Use Up Scraps & Create a Matchbook Coffee Card

Do you collect paper scraps in your craft space? Near my desk, I have a plastic bin full of bits of paper that cry out to be used on a project, so this weekend, while the boys installed my sprinkler system out front, I dug into the bin and used a few paper bits on a Happy Morning matchbook coffee card.

This card was created using the parameters from last Friday’s Craft Roulette challenge. If you have not had a chance to enjoy the show, I suggest you head on over to their YouTube channel and set yourself a reminder. Each week is full of inspiration and crafty comradery.

This week challenged me a little. The base of the card needed to be a matchbook design which is something that I had never tried before. I have been challenged twice this month by Craft Roulette with some new fun folds and it stretched me and expanded my crafting potential. Here are the parameters from Episode #66.


To create this card design, I started with a 4.25″ x 11″ base cut from Kraft paper onto which I created a decorative edge of the flap using a heart-shaped fancy border die. The bottom flap was scored at 1.5″ then folded up to create the start of the matchbook fold.

The top portion of the card was folded over and tucked under the lower flap to give it the appearance of a matchbook. In my video tutorial, I share with you how to create each of the folds.

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After the base of the card was complete, I rummaged through some paper scraps that I had been storing. I added some red pattern paper behind a piece of splattered coffee ringed cardstock on the top flap of the card. This was leftover from a Latte Card project I created a while back. (This was one of my first video tutorials. Boy, have I learned a lot! ).

The bottom flap was decorated with some floral paper and more of the red pattern paper. I also added a little stitching to the design in scarlet red.

With one of the parameters being “morning”, I knew that I needed to use my A Whole Latte Love stamp set. I had this sitting on my desk after creating my live fun fold video last Friday and coffee is the only thing that I know represents morning to me.

The cup and lid were shaded with SpectrumNoir TriBlends then adorned with a red plaid coffee sleeve. I attached the cup to a saffron circle splattered with Toffee shimmer, then attached it to the card with some haphazardly placed strips of paper, some floral stickers, and a happy die-cut sentiment.

To keep the matchbook closed, I added a little circular paperclip from my embellishment collection. In this video, you get another peek at my embellishment organization. After many requests, I can officially say that a series of craft space videos will be appearing this summer showing you how I organize my space.

After figuring out how to close up the card, I decided that it needed a coffee-loving sentiment inside. Under the flaps is an adorable little quote that has been spattered and inked like the rest of the card.

How easy was that? I felt such a sense of accomplishment using up some scraps and embellishments from my craft stash and getting it all put together before the deadline. I also enjoyed learning how to create a new fun fold design and having the opportunity to create something I love.

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new. Many of the supplies I used on this project are listed below. They are available for a limited time, so make sure you snag a few to make a Happy Morning coffee card of your own.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

A Father’s Day Fancy Fold Card

I truly enjoy teaching new techniques and showing crafters, like you, how to use supplies you have in your craft room. This past month, I began a new series on Facebook called Fun Fold Friday, and this Father’s Day card is just one of the projects I created in May. If you didn’t have a chance to join me, you can view the video at the bottom of this post.

This simple version of a double flap card was easy to make using a standard A2 size card base. After removing half of the front panel, I added some blue belle and black pattern papers from a variety of paper collections.

The flap on the right side of the card was created using some additional cardstock, pattern paper, and tags cut from our new Mix-In pack. One of the pattern sheets in that pack is full of wonderful banners and tags which I also used on my Daddy’s Boy layout. Those layers of tags and banners add such a fun element to the design.

On one of the tags, I added a tassel of black embroidery thread to mimic a fishing fly. I thought it would add to the theme of the card which includes some images from the My Dad Rocks stamp set.

The images themselves were stamped using Espresso ink then shaded with a little watercolor paint. Since these inks are water-based, they did fade a little when the paint was added, but I like the way it turned out.

If you like this Father’s Day stamp and need a few more ideas, click here to see another card I created.

Along with this Father’s Day card, I also shared how to make a similar card using our Lovely collection. This double flap card design looks so beautiful, yet it is so simple to make once you learn a few little tricks.

For those of you who missed Fun Fold Friday, here is a link to the video from my Facebook page that you can view.

If you wish to see more Fun Fold Friday tutorials, you can visit my Facebook page and follow me online. I will be posting the schedule of upcoming tutorials in my Events so that you know when the next Fun Fold Friday will take place.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for my first live events. I hope you enjoyed these projects and were encouraged to try something new.

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Father’s Day Crafting Adventures on Craft Roulette

This past week, I had the opportunity to be a Guest Crafter on Craft Roulette, and oh, boy, did I struggle. We got off to a rough start, then I froze when the wheel spun, and partway through, we lost sound. Despite the technical issues and mishaps, I was able to learn a new technique and create an awesome Father’s Day card.

Before I continue with my cardmaking adventure, let me tell you a little more about Craft Roulette. Every Friday night, you can join the creative community as they watch Mary and a special guest crafter create a project based on the parameters set by the craft roulette wheel. Yes, there is a genuine roulette wheel with 96 crafting parameters (331,776 possible combinations) and, once that wheel starts to spin, you never know what might happen.


The minute I woke up Friday, I had a strange feeling that something wasn’t going to go well, and wouldn’t you know it, we had one mishap after another. It all started when Verizon wouldn’t allow me to connect, causing a little domino effect. The show started later than planned and we went right to spinning the wheel. 

Now, I have been on Craft Roulette two other times and the wheel was kind to me, but my intuition told me that tonight was going to be different. The first spin presented me with an easel card which was a project I wasn’t familiar with and MY BRAIN FROZE.

These past few months I have been in a creative slump and this just made me weak in the knees. I may have made an easel card once, long ago, but the cogs in my brain seized up and everything just stopped moving.

Thank goodness for Mary! She did an amazing job explaining how to make a simple easel card. After her demonstration, I started to feel a little better and knew that the other three parameters were simple enough for me to process and handle. I started to work right away at creating a Father’s Day card using the My Dad Rocks stamp set.

Of course, once I started to get comfortable we had another little hiccup. I could no longer hear Mary or her producer Stephen. I must have sounded a silly talking to myself because Mary starting writing me a little note letting me know that they could all hear my little craft room conversation.

Eventually, the sound came back – after we lost the connection – but it wasn’t very good and I could no longer talk with Mary. At this point, my hands were shaking, I kept making stamping mistakes, and I was frustrated with my project.

Despite all the messes and mistakes, the crafting community had such wonderful comments, Mary and Stephen were super supportive, and I learned a brand new technique. I finished my card and was able to see a very unique creation made by Mary. Take a look at all the FUNN we had.


Every time I have an adventure, I process what happened, maybe cry a few tears, and make a mental list of what I have learned. This episode of Craft Roulette gave me an opportunity to try something new.

  • I am now comfortable making a simple easel card and plan on making a few more in the future.
  • After a month of rude comments and mental insecurities, my spirits were lifted by Mary and her creative community as they continued to cheer me on.
  • Despite my human nature to want everything to be flawless, I need to remember what my friend Julie said “Better done than perfect.” Sometimes, you just need to call it finished.
  • A creative slump is an opportunity to let go of expectations and accept new adventures.

Thank you again to everyone to joined us and for all of you who continued to watch through the little hiccups. I hope you were inspired and that you plan on trying something new.

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