Clean and Simple Card Making – Up Up &Away!




Bon Voyage Card
Bon Voyage Card

Clean and Simple Card Making

Clean and Simple Card week is almost over.  Today we have two clean and simple cards from the KaiserCraft Up Up & Away Collection.  I am very fond of this collection because I love hot air balloons and vintage inspired paper.  The cardstock I used is Worldwin GrungeMates – Chocolate

If you would like other card making ideas, click on paper crafts in the side bar to search through the many posts.

If you like Clean and Simple cardmaking you can visit these sites for more inspiration.

Up Up and Away - Discover Card
Up Up and Away - Discover Card


Clean and Simple Gatefold with Up Up and Away from Kaisercraft

Gate Fold Card
Gate Fold Card

Kaisercraft – Up up and away


Gate Folds can be clean and simple too.  One extra fold is all it takes.  Cut a 6×12 strip of paper. Score the strip at 3 and 9.  Fold in towards the center and viola’, a gate fold.

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Clean and Simple – Mini Card Set

Mini Card Set
Mini Card Set


Mini Card Madness

I have mentioned more than once that I like to make cards in batches and add the sentiment later .  This is a sample of a small batch using the same materials for all of the cards.  I used one sheet of  Worldwin Treasures in Grass 12×12 as the base.  I cut the cardstock into 4×8 strips.  Then white was applied in 3.5×3.5.  Next I cut a piece of pattern paper from a 6×6 paper pad into 3×3 squares.  Lastly, I cut a .5×3 strip and adhered it on top.  Then placed a flower and either a rhinestone or a pearl in the center.  Viola’  a set of 4×4 clean and simple cards.

Clean and Simple Card Cardmaking

Clean and Simple Card Cardmaking

Kaisercraft Lush Paper Collection
Kaisercraft Lush Paper Collection


This extra simple card uses one of my favorite card fronts.  Two pattern paper, a simple strip of paper or ribbon, a flower and a sentiment.  You cannot get much easier than that.  For this card, I used the Lush collection by Kaisercraft.


 Kaisercraft Lush Paper Collection

Worldwin GrungeMates – Chocolate

If you would like other card making ideas, click on paper crafts in the side bar to search through the many posts.

If you like Clean and Simple cardmaking you can visit these sites for more inspiration.

Clean and Simple Card Cardmaking- Kaisercraft Hippy Girl

Kaisercraft 6x6 card
Kaisercraft 6x6 card

Keeping it Clean and Simple with Kaisercraft


Kaisercraft Hippy Girl is a fun paper collection that can be used for a variety of themes.  The paper I have been using lately is in 6×6 paper pads.  I really like using the pads for cardmaking.  In the 6×6 paper pads you get a huge variety of paper and several sheets of die cut images.  I stamped a sentiment on the tag that was in the paper pack.


If you like Clean and Simple cardmaking you can visit these sites for more inspiration.


If you would like other card making ideas inspiration visit  Keri Lee and the sketch she used. You can also click on paper crafts in the side bar to search through the many posts.

Cardmaking – Clean and Simple with Kaisercraft

Kaisercraft CAS card
Kaisercraft CAS card


 Clean and Simple aka CAS

Over the next few weeks 365 days of will be featuring cards made from KaiserCraft and Worldwin Papers.  you will find most of the cards are easy to reproduce.  Clean and simple card making does not have to be vanilla and boring.  Try using a fun color combinations, pattern paper, colored or textured cardstock in any combination.  This card was made with a textured paper from Worldwin and also their cardstock.  The pattern paper and images are from Kaiser Craft

If you like Clean and Simple cardmaking you can visit these sites for more inspiration.



If you would like other card making ideas inspiration visit  Keri Lee and the sketch she used. You can also click on paper crafts in the side bar to search through the many posts.









Polymer Clay Vintage Ruler Bookmarks

polymer clay flowers from mold to decorate vintage rulers

polymer clay flowers from mold to decorate vintage rulers

Make your own bookmarks with polymer clay and vintage rulers

When I scored these fun vintage rulers at a recent thrift shop going out of business sale, I left with so many ideas of how to use them. With the holidays around the corner, I want to plan ahead and start organizing my gift giving for people such as teachers, co-workers, clients I would like to thank and friends, sans a big budget. I think these bookmarks will be perfect for the ladies on my list, as the materials are easy to come by (even the vintage rulers) and fairly quick to make in multiples. I will have to think about a man version- ideas welcome!

Lumiere paints

Choosing the Right Paints

Enter my favorite paints, Lumiere by Jacquard Products. These paints produce beautiful sparkly effects and really work well for producing antique results. The colors I chose for base coating and dry brushing are some of my favorites, Pewter, Crimson, Halo Violet Gold (fast becoming my fav even taking the place of my beloved Citrine) and Metallic Silver. Throw in some Neopaque colors like White and Magenta and you have the beauty that will make these bookmarks really stand out!

Cernit clay and moldsSo now the clay roses. Jacquard not only makes beautiful paints but they also carry a high quality polymer paint, Cernit clay, which is perfect for making both sophisticated and whimsical arts and crafts projects, including: miniatures, dolls, buttons, beads, jewelry, and for adding sculptural elements to any project, including bookmarks.

Tips on Using Clay Molds and Conditioning Clay

The molds are from Mad About Molds, which carries high quality polymer clay bisque molds in so many themes and shapes it will make your head spin. I recently discovered their site and was unable to get away without $50.00 bucks worth of molds in my shopping cart. Delivery was professional, prompt and the molds more than lived up to my expectations. Surprisingly easy to use, they benefit from a light coat of cornstarch before placing the conditioned clay inside the mold. If you have never conditioned clay before, it entails working it with your fingers until it is soft and pliable. Clay that has been under-conditioned will result in cracks while baking. There are some tried and true tricks for quicker conditioning, including placing a small amount (about 1/4 of a block) into your pocket or even your bra. Regarding this last idea, I have been surprised more than once at the end of the day when I undressed and discovered a wad or two of clay on the floor, somehow forgotten about over the course of a busy day.

Painted rosesOnce I molded and baked my roses, I gave them a couple-three coats of the Lumiere and Neopaque paint. Then I chose contrating colors of white and metallic silver to give the molded roses interest and depth. Dont forget the back! You want your rose to have that professional touch to them.

Vintage rulers

Cutting the Rulers to Bookmark Size 
“Vintage” (i.e. old advertisng rulers that can be found in some delightful colors) rulers are easy to find in almost any antique, flea or thrift shop. I used the no so colored ones since I did not want to compete with the beautiful molded roses.

Cutting rulers
Cutting the rulers is easy, you just need a hand saw (you may also want to wear safety gloves) and a cutting surface to protect your working surface from the obvious. I cut my rulers to 6″ in lenth, which gives you two per 12″ ruler (really?) or more from yard stick lengths (you do the math).

Gluing flowers to rulers

Assembling the Vintage Rulers 
Gluing the roses to the rulers is rather easy, the roses have a flat back. I also added these cute beaded scrapbooking embellishments by Recollections that I just love!

For a final vintage touch, dry brush the edges of the rulers with Neopaque in black.

Dry brush edges of rulers
Vintage Ruler Bookmarks 2A pretty gift a bookish friend will adore. They look great when paired with old torn books.

How to order the Materials or BookMarks

If you are interested in cernit clay, neopaque or lumiere, visit Dick Blick. For the truely time-strapped, I am offering these in my etsy shop. If you don’t have time to put these these together, go to my etsy shop and order them!

Want to see another cool project using these products? Hop on over to my tutorial creating unique shadow box napkin rings.

Thanks for letting me share- remember…

Live Life Creatively,




Halloween Luminaries -Upcycled Tin Cans

Finished cans 1Halloween Craft Idea!

Recycle and repurpose not only a tin can, old jewelry, old book pages and left-over fabric scraps.

It’s amazing what you can do with commonly tossed items such as recycled tin soup cans. Follow along with me as I show you how I turned these cans into upcycled Halloween luminaries.

Recycled soup cansMeasure and cut canvas sheets or material purchased in the fabric section to the length and width of the cans you are using.

Using Jacquard Product’s Lumiere and Neopaque paints, dry brush the cut canvas sheets while lying flat.

Lumiere paintsI chose to use Neopaque Black first, making wide brush strokes using a 1″ flat brush, brushing both horizontally and vertically on the canvas.

Dry brush canvas sheets When the black paint is dry, paint strokes using Lumiere in Metallic Copper. Finish with Metallic Silver, and Neopaque White.
Dry brush canvas sheets 2
To attach the sheets to the recycled cans, apply strong tacky glue to the back and wrap around the cans. If needed, use rubber bands to hold the canvas in place on the can while the glue sets.

Punch holes for broochWhile cleaning out some old jewelry, I came across some interesting brooches to give the luminaries an upcycled, sophisticated look. Attach the brooches by punching some holes with a heavy duty hole punch and pressing the parts of the brooch that hold the pin bar into the punched holes. Additionally, use some heavy duty glue to hold the brooch in place. In other posts, I have ranted and raved about the We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite. I discovered that it is currently on sale at It is one of those craft supplies that makes you wonder how you ever did without it once you get one.

Halloween sentiments Create some Halloween sentiments by stamping on Jacquard’s cotton percale. Of course, this product is also inkjet printer friendly so you can create your sentiments using a fun font and printer.

Attached handle
Scalloped edged cardstock, dry brushed with Neopaque black makes a pretty edged accent.

This handle, made by 7 Gypsies, was attached by punching addtional holes at the top of the can and inserting the wire of the handle into the punched holes. I painted it first with Neopaque Black and dry brushed it with Metallic Silver.

Finished cans 2Light up your Upcycled Halloween Luminary using a waxed votive or a battery operated tea light.

Both Lumiere and Neopaque paints can be purchased from Dick Blick.

Need more Halloween Decorating ideas? See this post on decorating the outside of your home using your existing features.

Live Life Creatively,


Engagement Scrapbook page idea

“You Make Me Happy”
Designed By:  Sue Eldred

Sue made her daughter’s beautiful engagement layout using October Afternoon’s 5 & Dime Collection.  Having such a beautiful page to document a momentus occasion would make anyone happy.

October Afternoon’s  5 & Dime Collection
PP-578  Butterscotch 12 x 12 paper (background)
PP-579  Root Beer Barrels  12 x 12 paper
SS-277  Shape Stickers (“happy” banner)
CB-826  5 & Dime Chip ‘n Stick (½ rounds on banner)
SS-290  Mini Market Stickers
SS-279  Label Stickers  (bicycle circle)
DC-146 Miscellany  (Lucky Card & word strip)

Additional Supplies:
LV-MCP40  Mega Circle Punch  (Marvy Uchida)
Brown Cardstock
Black and White String
Foam Mounting Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)
Crocheted Ribbon  (May Arts)
Glue Glider Pro  (Glue Arts) permatac
1/8” Terifically Tacky Tape  (Provo Craft)
Baby Powder
Small Paintbrush

1.  Start with a 12 x 12 sheet of Butterscotch scrapbook paper with the lines going horizontally.
2.  Cut a piece of Root Beer scrapbook paper 8” x 12” and adhere onto your Butterscotch background paper.
3.  Add a fun photo that makes you happy.
4.  Place one foam mounting square onto the back of each of the “h-a-p-p-y” letters.  Lay letters onto a long piece of black and white string, leaving space in between each letter.  After you put the letters onto the string and before you take off the backing on the mounting square, apply baby powder onto the back of each letter sticker with a paintbrush.  This makes the remaining part of the sticker un-sticky so you can make it a die cut instead of a sticker.
5.  Arrange “Happy” banner over picture and remove backing off letters.  Add Chipboard Rounds to finish off banner.
6.  Adhere “lucky” card to the bottom portion of the layout.
7.  Apply 1/8” Terifically Tacky tape to the bottom edge of the Root Beer scrapbook paper.  Remove red protective strip and lay crocheted ribbon over tape.  (I like to use extra ribbon and tape the ends to the back of the layout.)
8.  Punch a Circle from the Brown Cardstock and adhere the green “bicycle” journaling sticker onto the circle.  Journal using Mini Market Stickers.  Add several foam mounting squares to back of journaling circle and add to layout.
9.  Add word strip to the center of the lace trim.

Picadilly Pop Up Card by Sue Eldred

Picadilly Pop Up Card

I just love Pop-Up cards.

The card was made using Basic Grey new Picadilly scrapbook paper and Stickers.

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this is the front of the card

(I also used a couple stickers from the new Indie Bloom Collection)

this is the inside of the card

close up of the dimension  (I also used Martha Stewarts picket fence punch)