Tulle Shaker Peony Card

Tulle Shaker Flowers

I have been wanting to try this tulle shaker technique for quite some time. I saw this on Jennifer McGuire’s website. My card looks a lot like hers but I was not trying to copy her exact card. It was the technique I wanted to try and I happened to use similar flowers because I had them colored and liked them. My sequins don’t show that much but they are in there.  It is a fun and fairly easy way to make a shaker card. I am not a fan of cutting all the little pieces of foam tape to keep the sequins from escaping so this was a nice solution.

For the hole where the tulle and sequins go I cut that with a Spellbinders die Peony (S4-193). You glue down some tulle over the hole on the backside, drop in some sequins, glue another piece of tulle on then glue it to the base of the card. Some of the sequins in there looked clear but when I added them they were kind of iridescent and kind of didn’t go with the card but I let it be.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment is stamped in Rose Gold embossing powder on watercolor paper and colored with either Copics or Zig Clean Color pens. The stamp set is a nice one from WPlus9 called Modern Peonies. I also sprayed the flowers and leaves with Shimmer Spritz or Perfect Pearls. Whichever it is the shimmer is really nice. I guess that’s what happens when you wait so long to post, you forget what you used sometimes. I also don’t ever think to write it down.


Blue Snowflakes Christmas

Blue Snowflakes Christmas

For the background I used Hero Arts stamp Snowflake Circle (CG100). It is kind of challenging to stamp the circle shape of snowflakes all over a rectangle but I made it work. Of course I remember another stamp set I could of used after. Anyway.. The background snowflakes were stamped with Versamark.

The frame – Simon Says Stamp die Holiday Frames (SSSD111393).

The lighter blue snowflakes were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Judikins Aegean Silver embossing powder. The stamps are from Hero Arts set Designer Snowflakes (CL622). I hand cut around the snowflakes.


Rainbow Christmas


Recently I was cleaning out a bag of cards and ran across the rainbow Christmas tree card that someone sent me. I thought it would be fun to recreate. I went a different route than I originally thought and came up with the rainbow snowflakes. I may create another one with trees on it.

So I created a piece of glitter paper by using a double sided sticky sheet and Elizabeth Craft Designs Microfine Glitter in Cool Diamond. Well the first time I messed up so I can’t remember if I salvaged some of it or dumped it all but in any case I created the glitter paper. I used Hero Arts set Designer Snowflakes (CL622) and some Archival ink to stamp on the glitter surface. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Poinsettia Layering Stamps (CL912) and also stamped with Archival ink.

Safari Birthday

HA Safari Birthday

I made this safari card for my son’s sister with the Hero Arts June 2017 My Monthly Hero kit. I just love this set.

Frame of the card – I inked up the Hero Arts Mud Cloth Bold Prints stamp, which was an add-on for the June 2017 kit, with Distress Oxide inks. I cut the oval in it using the Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies.

The Scene – I first inked up the background of the scene with 3 colors of Distress Oxide ink. I stamped the grass a whole bunch of times with brown Staz-On ink. I stamped some of the trees from the Hero Arts June kit after stamping first on a different piece of paper then on my scene. I stamped the birds with Staz-On also. The tree, giraffe and hippo were cut with the dies from the June set.

The sentiment was cut with an Elizabeth Crafts die out of the same brown as the animals and tree.

The scene was glued to the back of the frame with foam on the back of all of that. I then glued that to a kraft card.

Because the card was not bendable and such it cost a lot more to mail. Note to self no foam next time.

I had fun making this and had the idea for quite awhile before actually making it.

Submitted to LOVE! Handmade Cards September challenge of Anything Goes.

Almost Merry Monday Blue Bird

Christmas Red Bird

After making the blue card I liked it a lot and decided to make a red version. I used a different stencil for the background and added red glitter to the embossing paste. The stencil is a Memory Box stencil called Tiny Snowflakes (88583).

Almost Merry Monday Blue Bird

Merry Monday’s theme this week was a tag on a card with texture, bling and die cuts.

Well I finally got it together to make a card for Merry Monday at the last hour, which I haven’t done in quite awhile. That was all great and I was running on time. But then.. when I went to post it I remembered I forgot one element of the theme. Um where’s the tag on my card? Does that ever happen to you? Darn it. The good news is I really like the card and I got a Christmas card done. So the inspiration for this card was the Merry Monday Challenge for this past week.

The background – A Memory Box stencil called Large Snowflakes (88586). Embossing paste with ink added.

Frame – Simon Says Stamp die Holiday Frames (SSSD111393) cut out of the nice DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper. I love the smooth texture of this paper. It is a challenge somewhat though to cut out things with dies. The backing is thick so you have to work to get the small pieces out. I even rolled it through the Grand Calibur more than once and added a paper shim. I did get there though.

The bird is a stamp by Judikins called Whats Up Chickadee that I got a few months ago and finally used. I colored it with Copics and went over that with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

So as you can see I have the bling, a die cut and the texture on the background. Oops no tag…

30 Day Color Challenge – September 2017

So yesterday I finally started watching Kathy Rac’s color challenge here. I won’t likely participate every day but I do like to color a lot so maybe I will get more done. I will be adding photos of the projects I added to this challenge here.

First day I participated. 9/4 I had this sitting around waiting to be finished coloring so here it is. It is a stamp by The Ton called Rose Terrace embossed with rose gold embossing powder and colored with Copics.

30 Day Coloring Challenge - September 2017 #1

9/5 Coloring – The image is by Magenta and called Azalea. I was trying a different coloring style that I usually do with Copics.

30 Day Coloring Challenge - September 2017 #2

Here is the finished card. I really like the look of the coloring and the way the card turned out. As you can see I added the sentiment which is from an Altenew set Persian Motifs and glued the panel to a black background.

Finished Card

Crafty Divider for Stencil and Stamp Set Storage

So recently I took all of my stencils and made an image with them on a piece of paper so I could see how they look, label them and put them in sleeves instead of shoving in together to get tangled up. I got the same plastic sleeves that Jennifer McGuire suggested. Not only is she great at card making and techniques she does a fab job at organizing too. Of course I mostly used my Oxide inks to create all of the images. I barely get them put back in their box and they come right back out. I love them.

Fun Divider for Crafty Storage

This is a piece of chipboard that I first put a coat of gesso on. Then I used the Hero Arts Honeycomb stencil to create the background. It doesn’t match up perfectly where I moved it around but it’s a divider so I wasn’t trying to have it be perfectly lined up. I used two different colors of Oxide ink which is kind of hard to see. The flowers are a stencil by Donna Downey Studios called Painted Flowers (DD-020) and you guessed it Oxide ink.

I actually had a lot of fun creating all the sample images from my stencils and this divider. You can just do it and not worry about making a card and play around. I didn’t do anything tricky or fancy but just good old putting some ink down through a stencil.

The fun container I got to store the stencils and large stamp sets in.

Hero Arts Scramble 158 – Postcard

Hero Arts Scramble 158 was hosted by Cindy and she had a theme of create a postcard. I went very literal and created a postcard I can send someone.

Hero Arts Scramble 158 - Front

To create my postcard I used mixed media paper so it is nice and thick.

All the stamping on this is stamps from the Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero 2017 set. This is the first time that I have had a chance to use this set. Lot’s of fun images in it.
I colored the barrel and flowers with Copics using a little masking where the bunch of flowers go into the barrel and covering the main images while splattering.
The leafy branch was stamped with Quick Quotes Seafoam ink.
Then I splattered some Color Shine spray also seafoam.

Hero Arts Scramble 158 - Back

I stamped all of the lines and postage stamp spot with different stamp sets. When I was coloring on the other side with copics I forgot that it would show on this side.
The line down the middle is from an Avocado Arts set called Bold Celebrations. I forgot to erase my pencil line for the photo but it is gone now.
The address lines is a stamp from Hero Arts set Stamp Your Story Remember (AC028).
The postage stamp area is a stamp by All Night Media called Postage.


Sparkly Peacock Feathers

Sparkly Peacock Feathers

I made this for a friend. She recently got a very nice detailed feather tattoo so that was the idea for my card. The background is done with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Blue Topaz and Tanzanite Lavender. I wouldn’t call myself a big glitter person but this stuff is really nice and looks super cool. Some colors have multiple colors of glitter in them like these two. The stencil I used is Hero Arts Peacock Feathers (SA094). The die for the sentiment is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die called surprisingly Happy Birthday.

Silhouette Safari Cards

Silhouette Safari

Silhouette Safari #2


I really like the silhouette look and after I made my flower silhouette cards I wanted to make a couple with the June 2017 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit. This is the first time I finally got it out and used it.

To start off you rip a piece of paper in half and tape it down spaced apart over some nice white card stock such as Bristol paper and blend 3 colors of Distress Oxide inks. I think maybe they are my favorite inks. The Bristol paper changed my world for ink blending.

For both cards I used the June 2017 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit.  I stamped the images and sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black and I love this ink too. The top card is all stamping. I need to get a sentiment on it and I am pretty sure I will be sending it to an ill boy. I lined up most of the images in my Misti and then stamped them on the card.

For the bottom card I stamped and cut out some images with the die set from the card kit. The sentiment on the second card is from Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661). Funny story about the second card. I grabbed a piece of black paper to cut out the animals and man. I made the card and sent it off. Well when I went to move the paper scraps over near another piece of black paper I noticed that no that paper is dark brown not black. So.. the stamping is the Versafine onyx black ink and the die cuts are dark brown.

If you would like to join in sending a card to Jacob who is ill here is the information.
I first found out about him from Linda W. one of the members in the Hero Arts and Love Handmade Cards Flickr groups. You can see her card for Jacob on her blog post here. LaVon another member of these groups is also helping to spread the word. Here is her card. I used some of her wording for my post here.
Jacob is suffering from a rare and deadly illness. For the past 14 years he has marked each of his birthday’s as a victory in his battle. He gets great joy from each of the cards he receives.
There is a goal to get him 100,000 birthday cards for his 15th birthday this year. His birthday is August 28th.
The address for the card is:
Jacob Priestley
PO Bx 855
Queen Creek AZ 85142
See his story here: