Card-in-a-box: an international “thank-you!”

Thank you…from a couple of cool Canucks to a hot California couple!

Inside the box-2My wonderful friends from Mississauga, Ontario, recently spent a week with their friends in California. They wanted to send them a thank-you card that included in the theme references to California, Canada and friendship. They also asked me to include the Canadian and American flags. Hmm, now that would be a challenge… if it weren’t for the versatile car-in-a-box!

Here is what I came up with…I hope it inspires you. By the way, you can see my YouTube video here.

This is the front. It just looks like an ordinary card until you pop it open. The great thing is that it fits into a standard mailing envelope.

Front flat

On the backside…oops, I mean the flip side (LOL), I wrote a verse (okay, so no poetry prizes for me ;); opposite the verse is a nice big panel for a personal handwritten message..

Back panels

Here it is popped open. BAM! So cool! In the background you can see a palm tree for California then a pine tree with some sparkly snow on it for Canada. Next are some silver snowflakes juxtaposed against some glittery red and blue stars. To say, “friendship,” and to incorporate the Canadian and American flags, I used heart-shaped flags with a dash of sparkle.At the very front  are a seashell and a cute little penguin. I think that, all in all, I pretty much covered all the bases!

Inside the box-2

Here are some close-ups…

Top thank you panel behind trees


Palm tree

Check out the cute little chicks on the left flap. I added bikinis on them and called them, “the real chicks of California.”

Chicks panel

I just love this happy moose on the opposite side, a familiar site for Canadians.

Moose panel

    Here is the front flap…

Thanks so much panel

 No Globug card is complete without a custom desiged matching envelope…with sparkles, of course!

Envelope front

Card-in-a-box: butterflies!

A pretty box full of butterflies!

There’s an adorable little girl named Grace who just turned two. Grace loves butterflies and so her mommy planned a birthday party with a butterfly theme. Her grandma asked me to make a special butterfly birthday card for her. I thought it would be so much fun for little Grace to open her card and see a bunch of pretty butterflies pop up. So, here’s the butterfly card-in-a-box Ii made for this little cutie. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the butterflies. (I know the photos are that great, but my next project is a to set up a proper place to take good quality photos. It’s on my To Do list!!)

This is the front of the card, before it’s opened to reveal all the pretty butterflies.


 Here is the back of the card, with a nice big panel for a hand-written birthday message from Grandma and Grandpa.

Card back

 And now, for let’s open that box right up. Will you just look at all those butterflies!


 No Globug Ideas card is complete without a matching envelope.


  I hope my little box of butterflies inspires  you to make a card-in-a-box for someone special in your life.

A paper bag wedding card

My cards may not be works of art,

but they are a definitely a labour of love!

I like my cards to look warm and cozy, just like my home. This wedding card, which I created out of a paper lunch bag, has a warm, vintage look. Just a quick note before you scroll down: I usually take a variety of photos of my cards before I send them off to my customers. However, this time, I simply forgot. But, I did take a video which you can view on my Globug Ideas YouTube page. The photos are not perfect, but I hope you enjoy them, nonetheless.

In my stash I found the floral printed flowers for the front of the card and I made the two hot pink ones to add some “pop.” The wedding bands tied together with a bow added a romantic touch, as did the little metal bird cage with the heart on it.


 On the inside flap, I tucked a little note card into the pocket for a special hand-written message. The pocket is actually the bottom of the bag in its folded up position. I found an adorable tiny metal picture frame in my “miniatures” jar and inserted a photo of the bride and groom…so darn cute!  I printed some vintage roses and cut them out on my Silhouette Cameo (I LOVE my Cameo) and added a gold-framed message. A pretty lace trim made with my Martha Stewart border punch added to the romantic-vintage look.

Inside left panel


Tiny photo



Here is the teeny tiny photo in the pretty metal frame. Sorry this photo is blurry, but I think you get the idea.


As often as possible, I write the verse or sentiment, myself. It really makes the card so much more personal. The very end of the bag (where your lunch would go) serves as pocket for another note card.

Pulling out last insert

 A nice little space to write a thought, memory or best wishes.

Last insert-1

 The very last thing I put on every Globug Ideas card is my logo. As with every card I  make, this one included a custom envelope, decorated with as much attention as the card, itself. Unfortunately, I did not have it made when I shot the video, nor did I remember to take photos of it.

Globug Ideas logo

 I hope this paper bag card inspires you to try one, yourself. Thanks, so much for visiting Globug Ideas. You can also find more great paper-crafting examples, tutorials and ideas on my Globug Ideas Pinterest page and on my Globug Ideas Facebook page.

Today is a great day for crafting!

Farewell card for wonderful friends

Nova Scotia here we come!

I guess we’ve all had to say goodbye to a close friend or family member who was moving away. It can be so bitter sweet: while we don’t want to see them go, we are happy for those who move away to take on new challenges, start new careers, or follow a life-long dream. The card I’m showing you today was for a couple of empty-nesters who are following their dream of living on the east coast of Canada–from the bustling city of Mississauga to a quiet country retreat in Nova Scotia.  Ah, can’t you just hear the lapping of the waves and chirping of the crickets? Below is the card I made for my customer to give to their best friends at the farewell party.

First off, it’s an “easel card” which, as its name says, stands up like a painting on an easel. I found this awesome textured card stock at Michael’s and it had just the right look and feel for an east coast farewell card. The card is 6″ x 6″ when closed flat.

Card for Chris and Dan Front Open

I can’t remember, offhand, where I bought the lighthouse image, but I coloured it with my Copic markers and added some sparkle on the sun-dazzled waves and along the side of the lighthouse. The sentiment, which is just perfect for the occasion, is a Dr. Seuss quote (he has the best quotes!), which I  bought at the Silhouette online store. I added a compass (also from Silhouette) and a real wood fence. Here’s a side view that shows off the easel effect.

Card - open in easel position

I love to write the verses or sentiments for the inside of my cards so that they are uniquely tailored for the recipients and the occasion.

inside verse

Here is what the card looks like when it’s open all the way–you can see two panels for special messages. It’s a bit blurry, but I think you get the idea.

Card open all the way
















As with all Globug Ideas cards, I created a custom envelope, which I always make to look as pretty as the card inside. On this one, I added some baker’s twine, a couple of seashells and a tiny key (to their new home!)

Envelope for Lighthouse card


I hope my like my east coast farewell easel card and that it inspires you to create a unique card for someone in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will visit again, soon!


Pretty in Pink, Sweet Baby Girl

What could be sweeter than a brand new baby?

My cousin, Sherri, recently asked me to make a card for her nephew and his wife who were just a couple of months away from becoming first-time parents. Well, I am happy to report that they now have a beautiful baby girl, and they couldn’t be happier. Below is the 6″x 6″ tent card I made for Sherri to send to them. Front


The adorable baby girl on this card is one of Mo Manning’s beautiful drawings. You can find it at Mo’s Digital Pencil. I coloured her with my Copic markers and added some sparkle and cotton gingham flowers. I created the delicate lacy border with my Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine.

Sometimes in my cards I use a well known poem, such an Irish blessing, but I really enjoy writing an original verse or sentiment. Here’s the one I wrote for this card:

Inside verse

Simple, but sweet…and so pretty in pink!