Floral Focus // Best Wishes

It’s been a while! I’ve been in a serious card-making rut, but I did manage to make this going-away card for a friend recently. The design is inspired by one of the many gorgeous cards made by Natasha Valkovskaya who has a wonderful instagram account that you should check out! I’ve seen her use the technique of stamping stripes over an image and then die-cutting it and popping it up on some dimensional foam, so that’s what I did here. I’ve seen many other great card makers use this technique, too. It’s a great one!

Best Wishes

I used a large outline bloom from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. I used images from Mama Elephant’s Brush Strokes set for the brush-stroke lines across the image. I stamped the lines using ApricotButtercup and Tutti Fruity pigment inks. The best wishes sentiment came from the SSS Birthday Farm Animals stamp set.

Best Wishes - detail

I’m sure there’s a name for this particular technique, when background-meets-focal-point, but I can’t seem to figure it out at the moment. If you know what it’s called, or have an idea of what to call it, let me know! I know many people have used this technique before.

Best wishes

Have a great week!



Merci Times Three// I’m back from the dead

It’s time to resurrect this blog. I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! No excuses, really. I got busy doing home improvement work (and I do plan to share some before and after photos soon), and then days turned into weeks turned into months. Going forward, I’m going to do my best to post weekly, and get back into the swing of things. I’ve even got a (mostly) functional craft room now, and having a space for creative work really makes a difference.

About a month ago, we had a housewarming party. It was great! Lots of friends and family came by to celebrate our new house with us and it was so nice to fill our new home with people we love. After the party, I got busy making thank you cards (lots of which have appeared on my instagram feed).

IMG_7987 This set of cards was relatively quick and easy. For two of the cards, I used the Brush Strokes stamp set from Mama Elephant, and an assortment of Mama Elephant pigment inks before stamping the Merci sentiment (from another Mama Elephant stamp set) on top of the brush strokes. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.


I also had a water colored panel lying around so I slapped a Merci sentiment on that, mounted it on a card base and called it a day.


Phew. It feels good to get a blog post written! For those of you who are still following along with me Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for sticking it out!

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