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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Start with a Sketch & Create Some Bird-Day Cards

Each month, our Creative Design Team shares simple project ideas with you that show you ways to use some of the crafty items in your stash. This week, we are focusing on Sketches! Each one of us has chosen a sketch from a Make It From Your Heart how-to book and showing you new ways to use them.

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For my project, I chose to use a card sketch from the new Make it From Your Heart book. This new how-to guide is full of card and layout sketches with cutting guides and project samples. Each of our how-to books are designed to give you a “jumping off point” in the creative process and help you to create beautiful projects of your own.

The bird-day cards I created were inspired by Sketch #30 which is a simple design with three paper strips in the background. As you can see, I was able to take this uncomplicated design and use it to create three adorable birthday cards.

Each of these cards is a little different from the rest. In the MIFYH book, there is an A2 horizontal sample and an A2 vertical sample with playful papers, icons, and sentiments. In my video tutorial, I share how I was inspired by each sample in the book and how it altered it for my designs.

I chose the bright, whimsical Party Time paper and sticker pack for my card collection and paired them with the So Tweet bird images. Aren’t those little birds simply adorable?!

In our idea book, all of the bird images are shaded a lovely yellow color. I chose to mimic this on two of my cards using SpectrumNoir Triblend markers. I used my swatch sheet to match my marker colors to the paper pack, then went right to work shading those little bird images.

On the first card, I chose pink patterns and images to create a card for a little girl. I added some stitching on the side, a few layered tags, and a sticker sentiment.

Her balloon was shaded a lovely pale pink and coral mixture with a splash of shimmer from a shimmer brush. I am still practicing my coloring and shading techniques so I kept my blends simple.

The Party Time paper pack has both pink and blue designs so, naturally, the second card was created with a boy theme in mind. That little chick with the glasses is just too cute dressed up in his little party hat sticker.

This card is a bit more elaborate with a pattern paper background, glitter gel polka-dots, and stitched strips of paper.

After creating the two standard-size cards, I decided to use the sketch to create a slimline design. Instead of using a little yellow chick, I went rogue with a beautiful little bluebird.

That adorable bird was placed onto a scallop tag adorned with Liquid Pearls, then added to a simple card background of pink images and sentiments.

If you would like to see how all three of these cards came together and learn a few tips & tricks, I have a video for you to enjoy. I walk you through how I shaded each of the images with TriBlend markers and share how I altered each of the sketches in the Make It From Your Heart book.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at some sketches from the Make It From Your Heart how-to books. Each of the Creative Design Team members will be sharing a sketch with you this week, so make sure that you have subscribed to each of their channels so that you can learn a new way to Start with a Sketch.

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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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