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Card Ideas — Marjorie Towers

Card Ideas

This week’s Design Team project is a double sliding box by Cheryl Stapleton. This box is great for holding candy or something larger as it measures about 5″x3″.  Here’s the box closed:

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And when you pull on the ribbon to the right you get this:

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So you can make this too and here is the supply list:

1 1/2″ square punch

white  cardstock

patterned paper (Authentique “Abroad” collection used in the sample)

embellishments from the collection

Color Box Chestnut Roan ink pad

Ribbon to match

Plastic grocery bag


1 piece 2 3/4″  4″ patterned card stock (tag)

1 piece 2 7/8″ x 5″ white card stock (slider frame)

1 piece 6 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ pattern card stock (box)

1 piece 5″ x 8 1/2″ pattterned card stock (box cover)


Punch a portion of each end of the frame using the square punch if you have one. Should like like this:

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Cut a 1″ x 9″ strip of plastic grocery bag. Wrap around the frame and adhere to itself cutting off excess. Do not adhere to card stock. It should slide freely.

Score the box on the 8 1/2″ side at 1 , 2, 6 1/2, and 7 1/2 and on the 6 3/4″ side at 1, 2, 4 3/4, & 5 3/4.

Crease all score lines, cut out the three outer squares on each corner, and cut tabs. Should look like this:

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Fold box together and apply adhesive to assemble box.

Add a small piece of coordinating patterned paper to each end of box base if desired.

Punch hole at one end of box, add ribbon for the pull tab

Add desired sticker/sentiment to tag, trim edges, punch hole, add ribbon

Slider frame: apply a strip of adhesive on plastic strip close to the edge.

Stick box to plastic on frame. Make sure the box pull is on the other side.

Flip the box over and adhere tag (sticker/sentiments face down)

Score the box over on the 8 1/2″ side at 1, 4, 5, & 8

Crease score lines, apply adhesive to the tabbed edge and adhere.

Slide cover over box and tag

Embellish box as desired.

Here are a couple of cards Cheryl made using the same paper line:

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april blog zz

Thanks for looking!



I just love World Cardmaking Day at Creating Lasting Memories. First, I have some terrifically talented teachers (try saying that 3 times). They each design their own card and I think they do a wonderful job of creating something that is beautiful but not too difficult for everyone to make in the 40 minute time slot they have. Secondly, it’s just plain fun to get together with like-minded artists and make cards. Plus the food and prizes are pretty nice. And there is the anticipation of Christmas coming – even though it was a beautiful warm fall day.Tthere is nothing like October on the coast.

So here are the cards we made:


This card was designed by Chris Liles. It features Just Rite stamps and a Spellbinder ornament die set.


This photo is definitely a little blurry, but the card is beautiful. It was designed by Cathy Verzi. Cathy loves stitching and she used metallic thread and some die cut scallop shapes. I love the center flower with wrapped thread. This looks complicated but it was really easy to do.


This card was designed by Carole Gardner. It uses some of the newest Bo Bunny Christmas papers and features a nice unique fold. Here is how it looks when you open it up:

Carole inside


This card was designed by Jill Petersen. Jill has been creating some beautiful cards for the Design Team. This was her first time to teach and she did a great job showing us how to make this angled easel card. It has embossed snowflakes (these don’t show up n the photo) with a large die cut snowflake on top.


This card was created by Sonja Woodward using Hero Arts stamps and Elizabeth Crafts glitter. It doesn’t show in the photo, but this card is covered with a fine transparent glitter. Just gorgeous and perfect for Christmas.


I loved this card by Candice. The Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia (die with matching embossing folder) shimmers with gold 3D stamp paint (love this stuff) plus a little glitter. The saying is by Penny Black.


This card was created by Design Team member Trisha Easley.  I love the way she used the enlarged Christmas USPS stamp image (from the stamp package front). And I think the red, blue and gold color palette is a nice look. The border is a Fishers punch; joy is embossed in gold.

Here are all the girls. These photos were taken at the end of a full day of card making and they are still happy and smiling!

main room


Thanks everyone for a fun day!



Using the Lawn Fawn stamp and matching die set “Critters in the Forest”, Design Team member MaryRuth Willard made this shadow box card:

Card front

Card front

When you open the card, you see this:

Card open

Card open

Here is how she made it:

Lawn Fawn Forest Critters Card

1. Out of green card stock make a (folded at top) card 6″ w by 5″ h. Use a nesting die to cut a frame in the front slightly off center to the right.

2. On a patterned paper panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use the next larger nesting die to cut a frame to fit around the frame on the card front. Adhere to card.

3. Stamp all images and die or hand cut. Stamp trees on green and patterned card stock. Stamp just trunks again on brown card stock. Trim trunks off green trees and use foam tape to adhere brown trunks to green trees.

4. Color all images as desired.

5. On a white panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use pigment ink pads and stipple brushes to create a “sunset” background. Tear a lt brown strip of card stock for ground and adhere to sunset panel. Adhere inside card. (Don’t you just love that sunset background?  I think this may take a little practice to turn out like MaryRuth’s!)

6. Adhere images on card using foam tape on some to add dimension.

7. Stamp “hello foxy” on white card stock. Trim. Adhere to a blue piece of card stock and trim. Adhere with foam tape inside card where shown.

8. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

And here is another card she made using the same set (please excuse the blurry photo):

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Lawn Fawn Owl Card

1. Use wood patterned card stock to make a folded card 3 1/2″ w by 4 1/2″ high.

2.Cut a 2 3/4″ square panel out of blue card stock and a 3″ square out of green card stock. Ink all edges with brown ink. Adhere blue panel to green.

3. Hand cut a tree branch out of the wood patterned card stock and adhere to blue panel as shown. Place a brad in each corner as shown.

4. Cut a 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ panel of light brown card stock. Using a brown ink pad stamp ” woo-hoo” randomly on panel. Ink edges. Adhere inside card.

5. Stamp leaves and 2 owls. Use die to cut out owls and handcut leaves. Color all images as desired and adhere as shown using some foam tape to ad dimension. Adhere panel to card front.

6. Create sentiment for card front in computer or use a label maker. Trim. Adhere to a blue panel then a green panel slightly larger inking all edges with brown ink. Wrap twine around left end of panels and tie bow. Adhere to card front using foam tape.

7. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

I feel very blessed to have such talented Design Team members!



I’ve got a couple cards to share with you, my Creating Lasting Memories fans!

These are cards designed by Design Team member Alex Fewell using the colorful Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar designer paper line. These bright papers scream summer and I, for one, am not ready to give up on this lovely season. The calendar says one more month and I personally am going to enjoy every minute of it.

Square grape vine card

Here’s how she made this card:

1) Cut paper to 5” x 10”. Score at 5” and 7 ½.

2) Cut solid paper to 5 ½ x 5 ½ . Punch using We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 vine punch. Adhere to card.

3) Cut coordinating paper to 4 ½ x 2 ½ “. Adhere to inside of card.   Add chipboard button.

4) Adhere chipboard embellishment, star pin and flower to solid. Add stickles.

5) Cut white strip 4” x 1”. Stamp verse.  Adhere to inside of card.

6) Add yellow gems to card front.

And here is birthday card she made using the same papers:

July 2

The instructions for this one are as follows:

Banner Card

1) Cover card base with blue Time Holtz paper cut to 5” x 7”.

2) Cut green paper to 6 ½ “x 4 1/2 “. Adhere.

3) Cut coordinating patterned paper into strips 2”, 1 ½ , 1” and ½ “. Cut ends to form pennants. Adhere, overlapping.

4) Embellish with buttons and crystal stickers.

5) Stamp sentiment.

6) Embellish with stickers.

This paper is still available at the store along with some nice accessories and those fabulous yellow stars (by Maya Road).



Our featured Design Team member this month is Jill Petersen.

Using the Authentique Pride collection she designed a fabulous gate-fold easel card. Here’s what it looks like closed:

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And here’s a picture of the card open:

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If you would like to make one like it, here is how she made it:

1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock.

2. Using a scoreboard, score cardstock widthwise at 5 1/2”, lengthwise at 2 1/8”, rotate and score

again at 2 1/8”.

3. Then at top, cut away the outer corners of 5 1/2” x 2 1/8” leaving the 4 1/2” middle section.

Score this section in half (this will be your easel).

4. Crease all of your scored areas folds. Now your ready to decorate.

5. First, I chose a picture to put onto my easel from the Authentique “Pride”

Collection-”Privilege” sheet. I used 3 Star shaped brads in the left corner, and then mounted this onto a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” piece of “Amend” paper from the same collection with my adhesive.

6. Now attach this to the bottom fold of the easel with adhesive so it will be able to prop up when the card is opened.

7. Now, cut a 5 1/4” x 4 1/8” of “Assemble” with the doile side up and adhere it to the center section on the bottom of the card.

8. Then I chose one of the stickers from the “Pride” components co ordinating sticker sheets and used 3D dots to raise it up to hold the easel in place when the card is open.

9. Next, cut a 5 1/2” x 1 3/4” of “Assemble” and trim the right edge around doile giving it a ruffled like edge. Attach to outside left flap so that about an inch overhangs.

10. Cut 2 pieces of the “Assemble” at 5 1/4 x 2” and attach to the inside flaps with the stripe side up.

11. Then I used a couple scraps of the “Amend” paper and cut 2 banners to attach to either side of inside flaps and added Maya Road velvet pleats to the tops.

12. I used about 6” of star ribbon over the seam on the left inside and tucked the edges with adhesive.

13. For the front, I used Barn Door and Chipped Saphire Distress Stains on some Tim Holtz trimmings ribbon(rossettes). I did 3 with the Barn Door, left 3 white and then 3 with the Chipped Saphire. As it dried I got a really cool effect with the stains bleeding. So I cut the ribbon to length to show that. I also cut the extra tuele off the back for a cleaner edge. I attached these with glue dots so I could run about 28” of the star ribbon unerneath. I like longer ribbon tails, but you can cut them shorter if you would like. I used more glue dots along the back of the card to hold the ribbon down and in place and one dot on the front along the “ruffle” edge and left the ribbon loose on the right panel to tie my bow.

Jill also made a few cards for the store using the Graphic 45 Steampunk line.  So fun, especially if you like Halloween. Jill loves Halloween, so I knew this would be the perfect collection for her.

Check out this cute envelope:


And then turn it over and open it up. You will find this great card:


The Tim Holtz mini-gears work great with these papers.

Thank you Jill for your inspiring artwork.



Cheryl, along with Mary Ruth, is one of our Design Team members who lives over in Grants Pass.  I think I will call them the “valley girls”.  Actually, I was pretty excited that someones outside of our local community was interested in making the commitment to drive over to the coast every month just to be part of the store’s Design Team.  It was very honoring. Cheryl has a lot of experience doing booth demos and teaching classes at CHA.  Maybe we can even get her to come to the store and do a class here. She loves Graphic 45 and you will see their influence on a couple of her projects.

Here is one of her challenge projects using the Prima Marketing Hello Pastel

pink card

Isn’t that just a lovely lacey look? Here are the instructions:

  1. Cut pink cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 11″
  2. Score center to create a 5 1/2 ” square card.
  3. Cut paper doily (Spellbinders Gold Elements), adhere under each side of a 5″ x 5″ piece of printed paper
  4. With fold on top, adhere a 5″ x 5″ piece of printed cardstock in center
  5. Cut out floral decor and adhere to the center of the printed cardstock
  6. Die cut four corner pieces and adhere to each corner with foam tape
  7. Add floral embellishments and brad to left side of lattice-like window
  8. Punch decorative corner on a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock, adhere inside.

envelope card

This card has an envelope look. I love the gray tones.

  1. Cut two pieces of contrasting card stock 11 3/4″ x 6 1/4″
  2. Score at 3 1/4″ and another score at 7 1/2″
  3. Cut angled corners on the 3 1/4″ piece to form the flap
  4. Cut two 5″ border strips from Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent
  5. Adhere between the two pieces of patterned paper on each side of the flap.
  6. Die cut the flap overlay from Spellbinders Gold Elements One from a soft tone of blue-tone cardstock
  7. Cut out additional pieces for the inside from the same sets, layer for dimension.
  8. Add flowers and brad elements to the front flap.


This is a picture of the notebook she submitted as a favorite project.  Here’s what it looks like when you open it up:

notebook open

notebook open

She also submitted this wall hanging that uses last year’s Graphic 45 summer line (sadly all sold out):

wall hanging

But you could certainly use another beachy line and perhaps add a photo or two for a personal look. Love the corrugated cardboard for the background.  I’m sure you are as excited as I am to see what Cheryl will be contributing to our blog this year.



Jill and her husband and two teenage sons just recently moved to Brookings.  She started coming to our Thursday Make ‘n Takes and I could see right away that she was a talented card maker. She has a lot of experience with Stampin’ Up and especially loves kinetic cards – that is, cards that move when opened.

Here is one of two cards she submitted for the challenge using the Prima Hello Pastel:

jill challenge outside 1

She didn’t ignore the inside, but included a nice piece of the patterned paper there, too.

jill challenge inside 1

Here are her instructions for making this card.

  1. Cut 6 strips of various lengths and widths of the Hello Pastel decorative papers.
  2. Clip the ends into triangular shapes, making them into banners.
  3. Curl up the ends and attach to card stock base.
  4. For decoration, tie an organza ribbon into a bow, attach a button with a piece of white string.  She used a couple of glue dots to attach to the top of the strips.
  5. Then cut a piece of decorative paper slightly smaller than the size of the card for the inside.

With her second challenge card, you’ll see her love of unique openings:

jill challenge 2

It opens to look like this:

jill challenge 2 inside 1

Then you open again to reveal this:

jill challenge 2 inside 2

To make this card, follow these instructions:

  1. Start with a 4 x 12″ piece of card stock.
  2. Score at 4″ and 8″.  Rotate paper and score diagonally on the two outside 4″ squares from the bottom left to the top right corner. Make sure the two diagonals are going in the same direction.
  3. Fold the left side into the middle then fold down the triangle. Repeat on the right side except fold the triangle up (see photo).
  4. Cut two 3 1/2″ squares of decorative paper. Cut one on the diagonal for the two triangular flaps.  Use the second for the inside. She sponged this one with brown ink.
  5. Using Spellbinders Label One, cut 2 pieces of solid card stock with the #3 die using your Big Shot, Cuttlebug or Vagabond. Sponge both pieces with brown ink.
  6. Cut three pieces using the #4 die using decorative paper. Stamp a saying on one of them for the first opening.
  7. When she attached the bigger labels to the card, she made sure they lined up witb each other and then she knew where to put dimensional adhesive to keep them attached on the outside label.
  8. Run 24″ of ribbon underneath the outside label before attaching. This makes a nice big bow.
  9. Decorate the outside with the Hello Pastel flowers and leaves. She also added a flower and leaf to the inside. A few pearls is a nice addition.

For her extra “favorite” projects, she submitted these two cards:

Easel card

Easel card

Easel card opened

Easel card opened

window card

window card

Window card opened

Window card opened

Window card opened - back side

Window card opened - back side

I love the net on the back side of that fish! Can’t wait to see what Jill will be coming up with for the design Team.  So glad you moved to our beautiful coastal town, Jill.  By the way, Jill just started working at Fred Meyer as a checker.  Look for her smiling face the next time you check out!


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We had another fun day at the store on Saturday, April, 13, flinging into spring.  Wanted to share some pictures and the cards we made.

Doesn’t this just LOOK like spring?

spring flings

Here’s the first card I made.  This one was taught by Chris Liles and uses the new Spellbinder Fancy Lattice die :

chris card

And here is a picture of our birthday girl (Chris’ birthday was the next day) with her sister:

chris and cathy

The next card I made was taught by Cathy Verzi.  It uses a stamp by Inky Antics that we colored with Copic markers and adorned with Candi brads:

cathy card

And here’s a picture of Cathy with Areta:

cathy and areta

Then there was the card that Loye designed. It uses a new die by Hero Arts with outline sticker bling:

loye card

Carole taught for the first time and here is her card with a unique fold and lots of layering:

carole card

And here is a smiling Loye and Carole holding each other’s card:

carole and loye

Candice taught us all how to make a Master Board.  This was a super fun technique.  I definitely want to make more of these. And here is the card we made using our “board”:

candice card

Sonja had a unique fold card too, with another stamp from Inky Antics:

sonja card

And here is a picture of Candice and Sonja showing off a couple of cards they made:

candice and sonja

The seventh card we made was a tag designed by Trisha Easley which used the new Tim Holtz Distress Paints for the background.  This was very popular and Trisha showed us how to get a  fabulous look with ease:

trisha tag

Some more smiling faces:

bev and sis

brittany and ruth

group 1

group 2

Thanks for a great day everyone!  See you in October for World Card Making Day!


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What a good day.

Good food, good cards, good teachers, good friends.

We made 7 cards by 7 different teachers. Here’s the one designed and taught by Chris Liles.  It features Memory Box dies. These ornament dies also come in a much larger size, perfect for scrapbook pages.


This next card was designed and taught by Allene Fewell.  The stamp is by Technique Tuesday; they have a great blog.  Check it out here.  We colored using copic markers.


The third card was designed and taught by Shari Townley. I love using Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs. They come in lots of colors.  This is the bronze and we embossed it (Tim Holtz Shattered Glass folder) then applied Krylon gold using a foam pad to the raised edges. The symbolism of the light piercing the darkness is so perfect for Christmas.


Our fourth card was designed and taught by Cathy Verzi.  The paper and stamp was Impression Obsession.  The ornament die is by Spellbinders.


This next card was designed and taught by Sharon Bessinger.  I love her paper-piecing techniques.  She is really talented and this card also featured a unique “diamond” fold.  To speed things up (sometimes it is hard to fit all the steps into the alloted 40 minute time slot) she scored and folded the cards for us but she gave us a pattern so we can make them ourselves later. And, with help from her supportive family, she cut out all the MANY pieces ahead of time! There is a tag at the top (sorry, the photo cut it off) that says, “So grateful for you.” Sharon is moving to Oklahoma and I just want to say that I am so grateful for her.  You will be missed, Sharon.


This next card was designed and taught by Sonja Woodward.  It is called a “never-ending” card.  I remember making these way back when and I hadn’t made one in a long time.  So much fun.  It has four “pages.”  And once again, Sonja did a lot of the work, cutting, scoring and writing instructions so we could finish in 40 minutes (well, almost). And we got a pattern from her to so we make them ourselves. I loved making one of these again.


And finally, last but not least, our 7th card designed and taught by Loye Rich.  Simple but elegant poinsettia stamp by Penny Black in their classic watercolor style. Usually we use brush markers to color these (right on the stamp) but this time Loye had us use a stipple brush and Brilliance ink.  The colors and the shimmer are quite lovely especially in person. And the card was finished up nicely with the gold outline stickers (also from Elizabeth Craft Designs).


Now isn’t that a great collection of Christmas cards by a group of talented teachers? All of these cards are on display at Creating Lasting Memories and if you want to make any of them yourself, just stop by the store and we’ll show you the supplies you will need. Plus, we have lots of other Christmas stamps and paper for all your holiday projects.  Hope to see you soon.


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What do you do with the handmade cards that you receive?

We all jokingly say that no one better ever throw away one of our cards that we so carefully make and then send off.  But after awhile, those heartfelt creations start to pile up.  Well, I have a system and I thought I’d share it with you.  And I’d love to hear your comments on what you do with yours.

I have two ribbon boards in my studio.  I put all the cards for one event on one of these boards.  For me, I mainly get cards for my birthday, at Christmas and then for Valentine’s Day.  So right now, one of my boards is filled with birthday cars:

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And then the other board holds my Christmas cards:

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To make room for the Christmas cards, I took down last year’s Valentine cards and tied them up with a ribbon:

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These I will save for a year.  After a year, I go through and choose one or two favorites which go in a wooden box.  Some may have a technique that I want to copy and they go in a special binder.  The rest get repurposed*, if they can be. Those that can’t be are thrown away making room for the new favorites. (It’s kind of like going through your closet and getting rid of the clothes that no longer fit, are worn out, out of style or you just don’t like the way they look.)  Now you have room for the new!

Let me know what you do with yours!


*repurposed: remove the card front and attach it to another card base making a new card which you can send to any number of organizations that collect cards – for families of the sick, for the military, etc.   At Creating Lasting Memories we have a monthly “Stamp Your Heart Out” class where we make cards for the military.  We often repurpose cards.