Saturday, April 4, 2020

2020 Cards for Little Hearts General Card Drive: Friends

Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much. Aristotle

Good morning!
Cards for Little Hearts is a global card drive, comprised of crafters dedicated to bringing smiles, hope and encouragement to as many children with congenital heart disease as possible by providing heart center staff with handmade cards that are given to patients during their hospitalization

I am here to share one of the cards I made for the General card drive which normally runs January 1st through October 31st. For now, the drive has been suspended until further notice due to the current situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic.

I decided that since I am more or less social distancing, I will continue to make cards and have them ready for when we are once again able to share happiness in the form of cards.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts website (HERE) for important guidelines prior to making and sending in your cards. You can also find additional helpful resources on the FAQs page and a Sentiments List. There is also a Gallery page if you need some inspiration.

  • Pre-Colored image from Cuddly Buddy printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) & Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper Unknown
  • Design Paper Unknown
  • Embossing Folder from Park Lane
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart
  • Sentiment from Stampin Up!

(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

SheepSki Designs: Show us your Wings!

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? --- Frida Kahlo

Good morning!
Today starts a new monthly challenge on the SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog and this month our challenge is Wings

For my card I am using Image no 59, Snow Happy

I was actually a bit stunned when I realized this is the first Christmas card of the year I've made ... I generally have quite a stack by this time. Guess I need to get busy!

  • Image printed on Stampin Up Whisper White Card stock
  • Bow punch from Stampin Up!
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base), and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from Scrapbook Wizard
  • ProMarkers
  • Rhinestones from my Stash
  • Snowflake punch from Studio G
  • Sketch used My Favorite Things MFTWSC64

Now ... You have two ways to play along with SheepSki Designs!

BLOG ... Where you can use any hand colored image for a chance to win 3 images ... BUT, if you use a SheepSki Designs image and are the winner, you get an additional image choice


FACEBOOK ... Where you must use a SheepSki Designs Image for a chance to win 3 images

As a bonus, when you are done shopping in the STORE, use this code “skiandrea10” at checkout to receive a 10% discount off your purchase! So, come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Repurposing a Stampin Up! Ink pad tower

Who still have these becuase they just can't stand the thought of getting rid of them yet?!

picture from pinterest

In the early days of my stamping, I loved my Stampin Up! Ink Pad holder. All my pads right there on my work table right in front of me! They are a bit expensive but I saved my pennies to purchase it. But like most of us, over time my ink pad collections grew while the tower did not.

At one point it held the odd distress and Staz-on ink pads, but eventually I outgrew the tower, again. So, it sat in the corner of my spare bedroom collecting lots - and lots - and lots of dust! Lord this thing is a dust magnet! LOL

Anyway, since my family is now practicing social distancing during the current Covid-19 Pandemic I have been cleaning up and out my craft room and supplies. I thought about donating but decided to give it another shot at usefulness by creating some small drawers and turning it into rotating storage for my embellishments which I have also been going through.

Here's what you are going to need if you want to try this yourself. I also created a sheet showing the score lines and cut lines which will be at the end of the post. Please note that all measurements are in inches.

  • 12 sheets of 8.5 x 11 card stock
  • Optional - add 4 more sheets (16 total) to make boxes for the top of the tower
  • Bone Folder
  • Labels (Optional)
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Punch for a Tab (I used a tab punch from Stampin Up! cut in half)
  • Scissors
  • Score board
  • Strong glue or adhesive tape (I used Art Glitter Glue)

To make the drawers, score 12 of the card stock sheets as follows

Score on the short side at


Score on the long side at

Using the paper trimmer, cut the card stock into four 4.25 x 5.50 (4-1/2” x 5-1/2”) pieces (A2 size)

Using the scissors clip a small wedge from each corner to facilitate a clean closure

Using your bone folder, create nice crisp folds along the score lines

Next, start folding in and glueing the corners

Almost finished drawer

Adhere tabs on the bottom

Thats it! All done. Now you can add a label. I do suggest that if you are planning to hand write onto the drawers to do so before glueing into shape.

If you want to make the boxes for the tops you will need the extra 4 pieces of card stock.

Cut into 8.50" x 8.50" square

Score at 2.50" and 5.75"


Score at 2.50" and 5.75"

As with the drawers, trim a small wedge from each corner and use your bone folder to create nice crisp folds. Then start folding in and glueing.

Here is the layout for the drawers

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial!
(Hugs) Cara