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Penguin card made using SU 3 step owl punch.

Try to Fold a Trifold Shutter Card

The card I am featuring today is a trifold shutter card. You can find a great tutorial here on how to cut and fold this card. It really is a simple design once you see how it is done.

Yeti, Set, Go

I featured a lot of different stamp sets on this card but, the two adorable Yeti creatures are from Yeti, Set, Go by Lawn Fawn. And the balloons are from Up and Away by Mama Elephant Stamps.

Yeti, Set, Go

This Yeti is wearing a crown from the Hats Off to You, stamp set from Lawn Fawn and his friends are wearing party hats from the same set. And the birthday cake is actually a sticker rather than a stamp. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is a mixed media project but, I do think that incorporating stickers now and then can give your cards a little something different.

Trifold shutter card

I forgot to take a photo of the card when it is closed but, here is a look at the card when it is opened wide. Many people also add decorative paper to some of the panels. You know me and my less is more approach, so I just doodled some confetti and called it a day.

You really should give this card shape a try. It is just a matter of a couple of cuts and a couple of folds.

I am entering this card into the Lawnscaping Challenge: Critters Galore

LF challenge

Happy Stamping,


Age is just a Number

We had quite a few significant birthday’s in our family this year. So I created age specific cards with numeral die cuts from Papertrey Ink, for those special people.

Up first is the card I made for my niece, Jenna. She turned 21, so she got a card that represented the significance of that age here in the United States.

Beer Mug Card

In order to make the mug I simply rounded off the corners of some rectangles, sponged them with yellow distress ink and layered them over a grayish paper. The handle is just a circle die cut with a smaller circle cut out of the bottom.  By spattering the yellow papers with water before I adhered them to the gray paper I was able to create the look of bubbles. The foam is made from little cloud die cuts that are lightly sponged on the edges with yellow. The numeral dies come in a wide and narrow format. I used both to create the shadowed effect you see here.

My nephew Buddy (Geoff) is my birthday twin. He was born on the same days as I was born 19 years before him. He turned 25 this year. And I happen to think that being a quarter of a century old is pretty significant. But it is not a reason to feel old or passed the age of having some fun. So I made a card that was sort of fun and funky for Buddy.

25 birthday card

I used Hero Arts Neon Inks for this card. They are even brighter in person than they are in this photo. I created the number by sponging the ink inside of the stencil I created by die cutting the numbers. After I finished inking the numbers I outlined them by hand. And finally I covered them with some clear Stickles (glitter gel).

Another nephew of mine named, Joey turned 30 this year. And before you start thinking that I must be pretty old to have a nephew who is 30,  just bear in mind that he is only 14 years younger than me. I hadn’t even begun my freshman year of high school when he was born. But his turning 30 really did make me feel a little bit long in the tooth!

30th birthday card

This card features the wide and narrow dies too. And I have been really having fun with the glitter paper I purchased at my local JoAnn’s store.

Next up is my sister in law Jill’s card. Jill turned the big 40 this year! I wanted to create a classy and fun card rather than one that teased her about her age. (Especially because I’m even older than her)  Jill is a fun, yet classy kind of woman who deserves a glityz, feminine card.

40 and Fabulous

For this card I only used the narrow number dies and I placed a gold glittered paper beneath the negative space where the numbers were cut. I saved the interior of the 4 and the zero and I glued them onto the gold paper. On the very top of the pink and gold paper I added a clear sheet of plastic and two golden  enamel dots. The final addition of the plastic made the card appear very polished and professional. (In my opinion, anyway.)

And last, but certainly not least, is my brother in law Geoff who turned 75 this year. I come from a family of six siblings and my eldest sister  is married to Geoff. Theirs is a May/December romance which is a romantic way of saying that she married a man who is a couple of decades older than her. Geoff is the very first son in law to my parents and my first brother in law and I love him very much.

75 birthday card

I kept Geoff’s card very simple and elegant. The card base is dry embossing (embossing folder) with a wicker design. And I used a ivory and metallic gold paper underneath the numbers. Sometimes a really simple card can make a really big statement.


Happy Stamping,





When a Doodle is as Good as a Stamp

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I went to a friend’s house a few days ago to craft some cards together. Although I have fun crafting together, I find that I never get much done because I’m so busy chatting. However, I did get a card completed and I had fun with Kim and Linda.

I have been thinking about buying a stamp that features birch trees. There have even been a few birch tree stamps in various shopping baskets of mine online but, I just kept balking at the cost. So the other night I decided to see if I could doodle some instead. And the result was really pleasing. Plus I saved myself at least $10!

Stacy Yacula Studio stampsI doodled the trees and the banner as well as the presents, grass and dandelions. The adorable animal stamps are from A Sweet Summer set by Stacey Yacula Studio. You can find them here at Purple Onion Designs And all but the shading under the black on the birch tree bark, was colored with colored pencils and blended with baby oil.

Next time I would stamp the birds first and then draw the wire under them. It was hard to see because, they are red rubber and not clear acrylic stamps. But hopefully my niece won’t notice that the bird is not quite on the wire.

Happy Stamping Doodling,




It’s Kind of a Big Deal

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Recently one of our good friends, who also plays poker with my husband, turned 40. He is the last of our group of friends to do so and so it really was a big deal.

I had seen a card in a crafting magazine a year or so ago that featured a big poker chip on the cover with the words “50 It’s a Big Deal”. Although it was cute, I knew I wanted to feature a hand of cards as well as poker chips.

Poker themed card


I cut out the numbers using Paper Trey Ink By the Numbers die and By the Numbers Mat die sets. I cut out the wider mat set a second time in gold to give the 40 a little more sparkle. The chain of circles is stamped in a shiny gold ink to add even more glitz.

I snagged a couple of images from Google images to create the Royal Flush hand of cards and the poker chips. In order to make the playing cards pop up, I simply cut two vertical slits in the center of the card and then pushed the cut portion forward from the back of the card.

Follow this link for a detailed view Pop Up  Card Instructions

The sentiment was created using individual letters from a Martha Stewart clear alphabet stamp set.

If you haven’t attempted to make a Pop Up card before, you really should try. This card is a good illustration of just how easy it can be.

Happy Stamping,


A Pack of Party Animals


First off I want to draw your attention to the Yeti’s hairy little chest. Doesn’t the Fun Flocked fuzziness just make you smile? I bought several jars of Fun Flock when it was on clearance at a local craft store a year or  so ago.  And I finally opened some of these colors for the first time yesterday.

This fuzzy jar of fun is so easy to use. Just apply a thin layer of glue to the area you want to flock and then shake some of the flocking onto it and press lightly. Tap off the excess flock and return it to your jar. Avoid rubbing or touching the flocked area for a few hours to allow the glue to dry.

Yeti, Set, Go


Of course I added some Glossy Accents to my card too. It wouldn’t be a Card by Mo unless it had some element that was covered in shiny goodness. (Each Yeti’s tongue is covered in G.A. too)

Lawn Fawn Yeti, Set, Go


I don’t often create cards that aren’t the A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) but, I wanted to create a rainbow effect with the Yetis and I need  more paper space to do that. I colored the little monsters with Copic markers and I stamped the balloons with Hero Arts Neon stamp pads. The Yetis are from the Lawn Fawn set; Yeti, Set, Go and the balloons are from a clear that I have had in a zip lock bag for so long that I don’t remember where I got it from or what it’s called.

This is my final entry into the Lawnscaping Challenge, Dust Em Off.



Happy Stamping,



One More Friggin Candle

This is one of the cards that I created to sell at the Christmas Festival next Saturday.

The main image is from Bugaboo Stamps. It is a digital image called Stella Birthday – one more candle.

Stella Bugaboo StampsI created the background by stamping the stars and dots from my Fiskars: Make a Wish stamp set. The stamp pad color for the  background is Hero Arts Neon Purple. And I love how bright it looks!

make a wish


I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background.

Happy Stamping,


Party Chics Get a Makeover

Recently, I decided that packing my house to move, preparing for the holidays and working 6 days a week was just not stressful enough for me. So I decided to sign up for a local craft fair on Decemeber 14 to just add a dash more pressure on myself. 😉

I have been busy creating cards and small gifts for the craft fair. And one of the cards I created is a rehashed version of a card I featured back in April.

Party ChicsThis is the original card. And although I thought it was cute, it still seemed like it needed something more.

Denami Large ChickieI switched up the party hats and changed the background paper but, the real difference is the addition of the sentiment. It is hard to see but the heart is diecut from red sparkly paper. And the sentiment is hand drawn.

I will be featuring more of the cards that I am selling at the show over the next week or so.

For my local readers….I will be selling my cards at the Yulee Holiday Festival on Dec 14. Come by and say hi if you are going to be at the festival!

Happy Stamping,


Ballerina Birthdays are Tutu Sweet!

My adorable niece Addie is turning 7 tomorrow. Addie is a lover of all things pink, glitzy and girly. So I thought she might enjoy a card that features a ballerina in a pink tutu with a sparkly headband and pearls on her tutu.

Ballerina BirthdayI wanted to add some dimension to the card so I colored and then cut out a second tutu and then I glued it on top of the original image. In order to keep the tutu from standing up too high I used several cuts of cardstock underneath rather than foam dimensional stickers.

Ballerina side viewI didn’t want the skirt to be too thick so that I could add the tiny pearls as well and still be able to mail the card without having to have it hand cancelled. (I had it hand cancelled anyway because, I am a worry wort and I didn’t want the envelope to get torn in shipping)

Tutu Sentiment

This is the handwritten sentiment that I added to the inside ofthe card.


If you are interested in making a similar card you can download the free ballerina image from All Dressed Up Challenges Blog.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Keep It Clean and Simple

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Happy Stamping,


The Show Goes On

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I recently went through some of my stamps and decided to sell a few sets that I didn’t use much anymore. My collection of stamps includes about 100 sets which is not a huge number in the stamping world but, I like to keep my possessions to a minimum. And don’t like the idea of things just “hanging around” if I don’t plan to use them in the near future. So I sifted through my collection and sold off 8 or 9 sets and I have another half dozen or so that didn’t sell, so I will use them as gifts for my crafty friends.

One of the sets I sold is from Stampin Up and it’s called Under the Big Top. It is now available as a digital stamp set, so I decided to let the rubber set go in exchange for the digital set. This way I don’t have to store the set in my craft room and the digital version can be easily sized up or down depending on my project. And my sister was happy to add a new set to her stash at a bargain price.

Here are two older cards that I had made with this set but never showcased on the blog.

Circus card


This bear could have just been a ballerina but, by adding the balls she became a juggling ballerina. Very talented, bear!

Under the Big Top Stampin Up


I love this Strong Man character but, he is so darn tiny. So I look forward to using the digital version which I can print out much larger than the 1″ 1/2 that he stands at now. It will be a lot easier to color him at a larger size too! I am fighting off the need for reading glasses now that I am over 40 and bigger stamps mean I can put off the “Granny Glasses”  for a little longer. 😉

Happy Stamping,



OWH Midweek Throwdown, Water Theme

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I began creating cards in earnest, for Operation Write Home, within the last 6 months. Our son James is leaving for his Army boot camp training in less than 6 weeks and his enlistment reinvigorated my interest in making cards for our troops to use. Every time I read one of the soldiers posts about how grateful they are to receive our handmade cards it makes me that much more committed.


In order to play along on this weeks Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home, I have created a card that features water in some way.

sailboat card


The little sailboat is a digital image by Birdie Brown and the sun is the inside of a life preserver image from the same set. I just fussy cut the image to look like a cartoon version of the sun. The seagulls are hand doodled and the waves are just blue paper cut with wave shaped scissors. And finally the sky features Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the color Broken China.

I gave the boat some dimension by cutting the sails out from several copies of the image and then stacking them up.  The top layer of the sails is curled a bit on a pencil and then just the outside tips are glued to the sails below.

side view sailboat card


I hope this picture helps illustrate what I am talking about.

Happy Stamping,


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