card making :: berry burst

With Valentine’s day around the corner, I’ve been pulling out all of our love and heart themed stamps and ink pads to create cards.  Here are a couple of examples of designs that were created using a particular Stampin’ Up! ink pad color: berry burst.

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card making :: stampin’ blends

A while ago, Stampin’ Up! came out with alcohol-based markers to use along with their stamp sets. Unfortunately they were only on the market for a short time as they discovered an issue with the manufacturer.  Alas, they’ve come up with a new line of them and I had the opportunity to try some of them out.  These dual-tip markers are being offered in 12 different colors and 2 shades (a light and a dark) within each color, plus a color lifter marker.  They’re a great way to color in stamped images where you want to see some use of shading.  I’ve paired them up with the “Floral Statements” stamp set to try them out.

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card making :: climbing orchid

I think I owe my fondness of orchids to our mother: she has this incredible knack of being able to keep them alive in her house, and they continue to bloom year after year.  She must have at least a dozen at a time, and each time I see an orchid flower or plant I think of her.  Stampin’ Up! has this stamp set called “Climbing Orchid” and it has matching dies so that you can cut out the stamped images too. We had a couple of yucky rainy days recently so it was perfect for staying in to craft.  Here are a few card designs to illustrate ways you can use the stamps.

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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.

Happy crafting!

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.  It’s easy to incorporate part of the patterned paper background into an embellishment that ties the whole design together quite nicely.

Happy crafting!

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.  With the use of a VersaMarker pen you can selectively apply heat embossing in specific (and small) areas on card designs. Here are three examples of card designs that utilize this useful technique.


For this design, I used the VersaMarker pen and wrote “Nana”, then heat embossed it with glittery black powder.


For both of these designs, I colored in some of the slants with the VersaMarker pen and then used a metallic gold powder to emboss.


What are some ways you can think of to use this marker? Happy crafting!

card making: sewing fabric on paper


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; or 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.

Happy crafting!