A Recipe for Tulips

The As You See It Recipe for Whimsey consists of Flowers, Die Cut/Punch, Ribbon or Twine, Something Shiny and Patterned Paper.  My Flowers and Watering Can were cut with dies by Hero Arts on plain white CS, I sponged on Wild Lilac and Grass Green for the tulips and highlighted them with a white Prisma Pencil. The Watering Can was cut with Soft Stone and colored with Copics C1 & C3 and added Clear Wink of Stella to make it shiny. For the bow I used a bit of purple and white Baker’s Twine. The Patterned Paper is from the Birthday Hoot PP by Gina K Designs. The mat is Wild Lilac on a Soft Stone card base. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for January.

Sympathy Cards

Sympathy cards are always hard to create, but when I had to create cards for three generations for my extended family it was especially hard. This is for my BFF whose three week old great granddaughter died suddenly. Using a makeup brush I used Lemon Drop ink on the Water Droplets stencil (Gina K Designs) for a soft background. The Daffodil, by Divinity Designs was colored with Copics and cut with the matching die. The sentiment is from Sincere Sentiments by Stampendous. The card base is soft stone, my new favorite card base.  I’m entering this in the Simon Says Monday Challenge to use a stencil.

This is for the baby’s grandmother. I used the Rose Lace background stamp by Gina K Designs stamped in Kraft on white with a Kraft card base. The sentiment is from Extra Grand Sentiments by JustRite, stamped in Dark Chocolate.

And this is for the baby’s mother. The Rose Lace Background was stamped in Innocent Pink, on a Dusty Rose card base. The sentiment from Peony Wishes was stamped in Stormy Sky. The butterfly die is from the My Hero January Kit, cut in  Dusty Rose. The body and antenna were colored with a black marker and highlighted with a Stardust Clear Glitter pen. I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge to use things with wings.

Neon Flowers

The challenge at the Mod Squad is to use neon colors. Just Us Girls has a word challenge this week – HEAL. This card should brighten someone’s day and help them heal. The flowers and stems are from Gina K Designs recent kit “A Big Hello” stamped in Hero Arts Neon Pink and Neon Green. The sentiment is from “Stippled Flowers” also by Gina K Designs. I swiped the Neon Pink around the edge of piece of white CS to create a mat, the used a Key Lime card base, which was the brightest green I could find.

Tag – You’re It!

Tags are a challenge for me, but I was inspired to make this for a friend’s birthday gift. I used the largest tag from the Tim Holtz Tag collection cut in Peach Bellini and the smallest tag in that collection cut from Soft Stone. I stamped Birthday Wishes from Wild Blossom by Gina K Designs all over the tag in Peach Bellini for a tone on tone look. I have a bunch of flowers and wraps cut using the dies from Hero Arts’ My Monthly Hero Kit for January 2020 – I’m having so much fun with those dies – cut in various scraps of card stock. The wrap Kraft. The flowers are highlighted with white ink and Copic markers. The tiny tag is stamped with a greeting from Mini Tag Sentiments by Divinity Designs.

More Stamptember cards

I have been adding to the Simon Says Stamp Blog for their Stamptemer releases for a few vendors. First is the Gina K Designs card I created. It was made with the Split Coast Stampers MISTI challenge in mind, as that challenge is all about a silhouette image. Wetlands 2 is the perfect set for silhouette images. The background was created with Tiny Textures.

Wetlands 2

The next card was created for the Hero Arts link. I recently acquired the Joy Burst woodblock stamp and decided to do a bit of watercolor.


These were both enjoyable to create. I used the SU Top Note die for the main cut of the Joy, and the wanted to pop the center up, so I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 dies. I like this stamp set. Hopefully I will put my thinking cap on and find other ideas for it.

Thanks for spending time looking at my cards.

Stenciled Waves

Stenciled Waves

This is for the Mod Squad challenge: http://modsquadchallenge.com/stenciled-background-tag-or-card/

Details: Stencil is called Waves from A Colorful Life: https://acolorfullifedesigns.com/waves/

I used Lawn Fawn inks: Moonstone, Forget Me Not, and Fish Tank in blending the color onto the stencil.

The Frame was created with a Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain woodblock stamp. I have had it for well over 10 years and it worked perfect for the frame. The brads on the frame are Gina K Designs from my stash, and the ink is Warm Cocoa also GKD.

The fish and sea creatures are from The Stamps of Life, Under the Sea. It is from an online class, so it is not available to purchase.

I had fun making this card. It is a 6 X 6 inch card to accommodate the stencil size. I didn’t want to cut it down once I finished stenciling it. This is the first time using A Colorful Life stencils. I like them and they are good quality.

Update from Mod Squad…This card was selected as a Top 3 winner.

Selected September 2019

Diamond Anniversary

My husband’s aunt and uncle celebrated their 60th anniversary this week. My task was to make an anniversary card marking this milestone and celebrating their love. I found a card on Split Coast Stampers that gave me the needed inspiration: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2662336?&si=diamond+anniversary

Following is my card. For the front, I used the bird builder punch, retired from Stampin Up, Stitched Season Framelits retired Stampin Up, silver foil and glitter paper from Hobby Lobby, a Spellbinder’s circle die, and a set from Maymay Made It called From All of Us. The Darice Floral Vines embossing folder was used for texture. The birds eyes are clear rhinestone embellishments that I used a black alcohol marker to give them color.

Diamond Anniversary Front

Following is the inside. I used How Many? from Maymay Made It, and Best Wishes from Hero Arts. The paper used for the card is Heavy Base and Layering Weight Ivory cardstock from Gina K Designs.

Diamond Anniversary Inside

You can’t tell it in the photo, but I added glitter to the number and exclamation point using a Glitter Gel Pen. Now we need to sign and mail the card.

Hero Arts Memories

Hero Arts is celebrating 45 years in business. I love Hero Arts stamps. I began stamping in 2000 and many of my stamps were Hero Arts. Hobby Lobby carried many Hero Arts stamps, both individual and in sets, and I purchased several. Here is a photo of a few stamps found in my collection from the 1990’s with colored stickers.

Hero Arts woodblock stamps

These will be entered in the Hero Arts Celebration post.