Greeting Card With Paper Lace and Celebration II Papers by American Crafts

Free Card Making Project Idea From

I have been working on updating Chapter 2: Making Basic Paper Lace. I just added a brand new page with Free project ideas for this chapter. The page is still under construction, but at this point it is finished enough to be helpful. The project shown above, a greeting card with very basic paper lace plus a bit of hand stamping and inking is posted on that page. The complete supply list and instructions are posted. The page also shows a few photos of other projects that will be posted soon too. If you check back in a few days, hopefully there will be more progress to report.

I hope you will enjoy these free project ideas! Thanks so much for dropping by. I really appreciate your interest.

Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace and Cosmo Cricket: Flowers at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California

Flower Theme Scrapbooking Layout by Amy Solovay. Patterned Paper by Cosmo Cricket. Features Handmade Paper Lace and a Hand Stamped Journaling Block.

Materials and Supplies:

  • The patterned paper used for the background is “Flora Bella”, from the Fleuriste Collection by Cosmo Cricket.
  • The green patterned paper used to make the paper lace accents is the “Garland Green” design from the Snow Globe collection by Reminisce. Never mind that that’s supposed to be a winter-themed line of papers. When I am creating, I feel completely free to ignore how supplies “should” be used. There is no rule that says you must use papers in exactly the way that the designer or manufacturer intended.
  • The other papers used to make the paper lace are Strathmore Bristol Board that I hand painted using Jacquard fiber reactive dyes. Yes, you read that correctly: dyes. As in, fabric dyes that were left over after a session of dyeing fabrics for one of my surface design classes. Paper and cotton fabric have some similar properties, and hand-dyed paper is every bit as gorgeous as hand-dyed fabric!
  • Narrow ribbon (1/8″ / 3mm.)
  • Cardstock
  • Colored Pencil (for journaling): Prismacolor
  • Decorating Chalks: Craf-T products
  • Dye Ink: Rubber Stampede

About the Journaling Block:

The journaling block is a block print of my own design.

Block printing and rubber stamping are very similar processes; the biggest difference is that, with block printing, you are easily able to design your own stamping block from scratch. Then you carve your design out of an appropriate material such as linoleum, wood, etc.

Some people carve their designs using unusual surfaces like erasers, potatoes or styrofoam plates (Sherril Kahn teaches about using stamps cut from styrofoam plates in her book called Creating With Paint: New Ways, New Materials a book that I highly recommend.)

My personal preference is to use Staedtler Mastercarve Artist’s Carving Blocks, which are much easier to cut than wood or linoleum. That is one very good reason to use them; they cut so easily. Also, they do not crumble up like some other brands that I have tried (although they are still a bit fragile and should be used and stored carefully.)

Here is a picture of what these Artist’s Carving Blocks look like when they are brand new and uncut:

Staedtler Mastercarve Artist Carving Blocks

And then here is a picture of what mine looks like after having been cut. I am warning you, it isn’t pretty, because these aren’t easy to get totally clean after you have inked them. Seems like no matter how much you wash them there is going to be some faint staining. But despite that they work well and stamp cleanly.

The block is carved using a Speedball Linoleum Cutter.. It looks like this:

Speedball Linoleum Cutters

About the Paper Lace Used to Embellish This Scrapbooking Layout:

The paper lace is handmade using techniques that I will be writing about in upcoming chapters of my Free Paper Lace Idea Book for scrapbooking, card making and paper crafts. I haven’t yet posted the instructions for how to make the paper lace designs that you see on this layout. However, I will be adding the instructions shortly, so please check back soon!

Thanks very much for taking a peek. Hope you are having a fabulously interesting and creative day!

Orchids, Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste, and Paper Lace

Scrapbooking Layout of Orchids and Flowers. The Layout Featuress Supplies by Cosmo Cricket, Stamps by Autumn Leaves, plus Photography, Paper Lace and Hand Painting by Amy Solovay.

Here’s a sneak peek of some different paper laces that you will learn to make if you keep reading this web site for more installments of my Free Paper Lace Idea Book. Here I’ve used multiple paper laces in a scrapbook layout.

Materials and Supplies

Patterned Paper is
from the Fleuriste Collection by Cosmo Cricket. The journaling blocks are hand stamped on hand painted Strathmore paper. I used one of the clear stamps from the Stitched Journaling stamp set by Maryann Wise / Autumn Leaves.

Techniques Used:

Paper cutting, punching, stamping, collage, inking, painting, chalking

How To Make The Paper Lace

If you want to know how to make paper lace such as the examples you see on this layout, but you haven’t already begun reading my Paper Lace Idea Book, please take a look at it. I recommend that you read through the chapters that are already posted on this web site first. So far I have posted the basic information that you will need to get started. The specific instructions for the particular paper laces that you see in this layout have not been posted yet- which is why I referred to this as a “sneak peek”. I will be covering more details about how to make these specific paper laces in upcoming chapters.

About This Scrapbook Layout:

This layout features a group of 4 photos of orchids and flowers that I took at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California. At the time I took these photos, I was taking a class in botanical illustration. It was a wonderful class; I learned how to draw a variety of plants and flowers. During the time the class was in session, I took a bunch of reference photos of different flowers such as these lovely orchids. I still enjoy working from my reference photos when I want to do some floral drawings and paintings. However, nowadays I get even more inspiration from scrapping the flower photos. Flowers are probably my second favorite photographic subject (my husband is my favorite subject. LOVE taking pictures of him, I think he is gorgeous.) Since flower photos and paper lace work well together I will be posting quite a bit more of my layouts and projects that feature flower photos embellished with paper lace. So if you are interested in seeing more paper lace borders used in scrapbooking projects, please bookmark this blog or add it to your feed reader and keep reading!

Thanks so much for dropping by! I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work.

Good Deals on Stamps, Scrapbooking Papers and Supplies

I have been noticing a LOT of good deals on supplies for scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, and art. I cannot believe some of these deals. Thought I’d pass them along in case anyone else wants to take advantage too.

Basic Grey Patterned Scrapbooking Paper For Layouts, Greeting Card Making, Paper Crafts, and Altered Art.

For fans of Basic Grey paper, I just found this insanely good deal. You get 48 pieces of Basic Grey paper for only $19.99!! WOWZA. The normal price on this is $42.72- a huge savings, as you can see. If you do the math on that it works out to less than 42 cents per sheet of patterned paper. The only catch is that they only had 10 left at the time of this posting, so you better get there quick if you want to get in on this. I am not sure how much longer they will be offering this deal…probably not long.

Anna Griffin Rub On Transfers Family Theme Kit

Next we have an extremely discounted Anna Griffin Rubon Transfers Kit. This kit includes 752 family themed rub-on transfers (babies, weddings, children.)

The next item of interest: is having a huge sale on stamps. You get 20% off selected stamps between now and 6/21/08. So if you want some new stamps, you will probably want to take a look at their offerings. ESPECIALLY EXCITING: Prima stamps on sale! OOOoooohhhwow. I have been wanting some of these, especially the oh-so-lacy “Build A Frame” stamp sets by Iron Orchid Designs; if you have been wanting them too, now is a good time to grab them!

Whispers Cardstock Scrapbooking Patterned Paper Kit by Prima Marketing

Click here to see additional Prima Cardstock kits and patterned papers that are currently on sale for 30% off. I noticed that Angelique, Morning Song, Cavalier, and Urban Cosmos cardstock kits are all on sale for 30% off. A lot of the patterned papers are discounted too. These are great prices on stuff that is still really new. Gorgeous too!

A Cherry on Top Scrapbook Shoppe has some fantastic coupon codes right now for even more good deals. I couldn’t possibly list all of them because there are a LOT of them, but some highlights include 25% off on single sheets of Bazzill cardstock, 25% off adhesives, 50% off a Cricut Cartridge, OR free surprise paper. If any of these deals sound interesting to you, please click over to their site and read the terms and conditions that apply for each coupon. (As far as I know coupons cannot be combined and some of these deals require a minimum purchase.)

If you are a bargain hunter, it certainly seems like a good time to load up on supplies with all these great deals! Enjoy!

Motifica & Wild Saffron Paper Lace Greeting Card

Cardmaking Project: Sepia Card, Paper Lace, Fiskars Punches, Bella Flora Stamps by Inque Boutique, Basic Grey Papers

My apologies if you’ve been checking this site for updates and haven’t been finding anything new. YIKES! And, I’m sorry too if you’ve landed on one of my pages that is still “under construction”. It’s bugging me knowing that there are unfinished pages on the site, but I haven’t had a spare minute to update and fix them. I was recently contacted by one of the editors at the Stampington Magazines about submitting some new artwork for possible publication in an upcoming edition of one of their publications. While I am cautiously optimistic about that, it has meant that I’ve been busy working on things that I can’t post and show you yet. However I have lots of fun stuff planned for this site just as soon as I am finished putting together my package for Stampington. Chapter one of my paper lace idea book is ALMOST ready to be posted on this site, so please stay tuned! :)

The photo above shows one of the handmade greeting cards with paper lace that I made for the page about paper lace with Fiskars punches. It was made using the Fiskars Sunburst border punch, along with some Wild Saffron Paper Lace Labels / Tags and Motifica papers by BasicGrey (Among other things.) I posted the card and the instructions awhile ago, but I forgot to mention it on the blog. So if you haven’t already seen it, please check it out. The supply list and instructions are here.

Thanks for your interest, and I hope your week is off to a great start! ‘Till next time…

New Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace, Plus The Story of

Celebrate Layout with Paper Lace by Amy Solovay

Supplies Used:

Patterned Papers:




  • Heart Hand Punch
    by Fiskars
  • Small Dot Hand Punch by Fiskars

Paper Edgers / Decorative Edged Scissors::

  • Victorian Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Mini Scallop Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Seagull Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Plus another unknown pair of decorative scissors

Other Embellishments & Supplies:

The Story of

Back in 2006, I purchased a whole bunch of Fiskars hand punches and paper edgers. One day I was playing with them, just punching and cutting my paper at random, trying to come up with ideas for how to use them. One of the designs I made reminded me of paper lace, and an idea was born. I have lots of ideas – sometimes dozens of them in a day- so at the time it didn’t occur to me that there was anything special about that one idea. Like most artists, I have more ideas than I could use in a lifetime. But, as time went on, I decided to develop this particular idea further and see what I could do with it. I spent several months designing different paper lace borders, and it occurred to me that my paper lacemaking techniques might make a good scrapbooking or cardmaking or paper crafting idea book.

At that point, I thought it would be wise to see if anyone else had already written a similar idea book. I was surprised at how little information was available online about paper lace. I couldn’t even find that many web sites specifically dedicated to paper lace, although there are plenty of stores that sell doilies and things like that.

I did find several books which have some similar ideas (take a look at my book reviews page and you will see a few of them.) But I could not find any idea books that had projects like the ones I had been creating.

So, I wrote up a book proposal and sent it off.

My proposal was rejected. And rejected. And rejected. I was told that there would not be enough interest in paper lace to make it worthwhile to publish the book. I disagreed then, and I still disagree now. A year later I can say that thousands of people have come to, and MANY of them have been searching for instructions for how to make their own paper lace. So, I think that the publishers were absolutely wrong!

I decided at one point that I was going to self publish my idea book. But, when I researched the process of self publishing, I decided that it wasn’t something I was ready to jump into without testing the water first. Considering that I already have a career as a textile designer- I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do all the writing AND all the photography AND all the graphic design AND all the marketing AND all the sales AND all the packing, shipping and distribution of the book. All that seemed like a daunting amount of work.

But, I wasn’t ready to let the idea die. I still think this idea is worth sharing with other paper crafters.

Enter When I decided to start this web site more than a year ago, Doodlebug Paper Frills were one of the very few commercially available scrapbooking embellishments I could find that resembled paper lace. Fiskars also made some lovely lacy paper punches that thrilled me! Nowadays there are too many lovely lacy supplies to count- diecut lace papers, paper lace stickers, paper lace ribbons and trims and borders, punches galore, and soooo many others. How delightful! It is definitely an exciting time to be a paper lace enthusiast.

However, I still think there is room for handmade paper lace like the kind that I create, and I still want to share these ideas with crafters all over the world.

SO…think of as your new FREE PAPER CRAFTS IDEA BOOK! Only instead of publishing the idea book in book form, I’ll be publishing it in blog format. Within the next few days (hopefully) I will be publishing chapter one online, right here in this blog. You can take a look at the layout above if you are curious about the type of projects that you will learn to make in this “Free idea book” paper lace blog. The paper laces shown there are just a couple of the hundreds of paper lace designs I’ve developed. So I hope that you will add this blog to your feed reader, or bookmark it and check back! Thanks for your interest.

Green Paper Lace “You Rock” Greeting Card

Green Handmade Greeting Card With Paper Lace

Supplies Used:

Cardmaking Supplies
Still Life of Green Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Supplies For a Greeting Card Project In Progress. Have you ever made a project that just didn’t turn out quite like you expected? Well, for me, this green hand-stamped greeting card with paper lace was definitely one of those projects. I have been debating about whether to post project instructions for how to make this card. When I originally made it I did so many extra steps and so much re-arranging that I think the project instructions would actually get to be a bit confusing. So instead of project instructions, I am thinking of writing an article about “creative process” and designing paper crafts projects- this project would certainly be a better example of that. At the very least, I will be sure to post a supply list in case you’d like to try your hand at making a similar card. Thanks for your interest and please check back to see the article.

New Project Idea Using KI Memories Pinata Pink Lace Cardstock

Scalloped Lace Cardstock Greeting Card

Happy Valentine’s day to you! I hope you are having a fun and enjoyable day.

I’ve just posted a brand new project idea for you, and I really hope you’ll like it. This is an all-occasion greeting card made using Lace Cardstock by KI Memories. You could use this card as a Valentine, but it could also be sent and enjoyed all year around. The sentiment is “Hugs Hugs Hugs”- which you could send to pretty much anyone, whether it be your sweetheart, your mom, your sister, or your best friend. Also you can easily change the sentiment. See my project instructions for more details!

Please click here to view project instructions for this scalloped greeting card with pink lace cardstock.

Thanks for your interest. Enjoy! :)

New Paper Lace Greeting Card Project Idea Posted!

Handmade Paper Lace Greeting Card With Fiskars Punch

I love cardmaking! I am so thrilled with how this handmade greeting card turned out. It has lots of lovely paper lace, plus pretty flowers, plus papers by Basic Grey ~ right there, that’s 3 of my very favorite things. I posted a detailed list of supplies you’d need to make this card, plus instructions too. Please click here to view the project instructions for this greeting card with paper lace. :) Enjoy!

Sneak Peeks: Free Paper Lace Crafts Project Ideas

Greeting Card With Handmade Paper Lace From Fiskars Punches

No, these aren’t CHA sneak peeks, sorry. Haha, I am almost glad they aren’t. I could spend a lot of time elaborating about how frustrated I get seeing “sneek peaks” for things that I won’t be able to buy for weeks / months…but that’s not really the point of this blog post. These are actually sneek peaks for project ideas I have been working on, all of which incorporate paper lace that you can make using Fiskars punches. I am calling these “sneek peaks” because I haven’t quite finished writing up all the supplies lists and instructions, but I should have some them finished and posted for you later today. Hopefully all of them will be up within the next few days (if things go according to plan.)Updated to add: the instructions are posted now! :) It took longer than expected, but these are all there and there are a few more too.

Pink Perhaps Sari Paper Lace Greeting Card with paper lace made using Fiskars punches.I think you’ll be happy to know that these are actually “Use up your stash” type projects using supplies that aren’t brand new. Well, except for the Bella Flora Mini Stamp Set by Inque Boutique, which are new enough that you might not have them yet. I had a hard time finding them- every store I could find that even carries them was “out of stock”. I am really excited to finally have mine! SO WELL WORTH the $4 or so to get this mini stamp set! Seriously! I am LOVING THIS SET! It is incredibly versatile, and just perfect to use with all my gorgeous patterned papers from Basic Grey, Making Memories, and Autumn Leaves.

Pink Gypsy Paper Lace Greeting Card With Paper Lace Made Using Fiskars Punches.

Well, I hope you enjoy the sneak peeks! :) Thanks for taking a look.

Stamps For Making Your Own Paper Lace

Updated May 16, 2008: This post is a mess. Please accept my sincerest apologies; I am sooo sorry for the inconvenience. My ISP and ebay have both made a bunch of changes which have messed up the scripting on this web site. I have fixed a lot of the pages that got messed up, but I am having problems fixing the blog posts. Sorry! I am working on getting it fixed but it will take me a few days, or maybe longer, to get everything working again.

It also occurs to me that this topic- lace stamps- deserves more attention on this web site than just this lousy blog post anyway. I have found soooo many more interesting lace stamps that I plan to create an entire page on the web site devoted to them. So, if you have the patience to check back later, please do. I think it will be a good resource when it is finished. In the meanwhile, please take a look at the left hand side of your monitor to see if any of the other pages on the web site look interesting to you. You can also add this blog’s feed to your feed reader and check back in a few days for more updates. Thanks for your interest!

Post edited & updated 1-30-08 The ebay auctions for lace stamps that I originally posted about, have ended. I’m updating this post to add some links to random lace stamps that are available for sale on ebay right now. As of the time of this posting, there are quite a few Stampin’ Up lace stamps available (but thoses are ending soon too.) If I come across any more lace stamps that I think are particularly pretty I will update this post again and add them.

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These gorgeous lace patterned stamps caught my eye. One of them is a rubber stamp and the other is a set of clear border stamps. Both are lovely! They are offered for sale by the same seller.

(Sorry, these ended. Links removed.)