You Make My Heart Saur

Today I’m sharing a Valentine’s Day card using Dino Time stamps and Dino Prints Dies!


Hi, crafty friends, Cassie here! How are you all doing today? I’m doing great, because I’ve been in the craft room creating this cute Valentine’s Day card! It’s a pretty simple design that has some really fun details. Let’s jump right in.


I started the card for today by stamping out all of the dinosaurs from Dino Time on some 110 lb card stock with Copic safe ink. Then, I colored them in with my favorite peachy pink combo: R32, R30, R00 and R000. I used some R08 and R30 for their cheeks. Each dino got some white highlights with my gel pen, and was die cut using the coordinating Dino Time dies.


The next step was to create my die cut panel over lay. I took a piece of 110 lb cardstock that was cut to A2 size, and die cut the Dino Prints dies across the piece to look like footprints. Next, on another A2 size card panel, I ink blended Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I had no real rhyme or reason to how I did this. The only thing I kept in mind was where the foot prints were cut so that I didn’t have harsh lines in those areas. If you notice, some footprint areas fade from color to color, some fade to white. I like the variation of them, but if you were looking for a more solid shape, you could ink blend the whole panel.


I adhered the die cut panel over the ink blended one, and attached my dinosaurs with some adhesive to those pieces as well. I didn’t end up using them all, but the ones that I didn’t use were tucked in with the stamp set in case I can use them in the future. I also added some white dot details to each foot print area. Once everything was put together, all I had left to do was make my sentiment. I used a Copic marker to color a piece of card stock in a red shade and heat embossed one of the sentiments over the top with white embossing powder. To cut out the sentiment I used the smallest Stripes of Ease die and then attached it to the card using foam tape. And that’s it for my card today! I hope you enjoyed this cute Valentine. Have you started making your Valentine’s yet? It will be here before we know it! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon!

Little Star

Hi, crafty friends. Somehow we’ve made it back to Monday, which means it’s the start of a new week. I’m hoping, if you’re feeling the Monday blues, that you’ll get a little happiness in this Penguin Palace card I made for today’s post! Let’s jump right in.

img_2661I started the card for today by stamping out all of the sweet little images from the Welcome, Little One and colored them in with my Copic markers. I die cut them out and set them aside.


I just LOVE how cute these images are! So sweet. I took a circle die from YNS and die cut it from a 4×7 panel that I had of white, 110 lb card stock, and put kraft card stock behind it where the circles were cut out. Then, I arranged the images in a cluster at the bottom of the circles, and put the start in the top “corner.”


Everything was adhered down with glue and then I heat embossed the sentiment “twinkle twinkle little star” with gold embossing powder and die cut it with its coordinating die. I put that on with foam adhesive so that it stuck out a little more.


To finish the card I used my white gel pen to add some dots and details on the images, and then my card was complete! I hope you like the card for today 😀 This size is not one I’m used to, but it was a special request from a friend. It was fun to do something a little out of the ordinary! Be sure to head over to the Penguin Palace shop and check out the Welcome, Little One stamp set and more! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Craftin’ Desert Diva New Release!

Hi, all! I hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday night 🙂 I’m popping in quick to share some photos from the week that I’ve post on Instagram for the new, January release from Craftin’ Desert Diva! This release is so cute, and I can’t wait for you to see it all, but today I just have some cards with sneak peeks!


My first card showcases the Coffee Bundle, which has a stamp set, stencil and sequin packet. I love this bundle. Each of the pieces work so well together. I used the coffee bean part of the stencil to create a background for this cute little mouse and bird, and put it on top of a ink blended background. My sentiment was heat embossed on black card stock and popped up with foam tape.


Next I shared the card I made using the Pirate Pals stamp set. I love these cute critters and their pirate outfits. Plus there are tons of scene building images in this set. I also used a cloud stencil from CDD and heat embossed a sentiment from another stamp set.

I hope you liked the cards I made for this release! There are tons more sneaks on the Craftin’ Desert Diva Facebook page! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon with anther card!

Your Next Stamp Challenge

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend! I’m back today to share a card that I made for the Your Next Stamp challenge #105. Today’s challenge theme was “let’s see smiles.” Isn’t that a fun theme to create around?? Here’s what I came up with..


I created a Distress Oxide ink background by blending Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries over the surface of an A2 size card panel. Then I took a stripe stencil and laid it on top of the inked piece, and sprayed my water bottle over it. I love how this added some distressed looking stripes. I also splattered Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany and an opaque white paint over it for texture. I due cut one of the So Many Squares dies from white card stock and adhered it over the top of my distressed panel.


Next I stamped out the cute food from Carnival Food Fun, and colored them in with my Copic markers. They were die cut using the coordinating dies, and I popped them on with adhesive, only using foam tape on the popcorn. When I stamped out the glasses I wanted them to be those 3D glasses that you used to get back in the day, so I colored one lens red and one blue! I think these goofy little characters would make anyone smile!


To finish off the card I heat embossed the sentiment from the set on some black paper and trimmed it down. I also used foam tape to adhere this to the card. And then my card was complete! Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and see the rest of the team’s cards and inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment over there to enter yourself for a chance to win a prize! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again with another card soon!


I’ve Got Somefin to Say!

Today I’m sharing a circle card featuring ink blending and Copic coloring!

Hi, everyone! It’s Cassie here, and I’m back to share another card with you today. Ever since I saw Sindhu’s cute circle shaped card waaaaayyyy back when the last release first came out, I knew I had to try making a circle scene card. I’m so happy with how it turned out. I started by die cutting the largest circle from the Stitched Circle die set from a piece of 110 lb white card stock. This would become the background for my card. I die cut another of the largest circles, and this time used one of the Slopey Joes dies to create a hilly portion that would become the sand. Both of these pieces were colored using ink blending tools. The blue portion was made using Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon. The sand was made using Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber and Frayed Burlap. I did splatters on both of the pieces in some of the colors I mentioned, as well as with a white opaque paint. I love to splatter things up, and it added the perfect texture for this card! I also die cut some of the Stitched Stones dies and added some ink and splatter to them as well.

Next I stamped out all of the images from the Oceans of Love stamp set and colored them in with my Copic markers. I didn’t end up using every image that I colored, but the ones I didn’t use I just put in the stamp set sleeve for the next time I go to use that set! I added some white gel pen accents and die cut them out with the coordinating dies. Then I started arranging my scene!

Once everything was laid out I adhere it all down with some glue. A couple of the images were popped up with foam tape. Next, I die cut four of the Thanks word die from a light blue card stock and adhered them together. I adhered that down to the center of the card, added some shimmer pen and glossy accents and let it dry. For the small strip sentiment, I heat embossed the stamp on some darker blue cardstock, die cut it with the Strips of Ease die, and popped it on with more foam adhesive. As a finishing touch I added some white Nuvo Drops around the card, and adhered another circle die with a folded flap to be my back/inside panel to the card. And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed the card I created. Do you make a lot of uniquely shaped cards? I love them, but I don’t do nearly enough! I appreciate you stopping by today, and I’ll see you again with another card!



Create A Smile Challenge

Hi, everyone! I’m back today with some fun news and a card to share with you! I’m so excited to announce that I’m joining the Create A Smile Challenge Design Team!! I’m looking forward to bringing you cards each month that I’ve created using their adorable stamps and other products. Today we are kicking off the first January challenge and the theme for this challenge is: kraft. I love using kraft card stock, so this was such an easy one to start with 🙂


I love this freebie with the bird and the coffee cup from Create A Smile, so I decided to use it to make a background to color. I was going to print it on some Copic friendly cardstock, and then I realized-the challenge is kraft! I should use some colored pencils and go full out. It was super easy to resize the image and repeat it in a photo editor and then I printed it straight onto the card stock. I trimmed it down to fit my card base, and went to town with my color pencils.


I kept the coloring really simple. I’m not the best with colored pencils, but I love using them. This image was so easy and simple to work with. Once I had all the images colored, I added back some of the black lines that I had colored over with a fine tip Copic Multi Liner. The spots I need to do this this most was the details in the birds. I also added some white gel pen dots. just to fill in the open space and add some detail.


I took another freebie from the blog and also printed it on some kraft card stock. For the word ‘year’ I used some brown Copics and made an ombre effect so that they faded towards the top. I trimmed that down and matted it onto some black paper. This was adhered to the card with foam tape for a little dimension. I also had printed some of the bird images in different sizes onto some Copic friendly paper for later. I colored one of the birds and fussy cut him out, adhering him atop the sentiment. And that’s my card for today! I hope you liked this take on the kraft challenge! Be sure to head over to the CAS post for this challenge and learn about how you can play along with us 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you with another card soon!

Bee Happy

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday. I’m back to share a bright and cheery card for Penguin Palace! It’s weird to think that the holidays are over and it’s time to move on to the next seasonal project. But that’s just what I’m doing today by sharing a Valentine’s Day card with you!


I started the card today with a background die that created polka dots from a piece of white card stock. I ink blended yellow ink from Catherine Pooler onto the die cut panel and adhered it to a piece of black card stock. I also die cut a scalloped circle from the lower right side to highlight my scene. Then I got inky!


I stamped out a handful of the images from the Bee Happy stamp set. These cute little bees and the scene building images are so fun. I love all the possibilities this stamp set provides! Once I had colored everything with my Copic markers, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies.


I also stamped out some of the trails with red ink to make it more in the Valentine’s color realm. The images were arranged  to make a little scene of these two cuties exchanging Valentine’s Day presents. I wanted the sentiments to match the ink color of the trails, so I took the same red in and swiped it across some heavy weight white card stock until it was completely covered. To finish the sentiments I heat embossed two of the sentiments from the set on the red inked paper and then trimmed them down. They were adhered with foam tape.

img_2585To finish the card I added some pink and white Nuvo Drops and tucked some gold string beneath the beehive and under the scalloped circle. That finishes my card! I hope you liked it. Do you think it’s too early for Valentine’s cards?? I have to admit, it’s never too early for me. I’m always behind, so getting a head start always helps 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of your day, and I’ll see you again soon!

Your Next Stamp January Blog Hop!

Hi, and happy release day everyone! The January release is now available for Your Next Stamp and you won’t want to miss it! We’re celebrating with a blog hop today, so be sure to read on and find out how you can be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the YNS store! Let’s jump right in to my card for today!

IMG_25701When I saw the Carnival Food Fun stamp set I knew I had to color it in. Especially that piece of pizza! YUMMMM! I created a really simple card design using that image and all of the cute little faces from the set, by stamping them in the Black Olive ink from YNS. I used that ink because it’s perfect for Copic markers and won’t bleed.

I colored all the pieces of pizzas in and filled in the background with another Copic marker. I splattered the whole panel with white paint, and heat embossed the cheeky sentiment on some black card stock. Then I die cut it with the Washi Tape Die. I added it to the card panel with foam tape. To finish the card I used one of my other favorites from the release. I die cut the Floating Heart Panel die from white card stock and colored some hearts with a dark gray marker. I glued them to the card and added Glossy Accents to them to make them pop.

And that finished my card for the hop! If you want to be entered for a chance to win the $25 gift card to the Your Next Stamp be sure to leave a comment and keep hopping and leaving comments by clicking the blue button below:

And don’t forget to use the coupon code when you’re ordering the new release! You’ll get 20% off your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you liked my card and that you’re having fun on the hop! Be sure to leave a comment, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!


Hello Pumpkin!

Hi, everyone! Happy Thursday! I’m back to share another Heffy Doodle card with you all today. I’m still on the Veggie Patch kick and I had to make this card for my friend that I don’t get to see often enough. The last card I created that didn’t have any coloring seemed to be a hit so I decided to give it a try again! Let’s jump in.
I started the card for today by taking by taking a piece of 110 lb, white card stock and the Slants Vs. Rhombies stencil and ink blended Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink over it. Once I had a good layer of ink down, I removed the stencil and used my heat tool to dry the ink. I did this because I planned on heat embossing over the top of the stenciling. I took the largest heart from the Veggie Patch stamp set and stamped it with VersaMark ink. I used white embossing powder and heated it to get a nice smooth finish. I wanted a little more interest, so I added some white gel pen dots around the panel as well.

Next I stamped two of the pumpkins with the same VersaMark ink onto some Bristol Smooth card stock. I also heat embossed them with the same white embossing powder. Then it was time to get inky again! I used my ink blending tool and, what else, Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide ink to color these cuties in. I splattered one with some water for a little texture, and added some pink to their cheeks with a pink Copic marker.

I also added a little Twisted Citron to the stem. To finish off the card I adhered the pumpkins to the stenciled piece with foam tape. I also heat embossed a sentiment onto some kraft card stock and trimmed it out with the Stripes of Ease die. And that’s my card for today! I hope you enjoyed this non-coloring card that I created! Do you love coloring, or do you like to skip it for cards like this one? Thanks so much for stopping by today and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Tis’ The Season

Hi, everyone! It’s Cassie here, and I’m so excited to share my very first Craftin’ Desert Diva post with you as a design team member! This week, the design team is creating projects around the theme “Anything Goes.” This was perfect, because I’m still in the mood to use my Christmas stamps! I made a cute but simple thank you for the loved ones that spoiled me these last week. 


Because I want to make a ton of holiday style thank yous, I tried to keep this design simple. Despite that fact, I knew I had to do some coloring and these cute images from the Holiday Sweater stamp set were calling to me! I stamped the adorable moose from the set with some Copic friendly ink onto a 110 lb white card stock. I colored him in, keeping the colors used to a minimum so that it was quick. I just love those lights tangled in his antlers! I ended up fussy cutting him out, which did take some time, but I LOVE how it looks with the background. 


Too cute, right?! Next I worked on the background, which I kept really simple. I used the Hill Scene 2 Stencil to create some snowy hills. Using my ink blending tool, I used circular motions to blend the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink, fading it towards the bottom. I did three layers of the snow banks, then flipped the stencil around and used it to mask the snow banks and blend Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose for the sky. Once that was done I took some white paint and splattered it with my paintbrush over the entire piece for some fluffy snow. I splattered it on the moose too, so it looked like he was getting hit with flurries as well 🙂 

IMG_2537Once the ink and paint were dry I stamped the sentiment “Tis’ the Season’ from the same Holiday Sweater stamp set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed gold embossing powder over top. I love the pop of gold amidst all that pink! I adhered the cutie moose flat to the card with some tape runner adhesive, and finished the card off with some flat, iridescent sequins from the Bubblegum Sequin mix! I also added some Glossy Accents to the light bulbs, ornaments and star. And that’s my card for today! I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!!