card making :: one stamp set, different color palettes


Layer stamping with clear stamps is a great way to try out a variety of color palettes. Here are six examples using an array of Stampin’ Up! ink pads to produce different effects.  The stamp set used throughout this tutorial is the “Beautiful Day” set from Altenew, but the techniques can be used with any layering stamp set. This is also a great way to make use of those ink pads that may have accumulated in your crafting stash!

This was also my last article written as a contributor to the Card Making section of the DIY website.  It’s been a fun adventure but I’m looking forward to having more time to spend with my family, and focusing on other projects I’ve been wanting to complete during the past year.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorials provided over the past couple of years and will refer to the articles if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration or direction.  Be crafty!  🙂


card making :: be inspired to doodle


A dear friend gave me this book,  “Draw 500 Fabulous Flowers”, for Christmas and it is a great source for inspiration if you want to try your hand at doodling floral images and need a little bit of guidance.  There are no words in the book, simply images of hundreds of possibilities for you to follow.  At first it may seem daunting flipping through the works of Lisa Congdon’s illustrations, but once you rest your eyes on a particular flower and dissect the pieces that make up each little petal or leaf it’s not that bad.  It’s a great way to practice the art of doodling while also incorporating the watercolor technique.

Happy crafting!

card making :: kid friendly love robots


Here is a way to create quirky love themed cards featuring the “Favorite Human” clear stamp set by Technique Tuesday but you can substitute it with any of your favorite stamp sets. This is also a great way to let little hands help make fun cards for Valentine’s day (or everyday) as you can stamp the image and let them color in the images.

card making :: yeti shaker card


With the cold weather upon us up here in the east coast I thought I’d give a nod to winter and share this yeti shaker card design.  This adorable yeti is a part of a Hero Arts stamp set that comes with a die cut, but you can learn how to create this shaker card by simply stamping.  With some pretty glitter and foam mounting adhesive, it’s easy to create window cards like this for any occasion.

card making :: it’s time to celebrate with cake stamp set


Happy New Year, readers! I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog but the end of 2015 was a busy one for this mama.  Let’s start off 2016 with a birthday card idea because well, there will always be birthdays.  🙂  This features a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up! that includes all of the sentiments and the confetti image used to create this colorful background.

This method of using one smaller element within a stamp set can be utilized for all sorts of occasions, not just birthdays.  Simply change the colors of ink pads used (think pastels for baby cards, autumnal tones for more masculine cards, etc.) and use any large sentiment in place of the birthday greeting.

Happy crafting!

product review :: holiday tag project kit


I recently had a little crafting get together at our house with a couple of friends and brought out this holiday tag project kit by Stampin’ Up!  The kit comes with all of the embellishments, coordinating papers, and full step-by-step instructions on how to assemble 30 fun and festive tags.  We divided the tags among the four of us and so each person could make seven tags to take home.  And what’s great is that you don’t have to use them just as tags if you don’t want to: adhere them to card bases or tie them to treat bags instead.  The project kits a great way to get people together and make something.

Happy crafting!

card making :: creating opaque white surfaces


Have you ever tried Liquid Applique?  I use it to create an opaque result when coloring in a stamped image.  Check out what happens when you apply heat to it:


Pretty neat, huh?!  It works great on cloud-like images too.

Happy crafting!

product review :: souffle pens


Sakura’s line of Souffle pens are a unique product that can create 3D lines on dark paper and surfaces.  I found this set of 10 pens at a local craft store and decided to try it out.  When you first draw or write with it, the ink comes out clear and takes time to change color as it dries.  The ink leaves a raised line that you can feel and the colors are very vibrant.  They also work on surfaces such as plastic, coated paper, acetate, and vellum.  They’re great for coloring in small stamped images and work great on black cardstock.

Happy crafting!

collaborative effort :: reindeer holiday cards


Here’s a simple card to make for the upcoming holiday season that little humans can also help decorate.  It’s just one of the ways to dress up this adorable reindeer stamp.


You can use just about any stamp (and patterned paper as a background for a card base) for any occasion with this idea.

Happy crafting!

card making :: pocket cards


I discovered a product line called Studio 112 while shopping at my local JoAnn Fabric and Craft store the other day.  They make all sorts of embellishments and card making components for $1, which is great for crafting on a budget.  Things are packed in multiples so you get more than one for your dollar, such as these cute favor bags which came as a pack a three.  I turned them into three pocket cards to hold a gift card by simply layering some of the components and using a piece of double sided tape to secure the gift card onto a paper tag that can be pulled out of the pocket.


Happy crafting!