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 :: popping in by waffle flower

popping in by waffle flower stamps

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 daughter made something to give to her teacher too.

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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!

product review :: stampin’ up! watercolor wishes card kit

IMG_7914I was given the opportunity to try out the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit by Stampin’ Up! which is available in their 2015-2016 catalog.  Before I show you what you can make, would you believe that I made 20 cards in less than an hour?  Yes!  All while our daughter was napping and the only thing I needed that wasn’t included in the box was adhesive.


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collaborative effort :: kid-friendly cardmaking


As a parent of a toddler, I’ve found that it can be difficult to work on a project with my child present in the room without sparking her curiosity.  She’s all about touching and feeling “mama’s toys” as she likes to call my collection of stamps and ink pads, so I like to involve her in small ways that won’t necessarily disrupt a project.

I’ve also made it a point to involve her in what I like to call “collaborative effort” projects or cards that we send to family and friends.  This is a great way to craft together where you (as the parent or teacher) can sort of relax and allow a child some artistic freedom yet still create a structured project in the end.

The easiest way that I’ve found to do this is by stamping an image onto white cardstock and then allowing her to “color” it in with markers, crayons, colored pencils and sometimes her dot paints.  Not only does she feel like she is helping me, she feels important and proud when I show her the end product.


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