Celebration Cards, Feel Good Cards

Wishing You Both Joy


Hello there, I hope you’re having a lovely day!

Today’s card features the Cora Background, the Sending and Wishing stamp set, and the Wishing die cut, all from Simon Says Stamps.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I stamped the background image in Versamark ink, poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, tapped off the excess powder, and heat embossed with a heat gun.

Then I taped down the panel to a flat surface and wet the entire background with a flat brush.  Using a round 6 brush, I dropped in a blue Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor and randomly painted over the card, leaving some areas with more color than others.  When the panel was dry, I lightly rubbed over the background with a very slightly damp paper towel to remove any watercolor sitting on top of the heat embossing.

I die cut the “Wishing” sentiment from a piece of navy Recollections cardstock.  I also heat embossed the “you both joy” sentiment onto the same cardstock using the same white embossing powder from Hero Arts.

To assemble the card, I adhered the background onto an A2-sized card base and then adhered both sentiment pieces using liquid adhesive.  And that finished up today’s card.

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Animal Cards, Celebration Cards



Hi there! I hope your week has gotten off to a nice start!

I made today’s card for a friend who just accepted a position at a new company. She has a dog that she adores so I knew I wanted to use one of the sweet dogs from Pinkfresh Studio’s Playful Animal Friends 2 stamp set.

I used Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock for this project and started by stamping the dog in Versafine Black Onyx ink. Then I stamped the banner image in Altenew Aqualicious dye ink, and then stamped the sentiment in the same black ink as the dog. I cut out the images using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

For the card front I trimmed another piece of Neenah using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die set. Then I stamped the flower images in the same black ink, and the small bird in the same blue ink. I did some very simple coloring using Copics (R24 and R29 for the flowers, and BG02 for the leaves), and added dots of white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to the centers of the flowers. I also added a dot of black Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen to the dog’s eye, to give just a hint of dimension and shine.

I then adhered the banner flush to the card, and popped up the dog using foam tape. Finally, I adhered the entire card front to an A2-sized card base and that finished up today’s card.

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Baby Cards, Celebration Cards

Welcome Baby


Hi there! I hope you’re week is getting off to a nice start!

Today I’m sharing my first baby card. I’m using an old stamp set, Baby Party Animals, from Simon Says Stamp which I found on sale last week. I love these cute animals which I’m sure I’ll be able to put to use on non-baby cards as well.

I started by stamping all of the images in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock. I colored all of the images using a variety of Copic Sketch markers: R20 and R30 for the pig, E31 and E35 for the monkey, YR21 and YR23 for the cat, W1 and W3 for the bunny, and Y19 and Y21 for the rest of the elements. I did very very basic blending and added a few highlights using a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Though I purchased the coordinating dies, I ended up using my Brother ScanNCut2 to cut out all of the images in one pass. I’m really falling in love with that machine!

I created the card front panel by die-cutting a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper with the largest of the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set from My Favorite Things. Then I blended Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose Distress inks all over the panel. It was only after I finished blending that I remembered I had intended this card to be for a boy or a girl, so in hindsight, pink wasn’t the best color choice. Oops! And somewhere hiding on or under my desk is the bunny’s balloon. Double oops!

I sprinkled a few drops of water onto the panel, let them sit for 10 seconds, and then mopped them up with a paper towel in order to create a splatter effect. It’s very subtle, but gives a bit of interest and dimension I think.

Before I began adhering all of the stamped pieces, I stamped the word “baby” in Versafine Onyx Black ink in the bottom right corner. Then I laid out all of the stamped elements and once I found a layout I liked, I began adhering them down using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. I saved a few of the elements (the balloons, banner, and two of the presents) to pop up with some foam adhesive, for added dimension.

To finish, I adhered the entire panel to an A2-sized card base.

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Birthday Cards, Celebration Cards

Hooray From Concord and 9th – Take Two


Hello there, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Today’s card is a CAS(E) of one of Concord & 9ths inspiration cards for the Birthday Stacks stamp set.  I made today’s card for a friend who is celebrating his birthday.  I originally planned to use shades of blue, but then I realized that blue ice cream doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  In the end, these shades of yellow and orange and the way the scoops overlap reminded my friend, and other friends around the table, of tennis which is how we all met.  I love it when things work out in ways you didn’t imagine!

I started by stamping the ice cream scoops in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  Then I used the coordinating die to trim off the top part of the scoops.  Since the die wasn’t long enough to stretch across the card, I used my paper trimmer to finish the horizontal cut to the edge of the paper.  I then used the same ink to stamp the ice cream cones.

For the ice cream scoops, I used Hero Arts Soft Vanilla and Altenew Citrus Burst and Sunkissed inks.  And for the cones, I used Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie.  The stamp set includes solid stamps for these elements which makes the stamping very easy!

20180407_125130.jpgFor the sentiment, which is Concord and 9ths standalone Hooray die, I used a scrap piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper because I wanted to blend the Altenew Inks and I usually find it challenging to blend dye inks smoothly.  The Bristol Smooth paper has a coating that allows the ink to sit on top of the paper longer which gives you extra time to blend.  I die cut the sentiment, and then placed the die cut back into the negative space so that I could easily hold it in place while blending.  I used foam blending tools to sponge Sunkissed along the bottom and Citrus Burst across the top, blending in the middle.

I die cut the sentiment four more times out of scrap 110# regular cardstock and layered the pieces on top of each other, adhering all of the layers together with liquid adhesive.  Then I adhered the inked sentiment on top to create a chipboard-like embellishment.

Then it came time to assemble the card. I adhered a A2-sized piece of kraft cardstock (I like the Recollections cardstock from Michael’s which is 60# weight and great for layering, not to mention its affordable price point) to a card base.  Then I cut a piece of orange cardstock, also from Recollections, and adhered it to the back of the ice cream scoop piece, leaving an edge of orange peeking out.  Then I adhered that combined piece to the card base.

Finally, I created some loops of twine and sandwiched it between the sentiment and the card.  I used a couple of acrylic blocks to hold it all in place while the liquid adhesive dried.  And that finished off the card!

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Birthday Cards, Celebration Cards

Hooray From Concord & 9th


Hi there!

Today I have a celebration card to share. It uses a few items from Concord and 9th: Triangle Turnabout for the background, Birthday Stacks for the balloons, and the Hooray die.

For the background, I used Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and three ink colors from Altenew (Dew Drops, Aqualicious, and Teal Cave) as well Ranger Silver Ultra Fine embossing powder. If you haven’t seen how Concord & 9ths turnabout stamps work, I encourage you watch their tutorial on YouTube. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a hundred thousand!

On a separate piece cardstock, I stamped balloons using three stamps from the Birthday stacks set. I stamped the set of circles and the two types of strings in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I used the same three ink colors and embossing powder to add color and shine to the balloons. I made a mistake here in that I stamped the set of circles upside down so I had to fussy cut the balloons since the matching die didn’t line up.

For the sentiment, I ran the Hooray die through my Sizzix Sidekick five times. Once using Neenah cardstock, and four times using white 110# scrap cardstock. I placed the Neenah die cut back into it’s negative space to make it easier to hold in place while I blended Aqualicious and Teal Cave onto it, using the lighter color on the top half and blending it into the darker color on the bottom for an ombre effect. Then I adhered all five layers together using scant amounts of liquid glue to create a dimensional sentiment.

Then it came time to assemble the card. I trimmed the triangle background in half, saving the other half for a future card, and adhered it to an A2-sized card base. Then I trimmed the balloon panel so that the height of the balloons revealed some of the triangle background and still left room for the sentiment. I used foam tape to adhere it to the card base so that it stood up from the background.

Before I adhered the Hooray sentiment, I pulled out some inexpensive silver thread from my stash and wound it around a few fingers. I added a liquid glue to the back of the Hooray die cute and then adhered it to the card, sandwiching the silver thread in between. And that finished the card!

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