These are a few of my favorite things...

In no particular order (because a significant order would be impossible!)

KRAFT! I use it like crazy! (well, I guess everything in this post I use like crazy, but I digress...)

LIQUID GLASS! It's the most versatile glue out there. I use it to build boxes, adhere those beautiful 3D rolled flowers, add a glossy finish, seal down glitter, and keep string and ribbon ends neat. I love it because it makes whatever it's adhered to stronger. (Especially when building boxes, it makes the tabs/folds that are glued down much more durable. If you feel the card stock when it's dry it's much thicker and harder to bend.) Plus, when used for finishing it looks like an epoxy sticker! Except it's custom! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

SPONGES! So simple right? but I use them for almost every project. Not only to ink edges, but also to color bigger, less detailed, outline stamp images. I cut my sponges into little wedges for more precision, plus I can cut a piece for every color.

3D FOAM TAPE/POP DOTS! Using a small piece of this behind an image or element can make a huge difference. Plus, I use it for button and string fasteners.

LOVE LIFE STAMP SET (SPECIFICALLY THAT GIANT SWIRL)! That is my number one stamp. I stamp it all over the place, especially backgrounds. I love to stick flowers on top of it because it gives it the look of vines/leaves. Plus, it's a forgiving stamp that doesn't have to be lined up perfectly.

ART PHILOSOPHY CRICUT COLLECTION BY CTMH! The absolute best cartridge out there, no doubt about it (and I have a pretty impressive collection). My favorite shapes are those magnificent rolled 3D flowers and the Chinese takeout box.

PEARL OPAQUES ADHESIVE GEMS! O how classy! I love them and they're so easy to stick on wherever!

SAKURA CLEAR GLITTER GEL PEN! Just a bit of sparkle and shine! Precise application and no where near as messy as glitter!

SAKURA GLUE PEN! But if you do want to get messy... this lets you add glitter to small areas easily. It is also perfect for tiny cricut cuts (like the beak, feat, and scarf on the penguin card I made) and anything with odd shape protrusions (swirls or smiler ornate cuts).

SAKURA WHITE GEL PEN! This is the best white gel pen ever!

BAKER'S TWINE! So colorful!

GLUE DOTS! Great for buttons and other non-paper items.

The unsung heroes of paper crafting... the tools I use every time and are now considered necessary for ANY and EVERY project.

MICROTIP SCISSORS (can't paper craft without scissors, and these are much more precise than the average pair)
PAPER TRIMMER (straight edges make a huge difference)
SCORING BOARD and BONE FOLDER (nice folds, perfect for making boxes and other 3D items)
DOUBLE SIDED TAPE (paper on paper action, for all those layers)
INK (can't stamp without it)

Girly Gift Box

Clearly, I need to update my blog more regularly... Seeing as this is my 6th post for today... But it's just a little gift box I made for my friend. It fit 2 Essie nail polishes (peach daiquiri and imported bubbly) both alcohol inspired for her 21st. I also made her a CD (I know- old school right?) of 21 songs about drinking and getting drunk. The papers are from Dotty for You and I stamped and edged in chocolate ink. The swirl is from Love Life (I have gotten so much use out of that swirl stamp-I've been using it for everything! Really! Especially as a base under flowers, which I have been using a lot of lately considering it's spring.) The flowers and the "21" are all from art philosophy. I added pearls to the folds on the side and voilà!

Playlist (Yes, it is explicit... considering the theme...)
1. Shots, LMFAO feat. Lil' Jon
2. Blackout, Breathe Carolina
3. Young, Wild, and Free, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg (NOT the radio version, ha)
4. We Are Young, Fun. feat. Janelle Mone
5. You Look Better When I'm Drunk, The White Tie Affair
6. Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin'), T-Pain feat. Yung Joc
7. Red Solo Cup, Toby Keith
8. Let's Get Fucked Up, Start Trouble
9. Hey, 3OH!3 feat. Lil' Jon
10. Alcohol, Brad Paisley
11. Corona and Lime, Shwayze
12. Drink In My Hand, Eric Church
13. Fuck You I'm Drunk, Flogging Molly
14. Fight for Your Right to Party, Beastie Boys
15. Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced, Dropkick Murphys
16. I Love This Bar, Toby Keith
17. Bottoms Up, Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj
18. Fly Like a G6, Far East Movement
19. We Like to Party, Venga Boys
20. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), Katy Perry
21. I Gotta Feeling Parody, College Humor


I was inspired by a similar layout I saw online but I can't remember exactly where. I even browsed my usual sites/blogs but to no avail... So if anyone knows please let me know.

But to get on with the actual card... This was for my friend who just recently had a baby boy (who is ah-freakin'-dorable). That cute little elephant and the date is from Zoology, the tag/frame is from the cricut collection, and the tiny star is from Love Life. The papers are from Dotty for You, my favorite paper pack this spring (and perfect for summer projects too). I dyed the seam binding ribbon with sky and the edges were inked in grey flannel and grey wool. I used hemp for the bow through the button and glue dots hold it to the card.

Bridal Shower Card

This went with a bridal shower gift for a good friend of mine. This card was actually a collaborative effort with help from another one of my very good friends. We got her a bunch of baking stuff so we went with this cupcake from the "Sweet Treats"cartridge. The heart on top is my favorite part. We covered it with glitter and then topped it with liquid glass to get that glossy, 3D look. It's also great because the glitter won't come off once it dries. (There's a bit of a foggy spot in the middle of the heart because it wasn't entirely dry when I took the picture, but I swear it turned out crystal clear come party time.) This technique is also great for making accents that could be used in a similar way to buttons and brads (I'm thinking more of the button fasteners in particular). But be sure to watch the surface area being covered, too big of a piece of paper will curl when drying. Also, if covering something that has been inked- wait for it to dry first to prevent massive bleeding. But back to this card... We also included my favorite little art philosophy flowers. I love the white too. It just seems so bridal! The lagoon and sweet leaf dotted paper is from the Dotty for You paper pack and the swirl stamp on the card base is from Love Life. The inside is stamped with "Congratulations" from Limited Edition and there are some swirls in there too, but we had already added our little note so it's not pictured here. It looks a lot like the birthday card in the previous post. We also punched a small hole (1/8 I think) in the corner for the ribbon, so we could tie it to the gift bag.

Flower Birthday Card

This is a girly birthday card I made for a friend of mine. I stamped the flowers with a few different patterns and layered them. I like the contrast of the swirls pattern next to the houndstooth and grid patterns. On the card base I stamped my favorite swirl stamp from Love Life. The patterns and sentiment are from Hooray Bouquet and the "Happy Birthday" came with the cricut collection.

Button and String Fasteners

So I tried a button and string fastener on a gift, and I'm now in love with them! Definitely my favorite new crafty touch! They're super easy too! Just pop the buttons up with foam tape and use baker's twine, hemp or any kind of stringy material to wrap around the buttons and keep the flap shut. I would recommend tucking one end of the string under the foam tape when sticking it to the box or envelope. To keep the ends of the string nice and neat (especially for baker's twine) I dab the smallest bit on liquid glass on my finger and use it to seal the end.

Here's a few of my recent projects that I just had to use these fasteners on (all of which are on kraft and cut and scored, no cricut for these bad boys).

This is a box I made to hold a book that I got for my Dad for his birthday. Technically...there aren't any buttons here, but card stock circles and brads work great too! I used the stamp sets Confidential (label, tab, and spy sentiments), A Typeface ("happy" and "th"), and Little Reminder ("50"). The ink colors are sunset and crème brulee.

This is a hybrid box/envelope that I made to go with a ticket/card I made for my Mom's friend. My Mom bought her a plane ticket to Florida for her birthday. They're going on a trip this winter with a group of their friends. I used the stamp sets Love Life (swirls), Hooray Bouquet (flowers), Word Card Puzzle ("to" x2, "from," and "happy birthday"), You Are... ("fun!"), and Little Reminder (calendar wheel). I also used Urban Alphabet to stamp her name on the other side of the envelope but it's not pictured. The ink colors are crème brûlée, smoothie, sweet leaf, lagoon, and outdoor denim. I also used a clear sakura glitter gel pen to outline the words "ticket" and "fun."

This little box holds note cards. One of my good friends is getting married and I thought it would be neat if she wrote down all the things she's looking forward to, all the things she'll miss, and whatever else she wants really (anything along the lines of hopes, dreams, etc.). I used her colors of course (teal and brown, of which I am a huge fan) and I used different sized buttons this time. I like the smaller button on the bottom because the flap covers so much more of the front. I also added a décor edge to the flap by tracing the edge of a shape from the cricut art philosophy cartridge. I lined the inside with dotty for you in lagoon and stuck pearls in the center of the roses (also art philosophy). The inks are chocolate and lagoon and I used the stamp sets Love Life (the small heart), Limited Edition (notecard lines and frame), and My Mom (swirls).  


Cool Card

This card was for my Mom's Godson. She got him a snow cone machine for his birthday because he LOVES ice. The machine was even in the shape of an igloo! This inspired me to use "cool" and the penguin for a bit of pun fun.

I used the April SOTM You Are... and the cricut cartridge Create a Critter (highly recommend this cartridge, especially for kids' stuff, I use it ALL the time). The card base is kraft and I used the colors bamboo, twilight, and outdoor denim. I also sponged some white on the kraft to try and get a frosty look. I wrapped natural hemp around the piece of outdoor denim card stock and used 3D tape to give Mr. Penguin some added dimension. White and bamboo pieces were edged in twilight ink, twilight pieces were edged in outdoor denim, and outdoor denim pieces were edged in white.
I really like how it turned out.