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HELLO SWEETUMS | Prehistoric Playmates

By on January 13, 2019

Today I am showcasing a card I made with Hello Sweetums Prehistoric Playmates. How cute are these little dinosaurs! I am always looking for something that I can use to make cards for all the boys in my life and this set is perfect. I stamped out all the images with Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers. I then cut they out with coordinating dies and set it aside.

Next I inked up a panel of Bristol smooth cardstock with Distress Oxides. This was going to be the sky for my prehistoric scene! I cut down a strip of kraft cardstock to create a ground for my scene and my background is complete.

I arranged and adhered all my images onto my background with a mix of tape runner and foam tape to create some dimension. I then put the entire thing in my Misti and stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with white embossing powder. (You can do this before you assemble the card and skip the Misti, but I always forget to stamp my sentiment at the optimal time!)

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PRETTY PINK POSH Blog Hop |Cupcake Critters

By on January 9, 2019

Hello, crafty friends! If you just came from Mayra’s Designs, then you’re at the right blog! (Isn’t Mayra amazing? I am obsessed with her coloring!)


I haven’t made anything in a while and starting up again with the adorable Pretty Pink Posh January release was exactly what I needed to get going again! Today I made a card featuring the new Pretty Pink Posh Cupcake Critters. If you know me, then you know I cannot resist a cute critter stamp set and that’s exactly what happened to me here!

I started by stamping out my critters onto white cardstock with Copic-friendly ink. I colored everything in Copic markers. (I feel a little out of practice here and will be coloring in Copics for a while to get my groove back.) After I finished coloring, I die cut all my images with their coordinating dies.

Next, I started to work on my background. I played with some Distress Oxide that I got for Christmas. My favorite color combination at the moment is Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Antique Linen. After I finished blending, I splashed some water to lift up some fun dots and splattered some paint.

I used an oldie but goodie Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Star Die and cut out an opening with the largest star. I then stamped the sentiment on with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. (I was so proud of myself that I remembered to stamp the sentiment at this point and not after I assembled everything!)

To finish my card, I asked a few jewels from the newly release Party Mix jewel mix -such beautiful colors! And that’s it! My card is finished!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Pretty Pink Posh is giving away $25 gift certificates to NINE people who comment during the blog hop. Plus, we are giving away a not-yet-released set for qualifying purchases, while supplies last! Visit Pretty Pink Posh to see the entire release!

Up next on the hop, please visit the extremely talented Yoonsun Hur. I am a HUGE fan of her work! Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

If you get lost on the way, here is today’s fabulous line up:

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MAMA ELEPHANT Designer Series | Hogs and Kisses

By on November 30, 2018

Hello, friends! Thi here and today I want to show you how to make this birthday card featuring Hogs and Kisses that also holds a gift card! My kids get invited to a lot of birthday parties so I always have backup gift cards just in case I forget to buy a gift. I love these kind of cards because it adds a personal touch to a not-so-personal gift.

To begin, I started by stamping out the images from Hogs and Kisses onto white card stock with Copic-friendly ink and colored all the images with Copic markers. I then die cut them with coordinating dies and put them aside to work on my interactive background.

Next, I die cut the new Woodgrain Cover Creative Cuts into kraft card stock for my base panel. I love the instant interest this Cover plate ads to my cards! I then die cut the smaller scallop frame and gift card lift flap from Framed Tags-Waverly Creative Cuts onto Bristol smooth paper and ink blended the bottom with Distress Ink Abandon Carol and faded into white. After the ink has dried, I stamped the sentiment from Scripty Bday onto the lift flap.

To assemble the card, I lined up the ink blended piece on top of my Woodgrain Cover background as a guide so that I can use the little gift card insert die that comes with Framed Tags-Waverly Creative Cuts to hold my gift card in place. After the die cut was completed, I assembled my card by adhering the Woodgrain Cover panel onto a top-folding A2 card base with strong tape runner. I backed up the small scalloped framed with foam tape to give my gift card some wiggle room and adhered it directly on top of the Woodgrain Cover base.

I popped up my little piggies with some foam tape, and my card is completed! I found a Lucille’s gift card I could use to demonstrate the gift card holder and didn’t realize how ironically funny it is with my little piggies until after I took the photo – poor little piggies!

There you have it – a sweet little birthday card ready to give to a special friend! Thank you for stopping by and hopefully I inspired you to make something today!

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Get Carried Away | Mama Elephant GD Call

By on August 6, 2018

Hello, crafty friends! I made today’s card for Mama Elephant’s first ever guest designer calls for their 6th anniversary Stampede in September. This is so exciting and since they are one of my favorite stamp companies, I just had to play along!

Today’s card features Mama Elephant Carried Away stamp set. I love the giant balloon in this set! I stamped all my images with Memento ink onto white card stock. I colored them with Copic markers then fussy cut them because I do not have coordinating dies for this set. If you hate to fussy cut, you’re in luck! Coordinating dies are available and I linked them below.

It was time to work on my background. So I splurged and used a Michael’s coupon and bought two colors of Distress Oxide inks. This will be my first time using them. I took a trusty ol’ Mini Ink Blender and blended the two colors onto Bristol paper. I heard you can use regular paper with this but today I didn’t have time to test this. Bristol it is! After that, I splashed with water then added splatters in the same Distress Oxide for interest.

While the background is drying, I die cut the cloud from the Mama Elephant Landscape Creative Cuts into white card stock. I blended more Distress Oxide at the edge of my cloud to make it stand out more. I left this aside to work on the sentiment.

I prepped my blended background with an anti-static tool and stamped the sentiment onto it with Versamark and covered it all with white embossing powder. I took my heat gun to the sentiment until it was melted and smooth.

Time for my favorite part – card assembly! I popped the cloud onto the background with foam tape. I then did the same with the two giant balloons. I added the kids onto the cloud with a tape runner. I did the same with the little bear. I then took a pen and drew in my string for my balloon since I didn’t have coordinating dies, I improvised! Lastly, I covered both balloons with Wink of Stella and my card is complete.

I hope you liked my card today. Thank you for stopping by!

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Lawnfawnatics #31 | Flowers

By on July 1, 2018

I made a last minute entry to Lawnfawnatics #31: Flowers, Floral and Foliage! It was actually pretty involved but turned out to look very simple. Let’s begin!

Lawnfawntatics 31

First, I colored the three cuties from Easter Party and fussy cut then since I do not have the coordinating dies that are available. I set this assigned and did a ton of die cutting.

I have been die cutting a lot lately so I used a lot of my scraps to make this card. First, I diecut the Little Flowers dies on color card stock. I then die cut the Cloud Border die on vellum and white glitter paper (even though it does not show up on my photo). I then cut the grass board on more colored cardstock.

Next, to add some dimension, I ink blended on all my die cutt pieces with coordinating colors that are slightly darker than the colored card stock to give it depth. I love how this turned out.

I then heat emboss a sentiment from Simply Sentiments onto the grass and finally I am ready to assemble.

I cut a piece of patterned paper from Watercolor Wishes down to A2 size. I adhered the clouds and grass on with a tape runner. I popped the three cuties on with foam tape then I lastly filled in the voids by adhering the flowers on with wet glue. I adhere the entire panel on an A2 card base and my birthday card is done!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Garden Frame Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 22, 2018

Mama Elephant Garden Frame

Today’s project features Mama Elephant Garden Frame. This is a beautiful set and so different from what I usually do. I’m not very confident with flowers and really wanted to do these beautiful and delicate images justice.

First, I stamped everything onto heavy weight white card stock with a Copic-friendly ink. I looked up tiger lilies online and decided to go with the traditional pink and white variety. I colored everything with Copic markers then die cut with the coordinating dies and set the images aside to work on some ink blending.

The die cuts out a frame with an opening in the middle. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiments from the stamp set with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I did some emboss-resist and inkblended with Distress Ink in Faded Jeans for a muted navy color. I cut down this to be around the same size as the frame.

I prepared an A2 card by die cutting a piece of pattern paper using the Basic Rectangles Creative Cut in the largest rectangle which is A2 size. I adhered this to my card base with tape runner. Then, I adhered the ink blended sentiment onto the card base with more tape runner. Lastly, I popped up the Garden Frame I colored earlier with foam tape for dimension.

I finished the card with some droplets and this relatively simple card packs a pretty good punch because of the beautiful ME images from Garden Frame.

I hope you liked my card today and thank you so much for stopping by!


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Fly Away Friends Stamp Set | Pretty Pink Posh Sale

By on June 21, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh Fly Away FriendsHello, crafty friends! Today’s project features the Pretty Pink Posh Fly Away Friends stamp set. I love hot air balloon images! I can still feel the excitement I had when this stamp set was released last year. I decided to make a fun shaker card today, so let’s begin!

First, I stamped the largest balloon and the two critters from the stamp set. These are the only images I used because I wanted the shaker elements to stand out and since my shaker today will be two white clouds, I had to keep it pretty simple not to overshadow this feature. I colored everything with Copic markers and fussy cut them (coordinating dies are available if you would rather not fussy cut, but I actually find it therapeutic). I set this aside to work on my background and shaker.

For the background, I used the Stitched Notes Dies to create the stitched rectangle. I used the Rainy Days coordinating dies for the clouds that will be my shaker windows. I position and die cut the clouds before I started ink blending Distress Inks in Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserved and Dusty Concord. I couldn’t decide on my purples. Haha. I started with the dark colors, then lights and faded into white on top. Once this was completely dry, I stamped the sentiments in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I assembled my shaker with doubled up foam tape and filled the clouds with Pretty Pink Posh sequins: Iridescent Mini Star Confetti¼” Iridescent Star ConfettiSparkling Clear Confetti Mix and 3mm Sparkling Clear Sequins. I chose to fill them with a lot of fun clear and iridescent confetti and sequins to give the clouds shine!

I adhered the shaker onto a A2 top folding card base then adhered my stamped images. I finished with a few sequins that I used in the shaker and the card is done!

If you like the card I made today, Pretty Pink Posh is having a sale on this stamp set and it’s coordinating dies today!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope I inspired you to make something today!


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Oh Happy Day | Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight

By on May 22, 2018

mama elephant oh happy day

Hello my friends! Today’s card highlights Oh Happy Day from Mama Elephant’s May release. I tried something new and did the off set shadow stamping for the first time! There were definitely a few lessons learned but it turned out cute! I’m definitely going to try this again.

First, I stamped Party Animals on Bristol smooth card stock because I decided I will be taking my Zigs out to play for this card. I colored the critters with Zig markers and fussy cut these sweet images because I did not get the coordinating dies. I chose to use these little guys because once I saw the “Time to pop the bubbly” sentiment, I knew I wanted to use these specific fun images with them.

Next, I used the outside frame die from Cloud Nine Creative Cuts to die cut the background. I used my Misti and stamped Oh Happy Day with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I then cleaned off the stamp and moved the card base over ever so slighty and stamped it again with Versamark clear ink. I covered the entire thing with clear embossing powder and heated it until it was smooth and melted.

This is where the magic happens. I ink blended the background with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio. By doing this, the area where I offset stamped in Versamark leaves a white offset shadow behind the dark stamped sentiment. I cannot stress how much I love this look and will be doing it again!

I then popped the Party Animal images with foam tape and arranged them on my card. I added the small sentiment by stamping it in Versamark onto colored cardstock and covered it with white embossing powder and heat set it until it was smooth and melted. I cut it down and popped it onto the card with more foam tape.

I finished the card with Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear jewels because they look like champagne bubbles!

That’s my card. I hope you like it and thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting, friends!

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Animal Parade | Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight

By on May 21, 2018

Mama Elephant Animal Parade

Hi again! Today’s card features Mama Elephant Animal Parade! I made a birthday card using a few critters and the fun wavy sentiment from this set.

First, I stamped all the images with Copic-friendly ink onto white heavy-weight card stock. I then colored with my Copic markers. I heat embossed the “Happy Birthday” sentiment onto the adorable flag that the bear is holding. I die cut everything with coordinating dies and set aside to work on my background.

Mama Elephant Animal Parade

For the background, I used the largest rectangle from Basic Rectangles Creative Cuts (it perfectly covers an A2 card front) to die cut a background piece I can ink blend on for the background. I blended Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar keeping it darker at the bottom and gradually lighter on top.

mama elephant animal parade

Then, I used the On the Hills Creative Cuts to die cut the  clouds and the curved ground onto white card stock. I popped these pieces up with foam tape and adhered it to my ink blended background.

Next, I arranged the animal parade with more foam tape onto the background. I finished the card with some Pretty Pink Posh iridescent star confetti.

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope I inspired you to make something today!

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Donut Treats | Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight

By on May 17, 2018
Mama Elephant Donut Treats

Hello there! Today’s card features Donut Treats from Mama Elephant’s May release. I just love this set so much I used it in my previous post as well!

Today I used all the images from the stamp set and it’s coordinating dies. My favorite thing that Mama Elephant does are these dies that cut out little slits for you to tuck things into it. They did this with Page Huggers and their Dim Sum stamp sets! (Two of my favorites as well.) This set has a die that cuts out a slit in the box so you can tuck one of the images into the donut box! How cute is that!

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

Okay, enough enabling, let’s start the card. First, I stamped out all the images on white card stock with Copic-friendly ink. I colored all the images with Copic markers and die cut them with their coordinating dies. For the box, I white heat emboss the image onto craft card stock and die cut it with it’s coordinating die as well.

Next, I proceeded with some ink blending on the background. I used Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon and blended it into Spun Sugar but it doesn’t show up in my photos enough. Boo. I splashed some water for interested and set it aside to dry.

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

I then decided to live dangerously because I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the background to completely dry and stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink on the top corner. I carefully covered just that area with silver embossing powder and melted it until it was smooth. Luckily it worked out for me but I definitely do not recommend this method. Next time, I will heat set the entire thing to ensure it is dry.

I popped my stamped and colored images onto foam tape and adhere them all into a fun scene onto my inked background. The entire thing was then adhered to an A2 card base. I finished the card with some sparkling confetti mix from Pretty Pink Posh and my card is completed.

I hope you like my card and as always, thank you for stopping by!

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