A Pair of Sympathy Cards

I decided to plan ahead and create some sympathy cards.  Hopefully, I won’t need to use them.  Unfortunately, I am at the age where my friends are losing their parents. 

I created a couple of backgrounds using the Catherine Pooler Music Notes Background stamp.  I made these backgrounds in January (see January 25th blog post). I foiled them with Deco Foil Opal, inked them with some Catherine Pooler inks and sprayed them with some water.


I then stamped some floral images on vellum. I used Ink on 3’s Dogwood Flower stamp set and Catherine Pooler’s Blooming Bouquet stamp set. I used Ink on 3’s Juicy Clear Embossing & Watermark ink to stamp the images. I then embossed them with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder.

To get a little more dimension in the florals, I took my Uniball Signo Angelic Colour pen and drew some white lines on the back of the embossed florals. It’s easy to do and it adds a lot to the images. I used Hero Arts Florals Rose Stem for the sentiment.

Ink on 3 Dogwood Flower

I adhered the images to A2 card bases and I was done.

Catherine Pooler Blooming Bouquet and a scrap from Dogwood Flower (can’t waste anything)

Thanks so much for stopping by. 22 more days until Spring. But whose counting? Me!


Got My Rainbow On!

Hello! Hope you are all safe. Currently, weather everywhere in America is horrible. It is 46 degrees warmer in my freezer than it is outside in Minneapolis. Not good. I do not like 25 below zero.

But, I have rainbows to cheer me up if not warm me up a little. I made three cards, one for my husband and two for friends. I had already created two of the backgrounds using foil and Catherine Pooler inks. I posted about those on January 25th.

For the other background, I used Catherine Poolers Mariner stencil. I just love the shapes! You can mask off and ink them individually and add hooks on the top so they look like Christmas ornaments. Or, you can make a rainbow background!

Mariner Background by Catherine Pooler

I taped the card stock to the stencil. If I am not applying a really wet substance to my stencil, I do not use Pixie Spray. I used Catherine Pooler inks for the rainbow. First I used Suede Shoes, then Grape Crush, followed by Flirty Fuchsia, Pucker Up, Orange Twist and Catching Rays. I cleaned up my stencil, then lined it back up, taped it down and applied embossing goop using Rangers Embossing Dabber. It worked great and it was easy to clean off the stencil.

Good stuff

I sprinkled WOW! Halo embossing powder over the inked area and heat embossed the card panel. This embossing powder is fabulous! I trimmed 1/4 inch off of the sides of the panel and adhered it to the card base.

I pulled out the Simon Says Stamp “You Are Loved” die. I did direct to paper ink swiping with Grape Crush and die cut my sentiment out. I cut the shadow out using vellum. I glued my sentiment on to my vellum using Bearly Art glue. I glued the entire sentiment to my card panel using the same glue.

I used a couple of Nuvo Crystal Gems to finish the card.

The other cards, I just added the sentiments and gems the same way.

Flirty Fuchsia sentiment

I used Catherine Pooler’s Flirty Fuchsia on the sentiment. It’s the Hey There Friend die from Catherine Pooler. I also used her Merry Label dies on the vellum. Glued everything together and added some gems.

Suede Shoes Sentiment

I used Catherine Pooler’s Suede Shoes on this sentiment. This one is called Well Hey There. I love it’s hexy shape. I cut the die out twice and slightly offset the colored sentiment from the white. It’s nice having backgrounds pre-made so you can just throw a sentiment on the card, a couple of accents and be done.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my rainbows. Take care!


Valentines for 2021 are Done!

I have completed my Valentines Day cards for 2021. I made several different styles. For three of the cards, I used backgrounds that I had foiled previously. They worked perfectly for these cards.

For my first two cards, I used Peeking Pets from Catherine Pooler Designs and created shaker cards. The brown dog is representing our grand puppy, Beau. The black dog is representing our large mix, Dudley.

For Beau, I used a previously created Dotted Bursts background that I created using Deco Foil Transfer Gel Due on Heidi Swap pink foil (see January 25th blog post). I used the CPD Instant Happy die to create the Polaroid look and the sentiment is from GinaK’s Friendship Hearts stamp set. I used Kitchen Sink Sequins to fill the shaker. I colored Beau using Copic markers E59, E57 and E55.

For Dudley, I used the same background for the inside of the shaker, but went over it with Suede Shoes Ink. I used the same Instant Happy die. For the card panel, I used Rockin’ Red and Samba Inks on the Polka Heart stencil. I colored Dudley using Copic markers N7, N8 and N10. I cut the stenciled heart out using the largest Postage Stamp die. These are all Catherine Pooler Design products.

The next set of cards I made using foils as well.

For these two cards, I previously created the backgrounds using CPD’s Love Notes background stamp, Deco Foil Transfer Gel and I believe Iridescent Thermo Web Foil(see January 25th blog post). I inked over the backgrounds using It’s A Girl and Pucker Up for the pink and Rockin’ Red and Cranberry Fizz for the red.

To finish my pink card, I die cut the Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved die out 3 times and glued together. I cut the shadow out of vellum and attached it to the card using my Xyron 5” sticker maker. I attached the words to the vellum and added Glossy Accents on top of them. I used the hearts from CPD’s Essential Slim Line die. I trimmed the edges and added the card panel to my card base.

For the red card, I used Simon Says Stamps Shimmer Heart Die. I embossed the die on white card stock with my die cutting machine, then colored the petals with Copic Markers. I cut out the Shimmer Heart on some white card-stock and glued it over the embossed piece. I put Nuvo Crystal Gems in the center of the flower .

Finally, I made this white card.

Embossed background card

I started by embossing a 4 by 5.25” card panel with the Darice Background Hearts embossing folder. I created the heart the same way I created the heart on the red card. I added Glossy Accents to these flower petals and Nuvo Crystal Gems to the center of the florals.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Valentines Day!


Bear Card for Kari

One of our fellow crafters lost her dad to Covid 19 the day after Christmas. Those of us who have lost our parents, or any loved one for that matter, know how difficult it is. Kari (Sunshine In My Pocket is her blog name), has asked that fellow card makers make cards that include bears in their design. Post the cards on Instagram with the hash tag #bearcardsfordad and tag her@kariavan. I don’t know Kari, but I do know that it is always worth the effort to help someone through a difficult time.

To create the card, I grabbed Catherine Pooler inks in Flirty Fuchsia, Grape Crush, Suede Shoes and Black Jack and created a the background. I also grabbed a card base and inked the top of it with Tiara so the stars that showed through in a beautiful yellow color.

I cut the card panel out using Catherine Pooler’s Starry Night background die (my favorite).I attached the card panel to the card base with a liquid glue. I stamped the bears and the trees from Lawn Fawns Winter Skies stamp set using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I colored the bears using Copic C00, C1 and C3. I used G06, G09 and G17 for the trees. Y06, Y08 and Y19. I used a Uniball Signol white gel pen for the polka dots.

I used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders to create the snow drifts. A little B000 to create the shadow in the snow. The final touch is the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Super Star stamp set. I used a black Gelly Roll pen to color the bears nose.

I appreciate you all stopping by! Please help Kari get to 74 cards.


Foiling Backgrounds

Over the weekend, we received several inches of really powdery, sparkly snow. It is one of my favorite kinds of snow. It sparkles in the sun light, the moon light and the yard lights. I really enjoy looking at it. I also felt like crafting, but you can’t see snow from our bonus room. So I decided that I would foil some backgrounds in the kitchen, so I could enjoy the beautiful view. I don’t use my laminator anywhere else, I am worried I will damage something. FYI, my other favorite kind of snow is the melting kind.

I used Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo. In all the photos, the left background is the Duo and the right background is the transfer gel. I wanted to see which gel worked best. They both worked great, I just needed to figure out my process to get the best results. All of the backgrounds are from Catherine Pooler. I used some Deco Foil, Gina K and Heidi Swapp foils for these backgrounds.

To apply the mediums, I used the very inexpensive and disposable make up sponge. I pounced the make up sponge in the jar and then pounced the medium inside the lid. I then took my Scrapbook.com applicator and pounced it in the lid to get the gel onto the applicator.

To apply, I would pounce the applicator on the background. Depending on what kind of look I wanted, I would also smooth it across. If I wanted a more distressed/not perfect look, I just pounced (diagonal stripes – Catherine Pooler’s Peppermint Stick and cable knit sweater Catherine Pooler’s Sweater Weather backgrounds). If I wanted a smoother, more completely foiled look, I would pounce the product on then smooth it across (Love Note and Music Notes backgrounds). I had my cardstock in my Misti and stamped each background using my Misti. It worked beautifully!

I learned the the Transfer Gel Duo gets sticky quickly. A couple of backgrounds stuck to the stamps if I did not use a nice amount of product or if I did not work quickly. I was really happy with Deco Foil and Gina K foil results using my Royal Sovereign laminator. Heidi Swapp foil was not made for that laminator. All foils worked great with the Transfer Gel Duo and running them through my 12 year old Big Shot. I washed my backgrounds in warm, soapy water and they cleaned up beautifully.

To finish off some of the backgrounds, I inked over them. I have to say, the foil stood up to my inking. There were a few, tiny flakes that came off, but it did not ruin how the foil looked at all. Below are the inked backgrounds.

As you can see, the foil is still intact. On the firstcard panel, the cardstock was already red. I added Catherine Poolers Rockin’ Red ink in the middle and Cranberry Fizz around the edges. For the pink, I used It’s A Girl in the middle and Pucker Up around the edges.

For the rainbows, I used Cathing Rays, Pucker Up, Flirty Fuchsia, Grape Crush and Suede shoes on the stripes and Cathching Rays, In The Park, All That Jazz and Suede Shoes on the dots.

I used blue cardstock and left it as is on the first cable knit sweater and added It’s A Girl for the pink. I love how they look!

I do recommend the Transfer Gel Duo over the regular Transfer Gel, if you need to pick one. The foil adherence was about the same, but you can use any foil with the Duo and you do not need heat.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your week!


Never Too Many Rainbows


Welcome to rainbow season in Minnesota!  There are many things to be grateful for in my life, but I was still feeling a little low this weekend. To perk my self up, I made a rainbow card using @catherinepooler inks and dies.

. Rainbows Galore

I figured If one rainbow brought joy, more rainbows would be the way to go.  To get started, I ink blended @catherinepooler Something Borrowed, Party Dress, Orange Twist and Rockin Red on 4 sheets of Bristol Smooth card stock. One color per sheet.

I took the Over the Rainbow die and cut out a rainbow from each sheet of ink blended card stock.  I took some scrap card stock and added adhesive to each little scrap.  I built my rainbows using on these scraps.

Rainbow Building

Completed Rainbow

After I built the 4 rainbows, I ink blended with my Honey Bee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder stencil on a card panel. I used Its A Boy ink. I attached my rainbows to the card panel and trimmed off the extra.  I then attached the trimmings to fill in spaces on the cloud panel.

Using the same Rainbow die, I cut out a cloud. I inked some Twighlight ink to add a little depth to the cloud and stamped my sentiment from the Outside Your Window stamp set from Catherine Pooler.  I added some foam tape to the cloud and attached to the card.  I added some Wink of Stella to the cloud and attached the entire panel to my card base.

Finished Card

That completed my card.  Not sure who to send it to just yet, I may just look at it for a while.

So happy you stopped by. See you soon!




Encouragement Floral Card

Hello!  It is finally May!  The flowers are starting to bloom so I thought I would do a non-rainbow encouragement card. I also decided to go “old school”.  No Misti, no fancy techniques, just old fashioned card making the way I did it 10 to 20 years ago.

Simon Says Stamp Thankful Flowers and Luminance Colored Pencils

I used Simon Says Stamp “Thankful Flowers” stamp set.  It has a wonderful variety of florals, scripts and sentiments.  You could make amazing cards just using the sentiments from this set!

Thankful Florals

To start, I stamped the cluster of florals on Cornflower Blue card stock using Catherine Pooler Black Jack ink.  I grabbed my Luminance colored pencils.  Normally, when coloring on colored card stock, I use a white colored pencil.  This time, I used a Dove Gray (Sterling Gray 002).  It wasn’t as bright so the colors show a little deeper and richer.


For the florals, I used Sepia 407, 50% Sepia 906 (flower centers).  For the petals, Perylene Brown 585, Cornelian 850, Orange 030, Golden Bismuth 820 and Bismuth Yellow, 810.

For the leaves, I used Olive Yellow 015, Grass Green 220, Moss Green 225 and Dark English Green 729.  To outline the bunch, I used Prussian Blue 159 and Middle Cobalt Blue 660.  I also used Prussian Blue 159 to color the stripes. To create the stripes, I drew lines every half inch and colored in every other one.

For my sentiment, I stamped the phrase on some vellum with Versamark ink.  I embossed it with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder.  I attached it to my card panel using my Xyron sticker maker.

I trimmed down my card panel and mounted it to some scrap gold paper left over from Christmas.  I attached that panel to some Tonic Navy Blue shimmer paper.  I attached all of that to a top folding card base.


Inside the card, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set using Black Jack Ink from Catherine Pooler and Rockin Red for the heart.

To finish the card, I dug through Catherine Pooler’s Kitchen Sink sequins and used the matte gold sequins from that set.  I attached with glossy accents and called it a day. Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate it!




A Thank You for Hero’s

Hi Everyone!

For today’s card, I have a quick blog post about what I used. I really like how it turned out and and wanted to share it.

Gina K Designs “A Big Hello” stamp

I started by stamping the background with Ink on 3 Fade Out ink on Gina K Designs Jelly Bean Green card stock.

I colored the card with my Prismacolor colored pencils. For the flowers, I used PC1009, PC1008, PC934 and PC 1014. I love the pinky lavenders against the green. For the leaves I used PC988, PC109 and PC912.

For the sentiment, I used Scripty Sayings from Gina K. I have had this set for a little while and love the way the sentiments are simple, but elegant. I embossed with black embossing powder, ran the sentiment through my Xyron and attached to my card.

I attached the card to some black layering weight card stock and then attached to a white card panel. I didn’t want to add any bling, I felt like it would take away from the floral pattern.

That’s my card for today. I hope you are all staying safe!


Floral Birthday Card

Hi everyone!

For todays card, I created another floral birthday card. I have 4 sister, 3 sister in laws, 1 mother in law and 9 aunts. I need some feminine birthday cards. Some silly cards as well, but my aunts really like the florals.

I started with a beyond beautiful stamp set by Catherine Pooler called Grateful Heart. This is one of my favorite sets (sorry about the glare, I can only do my photos late at night). The sentiments really speaks to me. The fonts used are fabulous and there are so many ways to use the set. Use the florals in silvers, creams, whites and golds for weddings and subdued blues or greens for funerals. You may need different sentiments, but it fits so many different occasions.

I started by stamping the bough in my Misti using Sand Castle Ink. I stamped once towards the bottom, rotated the panel and stamped again. I added the side floral to my Misti and just rotated the card stock again to stamp both sides. I put that ink through the ringer with Copics and Copic blending solution and it did not smear! It worked great for no line coloring!

I colored the Navy center using B39. I then took my colorless blender and made a few dots through out the center. I colored the florals with R20, RV55 and RV69. I did a few touches with my Magenta and Indianthrene Blue Polychromos colored pencil on the flowers.

I colored the leaves around the center with YG21 and added Chrome Oxide Green and Deep Cobalt Green colored pencil. For the olive-ish leaves I used YG91 Copic and Juniper Green colored pencil. For the turquoise leaves, I used BG11 and Cobalt Green and Deep Cobalt Green.

When you start your coloring with Copics, the colored pencils blend better and the process goes so much faster!

For the sentiment, I used a stamp from the I Eat Cake stamp set. It is a really fun stamp set! I embossed with white embossing powder

To finish the panel, I used Aspen sequin mix by Catherine Pooler. It has stars, white sequins, large irridescent discs, small irridescent sequins, beads and snowflakes in it. It is a perfect shaker card mix as well as card accents.

For the interior sentiment, I used the Awesome and Wonderful stamp set and a few stars from the Grateful Heart set. I decided I would finish the interior of my cards this year.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Critters in Sweaters

Hello and happy belated New Year!!

I took a break from posting and enjoyed the holidays. My husband and I hosted my family. I have seven brothers and sisters and they have spouses and children. Some of their children have spouses. It is a big crew, but a fun crew!

For today’s card project, I used MFT’s Sweater Weather in the Woods and Sweater Weather on Safari. These stamp sets compliment each other perfectly.

I had colored these images during Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day coloring Challenge in November and wanted to make a card with them so I could send them out while it was still cold out. Not sure why I hurried, it will be cold for 3 more months in Minnesota.

The first card has the owl, the beaver (my favorite) and the giraffe. I colored all of the images with my Copics. I used W4 and W6 to color the sweater, E57, E59 and E79 on the fur and W7, W8 and W9 on the tail and feet.

For the Owl, I used E42, E 43 and E44. The sweater is R27, R29 and R39. The Green is G07, G17 and G19. The Giraffe is E57, E59 and YR31, E84, E43 and E42. The sweater is C3 and C4 for the gray and R27, R29 and R39 for the red. The Green is G07, G17 and G19.

I used MFT Snow Drifts and Tree lines for all of the backgrounds. I used MFT Birch Trees to cut out the tree. I used Catherine Pooler’s It’s a Boy and Day Dream to do the sky. I colored the pine trees using G09 and G17 for the lighter tree and G17 and G28 for the darker. I used MFT’s Inside Out Diagonal for the frame. I used scrap vellum to make the critters pop in front of the background.

I created the background the same way on 2 of the cards. I cut out the Tree lines and colored on the trees. I adhered the die cut to my inked background, then added a layer of vellum. I added the sentiment on to the vellum, then glued the snow drift on. I glued on the birch tree then added the frame. I then placed the critters.

For the next card, I used the owl, zebra, fox and elephant.

I created the background in the exact same way as the previous card. I did leave out the birch tree. For the Zebra, I used C7, C9, C0,0,C1 and C2. For the sweater, I used E41, E42 and E43. I used the same red and green as on the previous sweaters.

I used the same sweater colors on the elephant as I did on the zebra. I used C1, C3 and C5 on the elephant and R20 and R 22 on the ears.

For the fox, I used E50, E53, E33, E39. I used the same colors on the foxes sweater as I did on the Giaraffe’s.

On my final card, I did not use vellum to blur out the background.

I did add water to create a little interest in the background sky. I colored the moose’s sweater just like the elephant and Giraffe’s. I used 0, W1, W3 and W5 to color the moose. I love how he turned out. To color the bear, I used the same colors as the fox for the sweater and used E59, E57, E37, E31, E33 and E49 for his fur.

I embossed the sentiment at the top of the frame, which completed this card. There is something so charming about critters in traditional sweaters. Especially if they are holding coffee cups.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the cards.