Paper Crafts Shares


I thought I would share a couple cards that I had in the recent issue of Paper Crafts. (Which, by the way, is an incredible issue.) I received some emails with questions about two of them, so here they are…

The first has layered stars to form a shaped card. Just mix and match scraps and you are good to go! I cut the stars with my Silhouette, but you could use THIS die set too.

Here is another from the issue. It shows using a circle punch to create waves, and to create a cloud mask to ink over…

Also, there is a bonus card online HERE

Off to rest. Oh, and today I share my birthday with someone sweet. Yes, today is Lila’s one month birthday. Doesn’t she look excited about it? Ha – this photo I got with my phone cracks me up…





Stamping on Glitter

Hello stampers.

Today I have a card up on the Paper Crafts Connections blog showing how to stamp on glitter. Yes, it is possible! Be sure to head THERE to read a bit about how it is done.

Here is another idea using this technique, but with a different spin…

First, I covered white cardstock with a piece of Be Creative Tape Sheet (double sided adhesive). I then sprinkled on Warm Highlight Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter and burnished it (rubbed well) with a bone folder. This presses the glitter in good, making it look like shiny velvet and also keeping it from rubbing off. (It really does work! Love this glitter – it is unique!) Because it is micro fine, it gets very smooth and subtle. Lovely.

I then stamped the new Paper Smooches fire image on top of the glitter with Jet Black Archival Ink and added coloring with Copic Markers. When using Copics on this glitter, I just kinda dab the tip to color and it blends quickly and easily when you add other colors. If you color back and forth too much it may bleed a bit. But if it does? No worries. Just “erase” the extra color with your colorless blender. You can also use Sharpies for this coloring, too.

Looks so cool in real life.

The background is the Neenah Desert Storm kraft cardstock – such a great subtle color that looks good as a backdrop for bold colors. And I embossed it with THIS great embossing folder.

Again, be sure to head HERE to the Paper Crafts blog for another glitter card idea. See you soon.


Enabling and a card share…


Popping in to let you know about some great new products. Simon Says Stamp has lots of new dies in stock – both from Memory Box and new ones from SSS themselves. Heavenly. You can find them all HERE. And these are my faves – off to place an order myself…

First up is THIS amazing die from SSS. (Which happens to be the writing of my dear friend.) Absolute perfection…

Hello, lovely daisies. You make me happy…

And a hexagon border die? Yes please…

 This tree is from Memory Box. There are also dies you can get to cut leaves for it…

And I can never pass up a gorgeous, detailed butterfly

Lovely, eh? You can see all the new dies HERE. Don’t say I didn’t warn you and your wallet. :)

Now for a quick card share. This one was in Paper Crafts magazine – you can find out more HERE.

I have gotten a lot of questions about the greeting on this one. I cheated – it is computer-generated. I do this a lot when I want a unique message or need a certain size. Easy!

Have a good night.

Go To Gals Product Challenge Blog Hop – Bazzill


Today I am part of a Go To Gals Product Challenge Blog Hop and we will all be using goodies from Bazzill.

My favorite product from Bazzill is their Dotted Swiss Cardstock. This cardstock has a subtle raised dot pattern. Unlike do-it-yourself-with-embossing-folders embossed papers, you can stamp on this cardstock. And their pack of Dotted Swiss has three shades for each color – lovely!

Here is a card I created with some of this cardstock, along with a clear embossed background. I just love how well Bazzill cardstock works with clear embossing – makes such a striking image.

I also stamped a Technique Tuesday greeting from Ali Edwards

Here is another one I did with these Dotted Swiss cardstocks. This time I used white embossing powder with the Hero Arts Newsprint Tulips… (This stamp is a new fave of mine!)

To be able to stamp with black over the white embossing, I used black Staz-On ink. Works well!

So next be sure to check out the other Go To Gal blogs, and the Paper Crafts Connections blog…

Over on the Paper Crafts Connection blog, I am sharing several more card ideas using these products. Be sure to check it out – we are also giving away a set of these cardstocks and the fun stamp. Here’s a peek…

See you soon!


Encouragement Card + Paper Crafts Giveaway


A quick share for you – this was in a recent issue of Paper Crafts. I rarely share the cards I have in there, but wanted to share this one. If you are like me, you are in constant need of cards with messages like this one…

A little Glossy Accents goes a long way in adding some dimension and shine to those little hearts.

The greeting was generated on my computer… the band aids were colored with Copics… and the paper is My Mind’s Eye 6×6.

By the way, those band aids are from THIS Lawn Fawn set. The stamp actually has the smile on it. But for the first two band aids, I just left it uninked and stamped in the heart instead. Another way to get more from your stamps…

Cute set, eh?

I have a fun giveaway today – the new Paper Crafts Party Ensembles book! This book is a lot of fun – has over 140 party ensembles with over 1000 projects. I have a few in there and here is a peek at one. It is to celebrate Uncle Mike Day – something our family does every year. (There is a holiday for every other person in the family – why not fab Uncles?) To see the whole thing, check out page 114 of the book…

For your chance to win a copy of the Paper Crafts Party Ensembles book, just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pmEST. Good luck.

The winners of the May Arts ribbon bundles include: Jodi A, Jennifer Snyder and Jennifer Harris. I emailed you.


Quick Valentines + Free Download

Hey there.

I shared some cards over on the Paper Crafts Connections blog today. Quick. Simple. Happy. Lovey. Dovey. Valentines.

And the best part? Just go HERE to download the FREE pdf with these owls and sentiments. The owls are Hero Arts digital images… but this pdf is free free free. Time to whip out some Valentines!

Just download, hit print, color and add to cards.

I also used some fun Echo Park papers on this. Love their 6×6.

See you soon!