You’re Pretty Sweet!

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” card combining a Hero Arts sentiment with a basket of strawberries created with Impression Obsession dies.

Pretty Sweet

I used my MISTI to center the sentiment on the patterned paper so that it would line up with the notebook paper lines. At first I had the carton adhered to the patterned paper without foam, but it looked “flat” so I pulled apart of carton and added foam. I positioned the strawberries several times before getting the basket to look right.

Hope your week is off to a great start! Hard to believe it’s almost June!


Celebrating Sunny Days

Today I’m sharing a spring/summer-themed card featuring the Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers stamp set.

Hero Arts Sunshine

I created a one-layer card (with the exception of the dry-embossed strip on the left) using the stamp set and a MISTI. I’m completely sold on the MISTI at this point. (Note: the sentiment is designed with that distress on some of the letters; I realized that after stamping it something like five times!)

Taylored Expressions Burlap embossing folder; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Stampin’ Up inks

A Little Birdie Told Me

Despite rain and cold here in the Pacific Northwest, the birds seem incredibly happy. This CAS spring-themed friendship card was inspired by those hearty birds!

Die-Cut Spring Friendship Card

I paired a Hero Arts sentiment (I like the typeface, the length of the sentiment in terms of placing it on an A2 card AND what it says!) with the Paper Smooches die-cut birds and branch.


CAS Mixed Media Friendship card

Today I’m sharing a CAS friendship card featuring an umbrella die cut against a background created with a raindrop stencil and embossing paste.

Jean Manis Life Is GoodAfter stamping the card base, I applied embossing paste, which I colored with Salty Ocean Distress Ink, through the Raindrops stencil (I selectively masked off portions of the stencil so that the umbrella would appear to be keeping the sentiment dry. Once the embossing paste dried, I adhered the umbrella die cut. The canopy of the umbrella was cut from cardstock which I had colored with a combination of Distress Inks (reds and a little yellow) for a different project.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Heyday Sentiments” stamp set

Winter Wishes – Memory Box Cabrini Ornament Die

Today I’m sharing a CAS holiday card showcasing the Memory Box Cabrini Ornament die.

Jean Manis Right As Rain

I used the die to cut red, green and brushed silver cardstock, piecing the ornament together. I added a red bow to secure the ornament to the white tag.

Supplies: Memory Box Tiny Bow, American Crafts patterned paper

Another Merry Monday #180 Reindeer

I’m playing along at the Merry Monday #180 Challenge with another reindeer card. Turns out, I have a lot of reindeer-themed supplies!

Hero Arts Reindeer Stencil

I used Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter embossing paste with the Hero Arts reindeer stencil. I allowed the red cardstock panel to dry overnight (the product seems to take longer to dry than other embossing pastes I’ve used before) and then added a heat-embossed sentiment from the Hero Arts Family and Friends stamp set. I used a Taylored Expressions stitched banner die to cut the sentiment. Other than the drying time, this CAS card came together quickly.

Fall Hello Die Cut Tag

Today I’m sharing a fall-themed tag featuring the Taylored Expressions Little Bits Fox.


I combined the die cut fox with several favorite scene builders – the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border and Impression Obsession Beach Fence. The sentiment, from a retired Hero Arts set, was stamped on a Memory Box cloud.

Hope your week is off to a great start!


Online Card Classes Background Check – Day One

I’m sharing a card created with one of the techniques shown in the Day One lesson of the Online Card Classes Background Check class.


I inked the cardstock panel with three Distress Inks, ran it through the Big Shot with the My Favorite Things stencil (adding some dimension) and then dabbed at the open areas of the stencil with a baby wipe to life off some of the ink. The card design is based on one used by Jennifer Rzasa in an earlier Online Card Classes course.
Supplies: Hero Arts sentiment from a retired set

Dream Big

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” summer-themed CAS card.


I haven’t seen a lady bug in years, but fondly remember seeing them as a child! I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts “Heyday Sentiments” set on the rectangular cardstock panel and then adhered the die cut leaves and lady bugs.


Pacific Northwest Beach Scene

Today I’m sharing a CAS “just because” card inspired by the Pacific Northwest summer. There’s nothing like a sunny day on the Puget Sound!


The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Good Friends set (I’ve had this set for several years and really like the typeface of the sentiments). I first stamped it in black ink, but that seemed too harsh with the other colors, so I stamped it in white pigment ink. After I finished the card, I thought it needed a little something, so I added some May Arts twine to soften the bottom of the image.