Handmade cards, Tutorial

Birthday Card

I wanted to share a quick post on a card I made for coworker’s niece. It is her 16th birthday and I tried to create a card in a style she could appreciate. I did not take photos of my supplies, SORRY! But I will still list them all below. I hope this card inspires you!


  • Precut and folded card base in pink from my stash
  • Watercolor cardstock from my stash
  • Recollections 6×6 Christmas Pastel paper pack with treatments
  • Recollections Boho Shimmer mist in pink, blue and purple
  • Van Gogh watercolor palette with brush
  • Tombow MonoMulti glue
  • White Marvy gel pen
  • Papermate Flair Tropical Vacation pen in Surf’s up
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush
  • Purple and fuchsia sticker gems from my stash
  • Foam squares
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment ink in Onyx Black
  • Happy Birthday to You Sizzix Stamp and Framelits Die Set


  • Large non-stick Westcotts scissors
  • Small Martha Stewart Detail scissors
  • Hampton Art Stamp perfect
  • Craft tweezers

I knew that I wanted to use the stamps from the Sizzix birthday set but I will be honest, it took me a while to put this card together. I had what I can only call card-makers block. I could not decide how I would layout this card.

I began by spritzing watercolor paint and shimmer mists onto watercolor cardstock. After reaching a pretty background I laid on my cardstock and using me new Stamp Perfect (I LOVE THIS THING!) stamped all the images I planned to use right on the painted background. Using my detail scissors, I fussy-cut the images out. Once I FINALLY chose my mat paper I played around with the layout until I found something I was happy with. The final touches were dots on the hat and banner, accents with the white gel pen and gem stickers scattered about the mat and images.

Although it took me a long time to get my final draft complete with this project, I am very happy with the results. Let me know what ya think!


Hope this sparked some CARDspiration. and thank you for visiting!


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With Sympathy

The most difficult part of my day job is to lose a client, there are multiple ways that can occur in my field, but last week I lost a client to the most permanent kind of loss. I received the sad news that she had passed away in her sleep. She was a very pleasant woman, someone I can legitimately speak very highly of in her dedication to her treatment, positive attitude, and kindness. As an expression of my condolences I created this sympathy card to send to her family in hopes of providing comfort in this difficult time.


  • Cream cardstock from my stash
  • Black cardstock by core’dinations
  • Embossing folder (Cane Paisley) by Anna Griffin
  • Green scalloped oval diecut from my stash
  • Gold embossed flower diecuts by Anna Griffin
  • ScorTape
  • Foam squares
  • Tombow mono multi glue
  • Embossing buddy
  • BoBunny Sentiment Stamp (With Sympathy)
  • VersaMark inkpad
  • Gold Filigree Fine Art powder


  • Cuttlebug
  • Zap heat gun by American Crafts
  • Fiskars triple track paper trimmer

Using the embossing folder, I was able to create a classy tone on tone mat. This was then embellished using the gold embossed roses, gold toned jewels and a gold embossed sentiment on the scalloped oval top mat.

Inside the card is a blank crème cardstock for writing a personalized message.


I truly hope this greeting card will be able to provide even the most minimal comfort. What comforting words have you said to someone mourning the loss of a loved one, please comment below?

Thank you for visiting.


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Masculine Birthday

I have never realized how many birthdays can occur in an office setting until I started working at my current full-time job. Every month we have one to two birthdays to acknowledge and they all require a card. The card is passed around and everyone can add a nice sentiment. It is quite touching. For this month’s birthday, I created a neutral card for a masculine birthday. I delayed posting it since the birthday is tomorrow and I did not want to have ruined the surprise, just in case!


  • Cream cardstock from my stash
  • Black cardstock from my stash
  • Fiskars birthday bash stamp set
  • Kraft paper bows by Recollections
  • Repurposed ribbon
  • Anna Griffin sentiment stamps (not sure the name of the set)
  • Studio G Blue ink pad
  • Marvy Matchables ink pads
  • Micron Marker #05
  • ScorTape
  • Glue dots

This was a very quick and simple card to make. After stamping and cutting out the banner and marking where I wanted the ribbon and sentiment banner to be, I was able to stamp the balloons without the string (I wanted to draw these in) and add all of the embellishments.

I have to admit I am not crazy about the quality of the stamping inks but I do need to always use what I have available. This may have been improved using a different textured paper as the cardstock I used was very absorbent and porous, or perhaps a stamp position tool which I do not have.

Either way I am happy with the results and will be using this card for my co-worker’s birthday tomorrow.


Hope this brought you CARDspiration and thank you for visiting!

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Partner, Child and friend

With Valentine’s day just a month away, I couldn’t help but incorporate a little love card for this post.

Valentine’s day is not only for lovers; friends can express love for one another as well as parental love. feeling inspired by my son, I created a card that I will be giving to him on a day for expressing love, in this case, the purest love I have ever felt as a mother. Hope you enjoy!


  • Precut and scored patterned card by Recollections
  • Recollections Valentine Embellishment dimensional stickers
  • Music note cardstock from my stash
  • Word stickers from Color Oasis phrases
  • Sheet from Die Cuts With a View Paper pad Dots, Stripes & Plaids
  • Glossy Accents glue
  • ScorTape


  • Fiskars triple track cutter
  • Small Heart punch
  • Large Westcott Nonstick Scissors
  • X-acto knife


Initially I knew I wanted to create a pop-up card but was unsure how to construct it. I used a scrapped idea I had for a past card and came up with this simple pop-up design that does not require any special mechanisms or diecuts. The goal was to have a card with something standing toward the crease when opened. I think this worked out quite nicely if I do say so myself!

The outside of the card was kept simple so as to leave the focus on the pop-up feature.

To make this card you will need to cut a sheet of paper 1 inch larger than the length of the unfolded outer base. In this case my card is a standard A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4″) and the inside panel was cut to 9 1/2 x 5 1/2″. The panel is then scored and folded at the 4 1/4, 4 3/4, and 5 1/2″ marks horizontally.


20170111_215554Using the same sheet of patterned cardstock, I also cut out 2 strips of 1 x 4″, folded and glued in half and trimmed one of those in half and one of those halves into strips.

Flipping your panel over decide where your cut marks will be for whatever pop-up you have. Cut slits with an X-acto knife or box cutter and glue the strip in place on one side. Repeat for any other strips being used.


After making the slits, turn the panel over and work on your pop-up design. For this card, I used the dimensional Valentine stickers and heart punch-outs from a musical patterned paper attached to paper strips.

Choosing my phrase sticker, I completed the inner design and glued the center fold holing the paper strips. The panel is then ready to adhere to the base.

The final result is an adorable pop-up card that I truly believe my son will love. Hope you found this inspiring!

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The Friendly Trio

GREETINGS FROM CityGal Papeterie!!

In continuing with this month’s friendship theme, I have created a three card with one 6×6 sheet combo.

Using one 6×6″ resist paper sheet I made three friendship themed cards.

I have wanted to play with my Recollections watercolor crayons for a while and decided to pull them out from the depths and use them. These are very similar to Faber Castell Gelatos if you are familiar with those. They are  not as smooth but still vibrant and spread well.


  • Recollections Watercolor Crayons
  • Recollections resist paper pad in Color Splash
  • Michael’s Sequin trim
  • Ribbons House coral thin ribbon
  • Harvest Company Fuschia sheer ribbon
  • Pink with white polka-dots designer paper from my stash
  • Off white heavy cardstock scrap
  • ScorTape
  • Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Recollections Pesto and Party Pink embossing powder
  • Papermate Flair marker pen Orchid Lei
  • Wooden Rubber Quote Stamp by Serendipity stamps
  • Acrylic watercolor brushes (#10)
  • Pre-cut and scored cardstock in Pink, yellow and green
  • Spray bottle with water


  • Large Non-Stick Westcott  scissors
  • Scallop Oval die
  • Cuttlebug
  • Fiskars triple blade paper trimmer


After choosing a paper design, I prepped the sheet with some water using a watercolor brush. Using the Recollections watercolor crayons, I scribbled various colors wherever I wanted it to be. With my finger dipped in water I spread the colors in sections for each tone.

The great thing about watercolor crayons is that you can go back and add more color to intensify the pattern.

I then drafted 3 card patterns and put together my card designs using pre-cut and scored A2 size cards, parts of the resist paper and other ribbon and paper embellishments.

For the sentiment I used an old wooden rubber quote stamp. I created three diecut scalloped ovals with embossed lettering and added a few sequins as a final touch.


And the song from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend.


Please comment below if you have any questions, or have made your own version of this project.

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Friendship Resolution

Hoping that everyone had a wonderful intro to the all new 2017!

I am going to kick off this new year with a shout out to real friendship. As we get older it is likely our circle gets smaller, as life weeds out the unnecessary peeps and only the real important folks remain. True friendship is indeed hard to find and therefore so very important to cherish. Because it is our true friendships who become the chosen family members who are there when we are truly in need. I can attest to this first hand.

And on that note I introduce this year’s first handmade card, dedicated to friendship! 20170101_190815

This 5 1/4 x 5 1/4″ card features a shaker element. I don’t know about y’all, but I am still in a glittery, celebratory mood!

Supplies used:

  • Precut and prescored card in a grainy white
  • Patterned cardstock from my stash
  • Handmade fiber paper from my stash
  • Black textured cardstock from my stash
  • Word stickers from Target
  • Sequins, glitter and glass beads from my stash
  • Ranger Glossy accents
  • Scor Tape
  • Foam tape
  • Thermo web Super double sided  tape
  • Repurposed acetate sheet
  • Scalloped nesting dies from We R Memory Keepers
  • White Marvy gel pen
  • Enamel dot
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush

Tools used:

  • Large Non-stick Westcott scissors
  • Small Martha Stewart Detail scissors
  • Cuttlebug



Once supplies were all gathered, this card came together fairly easy.

The pattern paper was cut down a little bit smaller than the base card then I ran it through my cuttlebug with the scalloped dies in place. Once cut I tied a small length of rainbow fuzzy ribbon on to the edge of one of the die cut scallop circles.

Using repurposed acetate from packaging, I adhered a window to the back of my cut pattern paper. I like to use really strong adhesive like Thermo web Super double sided  tape for this to make sure the acetate will stay put.

Then I doubled some foam tape and adhered it around the scallop circle shapes.


Now it is time to fill the windows. Using a variety of sequins glitter and glass beads, I poured the shaker contents into each window compartment. This was covered with a measured and cut sheet of handmade fiber paper which was again topped with a textured black cardstock so that it would conceal the foam tape and give it a sleek thin black border.

The panel is flipped and embellished with a banner, words, enamel dots and white gel pen details. Once embellishments are complete the panel can be taped to the card base. The final touch is using wink of stella and glossy accents to  accentuate the word stickers. All done!

Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and thank you so much for visiting!

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Sometimes all that is needed to get on the right path is a little motivation. We may have a hard time providing this for ourselves sometimes but we can also motivate or be motivated by others. Here is a card created to spark a little motivation.



It all started with this sketch of a tortoise completing a race. To translate this message onto a greeting card, I copied the doodle onto 100lb Bristol paper. This was done using a lightbox as seen below and set of Micron markers.


With my Spectrum Noir Essentials set of markers, I colored in the illustration, then cut out the space around the tortoise and background.

After the cutting was complete, a black sharpie was used for bordering to assure a neater and more cohesive look.

A background was chosen and this illustration became part of a  dimensional greeting card fit to spread a little motivation to anyone.


  • 100 lb Bristol paper by Strathmore
  • Precut, prescored card in  white
  • HB sketching pencil
  • Illustrator Spectrum Noir Essentials set
  • Clear 3M dimensional tape
  • Micron Markers in .005, 1, 2, and 3
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Black sharpie
  • Lightbox
  • ScorTape
  • Word stickers from my stash
  • Small piece of vellum from my stash
  • Patterned cardstock from my stash


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