Category Archives: General Cards

Crabby sandcastle card–Jane’s Doodles and SSS Wednesday Challenge

8.2014crabsandcastlecloseI found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!

I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

8.1014crabsandcastlecloserHere is a close up of this cute file.  I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error.  Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.

I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.

I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.

I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily.  I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.

The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s.  I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.



QUICK TIP:  I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!”  I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!

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Nautical card–Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

8.2014nautigalSince it is summer and I am not even remotely ready for fall yet, I wanted to use some nautical colors, stamps, and my favorite stamp set, Paper Smooches –Chit Chat. I am entering this card in their current Sparks Challenge.

I can’t afford to buy new products with every release, so I am always looking for stamp sets that I can use in MANY different ways. The Paper Smooches–Chit Chat set is one of those. I love the variety of sentiments, fonts, sizes, and styles in this one set.  I am so happy I spent my money on it.


So, for this card, I used a pre made notecard that I had from Michael’s, as the base. I cut up some white cardstock, and stamped anchors across it with a variety of Hero Arts inks. I first lightly drew some diagonal lines with a pencil on the cardstock so I could line up the anchors relatively straight.

20140804_163043After I had the anchors completed I inked up some white cardstock with my Navy blue hero arts ink to match the ink on the anchors. the anchors came from a little set from Prima at Hobby Lobby.  I then used some twine I found in the garden section at Wal-mart to make some circles that I adhered with glue dots.  The garden twine at Wal-Mart comes in a big roll and you can separate it into three sections so you can use thinner or thicker pieces depending on what you want for your project.  I think making a cute nautical knot would have been a cute option too.

20140804_162808Before I adhered the twine to the sentiment flag, I created the sentiment flag using words from the Paper Smooches–Chit Chat Set. I used Limeade Recollections Detail Embossing powder from Michael’s and the Butter Bar Hero Arts Shadow Ink. I found these cute little dot sponge applicators at Wal-mart and used them to sponge on the color. They make a circle  with a bit of splatter around it. I loved the effect and the sponge applicator were only a couple of dollars at most.

20140804_16295420140804_163010I then cut out the flag shape at one end of the sentiment and cut out a little heart with an old heart punch. I made flags from my We R Memory Keepers Washi tape and glued those behind the sentiment.

For the finishing touch, I sponged dots onto a white piece of cardstock with Orange Soda Hero Arts Ink, and  I cut out three hearts from my Sizzix Framelits dies. I added glossy accents for some shine and dimension and used foam dots to adhere them to the notecard. I used foam adhesive to keep the anchor/sentiment embellishment popped up off the card.

Check out the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge here! I really love their cute little critters sets too!


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Watercolor Hello Card

8.2014flowerhelloIt is nice to have some general cards on hand that could be used for birthdays, thank yous, or just  thinking of you cards. I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challlenge—Anything Goes!

I started with the idea of wanting a soft watercolor flower look. I used my Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to color in the flower image (from Doodlebug). I then stamped the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper and it left a soft imprint with some blank spaces. I then took my paint brush and added some water and scribbled a bit of each color on my craft sheet to lightly fill in some of the image, but being careful to leave some white space. I think that is the biggest challenge for me when it comes to watercolor is embracing the white space!  I think it is the leftover childhood refrain of color everything in that still rings in my head.  With watercolors, though the white space it what makes the creation.


I added some white dots (ala Nichol Magouirk) on the leaves for some interest. I glued a purple sequin into the center of each flower since this stamp and die cut it leaves that area perfectly blank.

I dry embossed the image on some tan cardstock with the Cricut Cuttlebug Birds and swirls embossing folder.  Opps!  I forgot to include it in my supply shot!

I added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamp set with the banner die from the same Doodlebug set. I used vellum for the sentiment. The vellum added some more softness that went well with the softness of the watercolor. I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Copper Embossing Powder. I just bought this and I LOVE it. The copper color is really great.  I used foam dots to pop the flowers  up off the card a bit and glued the sentiment down carefully by adding some Ranger Multi Medium Matte so it would not show.


I tied some purple bakers twine from Paper Studio around the tan embossed piece and adhered it to my notecard. Before I attached the notecard, however, I added little white dots with my Gelly Roll white marker to break up all that tan and tie back into the dots on the flowers. I used some Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink to make an outline on my notecard to break up the more  neutral palette of this card.  Finally,  I added some white lines around the lime green edge of the notecard.


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One layer card

7.2014heroartsonelayerblogI think one layer cards are challenging.  It is really hard to build interest without a variety of things added to the card. I wanted to make a true one layer card with nor further embellishments, except embossing.

The Hero Arts blog has a One Layer Challenge  this week, so I got out my super cute Everyday Messages Hero Arts Stamp Set for the sentiments.  I combined a few of the sentiments from the set on my acrylic block to fit into the space I had left for the sentiment.  This is a much-used set of mine. I love the variety of the sayings, the different font styles and it is easy to put a bunch of them together. The size is perfect for card making.  I love Hero Arts and am so grateful that they are one of the few brands that my local craft store (Michael’s) carries. I finally bought some of their shadow inks and I ADORE them!


I used Distress Inks (Picked Preserves, Spun Sugar, and Broken China) to create the watercolor background on just a plain Michael’s notecard. I let it dry and then flicked some more color onto the note card with my paintbrush. I used a more concentrated color on the color splotches so they would show up better. I swiped more ink and used less water and swirled it around with my paintbrush. I tapped the brush onto my  hand to get the ink to splatter onto the card.


I used the Sweet Roses set from My Favorite Things for the Roses. I also used Recollections tinsel embossing powder in complimenting colors.


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Check out the Hero Arts One Layer Challenge and see where your creativity can go!



4th of July Tri fold card –Cardmaker Magazine Facebook Challenge

7.20144thofjulytrifold 7.20144tofjulytrifold2This card was inspired by a challenge on the Cardmaker magazine Facebook page to create a tri fold card. I have never made one of those before so I Googled it and found directions easily.

I used red card stock that was clearanced out at Target and an old paper pad from Provo Craft. You could easily substitute any paper pad, embellishments you have on hand.


I also used the Inkadinkadoo vintage expressions stamp set for the “party” sentiment and stamped it in Versafine black onyx ink. I cut out the bird and uncle Sam and used foam dots to have those elements stand out a bit.

I used this stamp set for the other sentiment but cannot remember which set it is!


QUICK TIP:  I originally had the sentiments stamped directly onto the cardstock, but I accidentally smudged the brackets and I really didn’t want to start over, so instead I found some coordinating paper from the same paper pad and re stamped the sentiments onto the cardstock and glued those onto the card. I find I like that even better!  Never give up when an accident happens. There is usually a way to save your project!

I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to make a tri fold card.  I kept this card relatively simple because I wanted to test out the technique first. It is really fun and the card has tons of little spaces to embellish. I will definitely try this again.




Sand Dollar Card–SSS White Wednesday Challenge

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I was intrigued by this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I really enjoyed this challenge. Using ALL white was definitely a challenge. I am a fan of color, so trying to come up with something that was more monochromatic but still made a statement got my crafty wheels turning.

I originally was going to do all die cut flourishes, but didn’t like the look of it, so I dug in my Quickutz stash (LOVE that my Big Shot machine cuts out my Quickutz dies by the way!) and found this cute sand dollar.  You could add some shading if you wanted to, but I wanted as white as possible for this card. I die cut a  bunch and used my Xyron Mini X,  and Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere them to a basic Michael’s notecard. Before I adhered them, I embossed them with Recollections White Tinsel embossing powder. It gives a great sparkle but ends up clear. I spaced the sand dollars around the notecard until I found a configuration I liked. I had some hanging off the card, so I just trimmed them with my trusty Xacto blade when the glue was dry. I couldn’t resist adding some bling with clear diamond-like embellishments (also from Michael’s).


I used the Avery Elle Cake and Candles Stamp Set for my sentiment, but you could easily make this any kind of sentiment. I stamped with Versamark on some vellum and embossed with Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder. I used my powder bag on the vellum before I embossed so that no embossing powder stuck.


You can see how sparkly these cute little sand dollars are in the light. The embossing powder gives it a great sandy texture as well.


I love thinking outside my creative box. I never would have thought to use all white.  I think I might try some more monochromatic schemes in the future.



S’more Card–Lawn Fawn Stamps

6.2014smorefathersdayblogI don’t think I have ever been so excited to get a stamp set than I was to get this ADORABLE Lawn Fawn Love You S’more Stamp set and die cuts. It is way too cute.  I was inspired by the watercolor backgrounds I had seen from,,  and the Lawn Fawn Blog. So, I created a kind of northern lights background and tried out my new stamps and dies. LOVE THEM! I used some Hero Arts White embossing powder to make  the stars stand out.

I realized two things while making this card:  1.  I need to perfect my die cutting ability with small dies. Using Washi tape has helped, but getting them centered just right will take some practice. 2. I need better markers. I used my kids markers and I was not happy with the result. I need to sit down and just keep coloring these. I have great watercolor pencils that I think will give a better effect, since I do not have any Copics at the moment. I am having a hard time pulling the trigger on that expense, even though Simon Says Stamp is having a 20% off sale right now on Copics.  That is SO hard to resist.

I can see myself using this set tons!  This card I made for my hubby for Father’s Day, but this set is SO versatile.




Love u! SSS Monday Challenge

6.2014SSS Monday love uI was excited by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week because I love the idea of making use of all the great stash I have but haven’t used in a while. My product “I ought to use more of” is EYELETS.  Actually if I am being honest, patterned paper is another product I ought to use more of as well. I am a patterned paper hoarder and I just hate to use it up. I just love to look through my patterned paper because it is so pretty!

I created a simple card with some yummy soft muted colors. It reminded me of sherbet. Who doesn’t love that?  In my last post I used a  strawberry lemonade color scheme. The summer color palette is really  speaking to me lately. It is making me hungry!


I used a fun paper pad from Michael’s, my Making Memories eyelets, Ranger Glossy Accents, and the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die Set. I used a premade kraft note card. I cut out three of the smaller banner shapes and the heart die with the Stitched Party Banners set.I love this set. It is so versatile and the stitching adds just another textural element that adds interest to the card. I love the look of stitching on cards but hate to drag out my sewing machine, so I like that I can get that same effect SO easy. I only used half of the third banner and was able to cut out my heart shape with the other half. I  have to be frugal with my beloved patterned paper!

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I used the glossy accents on the heart and “u”. I cut out the “u” with my Cricut (1″ Cricut classic font). I added just a little sparkle with my Wink of Stella Clear Marker under the glossy accents. I love the dimension and shine that they give to this card.

It is a simple card,  but I just love the clean lines, and I enjoyed revisiting my eyelet stash. Don’t forget those oldies but goodies you have stashed. What’s old can be new again!






Sizzix framelits Rainbow heart card



This card is perfect for the cloudy day outside today.  This one is pretty versatile since you could use it for a birthday card, thank you card, or even just a thinking of you card.20140323_164052

I used the Sizzix heart dies to create my rainbow hearts along the edge. I used the smallest size and as you probably can tell I used some washi tape to adhere the heart die to the cardstock so it wouldn’t move as I put it through my die cut machine. I have a BigKick (Big shot) machine that I bought with a 40% off coupon before Christmas at Michael’s.


I used cardstock from Michael’s.  Their store brand Recollections paper packs go on sale for around $3 pretty often, and I like to pick up a variety of colors to choose from.  It is 80lb cardstock so while I don’t think I would use it for card bases, it does work out well for diecutting images to place on cards.

I embossed my standard size notecard (any notecard will do) with the small dots from the Lifestyle Crafts embossing folders.  After I die cut the hearts, I stamped the sentiment on some leftover black cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.  I used foam dots to give the hearts some 3-dimensional interest and added some Wink of Stella clear glitter (forgot to add it to my materials picture) to them for shine and sparkle.


I ended up giving this card to my husband for Valentine’s Day but it is a super versatile card and could be used for many different applications.

Happy Crafting!  Hope this card bring a little color into your day.