Lift-the-flap lunchbox notes

Lift-the-flap lunchbox notes for the little ones…

Lunchbox notes for the little ones...

Lunchbox notes for the little ones…


Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a collection of lift-the-flap lunchbox notes I created for a fellow mom who recently went back to work…  I’m hoping they’ll be the perfect lunchtime surprise for her little ones while helping to ease some of the mommy-guilt of missing drop and pick-up!


I started by positioning and stamping this mini schoolbus image from Stampin’ Up! onto a square piece of thick white cardstock.  I colored the bus with copic markers and then stamped the “Have a Great Day” sentiment from Hero Arts at the bottom edge in Versafine black ink:

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I then die-cut my scallop square and round window cuts with my Spellbinders and Stampin’ Up! dies with my Big Shot die-cutting machine:

lunchbox notes die cuts


I then layered and adhered the pieces together, and added some mini hearts painted with a touch of Wink of Stella glitter pen for a little sparkle:

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Brightly colored cardstock make for a cheerful set of notes:

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Thanks for stopping by!


Until next time, stay creative!

~ Linda ~


Supplies: Ink: Versafine: Onyx Black, Memento: Tuxedo Black;  Stamps: Hero Arts: CL351, Stampin’ Up!: Every Little Bit;  Tools:  Sissix Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities: Classic Scalloped Squares Large, Stampin’ Up!: Peek-a-boo Frames Die;  Markers: Copics;  Misc: Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen

Friends forever

Friends Forever…

friends forever

Welcome back crafters!

Big thanks going out to Lawn Fawn  who created these super adorable images for Simon Says Stamp‘s “Stamptember” celebration.  They are truly perfect for creating cards to show that friend just how special they are.  I knew instantly who my first card made with these cuties would go to.


To begin, I die cut a stitched rectangle along with a stitched sun and grassy hill.  I played around with their positioning before adhering them so I could decide the exact areas for my stamping.  I then stamped the images directly to my card-front, and added a second set of trimmed out copic-colored birds on top of its  matching flat image.

friends forever close up

I stamped some tiny music notes and mini hearts randomly around the card-front, and added glossy accents to plump up the heart images.  I layered my design onto some deep red cardstock and adhered it onto a top-fold card with foam adhesive for added dimension.  I finished up by brushing some clear Wink of Stella glitter onto the birds for a subtle sparkle… Friends forever!

forever friends


Wishing you all a special someone you can call friend!

Until next time, keep crafting,

~ Linda ~

Materials used: Tools: Sissix Big Shot; Die Sets: Lawn Fawn: Spring Showers, Mama Elephant: Femme Frames, Landscape Trio; Stamps: Lawn Fawn for Simon Says Stamp: Feathered Friends; Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Hero Arts: Black, Pale Tomato; Markers: Copics; Misc: foam adhesive, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Wink of Stella clear brush pen

feathered friends

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 cardstock 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!!

thanks floral oval

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  You can also visit its from me, llc on Facebook.  See you soon!

strawberry hello berry circle

 Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~