Patriotic 4th of July Paper Banners

Make Your Own Patriotic Banner

I love the 4th of July and love to create a little red, white and blue display to celebrate.  I generally create my patriotic decorations on my mantel or a table by my front door. I generally don’t buy anything new, but instead I  shop my house for red, white and blue items and use inexpensive dollar store flags and colored candy to fill in the gaps.

Make Your Own patriotic 4th of July Banner

My project this week for Pazzles was these mix and match banner pieces that can be used to make one giant banner, or lots of little banners. Continue reading

Card Sketch Freebie-May

May Card Sketch Freebie

Cuttable sketches will change the game when it comes to paper crafting. We’ve loved sketches for years, but now there’s no measuring or digging for shaped punches. Open the sketch in your cutting software, pick your papers and embellishments, and hit cut. 

I’m a big fan of sketches as a starting point for creativity. With cuttable sketches you can skip the measuring and go right to the creating. I’m excited to share these monthly sketches with you. Each month newsletter subscribers will get the cut files for a new sketch and a few examples to inspire your creativity. If you’d like to receive these monthly sketches please enter your email address below.

Adding clusters of embellishments to your paper projects is super trendy right now and I love the way it looks. As a bonus if you are trying to use up a giant stash, the look helps you get lots of pieces on a small space.

This month’s sketch includes a round ring, flower cut files, and a sentiment cut file. The entire card is sized 5″ x 5″ when folded in half.

Card Sketch Free Cut Files

The first card I created is a literal interpretation of the sketch. I cut out all the pieces and glued them to the card exactly like the sketch. I added a foiled butterfly made with my Heidi Swapp Minc as an extra embellishment.

Card Sketch Free Cut Files

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Card Making Kit: Card Sketches and Card SVG Files

I’m so excited to share with you my new idea! This card making kit has it all: card sketches, card SVG cut files and a card making embellishment tutorial video!

Card Sketch Class

Here’s the concept! You have a big scrapbook stash! I do too! Let’s shop our own stash and use the cut files, sketches and ideas in this kit to make some cute cards and make a dent in your stash. The sketches don’t just give you an idea, they are actually cuttable SVG sketches so you don’t have to do any measuring. Just pick your papers and hit cut!

The kit walks you through:

  • Creating your own kit customized for this set of cards
  • DIY embellishment idea with a tutorial video and 8 sentiment cut files
  • Using the 8 cuttable sketches with offers completed card examples
  • Using the 8 exclusive spring cut files to use on your cards

I’m so excited about this! You get a 24 cut files total including 8 sketches you can use again and again! All of the instructions are in PDF format so you can print them out and keep them in a binder for inspiration.Spring Cut Files

Beginners and expert card makers alike will have fun creating with this kit. Take the shortcuts offered and copy the sample cards exactly to get you started. In the mood to spread all your supplies out and dive in for hours? Use the elements of the kit to spark your inspiration and do your own thing!

Want to get your hands on this? Just $6.99!

I’ll be releasing a new kit every other month! Give it a try and let me know what you think. I had so much fun making my cards! I chose to cut all my papers at once like cutting out a sewing pattern. Then I followed the sketches and put the cards together one by one adding embellishments and cut files as I went. So fun! Here’s a few of the completed cards.

Spring Card Kit Cut Files

Spring Card Kit Cut Files

Spring Card Kit Sketch Files

Thanks so much! I hope you love this as much as I do!

~Michelle

Washi Tape Suspender Father’s Day Card

Easy Handmade Father's Day card with washi tape

This is a quick card you can make for Father’s Day in under 30 minutes. And it’s super clever too! I made this a few years ago, but it’s experiencing a resurgence on Pinterest right now so I thought it was worth a reshare.

The card is pretty self explanatory. The suspenders are made of washi tape. The belt buckles are just cut cardstock, and the bowtie is from the Pazzles Craft Room Library but you can easily draw or vectorize the bowtie shape in your cutting software.

So there you have it! Super simple but super unique. If you are looking for another simple Father’s Day card idea, check out my Shaped Father’s Day Card Free SVG files.

~Michelle

Make Your Own Scrapbook or Card Kit

How to make your own scrapbook kit

Today I have a little secret to share with you. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while and it’s saved me a ton of money because I no longer subscribe to any kit clubs. It’s also saved me a ton of time because when I have time to make something I can just sit down and create instead of spending the time looking through my supplies for just the right thing. And I have a lot of supplies, so that takes a considerable amount of time :)

So here’s the deal! Make your own scrapbook kit (or card kit if you are a cardmaker) ahead of time from your own stash. I made a video to show you all of the details. I’m really not great at videos, so forgive the poor video making skills and instead enjoy the good content. After you’ve watched the video, come back here and get the free printable I mentioned in the video. It’s a checklist/recipe you can follow to make your own kit!

And stay tuned for something really cool! It’s like taking this concept to the next level and I’m excited to share it with you.

Here’s your free printable: Make Your Own Scrapbook or Card Kit (94 downloads)

NSD 2016 Free Scrapbook Cut File

Free Shattered Glass Scrapbook SVG Cut File

Happy National Scrapbook Day friends! It’s one of my favorite holidays and I’m fully ready to really celebrate it to the fullest! To get you in the spirit, here’s a free background cut file. This looks really cool with a patterned background paper behind it.

If you like free SVG cut files, enter your email below for exclusive cut files and content in my monthly newsletter.

Shattered Glass Overlay.svg (86 downloads)

Enjoy the day!

~Michelle

Teacher Appreciation Pencil Shaped Card

Teacher Appreciation Shaped Pencil Card

It’s that time of year again when mothers everywhere pull their hair out trying to come up with the perfectly themed, cute, yet useful teacher appreciation gift for each day of the week. It’s a precarious balance that requires hours of thought and preparation and then must be hand delivered so it will arrive pristine rather that pulled out of the bottom of your kids backpack in a wad. In truth it’s a mom competition for the title of teacher’s pet. It’s intense at my kids school- I kid you not :) So this year I have the perfect strategy-the strategy to end all other strategies. Are you ready for it… I’m dropping out of the race. That’s right. I’m giving an average gift. The teachers in my kid’s life are getting a bunch of those fancy schmancy expensive pencils that are on every teachers list. It may not knock their socks off but it will be useful.

Of course, average in my life means I have to include a cute card. I can’t quite quit my overachiever status cold turkey. I designed this little pencil shaped card for teacher appreciation or a last day of school thank you. You’ll find the files in my Etsy shop here.

You’ll enjoy the process of making a card and your teacher will get a cute card with a sweet message from a student. It’s a win win and you can decide what gift goes along with it.

Pencil Shaped Card

And one bonus tip! Create mini chalkboard tags by drawing your tag with a white pen on black paper. You can also print the tag on your home printer. To give it a chalkboard look, dip a sponge in some white ink and lightly swipe white ink across the tag in a few places.

~Michelle

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Pencil Shaped Card SVG Files

Cuttable Card Sketch Freebie-April Sketch

Cuttable card sketch from Bits & Pieces

Cuttable sketches will change the game when it comes to paper crafting. We’ve loved sketches for years, but now there’s no measuring or digging for shaped punches. Open the sketch in your cutting software, pick your papers and embellishments, and hit cut. 
I’m a big fan of sketches as a starting point for creativity. With cuttable sketches you can skip the measuring and go right to the creating. I’m excited to share these monthly sketches with you. Each month newsletter subscribers will get the cut files for a new sketch and a few examples to inspire your creativity. If you’d like to receive these monthly sketches please enter your email address below.

This month’s sketch includes a fun border and a sentiment in the cut file and it’s perfectly suited for switching and flipping parts around. I tried to make a few masculine cards this month since Father’s Day is close at hand, but you guys-it’s so hard for me to not add a little frill. I eventually had to make a card with flowers on it to reward myself for the two masculine cards :)

masculine Father's Day card and a free card sketch

So let’s take a look at the cards made with this month’s sketch. First up is the basic sketch. I placed all the pieces where they were in the original sketch and added just a few stickers in place of the corner circle.

Masculine Dad's Day Card Sketch

Flip It

On the next card I flipped the background papers so the border was on the opposite side. I also added a few more layers with the cork tag and extra stickers to give it a little more dimension and interest. Continue reading

Dip Dyed Leaves and Pretty Petals Cut Files

Using Flower Cut Files

It’s all about the flowers when it comes to spring crafts and I’m trying hard to do my part by giving you several options for flower cut files. The latest set is Pretty Petals and I cut out a bunch of flowers in preparation for some Friday night card making. When you purchase these cut files, you get the option to cut them as layered flowers, or use your pen tool or sketch pens to draw the details on. I chose to draw my details and used a white pen to do so.

Using Flower Cut Files

My leaves needed a special touch, so I cut them out of white paper and did a bit of faux dip dying. I used a water brush and some watercolors and painted just the ends of each flower cut out. You can squeeze your water brush at varying levels to get a washed out look or a darker color.

Using Flower Cut Files

Once my flowers and leaves dried, I started making cards. I pulled out a bunch of scraps and small ephemera from my stash and had fun making up a batch of cards.

Using Flower Cut Files

I have no idea where half of the little pieces came from, as it’s been  in my stash forever, but it felt good to use some of it up! Continue reading