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Penguin card made using SU 3 step owl punch.

TPC Studio Stamps, Jackpot!

TPC Studio

I had to take my daughter to the orthodontist yesterday for her to get braces on her top teeth.  The appointment was going to take an hour so I ran over to Tuesday Mornings to see if they had anything good.

And boy, did they have something good! I hit the TPC Studio jackpot! I bought 7 sets of stamps and it only cost $20.05

TPC Studio Stamps

I had a little time to play around with one of the sets called Rockets and Rayguns, this morning. My card isn’t finished but I thought I would show you what I had so far.

TPC Studio Rockets and Rayguns

I stamped the stars with ink and then stamped them again with Versamark Ink, so that I could clear emboss them.  I stamped the rocket and colored it with Copic Markers. Then I masked off the rocket ship and used my Distress Inks to create the blue background. After that I covered the rocket with Glossy Accents.

When I get home tonight I will flick some water onto the image to distress the sky and when it dries I will stamp the sentiment and mount the image onto a card.

If I have a chance I will post again with the finished card. Otherwise, I will post it tomorrow.

Happy Stamping,


Bunny’s Big Wish

The second challenge is up at OWH’s Virtual Card Making Party (VCMP)! This challenge is to use a critter of some kind on your project.

My card features a cute little bunny who’s wishes just came true when he discovers a patch of carrots. He is joined in the carrot patch by some super cute ladybugs too.

The lady bugs and butterflies are from a Hero Arts set called woodland creatures. The carrots are from the Stampendous Stretchy Bunny set and the little rabbit is a $1 stamp from Michaels (2012).

easter bunny card


I couldn’t resist using a pair of googly eyes on this little guy!

Happy Stamping,


Western Themed Birthday Card

Operation Write Home is hosting a weekend long Virtual Card Making Party (VCMP) this weekend. The first challenge of the day was to use a Zig Zag or Chevron pattern in some way on your card.

I had just gotten a Zig Zag embossing folder set in the mail from Lifestyles Crafts  a few days ago, so I was able to play along.

Inkadinkado clear stamp horses


This horse is from an Inkadinkado clear stamp set called Horses (99540). I was excited to use this stamp because, I had just gotten it in the mail a few days ago as well. I stamped the horse on watercolor paper with Archival ink and after it dried I watercolored the image. The leather look paper in the background is just Kraft paper that was misted with water, crumpled over and over and then sponged with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is creating. If you are a stamper you might like to play along at OWH today too!

Happy Stamping,


Super Card for a Guy

Super Hero Card

Cas-ual Fridays is hosting a really fun challenge this week called Love Letters. The challenge is to create a clean and simple project that feature your letters in a creative way.

I paired up two different stamp sets to create my card. First, I used my Recollections, Comic Talk stamp set for the Super sentiment. And then I used my  Simon Says Stamp, Shoot for the Stars set for the smaller sentiment is from  The star punch is a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punch. And finally I scored my card with 3 vertical lines on the left side to create a balance point to the big, bold Super word bubble.

Clean and Simple cards are sometimes a challenge for me. I always seem to add too much to them or not enough but, I think this time I got it right. This card would be fun to send to one of the guys on my list of birthdays for friends and family.

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge

Join in for a chance to win an awesome gift voucher from Ellen Hutson!

I am also entering my card into the A Blog Named Hero Challenge Snip and Stick. The challenge asks that you use paper piecing on your card. Although the paper piecing technique I used was very simple, I thought I would enter my card in all the same.

Happy Stamping,


Can I Get a “Toot, Toot”?

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CAS-ual Fridays is hosting a challenge that asks participants to create a clean and simple card based on his or her blog header. My blog header is actually a photograph that my mother snapped of a butterfly on her Bottle Brush tree. It is such a happy and serene scene and it represents the way I feel when I am creating in my craft room. This was a great creative exercise and win or lose, I really love the card I created.

I couldn’t decide where I wanted to place the sentiment so I stamped it on a scrap of paper and took two different photos to decide.


Doing this visual exercise usually helps me when I can’t decide about placement or color of my sentiments.

There are still a few hours to join in on the challenge CAS-ual Fridays Toot Your Own Horn

Happy Stamping,


Pretty Sneaky, sis!

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My sister Jeanne sent me the cutest card for my birthday this year. Of course it is a pop-up card (her specialty) but, it is also personalized too.


The inside of the card features a photo of me popping out of the Polaroid camera. Jeanne must have hijacked that photo off of my Facebook account. Pretty sneaky, sis! (Remember the OLD connect four commercials when the boy used to say that when his sister won?)

Thanks you Jeanne for my card and to all of my friends who called, txt’d and Facebooked me a happy birthday last week.

Happy Stamping,



Your Youth?

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I know you have all been waiting with baited breath (or maybe you were just barely breathing) to see the card I created for my friend Kim’s 50th birthday. So here it is….

This is another free image from the Graphics fairy. I loved the expression on this woman’s face. She just looked, to me, like she was asking a question. That’s when this sentiment popped into my mind.  I stamped the background with the number 50 and some stars (from Gina K’s Candles on Your Cake) and then I added some turquoise gems because the card still looked kind of plain at that point.

I know I’m tooting my own horn here (but let’s face it only about 5 people actually read my blog posts) but, I think this is the best skin coloring I have done to date. I used Skin White from my Copic Ciao markers set and I just added more of the same color for the shading. My favorite part of the whole card though is the pearl earring I added at the last minute. It’s the little things that sometimes make me happiest.

I will give Kim her card on Saturday night when we go to Evelyn’s house for a Stampin’ Up Make and Take event.

Happy Stamping,


One Layer Wonder

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Lawnscaping has a current challenge called: One Layer and it is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

One layer is not as easy as it sounds. When you have a craft room full of  colored cardstock, patterned paper and dimensional adhesives, it is a challenge indeed, not to use them! I held myself in check and managed to whip up a One Layer Wonder. (Wonder may be a bit much but the title has a nice ring to it)

This is the card I made for my sister’s boy Jonathan.



I used my Stampendous Perfectly Clear, Changito Pirate Set for this card. In order to color the card I used a mixture of Copic Markers,colored pencils and water color paints.

First I heat embossed the treasure on the border of the card with clear embossing powder.  Then I masked off  the interior of the card before sponging on the brown ink to create a frame for the card.

You can play along too at Lawnscaping.

Lawnscaping Challenge: ONE LAYER sponsored by SIMON SAYS STAMP

Happy Stamping,


Have a Blast

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My  grandnephew Craig is almost 2 and he is the cutest thing! I wanted to make something super cute for him too.

I used a space ship template to hand cut the pieces for this card.  Then I added the red fins and white stripes to make it look more like a Fourth of July firework. I bent the card lengthwise to give it more dimension when I adhered it to my dimensional stickers. It is kind of hard to see in the photo but the rocket has a very curved look to the body. Lastly I added the star stickers and hand wrote the sentiment.

I’m going to enter this card into Lawnscaping Challenge #37: Use Dimension.

Happy Stamping,


Justice…With a Side of Birthday Cake

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Our 16 year old son James and his good friend Maya recently starting dating. Maya likes gaming, drawing and Batman. This week is Maya’s birthday and I wanted to make her a one of a kind Batman card.

I found a free digital image on Mariah’s website Paper & Pomegranates. Mariah has created a really cute set of Justice League characters that she is offering for free. You can choose to print out the black and white or colored version. I love to color so I chose the B/W version.

Because Batman is part of the Justice League, I decided to heat emboss the word justice on the front of the card. The word justice combined with Batman reminded me of this hilarious video I saw on you tube, The Dark Knight Kills Christmas. (Warning: if you do not like over the top, juvenile humor, you may not find this video funny. However if you liked the movies Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite or Thumb Wars you will like Max’s style.) This video was the inspiration for my sentiment.

Now Max wanted “Justice…with a side order of spaghetti” but, spaghetti just didn’t make sense for my card. So I changed the sentiment to what you see above. But I wanted to pay homage to Max and I thought Maya might get a kick out of the fact that her boyfriend’s mom watches and enjoys goofy Youtube videos too. So I added my favorite line from Max’s video underneath my sentiment.

I hoped you enjoyed my card and that I haven’t either scarred you for life, or radically altered your opinion of me by sharing this crazy Batman video with you.

I am entering this card into the Lawnscaping Challenge #37: Use Dimension.

P.S. I made actually made two cards and I let James choose which one he wanted to give to Maya. He chose this one. I guess maybe because it was more authentic.

Happy Stamping,



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