Super CAS card – Lots of hearts!


Today I’m going for a really CAS (clean and simple) card – partly for time and partly because I really like the simplicity.

I did something on this card that I didn’t realize would be a problem until I photographed it. I layered white card stock on top of a dark patterned paper. I love the effect in person but in the photo the deep blue of the patterned paper comes through the white. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get the white balance and went back to re-shoot it and realized that you could see the darker paper through the white if you look carefully … and the camera looks carefully! Oh well, the card works and that’s the most important part. However, lesson learned: from a blogging perspective try to avoid layering white over dark. ūüôā

I used 2 stamps on this card, both of which came from the $1 bin at Michael’s! I love it when that happens – finding stamps that I really like (and use!) in the bargain bin! It balances out the ones that are a bit pricey that I just “have to ” have!!

I stamped the heart stamp across my white card stock using my stamp-a-ma-jig. Love that thing! I always thought I’d never use one – – – ¬†until I used it the first time. It makes it so simple to get your image stamped in just the right place (especially useful when you need to repeat a stamp). ¬†I stamped each row in a different color from a ColorBox pigment ink Queue – Jellybeans and one row with Stampin’ Up ink Brilliant Blue. Love was stamped with Stampin’ Up Tempting¬†Turquoise. I highlighted the hearts around Love with Baby Blue Stickles for a bit of twinkle. ¬†

As I said earlier, I mounted the white stock on the blue dotted pattern paper and mounted that on a white card base.

A fun self challenge, buy a bargain stamp like these and see how many different ways you can use it! It’s lots of fun and you feel really good about the money you saved!

Thanks for looking and I hope (as always) that you have been encouraged to be creative.




Another birthday card – must be June!

Welcome back!

Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was way too short. (how does that happen?)

Today’s card is another birthday card! However, it could easily be used for other things by changing the sentiment. For example, you could add a “you’re so sweet” or “Hey¬†Cupcake!” or maybe “Hi Sweetie” or even “Everything is better with a cupcake!” or “life is sweet” or “how sweet it is” or just plain “celebrate” ¬†….. you get the idea. BUT, in this case, it is another birthday card!!

I got to use one of my favorite techniques again – emboss resist. I never get tired of this! (I hope you don’t either!) I stamped the cupcakes with a couple of cupcake stamps from Inkadinkado’s ¬†set “Birthday Cupcakes” on white card stock with VersaMark ink. I embossed some with clear embossing powder and some with pink (clear is from Stampin’ Up – I really like their clear ep and the pink is Blushing Pink from Stampendous). ¬†Using an ink blending tool, I covered the card stock with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I use an almost dry baby wipe to remove any excess in from the embossed areas. I find if the baby wipe is too damp, it makes the card stock curl. I then let it dry completely before stamping a few more cupcakes with VersaMark and embossed with All Night Media’s blue embossing powder. You have to let it dry really well or when you sprinkle the blue powder, it will stick to anything that is wet…. trust me….. ¬†ūüôā

I attached a blue polka dot ribbon to the front of the card stock with my tape gun ¬†– wrapping the edges around the back about 1/2 in on each side…. no need to waste ribbon where it won’t be seen!

I attached the embossed stock to the red card base. I stamped the sentiment “Sweet birthday wishes” also from the Birthday Cupcakes set on the same red card stock with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder. I mounted it over the ribbon with foam dimensionals. I added the heart from “Lovely Hearts” a fun set of hearts by EK Success and the jewels that are from a big container in my stash!! I really don’t know who makes them …. but they¬†sure are cute and come in really handy! ¬†The icing on the cake (so to speak!) is Stickles from Ranger in Cotton Candy.

That’s the card! Hope you like it and that it inspire you to create.¬†¬†Please subscribe if you‚Äôre having fun so you can get updates as I get to them.



Red, white and blue – not just for flags!


I was intrigued by a challenge on Splitcoaststampers to make a card using red/white/blue and it did not have to be patriotic. I decided to up the challenge for my self and said it “couldn’t” be patriotic!

I started with red card stock as the base. I did an emboss resist technique on white card stock. I stamped the flourish stamp from Inkadinkado’s Organic Fabric Flourishes with my dear friend Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Using an ink blending tool, I inked over the embossed images with Stampin’ Up Brilliant Blue ink. I really love emboss resist – almost like magic!!

I mounted the embossed piece on a deep blue card stock . I rounded the corners of the base as well as the layers so they all nested together. I stamped the sentiment “Sending LOVE” from Lawn Fawn’s Grand Greetings in Scarlet pigment ink on white card stock. Added some faux stitching in red around the sentiment and mounted it with foam dimensionals. I finished it off with some baby pearls and flowers from my stash (sorry, not sure who’s they are – my guess would be Michael’s).

As always, thanks for looking and I hope it inspires you to create!



Letterpress Fun!

Hi – It’s FRIDAY!!!

In true Friday fashion – let’s make a happiness card. This was lots of fun to make – a little messy but hey it’s not real if you don’t have ink all over you! Actually, it doesn’t have to be messy – I think that’s just me being messy. The is the faux letterpress technique. I used an embossing folder “Bird Call” and inked the raised side. You can play with your embossing folders when you do this and try changing the side you ink …. you get radically different images.

Just a note: your embossing folders clean up with water. I have a couple that are slightly discolored (probably the difference in the ink I used) but it doesn’t change the way it embosses. I would not try using a Stazon ink but again, I doubt that it would really hurt the folder.

Well, life got in the way and I didn’t finish Fridays post until Saturday morning….. sorry!

Where was I? ¬†Oh right, I was inking my embossing folder with Stampin’ Up Dusty Durango ink and running the folder and card stock through my “purse” (Sizzix Texture Boutique). ¬†I cut the embossed card stock into quarters. I inked all of the edges lightly with black to define them a bit. I laid them out on my card base until I was happy with the placement. (I’m not a measurer – I usually eyeball it and sometimes you can tell (!) but that makes it personal – right?) ¬†I¬†adhered them to the base with foam dimensionals.¬†I cut a piece of the same card stock using Nestabilites #8. ¬†I inked the edges and stamped the sentiment “happiness” from Stampin’ Up’s Warm Words set and adhered it with more foam dimensionals. I added ribbon and a cheating bow (you tie the bow and glue it to the flat ribbon – sometimes its just the best option).

That’s it. I hope it inspires you to try the letterpress technique – it really stretches the use of your embossing folders not to mention being pretty darn cute!

Have a great Saturday!