So many birthdays, how to stay unique

I have to say that I am blessed beyond my dreams with a beautiful family and out little grands. I want to create unique and personal cards for all of them. Here are a few of them, although I may not remember all the items used, I will try to add the main things. paper I this hear I focused on the child’s name. I used Altenew’s alphabet die set. I’ve actually gotten a lot of use from this set. This card is simply done with pretty paper I purchased many years ago. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a hoarder and it has been hard for me to use things that I might not be able to find again. I used to sing You Are My Sunshine to my children and so I had to get this die from Simon Says Stamp’s. I made a gate fold card with slider to close where I cut two circles, one with scallops to mimic the sun. next comes The boys! Time to have a little creative fun with colorful monsters. I love the stencil from Gina K. Happy die, Distress inks from Tim holtz, and stamps from Nicole Tamarin. here’s Spider-Man with Tim holtz spider web die and heart die cut in half for the eyes. Usted Distress inks. Here’s a few random cards as well. I typically create cards for my stash that don’t necessarily have a sentiment on the front and then will customize based on the current need. I liked this die from Catherine Pooler “KIND” and ordered the stamp set to coordinate. you can see I paired it with stamps from Visible Image – which has become one of my favorites. And Altenew for the inside sentiment. last but not least, a masculine card using Tim Holtz stamps, Distress inks, wood grain

Impression die and Bigz dies.

Well, I think I’ll save the rest for another post. Hope this gives you some ideas and you have fun creating.



Daughter ~ a special piece

So, I was trying to think of something special I could do to celebrate my daughters 30th birthday. What started as a simple project turned into something pretty special. I started with this beautiful paper from my Tim Holtz stash which I stamped on and grundge up with Distress Vintage ink. I also used a piece of gold cardstock, sanded and distressed with mushroom alcohol ink.

Next I die cut the flowers and greens from water color card, colored them with Distress InkS. I decided to add a few honey bees and honeycomb as well. The bees were heat embossed with black embossing powder and the honey come was embossed with Seth Apter beeswax embossing powder. I painted the bees with fossilized amber Distress Ink. I found some old wood mounted background stamps that I thought I’d try for various backgrounds. I inked the stamps with Distress Oxide inks and then spritzed them with water before stamping.

I love these Tim Holtz flower dies, so easy to create something unique. Simply water colored with the Distress inks.

Now I needed to decide how I was going to build and what details I wanted to add. I decided to stencil the birth year. First thing to do was to double check I had that right as I’ve been known to get it wrong. I used a few rub ons and a grundged up photo holder. You can see I changed my mind for the Distant Relatives, ended up going with two women to represent mother/daughter which I colored with Distress crayons.

I used several metal trinkets that needed to be distressed. Something I don’t have much experience with. I just played around with cracked pistachio paint and ink to see how it would work. Both seemed to work but the ink was a bit quicker. I added rusty hinge as well.

The daughter stamp is Visible Image which I stamped and embossed on som TH paper.

Because my project continued to grow in size, I had to use a 8×10 canvas which I gessoed and painted with Distress paints. I added some texture paste via stencils along with ink. I also used some washi tape and TH vintage emphera tickets. On a whim I decided to add the flower emphera to the photo pocket – it wasn’t part of the plan but I think it worked.

So, I didn’t have a frame for this size and thought it was needed. I purchased a wooden frame that had metal hinges and thought I could grundge it up to work. What I didn’t realize was that the crackle paste wouldn’t stick to he wood so it requires a re-do. I had quite a bit of left to make a birthday card. Hope this hasn’t been too long, or lost you along the way. I never start a project and know exactly how it will turn out. Here you got a glimpse of me changing and adapting as I went along.

My daughter has grown into a lovely young woman who is now my best friend, and I adore her.

Hope you have a blessed day,


Kindness Changes Everything

Today I just started playing with no idea of what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to try my new Gina. K circle stencil, and the blending brushes. I wanted to use yellow and orange distress oxide inks. So I started there. Keeping it super simple, add a word die and a little bling. So let’s see what actually happened.

so I thought it needed a focal point but because of the whimsical feel I choose the Visible Image Creative Chaos flower stamped directly on the card. Then I stamped second flower image and colored with COPIC Y15, Y11,YR04. Cut it out and mounted on foam tape.

Then I had to decide what I wanted to say. I recently got the Catherine Pooler Kind of Wonderful stamp and die set and thought it would be perfect. I was pleasantly surprised when they also sent me the Orange Twist ink pad which I used to stamp KIND. The ink stamped so crisp,no running or smudging. Very nice and juicy.

I had the perfect verse for inside from ALTENEW, I love this sentiment. Again I stenciled the circles, die cut and attached. Actually, I covered up a little mistake when I added too much pressure and the “be” bled. So there you have it.

Lastly, kindness can change the world, one person at a time.


Way too long…

Yes, it’s been way too long since I’ll blogged my craft creations. Long story short, moving back to the states to a part of the country we’ve never lived before, starting a new job, completing a major home renovation- all just took its toll on me and I was in a funk. I haven’t stopped creating though ~ that’s what helped me keep my sanity. I love creating and trying new products. I’ve got several projects in the works that I hope to share in the near future.

So I had to make a wedding card for one of my British friends and thought the Tim Holtz stamp set, Architecture would be pretty. However, I was totally intrigued with Kath Stewart’s take on building 3 dimensional layers and wanted to try it. So yes, I give Kath the credit for this creation.

So I first stamped the church image 3 times in archival black ink on water color paper. I decided to emboss the last image and in hind site should have done all 3. Using Distress Oxides – pumice Stone, hickory smoke, antique linen, and vintage photo, I inked my craft mat, spritzed with water and then dabbed then 3 different images in the colors. I intentionally wanted each to have a different shade from dark to light so that you could create the illusion of depth.

Then deciding the order of images, I choose the middle color to be the base. I trimmed it to 1/4″ of my card and tour the top left ornament from the image. I then roughed up the edges all around the image. I added bits of highlighting to the images where I felt it needed.

The next step was determining how I was going to layer everything. I did this by focusing on the building columns and windows. Fussy cutting is not my thing and I will typically avoid at all cost but this stamp really calls for this. So I got out my very old scaple and cut out the windows. I wanted the image that I’d embossed to be the top image, it was the lightest of the three. So it’s the image where the windows have been removed. Next I focused on the columns and I cut those from the darkest image. I felt it really added depths to the building.

I adhered all with black foam tape. The love die cut is from Catherine Pooler and the embellishments are all Tim Holtz.

I like to decorate my envelopes to match the card. As you can see here I just stamped and gold embossed the front left side with the church ⛪️ image. I was pleased with how it all turned out and hope my friend enjoys it.

I hope

I hope you find inspiration in this as I did. It was fun to create and I’d do it again, even with the fussy cutting 😊. Happy creating.


Red, White & Blue

Yes, I’m very patriotic and am proud to be a citizen of two amazing countries. I love everything red, white and blue. I know it’s a bit early for these but I had just purchased these flag stencils from Visible Image and just had to create something.

Let’s start with the Union Jack just because that’s where I currently reside. These stencils are really easy to use. Masking was a breeze. The ink I used was Distress Ink: barn door, fire brick, faded jeans, and chipped sapphire. Once inked, I stamped some scripted words from a Tim Holtz set with Archival Jet Black in the red bit and numbers from Dapper set in chipped sapphire.

The vision definition stamp is also from Visible Image and easy to mask for the two colours.

To complete it off I mounted it on two layers of red and blue paper, added some ideology and twine.

Now for Old Glory. I used the same Distress Inks as above and the Visible Image.

Before I stencilled I stamped and embossed in white America and the Pledge of Allegiance. This worked better with this stencil.

America the Beautiful, land that I love. So looking forward to returning to my homeland.

Happy Creating


Remember the Now!

We’ve been living in the U.K. for about 8 years now and it looks like our time is drawing to a close as we pack our things and head back to the states. It truly has been an adventure that we never could have imagined. When I made this I was thinking of the house keys which are so like those on my page. I was thinking of London and the city scape. I was thinking of the history of all the places we visited. But mostly I was thinking of the faith that brought us here and the hope we have of being reunited with our family. This is the largest canvas I have worked on and it was a lot of fun, I just kept adding and creating. It are a few close ups of the project.

I used many of the Tim Holtz Distress mediums: grit-paste, collage medium crazing, crayons, walnut stain embossing powder, Small Talk, TH trinkets and of course the photo.

I tend to hoard my Tim Holtz papers because they’re to beautiful to cut up but you can see here that I used Correspondence. I love the Union Jack on this paper and it was perfect.

The textured script is by The Crafters Workshop, Mini Art Is. This is what it actually says ( too bad most of it is covered). “Art is just another way of expressing our innermost thoughts onto concrete media. Where form and function come together in beauty, color and shape. We put our feelings and experiences onto paper, canvas, surfaces of all kinds. Allowing ourselves to release and surrender to this all encompassing force. This need to register what was today what might be tomorrow. And what was yesterday and the day before that.” I think that perfectly sums up why I spent countless hours doing this.

hope you took some time to express yourself.



Create Your Own Calm

I just had to play with some new stamps I got this week from Visible Image – create your own calm and elemental.

I basically used the same Distress Inks – shaded lilac, cracked pistachio, and broken china. It’s the first time I tried transparent gloss texture paste. Prior to that I stencilled the dots and stamped the words in the different colours. Had no idea how it would turn out. Very different for me. a.

You can see the gloss from this angle. I stamped the seahorse in the two colours, using the Misti platform. I thought no it gave it a unique hue.

Here’s a few more I did with the stamps.

This one I used Allure hammered metal embossing powder.

This one is embossed with sea foam white embossing powder.

These two were just with Elemental. I also use Nuvo crystal drops and cosmic shimmer mist painted into the circles and box.

Anyway, something very different for me. Just trying to be CREATIVE!

Thanks for looking.


Children are a blessing, let’s celebrate!

I am a blessed woman, I currently have 5 grandchildren and they bring me so much joy. I created many traditions with my children and I’m now doing the same for their children. One of those traditions is having a very special day to celebrate each of them. I start of by making age specific Birthday cards. Currently their mother saves them so that one day they can look back and remember the special memories we had together.

Several years ago I purchased a paper pack from October Afternoon called Cakewalk. It’s vintagey children’s theme, a bit feminine. Anyway, I’ve been making the 3 girls cards from this pack and when they look back all the cards will coordinate and potentially be used to make a scrapbook.

I’ll begin with Berlynn’s card. The card is 6×6 with a trifold in the front. Just using the beautiful paper, no need for lots of embellishment, bit it did die cut the circles and the no. 8, attached some pop ups to give some dimension. I inked around the paper with distress barn red and brushed corduroy. If I had a sewing machine I would have added some stitching.

I always like to decorate the inside as well and here you can see that I carried the paper inside along with a happy Birthday die cut that I glittered with distress clear rock candy. The Berlin stamp is something I picked up when I was in Berlin and always add it to her cards even though it isn’t the correct spelling.

Next comes Madelyn, she is a little spitfire and brings much entertainment to our family. She’s just a tiny peanut and you would never know that she will be 5. This is my very first attempt at creating a step fold card. Thank you Pinterest for all the great ideas and step by step instructions including the measurements. I did see that there are dies out there to do all the cutting and scoring; however this was pretty easy. You can probably see a little mistake I made when cutting my paper a bit too short. I don’t have much of the star paper left and didn’t want to wast it so I patched it. Don’t think Madelyn will notice. I hand cut the candles and party hat free hand, again pretty simple. I took one of my very old flower punches and made the top of the hat and added a Nuvo apple green crystal drop. The no. 5 is a chip board number that I have in my stash. It was brown and needed to be altered. I pressed it in VersaMark and embossed with Allure powder Fractured Ice. I gave it two coats. Now that I look at it I wonder if I could have used the Nuvo drops? The colour might have been more fun!

Thankfully the birthdays are spread out a bit, July is the busiest month but I do love ❤️ doing this. My army captain son even appreciates them, at least he lets me know that he misses when I went through a phase of not doing them. So as long as I’m able, I will continue the tradition.

Hope you’re inspired to create for those you cherish the most.


Simplicity can be so…

I love simplicity! However, it’s really hard to keep it simple. Just a little more of this, and a little more of that and bam…we’ve gone to far.

I tried to keep this one simple. Maybe I should have stopped before the bow. Oh well, here it is. I used some old paper, yes I hoard paper, and made this card with my sister in mind. That’s why there is a bit of a gap on the paper.

I love this stamp of the girl and the wispy hair. I added a few golden jewels to highlight the wisps.

Happy Creating