CardMaker Tip

Happy Friday! I am up today on the Cardmaker blog sharing a simple time-saving trick that I use with cardmaking. Won’t give any spoilers here, but it helped this single layer card come together so quickly despite spray ink drying time. (Love that cute terrarium set from Avery Elle ❤ )

Enjoy your weekend!



To Grandma WIth Love

Hello there! Couldn’t wait to ink up this pretty new stamp set and so I have a card to share with you today. Hooray! Since it’s for my mom and her birthday is coming up in July, I went with red, white and blue but tried to make it more subtle and less ‘Merica.

I used both the sketch and technique challenge #1 at Waffle Flower Crafts. The background ended up being pretty random – I was stamping while half asleep – but when I look at it today, it sort of looks like flowers and seeds and stems floating on water. So I’ll just say that’s what was intended 🙂

Stamps – Waffle Flower (Loved), Avery Elle (Needle Little Love)
Ink – Colorbox Archival Dye Ink: Midnight, Mist, Geranium, Pinkolicious, Toasted Apricot

Thanks for stopping in and have a beautiful day!

XXX For Dad

And by XXX, I clearly mean alcohol here 😉 Hee, hee!

Happy Saturday! Just a fun little tag I put together during naptime today for the Father’s Day challenge at the AEIHeartU challenge blog.

I used the Bottle it Up stamp set and Happy Spring for those bitty sprigs on either side of DAD. Patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Highline line – love this paper so much and have used it on every single card I’ve made since it arrived.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Gallery Idol Round 2

Gallery-Idol-logo-Green1Oh my goodness – have you seen the exciting news? My submission was selected as one of the Gallery Idol Top 20! There were so many fantastic entries that I thought no way, but here I am with another entry for round 2. Seriously honored and overjoyed!

The challenge for this round is die-cutting. And there were so many potential ideas for this because, well, there are just so many awesome things you can do with die-cutting. I would be lost without my Big Shot!

So here is my “Sweet Southwestern Thanks” card. It was inspired by a fun table cover that I saw at our local indie craft fair over the weekend – Market Day – and the booth that it came from – Nicole and Dime Designs. (Get it? Nickel and Dime? Clever!)

I die cut and pieced together the background (is this inlaid die-cutting? I’m not sure if this is actually a use of that technique or what you call it) with a couple different dies and then just started layering embellishments on top of the areas that weren’t quite perfect. That’s how many of my cards are completed – – now how am I going to cover up that mistake? 🙂

So the next part is up to you, dear reader. Head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking website and cast your vote for your favorite designs. If one of your favorites happens to be mine – high five! There are certain to be some inspiring cards to add to your pin board.


Dies: Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn
Ink, Glitter: Clearsnap // Colorbox
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Embellies: Paper Issues “Swag Bag”
Adhesive: Scor-Tape




Technique: Partial Die Cut Borders

Hey there friends! I am up on the CardMaker blog today confessing my love for matching stamp + die sets as well as sharing a technique for creating a partially die cut border. Drop in and check it out if you have a chance!

PS – – On this card I used a newly released product from Clearsnap that you are just going to love – Colorbox® 6-Pad Pigment ink pads! Find out more about them here.

Enjoy your afternoon!

Happy Easter, Happy Spring

Hey there! Are you enjoying the spring weather? We have been outside walking and playing for the last several days straight and I can tell from my sore behind just how long we’ve been cooped up in the house.

I have a spring-y, watercolor card and tag to share today for the new AEI♥U challenge #4 at Avery Elle.

I started with this little tag by wetting the vellum and then scribbling on it with markers. Vellum does NOT like to be wet, I discovered! It completely curled up on itself and took several pieces of tape of keep it lying semi-flat.

On the card, I tried the marker watercolor of cardstock. Much better! All the stamps are from the Avery Elle “Happy Spring” set.

See you soon!



Party Animal Birthday Set

Hi and happy Monday! Stopping in today to share one last post for 2013 – can you believe this year is already almost over?! They seem to go quicker and quicker the older I get, which since yesterday is officially 30! Omg!

Here’s a birthday set created for the Avery Elle AEI♥U challenge using their super adorable party animal mini set. So cute and fun for younger kids – especially little wild boys (I may know one or two of those 😉 )


I followed the sketch designed by Nina Yang, just adding a few extra layers and putting the background at an angle. Pulled out my favorite Colorbox Premium dye inks to match with the colors from Echo Park’s Scoot line (huge thanks to Hydrangea Hippo for sending that my way ♥♥♥)!!


To make the balloon animal look a little more 3D, I used 2 colors of pigment inks to shade the stamp and then clear embossed to give that reflective quality that balloons have.

And for the stickers from the first photo, I stamped and cut out the animal shape and ran through my Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine. Those could be tucked inside the envelope or even used as party favors.


A little something inside as well.

That’s all from me today! I’ll be back next week with a bit of exciting news!!

Wishing you all the happiest new year,