Category Archives: Anything but a card

Christmas ornament

Trim your tree this year with some handcrafted ornaments.  I made this one yesterday using the tutorial from Becca Feeken found here.  Becca did a wonderful job in explaining and demonstrating how to create the ornament.


In Becca’s video she suggests using text weight or lightweight paper -cardstock is too heavy and will not work.  I used double sided scrapbook paper from K & Company.  The paper was heavier than text weight, but not as heavy as cardstock and  is from a 12″ paper pad called Travel that contains  beach/ocean themed patterns. I found  two sheets that had a pretty red and gold pattern on one side and illustrations of coral on the other side.   So….don’t limit yourself to holiday themed paper for this – you may have paper in your stash that will work  perfectly!

All in all, it took me just over an hour to put this together.  That includes cutting and folding the shapes, gluing everything together and adding the ribbon.

A few things I would do  little different the next time I make one of these.

First – I would go with Becca suggestion on textweight or lighter paper.  While the scrapbook paper was not heavy, the glue dots came apart in areas.

Second – Becca’s tutorial calls for cutting 18 shapes – I am thinking 20 or 22 would be a little better as it allows a bit more “give” in the overall shape and may not put as much stress on the glue.

Third – instead of glue dots I would use much stronger adhesive  – like red line tape.  It would take a little longer to apply, but I think it is worth it in the long run.  For this ornament I ended up replacing the glue dots that did not hold up with the red line  tape and it seems to have helped.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

storage solution

Almost every crafter has one thing in common – no matter what your craft – and that is how to store all the stuff you use (keep) for your craft.  There are storage solutions for every imaginable problem and you can spend a ton on just storage boxes.

I’ve been meaning to get a handle on my thin metal dies.  They seem to multiply and the smaller ones tend to get “lost” temporarily.  Since I don’t have an electronic/digital cutting machine (which would probably eliminate many of these dies)  containing them so that they are easily accessible yet, well, “contained” was key for me.  And I found a simple solution at my local JoAnns, but you can do a diy version as well.

I went from a stack of plastic cases that did not even hold all my dies to one smaller plastic container – there is the photo.  The left pile shows the “before”, the right shows the “after”.

Here is the container – a simple plastic container with a handle that measures about 9.5 inches (roughly) and about 3.5 inches deep from Art Bin.  It comes with three magnetic sheets shaped to fit the container and you can purchase additional sheets.  They were on sale for 40% off at JoAnns a few weeks ago.

Here is what one of the sheets looks like with a bunch of my metal dies on it.   I have 9 sheets in the box right now (with all my dies stored) , and can probably fit about 15 or so in total in the box so there is room to grow.

The box closes nicely and fits on a bookshelf – very accessible.

You can do this on your own by purchasing a small plastic bin and get magnetic sheets to fit inside.  I will say this – the  magnetic sheets from the Art Bin case are very sturdy – much sturdier than what you can get at the big box stores.

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Mark’s Finest Papers January Release Day 3!

Hello! Welcome to Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Company’s January Blog Hop!
This month’s New Stamp Set Releases are
Love Remains Featured January 17
Cowgirls Rule Featured January 18
Sending Happy Thoughts Featured January 19
You Are Cherished Featured January 20


Today’s blog hop features a wonderful postal set called Sending Happy Thoughts.  Instead of a card I chose to do a cute treat box – since next month is filled with events (Valentines Day, Mardi Gras, my husbands birthday) there will be plenty of opportunities to give out treats!

I made the box using a beautiful green linen cardstock from MFP called  August Greens Linen.   I love the look of linen  cardstock and the color went perfectly with the yellows of the black eyed susan image. 

The image was stamped with memento tuxedo black ink and colored with copics, sponged with memento sky around the edges.   The “hello” sentiment is from the same set and stamped in black.  The background leaf image is from the Love Remains set released earlier this week and was stamped with memento new sprout ink.  The gorgeous yellow satin ribbon is called Bright Sunrise and is also available from Mark’s Finest papers.


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don’t forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!)We will announce all four winners on January 21, 2012 on the Mark’s Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win!) The winners will be chosen at 11PM EST on Friday January 20, 2012.

Pat G.
Karen H.
Patty P.
Dawn M.
Karen K.
Nancy – you are here!
Mark’s Finest Papers

2012 free calendar download

Here is a shout out to the ladies at the One Lucky Day blog!!!  They are offering a free 2012 calendar download.  Take a look at this darling christmas package that uses December on the front:

To get the calendar download check out this post HERE and follow the instructions!

one sheet bag

Here is one of the projects I made for the Passionately Artistic blog, just in case you missed it. It’s a small box/bag made with one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock:

First, here is how I created the front panel. It is best to to assemble your decorated front completely and then place it on the front of the box. Stamp and cut out the poinsettia image on red cardstock – no coloring needed! I attached small blue self stick pearls to the center of the image. Die cut two leaf images from green cardstock. This die is from the Spellbinders foliage set. Take of piece of red cardstock and place of piece of patterned fabric on top. The fabric I used is from Mota and has blues, greens and red throughout it.

Assemble all the pieces to the front of the fabric covered panel. I also added some bakers twine and a stamped sentiment.

To make the actual box, refer to the SCS resources section for “one sheet box.  There is a very good tutorial there that will show you how to make the box.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!