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.



Winners of the first blogiversary random drawing

Hello crafty friends,

I'm excited to announce 3 winners of the annual blogiversary contest!  I had only mentioned there would be 2 winners, but since 3 of the people who participated also followed and commented in 3 other places I decided to do an additional $15 drawing for the extra effort!  I used a random name generator and for every eligible entry I added a -1, -2,  -3 etc after the name to give the appropriate number of chances.

Without further ado here are the first two winners of a $25 gift certificate to their favorite stamp company.

The bonus winner of $15 is.........

I wish I could give awards to all the participants because your enthusiasm and comments were all so amazing!  I appreciate your support and look forward to bringing you more inspiration in 2018.

For the winners....

Please contact me via my blogger contact form by noon on Feb 2nd so I can confirm with you which company you are choosing for your prize and arrange for the certificate.  Please keep in mind that with the Creativation show going on, many of the stamp companies are participating so it could take longer than normal to get confirmation of your prizes.  Again,  these are being personally paid for by me - there were no sponsors for this particular contest!

Thanks again!


Love is in the air - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #31

Hello crafty friends,

With the first half of January already behind us, Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.  With the top row of this week's challenge board being all colors, it didn't take long to decide that this had to be a love themed card.

I have a membership to the Brutus Monroe stamp of the month club and the December stamp is the one I'm using today (hot air balloon).  I did a two step stamping process on this project for a couple of reasons:  first I didn't want to stamp directly on the background as far as the balloon was concerned because the stamp is not completely solid - since I used a sky backdrop it would have looked strange to see the sky through the balloon, yet I did want to see the sky through the bottom part where the ropes and basket are.

Before I did the balloons I prepared the background.  I took a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of white cardstock and used a cloud stencil from My Favorite Things.  this stencil is already a favorite and I believe it will be used a whole lot in my craft room - it's just that awesome!

Using a Ranger round ink blending tool I applied distress ink in tumbled glass by placing the stencil down an inch or so from the top, then blending up starting on the stencil first to give the impression of the edge of a cloud against the blue sky.  I kept moving the stencil down and rotated it to keep the patterns random as I applied ink on the entire length of the card in a portrait orientation.

Stamping the hot air balloons:

Starting with white cardstock, I used my MISTI stamping tool to make sure I got a good solid result in pink, then red.  It took me about 3 times to get the coverage I wanted.  After the ink was dry I stamped again on top with Versamark ink, then applied clear embossing powder and heat set.  I did this to give some shine and dimension to the balloon to help it further stand out against the sky background.  After this I fussy cut around the balloon (cutting off the basket/ropes).

After cutting off the balloon I put the cloud background piece into my MISTI and placed one of the two balloons where I wanted it to be (but did not glue it down).  I laid the balloon stamp on top of the precut balloon, then picked up the stamp with the lid of the mISTI.  Next I only stamped the bottom part of the stamp (post it tape helped mask off the top) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I removed the cut balloon from the area and then stamped down the basket & ropes part.  I repeated this process for the second balloon.

After the stamping/embossing I glued down the pink balloon on the left flat on the paper and then popped up the red balloon on the right side to make it look like it's slightly in front of the other one.

I cut down the cloud background to 3.75" x 5" to leave some space where my patterned paper layer (the X's and O's) under it.  I glued the pattern paper to a card base - A6 finished size - then added craft foam underneath the cloud panel to pop it up from the base and glued it on.

Although the stamping part may be a little fussy, to me it was worth the extra steps to make the balloons really pop against the sky.

I hope you will play along with us at the challenge and be sure to check out the rest of the awesome Team X design team projects this week.

If you didn't know, this year we are offering winners (including all previous winners from 2017) the opportunity to guest design with us on an upcoming challenge - it's purely optional!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tulip field birthday card for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Has this crazy winter weather left you dreaming of an early spring?  I definitely am over the cold weather!

Tulips are one of my all time favorite flowers and today I'm using one of my most favorite stamps from So Suzy.  I had the vision of a tulip field from Holland in mind as I worked on this design with a beautiful sky above and set out to make that scene on my card.  Here's a gorgeous photo of a real tulip field to ohh and ahhh over.   This is the inspiration for my design concept other than I went with a pastel color theme.

*Photo - Image licensed from AdobeStock

In order to get a continuous line of tulips at the bottom I stamped the first bouquet in the center with Versamark, applied the embossing powder and heat set it.  I stamped onto masking paper then fussy cut around it in order to stamp the bouquet again on each side.   Again I added rose gold embossing powder and heat set.

I watercolored the tulips using regular distress ink colors, mainly because they are so easy to use.  You swipe some ink onto a surface and used my Kuretake water brush pen to apply the color.  The colors are listed at the end of the post.

My sky was done using the cloud stencil from My Favorite things.  I used a sponge tool to blend tumbled glass distress ink, moving the cloud stencil a few times and changing the direction to get a varied look.

I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment with the same rose gold embossing powder.

To complete the card I adhered it to a white note card size base, which is a finished size of 4.25" x 5.5"

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget there are still some sales going on in January and you get a free sentiment stamp with every order through the end of this month!

Visit So Suzy Stamps to take advantage of the discount and free 

January stamp here!!