Earlier I shared my free balloon stencil cutting file and I also shared some examples of cards in that post. To give you another idea how you could use the stencils and to show you the stencil in use I made this video where the cute Lawn Fawn ‘Meow You Doin’ kitties are floating on their balloons.

I had so much fun creating this card. It’s pretty simple but still a lovely little scene to look at so it will definitely give the receiver a smile on their face.

Below is an overview of the supplies I used. I’m not showing the obvious ones like scissors and such since I think that speaks for itself, but of course if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Free balloon stencil cutting file

Hello there, I’m back with another free cut file!
When ‘Really High Five’ from Lawn Fawn was known to be released, I felt inspired to design a balloon stencil. That set was the only big set I was going to get right away because of my budget and I already had so many ideas for I couldn’t wait to start designing it.

Now you’re wondering, why didn’t you share this earlier? The set has been out for a while now.

Honestly? I forgot I designed it. Yes. I never even used it for a card using Really High Five.

But no fear, it’s here. I found it back, made a card for your inspiration using Really High Five and I made another card using just the stencils and a sentiment. Also, my friend Steph from Whirled Of Papercraft helped me designing a card for you guys!

So, here they are!

The cut file contains three stencils with different shapes of balloons in different sizes. There are also some shapes that help you make highlights on the balloons.

You can cut the stencils out of cardstock, mylar (stencil plastic) or acetate.
For myself, I went for acetate since that’s the cheapest option for a reusable stencil. Also, I kept the pieces I’ve cut out so I can use those as a mask if needed!

Since it’s a .svg file, you can adapt it to your needs, but I think it already is pretty good if I can say so myself.

If you want to share the stencil, please share the link to this blog post and don’t share the file itself.

It’s definitely not mandatory to do so, but if you like my content you can consider to donate (whatever you can miss!) so I can keep improving my content. Thank you.

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Enjoy the balloons and be sure to share the card you made with it with me on Instagram (@peterstreasury).

Video – Treasure map

I think everyone once in their life made a treasure map (or something that looks like it) with burned edges to make it look old.
Well, if you have, and also if you haven’t; this is the video for you!

‘Ahoy, Matey’ from Lawn Fawn just screams for a treasure map background with burned edges so that’s exactly what I did.

In my video I show you how I approached getting a nice looking treasure map and also what I did to safely achieve the look.

*PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH THIS TECHNIQUE. HAVE A BOWL OF WATER ON HAND FOR SAFETY*

Below is an overview of the supplies I used. I’m not showing the obvious ones like scissors and such since I think that speaks for itself, but of course if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Video – Watercolor ocean

Hello! I have been loving watercolor backgrounds on cards for ages, but I always struggled with them. I didn’t want to use my very best paper for it because that is quite expensive, but my cheaper paper couldn’t handle it well when I was dipping it into my thinned down watercolors.

Especially with the aqua markers that I got a while ago, I didn’t get a good result. Which is a bummer, because I got a bunch of them.

The Aqua markers I have are from Decotime.

I came across an older tutorial from Kristina Werner where she showed a trick to have better control over your watercolors; acetate!

Below is an overview of the supplies I used. I’m not showing the obvious ones like scissors and such since I think that speaks for itself, but of course if you have any questions feel free to ask.

To be clear, I used different transfer foil but this should be a comparable foil.

Video – Flamingo Summer

Hi everybody! Since I wanted to change up the colors I tend to use all the time lately on my backgrounds, I started out with a reddish pink background.

Then, I made a color board for myself to take inspiration from when working on the card.

You can easily make a color board on Coolors


I wanted to use the jar from ‘How You Bean’ from Lawn Fawn with the ‘Conversation Hearts’ and from there I started to build up this summery image!

Below is an overview of the supplies I used. I’m not showing the obvious ones like scissors and such since I think that speaks for itself, but of course if you have any questions feel free to ask.


Free mountain cutting file

Hi guys! Recently I got the Mama Elephant ‘Me and My Dragon’ stamp set and the ‘Dragon Wishes’ stamp set.

The ‘Dragon Wishes’ one is really complementary to the ‘Me and My Dragon’ because it contains all kind of dragon themed sentiments and features smaller dragons to fill up your scene. Although ofcourse, you could use either sets by themselves.

I was coloring one of the dragons from ‘Me and My Dragon’ the other evening and really took my time for it. Because, one of the reasons I wanted this stamp set (besides loving the images of course) is that the images are slightly on the bigger side if you compare them to the Lawn Fawn images I’m usually using.

The story I placed on my Instagram when I was coloring.

Anyway, I wanted to keep the rest of the card very whimsical but simple so my dragon image was really featured on the card. Because, if I say so myself, I’ve got a beautiful colored dragon on hand that deserves being the spotlight of the card.

I messaged my husband who was in another room (yes, we do that. It’s easier that way) to pick out some Distress Oxides for me so I could make a background for my card. This is what he picked;

Blueprint Sketch, Aged Mahogany, Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide
Blueprint Sketch, Aged Mahogany, Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide

I knew from the beginning I wanted to have mountains on the bottom. Because I wanted somewhat realistic looking mountains and I don’t have a die for that (yet?) I decided to cut some with my Silhouette Curio.

Here is my finished card;

Update August 2020:
Steph from Whirled of Papercraft used the file to create a card as well!

I decided to share the mountain cut file with you for free!
I made it suitable for slimline cards but of course you can cut it to size for normal sized cards. Since it’s a .svg file, you can adapt it to your needs.

If you want to share it too, please share the link to this blog post and don’t share the file itself.

It’s definitely not mandatory to do so, but if you like my content you can consider to donate (whatever you can miss!) so I can keep improving my content. Thank you.

Download here:

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It includes two mountains that you can layer together.
For example, on my card, the back piece is cut out of black cardstock and the front layer is cut out of white paper that I ink blended with ‘black sooth’ Distress Oxide.

You could also use the negative space to ink blend mountains on your background!

Enjoy the mountains and be sure to share the card you made with it with me on Instagram (@peterstreasury).

Cape Cod Resilience Fund

Hi everybody! Recently I designed some cards with the exclusive Cape Cod stamp set that Jenn Shurkus sells. She lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund.

This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run and continue to help small businesses out in the future.

Cape Cod Exclusive Stamp set
Photo: Jenn Shurkus

She sells the exclusive stamp set on her site and from June 15th – July 1st, she will donate $10 to the CCRF for every set she sells.

Me and a lot of other amazing people helped her by designing some cards to show other people what a great stamp set it is!

You can find more information on Jenn’s site.

Here are the four different cards I designed. Which one is your favorite?

Slimline die comparison – Updated!

Yesterday Lawn Fawn introduced us to their May mini release. They revealed some slimeline dies! That’s great news! But that also raised the question with (European) people; how do they compare to other brands?

We in Europe don’t easily have access to all the brands unfortunately. But, Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant are not that difficult to get. At least, if I speak for the Dutch webshops I normally shop.

Since it’s a Dutch brand, I also took Carlijn Design in the comparison. They have the perfect European sized dies. At the moment, the slimline isn’t out yet but they teased that it will be announced very soon and gave us an image with the dies in the set and the sizes:

As you can see, it’s a very large set packed full of dies! It will be around 30 euros, so that’s great!

Don’t forget that all the sets have extra dies included! Check out what every set has and what you could do with it.

Also, it seems that the Lawn Fawn slimline stitched hillside borders will fit on every slimline die!

I few notes to keep in mind when you check the comparison below;

  • It’s not an very exact comparison, since brands always give an approximate and I converted the sizes from inch to centimeters.
  • Some shapes aren’t rectangles like they appear in the picture. It’s stated what they are.
  • Also, the dashed lines of the designs are impossible to compare this way. Keep that in mind.
  • The DL envelop are the European sized ‘business’ envelopes.



Lawn Fawnatics – Challenge 33

The new challenge from  Lawn Fawnatics is all about creative folds in a card. This could be everything; a box, pop-up, a different kind of shape and so on.

Directly after reading the new challenge the idea of a fold up card came into my head. When you unfold it, a gigantic scene was shown. And again with my favorite stamp sets; the water themed ones. Let’s get started!

At first, I had to figure out how to make a foldable card. This is what I did;

  • Cut out a rectangle that is 13.5 cm x 27 cm.
    • Use a bone folder to fold it in the center.
  • Cut out a rectangle that is 13.5 cm x 28 cm.
    • Use a bone folder to fold it at 13.5 cm and at 27 cm.
  • Glue the 1 cm x 13.5 cm flap with a strong adhesive to the other paper.

Be aware of the fact that the thickness of your paper plays a role in how it all aligns in the end. I needed to adjust the flap you glue to the other card by fold it a little bit smaller.

I glued ocean like panels to the card. It’s a watercolor paper from ‘Action’. For the sand I blended (cheap) ink and flicked some watercolor paint on it and then cut everything out with hill die cuts.
I made sure every sand hill aligned to the next one. Be thoughtful with glueing on the sand pieces, because the card still needs to be foldable. Sometimes I cut of a sliver of paper to make sure it wasn’t on the fold.

I figured out a color scheme and stamped all my images, colored them in and cut them out using mySilhouette Curio. Because I wasn’t sure what I needed and I wanted to have a lot of choice while making the card, I had four sheets of stamped images… haha!

After several evenings of stamping, coloring and cutting it was time to make the scene and glue it on. I’m so happy how it turned out!

It really is one of my favorite cards I ever made! What do you think of it? What is your favorite part?

Lawn Fawnatics – Challenge 32

I really wanted to participate in the Lawn Fawnatics challenges in the past. But I was to late every time to make anything for it. Mostly because other cards where needed first (for someones birthday for example). I participated in challenge 31 just a few hours before it closed and after that I got the taste of it… So I was eager to join the new challenge when it came online!

This time the challenge was something I did for myself in the previous challenge; make something based on a color scheme.There where six colors in the challenge, but Coolors only let you use five colors in a scheme and that are mostly the colors used. The sixth color was a turquoise color.

Color scheme

I decided to browse through my many paper pads first. Maybe there was something there for a good start of my card. And there was! One of the paper pads had exactly the colors that are in the scheme. Isn’t that a coincidence?

After I choose two papers, with one of them having ocean waves, my decision was easily made; I’ve got a lot of nautical themed Lawn Fawn stamps and those are my favorite! I saw the star shaped die and the star fish stamp…

What do you think? I’m very happy with the result. At first I felt sad I didn’t have the orange color in my Copic collection. But I happen to have the color in my basic paper stash. So I’m happy with the result after all!

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