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Sunflower & Plaid Happy Birthday Card


Today, I am sharing a birthday card that I made recently. I used an old tool that had not seen the light of day for some time, the Stampin’ Up Plaid Maker.  It turned out just like I was hoping. I also added a handmade sunflower and used Flower Soft for the center. I often make my centers with more paper punches but I might just be sold on this look. The bonus is that it feels soft too.

Stamps from Stampin' Up with Distress Inks, Stains and Embossing Powders
Stamps from Stampin’ Up with Distress Inks, Stains, and Embossing Powders

When I started working on this card, I knew that I wanted to have one piece of background with a red based plaid pattern. I broke out my plaid maker and got to work! I’ll be honest I was a little afraid that I had gotten rid of it. I sponged through the thick stripes with Barn Red Distress Ink and the used the thinner stripes for the Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  I stamped over my plaid with the Weathered Background Stamp from Stampin’ Up using Tea Dye Distress Ink. Next, I aged the panel using more Tea Dye Ink and then Vintage Photo Ink around the edges.

Label close-up
Label close-up

I gave my panel some time to dry before stamping the horses on the bottom. I used Vintage Photos Distress Ink and Veramark to stamp the horses and then embossed with Zing! embossing powder in Chestnut. The stamp and embossing came out a little spotty so I colored in my blank spots with a Vintage Photo Distress Marker. It had a really neat distress texture.

Featureing a handmade sunflower
Featuring a handmade sunflower

Once I had that panel how I wanted it I went ahead and created the “jeans” layer behind it. for this, I simply sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink right onto a piece of white cardstock. I was simple and easy but gave the look I was going for.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then started work on my “HB.” I cut out the letters using QuicKutz Blossom Die Cut Alphabet. I then inked the letters using Barn Red Distress Ink and my Ink Blending Tool. Then, I applied Clear Embossing Powder. I brushed a little off so that the coverage was not complete. I heat set the embossing powder and once cool, I sponged over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I really wanted more of an aged enamel look so I gave my letters a good coat of Glossy Accents. I was very inspired by the “Pickers” for this touch, I kept thinking about old enamel signs they find in  dusty barns.

Horses on plaid
Horses on plaid

I then went to work on the labels where the letters would rest. I used the Spellbinders Label One Nested Dies to cut out the two shapes. For the lighter, I stamped the Stampin’ Up Background Stamp Just Jeans using Antique Linen. I then randomly applied smudges to distress the panel. For the larger shape, I used a rust technique. I have kind of cobbled this together from a few different sources and then there is always a fair amount of “making it work.” I started by applying Evergreen Boughs, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce and Stormy Sky Distress Inks to the label. I just keep working this until I am happy with the look. I then set the label aside to dry. I then stamped with the Stampin’  Up Gorgeous Grunge with Rusty Hinge over the Distress Stain. Next, I randomly applied a little VersaMark ink and poured Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder over the top. I then used my heat gun to set the powder.

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I adhered all my pieces of label together and before I adhered it to my plaid panel I added the ribbons. The first ribbon is a burlap ribbon from Michaels and then I added a piece of Twill Tape. This ribbon was dyed with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Before I adhered down the label I added a few vintage  brads.

Rusty goodness
Rusty goodness

Next, I set four eyelets in the corners of my plaid and then added that to my blue piece. I almost stopped here, I really tried to but it was just too plain. So I created the sunflower. As is my normal, I used my McGill Paper Blossom Punches. This flower takes the Lily, Alpine Snowflake, and Birch Leave Punches. As I mentioned in the intro, I used Flower Soft on the center and other than taking some time to dry I am totally thrilled with this product. It just turned out kind of cool. I did add depth to the petals with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo went onto the leaves.

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I stamped the sentiment on a thin scrap of paper and cut it into a banner. I did a little aging to this with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.


My final step  was the wooden panel. I tried a few different options but this was the one that won out. I used the Hardwood Background Stamp on a piece of white cardstock using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I added the additional color with Tea Dye and VintagePhotoo Distress Inks. I cut my wooden planks apart and added a little additional ink along the edges. I then adhered these directly to my top-fold card base.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I feel like this card has a unique look to it, but I love the way it all came together. This is in fact, a birthday card for my dad and while it does have a sunflower I think that it is still masculine. Thank you for popping by!

Horses on plaid
Horses on plaid


Stamps: Weathered, Gorgeous Grunge, Hardwood, Bareback, Just Jeans, and Warmest Regards – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Faded Jeans, Barn Red and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks – Ranger, VersaMark – Tsukineko

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Yellow & Green – Unk

Other: Evergreen Boughs, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce, & Stormy Sky Distress Ink – Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, Zing! Embossing Powder in Chestnut – American Crafts, Vintage Photo Distress Marker – Ranger,  Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Glossy Accents – Ranger, Burlap Ribbon – Michaels, Twill Tape –  Stampin’ Up, Eyelets & Brads – Making Memories, Flower Soft – Black

Tools: Spellbinders Label One, Plaid Maker – Stampin’ Up, Blossom alphabet Die – QuicKutz, Birch Leaf, Star Lily & Alpine Snowflake Paper Blossom Punches – McGill


Dragonfly & Sunflower Card


I hope that you are doing well out there. Our summer is in full swing and between all the activities and generally craziness I haven’t had much time to blog! Yikes the time just flies. Today, I am sharing a very special card I created. This features a handmade sunflower and die cut dragonfly. I used lots of layers and blending to create this card. As you may have noticed, I often create presentation boxes for my cards with flowers but this time I mailed this in a padded envelope and it worked great. And here it is. . . .

Card created by Jennifer Miner
Card created by Jennifer Miner

To begin this card I started by creating the panel with the stamped butterflies. I used Archival Ink from Ranger to stamp the butterflied and the I went to work with my Distress Inks. For this project I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. I used my Ink Blending tools to created the panel. Once I had it how I wanted I used the Gothic Stencil by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous to add the damask shapes in Picked Raspberry. I then stamped the background images using Carved Pumpkin. I completed this panel with an application of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.

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Next, I created the metallic mat from my top panel. This began as a piece of white cardstock that I colored with Distress Stains. I used Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photos. I did a few coats with each color and it turned out to give a really neat look. Once my Distress Stains were dry I added a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Then I created the background of the front. Again I grabbed a piece of white cardstock and applied my Distress Inks in the same colors. I then used the Harlequin Stencil by Time Holtz from Stampers Anonymous to create the raised diamonds. I first created a colored paste using Molding Paste from Golden and Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint from Americana. I mixed these on my craft sheet and applied to my card over the stencil using a palette knife. I se this aside to dry.

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Next I started on my dragonfly. This is a new Sizzix  die from Tim Holtz that I was coveting for some time and I finally decided that I had to have it. This die comes with the embossing folder that creates the depth to the dragonfly. I cut versions on the dragonfly and used the embossing folder on one.

I started with the pink “shadow.” I cut my shape out of white cardstock and spritzed it with a healthy amount of Viva Pink and Sunlight Glimmer Mists. Once those were dry I added a little Picked Raspberry on the edges.

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Next, I took the embossed die cut dragonfly and started coloring it. I used Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to create the base color and then added a spritz of Sunlight Glimmer Mist. Once that was dry I added Hay Ride Glimmer Glam, I also used the Viva Pink to added a little pink to the wings. I really wanted him to have some dimension so I die cut another dragonfly and glued that to the back. At this point, I glued my pink shadow and yellow dragonfly to my main panel.

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Next, I created my sunflower. I used my McGill Paper Blossoms Punches and white cardstock that was colored with Distress Inks in the same colors as the rest of the card. I made one petal pink. I broke out the glue gun and my shaping tools and went to work. Once I had created my sunflower I added Stickles in Orange Slice, Fruit Punch and Yellow.

Up close and personal with a paper sunflower
Up close and personal with a paper sunflower

At this point, I added three eyelets and two pink ribbons to the card and put it all together. I glued on my sunflower and added a few adhesive gems.

Dragon & Sunflower card - on the inside
Dragon & Sunflower card – on the inside

Using the same techniques I used to create the front of the card I created an inner panel. I kept it pretty light so I was able to write on top of the ink without any problems.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

And that was all she wrote! I was very happy with how this card turned out. It was a lot of work but totally worth it!


Paper: Neenah Solar White

Stencils: Gothic & Harlequin by Tim Holtz – Stampers Anonymous

Stamps: Papillon – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Ink: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin & Vintage Photo, Jet Black Archival Ink – Ranger

Other: Sunlight & Viva Pink Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Hay Ride Glimmer Glam – Tattered Angels, Tarnished Brass & Vintage Photo Distress Stain – Ranger, Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint – Americana, 3/8″ Pink Stain Ribbon – Michaels, Fruit Punch, Yellow & Orange Slice Stickles – Ranger, 3mm Orange Adhesive Gems – Mark Richards, Eyelets – Making Memories



Winged Cube Boxes

Wing Cube Box-1Hi y’all!

Today I am sharing a new tutorial and video tutorial for these super cute winged cube boxes. I have also seen them called wing cube boxes. Either way I love the look of these and have had a lot of fun creating them. I have two very different looking boxes, one elegant and one more whimsical and fun. They were created in pretty much the same manner and think that it is fun to see how different they are. The pink and purple leopard print cube was really inspired by an earlier card you can see here.

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In the video I am showing the process to create the boxes and not the flowers. My next video will show the process to create the purple flower. It was just getting too long and I thought that it made a little more sense to split them into two videos/tutorials. As an aside, I have moved my camera to shoot overhead and I noticed that I am not quite in the right a few places during the video, sorry to you all and I am working on it. Here is the video:


To create a winged cube box you will need cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Score this at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Rotate your cardstock 90 degrees and repeat the scoring. Now you will cut along one score line on each side. If you look at your paper you will see three sections divided by two score lines. I cut to the line on the left-side up to where it was intersected by another score line. Repeat this on each side. Fold along all of your score lines. Apply adhesive (I used my ATG) on each corner square. Fold the box so the corners with the adhesive are on the inside of the box.  You should now have a little cube. Here is a quick drawing to show you where to score and where to cut.

Base Cut Guide

Next we will create the wings. You will start by cutting two pieces of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score at 2 3/4″, rotate 90 degrees and repeat the score at 2  3/4″. Now, you will cut off three sides of the paper. Using either scissors or a paper trimmed line up with the paper where there are two score lines. By cutting here you should cut off a small triangle shape. Repeat this for three sides. For your fourth side you will score this line. If everything went according to plan you should have a shape that looks like an open envelope. Here is another guide to show you how/where to score or cut for the wings.

Wing Cut Guide

My drawings aren’t super fancy but I think that they should help you see where to cut.

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Now you will need to cut your DP or create the contrasting triangles for the wings. Cut three squares 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ and then cut each diagonally. You should now have six small triangles. For the pink and purple box I stamped a leopard print in purple on a scrap of pink. For the brown box I used DP. Now, adhere these to the triangles on your wings. Now you will glue your wings to your cube. You should have one triangle without glue, apply glue to the inside and of this blank triangle. Repeat with the other wing. Now your basic box is complete.

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You can now add the embellishments. For this project I created a paper rose and then adhered it onto one of the wings. I added Stickles Glitter Glue and a few adhesive gems. I then tied the whole thing together with a bright pink ribbon. I think that these would make great boxes for a teacher gift or something small.

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Here is the other box I created. Pretty much the same but more roses and different colors.

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The lighter colored roses were created with McGill Paper Blossom Punches and the darker were created using the Tatter Floral Die from Tim Holtz.

I will be submitting my Leopard Box in this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New since this is a new box for me.

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Materials (Pink & Purple Leopard)

Cardstock: Pink & Purple – Recollection Sassy Collection, Gable Green – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Grape Memento – Tsukineko

Stamp: Leopard Print – Hero Arts

Adhesive: Scotch ATG & Quick Dry Adhesive, High Temp Hot Glue

Stickles: Eucalyptus & Purple – Ranger

Gems: TCP Studio

Ribbon: Create It 360! – Michaels

Punches: Birch Leaf, Dogwood & Starflower Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc.

Brown with Coral Roses

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Chocolate Cover Weight – Archivers, Gorgeous Green Stampin’ Up, ANW Crestwood Black Stripe Color Connect 12×12

Ink: Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Spun Sugar & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Ribbon: Unknown

Punches/Dies: Birch Leaf, Dogwood & Starflower Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc., Tattered Florals Tim Holtz – Sizzix

Adhesives: Scotch ATG & Quick Dry Adhesive, High Temp Hot Glue

These video tutorials are taking a bit longer then I was hoping but I really like creating them so the posts might slow a little bit but I really hope I will get faster.

Thank you for stopping by!






Woodland Baby Shower Decorations

Happy Easter!

We had a wonderful day hanging with family, hunting eggs and generally eating too much. I got a chance to hang out with my retired horse Flynn who seems comfortable and happy in his own personal Shangri-La.

I am finally back to covering the Woodland Baby Shower with a few decorations.

Centerpiece Decoration
Centerpiece Decorations

Hanging over our buffet we have a large framed print of Paris. I picked it up from IKEA when we were staging our old house and I love how big it is but it isn’t terribly baby shower friendly. I purchased up a large roll of gold wrapping paper from Tuesday Morning and covered the art. I took the picture down and taped the wrapping paper around the back. Super simple and easy, the wrapping paper cost about $4 and I have most of the roll left for new projects.

Centerpiece Decorations
Centerpiece Decorations

I made the banner next. I cut the pendants with my Silhouette Cameo using paper from DCWV. The paper pack was called “The Green Stack” and I picked it up for 50% off at JoAnns, it is darling and a prefect fit for the theme. I used Sahara Sand card stock from Stampin’ Up as the larger pendant mat. The letters were also cut using the Silhouette and the font is QK Indigo. I just punched hole on each side of the pendants and strung them on a green grosgrain ribbon.

The butterflies were another Silhouette project. I cut sets of butterflies out of white card stock then folded one butterfly in half and adhered it to a flat butterfly using a glue dot. I wasn’t super happy with the hold I got with the glue dot and if I did them again I would use craft glue. I then punched a tiny hole on each wing of the flat butterfly and then threaded the butterflies on a piece of thread. I put a tiny piece of tape on the back of each butterfly to keep it where I wanted it. I taped both the pendant and butterfly garland to the back of the frame.

Next up were the hanging decorations. I was really trying to not go overboard on the decorations but I really could not find tissue paper pom-poms that I liked, so I was forced to make my own. These were very easy and I made all three in about 15 minutes. I started with eight pieces of tissue paper and then accordion folded them in about one inch folds. I use a pipe cleaner to wrap around the middle and make a loop with it to hang it. Then I cut the ends into a roughly round shape. Fluff them up and hanging them. For my daughter’s birthday I made really big pom-poms so these seemed like nothing. The honeycomb is from Target. Since we are in a new house and I didn’t want to put holes in the celling I used a 3M Command Hook to hang this from the celling. I used the utensil hook and it worked perfectly. I just strung everything with spare wrapping ribbon. I hung the pom-poms with different length of ribbon so they don’t end up looking funny.

Close-up of hanging decorations
Close-up of hanging decorations

I had great plans to make a cake stand with a slice of wood but scrapped that as I decided it would become one of those projects that quickly escalates into something out of control. However I had already purchased a Basswood Round. So I decided to make a welcome sign.

Wooden Chalk Board Welcome Sign
Wooden Chalkboard Welcome Sign

I have been seeing super cute chalkboard projects but hadn’t found a project for this trend until  now. I painted the oval with chalkboard paint (two coats) and used a chalk marker. I cut a stencil with my Silhouette using vinyl. The font is Brody and I welded the word in the software so it would look handwritten. The marker bled under the stencil but it was still better than I could have done freehand. I just went back over the edges once the first coat had dried, so it was a little fatter in the end but I am still happy with the result. The sign was pretty naked at this point so I added a few butterflies, but it was still too plain. I made the Dogwood flowers with my trusty McGill punches. I used the Dogwood, Sun, and Birch Leaf punches. I added two eye-hooks to the back and tied on the ribbon which I had in my stash. Theoretically I should be able to wipe off the “Welcome” and make it say something else.

Rustic Chalkboard Sign
Rustic Chalkboard Sign


Close-up of paper Dogwood on Welcome Sign
Close-up of paper Dogwood on Welcome Sign

The last decoration today will be the table tents. These are totally an extra but for me they serve two functions; one they tell people what the food is and two they keep me from forgetting something. Oh, and three they add color to the serving area.

'Cause the people need to know what they are eating. Mostly it kept me from forgetting something.
‘Cause the people need to know what they are eating. Mostly it kept me from forgetting something.

These were made with Sahara Sand card stock and the DP from the pack I bought to do the pendant. I have used the pen feature on my Silhouette before but I wasn’t super successful and I had only used the Sketch Pens. I decided that I would try out my new pen holder for these and I loved the result. I have terrible handwriting and no matter how often I practice I just cannot make things look nice. I used a Fine Sharpie Pen and the pen holder. The font is  Amy Lou, it can be purchased through the Silhouette Store and is a “Sketch” font. When I am getting set-up I put these tents in the dish or in the area where the food item will go. That way if I have an extra I’ll know I’ve forgotten something. When things get down to the wire I need all the help I can get and it does help me visualize how things will get laid out.

Wow – that turned out to be a pretty beefy post! I will be sharing the menu soon. Thank you for stopping by!

For You with sunflower

I thought that I would take a break from the baby shower to share another card, with another flower. I know you are shocked. Just a spoiler, I even made two flowers for a baby shower decoration! That is coming soon but it is a flower I haven’t made before. On to the card for today.

"For You" card with Sunflower
“For You” card with Sunflower

This card features the Chevron Stripes Set from Papertrey Ink for the background and the sentiment is from the Mat Stack 2 set, also from Papertrey Ink. The sunflower was made with the McGill Paper Blossom Punches. The punches I used were the Star Lily, Highland Snowflake, Sun, and Birch Leaf.

A different angel of the "For You" card.
A different angel of the “For You” card.

The organza ribbon is from Impression Obsession and the gems are from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Close up of the sunflower
Close up of the sunflower

I am still working on my Game of Thrones cards and have another tri-fold in progress as well. My daughter and I are going to try and make a rag quilt in the next few days. Should be fun!

Purple Peony

A chilly hello! We are expecting a high of 20 degrees today so I am not planning on doing too much outside! It snowed all day yesterday but didn’t really amount to too much actual snow. While it is very cold the sun is out and has melted most of the new snow on the sidewalks and roads.

I am calling today’s card Purple Peony, which is uncreative but is at least is accurate! This card features a retired set from Stampin’ Up called Bliss. It was a popular Sale-A-Bration so I’d bet you could find it on eBay if you were looking to purchase it. There are also a ton of damask stamps out there that could be substituted for the set.

Front View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.
Front View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.

This card features another McGill Paper Blossom Flower. This time I went with a dark purple peony. I don’t always add the leaves to the card but I felt like they added to this card.

Side View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.
Side View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.


Close-up of the peony
Close-up of the peony

I wanted to make mention about the adhesive I use to make these paper flowers. The product that works the best (in my opinion) is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. It holds very quickly and is clear. Having said that it smells pretty strong and it dries out quickly both on the craft mat and in the bottle. I make a lot of flowers and even with the smallest bottle it is gummy and nearly useless the next time I go to use it. It says on the bottle that you can thin it with acetone, which I have done and did not have any luck. So, if I don’t have a fresh bottle of Fabri-Tac I use  Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. I use that adhesive on almost all of my projects and it works okay on the paper flowers. You do have a slower drying time and I will find my petals moving out of place if I don’t hold it long enough. I am also a little messy and I sometimes get  glue globs on my petals if I am not very careful to get the glue off my fingers before I hold a petal. I have seen people use hot glue but I have yet to find a glue that really works on the paper.



Stamp: Bliss – Stampin’ Up

Dies: Labels Four – Spellbinders

Punches: Geranium, Grape Leaf, Large Highland snowflake, Sun, Small Geranium leaf, Highland Snowflake – McGill Inc.

Ink: Crumb Cake & Elegant Eggplant – Stampin’ Up

Misc.:  Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Gems – Hero Arts, Ribbon – Impression Obsession, Embossing Powder – Clear