Happy Monday Crafty Friends! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Are you ready to start your week with some beautiful inspiration from our designers?! We’ve got some stunning ideas from Vicki & Calypso. Vicki is sharing a lovely gift box with a set of gorgeous cards using our Elegant Flowers stamp set. Then we have an amazing masculine card by Calypso using our popular Pirates set!

Our Winner Of Last Week’s Blog Candy is…..Candice Durbin

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This week’s blog candy is in honor of my son’s birthday! We are giving away Pirates & Background Basics IV, red satin ribbon, an assortment of rhinestones (yet to be released) & our Birthday Bash Digital Paper! Prize Valued at $42! Deadline is Sunday February 23rd 11:59PM. We will announce the winner on Monday, Feb 24th with our blog post!

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First up is our talented designer, Vicki! Did you check out her beautiful card in our newsletter this weekend? Click Here to see it now! We adore her style and loved reading her answers! Today, she has created a lovely gift card box set. Her beautiful coloring tis outstanding and the purple throughout makes the flowers sparkle & shine! Here is Vicki sharing her gift set with us!

Hi all – its Vicki here with a gift card set that works perfectly for a co-worker or a small hostess gift.

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I have 4 cards [with envelopes] and a box to hold them in.  I used Big Wishes II for the box lid, and for the cards I used Happy Occasions sentiments.  My rose is from Elegant Flowers . I used Background Basics III for the lid background, along with Little Flowers.  Using a large dauber, I sponged on purple ink.

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The trick with decorating the box lid is to have a separate base panel, decorate it, THEN adhere it to the top of your box lid.

I hope the next time you need a quick gift, you consider making a set of cards.

See you at the end of the month~

Vicki Signature



Big Wishes II


Happy Occasions Sentiments


Background Basics III


Little Flowers

Next up is Calypso! Calypso, once again wows us with her Pirates card! Have you checked out her other Pirates cards? CLICK HERE & CLICK HERE for two beautiful cards she has featured in the past. We are so excited to share this gorgeous card today with you too! Take it away, Calypso!

“Calypso here and I am sharing a card using my FAVORITE stamp from IBS!!! (Pirates)  Don’t get me wrong, they are ALL my favorites, but I have created some pretty awesome boy/masculine cards with this set and I happy to see it be this weeks Blog Candy giveaway too!!  I already had a card in the works for my post today, but I had to change it all up last minute when I found out that it was Joanna’s sons birthday this weekend.  Happy Birthday!!!  So in his honor, I made a birthday card just for him.

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To create the shaker helm,  cut out about 10 pieces of the helm and layers 7 of them together.  Lay your piece of acetate (transparency) sheet and then the 3 remaining sets. Stamp the image on patterned paper and make marks on the paper and make placement marks, so you apply the adhesive, you know exactly where the patterned paper goes.  Reason  why I layer my cardstock instead of using dimensional tape?  I find that when I use the dimensional tape, I tend to leave gaps, which allow the beads to escape.  Layering the cardstock may be a little more work; however, the results are well worth it.  After the assemble, I sponged distress ink around the entire helm and randomly stamped the rope border image from Background Basics IV.

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Here is close up of the shaker card.  I also used the flag from the Pirates set and stamped it muslin fabric, cut it out and wrapped around a toothpick!!  🙂 ~ Calypso”


Stamps: Pirates and Background Basics IV



Thank you so much everyone for stopping by and visiting today! We hope you have enjoyed today’s inspirations! A huge thank you to Vicki & Calypso for creating with us! On a personal note, we celebrated Bryaden’s 11th birthday this weekend. Hi Gamma and Papa bought him a huge lego set that he he built all by himself. We had such a wonderful weekend!


PS: The card I made on Friday was a hit. His words were, “Wow, great card Mom! You did a great job.” 🙂

44 thoughts on “Blog Candy!! & Inspirations To Get Your Week Started!

  1. KT Fit Kitty says:

    Vicki and Calypso did an awesome job with their projects! That box of cards would make an awesome gift – I’m always looking for ideas like this – thank you! And look at the cutie-pie son of yours! Happy Birthday! My 11-year-old nephew is addicted to Lego – that’s an awesome project Bryaden made. I just discovered your blog so as soon as I leave my comment I’ll be looking for your follower button – thanks for the chance to win your generous giveaway!

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  3. Loulou says:

    Vicki’s gift box set is so beautiful – love the purple. Calypso’s card is such fun. Love the material flag and thank you for the great tip on creating the shaker card. I definitely think I’ll use this technique in the future – much tidier.

  4. Liz O. says:

    Fabulous inspiration ladies!!! Happy Belated birthday to Brayden too! I am not surprised he loved it you are one talented lady Joanna! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Renee Robinson says:

    i love these masculine stamps! and i sure need more of them–i hardly have any stamps that i can use for male cards! i love the card that you made with the ship!

  6. Lisa Stolp says:

    Love the stamps. The ship stamp is just awesome. It is so hard to find nice masculine stamps. Father’s Day is creeping up. You also have one of the best design teams. I get a great deal of inspiration from them.

  7. Amy S says:

    Love the simplicity of the boxed card set. What a good job on the masculine pirate card.
    PS – Joanna, your son’s smile is contagious. 🙂

  8. Judy Woodland says:

    Your website and blog are new to me, my friend Donna Phelan sent me here. I must say I love your products, and am gonna sign up to get your newsletter. Thanks for all the great inspiration guys!!

  9. Shirldelites says:

    I like the box of cards, such a pretty & practical gift.
    Also love the idea of the shaker card.nice work girls!

  10. Marg B says:

    Wow, the cards are stunning Vicki!! I would love to win the prize, its an awesome giveaway.
    Ive shared on my Facebook pages (personal & Cards By Marg) 😉 x

  11. sathyakala says:

    Love box set of cards by Vicki and the pirate card…Nice that ur son loved the card.and .thatz really huge lego set… 🙂

    Thanks for chance to win the goodies…Liked n shared on Fb too..

  12. marcelle baldwin says:

    Love your box set of cards Vicki!! Always great for gifts! That pirate card is fantastic Calypso, I think I want that set now lol! Thanks ladies!!

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