Welcome (new) home!

A new home

Welcome home

Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a whimsical welcome card I created for new homeowner.  It features a mix of bright colors, fun images and some of my favorite die cuts, all layered up onto bright white cardstock.

Anyone who has moved into a new home knows how stressful it can be, especially moving into a new area.  (I know first hand – we’ve done it!)  Giving a hand made welcome card is a warm gesture that a family is sure to appreciate and remember for a long time.


I created the cardfront frame with Mama Elephant’s Creative Cuts scallop frame and Li’l Inker Designs stitched ovals die set.  I positioned the frame and oval together on my cardstck to first get it centered and then ran it through my Big Shot.

welcome home flat


I stamped and copic-colored this darling little birdhouse three times, trimming down two of the images before adhering them together.  I then colored and fussy cut the bird to position it on the roof and added the tiny hand-stamped leaves.  These images are all from Hampton Art.

bird house image


The jumbo sun and clouds were created with my Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die set. I love their stitched look! I trimmed the rays of the sun down a bit and added a small punched heart that I shined up with Ranger’s Glossy Accents. These cuts were popped up onto foam squares for dimension.

welcome home sun

The blue “sky” background was achieved with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink on a large oval that I adhered to the back of the cardfront frame.


I decided to keep my outside sentiment simple, and added a special touch to the inside of the card by stamping and coloring up this adorable mailbox image with a “you’ve got mail” style red flag… Both are from Lizzie Anne Designs

welcome home LAD stamps


Today’s card is a perfect example of how you can mix and match products and designs from a variety of companies for one theme…

welcome home

As always, thanks so much for visiting!

Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

welcom home bird

Materials Used:  Paper: Solar White base cardstock, Recollections yellow dotted cardstock;  Tools:  Sissix/Stampin’Up Big Shot, Steel dies: Lawn Fawn: Spring Showers, Li’L Inker Designs: Stitched ovals, Mama Elephant: Creative Cuts;  Stamps: Hampton Art: Cling Birdie Sentiments, Lizzie Anne Designs: Welcome Home;  Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts: black; Misc: copic markers, foam adhesive.

Thanks for the views!!

September 9, 2014

Thank you for 20,000 views!!

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Welcome back crafters!!  What a proud day!

Today I send out my sincerest thanks to all of YOU for helping me reach 20,000 views!

Every blogger knows the time and dedication it takes to design and maintain a craft blog.  I love to share crafty project ideas here on this blog for my readers to enjoy.  From the project design and product lists, to the photography and tutorials, I truly hope these ideas inspire your creativity!


Today’s card project features a floral card-front with an oval window, showcasing a hand-stamped “thanks” sentiment, accented with white ribbon and paper punched faux red buttons:

faux punch art buttons

To achieve these fantastic ovals,  I used this fabulous die set from Li’l Inker Designs that offers two-in-one stitched oval cuts from each size die.  LOVE!!  A definite must-have for card-making.

oval die set


Thanks again for your support for IT’S FROM ME, and I look forward to sharing more paper-crafting fun with you!

thanks floral

Until next time,

keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

Materials used:  Paper:  Solar white heavy weight cardstock; Recollections 100lb cardstock: red; Recollections Pink Ditsy Floral scrapbook paper;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Dies: Li’l Inker Design ovals;  Martha Stewart button punch; Ink: Hero Arts pale tomato;  Stamps: Hampton Art: Cling Birdie Sentiments;  Misc: foam dimensionals, white ribbon

Shaped cards: stars

Shaped Cards: Stars

shaped cards - stars


Welcome back crafters!  Today’s card project is another design from my new shaped cards series.  These specialty cards are always fun to create and are even more fun to give.

I designed these cards for two dear friends whose children are starting kindergarten this week.  I used some wonderful and fun products from Lawn Fawn, which I know I’ll be reaching for again and again.

lawn fawn products


Here’s the how to:

Using the largest size from the die set, create a card base by cutting two stars – one from patterned paper and one from white cardstock.

die cut stars

To attach them, score the top tip of the patterned paper star only, and adhere the tiny area to the white star with a glue dot. This creates the fold.

score line


adhere tip only


Next, die-cut a star from the next size down from patterned paper.  Stamp your desired sentiment and add mini stars randomly around it.  Draw a faux stitched border with a fine tip marker if desired:



Finally, using the smallest die, cut a few stars from glitter cardstock. Position and adhere them randomly around the sentiment as shown.

Add self stick gems or ribbon for added embellishment.  Adhere to the card base with foam squares for dimension.

The cards fit into a standard A-2 size envelope.


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Wishing all the children out there a wonderful back-to-school season.  Reach for the stars!!

Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

Supply List: Tools: Big Shot die cutting machine, Craft dies: Lawn Fawn puffy star stackables, Stamps: Lawn Fawn lucky stars; Ink:Hero Arts: black;  Paper: Recollections dotted cardstock; Glitter cardstock: white;  Misc: self-stick gems, foam squares

Shaped cards: daisy flower

Shaped cards

shaped cards -flower birthday

Welcome back crafters. Today’s card project is the first in my new shaped cards series.  Specialty cards like these are fun to create and even more fun to receive! They send a special message, and I love how they can be displayed afterward for everyone to enjoy.


Today’s design would work great for a girl’s birthday…  Soft pink and green cardstock cuts in embossed layers, accented with a glitter center, simple glitter bow and hand-stamped sentiment tag:

shaped cards - flower close

Score across only the very top “petals” of your cardfront and adhere those small areas to your base:

shaper cards - flower birthday side

Freehand cut two green “leaves” and adhere to bottom corner to help card stay open for display:

shaped cards - flower birthday back

Using a maximum of 4″ size cut for your card base will fit into a standard  size A2 card envelope.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Linda ~

Materials used:   Tools:  Cricut Expression – Walk in my Garden;  Sissix Big Shot; Cuttlebug embossing folder: D’Vine Swirl; 1 1/2 ” circle punch;  Score Board (to create top fold);  Paper: DCWV Glitter Cardstock – white, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzaz, Pretty in Pink; Stamps: Hero Arts Friendly Greetings;  Ink: Hero Arts Passion Flower;  Misc: self stick gems, sheer ribbon (Celebrate It)

Card-Making for Kids at the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Welcome back crafters!

chapp farmers market banner

Today, I had the joy of crafting with kids at one of our local Farmer’s Markets.  I’m a big fan of these events – not just for their fresh produce and yummy foods, but for the relaxed, family friendly experience they provide.

The Chappaqua Farmer’s Market offers live music and a children’s activity in addition to the food vendors.  It’s an enriching and fun way to spend a few hours while supporting local businesses and farms in the area.


Among the fabulous vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, coffees and more, the children created their own version of yummy “strawberries” to go along with the market theme:

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Many thanks to the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market and the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to participate in such a fun day… We crafted over 40 cards!

Linda at Chap Farm Mkt


Love this paper-crafting idea?  Visit my Strawberry Hello card project .

Or, if you’d like to schedule a Card-Making for Kids workshop for your school, library or scout troop gathering, please send an e-mail to linda@itsfromme.com.  You can also visit its from me, llc on Facebook.  See you soon!

strawberry hello berry circle

 Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

Ink embossing

Welcome back crafters!

It’s no secret that I love using embossing on my card projects.  We use it regularly in my kids classes for its fun factor and its ease to use – and especially for the beautiful results it creates.  But today I took it a step further and and applied one of my favorite inks to the detail to really make it shine.

thank you embossed ink


To create this effect for my card, I embossed beige cardstock with this detailed floral embossing pattern, and followed up with a direct ink to paper technique:

First I ran my paper through my Big Shot with an added shim (piece of thick cardstock) to ensure my pattern would be deeply embossed:

embossing folder

 I then applied my ink directly to the raised areas of the paper, taking care not to push too hard:

embossing ink application

 I coated the pattern completely and set it aside to dry:

embossing and ink - after

 That’s it!  It creates beautiful texture for your cardmaking or paper-crafting projects:

embossing ink close up


Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

Materials list:

Paper: Recollections aqua (80lb), beige (110lb), Stampin’ Up! So Saffron;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot, Sissix/Stampin’ Up! embossing folder (Petals A’ Plenty);  Stamps: Hero Arts clear stamp set (CL342);  Ink: Hero Arts: Pale Tomato (mini);  Punches: 1 1/2″ oval (EK Success), 1 3/4″ oval (SU!), Flower (Recollections),  Misc: self stick pearls

New Books for Neighbor’s Link: A mini book drive

New Books for Neighbor’s Link: a mini book drive

Welcome back crafters and friends!

IT’S FROM ME  is proud to be collaborating with another local business here in Westchester County, NY to benefit the children served by Neighbor’s Link, a wonderful organization in neighboring Mount Kisco, as it builds up its Family Center’s lending library.

How to participate:

Visit The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY and ask to purchase a children’s book from a short wish list collection for Neighbor’s Link.  All books on the list are under ten dollars, and will be delivered directly to Neighbor’s Link from the bookstore.  A bookplate with the donor’s name will be added to each book purchased, if desired.

A matching gift:

For each book purchased, it’s from me, LLC will match the donation with a hand-stamped canvas book tote (seen here), for the children to transport books easily to and from the Family Center’s lending library:

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A meaningful gift:

Aside from the tremendous benefits of reading with your children, the goal of this local community project is to empower the children by generating excitement for reading books, and encouraging responsible book borrowing. I hope you consider donating!

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Many thanks, as always,

~ Linda ~

Contact info for this project:

Linda Sugrue, it’s from me, llc, Briarcliff Manor, NY: linda@itsfromme.com

The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY: 914-769-8322



AND….. Here they are!  Thank so much to the families who contributed!

book drive

Please check back with us for future collection drives for local organizations!

Linda (: