Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feeling Sentimental

Good morning friends.  I mentioned yesterday that I've been in a "kraft" card stock phase again, and that, the Sale-A-Bration stamp set called "Feeling Sentimental (SU!), and the fact that my male card stash had been depleted, is how today's cards came about.  Take a look:

I won't go through a step by step on each of these cards as I think they're all pretty self explanatory.  The designer paper on the first two cards is First Edition Specialty paper from SU!.  The first card also uses PTI's Herringbone impression plate, and the last card uses SU!'s Chevron Stripe embossing folder (and yes, I know the last card is not kraft cs, but I had to make one a little different!!).  If you have any other questions with these cards, just shoot me an email.

These were all quick and easy cards and I had a lot of fun making them.  I also stamped 8 more of the images and matted them, and then left them in the stamp case so that when I run out again, I am halfway started for some new cards.  The last image in this set is an old fashioned ferris wheel, and I'll show you a card I made with that image tomorrow as it's a little different than today's cards, and it's also for PTI's Make it Monday challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Good morning friends.  My brother and his wife lost their dear friend Tucker this past weekend, and while many may consider this ridiculous because Tucker was a dog, those of us who are animal lovers know the pain they are going through.  I myself have never experienced this loss as our dogs are younger (Brinkley is 8 and Daisy is 2), but they are considered members of our family and I know I will grieve when their time comes!  So anyway, you're probably asking "what does this have to do with stamping?"  Well, let me show you:

Because Tucker was a member of my brother's family, I thought they deserved a sympathy card.  The paw print and dog stamp were both just $1 stamps, but together I thought they made a cute card!  I started with a kraft card base and randomly stamped the paw prints with SU!'s Soft Seude ink.  The dog was also stamped on a small piece of kraft cs with Soft Seude ink, and then layered with a piece of Soft Seude cs.  The sentiment is from PTI's "Heart 2 Heart #10", also stamped in Soft Seude ink, and then I finished with adding a gross grain ribbon from Michael's.  Quick and easy, but a good way to let my brother and Shari  know that we feel their pain.

I've been in a kraft card stock phase again, so stay tuned for tomorrow and I'll show you what I've been up to! :0)  Have a wonderful Wednesday and thanks for stopping by...I love it when you do!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Embrace Life

Good morning friends.  Is anyone else out there as tired of winter as I am?!  The forecast in my "neck of the woods" is showing snow the next 3 days and then another system moving in for next week...enough is enough already!!  Well I guess we have to make our own sunshine inside and what better way than making bright cards?!  The ones I'd like to share today are very CAS, but I like how they turned out.  Take a look:

I'm still lovin working with the watercolor technique, and this flower from SU!'s "Embrace Life" set lends itself perfectly.  After stamping the image with Tuxedo's Momento Black ink, I used my Aqua Painter with SU!'s Melon Mambo ink to color in the flower.  One of the things I love about watercoloring is that you don't neccesarily need to "stay in the lines".  After the image dried, I used a white gel pen to color the ends of the flowers stamens, and then stamped the sentiment.  I layered with a piece of Melon Mambo and then adhered to a white card base.  I made a few of these cards with different colors and's another one I liked:

I used SU!'s Pumpkin Pie ink for this one and really like how it turned out too!  You could use any color your heart desires and quickly make a stash of cards to have on hand for just about any occasion.  Another idea would be to completely leave the sentiment off the cards until you need them, and then it's just a quick fix to add what you need at the time you need it.

Well that's it for today friends.  I hope you have a terrific Tuesday and I'm back to working on wedding things.  It sure seems like a lot of work, but I know it's going to be an absolutely beautiful day when it gets here!  I have had a few sleepless nights recently though, worrying about everything that still needs to be done, but my devotion for today hit the nail right on the head..."Relax and enjoy the journey in My Presence, trusting Me to open up the way before you as you go".  Just being told AGAIN that I'm NOT in control!  Good thing He understands my humaness! :0)  Have a JOY filled day friends! :0)

Monday, February 25, 2013


Good morning friends.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Festive Friday Challenge 02.  The challenge was to make a rustic, country looking card and here is the inspiration photo:

I love this photo....kind of makes me wish Christmas were next week and this is what my table would look like!  Actually I do have Christmas plates that would look great with this type of setting, so I'm going to have to keep this in mind for next December! :0)  But anyway, here is the card I came up with:

I started with a 5 x 5 flecked cream colored card base (my local stamp store) and then layered with SU!'s Soft Seude and an embossed layer (SU!'s Striped embossing folder) that I sponged with Soft Seude ink.  The look I was going for was an old barn door, and I'm not sure I achieved that particular look, but I do like the way it turned out as a background for the wreath!  The wreath is from PTI's "Wreath for all Seasons" stamp set and I absolutely LOVE this set!  I used a small stamp from a retired SU! set (Mini Watercolor Garden) to stamp the leaves on the wreath, using SU!'s Old Olive and Alway's Artichoke.  The berries are stamped in SU!'s Real Red with a "Judith" stick stamp. I layered the wreath on another layer of Soft Seude and then added a sheer red ribbon (Michael's) before adding the wreath layer to the embossed layer.  I finished by adding a tiny star tag (PTI's Tiny Tags die and stamp set) and attached with a small piece of hemp cord.  Here's an extra photo close up of the wreath so you can see the leaves better:

It's a pretty CAS card, but I think I achieved the "rustic, country" look.  Like my last Festive Friday entry, this card would be any easy one to produce a lot of, although with the size it would be extra to mail it...oh well, hand delivery works great too! :0)

That's all for today friends.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday and thanks so much for stopping by!  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Welcome Elikem!

Good morning friends.  Today is my 100th post....wooooohooooo!!!  A small milestone to most probably, but a big one to me in this relatively still new venture! :0)  Thanks to all who have been following me and all the positive comments...they really do help to keep me going! :0)

This weekend my family will be celebrating with my niece and her husband, who are adopting an absolutely adorable 6 yr. old from Ghanna.  Had to make a few things of course, so here's one of the cards:

I wish the lighting had been better, but you can get the general idea.  This is a 4 x 4 card, and I used the new SU! Honeycomb embossing folder for the background (SU!'s Bashful Blue cs).  The animals are PTI's "Sweet Baby" stamp set and dies, the colors are SU!'s Pumpkin Pie, Marigold Morning (retired), and Night of Navy.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I hope my color choices keep the card from looking too baby-ish...definitely going to have to invest in some more stamps that are more suitable for a young boy! :0)

My next project was a photo book I made for the new parents to add photos of Elikem.  Could not find the chip board books I have used in the past by "7 Gypsies", but I did find a smaller chip board book that I made work.  Take a look:

I used the photo from the invitation for the cover of the he not just the cutest?!!  It will be a few months (or maybe shorter??) before he arrives, but the shower this weekend will make sure everything is ready to welcome Elikem to his new home!  All the inside pages have different design paper that will hopefully show off all the beautiful pictures of this sweet little guy and make a great memory book for Elikem (and his parents!).

That's all for today friends.  Have a wonderful Thursday and I'll be back next week with some more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by...I love it when you do! :0)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hello Friend

Good morning friends.  Back with a Lily of the Valley card I made awhile ago but never had a chance to post.  Most LOTV images are very detail oriented, and the reason I liked this particular one was because of it's simplicity....sometimes it's nice just to be able to do a quick card!  Take a look:

I love the faces of the LOTV images and this one is no exception...they are so sweet and impish looking!  I stamped her on Whisper White cs and then colored her with Copics (E00, E02, R81, RV11, Y11, Y21, Y17, E99, & G14).  I used my Spellbinders dies to cut the circle and the lacy scalloped circle (SU!'s Pretty in Pink card stock).  The card base is a 5 x 5 Whisper White, and the design paper was from my scrap pile which unfortunately did not have the manufacturer name on the pieces I had left.  I added a sheer white ribbon (Michael's) and a tag from PTI's Tiny Tags.

That's all for today friends.  Have a wonderful Tuesday, and stay safe if you're in my neck of the woods...VERY icy roads today!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, February 18, 2013


Good morning friends.  Last week at PTI, one of the days featured watercoloring, and some of the cards were absolutely stunning.  Had a little bit of time to play yesterday, so tried my hand at it and this is what I came up with:

I used PTI's "Life" stamp set for this card.  I used 3 of SU!'s green inks (Old Olive, Always Artichoke, & Certainly Celery) and after inking up the stamps, I used my Aqua Painter to dilute the color a little before stamping on the card stock.  You can see better in this close up photo how using the Aqua Painter gives the watercolor effect:

I really like the soft look adding more water to the ink gives and was really pleased with the way this card turned out.  I added a little Elegant Eggplant (SU!) ink to add a pop of color, and then simply matted the layer with a piece of Old Olive cs and then layered that onto a card base of Whisper White.  The sentiment is from PTI's "Heart to Heart #10".

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful Monday! :0)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Good morning friends and Happy Valentine's Day!  Just a quick post today to show a little treat I made for my lady friends at church.  I saw these on Lori Heilings site and pretty much CASE'd them as they were so cute.  Take a peek:

It is just a 1 3/4" x 4 1/4" strip of cardstock scored to fold like a triangle and then you add a chocolate hug and kiss to the inside and decorate the outside.  Here's another pic so you can see a bit of the inside:

Can you see the little pink hug from the left side?  I decorated the front with SU!'s little heart valentine stamped in Melon Mambo and the XOXO from SU!'s "My Little Valentine" stamp set.  I added a red glitter heart and a pink ribbon to finish.  Quick and easy and SO cute!!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day! :0)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Design Team Favorites Challenge

Good evening friends.  Had to play another one of the challenges at PTI!  This one is to pick one of your design team favorites cards, and be inspired to make your own version.  There's something I love about each of the design team members and it was really hard to choose just one.  I absolutely adore Melissa Phillips vintage type cards, Debbie Olson's awesome Copic coloring and her unique style, Dawn McVey and her colorful approach to everything, - I could go on and on about each of them!  But I guess when I look at most of the cards I make, they almost always seem to include kraft card stock and that makes me think Heather, love, love her cards!  So anyway, here's my own version of a kraft card stock card:

I started with a kraft cs base and sponged it white with Stazon Opaque White ink.  After letting it dry, I stamped the leaves from the "Harvest Berries" stamp set (PTI) with SU!'s Always Artichoke ink.  I love the look of the dark green on the white and kraft cs together!  I then stamped the leaves again on a smaller kraft cs panel without the white ink and then added a few berries with SU!'s Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant (I also added a little glitter to the berries to make them pop...hard to see in the photo).  I added a layer of Always Artichoke cs to the kraft panel and then mounted that to the card base.  I finished with a sheer white ribbon and a little tag from PTI's Tiny Tags set.  It's simple, but I really like the way it turned out! :0)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak...always appreciate it when you do!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Watercolor Challenge

Hello again!  Just a quick post with a card I made for PTI's challenge today using watercolor technique.  I wasn't going to post this card, as I wasn't really sure I liked it when I finished it, but it's been growing on me durring the day.  So anyway, here it is:

I used PTI's "Quilled Ellegance" stamp set and embossed the images in silver first, and then used my aqua pen to add Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Only Orange, & So Saffron (all SU!) ink.  I stamped the sentiment in Melon Mambo and added a Melon Mambo ribbon to finish the card.  I think what bothered me about the card was all the white space, but the more I look at it, I think the design is busy enough that anything else added would have ruined the card.  I like the brightness of the card and I'm sure someone will enjoy receiving it! :0)

My Heart Belongs to You

Good morning friends.  Back with another fun Valentine card for you.  This was another find that I'd forgotten I had, and it's one of the Changito Monkey stamps...they are so goofy looking, but ya just gotta love the smile on their faces! :0)  Take a look:

I started with a kraft card stock base and ran the front through my Cuttlebug with SU!'s "Love" letter press plate.  I sponged it a little with SU!'s Soft Seude ink so that you could see the words better.  I cut out the lacy heart with PTI's Limitless Layers heart die and SU!'s Real Red cs, and then Whisper White for the stamped heart layer.  After stamping the monkey, I colored him with Copics and then stamped a few hearts in Real Red around him.  I thought it needed some "bling", so I filled in the little hearts with some Stickles glitter.  I added the heart border (PTI) at the bottom and also threaded some red & white bakers twine (The Twinery) through it.  A small red bow finished off the top of the heart.  I scored through the top of the white heart and then glued it to the red lacy heart just at the top so that the white layer could be flipped up to see the message.  Take a look:

Fits perfectly with the monkey holding on tight to the heart doesn't it?! :0)  This card is for my middle daughter to give her fiance for Valentine's Day.

That's all for today friends.  Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific Tuesday.

Monday, February 11, 2013

PTI's Color Inspiration Challenge

Good evening friends.  Back with a card I made for Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Color Inspiration challenge.  I chose color inspiration #3 because the picture showed a summer beach scene and right now I am mightily sick of snow and winter!  Here's the picture and colors:

And here's the card I came up with:

   Since I don't have any of PTI's stamp pads, I had to use my SU pads.  I used Marina Mist, Cool Caribbean, Perfect Plum, and Pale Plum.  I started with a Whisper White card base, added a layer of Marina Mist, and then stamped on a Whisper White layer one of the stamps from "Limitless Layers" (PTI) stamp set using all four colors.  I also stamped one of the sentiments from that set down at the bottom and then ran the layer through my Cuttlebug using PTI's Herringbone Impression Plate.  I added the flower using the Limitless Layers dies and pop dots to make it stand out a little.  My last step was to add the ribbon (SU).  Taking a picture at night doesn't really do the card justice, as it really is a lot brighter than what you're seeing...more like summer! :0)  Anyway, fun challenge and glad I got a chance to play along!

Thanks for stopping by it when you do! :0)                                                                        

Love is in the Air

Good morning friends.  With Valentine's just a few days away, I thought I'd show a few quick and fun cards.  Today's card came about after searching for something else, and unearthing a few Valentine's stamps I'd forgotten I even had.  So old in fact, I can't even tell you the manufacturer.  I think today's card might be Penny Black by Stampendous, but I could be wrong.  Take a look:

Isn't he just the cutest?!  He came in a set of 6 images, but I like this one the best!  I stamped him in Momentos Tuxedo black ink and then used my Copics to color him.  He's layered with a piece of dotted swiss red card stock and then adhered to a Whisper White card base.  I stamped "love" at the bottom (PTI's "Heart to Heart #11), and then continued the sentiment on the inside:

I kept the inside simple to match the outside, and just stamped a heart under the sentiment and made a heart border from PTI's Heart Border die with SU's Real Red card stock.  I think this will be a perfect card for my daughter that's getting married in April! :0)

That's it for today, but I'll be back with another fun and simple Valentine's card tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Monday, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

You are my cup of tea

Good morning friends.  Just a quick post today.  Made a card earlier this week for one of the challenges over at PTI, but then never had a chance to get it posted.  I really liked how it turned out though, so thought I would post it today anyway.  The challenge was to take one of the free printables from the different PTI designers and make a card. I chose a design by Melissa Bickford, who designs a lot of PTI's little $5 stamp sets.  I have always loved these little sets...they're very versatile, interchangeable between the different sets, and are always just plain fun!  Here's what I came up with:

This is a smaller card...only 4 x 4.  I started with a Whisper White card base, and then added a layer of SU!'s Cool Caribbean (retired) which was the closest I had to the color of the dotted tea cup.  Next I made my own floral background using another $5 set by designer Melissa Bickford - "Heart 2 Heart #7, and then one of the leaf and stems in the "Blooming Button Bits" set (PTI).  The colors are Cool Caribbean, Real Red, & Summer Starfruit (all SU!).  I used a couple Spellbinder dies to cut out the tea cup design and the lacy circle that's behind the design.  I added a couple small hearts (Marvy punch) in Cool Caribbean and red glitter paper to the bottom of the circle, as part of Melissa's name was showing up with the size of circle die I used.  I added a sheer irridescent white ribbon (Michael's) to the side of the card to finish.  I really had fun making this card and it will be a perfect Valentine card for one of my friends. :0)

Thanks for stopping by and spending part of your weekend with me...I always appreciate it when you do!  Have a wonderful weekend and remember that GLYASDI!! :0) 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Festive Friday - FF01

Good morning friends.  The other day I was drooling over some of Melissa Phillips (PTI) cards, and she had a link to a new blog challenge called "Festive Fridays".  Had to look and I'm glad I did as this sounds like a great challenge for me!  It's basically getting a head start on your Christmas cards (since we're not all like Donna who has next year's cards already done!) by participating in this challenge and making a card(s) every  couple weeks from now till Christmas.  Here's the link to check it out:  The challenge for this weeks card was to use red, white, & silver.

I LOVE making Christmas cards and this color challenge was right up my alley!  Check out my card:

I chose to do a CAS card, because I didn't want to take away from the beauty of the snowflakes.  I started with a Whisper White card base, added a layer of Cherry Cobbler (SU!) and then used SU!'s Northern Flurry embossing folder with another layer of Whisper White.  For the sentiment, I used PTI's "Winter Hill's" stamp set and embossed it in silver.  I finished by adding a few silver nailheads (Gina K) to the centers of the snowflakes, and then added a Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon to the side.  Very quick and would be a great card to mass produce if needed.  I love the simplicity of this card and also think it turned out quite elegant!  And yahoo, I have a card to start my Christmas stash! :0)

Hope you'll take a look at all the other cards already posted...there are some real beauties!  I think Meredith MacRitchie came up with a great idea in doing this challenge so we're not all stressed next December, wondering how we're ever going to get all our cards made in time...thank you, thank you Meredith!

That's all for today friends.  For those of you in my neck of the woods, have fun digging out and drive safe if you do go out.  Sounds like a good day to play in the stamping room to me! :0)  Take care all!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Embroidered Blooms Birthday

Good morning friends.  I'm back with the promised birthday card using PTI's "Embroidered Blooms" stamp set.  I find myself going back to this set over and over again, as you can get so many different looks just from the placement of the stamps, using different colors, and then the different sentiments included in this set...VERY versatile!  Take a look:

I started with a white card base, and then stamped the leaves first, using the stamp off method to get the two toned hue with SU!'s Old Olive ink.  I used SU!'s Raspberry Ripple and Pretty in Pink to create the 2 larger flowers at the top and bottom of the card, and then SU!'s Plum and Pale Plum to create the smaller flowers with a touch of So Saffron in their centers.  After stamping the sentiment (same PTI set), the card still seemed to "need" something, so I decided to trim around the edge, and really liked that look, but it didn't show up well when the card was closed, so I added a strip of Old Olive cs to the inside edge. Here's another view:

It's a little easier to see the cut edge with the card open a bit.  I like the delicate look to the cut edge...makes the card a little more feminine.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.  And if you're reading this June, have a wonderful, wonderful ya! :0)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Good morning friends.  Ever HAD to have something, get it, and then it sits there FOREVER?!  That's my tale of today's card!  When SU! first came out with the Chevron ef, I hardly gave it a second glance, but then I kept seeing cards done with it that I liked and knew I HAD to have it!  So I got it and yesterday finally took it out of it's packaging...and I can't even remember when I bought it!  How sad is that?!!  So anyway, after taking it out yesterday, I sat and stared at it awhile, and wondered "what do I do with this?"  Like every good stamper, I finally turned to the catalog and found a card to CASE! :0)  (Page 188 in the SU! catalog if you're interested)  Here's my version of it:

It's a lot brighter IRL, but I really liked how it turned out...bright and cheery!  I started with a card base of SU!'s Barely Banana (retired) and then used my Chevron ef with a strip of 3 1/2" wide Green Galore (retired) cs.  Before adhering the green layer down, I added a tiny strip of Melon Mambo (SU!) that I used a pair of pinking craft scissors on.  Next I added a 1 1/2" strip of Whisper White that I stamped on, using the flourish from SU!'s "Priceless" set and the sentiments from PTI's "Embroidered Blooms" set (the hello is stamped with Green Galore ink).  The left side I used a 1 1/2" strip of Melon Mambo that I ran through PTI's Herringbone embossing plate, and then added the butterfly (SU!'s Priceless set) stamped in Melon Mambo on Whisper White and fussy cut out).  I used a couple glittery brads from my stash and some SU! Lucky Limeade bakers twine to tie the 2 strips together.  It was a quick and fun card to do, and will be great to send to someone in need of cheering up! :0)

That's all for today, but I'll be back with a birthday card tomorrow that I made for my SIL Nancy (Happy Birthday Nancy!) and my good friend June whose birthday is tomorrow (didn't want to spoil her surprise if she's looking today!).  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sweet Baby Girl

Good morning friends.  Hope you all had a terrific weekend and hopefully a warmer and less snowy weekend than we had here in West Michigan!  Did get lots of wedding stuff done though, and that is a great feeling.  And I'm also able to sit for a length of time now without stiffening up, and so I was able to actually sit down and start reading again...I've missed that!  Anyway, the card I'd like to share with you today is a baby card that I had made a while back when I was doing some cards for an order.  The idea came for this card when Paper Trey Ink had their "all white" challenge, and someone had submitted an all white baby card and I just loved it!  Here's my version of it:

This was a really simple card to make using PTI's Sweet Baby dies and white card stock! It's a 4 x 4 card base, and then a piece of white cs cut at 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 and the bottom edge punched with a Martha Stewart lacy edge punch.  I added a piece of white satin ribbon above the punched edge and then added the girafe and elephant die cuts (which were embossed with dotted ef so they would stand out against the white cs).  I tied a little piece of white embroidery floss around the girafe's neck and a little pearl for the elephants eye and a small pink heart (marvy punch) on his backside to add just a tiny punch of color.  I also added a white button with some pink embroidery floss to the white satin ribbon to balance out the right side of the card.  I finished with just a simple computer generated sentiment cut into a banner and also added a little white heart (marvey punch again) and pearl to the banner.  Here's what the inside looks like:

The little verse was again computer generated (I found this somewhere years and years ago, and have no idea who the author is...sorry!), and I used one of my Spellbinder dies to cut out the label shape.  I added another girafe embossed with the dotted swiss ef, and another small white heart and pearl to finish.  It really was a quick card to make and I think very stunning in it's all white-ness (is that a word???).  Anyway, hope you like it! :0)

That's all for today friends.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday and I'll be back with some more inspiration  tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by! :0)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Make It Monday #102

Good morning friends.  I'm back with my take on Paper Trey Ink's "Make It Monday #102: Pillow Box Stamping and Assembly"  I couldn't have been more thrilled when I saw the challenge this week as I LOVE making these little pillow boxes, and what better time of year than Valentine's Day to make these?!  And of course I couldn't stop at just one, no matter how much bending over I had to do!  You'll be glad to know the "back" survived, and it was just the therapy I needed! :0)  Take a look:

Inspiration struck for the 1st one when I went through my scrap bin to see if I had any pieces big enough to cut out the pillow box, and found a piece of red Coordinations cs.  Rather than stamp on this cs, after cutting it out (with PTI's Pillow Box die), I ran it through SU's Elegant Bouquet EF and then lightly sanded it to give the flowers some more definition.  You can see it better in this close up picture:

For the tag I used PTI's Limitless Layers Hearts. I had just enough scrap left over to cut out lacy layer in the Coordinations cs and then inked up the same ef with SU's Raspberry Ripple and ran the white heart the way it mimicks the pillow box! :0)  I finished the tag by adding another little heart from PTI's Tiny Tags die and stamp set.  I used some irridescent sheer white ribbon (Michael's) and silver cord to finish it off.

For my 2nd pillow box, I wanted to try the striped technique Ashley used in her video, but I don't have the striped stamp set (sigh!).  I have a striped ef though, and tried that out.  I could quickly see that to get the stripes to go vertical though would be an issue as the ef wasn't wide enough to make the stripes go completely around the front AND back of the pillow box.  It ended up being quite easy though to put the ef through my Cuttlebug sideways and then match up the last stripe on the cutout with the first stripe on the ef,  and run it through the Cuttlebug a second time.  Worked perfect and I had stripes all the way around!  I apologize for the lighting (Michigan is being hit big time with snow, snow, and more snow this week!) in my pictures, but the color of this 2nd pillow box is SU's Melon Mambo, which is a bright pink and it looks more reddish to me in the picture...grrrrr!  But anyway, for the tag I decided to copy a card I had made for one of the challenges a few weeks ago where Dawn McVey showed what to do with oversized cards, and I attached my card to a gift bag that I plan on giving my youngest for Valentine's Day.  This way my pillow box will match the gift bag/card...take a closer look:

I used PTI's Embroidered Blooms stamp set to create the tag and the sentiment is from SU's Well Scripted stamp set.  I finished with the same sheer ribbon and silver cord as the other pillow box.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I think I may just have to make a few more of these pillow boxes this weekend...too fun! :0)