Bear Mail

Hi, everyone! It’s Cassie here, and I’m so excited to be sharing a card for Create A Smile! Today I’m sharing a cute card, where I made my own patter paper and got to color an adorable bear. Let’s take a look.

I started the card by stamping the Bear Mail stamp all over a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 size piece of kraft card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. I used this because it is a very dark black and stamps really well over kraft. Next I stamped out the bear on the bicycle,  and colored him in with my Copics. How cute is he?!

The I die cut a Postage Stamp Edge Circle die from vellum paper to adhere the bear to. Once the two were adhered I used foam tape to attach them to the card. Then I stamped a sentiment from All About You onto some blue cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed white embossing powder over top. I trimmed that down and adhered it to the card with foam tape.
I just love all of the products used to make this card. They are some of my favorites from CAS. Be sure to see even more over at their blog and check them out on social media! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!






Pamper Yourself

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I’m back today with another card for Penguin Palace. I guess I’m on a bit of a mermaid kick, because last week I made a mermaid card, and I made another one for this week! Let’s take a look.


Today’s card is a pretty easy design that utilizes the masking technique for a fun little scene. I started the card by stamping the shopping bag image from the Let’s Catch Up stamp set. I created a mask and continued to stamp it along the bottom to look like mounds of shopping bags and boxes. The trick to make it not look like the same exact image over and over again is to turn the stamp set to the left or right, or move it up or down when stamping the next image. That way you have a variation and the heap looks more natural. I colored them all in with my Copic markers.


Next I ink blended some blue ink over the rest of the card panel so that it looked like water. I used a blender brush and faded the ink towards the bottom. I didn’t bother masking all of the bags, instead I was just careful not to go over them and got as close as I could to them. I don’t think you really notice that it isn’t perfectly blended up to the image lines! It saved me some time!

IMG_2949I stamped the cute shopping mermaid from the set as well and colored her in with Copics. I fussy cut the image out and adhered it to the card with foam tape for some dimension. Then I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment from the Take A Break stamp set onto white card stock. That was also adhered with foam tape. The final touch was to add some white gel pen details. Most of the bags and boxes got polka dots or stripes on them, and the mermaid got some high light lines. I always love adding this detail, because it does so much to give interest to the scene! 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!


Hi, friends! Happy Saturday. I’m so happy it’s the weekend. Time to get crafty! I’m back today to share a card I made for Create A Smile. I’ve been really into the spring cards lately, and I think it has to do with not getting enough sunshine! So, today’s card is very bright, springy, and sunny!


I started the card for today by taking a piece of 110 lb white card stock and doing some masking. I used the Cart Full of Treasures stamp set for this. There are some adorable potted plants in this set that I thought would be perfect for sunny scene. I stamped them along the bottom of the card panel, masking them off so that they could overlap. I colored them in with my Copic Markers.


Next I used the Focal Point stencil and created a sun burst above the flowers. I used Fossilized Amber for the stencil, and then I blended some in from the sides to add some warmth and color to the rest of the card. I didn’t bother masking off the flowers, instead I just faded the color towards them.


Over the top of the sunburst I heat embossed the large ‘friend’ stamp, from Friends Like You, with white embossing powder. To finish the card I heat embossed the remainder of the sentiment onto a small Scalloped Rectangle die from CAS. I attached that with some foam tape, and added some white gel pen details over the card, and it was complete! I hope you enjoyed this sunny card for today made with Create A Smile products!


There’s Gnome One Like You

Hi, everyone and welcome back! I’m sharing a fun card for Heffy Doodle today using some of their newest release products.

I’ve been loving switching it up from winter cards lately and making some springy type cards! Today’s card really could be for any time of year, but those cute butterflies and grassy scene have me thinking of spring! I started the card by die cutting a square from the Stitched Squares dies, and doing some stenciling over it. I used the Circles of Life Stencil for this! I went over it once with white pigment ink, and then shifted the stencil and went over it again with a aqua color. I made sure to let the white ink dry before adding the second layer. I love the detail this adds!

Once my background was done I went on to work on the scene of the card. I stamped out a bunch of the images from the Gnome Matter What stamp set and colored them in with my Copic markers. I die cut them out, as well as a small circle from the Stitched Circles dies. I also used the Grassy Lass Border dies to create a little grass patch. I ink blended some green inks over this piece, and did a lot of splattering of the darker green as well as some white paint to give it some interest.

Next I arranged all of these elements on my card, centering them where the stencil naturally was centered. I didn’t make this right in the center of the card, but instead off to the right side. I also heat embossed a sentiment from the Gnome Matter What stamp set and die cut it with the Strips of Ease die set. This was attached to the card with some foam tape, and my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this project for today! Are you making the transition to more springy cards too? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Easter Balloons with Craftin’ Desert Divas!

Hey, everybody! I’m back with another new release card for Craftin’ Desert Divas February release. I LOVE this cute new stamp set called Easter Balloons. It’s so so sweet, and was so fun to color. You may see my card and wonder why in the heck it’s called Easter Balloons, but you should know I used the stamps in a way that made them not look like balloons. It just goes to show the stamp set is versatile!


I stamped out some of the images from the set and colored them in with my Copic markers. I went with bright, fun colors for these images as I wanted it to be a very cheery card for spring. Once I was done coloring I fussy cut the images out. I trimmed off the strings of each balloon image, and used a white gel pen to hide the black lines anywhere that was necessary.


For my background I did one of my most favorite techniques as of late: stenciling. I used the Hill Scene 2 stencil as well as the Burst stencil to create this sunny background. I also did some paint splattering to add some more color and texture to the background.


I added the images that I had colored to the card with foam tape. Then I grabbed a sentiment from the All Together stamp set and heat embossed it at the bottom with white embossing powder. To finish off the card I added a couple of sequins from the Lollipop mix, and my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this look at the new stamp set Easter Balloons! Be sure to check out the Craftin’ Desert Diva’s social media for more great DT projects! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Beary Special

Hello, everyone! How’s your week going? Mine has been busy, busy, busy! But I’m happy to be back sharing a card with you all 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made for Create A Smile’s newest challenge. The theme is “friends,” and who couldn’t think of a friend to send a card to?!


I started the card for today by die cutting a couple of the Cool Cuts Postage Edge Circle Dies from an A2 size card panel. On another card panel I ink blended I ink blended Blueprint Sketch and Broken China on it and the larger circle that I die cut.



Next I stamped out two bears from the Poppin Over stamp set and colored them in with my Copic markers. The animals in this set are so cute! I love that they have little paws that can peak over the edge of something. After adhering the die cut panel to my ink blended background I glued the bears down so that they were doing just that, peaking over the edge of the circles. One paw I did pop up with foam tape so it looked like it was bent over the circle.


To finish the card I put together a sentiment from Friends Like You and Bear Mail. I heat embossed some white embossing powder onto black card stock and trimmed the pieces down into strips. Then I adhered them to the larger circle die that I had adhered back into place with more foam tape. After adhering the panel to a card base my card was complete! We’d love it if you joined us for the new challenge! All the information is on the Create A Smile blog, as well as the rest of the challenge design team’s creations! Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂 I’ll see you again soon with another card!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

You Are Quite Cool

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend. It’s finally supposed to be above zero here, and I can’t wait for things to start to thaw out a little. I’m back today with a card for my mini Valentine’s Day series. We’re on card three today and I have four more to share with you leading up to Valentine’s Day. Let’s jump in!


I made this card using some great products from Concord & 9th and Heffy Doodle, as well as some of my favorite Distress Oxide color combos. I started by die cutting on of the circle dies from Heffy Doodle’s Stitched Circle die set. Instead of using watercolor paper I tried using my favorite 110 lb white card stock. I like the brightness of the white, over the more cream color of the water color paper I have. I was worried that the paper wouldn’t be able to handle the water, but it did great! I just made sure not to use too much water or to let it sit too long.


I used the Sweet and Cool stamp set from Concord & 9th for the stamping. I couldn’t find it on the Concord & 9th website, but I did find it here from Butterfly Reflections Ink. I used the large ice cream image and inked it up with Peacock feathers and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide. I didn’t worry about making sure the image was completely covered, because I was going to add water. I spritzed it with my Distress sprayer and stamped it down onto the die cut circle, and dried it some with my heat tool. Then I created a rough mask for the ice cream and applied it over the blue ice cream and did the same process with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxides. The colors mixed a tiny bit in the center, but I liked the way this looked. I wanted it to look like natural water color without having to worry about colors mixing and turning muddy.

img_2632vNext I did the same thing with the sticks. You can tell on the right one I used a little more water. If you like the water color look you can do this to get a more loose effect. I splattered some of the left over paint over the card panel, as well as white paint for a little more interest. To finish the card I stamped the sentiment “I think you’re quite” in black ink (making sure that everything was completely dry before doing so!) and stamped ‘cool’ in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. The last step was to adhere the panel to a card base and the card was complete! I hope you enjoyed the card for today. Have you started making your Valentines yet? As always, I’m behind! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Valentines Day Series #1

Hey, everyone! I’m excited to share that I’m doing a small Valentine’s Day Series this year! One of my friends asked me to make 14 Valentines for her husband, and the only parameters were that she wanted them to be punny. Well, that was right up my alley, so I made all the cards and decided to share them with you all! It’s not very often that I making a post that isn’t for a design team, so the fun thing about these cards is that I got to use products that I don’t always get to use and I got to use them all together! Let’s jump in to the first card for the series 🙂


The first card that I have to share was one of the first designs that came to mind when she asked me to make these. I started the card by stamping the lightbulb from the Turn Me On stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I used VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder to do some heat embossing.


Then I ink blended some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink over the card panel. I tried to keep it lighter in the center and darker on the edges. Once that was complete I splattered white and gold paint over the piece, making sure they were dry in between. It’s hard to see in the photos, but once the card was completely dry, I used a cool gray Copic marker to give shadows to each light bulb. img_2639

Once the panel was complete I used the Simple Alpha stamp set from Honey Bee to create my own sentiment. I stamped out the letters with more VersaMark ink onto some black cardstock. This time I used white embossing powder to heat emboss. I trimmed the piece down with my fave strip die: Strips of Ease from Heffy Doodle.

img_2640The sentiment was attached with foam tape and that was it for my card! I hope you enjoyed this first card in the Valentine’s Day series 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!


Unicorn Birthday!

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday. I can’t believe it’s the start of another week. Where does the time go?? 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made with some cute Penguin Palace stamps. There are such cute unicorn sets from Penguin Palace, and they are hard to resist!


I started the card by ink blending some Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide ink onto an A2 size card base. Then I die cut a large heart from it to create a highlight for my scene. I thought the panel was a little bland so I took the star from Let’s Catch Up and stamped it all over with VersaMark ink. I used some silver embossing powder and heat embossed them. I also added some silver dots to fill in the empty spots with a silver gel pen. I love the splattery look with out having to use paint! It eliminates the mess 🙂


On a card base I ink blended some Mermaid Lagoon ink to create a sky. I decided that my unicorns needed some grass to be walking in, so I die cut a piece of paper with a grass die and ink blended some green inks over it. This time I did get messy, and splatter some of the darker green ink (that I had mixed with a little water) and some white paint over the grass die cut piece. I thought this added some interest and fun texture. I put the pieces together so that my scene was all ready for the little unicorns.


I stamped out the Unicorns from the An Amazing Friend stamp set and colored them in with my Copic markers. Then I die cut them with the coordinating die. The space between the unicorns and the cake I cut out with a craft knife so that more of the background would show through. White high lights and details were added to the image with a white gel pen and then they were adhered with some foam tape.


To finish the card off I die cut a banner and heat embossed the sentiment “happy birthday” from the same An Amazing Friend set. That was adhered with foam tape as well, and the card was complete! I hope you enjoyed the card for today. Be sure to head over Penguin Palace shop and check out all their cute designs! I hope you all have a great rest of your day, and I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂