Wishing You Joy // A Bridal Shower Card

Wishing You JoyWedding season is fast approaching, so today I’m sharing a recent bridal shower card.

SSS Wishing You Joy CardSince I don’t yet have any wedding- or bridal shower-specific stamps in my stash, I used all kinds of items that I already had to create something delicate and pretty – appropriate for a bridal shower. The card’s got a lot going on – dry embossed roses on the paper (using an embossing folder), a strip of black ribbon, enamel dots, a die cut sentiment, washi tape, vellum, a wood veneer heart, sequins. All kinds of stuff.




Hey There Sweetie // More Cupcakes on Cards

Hey There Sweetie Card

I guess this is more of an ice cream sundae and less of a cupcake. Either way, I am having a lot of fun with the Sweets & Treats stamp set from Wplus9. I used the clear cut stackers circle dies to cut several circles in the cards, and also used to dies to make frames. I colored the circle frames and the ice cream sundae with copic markers.

Wplus9 Sweets & Treats card

I used some glossy accents glue on the ice cream to give the fudge a shiny look. Hopefully you can see a bit of that shine in the above photo.

Hey There Sweetie




Like Cookies Need Milk

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day. My husband and I are celebrating tonight, and I thought I’d share the card I made him. I don’t think he reads my blog too often, so it should stay a secret long enough.

Valentine's Day CardI used the Milk & Cookies Stamp set and coordinating dies from Wplus9 to create the card. I used memento tuxedo black ink to stamp out the black and white elements on the card front and shaded them with some neutral gray Copic markers. I used Sweet Gelato ink for the straw. I also covered the straw in glossy accents to give it some dimension and shine. I used some stitched rectangle dies to create the white front panel, and the gray panel (Fog card stock), and created my own patterned paper background using Versamark ink and the round heart stamp from the Milk & Cookies stamp set. I popped several elements up using some foam tape and then mounted everything onto a red cardstock card base.

Milk & Cookies CardI witnessed my husband eating more than half of a box of Oreo cookies in one sitting last week, so I think this card is pretty perfect :)Milk & Cookies Valentine's Day Card



Wishing You Happiness

It’s finally Friday! Glad we all made it though another week. Pointed Feathers and Watercolor cardI’ve been testing out some lighting and settings on my camera lately, and I’m still trying to come up with the best set-up so that I can start getting some of my cards properly photographed (especially when the winter doldrums have arrived and the sun always seems to be in hiding). I’ve found some great blog posts at Lime Doodle Design about cards and lighting and am going to try to incorporate some of those great tips into my photo-taking adventures. I’d say these are a tad overexposed, and noisy, but everything is a work in progress! and I’d be happy to hear some other photography tips if anyone wants to share.

Watercolor Feather CardAnyway, I thought I’d share some photos of a card I put together recently, using some die cut feathers that I’d had lying around for a while.Months ago, I took a large sheet of watercolor paper, washed with color and splattered here and there, and then die cut some pointed feathers from them. Once I had everything cut out, I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to put everything together, so I set them aside for a bit. Coming back to them weeks later, I decided they’d just look nice lined across a simple card with a small sentiment.

Wishing You Happiness CardI used the Wishing and Sending stamp set from Simon Says Stamp for the sentiment, and placed some Moonshine sequins on the panel, and mounted it onto a sheet of pattered paper from Lawn Fawn. Then I mounted everything onto an A2 size card base and called it a day.

Wishing you happiness and a wonderful weekend!


DIY, Inspiration

DIY Confetti Bags for New Years Eve

I hope everyone had a merry and blessed Christmas! Mine was great. Lots of family time and lots of good food. I think I’m finally coming down off of the 4 day sugar high I was on, too.

I’m just popping by today to share this great idea for a quick and easy New Years DIY that I saw this morning on the LawnFawn YouTube channel. I loved it so much I had to share.

I just love how fun and colorful the confetti bags are. They add a nice hand-made touch to a new years celebration, yet they look super easy to make. I wish I had thought of them myself! Since I’ll be celebrating at someone else’s house on New Years Eve, and won’t have to clean up, I might have to make some of these bags to bring along…. :)

And just in case you’re looking for some more easy New Year DIY projects here are a few others that I love:


Cards, DIY

Christmas Tags + Goodie Bags

This year, I made lots and lots of gift tags. I used the gift tags for little goodie bags that I gave out to everyone in my department at work. It was a lot of work, but I had a lot of fun making the tags and assembling the bags. And, I imagine that the gift tag recipients might even re-purpose the tags as Christmas tree ornaments – two gifts in one.

Christmas Gift Tags

Joy To The World Gift Tag

I started off making some [what I like to call] graphic cards, with various stamps and die cuts, and then switched over to using watercolors for a totally different look. I didn’t want any two tags to look exactly the same, which can be kind of tedious when you’re making 12+ tags…I love to make my life difficult.

Watercolor Christmas Gift Tags

Water Colored Gift Tags

Then, I decided to use distress inks on the tags, for lots of color, and a different effect (and here begin the iphone photos). After stamping various backgrounds and sentiments with several stamp sets (here, here, here and here), I heat embossed them using versamark ink and clear embossing powder, and used a mini ink blending tool to apply distress ink all over the card. The embossing resisted the ink to create a colorful background while retaining the crisp white image made with the stamps.

Stamped and Distress Ink Christmas Tags

I had fun experimenting with all of the different techniques, but tried to keep them all pretty similar by using the deer silhouettes as the focal point throughout. After die cutting the bucks, I embossed most of them with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing powder.   I also put together a few other tags using snowflake dies, and wrote the names of the recipient on the backs of the cards. Then it was time to assemble the goodie bags.

Goodie Bag Assembly

I slipped some cookies (Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip and Jingle Bell Bites), a candy cane and a gift card into each bag, and added some tissue paper for decoration. I tied the cookie bags with baker’s twine, and used jute twine to tie on the tags. These goodie bags are similar to the cookie boxes I assembled two years ago.

Christmas Goodie Bags

I used leftover tags (because I may have gotten carried away) to adorn some of the wrapped gifts I’ll be giving to friends and family.

wrapped gifts

Is anyone else adding a handmade touch to their gifts this year? Christmas just keeps getting more and more commercialized and I hate feeling like I’ve spent the holiday season at the mall. To me, making these homemade tags and little goodie bags is so much more satisfying. Although, next year I think I’ll start making the tags in July… :)

Happy gift-giving!




Hello Foxy Friend

I hope you’ll forgive the iphone photos, but I wanted to share two variations on this cute card I made a few weeks ago. And if you haven’t noticed from my instagram feed I’ll tell you now that I’m currently obsessed with the Hand Lettered Hello stamps and coordinating dies set from Wplus9. :)


I started with a 3 1/2 x 4 7/8″ card base (4bar size) and die cut a large circle in the front panel. I then stamped the cute fox from the Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods stamp set on a piece of scrap paper, and colored him in with Copic markers. I die cut him with the coordinating die set and mounted him on the inner panel of the card, inside the open circle, using some foam tape to give him a lot of dimension. I think he’s just so cute!

Hello Foxy Friend Card

For the sentiment, I used Hand Lettered Hello die from Wplus9. Instead of using colored paper, I created a custom-colored paper myself by coloring on a piece of white card stock (I used my copics for the orange on the first card, and Lake House dye ink for the blue of the second card). Then, I cut a few more “hellos” from some white card stock, and stacked them on top of each other to give the sentiment some dimension (two white ones underneath the colored hello on top). I adhered it to the front of my card base with some Tombow multi mono liquid glue.

Orange Hello

To finish,  I stamped “friend” from the stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink underneath the die cut sentiment. I love how the cards turned out!