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Show and Tell

I don’t want to waste your time, so I will get strait to the point. This is a quick video about the Junk Journal that I was working on today. If you are not interested don’t watch, if you are interested then please enjoy!

This has become my new passion and I have been enjoying the process, it is very therapeutic. The fact that the items I use are being recycled and/or repurposed also makes me feel good about making these journals. I love vintage so I think that is why making these journals has struck a cord with me, because I get to play with old stuff and make something useful and beautiful out of them.

There are many talented Junk Journal artists out there that I have gotten my inspiration from over the last couple of months, but the few that I keep returning to the most are listed below. If you are at all intimidated by making a junk journal then go watch these ladies and their process they make it so simple and have fun while show you the steps they take. I have learned a lot from them and still go back and watch their old and new videos for inspiration. Be sure to check them out.

Jessica Rapp Two Silver Oranges

Patricia Viramontes

Gayle Agostinelle

Roxy Creations


Thank you all for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy your weekend. Now go make something beautiful.




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Card Class

Alright, it is time for card classes to resume and the first one for the New Year is going to be on January 21, 2017. I have already posted the specifics on my Stampin’ Up Website so if you would like to attend then please click on the link above to sign up, the dead line is January 18, 2017.

Here are the samples of the cards that we will be making in the class.

Each one of these cards is using one or more items from the new Stampin’Up Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. So you get to play with and see some of the items from the catalogs before you order. I will also have catalogs available for you to take home and look over at your leisure.

Please go to Sheila’s Cards for more info and to sign up by Jan. 18, 2017. If you have any questions please contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Custom Order

Well, I was so thrilled when I got this custom order thru Two Plates Full back at the end of November. The customer gave me full artistic control of these cards, the only request was that they all had to be the large exploding box cards and all Birthday. It took me a week and a half to get all seven of these done, but I had so much fun making each one different.

Both these last two tea light cakes open up just like the first one so that you can put a little gift inside. You are also able to turn the tea lights off and on with all the tea light cakes.

This tea light cake also opens for placing a small gift.

With this one I also added a tea light cake to put inside the little round box and take it out and set it on top.

You may remember these last two from an earlier post I just changed them up a bit for this order.

Have a great week and be safe out there while you are doing your last minute Christmas shopping.





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Theme for Gift Exchange

The theme for October/November gift exchange is going to be – Autumn – now you can use any medium that you would like to create something that represents Autumn to you.

Go to my gift exchange page to find out how you can sign up for our bi-monthly gift exchange.

The sign up deadline will be October 18, 2016 and I will email your gift exchange partners info to you on October 20, 2016. You must have your gifts sent by November 30, 2016.

Come on get your crafty on and share your talents with us. Please be sure to send me some pictures of what you create so I might post them on my blog, or send me a link to your blog I would love to see what you post with the Autumn theme.

Happy crafting everyone!



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Christmas in July

Well, I have never before gotten started this early on Christmas cards and it sure was fun working on them this last weekend. Talk about getting you in the mood for the holidays! I just love Christmas and look forward to decorating every year. My husband on the other hand, doesn’t really care for all the moving around of furniture and setting up the tree but, he does like the final look when everything is done.

Ok, now a bit about these cards, first off I have to give credit where credit is due and the little deer card idea, I got from Mindy over at Bada-Bing Paper Crafting. You really should go check out her sight she has some really cute cards. The Santa Card idea, I saw it on Pinterest last year (sorry I do not remember which site I got it from exactly) and made a couple. When I was going through my holiday paper I found my first attempt sample card, and remembered how simple this card was to put together. I thought that I would make a couple of these again this year to put in my greeting card box.

Both these layouts are very versatile and can be used for just about any other type of card as well not just Christmas cards. Have fun and send me some of your ideas.

The Santa Card

One sheet of 8 1/2″X 11″ card stock (I used Very Vanilla)

One 4″ X 5 1/2″ piece of designer series paper

Stamp set for greeting

Embellishments – (I used the Santa I cut out of last years Stampin’ Up seasonal DSP and the flower I put together from another stamp set I got at Michael’s some time back)


Take the 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of card stock and cut it at 5 1/2″ this will give you two pieces of card stock measuring 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. Take one piece and score at 4 1/4″ this is the base of your card. Take the other piece and cut at 4 1/4″ this will give you two pieces measuring 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″. Take one of the 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ pieces and cut it in half at a diagonal, this will be the piece that you use for the front of the card over the DSP (Designer Series Paper/pattern paper). Do not worry this piece does not fit correctly on the DSP, we will get to that. The other piece of 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ card stock can be cut down to 4″ X 5 1/4″ and used as the inside insert for another card.

Alright, all of your cutting is done and now you get to stamp. Take one of the pieces of diagonally cut card stock and on the wider part of the paper kind of in the middle stamp your sentiment. Then what I like to do since all my ink and stamps are out I will stamp on the inside of the card as well, maybe an image or corrisponding sentiment.

Now we get to assemble…Take the diagonal piece of paper that we just stamped on and lay it on the front of your 4″ X 5 1/2″ DSP paper just like in the picture with the smallest end at the top. This is where it does not quite fit and that is ok, because once you get it glued down you will cut off the over hanging pieces. Once you have these two glued together and trimed then adhere them to the from of your card base. Place your embellishments on the front and you are done.

Have fun creating many different cards with this layout and please send me some pictures of what you have created, I would love to share them.



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Vintage Exploding Box Card

If you are an artist in any way then you will totally understand the desire and drive to get what is in your head out on paper, paint, clay, music, wood, glass or any other form of artistic expression. To me every piece of art no matter what it is, is an expression of that artist and who they are because every artist puts their heart and soul into every project that they create.

I made this card in June 2016 for a friends daughter as a birthday card/gift. I loved making this card because I love the vintage look, style and items. This is my very first attempt at making an exploding box card. Let me know what you think by posting a comment below.


  • One piece of 12″ X 12″ card stock
  • Designer/patterned paper
  • Assorted ribbon, lace, and bead or pearl strands
  • Assorted flowers
  • What ever embellishments that you may want to use. (I got the tea sets, girl, medallion and little picture frames at Michael’s in the jewelry section).
  • One battery operated votive candle
  • Glue (I used Tombow multipurpose glue )
  • Vintage Photo distress ink



Decorate as you wish.

To make the little birthday cake in the middle you use the battery operated votive candle. The easiest way is to use washi tape to wrap around the outside edge of the candle in a matching color scheme. You can use a 1 3/4″ scallop punch and punch out a piece of card stock for the top piece of the candle cake. Then right in the center of the scalloped circle  punch a hole. To decorate I used the multicolored little satin roses that you can pick up at  Michael’s in the ribbon section.

Pretty much that is it, but if you have any questions just contact me and I will assist you the best I can. Remember every card you make is unique because it came from your heart.

Love, Sheila