Valentine at Holbrook Cottage

February 4, 2016

Valentine Creative Card Class at Holbrook Cottage, Briarcliff Manor, NY

 Holbrook Valentine's cards

Welcome back crafters!

 I am so incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to craft with kids.  Children love to create.  But crafting with adults is just as special, as it equally brings out creativity from within…  Today I had the pleasure of collaborating with Sue Bicksler-Taub of Holbrook Cottage to bring a Valentine card-making workshop to her delightful shop in Briarcliff Manor… just for the grown-ups.

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During our relaxing workshop, the participants learned paper-crafting techniques such as die cutting, craft punching and embossing to create beautiful embellishments to customize their handmade cards.  We used deep red and soft pink papers with pink and silver glitter accents on a warm kraft cardstock base.  I was just thrilled at the ease of their creativity!  The finished projects were simply stunning:


love pink

a guest displays the inside decor of her creation


And in keeping with the warmth and delight of the “Cottage” Sue then served handmade gourmet chocolates and hot apple cider to our guests, who enjoyed a delicious take home gift to accompany their handmade card.  It was a lovely, crafty gathering.  We hope you’ll join us next time…

Treats for our guests...


We’ve captured the creativity of the day to share with you… Enjoy!

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Many thanks to Sue for welcoming us into her shop.  I highly recommend you stopping by Holbrook Cottage for gourmet foods, gorgeous gifts, custom made gift baskets and so much more…

We return to the Cottage in April for a Mother’s Day Card-Making for Kids event for tweens and teens.  Check back soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time, be creative,

~ Linda ~


Supplies used:

Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Craft dies: LOVE Script die: Simon Says Stamp, Heart: Darice;  Craft punches: Stampin’ Up!; Heart to Heart; EK Success 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ oval punch & dotted scallop border;  Paper: Recollections: Valentine paper (textured), Stampin’ Up!: Crumb Cake & floral design series paper (DSP); Gina K Designs: Lipstick Red; American Crafts: Glitter cardstock & patterned paper; DCWV Glitter paper;  Stamp: Be My Valentine: Lizzie Anne Designs (retired);   Ink: Stampin’ Up!: Real Red;  Misc: tombow adhesive tape runner; Zig two way liquid glue pens

Kaleidoscope shaker card

Friday, January 29, 2016

Card-Making for Kids, St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

Kaleidoscope card

Hello crafters!

Welcome back to another Card-Making for Kids project summary!  Today’s project is a super fun birthday shaker card featuring a kaleidoscope of glitter confetti inside a jumbo balloon window…


Shaker cards are very popular in the craft world these days.  They can be created in many different ways, shapes and sizes with all kinds of fillers and sequins.  Today we’ve kicked it up a notch to create a glitter filled shaker card that resembles a kaleidscope!  Here’s how we did it:

First we created our card front.  We used my Big Shot die-cutting machine to cut out a jumbo round balloon shape and a faux-stitched frame from lavender cardstock.  This created the opening for our window card…

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To create the see-through element, we turned the card front over and adhered a layer of plastic cut slightly bigger than our opening, making sure to completely seal the circle.



We then adhered our foam tape around the perimeter of the circle to create our reservoir.   It’s important to remove the release paper from your foam tape before you add it to your project.  This makes the strips flexible and much easier to apply around the circle.  Our window was now ready to be filled!


(Fun tip: layer TWO strips of foam tape together for added height to your window element.  Place them on your desk to evenly stick the strips together, then peel up and apply as above).

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Because the plastic sheets naturally promote static, especially when combined with glitter confetti, we ran our anti-static powder bag quickly over the plastic reservoir before adding our glitter.  This would enable the glitter to move about more freely in the shaker window… The girls then poured tons of their favorite colors of glitter into the center of the window.  Fun!



To close up the window we placed a single square of white cardstock directly onto the circle of foam tape, making sure to press down very tightly all around.  This created a good tight seal to keep the glitter from falling out.  The white also functions as a bright background to help reflect the kaleidoscope of color in the shaker window.

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Finally, we hand-stamped our “Happy Birthday” sentiment with purple dye ink and a clear sentiment stamp on a strip of white cardstock.   We used a special acrylic block with mini foam “feet” to help us center and stamp the image… and then adhered the sentiment to the base of our card front.  We added a simple baker’s twine bow accent to finish it off, and adhered the entire lavender piece onto a white side folding card.




Some of our beautiful work!





Here’s another shaker card idea for you to try at home.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


 Until next time, keep sparkling!!

~ Linda ~


Supplies Used:

Paper:  Stampin’ Up!: “Wisteria Wonder”; Recollections: heavy weight white cardstock;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Craft Dies: Lawn Fawn: “Stitched Rectangles”, Simon Says Stamp: “Balloons”;  Stamps: Lawn Fawn: “So Much to Say”; Ink: Stampin’ Up!: “Concord Crush”;  Glitter: Martha Stewart;  Misc;  Lifestyle Crafts plastic sheets;  Stampin’ Up! Embossing buddy (powder bag);  We R Memory Keepers Fancy Floss (Baker’s Twine);  Adhesive: Tombow glue tape runner, Scotch double sided mounting tape; Acrylic Block: Martha Stewart


simple valentines

Hip Kid Valentine

Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project summary comes from our latest Card-Making for Kids workshop here in Westchester County.  We were delighted to be a guest at hip-kid in Chappaqua, NY creating this colorful mix & match trio of valentine cards with kids.  If you don’t know them, Hip-Kid is a new and unique children’s clothing shop with a warm and friendly event space, known as the “Hip-Kid Lounge” for fun classes, parties and creative workshops like ours.

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The project:

To create our cards, we used a number of basic crafting supplies that you can find in your local craft store or online, including cardstock, pattered paper and craft punches.  We began by first creating our card bases, and then designed our own custom-made embellishments to decorate our cards with.

To create our card bases, we began with 4″ x 8″ pieces of pink, blue and red cardstock in various solid shades and folded them evenly in half to create 4″x 4″ cards…



Once the cards were prepared, we moved right on to creating our embellishments with coordinating design paper:

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 A fun technique the participants learned was how to create a “3D”  heart embellishment.  (You can find our photo tutorial here).  This easy technique works for any symmetrical shapes like circles, hearts, diamonds, etc.  Simply punch-cut, layer and adhere.  Add multiple layers for maximum 3D effect, but use good strong adhesive to keep your pieces together (:

Here are a few creations made using this fun technique:


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And more creative fun from our workshop here:

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During our workshops, it’s always a joy to hear the students deciding who they are creating their projects for.  The children were delightfully creative and crafted a beautiful collection of valentines to take home today.  And in keeping with the hip-kid tradition, each participant created an extra card for donation to a local organization too.  (:

The true beauty of handmade cards is the love that goes into creating them.  Starting from the most basic of supplies can easily flourish into the most heartfelt creations in the hands of kids.

Big thanks to Trish and Helena for having us (:

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Until next time…

~ Linda ~

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how to: 3D heart

How to 3D Hearts

Creating cards with kids should be fun…and teaching unique techniques to use with basic supplies is a part of what we do at IT’S FROM ME!  Here’s how we turn simple heart shapes into a three dimensional embellishment:

First, punch cut plain heart shapes with a craft punch.  Fold each heart in half.

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Next, layer the folded pieces and adhere sides together as shown:

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Gently flare the wings of the 3D heart and adhere to project!

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This technique works with any shape that is symmetrical… so circles, squares, diamonds, etc… Layer as many cuts together to maximize the 3D effect – just be sure to adhere completely  (:

Here’s a card a student created in our most recent Valentine’s workshop using this easy technique… Give it a try with your kids!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Linda ~

Glitter mitten winter card

 Friday, January 15, 2016

Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

glitter mitten winter card

Hello crafters!  Welcome back to another IT’S FROM ME Card-Making for Kids project summary!


There hasn’t been much winter weather here in the northeast, but we are always happy to share warm wishes with a handmade card.

Today’s class project features a pair of glitter mittens nestled onto a scallop square of rich burgundy paper, layered onto a pink and white cardbase:


To begin, the students used the Big Shot to die-cut scallop squares from rich burgundy design paper.  We layered them each onto a pink cardstock square and then onto a top-folding white cardbase… They decorated the scallops with coordinating self-stick gemstones.



The girls then die-cut three mitten pieces: two from glitter cardstock and one from matte pink cardstock.

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We positioned the single pink mitten behind one of the glitter mittens to serve as a “shadow”…

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 … before adhering them all into place with adhesive tape runner and foam squares.



The students finished off their cards by adding a punch cut word window sentiment, and writing a special inside message for their loved ones with glitter gel pens…

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… a perfectly pretty card to send warm wishes to someone special this winter!



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time…

~ Linda ~

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Supplies used:  Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Bravo Burgundy Design Series Paper (DSP), Pretty in Pink cardstock;  American Crafts glitter cardstock;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot die-cutting machine;  Craft Dies:  Nestabilities – Large Classic Scalloped Squares, Memory Box steel craft die – Toasty Mitten;  Craft punches: Martha Stewart – Alpine Snowflake;  Stamps: Lawn Fawn – Winter Fox;  Ink: Stampin’ Up! – Bravo Burgundy;  Misc: Recollections – self-stick gems; foam adhesive; adhesive tape runner

So much to love…


Welcome back crafty friends!

I hope your holiday and new year celebrations were warm and happy and spent with the dearest of family & friends… and maybe even some hand made gift-giving!

There is so much to love about IT’S FROM ME this 2016… Coming up we’ve got our always fabulous & fun Card-Making for Kids programming, a new card-making & craft technique class series, and local workshops for adults too.

Plus, a new product review series, and a new question & answer segment to help with crafty home projects you may be creating.

And as always,  you will find class summaries, photo tutorials and tons of crafty inspiration right here on the IT’S FROM ME blog… Follow me & stay tuned for some crafty goodness!


Happy, happy  New Year and may your 2016 be full of inspiration and creativity!

My best,


it’s from me… creating cards with hands… and heart.

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