I Love Mew

Happy (belated) Mother’s day!  This is the card I made for my mom this year, which features some of her favorite things (cats, roses, and jewelry) and one of my favorite techniques — ink blending! Continue reading



We’ve had a flurry of new babies among my female coworkers within the last year, but recently one of my male coworkers welcomed his first son into his family! Here is the card I made for the baby shower thrown in his honor at work:

I colored the images with COPIC markers (individual colors are listed below) then cut them out with their coordinating dies. I die cut the stitched film strip from white cardstock then blended on Mama Elephant pigment inks in Fresh Mint and Rainwater. I also stamped the sentiment in the the same two pigment ink colors using my MISTI to try to achieve a gradient look.

I am submitting this card to the current SSS Flickr Challenge (Something New = new baby).

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Other supplies: COPIC Sketch Markers (Cat: E04, E15, E31, E33, E37, R20; Bunny: N0, N2, R20; Monkey: E25, E29, E31, E33)

Have a Sweet Birthday

I stamped, colored, and die cut a bunch of images from Lawn Fawn’s Baked With Love during the most recent 30 day Coloring Challenge, but never got around to completing the card design in my head until now.  March was a busy birthday month for my family, and I now only have a few birthday cards left in my stash…Sounds like a good excuse to get crafty!! Continue reading

Welcome Jaxsten

Happy New Year!  New year, lots of new babies on the way for my friends and family!!  One of my coworkers will return shortly from her maternity leave…She actually began her leave earlier than expected so we weren’t able to throw her a baby shower before her new son was born.  We will instead welcome her back to work with a party and shower her with gifts then.  Here is the card I made on behalf of our workplace:


I created the focal panel from Canson Watercolor paper using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles die.  I blended Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks onto the panel then added water droplets and picked them up with a paper towel.

While I let the panel air dry, I stamped the images from WPlus9’s Party Animal onto Strathmore Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored them with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the colored images. (I’ve actually had this stamp set for a while, but this is the first time I’ve inked it up!  I thought the giraffe was perfect for a baby boy card!)

I used my MISTI to help me double stamp the “welcome” sentiment from Hero Arts’ Little One in Versamark ink.  I also stamped out my coworker’s son’s name onto more Canson Watercolor paper using Simon Says Stamp’s Game Tile Letters.  I heat embossed the sentiments using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, then fussy cut the game tile letters leaving a small border.

I used the cloud border die from Mama Elephant’s Landscape Trio to cut out a vellum cloud base to ground the giraffe and one of the birds.  I adhered all of the images to the panel using a combination of Tombow Mono Multi Glue and homemade glue dots.  Finally, I attached the focal panel to a cream cardstock mat and a teal tri-fold cardstock base.

I am also submitting this card to the current SSS Monday Challenge (Start Afresh), SSS Wednesday Challenge (New Something), and SSS Flickr Challenge #62 (What’s New).

Thanks for stopping by!!

Other supplies: Sierra Pacific Crafts cream cardstock, Sierra Pacific Crafts teal cardstock, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers (Birds: 036, 021; Giraffe: 050, 062, 066, 071)

2016 Holiday Card Series #5: Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas everyone!!  While I didn’t meet the goals I had set for myself for my 2016 Holiday Card Series, I did learn that I need to start working on my holiday cards earlier next year…


I used the stitched rectangle die from WPlus9’s Gift Card Layers die set to cut out a focal panel from Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I blended on Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot Distress Inks to create a night sky, then added flecks of white paint from my cheapie Crayola Watercolor set.  I think I flicked my brush with a little too much enthusiasm because I ended up dropping the brush onto the panel THREE TIMES!!  I tried to blot out those blobs with a dry paper towel immediately, but ultimately decided that I would need to cut the panel down to “save” it.  I let the panel air dry then used the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Oval die to cut out the most usable part of the panel.

I stamped the images from Paper Smooches’ A Blessed Christmas onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored the images with COPIC markers (individual colors used are listed below), then cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I die cut the Paper Smooches Cityscape die from
black cardstock, then used the SSS Stitched Oval die to add a curved stitched line to the bottom of the die cut.  I adhered the Cityscape die cut to the ink blended oval, then stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

I used the WPlus9 stitched rectangle die to cut out 3 panels from grey kraft cardstock, then cut out the centers of each panel with the SSS Stitched Oval die.  I stacked the 3 frames and glued them together using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.  I adhered the stacked frames to a top-fold A2 card base made from white cardstock, then I laid the ink blended oval in the center.  Finally, I attached the angel to the card front using a combination of Tombow MMG and homemade glue dots.

Here is the accompanying tag made using Paper Smooches’ Gift Tags 2 dies:


I am submitting this card to the current SSS Flickr Challenge (Anything Goes) and SSS Work It Wednesday November 2016.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Other supplies: Recollections 65 lb Grey Kraft cardstock, COPIC Sketch Markers (Angel: 0, B00, BV00, BV02, E000, E02, Y13, Y15; Dove: 0, G07, G09, W1)