card making :: ready for christmas

I’m sure that there must be a gazillion Christmas themed stamp sets, so how do you choose one?  One aspect that I look for when it comes to buying new products is versatility.  Can I use it in more than one way?  How can I get the most use out of it?  And when it…

card making :: home life

Doesn’t it look like I stamped half a million flowers and leaves on this card design? If you’re a crafty stamper too, you may have picked up on this trend of “layered stamping” because I feel like it’s everywhere. When I first began using stamp sets that came in multiple pieces (the layers), I’ll admit…

card making :: skeleton halloween card

We’ve become one of those households that loves celebrating Halloween.  It has also become a good reason for me to whip out some of my old stamps and embellishments, and I love that our 5-year-old enjoys crafting as much as I do! There is a great Halloween Stampin’ Up! stamp set that she loves to…

card making :: popping in by waffle flower

It seems to be that time of the year again where more than a handful of friends (including one of our daughter’s teachers) are expecting babies to arrive anytime soon.  I played around with the “Popping In” stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Stamps to create a couple of super cute cards, and our…

card making :: live, love, grow with succulents

As much as I adore terrariums and succulents, I have never actually made or put one together.  Unless you count making one on paper (at least I know that kind won’t die on me and my not-so-green thumb)! I’m still quite attached to the technique of watercolor painting stamped images on a card design and…

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…

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’…

card making :: die cut + watercolored butterflies

Pair a beautiful die with some watercolor paint to create a unique card each time.  One thing I love about creating with watercolor paint is how it’s nearly impossible to remake the same exact image or effect.  The shade of a color on one card might vary slightly on another because there was more water…

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,…

card making: halloween is coming!

It’s obvious when you walk into any grocery store these days: Halloween is coming!  If you’re the type of friend who likes to send spooky greetings on this holiday, check out these three card designs for inspiration.  I will show you how to use alphabet letter stickers as an alternative to investing in a stamp…

step away from the stamps … slowly, slowly …

In an effort to try to be less “stamp heavy” with card designs, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to use other materials that may be more commonly found around the house or office.  I realize that not everyone owns stamps and that shouldn’t discourage people from wanting to be crafty: there are…

card making: glittery dahlia hello card

I recently discovered Wink of Stella glitter brush markers and whoa!  It’s a pretty cool tool!  It’s a great way to add a shimmery effect to a project with glitter that won’t go flying all over the place (or stick to your face in my case!) because it’s controlled and applied with a nylon brush…