Rain or Shine

I’ve had these My Favorite Things April release items for a few weeks and finally got around to putting them together on a card. I can’t resist umbrella or rain-themed cardmaking supplies!

I used the Raindrops stencil to dry emboss the Robin’s Egg cardstock for a subtle background. The sun and umbrella are attached to the card with dimensional adhesive.


Color Throwdown Butterfly

I’m sharing a card created for the Color Throwdown #293 challenge.


The In Detail post I’ve been working on for the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s includes a review of the Stephanie Barnard Butterfly Triplits Die Set (as well as the Flowers set). After seeing the fun colors for this challenge, I created a card featuring one of the die-cut butterflies. I framed the butterfly in an InstaFrame. The inside area of the MFT die was a tad small for the butterfly, so I used a square die to punch out a bigger background. I finished the card off with a sentiment from WPlus9.

Flower Power

I have been working on an In Detail post for the CLASSroom on the Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Triplit dies. I had bunches of flower die cut pieces on my work table and assembled some for this card.


With all of the flower pieces, it’s easy to get overloaded with choices, so I kept to three colors for the flowers, although I’d originally started out with four. I first tried the flowers on a kraft cardstock base, but they looked much better on the green base. I had a Mead spiral notebook in the early 1970s with a fabric floral pattern that had these same colors. Even though I can more or less remember the pattern, I wish I’d kept it for card inspiration!

I’m entering this card in the Less is More Challenge whose theme is flowers, as well as the CASology challenge whose theme is also flowers.

Freshly Made Sketches #136

I’m mixing things up a bit this week and playing along with Freshly Made Sketches for the first time.

Why, yes, I am still making nautical cards! I had so much fun making them last week, I’m making more! Although I considered using patterned papers, I decided I wanted to stamp the individual pieces instead. I stamped just about everything more than once, in a variety of colors, before making my final selections. I’m sure some people can just “know” right away that they want a particular element to be a certain color, but not me! I need to see all of the different combinations.

OCC Watercolor Day 3

I’m sharing a card created with the technique shown by Jennifer Rzasa in today’s Online Card Classes Watercolor for Card Makers lesson. The idea is to ink your stamp and mist with water before stamping for a watercolor effect.


I worked on this for most of the morning (read, tore my hair out) trying Memento dye ink pads, as she suggested, and finally switching to Distress Ink pads. I walked away from this more than once when I wasn’t getting the results I wanted! I had the best results stamping onto the Ranger Watercolor paper. I tried Neenah Solar White but the ink looked blah on it.

I die cut the sentiment four times, the last time in watercolor paper I colored with the Worn Lipstick Distress Ink pad to match to the flowers.


Penny Black Patterned Paper Sunflower

In addition to the watercoloring I’ve been doing lately, I’ve been crafting with my patterned paper collection. Today, I’m sharing a card created with the Penny Black  Sunny Hello [#30-230] stamp set and the Leaves [#51-002] die set using patterned paper.

SunFlowerPPCardI stamped and heat-embossed the sunflower on patterned paper and then fussy cut it. I also stamped and heat-embossed the “Sunshiny HELLO” sentiment (I can see myself reaching for this sentiment time and again!). I cut the leaf die several times and cut some of the stems and leaves off in order to arrange them to my liking under the sunflower. The sunflower is attached to the card panel with dimensional adhesive.

Hope there’s sun shining in your part of the world today!

Poppystamps: Starry Night

Hello, today I’m sharing a card created with Poppystamps dies and a Memory Box stencil suitable for any occasion. My inspiration was a clear night in the Pacific Northwest. Year-round we have beautiful evergreen trees, and the Pine Tree Border fits perfectly with the Brevilla House die. We’re more apt to have a clear night during the summer.


To begin, I colored three watercolor panels with Distress Inks. I die cut the panel colored in earthtones with the Brevilla Houses die, and I die cut the green-colored panel with the Pine Tree Border. I intentionally left some of the windows in place in the houses for some variety. Finally, I applied embossing paste through the Starry Nights stencil onto the panel colored in dark blues.  Before applying the embossing paste, I covered up the largest stars in the stencil with washi tape. Even though the stars aren’t realistically in scale with the houses, the largest stars would have thrown off the balance considerably.


Poppystamps: Mother’s Day Bouquet

Today, I’m sharing a card created with a combination of Poppystamps dies that would work for any occasion, including Mother’s Day.


The Meso Background was cut out of white cardstock and attached to a white cardstock base. I cut the Meso Background from cardstock backed with a Be Creative tape sheet (cut to size). Although it can be a little tricky getting the die cut piece onto the cardstock base, it’s worth it, as there are no gaps in the adhesion.  I cut the Wild Rose Bud several times, out of green and coral-pink cardstock. I added a sprig of greenery to the bouquet in the Tall Vase.


Paper Smooches SPARKS: Hang in There

Today, I’m sharing a card created using the sketch over on the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog.

My son is in the throes of studying for college finals, so using the vertical sketch, I created him a “Hang in There”/Encouragement card. I know that I found studying for and taking college finals to be extremely stressful!


Hollyhock Bouquet

In most cases, I create cards with the end in mind, or at least a vague idea. Such was not the case with this card, which grew to be quite tall!


My inspiration for this card comes from Dina Kowal. She’s both a designer for Impression Obsession, as well as a member of their design team. She shared a card recently combining the Hollyhock and Mason Jar dies.

I cut white cardstock with the Hollyhock die several times,  and colored the flowers with Copics. I’ve never colored die cuts with Copics before, but I have to say it’s certainly easy and you can get the colors you want! I used the Mason Jar die to cut a piece of patterned paper that I colored with a Copic to add shading along the sides. I added a shadow under the mason jar with an Amuse Studios set. The sentiment comes from the Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages” set. The sentiment says “Hello Friend.” I simply cut it in two, as I find myself frequently needing a little sentiment to fit onto tiny tags (this tag was cut with a punch). The background paper is Strathmore 140lb coldpress watercolor paper. For this card, I wanted something off-white with a little bit of texture. I buy the Strathmore paper in a big pad and cut it down to size.