Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps’ Wednesday Challenge-Use More Than One Stamp

Happy Memorial Day!  I would like to take this chance to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you to all that have served or are serving!

Today I am sharing the card I made for this week’s Simon Says Stamps’ Wednesday Challenge. This week the challenge is to use more than one stamp, and the product focus is Honey Bee Stamps. I only have one set from them, Camera Love. I happened to purchase this set because my daughter loves photography, so I decide to make Cait a card.


Believe it or not, I didn’t plan to use Nuvo Shimmer Powder on this card. I laid everything out, even embossed the heart. Then I was stumped trying to decide what to do with the background. Shimmer Powder to the rescue! I masked off the heart, and tapped some Violet Brocade on the card and then misted it with water.


I stamped out the images, colored them with Copic markers, and then die cut them. I added them to the card front with foam tape. I took some of the sentiments from the kit and added them into the mix. Glossy accents finish off the images. The card base is Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry and the matching card is Simon Says Stamp’s Island Blue. I added the panel to the card base with fun foam.

This card is great for my daughter! The Shimmer Powder looks a bit like tie-dye, which she loves. And, of course the photography, which she is going to school for. I’m going to hunt up a good, encouraging sentiment for the inside, and give it to her before leaves for college. Oh, and I just realized I  am sharing a red, white and blue card today! That’s kinda lucky.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope you have a great day!



Making Cards · Techniques

Concord & 9th Tintables and Nuvo Shimmer Powder

Wahoo, happy Friday! I’m a week away from being a home owner (commence hyperventilating now). I have some cards to share with you, made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders and C&9th’s Tintable cards. I can’t believe it took me this long to try this combo!

Let’s start with my favorite (it was hard to chose).


Here is a sneak peek at the border die from the Confetti Card set. I thought the style was perfect for the chevron pattern.

I shook some of the Violet Brocade Shimmer Power on the panel, trying to follow the columns from the chevron pattern, leaving some white space in between. I love the lighter spots, as well as the shimmer on the more concentrated spots.


I didn’t want to cover the background, so I used the tag die from the Sprinkle turnabout set and cut it from vellum. I took one of the sentiments from Everyday Greetings and heat embossed it with a Hampton Arts dark purple embossing powder. I die cut the tiny hearts from MFT’s Pure Plum Sparkle cardstock. The ribbon is from Hero Art’s April kit, and the purple shimmer envelope is from Simon Says Stamps. I want to hug this card!!!


Next up is this cutie! I tried to make a stormy sky with the dots. This is mostly Storm Cloud powder, with a tiny bit of Violet Brocade, and I tired to keep the color at the top, and let it run down the card. The images and sentiment are from Mama Elephant’s Rain or Shine.


I colored the images with Copic markers, and added them with fun foam behind them. The envelope is Lovely Lavender from Gina K Designs. This card base, and the previous one are Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


For this card, I again wanted some white space, but otherwise no particular idea. I wish you could see the shimmer on this background! I die cut the sentiment, which was a free gift in April. I layered it on white cardstock four times, to give it dimension. Some more small hearts, this time with Blue Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.


The envelope is Gina K Design’s Tranquil Teal, and the card base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


Here is the last card, with my photography assistant. This card took the least work. All I needed to do was make sure you could see the sentiment. I picked my tie for favorite Shimmer Powder, Catherine Wheel. I shook it over the sentiment, and sprayed away.


I used MFT’s Mod Rectangles to die cut the panel, and added it to a Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink card base. The envelope matches the card base, and I finished off the card with Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent jewels.

I had a lot of fun making these cards, and they came together pretty quickly. The shimmer powder makes quiet an impact, especially in person. I actually ordered a couple more colors after this (I know, I shouldn’t be buying new things). I really encourage everyone to try these powders. They make anyone look good!

Well, I close on the house next week! As I mentioned, I’m not sure how many post I’ll have to share over the next couple of weeks. Maybe I’ll share some quick, life post. Let me know if you have any ideas, or anything you would like to see.

Thanks for stopping by!





Making Cards · New Products

Concord and 9th April Release Take 2- Painted Rose and Sketched Stripes

Whew, that’s a long blog title! Welcome back! Today I wanted to share two more items from the C&9th April release with you. I was hoping to share the rest of the release with you, but a headache took me out early on Sunday. That’s also why I only have one finished card to share, even though I did a ton of stamping…

I guess we can start with the card first. I know this one is good, as my daughter gave it her stamp of approval 🙂


I started with the Sketched Stripes stamp. I stamped it once with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Recollections Gold powder on to Gina K Design’s Kraft Cardstock.

Next, I struggled with the Painted Rose stamp. This was my fault, I should have watched the video that C&9 has on their website. I tried stamping the solid stamp first, then realized it was almost impossible to line up the shadow stamp. Since I planned to heat emboss the outline, I wanted to stamp it last. This is when I broke down, admitted defeat, and went to the C&9 website. Yup, you need to stamp the outline first to line up the other stamps.


I decided to start over. I already had my Misti out, and broke out my almost broken Stamp Perfect tool to help. I put the outline in the Stamp Perfect and stamped it in MFT’s Grout Gray. This way I could see the outline to line up the other stamps, and could heat emboss it later. I left the outline stamp in the tool, and switched to the Misti for the layers.

The lightest layer is Altenew’s Pink Diamond. Next, I used Altenew’s Pinkalicious (all the inks are Altenew). The leaves are Bamboo and Parrot. Then I heat set the ink, and placed it back in the Stamp Tool. I used Versamark and the Recollection’s Gold again, to add the outline.

The sentiment is from the same set, and was die cut from MFT’s Brushed Gold cardstock. I layered it with three layers of white cardstock, and did the same with the flower, using some Elmer’s liquid adhesive I had left over from my Christmas card experiments. I adhered the finished layers to the card with liquid adhesive too.

This card turned out better then I expected! Lots of shine and interest!

Ok, let’s take a look at what else I stamped with the rose set. I only stamped the outline shape, and embossed it in a bunch of colors. I figured, while I had the stamp out…

This one is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Hero Art’s Silver Embossing powder.

Next up we have the Hero Arts Silver on vellum, and Lawn Fawn’s Licorice cardstock with Hero Arts Pink Prisma embossing power.

I found some MFT Wild Cherry, already cut down, so decided to try it out with Hero Arts Silver powder. Not bad.

And, last but not least, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Ranger Lilac Pearl embossing powder. This powder was one of my Mother’s Day gifts from my daughter, and is absolutely stunning! When I swatched it, I fell in love.

I’m not sure what I will do with all of these. I think I will color some, maybe use colored pencils on the dark cardtsock. I have an idea for the vellum (stamp the shadow layers on white cardstock and then attach the vellum over it). In any case, I’ll have these ready when inspiration strikes!

I’m sure you can guess what I did with the Sketched Stipe stamp. Yup, I got out the Delicata Shimmer ink!


The ink colors are in the pictures. I love these combos! All of the stripe pieces were stamped twice (stamp once, turn the cardstock 180 degrees and stamp again). The plaid was stamped twice as well, only a 90 degree turn instead. I wish you could see the shimmer in the pictures.

Again, I don’t have any concrete ideas for these yet, but this is my usual MO. I like to stamp different color combinations, and save them for future cards. I’m sure these will see some flower images.

Hopefully I will get to show you the last two sets next week. We have the Triple-Step Hooray and the Confetti Cards.

Next weekend is also the last weekend before the new house stuff begins. We close on the house on 5/31, and move on 6/14. Between the self imposed budget restrictions, packing, and moving, I’m not sure how much crafting I will be doing. I can take some “before,” pictures of my craft room, and post those. I’m hoping you guys will stick with me through  the pause.

Thanks for stopping by!



Kit Unboxing · Making Cards

Hero Arts May 2018 Kit Unboxing

Hello! Once again I’m a little late in posting. I wanted to wait until I had a card to share with you, along with the kit unboxing.

Here are the kit contents:


► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 13 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies

► – 2 Leaf Dies

► – 1 Window Fancy Die with Frame

► – 1 Roll Leaf Patterned Washi Tape (Assorted Designs)

► – 5 Ivory Skeleton Leaves

► – 4 5″ x 7″ Sheets 100% Recycled Handmade Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper (140 lb)

► – 1 5.25″ x 6.5″ Tree Swirl Stencil

LIMITED TIME ONLY! Once this product sells out, it will no longer be available. Quantity limited to two kits per household.

With all of the goodies packed into this kit, it’s an incredible value at $34.99. (Contents add up to $75 if bought separately.)

Let’s take a look at the kit.


I haven’t used any of the dies yet, but that tree frame die is awesome.


The stamp style is the silhouettes, like a lot of the kits. I plan on building a tree with the trunk and branches with white heat embossing, and doing an emboss resist with Nuvo Shimmer powders for the A Blog Named Hero May challenge. I was hoping to do it this weekend, but that headache made that difficult.


This is the package with the stencil, handmade watercolor paper, leave skeletons and washi tape.


Here is a better look at the item. The card I made this weekend used the stencil.


I took some Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock and used the tree stencil with Nuvo Moonstone Glitter paste. I added the image of the squirrel, stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed clear.  I had to add the white frame because I messed up the edges, so it’s not exactly what I imagined it would be. The sentiment is from the kit (I really like the sentiments include, especially “with brave wings she flies.” The card base is Gina K Design’s new Tranquil Teal. I stamped one of the branches with Altenew’s Teal Cave on a white envelope to match.

I wish I had more cards to share, but I’m struggling a bit with this kit. I have the heat resist card to make, but not sure what else to do. Do you have any ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!


Making Cards · New Products

Concord and 9th April Release Turnabouts

No, that isn’t a typo, I’m a month behind. And, I have a confession to make.  I cheated on my new house budget, and purchased the April Release bundle from Concord and 9th. I did it when they had the customer appreciation sale, 25% off!

So, since I caved and purchased the whole bundle, I figured I would share part of it with you. I haven’t had the chance to play with all of it. But, I did play with my favorites.

Let’s start off with the main reason I purchased the bundle, the Bitty Burst Turnabout stamp.


I got this baby out and stamped it in my favorite Delicata shimmer inks.

I also stamped in with Silver and Blue shimmer ink, but forgot to take a picture of the panel.  Here are the cards.


This first card features Silver and Gold Delicata ink, each stamped twice. The graduation cap is from Lawn Fawn’s Hat’s off, colored with Copic markers and was added with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th Everyday Greetings. I finished it off with Pretty Pink Posh’s Metallic Gold Confetti, and a Gina K Design’s Moonlit Fog card base. The silver shimmer envelope is from MFT.


Next we have the blue and silver card. I kept this simple, using the sentiment that comes with the turnabout stamp, embossed in silver. The card base is Gina K Design’s In The Navy, with Lucy’s Cards Blueberry Gems. Another shimmer envelope from MFT, this one Navy blue.


This card is a bit goofy. I used the pink and silver shimmer Delicata ink. I cut a circle out of the inside, and layered some light pink glitter cardstock underneath. The sentiment is from another new Concord and 9th product, You’re My Happy. I die cut it from MFT’s Tickled Pink cardstock and adhered it to the card front. The card base is the same MFT card stock, and I added some Lucy’s Cards Pink Pearls.


I think this card is my favorite! I stamped the silver shimmer ink with all 4 turns. Using Hero Art’s nesting hearts, I die cut a larger heart from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock, and then used the next size down to die cut a white heart. I stamped the sentiment from Concord and 9th’s Monogram Ampersand set in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I layered the white heart on to the silver on, and then used foam tape to add it to the card.

I die cut some flowers and greenery from the Monogram die set, and added them to the heart. Pink glitter Nuvo drops accent the center of the flowers. The card base is MFT’s Sno-Cone, with a matching shimmer envelope from MFT.

This Bitty Burst turnabout stamp is going to see tons of use! It’s so easy to make a quick, fun card, or something more intricate. I could see large flowers, or even little critters… I can’t wait!

Next up, let’s take a look at the Wreath Turnabout set.


This set features two smaller turnabout stamps. Again, I had to get out the Delicata inks for these. Some how I missed getting a picture of the second wreath panel…

Lets take a look at the cards.


I used the pink and silver Delicata inks, along with Altenew’s Bambo and Parrot inks. I stamped the sentiment from the kit in Versamark ink, and embossed it with my favorite Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I accented the card with Lucy’s Cards Pearls, and another Tickled Pink card base. I love these shimmer envelopes from MFT!



This next one is my favorite, but it’s a close tie with the third one. This one uses the same inks as the last card. Then I die cut the sentiment from You’re My Happy, layered it with three versions of the sentiment cut from Tickled Pink cardstock, layered them all and inlaid them. Lucy’s Cards gems accent the sentiment, and I used another Tickled Pink card base.


For this card, I used the blue and silver Delicata shimmer inks, with both colors stamped twice. I cut a circle from vellum, ran the edges in Versamark ink, then covered it with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is the other free set from April, cut from Silver Sparkle cardstock. Blueberry gems accent the sentiment, and a MFT Grout Gray card base finish off the card. I love that blue ink wit the silver. It’s gorgeous in real life!

Sadly, that was all that I have played with so far… There is so much left! Here is a peak.

The other set that was a main driver in my buying the bundle, the Painted Rose. I hope I get a chance to play with this set tomorrow.


The Confetti Card Dies. I think that outline die is going to get a lot of use. I just added it to my favorite die frame, so it would be in easy reach.


Triple Step Hooray set. I’m thinking about making some graduation cards with this. It would be really cool to use school colors for the different layers.


Sketched stripes background stamp. I see this stamped in Delicata stamps as well. This will be a fun stamp to use. I could also see this with some large flowers.


I’ll be sure to write another post, once I get around to using these. Besides the My Monthly Hero kits, these are the only new items I’m allowed for the next couple of months. Hopefully I will be able to dig up my will power..

Thanks for stopping by!


Challenges · Making Cards · New Products

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-For The Boys

Happy hump day! Today I am sharing my card for this weeks’ Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

This week the challenge is For the Boys, using Lawn Fawn products. This was a perfect challenge, as I have some new Lawn Fawn products I haven’t had the chance to use.

Here is my very busy card:


I used the Bayou Backdrop die on a panel I had made with Distress Oxide ink and glossy cardstock as the start for my card. I’ve had this piece cut out for a little while, just never got to using it. I die cut several other elements from the Bayou set, including the pond (from alcohol ink), the duck (like I was going to leave that out…) and the grass (colored with Copic markers).

The background was made by blending Tumbled Glass Distress ink over a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock panel. I layered all of the elements together, and got out the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s  Dad and Me.

Of course I had to add a couple of the fireflies from Little FireFlies, with glow in the dark embossing powder on their bottoms.

This was a fun, crazy card to make. It’s been awhile since I created a scene like this, and I missed it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 384

Welcome back! Sorry for the break, I was sick for a couple of weeks. I caught a very nasty virus, which had me out of commission for almost 2 weeks. It was difficult getting out of bed, let alone craft. Thankfully, I am better now, and my mojo is overflowing!

Today I’d like to share the card I made for this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch.

Here is my card:


For this simple card I got out my trusty alcohol ink panels. I decided to go for a soft, pastel look. I knew I wanted to use a die cut sentiment, and settled on Wish, from one of my first MFT sets, Counting Stars. I cut the message from my favorite Silver Sparkle cardstock.

The stars and sub-sentiment are also from Counting Stars, and I embossed them in silver. IMG_1741.JPG

I wish you could see the shimmer from the Metallic Mixative on the alcohol ink panel. Its so pretty, with the pastel colors.


I added a sentiment inside from my new favorite, Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes. These sentiments are awesome.

I had a lot of fun making this card, it was nice to get back in the grove!

Thanks for stopping by!