Spooky but Cute! Cards using old and new plus Frankenpapers!

Hi friends! We have 3 fun card today!

Some say it’s too early or Halloween but crafters need to get started early to have time to make and send them.

Plus, I just really love Halloween cardmaking!

So pour yourself a cup of hot cider, or a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy a spooktacular trio of cards!

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I hope this inspires you to use your stash and send some Halloween cards this year! Happy craffting!

Trendy! Slimline Card, Lots of Inky Goodness!

Hi friends! Finally I am up on a cardmaking trend! Slimline cards. They are cards that fit a standard business envelop and they length gives you a bit more space to decorate and just takes a normal stamp to mail unless you go crazy with the heavy embellishments.

Watch the video and see how!

This is a fun way to easily color an image and make a background, It was a lot of fun. For this project you will need a large image to color, blending sponges and cardstock. You will also need inks, stencils and black embossing powder.

*This video is not sponsored but the Magic Mushroom blenders and stamps were sent to me from Local King Rubber Stamps for review * Coupon code for 20% off non-sale items at Local king: tfcyt20 *Good through end of August 2020 *Have a look around, they have so many great stamp and die sets! I’ll have a review of the blenders next week!

What do you think? Are you going to make a slimline card? Let me know! Til next time Happy crafting!

Cards that are”Sew” Sweet!

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I made a card huh? The ones I am going to share today can be used for many occasions and the design and techniques are versatile enough that you can change up the focal and background stamps to any theme you like!

That’s what’s great about versatile techniques, you can watch a tutorial and then make it your own. Why should our cards look exactly the same, where’s the fun in that?

I hope you enjoy this real-time chatty video! I’m kicking it “old school” (don’t burn your hands off.)

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You can embellish with real buttons, clothing tags, or labels so don’t fret if you don’t have the button/bobbin die I do. There’s no crying in baseball and no fretting in card making. Happy crafting!

Altenew Blog Hop & August Release (Prizes Too!)

Hi friends and welcome to folks finding my blog from Amber Rain Davis‘ blog. I was thrilled to be able to participate in the Altenew blog hop this month. With how crazy this year has been it has been nice to make some fanciful art!

Click the pic to see all the new goodies!

I found a pack of 5 cotton face masks at a local department store and thought they would be perfect to alter!

I stamped the new Beauty Within stamp set from Altenew on the fabric mask with Obsidian pigment ink and then heat set it. I also die cut the flowers and leaves to make masks (you could also stamp extra images out and hand cut them if you don’t have the dies) so I could create an image with several stamps. Then I painted the design with Inktense blocks because they are permanent when dry, even on fabric! I added accents with textile paint (I didn’t want to do this all in fabric paint because I thought it would make the mask hard to breathe in) and I also added some depth with Tulip fabric markers. I heat set the mask with a embossing heat gun when it was dry but you could also use an iron. Tip: If you find it hard to stamp on the mask stretch it over a large acrylic block and clip in in place with binder clips. If the stamped image is missing some parts you can fill them in with a black fabric marker. I recommend washing the mask by hand separately the first time you wash it in case any dye transfers. Mine washed beautifully!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 8/17/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. 

All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/20/2020.

Here is the entire blog hop list in case you get lost:)

Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Laurie Willison

Vicky Papaioannou

Nathalie DeSousa

Nicole Watt


Svitlana Shayevich

Lydia Fiedler

Maryam Perez

Amber Rain Davis

Lindsay Weirich You are here!

Erum Tasneem

Lilith Eeckels

Dana Joy

Therese Calvird

Tania Ahmed

Norine Borys

Lydia Evans

Reiko Tsuchida

Jessie Banks

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate before heading to the next stop on the hop Erum Tasneem‘s blog! Good luck and happy crafting!

Fun Mixed Media Cards with Stencils (No Gelli Plate Needed!)

Today we are going to have a really fun time playing with stuff I bet you already have!

This is the first video I have filmed since I hung up quilts and did a bit more sound deadening in the new space. I hope it sounds good! 🙂 Relax, enjoy, hang out and craft with me!

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I hope this inspires you to dig out your stencils and play! Happy crafting!

Stamping with bleach & tinfoil!

Hi friends! I though with many of us being stuck at home I’d revisit a technique using supplies that almost everyone has.

We are going to use bleach and tin foil! Watch the video to see how these household helpers can be fodder for fun Father’s day cards!

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  • For bleach stamp pad you will need a tray or plate, folded paper towel and household bleach *I recommend washing your stamps with soap and water after using with bleach.
  • Stamps: Katzelkraft owls, Katzelkraft Accessories and Steampunk Ornaments
  • Cardstock in brown, white, and cream. This is the white cardstock I use for stamping
  • Gear die
  • Metal gears
  • Screw top brads
  • For the foil you can use a metallic foil paper like this or take household tin (aluminum) foil and coat it with alcohol ink and let dry and you will have a very similar surface that I used. Alternatively you can also paint the foil after embossing and sand some off when dry. It will all look awesome and you can use what you have!

I hope this project sparked some ideas of things you can make with household objects. Til next time happy crafting!

Kinetic Card: Blooming Bouquet!

Hi freinds! Today I am going to show you how to make a card that moves when you pull the tab!

Watch the video to see how!

To see the colored pencil blending demo for these flowers/leaves check out this video.

Supplies: (affiliate links used)

I got a great suggestion from a couple of viewers who suggested using clear plastic packaging or acetate cut into strips for the blooming mechanism and that is a perfect idea! I hope you give something like this a try and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Watercolor Powder Backgrounds & Sourdough Update!

Hi friends! Today we are going to dive into the world of watercolor pigment powders. They have been around for a few years so if you like to keep up with the trends chances are you might have purchased some of these in the past. I hadn’t seen many people using them lately so I thought it would be a good time to take them for a spin again!

Watercolor pigment powders are made by many companies, today I’ll use a variety including Colourcraft’s Brusho, Ken Oliver Color Burst, Magenta’s Nuance Powder, Cosmic Shimmer and Infusions by Paper Artsy. Any of these brands will work for today’s techniques. You can even use fabric dyes but you want the kind that have the mordant (salts or soda ash) separate. I have had good luck with Tye-Dye kits but bad luck with Rit as it has the salt crystals in it and it keeps the color from reacting as intensely. I prefer the powders that use multiple colors like the Paper Artsy Infusions do but you might like others. There are a lot to choose from!

I made more backgrounds than I did cards but that’s OK, they will keep. I cut all my paper to layering size (4″x5 1/4″) prior to working so when dry they will go into my paper storage, You might remember a couple of weeks ago I cut all my scraps down made lots of serendipity papers in that size. I’m telling you, cutting down my scraps was the best thing I ever did for cardmaking, I can make a card in no time now and the bins of paper are so inspiring to look at!

So, are you ready to get inky? A few tips before you begin:

  • Cover your workspace with plastic or a craft mat that will wipe clean. This will stain.
  • Wear gloves or be prepared to have multi colored hands for a day or two.
  • Pre cut all paper prior to beginning, Watercolor paper or bristol works the best with the watercolor powder but any thick white paper will also work, expectantly with the texture paste technique.
  • Create a space for the paper to dry, these will take a few hours to try so I usually do a project like this at the end of the day and leave them over night.
  • These powders are really fine and can easily be airborne so you might want to wear a mask (and nowadays we all seem to have them!


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I think projects like this are perfect when you have a couple of hours but you don’t really know what you want to do but you still want to be creative. There is no pressure for perfection and you are making so many little backgrounds that if you have a couple of duds it’s no big deal. It’s only a piece of paper! You could even stamp, stencil or gel print on any dud so there doesn’t have to be any waste. What was your favorite technique?

Sourdough Bread Update!

I made my first sourdough loaf yesterday and it was a hit! I used a King Arthur Flour sourdough bread machine recipe on the longer rising French bread setting and it was good but didn’t rise as much as it should have. I am experimenting today with the beginner sourdough loaf recipe from TheKitchn because that is where I got the starter recipe from and since it makes 2 loaves I am going to do one loaf (in a loaf pan) risen slowly overnight in the fridge and the other as a round artisan loaf (because I only own one loaf pan LOL!) risen at room temperature so I can serve it with dinner tonight. Both of those recipes require a small amount of baking yeast so it’s not a 100% true sourdough but my starter is only a week old and I am new at this so I am giving myself a break. I must say I enjoyed the crusty heel slice of yesterday’s bread toasted with Margarine today much more than the slice I had yesterday. The kids were disappointed that it was gone! I don’t think I am going to have a problem with discard starter in this family the way they like to eat bread around here! Anyway, that’s what’s going on in my neck of the woods:)

Happy crafting!

Sparkly & Fluffy Clouds!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun card that is loaded with color and sparkle!

I just love those fluffy clouds! Learn how to make this in today’s video!

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I was thrilled to find that iridescent embossing powder in my stash, I’m pretty sure I bought it 12 years ago at a yard sale for 10 cents so it was nice to put it to use! Have you unearthed any crafting gems crafting through your stash during quarantine? Let me know, old supplies are so fun to revisit. Happy crafting!