Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop!

Our March/April seasonal catalog is full of beautiful spring products, and, today, we are going to be sharing a few creative ideas with you using those items. If you haven’t had a chance to see the new catalog, you can view it here

152237102_10158228877922686_9019895416732521819_nOur monthly blog hops are a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for future projects. You may be just starting here or you may have come from Lauren Moore’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Easter Blessings Gifts, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


With Easter scheduled a little earlier, I decided that I should attempt to plan ahead and create a few little gifts I could send to my kids. This year, our celebrations are being postponed because of prior commitments, but I wanted to make sure that I sent each of my children a little something special to celebrate the resurrection.

How sweet are these?! To create this adorable little card and box, I used the Daisy Meadow collection and the Easter Blessings stamp and thin cuts set. For those who wish to recreate these, I have a video tutorial for you at the end of this post.

The card is a fun fold card that opens using the little strap on under the wreath. I am sure there is a name for this card, but I honestly cannot think of it right at this moment.

The peacock-colored card base was decorated using papers from the Daisy Meadows collection and some images I stamped and shaded using watercolor paints and shimmer brushed.

I used the Easter Blessings stamp and thin cuts to create each one of those images. I like how simple they are and how beautiful they look with a little soft shading.

I created that charming little treat box using the same Daisy Meadow papers and Easter Blessings stamp set. The box was cut from peach cardstock the decorated using a variety of paper patterns and stamps.

The paper papers in the Daisy Meadows collection play so well together. The soft pastel colors mixed with peacock and cinnamon are an unexpected combination for spring, but the patterns are perfect.

To create the front panel of the box, I layered two oval shapes and added the stamped cross and flower images that were shaded with watercolors. I wanted to keep the design simple to reflect the season.

The top of the box was adorned with some paper pattern flags and a tag that I stamped with the sentiment “He is Risen”. I added a simple ribbon bow to complete and close the treat box.

As I said, I recorded the process to create each one of these Easter Blessing Gifts so that you could make them, too, but I was unable to have it ready in time for the hop. Unfortunately, I had a downed computer and a migraine so the video was not uploaded in time.

For those of you who are reading this after the original publishing date, you can view the video tutorial below to learn how to make an Easter Blessings card and a gift box of your own.


I hope that this project inspired you to create a few Easter gifts and that you enjoy the rest of the creations using products from our new March/April catalog.  Now head on over to Kim Loewen’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

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Day Fourteen: An Eclipse Slimline Christmas Card

Have you been enjoying our 31 Days of Christmas video series?? I have been amazed at all the unique projects our team has created and, each day, I am surprised by the cards they have made.  Yes, just like you, I have no idea what each of these lovely ladies are going to make, so I get to enjoy each of the process videos along with you. 

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Today is day fourteen of our Creative Design Team video collab, and I am excited to share what I have made.  I chose to use non-Christmas products with my Cricut to create an Eclipse Slimline Card with a little gift pocket inside.

This year, I have not been able to purchase any of the new Christmas products, so I chose instead to use what I have – some Lovely papers, a few year-round stamps, my Cricut, and our amazing Fancy Border thin cuts.  Many of you have items in your stash that you could use for this type of card and my hope is that you pull out of few of these supplies and give it a try. 

To create the front panel of the card, you will need some letter dies or a cutting machine.  In the video tutorial I show you how I used Design Space to create the front panel and cut it out with my Maker. The wreath image I used for the “O” is not from a Christmas collection, but, in fact, is from our year-round Florals and Flutters stamp set

I stamped the wreath image in Evergreen and Sage inks, then cut it out using the matching thin cuts.  I then added some little red beads, a vellum bow, and a sticker from our Comfort & Joy sticker sheet.  How cute is that little bow? I just love all the little stitched details and how soft it looks. 

The lace on the card was created using our Fancy Borders thin cuts.  I also used one of these borders to create the scallop edge on the inside pocket of the card. 

Those lovely border dies are so much fun to play with and have so many possibly.  I am working on another project right now using these dies. Speaking of lovely — that is the name of the paper I used.  Our Lovely collection is a year-round collection that you can use for any occasion. It is full of beautiful patterns and colors that I know you will enjoy. 

In the video tutorial, I show you how to create the card base, form the pocket and assemble the card.  I hope you enjoy learning how to create this project. 

I truly hope that you have been inspired by our 31 Days of Christmas Cards series and that each of these videos has helped you to get a head-start on your holiday crafting.  If you have missed any of our past videos, you can view them here on my playlist

Each of the products I used are listed below and are available for purchase on my website.  Make sure to check out my NEW VIP PROGRAM and learn how you can get 15% back every time you shop for crafting supplies.  

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. By clicking on those links and making a purchase, you are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)

A Southwest Sunflower Stencil Card for H2H

Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything went badly?  Last week began with me spilling my coffee on my favorite shirt and the whole week just went downhill from there, including every crafting project I attempted.  Before I tell you more of my “when card-making goes badly” story, let’s take a look at another October challenge for you to join at the Heart2Heart blog

This week, we have a Stencil It challenge for you.  Our design team has come up with a few fun creations you can view on the blog where we show you a variety of ways to use stencils.  If you would like to show off your stenciling skills, make sure to link your project to the blog before October 31st. 


To be honest, my week really started with some disheartening messages and emails that I took to heart and they put me in a funky mood all week.  Have you ever had that happen? Someone you admire treats you badly, and it just throws you for a loop? Well, that is exactly what happened, and in the midst of me hashing through everything, I spilled coffee on my favorite new shirt, and, instead of just walking it off or having a nice chat with Jesus, I decided to try to ignore the mess in my head and attempt to create.  I was able to make something that I honestly love, but the road to get there was a little rocky.

I know that you have been where I was, which is why I am telling you this story.  We all have moments in life that test our strength and ability to move forward – like we have our shoes glued on a trap and we just can’t see a way out.  We can choose to give up or take our shoes off and find a way out of the goo. 

This last week, I was trying new techniques, learning how to use new products, and tried and failed at a few experiments, but it wasn’t until I made the choice to get myself out of the mental goo, did I succeed. This Southern Sunflower card was the result of a fun experimental combination of Distress Oxide inks, Tinsel heat embossing powder, and watercolors. 

As you can see, the outcome is a stunning array of fall color – so much better than I anticipated.  The background on the card was created using VersaMark Ink and Copper Embossing Powder with one of our new stencils.  Once the embossing power was heat set, I applied Distress Oxide ink onto the card, wiped off the excess ink from the embossing powder, and began adding the stamped images.

The whole process went a bit awry as I was making the video, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.  I know that you are also learning new things every day, and this might help you learn from my mistakes and give you a few giggles along the way. 

How many of those moments can you relate to?  Even I have really bad cardmaking days, but, through God’s grace, I was able to create something that I love.  My husband said that it reminded him of the southwestern jewelry in our mountain shops, and I told him that I see flowers against a fall sunset. Whatever you see in this card, I hope it brings you joy. 


If you were inspired by today’s stenciled creation, make sure to head over to the Heart2Heart blog, check out a few more inspiring ideas, and add a project of your own.  All of the products I used today are listed below. Make sure to check out our new VIP program while you are shopping.  As a VIP, you get 15% in rewards every time you shop PLUS you can get $25 in rewards just for signing up. 

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. By clicking on those links and making a purchase, you are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)