The Five Minute Card

You guys know I love the A2 Card #3 die. I use it ALL the time. (As I’m sure you have noticed over the last few weeks!) Today, I’ve used it to create a 5 miniute card!


This card base makes quick cards easy. All I did was cut it out of woodgrain cardstock and decorate with ribbon and patterned paper. Want to know the best part of all? It’s finally back instock at :)

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Peace, Love & Joy Wreath Card

Hey Guys!

I’m here today with another project for Top Dog Dies! This card is pretty clean and simple. Atkins-19-PeaceLoveJoy

I created the wreath using the TDD Cherish Doilies & Tags Die Set. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking…. “That shape isn’t there!” Well my friends, you’d be right. :) I mounted two dies inside each other then die cut my paper to create my wreath. They actually come pre-nested when you order them but I already cut mine apart for a different project. You can see the little metal nubs from when I cut them apart.


To keep the two pieces from moving, I used a piece of washi tape. Think of it as die cutting a die cut!



Ta-da! Instant wreath! That’s it from me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Top Dog Dies Blog Hop


Welcome to the first Top Dog Dies blog hop! I’m here today with THREE holiday cards to get you in the Christmas spirit! The first uses my absolute FAVORITE card base… the A2 Card #3 die (I call it the scalloped card die!)



Creating cards on this base is really easy! Most of the design work is actually done for you! I created scenes using papers and wood veneer pieces from American Crafts. The sentiment on the first card is from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set from Hero Arts. The second sentiment (“Throw your hands up…”) is from the Blue Note stamp set from Studio Calico.

My next card features the beautiful and intricate TDD Christmas Tree Die.


This die is a big one, so it makes a great focal point for your card. (Card measures 5″ x 6.5″) We tend to be wordy in my household, so we welcome the space. :)

Hop on through each DT member’s blog to get the details on their fab creations:

The party isn’t over just yet, though: We’re giving away $50 Top Dog Dies eGift Cards to two lucky winners. Entering is easy: Just add your email address here and you’ll be included in the giveaway!
You can earn extra entries by commenting along the blog hop and by following us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. Even better news? You have until Friday Dec. 13 to enter and we’ll announce the winners on Monday Dec. 16.
Thanks for joining us for our first – but definitely not our last – blog hop. Happy hopping!



Quick Card Share…

Hi Guys!

I’m just popping in to do a quick card share with you! :)



My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary – this is the card I made for him! It’s a simple card by my standards and features a nice graphic sheet of paper from Studio Calico. ;) The sentiment is a Heidi Swapp stamp from a 100 years ago, lol.

I think it was actually made for scrapbooking but I cut it apart to create a sentiment. I promise, its usable in all forms but stamp lovers may have cringed if they saw how I cut it apart.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

The Christmas Card Extravaganza Continues!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I’m here with another Christmas card to share with you and it features this die from Top Dog Dies!


This die really has been put to good use this holiday season. The bottom flap folds up nicely to create a pocket for a gift card. It’s the same die I used to create the gift card holder for this card a few weeks ago:


In addition to the to being a great gift card holder, the front panel is perfect for those popular “scene builder” type stamps. This weekend, I used it to create this card using a card kit and stamp set from Studio Calico.



It doesn’t actually snow in Florida…. at all (flurries don’t count, lol) :) but I’m sure some of my colder relatives up north will appreciate the sentiment. Cards using this die come together really quickly! All you have to do is cut a base out of card stock and another out of patterned paper. To get those white edges to show, I just trimmed 1/4th of an inch around the card then assembled the pieces.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by! :)


Two Projects :)

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it’s already December? I keep asking myself… “where did the time go?” — the Thanksgiving holiday has always been such a whirlwind of events in my household and this year was no different!

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while (It’s a loooonnngg story! 8O ) but I have two projects to make up for some of the lost time! :)


As you can tell, I’m still in the process of making Christmas cards. :) The A2 Card #3 die is my absolute favorite! I used it to create a semi-looking masculine card for my husband. Since we live in Florida, I’m sure he’ll think the mittens are of the oven variety. (He’d be right, I created them using a cooking stamp set, lol!)


My second project is a cute little heart notebook. I make these small notebooks every month and a shaped notebook seemed appropriate for the holidays. To create the front and back cover I used the TDD Heart Mini Album die and the pages were cut using the coordinating Heart Mini Album Finisher Set. Now I can make grocery lists in style! 8)

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by! :)

Expensive Stationary

One of my closest friends has an unexplainable attraction to expensive stationary. I know, I know – everyone pays too much for something! But paper tends to be a weak spot for her. (You’d think I’d understand the paper part, but it’s not the crafting kind of paper so I guess that’s where I’m lost! ;) )

In an effort to increase her black friday budget, I promised her I would make her Christmas cards for this year. She didn’t show me the one’s she wanted this year but explained that they were “…very sleek, a gold snowflake and sentiment.” Hmmm…. I’ll trade you one snowflake for a very large Christmas tree. :)



A clean design meant that this package of 50 cards came together in less than two hours! I die cut the tree using this Christmas Tree Die from Top Dog Dies. The tree is very large and very intricate so I used spray adhesive. Easy!

Now I’m off to finish MY Christmas cards. 8)

Thanks for stopping by!

I will not procrastinate this year…

If you read this blog post, you know that I am a self-proclaimed Christmas card procrastinator. I don’t know why, but I tend to not make holiday cards until late November. Meanwhile, my other crafty friends finished their stacks of handmade goodness in October. 8O After doing some soul searching (and looking at my thin stash of Holiday cards for this year) I decided to get myself into motion! :)

To get myself in the spirit of Holiday Card making, I hoped on over to Online Card Classes to see if they started this year’s Holiday Card Workshop. I took a class with them way back in 2011 and it was nice to interact with a whole bunch of other people that were also making cards for the Holidays. The first lesson was about the inside of cards. I instantly thought about this die from Top Dog Dies

The bottom flap makes a good slot for a gift card. Especially gift cards that come in their own little envelope or packaging. :) I’m really big on gift cards during the holidays so I knew a few cards using this die would come in handy.


I made this card into a gift card holder by applying red line tape on the left and right sides of the bottom flap. This way, the gift card has a place to sit.


Super easy! Thanks for stopping by! :lol:

A Very Early Christmas-ish Card…

I am normally super-duper, procrastinator extraordinaire when it comes to Christmas Cards. (I know, I know… it’s less stressful when you start earlier – but where is the fun in that!)

With that said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I haven’t really started working on any Christmas cards for this year. But when a dear friend with a child stationed in a land far, far away asked me for a card – I had to get to work!

She asked for a card that was Christmas-ish but not overly Christmas-sy. Something special that she could send that wouldn’t seem late if it got there after December 25! :) This is what I came up with for her:



When I saw the envelope in the Top Dog Dies “Heart Mini Album Finishers Set” I knew it would be perfect for long distance Christmas cards. I know this die set screams VALENTINE’S DAY to most people but when you look at it all apart it is a very versatile set! ;)

Have YOU started working on your holiday cards? I know I can’t be the only member of the Christmas Card Procrastinator Extraordinaire Club! If you are one of my fellow members you can take solace in the fact that your Top Dog Dies can be used year-round. :)

Thanks for stopping by!