simple monday: epiphany craft tip

simple monday

Lately I've been using my Epiphany Crafts tool for card making. I use the Circle 14 with many of my flower collections. The trouble I was having at first was that it was difficult to find tiny patterns that would fit or look interesting under the bubble caps. I discovered that if you flip through a catalog or magazine (specially paper related ones) where products are photographed much smaller it isn't too hard to find something suitable.

So that's my tip for today—flip through some pages and make sure you aren't getting rid of any small treasures. You can even sit down and make a few ahead of time so that you're ready when one of your projects need an extra little something.

simple monday

FYI - I wouldn't use these images (as tiny as they may be) to use on any products you're selling. I only use them for personal projects.

Happy Monday!


The last two weeks were an amazing time to relax and enjoy some serious family time. We went to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We were on the beach and in water more than I can remember at any other time. It was so much fun. We all gained a bit of weight with all the good food and we are now slowly getting back into our routine.

A few of my favorite images...

The beaches were gorgeous! The water was the most beautiful shades of turquoise and the sand was really white and soft. Beautiful!

I love this one of the kids. I wonder what they were thinking.

We got up early one morning to walk along the beach and watch the sunrise.

I can now check horseback riding along a beach off the list. 

How about these colors? Just gorgeous.

I can see that this trip will somehow sneak into my work. It was a lot of fun but it's good to be back.
I hope you're all doing well!

This week's freebie will come as no big surprise.  

Have a great weekend!

a nutcracker in july!

nutcracker gift set

Before I disappear for a few days I got the crazy idea that I needed to work on a Christmas project—of all things! So here it is... a Nutcracker Gift Set. The base of the nutcracker is a matchbox where a gift card or candy are easy to slip in.

I had sooo much fun with this project (I know... I do say that almost about everything I do... but it's always true). It felt like a geometry (the only part of math I enjoyed in school) and paper crafting party for one. You get to enjoy the latter on your own or with friends.
It's a deceptively simple project to make—seriously. Just stay organized with your cut paper and the PDF instructions that are included should help you with the rest. I've also included a nutcracker tag and card with the set.

My little C is already requesting a girl Nutcracker! Any other requests from you?

nutcracker gift set

To order this set simply visit my shop here. There are other graphics that I've quietly added in the last few days so you may want to check out the New section of the shop too.
FYI - This project is going to be an ALH exclusive and will not be sold in any other 3rd party shop.

Have a great week everyone!


A simple box that I made this weekend. I couldn't find patterned paper that matched my color combination so I drew the leaves with a very thin pen to make the paper center that I cut out with the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tool.

So... are you ready for winners?

The lucky winners of the giveaway of the Stationery Gift Box set are:
- Yoojin
- Mila
- SandyJ
- Sandy
- Happydaymom

Ladies - please get in touch with me here so that I can send you your Stationery Gift Box set! Yay for you and thank you to everyone for your kind words and sharing your little bits. I loved reading them all. :)