Sunday, December 18, 2016

CYCI #143 Challenge

Well it is that time again.  Another CYCI Challenge.  This time it is a sketch challenge.  I think these are my favorite types of challenges.  This card has a cute story.  My husband, who has worn contact lenses since forever, finally got a new pair of glasses today.  So, when I saw this stamp, I just had to make the card.  He got quite a kick out of it to say the least!  And, it worked perfectly for this challenge.

Everything used for this card (except the buttons) are from Fun Stampers Journey.  I hope you like the card and will join in the fun and take the challenge for yourself!  Don't be shy, show us your card!

Have a great Holiday!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

CYCI Challenge # 142

This challenge from CYCI was a color challenge.  Well it was challenging for me to find these colors in my stash.  So, I took a little artistic license and used a slightly lighter color than eggplant.  I had this pretty printed paper and sentiment stamp which came as a free gift with a card making magazine.  Since it had the lavender and silver colors in it, I thought it would give me a chance to use it.  I paired it with a slightly darker cardstock and matted both pieces onto a white base.  It is so hard to see in the photo, but the tops of the trees on the print paper is silver.  I then embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and finished it off with a lavender bow.

I hope you like it and that you will stop by and take the challenge for yourself.  We would love to see what you create.

Have a great day!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

CYCI #141 Sketch Challenge

It's challenge time again and this time it's a sketch challenge.  I found this particular one a little difficult.  I don't exactly know why, but I finally came up the the card above.  I switched the orientation of the design and used matching paper from an old paper pack I had.  I then stamped and embossed the sentiment, added white ribbon and silver sequins.

Please stop by and join in the challenge.  We would love to see your creations!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

CYCI #140 Color Challenge

Yeah!  CYCI challenges are back!  The only difference is that they will be every other week instead of weekly.  But, the good thing is that gives you more time to join in on the fun at

This weeks challenge is a color challenge   We are to use the colors Yellow, Orange, and Kraft.  I just received this new stamp set and decided to use it for my card.  I hope you like it.   Here is a close up of the coloring.  

As many of you know, I love to color, so I had a lot of fun coloring in this beautiful stamp set.  I also embossed the birdcage with gold embossing powder to give it a guilded look.  For all of the products used, check the list below. They can all be found on my website  

Thanks for stopping by!

Black Licorice Ink Pad  IP0041
Clear Pigment Ink Pad IP-0102
Journey Gold Embossing Powder - IP-0101
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner  AD-0081

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Beautiful Colored Thanksgiving Cards

As some of you might know, I have been doing live Facebook videos for the past week or so.  I try and go live around 5:00 pm Eastern whenever possible.  This was today's live video project.

If you are interested in how these cards were created, with detailed explanation on how I colored the image, and the products used, you can watch the video here:

I hope you will check it out and join me on future live videos.  I usually post earlier in the day if I will be going live that day and what time you can catch me live.  If we are not facebook friends and you would like to view my videos, please send me a FB friend request.  I would love for you to join me.

Hope you like the cards!  Have a great day!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Jump for Joy Frankie Halloween Card

Isn't this just the cutest!  My friend and artist Christy Hartman of  contacted me a while back and asked if I would like to use some of her digital stamps for my cards.  Well, of course I said YES!  This particular stamp is called Jump for Joy Frankie and you can purchase him here  along with all her other fabulous digital stamps.

I colored Frankie using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Prismacolor colored pencils.  I then gathered up some fun halloween papers and embellishements that I have collected along the way and added a tag and sentiment from Fun Stampers Journey.

This card was so fun to make and came together rather quickly.  I LOVE creating things for Halloween and fall.  The colors are so great to work with and are so bright and cheery.

This is a great card for those of you who don't like to do scary for Halloween.  It would be just perfect to give to your grandchildren, nieces and nephews, etc. as a more fun and playful Halloween card.

Well I hope you will stop by and check out all the creative goodies she has to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Winter Holidays Card

This was a really fun card I made today using our Fun Stampers Journey Winter Holiday Stamp and Die Bundle.  I also found a creative way to make the banks of snow using the Cloud Dreams die set.  I did a live video on FB making this card.  You can watch the video here:

Winter Holidays Card Video   (This link will take you to the FB video)

I hope you like the card and will tune in to my next live FB video.  I would love to see you there!  All of the products used to make this card are from Fun Stampers Journey.  You can view the list below or visit my website

Card Making Supplies:

Winter Holiday Bundle (stamp and die sets)   BD-0056
Cloud Dreams Dies DI-0032
Cranberry Bliss Ink Pad  IP-0049
Hazelnut Blend Ink Pad  IP-0012
Journey Gesso  JM-0072
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Lemon Grass Journey Thread AC-0132
Easy Glide Adhesive Runner  AD-0081
Journey Craft Glue AC-0111
Journey Foam Squares Medium AC-0085
Journey Foam Squares Small  AC-0084
Huckleberry Fusion Cardstock - CS0015
Kiwi Slice Cardstock   CS0016
Limeade Splash Cardstock  CS-0020
Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock  CS-0023
Whip Cream Cardstock  CS-0040

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

You Make My Heart Sing

Well it feels like ages since my last post, and it actually has been.  Life has a way of keeping us busy and from the things we love to do.  But, I finally made time to create a new card.  I have received several rather large shipments  from Fun Stampers Journey and so now I have lots of goodies to play with.  

This card was lots of fun and used lots of different FSJ products.  I even went as far as to decorate the inside  of the card too.

I used our FSJ heart punch to cut out these fun colorful hearts from scraps of the papers I used.  I think they made for a very cute inside of the card.  I have listed all the items used to create this card below.  All of which are available on my website 

Card Recipe:







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If you are not interested in becoming a coach, then please visit my website and check out all these wonderful products!  They are truly AMAZING!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches # 257

I came across a new challenge site today and decided to take the challenge.  I created my card using Fun Stampers Journey papers and ink and spectrum noir markers.  I love to color and always like when I have to opportunity to do so on my cards.  I really like how neat and clean the card turned out.  I hope you like it too!

Products Used:
Fun Stampers Journey:

Butter Cream Card Stock
Black Licorice Ink
Journey Foam Squares Med.
Journey Glue
Easy Glide Adhesive Runner
Tis the Season Prints PP-0034 (no longer available)
Holiday Sparkle Stamp Set  SS-0375 (no longer available)
Holiday Sparkle Die Set DI-0226 (no longer available)

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers:

1/8 inch red satin ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

CYCI Challenge # 139 - Rainbow

This week we have a super colorful challenge going on over at Can You Case It.  It is a rainbow challenge.  Here is my card that I created for this challenge.  It is rather colorful isn't it?  It was a great way to use up a lot of scraps of paper.  I cut 1/4" strips of several different colors of paper and glued them to a sheet of white card stock.  I then cut out the background die in white and adhered it to the front of my colors.  Then using a border die, which I cut from both black and white paper, I stamped the sentiment onto the white portion and glued that at the bottom.  I placed the entire piece onto a black base card which measures 5 x 6.5".  I will need to make a custom envelope for this card, but really liked the black border around the busy focal point.  What do you think?

Why not stop by this week and show off your colors!!!  We would love to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!
See you next time!

Card Stock:

Cranberry Bliss CS-0090
Tangerine Fusion  CS-0036
Orange Creamsicle  CS-0024
Summer Days  CS-0033
Lemon Drop  CS-0018
Kiwi Slice  CS-0016
Lemon Grass  CS-0019
Huckleberry Fusion  CS-0015
Pool Play  CS-0092
Deep Lilac  CS-0096
Lavender Fusion  CS-0017
Black Licorice  CS-0003
Whip Cream  CS-0040


Black Licorice  IP-0041


Persian Garden Die Set  DI-0221
Border Basics Die Set  DI-0144


Summer Garden  SS-0078


Easy Glide Tape Runner  AC-0081
Craft Glue  AC-0111


Colored Gem Hearts

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box card 2 of 4

Who doesn't love owls! This adorable card is just one of the four cards you can make with Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box.  And remember the stamp sets that come in the bloom box are exclusive and cannot be purchased separately.

Want to learn what a bloom box is and see what all is included?  Well just check out the first of four videos were I first explain all about the bloom box and then create each of the 4 cards included.  This video is for the second of the four cards.  Lots of crafty awesomeness!!!!  Learn new techniques and play with fun products.  All you have to do is pour a hot cup of coffee or tea (or beverage of  your choice), sit back and relax, and watch the video below: 

I had enough supplies left over to do the inside of the card too!  

To purchase the bloom box or any other of the awesome Fun Stampers Journey products, simply check out the online catalog or order a paper catalog here: 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the next 2 cards from this months Bloom Box!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box and Card one of four

This adorable card is just one of the four cards you can make with Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box.

Want to learn what a bloom box is and see what all is included?  Well just check out the first of four videos were I first explain all about the bloom box and then create each of the 4 cards included.  Lots of crafty awesomeness!!!!  All you have to do is pour a hot cup of coffee or tea (or beverage of  your choice), sit back and relax, and watch the video below:

To purchase the bloom box or any other of the awesome Fun Stampers Journey products, simply check out the online catalog or order a paper catalog here:

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the next 3 cards from this months Bloom Box!


CYCI #138 Shaker Challenge

Well here it is again! Time for another challenge over at CYCI.  This week is a shaker challenge.  If you are not familiar with shaker cards, well here is your chance to try one out.  This is this first time making one for me, and it was great fun!

I started with a cream colored base card which measured 5 x 7 inches.  Then I decided to use this beautiful fall paper from Die Cuts With a View's Autumn Splendor Stack.  I first stamped a bare tree image onto the base card using a stamp from my collection and brown ink.   Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside die was used with green card stock to give the appearance of grass under the tree.  Using different small leave punches, one was an oak type leaf and the other a maple leaf, I punched leaves from several colors of card stock including red, yellow, gold, orange rust and brown.  I also added red, yellow and orange sequins for some shine.  I attached the frame and added the Fall lettering using the Fun Stampers Journey Snapshot Die set (available at with brown card stock and mounted it on a rectangle of dark orange and then yellow card stock which picked up the colors in the frame.  As the final touch I glued two sequined leaves on either side of the label.

There are lots of videos on You Tube that will show how to make the shaker cards if you haven't made them before.  Why not check them out and join our challenge this week.  They are super fun to make and we would love to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

BOO! Halloween Pumpkin Mouse Card

Being a design team member at Digibox Designs gives me the opportunity to do what I really love, color adorable images and create wonderful cards from those images.  This card is one example.  I used this cute Digi Pumpkin Mouse digital stamp and colored it in using my Spectrum Noir markers and Prismacolor pencils.  As I have mentioned many times, this is my favorite way to color.

I started by importing the image into my Cameo software and doing a print and cut, then colored.  I chose a black base card and then added a polka dot background paper from Doodlebug Designs Halloween Parade 6 x 6 paper pad.   I used my Fun Stampers Journey Boo die from the Snapshot Frames set (which can be purchased at and the spider web and spider were cut from my Makers Mart Die of the Month for September.  (Makers Mart die of the month is a subscription service thru spellbinders).  I glued everything down and WHALA!  another cute halloween card.

If you are looking for super cute digital images for any occasion, be sure to check out they have a great selection and awesome prices!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep playing with those papers!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

CYCI #137 Color Challenge

I need to be totally honest with you, this week's color challenge kinda thru me for a loop!  I had no idea how I was going to use Grey, Chartreuse, and Flamingo to make a card.  So I set those three colors of paper on my craft desk and stared at them for several days.  Finally, I just said  "Just Do It!"
So I started with a grey base card.  Then added a die cut mat of chartreuse thru which I weaved a 1/8 inch thick peach colored ribbon.  I then cut another mat of the peach color and used the same die set to cut out the white paper.  I stamped my flower image and colored it with Spectrum Noir Markers to match the papers.  I cut a small tag and stamped the sentiment with Black Licorice ink.  And attached it to the card with a ribbon bow.  The white piece with the flowers on it is raised to add some dimension.  All in all, I think it turned out pretty good.  I don't think this is my favorite color combination.  But I like the challenge it gave me, which forced me to think outside the box.

Products used:

Card Stock:  grey, chartreuse, flamingo (peach), white
Ink:  Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice #IP-0041
Stamp:  Fun Stampers Journey Lovely Day Stamp #AT-0188 and Stampendous Bouquet for you
Dies:  Spellbinders A2 Fancy Postage Edge Die, and Tim Holtz Tag Collection
Spectrum Noir Markers:  CR3, CR2, CR1, and CG3

I hope you like this card and that you will take the plunge and join in this week's challenge too.  And be sure to stop over to and see all the wonderful creations by the design team.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 5, 2016

Quick and Easy Fall Card With Matching Envelope

Here is a really quick and easy fall card.  I used my new favorite die set SnapShot Frames from Fun Stampers Journey for this card.  This is such a versatile set!  As it is, you can use it for four different occasions, Halloween, fall, Christmas, and Valentines day.  With a little imagination, you can use it for many more occasions too.  It would also be great to use for scrapbook layouts to frame those special photos!  I can see me using this one a lot!  Here is a video of how I completed this set:

Fun Stampers Journey Products Used:

Hazelnut Blend
Orange Creamsicle
Tangerine Fusion
Lemon Drop
Butter Cream
Autumn Prints Paper Pack  (only available until September 30!!)

Hazelnut Blend

Falling Leaves Stamp Set

Snapshot Frames Die Set

Dark Roast Silk
Gold Silk

All of these products can be purchased here.  I hope you like this pretty fall set.  If you have any questions or comments, please be sure to let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Can You Case It #136 Sketch Challenge

Well, here it is, the first Sunday of September!  Can you believe it?  Where did the summer go?  Well as everyone is heading back to school, and starting to think about fall, I was pondering over this week's challenge.

It is a sketch challenge using no less than three layers.  Easy right?  Well apparently not for me.  I thought about this all week and finally it hit me!  I use layers all the time!  I was making a mountain out of a mole hill so to speak.  I decided since I have so many birthdays coming up in October, that for once, I would be prepared and make some cards and have them on hand.

I first stamped and colored this adorable birthday cake image from Fun Stampers Journey, just using some colored pencils I had laying around.  Once I saw how the cake turned out, I then needed to pick some coordinating card stock, ribbon, and buttons to match.  The rest was easy.  I embossed the top layer with a happy birthday embossing folder, stamped and die cut the sentiment and added some thin, colored ribbons to finish it off.

I now have a birthday card ready BEFORE the birthday!  That is a first for me!  Hope you like it and don't forget to stop by and check out all the fabulous cards created by our design team.  Be sure to join in the fun and add your own wonderful creations!  We would sure love to see them. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Items used:

Card stock:  red, yellow, lt. blue, white
Ink:  Fun Stampers Journey, Black Licorice  Product # [IP-0041]
Stamps:  Fun Stampers Journey, To You Stamp Set Product # [SS-0083]
Dies:  Fun Stampers Journey, To You Die Set Product # [DI-0075]  and Sizzix Tags and Words 
Embossing Folder:  Darice,  Birthday Collage
Ribbon:  1/8" thick red, white, and yellow
Buttons:  Red, lt. Blue , and White
Colored pencils:  Red, Yellow, Orange, Tan, and Light Blue

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hey Pumpkin Fun Halloween Card

I don't know about you, but I just LOVE the colors of Halloween.  They are so bright and colorful.  And this card is no exception.  I fell in love with this adorable digital image from Digi Box Designs called Digi Fall Ghost.  Isn't if just the cutest!

I colored the ghost and the sentiment first with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then enhanced the colors using my Prismacolor pencils.  I LOVE using these two products together.  I can get the most vibrant affects.

To make this card, I started with a 5x7 inch black base card.  I added the first mat of bright green and the next mat in bright orange with a chevron embossing.  I thought that the orange paper would detract from the pumpkins, but no matter what color paper I chose, I kept coming back to the orange.  The bats and stars were die cut and the sentiment came from my stash.  I colored the sentiment using the same colors I used for the digital image.  I matted the sentiment onto black paper.  I think this turned out to be just the cutest!  A perfect card for sending to a grandchild don't you think?  I hope you like it too!  Please share this blog with all your paper crafting friends.  And be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a thing!  And while you are at it, stop by for the most adorable digital images at only 60 cents!!!!!

Keep playing with those papers!

Supplies Used:

Card Stock:  Black, Bright Green, Bright Orange, Bright Yellow and White
Digital Image:  Digi Fall Ghost from
Embossing folder:  Chevron design (any brand)
Stamp:  Hey Pumpkin from Studio G
Dies:  Echo Park Haunted Mansion Die Set (used the stars and bat)
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers:  Blender Pen, BGR1, LG1, LG4, JG5, TN4, TN7, CT4, OR1, OR2, OR3, PP1, PP2, BP1
Prismacolor Pencils:  Hot Pink, Dk Green, Apple Green, 20% Cool Grey, 30% Cool Grey, Sienna Brown, Dark Umber, Crimson Lake, Carmine Red,

Sunday, August 28, 2016

CYCI Challenge #135 - Back to School

Another Sunday, another challenge over at Can You Case It.   This week's challenge is a Back to School theme.  I had no idea what or how I was going to come up with a card for this challenge.  As some of you may know, I purchase a lot of my supplies at yard sales and from Craig's list.  As I rooted thru a large pile of scrapbook papers from one of my purchases, I came across some that were school themed.  So I cut a piece of the brown scrapbook paper that had a lot of school related graffiti on it which I thought would make for a great background.  I matted it first onto red and then attached to a black base card.  I then cut three square school related images from another sheet of scrapbook paper.  They were then mounted on red and yellow stitched squares using my cottage cutz stitched squares dies.  Then I used a larger pierced square die from my Sizzix Square Flip Its #2 die set in black. The "school days" strip was cut from yet another piece of scrapbook paper which I mounted on black and then glued two red apple buttons on either side.  Considering I had no idea what I was going to do for this challenge, I am really happy with how this card turned out.  I was also able to use my high school colors which were red and yellow.

I hope you like this card too!  Please stop by and see all the wonderful design team's creations.  Maybe they will inspire you to join in too! 


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Digi Pumpkin Kid Halloween Card

This is my first Halloween card of the season!  I chose this adorable digital image from  DigiBox Designs.   If you are looking for a cute digital file for Halloween, there are several on the site.  You can find this one here and for .60 cents, you won't find a better bargain!  There are several  other designs to choose from too!

I first did a print and cut of the image with my Silhouette Cameo.  Then I colored it using my Prismacolor colored pencils.  I cut out a large Tim Holtz tag from black card stock.  I then matted the center of the tag, first with an orange printed Halloween  paper and then again with a green printed Halloween paper.  I then found a "Trick or Treat" sticker that I placed on black card stock and then attached to the tag along with my colored image.  The base is a 5 x 7 black card.  I added a mat of some more colorful printed Halloween themed paper.  The tag was then attached at an angle.  I had some great orange ribbon in my stash that reads "Happy Halloween.  I tied a bow with that ribbon and added it to the top of the tag.

I think it made for a cute, colorful and certainly fun Halloween card!  I hope you enjoy it!  Please stop by DigiBox designs and check out all their awesome digital images.  They are sooooo cute and so fun to color!

Thanks for stopping by!


Prismacolor Pencils Used:

Light Peach
Salmon Pink
Blush Pink
Pale Vermillion
Yellowed Orange
Pumpkin Orange
Terra Cotta
Dark Green
Kelly Green
Apply Green
Light Umber
Dark Brown
Parma Violet
Diox. Purple
30% Warm Grey
50% Warm Grey
70% Warm Grey
10% Cool Grey

Friday, August 26, 2016

Heaven Sent 6 x 6 Mini Photo Album

Here is my latest mini photo album.  I have been working hard on this one.  Using a tutorial by Catherine Chapdelaine,  and  Prima's  Heaven Sent paper collection I created this wonderful keepsake.  This paper collection is beautiful!  It features lots of fun vintage baby characters such as bunnies, lambs, teddy bears and much more.  It is also suitable for either a boy or a girl.  I have included some die cut and punched lace elements to the album along with Prima's coordinating paper flowers and some from my stash.

This book has loads of room for smaller or cropped photos.  To see a complete walk thru of the album showing the features of all the pockets and flaps along with photo sizes that can be used in this album, you can watch the video:

This is a perfect album for giving to that new mom as a shower gift.  She can start using it as soon as the baby arrives.  It would also be perfect for a grandma to show off photos of her new grand baby.   If you know someone who is expecting and would like to purchase this album for them, you can do so by going to my Ebay store  I also have several other albums available.  What a beautiful and unique way to  store and display those precious family photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

CYCI #134 Pet Challenge

Here it is Sunday again and you know what that means.....another challenge over at Can You Case It!  This week's challenge was a pet sketch challenge.  Considering that I have a pet dog Zena, who is usually spending most of her time with me in my craft room, I felt I would have to use a dog of some sort as the basis for my card.    Here is a picture of my girl...

I found a free digital stamp that I really liked and colored it using both my Spectrum Noir markers and my Prismacolor Colored pencils.  Then, continuing with the dog theme, I added an embossed mat using my Darice Paw Print embossing folder and then offset that on another slightly larger mat of a dark pink color.  I found this colorful celebration designer paper in my stash and used it as the background and glued everything on a dark blue base card.  I cut out just the balloon portion of one of my favorite stamps and colored it using the same tools I used for the dog and then glued them to the card and coated them with glossy accents.  Using a fine line black marker, I drew the strings and bow around the dog's neck.   Also, from my stash I found just the perfect blue and pink ribbon, dog bone, pink, green, and blue buttons to add the final touches to this card.

Zena really inspired me for this one and I LOVE how it turned out.  I love the colors and the colorful embellishments.  I hope you like it too!

Let your pet inspire you to join our challenge this week!  We love to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

CYCI Challenge #133 A Color Challenge

It's Sunday again, and you know what that means, another challenge over at!  This week we have a color challenge.  I decided to use some of my new Fun Stampers Journey products to create this weeks card.

I started with a base card using whip cream.  I then added mats of Lemon Grass, Whip Cream and Lemon Drop.  I stamped the sentiment, leaves, and flower using Black Licorice ink.  Using the Just Because  Stamp Set, the flower was stamped on watercolor paper and then colored in with a watercolor marker.  The leaves were stamped on the whip cream paper and colored with an alcohol marker.  

I fussy cut the flower and leaves and mounted the flower onto foam squares to give it some dimension.  I then filled in the center of the flower with Journey Glaze and attached the sequins also using Journey Glaze.  

I was so pleased with how bright and cheery this card turned out using a minimal amount of supplies.  I love the colors!  After I had finished the card, I realized that I simply could have stamped the flower onto the Lemon Drop paper and the leaves on the Lemon Grass paper and wouldn't have had to do any coloring.  Oh well, hindsight is 20-20!  

Come on and show off your ceativity!  Join us for this week's challege at Can You Case It! 

 Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used

Fun Stampers Journey:

yellow and green sequins
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker DG2
Spectrum Aqua Marker  Sunflower
Watercolor paper 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Beautiful as a Flower Tag

Today I felt like being a little more adventurous and started to play with some of my new paper crafting toys!  I thought today I would give a tag a try.  I used three of my new stamp sets and some of my new papers.  I never really have a set picture in my head when I begin, my designs just sort of evolve as I go.  

I started with the flower stamp and stamped it on some Whip Cream Paper using Black Licorice ink.   I decided to color one in lavender and one in pink with colored pencils. After coloring, I used Gamsol and blending stumps to blend the color.

Using the leaf stamp and Black Licorice ink, I stamped several of the leaves onto Lemon Grass paper.  I fussy cut both the flowers and the leaves.  The tag was die cut from Deep Lilac paper.  I then cut a piece of Lavender Fusion which measured 2 1/2 x 4 1/2" and attached it to the center of the tag.  I then glued the flowers and leaves onto the tag.  

Using the bee stamp and Licorice ink, I stamped on bee onto both Lemon Drop and Whip Cream papers.  I fussy cut the entire bee from the Lemon Drop paper and just the wings from the Whip Cream paper.  I then glued the white wings onto the bee.  

The sentiment was also stamped onto Whip Cream paper with Licorice ink.  Then using my stitched rectangle dies I cut out the sentiment and glued it to the bottom corner of the tag.  I painted the wings of the bee using a sparkle pen and the yellow portions of the stamens with a yellow glitter gel pen.

To finish off the tag, I added a Lt. Orchid satin ribbon to the tag and then glued a small bow of the same ribbon to the loop of the tag.

I think for my first tag, it turned out really pretty and I really had fun creating it.  I hope you will give it a try! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

Fun Stampers Journey:

Tim Holtz Tag Collection
Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers

Prismacolor Pencils:

PC932 Violet
PC956 Lilac
PC934 Lavender
PC1014  Deco Pink
PC993  Hot Pink
PC912  Apple Green
PC916  Canary Yellow

Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen
Yellow Glitter Gel Pen
1/4" wide Lt. Orchid satin ribbon
Paper blending stumps

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cute Birthday Card for a Little Boy

Today I thought I would share with you this cute birthday card I made for my great nephew.  I recently purchased both the die set (banners) and the plane stamp.  I just loved the cute plane and wanted to create a card using it.  I started with a 5 x 7 white base card.  I then matted it with a layer of red card stock and then another mat of yellow cardstock.  I don't have any cloud dies or stamps (they are on my wish list LOL!) so I drew what I thought looked like a cloud and cut it out of cardstock.  Then I placed it on an area of my card and using a large sponge tool, I applied distress ink to the white cardstock piece.  I continued moving the cloud cutout and inking around it until I created a sky background on the card.  Then using green card stock and my stitched hills die, I created the ground.  I cut out and stamped the banner.  Then I stamped the plane image on white card stock and colored it with alcohol markers.  To make it look shiny, I used glossy accents all over the plane.  The plane was then fussy cut and craft foam was applied to the back of both it and the banner for dimension.  Finally, using a fine point marker, I drew the lines connecting the plane to the banner.  I really love how this turned out and hope my little great nephew will too!

Supplies used:

1 5 x 7 card base
Red, yellow, green, and white cardstock
Sizzix Banners #2 die and stamp set
Lawn Fawn stitched hillside die
Fun Stampers Journey Above Ground Stamp set
Spectrum Noir Markers
Fine line black marker
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Candied Apple Distress Ink
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Glossy Accents
Craft foam (as  dimensional)

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