Thursday, May 1, 2014


I have been on a coloring kick lately with my Spectrum Noir markers. So tonight I decided to use the Unity Stamp Company set Total Cuteness.  I had not used this set yet, so I thought I would give it a try.

I stamped the owl in Memento black in on Strathmore mixed media paper.  I also stamped the rainbow with clouds twice; but I only used the clouds from that stamp. I colored the owl and the clouds with Spectrum Noir markers and cut them out.  I went over the edges with a black marker to enhance the stamp lines.

The curvy line with "Hello" is from Simon Say Stamp set Handwritten Borders.  I used a leaf from the Simon Says Stamp set Like Your Style to decorate the sentiment. I  colored the leaves with the same green marker on the owl's eyes.

The background paper is from My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side 6x6 paper pad.  I layered Stampin Up Summer Starfruit paper behind the patterned paper and mounted it on a standard A2 card made from Neenah Solar White card stock.  I finished off the card by popping up the owl with foam adhesive, gluing the clouds on the card and coloring the owl, clouds and leaves with Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  I added dashed lines with a black pen and T-ruler.

This card was fun to make.  I hope you enjoy it.  Thank you for stopping by.  The supplies are listed below.


Unity Stamp Company Total Cuteness stamp set
Stampin Up Summer Starfruit paper

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Yellow Thank You

I love the challenges that various blogs publish.  I find them a great source of inspiration.  This week, Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge is Not so Mellow Yellow.  They challenge us to create using the color yellow.  I rarely use yellow as a main color; however, through this challenge I have discovered that I really like yellow and I think I will be using it more often.

In preparation for this card, I raided my craft supplies for everything yellow- embellishments, papers, inks, baker's twine… you name it.  I put it all out on my table and then raided my "inbox" of recently purchased- but not yet used craft supplies.  I have been wanting to use the Hero Arts Thank You Fancy Die that I picked up at Joann's, so I decided that tonight would be the night.

I picked out a pretty yellow-orche floral printed paper from My Minds Eye Indie Chic-Nutmeg 6x6 paper pad.  For the card base and the die cuts I used Neenah Desert Storm card stock.   I cut the Thank You die five times from the Desert Storm card stock. Using Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue, I adhered them together to form a faux chipboard die cut.  I then put them on some painters' tape, smooshed VersaMark ink all over the die cut and embossed it with American Crafts Zing! embossing powder in Butter.

I scored the Neenah Desert Storm card stock into a standard A2 card base and rounded the edges using a 1/2" corner chomped. I cut a layer of Neenah Solar White card stock to 5.25"x 4" and rounded the edges with the same corner rounder.  I cut the patterned paper to 5" x 3.75" and rounded the edges.  I layered the white and patterned paper onto the card base.  I adhered the die cut Thank You using Glossy Accents.

I added a dashed line around the patterned paper layer and added some Lawn Fawn Into the Woods sequins to the card.  I just love the faux chipboard…. look at that dimension!  This is such a great trend in crafting right now.

Thank you for stopping by today.  The supplies I used are listed below.  I will be entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Not So Mellow Yellow.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Clean and Simple - BEE Happy

Tonight I attempted a clean and simple card.  I like the outcome, but I have a long way to go until I am comfortable that my designs are truly clean and simple.

There were a few lessons that I learned:
1. Just because the card looks simple, does not mean designing it is simple.
2. It is very easy to make the card less clean and simple in design.  I really wanted to add some yellow sequins (another thing I am working on).

This is one of the reasons why I love crafting and art- I am always learning.

Anyways, back to the card.  I finally was able to order the latest TAWS stamps last week and received them yesterday. I decided I wanted to use three of the new stamp sets to create this card.  It was so much fun.

I started out by stamping the bee from the BEE Unique set on Strathmore mixed media paper with Memento Black Tuxedo ink.  I colored it in using my Blick art markers in yellow canary and yellow ochre.  I cut it out and used a black marker to run around the edges to make it look like a clean cut.

For my card base and main layer, I used Neenah Solar White card stock.  I embossed the card front with the Cuttlebug Honeycomb embossing folder and using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations embossing diffuser (circle #1 from set #1). The diffuser created the middle circle void of embossing. I then cut out a circle ring out of Neenah card and colored it with the Yellow Canary marker to match the   bee.

I stamped the bee outline in the place that I wanted to place the colored bee and stamped the antennae. I stamped the sentiment from the BEE Sweet set in Memento Black Tuxedo and popped the bee up on foam adhesive. I stamped the dashed line behind the bee from the BEE Happy set and added a black dashed line around the yellow circle using a Pigma Micron pen.   I then cut the card front panel to 5.25" x. 4" and popped it up on a standard A2 card with foam adhesive.

Please are the supplies from The Alley Ways Stamps and Simon Says Stamp.  I am entering this card into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge - Clean and Simple.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

You Fill My Day with Color

You Fill My Day with Color- Simon Says Stamp

For this card, I used the Simon Says Stamp Color and Sunshine stamp set from my March card kit.  I stamped the crayons in Memento black ink, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and cut them out.  I used Neenah Solar White for the card base and a SSS black card stock for layering.  The card front is made with a piece of paper from Lawn Fawn's Let's Polka petite paper pack.  (I just love the little hearts on this paper.)  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in VersaFine black ink on a banner.  I colored with my Prismacolor colored pencils, alternate dashed lines along the banner.  I used the same markers from the crayons to color pieces of white paper and punched out hearts with a Martha Stewart Crafts heart punch.  Since I plan to send this card to Operation Write Home, I did not add any Wink of Stella to the card. To finish the card front, I used a purple colored pencil and a T-ruler to draw a line border around the card front.

I hope you enjoy this bright, cheerful card.  Thank you for stopping by today!


Simon Says Stamp Color and Sunshine stamp set
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Simon Says Stamp black card stock
Lawn Fawn Let's Polka petite paper pack
Spectrum Noir markers
Martha Stewart heart punch
Memento black ink
VersaFine black ink
Prismacolor Colored pencils

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Busy day… and so much fun!

I have been busy- school, work and SIX cards!  I am so excited to show three of them to you today.  Two of them I made earlier this week and the rest I made today.  I got so much accomplished today- homework, housework and card making.  What a day!  I loved it!

On to the cards…..

Card #1 TAWS- Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

I just love The Alley Way Stamps (TAWS).  The designs are so adorable.  I have been working with the Birds of a Feather and Bird Brain stamp sets, and this card is one of my favorite.  I had so much fun coloring the birdie.  I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the bird, the blender pen to lift off ink for the dots in the feathers and then covered her eyelids in Wink of Stella clear glitter. I did not have a speech bubble stamp nor die, so I stamped the sentiment and then cut my own speech bubble around it.  I chose two patterned papers that coordinated, but did not match.  I was trying for a comic-style card, so I did not want it to be too clean and simple.  I then added a solid line using a black pen and T-ruler and followed with a dotted line as well.  I popped the birdie up on some foam squares and adhered the sentiment with some tape runner.

Neenah Solar White card stock
Patterned papers (I do not know the brands, they were loose papers from previous card kits)
Spectrum Noir markers
Birds of a Feather TAWS stamp set
Bird Brain TAWS stamp set
Memento black ink

Card #2  TAWS-Shake Your Tail Feathers

Oh my goodness, I have been trying to make a card for this sentiment.  I think it is hilarious. I love this TAWS stamp set- Birds of a Feather. I stamped in Memento black ink the bird and three feathers on some mixed media paper from Strathmore. I added some dots to the birdie with a stamp of 3 dots included in the kit.  I colored the images with some Spectrum Noir markers. I cut them out leaving a white border. I put clear Wink of Stella on the bird as well as the feathers.  I put googly eyes on the bird.  I popped up the bird and the two feathers not attached to the bird.  For the feather attached to the bird, I used Glossy Accents at the tip behind the bird and popped up the edge of the feather.  Again, I used some patterned papers and stamped my sentiment in Memento black ink.  I added some dash lines and the card was finished.  I think this card is so cure; I will have to work on it to make a few more variations because I love the stamps.

TAWS_ Birds of a Feather stamp set
Strathmore mixed media paper
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Various patterned papers
Spectrum Noir markers
Clear Wink of Stella marker
Memento black ink
Small moving eyes

Card #3 OWH- I Thank My Lucky Stars

Since I received my Operation White Home (OWH) stamp, I have been trying to make some cards to send in.  I recently purchased the Hero Arts OWH stamp set- Year Round Sentiments, so today I cracked it open and used a sentiment and some stars.  I had some paper left over from the Simon Says Stamp March card kit that had some stars and moons on it. I stamped the stars in SSS Sunshine ink and Memento black ink.  For the sentiment, I also used Memento black ink.  I die cut out a couple frames from Sizzix and stamped my sentiment on the smaller one on Neenah Solar White card stock. I colored the stars that were on the sentiment with a Prismacolor colored pencil as well as one of the bigger stars. I added dashed lines around the patterned paper and die cuts. I cut out the stars that I stamped and glued them onto the card front with Tombow glue. 

Hero Arts OWH- Year Round Sentiments stamp set
Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6 x 6 patterned paper
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Various card stock from the SSS march card kit
Memento black ink
Prismacolor colored pencils
SSS Sunshine ink
Tombow glue

Thank you for dropping by today.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Patterned Paper Squares...

I struggle with patterned paper except when I paper piece a stamped image.  So I have been looking around for inspiration from my favorite fellow crafters and I found a card on StampNation that I could use as inspiration. For those of you who are members of StampNation, I used video #416 Pick Your Pattern as my inspiration.

I am still using some of my supplies from the February Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I love the Basic Grey Fresh Floral patterned paper, but I have been struggling using such bold patterns.  I used the navy card stock from the kit, some Pistachio Pudding card stock from Stampin Up and Neenah Solar White.  The photo makes the navy card stock look black, but it is navy.

I used the Lacy Doubles edge punch from Fiskers on the Solar White.  I layered some Pistachio Pudding paper on top of that and stamped my sentiment from the Beautiful Words stamp set from Simon Says Stamp in Hero Arts Navy mid-tone ink.  I cut 1.5" x 1.5" squares from the patterned paper and rounded two corners.  I also rounded the opposite corners of the Solar White and Pistachio Pudding papers. I popped up the squares of patterned paper on a rectangle of the same navy card stock as the base.

For the flower, I used  Prima and a Recollections flowers.  I layered them and put a navy brad in the middle.  I used some twine to create a loose bow behind the flower and tied it a couple times around the card.  I lined the inside of the card with some more Neenah Solar White cards stock.

 Thank you for stopping by today.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You are Missed….. OWH

Yeah!  I got my OWH (Operation Write Home) stamp in the mail and now I am ready to start making some cards for a wonderful cause. I have tried making a few, but they were just not turning out… but this one I like.  It is my first OWH card and I cannot wait to pack it away with several buddies and send it to a shipper.  For more information on Operation Write Home, please see their website

Anywho… this card was a lot of fun to make.  I love the Basic Grey/ Hero Arts release Spice Market.  When I first saw the Large Petal Background stamp I just knew we were meant to craft together.  I have made one other card with this stamp (Here's the link to that post) and the stamp had been pleading for me to use it again.  

This time I stamped it in Color Box Frost White on Stampin Up Basic Black card stock.  I embossed it with clear embossing powder so I would not smear the ink… and because I am too impatient to let pigment ink air dry. I then painted with a very, very tiny paintbrush and some white fluid acrylic ink certain areas of the stamp.  I let it dry.

I cut the stamp up into 1" x1" squares.  I mounted each square unto a 1.25" x 1.25" square of Neenah Solar White.  I then glued four of those squares onto a 2.75 x 2.75 square of the same basic black card stock.  ( I believe that was the dimensions of the last square. I originally cut it bigger and then decided to trim it down).  

On the card base of Neenah Solar White, I layered some more black and white card stocks.  I tied a black and white ribbon across the card and popped the square over it.  I then very, very carefully stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Thinking of You stamp set in VersaFine black ink and let it dry overnight so I would not smear it…. because that it usually what I do.

I love this card and may be making a few that are similar because I have quite a few of the stamped squares left to use.  Thank you for stopping by today!