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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,


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,


How to Make Love (cards)

It has been weeks since my last post. Between the Christmas Holiday and getting a horrendous cold the day after Christmas, I had not been in the mood to post anything. However, I had been playing around in my craft room.

I put together a picture by picture view of a Valentine’s Day card that I made. Hopefully you will find it interesting to see how I put my cards together to make the final project. One of these days I might even learn how to make a video tutorial and then I can show you step by step.

Valentine's Day Cardstock

I used a hugs and kisses stamp over and over again to create the background for my card.

Valentine's Day cardstock

Next I added some hearts in a darker color.

.The Paper Studio Embossing Folder

At this point the background for my card was still pretty bland. So I used an embossing folder to jazz it up.

Embossed Valentine

See what a difference that small change made? I think this looks much more interesting and romantic.

Handmade Valentine

Finally I added my image to my base to finish the card. In retrospect it might have been nice if I showed you the steps for  creating the focal point of the card. So sorry about that but, I really will be looking into upgraded my account to allow me to include videos and then I can create more detailed tutorials.

Happy Stamping,


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