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January 31, 2012

Design Team: Debi Tullier Week 4 Term 2

 Debi Tullier: Birdies!


CHA Blog Hop continues!!! If you are here, then its because you last visited Denise O'Connor from and that means you reached your final spot! Today, we have the lovely Debi Tullier design a sweet scrap-page using Unity Stamps and the eCraft die-cutable  paper!


Here is her tutorial:

A Little Birdie Told Me

A little birdie told me that “chicks” grow so fast. So here I am celebrating our baby “birds”. I love my family, and my grandchildren are number one. I love my new habit (hobby) using paper….well I will go back to fabric one day soon. I am so amazed at all that you create. So honoring all of you paper crafters I have tried to use some of the techniques I have learned from you! So here goes my first SCRAPBOOK page!


I love the New eCraft Diecutable Cardstock and used it to build my page. I then trimmed a sheet of the DCWV Musings as my background for this “birdie” page. I love the wonderful cutting files on my eCraft SD card and quickly cut frames and the back of the little birdie out of Pearls Paper. I embossed the embellishment on the frame windows. Sized my photos and threaded ribbon through them. Worked my placement on background and then inserted brad at the intersection point. I used my pencils to embellish die cuts and then the fun. I love the Unity Stamp set “Birds of a Feather”. I place them in various ways I stamped them in black and colored with pencils. Then I tried some glue and glittered the image. I love this new medium, well new to me!

Details: I love them!!! These are my real babies!!!

I hope you enjoy my “Chicks” I know that I enjoy all of yours!
See you soon! 

Thank you Debi! How sweet are those little babies?! Remember to enter the blog hop for a chance to win an eBosser! Click here for all the rules!

January 30, 2012

Design Team: Denise O'Connor Week 4 Term 2

Denise O'Connor: 'Kicking' Page!

CHA BLOG HOP CONTINUES!!! If you are here, then you have reached the end of our hop! And this is your last stop! :) And surprise! it's Denise again! And she has more eye candy for you! Denise will show off an amazing scrapbooking page using our February sponsors, Unity Stamps and the amazing eCraft Diecutable Cardstock! 

Here is her tutorial:

CHA is officially underway!!! I don’t know about all of you, but I will be spending the next few days on the internet like a stalker looking for all the CHA news!! In spite of CHA, all of us on the eCraft Design Team are still cranking out projects!
This month, we have two AMAZING sponsors!!!! I am so excited about this month’s projects, I don’t think I can contain myself! Seriously, I tried to share my joy with my husband! He did not understand LOL! So first off, we have UNITY STAMPS!!! I don’t know about all of you, but I LOVE rubber stamps! Unity offers some of the cutest rubber cling stamps I have ever seen! They truly have a style of their own!

We also have eCraft Diecutable Cardstock powered by CutMates!!! This cardstock is available exclusively at the Paper Mill Store. This cardstock is truly the bomb! I never thought I would find a cardstock that would cut so well AND at about $0.26/sheet, how can you go wrong??? I have been secretly using this cardstock for about a month on a variety of projects and have been itching to tell all of you about it!!!

Forgive me if I am being a little long winded here, but I just have to tell you a story about the first time I cut the eCraft Diecutable Cardstock from the Paper Mill Store on my eCraft. If you have been following me for a while, then you know that I always test cardstock and paper out on the tree from Fundamentals 1. Well I pulled out a sheet of the eCraft Diecutable cardstock and decided to start my test on a pressure of 5 with my veggie mat stabilizer. It cut it, but I noticed that some of the end branches pulled up a little bit. In all honesty, normally I wouldn’t have an issue with this, because I can always press them down, but I thought, can I cut this at a lower pressure? So I tried it on 4 1/2. Again a great cut, the branches weren’t pulled up, and I was amazed. But of course, I can’t stop there. I thought, can I cut this even lower??? No, there is no way right? WRONG! It cut at 4 absolutely perfectly!! Well then I had to cut it at 3 1/2, and it almost cut all the way through! In fact, if I had a brand new blade in, I think I could cut it at 3 1/2! Crazy!!!
So what does this mean for all of us…well if we can cut at a low pressure like a 4, then that means that we should be able to effectively cut intricate shapes and fonts on this paper with great success!!! Now, normally when I cut these types of shapes, I will try to cut them on a thinner paper so that I can use a lighter pressure, but now I don’t have to worry about that!!! Want proof? Hehehehe, I thought you would!!!

How about that title? That title is about 1 1/4 inches tall! YES!!!! I am loving this!!! As you can see it cut that thin flowy font just as well as it cut the more block type font. Both of these fonts are from Lettering Delights. I cut them from Blueberry eCraft Diecutable Cardstock and added some Interference Blue Perfect Pearls on the “Star” for some shimmer! I know, this is a “boy” layout, how dare I add shimmer? Well, a little shimmer on a boy layout is OK isn’t it?

Now, I cannot forget about Unity Stamps!! They are after all what inspired this scrapbook layout! That TV there gave me the idea! I stamped that onto eCraft Diecutable Cardstock (Bowl of Oranges) with Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin Ink from that was cut in a trapezoid and then using my Exacto knife, I cut out the middle of it so that my son’s picture could be seen through it! You see my son Jared has been taking karate for about 6 months and he is on his 4th belt and these pictures were taken at his last graduation in December. I am so proud of him and that he is sticking with karate! He is really enjoying himself and when he has to perform on stage, he is not the least bit nervous! In fact, he does his best when the pressure is on, so that makes him a star in my eyes anyways!

The patterned papers in this layout are all from a paper stack that I got a long time ago at Hobby Lobby called “A Boy’s Universe”. And I cut this paper along with the eCraft Diecutable Cardstock in circles ranging from 5” down to 2” and I also cut their shadow layers. I did some embellishing to them like with this circle which was stamped with Unity Stamps Going Retro Stamp Set (also where the TV image came from). I am loving this! In fact, I love this background stamp so much that I stamped the edge of it along the edge of my page too! I also embossed one of the circles with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.
You can also see that I punched a bunch of holes up and down in a zig zag pattern through the circles. I totally did not try to make these perfect, in fact since Unity has me “Going Retro”, I just HAD to make it kind of wild and crazy!! I then inserted a silver brad in each hole and wrapped some blue and white twine around each brad to create the zig zag.
How about this cool karate silhouette? This came from the eCraft Sports Life SD Design Card and I cut this again with my new favorite eCraft Diecutable Cardstock in Licorice!

Thank you for joining me today!!! I sure can’t wait to see what the other ladies have created this week with these wonderful sponsors! If you don’t want to miss out on all the crafty goodness, make sure you click on that Follow button! See you next time!!

Denise O'Connor

 Thank you Denise!!! Make sure you don't leave before entering our amazing ebosser blog hop giveaway!  Scroll down for details!!!

January 28, 2012


While the Cat's Away... The Mice will Play!!!
(Love & Valentines)

If you are here, after visiting Denise O'Connor ( You are in the right place, and have reached your last stop! By now, you have heard the rumors about our giveaway!

And we are here to confirm them as TRUE!

Craftwell is giving away a brand new eBosser!!! 

The eBosser will be officially released at the CHA Winter 2012 Show, happening now!

Because of the growing support on our blog, and in our community we wanted to give you all the opportunity to experience embossing like never before!!!

Meet the newest member of the Craftwell family!

Say, hello to the new 'eBoss' in town!

The new eBosser by Craftwell made 'CHA HOT 20' and it the first fully automated embossing machine on the market! 

It can also....
  • Emboss Up To Letter & A4 Sizes
  • Accepts Most Embossing & Cutting Dies
  • Powerful Cutting Capability For Tough & Thick Materials
  • Cuts Leather & Up To 8 Layers Of Fabric
  • Ideal For Card Making, Stationery, Quilting, Embellishments & More!
  • Designed With Safety In Mind
  • Perfect For The Home, Office, or School
  • Electric For Ease Of Use/ NO MORE CRANKING!
Yep, this is the next big thing! And you can be one of the firsts to get your hands on it!

To enter this amazing giveaway, you must...

1)Become a follower of our blog!
2) Leave a comment (give us a way to contact you, in case you are the winner!)
3) Spread the word! On twitter, facebook, pinterest, personal blog, forums! Whatever way you want! and let us know, you have!
4)"Like" us on facebook!

1)*All are welcome to hop, however the eBosser giveaway is only open toU.S. entries. Thank you so much for your understanding.*
2) Only two comments MAX per person. (1 comment with your contact info, and 1 letting us know you have spread the word!)
3) Only comments on our blog will count as entries, for the eBosser prize.

Easy, huh?!

The hop will go all week long, and we will announce the winner here and on our facebook page (see why it's important to 'like us on fb) on Saturday, February 4th!

Good Luck!

Team Craftwell

January 27, 2012


While the Cat's Away... the Mice will Play!

While all the 'cats' are heading over to the Winter CHA Show 2012, the rest of us can play and win BIG!

How big?

Big, Big. 

as in HUGE!

Join our CHA BLOG HOP all week long, as we see projects inspired by Love & Valentines!

End on our blog to find out how YOU can win the big CHEESE! er.. PRIZE!

There will be giveaways along the way, so jump don't skip! 

The fun starts tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th at 6am EST!!!

So, make sure to wake up bright and early! 

You got HOPPING to do!

The fun will begin here:

-Team Craftwell

***Everyone is welcome to hop, but to be eligible for the grand prize you must  be in the US. Thank you for understanding.***

Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamps Winner!

We have a winner!!!

We are excited to announce the winner for the Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamp Giveaway!!!

After a week of fabulous projects using Mr. Cricut Crazy stamps and  sweet comments from all our eCrafters, we went to to help us decide on 1 lucky winner!!!

But  before we announce our winner, lets remind everyone of the amazing prize!

The winner will take home the cute puppy stamps (see pic) and decorative twine to add nice texture to any project!

And now for the winner!

Drum roll please



Random. org has decided on 


Who said: "Love the stamp!"

Congratulations!!! dmann770!

Please contact us at: to collect your prize!

Didn't win this time? No worries! Instead stay tuned for our blog hop announcement today! In honor of the Winter CHA show, we will be doing a HUGE giveaway! 

and we mean HUGE!!!

See you soon!

Team Craftwell

Design Team: Jennifer McCrae Week 3 Term 2

Jennifer's Dressy Candles
We have reached the end of our home decor challenge for our design team and today, Jennifer McCrae closes off the week by decorating something that we often overlook, but we have in our homes everyday. See how she made something ordinary, stand out!

The minute you walked in the joint
I could see you were a man of distinction.
A real big spender,
Good lookin', so refined.
Say, wouldn't you like to know
What's goin on in my mind?
-Bette Midler
Bette Midler is one of those woman that isn’t a bombshell but yet there is still something about her that grabs your attention and makes her stand out in a crowd.  One thing is for sure, she’s all around awesome!
This month’s challenge was ‘home decor’ and I wanted to do something that would add a little something-something to a typically ordinary object in my home.  Something we all have but don’t tend to look twice at...  Candles!  There’s not much too them and although they serve a multitude of uses, they’re not much to look at (at least now that the 60’s and 70’s are over!  Phew!).  So I decide to spruce them up a little bit and give them a make-over.
They’re Candle Corsets!  *giggles*   And the best part; they’re SUPER fast and easy to make.  BTW - don’t tell my daughter about the picture!  lol  She’s 13 now and know how THAT age is!  
What I used:
Mischief, my Pinc eCraft
eCraftshop Pro Software
DCWV ‘Collage Musings’ stack
Mr. Cricut Crazy ‘Friends, Friends’ stamp set
Pink/White string also came from Mr. Cricut Crazy
Martha Stewart Border Punch and All Over the Page Punch (Hobby Lobby)
Inkssentials Watermark resist pad (JoAnn’s)
Zig Glue Pen (Hobby Lobby)
Scotch Advance Glue Glider (Michael’s)
Measuring Tape
Wine (optional)

How I did it:
I walked through my house a few times and waited for that ‘Ah-HA!’ moment, got it, grabbed candles and scurried off to my haven *cough* I mean, my CRAFT ROOM.  
Use your measuring tape to measure around the candle; be sure to leave a little gap so the ‘corset’ lacing will show against the candle.  For my candles I went with 8.5” wide and 4” tall; I wanted them big enough to be eye catching but not so big that I would have to take them off after only burning the candle for a short period of time.
From there I plugged the dimensions into the eCraftshop Pro and created the basic shape.  I also created the ribbon holes in the software too -- word to the wise -- if you decide to make your basic shape in the software, figure out what size holes you want and where (using the already-created main shape), then copy the holes ONLY and paste them onto a new virtual mat.  Then copy the main shape and paste it onto the same virtual mat as the holes.  This way the eCraft cuts the holes and then the main shape :)  Easy Peasy!
Once the main shape was created, I used that to create the layers.  I kept 2nd layers the same length as the main layer and just made that layer shorter.  By doing that, the holes lined up when it was time to lace up the ‘corsets’.  
With the very cool geometrical style pattern paper from DCWV, I used a Martha Stewart border punch that complemented the pattern on the paper.  Then I used the heart shaped stamp from the Mr. Cricut Crazy Friends, Friends stamp set and my watermark distress pad to create a nice detail pattern  

For the green corset, I used a really pretty green pattern paper with polka dots and the plaid pattern paper from the DCWV stack and I plaid paired it up with a cheer piece of pink card stock.  For the plaid layer, I used a Martha Stewart ‘All over the Page’ punch and did another watermark pattern with the same heart shaped stamp.

Now that the corsets are ready, its time for the tricky part.  Getting them on the candles!
The first corset went on without a hitch, looks pretty fabulous too.  But the 2nd candle wasn’t convinced this was such a good idea.  So if you run into this problem yourself, here are a couple of options.

First, try the Peer Pressure approach.  Show the candle how great the other candle looks and how they could look that good too.
If that doesn’t work, try Bribery.  I offered up a lovely glass of Pinot Noir from California...
If that doesn’t work...  do what I did.  I kept the glass of wine for myself and told the candle to put on her big girl panties and get with the program!  LOL
So without further adieu, Isabella and Francesca!

Aren’t they just darling?!?!?!  Not bad for some great paper & stamp, a rectangle, some holes, 2 punches and ribbon/thread!
Now its your turn...  How can you take ordinary and make it extraordinary?


Thank you Jennifer for this beautiful and FUNNY tutorial! 

Don't you just love Jennifer's sense of humor?! We are starting to love her write ups almost as much as her projects!

Want to see more projects? Head over Jen's blog!

January 26, 2012

Design Team: Raven Baca Week 3 Term 2

Raven's Doggy Sign

Home Decor Week continues! Our design team was challenged to use our January sponsors (DCWV & Mr. Cricut Crazy stamps) materials to create a beautiful piece to enhance the beauty in your home! The DT rose to the challenge, and today is Raven's turn to show us what she came up with!

My tabs and width were both set at 0. I find that having the pressure
on 6 or 6.5 it cuts perfectly through the DCWV thicker stacks. This
set was embossed and dimesional so the higher settings work perfectly
with it.

Using Fundamentals 1 I cut out the heart at 3" I also cut out its

shadow using DCWV paper stack.
Next I cut out a frame as well as its shadow from lettering delights.
The sentiment portion was cut out using a die from
Next using chocolate chip stampin up ink I inked up the sentiment as
well as the little puppy. I colored him in with copic markers and
adhered the pieces together.
Using a crop a dile I made holes in either side of the top and tied some twine.

I hope you all enjoy my super simple home decor project. I made this

for a good friend who has quite a few puppies. ;)

Have a great week!!!



See more of Raven's projects on her blog here:

Thank you Raven! How cute would this be outside of the dog's crate? Do you want to make your own sign?! Well, enter for a chance to win some puppy stamps from Mr. Cricut Crazy! Today is the last day to enter! Click here for details!

January 25, 2012

Design Team: Lyssa Zimmerman Week 3 Term 2

Lyssa Zimmerman's Puppy Leash Holder!

It's challenge week for the Design Team! Yesterday, Debi got super creative making a magnetic birthday  board, and today it's Lyssa's turn at a board project! Only this time, is for the pooch!

Here is her tutorial:

Hi Everyone! This week, we were challenged to make a home decor item with the supplies we were given from our sponsors: DCWV Mr. Cricut Crazy Again, with the "DOG" theme, wasn't too sure what I was going to do. Then I talked with my sister and bounced an idea around since she has a dog. She loved the idea of having a hook board to hold all her dog's leashes and collars.
So the Leash Hook board was born!

Supplies used:
Wood Plaque from Crafts Etc.Paper from DCWV
Modge Podge (Hobby Lobby)
Stamps from Mr. Cricut Crazy & brown ink
Brown Vinyl from Provo Craft
Hooks from Crafts Etc
eCraft Die cutting machine

I first placed the papers onto the plaque using the Modge Podge. I then used stamps along the red paper to personalize and play out the "dog" theme.

Then I cut out the vinyl with the eCraft, no tabs and pressure to "2" and worked like a charm!

Then I got a drill and drilled some holes and screwed in the hooks. And we are done!!
If only I had a dog...this is so cute up on the wall....

Thank you Lyssa for this beautiful project! This is totally making us want a dog as well!!!! and while we can't get the dog, YOU can get the dog stamps by entering our Mr. Cricut Crazy Giveaway!!! Click here for all the details!

See more of Lyssa's projects on her blog here:

January 24, 2012

Design Team: Debi Tullier Week 3 Term 2

Debi's Birthday Board

Home Decor challenge continues!!! Today, Debi Tullier returns with some paper, and magnet! Using our January sponsors DCWV & Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamps, Debi created a cute way to jot down sweet notes to you loved ones! 

Here is her tutorial:

In my family, Birthday are great and we love our celebrants! So this year I made a dry erase magnetic birthday board!


I used my Craftwell eCraft Machine to cut out the frames and rosettes to make this great refrigerator note board. My husband loved the colors and the I love you that I wrote in dry erase marker. I used my wonderful Mr. Cricut Crazy stamps in the Subway Art style to make this and also cut on my eCraft the frosted acetate to cover the stamped cardstock and protect it from the marker. I used magnetic strips from Hobby Lobby to attach it to our refrigerator. 

Many happy birthdays to all! I will share my special project with you next week!


We need to make this project! Not only is it adorable, it would be a great little place to put reminder notes, and keep yourself organized!

Thank you Debi, for the fabulous inspiration!

See more of Debi's projects on her blog here:
 Pssst!!! Have you entered Mr. Cricut Crazy giveaway?!  Click here to find out how to enter!

January 23, 2012

Announcing our Winter CHA 2012 Make n' Take Winner!

Hostess with the Mostess

Craftwell launched it's biggest contest to date, and after months of amazing participation from our eCrafters in the community and spreading the word on the internet, we have decided on 1 lucky winner!

Now, I know you all want to know who wins, right?! But before we do, we wanted to remind everyone of the fabulous prizes... 

Cue, Tyra Banks....

The winner of this contest will get an all expense paid trip to Anaheim, California, which includes wonderful room accommodations at a 4 star hotel, joining the Craftwell family at the Winter CHA 2012 booth, and will host our Make n' Take project!

But that is not all!

As if that wasn't enough, the winner will also get to take home a brand new eBosser to stay ahead of the cutting edge of creativity!

Now, without further adieu, the winner is.....


Raven Baca is not only a member of our design team, she was also published in our eBook, and has a strong presence in the eCraft Community! 


See you in California!!!

The surprises don't end there! The 10 runner-ups of this contest, will be contacted via email and will be the lucky recipients of an eBosser! Look out for our email coming your way! And don't forget to comment to let everyone know who you are!!!

Team Craftwell

Design Team: Denise O'Connor Week 3 Term 2

Denise O'Connors: Purple Lamp 

It's challenge week for the Design Team! Using DCWV paper & Mr. Cricut Crazy (puppy) Stamps, we challenge the team to come up with some fabulous home decor! Not all the girls had the same stamps, so they had to get creative! So, how do you incorporate a puppy stamp into a living room lamp? Keep reading to find out!

Who is ready to play a game???
As you know by now, this month our sponsors are the wonderful Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) and Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamps! This week is also our challenge week where each one of us needs to make a project using our eCraft and our fabulous sponsors to create….HOME DÉCOR!!
It’s pretty obvious that my DCWV Collage Musings paper got quite a workout! This paper stack is SO wonderful for home décor!
So here is where the game comes….can you guess where the Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamps are? 

I’ll give you a hint…I used this doggy!
Well, did you guess? Come on, take a good close look!
Does this help?

Well if you guess that I masked off some doggy hair to create the leaves on my flower, then you are right!!! Way to go….Virtual High Five!
I also masked off a little piece from the other dog in the Gus stamp set from Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamps to add something to the top layer of the flower. 
Those lavender jaggy lines were the masked stamp that I stamped with Jenni Bowlin ink in Lavender Sachet that I got from This really helped to blend in the yellow and orange paper with the purple layers underneath it.
Want to know how I created those little leaves? Well give me a moment, we will get there!
The original lamp was a silver metal base with a plain white shade. While there is nothing wrong with it, it really doesn’t fit in my room especially on the new end table that I found at Hobby Lobby! Love this table!! 
So to start with, I painted the parts of the lamp that weren’t going to be covered in DCWV paper with some of Martha Stewart’s new craft paint sold exclusively at Michaels. This paint adheres to metal without a problem! The color that I used was Vanilla Bean. Then I went about covering the lamp and the shade with my Die Cuts With A View Collage Musings paper with the help of some Glue N Seal in Matte finish from Inkssentials(I got mine at Michaels). This stuff is great because it doesn’t leave that tackiness that Mod Podge does.
When that was done and dry, I used some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape from Hobby Lobby to go along the seams of the shade and some Distress Ink to color it to blend in with the paper better. I then applied another coat of the Glue N Seal on top.
Now, that that is all done, time to embellish! I cut out Flower #4 from the Felt Owl Right SVG set from Lettering Delights on my eCraft using some more DCWV Collage Musing paper and some scrap cardstock from my stash. I did not cut out the leaves from this set. Instead, I did this… 

That’s all there is to it!!!
I masked off the stamp with some post its, inked it up and stamped away! So super easy! Imagine the possibilities! Is it any wonder that I have been on stamping kick since I figured out how easy it was to do this?? Top off the flower with a wooden button and you’re good to go!
Oh, and I just HAVE to show you how great this lamp looks when it is turned on!!! I have really enjoyed having it next to my bed, it gives off such a nice soft glow of light!
And yes, that is a deep purple wall. My husband really loves me!!!
Come back everyday to see what Home Décor projects Debi, Lyssa, Raven & Jennifer have created!! These ladies rock! I find myself getting inspired by them all the time!!

Denise O'Connor

Wasn't that genius of Denise?! She is amazing!!! Thank you Denise, for another stunning project! 

Mr.Cricut Crazy Stamps giveaway is going on until Friday! Click here to find out all the details!

January 22, 2012

Image of the Week!

eCraft Central Image: AccuCut Puzzle #12

eCraft Central is getting BIGGER! And because we don't want you to miss out on all the new images, every Sunday we will feature an image of the week! What is the image of the week you ask? Image of the week is nothing more than an SVG image we think should be in your purchased images folder!

Meet: Puzzle #12 
Cut your own puzzle image for school projects, scrap-booking, cards, or anything you can think of! The possibilities are endless!

And with Valentines right around the corner, how simple would it be to assemble this card:

 A cute puzzle on the outside.....

With a lovely note on the inside...

"You complete me."

How sweet is that?! Does this remind you, of a movie?...

If you know, what movie we are quoting, type your answer in the comments!!! And while you are at it, enter for a chance to win some amazing stamps, and decorative twine with our Mr. Cricut Crazy giveaway! (Scroll down for all the details!)

Team Craftwell

January 21, 2012

Mr.Cricut Crazy Giveaway!!!

Get some puppy stamps, and the 'leash' too!

Mr. Cricut Crazy giveaway! He is giving away this cute set of puppy stamps along with some decorative twine!

Now, I know you have all been inspired by our design team projects, and now you can win a set for yourself!

Aren't those stamps adorable?! and they are essential for scrapbooking, or card making!

So here is how to enter: 

1)Become a follower of our blog.
2) Comment on posts from now until Thursday, January 26 (You can comment more than once, for more chances to win!) 
3)"like" us on FB! We will announce the winner here on our blog, and on Facebook, on Friday January 27!

And that is it! Easy, peasy huh?! We will enter the total number of comments into to pick 1 lucky winner!  


Team Craftwell

January 20, 2012

Design Team: Jennifer McCrae Week 2

Jennifer's Rocking Card!

Jennifer is back! and not only does she have a 'Rocking' tutorial, she also came equipped with some wisdom! Yep, and it all struck a 'chord' with us as well... Read on to find out what we mean!

Some days you gotta dance
Live it up when you get the chance
'Cause when the world doesn't make no sense
And you're feeling just a little to tense
Gotta loosen up those chains and dance... Dixie Chicks
In the hustle and bustle of daily life we sometimes forget to actually LIVE!  Life is so short and time passes us by faster than a mom hauling her kid to practice...not that I speed, mind you :)  But I’m just as guilty as the next person when it comes to slowing down and taking notice of the world around me and the people in it.
When was the last time you paid someone a compliment, even one as simple as ‘Good job!’?  Its not that you don’t appreciate them or that they didn’t do a good job; its that we all suffer from what my mom calls ‘But First’ disease.  Your start out your day with the best of intentions, you’re going to knock off a few items on that ‘To-do’ list...BUT FIRST, there’s that mail that I need to open...BUT FIRST I really should call my friend of mine that I’ve been meaning to call... BUT FIRST I really should put those dishes away.  In the blink of an eye, you’ve been struck by ButFirst Disease. 
Today, focus on telling one person in your life that they are appreciated and why.  Compliments are hard to come by and enjoyed by everyone; but that doesn’t mean it has to be all formal-like!  Kick off your shoes, get comfortable and let someone know that you appreciate them, even if its for something simple...  You can even make it... *brace for it*


Yes its silly, but you smiled when you saw it...didn’t you?  Wanna see some more?  Too bad!  I’m showing you anyways :)

For those of you that are new to card making, this is a Tri-Shutter card, sometimes referred to as a Tri-Fold card.  Either way, they are fun...both to make AND receive!
What I used:
Mischief - my Pinc eCraft
DCWV ‘Collage Musings’ stack
Mr. Cricut Crazy ‘Friends, Friends’ stamp set
Lettering Delights ‘Paper Dolls’ and “Here Comes Treble’ svg sets
Glimmer Mist ‘Black Magic’
Ranger Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Decorative Scissors
Small Paint Brush
White Pencil
Glue Glider
Journal Embossing Folder or Journal Stamp
Small Square Foam Adhesive (I can never remember what those are called!  lol)
Zig Glue Squeeze and Roll Fine Point Pen
How I did it:
I used the very musical and very cool card stock that came in DCWV’s Collage Musings stack and I cut the base of my card out using my eCraft (more on that later) -- My base is always 12” wide and 5 1/2” tall, its a great size and provides lots of options when it comes to decorating.  To make the base using a hand-trimmer; take your piece of 12x12 card stock, measure 5 1/2” up and cut across.  Your end piece will match mine -- 12”w by 5 1/2”h.  Next place your cut piece on your scoreboard and score it at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”.  Take the base off the scoreboard and get out your handy, dandy ruler.  Measure 1 1/2” from the top and again from the bottom.

Once you've marked (very lightly) 1 1/2” from the top and again from the bottom, take a craft blade or your trimmer and cut from the first score mark all the way across to the last score mark.  Your base should resemble my very elementary diagram...  From here you’re going to want to ‘Mountain Fold’ your score lines.  2” score folded away from you, 4” folded towards you, etc.  Once your ‘mountain’ is done, you going to take that center ‘row’ and folded it opposite of the top and bottom rows - see above pictures to help visualize.  My preference is to create a card ‘front’ so to speak, but many cards made like this don’t -- its entirely up to you.  I like having a full front panel to decorate and I feel that it adds stability to the card.
Now that the base is complete its time to DECORATE!  woot woot  *sings*  Shake your grove thing, shake your grove thing Baby!  Show em how we do it now!
For the front -- The audience is an svg file that I made, email me and I’ll send it to you; same goes for the stage curtain.  To add a little depth to the curtains I used a white pencil to create fold lines and then painted on some of that drool-worthy Glimmer Mist.  I also put Glimmer Mist on ALL of the music notes, the stars in the banner and even on the ‘You Rock!!’.
Speaking of ‘You Rock!!’ that niffy phrase came from Mr. Cricut Crazy -- don’t you just love how it looks hand written?!?!?!  I do!  In fact, the entire card was based on that single stamp...  The banner cut-out came from the MTC gallery, but there are plenty of banners out there to be had...  The banner and my rocker-chick (my daughter’s idea) are adhered with those little foam squares.  For the rockers, give yourself plenty of time for cutting and assembling; there are LOTS of pieces and its a lot of work, but the end result is SO worth it!

For the inner phrases, I nabbed those off of another sheet of card stock from *can you believe it* that same DCWV Collage Musings stack!  There is some serious variety in that pack!  I used decorative scissors to give them a funky edge and then glued them to a mini-panel that was cut to fit that section.  The panels and pre-printed word pieces are the only items that were not cut on the eCraft.  For the journal panel, I used an embossing folder since none of my journaling stamps would fit -- darn it, guess I’ll have make another run to Hobby Lobby heeheehee I used my Ranger ink on the edges of the journal panel to give it a little border...
And there you have it!  A fun way to show someone that they are appreciated!

Want to run eCraft Pro on a Mac? Watch the video to find out how Jennifer does it! Are you like us, and need video tutorial on how to cut the trifold card?! Well, Jennifer will walk you every step of the way!

What an AWESOME card & video tutorial! Thank you Jennifer for your beautiful project! 
See more of Jennifer's Rock Star projects on her blog here:
And now, lets discuss Jen's wisdom...
Do you suffer from 'ButFirst' Disease??? We admit we are first class offenders!  What are some things, you have done lately to show someone you appreciate them?
Sound off in the comments!
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