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. Dear Jennifer,
    The card designs are great… love the vibrant colors. What has always inspired me the most is how you use the craft / handmade cards to spread kindness n happiness… Till now i was concentrating on handmade cards for children homes but now you have motivated me to work for the elderly as well…
    lots of love to you
    Bharati (India)

  2. Jennifer, these cards are amazing.. Sharing kindness is so rewarding. I will be sending in cards for your campaign. I think it’s very important to make the older generation to feel apprietiated and most of all lived. I have worked with the elderly by volunteering as a craft teacher at a nearby independent living facility. I loved it, and I know they did too.!

  3. Such cool techniques and awesome stamps which I plan to check out–my Dad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, that they are contributing profits to the cause is awesome! Yes, I’ve participated in a few card drives–some sponsored by Jennifer, some by others, some at my church.

  4. Even with my constant use of scraps I still have more. They are like bunnies. I participated in the card drive for the first time last year, and it was fun to make and pack up my cards to send off.

  5. What a great way to use scraps to create such beautiful cards. I have never participated in a card drive, but it sounds like a wonderful idea!

  6. Yes, I participated once in the card drive (it was either two or three years ago) and I am planning on sending cards for it this year.

    Thanks for sharing a fun and easy technique today.

  7. Love the great colours you have used.
    I bought all the stamps and dies and want to make cards for the drive :o)

  8. HI Jennifer,

    Your cards are absolutely beautiful, I live in Ohio. Do you have the card drive in one certain state or do you all branch out with others? I’m very new at this but I would be willing to give it a try. Where I live we have 4 long term, assisted living and rehabilitation homes within 5 minutes of each other.

    I would love to win then I can participate in Ohio for your card drive.

    Thank you for sharing.

  9. These cards look amazing. I have never participated in a card drive as they have always been international to me. But it makes me think about starting one in my own country, I’m sure there is a cause here that would love cards,probably nursing homes too!

  10. Oh wow, love this technique! And those script dies, especially the thanks die.. so pretty! I have not participated in a card drive yet. Wanted to, many times… just never find the time

  11. What a great card drive. Can’t wait for the details on where to send and what types of cards you are looking for.

  12. I participated in a card drive we had at work for the Veterans Hospital. We worked on them during our lunch breaks. The supplies were basic; paper,scissors,glue and ribbon. The cards were wonderful. The most satisfying thing was the feedback we got, on the appreciation of the recipients.

  13. Your card drive is a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day. I have participated in a card drive through my job. The stamps and Dies are lovely. Thank you for your great tips.

  14. Such beautiful cards I love how you created these strips and the final look . Yes I have participated in the Caring Hearts Drive, the Valentine card Drive held by Winter Sims and also the car drive for the Hospital of Sick Kids in Toronto. I also like to get my kids involved just so that they know that they are truly blessed and they should help others.

  15. What a wonderful, colorful way to use up scraps. I’ve never done this with the stick-it or with plain paper. Just love the ease of the stick-it paper – I do so love the wonderful tips you give us on your website!! The completed cards are outstanding for the color. Thanks for sharing with us.

  16. Love your use of scraps. Will try this. Yes I have participated in card drives and plan to do so again this year’s Caring Hearts Drive.

  17. Fantastic cards Jennifer. Love the technique. What a great card drive… how thoughtful of all of you to do this! I love all of those stamp and die sets… so perfect!

  18. No, I’ve never participated in a card drive. I’d like to give it a try. A card can be such an encouragement to someone in a nursing home!

  19. I have not participated in a card drive but am going to make this one my first! My mother was in a care facility and was fortunate to have family around her…..other residents were not as fortunate so I am very excited to contribute to this card drive! So important for EVERYONE to feel love and kindness, especially during the holidays!

  20. Gorgeous, as usual! I especially like the green and teal with matching envelopes. I participate in card drives often, from your blog/website, Taylored Expressions and, where I send monthly cards to the people on their list; about 50 cards a month (changes from month to month). I use to send monthly cards to our local deployed military via a local group sending care packages, but since our active military in Iraq and Afghanistan has dwindled, they no longer send the care packages. Also, whenever there’s a card drive for a local hero who got hurt during the line of duty, be it firefighter, law enforcement or military. Your ideas are always used! Thank you so much.

  21. Great cards and count me in for the card drive again. A special way to make someone’s day a little brighter.

  22. I have never participated in a card drive, but would love to. Every time I see one of these, I tell myself I am going to participate this time, but then run out of time. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and inspiration. Maybe this time will be the one.

  23. Love this technique, Jennifer. It appears that color is the key! Yes I did participate in a card drive a few years back. Prayers for Prisoners was the group that sponsored it and we sent Christmas cards to those who are incarcerated over the holidays.

  24. Love the project today, so inspiring!! I love participating in card drives, I have so many cards I love to send them off to people who would love to open one!!

    Lately, I have been sending cards through my job and the response is incredible.

  25. Jennifer, thank you for sharing this technique. I LOVE it! and plan to use it. I appreciate all your helpful videos:)

  26. Thanks again Jennifer for the awesome techniques. I participated in the Lasting Hearts campaign and found it very rewarding I look forward to participating in this card drive as well. Thanks for getting me involved in this way.

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