Hello! If you are making plans for Independence day parties, you’ll definitely want to head over to the CardMaker blog to check out all the inspiring posts that were shared in the last few weeks. I am sharing these festive food labels today. Mmmmm, can’t wait for yummy peach & cherry crisp!



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!


CardMaker + Clearsnap

Clearsnap_headerHello and welcome to the CardMaker and Clearsnap blog hop! These 2 awesome teams have joined up today to showcase IZINK Pigment Ink Paints – a French product that is being distributed in the states through Clearsnap.

If you ended up here by happy accident or if you happen to get lost along the way, please visit the CardMaker magazine blog for a complete list of the blogs participating in this hop.

I put together this fun birthday card inspired by one of my favorite episodes of Parks & Rec by painting on the IZINK with a paintbrush and diluting it a bit with water. The paints are mostly opaque and have a beautiful shimmery/pearl finish – similar to a clam or oyster shell. You can paint them, spray them, blend them and more. The bottles are made from sturdy glass and have a cute little dropper that applies the ink. I especially love how the colors look on a glossy coated paper!

Here’s the steps I used to create this card:

1. Ink up Rollagraph Simple Dots with a gray dye ink and apply to background – I used Colorbox Archival Dye Ink in Seattle Sky.

2. Spray a few splatters of IZINK onto the card. I already had some colors mixed up in the IZINK spray bottlef from another project – Caviar, Silver, Turquoise, Topaz, Volibulis and Avocado. Allow to dry (it happens quickly) or heat set.

3. With a wet paintbrush, paint brushstrokes with IZINK in shades of Mango, Orchid, Tulip, and Tomato. Paint over all the brushstrokes with one final layer of translucent Opaline – I just love the way the colors layer!

4. Die cut branches and paint with Topaz, Turquoise, Silver and Avocado. You can blend the colors beforehand or add them one by one.

5. Add embellishments and adhere to card.


I am so excited for you to try this ink – you are going to love it!! Check the Clearsnap blog for details on winning a set of IZINK Pigments for your very own. I also have an extra set of IZINK’s that I’d love to send to one of you! Please just leave a comment here letting me know you are interested.

Next up on the hop is the fabulous Tami Sanders!


Favorite Product – Dies

Hello Wednesday! I am up on the CardMaker blog today with a favorite product post all about steel metal dies. The post is probably more for those who aren’t well acquainted with the wonderful world of die-cutting, but once you are, you’ll be running out of storage space for your growing collection.

Read all about it here.

Click to Vote

And speaking of die cutting, if you haven’t had a chance to vote for Gallery Idol’s Round 2 challenge – die cutting – please stop over to cast your vote! Voting ends tomorrow and only 15 will move on to the next round. Excited to see who it will be!

See you soon,

CardMaker + Technique Tuesday

Good morning and welcome to the CardMaker magazine and Technique Tuesday blog hop! Both design teams are sharing projects today to welcome summer and for me, summer means lots of *bright* colors! I used the “Wildflowers” and “I Like You” stamp sets to create this thank you card.

I have a ton of graphics on my Pinterest boards that have a bold sentiment in the center and all sorts of flowers and foliage surrounding. The inspiration for this card came from there. I first glued down the alpha die cuts and then stamped the wildflowers, insects and stars around it using the Colorbox Cat’s Eye Pigment Queue in Sweet Sixteen. Also added a bow and some sequins for dimension.

Click on over and say hi to Ashley Harris to see what’s next!

(And if you get lost along the way head back to the CardMaker blog to find the entire hop list).



Birthday Birdcage

Hello! I am up on the CardMaker magazine blog today sharing a card inspired by a table number design from a pretty Nashville wedding. It uses the 3 newly released shades of Colorbox Chalk Ink, plus some stamps from Waltzingmouse. Click here to read the entire post and have a beautiful Wednesday!

CardMaker + Xyron // Teresa Collins

Hey there! CardMaker magazine has been doing a week long blog hop with Xyron and Teresa Collins and I have a project to wrap up the week using papers from the Summer Stories line along with great adhesives from Xyron.

Now I usually am living under a rock, but seriously, how did I not know how beautiful the Teresa Collins line of products is?! Timeless and modern and so very pretty. I picked out a few papers to create a wedding set for a bride-to-be who chose pink, black and white for her colors.

Fun fact: the lace was ran through the pink Teresa Collins sticker machine from Xyron which made adhering it a cinch. And there is no adhesive peeking out from behind. I added a couple of foil stripes created with the double-sided tape as well.

And here is a cute little gift card holder to match.

And the inside of the card. Even though I used a 6×6 paper pad, I made it work on this tall card by adding a topper to the writing area.

And that’s all! Stop by the Cardmaker blog to check out the rest of the week’s projects and to find a link to the projects over on Xyron as well.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Supplies: patterned paper and stickers from Teresa Collins Summer Stories, cardstock, vellum and dies from Papertrey Ink, adhesive from Xyron, black foil from Clearsnap®, pearl from Doodlebug Designs, sequin from stash