friendship cards

Remember, you’ve got a friend in me

By on April 29, 2017
Mama Elephant – Ella & Friends Stamp Set

I made this card for a Mama Elephant Challenge with a friend. The rule was, all Mama Elephant products! This was a lot of fun to do. I decided to use a watercoloring technique I saw Kristina Werner do on YouTube. I think I failed but it still turned out okay. Haha. The color was suppose to run down more but it didn’t quite do that but I still think it’s a fun technique and will try it again sometime. Instead of Copic markers, I used Distressed Ink to watercolor the entire card. I finished everything off with some fun clear holographic sequins I got from my local Michael’s.

Supplies I Used:

Continue Reading

general | handmade card

Harry Potter inspired card

By on April 19, 2017
Harry Potter greeting card
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger created from Sweet Stamp Shoppe Wizards stamps

Hi there! Harry Potter is one of my favorite book series! When I saw the Wizards set from The Sweet Stamp Shoppe, I knew I had to have it. It’s one of the first stamp sets I bought! Today I decided to make these two Harry Potter and Hermione Granger and use Gryffindor colors of amber and maroon. This card was so fun to make. I loved making the Distressed Ink background!

Close up of Glossy Accents on Harry’s glasses.

Supplies I Used:

Finished card. One of my favorites!

Continue Reading

birthday | handmade card

Happy Birthday to my favorite Pupperoni!

By on April 11, 2017
Happy birthday to ME from Simon Says Stamps!

For my birthday, Simon Says Stamp offered me a free stamp set with purchase. Since I wanted to get a few things, I went ahead and ordered this month and got this adorable set. I like that I can use this set to make some ‘boy’ cards for all the little boys in my life. Most of them aren’t too fond of fairies and unicorns. Haha.

I am really happy with the scene I created.

Supplies I Used:

I sent this to a friend's son who turned 9 and loves pizzas and puppies! Can't get anymore perfect than this!

Continue Reading

galaxy card

First Galaxy Card

By on March 25, 2017
First galaxy card using Mama Elephant Space Bears stamp set.

I have been obsessed with galaxy cards the first time I ever saw one! I love how you can use any color and it will give it a different look. For my first galaxy card, I went with what seems to be popular in the card making circuit. I started with Distress Inks in mustard seeds, picked raspberries, seedless preserves, chipped sapphire and black soot. (Can I pause here just to mention how much I love the names of the colors. How fun it must be to name all of these!) I blended all the colors except for black soot on Bristol Smooth paper. It was so much fun and magical! After I got all the color on, I went over the entire thing with black soot. This is where things can get a little hairy but have faith! Just cover it all in black soot and let some of the colors shine through. After this layer, I got a spray bottle and mist it with water. One of the fun traits of Distress Inks is that it will react with water. I gave it a few seconds and sop up the water with a paper towels and got these dots all over the project where the water picked up the color. Next, I got some opaque white paint and put it on a toothbrush and spattered it onto my project. This is where the magic happens! The white splatters and dots looked like a galaxy of stars! It was so much fun! I then let the background piece dry over night.

Always “Dream Big”

While it was drying, I colored these cute Space Bears from Mama Elephant. For this project, I used Zig Clean Real Brush pens. After coloring, I used glossy accents on the helmets to give it a little more interest and a 3D look like a real space helmet. So cute! I was pretty pleased with the results here. Both the glossy accents and background needed to dry so this is when I decided to clean up, let the piece dry and pop some popcorn and watch a movie with the kids. The rest will be completed tomorrow.

Can you see the glossy accents?

The next day, I assembled the card and this was so exciting! I decided on one bear because I messed up on one with the glossy accents. I couldn’t get over the air bubble it had.

I love this card!

Supplies I Used:

Continue Reading

holiday | st. patrick's day

You’re My Lucky Charm

By on March 10, 2017
St. Patrick’s Day card using Lawn Fawn My Lucky Charm

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and I felt a little festive this year. I got this set for the cat for Chinese New Year cards, but decided to use it for it’s original intent. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I wished all the Wink of Stella showed up better on camera. This card is all kinds of sparkly!

Inside the card.

Materials I Used:


Continue Reading


Have a Fairy Nice Day

By on March 1, 2017
First shaker card!

I made my first shaker card! I wanted to try the fun foam method from Jennifer McGuire and it was a lot of fun. This was a lot of fun. I made a few other cards I will share soon using the foam tape method to see which I like more. I know the fun foam technique mails better but so far I have been hand delivering these so maybe I need to do some cost analysis to see which is cheaper if I’m going to hand deliver. (Or maybe I will just use whatever is closest when I get my supplies from my craft area.)

Shaker Close-up

Lessons Learned:

  • Cut the foam a little smaller than the front facing piece of cardstock so the sides don’t show. (I’m sure this was mentioned in the tutorial video, but I forgot.)
  • Fishing wire is not the same as nylon thread (The finish wire was a little thick. Now only was it more visible than I would like, it doesn’t allow for much movement. This is what I get for being lazy and trying to use what my husband has.)
  • Distressed ink takes a while to dry…so don’t put embossing powder on it until it’s COMPLETELY dried! (You will see no distressed ink piece in this entire project…it was scraped after two attempts. Another time!)
  • If you decide to color with Copic markers, use Memento Tuxedo Black ink since it is Copic-friendly and does not bleed.
Inside of the card

Supplies I Used:


Hope you like the card! Feel free to leave any questions or comments!


Continue Reading


First Post and Introduction

By on February 28, 2017

Hi there! I have always enjoyed crafting. Back in the day, I was a big scrapbooker and then I had children. Not just children…my husband and I were blessed with twins in 2008 and that kind of put a stop to any other past time I use to enjoy. However, the twins are 8 years old now and I found a little time again (even though we were also surprised with a baby in 2014 but that’s an entirely different story I will share someday…) to craft. A coworker of mine introduced me to the amazing world of homemade cards. I love the idea of making something and giving it away to brighten somebody’s day. I find crafting to be therapeutic, and as a full-time working mother of three, I need the therapy. My husband, who’s been with me since high school (this is another story for another day), suggested I put my projects online as a way to document my work, archive the things I’ve given and share with other enthusiasts like me.

So here I go! I hope you all enjoy!


Continue Reading