Sunday, October 16, 2022

Under the Sea Pop-up Diorama Birthday Card

This card definitely has the "wow factor". The pop-up diorama along with the seahorses, fish, coral and shells really make this a special card. The style of card can be used with any theme - here's how you create the pop-up diorama.

  1. Cut the cardstock for the card base - 5 1/2 x 8
  2. Cut another piece of cardstock for the diorama  - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  3. Cut another piece 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 for the diorama insert
  4. Score diorama piece at 1/2, 4 1/4, and 4 3/4; score insert at 1/4 and 4 1/2
  5. Bernish score lines and fold to make a box.
  6. Glue back flap of diorama box to the outside of cardstock base - for this card, I wanted the lighter card base color to be the background of the diorama scene
  7. Glue the left small flap to card  - tip: lay card completely flat and line up the flap to the fold line on the card base; close card and glued edge will be in the correct spot.
The pop-up diorama is created with the card is opened. From here, you can add as nany die cut pieces and embellishments as you like to create your own scene.

I hope you give this fun fold a try - your friends and family will love it!

Make today a crafty day!
Kathie K.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Heard it through the grapevine

 Hello crafty friends,

If you like to color, this is the card for you. I find coloring to be therapeutic and really enjoy my creations coming to life through. My favorite medium to color is Copic markers using the Big & Bold stamps from The Colorado Craft Company.

This card has that Wow factor using very little supplies. Here's what you need:
  1. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 white base
  2. 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 white top panel
  3. white pieces for the die cut
  4. Copic friendly black ink pad - I use Momento Tuxedo black
  5. Copic markers - the colors I used are E53, E55, E57, YG03, YG17, YG67, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV11, V17, BV08, V09, and V15
  6. Grapes Big & Bold stamps and dies set
To make the card, I stamped the grapes on a piece of Basic White cardstock and colored before die cutting. Since this is the center focal point of the card, I wanted it to have a little dimension. I die cut the image and then using the same grape die, but a white piece (no stamped image) and glued the two pieces together.

The image will be larger than the card base so some of the edges will need to be trimmed. I stamped the sentiments, die cut and popped them up on the card. To had a little sparkle, I added a few sequins in coordinating colors. 

And that is it - super easy and super fun to color.

I hope you enjoy make this card as much as I did. 

Make today a crafty day!
Kathie K.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Wave Birthday Card

 Realistic wave - looks complicated; super easy to make.

I just love making this card and watching the recipients feel the wave almost like it's real. The layered stamp set from The Ton creates this realistic wave and color combinations are endless.

Here's what you need:
  • Basic Black cardstock (Stampin Up): cut 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (card base) and a layered piece - the size will depend on the size of the die cut wave layer
  • Blue layer (retired Stampin Up): 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
  • Basic White (Stampin Up): scraps for tags, approximately 1/4 sheet for wave image, and 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 for inside
  • Smoky Slate (Stampin Up) ink page
Stamp Sets - I like stretching my stamps sets by mixing and matching:
  • Wave - The Ton
  • Wave set - Stampin Up
To create the wave image, you will need three coordinating colors. Here's what I used to create this blue wave:
  • 1st layer - I combined Balmy Blue and Pool Party (both from Stampin Up) to get the light aqua color
  • 2nd layer - Pacific Point ink pad (Stampin Up)
  • 3rd Layer - Night of Navy ink pad (Stampin Up:
Die - the dies I used are all from different sets - I liked coordinating the stitched edges:
  • Stitched rectangle - My Favorite Things
  • Sailing Away - Stampin Up
  • Tasteful Labels - Stampin Up

Die cut all the stamped images and layer. Adhere down the inside layer and that is it! Super easy but looks like you spent hours. I hope you give this stamp set a try - just beautiful.

Make today a creative day!
Kathie K.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Your Strength is an Inspiration

I love all ocean or beach themed cards. They are perfect for any sentiment and can be used all year long. Here's my latest card that I think will be a perfect sympathy card or note card that can be sent to someone you admire.

This card is so easy to make but looks like you spent hours making and it packs a big punch. Here are the supplies I used to make this card - if you are interested in getting the same supplies, I would be happy to help you with Stampin' Up products - just us the host code provided. These products will be indicated with an SU by the name.

  • Cardstock:
      • Night of Navy (SU) - cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (score at 4 1/4 and fold in half
      • Bermuda Bay (SU) - cut 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 and 5/8 x 3 3/8 for ribbon
      • Basic White (SU) - cut 5 1/2 x 4 /14, 5 3/8 x 4 1/8, and approx. 3 x 1 for tag
  • Stamps:
    • Wave of the Ocean (SU)
    • The Wave (The Ton)
    • By the Sea 1
    • By the Sea 2
  • Inks:
    • Night of Navy (SU)
    • Pacific Point (SU)
    • Bermuda Bay (SU)
    • Smoke Slate (SU)
    • Basic Gray (SU)
    • Wink of Stella
  • Other:
    • Subtle texture embossing folder to create the ribbon
    • Wave of the Ocean die set (SU)
    • Stitched Rectangle die set (My Favorite Things)
    • Crystal rhinestones colored with Copic market B29 and BG13
    • Foam dimensionals (SU)
Stamp the front layer first using the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 size Basic White piece. Stamp the wave from The Ton (three-layer stamp) starting with Bermuda Bay for the first layer; Pacific Point for the 2nd layer and Night of Navy for third layer. Stamp the birds using the By the Sea stamp set in Smokey Slate. Cut the panel with the Stitched Rectangles largest die.

Layer the white layer onto the Bermuda Bay piece which can then can adhered to the Night of Navy card base.

Stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray and die cut using the Wave of the Ocean die set. Emboss the smaller piece of Bermuda Bay and cut fish tails to finish the ends. Thread the piece through the open ends of the sentiment die cut piece. Add foam dimensionals to the sentiment and add to the front of the card. Add Wink of Stella to the white parts of the wave to add a little sparkle and shine.

For the inside panel, stamp images from By the Sea in Smokey Slate - use the same stamps on the outside of the envelope.

I just love this card and it was so easy to make. As a reminder, you can order the Stampin' Up products from me use this months host code 4HKYNC94 or by searching for my name Kathie Krawczyk, I would love to assist you with all your Stampin' Up products.

The card is also available on my Etsy shop here.

Thanks so much visiting by blog. Happy crafting!

Kathie K.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Asian Crane Screen Card

 Beautiful. Elegant. Classy. These are the comments I have received about this new card. This card is so versatile with sentiments and images that can be used for any occasion. And its easier than it looks.

Below are the materials and supplies I used to make this card. However, use what you have. Tip: pick a designer series or pattern paper that you like and use that for your color inspiration. I used gray, copper and gold for this card.

The finished size when folded is 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 and fits into a standard #9 business envelope. This card will need extra postage if mailed.


  • Cardstock and paper:
    • Base cardstock/Basic Grey - 8 1/2 x 11
    • Top and bottom layer panels - Basic Black - cut 8 - 2 5/8 x 1 1/8
    • Designer/Pattern Paper:
      • Top - cut 4 - 2 1/2 x 1
      • Bottom - cut 4 -  2 1/2 x 1
      • 4th panel - 3 3/4 x 2 1/2
      • Back - cut 3 - 6 1/8 x 2 1/2
    • Back layers - Basic Black - cut 4 - 6 1/4 x 2 5/8
    • Gold Shimmer:
      • 1st and 4th panels - cut 2 - 3 7/8 x 2 5/8
      • Scraps for die cuts
    • Copper Shimmer - 2nd and 3rd panels, cut 2 - 3 7/8 x 2 5/8
    • White:
      • Front: 1st panel - 3 3/4 x 2 1/2, and scrap for sentiment
      • Back: 3rd panel - 6 1/8 x 2 1/2
  • Stamps - I used new and retired sets from Stampin' Up - All Good Things (ret), Bamboo Beauty and Crane of Fortune
  • Ink - Smokey Slate (Stampin' Up)
  • Border Punch
  • Label Punch
  • Dies - Crane of Fortune (Stampin' Up)
  • Copper ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Bone folder
  • Dimensionals
  1. Score along the 11" side - 2 3/4, 5 1/2 and 8 1/4
  2. Use the border punch on the top edge
  3. Use the label punch along the bottom edge to create the legs
  4. Layer the designer/pattern cardstock pieces to the basic black layers (you should have about a 1/16" border) and one piece of designer/pattern cardstock (3 3/4 x 2 1/2) to one of the gold panels
  5. Layer 1 white panel to gold layer
  6. Stamp words to scrap and punch out with label punch; stamp images in Smokey Slate to the smaller white panels for the front and larger white panel for the back
  7. Layer 2 smaller white panels to copper layers
  8. Layer the larger white panel to black
  9. Adhere the all the layered pieces to the panels as shown in the pictures
  10. Die cut images from gold shimmer and arrange on the first and last panels; pop up the words that were punched out and layer on top of gold die cuts
  11. Tie a bow with copper ribbon and place on last panel.

I hope you give this design a try - its so worth it and your friends and family will love it.

Here's a short video to show you how its works.

If you would like to order any of the Stampin' Products, please use this month's host code: 4HKYNC94

If you would like to purchase this card, it's available here on my Etsy shop - HandmadeByKathieK

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

So simple. Huge wow!


This very simple birthday card packs a big punch. The decanter and rocks glasses actually look like they are made from glass. I add texture to the background so the shelf looks like its attached to a stucco-like wall.

Here are the supplies and measurements:
  • Black cardstock: 
    • 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2
    • 5/8" x 3 1/2 for sentiment
  • Gray cardstock: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
  • White card stock: 
    • for the front 4 x 5 3/4
    • for the inside 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
    • 1/4 sheet for die cuts of decanter and glasses
    • 1/2" x 3 3/8 for sentiment
  • Wood grain cardstock or paper scraps for shelf (use dies and cut two, attach together to make shelf)
  • Momento Black ink pad
  • Light gray ink pad (I used Smokey Slate from Stampin' Up)
  • Copic markers
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze for the glass look
  • Textured embossing folder
  • foam dimensionals or tape
  • Glue dots
First, stamp and color the decanter and glasses. Once the the ink has dried, cover each pieces with the thin coat of the crystal glaze. This should dry for 24 hours for the best result. I usually make multiple sets at one time so they are ready when I need a birthday card.

Using the embossing folder, emboss the small white cardstock panel which can then be attached to the gray panel. Layer the small white strip after stamping the sentiment onto the small black strip. This can be attached to the embossed layer in the bottom right-hand corner. 

Once the glaze has dried, cut out each piece and mold them to the shape you like. I like making the glasses curve a bit and bend the decanter on the corners to give it a 3D look. Add foam tape to the back of the shelf and place on the left above the sentiment.

For the glass pieces, I like the illusion that the pieces are sitting on the shelf away from the wall. Here's how you do that:
  • Place 2 foam pieces (double thickness) at the top of the decanter and attach glue dots to the bottom outside corners; attach the glue dots to the shelf keeping the decanter bent and attach the foam piece to the white background.
  • For the glasses, the first one should have one layer of foam adhesive at the top and glue dots at the bottom; the second glass, attach a double layer of foam adhesive at the top and a single layer at the bottom; both glasses should be attached to the shelf and the white background.
And lastly, stamp an image of the glass on the envelope and inside panel in gray ink.

That's all there is to this card. The textured background and raised elements really give this card a huge wow factor. I hope you give it a try.


Friday, March 26, 2021

Double Z-fold Horses Birthday Card


This is a super fun birthday for all ages. The double Z-fold provides a pasture scene with horses behind a fence line. The fence make the second the Z-fold. These cards provide huge impact with very little efforts.

Here's what you need:
  • Red/cherry cardstock cut 11 x 4 1/4, score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
  • White cardstock - 2 panels 4 1/8 x 2 5/8 and 1 panel 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
  • White cardstock scrap for message panel
  • Crumb cake/tan cardstock for fence dies
  • 2 green colors for the grass dies
  • Small scrap for cowboy hat
  • Fence and grass dies - Spellbinders is pictured
  • Banner dies
  • Let it Ride stamp set - Stampin' Up
  • Hardwood background stamp - Stampin' Up
  • Happy birthday stamp
  • Natural Jute for rope
  • Ink pads - green, blue and Copic friendly black
  • Copic markers to color horses

To form the fence line into a z-fold, attach the fence pieces (you'll need 3 plus one post) using extra pieces in between the sections. Once all of the fence has bee assembled, score at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4" and fold. These folds will be the opposite of those on the base.

To create the scene, stamps the horses and trees first where you want them. Mask the horses and then sponge on green ink to look like the grass area and very light blue to make the sky. Unmask the horses and color with Copic markers. Attached the scene panels to the red base. 

With the card folded, glue down the first and last sections to the card base leaving the middle section unattached. Glue down accessories like the cowboy hat and lasso. I also glue down a small message panel.

I hope you give this double Z-fold card a try.

Happy card making!
Kathie K.

Under the Sea Pop-up Diorama Birthday Card

This card definitely has the "wow factor". The pop-up diorama along with the seahorses, fish, coral and shells really make this a ...