Tuesday, June 15, 2021

New Under The Set #2 Set and Stenciling | Rubbernecker Stamps

 Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing two cards I made from one stencil panel I made with Rubbernecker Stamps' new release of the Wavy Stencil and the Under The Sea #2 stamp set and coordinating dies.

For my first card I used the adorable sea creatures from the new Under the Sea #2 set with the new    stencil.  I also challenged myself to get some no-line coloring practice in too!  Here are the steps for my card.

Create the background:

  • Prep the stencil by spraying the back of it with Pixie Spray.  This is a temporary adhesive that will hold the stencil in place and prevent any movement of the delicate lines.
  • Place the stencil onto a 6" x 6" piece of white card stock.  Blend all four ink colors from Color Fuse Set #9 in an ombré pattern using ink blending brushes.  Do not remove the stencil.
  • Use a pallet knife to spread Glitz Glitter Gel over the entire project.  Remove the stencil and wash it and your tools immediately.
  • Set the panel aside to dry.
  • When it is dry, use the largest Nested Rectangle Die to cut the panel.  (NOTE: place the die up to either the right or left edge of the stenciled panel to have a strip left over for another card.)
  • Adhere the die cut piece to a top-folding A2 card base.
  • These photos show my process:  1) my supplies; 2) after ink blending; 3) after adding glitter texture paste; and 4) so you can see the beautiful sparkle!

The card elements:

  • Stamp the images with Copic safe, no-line coloring ink.
  • Use Copic markers to color the fish.  Use a black Micron .005 pen to add in the details such as the eyes, mouths, and dots on the fish.
  • Next die cut with the coordinating dies.
  • Stamp one of the included sentiments from the Under The Sea #2 stamp set with black ink.  Then trim it into a rectangle.
  • Add foam tape to the fish, sentiment, and two pieces of the plants.  Add to the card front, using liquid glue to adhere the remaining plants.

I love the sparkle of the embossing paste and how it makes the ink colors even more beautiful!!  Now for my quick bonus card!

Card base:
  • Dry emboss a white A2 sized card panel with the Wavy Stencil by using the embossing sandwich recommended for your die cutting machine.  Adhere it to a top-folding card base.
  • The leftover strip from the previous card measured at about 1-3/8".  I trimmed the length to 5-¼".  Layer it onto a 1-5/8" x 5-½" piece of teal card stock and adhere it to the card front.

The card details:

  • Stamp the fish and worm in Copic safe black ink and color with a few Copic markers.  Die cut with the coordinating dies.
  • Stamp the sentiment in black ink, trim to a slim rectangle shape and layer it onto a teal card stock strip.  Add foam tape to the back.
  • Add foam tape to the back of the fish and add it to the card.
  • Plan where to place the sentiment and the worm, then use a ruler and black marker to draw a line, as shown.
  • Adhere the sentiment and add the worm with liquid glue.

I love the subtle dimension you get from dry embossing with the stencil!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week.

Click the icon for more details of the Rubbernecker products I used.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Four Easy Cards Featuring Bitty Buzzwords with Stenciled Backgrounds | Honey Bee Stamps

Happy Wednesday friends!  Today I'm sharing four cards I made (in one day!) using the awesome Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords stamp set and coordinating dies.  I used four different stenciled backgrounds to go with each one!

 These cards really were very easy to create!  I do want to say that the two cards on the left side in the photo above were made with backgrounds I created a while back.  I love to sit down with my background stencils and play with all the inks, texture pastes and foils!

To keep this post from becoming super lengthy, I'll list the products used beneath each card (aside from the Bitty Buzzwords) and mention any special tips or notes, as needed.  Each of the main sentiments are popped up with foam tape.  I used the Sentiment Banners dies to die cut the secondary sentiments after I stamped them with the new Bee Creative Intense Black ink.  Also, I spray the back of all stencils with Pixie Spray!  So helpful for holding the stencils down.  All of the products will be listed, with links, at the end of my post!

This features the gorgeous Garden Lattice stencils.  This is a set of two, however, I just used one layer.  I added some Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse through the stencil.  When it was dry, I die cut it with an A2 Deckle Edge die.

I love the subtle shine of the Embellishment Mousse!

The next card uses the Honey Dipper Background stencil.  I used Background Blender brushes to blend these Distress Oxides: Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Mowed Lawn.  I left the stencil in place and spread some Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste through it.  When dry I die cut it with an A2 Scallop die.

The matte texture paste adds a lovely muted shine!

This background features the Layering Balloons stencil set.  First I placed the top layer onto some 80# Neenah Solar White and spread Deco Foil Transfer Gel through it.  When it was dry, I used some pink sparkly foil from my stash, placed it over the piece, and ran it through my Minc Mini foiling machine.  Then I used the other layer and added Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide with a Blender Brush.

I love the shimmer and shine of this festive card!

This next card is a background I made quite some time ago with the Garden Lattice stencil set.  First I inked up a white card stock panel with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide.  Then I added the bottom Garden Lattice stencil, and added more Peacock Feathers for a tone-on-tone look.  Then I placed the top stencil on it and smoothed on some Turquoise Sea Glitz Glitter Gel.  The panel is die cut with an A2 Double Stitched Frames die.

I really hope you've enjoyed these cards and feel inspired to get your stencils out and have fun!  The Bitty Buzzwords are at the top of my most favorite sentiment sets!!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 7, 2021

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

 Hello crafty friends!  I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining in the blog hop to celebrate the release of Altenew's gorgeous Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily!!

You should have arrived here from Maryam's blog.  If you need to start at the beginning, head on over to the Altenew card blog.  I also have the entire hop list at the end of this post.

This stunning Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily Layering Die set is available to purchase three ways.  Either just the Layering Die Set, the Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Bundle (save 5%), or join the Craft-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan (at a specially discounted price)!  Be sure to check it all out over at the Altenew shop!


I decided to go bold with the Peruvian Lilys for my card today!

First I created the Peruvian Lilys by die cutting all of the flower pieces.  I used Cherry Blossom and Summer Afternoon Gradient Cardstock Sets, as well as some pink glitter card stock from my stash.  I didn't want the flowers to be overwhelmed with glitter so I only used the glitter card stock for one layer of the pieces.  For the yellow pieces of the flower, I used the lightest color card stock in the Summer Afternoon set and added some shading with a couple of Copic markers.  I did the same for the stamen pieces.  Next I adhered all of the layers with glue.  I love how dimensional and sparkly these are!

For two of the leaf layers I used green card stock from my stash that coordinated with some green glitter card stock in my stash.  I used a Copic marker to make the top layer darker.  Then I used liquid glue to adhere the layers together.

I decided to go for even more high drama and add the gorgeous flowers to a black background!  After I embossed the black card stock with the beautiful Areca Palm 3D embossing folder, I adhered it to a pink layer and added the panel to a top folding A2 card base.  I then arranged all of the elements and adhered the pieces with liquid glue, and some with black foam squares.

I stamped a sentiment from the Marbled Bloom stamp set and popped it up with black foam squares.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Be sure to leave a comment before heading to the next stop for your chance at some awesome prizes!

The next stop in the hop is blog of the so talented Terri Koszler!

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 6/13/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/15/2021.

Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Card Blog

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco

Jaycee Gaspar

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu


Laurie Willison

Michelle Short

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Tenia Nelson

Amanda Baldwin

Maryam Perez

Carol Hintermeier <<< that's me!

Terri Koszler


Keren Baker

Verity Biddlecombe

Karen Brown

Victoria Calvin

Preeti Chandran

Joylita Dsouza

Sande Woodson

Natasha Davies

Anna Mahtani

Friday, June 4, 2021

Altenew Adventures Ahead Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!  I'm so glad you are here for the amazing Altenew Adventures Ahead release!  I have four cards to share with you today, and each are so unique!

You should have arrived here from the awesome blog of Maryam Perez!  If you need to start at the beginning, head on over to the Altenew Card Blog.

This release is totally amazing with something for everyone!  Check it all out over at the Altenew shop!

Free Gifts

Altenew is running a free gift promotion to celebrate the release. Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Adventures Ahead release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Adventures Ahead release collection from 6/04/2021 through 6/10/2021. Shop HERE

  • Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/04/2021 through 06/06/2021. Shop HERE!


Now onto my cards!

I am really loving Altenew's layering stencils and so enjoyed using this gorgeous Sisters of the Heart Simple Coloring stencil set!  I also noticed that each stencil is numbered and coordinates with the included layering guide to help you add each layer!  (Click the photo to see it up close.)

This card was very easy to put together!  I used inks from the Green Fields and Red Sunset ink cube sets to color the layers.  Then I die cut them with the coordinating Sisters of the Heart die set.  After I added some black spatters and card stock strips to my card base I adhered the flowers to the card with glue and foam tape.  Next I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set and popped it up on the card.

My next card uses the awesome Let's Go Layering stamp set along with the coordinating dies.

I stamped the layers of the scene with inks from the Green Meadows and Cool Summer Night ink cubes.  Then I used the coordinating Let's Go die set to cut it out.  I used some blue card stock from my stash to create coordinating layers for the card elements.

Next I used the gorgeous Cloudy Day 3D Embossing Folder to emboss white card stock.  I used a couple of Copic markers to add some color and shading to the sky around the clouds.  The dimension of this is amazing!!

Then I chose this awesome sentiment from the Let's Go set (who, besides me, is ready to GO and travel?!)

I made a second card with the Let's Go set, but this time I used the Let's Go Simple Coloring Stencil.

I love this scene--reminds me of visiting Venice--it's on my bucket list!  First I stamped the teal building on the left to have placement for the stencil.  I used a blending brush and inked on Arctic Mountain for the night time sky and Ice Water for the light blue shade of the water.  These are the Crisp Dye Ink mini cube colors I used: Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Icy Water, Arctic Mountain, Lagoon, and Jet Black.

I heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.  Then I added my card elements to a background I created with the Angled Mosaic 3D embossing folder.  After I embossed the dark blue card stock, I inked some Arctic Mountain and Jet Black ink around the edges.

My final card features the gorgeous Whimsical Bouquet 3D embossing folder!  

I decided to go for a letterpress look for my card.  I just squeezed several drops of Salvaged Patina Distress Ink re-inker onto my craft mat.  Then I rolled a brayer through the ink until it was smooth and added it to the debossed side of the embossing folder.  I repeated the steps until I had a good coverage and then ran it through my die cutting machine with white card stock.  I love how this turned out, and I even love the look of the imperfections of the ink!

I decided to let the Whimsical Bouquet embossing folder be the star of the card and added a sentiment from the Versatile Vases stamp set.  Then I finished it off with some pale blue acrylic hearts for a bit of bling.

I hope you've enjoyed my projects and have found some inspiration for this awesome release!

Now head on over to the next stop to check out Therese Calvird's beautiful blog!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/11/2021.

Blog Hop Order

Altenew Blog

Terri Koszler

Erum Tasneem 

Jenny Colacicco

Norine Borys 

Vicky Papaioannou

Jaycee Gaspar


Amber Rain Davis 

Erin Thompson

Tenia Nelson

Natasha Davies

Bridget Casey

Karen Brown

Laurie Willison

Kelly Griglione

Agnieszka Małyszek


Lilith Eeckels 

Maryam Perez

Carol Hintermeier <<< that's me

Therese Calvird

Amanda Baldwin

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett 

Raquel Bowman

Sande Woodson

Nicole Watt

Anna Mahtani

Virginia Lu

Sandhya Iyer

Michelle Short

Nathalie DeSousa

Keren Baker

Reiko Tsuchida

Patricia Roebuck

Mindy Eggen

Kymona Tracey 

Laura Bassen

Tania Ahmed 

Zinia Redo

Vicki Finger

Joylita Dsouza

Preeti Chandran

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Spellbinders - June 2021 Card Kit of the Month - Wild Hello

 Hello friends!  I'm back to share some cards I made with the amazing June 2021 Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month!  I'm really having fun with these kits!

These four cards were so quick to make, and if I didn't have other deadlines, I could have made several more!  This month's kit is called Wild Hello and it has everything related to topical foliage, to safari animals with a birthday theme, and a hello/encouragement theme!

Seriously, the only things outside of the kit that I used are my Spellbinders Platinum die cutting machine, the A-2 Matting Basics A & B dies, and some liquid glue!

My first card uses one of the four included sentiment dies.  These dies are awesome!  Each one measures 5-½" across so they can be used on a wider card, or trimmed as I did, for my A2 sized card.  I used patterned paper from the paper pad, as well as some of the die cut shapes.  Do you like how I added a black card stock shadow behind the white layer of the sentiment?  I love how it sets it off!

This card is just a sweet card to send to anyone!  Write your sentiment inside to fit whatever occasion you need.  On this card I used two pieces of the patterned paper, some chipboard elements, and a journal card. Another good card to have on hand for any occasion!

I used two pieces of the paper pad plus the included black card stock for my card base layers.  (You know that your pre-folded white cards are included, right?)  Then I used one of the die cut elements and I cut off the floral banner off of the gingham (I love the floral but didn't coordinate with the idea I had in mind.)  I stamped the cheetah fully intending to color it, but decided to keep the card mono-chromatic and left him as is.  I added some of the puffy stickers and die cuts to finish it off.

My final card is perfect for that special guy in your life!  I used the beautiful foiled patterned paper with a gold mirror and black card stock layer.  I used one of the die cut pieces and added a piece of the blue card stock behind it for a frame.  A couple more of the die cut shapes, it's done!

I hope you've found some inspiration here today for the awesome June card kit!  These cards really were that easy to create!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Pickup Truck | Honey Bee Stamps

 Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a card with Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Tailgate stamps, dies, and coordinating stencils.  I've decorate our pickup to be ready for a July 4th parade!  I'd love to ride in a truck like this, want to join me?

Here are the steps for my card:  (Do you like the steps as bullet points?  Let me know)

  • First create the background.  Using a Background Blender brush, ink some red ink through the Twinkle, Twinkle stencil onto white card stock.
  • Leave the stencil in place, and add some Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste through the stencil.  I like the subtle sparkle it adds and how it somewhat mutes the brightness of the red ink!
  • Remove the stencil and set the panel aside to dry.  Clean the stencils and tools immediately!
  • Stamp the Big Pickup Tailgate stamp with black Copic safe ink.  I colored it with Copic markers R39, R29 and R27.  Then die cut it with the coordinating die.
  • Next I used the Big Pickup Cab & Tailgate stencil set and a blender brush to add silver metallic ink to the bumper, side and center mirrors.  I added black ink to the tires.
  • Stamp the license plate sentiment with dark blue ink.
  • Then I used a white gel pen to add the details to the tires and highlights on the pickup.
  • Add Glossy Accents to the tail lights and side mirrors and set aside to dry.

  • I used the flag in the United We Stand set and stamped it in some red and dark blue ink from my stash.
  • Next I took the die in the Big Pickup Tailgate die set that is for the tailgate and centered it over the flag.  I positioned it so that more of the blue portion showed and ran it through my die cutting machine.
  • Then I stamped, colored and die cut the flowers and grass from the Loads of Spring stamp set with the coordinating dies.
  • I adhered the grass edge and flowers to the top of the flag tailgate with Bee Creative glue. Then I added foam tape to the back and adhered it to the truck.
  • The small flag is in the Farmhouse Add-on stamp set.  It is a blank flag and after I stamped it, I used a red and blue gel pen to add in the details.

  • Next I trimmed the stenciled panel to 5" x 5" and added it to a dark blue layer I had cut to 5-¼" x 5-¼".  These were adhered to a 5-½" x 5-½" white card base.
  • Then I adhered the pickup to the card base with Bee Creative glue.
  • I used the Grass Border die to cut a strip of white card stock.  Then I colored it with a couple of green Copic markers and added it to the bottom of the top panel.
  • Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the United We Stand stamp set in dark blue ink.  Then I die cut it with the coordinating die, and also once again from dark blue card stock.  I adhered the dark blue layer behind the sentiment slightly offset.
  • Add foam strips to the sentiment and attach it to the card.

I hope you've found inspiration for another way to use the fun Big Pickup Tailgate set!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Links for products I used today: