Saturday, April 21, 2018


Welcome to the April Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month we're doing a sketch challenge. I love making cards from sketches and this sketch is amazingly easy and amazingly versatile! Here's the sketch:
The best thing about this sketch is the straightforward elements - you can add anything and even move the shape (heart in this instance), make it into a square or circle, or make the three rectangles shorter/longer. You could use any matching papers and stamp set with this sketch.

I chose two different sets - "Magical Day" and "Apron of Love". I will be sad to see Magical Day retire from the Spring Catalog on May 31 (order now before it's gone forever), but the Apron of Love stamp set and framelits are staying and will be available to purchase until at least June 1 of 2019.

I used the "Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (for both cards) and the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper for the Mermaid card. Cardstock is Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist for the Mermaid, and Berry Burst, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray for the Knight card.

I fussy-cut a star from the printed paper and added to the upper left hand corner (popped) to provide balance and dimension.

I used the "Tutti-frutti" Designer Series Paper and the Apron of Love bundle for this card. I punched a few orange slices out with the 3/4" circle punch and popped them to give the card a little dimension. I used Peek-a-boo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and Whisper White cardstock on the card.

Here's some close-ups:

I hope you enjoyed my cards today. Let's go see what the talented Lori Mueller did with this sketch! Just follow the links below:

 Happy Stamping,

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Welcome to the April Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop! This month Liz created the cutest bird house for us to decorate.

I chose the host set called "Feathery Friends" in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. I love the look of these birds. Remember back in the day when we used to do tole painting? Well, I loved it and these designs remind me of tole painting.

Here's a side view (above) and a front view (below). I used the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to color the birds and flowers  (Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, and Old Olive). I stamped them on Whisper White paper with black Memento Ink and then fussy-cut them out. The clouds are die cut from the Up & Away Thinlits. The House is covered with Pool Party paper. 

 And for kicks, I added a little bird to sit on top of the house. The roof is embossed using the Petal Burst embossing folder.

And here's the surprise - the roof comes off to reveal a place to store some cards:

The card matches the Bird House - it is stamped and colored (and fussy-cut) using the same colors as used on the House. I used the Brick Wall embossing folder. The bird is sitting inside a circle and frame die cut with the Layering Circles Framelits. Here's a close-up:

Here's the complete project again:

I hope you enjoyed my project. Now let's go see what the rest of this fabulous team has for us. Just click on their names below and follow along with our hop.

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team blog hop for March. Spring Fling is our theme this month. Who's ready for Spring? I sure am! We've actually had a very warm winter so far,'s still winter.

I went for "easy" this month. Time is something a lot of us just don't have anymore. This is really an elegant and simple card and gift to make.

I love using the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. I especially love them with intricate flower stamps which have been embossed in either Gold or Silver embossing powders. I chose the "You're Inspiring" stamp set to showcase these other new delicate spring flowers.

I used the "Petal Burst" embossing folder, Gold Foil, and the Powder Pink 3/8" Shimmer ribbon to dress up the cards even further and add more sparkle. As I always say, a girl's got to have some sparkle and shine.

I decorated a simple store-bought flower arrangement to give as a gift for the hostess at Easter Dinner this year. It matches the card with the same floral design. Easy-peasy.

Here's the silk floral arrangement - kind of cute on it's own, huh?

 Love the sparkle!

I hope you enjoyed my quick and easy project this month. Please follow the listed links below to see all the other great creations by our Team!  Just click on their names and enjoy!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CREATIVE INKING BLOG HOP - Creating with Color

Welcome to February's Creative Inking Blog Hop. This month's theme is "Creating with Color". I'm featuring the new Stampin' Blends - alcohol markers perfectly matched to the blend with Stampin' Up! papers and accessories. I'm also feature two of the new embossing folders.............

The "Cake Soiree" stamp set and "Sweet Cake" framelits are so detailed and perfect for embossing. I embossed with Silver embossing powder to bring out the details (and it makes coloring the images a lot easier as well). The embossing folder is the new "Simple Stripes" textured embossing folder. 

I used the new embossing folder "Petal Pair" on this card. Love the florals!

The sentiment is from "Better Together" (annual catalog) and a little strip of Berry Burst "Fresh Florals" designer paper adds to the inside of the card.  Here's a close-up of the detail on the cake stamp.

This stamp set is the "Petal Palette" set (stamps and framelits bundle) and is embossed with Copper embossing powder. The sentiment is also backed with Copper Foil. Using the same basic card layout also makes creating easy.

I love working with floral stamps - embossing powders in Silver and Copper really make them stand out and it's easier to color them.

I hope you enjoyed my post. Follow the hop by clicking on "next blog" below to see the what wonderful creation Lori Mueller has for us.  Go to the "prior blog" and see Colleen Vassos' great creations.

Happy stamping,