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Inlaid Diecut Card for Christmas

Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink shared a great tutorial by Betsy on her blog.  Just click the word tutorial to go to the post.

I had seen cards using the method before but, this is the first one that I have created myself.

inlaid  diecut card for christmas

The Together die cut and the sentiment on the bottom of the card are both from Papertrey Ink. The set is called Wonderful Words and it retails for $5! There are so many great sets at Papertrey Ink. If you are a fellow stamper I highly recommend that you check their store out.

For the word Christmas I used a Mama Elephant set called Flashy Letters ($15) First I stamped it with Versamark Ink and then I used a shiny green embossing powder to create more dimension to the word.

I will be entering this card into the Make it Monday #138 challenge at Capture the Moment.  I will also be entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes. Two anything goes for one. Woo hoo!

Happy Stamping,


Way to go, Dude!

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I created a congratulatory card for the latest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. My Rad set from CAS-Fridays is still so new to me that it kept called out for my to ink it up again. So that is the set I used it to make my card.

CAS-ual Fridays Rad

I also used an older alphabet set from Stampin Up for the U R in the center of the card.

First I stamped the black in on the sentiments and then I stamped them again with the neon orange  and green ink from Hero Arts. And for the final touch I added Glossy Accents to the U and the R to give them a little more punch.

On a unrelated note I wanted to share with you a photo of a little visitor who hopped by my craft room when I was making this card.

Bunny Rabbit

My cats had a field day staring at this rabbit through the sliding glass door. I think that the rabbit saw them too since he sat frozen like that for about 3 or 4 minutes before he finally turned tail and ran.

My mother lives around the corner from us and she has seen rabbits in her yard recently too. Of course my mom being the worrier that she is, has already expressed concern that we may become overrun with rabbits. I say “if they kept the lawn trimmed, let em breed”. LOL

Anyhow, I will be entering my card into the CAS-ual Fridays: CFC103 Congratulations Challenge.


Happy Stamping,


Don’t Distress Over Your Birthday

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I created one more card for the CAS-ual Fridays Birthday Bash CFC99 Challenge. This one would be a little more appropriate to send to someone Michelle who is the owner and creative genius over at CAS-ual Friday Stamps.

Michelle it turning 45 and to celebrate she is spreading the love by giving participants a chance to win a $45 gift certificate to her stamp store. I would love to win this time! I already know which sets I would choose if I won…Woot Woot, Rad and WTF!

Anyway here is my card:

Clean and Simple Birthday Card

First I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and then clear embossed it. Then I sponged on two colors of Tim Holtz Distress ink, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marlmalade. Finally I splattered the sentiment paper with water, let it dry and then die cut my shape.

The background of the card is done with a patterned stamp that I clear embossed as well. A little bit of Baker’s Twine and “Bam” it’s your birthday!

birthday bash

Happy Stamping,


Life is a Circus

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Circus Card

Life has been kind of like a 3 ring circus around here lately. I have three major events happening over the next few months. We are moving our store location which involves an entire renovation of the new building we purchased, as well as the colossal move of our 3500 sqft showroom. Our son James is graduating high school and   I am throwing him a big bash for his graduation/US Army enlistment party. And then my “little boy” will leave for Basic Training one week before his 18th birthday. (sniff, sniff)

So playing around with some cute and whimsical images really helps me to tune out the persistent voice in my head that keeps saying “Aaaaah, I’ve got so much to plan and not enough time to do it in!” Because the reality is that I am a planner. I love to plan, write and complete lists and I usually get what I need to get done in plenty of time because, I am a good planner. But I am also a worrier (so many of us are) and it’s the worrier who won’t shut up, so I shut her up by distracting her with crafting. LOL

I bought another TPC Studio stamp set at Tuesday Morning last week. This set was only $1.99! After I masked and stamped the scene I cut the image into 5 panels. Each panel was then mounted onto white cardstock with just a small space between each one and then I clipped the  corners with a 1/2″ circle punch. Somehow the paneled effect gave the whole card a more vintage look, which I really like. As a final touch I added glossy accents to the ball and the stands.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge and also into A Blog Named Hero Free Style #22 challenge.

Happy Stamping,


You Make Me Smile :)

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I made a colorful little card for a CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: CFC93 Color Blocks




You Make Me Smile


The rainbow colors are so bright and happy, they make me smile too! I have been trying to hone my Clean and Simple stamping style and I think I am getting a bit better at it. Browsing all of the other cards from entrants and from the Girl Fridays really helps.

The Ferris Wheel is from TPC Studio, Summertime Boardwalk and the sentiment is from the $1 bin at Michael’s Craft.

Happy Stamping,




Cool Background Colors

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I was inspired by a card at CAS-ual Fridays created by Girl Friday Kelly. Her card  included a  really cool rainbow bar code. It was so colorful and  fun that I knew I wanted to try to create something similar. To create my card I masked off the area were my sentiment would go and then I just kept inking and stamping with my linear clear stamp. The end resulted looked so cool! 🙂

Hero Arts Neon Ink


For the lines, I used the Hero Arts Neon Ink that I purchased on sale at JoAnn’s a week or so ago. The ink pads were on sale for $3.89 and they are regularly  $6.49 each. After weeks of debating whether or not I really needed these inks the sale pushed me into action. This inks are awesome and the colors are so fun and bright!

I am going to share this card on a just for fun challenge at Operation Write Home for their Midweek Throwdown; Tic Tac Toe.  My entry is for the diagonal set of  Brads, Tags and Embossing. Why not choose a row and play along?

Happy Stamping,





21st Birthday Card

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I created this card for my niece Kelly’s 21st birthday. Kelly is fun loving, blonde and likes to get all dolled up. So I thought that this image would be perfect.

21st Birthday Card


I added the lines on the girl’s legs to create the look of Fishnet stockings and I added some Glossy Accents to the Martini glass to give the image more depth. And finally I added the shadow by using watercolor paints.

I am submitting this card to the Simon Says Stamp: A Bit O’ Green challenge


Happy Stamping,


Don’t Go, by UFO!

I created a second card this morning using my new Rockets and Rayguns stamp set by TPC Studio. For this card I decided to feature one of the adorable aliens in the set along with the UFO that is included too.

Rockets and Rayguns


After I stamped the stars in Versamark ink and clear embossed them  I colored over the top of them with a yellow alcohol marker. Next I stamped the UFO and then the alien and clear embossed them as well. In order to create the tractor beam I masked off the area I wanted to be yellow with two strips of paper and releasable adhesive. Then I sponged it with my Distress Ink.  I used the reverse of that to sponge the purple and I just used caution when I sponged near the UFO since I hadn’t masked it off. The sentiment is stamped first with Hero Arts Neon Green ink and then stamped again in Staz On black.

Everything was looking pretty good but, the card just wasn’t as cute as I imagined it would be. But then, I added a heart shaped brad and googly eyes and I think that did the trick.

spaceship card


I doodled in a few aliens into the flight deck of the ship before covering it with Glossy Accents. 🙂

Happy Stamping,


TPC Studio Rockets and Rayguns

I finished my card that gave you a sneak peek on yesterday. It features a really cute rocket-ship from the  TPC Studio Rockets and Rayguns, stamp set. This set was a steal at Tuesday Morning. I paid $1.50 for the set and I will more than get my money’s worth out of it!

rockets and rayguns card


I wound up going back over the light blue background with some Concord Grape Distress Ink to make the sky appear more like space. Once the ink was dry I splattered it with water to create the lighter circles you see in the photo. And finally I stamped the sentiment and then mounted the image onto the card.

It was very hard to capture a photo that showed the true color of purple on this card. The color is brighter and lighter in person.

Happy Stamping,


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,


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