Easy Hand-Drawn Frames for Quick Stamped Cards!

Hi friends! Do you ever get stuck in a rut or need a quick warm-up exercise before you start creating for the day? Or maybe you have the desire to create but you only have a few minutes? Today’s project is prefect for all of these situations ad you even end up with cute tags and cards for your efforts!


Watch the video to see how!

I hope this projects gives you permission to just go ahead and play with your supplies! Have fun and til next time happy crafting!

Colorful Rainbow Notecards, Bookmarks and Tags!

Hi Friends! This project is quick and fun and looking at it just makes me happy!


Best of all it needs only a few supplies. I made all of these with 2 sheets of cardstock (cutting diagram below) and a few stamps and shades of ink. Look in your stash and find a sentiment, background/shadow and a filler stamp (like the butterfly) and try this fun technique. sometimes all it takes is changing the size in which you work or limiting your supply choices to bring back your creative sparkle!


Watch the video to see how I made these and learn lots of tips and tricks!


You can get 3 card, 3 tags and 2 bookmarks from each piece of 8 1/5″ x 11″ cardstock. First cut it 6″x11″ and cut that piece into three 3″ wide pieces for cards and you will have a 2″ piece left for the bookmark. cut the remaining strip into 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles for tags or ATCs. (See cutting diagram above.)

Simply stamp each stamp in the same color of ink, overlapping the images as needed on the tags and cards and work on the bookmark each time you change ink color.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post today! Thank you for dropping by, please share this with anyone you think would enjoy it and til next time happy crafting!


Stamp School: Distressed Foiling with Stamps!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to use foil and stamps together to make a lovely card:


Watch the video to see how!

The stamp set I am using is a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set from Stampin Up! If you want to order this or anything else from SU and you don’t have a Demo please contact my friend Wendy Cranford, You pay less if you order through a demonstrator and she is not pushy at all:) She also has free ideas and giveaways on her blog, as well as a stamp club you can join.

Stamps: Botanicals for You Saleabration set (Stampin Up) *Tip, this is a free set when you order $50, to get the free set click special offers at the bottom of your shopping cart and you will see all of the free items you can pick from. Fun! Saleabration runs through 3/31/16
Heat n Stick powder (Stampin Up)
White cardstock
Gold striped notecard
Deco Foil
Heat gun *Note, using an iron and parchment paper might work better!
Dye ink in red, orange, yellow and green
Versamark ink

How to foil with Heat n Stick powder:
1. Stamp image with Versamark ink.
2. Sprinkle on powder and heat with heat tool.
3. Press foil to melted powder.
4. Reheat and repress foil if needed.

This technique gives you a fun distressed elegant look that I love. I hope you try it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Blended Sunset Window Card!

Hi friends! I am so glad you took a break from the cooking and cleaning and preparing that goes along with Thanksgiving Day in the USA to spend some time with me.  I am also thankful for everyone who spends time with me here not matter where you are from:) I had a lovely afternoon crafty shopping with my sister today and now I am relaxing by the fire and looking forward to tomorrows dinner at my parents house with family. Speaking of relaxing, I was so happy yesterday when I had a chance to have fun and create this card:


It was relaxing to make it up on the fly and let the colors go where they may. If you are looking for an artsy way to use your Gelatos or Water-soluble oil pastels give this a try!


Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School! Playing with Punches & Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to talk about the power of a paper punch! These are workhorses of any stampers studio and if you buy wisely you can end up with a ton of looks from just a few versatile punches.


I have to admit, I don’t have a ton of punches and the ones I use the most are basic: Circles, scalloped circles, flowers, tags and generic design elements like this mosaic punch (that I just got in the mail today and I think will b a new favorite-prepare to be sick of me using this LOL!) and labels.

Watch this video to learn more about punches and see how I made this card in real-time!



Reasons why punches are handy:

  1. All in one tool, no die cut machine to fuss with.
  2. Quick, cute shape, no cutting!
  3. Versatile: Google “punch art” to see really creative ideas of embellishments you can make with basic shapes, you will animals, Sesame Street characters, minions and more made from basic shape punches!
  4. You can make use of small scraps of paper that otherwise might be thrown away.
  5. Portability: It is easier to grab a few punches to take to a crop instead of a machine and dies.

Punch Tips!

  1. Choose basic designs to start, a circle or oval will be more useful than a balloon shape BUT you can easily make a balloon from a circle or oval!
  2. The more detailed the design (like a lacy corner) the more limited you will be with materials it will cut. Die cuts are generally better for really intricate designs.
  3. If a punch sticks you can put it in the freezer and it will usually pop back. You can clean and sharpen punches by punching through aluminum foil and use WD40 or another light oil to lubricate them if they stick, just punch through scrap paper until no grease remains.
  4. Make sure to buy the designs you will use the most from a quality brand but it is OK to get the $1 novelty ones you are only likely to use a few times too.🙂


I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have punches you give it a try! You can always trace stencils or use die cuts to get the look that I have here. The most important thing is to use what you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Don’t mind the aqua snow & WINNERS announced!

Hi friends!  This lovely penguin was standing on lovely white snow until I added the glue and glitter LOL!


Ah well, at least I had fun making it! I used the paper mache ATC I punched with my Skilled Crafter Pro Hole Punch last week, hey, that reminds me, I need to announce 3 winners who will get an awesome 6-hole punch!

The winners are…

Linda Duensing

Barb Macaskill

Jennifer C

Congrats Ladies! Check your email because you will be receiving a note from Skilled Crafter (check your SPAM folder) they will ask you for your mailing address so you can get your prize! If you didn’t win the Pro Hole Punch is still on sale for $3 off if you want to get one!

If you were wondering what the cute stamps and dies I used on this ATC ornament you can order them from my friend Wendy over at Luvin Stampin! It’s up to you whether or not you have blue snow LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



I can’t say “bye” to summer yet!

Hi friends! While I love Fall and the upcoming holidays, wood fires and crisp air I still feel the pull of hot summer days and salty air. I had to give summer one last hurrah and make some cards with the By The Tide stamp set I just got from Stampin Up!


I used my watercolor crayons to stamp with. I will show you how in today’s video. You can also use watercolor paints (ink the stamps up with a flat brush and not too much water) or watercolor pencils. I recommend experimenting on inexpensive cardstock until you get the hang of it. You can cut your practice up into matching tags too!

9″x12″ 140# Canson Watercolor paper (Cut into thirds to make 3 cards!)
Watercolor crayons or pencils
spray bottle of water and a water bucket
Stamps by Stampin Up!
By The Tide #129120
Perpetual Birthday Calendar (ink splotches) # 137167
Watercolor Wishes (the sentiment was from the card kit) #140406

Feel free to try this technique with any stamps you like! I want to thank Wendy from for sending me these fun stamps to try. She has lots of fun ideas on her website Luvin’ Stampin’ too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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