Grateful for…

Hi there!

There are so many things and people that I am grateful for in my life!!!  Today I created a little card to give to my sister Kim…she takes such great care of me!!  She is always doing so much for me!!!


This little “thank you” card features the Blossoming Buds Stamp Set and the coordinating Blossom Icons Die at Paper Smooches.

I stamped these adorable blossoming buds on watercolor paper using Black Onyx VersaFine ink.  After heat-setting the ink, I did a light Tumbled Glass inking of the background around the stamped image.  I then colored the flowers and leaves with the following Tim Holtz distress inks:  Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, and Spiced Marmalade.

I created the card base using the Pinpoint Scalloped circles die from Memory Box and inked it using the Tumbled Glass distress ink.  Here’s a tip:  to leave that white border around the edge, ink the die while it is still in the die.  I then cut a label die from Elizabeth Craft’s Katie Label set.  I inked it with Spiced Marmalade and then stamped the “Grateful” and “for you” stamps out of the Blossoming Buds stamp set.

I used foam tape to pop up the floral stamped piece to give the card a little bit of dimension.  The curved design of the floral stamp works perfectly on the circle card.  I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out so I’m going to be entering it into the Paper Smooches weekly challenge!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, Be Happy!!!


Deconstructed Floral Fusion

Hi everyone!  I’m back with another card for the My Favorite Things Card challenge!

For this card, I wanted to take one of my favorite My Favorite Things dies called Floral Fusion Cover up and find a different way to use it!  It is designed to cover the background of an A2 sized card.  So instead of using the whole thing, I used only 2″ of it to create a side border.

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Then, to create my focal point flower, I cut away the round flower in the leftover piece not used for my side border.  I also cut another round flower out of an extra diecut to have for the top layer to my flower.  I used Dylusions Spray ink in Lemon Zest to color them yellow.  I then inked the edges with Tim Holtz Wild Honey distress ink.  To finish it off, I put some cotton thread in the middle of a button and placed it in the center of the flower.  I also cut two medium leaves from My Favorite Things Upsy Daisy flower dies and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn distress ink.

I Pick You (2)On a small tag from my “stash”, I stamped the “I Pick You” sentiment from My Favorite Things Heart Strings set.  I assembled the half border, the flower and the tag on to a piece of scrap green “printed” paper.  I used dimensional adhesive for the flower and the tag…after applying the black and white gingham ribbon.

I Pick YouIt was really fun to find a new way to use this Floral Fusion die!  Give it a try on your dies and have some fun!  Until next time, Be Happy!!!

Feline Better Dimensional Card

Hi there!

Yesterday I created a different sort of card for my 2nd entry into the SuperStar Card Contest by My Favorite Things! I’m going to save this one and send it to my cousin after she undergoes her breast cancer surgery in a few months. She is a big time animal lover and especially loves her kitty cats! As soon as I saw the Feline Better stamp kit by My Favorite Things, I knew I had to make a card for her!

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I created the “3-D” card front by cutting a piece of white cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and I scored it at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″. Then, on the “flaps”, I cut down the fold just to the point where the top of the fence would be. After completing the card front, I attached it to a standard 4 1/4″ x 5″ white card base.

In addition to the “Feline Better” stamp set and coordinating die set, I used the following dies by My Favorite Things: Blueprints 5 (tag for the Feline Better sentiment), Woodgrain fence & Fresh Cut Grass.

I used the following Copic markers for the little girl and kitty: E000, E15, E18, E25, Y21, R81, V15 & V17.

For the background, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks: Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters. I also used the Shabby Shutters to ink the grass.

I hope you enjoy this little card as much as I enjoyed making it! Please let me know if you have any questions. Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Flowers may fade…

…but they last forever in our memories!  A quick post before going to bed tonight!  I wanted to share a card that I made this evening for a coworker whose Mom has passed away.   I wanted to go with a very soft, subtle look for this sympathy card.


The printed paper is from an Our Daily Bread paper pack,  the popped up printed and cream center were cut using My Favorite Things Cross-stitched Oval Stax dies.  For the flower, I used My Favorite Things Large Leafy Flourish die cut from watercolor paper (with a small bit trimmed from the bottom to better fit the oval).  I used my Tim Holtz water brush by Ranger to wet the leafy flourish die…I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers in mid green (no 046) and violet (no 080).  I finished it up with a small piece of a light greenish colored ribbon that I had on hand.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, be happy!


Orange & Pink & Inks, Oh My!!! – Unity Stamp Co. Be Inspired Challenge

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by!

About a week ago, I received a shipment of terrific rubber stamps from Unity Stamp Co.!  They are very nice, deeply etched rubber stamps of great quality!  I was just itching to use them and found the perfect opportunity!  I was looking on their website yesterday and found that they have a monthly challenge called “Be Inspired”!  They provide a scrapbook page sketch, a card sketch and a color palette.  You can follow any of those exactly or loosely, your choice!  AWESOME!  So I decided to follow the card sketch loosely and concentrated on the wonderful color palette which included…beige, black, orange & pinks!  It was great fun to use those colors and one of my new Unity stamp sets!!!


For this card, I used the following supplies:  a 12 x 12 piece of Recollections beige cardstock, black cardstock, a 12 x 12 piece of hot pink printed paper by Bo Bunny, a piece of fun dotted paper (sorry my pic below shows striped…changed my mind after the photo…lol) from the 6×6 Painted Blooms paper pad by Penny Black, a small piece of watercolor paper, Black Onyx Versafine Ink pad, Clear Embossing powder, Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Antique Linen & Spiced Marmalade, Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads in the same colors and Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Black Soot, Picked Raspberry & Spiced Marmalade!

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I began by inking the large flower stamp in Unity’s Take Care of You stamp set.  I used the Picked Raspberry Marker to color the background of the stamp & then colored in the flower with the Spiced Marmalade marker.  Using a water brush, I applied water generously over the watercolor paper and applied some Antique Linen Distress Stain to make the background more beige than white.  I applied a bit more water and then stamped the image.  Note:  instead of a water brush, you can mist the watercolor paper with a mini mister.  After that piece was good and dry, I applied the Black Versafine ink to the stamp, lightly stamped off on some scrap paper and then stamped on top of the colored image.

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I then cut the stamped image with a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things, and then backed it with a small black mat.  (Once that stamped image was cut down, I used the Antique Linen Distress Stain to go around the edges as needed.)  Next, I used the black Versafine ink to stamp the “Happiness has no limit” from the same set, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set with my Marvy heat tool.  This piece was trimmed down and inked with the Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain.  The edges were then inked using the Picked Raspberry Distress ink pad & blender tool.

Finally, I cut down the following pieces for assembly:  Base card – Beige cardstock cut to 12 x 5 (scored at 6″), Black background piece 5 3/4 x 4 3/4, Pink printed background piece 5 1/2 x 4 1/2, and dotted Penny Black paper 3 x 4 1/2.  Before assembling, I used the Picked Raspberry Distress ink pad & blender tool to ink around the edges of the pink background paper and the dotted Penny Black paper piece.  During final assembly, I decided to pop dot the stamped image.

I sure hope you enjoyed this project!   (Sorry for the long post!  I have got to learn to do a YouTube video but I’m not brave enough for that yet!  Please bear with me until I am!)

Until next time, share the Joy!

Welcome to my new Blog!

I’m here to share my joy of paper crafts!  I started as a scrapbooker in 1999 and have been in love with paper crafts ever since.  In addition to traditional scrapbooks, I have enjoyed making paperbag albums, cards & more.  I love, love, love (did I say love) papers…textured cardstocks and printed papers!!!  My newest loves are inks, paints, rubber and acrylic stamps!  I look forward to discovering more and sharing those discoveries with you!  Here is one of my latest projects!  This was a birthday card for my sister and paper craft buddy, Kim!  We have such good times together!


For this card, I used Tim Holtz distress inks & stains.  First, I used Broken China distress stain and water to create the background.  For best results, I used watercolor paper.  After the background was dry, I created the flower with a stencil and I colored the flower using Spiced Marmalade distress ink pad and a sponge dauber.  I then used Mowed Lawn distress ink pad to complete the flower stem!  Finally, I finished up by going over the stenciled flower with a Wink of Stella pen to provide a little shimmer!

Until next time, happy crafting!