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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Spring Frame Project


Hello Everyone,

I am planning to do this Spring Frame project for my class on March 14th.  It is a 5 x 7 frame that is a shadowbox with about 3/4 inch of clearance.  It makes a very nice gift for someone's home, or your office, or for anyone  you need a homemade gift for.

The six panel template is six 2 inch squares that make the base of the vignette. I chose colors that repeat in the design of the square to line the 2 inch square, about 1/8 inch less in diameter than the first square.  Some of the designs are stamped but most of them are framelits that are cut or punched from card stock that depict something "spring".  I really didn't want to have an Easter feel but there is an Easter basket included as part of the spring vignette.  I suggest you make one and design your own vignettes to match your intended scheme or theme.

The best selling idea about making a frame is that the design is on cardstock and after the season is over, can be removed and the next season or theme can be inserted.  Hope you give it a try.

Until next time....


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sympathy Card in White Vellum with White Embossing Powder



Hello Everyone,

Thought I'd present to you the class card for this week...a beautiful, simple sympathy card done in all white.  The flowers were embossed with white embossing powder on vellum paper and hand cut to be placed on the face of the card base.  The "With Sympathy" stamp is simple...stamped with black ink and cut from one of the punches or framelits, the size depending on the size of the sentiment you used.  The card face was embossed  with a scalloped lacy textured embossing folder to add some texture to the front of the card.  All of the flowers were placed flat on the card face and the greeting was placed on dimensionals. This is an easy but beautiful way to express your condolences.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Oh So Succulent Slider Card

Hello Everyone,

Thought I'd post a picture of my latest class card...it slides up when you pull on the ribbon to reveal a place for a greeting yet it does not disturb the flowers and it all fits into a regular size envelope.  The card is regular size and the inside is as usual.  But the exterior uses the Succulent paper that Stampin' Up has available right now.  There is a rectangular area that is cut with a framelit only on three sides to allow the paper to move up and down.  The paper that is connected to the ribbon is attached to the printed floral paper so that when you pull up on the ribbon the floral paper the sliding paper under the floral paper creates some interest to the front of the card and opens enough to give any stamper a place to add a greeting or a salutation.  

  • So take a piece of printed paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4.  On that printed paper take a rectangular framelit that is approximately 2 x 3 1/2.  If you don't have a framelit available,  you can cut the print paper with an X-acto knife to the same dimensions BUT ONLY ON THREE SIDES!!(bottom and both sides) The top of this cut should be left intact..
  • Cut a piece of matching card stock to serve as your slider..my slider piece measured 3 1/2 x 5.  Decorate the edge of the short side if desired and punch a hole or staple a piece of ribbon for the pull.
  • Attach the printed paper to your card face but only on three sides.  Leave the top of the printed paper unglued as your slider piece will go here.  
  • Add your slider piece paying attention to its position under the cut piece of the printed paper.  
  • Attach the printed paper edge to the slider paper with your choice of adhesive.
  • Pull on the ribbon and you will see the print paper slide up with the pulled card stock.  The space on the card face after pulling can now be stamped with a greeting.
That's it...you are done.  Just add flowers and anything else that you would like to decorate the front of your card and you are done.  Hope you can follow these directions and I hope you give it a try.  

Thanks for taking a peek and hope you'll come and visit me again...


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Flower Pot Easel Card



Hello Everyone,
Got busy yesterday wanting to make more easel cards.  I think people find them interesting and if done correctly, makes a great greeting card that is different from all others.  Here's another easel card you can try.  This one fits into a standard Stampin' Up medium envelope. 

This card is done with Elegant Eggplant as the card base.  The base is cut at 4 1/4 x 11 inches.  Score this at 1 inch and 5 1/2 inches on the long side.  Cut an additional piece of Elegant Eggplant at 1 inch x 4 1/4 inches.  This piece will create the pot "Rim".  To make the body of the flower pot,  place another piece of Elegant Eggplant cut at 4 x 4 1/4 at the 1 inch score mark.  Taper down the side of the paper to form the more slender pot side to the bottom of the paper.  Then see where the paper hits the crease of the card and trim if needed.  Add DSP to line the top of the pot and the inside of the card.  Place a piece of plain card stock to work with the color base of the DSP.  In the card above, I used Very Vanilla for the inside upper piece of the card.  

For the flowers I selected card stock that matched the colors of the DSP.  So in the card above I stamped and punched out flowers  from Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, ad Delightful Dijon.  I added leaves cut from Pear Pizzazz.  I also added a single flower to use as the "stopper" for the card front.  Added a label punch with an appropriate sentiment (birthday).  

I think once you get started, you will love putting together your favorite flower stamp and punch, leaves and birthday sentiment.  Hopefully, you can get through the directions I have written here and if you have questions please email me with your concerns.  

Hope you like this card and until next time




Monday, January 30, 2017

Heart Easel Card and Video Tutorial



Hope you enjoy the video I made to show you how to make this beautiful Heart Easel Card.  It is fairly easy to make and I hope the video helps you to create your version of this card.  If you have any questions, please email me at barbkapla@gmail.com.  Enjoy!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"You're Tea-Riffic" Valentine


It's been a while since Ive added to my blog, but I'm hoping for some understanding with all the details of the holiday season that are a must. Hoping that I will be a "regular" for 2017 but I hope you'll forgive any lengthy absences!

Anyway, this is a Valentine made with the framelits from "A Nice Cuppa" that are cut out with Valentine paper supplied from last years paper stack.  A silver spoon and the greeting "You are Tea-Riffic" will make any recipient happy to receive this Valentine.

Not much to explain in how to make this card...just find some compatible paper colors and cut your layers to frame the card base.  Add your tea pot (I embossed my with a floral embossing folder) and cut out the cup and the spoon from the framelit set.  Add the greeting stamped in Real Red and a tag for the tea bag and you have a delightful Valentine card.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Grapevine Wreath Christmas Card

It has surely been a long time since i have posted on my blog and i send my apoligies to those who may like to see what I make..  Since I have been so occupied with other life matters, I need to be able to get back into the swing of things and make up from the time away.  So today I thought I'd post my latest card that I am teaching at my paper crafting class this week.



This card is beautiful and fairly easy to make.  Here's how:


  • The card base is Whisper White card stock that measures 4 1/4 x 11 before folding.
  • The brown liner is 2 1/2 x 5 inches in Early Expresso.
  • The white piece on the brown is 1/4 inch all the way around smaller than the brown liner.  It is embossed with the wood embossing folder.
  • The "grapevine wreath" is two of the Swirly Scribble dies glued together.
  • The pine branches are cut from the Pretty Pines die set in Always Artichoke.
  • The red flowers are cut from dies from the same set in Cherry Cobbler.
  • The light green leaves (mistletoe) is cut from dies from the same set in Wild Wasabi.
  • The bird is pinches in Real Red card stock with the bird punch and I added a small piece of cardstock for the crown on the cardinal..  After punching I burnished the edges of the bird and the wing with Early Expresso ink.
  • The greeting was stamped with your choice of Christmas greeting (I chose Merriest Wishes stamp set. and I bannered the Real Red card stock and the Whisper White card stock with the triple banner punch.
This is pretty easy to put together, just tedious work when you have to cut out all of the pieces separately with the dies.  Everyone in my class today was very pleased with how this card turned out.

I hope you like what I have done and I would appreciate your comments.

Until next time,



Thursday, October 6, 2016

Silent Night Shadow Box


Hello Everyone and Welcome to My Blog!

Had some fun creating this Silent Night shadow box project for my upcoming craft shows. This was a fairly easy project to do even though I took it step by step to make it come to life. 

The frame is a 5 inch by 7 inch shadow box frame.  There is about a 3/4 inch clearance between the back of the box and the glass so it gives you an option to add more 3 D items.  I started by making the "Silent Night" letters from vinyl cut from my Silhouette Cameo machine.  The letters are about 3/4 inch high and I needed them to fit on the frame.  The "g" just slightly falls a little below the frame but I don't think this should be a problem.

I looked for a stable scene from the collection of images I had in my Silhouette library and sized this one to fit pretty well.  Dimensions are about 4 inches by 4 inches and it's  perfect.  I added a silver mirror paper star above the stable and added a rhinestone to it.

I tore a piece of white card stock to make some "snowy hills" and made tabs about 1/2 inch wide to bring the torn paper forward in the frame.  I also added a support to the back of the snow hill paper to make sure it wouldn't collapse.  

For the background, I used Night of Navy card stock and embossed the galaxy and stars on it from the stamp set "Star of Light".  I embossed with silver some trees from "Lovely As A Tree" stamp set and "Wonderland" stamp sets and added them to the design.  For the last added touch, I added some fake snow at the bottom of the frame to make the project come full circle.  

All in all, it was a pretty easy project and I hope you like it.  Would love to hear your comments so please add...good or bad!  

Until next time,

Saturday, September 24, 2016

With Sympathy



Hello Friends!

This week I saw and was inspired by a poster on Pinterest with a card that, in my mind, is a sympathy card, but can be used for a wedding or for most any occasion.  It's a very pretty and formal looking card but very easy to make.  Here's how:


  • Card Stock base --Basic Black, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2inches.
  • Mat Liner -- Smoky Slate, cut to 4 x 5 1/4 inches.  Embossed with the "Festive" embossing folder.
  • Stamp Surface -- Whisper White, cut to 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches.
  • Black Leaves -- Cut out with May Flowers Framelits
  • "Grunge" dots from the stamp set "Timeless Textures".
  • DSP Smoky Slate Dotted paper from the neutrals 12 x 12 pad.
  • Background floral stamp and the large yellow flower from the stamp set "Bloom With Hope".  Hand cut the large flower and colored it with Delightful Dijon ink and blender pens.
  • Paper circles are thin cut strips from scrap Basic Black card stock formed into circles and placed in the background and attached with a glue dot.
  • Black organza ribbon, 1/4 inch wide tied on the card.
If you think you'd like to make this card you can purchase the items used in my online store.  Here are the products you will need:



Thursday, September 8, 2016


Paisley Pumpkin

Hello Everyone!

I've been busy making some home decor ideas for the fall and came up with this "Paisley Pumkin"!
This is an 8 x 8 inch black shadow box frame that is lined with Designer Series Paper that looks like gold
sprinkles on white paper.  The next layer is a 7 x  7 layer of gold foil paper.  On top of that is a piece of 6 x 6 inch Very Vanilla paper.  At the bottom of this vanilla page I powder embossed "Give Thanks" with gold embossing powder and heat.  This is from the stamp set called "Holiday Invitation" which is now retired.  This may be available on a secondary market if you desire to purchase it.

The pumpkin is downloaded from a series of clip art that measures about 5 1/2 inches wide,  I traced the pumpkin on silver foil paper.  After cutting out the pumpkin, I used one of the paisley dies from the "Paisley Framlit Dies" that is available now in the holiday catalog.  I cut four pieces of the pattern for the top of the pumpkin and four pieces for the bottom.  I added two of the pieces that look like a leaf pattern and cut them out using foil tape which can be found at home Depot.  This tape is used for taping duct work together by HVAC pros.  It is foil on one side and sticky on the other and much easier to use than aluminum foil and card stock.

After gluing all of the paisley pieces in place, I added the leaves which i had colored green with alcohol ink.  I used an orange alcohol ink to then color the paisley pieces and the rest of the pumpkin.  I added a little more ink to make the paisley pieces a little darker than the pumpkin to make them stand out.  I added a gold bow and was finished.  This is a great project which I will be selling at my November craft show here locally.  This also makesa great hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner and as a decor piece for your home decor.

I hope you liked my project and i hope you'll try to make it for yourself or to give as a gift.  Until next time, ....





Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Taste Of Fall

Summer is waning and the hints of fall are in the air.  I just wanted to make a card to celebrate the fall season and this is what I came up with.  Liked it so much that it will be the class card for this Tuesday's class. This is an easy to make fall season card with "thankful" as a greeting, surely to delight the recipient.  So the following ingredients are what you need to make this beautiful card for fall.


Product List

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A SNEEK PEEK - Stampin' Up HOLIDAY CATALOG



This catalog has to be one of the best catalogs that Stampin' Up has come out with in the past four years since I became a Demonstrator.  There are many framelits that accompany the beautiful stamps making this catalog a wonderful source for Halloween and Christmas card making.

In all of the cards with the pine cones, the elements of the card design are cut out with the framelits available.  I especially love the evergreen branches cut out of Pear Pizzazz paper and Garden Green paper.
The card with the stamped images of the evergreen branches give the maker options to change up the cards to their liking.  The pine cones are fully or partially cut out with framelits, making this addition a very pretty addition to whatever the crafter is creating.

The reindeer card has a couple of cute options, like the wreath that was applied around the deer's neck, cut out with framelits.  The tall tree in the background was stamped on Old Olive card stock and then colored with Whisper White ink with a dauber to give the appearance of branches laden with snow.  Then glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter was applied to add some sparkle to the snow.

I hope you enjoy these new cards from the catalog and I will be posting more cards as they are made! I have tried to make at least four different card designs with one stamp set to show the versatility of each set and decrease your cost per use, making them a 'worth your money' purchase.   Having loads of fun doing these for my upcoming OPEN HOUSE on August 28th.  For more information, please send me an email and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  If you would like to purchase items from the catalog, just click on the Stampin' Up link on the right side of this page and you will be taken to the ordering homepage.  Find "SHOP NOW" at the top of the page and shop to your hearts content. Until next time,

Thursday, August 11, 2016

SNEAK PEEK-Holiday Catalog Card


Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog--Sneak Peak


Here is one of the new cards made from the Stamin' Up Holiday Catalog available for you to purchase from starting on September 2, 2016.
This card uses the beautiful and intricate Santa's Sleigh framelits and stamp set.  On this card the sleigh body is done with gold foil paper and the back piece is done with silver foil paper.  I added two trees which were done with Old Olive paper and stamped with Old Olive ink.  Then I took a dauber and Whisper White craft ink and made the branches on the tree look white with snow.  After the ink dried I took a Versamark pen an went over the branches.  I embossed the trees with white embossing powder and added some Dazzling Diamonds to them to make the snow glisten.  

From years past, I cut out the "falala" from a framelit from silver foil paper and added it to the top of the card.  Also cut out with the framelits the completed trees and a wreath out of Old Olive paper and added a red foil paper bow.  Place all of the above on Soft Sky paper and you have a beautiful Christmas greeting card to be proud of.

My OPEN HOUSE event to debut the new holiday catalog will be held on August 28, 2016 from 3 pm to 6 pm.  You will do two make and takes, sip some light refreshments, and see the display of cards and 3 D favors made from all of the new offerings from the catalog.  Anyone who places an order with me that day from the holiday or annual catalog will get 20% off their order...such a deal!
Also looking for those stampers who would like to become demonstrators.  Will get a fabulous package from me if you sign up to be on my team!If interested, please contact me by email and I would be happy to discuss this fabulous opportunity.  Until I see you on the 28th or until we meet again on my blog I wish you cooler summer temperatures and wonderful summer days.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Alcohol Ink on Aluminum Foil--Card

Hello Friends!

Back doing classes after a brief trip to the Chicago area to participate in the Gathering For Greatness conference from Demonstrators from Stampin' Up.  Loads of great information to promote your business!!!

Todays post comes as a result of me wanting to use alcohol ink to produce color on aluminum foil.  So to make this card....





  • Glue cardstock (here's a chance to use up some scraps or retired card stock) to aluminum foil with glue runner or score tape.  Do NOT use liquid glue...when the image is embossed, the glue squirts out the sides.
  • Choose your framelit and cut out the images you desire.
  • After the images are cut out, emboss each one with your favorite embossing folder to emboss a design onto the foil/cardstock.
  • When completed, take your favorite color of alcohol ink and dauber and drop ink drops onto the foil.  Choose multiple colors if desired.
  • Using the dauber, dab your ink drops to spread the ink around.  Add additional ink colors if you desire until you see the outcome you were expecting.  Add a card base, a liner, a greeting, and you're in business.
Hope you like my card and have the courage to try a new technique!  Thanks for taking a peek and hope you'll come back soon!




Friday, July 22, 2016

Jar of Love Tutorial-How to Make the Jar Collapse

At the request of some of the followers on Facebook who saw this card over the last couple of days, I have been asked to put the tutorial on how to make this card featuring the " Jar Of Love" and to explain how to make the jar collapse so that it fits into a standard card.  So I will try by picture to make the jar and show how to collapse it so you can also make this wonderful card.  





The above picture shows the side view of the jar and the flowers contained in it.  So to make the jar do the following:


  • Stamp 2 of the tall mason jars from the "Jar Of Love" stamp set.  In my card above I stamped the jar in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White card stock.
  • After the stamping of the jar, use the framelit to cut both stamped images out and cut a third unstamped jar.  So you will have 2 stamped jars and one that is not stamped.



  • Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White card stock 2  x 3 1/4 inches.  On the long side, score at 3/4 inch and 2 1/2 inches.  These pieces will hold the front jar and the back jar that attaches to the card face.
  • Attach one of the stamped jars to the above piece of card stock with glue runner.
  • Attach the unstamped jar to the second piece of 2 x 3 1/4 card stock with glue runner. making sure that all of the jars are attached to their respective pieces at the same level
  • Cut another piece of Whisper White card stock 2 1/2 x 1 inch.  Score at 3/8 inch and at 2 1/8 inch.    This piece will hold the stamped jar and will be the attachment place for the flowers and will be the middle layer.  Fold on the score line in opposite directions and attach to the larger pieces of card stock at the side after placing the stamped jar on the piece. Ensure that you attach this middle piece near the back of the sides to allow for flower placement.  Make sure that the jar is added at the same position as the other two jars.
  • Attach the other larger "box" together with Score Tape and then the smaller insert to the side wall, collapsing the box as you adhere the inside piece.






The "jar" is completed and you can add the flowers that you have stamped from the set on narrow pieces of cardstock "sticks" and alone on dimensionals.  Hope that this explanation was clear enough to understand.  Contact me with questions if you get stuck!

Thanks and enjoy making this challenging and adorable card!