Love Notes

Now you didn’t think I’d stop at just one die-cut envelope card, did you? I became a bit obsessed and made more envelopes in different colors. I even tried all of the other stamps in the “Four Hearts” set, but my favorite stamp for this purpose is the one that would be considered to be a “reverse” stamp.


Supplies: Amuse Studio envelope die; Glitter paper (Target)

Die Cut Valentine

I wanted to create a Valentine-themed card without a stamped sentiment, because I wanted the background to have some texture. so turned to the Hero Arts Alphabet Dies for an “X” and an “O.” To create the pattern on the die-cut envelope, I stamped one of the hearts from the Hero Arts “Four Hearts” set in a row (alternating direction) to give me enough surface for the envelope die. I used the Pale Tomato shadow ink – I couldn’t believe how beautifully it stamped with the heart stamp. Really enjoying using the shadow inks!


Supplies: Amuse Studio envelope die; Amuse Studio wood grain impression plate; Glitter paper (Target)

Valentine’s Mittens

Yesterday I stumbled upon the Restoration Hardware Baby and Child website. I honestly have no idea exactly what led me there, but once I was there I was mesmerized. The site is full of imaginative and fun spaces!

I particularly liked a child’s room decorated for the winter and set out to make a card with the photo as my inspiration. I wanted to capture the knit print on the bed covers, as well as the gray and red paired with the white. (I find this color combination particularly appealing, especially for the winter.)



Since it was Valentine’s Day, I added some hearts. I had several fits and starts with the card, trying a couple of different ideas for how to add the sentiment. In the end, I decided just to stamp directly on the card base in gray ink (black ink seemed too harsh). So many details, so little time! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Supplies: ColorBox white pigment ink; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Amuse Studio mitten die

Online Card Classes Kick Start Card

I enrolled in the Online Card Classes Kick Start course last fall, but for a variety of reasons, I didn’t make any cards.


After the tremendous mojo boost I got from the Clean and Simple 2 course, I decided to revisit the Kick Start materials!

I had a bunch of strips left over from my Neat and Tangled Valentine’s Card, so started with those and made a card based on one that Jennifer McGuire shared in the Kick Start class.



I am amazed time and again by how well the Hero Arts shadow inks work. I used the Soft Granite shadow ink for the “Awesome” sentiment and got a great impression. When first stamped it looks blotchy, but as it dries, it magically smooths out!

Supplies: ColorBox white pigment ink; Encore silver ink; Stampin’ Up gray cardstock; Spellbinders dies

Pinspired Challenge #3

It’s time for another Pinspired Challenge. The inspirational photo is for you to interpret anyway you want. You can take from the colors, the style, the theme – it’s up to you!

This challenge is sponsored by Sweet Stamp Shop who are offering a $10 gift certificate to their online store.

For my take on the challenge image, I sought to capture the Valentine’s theme, the colors of pink and red, and the idea of something contained from the inspiration image.


The X’s and O’s were die-cut out of pink and red paper and adhered to white cardstock stamped with the jar image. I stamped the jar image on vellum, and on gray paper, to create an overlay and jar top. The “love you” sentiment tag was created in Photoshop.

Head on over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner, who will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads,” will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog along with the prize from Sweet Stamp Shop. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock, vellum; StazOn black ink

CAS 2 Day Ten Card

I can’t believe that today is the last lesson for the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2Today’s lesson showed six ways on how to use the Technique Tuesday Bright Idea stamp set. I chose to create Jennifer McGuire’s card, a technically challenging masterpiece!

Here’s the card front:

Day Ten Front

 And the card inside:

Day Ten Inside

CAS 2 Day Nine Card

I can’t believe that the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2 class is drawing to a close. I’ve enjoyed it so much!

Today’s lesson focused on adding texture to a card, including glitter. I created a card based on one shared by Jennifer McGuire featuring a pleated panel. Since I don’t have a lot of glitter, I die cut the heart from glitter paper.

Day Nine Card


I “ironed” these pleats with a bone folder more than I’ve ever ironed anything with pleats, and they’re still sticking up a bit! I need to flatten the card under a pile of books overnight.

Supplies: Hero Arts “My Happy” stamp; Savvy arrow die; Wplus9 Design Studio heart die; Spellbinders banner die; Hero Arts shadow ink; Neenah white cardstock; Stampin’ Up gray cardstock; Michaels glitter paper; Crate patterned paper

Another CAS 2 Card

In this card for Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2, I’m combining techniques from several class lessons – the illusion of dimension from Julie Ebersole ‘s Day Seven card and masking from Debby Hughes’ Day Six card. I also colored my cats like Debby’s.

CAS2 Day Six

After masking and coloring the cats, I didn’t want to risk a mis-stamped sentiment, so I added a die-cut one!

Supplies: Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline; Simon Says Stamp Furry Kisses; Simon Says Stamp banner die; Simon Says Stamp Banner Sayings; Versamark; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Neenah white cardstock; Stampin’ Up gray and blue cardstock; Stormy Sky Distress Ink; Copics; Memento Pear Tart ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Hero Arts Soft Pool ink