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Use Your Die Cutting Machine for a Diorama Card

Use Your Die Cutting Machine for a Diorama Card

Today let’s use your die cutting machine for a diorama card.  Yesterday I shared how to get more life from your crafting supplies with two takes on a Big Shot card.  Check it out here!

Now, I want to share this fabulous sailboat shadow box card made by my friend Joanne, also using her Big Shot in a few different ways.  You’re going to want these dies when you see how sweet it is!

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Isn’t it SO cute?  What little – or big – boy wouldn’t get a kick out of this?

And isn’t it just the perfect time of year for this little gem?  Kids are out of school, the calendar says it’s vacation time and the sun is shining (well not here ☹️ but hopefully in your little piece of the world)!  What better time to share a fun card like this?

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Joanne’s a big bundle fan and she used one from a couple years back, to create her card.  It makes card making so easy when you have stamps with perfectly sized framelits and thinlits, and coordinating images.  Plus, why not get them at 10% when you can?

While the bundle only sticks around for one catalogue stint, the stamp sets and thinlits are still available.  This cute card uses the Swirly Bird stamp set…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

And the Swirly Scribbles thinlits…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


I have to say my thinlits have seen more love than my stamps (in fact that’s ALL I used for this classy navy and white card), and I do sometimes forget about it sitting there with all the other exciting new things😬. (You don’t do that too do you?)  But with fun cards like this, I just may need to blow off the dust and see what I can create.

Here’s everything you will need to make this card just like Joanne.

How to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


  1. Us the Swirly Scribbles thinlits to cut two sets of “waves” with blue paper (Joanne used Dapper Denim, now retired) and set aside.
  2. Cut out two clouds with Up & Away thinlits.
  3. Cut two pieces of Whisper White 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” and score both on the 5 1/2” length at 1/4” and 1”.
  4. Run your 3” Layering Circle through Big Shot in front centre of one piece.
  5. Cut one smaller piece of cardstock 1 1/2” x 5” and score at 1/4” on each end of the long strip.


  1. Stamp “sun” onto Daffodil Delight cardstock and punch out with 1 1/4” circle punch.
  2. Stamp sailboat in three colours (Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Call Me Clover) on Whisper White and cut out with scissors.
  3. Ink words from Sunshine Sayings in Memento ink and stamp onto light yellow cardstock and corner round the edges.



  1. Sponge blue ink onto remaining full sheet of 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” white card (with score lines on the right hand side). 
  2. Adhere sun and add clouds with dimensionals.


  1. Glue “waves” to the front of small 1 1/2” x 5” piece of cardstock. 
  2. Adhere sailboat on the left so sail extends over the top.


  1. Glue the “waves” onto bottom of the remaining White panel, cutting flush with the scored edge on one side and the cut edge on the right hand side.
  2. Sponge coordinating blue ink for a subtle effect, darker along the bottom behind the waves than the top.
  3. Draw on birds with black marker.

Here’s a couple tips for assembling the card.

  1. Add glue to both 1/4” strips and place together for the front and back pieces, making sure all images and waves are facing forward.
  2. And for the inside strip…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

It’s a toss up whether these are shadow box cards or a diorama card.  Which one do you think it is?  But whichever you call it this fun design will bring a smile to anyone who receives it.  

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Working with your coordinated stamp sets and framelits is just one more way to add excitement to your creations.  So why not try to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card that combines framelits, thinlits and stamping, just like this one – or with one your design all on your own?

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

I’m excited to share how quick and easy it is to make a monochromatic colour scheme card!  So easy in fact, I’ve included it on a Keep It Simple Sunday feature which just so happens to also be Father’s Day this year. 

So if YOU woke up this morning and just realized that, THIS is the card to make right now and he’ll think you’re a star!

not your ordinary monochromatic colour scheme card

Monochromatic colour really just means using only one colour.  Now, I might be bending the rules just a teensy bit since I’m not 100% sure grey is a colour 😬. But today I’m calling it a colour and hoping you’ll go with me on it! 

Plus, it’s super perfect for a man card.  This other monochromatic card I featured a bit ago made by my friend Paula uses much the same colour palette but has a totally different vibe.

Creating a monochromatic colour scheme card is a simple as

  1. picking out a colour then
  2. matching it with a neutral

…and here I’ve got a neutral (Basic Grey) matched with a (you guessed it) neutral (Whisper White)!  

I really think grey is the new black, don’t you?  I love its stateliness without it being too stuffy.  Not as stark as black but still conservative and posh, with just a hint of devil-may-care!  

how about a monochromatic colour scheme card

I am super pumped Stampin’ Up! brought back the coloured designer series paper for…every – single – colour in every – single – colour – family!   At only 38 cents a sheet, these pack-a-punch papers are a must in your craft room!

And it fits wonderfully with my Pick It- Cut It – Use It Up! theme!  Do you have STACKS of patterned paper lying around, just waiting for the perfect, best, over-the-top idea to come along?  After all, you can’t really use it until it’s aged some right 😉?  Well I, as well as many other paper crafting folks, are on a quest to get you to pull it out and craft with it!  Use it up!  Get enjoyment from it!  That’s why you bought it in the first place.

(Don’t worry…I can certainly count myself among the hoarders (eek!😩)).  I’ll be sharing loads of upcoming ideas that are easy, fun and a great way to showcase the beautiful papers you have!

And you know what?  When you do Pick It – Cut It – Use It Up!, there’s more fabulous paper out there just like these super patterned selections in all the colour families!


Aren’t they so pretty together?  (And you don’t even see ALL the colours in the pack!) 

So why do I love them so much and think they deserve a spot in your supplies? 

  • Perfect colour coordination with every cardstock, ink and marker (to save you time in your card making)
  • Four ultra versatile patterns, two with bright white backgrounds and two tone-on-tone (for different effects based on your design)
  • Two each of 2 double-sided designs (so you don’t need to hoard it!)
  • Easy-to-use 6”x6” size (non-intimidating and SO much easier to cut into for some strange reason)
  • Instant design elements without fuss and muss (just cut, punch or crop and you’re good to go!)

Another must-have item in this catalogue?  The A Big Thank You stamp set.  It does come as a bundle, with an awesome die cut “thank you”, but it was really the sentiments and all the little extra “bits” that called my name.

monochromatic colour scheme card

Think of everything you could DO with all those flowers and decorative elements!

Here are just a few designs from the catalogue to show you what I mean.

monochromatic colour scheme card

So how about now I show you exactly how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card?


…you know in case you need to get busy working on your Father’s Day card!


  • Basic Grey cardstock – 1 piece 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 piece 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”, 1 piece 1 5/8” x 3 1/8”
  • Whisper White – 1 piece 1 1/2” x 3”
  • Basic Grey designer series paper – 3 3/8” x 4 5/8”


  1. Adhere striped designer series paper to the medium-sized piece of Basic Grey cardstock with SNAIL, then use dimensionals to centre on the card.  (TIP1: for a piece this large, I put dimensionals on the middle of the card and middle of the sides as well.)
  2. Stamp greeting in Basic Grey ink onto the upper portion of small Whisper White rectangle.  Stamp heart centred below it in Merry Merlot.
  3. Glue to the small piece of Basic Grey cardstock then adhere to bottom right of designer paper with dimensionals. (TIP2: Placing this off-centre adds more interest to your card.)

…and if you want to get fancy, decorate your envelope flap too.

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of envelope.  Lay piece of DSP on top and trim around flap edges with scissors. (TIP3: I used the leftover piece from my cut for the card front)

Now isn’t that FAST?


pack a punch with a monochromatic colour scheme card


Now it’s your turn to make a monochromatic colour scheme card.  Feel free to pick any ONE colour (make it your favourite!) and a neutral then share your ideas!

Here are the supplies I used which are absolute staples in my craft area.  I can promise you won’t go wrong with any of these in your own paper crafting toolkit.  Thanks for shopping with me!

dad will love a monochromatic colour scheme card


Did you get a one-colour-card made – in time for dad?  Which colour did you go with?  

I know I’ll be playing with my 6”x6” designer series papers in all the colour families a TON over the coming months!  With simple, elegant patterns to more fun and frisky, I’m sure I’ll have something to tickle your creative bone!

So make sure you check back to see what other designs, besides how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card, I come up with!


Make a Twist Fold Card for Fathers Day This Year | Video

Make a Twist Fold Card for Fathers Day This Year | Video

Wow your special guy and make a twist fold card for Fathers Day this year!  It’s super easy once you take a look at my short video.  

See my tips (especially when I have a bit of a blooper on-screen 😬) to craft this card with the manly True Gentleman suite.  Let’s take a peek.

he'll love a handmade card for fathers day this year

Your guy will be scratching his head wondering how you made this neat shaped card.  And it gets better!  When he opens it up, look what’s inside!

My inside greeting is for a birthday to show the versatility of this set!  Father’s Day, birthday, congrats…a perfect all occasion card!

make a twist fold gift card for fathers day this year

Before we skip to the video, here is everything I use in it to make this neat card.  See what you have in your stash to follow along or grab yours today with a quick click of the mouse!  Thanks so much for shopping with me…it keeps this blog running!

Do you like simple? Then this card is for you.  

Fast and easy to put together, there are just a couple tips to keep in mind:

  • Score the diagonal on your card FIRST
  • Be smarter than your designer series paper! (See what I mean in the video!)  

So let’s get right to it and make a twist fold card for Fathers Day this year!  

(Psst, watch right to the end as I give you steps for inserting into your envelope!)


Make a Twist Fold Card for Fathers Day this Year


See?  Pretty simple once you’ve got those cuts and folds figured out.  

Now it’s your turn.  I’d love to see your own creations.  Email me a pic here.

make a truly tailored card for fathers day this year


Do you remember the awesome Candy Cane Lane paper from a couple Christmas’ ago?  Here is the exact same card decorated with those lovely patterns for a Christmas gift (if you’re really a planner, you could even get busy with your holiday wishes with this card 😄).


make a cool card for fathers day this year

If you like to surprise someone with a card that’s different, this one’s a winner.  So why not make a twist fold card for Fathers Day this year and see his puzzled, but super impressed, expression when you hand it to him!


Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

It’s time to get a bunch of handmade birthday cards for him ready to go.  Hands up if you’ve got any of these Y chromosome folks in your life…hubby, son, dad, grandpa, doctor, car repair guy, newspaper boy…  

Yup, I thought so.  Funnily enough, me too!  

Well, here’s one card he will think is star-pendous that’s still pretty quick and easy to put together!   (OK that was a stretch 😊)

And because there’s not all that much time left, I wanted to show you some designs crafted with retired items before they’re gone!  (This card has/uses 5 separate things that are on the way out the door!)  See if you can guess what they are and I’ll tell you at the end.

handmade birthday cards for him

Whaddy’a think?  Bold colour and simple layout.  Solid and classy greeting.  And lots of punches and tools…what guy doesn’t appreciate THAT?

So why is it so difficult to make handmade cards for those fellas?  They like the I’m-so-special-she-made-me-a-hand-stamped-card feeling too!

They like colour.  And texture.  And good design.  

Plus I KNOW without asking, we’ve both got TONS of generic “STUFF” in our crafting stashes! 

Well, let’s pull them out and get busy! 

While there are a few more steps to this card than my other Keep It Simple Sunday projects, they’re all very easy!  Let’s get started.

handmade birthday cards for him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him


  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2” and scrap about 2 1/4” square
  • Basic Black cardstock – one piece 4” x 5 1/4”, second piece 1 3/8” x 4 3/4” and scrap about 2 1/2” square
  • Tempting Turquoise (in the retiring hit list!) – 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and scrap about 3” square
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper (also being retired May 31st!) – 1 1/2” x 4 3/8”
  • Whisper White medium envelope



  1. Run both large pieces of Tempting Turquoise through the Big Shot with the Oh My Stars embossing folder.  Set aside for now.
  2. Stamp greeting onto scrap of Whisper White in Tempting Turquoise ink and punch out with 2” circle punch
  3. Cut out starburst shape from scrap of Basic Black using Starburst punch
  4. Trim ends of both Basic Black strip and Dazzling Diamonds strip into a banner shape with Triple Banner punch
  5. Punch out a 2 1/4” circle from scrap of Tempting Turquoise paper.
  6. Adhere one of the embossed Tempting Turquoise panels to Basic Black panel then to front of card. (TIP1: use Tear & Tape or liquid glue for this as SNAIL will not maintain a strong hold on the embossed texture.)
  7. Use liquid glue to adhere Basic Black banner to top left of card.  Centre and glue Dazzling Diamonds Banner on top. (TIP2: ensure your Dazzling diamonds and black banners are aligned at the top.  The black will extend below the glimmer banner.)
  8. Adhere three circles together – white on top of black on top of turquoise – with SNAIL and place onto bottom of banner with dimensionals.
  9. Affix Tempting Turquoise enamel star to right side of greeting.

handmade birthday cards for him


  1. Run liquid glue around the outside envelope flap
  2. Line up the left edge of your embossed Tempting Turquoise with the left edge and fold of the envelope flap and adhere in place
  3. Open envelope flap and turn upside down and trim excess Tempting Turquoise cardstock away

And we’re all done!

A couple weeks ago, I shared what questions I ask as I’m about to make a paper crafted design for a “him”.  Check them out before you start creating to guide you in a super card, personalized for your “him”.

What are all the retiring items I used?

(I’ve given you a couple hints throughout…)

  • Tempting Turquoise cardstock
  • Tempting Turquoise stamp pad
  • Brights enamel shapes
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
  • Butterfly Basics stamp set

Did you get them all?

Yup, it’s true…some colours we are waving good-by to. So now’s the time to stock up on these items before they are gone-zo.  Don’t delay, especially on the ink refills and paper.  I suspect they won’t last long.

Here are all the supplies I used (retired and sticking around) so you can recreate handmade birthday cards for him too.  

handmade birthday cards for him

Just because he’s a guy, don’t let him miss out on the fun of getting your special paper crafted designs. 

Take a good look through your stash and find some tools, colours and designs that are generic enough to fit his personality.  I will just bet there’s quite a few items that are perfect for handmade birthday cards for him.  

Quick and Easy Masculine Birthday Card

Quick and Easy Masculine Birthday Card

Need a quick and easy masculine birthday card? I’ve got just the thing!  How about a five-stepper card you can pop in an envelope in about 5 minutes?

The True Gentleman designer series paper and the Truly Tailored stamp set is a match made in heaven. And they make card making a breeze, whether you’re a brand new paper crafter, or a seasoned cardmaker. Take a peek.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

Do you find handmade guy cards can be a bit of a challenge? Here are some of the questions I ask myself as I tackle one.

  • What’s his favourite colour?
  • What’s his favourite food?
  • Does he like to travel or is he a stay at home?
  • Does he have a hobby?
  • Is he trendy, outdoorsy or artsy or _____ (fill in your own blank😉)
  • Is he an animal lover or allergic to pet hair?
  • …and so many more to help you gather ideas for what is best going to suit his personality.

For instance, my significant other wears glasses and works at a desk, so the eye glasses make sense.

But maybe the specs paper wouldn’t work for the man in your life? How about pipes or bow ties? Or geometric shapes or simple stripes? There’s something for everyone in this paper. The hardest part will be choosing! Take a look at all of them and tell me which one will be his favourite.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

You can never go wrong with a blue-green combination and this paper has both. Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide with some neutrals thrown in: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake all livened up with just a pinch of Crushed Curry on a Very Vanilla background.

DESIGNER PAPER BONUS: When you design with patterned paper, you get a HUGE bang for your buck. (You could make twelve cards just like this one from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, that could be 144 male-oriented cards from the entire package. You can’t beat 10 CENTS a card, can you? (Note: the FULL cost of this card, including ribbon is only 32 CENTS.)

Before I give you the measurements and steps take a side view.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

Isn’t that curduroy ribbon gorgeous?  Almost a smokiness to the navy and very soft and touchable.  I was surprised just how flexible it was.  And it takes adhesive like a dream!

Let’s Make a Quick and Easy Masculine Birthday Card


  • Very Vanilla thick cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Piece of True Gentleman DSP – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Night of Navy corduroy ribbon – piece 5 3/4” long (TIP1: use the corduroy “line” to cut along for a straight edge.)

Now don’t blink or you might miss the almost minuscule number of steps to get these cards FINITO!


  1. Glue designer paper to bottom of card front
  2. Run strip of adhesive or liquid glue on Very Vanilla card right over where the designer paper ends. (TIP2: the width of the adhesive you lay down should be almost the width of your ribbon (3/8”) so it will stick down completely. TIP3: overlapping your ribbon means you will not have any gap where your paper ends and the ribbon begins if you don’t happen to get it adhered exactly straight.)
  3. Lay your ribbon on top of your adhesive with 1/4” extending on either side of card then trim ends. (TIP4: cutting your ribbon ust a teeny bit longer than you need means you can trim the ends flush with your card since your paper may not be exactly 5 1/2”.)
  4. Ink stamp in Chocolate Chip ink and stamp on right hand side above ribbon.
  5. Add a second greeting to the card inside (optional).

Here are two more quick and easy masculine birthday cards you could made with your True Gentleman DSP and Truly Tailored stamp set.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

So now you know how easy it is to use, how inexpensive it will be, and how many cards you can make, it’s your turn to get into your craft space and crank some out. Grab your own guy stuff and see how minimalist you can be with your supplies for this quick and easy masculine birthday card!

quick and easy masculine birthday card

If you like how simple this card is, take a peek at this other masculine one you can also make lickety split!

Are you excited to whip up a batch of these so you have guy greetings for the entire year – maybe even five years? I am! I love how quick and easy masculine birthday cards can be with the True Gentlemen designer series paper.

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