Gifting Crafts

Hi there crafty friends! I’m back on the Dare 2B Artzy blog today with a fun project that would make a great gift to give someone and you can customize it numerous ways to suit the recipient.

I started by creating a thin box using some of the gorgeous new Dare 2B Artzy paper from the Fields of Joy collection. This one is the Butterflies paper.  You can get the entire Fields of Joy paper pack which is 16 pieces or if you just like a particular paper, like the Butterflies you can simply order the ones you like.

A quick search of the internet will result in a plethora of different shapes and sizes of paper box templates. The template for my box came from Gina K Designs and uses a piece of paper that is 8 ½ x 11. Scoring the paper as follows:

LONG SIDE (11 inches): Scored at 3 inches, 3 ½ inches and 8 inches and 8 ½ inches.

SHORT SIDE (8 1/2 inches): Scored  at ½ inch, 1 inch, 7 ½ inches and 8 inches.

Once you have all of your score lines done, you’ll want to turn the paper so that it’s facing portrait with the short side along the top. At the 3 ½ inch horizontal score line from the top you’ll want to make a 1 inch cut into the second vertical score line from either side. Turning your paper, you’ll cut down from the top at the 1 inch and 7 ½ inch score lines. I’ve taken a picture of a piece of kraft cardstock with the score lines on it so you can see for reference. Then on the left side I’ve made the cuts at the appropriate score lines for reference as well.  You’d make the same cuts at the 7 ½ inch score line at the top and bottom as well.

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With all my scoring and cutting done, I was ready to assemble my little box with a sturdy permanent adhesive and set it aside. The finished size of the box is 6 ½ x 4 ½. I really loved that the finished box has patterned paper on the inside as well. It’s kind of a nice touch to open the box and see the beautiful butterflies.

For the inserts that would go into my box, there were lots of options. You could create many different types of templates or even just a nice set of cards to go into the box. I decided on recipe cards.

 For my cards, I wanted to save a bit of time by using a pre-made recipe card template. There were so many styles to choose from but I finally settled on one that I found from I liked this style because they allowed a lot of space to write the ingredients and the recipe instructions. The cards measure 6 inch x 4 inches.

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I added some little strips of patterned paper from the Dare 2B Artzy fields of Joy collection again. You could easily add some stamped images and color them or add some die cut images to dress up the recipe cards as much or as little as you like.

I wanted to add a fun element to my little recipe card pack so I created some page markers. I figured these clever little page markers would be a nice add on for the recipient to mark the pages in a cookbook or even when browsing a magazine that had an interesting recipe. They could also be used as planner bookmarks.  

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To create my bookmarks, I stamped and colored 3 of the new owls from the Dare 2B Artzy Hoot Hoot stamp set. Once they were colored, I cut them out using my Brother Scan-n-cut machine. I created a second outline of each owl by tracing them onto some scrap white cardstock and cutting out the traced image as well. Once they were cut I was able to glue into place a paperclip between the front image and the back, making sure to use a good liquid adhesive to hold them together. I used the rubber coated paperclips as I figured it would hold better than the metal ones – plus they come in fun colors.

I needed to add a closure to my card box. I went back and added some grommets to the back flap and bottom using a Crop-A-Dile. With the grommets in place I was able to thread my orange ribbon through the holes to form a tie closure.

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On the front side of the box, I added another colorful Dare 2B Artzy paper from the Fields of Joy set. This one is called Owls & Flowers. I just love these colors together as they’re so eye catching.

For the front label I printed the word Recipes onto some white cardstock using a laser printer. I cut the piece down using a fancy cut die and ran it through my MINC foiling machine with some pink foil so that the word Recipe would have a nice pink shimmer to it. I die cut a second piece of blue cardstock with a larger fancy cut die and layered both onto the front of the box. I added some dimensional dots in white as an accent.

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As I mentioned, you could customize this gift to suit most anyone. You could create a box of cards to be used for journaling and decorate them with stamps or even cut out the gorgeous flowers from some of the Dare 2B Artzy papers and use them to embellish the contents. Have a friend that likes to color? You could stamp some fun Dare 2B Artzy images onto cardstock and add in a small box of colored pencils for a coloring project on the go. Lots of possibilities for creating unique gift ideas for almost anyone.

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Hope this has inspired you to make some crafty gifts to share.

Please stay tuned to the blog as we’re having a fun HOP this weekend to introduce the new Dare 2B Artzy DT. In addition to a prize, there’s going to be a special discount available just for the HOP. However, you’re going to have to hop along to find out the discount code. You’re going to love what we have in store for you!! Lots of inspiration from some amazingly talented ladies!

Have a wonderful day!



Purrrfect Birthday Card

Hi Dare 2B Artzy friends!

Tasha here from sharing a fun birthday card created with the Purrfect Day stamp set.

This set is super adorable and is perfect for this month’s “All You Need is Love” Challenge.

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To create this card, I selected the cute cat and mouse stamps and the “Just Fur You!” sentiment. I also used a masking technique to create the pretty watercolored background!

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After removing the masking, I painted the images and embellished with white gel pen and clear glitter. To add more sparkle, I attached a clear rhinestone to the cat’s bow and added scalloped blue glitter paper with coordinating rhinestones to the top corners; love all the bling!


To complete the project, I layered the card on some fun pink heart pattern paper, dark purple card stock, and used a pastel pink card base. I also stamped “Hope Your Birthday is PURRRfect!” inside the card with Wild Orchid Ink.

I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to create with the sweet Purrfect Day stamp set!

To participate in the All You Need is Love Challenge click HERE!

Click HERE to visit the D2BA Shop!

Have a wonderful day,


Hug in a Mug Explosion Card

Hello, Dare 2B Artzy Friends!  It’s Melody from Handmade Card Happiness!
This month’s challenge is All You Need is Love, but my husband and friends think you need something else, too!  COFFEE!

This card was made using two of the NEW RELEASES from Dare 2B Artzy…Hug in a Mug and Coffee and Jesus.  The image was stamped with Totally Black Hybrid Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  This fun set has a coordinating die that makes cutting out the images a breeze!

The inside of the card explodes with a fun sentiment, another mug, and hearts galore!  You could easily attach a gift card to the inside for that special coffee lover in your life!  I chose the D2BA Blue Sky paper because I thought it looked like steam emanating from that deliciously hot cup of coffee!
If you would like to see how to make this explosion, check out the YouTube video here.
Enter your love themed card here at the All You Need is Love Challenge for a chance to win a stamp set and ink pad of your choice!  We would love to see your creations on Instagram, too!  Use #dare2bartzy so we can see all of your wonderful creations!

Sending you hugs on a cold Ohio day,

Journey with GDT Pam

Good Morning Dare 2B Artzy Fans!

I am thrilled and very honored to be a guest hostess for this wonderful creative company Dare 2B Artzy!!  

First a little about myself:

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My name is Pam MacKay and I live in South Carolina with my hubby and big yellow lab.   We are new to South Carolina and are trying to get use to the humidity! We spent 38 years in Southern California and I must say that is the best climate in America.  I am a recently retired teacher and the only thing I miss is the kids! 

I absolutely love my paper crafting hobby in particular card making.  I have been making cards for over 15 years and I just can’t seem to get enough!  My style is usually very layered but I also love the clean and simple look.  I spend a lot of time up in my women’s cave but I do have to go down stairs to feed the hubby on occasion!

I will be doing 3 projects in the month of February so I hope you stop by the whole month!


This Z card is using the stamp set called Hot Air Balloon!


I would like to share the steps for this bright and festive card!


  1. Start by using a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of white card stock score at 2 3/4 inches and 5 1/2 inches.                       IMG_0100
  2. Cut yellow card stock 1 piece 4 x 5 1/4 and 2 pieces 4 x 2 1/2 set aside.
  3. Cut blue card stock 1 piece 3 3/4 x 5 and 2 pieces 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 stamp all the blue pieces with the  cloud using versa mark ink.  (Tip: when I stamped the clouds I placed the pieces right next to each other to get a consistent look) Emboss with white embossing powder.
  4. Glue the blue cloud panels to the yellow layer and then attach to the card.                                                IMG_0106
  5. Cut an 11 x 1 1/2 inch piece of white card stock and score at 5 1/2 and 8 1/4.
  6. Cut yellow card stock 1 piece 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 and 2 pieces 2 1/2 x 1 1/4  run through embossing folder and glue the yellow card stock to the white and attach to card.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               IMG_0110
  7. Stamp the 3 balloons and color with copics: E15, 13, 18 – Y11, 15, 17 – YR14, 18 – R29, 32, 59 cut the balloons out using the coordinating dies.  Stamp the sentiments and layer on blue for the front and  just on white for the inside of the card.IMG_0108
  8. Glue the large balloon to the strip of yellow and pop the smaller balloons to the front and inside of the card as shown.



Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you try a Z fold card soon!



Let Hope be Your Lighthouse



Hi Chris here today and I am excited to share this uplifting card created with the brand new Hope Lighthouse Dare 2 Be Artzy stamp set!  This amazing set is now available in the store.

Here is a close up of this amazing stamp set.


After stamping this image with my Dare 2 Be Artzy Totally Black ink, I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Markers.  After matting my images onto blue cardstock, I paired this stamp set with the Blissful Bloom papers to create a bold nautical feel for my lighthouse. You can see how these colors just pop!



Hope you are inspired to get stamping!!!

Fun Heart

Welcome Dare 2B Atrzy fans!!

Kendra here from Luv 2 Scrap N Make Cards to share a fun project with you!!

My card today goes along with our monthly challenge “All You Need Is Love“!  Originally we were going to just have a “Heart” challenge, but there aren’t too many D2BA heart stamps, so we wanted to open up the challenge a little more for the designers and followers, so everyone could be as creative as possible and not feel limited to just hearts.

But I am here today to share a little fun idea with you in cases where you would want a heart stamp but don’t have one!

Why not create your own looking heart stamp!

So I started by collecting some supplies!


I cut my card base, along with a few layers.I then took a piece of thin printer paper and ran it through my Big Shot, along with a heart die!  I decided to create a heart template!  The start to creating my own heart stamp!!


I then placed my template I just created on my white cardstock layer and added painters tape around the edges to hold the two pieces of paper in place!


Now it’s time to have some fun!  Be as creative as you wish!!

For my card today I decided to feature the Love Stackable stamp set!  I decided I wanted the “LOVE” from the “All you need is Love” sentiment to by my main focus! So I used a piece of post-it note to mask part of the sentiment!  Then stamped the “Love” in Pomegranate Ink to my heart!


I decided to keep the sentiment straight, but it would look great at an angle as well!  Continue with any other sentiments you would like!  The remaining sentiments I stamped, I decided to just stamp with TotallyBlack Ink!


Before I took of my template, I decided to use a light pink distress ink around the heart edges, to make it pop off my card layer more!


I think it looks so cool!! The possibilities are endless!

Here is my finished card:


I left it nice an simple!

I decided to quickly have a little fun with another heart template, but this time using the Happiness Blooms stamp set! Check it out:


How cool is that heart?!  I love it!!

So much fun!!

Check out all D2BA’s products here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to check back for more amazing inspiration!

Have an ARTZY day! 



Adore Forever

Welcome Dare 2B Artzy fans!!  Karen N here from Craftily Yours!
Have you just been loving the NEW releases??!  I sure have!  If you haven’t seen them already, be sure to check them out on the Dare 2B Artzy “What’s New” page.  Today, I’m using the Totally Tracy Vines of Love Stamps and coordinating chipboard (offered through Totally Tracy).  Here’s what I did for a Valentine’s Day card:
 The background is done with a couple stencils and distress ink in Walnut Stain and Festive Berries.  The little words are from a Tim Holtz word page.  I stamped the “leaves” in Mowed Lawn and painted the flower with picket fence crackle paint with a Nuvo Drop / Stickles center.  I added some Nuvo drops, twine and a key for embellishment.  I simply LoVe this card….even if I do say so myself.  haha
Here’s a close up:
This card is also GrEaT inspiration for the “All You Need is Love” challenge this month.  Have you entered?  Go ahead, enter – I dare you!
Also, have you “liked” us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There’s all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  Be sure to also check out all D2BA’s products here!
Thanks for stopping by!
Craftily yours,

A Little Box of Cards

Hi All – Vicki Dutcher here from All I Do Is Stamp.  This is my first post here on the D2BA blog, and I hope you enjoy it.

Here is the finish project;

Box + cards

I love making tiny cards as gifts for my friends.  They are easy, and so cute!

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I used some of the beautiful, in-house papers that Cindy carries; In Bloom Paper Pack, and In Bloom Collection Paper Pack.

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While the cards are pretty self explanatory in making, I did use the following sets for my sentiments; Bright Birthday, Blissful Blooms, Spring into Life, Sunshine Sentiments, Thinking of You.

However, I do have the directions for making the box to hold them.


1 – square card stock 7.5″ by 7.5″ – score 2″ on all 4 sides.  Using scissors, cut on score line in each corner to create a flap.  Add adhesive, and form the box.

1 – square card stock 5 5/8 – score 1# on all 4 sides. Using scissors, cut on score line in each corner to create a flap.  Add adhesive, to form the lid.

1 – square designer paper 3″ by 3″ – adhere to the lid.  Decorate however you would like.

1 – strip of designer paper 1.75″ x 12 –  Adhere and wrap around the base of the box. [Optional]

For  a more detailed [with photos] step by step, you can go HERE.

I hope you enjoyed my first post — I’ll be here a couple of times a month~

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Birthday Bliss

Hello, Hello Dare 2B Atrzy friends!!

Janette here with my first blog post as a D2BA design team member!! I have to tell you that when I began stamping, D2BA was one of the first companies I fell in love with. I am so excited to be here sharing with you.

(products linked at bottom of post)

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This card, Birthday Bliss, was quite easily created. I began with the feather-y stamp from the Paisley Bliss stamp set and D2BA ink in Margarita Lime, Paradise, Midnight Blue and Wild Orchid. For each impression I chose two ink colors. Starting with the lighter of the two, I covered the entire stamp. I then came in with the darker color over just a portion of the stamp. I stamped several images in various inky combinations and fussy cut. This playful effect is so easy and fits several of the D2BA images perfectly.

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I then layered up and adhered together the fussy cut images. I chose to heat emboss the sentiment and swirls from the Birthday Balloons stamp set, and add a few enamel dots for just a touch of sparkle.

Check out all D2BA’s products here! Don’t forget about the newest D2BA Challenge themed “All You Need is Love.” The current challenge is always posted in the sidebar to the right at the top.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you pop back in soon for more amazing inspiration!


Creatively Yours, Janette


All You Need is Love Challenge

 Hello D2BA Friends!!

Are you ready for our February Challenge?

First up, have you had a chance to check out our new products?!

Check them out here!


But before we can get to the new challenge, we have our January Challenge WINNER!!

#25 Karen Letchworth

Have fun shopping on our website and select ONE stamp sets and ONE D2BA Ink Pad!
Just send your address and selection to by the end of the month.
Include “CHALLENGE Winner” in the subject so we don’t miss it.

Be sure to join in the fun for your chance at winning some great stamps!!


Our February challenge is….

“All You Need Is Love”



With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d base our challenge around LOVE for the month!!

Here are the beautiful projects from our Artzy Designers:


2 February Challenge

Stamp(s) Used: Love Is In The Air



Stamp(s) Used: Love Stackable



Stamp(s) Used: Be Yourself, Hoot Hoot



Stamp(s) Used: Hope Lighthouse


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Stamp(s) Used: Ruff Day, You’ve Got Mail


Stamp(s) Used: Love Stackable

Hope you have enjoyed our cards from our lovely designers!!

Now it’s your turn!!  We’d LOVE to see what you create!!


Some Challenge Rules:

– Our challenges are open to everyone; those entries featuring a Dare 2B Artzy image will get a second entry into the drawing! *Add D2BA to your entry title so we know you get a 2nd entry!

– Your submission must be NEW, no back linking projects.

– You must add a link to our blog in your post or mention us in your gallery.

– Leave a link to your actual blog post.

– You may enter each challenge ONLY 3 times.

We reserve the right to remove any submissions that do not follow the rules.

– Please turn off word verification so we can leave comments on your challenge entry!

 Most importantly….HAVE FUN!


Be sure to check out all D2BA’s products here!

Now Go Get Artzy…We Dare You!!