How to make a paper ruffle with cardstock

I love, love, LOVE ruffles!  And...I want to make them with everything, including cardstock.  So, I found a way to create the ruffles I love with the cardstock I can't live without.  Watch the video and see how I did it!


Here's a cute page layout using a crepe paper ruffle and our adorable baby girl paper and embellishments.


Christmas crafting - BIG idea #3


Our designer extraordinaire, Suezi Gurzi, created these whimsical trees and I just love them!  They're perfect for a centerpiece or adorning your mantle.

Wanna make some of your own??  Download the project sheet to find out how!

Download Whimsical Christmas Trees - Project Sheet

OR follow the directions here:


Whimsical Christmas Trees



Suezi Gurzi



12” Tree:

    After choosing four different coordinating papers from pad, trim eight 2” x 12” strips from each pattern.

Note: you will need two pieces of paper for each pattern. Punch along one 12” edge on each sheet with your decorative edge punch then run each strip through the crimper. Measure and mark vertically on cone in 1” increments. Starting at the bottom of the cone, secure your first strip at the bottom 1” measurement with a push pin into the cone. Note: the paper will overhang at bottom. Gather paper as you go and at each gather secure with a push pin. As each strip ends, start the same process with the same paper trying to make it look like one continuous piece per layer. Continue to create each layer the same beginning at the next 1” mark alternating different patterns with each layer. Punch 1” scallop circle and hot glue to the top of the cone.

9” Tree:

    Continue same method for this tree trimming only 7 strips of each patterned paper.

6” Tree:

    Continue same method for this tree, choosing only three coordinating papers and trimming only 6 strips of each patterned paper.

Tree toppers:

    Twist red or green pipe cleaner to measure about 2”. Punch through top of each tree. Choose left over

patterned strips, (one for each tree) accordion fold each and glue ends together. Push center flat to create a full circle flower. Using glue gun, glue center together to maintain it’s form. Punch another scalloped circle and glue in center of flower. Glue to pipe clean to create tree topper.



PADX-173, Santa’s Christmas Specialty Paper Pad by me & my BIG ideas

PADX-167, Let It Snow Specialty Paper Pad by me & my BIG ideas

3 Styrofoam cones-12”, 9” and 6” tall

Green and red pipe cleaners

Push pins

Glue gun

Decorative edge punch, 1 ½’ scallop circle punch and crimper

Ruler, scissors and paper trimmer

Halloween mantle decorations...part 2


The Halloween mantle is coming along spookily!  I have a few more finishing touches to add before I'm ready to declare it finished.  So far, I'm loving it!

My second phase went a little something like this...

1. Find a funky mirror that I could paint glossy black!

This one would do just fine!


I taped off the mirror part and started spraying away. 



And because the paint I was using had a matte finish....I topped it off with a glossy coat.



2. Cover wooden letters that spelled BOO with our specialty foil paper. 

I used Mod Podge to stick it down and then trimmed the contour with an X-Acto knife.


After the glue dried, I sanded the edges and painted the backs & insides black.  I love that you don't have to be too careful with your painting.  A little black on the edges and front just seems to fit the occasion.

3. Add more glitz and bling of course!

A few years ago, I covered 3 fake pumpkins with glitter.  This year I wanted to give them an equally sparkly friend. 

So....I painted another fake pumpkin black and covered it with orange rhinestones.


4. Arrange all decorations on the mantle.


I still want to add a mini banner and spiderwebs and then I'll post the finished project.

Happy Decorating!

live creatively.


Graduation Card! ConGRADulations!!!


Graduation ceremonies are in full swing.  You've probably already received a few announcements in the mail.  We have a cute idea for a graduation gift/money enclosure card that is sure to please.


This card would be a great card to use from a group of people....cover the two empty corners with a solid color paper and have everyone sign...or keep it as it is!

In order to create the folds, follow the guide below. 


Lightly pencil in the lines on your square paper (we used a 12"x12" piece of cardstock...double sided), score & fold.


That's all there is to it! 

A Quick Tip : No-Brainer Shamrocks

Quick tip header

Hi everyone!  Hannah here for a quick tip: No-Brainer Shamrocks just in time for St. Patty's Day. 

Step 1: Take a scrap piece of paper

Step 2: Fold the paper in half and draw half heart, cut along line.

Step 3: Using your heart as a stencil draw three hearts using your desired patterned paper.  **The reason why we don't want to use Step 1 and 2 to make our final hearts is because we don't want that pesky crease down the middle of our hearts.

Step 4: Arrange your 3 hearts in a shamrock fashion and use your scraps to cut out a stem.  You're done!

Apply your shamrocks to a card, scrapbook layout, school project, the outside of your kid's lunch bag, or maybe your outfit on March 17th to keep yourself from being pinched!


These MAMBI specialty cardstcok paper pads were used to make our shamrocks, First Bloom and Trick or Treat.