Smile–The Sun is Out


Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #72 is all about summer and what it means to you!

A bright sun and the clear blue water of a lake would make anyone smile during the summer. This is the second of two submission to SSS’s Flickr challenge. If you want to see my first interpretation of this challenge please go to my post Hello Summer.

How I made the “Smile—the Sun is Out” project:

  1. The wave background was stamped onto A2-sized white cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder, after prepping the cardstock with an embossing bag.
  2. Then the embossed wave background was colored using three different colors of blue Distress inks to create an ombre effect.
  3. The sun was stamped onto yellow-orange cardstock and then die-cut using a coordinating die and orange enamel dots were added to the sun’s cheeks.
  4. The sun was mounted onto the card front with foam tape.
  5. An oval die was used to cut an oval from vellum cardstock for the sentiment.
  6. Then sentiment was stamped in a black ink compatible with vellum.
  7. Sequins were then adhered around the sentiment using glue dots.
  8. Glue dots were adhered to the back of the sentiment behind the sequins and the entire piece adhered to the card front.
  9. The card front was cut down to 4” x 5.25” and mounted onto an A2-sized piece of cardstock.
  10. The entire piece was then mounted onto an A2 top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

Supplies used in making this project:


  • SSS: Happy Days (sun image)
  • SSS: Happy and Smile (sentiment)
  • Hero Arts: Wave Background


  • SSS: Happy Days (coordinating die set – for sun)
  • My Favorite Things: Wonky Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics


  • Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Mermaid Lagoon.
  • Versamark
  • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (sun)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black (sentiment on vellum)


  • Neenah Solar White 80# (card front)
  • Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise (sun)
  • Stampin’ Up: Tempting Turquoise (card mat)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)


  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • SSS: Crystal Reflections Sequins
  • Pinkfresh Enamel Dots

Hello Summer


Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #72 is all about summer and what it means to you!

Whenever I think of summer, I think of the sun and puffy white clouds against a bright blue sky. This card is a representation of all of that. This is one of two of my submissions for this challenge. For the other submission, please go to my post: Smile: The Sun is Out.

How I made the “Hello Summer” project:

  1. Using watercolor cardstock, I used Distress Oxide inks to create a yellow/orange back ground using plenty of water. I did this by smooshing (a very technical term) Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade oxide inkpads onto a craft mat and spritzed water on the craft sheet until the colors beaded up. I then swiped the cardstock face down onto the colors, moving the cardstock until the cardstock was full covered with ink. I dried the cardstock with a heat gun and then swiped it onto the inked craft mat again, and dried the cardstock again. I repeated this process until I got the desired result. I added more ink or water as needed after each swipe.
  2. The cardstock was then die cut using SSS’s Full Card Sunshine craft die. I saved the die-cut pieces and the negative space for the final assembly of the card.
  3. Using another piece of watercolor cardstock and a cloud stencil, I colored the cardstock using a blending tool and Distress Oxide ink in Broken China to create clouds.
  4. After the cloud background was finished, I laid the negative die cut piece from step #2 over the background and used it as a guide to properly place the sun and the sun rays onto the cloud background. I glued down each piece with a glue pen and lifted off the negative guide piece after everything was glue into place.
  5. Next, the hello and summer dies were die-cut from turquoise cardstock.
  6. The puffy cloud was cut from vellum using one of the dies from a nesting clouds die set.
  7. For the assembly:
  • The sun and sun rays were already adhered to the cloud background in step #4. This assembled piece was then cut down to around 1/8-inch on all sides.
  • The die-cut “hello” and “summer” were glued to the vellum cloud using a glue pen.
  • Sequins were adhered to the cloud using mini glue dots.
  • Glue dots were adhered to the back of the vellum cloud behind the sequins and then the entire cloud piece was adhered to the card front.
  • An A2-sized turquoise piece of cardstock was used as a mat.
  • The mat and card front were adhered to an A2-sized, top folding, portrait-oriented  card base.

Supplies used in making this project:


  • SSS: Full Card Sunshine craft die; Painted Hello wafer die; Painted Summer wafer die.
  • Hero Arts: Nesting Clouds Infinity dies.


  • My Favorite Things: Stencil Clouds


  • Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Broken China


  • Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock (card front)
  • Stampin’ Up cardstock in Tempting Turquoise (mat)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)

Halloween: Vampire Boo


Do vampires say boo (maybe mwahahaha)? Or do only ghosts say boo? Anyway, this vampire says boo ( I didn’t have a stamp that said mwahahahha).

This is a whimsical card for Halloween. I created it using products from several of my favorite stamp companies. Please refer to the list below for all the supplies I used.

I think the results are fun! It only goes to show that you can make a funny card using a variety of products from different brands and they will all come together just fine. I made 15 of these puppies and gave them to family and friends for Halloween.

The silhouette of the tree is a die from Lawn Fawn, while Dracula is from My Favorite Things. The moon was cut using a 1.25” circle punch from EK Success. I was too tired to run a circle die through my die-cut machine, so I used my trusty punch. Sometimes the low-tech approach is the way to go, especially when you want to give your die-cutting machine a rest. The bats flying around were also cut from another EK Success punch that had 3 bats in different sizes.

Anyway, construction of this card was fairly easy. The time-consuming part was coloring 15 Draculas. I used Copic markers to color Dracula, using  various shades of cool grays for this. I know Dracula is usually dressed in black, but you lose detail when you color in black and I’m not that adept at coloring with Copics like Sandy Allnock.  She is a great teacher when it comes to showing you how to use Copics. I try to be a good student, but a good student does their homework, which I sadly must admit—don’t do enough of–but I’m getting there!

Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: My Favorite Things: Frightful Friends (vampire); Hero Arts: Happy Halloween Greeting Stamp Set (CL353 – obsolete unfortunately).

Dies: MFT Die-names: Fright Friends (companion dies to Frightful Friends stamp set); Lawn Fawn: Leafy Tree Backdrop: Portrait.

Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black (for image); Versafine Onyx Black (for sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for stamping vampire/Dracula); Papertrey Ink cardstock: True Black, Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise.

Copic Markers:  C1, C5, C6, C7 all cool grays, YG25 (Celadon Green), Y08 (Acid Yellow) (, R89 (Dark Red Scarlet)

Other: EK Tools: Circle Punch 1.25” diameter; EK Tools Paper Punch: Bats.

Sending You Sunny Smiles


Summer is here (almost).  Bring on the sunshine and lots of it! Here’s how I made the card for the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge.

Hero Art mid-tone shadow ink was used to stamp the sun from a SSS stamp set and then the sun was die-cut using the coordinating die.

I die cut a white panel from 80# cardstock and I also used the same die to cut on a frame from blue cardstock. The die I used cuts stitches inside the die-cut piece as well as outside it. I really like the double-stitching effect.

The white panel was ink-blended using a cloud template. I moved the template around to create staggered clouds using Distress inks. I love how it turned out. The sentiment was stamped in black ink.

I then glued the blue frame onto an A2 card base and glued the white panel inside the frame. I die-cut a piece of white fun foam using the same die I used to cut out the stamped sun and mounted the fun foam onto the back of the stamped sun and adhered it to the card front as you see here.

Blue sequins in various shades and sizes were added as embellishments to finish the card.

Happy sunshine!!



Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: SSS: My Sunshine (sun image); Hero Arts: Beach stamp set (sentiment)

Dies: SSS: Sunshine die (coordinates with the SSS My Sunshine stamp set); My Favorite Things: Die-namics: Inside & Out Rectangle STAX.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for front card panel; Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores (Frame); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Stencil:  Cloud Template (stencil) from Impress Cards and Crafts.

Inks: Hero Arts: mid-tone Shadow Ink in Butter Bar (sun); Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass for blended sky/clouds; Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (sentiment).

Other: Avery Elle sequins in Caribbean Blue.

Live Like It’s Spring Every Day


It’s beginning to feel more and more like spring. I made this card to celebrate the beginning of the new season.

I realized I used a lot of shades of pink in making this card. I think I got carried away, not to mention that that while distress the background the blending got away from me a bit. I wanted the blending to be a lot lighter but made a mistake in using too much ink in one spot of the background and then had to even it out with more distressing. However, the final effect wasn’t bad.

I like the fresh look of the card and the airiness of the butterflies. The large butterfly was first inked using a layered stamp set from Altenew and die cut using a coordinating die and mounted on fun foam for added dimension.

Hope you are enjoying the beginning of Spring.


Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Altenew: Painted Butterflies; Papertrey Ink: Mini Blooms; Paper Smooches: Luminous Spring (for the sentiment); My Favorite Things: Distressed Patterns (for the scattered ink dots).

Dies: Altenew: Painted Butterflies (coordinating dies for the stamp set by the same name);  My Favorite Things Die-namics dies: Wonky Stitched Rectangles Stax.


  • For the background: Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry (dots); Twisted Citron for dots around the sentiment; Papertrey Ink: Bright Buttercup (dots around the sentiment).
  • For the sentiment and smaller butterflies: Ranger Archival Ink: Watering Can.
  • For the large butterfly: Layered stamping using Hero Arts: Holiday Reds by Lia Griffith.


Neenah Solar White 80# card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for matting the card front.


Fun foam (for backing on large butterfly).

Bling It On – Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up Challenge



I love Ellen Hutson’s shop. They have such a great selection of high-quality stamps and craft supplies.

They are initiating a twice a month challenge on their blog! Yay! Some chances for me to win a gift certificate so I can buy more stamp supplies.

The first challenge is one that incorporates their fairly new line of stamps, Essentials by Ellen which are designed by Julie Ebersole and any Hero Arts stamp or product. I decide to create the card you see above.

The card uses the Essentials by Ellen, Hello Gorgeous stamp set and a cling background stamp from Hero Arts, Tiny Star Background. To up the bling factor, I stamped the Tiny Stars background with Tsukineko’s Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz. The sentiment and the diamond images from Ellen’s Hello Gorgeous stamp set were inked with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using WOW Gold Rich Pale embossing powder. I love this gold embossing powder. Not too brash, just a nice rich gold color as the name of the product implies. A few Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins were added to the card front for additional bling.

The card front was originally 4.25″ x 5.5″, but I cut it down to 4.00″ x 5.25″ and then used 3-M foam tape and mounted it onto a black top-folding A2 card base. I did this so that the card front had black framing around it to make it pop visually.

Hope you like the card!


Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Hello Gorgeous stamp set, Hero Arts: Tiny Star Background cling stamp.

Inks: Versamark Ink, Tsukineko Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80 lb. cardstock for card front; Papertrey Ink: True Black for card base.

Other: WOW Gold Rich Pale embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh: Gold sequins; Glue Dots: Micro size (for sequins).


Belated Valentine Day Posting with Lots of Heart and Hugs

I really wanted to post a few cards I made for Valentine’s Day. However, I couldn’t really post them until after V-Day because I had made these cards for various family members and close friends and was afraid that they might see them online before they received them. Since V-day has passed, I can now post. So this post will be a little long as I babble on about how I made these cards.

I hope you can stick with me on the details. If not, I hope you enjoy the pictures. 😉

Will You Be My Valentine? 


I love the bright reds and pinks I used in this card. The card was made for my son to give to his girlfriend and I was very pleased with the results.

Watercolor paper was used to create the card front. The watercolor paper was wet with water using a slightly, wide paint brush before applying any ink. Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick and Festive Berries were applied to one area of the card front to create the backdrop on which the sentiment was stamped. I used my heat tool to thoroughly dry the card front before I stamped the sentiment onto the colored area. The large sentiment from Simon Say’s Stamp’s Paper Hug stamp set was stamped using Versamark Ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder.

I then randomly filled in the area around the sentiment with different splotches and blots from 2 stamp sets: Papetrey Ink’s Drips & Dribbles and Stampin’ Up’s Gorgeous Grunge. I love the look of splotches and ink blots on a card, but unfortunately I haven’t perfected a way to artfully splatter ink onto my card surface in the exact place I want, so I rely on stamps to do the trick. I envy card makers who can splatter so effortless and artistically onto their cards.

The blotches, splatters, or whatever you like to call them were stamped in Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries. But the card front didn’t look finished, so I add some gold hearts from Studio Calico around the sentiment for emphasis and then added tiny gold splotches using Delicata Golden Glitz ink for good measure and to carry on a bit of the gold color theme

Because of the warping of the card front, I had to cut it down a bit and adhere it to a PTI Raspberry Fizz A2 (4.25”x 5.5”) mat using Scor-tape so that it would lie flat. This was then adhered to an A2 top-folding,  portrait-oriented card base.

The card is light, bright and fun like my son and his girlfriend. I hope you like it.

Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Paper Hug for the sentiment, Papertrey Ink: Drips & Dribbles, Stampin’ Up Gorgeous Grunge; Cardstock: Watercolor paper for card front, PTI: Raspberry Fizz (as a mat for the watercolor paper card front), Neenah Solar 110lb for card base; Inks: Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick, and Festive Berries; Tsukineko: Versamark Ink and Delicata Golden Glitz; Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins (6mm and 4mm), Studio Multi-Matte Medium (to glue down the sequins), Studio Calico: gold chipboard hearts.


You Make Me Smile


This is the card that I made to give to my two daughters for Valentine’s Day. They are both real sweethearts– funny, creative and intelligent if I do say so myself. I chose the sentiment because they would both cringe if I got too mushy and it expresses exactly how I feel when I think of them.

Details on how I made this card:

The same background stamp from Hero Arts was used to make the embossed heart and the background for the front of the card. To create the card front, I stamped the background stamp on Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz cardstock, using PTI’s ink in the same color for a tone on tone look. The heart was created by stamping a piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossing the piece with white embossing powder.  I then used a heart die to cut a heart shape from the heat-embossed pieced. The heart was mounted against the background with foam tape to add dimension to the card front and make the heart stand out as the focal point.

The sentiment was created using 2 sentiments from Avery Elle’s  Simply Said: You stamp set. The sentiment was assembled and inked onto a die-cut banner using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Ranger embossing powder in Liquid Platinum. The banner was also mounted on the card using foam tape.

The card front was mounted on a top-folding, portrait-orientated card base from Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock. Clear-colored sequins from Pink Posh were added on the heart for a bit of bling.

Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Hero Arts: Everything Flowers (CG513) for the heart and the background for the card front, Avery Elle: Simply Said: You stamp set; Dies: Spellbinder Classic Hearts die set (third largest heart), PTI: Double-Ended Banner Die; Cardstock: Neenah Solar 110lb,  Papertrey Ink cardstock in Raspberry Fizz; Inks: PTI dye ink in Raspberry Fizz, Tsukineko: Versamark Ink; Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins (6mm and 4mm); Ranger embossing powder in Liquid Platinum.


Big Hugs 


I mass produced this card for Aunts, Grandmothers, and close friends (10 cards in total). It was fairly straight forward to make but my Vagabond machine got a workout with all the embossing and die-cutting.

I used an embossing folder from Sizzix Textured Impressions to create the dry embossed hearts background on Neenah Solar White 80lb and cut down to 4”x5.25”. The “hugs” sentiment was created from Simon Says Stamp’s Big Hugs die using Stampin’ Up cardstock in Real Red. I die-cut the sentiment 3 times for each card and glued them together so the “Hugs” had the thickness of a chipboard piece. I glued the sentiment onto the embossed background with Tombow Mono Multi glue and added sequin hearts from Pretty Pink Posh using the same glue. I used an A2-sized piece of Real Red cardstock as a mat for the embossed background piece and the glued the entire front to an A2 top-folding , landscape-oriented card base of 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Though the card was simple, I liked the effect of dimension that the embossing folder, sequins and die-cut sentiment gave to the card design.

Supplies used in making this card: Dies: Simon Says Stamp Big Hugs die; Embossing Folder: Sizzix Textured Impression embossing folder: Valentine Set #3; Cardstock: Stampin’ Up Real Red (for die-cut hugs sentiment and mat underneath the dry embossed hearts background, Neenah Solar White 80lb for the embossed background, Neenah Solar White 110lb for the card base; Other: Pretty Pink Posh Red Heart sequins, Tombow Mono Multi glue.


Love Vintage Typewriter


I struggle to make Valentine’s Day cards for men. It seems that V-day is all about giving the female of the species cards and gifts that express love and admiration for them. Men deserve the same expressions of our love. But personally, the men in my life (primarily my husband and our son) don’t care about the frills and all the abundant shades of pink and red so prevalent this time of year. However, I do think red is a color for everyone. So I used it in this card and found a less frilly Valentine-themed paper in my stash of patterned paper that I thought would work for a more masculine theme.

The patterned paper is from a small stack from Martha Stewart that I don’t believe is available anymore called “Love Notes”. I chose it because of the red and the graphic, rather than frilly look. I cut down the patterned paper to 4”x5.25” so I could mount it onto an A2 (4.25”x5.5”) Kraft card base that was top-folding and landscape-oriented. The Kraft card base set off the Kraft color in the patterned paper rather well and continued the masculine theme.

I stamped an image of an old typewriter from an old Hero Arts wood-block stamp set I have (HA LP205) onto craft cardstock using Versafine ink in Black Onyx. I love this set and have held onto it because it has 4 retro images, one of which is a typewriter. Unfortunately this set is now discontinued, but the set still comes in handy when I’m looking for a retro look. The typewriter was then fussy cut and mounted onto the card front using foam squares to give the card some dimension.

The sentiment, if you could call it that, came from a heart stamp with quotes from a Mama Elephant stamp set called “Type It”.

I really liked the whole effect of the card and its masculine flavor with a bit of humor in the sentiment. Hope you like this card.