Gift Card Holders

Gift Card HoldersHey there! I am elbows deep in market prep, but dropping in to direct you to a tutorial that is up on  the Gossamer Blue blog today. It’s includes simple instructions for creating and embellishing gift card holders, which we likely all need plenty of this time of year for graduates, happy couples and the birthday girls and boys.

All projects were created with the lovely May kits! Click over to take a closer look.

NEW Traveler’s Notebooks

Fauxdori Floral Fabric Planner Traveler's Notebook

Hi friends! I have something exciting to share with you today that has been going on behind the scenes for the past few months…a brand new line of  traveler’s notebooks.

Perhaps you have been hit by the planner craze also? It kind of snuck up on me. I’ve kept a planner since high school and have always loved to fill in my plans for the week, homework assignments and nights out. It kind of served as a diary more than anything else. And as I have grown older (and my memory has become less reliable) it has become a necessity – keeping track of appointments, kid activities, nightly dinners and special occasions that would otherwise slip through the cracks.

But there has never been a perfect system. Up until now, I used one jumbo pre-printed weekly agenda for family and kid stuff and also for menu planning. There is another binder for keeping track of design team assignments, project deadlines and personal creative projects. There is a sketchbook, a notebook and a few separate printables – grocery lists, to-dos and chores.

And all of these various books and papers end up all over the house, never in plain site when I need them. It’s totally frustrating.

So when I came across the traveler’s notebook style of planning, it blew my mind. Completely. A way to personalize planning the exact way I need it and a place to keep it all together so it can easily be found. Unreal! Amazing! Exactly what I need!

There is a large size which will serve me at home and is easily and quickly wrapped up for on the go. (Perfect for all the last minute trips we’ll likely take over the summer.) It fits A5 and A9 size notebooks – pretty common sizes for planner supplies and if you prefer to DIY your notebooks, they will fit in here as well. You can fit 6 notebooks or journals in this size. That’s everything I could ask for.

The smaller pocket version is perfect for on the go. I will keep several blank notebooks in here – for me and the kids, along with a calendar. At 4″x6″ it’s just the right size for my bag. And if you love Field Notes brand, you’ll be glad to know they fit in here perfectly.

The one quality that was missing from the planner was one that I kept seeing pop up in the binder style of planner. Pockets for storing supplies, pens and other extras. I did a lot of searching and it seemed that the binder style and the traveler’s notebook style just didn’t cross over. There’s wasn’t one that was exactly as I pictured in my mind. Always the particular one, this girl.

Certainly I couldn’t be the only one that was longing for a hybrid style of planner. One with lots of style and personality along with the functionality and quality. It can’t always be a choice between design and usefulness. I demand both!

And after a bit of trial and error and a whole lot of visualization, these pretty floral planners were concepted. I love them quite a bit.

This planner used the simple elastic band system for storing notebooks. You can add in 2 as is and with the addition of a few extra rubber bands or elastics, you can add in up to 4 more. In fact, the more you add, the better these books look.

Tuck a pen in too so you don’t have to dig when you need it.

There are big buxom, romantic florals on navy with a copper metallic wrap. Classic yellow stripes for a more neutral look. And the ultra pretty and trendy floral/succulent mix in shades of pink/orange/yellow and aqua. They look great together or on their own. Whichever is your style.

They are available now in my shop. Please go and take a peek and see if this type of planner might work for you as well. And because I feel like celebrating after finally bringing this idea to fruition, if you’re interested, feel free to use the HELLO20 for a healthy discount. It’s good through Monday, May 11th.

(PS. For further celebration, there is a big giveway going on later today on my instagram account. Check out the details for entering under @salery)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with the beautiful women in your life. Happy Mother’s Day!

For Mom

Mother's Day Card

Hi there! Today is my day to share for the Waffle Flower Crafts blog and a card for Mother’s Day seems timely. Do you have any plans for your mom? We are looking forward to visiting the Tulip Festival in Pella. Flowers, clogs and Dutch letters. Mmmmm – the best!

So this card combines the brand new Doily Square Die along with the A Bunch Stamp Set for a slightly modern take on pretty feminine.

Mothers Day Card

It combines some layers of inlaid die-cutting with the pretty doily frame popped up on foam tape. There is some simple blending with the new chalk inks as well. A square card works so well with this die. The die cut itself measures 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and the card base is an inch bigger on each side.

Mothers Day CardThe whole thing (except the gray cardstock underneath) was cut from a single piece of white cardstock. I added an extra sheet for a shim to make certain those little bits in the doily pop out easily.

Mothers Day CardAnd then came a bit of blending with ink daubers directly in the chalk ink. Chalk ink dries pretty quickly and doesn’t blend as easily as other types of ink, but applying it with a foam dauber keeps it wet long enough to spread.

As you can see, I tried something different here with the blossom in the center and then decided the colors didn’t quite work. I’ll save that for another project later.

Mothers Day Card

Add a bit of stamping on the outer layer before adhering down all the layers.


Wishing you a happy Mother’s Day!

Watch It Wednesday + Winner!

Hello friends! Popping in today to share the project and video for the latest Watch It Wednesday over on the Waffle Flower Crafts blog. The Doily Square stamp set it truly lovely and so full of potential, don’t you agree?! I used it along with the older Starry Night stamp set to create the cover for this simple little glue bound journal.

Also, we have a winner to announce from the Year One Blog Hop last week. The winner will receive the Loved stamp set, which is my all-time favorite stamp set from Waffle Flower.

And the winner is…. Liz McAllister!

Liz, please contact me with your info and we will get this set on the way to you! Or if you know Liz, please pass on this post to her as I didn’t see an email listed in the comments. Thanks!

Clearsnap + Tombow

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Clearsnap Blog Hop! For this hop we swapped products that were made for each other: Tombow Adhesives and Clearsnap Foils! On this hop we will share easy, affordable and fun ways to use Clearsnap’s Designer Foils with Tombow adhesive as well as other fun ways Tombow and Clearsnap products work together. “Stick” with us for the next two days to be inspired!


You probably got here from the Tombow blog but if you stumbled across my blog go the Tombow USA Blog (on Friday)/ Clearsnap Blog (On Saturday) to start!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetNotebooks, journals and planner supplies are becoming a bit of an obsession for me – they may even be taking over my passion for making cards. Notebooks are of course relatively cheap but they are still fun and pretty easy to DIY and just one more way to put your craft stash to use. 

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetKeep it simple with plain cardstock or make it fancy with stamps and ink.

Here’s a quick look at how this notebook was created…

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetStart by cutting your cover cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Layer with a stencil, add pigment ink and polka dots.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetStamp and emboss large floral image before blending on several shades of pink and purple inks. I started with Colorbox® Pigment Ink, added a few drops of IZINK for shimmer and then a bit more pigment ink layered over the top. More polka dots here too!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetCut out and cover the back with a heavy coating of Tombow Permanent Adhesive Runner. What I thought was excellent about this tape is how well it stuck to the inked up surface. No issues at all, which I don’t think has ever happened with a tape runner before. Impressed!
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetNow to bind the pages. Sandwich a stack of papers in between the front and back covers. Hold everything in place with binder clips. Then squirt on a heavy coating of Mono Multi Liquid Glue with the broad tip end.
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetQuickly add tape to the edge and wrap. Secure in place until dry.

Look at the cute and chunky little notebook <3


To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 21 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 22 2015.

The prize includes: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Glitter – Gold Sparkle and Ruby Slippers, Designer Foils – Cherry

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