Hello Sunshine // Air Plant Love

My love affair with air plants continues. So much so that I fashioned an air plant out of an image from the LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set for this card!

Hello Sunshine mft sweet succulents

To start, I stamped one of the succulents from the stamp set, colored it with my copics and cut it out using it’s coordinating die.Β  I then separated some twine into very thin strands and affixed three strands to the back of the succulent image with some tape. I made it so that two of the strands came down around the bottom of the succulent and could then be pulled up so that they laid on top of the image. The third strand stayed at the back. This way, when I collected the three strands together it looked as if the succulent was hanging in the air, supported by the strings.

Hello Sunshine

I got out some of my scalloped-edge paper from Paper Source and stamped the Hello Sunshine sentiment (from the Altenew Hello Sunshine set) in my favorite VersaFine Black Onyx ink.I then affixed the succulent to the card with some foam tape and gathered up the strings. I tied a knot toward the top, just for a little added interest, and affixed the rest of the twine onto the back of the card with some tape. I tied a bit of extra string around where the knot was so that some loose ends of string hung down.

MFT sweet succulents hello sunshine card

I mounted the scalloped panel onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I decided it looked a little to plain, so I added a bunch of random dots here and there using a Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black. I contemplated adding sequins, but I figured I should leave well enough alone!

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Ninety Years

Last week, my lovely grandmother turned 90 years old. Ninety! Her kids, grand kids and great-grand kids all got together last weekend to celebrate her.


Isn’t she the cutest?! She’s one of the most gentle, kind and caring people I know. She has shared with me her love of flowers and gardening, and her insatiable sweet tooth so this card seemed like a good fit.
90th birthday card
I absolutely adore the Happy Day stamp set from Concord & 9th. I stamped out the cake in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics. I also stamped out the little flags and made a custom 9-0 cake copper. I popped the image up on some fun foam and adhered it onto a water colored panel.

90th birthday card

I finished off the card with some pale pink sequins. I used the Sophisticated Script stamp set (also from Concord & 9th) to customize Grandma’s envelope.

90h birthday cardI hope she sticks around for another 90 years!


A Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine birthday card

Making cards that are suitable for a male recipient can be difficult sometimes. When I need to make a card for a guy, I usually go straight for a Tim Holtz blueprint sketch stamp. The sketchy, architectural feel to them makes them perfect for masculine cards. For this card, I stamped the present image on some white cardstock, colored the box and the bow with copics and cut them out. I then stamped the image again on some vellum and adhered the colored-in box and bow on top of the vellum. I popped the colored image up with a bit of foam tape to give the card some added dimension.
Masculine birthday card

I recently purchased a Papertrey Ink horizontal stripes cover plate die and I can’t get enough of it. I think 9 of the last 10 cards I’ve made have included some horizontal background stripes, and I see no signs of stopping. I love how it adds a little extra somthin’ somethin’, so I used the negative cut from the die and popped that up onto my card base before I added my vellum panel and sentiment. The sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love stamp set.

Masculine birthday card

Quick and easy, and totally manly. :)


Tiny Cards

I was recently asked to make some business card sized cards – basically cards that are the same size as those that come attached to a bouquet of flowers from the florist. They were a lot of fun to make for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that the smaller size made it really easy to assemble just a few elements together to create a pretty little card. Plus they’re just so tiny and sweet!

Tiny cards

I tested out all different designs and techniques on the cards – some watercolor with emboss resist (a favorite of mine!), some ink blending with texture paste and stencils, and some simple stamping and copic coloring. Each card front measures about 3″x2.25″ meaning each card started with a 3″x4.5″ card base folded in half.


I’m really loving the look of bold black sentiments lately, so you see a lot of those here. Cut from black cardstock, the black sentiments are made from dies by Simon Says Stamp – Smile, Enjoy, and Hello.


The Smile stamp comes from the SSS Happy and Smile stamp set while the thank you sentiment comes from my trusty Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.


I think this hello card is my favorite. Something about the colors of the watercolor wash and that bold, black sentiment!

I hope everyone has an great weekend!


Farm Animal Birthday Cards

A short and sweet post today! I wanted to share two birthday cards I made for a coworker recently.

Two Farm Animal Birthday Cards

For both cards, I used texture paste and stencils to create the patterned backgrounds – a SSS Tiny Dots stencil for the card with the cow, and a SSS diagonal stripes stencil for the card with the chicken. Once the texture paste dried, I used distress inks to do some ink blending over the paste to create a colored background. The animals and sentiments are stamped withΒ  the SSS Birthday Farm Animals set and are colored with Copics. I finished both cards off with a few Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!


Birthday Blueprints

Popping in today to share some recent projects. I’ve been loving the Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprints set because it’s so easy to create quick cards with.

Sometimes I just stamp an image from the set in archival ink, and then do a crazy watercolor wash over the top. Mount it to a card base and I’m finished. I love the structural blueprint quality of the stamp and how it contrasts with the haphazard watercolor effect.



My other favorite way to use this set is with my copic markers. I’ll stamp the image in black on a card base, then stamp it a few times on some scrap paper. I color elements of the images I stamp on the scrap paper and then cut parts out and pop them up on top of the image on the panel. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but it gives the card some nice dimension that you can’t really see in these photographs.


There are several fun blueprint stamp sets by Tim Holtz. I’m having so much fun with the birthday set that I might have to add some others to my stash. What’s your favorite Tim Holtz stamp set?


Tiny Heroes

Mama Elephant Tiny Superheros CardHow can you not love a card with a tiny super hero and her super hero cat on it?!

I think you're super duper cardFor this card, I simply die-cut a circle window into a card panel. Then, I stamped my super-girl onto another panel, masked her off and used distress inks to color a yellow and orange background (I even added a few water droplets to the distress ink because..why not?). It ended up looking like the little lady is flying a bit too close to the sun!

Mama Elephant Tiny HeroesI colored the little kitty to match, mounted him (her?) on the front of the panel next to the sentiment, and then stamped a few stars here and there to add a little oomph.