“Always Be Happy” Sending Special Thoughts Card

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Send happy thoughts to someone just to let them know you are thinking of them.  This tiled card is fun to make whether for a special day or just any day.  The simple design has added pop from the texture of the embossing folder and the multiple layers of squares which make it perfect for any thought you would like to send.

Begin by cutting 8 squares using a set of dies or your paper trimmer from cardstock.  These squares are 1 5/8”.

Place them in your favorite embossing folder (this one is the Rose folder by Sizzix) and run it through your die cut machine.

Now, cut 8 frames using two consecutive square die sizes.

Also, cut eight 2” squares to use as a backing for the frames and embossed squares.


Add rows of tape from a tape runner to the square and then add the frame over it.  Make sure the tape is near the edges so the frame is secure along each edge.

Drop the embossed square in the middle of the framed piece and make sure it is secure against the tape.  Doesn’t that look like a wonderful little piece of framed art?

Create a nineth square just like you did in the previous steps.  This time, do not emboss the center.  This will be where your sentiment is placed.

Place a sentiment sticker on the front of this piece.  This sticker is from the Hello Spring collection by Echo Park.

You will need a large enough card base to put the layers on so this base was created to be 5” x 7”.  The patterned paper (also from the Hello Spring collection) was cut to be 4 ¾” x 6 ½”.

Arrange the squares on starting with the four squares that are in the upright position.  Place the 4 other squares on top of the first four and then give them a little twist and fit them into place making sure that the corners that are sticking out are all facing the same direction.  Adhere using the tape runner, all of the squares down securely tweaking them as needed to fit together in the center.  Hint:  If you place the squares on the left and right on so that the corners are touching in the center and then add the other two the same way this seems to help the card go together more easily.  You may also need to do a little adjusting so the tips are not hanging over the card base.

Add the sentiment square in the center once all of the other squares are in place and then finish off the inside of the card as you would like.

The next time you have someone on your mind often send them a card.  Create several and keep them on hand for any occasion.  They are easy to make and great for any theme.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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