Friday, January 29, 2016

X O Valentine

A Valentine Card today - nontraditional colors!
The pattern card stock for this card is from American Craft and My Favorite Things.
The images are stamped and die cut from Lawn Fawn's Critter in the Snow,
then colored w/ copics and adhered to a panel die cut using Ma Ma Elephants Peek A Frame.
The large X O is a die from Savvy Stamps and extra hearts punched from Fiskar.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp
Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes and
Monday Challenge Love is in the Air

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Special Birthday

Special Birthday card - here's an adorable birthday card for my friend's granddaughter (a teen.) 
The Simon Says Stamp "Work Out" image was perfect for the card, colored with copic markers. 
As I said in a recent post, I am still learning how to color with copics, 
and this was my first attempt at "eyes." I was happy with the results. 
I am still learning how to color skin tones!

I am entering this stamp in the Simon Says Stamp
Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"

Supplies for this card:
Simon Says Stamp "Work Out" stamp set
Hero Arts "Many Birthday Messages" stamp set
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Traditional Tag Stax
Ma Ma Elephant "Peek a Frame" for the window
Reverse Confetti Dies to embellish the tag
Poppy Stamps Dies for little flags made out of pattern paper scraps
Tim Holtz Ideology twine

A close up of the tag with embellishments!

Your Day to Celebrate

A birthday card today - in pastels! I had colored this cute image from Penny Black a while ago 
and finally used it on a card with some pattern paper and added elements 
to emphasize the pastel colors. I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp

Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"

Supplies used:
Penny Black "Sweet & Cute" stamp colored with copic markers
Reverse Confetti "flags" dies
Ma Ma Elephant Basic Set  - Banner for the sentiment
Hero Arts Sentiment from "Many Birthday Messages"
Snowflake paste on cupcake
Stitched Circle die

Cards from the Heart Card Drive 2016

For the past few weeks I have been making cards for a special drive - Cards from the Heart.  Winter Sims from Winter Wonderland Designs has been spear heading this drive. Cards are collected and then distributed to children for Valentine's Day at various hospitals and orphanages around the country. This is the first time I participated, and I am so glad I did. I only made 15 cards for the drive, but I'm sure the drive will appreciate every card they get. Below is a picture of all of the cards I made for the drive. Thanks for reading my post....


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hugs, Kisses, Be Mine

More Valentine Cards - why not! I used another Reverse Confetti Quick Card Panel it's got all the hearts on it) layered with some red card stock on a pink card from the Hero Arts January Card Kit. The black die cut heart and arrow are from Simon Says Stamp (I LOVE THEM.) And, four of the hearts are stamped with words from the Hero Arts Kit... hugs, kisses, be, mine ... of course!

Entering this card in the two Simon Says Stamp Challenges -
Monday Challenge Love is in the Air/ Red and
Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes (with SSS)

Happy Day

Here's another quick card panel from Reverse Confetti - plus the die from Simon Says Stamp "Scribbled Heart and Arrow" which I  just LOVE!! The card and envelope are from Hero Arts January Card Kit, and the arrows around the card are from Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2. I stamped them with versa mark around the card and embossed them with white embossing powder. I love how this card turned out even though it's pretty simple!

Entering this card in both Simon Says Stamp Challenges today - 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Simple Love

Love in Black, White, and Pink - a card for Simon Says Stamp 

Monday Challenge "Love & Red"

Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts die
Spellbinders Classic Heart die
Simon Says Stamp "Love" Sentiment from Talk Bubbles 2
American Craft pattern paper

Love in Black, White, and Red

A quick Valentine's card for the Simon Says Stamp
Monday Challenge "Love & Red"

Reverse Confetti Quick Card Panels
Reverse Confetti Die "Love"
Simon Says Stamp "Scribbled heart & arrow" die
Acetate with black hearts

Tons of Fun

Whew! I almost didn't finish in time to enter the MFT Challenge 262!
If you have seen MFT Adorable Elephants, you know it's one of the cutest stamp sets on the market.
Here's one of the little guys. While I was coloring several of these images using the Copic "Cool" grays, I ran out of C1 and I didn't have the reinker! I had to switch over to 
"Warm" grays (my second choice for these elephants) but was pretty happy with the results!
Instead of holding balloons (from the set,) I gave the elephant a bouquet of flowers.

I am entering this card in the MFT SKETCH CHALLENGE 264

Here's a close up of the elephant, popped up, holding the bouquet. My copic coloring / shading is getting better I think. In addition to the Adorable Elephant stamp set, I also used the following supplies on this card:

MFT Plaid Pattern Paper
Recollections Shimmer White Card Stock
Martha Steward Hearts edge punch
EK Success Lattice punch
Spellbinders Scallop Circles
Neat & Tangled white sequins

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Card of many products... lol

Hi everyone! Here's another Valentine's card; this one using a combination of products from
Brutus Monroe, Reverse Confetti, My Favorite Things, 
Simon Says Stamp, and Pebbles paper!

I keep coming back to red/pink, white and black. That combination always looks super!

Valentine's Critters

Today's card took me a while to create and I used lots of different products. 
Check out the close up below with a description of the background technique. 

To enhance the wintery scene,
I stamped the panel with black snow flakes (yes, I know black?) and added snow drifts 
from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Border. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens 
to add a bit of pink to the drifts and stamped them with the swirl from "Toboggan Together."
The critters and sentiment at the bottom are from Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the Snow" and 
"Toboggan Together." I popped up the seal, a technique I learned from Jenn Shurkus!
Happy Valentine's Day is a Hero Arts stamp, heat embossed with white. 
The die cut heart is pattern paper from American Crafts using a Spellbinder die.
The seal and bear were water colored with Zig pens. The three red heart sequins
are from Mint Owl Studio's "Hearts and Kisses" mix.

I watched a recent video by Jennifer McGuire on Distress Ink Backgrounds 
and tried it right away. In a nutshell, you apply distress ink directly to the paper, 
place a stencil over top and spray mist it with a shimmer product. I used MFT mixables 
Sheer Shimmer in white and several stencils. This one is hearts from MFT. 
Jennifer used paper towels to blot the excess ink lying on top of the stencil and heat set them.
The overall effect is very pretty with the design from the stencil and reaction of the shimmer 
with the distress inks. While I was making them, it occurred to me that instead of blotting with a paper towel, I might use a new piece of water color paper to blot up the extra ink 
therefore producing an additional patterned back ground. Here is the result - 
the back ground of this card. It's subtle and my camera's not high quality, 
but you can just about see the white hearts against the pink distress background!

I am entering this card in several challenges:
Lawnscape Challenge 122 WatercolorSimon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Best FriendsSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Create with CrittersCoolest Card Series by Jenn Shurkus - week 3

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4 More Cards

This first card has a window in the front with the Gnome peeking through! When you open the card you see him ... "FOR A FRIEND LIKE GNOME ONE ELSE!" Cute, right?

Here is another Gnome card... just says WHAT'S UP on the front.
The inside of the card is plain so you write your own message.
This card is made mostly with die cut pieces adhered to the card panel
for a dimensional effect. The sentiment is popped up as well.

Here s a "GOOD LUCK in your NEW HOME" card.
The inside is blank so you can write your own message. Some elements have dimension - the light pole and sentiment are popped up on the card.
Part of this card is glitter paper so it's very pretty!
No sentiment or greeting inside. You write your own message.

Friends, Best Wishes, etc. (for purchase)

Here are some other cards I have in my stash ...  the photos are not the best, but they are all hand stamped with quality stamps and dies made in the USA. Two are 5 x 7 inches, one is 5.5 inches square, and "You're the Best" is about 4 x 5 inches. Each card comes with an envelope. Some envelopes are decorated, some are plain. All of these cards are plain inside so you can write your own message. If you prefer, I can stamp a sentiment inside. (I have lots to choose from so you can customize the card.)

Birthday Cards (to purchase)

The first two birthday cards here are plain inside so you can write a message. If you want a sentiment inside, I can stamp one for you.

The card to the right is not blank inside. Here is a picture of the inside of the card...

Thank You Cards (to purchase)

My photos are not the greatest tonight, but here are some THANK YOU cards in my stash ...


Kid's Valentine's Cards

Valenine's that kids might like. If you are interested in purchasing any, email me at

These cards are roughly 4 x 5 and come with envelopes.

$3.00 each



Valentine's with RC Quick Card Panels

Some handcrafted Valentine Card - if you are looking for a few, email me. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hey There Valentine

Here's another card using Sunny Studio Stamps "Sending My Love" - the 3 cute critters
are chatting away with Valentine's greetings from Simon Says Stamp "Talk Bubbles 2." 
I had a lot of fun stamping and embossing the lines with tiny hearts
 around the outside of this card, too! 

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp
Wednesday Challenge Create With Critters!

A Little Love

A quick Valentine's card using Ma Ma Elephant's Peek a Boo Frame dies 
and Sunny Studio Stamps "Sending My Love." 
A little pattern paper, copic markers, and heart sequins finishes the card.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp

My Heart

Hi crafty friends! I've been practicing with copic markers again, 
trying to get some more shading and animals seem to be perfect for this... 
so here are tow kitties holding hands from a Stampendous set called Spring Short Stack Images. 
It allows you to mix and match heads and bodies(!) 
A complete list of supplies follows.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp
Monday Challenge BEST FRIENDS

Stamp: Stampendous Spring Short Stack
Sentiment:  MFT "So Much Love" stamp
Die: SSS Stacked Hearts (new) and SSS Stitched Rectangle
Color medium: copic markers

Hot Chocolate

Into the winter mode here ... and expecting snow this weekend! 
This little penguin, from Sunny Studio Stamp "Bundled Up," was colored with Copic Markers
and die cut with a Spellbinders Scalloped Circle and adhered to another plain circle die made out of a new pattern paper from My Favorite Things. The back ground polka dot is from Recollections
 and the snowflake is from Lawn Fawn (previously colored using Brusho.) 
The sentiment is from My Favorite Things "Hug in a Mug."

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp 

Wednesday Challenge Create with Critters

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Just For You

Hi fellow card makers ... this is one of those times when my camera doesn't do justice to my crafting! This card in person is so lovely; it's a shame you can't see it here on the blog. I stamped the Penny Black flower image ("Divine") and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I colored the petals with several pastel colors with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I love this image! The back ground is Recollections Embossed Shimmer Card stock, giving a white on white effect.  The sentiment is from MFT "So Much Love" stamp set.

I'm entering this card in the Lawnscape  #122 WATER COLORING CHALLENGE

Just Love

One more card for Reverse Confetti Sketch Challenge #32

This card uses another Reverse Confetti Quick Card Panel. They are so handy! The love die cut is also from Reverse Confetti. In the back ground I used black card stock and some pattern card stock with tiny red hearts to tie it altogether. This was a fairly simple card to make, but the white, black, and red has a striking appearance.

Cup of Tea

Here's another card for the Reverse Confetti Sketch Challenge #32

This square card base is Kraft card stock, red card stock and pattern card stock. The cup of tea from Reverse Confetti's BE A BARISTA was stamped on a white heart and mounted on a red heart which was then mounted on pattern paper! The pattern paper has tiny arrows in several colors. For added interest I stenciled hearts on it using red ink. The die cut arrow is from Simon Says Stamp.

All You Need

Speaking of Valentines - what's better TEA or LOVE? LOL With this card you get both! 
Check out the sketch on the right.. I am entering this card in the

Reverse Confetti Current Challenge #32


 The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti LOVELY WORD COORDINATES and the tea cup is from BE A BARISTA stamp set also from Reverse Confetti. The multi-color hearts are one of Reverse Confetti Quick Card Panels. I love these panels because they add another dimension to your cards! I used them during the holidays in December and they were so so handy! The black hearts are actually clear acetate I had in my stash. I love the way the black hearts tie in with the black tea. The pink heart with the little dimensional semi-circles around it is from Hero Arts.

Monday, January 18, 2016

For You Friends

Made this card with Valentine's Day in mind. It's a stamp from Penny Black which I colored with copic markers; "For You" is a die from Lawn Fawn; and the little flowers are from a MFT die. These guys might be more than "friends" but for sure friendship comes first! 

Entering this in the Simon Says Stamp


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gear Up

I made this card for my grandson's birthday. 
I've been looking at stamp sets with robots which was very difficult because they are all so cute!
 I ended up with this BIONIC BOTS from My Favorite Things. 
It just arrived and I wanted to use it for a birthday card.
The robot was colored with copic markers and cut out with a Spellbinders Label 25 die. 
I used several pieces of pattern paper and DCWV Corrugate Neutrals as the background.
The sentiment is from Bionic Bots, stamped on My Favorite Things Traditional Tag Stax.

I am entering this card in the
 My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 263

Dashing Through the Snow

While I am here, I might as well post another water color card! 
This was one of my favorite holiday cards this year. 
I just started playing with water coloring in the fall and the Zig Clear Color Real Brush Pens 
gave me a great medium to play with! The card below has a small stamped village 
from Great Impression which I colored, and then placed it on a My Favorite Things Companion Die. 
I love these because they are so easy to use. 
I'm going to post this on Jenn Shurkus's blog for her Coolest Card Series.

Here's Jenn's blog with the COOLEST CARDS