Sunday, March 29, 2020

Freebie Happy Mail

Hey friends, how are you doing? 

That is a loaded question this month, isn't it? Like many of you I have been trying to follow the news, stay healthy, do my job, keep my connections (friends and family)....all while trying to NOT to panic and feel a bit helpless. It is a LOT.

Like many of you, I have craved a way to connect to my loved ones in this new way of 'social distancing'. For me that includes: Facebook, Facetime, and good old fashioned HAPPY MAIL. Many years ago my shop sold only handmade cards and stationery. I created the hastag #happymailisthebestmail on IG just celebrate the joys of snail mail. I still send a lot of cards in the mail - birthdays, holidays, just because - it's my favorite way to show my loved ones I am thinking about them.

 Hot Wheels and Glue Guns free printable notecards

What better time than RIGHT NOW to send a card to someone you love? All you need is a pen, a stamp and a little time (and we all have a little more time at home, don't we?). Over the weekend I created a set of printable notecards for you to download and share! Two versions: one to print and color on your own (#stresscrafting) and one already full color. Print as many as you want! Send them to neighbors, friends, family, maybe even your favorite healthcare workers! Let's spread a little happy mail joy, friends.

If you can, share a picture of your happy mail with #happymailisthebestmail on IG and Facebook. I would lovvveee to see people sending happy mail this month.

To get the download files: Use this link PRINTABLE NOTE CARDS . Just sign up for my email list and instantly you'll get an email with the download files!  Download the zip file. Extract the files. Choose which one (outline or full color) you want and PRINT!

A few tips:
* I printed mine on #110 cardstock, which is great for coloring with markers! Print them on your home computer or take the PDF to your local copy shop
* Short on stamps? You can get them at the grocery store while you are stocking up on snacks
* Print a big stack and share them with your friends. These would make a GREAT kids activity. 

Don't forget, share these cards with your friends and family online. Tag me @hotwheelsandglueguns and use #happymailisthebestmail.

Hang in there, friends - we are all in this together!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Adventures in Gatlinburg Travel Mini Album


Hello friends! Today I want to share my latest mini album. In the scrapbooking world I have been obsessed following Paige Evans for a while now. I LOVVVVE her paper lines from Pink Paislee and her paper stitching style. She recently started a FB group and if you are fellow scrapbooker you should totally add it to your read list.

Last fall I took a weekend trip with my family to Gatlinburg and knew I wanted to show them off in their own mini album. This project is a mix of 'memory keeping' and just-for-fun paper playing. I used a lot of techniques I thought you might like to see in practice. 

Take a look...


In addition to the Turn The Page collection of papers from Paige Evans I pulled tags and bits out of my stash (I tried to tag as many as possible at the end so you can check them out online)

I did a fair amount of machine stitching and die cutting.
  It's kind of my favorite way to play with paper.

This book is very Bridget heavy. She's my niece and she is at PEAK CUTENESS. So I'm sure you'll forgive me



I have had a pack of these wood veneer envelopes and I love them for adding texture and as a place to tuck mementos and more photos.
I spent a lot of time in the back seat while someone else drove this weekend, so I decided to document that view. Also, I need to fill this journalling card in with all the places we stopped.


More die cutting and more selfies with my family = ). And that view! Tennessee is amazing in the fall.


The end! Such a fun project to put together, it came along right when I needed something creative and just for fun. Don't forget to check out the supply list below so you can make your own mini album = ).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

3 Summer Cards

Hello friends!

Last week was full of rainy, hot weather so I hide inside with my iced coffee and whipped up a few cards. In addition to making cards for my shop I enjoy making cards just for fun! I send them to friends and family and use them as a chance to play with new products and techniques. Are you a card maker or are you interested in trying it out? I'd like to introduce you to 3 challenge blogs that might get your motivation and creativity flowing.  Most of them are linked to a brand or store BUT you don't have to have their products to join in.To enter them is simple - make a card using their inspiration, then upload it online somewhere: FB, Instagram, or Flickr are a few options. (I post mine on my personal IG account HERE) Somewhere you can get a link to share with the original blog post. Each week you'll get fellow crafters' eyes on your card AND have a chance to win a fun prize! It's a really fun community to share with.

Check it out...

Summer Birthday Card (Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge)

Supplies: Dies – Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn, Paper – American Crafts and Paige Evans, Stamp – Mama Elephant, Adhesive – my favorite tape gun and liquid adhesive from Tombow. Gold sequins from my stash.

I have had this starburst die from Avery Elle for a while now and finally used it! I love shaker cards, but they still take more patience and time than I'm sure is necessary, lol. Do you have a good system? I’d LOVE to hear about it! For this one I die cut teal paper as my background, then cut 5 circles. 3 I glued and stacked for dimension, then the last two I glued on top to sandwich the plastic cover. They didn’t stack correctly, so if you look at it closely, it looks a bit wonky. There has to be an easier way! Lol I decided to trim the edges of the starburst die cut to make it look like fringe.  Works with the summer feel I think.
The rest of the card went together easily. I die happy from pink cardstock two times using the Simply Said Hello Die from Avery Elle (super old, couldn’t find a good link online). I glued them together for a bit of dimension, then glued it to the front. I stamped ‘birthday wishes’ from this Mama Elephant set and added that. Then the whole thing was mounted on THE MOST GORGEOUS floral paper from Paige Evans and then the teal card base.

Gold sequins and florals will forever be my favorite combo = )

Floral Love Card with Masking (find challenge posts on the Ellen Hutson blog HERE)

(Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen and CZ for Simon Says Stamp, Markers – Tombow, my favorite black ink Momento, Shimmer Pen – Wink of Stella)

This is a 'one layer card' with LOTS of layers to it. I was really inspired by this stamp set and wanted to create something similar with my own wording. I started by stamping these letters to say 'love you' I stamped them again on post it note paper and cut them out to use as a mask. I then used my NEW floral set from Ellen Hutson to stamp the floral images on top of the letters. Pull off the letter masks and you can see the final design. It's a time consuming process, but relaxing and fun! You can see how the post it notes worked on my IG post about this card. After all that work I colored the image in with markers inspired by the challenge post.

Lawn Fawn Sushi Birthday Card (Lawn Fanatics Challenge Blog)

(Supplies: Stamps - Lawn Fawn Bannerific (retired) & Let's Roll, Studio Calico Card Kit Exclusive Stamps, Paper: Studio Calico Card Kit, my favorite black ink and adhesive

The theme for this week was 'fun folds', This sushi set is one of my all time favorites, so I pulled it out and stamped this fun dinner scene. I used the bottom of the platter as an edge to the flap that attached on top (side note: AFTER I took these pictures I realized I adhered the flap on top of the 'let's celebrate' panel instead of behind it! can you see it just under the fold how it covers up the top flower? OMG..... once I realized my mistake I took it apart and reassembled it. I wanted to get this blog post up so you might have to imagine the final product, lol) I mixed in a few images (like the hat, candles and let's celebrate from an old card kit from Studio Calico. I pawed thru my stash to get the yellow and red papers as well. This kind of card looks complicated, but honestly is super easy!

Thanks for stopping by! My challenge to you is to try that medium or project you've been thinking about and share it! Whether it is with friends, on FB or just leaving a comment here - I would love to see you stretch your creative muscles! 

Talk again soon,


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