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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Create A Pocket Fold Card in Design Space

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted a public Cricut tutorial. Most of my time has been spent teaching in my Cricut classroom, but, this week, I decided to treat you to a fun little pocket card creation you can make in Design Space. 

This card was created for the Craft Roulette challenge. Each week, on the live show, you have the opportunity to watch two talented crafters create something new using four parameters spun by the roulette wheel.

After the show, you have an opportunity to participate by submitting your creation. Here were the parameters for last week’s episode.

Not only did I create a card for the contributor showcase, but I also created a video tutorial showing you how to can make one of these Floral Pocket cards in Cricut Design Space. Before I share my video, let me tell you a little bit more about the card.


The pocket for this card was created using a hexagon shape and a scoring tool. If you don’t own a Cricut, you could easily recreate it using a hexagon die. 

I cut the base from cardstock then layered some beautiful fern Mix-in Papers on the inside and out. In the video, I show you how to create and cut the triangles for the flaps in Design Space.  I like to make life easier for you whenever I can. 

The insert was created using Mix-In paper, French Vanilla cardstock, and images from the Mother’s Are the Best stamp set. I used “swinking” to shade the flowers and leaves. 

Swinking involves swiping your ink pad across the paper to create a background. You can use swinking behind sentiments, to create backgrounds or shade images. You can see some amazing swinking inspiration on the contributor showcase video

The sentiment was heat embossed on Espresso cardstock and framed by some stamped leaf images. I love how classic those leaves look with their espresso lines. I adhered the sentiment flat inside the card so that it would not prevent the flaps from closing.

The card was all closed up with ribbon and an adorable wood button. The recipient can easily untie the ribbon to open it or leave it closed and slide the insert out to read it.

This card was simple to make and easy to create in Cricut Design Space. If you would like to recreate one for Mother’s Day, you can watch the entire process from start to finish in my video tutorial.

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I hope that this Design Space card project inspired you to dust off your Cricut machine and create something new. This card was simple to create and fun to make for the Craft Roulette challenge.

The Mix-In paper and Mother’s Are the Best stamp sets are only available for a limited time. If you would like to recreate this card, make sure to snag these two items from my website before they are gone.

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Creating a Card Can Get Crazy Funn

After having had a few days to recover from my whirlwind cardmaking experience with Mary Gunn, I am happy to say that I survived another game of Craft Roulette. Every Friday night, Mary hosts this amazing game show on facebook live that involves the spin of a wheel, four papercrafting parameters, and an hour of funn.

Before the game had even begun, I knew that it was going to be an interesting night. My previous appearance had simple parameters, no technical issues, and Stephen seemed to be in a good mood. I just had a feeling that THIS TIME something might go a little topsy-turvy. I probably should not have decided to veto the gnomes.


Let me back up a little bit. Craft Roulette involves two lovely people (Mary Gunn & her son Stephen) who had this wonderful idea to host a paper crafting game show and invite guest crafters, like me, to create something new based on four random choices determined by a roulette wheel. Here is the final result after my time on the show.

Can you guess what parameters were spun on the wheel?  Here is a hint: None of them were gnomes. As a guest crafter, I had the opportunity to veto one of the ninety-six possibilities that said wheel might have landed on – I chose gnomes. 

Now, I have nothing against gnomes. I enjoy tales of fairies, trolls, giants, and pixies. To be honest, I choose to veto the little buggers because I have no gnomes in my stash. I don’t think my veto mattered anyway because the wheel was determined to throw me for a loop.  If you want to know what we were feeling at that moment, take a look at this still-shot from the video. (I should have never vetoed gnomes.)

Project: Pick A Sketch

Colors: Pastels

Element: Best Friends

Random: Metallic Paper

That’s me writing down all the parameters and thinking “What am I going to do with this?

As usual, the time felt like it flew by quickly as I gathered pastel papers, a “best friend” stamp, and some metallic threads and paper. I must have had Valentines on my mind as I was creating because the end result was a simple 6″ x 6″ card with a few little stitched hearts and an image of my best friend.

To be honest, I don’t think it turned out too bad. I did feel frustrated that my video and sound kept giving Stephen fits throughout the show, but I realized later that it was my fault for not turning on the battery pack my phone was plugged into. (sorry Stephen…stinkin’ gnomes)

If you have some time and need a little entertainment, here is Episode #47 of Craft Roulette. 


Make sure to subscribe to the Craft Roulette channel so that you don’t miss any episodes AND join in every Friday live in Mary GunnFunn’s facebook group. After the show, you can submit your creations to be featured in the Contributor Showcase. 

I want to thank Mary and Stephen for being such wonderful hosts and apologize to all gnomes and gnome fans everywhere. I hope that this week’s challenge inspired you to try something new and that I can see you soon at Craft Roulette. 

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