The Child by Fiona Barton

This book was not one of my favorites.  It is a mystery that centers around four women:  a reporter, a mother whose baby was abducted twenty+ years ago, a very broken young woman, and a selfish, love-starved older woman.  The remains of a baby are found on a construction site and the four women’s lives intersect.  My biggest complaints were that the characters are not likable and there were few happenings until the end.  It was a book that made me want to quit it at page 10, at page 30, at page 50, etc…  Unfortunately, I have a hard time quitting books.

The card I chose to make hints at the mystery and possibilities using the childhood card game of Concentration.  I made a birthday card with flaps that a person could open and try to find the matching saying.  The hardest part was figuring out the cuts for the openings.  My brain still hurts!

This is a 5″x7″ card (to make more room for the flaps and sayings) so the Blackberry Bliss base measures 10″x7″ with a score at 5″.  The DSP is a retired pattern because it was the only one I had that was 12″x12″.  I cut it to 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.  The same with the Lemon-Lime paper.

Using my paper trimmer, I cut the flaps.  With the short side at the top of the trimmer and the far left side at 4″, I punctured and cut from 3/4″ to 1-3/4″ then 2-3/4″ to 3-3/4″ then 4-3/4″ to 5-3/4″.  This means each flap will measure one inch long and 1-1/2 inches wide.

The next set of cuts is made at 2-1/2″.  I used the same punctures and cuts as the first time.  The next set of cuts is made at 2″ because there is 1/2″ between the two sets of flaps.  The final set of cuts is made at 1/2″.  I used some washi tape to hold down the card so it wouldn’t slide while I was puncturing and cutting.

I flipped the paper to the long side and started at 5-3/4″.  Punctures and cuts were made from 1/2″ to 2″ and 2-1/2″ to 4″.  Slide the paper to 3-3/4″ and finally 1-3/4″.  I had to push out the cuts a little where they weren’t exactly perfect.  Using a bone folder, I opened the flap and made a crisp fold.  Then I bent a little corner and used the folder again.

I glued the DSP onto the Lemon-Lime cardstock.  I stamped the saying AFTER I glued because I didn’t want to spend the time trying to line things up and then glue.  I then attached the this piece to the Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  The sayings I used were from a variety of stamp sets.  Two of them are retired and the other is from Jars of Love.  I just looked for sentiments that would fit in the 1″ wide by 1-1/2″ high boxes.

I am planning to ‘flap’ open another book and ‘concentrate’ on another card, so see you soon!

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Cheerful Critters Photopolymer Stamp Set

Cheerful Critters Photopolymer Stamp Set
Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Sometimes we try too hard to be perfect.   We try to be perfect at our jobs, at parenting, at keeping our house clean (definitely not me!), cooking meals and at our crafting.  I’m here to tell you that it’s okay if your lines don’t touch or the ink doesn’t perfectly match the paper.  It is also okay to take chances with your stamping.  Trying a new method or pattern doesn’t usually mean perfection.   I created the following cards for the five girl graduates I have this year.  I tried something a little different with each one and they are far from perfect but that also describes the girls:  they are all individuals.


All the cards were stamped on whisper white or very vanilla card stock.

A.  On card A, I stamped “Congratulations” randomly on the background.  I used two of the label-punch labels, one in garden green and the other in very vanilla.  I cut the back one in half to frame the written label.

B.  This card uses two papers from the Garden Impressions 6×6 collection.  I used the banner punch to trim the bottom.

C.  Because the flowers weren’t as large on this card, I made a background using the “To the graduate” stamp.  I also added the flower stamp to the skirt.

D.  This card uses some twine to give it a different look.  The twine is a little hard to work with because it is pokey and doesn’t like to stick to the anything “gluey”.

E.  I glammed this card up using gold glitter glue.  I made little dots that take quite some time to dry (learned from experience!).

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Jute Twine

Glue Dots


Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker

I recently read Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker.  It is a mystery story that takes place in a small lumber town in the New England area.  The book had so many layers:  the mystery of who caused a fatal bus accident, the history of the lumber business, family dysfunction, and a little bit of supernatural.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but the ending made me say “Whaaat!”

Here’s the card I made that was inspired by the book.  It focuses on the Waterfront stamp set.

Waterfront - Woodland Embossing Folder - Kristin Willberg - K's Kards - Stampin' Up!

I wanted to symbolize the multiple layers of the book.  To do this, I used a 6×6 piece of Whisper White paper and embossed the trees using the Woodland embossing folder.  I then stamped the river from Waterfront in Night of Navy and Blue Bayou.  The trees were stamped in Garden Green and Old Olive.  I used the stamping daubers to add a little Old Olive and Blue Bayou to the scenery.  I think it highlights the embossing.

The base layer is Garden Green card stock with Garden Green pine trees randomly situated.  The gray layer is Basic Gray card stock and ink.  I used a retired punch to punch out the sentiment from Waterfront.  I used some decorative brads to add a little “oomph” to the label.  The label has also been embossed (it was a scrap).

I am planning to “saw’ through another book and “chop” down a few more cards.  See you soon!

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Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad

Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad

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