Mar 29, 2022

Happy Birthday With Things I Don't Do


A fun birthday card inspired by a card Yana Smakula made. It contains things I usually don't do:

1. Color images (I pretty much gave that up a couple of years ago.)

2. Use cool colors. Give me red, pink, yellow, etc. and I am so much happier.

3. Put a sentiment on the bottom directly on the paper. I'm liking this more and more and will do it again. 

4. Using a balloon design. I love balloons but they don't like me. Many a piece of cardstock died in my battle with balloons. 

Little images from Lawn Fawn. Sentiment from My Favorite Things. 


Mar 27, 2022

Organic Fruits


I think my favorite product from 2021 is Organic Fruits by Simon Says Stamp (no longer available!!). I have the die, stencil, and stamp, and use them frequently. This time I only used the stamp and die and colored by applying ink pads directly to cardstock and then stamping and die cutting. Fun.  I colored the card base the same way, be sure to leave some white. As much as I love color, too much can strangle a design. 

And since I had the set out, I decided to make a card using the pear design. This one also uses some patterned paper by Honey Bee stamps. Sentiment and heart from The Stamp Market.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Enjoyed making these cards. Hope you are well!

Mar 7, 2022

Inspired by Marimekko

 You remember Marimekko? It was ALL THE RAGE in the 60s and 60s. I'm on the Ellen Hutson blog talking about Marimekko-inspired cards. I hope you check it out. 

Here's a snippet of one of the cards featured. 


Mar 4, 2022

Ellen Hutson Spring Release

 I'm back with a couple of cards, and some links to share. Everything is available at Ellen Hutson. I don't do affiliate linking myself, but I try and support fellow crafters by using their links. All of these products were designed by Julie Ebersole, so I invite you to consider using her affiliate links. And, wow, her blog post today is packed with inspiration. 

Abstract Flower

Using just one stamp from the new Abstract Nature set, I created my own version of an abstract flower. I purposely did not line it up or even use the MISTI (what??). I wanted the wonky uneven look that I got. I lined up some post it tape to make space for a "stem" and inked the opening. 

Xanax Card

Crafting has been a great way to cope with the sadness and fury of the past few weeks. This particular card says it all! The Casual Taglines set has this great Xanax sentiment. It. Just. Works. Paired it with the fun new Classic Block Numbers & Symbols and the little bottles from Bear Ware Dress Up 1

As I said before, I hope to be blogging more regularly. I have a few things I'm itching to share! 


Mar 3, 2022

Ellen Hutson Spring Release Cards!

Well, lucky me, I am guest designing for Ellen Hutson for their spring release -- all available Friday, March 4th. 

A "Groovy" Card

Uses the Casual Greetings stamp and a sentiment from Casual Taglines. Love the psychedelic look from the 60s! 

A 6th Birthday Bear

Uses the older Bear Wear Grand Tour with a Hot Foil Stamp version of Casual Greetings and the new Classic Block Numbers & Symbols. 

Still The One

Our 32nd anniversary is coming up next week and I had fun putting this together with the previously released Class Block Alphabet paired with the new Numbers & Symbols.

More tomorrow! Thanks for dropping by. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Personally, doing great. Like all decent people, though, I am heartbroken by the scenes from Ukraine.