Archive for February, 2011

Quilted Baby Card Tutorial

Here is another great tutorial from Anya Schrier.    In this one she shows us how to create a background of quilted fabric for a beautiful baby card.  Anya created this a few months ago for the Serendipity Stamps Design Team Baby Card Challenge.

Quilted Baby Card Tutorial


 Serendipity Stamps:

  • Baby Carriage (633G)
  • A New Addition (775D)

Cardstock (all measurements are in inches):

Cream: 3 ½ by 4 ½, additional for images


  • Fabric (2 pieces, 4 ½ by 5 ½ inches each)
  • Quilt Batting
  • Coloring Medium
  • Embellishments

Step 1: Gather your materials.  You could easily adjust the measurements for any sized card.


 Step 2: Sandwich the cardstock between the two pieces of fabric and stitch along three sides.  Stuff the quilt batting into the open side. 


Step 3: Stitch up the fourth side.  Using a fabric marker or pins, mark where you want to stitch the quilted pattern.  I wanted to stitch a diagonal pattern, so I marked the centers of each of my sides with straight pins.


Step 4: Begin stitching your pattern, starting with opposite corners (top left to bottom right, etc.).  This creates a big ‘X’ design.


Step 5: Complete the stitching.  I created the diamond quilted pattern by stitching from the center of each side to the center of the adjacent side.

 Step 6. Use pinking shears to trim the excess material from the outer edges.  Because you have stitched a piece of cardstock inside your ‘quilt’ it will help to keep the fabric flat and adhere easily to your card front. Use a strong adhesive to adhere the fabric to your card front (I used Scor-Tape).


Step 7: Color the Baby Carriage image, trim and adhere to card.  Stamp the sentiment and adhere to card.  Accent with a stick pin and baker’s twine.


Take a minute to visit Anya’s Blog.   You’ll find it VERY interesting!  Be sure to go to the home page and scroll down to see her photos!

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Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

One of our Design Team Challenges was to create a stamped memo pad or notebook.    DT member Anya Schrier created a beautiful Sweet Pea Notebook which you can see here on her blog.   Anya was kind enough to provide a detailed tutorial for me to post here.   I thought today, with spring starting to peek through the mounds of snow, would be a good day to post it.   Enjoy!

Sweet Pea Note Pad - 1215QCL - Anya Schrier


 Serendipity Stamps

Cardstock (all measurements are in inches):

  • Green: One piece of 7 x 8 ½, scored at 1 ¼ and 1 ⅜ (on the 8 ½ side); one piece of 7 x 7
  • Pink: 6 ¾ x 6 ¾ 
  • White: 6 ½ x 6 ½


  • Ink
  • Coloring medium
  • Ribbon 
  • Sewing machine
  • Dimensional adhesive

Sweet Pea Notebook tutorial 1 

Step 1: Gather your materials.  The notebook that I used measured 6 ¾ by 6 ¾ (Paper Mouse Pad from Michaels Stores).

Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

 Step 2: Create the notebook cover by adhering the 7 x 7 green cardstock square to the 7 x 8 ½ green cardstock, just below the score line at 1 ¼.

 Step 3: Once adhered, the piece will look like this.  This will be the front and back cover of your notebook.

 Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

 Step 4: Begin to stamp the text onto your white cardstock.  I use a variety of ink colors, and sometimes stamp the second or third impressions to achieve a faded, aged look.

Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

 Step 5: Continue stamping your text onto white cardstock.

 Step 6. Stamp Sweet Pea image onto your white cardstock.  I stamped the image three times, trying to create the look of a tall, full plant.

Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

 Step 7: Color your Sweet Pea image using your preferred coloring medium.  I used Copic markers (RV10, RV21, RV23, Y0000, YG95).  Apply Distress Inks or other medium to create an aged look.

Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

 Step 8: Stamp the sentiment from the Sweet Pea Cling Set onto a separate piece of cardstock.  Stamp, color, and cut out the butterfly portion of the Sweet Pea image.  Cut a length of ribbon to fit around your white cardstock.  Stitch around the outside of the pink cardstock. 

 Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

 Step 9: Tie your ribbon around your piece of white cardstock.  Using a dimensional adhesive, adhere the sentiment to the white cardstock.  Adhere the butterfly, also using a dimensional adhesive.  The decorated front of your notebook is now complete.  Adhere this to your pink cardstock and then to the green notebook cover.  Your final step is to adhere the notebook to the inside!

 Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

 This notebook was created the same way, using the English Rose Cling Set (762QCL) and the Architectural Elements Cling Set (1066QCL).

Sweet Pea Notebook Tutorial

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New Stamps From Serendipity!

It’s been ages since I’ve posted and I’m so sorry!   But good news!   Serendipity has new stamps!   Head on over to check them out and check back here next week for some new designs from the SS Design Team!

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