Friday, September 2, 2016

Secret Life of Paper is Moving!

We have a new look and a new home!

Please visit at our new location:

A Few Notes:

  • Old posts will remain on the old blog. (
  • Some of the newer and/or more popular posts will also be found at the new blog location. (
  • I love comments!!!! It lets me know I'm not talking to myself. ;-)

New and Exciting Projects!

Since I am no longer a Stampin' Up! Demo, I plan to have lots of fun exploring a variety of crafty brands! If you have any recommendations or products you would like me to try out for you...Let me know!

I hope you continue to my crafting adventures at!

Happy Crafting! 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Leaving Stampin' Up!

I have decided I will no longer be Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

All good things must come to an end! I am excited and also a little sad to announce that effective August 1, I will no longer be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Stampin' Up! is an amazing company with outstanding products and customer service. But, after almost 7 years, I am feeling the need to expand my crafting and blogging beyond the Stampin' Up! brand.

Important Notes:

  • If you are a on-line customer — Thank you! You may continue to purchase your product at
  • If you are a local customer — contact me and I will hook you up with a new demonstrator in the area.

This is going to be so exciting!

While I will continue to use many products from Stampin' Up! — I can't wait to spread my wings and begin using products from other companies too! I hope you will continue to follow my blog and join me as I discover new stamps, dies, and other crafty materials.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day Pop Up Card - Gorgeous and Unique!

I'm back — again. It seems like I say that a lot lately. I really need to learn how to juggle a little better. But WOW! What an astounding couple of weeks!

On a whim, I decided to make a pop up Mother's Day card for my Etsy Shop — the response was amazing, as is this card (which folds up flat and fits in a standard A2 envelope for easy mailing).

I had enough paper to make six cards which I figured would be plenty since I traditionally sell only 4 or 5 Mother's Day cards in my shop each year.

Well, they sold out within days! I quickly went through my paper stash and came up with a few additional card designs. After quite a few 20 hour days — I ended up selling over 100 Mother's Day cards! Woo Hoo!

I love this type of card! It's perfect for special occasions! Not only does it fold flat for mailing but when pulled out of the envelope it opens to form a beautiful display piece that can be enjoyed all year.

Tips and Instructions:

  • Directions to make the basic "Card in a Box" is can be found in a previous post: Make a Card in A Box
  • I use Scor-Pal Tape when making the box and attaching the inside support pieces — It's super strong and easy to work with.
  • Strips of clear craft plastic lift the embellishments out of the box.
  • I used 12" x 12" sheets of clear craft plastic cut into 2.75" x .25" strips.
  • Larger embellishments require wider strips of plastic so they don't flop over.
  • I purchased a 25 Pack of Grafix .007mm Clear Craft Plastic Sheets on Amazon for a very reasonable price. (They also have 4 Packs.)
  • I used Glue Dots Mini Adhesive Dots to attach the embellishments to the plastic strips and the plastic strips to the box. 
  • When adding embellishments, I am constantly checking to make sure I keep them within the folded box. Before permanently attaching the plastic strip with the embellishment I hold it in place and fold the card shut to be sure it stays within the confines of the box.
  • Keep tallest embellishments towards the back of the box.


Stampin' Up!:

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I'm Back with Occasions and Sale-A-Bration!

I'm Back!
Hello! It's me! I'm back! I think I have to resign myself to the fact that I'm just too busy with my Etsy shop during the Christmas/Valentine season to do much blogging. Yikes...I barely have time to sleep during the Valentine season.

Pencil Valentines: AcarrdianCards.Etsy.Com
Here are a few things to catch you up:

Occasions Catalog:
The Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is out...actually it has been out for a while. But no worries - you have until 5/31/16 to place your order.

Click HERE to view the Occasions Catalog.

It is Sale-A-Bration time! The biggest Stampin' Up! Sale of the year! For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog! (while supplies last)

Click HERE to view the Sale-A-Bration Catalog

And if there isn't enough to choose from in the above catalog. Check out the items in the supplemental flyer.

Click HERE to view the items in the supplemental flyer

Sale-A-Bration Details:
  • Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2016
  • Free Stuff! - For every $50 you spend on product (before tax and shipping) choose a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE.
  • Pages 4-15 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog show products available throughout the entire Sale-A-Bration period (Jan 5 - March 31, 2016). Pages 16-19 show limited time products available until Feb 15.  The supplemental flyer shows additonal items available Feb 16 - March 31.
  • Earn Bonus Stampin' Rewards! - Place an order of $250 or more (before tax and shipping) and earn an additional $25 in Stampin' Rewards — that's in addition to the regular Stampin' Rewards and the Free Sale-A-Bration items you get for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping)

The Starter Kit
During Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up! has made the $99 starter kit even better! You can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose up to $155 in Stampin Up! products. That's $56 in FREE products and the demonstrator ships free for even more savings!

Please note the Starter Kit purchase does not qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

Ready to join the fun?  Click HERE to purchase the starter kit or email me with any questions.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Holly Jolly Christmas Greetings

Home For Christmas DSP
Another Christmas card for you today. Don't you love the cute Santa paper. It's one of the patterns in the Stampin' Up! Home For Christmas Designer Paper Pack. One of my all time favorite Christmas papers. So sweet and nostalgic!

Item #139592  - Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper

Holly Jolly Greeting
The Sentiment for this card is from the Holly Jolly Greeting Bundle. The stamp set and dies in this bundle work perfectly together.

Design Tips:

  • Add a Home For Christmas Enamal Dot to the center of a Very Vintage button.
  • A Strip of Gold Glimmer paper behind the sentiment panel adds just the right amount of bling.
  • Add a little texture with a piece of Metallic Gold Baker's Twine.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's project.
Click on any image for product information and to visit the Stampin' Up! on-line store.
Price: $5.25
Price: $110.00
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Scalloped Tag Merry Christmas Card

Getting Sketchy
Today's card is inspired by the MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge. Love this layout with the angled tag!

Scalloped Tag
I made my tag with the Stampin' Up! Scallop Tag Topper punch. It turns any 2" strip of paper into a tag of any length. And it's not just for tags — I've seen it used to make bookmarks, boxes, and candy wrappers too.

Creating the Tag:

  • Punch a 2" x 3" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.
  • Use the Project Life corner punch to round the bottom corners.
  • Stamp the background with the snow stamp from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set. 
  • Stamp the pine tree from Festival of Trees stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink. 
  • Stamp "Christmas" from Holly Jolly Greetings in Mossy Meadow.
  • Embellished the tree with the green sequins using glue dots.
  • Add the red ribbon and a button laced with metallic gold baker's twine

Depth and Dimension
I love using Stampin' Dimensionals on my cards. In fact, I rarely make a project that doesn't use Stampin' Dimensionals. It's such an easy way to add depth and dimension which (pardon the pun) really will elevate your cards to the next level.

Today, I mounted my tag with Stampin' Dimensionals. Then, I double stacked them under the Merry and gold glitter scallop embellishments to give them even more height.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
Click on any image for more information or to visit the Stampin' Up! on-line store:
Price: $110.00
Price: $5.25
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Happy Crafting!