Saturday, November 2, 2013


One of the things I enjoy the most about the Hero Arts Flickr group is their 90 minute scrambles! There are so many talented and gifted individuals in the group, and it often amazes me to see what they create in 90 minutes or less. Here's my card:
Here's how I made it:
One of the requirements of the scramble was to incorporate snowflakes onto a tag shaped piece of paper. I happened to have some large manila tags, but I didn't really care for the manila color. So, I swiped "Chipped Sapphire" Distress Stain over the tag in order to change the color. Once the tag was fully colored, I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Mist to give it a shimmer. Since I only had a short amount of time, I used my heat tool to quickly dry the ink. Once dry, I inked my Hero Arts snowflake stamp with Versamark ink, stamped it randomly onto the tag, then heat embossed it with "Winter Wonderland" embossing powder. The tag was then adhered to the card base and accented with the blue ribbon bow.

For the nativity image, I swiped a piece of white cardstock with the Chipped Sapphire stain. Once dry, I inked the same snowflake stamp with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink for a tone-on-tone look. (I also wanted to incorporate the snowflake onto the nativity image.) Again, I spritzed the paper with Perfect Pearls Mist. Once dry, I inked my stamp from Papertrey Ink's "Star of Wonder" stamp set with Versamark, stamped the image, and heat embossed with the same embossing powder as the snowflakes on the tag. I then cut the image using a circle die, placed onto a slightly larger white cardstock circular cut, and lightly distressed the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  This image was adhered to the card base with foam strips. Here's a closer image of the nativity stamp:

Finally, I inked the sentiment stamp (from the same PTI stamp set) with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and stamped it onto the card front.

Thanks so much for looking!!  Be sure and check out the Hero Arts Flickr Group here, too!!

Monday, October 7, 2013


Here's a quick and easy, clean and simple birthday card for a guy. I love the various woodgrain patterned it a nice rustic look!

Here's how I did it:
The kraft card base is 5"x7". All patterned paper came from the same source: MME "On The Bright Side - One". The feathers were die cut with SSS dies.("Feathers" and "POINTED FEATHERS") The blue wood strip and wood oval were adhered to the card base with a tape glider. The feathers were adhered with foam dots to give them some dimension. For the sentiment, I used this stamp set and cut the "Happy Birthday to You" stamp in half, inked it with Versamark, curved it to fit the curve of the oval, stamped it, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013


So.....patterned paper has become my best friend! I have a VERY large family, and I like to make handmade cards for each of them for their birthdays. Often, the date sneaks up on me and I'm frantically trying to put something together that is acceptable and will reach the recipient on time! My "go to" in those situations is good old patterned paper. They go a long way in making a quick, easy, and attractive card!

Here's mine:'s my supplies:

Saturday, August 10, 2013


The inspiration for this card came from this pin on Pinterest. I wanted to make an "outdoorsy" card for my daughter, who has a summer birthday. She loves the outdoors, and lives in a place that provides amazing scenic beauty and year-round outdoor activities. I loved the idea of stamping on canvas! Once I had my stamped image, I wanted to assemble my card with various textures and embellishments that complimented the outdoor/beauty of nature card.'s my card:
Here's how I did it:
The canvas center was created by inking my stamp with Versamark ink and stamping it onto sticky-back canvas. Then, I swiped various colors of Distress Ink horizontally across the canvas. The edges of the canvas were lightly distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The canvas piece was adhered to a slightly larger piece of adhesive-backed cork sheets. Prior to laying my cork piece onto my card base (made with white wood-grain paper), I placed the three pieces of white jute across my card base and adhered the jute to the card base with a small piece of tape. Then I pealed the backing off my cork piece and attached it to the card front. The jute was brought to the front and tied in a bow. The laser-cut butterfly was attached to the center of the bow with Glossy Accents.

Here's my main supplies:

Saturday, June 29, 2013


I've been playing with some new dies, and have really enjoyed the combination of kraft cardstock and patterned paper! Here's a simple card I made using my new dies:
Here's how I made it:
I started with an A2 size kraft cardbase. All the patterned paper used is from MME's Miss Caroline "Dolled Up" 6x6 paper pad. I cut the woodgrain oval and distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap distress ink. I glued a strip of burlap ribbon down the center of the card, then adhered the oval to the card with foam squares. The butterfly was cut from the Memory Box Isabella and Pippi butterfly dies. The die cuts were glued together down the center only, then adhered to the oval die cut with Glossy Accents. The banner was created using Simon Say's Stamp's "Tilted Banner die. The sentiment is from Hero Arts "Find Joy" stamp set. This was adhered to the oval die cut (which was already raised by the foam squares). The banner ends were adhered directly to the card base. The adhesive pearls are from Hero Arts "Sea" Cardmaking Essentials Kit.

Once again, thanks so much for stopping by!!


I just purchased some new dies and I've been chomping at the bit waiting to use them!! I always love incorporating patterned paper when I can, too! So, here's the card I made:
Here's how I did it:
I started with an A2 card base of kraft cardstock. Then I cut my banner die and "Absolutely" die out of the same kraft cardstock. The banners with patterned paper were cut from assorted pages from the charming MME Miss Caroline "Dolled Up" 6x6" paper pad. The banner was first assembled by adhering the patterned paper banners to the slightly larger kraft banners. The "rope" of the banner was adhered to the cardbase with foam squares underneath the bows at each end. The larger banners were adhered to the cardbase with foam squares. Then, the smaller patterned paper banners were adhered to the "rope" with Glossy Accents. ( I LOVE this glue!!)

For the sentiment area, I cut various strips of patterned paper from the same paper pad and arranged them on the bottom of my card base. The "Absolutely" die cut was glued on top of it all. I love how it stands out against the blue background. The "Amazing" stamp was inked with black ink and stamped on top of the blue patterned paper. Finally, adhesive pearls were added as accents.

Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you come back again!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013


I made this card for my Dad for Father's Day. He's a huge steam locomotive enthusiast and I'd been wanting to use this stamp for a long time. Here's the card:
I was very pleased with the vintage look of the card and the contrast in colors. Honestly, it looks so much better in real life!

Here's how I did it:
The only stamps used were for the train and the sentiment. The train is from 100 Proof Press (#3041) and the sentiment is from Sweet'nSassy (#SNS-031). The stamps were inked with VersaMark, stamped onto patterned paper, and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  The patterned paper is Bo Bunny's "Weekend Market". The card base is 6"x6". The stamped images were trimmed and adhered to coordinating patterned paper. I then cut strips of different sizes from the same patterned paper to compliment the front of the card and adhered them all to my cardbase.

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Today, I had the privilege of participating on another 90-minute Scramble with the Hero Arts Flickr Group. It feels like ages since I've been able to participate in a scramble.....and as almost was a blast! I must admit though, that the first card I made ended up in the garbage! It was waaaaaaaay too busy. But, I salvaged a small part of it and ended up using on the card I submitted for the scramble.  Here's my card:

Here's how I did it:
I stamped my Hero Arts "Traditional Butterfly" stamp on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I then cut it into a circle and distressed the edges with "Peacock Feathers" Distress ink. The circular piece behind the circular butterfly is the piece I salvaged from my original card. I had inked the Hero Arts "Large Solid Flower" stamp with "Peacock Feathers", Evergreen Bough" and "Frayed Burlap" - spritzed the stamp with water, and stamped onto white cardstock. I then lightly swiped over the stamped image with Peacock Feathers distress ink and distressed the edges with the same ink. The larger circle was adhered to my kraft cardbase, and the butterfly circle adhered on top of it with foam tape. The banner was also cut out of kraft cardstock and adhered with foam tape. The buttons were added as a finishing touch.

Thanks so much for looking!!