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BOO to You!

Happy Halloween everyone!!  Here I have a Quick and Cost Effective Halloween card that I recently made and sent to my nieces.


I went to my Claudine Hellmuth HSN stash, grabbed the Welcome to Swellsville card making kit and Sweet Shoppe sticker kit and put together this card in minutes.  I added the skeleton that actually seems to be saying “boo” (I don’t know, do skeletons talk?).  He is  from a 3D sticker package I purchased quite a few years ago from the Target $1 bins.  I think he brings some focus and life (aren’t skeleton’s dead?) to the card. 

All kidding aside, I always feel I learn a little something when I quickly make a little card like this.  For instance, the cloud in the upper right is actually a thought bubble.  Instead of using it for its intended purpose I tucked it behind the house.  Tucking it underneath gave the background more interest and dimension, while relating to the strip of patterned paper at the bottom.

Also, using Claudine’s images means most of the work is already done.  This spooky-cute house sticker is so beautifully illustrated, not much else is needed.  Claudine also has a Halloween clear stamp set that includes two similar house stamps and other spooky images.  You can see and purchase Claudine’s clear stamps by clicking here.

Well, I wish you a spooky fun Halloween and I’ll see ya next week!  I’ll be sharing a new project I’ve been working on.  Here’s a hint:  It’s small, yet big and very transformative.  Hmm…

xo, Evie


Happy Mother’s Day!


Need a last minute card to go with Mom’s flowers?  I made these 3 petites in minutes and everything was from my “older” stash A little cardstock, patterned paper, a couple of punches, and some dimensional stickers…voila!  I am going to attach them to the flowers with a mini clothes pin or you could punch a whole through one corner and tie it on with a beautiful cut of ribbon.

Wishing you a lovely Mother’s Day!

xo Evie

Simple and Sweet

Today I am sharing a  simple Quick and Cost Effective card I made for my cousin who recently had a baby girl.


Quick, because I set my timer for 30 minutes, but only took 20.  Cost Effective, because all supplies came from Claudine Hellmuth’s Welcome to Swellsville card making kit (under a dollar a card).         

Card making kits are the way to go.  Everything is right in front of you and you don’t have to dig around through your entire stash.  With this card, I made a point of using the items that worked first and resisted even looking through everything in the kit before I starting gluing and sticking down.  Not only did it make things go quicker, but I had to improvise with my own drawing/doodling (YAY !).  For example, after I stuck that thought bubble down I though it could use some kind of border running along the card and behind it… so I drew my own border.  Also, I wanted to ground that cute pink bear.  She seemed to be floating in space, so I drew a line on either side of her and wasn’t quite happy with that…so I kept going with a controlled scribble.  I really like how the scribble came out between the bear’s legs, by then I think I figured out what I was doing.

A quick thought:  Create your own card making kit!  Dig through your stash and gather all the items you might need to make some fabulous greeting cards and or gift tags and put it in a wonderful  box.  Or…as I plan to do, replenish a purchased card making kit as certain supplies dwindle.

I just created a new Quick and Cost Effective Category in my side bar, so just click on it to see all Quick and Cost Effective posts!!

xo Evie

20 years…WOW!

Here is a Quick and Cost Effective card I recently created for my husband, for our 20th Wedding Anniversary.  Quick and Cost Effective is when I set a timer and use supplies that I have on had to make a card or gift tag.  For a more detailed explantion click here to view a previous post.


I started with a pre-scored blank card and dove deep into my stash.  The only current item used is the K&Company decorative tape, because that is just always on my table.

DSCN1071I used these old Making Memories black letter stickers, but wanted them to stand out a bit more.  I came up with the idea of painting them with some silver acrylic paint.  I am happy with the results and think it might be something to try out on a layout.  You never know what’s going to happen when you have to improvise!

Supplies:  Blank card:DCWV; Pattern papers, decorative tape: K&Company; Stickers: Making Memories; Acrylic paint: Liquitex; Pens: Zig, Gelly Roll, Adhesive: Herma, Ranger Collage glue stick.

Quick and Cost Effective

I view myself as mainly a scrapbooker.  But,  I do like to dabble in the art of card making from time to time.  Therefore, it is very hard for me to  spend money on store bought greeting cards.  Sooo…,  when I need a card or gift tag I set a timer to create something quickly.  Here is one such gift tag.

 I also decided these quick cards and tags would be a good opportunity to make use of some of my older supplies.  My family and friends don’t know what the latest products are! 

In this instance, I started with a pre-made gift tag that I had purchased in a set a few years ago and added my own embellishments to really make it special.  I started with teal buttons for the owl’s eyes with a bit of embroidery floss.

I combined stamped leaves, baker’s twine and a flower from a trim (who knows where I got that) to make this sweet arrangement, that gives interest to the bottom of the tag.   At the top, I removed the simple white string the tag came with and threaded  baker’s twine and two colors of floss through the hole.   Now this beauty is ready to be attached to a bag or package!

Since, I am a pretty methodical art maker…setting a timer is a challenge for me.  But, I find good things come out of it…like not taking forever to search for the perfect piece of paper or embellishment  and just down right going for it.  I set my timer for 30 minutes…but, if you want to try this and are a faster worker than me try 20 or even 10 minutes.  Also, using up those old supplies is a challenge, too!    It  forces me to use my ingenuity and come up with new and creative ways to use that old stuff.  I find these new discoveries tend to fall over into my other work.

So, YAY…I made a tag that didn’t take much time and didn’t cost and arm and a leg!  Now I can use that money I didn’t spend and buy some new scrapbooking supplies…see how that works  😉 😉

Supplies:  Owl tag: World Market; Pattern paper: Karen Foster Design; Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ink: Ranger Archival Ink; Baker’s twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Adhesives: Glue Dots, Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium; Other: buttons, flower; Background paper: Provo Craft.