with-posts piece on your work surface and position the bench and its floss threads as it would hang from the roof. Flatten the bench to see where the chains will move to and adjust bench so threads with reach roof. Tape only the back two threads to front of pink roof. Trim tails off the two taped threads. Glue the white roof piece over the taped threads.

Place the front pink-roof-with-posts piece on top of the back piece aligning the posts. Glue only the top heart and scalloped roof trim of the front and back pieces together.  Position the front chain threads over the front pink rood and tape to roof. Open glued front and back to a tent-like shape. Reposition front taped threads to make bench level and free to swing. Glue green roof over the taped threads.

Glue the back posts to the back ‘mountain’ of card base and front posts to front “mountain” of base. Decorate with as desired with flowers and sentiment. Add a white strip of cardstock to back side of base to write a personal message.

The card will fold flat to fit into an envelope, by flipping up bench seat and flatten bench frame.

I decorated my card with some tiny flowers made from a Spellbinders die set and the sentiment (Karen Burniston die) was cut once from red and once from white and then glued slightly askew to give highlights.

As is my style, I stamped the back of the envelope with a BoBunny hearts stamp three times in a cherry red ink to hint as to what is inside.

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Sundae Shop – You’re So Sweet

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream sundaes YUMMY! And even better when shared with two spoons. This is a sweet Valentine’s card made for a special couple.

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Made this card using die sets from Karen Burniston and lots of recycled colorful packaging from my stash. The shine on the hot fudge topping and cherries is Nuvo Jewel Drops. The “glass” dish is vellum that has been stenciled using the die with a white paint pen.


The card front is made with papers from Authentique’s Confection Collection.

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Flowers for the Pretty Lady

I love creating buildings and 3-dimentional cards. This being said, when I saw the Hero Arts January 2019 My Monthly Hero kit I knew I had to have it.  I looked at all the videos and blogs using the kit while waiting for the kit to arrive. Then I developed an idea for a stand-alone flower booth card.


I ended up using a fan-fold of about 1.25 inches wide to made the sides of the booth. I used 1/8 inch wide double sided tape to adhere the three brown shelves to the inside of the folds. (See YouTube video from Crafter’s Companion that shows how to do the fan-fold sides and attach shelves.) I cut the striped awning about 1 inch taller than the stamp so I could color it and glue it to the inside back to give the booth a roof.


Coloring the entire card with watercolor pencils and using a waterbrush to spread the color was a lot of fun.  The “Valentine’s” was stamped and embossed with black sparkle powder and fussy cut. All the flowers and cans where shaped around a fat marker pen to add some dimension. I used foam squares and tape to add more layers and depth.


The back sentiment was computer generated and cut to look like a poster on the back of the booth. (If I had to choose the adhesive I used to adhere the poster again, I would use glue rather than the doubled-sided tape which shows through the thin copier paper I printed the sentiment on, but I was afraid the ink would run if I used water-based glue. I also could have repositioned the poster more squarely on the back.)

Supplies used:

  • Hero Arts January 2019 My Monthly Hero kit
  • White and green premium cardstock from Darice
  • VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
  • Scotch White Foam Squares and Tape
  • Prima Marketing Inc. Watercolor Pencils -The Basics
  • Tim Holtz-Ranger Waterbrush -Detailer Tip
  • Stampabilities Black Dye Ink Pad
  • Poster cut from Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Pop-Up Die


New Dies!

There is nothing so exciting to a papercrafter as new materials and dies arriving in the mail! I managed to have two such boxes (Karen Burniston and Taylored Expressions) and a raffle goodie basket full of Stampin’Up papers, stickers, cards, inks and stamps all sitting on my crafting table at the same time.

Below is the split personality card that evolved from all these fun items.



I used:

Karen Burniston  in cahoots with Riley and Company dies:

  • 1043 – Fancy Label Accordian
  • 1044 Fancy Flourish Frames  (These fit nicely over the tabs connecting the frames together and blend the three different colored cardstock.)

Taylored Expressions dies:

  • TE600 – Golf Ball & Tee
  • TE1089 – Hole in One


  • TeaRoom Memories & More Card Pack
  • Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers
  • Baker’s Twine – Bermuda Bay
  • A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set

Cardstock from my stash in

  • Bold Teal Blue
  • Pale Blue
  • Bold Green
  • Pale Green
  • White

Hampton Art’s Pale Blue Ink Pad

CraftSmart’s Light Blue Ink Pad

Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue