You Make My Heart Super Happy

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great first week of February. I love getting into this month and prepping all of my Valentine’s Day cards. Today I get to share a card I made for Your Next Stamp’s Valentine Series. The design team is all creating projects for Valentine’s Day! There have been a lot of fun projects already, and I have another one to show you today.

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For this card I really wanted to create a card that had a ton of the cute Your Next Stamp cats and dogs on it. I also really wanted to use some traditional Valentine’s Day colors. I started the card by ink blending Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink onto an A2 size card panel. Using a blender tool I made the color fade to the top in an ombre effect. I love this color, and it turned out so perfect. Next I took the small, solid heart from the new Carnival Food Fun stamp set and stamped it all over the panel. Sometimes I stamped directly on the panel and sometimes I stamped it off before putting it to the paper. This gave a variation of intensities. I also splattered the panel with some water.

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Next I die cut one of the So Many Squares Panel dies. I thought having all of the squares was going to be too busy (I already had a lot going on, and it was only going to get more crowded!) So I cut out the center squares with my scissors. I love that you could do this in a lot of different ways to make the die just what you need! I adhered it straight down to the ink blended panel. Next I stamped and colored a ton of the cats and dogs from COOL Cats, Paw-some Pups, and the Photo Booth stamp sets. I love all these critters separately, but together they are like their own little gang of friends 🙂 I stuck to the same two color combos using a cool gray and light tan Copic combo. I also made any of their collar etc. a bright pink. I trimmed everyone out, and arranged them how I wanted them on the card panel.

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Once everyone was in place and adhered, I just had some finishing touches to add to the card. I heat embossed my sentiment from the Whatnot Sentiments Set Eleven with white embossing powder and ink blended more of the Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide over it to match. That piece was trimmed down and adhered to the card with foam tape. Then, I ran the Floating Heart Panel Die through my die machine and used some of the hearts to add to my background. I put them all over and used them to fill in any places that I thought were bare. I also did this with gumdrops from the Sugar Rush Sparkly gumdrops set and the Watermelon Part Sparkly gumdrops set.

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To add just a little more detail, I drew in some white gel pen accents and then my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this card I created for the Your Next Stamp Valentine’s Series! Be sure to keep an eye out for more projects from the rest of the design team 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

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!

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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!

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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.

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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 Design Team Dare

Hi friends! I’m popping in quick between finals to share my card for the Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare. This month’s theme was shades of blue, which was really easy to do with the products released for May!

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I started the card today by trimming down a piece of card stock and die cutting one of the waves from the Little Waves dies from the top. I used Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink to ink blend over the piece and adhered it down to my card base. Then I stamped my sentiment from Totally Narly in the bottom corner and heat embossed it.

I also stamped one of the cute sea creatures from the set and colored him in with my Copic markers. I die cut him out and attached him the card with foam tape. Finally, I added the blue gumdrops from the Seas the Day collection and my card was complete! Be sure to head over to the blog and see all the great inspiration from the rest of the team! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to my portion of the Your Next Stamp blog hop to celebrate the new May release products! This release is so fun and the products are so cute, you won’t want to miss any of it!

You may have seen my preview project which featured the adorable Punny Pineapples set. This is one of my favorite new stamp sets from the release. It’s so summer and fun!

IMG_1690I just love it! Another favorite of mine from this release is the Tiny Sliders dies. They are perfect for making cards with sliding elements. For my first project today I paired them with the Totally Narly stamps for a cute underwater card.

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How sweet is that jelly fish?? And those new gumdrops are so gorgeous and sparkly! Lastly, I made a card using the new Freeze stamp set which features police officers and some great sentiments for them. I paired it with the new Wave Panel Die which I am so excited to use over and over.

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How fun is that? I can’t get enough! When you head over to make your purchase of the new release, be sure to use this coupon code to get 20% off your order! That’s an awesome deal, especially for new goodies.

There’s a lot more amazing projects to see and great products to discover, so be sure to catch all of the blog hop by clicking the blue box below. It will take you to the hop list.


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!

I Think You’re Elephantastic!

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday! Today I’m borrowing a technique I saw Kristina Werner do where you watercolor images that are typically one color with multiple drops of rainbow colors incorporated into it. Let me show you want I mean!

So, as you can see, I stamped my favorite elephant and some peanuts from the Elephant of Surprise stamp set all over an A2 size piece of Canson watercolor paper with a waterproof ink. Then I grabbed my Mission Gold watercolor paints to fill these cuties with color. If you don’t have the Mission Gold watercolors, you could use literally any other watercolors! I started by filling in my background and adding some layers to it.

Next I started on the elephants. I did one at a time so that the water didn’t dry before I could do this cool effect. I wet the area I was working on, added some light gray paint, and then, with a different color on my brush I tapped the color down in a spot of the elephant.For the most part I tried to let the colors mix and mingle as they wanted, unless I was getting a muddy mess. I turned out to be a lot easier than I expected!

Once that was all dry I moved on to my sentiment. I die cut a basic word bubble from some Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped my mix and match sentiment. I paired “I think you’re” with “elephantastic.” I used a black marker to outline the bubble so that it popped a little more. Then I added some foam tape and attached it to the center of my card. To finish this card off I added some black Nuvo Crystal Drops and attached the panel to a card base. And my card was completed!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Thank you so much for stopping by! Have you given this technique a try? If so how’d it go?! I hope you’re all having a great week, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

YNS Challenge

Welcome back, crafty friends! I’m back with a quick post today to share my creation for the Your Next Stamp challenge. This week I’m working with the sketch challenge which looks like this:

I used  mixture of different products from Your Next Stamp to make the card that was inspired by the sketch.

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I made the three squares using the Reversed Scallop dies .  The candy corn and sentiment came from one of my all time favorites sets from YNS, Fab-Boo-Lous Halloween.  And finally, the little Gumdrops are from the Tropical Paradise set!

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I’m so ready to start making some fun Halloween cards, so this was the perfect fix for that craving! Be sure to stop by the Your Next Stamp blog and check out the other projects by the design team. And when you’re there read about how you could win a prize from YNS! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend!

See you again soon with another card 🙂