I like cacti.  Living here in San Diego they are part of the natural flora.  Better yet, they resist my black thumb.  🙂


Products used:

  • Main Image: Hero Arts
  • Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp die cut ‘wishing’
  • Background: Simon Says Stamp heart die cut
  • Stencil: Simon Says Stamp
  • Watercolor: Distress ink in Salty Ocean and Blueprint
  • Embossing paste: Inka gold in Platinum

To start this card I cut an A2 size panel from watercolor paper.  I took my lighter distress ink and covered a small area of my craft mat in the ink.  Taking a water bottle I misted the ink on the craft mat until the ink beaded up.  Dropping my card panel into the ink and lifting to look, allowed me to see where the color was on the panel before adding more color if necessary.  I set the panel aside to dry before adding the second color of distress ink.

Once the panel was completely dry I taped my stencil over the A2 panel. Using a palette knife I applied the embossing paste over select areas of the stencil.

TIPS: Inka gold embossing paste is beautiful!  But it requires you to work pretty fast; otherwise, it can get stuck in the stencil itself!  I suggest taping off areas of your stencil where you don’t want embossing paste on your panel – this will allow you to work faster.  I also recommend ensuring you close your lid tightly so it doesn’t dry out.  🙂


The heart die cut was cut out of white card stock and some of the inner hearts were popped out and some left in place.  I used Ranger Glossy Accents to adhere the die cut due to the texture of the paper and embossing paste – it works great as a really strong glue!

The cactus was stamped in My Favorite Things hybrid ink and colored in with copic markers.  The ‘wishing’ sentiment was cut out twice, glued together, and then colored with the matching copic marker as the cactus flower.  I adhered the cactus down and layered the wishing sentiment over top.  To finish the card I covered ‘wishing’ in glossy accents and attached the A2 panel to card base.

That’s it!  Have a great day!



Fun with stencils

I mentioned in my previous blog post that the next several cards on my blog will be focusing on ink blending, stencils, and embossing paste.  This ‘Thank You’ card focuses on ink blending with stencils.  I have found that the brand of ink doesn’t matter quite as much as type of ink.  In this case, the importance is on dye ink vs hybrid ink or pigment ink.  That is not to say that you can’t use either of those, but their different properties will make them act differently.



This card uses Ranger distress inks to create the accent for the focal point of this card.  I masked off an area leaving 3/4″ on the left and 2″ on the right.  Taking an ink blending tool and ‘salty ocean’ distress ink I covered the exposed area.  When happy with the result I taped a stencil by Simon Says Stamp over the card panel.  Using Salty Ocean again, I loaded up my blending tool with ink and pounced the color over the stencil vs blending in a circular motion like I did for the base layer.


The flowers are from a Mama Elephant stamp set that I stamped on Neenah card stock in Memento ink before coloring them in with copic markers.  Once complete, I cut out the flowers using my Brother Scan n’Cut and adhered it to the card panel.  Taking my glaze pen I covered the stamen of the flowers for the glitter finish.


The last think to be done was to include a sentiment.  I cut a Simon Says Stamp ‘thanks’ several times and glued them together with Ranger multi-medium matte. Once I adhered the sentiment to the card panel I covered it in glossy accents to create a bit of shine.

That completes my card!  Thanks for stopping by!



Welcome baby

Inspired by the Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration challenge I made a card for a friend’s new baby.  The inspiration for the card came from the soft pallet of blue, pink, yellow and green.  This card was made using the ink blending technique on Neenah card stock.  To start I masked the edges of my A2 panel with masking tape to create a rectangle.

Next, I stamped the bunny and moon from Waffle Flower’s ‘Riverside Stamp Set’ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then again on masking paper.  I cut the images from the masking paper and laid them over the original stamped images.  I cut one last mask for my ‘hill’ that the bunny is sitting on.  Taking my ink blending tool I used three different My Favorite Things dye inks to create my sky.  Once happy with the results I masked off the sky and used the same technique to create the grass.

TIPS: If you’re new to ink blending here are some things I’ve learned: after putting ink on your applicator tap it a few times off the page before bring the applicator onto your project.  To get the most even coverage I recommend using circular motions and starting from a point off your project and as you continue to make circular motions bring the applicator onto your card panel.  Keep in mind that complimentary colors (colors opposite each other on the color wheel) make black when mixed i.e. avoid creating mud accidentally!  Not sure?  Try it out on a scrap piece of paper first! 🙂  Lastly, sometimes it is good to let the ink dry so you can determine if more blending is needed.  Depending on the ink you’re using, some of them tend to ‘even’ out upon drying.

Once the ink was dry I removed my masks and colored in the bunny and moon with copic markers.  I prepped the card panel with an anti-static tool and stamped the stars in Versamark ink before embossing it with white embossing powder.  For my greeting I die cut ‘congrats’ twice, using an Ellen Hutson die cut, and glued the two sentiments together.  I attached my sentiment to the card and then covered it and the moon in glossy accents.  Baby card complete!


Thanks for stopping by!


Oh Happy Day!

There is a pile of stamps on my desk that I can’t put away until I’ve made something with them.  This is the second card I’ve made using this gorjuss stamp, the other one is here.  Just.can’t.get.enough. 🙂


On an A2 panel I stamped my gorjuss image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then stamped it again on masking paper.  After cutting the image out of masking paper I laid it over my original stamped image.  Once covered, I took an assortment of My Favorite Things die inks and stamped my plaid background using ‘Brush Strokes’ by Mama Elephant.  Once the ink was dry I removed my mask and colored my image using copic markers.


I prepped the card with an anti-static tool and then inked up a sentiment from Mama Elephant’s ‘Bountiful Blessings’ stamp set in versa mark ink.  Using Ranger embossing powder I stamped and embossed the sentiment twice using my MISTI.  Afterwards I adhered die cut hearts and clear sequins to the project.  Lastly, I added some glossy accents   to the hearts to finish the card.  Thanks for stopping by!



During the Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge I colored a number of images that I’m finally getting around to making into cards!  The main image in this card is by The Greeting Farm – just adore their rubber stamps!


I stamped my image on Neenah card stock in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored her in with copic markers.  I took a clear Glaze pen and went over her shoes and hair ribbons for a little bit  of shine.


This card is all about layered elements!  I die cut a 3×4 card out of navy card stock and used a Lil’ Inker Design plate to get the stitched background.  I also used their stitched flower die for the little flower elements on the white flag.  I adhered the flower and leaves onto the white flag and used my mini-stapler to attach it to the navy mini-panel.  The ‘xoxo’ die is by Amy Tangerine and the patterned paper by Pebbles

To put this card together I took an A2 panel cut out from an Avery Elle card stock.  I placed my 3×4 navy panel and placed washi tape behind it on the top bottom before adhering the mini-panel.  The wreath die is from Reverse Confetti and is also cut from Pebbles card stock.  I offset the wreath to balance out the card and then adhered the girl using foam tape to keep her as the focus.  Next I took my  ‘xoxo’ sentiment, which I’d die cut twice to add some bulk, and adhered it using multi-medium matte.

To finish this card I added some glossy accents to the flower center and some heart sequins around the sentiment.   I attached my panel to a top folding card base and then rounded the bottom corners with my 1/2″ corner chomper.

Gorjuss Birthday

I’m a huge fan of these Gorjuss stamps.  They have them in full size and recently released miniatures in their previously released images too.  I love the images rubber stamps produce, these have the added benefit of attaching to an acrylic block versus a wooden block – meaning I have an easier time placing my image.

I stamped this image, called Waiting, on Neenah card stock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the image again on masking paper, cut it out, and placed it on top of my original image.  Using My Favorite Things dye ink in ‘peach bellini’ I inked up two images from the ‘Brush Strokes’ stamp set from Mama Elephant to create my striped background.



Once my background was complete I removed the mask and colored my image in using copic markers.  The sentiment is from another Mama Elephant set, ‘Happy Everything’.  I cut a piece of vellum using a bookmark die from Avery Elle and then prepped the tag for heat embossing.  The sentiment ‘Happy Birthday to’ was embossed using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  The ‘you’ die is from Ellen Hutson and was cut multiple times and glued together to make my sentiment thicker.


The bow is cut out of blue card stock to tie into the little girl’s blue jacket using a Mama Elephant bow die.  I used a clear Glaze pen on her boots to give a little bit of shine and a black Glaze pen on her eyes.  With the addition of sequins and glossy accents over the ‘you’ my birthday card was complete!

Thanks for stopping by!

Puppy Love

Hi!  This card is a departure from what I would consider my normal style – but I like the opportunity to branch out!  Lots of layers, bright colors, and added dimension!  To build up to the focal point of this card I took an A2 panel and stamped it in ‘Blueberry’ ink by My Favorite Things with their ‘Grid’ background stamp.  The green and salmon paper are from the ‘Lakeside’ paper collection by Pebbles.  The salmon paper was die cut with a Reverse Confetti tag die that has a scalloped bottom.  By running the salmon paper through the machine once, flipping the die, and running the card stock through again, I got scalloped edges on the top and bottom.  The smallest panel, in white, was cut down and then run through my Bigkick with a Lil’ Inker Design cover up die called ‘Quilted Stitched Pattern Die’.


For the focal point of this card I used these cute pups by Reverse Confetti.  I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah card stock and colored them with copic markers. For the boy pup I used E31, E33, E35, E25, E55.  For the girl pup I used E50, E41, E31, E33.  For the bowl and bones I used BG10, BG23 and W1, W3.


Using Mama Elephant’s ‘Polaroid Fun’ dies I cut out two speech bubbles and stamped a heart on them.  I colored the hearts in gold using gel pen and the background with B10.  I covered the hearts, dog bowl, and the girl pup’s bow in glossy accents.  Once everything was dry it was just a matter of adhering everything!  To add dimension, the bowl was popped up with some foam tape.  I wanted a little bit of interest to the speech bubbles too but the foam tape was too much height.  Using some scrap paper I cut small pieces and layered them behind the speech bubbles for just a little bit of lift.

That’s it!  I hope you enjoyed my card!



Sadie’s book: month 4-7

Sadie’s book covers her development, initially in weeks and then in months.  For earlier posts on Sadie’s book go to the ‘Album’ in the menu bar or click here or here to see the first several weeks!  I’m going to keep this post short and just explain which stamps I used for each of the cards.  IMG_0936

4 months: The Avery Elle stamp set ‘Happy Camper’ is perfect for breaking out your dye inks and keeping it simple!  A little shading was added to the mountain range with some gray copic markers and some glossy accents was added to the fish in the lake!  I stamped the blue vellum in VersaMark ink before covering it in Wendi Vecchi embossing powder in ‘watering can’.  Huge fan of these embossing powders – I always get really great results with them.

5 months (below): This card uses a mix of Mama Elephant ‘XOXO’ and Lawn Fawn ‘Hello Baby’ images.  Again, these sets lend themselves to simple stamping with dye ink and very minimal shading with gray copics.  A lot of Wink of Stella was added to the umbrella, followed by a coat of glossy accents.  I used patterened paper by Pebbles from a paper pad called Lakeside for the banner.  To make the sentiment stand out I heat embossed it in ‘Mustard’ by Zing.  Lastly, I attached the banner with my Primula mini-stapler.


6 months (below):  Using ‘Gnome Sweet Gnome’ by Lawn Fawn practically guarantees cuteness!  After stamping my scene I colored the images in with copic markers (my favorite medium)!  Sweet and simple!IMG_0937

7 months: The project life card uses several smaller images from the ‘Hello Baby’ stamp set by Lawn Fawn and a stitched banner stamp by Paper Smooches called ‘Flag Tags’.  Both the banner and sentiment are heat embossed in Zing ‘Glacier’.  To add some interest I used enamel glitter dots to the rattles.

I hope you enjoyed my project life cards!


Be My Valentine

My husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day…every day is ‘love’ day in my mind.  😉  But that doesn’t mean I can’t take the opportunity to tell him how much I love and appreciate him!  This card was done in three stages.

IMG_1076Stage 1:  Using copic markers I colored in these images from the stamp set ‘My Sunshine’ by the Greeting Farm (TGF).  I first stamped the images in Memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah solar white card stock.  When coloring images I generally start with the hair.  In case I mess up I can quickly start again!  For the girl: I used E70, E74, E79 and E89 on her hair.  Her dress is a combination of R22, R24 and R29, as are her shoes.  To color her skin I used E0000, E000, E00 and BV000.  For the guy: I used Y000, Y32, Y21, E53 and E55 on his hair and E50, E31, and E55 for his pants.  His vest is colored using a combination of R24 and R29 and by creating a mid-tone using the ‘tip-to-tip’ technique – whereby you move pigment onto the lighter color marker from the darker.  Lastly, his shirt uses a combination of B0000 and B00.

Stage 2: Taking an A2 panel, I die cut it with the Quilted Stitched PatternIMG_1071 Die by Lil’ Inker Designs.  After figuring out where I wanted my TGF images on the card panel I used a circle die to cut an opening in the panel.  Next, I stamped a small heart stamp from a Lawn Fawn set in Hero Arts Soft Pool at intersecting points of the quilted stitches.

Stage 3: The card base is a top-folding card made from the same Neenah card stock.  Taking the die cut A2 panel I lightly marked with pencil where the circle opening would be so I could have guides for my ink blending.  Taking my blending tool and My Favorite Things ‘Berrylicious’ I used circular motions and blended towards the top of the card.  I trimmed down the A2 panel on each side by 1/8″ and mounted it to the card base with foam tape.  I adhered by TGF images using a mix of tape runner and foam tape.  Lastly, I used a Sakura glaze pen in clear to add some shine to their eyes and shoes.


Bring on the Cake!

Abigail, my niece, is turning 1!  The kid has it all – a sweet smile, sunny disposition, and a fan club. 😉  In honor of her upcoming birthday I’ve created a zipper panel card so I can send her college fund money.  What?  I can’t help it.  Have you seen the price of school these days?  Eek!

IMG_1045So, on with the card!  I cut Neenah solar white card stock using the zipper panel die cut by Ellen Hutson twice, once for the card and the second time to act as a support panel for when the card is opened.  Using Memento ink, I inked ‘cupcake Mimi’ by Penny Black and centered the image on my A2 panel.  Taking that same stamp I stamped it a second time (without re-inking) onto Post-it tape.  I trimmed the image out of the Post-it tape and then masked my stamped image on the card.

Once Mimi (the little girl) was masked, I set the panel in my Misti so I could repeatedly stamp the background.  I did so using some My Favorite Things dye ink along with their IMG_1047‘Gingam’ background.  I kept the mask on Mimi and using ‘Bokeh Dots’ by Ellen Hutson and stamped the image several times in VersaMark ink.  Although slightly hard to see in this photo, the bokeh dots were covered in a holographic embossing powder and then embossed with a heat tool.  (I added a quick video at the bottom of this post to better show the holographic shimmer.  Probably should have turned off my Fleetwood Mac music before rolling tape!)  This created some subtle, shiny, focus around my sweet image!

Now for the coloring!  I love coloring with my copic markers.  In fact, part of my New Year’s resolution was that this would be ‘the year of the watercolor’ just so I’d venture out of my comfort zone.  Good news!  I’ve been practicing!  Bad news!  I stink!  Because I want to send this card to my niece I went with the copics!  Although, thinking about it, she probably wouldn’t care if I colored her card in with crayon 😉

IMG_1055Mimi’s tutu is colored in using R29, R24, and R05.  Her striped jumper and tights are colored in R20 and R22 with shading added with C00 and C1.  Her bow and shoes are colored in using Y15 and Y15.  Mimi is a relatively simple image and so a minimal amount of shading was done on her skin using E0000, E000, Y02, and BV000 and R20 for her cheeks.  For me, hair is the trickiest part, to give Mimi the honied blonde shade of the recipient I used Y000, Y21, Y32, and E53.  The cake uses all the same colors found in the rest of Mimi to keep some continuity and stop my image from getting too busy.

Lastly, I colored some scrap card stock using the R05 copic marker and stamped the ‘Bring on the Cake!’ sentiment by Ellen Hutson in VersaMark and embossed it in white.  A little glossy accents on Mimi’s foot wear, white gel pen on the cake, black glaze pen on her eyes, and I was done!