Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders | Monday Card Madness #101

If there’s one kind of embossing I’m actually quite fond of, it’s dry embossing. No ink, no powder, no mess! :) I love being able to give a flat piece of paper dimension with the simple crank of a handle. Today’s steal, the Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders, are so much fun! I’m especially excited about the chevron embossing folder. Not only is it my current favorite print, but my current favorite print with dimension.

I just have to say, I had so. much. fun. making cards this week. Cards usually stump me for just a bit, but not these babies. I prefer a cleaner look with dry embossing to make the raised designs to really be the focus. I think that helped make these cards come together in a visually pleasing and super quick way.

Of course, the first template I reached for was the chevron print. A-maz-ing! I created this super simple thank you card by embossing a sheet of cardstock, trimming along the bottom of one of the rows of chevrons, and adding elements I cut out with my Silhouette.

I couldn’t stop at just one card using the chevron print so I made this card, which is probably my favorite card that I have ever made! I embossed a sheet of kraft cardstock, punched out some circles, then gently used my We R Memory Keepers Sweetheart Inkers and inked the raised portion of the embossing. I love how this turned out!

Next I used the the zig-zag embossing folder and made this thank you card using the same idea as the sketch for this week.

I was really enjoying the look of the embossing on the kraft cardstock so I carried on with that trend. I used one of the embossing folders from the “woven” collection to create this card.

I then finished up my card making spree with a cut out portion of the other embossing folder from the “woven” collection.

I cannot say enough loving comments about embossing folders. Now I need to get my little tooskey over to steal today before the “twirl” set is gone. That one totally has my name written all over it!

One more thing! If you don’t already know we love to give things away at

If you’d like to enter to win our September Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, September 28th.

Have fun creating a cute celebration cards! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got this week!

My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing | Monday Card Madness #99

I hope you all had a great weekend! I sure did as I was able to get scrappy with today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye—The Sweetest Thing,  Lavender Collection. I go weak at the knees because it’s My Mind’s Eye alone, but add the gorgeous pinks, greens, yellows polka dots and chevrons, and I’m beyond smitten! In fact, don’t tell my husband but perhaps the “headache” I had so we couldn’t go out was a little “lavender” induced. Shhhh!

This week card sketch was inspired by the use of the embellishments in the Lavender collection.

I was immediately drawn to the circle embellishment on the top of the polka dot banner, and so my first card and basis of the sketch was created.

For the next card I couldn’t resist using the pink chevron paper. I’m so in love with chevrons right now, and this paper is pink, so it’s kind of like the best of the best of the best!

On my third card I decided to show off one of the darling crochet doilies. Crochet is certainly an art that I know nothing about so I’m kind of grateful that My Mind’s Eye has brought the beauty to me!

The next card I made I put to use some of the chipboard embellishments and added a little butterfly that I cut out on my Cameo.

As I threw the previous card down on my desk it landed rotated by 45 degrees and I realized how great this sketch works rotated clockwise by one turn.

I cannot wait to put the rest of the papers to use on a layout! In fact I love this collection I very well may need to steal a back up for when the scraps run low.

I’ve loved seeing your cards this past week. It kind of boggles my mind that we are nearing the end of not only another month but ONE HUNDRED weeks of Monday Card Madness sketches.

If you’d like to enter to win our August Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, August 31st.

Have fun creating cute cards! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got this week!

Martha Stewart Edge Punches | Monday Card Madness #97

So you think there are enough punches in your stash to last a lifetime? Well, I’m pretty sure if you took 2.3 seconds to play with today’s steal, Martha Stewart Edge Punches, you’d be seriously reconsidering your thoughts about just how long a lifetime is. They come in timeless designs and fold up perfectly for storage. Yeah, I’m in love!

That Martha. She’s pretty much the bomb salad of punch making. (That’s a good thing!)

Given the fact that I was working with punches for cards this week I had a hard time going with a particular sketch. Punches are just perfect to modify ideas on a whim!

I used the Blossom Eyelet punch to create a trim to go down the length of my first card.  I then added a little washi and some embellies.

Next, I wanted to create a double border of eyelet blossoms so I punched down both sides of a strip of paper. I then got a little crazy with my washi collection and taped random colors beneath the flowers punch outs to create a subtle splash of color. I think this is one of my favorite washi uses yet!

I then used the same punch to create the edge of this card so that the inside pattern of the paper can peek through to match the strip on the left hand side. (I kinda really like this one!)

Then I switched gears to the Laurel Leaf edge punch. I’m gonna be honest — I think this is one of my very favorite punches to date! Such a great addition to so many projects!

I went simple and used this punch to make a basic border running the length of the card.

Then the crafty gears got spinning and I thought it would be fun to punch so that the leaf trim didn’t come completely unattached, but rather keep it attached to the paper I was punching from.

I then applied the same method to the base of this card and loved it so much that this is the official card for this week’s sketch!

Yup. I’m pretty pleased that these punches are now taking up minimal space in my crafty room. A great purchase indeed!

For those of you that don’t know already, we love to give things away here at!

If you’d like to enter to win our August Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, August 31st.

Pretty easy, don’t you think?

Fiskars Everywhere Punch Window System | Monday Card Madness #95

I’m sure hope I’m not the only one that sometimes gets crafty-lazy. The thought of making windows by carefully making cuts with my paper trimmer or plotting exact measurements on my Silhouette kind of makes my brain wiggle.  With today’s steal, the brilliant Fiskars Everywhere Punch Window System, that’s no problem. With a simple 1-2-3 you can punch that window wherever you want! Better yet, it takes up hardly any space and is perfect for projects on the go.

I decided that I wanted to show how the punch system could work for a series of windows, so I used the fun flower punch to create this tri-flower window card.

I then used the square punch and created a similar card. You might notice how adding a few pop dots behind the window panel makes the card rich with dimension.

I then thought how cute it would be to use the flower punch around the edge of a piece of paper as sort of a “chomp”. Because I couldn’t come up with a cute “chomp” type sentiment it sort of morphed into this unique congrats card. I kind of like how it turned out!

The time has finally come to announce the winner of the Operation Write Home prize package sponsored by We R Memory Keepers. Deborah Johnson, you are the lucky lady that will be receiving an amazing Red White and Blue stack pack! Please email our service department at and let them know that you’re the winner of the Operation Write Home prize package and we will be happy to get shipment arranged for you!

I just want to say thanks again to any and all that participated in the Operation Write Home program and hopefully we all did our part in helping We R Memory Keepers reach their goal of collecting 50,000 cards!

Don’t forget that the month is nearly over and you have until Friday at 11:59 MST in order to create and post a card in order to be eligible for this month’s Monday Card Madness drawing. Wow. Where has the summer gone?

Have a lovely day and be sure to check in tomorrow for How To’sday!

Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter | Monday Card Madness #94

Martha, Martha, Martha. That crafty diva has taken glitter to the next level with today’s steal, the Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter 12 Pack. Cardmaking aside, I can see lots of uses for this glitter. The fun shapes will make the perfect topper for my pedicure and fun new flair the “tooth fairy” will undoubtedly be leaving her dust beneath a pillow sometime soon.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of scrapbooking at a local store with a 8 other local ScrapbookSteals fans. It was a fantastic day and I had a great time putting the Martha Stewart glitter to use, and even got Kerys Sharrock and Deb Routledge to put their own twist on today’s steal.

I knew I wanted to create some sort of a “shaker box” for today’s cards since the glitter is almost more of a confetti type glitter.I created the base of my card then used my 2″ circle punch to make a window in the card. I cut a piece of the plastic from a set of my Thickers and with the help of a little washi tape, created a nice pocket/window to fill with glitter. After filling it, I simply taped it to the inside of the card.

I just have to say how perfectly the My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist collections work with these glitters!

I then tried something a little different and applied glue to the circles on the front of this card. I added different colors of glitter hearts and came up with this card.

Deb Routledge made this card off the top of her head. The paper piecing is brilliant! Not to mention such fun heart confetti water. And in the words of my five year old “this card is beautiful.”

Design Team member, Kerys Sharrock made this darling snowman card with a spin on the sketch for today. I love the window with stars in the snowman’s belly.

Don’t forget there are two more days to participate in the We R Memory Keepers Operation Write Home Card Drive. As a little incentive and a thank you to those participating, we have a lovely Red White and Blue Stack Pack that will be given to one random winner who participates in the Operation Write Home Card Drive.

To enter to win:

We will have a random drawing from all of the card drive participants. The winner will be announced on our July 30th Monday Card Madness blog post. (Don’t forget! Post your cards to a regular Monday Card Madness blog post by August 3rd in order to be eligible for our regular monthly drawing.)

Tomorrow we are in for another terrific How To’sday from Staci Jones!

Have a great day!