Alcohol ink Galaxy background with Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Do you like galaxy backgrounds?  I love how there are so many ways to create one - today I wanted to do something I've done before - this time around I did capture the process of how I did it on camera.  Scroll on down to see the video towards the end of this post.

Split background take two | So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I am using a technique I call split backgrounds using 3 different So Suzy floral outline stamp images and I love how they turned out.  I used the split background technique that I posted about here.  This time I wanted to see how it would work with outline images, whether or not every one was colored or simply left stamped with no additional coloring.  I have a video showing how these were put together.
This post is also part of my YouTube series where I will be giving away a MISTI at the conclusion (this is part 2).  See this post for more details.

Split Background Technique | Citrus Stamps + giveaway

tubHello crafty friends,

I am excited to share a card making technique to make simple backgrounds more versatile without adding a lot of time to the process.  Depending on what level you want to take it to, you could use this as a mass production technique with one stamp (set) and one color, or mix it up like I have - I did stick with one ink color per card.  This is part 1 of a 2 part series.  I'm using stamps from Altenew and WPlus9.  If you came here from YouTube looking for details on the giveaway you will find that information after the video on this post.

Thinking of you card

Hello crafty friends,

In today's post I am sharing this card with a mixed media style that isn't complex or time consuming. Plus it only required a minimum of supplies.  I only used one color, yet it looks as though several shades were used.  This effect was achieved by using simple emboss resist combined with powder watercolor.  The fun part is that even though I had a plan in mind at the start, I ended up changing my mind as I worked on it and I think it turned out better than my original idea, which was going to be a one layer card.

Summer Challenge | Ice Cream Circle card

Hello crafty friends,

Are you ready to make some summer themed cards?  I definitely am.  Ice cream just "screams" summer so of course I had to pull out my favorite So Suzy ice cream stamp for this occasion :)

For the next month we invite you to create a summer themed card (Crackerbox & So Suzy stamps are encouraged but not necessary to play) and link it up to the challenge here:

Stairway.... or highway?

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a great week!  Sometimes a sentiment brings certain images to mind and this is one of those.  If you know American rock songs from the 70's, you will immediately recognize that this is a play on two different songs.  If not, you may be too young to know them or just don't listen to rock.  I kept thinking about "how" could I do something other than an "ordinary" background since I didn't have another image stamp that I wanted to pair with this.  Then, I had an "aha" moment.

BBQ themed card - DIY denim look technique

Hello crafty friends,

Now that it's June the countdown is on until Father's Day.  I purchased two specific Waffle Flower stamp sets just to create some cards for this occasion.  This is the first time I've used any stamps from this brand and think I am very likely to purchase more.  Not every man is necessarily into doing BBQ but many I've known that do like to be known as the master of BBQ he he.  Something about BBQ seems to be a natural domain for guys amiright?

Simple Birds on vellum for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you all had a relaxing weekend!  It's been a busy May for me.  It's my birthday month, my mother's birthday month and my best friends birthday month, not to mention Mother's Day!  I have wanted to use this stamp for awhile and hope that you like what I did with it as much as I do.  I did not have a lot of time to spend, so I wanted to be smart about the time I did have.

2018 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

Today we are celebrating all things coffee and tea with the current Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  So Suzy is a super sponsor for this highly anticipated event!  Be sure to check the So Suzy blog post to see what the entire design team put together for inspiration.

Rusty Truck Steampunk Style + So Suzy Card Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

For the first ever challenge at So Suzy - Crackerbox Palace stamps the entire design team created masculine themed cards to inspire you to play along with us.  The details on the challenge, prizes, etc. can be found on the So Suzy blog.  I chose this pick up truck stamp as my focal point and thought how fun it would be to pair it with some die cut gears and make the overall look steampunk style.

Interactive Ballerina card | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #47

Hello crafty friends,

Today is the first time I've tried out this type of interactive card using Uchi's Design by Motion Crafts products.  This ballerina set is just adorable - love the look of the spinning ballerina effect when the slider tab is moved back and forth.  I had a different project in mind for this week's challenge and as luck had it I received an order in time to make this one instead.

Pop Tart Instructions Card + My first stamp design!!

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I am  on the So Suzy blog today to share this snarky (funny) handmade card.  This is as simple as it gets with stamping a couple of images and coloring with Copic markers.  I have a bonus card to share as well featuring this months' free stamp with any order at So Suzy Stamps.  I imagine this lady as possibly a grumpy teacher fed up with silly students or a grandmother exasperated at someone.  This is all in good fun in any event.

Double Interactive Space Theme Card + Video

Hello crafty friends!

I am super excited to share this card.  It features a fun galaxy style alcohol ink background, a slider countdown channel and two wobbler elements.  What could be more fun than that?  What a super fun card for a young child who loves this type of thing.  The My Favorite Things stamp set I used today has some flexibility to make something other than a birthday card should you choose with a different sentiment.

So Suzy Friends & Family Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for a special event with past and current design team members (and former owner) of So Suzy Stamps.  We have created a TON of inspiration for you and hope to inspire your creativity.   There are 4 prizes being offered (see details at end of post) to those who visit and leave a comment on each stop!

Bluebonnet Card - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #45

Hello crafty friends,

April is fast coming to a close and I could not pass up this opportunity (as a native Texan) to share the Texas state flower as the star of this card.  Admiring the bluebonnets in spring is one of my favorite things.  I have so many personal photos of family among these beautiful flowers.  I went on a weekend trip to spend with very special friends I've known since first grade and made it a point to stop by this lovely shop, Stamp Salado.  It's always an adventure to see a new shop and find new crafty toys!

Friendship Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello crafty friends,

Today marks a very special celebration.  Last April 21st, the members of the freshman class of So Suzy Session – How to be on a Design Team came together to have a blog hop. Our topic was “Mother’s Day”.  This year on the anniversary, we are celebrating the friendships and support we have built through the year. 
 for a chance to win a $35 certificate to the vendor of your choice please visit every stop on the hop and comment by April 30th.

I have been making lots of square cards lately - it was time for a little change from the usual card shape and size I make :) plus it's fun to mix in a variety of shapes and sizes.

If you wish to check out the sale at So Suzy Stamps you can click here.

Concord & 9th has several "flavors" of turnabout stamps, which are among my favorite stamp products.  They are made to be used with a stamp positioning tool - my tool of choice is the MISTI.  You create the stamped image by turning your paper one quarter turn in which you can stamp up to 4 times in different colors.  The key to making it work is to use a temporary adhesive to hold your cardstock to a 6" x 6" template and turn the entire template one quarter turn before stamping again.

Since it's not the easiest thing to describe in words, here's a video link (not mine) from C&9 showing the basics since I did not have enough time to make a video on this specific card.  I have the products used in this card listed at the very end of this post (Note:  affiliate links are used for some of the products - If you choose to purchase using one or more of them I may make a small commission, which has no impact on your price - if you have questions about these links, please see my disclosures page for more details)

Top layer:

  • Start with a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of white 80 lb cardstock 
  • I stamped a different color (progressively lightest to darkest color from the ink set) on 3 turns and used the optional die instead of stamping the 4th time. 
  • I used an ink blending tool to apply the darkest color from this Altenew Tea Party ink set onto a separate piece of white cardstock to go underneath the stamped panel.  
  • I popped up the white stamped panel to give some more dimension for the "peekaboo" effect.

Middle layer

  • Cut down a pice of copper metallic cardstock in my stash to 4.5" x 4.5", 

Card Base

  • 4.5" x 4.5" square top fold card base made from 110 lb white cardstock.

Sentiment (die cut & stamped)

  • die cut the word "friends" from a Winnie & Walter die set out of the copper cardstock and black cardstock, adhered the copper die over the black one, slightly offsetting to create a shadow.
  • cut off the "s" to go better with the rest of sentiment.  
  • stamped "missing you" sentiment from this Winnie & Walter stamp set with Versamark ink onto a small piece of black cardstock.  
  • added white detail embossing powder on top of the wet ink and heat set.
  • trimmed down the black cardstock and cut a v shaped tail on one end.

Before adhering the  die cut and sentiment I coiled up a bit of copper colored thread.  I put a small piece of double sided tape onto the stamped panel, then glued down both the die cut word

Mary Kay Werry (start here for the full lineup)
Teresa > you are here

PRIZE INFORMATION:  Visit and comment on each blog by April 30, 2018 for a chance to win a $35 gift certificate to the vendor of your choice.  Winner will be announced approximately May 1st on Mary Kay's blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remake of Olesya's "Sweet Things" card

Hello crafty friends,

Today I am CASE'ing a card made by my So Suzy DT member Olesya Kharkova - I admired this sweet square card and hope I do it justice with my version.

Just Cards Video Hop | April + Flower Theme

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm doing a video hop with the Just Cards group - we are a group of creatives who regularly post YouTube tutorials.  If you haven't seen it the best way to experience it is directly on YouTube.  The theme of the month is flowers and this is the card I created just for this hop.

Watercolor Art Impressions Way | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #43

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for another Tic Tac Toe challenge - this is the card I created using Art Impressions watercolor series stamps.  I made this in a class I recently took from Bonnie Krebs, the artist who makes all the wonderful images - she's been in business 23 years as of this writing.  Bonnie and her daughter do lots of YouTube videos on the same method used on this card.

CASE design challenge | So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I have some brand new So Suzy Stamps inspiration for you today!  If you love fairies I think I have just the card for you.  This time around I wanted to create a magical, dreamy and colorful cloud background for the fairy to float upon.  Always happy to share ideas for creating handmade cards.  I hope my tutorial is helpful to recreate this look.  And believe it or not one of my special tips on this post is how HAIRSPRAY was part of the process.

SSS Card kit play | Foil Technique with stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I recently received the April card kit from Simon Says Stamp and I spent quite a bit of time playing with the items in the kit.  This is a photo heavy post PLUS there's a video to show you a technique I used to create a couple of shaker cards with a few extra items that are not part of the kit.  Have you seen the new Thermoweb Clear toner designer sheets?

Simple Thank You Card

Hello crafty friends,

Here is a very easy card you can create in just minutes!  I used Gelatos and one Nuvo Mousse color to create my stripes and color on the sentiment die cut.  The sentiment is stamped and die cut from the Many Mandalas Concord & 9th set.  Before adhering the die cut I wrapped the base panel (Ranger watercolor cardstock) with some embroidery thread.  The final touch is some Nuvo Jewel drops in one of the new colors

Tropical Birthday Card | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #41

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a great week so far!

One technique used on this week's inspiration card for this week's challenge is new to me.  I attended a Scrapbook Expo recently and learned about some techniques I had not tried before.  I created my own glittery paper to do "almost" a die cut inlay for the tropical leaves (well more like palm branches but I thought they still would fit the theme of the challenge).

Lava lamp interactive light up card | New medium discovery

Hello crafty friends,

I've been experimenting behind the scenes for a couple of months on creating this card.  I did not have any template, stamps, etc. to start from so this is a true "from the drawing board" type of project.  Even if you are not into interactive cards, I think there's still some takeaways for you as well.

Vintage Style Elegant Lady | So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Today I used a silhouette stamp and modified it a bit for my card.  This is a photo heavy post showing the progress steps.  My goal is to show how simple it can be to stretch the use of a silhouette stamp.

Ice cream cone card | A blog named Hero challenge

Hello crafty friends,

Popping in for a quick post.  I created this card for a challenge from A Blog Named Hero featuring my favorite Hero Arts products.

Triple spinner Saint Patrick's Day Card | Tic Tac Toe challenge #39

Hello crafty friends,

I have a really fun card to share with you today.  This week's challenge board had "spinner" as one of the elements.  given my love of interactive cards it was an easy choice.

I went with the left diagonal down on the board: Spinner Card - Accents - Smooshing.  Please be sure to visit the challenge board to play along with us!

Colorful Coffee Card | So Suzy Stamps

 Hello crafty friends,

I created a very colorful collection of coffee cups using the cute coffee cup stamp.  I'm also featuring this month's free stamp (the sentiment)

Pop up Tulip Bouquet | So Suzy Stamps + Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

Today the So Suzy Stamps design team is doing a blog hop to feature all the wonderful flower & foliage stamps.  There is also a $20 gift certificate being offered to one lucky commenter - must comment on all the blogs - so stay tuned at the end of this post for the entire blog hop list.  $20 goes quite a ways in the shop - you could get all the stamps I used on this card during March with the discount.

Elegant Peacock Feather Card for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Peacock feathers are some of the most beautiful in my opinion.  This stamp is one of those classics that I plan to use again and again in my card making.  I decided to use it to create an elegant background that would also serve as the focal point for my card.  I stamped the feather all over a piece of teal solid cardstock with embossing ink, added some gold embossing powder and heat set it.

Twist Easel Card | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #37

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome back for the latest Tic Tac Toe Challenge - it's my turn as featured designer and this is the board I created for this week!  I hope you will play along with us - if you didn't start at the challenge blog, just hop on over after you've had a chance to hang out with me for awhile.   I decided to challenge myself and see if I could use all 9 elements - I managed to do it too!

Layered Stamping Technique | Video Tutorial

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing an exciting new discovery - at least it is to me!  I watch what amounts to a crazy amount of creative artist videos on YouTube.  I can honestly say I have never seen anyone do this exact technique.  Hopefully it's something that will help you if you do any layered stamping, even if it is not a flower.  For instance Hero Arts is one company I think of that also does a lot of layering stamp sets.

Funny Birthday Cake Card for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Don't we all like a good laugh?  This punny sentiment is perfect paired with the simple birthday cake stamp.

Here's a photo tutorial on the background I made with a stencil, Distress Oxide (new color Mermaid Lagoon!) and Caribbean brights Color Bursts, which is a powdered watercolor medium.

Free classes

Hello crafty friends,

Did you know that offers free classes from many well known creators in the industry?

I've compiled a list of some that I thought would be appealing to cardmakers in particular, however there is also a general link to all the offerings in the list below.

Triangle Collage Card

Hello crafty friends

Lately I've been having a bit of an Altenew crush going on.  Today's card is from their latest release.  While Altenew is mainly known for their awesome floral stamps (to which I already added one from the same release) they had this really neat geometric stamp and die set that I could not resist.  I could see it being adapted to a wide variety of cards whether feminine or masculine.  I wanted to use both stamps and dies on this card but not take up a lot of time with the coloring aspect.

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #35

Hello crafty friends,

Time for a new challenge board!  I went with enamel dots - plaid - baby for my inspiration card.  If you have yet to play along in the challenge, I encourage you to jump in!  My sister recently adopted a very special baby boy and I'm going to go see her this weekend!  So I had her in mind when I created this card.

Basket of Strawberries Valentine's Card

Hello crafty friends and Happy Valentine's Day!

I have a really sweet card with this sweet basket of strawberries utilizing 4 small stamps from So Suzy Stamps - a strawberry,  XOXO and the Love You sentiment.  I used a multiple stamping technique to add big impact.  I made the basket from strips of paper - yay for creating your own embellishments!

Stacked die cut shaker - Video Hop with prizes

Hello crafty friends,

I have a technique to share that I thought up on my own, or at least at this point I have not seen anyone else do this exact thing before.

If you love shaker cards but don't like all the work involved with adding pieces of foam tape, etc. etc. then you may find this an easier way to do this with certain dies.  The ideal die is one that has both separate openings but is enclosed on all sides.  The one I used today isn't exactly all closed, but it wasn't too difficult to work around that and still not have to use double sided foam tape cut in a million little pieces.

Think of any of those cover plate dies you have already - you may be able to adapt this to those dies.  For instance the Queen Company offers lots of dies intended for shakers but you usually have to buy their foam kits in order to create more cards.

CAS love card - dies & watercolor

Hello crafty friends,

Popping in for a very quick post - I was very excited to receive my order of Altenew bold alphabet dies and just "had" to use them right away!

Before die cutting the letters, I stamped a piece of watercolor paper with a Hydrangea stamp from Winnie & Walter several times with a variety of blue, lavender and pink Marvy Uchida watercolor markers (as well as a few others from Recollections, which also worked just as well).  You swipe the marker over the stamps then after stamping use a watercolor brush to move the color.  I did not spend a ton of time on it since I was going to die cut the letters out of it afterwards.

Elegant Valentine's Day Card

Hello crafty friends,

Today's card is one of those times where I had to experiment with different colors before I settled on this gray/silver monochromatic color scheme.  I tried silver on black, but after things started coming together, the gray and silver version became more appealing.  That's the interesting thing about the creative process, sometimes you think you will like it better one way then you change your mind :)

Heart shaped floral card for Tic Tac Toe challenge #33

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome for another round of the Tic Tac Toe challenge!  This week's board inspired me to create a love themed card with the main idea being creating cards for family or friends who might be far away.  I have a very special person in mind to receive this card - my mom.  I used a variety of different products which ended up working very well together in the end result.

Disclosure: Products used are listed at the end of this post - affiliate links are used, which allow me to earn a small commission to offset the costs of running this blog and bringing you inspiration - there is no change in the cost to you should you find something you want to add to your crafty stash - as always I only use what I like and recommend to others.

New So Suzy Stamps Release - Fairy on a swing card

Hello So Suzy fans,

Today is an exciting day!  So Suzy has released a lot of new stamps (wow 70+ of them!!!) and I think there is something for just about everyone.  Also we are having a blog hop with the entire design team and a giveaway to one lucky commenter!  - please scroll down for the line up after the video for further details.

Fairies are so fun and creating this card was pure joy for me.  The background was created primarily with an ink blending and masking technique.  Please see the video below if you'd like to see how this came together.

video tutorial:

or watch in HD here.  If you have not subscribed to my channel, now is a great time to hop on over and do so.

Blog hop line up:

So Suzy Stamps
Martha Lucia
Teresa .> you are here

We will be offering a $25 gift certificate to one person who comments on ALL the blogs! The winner will be announced on the So Suzy Blog and Facebook on January 31st.

Click here see the entire new release of stamps - but before you go on there or the next stop on the hop please leave a comment so you can be part of the drawing!

See this stamp here

See this new stamp here


Mixed Media Card with So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I don't usually do mixed media so it was a nice change to do something different from my typical projects.  We have two days until the new release at So Suzy Stamps so until I can reveal the latest and greatest I wanted to use some older favorites and create a whole new look that isn't all that hard to duplicate.

As my crafty friend Josefine Fourage advised with mixed media, as long as you are having fun there is no wrong way to do this technique.  If you don't like what you are seeing, just keep adding on additional layers, texture and color.  Usually you'll end up at a point where you like what you're seeing.

Please note: affiliate links are used at the end of this post for products used.  There is no additional cost to you if you use them to purchase products and I certainly appreciate if you do as it supports me continuing to bring you projects like this one.

Starting with a piece of plain white tissue paper (the type you wrap gifts in) I stamped the butterfly stamp, beech line leaf and ranunculus flower multiple times in a small area (about 12" x 12") with black archival ink.  In the end the only stamp you end up really seeing is the butterfly unless you look really close.  I tore the tissue paper into small sections intending to layer on a few pieces, concentrating to make sure at least one butterfly would be in a good focal point position.

Using a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of watercolor paper as a base I added on a few layers of the stamped white tissue paper.  I used Ranger glue n seal to glue the first layers of white stamped tissue paper, then adding glue n seal across the top of the tissue.  Once dry I spritzed with 3 spray inks (blue, turquoise and purple) to add the first layer of color.

I added another stamped butterfly on white tissue paper that I had cut out while leaving a .25 of an edge.  I used glue n seal on the back of it before pressing down on top while allowing it to have a crinkled effect.  Already I was loving the texture it created.

I added some Emerald Creek fractured ice embossing powder over the butterfly by first brushing some embossing ink with a special marker (in supplies below).   This is a thicker embossing powder with some flecks of blue and dark gray in the mix and has a blue tint to it.  Below is a picture of that section at an angle to show the effect once it's melted.  Against this background it did not stand out on  its own since it's very translucent after it's melted.  I also covered a small strip of vellum in its entirety with the same embossing powder and placed it as an accent at the right hand side after finishing the rest of the colored panel.  You can better see how the melted powder looks on that strip.

I wanted some additional areas with more texture and added some snowtex (it has a gritty texture) in some random places.  After it had dried, I spritzed the paste with the same spray inks in contrasting colors to the section it was on.  So if I had spritzed turquoise, I sprayed the paste purple and vice versa.  You can best see this effect by looking towards the top right corner.

I flicked on a little bit of white here an there onto the front of the card and added overall shimmer by spraying a gold shimmer mist all over the panel.

I glued down the vellum embossed strip on the left with multi matte medium and the black strip with Tombow multi liquid glue and placed some acrylic blocks on top to weigh it down until the glue held.
To add the sentiment I stamped in Versamark on a piece of black cardstock, taking care to treat it first with an anti-static tool before adding white embossing powder.

The final touch for the top panel was a piece of multicolored yarn with some similar and contrasting colors that I wrapped around the panel and tied into a simple bow in the front.

To complete the card I layered it onto white cardstock with a thin frame using strong double sided adhesive (I used scor-tape) since the color panel ended up a little warped after everything that I'd done to it.  I then used the Tombow liquid glue to layer it onto the black card base.  So I ended up with a non-standard sized card, which is something I do on occasion.   Goes with the whole carefree and winging it approach lol.  The one thing I was not "winging" is my choice of adhesives on this project - this is definitely the type of thing where the mediums were one of the most important elements even though they don't add to the look of the card, without them it would have been a hot mess.

If you've stuck with me this long, I want to thank you for reading and hopefully you've found this interesting and potentially something you may want to try yourself.