Category Archives: Cards

Project Life CARDS! (Sneak Peek)

PL Cards-Have a Snappy Day!Yes, this is a SNEAK PEEK at my upcoming class, Project Life CARDS!  We will be taking apart a project life card pack and making 18 STINKIN’ CUTE cards!  For beginners and seasoned card makers too, we will cover tons of techniques that you will want to use over and over again!  All the materials are included, cardstock, envelopes, Designer Paper, inks and more.  Learn to use copic markers, watercolor paints and Stampin’ Up inkpads to achieve perfect blends of highlights and shadows.  When is this fantastic class, you ask?  Sunday, May 22nd, 1pm-5pm at the Art Gallery of Fell’s Point (1926 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD  21231).  Cost $70, Early bird $10 off ($60) special through May 8th.  Class size limited to 7, so sign up early to get your spot!

Sign up for the Project Life CARDS! class right here or go to my Classes and Upcoming Events Page 

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BIG Thank You!

BIG Thank YouMy BIG Thank You stamp on a card!  Love how this looks in real life – so glittery 🙂

I embossed the Thank You stamp in gold and then stamped the flower, and colored it with my new fave method – real watercolors!  Somewhere in my travels I acquired a sample card of Daniel Smith watercolors.  Just dabs of dried watercolor paint from the tube on a light cardboard sheet.  I just wet my brush and tap it on the little “blob” of watercolor, and voila!  – brush the watercolor on my image.  I’m still experimenting with layering colors and light and shadows, but I love the look!  This isn’t even watercolor paper – it’s Stampin’ Up’s Shimmery White, my go-to card stock for card fronts or fussy cut images.  I stamped the flower again on plain paper and cut it out to mask the flower, then spritzed the background with Smooch Spritz colors (love the shimmer!!!).  That purple was a little overwhelming, but I soaked a bunch up with a paper towel right after I spritzed.  I also wiped off the “thank you” portion with a damp paper towel when everything had dried so the gold would stand out.  Peel the mask off the flower and there you have it!  Do you have someone to send a BIG Thank you to?  Message me or click on the link to my online store to get your own “Another Thank You” stamp set.  I know I will definitely be using this BIG Thank You stamp again!

So Very Thankful!

Today I am VSo Very ThankfulERY thankful!   I just received my Stampin’ Up! order and APPARENTLY I had ordered both of these stamp sets!  At first I thought, Well THAT’S a LOT of Thank Yous!, but then, really, I am Thankful for so many things – and I should send Thank You cards more often!  (just like birthday cards!!!)  I’ve always liked having LOTS of fonts at my disposal, and there are so many lovely ones with these stamps!  I know I’ll be embossing the BIG Thank You in GOLD and spritzing or stenciling a pretty background.  What can YOU create with these sentiments…and what are you So Very Thankful for???

Sheltering Tree Spring Card

IMG_2377I was so inspired by a photo this week of the trees in bloom, that I created a Sheltering Tree Spring card!  By inking the “leaves” stamp with Versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder, I created a “resist” that I could spritz several blue inks over and wipe off the embossed portion so that the inks show up as a background.  This makes a simple one-layer card with a 3-D look!  A little sparkly ribbon (Pool Party 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon 140561 10 yds/$5.50-Occasions Catalog) to finish it off!  Lots of options with this stamp set for EVERY season!  Visit my online store by March 31st to take advantage of Sale-a-bration – earn a free stamp set, paper or embellishment for every $50 in orders.  Make your own set of Sheltering Tree Spring Cards to send or give as a gift!

Rose Wonder Sympathy

Rose Wonder SympathyRose Wonder stamp set, a new stamp in the Occasions Catalog, is a beautiful, BIG image that lends itself to so many inking possibilities!  For this card, I used my copic markers, which I love for their ability to blend.  There are soooo many colors (and I am a color FREAK!) It’s hard to believe how many markers I used for the rose and leaves!  I stamped the image again on a sheet of copy paper and fussy cut around it to create a mask, then covered the whole thing with a mesh bag from some oranges and sponged with Lost Lagoon.  I spritzed with some gold smooch spritz and splattered some Night of Navy, removed the mask and popped the Sympathy sentiment from the same stamp set.  The huge number of sentiments that come with this stamp set are perfect for so many occasions!  You have until May 31st to order this stamp set (which also has matching dies), but only until March 31st to order and get FREE merchandise from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  No time to lose – You will LOVE the Rose Wonder stamp set all year long!



One of my fave’s from Stampin’ Up!, Shannon West, has come up with a brilliant idea, called #imbringingbirthdaysback!  The premise is that we have gotten away from sending birthday cards and become more dependent on the quick and easy social media way.  Now who doesn’t LOVE a birthday card (or any card, really) that you receive in the mail???  I used to send a ton of them out, and I have gotten out of the habit, too!  Stampin’ Up! thought this was SUCH a good idea that they are now going to issue a stamp EXACTLY as Shannon made her own above.  As soon as it is available, I’ll post a link, but no need to wait to jump onto this great idea – start your own revolution!  If you want a great stamp set with birthday sentiments and images, too, “Endless Birthday Wishes” would be a great start!  If you want a hand-stamped birthday card from ME, just comment with your request, and message me privately with your name, birthday and address, and VOILA! your card will hit the US Mail when the time comes!  #imbringingbirthdaysback – how about you???

stack of IBBB cards

Day 2 Coloring Challenge

image …we’ll this is MY day 2 Coloring Challenge as I probably will not make 30 separate posts over the challenge! At any rate, I did color in the flowers a bit this morning – using my Stampin’ Up! Stamp pads, a bit of water and a very small paint brush.  I like to layer and combine colors, so these flowers were done with FIVE different colors!





I like this so far… now to the stems.

Have you taken up the coloring challenge yet?

#TBT On Gossamer Wings

TBT Time again! This time from my “vault” of vintage Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, “On Gossamer Wings” consists of a sweet floral, several lovely butterflies, a dragonfly, and a quote from Charles Dickens.  Other than the banner, which is gold embossed on vellum, the images are all on one layer on my favorite shimmer paper, so there is a subtle glimmer when you move the card in the light.  So pretty!  If you would like this vintage stamp set, message me and we will work out a deal (and you get the card too!)

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On Gossamer Wings

#TBT Measure of a Life

imageI’m revisiting one of my fav vintage stamp sets, “Measure of a Life”.  I love the images from this set and the sentiment, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Eleanor Roosevelt”.  I embossed on vellum and inked both the front and the back.  Ink doesn’t dry as fast on the vellum and you can swirl it about with your paintbrush on one side and the inking on the other side stays where you put it!  The only downside is that the water curls up the edges, so you have to weigh it down under several books while it dries to get it flat again.  I’m “on the fence” with the ribbon – what do you think?image

Good things are going to happen!

My stamp of the month – “You’ve Got This”.  I think this is my favorite example so far!  A little fiddly with fussy cutting around the flower, but this is stamped on blackberry bliss card stock with versamark and embossed with clear.  Then brush on BLEACH inside the flower lines.  The paper bleaches to a light buff color which I then re-colored with blackberry bliss ink that was diluted with water for the flower and mossy meadow for the stem and leaves, also diluted.  So pretty IRL.  Shop for this stamp and supplies at or message me to place an order for you!  Subscribe to my monthly newsletter for next month’s stamp of the month – card sketches, tips and techniques!Good things are going to happen card