Birthday Cards

Wishing You A Happy Birthday And Many More To Come


Hi there, I hope you’re having a great week!

Sometimes, when my mojo is lacking and I just want to play with color, I fall back on a big sentiment that can stand on its own.  Today’s card uses the Wishing You stamp set from Mama Elephant which has a beautiful scripty sentiment and a number of supporting smaller sentiment stamps. Continue reading “Wishing You A Happy Birthday And Many More To Come”

Feel Good Cards, Just Because Cards



Hello and happy Friday! I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Today I’m sharing a card using Mama Elephant’s Botanic Hello stamp. I love this large stamp that covers an entire card and has beautiful flowers and leaves to color.

I used the largest die of the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die set to cut down and add stitching detail to a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. Then I stamped the combined image and sentiment in VersaMark ink. I sprinkled the card with Hero Arts white embossing powder, tapped off the excess, and then melted the embossing powder with a heat gun.


For watercolors, I used colors from a Windsor & Newton Cotman watercolor set. This set is their Painting Plus (I’ve also seen it called Pocket Plus) set of 24 half-pans. It’s a great size to take on the go and in the past, I’ve prepped multiple heat-embossed card fronts using this stamp set and painted while on vacation.

The colors I used are Purple Lake for the flowers, Sap Green and Hooker’s Green Dark for the leaves, and Payne’s Gray for the sentiment. I started by simply coloring in the flowers and leaves with Purple Lake and Sap Green with a #3 round brush. I didn’t wet the watercolor paper first, so this was a wet-on-dry approach. I let it dry and then I went back in with a #2 round brush and added more Purple Lake (with less water) to the flowers to add detail, and Hooker’s Green Dark to the leaves to add veins. Then, I used Payne’s Gray to color in the Hello sentiment.

To finish the card, I used liquid glue to adhere the card front to an A2-sized piece of Recollections Grey Kraft cardstock and then in turn adhered that to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for coming by!


Feel Good Cards, Just Because Cards

Spreadin’ A Little Love


I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday!

CTS_266Today I’m playing along with the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge #266.  I’ve been following a couple of challenge blogs for a few months now, but yesterday and today are the first times I’ve played along.  I’m finding challenges to be a great way to get my creative juices flowing, and to learn about color combinations and compositions that I might not otherwise have thought of.  You can check out the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to follow along.

When I saw this sketch I immediately thought of the Create A Smile Hocus Focus stamp set that I have in my stash.  It has a variety of circular starburst stamps that I thought would be perfect for this challenge.

The next thing I thought of was the Little Girl Agenda stamp set from Mama Elephant.  I just love these cute little girls, especially the ones with their arms thrown out.  They just feel so cheerful to me.

I started by stamping three little girl images onto Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I used several colors of Copic Sketch markers to do some very basic coloring (YG17 and YG25 for the dresses and shoes, E53 for skin, R20 for cheeks, and E35 and E37 for hair and bear).  The images are so tiny that I finished in no time.  I die cut them out and set them aside.

For the card front, I used a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.  I masked the top of the card off at an angle using Post-It Tape.  Then I used a foam blending tool to add Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  I added the ink more heavily near the Post-It Tape and then blended downwards, slowly fading out towards the bottom of the card front.  If you have trouble with blending regular Distress Inks as I do, try Bristol Smooth paper.  It makes me feel like a pro!

Then I removed the mask and stamped a starburst image three times along the edge of the inked area.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for both the starbursts and the sentiment which is from Mama Elephant’s Everyday Greetings stamp set.

To finish, I added foam tape to the back of the little girls and adhered them to the center of the starbursts and then glued the panel to the front of an A-2 sized card base.

Thanks so much for swinging by!