Friday, April 20, 2018

Eclipse Cards!

This is the final eclipse card using the MFT Big Birthday die.  I received this beautiful paper pad in the mail for my birthday and it was the perfect pattern for this technique.  The 6x6 paper pad is Recollections Backyard Table.  So pretty!  
All three cards using the new word dies!  
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thank You Card

Today I used the My Favorite Things Big Thanks die for my card.  This is another Concord & 9th tintable background that I colored with Twisted Citron Oxide ink.  The sweet friend sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Heart-2-Heart #4 stamp set.  
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Mail makes me Happy!

I couldn't help but to post all my hand made birthday cards that came in the mail.  Thank you to all my stamping friends that took the time to create a card for me!  I loved all the happy mail :)  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sending LOVE

I have been wanting to try this Eclipse technique that has been popular in the card making world.  I bought three different word dies that I thought I would use most often... LOVE, THANKS & HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  First up - LOVE!  The MFT Huge Love die was used on my card.  The word sending came from Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy stamp set.

I have these cool watercolor cards from Concord & 9th called Everyday Tintables.  They are white embossed watercolor cards that you can add color to however you like. I used a wide bristle paintbrush dipped in water and Worn Lipstick Oxide ink to create the pink background over top of the polka dots.  

16 watercolor card fronts with 4 pre-printed white designs* on them (4 each of 4 designs) which allow you to create cards with ink resist techniques, minus the heat embossing fuss!  Card fronts are sized at 4 3/4" x 6" so that you can tape down the edges while you watercolor to prevent the paper from curling. Once dry, trim down to desired sizes for fun backgrounds, or the focal point, on your cards!
Friday, April 13, 2018

Floral Thank You

This thank you card was inspired by Cathy Z.  Watch her video here.  I used the Altenew Floral Frame stamp & die set for my card.  I colored the floral image with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.  The small thanks die is from Taylored Expressions that I was given at one of Taylor's events. I embossed the grey card panel with the Papertrey Ink Linen Impression plate.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Birthday Balloons!

I had time over the weekend (since Spring has not yet arrived!) to play with the new Taylored Expressions Cutting Edge Balloons stamp set & dies.  I used a variety of sentiments to complete these fun cards!  

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter!

A colorful variety of Easter cards.  These cards were inspired by Linda at Amuse Studio.  I had most of the same supplies that she used & managed to come up with some cute Easter greetings!  

Each card is just slightly different.  On this one I have the bunny peeking out the top of the row of flowers.  

I love the woodgrain card stock for the basket - looks like a real wood basket!  

This chick is wishing you a Happy Easter!  

Products Used:  (mostly Amuse Studio products)

Stamps:  Spring Border, Somebunny Loves You, Happy Spring, Essential Sentiments Too, Papertrey Ink Tag Its #1, Misc wood Bunny stamp
Ink:  Onyx Versafine, Versamark
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Easter Basket Die Set, Spring Border die set, Somebunny Loves You die set, Happy Spring die set, Tag Bundle Die set, Sheer Organdy Ribbon, Copic Markers, Misc flower embellishment, White Fun Foam

Monday, March 19, 2018

Meanwhile back in the stamp room....

I spent time in my stamp room over the weekend while watching basketball.  I was inspired by Carissa Wiley for the layout on these cards.  I love the clean & simple look.  The sentiments embossed in white on the black card stock are the perfect finishing touch!

Products Used:  

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Simply Succulents, A|S Grow, A|S Tropical Blooms, Tim Holtz Brushstrokes, A|S Everyday Greetings
Card stock:  A|S Sugar, Ellen Hutson White Linen, Black 
Ink:  Worn Lipstick Oxide, Gina K. Tomato Soup, Hero Arts Pale Tomato, Versamark, Onyx Versafine
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Matching dies for stamps, Papertrey Ink Linen Impression Plate, Gold polka dot washi tape, Copic Markers, Dimensionals
Saturday, March 17, 2018


Yesterday I took a break from my cleaning mode & played with this updated version of the Cosmobella by Stamping Bella.  I used Copic Markers to color the Bellas & was experimenting with hair colors & skin tones. I used this chart from Ellen Hutson as a reference.  6 Ways to Color your Crafty Lady

RED HAIR:  E13 E37 YR27
SKIN:  YR0000 or RV0000

Looks like I forgot to color the drink & sandals on Model #1!  
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Happy St. Pat's Day!

A fun greeting for St. Patrick's Day!  This is a treasure I found when I was cleaning my stamp room.  The patterned paper was all cut & layered & ready to put on a simple card.  I embossed the green envelope with a cute little shamrock. 
Friday, February 23, 2018

Stamp Studio Update

The stamp room is cleaner than ever!  I sorted thru every drawer, shelf, closet, box, container and found so many things.  Some treasures it was necessary to part with and others were fresh reminders of all the wonderful stuff that I need to use!  
My desk is in an L shape - I ordered it from Ballard Designs several years ago.  I'm still happy with it & I like the amount of work space that I have.  The only negative is the black shows dust.
The other side of the room is the wall of white!  I have had the white units on the right for many many years from Home Decorators catalog.  I store my wood stamp in those drawers.  I love the new Alex drawer from Ikea and it blends in nicely with my other drawers.  I sorted thru my clear stamps that I store in CD cases.  Look I only have one row left!  I also decided to use the shelf space in my cabinet for more full size inks rather than ribbon that I don't use that often.  It's nice to have the inks out for easy access.  
I still have some of the thinner ribbon on my shelf that I use on my cards.  

I keep my Amuse card stock in a filing cart with a cover on it.  The cover keeps the card stock from fading since I have the windows right there.  Each color is in a hanging folder.  I have a plastic sleeve in each folder for scraps.  This system has really worked well for me.  I recently bought a black three tier cart that I put my tools in (score board, Misti, paper cutter), keeps things off my desk but close by.  I plan to put new products in the cart so that I will use them before storing them. Ok, now that the stamp room is so tidy, maybe I should get back to stamping, huh?  
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Love in is the Air

Thanks for the Valentine cards Ladies!  

Friday, February 16, 2018

How Do I Love Thee

This is the card I gave my husband this year for Valentine's Day.  I had this card in my stash from a few years ago.  The stamp set is by Impression Obsession called Love You Miss You and the dies are Taylored Expressions Cupid's Arrow.    I think the die set may be retired because I can't seem to find it on the TE website.  
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ribbon Reveal

The Big Ribbon clean out party is underway!  When I first discovered this way of organizing ribbon Circa 2010 maybe, I loved seeing all the boxes of colorful ribbons.  However, I don't use as much ribbon on cards anymore and secondly this type of storage just wasn't working for me.  I sorted thru all of these spooled ribbons and did keep plenty of them that are still "worthy" but many of them I know I would never use so they were added to my pile for donation.

Don't get me wrong, I still have a TON of ribbon.  But now instead of several places for ribbon,  I have ribbon of all sizes, by color located in a drawer in the closet.  In order to make this happen I did have to donate some ribbon to people in need of ribbon at Goodwill :)  
Here are the drawers where my ribbon is stored - some of it was already stored in these drawers but now it is by color and I kept only the good stuff!  I'm still working away sorting thru other things and my room is a complete mess but it feels good to purge and it was long overdue!  
Monday, February 12, 2018

To DIE for...

New Die Organization!  

I had my stand alone dies in the Crafter's Companion boxes with the magnetic pages.  While I liked the system and the compact storage, I was totally losing track of what was inside the binder boxes.  I adopted the system that Jennifer McGuire uses.  I really like it and feel like I can actually find my dies much easier.  The dies that coordinate with stamp sets I'm still keeping with the stamps, because that just makes sense. 
This project took me several days to complete.  There were many hours spent sitting on the floor sorting thru dies & getting them into pockets.  I did take the time to put white inserts in each pocket to make them look nice & uniform.   I bought cheap white card stock for the inserts.  I used 5x5 plastic CD pockets & both the Memorex & Maxell brands work nicely.  I also like this system because you can store extra die cuts in the pocket for future use.  

For the larger die sets that wouldn't fit in the 5x5 pockets, I used Essentials by Ellen Plastic Storage Envelopes (5 ½ x 7 ⅜).   If there were several dies or nesting dies I used magnetic sheets and then placed them in the pockets.  Some of the dies came with magnetic sheets & if not I used magnetic sheets that I had in my stash.  I also labeled each pocket.  I used my Brother label maker to label each pocket with the name of the die & the company.  
The container I used is the InterDesign with the pull handle on the front.  I already had this container and it worked great for my new die organization.  

The P-Touch tape I used is Black with White lettering.  I like how it stands out on the white tabs.  I picked up the tabs at office supply.  I really like them because they are repositionable and worked perfectly for this project.  
It feels really good to get a little more organized in the stamp room.  
I am still sorting thru things.  I'll update you on my next project!