card making :: oh so succulent

There’s a great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called “oh so succulent” that comes with a matching die set.  The stamp set follows the new trend of two-step stamping where the outline and the filled in part are two different stamps.  I played around with different ink and paper colors, and mostly just used the stamps by themselves (they are not the easiest to line up correctly because of all the different points on a succulent plant, plus I’m just not that great at it!).  It became quite meditative to stamp and cut them out without actually thinking about what to do with them later.  But I knew eventually they would come together to make some sort of card.

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card making :: bloomin’ love


I have to admit that sometimes I don’t like all of the stamps that are included in a stamp set. If I’m lucky there’ll be a couple of components that stand out to me enough to make it worth buying the entire set, and in this case it was the little flowers and banner that caught my eye. I used the flowers to do another one of my favorite techniques: creating a stamped background image on a card.

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card making :: different perspectives


I have a shadow.  Right now, it’s 4-years-old and it likes to copy almost everything I do.  This shadow currently loves to stamp just like me.  And it likes to work right next to me at the table.

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card making: state die cuts


If you’ve ever considered buying a die cut machine, this just may be the reason: state dies to represent! It doesn’t get that much closer to home than this, and it makes a great card for that anyone in your life.  In this article I also explain how you can create a state die cut even if you don’t own a die cutting machine and show examples of sentiments to use on the card.

For step-by-step instructions and a list of all supplies used, click here.

card making: for a sweet friend


Gold is quite the trend these days so why not join the bandwagon and try your hand at this fun and quick card using a metallic gold marker.  The word “sweet” is hand-written with a chisel tip marker so you can easily create this by using other markers in any color.  I’ll also show you how to incorporate part of the patterned paper background into an embellishment that ties the whole design together quite nicely.

For step-by-step instructions and a complete list of supplies used, click here.

card making: selective embossing

When it comes to applying the technique of heat embossing to a paper project most people naturally assume that you must use a special watermark ink pad (generally a Versamark pad) and a stamp.  In this article I will highlight three card designs that demonstrate the use of a VersaMarker pen and explain how to selectively apply heat embossing in specific (and small) areas on card designs.

Here are three examples of card designs that utilize this useful technique.  Click on any of the photos below for the step-by-step tutorials complete with photos and detailed instructions.




card making: sewing fabric on paper


In this step-by-step tutorial learn how to take scrap pieces of fabric, add some ribbon, and a button embellishment to create a simple yet unique card.  It’s a great way to utilize scraps and de-stash your fabric bin at the same time.

This card is also my introduction to a word I think I made up: intercrafting.  (I can’t find it on Wikipedia or Google searches so that’s why I think I made it up.)  Intercrafting is my way of defining the concept of combining two (or more) crafts to create a project.  In terms of card making this can be demonstrated by sewing fabric onto paper, by incorporating a knitted element, by beading an embellishment to add to a card, and by hand embroidering on paper.  It’s a way to combine different hobbies and to broaden the possibilities of card making with other crafts that I am passionate about.  I can’t wait to share some of the ideas brewing in my head with all of you.


a week of new designs – day 1

Exactly one week from today I’ll be standing at a table while greeting passersby at the Arlington Open Studios event.  That means it’s down to the wire this week for me to create new card designs.  This week’s posts will be a different design featured each day to give you a sneak peek at what I’ll have available at AOS next weekend – hope to see you there!


This one is a super simple and clean design with a straight forward message: wishing you a very happy birthday.  I love the pop of color from the mixed patterned paper and have really been digging the white-on-white look.

[The stamped sentiment and die-cut birthday word are by Papertrey Ink.]

you’re spoketacular!

Oh yes, yes you are! 🙂

New greeting card design available here.

Supplies used:

– cardstock base in “pool” by Paper Source, cut from 8.5″ x 11″ sheet to two 4″ x 5.25″ rectangles, then joined together along the left edge with a staple-less stapler and red embroidery floss
– “smokey shadow” cardstock by Papertrey Ink
– corner rounder tool
– graph paper
– mini silver brads
– red coloring pencil
– “true black” ink pad by Papertrey Ink
– “riding by” acrylic stamps by Market Street Stamps
– teal transparent tapes purchased at Target

nanaimo bars (a recipe)

A friend at work told me about these amazingly delicious bars that originated in British Columbia (her homeland) a little while ago.  You know, it’s generally easy for me to fall into any conversation about food any time of the day.  🙂 

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