Autumn Colors

Fall is always my favorite season and I love using fall themed supplies!  I used paper and ribbon from stash, but the wood veneer leaves are pretty recent from Stampin’ Up.  I made several versions of this same card by just using different paper.


Feel Better Soon Cards

It is unusual for me to just sit down and create cards out of the blue.  Usually I have a purpose, like my card club or a holiday.  This pack of stickers just jumped out of my stash and demanded to be made into cards.  So I pulled out an embossing folder I have not used yet, some ribbon, and created these simple cards.  All around the theme of “feel better soon.”

Hopefully I will not need to send one of these cards to you any time soon!

Zentangle Background Card

I have been on a Zentangle kick lately.  The link takes you directly to the “official” website, but not all designs like this have to be officially called a zentangle.  Basically, the twists and patterns create the fun designs.  At first they seem impossible to draw, but if you watch a couple YouTube videos about the process, it becomes much more simple.  The whole mindfulness idea behind it really resonates with me too.  Then my friend Cathy told me about Stamptangle stamps.  Pre-stamped tangles to color.  A 40% off sale and I grabbed several designs.  I made the card below for my Happy Mail Card Club using Copic markers and Blendabilities.  It is hard to tell in the image, but there is a crackled finish on top from Distress Rock Candy.  The “hello friend” is just a sticker from a really old set I had.  I thought the black cardstock really made the image pop.  Just a fun, colorful card!

There will be plenty of stamptangle cards and Zentangles in my future!

Celebrate May Cards

This month for the Queen Bee swap I pulled out the Graphic 45 “A Place in Time” paper pad again.  This is the same line from the cards I made in February.  I just love the images and how quickly I can use them on cards.  I paired the May images with dark green and purple paper.  Some ribbon and embossing from the Cuttlebug and I was set.


Looking forward to May – hopefully a less busy month around here filled with beautiful weather!

Bazzill Love Card Swap

A few months ago, my friend Kristy showed me her cards from the Bazzill Basics Swap.  Basically, you pay $10 and receive a paper pack in the mail to make 10 matching cards.  You send those cards to Bazzill and they send you 10 back from other card makers.  I immediately joined the next round, which focused on the Love theme.  I am showing you my card here, but it was also featured over on the Bazzill blog.  I replicated the card from Five Pines Designs.  I used Spellbinder dies for the frames and an old Sizzix swirl die cut into pieces for accents.  The stamp is from a Close to My Heart set.  Maybe you can use the design on your next card!

Purple Cotton Doily Cards

This month for Paper Capers I decided to use several supplies that I have been on my mind for awhile.  First, I picked out the pack of purple cardstock with matching envelopes.  Next, I pulled in my cotton doilies.  I bought these doilies before I ever bought the paper kind.  Then I pulled out these vellum quotes that matched the purple.  All of the quotes are different and were sold on one piece of 12″ by 12″ vellum paper.  From there I was able to pull in some pink mulberry paper, clips from Stampin’ Up, purple ribbon, and pearls.  I decided the background was too plain, so I stamped a large background stamp with Versamark onto the cardstock and the outside of the envelope.  A few Nestabilities die cuts and voila, a new set of cards!


This was one of those card sets that really came together because I own a variety of supplies.  Glad I was able to make beautiful cards out of older supplies!

Simple Sympathy Card

Today I am excited to share a simple card I made for Paper Capers that actually involved a new technique for me.


I started with the idea to use one of my Unity stamp sets – a yo-yo with the phrase “through life’s ups and downs…i’m here.”  Then I picked out a set of cards and envelopes from my stash in a dusty color.  I felt inspired to use my plastic templates and Mister Huey mist from Studio Calico in the Clay color.  I misted the front of the card and the front of the envelope with the template in place.  It was very easy to wipe down the plastic template in between sprays. I used Distress Markers and an aqua brush on watercolor paper to create the soft look on the yo-yo.  A red marker filled in the lines to add some color.  I threaded a thick brown ribbon through a slit on top of the card to create the flat surface.  I stamped the yo-yo image straight onto the card to get the extra lines on the yo-yo.


The inside of the card includes the message with a heart punched out of the background paper.  I really like this combination of browns and red.  I use it a lot in my kitchen and living room decor.  I have definitely been in a mood to create cards this week – just have to find more time to spend in my craft room!  Until next time.