Winner of coffee card from Coffee Lover Blog Hop

TGIF Crafty friends,

I used the random name picker tool to choose a winner from all the comments left on this post.

Drumroll please.....the winner is Hetty - congrats to you!!

Please contact me via email or contact form (please see the sidebar).  I will forward the card electronically so I will need an email address to send the prize to.  Please contact me no later than 10/1/2017 by midnight Central time.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!


Funny sentiment card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #17

Hello crafty friends!

It's another fun week for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  I designed the elements for the board this week and knew for sure that a funny sentiment had to be part of it.  I did manage to incorporate all the elements into it this time.

One thing I always get a big kick out of is reading funny cards and they certainly range from the cute to super snarky.  I thought this one was more "tongue in cheek" and I decided the greatest impact would come from separating the sentiment into two parts so the punchline was on the inside of the card.  Do come and check out the challenge here.

The main stamp image I used is from Unity Stamp Company of a classic looking lady with a slightly coy expression.  I thought it was perfect to pair with a sentiment from So Suzy Stamps.

(Note:*affiliate links are used at the end of this post at no additional cost to you should you decide to use them to purchase a product used on this project.  All products used here were  personally purchased and I was not compensated for using them here)

I first stamped the lady (Versafine ink) on a piece of white cardstock sized 4.25" x 5.5", then stamped the first line of the sentiment (first I covered up what I did not want to stamp with post it tape, added ink, removed the tape then stamped on the paper).  I embossed with clear embossing powder over the stamped images.

Next I placed this stencil from Hero Arts onto the unstamped portion of the card, taped it down with post it tape, then used two green shades of Distress Oxide to blend over the stencil.

I then added some clear sequins to embellish, layered on top of a piece of black cardstock and added the front card panel to an A2 sized top folding card base from white cardstock.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the second part of the sentiment (using same technique as before) and put a die cut wine glass above using a Reverse Confetti die (cut from white glitter paper).  I added the "wine" using a dark red Copic marker.

This is a fast and easy card to make - you could even skip the glass of wine image on the inside or stamp it instead of using a die cut.

Hope you got a laugh out of this card - now we'd like to see you play along!  Pull out your funny sentiments and show us your funny side.



Elephantastic pop out slider card

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am tickled pink to be doing a guest design post for Heffy Doodle Stamps!  Please do check out my post here.

Today I have a fun interactive card that both slides and wobbles using the Elephant of Surprise stamp set and the Happy Snappy Crocs set.

Starting with a piece of white cardstock, cut to 4.25" x 5.5", I stamped a *box stamp, 2 balloons, and a *bow as my base with Memento Black Tuxedo ink.  (Note:  Affiliate links used for items marked with an *)

On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped the elephant, the flag, a balloon and the word "boo" on the flag to create a composite image from the Elephant of Surprise set.  After coloring it with Copic markers, I used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut it out and set it aside.

On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped the box stamp and cut it out the same way described above.  I used a background stamp (exact one used is no longer available from My Favorite Things) to add a dotted pattern using Versamark and white embossing powder.  I then colored on the separate die cut box with a yellow Copic marker and set it aside.  As you can see I cut away the part of the box at the top (the same part I colored in brown on the background)

I stamped random "swirls" with a small stamp from my stash in different bright colors to make the background even more festive and added the sentiment "Elephant of Surprise" at the top right hand corner.

As shown below, I used a die to cut a slider channel using the smallest die from the Lawn Fawn Die set* as shown above.  I colored the "inside" of the box with a medium brown marker (the part that would still be visible when I added the die cut box on top.)

I tried an experiment with the slider - I used a small *action wobbler in the channel since it has a wide base and top and it seemed to work fine although it doesn't slide quite as easily.

I added two layers of foam tape on the card front to leave space for the slider to move once adhered to a standard A2 sized card base.

Next I glued the elephant piece to the wobbler (which was already placed into the channel) and last added the box "front" with a double layer of foam tape.  Next I removed the strips from the *foam tape and adhered to an A2 sized card base.

I also decorated the inside of the card with the small cake stamp from the Elephant of Surprise set and Happy Birthday sentiment from the Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a peek at this card.  I would love to know what you think and look forward to seeing your comments!

Happy crafting,


Christmas Tree Scene card

Hello crafty friends,

One of the most heartwarming and welcoming scenes near Christmas is the sight of a decorated tree with lots of beautifully wrapped gifts underneath.   I wanted to capture this in today's card.

The technique used to create this with multiple stamps is masking.  It can be a bit time intensive, depending on how many objects need to overlap.  In this case, there wasn't a crazy amount needed to get this done.  I created a mask for the tree, bow and gifts stamp since it wasn't needed for the window.   I used Inkadinkadoo masking paper for this project.

You first stamp the image onto the masking paper, then cut around the image right on the line.  If you leave any whitespace outside the line, you will also have gaps when you stamp an overlapping image and no one wants that!

Masking & stamping order:  (all stamped with Black Memento ink unless specified otherwise)
  • Stamp the gift collection (bottom right) first, cover with mask after
  • Stamp the tree (overlapping the gifts), cover with mask after
  • Stamp the gifts again on the left hand side of the tree (overlapping the mask on the tree)
  • Stamp the bow on top of the tree and cover with the mas 
At this point you will have a mask covering everything stamped except the gifts stamped on the left side of the tree.
  • Stamped the window (which is not from SSS, I tried to find a similar stamp, but was not having any luck.  It would be easy to use a ruler to draw since it's mostly straight lines.  I did include a link to a die, which could be used as a substitute in lieu of a stamp.  Paper could be die cut to fit  to make the frame.
  • add a small sliver of masking paper to cover the middle pane divider on the window
  • Stamp the Santa & reindeer stamp over the window pane area towards the top.
  • Stamped the Noel stamp at the top upper left side with Versamark, added white embossing powder and heat set so it would resist the ink when I colored the background of the wall.


Using alcohol markers, I colored all the gifts, trees, bow, window panes, window frame.
I drew a tree skirt with a black gel pen and colored in the area under the tree
Used a white gel pen to add "snow" to the window panes and doodled details on the gift packages as well as the tree skirt

With masks still in place, added some post it tape on the edges of the window and blended the color over the non-stamped areas, gradually working in close to the masked areas, being careful not to disturb the masks in the process.  I had to move the gift mask to the left when I got to that side.


Added gold Nuvo drops for "ornaments" on the tree

Close up view of card front

Card assembly:

Layered the finished front onto patterned Christmas paper to mat it, then glued both on top of an 5 x 7 card base - which I trimmed down to fit the panel.  I usually stick to a standard size card, but in this case I just decided to make it a unique finished size.

I hope this inspires you to create a scenic card and if you'd like to use the same stamps (other than the window) the links are below.  Affiliate links are used for most of the products in this post.

Until next time - happy crafting!



Fall Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

I am looking forward to some cooler weather.  In Texas that can take a while - as I write this it's in the 90's.  In the meantime, I am trying to encourage the cooling off to begin by creating this fall themed coffee card for the awesome Coffee Lovers Cardmakers Blog Hop.

I created 3 cards, only one of which was destined to be added to the hop line up, but wanted to keep them in here as bonus cards with a fall theme.  

I started with some cream Rangers mixed media heavyweight cardstock and die cut all the leaves out.  I then used Distress Inks & Oxides to add fall color.  I added plain water to the paper, then painted on with one ink color at a time, drying in between so that the colors did not blend together.  I used a heat tool to dry and this was one of those times where I wanted the paper to buckle and add to the fall leaves effect.  

I also colored a cardstock layer on a 4.5" x 6.25" piece of cream cardstock as a backdrop with the same distress inks and stamped over top of it with a leaf stamp (links to all products below - some are affiliate - full disclosure).  I later trimmed it down a 1/4" on all sides so that it would be framed by the card base when I put the entire card together.

I created a middle layer with cream cardstock and embossed it using the same leaf dies.  You need an embossing pad in order to run it through a manual die cut machine (I use the Big Shot) and only leave the impression like an embossing folder.  I distressed the edges on this panel as well as the edges on the die cut leaves to add more interest and texture.  The link I added to leaf dies below is not the set I used here.  I discarded the packaging some time ago and cannot recall what brand they are.  At least there are alternative.  The ones I linked are from a new release from Pretty Pink Posh.

The coffee cups were stamped, watercolored with Distress inks and then fussy cut.

The sentiment was stamped onto vellum, stamped with this color Distress Oxide, then I sprinkled on some cocoa powder (just kidding - seeing if you're awake here - if not get more coffee!!).  I actually used clear embossing powder and heat set it.  Used spray adhesive on the back of the vellum and glued it down at the top of the card on top of the cream layer.   I glued the leaves at the bottom and then the coffee cups to finish the front card panel.

I then adhered the panel to an A6 card base (6 1/4" x 4.5" when folded) and that completed the card.


These two were created based on an idea I got from Justine Hovey.  She's known for her CAS (clean and simple) style.  She said she was fine with me CASE-ing her card from this post, which I'm doing while making it fit in more with my style.  When I die cut the leaves for the first project, I cut them out of two 4.25" x 5.5" cardstock panels in cream strategically so I could make two shaker cards while using the leaves for the coffee card.

I colored both the panels in the same manner as I did the leaves.  I think that I would have colored the panel, then die cut the leaves but at first I wasn't sure I was going to color them the same way, then changed my mind.  

I embossed ivory colored cardstock with an embossing folder so there would be texture shown as the backdrop for the sequin shaker window.  Here's a close up of one of the two cards showing off the gorgeous gold embossed sentiment.  I really love the Honeybee Stamps for large stamped sentiments and have collected quite a few sets.  the sequins used in both these shaker cards are mixes that I also purchased from Honeybee Stamps.  What I love about them is the variety of shapes, sizes and colors. If you look close at the previous photo you can see what I mean.

Thanks again for stopping by today - as an added surprise - please be sure to leave a comment for me to let me know you stopped by - I will be giving away a $10 gift card to Starbucks to one randomly chosen winner from all the commenters.  Deadline for drawing is 7 pm Central on 7/26/17 - please stop by then to see if you are the lucky winner.

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Oh baby cards for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge #15

Hello crafty friends,

Hope your week is going fabulous!!!  I know a couple who is going to have a baby within the next few months and even though I already know it's a boy, I'm making a pair of cards for a boy and a girl because I just couldn't resist.  For this week's challenge I went with the far right column down: baby - die cut or punch - embossing.

One thing I need to forewarn you about is the die I used to cut out the window (aperture) in the card is from the August 2017 Hero Arts monthly kit and unfortunately they have been sold out for some time.  Normally I avoid using products that you cannot get, but I went ahead this time with the thought that a lot of this card is the technique and look and if you have another fancy die or SVG file you could cut with an electronic cutting machine, then you're almost there.  I've linked to the kit here just in case you'd like to see what these kits are like.  This is the first one I've personally purchased and I have to say that I really love it.  The good news is that the baby on the moon is a digital stamp that I purchased on Etsy from Pink Gem Designs which is available.

Affiliate link disclosure:  all products used here were personally purchased and I provide these links at the end of this post for your convenience.  If you use any of them to purchase the supplies I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you.  This helps support my blog and bringing you more fun card inspiration.

Both cards are A2 sized.  The trick to doing this card is to cut a panel ( 4.25" x 5.5") for the front as well as a card base (5.5" x 8.5", scored in half) together.  To emphasize:  Cut both the panel and the front side of the card base with the die at one time to ensure the window lines up correctly.  the front card panel will also help to create a sandwich to hide where the thread holding the baby spinner when the card is opened.

Here's a close up of the spinner from the blue card

The front of the card panels were white to start with - The words "girl" and "boy" were created by using these Concord & 9th double cut alphabet dies using an embossing mat & impression plate with the Big Shot instead of a cutting plate to impress the word into the paper.  this was done before coloring the paper.  I do strongly recommend doing the embossing first so you have an outline for the letters when adding the color on top.

I used an ink applicator tool to add color using Distress Oxide inks, but not completely cover the white.  I started in the middle and worked my way out, using circular motion and a light hand as I got towards the outer edges.

I sprayed the front card panel with the lighter of the two mists that came in the kit - it's a high shimmer spray that has both an iridescent and gold finish.  Very similar to the Angel Mist sprays so that would not be difficult to replicate with a wide variety of sprays, including some DIY's that I've seen on the internet.  I took another photo to show off the gorgeous shimmer.

I don't use digital stamps very often and one main advantage is being able to resize and flip the orientation of the image in a word processor program like Microsoft Word, which is what I used.  I sized the image at 1.25" high leaving the proportion in place to take care of the width automatically.  I used a feature in word to flip the image horizontally and printed out several copies of both orientations on an 80# piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock since I planned to color the image with Copics.

I colored two images per card, one of each orientation per color scheme.  At this point the images could be fussy cut (or as I did using the Brother ScanNCut machine) and glued the two pieces together with a piece of thread in the center.   Using a liquid glue will give you time to align the two die cuts.   Mine could have been aligned better, but as they say, do as I say not as I do lol.

Skin colors: Copics E00 & E000
Bear colors: Copics E33 & E53

Blue pajamas: Copics B00 & Y11
Pink pajamas: Copics RV21 & Y11

At this stage I added Be Creative double sided tape at the top of the die cut panel (the one just colored) on the inside above and below the window so the thread would have a strong adhesive and not come loose.  I then used liquid glue adhesive to attach the front panel to the card base, being careful to align the die cut window with the card base.

On the inside of the card I added a rectangle piece of patterned baby themed paper I've had in my stash for many, many years.  I used a rectangle die to get a precise cut.  That way the spinner isn't showing up against stark white as a backdrop.  An additional sentiment could be added on the inside of the card on either the lower part of the patterned paper or on the inside of the die cut panel.

To complete the sentiment on the front of the card I used "It's a" from this Honeybee Stamps sentiment set embossed on white cardstock and die cut with a small rectangle stitched die from My Favorite Things.  The rectangle die set is one of my most used items in the craft room.  For the pink card I used a rose gold embossing powder and on the blue card I used a blue embossing powder.  I think both would be equally nice with a gold or silver embossing powder in place of what I used here.

I popped up the die cut sentiment on pop dots and placed above the embossed word and that completed the card.

If you'd like the spinner in action, I will be posting it on Instagram and as a bonus, there is going to be a giveaway on my Instagram soon so now's the time to connect with me so you don't miss out!!!

String lights and pine branch card

Hello crafty friends,

Today I am sharing two new cards made with stamps from the new So Suzy Stamps release.  One of them features a stamp that could be yours for free.  Please keep reading for more details.

This light stamp reminds of the old fashioned light bulbs that were always on my grandparents Christmas tree in an array of bright colors.  I knew from the moment I saw the stamp that I was going to have a blast using it!  Since the stamps is just under 2" wide I had to figure out how to string them together, kind of how you have to do real lights lol.

After stamping the light bulb strings, I colored using Copics and then used a white gel pen to add more detail to the bulb to make it look more realistic.  As a finishing touch I added glossy accents to each bulb for a little dimension and shine.

For the sentiment phrase I stamped the Jolly Surprise sentiment into the center using Black Memento ink.

The finished panel was framed by a black panel 1/2" larger and then adhered onto an A2 sized white card base.

This is the type of technique where a Misti stamping tool really makes the difference.  If you want to replicate here are further details.

The trick is to leave the stamp in one position and move the paper.  Since my card panel is only 5 1/4" wide, you only have to mark two places, so it's not as bad as it sounds :)

Here's a short video on the technique of lining up a stamp like this.

CARD #2:

For the second card I used the top part of the pine branch to stamp a frame around the edges of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel in white cardstock using this shade of Memento ink.

  • I stamped the pine branch outer part all around the sides of the card with Memento Dew Drops Cottage Ivy ink
  • I stamped the two pinecone stamps (1 large and 4 small) onto brown cardstock with Versamark, then added gold embossing powder and heat set, then fussy cut out the pinecones.  I went back and colored on top of the pinecones with a brown Copic marker to darken the color.
  • Die cut a rectangle shape out of white cardstock for the center, stamped the Merry brush stamp in the center with Versamark,  added white embossing powder and heat set.
  • Applied the Memento ink pad direct to the paper in the same color used for pine branches, wiped over the sentiment to remove any excess ink with a paper towel.
  • Popped up the green center panel on double sided foam adhesive tape
  • Glued on the pinecones, popping up the largest one at the bottom left edge

Thank you for stopping by today - if you liked these projects I would love to hear from you!



Snowman Card for So Suzy Stamps September Release

Hello crafty friends,

I am very excited about my debut with the So Suzy Stamps Design Team.  This release has already been lots of fun to play with and the first card I was inspired to make is with this cute snowman.  The expression on its face and the outstretched arms to the sky just called out to me.

What better background than a beautiful sky with lots of snowflakes?  This one was created using all three of the new snowflake stamps included in this new release using a heat embossing resist technique.   I created a template to use so that I could be consistent in the placement of the stamping since I decided to create multiple backgrounds like this one and it comes in handy when you need to mass produce and have to move the stamps to different positions during the process.  I show the technique in the video if you want to copy this approach.  I did this because it is very difficult to see Versamark ink on white cardstock and I wanted to avoid stamping on top of a previously stamped position.

The snowman was stamped with Memento black ink because I colored with alcohol (mostly Copic) markers.

I had an idea to add a textured, realistic snow bank at the bottom.  Learning from a past oopsie, I took a different approach to using Ranger texture paste so it would not end up warped.  I used a piece of clear plastic packaging (the more rigid the better) and cut it into the general shape I wanted, then used a spatula to apply the texture paste.  Once it was dry I glued it to the background panel with the snowman tucked just behind.

The only part of this card not shown in the video is the inside stamping, which was done with the large snowflake and peace stamp using Distress Oxide Broken China and the Misti.

For the full details, please watch my video below.  The links to all the products are at the end of the post (Note: affiliate links are being used for which I earn a small commission - if you use them to purchase- at no additional cost to you)

For a limited time there are some special incentives being offered by So Suzy Stamps - please see the details below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or feedback on this project.  I do a little happy dance every time I see a new comment and respond to them all.

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