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…

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.

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 :: 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…

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’…

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…

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 :: waterbrush + ink pads

Watercolor painting can be applied to card making projects in a bunch of different ways.  To make a beautiful card like this, I’m going to tell you how to use an ink pad and my new favorite tool – the waterbrush – to achieve stunning cards in a small amount of time.  Not only do…

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

I 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…

product review: paper pumpkin project kit (nov 2014)

Many companies offer monthly kit programs to make crafting accessible, simple, and fun.  This particular product review is about the Stampin’ Up! monthly project kit line called Paper Pumpkin, and will discuss the contents of the “Simply Snowflake” kit.  I decided to do different things with some of the components included in the kit so let’s walk…

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…

product review: envelope punch board tool

What is an envelope punch board?  Find out how to use one, my thoughts on this product, and see examples of how to create your own (unique!) envelopes from everyday items such as magazine pages, catalogs, and wrapping paper.  After reading this article you just may never look at a magazine or catalog the same…