Baby Shower Card


Spring has sprung in Minneapolis! Hallelujah! I still have a bit of snow but we hit 60 degrees. We had not seen that since October. It’s nice to have customers in a good mood again.

For todays card, I made a baby shower card using Mama Elephants New Family stamp set and co-ordinating dies. This is an older set, but it is my favorite for Baby Shower cards. This card was inspired by a card I saw Nichol Spohr do several years ago.

I started out stamping the images with Ink On 3 Fade Out Ink. I colored my images using Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I blended them with Gamsol. I usually do not use it, but I colored my images very lightly and wanted a good blend.

To color the bunnies, I used PC 1051, PC1068 and PC 1013. For the bottle, I used PC 1012, PC 942 and PC 1050. Foe the present, I used PC 928 and PC 1014.

Once I finished coloring the images, I cut out my card panel from 110lb Recollections card stock and used My Favorite Things Blue Print Sketch #27 die. I cut the clouds out using Lawn Fawns Puffy Cloud Border die, one cloud out of white card stock and one cloud out of vellum. I also cut a border on the clouds using Blue Print Sketch #27 to match up the scalloped edges.

On the card panel, I colored the background using It’s A Girl ink from Catherine Pooler and Honey Bee’s Outdoor Scene Builder stencil. I then sprayed the background and both clouds with Shimmerz spray. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set using Catherine Poolers Twighlight ink.

To assemble the card, I put 3M foam tape on the back of the card panel. I used Be Creative tape to adhere the white cloud to the card panel and I ran my vellum through my Xyron 5 sticker maker to add adhesive to the back of the entire cloud. I lined up the scalloped edges when adhering the card. I then took my Gina K Connect glue to add the bunnies and the bottle and present. I adhered my card panel to a top fold card base and that completed my card.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed todays card share. See you soon!


Floral Mandala Inlaid Look


I hope you all had a great week last week.  It’s spring,  which means work gets a little crazy and creative time gets limited.  But I managed to squeeze some in.


For today’s card I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Floral Mandala Etched Dies Folk Art by Lene Lok.  I really love using products that remind me of Nordic folk art. This die looks great just cut from white card stock with an inked background, but I decided to make the die colorful and the background off white.


I started by using my embossing pad with my die cutting machine so that the die just left an impression in my white cardstock. I then cut around the impression so that the shape of the image stayed the same.   I then cut the die out in the usual way to add dimension to the card.


I started by coloring the background with my B29 Copic marker.  It made it easier to discern where the flowers were by starting with the background. Once that was complete, I started coloring the interior portions of the flowers and leaves. I layed down a base layer of the lightest color, then flicked on the medium color and lightly touched the dark color to the flowers and leaves.

I then colored the die cut image with the same colors. If the interior colors were light, I used a dark border around the image and vice versa.  I love lavender and yellow together so I decided to combine those color groups together on the same flower. I then added Gina K Connect glue to the back of the die cut and adhered it on to my embossed, colored floral shape. It looks like inlaid die cutting, but it is so much easier and faster than the inlay technique.


My Pink combo was RV21, RV23 and RV25.  My red combo was R24, R27 and R29.  The blue combo is B23, B24 and B16.  Purple is V12, V15 and V17.  The yellow combo is Y13, Y15 and Y17.  Finally, my green combo is YG05, YG17 and YG23. I did not try and blend the colors, I wanted to keep the folk art look. The coloring took less than an hour.


I cut a square of cream colored shimmery cardstock from Joanne’s. I made a square red cardbase from school house red cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. I added foam tape to the back of the floral shape and adhered it to my shimmery card square.  I then added the shimmery square to the red card base.  I added a couple of left over die cuts from a project I did over a year ago to the corners.  I then stamped “Hi” in the corner .  I added a white panel to the interior of the card so I can write a note. That completed my card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed today’s cardshare!





Two Stamp Companies, Three Cards

Hi everyone,

Todays post is showcasing a stamp set collaboration from Simon Says Stamp and Clearly Besotted.  The name of the stamp is Magnificent Magnolia and I made three similar – yet different cards.


The cards all use the same stamp, placed in the same position, but the change in colors and the background make these cards very different.

First up, I have a water colored and ink blended card.


For the card background, I cut some plain, white cardstock out with the Simon Says Stamp Wonky Stitched die.  I then blended the background with Catherine Poolers Tiara and Tikki Torch inks.  I did some spatters with the Tikki Torch and set the panel aside to dry.

I stamped the magnolia on some watercolor cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW Opaque White embossing powder.  I stamped some Coral Cabana, Rockin Red and Tiara on a stamp block and watered it down.  I painted with the Tiara first and then added the Coral Cabana and in the middle and Rockin Red for shadows.  It’s the second time I am actually “watercoloring” and not using watercolor markers, the more you practice this skill, the easier it gets.

For the leaves, I used Garden Party and Grass Skirt.  I used Garden Party for the shadows and Grass Skirt for everything else. I colored the center with Icing on the Cake from Catherine Pooler. I cut the flower out and attached it to my card panel with 3M foam tape.  I then stamped the “Hello” with Versamark and used my WoW embossing powder in Opaque White.

To finish off the card, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ripened Pumpkin.  I adhered my panel on to a side fold cardbase of 120lb cardstock.

For the next card, I stamped the image with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink and colored it with my Copics and some colored pencils.  I have never tried this technique before and I really enjoyed it.  The Copics I used are RV 29, 25, 23 and 21 for the petals.  For the leaves, G14, G17 and G94. For the center, E52, E53 and E55.


To add some shading to the petals, I used Polychromos Light Red Violet 135, Pink Madder Lake 129 and Middle Purple Pink 125.  For the leaves, I used Permanent Green 266 and Hookers Green 159.

To Create the background, I used Simon Says Stamps Brush Strokes Message stamp set.  I stamped the strokes using Catherine Poolers Rose Petal and It’s a Girl.  I stamped some strokes once and some twice to get different shade levels.  I decided it needed splatters so I used the same shades I stamped with and CP’s Midnight ink.  I also added dots using Nuvo Glitter Markers in Raspberry and Golden Ochre.

I cut the panel out with MFT’s Blue Print Sketch #27.  I stamped the sentiment using the Midnight ink and cut it out with SSS Nested Banners dies.  I adhered everything on a card base using my E-Z Runner and this card was finished.

For my final card, Istamped the image on plain white cardstock using Ink on 3 Fadeout.  I colored the image using my Altenew Alcohol Markers and my Polychromos colored pencils.


For the leaves, I used Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen.  For the petals, I used Dusk, Desert Night, Persian Blue and Sapphire.  I used Buttercream and Paper Bag for the center.  I fussy cut the image out and then went on to my background.

For the background, I tried a new technique. I put Versamark reinker on a scrap piece of paper and watered it down.  I took an old brush that I was ok tossing away and painted stripes on the background.  I heat embossed using Rangers Liquid Platinum embossing powder and Simon Says Stamp Steel Navy embossing powder.  I cut the panel out using MFT’s Blueprint Sketch die #27.

I popped the floral image up with some 3M foam tape.  I used a sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed it onto a piece of scrap navy cardstock. I cut it out with Simon’s Nested Banner dies and adhered it with the 3M foam tape as well. I then used my E-Z Runner to attach the panel to my cardbase.

I know this is a really long post, but I really wanted to share the details of these cards, I am really happy with how they came out.

Enjoy your weekend!



Fun With a Flower Cart

Hello Crafty People!

Today I am sharing a card made with Catherine Poolers Fresh Cut Flower stamp and the tree stamp from the Happy Place stamp set.  I hope to create a card with that stamp set soon.



I started by stamping out my images on CP’s white cardstock with CP’s Sand Castle ink.  I wanted to do some no line coloring with my Luminance colored pencils.  These pencils are new to me so there was a learning curve.

For the wooden portion of the cart, I used Burnt Sienna 69, Brown Ochre 37 and Brown Ochre 50% 836.  For the awning, I used Crimson Alazarin 589, Scarlet 070 and Payne’s Grey 60% 507.  For the darling little dog, I used Sepia 407, Cassel Earth 46 and Burnt Sienna 69.

I colored the yellow/gold florals using Golden Bismuth Yellow 820 and Orange 030.  For the Mauve/Pink flowers, I used Ultra Marin Pink 083 and Manganese Violet 112,  For the red roses, I used Crimson Alazarin 589 and Scarlett 070.  I used Silver Grey 002, Payne’s Grey 504 and Steel Grey 004 on the pails.

I used the same greens in the tree as I did on the grass,  I used the same browns for the trunk as I did on the cart.


To create the grassy hills, I blended Catherine Pooler’s Grass Skirt and Green Tea on the same white cardstock. I used Lawn Fawns Meadow Border to cut out the grassy Hills.  For the sky, I blended Catherine Pooler’s Something Borrowed and It’s A Boy and used Honey Bee Stamps cloud stencil to create the background sky.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, I just masked off the word Spring when inking up my stamp with Versafine black ink.

I adhered everything to my card panel using my E-Z runner tape runner.  I then took my card panel and adhered it to a side fold A2 card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy your week!



Star Flower

Hello all,

For todays cards, I used Simon Says Stamp Star Flower stamp and my Prisma Colored Pencils along with Heffy Doodles Hugs Die.

These cards were just colored dark to light, I did not do any special shading.  They are very easy and relaxing to make. I could see doing this in pinks and whites and using it for Valentines Day.

Star Flower Stamp

To start, I stamped on two different cardstocks.  80lb white cardstock and 80lb gray cardstock. I used Versamark Ink and embossed both pieces with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.

For the red version, I used Hot Pink PC 993, Carmine Red PC 026, Process Red PC 994, Raspberry PC 1030, Crimson Red PC 924, Mulberry PC 995, Pink PC 930, Permanent Red, PC 122, Magenta PC 930, Pomegranate PC 195, Copenhagen Blue PC 906, Denim Blue PC 1101, Periwinkle PC 1025 and finally, Carribean PC1103.


For each of the designs, I used the darkest color at the base of each design, then the mid-color and then the lightest.  I did this for each section. I colored the cardstock with my C3 Copic to help the colors pop. I used the  Copic Colorless Blender to move some of the ink around to give it depth.

For the blue version, I used Aquamarine PC 905, Cobalt Turquoise PC 105, Light Aqua PC 992, Indigo Blue PC 901, Copenhagen Blue PC 906, Indanthione Blue PC 208, Denim Blue PC 1101, Periwinkle PC 1025, Blue Vilet Lake PC 1079, Mediterranean Blue PC 1022, Blue Slate PC 1024, and Carribean Sea PC 1103. Each one took about an hour and a half.


To finish the cards, I trimmed down each panel to 3.75” x 5.0”.  I then cut out the “Hugs” sentiment 4 times with scrap white cardstock.  I stamped one of the sentiments with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Gold embossing Powder.  I layered one of the white sentiments behind it and attached it to my blue card with glue.  I layered the remaining two sentiments together and glued them to the red version.

I adhered each panel on to a white card panel and then adhered them to their card bases.  For the red, I used Simon Says Stamp School House Red and Catherine Poolers white for the blue.  I didn’t add any other embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope to post again soon.


Hero Floral Stamps


For todays card, I combined two of the Hero Florals red rubber stamps from Hero Arts. These images are clean, not a lot of extra detail, so you can use them differently than other stamps.

Hero Florals Outline Bloom Cling and Color Me Flower Cling

I stamped the Hero Florals Outline Bloom Cling on white 80lb card stock. I broke out my Polychromos and colored the different layers. For the red layers, I used Crimson 134, Magenta 155, and Rose Carmine 124. For the lavender layers, I used Middle Purple Pink 125, Fuchsia 123, Light Magenta 119. For the pink layers, I used Pink Madder Lake 129, Pink Carmine 127 and Pale Geranium Lake 121. The blue greens are Cobalt Green156, Chrome Oxide Green Fiery 276 and Deep Cobalt Green 158.

I cut the bottom three layers away from the top two. I then traced the edges with a black marker.

I stamped the Color Me Flower Cling on vellum and heat embossed with WOW white embossing powder. I used some of the same Polychromos pencils to color the vellum. I then cut out the stamp and used it as the middle layer on my card focal point. I used Gina K Connect glue to adhere the layers.

I used Catherine Pooler Inks Aquatini and Maddi Gras to ink the background. I then used Rose Petals, Rockin’ Red and Sugared Lavendar to create the sprinkled dots in the background. I also used my spray bottle to create more dimension. I then sprayed the panel with Shimmerz clear mist and cut the panel out with My Favorite Things Blue Print Sketch number 27.

I stamped my sentiment on vellum. The “hello” is from My Monthly Hero September 2017. I embossed with Wow! White embossing powder. I added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Simply White onto my background as well. I mounted my panel on some fun foam and added the entire panel to an Audrey Blue card base from Simon Says Stamp cardstock,

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you soon!