Sending Hedge Hugs

Hi there, everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today I’m back to share a card I made for Penguin Palace that is quick and simple! Sometimes you’re just in a hurry and I have some go-to techniques that look great, but are really quick.


To start out, I ink blended a background with Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. These blend so beautiful. It’s still a work out on your arm, but it goes pretty quick! And you can customize what colors you’ll end up with because of the large variety of Distress Oxide colors. I splattered some white paint on the background to give it a little interest, but that too was simple!


Next I took the Hedgehogs In Love stamp set from Penguin Palace and stamped out the two cute hedgehogs you see. I picked them because I thought they looked like a cute little couple. I stamped them with my Copic friendly ink, and colored them in with some very simple Copic color combos. There isn’t much to these little critters, so coloring took no time at all! I made sure to try to match their accessories to the background to make it look more planned out and cohesive. They were die cut and set aside to be attached later.


For the panel they’re sitting on, I trimmed down a piece of white 110 lb cardstock and used a stitched die on the top and bottom to add some nice detail. The addition of this took only minutes, but added such a fun element to the card! Then I stamped the sentiment on the lower left side and adhered the hedgehogs.


The strip was attached to my background, which was attached to a card panel and this card was done! Like I said, quick and simple! I hope you enjoyed the card for today. If you think these hedgehogs are as cute as I do, be sure to check them out in the Penguin Palace shop! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Craftin’ Desert Diva Release

Hi, everyone! I’m back to share a card that I made for the Craftin’ Desert Diva release!


I love the new Love Your Mug stamp set!! The mice in this set are too cute and I love the sentiments that go along with it. I started today’s card by creating a rainbow burst with the Burst stencil. Each section was blended with a different color ink. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of it so that it would be the focal point. Beneath it I put all of my little mice which I colored with Copics and fussy cut out.


Don’t forget to use the coupon code for your orders! This new release is so so cute, and you won’t want to miss it! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the card for today, and I’ll see you again soon with another 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!



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!

Merry Christmas

Hi, all! Can you believe we are a week away from Christmas?? I know I’m behind on sending out Christmas cards as well as Christmas shopping. Thankfully we still have a week to get caught up! Today, I’m sharing a card for Penguin Palace stamps that reminds me of one of my favorite holiday movies, The Polar Express. Let’s get started.


Today’s card features some masking, ink blending and Copic coloring. I started by stamped all the pieces from the stamp set Love Train. I stamped the train tracks repeatedly towards the bottom of an A2 size card panel. Then I stamped the train and train cars on top of it. Next I did some masking and stamped the presents in the last car, as well as the puff of steam. The mountains were stamped last, and then I started working on the sky!


I used my anti static tool and stamped the snow flakes from Cuddly Sheep’s Season’s Greetings and heat embossed white embossing powder over them. Then I ink blended some Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink in the sky area. I did cut out a small circle mask and place it in the upper right corner for the moon, but I didn’t worry about masking off the mountains, instead I was just careful as I got closer to them. The train and mountains were all colored in with my Copic markers. I used Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink for the moon and later used a couple Copic markers to add some shading to it.


At the bottom of the card, below the train tracks, I used a sloped stencil and my Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink to create snowy hills. Once all of that was done I added some white paint splatters over the enter card to look like snow. This also helps to hide any imperfections you may have. There were some spots where my coloring wasn’t perfect, but this distracts from that!


To finish I heat embossed the sentiment “Merry Christmas” from the same set I used the snowflakes from on some black card stock and trimmed it down to adhere to the card with foam tape. I also added some white gel pen accents to the train. And that finished my card! I hope you enjoyed the card I made for today! I also hope if you’re scrambling to finish things up this week that you’re able to finish everything you need to! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll see you again soon with another card!

You Are Always In My Heart

It’s time for another Penguin Palace card and, my favorite, some Distres Oxide inks! Today I’m sharing a card I made by doing some ink blending and stamping. I just love how this card turned out. I think it’s so bright and fun and perfect to send to a loved one.
IMG_2488I started today’s card by ink blending some Distress Oxide inks onto an A2 size panel. I started at the top with Chipped Sapphire, then went into Peacock Feathers, and finished with Broken China. I wanted it to look like a night sky, so I added some gold and white flecks for stars.


I stamped out the cute little hedge hog from Sending Kisses Your Way and colored them in with my Copics. For the hedgehog, I wanted to add some spikes to him, so I took my white gel pen and drew them on in a flicking motion. I love the texture it added! I adhered him to a tag which I had ink blended some Spun Sugar Distress Ink onto. On the top of the tag, I tied some black and white twine.


That was popped up on the card panel, as was the sentiment from the set that I heat embossed and trimmed down from some black card stock. I had some Distress Oxide ink blended hearts that I had die cut from another project I was working on, and I thought they’d be perfect pops of color to add to this bright card. To finish the card off I stamped the remainder of the sentiment, “even in my SLEEP” in VersaMark ink at the bottom of the card and heat embossed white embossing powder over it.

IMG_2489That’s it for my card today! Do you know someone who could use this reminder? I think I do ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day! Be sure to check out this cutie hedgehog stamp set, and many more cute stamps, over at the Penguin Palace Stamp Shop!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again with another card!


Hi, everyone! I’m back today to share a cute new card I made using products from the new release. I have a good problem solving tip for you for cover plate dies too! Let’s jump in.

I started off the card for today by stamping out these three owls from Hootiful as well as the branch. I colored them in with my Copic markers and fussy cut them out. However, there are coordinating dies for these! Once I had those all ready I started working on the background.

I had planned on making the Stargazer Backdrop die, however I hadn’t properly secured the die to my paper when running it through the machine and it shifted. I really didn’t want to waste the piece of paper, so instead of tossing it I decided to die cut one of the stitched rectangles from the Imperial Stitched Rectangle dies from it. It was then that I realized how much versatility this provided for future projects! And it completely fixed my mistake. I ink blended Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean over the star rectangle and splattered it with water to get the bleached splotches you see.

I die cut another rectangle at the same size from white paper to put behind the star piece, as well as a A2 size rectangle from some kraft card stock for the base. I adhered all these together using some tape runner. I also adhered all the owls with some tape runner to the star panel.

For my sentiment I heat embossed a saying from the stamp set and die cut it with the smallest Strips of Ease die. After it was die cut out I carefully ink blended some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink over it for a pop of color. My final touches were adding white gel pen accents and some iridescent stars to the background. I hope you enjoyed the card today! I’ve seen a couple people are receiving their new release orders and I’m curious what you want to play with first!? These owls were at the top of my list when I saw the new release ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you all are having a great day, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!


Your Next Stamp October Preview!

Hello, everyone! Can you believe it’s already October?? I feel like the end of this year just keeps moving faster and faster. One good thing about that is that we are just a day away from a new Your Next Stamp release! This October release is one of my favorites so far this year!! I know it’s hard to believe because there have been so many cute releases, but this one takes the cake. Let’s take a look at the project I created for the preview day ๐Ÿ™‚


I saw these cute bird houses and I knew I had to make something with them asap. I just love the adorable decorations and cute festive birdies that are featured in this set. I inked up all three bird houses and stamped them out on some 110 lb Copic friendly paper. Then I started coloring them in. I tried to keep just a few colors in my rotation for this card, so that it wasn’t overwhelming, but I did go with more nontraditional holiday colors for fun. The background was a simple Distress Oxide ink blend with some water spots.


Of course, once I had the first card made I couldn’t stop and had to make a second. This time I did go with a little more traditional Christmas colors. The background was ink blended again, but this time in green shades. I used a string I had in my stash to make it look like the bird houses were hanging to complete the scene. Both cards have heat embossed sentiments from the set.


And that’s it for my preview! I hope you enjoyed the cards I have for today!! Are you excited to see more of the new release? Be sure to hop on over to the Your Next Stamp blog and see what the rest of the awesome design team and guest designers created for their projects! We’ll be back tomorrow with a full release hop and the release of the October goodies. Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll see you again soon with another card ๐Ÿ™‚

Honey Bee/Heffy Doodle Collab!

honeybeeheffydoodlecollabHello, and happy Friday! I’m popping back on the blog today to mention that we’re having a really fun Instagram collaboration blog hop today involving Heffy Doodle and Honey Bee Stamps! There are so many amazing projects, and it’s a two day event complete with prizes! Here’s a look at the card I created for today ๐Ÿ™‚


I just love this cute coffee set from Honey Bee Stamps and I’m sure you all know how much I love the Heffy Doodle bears! So of course I had to combine them to create this soft, fun card.


I love the way the bear looks like he’s jumping out from behind the coffe cup as if he’s full of caffeine! Be sure to head over to @HeffyDoodle and @HoneyBeeStamps on Instagram and check out the whole hop! I hope we’ll see you there!