Friday, October 12, 2018

Hello Bluebird Thank you (Ink Blending)

Hello Everyone! Just wanted a share a bit about this card since Ive gotten a few DMs on instagram.

The ink blending was done on the Bristol smooth cardstock. This is the key to me for really good blends even between colors that do not blend well. Secondly you dont want to use a new foam. If you have a new foam piece I recommend seasoning it. I keep a foam for each of my distress oxides. When I get a new color I grab a foam and make a swatch piece, this is how I break mine in and then its ready to go when I need it. Lastly using water or ink splaters will mask any not to good blending. Plus splatter is fun! Hope this helps! Maybe I'll do a video on my foam storage/process when I pick up the new Oxide colors that just released.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 38 – Awesome Autumn

Its halloween & fall time! Its my favorite time of year! I decided to enter into the new challenge. I hope to have a few entries for this one as I really enjoy fall cards.

Monday, September 17, 2018

MFT Superstar Challenge 2018

I thought I'd give the MFT super star challenge a try this year in the 3 D category (Innovation Master). I saw a very fun technique in a video done by Dawn H. and decided to give it a try. Be prepared for many more cards done like this! It adds a crazy amount of dimension without the added bulk for mailing. I used no foam tape on this card!

And a little video action of how it folds flat!

Supplies Used:
Die-namics Ocean Waves (for the hill)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #35 - Coffee, Tea and Treats

Joining in last minute with a card for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge! I am actually teaching a class at Craft Fancy (Arlington Heights, IL) featuring a coffee theme so this was a happy coincidence!  

This card features the new Thanks a Latte set from Lawn Fawn and some distress inking with Tumbled Glass distress oxide. The tiny little snowflake was taken from the older Trim the Tree stamp set.  Hope you enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 60 guests and over $600 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us! For details on day one of the hop, you can visit this post. You should have arrived from Rowena Miniaci - Next stop is Laurel Beard

For my card today I took my inspiration directly from the hostess herself. I find I always love Ruby's watercolor florals so much and tried to capture that here. The background is done with Lunar Black from Daniel Smith watercolors and the focal image is from Pink Fresh Studio (who is also a sponsor!) also water-colored with Daniel Smith paints. 


In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Spooky Halloween Shaker/Pop up - Mama Elephant

Even though its well into the 90s here in Chicago I am already in the mood for my favorite holiday; Halloween! I decided to make a shaker featuring the Meowlloween stamp set from Mama Elephant.

The front of this card I decided to make into a shaker to feature these adorable little cats. They are copic colored using greys (C0, C3, C5 & C7), greens (YG23) and oranges (YR00, YR02 & YR04). The background is ink blended using distress oxides in wilted violet & shaded lilac.

For the inside I decided to do a little more ink blending with twisted citron & the little witch cat on the Pumpkin die from the favor bag die add accessories.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stamping for Families blog hop

I created this card for our blog hop to promote keeping families together and reunification of those who have been separated. This is not about political affiliation but instead about compassion. My little boy is 3 and I haven't spent a night away from him in all that time. I cant imagine weeks or months not know where he was or who was looking after him. The idea alone has given me nightmares.

Here are a few links with ways to help:
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, in Texas has a family reunification fund that helps undocumented immigrants pay bonds; usually at least $1500

The Arizona-based Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project provides legal services to immigrants and unaccompanied children.

Kids in Need of Defense partnered with Target to create Baby2Baby, a registry where you can purchase diapers and other essentials for immigrant children.

Purchase snacks, toiletries, and medicine for children through Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley’s Amazon wish list. The organization shelters immigrants released from custody.

I will be adding a $25 gift card to Butterfly Reflections Ink (not affiliated with this hop but my own personal donation)  for anyone who comments on my blog post or adds a card to the link up below. Some of the other participants will be offering prizes as well!

 ( Sandy, Veronica, Dana & More below)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Breathe Rainbows Blog Hop

Hello I'm back with a new card; this time for a an adorable hop! Today we're showcasing the brand new, exclusive Butterfly Reflections Ink and Kimma Parish Collab stamp set - Breathe Rainbows!

These images are absolutely adorable; plus with that sloth I HAD to have it!
Some of the Butterfly Reflections Ink Design Team (past and present) have joined together to show off this cute & whimsical set! We can't wait for you to see all of the amazing creations!

Thank you so much for hopping along with us!
Hop Along below if you missed any stops!

Butterfly Reflections Ink
Cassie Tezak
Mona Toth
Lynnea Hollendoner
Samantha Mann
Christiana Reuling
Laurie Case &
Sharna Waksmulski...You are Here

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Glowing! (Lawn Fawn)

Hell everyone! Thought I’d play along with this months Lawn Fawnatics Challenge for card sets! I originally started with the bigger card that I can give to the receipiant and the smaller cards as a gift. All done with the new Little Fireflies stamps combined with the older set Gleeful Garden. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sweet Monster Wishes (Neat & Tangled)

Hello, back again with another video! This time using Neat and Tangled’s Little Monster stamp set. I was in a rainbow after the storm kind of mood so that’s what inspired this card. I hope you enjoy. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment!

Go see the Video in HD.
Copics used: Rv02, RV00 YR02, YR00 Y02, Y000 G05, G00 B02, B00 V01, V000 BV01, BV000 N8, N6, N4, N2, N0 Distress inks: Picked Raspberry Wild Honey Lucky Clover Mermaid Lagoon Wilted Violet Daniel Smith Watercolor: Lunar Black

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hoppy Card Video (Lawn Fawn)

Hello crafty friends! Im here with a new card video for you today featuring the new Lawn Fawn set toadally awesome and the Bayou Backdrop die. I hope you enjoy! Please Subscribe  be to my you tube channel if you would like notifications for my future videos.


Copic Markers
Frogs/Lily Pads: YG 23, YG 21, YG00 YG 17
Lily Pad flower: RV00, RV02, RV04
Dragon fly: B00

Ranger Inks
Distress Oxide Peacock Fthrs
Distress Oxides Broken China
Distress Oxide Twisted Citron

Monday, February 26, 2018

Nuvo Glimmer Paste & Mousse (Neat & Tangled)

Hello everyone! I am back again with another video tutorial for you. Please enjoy!

Video Here

If there are other things you would enjoy me making a video of or technique you want filmed please let me know below in the comments!

Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Golden Crystal, Silver Gem & Moonstone
Color Factory PA214 5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
Neat & Tangled Stencil - Geometric Circles

Monday, February 19, 2018

Texture Paste & Stencils (Neat & Tangled)

Hello everyone! I'm here today with a quick tutorial on using texture paste & stencils. I have included a short video below.

Click here to see in HD on YouTube!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Puppy's Favorite Things (Release Week Neat & Tangled)

Last card for this release! I had so much fun joining the rest of the DT for this months release. Hope I provided a little inspiration. Thank you so much for all the love here and on Instagram!!

See day 1 here
Day 2 here
Day 3 here

& Neat and Tangled here!

Onto the card...

I just about squealed when I saw this little guy. Kitty's favorite things is one of my favorite stamps & this is the perfect friend. I made so many Kitty cards that I will now have to make a bunch of Puppy cards for all my dog loving friends. This dog was customized for a friends birthday to look just like her pooch. I can't wait to surprise her!

The background is done with a some ink blended cracked pistachio distress oxide ink and spritzed with a light misting of water. I thought the tiny stars out of my sequin mix from Lucy's Little Things worked as a perfect little bit of glitz on this otherwise pretty CAS card.

Thanks again! Have a fantastic day!