Let’s Make a Wendy Vecchi Card

Hello everyone,

Total we have a card tutorial using Wendy Vecchi products.  If you haven’t seen her new archival ink colors, check them out below…

This picture doesn’t do them justice, but it was the best I could do.  You can purchase them here.

First cut a piece of cream cardstock 4 1/4″ x 11″ and score the long side at 5 1/2″.

Fold the card and with the fold at the top use Wendy’s Prickly Pear Archival ink and her Handwritten Background stamp to stamp the card front.

Cut a piece of dark green cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and tear off one corner.

Adhere to the bottom of the card front centering to leave a cream border.  Stamp the sentiment from the Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Mix & Match Art SCS150 stamp set by Stampers Anonymous in the upper right corner of the card front with Peat Moss Archival ink.

Cut or punch a 3 3/4″ diameter circle from Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper and with the Prickly Pear and Peat Moss Archival inks and rubbing alcohol create a background on the circle by rubbing both colors of ink onto your non stick craft mat and add the alcohol.  Tap your circle into the inks and alcohol and dry with a heat tool.  For a visual tutorial on how to make the background watch the You Tube by Wendy Vecchi here.

Ink the edge of the circle with the Peat Moss ink and a blending tool.

Stamp the leaves  from the Mix & Match Art stamp set onto the circle with the Peat Moss ink.

Stamp the flower from the same stamp set onto a scrap of cardstock.  I used a scrap of the cream and stamped the flower twice since I wasn’t sure where I was going with the card.  Since the new ink blending tool hasn’t arrived yet, I put the new Poppy Archival ink on my craft mat and added a little alcohol.  Then used and empty Tim Holtz Detail Water Brush to apply the color to the flower on the right.  I had used a blending tool to color the leaves on the flower on the left, not worrying about the lines since I planned to cut the flower out.  I decided to use the flower on the right so after coloring I used the Craft Nib Holder and nib and the new Acorn Archival ink to define the center of the flower.  I used my Tim Holtz Mini Snips to fussy cut the flower.

Attach the flower to the circle and then adhere the circle to the card front with 1/16″  3D Dots.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s card tutorial.  Thank you for joining us!

Creativity In Small Packages!

The new Sizzix Sidekick Side-Orders by Tim Holtz have arrived.  Five great sets containing dies and embossing folders that retail for only $9.99 each!  Although these sets were made for the Sizzix Sidekick machine, they can be used in other die cut machines such as the Cuttlebug, Sidekick, Vagabond, etc.  Any machine that will cut the thin dies.  These sets are available in our store at only $8.99 per set and free shipping with a purchase of $50.

Make cute, quick cards with these sets or use on your scrapbook pages or journal pages.  If you didn’t see the Tim Holtz video about the side-orders, check it out here for ideas on how to use them.

Other new great dies are from Spellbinders by Becky Feeken.  The 3D Vignette dies are now available.  Make beautiful 3D cards with these thin dies.  Below are photos of a couple of them.

Just think of the possibilities with all of these dies!  I will post my creations from these dies soon.

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Alterable Mini Albums

I don’t know about you, but I have always had a love of mini albums.  Especially if I can make them look different.  And my new passion is mixed media!  All the different textures and surfaces are so wonderful, and we can change the color or add mediums, die cuts, ephemera, and memorabilia  along with our pictures.

The album above is one I made to showcase some photos from our trip to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.  I started out with an alterable album from Basically Bare…Tilly’s Tabs.

I made this album a couple of years ago, so some of the embellishments I use are not easy to find now.  In another post later I will feature a step-by-step tutorial on how to decorate these alterable albums.

This album features a canvas page that can be inked, painted, frayed, or stamped.  In my album I sprayed one side with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Spray and sprayed over a numbers stencil on the back side.  After drying the ink with a heat tool I folded part of the page over and stapled to make a pocket to hold a tag with photos on both sides.  I added a little journal tag on the front that said “A Trip Back In Time” and a photo on the back side.

Another page featured in this book is an envelope page.  I covered both sided with with scrapbook paper and added photos.  I also added a brad on both the envelope and the fold down tab and a string so I could hold the tab closed.  Extra photos that were not used on the album pages are stored in the envelope.

The final unique page in this album is the acrylic page.  I cut and embossed two photo frames from black scrapbook paper and taped photos behind each.  I adhered one photo on each side of the acrylic page making sure they were both lined up.  Then with a butterfly stamp and StazOn black ink I stamped the butterflies on one side of the page.  Since it is clear, the image can be seen on both sides.  StazOn is one of the few inks that will dry on plastic, glass, leather, and metal.

There are other chipboard pages in this album that can be inked, painted, papered, etc. that I have not shown.

I hope that you have enjoyed hearing a little about alterable albums and that you will join us again for a tutorial on a different bare album.  This and other albums can be purchased in my store, Arcy’s Attic Shoppe.

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Handmade Greeting Cards Gift Box


Have you ever wondered what to buy for that person “who has everything”?  The answer is something handmade!

A box of handmade cards is a perfect solution.  They are fairly inexpensive to make and we get to have fun while we make them.  You can make all occasion cards (like the ones in the photos above) or note cards with no sentiments.

The all occasion cards were made with this stamp set that can be purchased here

Just make backgrounds for the cards by using stencils, watercolor brush strokes, or putting ink directly onto an acrylic stamp block and stamping it onto cardstock.  Then stamp the flowers or weeds and sentiments on top using permanent black ink.  Then layer onto your card bases.  You can “assembly line” these cards and make multiple sets to have on hand.  Put 5 or 6 cards and envelopes in to a clear plastic box you can purchase here.

Use your imagination and existing supplies and make gift boxes of cards for  a single occasion such as birthdays, get well, thinking of you, sympathy, or holidays.  They make great gifts for friends, family or co-workers.

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Newsworthy Bits


Just a quick post to remind you all that the winter papercraft show will be taking place Jan. 18-22 in Phoenix, AZ.  Major companies will debut the new products for 2018 at this show.

Some designers and companies have been having sneak peaks for a few of their products.  Two that caught my attention were the following:

For those of you who like the homey, country home look or love to sew in addition to making cards, check out Tammy Tutterow’s blog for a peak at Sew Sweet here

If you like the elegant look you should go here and see the 3D Vignettes collection from Becca.

We will be posting more previews as we discover them.

As these products become available to order we will place our pre-orders.  Some products will be shipping to us within a week or two, but some may not be available for a month or two.  So please be patient!

We are in the process of moving out of our brick and mortar store and listing all the merchandise on our online store.  Just click on “Products” link at the top of the “Home” page to enter the store and shop.

Well, my break is over and it is back to work for me!  Thanks for joining me.


Buzzin’ By Birthday Card


Welcome, Happy New Year, and thank you for joining us today to create this great birthday card!

Supplies used: Inks – Ranger Jet Black Archival, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Mustard Seed, and Distress Markers Mustard Seed and Black Soot; Tools –  Paper trimmer, score board, bone folder, die cutting machine, craft mat, stamp pad, Tim Holtz mini ink applicator, acrylic blocks, and Tombow adhesive tape runner; Stamp –  Stampendous Clear Honeycomb Wishes SSC1257; Die –  Tim Holtz Mixed Media #660220; Stencil –  Tim Holtz Speckles THS021


This is a step-by-step tutorial so let’s get started.  We will gather up our supplies for this project.

For the card base I cut a piece of heavy cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  I use a 110 lb. cardstock that I purchase at Staples.  The sheets are 8 1/2″ x 11″ so I cut the long side at 5 1/2″ and get two standard A2 cards from each sheet.

Then score the long (8 1/2″) side at 4 1/4″ with your score board or bone folder.  Fold in half and press the fold with the bone folder.

Next we will cut a piece of yellow dotted cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to the front of the card with the tape runner, centering to leave a white border all around the edges.  I am a big fan of Tombow adhesives and use their dot runner for most paper to paper projects.   Then cut a piece of white cardstock 3 3/4″ x 5″ and with the honeycomb die from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media set cut one corner approximately 1/4″ from the edge.

Stamp the birthday sentiment and bee from the Stampendous Honeycomb Wishes stamp set onto the cardstock using permanent black ink.  I love Ranger Archival ink pads for most projects.  I do all my stamping on a stamp pad to get an evenly stamped image.

Color the bee’s body with markers or colored pencils.  My marker of choice for this card was Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

I then used the Tim Holtz Speckles stencil, Tim Holtz Mustard Seed ink, and a blending tool to add some random dots of color.  I was careful not to ink over the bee.  Distress inks are water based, so clean up of the stencil is easy.  Just spritz with water and wipe off or run under a water faucet and pat dry.  For most cleanups I use the spritz method so I don’t need to get up.

Attach the stamped cardstock to the center of the card front with the adhesive of your choice; stamp your favorite birthday sentiment on the inside and your card is ready to go.

The products used today and other paper crafting products can be purchased here

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