Super Cute Pen Holder – Project Instructions

Whoo Hoo!  I’m adding a new product to my blog – downloadable project instructions! I’m super excited about this, as I used to teach cardmaking and scrapbooking classes on a regular basis. unfortunately, I got sick for quite a while and couldn’t keep regular hours with my classes.  I had to give them up.  Ever since, I’ve been looking for a way to get back to it, in a way that allows me more flexibility.

Please let me know what you think of my first effort in the comments (I appreciate the suggestions for improvement just as much as the kudos).  If this is popular, I will be adding more free projects, as well as some e-classes for purchase.

And now, drum roll please…. 

… my first downloadable project…


I don’t know about you, but I love having pretty containers on my desk or in my creative space. They brighten up my rather dull workstation at office, and inspire me when I’m cardmaking or scrapbooking at home.

In this tutorial, we will make a super cute pen holder using a dollar store pen cup, some cardstock and a little bling. It is relatively easy to make – all the tools and techniques used are used regularly in card making.

If you can make a card, you can make this pretty pen holder in about an hour!

Download instructions here.

Information for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators here.

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Flower Power

I just wanted to share a quick card with you tonight.  Hope you like it!

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Butterfly Love

This week, I challenged myself to create a few cards using styles outside of my comfort zone.  This card is the result.  I was also inspired by this week’s colour combination for The Play Date Cafe.

How I Made It

  1. I used three different colours to stamp some butterflies, hearts and flowers in a border around the edges.
  2. I used an embossing folder in my BigShot to create the frame around the love stamp.  The butterflies were also created with an embossing die folder.
  3. The flowers were created using scallop and flower punched, following the steps I described here.
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Silver Bells – Wedding Bells that is…

Sometimes the stars are just in alignment – whether in marriage or crafting.  I was sitting down to make a card for my Aunt and Uncle’s 25th wedding anniversary, when I say that this week’s colour combination on The Play Date Cafe was gold, nude and silver – perfect for a silver wedding anniversary.  This card is the result.

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Circus Birthday

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I created this card for my nephew’s second birthday.  It has always been a challenge for me to create kids cards, especially for boys, but I’m quite happy with how this turned out. The color combination is based on this week’s Colour Queen challenge, just perfect for a little boy’s circus theme!

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Faux Chipboard

I made this card for Father’s Day, but the same design could easily be used for a birthday card for a man or a kid.

I love the dimensional look to this card – not only does the star look like it’s made of layered chipboard, a couple of the layers are also texture embossed.

Here’s how I did it:

Faux Chipboard – Textured

  1. To make faux chipboard, I used cardstock in a craft colour similar to the colour of chipboard.
  2. I used my Sizzix BigShot to die cut stars in a four different of sizes. 
  3. I ran four sheets of cardstock through the die cut machine at the same time; by adhering multiple layers of the same shape in a stack, you can create a cardstock shape the same thickness of chipboard. 
  4. In the end though, I didn’t end up using all four layers for any single star.  I found that if I had done that for an embellishment with four sizes of stars layered on top, the final embellishment would have been far too thick.

Each of the four sizes of stars were finished in a different way:

  • Top Star: I finished this star by running a single layer of cardstock through my Big Shot in a textured embossing folder.  I then inked the top of the cardstock, leaving the textured crevices in the natural colour.
  • Second Star:  I adhered two cardstock stars of the same size together, then inked the top piece of cardstock, and the edges.
  • Third Start:  Again, I adhered two cardstock stars of the same size together, then stamped a text image across the top.
  • Bottom Star:  I finished this star by running the top layer of cardstock through my Big Shot with a textured embossing plate. I then adhered this to two more stars of the same size, and used a sponge to ink the edges of the textured star.
  • Finally, I adhered all four stars together, to creat a single embellishment.

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Time Flies

Time Flies Card

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It is always nice to have a few gender neutral birthday cards in my stash.  I loved making this card, because it works for just about any adult. 

I really like how the birthday greeting label stands out when it is framed.  I use a nice simple trick to do this, and it’s great because I don’t need to buy the same punch in two sizes to make it work. 

Here’s How I Did It – Framing Labels

  1. Punch greeting out greeting using label punch.
  2. Punch two unstamped labels from coordinating cardstock.
  3. Make two horizontal cuts in one coordinating label at the “valley” of the curve, and two vertical cuts in the other coordinating label.
  4. Adhere the outer pieces of the horizontally cut coordinating label to the back of the greeting, so that the edges peek out from under the greeting label. Discard the center piece.
  5. Repeat for the vertically cut coordinating label.


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