Kids Pencil Valentine Cards

IMG_8715_webThis week is the last one I’ll be releasing Valentine’s so I’m going out with a bang!  I also decided to double dip. These pencil cards are not only my final Valentine’s release but are also Felicity’s class gifts. She’s going to write on each of them, and I’m sure we’ll add a few quotes like “I’m write for you.”

You can find them in my Silhouette shop here.

TIP 1: When you are putting these together, I recommend putting your pencil through the slits FIRST and then gluing your pieces into place (see photo below).

There are several designs were two or more papers have slits that match up. Use the slits as your guides. Place the pencil through the slits first and then pull open the edges of the top paper to glue it into place.

TIP 2: I LOVE pop dots with these designs! And glitter. And stamping ink on the edges. I kept them all simple on purpose. So you can jazz them up or use them as a kid activity.

TIP 3: Add a printable. Simply use whatever word processing software you use and write up a cute phrase in a cute font. Print, cut and attach to these Valentine’s cards!


And in case you missed it (haha), I’ve been releasing Valentine’s for the last month. In fact, we have been releasing Valentine’s for both CGInc. and MiniLou for the past several weeks. You can check both shops here:

Carina Gardner Silhouette Shop

MiniLou Silhouette Shop


Happy crafting!


Box Card SVG Tutorial for Silhouette

img_4897_webThese adorable box card were released in my Silhouette shop this week!  They are so fun to give and receive.  You can write an note on them or give them with a present.  They fold flat and fit in an A2 envelope so you can mail them easily.  They’re pretty simple to put together, and so fun to give!  Below is the tutorial for how to put them together.

There are several designs hitting the store for these so be sure to always search MiniLou and box cards!

Instructions for putting together Foldable Box Cards

1. Cut out all SVGs provided in the file. Glue on all the accessories to the box as indicated in the photo.


2. Then, to make the core body of the box, fold the box together, and glue the tab on the inside and fold the flaps down.


3. Next, Take the inserts and fold them into a “Z” shape.  Fold one tab backwards and one tab forward.


4.  To attach the inserts, use a glue stick for the tabs and place it in the box without sticking the tabs to the sides.  When you are gluing the tabs, make sure to keep it in the “Z” shape, so each tab has glue on the opposite sides of each other.


5.  When you have the insert where you want it, fold the box flat so the tabs attach.  Make sure the top and bottom line up as you do this.


6.  Next, glue the second tab on the same way.


7.  Add any embellishments, and you’ve got an adorable card to put in the mail!img_4893_web

Happy Crafting!



Halloween Boo Marquee Letters Tutorial


This week I released these fun BOO marquee letters on Silhouette!  They take some time to put together, but are so worth it!  They are similar to my original marquee letters, but have more decorative element to make them fun for Halloween.  Click here if you want a tutorial on how to put the letter part together.  You can see how to put together the festive Halloween pieces below.  Happy crafting!

1.Cut out all SVGS.  We did the letters in black, and the other pieces in fun Halloween scrapbook paper.

2.  For instructions on putting the letter together, click here.

3.  Once your black letter piece is put together, pop dot the back of the flat letter piece and place it in the letter.


4.  After the flat letter piece is placed in the letter.  Add the skinnier, flat letter pieces to the letter using pop dots.img_4418_web

5.  Once the letter part is done, add the fringe to the outside.  Before you start glueing, make sure you know where the fringe pieces fit.  Then hot glue down the center to attach it to the outside of the letter.  Make sure not to glue the fringe to the letter because you want to be able to bend it up.

6.  After all of the fringe pieces are glued down, bend the fringe pieces up.


That’s all there is to making the BOO marquee letters!  Hope you have a much fun making Halloween decorations as I have!