• Handmade Cards

    Christmas #1: Hello Bluebird’s Frosty Friends

    It seems everyone is doing some sort of days of Christmas.  I’ve decided to do a 10 Days of Christmas up to Christmas Eve.  I will be out of town a few days and won’t get posts up those days.  Come back often to see all 10 cards or tags!

    First card is made from Hello Bluebird’s Frosty Friends.  I’ve just recently learned about the company Hello Bluebird Stamps and I just love their images!  They are so cute and fun.

    I used Copics and Spectrum Noir markers to color each little friend.  Then I fussy cut them out.  My cutting skills aren’t great currently due to a sore thumb but hopefully getting the Scan N Cut from Santa, fingers crossed!  I used a white gel pen to brighten up some of the white areas and add a few highlights and details.  The sky was also created with Spectrum Noir markers with TB7,6 and 5 and the snowflakes from the set stamped with Hero Arts Unicorn Ink.

    The snow bank was die cut with a Lawn Fawn hillside die out of white glitter cardstock and glued to the blue colored panel.  Then I die cut the entire background from Simon Says Stamp Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die.  Finally I stamped the sentiment from SSS Tiny Christmas set and backed it on a piece of white paper I colored with one of the same red markers I used on the Friends.  It is popped up on foam tape as well as the snowman and present.  The rest are adhered with Gina K Connect Glue.

    I hope you enjoy this card!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Have a wonderful, blessed day!

  • General

    Thanks and Leaves SSS November 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    Like promised, here I am two days in a row.  Yay, I’m getting a good rhythm going.  This post says Part 1 like most of my posts, however, the Part 2 will not be posted until the Spring!  I definitely feel the leaves are also beautiful in the Spring and we should always be grateful.  I’m already thinking of some great things to do with this kit for that season…and I mean those butterflies, come on they scream Spring to me!

    My first card for this set is a gold on kraft.

    This card was really fun to make.  I saw a technique that Dawn from wPlus9 did with snowflakes and embossing powder and loved how it looked.  I decided to try it with the leaves in this set.  I stamped and embossed all the leaves all over my Neenah Desert Storm panel in Gold Glory Embossing powder from SU!  Then I sprinkled the embossing powder all over the panel.  Since it doesn’t have anything to stick to I put the heat gun on the bottom until the loose powder started to melt.  Then I was able to move the heat gun on top to finish embossing them.  Some powder did blow off when I went to the top but I simply added more and started back at the back.

    Here is a close up of the panel.

    Finally I heat embossed the sentiment and two leaves in the same Gold Glory on vellum.  I carefully put Gina K’s Connect Glue on parts of the sentiment and leaves that would not show up on the other side to adhere.

    Again, this next card was fun to make.  I stamped all the different leaves in different Distress Oxide colors: Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber.  Then I sponged the background with the Vintage Photo and Sprayed water on the entire surface.  After just a moment, I dabbed up any water drops still on the paper.  Then I used a gold Sharpie to add dots in the areas that need a little more.

    For the sentiment I embossed it with Gold Glory embossing powder.  I did not want to cover up too much of the background.  Then I added a metal butterfly that came in the set.  The butterflies come in an antique silver color but I needed it to be gold.  So I dropped Gold Mixative Alcohol ink on it and used a dauber with felt to cover the entire butterfly.  After letting it dry it’s a nice looking antique gold.  I could have put more layers of the alcohol ink if I wanted a more solid gold look.

    Finally, I placed the panel on fun foam and glued it to a Orange Peel Card Base.

    For this third card I used another technique I saw with snowflakes.  What can I say, I’m a little behind and still working with leaves.  Nichol Spohr made a couple cards where she layered embossed snowflakes in different embossing powders.  I chose Wow Copper, SU! Gold Glory and SU! Clear detail for my embossing.  First however, I blended Vintage Photo oxide and Walnut Stain oxide on the Neenah Solar White panel to make a panel that was darker on the edges and lighter in the middle.  Remember Distress Oxides ink take longer to dry since they have the pigment ink properties so I had to wait awhile for this to dry in order to do the embossing.

    I embossed the sentiment first in copper and then stamped a few leaves around the edges in copper.  Next was clear and then gold.  Each time I stamped, powdered and heat before doing the next layer.  Most overlapped fine except the gold on top of the clear; the gold wanted to bleed into the clear a little.  Finally I added fun foam to the back and mounted on a white 100 lb. card base.  Then I felt it needed a little more so I used Nuvo copper drops to sprinkle some dots around the leaves.

    I just LOVE the snarky comments in the Tim Holtz snarky sentiment strips included with the kit so I had to make a card with them.  It was a little challenging to figure out how to use them so I decided to make them the main element of the card.

    I made a lovely background with the leaves and distress ink (Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain and Dusty Concord).  Then I sprayed water on it and blotted up the extra to give it a little more interest.  The sentiments were stuck to coordinating cardstock strips and glued to the card.  Finally I added it to a Tangerine Tango card base and put some gold sequins around the background.

    You have to choose your recipients carefully with these sentiments, lol!

    Well, I think I feel more ready for Thanksgiving now with these wonderful cards to give to family!

    I hope everyone has a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Kits

    Sketched Flowers SSS October 2018 Card Kit Part 2

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  I’m not ready yet, lol!

    I have three more cards from the Simon Says Stamp October card kit.  For these I featured the rest of the products.

    This first card is stamped and embossed with black embossing powder on Strathmore watercolor paper.  I smooshed distress inks on my Tonic glass mat and watercolored the flowers and leaves.  I used Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey.  When finished I used a couple of the colors to make small splatters all over the card.  Then when it was dry I put Wink of Stella all over the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is stamped on vellum with Versamark and embossed in SU! Old Fashioned Olive (I have had this powder for a good 15+ years!).

    Finally I put it all together on a SU! Eggplant Envy cardstock base and added a sprinkle of black enamel dots.


    This second card started out similar to the first but I embossed with Wow Copper embossing powder.  Then to mix it up I decided to use Distress Oxides to do a messy watercolor.  This is my first time doing messy watercolor like this.  I did find it a bit challenging to “color outside of the lines” as many do but I really enjoyed the process and how it came out.  The colors I used were Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber.  Then I splattered a few of the colors as before but made larger splatters for this messier look.  The hello is from the stamp set and is embossed with Copper also.

    The panel is die cut from a wonky rectangle die and glued to a light blue card base.  For added bling (gotta have the bling right?) I placed a few iridescent sequins around the flowers.


    The last card from this kit (for now anyway, this kit and stamp set are beautiful and will see many more cards) was what happens when things go wrong.  This was my first attempt at foiling on the toner prints included with the kit.  I cut up three colors and placed them carefully on different elements to get different colors.  Then I ran it through my laminator.  It worked but…there was one problem.  Word of advice, don’t use foil that you first used on alcohol ink on white paper!  One of the leaves had turquoise on it and some of the white around the card did too.  So I had to switch to plan B.

    It wasn’t exactly what I was going for but it works!  I cut each element out and had to toss the one leaf that was unsalvageable.  I placed the sentiment on a gold paper cut from SSS stitched rectangle die and placed that on another stitched rectangle in white.  The card base is also white but I used a gold ink around the edge to give it more pop.  It does look better in person with the sparkling foil!

    Over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog the Wednesday Challenge is All that Glitters is Gold.  I’ll be entering the above card as well as a sneak peek for tomorrow’s post.  Yes, I will post again tomorrow because I have finally been able to work on Fall cards and kits!

    It’s made with the Thanks and Leaves stamp set from the SSS November card kit.  Again it looks better in person…it’s so hard to capture the beautiful shine in pictures unfortunately.  See you tomorrow for more detail on how I made this card and more cards from the November kit.

    Check out the challenge over on the blog.  All the gold cards posted are just beautiful!

     I hope you have a Blessed day and if I don’t see you tomorrow, a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • General

    Sketched Flowers SSS October 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep (or for us parents of young kids the extra hour of play)!

    I’ve finally been able to play with the Sketched Flowers kit this weekend!  I have been dying to do the alcohol inks with foil technique so that is the focus of this first part.  I used all three Yupo papers that came in the kit and made a variety of art.

    This first panel was created with all three alcohol inks that came in the kit: Stream, Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow.  I used a straw to blow them around some and added Blender Solution too.  Then I waited about 2 minutes for it to dry some and used the holographic orange Gina K foil from the kit.  It stuck nicely to the sticky areas and created such a beautiful effect!  My first thought was I see pumpkins!!

    For this second panel I used the same orange and yellow but also used Raisin from my stash to create a fall feel.  I was having trouble with the dark red overpowering the others and puddling in areas.   I like how it came out in the end though with lots of fixing and adding.

    Finally I wanted to do a Christmas color panel since we are almost to that season.   I used the Stream ink with Pistachio and Patina to create a mix of blue-greens.  I didn’t want it to be the typical red and green.  Then I added the red foil from the kit after letting it dry for a couple minutes.  I like how this one came out and love the color combo.

    These first two cards were made from the first panel. I wanted to challenge myself with making two similar cards from pieces of the panel. Both have the Big Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp and a small sentiment from it’s matching stamp set. They were also both made with the Peacock cardstock included in the kit, Crushed Curry from SU! and SSS black.

    For this card I added vellum behind the Thanks and stamped the leaves from Sketched Flowers with Versamark.

    And for this card I decided to try foiling a die cut with Stick It. It worked pretty good. I also added orange Distress Stickles.

    Final card today was with the non foiled panel. I tried the Alcohol Lift Ink included with the kit for the first time. I realized the parts of the dark red that dried puddled does not work well with the lift ink. I still love this card though cause those colors are so gorgeous. I used Wow copper embossing powder for the sentiment and copper Nuvo drops. The card base is Crushed Curry from SU!

    I’ll be making more cards in the next few days from this set. I’m excited to use this beautiful stamp set some more!

    Hope you all have a blessed day!

  • Kits

    Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018: Coffee Part 2

    Hello All!

    Sorry for being MIA!  Between birthdays, fall activities, throwing my back and sickness in the family it’s been hard to get a post up!

    I made another card from the My Monthly Hero August Kit.  I’ve been thinking about this shaker card for a long time!  Since it’s now fall, I decided to make it an autumn theme.  It smells wonderful!!

    I used a fall background paper from JoAnns then die cut two circles to make a frame.  I sponged it with Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Tea Dye distress inks to match the paper.  The cup is stamped from the My Monthly Hero stamp set and colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers.  The leaf stamp and sentiment (embossed in Wow! Copper Pearl) are from SU! Merry Cafe set.

    Of course the star element on this card is the shaker!  I used real coffee beans with a thin tulle like fabric so you can smell the coffee yumminess!!  I also threw in some copper sequin for the bling we all know and love in shaker cards.  I love how it came out.  Might put it by my bedside to smell when I wake up in the morning, ha ha!

    I hope everyone’s fall is and has been full of yummy pumpkin spice and everything nice!  I plan to have more fall cards really soon!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  • General

    Gina K Designs Wreath Builders: Class and New Mandala Maker Set by Rina K

    Hello my fellow stampers!  I had the privilege last week to see Gina K and Rina K at The Island’s Creative Escape in Los Gatos, CA!  I had to drive 3 hours to go to the class but it was well worth it.  It was my first time meeting a big name from the stamping arena and Gina K is a big one!  I was kinda fangirling, ha ha.

    They were teaching on the Wreath Builder sets which I hadn’t had a chance to work with yet.  I am now obsessed though!  I was even able to purchase their new Mandala Wreath Builder set which just became available yesterday.  It’s my first time getting something before the masses (*squeal*)!  I’ll post a couple I made from it towards the end of this post.

    The above cards are the three we made during the class.  They are three basics that help you learn the idea and then expand.  Gina K pointed out that the Wreath Builders are great for a Mojo booster because they are so easy to use and create a beautiful card!  I agree!  To spice the cards up a bit I came home and spiced them up a bit.  I added some nuvo drops to the first card and the final card I popped up the oval on some foam tape and added Wink of Stella to all of the flowers.

    One technique they shared was taking a geometric shape and repeating it to make a Kaleidoscope look.  This leads me to the new Mandala Maker set.  This is Rina K’s first set she’s designed and she hit it out of the ballpark!  It’s so much fun!

    Fair warning it is addictive!  My first attempt was a mess so there is a learning curve unless you have one of those wonderful brains that can visualize ahead of time, lol.  I chose just five of the many, many stamps included to make the above card.  I used Passionate Pink and Turquoise Sea, plus the wonderful new black Amalgam Ink.  The middle is popped up with a stitched circle die and the fun sentiment is stamped in Versafine black with clear embossing powder.

    The base is made with Bermuda Bay SU cardstock and black Simon Says Stamp cardstock.

    My next card was made after viewing the newest Online Card Class: Introduction to Color Theory.  I used three tertiary colors to create this colorful card.  They are blue-green (SU Tranquil Tide), yellow-orange (Hero Arts Butter Bar), and violet-red (SU Blackberry Bliss).  Then I used some neutrals with Hero Arts Soft Granite and Versafine black.  I used the Tranquil Tide to sponge ink of the edges of the card to add some more interest.  The thanks sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks set.


    I hope you enjoy these and are inspired to try the Wreath Builders for yourself!  I’ll be posting more soon, including the new fall set!







    P.S. I have a fun Monochromatic card to share by my mom Deborah for Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Monochrome Challenge.

    She used White Embossing for the Rose and colored with SU inks.  The Doily was made with a Tim Holtz die.



  • General

    Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018: Coffee part 1

    I love the August 2018 My Monthly Hero set!  Probably because I love coffee or Lattes to be exact!!  I’ve been dying to get my hands on it but as usual it’s been hard with family in town, preschool starting, field trips, etc.  I finally got started and have three cards for today.

    First, I used the full cafe scene die cut from a scrap sheet of natural white cardstock.  I wanted to see how easy it would be to create a card quickly with it…and it was easy!


    I simply used Vintage Photo distress ink to age the die cut and the background paper (SU).  Then a simple heart from the stamp set on the sign in SU Calypso Coral with a layer of the crystal lacquer included in the kit.  The Sentiment is stamped with Archival coffee and embossed in clear with Hero Arts brown pearls.

    For the second card I wanted to do a rainbow theme.

    I stamped each cup out with Memento ink and colored in fun bright colors with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers.  Then I used the stamps in the set and in a couple other Hero Arts sets to decorate each cup.  The sentiment, “espresso yourself” was perfect for the look I was going for!  Some cups are glued flat and some are popped up.  A patterned paper “table” and some sequin finish it off.

    The final card for today has the latte feel for sure!  It is yummy!

    I stamped the background with Simon Says Stamp Circle Doodles background stamp and white heat embossed.  Then I added Walnut Stain Distress Oxide with a ink blender.  I concentrated the ink on the ends and less towards the center.  The mug was stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  I then used the White puff embossing powder included in the kit to add the milk design.  It has great texture!  Sentiment is white heat embossed on black paper.  Both elements were popped up on foam tape.


    I believe it’s time for a latte!!

    Have a blessed day!!

  • Kits

    Fly Me Away (Beautiful Flowers) Kit Part 1

    I’ve been wanting to play with the Fly Me Away kit from Simon Says Stamp and the stamp set Beautiful Flowers all summer!  Unfortunately all the summer action kept getting in the way.  I made one card a few months ago and started playing with coloring the flower stamps using watercolors, alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils but then just couldn’t get them finished!  Finally I now have 7 cards to share.  I just love these flowers and will be making more really soon!

    This first card was the first I made a few months ago.  I used distress oxide (Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover, and Cracked Pistachio) and watercolored the background focusing color where I knew the flowers and leaves would land.  Then I embossed the large flower blooms image with pearl embossing powder.  However when I did this it didn’t show up well so I then embossed with white over the pearl (yay for the Misti!).  I loved how that turned out.  I used SU Calypso Coral ink to stamp the sentiment and the same colored card stock for the base.  The sequins are from a retired SU set.  They matched perfectly!  This technique was a lot of fun and I loved the results!

    For the next card I couldn’t decide on using white embossing powder or silver… so I did both!

    This card is soooo easy but has a very pretty look and strong impact.  I used my misti to stamp the large flower blooms, happy and birthday with Versamark ink and added the embossing powder.  The white is Ranger detail white and the silver is one I’ve had with no label on it.  I put the white on a 110lb white card base and the silver is backed with a silver mirror cardstock and placed on a white 110lb base.  The white also has pearl accents and the silver Studio Katia gems.

    I love the simplicity of this kit to make a beautiful card!  For the next card I used one of the patterned papers from Moda Scrap included in the kit to make a simple card.

    After putting it on a pale purple cardstock I stamped the sentiment with a light purple and used Wink of Stella on the balloons and the rooftops.  I couldn’t get the shimmer to show in a picture but it really helps take this card from plain to pretty!

    I used the Tim Holtz Texture Fade Botanical on the included gold cardstock for the next card.  LOVE it!

    I added it to a Simon Says Stamp black cardstock base.  Popped up one of the flowers I had previously colored with Spectrum Noir/Copic markers (I have some of both) as well as the Big Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp.  For final touches I added some dots with Ranger black enamel.

    As I placed the “thanks” down I thought it was straight but the dimensional adhesive I used wasn’t going to let me fix it.  Gives it more character, ha ha.

    I made the background for this next card with Nuvo shimmer powders.  It was my first time playing with them and they are so much fun!  I can’t wait to do more with them.  I simply added water to a watercolor paper and sprinkled the powders on.  Then I tilted the paper to get the colors to move and mix.  I used Cherry Bomb, Blue Blitz and Green Parade.  I kept the rest of the card simple and used a single flower from the set I had watercolored with the die cut greeting in black cardstock.  Finally I used Studio Katia gems for some bling.

    The final card was made after I watched Jennifer McGuire’s recent video on Perfect Pearls.  It’s a “trial and error” card.

    I stamped the repeated background on SU Rose Romance cardstock with versamark and added the Perfect Pearls with the included brush.  I then stamped the flower on vellum with versamark and drew leaves in with a versamarker.  I then added white embossing powder.  It didn’t stand out on the pink background so I added a white cs background to it.  The sentiment is stamped with Rose Romance ink and Studio Katia gems gave some bling to the card.


    I hope you enjoyed these cards!  I’ll be back soon with a cards from a new kit…maybe the Hero Arts coffee set??


    Have a wonderful and blessed day!








  • Kits

    Mandy’s Flowers SSS August 2018 Card Kit Part 2

    I finally got to play some more with the Simon Says Stamp August kit this weekend!  I really wanted to keep making more but 3 was my max with the time I had to use!

    The first card was inspired by one of the samples on the sheet that comes with the kit.

    I wanted to try to do the watercolor coloring on the Modern Rose Blooms cling background stamp.  I used Abandoned Coral, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed distress markers to color it in.  Then I sprayed water on it and stamped.  I didn’t feel I used as much water as needed for the look I originally wanted but still thought it looked good and a little shabby.  I used the same markers as well as Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke to color in the flower and vase.  To put it all together I used a wonky rectangle die on the background, added it to a MFT gray cardstock, and white heat embossed a greeting on the same cardstock.  For final touches I added some white mulberry paper behind the popped up flower and a small Doodlebug heart (came with the kit) next to the greeting.

    The next card shows how it doesn’t have to take a long time to make a card.  I made the background from two of the BoBunny patterned papers that came in the kit.  Added a small sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and a stitched square with a simple copic colored image.  Finally I used white Nuvo drops to fill in the center of each flower.

    (As I post this I see I missed a flower!  It’s like a Find Waldo…do you see it? Ha Ha!)

    The last card was one I started without an ending in mind.  I wanted to do an embossed background resist with the Modern Rose Bloom stamp and distress oxide.  I used Worn Lipstick and Broken China.  Then it was trial and error to decide how I wanted to put it all together.  I colored the tulips and jar with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

    I felt the background was a little to bold so by cutting it in 2/3’s it helps break it up.  I added some pink rick rack, a circle sentiment embossed with Broken China and clear powder and ink blended Worn Lipstick on top.  Finally I added some of the Bubblegum Blush nuvo drops that came in the kit to finish it off.

    All of the cards were added to a 110 lb white card base.

    I hope you enjoyed these cards as much I did creating them.  Thanks for looking!  Have a wonderful and blessed day!



  • Kits

    Mandy’s Flowers SSS August 2018 Card Kit Part 1

    I hope everyone is having a great Summer!  I haven’t posted for a bit because I’ve been in Idaho visiting my mom with my son.  We had tons of fun going to the river, the lake, enjoying family (including my 2 month old nephew!) and of course stamping with my crafty mom!

    I was able to pull out the newest Kit from Simon Says Stamp and start to play.  I plan to make more cards this week so this card is just a teaser.


    I don’t have any of the Nuvo mousse so when I saw my mom had them I just had to play!  I used a stencil with the light aqua mousse to create the shiny background (so much prettier in person).  While it dried, I stamped the jar and flowers in black Memento ink.  I masked off the saying on the jar to have a plain glass jar.  I then colored it in with Copic markers, drew in stems with a fine Copic pen and fussy cut it out.  The sentiment was stamped in black Archival Ink on vellum die cut from an SU label die with the flowers popped up on foam dots next to it.  For finishing touches I added a thin white string around the jar, used the Bubble Blush Nuvo drops included in the kit and added it all to a SU Bermuda Bay card.


    I hope you enjoy this card!  If so subscribe to my blog and you won’t miss the next cards I make from Mandy’s Flowers and other kits.


    While I was making the above card my mom made the two following cards, one for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Wild Things.  How cute is he?!  The sentiment on the bottom is what is in the card.

    And one because we love coffee!!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!