Stripe Inlay + Caring Hearts GIVEAWAY

Welcome! Today I share a stripe inlay technique that is a great way to use up scraps. I also am part of a special blog hop to celebrate an upcoming card drive.

Stripe Inlay by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I had so much fun creating these cards! I just grabbed a handful of scraps and went to town.

I started by covering a piece of thin scrap paper with a Stick It Adhesive Sheet. After peeling away the release paper, I added random strips of cardstock that I quickly cut from scraps with my trimmer. I was careful to put them close together for a smooth look.

Stripe Inlay by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After my piece was covered with stripes, I pressed them firmly into place with my bone folder. (This is important with the Stick It product.) Next I trimmed my new striped paper pieces down to smaller pieces to add to many cards.

Stripe Inlay by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used both the SugarPea Designs Kindness and Thanks dies to cut from the striped pieces… and also extra die cuts from white cardstock. I adhered the white die cuts into the opening of the stripe pieces, creating a smooth inlay look.

Stripe Inlay by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The white heat embossed sentiments are from the SugarPea Designs Kindness Matters and Simon Says Stamp Thanks stamp sets. On a few of the cards, I also use the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders Dies for some faux stitching on the notecards.

Stripe Inlay by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the next card, I added clear heat embossed sentiments from the SugarPea Designs Caring Hearts set onto the stripes for more interest.

Stripe Inlay by Jennifer McGuire Ink

There are so many great ways to use this technique! It is also a wonderful one for mass producing.

Stripe Inlay by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Very soon I will be sharing information on the upcoming Caring Hearts Card Drive. Each year, I work with Vera Yates (the mastermind behind the card drive) and a team of volunteers to collect and distribute handmade holiday cards to the elderly living in nursing homes. This is our 7th year!

Today we are building up the excitement with a SugarPea Designs Caring Hearts Special Release Blog Hop. SugarPea has designed several stamps and dies for the occasion and will be donating 20% of all proceeds from the sale of Caring Hearts stamp sets & dies to the Alzheimer Association. (You can see all these products in the thumbnails below.)

I hope you will continue on the hop over at the blog of Debby Hughes. She is a gem! Everyone will be using these great SugarPea products.


SugarPea Designs is giving away the entire Caring Hearts release (3 stamp sets & 3 dies) to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below and on each blog on the hop by 11:59pmEST on 10/7/16 telling me if you have ever participated in a card drive. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and then contacted by SugarPea Designs.)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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594 thoughts on “Stripe Inlay + Caring Hearts GIVEAWAY”

  1. I love the stripes and that this can be customized in so many ways! What a wonderful charity, bringing joy to someone with a handmade card.

  2. What a great way to use up all that scrap paper and what a great cause. This will be my third year participating and I can’t wait to get started.

  3. Never did a card drive before, thinking about doing one in my country.thanks for yet another great idea.

  4. Yes I have participated in a card drive before. I like them a lot and wait for them. I love giving any hand made product – whether it’s my baked goods or cards. I like giving cards away as it gives me a purpose to create them and have a great use for them, rather them accumulating in my stockpile !!

  5. I’ve never participated in a card drive, but would love to try one sometime. What a great idea to have one for nursing homes, so sweet!

  6. Great techniques. I have not participated in a card drive because I don’t feel confident enough to send cards in, but I admire people who are brave enough to do so. I’d love to win some of the new stamps and dies. Thanks.

  7. I participated last year for the first time. This is such a wonderful cause I will definately be participating again! love the cards you made too!

  8. I love this inlay technique and will be trying it soon. I have never had the opportunity to be part of a card drive before.

  9. Wow! What a beautiful and creative idea. These cards are absolutely stunning. I can’t wait to try this technique.

  10. Beautiful cards and wonderful technique! Since I’m fairly new to all of this, I have never participated in a card drive. Actually, I have never even heard of one until just now! I would very much like to participate in this and look forward to hearing more about it!

  11. Love this idea, Jennifer. I’ve got so-o-o-o many scraps. It would be nice to find a purpose for them. I also love the caring heart campaign – great to spread the love around.

  12. Unfortunately I haven’t been involved in a card drive yet, but one day soon, if i can get to
    my dining table which will necessitate an almost archaeological type dig to be able to find,
    I will then be able to play with all of the new goodies that I recently got on clearance!!
    Love the colourful stripy cards and might just have to see if I can manage some similar!

  13. No I’ve never participate in a card drive, but wouldn’t mind doing so for a good cause. Kindness is special and easy to give and be.

  14. No I haven’t but I set this as one of my “things to do” this year…. so I will be participating in this wonderful cause. Thanks for the fab video, love this idea of using up scraps πŸ™‚

  15. I’ve donated cards to Opertion Write Home, Ronald McDonald homes and the children’s hospitals. I don’t know if you consider that a card drive. But, we have lots of fun making cards for whatever reason.

    Love the inlay idea!

  16. Love this idea of using up scraps….kills me to have to throw some of them away! Yes, I have participated in card drives, used to send cards regularly to Operation Write Home, that sent blank cards to service men and women for them to send home. With deployment slowing, the 501c3 went under.

  17. I have never participated in a Cade drive before. What a beautiful idea to send cards to people in nursing homes. Thank you to this cool technique. I can’t wait to try it. I appreciate your inspiration.

  18. I’ve never participated in a card drive before. This will be my first. I’ve been wanting to do something with all the cards that I make! I have some on Etsy, but they don’t really sell so now I have something to do with them and help others at the same time!.. thanks Jennifer!

  19. Hi Jennifer!

    You are so amazing! I live on the Big Island of Hawaii and we only have one sweet little card shop-so you are my lifeline for inspiration and I wait for you new videos-Mahalo nui loa. I love your involvement in things which help others and look foward to the info on the card drive. LOVE this technique!!!

  20. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cards! I especially love inlay die cuts – i like the look and simplicity of it. Plus, I don’t have the talent or patience for coloring so i especially love die cutting.
    And no, i haven’t participated in any card drives. Hopefully one day soon :).

  21. Would love the chance to win, stamps and dies are hard to find around here!! No I have never been in any card drives. Thanks!

  22. I love your striped paper! It certainty makes a statement and is so bright and cheerful. That would brighten my day if I opened a letter to see that! πŸ™‚

  23. These are beautiful cards and a wonderful technique I really mist give it a try. I’ve never taken part in a card drive and wasn’t sure what one was until I read your blog, it sounds likely a lovely idea.
    Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  24. Thanks for these gorgeous cards, Jennifer! These are just outstanding! I have never participated in a card drivbe, but I should because I think they are a wonderful idea.

  25. Hi Jennifer πŸ™‚ No, I’ve never particpated in any card drive, but I’m thinking about it. I love the idea of giving something extraordinary to people in need, insted of e.g. money.
    And, of course, I adore your clever idea how to use scraps. I hate wasting good paper!

  26. These cards are beautiful! I have not been able to participate in a card drive, yet, but I still keep hoping that I will be able to. Health problems have kept me from it during the last few years.

  27. Oh yes! I’ve participated in Lasting Hearts Card Drive for a few months this year. My goal was to send in cards every single month, but I know I haven’t met that goal. I plan to send some soon, and I also plan to participate in this card drive! Thanks for the opportunity to give back!!

  28. I have participated in a few card drives for the folks who are serving overseas.
    This card drive for elders is so wonderful. Taking a little time and materials to fashion cards that send a message of thanks, respect or someone is thinking of them is a very worthwhile project.
    Thanks for showing the striped cards.

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