Scrapbook Expo 2017 – Card swap collection and more

Hello crafty friends,

Today I have a real treat for you.  Since I’m participating in one of the two card swap events at the Scrapbook Expo this week.  I am sharing those cards created on a wide variety of backgrounds I made instead of using patterned paper.  The background techniques are not covered in this post, but if you tune back in this Saturday, I will be posting more details on how I created them.  If you like the cards and want the exact backgrounds as I did them, I am offering the scanned files to you as of this Saturday when I have everything ready to go. 

So on with the eye candy (of the card variety)!

Here's the picture of my favorite of the whole bunch.  But I'm just getting started.

I created some sets of cards with something similar in common, whether it was a watercolor technique, marbling, embossing, etc.   The theme for this card swap is “hello” so that’s why every card shown in the photo below has that sentiment.

The first two sets are the watercolor backgrounds.  I used Ranger watercolor pre-cut cardstock to create these as well as Distress Inks.  I used various background stamps to create an emboss resist effect with white embossing powder on some and the ink smooshing technique on others. 

On to the smooshed ink backgrounds.  These are so simple to create and make a stunning clean and simple card.  My definition of CAS stretches a bit because I usually can’t keep them to just one layer or no further embellishment.  I tried…J

Not much explanation needed. I put distress inks (usually 2 to 3 colors, one at a time) on a piece of acetate, spray with water then press it against the watercolor paper in the center.  The sentiment die cut was heat foiled in various colors, but it's not obvious in the photo.  I wanted to add a mirror image element so I die cut the sentiment into foam and used it as a stamp to create the shadow reflection underneath.

The next set of 3 were done using die cutting.  On two of them I used a die to cut out the shape in a white A2 panel, then embossed it.  Before layering onto the card base, I colored in the space below where the die cut window would be.  For the butterfly, I swiped across with 3 of the Rangers Distress Stains in Copper, Brass and Gold; next, I stamped over the top with this stamp in black ink.  I popped up the top panel to separate it from the card base, and then added the stacked die cut sentiment “hello” with the shadow under it. 

The middle card turned out to be my favorite.  I decided to try something new and did a partial die cut butterfly on the background.  The secret weapon is a special die plate that has a recessed ridge in the center.  By lining it up so that the ridge is directly over the center of the intricate butterfly die, it only cut out the wings, leaving it intact on the card panel.

I turned this into a shaker card by adding acetate under the butterfly panel, then popped it up on foam to create a shaker space for the sequins.

Last, I added the “hello” die cut sentiment.  My go to technique for a thicker sentiment is to glue paper on top of thin craft foam then die cut it.

The next group of cards were made with marbled backgrounds or die cut from one of them (like the picture on the bottom row).  One is an Easter themed card (not part of my card swap).  The egg was die cut using a Cricut explore machine.  I uploaded a scan of my background to Design Space and then used it as a pattern fill for my egg.  If you don’t own the machine, it doesn’t mean you cannot use the background, but you would need a die to cut the egg shape or manually cut from a template with scissors or a craft knife.

The card in the top left is one I created for the Reverse Confetti sketch challenge.  If you would like to see more details on this card as well as the one on the bottom row, the post is here.

Here are the next 2 cards:

One is a stamped background using 3 different leaf stamps from So Suzy Stamps.  I added a panel of vellum and then a copper heat foiled sentiment (using the Minc machine) to top it off.  It looks black in this photo, but in real life it is a very shimmery coppery color.

The card on the right is a bit “out there” so it may not be everyone’s thing but I like it.

 I die cut a peacock feather out of one of the marbled backgrounds with a lot of turquoise, blue and gold in it, then used the stamp to add a gold embossed finish for the feather details.  In the upcoming post I will post details about which background goes with each card.  (Saturday April 1st)

This is not one of my usual color combos, but somehow it seemed to all work together.

The last group is the stenciled backgrounds in two patterns.  On two of the cards I added a critter from the Crazy Birds and Crazy Dogs Tim Holtz set.  I made the card with the dog interactive by adding an action wobble to it so the dog “wags”.  I thought it was just downright adorable.  The lavender card is one I kept pretty simple with a band of dry embossed colored paper, framed with silver washi tape and the hello die cut in white cardstock to finish it.

That’s it for this rather large collection of cards.  Please do check out the video as well or instead if you prefer to watch rather than read..haha.

Don’t forget….come back to the blog on Saturday to get the scoop on how these backgrounds were created, in particular the marbling techniques.  There’s a freebie involved if you decide to subscribe to my blog – worth the visit!

Next week I will endeavor to share some of the coolness from my weekend at the Expo.



Reverse Confetti Sketch #46 and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

 Thanks for stopping by today!!

 I’m playing along with the sketch #46 challenge for the first card and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Cut with 2 dies challenge on the second.

 Today I’m showing you two cards I created with different styles. Both are fun since I used my leftover die cut pieces from the first card to create the second. I like to stretch my supplies and re-using die cuts for different card is an easy way to do so.

The rectangle die cut piece is a background I created with a shaving cream marbling method. If you’d like to learn more of the specifics involved, please be sure to give me a return visit this Saturday for a blog post all about a variety of backgrounds and a tutorial on how they were done. I created over 20 using various marbling techniques – some of which are easier than others.

 The original background was enhanced with Heidi Swapp spray ink in gold, then I used a rectangle stitched die to cut out the panel Next I glued the rectangle to a piece of heavy cardstock, then die cut out the wine glass and cheers die from Reverse Confetti’s wine die set.

 I put the wine glass and cheers word aside for the second card. The cheers that I cut out was later concealed by the circle cut of yellow cardstock. The “wine” in the glass was done by cutting the wine die again on a piece of white cardstock, then I used a waterbrush to add color to just the bowl of the glass inside the die area, then attached this piece behind the window of the colored panel. This created just enough of a well to hold glossy accents. I love how this gives the wine glass a more lifelike appearance.

 The five “stripes” were cut from 5 different cardstock colors in coordinating colors, stamped with the “clink clink” stamp in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. It was the perfect touch to add interest. The base card panel had some interest added from stamping many of the remaining sentiments from the same set in versamark ink, white powder heat embossed and a bit of yellow watercoloring added using Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade applied with a Kuretake watercolor brush.

 The card was assembled by popping up the rectangle panel on foam tape, then glued on the 5 small strips one by one, offsetting them a bit, then adding the yellow die cut circle, topped with the cheers die cut. I used Rangers stickles glitter to add a sparkly touch to the word cheers.

To complete this card I added some clear sparkling sequins in two different sizes.

 Card #2 - Simon Says Stamp cut with two dies Wednesday challenge

I love it when creating a second card from pieces of the first make it so easy.

 I kept the background simple on this one. Using white watercolor paper, I used a smooshing method to create the yellow splashy background with 3 different Distress ink colors. I then popped up the wine glass die cut left over from the first project as well as the cheers die cut above it. I then glued the watercolor panel to a white A2 sized card base to complete. The best part of this is putting a card together in just minutes.

I hope you enjoyed taking a quick tour of my blog and checking out these two cards.

As mentioned earlier, please be sure to stop by again this Saturday for my post on lots of background options and methods to create.

If you have found this inspiring, please consider leaving a comment!! I love hearing your feedback.



Masculine card with wood accents

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far!

I've been very busy this weekend creating and planning lots of fun things to show you during the coming weeks.   I just received a cool We R Memories keeper embossing folder set that I had been dying to try out.  I also happened to visit the card aisle of a local store to see what is out there and get some inspiration.

I don't know if you have seen this, but wood on cards is a trend that I'm seeing more and more of lately.  I don't see myself ever becoming a woodburner or anything like that but I knew that I had something in my crafty stash that I could make use of TODAY!  Nothing like instant gratification right?

So here's what I put together with one of embossing folders.  The first photo is a still but since I wanted to see how if would look with multiple names, I went ahead and tried that out and snapped photos with the different names.  The reason why I have the words "any guys name" at the top is because I am planning to add this design to my store.

I made the base of the card from corrugated craft paper and then I embossed a teal metallic cardstock, which is really cool in how it catches the light.  I made a band across the middle of a plain piece of kraft cardstock, and put a thinner strip of the corrugated paper on top of it before adding the wood embellishment piece as the focal point.  

I had a couple of visitors by today and they saw this hanging out on my work desk and immediately picked it up saying how cool they thought it was.  I knew then I was on to something!

If you happen to follow me on Instagram I posted a slide show of the different names I tried.

I hope that this inspires you to think of variations you can try to create more masculine cards.

Until next time,


P.S.  I love to hear back from my readers - please consider leaving a comment if this post has given you inspiration for crating masculine or wood embellished cards.

Monthly magazine feature - 5 easy cards from 1 stamp set

Hello crafty friends

Thank you for stopping by today!  It’s time for my monthly feature on cards made from the included items with a papercrafting magazine.  This month I’ve chosen a Spring issue of Quick Cards to feature.  Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with or compensated by the company producing the magazine,  so all opinions expressed are strictly my own.  I purchased this at my own expense.

The stamp set that was included as a gift with the magazine includes a window, shutters, kitty, flowers and a few sentiments.  My goal for this project was to create 5 easy and quick cards.  I did not spend a lot of time on any one of them.  one took as few as 5 minutes and the longest time spent was 25 minutes because I decided to make one interactive.  The longer you hang out in my blog, the more you’ll see how I L O V E interactive cards.

CARD #1: Simple floral stamped pattern

The first one was the fastest to create.  I used one of the floral stamps and created a random pattern with black ink on a white A2 sized panel.  I heat embossed the Black versafine ink in clear, then added yellow centers to the flowers with Copic markers.  I decided to leave the petals white since the yellow center caused them to pop enough off the card.

I trimmed down the panel after adding the sentiment, then glued to a kraft A2 card base.  Done in 5 minutes!!

CARD #2:  Kitty birthday card

Next I created a card with the cat stamp.  Since the cat faces one direction I used a mirror stamping technique so I would have another one to face it.  If you want to see a tutorial on this general technique, please check out Mirror image stamping post.  There’s even a video  to watch.

I added simple coloring with alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir and Copics) to each cat, stamped the sentiment in between them and die cut a circle around them.  I layered on top of a larger circle of patterned paper that I downloaded from the magazine’s website.   That’s a freebie even if you aren’t a subscriber so I encourage you to visit their website and explore the digital papers. 

Last but not least, I printed out a different patterned paper (from the same website) to layer on top of the ivory A2 card base.  Then I glued on the circle piece with the cats.  This took between 5-10 minutes to complete.

CARD #3:  Watercolored tulips

Next up on the list is a watercolored card.   I stamped the tulip stamp randomly all over the smooth side in Versamark ink, then heat embossed in white.  To color over the stamped tulips,  I used 3 Distress ink colors using the smooshing technique.  I used acetate to smear the ink on, sprayed on some water and applied to the water color paper (Ranger is what I used).  I dried between colors with a heat tool to speed up the process.  This resist technique makes for a quick and beautiful custom background. 

I then took a separate piece of white cardstock and stamped tulips in a row in Versamark, heat embossed in white, then used the same Distress ink colors and a waterbrush pen to add color.  I did the same with the leaves and stems.  After it was dry I fussy cut loosely around them, then popped up on foam tape at the bottom.

For the sentiment area as well as the bottom layer under the watercolor panel, I used some green distressed paper from my stash.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white and popped up on top of the watercolor panel.  To finish, I layered the watercolor panel on another piece of green paper, then glued down to a white A2 card base.  This took about 15 minutes.

CARD #4:  Outside window card (brick textured background)

The next two cards took the longest to complete because I was using the window, shutters and other stamps and it involved more time to fussy cut the window and other pieces.  This was the only coloring I added to this card.  The key is to make sure the pattern isn’t too dark or else it will show through too much.

I stamped the window on top of a gingham patterned paper, then colored the frame with a brown Copic marker before fussy cutting around the outside.  This made it look like there are curtains but without all the extra steps that are involved with cutting out the individual window panes, etc.

I stamped the shutters twice on a distressed aqua paper from my stash and hand trimmed around them both.  I stamped the window box on the same paper.  To make the window box stand out from the window, there is a double layer of foam tape under it.

I used some flowers cut with small punches for the flower window box instead of stamping and coloring flowers.  This can be a real time saver in a pinch.  To make yellow centers I used some dimensional fabric paint I had around since I am out of Nuvo drops.

The brick textured background was created with a Darice embossing folder (not part of the magazine gift) onto Core'dinations two tone cardstock, then I sanded the top lightly with a nail tool to expose the color underneath.

****LAST BUT NOT LEAST - CARD #5:  The interactive window!! ****** 

Here is the interactive card that I loved the best because of the shutters over the windows that open and shut.

The last card took about 25 minutes because I cut out each individual window pane.  I started by using 2nd generation stamping from black ink onto ivory cardstock of the window and shutters then cut them out.  This is when you stamp more than one time to get a lighter result.  I first stamped on another piece of scrap paper, then onto the cardstock to get a lighter color.

To create “hinges” for the shutters, I cut out small rectangles in the ivory cardstock, then glued them to the outside edges of the windows, then the shutters, so they could open and shut. 

I used one of the downloaded patterned papers from the magazine’s website as the background. I stamped an outside scene with the roses stamp and colored them and the “sky” with Copic markers to place behind the window.  I did not spend any time shading and kept that part very simple.

The kitty was stamped onto white, colored and shaded with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers in 3 colors, then fussy cut out and glued to the windowsill. 

The sentiment is a pre-printed version that coordinated with the patterned paper and was in the same file so I used it instead of a stamp and framed it as though it was a wall hanging.

Click here to visit the magazine parent company's website.  Keep in mind that they may frequently change their downloadable content, so there’s no guarantee that something I used here is still available now or will be indefinitely.

Thank you again for taking a look at my latest projects!  Be sure to pin, share, subscribe and comment if you like what you see.  Sharing is caring lol!

Until next time,


Critter challenge - Winnie & Walter 3rd birthday bash

Hello crafty friends,

So glad you stopped by today – I have a very special card to show you.

As you may know from several recent previous posts, I have been creating for the 10 open challenges for Winnie & Walter’s 3rd birthday bash.  This is my last project being entered into the Critter challenge with design team member, Gayatri.  This challenge is closing Monday, March 6, 2017.

If you arrived here randomly and want to see what inspired this post, click here for Gayatri’s challenge.

This challenge involves using critters on your design and I thought how fun it would be to create a birthday card for this one to W&W.  

The “W” was made out of 4 strips of paper, each 1” wide.  I stamped the critters directly onto the strips and colored them before trimming them down to their final size.

Using a 1” circle punch I cut 5 circles from cardstock to match the W&W logo and glued them to a strip of paper to add later.

The background for the card is a piece of lavender Bazzill textured cardstock (as well as the circles)

The critters were stamped in black versafine ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder then colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  

The sentiment was embossed in silver on top of a circle of vellum and I die cut a “3” to glue onto the edge of the circle. 

I used foam tape to pop up the logo piece (5 circles) at the top and embellished with some of the sequins I received free with my stamp order.

Thanks again for stopping by – I’d like to invite you back to see my next card magazine inspired project which I am doing once a month.  Be sure to subscribe if you want to keep up with the crafty happenings!

Until next time …



Sequin shaker card #2 - W&W 3rd birthday bash

2nd card for challenge

**I already posted this detail in my prior post - however a second link is required for the challenge***

I used the Multifaceted Cutaway (electronic die cutting machine version) for this project.  W&W sells the physical die (which I've linked below along with the electronic one).

I wanted the entire card front to be a big shaker window, but since it’s necessary to have a “wall” around the shaker window I cut a frame to cover the sides where my double sided adhesive foam tape would be concealed.  I stacked both the gold and turquoise cardstock pieces on top.

Since I was already on this metallic finish vibe, I decided to die cut the daisy flower (from Addie’s Garden set) and a couple of leaves in the same metallic cardstock colors and stamped on top of those in Black Stazon ink due to the slick surface.

The bottom of the shaker window is a piece of white cardstock that I colored with Distress inks to blend in with the sequins.

I also glued a few sequins here and there on the outside of the shaker panel as a finishing touch.

Again, I am so thrilled that you took a look at these creations.  I love getting your feedback, so please consider leaving me a comment.

Until next time - happy crafting!