DIY Embellishments


I wanted to make a card using one of the Cats & Bats Scrapbook WYW card projects. I decided on the first card on the left in the picture. The workshop guide shows it as a Halloween card. My kids are teens and so I don’t have any use for Halloween cards, so I decided to turn it into a birthday card.



We have lots of fun paper choices from the Cats & Bats paper packet. This card uses the black and white diagonal (5 1/4 x 4), a piece of zip strip (5 1/2), Black cardstock (1/2 x 4 1/4 – dovetailed on one end), Emerald cardstock (3 x 3 3/4), and Pebble cardstock (3 x 3 1/2 – light side).


I decided to swap out the emerald cardstock for Raspberry (It seemd more party-ish) and used some of the black B&T duos paper for the dovetailed piece instead of the cardstock. I also used White Daisy for the stamping instead of Pebble.

I used the Birthday Sparkles and Sweet Birthday stamp sets with Pansy and Raspberry ink. Then I stamped the sparkles in Emerald and Willow along the bottom. After adding the party hats on the right, I felt it still needed a little something on the top left.


The embellishments that coordinate with this paper use Black, Emerald, and Goldrush and I didn’t have any Raspberry or Thistle colored embellishments. So I decided to work up a little DIY magic. I wasn’t having much luck getting a good picture of these that showed the nice shiny finish, but here’s what I did.

  • First I punched some holes in the Raspberry cardstock using 2 different sized hole punches (nothing fancy, just the kind you find in office supply stores).
  • Then I covered each dot with Liquid Glass and allowed them to dry. It dries to a nice shiny finish.
  • I could have continued to build them up a bit like enamel dots, but just didn’t take the time.


Liquid Glass is a great adhesive for 3 dimensional paper art, for attaching ribbon and for creating Base & Bling jewelry (these retired in July). It does take a little time to dry and if you use too much it squishes out all over – uh hmm – or so I’ve been told! 😉 But I definitely like to use if when straight adhesive just isn’t strong enough or doesn’t work around dimensional pieces.

This is one of the cards that you can create in my Cats & Bats class this month. If you can’t make it or you’re not local – email me to find out how to get a ready to assemble kit so you can still play!







Scrapbooking Little Dreamer

I was excited to scrapbook with the Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way kit.  These papers have fun colors that are great for happy events.  I’ve been wanting to scrap my son’s 2nd Easter and birthday and these papers were perfect for both! I was able to use the Workshop Guide with minimal changes to meet my needs for picture sizes & quantities.  Check out the comparison below!

1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-01I like the simplicity of this layout.  The lagoon stripes on the base papers added nice dimension.  Rather than using the Complements for a title, I decided to cut ‘make a wish’ from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge.



This was layout was great for continuing the birthday theme.  I used CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge (retired) for the ‘Birthday Boy’ title. The party hats are from the Artistry and Flower Market Cartridges! I also used different PML cards for journaling and left off the unicorns (cute as they are, they just don’t work with Bob the Builder!)


1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-03I love that our B&T Duo papers are just that – dual sided!  This layout was easy to adjust simply by flipping the unicorns over to get the dots.  I probably wouldn’t so much of the dots on back to back layouts – but these will be a few months apart in the final book – so I’m happy with it.  The Cricut cuts for this layout include Easter Eggs from Art Philosophy (retired), grass strip from Artbooking and Happy Easter title from Flower Market


Tips for adapting to your layouts:

  1. Change up the PML cards to meet your needs and cover up things that don’t fit – I covered up unicorns and flowers (2nd layout) and a heart (3rd layout).
  2. Use Cricut cuts for titles and embellishing.
  3. You can easily add more pictures or different sizes to a sample layout.
  4. Wait until you’ve decided on pictures to cut the photo mats from the Thistle Cardstock and Heart B&T Duo paper.
  5. A little planning goes a long way! I like to decide on what pictures I want to use before I start cutting my papers. This way I can more easily decide what adjustments I want to make.

I’d love to hear any ideas you might have for adjusting kit layouts to meet your needs!



No Stamping Required…

Happy Monday (is there such a thing?!)!  Since the CTMH special this month is 25% off the Thin Cuts – I thought I’d show a card that uses Thin Cuts without stamping (don’t worry – I’ll have Thin Cuts with stamping later).


This is a great unisex birthday card as it uses the Dreamin’ Big paper packet that is just great all-around paper.  I used a 1 1/2″ strip of the black tone-on-tone diagonal piece on the bottom to ground everything.  For the top, I used a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4″ piece of the multi-colored dot paper.  This paper includes Goldrush, Glacier, Poppy, Sorbet, Juniper, Slate (and probably a few more) – so it really goes with so many things.

Happy Birthday Thin Cut


I used some Goldrush cardstock from the Dreamin’ Big coordinating cardstock pack (X7218D) and the Happy Birthday thin cuts (Z3304).  I layered these pieces with the backside of the dots which is a glacier pattern on white (it kind of looks like little lines instead of dots).



This is all topped off with some Dreamin’ Big sequins and Whisper Thick Twine for embellishments.  This card can be redone with so many different paper combinations – watch for another one on the card buffet during the Free Craft Night on 31 March!

There you go – Happy Birthday without using any stamps.  I love making life easy!



Additional products used:


Are you looking for a way to make a lot of cards quickly – & easily without using a ton of product?  Check out these 12 cards – made with 1 sheet of B&T Duos patterned paper (double sided) and 1 sheet (plus a 5 ½ X 4 piece) of colored cardstock and 1 sheet of cardstock for stamping (I used White Daisy).



You can find a host of One Sheet Wonder patterns on-line.  But I decided to make my own.  It was really pretty easy – I started by dividing a 12 X 12 grid to get pieces for the card.


After cutting the 12 X 12 sheet apart, I set to work matching the pieces up with Black cardstock and White Daisy squares.


I ended up with 12 cards that worked great with either the Birthday Sparkles or All the Thanks – or any stamp that fits within a 2 ¾ square.


I used one of the papers from the La Vie Enrose paper packet (from the 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations).


I didn’t add any bling – but you could easily dress these cards up with some Bitty Sparkles, Shimmer Trim, sequins or whatever else you have to match.

I’ve included the cutting diagrams here, but I’ll also put a PDF version in the files of my Facebook Customer Group – This is a closed group where I hold drawings & post specials just for members – feel free to request to be added!