Stretching Holiday Stamps

You might have noticed that I’ve been MIA lately. I spent some much needed down time with my family and also have had a major creative block lately. However, I managed to make a couple of cards that showcase how to stretch those holiday stamps. I used THIS snowflake stamp set from Paper Smooches and created a thank you and birthday card… I laid out all of the snowflake images on my card and...

Wishing You Peace (plus Giveaway)…

Hello friends. Today I’m sharing our Christmas card…. To create my card, I inked up THIS snowflake die from Hero Arts with silver ink and ran it through my die-cut machine with THIS embossing mat. This allows it to only emboss the image and not cut through all the way. I heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set in Gold. I die-cut the panel using THIS die to achieve the stitched frame and added...

Super Hugs…

Hello! You might remember THESE cards I made recently using a favorite stamp set of mine. I actually created those cards with a friend of mine’s stamp set. I couldn’t purchase it because it was a limited edition and sold out. I just loved the set and she knew it….so what does my sweet friend do? She sends me hers! She is a gem and I wanted to make a thank you card for...

Easy Mulit-Colored Embossing

Hello! Today’s new challenge over on the Little Tangles Blog  is all about Embossing! I have a great tip to share for multi-colored embossing. First, here is my card for the challenge…  …and this is the background image I used from Neat and Tangled… Neat and Tangled’s Tiny Triangles Stamp This stamp works perfectly for this technique because of the solid and open areas in the stamp. So to create the multi-colored silver and gold...

Color Combo Challenge

A new challenge was just announced over on the Little Tangles Blog. I just love this color combo and created this CAS card using it… I die-cut some kraft and teal cardstock using THIS die set…a favorite of mine! I inked up the sentiment and  lightbulb image from THIS set and heat embossed them in white and orange. A closer look… Like I mentioned, I wanted to keep it clean and simple, which is...

A Super Cool Technique…

Did anyone else see the super cool technique that Jennifer McGuire featured on her blog last week? The one with letterpress and wood embellishments? If not, you can find it HERE. I was inspired to try it immediately. So I went to my stash to see what I had and thought THESE wood veneer pieces from Studio Calico would work great… However, I do not own a single pad of pigment ink. I know, crazy...

A dream come true…

Hello! Today I wanted to share something very special to me. I wrote THIS post a few weeks ago about the craft retreat I attend twice a year and the gift I created for all my friends. Well I wasn’t the only one who brought a gift. My sweet friend Jennifer (my fairy “craft”mother) contacted me before the trip to create some handwriting samples because she wanted Hero Arts to create a stamp just for us....

Colorful Embossing with Stencils…

I just love a good stencil. I think THIS one from Tim Holtz is awesome. I decided to do something a bit different and try embossing with a stencil. Here is the love child from the two… I started by tilting the stencil and taping it down on some of my favorite cardstock and applying a good amount of Versamark ink. I then lifted the stencil and put down several rows of different color embossing...

Inspired by Jen (and a Giveaway!)

Hello. Welcome back. Today I have not one, not two, but FIVE cards to share. I’m sure many of you know Jennifer McGuire. Besides being the sweetest person on the planet, she is SO talented. Recently she shared a technique combining Distress Ink and Embossing folders. You can find it HERE. It got me out of my creative rut and inspired today’s card shares… (I will not go into detail on the process because...