You Warm My Heart banner card

Been a bit but here’s a new card I just made for the Card Design Superstar contest over at the My Favorite Things blog. This contest requires you use only stamps and dies from MFT…almost everything I used on this card is from them. I used a stamp from the Perk Up set, a 3D banner die, a leaf die from the Flashy Florals set, a stamp from the Nordic Knits set, and leafy paper from the Fun and Frolic paper pack. The only things I used that aren’t from My Favorite Things are the cardstock, the VersaFine ink, and the gold enamel shapes from My Mind’s Eye.






You got this! Coffee card

And my last project for the Ellen Hutson challenge! This time starring stamps and dies from the Oh Frappe set and dies from All Inside and Home & Hearth. More chipboard and teal paper from Echo Park, plus a stitched oval die from My Favorite Things. My first time making my own all-stamped background (that’s a lot beans!). A little Glossy Accents gives a little shine to the beans on the java sleeve and the star. 

Bear hugs envelope and card

Another entry for the Ellen Hutson Pin-sights challenge guest artist call! In addition to the Ellen Hutson products, I used Echo Park paper. This little envelope was created using the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 punch board. I used the bear and heart dies from the All Inside set, cutting the bear out of chipboard and the heart out of Echo Park patterned paper. I stamped just the nose, mouth, eyes, and ears from the bear stamp in blank VersaFine ink and added Glossy Accents to make them pop a bit. 

Inside the envelope is a little card, also cut from chipboard, with the HUGS stamp from All Inside embossed in white with hearts and a star from All Inside and the Home & Hearth die set. Two hearts are also glossed up with some Glossy Accents. 


“Have a little fun” card

I made this card for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge call for guest artists. I used products from Ellen Hutson and Lawn Fawn (save the white card stock and the kraft card base). 

Stamps are all from Ellen Hutson, the sentiment and butterfly are from from the Up the Happy set and the little swoop is from the Oh Frappe set (repurposed coffee steam!). The butterfly, cloud, and sun dies are also from Ellen Hutson: Up the Happy and All Inside, respectively. 

The stitched oval and hillside dies are from Lawn Fawn, and so is all of the patterned paper. The blue plaid is from the Perfectly Plaid pack, and the others are all from Sweater Weather. 

The butterfly and one cloud are popped up with some foam adhesive. 

Loving this card!

Ridiculously amazing seahorse card

A couple of weeks ago I made a card both for the Simon Says Stamp nautical/by the sea challenge and for my friend and coworker Melissa, who was the one who got me into this crazy stamping world 😉 She’s had a lot of stress lately and I wanted to let her know just how awesome she really is.


I used a Wendy Vecchi stencil to sponge a diamond/fishing net pattern directly onto the card base. I used Distress ink in Tumbled Glass. Note that I’m stenciling with the card held vertically…I originally intended it to use portrait orientation, but couldn’t’ settle on an arrangement of the various components that looked right.


I use painter’s tape to securely hold the stencil down, often taping it to the table so it doesn’t move. I like sharp edges on my stenciled patterns. I also used the tape to make sure I didn’t stencil too much…I placed the left piece of tape along the crease of the card base.


I used a Spellbinders deckled-edge die to cut out some Echo Park paper with a wood pattern and a piece of chipboard–I’m kind of obsessed with these dies! They’re a nice change from rectangles and straight lines.

The sentiment from Paper Smooches was stamped onto plain white card stock and cut out with a Stampin Up! die. I layered the sentiment over the chipboard and added some silver embellishments from Hero Arts to look like nail heads.I used some foam adhesive to attach the sentiment for a little dimension.


The seahorse was originally made for another project but ended up being too big. I don’t have any progress pics of that but here’s how I made it:

  1. Die cut the seahorse from the Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz die (I’ll tell you a secret: this was actually the paper sample that came with the die! I didn’t actually cut it out).
  2. Sponged the seahorse with Distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon, then sprayed it with water. I let the water sit for a few seconds to affect the ink, then dabbed it off with a cloth.
  3. Embossed the whole thing in clear embossing powder. I like using embossing ink with a dauber top for things like this.

Excuse the quality of my photos, I’m using my iPhone right now and am not usually able to use natural light except on weekends. Hopefully my photos will get better soon 🙂