Hello Sweet Friend

Hello Friend 2Hi Everyone! Are we enjoying all of our severe weather and blizzards?  I am not!  The beauty of this is that it is April and the snow will melt soon.  The severe weather will continue on.

Here is a link to the You Tube Video I made for this card:


For today’s card, I made a clean and simple card for the AAA Cards card challenge. Clean and simple is a new concept for me, I love bold colors and I enjoy coloring and shading.  I must admit, I really enjoyed making this card!


I used a stamp set from Stamptember; Altenew’s Dainty Sprig.  While this set is not available any longer, Altenew has a similar sets available that will work just as well: Dainty Bouquet, Amazing You, Dotted Blooms and Flower Vine, just to name a few.

To start, I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed the sprig using Rangers Seafoam White embossing powder on black cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.  The black card panel is A2 sized.

I primed my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors with my Distress Sprayer and started painting the petals with Champagne Gold.  I did not paint the image all the way to the edges, I left a little black between the embossed line and the paint.  I painted the buds with the Blue Gold as well as the floral centers and the leaves with the White gold.  I came back in with the Red Gold paint to add some depth to the flower petals.

I then took a very small paintbrush and added dots all around the image using all of the colors listed above.Hello Friend 1

I heat embossed my sentiment with the Seafoam White embossing powder using Versamark ink.  I then trimmed a little off of my card panel so that I had a border around my panel when I attached it to my card base.

I attached my card to a white, A2 size card base using my EZ Runner tape runner and called the card complete.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!




A Pair of Ericka’s Stamping Challenge

Hello all,

A couple of Eric/ka’s That I follow created a card challenge.  The first challenge is to make a card about coffee.  I have a couple of sets of coffee stamps, but I really like the sentiments in Catherine Pooler’s Perfect Blend stamp set.


I think the colors in this card are a new favorite color combo.

I started by stamping Versamark ink on a card panel and pouring Ranger Platinum Silver Embossing Powder over the background and heat embossing it.  I repeated this step two more times.


I then took out the stamp with two coffee beans and randomly stamped it all over the background with Versamark sticky ink.  I poured Rangers Rose Gold Embossing Powder over the stamped images and heat embossed those.  I love this embossing powder.  It is more of a bronze color than rose gold.  It is just beautiful.  I then stamped the single bean and heat embossed it with the same embossing powder.

I cut a frame out for my shaker using Lawn Fawns stitched rectangle dies.  I used the largest and the third largest to create the frame.  I then stamped Versamark sticky ink all over the frame and heat embossed it with the Rose Gold embossing powder.  I repeated this step one more time.


I stamped my coffee and sentiment images on Judikins Embossable Window Plastic with Stazon Midnight Blue ink.  I attached the plastic to my frame with double sided tape.  I then doubled up my foam tape and added it to my frame.

I added some bronze, gold and blue Recollections sequins to my card panel and then attached my frame to my card panel.  I took the entire piece and attached it to an A2 card base.

I some how managed to add a ding in my embossed frame so I added a blue sequin to cover it.  That finished off my card.

I hope you have an amazing week!



Hero Arts Hot Air Blooms

Happy Saturday Everyone!

We still have snow piles, but I also have some plants poking through in the garden.  I didn’t know if anything would survive after this horrible winter. I am glad to see the plants are rallying!


For todays card, I decided to create a colorful scene using Hero Arts Hot Air Blooms stamp set and co-ordinating dies.  I wanted a bright, cheerful, encouraging card.


To start, I stamped the images on some 65lb Recollections card stock.  I stamped it using Ink On 3 Black Out Ink.  I left the stamps in my Misti so I could restamp them after coloring.  I colored them using my Polychromos colored pencils.

For the Yellow Flowers, I used Cadmium Yellow 107, Dark Cadmium Yellow 108 and Dark Chrome Yellow 109.  For the red flowers, Deep Scarlett Red 219, Permanent Carmine 126 and Middle Cadmium Red 217.  For the orange, I used Deep Scarlet Red and Dark Cadmium Yellow.  For the pink flowers, I used Pink Madder Lake 129, Fuchsia 123 and Magenta 133. For the leaves I used Grass Green 166 and Hookers Green 159.  The blue background is Phthalo Blue 110.  For the baskets I used Brown Ochre 182, Raw Umber 180 and Van-Duck Brown 176.


Once I finished the coloring, I restamped the images with Versamark Ink and used my new favorite embossing powder from Ranger, Black Sparkle. I then cut them out using the die cuts and then trimmed down some of the white left behind from the die cut. I  went over the edges with Copic B12 marker. I created the clouds in the background using the HoneyBee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder stencil and Distress Oxide Salty Ocean.

I popped the larger balloon on 3M foam tape.  I adhered the other images with Gina K Connect Glue. Stamped the birds and sentiment with Versafine black ink and embossed the birds with the same Ranger embossing powder.


I adhered the card panel to an A2 card base and that completed my card.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you soon.



Filigree Die Easter Cards

Welcome April!

March was so busy that it flew by. I had events every weekend. I am looking forward to being crafty this coming weekend.

For todays cards, I used Simon Says Stamp Filigree Egg and Filigree Bunny dies as well as Lawn Fawn’s Stitched rectangle die for the cards. As soon as I saw these dies, I knew they needed to come live at my house!

I created these cards the same way I created a card I posted about last week; I embossed a card panel with each die, colored them with my Copics and then cut the images out with the die and used Distress Inks to color the cover panel.

As I said, I embossed the dies on some 110lb card stock. I believe I used Recollections cardstock. Once embossed, I colored the embossed images with Copics.

For the leaves, I used YG17 and YG 23. For the pink flowers, I used RV10 and RV55. For the yellow flowers, I used Y06 and Y19. For the red flowers I used R22 and R24. I used R24 for the red dots as well. For the blue dots, I used B14 and B26.

Once the embossed cards were colored, I took two more card panels and covered one in Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry and one panel in Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon.I sprayed each panel with my Distress sprayer and blotted off the water. I then die cut the card panel using the Filigree dies and the second largest stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn.

I put adhesive around the embossed colored images and covered them with the Distress Oxide panel. I adhered fun foam to the back of the panels and then adhered the entire project to a side fold A2 card.

I finished the project off by adding Nuvo Crystal Drops in Midnight Blue and Carnation Pink. I added the Happy Easter sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Some Bunny stamp set.

This completes today’s card share. I hope you enjoyed todays post.

See you soon!


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!