A Colorful Card {for your Monday!}

I was playing around with my homemade stain some more and made this card:


The tips on my homemade daubers are a little less than a half inch wide so coloring in the blocks on the embossed design was a snap! I also dyed the seam binding with the homemade stain!

Have a great Monday and til next time happy crafting!


Easy Gratitude Card

Need a 10 minute thank you card? How about this?

I used a cute little house stamp set I got a few years ago as a Sale-a-bration freebie from Stampin Up! but never used it until I put all of my tiny stamps out in the open (yes I took those wood SU! stamps right out of their package!) and put them in printers trays. This card went together in minutes. I used some homemade seam binding, an embossing folder, die cut and a bit of cardstock, nothing fancy. Did you notice I actually used a stamp wheel? I love having all of my stamps out in the open now because I USE them, you can see my stamp storage re-do on this post.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun with stamps and spray ink!

Howdy! Today is Saturday and I am getting ready for a day of face painting and crafting at the Parent Teacher Groups Spring Fair but first I want share a fun card to make and a few crafty tips! When I saw the challenge at the Papertrey Ink blog I had to play along. They challenged up to make spray ink. I misted the kraft cardstock with gold {homemade} spray ink and the ribbon was dies with spray ink too:

I mixed gold pearl-ex, water and a wee bit of gum arabic in mini spray bottle and sprayed my cardstock them ran it through my BigShot in an embossing folder. I thought I would be cleaning ink out of the nooks and crannies of my EB folder after that but amazingly it seemed to all stick to the paper. After the trip through the embossing machine the cardstock felt flimsy so I needed to re-enforce it with other paper, I chose a double-sided cardstock from K&Co and since I hate to see one side of the pretty paper covered up I freehand cut a fancy edge to revel some of the paper below.

and here is the inside:

  • Tip: to make a fancy symmetrical edge on a card simply cut one side and that the cutaway piece and line it up on the other side and trace it then cut on that line for a perfectly mirrored shape!

I also used homemade spray ink in a few colors to die my seam binding (I have rolls of this stuff in white and natural and I dye it as needed to match my cards. Just mix some water and a few drops of re-inker or watercolor in a spray bottle, shake and spray! I use a heat gun to quickly dry my ribbon. I also made my own stick pin by placing a drop of glue on the pin near the head and sliding on a bead. A great way to use up leftovers!

Whenever possible I like to either make a matching envelope or decorate a store-bought one. I cut a scrap of paper I used on the inside of the card to fit the flap and stamped butterflies and dots from Papertrey Ink on the envie, it makes the card all the more special don’t you think?

Well that’s it for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


I had a wonderfully relaxing holiday! After the hub-bub of Christmas was over I spent the last two days lounging around in my ne snuggie reading…what a life! It is so nice to relax after the holidays. I made this card a few months ago for the December/January issue of Ready Set Create and wanted to share it with you today:

Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: Neenah, Markers: Copic, Stamp: Jelly PArk, Ribbon: Sew True, Eyelets: Dritz

Oh if you like the crinkled seam binging ribbon you can see a video on how I made it below. Also you can get free shipping on the seam binding from Sew True with this code: 10122F. I reccomend buying the natural color, it crinkles better than white for some reason 🙂

It’s not to late to get your copy of December/January Ready-Set-Create! magazine packed with informative crafting articles, product spotlights and hundreds of scrapbook, card and craft projects, it’s ony $4 and you’ll have lots of new ideas and inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

kokeshi card challenge

We are having a gorgeous day here in the northeast so I’m gonna keep this post short and sweet! The theme at Oriental Stamp Art this week is kokeshi dolls and I used last weeks OSA card layout to make this card:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Markers: Copic, Paper: Basic Grey, Seam Binging Sew-True. Don't forget the handmade envelope!

I used a kokeshi stamp from About Art Accents, the doll sets are absolutely adorable and you get many stamps on a sheet, think of all the cool card you can make. I used two strands of clearance seam binding (see yesterdays post for deal info and free shipping coupon) as-is and made a bow (how easy) and wrapped it around my panel of BG kioshi paper (need more of that!) and I colored my image with copics:

This card also qualifies for the Caardvarks Challenge (clean & simple), and Wild orchid (ribbons and bows).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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