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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,


Butterfly Garden

Challenge 4 at Operation Write Homes’ VCMP is Anything with Wings. I created a card with tiny bees and pretty butterflies.

The following stamp sets were used, Fiskars Flowers, Stampin Up Pursuit of Happiness and  some butterfly set that I have unfortunately lost the name of. I used a punch from EK Success to create the border on either side of the flowers.

Butterfly Garden Card


Happy Stamping,



Back in the Saddle

A Blog Named Hero is sponsoring a challenge called If I could Turn Back Time. Besides causing people to sing that Cher song over and over again in their minds, they are challenging us to create a card with a Shabby Chic or Vintage look.

I am on a roll right now with my newest Inkadinkado stamp set called Horses so I created another horse card. My image is stamped onto a a piece of cardstock that I had originally glued a piece of burlap to. Unfortunately when I stamped on the burlap, the image was blurred, so I tore it off of the paper. It left some of the paper intact and some of it was torn. Then I had a light bulb moment and I decided to stamp on the decidedly distressed piece of cardstock. I loved the end result! The image is soft and blurred in areas and sharp and crisp in others.

To further enhance the vintage look I roughed up the edges of the diecut paper and then sponged them with Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink. And of course I added my newest trick of creating a leather look out of Kraft paper.

My favorite part of this card is the little silver star on the raffia twine. It reminds me of a sheriff’s badge from an old spaghetti western.

Inkadinkado horse stamp

I will be entering this card into A Blog Named Hero challenge called If I could Turn Back Time. You have 12 days left to play along for a chance to win a Simon Says Stamp gift card!


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,


Key to My Heart

key to my heart


My card was inspired by a song by Jessica Jarrell called Key to My Heart. The song was featured in the Jennifer Lopez movie The Back Up Plan.

My son James asked me to make a card for him to give his girlfriend. He bought her chocolates, flowers and a Beta fish, so I guess he was trying to conserve funds by getting a card for free. His only stipulation is that it not be too mushy because, Maya is not a mushy card kind of girl.

The heart is colored with Tim Holtz distress inks, (Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey) and I ran it through my Big Shot in an embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I knew that I wanted to have a keyhole in the middle of my heart. Although I shopped around, I couldn’t find a keyhole punch anywhere, so created a keyhole using a small circle punch and my craft knife.

For the background paper I used the envelope from a Tiffany’s catalog that I got in the mail a few weeks ago. The catalog is filled with this gorgeous paper that has a celestial theme featuring soft blues, golden clouds, stars and zodiac symbols in gold. I am going to put that catalog to good use! I added a final touch to the Tiffany’s paper by spraying it with my blue spritz.

I will be entering this card into the Cas-ual Fridays: Love Song Challenge and I will be sharing it on the blog too.



Happy Stamping,


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