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Tis the Season For Digital Stamps

I am a big fan of graphic designer and artist Torico. She is from Japan and she goes by the name Birdie Brown for her digital images. She has temporarily retired from creating digital images but, I have purchased quite a few of her images and I love working with them.


This stamp is called Happy Santa and he is just so cute!

Birdie Brown Happy Santa Card


Santa Ho Ho Ho cardThe best thing about digital stamps is that they allow the crafter to mix and match and move the stamps around. Santa, the little girl, and the presents behind Santa are all separate stamps. So you could use just the gifts for a birthday card. Or you could use the girl alone and add a tiny flower or animal stamp just below her gaze.  And best of all you can resize the stamps to be a large or as small as you like. All you need is a basic knowledge of Word and you too can use digital stamps.

Santa and reindeer


Just as in the last card Santa, the reindeer and the sentiment are all individual stamps that I have grouped together to create my focal point.

Santa and Little Girl


I featured polka dots on this series of cards. And I chose to cover them with Glossy Accents, which creates a 3 dimensional look that really stands out.

Reindeer cardThis card illustrates the other advantage of using digital stamps. You can flip the image 180 degrees and get the mirror image.

I could have made these 2 reindeer stand nose to nose and drawn eyelashes on one with hearts over their heads to make a cute Christmas card for a couple.

If you don’t want to spend any money to try out digital stamping you can visit Free Digital Stamps daily or sign up to receive one of their emails each day to see who is giving away a free digital stamp that day.

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,


The Alley Way Stamps Christmas in July

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The Alley Way Stamps (TAWS) is hosting a Be Inspired Challenge based on Christmas in July. In order to let those who may not own any TAWS stamps play along, they offer some freebie images on their blog that can be used. These three little trees are one such set!

The sentiment I used on this card is a vinyl rub on from EAD Designs‘ Christmas Sentiments 2 set. I really loved how sturdy the vinyl is and how easily it transferred onto my cardstock.

Here’s a close up of the card I made using a free image from The Alley Way Stamps. I coated the trees in Glossy Accents after coloring them with Prisma  Colored pencils blended with Gamsol.

As you may have guessed I am entering this card into the BE inspired Challenge #6 Something NEW challenge .

Happy Stamping,


Gus Does Father’s Day

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I used this hilarious Gus image and sentiment from Bugaboo Stamps to create my dad’s Fathers Day card. This is a digital image and  it can be used with or without the sentiment. The inside sentiment says “tomorrow”. My dad is anything but spontaneous and I knew he would get a good laugh out of this card.

I added the TV by hand doodling it onto the card after I printed the image. And the polka dots are made by dabbing a new pencil erasers onto a ink pad and then pressing it on the paper.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I love you lots.

I am entering this card into the DYSU #76 Challenge Boys/Men

Happy Stamping,


Stellar Stella Cards

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Stella Tidbits – Still Hot Inside sentiment: if flashes count!

I won these images from Bugaboo Stamps as a prize from a challenge at Digi Darla’s. There were so many Stella and Gus images that I would have like to gotten but alas, my prize was 7 digis so I chose 5 punny images and two cute ones not featured here.

Stella Tidbits – Grain of Salt Inside sentiment: and a shot of tequila.

I made this as a birthday card for a friend but it could easily be  an encouragement card too.

Stella Summer Blocks – 5 o’clock No inside sentiment

Stella is a cranky old lady who is the creation of Jodie from Bugaboo Stamps. Stella has a “no holds barred” sort of attitude and she enjoys a good laugh at other people expense from time to time.

Stella – Perfect Man Inside sentiment: He’s living in San Fran with his boyfriend.

I just had to get this image for a birthday card for my niece who is single and living in San Francisco. It made me laugh out loud when I saw it and hopefully it will do the same for her.

All of these images run about $3 apiece. Which is a steal compared to rubber stamps! Plus with digital stamps you can change the image size and cut and paste to your heart’s desire. If you haven’t tried digital stamping yet I encourage you to just jump in a give it a go.

I am entering the Still Hot card in the Catch the Bug Challenge : Photo Inspiration Anything Goes. Why not join in for a chance to win some great Bugaboo stamps yourself?

Happy Stamping,



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