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Mini Series – Spring, Day 3

April 10, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m making a gift basket for my mom for Mother’s Day next month, and I thought I’d share it with you.  (Mom, if you’re reading, stop now!)

My mom is the reason I love crafting.  She made my clothes as a child, she made the bridesmaid dresses for my wedding, along with countless other gifts and crafts for friends and family.  I would sit next to her as she sewed, holding fabric and handing her pins.

Now we both love card making, so I made her a cardmaker’s gift basket.  If you have a crafty friend, they’ll love this gift, and it works for any occasion.  I bought everything at Micheals, and made a new blogging friend at the same time.  Her name is Allison, and you can find her blog here.


I found the paper first, and this became my jumping off point.  I think the pearls look good with it.


I bought some flowers, along with a mason jar to store them in, as well as some card bases with matching envelopes.


I added a stamp, which I know she’ll enjoy, since her dad used to sing this song when she was young.  I even found some mini ink pads to match the paper, yay!

And this box (that Allison found) became my container.  I love that it looks like a book.

Putting the basket together is pretty easy.  I lined the box with pink tissue paper, and started putting everything inside.  But I don’t like the busy covers on the paper pads.  It’s not working for me.


I removed one piece of paper from each pad, and used temporary adhesive to attach the paper to the cover of the pad.  With the die cut paper, I adhered it to the back of the pad, so the white cardboard shows through.  Much better.

Next I stacked the stamp pads, and used double sided tape to attach them to the tissue paper.  The stamp isn’t adhered to anything, but since I’m going to hand deliver this, I’m not worried about it.

Finally I added some coordinating tissue paper to the mason jar, and tied white twine around it to hold the paper in place.

And my basket’s complete!  I’ll put it into a cellophane bag before I deliver it, and add ribbon.  I’ll be back soon later this week with a card to go with it.  Thanks for joining me for the final day of my Spring Mini Series.  Do you ever make gift baskets?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time.


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Mini Series – Spring, Day 2

April 4, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m excited to share this card with you, and it’s so much fun to create.

Here’s the written tutorial, too.

I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to the top of my watercolor paper.  Distress Inks blend more evenly with this paper.  I only applied ink to about the top inch of the paper.

I dried the ink with a heat tool.  This step is important, because Distress Ink stays wet for awhile, and I don’t want my embossing powder sticking to it.  You can also leave it to dry on its own, but I’m too impatient to wait.  Once dry, I used my EK Success Powder Tool heavily on the paper, and stamped a peacock feather from Recollections with Versamark Ink.  Versamark ink is a clear sticky ink that’s perfect for heat embossing.  I added clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.  I turned on a bright light, so you can see the embossing, but it basically disappears.

I added Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over the Mowed Lawn and now you can see the feathers.  The embossing powder traps the color underneath, and resists the second color.  I blended Peacock Feathers about halfway down the page.  If you’re using a smaller image, you won’t need to go down as far.  Any stamp would work for this, but I’m excited to use this feather.  You can see that my ink blending is a little splotchy, but we’re going to add more layers of color, so you won’t see it.

I used a paper towel to wipe extra ink off the embossed feathers, dried my paper again, and stamped more feathers between the first layer.  I took the photo before I heated the embossing powder, so it would show up better on the camera.


I blended on Mermaid Lagoon, going over my second row of feathers, and further down the page.  When I followed my next layer with Blueprint Sketch, I only blended over the new feathers, changing the color of the paper around them so the showed up.


I added Dusty Concord, and my last row of feathers.  I blended Seedless Preserves over the bottom feathers to help  them pop.

I trimmed down my panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  I didn’t really need to add this picture, but I wanted you to see the finished panel before I went to the next step.

I heat embossed my sentiment (from the same stamp set as the feather) in white on vellum, and trimmed it down.  Then I folded the strip around the panel and adhered it on the back so the adhesive wouldn’t show.  I attached my panel to a white card base with tape runner, and added a few Crystal Iridescent Sequins from Darice.  I used Glossy Accents to glue my sequins to the card.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment below.  Thanks for coming by!

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Cards | Series | Spring

Mini Series – Spring, Day 1

April 3, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m working on another Mini Series, all about spring.  My first card is perfect for today, because it’s starting to rain here as I type this post.  The puppy and the puddles are from Hero Arts’ Fun In The Rain stamp set.  I stamped the puddles down the left side of a piece of watercolor paper, using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  Then I misted the paper with water to make the color move a little bit.

You can see some of the color bleeding in this close up.  I stamped the dog in Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and heat embossed the image in clear.  Then I colored it in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and a waterbrush.  I love how well these pens blend with water.  I think the dog looks like a beagle.  I die cut the dog with the matching dies (but you could easily cut it out with scissors), and laid it over the puddles to get the right placement for the sentiment.  I stamped it in black and heat embossed in clear.


I die cut my white panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp, and matted it onto a blue piece of cardstock.  Then I adhered it to my white card base with tape runner.  I attached the puppy with foam tape, and added the Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh with Glossy Accents.

I’ve been invited to play along with the card challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and I’m excited to play along.  Will you join me?  Hope I see you there, and I’ll be back soon with another post in my Spring Mini Series!

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Triple Card Challenge

March 30, 2017

Hey, glad you came by today.  I’m working on card challenges today, and it’s so much fun.  Some challenges give you themes, or colors, or a card sketch.  And sometimes you can combine challenges, like I’m doing today.

The Fusion Challenge gives 2 options to choose from, and you can pick either, or both.  I love that soft pink in the tulips, so that’s my color scheme.

Freshly Made Sketches gives you a simple template, called a card sketch, as a starting point.

And for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop, found over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers, all you need is a coffee theme.  I can do that!

Here’s my finished card.  I masked the stripes with Post-It tape, and used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink across the front of my card base.  A piece of graph paper behind my card base helped me keep the lines straight.  I heat embossed a sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs over the stripes in white.

The coffee cup is also from Sugar Pea Designs, and I heat embossed the cup and whipped cream in white.  I stamped the straw in Picked Raspberry, and heat embossed in clear. I added more Distress Ink over the cup with the Mini Ink Blending Tool, spritzed it with water, and blotted it off with a paper towel.  Then I added more ink over top and sprayed it again.   An uneven coating of clear embossing powder on the cup gave the look of condensation. A Light Gray Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen and a Clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen added dimension to the whipped cream, and I popped up everything with foam tape on my card base.

And that’s my card for today.  Have you ever combined card challenges?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back with another tutorial next week.  See you then!

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Card Candy Swap

March 28, 2017

Hey, thanks for stopping by today.  I recently took part in a card candy swap, and I wanted to share it with you.  Card candy is a decoration used in card making, or a focal point.  So I made 5 identical pieces, sent them to a central location, and got back different pieces I can turn into cards.  How cool is that?

This card candy swap was organized by StampNation, and if you haven’t checked them out, you’re missing out.  It’s a community of crafters, and they have classes, challenges, and tons of tutorials.  It’s a great way to learn new techniques, share your creations, and make new friends.

Well, I’m pretty excited to share my cards with you, so here they are:

This piece had so much color, I didn’t want to detract from it.  I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I used an embossing folder from Paper Studio, and adhered it to a purple card base with tape runner.  I added the card candy to the center with foam tape, and it’s done.

My friend’s daughter just had a birthday, so I think she’ll love this card.  I trimmed down a piece of sky blue cardstock and added a piece of twine I twisted to look like rope.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white at the bottom, and attached all the layers to my white card base with lots of foam tape.  It still felt a little plain, so I added lots of pearls to tie it all together.

This card candy, along with the next two, came from the same person.  I added two strips of paper to the card base with tape runner, and popped up the card candy and the sentiment with foam tape.  I sprinkled a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh across the card, and added details to the chocolates with a white gel pen.

I think I’m going to save this card for my husband, so I kept the details to a minimum.  Just a piece of swiss dotted paper, and some foam tape to pop up the sentiment.  I added a little clear Wink Of Stella to the blue wrapper, and some Glossy Accents to the hearts.

I love the brown and blue of this card.  I added brown cardstock to the front of a white notecard with tape runner, and cut a few banners from blue marbled cardstock.  I added Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the edges of the oval die cut with a Mini Ink Blending Tool, to tie it in with the background.  I attached the banners and the sentiment with foam tape.

I cut down my card base to 5″ square, and adhered blue scrapbook paper to the upper right corner with tape runner.  I heat embossed a Recollections sentiment in white, and attached the wreath in the lower left corner.

I love all the detail in this card candy, so I didn’t want to take away from it.  I trimmed down a piece of plaid paper, heat embossed a Hero Arts sentiment in white, and attached it to the card base with foam tape.  I added a little Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink over the sentiment with a Mini Ink Blending Tool to make it stand out.  On the inside, I’m planning to write, “Somebunny loves you.”

And a bonus piece from Catherine Pooler, head of StampNation!  I love all the color and details on her candy, so I kept the rest of the design simple.  I attached 2 sheets of 6 x 6 paper to a square card base at an angle, and trimmed off the excess before attaching my card candy with tape runner.

Have you ever made or received card candy?  Let me know in the comments, and I hope to see you again soon.

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