Creating Custom Valentines | Crate Paper

Hi, its Andrea! Today I am going to share with you some fabulous valentine ideas, using the gorgeous “Heart Day” collection, which you can then use to make something special for the ones that you love!

Every year for Valentines Day I make valentines for my special someone – namely, my hubby, Ryan. This year I was so excited to work on my valentines for Ryan and my friends and family! I am in love with all the polka dots and all the cute images like the heart emoji faces and the sweet little cartoon girls.

For one of my simpler valentines, I just made a fun little tag out of some of the pretty heart paper, a piece of ephemera, a sticker and some thicker letters that spell out the word “love”. For the other simple valentine, I used a pretty piece of the patterned paper, folded it into a simple square card, added a cool chipboard sticker and some ribbon and sewing to make a simple card that is great for anyone you care about. Just add a little phrase sticker to the inside of the card that says “be mine” or “i adore you” and it will make your recipient feel super special.

For a more time-consuming, but oh so worth it, valentine I made a really cool fringed heart card. I folded some patterned paper in half and then I drew a big heart on the paper with a pencil and cut the shape out so that the fold was on the right side and I had myself a cool heart shaped card. I then used several different patterned papers from the collection, cut then into long strips that were about an inch wide and then proceeded to cut fringe into my strips with my scissors. I adhered the strips of fringe to the front of my card. I chose to add some vellum and a chipboard heart to the front, I stitched across the top of my heart and I added a little tag and a couple of cute “x” and “o” paperclips to the top of my heart to finish it off. I think this card is the perfect Valentine to give to my heart – my hubby Ryan!

For the last valentine, I used one of the pre-made valentine cards that come in the collection, with the cute images on the front, and the “to” and “from” note card on the back, and I created a sweet little envelope to slide the card into. For my envelope closure, I added a couple of cute heart emoji stickers that I adhered to buttons to add a whole lot of cute factor to the front of my envelope! A couple of stickers at the bottom finish things off for a fun little envelope that you can use to slide one of the “Heart Day” valentines into!

I had so much fun making these valentines! I also just want to mention that every year for Valentines Day, my hubby and I, in addition to making cards for each other, also like to write each other long love letters! And this year, I decided that for my handwritten letter, I will be using one of the simple white envelopes that comes with the pre-made valentines and one of the amazing “Heart Day” fringed heart embellishment stickers attached to the front, for a fun little envelope to put my love letter in! I cannot wait for Valentines Day and I hope these ideas have helped give you some inspiration for your valentines! Have a Happy Valentines Day everyone and remember, love letters are always a good idea, whether is February 14th...or a Tuesday! ;-)

Thank You Card | Crate Paper

Hello there! It's Andrea, and today I want to share with you a really fun idea that you can use for your Thanksgiving dinner guests this year! I wanted to make cards for my friends and family this year for a kind of “thank you” card for all my loved ones. I also thought it would be fun to have everyone at Thanksgiving dinner, make a list of what it is that they are thankful for. Subsequently, I combined the two ideas and decided that this year I would make Thank You cards that say thanks but also have a spot inside to write a list about what the recipient is thankful for in their life.

For the card, I decided to use the super sweet Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. I love this collection because of how beautiful and versatile it is, the vintage flair that it has and also the warm, fall feel that it evokes.

For the base of the card I used the floral patterned paper, “So Sweet”. On the outside of my card, I used a cluster of fall leaves that I cut out on my die cut machine (I designed the leaves cutfiles myself). I cut these leaves out of various patterned papers from the Gather collection. On top of my leaves, I used the word “Gather” – it is a chipboard sticker from the collection and it really helps create a fun, fall Thanksgiving look to my card, along with the leaves.

At the top of the card, I used a little chipboard flag sticker that says “little moments” on it. And at the bottom of the card, underneath the word, “gather”, I did a little hand-sewing with a few zig-zag stitches to create a fun handmade feel for my card.

On the inside of the card, I used a few journaling cards (from the ephemera pack and the cut-apart sheet) for decoration. I placed one on the inside cover of the card that says “write it on your heart” – which serves as kind of directions for the recipient. This way they will then notice the blank lined paper that I stapled onto the other side of the card which is for them to use to write out all the things they are thankful for. I will of course give my friends and family members this instruction when I hand them the card too.

On top of the piece of patterned paper that I included for their “thankful” list, I clipped on a couple journaling cards, one which I stitched the words “thank you” to, and one which says “with happy hearts we gather together'. I hope I have inspired you to create some fun “Thank You” card/Thankful lists for your friends and family this Thanksgiving. Remember to make one for yourself too, to really help you reflect on all the wonderful things in your life that fill your heart up with gratitude!

Hey Girl Card: National Card Making Day | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's me, Andrea again, and today I want to share with you a little card that I did in celebration of National Card Making day! It's National Card Making day today, if you didn't know, and so I made this little card to celebrate!

I don't usually make a lot of cards. Instead I have always been more about layouts and mini albums and home decor when it comes to my scrapbooking and crafting life. However, more and more lately I have tried to become a “card maker” :-) ! And it's really fun actually to make cards! It's not that I thought it wouldn't be...I just didn't know that it would feel so good to make these little guys!  Cards are just so cool because they are fairly quick and simple and it feels rewarding when you complete them, which I like. It's not that I will stop doing the other projects, but I like doing cards in between those bigger projects because of how satisfying it is. 

I do worry sometimes that the people I give the cards to wont appreciate it...but not with this card. This card I made using Crate Paper's Cute Girl collection and it is for a dear friend who I know will appreciate it because she is a maker too! 

For my card, I chose the patterned paper with the little houses on cute! I love that paper! To go with the paper, I used the chipboard sticker houses that match, and I lined them up inside a polka dot frame I put in the center of the card. I backed my framed houses with some of the mint polka dot paper from Cute Girl. 

At the top of the card I added a little tab which I stapled on. I also added stickers from the cardstock, chipboard and puffy stickers sets, that say “love you so”, “friend” and “so sweet”...all to add different dimension and texture to my card and also because I think those words are just so fitting for this card to my sweet friend!

To finish off the front of the card, I added a paperclip with a couple of the super adorable tassels, from Cute Girl, hanging from it. 

On the inside of the card, I used the chipboard words “hey girl” and I wrote “i miss you”. I really do miss my friend because I haven't seen or talked to her much lately. She used to live in SoCal but she lives in a different state now and it is hard to keep in touch with her sometimess...I always wish she would move maybe next door to my house! Anyways, I just wanted to send her a card to let her know that I miss her and I am thinking of her! I hope that I have inspired you today to make a special card for one of your dear friends to celebrate National Card Making day!

A Cool Birthday Card | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea and I am so excited to share with you today a fun little boy's birthday card that I made using the “Cool Kid” collection by Crate Paper! I have an awesome nephew, named Cole, who has a birthday coming up and I wanted to make him a really cool card that he would want to keep for hopefully years to come.

To make the card, I began by choosing some of the cool patterned paper from the collection to use to fold in half for the background of the card. I chose to fold the “handsome” patterned paper, however I folded the paper unevenly so that there would be a little bit of hangover on the right side of the card which shows the other side of the patterned paper (a cute little stripe) when the card is closed.

For the front of the card, I used a combination of cute embellishments from the “Cool Kid” collection. I decorated the front with a little piece of ephemera from the ephemera pack that says “boys will be boys”. I use that piece as my center and around it I use some other embellishments like a little arrow sticker, some star stickers (puffy and flat), an arrow that says “awesome”, a puffy sticker that says “little dude”, and a couple rubber shapes – an adorable t-rex dinosaur and a cute little puppy face!

I added a little decorative paperclip that I've made using a plain paperclip and adding to it a teeny flag of blue patterned paper called “brothers”...and with that the front of my card is done.

For the inside of the card, since it is a birthday card, I write in black script “happy birthday to you” and add some sticker stars and a fantastic paper airplane to finish things off. I love the way the card came out, with it's awesome little boy aesthetic! I tried to make it keeping in mind the kind of things that I thought my nephew would like, like the dinosaur and the puppy! I tried to also reflect Cole's personality with things like the “little dude” phrase and the “boys will be boys” because Cole is the kind of cool, strong and courageous little boy that is his own person, with a fun personality that is both super sweet and a little mischievous sometimes!

I love Cole so much and even though he is growing up more and more all the time (and I know teenage years are just around the corner, sadface), he will always be my sweet little nephew who loves video games and puppies and big hugs!!! Happy Birthday Cole!!!! And to all of you out there who have a special boy of your own to wish a happy day to, I hope I have inspired you to use the super rad “Cool Kid” collection to make a fun card for your cool kid!!!

Love Love Loving It! - A layout | Hip Kit Club

Hello Everyone! Today I’m excited to share with you a layout and a tag I made with the theme of “beautiful blooms”! I love flowers and I always have. Roses…especially the mini roses that are often called fairy or “pixie” roses! Those are my favorites! I wanted to scrapbook this picture of an outing with my hubby Ryan where he had me pick out some roses. I picked up a ton of the bouquets because they were all so lovely!

For my layout using this picture I decided to use the awesome flower cut-files for this month along with our awesome August Hip Kit club kits! I used both the flowers designed by Ashley Horton and the ones designed by Kim Watson and I combined them in this layout with some of the pretty floral patterned paper that comes in the kit.

I used the Saturday by Dear Lizzy yellow flowered paper and did some fussy cutting of the blooms. For my background, I layered a few different sheets of patterned paper up from Crate Paper and Dear Lizzy, to create a nice frame for my floral bouquet of a layout!

For my embellishments, I used a variety of elements that I thought added a lot of depth and charm to the look of my layout. I sprinkled pink enamel dots here and there from the Cute Girl mixed embellishment pack and added a little golden bow from that pack to the top of my layout too.

For my title, I used the script word “love” from the Amy Tangerine ephemera pack (which I painted pink to match the pinks in my layout), the cool black and white chipboard thickers to spell “love”, and the phrase “loving it” which I cut out of the Oh Happy Life cut apart sheet, and together these spelled out “love, love, loving it”. My title, of course, referring to my love of these amazing roses which just always put a smile on my face….and so does my awesome hubby who still remembers to buy me flowers every once in a while, just because!

For my little tag, I decided to reflect my layout and do a cute little tag, cut from some of the Dear Lizzy Saturday small floral patterned paper, a little phrase I cut out from the Amy Tangerine ephemera pack that says “good times” and one of the lovely floral cutfiles which I painted! I hope you like my layout and my tag and that I have inspired you to have some fun with flowers on your scrappy projects today!

Happy Father's Day Card | Crate Paper

Hey, it’s Andrea here! This Father’s Day, I wanted to give my Dad a special card to let him know how much he means to me. I usually just buy my Dad a card, but this year I wanted to make him one. I generally do a lot of mini album scrapbooking and not a lot of card making, but, lately I have been making more of an effort to create cards. I love that cards are a quick, easy and fun way to share one’s papercrafting with loved ones.

I decided for my Dad’s card, I wanted to use the Little You Collection from Crate Paper. I know the collection is supposed to be “baby themed", so you might think it’s just for kid’s cards. However, I thought the sweet collection would also work for a card given from a child to a parent. After all, I will always be my father’s daughter...his baby. I thought the Little You bear would be perfect for my card. It lets my Dad know that he will always be my Papa Bear and I will always love and appreciate all that he does for me!

As I started to make the card, I thought it might be nice to mix in some papers from Bloom by Maggie Holmes. I framed my sweet little bear with the pretty blue triangle patterned paper and the gray gingham one from Bloom. I attached this to the card I folded out of the black and white aztec patterned paper from Little You. I added little details to the card such as banners and some decorative stars from the Little You ephemera and sticker pack.

I added the words, “Hey Dad”, to the card by spelling out “Dad” with some alpha letters from the Shine Collection by Maggie Holmes. To spell out the “Hey”, I cut out the phrase from the Little You ephemera pack.

I decided to decorate the inside and the back a little bit, too. On the back, I added the chipboard piece that says “love you to the moon and back” because I really do love my father that much!

Happy Father’s Day to him and to all fathers who are so loved!