May 202015

Card SketchToday’s Tea Party Card Sketch is designed for this week’s i Love Card Sketches.ILCS29

The Very Vanilla card base is embossed using the Lovely Lace embossing folder and then aged by sponging with Crumb Cake ink.

Markers are used to color each stamp before stamping onto Very Vanilla card stock:  Rose Red, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant.

The tea party image is cut out with paper snips and layered over a slightly larger Very Vanilla oval from the Ovals Collection framelits.

All the pieces except the Perfect Plum layer are aged by sponging with Crumb Cake ink.  The edges of the central images are also distressed.

The “shelf” image is stamped with Rose Red ink and then a small piece of the crochet trim is layered over the image.

Stop over at i Love Card Sketches to see other examples for this week’s card sketch.

Mar 252015

iLCS21 card-medILCS21Today’s card “you warm my heart” is designed for the sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.

I haven’t had much opportunity to play with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  The stamp set has a couple of nice greetings and I can envision a set of cards for spring, summer, fall and winter.  It should be great to use for masculine as well as feminine cards.  Now I just have to get busy “playing”.

The tree is done in Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.  I wanted a muted effect so all the colors are stamped off first.  I learned this neat trick for the foliage on the tree.  Use the back of the stamp to add the Pistachio Pudding and then turn the stamp over and add the Strawberry Slush blossoms.  You can use this technique with a lot of the photopolymer stamps if you want a solid image reverse of the original.  I haven’t tried it, but I bet the clear stamps wouldn’t stick to the acrylic block very well if you try to use the reverse.  It is worth a try though.

The little trick you can see in the greeting.  This stamp image is all one line.  Use a Stampin’ marker to color 1/2 of the image at a time so you can spread the greeting to two lines.

Check out other examples for today’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  Share your creation using the sketch for this week.  Have fun stamping!

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Feb 042015

Get Well Wishes CardToday’s Get Well Wishes Card is designed for i Love Card Sketches.

The main flower image is from the Indescribable Gift stamp set.  This is a beautiful stem of flowers painted with Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.  These are alcohol markers and I enjoy coloring with them.  You can color starting with the darkest marker and moving to the lightest or if you prefer you can start with the lightest and move to darkest.  I prefer the dark to light method because I feel like I have more control.  The Color Lifter can be used to blend or push the color around a bit.  For instance, where I wanted a little lighter color after I was finished with the lightest marker, I went back in and used the Color Lifter to lighten it up just a bit more.

Another cool thing about Blendabilities is you can color on anything.  Because it is alcohol it is going to dry and stay on things like rhinestones, buttons or window sheets.

The front card base is embossed with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.

The Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight layers are cut with the framelits from the Ovals Collections.  The two layers of card stock are glued together and then embossed together with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.

The doily layer is sponged all over with Daffodil Delight ink.

After the coloring was complete for the flower, I did a bit of fussy cutting to completely cut out this gorgeous flower stem.  It is glued to the oval layers.  I left a few of the leaves and flower buds that were off the oval loose to give a bit more dimension.

Stamp the greeting and punch it out.  I then trimmed the greeting all around about a 1/8″ so I could layer it onto the Rich Razzleberry that had been punched out with the Word Window punch.

Add the ribbon and bow and the project is complete.

Visit i Love Card Sketches to see other cards using the same sketch.    ILCS14 sketch

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Jan 122015

Thinking of You CardToday’s Thinking of You card is striking in black and white.

The background is a piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper (DSP) layered over a Whisper White card base.

I added a strip of Basic Black card stock under the Whisper White tag I punched out with the Angled Tag Topper.

There is very little stamping on this card.  The greeting “thinking of you” is from Sheltering Tree.  The leaves for the tree is stamped on the bottom of the tag using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  In order to “stack” the words of the greeting, I inked each word individually with a Basic Black marker.

I topped off the tag with a small Antique Brad.

The White Jute Ribbon adds texture and I think is a wonderful compliment to the black and white floral theme.

This black and white thinking of you card is quick and easy.

Check below for the supplies needed.  You can order anytime 24/7 at my Online Store.

Sep 152014

Thinking of You CardToday’s handmade Thinking of You Card is perfect for anyone that needs a friendly reminder that you care.  When you send a handmade card with a little note, you can make someone’s day.  It says you care to express your thoughts and that you took the time to make it yourself.

Fall colors are a natural for the Wetlands stamp set.  The Designer Series Paper picks up the colors of the card stock and I added texture with the Chevron embossing folder and a few dimensionals under the goose image.

You can purchase any of the supplies used today at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  See the complete supply list below.

Apr 242014

Masculine Birthday Card A quick post today of this Masculine Birthday Card.

This simple layout with minimum layering can be used for many occasions.  Change up the color scheme and you will get a completely different card.

Notice the bright spots on the photos of the card.  I took the pictures outdoors in wonderful, sunny California on our recent trip out of rain country.

Masculine Birthday Card

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 2” square
Crushed Curry card stock (131199) 1” X 4”
Bermuda Bay card stock (131197) 1 ¼” X 4 ½”
Cajun Craze card stock (119684) 1 ½” X 5”, 2” square
Stamp Sets:
Label Love (130622)
Bring on the Cake (121958)
Field Flowers (128583)
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (131171)
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pad (126965)
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad (131173)
Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)*
Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker (131259)**
Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)*
*Regals Collection
**Brights Collection
Artisan Label punch (130920)
1 3/4″ Circle Punch (119850)
Clear Block B (1 5/8″ X 1 5/16″) (117147)
Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Square Lattice TIEF (119976)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)


  1. Score and fold Very Vanilla card stock to form card base.
  2. Notch one end of the Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry strips of card stock
  3. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the three strips together.
  4. Insert the three layers into the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and run through the Big Shot.
  5. Adhere the embossed layers to the left side of the card base.
  6. Use the Clear Block (B) to place three blocks of color along the right side of the card base.  I stamped off some of the color especially with the Cajun Craze.  Experiment on scrap paper until you get the amount of color you want.
  7. Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to place and stamp the flower from Field Flowers over the stamped blocks using Cajun Craze ink.
  8. Stamp “Happy Birthday to you!” from Label Love onto Very Vanilla card stock with Cajun Craze ink.
  9. Punch out with the Artisan Label punch.
  10. Punch a circle out of Cajun Craze card stock with the 1 ¾” Circle Punch.
  11. Adhere the sentiment onto the Cajun Craze circle and mount on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used the Markers to color the cake image and message and used the Cajun Craze ink pad to stamp “wish BIG” hand on the left inside of the card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  If you are inspired, please leave a comment about the Masculine Birthday Card.

Apr 182014

Part 4 of Stamping Basics will introduce you to the different types of ink  available from Stampin’ Up!   These include ink pads, ink refills, cartridges and markers.  I’ve tried to list some of the features and benefits for each category and give you a few tips on using the inks.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 4 Inks

Classic Stampin' Pad

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes
Stamping Basics:  Types of Stamps

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You will want to come back here to my blog throughout the week to see new projects and ideas.

Apr 142014

Group of Easter Box Cards

Easter Box Card

Open card from the front

These Easter box cards are filled with spring flowers and the Easter eggs are “hidden” in the grass.  I thought these would be the perfect cards for my grandchildren for Easter.  I hope they enjoy them when they pop open into a 3D display the includes a little bunny and a bird and butterflies.  I made six of these.  There are different patterns for the base panels, but they are all from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper.

The box card folds up into a standard 4 ¼” X 5 ½” card and fits into a standard medium envelope.   The card has a panel on the back to write a note.  Each panel is decorated.  The left side has a bird.  The right side has butterflies and the front would not be complete without the little bunny.   The center of the box is decorated with grass and flowers and the Easter eggs are hidden in the grass.

Easter Box Card

back of card folded flat

Easter Box Card Bunny

Close-up of front panel

Close-up of right panel butterflies

Close-up of right panel

Close-up of left panel bird

Close-up of left panel


Whisper White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock (100730)
Daffodil Delight card stock (119683)
Pear Pizzazz card stock (131201)
Island Indigo card stock (122923)
Melon Mambo card stock (115320)
Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (129310)
Melon Mambo classic ink pad (126948)
Daffodil Delight classic ink pad (126944)
Island Indigo classic ink pad (126986)
Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker (131261)**
Island Indigo Stampin’ Write marker (131262)**
Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker (119677)
Stamp Sets:
Teeny Tiny Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Happy Easter) (127802)
Papillon Potpourri (butterfly) (123759)
Six-Sided Sampler (designs for eggs) (130956)
Petite Petals (flowers) (133155)
You’re Lovely (SAB) (border on back panel)
Petite Petals punch (133322)
Small Oval punch (120908)
Owl Builder punch (118074)
Bird Builder (117191)
Bitty Butterfly (129406)
Small Heart (117193)
1 ¼” Scallop Circle (127811)
Word Window (119857)
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
Other Accessories:
Hearts Collection framelits (125599)
2-Way Glue (100425)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

This is the list of supplies.  If you would like more detailed information about how to assemble the card, please email me.



Apr 092014

Window CardThis window of flowers was created with the Circle Collection Framelits (130911) from Stampin’ Up!  You can use several of the framelit collections to create a window in the front of your card and then embellish the inside of the card to match.

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 ½” X 8 ½”, 1 ¼” X 3”, 2” X 2” (3 pieces or enough to make 3 flowers)
Garden Green card stock (102584) 3 ¾” square, 2” X 2”
Stamp Sets:
Flower Shop Clear-Mount Stamp Set (130942)
Lacy & Lovely Clear-Mount Stamp Set (122887)
Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406)
Garden Green Classic ink pad    (126973)
Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)**
Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)**
Big Shot Accessories:
Square Lattice TIEF (119976)
Circles Collection Framelits (130911)
Pansy Punch (130698)
Dazzling Details (124117)
Sponge Daubers (102892)
Blender Pens (102845)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  • Fold and score the card base.
  • Position the circle framelit (I used #6 from the center which is 2 ¾”) on the top center of the card front and run through the Big Shot.  Set the cut out circle aside.  You will need it for the base of the flowers inside the card.
  • Use the same framelit to cut the center out of the Garden Green card stock.  Use the next bigger framelit circle (#7 from the center which is 3 ½”) to cut the Garden Green card stock into a circle frame.  Cut the cut out circle into a strip that will be about 1 ½” wide.
  • Use the Square Lattice embossing folder to emboss the Garden Green frame, the 1 ½” X 2 ¾” Garden Green card stock and the Very Vanilla circle that was cut out of the front of the card.
  • Sponge Garden Green ink around the edges of the Very Vanilla circle.
  • Punch 1 pansy out of the 2” x 2” Garden Green card stock and cut this into 5 petals to use as the leaves.
  • Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Garden Green frame around the hole in the card front.
  • Stamp “Hello” or other sentiment onto the 1 ¼” X 3” Very Vanilla card stock.  Center the card stock under the #5 circle framelit and run this through the Big Shot to trim the ends.
  • Glue the Very Vanilla sentiment onto the Garden Green strip and glue these to the bottom right of the card front.
  • Stamp flowers onto Very Vanilla card stock with the Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Color the flowers with the Rose Red and Crushed Curry markers and blend with the blender pen.
  • Punch out each colored flower.
  • Arrange the leaves and glue them to the Very Vanilla circle.
  • Arrange the flowers over the leaves and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the flowers.
  • Close the card.  Put Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back of the Very Vanilla Circle and carefully position this through the card front window so it is glued to the inside of your card.
  • Last, you can add the Dazzling Details to the middle of each flower and set the card aside to dry.

Try a window card with one of the other framelit die sets:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies (130102); Floral Frames Framelits Dies (127012); Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (129021); Squares Collection Framelits Dies (130921); Labels Collection Framelits Dies (125598); Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381).  Each one will create a unique window and wow the recipient.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make this window card with the Circle Framelits.  Check back for more creations using the Framelit dies.