Guest Designing for CropStop – Cards from Spellbinders Cut, Fold & Tuck dies

Good Morning! I am happy to announce that I’m guest designing for the CropStop blog again today. If you’re coming here from the CropStop Blog – Welcome! (You’ll probably want to skip down in this post to after the *** break.) Some comments from last week mentioned how difficult DIY flowers were. Well, this wee’s cards are MUCH easier. Although they may look complicated, Spellbinders Cut, Fold & Tuck dies do most of the work for you. Here’s a TINY sneak peek at what you’ll see over at the CropStop Blog. I know you’ll want to go see it full sized over there!

Please take a moment to go ahead over to the CropStop blog, check out both of the projects and leave some love, ok?! When you’re done, come on back here for the extra little details I always include. Click HERE to go there… I’ll patiently twiddle my thumbs while you’re away…

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I thought you’d like to see how I dealt with an ‘oops’… For the first card, I embossed some chalkboard cardstock, but it cracked in some places. Hence the diagonal cut to eliminate the damaged areas.

The Sand-It gadget brought out even more of the white core which made the embossing look ‘chalked’ onto the background. Then I used the Octagon strip like a lace corset to ‘hold’ the two pieces together. The Octagon Strips & Accents Cut, Fold & Tuck dies work great with double sided paper. Sometimes, for prints, you just have to plan a little bit to get the part you want to show (like the hearts). I  even used it on the lined envelope to make it match. (See the big pics over on the CropStop Blog, or smaller pics at the end of this post.)

For the triangle shaped card, I used Spellbinders Star Dreams. Since I didn’t have black & gold double-sided cardstock, I made my own by cutting the black and then cutting the gold and gluing them together. FYI: I tried this previously putting them together first with Scor-tape, but found it was too thick to cut through all the layers, in spite of using a metal cutting plate.

Side note: the diamonds that fall out are worth saving for making boxes for another project:

I also cut two extra solid triangles to make the back so it would stand alone.

By making them meet in the middle, it makes a nice stand and folds flat for shipping.



So, there you have the few extra little details. Thanks so much for visiting both blogs today!  You will find the list of all the supplies used on the CropStop Blog. You can click HERE to go back and check it out again.

Thank you, CropStop, for the privilege of guest designing for your blog twice this month!

Before I go, let me remind you that today is also the first day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop, and, as soon as it goes live, I hope to post some cards and EDIBLE stamping for you, so be sure to check back!



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A Cup of Kindness Card

Welcome back to another card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday #427 sketch:


and by the Verve December inspiration challenge: A Cup of Kindness:


This will make a nice card to give a package of each of the hot beverages we’re highlighting and a mug… (had it not be nearing deadline, I would have put one together, but I’ll have to do that later.)


This was my first time playing with Amplify… WoW! It really puffs up when you heat it! Cool stuff!! Once again I made my own word Cocoa from the Chocolate die and Tea from a set that had the words “Thank” and “friend” in it and just cut out the letters needed.



  • Verve Stamps Cup of Kindness Free Digi that you can find HERE
  • Verve Stamps “Chocolate” and “Coffee” dies
  • Spellbinders Labels One and Decorative Labels One
  • Spellbinders In’spire Celebration 2 “Thank You” and “Hello Friend”
  • Spellbinders Gilded Life Petite Lace die
  • Simon Says Stamp “Sending” die
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white
  • Tsukineko Radiant Neon Amplify – white
  • Core’dinations cardstock red, pink, teal, kraft
  • Misc. Adhesives

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind comments!



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