Using Patterned Paper For A Quick Background

Do you have too much patterned paper in your stash? If you are anything like me, you don’t completely use up a package of patterned paper before you fall in love with a new one. I limit myself to only purchasing 6×6″ paper stacks that have timeless patterns that I will eventually use.  In theory. I also subscribe… Read More »

Simon Says Thankful Flower With Alcohol Markers

Today’s card was totally inspired by the Altenew Academy Color Blending class taught by Kelly Latevola.  I’ve included a link to this fantastic class in the supply list below.  For less than $10 you get Kelly’s expertise.  She is a super hero colorist! I used the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit: Thankful Flowers to create this card… Read More »

Create Your Own Color Wheel Free Printables

  I have a gift for you today!  I just finished taking the Altenew Academy Color Blending class with Kelly Latevola and it was fabulous! The first lesson was all about color theory, creating color swatches and a color wheel. I’ve taken several color theory classes and I’ve been collecting my notes from them.  I decided it was… Read More »

Color Blending Practice Card

I’m taking a Color Blending class through Altenew Academy and I’m loving it.  It’s taught by Kelly Latevola who is one of my favorite colorists to watch.  For the first lesson, she had us create a color wheel and color swatches.  We did a lesson on color theory.   I will share all of that tomorrow along with… Read More »

Sweet Vintage Jar From Sunny Studio Stamps

I have a set of vintage jars that came from my grandmother’s house.  They are these fantastic blue glass jars and they are giant.  I absolutely love them. My card today was inspired by those jars and by this week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. As soon as I saw the card sketch, I knew that I wanted to… Read More »

An Experiment With Premade Die Cuts

I wanted to try an experiment today using premade die cuts from My Mind’s Eye. I have some die cuts that I really like and I have been using for several projects recently.  It’s really a case of me not having a lot of time to create and just grabbing what is already on my desk! I needed… Read More »

My Favorite Things: Squirrels and Fall Colors!

It’s hard to resist a stamp set as cute as the MFT Stamps Squirrel! set.  The little squirrels and acorns were too adorable not to add to my shopping cart! This week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was the perfect sketch to pull out some  of my favorite Sunny Studio Stamps 6×6″ patterned paper to use as the background… Read More »

A Clean and Simple Single Layer Card For Fall

I was in the mood for a clean and simple single layer card for today, so I took some liberties with the card sketches for my design teams. I’ve used Catherine Pooler’s Fluttering Friends stamp set and her mandarin spice, tiara, eucalyptus and icing on the cake inks.  I added some detailed coloring with my Altenew Artist markers… Read More »

Thankful For Fall Y’All!

I love making fall cards!  The colors and images always make my heart sing. I came home exhausted from work today and fell asleep.  I was awakened by the phone after only a 15 minute snooze.  It left me groggy and out of sorts. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling creative. Yet, once I got started I realized… Read More »

Use Patterned Paper For A Quick Card Background

I can’t believe that it is September.  I had such big plans to craft, blog and make videos more often over the summer.  A couple of big home improvement projects really ate up the summer.  Alas, they were worth the time I spent doing them and they are almost done. I will definitely share pictures of those projects… Read More »

Using Stickers And Stamping To Make A Quick Card

I got involved in my garden project today and left my card until the last minute.  I needed it to be a quickie, so I pulled out some Altenew stickers and acetate die cuts from my stash.  I created a quick background with the new Wavy Roses stamp set from Altenew in a monochromatic color scheme using the… Read More »

Catherine Pooler’s Unsinkable Collection Card 2

TI got two cards out of one alcohol ink background.  I created a card yesterday that you can see HERE, using alcohol ink backgrounds and Catherine Pooler’s new Unsinkable stamp and die sets. This card uses the second sentiment in the Under the Sea stamp set and other shell images.  I used a combination of blues, blue-greens, and… Read More »

Catherine Pooler’s Unsinkable Collection Card 1

I decided to go for a nice quick alcohol ink background to create a sea-like feel for the fun stamp and die sets from Catherine Pooler’s Unsinkable Collection. I live in a coastal port town and I love the sea themed stamp sets.  They always get a lot of use in my crafting projects. For the background, I… Read More »

Inlaid Die Cutting Technique With Patterned Paper

Altenew recently had a new class on 3D Florals that was all about using their layered floral dies.  I’m halfway through the class and I’m enjoying it very much. I decided to use a slight twist on the 3D Florals by using the Rose Filament Die set.  This is not a layered die, but I decided to do… Read More »

Simon Says Stamp Bee Yourself With Stenciled Clouds

  The July Simon Says Stamp Kit is called Bee Yourself and it is a really fun kit. The kit comes jam packed with a large stamp set, 3 foilable cards, a hexagon die, Honey Bee 6 x 6″ patterned paper pack, black and yellow sequins, 5 Therm O Web Deco Foil sheets, a glue sponge, 4 sheets… Read More »